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    Cigar Aficionado Documents the Secret History of US-Cuba Talks

    The second article in the series though, seems to be the most interesting, and most explosive. Adopted by an upcoming book Talking with Fidel: The Untold History of Dialogue between the United States and Cuba by Peter Kornbluh and William LeoGrand...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 23, 2009 @ 1:40 pm
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    Reader: Holy Hustler Vincent Spann a "Corrupt Criminal"

    We received a voicemail from an even-toned, religiously minded reader of this week's feature, "Holy Hustler." The story, which focuses on embattled Liberty City pastor Vincent Spann, had our reader weighing the good and bad aspects of the preacher --...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Gus Garcia-Roberts on January 23, 2009 @ 1:07 pm
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    New Gitmo Policies, Same as the Old Gitmo Policies?

    Politico's top story today is titled,"Why the Gitmo policies may not change," with the main thesis that Obama's order to close the Guantnamo Bay detention center might not actually mean anything, at least for a long while. For example, the orde...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 23, 2009 @ 11:59 am
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    Tuesday Will Forever Be Known as Aretha's Hat Day

    Isobel Toledo, the designer of First Lady Michelle Obama's outfit, was supposed to be the sartorial superstar of the inauguration, but it turns out that Luke Song, an obscure hat maker from Detroit, stole all the buzz. Apparently, he's been flooded...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 23, 2009 @ 11:51 am
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    Miami Beach Musician Scores the Most-Played Video On... CNBC?

    Normally, posts about locally based musicians gaining national prominence with music videos being played on cable channels go up over on our music blog,CrossFade. But usually, those videos are being played on BET or MTV, not CNBC. Such is the...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 23, 2009 @ 9:27 am
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    Majestic Saturdays doesn't like Color

    First, let's define luxury. Yes it's about mink stoles and diamond-studded soup spoons, but luxury can also be defined as the freedom to indulge in the little things that can make life a little more enjoyable. So when we scrolled to the bottom of the...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Raina McLeod on January 23, 2009 @ 8:54 am
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    News Roundup

    Fidel Castro suggests in a column he might not be following international affairs in four years. Maybe because he'll be dead? [CBS4] Anyway, here he is with the President of Argentina. His first new picture in some time. [Herald] The South Beach ...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 23, 2009 @ 8:53 am
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    Miami Amongst America's "Most-Wired" Cities

    Every time Forbes publishes another list of "Top XX Best Cities for YYYYY" a part of us is so happy about the easy blog post that will ensue, but another part of us thinks, "ugh, another Forbes listacle." This time around Miami is number six on t...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 22, 2009 @ 4:25 pm
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    The official video accompaniment to Holy Hustler

    The video documents conversations and give a great glimpse into this wild boot camp/addict rehab/Pentecostal church in troubled Liberty City. Let's start in the same place the story does: with Spann's holy anointing methods. In order to claim drug-...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Gus Garcia-Roberts on January 22, 2009 @ 4:11 pm
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    Alonzo Mourning Retires

    Alonzo Mourning, one of the Heat's most celebrated franchise players, announced his retirement today, rather than attempt a comeback after a devastating leg injury in 2007. "I truly feel it's best that I retire," Mourning said at a news confer...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 22, 2009 @ 3:14 pm
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    This is Just Sad

    Here, for reasons I do not fully understand, is a picture of reality television personalities Hulk and Brooke Hogan driving around South Beach in an Escalade-styled golf cart of sorts on Inauguration day. There's an entire gallery at CelebSlam...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 22, 2009 @ 2:41 pm
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    What Does Mel Martinez Do Now?

    One has to wonder what was going through Sen. Mel Martinez's mind when President Bush's helicopter took off from Washington this past Tuesday. Before Bush chose Martinez to be his first HUD secretary, he was a little-known Florida fixture who had r...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 22, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
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    The Last Days of Guantanamo Bay

    This morning President Obama signed the order to close Guantanamo, as he has been promising to do for weeks, but it is unlikely the doors to the detention center will close anytime soon. That's because no one is sure what to do with the 250 or so p...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Jesse Hyde on January 22, 2009 @ 1:22 pm
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    Floridians Favor Some Sort of Legal Recognition for Gay Couples, Despite Banning Marriage in the Constitution

    It was pretty evident to anyone with basic reading comprehension skills that the part of Amendment 2 that read, "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized," would ban civil u...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 22, 2009 @ 10:23 am
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    Film Festivals Pick up Arthur Teele Jr. Doc

    When Arthur Teele Jr. killed himself in the lobby of the Miami Herald on July 27, 2005, I found myself in the middle of the media maelstrom that engulfed the city in the aftermath of his suicide. After all, I was the author of the cover story detail...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Francisco Alvarado on January 22, 2009 @ 10:12 am
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    Diary of an Overtown Pimp, Part 2

    In a second entry of the handwritten autobiography he recently wrote in jail, Overtown hustler Big Red talks about an unusual robbery for which he received six years in state prison. He leaves out names and some important details, but offers a pee...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Natalie O'Neill on January 22, 2009 @ 10:13 am
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    Our Mickey Rourke Is an Oscar Nominee

    The Oscar nominations came out this morning. There were some surprises, but as virtually everyone expected, Mickey Rourke got a nod for best lead actor for his role in The Wrestler. What started as a local hook for covering awards-show nonsense has...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 22, 2009 @ 9:50 am
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    Newspapers Planned Fidel's Death. Oops!

    For the past 30 years or so, Miami newspapers have prepared for Fidel Castro's death. Soon after I arrived at the Herald in 1989, I updated a lengthy obituary of the Cuban dictator that was kept on file at the newspaper. Even then, the article's auth...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Chuck Strouse on January 22, 2009 @ 9:41 am
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    News Roundup

    Oh, wait. Castro's views of Obama were divulged to the press. He doesn't doubt Obama's honesty. [NBC6] R.I.P., Claudine Ryce, Jimmy's mum. [Herald] The county wants to text you anytime there's a hit and run. [CBS4] Charlie Crist is ready to vet...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 22, 2009 @ 9:34 am
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    Where's Rudy Headed Now? Maybe Austin

    Riptide doesn't understand why school boards always seem to be so scandalous (the one I graduated from has dealt with the suicide of a former pedophile board member, the forced ousting of a popular superintendent, a principal who used to his school...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 21, 2009 @ 5:18 pm
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