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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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    Argentina Prez Says Fidel is Doing Fine

    Peronist Argentine President Cristina Kirchner had a face-to-face chit chat with Fidel Castro today, and told the Government's press agency that Castro seems to be in good health. This conflicts with recent front page news that Castro is near death...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 21, 2009 @ 3:57 pm
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    Why is Obama Avoiding the Littlest Journalist?

    Damon Weaver, the ten year old journalism superstar, snagged VIP tickets to the inauguration yesterday, but was held up in the security line and missed the main event, reports CBS4. Is the Obama administration trying to censor the most trusted name...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 21, 2009 @ 3:27 pm
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    President Obama halts Guantanamo trials

    In his inaugural speech yesterday, Barack Obama declared that "we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals"- a statement Riptide felt spoke directly to the future of Guantanamo Bay, a place where due process and human rights law...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Gus Garcia-Roberts on January 21, 2009 @ 1:50 pm
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    Former Department of Children and Families Spokesman Pleads Guilty to Kiddy Porn

    Albert Andre Zimmerman used to have a sweet gig being the mouthpiece for Florida's Department of Children and Families, the department charged with the well being of kids. That was until he was indicted for producing child pornography back in Febru...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 21, 2009 @ 1:44 pm
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    Mickey Rourke in Iron Man II, but at What Price?

    About a year ago, Mickey Rourke was just one of those quirky local fixtures, hosting karaoke nights at Rok Bar and getting arrested for drunk scooter driving. He was another has-been, which are about a dime a dozen around here, but thanks to the we...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 21, 2009 @ 11:57 am
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    Miami Resident Actually Awarded for Safe Driving

    Riptide has this theory that if you stay in Miami long enough, something in the air infuses with your DNA, rendering you a horrible, miserable driver. Well, either the curious case of Pablo Benitez throws a cog in our little theory, or he's the exc...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 21, 2009 @ 11:27 am
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    Debbie Does the DNC

    It's not often that Republican reps Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the Diaz-Balarts must be happy about announcements of new Democratic leadership, but the buzztodaythat congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will be elected vice-chair of the Democratic...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 21, 2009 @ 11:10 am
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    Crist Is as Popular as Obama, No One Knows Any of These Senate Wannabes

    Charlie Crist is still enjoying a quite enviable approval rating, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, with 65 percent of Floridians approving of his job performance. That's about the percentage President Obama is getting innationwi...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 21, 2009 @ 10:06 am
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    News Roundup

    President Obama found time to call up Gitmo and say, "Yo, can we just chill for a minute?" and all proceedings were instantly frozen. [Herald] Police finally caught this horrible baby-punching would-be car thief. [NBC6] Here are all sorts of pic...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Kyle Munzenrieder on January 21, 2009 @ 9:15 am
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    Diary of an Overtown Pimp

    Usually, if a guy calls himself a pimp, he's using a frat boy Urban Dictionary term for how he's, like, totally good with the ladies. But when Big Red drops those four letters, he's talking about the ten-plus years he has spent soliciting females...

    @ Riptide 2.0 by Natalie O'Neill on January 21, 2009 @ 8:32 am
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