The Top Ten Miami News Stories of 2015 (According to Page Views)
The Miami New Times website underwent some big changes this year. We got a complete redesign. We also killed off our "blogs" and replaced them with "verticals." So if you want news stories you click on "news" instead of a blog called "Riptide," or if you want music stories you click "music" instead of a section called "Crossfade." In retrospect, it makes a whole lot more sense.
Though, our aesthetics and name changed, we still tried to bring you the Miami news you cared about. So, here, by the total number of page views, are the 2015 news articles we wrote that you cared about the most.
Dramatic video captured by a bystander and uploaded to Instagram this morning captures a man being shot by Miami Beach Police officers in the middle of Alton Road.
The man had just held up a nearby Bank of America, Miami Beach Police say, and had armed himself with a straight razor from a barbershop before he was shot.
After video surfaced last night of a Miami police officer beating a man in handcuffs, the Miami Order of the Fraternal Police tried to smear the woman who originally posted the video on her Facebook page. Union President Javier Ortiz blasted out a press release picking images from Smith's Facebook page despite the fact that Smith herself isn't accused of a crime.
It has become clear that if the Miami Heat doesn't make a leap of faith soon and take care of Dwyane Wade, he will find a way to reunite with LeBron. The two are way too comfortable with each other to think that wouldn't be the goal if Wade became available.
Facebook photo via Kiera Wilmot
On April 23, 2013, Kiera Wilmot conducted a volcano experiment in her Polk County high-school hallway. The 16-year-old junior, who was working on the project for her science class, watched as a lid popped off and smoke seeped out. No one was hurt and no property was damaged in the experiment.
But Wilmot's project came just eight days after the Boston Marathon bombing, and school officials sternly led her into the principal’s office. She was told she had made a bomb and was handcuffed and escorted to a juvenile detention center. She was charged with two felonies: possession of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device.
An impromptu middle-school reunion in Miami-Dade bond court led to tears today after Judge Mindy Glazer recognized that Arthur Booth, the man charged with burglary sitting before her, was her former classmate at Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach.
On October 9, Angelic Valle strutted into the Johnny Rockets on Ocean Drive topless and laughing. As witnesses filmed, the 22-year-old from Kendall then united her bikini bottom and “placed the steel chair leg into her buttocks,” as one later described it to police. That's when Johnny Rockets manager Karen Castillo told police that patrons started running out and men swarmed around her.
Illustrations by Alvaro Diaz-Rubio
But there’s still something missing, a more direct form of communication that might help rebuild those bridges between our scarred nations even more rapidly. Yes, we’re talking about emoji. As LOLs and OMGs start flying back and forth between Miami and Cuba, it’s high time we had a custom set to express our true, innermost feelings
Photo via Palm Beach Corrections
Beatrize Carrion-Moore must have sent quite the shock through West Palm Beach society when she got intoxicated at Boonies Bar and started offering other patrons oral sex in exchange for money. Apparently, the 23-year-old had already tried to pull the same stunt in the same bar just a week earlier. The would-be blowjob tycoon's plans came to an end, however, when a manager at the bar called police to have her escorted out.
Photo by George Martinez
Let's be real. The only people who come purely for the art are the gallerists and their staff, the power buyers who fly in Tuesday and leave before the weekend, and your grandma Sheila, who got a minor in art history at Sarah Lawrence, spends one afternoon each year at the convention center ("because it's nice to get out of the house at my age"), and then drives back to Broward in time for Jeopardy!
A video of a woman facing off against numerous workers at the Five Guys Burgers & Fries restaurant on South Beach's Washington Avenue has gone viral with little information about what actually incited the brawl.