When the news broke Friday that Gen. David Petraeus was stepping down from the CIA over an affair, the old adage that "every crazy story has a tie to Florida" seemed like a stretch. What possible link could the Sunshine State have to Petraeus' unwise liaison with his biographer?Doubt Florida's insid ... More >>
Most moms are worried sick when their sons and daughters are deployed to serve in the Middle East. Not, apparently, Paula Barker of Volusia County. She's been arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from her son while he was deployed with the Marines in Afghanistan.
With news this morning that Penn State coach Joe Paterno has died of lung cancer, I am reposting this column from last November. The scandal, it's now clear, killed the master at age 85.Enough already. This lunacy is past crazy.Joe Paterno, an icon of sport, was fired as coach of the Penn State foot ... More >>
Tim Hetherington earned an Oscar nomination last year for Restrepo, his harrowing, front-line documentary about an Army platoon mired in a deadly Afghanistan valley. The picture is named for medic Juan "Doc" Restrepo, a Pembroke Pines native whose death during a firefight inspires the rest of the ... More >>
When lunatic Gainesville pastor Terry Jones announced his plan to burn Korans at his tiny church, no less an authority than Gen. David Petreaus warned that there would be consequences in places like Afghanistan where fellow religious lunatics look for any such provocation for bloodshed. Jones wen ... More >>
Bobbie Bean, the would-be U.S. senator from Florida, glares at the camera and hefts a huge wooden mallet. "You vote for me," he says, "and I got a way to, uh, loosen up the Congress." Sound like your kind of politician? You're in luck, because Bean is not only listed on the absentee ballots that ... More >>
Pastor Terry JonesPastor Terry Jones and his small Gainesville church known as the Dove World Outreach Center will continue with their plans to burn copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam, on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks despite a growing backlash and warnings ... More >>
An Arizona Cardinals player's death in Afghanistan was spun into a recruiting tool.
The dangers of war, deployed or not: Soldiers hold vigil at Fort Hood, TexasFourteen-hour work days in ungodly heat in a city full of Al-Qaeda operatives and insurgents intent on killing you. Daily visits from soldiers whose minds have been shredded, if not by shrapnel than by the stress of fight ... More >>
SilliCilli's on FlikrHistoric leaking.There's been a lot of leaking lately. First, it was Mel Gibson's heavy-breathing tirade, and now something that is just a tad more relevant -- WikiLeaks' releasing thousands of pages of allegedly classified documents pertaining to the War in Af ... More >>
If you're a fan of getting your conspiracy theories and government leaks first, you've probably heard of WikiLeaks. The international organization publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of sensitive documents while keeping their sources' anonymity. They've been around for a while already, but ... More >>
Juan "Doc" Restrepo, a 20-year-old Army medic from Pembroke Pines, appears only twice in the new documentary bearing his name. On a train in Italy, he mugs for the camera. South Beach shades cover his eyes, and a huge grin spreads across his face."Tune in next time, where we're still going to be ... More >>
A still from Sebastian Junger's doc Restrepo about the frontlines in Afghanistan. What's free in the 305 this week? With the exception of one World-Cup-themed film, it's the week of testosterone-fueled book readings. There's a cranky British intellectual, a suave racecar driver, an embedded journ ... More >>
One of the horrors of fighting a war against a loosely-organized group of insurgents, like the United States is currently doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the ever present threat of seemingly random attacks. But what if there was a mathematical pattern that could be used to predict those attacks? W ... More >>
Efraim Diveroli, the 23-year-old Miami Beach arms dealer who illegally supplied Chinese-made ammunition to Afghanistan, has pleaded guilty. He face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. [Reuters] Mitch McConnell and John McCain are confirmed to be at that health-care forum today in Hi ... More >>
A man stole handbags from Macy's in Aventura Mall and then, during the getaway, hit and killed a woman. [Herald]Police are still searching for a woman involved in the handbag heist. Meanwhile, witnesses say the crash could have been prevented if police weren't so aggressive in their pursuit. [NBCMia ... More >>
ZOMG, ya'll! Winter Music Conference is finally here. Hopefully, you've already picked up our kick-ass guide and checked out our listing online to plan your entire week. Still, there a few things you should keep in mind if you are going to come out of this weekend alive. So here are a few pointers t ... More >>
Henry Rollins shouts his truth from the Revolution stage.
The Miami Jewish Film Festival grapples with eternal questions.
Nonfiction continues its ascent onscreen.
Boycott French wines or Asian restaurants? Let's get real, people!
Down Asian trade routes and deep into the throat
Heckler & Koch Mark 23 .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun
A road through hell paved with good intentions points the way to Kandahar
Thanks to one show, an unprecedented amount of foreign news is airing in Cuba -- but it ain't Nightline yet
This year, a handful of shows provided the healing power of laughter
A terrorism survivor and expert digs into the bin Laden dilemma