Imagine this scenario: A hurricane is about to pummel Dade County. Hundreds of thousands of panicked, jumpy residents sit on traffic-clogged escape routes, all trying desperately to get to safety. And now a simple question: Should all those people, even those without legal concealed carry permits, b ... More >>
Grab your sunscreen and your cameras and make plans to head out to the beach this Thursday for a once-in-a-lifetime sighting: A bevy of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models taking on a group of celebrity chefs in what we've coined, "The SOBEWFF Cheesecake vs. Beefcake Beach Volleyball Bonanza." Tomo ... More >>
Bill Edwards is one of Rick Scott's top individual donors. He dropped a $500,000 check to Scott's "Let's Get to Work" reelection PAC. Ironically, almost 500 of his employees will not get to work soon. One of Edwards' companies, Mortgage Investment Corp., abruptly announced yesterday it's laying off ... More >>
Back in February, Banana Republican tackled the thorniest, hot-button political issue of the moment: banning assault rifles. Even though I took an objective approach to the subject, a majority of comments in response to the cover story were full of invective and sabre rattling from gun enthusiasts f ... More >>
As hundreds of Venezuelans converged in Doral to celebrate the passing of the Bolivarian revolutionary Hugo Chávez, Miami's number one Cuban exile radio provocateur, Armando Pérez Roura, spent yesterday afternoon proselytizing how Chávez's death was a major blow to the Cuban government. ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Today, Luke reflects on the parallels between the Newtown massacre and the daily carnage in African-American communities.I'm saddened by the sens ... More >>
The father picked the gun off the table and held it up for his son to see. "This is a shotgun," he said, pointing it into the small crowd walking past the table. "You remember this one, right?" Then he pretended to cock the gun and pull the trigger. "Blam! Just like that!" He bent down and put the g ... More >>
According to recent reports, Venezuela has been supplying Iran with F-16s in an ominous arms trade that should make the rest of the world very queasy. And a federal indictment filed yesterday makes us wonder if any of those F-16 parts came from our back yard.
It's almost that time of year again when race fans across the nation descend on Homestead for the last race of the NASCAR season. This year they'll be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden, meaning that very likely Michelle Obama will become the first black woman in histo ... More >>
In another public reaffirmation of his belief that gay people are going to make America lose wars, Florida Republican Congressman Allen West said at a dinner in Plant City Saturday night that "when you take the military and you tell it they must conform to the individual's behavior, then it' ... More >>
Yesterday, hip-hop pioneer Tone Loc plead not guilty to dual charges of domestic violence and unlicensed possession of an assault rifle. The rapper and cartoon voice actor was arrested after a dispute with the mother of his children turned physical. Police found the Colt AR-15 Sporter when resp ... More >>
A candid conversation with South Florida's rising Tea Party star.
Miami police are looking for multiple gunmen with assault rifles who attacked a group in Liberty City early this morning, leaving one man dead and two seriously wounded.Dean Nathan Young, who was 45 years old, died shortly after he and two others were "ambushed" on the front lawn of a home on NW ... More >>
It could be a scene out of some spy or invasion flick -- flocks of ominous black military choppers fluttering over Miami's glittering skyline. But this is no movie. It's been a reality for Brickell residents these past few nights, and they've been capturing the strange occurrences on YouTube vid ... More >>
Last night, a 24-year-old named Jamal Singletary pulled an assault rifle and started shooting at an officer in Allapattah. The detective pulled his own weapon and fired back, killing Singletary on the spot, police say.Singletary becomes the eighth suspect killed by police fire in an urban Miami n ... More >>
Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Reinaldo Ruiz was arrested Friday by Broward Sheriff's Office deputies at his Southwest Ranches home on domestic violence charges. It seems his rampage stems from the fact that the victim, whom he was dating, refused to hold his hand at a Miami Heat game. The incident ... More >>
In one of his last votes of his 18 year congressional career, retiring congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart was just one of 15 Republicans in the House to vote to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He was joined in voting for the repeal by fellow Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, perhaps ... More >>
Capt. Agustin Dominguez understands the ebb-and-flow of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as only a battle-hardened soldier who's been there truly can.Courtesy Wikimedia CommonsAn Iraqi soldier on patrolDominguez, a Miami native and '98 grad of Palmetto Senior High, followed a stint in northern ... More >>
Arms dealers in South Florida? Is this déjà vu all over again? We truly are America's Casablanca. The U.S. attorney in Miami just issued this release. Boy oh boychicle. First there was the South Beach party boy and his crappy weapons sold to the U.S. military and now this. War is immine ... More >>
Water restrictions may be made permanent - Board members of the South Florida Water Management District are contemplating in making the water restrictions imposed during drought periods permanent. With South Florida's booming population, Lake Okeechobee is being pushed to its limits in providing eno ... More >>
News Item: (Reuters, October 23) Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced this morning in Naples, Italy that he will allow the United States to continue to operate its military base in in that South American country -- for which the lease expires in 2009 -- if he can open an Ecuadorean military ... More >>
BBC news reports today that the two Cuban soldiers who attempted to hijack an airliner in May were sentenced by a military tribunal to life in prison. Sergeants Leandro Cerezo Sirut, 20, and Yoan Torres Martinez, 21, received life in jail in the attempted hijacking that left two people dead at Ha ... More >>
When every member of Florida's 124th Infantry returned from Iraq alive, it seemed too good to be true. It was.
Last week, Riptide reported the unveiling of two new bus "shelters" (think benches with roofs) outside the Miami U.S. Veterans Medical Center at 12th Avenue and 16th Street. Mayor Diaz himself cut the ribbon, with three city commissioners, one city manager, and a small flock of corporate flacks from ... More >>
"Any officer who deserts [his] soldiers is a coward"
Special forces. National ad campaigns. Watching the backs of the big guys. Meet this Eastern European hunk
U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez has a bad habit of not disclosing apparent conflicts of interests. First came that business on February 28, 2005, when Martinez failed to mention he was a Eucharistic minister, a spiritual leader who serves communion during Catholic mass, when he overturned a ver ... More >>
Iraq gets juiced Miami style
Four days at a South Carolina boot camp
The cover story is conservation, but the Bush boys have their hands in the taxpayers' pockets again
Heckler & Koch Mark 23 .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun
Will the county risk Homestead's future on a no-win lawsuit? Find out on Tuesday.
TV Martí is costing you $25,000 per day. And it's been off the air for weeks.
A dispatch of violence and youthful hilarity from the frontlines of reserve training
Before heading off to Washington for confirmation as Secretary of the Air Force, State Sen. Daryl Jones got involved in one last bond deal. The money was very good, but the backwash could be very bad.
A navy press officer says the Miami Herald unfairly finagled its way inot Gloria Estefan's Guantanamo entourage
To Panama's incarcerated Maximum Leader, he is a link to the outside world. But who exactly is Rudolfo Castrell?