Bob Norman

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    May 6, 2014

    New Times Gets a Threefer in Livingstons, Nominations Galore in Sunshine State Awards

    The Livingston Award for Young Journalists is kind of a Pulitzer Prize for the under-35 set. It honors good writing by those who have yet to grow thick around the middle and thin on top. New Times has often done well in these awards. Bob Norman, our columnist in Broward for years, was a winner in ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina Could Be Indicted Soon

    Former Hialeah Mayor and Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Julio Robaina could soon be indicted on charges of tax evasion and loan sharking soon, at least according to Local 10. The former Hialeah kingpin has been under investigation by federal agencies for three years now, and a defense attorney for ano ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Bob Norman, Good-Bye!

    ​My old buddy Bob Norman is shipping outta New Times Broward Palm Beach and heading for the TV news. Bob has been the franchise player at that paper for years -- ably assisted by the likes of a staff that has included stars like Sam Eifling, Ed Newton, Tony Ortega, Mike Mooney, Lisa Rab, Trevo ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011
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    April 25, 2011

    A Short History Of Ignorant Bigotry In South Florida Politics

    The Reid Report blogDavid Leven in his car before he hurls slurs.​After North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre's wife caught unhinged activist David Leven on camera calling her the politically incorrect words for -- excuse our French -- African-American, female dog, and the feminine sexual organ, Banana R ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    57 Percent of Floridians Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

    ​With 14 states and the District of Colombia allowing the legal medical use of marijuana, acceptance of the issue is steadily growing in America. A new poll shows that 57 percent of Floridians support legalization of medical marijuana as buzz grows that the issue could be placed on the ballot as s ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Top 5 Miami Sports Choking Acts of All Time

    Mission FAIL.​Last Friday, FIU shortstop Garrett Wittels stepped up to bat with a near record 56-game hitting streak on the line against Southeastern Louisiana. He whiffed, ending the game 0-4.It was a painful choking act for the 6'2" junior, who waited an entire off-season only to blow it in his ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Sun-Sentinel Sells Political Ad to Bat-Sh*t Insane Michael The Black Man

    Laura Massa​Good ol' Michael the Black Man -- he should fit right in with the apocalyptic feel of this morning's news. The former cult member, who once was charged with cutting somebody's head off and led a group interrupting an Obama speech with signs bearing such slogans as "Obama is endors ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    WSFL Cancels Its Troubled Morning Show

    Mourn the Morning Show​Once hailed by executives of the Tribune Co. as a television revolution and a way to turn around the fortunes of the troubled national media company, WSFL's South Florida Today morning show aired its last episode today. In under 16 months on air the show went through multipl ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Scott Rothstein Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

    Kim Rothstein and friend Stacie Weisman leaving the courthouse after the sentencing.​Unless you've been under a rock for the past few months, you should know that South Florida got stuck with its own mini-Madoff who goes by the name of Scott Rothstein. Yesterday, Rothstein was sentence by U.S. Dis ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Top Ten New Times Feature Stories of the Decade 2000-2009

    Miami New Times has kicked some ass in the last decade. We have changed the course of the city and it has changed us. What follows is a list of some of our most significant stories -- of course, everyone has their own opinions. What are yours?Admitting TerrorBy Bob Norman​The immigration service's ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Casa Casuarina Closed. Thanks Scott Rothstein.

    ​Our sister paper, New Times Broward-Palm Beach has done some pretty amazing reporting on the Scott Rothstein mess. Among the fallout from the alleged $57 million the Broward lawyer allegedly stole in a Ponzi scheme: South Beach.Gianni Versace's former mansion on Ocean Drive, where a big buck rest ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    News Roundup: Mayor Diaz's Last Day; Heat Off to Hot Start

    As of noon today Manny Diaz will no longer be Mayor of Miami. The Herald paints him as a "a sober, patient reformist up to his elbows in the minutiae of turning around a troubled city" who enacted "an agenda of a scope unmatched by any other Miami mayor in decades." One likely, for better or wo ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Norman: Crist's Alleged Former Boy Toy Booked for Stealing Pastor's Daughter's Wedding Ring

    ​Remember Jason Wetherington? New Times Broward-Palm Beach columnist Bob Norman penned a story about the lad, who apparently went around blabbing he had a hotel-room tryst with Gov. Charlie Crist in 2006. Wetherington also worked for Katherine Harris's hilariously failed 2006 Senate campaign.  ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    The Avenging Angel of North Bay Village is Back

    Alex Izaguirre Early on in my ongoing tour of duty for New Times, I had the pleasure of telling the story of Fane Lozman, a Miami native who made a small fortune as a Chicago software engineer before coming home in 2003. That year Lozman settled into a nondescript houseboat off the waters of No ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Outrage Screening Twice in Miami This Month

    Outrage -- the documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick that explores the world of closeted homosexual politicians and casts Florida governor and Senate candidate Charlie Crist as its leading man -- is set to screen twice locally this month. The Miami Beach Cinematheque will p ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Cat Killer Suspect Gets Ordered to Undergo Evaluation, Might Like To Blow Up Own, um, "Stuff"

    Tyler's MyspaceShould've stuck to chillin', not alleged cat killin'.Tyler Hayes Weinman, the suspect in the cat killing spree, will not get bail his bail set at a hefty $250,000. He's also being forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. ''I can say the investigation is being led by a lynch-mo ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    NPR, WaPo Refuse to Report That Outrage Is About Crist

    You've probably already heard about Outrage, the new documentary that aims to out closeted politicians who hypocritically vote for anti-gay legislation. Since you live in Florida, you've probably also heard that the film prominently features our own tanned gubernatorial whiz-kid and maybe gay guy Ch ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    ...and Introducing Charlie Crist in His Debut Role as "Closet Case"

    Charlie Crist might be one of the most surprising leading men featured during this year's Tribeca Film Festival. No, he didn't find time to star as Brian Roberts in an imaginative remake of Cabaret, though we're sure the idea would be thrilling to him. Instead he's featured prominently in Outrage, a ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Miami Herald: Sinking Like a Rock

    Yesterday was not a good day for the Miami Herald or its parent company, McClatchy. The two top editors at El Nuevo Herald announced they were leaving because, according to the editor and publisher, they couldn't stomach slashing more newsroom jobs. In a positive spin on their departures that appea ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Herald Cuts Become Clear

    It's a municipal pastime in almost any city to riff on the daily paper -- and we've done our fair share -- but there's no delight in seeing those papers fall apart. Especially when names of the laid off start replacing cold, hard numbers. New Times Broward-Palm Beach's Bob Norman has a growing list ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    30-Year-Old Whiskey in Its Prime

    It isn't often that we New Timesers get a bottle of $200 whiskey in the mail. We did, not long ago, thanks to the folks at Canadian Club, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with the release of a primo 30-year-old, 80-proof, white-oak-barrel-aged blended whiskey retailing for a cool ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Ridiculous Bush-Era 'Liberty City Six' Case Just Won't Die

    Change may have come to Washington but the Bush era in all its absurd, truth-defying glory is alive and well in Miami's federal courthouse.This morning, the third case kicked off against six Miami men who are accused of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower and FBI offices. When they were arrested in ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    More Staff Cuts at The Herald

    Well, this is just not good news for anyone. Bob Norman at the Pulp got a hold of a Miami Herald memo announcing that there's more cuts coming to the paper, very soon. Publisher David Landsberg blames a decrease in ad revenue due to the hard luck of many local retailers and auto dealers. No word on ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    Letters from the Issue of January 29, 2009

    "He's nothing but a corrupt criminal. Hopefully, God will change him when he's sitting in prison and realizes what he's done."

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    January 28, 2009

    Local Politician Has This One Really Good Joke She Needs To Tell You

    I know this is a little bit out of our coverage range, especially now that we have The Juice, but please forgive me, because I can't pass this up. Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter is involved in a bit of a scandal. As a state representative, she voted for legislation that benefited a frau ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Fun with Analogies: Charlie Crist and Anderson Cooper

    Charlie Crist and Anderson Cooper have so much in common. They both have signature white, neatly kept hair. They both seem to have experience with unnatural tanning. Crist, though a Repubican, says he tries to keep his governing balanced and beyond party politics. Cooper, as a journalist, keep his o ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    The South Florida Newspaper Apocalypse is Imminent

    Bob Norman, over at our sister paper the BPB New Times, has been chronicling the misfortunes of our local daily papers for quite some time now, and the shit hit the fan this weekend. It is 2013 for the black and white and red all overs. To Recap:  The New York Times reported late Friday that Mc ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of November 20, 2008

    "I would never tell them to their face that I voted yes on Amendment 2 in Florida to avoid the inevitable fallout."

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    November 13, 2008

    Kimbo Slice Wants To Slap Bob Norman's Mouth

    Last week New Times ran a story on the 14-second fall of Kimbo Slice and the death of EliteXC, entitled "MMA's Post-Kimbo Limbo" written by Bob Norman. The same piece ran in Norman's home paper, The Broward Palm Beach New Times, with the title "Kimbo Slice's a sissy: The fight that wasn't threatens ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of November 13, 2008

    "I see it as a return to what journalism once was: small papers covering local areas with strong ideological slants."

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    October 8, 2008
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    September 26, 2008

    Friday Night Newsroom Dump

    It has been a shitty, shitty two days for The Miami Herald, and now Broward New Times' Bob Norman is reporting that another round of newsroom lay offs went down this afternoon. 23 in all. Check back on that post latter, as Norman promises to update as he gets more information. This isn't a "haha H ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008
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    September 15, 2008
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    August 25, 2008

    Herald and Sun-Sentinel Brawl It Out Blog Style

    Image via Nostalgia Finder Don't expect The Miami Herald to accept The Sun-Sentinel's MySpace friend request any time soon. South Florida's two biggest dailies recently got involved in a catty blog based e-fight that dragged almost every local paper into the fray. The Herald's Marc Caputo was the ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    Herald Layoffs Detailed

    It's D-Day at the Miami Herald and 42 will exit the newspaper. One motherin' newsman is on this list -- Phil Long, who covered hurricanes forever and was a tech guy before tech guys existed. Phil hustled at the Herald like no one I've ever known. Among the younger departures that suck: Jasmine Kri ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of January 3, 2008

    "It's unacceptable that Commissioner Rebeca Sosa refuses to take responsibility for what she's done."

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    December 25, 2007
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    December 13, 2007

    BREAKING NEWS: Liberty City Seven Verdict -- Give up, Mukasey!

    Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Jean Lenard declared a mistrial after the 12 person jury failed to reach a verdict on six of the seven defendants. Only 32 year old defendant Lyglenson Lemorin was acquitted. The federal government will likely retry the other six defendants including ringlead ... More >>

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    December 11, 2007
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    November 29, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of November 29, 2007

    "We need 100 more Patrick Williamses. I would cheerfully sign a petition for a statue in his name."

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    June 12, 2007

    DeFede Was Hours From Death

    This from the Bob Norman's Daily Pulp: You probably have no idea how close we were losing to losing the great Jim DeFede. Yesterday morning, the former Miami New Times and Miami Herald columnist turned radio host and TV commentator explained in detail a very recent and very harrowing medical ordea ... More >>

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    April 5, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of April 5, 2007

    "300 has earned a spot in my ever-expanding gay porn collection."

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    November 24, 2005

    Letters from the Issue of November 24, 2005

    Horse shmorse: That Savin fellow aint too sabio

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    September 1, 2005

    Letters from the Issue of September 1 , 2005

    Killing sports, dumping Dolphins, and some Miami history

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    August 18, 2005

    Letters from the Issue of August 18, 2005

    Dolphins squeaking, nurses freaking, readers shrieking

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    November 1, 2001

    Letters from the Issue of November 1, 2001

    The INS Owes Us an Explanation: But don't expect anything other than self-serving spin

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    October 25, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the issue of October 25, 2001

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    May 18, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the issue of May 18, 2000

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