Until yesterday, Lt. Ralph Mata was the picture of an upstanding Miami-Dade cop. He was a top leader in Internal Affairs, spending his days going after corruption and abuse in the ranks. He'd earned exactly one mention in the Miami Herald in his career, for helping to lead a feel-good drug bust in C ... More >>
The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns to the Doubletree Hotel Miami Airport Convention Center for three days of rum tastings, seminars and festivities April 25 to 27. Now in its sixth year, the festival features more than 80 rum producers worldwide offering tastes of over 200 rums to rum enthu ... More >>
In Wynwood, even the sky often seems spray-painted. On a recent evening, two young women were suspended in midair on metal scaffolding, masks over their mouths, aerosol cans in their hands. As the setting sun shifted heaven's hues above them, the women unleashed waves of color onto a white warehouse ... More >>
David Beckham himself commented on reports that he's pursuing an MLS team in Miami, noting that it's "something I'm very interested in" during a live Facebook event from London today. Which gave a writer at Yahoo!'s Eurosports blog the opportunity to declare Miami the worst sports town in America ... More >>
By his own admission, Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz has a great gig. While most working Americans are quick to grouse about their jobs, Ortiz, the percussionist for Atlanta-based band Widespread Panic, exudes a level of enthusiasm that would likely make most people bitter with envy. "I can't think of anyth ... More >>
Wilkinson Sejour plunks his brawny arms on a paper-scattered desk, grins mischievously, and asks his buddy, who's smoking a blunt, to fetch him a Corona. It's a Wednesday at 11 a.m., and Sejour's cell phone rings every five minutes. When he answers, his words jumble Calle Ocho slang with Kreyol pato ... More >>
The king of the antibiotic and hormone-free black Angus beef burger patty, Shake Shack, recently launched its first-ever dark chocolate bar. For $9 a pop you get fancy wrapping with a New York backdrop, paying homage to the first Shake Shack location in Madison Square Park and the scenery that surr ... More >>
Like Batman and Robin, Kirk and Spock, or Quixote and Panza, Estancia Culinaria and Wynwood Brewing Company are combining their powers Saturday, September 29, to throw down a party for charity in the countryside. The party is called Bites, Beats and Brews (BX3), and it's a seven-course dinner prepar ... More >>
Since the turn of millennium, both fate and faith has held Tercer Cielo together. It began when Juan Carlos Rodríguez, a well-respected music producer and composer, invited his friend, Marcos Yaroide, to record new material together under the name Tercer Cielo in the Dominican Republic. The pai ... More >>
Jeffrey Loria's shopping spree isn't over. Several reports indicate the Marlins are committed to outbidding anyone who stands in their way of landing recently defected Cuban star Yoennis Cespedes once the MLB declares him a free agent. It makes sense. Not only would Cespedes be the cherry atop th ... More >>
Marlins relief pitcher Leo Núñez, who's racked up a career high 36 saves this season so far as the team's closer, has mysteriously been suspended by the team and left the country, according to The Miami Herald. The report has precious few details. Nothing like a gold ol' sports controversy myst ... More >>
Xperimento, named New Times' Best Fusion Band this year, blends the band members' Latin roots with the American culture that they all grew up with into a style they've dubbed, "Latin reggae urban soul."Crossfade recently got a chance to talk to the band, who will be playing at Jazid on July 9, ... More >>
Dim Ssam a Gogo and every other truck in South Florida will be out and about this weekend.Yesterday's roundup listing was anemic, perhaps because all of those food trucks were resting their little tires and batteries for this weekend. Tonight through Sunday, there are nine roundups planne ... More >>
via U.S. Marshals ServiceJose Figueroa Agosto was arrested this weekend after a decade-long run from the law. He moved boatloads of Colombian cocaine through the Caribbean to U.S. shores, bought dozens of luxury homes and built a house in the Dominican Republican with his own personal zoo, police ... More >>
Erik PetersErik Peters left college to become a "ski bum," but after a bad man-versus-nature accident, he reverted to cooking, a hobby that always came naturally. His first job with Club Med was as an assistant sous chef in Copper Mountain, Colorado, and his next gig took him to Playa Blanca in M ... More >>
Though Pacha Massive was born in the Boogie-down Bronx, theirs is a global identity. They build their blend on traditional sounds from each member's roots, like palo (from band member Nova's native Dominican Republic) and cumbia (from the homeland, Colobmia, of the duo's other half). The pair the ... More >>
Photos by Jacquelynn D. PowersHill Country brisket sandwiches.
Police are after a former beauty queen who's accused of being the ringleader of a gang of pinups who also work as international drug smugglers. Angie San Clemente Valencia is a bosomy 30-year-old Colombian who's accused of paying her merry band of strumpets $5,000 for carrying pounds of blow from Me ... More >>
Eventually, we're all going to end up unwittingly shooting one of our friends. It happens. It happened to Dick Cheney and his hunting buddy. It happened to Charlie Sheen when he inadvertently capped then-fiancée Kelly Preston. It happened to Plaxico Burress and his thigh. Now the Marlins' Jose ... More >>
Opa-locka is unique. There's outlandish Arabian-style architecture. Gunfights take place in the open. And in 2007, city commissioners passed a law prohibiting -- and Riptide is not making this up -- saggy pants. Now a couple of South Florida entrepreneurs have patented a pants design aimed at s ... More >>
The author at a recent Marlins game.You're forgiven if you didn't catch the news that Marlins utility man Alfredo Amezaga will miss the rest of the baseball season to undergo knee surgery. Amezaga is scrappy and versatile, the type of player that can be the glue that holds a team together th ... More >>
Big Fish's catch of the day.
The Republican brothers are headed for defeat, and Cuban-American politics will change forever.
The county is closing law libraries faster than whorehouses
They look, smell and smoke like Cubans. So why not sell 'em that way?
D-Zine makes a play for compas supremacy
Pipin Ferreras and his wife Audrey repeatedly challenged the deep blue deadly sea. Finally the sea won.
For Clubbed, opposites don't attract on Ocean Drive
How to Stryke while the iron is not-so-hot
Miami's Grammy Booty
November reveals how multicultural Miami leaves its mark
He's played for the President, been decorated by the Dominican Republic,and Michel Camilo can't stop smiling
The oddly spiritual world of drumming circles has arrived -- just blocks from the glitter and glitz of South Beach