Elvis Ramirez

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    August 3, 2008
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    July 3, 2008
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    June 13, 2008

    Weekly News Wrapup - Obesity, Crooked Developers and Oil

    Japan Outlaws Obesity - The Japanese government passed a law that states that people from the ages of 40 to 74 shall have their waistline measured during their regular checkups. If the person's waist exceeds 33.5 inches (35.4 if they're a woman) then they will be subject to three months of dieting g ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008

    No Prison Time Despite Criminal History

    Witness Georges Pierre has been charged with committing various crime 29 times. Want to guess how much prison time he has served? If you guess anything higher than 0 hours you're wrong. The Fort Lauderdale man has been in the judicial system since he was 14 but has yet to serve a single day in pris ... More >>

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    June 10, 2008

    Add Tomatoes To The "Do Not Eat" List

    Every year there is some food out there that can kill you (we all remember the spinach scare in 2006). This year's deadly foodstuff is tomatoes. Tomatoes form the base of many dishes, unlike spinach which can easily be avoided (unless you have an addiction to the stuff that can rival Popeye's), an ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008

    Weekly News Wrapup - Something Other Than Election Coverage

    FPL May Hike Prices Due to Fuel Costs - Like we needed another reason to despise our dependency on the black stuff, FPL has stated that because fuel costs have been "extraordinary", they will be increasing their prices by 16 percent. Other utility companies have asked for increases as well. Florida ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008

    As Unemployment Rises, Economists Say We May Be In A Recession

    The unemployment rate in the U.S. jumped to 5.5 percent in the month of May. Economists still have not declared that we are in a recession, they only speculate that it may be so. Really? Oil prices reached record highs today, $138.54 a barrel to be exact, the unemployment rate continues to rise, a ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    Election Update: Clinton Concedes

    After 17 months of bitter battles between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Clinton has decided to end her campaign (it's not like she really had a choice) and support the nominated candidate. In Clinton's speech Tuesday night, she hinted that she wanted to keep going. The change of heart came afte ... More >>

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    June 3, 2008

    Chavez Takes a Page from 1984

    I'm watching you and now your neighbors are too. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has decided that it's not good enough to have total control of his country's government, now he wants people to inform on their neighbors, friends and families. Chavez has instituted changes to his intelligence agenc ... More >>

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    April 25, 2008

    Weekly News Wrapup - Murdoch Tries To Control The World

    Murdoch Gears Up To Buy Newsday - Rupert Murdoch has offered the Tribune Company $580 million to purchase Newsday and further solidify his hold on the tabloid papers in New York. If the deal goes through, Murdoch will own 3 of the 10 largest circulation newspapers in the country. Turnpike Tolls May ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008

    The Water's Fine!

    Or is it? With the budget ax hovering, we might never know.

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    April 18, 2008

    Weekly News Wrapup - The Pope, Merging Airlines, and Canceled Concerts

    Pope Visit - Pope Benedict XVI visited the U.S. Tuesday in what is deemed to be a historic a visit. He said he is ashamed of "pedophile priests," but some catholics are demanding more action. Delta, NWA Merge - Delta and Northwest Airlines settled on a deal to merge that would make them the larges ... More >>

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    April 15, 2008

    Budget Cuts Force Journalism School Against Wall

    Click here to see the slide show presentation given at the meeting. FIU President Modesto Maidique spoke about priorities. He placed the schools of education, and journalism below the, yet to be open, school of medicine and the school of hospitality management. At the meeting yesterday, Maidique r ... More >>

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    April 11, 2008

    Weekly News Wrapup - Grounded Flights, Clinton Pollster Resigned, and Threats At The Olympics

    More Flight Cancellations To Come - After the FAA issued orders to airlines to reinspect their planes, American Airlines canceled thousands of flights nationwide. Now Midwest Airlines also began canceling flights affecting flyers across South Florida, although to a lesser extent than it has in other ... More >>

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    April 10, 2008

    Badminton Gets Slightly Cooler

    You might remember the Vitamin Water commercials which featured famous athletes playing sports they wouldn't be caught dead playing in real life. What you might not know is that the commercial below was filmed in South Florida and aside from being hilarious, the ad features our very own badminton en ... More >>

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    April 1, 2008

    Nestle Gives People The Finger

    I got a press release this morning announcing that Nestle will be changing the name of their Butterfinger candy bar to just, “The Finger.” I can picture it now, Bart Simpson pulling his chocolate bar away from Nelson after knocking him out, then looking at the television viewer while quipping, ... More >>

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    March 26, 2008

    He Saw Jesus In The Bathroom

    Little did Theo Grimes from Miami Gardens know that when he stepped out of the shower he would come face to face with Jesus. Well, it was the image of Jesus on his bathroom wall, but that was still a creepy sight. Just imagine, you’re toweling off and next thing you know Jesus' visage is staring y ... More >>

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    March 25, 2008

    StreetWorks - Near NE 38th Street and Biscayne Boulevard

    The next time you are heading south on Biscayne Boulevard look to your right just before you go under I-195 and you'll spot this interesting piece. We've written about the artist and, um, debates surrounding his work. Click here to read that story. -- Elvis Ramirez Elvis Ramirez

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    March 21, 2008

    Weekly News Wrapup - Spiraling Economy, Racketeering and Still No Delegates.

    Economy Worsening - While Wall Street is still getting beaten down by the economic downturn, other parts of the country which were not sorely affected are now experiencing their share of troubles. As the market continues to slump many retail stores have had fewer and fewer customers walk through the ... More >>

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    March 17, 2008
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    March 12, 2008

    Streetworks - NW 1st Place and 21st Street

    There is no shortage of graffiti in the Wynwood Art District and the surrounding areas. A couple of blocks away from the art galleries, you'll find different works amidst the dilapidated buildings. This weathered piece at NW 1st Place and 21st Street appears to be a remnant of the earlier graffiti i ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008

    Last Night: Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin with Hurt and Seether At The Cruzan

    Jacek Gancarz Click here to see a slide show of the concert. Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin with Hurt and Seether March 6, 2008 Cruzan Amphitheater Better Than: A cold beer on a hot night. Allow me to begin by saying that I commend everyone that made the hellish commute from areas now ... More >>

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    February 27, 2008

    Cheap Eats: LC's Roti Shop

    Where: LC’s Roti Shop, 19505 NW 2nd Ave, Miami Gardens. What $15 Gets You: A chicken roti, a sugar cake, a doubles, and a Coke. Caribbean cuisine is hard to define because of the mixing of cultures that exist in the area generally referred to as the Caribbean. When a friend suggested that we go ... More >>

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    February 25, 2008

    Models Volleyball = Boredom?

    Click here to see a slide show of the volleyball tournament. Walking by Nikki Beach on Saturday, most would have assumed that nothing was going on. There was no one at the door, no waiters to greet you, and only a couple of girls in bikinis basking in the sun. But soon after that big ball of gas in ... More >>

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    February 20, 2008

    Board of Education Labels Evolution a "Theory"

    The Florida Board of Education passed a new set of teaching standards that requires evolution to be taught in the classroom, but labeled as a scientific theory. This is raising an uproar, widening the divide between creationists and scientist. And caught in the middle are the children who, I’m su ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008

    Cheap Eats: American Adobo

    Where: American Adobo, 633 NE 125th St., Miami What $15 Gets You: Teriyaki chicken, longaniza, rice, cabbage soup and a Coke Don’t let the name American Adobo fool you, the only thing American in this restaurant is the ketchup. The restaurant focuses on Filipino cuisine. As me and my friend ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    Last Night: Jazz Jam at Churchill's

    When I pulled up to Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., a police patrol car was parked out in front. The lights were on and two officers were talking to a young man. What a lovely way to start a night of jazz music. As me and my friends walked into the pub, the sounds of old-school jazz filled t ... More >>

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    February 4, 2008

    Super Bowl Ads: The Best and Worst

    With Fox Broadcasting charging around $2.7 million, the highest amount in the history, for a 30 second spot in this year’s Super Bowl, companies needed to put up their best to milk those precious moments. However, while there were many gems in the slop that was this year’s Super Bowl advertising ... More >>

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    February 1, 2008

    Streetworks - NW 36th Street and 5th Ave.

    Rather than dealing with people on Biscayne Boulevard who don’t know how to merge, I chose to go down NW 36th Street. As I was reaching the light at NW 5th Avenue, the dude in front of me slammed on the brakes. After holding back a few expletives and regaining my composure. I looked over to my lef ... More >>

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    January 28, 2008

    Back Alley Turf Wars: Killer Odors and Backseat Coaches

    Back Alley Turf Wars 2 sounds like a no-holds-barred wrestling match held in someone’s backyard. Actually, it's a boxing tournament. I figured that this would be a small event with a couple of people rooting for their favorite fighters, but once I stepped in to the gym, I found it was packed with ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008

    StreetWorks - Wynwood Art District

    As I walked from gallery to gallery during this year’s first Wynwood art walk, I noticed a lot of graffiti but assumed most of it was there as part of an exhibition. But this one on NW 2nd Avenue and 24th Street was far from most of the galleries and all the other "graffiti." I wonder if anyone e ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008

    Cheap Eats: La Nonna Restaurant

    Where: La Nonna Restaurant, 117 SW 107th Ave, Sweetwater. What $15 Gets You: Linguine with garlic, basil pesto sauce, salad, a glass of wine I needed to find a restaurant near school that didn’t serve hamburgers, subs, or anything that even remotely resembled a sandwich, so I asked around. A fr ... More >>

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    January 15, 2008

    StreetWorks - NW 167 St. and Palmetto Expressway

    After missing my exit on the Palmetto Expressway, the one that leads to NW 167th Street, because some dude couldn't show me some common courtesy. I had to take the long way back onto the expressway. I looked to my left as i traveled up the ramp back onto State Route 826 and saw these two pieces. -- ... More >>

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    January 11, 2008

    Weekly News Wrap - Seminole Gambling, Michigan, The FBI and more

    1. Stronger Security for Driver’s Licenses – An initiative put forth by the Department of Homeland Security will require that all Americans born after Dec. 1, 1964 get new more secure driver’s licenses. The plan will allow state governments to share information about the person. 2. Seminole ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008

    Cheap Eats: Nice Mon

    Where: Nice Mon. 19695 NW 2nd Ave, Miami. What $15 Gets You: Jerk chicken meal, Jamaican beef patty, a drink. As I was traveling down Northwest Second Avenue one day, I noticed this green roofed building with a big yellow sign in front that said Nice Mon: Jamaican Restaurant and Bakery. The fol ... More >>

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    January 9, 2008

    Should Google Pay Reparations?

    Neil Henry, professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkley, published an op-ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle denouncing the evils of search engines like Google and Yahoo. He said that Google should be funding schools, among other things, to ensure that the quality of jou ... More >>

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    January 2, 2008

    Albums on Tap for Early 2008

    Well 2007 is over, done and almost forgotten. So stop looking back on the year that's past and take a look at what you have to look forward to from the music world in just the first couple months of 2008. Here's a look at some of the first albums to drop this year ... Ringo Starr – The Liverpool ... More >>

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    December 26, 2007

    Cheap Eats: Hops Grill and Brewery

    Where: Hops Grill and Brewery , 1155 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, (954) 441-4599 What $15 Gets You: Smothered Chicken Marsala, side of vegetables, side of fries, and a drink of your choice. The food at Hops wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It was standard. Keeping in mind that we had to ... More >>

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    December 21, 2007

    Weekly News Wrap - Crist, Fidel, Entertainment Scabs and more

    1. New Orleans City Council Votes to Demolish Housing, Protesters Riot – The City Council voted unanimously to raze the city’s largest public housing project. Protesters fought with police. Those outside the city council chambers fought to get in, the one’s inside argued for their homes. 2. ... More >>

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    December 12, 2007

    Cheap Eats: Cheen Huaye, Southern Mexican Cuisine

    Where: Cheen Huaye, 15400 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami Beach, 305-956-2808 What $15 Gets You: Pollo a la Yucateaca, a side of rice, fried plantains and your choice of drinks (and complimentary chips and salsa). My friend had recommended Cheen Huaye, which served Southern Mexican cuisine (not Mexican ... More >>

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    December 5, 2007

    Marlins Screw Fans Yet Again

    So the Marlins are at it again. They win a World Series and then end up trading everyone away. Why can’t they just keep people around. The Marlins are trading Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis for six prospects from the Detroit Tigers. Yes, they are trading the last two guys left from the 2003 t ... More >>

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    December 4, 2007

    Streetworks - Freight Container at NW 7th Ave. and 121 St.

    Traveling down I-95 South, I looked over to my right just in time to catch a glimpse of this work and watch it fade into the distance through my rearview mirror. I got off on the next exit after 135th Street. Because the tanker on which the graffiti was painted faced I-95, it took me a good half hou ... More >>