On a Wednesday evening in early October, Congressman Joe Garcia strides through the empty lobby of a Key Largo community center, his black dress shoes clacking against the marble floor. Garcia is both affable and imposing. He has a large body and a broad face, with small dark eyes set above a prom ... More >>
In the lakeside tourist city of Granada, Nicaragua, visitors strolling along La Calle Libertad come upon a blue Colonial-style building with a small sign reading, "Salon La Libertad." On a recent afternoon, a slim Cuban-American woman with short blonde hair and intense blue eyes chats on her cellpho ... More >>
Ever notice that sign for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians on Marlins Park? Well, the management of Magic City Casino sure has, and they are not happy with it. The casino believes that it violates a contract it has with the county that forbids Miami-Dade from harming their slot revenue, and they'd ve ... More >>
In the past year, parimutuel and casino companies have contributed over a million dollars to state legislators and Republican political action committees as the gambling industry gears up for a combative legislative session in 2012. The stakes are high. State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff and Rep. Erik Frese ... More >>
David Rivera dressed as a UPS man for some reason. (Click to enlarge.)Here's a disturbing contrast in the way the U.S. media approaches political scandals: One congressman accidentally tweets a picture of his boxer-brief-clad boner, and a week's worth of wall-to-wall media coverage ends in teary ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke -- who is a candidate for Miami-Dade mayor -- lays out his vision for kick-starting the local economy.It's time for Miami ... More >>
Way to go Miami. We've elected a guy to congress who is so ethically shady that he even makes career D.C. politicians nervous. As the ethics scandal involving freshman Republican Rep. David Rivera grows, GOP leaders are said to be quietly making plans to replace him if need be. In any event, ... More >>
Floridians sure didn't let silly things like "ethics" get in their way of voting this year. Just ask Governor-elect Medicare Fraud. Despite evidence that David Rivera claimed employment for years as a state legislator from an organization that said they'd never employed him, he was easily elected ... More >>
via magiccitycasino.comThanks to whatever changes in the gaming and racing laws (it's hard to keep track), there's finally a pseudo-casino within City of Miami limits: The Magic City Casino. It's in a new building on the site of the old Flagler Dog Track, in that west-ish area of the county betwe ... More >>
If everything from the lottery, Gulfstream, and even Indian reservations is really supposed to help out with education, why are so many teachers out of work?
Scenes from the life of a racing greyhound.
Seeing Miami in a movie or a TV show or music video turns on my internal geek switch. I'm super excited to see the 305 represented on the screen, but I approach America's assessment of Miami like one of those guys that knows the names of the different kinds of robots in the movies about Star Wars.Ta ... More >>
José El Rey rules with poetic justice and sweet, sweet music.
One Day Till the Primary: Would Jesus Vote for Hillary?: Only 24 hours until Jesus reveals his endorsement for the next president of the United States! All last week, Jesus picked apart the candidates and dismissed them like Judas at the Last Supper, from John Edwards to Mitt Romney. Today, Jesus s ... More >>
A group of sixteen Miami-Dade pastors and ministers, mostly from Black Baptist churches, held a press conference today at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty City to declare their opposition to gambling in the Miami Jai Alai, Flagler Dog Track, and Calder Race Track. There was somethi ... More >>
Throw me a bone, willya? Incredibly, last year, when the voters of Miami-Dade County were offered the opportunity to vote in favor of allowing parimutuel wagering at the greyhound torture grounds known as the Flagler Dog Track, they turned the gambit down. Allowing OTB to set up shop at the falte ... More >>
Mass transit trouble and coked-up greyhounds
Flagler Flea Market
How some of Miami's brightest lights nearly trashed a piece of local history