Let's play trivia. Today's topic: laughably inept local governments. Can you name the Miami-Dade village that mysteriously suspended its top three cops March 27? No, not Sweetwater. That was then-mayor Manny Maroño, who was busted for taking bribes. No, not Homestead. There, it was Mayor Steve Ba ... More >>
Vico Confino is a husky 81-year-old hell-raiser with a thick Brooklyn accent and an outsized presence -- slicked-back thin white hair, piercing blue eyes, leathery South Florida skin -- that seem cut straight from a Sopranos casting. Confino tosses F-bombs at waiters over bad service. He wears four ... More >>
The police station burned bright as a bonfire. As cars hissed past on the Caracas highway, flames consumed the roadside structure as if it were kindling. Black smoke belched into the night sky. By the time dawn broke over the Venezuelan capital April 1, nothing was left of the building but a charred ... More >>
Guns are no longer just boy fun in Florida anymore. Woman now make up a higher rate of those who have concealed carry licenses than at any point before. Approximately one out of every four concealed carry permits are issued to women, and that translates to a whole lot of ladies packing heat. Remembe ... More >>
The facts are not in dispute: John Wayne Rogers is legally blind. He also shot his friend to death two years ago after an hours-long drinking binge at his rural Florida home. More specifically, he pointed a .308 Remington assault rifle at his buddy's chest from just over a foot away and then pulled ... More >>
Criminality and social media have rarely had a harmonious relationship. There are several obvious reasons for this, but the most important is this: Cops have Facebook. And Twitter. And -- it has surely dawned upon 19-year-old Dupree Johnson -- Instagram. Dupree Johnson, who's evinced an iron dedica ... More >>
When Miami rapper Young Scrilla was shot in Overtown while making a music video a couple of weeks ago, details trickled out like a weekend baller trying to make it rain with Wingstop coupons. Now, in a Crossfade exclusive, Dave and LT of TruStory Entertainment -- the bosses who threw last year's Ri ... More >>
With the kickoff of Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week just a little over seven days away, our anxiety has reached an all-time high. Only Election Day voting lines throughout South Florida, it seems, are longer than our WMC Party Guides, and that's becoming increasingly difficult to handle ... More >>
UPDATE The Rizinstar Tour with Travis Porter, Kirko Bangz, Ca$h Out, and others has nixed its show at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami. The venue and Ticketmaster have both confirmed the cancelation. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. God bless Atlanta, dammit. In terms o ... More >>
Here's yet another story of a Floridian ingesting some synthetic drugs and getting all naked and violent.Police in Bradenton say a man who shot off a Glock in his home and then ran around his apartment complex naked had been smoking synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.
Jovens Esperance, which we are pretty sure means "Young Hope" in Esperanto. Does that still exist?Jovens Esperance. The name sounds so innocent, like something Salma Hayek might whisper into your ear on a lazy Sunday morning. Or like the name of a Catalan charity devoted to taking thugs from the ... More >>
shotspotter.comA gunshot detection system like this would require sensors -- even cameras -- all over Miami neighborhoodsThe gunman squeezes the trigger on his Glock. His victim slumps to the ground. And without a cop in sight, the murderer thinks he's in the clear. But the light poles are liste ... More >>
As we count down the full list of 2,000 personalized license plate requests reviewed by Florida's Obscenity Board -- a mind-blowing document we got our hands on a few weeks ago through the Freedom of Information Act -- we've learned a few things about the good folks of the Sunshine State. Thi ... More >>
Photo by Jose D. DuranUffieUffieWednesday, March 9, 2011The Standard, Miami BeachBetter Than: Not sure it was "better than" anything. Definitely reminded me of being on some kind of bender.The Parisian-by-the-way-of-South-Florida singer Uffie really came out of nowhere in 2006, having lucked out ... More >>
via Pinellas County Sheriff's DepartmentHydra Lacey Jr., the convicted sex offender who killed two St. Petersburg cops today.A horrible week for Florida's police officers turned even worse this afternoon. While thousands gathered in downtown Miami to remember Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth, th ... More >>
Maybe I'll have better luck blowing this guy away.Banana Republican is watching a projection screen inside a chilly classroom with no desks.On the screen, a police officer in a tan uniform talks to a middle-aged man in farmer duds on the side of a rural road. It looks like a scene from the TV sho ... More >>
Rick Ross's homie, Maybach Music's Carol City Cartel member Gunplay a.k.a. Don Logan, takes his name seriously. Just watch this new Dre Films video production to confirm the dude's firepower, which includes "two Kalashnikov AK-47s, one with a 100-pound drum and red beam, the other with the fli ... More >>
South Florida-born, Paris-based Uffie has finally released the video for her latest single "ADD SUV" featuring part-time Miami resident Pharrell Williams off the newly released full-length Sex Dreams and Demin Jeans. Produced by Mirwas (who is best know for giving Madonna her groove back back in 200 ... More >>
UffieSex Dreams and Denim Jeans(Ed Banger/Elektra)When French electro label released "Pop the Glock," a bratty club anthem by then unknown chanteuse Uffie, it was the sort of a carefree record that everyone could get into. That was 2006. In four years, Uffie still has a minuscule body of work, fa ... More >>
Paris-via-South Florida singer Uffie has been quiet for the last few years. However, late this year she finally released a video for her track "Pop The Glock" -- almost 4 years after it was released. Ed Banger head honcho Pedro Winter, a.k.a. Busy P, explained that the odd move was to reintroduce ... More >>
Despite having grown up in South Florida, Uffie hasn't actually step foot in our swampy parts since 2006 when she made an appearance during Winter Music Conference. Still, South Florida's influence on her style of music in undeniable. Hints of Miami booty bass, freestyle and crunk are all there mash ... More >>
Miami-Dade PoliceThe ably-girthed fellow to the right is one Naun Urbina, an alleged forger with a specialty in ripping off small check-cashing businesses. He was arrested, with substantial evidence against him, back in 2006. But this summer, thanks to governmental malaise, he's been released. Hi ... More >>
Sometimes they shoot, and sometimes they kill.
You remember that scene in Heat when Robert De Niro's badass crew perfectly executes this plan to knock over an armored truck? How they all pulled on those hockey masks, then blocked the truck's path with a stolen ambulance, rammed it with a stolen semi-truck, and then laid spikes so the cops blew o ... More >>
Leaping thugs in a single bound, our Brave leading lady takes back the night
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Raymond Scott has a hard time keeping the focus on his rap
Of valets and violations
Lou's Gunshop and Police Supply
You live in Rio de Janeiro and you've got a little problem with an overzealous police force. Your difficulties could be solved with a few hundred assault rifles and a couple of tons of ammo. Welcome to Miami!
Miami Rocks takes the fifth, but people are talking anyway