Workers being paid the minimum wage can expect to see a six-cent bump in their hourly pay come June 1st after a judge ruled that Florida was violating its own constitution by not raising the rate for 2011. That may not seem like a lot, but it does add up to $124.80 a year for workers putting in 4 ... More >>
You might not know it from the freak show that is Bravo's Real Housewives of Miami, but star Lea Black is a pretty prominent figure in Florida's Democratic party fund-raising machine. Along with her attorney husband Roy Black, she held the very first fund-raiser for then-candidate Barack Obama in ... More >>
via The Buffalo BeastEvery year we here at the Miami New Times humbly offer our Dirty Dozen of the worst locals of the year. Ever year, Buffalo's own alt weekly, The Beast, takes the concept a bit farther with the 50 most deplorable Americans of the year. Their edition this year, though, is rife ... More >>
Depending on your point of view Marco Rubio looks like a lot of things: a red blooded American hunk set to save the county, an overgrown 12-year-old with a Justin Bieber mop haircut, or, apparently, a Central American dictator. Liberal web empress Arianna Huffington stands accused of throwing the ... More >>
Ian Goldin/GetEQUAL.orgA GetEQUAL protester arrested earlier this year in D.C.Yesterday afternoon, President Obama gazed out over Alonzo Mourning's yard in Coral Gables, past the brightly-painted garden gnomes, and said to himself: What the fuck are giant weather balloons doing here?At least that ... More >>
Despite the fact the outrageous fight for his former seat, former Senator Mel Martinez has been relatively quiet on the political front. Though Martinez, who also had brief stints in George W. Bush's cabinet and has chairman of the Republican National Committee, is now speaking out against his party ... More >>
After years of toiling in the Miami TV market and a short stint on MSNBC, former WSVN anchor Rick Sanchez had finally made it to the big time with his own popular show on CNN. Of course the guy has become known for his embarrassing gaffes, but in his latest misstep he's implied that Jews control ... More >>
via Huffingtonpost.comDo not be confused if this woman accosts your car in Doral today.If your daily commute takes you through Doral -- and may god have mercy upon your soul for that -- you may notice some usual sights around the exclusive Doral Golf and Spa Resort this morning: grown men dressed ... More >>
Luke goes to bat for the musician.
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 goes to bat for Wyclef Jean.Wyclef Jean should have the opportunity to become Haiti's president. He should keep fight ... 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 >>
Yoani Sánchez is on the cover of Italian Wired this month. In the three years she's been online, the 32-year-old blogger has become Cuba's Arianna Huffington.via @riccardowiredShe's now a tweeter and a blogger on the Huffington Post, and her blog gets 14 million page views a mont ... More >>
The Setai"It is said that Miami isn't a city where glamour and excess are lacking... personally, I find Miami a tacky, glamour-less place with little taste and 'class,'" writes Suzanne Aaronson at the Huffington Post.It is said that the Huffington Post is a place where journalism's future lies... ... More >>
Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek traveled to Haiti over the weekend to assist with the Miami-Dade Urban Search and Rescue Team's efforts. The team rescued a 2-year-old girl who was stuck under debris for five days and reunited her with her father. Meek captured the moment on video fr ... More >>
Any Canes fan will tell you the media, especially ESPN, hates Miami, but ESPN aired its two-hour apology in the form of Rakontur's fantastic documentary, The U, this past weekend. One segment, of course, focused on that perceived media bias, and right on cue, the media is stirring up some contr ... More >>
Twitter lists promise to be a nifty new feature.About a month ago, Twitter launched a new feature called Lists to a limited number of testers and is about to make it available to all users, according to Twitter's blog. Twitter Lists lets you organize those you follow into categories. The ti ... More >>
Bond Street, one of our best sushi establishments, is opening a branch in the tony Thompson Beverly Hills hotel (the flagship Bond Street is in NY - SoBe's opened in 2001). One of the cooler treats at the new place will be soy sauce "caviar", tiny dots of the dark liquid encased in thin-skinned m ... More >>
Why did a gay-rights activist stab her wife with a screwdriver 222 times?
*CNN's complete coverage.*Rolling Stone's extensive tribute, with links to coverage throughout the RS archives.*SPIN magazine remembers Michael as a hero, not as a punchline.*At New Times' sister paper LA Weekly, an exclusive interview with longtime MJ lawyer Bob Sanger.*Also at the LA Weekly web si ... More >>
It can be a devil to drive.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is moving to an online only format. A fate that more and more are whispering could soon meet The Miami Herald. The P-I's transformation will be a bellwether as to whether or not a daily newspaper could successfully go online only. The New York Times indicates that the ... More >>
Rush Limbaugh, as you know, has been busy running the Republican party from his West Palm Beach radio studio. Too bad he can't seem to even get the support of another prominent, conservative talking head from the Sunshine state.If anyone didn't believe Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough's denial that ... More >>
Gold-plated robot?Yesterday, 24/7 Wall Street released its list of the 25 Most Valuable Blogs, and local gaming blog Destructoid came in at number 16 with a value of $2.5 million (full disclosure: Prior to working at New Times, I was a blogger/editor for Miami Nights, which is owned by Destructoid' ... More >>
Well damn it. There I was sitting in the press pool with all these very important political journalists, I held back on one or two jokes during today's live blog. Afterall, other journalists were greeting me with "How, was the flight in?" I couldn't respond with, "actually I just drove over here to ... More >>
Negative campaign ads quash the former Hialeah mayor's quest for Congress.
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