The invasive plant water spinach is banned in some states — and essential to Asian cooking. In a small village outside Houston, relocated Cambodians are growing and selling it across state lines, hoping to get rich.
via Random PixelsThe offending image on Random Pixels.Classic David and Goliath: Small local blogger criticizes big powerful daily newspaper. Daily newspaper doesn't like it and sends a cease-and-desist order even though when the local blogger gave the daily praise they found no problem with it. ... More >>
Baby, we're through. Yeah, so, there's Wall Street. There's Sarah Palin. Hurricane Ike. The potential collapse of WaMu, the bank that controls my entire, very meager life savings. But then there are those little things that just make my wretched human existence feel soooooo worthwhile. I'm talking ... More >>
New work at Spinello stops 'em in their tracks.
R.I.P. USA Economy. Mr. Economy was born in 1621 when some Pilgrams traded corn with Native Americans. He died last evening in the Manhattan offices of Lehman Brothers. He is survived by his third wife, Ester, and five children. Hyperbole aside, the events of the last 24 hours will reshape the fin ... More >>
Alberto Carvalho, the guy who the school board wants as the next superintendent, might have been boffing a former Herald education reporter, or he might be the innocent victim of a smear campaign. Officially this is now the most overly dramatic superintendent saga ever. [Herald] A High School footba ... More >>
What's in the papers and on the news today -- and why you care: A former Miami-Dade Police officer was sentenced to eight years in prison after fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. Aren't cops supposed to know how the law works? [Local 10] Names are already being mentioned as to who will replac ... More >>
What follows is a new, regular feature on Riptide 2.0., a look at the day's most important, bizarre and wacko news. So forget about that damn Herald.com. Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Bruno Barreiro's attempt to abolish the chairman's (a.k.a. his) term limits failed. This is not surprisin ... More >>
Hurricanes often have geeky names. Gustav was a loser for sure. Back in 1989, Hugo sounded like a kid who'd get beat up on the playground. There was Iris in 2001 -- want to go bowling? And Georges in 1998. What in God's name is up with that 's'? Check out the list of retired hurricane names on the N ... More >>
For everyone looking forward to the New Times' Iron Fork event next week at the Miami Science Museum, it pains us to say that it has been postponed to October 30. Yes, we played a game of chicken with Hurricane Ike and we lost. But no worries, hold on to your ticket because it will still be honored ... More >>