Florida's strange legal code means you can kill a kid armed only with a bag of Skittles, claim self defense, and get off scot-free, but if you fire what you claim is a warning shot during a dispute with your abusive husband you get 20 years in jail. Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman sentenced t ... More >>
Miami-Dade is perhaps a bit more free-spirited than most American beach towns by designating a small sliver of Haulover Beach for nude sunbathing, but for Thomas Wittbold that wasn't enough. Wittbold sued Miami-Dade County, alleging that not allowing him to be nude elsewhere in Haulover Park was inf ... More >>
Tampa may be a small town compared to Miami. But thanks to local resident DJ Three, his longstanding Snatch club night, and his esteemed Hallucination Limited label, T-Town definitely holds its own when it comes to underground electronic dance music. One of the talented acts to come up under the ... More >>
Do Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of sexy times with animals?The lawyers of a Florida man who is being prosecuted under Florida's relatively new anti-bestiality law after being caught in an intimate situation with his pet miniature donkey claim that the law violates the c ... More >>
Voice Media Group, which owns the Miami New Times, settled it's less than two-week old trademark infringement lawsuit with Yelp over Yelp's use of "Best Of" lists. No money changed hands. Yelp agreed to stop using the trademarked name and return will revert to "Best of Yelp [City Name]." In return ... More >>
A quarter-century ago, my old, good buddy Mike Lacey came to Miami and decided to start a weekly paper. He wanted to move here, but a mugger and a prudent wife convinced him cocaine-fueled Miami wasn't the place to raise a family.Today, Lacey bowed out. Along with his partner -- and another guy I co ... More >>
Today, Mitt Romney is foregoing a Miami political campaign tradition by skipping over Versailles restaurant in Little Havana. Instead, Mittens will be hobnobbing with a convicted cocaine smuggler. The Republican presidential candidate is holding an afternoon rally at Palacios de los Jugos at 7085 Co ... More >>
Marco Rubio introduced the The Olympic Tax Elimination Act, which aims to end the taxing the winnings and medal value of Olympians, with a bit of old fashioned, conservative anti-tax zeal. "Our tax code is a complicated and burdensome mess that too often punishes success, and the tax impos ... More >>
Marco Rubio has been studying the American tax code, and at last he's discovered the scourge that's been dragging down the U.S. economy. No, it's not Obama's higher taxes on the top-one percent, and it's not Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.It's Uncle Sam's tax on Olympic medalists, who, yeah, appa ... More >>
Barack Obama may have been the first sitting American president to announce his personal support of gay marriage. He may have repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, and allowed gay citizens to serve openly in the armed forces. He may have been the first president to appoint a Transgendered per ... More >>
There are worse things for politicians to be than boring moderates, sure, but Bill Nelson is a boring moderate through and through. So, it's really no surprise that his stance on gay marriage is predictably off in some vague, boring, moderate middle land.
You thought the name "Blue Ivy" was a bit strange? Turns out that Miami Heat guard has a daughter who goes by the quite regal name of "Queen Elizabeth." She's twenty-months-old now, but Heat fans didn't get the birth announcement because Chalmers was only recently found to be the girl's father.&n ... More >>
Even though her husband has been out of office for nearly a year, former first lady of Florida Carole Crist still makes the gossip pages. First there was the news that she was registered as a Democrat and was openly asking top Democrats if her hubby Charlie Crist had any chance of reclaiming ... More >>
While serving on the jury of a federal criminal trial, Italo Campagna tried to bribe the defendant's family for $20,000 to convince other jurors to deliver a not guilty verdict and keep the man out of jail. Instead, now Campagna likely faces a jury of his own.
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 explains how the criminal justice system destroys young black men in Miami-Dade County.A couple of major news organizatio ... More >>
In a stunningly speedy political flip-flop, Florida Governor Rick Scott has completely changed his stance on whether or not unions should have collective bargaining rights. He's fallen in step with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's anti-union stance. What made Scott change his mind so fast? Well, ... More >>
Pastor Terry JonesThe tiny Gainesville, Florida, Dove World Outreach Center ignited an international controversy when they announced plans to burn Korans on the ninth anniversary of September 11. The story stirred the same strong feelings surrounding a planned Muslim community center near Ground ... More >>
After a heated debate that lasted until 4 a.m. in the morning, Argentina is set to become the first country in Latin America to recognize same-sex marriage. The Senate approved the measure following the foot steps of the lower house, and President Cristina Fernandez is certain to sign the measure ... More >>
PRNewsFoto/Playboy Enterprises, Inc.Hugh Hefner is old. He's so old that Hollywood types have started projects based on his legacy. There are the rumors (tweeted by Hefner himself) that Diablo Cody is writing a movie about him. And one of the documentaries at this year's Miami Film Festival is Hu ... More >>
Fidgeting in his gray suit coat, disgraced priest David Dueppen told a judge this morning he wants custody of his one year-old daughter. He claims the baby's mother -- a former Porky's stripper named Beatrice Hernandez -- has a criminal record and "ambushed" him using the media. Now, he says, she wo ... More >>
Looks like Phil Davis is finally heading to the pen.The ex-Miami judge, who wriggled out of jail time in a federal sting operation in the early '90s by admitting a raging cocaine habit, was found guilty of fraud today.Prosecutors built a case against Davis involving a non-profit he founded in 199 ... More >>
Kareem Zarwi, manager and beverage director of Au Pied de Cochon recently sent a very gracious email in which he thanked me for the "clear assessment" of Pied in the New Times review. But the real reason he was writing was to let me know that he had "come across a 'review' quite similar to the on ... More >>
Public defenders turn to rich law firms for help.
Miami Police Chief John Timoney screwed up, and we taxpayers are just gonna keep paying and paying.Back in November 2003, the City of Miami shut down some protests against a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) meeting being held here. The cops beat some protesters and illegally jailed others. Jus ... More >>
It was pretty evident to anyone with basic reading comprehension skills that the part of Amendment 2 that read, "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized," would ban civil unions in the Florida Constitution. Florida voters pa ... More >>
Riptide works on a self imposed quota system, and in order to meet our goals we have to make at least one "Charlie Crist is gay" joke a week. So it was only natural when reporting on Charlie Crist's upcoming nuptials to lay it on thick, especially while we were still fuming from the travesty of Amen ... More >>
When art imitates life a little too closely
What do you do when some morons criticize you in a news report? If you're the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the top federal cop, the answer is easy: You blackball the news reporter
Marvel Comics isn't going to give up Captain America without a fight
Attorney Victor Diaz chats up the ACLU's Howard Simon
February 4 - 10, 1999
Labor organizer Monica Russo helps Dade's nursing home workers form a more perfect union
Hialeah residents Omar and Carmen Corzo sue Councilwoman Carmen Caldwell (among others) for violating their civil rights
With state lawmakers renewing their threats to ban au naturel sunbathing, local nudists are undressing for battle
Local black leaders are wondering why the U.S. Justice Department called them together to chew the fat about Guantanamo
Raul Martinez is facing ten years in prison for public corruption. Hialeah voters want him to be their mayor anyway. What a town!
J.C. Alvarez might have won the election battle if confidential information hadn't been leaked. That was last year. Now comes the legal battle.
Lewd magazine publisher Dugent experiences the ultimate masochistic thrill - a spanking from its neighbors in prim and proper Coral Gables