Manuel Noriega: former Panamanian dictator, former decades-long resident of Miami-Dade's Federal Correctional Institute, unwilling video game star. Yes, Noriega was featured as a character in Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and now he's suing the video game makers from his Panamanian jail ... More >>
"Freeway" Ricky Ross, the reformed drug dealer who is not actually a freeway, has once again accused rap superhero Rick Ross of being a bullshit Bawse. Freeway's argument is that Rozay's rap success is entirely due to the "original" Rick Ross's notoriety as a legendary coke peddler. But it just so ... More >>
Manuel Noriega promised retribution against "Panamanian traitors and their U.S. Masters" One week before his ouster, Panama strongman Manuel Noriega was preparing to crack down on his opponents and rally his troops, according to Prudence Bushnell, at the time U.S. Ambassador to Panama.Bushnell's ana ... More >>
Dumb things people have said since the baller signed with the Heat.
LeBron James tore a hole in the fabric of the universe when he announced on live television he was joining the Miami Heat. And wow, did people say some really dumb/crazy things about it. Here's our compendium, in roughly chronological form, of the looniest and most mind-melting quotes from the Su ... More >>
Poor Manuel Noriega. Sure, it was a rough fall from grace to go from the iron fist ruling all of Panama -- from the Atlantic to the Pacific and all 20 miles in between -- to a jail cell in Miami. But there was some dignity there, at least. Miami and fallen Latin American strongmen go together ... More >>
The most vaunted NBA free-agency class in history ran screaming out of the school building at midnight, and the Miami Heat has some pretty crazy rumors swirling around it. Word on the street is that the team has a strong chance of re-signing Dwyane Wade and signing noted m ... More >>
As our own dearly departed Calvin Godfrey pointed out in 2007, Manuel Noriega and Miami really and truly deserved each other. "Where else does a corrupt, militant South American cocaine trafficker really belong anyway?" he wrote. "Certainly not France. All of his friends are here." ... More >>
Morons of the Week comes early.Last November, we reported about the many angry creditors of a French-born charter-plane businessman named Mickael Cohen, who was accused of jilting everybody from Jay-Z to a Lamborghini dealer. Then the Miami Herald ran a similar piece, and in March, Cohen email ... More >>
As always, there were plenty of undeniably idiotic contenders for this week's title, a couple of whom might have even taken top honors on a different week. Take, for example, this Totally Cliche South Florida Medicare Scammer, who allegedly blew millions on exotic cars- who's to say ... More >>
Threats, violence, and kilos of coke are just the start for this cocaine cowboy.
This movie's assets are troubled indeed.
Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your favorite rapper wasn't caught in a lie, you can bet he or she put out a hilariously absurd record or ... More >>
Illustration via Rolling Stone From Panamanian dictator extraordinaire Manuel Noriega to countless drug warlords to what seems like half of the city's politicians, Miami is justly famous for having the most twisted federal trials in the nation. It's already clear after opening statements in downto ... More >>
The fungus nailed Judge Ted Klein and endangers others. Federal incompetence is to blame.
Have fun in France
A Peruvian soldier slaughters dozens, gets away with it, and heads for the subtropics
Courtroom sketch artists give a unique glimpse of our most infamous criminals
Jon Roberts was a big-time Miami coke dealer who did time in the big house
Drugs, guns, violence, beauty, style, and the illusory world of Miami Vice
Judge William Hoeveler
Unless Manny Diaz tops him, Dexter is the hottest candidate for the 2004 county race
For 21 years, the King Mango Strut has been a countercultural rebuke to Miami political chicanery
Los Rabanes go global with the Panama City style
Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez takes diplomacy as seriously as he does jazz
When infamous drug smugglers Falcon and Magluta won the first round, prosecutors vowed revenge. This time it's personal.
Was Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega really a drug trafficker? Or is it possible he was set up by the U.S. government? Try asking a few dozen people who should know.
Jim Dougherty exposed insurance fraud for Lloyd's of London -- until they concluded the Miami Beach lawyer had overbilled them by millions. Now the U.S. attorney is involved and things have turned very ugly, indeed.
Being thrown in jail was supposed to bring down the curtain on Miami drug lords Willy Falc and Sal Magluta. But there was an encore: Death threats, clandestine cameras, illegal searches, and major security violations.
In a Dade jail, a TV tabloid show films a murder confession. In a Dade court, the First Amendment squares off against the Sixth Amendment.