In the capital of medicare fraud, Miami therapist Paul Thomas Layman and his cohorts pulled off a doozy of a heist, stealing $63 million from the federal government through bogus mental health services. Now Layman will spend the next nine years in federal prison following his sentencing hearing yest ... More >>
Ah, government. It protects and serves. Floridians spent last year lamenting Gov. Rick Scott's bright idea for welfare recipients: a ludicrous plan to drug-test every single person on state aid. (The courts later threw that idea out the window.)Believe it or not, there's now a governor whose food st ... More >>
In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court has upheld President Obama's health care mandate, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the surprising, deciding vote that the sweeping reform is constitutional. The ruling is a blow to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who spearheaded the first national court ch ... More >>
Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Today, Luke weighs in on Obamacare. As someone who's knows what it's like to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, I'm very happy for ... More >>
Ronald Poppo, the homeless victim of the face-eating attack, faces a long and expensive road towards recovery. But the international interest in the gruesome event has an upside: To date, around 2,000 Samaritans have donated approximately $75,000 to go to his medical care. We got that figure from La ... More >>
In a monumental strike against the obesity epidemic, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced plans for a city-wide ban on all sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces during an interview in the Governor's Room at City Hall yesterday.The proposed ban would affect most enterprises that pedd ... More >>
Twenty years ago, the state government passed a law that sounded good on a very simple, surface level: all sports facilities that receive public funding must be used as homeless shelters when not in use. Of course, since the law went into effect not a single arena or stadium in the state has been ... More >>
photo by Daniel Christensen via Wikimedia CommonsCounty Hall, oxy central?In true South Florida fashion, a pill mill that trafficked thousands of illegal oxycodone tablets was operating right in the heart of Miami-Dade County government, the feds say.Recent charges filed against Robert's Drug Sto ... More >>
A hot, sloppy mess. And Nicki Minaj.The Riptide national politics desk has been working around the clock to bring you this shocking revelation: Some Democrats suspect the Republican Party is crazy."I think Mitch McConnell, frankly, has lost his mind," said Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Miss ... More >>
We knew that Tallahassee's recent $500-million-plus slashing to Medicaid reimbursements would have some pretty dire consequences. Unfortunately, a 35-year-old Miami Beach institution that serves as a second home for dozens of developmentally disabled adults is acting as the canary in the c ... More >>
Despite that whole separation of church and state thing and calls to tone down partisan political rhetoric, Rick Scott introduced his first budget as governor today at a Tea Party rally in a church in small town Eustis, Florida. The rally took on a defiantly partisan affair as Tea Partiers had al ... More >>
Florida's new governor: Rick ScottWatching last night's election results pour in, Banana Republican could only take solace that Dorrin Rolle is no longer a Miami-Dade County commissioner and that state legislators will no longer have the ability to draw their own districts. Other than that, the 2 ... More >>
via Local 10Last week we took up the very pressing issue of female toplessness on Miami Beach streets, but today we realize the flaw in any sort of non-beach public nudity: the traffic concerns.Local 10 reports that a completely nude man was spotted walking down Biscayne Boulevard right in front ... More >>
In the News Roundup each morning we've been keeping an eye on the plight of Diana Smith, a local mother battling a rare form of leukemia. Smith was almost denied a life saving treatment when Social Security disability payments made to her son raised her income enough to where she no longer qualif ... More >>
If there are any great truths in this crazy world of ours, things that most of humanity can agree upon, one of them is that babies are for hugging and kissing, not beating. Sadly a mother in Homestead has been arrested for severely beating her 7-month-old child.The incident happened last night, arou ... More >>
We've had a hard time figuring out where presumptive gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink lies on the Democratic Party's spectrum.Is she a dyed-in-the-wool, bleeding-heart liberal? Eh, probably not.Is she a staunch Blue Dog? Doesn't quite seem like it.Is she, like so many Florida politicians, a cautio ... More >>
You can bet there'll be plenty of riled up, sign-waving pro-lifers outside the Miami-Dade courthouse Friday. One of the country's most gripping abortion trials will begin at 9 a.m. And Riptide has some new info to add to an old case. Back in 2006, an 18-year-old mother named Scyloria Williams went t ... More >>
A guy who claims he was shot by fake cops has an extremely dubious history.
Ben Novak, murdered prince of the Fontainebleau, once claimed his wife tried to have him killed. They got back together, though, but now he is mysteriously dead. [Herald]Three Miami residents are accused of buying pills from Medicaid patients and then selling them out of state. [SunSent]The teen w ... More >>
Steven Guarin needs a bone marrow transplant. He has cancer and stupid Medicaid won't cover it. The situation sucks, but his friends in the Miami music scene are doing something about it. They've already gotten a $1,500 donation from Music Cares, the charity foundation set up by the Recording Ac ... More >>
Florida Dems, let us share a bit of well-known advice that helped your national party unseat a seemingly unbeatable Republican incumbent back in '92: It's the economy, stupid. After re-electing party chairwoman Karen Thurman this weekend, the state Democrats vowed to continue their crusade again ... More >>
So the brain trust up in Tallahassee has found itself with a $2 billion hole in the budget (yeah, yeah, financial crisis; more like yeah, yeah overzealous tax cuts), and one of the areas they're looking to make cuts in is Medicaid, which provides healthcare to the state's poorest citizens, according ... More >>
There needs to be some kind of drinking game tied to breaking news alerts that tell us how grim our financial futures are. It began this morning on the Herald’s website with the news that employment in Florida is at a 15-year high and that it could get worse by next summer. In related news, a ... More >>
Suicide notes, psycho-babble, and skeptical readers
A prominent couple's life unravels amid fraud charges and an arson investigation
Mass transit trouble and coked-up greyhounds
Foul-mouthed writers, fully trained midwives, and bunched-up panties
Civic demons, bad dentistry, and hip-hop culture crash
The rotten roots of a sweet HMO deal rip dental health from the mouths of babes
Miami medical bureaucracy begins to rival the school system
A teenager born with HIV was never told of her status until it was too late. How this happened, and why, is now a matter of national debate.
The new chairman of the Miami-Dade delegation sets his own course in Tallahassee
Bedsores. Medical neglect. Depression. Welcome to the bleak underworld of Miami-Dade's assisted-living facilities.
For countless undocumented immigrant kids, America is not the land of puppies and Disney trips, but the land of neglect
They're poor, black, and HIV-positive. Their product? The AIDS medications intended to cure them.
Hounded by budget crises, unflattering audits, and general gripes about management, the Economic Opportunity Family Health Center circles the wagons
Step right up and be astounded by Miami's bizarre side show of Medicare and Medicaid scammers! After all, you're paying for it!
When Hugh Westbrook pioneered hospice care, his organization saw to the needs of the dying. Fifteen years later nothing has changed -- except the politics and the profit margins.