It's a twisted Florida version of Romeo and Juliet. Except it's the parents who (almost) ended up dead instead of the young lovers. A 13-year-old girl and her 15-year-old boyfriend near Ocala concocted a plan to kill the girl's parents so the two could be together and it got as far as slashing the ... More >>
While top Republicans like Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are opposed to legalizing medical marijuana in Florida, the issue isn't necessarily a left vs right issue. Don Gaetz, the Republican President of the Florida Senate, has made the blunt admission that he once bought pot t ... More >>
Poor Republican legislators are surely going to be in a bind over this. On one hand, they're used to bending to the whims of big business. On the other, they party has gone all in on the "Yeah, LGBT people are kind of icky" front. So what are they to do when a giant coalition of some of Florida's bi ... More >>
Despite its association with Paula Deen, butter is not supposed to cause drama. It's creamy, fatty goodness is supposed to spread love and joy, connecting us like two halves of a dinner roll. So when we hear the cause of two roommates' violent argument, we can't believe that it is butter.
Yesterday, at a rally officially announcing that a Major League Soccer team is coming to Orlando, league Commissioner Don Garber had a bit of bad news for the assembled Orlando fans. "This is the beginning for us in Florida," Garber told the crowd last night. "We hope to have a couple rivals for y ... More >>
George Zimmerman certainly hasn't managed to keep himself on the right side of the law ever since he was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, and now he'd heading back to jail. Zimmerman was arrested this afternoon by Seminole County deputies after they received reports of a disturbance.
There's really no doubt that Florida leads the nation -- if not Planet Earth -- in insane crimes. In the past month, we've had an elderly guy showing up pants-less and masturbating at a McDonald's drive-thru, a woman twerking obscenely in front of a school bus full of kids, and the inventor of the W ... More >>
Hey there Florida gun owners. Feeling a little more paranoid than usual these days? Don't trust the government can protect you from potential menaces when you're catching a flight out of Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, or Miami? The Transportation Security Administration certainly seems to think you're ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke breaks down the good ole boy history of the University of Florida. The Gator nation is always acting like they are so much better than Canes nation. Flor ... More >>
It was another bucolic summer Sunday afternoon in a quiet suburb north of Orlando: the sun fading gently in the west, a distant thunderstorm rumbling in the distance, and 20-year-old Robin Campbell walking his dog down the block, completely butt-naked. When police came to check out what the nude d ... More >>
Stand Your Ground isn't the only state law set to stir controversy in the George Zimmerman case. The lesser-known Florida Statute 939.06 requires the state to pay all of a defendant's expenses if they're acquitted of all charges. Zimmerman's defense team has been tallying up the cost of expert wit ... More >>
Even police dogs put their life on the line during duty. Seabee, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, is recovering after he was nearly drowned by 18-year-old London Barnes during a police chase.
The bullet-hole-ridden gray hoodie Trayvon Martin wore on the night of his death could find its way into a museum. At the moment, it's still being held by the FBI as the Department of Justice decides whether or not to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
There's no honor among thieves, and apparently no complimentary wake-up service either. Domonique Pinkard, 21, and Julian Evangelist, 20, broke into a home in Lady Lake, Florida, on Sunday, but when Pinkard passed out on the victim's coach, Evangelist decided to just leave him there. Which turned ... More >>
Dumb idea: showing your police pals your Trayvon Martin shooting target -- complete with crosshairs over his heart and a pack of Skittles in the pocket of his hoodie. Dumber idea: letting one colleague take a photo of you with the target to "show his son." A cop in Port Canaveral did both last month ... More >>
Close to 1,000 former Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald staffers descended on One Herald Plaza Wednesday afternoon. Reporters. Advertising executives. Printing-press mechanics. Bookkeepers. Publishers. Janitors. They all came to pay their final respects to the place that has defined journalism in thi ... More >>
A bit of tooth can ruin a good blowjob. Entirely too much tooth can land you behind bars on attempted murder charges.Priscilla Vaughn, a 29-year-old Orange County escort, was arrested Tuesday morning after allegedly attacking a client and attempting to bite off his genitals.
Talk about sins of the father. David James Mahn, a 49-year-old from Montverde, Florida, is now charged with 200 counts of child porn possession after his 16-year-old son confided in his youth group leader.
Not only was Rick Scott's zeal for drug testing just about anyone he could laughably bad policy, it's also been quite costly to the state. In the four months a program to drug test welfare recipients was in practice it ended up costing that state just over $118,000. Then it got struck down, and has ... More >>
Nothing like a good ol' political sex scandal to start the week off right.State Rep. Mike Horner, a Republican from Kissimmee, now finds himself connected to an ongoing prostitution and racketeering case. While investigating charges that a man was running a brothel out of his house, Horner's name po ... More >>
Nails done. Hair done. Everything did. But apparently not everything's paid for.Three teen girls, aged between 15 and 17, decided to skip out on the bill after getting manicures at an Orlando-area nail salon. A nail tech chased after them, but one of the girls pulled a pink Taser out of her purse an ... More >>
The latest shot has been fired in what may be Gov. Rick Scott's dumbest legal battle yet.Earlier this month a federal judge struck down the so-called "Docs vs. Glocks" law that Scott had signed into law last year. Now Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Health to appeal the decision. Keep in ... More >>
In a recently released deposition from his ongoing criminal trial, Jim Greer, the former chair of the Republican Party of Florida, claims the party actively tried to find ways to get African Americans not to vote. He claims the party also squashed efforts at minority outreach, as they were not a goo ... More >>
George Zimmerman could find himself out on bail once again, if he can make his new $1 million bond. After being arrested on charges of second-degree murder for the death of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, the Sanford, Florida man was released in April on $150,000 bail. That bail was revoked, thou ... More >>
George Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman, now finds herself behind bars in the same facility where her husband is being held on second-degree murder charges. Seminole County Sheriff's deputies arrested her this afternoon on a single perjury charge. The charge stems from accusations that the Zimmer ... More >>
Could all three of Florida's traditional football powerhouses end up in separate conferences? News broke this weekend that Florida State University could be entertaining a move to the Big 12. That lead to some rumbling in the sports rumor-sphere that the Big 12 could also end up targeting some other ... More >>
Inside a heavily fortified compound in rural Osceola County, Florida, a well-armed group of white supremacists lead by 39-year-old Marcus Faella held regular paramilitary drills where they pretended to shoot black victims, talked about attacking Orlando's city hall and even discussed obtaining ricin ... More >>
Jacob David Hartley had been a dad for three weeks, but apparently didn't have as much enthusiasm for his newborn son as he did for his Xbox. The 20-year-old Lakeland, Florida, resident stands accused of shaking his son to death after the child started crying while he was in the middle of a video ga ... More >>
It's always nice when we can work a positive story into our WTF Florida category, and yes this story of a woman giving birth on her sixth birthday counts. Don't worry though, she's actually 24. Her birthday is February 29th, AKA Leap Day. Which means both mother and daughter share the special bir ... More >>
A bill that is meant to allow student-led prayers in school, a proposed law that could potentially lead to costly legal battles, is heading to Governor Rick Scott's desk after being passed by the Florida legislature today. Though, the bill itself doesn't mention the word "prayer," and instea ... More >>
A Florida law requires all bicyclists to keep at least one hand on a handlebar while riding their bike at all times, which, of course, prevents show offs from looking totally awesome. Republican Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff may have been unsuccessful in her attempt to bring Las Vegas-style casinos to Flo ... More >>
It's only natural for a parent to feel protective of their children, but 33-year-old Rayshell Lavone Smith of Orlando took it a bit too far. After her middle school-aged daughter got into a Facebook fight with a fellow classmate, Smith jumped into the online fray and threatened to put a gun in th ... More >>
Ritch Workman, the Republican state representative from Melbourne who has already introduced a bill to legalize dwarf tossing, is back with another stunningly stupid and controversial bill. Just eight days after Workman finalized his own divorce, he introduced a new piece of legislation that woul ... More >>
Nathan Sikkenga was charged with child endangerment, but not for taking his son to Disney WorldFlorida has a knack of bringing out the best in people.Take the Sikkenga family from Gillete, Wyoming. In all-American fashion, 31-year-old Nathan Sikkenga had driven his wife and 9-year-old son cross-c ... More >>
"A paycheck for sitting in a chair and talking about basketball? Don't mind if I do."Former Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal will be joining the studio team on "NBA on TNT," the popular basketball show also featuring noted Heat hater Charles Barkley, according to unnamed reports in the Orlando&nbs ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott has seemed to overcome his hesitations about funding Central Florida's SunRail commuter train program and announced his approval of state funding for the program today. Scott's first big decision in office was surprisingly killing a federally funded high-speed train project, a mov ... More >>
News flash: old people still like to bone. Unsurprisingly, as people who came of age in the wild child, free love era of the '60s and early '70s start to near their golden years the rates of new STD infections amongst the old is skyrocketing. In fact, cases of chlamydia and syphilis amongst those ... More >>
Florida's government is apparently "for the corporations, by the corporation." Gov. Rick Scott promised to run Florida like a business, and his fellow Republicans in the legislature are pushing through many "pro-business" reforms.They also happen to be taking in tons of cash from corporations. Fo ... More >>
Michael MillerSanctified: Wenski appears at the feet of Jesus in an Orlando stained glass windowThomas Wenski, the new Archbishop of Miami, is no wallflower. He's a Rush Limbaugh-loving social conservative who thinks using condoms is like playing Russian Roulette. He's also a fierce advocate for ... More >>
If Barack Obama is a secret Muslim, then why has he apparently joined a gang with Jesus? Yes, according to requests for restraining orders filed in Aluchua County John D. Gilliand Obama, Jesus of Nazareth and Tim Tebow have teamed up to constantly harass the man by appearing in odd ... More >>
Penny Hardaway has a lot to be proud of: four times an NBA All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist, and the world's most memorable basketball puppet. What he doesn't have, however, is a championship ring. Maybe that's why he wants to come out of retirement and play, once more, for the Heat.
Did you read Sunday's profile of Jeb Bush in the New York Times? Our former governor pulled no punches in bashing the current president. "It's kind of like a kid coming to school saying, 'The dog ate my homework,' " Bush said of the administration's tendency to blame his brother, former ... More >>
The Buena Vista Social Club will play its first American shows in seven years this week, with appearances in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.Like Silvio Rodriguez, the band's likely skipping South Florida for fear of protests from fringe exile groups. The legendary geezers are just the lates ... More >>
Democratic senate rivals Rep. Kendrick Meek and Jeff Greene met up for their first debate today hosted by the Palm Beach Post. Meek is the affable, but not exactly superstar, Democratic establishment pick, while Greene is a shady billionaire who plans on winning the election on the strength of hi ... More >>
Billionaire businessman Rick Scott has come out of virtually nowhere to take an astounding double-digit lead in a recent poll against Attorney General Bill McCollum for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. This is thanks mainly to three things: (1) charisma-less career politician McCollum isn't ex ... More >>
Imagine winning half a million dollars from a lottery scratch off game, and then imagine the lottery telling you, "whoops, sorry this is a misprint, too bad." That's what happened to Ann Marie Curcio of Ocala. Her Gold Rush ticket told her she had won $500,000 in 2007. She drove all the way up to ... More >>
It's the weird time of year where for college football fans when spring training is over and the NFL draft is in the history books, yet next season and even meaningful pre-season polls are months away. Which means they look for other things to talk and tweet and blog about, and lately that ... More >>
Before those two failed Senate runs and his stint as attorney general, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum was a congressman for 20 years. During his freshman term in the House, a young McCollum had a dream. A dream that one day, there would never be a national holiday celebrating the l ... More >>
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