Many cops have side jobs. Some work security at nightclubs. Others are in the National Guard. Sgt. Nicholas Kealoha programs people's brains. Kealoha is an 11-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department. He is also the self-appointed director of what he calls the International Institute for Br ... More >>
Wrongly imprisoned. Reborn behind bars. It's not quite Shawshank Redemption, but when Tony Galeota walked out of a Panama City jail cell May 23, it was still a small serving of justice. Galeota is no angelic Andy Dufresne, the main character in Shawshank who serves two decades behind bars for a cri ... More >>
On March 1, students who tried to log on to the Internet using the free Wi-Fi network on Florida State University's Panama City campus found themselves automatically redirected to an infamous Internet shock site called Meatspin.com. In case you're unfamiliar, the site does not feature a 24-ounce por ... More >>
First off, congratulations to Mac's Club Deuce for being named one of Anthony Bourdain's five favorite bars in the world. See Also:Best Dive Bar 2012: Mac's Club DeuceIn Food & Wine, Tony makes a case for the smoke-filled cash-only dive bar in the middle of Miami Beach's flashy nightlife scene, ... More >>
Finley Quaye Ricochet, Miami Wednesday, September 13, 2012 Better Than: Shopping for overpriced fedoras. At a little after 11 p.m., amid smoke and buzz, Scottish reggae guy Finley Quaye took to Ricochet's stage and started crooning, no unnecessary fanfare or wild shout outs. It was a mellow start ... More >>
You know that show Storage Wars where people bid on the contents of unpaid storage units? Well, imagine a situation like that, except the winning bidder finds out he's bought a storage unit that contains the remains -- including hearts, lungs, and 10 brains -- that had belonged to over 100 people. Y ... More >>
What can $7.3 million buy you nowadays? How about 459 pounds of cocaine?That was the amount seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on May 29 at the Miami Seaport. CBP officers discovered 169 bricks of coke in eight cardboard boxes in a shipping container. The container came off a ship that had ... More >>
For Robert, Robert Jr. and Robin Burr, rum isn't just a type of liquor, it's a way of life."[Rum] is an incredible spirit," said the elder Robert, the family's patriarch and founder of Miami's Rum Renaissance, which takes place April 16-22. "And now it's experiencing a renaissance of appreciation ... More >>
The flames of hate rarely relight a dimming flicker of love, but L.B. Williams of Panama City decided to stage a fake KKK-style cross burning in his front yard as a last-ditch effort to get his wife to call off their planned divorce. Instead, the bizarre romantic scheme ended with Williams b ... More >>
I'll never forget the dread of marching from kitchen to dining room towards the table I was serving with a bottle of French wine in hand. It was at the Culinary Institute of America's fine French restaurant -- the first time I had ever waited on a table, and the second time I was taking this part ... More >>
photo by Logan FazioLincoln Road zombie walks got nothin' on real life in Florida.Time for a little Halloween honesty: Florida is terrifying. Serial killers Ted Bundy and Gary Ray Bowles have stalked our towns. Prehistoric, sharp-fanged creatures circle our swamps and oceans, hungry for blood. Real- ... More >>
via NWF Daily NewsSo a man crashed his pickup truck into a Waffle House after trying to run over his wife. Of course, it happened in Florida. And, of course, it happened in Panama City Beach, the crown jewel of the Redneck Riviera. PCB, baby!
Norman Braman's advice to voters notwithstanding, there is a measure on the ballot that deserves a resoundingly emphatic YES! And that is the question asking voters to make the Miami-Dade Inspector General's office a permenant part of the county's home rule charter -- in effect our local constitutio ... More >>
It's that time of year when college students across the country take a break from their busy schedules of binge-drinking in hoodies and sweatpants in dorms and frat houses to change it up and binge-drink in bikinis on beaches. Yes, it's spring break. As always, South Florida attracts its fair sha ... More >>
If you think all reggaeton comes from Puerto Rico, you're dead wrong. To begin with, the genre sprouted from the seeds sown by Panama's dembow. Beyond that little history lesson, though, one need only check today's charts to see non-boricuas leading the movement. Somewhere near the top, you'll ... More >>
Florida's constitution strictly forbids gays from marrying, but what about the Sunshine State's straights? They're obviously doing such a fine job of upholding the sanctity of marriage, right? Apparently not so. The Daily Beast has compiled a list of "the 50 cities with the worst divorce rates," ... More >>
Nothing makes a bleary, rain-drenched Wednesday afternoon a little more bearable quite like some good ol' schadenfreude. photo by Averette Creating off-shore tax havens lags just behind golf among Fisher Island's most popular leisure-time activities.So Riptide is grateful to 77-year-old Ma ... More >>
via U.S. Coast GuardA shark can smell a single drop of blood in one million drops of water.Twenty-nine days later, and oil continues to flow from a hole 5,000 feet below the ocean's surface. BP's actions continue to threaten the Gulf and maybe the Atlantic's commercial fishing industry. Today, th ... More >>
Who comes to Miami during spring break? Driving around the beach the past two weeks would suggest it's mainly dumb post-pubescent kids in furry boots and microscopic bikinis. But maybe we're being too hard on our vacationers. The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages announced earlier this wee ... More >>
On Sunday, Cuban television broadcast the first episode of an 8-part miniseries on the various assassination attempts on Fidel Castro.Just another jolly night on Cuban prime-time!Called He Who Must Live, the miniseries covers the "638" attempts on El Supremo's life, including some that took place ... More >>
Bourdain, cocaine. Hey, that kind of rhymes.No reason why the Travel Channel's No Reservations star and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain shouldn't burn 6 tons of fresh, uncut, powder cocaine with the Director of National Security of Panama.Yeah there is. He's a TV chef. Why the hell is he burning a ... More >>
Though some may consider J Lo's attempt at juggling music, acting and varied entrepreneurial endeavors to be noteworthy, let's face facts. Nine out of ten people either snicker at the mention of her music, chuckle at the reference to her acting, or both (...much as I want to poke fun of the ... More >>
With 30 years under her belt as a singer and an actress, Paloma San Basilio is something of a Spanish icon. She's starred in such theatrical revivals in Madrid as The Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Victor/Victoria and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and she's released close to 30 records since her ... More >>
image via Destinee"If you plan to be successful in ANYTHING you do, be prepared to live for it, breathe it, and die for it, if need be."Destinee aka Maiden Dade aka Rita N. is a Dade County Hip Hop impresario, performer, recording artist and member of the THC Crew.Crossfade recently spoke to her by ... More >>
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Smuggling coke by the ton and making money by the bushel. Getting tortured in Panama and eating smoked pork loin in Houston. The courtroom show is riveting, but like Al says, where's the justice?