Get this: The national engineering firm in the driver's seat to oversee Miami-Dade's $1.6 billion overhaul of the county's monumentally dilapidated sewer system has a history of violating the Clean Water Act, mishandling radioactive waste, billing for phantom work, and paying kickbacks. In most pl ... More >>
For at least three months, John Renfrow, director of the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department, knew about the $18.5 million fine CH2M Hill had to pay the federal government to avoid being prosecuted for time card fraud. Yet Renfrow didn't stop the Colorado-based firm from bidding on a lucrative contr ... More >>
A Colorado-based company vying for a lucrative contract to oversee Miami-Dade County's multi-billion dollar sewer system renovation projects admitted it defrauded the federal government earlier this year. Back in March CH2M Hill and one its subsidiaries agreed to pay $18.5 million in civil fines and ... More >>
Does a $0.25 cover charge for some superintimate, semi-secret show at a small waterfront bar with French art-rock geniuses Phoenix sound too good to be true? Well, yeah. But fans weren't about to hesitate clicking the "Buy Tickets" button when Live Nation and Ticketmaster suddenly sent out an app a ... More >>
OK... So it'd been widely (and frantically) reported throughout the blogosphere that Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, and nearly two dozen other celebs had decided to join Stevie Wonder's Florida boycott in protest of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin. Yesterday, though, Crossfa ... More >>
The Miami Mayor's race is still five months away, but a majority of the city's politically influential power brokers are lining up behind Commissioner Francis Suarez, who is looking to take out popular incumbent Tomas Regalado with more than one million bucks in his campaign war chest. Regalado has ... More >>
If a picture's worth a thousand words, an electronic-dance-music site has to be in the neighborhood of $50 million, right? According to the New York Times, SFX Entertainment, which owns a stake in the Opium Group (Mansion, Set, Cameo) and is in the midst of negotiating a deal with Miami Management ... More >>
See also "Shakira's 'Addicted to You' Video May Result in Sex Rehab." A couple of weeks ago, Shakira walked away with four Billboard Latin Music Awards, including Female Artist of the Year in both the songs and album categories, all despite the fact that her last record, Sale el Sol, was released n ... More >>
Carlos Gimenez gives $60,000 contract to law firm that raised $30,000 for him. A local law firm that raised at least $30,000 in campaign funds for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is seeing its investment pay off. On Monday, the county commission approved Gimenez's request to split Miami-Dade's st ... More >>
Don King, a man known for his boxing promotion and superawesome hair, wanted to give back to the South Florida community. So he loaded a truck full of 30,000 turkeys and hoped to give them to families in need throughout the region. This, of course, being South Florida, the truck was hijacked and ... More >>
Terrell Owens says Greenberg Traurig screwed him over.Professional football's most controversial wide receiver is accusing a prominent Miami law firm and one its attorneys of seedy, unethical behavior. In a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County this week, Terrell Owens alleges Greenberg Traurig and ... More >>
There is a new mysterious player in Miami electioneering. According to Miami city Commissioner Marc Sarnoff's most recent quarterly finance report, his releection campaign paid $23,409 between May 11 and June 29 for "promotional materials" to a company called Rodman. The firm lists its address at ... More >>
The days of hidden offshore accounts are drawing to an end, it seemsNot everyone in Miami is on the up & up. Sure, your neighbor could have bought that brand-new Mercedes-Benz with the Christmas bonus. Or it could have been that narco slush fund in the Cayman Islands. The truth is that ... More >>
The relationship between Miami-based Burger King and Coconut Grove-based ad agency Crispin Porter Bogusky has officially come to an end. After announcing in March that CP B's services would no longer be needed, the fast-food chain has announced that New York-based McGarryBowen will take ove ... More >>
Photo by Marta Xochilt PerezThe neo-raver, grandchild of the hippies.The Honeymoon Series begins this Saturday with Datsik, continuing with Zeds Dead May 5 and Borgore June 17. Back in the LSD-soaked '60s, a big boxy San Francisco building named the Fillmore Auditorium was routinely overrun by l ... 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 >>
Mark this as a failure for local ad firm Crispin Porter Bogusky. Groupon.com has finally decided to pull it's Super Bowl ads created by the firm after public outrage. In the most controversial example, Oscar-winning actor Timothy Hutton talked passionately about the plight of the people of Tibe ... More >>
Public domain image, via Wikimedia CommonsCarlos Santana's show at Cruzan Amphitheater has been added to the $10 deal list.Another Wednesday in the summer, another $10 Live Nation ticket deal. The bad news: This deal only adds one concert to the list of shows that were discounted last week. The g ... More >>
When the hip-hop and R&B station 103.5 The Beat flipped to 103.5 Super X this past May, many fans were left bewildered and utterly confused. Clear Channel claimed the switch was based on Miami's growing Hispanic market, but few bought the "cultural emergence" argument. Before the flip, South ... More >>
CC by 2.0, via lanchutt on FlickrSwoon over Adam Levine? Act fast and do it for no fee. One of the worst thing about being a devoted live music fan is the sticker shock that comes when a ticket's final price is totaled up. A ticket that's about $20 can end up as much as $40 sometimes when you lum ... More >>
CC by 2.0, via r_w_h on FlickrHe'll be back to otherworldly shape soon.U2 fans the world over can rest easy knowing Bono is on the road to recovery. The iconic frontman has been discharged from a Munich hospital where he underwent emergency back surgery this past Friday. The procedure was success ... More >>
If you crave live music, but you're broke and didn't grab the two for one deal on tickets last week, Live Nation is back with another (although not quite as good) deal this week. Anytime from now until midnight tonight, log on to Live Nation's website to grab some all inclusive tickets for as low ... More >>
Are you in for some early morning schaudenfraud with your coffee? If not, move along. We all know sexting is a very dangerous thing for teens. The cover of Reader's Digest and various local news "special" "reports" have told us so. Unfortunately, it can also ensnare white collar ... More >>
Today was Miami Herald's parent companies McClatchy Co.'s shareholders meeting. The troubled newspaper giant -- what newspaper giant isn't troubled? -- faces a tough road ahead, but all CEO Gary Pruitt had to offer was a slightly tweaked advertising strategy for the entire chain. According to Editor ... More >>
Problem: Too many shoppers recognize logoSome of my favorite boondoggles over the years have involved the vast sums stupid companies have spent to fix what ain't broke. Our latest example is Tropicana, headquartered in Bradenton, Florida. In a classic act of desperation, the ailing orange juice prod ... More >>
Well, this is just not good news for anyone. Bob Norman at the Pulp got a hold of a Miami Herald memo announcing that there's more cuts coming to the paper, very soon. Publisher David Landsberg blames a decrease in ad revenue due to the hard luck of many local retailers and auto dealers. No word on ... More >>
"Yours to Keep" (Big Beat Records)
"Too Much Love" (Rub 'n' Tug Remix) (DFA Records)
Signage lobbyist Eston "Dusty" Melton wages guerrilla war on his old employers
Last year much was learned about Miami's illegal signs, including the fact that they're still standing and still lucrative
It's time to stop pointing fingers and start to jump and wave!
Remember the stolen car? The crackhouse and hooker? The incomparable entertainment value? Well, the show must go on!
Will city commissioners embrace outdoor advertising, or will they heartlessly shun a vital industry?
A drama featuring MDCC president Eduardo Padron in the role of backstabbing Brutus. Or is it tyrannical Caesar?
When it comes to constructing roadside billboards, the City of Miami is a regular free-for-all
Sam Thompson, hard-charging dean of the University of Miami's law school, has high hopes, strong opinions, and a tendency to attract trouble
Why would state prosecutors probe a penny-ante fraud case against Susanna Timor? Maybe it has to do with who she works for.
Joaquin Avino's new employer got a piece of the Performing Arts Center contract, but Avi*o had nothing to do with it
Today it's an ugly headache. Someday it will be a beautiful source of pleasure. But tomorrow it's still going to be an ugly headache.