C. StilesA year ago we chronicled the life of Rene Martinez, a Miami Cuban American who went from gang-banging hell-raiser to a humble God-fearing MMA warrior. Since that cover story, Martinez, known by his street name "Level," has won his first three matches as a professional and starred in a fi ... More >>
Miami New Times was shortlisted for ten awards for Excellence in Journalism from the Florida Press Club, with staff writer Tim Elfrink a finalist for four awards. Gus Garcia-Roberts is finalist for two awards, while Francisco Alvarado, Kyle Muzenreider, and Pam Shavalier are also nominated.
"Together we stood our ground as gangsters and young teens yearning to be accepted as men in a very harsh reality."
Alex Izaguirre A steady downpour did not dampen the mood of the bloodthirsty crowd that came out to Dhafir Harris's back yard in Perrine this past Saturday. About 100 spectators saw ten bare-knuckles brawlers put on a gruesome show -- which even featured a main event cage rematch between Whi ... More >>
Part thug, part street fighter, Rene Martinez flattens his opponents. Can his punch save him from himself?
Alex Izaguirre More than two decades ago, Rene Martinez satisfied his lust for violence by engaging in some serious gangbanging. Throughout his teenage and young adult years, the former leader of the Latin Syndicate racked up more than 21 arrests for, among other things, rumbling on the str ... More >>
Alex Izaguirre Cigarette and Black-N-Mild smoke wafted throughout the already stifling hot warehouse at 19100 SW 106 Ave. in unincorporated Miami-Dade. It was shortly after 9 p.m. this past June 20 when more than 100 relatives, friends, and members of the street gang Latin Syndicate filed into Bad D ... More >>
A vicious fight is raging among the high priests of newly fashionable Santeria, where Websites beckon and the gods are far from crazy