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    June 6, 2014

    We're All Going To Get Chikungunya and Dengue and It's Going To Be Terrible

    Across South Florida, afternoon rainstorms are sprouting over the Everglades and moving inland to drench backyards, where swarms of mosquitos will soon hatch in pools of tepid standing water. It's summertime in Florida, in other words. Except this year, there's an increasingly good chance those mosq ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    Florida Bill Would Force Craft Breweries To Sell Their Beer To Distributors Then Buy it Back

    Florida's beer laws are already about as logical as David Samson's Survivor strategy. Thanks to the oversized influence of big money distributors, antiquated laws like one banning 64-ounce growlers (which are legal in 47 other states) stay on the books. Craft brewers have spent four years trying t ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Dozier School Dig Unearths Bodies of at Least 55 Boys

    Three years after it was finally closed, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys continues to belch up its foul secrets. The infamous panhandle reform school was shut in 2011 after more than a century of shocking stories, including the deaths of dozens of black youths and the abuse of Miami teens. But ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Israel Hernandez Killing: Officer Who Tasered Teen Put on Leave, Family Ask Feds for Probe

    On Tuesday, Miami Beach Police Officer Jorge Mercado fired a Taser into Israel Hernandez's chest following a chase that started with the teen getting caught tagging an abandoned McDonald's. Hernandez died soon after Mercado used the electronic weapon, and MPBD has now put the 13-year veteran on leav ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Jay-Z, Beyonce in Cuba Was Approved by U.S. Treasury as "People-to-People" Cultural Visit

    The Carters were officially OK-ed to vacay in Castro's Cuba. According to "a source familiar with the itinerary," Jay-Z and Beyonce's controversial fifth-anniversary trip to the island, Reuters reports, was fully approved and licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department as a "people-to-people" cultural ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Florida Leads Nation in "Zombie Homes," Empty Houses in Foreclosure

    All across our lovely, sun-drenched peninsula, acres and acres of cookie-cutter suburbs sit wilting in the humidity, bereft of human beings. They're "zombie homes": properties mired in foreclosure whose owners have simply walked away, leaving the rotting places to become havens for drug dealers ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    Chris Brown Turns to Jesus, Frank Ocean Wants to Press Charges

    Chris Brown's "not working on negativity" anymore. Instead, the Grammy-nominated hothead says he's turning to Jesus and Michael Jackson for inspiration to help get him through his latest public display of douchebaggery: Sunday's parking lot scuffle with Frank Ocean. However, Brown may also need h ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Call to Assassinate Hugo Chavez's Brother Allegedly Hidden in Venezuelan Crossword

    Only in a country like Venezuela with such tight and ridiculous controls on press freedom could a crossword writer be accused of embedding a call to kill the president's brother in a puzzle. Perez Pirela, a TV pundit who is something like a pro-Chavez Glenn Beck, made the accusation against&nbs ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012
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    April 13, 2012

    People Who Think Trayvon Martin Was Unjustly Killed: 91% of Blacks, 59% of Hispanics, 35% of Whites

    Damn white people, really?Two new polls conducted by Reuters and The Washington Post show stark divides by race and ethnicity when it comes to perceptions about the death of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin. A majority of minorities feels that Martin's homicide was unjustifiable, while only about a ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    In Miami Heat's Chapel, Jeremy Lin Prayed A Month Ago He'd Make the Knicks Squad

    ​It's hard to believe that just a month ago, Jeremy Lin was hanging on to his spot on the New York Knicks' roster by a mere thread. The struggling team was considering cutting him. He traveled with the team to Miami on January 27th. He didn't play a single minute in the game, but he did visit the ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Florida Elementary Students Accidentally Given Pornographic Slap Bracelets

    via Santa Rosa SchoolsThe once idyllic Jay Elementary, before the pornographic slap bracelet invasion.​For hundreds of students at Jay Elementary, this week's fundraiser will go down in history as simply the greatest ever. In exchange for raising money for the Panhandle school, students received s ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Celebrate National Chocolate Covered Insect Day with Chocolate Covered Grasshoppers

    by Manataka American Indian Council​Today is National Chocolate Covered Insect day. You've probably consumed your fair share of bugs during your lifetime -- either as a kid stuffing dirt in your mouth or last week when you yawned while riding around on your bike.No need to panic -- most insects ar ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    The Duodenal Switch Twice as Dangerous as the Gastric Bypass?

    ​As some of you know, I've been looking into different weight loss techniques as of late. I'm currently on the Gastric Bypass Hypnosis Surgery program by Rena Greenberg, which I'll be posting a halfway point update on next week.As some of you may also know - I believe in natural methods for losing ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    In Cuba, Gay Man and Transsexual Set To Wed On Fidel Castro's Birthday

    photo by Jonathunder via Wikimedia CommonsA transsexual who underwent Cuba's first state-sanctioned sex change operation and a gay man with AIDS are set to wed in Havana in three weeks, with Cuba's most infamous blogger serving as maid of honor. The ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 13, which also just ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Relatives of Taliban-linked Miami Imam Detained in Pakistan

    ​Three family members of Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, the 76-year-old Imam of the Flagler Mosque who was arrested along with his American-based sons and charged with providing material support to the Pakistani Taliban, have been detained by official in Pakistan. The three were also indicted ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Will Orlando Push Miami Out as Florida's Most Economically Important Metro Area?

    ​Back in 1987, writer T.D. Allman declared in the title of his book that Miami was "The City of the Future," and over the next two decades, our metropolitan area largely made good on the moniker through impressive growth and increasing economic importance. Twenty-four years later, though, Miami is ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Cuba To Teach Youngsters About Taxes With World's Most Boring Video Game

    ​There's one hitch in Fidel Castro's plan to lug the Cuban economy closer to capitalism by laying off 500,000 state workers so they can start private businesses: None of these people have ever paid taxes before.So how to teach a new generation of Cubans that government tithes come hand-in-hand wit ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    In Chavez's Crime-Torn Venezuela, No More Front-Page Photos of Bullet-Riddled Corpses

    One opposition paper reacted to the ban with a front-page "Censored" photo.​Last year, more than 16,000 Venezuelans were felled by bullets, bombs, knives and other violent instruments of crime -- but don't look for their grisly death photos on the front pages in Caracas. A Venezuelan court yesterd ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Underground Trade Between Cuba and America Is Thriving Thanks to Human Mules

    ​Cuba has been a communist state for more than 50 years, but that doesn't mean there isn't lots of underground capitalism going on. For almost as long as the United States has had a trade embargo on the island nation, there's been a significant amount of black-market activity. You can place all s ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Human Rights Watch: Cuba More Repressive Than Ever

    Cuba has been on a repressive kick since the beginning of a year. After well-known critic Zapata Tamayo died in February, other Cubans took to the streets in protest. ​Another one, Guillermo Farinas, is said to be at death's door. The government, in turn, responded by beating some them -- the Lad ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    News Roundup: Roddick and Clijsters Win; Hurricanes Fall in WNIT

    23-year-old Octavius Pruitt was shot in the head and killed while standing on a street corner. How mother witnessed the murder, and police are searching for suspects. [CBS4]Workers at Jackson Memorial have agreed to a plan that would reduce the hospital system's deficit. [WSVN]Police ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Cuba Begins Experimenting With Capitalism, or Something Vaguely Resembling It

    ​Cuba may have a bustling black market of underground entrepreneurs, but legal private enterprise has been outlawed since all businesses were nationalized in 1968. Now, according to Reuters, the communist island is about to embark on an experiment with something resembling capitalism.The ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    News Roundup: SunRail Passes Senate

    Miami students got some of the best math scores in the nation for urban schools. [CBS4]The Florida Senate passed SunRail legislation yesterday. Now the bill goes to the governor, who is expected to sign it. [Reuters]A mother of seven was killed in a hit-and-run early this morning. [Herald]Sport ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    News Roundup

    The ringleader of the Liberty City Seven gets 13 years in jail. [Reuters]A 2-month-old baby received a liver transplant at Holtz Children's Hospital. [CBS4]A student at Miami Norland Senior High has been hospitalized after an attack with a hair pick. [Herald]SportsThe Heat beat the Hornets last nigh ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Food News Roundup: Benihana, Fiji Water, Jamaican Jerk, Michael Jordan, Necker Island, and Cuban Food

    Canadian companies attend America's largest food and beverage show, coming soon to Miami Beach. [GovMonitor]Miami-based Benihana restaurants to donate 100% of Fiji Water sales revenue to Best Buddies charity for month of November. [Reuters]8th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival this weekend at Mark ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Cuba's Craigslist, Revolico, Blocked

    1959 Buick for sale on Revolico.​So you had your heart set on that 1959 Buick advertised on Revolico and forgot to write the contact number down? You might have blown your chance.Reuters is reporting that the popular Cuban version of Craigslist -- which boasts 1.5 million page views a month -- is ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    News Roundup

    Efraim Diveroli, the 23-year-old Miami Beach arms dealer who illegally supplied Chinese-made ammunition to Afghanistan, has pleaded guilty. He face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. [Reuters] Mitch McConnell and John McCain are confirmed to be at that health-care forum today in Hi ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    News Roundup

    The Coral Gables Gazette has gone online-only. [Herald]Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in the June killing of a Metrorail security guard. The kid has been arrested ten times since he turned 11. [Herald]Donte' Stallworth is now allowed to leave his house to work with a trainer. [Reuters]A ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    News Roundup

    Miami-Dade officials will finally end the era of sex offenders living under the Julia Tuttle Causeway, we hope. The first round might be moved this week to condos in South Miami. [Herald]Two men carried a dead shark around on the Metromover, hoping to sell it. Then they just left it in the street. ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Mexican Navy Finds Sharks Stuffed to the Gills with Cocaine

    This story doesn't really have a local hook per se, but I know you all love sharks, and I know you all love cocaine. So what if somehow, some way, sharks and cocaine came together in one slightly amusing but ultimately troublesome incident? Well, thanks to the ingenuity of Mexican drug lords, t ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    New York Steals Miami's "Angriest Drivers" Crown

    via Tony the Misfit's flickrFor the past four years, Miami has reigned supreme as the U.S. city with the angriest and most aggressive drivers, but not anymore. According to Reuters, New York City has stolen our crown. This year, we didn't even make the top five; we placed seventh. Which is still to ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Supreme Court Won't Take Cuban Five Case

    Today was the day the Supreme Court decided if we are all -- in the words of my editor, Chuck Strouse -- "scum-sucking Cuba haters." Apparently, we aren't. The court declined to hear the case of the Cuban Five, who claim their 2001 trial and conviction for spying for the Cuban government was tain ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    News Roundup

    LocalForget the ethical, legal, political and human concerns that would arise if the embargo on Cuba is lifted. How would it benefit me economically? [Reuters]If you have a bunch of umbilical cords taking up space in your closet, South Miami Hospital now has a donation bank. [Herald]The Ve ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Crunch Gym Files for Bankruptcy

    Amongst a certain crowd in South Beach, which gym you go to is almost as important as which night clubs you frequent. I found this out first hand when I joined a fancy SoBe Gym, luckily it wasn't Crunch. The "designer gym" chain has twenty-two locations in trendy neighborhoods in six major cities, i ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    University of Miami Returns to Playboy's Top Party School Glory

    University of Miami used to be a "Top Party Schools" mainstay back in the 80's, coming in at #2 on Playboy's first 1987 list, but with a rise on academic lists came a fall on the party lists. UM didn't even make Playboy's list last year (the top spot went to University of Florida), but it appears th ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    US Economy Expected To Kick Off a Comeback Tour in Third Quarter

    via Eric Dickman's flickrU.S. Economy used to be the number one band in the world. Flying between gigs in private jets, constantly hitting the top of the charts, and attracting screaming fans wherever it went. Then Real Estate (on bass) got really into cocaine, and just got higher and higher and hig ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    News Roundup

    LocalGosh darn it, when this town decides it wants to build its airport a people mover, it's going to happen. It may take 20 years, but it's going to happen. [Herald]Giant mulch fire up in the NE part of the county. [Herald]You've heard this, but the county has backed off on the stadium deal. [CBS4] ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Croc Problem To Be Solved With A Role of Tape and Some Magnets

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has come up with a interesting plan to keep Crocodiles out of the waters behind residential communities. They'll be taping magnets to their head. By attaching magnets to each side of their heads some research suggests it affects crocodile's natur ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    News Roundup

    Esteban ''Steve'' Bovo and Marco Rubio are doing things that might raise a few ethical eyebrows? Who could have imagined? [Herald]"I'm on a boat. I'm on a boat. Everybody look at me cause I'm sailing on a boat. I'm on a boat. I'm on a boat. Take a good hard look at the Mother F*ckin' Boat  ..." ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    News Roundup

    Hey, why not? Hair Gelz Carvalho thinks that while all this bail-out stuff is going, the public schools should be bailed out too. [Herald]Manny Diaz would also like some sort of Federal stimulus package that would make his job a lot easier, too. [Reuters]Charlie Crist is considering a moratorium on ... More >>

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    July 24, 2008

    Week's Top Food-Related Headlines

    DINING | What McCain and Obama's favorite restaurants say about the candidates Chicago Sun Times "We believe that a candidate's taste in food is a more reliable indicator of character than the carefully strained statements issued in this atmosphere of gotcha and gotcha back." KFC's "Vegetarian San ... More >>

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    July 11, 2008

    Burger King Pitches Penny To Tomato Pickers

    You say tomato, I say "Show me the Money" From The Economist: "After one embarrassment on top of another".... [ed note: like being caught SPYING on Florida Student/Farmworker activists in Fort Lauderdale] "Burger King backed down last month and reached a ground-breaking agreement with the Coaliti ... More >>

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    October 23, 2007

    Ecuadorean Military Base in Miami

    News Item: (Reuters, October 23) Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced this morning in Naples, Italy that he will allow the United States to continue to operate its military base in in that South American country -- for which the lease expires in 2009 -- if he can open an Ecuadorean military ... More >>

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    Emigrant Song

    Domenico Modugno's moment in the American sun is to die for

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