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    June 29, 2012

    Florida Lawyer Asks Off Murder Trial To Compete In Key West's Hemingway Look-Alike UPDATE

    Judges postpone trials across Florida every day for all kinds of reasons -- delayed depositions, conflicts with other cases, motions from attorneys, illnesses in the family. (Just ask Carlos Bertonatti -- two and half years later, still no trial.)But there's at least one reason that won't stick: Wan ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Want to Buy the Naming Rights to a Public School Cafeteria? Proposed Law Would Let You

    ​Lunch might be the favorite school subject of many children across the state, and a new bill filed by a Boca Raton Democrat would allow corporations to capitalize on that by letting them buy the naming rights to public school cafeterias.

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    December 22, 2011

    Miami Herald Has Less News Aggregation Ethics Than Huffington Post Miami

    ​There's a media fight brewing in Miami between the old paper giant and the new local iteration of a quickly growing Internet media monster. Random Pixels blogger Bill Cooke, ever the keen-eyed instigator, noticed that the recently launched Huffington Post Miami was cribbing quite liberally from M ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Florida Lawmaker On Cellphone Driving Ban: "Pry My Phone From My Cold, Dead Hands"

    ​So a St. Pete Times reporter decided to call up Sen. Jack Latvala, the Republican chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and asked him about the possibility of the Florida legislature passing a ban on talking on cellphones while driving."You know the NRA saying that if they want my gun ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    FAMU Is Not Penn State: Hazing Should Not Kill A Storied Program

    Alex Izaguirre​Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Campbell comes to the defense of Florida's largest historically African-American university, which has been caug ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Even The Miami Herald's Digital Circulation is Now Falling

    ​The Miami Herald used to be one of the top 25 newspapers in America by circulation, but fell out years ago and is now only the third most-read newspaper in Florida. Until recently the Herald could boast that based on digital copies only it was still a top 25 paper, sort of. However, even the pape ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Marco Rubio Caught Lying About His Family Story by Birthers, National Media

    ​American politics is a fickle bitch. One day you're Marco Rubio, Tea Party pretty boy and front-runner for the Republican vice presidential nomination. The next day, you're just an asshole who distorted his family history to play on the sympathy of constituents, including fellow Cuban-Americ ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Strippers Edition: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Exotic Dancers

    ​Some things are so good, they should not be f*cked with: Starsky & Hutch, rum & coke, mugshots & Fridays.But rules are made to be broken, especially random-ass Riptide rules. So we present you with a special mid-week, Gulf Coast edition of Mugshots Friday Tuesday.Today's version is de ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Florida Woman With Two Uteruses Delivers Twins

    Morton Plant Hospital/St. Pete Times​Andreea Barbosa was born with two fully functioning uteruses, and she has put both to good work. On September 15, the 24-year-old Clearwater woman gave birth to two babies -- one from each uterus. Doctors say the chances of such a pregnancy happening are one in ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Drunk, Homeless Tampa Bay Woman Arrested for Stripping at Club That Didn't Employ Her

    The amateur stripper's mug shot from an arrest in July.​Oh sure, it looks easy. And there isn't any sort of rigorous training or certification required, but it's always best to leave stripping to the professionals. Just ask Natalie M. Behnke of Clearwater. She tried to strip down and collect money ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Florida Tea Party Group Thinks Saving Manatees Is Part of Mass Godless Conspiracy

    ​Members of Florida Tea Party groups are so upset with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to save manatees that they are claiming that new rules to possibly be imposed in famous Kings Bay would not only go against the Bible, but also are part of a vast United Nations conspiracy ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Awesome Pictures of the Last Shuttle Launch Taken From Airplane

    via Twitter user ChadGraffSTS135's exhaust trail emerges from a cloud somewhere over Florida Friday.​To those of you who thought that picture on the front of the St. Pete Times in May was a once-in-a-lifetime shot, well, we have another couple of them. We don't use the word awesome very often. Thi ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Send Your Kids to Florida's Tea Party Summer Camp

    Sorry, baby, those Bush-era adjustable doll house mortgages really screwed us all. ​Are you a faithful member of the Tea Party? Are you worried that your kids, little Ronnie and Reagan, aren't fully committed to your political cause? Well, why not have them stay with a relative in Tampa for a week ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Florida Legislature Gave $1.5 Million to Lobbyist Ron Book's Daughter's Nonprofit She Didn't Even Want

    Republicans up in Tallahassee are so used to giving money to things associated with Miami-based power lobbyist Ron Book that they ended up giving $1.5 million to a nonprofit run by his daughter Lauren Book that she didn't even ask for or apparently need. The odd moves came as those very same politic ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    FSU Whores Out Its Econ Department To Billionaire Activist Koch Brothers

    ​Basic values like "academic integrity" and "common decency" usually lead universities to accept big donations only under strict guidelines: namely, that the benefactors trust the school to use the money without meddling.So it's really awful what's going on up at Florida State University, where th ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Florida Leads the Country in Mortgage Fraud, Again

    ​Florida lets get ready to pop some bottle and celebrate, because we're number one! Again! For the fifth straight year! Those other state can't even compete. Ain't got nothing on us here in the Sunshine State. We've got this mortgage fraud game on lock.Yes, Florida once again lead the nation in mo ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Rick Scott's Major Failure: Legislature Won't Eliminate Corporate Income Tax

    ​Florida is undergoing a radical conservative transformation under Gov. Rick Scott, but one of his top proposals seems to be a bridge too far and too soon even for the Republican supermajorities in the state House and Senate.Even at a time when billion-dollar deficits have become the norm for Flor ... More >>

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    January 24, 2011

    Two More Florida Cops Killed While Miami Mourns Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth

    via Pinellas County Sheriff's DepartmentHydra Lacey Jr., the convicted sex offender who killed two St. Petersburg cops today.​A horrible week for Florida's police officers turned even worse this afternoon. While thousands gathered in downtown Miami to remember Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth, th ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Florida Inmates Consume Honey Buns at a Rate of 270,000 Per Month

    The elusive honey bun: Responsible for making prisoner's lives both heaven and hell.​There may be a new way to deter crime. Apparently honey buns (yes, those gooey, sticky, doughy sponges covered in cellophane) are more popular with Florida prisoners than cigarettes and Coca-Cola.Florida inmates b ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Alex Sink Picks Up Endorsement From Every Major Newspaper in the State

    In an age when the broadsheets are struggling and anyone can make their own mini-endorsements on Twitter or Facebook, do newspaper endorsements still matter? The Democratic Governor nominee better hope so. She's walked away with the support of every major newspaper's editorial board in the state. Th ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    The Origins of DJ Kitty Are a Mysterious Thing

    When we first heard of the mystical being that is the Tampa Bay Ray's DJ Kitty we gave maybe a little too much praise to the team's marketing department. Turns out that the in-stadium video of a DJing cat that went viral was actually the idea of the team's players. Besides that thought little is kno ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Lost Your License Driving Drunk? Florida Store Has A 'DUI Scooter' For You

    photo by Gerry Thomasen via wikimedia commons​After watching one too many sad bastards who'd lost their licenses to a DUI come wandering into his scooter shop, Doug Vitello had a brilliant idea: What if he could sell them a low-speed bike that could get them to work or the probation office?Thanks ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Jeff Greene Files Libel Suit Against the Herald and St. Pete Times For Exposing Yacht Hijinx

    ​Jeff Greene is feeling seriously bitter these days: not only did Kendrick Meek absolutely crush him in the Democratic Senate primary last week, but he looked like a total jerk when only 35 people showed up for his election night party. Couldn't he have at least paid a few extras to mill around an ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Jeff Greene's Boat Summerwind is the "Levi Johnston of Yachts"

    Toot! Toot! All Aboard the SS Media Embarrassment! ​Today, New York Times columnist Gail Collins tackled the tricky subject of billionaire Florida Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene. She calls the man's 145 party boat the Summerwind the "Levi Johnston of Yachts" because it's "an embarrassing, ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    Mafia-Connected Haitian Ponzi Schemer Michael J. Muzio Sentenced to 13.5 Years

    ​Michael J. Muzio, one of four co-conspirators in a Ponzi scheme that targeted South Florida Haitian-Americans, has been sentenced to 163 months in federal prison. In April, New Times told you about the $14.3 million dollar scheme, which offered to double investors' cash in 90 days. Two of Muzio's ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Charlie Crist Caught Looking at Real Female's Ass

    ​When we first saw it, we so desperately wanted to show you this picture of our governor, Charlie Crist, looking at the be-thonged buttocks of a lady on Miami Beach yesterday, but, you know, copyrights and all of that. But here now is a fair-use thumbnail of the cover of tbt* (*Tampa Bay Time ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Frederica Wilson is Proud of Banning "Simulated Sexual Intercourse" in Marching Bands

    State Sen. Frederica Wilson is currently running to replace Kendrick Meek in his North Miami congressional district. Apparently she's going around telling everyone that she's banned "dirty dancing in our community." Now, last time we went out to a club, we're pretty sure that we saw lots of people d ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Governor Crist: Puppies for Everyone

    ​Traditional newspaper columnists get to enjoy things such as "taking time to write" and "thinking out ideas before they're published," which are practically unheard of here in the media ghetto known as blog world. Yet so many newspaper columns are just horrible, horrible things to read. We don't ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Marco Rubio: Who You Calling a Tea Bagger?

    ​This weekend The New York Times magazine asked if Marco Rubio is "The First Senator from the Tea Party?"Rubios Answer: apparently, "Umm, no, not really." Rubio, at the end of the day, is much more interested in being the 35th Senator from Florida than being the First Senator of Tea Baggers.These ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Florida GOP Chair Jim Greer to Resign

    Jim Greer, the embattled chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, is expected to resign, according to the St. Pete Times. He was up for re-election to the post Saturday, but it now seems state Sen. Jim Thrasher will take the helm of the party. Update: It's official. Read his letter of ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Move Over, Limbaugh and Drudge, There's a New Head Wingnut

    via True/Slant​Whether you like it or not, South Florida is home base for two of America's most influential conservatives. You've got the reclusive Matt Drudge, who takes time out of listening to Junior Vasquez records somewhere in Miami Beach to update the DrudgeReport, and you've got Rush Limbau ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    Crist Relates to Tebow's Tears

    ​Gov. Charlie Crist is a Noles fan, but it's not so surprising that he can relate to Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. UF had high hopes of repeating its national championship and was the favorite throughout the regular season. Tebow, meanwhile, was talked about as a potential Heisman double winn ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Dear Florida Media: Not Every Stupid Political YouTube Video is News

    Just weeks after much too much of Florida's political establishment and media took a dumb Crist/Rubio remix of an old YouTube meme way too seriously, there's another stupid YouTube video that certain journalists, it seems, are forcibly trying to turn into a controversy. It's a ridiculous anti-R ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Miami Herald Circulation Slips to Third in Florida, Down Nearly 50k Since Last Year

    P.S. Silicon Beach? Where have I heard that before? ​​Here's news you won't be reading in The Miami Herald*: the daily, once the largest in Florida, has now shrunk to third in the state based on circulation, according to numbers released yesterday by the Audit Bureau of Circulation. The Herald h ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Marco Rubio Without a Campaign Manager

    Marco Rubio's valiant fight to reclaim the GOP for people who refresh the Free Republic website all day and attend tea parties with "Obama Is a Socialist" signs isn't going so well financialy. So much so he's been forced to drop his campaign manager, Brian Seitchik, and top fundraiser, Ann Herberger ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Prominent Florida Doctor Latest Racist Idiot Caught Making Obama Jokes Online

     It's really sad that there are so many high-profile Republicans out there sending out racist jokes about our president on their email that I've kind of got sick of reading about them anymore. It's just depressing. So, I've seen this picture about a million times today online, and finally decid ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    What Exactly are the Limits of the Daily Papers' Story Sharing Schemes?

    Walt DisneyWill Florida's newspapers all dance in unison?So, the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post and the Sun-Sentinel still share stories as part of their agreement. The Sun-Sentinel and the Orlando Sentinel share content because they're both part of the troubled Tribune Corp. The Miami Herald con ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Rumors on the Twitter-nets: Mel Martinez to Resign Early

    Here's a prediction by national Republican political operative Roger Stone via PoHo via the St. Pete Times' Adam Smith's Twitter: Roger Stone predicts; Mel Martinez resigns soon; Crist appoints caretaker - Jim Smith - and announces his candidacy for Sen.A prediction by one guy posted on another gu ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Random Person With Vague Connection To Education To Be Next University Chancellor

    Remember when St. Pete Times columnist Howard Toxler wanted the state university system's next chancellor to be "a real (bleep)"? Basically he wanted someone with name recognition who couldn't be easily pushed around by legislators. Fat chance at that. The Board of Governors hired a search firm from ... More >>

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    March 16, 2009

    Apparently, The Next University Chancellor Should Be Some Sort of Expletive

    Florida's University Chancellor Mark Rosenberg resigned last fall, and returned to FIU where he previously served as provost. John Delaney, President of the University of North Florida is serving in the interim, but the hunt is on for the full time replacement. Rosenberg's tenure was marked wit ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Lingerie Bowl Cancelled: Things Got A Lil' Too Naked

    So, Tampa residents succeeded in running the Lingerie Bowl out of town because it was too risque for their, apparently, puritanical town. Then the Sporting Spectacle found refuge at a nudist resort in Pasco County, but in a weird twist, the nudists are a little too wild for the Lingerie Bowl. Appare ... More >>

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    December 16, 2008

    They Delicately Fed Each Other Cake with Forks

    The St. Pete Times' Lucy Morgan was the only reporter invited to Charlie Crist's fairy-tale wedding, and here she is on Sayfie Reveiw's Power Play Internet teevee show talking about the ceremony. We get exciting new details such as the fact that Charlie did not end up with creamy white frosting on ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    St. Pete Times Has a Dangerous Case of Crist Wedding Fever

    Charlie Crist and his female love will only allow one reporter into the straight wedding of the century, and it's The St. Pete Times' Lucy Morgan. Fitting since the wedding is in St. Pete, but oh my god the Times has now come down with a heavy case of Crist Wedding Fever. Look at what they've done t ... More >>

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    November 7, 2006

    Trust the Voters, Help the Greyhounds

    Throw me a bone, willya? Incredibly, last year, when the voters of Miami-Dade County were offered the opportunity to vote in favor of allowing parimutuel wagering at the greyhound torture grounds known as the Flagler Dog Track, they turned the gambit down. Allowing OTB to set up shop at the falte ... More >>

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    October 19, 2006

    Pay Fray

    “Are they going to fire us all?”

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    April 22, 2004

    Welcome to Fabulous Tallahassee

    Where your humble state legislators work hard by day and play hard by night

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    September 16, 1999

    Moreno Sidebar

    Moreno by the Numbers*

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    February 25, 1999
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    March 26, 1998

    Big Chief Moneybags

    Part CEO, part shaman, Seminole leader James Billie has his tribe charging toward economic independence.

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