Earning the title of Florida's most corrupt city is no easy job. Dade County's mayoral elite have certainly done their best to make a bid for the plaudits this past year, from Sweetwater's bribe-taking chief to Homestead's allegedly campaign-finance breaking mayor. Tiny Hampton, Florida, blows the ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke recalls Miami's shunning of a great late icon. As world leaders memorialized Nelson Mandela last week in Johannesburg, Miami media ... More >>
Grovetoberfest, the celebration of all things beer, returns to Peacock Park for a third year, bringing tents filled with over 200 different brews to the historic village of Coconut Grove on Saturday, October 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. (Beer socialites get entry in the festival at 3 p.m.; VIP's enter at 2: ... More >>
Lower-income areas are set to bear the brunt of Mayor Carlos Gimenez's recommendation to close 22 libraries and ax six fire trucks to fix a budget deficit. Those libraries are disproportionately in poor neighborhoods, and the six fire stations set to lose a truck include Florida City and Goulds -- t ... More >>
Nicaraguan cooking is best summarized thusly: "This is good. Let's make it great." Consider, for example, empanadas de maduro -- cheese-filled sweet-plantain patties, which sound nice but aren't good enough in their simplest form. So Nicaraguans immerse the half-moons in hot oil until the cheese mel ... More >>
Nationwide, the use of the death penalty is in steep decline, with only nine states carrying out any executions at all last year. But in the Sunshine State, sentencing prisoners to die is as in vogue as ever.>In fact, Florida led the country in new death sentences handed down in 2012, with 21 new ... More >>
An Election Day that started with voting lines up to six or seven hours long at some sites around Miami is ending, appropriately enough, with hundreds of voters still waiting to cast their ballots more than an hour after polls have closed.Tensions have boiled over at a Little Havana fire station, wh ... More >>
IKEA announced last evening that the Swedish furniture chain plans to open a second South Florida store in Sweetwater. Pending approvals, construction of IKEA Miami could start in Spring 2013, with a store opening in Fall 2014. The 417,000 square-foot airplane terminal-sized store will be located ad ... More >>
Shortly before 9 a.m. this past February 15, Maciel Gonzalez waited for Juana Olga Durand on the steps of the Miami-Dade family court building at 175 NW First Ave. Gonzalez held a yellow manila envelope containing $3,122 in cash to pay off a string of parking tickets, his lawyer, as well as a $300 " ... More >>
Last week, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported the lowest crime rate across the state since the agency began tracking statistics in 1971. With population growth factored in, the overall crime rate dropped 0.8 percent from 2010 to 2011. In Miami-Dade, the crime rate dropped 0.3 percent ... More >>
By Carlos AcostaAndrew Zimmern at Cobaya AzulI have to thank Bizarre Food's Andrew Zimmern for making it to Miami. I'd originally dropped a grapevine hint that he'd soon be in town only because I recently noticed his Twitter conversation with Chef Geoffrey Zakarian about visiting Tudor House.But ... More >>
via WSVNThe best place to shop for Christmas decorations: a store. The best place to illegally "shop" for Christmas decorations: a neighborhood far, far away from yours. The worst place to illegally "shop" for Christmas decorations: a home down the block from your own.Two women in Sweetwater have ... More >>
It didn't take long for Herman Cain to show just how completely he ignored Riptide's advice to study up on Cuban policy before parachuting into Versailles this afternoon. While being swarmed by citizens and journalists on Calle Ocho, Cain made it abundantly clear he had simply never heard of "wet ... More >>
Mary Dimakis was born so long ago that when she moved into the Roads, there were few paved streets in the neighborhood. Dimakis will soon turn 108, making her the second-oldest resident in South Florida. The oldest, at 111, is Antonia Rivera, who lives just a few miles away. Dimakis ... More >>
We've talked non-stop about Sweatstock 2011 and all the bands playing tomorrow. But let's not forget, the reason Sweat Records is throwing this whole shindig is in celebration of Record Store Day -- and the store's anniversary.What's Record Store Day? In 2007, it started as a way to get people to ... More >>
Mr. Chuck Livid.The line between weekdays and weekends gets blurry on Thursday night. For college students, it signals the end of the school week. For working stiffs who gotta get up early Friday morning, it's more of an "I'll go out for a few beers, won't stay out too late, shit it's 3:00 a.m., ... More >>
Miami-Dade CountyJavier Souto should have been sent out to the political pasture a long time ago.But lobbyists and special interests know they can cajole the rambling county commissioner to do what they want. So they make sure he stays in power. And even though 71-year-old Bay of Pigs veteran is ... More >>
As an apparent follow-up to our cover story about the Miami Beach Police Department's many problems and excessively high pay, CBS4 is reporting about the case of Feras Ahmad, who was hired as a part time officer in 2007. Just as staff writer Tim Elfrink wrote last month, Ahmad says serving ... More >>
Does your grocery store support modern slavery in the fields of Florida? A Florida farmworkers union says that Lakeland, Florida based grocery chain Publix continues to buy produce from growers recently convicted of actual human slavery.Heavy beatings, knife wounds, arms in chains, forced living i ... More >>
Jose Carrera, accused of attempted murder, inked his way to fame.
Jackie Sayet Just chop and saute the warty Karela (bitter melon) with curry to jazz up rice, noodles or a saladKnow how to tell when an ethnic restaurant is authentic? Check out the regular clientele. At Spice 'N' Curry in Sweetwater, you won't find tourists or South Beach jet set. Just some ... More >>
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