Would Amendment 2 -- Florida's bid to legalize medical marijuana on this November's ballot -- really let convicted felons sell pot with no penalties? That's what a new statewide ad urging voters to turn against the proposition claims, with an ominous voice intoning that "Even felons and drug dealers ... More >>
The pain bit Jose Maldonado below the right ear, hot and searing. When the lanky, dark-haired Florida State University student snapped his eyes open, he was in the same Tallahassee motel room where he'd drifted to sleep earlier. But then, in the lead-colored hour before dawn this past December 3, he ... More >>
Despite an aggressive push in Tallahassee, car service app Uber's hopes to enter the Miami market are on the back burner once again. A bill that would prohibit local governments from placing restrictions on chauffeured car services has now been amended so that it affects only Hillsborough County. ... More >>
The Miami Dolphins have been in prime damage-control mode in the two weeks since a review determined their locker room was a hellish cross between Abu Ghraib and the Alpha Beta frat house from Revenge of the Nerds. Bully-in-chief Richie Incognito is long gone, head coach Joe Philbin took his lumps a ... More >>
The Simpson family was officially banned from Florida after Homer accidentally killing a famous alligator named Captain Jack in an 11th season episode, but apparently someone in Tallahassee lifted the ban because the Simpsons are officially moving to Florida. And they're bringing the entire town of ... More >>
When the House spiked a bill two weeks ago to let the Miami Dolphins raise bed taxes to fund a stadium renovation, team owner Stephen Ross went ballastic, lashing out at Speaker Will Weatherford for taking away Miami voters' chance to have a say on the project. He shouldn't have bothered. Results r ... More >>
Yesterday the Florida Senate unanimously approved a bill to ban texting while driving. The vote makes it pretty damn likely that the Sunshine State will join 39 others in curbing your right to type witty quips while steering with your crotch.For you teenagers out there who need a translation: GOTDPW ... More >>
There's a big battle brewing between the Old Guard and the New Guard for the top leadership position of Florida's Democratic Party. Several South Florida Hispanic Democrats are voicing their displeasure with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's move to support Tallahasee's Allison Tant in next m ... More >>
It's a common scene in prison movies set in the deep South: A line of inmates, chained together and decked out in bright orange jumpsuits, dutifully picking up trash or digging a ditch by the side of a dusty road as a shotgun-toting sheriff watches over them through tinted aviator sunglasses.The cha ... More >>
Remember when Miami New Times columnist, booty bass pioneer, and free speech enthusiast Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell lambasted Pittsburgh weed rapper Wiz Khalifa (AKA "the boy behind the popular hit 'Black & Yellow'") for breaking the hip-hop code and hooking up with another rapper's ex-boo? We ... More >>
Welcome back, Teepee! Last week, at his first Miami show in two years, Crossfade's favorite banana-fueled noisenik totally El Kabonged the crowd at Churchill's Pub, debuting ferocious songs from his second album, due later this year. And this Saturday, you'll have another chance to check out his n ... More >>
It's only May, but South Florida super-lobbyist Ron Book is already having one hell of a year in Tallahassee. This week, lobbyists filed their reports for 2012's first quarter and since January, Book has already topped $1 million in fees. Who's paying him all that cash? Along with every other city i ... More >>
The famed Florida A&M University's Marching 100 will remain on suspension for the entirety of the 2012-13 school year. The announcement comes just a week after longtime band director Dr. Julian White announced his retirement, and months after the hazing death of member Robert Champion. Eleven b ... More >>
The Port of Miami's much-debated "Deep Dredge" will be delayed for months -- possibly years -- as a Tallahassee judge hears arguments for and against the project this August.Port officials tell Riptide that they are optimistic the project will still be completed on time. But a lawyer representing en ... More >>
When the Miami Marlins splashed $58 million last month to land ace Mark Buehrle, diehard Fish fans weren't the only ones celebrating. Pit bull advocates in the Florida's only county that bans the breed also did cartwheels, because Buehrle -- who owns a pit bull named Slater and lamented publicly ... More >>
If you'd told Larcenia Bullard 35-years ago - back when she was teaching school kids for a living -- that she'd one day use her lofty platform as a Florida state Senator to advocate for marijuana reform, she would have banished you to the principal's office. "I would not have possibly imagined th ... More >>
Richard Mason, president of South Florida Free Beaches, has a message for you: No sex on the nude beach!"The 78 year old, who helped start the nude beach at the north end of Haulover Park 20 years ago, called to complain about our recent story that said the facility was a great place to get it on."W ... More >>
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average health plan costs an American family $13,770 in premiums a year. Governor Rick Scott pays just $360 to insure himself and his wife thanks to a state Government plan he's enrolled in. Yep. the average American pays 38.25 percent more for their he ... More >>
Democrats in Florida have a huge registered voter advantage over Republicans, but you couldn't tell that by looking at the leadership in Tallahassee and the Republican super majorities in both house of the state legislature. There's a few reasons for that situation (including the Republican-contr ... More >>
Thought the recall election would change things at county hall? Think again. If campaign money is any indication, former state Rep. Esteban Bovo is a shoo-in for the Miami-Dade Commission seat representing northwestern parts of the county vacated by Natacha Seijas. And he is beholden to a lo ... More >>
Senate President Mike Haridopolos is the only well-known Republican who's announced his intentions to run against Senator Bill Nelson in 2012, but his campaign isn't off to such a great start. First there was the reminder that he once got $152,00 in taxpayer money to write some crappy book that w ... More >>
Tennis' debut, Cape Dory, drops on January 18There were a lot of great albums in 2010, and we caught a lot of great shows too. But what's in store for 2011? Will Katy Goodwin leave the Vivian Girls after La Sera's full-length drops in February? Will Alex Ebert's (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ... More >>
Florida Democrats desperately need a Marco Rubio of their own, and 31-year-old Andrew Gillum, a commissioner for the City of Tallahassee may be the answer. He's not running for statewide elected office (yet, anyway), but has entered the race to replace Karen Thurman as the chair of the Florida De ... More >>
Florida's new immigration bill would let guys like this off the hook, papers or not.Florida state Rep. William Snyder, the slow-drawling ex-Miami-Dade Police officer who has drafted Tallahassee's version of the hotly debated Arizona immigration bill, is adamant that his law would not lead to raci ... More >>
viaThe University of Miami has a lot of recent rankings to celebrate. They recently overtook UF to become the
A full service casino resort may someday soon find itself on Miami Beach. Ironic considering the lawmaker baking the new gambling rules, Fort Lauderdale Republican State Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, campaigned on an anti-gambling platform.Bogdanoff, backed by Las Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson, wants to al ... More >>
So, um, yeah, a movement to draft Jeb Bush to again run for governor in 2010 is actually happening. As many as 34 Floridians support the move, as evidenced by the above photograph -- 22 of whom are actually voting age. But why are almost all the adults wearing dark sunglasses? Is this s ... More >>
With the end of the legislative session in Tallahassee last week, and Charlie Crist widely expected to announce his Senate intention tomorrow the dominoes should quickly fall as down ticket politicos all over the state start positioning themselves for 2010. So far, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, who has bee ... More >>
At federal prisons across the country, guards are preying on inmates. FDC Miami is no different.
True, Gene Loves Jezebel hails from the United Kingdom and hit a peak with moody songs in the Eighties, while wearing spackled-on makeup and plenty of shiny flair. But to label them a "goth" band, per se, would be kind of missing the point. Perhaps they wore black on the outside because black was ho ... More >>
Did anyone really care about Lt. Gov Jeff Kottkamp before, say, a few weeks ago? You know, when those rumors surfaced that Charlie Crist might resign to run for Senate, leaving Kottkamp as our 45th governor. All of a sudden, media attention bumped up ever so slightly. The Sun-Sentinel did a little d ... More >>
State Farm, the State's largest private property insurer, will stop insuring property in Florida. [NY Times]This seems to be a major thing, but Gov. Charlie Crist is just saying things like, "I don't really care." [Naked Politics]But, that's ok, he was too busy vetoing budget cuts today. Schools get ... More >>
Alex Sink's decision not to enter the Senate fray was big news, but not all that shocking. We wrote yesterday it seemed she was much more keen on staying in Tallahassee, possibly running for governor in either 2010 or 2014. What is shocking is that now both sides of the field are more or less wide ... More >>
I want to start the Burn Down the South Dade Justice Building (after everyone goes home) Club. But in the interest of diplomacy, I’ll settle for re-naming the place The Castle of Poop and Inconvenience. Any takers? Frankly, I feel like all of my constitutional rights and bodily orifices have be ... More >>
Gabe Pendas wants to save college kids a bundle. And this brawler might just do it.
Courtney Cunningham The former Mrs. Juan Courtney Cunningham has parted ways with her Republican lobbyist husband. To the alimony tune of $11,500 per month. Kitty Cunningham, 44, began divorce proceedings against her 44-year-old husband,of the Coral Gables-based Barreto, Cunningham and May publi ... More >>
The past, present, and future of horse racing are all in South Florida
"The Art of Hatred: Images of Intolerance in Florida Culture"
Rock & Roll/JAM at MAM
Blessings of Kwanzaa Celebration
Open spaces: check. Sewer runoff: check. Locked gate: check. Yep, this is indeed a Miami park!
Balls club blues: John Henry, Carroll Williams, and Ingrid Casares
Part CEO, part shaman, Seminole leader James Billie has his tribe charging toward economic independence.
Prohibition-era legislation forbidding mail-order booze shipments has local wine lovers whining
The Florida Elections Commission and the Florida Bar. Maybe the FBI, too. For a man who won automatic re-election, Metro Commissioner James Burke seems to have a lot of explaining to do.