Overheard on Collins and 14th Sunday afternoon: "Can I put my number in your Blackberry?" - Tamara Lush
Tamara Lush "Generally speaking, orchids seem to drive people crazy. The people who love orchids love them madly, but the passion for orchids is not necessarily a passion for beauty. Something about the form of an orchid makes it seem almost more like a creature than a flower. Many orchids are stra ... More >>
Apparently, the Miami-Dade County Corrections system isn't the only lockup that has problems keeping its inmates healthy and alive. The Washington Post is running a four-day series on the hidden world of immigration detention facilities -- and how detainees awaiting deportation receive shoddy medica ... More >>
Sure, the economy's bad here in South Florida. Workers are getting laid off, salaries slashed, homes foreclosed upon. But have some pity for the poor Deutsche Bank employees in Germany. According to the London Independent, senior executives of the German Bank can no longer expense brothel visits or ... More >>
"We went out and we saw that there was bleeding everywhere and we're like, 'Dude this guy's in pain,' " said Sam Lucaciu, a tourist from Australia who was walking down Collins Avenue Sunday morning when he spotted a 200-pound man impaled on a black metal fence spike. Sam hoisted the guy, who had b ... More >>
Earth Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate (or commiserate) with Mother Earth than by knocking back a few cocktails? Enter the Green Party. No, not that ranting, hippyish political wing of wingnut Ralph Nader's fantasies. This Green Party is held poolside on Friday nights at the Catal ... More >>
This just in: the Associated Press is reporting that the jury is deadlocked in the second trial of six Miami men accused of plotting to destroy the Sears Tower in Chicago. Not a big surprise. The first jury in the so called "Liberty City Seven" case also deadlocked -- and acquitted one man. The ju ... More >>
"She can try out for American Idol as a reporter."
The Latest from Miami: - Police Chief John Timoney defied a contested court order to give a Civilian Investigative Panel testimony about his failure to disclose his 14-month free use of a $54,000 Lexus hybrid SUV. - A local pastor is charged with stealing $10,000 that was supposed to be spent on t ... More >>
It's not exactly a glossy, coffee-table tome of Art Deco or Miami's Beaches, but for the social justice lover in your life, The Umoja Village Photo Book may be just the gift this holiday season. The book chronicles the beginning of the Shantytown, which was located on NE 62nd Street, to it's fiery ... More >>
Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Jean Lenard declared a mistrial after the 12 person jury failed to reach a verdict on six of the seven defendants. Only 32 year old defendant Lyglenson Lemorin was acquitted. The federal government will likely retry the other six defendants including ringlead ... More >>
I made the mistake of eating breakfast while opening an e-mail from a Riptide reader recently. It stated: "Hey good folks at The Miami New Times...here's something worth checking out." That nice greeting ensured that I would read on: "There's an under current of activity here in Miami-Dade with t ... More >>
Ah, the holidays. Today is a great day to kick back, enjoy the South Florida weather and eat a nice leftover turkey sandwich. But not for some losers, who interrupted their Thanksgiving night to stand in line for several hours at Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Brandsmart so they could get the deals. The He ... More >>
A recently released Congresisonal Quarterly Press analysis of crime stats lists Miami-Dade County as the 10th most dangerous metro area in the nation. We're behind Detroit (number one), Las Vegas (number three) and Little Rock (number nine). Locally, Miami Gardens is the most dangerous city in Sou ... More >>
Key West residents want a say in how land is annexed in the future, which may save Wisteria Island -- also known as Christmas Tree Island -- from being developed. About 75 percent of Key West voters cast ballots on a referendum that allows citizens not officials, to decide whether the city should a ... More >>
Here's one for all of your surfers enjoying the waves of Tropical Storm Noel. It's a recent video of a surfing dog on Miami Beach: --Tamara Lush
"I am not a whore at any price"
"We thought we were going to see the end of Chávez. Unfortunately the revolt didn't work, and now I know why."
16: Number of stories in the Miami Herald in the past three months that include information on the new Ikea furniture store in Sunrise. - Tamara Lush
"It's a pity you guys didn't show any nipples"
The Chongalicious Girls -- two very sweet teens from Krop High who became famous for their parody of a Miami cultural phenomenon -- have finally released their new video. It's titled "I'm in Love With a Chonga," and unlike their first YouTube effort, this one is professionally produced. Enjoy: -T ... More >>
Adult Video News, the nation's premier trade publication for the adult industry, has a big cover story on Florida in the latest edition. It's the "new porn hot spot," according to the story: "Believe it or not, what we do here is accepted," says Craig Valentine, whose New Porn Order company is work ... More >>
"I reject claims that Timoney is bad"
Miami's condo market is in the crapper
"A New York newspaper would never have published such an article"
What can I say? It's a slow, sweaty Tuesday afternoon in Miami. This made me laugh: -Tamara Lush
Did you know that today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Discuss. -Tamara Lush
"You publish this garbage here because you can"
As the panic over Hurricane/Tropical Storm Dean ratchets up by the day, click on over to the Stuck on the Palmetto blog. There, Alex recounts his Havana childhood during hurricane season, braving high winds in the crumbling streets and big waves along the Malecon. It's a great read. -- Tamara Lush
"In our ceremonies, the animals are prayed over, prayed for, and loved every step of the way"
"I’m a santero. I have a freezer full of meat at home that I killed, plucked, and quartered.”
“I hope the real message of Jesus can be heard over the banging of hate drums”
It's been almost ten years since fashion designer Gianni Versace was gunned down on the steps of his Ocean Drive mansion. What better way to mark his passing than by buying his used shirts? --Tamara Lush
Sometimes, being environmentally conscious just seems so daunting. Where to start? Change the light bulbs, or risk a cockroach invasion by composting rotting table scraps in your humid Florida kitchen? Ride a bike and risk death on the Miami streets or buy a Prius?
"It seems that the green tide in our paradise is here to stay, and we feel very sad about that."
Remember how the Miami-Dade cops announced last week that they had a MySpace page in hopes of deterring online perverts? It seemed as though Coral Gables had a similar page -- until MySpace realized that the page was bogus. The popular networking site this week closed down pages claiming to repr ... More >>
Despite its location somewhere up north near the tundra, Madison, Wisconsin, has been named the nation's "Most Walkable City" by Prevention magazine. And despite its reputation as a tropical paradise, Miami barely cracks the list. (We are number 98 on a list of 100 cities.) Sad. City planner ... More >>
"Leave bees to the experts."
Approximately two decades after it hit New York City, the great cupcake baking trend appears to have finally made its way to Miami, the bottom of America's funnel. While the editorial staff at New Times are partial to the vegan creations of staff writer Tamara Lush (who modestly deflects credit to t ... More >>
"Connolly's a scumbag"
"There are plenty of white whores riding poles and collecting dollar bills in G-strings."
palm this tree For decades, Biscayne Boulevard was a regal stretch of road, a tropical gateway to paradise. Visitors were greeted with smooth asphalt, clean family-friendly motels and towering palm trees. Today, of course, it's mostly commuters that flow into Miami via Biscayne, and they are as ... More >>
The enlightened mind Seven monks. Five days. Millions of grains of sand. In the end, there was nothing to show for the 40-plus hours of work. The monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastic College of South India are on a U.S. tour to promote peace and raise money for their monestary. They rolled ... More >>
They surf, skate, swat, and sprint
Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff is concerned about the quality of life of your dog. That's why he is sponsoring a change to the zoning laws that will allow dogs to hang out in outdoor seating areas at city restaurants. The proposed legislation will be heard by the commission during Thursday' ... More >>
My three wishes for 2007: - The construction on Biscayne Boulevard will come to an end; - My local post office will hire extra employees, thus reducing the usual, maddening, 20-minute wait for service; - No more landmark restaurants will be razed for ugly condo projects. What are your Miami ... More >>