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    June 23, 2011

    Ex-G-Man John Connolly Jr. Helped Mobster Whitey Bulger Escape 16 Years Ago

    Manny CasabielleEx-FBI Agent John Connolly Jr. helped Whitey Bulger elude capture.​More than a decade-and-a-half of being on the lam finally caught up to James "Whitey" Bulger. The F.B.I. announced today that they nabbed the 81-year-old Boston mobster in Santa Monica by focusing on locating his lo ... More >>

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    October 14, 2008

    Joe Cool Killer's Sordid Life Will End Behind Bars

    Today brought a probable end to the saga of Kirby Archer as he was sentenced to five life terms for murders committed aboard the "Joe Cool," a chartered fishing boat. Tamara Lush dug into his dark pass earlier this year for the Broward New Times and uncovered a life fraught with chilling acts and le ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of September 25,2008

    "He entered a new country and effectively told the immigration services: 'I don't care about your laws, catch me if you can.'"

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    September 4, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of September 4, 2008

    "Maybe these crazed South Americans are simply twisted backward from childhoods of dodging bullets and finding cocaine mixed into the sugar bowl."

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    August 7, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of August 7, 2008

    "It's a hard way to make a living. Try combining that with some cheapskate who doesn't want to part with a dollar at the end of a dance."

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    June 12, 2008

    Yellow Alert

    The cost of a cab might go up with the gas.

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    June 5, 2008

    Shack Attack

    Grovites decry kiosks as empty vessels.

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    May 23, 2008

    CSI, Jason Taylor and a Fat Guy

    Three Miami-related TV items: 1. How did we miss a naked guy in a fat suit on Miami Beach? According to The Daily Mail, British comedian Matt Lucas "slipped into a naked fat woman's costume equipped with seaweed, cellulite and green nails" and wandered a parking lot in Miami Beach recently as part ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    The Sex Doll Diaries

    Artist brings her silicone twin to town for one last romp.

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    May 14, 2008

    Cruising With Chanel

    Tomorrow night at the Raleigh Hotel, Chanel will present its "Cruise 2008" fashion collection. Designer Karl Lagerfield says the collection is inspired by Miami: "The concept of the Cruise Collection is based on traveling, and Miami is the ideal destination: A city that moves and has energy, with i ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of May 1, 2008

    Food reviewers such as Lee Klein should encourage good dining, not this type of blatant highway robbery.

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    April 24, 2008

    The Water's Fine!

    Or is it? With the budget ax hovering, we might never know.

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    April 7, 2008

    Miami in the News

    This weekend brought a flurry of Miami-related stories in newspapers around the world. Among them: - The New York Times does Miami on a budget. The reporter and his wife spent $500.38 during a weekend making the rounds of the predictable (News Cafe, The Raleigh, Puerto Sagua) haunts. - The London ... More >>

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    April 5, 2008

    Feds Investigate Miami-Dade Jails

    When we ran the story "117 Dead," in August of 2001, we had heard rumors that the U.S. Department of Justice was going to look into conditions at Miami-Dade's jails. Those rumors turned out to be true. This week, Acting Assistant Attorney General Grace Chung Becker sent County Mayor Carlos Alvarez ... More >>

  • News

    March 27, 2008

    Cops Are Cranky

    Miami spends $50K to find out the obvious.

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    March 19, 2008

    Spitzer's Hooker Went Wild in Miami, Too!

    Recently released from jail, Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis unleashed this juicy tidbit on the media Tuesday: "Kristin," a.k.a. Ashley Dupre, a.k.a. (former) Gov. Elliot Spitzer's petite, brunette escort, stripped for one of his GGW videos. Right here in Miami! Let's turn to the Associated P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008

    Burglars Busted!

    Miami police busted a couple of dozen burglars yesterday, including one dude who had 59 -- yes, fifty-nine -- prior arrests. Lt. Orestes Chavez, one of the commanders who led the so-called Operation B.R.A.A.T. (Burglary, Robbery, Auto Theft Apprehension Team, gotta love the acronym), said that they ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008

    Canine Killer

    Riptide probes 15 weird deaths at the animal shelter.

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    March 3, 2008

    More Tension at Edison High?

    By the time you read this, students at Miami Edison Senior High may already be gathered in protest. As you might recall, last week's news was dominated by a melee at the school, which was touched off by the arrest of one Wadson Sagaille, 17. Apparently Sagaille and Vice Principal Javier Perez had go ... More >>

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    February 19, 2008

    Fun Times in State Prison

    Orgies? Check. Hyper-competitive softball parties? Check. A taxpayer-funded party pad? Absolutely! Lest you think we're referring to a local agency/branch of government/City Hall official, we here at Riptide want to assure you that corruption happens at all levels of government. The aforementioned h ... More >>

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    January 16, 2008

    Family Files Lawsuit Against County for Inmate Death

    Less than a year after Rodolfo Ramos died while in the custody of the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections, his family is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the county and his jailers, saying that a lack of medical care led to the inmate's horrific death. As chronicled in an Aug. 2006 N ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2008

    This Land Is Their Mine

    Rock miners are prepared to dig near the Everglades.

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    December 20, 2007

    More Dirt on Commissioner Spence-Jones

    As was reported in New Times last week, Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones is being investigated by the State Attorney for a laundry list of transgressions. One of those things -- whether she was paid for voting in favor of a Related Group condo project -- is the subject of a story in tod ... More >>

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    December 10, 2007

    Firm Fallout

    The city of Miami is poised to fork over $200K in a wrongful termination suit. Mary Conway had worked for the city as the director of Capital Improvement Projects since 2003 -- and was instrumental in a city investigation that led to the arrests of 14 city workers in her department earlier this year ... More >>

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    December 7, 2007
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    November 15, 2007

    Breaking News: Ethics Commission and Chief Timoney

    The Miami Herald is reporting that the county's ethics commission public advocate has found "probable cause" that Police Chief John Timoney failed to disclose the Lexus that he "borrowed" from a dealer earlier this year. (Timoney later bought the car, but only after Channel 4 and the police union ou ... More >>

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    November 14, 2007
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    November 2, 2007

    A Pirate Looks at ... a High Cost of Living?

    This weekend, thousands of Jimmy Buffett fans (known as "Parrotheads" to the uninitiated) will descend upon Key West for the group's annual "Meeting of the Minds" convention. Among the highlights: a walking tour of Buffett's Key West haunts, a street festival and a bunch of bands playing easy rock t ... More >>

  • News

    November 1, 2007

    Laurels for Hardy

    Former Carnival Center CEO is looking for a new job

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    October 18, 2007

    Miami: Not so Naughty

    In a recent survey taken by Axe Vice Men's Grooming Products, Miami was ranked the number two naughtiest city in America. We were beaten by Los Angeles. Number Two? People, come on. We can do better. Here's some more stats on our fair (and not-so-naughty) city, according to the PR firm that e-mail ... More >>

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    October 16, 2007

    Keep Banning Those Bags

    The tide may be turning: Wal-Mart has recently announced that it will offer customers reusable bags made from recyclable materials. And, want more evidence that plastic is bad for marine mammals? Just ask Pamela Sweeney of the Marine Animal Rescue Society here in Miami. She missed the deadline for ... More >>

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    October 15, 2007

    Ikea: More Useless Crap?

    I have a confession: I’m addicted to those home cleaning shows, the ones where homeowners sell, purge and donate all of their useless household crap so they can live in clutter-free peace. The shows – especially the annoying yet endearing Clean House – have inspired me to get rid of entire car ... More >>

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    September 4, 2007

    PETA Likes Dolphin Stadium

    Enter here, vegans As any meat-free Miamian knows, there is a dearth of vegetarian dining options in the Magic City. But according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), there's one area where we excel at being meatless: the ballpark. PETA named Dolphin Stadium (home of the Florida ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007

    New Officers, No Confidence

    The City of Miami started recruiting new police officers this week. According to a press release on the city's website, "those hired will be able to reap the rewards of a great career in law enforcement under a recently ratified labor agreement, which will offer a starting annual salary of $44,592 p ... More >>

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    August 1, 2007

    Umoja Village Saga Continues (UPDATED)

    This afternoon, Miami City Commissioners decided not to give a slice of Liberty City land to a group of housing activists – even though the commission supported the idea “in principle” last week.

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    July 26, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of June 26, 2007

    "One fellow is celibate, others are in gay relationships, and the rest are back to dating"

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    July 12, 2007

    Dr. G Spot

    By 7:00 she was begging her boyfriend for sex

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    July 9, 2007

    We Just Don't Give a Damn

    Another city-ranking study was released Monday, and this one casts Miami in a bad light (again). According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Miami ranks 49th -- second to last -- among the nation's largest cities when it comes to volunteering. Residents of Midwest and Northwest ... More >>

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    June 7, 2007

    Ruano Roulette

    He is still "completely freaked out by this whole thing"

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    May 3, 2007

    All Hail, the King of the Smurfs

    Only one brave bassoonist booed into his water bottle.

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    April 30, 2007

    Miami: Not So Animal Friendly

    Last week, I nearly stopped breathing when I took my cat, Luna, to the vet and the receptionist told me the bill. “$340,” she said, casually. I sighed inwardly and pulled out the plastic. You do what you gotta do for your pets. Later that night – not having learned my lesson about taking on ... More >>

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    April 19, 2007

    Floater Alert!

    "Finally, no more fretting over free-range floaters when planning a day at the beach."

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    April 13, 2007

    Miami Home Foreclosures in a Death Spiral

    We're not real estate geniuses here at New Times. Hell, most of us don't even own our own homes. But it doesn't take Donald Trump to realize that the real estate market here in Miami is tanking fast and hard. According to, a real estate data site, there were 987 first-time resid ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007

    Look Who's Third World Now

    Someone else is throwing around the "third world" moniker in relation to Miami - and this time, it's a businessman who has extensive dealings with the city. According to Miami Today, Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Bob Dickinson said Miami's port facilities are "third world" and that construction of t ... More >>

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    February 20, 2007

    Britney's Almost-Miami Meltdown

    A close shave Miami was just one missed flight away from being the city of Britney Spears' meltdown. People magazine is reporting that Britney almost missed her flight from Miami to L.A. on Friday, but a kind gate agent allowed her on at the last minute: Come to think of it, maybe her MIA o ... More >>

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    February 15, 2007

    School Board Bans Trans Fats

    No trans-fatty fries allowed The Miami Dade School Board voted last night to become the first district in the nation to ban trans fats in food - not that you would know it by reading this morning's Herald, which buried the news in the last graf of a story on page 2B. During last night's meeting, A ... More >>

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    February 8, 2007

    Castro Who?

    El dictador Today's Associated Press poll regarding Fidel Castro that was printed nationwide and in the Miami Herald wasn't particularly newsworthy. Sixty-four percent of Americans have a "very or somewhat unfavorable" opinion of the island's dictator. Yawn. What was really interesting, ... More >>

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    January 26, 2007

    No Protests at Super Bowl Time, Baby!

    Don't mess with Max! Activist Max Rameau is having a tough time getting a County-issued protest permit to erect his tent city in front of the county building at 111 N.W. First St. next Wednesday, and he's gotten the ACLU involved. As we reported earlier this week, Rameau and other activists ... More >>

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    January 11, 2007

    Puppet Punch

    I have been through a lot in my years as a journalist. Hurricanes, riots, coma-inducing press conferences on Capitol Hill. But I have never been hit on the head by a puppet. Not until today. I was standing on the corner of NW 87th Ave and 36th St. in Doral this morning and talking to a guy na ... More >>

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    December 6, 2006
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