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 >>
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 >>
"He entered a new country and effectively told the immigration services: 'I don't care about your laws, catch me if you can.'"
"Maybe these crazed South Americans are simply twisted backward from childhoods of dodging bullets and finding cocaine mixed into the sugar bowl."
"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."
The cost of a cab might go up with the gas.
Grovites decry kiosks as empty vessels.
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 >>
Artist brings her silicone twin to town for one last romp.
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 >>
Food reviewers such as Lee Klein should encourage good dining, not this type of blatant highway robbery.
Or is it? With the budget ax hovering, we might never know.
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 >>
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 >>
Miami spends $50K to find out the obvious.
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 >>
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 >>
Riptide probes 15 weird deaths at the animal shelter.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Rock miners are prepared to dig near the Everglades.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Former Carnival Center CEO is looking for a new job
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
"One fellow is celibate, others are in gay relationships, and the rest are back to dating"
By 7:00 she was begging her boyfriend for sex
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 >>
He is still "completely freaked out by this whole thing"
Only one brave bassoonist booed into his water bottle.
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 >>
"Finally, no more fretting over free-range floaters when planning a day at the beach."
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 propertyshark.com, a real estate data site, there were 987 first-time resid ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>