We're sure that after yesterday the last thing you want to hear about is more taxes. But you better get ready to pay a lot more of them if you're a frequent online shopper. Amazon will start charging Floridians a sales tax on May 1, just like any brick-and-mortar store.
Children may be the future, but Florida is putting its future behind bars. A new report from the Human Rights Watch blasts the state for charging children as adults more than any other state in the nation, and says that far too often, the decision is arbitrary. Florida law allows prosecutors sole ... More >>
Three years after it was finally closed, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys continues to belch up its foul secrets. The infamous panhandle reform school was shut in 2011 after more than a century of shocking stories, including the deaths of dozens of black youths and the abuse of Miami teens. But ... More >>
A St. Petersburg-area candidate for the Florida State House Monday called for hanging President Barack Obama for treason. Citing an Obama-ordered drone strike that killed an unarmed civilian, Joshua Black, a candidate for State House District 68 announced first by Facebook and then by Twitter that ... More >>
The knee jerk media reaction to every sketchy shooting in Florida apparently now is to wonder if somehow the "Stand Your Ground" law is involved even when it clearly is not. Look no farther than the local and national response to yesterday's bizarre and tragic shooting in a Tampa Bay-area movie th ... More >>
>On a gray October day in 2011, a disheveled man in a camouflage baseball cap plunged his hands into the mounds of dead bees, pulling free a handful of the corpses. "I'm a pretty tough guy, but this is heart wrenching," he said from his Brevard County bee farm. "We work really hard on these bees to ... More >>
How do you spell hypocrite? Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio and his family have signed up for Obamacare, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting. He is also accepting a federal subsidy to pay 75 percent of his health care -- under the provisions of a bill that some Republicans wanted to kill.. T ... More >>
Yo, Mahomies! Only a week and a half ago, Austin Mahone -- your fave Texas-bred, Miami-based, Cash Money-signed 17-year-old pop sensation -- was forced to postpone his entire MTV Artist to Watch Tour because "I've never felt so bad." But like a true teenage dreamboat, Ameezy (and yes, that's an ac ... More >>
After twenty years with the idea of building a theme park on lands surrounding Zoo Miami simmering on the back burner, two companies are now moving forwards with bids to break ground. One proposal, dubbed Dinosaur Park International, would be science-minded with exhibits and a museum based on, wel ... More >>
In March, an illegal gambling ring run out of Internet cafes ensnared 57 people on racketeering charges and led to the downfall of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. Florida's legislators quickly jumped into the mess, rushing to pass a bill to outlaw online gambling cafes. Only problem? In their haste to ... More >>
There's really not that many great excuses the police are going to buy after they catch you trying to break into a hotel. Sure, running away from zombies might be a good example; that is if zombies actually existed. Unfortunately, for David Allen Jensen, they don't, and he found himself behind bars.
The actual gubernatorial election is more than a year and a half away, but Republicans have already dug in their heels by attacking Rick Scott's presumptive Democratic challenger. Mostly that's involved throwing barbs at former Republican Charlie Crist, who may or may not actually run, and who may o ... More >>
Throughout his rocket-ship ride to the top of the GOP, Marco Rubio has fought to keep some financial skeletons from tumbling out of his closet. There were thousands in questionable credit card charges, a six-figure student loan debt, the Tally house (shared with David Rivera) that went into foreclos ... More >>
If you're going to call 911 eighty consecutive times, you'd better have a damn good reason: snakes biting your eyeballs, bikers armed with medieval weapons circling your house, multiple missing limbs. A 34-year-old man in Tampa did not have a damn good reason for calling 911 eighty times last Sund ... More >>
The Tampa Women's Club thought they'd come up with a pretty cheeky way to raise some money at their big banquet last weekend: Attendees could pay 20 bucks for a champagne flute with the chance to grab the one lucky glass with a $5,000 brilliant cut diamond inside. Yet when every glass was purchased ... More >>
The problem with drug dealers is there's really no recourse to take if you don't find their business practices up to par. You can't lodge a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. You can't call up their supervisor. And you sure as hell can't call the police to complain.Katrina Tisdale didn't see ... More >>
Ever wonder why over the past decade Florida's elected officials seem to have become increasingly partisan? It might just be a general change in mood of politics across the nation. It might be gerrymandering that renders so many state legislative districts uncompetitive. Or it might be par ... More >>
Last week, Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a new PR campaign intended to help draw businesses to Florida, and because Scott can't do one single thing without generating controversy critics are attacking the logo design used in the PR push as sexist.
via FacebookSo, remember that flap over Gov. Rick Scott adopting a shelter dog, naming it Reagan, using it for campaign publicity, and then dumping it on another family as soon as he was inaugurated? Yes, we know it's hard to keep Rick Scott scandals straight. Well, its appears to have cos ... More >>
Yunel Escobar promised to be the strip-mined Miami Marlins' most interesting player next year. The Cuban shortstop had loads of talent, plus an unmatched ability to act incredibly dumb -- like last season, when he was suspended for writing the anti-gay slur "Tu Ere Maricon" on his eyeblack.Well, Esc ... More >>
In the latest example of Marco Rubio giving confusing answers to basic questions that try to straddle the line between strict Bible bumpin' and sane, the Florida senator says that his faith informs him that homosexuality is a sin. Though, he went on to clarify that lots of things are sins.
There is something irresistible about building a craft and driving it off a high platform into the water. Just ask any one of the teams that participated in Saturday's Red Bull Flugtag (pronounced floog-tog). See also: - Photos: Red Bull Flugtag Miami 2012 at Bayfront Park - Video: Red Bull Flugtag ... More >>
Has President Barack Obama caught the absentee ballot fever that has corrupted Florida's electoral system? Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Tribune reported Barry's reelection campaign is launching an "unprecedented program to encourage supporters to vote by absentee ballot right away." Elections offices ac ... More >>
When it comes to the economy Florida consumers have been muttering "Oh man, I hate that stupid thing" for the past five or so years, but according to numbers released today Florida' consumer confidence has hit its highest level in five year. Which means Floridians are feeling more optimistic than th ... More >>
1,209 workers will find themselves out of work soon. American Airlines has filed a notice with the state that it plans to layoff 1,414 people between November 16 and December 16, just in time for the holidays. The vast majority of those jobs will be coming from Miami International Airport. Updated.
A conservative herd of elephants trampled a septuagenarian's army yesterday during the first full day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Texas Congressman Ron Paul fell 1,871 delegates short of becoming the GOP's presidential nominee during yesterday's roll call, but the 73-year-old's s ... More >>
Kimberly McCarthy, an 18-year-old Tampa woman, racked up three DUIs in an 18-day span this spring, which seems like a mixture of serious problems, serious stupidity, and serious bad luck (who knows how many times she was driving under the influence and didn't get caught?). But the teen won't be faci ... More >>
"People do not go to South Beach to see Mickey Mouse. They just don't," said state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Ft. Lauderdale) yesterday during a debate on her bill that would bring casinos to South Florida. "They go there for different reasons. We have the strip club capital of the world in Tampa. I ... More >>
The fight against the rise of destination casinos in South Florida just got two of its biggest supporters yet. Sitting Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, both elected Republican members of the cabinet, announced their support of the No Casino campaign today.The t ... More >>
An excuse to use this image again? Yes, please. As part of his "Let's Get to Work" publicity stunt, Florida Governor Rick Scott will be spending the day working at the Port of Miami. Scott was spotted in a hardhat, orange vest and work gloves at the port early this morning, and will spend time wo ... More >>
photo by Justin NamonYeah, Halloween here tends to be NSFKWho says Halloween is a kids' holiday? Certainly not local residents.If you're an adult looking to dress up in a skimpy costume and gorge yourself on some spiked witch's brew then Miami is the city for you. Though, if you're a kid in town ... More >>
Even though the Occupy Wall Street movement entering its second month, and similar protests popping up around the globe, most politicians are remaining mum. Those of the Republican variety, in most cases, have been pretty flippant. Take Herman Cain's "if you don't have a job and you're not rich, bla ... More >>
Despite the weekly disaster show on the field, the Miami Dolphins are at their highest level of popularity in years. That's according to a Harris Interactive poll that ranks the 32 NFL teams from America's most favorite to least. The Dolphins are America's 13th favorite team. Unlucky number as ... More >>
No matter how much you may love animals, can we just all agree that PETA has become the worst? They're obnoxious turds who actually kill thousands of animals, not to mention they have some of the stupidest, most cloying advertising not dreamed up by Crispin Porter. Now they've put up a billboard ... More >>
Yesterday, Wells Fargo laid off 258 employees at a call center in Doral. But fear not, former Wells Fargo workers! Today, Wells Fargo released a report saying South Florida will help lead the state in job growth over the next year. Just apparently not the call-center jobs at Wells Fargo.
Walmart CCWe all know how bad the economy is right now. Even for those of us lucky to have a an income, times are tough. Just how tough are they for Floridians?In a recent study posted on TampaBayOnline.com, Florida ranks fourth when it comes to families being able to afford food. Not fourth as ... More >>
Former First Lady of Florida Carole Crist may not be the newest member of the Senate Spouse's club, but she's sticking by her man. In fact, despite plans by the couple to split their time between Miami and Tampa Bay, she's put her fancy Fisher Island condo on the market so she can live with Charl ... More >>
Former-Governor Charlie Crist This morning was the first morning in four years when Floridians woke up to someone other than Charlie Crist as our governor. Florida's favorite flip-flopper passed up what would likely be an easy re-election for his doomed independent senate bid, and now he's out of ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke addresses the NFL's crackdown on helmet-to-helmet hits.The No Fun League needs to stop fining defensive players for helme ... More >>
via Natalie DeeNo one has any pretensions that Miami is an intellectual hotbed, but are we dumb? Like so dumb when someone is drowning and asks for a lifesaver we ask, "Cherry or grape?" Like so dumb when someone says they're "pushing weight" we think they've got dumbbells in a stroller? Like so ... More >>
When we first heard of the mystical being that is the Tampa Bay Ray's DJ Kitty we gave maybe a little too much praise to the team's marketing department. Turns out that the in-stadium video of a DJing cat that went viral was actually the idea of the team's players. Besides that thought little is kno ... More >>
When we first saw it, we so desperately wanted to show you this picture of our governor, Charlie Crist, looking at the be-thonged buttocks of a lady on Miami Beach yesterday, but, you know, copyrights and all of that. But here now is a fair-use thumbnail of the cover of tbt* (*Tampa Bay Time ... More >>
While stations like 99 Jamz and Power 96 got all the shine in the urban/rhythmic/party music broadcasting wars, contender 103.5 the Beat quietly cultivated its own devoted following. The station's slogan for a time was "Grown and Sexy ... And Loving It!" and its programming and on-air banter refl ... More >>
DerfJoey Porter's contract has been terminated by the Miami Dolphins. This comes after Porter's very public two-week campaign demanding that the Fins either play him as a full-time starter or let him go.Late last month, Porter went on a media rampage, making stops on ESPN and WQAM, complaining of ... More >>
Gov. Charlie Crist has asked yet another round of former politicians to fill out applications for Senate. When will this end? When every Republicans to ever hold public office in Florida has submitted answers to Charlie Crist's questionnaire. The latest round includes Former U.S. Reps. Mike ... More >>
And it's swinging through South Florida.
Riptide works on a self imposed quota system, and in order to meet our goals we have to make at least one "Charlie Crist is gay" joke a week. So it was only natural when reporting on Charlie Crist's upcoming nuptials to lay it on thick, especially while we were still fuming from the travesty of Amen ... More >>