Here at Riptide we do plenty of joking about mugshots and celebrating the sheer insanity that is life in the Sunshine State. But Miami New Times' staff writers also spend months investigating the kinds of stories that daily newspapers just don't have the time or resources to focus on any more.In 201 ... More >>
For two years, Miguel Exposito was the head honcho at the Miami Police Department. They were jolly times for the Magic City's muckrakers, who made an easy living as Exposito butted heads with Mayor Tomas Regalado and produced a too-crazy-to-be-true litany of scandals and shootings. When he was fired ... More >>
Remember last Memorial Day weekend on South Beach? Yes, that was the one when Miami Beach cops unloaded more than a hundred rounds into the car of Raymond Herisse, a Palm Beach resident police say tried to run them over on Collins Avenue. Not all those bullets hit Herisse, though. At least five ... More >>
Twenty-one years ago, then-Miami New Times writer Sean Rowe pushed his 17-foot canoe into Biscayne Bay, jumped in -- and immediately capsized. Rowe dried himself off, jumped back in, and so began a four-day journey navigating Miami-Dade via 30-miles of seldom used drainage canals. Rowe eventually pa ... More >>
Inside Marlins Park, Ozzie Guillen apologized for "betraying his Hispanic community," but outside the front gates, a sizable crowd of Cuban-American protesters made it clear they were in no mood to forgive or forget his statements praising Fidel Castro."We never can forgive what he said," Blanco Gar ... More >>
A full month before the season kicks off, Mark Buehrle is close to taking his first loss in Miami. The new Marlins ace is celebrity spokesman number one for pit bulls and the activists trying to overturn Miami-Dade's two-decade ban on the dog breed. Along with his wife, he's vocally pushed for la ... More >>
A Tallahassee proposal to force Miami-Dade to end its 23-year ban on pit bulls took a major hit last night when a group of county commissioners supported giving Dade voters a say in whether to keep the prohibition. The House bill's sponsor said he'd withdraw his legislation if the ban went to a c ... More >>
photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia CommonsAt last, an explanation for why Rick Santorum has been acting so unhinged in the Sunshine State, from inviting an ex-Yahweh ben Yahweh member to open his campaign rally last weekend to making truly bizarre proclamations about rape: Turns out he's really ... More >>
Theo Karantsalis, a soft-spoken librarian who teaches research classes at Miami Dade College between freelancing for Miami New Times and the Miami Herald, has become an unlikely central character in a hotly contested federal case that has free-speech advocates ready to clash with top D.C. officials. ... More >>
On Christmas Eve in Liberty Square, Dorian Hinkson stabbed his neighbor to death in front of his wife and kids -- a tragic crime that kneecapped Miami's oldest housing project, highlighting not only cops' inability to stem the violence but also an expensive and elaborate camera surveillance system's ... More >>
Still (technically) aliveLiving in Miami actually makes it much easier to quickly judge whether reports of Fidel Castro's demise are true. Just open your window: Are horns honking? Are fireworks exploding? Is anyone running down your street yelling El hijo de puta está muerto?!If not, then Fidel ... More >>
photo by Tim ElfrinkThe view from Shapiro's pool.So Yahoo Sports dropped an ass-seeking clusterbomb all over The U last night with a mammoth expose on Nevin Shapiro's (allegedly) hooker-buying, yacht-lending, abortion-providing services for Hurricanes athletes. Their story doesn't spend much spac ... More >>
photo by Tim ElfrinkJohnny Martinez takes the podium at City Hall.Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado tried to sound a reassuring note this morning while introducing Miami's third city manager in six months. The hiring of Johnny Martinez, previously assistant city manager, should reassure investors that M ... More >>
photo by Tim ElfrinkBraman issues his marching orders.When Norman Braman launched his campaign to oust Mayor Carlos Alvarez, he made it clear that charter reform -- including term limits -- was his real goal. Braman inched a step closer to making that happen today as three of the front-runners to ... More >>
Photo by Tim ElfrinkGeorge Burgess watches Carlos Alvarez's farewell speech.The 29th floor of County Hall had all the ambiance of a funeral procession on Wednesday afternoon. Staffers with puffy eyes hid in cubicles, and an uncomfortable silence reigned until County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Manag ... More >>
photo by Tim ElfrinkBraman leaves the North Shore Branch Library after voting.As Norman Braman walked out of the North Shore Branch Library -- fresh off casting his vote to recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez -- volunteers in yellow T-shirts greeted him like a hero. "This is the man!" exclaimed an older ... More >>
Colombians turned out to the polls yesterday -- well, a few of them did at least -- to choose a new president.photo by Tim ElfrinkAll the Mockus graffiti in Colombia couldn't bring home a win for Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus.Despite all the early promise shown by Green Party surprise Anta ... More >>
An iPhone buzzes inside a Wynwood restaurant, and Naudimar Herrera's bright brown eyes light up when he sees the caller: the downtown Federal Detention Center. Photo by Tim ElfrinkNaudimar Herrera in front of his parents' Midtown apartment."Patrick, what's up, my brother?" he barks into the phon ... More >>
"His papi swallowed a bunch of pills and committed suicide. Would we blame George Bush for every suicide of an Iraqi in Iraq?"
photo by Tim ElfrinkJohn Rosser taped this sign to his door and moved out in May. What's worse than a rotten-egg-stench-belching sewage plant in your back yard?How about an odiferous shit factory that poisons your family and leaves you with severe neurological damage? That's exactly what John Ros ... More >>
"If the missiles had remained, we would have used them against the very heart of America, including New York."
"I was thinking about letting my daughter enroll at Barry University but have changed my mind big time."