photo by Tim ElfrinkThe thunder rumbled over South Beach around 5 a.m. this morning, just before the torrential downpour. Less than 20 minutes later, more than a foot of water had surged up and over the lower lying parts of SoBe. Hundreds of residents who didn't leap out of bed to move their cars wo ... More >>
On Tuesday, a week and a day after Miami New Times published online a report describing hundreds of pages of records from the office of a Coral Gables clinic, Biogenesis, the first professional baseball players have acknowledged involvement with owner Anthony Bosch. In statements issued Tuesday to ... More >>
The year: a not-too-distant future. The place: a dark Miami-Dade alley. The crime: A police robot, built and programed to recognize wanted criminals, mistakes an innocent teenager for a fugitive. As the teen flees in terror, the machine shoots to kill. Who's responsible? The cops who deployed the ki ... More >>
For months, anyone writing about the Marlins' new ballpark has had to mention the catastrophe sure to ensue whenever 37,000 fans descend on Little Havana's tiny side streets, only to find that Miami's finest civil engineers included only 5,000 new parking spots. But how bad would it really ... More >>
Miami-area State Sen. Larcenia Bullard has fired up a big ol' blunt of legislative reform this morning, as her proposal to give Florida voters a chance to legalize medical marijuana was introduced in the Senate. Bullard's bill joins a similar proposal by Lake Worth Rep. Jeff Clemens in the House ... More >>
The reign of Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega is all but officially over. The chief was scheduled to retire on December 31st, but City Manager Jorge Gonzalez has announced that the chief will use his leftover vacation days, and has now officially relinquished control of the department. As ... More >>
To sidestep union demands and deal with its burgeoning financial crisis, the City of Miami declared a situation of financial urgency. It is the second straight year the city has done this. The idea stinks. (The text of Martinez's declaration follows the jump.) It gives the union 14 days to nego ... More >>
In today's Miami Herald, you'll find an article by Miami City Hall beat reporter Charles Rabin that blathers on about Mayor Tomás Regalado's allegedly unflappable resiliency. Rabin, late to the game by a week, notes Regalado is facing a recall threat from the police and fire unions as the c ... More >>
Okay. I'll be honest. It was hard logging onto my computer last week and having Mayor Tomás Regalado's face pop up on my screen accompanying an article listing ten reasons why he should be recalled. Every time his kindly mug cycled on the homepage rotator, I thought of my uncles and older cousi ... More >>
Photo by Tim ElfrinkTo celebrate Tax Day, the folks at Right to the City and MoveOn.org decided it was high time to combine the best traditions of 1985-era Chicago Bears dancing and progressive lefty political agitation. The result? Behold the "Tax the Rich Shuffle." William "The Fridge" Perry wa ... More >>
photo by Tim ElfrinkDavid Samson talks after signing the last piece of the Marlins Stadium roof.Wielding a thick black marker, Marlins President David Samson flourished his signature onto a gray steel beam. Moments later, a massive crane hoisted the girder high above the new Marlins stadium and g ... More >>
Tim ElfrinkNorman Braman flexes his baller status.As the first week of early voting in the recall election of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas winds down, we decided to take a peek at the latest campaign finance reports filed with the elections department. As expect ... More >>
The last year or so has been tough for our city's paper of record, where I used to work. Reporters at the Miami Herald have gotten the shaft, and editors have been forced to do double duty. But hey, guys, please cover the City of Miami. It is the wheel around which the city spins.Chuck Rabin ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons via user Djh57. If Hanley Ramirez does some amazing shit but nobody's there to see it... it's still amazing.They live, as quietly as cloistered monks, among us. They wash our dogs, write our blogs, prepare our taxes, and, you know, do other things people do for a living. ... More >>
Bart Sherwood passes the grisly photos around the Miami-Dade County Commission chambers.Photo by Tim ElfrinkLycra pants mingled with business suits at the county commission chambers last night.In the first image, his face is scraped and swollen, his arms are wrapped in plaster, and IVs run into h ... More >>
As always, there were plenty of undeniably idiotic contenders for this week's title, a couple of whom might have even taken top honors on a different week. Take, for example, this Totally Cliche South Florida Medicare Scammer, who allegedly blew millions on exotic cars- who's to say ... More >>
via whillybermudez.comWhilly Bermudez is a right-handed, right-leaning, right-of-way, righteous republican, and as Tim Elfrink reported Monday on Riptide, he's got the support of Tubbs from Miami Vice in his run for a seat in the Florida House of Reps for the 116th district (unincorporated West D ... More >>
Maybe Jeffrey Loria took Tim Elfrink's advice, and stopped acting like "a world-class moron." Because according to Associated Press sources Marlin manager Fredi Gonzalez's job is safe for now.The AP is citing an unnamed AP source. The Marlins might not be ready to make the official announcement, but ... More >>
"I've seen racing greyhounds covered in mud, fleas, their own feces, and sores and gashes that would horrify even a vet."
As Tim Elfrink reports in today's paper, the Miami-Dade Public Defender's office is so overworked and under funded that they've stopped accepting new 3rd degree felony cases, a move that may or may not be legal. In the meantime, the PDs office is leaning on top-dollar corporate law firms to take on ... More >>
Today Bill Cooke at Random Pixels took a shot at New Times and editorial jefe Chuck Strouse. He wrote: I used to love Miami New Times. When I lived in Coconut Grove I knew where the paper was delivered on Wednesday and usually snagged a copy by early afternoon. Since editor Jim Mullin's departure a ... More >>
"Pastor Spann is not perfect, but before people start running their mouths, they need to ask themselves: What am I doing for the community?"
"He has managed to buy the majority of his support with false promises of better lives for the population."
"If Lincoln Diaz-Balart would have focused on the needs of his constituents instead of the needs of outsiders, he might not be facing the challenge he is today."
"He entered a new country and effectively told the immigration services: 'I don't care about your laws, catch me if you can.'"