Two summers ago, Miami was the stage for one of the strangest FBI sting operations on record. On July 17, 2012, undercover agents set up a clandestine deal in a pricey South Beach hotel room. With hidden cameras recording his every move, an unwitting suspect carefully removed the much-coveted object ... More >>
Vico Confino is a husky 81-year-old hell-raiser with a thick Brooklyn accent and an outsized presence -- slicked-back thin white hair, piercing blue eyes, leathery South Florida skin -- that seem cut straight from a Sopranos casting. Confino tosses F-bombs at waiters over bad service. He wears four ... More >>
David Strecker was returning from a vacation in the Dominican Republic this past October 30 when U.S. Customs officials at Miami International Airport told him to line up with six other people and hand over his electronics. The Key West resident dutifully surrendered a laptop computer, two cell pho ... More >>
Angelina and Michele Mastrangelo seemingly reveled in "popping it" for two Miami Beach police officers who arrested them a couple of days before Christmas. Police station video footage -- first published on local blog Random Pixels -- shows the hand-cuffed Toronto siblings voraciously showing off so ... More >>
For a guy who doesn't believe in restoring felons' voting rights, Mitt Romney sure likes to associate with accused criminals when he comes to Miami.Back in August, Romney held a rally at a popular Coral Gables fruit juice stand owned by convicted coke trafficker Reinaldo Bermudez.On Wednesday, when ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court and President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience.
The Miami Heat superstar sure picked a dubious business partner.
Wade and Von Houtman in better times.Hey, remember back in April when Dwyane Wade's former business partner Richard von Houtman unleashed a Riptide smear tirade against the Miami Heat superstar?Von Houtman, one of Wade's partners in the thwarted D Wade's Place restaurant chain, cast Wade as a naive ... More >>
Join us as we try to hitch a ride to the island before the gold rush strikes.
Artist makes mobile art of the immigrant's plight.
When Cubans leave their homeland, things can get lots worse.
Javier Lumbreras, bon vivant, art collector, and defendant, struts his stuff at the Bass
Jose Padilla is (a) a punk; (b) a terrorist in training; (c) an unwitting pawn for Uncle Sam and al-Qaeda; or (d) all of the above
Readers get their war on
Cocaine case no-actioned; pigeons are rats with wings
South Florida citizens take homeland defense into their own hands with Operation On Guard
The sad saga of how the feds hounded a senior citizen over, what else, Cuba
Four more cases of egregious ineptitude at the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Okay, so they really were spying for Cuba, but not in a bad way
A new crackdown on Biscayne Bay's sponge poachers has netted an entire Cuban subculture
Big payoffs. Gruesome murders. Nosy feds. Life as a cargo handler at MIA just ain't what it used to be.
A 50-year-old Biscayne Bay institution builds a dock to the 21st Century
When there's a huge drug trial in Miami and no one watches it, does it even matter?
African millionaire Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko opened his checkbook and stole Miami's heart. Not surprisingly, that wasn't the only thing he stole.
Way back in 1998 the citizens of Dade County rose up and declared themselves an independent republic. Then the hangover hit.
For some people, African millionaire Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko was a dream come true. For others he was a nightmare.
Two parts pragmatism and one part nostalgia keep Miami's last propeller-driven cargo planes skimming the skies
Chilly weather and a sluggish bureaucracy have left Dade's farmworkers out in the cold
Miamians' lust for contraband Cohibas has turned the blazing cigar craze into a smuggler's dream
A Cuban embezzler built it, anti-Batista guerrillas trained in it, Nicaraguan refugees lived in it, and Frank Robinson played baseball in it. Now somebody has to step to the plate and save Bobby Maduro Miami Stadium.
For a hundred years the FEC Railway has been chugging up and down Florida's east coast. The next hundred years shouldn't be much different.
A local authority on money laundering is linked to a banker accused of fraud
Scaling Mount Trashmore, sorting through the clues to the mystery of everyday life
Either the feds mistakenly raided their auto parts shop, or the Senorans family has been sniffing too much Armor-All
The owner just wants out. The informant's cover has been blown. The defense lawyer is always on the offensive. In the war to spiff up Biscayne Boulevard's low-rent motels, the case of the Camelot Inn is the strangest battle yet.
A National Marine Fisheries Service scientist hooks some big violations
Jim Dougherty exposed insurance fraud for Lloyd's of London -- until they concluded the Miami Beach lawyer had overbilled them by millions. Now the U.S. attorney is involved and things have turned very ugly, indeed.
In the latest twist to the Bangkok Six orangutan-smuggling case, Matthew Block's flamboyant defense lawyer takes his own life
Some suicide notes are short, some tell a more detailed story. They all have unhappy endings.
It wasn't just any nightclub. It wasn't just any bust. And it wasn't just any owner. When Uncle Charlie's got hit, it got hit hard.