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    April 14, 2014

    Sen. Nelson Says Florida Has Overtaken New York in Population, But That Might Not Be True Yet

    According to estimates, Florida is slated to become the third most populated state in the nation sometime in the next few years. Though, one of our senators seems to think it's already happened. "My state of Florida is now the third-largest state," Sen. Bill Nelson said last week during Senate Arm ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Florida Bill May Put Stop to Spam Texts: No More "Junk Car" Texts

    Remember a few years ago when it seemed everyone in Miami was getting spammed text messages by someone promising to buy their "junk car?" Yeah, well the Florida Senate is looking at a way to make it easier for Floridians to get out of receiving spam by adding text messages to the "Do Not Call" regis ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Florida Charges Children as Adults More Than Any Other State

    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 >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's Today

    The reign of peace, love, and ice cream began more than three decades ago in a converted gas station in Burlington, Vermont, where two childhood friends took a risk and opened an ice-cream shop. A year later, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were so surprised and delighted that their endeavor was sti ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Kush: Burgers, Beer, and Bacon Brownies in Wynwood (Photos)

    Kush, the beer and burger joint that opened in Wynwood about two weeks ago, can best be described as Lokal's scrappy little brother. Coconut Grove's Lokal is the more polished older sibling, while Kush has a younger, edgier feel. But there's no doubt, whatsoever, that the two restaurants share the ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    "Glamping" Bill Hopes to Spur Visits to Florida's Aquatic Preserves

    Is there anything more glamorous than Florida's aquatic preserves? Yes, darling, lots of things, but a new proposed bill hopes to bring a bit of a ritzy touch to the areas by allowing and promoting the idea of "glamping" on islands and "uplands" in the preserves.

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    March 27, 2014

    Miami-Dade Is One of the Healthiest Counties in America, Somehow

    Are you 305 till you die? Because that might mean you'll be 305 for a long, long time. According to a new study, Miami-Dade is one of the healthiest counties not only in Florida but also in all of America. It's in the top 10 percent of healthiest counties overall across the United States and the fif ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    More Women in Florida Have Concealed Carry Licenses Than Even Before

    Guns are no longer just boy fun in Florida anymore. Woman now make up a higher rate of those who have concealed carry licenses than at any point before. Approximately one out of every four concealed carry permits are issued to women, and that translates to a whole lot of ladies packing heat. Remembe ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014
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    March 19, 2014

    New Bill Would Outlaw Child Marriage in Florida

    In Florida you can get married if you're a 13-year-old who accidentally knocks up his girlfriend but not if you're in a committed adult relationship with someone of the same sex. Rep. Cynthia Stafford, a Miami Democrat, wants to change that. No, not the part about allowing gays to marry, just the mi ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Florida Has Lost $5 Billion in Ponzi Schemes Since 2008

    The Ponzi scheme epidemic of 2008 kicked off with part-time Palm Beach resident Bernie Madoff, and then hit Florida much harder than most states. That's the consensus of a new Forbes analysis, which found that Florida was second in total number of dollars lost to Ponzis, trailing only New York, and ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Florida Moves Towards Medical Marijuana As House Committee Passes "Charlotte's Web" Bill

    After decades of the war on drugs, countless efforts to decriminalize dope, and tens of thousands of drug arrests, Florida has finally reached a turning point. The marijuana movement has reached critical mass. In January, the state supreme court ruled that voters can decide whether or not to legali ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Miami Democrat Files Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Florida

    Would you like to be carrying 2.5 ounces of marijuana right now? How about tending your own marijuana garden at home with up to six plants? Or would you rather buy marijuana from a store and have the tax proceeds go to the state? Well, call your state senator and tell them you support SB 1562! Th ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Tiny Florida Panther Kitten Rescued from Abandonment Is Adorable

    A Florida panther kitten has only been alive for one month but has already had quite an eventful life. The kitten was found in late January in Collier County while biologists were conduction field research. The one-pound kitten was found curled into a ball and suffering from dehydration and low bo ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Choc Quib Town on Immigration Policy: "It's Stupidity ... The U.S. Was Made by Immigrants"

    The Chocó region of Colombia sits in the South American nation's northwestern countryside. Bordered by the mountains of neighboring Panama and the waters of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, this small, rural locality is one of the poorest places in the entire country. Yet it is culturally ric ... More >>

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    February 14, 2014

    Anti-Gay Groups Compare Gay Couples Seeking Marriage to Segregationist Racist

    State bans on the recognition of gay marriage are falling like dominoes across the states, and a new lawsuit brought on by gay couples could lead to Florida following suit. However, a group of social conservative groups announced their intention to fight to uphold Florida's gay marriage ban today. ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Bill Would Ban Release of Mug Shots in Florida

    When you're arrested in Florida your mug shots gets splashed across the internet in a matter of days. That's because Florida police agencies and sheriff's departments release the photos online in compliance with Florida's progressive public record laws. Though, in recent years several commercial web ... More >>

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    February 11, 2014

    Poll: 63 Percent of Floridians Support Lifting Cuban Embargo

    The Cuban embargo has been in place for well over 50 years now to little effect, and now a new poll claims that a majority of Americans, and an even larger share of Floridians, believe it's time to end it. The poll was presented this morning from D.C.-based think tank the Atlantic Council, but the ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Meet the Three Floridians Competing in the Winter Olympics

    As native Floridians, we've always viewed the Winter Olympics as some sort of weird arctic elf games we'll never truly be able to comprehend. As it turns out, there are not that many Floridians who go on to compete in these frigid competitions compared to northern states. Though, this year there a ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    Black Babies Used as Alligator Bait in Florida

    It has been pretty well documented recently that, during slavery and into the 20th century, black babies were used as alligator bait in North and Central Florida. A guy in Sanford, near Orlando, told this story to a researcher. He said he had heard it from his grandfather. The slaves who had bab ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Ballot Question

    Despite opposition from Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Supreme Court of Florida officially ruled today that a ballot question that could approve use of medical marijuana is perfectly valid. This means that the question will now all but certainly come before voters in November. Bondi had challenge ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    January 22, 2014

    Why Don't Food Companies Label Their Products as Vegan?

    As a relatively new vegan, I'm always on the lookout for convenient foodstuffs that allow me to feel like a semi-normal human. At the buffet of life, no one wants to be relegated to a lonely spot by the salad bar. The good news is there are lots of easily available products that fit the vegan bill. ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Miami Brew Bus Tour Fulfills Ale Appetites and Craft Beer Queries

    We were invited to take a ride on the Miami Brew Bus for the Hopping to Hops Tour Saturday and got a behind-the-scenes look at two South Florida breweries. The tour, geared towards tourists and locals alike, starts and ends at Lokal Burgers & Beer in Coconut Grove. Attendees meet up around 11 a.m., ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit to Overturn Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

    Following the lead of successful lawsuits in Utah and Oklahoma in recent months, six same-sex couples in Florida plan to sue the state in order to overturn ban on same-sex marriage. Back in 2008, Florida voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment that banned not only gay marriage but any ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Fight To Legalize Beer Growlers and Beer Tastings in Florida Heads Back to Tallahassee

    Last year, an attempt to rewrite Florida law to legalize beer growlers went nowhere fast in the state legislature. But with the craft beer industry continuing to grow in Florida, lawmakers are going to give it another shot. This year, another related bill would also legalize beer tastings, which are ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    Big Business Mega-Coalition Decides Florida Should Stop Hating Gays So Much

    Poor Republican legislators are surely going to be in a bind over this. On one hand, they're used to bending to the whims of big business. On the other, they party has gone all in on the "Yeah, LGBT people are kind of icky" front. So what are they to do when a giant coalition of some of Florida's bi ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Startles and Confuses Cubans, Floridians

    Prior to yesterday, most Floridians' experience with the Richter scale was limited to the former Universal Studios attraction, Earthquake: The Big One. At around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a rare, 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck outside Cuba leaving residents of the seismically stable country -- and ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    15 Steps: We Get a First Bite of Farm-to-Fork at Eden Roc Miami Beach

    Like a phoenix, 15 Steps rose out of 1500 Degrees' hot ashes. The farm-to-table restaurant transitioned quietly from 1500 Degrees in the fall of 2013, with an official opening and name change in early December. Because the restaurant continued serving meals during the process, there was no major ove ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Miami Named 4th Worst-Run City in America, Hialeah 9th

    Perhaps the most surprising part of the City of Miami being named the fourth worst-run city in America is that it was higher in the rankings than Hialeah. However, both cities made the top ten. 24/7 Wall Street decided to start off the new year by ranking America's 100 biggest cities from worst to ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Miami's 16th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit: "It's Not Just About Smoking a Joint"

    "Why are we underground right now, sir? Why can't we be out in the open?" asks Private Miller while sitting in a smoky interrogation room during the opening scene of the 2008 movie Pineapple Express. "Why aren't we in a square right now? Why aren't we talkin' to people, lettin' them know that Item ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    Tanning Salons Now Outnumber McDonald's in Florida

    We live in a place called the "Sunshine State" with about 825 miles of beaches, but instead of taking advantage of those natural resources a whole lot of Floridians appear to prefer to get tan inside a salon. In fact, a new study reveals that there are now more tanning salons in Florida than there a ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Florida Set Record for Gun Background Checks This Year

    More Floridians then ever went through the necessary background check to buy a firearm this year. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has conducted 823,653 background checks in 2013, toppling the previous record from last year of 797,610.

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    December 20, 2013

    Florida Unemployment Drops to 6.4 Percent, Miami-Dade's Drops 1.5 Percent in a Month

    Florida's unemployment levels continue to drop. For this past November the rate was 6.4 percent, down from 6.7 percent in October. It's the ninth straight month since March that Florida's unemployment rate has been below the national average. Meanwhile, Miami-Dade's unemployment rate dropped an as ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Florida Is by Far the Most Dangerous State for Homeless

    The conventional narrative holds that Florida is a wonderful place to be homeless. There's lots of sunshine and warm weather. There are public beaches. And sure enough, homeless people abound. But according to a disturbing study released this past Friday, this notion couldn't be further from the g ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    Floridians Lead the States in Accidentally Destroying Their iPhones This Year

    Let's have a moment of silence for all our dearly departed smart phones. Because, apparently, in Florida there were a lot that left us this year. According to Squaretrade's annual "Clumsiest States Index," Florida led the states in damaging and destroying iPhones this year. (Well, technically Wash ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    Gay Rights in Florida: Progress Is Here

    Despite the fact that Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale boast among the highest populations of LGBT folks in the country, Florida has long been a troglodyte in the area of equal rights. But recently, there has been an uptick in enlightenment. 1. Last month, the Florida Supreme Court granted a le ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013
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    December 3, 2013

    DJ Sprinkles' Strategy: "Make It the Audience's Burden to Work It on the Dance Floor"

    Back in 2011, we here at Crossfade included Terre Thaemlitz, AKA DJ Sprinkles, on our list of the World's Least Douchey DJs. It was a nod to her longstanding work as an educator and activist promoting awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. Like many others, we'd first gotten w ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    How I Accidentally Became a Drug Dealer

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning scribe and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] The biggest concern in my life recently is that every show on my DVR is the regular definition version, rather than the high definition version. As you can see, things have a ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Florida Bill Would Make it Illegal to Smoke in Cars with Kids Onside

    If you've got a baby on board you might want to start throwing your butts out. A Republican legislator from Jacksonville has filed a new bill that would make it illegal for anyone to smoke in their car or truck while a minor is also in the vehicle.

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    November 19, 2013

    Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Planned at the Local House Tonight

    Though the Philippine Islands are about a 22-hour flight from Miami, South Floridians can surely empathize with the people of the area. After all, we are acutely aware of the deadly force of a monster storm, as evidenced by our experience with Hurricane Andrew.

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    November 13, 2013

    Florida's 825 Miles of Beaches Are Coming to Google Map's Street View

    Have you ever wanted to take a trip down one of Florida's beaches without leaving your computer? Well, that's kind of sad, but starting next year you'll be able to. Visit Florida, the state's tourism and marketing arm, has teamed with Google to use their street mapping technology to capture all 82 ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Zagat Says Python-Topped Pizza in Ft. Myers Best Represents Florida

    Zagat has declared the "Everglades Pizza" at Evan's Neighborhood Pizza in Ft. Myers as the pizza that best represents the state of Florida. The pie contains somewhat, er, original toppings, such as python, whole frog legs, and alligator sausage. It also costs $45 for a 14-inch pie. You may rememb ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    House Subcommittee to Debate Stand Your Ground Today

    Florida's convoluted gun laws are up for debate today, although not really. It kind of just felt nice to say that for a second. It's true that the criminal justice subcommittee of the Florida House of Representatives will hold a 5-hour hearing about Stand Your Ground, among other things. However, th ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    Florida Man Opens Fire When Man Tries to Cut Him in Chick-fil-A Drive-Thru Line

    Safety tip: do not mess with a Floridian in a fast-food drive-thru line. You do so at your own risk. A incident at a Jacksonville Chick-fil-A is just the latest violent outburst caused in the state by someone cutting in a fast-food line.

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    November 6, 2013

    22 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Florida

    Florida, we've had it rough lately. In the past week, some truly horrific headlines have surfaced. First, the headless and fingertip-less body of West Palm Beach woman Kimberly Lindsey was found in a canal in Hendry Country. Then her husband, a Fort Lauderdale doctor whom police suspected had comm ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Real-Life Florida Horror Stories To Scare You This Halloween

    Halloween in Florida can feel redundant since living in the Sunshine State is often inherently a horror story. All future slasher and disaster flicks should be filmed here. For one, the people are usually coated in sweat and tears (no makeup artists required), and the fauna includes sharks, alligato ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    New York City's "Weed Fairy" Is From Miami

    Halloween came a little early for New Yorkers this season, or at the very least, some of them were given a second excuse to gorge on candy. Apparently, there's a "weed fairy," and she's using social media to spread a very chill message. On Friday, the internet lit up with news of a mysterious benef ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Florida Is the Eighth Most Dangerous State in the U.S., Report Finds

    There's really no doubt that Florida leads the nation -- if not Planet Earth -- in insane crimes. In the past month, we've had an elderly guy showing up pants-less and masturbating at a McDonald's drive-thru, a woman twerking obscenely in front of a school bus full of kids, and the inventor of the W ... More >>

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