The Health Insurance Marketplace ostensibly opened yesterday. Beginning at midnight, Americans could create an account and shop for coverage plans that would go into effect at the beginning of next year. The operative word here being "ostensibly." Somehow the biggest hindrance to the rolling out of ... More >>
The Miami Herald is an institution. It has won 20 Pulitzers and continues to employ some of the best journalists in the state. But ever since the Herald moved from downtown to Doral, there have been some noticeable problems. Last week, for instance, the paper printed the same exact page on successi ... More >>
The frizz-haired Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra rummaged through piles of T-shirts lined up against one of the pool tables at Churchill's Pub. "This one right here," the local legend said of a black and white cotton top he wore during a show, "is one of the most famous shirts in Florida that made the ... More >>
It's not easy becoming a firefighter, but there's a fairly established path to take if that's your dream: starting intense workouts, studying up on fire codes, maybe getting some sweet tribal tattoos to fit in. Police say an 18-year-old from Florida went a different route, by buying a bunch of fir ... More >>
Last month, editors held the final afternoon news meeting at One Herald Plaza. A few minutes later, some moving vans parked in front of the building, and employees and movers packed up what was left and said goodbye to the paper's home for exactly 50 years. A few staffers stopped long enough to grab ... More >>
While the excitement of an early morning Easter basket hunt is generally considered kid's domain, Easter Sunday is actually much more momentous for adults. After all, it marks the end of 40 painful days and nights of Lenten sacrifice. And hell, even if you leave all the religious jazz out of the eq ... More >>
For foodies like us, the holiday season is all about eating, drinking and well, eating some more. Seriously, it's why we wear stretch pants for the entire month of December. To carry the tradition past the table -- there are all kinds of funky food and drink themed decorations to give your home tha ... More >>
This is not your beautiful house. This is not your video game store business. These are not your beautiful cars. But they could be.Shane Butcher, a 29-year-old Tampa Bay man, is selling what basically amounts to his entire life and all of his possessions on eBay for the low, low price of just $3.5 m ... More >>
Florida is notorious for Medicare fraud, and we also have more than our fair share of food stamp fraud. At least Miami residents can console themselves with the fact that our food stamp defrauders are not as shameless as those in other states.EBT cards, modern-day food stamps, are being traded for c ... More >>
The Miami Marlins' new star Jose Reyes had to cut off his dreadlocks for $105 million, but online they only sold for $10,200.Reyes agreed to sheer his trademark dreads in order to meet the Marlin's grooming rules. The haircut was aired live on the MLB network, and the dreads were put up on auctio ... More >>
If you lined up to get some pieces from high-end designer Jason Wu's limited edition budget-priced line at the Midtown Miami Target store on Saturday morning, you were stymied by a couple who quickly swooped in and bought the entire stock. Riptide has reached out to Target, and while they didn't ... More >>
Fashion Breakdown: Blazer from Zara; skirt and bustier from eBay; shoes by Guess; anchor charm necklace by Mike in Oklahoma City; hair cut, colored, and styled herself.
How much money would you pay for a four-ounce bottle of water alleged to have come from a pool in which Tom Cruise swam? If your answer is anything less than $130, you're out of luck. That's the current highest bid on an eBay auction for water taken from the Soho Beach House pool.
Fashion Breakdown: Led Zeppelin T-shirt; red cross necklace; LeSportsac bag; Batman button pin and skull stockings from eBay; skort and Docs from Goodwill; pony from Peru.
Luther "Luke" Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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 assesses the Occupy movement sweeping New York, Miami, and other American cities.The tens of thousands of proteste ... More >>
Remember last week, when a latex mask of accused murderer Casey Anthony garnered a top bid of $999,900 on eBay? Yeah, that didn't make any sense. Today, it does: The purported buyer just wanted to scold the seller in eBay's feedback section.
eBay user prophunter"Innocent"After receiving 105 bids, a latex mask modeled on Florida's favorite not-quite-murderer sold on eBay for $999,900 last night. Don't worry -- shipping was free."Prophunter," the Los Angeles vendor who listed the mask, wrote in the item description that "Halloween is o ... More >>
eBay user tonystradingpostYou can get your mother sent to the hospital for less than $20!Father's Day is Sunday and you haven't bought him anything, you ungrateful pud. Here are some items you can bid on as of Friday afternoon to thank the man who watched your mom give birth to you. They're all w ... More >>
Sometimes cookbooks can do more than tell us how to prepare food. For example, a glance at the 1983 publication of California Wine Lover's Cookbook, by Malcolm Hébert and the Wine Institute and Wine Appreciation Guild, shows us just how much things have changed in the food world over the past 27 ... More >>
The Basicks Basick RNR Party (Records of Rebellion) One of the cooler little records to come out in the spring of 1996 was this first effort by Miami's the Basicks. Hearkening back to that youthful element of rock and roll, Basick RNR Party talked about fucking, drinking, and drugging with a ... More >>
The Pink Lincolns Suck & Bloat (Stiff Pole Records) www.stiffpolerecords.com In honor of Richard "Big Stiff" Konwinski, who passed this past July in Tampa, I'll be juggling between the County Grind and Crossfade blogs doing my Blast From the Past thing on the record label that he founded, St ... More >>
Scanner's on the fritz, enjoy Ed's all-knowing visageSubliminal Criminal S/T (Space Cadette Records) If we lived in different times, Ed Matus would be the type of gent who holds doors open for ladies, organizes fox hunts, gardens organically and holds the secrets of the glue that has for some bizar ... More >>
Kids are going back to school this week and that means it's time to whip out that lunch box. But even we older kids need to eat lunch, and what better way to save a buck than to bring your lunch to work. Like any accessory, a lunch box makes a statement. So choose yours carefully.1. I just want to b ... More >>
Pink LincolnsSumo Fumes(Stiff Pole Records)www.stiffpolerecords.com In honor of Richard "Big Stiff" Konwinski, who passed this past July in Tampa, I'll be juggling between the County Grind and Crossfade blogs doing my Blast From the Past thing on the record label that he founded, Stiff Pole Records ... More >>
A little tip for the would-be Indiana Jones profiteers out there: Don't sell your illegally plundered ancient artifacts on eBay. photo courtesy ICE Got some hot, plundered ancient artifacts? Don't sell them on eBay.One seller learned that lesson the hard way last April, when Immigration a ... More >>
via eBayWhen Charlie Crist announced he'd be leaving the Republican Party of Florida, the RPOF realized it had no more use for its fancy, slightly awkward-looking oil painting of the governor that used to hang in party headquarters. So, like a crazy ex who desperately wants the world to know they ... More >>
The Republican Party of Florida is acting like a woman scorned after Charlie Crist veered a little too far "to the left" for Tea Party activists' tastes. So they sent him packing with everything he owns in that box to the left. But everything they bought -- please, Charlie -- don't touch. That's ... More >>
Quoting Christopher R. Weingarten: Record Store Day AKA "eBay Eve"In our Moving Units column, Mike Ramirez at Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records graciously keeps us up-to-date and comments on the current releases flying out of his store each week.Based upon the amount of this column devoted t ... More >>
Help out Haiti and this could be yours.New Times and Gibson Musical Instruments are pleased to announce that we've put up for auction a Special Edition Reverse Flying V Gibson Guitar designed by South Florida artist Lebo. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the auction will go toward Partners i ... More >>
It's Election Day! All over again! Voters in Districts 1 and 5 will head to the polls to replace Angel Gonzalez and maybe Michelle Spence-Jones. [CBS4]Former Mayor Manny Diaz is headed to Harvard to be a resident fellow at the JFK School of Government. Guess this means his name is complete ... More >>
The fashion police are also investigatingTwo apparently related burglaries have police worried that a crime ring with really bad taste is preying on local shoe merchants. In the wee hours of December 30, five to six masked men in two cars crashed their way into the Foot Locker at 1076 Sou ... More >>
Dimebag Darrell lives!Every last tiny speck of brain matter splatted against the Columbus, Ohio stage he was riffing on when he was killed by a crazed gunman may have already been sold on Ebay, but the legend of Dimebag lives on through recorded documentation of his music.The video above features ... More >>
I never had an internship. No one would have me. (OK, I got offered one at the Miami Herald once, but I was still in my "I don't think I really want to go into journalism -- it's a dying field" mode. Which turned out to be ironic on so many levels.) So, I have always been curious about th ... More >>
Officially, edgy advertising firm Crispin Porter Bogusky decided to auction off the services of their interns as a way to compensate the underpaid labor, but probably just to remind everyone how quirky the company is and get some press. Brammo, a maker of electronic mini-motorcycles, won the ... More >>
Have you been swindled out of your life savings in a massive Ponzi scheme? Are you looking for the perfect way to remember all those heady days of 15 percent returns before the market collapsed? Do you just love R. Allen Stanford's manly Texas mustache? A Florida entrepreneur has the produ ... More >>
Stalk the purse of your dreams.
By ANDY VIHSTADT Led On Those of you waiting on a full-scale reunion tour from Led Zeppelin should find something else to obsess about in 2008. According to Robert Plant’s site , he and Alison Krauss are launching a European tour in May with US dates to follow. In the meantime, here’s the setl ... More >>
I have a confession: I’m addicted to those home cleaning shows, the ones where homeowners sell, purge and donate all of their useless household crap so they can live in clutter-free peace. The shows – especially the annoying yet endearing Clean House – have inspired me to get rid of entire car ... More >>
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