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U.S. Coast Guard Officers Destroy Giant Bahamian Pot Farm After Claiming They Smelled Weed "From the Air"

8 months ago by Jerry Iannelli
In a case that illustrates America's bizarre and quasi-colonial relationship with the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard announced today that, while its officers were just buzzing around in Bahamian airspace over Andros Island, about 154 miles from Miami, its officers "smelled" marijuana...

Art to Burn

21 years ago by Lissette Corsa
On the night of April 22, 1988, Miami art collector Ramon Cernuda presided over an auction at the now-defunct Cuban Museum of Art and Culture. "Going once, going twice ... and sold for $500," the auctioneer announced. The pounding of the gavel sealed the fate of the painting, which was...

Elton John Is the Last of Rock 'n' Roll's Piano Men

11 months ago by David Rolland
It wasn't always guaranteed that the guitar would be the instrument associated with rock 'n' roll. At the birth of the rock era, piano men such as Little Richard and Ray Charles made hips shake and hearts ache by hollering while tickling ivories instead of plucking strings. Elvis even had a piano-playing rival...

Whitney Soars When It Lets Its Subject Speak and Sing for Herself

1 year ago by Lara Zarum
At first, Whitney gives off the unpleasant whiff of dirty laundry being aired, as the members of Houston’s inner circle, speaking alone in front of the camera, dish on the family’s secrets

In Heaven Knows What, Arielle Holmes Burns Through the Screen — and Her Own Life

4 years ago by Melissa Anderson
New York has often been the setting for films about heroin addicts, with titles ranging from Shirley Clarke’s cinéma-vérité-tweaking The Connection (1961) to Slava Tsukerman’s new-wave cult classic Liquid Sky (1982) mining the drama of smack freaks tying off, shooting up, and nodding out. But Josh and Benny Safdie’s tough,...

Miami Prosecutor Cites Condition Critics Call "Junk Science" to Clear Cops in Taser Death

2 years ago by Jerry Iannelli
"Excited delirium" is not an officially recognized medical condition. The term was invented in Miami to describe why so many cocaine and crack addicts were dying in the city's streets during the 1980s, but many medical experts say the condition — when someone's brain basically short-circuits due to a combination of drugs and stress...

A Miami Beach Scam Took Millions of Dollars From Thousands of Inventors, Feds Say UPDATED

2 years ago by Brittany Shammas
Ryan Masti could hardly believe what he was hearing. The soft-spoken college senior who'd grown up on a farm in a speck-size New York town listened breathlessly as a World Patent Marketing rep told him the company wanted to partner with him on his invention. In fact, the man told...

Rundle Won't Charge Prison Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Schizophrenic Black Man to Death (Updated)

3 years ago by Jerry Iannelli
On June 23, 2012, Darren Rainey, a schizophrenic man serving time for cocaine possession, was thrown into a prison shower at the Dade Correctional Institution. The water was turned up to 180 degrees — hot enough to steep tea or cook ramen noodles.

Carmel Cafiero Changed the Way Miami Does News

3 years ago by Antonia Farzan
Miss Cleo — AKA Cleo Harris — walks briskly across the parking lot of Sawgrass Mills mall, her face hidden behind a pair of mirrored sunglasses. But Carmel Cafiero has already recognized her. Dressed in a plain navy suit and clutching a Channel 7 microphone, Cafiero chases down the fraudulent...

Al Golden Isn't UM Football's Real Problem, It's the Board of Trustees

4 years ago by Luther Campbell
Since the beginning of the University of Miami's football season, anonymous angry fans have been paying for planes to fly banners over every game demanding that head coach Al Golden be fired. While the Canes were losing against the University of Cincinnati last week, for instance, a banner proclaimed, "I...

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