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Dirty Dozen 2019: Miami's Most Dastardly Scoundrels

25 days ago by Miami New Times staff
This year has been, shall we say, a wild ride. In 2019, we sweated through one of the hottest years on record, met Baby Yoda, and watched Congress lurch through the fourth presidential impeachment in U.S. history. Game of Thrones ended, Michael Jackson was officially canceled, and the U.S. women's...

My First Trump Rally: A California Native Goes Into the Belly of the Beast

2 months ago by Jess Nelson
Attending your first Trump rally is a rite of passage of sorts.

What to See and What to Skip at Miami Film Festival Gems 2019

3 months ago by Juan Antonio Barquin
The Miami Film Festival is back with its annual Gems — a weekend of movie premieres showing at the Tower Theater. Perhaps the most anticipated of these screenings is Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory, which will open the four-day minifestival Thursday, October 10. But as New Times film critics Juan...

A 14-Year Neighborhood Feud Involved Restraining Orders, Spells, and Jail Time

7 months ago by Terence Cantarella
Listen to the full "Loathe Thy Neighbor" story below: Mark Cantor was pulling his green Mini Cooper into his driveway one evening when a pair of headlights jumped the curb behind him and came barreling across the front lawn, straight toward him. The 54-year-old graphic designer was barefoot. As usual,...

Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart Claims, Without Evidence, That Venezuela Might Nuke U.S.

9 months ago by Jerry Iannelli
In a statement sure to remind critics of the runup to the Iraq War in 2003, longtime Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart suggested on Fox News last night that Russian agents in Venezuela currently have the capability to strike the United States with nuclear bombs. Diaz-Balart, part of the coalition of Florida lawmakers advising Donald Trump on Latin American issues, provided no evidence to back up his claims.

Civil Rights Groups Plan Demonstration Criticizing Anti-Muslim South Florida Lawmaker

1 year ago by Jerry Iannelli
Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub's career seems to be dangling on thin ice right now, and for good reason. Earlier this month, she claimed online that Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women ever elected to U.S. Congress, was a "Hamas-loving anti-Semite" who might one...

Wall Street Firm Makes Money From South Florida ICE Detention Center Accused of Abuse

2 years ago by Jerry Iannelli
The Glades County Detention Center, which sits less than two hours northwest of Miami, is a county jail that also holds detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The facility is also allegedly a hot spot of abuse and malfeasance. Back in 2015, the Glades County Sheriff's...

Florida ICE Detention Center Didn't Fix Muslim Discrimination in Time for Ramadan, Lawyers Say

2 years ago by Jerry Iannelli
Last week, activists warned that the Glades County Detention Center was abusing Muslim detainees and refusing to let them observe Ramadan. Lawyers with the groups Muslim Advocates and Americans for Immigrant Justice warned there were only eight days of the Islamic holy month left and begged ICE and Glades County Sheriff David Hardin, who runs the jail, to change their ways before time ran out.

Miami Atheists Demand to Be Heard

1 year ago by Jessica Lipscomb
Kevin was home alone after school one day when two Mormon missionaries came to his doorstep. The 16-year-old opened the door and invited them in. The young men handed him some brochures and asked if they could pray for him. In the living room, they kneeled beside him, touched his...

South Florida ICE Detention Center and Jail Won't Let Muslims Observe Ramadan, Lawyers Say

2 years ago by Jerry Iannelli
When 92 Somali detainees were flown from Louisiana to Dakar, Senegal, and then inexplicably taken to Miami at the end of 2017, immigration lawyers representing the group were particularly worried about one thing: While some of the detainees were being held at Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Krome Processing Center in West Miami-Dade...

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