Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Miami Beach Sand

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Photo: Miami Beach PD

For the second time in just three days, a small plane has had to make an emergency landing right on the sands of Florida's beaches.

Following Sunday's deadly crash landing involving a Piper in Venice, a small Cessna made an emergency landing on Miami Beach at 58th Street and Collins Avenue today. Luckily, no one was injured in this episode.

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Rick Ross Enters Gun Debate: Leave Your Weapons Out of His Wingstops

Categories: Politicks

For a guy whose artistic wheelhouse consists almost solely of gangster fantasy, Rick Ross seems to have a more sensible take on gun laws than some NRA fanatics.

In a particularly head-scratching string of protests, some guns rights activists have taken to carrying around loaded semi-automatic riffles while doing things like grocery shopping and getting Chili's baby back ribs in states with open carry laws.

Well, Ross, who also owns dozens of Wingstop restaurant franchises, thinks that's just nuts. This coming from a man who named himself after a notorious drug dealer ... though Ross is also a former corrections officer in real life.

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Thousands Sign Petitions Against Walmart Development on Endangered Pine Rockland

Categories: Unreal Estate

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Leslye Jacobs is a longtime environmental advocate and a once-proud University of Miami Hurricane. But two weeks ago, when she learned that the university had sold a swath of endangered pine rockland forest to a Palm Beach Gardens-based developer who planned to build a Walmart, Jacobs, the director of an education non-profit, was disgusted. So she started a petition against the development on

"I saw the news and right away I was just so angry," Jacobs told Riptide. "I was feeling physically sick about it."

See also: Walmart Officially Closes on Midtown Property

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New York Times Is Wrong About Jumbo's

Categories: Luke's Gospel

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, 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 says good riddance to a restaurant that didn't serve blacks.

Last week, when Liberty City soul food restaurant Jumbo's closed its doors, it was big news. The New York Times' Frances Robles wrote a front-page story documenting how the joint went from discriminating against African-Americans to becoming a black Miami landmark. The Miami Herald and others followed.

I, for one, am glad the place is gone. Good riddance. If the black people who frequented Jumbo's had any sense, they would have put the restaurant out of business decades ago.

See also: Liberty City Icon Jumbo's, the Temple of Fried Shrimp, Set to Close After Sale

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Hanging With a Pitbull Impersonator at Dolphin Mall Is an Only-in-Miami Experience

Categories: WTF Florida

It's the dinner hour at Dolphin Mall, and the food court is a busy hive. Teenagers guzzle from Smoothie King cups while tables full of abuelitas fire Gatling-gun Spanish over steaming plates of Lotus Express. At the Segafredo Zanetti Espresso kiosk, a young girl in black shirt and pants offers a sample tray, her face wearing a look you'd see in a dentist's waiting room. People snatch toothpicked mini-sandwiches off her plate. She stares off, bored and brooding. Then an immaculately white suit sleeve crosses her vision.

"Hola, linda," comes the scratchy growl. Her head snaps like a jack out of the box. Is it? There's the cue-ball dome, the jester's grin, the sunglasses hiding half his face like a limo's tinted window. "Oh my God," she purrs. "OH MY GOD!" She locks bugging eyes with the stranger. "I love you!"

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Iraq Veteran Nick Cutter's Death Exposes Neglect Scandal at Miami VA Hospital

Categories: Longreads

Illustration by Pete Ryan
The man eating breakfast certainly looked like Nicholas Cutter. He had the same pale skin. The same shaved head. The same technicolor tattoos peeking from beneath his T-shirt like graffiti on a whitewashed wall.

Yet, from across the kitchen table, his sister Rainy saw a stranger. Once an extroverted older brother, Nick was now buried inside himself. His goofy, jack-o'-lantern grin had hardened into a grimace. His eyes were clouded, as if the former soldier were still lost in an Iraqi sandstorm. He sat shoveling cereal into his mouth, staring into the past -- into the perpetual war raging inside his head.

Suddenly the doorknob on the Boynton Beach ranch house began to rattle. Nick's eyes rekindled. The knob rattled again, and he rose from his seat.

"Someone is trying to break in," Rainy said. She reached for her phone to call 911, but Nick was already walking toward his bedroom. When he emerged a few seconds later, he was carrying the biggest weapon his sister had ever seen.

See also: VA Scandal, Part 1: Before Dying From Neglect in Miami, Nick Cutter Survived Iraq

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Deep Dredge Critics Use Drones, Planes, and Satellites to Show Damage to Biscayne Bay

Categories: Environmental

Courtesy of Capt. Dan Kipnis
What the Deep Dredge looked like from Capt. Dan Kipnis's chartered sea plane
Two years ago, environmentalists desperately tried to derail the Deep Dredge. They claimed the $2 billion plan to deepen the Port of Miami would kill wildlife in Biscayne Bay, so they sued to stop it. But when a bevy of state agencies lined up against them -- threatening dredge opponents with outrageous legal fees -- the environmentalists were forced to cut a deal and walk away. The dredge went ahead.

For a year and a half, these environmentalists focused on other issues. But when fleets of ships finally began scraping the bottom of the bay in December, activists went on alert. Like superheroes called out of their secret lairs, some have gone to incredible lengths to document the damage the dredge is doing.

"There is something rotten going on here," says Dan Kipnis, a retired Biscayne Bay boat captain. "Something really rotten."

See also: Colin Foord Braves Bad Weather and Giant Eels to Save Sea Creatures From Deep Dredge

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305 Photo of the Day: At the Window

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Pediatrician Group Urges Florida Doctors to Break "Docs vs. Glocks" Law

Categories: Politicks

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On Friday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a controversial Florida law that bans doctors from asking patients if they have guns in their homes. Following the decision, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a decision that pretty much encouraged Florida pediatricians to keep breaking the so called "docs vs glocks" law.

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Poll: 9 out of 10 Floridians Now Support Medical Marijuana

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Trying to get Floridians to all agree on something is damn near impossible, so the poll number for medical marijuana are impressive. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that about 9 out of every 10 Floridians supports legalizing medical marijuana, while a majority now also supports decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

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"Hamas" Vandal Tags Synagogue, Jewish Family's Car in Miami Beach

Categories: Crime

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On Saturday morning, a 22-year-old student named Rachel and her family left their home near 41st Street in Miami Beach to head to synagogue when they noticed a crowd gathered around their car. They quickly realized why: Someone had egged the vehicle and tagged "Hamas" on the window in cream cheese. "It was so shocking," says Rachel, who asked Riptide to not use her family's last name out of fear that the vandals could strike again. "It frightens me, too."

This morning, another target was hit: This time, "Hamas" and Nazi symbols were spray painted on the front of a synagogue in North Miami Beach.

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Plane Crash-Lands on Florida Beach, Killing Man and Critically Injuring His Daughter

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via Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
Ommy Irizarry and his 9-year-old daughter, Oceana, were strolling along the sand just outside the surf in Venice, Florida, yesterday afternoon when a small aircraft plummeted from the sky. The Piper, which had lost power midflight, slammed to a stop on the sand without seriously injuring the pilot or his passenger, but it careened into the father and daughter before they could react.

Ommy Irizarry was killed, and Oceana remains in critical condition this morning.

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Meet the Controversial Brazilian Church Behind Flagler Street "We Undo Witchcraft" Sign

Categories: WTF Florida

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The sign on the corner of West Flagler Street and SW 35th Avenue is huge and explicit: "DESHACEMOS BRUJERIA," it says in white block letters over a red-and-black background, with an 800 number listed below. "WE UNDO WITCHCRAFT."

It's left many a driver doing a doubletake and mouthing, ¿Qué? Curiosity has built in recent months, with a Reddit post on the topic inspiring dozens of comments and a Twitter outburst speculating as to what the church is up to. The truth may actually be stranger than the internet speculation about bubbling cauldrons and Santería rituals.

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Miami-Dade Judge Rules in Favor of Gay Marriage

photo by Phillip Pessar via Miami New Times Flickr group
After three weeks of deliberation, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the Pareto v. Ruvin lawsuit, ruling that same-sex couples in Florida's most densely populated county can receive marriage licenses. That order has been stayed, however, pending an appeal by the state's attorney general.

"We are both beyond excited. Words can't explain really," says Vanessa Alenier, who filed the suit with her partner Melanie. "It's little surreal to look at Melanie and know, we will soon be married in the state we love."

See also: Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban in the Florida Keys; Pam Bondi to Appeal

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Florida's Newest Congressman Confused Two Non-White U.S. Officials for Indian Officials

Categories: Politicks

Curt Clawson is Florida's newest congressman. In fact, it's his one-month anniversary on the job after winning the seat vacated by Trey "Cocaine Congressman" Radel.

He positioned himself heavily in the campaign as an "outsider," and, well, yesterday he certainly proved that he's clueless to the inner workings and decorum of Congress.

During a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where two high-ranking State Department officials were testifying, Clawson apparently just assumed they were officials representing the Indian government, even though it's quite uncommon for officials from foreign countries to testify before Congress, according to Foreign Policy.

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Here's What the Miami Riverwalk Development Replacing Finnegan's Will Look Like

Categories: Unreal Estate

Yesterday came confirmation of the long-simmering rumor that Finnegan's River will be shutting down to make room for yet more condo development. Today comes images of what the planned development, Miami Riverwalk, will look like.

According to exMiami, Riverwalk will consist of four individual 750-foot high tower, with about 1,772 residential units, 360 hotel rooms, over 100,000 square feet of office space and about 180,000 square feet of retail between them. Though, the crown jewel is the actual walkway along the Miami River.

The project is backed by developers Chetrit Group and designed by local architect Kobi Karp.

See also: Finnegan's River in Brickell Closing

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305 Photo of the Day: In a Row

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Everglades' Latest Threat: Tiny, Fungus-Spreading Asian Beetles

Categories: Environmental

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Invasive pythons have been getting all the credit, but there's another invasive species wrecking havoc in the Everglades that could end up causing more damage.

It's the red bay ambrosia beetle, a particularly small species native to Asia that first came to the U.S. in 2002, likely through the importation of wood products. Though, the bug has an accomplice in destroying the Glades: laurel wilt, a fungus it spreads that has proven deadly to thousands of trees in the fragile river of grass.

See also: Move Over Pythons, Invasive Meat-Eating Lizards Are the Everglades' New Pest

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Miami Beach May Remove Arthur Godfrey's Name From 41st Street

Categories: Politicks

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In the late 1940s and '50s there was no bigger American media star than Arthur Godfrey, who had become known and loved for his intimate, folksy radio news personality and went on to host programs like the wildly popular daily CBS variety show Arthur Godfrey Time.

Beginning in 1953 Godfrey broadcast the show from a glitzy Bal Harbour hotel, the Kenilworth, and also became a part owner of the hotel several years later. His star power brought business and tourism to burgeoning Miami Beach; for his contribution 41st Street was co-named Arthur Godfrey Road, probably as early as the 1960s, according to local historian Paul George.

Now, more than four decades later, a Miami Beach commissioner wants to remove the designation, arguing the Godfrey name no longer provides any benefit.

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UM Legend Bernie Kosar: Tony Bosch "Had an Amazing Impact on My Life"

Categories: Sports

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Kosar at a UM press conference in 1985
Biogenesis proprietor Tony Bosch didn't spend all his time cooking up elaborate doping procedures for MLB stars like Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun. As reported in Blood Sport, the new book on the Miami scandal, Bosch also had a huge network of regular clientele, from UM students to high schoolers to ex-athletes. Among that latter group, Blood Sport recounts, was none other than UM legend Bernie Kosar.

Yesterday, Kosar talked about his ties to Bosch for the first time. The former NFL first-round draft pick says the unlicensed anti-aging doctor "had an amazing impact on my life."

See also: Steroids' Long History at the University of Miami

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