Jeff Herman, Miami Lawyer, Behind Bryan Singer Sex Abuse Lawsuit

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Miami-based lawyer Jeff Herman is the country's leading attorney when it comes to handling high-profile sexual abuse lawsuit. He's taken on the Archdiocese of both Miami and Denver, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, and now X-Men director Bryan Singer.

Just two days after winning a $5.25 million verdict for a victim of sexual abuse at the Downtown Miami Charter School on Tuesday, he announced a new suit against Singer.

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305 Photo of the Day: Sip, Sip

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Miami Architect Sweetened Job Listing for Colorado Office with Promise of Legal Pot

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Max Strang is one of Miami's leading young architects. He's best known for his mid-century modern homes, and operates out of a Coconut Grove office. Though, his firm also keeps a satellite branch in a remote part of Telluride, Colorado. So last fall when he was looking to fill a position in that office he added an unusual benefit to the job listing: legalized marijuana.

No, he wasn't actually going to give the eventual job applicant some "welcome to the office" green, but the listing made clear he didn't care if you smoked on your own time.

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Sorry Florida, Stuffed Baby Alligators In Odd Poses Are About To Become Illegal

Categories: WTF Florida

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Looking for a nice stuffed baby alligator posed so it looks like it's waving hello for your living room or bedside table? Better act fast.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission proposed a new set of alligator-related rules Thursday, and, in addition to suggesting changes like a new 24-hour hunting season, the Commission moved to outlaw the sale of stuffed baby alligators that depict "an unnatural body or body part positioning." That means those irresistible stuffed standing--and yes, waving--baby alligators would become illegal.

See also: Boob Mugs and Novelty Thongs: Kitschy Gifts from South Beach's Sleaziest Stores

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Ultra Music Festival Hires Miami Beach Police Chief As Its New Security Director

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Ultra is hoping hiring Miami Beach police chief Ray Martinez fixes its security problems.
Ultra Music Festival has announced that its new security director will be none other than current Miami Beach police chief Ray Martinez.

The move makes sense. Martinez already announced that he's stepping down at the end of this month. Meanwhile, Ultra is seeking to assuage the City of Miami after a security disaster in which gatecrashers trampled a private guard.

But that doesn't mean the marriage is made in heaven. Under Martinez, Miami Beach police fatally Tasered a teenage graffiti artist, roughed up a model, and beat-up a good samaritan for coming to her aid. How will he handle Ultra?

See also: Teenager Israel Hernandez Dies After Miami Beach Cops Catch Him Tagging, Taser Him

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Rick Scott Let Florida Ask Him Questions on Facebook and Things Got Weird

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The governor prepares for a civil discussion. Florida was not interested.
Around 6 p.m. last night, Gov. Rick Scott took off his jacket, perched onto an uncomfortable folding chair in an empty room and flipped open his Macbook to have a reasonable Facebook question-and-answer session with the fine folks in his state.

But then somewhere around the 19th personal attack wedged between questions about why he hates gun owners and wants to kill native fish with genetically engineered predators, Scott quietly logged off, shut his laptop and despaired over the fatal flaw in this plan: He lives in Florida.

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Mugshots Friday: Permanent Chin Pubes

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Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to that series.

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Miami Heat's Ten Most Dramatic Playoff Moments

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The NBA Playoffs begin Sunday for the Miami Heat against the Charlotte Bobcats, and lord knows it's not their first time at the dance. It will be the team's 18th appearance in their relatively young 26-year history. That of course has led to a lot of dramatic playoff moments. Here are our picks for the most dramatic.

See also: Heat Playoff Schedule Is Set: Here's What's Standing Between Miami and a Three-Peat

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Miami's Jewish Congregations Disturbed By Ukraine's "Jewish Registration" Letters

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Miami Beach became one of the Jewish capitals of America thanks in part to the mass immigration fleeing anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe under the Nazis. So it's no surprise that when news broke earlier today about fliers circulating in eastern Ukraine demanding that Jewish residents "register" with the government, switchboards lit up at local Jewish centers from residents worried about the implications.

"The situation has to be taken very seriously," said Rabbi Marc Philippe of the Temple Emanu-El synagogue in Miami Beach. "When people didn't take it too seriously in 1940, 1939 we know what happened...It's so eerie that it's exactly the same scenario that is happening over there."

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Florida's DUI Offenders Could Face Daily Breath Tests

Categories: Road Rage

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If you've collected two or more DUIs in Florida, a judge can force you to install an interlock device in your car. The device requires you to blow into it before you can start your car. If it detects alcohol on your breath then it prevents your car from starting.

Well, the makers of the devices tried to change Florida law this year so the devices could be placed on the cars of first-time offenders. The plan sort of backfired for the vendors. Instead, the Florida legislature is in the process of approving a bill that would require some DUI offenders to submit to a 24/7 alcohol abstinence program instead of installing the devices.

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305 Photo of the Day: Orange Skies

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LeBron James Topped Jersey Sales This Season; Heat Top Team

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The Miami Heat may be entering the NBA playoffs as a second seed, but they're tops in another set of standings. For the sixth time, LeBron James' jersey was the top seller in the league. The Miami Heat, meanwhile, sold more merchandise this season than any other team.


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Uber Recruits Udonis Haslem, but Fight to Enter Miami Is Dead for Now

Categories: Road Rage

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Despite an aggressive push in Tallahassee, car service app Uber's hopes to enter the Miami market are on the back burner once again. A bill that would prohibit local governments from placing restrictions on chauffeured car services has now been amended so that it affects only Hillsborough County.

Despite this, the company has recruited the Miami Heat's hometown hero, Udonis Haslem, to record a radio ad.

See also: Why Taxi Drivers Don't Want Uber in Miami

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Crush Porn Actress Arrested at MIA, Charged With Cruelty to Animals

Categories: WTF Florida

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Stephanie Hird has been charged with animal cruelty for appearing in "crush porn."
For the second time this month, a woman has been arrested in Miami for participating in "crush porn."

Stephanie Hird, 29, was busted yesterday while trying to board a flight at Miami International Airport. Her arrest comes two weeks after another woman, Sara Zamora, was also arrested for animal cruelty. Police say the women appear in locally made fetish videos killing small animals and then committing sex acts on camera.

See also: Invasion of the Amazon Women

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Michael E. Miller Wins New Times's Third Important National Award in 2014

Categories: El Jefe

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Miami New Times' senior writer Michael E. Miller has won the 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award for nondeadline writing in the nondaily category for his article "Champ," which tells the story of a porn star murderer.

It is the second year in a row that Miller has taken top honors , which are handed out by the Society for Professional Journalists. Last year, he won in the deadline reporting category for "Death Trap," a tale about a police shooting that went terribly wrong.

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Cuba Is Running Out of Condoms (and Beer!)

Categories: La Habana

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In Cuba -- where sudden shortages of everyday products are as commonplace as Fidel columns bashing the oligarchy -- condoms have always been a reliable stand-in for everything from kids' birthday balloons to bootleg beach balls. Even during the worst of times, the government kept dirt-cheap, Chinese-made rubbers on shelves around the nation.

But this month, condoms have suddenly become as hard to find in Havana as a George W. Bush T-shirt. The run on prophylactics, along with ongoing potato and beer shortfalls, is casting doubt on the Castro regime's claims that a slowly privatizing economy will make empty store shelves a problem of the past.

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Miami Beach Mayor's Former Bodyguard Accused of Carrying Gun in Police Center

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Before he was tapped to serve as a bodyguard for then Miami Beach mayoral candidate Philip Levine in 2013, Eric Kolbinsky was a longtime police detective and special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was based in Atlanta, according to an online bio, and led a team "that traveled around the Southeastern part of the U.S., targeting violent drug organizations for federal prosecution."

So Kolbinsky probably knows his way around a gun. But now the former agent and bodyguard has a new job, as emergency management specialist for Miami Beach, and because he's not an active-duty law enforcement officer, he's not supposed to carry a gun into a police station.

It appears he recently did anyway.

See also: Miami Beach Police Salaries Some of the Highest in the City

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Heat Playoff Schedule Is Set: Here's What's Standing Between Miami and a Three-Peat

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Mercifully, the Heat's regular season came to an end Wednesday night with a 100-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat loss means Miami finishes the season with a 54-28 record, 12 games worse than last season's franchise record 66-win campaign.

With the second seed in the East locked up prior to the game, the Heat had nothing to play for, positioning-wise, and it showed. Wade got in some work as he shakes off some of the rust he's accumulated sitting out so many games this season, but other than that, it was all about getting it over with as the team moves on to more important things.

Other teams did have something to play for last night, though, as everything from the third seed to the seventh seed were in flux until late into the night.

Here's a breakdown of how everything landed after 82 games:

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Amazon Will Start Charging Florida Sales Tax May 1

Categories: Business

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We're sure that after yesterday, the last thing you want to hear about is more taxes. But you'd better get ready to pay a lot more of them if you're a frequent online shopper. Amazon will begin charging Floridians a sales tax May 1, just like any brick-and-mortar store.

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305 Photo of the Day: Don't Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen

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