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Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins' sole source of hope, was escorted off the field last week after getting nailed in the face by a fastball thrown by Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers in an incident that latter almost triggered a bench-clearing brawl. A fastball to the face is no small injury, and Stanton has released photos of the aftermath of the pitch and the result a week later. Beware: they're not super gruesome, but they're not for the squeamish either.
In Miami-Dade, transgender residents today have zero legal protection against being fired or discriminated against by their county government. That incredible fact remains true in 2014 largely because of one county commissioner and one conservative group hell-bent on keeping that basic human protection off the books.
Well, with that right-wing commissioner -- Lynda Bell -- now on the way out of County Hall after an electoral defeat last month, the County Commission will try again today to get the ball rolling on a transgender protection clause.
Update: The commission passed the transgendered protection this afternoon. It will now head to committee for a second vote.More »
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 explains why the NFL is out of control.
It should surprise no one that the domestic-violence case of Baltimore Ravens' star running back Ray Rice blew up in the NFL's face. Professional sports leagues operate in an alternate reality where misdeeds go unpunished until video or audio evidence surfaces.More »
There's nowhere in the U.S. quite like Miami-Dade County. It's larger than Rhode Island, has twice as many people, and is bordered by two national parks. Its 2.5 million residents are among the most diverse in the nation. And they live in a smattering of 34 incorporated cities, which range from 400,000-person metropolises to 86 solitary residents.
Photo by Ann Baekken | Flickr CC 2.0 Somewhere over Miami-Dade.
But we're not here to celebrate all those unique statistics. We're here to argue about which of those 34 cities is the best. What follows is the definitive ranking of each and every one of those communities.
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Comedian-turned-political-rabble-rouser Steve Berke may have lost his latest bid for Miami Beach mayor, but he hasn't given up on spreading the message of his pet political project: legalized pot.
Berke is back with a stab at viral video campaigning with a pro-medical marijuana parody of "You're The One That I Want" from Grease. He even apparently tracked down the original funhouse set used in the 1978 film.More »
Donna Shalala hasn't even left yet, but already the University of Miami's party school reputation is back. Playboy released its list of the top ten party schools this year, and the University of Miami comes in at number seven.
Photo by Devin Peppler University of Miami students or party animals?
Is Kevin Olsen the next Seantrel Henderson? He's starting to seem like yet another highly touted University of Miami recruit who will end up being remembered more for his off-the-field antics.
Miami-Dade Corrections Hurricanes quarterback Kevin Olsen
Olson was arrested and booked at 4 a.m. this morning for driving under the influence and for possession of a fake or stolen ID after police stopped him in South Miami.More »
Today may not technically be a holiday, but for Miami-Dade residents, it marks one of the treasured moments in the yearly calendar: Another former public official starts their corruption trial! Former Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman is the man on the stand in criminal court this morning, facing down two felony counts of unlawful compensation related to an allegedly crooked deal with a medical clinic.
via YouTube Steve Bateman, center, lost a bid at re-election with corruption charges hanging over him.
Bateman was the last of three local mayors arrested in a corruption crackdown last summer. Prosecutors went 50-50 on the other two cases, nailing Sweetwater's ex-mayor on corruption charges but watching Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi beat his rap. How will Bateman fare?More »
The CIA created lesbianism. The Walt Disney Company was secretly in league with spies. A Batman movie predicted multiple mass shootings. Spend five minutes on the Internet and you can find a conspiracy theory to fit any warped frame of reference on the planet. But the more interesting question is why we're all so inclined to believe that aliens are behind JFK's assassination.
via Amazon.com The cover of a new book by UM professors Joe Uscinski and Joe Parent
That's exactly what University of Miami political science professor Joe Uscinski has been trying to solve for the past four years, and in a new book out this month, he offers his not-so-conspiratorial theory on the psychology behind the tin foil hat crowd.More »
Miami has the Dolphins, the
That's not what elbows are supposed to do. greatest most frustrating football team. A week after getting a plethora of good-job-smiley-faces on their Patriots test, the Dolphins came out and bombed their follow-up Buffalo Bills exam 29-10 like they had been out the night before playing Fireball shots flip-cup.
Even worse, the team's best player in week one -- running back Knowshon Moreno -- left the game when his elbow did all kinds of things that the human elbow shouldn't be able to do.More »
George Zimmerman, the man who killed unarmed Miami teenager Trayvon Martin, has allegedly threatened to kill again.
Zimmerman was involved in a road-rage incident near Orlando and allegedly asked another driver, "Do you know who I am?," undoubtedly referring to his known status as a someone who taken another person's life. He then threatened to kill the man.More »
It's not been a good week for troubled ex-congressman David Rivera. First, a former confidant was sentenced to a slap on the wrist for her role in running a puppet primary candidate against Rivera's political rival Joe Garcia, with everyone suspecting that when he's eventually charged he'll take the blunt of the blame (and punishment).
Now the Florida Commission on Ethics, which is handling an entirely different and unrelated set of allegations against Rivera, has basically said they've had enough of him.More »
Well, that escalated quickly. A crowd-funded campaign to raise cash to fly a "Fire Al Golden" banner at an upcoming UM game has already reached its $1,000 goal; the banner is tentatively scheduled to fly at the November 15th Florida State game, the GoFundMe movement's founder tells Riptide. Now the group is setting its sights on larger goals, and more exposure.
"I had closed donations, but had numerous requests to open back up so others could donate." Danny Vazquez, the creator of the GoFundMe account, says. " I need to talk to all the donors and interested parties, maybe we'll fly a banner for another game, or maybe do something more comical."More »
The day before a Miami Beach city board voted on whether to let one of the city's most historic churches sell its courtyard to a retail developer, New Times threw a wrench in the proceedings with a new allegation: The developer "donated" $500,000 to the church's leadership just before the congregation elected to support the deal.
Courtesy of Touzet Studios An artists rendition of how the Miami Beach Community Church's courtyard would look with a retail development.
That news wasn't enough to sway the city board, but now the Miami Design Preservation League has filed a new appeal to the plan citing the payment and the historic nature of the Lincoln Road structure.More »
In a lot of ways, 2014 has been a damned good year for the the Miami Marlins, with the Fish unexpectedly hanging around the wild-card race all summer with a record right around .500. But they've also had a truly brutal brush of injuries.
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Team ace Jose Fernandez was lost for the year way back in May when he blew out his elbow. In August, pitcher Dan Jennings was hit in the head with a terrifying 101 mile per hour line drive comebacker. And last night, the team's superstar, Giancarlo Stanton, had his own frightening on-field emergency when a fastball hit him square in the face.More »
A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest.
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This week: a special guide to find your "WTF Florida name" in honor of Ms. Cherries Waffles Tennis, a missing corpse, and Seinfeld phobia.More »