Police Union Proposes More Police, Mandatory Pat Downs at Ultra

Categories: The Badge

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The Miami lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police have chimed in on Ultra Music Festival's future in Miami. The police union is all for it ... just as long as all private security guards are replaced by City of Miami police officers and that they're allowed to pat down every person entering the festival.

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305 Photo of the Day: Via Vizcaya

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Man Arrested for Trying to Sell North Miami High Girls as Sex Slaves

Categories: Crime

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David Llama Lopez, 46, has been arrested and is being held without bond as police investigate a scheme in which he allegedly tried to sell North Miami Senior High School students into sex slavery.

Yesterday, the State Attorney's Office Human Trafficking Unit, Miami-Dade Schools Police, and a SWAT team all converged on a 15th-floor apartment just off Biscayne Boulevard and 125th Street where Lopez lives with his brother to search the home and ultimately arrest him.

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Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates Chosen to Take Over Miami Beach PD

Categories: The Badge

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Miami Beach may have found its new police chief. CBS Miami confirms that Aurora, Colorado police chief Dan Oates has been selected by Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales to take over for retiring chief Raymond Martinez. However, the city commission must vote on the matter before Oates officially takes the job.

Oates is best known for leading the response to the 2012 Dark Knight theater shooting and is credited with lowering crime in Aurora, but has also been criticized for taking a tough stance against medical marijuana and botching a bunch of sexual assault investigations.

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

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Glock Goes After Toy Gun Makers for Copyright Infringement

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Vico Confino shows off a blank shooting gun in his warehouse.
Vico Confino is a husky 81-year-old hell-raiser with a thick Brooklyn accent and an outsized presence -- slicked-back thin white hair, piercing blue eyes, leathery South Florida skin -- that seem cut straight from a Sopranos casting. Confino tosses F-bombs at waiters over bad service. He wears four fake teeth because the originals were punched out in a high school football brawl. He once told a dog walker, after a confrontation over a legally required leash, that he was the man's "worst fucking nightmare."

But in June 2012, Confino was rattled. From his Coconut Creek office -- an unremarkable three- or four-room space where a single copy machine sits surrounded by walls plastered with dozens of gun posters -- he dialed up a top lawyer for Glock, Inc., the billion-dollar company that was suing him for trademark infringement. Confino, as he tells it, introduced himself and amicably offered to negotiate. But the big-shot Glock attorney would have none of it.

"I don't like you," the lawyer allegedly said. "And I'm going to destroy you."

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Library Supporters Rally to Fight $20 Million Cuts at Budget Meeting This Morning

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Let the library funding wars begin.

At 9:30 this morning, the Miami-Dade County Finance Committee will meet for a first discussion on budgets for the upcoming fiscal year -- chief among them the county's beleaguered library system, which is facing a further $20 million cut without new taxes. Activists and library supporters are urging like-minded residents to make noise at the hearing.

See also: Ex-Librarian Blames Miami-Dade Public Library Director for Budget Woes

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Ultra Music Festival Arrests: 12 Caught Gatecrashing, 20 Busted for MDMA

Categories: Crime

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According to the T-shirts on display at Ultra this year, many concertgoers were looking for someone named "molly."

Apparently, it wasn't very difficult to find her. Miami Police arrested 20 people at the music festival for selling or possessing MDMA, commonly known as molly. That's according to a summary of arrests just released to Riptide by the Miami Police Department.

They also caught a dozen gatecrashers, although none appears to be connected to the trampling of security guard Erica Mack.

See also: 2013 Ultra Music Festival Death Caused by Bath Salts Overdose

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Miami Heat Playoffs: 50 Twitter Accounts True Fans Must Follow

Categories: Twitter Mafia

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What's better than watching the Miami Heat battle for its third consecutive NBA title? Sharing that experience with Heat fans just as passionate about the team as you, while at the same time getting the best possible up-to-the-dribble coverage all in the same place -- that's what. All you have to do is know where to look, and luckily for you, you've looked in the right place, because I've put together a list of must-have Miami Heat Twitter follows for the postseason.

If you're not already familiar with Twitter, now would be a good time to get on that, because it has changed the way fans experience sporting events. I'm not going to try to sell you on Twitter, and I already know what you're going to ask. So first of all, yes, people will eventually want to follow you -- don't worry. And, no, I don't know what you would tweet about; you'll figure that out later, I'm sure. You'll have to just trust that this post gives you a head start on realizing why so many Heat fans make sure it's by their side come game time.

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Miami Officially in Running to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Categories: Politicks

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Miami may be the site of the first part of Hillary Clinton's coronation ...or as it's officially known, the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

After local leaders officially let the DNC know that they would be interested in hosting the shindig, the DNC selected Miami as one of 15 cities that it sent a "request for proposal" late yesterday.

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305 Photo of the Day: Incoming

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Real Life Pain & Gain Victim Sues Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg

Categories: Crime

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In last summer's Michael Bay movie Pain & Gain, bodybuilders portrayed by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson conspire to kidnap and extort a random rich prick named Victor Kershaw (played by Tony Shalhoub). In real life and the Miami New Times series that inspired the movie, bodybuilders Daniel Lugo and Paul Delgado kidnapped Marc Schiller, a family man and businessman who had given Delgado numerous business and employment opportunities over the years.

Well, Schiller doesn't like that the film made light of his torturous kidnapping and attempted murder and portrayed the character based on him as a jerk. So now he's suing Paramount Pictures, Viacom, Bay, and Wahlberg.

See also: Pain & Gain: From New Times Story to Michael Bay Film

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Miami's Ten Best Hidden Parks

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It's Earth Day, which at the very least means you should figure out some time to be outside and be one with nature today. Miami, of course, is the only major city sandwiched between two national parks (Everglades to the west, Biscayne to the east), but there's plenty of green space in between -- some of which might get overlooked. Here are our picks for ten of the best hidden parks in Miami-Dade.

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MDC Professor Brutally Attacked on Campus, Possibly by Student Angry Over Grades

Categories: Crime

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Miami Dade College music professor Marc Magellan was heading into a Kendall campus parking garage last week when someone yelled out, "Professor Marc!"

Next thing Magellan knew, he'd been punched in the face, knocked to the concrete, and brutally beaten until his nose shattered and his hand broke. The music teacher is still baffled by the beatdown and tells the Miami Herald that a student disgruntled over his grades might be the only logical explanation.

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Army Hair Rule Discriminates Against Black Women

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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 takes on the Army's crack down on African American hair.

The Pentagon is more concerned with enforcing a racist policy aimed at African-American female military personnel than addressing the Army's suicide epidemic among soldiers. Earlier this month, the Army banned hairstyles typically worn by black women -- twists, dreadlocks, and large cornrows. Sixteen African-American congresswomen -- including our own Democratic representative, Frederica Wilson -- recently signed a letter urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider the ban.

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Craft Brewery-Killing Bill Advances In Senate

Categories: Politicks

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In 47 states, beer drinkers can happily purchase and imbibe from 64-ounce growlers, the glass jugs commonly sold at smaller or craft breweries. In Florida, Prohibition-era laws have kept the size illegal, prompting a years-long effort by Sunshine State craft brewers and supporters to join the rest of the nation and drop the ban.

The result was Florida House Bill 1329, which proposed legalizing the larger size. But after the bill made it to the state Senate in late March, an amendment was added -- thanks to the influence of industry titan Anheuser-Busch -- that critics say would effectively cut Florida's nascent craft brewing industry at its knees: Craft brewers would be prohibited from selling their own products themselves, instead being forced to pay a distributor to act as a middleman.

See also: Florida Bill Would Force Craft Breweries To Sell Their Beer To Distributors Then Buy it Back

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305 Photo of the Day Crossing Your Path

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Bobcats Flew Back to Charlotte to Avoid Miami Temptations

Categories: Sports

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Apparently, Miami's reputation as Vice City worried Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford just a little too much. Rather than having his team spend two free days in this tempting city of sin between playoff games, he flew his young team back to Charlotte.

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Rick Scott's Drug-Testing Case

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Rick Scott has apparently never met a person he doesn't want to test for drugs. Whether welfare recipients or state employees, the governor has created quite the controversy throughout his first term by unleashing strict plans to drug-test Floridians -- only to see those plans challenged and derailed in court.

Well, today the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Scott's appeal of a lower court's decision that his plan to drug-test all state workers is unconstitutional.

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Miami Ranked the Third Least Funny City in America

Categories: Survey Says

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Well, it has been a while since Jackie Gleason was broadcasting here.
Do you think this is some sort of joke? Miami is apparently in the midst of a comedy crisis, according to a new study that attempts to rank each of America's 50 largest metro areas by how funny they are. Miami came in 48th out of 50.

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Here's What Miami's New Downtown Train Station Might Look Like

Categories: News

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If All Aboard Florida gets its way, Miamians will be able to hop on a train downtown as soon as next year and disembark in Orlando three hours later. The company, which owns a freight line that runs along Florida's east coast, is banking on a $1.5 billion federal loan to build a new set of tracks for the nation's largest privately run passenger train service.

Of course this is Florida, so the project still has tons of unanswered questions and a whiff of corruption tied to Gov. Rick Scott's staff. But if the train line comes to fruition, the company says Miami's new Grand Central Station would look something like the rendering above.

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