Dwyane Wade Played Basketball With a 90-Year-Old Grandma

Categories: Sports

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This is not a joke about Juwan Howard. Promise.

Illuminada Magtoto was facing her 90th birthday earlier this month and she realized she had one item left on her bucket list: playing one-on-one against Dwyane Wade. So she uploaded a plea on YouTube.

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305 Photo of the Day: Sup Bro

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Twitter Has Mapped Dolphins Nation and It Is Not Very Big

Categories: Sports

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Behold above. This is Dolphins Nation.

It is not very big. In the map, the shaded counties are places where the Dolphins are amongst the top three teams -- but in most of those spots out of South Florida, that share is very small.

That's according to Twitter anyway. The site used its data to find the most followed NFL team in each county in America.

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Fox Theme Park, Miami Wilds, Wants $13.5 Million in County Money

Categories: Unreal Estate

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When news broke that County Mayor Carlos Giminez was mulling a plan to give millions in subsidies to the oddly shaped SkyRise observation tower, his administration also noted it wanted to shepherd money to 20th Century Fox's plan to build a theme park on land near Zoo Miami. But details were scarce.

Well, now comes news that Fox plans to ask for $13.5 million from the Miami-Dade County Economic Development Fund. This is the first step in a $130 million total that Fox believes could be eligible for public funding to build the $930 million complex.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show's Inspiration? The History of Florida's Real Freak Towns

Categories: WTF Florida

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We're not quite sure why Ryan Murphy set the freak-show-themed season of American Horror Story -- whose third episode aired last night -- in 1950s Jupiter, Florida, unless there's some secret planetary or zodiacal theme at work (which might also explain why the lead character's name is Elsa Mars). Because in real life, the town of Jupiter has no strong connection to freak shows or circus performers of any kind. (Though Tiger Woods does live there.)

But town choice aside, Murphy certain picked the right state for the series. If you think modern-day Florida is strange, it should come as no surprise that it's home to more than a few towns that were established or settled by freak-show performers, circus folks, and other people of curious professions.

Sure, none of these places likely saw German expats singing David Bowie songs, but otherwise, truth can be stranger than fiction.

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University of Miami Researcher Finds That Baby Fish Can Talk To Each Other

Categories: Environmental

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Everyone knows that adult fish can produce sounds, right? Well, maybe not, but trust us, they do.

But earlier this month, a team from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School became the first ever -- ever! -- to document that fish larvae, also known as baby fish, can also make noise.

"It's really exciting," said Erica Staaterman, the Ph.D student who led the team. "It's cool to be a part of something that's happening for the first time."

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Polls: Florida Governor's Race Locked in a Dead Heat

Categories: Politicks

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How tight can a governor's race get? Tighter than Rick Scott's terrifying debate smile? Tighter than Charlie Crist's artificially orange skin? Yep, that's how tight the race for the Florida governor's mansion has gotten, according to a pair of new polls.

The fresh Quinnipiac and Rasmussen polls both show the two candidates in a tie -- not an inside-the-margin of error tie, but an exact, to the percentage-point dead heat. As record cash flies into a new round of campaign ads, it's anyone's guess who pulls ahead toward the finish line.

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Rick Scott Will Spend His Own Money on His Campaign After All

Categories: Politicks

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Florida's billionaire Gov. Rick Scott paid for his first campaign out of his own incredibly deep pockets. This time around, he promised to fund his reelection efforts through more traditional means, but as Charlie Crist's camp has seen an incredible last-minute fundraising surge, Scott has changed his mind.

He's writing himself a check after all.

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305 Photo of the Day: Gala-la-la

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Lincoln Road's ArtCenter Sells Property to Developers For $88 Million

Categories: Unreal Estate

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Photo: Scott Alexander's Flickr | MNT Flickr Pool
Lincoln Road's transformation from bohemian strip to a sunny urban outpost for suburban mall chain stores continues. The nonprofit ArtCenter South Florida has sold their outpost at 800 Lincoln Road to developers for a tidy $88 million.

See also: ArtCenter/South Florida Is Selling Its Iconic Lincoln Road Gallery Building

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South Miami Wants to Split Florida Into Two States, and The Entire Miami Media Missed It

Categories: Media Watch

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One of the most viral stories on the internet in the past 24 hours is the news that South Miami City Commission passed a resolution calling for the division of Florida into two separate states. It's not something that's going to happen, but, hey, it's fun to click on.

The story behind the story: the resolution was passed two weeks ago, and every single outlet that should be covering the city commission missed it.

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Lots of Young, Educated People Are Moving to Miami, and They're Living Near Downtown

Categories: News

For years, a prevailing knock on Miami has been that the young and educated move away in a perpetual brain drain to towns with more diverse, tech-driven economies. Sure, the Magic City is lovely, they said, if you want to work in real estate or restaurants.

Well, a new study throws cold water on that idea. In fact, its authors found, Miami's share of 25- to 34-year-olds with a college degree has leaped by nearly 25 percent in the past decade. And a huge percentage of those new residents are living near the urban core.

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Florida's Best Alligator Whisperer Is a Sex-Partying, Bodybuilding Felonious Chiropractor

Categories: Longreads

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Hal Kreitman is having a staring contest with an eight-foot bull gator. It's a Monday morning, and fast-moving cloud cover yanks shadows across a shallow pond nestled along an empty stretch of Loop Road in the Everglades. Kreitman -- 51 years old, salt-and-pepper hair, circle medallion glinting off his gym-ripped chest -- is knee-deep in water the color of whiskey. Staccato ticking noises sound from the back of his throat.

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Yes, the Miami Heat Can Return to the NBA Finals if These Five Things Fall Into Place

Categories: Sports

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Amazingly enough, it's already almost time to turn your attention to what's happening down on Biscayne Boulevard, as your new-look, less-hyped Miami Heat returns a week from today, looking to prove to the world that its world does not revolve around one man.

The Heat still has the same goal -- championship or bust. Can the Heat actually contend without LeBron? Sure, if a few things fall into place.

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Miami-Dade Police Department Will No Longer Investigate Its Own Fatal Shootings

Categories: Crime

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MDPD video footage showing three officers (left) shooting an unarmed robbery suspect as he lay on the ground.
On June 30, 2011, Miami-Dade Police officers ambushed a band of robbers in the Redland, killing four -- including the cops' own informant -- in a fury of bullets without receiving a shot in return.

But when it came time to investigate the suspicious shootings, the agency leading the inquiry was none other than the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Yesterday, county commissioners voted to avoid such potential conflicts of interest by approving a deal for state investigators to look into MDPD shootings.

See also: Miami-Dade Police Lured Robbers to the Redland, Then Shot Them

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Montel Williams, Your TV Friend, Tells You To Vote for Medical Marijuana

Categories: Drugs

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Remember your TV friend Montel Williams? He hosted a daytime tabloid talk show for nearly 20 years. Not the one with the white cousins fighting over dwarf boyfriends (that was Jerry), or the one where men found out if they contributed genetic material that helped make a baby (Maury), or the one with drag queens in love (that was your ol' TV friend Ricki). He was the other one. He had a psychic on his show a lot, I think. Shocking secrets were probably revealed. Crying happened.

Anyway, Montel is here to tell you that the woman who cleans your house is actually your long lost biological mother the dork who had a crush on you in high school is now super hot and wants to rub it in your face to vote yes on medical marijuana.

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CNN Bans Fans, Other Media Outlets From Tonight's Gubernatorial Debate

Categories: Politicks

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After the bizarre #Fangate moment during last week's gubernatorial debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, don't expect any similar shenanigans tonight. CNN is hosting the event, and they run a tight ship. The 24-hour news channel has explicitly banned fans from the podium.

Oddly, they've also banned other media outlets and the public from attending the event.

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Feds Charge Miami Man With Making "Black Market Testosterone" Sold To MLB Players

Categories: Crime

Last week, Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally selling testosterone from his Coral Gables clinic to hundreds of clients, including Major League Baseball players. Today, the feds have arrested another man who they say supplied some of that illegal testosterone.

Paulo Berejuk, a chemist based in Kendall, has been charged with making testosterone in his garage and then selling it on the black market.

See also: Tony Bosch Will Plead Guilty to Steroid Charges in Federal Court This Morning


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305 Photo of the Day: Bird and Barbs

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Miami Man Hit With $1.4 Million Bond After Getting Caught With 246 Undersize Lobsters

Categories: Crime

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Monroe County Sheriffs Department
Judges may set bonds over $1 million for serious crimes such as murder, high-profile cases, or for defendants who present a serious flight risk. Jorge Vargas simply got caught with some undersize lobster tails, so why did a judge set his bail at a hefty $1.4 million?

Well, Vargas was nabbed with a whole lot of lobster tails, and this wasn't the first time.

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