305 Photo of the Day: Rock Garden

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Here's What That Fastball Did to Giancarlo Stanton's Face

Categories: Sports

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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.

See also: Video: Marlins Star Giancarlo Stanton Takes Fastball to the Face

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Miami Beach Named Most Livable and Most Dangerous City in Florida

Categories: Survey Says

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City ranking are fun (*cough* *cough*), but depending on the data used (if any) you can get some very different results. In fact, this week Miami Beach was named both Florida's most livable city and its most dangerous city by different websites.

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Miami-Dade County Commission Likely To Advance Transgender Protections Today

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.

See also: The Shiny, Happy Faces of Transgender Discrimination in Miami-Dade County

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Ray Rice Scandal Exposes NFL's Screwed Up Morals

Categories: Luke's Gospel

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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 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.

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All 34 Cities in Miami-Dade County, Ranked From Worst to Best

Categories: Listicles

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Somewhere over Miami-Dade.
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.

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.

See also: Eight Best Places to Go Stoned in Miami

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Here's a Pro-Medical Marijuana Grease Parody Starring a Former Miami Beach Mayoral Candidate

Categories: Politicks

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.

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305 Photo of the Day: Cha Cha

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University of Miami Makes Playboy's List of Top Ten Party Schools

Categories: Education

Photo by Devin Peppler
University of Miami students or party animals?
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.

See also: Donna Shalala Announces Plans to Retire From University of Miami

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Canes QB Kevin Olsen Arrested on DUI Charges, Had Five IDs on Him

Categories: Sports

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Hurricanes quarterback Kevin Olsen
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.

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.

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Ex-Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman Goes To Trial on Corruption Charges Today

Categories: Crime

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Steve Bateman, center, lost a bid at re-election with corruption charges hanging over him.
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.

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?

See also: Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman Arrested for Unlawful Compensation

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Who Killed JFK? UM Professors Get To the Bottom of Conspiracy Theories in New Book

Categories: News

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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.

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.

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Knowshon Moreno's Elbow Bent the Completely Wrong Direction in Fins Loss to Bills

Categories: Sports

That's not what elbows are supposed to do.
Miami has the Dolphins, the 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.

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305 Photo of the Day: Downward Spiral

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Dangerous Floridian George Zimmerman Allegedly Threatened to Take More Lives During Road Rage Incident

Categories: Crime

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.

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Ethics Commission on David Rivera's Shenanigans: "We're Over It"

Categories: Politicks

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.

See also: Ana Alliegro Gets Light Sentence for Role in David Rivera Scandal

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"Fire Al Golden" Banner Set to Fly at FSU Game After Disgruntled Canes Fans Raise $1,000

Categories: Sports

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."

See also: Disgruntled UM Fans Raising Money to Fly "Fire Al Golden" Banner at FSU Game

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Miami Preservation Group Appeals Lincoln Road Church's Plans To Sell Courtyard

Categories: News

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An artists rendition of how the Miami Beach Community Church's courtyard would look with a retail development.
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.

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.

See also: Miami Beach Community Church Controversy: Developer Donated $500,000 Before Key Vote

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Video: Marlins Star Giancarlo Stanton Takes Fastball to the Face

Categories: Sports

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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.

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.

See also: Video: Marlins Pitcher Dan Jennings Hit in Head by 101 MPH Line Drive

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WTF Florida Friday: What Is Your "WTF Florida" Name?

Categories: WTF Florida

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A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest.

This week: a special guide to find your "WTF Florida name" in honor of Ms. Cherries Waffles Tennis, a missing corpse, and Seinfeld phobia.

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