Two Juveniles Shot at Carol City High, School on Lockdown

Categories: Crime

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Police are actively searching for a gunman after two young victims were found shot near Carol City High School this afternoon.

About 400 people remain in the school under lockdown.


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Tony Bosch's Attorney Asked A-Rod For $500,000 After New Times Investigation

Categories: Crime

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The date was January 29, 2013. Miami New Times had just published its investigation outing Coral Gables clinic Biogenesis as a steroid dealer to the stars, including Alex Rodriguez. A few hours later, A-Rod and his celebrity lawyer Roy Black met with Susy Ayala-Ribero, the high school buddy and now attorney for Tony Bosch, the clinic's owner.

Then, Ayala-Ribero made one of A-Rod's lawyers an extraordinary proposition: The superstar should pony up $500,000 to pay for Bosch's legal fight.

That eye-opening exchange is detailed in a huge batch of new evidence put onto the public record in the ongoing federal criminal case against Bosch and his associates -- a batch that also includes Bosch's allegations that super-agent Scott Boras tried to help cover up Manny Ramirez's failed steroid test.

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Florida's Text While Driving Ban May Actually Get Some Teeth

Categories: Road Rage

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Passed in 2013, Florida's law outlawing texting while driving isn't really so much of a ban as it is a gentle plea to "please don't do that." Cops cannot pull you over solely for texting while driving, and even then the highest fine is just $60.

In fact, as of September, when the law had been in effect for a year, only 352 tickets had been issued here in Miami-Dade, the state's largest county (with perhaps the worst drivers).

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305 Photo of the Day: Vroom Vroom

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The New Symbols of the Hypothetical State of South Florida: As Chosen by Our Readers

Categories: Survey Says

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Illustration by Mark Poutenis
The flag for the new state of South Florida.
Is South Florida going to secede to form its own state? Probably not, but its fun to think about.

Last week we asked you to help chose the symbols and emblems for the New State of South Florida. Most of them were pretty good... except for the state song. Which we apologize for even suggesting in the first place.

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The Seven Weirdest Ways We've Totally Screwed Up the Everglades

Categories: Environmental

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Oh, the Everglades. Our noble river of grass. Our beautiful, unique ecosystem. Oh, the ways in which we have totally screwed it over.

No, seriously. We've made our alligators the size of Kate Moss. We've turned some birds gay, and we keep releasing all sorts of stupid pets into it.

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Marine Stadium Deal Flounders Amid News That Backer Filed For Bankruptcy

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Photos by Claire Nelson
Just a week ago, the future of long-vacant Marine Stadium looked sunnier than a winter day on South Beach. Leaders from Friends of the Marine Stadium and the Miami Boat Show gathered to proudly announce the gala fair would come to the decaying waterfront property in two years after a $121 million renovation. City approval for the project seemed all but a formality.

But that was before twin revelations cast serious doubt on the private company asking for a no-bid deal on the prime real estate. Earlier this week, that group, Expo-Miami, distanced itself from a co-founder with numerous business complaints.

Now this morning comes news that the firm's CFO recently filed for bankruptcy protection. Commissioners may scuttle their vote today in response.

See also: Miami International Boat Show Moving To Marine Stadium

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Golf's Jackie Robinson Receives Nation's Highest Honor

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 gives a history lesson on the black golfer who broke the color barrier.

On November 24, Barack Obama will drape the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, around the neck of Charlie Sifford, the black golfer who broke the Professional Golfers' Association of America's color barrier more than 50 years ago. Known as the "Jackie Robinson of Golf," Sifford joins Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as the only golfers to receive the medal. He is the ninth professional black athlete to receive the honor.

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Tony Dokoupil on Miami's Golden Era of Marijuana Smuggling: "Pot Today Is So Boring"

Categories: Crime

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Scarface. Cocaine Cowboys. How to Leave Hialeah. Now Miamians can add a new title to their list of must-haves: Tony Dokoupil's The Last Pirate.

The book's subtitle says it all: "A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana." Dokoupil, a reporter for NBC, will speak about his gripping, sometimes hilarious memoir this Sunday at the Miami Book Fair International. Beforehand, he spoke to New Times about the longing he feels for South Florida's long-lost era of pot smuggling, despite the way the business tore his own family apart.

"I'm nostalgic about that era of marijuana because I think it was the final era in which we had criminals in this country who were truly larger cultural figures," he says. "Pot today is so boring. It's such a field of guys in suits with dimpled ties and square jaws and creeping bellies from too many steaks."

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FSU Campus Shooting: Gunman Killed After Wounding Three in Library UPDATED

Categories: Crime

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Police with guns drawn inside FSU's library after the shooting
Updated 12:59 p.m.: Law enforcement officials have identified Myron May, a lawyer and graduate of FSU, as the shooter.

Florida State University has canceled all classes this morning as students, faculty and families across the state grapple with the latest burst of campus violence. Police say a gunman walked into FSU's library around 12:30 this morning and opened fire, hitting three students.

The gunman was later killed by officers after walking outside and firing in their direction.

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Rick Scott to Hold Scaled-Back Inauguration Events

Categories: Politicks

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After a reelection campaign that cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million total, Rick Scott has decided to scale back traditional inaugural events. Because, you know, he wants you all to know he's a budget conscious, thrifty guy.

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305 Photo of the Day: Webs We Weave

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Woman Sues Miami Beach PD For Arresting Her Naked

Categories: The Badge

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What started as an argument over a taxi cab refusing to take a credit card allegedly ended up with a woman being arrested in the nude.

Now that woman, Candice Padavick, is suing the Miami Beach Police Department.

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Florida's CFO, Ag Commissioner Each Took More Than $400,000 in Public Money to Finance Campaigns

Categories: Politicks

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CFO Jeff Atwater
Florida's public campaign financing laws mean that candidates for governor and the three cabinet offices can qualify to have any donations of $250 or less matched by public money with a few caveats.

Charlie Crist received about $2.4 million in public financing during his run against mega-loaded Rick Scott. Attorney General Pam Bondi received $328,000 in her matchup against Democrat George Sheldon, who in turn received $300,000.

But Republican CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam each received more than $400,000 in public financing even though both were running against no-name Democrats who never had a chance of winning.

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Midtown Walmart Plans Back at Commission as Opponents Threaten New Lawsuit

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Walmart's plans to build a mega shopping center in the heart of Miami's burgeoning Midtown neighborhood hit a speed bump last month when a panel of judges handed a partial victory to a vociferous group of neighborhood activists. The judges ordered the city to reconsider Walmart's application, ruling that it had improperly been approved.

Tomorrow the commission will do just that. But opponents of the project say the resolution the city has drafted does little to address the problems and warn another lawsuit will result if it's passed.

"This is what getting railroaded looks like," activist Grant Stern tells Riptide about the resolution. "But it's immaterial. They're going to go out and get the most pyrrhic victory in history."

See also: Walmart Is Coming to Midtown, Like It or Not

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Five Reasons Giancarlo Stanton's Huge Deal Will Save Baseball in Miami

Categories: Sports

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The Miami Marlins and their deep pockets are the story of the sports world this week, just as we all predicted.

On Monday, the Marlins formally announced they'd given All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton a 13-year, $325 million deal. It's the single most lucrative deal ever given to an an American pro athlete. This is a really real thing the Miami Marlins are doing, so literally nothing in life should ever surprise you again.

It's a great day for baseball in Miami, which has never had the strongest local support. In fact, the mega-deal may have just saved the sport in South Florida.

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Miami Gardens Reverend Relies on Redemption Story, but Critics Say He's Far From Reformed

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Rev. Eric Readon preaching in his Miami Gardens church
On a warm summer evening in 2010, a young man with kind eyes and a faint mustache took his position on the 50-yard line of a football field in Miami Gardens. Sporting a baggy black shirt, jeans, and a Bible, however, Eric Readon wasn't there to play. He was there to preach.

"I want to talk tonight about how prayer changes things," Readon told the crowd of about 100 and began reading a parable from Acts 16 about Paul and Silas shaking off their bonds. "If you haven't had any time to pray, all you need is a little hell in your life that would humble you."

The pastor was no stranger to hell, he explained. Like Paul and Silas, he too had spent time in shackles, only to be redeemed by the power of God. "I don't know how I made it," he said near the end of a fiery sermon, "but I made it because somebody prayed for me."

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Fourteen Miami Dade College Students Arrested for Tax Fraud

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Fraud is so prevalent in South Florida that it has even infiltrated the world of higher education.

Fourteen former and current Miami Dade College students were arrested today along with three others for their participation in a tax refund scheme that sought to rip off the federal government for $1.9 million by using bank accounts set up for financial aid to launder the money. Four other past and present students remain at large.

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305 Photo of the Day: Blushing Sky

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Jaguars Player Arrested for Trying to Pay Miami Beach Store in Bubble Gum

Categories: Crime

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As if things couldn't get worse for the 1-9 Jacksonville Jaguars, one of their players got arrested for the stupidest crime recently committed by an NFL player in Miami Beach this weekend. Cornerback Dwayne Gratz was arrested early Sunday morning for showing up drunk to a South Beach convenience store and then trying to pay for his items with bubble gum.

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