Amazon Will Start Charging Florida Sales Tax May 1

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We're sure that after yesterday, the last thing you want to hear about is more taxes. But you'd better get ready to pay a lot more of them if you're a frequent online shopper. Amazon will begin charging Floridians a sales tax May 1, just like any brick-and-mortar store.

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DJ Raw, Wynwood's Hip-Hop Forefather and Cocaine Kingpin, Now Sells Hemp Cakes

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Raul Medina Jr. walks into a Starbucks in Hollywood's Young Circle and asks for a cup of black coffee with light hazelnut syrup and exactly two ice cubes. Better-known as DJ Raw, Medina brought hip-hop to Miami from his native South Bronx and founded Hoodstock, a free, big-name festival in Wynwood in the '90s. He's also a former cocaine kingpin who did a ten-year prison stint for trafficking. Today he's a 50-year-old vegan father of five who prefers the quiet life up in Broward to the neighborhood he helped transform into a graffiti artist's mecca.

"When I got out, people were like 'Let's go take over 40th Street again,'  Medina says. "I was like, 'You can keep 40th Street; I'm going to Broward.' 

See also: Raw Returns: Just released from prison, Miami hip-hop icon DJ Raw is ready for the takeover

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Need Fake Ultra Tickets? Craigslist Has You Covered

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In case you haven't heard, Ultra starts Friday. As of Wednesday evening, tickets to the weekend megafestival were 98 percent sold out, according to the organization's website. And oh, there's this: The three-day general admission passes retail for $400, plus a $90 service charge.

But thanks to Craigslist, wannabe Ultra-goers have an alternative. A cheaper, slightly less, you know, legal, alternative. Fake tickets.

See also: How Ultra Will Affect Downtown Traffic

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Cedric Gervais Is #Winning: Miami's Hometown DJ Prepares To Take Ultra By Storm

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Cedric Gervais at the 5th Street Gym in South Beach
Cedric Gervais lounges by the pool of his Biscayne Point bungalow in nothing but a pair of small white swim shorts and sunglasses. He is buff and bronze, with cheekbones like cliff ledges. House music ebbs and swells around him. It is 75 degrees and sunny. Add a couple of models, and this could easily be the scene for one of Gervais' viral music videos.

Life is good for Miami's very own mega-DJ. But it could always be better.

Or so Gervais believes. Hence the IV bag above him that's dripping a "medical cocktail" the color of pink lemonade into his left cephalic vein. And hence the tattoo in French on his other arm that translates to "Whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger."


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Seven Practical Financial Tips From Trina Lyrics

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Trina has basically become the Suze Orman of the rap game.

"Da Baddest Bitch" broke onto the scene on a Trick Daddy track, detailing what she would do to "five or six best friends," but the Miami rapper has since traded in her porno-grade lyrics for a new obsession: money. To wit, she recently released her latest single, "Money Ain't a Problem." Sure, she mostly likes to rap about how she spends that money, but her discography is peppered with practical financial tips and advice that even bitches who aren't the baddest can use.

See also: Trina: Hip-Hop's Diamond Diva

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Warren Buffett Is Buying WPLG Local 10

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The third wealthiest man in the world is now a major stakeholder in Miami's local media market. Mega-investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway holding company has agreed to buy Miami's ABC affiliate, WPLG, in a stock-swap deal that's valued at $1.1 billion.

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Mayor Levine on Miami Beach as Tech Hub: "It's the Dumbest Idea in the World"

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As far as newly elected Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is concerned, the city will continue to be known more for its silicone implants than silicon start-ups. While attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Levine straight-up told the Washington Post that the idea of turning Miami Beach into some sort of tech hub was, and we quote, "the dumbest idea in the world."

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Miami-Based Burger King Costs Taxpayer $356M a Year Due to Low Employee Pay

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Burger King is one of the largest companies with global headquarters in Miami-Dade. Which is, in theory, great for the local economy, but BK's practice of paying its restaurant employees low wages may not be so great for the American economy. A new study estimates that Burger King employees might cost taxpayers $356 million a year.

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Key West Rejects Cruise Industry Push for Deeper Port and Bigger Ships

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On one side, there's the billion-dollar cruise industry and Key West's powerful chamber of commerce sinking thousands of dollars into a campaign to convince islanders to dredge 17 acres of sea floor to allow larger ships and thousands more tourists to visit. On the other, environmentalists, preservationists, and their leader -- a playwright named "Jolly."

Only in Key West would the playwright win that fight. Yet that's exactly what happened this week.

See also: Port of Miami Deep Dredge Clears Final Hurdle As Environmentalists Drop Lawsuit

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Donald Trump Bids Today on Versace Mansion: Four Other Things We Can't Let Him Buy UPDATED

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The storied Versace mansion goes to auction today, and none other than Donald Trump plans on making a bid. Trump has met the requirements and laid down a $3 million deposit, qualifying him to purchase the ten-bedroom, 11-bathroom Mediterranean-style estate at 1116 Ocean Dr.

Trump confirmed his interest Tuesday morning. "Yes, I will be a bidder," he said. "I'll be bidding the minimum number, and we'll see what happens." The minimum bid, you ask? A cool $40 million.

Update: The winning bidder was Joe Nakash, owner of the Victor Hotel next door, who will pay $41.5 million. He will run it in conjunction with the Victor.

See also: Inside the Versace Mansion

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