Biogenesis Scandal: Tony Bosch Charged by Feds UPDATED

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One year after Anthony Bosch's roster of Major League Baseball clients -- including hometown star Alex Rodriguez -- received a record round of suspensions for buying performance enhancing drugs from Biogenesis, his Coral Gables clinic, Bosch himself is finally facing the music.

Federal agents have reportedly arrested Bosch and some of his associates this morning and charged them with illegally providing steroids.

Update: As of early Tuesday afternoon several others have been charged with illegal steroid distribution in relation to the scandal, including Lazer Collazo, a former UM pitching coach. Carlos Acevedo, Christopher Engroba, and Jorge "Oggi" Velazquez, Bosch's business associates, were also charged, as were A-Rod's cousin Yuri Sucart and Juan Carlos Nuñez, a former employee of ACES, a player agency.

Separately, Carlos Acevedo was charged with running a ring selling Molly, along with three other defendants, Giovanny Brenes, Jorge Canela,Jr., and Carlos Luis Ruiz.

See also: Tony Bosch and Biogenesis: MLB Steroid Scandal

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Man Shot Wife and Stepson in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Northwest Dade

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Authorities are still trying to piece together the puzzle after they found three bodies inside a home near NW 55th Court and 193rd Lane early this morning. According to unconfirmed reports, Charlie Davis is suspected of killing his wife and his 20-year-old stepson before turning the gun on himself.

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John Snavely's Lawyer: Prosecutors Trying To Turn Porn Star Into "The Perfect Monster"

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The law office of Raúl Recoba is located on Calle Ocho across from a liquor store and above a discount beauty-supply store. Here, the sidewalks are stained dark with discarded gum and cortaditos. Recoba works inside a small, clean room down a long, white hallway. His window provides a sweeping view of Little Havana, obscured only by pigeons pacing the sill.

Recoba is not one of South Florida's highest-powered attorneys. In fact, the 41-year-old Uruguayan joined the Florida Bar only three years ago. But he has already been tasked with handling one of the state's most headline-grabbing cases: the upcoming murder trial of porn star John Snavely, better-known as Champ.

It's a tall order. Snavely's fingerprints and DNA were found at the scene of the crime. Detectives even claim he confessed. But Recoba says that the police work has been sloppy and that his client is innocent. "They are choosing the path of least resistance and John is the only guy that they have," he says. "Is that justice?"

See also: Champ: A Porn Star, a Tortured Beauty Queen, a Dead Millionaire, and a Half-Smoked Joint

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"Hamas" Vandal Tags Synagogue, Jewish Family's Car in Miami Beach

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On Saturday morning, a 22-year-old student named Rachel and her family left their home near 41st Street in Miami Beach to head to synagogue when they noticed a crowd gathered around their car. They quickly realized why: Someone had egged the vehicle and tagged "Hamas" on the window in cream cheese. "It was so shocking," says Rachel, who asked Riptide to not use her family's last name out of fear that the vandals could strike again. "It frightens me, too."

This morning, another target was hit: This time, "Hamas" and Nazi symbols were spray painted on the front of a synagogue in North Miami Beach.

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FSU Professor Dan Markel's Mysterious Murder Shocks Law Community

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Emails and Facebook notices began pinging around Florida's legal community Saturday with the unbelievable news: Florida State University's nationally respected professor and legal scholar Dan Markel was dead. Shock soon turned to outrage when police confirmed that Markel, who was only 41 years old, had been shot inside his Tallahassee home.

This morning, detectives have added more mystery to a case that's reverberating in legal circles around the nation. Markel, Tallahassee police say, was the "intended victim" of the murder and not the target of a random burglary gone wrong.

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NFL Player and NBA Player Arrested for Fighting in South Beach Nightclub

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So an NFL player and an NBA player walk into a bar... and they both end up getting arrested for fighting each other.

St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and NBA free agent Donté Greene both got cuffed after getting into an altercation early Sunday morning outside Dream nightclub in Miami Beach.

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Former Barry University Soccer Player Nicholas Potts Stabbed to Death in Colorado

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Around 4 a.m. last Sunday, neighbors of suburban Grand Junction, Colorado, were awakened by a man desperately running from house to house and knocking on doors, pleading for help as he tried to flee another man. The two eventually ended up in a front yard, where the man who had been fleeing was later found stabbed to death. A butcher knife and a serrated steak knife lay on the ground near his body.

"Lee, I'm not going to fight you," investigators say neighbors heard the first man say moments before the stabbing, Colorado media reported. Lee is 24-year-old Lee McDonald, who was found by police sitting on his front porch and covered in blood, then told officers, "I just wanted him to die," the Denver Post reported.

The man killed was 27-year-old Nicholas Potts, a former Barry University soccer player who lived in Miami.

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Radio Host Philippe Bourciquot Arrested for Haitian-Targeted Ponzi Scheme

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Philippe Bourciquot wasn't keeping his Ponzi scheme quiet. He was broadcasting it all across the South Florida airwaves.

Bourciquot specifically targeted Haitian-Americans who were new to the country and unfamiliar with the financial infrastructure. Though a local radio show and through his church he promised to invest money in the stock market with a 8 percent monthly return. Instead he used the money to fuel a lavish lifestyle and to pay off previous investors.

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Shawn LaBeet's Shooting Justified: Grand Jury Report Details Criminal's Desperate Last Stand

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Almost seven years after Shawn LaBeet's one-man war on police came to a sudden end, a Broward County grand jury has deemed his death justified.

The report, released earlier this week, ruled that Miami-Dade officers Humberto Perez and Michael Madruga acted "within the course and scope of their law enforcement responsibilities" when they shot LaBeet more than a dozen times inside a women's bathroom on September 13, 2007.

The report also detailed LaBeet's desperate last moments as he tried to kill as many cops as possible.

See also: Shawn LaBeet: Cop Killer Redux

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Millionaire's Murder Case Opens the Book on Flings With Male Porn Stars, Strippers

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Samuel Del Brocco was found stabbed to death in Pompano Beach.
"We're finished!" Samuel Del Brocco shouted. The words crashed off the walls of the $2 million mansion, careened across the 500-square-foot swimming pool, and spilled into the quiet Washington, D.C. suburb. "Get your shit and get out!"

Justin DeVinney said nothing. He just seethed with rage.

They were an odd couple. Del Brocco was a 60-year-old diabetic with color-treated hair. Recent weight-loss surgery had left skin drooping off him like a hound dog. DeVinney, on the other hand, was a Calvin Klein ad come to life -- tall and handsome and muscular. The only hint that he had cracked 30 were the crow's-feet around his pale blue eyes.

See also: Porn Star John Snavely Murders Millionaire

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