Gawker Admits Plagiarizing Miami New Times, Suspends Writer

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Village Voice
Everything I have ever said about Gawker is false. Everything.

The gossip/news (or is it news/gossip?) website this morning admitted inadvertently stealing copy from Miami New Times. We didn't bring it to their attention.

The plagiarism related to a post last week by Miami New Times news blogger Kyle Munzenrieder, who had written about arrests in a group that had filmed underage porn. The Gawker article carried the byline of Jay Hathaway.

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Peacocks: Most Miami Reason for a Traffic Jam

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Peacocks stop what?
For half an hour this morning, North Miami Avenue -- one of the city's most crowded arteries -- was shut down.

By peacocks.

For most of the show, it was funny, but not to the honking buses, swerving drivers, and cops who didn't show up.

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Drivers Booted at Coconut Grove Charity Race Are Still Waiting for Refunds

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Randy Katz is a stand-up guy. An emergency room doc at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, he recently raised $35,000 for a buddy, Jeff Fogel, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — Lou Gehrig's disease. The money helped Fogel buy a high-tech wheelchair to deal with the malady that is stealing his ability to move even a finger.

This past May 10, Katz woke up before dawn with his sons, 10-year-old Jaden and 9-year-old Gabe, to run in the ALS Recovery Fund 5K/10K race in Coconut Grove. Though Katz contributed $200 to participate — all to help ALS victims — he was running a little late for the 7:30 a.m. start. So after cops directed him to a lot on the corner of Mary Street and Tigertail Avenue, the trio jumped out of the car and hoofed it down to the race start on South Bayshore Drive.

"There was no attendant, and I knew I might get a ticket," he says. "But I never expected what came next."

See also: Paradise Parking, Premier Booting Services Scam Hundreds of Dollars From Contributors to Charity, Then Fess Up

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Hadley Park Community Center Finally to Be Built

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City of Miami
After 13 years of stalling, bureaucratic ineptitude, and political gamesmanship, Liberty City's Hadley Park will finally get a $6.5 million community center.

This historic 28-acre spot at NW 50th Street and 14th Avenue is one of the most infamous in Miami history. Thirty-five black families were ejected from the area to make way for a school and park for white folks during segregation.

It has become a mecca for youth football -- a dozen past and present NFLers have played there -- and an Olympic-size pool was built in the park several years ago. But the new center will offer much more, including basketball courts, classrooms, and a fitness center.

See also: It's Time to Save Charles Hadley Park.

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Five Reasons Marco Rubio Isn't Ready to Be President

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio said yesterday in New Hampshire that he was ready to be president. Problem is the 43-year-old man who would be the first Hispanic big cheese doesn't have the goods. Here are five reasons why:

See also: Marco Rubio To Decide on Possible Presidential Run Next Year

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Paradise Parking, Premier Booting Services Scam Hundreds of Dollars From Contributors to Charity, Then Fess Up UPDATED

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Shame on you, Paradise Parking and Premier Booting Services. And shame on the Related Group and Terra Group too. Consider this column a bill for $2400 that you owe to charity.

On Saturday morning, at a lot where Miami police directed dozens of joggers to park, 27 people had their cars booted. Each paid $89 to have the boot removed from the car.

This wasn't just your average Coconut Grove parking scam, though. The people parking were running, jogging and walking to raise money to fight a lethal disease in the ALS Lou Gehrig's 5K/10K Race in Coconut Grove.

"This is wrong," said Alexandra Castilla, a young woman who was booted after walking several miles. "It's evil." Castilla, by the way, paid a $15 charge to park in the lot before getting booted.

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New Times Gets a Threefer in Livingstons, Nominations Galore in Sunshine State Awards

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The Livingston Award for Young Journalists is kind of a Pulitzer Prize for the under-35 set. It honors good writing by those who have yet to grow thick around the middle and thin on top.

New Times has often done well in these awards. Bob Norman, our columnist in Broward for years, was a winner in the national category, and we have had more finalists that even an old editor can count on both hands -- yes, he needs his fingers to count.

This year, the Livingstons will be handed out June 12 at a New York City luncheon. Miami managing editor Tim Elfrink is a finalist for his work on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball -- which has also been tapped by Harvard University and Long Island University's Polk Awards.

And he's not alone.

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Michael E. Miller Wins New Times's Third Important National Award in 2014

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Miami New Times' senior writer Michael E. Miller has won the 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award for nondeadline writing in the nondaily category for his article "Champ," which tells the story of a porn star murderer.

It is the second year in a row that Miller has taken top honors , which are handed out by the Society for Professional Journalists. Last year, he won in the deadline reporting category for "Death Trap," a tale about a police shooting that went terribly wrong.

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New Times Writer Terrence McCoy Wins Aronson Award

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Miami New Times has won a 2014 James Aronson Award for a story about a local man who has spent more than $85 million funding settlements in Israel. "Miami Beach Man's Millions Thwart Middle East Peace" was published this past March 28 and written by then-staff writer Terrence McCoy, who recently departed for a position at the Washington Post.

The story, which also included reporting from Jerusalem by Melanie Lidman and Gil Kezwer, was one of six winners. Others went to the New York Times' Andrea Elliott and David Carr, as well as the Washington, D.C. Center for Public Integrity, and OnEarth magazine.

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Black Alumni Say Superintendent Alberto Carvalho Ignores Their Schools

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The confetti wafted onto his impossibly square shoulders. The Nashville audience stood and roared. Then a medal on a royal-blue ribbon was draped around Miami-Dade schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho's neck. Last month, after more than five years of agonizingly hard work, the self-proclaimed son of "pretty dramatic poverty" who grew up in a one-bedroom apartment with no electricity or running water was named the nation's school superintendent of the year.

"If we can crack the code to student achievement in Miami, [which is] so poor, so diverse," said Carvalho, still wearing the medal beneath his tailored sport coat after the event, "it is a solution for the rest of the nation."

Problem is, his "solution" is under attack. Parents and alumni representing predominantly African-American schools in the urban core claim Carvalho has betrayed them and ignored their interests. A letter sent last week by angry, frustrated members of Inner City Alumni for Responsible Education (ICARE), an umbrella group representing alumni associations from seven of Miami-Dade County's largest inner-city high schools, accuses Carvalho of being "a slick operator" and showing "neglect and apathy" for black schools while caving to concerns from other ethnic groups.

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