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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New Times' Tim Elfrink Wins George Polk Award

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Miami New Times managing editor Tim Elfrink has won the George Polk Award in sports reporting for his series on the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables.

The award, established by Long Island University, is one of the nation's most prestigious. Winners this year include the New York Times, the Washington Post, and legendary writer Pete Hamill. Elfrink's series is also a finalist for the Goldsmith Award from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

See also: New Times Biogenesis Series Finalist for Harvard's Goldsmith Award

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Lead Found in Bayfront Park, Taxpayers Will Suffer

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Miami has for decades subjected its citizens to poison.

Now lead has been discovered in Bayfront Park, which was founded in 1925 and has long been considered Mami's version of New York's Central Park, the Miami Herald's Jenny Staletovich is reporting this morning.

This follows months of dispatches from Staletovich and New Times writer David Villano about dozens of other poisoned parks, several of which have been closed.

See also: Miami's Toxic Parks

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Black Babies Used as Alligator Bait in Florida

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It has been pretty well documented recently that, during slavery and into the 20th Century, black babies were used as alligator bait in North and Central Florida.

A guy in Sanford, near Orlando, told this story to a researcher. He said he had heard it from his grandfather.

The slaves who had babies, they would steal the babies during the course of the day, sometimes when their mothers weren't watching... Some would be infants, some would be a year old; he said some would be toddlers. He said they would grab these children and take them down to the swamp and leave them in pens like little chicken coops.

They would go down there at night, take these babies and... tie them up, put a rope around their neck and around their torso, around here, and tie it tight.

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New Times' Biogenesis Series Finalist for Harvard's Goldsmith Award

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Miami New Times managing editor Tim Elfrink's series about the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, which resulted in the suspension of 13 Major League Baseball players including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, has been named one of six finalists for the Goldsmith Award in Political Journalism from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

We are up against stiff competition for the prize, which pays $25,000 for a top entry and $10,000 for finalists, which include one story that took "112 journalists and 42 media partners in 58 countries."

See also: Tony Bosch and the MLB Biogenesis Steroid Scandal

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New York Super Bowl Stinks, Bring It Back to Miami

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There's weather-induced chaos in Atlanta. Freezing weather in the plains. And the forecast at game time Sunday in New Jersey is 40 degrees and overcast.

Three of the first five Super Bowls were played in Miami -- and 10 of the big games overall. And here, on Sunday night, it is supposed to be 75 degrees with clear skies and virtually no chance of rain.

So come on New York media, where would you rather be? The Meadowlands or South Beach?

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Joshua Black, St. Pete Rep. Candidate, Calls for Hanging Obama for Treason

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A St. Petersburg-area candidate for the Florida House of Representatives Monday called for hanging President Barack Obama for treason.

Citing an Obama-ordered drone strike that killed an unarmed civilian, Joshua Black, a candidate for House District 68, announced first by Facebook and then by Twitter: "I'm past impeachment. It's time to arrest and hang him high."

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Brownsville's Larrie Lovett II: A Religious Nut Who Should Burn in Hell

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Miami's kids won a pyrrhic victory yesterday.

Larrie Lovett II pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten years of probation for stealing more than $70,000 from the Children's Trust -- a teen anti-violence program -- and other charities.

He spent the money he stole from those children on his Pembroke Pines home, his Lexus, and a vacation in Orlando.


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