Marissa Alexander, Mom Who Fired Warning Shot, Agrees to Plea Deal: Three Years in Jail

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Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville mother had originally been sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to ward of her abusive ex-husband, has reached a new plea deal. She received a three-year sentence, of which the 1,030 days she already spent in jail will be counted towards. Meaning she could be a free woman in as little as 65 days.

However, the deal is an "open plea," and Alexander could still receive a five-year sentence for a second charge at a hearing in January.

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305 Photo of the Day: Big Toe

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Florida's Super-Rich Population Grew By 500 Last Year

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Fisher Island, where presumably Florida houses the majority of its really rich people.
Perhaps you're worried about paying your rent, or you're kind of angry the Subway value meal deal went from $5 to $6, or you're busy looking up instructions on how to make thrifty DIY holiday gifts for your family right now.

Well, boy, do we have some good news for you: Florida's rich got richer last year, and now there's a whole more of them.

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Amazon Opening a Giant Distribution Center in Doral, Possibly Brick-and-Mortar Store

Categories: Business

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Your Amazon packages could start arriving even sooner. The company has signed a lease to open a 335,841-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Doral. That will bring about 500 news job to the area, and there's even talk of Amazon opening an actual brick-and-mortar store in the area.

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New Rep. Carlos Curbelo Is Already In Trouble Over His Campaign Finances

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As Joe Garcia desperately fought to hang onto his Congressional office this fall, we described it as the battle for "Florida's dirtiest district." After all, Garcia's predecessor, David Rivera, has faced down repeated investigations from the feds and watched former colleague Ana Alliegro head to prison over an election scheme. And Garcia himself was no sooner elected than his chief of staff was sent behind bars over absentee ballot fraud.

So really, no one should be shocked that former Miami Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo -- the Republican who beat Garcia in November's mid-terms -- has already found himself in hot water before even being sworn in.

See also: Congressman Joe Garcia Fights for His Political Life

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Miami Beach Police Are Now Handing Out $129 Tickets To Cyclists on Lincoln Road

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New permanent signs prohibiting biking on Lincoln Road are being installed and police have been directed to start ticketing violators.
Last week Riptide reported on the new digital signs on Lincoln Road announcing that riding bicycles on the pedestrian mall is prohibited between 9 am and 2 am. But at that point, police weren't actually issuing citations to offenders of the rule passed a few months ago.

That changed yesterday, according to Miami Beach spokesperson Detective Vivian Thayer. Along with new, permanent signs on the Lincoln Road, cops have been directed to start handing out tickets.

See also: Miami Beach Bans Bikes on Lincoln Road, but Cyclists Ride On

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Miami All Quiet After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Sparks Protests Across the Country

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Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this year.
A grand jury's decision not to indict the cop who three months ago killed unarmed teenager Mike Brown sparked protests across the country last night.

Ferguson, Missouri, is still smoldering this morning after looting, teargas, arson, armored vehicles, and gunshots turned the St. Louis suburb into something resembling a war zone. Despite demonstrations in other major American cities, Miami remained calm, however.

"No, nothing," said a Miami Police sergeant reached at 1 a.m. "It's actually been very quiet."

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Miami Hurricanes Basketball Team Surges Into AP Poll at #17

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All hopes of the Miami Hurricanes football team crashing into the top 25 seem to be dashed this season, but the basketball team should help dry some of those tears. After beating then 7th-ranked Florida last week and breezing through a minor tournament this weekend, the 5-0 team debuted at number 17 in this week's AP basketball poll.


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305 Photo of the Day: Dark Deco

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Mid-Beach's New Name Is "Wunder Mile," and That's So Fetch

Categories: Unreal Estate

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"Once known for its flair of a by-gone era, Mid-Beach on Miami Beach, now coined the 'Wunder Mile,' has been getting a major face-lift," reads a press release.

Our first thought was obviously, "Wait, since when has that area ever been known as the Wunder Mile?" A quick Google search confirmed that, in fact, no one in recorded history has ever called it "Wunder Mile" before this press release was sent out.

The whole thing reeks of Karen trying to make "fetch" happen in Mean Girls, but is part of an odd trend over the past few years of Miami developers and business owners coming up with dumb names for areas that already have perfectly fine names.

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Scientists Explain Why a Hurricane Hasn't Hit Florida in Nine Years: We're "Very, Very Lucky"

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Hurricane season ends on November 30, but for Floridians it seems like it didn't even begin this year. In fact, it will be the ninth straight year in a row that a hurricane hasn't made landfall in Florida. That's the longest stretch in recorded history, more than doubling the previous records.

Scientists aren't exactly sure how to explain why, but Phil Klotzbach, of Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project, gives the best answer to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: "Florida has been very, very lucky."

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Marlins Stadium Workers Get Green Light to Sue as Judge Slams "Unremarkable" Team

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Taxpayers weren't the only Miami residents royally screwed in the Marlins Park deal, at least according to one group of workers who actually built the $2 billion fiasco. The workers say they were systemically underpaid by a contractor building the ballpark.

A federal judge recently gave them permission to go forward with a class-action claim, and he hilariously threw shade at the team -- and its "unremarkable record" -- in his ruling.

See also: Six Lies About the Marlins Stadium

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Read Hundreds of Secret Emails Showing GOP Consultants' Plot To Skew Florida Districts

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Four years ago, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment with a simple mandate: Legislators had to stop drawing absurd state congressional districts that virtually ensured the GOP would dominate in Tallahassee forever. Instead, voters wanted fair districts -- boundaries that would create actual competitive races instead of Democrat- or Republican-packed strongholds.

Within weeks, GOP strategists went to work on an equally simple mission: how to get around the new law. And a newly released batch of hundreds of emails from one Gainesville consultant lays bare just how blatantly they tried to game the system.

See also: Florida GOP "Made a Mockery" of Fair Redistricting Amendments, Judge Rules

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Dolphins Attempt Worst Onside Kick in History, Lose to Broncos

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Just when you think the Miami Dolphins have embarrassed themselves in every possible fashion, they invent new and peculiar ways to make you face-palm. Following a late touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion to cut the Broncos' lead to 39-36, Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis lined up for an onside kick. Just then, the Nickelback of onside kicks was born.

Sturgis ran up to the ball all normal, but as he approached it, things took a turn for the worse, as he attempted what is called a "rabona" in soccer. Apparently "rabona" is Spanish for "totally unnecessary unsuccessful thing that looks cool," because the kick made the wettest of fart sounds directly into a Broncos player's bosom, ending the game.

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Man Who May Have Robbed Four Miami Banks in Just Over Two Months Arrested by FBI

Categories: Crime

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Luis Ramirez Gonzalez had a pretty admirable alleged bank robbery run as far as bank robbery runs go. He didn't quite reach Butch Cassidy levels, but taking part in four robberies in just over two months in these days is pretty decent.

Well, last night the 27-year-old Miami man was arrested by the FBI, putting his suspected streak to an end. His co-conspirators, however, remain at large.

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305 Photo of the Day: The Old "D" Center

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Golden Beach Home Lists for $36 Million, Even Though It Hasn't Been Built Yet

Categories: Unreal Estate

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A sprawling 23,000-square-foot modernist mansion has hit the market in the exclusive enclave of Golden Beach for an eye popping $36 million. The catch: the beachfront home doesn't even exist yet.

Developer Jacob Abramson doesn't actual even plan to break ground on the eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom manse until the second quarter of 2015.

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Jose Canseco Is Not Auctioning Off His Finger on eBay

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We've been so busy feeling the schadenfreude of A-Rod, that we've almost forgotten to be embarrassed lately about the original hulking Miami-born baseball slugger: Jose Canseco.

In October Canseco accidentally blasted his own finger off while cleaning a gun in his kitchen. That appears to be true, but a few weeks ago he took to Twitter to claim that his finger had fallen off once again during a game of poker and that he planned to put it up for sale on eBay.

He's no admitted that last part was a hoax.

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Mexican Government Has Been "Hijacked" by Drug Cartels, Says Author Francisco Goldman

Categories: Crime

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Protesters set fire to the front door of the presidential palace earlier this month.
Last night, President Barack Obama announced he will take executive action to shield 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The prime-time speech was big news in the U.S., kicking up a political skirmish ahead of the 2016 elections. But it was far from the continent's top story. Instead, that title goes to the disappearance and presumed assassination of 43 students in Mexico.

The American media has largely ignored the unrest down south. Bizarrely, the Miami Book Fair has brought the news to town anyway. Earlier this week, prize-winning Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska compared the massacre to the horrors of the "concentration camps." And in an interview to promote his own appearance this weekend, fellow writer Francisco Goldman tells New Times that this is a "terrifying and exhilarating" moment for Mexico.

"This is going on all over the country -- this complete highjacking of all of Mexico's institutions by organized crime," he says. "Politicians are organized crime, basically."

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

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WTF Florida: "My Cat Would Be Better Than Scott or Crist" Got a Vote For Governor

Categories: WTF Florida

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A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This week, that includes 300 votes for Mickey Mouse, an ill-advised Facebook friendship, and the week's saddest mug shot after a Taco Bell drive-thru scuffle.

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