New Times Is Looking For an Arts and Culture Editor

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Miami New Times is looking for a writer and editor to oversee coverage of all things related to art, theater, and other cultural happenings in America's hottest city. The job entails working closely with a pool of freelancers to produce Night+Day, our weekly print guide to the city, while editing, writing, and helping promote content for our Cultist culture blog. Among the events to be covered are the Miami International Film Festival, the Miami Book Fair and Art Basel Miami Beach.

This is a full-time position that requires some previous journalism experience, a strong voice and diverse cultural interests. Only applicants who live in, or have lived in, the Miami metro area will be considered. Full benefits included. Send a cover letter, resume and your three best clips to: editjobs@miaminewtimes.com

Miami Police Investigating Officer Over Alleged Arrest Quotas

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Miami Police during the FTAA protests in 2003.
Across the nation, confidence in law enforcement is at a nadir. Secret and intrusive NSA surveillance has eroded America's trust in its officials. Meanwhile, recent cop killings of unarmed civilians such as Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City have shaken popular support for the police.

The last thing Americans want to hear right now is they could be thrown in jail just so local cops could meet arbitrary arrest quotas.

Sadly, that's exactly the news out of the Miami Police Department, which is investigating an officer for apparently ordering arrest quotas in Little Haiti.

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Miami-Dade's Sex Offender Law Challenged in Federal Court by ACLU

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Andre Moss is one of about 50 homeless sex offenders forced to live in tents near Hialeah train tracks.
In 2007, Miami New Times first documented the unintended side effect of Miami-Dade County's strict laws about where convicted sex offenders can live: Namely, that dozens of men were forced by law to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in squalid conditions. The men were eventually moved out amid national outcry, but earlier this year New Times found that little had changed: Now the men were stuck camping near train tracks in Hialeah.

This week, the national ACLU has gotten involved. The group is suing Miami-Dade County in federal court, demanding a permanent injunction against the law.

See also: Miami Sex Offenders Live on Train Tracks Thanks to Draconian Restrictions

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Lots of Young, Educated People Are Moving to Miami, and They're Living Near Downtown

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For years, a prevailing knock on Miami has been that the young and educated move away in a perpetual brain drain to towns with more diverse, tech-driven economies. Sure, the Magic City is lovely, they said, if you want to work in real estate or restaurants.

Well, a new study throws cold water on that idea. In fact, its authors found, Miami's share of 25- to 34-year-olds with a college degree has leaped by nearly 25 percent in the past decade. And a huge percentage of those new residents are living near the urban core.

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Is Miami to Blame for the Adult Film Industry's Latest HIV Scare?

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Could Miami's porn industry be responsible for the adult film industry's latest HIV scare?

On Wednesday, the American adult film industry ground to a halt after reports that an actor might have contracted the virus. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade association based in California, announced it had "received notification from a public health department official of HIV exposure on an out-of-state set."

That leaves Las Vegas and Miami as the two likely sources of the scare.

See also: Is Filming Porn Illegal in Florida? Some Experts Say Yes

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A Miami Airport Tram Broke Down and One Man Vined It All

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The Skytrain at MIA is supposed to make airport travel less hectic for Miamians and visitors alike. Of course, if something goes wrong, they can go very wrong.

One of the system's trams broke down today, leaving passengers inside for over two hours. Luckily author, singer, and life coach Carlos Whittaker was there to document the entire experience on Vine and Twitter to his 31,900-plus followers.

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City Backs Off Plans to Bury Toxic Soil at Merrie Christmas Park After Public Outcy

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Last September, county officials discovered that soil in Coconut Grove's Merrie Christmas Park was holding toxic waste leftover from a long-gone incinerator, including harmful toxins such as arsenic, barium, cadmium, and lead.

The contaminated section of the park was closed, but just a couple of weeks ago the city revealed it had a clean-up plan so the park could be reopened: Instead of removing the toxic soil, the city would redistribute it throughout the park and cover it with a couple of feet of new soil.

Neighbors, unaware of the plan until a bulldozer showed up at the site, were outraged. "We all just flipped out," Ken Russell, who lives across the street from Merrie Christmas, tells Riptide.

See also: City Quietly Labels Toxic Parks "Brownfield Sites," Limiting Neighborhood Input In Cleanup

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Another Bloody Boat Crash Brings Biscayne Bay Death Count to Seven So Far in 2014

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Another holiday weekend. Another boating death on Biscayne Bay.

In what is becoming a sick refrain in this city, a young woman was killed on Saturday when one boat struck another in Biscayne Bay. The Columbus Day weekend collision follows several other similar accidents, including a brutal July 4 crash that killed four, and raises to seven the number of people killed this year on Biscayne Bay.

See also: DJ Laz and the Dinner Key Boating Disaster: Too Many Watery Deaths

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Local Temple's Website Hacked With Anti-Semitic Messages, "I Love You ISIS"

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Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El's website was hacked last night by a group calling itself "Team System DZ."

The site was made to read, "I love you Isis" and "F*** you Israel" with a crossed-out Star of David.

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Miami-Dade Politicians Have Grave Concerns About Ebola, Bat Meat, and Central AC

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As a hub of international shipping and travel, it stands to reason that Miami might be at a higher risk to report a case of Ebola. It also stands to reason that since Miami's economy is dependent on tourism a reported case of Ebola could have serious consequences.

So it's not surprising that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county commission are taking extra precautions to prepare for the possibility of Ebola.

Come to think of it actually, it's not that surprising that they seem to have no idea what they're talking about either.

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