Mother of Five Dies After Brazilian Butt Lift Goes Wrong

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Vanity can be deadly. More specific, a Brazilian butt lift procedure performed last July at Miami's Vanity Cosmetic Center proved to be deadly.

An autopsy report concludes that Maribel Cardona, a 51-year-old mother of five and Walmart cashier from Naples, died from complications from the increasingly popular surgery.

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Biogenesis Scandal: Whistleblower Porter Fischer Starts Nonprofit Against PEDs in Youth Sports

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When Porter Fischer exposed Coral Gables clinic Biogenesis as the source of performance enhancing drugs to scores of top athletes, including baseball stars Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, his motivation was simple. The clinic's owner, Tony Bosch, had stiffed him out of a $4,000 loan, so he shared records implicating Bosch with New Times to help spark a scandal that resulted in a record round of MLB drug suspensions.

As he watched the professional baseball drama play out, though, Fischer says he came to believe he could play an important role in another, less discussed, steroid problem: drug use among young athletes, whom Fischer alleges were regular clients at Biogenesis.

See also: Tony Bosch and Biogenesis: MLB Steroid Scandal

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Ultra Stampede Witness: "I Was Horrified. I Honestly Thought [the Security Guard] Was Dead."

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Security guard Erica Mack is in critical condition after being trampled by a mob of Ultra gate-crashers.
An eyewitness to the trampling of an Ultra security guard says the moment of mob violence was "one of the worst things I've ever seen."

Ivette Lozano was outside the music festival Friday night when she saw a group of young men suddenly force their way over a flimsy chain-link fence. Trampled under the teenagers' feet was 28-year-old security guard Erica Mack, who is now fighting for her life in the hospital.

"I was horrified," Lozano says of the moment when she saw Mack's crumpled body. "I honestly thought she was dead. She was so limp, her body was so twisted in different areas, I thought she was dead."

UPDATE: Ultra has issued a statement on the incident. See below for details.

See also: Ultra Music Festival: Female Security Guard Fights For Her Life After "Mob" Trampled Her

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Ultra Music Festival: Female Security Guard Fights for Her Life After "Mob" Trampled Her

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Last night's Ultra crowd got dangerously out of control.
Update: We spoke with a witness to the stampede that landed security guard Erica Mack in the hospital.

Ultra Music Festival was marred by a horrific incident last night as a "mob" of people pushed down a gate onto a female security guard.

The guard, Erica Mack, is now fighting for her life at Jackson Memorial Hospital, according to a Miami Fire-Rescue spokesman.

"They saw an opportunity to try to get in without paying," said Lt. Ignatius Carroll. "There must have been a whole lot of people. We found her on the ground, screaming in pain."

See also: New Jersey Man Is Ultra Music Festival's First Drug Death

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Protestors Demand Firing of Miami Beach Cop Who Tased Israel "Reefa" Hernandez

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Months after the death of local teenage artist Israel "Reefa" Hernandez, friends and supporters are demanding justice. On Tuesday morning a group of protestors targeted Miami Beach police chief Ray Martinez and demanded that officer Jorge Mercado, the man who used the Taser that killed Hernandez, be fired.

See also: Israel Hernandez: Tasered to Death

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Secret Service Agents Were Suspected of Driving Drunk in Miami

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The Secret Service is once again in some not-so-secret shit. Two years after the agency was humiliated when 11 members were sent home from Colombia after using local prostitutes, three more agents were removed from duty in The Netherlands this week when a 34-year-old officer was discovered unconscious 10 feet outside his hotel room.

But it seems the force's latest trouble actually started three weeks ago right here in Miami, when the president visited Coral Reef High School. The Washington Post reports that during the president's trip here on March 7, two counter-sniper officers were involved in a car crash and suspected of drinking.

Update: The collision actually occurred in Islamorada, and the agents' rental car had to be towed afterward.

See also: That Drunk Secret Service Agent Who Passed Out In Brickell Won't Be Prosecuted

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Miami Church Changes Locks After Discovering Pastor Borrowed $520,000 Against Building

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Mark Gardner was a fixture at Northside Church of God in Miami. He was, after all, the senior pastor there for seven years as well as parish president. Now he's in a legal battle with church members who want him kicked out and have even tried to change the building's locks.

That's because they learned that Gardner took out four loans against the church totaling $520,246.73 between 2009 and 2011, the Miami Times reports.

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Need Fake Ultra Tickets? Craigslist Has You Covered

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In case you haven't heard, Ultra starts Friday. As of Wednesday evening, tickets to the weekend megafestival were 98 percent sold out, according to the organization's website. And oh, there's this: The three-day general admission passes retail for $400, plus a $90 service charge.

But thanks to Craigslist, wannabe Ultra-goers have an alternative. A cheaper, slightly less, you know, legal, alternative. Fake tickets.

See also: How Ultra Will Affect Downtown Traffic

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More Women in Florida Have Concealed Carry Licenses Than Ever Before

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Guns are no longer just boy fun in Florida anymore. Woman now make up a higher rate of those who have concealed carry licenses than at any point before. Approximately one out of every four concealed carry permits are issued to women, and that translates to a whole lot of ladies packing heat. Remember, Florida has issued more than 1 million permits.

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Stoli Billionaire Parks His $330 Million Yacht in Biscayne Bay

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There's a colossal Russian-owned boat parked in Biscayne Bay, but don't worry. It has nothing to do with the escalating national tension with Vladimir Putin.

The 436-foot yacht belongs to Yuri Scheffler, a man who himself is no friend of Putin's and who controls the Stolichnaya vodka brand.

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