Three Florida Law Schools Make Top Ten for Grads With Most Debt

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The Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville ranks eighth nationally for highest debt among graduates and is also being sued by former students.
Law school costs a lot. Duh.

But did you know which law schools sack their grads with the highest average debt? You probably didn't, and because U.S. News & World Report has made a franchise out of ranking every possible thing related to the sophisticated criminal enterprise known as American higher education, the magazine has also made a list for that.

Three Florida schools landed in the top ten, including that institution down the road in Coral Gables. One, the for-profit Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, which ranked eighth on the debt list, is even being sued by former students who claim the school misrepresented its graduate employment statistics.

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World's Worst Babysitter Gets Wasted, Passes Out in Cold While Holding 2-Year-Old, Then Smiles for Mugshot

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Candace Long just wanted to party. It was her birthday, after all. And she wasn't going to let her babysitting job -- or the frigid temperatures Florida had plunged into -- stop her. Indeed, even after her solitary party had ended, and she was in cuffs for child neglect, she was still ready to go, grinning from ear to ear.

Candace Long has just turned 28. And she might be the world's worst babysitter.

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Real Housewife Made Rosie O'Donnell Flee Star Island

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Real Housewives of Miami cast member Lisa Hochstein and her husband Dr. Lenny "Boob God" Hochstien are currently in a war with preservations to tear down a historic Star Island mansion and build the party house of their dreams, but they've already deprived Star Island of another icon: Rosie O'Donnell.

The former talk show host was a guest on the Paul & Young Ron Morning Show and explained why she recently sold her own Star Island mansion for $16.5 million earlier this year after 18 years of calling the place home.

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Publix Ordered to Pay Cake Decorator $100,000 for Firing Him Because He's Gay

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Caught red-velvet-handed? Or wrongly fired?
Over the past two weeks, half a dozen current and former Publix employees have contacted New Times to complain that the company discriminates against gay workers. One went as far as to say he'd been treated like a "second-class" citizen by the supermarket chain.

Publix denies the allegations. But there is at least one official decision on the books backing up the complaints. In September 2012, Broward County's Human Rights Board ruled that Publix had wrongly fired a cake decorator because he's gay, awarding him $100,000.

What did Publix argue? That the cake decorator was axed for illegally giving a co-worker part of a red-velvet cake bar.

See also: Publix Discriminates Against LGBT Employees, Gay Rights Activists Argue


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Miami's Staggering Inequality Explained in One Map

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More any other big city in the nation -- with the exception being New York -- Miami is a town of two realities. Ours is a city that's simultaneously inhabited by revelers who preside over clubs with table service and can afford $50,000 to see Tiesto on New Year's Eve -- and those who can't afford a few bucks for a Liberty City bus ticket.

Every city faces its own issues with inequality. For instance, only the very wealthiest can now afford to live in either Manhattan or San Francisco -- but few cities are as geographically bifurcated as Miami.

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Yuliana Avalos, Miami Bikini Model Suing Match.com for $1.5 Billion, Has Shady Online Connections

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Late last month, an ebony-haired Miami bikini model twice materialized on the cover of the New York Daily News. "Match.con," the first headline screamed beside a picture of Yuliana Avalos posing languidly in a brown bathing suit. The next day was even more salacious: "Death Match," the cover bellowed.

Both stories described Avalos' whopper of a lawsuit. In federal court in Manhattan, she sued the online monolith Match.com for a staggering sum of $1.5 billion because nearly 200 fake profiles operated by foreign scam artists in Africa had featured photos of her.

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Florida Woman Rejects $147,600 Offer for Facebook Fanpage, Takes BET to Court

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Stacey Mattocks is either a rabid TV fan or a next-gen cybersquatter who doesn't play around. Either way, she thinks 7.7 million Facebook "likes" are worth big BET bucks.
Stacey Mattocks is suing Black Entertainment Television over a Facebook fan page that she thinks is worth much more than $147,600, according to federal court papers filed yesterday.

The Miramar resident is the creator of a page for a TV program called The Game, which "follows the lives of professional football players and their significant others as they navigate game, family, and friends." CW canceled the series in 2009.

But Mattocks' fandom lived on. Through aggressive promotion, she was able to garner 7.7 million "likes" and therefore a wide audience for any network that picked up the series again. The scripted show was purchased by BET in 2010 and is now being renewed for a seventh season next year.

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Jimmy Sabatino on New Times Feature: "Method Man Is a Scumbag"

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On schedule at exactly 10 a.m. yesterday morning, Miami's most notorious con man called New Times to chat. This rigmarole has been happened every day at the same time for weeks now, but yesterday's made for slightly different fodder.

For the next 30 minutes, Jimmy Sabatino held forth on every perceived problem -- of which there were apparently many -- in this week's feature on Sabatino, "The Don of Con."

See also: Hip-Hop Poseur Jimmy Sabatino Can't Stop Scamming -- Even From Prison

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Love-Child Daddy Dan Marino to "Restore Respect" to Dolphins

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Try not to laugh when you read this. The Dolphins, whom the Bucs clobbered last night, are in an obvious tailspin. So now, following l'affaire Incognito, team owner Stephen Ross, who solemnly declared himself "appalled" yesterday, has assembled a few Men of Honor to Restore Respect to the Dolphins.

These men include Don Shula, who lives on the ultra-exclusive and sometimes anti-Semitic Indian Creek Village, and none other than Dan Marino, CBS stalwart and the father of a love baby.

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Video Game Hotline Miami Slanders the Magic City, Says History

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Always more killing to be done in Hotline Miami
Lydia had just left a phone message, and it sounded urgent. "I need a babysitter," she murmured into the Miami man's voicemail from her house on East Seventh Street. "There are a few kids here that need to be disciplined. I really need someone to get through to these rascals, but be discreet!"

Discreet this man wasn't. He climbed into his gray sedan and rolled over to Lydia's place, where he proceeded to bludgeon, stab, and shoot every warm body in a 15-minute frenetic, blood-splattered tirade. The body count reached dozens, but as the man wandered the streets of Miami, there was still more killing to be done.

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