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3. Local restauranteur is arraigned on murder charges for allegedly forcing abortion on his then-girlfriend Miami is really a classy mess. With coke and hookers roaming the streets like animals grazing the Sahara, a local restauranteur trying to induce an abortion on his girlfriend by way of Misoprostol (a pill used for abortion) doesn't surprise many. Except, it does, because that's what Table 8 restauranteur Joshua Woodward allegedly did four times. And it's all fun and games until something like that happens close to home. All of the hullabaloo over the incident occurred in 2009, when the alleged crimes took place, but in October of this year, he was arraigned on four counts of "attempted, willful and premeditated murder."

We've since then learned that he has married Ocean Drive's editor in chief, Suzanne Buckley. They were married in Miami in August.

Team anyone but Joshua Woodward. Not that allegedly trying to induce a miscarriage on your clueless girlfriend is acceptable, but doing it on four different occasions? Whelp, the first time didn't work, so I guess I'll do it three more times until it's sure to happen. Lah dee dah! Yea, no.

2. Jonathan Eismann accused in fatal hit-and-run Former restauranteur Jonathan Eismann had seen better days before the morning of October 10. According to reports, Eismann was involved in a vehicle crash on the corner of NW Third Street and 72nd Avenue sometime around 8:47 a.m.. While driving away from the scene, he somehow lost control of his Ford Explorer SUV and hit pedestrian Juan Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene. As far as we've been able to track, charges have not been filed against Eismann. Adam Swickle, a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney, told a local reporter, "The mere fact that someone hit someone who dies doesn't automatically mean it's a crime."

Team Ruiz It's unfortunate that an innocent man who had big dreams of going to culinary school as early as next year had to lose his life so unexpectedly. The incident was understandably an accident, and in no way does it seem like Eismann had an agenda to seek out and kill Ruiz. But the loss of a life is just that -- a loss. If Eismann hadn't lost control of his car, Ruiz may be alive today. That's how we see it.

1. The death of Twinkies, and the bankruptcy of Hostess Back in January, Short Order brought it to your attention that the 82 year old company, and Texas-based brand Hostess declared bankruptcy. In a little less than one calendar year, Hostess announced they'd be going out of business and that America's all-time favorite snack and cream-filled criminal defense would dissolve into extinction -- resurrected only in textbooks of great American history. Upon hearing the news, the country practically fell to shambles. The headlines were everywhere, on every website, and across every paper and magazine. Boca Raton-based private-equity firm Sun Capital Partners privately expressed the interest in a buyout to save the company from liquidation. Several other companies expressed interest as well.

Team Twinkie-extinction (with conditions). It's a sponge cake with greasy filling inside. We can all do without it forever. It's a chapter of American pride that might be shown to the nearest exit, but shouldn't we be happy? If there's a way Hostess could make and market their products to fit a healthy (or healthier, at least) lifestyle and keep the same people employed, wouldn't that be the win-win for everyone? Do kids really need more Twinkies? We're a fat nation. We can do better than this.

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