Attorney for Woman Caught in Versailles Sex Scandal: "These Things Have Profound Consequences"

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Ayler Ayala poses for her Facebook page.
More infomation is coming out about the recent lawsuit filed on behalf of Ayler Ayala, a former cashier at Miami International Airport.

The complaint, filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, claims she experienced discrimination and harassment by her former employers, Global Concessions Inc., Gateway Airport Concessions Inc., and Airport Concessions Group Inc., all d/b/a Global Miami Joint Venture, that ultimately led to her resigning from her position after suffering an "emotional breakdown" at her workplace in February 2013.

Although the 10-page document also identifies Felipe Valls Sr. in a sex scandal, the Versailles Restaurant patriarch is not listed as a defendant. According to Pelayo M. Duran, an attorney for the plaintiff, Valls was not listed because Ayala didn't come forward soon enough. He did however say information concerning Valls was included because "it's not like we're talking about something that's not relevant."

See also: Harassment Lawsuit: Versailles Owner Felipe Valls Sr. Had Secret Room "Littered With Sex Toys" (Updated With Attorneys' Response)

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Seven South Florida Fast-Food Workers Arrested at Protest

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Seven Miami fast food workers were arrested yesterday.
Seven Miami-area fast-food workers were arrested yesterday during a planned protest to fight for wage increases and the right to unionize.

According to a spokesperson for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the protesters Anthony Roberson, Shontavia Myers, Elvis Manuel Valdez Jr., Laura Rollins, Monique Logan, Tiffany Leggett, and Ericka Ward were arrested between 1 to 1:30 p.m. near the McDonald's located at NE 168th Street and Second Ave. in North Miami Beach for blocking traffic. The arrests occurred about two hours into the protest. The protesters were taken to the North Miami Beach police station, given summonses, and released about an hour later.

See also: Miami Fast-Food Workers to Join 150-City Protest Tomorrow

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Red the Steakhouse Gets First Shipment of Alaskan King Crab

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Alaskan king crabs make an early arrival at Red the Steakhouse.
Usually, Alaskan king crabs don't arrive in restaurants until sometime in October. But if you have connections, you can get these tasty crustaceans flown in directly from the Bering Sea about six weeks before anyone else gets their claws on them.

In this case, it's a steak house that has first dibs on the giant fruit of the sea.

See also: Rare Blue Lobsters at Red The Steakhouse

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Looks Like Coconut Milk Is Coming to Starbucks

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Surprise!
While it's nice that Starbucks offers soy milk as an alternative to cow juice, non-dairy drinkers have been clamoring for more. The My Starbucks Idea site (designed so Starbucks fanatics can beg the corporate behemoth for stuff) has long been buzzing with requests for new alternatives.

Looks like Starbucks has been listening. While they've been quietly testing coconut milk in Cleveland and Portland markets, a barista tipster says they're about to release it everywhere else.

See also: Pumpkin Back at Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts

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Dog-Abusing Centerplate CEO Has Ties to Sun Life Stadium, Miami Beach Convention Center

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Sun Life Stadium has ties to dog-kicking CEO
Last week, part of a surveillance video was leaked, showing Des Hague, the CEO of Centerplate, abusing a dog.

The footage from an elevator camera in a Vancouver apartment building, depicts Hague yanking the leash of the small dog, then kicking the puppy while it is lying down.

See also:Sun Life Stadium's New Food Offerings: Michelle Bernstein, BurgerFi, and More

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Pumpkin Back at Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts

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It's 90 degrees everywhere (including New York City), but America's favorite coffee chains want to give you a taste of autumn early.

Both Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks have launched their pumpkin lattes about a month earlier than usual this year. Traditionally, the beverages, with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, are offered in early fall.

See also: Florida Blogger on Killing Starbucks Pay-It-Forward Chain: "I Don't Want the Grim Reaper of Karma to Come for Me"

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Sun Life Stadium's New Food Offerings: Michelle Bernstein, BurgerFi, and More

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Michelle Bernstein, the Miami Dolphins, and kale. We never thought we'd see the day.
It's hard to believe, but summer is nearing completion and football pre-season is already here. The Miami Dolphins play the St. Louis Rams this Thursday, August 28 at Sun Life Stadium and if you're going to the game -- go hungry for both a win and a solid meal.

This time, we're not talking just nachos and hot dogs, although those are still available in elevated form. This season, you're just as likely to chow down on sausages from heritage pork, chicken wings, sushi, and kale from a celebrity chef.

For the 2014 season, the Miami Dolphins "upped their game" foodwise. As Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel welcomed Miami media in to sample the new options at the stadium, he said he went directly to fans to ask them what they wanted. The answer? Simple food that tastes good, great service, and value pricing. "$14 is too much for a beer," the Dolphins executive exclaimed. Garfinkel also tapped into the local community when searching for food partners.

The result is a stellar lineup of dining (yes..dining) options that range from upscale versions of standard fan-food to healthy meals (we counted two quinoa sightings) that might just change the way we eat at sporting events.

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Coca-Cola Life: Stevia-Sweetened Coke Available at the Fresh Market

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Coca-Cola Life is available!
Coca-Cola Life is here, Miami!

For the first time, the stevia-sweetened soda is available in South Florida, as of yesterday, August 25.

The soda, sweetened with a blend of sugar and naturally sourced stevia leaf extract, caused a sensation in 2013 when it was launched in Argentina and Chile.

Now the soda, packaged in a distinctive green can, is available exclusively at 65 select Fresh Market stores in the Southeast United States through mid-October. Miami is one of the lucky markets.

See also: Real Housewives of Miami's Ana Quincoces at Fresh Market Coconut Grove

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Is Burger King Moving to Canada?

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Burger King, the Miami-based fast-food behemoth, is strongly considering purchasing the Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons in a deal that would essentially merge the two food-service companies.

The deal is sometimes called a corporate inversion, which is "used by companies that receive a significant portion of their income from foreign sources, since that income is taxed both abroad and in the country of incorporation. Companies undertaking this strategy are likely to select a country that has lower tax rates and less stringent corporate governance requirements," according to Investopedia.

See also: Burger King's Proud Whopper Just a Bite in Company's Equality Stance

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Florida Blogger on Killing Starbucks Pay-It-Forward Chain: "I Don't Want the Grim Reaper of Karma to Come for Me"

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Carina Ost
Would you pay it forward?
Last week was tops in sales for a St. Petersburg, Florida, Starbucks. It was also, you might say, a day when the nice guys won -- for awhile.

Last Wednesday, a pay-it-forward chain ended when the 379th customer of the day didn't understand the concept and simply wanted to buy her own regular coffee. According to the Tampa Bay Times, it appeared the woman didn't get the idea of buying a latte for the stranger behind her.

The next day, the chain started again. The Tampa Bay Times was alerted of the second day of giving when a reader posted the news on the paper's Facebook page. By noon, more than 160 Starbucks customers had participated in this game of do-gooding. Then, suddenly, the chain broke -- on purpose.

See also: Why Is Miami So Mean? Pay It Forward at the Starbucks Drive-Thru

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