Alligator wrestler John Carlos Martinez, a lifelong animal lover and a character on the reality show Gator Boys, died on September 3, New Times has learned. He was 30 years old. The show focuses on "the only bare-hand nuisance animal trapping company in Florida" -- guys who trap gators with their ... More >>
Debra Villegas and Melissa Lewis.Three months after Debra Villegas pleaded guilty to aiding in Scott Rothstein's massive Ponzi scheme, there's still plenty of mystery surrounding her relationship with the disgraced lawyer. How much did she know, and when did she know it? Did her best friend's dea ... More >>
Debra Villegas (left) is out on bond until October.Debra Villegas, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme, will not be sentenced on Friday as planned.Rothstein's former right-hand woman has two more months of freedom, thanks ... More >>
The latest PR splash for the South Florida Tea Party pairs the conservative activists with a strange bedfellow, the New York Times. Even weirder, the much-ridiculed protest group appears to have chosen a worthy cause. Tomorrow, the activists plan to protest Charlie Crist's $536 million ... More >>
"No, I'm not Dexter!"If you thought The Glades was a new sitcom about a dysfunctional yet aromatic family of air fresheners, you're wrong. That show, The Stick-Ups, doesn't debut until fall. The Glades, which premiered last night on the A&E network, is actually a detective ... More >>
Flickr: Loz FlowersSugar Cane Atrazine = BFF?Farmers equate saying goodbye to atrazine to depleting Floridian agriculture. But a growing number of scientists believe atrazine, an herbicide widely used to remove weeds and promote the growth of cash-crop sugar cane, may cause cancer and birth def ... More >>
This morning, Debra Villegas, the law firm employee who allegedly helped disgraced lawyer Scott Rothstein run his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, pled not guilty to a charge of money laundering in federal court in Fort Lauderdale -- a move that observers say was just a formality. Villegas's next court ... More >>
Flickr: parhessiastesSugar Cane: Harmless plant or serious accomplice?These years have not been kind to the proverbial Floridian wallet: If Madoff didn't take your money, then Rothstein probably did, and good luck selling that 4-bedroom for more than the price of a Lego pirate ship. Now, Florida' ... More >>
Dinner is served.Dear Exalted Know it All:A native Floridian told me once that most of the alligator tail sold in Florida restaurants is the throwaway meat from the outsides of the tail. It's the center tenderloin that the natives eat, he said. So is there anywhere in South Florida that makes an edi ... More >>
A lost art or a horrible slaughter? It's all in the eye of the hunter.
-- The Sun-Sentinel, which never misses an excuse to link seemingly random pictures of half-naked women on its home page, hit a new low on that score over the weekend. The newspaper put up the headline: Aniston Naked. Under it was, yes, Jennifer Aniston from the latest GQ cover (it's ... More >>
For bailing out Big Sugar, Charlie Crist gets a hero's medal. Sweet!
Strange creatures haunt the Everglades. And that's just the humans.
Petite and badass, she keeps hunters in her sights
It's glowstick time again, and strangely, we have Mara Giulianti to thank
South Florida writers live the life
Robb Tiller went from rags to riches and right back after 15 years spinning deals around the Seminole
Forget the awful past, Palm Beach's sugar barons say. It's time to make nicey-nicey and go into real estate.
A cadre of smart South Florida music entrepreneurs is bringing the area into the mainstream
Why is Stuart's revered black superlawyer, champion of the little guy, defending Big Sugar against its own workers? Money.
In October a skydiver named Mike McDonald made a fatal leap. He was the third client of Skydive Palm Beach to die in a year.