Cops arrested Mandy Dawson, Broward County's first black female legislator, and took her to jail in Daytona Beach last Friday. It was, hopefully, the last stop in the downhill slide for the woman who represented central Broward County for 16 years. Dawson improperly took money from disgraced Holly ... More >>
Are you addicted to drugs? Will you be anywhere near Boca Raton tomorrow? Do you want $300? If so, say no more, drug person, because Barbara Harris has an answer.Harris runs Project Prevention, a nonprofit that's gone all over the country giving drug addicts $300 each -- to get sterilized. She says ... More >>
The heyday of pill mills and opiate overdoses in South Florida may be over, but the ill effects of the craze will likely linger for years. One giant bummer of a new study shows that those who opted for opiates as their preferred choice for getting high are 5.71 times more likely to di ... More >>
Joyous news, proselytizers of the world -- if Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill that the Florida House passed moments ago, Florida public school districts will now totally have the ability to allow prayer in public schools.The bill, SB 98, doesn't explicitly allow prayer in schools, but it does ... More >>
floppingaces.netState Sen. Arthenia Joyner, a Tampa Democrat, filed a bill today that would repeal the new law requiring drug testing for applicants of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.Senate Bill 284 -- the brief text of which can be found here -- would simply repeal House Bil ... More >>
floppingaces.netA conservative think-tank released a study yesterday on the state's new welfare drug-testing law, championing a projection that the state will save more than $9 million in the first year of testing, after 9.6 percent of applicants didn't receive benefits due to drug testing in the ... More >>
Bruce D. Grant is the director of the governor's Office of Drug Control, and he found out by e-mail last month that Rick Scott's transition team had decided to eliminate his four-person office to save half a million dollars a year. Meanwhile, the state is still struggling to finalize the Prescrip ... More >>
Foster: Proving South Florida still has a few good menWhat are the odds? Of 10 extraordinary people chosen from around the globe as the finalists for CNN's Heroes of 2009, two of them are doing their good deeds based in South Florida. And until this Thursday the 19th, you can click here to ... More >>
PhotobucketFormer supermodel and Sports Illustrated veteran, Stephanie SeymourWhat is the sweetest way a supermodel can stick it to her much-older soon-to-be ex spouse? Check out the steamy spread in Vanity Fair's December issue, to see how Stephanie Seymour answers that question. The 41-year-old ... More >>
Flickr: James GaddisClowneyYou're the hometown boy, David Clowney, so we want to root for you -- even though you play for the Jets. But why do you have to make it so hard?This month, Clowney has sparked controversy by complaining about coaching decisions in Twitter posts. Not a wise move for a fo ... More >>
Mickey Avalon is the club set's unlikely king.
Is Prometa the greatest innovation in addiction treatment history or 21st-century snake oil?
Families say Hollywood doc is out of control
In Defense of the Genre (J)
Will this couch go with my salvation? A South Florida operation moves furniture and damp souls.
A new book hitches a ride on rock 'n' roll's biggest ego trip
Particularly if you're into blow, hookers, and all things Crüe
Well, I sort of breezed by Jennifer Mooney Piedra's story Sunday about a mother of two from Pembroke Pines who became a drug-addicted prostitute and was found murdered in a ditch near Atlantic City around Thanksgiving time. But it's caused a bit of a ruckus amongst some of the boys and girls in blog ... More >>
Hell's Winter (Def Jux)
Billie Holiday self-destructs on the M Ensemble stage
In Lake Worth's Growing Together, kids don't kick drugs. They're beaten and humiliated.
Rest in Peace, Elliott Smith (1969-2003)
Steve Earle and the Dukes
Letters for March 22, 2001
Frankie and Johnny's Horn of Plenty
Many of the homeless are substance abusers who've spent most of their lives on the streets. And no new county system will change that.