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    February 6, 2012

    Five Supreme Court Cases That Say Florida's Prayer in Schools Bill Is Bunk

    Imagine you're at a high school pep rally: The football players are in their jerseys, the cheerleaders are yelling, and the students are getting ready for the school spirit contest. But first, a student is invited to the microphone to give an inspirational message."Let us pray," he says. Some of the ... More >>

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    February 4, 2012

    Unemployment Rates Dropped in January, Allen West Says No They Didn't

    The numbers would make more sense if he were wearing his glasses.​The jobs numbers released yesterday look promising -- the nation's overall unemployment rate dropped from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent in January, and the rate of black unemployment dropped from 15.8 percent to 13.6, the lowest it's b ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    PBSO Needs Help Identifying Pedestrian Killed in Belle Glade; They Have an Eerie Drawing

    ​Palm Beach officials are asking for help identifying a man who was killed in Belle Glade on January 8 when he ran in front of a Chrysler sedan just before 8 p.m.The crash happened at the intersection of First Street and South Main Street; the accident's log entry indicates there were either drugs ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Girls That Look Like Skrillex Blog Features Local Afrobeta Songstress

    ​One of the most lovable blogs on the internet is Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians. Don't lie, you love it. It's not nice, but not totally vicious. It's like if a picture of your dad ended up on there, you might be like, "Hm. He does kind of look like an old lesbian in that one." Besides, there's se ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Burnie Reed Arrested in Shooting of His Pregnant Ex and Her Sister

    ​Cops told us late last month that they were looking for 19-year-old Burnie Reed, who they believe was arguing with his pregnant ex-girlfriend in the street, then shot the woman's sister in the head when she tried to step in. Police say Reed then chased down his ex, shot her in the head and fled t ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Gingrich Loses Florida Republican Primary, Asks for Delegates Anyway

    "​Andy Bernard does not lose contests. He wins them, or he quits them because they are unfair."-- Andy Bernard, The OfficeRepublican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich lost Tuesday's primary by 14 points, which means he doesn't get any of the state's 50 delegates and front-runner Mitt Romney can ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Snooze Theatre Reopens: Top Ten Snooze Slogan Suggestions

    SHOW TONIGHT: Weird Wives, Low Level Lazer Radiation, and more at the Snooze! ​You may have heard by word of mouth (the Snooze Theatre's most popular marketing method) that it's a big Wayne's World "game on!" once again. Jordan Pettingill and C.J. Jankow are moving forward after a month or ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Krueller's Performing Rare, Free Show at Laser Wolf

    ​Timb is one of our area's more recognizable characters. This flamboyant dresser with a flare for the industrial will be hard to miss this weekend performing with his band Krueller. The group takes its title from his last name. Since their drummer Rivkah resides in Los Angeles and pops up infreque ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    The Ghost of Alligator Alley Rises Again as a New Venue in Downtown Hollywood

    ​In its seven-and-a-half year life, the late Alligator Alley in Oakland Park carved out a distinct swampy niche for itself. It was a rare intimate venue dedicated to a particularly old-Florida vibe, with geographically appropriate bar snacks, local micro-brews, and, most important, a nightly progr ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Our New Favorite Local Band Name: Severe Disappointments; Propaganda Show on Friday

    ​Chuck Loose is one of our favorite icons of the South Florida punk scene. The guy basically helped create it, through his early promoting and booking efforts, through playing with acts like the Crumbs. Back then and in recent years, he's also proven a supertalented illustrator and designer to boo ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Broward County Has Three of Florida's Eight Lowest-Scoring Middle Schools

    ​The Sun Sentinel had a cheerful story today about the state's new education rankings -- "Broward Schools land at top of state rankings," read the online headline of the story, which notes that the county has three high schools in the top 20.But what that story omits is that the county is also hom ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Florida Worst State in Study of Long-Term Unemployment

    ​More than 53 percent of Florida's unemployed residents went six months or more without work last year -- the highest rate in the country, according to a study from the Hamilton Project, run by the Brookings Institute, a D.C. think tank.To compare, the average unemployed worker between 2004 and 20 ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Here's Florida's Blacklist of Everyone Excluded for Life From Pari-Mutuel Casinos

    ​If Uncle Earl has been coming around and causing trouble recently, it might be because he was kicked out of the casino for card counting, stealing, or other stupid behavior. Wouldn't it be great to see a list of everyone who was excluded from the state's casinos in recent years?Florida's Division ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    A New Florida Tomato, Jose Andres' Food Truck, and Other Links

    The Whisky Water Trick from Casey Neistat on Vimeo.Hope your weekend was delightful. First up for this morning's links, see above for a new bar trick brought to our attention from Yardbird. Practice up for the weekend and read on for this morning's roundup.

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    January 30, 2012

    Republican Primary Quiz: Whom Should You Vote For?

    ​In case you were not aware, Florida's Republican primary is tomorrow, at which time thousands of Florida Republicans will emerge to support somebody and give the media a fresh narrative to invent and take into the upcoming caucuses. But it's perfectly natural to feel a little anxiety when it come ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    We Make Our Demands After Fox News Plagiarized This Website

    Fox News stooped to a bit of copyright infringement last week in lifting a story from the Pulp. In response, we sent a letter to Fox this morning with a reasonable demand for compensation. ​Dearest Fox News,It came as some surprise to see your January 27 article titled "Epic Campaign Ad Brings Oba ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    G & B Oyster Bar Debrief: The Food

    In Belgium, when eating mussels, use an empty shell as a tool to eat the rest. from 43 Films on Vimeo.Saturday night saw a full house at G & B Oyster Bar, the sibling to Coconuts from Elliott Wolfe, Luc Limage, and chef Merv Jonota. Despite the tourista location by the beach, lots of locals fill ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Negotiations Are Under Way for Expansion of Fort Lauderdale Airport's Terminal 4

    We told you last week that Broward County has broken ground on a $791 million runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International that will send planes up a six-story ramp over Federal Highway and the FEC tracks.Broward County Aviation Department​In tandem with that project, Terminal 4 (ho ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Machine Gun Kelly Leaves Fort Lauderdale and Gets Arrested: Criminal Foreshadowing in Videos

    ​Just last Thursday, County Grind attended a particularly wild concert that included some near-nudity, stage diving, and lots of masturbation chatter. The show was that of Machine Gun Kelly, the Cleveland rapper whose gift is his ability to spit out lyrics as fast as, well, a machine gun. After th ... More >>

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    January 28, 2012

    Nerds Nerd-Out Together at Retro Arcade Night (Photos)

    ​These days, most gamer socializing happens through headsets and an internet connection. Back in the day, though, there were spots called arcades where peeps would hang out together, in the real world, and play videogames. Lately, there has been a resurgence of interest in the old, pixelated ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Fox News Now Pilfering Stories from the 'Lib Media'

    Roger Ailes: You owe me money, dude.​Fox News likes to mock news from liberal media. Today, however, they plagiarized some.We already know what Fox thinks of New Times -- when we accused Congressman Allen West of violating the flag code by taking an American flag scuba diving, Fox News r ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Mark Oxner, Florida Congressional Candidate, Releases Terrifying Anti-Obama Ad

    ​Though the new Florida congressional district lines haven't been finalized, candidates for office in what will be the new 27th District are starting to mobilize -- former Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, who was booted out of his District 8 office in 2010, raised more than half a million dollars bet ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Protoman Remix of Iggy Azalea's "My World" Leaks on the Web

    ​Protoman is taking some time off from creating another solo album to focus on his place in hip hop duo Alligator City.Even though he's not putting together anything full-length, he's not totally neglecting his own music. Today, his remix of Iggy Azalea's "My World" single leaked. According ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    The Food List Challenge, Round One

    ​I've liked The Food List Challenge app on Facebook that lists 100 dishes and drinks to prove you're a foodnik. So far, 335,345 people have tried it, including former food critic for the Washington Post, Phyllis Richman (97) and former New Times critic Gail Shepherd (85). Some of the items are rid ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Wasted Away Again Online With Jimmy Buffett-Inspired Margaritaville Videogame

    ​Parrotheads! Your internet dreams have come true! Key West-obsessed singer Jimmy Buffett's most famous song, 1977's "Margaritaville," is being honored with a Facebook videogame. That's right, you're not just drunk, stoned, and sun-stroked; you actually read that correctly. THQ, a videogame publis ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Florida Panthers May Owe $30.8 Million if Team Hasn't Sheltered Homeless Since '96

    ​Here's an audit Florida's professional sports franchises may not have expected -- records of housing the homeless at their facilities over the years.The chances of that audit happening depend on a bill that's working its way through the Legislature, and if the Florida Panthers haven't been housin ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Occupy Member Arrested in Boca Raton Has a Bit of a History Doing Publicity Stunts

    ​For one of the three Occupy protesters arrested yesterday in Boca Raton, this is at least her fourth publicity stunt involving police -- one of those incidents involving her wearing clown makeup and having to be forcibly removed from a tree.That's 31-year-old Ana Rodriguez who was hit with charge ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Five Pies For Pie Day

    ChrisChen​It's National Pie Day, according to the National Pie Council. Though I usually ignore food holidays, like this guy with a pie fetish, I could eat variations on pie every day for life. Pies are the ultimate comfort food that can be made savory or sweet. And don't get me started about Cris ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Three People, Including 6-Month-Old Boy, Found Dead Inside Lauderdale Lakes Apartment

    ​Two women and a 6-month-old boy were found dead inside a Lauderdale Lakes apartment on Sunday, and the cops aren't being too generous with details.Twenty-five-year-old Natasha Plummer and her roommate, 21-year-old Octavia Barnett, were the two women found dead, according to the Broward Sheriff's ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Cruise Ship Catastrophes: From Viruses to Pirates to Flying Furniture

    blmiers2​The Italian Coast Guard on Wednesday halted efforts to recover bodies from the wreckage of the Costa Concordia, a massive cruise ship that capsized last week off the coast of Italy. With at least 11 people dead and more than still 20 missing, the accident has already dealt a financial blo ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    Allen West Blames the President for SOPA, Deletes it, Then Blames Eric Holder

    Rep. Allen Bernard West​Rep. Allen West -- unlike a few of his South Florida congressional counterparts -- opposes the Stop Online Piracy Act and explained that it's because President Obama doesn't know "this is a democracy."Wait, Obama's not on board with SOPA? Check that; it's Attorney General E ... More >>

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    January 14, 2012

    Allen West Advises That Everyone "Chill" Over the Video of Marines Wizzing on Corpses

    Rep. Allen Bernard West​As someone once wisely said, "It's better to be pissed off than pissed on."In this case, it's allegedly the Taliban that's been pissed on, and Rep. Allen West who's pissed off.West says he's "assessed" the video, and people should "chill" because they're getting "over-e ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Rick Scott's Approval Rating Is Great! (According to Lobbyists and PR Firms)

    ​If you ask Floridians if they approve of Gov. Rick Scott's job performance, between 26 and 38 percent would say yes.In the last week, though, two "polls" have been released that claim the governor's approval rating is much, much higher.According to a public relations/communications firm hired by ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Try Some Tongue at Tropical Taco

    ​"This taco shop claims to be the best taco in town," said a coworker when she gave me the heads up and Facebook link. It was lunch time, so I headed to a bleak stretch of State Road 84 to find it. Inevitably I got lost. So you won't, look for the American Legion on the left if you're heading towa ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    EPA Makes Toxic Releases In Broward Easier To Find Than Ever

    ​Copper in Coral Springs. Lead in Deerfield. Styrene in Dania Beach. These are just a few of the cases that turn up with a quick search of the Environmental Protection Agency's new Toxic Release Inventory database.The database, consisting of toxic disposals from 2010, allows users to search by zip ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Pat Benatar!

    ​Chances are, if you came of age in the '80s, you heard the songs of Patricia Mae Andrzejewski on the radio. Only you came to know her by her professional name, Pat Benatar. Born January 10, 1953, she dominated the airwaves throughout much of that decade, scoring a pair of multi-platinum albums, f ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Allen West Says Military Leaders Should Be "Very Careful" About Following Orders

    In Rep. Allen West's view of the military, there's apparently a choice to follow orders handed down to you.Everyone's pretty aware of West's "incident" in Iraq, but now he's saying other people in the military should "be careful" about following orders, or possibly quitting because they don't like w ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    HUD: No Audit Needed of Deerfield's Housing Authority -- Two Other Investigations Ongoing

    Deerfield Beach Housing Authority Executive Director Pamela Davis literally said she was "happy to report" that the Housing and Urban Development Inspector General won't need to audit the authority.According to the report, there's no audit needed because, among other reasons, "HUD OIG Office of Inve ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Holy Ship! Slideshow: Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, & Uh, These People

    ​ Sometimes we wonder how photographer Ian Witlen gets out of bed in the morning with the rough assignments we give him. This shot, and plenty of others from this past weekend's Holy Ship! cruise seem to suggest that he's constantly in the middle of a total bummer. I mean, the boat crashed into th ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Climate Change to Sink South Florida; New Report Recommends Ways to Stay Afloat

    ​The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact released a lengthy draft plan intended to make sure South Florida doesn't become some real-life mashup of Mad Max and WaterWorld when sea levels start to rise courtesy of climate change.  The Compact -- a gang of county representatives from Brow ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Is Farm to Table Worth the Price? Some Floridians Say No.

    ​From LA to Boston, farm to table has taken root. Even the White House is in on it. Shaped by books such as Michael Pollan's Ominvore's Dilemma on "why we consume what we consume" and films like Food Inc., many have embraced the mantra and spend dining dollars at farm to table restaurants over o ... More >>

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    January 8, 2012

    Live: Donna the Buffalo at Revolution, January 6

    ​Donna the Buffalo January 6, 2012 Revolution, Fort Lauderdale Revolution wasn't packed for Friday's Donna the Buffalo show, suggesting that Jam Cruisers are still filtering into South Florida. The extra space in the club made for a very relaxed and enjoyable scene as the band performed as well a ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Frederica Wilson Had Worst Attendance Out of Florida's Congressional Delegation

    ​No member of Florida's congressional delegation missed more votes this year than South Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson.In fact, South Florida Democrats -- excluding Rep. Alcee Hastings -- had some of the worst attendance records in the state, as Wilson, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Florida Abortion-Ban Bill: "Personal Liberty Is Not a License to Kill"

    ​Once again, the "Florida for Life Act" has been submitted in the Florida Legislature. The bill would ban abortions not related to medical emergencies and would make it a first-degree felony to perform or assist in the performance of an abortion.Rep. Charles Van Zant has filed the bill on the Hous ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    More Cops Died in Florida This Year Than in Any Other State

    Florida led the nation in police officers killed in the line of duty in 2011, according to a report released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.Fourteen of the 173 cops killed this year were in Florida, and four other states had at least 10 police fatalities.According to th ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Allen West: Where Was Your Leadership in Opposing the Payroll Tax Deal?

    Whenever we point out the quirks of Rep. Allen West, there's always some dissent from his fans. In his defense, his supporters typically point out the leadership quality they see in the congressman.West was given a chance to be a leader this past week, as he's opposed the two-month extension of the ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Cops: DUI Suspect Says He Doesn't Remember Causing "Fireball" Crash That Killed Woman

    ​After Edson Ramirez-Jaimes allegedly blew through some red lights and crashed into an SUV, causing a "fireball" and killing the driver on Christmas Eve, the cops say he told them he never even remembered driving.According to documents from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Ramirez-Jaimes, 2 ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Dirty Dozen 2011: Who Did We Forget?

    ​This year's list of our Dirty Dozen covers a gamut of South Florida marauders, bent on making your life miserable -- or at least more mediocre -- in pursuit of personal gain. Rick Scott and Allen West are old standbys, but we have several newcomers to the list: Pain bros Jeff and Chris George, te ... More >>

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    December 21, 2011

    Frank and Dino's, The Daisy Coffee House, and Other Restaurant Openings

    ​Frank and Dino's in Deerfield Beach is on the verge of opening, the Italian-American spot that pays homage to the Rat Pack. The restaurant, originally scheduled to debut in October, is one of two from Dennis Max of Max's Grille and Max's Harvest scheduled to open this season. Assiago del Forno is ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    City Link Editor Explains the Death of the Alt-Weekly Published by Sun-Sentinel

    W Kelley Lucas​​City Link, the weekly newspaper published by the Sun-Sentinel and its parent, Tribune Company, is officially toast as of next week -- mostly.The folks at City Link didn't respond New Times' inquiries last month when we got wind of its impending doom, but now we've got the off ... More >>

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