Chalk one up for former Hollywood City Manager Cameron Benson and zero so far for the anonymous citizen who accused him of corruption in two letters sent to city commissioners this spring.The letters accused Benson of accepting a bribe from WastePro, which went on to win the city's waste-hauling ... More >>
Richard Rubin (right) and Diana Wasserman-Rubin.Richard Rubin -- husband of former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, who still faces seven felony charges of her own -- was sentenced this morning to ten months in federal prison.Rubin, 66, pleaded guilty in April to federal tax eva ... More >>
The Miami HeraldCameron BensonCameron Benson has worked for the City of Hollywood since 1995 and as city manager since 2002. Historically, he has shunned attention -- newspapers are still referencing interviews he gave in 1995 -- despite periodic allegations of questionable behavior.He's known ar ... More >>
Richard Rubin, with his attorney David Bogenschutz at his side, was contrite in federal court as he pleaded guilty to a tax evasion charge. An emotional Rubin, who is the husband of criminally charged former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, admitted to Judge William Zloch that ... More >>
Michele SandbergEat this and other good stuff at Sublime this month.Even with all of the recent press clippings toting the rise of the "power vegans" (Bill Clinton and Mike Tyson included), successfully maintaining a business catering specifically to such eaters is somewhat of a magical feat.&nbs ... More >>
UPDATED: My colleague Lisa Rab obtained this video of Debra Villegas speaking with Plantation police officers about the Melissa Britt Lewis murder. It was taken in December 2009, after the Rothstein Ponzi scheme and the RRA law firm imploded. Make sure and read Rab's post. Villegas d ... More >>
Flickr user: Gary...Feds question Hurricane Wilma cleanup costs.The Broward School Board is not alone in facing scrutiny for the millions of dollars in federal disaster funding it received after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. Federal auditors have also questioned $15.1 million in Federal Emergency ... More >>
FEMA conducted an audit of Broward School Board spending of federal funds after hurricanes Katrina and Wilma and found the school board may have squandered millions of dollars, according to a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security this week.. "The School Board did not account for FEMA ... More >>
UsmanUpdateNot even a month after a team of Sun-Sentinel reporters told South Floridians that the region was better prepared for a hurricane than it was four years ago when Wilma hit, the New York Times is reporting that in Broward County emergency agencies have significantly less money than befo ... More >>
Spitting Distance: 321 North and City of OzAh, South Florida: Where the women are strong, the men are pretty, and all the foreclosures are "friendly." Developers of mixed-use, work-live-playgrounds might take a moment to contemplate, as they plan their latest forays into the market for pseudo cities ... More >>
Bogey in actionEvery TV news station in South Florida follows the same script: attractive people reading a teleprompter full of news that's spectacular on video, inconsequential to the viewer and forgotten in a flash. Fine. It's theater. I get that. But theater thrives on character, too. And this is ... More >>
The go-to gal for good times.
It's been years since the television cameras stopped rolling, but Mike "Bogey" Boguslawski, the television icon who turned consumer reporting into performance art, is still plying his trade -- now in South Florida. A household name in Southern California, Bogey's gruff confrontational style endeared ... More >>
If you're not a subscriber to our weekly Café Bites dining newsletter for Broward and Palm Beach counties, here's a taste of what you missed this week. Click here to subscribe. Hurricane Wilma took a pretty good swipe at Fort Lauderdale's own Polynesian village - the Mai-Kai. So much so that mo ... More >>
Stained Glass Pub gives you that sanctified feeling, even without the pretty windows
The Boat Hustle Is Alive and Well
Broward foreclosures hit condos hard
The courthouse must be replaced! says an unholy alliance of judges and downtown landlords
Goodbye, North Perry
By the Way brings the bands to Stranahan.
Calvary Chapel pays millions for swank digs on the Intracoastal. And it's all for a few pregnant girls?
-- I know this story from the Palm Beach Post's Brian E. Crowley is old, but Robert Wexler is such a boob. Stephen Colbert's interviews with congressional members are consistently the best part of the show and the Boca Democrat didn't disappoint him. Hey, he's a veteran politician. He knows how to p ... More >>
A bluesy tale about the cowboy who roped us in with a veggie trick.
Some quick (and not so quick) takes on the morning papers: Wanda DeMarzo tells us of the outrageous ruling by Circuit Judge Michael Gates in the trial of former BSO deputy Christian Zapata, the first public hearing of the crime stats scandal. Gates -- remember that name -- ruled that Sheriff Ken J ... More >>
Or is it Viva La Revolution?
Tiki Torch Night
Thanks to our illustrious chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, here's an advance copy of the list: ALL MEDIA James Batten Award for Public Service -Sally Kestin, Megan O'Matz, Jon Burstein; South Florida Sun-Sentinel; FEMA: A Legacy of Waste -Craig Pittman, Matthew Waite; St. Pete ... More >>
FAU Tries to Get Real
There's something eerily familiar about Whose Life Is It Anyway? at Inside Out
If you want to get PAID, it helps to have friends on the board
Can Dream Dinners liberate Sunrise's working moms?
Wilton Manors art and design venues still show signs of beauty in Wilma's wake
What does a Seminole "living village" mean?
A great meal isn't just a crepe-shoot at La Crêperie
Even Wilma couldn't dim all the bright, kicky art at the Gateway
It looks like Ben Graber is selling out the public for a high-rolling developer. He says he's making sausage.
This Is Your Brain on Video Bedlam
Post-hurricane, it takes some ingenuity to keep cooking
We know how to weather the big storms, right?