In 2002, Heather Brassner, a Palm Beach County art dealer, and her then-partner, Megan Lade, were joined together in a civil union in Vermont. Though they were initially committed to each other, the relationship fell apart about four years ago, when Lade allegedly cheated on Brassner and ran off wit ... More >>
In the midst of four different judges ruling that the ban on same-sex in Florida is unconstitutional, and attorney general Pam Bondi's blowback of those rulings, Broward County Commissioners have stepped up to show their support for same-sex marriage by passing a resolution on Tuesday. Along with t ... More >>
Starbucks sent a cease-and-desist letter to Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in Cottleville, MO earlier this month after the mega-corporation discovered that one of the brewpub's customers named a beer 'frappicino'. The discovery was made by the coffee giant after searching the website, Untappd, a social ne ... More >>
Roxanna Trinka is President/CEO of a company called Baseline Engineering. She's also a Director of the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, an advisor to the school's College of Engineering, and served on Palm Beach County's Criminal Justice Commission. It's a free country. So there's no ... More >>
It's pretty much common knowledge that Fort Lauderdale -- Wilton Manors, in particular -- is home to one of the largest per capita gay populations in the country. Unfortunately, in terms of gay rights, Florida has a long way to go. One Fort Lauderdale resident wants to see that change. Brendon Aya ... More >>
That GOP need to build bridges to the nation's Hispanic community? The need party elders have talked so much about since Barack Obama was re-elected largely due to Hispanic support? The need that's propelled Florida's own Marco Rubio to preeminence in the early scouting reports on the GOP 2016 presd ... More >>
Florida has come a long way in the past few years when it comes to gay marriage and marriage equality. According to the latest Public Policy Poll, a whopping 75 percent of Florida voters support gay marriage. This is a seismic shift from not long ago, when the majority of Floridians didn't want ga ... More >>
We tried to get some comment this week from the attorneys representing Palm Beach Circuit Court Judge Barry Cohen, a famously outspoken liberal who's facing some of the most transparently bogus ethics charges ever to go before the Florida Supreme Court. No dice. Neither Scott Richardson nor Don ... More >>
If you found yourself saying, "Hey! He's talking about me!" during Barack Obama's inaugural speech, it's because you either waited in line to vote for many hours or you're gay or both! During the speech for his second inauguration, Obama made references to two items that are of great importance to ... More >>
Words that are rarely combined in common nomenclature: parking garage, art, and intellectual property. But somehow a strange showdown on South Beach has brought them all together for local photographer, Hester Esquenazi. Who knew taking pictures of the 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage, which has ... More >>
A confession: On Wednesday, some New Times folk wanted to eat Chick-fil-A. Music Editor Liz Tracy and video guy Jake Katel stopped by a store in Pembroke Pines and discovered the hullaballoo around "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," in defense of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's statement that America ... More >>
La-dee-dah, Sen. Marco Rubio doesn't think the money Olympians get paid for winning should be taxed. As our colleagues in Miami point out this morning, Rubio has proposed that the prize money ($25,000 for gold, less for silver and bronze) given to winning athletes should be exempt from taxation. It ... More >>
Congressman Allen West sent out his weekly newsletter Monday, barraging his constituents with an almost predictable combination of hyperpatriotic mumbo-jumbo and misguided, pseudo-academic posturing about his favorite book in the history of words, the United States Constitution.Once you get past ... More >>
I had no idea this was bad policy!Here's a fun way to defend a racist restriction on voting rights: First, claim the new rule is colorblind. Then, when black legislators get angry, plead ignorance. Say you had no idea the rule was draconian compared to policies in most of the country.This is Gov. ... More >>
New voting laws passed in 14 states -- states that control 171 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a presidential election -- could make voting "significantly harder" for more than 5 million people who are actually eligible to vote, according to a new study.As many as 1 million of those peop ... More >>
inquisitr.comUnless this system comes with a big bag of coke, this setup is your constitutional right in Florida.If you're in Florida blasting obnoxious music from your car way louder than you need to, well, that's your First Amendment right, according to a recent appellate court ruling.In Marion ... More >>
Overcrowding has become a problem in some lockups.Eric Perez's mother has been given many reasons why her 18-year-old son died ten days ago at a juvenile jail in West Palm Beach. He woke up one morning hallucinating, complaining of a headache, and vomiting. He may have had breathing problems, an ... More >>
moviesonfilm.comHm, that sure doesn't look like Michael C. HallIf you illegally downloaded a copy of Dexxxter -- the porn parody of Showtime's serial-killer drama Dexter -- it might cost you a bit more than your dignity if Pink Lotus Entertainment has its way.Pink Lotus Entertainment, the proud p ... More >>
illinoisstate.eduJust days after the U.S. Supreme Court found Arizona's matching-funds campaign law unconstitutional, a Florida federal court judge halted a similar provision in this state.The issue, unsurprisingly, was brought up in a lawsuit by then-candidate Rick Scott, who said his right ... More >>
BSOPaul GonzalezHere's something Paul Gonzalez learned the other day: Allegedly beating your wife unconscious in a Broward judge's chambers probably won't help your battle to win custody over your children or paying child support.Gonzalez, 28, and his wife, 23-year-old Catie Scott-Gonzalez, were ... More >>
The complaints echo similar allegations at Thompson Academy.News at Florida's juvenile detention centers has not been good lately. At some state-run facilities, teenagers are allegedly being doped up on anti-psychotic drugs to control their behavior. At Thompson Academy, a privately run lockup in ... More >>
Rick Scott was elected by a very small margin -- one that ex-felons could destroy.We've told you about Rick Scott's new ban on felon voting rights, which returns Florida to a racist era of stamping out African-American votes. Many people have suggested that by prohibiting felons from voting for f ... More >>
To earn a living collecting insurance money from clients injured in car accidents, doctors and lawyers often cooperate. They refer patients to one another, and when a lawyer sues an insurance company to get a patient's medical expenses covered, the lawyer can earn a hefty fee.New Times explored t ... More >>
A gunman got into the Broward County Courthouse this morning, aimed the weapon at his chest, and threatened to kill himself this morning before deputies and police were able to talk him down without any violence. Marin Stroia, the accused gunman. The gunman has been identified a ... More >>
Flickr user: Pink Sherbert PhotographyTests show Dippolito is the baby's daddy.DNA test results show that Michael Dippolito is the father of an 11-year-old boy who lives west of Boca Raton, according to a confidential source. The child's mother, Karen Tanne, alleges in a paternity suit that Dippo ... More >>
Photo: C. StilesPatrick NeptuneCount Patrick Neptune among the droves of Broward residents who think they're getting a raw deal from county judges. Neptune says he was recently ordered to pay child support for a 26-year-old daughter, even though that daughter had long since been adopted by the cu ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the Florida Department of CorrectionsCardona is now serving a 20-year sentence in state prison. After reading New Times' cover story about a rape at Palm Beach's most exclusive country club, you may still have questions about this strange criminal case. It's a complicated one, ... More >>
browardhealth.orgCoboThe Broward State Attorney's Office has opened a criminal investigation of North Broward Hospital District Commissioner Joseph Cobo, based on allegations he used his public office for advantage in his private firm, Florida Medical Management Consultants.Cobo, of course, was inve ... More >>
This whole arrest-on-felony-drug-charges thing came along just when Howard K. Stern's legal life had finally calmed. The attorney ex-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith filed a lawsuit in Fort Lauderdale's U.S. District Court in April 2007 against mega-millionaire attorney, John O'Quinn, accusing the law ... More >>
I just got this news release from JusticeNewsFlash.com, a "Pro American Legal Distribution Service," and it's just too delicious not to quote directly: Skilled South Florida personal injury attorney, Susan Ramsey, is proficient with consumer health law news and is reminding all Americans that the h ... More >>
Hey, Frankelstein may have pulled it off (despite the Post's endorsement of her opponent, Al Zucaro), but it was a bad day for incumbents yesterday. Two were knocked loose from Cooper City after it was found out that they enjoyed a glass of wine or two before commission meetings and Susan Foster was ... More >>
Reality Check (Atlantic)
Broward's Jennifer Van Bergen joins Michael Moore in bashing Bush
Popped for DUI? Smile. You've just fallen victim to the DHSMV's kangaroo court.
The folks who are "reclaiming America for Christ" are pushing an agenda for a Taliban-like state where Scripture is law
An American concert promoter tries to preserve the heritage of a fallen reggae hero
Lloyd Shank is a poster boy for free speech. The Jews are to blame.
The FOUNDERS fundraiser
Disgruntled over alleged discrimination in divorce court, Florida dads have formed a network to air grievances -- and to even the odds
For 45 years the Pledge of Allegiance has included a mention of the Almighty. Atheist Michael Newdow is suing for removal.
A year ago Wayne and Danny Dagenais stole guns from a family friend. In an effort to keep then-16-year-old Wayne out of jail, their parents tried to retrieve the weapons. But the plan didn't work.
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Twenty-seven years ago, teacher Stephen Ryan made a mistake. The School Board of Broward County just fired him for it.
July 2 - 8, 1998
Pepsi pays Jeff Koons big bucks to lobby for its causes. And the West Palm Beach city commissioner is worth every cent.