Kratom, an herb found in Southeast Asia and banned in Thailand, Australia, Myanmar, Malaysia, and recently Indiana and Tennessee, is often used in a drink called kava here in Florida -- where it is not banned. Not yet, anyway. But now, Palm Beach County is considering banning kratom. This is becau ... More >>
After 30 years, Florida's largest regional fast-casual franchise is debuting a new brand. Miami Subs will now offer a new alternative, known as Miami Grill, giving new franchise owners the opportunity to offer an updated menu. The announcement follows several recent brand developments, including Arm ... More >>
Several candidates for Palm Beach County and Lake Worth municipal offices have taken money from a Political Action Committee largely funded by gambling interests. The money went to Melissa McKinlay, candidate for County Commission ($1,000); Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo ($500) and City Commissioner An ... More >>
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The Fort Lauderdale Hash House Harriers dub themselves "a drinking club with a running problem." It started in 1938 in Kuala Lumpur after British expats would run every Monday night together. Now there are hundreds of outposts all around the world. They drink, they run, they drink, then run, and t ... More >>
The Hash House Harriers are an interesting clan. They drink, then run, then drink, then run, and then drink some more every week. Based (except with booze) on the children's game Hares and the Hound, one person, the hare, sets up a flour trail and waits for the rest of the group to chase after him. ... More >>
Dubbing themselves "a drinking club with a running problem," Fort Lauderdale's Hash House Harriers went on their usual Monday night run last week. Runners never know in advance the exact route their leader has planned, but they sometimes get a hint. This week, they knew that the run would be TSA-the ... More >>
If you've ever walked into your local Asian grocer and gasped for air, just wait until you get up close to a durian. Also known as "stink fruit," this exotic import can have an odor so offensive it's actually banned from most public places in Southeast-Asia, including hospitals, buses, trains and ho ... More >>
Spanish oil giant Repsol YPF recently announced that its exploratory drilling efforts in "ultra-deep" waters off the coast of Cuba were unsuccessful. To drill the test well, Repsol leased the massive Chinese-built Scarabeo 9 drilling rig from Sapiem, an Italian company. The embargo has pretty m ... More >>
Photos by Robert SietsemaThis is where the barbecue addiction begins.Right around 9 o'clock last night, a cheer was raised in the kitchen. The overworked FedEx folk had finally delivered the barbecue.It was Texas barbecue, and for one of the ten individuals staying in our home for the holidays&nb ... More >>
flgov.comGov. Rick Scott, with gentlemen who may or may not be job creators.Going through the list of Florida's top 50 trading partners -- compiled by Enterprise Florida -- you may notice Israel sure isn't on the list.Apparently, Florida engages in more trade activity with countries like Guya ... More >>
South Florida abounds with tropical fruit, crazy, exotic fruit many American citizens have never seen (or smelled). You've no doubt encountered guava, carambola, dragonfruit and guanabana -- all yummy fruits, to be sure.But a recent report from Southeast Asia generated some worry: what if weird, ... More >>
Photos by Riki AltmanMost of the time, I love this gig. But damn -- not so much today. I just bit into a "coconut crisp ball" made in Malaysia, and I'm still cringing. It's not that the little thing tasted badly. Actually, it didn't have much taste at all. But it's this film it left in my mouth, ... More >>
Leave it to The Kampong, local botanical treasure and historic home of the late David Fairchild, to throw one of Miami's most anticipated events of the season this weekend. This Sunday, April 5, will mark the 15th annual Bali Ha'i event, an outdoor soiree of culinary delights from restaurants ... More >>
Indicted South Florida weapons dealer Efraim Diveroli keeps making millions from you and me.
Global freedom-hating menace Osama bin Laden has released a new album, and this one sounds like the others. Gaza, Jihad, path of God, Jews are mean, et cetera. Nothing you haven't heard before. In fact, how does the most recent tape prove that The Pajama-ed one lives? Maybe I'm just bitter because i ... More >>
Three little South Florida girls make costly bids to be America's next tennis champ
Jinja makes a stab at CityPlace
To locals, he's a roadside institution. But to the Usenet, he's a monster.
How does a 65-year-old behavioral biologist explain being exposed as an Internet masher hot for 15-year-old girls?
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Out of the frying pan, into North Lauderdale
Saeed Younan shakes off the Ibiza sound and stakes out his own ground
This fusion joint almost has it together
Would you call Neil Hamburger funny ha-ha or funny peculiar?
The Rev. D. James Kennedy teaches that homosexuality is a sin. Richard Murphy loves him anyway.
Team Bush loses its case-and loses sight of Dubya's so-called principles-in a Miami court
Palm Beach Hash House Harriers
Conservationist Paul Reillo has waged a one-man campaign to save Dominica's parrots from extinction