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    August 29, 2014

    New Artificial Reef Created in Hollywood -- by Sinking a Cement Sailboat

    Look, Hollywood Beach was already cool. Segways, the Broadwalk, bar after bar after bar. But now? There's a cement vessel named Usikusiku (Swahili for "twilight," of course) that's been sunk. It's a part of a number of artificial reefs that Broward has created over the past 20-plus years, and divers ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Florida Group to Amazon, Google: Ban Fat-Shaming Apps

    Tampa-based Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and a number of organizations -- including the American Board of Obesity Medicine -- submitted formal letters to the leaders of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft on Wednesday. The letters ask that the companies remove fat-shaming apps the groups deem off ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Fan Who Released Great Miami Heat Song Unveils Miami Dolphins Parody

    Last month, we told you about a listener to a local sports radio program who released an excellent Miami Heat parody song called So Rude (Riley Ain't Scared). Now, the Zaslow and Joy show on the Ticket Miami is soliciting Miami Dolphins parody songs in exchange for tickets, and the same fan has deli ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Five Reasons You Need To Be Watching the Miami Marlins Nightly

    This exact time last year, the Miami Marlins found themselves in last place (49-81) in the NL East, having been outscored by 110 runs, which was the second worst run differential in the sport. This year? The Fish already have 65 wins, they've only been outscored by 22 runs on the year and the go ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Jordan Garnett, Rising 22-Year-Old Boynton Beach Comedian, to Open for Jen Kirkman This Weekend

    Six comedians took the stage this past Tuesday at Aroma's Hookah Lounge in Wellington. Some were young -- one, actually, was on the stage for his time ever -- while others were 40, 50 years old like Perry Sak and Terry Wayne. South Florida comedy veterans. They were all, however, booked by one man: ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Pouncey Brothers Alleged Assault Video Will Be Released, Lawyer Says

    The lawyer representing three victims that were allegedly assaulted at Cameo night club July 11 filed a lawsuit days later, claiming NFL players Mike and Maurkice Pouncey had beaten and bruised his clients. Little has happened in the case since -- police said they were waiting for the victims to tal ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Mike Pouncey Sued by Alleged Victims of Cameo Nightclub Assault

    About ten days ago, the victims of an alleged fight that took place at South Beach's Cameo nightclub July 11 said they planned to sue for damages. There had been a birthday celebration for NFL football players Mike and Maurkice Pouncey. (Mike is a Miami Dolphins offensive lineman.) Now the victims ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    National Marriage Campaign Coming to Wilton Manors This Saturday

    Despite the good news delivered by Chief Judge Luis Garcia this week, allowing gay couples like Aaron Huntsman and William "Lee" Jones to marry in Monroe County, the rest of Florida still awaits a similar day. Thanks to Skyy Vodka and, well, freedom, awareness is going to be raised for this cause ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Investigation Into Alleged Incident With Pounceys Continues

    Last week, the victims of an alleged assault that took place at Cameo nightclub said they planned to file a lawsuit against Miami Dolphins player Mike Pouncey and his brother Maurkice for their role in the incident. While it's unclear where the potential lawsuit stands now -- messages for represen ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    Parking Meters Coming to Downtown Boca Raton?

    Call it Boca Raton's chicken and egg. On the one hand: More and more cars are coming through the city's downtown, so finding a parking space has become difficult. On the other, more cars means the city gives more parking tickets when folks are staying too long. The solution? Parking meters! See al ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    All Aboard Florida Unveils West Palm Beach Station Plans

    All Aboard Florida -- the passenger rail service promising train stops from Miami to West Palm Beach in 2016 -- announced design plans for its West Palm Beach station earlier today. This marks the final station unveiling, after Miami's and Fort Lauderdale's were released earlier this year. The Pal ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    All Aboard Florida Unveiling West Palm Beach Station Plans on Monday

    Just 10 days ago, All Aboard Florida held a news conference announcing design plans for a sleek $30 million Fort Lauderdale station. The passenger rail service originally had plans on running trains from Miami to Orlando, but for now, plans include stops at Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beac ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Florida Woman Awarded $25,000 for Having to Shake Bra During Traffic Stop

    Zoe Brugger was pulled over in Lakeland last May for a busted headlight, but what happened next had little to do with that. The 29-year-old was forced to lift up her shirt and shake her bra in an attempt by the cops to find drugs. The incident was caught on video, and cops later searched her vehic ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014

    Brilliant Song About the State of the Miami Heat Is Released

    Earlier this week, a listener to the Zaslow and Joy morning show on the Ticket Miami submitted a remake of the popular song by Magic! called "Rude." See also: Joy Taylor: South Florida's Female Sports Radio Host The listener -- who goes by @itsleooo on Twitter and Wolf Coat on SoundCloud -- nam ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Five Things South Florida Sports Fans Can Look Forward to Now That LeBron Has Left

    Ever since LeBron James left, shit has been weird in South Florida. The mood, at first, was grateful and appreciative. That was nice. Necessary, even. Then we got defiant, and Cocky Heat Fan returned, celebrating in a loud way the return of a roster that we didn't like a whole lot sans LeBron over t ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, Infamous Boca Prankster, Streaks During World Cup Final; LeBron Tweets Video

    Did you even watch, bro? During yesterday's World Cup Final -- Germany beat Argentina 1-0, by the way, if you've been in a dark room with nothing but good memories and your tears since LeBron announced he was, you know, nevermind -- a young man bolted onto the field, tried kissing a player and lif ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    What We Know So Far About the Mike Pouncey/Cameo Investigation

    As of Monday morning, Miami Beach Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez confirmed detectives are still trying to discern exactly what happened at Cameo Saturday night and whether the Pouncey brothers were involved in an alleged assault. An incident report was released in which two victims are named: a 32-yea ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    Florida Woman Arrested for Doing Naked Yoga on the Highway

    Police in Ocala yesterday responded to a public call about an apparently crazed woman doing yoga in the middle of a road. On their way to the scene, someone else phoned 911 to inform them the lady had begun "stripping in the streets," according to the probable cause affidavit. Wearing nothing but p ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Cooper City Man Struck by Lightning While Sitting in a Tree

    One day after it was pointed out that we live in the most dangerous state in the country for lightning strikes, well, lightning struck. Nick Carman, a 25-year-old from Cooper City, was sitting in a tree yesterday at about 1 p.m. when he was struck and sent sideways from the blast.

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    July 8, 2014

    Florida is The Deadliest State In USA for Lightning Strikes

    This past July 4 holiday, a South Florida man was struck by lightning while grilling in his back yard. He fell into a canal and family members told a local news station he couldn't feel his legs. He survived, but so far this year in Florida, four people have been fatally struck. If that sounds low ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    Invasive Lizards Immune to Cold Threatening Florida Alligator and Turtle Populations

    Meet the newest threat to Florida's face. The Argentine Black and White Tegu Lizard -- native to Argentina and parts of South America -- was found in Florida first back in the early 2000s. Thanks to an ability to withstand cold and reproduce rapidly, the lizards aren't going away -- the Florida Fi ... More >>

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    July 4, 2014

    South Florida Women Detained In Cuba For Smuggling Synthetic Marijuana

    A 20-year-old South Florida woman named Melissa Acosta and one other woman (unidentified for now) were detained in Cuba this week for allegedly trying to smuggle in synthetic weed. El Nuevo Herald reported that Acosta's mother -- Jenny Valdes -- had told a local CBS affiliate that her daughter has ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Sues Florida Gentlemen's Club for Racism

    A Florida gentlemen's club -- Bliss Caberet in Clearwater -- is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a suit that alleges that the club's owner maintains racially discriminatory practices. After a black bartender was hired, according to the suit, club owner Micha ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    Florida Sees Significant Drop in Prescription Drug Overdoses, Report Says

    For more than a decade, Florida has had a prescription pill problem. In 2010, 89 percent of all Oxycodone sold in the country came from here and at the same time, 98 of the 100 doctors who prescribed the greatest amounts of Oxycodone from their offices did so from Florida. But a new study by the C ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    Don't Want LeBron to Leave? Pay Up, Says WQAM's Channing Crowder

    Adam Kuperstein and Channing Crowder host the 1-3 p.m. midday show on 560-WQAM in South Florida. And over the last weeks and months as we creep ever closer to that glorious day when LeBron returns makes his decision, Kup (as he's known) and Crowder (a colorful and honest former Miami Dolphin) have d ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    Boca Inventor Wins Award for Hassle-Free Headphones Creation

    Earlier this month at InventHelp's INPEX 2014 -- the largest invention trade show in the country, held in Pittsburgh -- medals were given out in 40 categories, with more than 300 inventors vying for the hardware. A Boca man named Mart Goodall took home a gold medal in the Sports category for his i ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    Five Best July 4th Florida Arrests

    Ah, the Fourth of July. Fireworks, hot dogs, family, and 'MERICA, dammit. It's fun. But if you're in Florida, it's also dangerous. Down here, we look for illegal fireworks (that would be anything that flies through the air or explodes), and often we have too much fun take shit too far and run afoul ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    Sheriff of Quiet Florida Town Acquires Military-Style Tank to Protect Officers' "Safety"

    Remember Jim Carrey's 1998 hit The Truman Show? As pointed out by Justin King, the movie was filmed in a hushed and peaceful Northwest Florida town: "Walton County is a part of Florida that is so crime-free, you can leave your doors unlocked. When Hollywood location scouts were looking for a commun ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Downtown Boca Is About to Get Bigger and Better

    Over the past few decades, Boca Raton -- because of FAU's growth and the city's location, securely known as "really far away from busy Miami" -- has filled with college kids and lots of old folks. But much of the city is still quaint and quiet and small. That's about to get upgraded.

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    June 27, 2014

    Supreme Court Ruling Against Abortion Buffer Zones Will Hit Florida Hard

    In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an eight-foot buffer-zone rule outside of abortion clinics in Colorado. This eliminated the ability of abortion protesters to spew bile and venom (and often worse) at folks trying to enter the clinics. Yesterday, though, the court unanimously struck down a 20 ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Critical Mass Fort Lauderdale Happens Tomorrow: What You Need to Know

    At last month's Critical Mass Fort Lauderdale -- the once-per-month, 14-mile ride through the city -- one cop tackled a cyclist and another officer knocked a rider off his bike after ramming him with his motorcycle, according to the biker. This month? Hopefully not that. Tomorrow, the monthly ev ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Humane Society: Ban Pythons, Anacondas, and Boa Constrictors

    Back in 2012, President Obama's Interior Department went forward with a proposal to list nine species of snakes as "injurious" -- legalese that would ban the importation and selling of the animals. But when the announcement was made, only four species were put on the list: the Indian python (includi ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Man Who Died in Davie Wood Chipper Accident Is Identified

    Yesterday afternoon, police identified the man killed in a gruesome and harrowing wood chipper accident in Davie. Hernan Gutierrez, 42, was with two coworkers on Monday feeding tree limbs and branches into the wood chipper when, according to police, he either fell into or was pulled into the industr ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Lauderdale Airport Workers to See Improved Standards After Bill Passes

    Broward commissioners passed a bill last night that can revoke permits of companies at the airport whose services get interrupted due to a work stoppage by employees, like a strike. This comes as a win for aggrieved airport workers -- baggage handlers, sky caps, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Whistleblower Wins! Proved Rick Scott Turned Unemployment Recipients Over to Collection Agency

    After former state employee Dianne Parcell -- who worked for the Department of Economic Opportunity -- recently won a lawsuit for $250,000 against the state of Florida, taxpayers here could now be on the hook for up to $2 billion in legal claims. This comes after Parcell was fired for revealing he ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Look Out! The Next Invasive Florida Species: Trap-Jaw Ants

    Another day, another terrifying crazy animal arrives in Florida. The Daily Mail reported yesterday that a new ant native to South America, called Odontomachus haematodus, had been found across the Gulf Coast. Research conducted by North Carolina State University shows the nonnative species was fou ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    FLL Airport Workers Hit by Lightning: Why Don't They Get a Living Wage?

    Tomorrow, the Broward County Commission is expected to announce its final vote on a bill that would (in addition to preventing service distruptions) improve the standards of airline and contractor workers. This is clearly needed. Just last week at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Green Coffee Extract: Congress Probes Doctor Oz and a Florida Company

    If you've been following the journey of Dr. Mehmet Oz -- a popular TV host made famous first by Oprah in 2004 -- you know that he's been grilled by senators recently for strongly endorsing ineffective weight loss products on his show. But you might not know about the Florida company whose products ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Florida Leads Country in Prisoners Serving Max Sentences, Being Released Without Supervision

    A recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts points out that nationally, the number of inmates released without supervision has grown a staggering 119 percent between 1990 and 2012. But the biggest discrepancies the report found came in -- you guessed it -- Florida. The Pew study looked at, among ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Fort Lauderdale "Homeless Hate Law" Stalled; Police Say It Is Being "Revised"

    Back in March and into May, Fort Lauderdale was considering a new ordinance granting powers to police officers to take the property of homeless folks after a 24-hour notice as well as ban groups from sharing food with the homeless. The ordinance even had tricky language that would have allowed off ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    Forget Coal and Windmills; FAU's Underwater Turbines Will End Global Warming

    FAU announced recently that researchers at its Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) have signed a 5-year lease to evaluate underwater turbines powered by ocean currents. The lease, which was granted by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (B ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    Giant Rats Won't Die and Keep Invading Florida

    Between 1999 and 2001, about eight giant Gambian pouched rats were let loose by a local exotic breeder. More than a decade later, despite multiple attempts to eradicate what Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill calls "the largest true rat in the world," the mutant critters just won't go away ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    South Florida Bikers Sliced and Diced by Unsafe Drawbridges

    Biking in South Florida is dangerous. Given what we see in the news cycle on an almost daily basis down here, that can be said flatly. Hell, last year cyclists riding down the Rickenbacker Causeway were shot in the leg and back by teenagers armed with BB-Guns. So, after a cyclist took a bad fall ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Tonight: Dave Barry Event to Benefit Broward Bulldog

    And you can meet Dave Barry, you guys. On Tuesday, April 8, the Broward Bulldog -- a nonprofit dedicated to hard-hitting investigative pieces -- is hosting a night with best-selling author and Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry at Nova Southeastern University's Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. T ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Poisoning Via E-Cigarette Liquids Is on the Rise

    Although there was just one call for help made in September 2010 for e-cigarette poisoning, there were more than 200 such calls made to poison help hotlines in February of this year, according to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There's been an i ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Did 101 Cantina Shut Down?

    101 Cantina in Boca Raton has made consistent headlines since it was revealed there have been 98 arrests at the joint since it opened last June. Of those arrests, 78 were for underaged drinking -- and many included great debauchery: peeing on curbs, punching police in the back, and taking off pant ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    You Could Win Allen West's Motorcycle Helmet

    It's a random weekday during a random month and so -- wheeee! -- Allen West is back in the news. This time, though, it's not for calling FAU students "animals" and promising to "face" them if they step to his lady, and it's not for writing A TOTES AWESOME book comparing Democrats to Star Wars chara ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    SeaWorld Attendance Falls; Major Investor Dumps Shares

    In the first three months of 2013, SeaWorld reported a total attendance of 3.5 million people. Fast-forward to the first three months of this year and the numbers are a bit different. Yesterday the company reported 3.05 million people came through in the first three months of 2014, a 13 percent drop ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    The James Tracy Saga: Students Rally Behind Embattled Professor

    In the wake of yesterday's damning and international condemnation of James Tracy's allegations that the Sandy Hook massacre hadn't happened -- though apparently our commenters agree with him -- one group has flocked to the embattled professor's aid: his students. Yesterday, his former student, Rya ... More >>

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