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    November 22, 2011

    Public Has Three More Days to Comment on Possible New Wildlife Refuge

    Coming to a cattle ranch near you.​The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the public comment period for a proposal to turn 150,000 acres of savanna ranch land north of Lake Okeechobee into the "Headwaters of the Everglades National Wildlife Refuge." The acquisition would cost $700 million ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Stephanie Kraft, It's Time to Plead Guilty

    The most resounding message sent by the conviction of former Deerfield Beach Commissioner Steve Gonot is this: Not this time, Stephanie.​Juries, at least those in Broward County, don't buy politicians' convoluted explanations for apparent wrongdoing. So those of you now facing corruption char ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Mercy for Animals Farm to Fridge Tour Stop in Fort Lauderdale April 7

    The Mercy For Animals' mobile movie against factory farming.​Mercy for Animals, a nonprofit group best-known for its undercover investigations into practices used at factory farms, will be hitting South Florida just in time for spring break, though beaching and boozing don't really seem to be on t ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Felon Voting Laws, Racism, Rick Scott, and Pam Bondi, Part II

    Florida Attorney GeneralYou really think justice is colorblind, Ms. Bondi?​The Florida Clemency Board's decision last week to reinstate an archaic felon voting ban has set off a storm of protest. The new rule, which requires nonviolent felons to wait five years after completing their sentences to ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Gov. Rick Scott Light Rail Saved More Than $300 Million, but That's Chump Change Compared to These Budget Sinkholes

    spike55151Gov. Rick Scott last week turned down $2.4 billion in federal money to build high-speed rail in Florida, saying it could cost the state $300 million in cost overruns. And that got us thinking: Doesn't the state blow $300 million-plus like it's pocket change? So we searched for other simila ... More >>

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    January 8, 2011

    Ari Porth Caves In To Radical Idiot

    State Rep. Ari Porth agreed to speak this weekend at a convention of the Islamic Society of North America in Fort Lauderdale. Porth with Crist​But Porth bailed out yesterday, canceling his speech. Why? Because of pressure from a local extremist named Joe Kaufm ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Taxi Cab Drivers Must Wear Socks

    Taxi drivers should just say NO to toe socks. ​The St. Petersburg Times reported recently that an independent taxi agency in Hillsborough County has a weird requirement: Drivers must wear socks.And that is evidently not an option.The agency, the Public Transportation Commission, basically regulate ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Quiet Exit for Former Palm Beach Post Editor

    JBart leaves two years after the layoffs began.​Two years ago, Editor John Bartosek stood before his employees at the Palm Beach Post and warned of the impending bloodbath of layoffs and buyouts. Now, after slashing more than 300 jobs at the paper, Bartosek is leaving too."JBart," as he is known i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Coral Springs Teen Part of a Sex Crime Trend in USF Dorms

    The University of South Florida residence halls have been the sight of two bizarre, terrifying sex crimes in the past three months, both involving young men who were visiting the school. Last week a 23-year-old woman was allegedly raped in her sleep by a man who was a friend of a friend. This while ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Morning Juice: Rothstein Links Threatening Sink Campaign; McCollum the Anti-Crist?

    ​Let's skim through the headlines for this Tuesday morning in Broward and Palm Beach:Shortly after Scott Rothstein's law firm made a $200,000 donation to the Florida Democratic Party, gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink's chief of staff helped the firm to be placed it in consideration for lucrative ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    [UPDATED] "Toothless" Commission on Ethics Gives Legislators Something to Chew On

    Flickr: simplelogikThat's the kind of arsenal you need to get a jaw-full of Florida corruption​The political scandals in Broward County have roused the Florida Commission on Ethics from its comatose state. An outfit derided as "toothless" is asking the Florida Legislature to give it a new set of c ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    Morning Juice: Pats Sent Packing; Palm Beach Commissioner's Daughter Gets County Business

    ​News from over the weekend:These Fins have some fight in 'em! Yesterday in Land Shark Stadium, they knocked off the Patriots, 22-21, thanks to New England's two turnovers in the red zone. Now the Dolphins have playoff hopes and the Pats have a losing streak. []Former Palm Beach prosecutor ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    Note to Charlie Crist: In Making Case to Party's Right Wing, Best to Avoid Quoting Daily Kos

    Flickr: delusion256A baby performing its Crist impression.​Anxious to break Marco Rubio's momentum in their Senate race, Charlie Crist gave one of those "wide-ranging" interviews to the St. Petersburg Times yesterday, during which he invoked the sacred ancient text of The Gipper: I believe in Reag ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Morning Juice: Insider's View of the Rothstein Scam; Crist Given New Game Plan for Victory

    ​Today's news in Broward and Palm Beach:In a three-part series, a Rothstein investor describes to New Times' Bob Norman exactly how the attorney made his treacherous pitch. [Daily Pulp]Teachers in Palm Beach County say that a new academic program in the district demands much more work within the h ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Shakeup at Muvico: Executives Leave Lauderdale-Based Theater Chain

    Flickr: Visit Chicagoland​I didn't see this in the local dailies, but the St. Petersburg Times is reporting that Muvico's CEO, Michael Whalen, and two of his closest associates have left the chain to form a new one, called Paragon Entertainment.Muvico's been struggling mightily. Back in March, it ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Eviction Notice: Rush Limbaugh Will Leave if Florida Raises Taxes

    Flickr​Whattaya say, Broward Dems? Are you willing to pay higher taxes purely for the sake of watching the portly pontificator pack his bags and move to Texas? Am I hearing a yes? Thought so.A recent St. Pete Times article cited a portion of Rush Limbaugh's radio show in which he declared that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Novel Character Is Former Broward Sheriff's Detective Accustomed to Night Monsters​Jack Carpenter is the protagonist of Night Monster, a novel released Monday by Florida writer James Swain. An excerpt posted on Swain's website begins with Carpenter's fielding a call about a college student, Naomi Dunn, being assaulted at a condo. I tested the door's handle. It w ... More >>

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    September 18, 2009

    Man From Broward Found Dead in Tampa Bay Area

    A 49-year-old man named Scott Michael Barry, whose last known residence was in Broward County, was identified yesterday as the man found dead this weekend in a Pasco County lake. From the St. Petersburg Times: Neighbors along Wagon Wheel Lane found the body floating face down in the lake Saturday mo ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Crist's Bulldog in Lipstick

    George LeMieux: Looks better in a skirt than in a U.S. senator's seat.​Citing a Marco Rubio campaign ad, St. Petersburg Times politics blog Buzz earlier today asked whether Charlie Crist had "pulled a McCain" -- committing a tactical blunder that gives his opponent evidence that he's out of touch ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Fished In? Disciple of St. Pete Faith Healer Tells of Rescue by Lauderdale Fish

    Flickr: fleurannaIn the prequel to Finding Nemo, the fish protagonists help a barge worker to the surface.​Bruce Watters is a jeweler and "pillar of the community" during the week and a faith healer on the weekend. That's right -- the kind who summon the Holy Spirit, lay their blessed hands upon t ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Schiavo Alert: The Rifqa Bary Case

    Take a look at that video, evangelicals and anti-Muslim crusaders. Are you really, really sure you want to risk your credibility on the Fathima Rifqa Bary case? Y'all remember how the Terri Schiavo thing backfired, right? Actually, this one is the media mutation of the Schiavo story and Elian Gonzal ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    State Trooper Claims He's Victim of Ticket Quota

    Flickr: gdoolittle​Former Florida Highway Patrolman Christopher Maul tells the St. Pete Times he was fired in June because he "didn't write enough tickets." FHP supervisors say that was one among other productivity issues. They deny that there's a quota.Though there's no mention of Maul's filing s ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    The True Cost of Protecting Crist's Family

    The St. Petersburg Times ran an intriguing expose today about the thousands of dollars it costs to provide state security to Gov. Charlie Crist's wife and her children. It's worth reading not so much because of what it says, but how much was left unsaid--namely, why anyone would care about this, if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    It's Unanimous: Florida Legislature Flunked

    Sure, it's unfair to focus entirely on what did not happen in a legislative session, and with all the economic troubles, this one was going to be grueling no matter what. But even grading against a curve of extremely low expectations this past session was a disgrace. Again and again, petty politics ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Just 'Cause He Doesn't Give "Handouts" Doesn't Mean Hasner's a (R-Word)

    I s'pose the guy who recently accused House Majority Leader Adam Hasner of "race-baiting" (and that would be me) should resist giving lectures about decorum. But I did not question the legitimacy of Hasner's membership in the human race. Not like some Democrat who called him a "robot" after the Delr ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Jesus Plate Destined to Die, Has Three Days to Rise Again in Fulfillment of the Scriptures

    Now I wish I hadn't got my hopes up about these amazing Florida license plates. Here I was all ready to ask whether displayers of the crucified Christ plate would be forgiven for not obeying the new law for wearing one's seat belt (because Jesus is riding shotgun, natch). But now I find out the man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Florida Budget Talks: Like Watching a Game of Chicken Between Two Buses Full o' Kids

    It's Friday, and I can't with a clear conscience inflict the kind of stress on you that will surely come with describing the current condition of the state budget -- at least not without the proper caveat. So if you have high blood pressure, or if there's a history of heart attacks in your family, p ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    In 18 Months, Florida Voters To Stop Music; Pols to Look Feverishly for Seats

    This blog has neglected the 2010 mid-term elections that are only 18 (eighteen!!) months away. It is the longest game of musical chairs. Ever.In the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, Kendrick Meek has surged to frontrunner status, raising $1.8 million in the first quarter -- roughl ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Rep. Hasner: Taking From Teachers, Giving to Jewish Museum

    We didn't set out to make this Pick on Adam Hasner Week here at the Juice, but after Monday's heads-up that the Jewish state representative from Delray Beach was supporting a controversial anti-Islam conference, we stumbled across this item from the St. Pete Times showing that Hasner introduced an a ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Legislators Pay Lip Service to Dreaded Compromise

    Compromise is what distinguishes the effective, conscientious governments from the dysfunctional ones, and the lack of it has been a drag on the Florida Legislature for some time. One would think that this year's gaping, $6 billion budget hole would make compromisers out of the stubbornest souls. In ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Shak On Lam, Back Story Here

    All right I've been gone from here for a little while doing my day job (journalism) and I'm none too pleased. I had the damn Shak Dhanji fugitive scoop two days ago and got so caught up in another story I was working on and the Miami Herald layoffs that I let myself get beat. I really should have br ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    Wait, Isn't That Prostitution?

    Head out to the sidewalk of Hollywood's portion of Federal Highway in the wee hours of the morning, whip out $500, and ask one of the suggestively dressed young ladies what that gives you.You're liable to get a response very similar to the one that Hallandale Beach Democrat Rep. Joe Gibbons gave to ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Stacy Ritter Voted For Company That Renovated Her Home

    While serving as a state representative in 2004, Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter voted on legislation that benefited the fraudulent company that paid her husband $20,000 a month, renovated her Parkland home at a cost of $100,000, docked her family's boat, and provided ... More >>

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    November 9, 2006
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    November 8, 2006

    Down On Florida

    I've been goofing on the boys and girls who do the St. Petersburg Times Buzz blog the past couple days, but man I'm really starting to get addicted to that thing. It's definitely the best political blog in the state, easy, and not just because informed reporters are constantly updating it, but becau ... More >>

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    November 4, 2006

    Where's Bruce?

    Bruce Carlton Jordan After calling a reporter a horse's ass yesterday, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush asked a very pertinent question: Why now? Why are allegations that Crist is gay reaching the news now? Bush would have you believe it's because of evil Democratic operatives, apparently possessed by ... More >>

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    November 3, 2006

    Support A Fellow Journalist

    I think it's important that I reprint here Carl Jones' short in the the Miami New Times this week regarding a fellow reporter: St. Petersburg Times reporter William Levesque has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy and two surgeries. He has been hospitalized three times and takes eight diffe ... More >>

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    October 19, 2006

    Foley's Priest Unmasked

    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune busts the story on the priest who molested Mark Foley. And, in proper priestly style, it's creepy as all living hell. The culprit is Father Anthony Mercieca, who admitted to Herald-Tribune reporters Matthew Doig and Maurice Tamman in a telephone interview from his hom ... More >>

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    October 3, 2006

    Negron Screwed

    State Rep. Joe Negron has been chosen -- or condemned -- to run for Congress in Foley's place (with the disgraced rep's name on the ballot). I think his photograph at left says it all. And there is this hilarious understatement from former state Republican Party chairman Tom Slade in Brendan Farring ... More >>

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    September 29, 2006
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    August 9, 2006

    Beth Reinhard Adjusts Her Attitude

    Rod Smith, Sack O' Shit The Tribune Co.'s Tallahassee team, Linda Kleindienst and Jason Garcia, tell us of the shameless political smear being used against U.S. Rep. Jim Davis, who is vying against Rod Smith in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Seems some unsavory folk are spreading the informat ... More >>

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    June 26, 2006

    If It's True ...

    p>I wasn't going to post (about Knight Ridder and McClatchy and other fun things, like the 10-year erection), but I had to point to the St. Pete Times goof-up in running a satiric story on its website as if it were real news. The Times put up a story from Andy Borowitz about the collaboration betwee ... More >>

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    June 15, 2006

    Was Police Shooting Justified?

    The Sun-Sentinel's front page was dominated by a Jeb Bush presidential campaign ad. Or was it a news story? It had to do with FCAT scores. The huge headline over the picture of jubilant teachers: "Lots of A's, No F's." The deck: "Grades for Broward County schools rise sharply; governor calls statewi ... More >>

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    June 3, 2006

    It's Milian Time

    Usually would save this for Monday, but today is a big day. Christian Zapata, one of fired deputy scapegoats in the BSO crime stats scandal, was acquitted. Between the two big dailies, the Sentinel's Tonya Alanez had the superior coverage on the jury's wise decision, highlighting defense attorney Al ... More >>

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    April 14, 2006

    Blog Hijacking

    Valdes-Rodriguez Poor Bob has lost it. Internet access. His phone service. He's completely at my mercy. So I'm taking over to provide his Friday afternoon blog entry. I know he was going to tell you that Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is really a misunderstood genius who journalists never can give a fair sh ... More >>

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    April 2, 2006

    Sunshine State Finalists Are Here

    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 >>

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    March 19, 1998

    Big Chief Moneybags

    Part CEO, part shaman, Seminole leader James Billie has his tribe charging toward economic independence.

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