When someone thinks "government corruption," one readily thinks "FLORIDA!" But as it turns out, our fair state of supreme malfeasance has been tanking a little in the rankings. At least, according to one study. Researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University studied more than 25 ... More >>
Update: National Press Secretary for the Democratic Party Mike Czin has released a statement concerning Wasserman Schultz's comments. "She was speaking as a mom and a member of congress on her personal concerns on a local issue," Czin says. "The Democratic National Committee has not taken an offici ... More >>
The evening was sliding toward midnight, but the students were still hanging out. It was February 9, 2013, and the five members of Florida International University's Muslim Student Association had finished their evening prayers in the room they used daily at the Graham Center, the student union on t ... More >>
The organizers of an upcoming debate about the legalization of marijuana in Florida say that they are expecting overflow crowds, protests, and extra police. The head of Students for a Sensible Drug Policy will debate a UF professor who has advised three presidents. The event is set to take place at ... More >>
Scribbled into the DNA of every person born beneath the Mason-Dixon line is a simple credo: thou shall love Cracker Barrel. This creates a lot of regional confusion for those of us born in more civilized parts of the country (this writer included) because, really, cool rocking chairs aside, Cracker ... More >>
The big national news item the last few days has been the controversy involving the National Security Agency's surveillance of millions of cellphone users in the U.S. And while most Americans are outraged at the possible invasion of privacy by the U.S. government, at least one guy is banking on the ... More >>
Incarcerated reggae star Buju Banton has switched attorneys and hired Chokwe Lumumba to continue his fight against federal drug and gun charges. A Tampa jury found Buju guilty last year of two drug-related charges and a gun charge. The trial judge, however, tossed the gun charge and sentenced t ... More >>
Updated at 3:10 p.m.: Judge James Moody has denied the request detailed below. Buju Banton's legal team on Thursday filed a motion requesting that Judge James Moody reconsiders his recent decision to deny the reggae star a new trial on a gun charge. It's the latest development in a complicated& ... More >>
Listen, pervs. If you're on BoyAhoy, the "fastest growing gay dating app" for the "hottest, newest, and most fun way of meeting singles mobilely," just assume every underaged boy is a cop and stop offering to give them blowies.Last week, a 26-year-old Boca man was arrested on charges he sent nude pi ... More >>
The Department of Justice this week announced a nationwide crackdown on Medicare fraud that snagged 107 people for an alleged $452 million in false billing. The Department of Health and Human Services reported it was the largest group of false billings targeted at one time in the history of their Me ... More >>
Congressman Allen West took to Facebook this afternoon to "vehemently condemn" the $10,000 bounty put out by the New Black Panther Party for the "citizen's arrest" of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin.West called the ransom "reprehensible" and called on the Department of Justice t ... More >>
In light of the news yesterday about new evidence from Trayvon Martin's girlfriend, one might think 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is done for. He isn't.Yesterday's story revealed that the 17-year-old Martin was on the phone with his girlfriend when Zimmerman killed him wi ... More >>
It turns out Florida is pretty damned good at letting the easily corruptible get into positions of power. Since 1976, the state's federal courts have handed out nearly 1,800 public corruption convictions, the fourth highest in the country. That's an average of 49 public corruption conviction ... More >>
sandboxworld.comIf this were a bank, this would not be an armed robbery, according to Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal.According to a decision last week out of Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, an armed robbery isn't really an armed robbery if the "weapon" use ... More >>
In 1994, then-Gov. Lawton Chiles signed into law a statute that requires Florida high school kids be taught about the Holocaust and the history of black Americans.Now, the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) of Tallahassee has filed a grievance with the Justice Department, claiming that ... More >>
Update: Mangione pleaded not guilty to all counts. He "showed no emotion" in court, according to the Miami Herald. The head law enforcement official for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in South Florida, Anthony Mangione, has been indicted in federal court on counts of transporting, ... More >>
billhager.orgRep. Bill HagerApparently Nancy Grace fans aren't the only ones up in arms over the fact that Casey Anthony was found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter.Republican State Rep. Bill Hager, who represents Boca Raton, announced today that he's currently drafting legislation he ... More >>
State lawmakers want to keep people from having sex with animals. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants to keep lawmakers from screwing voters.Although it seems like Gov. Rick Scott will make the bold and progressive move of banning bestiality, he still plans to screw voters. The election overhaul bill, wh ... More >>
Screw the 15th Amendment. This is Florida.Florida's legislative attack on voter rights easily passed the House last week and looks like it will surely sail through the Senate to become law. We're not alone, though. Our state's attempt to disenfranchise a massive amount of its citizens is actuall ... More >>
U.S. Department of Justice Sheriff Al Lamberti at last year's Super Bowl security press conference. From left to right: FBI Special Agent in Charge John Gillies, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, ATF Special Agent in Charge Hugo Barrera, Miami Dade Police Department ... More >>
Professor Jill Levenson says not all sex offenders are alike.In a world where residency restrictions exile convicted sex offenders to live under bridges and on park benches, a glimmer of sanity has emerged. Working with psychology professors at Lynn University, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Off ... More >>
The GEO GroupThe GEO Group's Migrant Operations Center in Cuba.As a tent city rises at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station to house a possible influx of Haitian earthquake victims, speculation is swirling that refugees could also be sheltered in a less hospitable place: Gitmo's Migrant Operations C ... More >>
Flickr User: Seven-Deadly-SinsAgainst an army equipped with this weapon, I like our chancesFor all the hand-wringing over the North Koreas and Irans of the world, you'd be hard-pressed to find a single nation whose diabolical deeds have done more to undermine the U.S.'s global standing than the w ... More >>
In a deal that will have to come with a career change, Carole Exantus of Plantation accepted a permanent injunction against filing tax returns on clients' behalf in order to settle a case with U.S. Justice Department attorneys who had sued her for fraud. From the release:The court found that [Exantu ... More >>
U.S. Department of JusticeCareful trying your Ponzi act with inmates' cigarettes, Bern.It's the day that Bernard Madoff gets to pay for his $65 billion sin. If you had money to invest -- and here I'm assuming you're not one of his victims -- then would you invest it on a bet that today the convicted ... More >>
This February, 47-year-old Cezar Mancao went to the Philippine consulate in Fort Lauderdale to give a sworn affidavit. When the contents of his testimony were leaked this month to a Philippine news outlet, no one here seemed to notice, and nothing about it was reported in the U.S. press. His allega ... More >>
Corruption-busting lawyer Bruce Udolf wants to be Broward sheriff. After the Ken Jenne experience, though, are voters too suspicious of lawyers turned cops?
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The Mark Foley mess is an even bigger debacle for the St. Pete Times than I first imagined. Now House Speaker Dennis Hastert is essentially saying: "Look everybody, the Times had the e-mails and they didn't do anything either!" And the sad thing is that Hastert is right. The Times has a lot of s ... More >>
Jimmy Buffett inexplicably leads a kid movie to the big screen.
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Everglades National Park's subsurface tsuris
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A Hollywood man has spent the past decade trying to pry open the Seminoles' accounting books -- without much success
The music industry says online piracy's killing the biz. A UTD prof says it ain't.
Wackenhut Corp.'s days as a South Florida firm are over, but its legacy lives on
The immigration service's own describe how America failed to protect its borders from the September 11 terrorists
The weapon du jour of South Florida cops is the Sage SL-6, a gun that shoots big rubber bullets that hurt like hell but don't kill. They hope.