Diego Rastrojo, the extradited drug kingpin authorities say was the leader of a Colombian organization mainly responsible for drug trafficking to the U.S., was sentenced in a federal court in Florida, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Wifredo A. Ferrer, announced Wednesday. U. ... More >>
The release last Friday of a State Department study that some have read as a green light for the Keystone XL pipeline has sent those opposed to the project into overdrive. A nationwide protest against the pipeline has been set for tonight, with local demonstrations in four South Florida counties. ... More >>
Governor Evil's Rick Scott's secretary of state, Ken Detzner, hit Ft. Lauderdale yesterday on the last stop of his "Project Integrity" road show, which the state describes as an effort to "[protect] the voting rights of eligible voters from those who may cast an illegal vote." Voter fraud is commo ... More >>
Ever heard of the Nobel Prize? Those highly prestigious awards that are handed out to individuals who have made remarkable headway in cultural or scientific advances. You know, people who do something to improve declining conditions in the world. You've probably never heard about it before, but the ... More >>
Today begins SunFest 2013, West Palm Beach's five-day waterfront music and arts festival that manages to wrangle in some exceptional national and local musical talent -- and lots of food -- to the city's downtown area. The event has been known to attract upwards of 165,000 visitors each year, and wi ... More >>
Sorry, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. We won't hand over records that detail the inner workings of Biogenesis, the controversial Coral Gables anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied prohibited drugs to six professional baseball players, including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.The reasons are manifol ... More >>
Robert Levinson, a Coral Springs private detective, disappeared in March of 2007 while visiting Kish Island in Iran while researching a cigarette-smuggling case. In March of 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. State Department had received indications that Levinson was ... More >>
Imagine you want to travel to a foreign country to work with the locals. You link up with a company that promises to handle the specifics across the ocean. Everything sounds legit, so you kiss the family goodbye and hop the thousand-some miles for the big adventure. But when you land in-country, it' ... More >>
By now, more than 2 million people have already voted in Florida, accounting for nearly one-fifth of the state's voters and trouncing early concerns that voter-suppression measures would stymie turnout. We already knew how bogus concerns over voter fraud were, but does the same go for our trepidat ... More >>
In some cases, it's taken five minutes, in others, almost three hours, but people on Broward and Palm Beach Counties are coming out in droves to vote early. Nearly 80,000 people hit the early-voting booths over the weekend, with the biggest turnout coming from Broward, which recorded 54,338 early v ... More >>
See also: Allen West Blames Obama For Libya AttackDuring his RNC speech, Mitt Romney mentioned Afghanistan like none times. But today, following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and at the embassy in Cairo, where U.S. diplomats were killed, Romney decided it was a good time to get all D ... More >>
See also: Voter purge havoc, good luck voting in FloridaRemember all those pesky voter-ID laws that state officials have been trying to enact? The embattled plan of Gov. Rick Scott to go through voter rolls with a fine-toothed chainsaw and excise anyone named Manuel Lopez*? All that was done in the ... More >>
It's a Wall Street Journal editor's wet dream, splashed across the opinion page today: "Castro Endorses Obama."Mariela Castro, niece to the tracksuit guy and daughter of Raul, calls herself a "sexologist," and her work, according to Journal columnist Mary O'Grady, "has something to do with advocatin ... More >>
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: We just finished an exclusive interview with Jones.UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: The Secret Service is investigating Pastor Terry Jones' Dove World Outreach Center for hanging a dummy of President Barack Obama outside of its church."The Secret Service is aware of this inciden ... More >>
Earlier this year, Spanish oil giant Repsol YPF announced that a massive drilling rig had started operating in "ultra-deep water" in the Straits of Florida, somewhere between Cuba and the Keys. One of the more problematic aspects of the operation is the dearth of information about where the ri ... More >>
The principal of the Mavericks High charter school in Palm Springs is not certified to teach in Florida, according to the State Department of Education.Thomas Lockett runs a school that serves roughly 500 at-risk students and promises to help them earn enough credits to graduate. Yet he does not ... More >>
Rep. Allen Bernard WestRep. Allen West -- unlike a few of his South Florida congressional counterparts -- opposes the Stop Online Piracy Act and explained that it's because President Obama doesn't know "this is a democracy."Wait, Obama's not on board with SOPA? Check that; it's Attorney General E ... More >>
Rep. Allen WestRep. Allen West isn't too happy about the State Department's decision -- or as West says, "Campaigner-in-Chief" Obama's decision -- to delay the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which means it's time for another rhetoric-loaded statement from the congressman.According to the State ... More >>
Palm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeJuliet Sherry-Ann Smith Mahabir, who's allegedly been posing as a dead 8-year-old for years.Maria Del Carmen Diaz died on May 7, 1981 at the age of 8 years old. Maria Del Carmen Diaz has also made $283,464.35 as a teller at a Palm Beach County Wells Fargo ban ... More >>
This week, political junkies made much of Sen. Marco Rubio's sudden re-emergence in the national media after three months of almost total silence. Some people -- by which I mean "I" -- thought Rubio's invisibility was a sign that his celebrity had ebbed -- that he'd permanently ceded star power t ... More >>
Robert Levinson has been missing for four years now.Today marks the fourth anniversary of Robert Levinson's disappearance. A retired FBI agent living in Coral Springs, Levinson went missing in March 2007 during a trip to Kish Island, in Iran. Last week the U.S. State Department recently announced ... More >>
Robert Levinson's family says that the retired FBI agent was in Iran to investigate a cigarette-smuggling case when he disappeared in Iran in 2007. Since then, his family has urged the Iranian government to cooperate with an investigation, to little avail. No news of his whereabouts or whether he ... More >>
Nicole DannaThe Blind Monk in West Palm Beach will be hosting the Kessler-Koehler Evening of Film "After Party" from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday.Here's a great recipe.Take a bar chock full of great wine; mix with a hearty helping of tapas; add three equal parts lifelong friendship; and add a doub ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
For the past week, Sen. George LeMieux has been obsessed with skimmers. So obsessed that he's found one to match his salmon tie, as you can see above. Recently, Politifact.com busted out its bullshit detector and put LeMieux's claims to the test.
courtesy of Lauren OdmanEsthelhomme PetersonA 12-year-old Haitian orphan with a large malignant tumor on his neck will hopefully receive desperately needed medical attention later today or tomorrow, thanks to a group of concerned South Floridians that includes Republican Sen. George LeMieux.The b ... More >>
Michael J. MooneyPeterson EsthelhommeThe 12-year-old Haitian boy who was brought to the U.S. to treat the malignant tumor on his neck was in good spirits this morning. Through a translator, Esthelhomme Peterson said he was in a lot of pain during the trip here, but that he was feeling much better ... More >>
Estelhomme Peterson, a 12-year-old Haitian boy with a large malignant tumor on his neck, arrived in Fort Lauderdale around 7:30 last night with his mother. The boy, whom volunteers call "Peter," is in stable condition at Broward General."Peter is here and looking wonderful," said Lauren Odman, the ... More >>
FlickrRon KleinIt's not enough that the United States gives spectacular sums of money to Israel. Nor is it enough that the U.S. takes Israel's side in virtually every political issue that crops up between that nation and the Muslim world. No, according to Congressman Ron Klein, the U.S. also must ... More >>
According to the powerful Fanjul family, the State Department has launched an investigation into Bruno Scaioli, an Italian-Argentinian art dealer who is suspected of trafficking artwork the Fanjuls say is rightfully theirs. Not long after Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959, the wealthy Fanjuls fled ... More >>
Indicted South Florida weapons dealer Efraim Diveroli keeps making millions from you and me.
Young actors scratch the surface, find darkness underneath
A rogue FBI agent, tons of smuggled drugs, a wife in search of her husband's corpse
After the Catholic Church banished him, Cuba welcomed him. But the vibrant new life George Zirwas created for himself soon ended in tragic death.
Pot laws are no joke, dude
If only our man in Washington would stay there
A problem that marred the 2000 ballot is back
Tim Hunter blows the whistle on U.S. hypocrisy toward Saudi Arabia
When terrorists knock, the INS is more than likely to fall down on the job
Why would a man sullied by Iran-contra and illegal propaganda campaigns be a Bush nominee? Good question.
The Circle is a powerful film about women in Iran