Growing up in Latin America, one of the most anticipated moments of my life, not unlike Coronel Aureliano Buendía greeting ice for the first time, was vacationing to the US during the summer and enjoying "American" treats like hamburgers and hot dogs. Much like Gabriel García Márquez's latter-day ... More >>
Another day, another poorly thought-out article: Are Alt-Weeklies Over? That the New York Times published this drivel yesterday is proof that the Gray Lady is just as "over" as any news outlet. Let's get a few things straight.
Leave it to Village Voice Media publications to cause a shitstorm of controversy. First, Miami New Times forever changed how America sees baseball with the reporting of the Biogenesis scandal, now LA Weekly got seafood lovers' panties in a bunch over story speculating that Red Lobster might be closi ... More >>
A rough and inevitably incomplete guide to the taxonomy of spoilers
Village Voice Media Holdings (now Voice Media Group), which owns New Times Broward/Palm Beach, is suing Yelp in Arizona federal court over its use of "Best Of" in at least 10 cities. The firm is seeking to stop the social networking, user review and local search website and app from ... More >>
A quarter century ago, my old, good buddy Mike Lacey came to Miami and decided to start a weekly paper. He wanted to move here, but a mugger and a prudent wife convinced him cocaine-fueled Miami wasn't the place to raise a family.Today, Lacey bowed out. Along with his partner -- and another guy I co ... More >>
Starting today, New Times Broward Palm Beach has a new editor. Except he is the same as the old one. Kind of.Chuck Strouse, who edited this newspaper from 2000 to 2005, will return in the dual role as top gun at Miami New Times and New Times/Broward Palm Beach. Eric Barton, who starte ... More >>
An early-morning message from Village Voice Media:Every week, writers for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant magazine-style feature writing -- a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories.Now VVM has collected some of its be ... More >>
Fox News stooped to a bit of copyright infringement last week in lifting a story from the Pulp. In response, we sent a letter to Fox this morning with a reasonable demand for compensation. Dearest Fox News,It came as some surprise to see your January 27 article titled "Epic Campaign Ad Brings Oba ... More >>
Perhaps he needs a drink, among other things.Called the 9-9-9, "Only a drink based on a catchphrase will suffice for a candidate so vaguely unsettling and unsettlingly vague that he appeals primarily to voters otherwise inclined toward the negative space on the ballot," writes Good's mixol ... More >>
Today 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site Backpage.com. The full page ad was published in the New York Times.The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds.Neither government officials nor God's a ... More >>
This past week, my colleagues from Village Voice Media had a good showing the Association of Food Journalism awards, which I attended in Charleston. Around tables at dinner and during speaker sessions, topics such as how soon to review a restaurant after it has opened, the role of critics in ... More >>
Bestiality is still legal in Florida for now, but everyone can agree that underage sex trafficking is not. Ashton Kutcher has been spouting off numbers in his latest media campaign, claiming there are 100,000 to 300,000 children in America forced into prostitution each year. He's wrong.We know be ... More >>
If you haven't yet heard, Osama bin Laden is dead! President Obama just spoke and confirmed that his body
Sixty souls were apprehended in Polk County over the last week, as Polk's finest spent your tax payer dollars arresting sex-workers and their clients. Among the apprehended were a sex-starved Disney mechanic and a man with breast implants who advertised his services on Backpage.com. (Backpage.com ... More >>
Miche RattoA lot of bad shit has happened on this day (and today has a lot of bad news): It's Hitler's birthday. It's the anniversary of the Columbine massacre. And a year ago, BP gave us one of the worst environmental disasters of all time. But let's face it, a lot of Americans associate Apri ... More >>
After reading this week's cover story about the massive job losses and financial troubles at South Florida's daily newspapers, you may wonder how New Times is faring. Our tiny newsroom, not surprisingly, has also shrunk in recent years, although not by the same kind of numbers as the dailies.In t ... More >>
The Weather Underground talked of peace, but FBI agents say members also planned a cop killing.
The world's so-called "preeminent canine artist" takes a bow(wow) at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.
Clean Plate Charlie is sooooo over it!Plagiarizing from our colleague Robert Sietsema up at the Village Voice, we're initiating an irregular feature based on the Voice's recurring food blog item "Things We Hate." Only we're not nearly so genteel as our cousins in Manhattan, and we're feeling ugly en ... More >>
the Char-Hut one-third pounder getting toastedHow we agonize over this category every year when we're putting together our Best Of issue. We may as well be trying to pick the prettiest girl, the juiciest mango, the most colorful sunset. Hundreds of places sell hamburgers in Broward-Palm Beach. Dozen ... More >>
Last week, the nation was captivated by the unfolding story of the M/V Maersk Alabama and the Somali pirates that held the ship's captain, Richard Phillips, hostage until the U.S. Navy took action four days later. It sounds like something straight out of a movie (come on: distant lands, pirates, co ... More >>
I've been documenting the downsizing of newspapers here for the past couple of years, so I guess it was bound to happen. My newspaper, which has largely avoided the carnage, has been cutting not just empty positions, but people. And the bloodletting has happened at several other newsp ... More >>
Dylan won the 2006 Pazz & Jop poll, but TV on the Radio is the real protester
Okay, now I'm upset. Turns out the Miami Herald had those Mark Foley e-mails, too, and also showed great deference to the congressman by not bothering to do a story about it. But I'm not upset that the Herald didn't run the story -- I'm upset that we didn't get a copy of the damn things. But it ... More >>
You've probably read all about recent defections at the currently chaotic Village Voice, so here's a fresh angle: A reporter actually moving to New York to work for the storied weekly. Sean Gardiner, formerly of Newsday and currently on the federal courts beat at the Sun-Sentinel's downtown office ... More >>
There's been a lot of controversy lately regarding the New Times' takeover of the Village Voice and the resulting carnage at the legendary weekly in New York. Blood has been spilled, great reporters have left or been fired, a lot of people are concerned. I don't pretend to understand what's happen ... More >>
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