Brittany Shammas is a staff writer at Miami New Times. She was born in Orlando and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after her family decided to trade the Sunshine State for the frozen Midwest. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, where she was a writer and editor for the school paper, she promptly moved back to Florida. She covered education in Naples before taking a job at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where she wrote about crime, general assignment, and education. She joined New Times in 2016.
20 days ago | Broward News
For years, South Florida detainees have told lawyers with the nonprofit Americans for Immigrant Justice about abusive and unlawful mental health treatment behind bars, including almost round-the-clock physical restraint and monitoring. Based on th...
26 days ago | Marijuana
More than two years after voting overwhelmingly to legalize medical marijuana, Floridians are still fighting for access. Smoking it remained illegal until just days ago. And in cities such as Miami Beach, officials are hellbent on restricting wher...
2 months ago | Broward News
Fort Lauderdale's moldy, leaky federal courthouse is officially on its way out. South Florida legislators today announced Congress has given final approval to spending $190 million on construction of a brand new facility. Judges and attorneys have...
3 months ago | Broward News
Over the months the Sun-Sentinel has been digging into the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, representatives for the Broward County School District have stonewalled the paper's public records requests, ridiculed one of its rep...
3 months ago | Environment
You might as well go ahead and buy one of those fancy stainless-steel straws. Over the past year or so, cities across the nation have taken steps to limit plastic straws and stirrers out of concern for the environment. Now Fort Lauderdale and Cora...
3 months ago | Politics
As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was sworn in this week, rumors swirled that Broward Sheriff Scott Israel would soon be removed from office over his agency’s botched response to the Parkland school shooting. One possible replacement for perhaps th...