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.
9 days ago | Palm Beach News
After a long day of work, Jean Romane Elie headed to a Wells Fargo branch in West Palm Beach to withdraw money for rent. But when he handed over his driver's license and Visa card, the bank teller told the Haitian man to wait while she consulted w...
16 days ago | Broward News
In an episode promoted as "drama-packed," the Most Hated Bachelor of All Time took his 13 girlfriends to Broward County. Racecar driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his brood rode bicycles on the Hollywood Broadwalk, took an airboat ride in the Everglade...
24 days ago | Broward News
Barbara Carroll just wanted to cash a check for $140. The 78-year-old former probation officer and assistant bank manager, who is black, stopped by a Wells Fargo branch in Fort Lauderdale last November for what she thought would be a quick errand....
1 month ago | Longform
Donna Kalil steers her forest-green 1998 Ford Expedition down a narrow path through the vast expanse of the Everglades. Leaning far outside the open window, she scans the tall grasses. On the roof, her best friend, Renee Yousefi, perches on a brig...
2 months ago | Broward News
When Christine D'Onofrio was fired in 2013, she had been working for Costco for 24 years, first at the Davie location, then in Pompano Beach. D'Onofrio, who is deaf, says she spent the previous year begging the company to better accommodate her di...
2 months ago | Crime
On November 2, 2014, Jennifer Harper called 911 about a domestic dispute with her husband. But when Broward Sheriff's deputies arrived at the couple's Weston home that night, they decided to take her, not her husband, into custody.