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When Politicos Attack (At Airports)

Winton

In an apparent game of one-upmanship, Miami City Commissioner Johnny Winton has outdone Deerfield Beach City Manager Larry Deetjen in airport tirades. The Miami Herald's David Ovalle and Michael Vasquez do a bang-up job on deadline of telling us about Winton's apparently drunken scuffle with cops last night at Miami International Airport. According to police, the 5-foot-5 Winton knocked down drinks at an airport bar before becoming "abusive" while standing in line for a flight. When police arrived, he told them who he damn well was before telling them to go fuck themselves. During the ensuing struggle, he struck one officer with his right shoulder and kicked another in the balls before he fell against a wall.

Vegas is now laying odds on what will happen next in Florida: An alligator attacking another human, or a politico attacking another airport cop.

In other crime news, the killer of Michael Sortal was put away for 32 years. We just wish Kevin Hoffman would have gotten more time for the brutal murder in Sortal's Wilton Manors apartment. And the Pulp is glad that Nick Sortal, a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel, at least got some justice for his brother. The Miami Herald's Sara Olkon (who outdid the Sentinel in today's coverage) tells us that Nick Sortal credits Fort Lauderdale police Detective John Curcio with making the difference.

Mosley

Doesn't surprise me, since Curcio, who goes by the nickname "Mongo," is a truly great -- and dogged, can't forget dogged -- investigator who was instrumental in uncovering the truth about serial killer Eddie Lee Mosley, who happens to be the scariest m-fer in South Florida history. Curcio's work, which flew in the face of bad BSO detectives and terrible prosecutors and judges, led to the freeing of Jerry Townsend, who was falsely convicted of rapes that Mosley committed. Way to go Mongo.

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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