He just served time for manslaughter. A DUI crash sends him right back


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He just served time for manslaughter. A DUI crash sends him right back
A Middle Keys man fresh out of state prison after serving time for manslaughter is back in jail following a drunk-driving crash in Marathon early Tuesday. Frederick Berndt, 49, was … Click to Continue »

Republicans put money on their favorites in Democratic primary races
Republicans and their allies in the state Capitol are flexing muscle in at least three hotly contested Democratic primary races in a covert attempt to define the makeup of the … Click to Continue »

Eyeglasses company lays off 63 workers in Hialeah because of outsourcing
An eyeglasses company will lay off 63 workers from a manufacturing facility in Hialeah, months after it was acquired by a major global retailer. Insight Optical Manufacturing Company of Florida … Click to Continue »

FPL still doesn’t know cause of West Dade transformer fire
FPL doesn’t know what caused Tuesday afternoon’s transformer fire at a West Dade substation, a spokesman said, but the company doesn’t expect any more service interruptions while the substation is … Click to Continue »

Video shows moment man is shot in Miami
Miami-Dade Police released surveillance footage that shows the seconds before a man is shot to death on Aug. 10, 2016 … Click to Continue »

Activists speak out at first North Miami meeting since Charles Kinsey shooting
At the first North Miami City Council meeting since a police-involved shooting that put the city in a national spotlight, activists again demanded the removal of the officer who fired …Click to Continue »

Mortgage exec Jim Newmeyer, who sold to Warren Buffett, dies at 68

Jim Newmeyer, a former teacher and coach at South Miami High School and founder of Newmeyer Mortgage Services in Coral Gables, built mortgage company Embassy Financial Services, which was later sold to billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

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Hollywood man arrested, police say he posted child porn to Twitter
Hollywood Police walked out of David Michael Pulju’s workplace Wednesday with Pulju in custody — three months after they walked out of his home with his desktop computer, which they … Click to Continue »

Auto dealer donates $5M to FAU’s College of Business
Auto dealer magnate Phil Smith and wife Susan Smith have donated $5 million to Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business in Boca Raton, the university announced Wednesday. FAU said it … Click to Continue »

Zika politics in Miami: Lots of talk, little action
One by one, the politicians sat before a flock of TV cameras and went around the table, commending each other for their arduous work to fend off the Zika virus. … Click to Continue »

Bella Thorne comes out as bisexual to her fans

Pembroke Pines native Bella Thorne gave her fans the news: She’s bisexual

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As boom dies, Miami-Dade home sales plummet in July
Close your eyes if you don’t like bad news. The volume of existing home sales in Miami-Dade County fell 20.8 percent in July compared to July 2015, according to a … Click to Continue »

Trump’s latest farce: “Humane” mass deportations

Republican candidate Donald Trump says he is “not flip-flopping” on his previous vows to create a deportation force and expel the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, but he is in fact softening his rhetoric. His aim is not so much to lure Latino voters, but to win over white Anglo voters who are anxious about his racist statements.

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New local Zika infection in Palm Beach, plus 15 travel related cases
Florida health officials on Wednesday reported one new local Zika infection in Palm Beach and 15 new travel-related cases in other counties statewide, including three in Orange, three in Pinellas, … Click to Continue »

Miami Springs OKs weapons checks at City Hall before meetings
The Miami Springs council on Monday voted 4-1 to allow police to use metal detectors at the entrance to City Hall before meetings. “The police department must take every action … Click to Continue »

Surveillance video shows armed robbery of North Dade Family Dollar
Miami-Dade Police are looking for a pair of thieves, one with a gun and one wearing an orange traffic vest, who robbed a North Dade Family Dollar and got away an undisclosed amount of cash on Aug. 16, 2016. … Click to Continue »

Woman dies after car goes from highway to water
Nicole Lund, 24, was killed early Wednesday after her car crashed off the ramp from northbound Interstate 75 to westbound Miramar Parkway, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The Palm Beach … Click to Continue »

Mayoral candidate gives away Zika ‘neutralizer’ and gets in hot water
Health officials say they’re still waiting for a Zika treatment, but on Tuesday Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Alfred Santamaria swept through Wynwood with a product he said could block the disease. … Click to Continue »

Diversity Honors 2016

Once again the charity event co-presented by the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood honored everyday heroes, including superintendent of Broward County Schools Robert Runcie and 8-year-old Ryland Whittington.

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OUTCon 2016

South Florida’s first gay-oriented geek convention, OUTCon took over the Miami Airport Convention Center with a number of fun events and activities, including a costume contest, K-Pop Hour, Drag Show Extravaganza and a Magic City Jedi panel. A portion of the profits went to a local animal shelter.

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Key West Pride 2016

Famous for its One Human Family philosophy, Key West Pride truly exemplified that motto, as many participants and onlookers showed their support for the victims of the Orlando shooting. Among the those in the proud crowd, was Rocky Collins, winner of the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic — whose winning concoction, the Key West Kitty Kat, featured Stoli Vanil.

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The Amethyst Gala 2016

The Hilton Downtown Miami was awash in purple for the 15th annual gala and awards celebration. A sold-out crowd of almost 600 people attended to honor corporate and individual supporters of the local LGBT community, including Hot Spots Media, Damian Pardo and Raquel Matas.

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Taxi drivers protest for permits
Miami-Dade taxi drivers protest in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole for permits to drive in county. The protest is I going till demands are met according to organizers. … Click to Continue »

Goat-blood-drinking candidate considers himself friend of white supremacists
Augustus Sol Invictus, who once drank the blood of a freshly killed goat, is not your typical U.S. Senate candidate. The fiery Libertarian once wrote a paper praising eugenics, is …Click to Continue »

Clinton pitches national fund to deal with outbreaks like Zika
In response to Miami’s rash of Zika infections, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday will propose the creation of a public-health fund with money available year-round to quickly respond to disease outbreaks. … Click to Continue »

Two die in mobile home fire
At least two people died in a mobile home fire that began around 3 a.m. Wednesday in unincorporated Broward County near Fort Lauderdale, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office. The State … Click to Continue »

Hikers swept to sea by a rogue wave
A Florida Keys attorney known for her volunteer work, sharp wit and engaging presence in the island chain’s social scene suffered grave injuries Aug. 19 when she and her girlfriend … Click to Continue »

Arsonist gets 10 years for burning man in truck
Jose Gonzalez, victim of an arsonist who burned his truck while he slept inside it, told a judge through an interpreter Monday morning that “it’s better to be dead than … Click to Continue »

Judge orders seven children found in house of filth to remain in foster care
Seven children, between the ages of 1 and 9 years old, are in protective custody after being found in a house of filth in Miami Gardens. A Miami-Dade circuit judge … Click to Continue »

Fire at FPL substation leaves thousands without power
A Florida Power & Light substation in West Miami-Dade caught fire Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured but the blaze led to power outages for thousands and major traffic tie-ups during rush-hour. … Click to Continue »

Passionate about social work, Barry professor Michael Connolly dies at 82
Seven years after a young Hillary Rodham (later Clinton) wrote her senior thesis for Wellesley College about community organizer Saul Alinsky, Michael Connolly wrote his doctoral thesis on Alinsky. Connolly, … Click to Continue »

Cameras rolling as man robs Subway restaurant
A man walked into a Subway, but he didn’t want a sandwich. Instead, police say, he lifted his shirt, told an employee he had a gun and demanded cash. The … Click to Continue »

Broward voters to cast ballots for Congress, elections chief, local offices Aug. 30
Broward County has been in the national political spotlight in recent months as U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has faced the battle of her political career to fend off the …Click to Continue »

Keys attorney suffers injuries when wave sweeps her, girlfriend off coast
A Florida Keys attorney known for her volunteer work, sharp wit and engaging presence in the island chain’s social scene suffered grave injuries Aug. 19 when she and her girlfriend … Click to Continue »

Miami Beach night life and mosquito control don’t mix
The very things that make Miami Beach popular — round-the-clock partying amid a skyline of luxury condos — may make it harder to control the mosquitoes spreading the Zika virus, … Click to Continue »

Despite what his giant fliers claim, mayor didn’t put residents first
I can officially proclaim the campaign fliers Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has sent to my house a collection. Some of them almost poster-sized, they’ve been arriving more often than bills … Click to Continue »

Mystery graffiti with grim message appears on abandoned SoBe tower
Someone is clearly a pessimist when it comes to sea-level rise in Miami Beach — and not a fan of the city’s wealthy residents. South Beach residents woke up to … Click to Continue »

Miami judicial races include some intrigue and a lawsuit
One judicial candidate is suing his opponent over her ownership in Miami erotic motels. A prospective judge has a résumé that includes being suspended from practicing law for three years. … Click to Continue »

S&P warns Zika harm to Miami-Dade tourism is inevitable
A top credit agency warned Tuesday that Zika will hurt tourism in Miami-Dade, with the only question being “how much” damage the mosquito-borne virus does to an industry key to … Click to Continue »

North Beach detox center vote delayed until September
The controversial plan to open a detox center on Normandy Isle won’t go to the Miami Beach planning board until late September. At Tuesday’s planning board meeting, city planners requested … Click to Continue »

More sand being brought in for shrinking Miami Beach shore
Beachgoers might want to avoid the sand on Miami Beach near 46th and 54th streets for the next few months as the shoreline gets a much-needed facelift. During the coming …Click to Continue »

Miami to host social media and internet freedom in Cuba conference
Next month, Miami will host the first of what organizers hope will become an annual conference on freedom in the digital era in Cuba. Titled Cuba Internet Freedom and organized … Click to Continue »

Waterfront Miami Beach mansion sells for $19 million
A waterfront mansion in Miami Beach sold for $19 million Monday, according to its listing agents. The nine-bedroom, Mediterranean-style home sits on 1.1 acres at 6385 Pine Tree Drive Circle … Click to Continue »

Miami judge facing window-bashing allegation should step aside, defendants say
One week after news broke that a Miami judge was accused of bashing in a young man’s windshield in the Florida Keys, defendants in her courtroom want her off of … Click to Continue »

Broward home sales struggle in July
After months of solid growth, the number of home sales in Broward County dipped in July. Single-family home sales fell to 1,499 in July, down 10.6 percent from July 2015, … Click to Continue »

FPL substation fire kills power for 10,000, closes roads
Some 10,000 residents in the area of 6001 NW 70th Ave. in West Miami-Dade found themselves without electricity on a hot Tuesday afternoon. The ripple effects led to outages as … Click to Continue »

Broward teen one of four in last 50 years to survive brain-eating amoeba
The Broward teen who beat the odds against a brain-eating amoeba has been identified as 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon. During a news conference held at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando … Click to Continue »

Surveillance video shows armed robbery of Miramar Publix
A Publix employee was washing the outside windows of a Miramar store about an hour before the store was set to open Monday morning when a man with a gun approached him. The gunman forced the employee inside the store and into an office where another employee was working. That’s when he demanded the employees open the safe and fill a bag with cash. … Click to Continue »

Cutler Bay Police Major Julie Miller to retire
Cutler Bay Police Major Julie Miller will step down from her post Dec. 31 after 30 years of law enforcement service. Miller, 49, started her career at age 20 working … Click to Continue »

Palmetto High alumna earns national honors in rope-skipping contest
Palmetto High School alumna Namiya Crespo, 18, was one of 15 student-athletes to compete on the United States National Jump Rope Team called Supersonics. During the summer, she competed in … Click to Continue »

Where did your Amazon order go? Maybe with all the other stolen ones
Florida residents wondering about that late delivery from Amazon.com might want to hold up before criticizing the company. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office say it has arrested a man who … Click to Continue »

Face-eater teen may have dropped pants and guzzled garage chemicals
New, bizarre details are trickling out in the inexplicable case of a Florida couple killed in a violent face-eating rampage. Austin Harrouff, a sophomore at FSU, was spending his summer … Click to Continue »

‘Extremely intoxicated’ Fort Lauderdale officer brawls with hotel security while holding baby
Police Officer David Knapp doesn’t remember how he wound up in a private area of the Ritz-Carlton beach hotel parking garage with his infant child in his arms — or … Click to Continue »

Four more local Zika cases in Wynwood — and first one in Pinellas County
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced the first local case of Zika outside of South Florida — in Pinellas County — along with four more in Wynwood.   Interactive … Click to Continue »

Suit alleging Catholic school gay marriage bias to proceed

A judge is allowing a lawsuit alleging a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey fired an employee because she’s married to a woman to move forward.

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Juneau Assembly passes LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

The Juneau Assembly has passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Woman trapped in burning apartment pulled from the window
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue pulled one person out a back window and took two people to Broward Health after a fire on Tuesday morning. The fire broke out in an … Click to Continue »

Four new local Zika cases in Wynwood, 1 in Pinellas
Gov. Rick Scott’s office on Tuesday announced four new nontravel related Zika cases in Wynwood and one on the state’s west coast, in Pinellas County.   Interactive feature: Daily Florida … Click to Continue »

He went on a date. Then her friends robbed and killed him, cops say
On Adam Hilarie’s first date with a woman he met online, he went bowling. The next night, they met up again, and he ended up dead. The 27-year-old Central Florida … Click to Continue »

SAGE for LGBT seniors to at last launch affiliate in Miami-Dade County
Mark Raymond is 80 and living in a low-income North Miami Beach nursing home, recovering from both a broken back and hip. His three best friends died years ago of … Click to Continue »

Miami Gardens voters to make decision on Hard Rock Stadium building rights
When Miami Gardens voters head to the polls Aug. 30, in addition to the mayoral and City Council races, they’ll be voting on a potential change to the city’s charter … Click to Continue »

South Florida shippers provide lifeline to Venezuela
The forklift’s working overtime at Vikom Export, one of the hundreds of shipping companies nestled in the warehouse labyrinths of Doral, just west of Miami. Almost all of Vikom’s shipments … Click to Continue »

It’s all about the conch as chefs pay tribute to Key West heritage
From avocado salad and bollos to a pig roasted whole —and a whole fish while they’re at it —down to the Key lime pie, a group of Key West chefs … Click to Continue »

Detective killed in rear-end crash will be remembered Friday in public ceremony
The Fort Lauderdale detective killed over the weekend in a violent rear-end crash in Coral Springs will be remembered Friday in a public ceremony held at the Broward Center for … Click to Continue »

After shocking shooting on television, a familiar Florida failure
Last month, Arnaldo Rios Soto was swept up in a national spectacle when a North Miami police sniper shot his African American caregiver in the leg as the man lay … Click to Continue »

Man who beat rape charge 4 years ago has raped twice since July, police say
For four years, police have suspected that Anthony Jimenez raped a runaway after taking her to an abandoned building and beating her up. Though prosecutors dropped the 2012 charge, Jimenez … Click to Continue »

State Senate candidate says his rival threatened to ‘kick his ass’
The Coral Reef Library polling station in South Dade is a house divided. They’re not divided about Cuba. Or the Middle East. Or even Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump. They’re …Click to Continue »

For Joe Martinez, a smoothed path back to the County Commission
Joe Martinez served 12 years on the Miami-Dade County Commission, held the chairman’s post until he gave up his seat in 2012 for a failed try to become county mayor. … Click to Continue »

The only item on the armed robber’s Publix shopping list? Cash
A Publix employee was washing the outside windows of a Miramar store about an hour before the store was set to open Monday morning when a man with a gun … Click to Continue »

Miccosukee court loss could clear way for IRS to claim $1 billion in back taxes
The Miccosukee Indians have lost a contentious tax case that experts say will strengthen federal government efforts to collect more than $1 billion in overdue personal income taxes. U.S. District … Click to Continue »

Suspected rapist didn’t just drop his pants—he dropped his wallet too
A man was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and sexual assault after Hollywood police say he forced a woman into a bush at knifepoint and …Click to Continue »

Veteran burglars make their own early bird special at Ferraro’s Kitchen
A predawn Sunday robbery cost Miami restaurant Ferraro’s Kitchen $25,000 in property and damages, according to Miami police. Surveillance camera video shows the restaurant at 1099 NE 79th St. hit … Click to Continue »

Traffic to be disrupted on Krome Avenue near Kendall Drive
Four major disruptions will hamper the commute this week on major roads and highways in Miami-Dade County. One will take place on Krome Avenue near Kendall Drive this coming … Click to Continue »

Disney gator death final report can’t say for sure if right reptile caught
Lanes Graves was standing in ankle deep water, bending over to fill a toy bucket, when an alligator suddenly lurched from the water and grabbed him, according to a final … Click to Continue »

Family-friendly things to do: ‘Star Wars’ marathon, Marlins game
Thursday MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM SUMMER GAMES EXHIBIT Race over, join in the fun and get fit with a fun-filled day of obstacle courses, dance parties and straw javelin throwing. Kids … Click to Continue »

Walking great-grandchildren to school evokes memories of years past
This week, I walked my great-grandson Jaylen, 9, to school. He’s the third generation of Hines children I’ve taken to school. I am the great-grandma of three, and while I … Click to Continue »

Out of money, Big Night in Little Haiti saved by a sponsor
The Haitian community in Miami was devastated to learn that Big Night in Little Haiti ran out of funds when The Rhythm Foundation announced it would no longer host the … Click to Continue »

M.I.A. Beer Co. looks to future after co-founder dies in car crash
Wynwood is no longer the only place you can drink a pint of freshly brewed beer. M.I.A. Beer Co. — a full production brewery in Doral which opened its taproom … Click to Continue »

Q&A: Judge blocks Obama directive over transgender students

Answers to common questions about a ruling by a federal judge who blocked an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools:

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On 2nd try, Miami-Dade commissioners approve petition count
Miami-Dade commissioners agreed Monday to start counting nearly 130,000 signatures tied to a proposed ballot item on new campaign-finance rules, but warned they still might kill the proposal over stern … Click to Continue »

Cutler Bay town council candidates night on Sept. 6
The Concerned Citizens of Cutler Bay group will host a Cutler Bay town council candidates forum at 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Admission is free and all are welcome for the … Click to Continue »

In the Zika zone, Wasserman Schultz takes aim at GOP over aid funding
Even in the fight against Zika, politics can take the spotlight. Eight days before the Democratic congressional primary, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called a news conference at a South … Click to Continue »

Thief pounds through wall and ATM at loan store, cops say
A Broward County burglar might’ve outdone the original “Ocean’s 11” job: He got into an ATM without blowing up or burning the cash inside. A video released by the Broward …Click to Continue »

Florida governor returns to Wynwood Monday for Zika-related visit
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to visit Wynwood on Monday for the third time since he announced that mosquitoes are spreading Zika virus in a one-square-mile zone of the … Click to Continue »

Hit the streets with these fashionable pieces

The concrete jungle is your oasis. Hit the city streets looking super fly in threads that are cheeky and effortlessly cool.

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South Florida is the gateway to Latin America cuisine

South Florida is known for its diverse Latin American cultural landscape. If it’s Latino, you can bet you’ll find it here — from juicy Argentine cuts of beef to Cuban classics and everything in-between. Here are a few selections of the flavors that make this the best place in the country to sample Latin fare.

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South Florida’s late night eats

When hunger strikes at the end of a great night out, you’ve gotta know what’s open late. From cheesesteaks in Key West to braised pork lo mein at a trendy Miami Beach hotel, here’s your guide to the best of South Florida’s late night eats.

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Head to the Berkshires for a refreshing change of pace

Head to the Berkshires for a New England getaway that offers a refreshingly different scene.

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Developer Moishe Mana pays $24.5 million for Biscayne Building
Developer Moishe Mana bought the Biscayne Building office tower in downtown Miami for $24.5 million Friday, the latest in a string of deals in the area by the moving-company and … Click to Continue »

First day of school in Miami brings new ritual: bug spray
The race out the door, forgotten lunches, goodbye hugs and more than a few tears. These are the first day of school rituals across the country. In Miami, parents added … Click to Continue »

Is your cachito safe? High health risk recall is issued
In a high-risk health recall, North Miami Beach-based Panna Cafe To Go is recalling 1,951 pounds of meat and poultry products produced this summer because they weren’t federally inspected, yet … Click to Continue »

A carjacking, a shootout and a bullet-riddled police vehicle
A Miami-Dade police officer’s vehicle was shot up during a shootout with two men suspected of an earlier carjacking. The officer wasn’t injured and the shooters got away. Police hadn’t … Click to Continue »

On this first day of school, a $42 million transformation
It’s finally here: the day children dread and eagerly anticipate in equal measure. The end of summer vacation and the first day of school has arrived in Miami-Dade and Broward …Click to Continue »

It’ll cost you more for gas this week. Will lower prices return?
As the summer driving season winds down, gas prices are creeping up in Miami and across Florida. Gas prices in Miami-Dade County increased 2.1 cents a gallon over the past …Click to Continue »

The case of Caster Semenya raises complex questions about sex in sports
Caster Semenya received more cheers than stares when she ran to a convincing victory in the 800 meters at Olympic Stadium, which was a welcome change from the usual reaction … Click to Continue »

Gay South Carolina police chief makes historic sheriff’s run

A small town police chief in staunchly conservative South Carolina is trying to make history by becoming the first female sheriff in the state. And the first openly gay one, too.

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Hundreds protest murder of LGBT activist in Istanbul

Demonstrators gathered in central Istanbul to protest the rape and killing of a transgender woman and LGBT activist.

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Detective dies after driver slams into the back of his Jeep
Fort Lauderdale Det. Christopher Sheehan, a seven-year veteran of the force, was killed over the weekend when another driver rear-ended his Jeep Wrangler in Coral Springs, according to police. Coral … Click to Continue »

It’s a green light for better traffic flow in Miami
It used to be that when a traffic light malfunctioned or needed to be reset somewhere in Miami-Dade County, officials had to send someone to the site to fix or … Click to Continue »

When a mom’s lies unraveled and authorities realized the awful truth
When child welfare investigators confronted Marjorie Dufrene about her missing toddler, Angela, she repeated a story spun to many people in her life: The girl was living with her birth … Click to Continue »

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