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The Troika of Tyranny Is the New Axis of Evil

When President Bush gave the State of the Union speech in 2002, it was one of those magnificent historical events in the Anglosphere. It hearkened back to President Reagan's Westminster speech and Churchill's Battle of Britain Speech.

Your 2018 Guide to Vegan Thanksgiving in Miami

The president traditionally pardons a turkey every year, but that compassionate act doesn't have to be limited to the chief executive. Anyone can spare a turkey's life by opting for a meatless Thanksgiving feast.

NightGarden Turns Fairchild Garden Into a Fairy Wonderland

Lights, camera, selfie. A new immersive experience is coming to Miami, and this one is bound to give your photos that sought-after perfect lighting.

One Year Later, MDPD Likely Not Reporting Hate-Crime Data Despite Promises

Police departments are supposed to submit hate-crime data to the FBI every year. In 2016, Miami-Dade County Police - the largest force in the Southeast, overseeing a population of 2.7 million people - reported that just a single hate crime occurred all year.

7 things to know today and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group teams up with Brightline train

Good Monday morning, Orlando. The $3.5 billion Miami-to-Orlando passenger train revealed a new strategic partnership and trademark licensing agreement with a global travel and hospitality brand giant: Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group Ltd. Coral Gables-based All Aboard Florida's Brightline on Nov. 16 said the partnership will allow it to ... (more)

Banesco USA Reports Strong Q3 Results

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Feds say shea s a rogue cop shaking down drug dealers, but her friends arena t buying it

Schonton Harris, left, a veteran Miami cop, was arrested on federal charges two weeks ago, accused of protecting drug dealers and selling a uniform to an undercover cop she believed was a hitman. To her right are Kelvin Harris and James Archibald, two Miami cops Schonton Harris is accused of recruiting into the racket.

A scene from Viernes Culturales, held the last Friday of every month in Domino Plaza on Calle Ocho.

Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo wants to force out the long-established cultural gathering on Calle Ocho known as Viernes Culturales so he can hold his own monthly event, pushing the bitter feud between the commissioner and a prominent local businessman into odd territory - who can throw a better party in Little Havana? Viernes Culturales , run by a namesake nonprofit, is an 18-year institution on Calle Ocho that produces an arts, music and cultural gathering on the last Friday of every month. The event takes place in Domino Plaza, where music plays while merchants sell their wares and visitors are encouraged to dine at nearby restaurants and visit local art galleries.

Remembering a man who loved Booker T. Washington High

The program from James Hunt's memorial service. Hunt was known as "Mr. BTW," for his love of Booker T. Washington in Overtown.

Here's Where to Get Your 2018 Thanksgiving Pie

Thanksgiving dinner is famous for turkey, but we're really in it for the pie. In fact, some people actually forgo the rest of the meal and skip to the delicious dessert.

Miami Tentatively Approves Mandatory Affordable Housing in Parts of Downtown

Rent in Miami is not quite as expensive as New York, San Francisco, and other major metro areas. But the Magic City's median income - around $46,000 - is absurdly tiny, so renters here spend some of the largest portions of their salaries on housing in America.

The Five Best Concerts in Miami This Weekend

The First Waltz, with the Unknown Legends . Country music is the world's most accessible poetry.

Cuba will lose millions in revenue if it pulls its doctors out of Brazil, experts say

Cuba's decision to call home more than 8,300 medical personnel working in Brazil will deal a blow to the island's already shaky economy, experts say. Havana announced the recall after Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro said the Cuban doctors should receive their full salary, have the opportunity to revalidate their credentials in Brazil and be allowed to bring their families to Brazil while they work there under the government-to-government agreement.

FL: Bus to nowhere: Miami's loopy routes need redesign

Nov. 14--If it seems like you're going in circles when you take the bus in Miami-Dade County, that's because you are. Many routes look like they were designed by painter Wassily Kandinsky during his geometric Bauhaus period instead of by transportation planners aiming to move passengers to their destinations along the most efficient pathways.

Ultra Music Festival gets new home on Virginia Key for at least one year

Alina Baum, 24, from Germany dances as confetti sprinkles the crowd during the third day of the Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Alina Baum, 24, from Germany dances as confetti sprinkles the crowd during the third day of the Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

How UM's Little Haiti cervical-cancer research overcomes Haitian cultural barriers

In South Florida's Haitian-American community, a simple, self-testing kit for cervical cancer is increasing the percentage of women being screened for the disease - and overcoming cultural and access barriers that traditionally have made the population hard to reach. The kit is basically an oversized Q-tip with diagrams showing how to use it before the sample is sent for testing.

Army Veteran Turned Drug Dealer Gets Brazilian Butt Lift

This Army veteran turned drug dealer whose life story reads like a movie script took a dramatic step to reinvent himself. Myriam Masihy reports.

Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz Accused Of Attacking Jail Guard

Judge Dismisses Lawsuits By Victims In Pulse Nightclub Massacre It's been over two years since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

Looking for love in South Florida? Look elsewhere, study suggests

According to a new survey by Wallethub.com, Miami-Dade and Broward cities are tough places for singles looking for love in the United States. According to a new survey by Wallethub.com, Miami-Dade and Broward cities are tough places for singles looking for love in the United States.

Thanksgiving 2018: Miami Restaurant Brunch Guide

Thanksgiving is really what you wish to make of it and if it's an early feast you are craving this year, you will be happy to know that many eateries across Miami are hosting tasty options of turkey brunch on November 22 and over the weekend. Here are the best spots serving up special holiday menus.

Ten Arts and Cultural Organizations to Support on Give Miami Day

Thanksgiving is next Thursday, but before Miamians give thanks at the dinner table, they've got a chance to give money to local nonprofits and charity organizations. The Miami Foundation's Give Miami Day returns this Thursday, November 15, and it's the best opportunity for locals to support the organizations doing hands-on work to improve daily life in our city.

Bus to nowhere: Miami's loopy routes need redesign

Metrobus Route 1 from West Perrine to South Miami Heights is one of the poorly-designed, inefficient routes that Transit Alliance director Azhar Chougle calls "the most creative form of abstract art to emerge from Miami." Metrobus Route 1 from West Perrine to South Miami Heights is one of the poorly-designed, inefficient routes that Transit Alliance director Azhar Chougle calls "the most creative form of abstract art to emerge from Miami."

Heads Up: Latest Sizzle in Miami? Food Halls

The Miami food scene is exploding with food halls, collections of vendors and restaurant stalls in one space, usually vast. In 2017, there were none; now there are four and counting, offering alternatives to more formal restaurants as well as to casual street food.

Update on what the Village is doing to try and prevent the ULTRA Music Festival move to VA Key?

The Village of Key Biscayne is leading a citywide coalition to stop the Ultra Music Festival from moving to fragile Virginia Key after the concert was kicked out of Bayfront Park by the City of Miami. The risk to the sensitive environment, a Miami-wide traffic nightmare, and serious public safety issues from reports of rampant drug use at previous concerts are the reasons Virginia Key is the wrong place for Ultra.

Join the Ritz Carlton for an indulgent evening while visiting new showcase shop Lilly Pulitzer

The legacy of a "Queen of Prep" socialite with deep roots in South Florida has come alive in Key Biscayne. Lilly Pulitzer is the seventh shop to open in the Ritz Carlton Resort Shops.

Damian Marley's Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise Reveals Full Lineup: Exclusive

When asked to share their fondest memories from the past four years of the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley and his manager, Dan Dalton, each began their recollections by citing the initial moments of Jamrock's 2014 maiden voyage. As the Norwegian Pearl pulled away from the Port of Miami en route to Jamaica, seemingly all of the ship's approximately 2,400 passengers gathered on the open-air top deck to experience the Sail Away party, the first event aboard this previously untried venture for reggae music.

Want a job? As recount churns, DeSantis has to hire people for a new administration.

He had barely gotten off the stage after giving his victory speech at an Orlando hotel on Election Night when Ron DeSantis was asked about his schedule for the days ahead. "When I stepped down from Congress, part of it was I knew I wasn't going to be making the votes while I was campaigning," he told reporters Tuesday.

Guests live like locals at Little Havana hotel

When it opens Dec. 28, Life House Little Havana will be the neighborhood's first boutique hotel. The launch is also the first for Life House, a startup lodging brand based in New York and backed by California and London investors.

Fast-rising FL RB DJ Williams picks up Texas offer

Appalachian State Mountaineers head coach Scott Satterfield likely hasn't been a particularly happy man the last few days. His staff evaluated and landed Sebring running back DJ Williams during the summer, but now Williams is on the radar of national programs and unlikely to end up playing his college football in Boone.

Mouse King Returns To Mandelstam Theater For a Sixth Holiday Season

MOUSE KING a family-friendly holiday musical and South Florida tradition written by MacNeal and Camacho. The magical "Kingdom of Sweets" comes alive once more.

These Florida language schools abruptly closed, jeopardizing hundreds of student visas

Nine Inlingua Language Schools in Florida, abruptly closed over the weekend. That leaves 500+ students, most of whom are immigrants without a school and scrambling to transfer to stay on the visa as well as instructors without paychecks.

Cuban Americans in South Florida overwhelmingly voted GOP, helped keep Florida red

Once again, Cuban Americans in South Florida were instrumental in keeping Florida from turning blue. And at least until the next election, Cuban Americans will continue to be hated and despised by liberals for refusing to reside on the Democrat plantation and march in lockstep with other obedient Latinos .

He stole hundreds of fire extinguishers in Hialeah. Now detectives need your help.

State investigators are looking for a man who they say has stolen hundreds of fire extinguishers from businesses in Hialeah and Miami. For the last few months, the unidentified thief has gone door to door telling business owners that he's there to service their extinguishers.

The Best Things to Do in Miami This Weekend

At long last, the Miami Book Fair is back. This year's guest authors include Dave Barry, Liane Moriarty of Big Little Lies , and a timely appearance by sitting Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Sears in Boynton Beach to close

Sears in Boynton Beach will be closed in February, the company said Nov. 8. Sears in the Boynton Beach Mall is among the latest stores to be slated for closure by Sears Holding, which filed for bankruptcy reorganization in mid-October. The Sears Auto Store in Boynton Beach also will close, the retailer said this week.

Cuban-themed care-package company Abuela Mami branching out with new coffee brand

Miami-based subscription service Abuela Mami is expanding with its own brand of coffee to be called Abuela Mami Coffee. Miami-based subscription service Abuela Mami is expanding with its own brand of coffee to be called Abuela Mami Coffee.

No, Wynwood Yard isna t closed. Ita s open until spring 2019 a " then ita s moving to Doral

When news broke in September that two beloved Miami institutions - The Wynwood Yard and O Cinema Wynwood - would be displaced by a giant apartment building , even some of their most faithful clients assumed the businesses had closed. But Della Heiman, who founded Wynwood Yard at 56 NW 29th Street in 2015, wants you to know the popular open-air culinary incubator and event space is still open.

South Florida dignitaries attend solidarity Shabbat in wake of Pittsburgh shooting

South Florida dignitaries took part in a solidarity Shabbat service that was part of an American Jewish Committee initiative in the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting. South Florida dignitaries took part in a solidarity Shabbat service that was part of an American Jewish Committee initiative in the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting.

Roots Collective Black House Aims to Enrich Black and Brown Communities

The Roots Collective , a network of black-owned businesses, will open the doors to its first community hub on November 10 in Liberty City. The Black House will be a smorgasbord of all things black, beautiful, and creative.

Polling workers help people to check in as voters mark their ballots...

At 4:55 p.m. Thursday - five minutes before the impending deadline - Alfredo Garcia dashed across the parking lot and through the glass door of Miami-Dade's elections headquarters. The 22-year-old Miamian had the determination of a college student willing to turn in a final paper before it was due.

Miami's Ten Best Restaurant Deals

Miami Spice has long come to a close, but there's no reason for foodies on a budget to be deprived of a good value. Luckily, there are plenty of eateries offering great bites at reasonable prices, with prix-fixe menus to turn to for a fine meal.

Where to see the biggest holiday lights displays in South Florida

South Florida might not get snow for the holiday season, but it has plenty of lights, and the region's warm weather allows people to walk and drive through the light shows in comfort. Although Santa's Enchanted Forest is known as a theme park with over 100 rides, shows and games, it also has millions of lights and holiday displays lining the entrance path and, according to its website, South Florida's tallest Christmas tree.

Hialeah Neighbors Frustrated City Won't Catch Loose Chickens

Some neighbors in Hialeah say they're tired of the noise that wakes them up and keeps them up. They're not complaining about wild parties, but roosters that run loose in the neighborhood.

With our goal of ending homelessness in Miami, challenges remain despite the successes

It was a strip of hell on Earth - absent laughter, joy and hope. It was the open opioid den in Overtown - an area where these powerful drugs had sucked out life and replaced it with desperate residents of our community.

Miami-Dade is owed - millions of dollars' from vacation rental site, new lawsuit says

Vacation rental website HomeAway owes Miami-Dade millions of dollars in taxes, the county is alleging in a lawsuit filed last week. The Miami-Dade County Attorney's office is asking a judge to force HomeAway to collect a 6 percent tourism tax from hosts on its site and send the money to the county, the same way hotels do.

Penny Arcade Longs for Old New York

Behold, the latest solo show from performer Penny Arcade, legendary avant-gardist and the mind behind shows like Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! and Old Queen . It's called Longing Lasts Longer , and it will be in Miami from November 8 through 10. Longing , Arcade explains, is a dynamic blend of stand-up comedy, political rant, and performance born out of her frustration with the changes in New York City, which she calls home.

Wigwood Sets Sail in February

Winter for our friends up North means months of unflattering layers and freezing temperatures. That's not a narrative anyone born and raised in the 305 can even pretend to comprehend.

World's largest cruise ship making its U.S. debut Thursday at Port Canaveral

World's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, will make its debut at Port Canaveral for one day only before basing in Miami World's largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, to make its US debut at Port Canaveral World's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, will make its debut at Port Canaveral for one day only before basing in Miami Check out this story on floridatoday.com: https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2018/11/06/worlds-largest-cruise-ship-making-debut-port-canaveral/1900143002/ Royal Caribbean's new Symphony of the Seas is bigger than any other ship in the world, but its environmental footprint is smaller than you may think.

Ultra! How do you undo a done deal?

I agree wholeheartedly with Councilmember Bret Moss' comments at this past Monday's emergency Council meeting -- the City of Miami "don't care" about Key Biscayne. Or, as Vice Mayor Frank Caplan stated, they are a "bad neighbor."

Miami attorney is newest member of Banesco USA board

"Patricia embodies the spirit of Miami and brings talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have her by our side as we work to grow Banesco USA across South Florida," said Banesco USA president and CEO Jorge Salas .

Donna Shalala defeats Maria Elvira Salazar, flips congressional seat for Democrats

Buoyed by her name recognition and fueled by rage at President Donald Trump, Donna Shalala won a hotly-contested race for a Miami congressional district Tuesday, flipping a Republican-held seat to boost Democrats' chances of taking the U.S. House. Shalala defeated Maria Elvira Salazar, a veteran Spanish-language TV news anchor with no political experience.

Photo Gallery: South Florida votes in midterm elections | Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Mike Caruso campaign employee Isaac Rheinbolt, chats with a Trump supporter in the parking lot of the Boca Raton Community Center on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Itzhack Feldman, a Hollywood Commission District 1 candidate, campaigns outside the Hollywood Beach Community Center voting site Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Argentines arrested in real estate scandal spanning NYC to Miami

A $65 million real estate empire across Miami and New York has been traced back to a major corruption scandal involving the former president of Argentina. In October, four Argentine nationals were arrested by the country's federal police after prosecutors accused them of investing illicit money on behalf of an aide of former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the Miami Herald reports .

EDEN Found in North Miami Beach

Residents in this smaller suburb often praise it for being a beachfront oasis from the typical mad rush of Miami, which is also helping it draw young professionals and families. That has turned out to be an underserved and overlooked market, according to a developer's discovery.

Miami-Dade's Metrorail fight moves north as county considers $870 million extension

Passengers board the new Metrorail trains at the Miami International Airport terminal, the end point of a three-mile extension that is the only new segment of a county rail system that launched in the 1980s. Florida's Transportation Department on Monday recommended extending Metrorail north along 27th Avenue to link the current rail system with Miami Dade College, an $870 million project that the county's administration says is too expensive for an already strained transit budget.

Five Coffee Shop Drinks Better Than Pumpkin Spice Latte

OK, Miamians totally won't be doing that because we live in paradise, and it's still 70-plus degrees even during the coldest of the Magic City's winter days. Despite the weather still feeling like summer, South Floridians want to get into the holiday spirit, and that means grabbing a tasty beverage.

a Wea re not even white!a Burger King drive-thru worker fired after racist rant in Miami

A Burger King drive-thru worker lost her job earlier this month after a racist rant against two customers that was all caught on video. Cellphone video taken from inside a car shows the female black staffer going off on two customers who are apparently asking for a refund over a hygiene issue stemming from an employee touching their food after she touched her cellphone.

Banesco USA Announces Newest Board Member

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Florida commission candidate accused of coke dealing needed campaign cash, cops say

The Sweetwater city commission candidate accused of brokering a series of cocaine deals repeatedly told an undercover informant that he was "needing money for his political campaign," according to a police report released Monday. State prosecutors released the arrest report three days after Jose Mejia was jailed on three felony counts of cocaine trafficking.

Luxury Miami Beach condo tower will have its own park, plus full-time botanist

An artist rendering of "Eighty Seven Park," an oceanfront project that includes a 2-acre private park next door with a full-time botanist to tend to the grounds. Residents at an 18-story condo tower under construction in Miami Beach won't even have to water their own plants.

500 Lime Electric Scooters Land on Fort Lauderdale Streets with Free Election Day Rides

California-based company Lime - self-billed as a "shared smart mobility solution provider offering a multi-modal fleet" just dropped 500 vibrantly-colored electric scooters throughout Fort Lauderdale.

South Florida Democratic Women Seeking to Lead the 'Blue Wave'

If 2018 proves to be a "Year of the Woman," it will be in part because of the voters of South Florida. Four Democratic women are running for House seats in this part of the Sunshine State that the party wants to win if they are to take back the chamber majority .

Voters wait hours in North Miami, and there werena t enough ballots for everyone

Miami-Dade briefly ran out of ballots Sunday for some voters at its North Miami location, as malfunctioning printers upended logistics there during the final day of early voting and had people reporting wait times topping three hours. As the sun set on the fourteenth day of early voting in the largely black neighborhood, more than 200 voters were in a line that snaked around half a block outside the North Miami library.

Longoria, Ferrera, Saldana and more rally for Latino votes

Zoe Saldana, from left, Eva Longoria, Gina Rodriguez, America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson join the New Florida Majority, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Center for Popular Democracy Action and the Latino Victory Project to host "Latinas en Marcha," a rally encouraging registered Latino voters to turn out to vote in the upcoming midterm elections on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at Ball and Chain in Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.

In 'On Your Feet!' tour, Ektor Rivera finds the souls of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Actor and singer Ektor Rivera didn't have to dig deep to find inspiration in the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan for the musical "On Your Feet!" In 'On Your Feet!' tour, Ektor Rivera finds the souls of Emilio and Gloria Estefan Actor and singer Ektor Rivera didn't have to dig deep to find inspiration in the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan for the musical "On Your Feet!" Check out this story on azcentral.com: https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/arts/2018/11/04/ektor-rivera-finds-souls-emilio-and-gloria-estefan-your-feet-broadway-musical/1826399002/ It's never easy for actors to portray recognizable, real-life figures.

Trump amps up Venezuelan crackdown, sanctions gold exports with executive order

National Security Adviser John Bolton brands the countries a 'troika of tyranny' while announcing new sanctions over human rights violations and political oppression. President Trump is continuing to put pressure on the government of Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro, introducing a new round of sanctions designed to further rattle the embattled South American country's oil exports.

iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Offered a Much-Needed Escape for Miami's Latinx Community

As you may have heard from countless commercials, text messages, and canvassers over the last few weeks, there's a pretty important midterm election happening on Tuesday. But if you were one of the tens of thousands of fans gathered at the American Airlines Arena for iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina last night, you made it clear that you did not want to hear about it.

South Florida synagogues show solidarity on first Shabbat since Pittsburgh mass shooting

South Florida's Jewish community joins shabbat services across the country to remember the victims of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh South Florida's Jewish community joins shabbat services across the country to remember the victims of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh With the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh still fresh in many minds, South Florida's Jewish community joined Shabbat services across the country to remember the 11 people killed. Rabbi Michael Gold spent six years at a synagogue in suburban Pittsburgh before coming to Temple Beth Torah Sha'aray Tzedek in Tamarac , so it hit a little closer to home for him.

Sergio Todisco was arrested by Argentine federal police in Mar del Plata on Oct. 20, 2018.

After arresting four people - including the owner of a Miami-area realty firm - authorities in Argentina appear to have unraveled the mystery of a $65 million property empire that included luxury condos in South Florida and New York City, as they pursue a major corruption case against ex-president Cristina FernA ndez de Kirchner.

Praising Openly Fascist Bolsonaro as 'Like-Minded,' John Bolton Hails ...

Common Dreams, one of my all time favorite news sources, needs your help to survive/thrive. -Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Wherever I go, I urge audiences to log into Common Dreams to get their daily progressive news and commentary.

Obama touts Gillum and Nelson, warns voters "character of the country" is on the line

He never mentioned him by name, but former President Barack Obama made it clear Friday at a rally in Miami's Overtown that by electing Andrew Gillum governor of Florida, the state can deliver a blow to President Donald Trump. Days away from an election that could complicate his successor's chances at re-election or make it easier for him to win a second term, Obama insisted that nothing less than American democracy - and Florida's eroding shorelines - are on the line in Tuesday's election.

Following ouster from downtown Miami, Ultra Music Festival might move to Virginia Key

Festival organizers and city officials confirmed they are negotiating a contract to stage the popular three-day electronic dance music event March 29-31 near Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key. Miami commissioners recently booted Ultra from Bayfront Park in downtown when they unanimously rejected a proposed 10-year contract for the event to stay on Miami's waterfront - a move lamented by fans and cheered by disgruntled neighbors who live in condo towers across the street from the park.

Coastal development, sea rise sent Hurricane Irma storm surge to more homes, study shows

Mia Herman perches atop a fire hydrant after Hurricane Irma flooded Brickell Avenue in September. The National Hurricane Center recently concluded that rainfall and pour drainage caused flooding along parts of the street not adjacent to Biscayne Bay.

Mail-bombing suspect will be moved to New York for trial, Miami judge agrees

This screen grab of a photo posted to his Twitter account shows Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, at a rally for President Donald Trump. On Friday, a Miami judge agreed to move Sayoc to New York to face charges of mailing pipe bombs to prominent Democrats.

Latinas are on the march in Florida ahead of Election Day

Some high-powered Latinas are on the march in Florida, campaigning in two largely Latino neighborhoods the weekend for Election Day. Actresses America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Gina Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson and Zoe Saldana will appear at rallies in Kissimmee and Miami on Sunday.

Sick of speeders on your street? Put away the middle finger, try a traffic calminga

Cut-through traffic has gotten so bad in one formerly tranquil pocket of Coral Gables that a pickup truck barreling through the neighborhood lost control and rammed into a house, coming to a stop with its nose nudging into the living room. A black skid mark is still visible on the yellow pillar by the front door.

October 2018 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

With cooler temperatures, Miami is waking up from the summer doldrums. As the city prepares for upcoming festivals, Art Basel, and the yearly onslaught of vacationers, restaurants are also gearing up.

Trump increases pressure on Venezuela with sanctions on gold

U.S. President Donald Trump increased economic pressure on Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday with new sanctions aimed at disrupting the South American country's gold exports. Trump signed an executive order to ban anyone in the United States from dealing with entities and people involved with "corrupt or deceptive" gold sales from Venezuela, Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said in a speech in Miami.

Little Haiti's Activist Zine Fair Is for the People, by the People

The Activist Fair is a radical new mini-zine fair going down in the heart of Little Haiti November 3. Exile Books is calling all zine makers, independent publishers, and artists collectives interested in social causes who want to buy, sell and trade their work to attend. Amanda Keeley, the founder of Exile, said she's looking to highlight the work of artists who use publishing as a means of social justice.

Children's Film Festival Aims to Reach Kid Viewers "at a Pivotal Time in Their Lives"

Parents are always looking for safe, fun, and educational experiences for their children. This weekend, they'll find all three at the sixth annual Miami International Children's Film Festival happening November 2-4 at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.

Queer Artist Claims Bal Harbour Officials Censored His Photography

Pacifico Silano has accused the mayor and staff of a Miami Beach town of censoring his queer-themed exhibition and canceled his show in protest. For six months, Pacifico Silano tirelessly prepared for his outdoor exhibition in the Floridian coastal village of Bal Harbour before ultimately deciding to cancel the show after fielding requests from municipal officials to censor its queer content.

Mail bomb suspect researched political targets for months, feds say in new filing

Cesar Sayoc, the South Florida man accused of directing a mail-bomb campaign against Democratic critics of President Donald Trump, started planning the postal attacks in July based on FBI searches of his laptop, cellphone and other devices found in his van, according to a new federal court filing. Federal prosecutors said they are seeking to detain the 56-year-old Sayoc before trial, saying that evidence of his "terror campaign is still being collected but is already overwhelming."

This Miami Beach rabbi is about to make history with her new role

Gayle Pomerantz always thought that she would become a lawyer. But when she got into law school, she felt a different calling.

A Tale of Two Condos

Residents of Aventura's Coronado and Admiral's Port condominiums were ripped off. But just how bad was it? Who exactly was involved? And why is it so hard to get answers? n March 30 of this year, Francisca Wildi marched into the property management office of the Coronado Condominium, an Aventura complex of three high-rise residential towers built along West Country Club Drive in the 1970s.

A Tale of Two Condos

Residents of Aventura's Coronado and Admiral's Port condominiums were ripped off. But just how bad was it? Who exactly was involved? And why is it so hard to get answers? n March 30 of this year, Francisca Wildi marched into the property management office of the Coronado Condominium, an Aventura complex of three high-rise residential towers built along West Country Club Drive in the 1970s.

Agustina Woodgate and O, Miami Turn Miami-Dade Sidewalks Into Poetic Art

Poetry is best read aloud. That's a known fact of literary nature. But what becomes of it when it's stamped into a concrete sidewalk? Miami-based artist Agustina Woodgate devised a scheme to see how that would play out after she won a Knight Arts Challenge grant about three years ago.

Human rights activists launch campaign to protest cruises to apartheid Cuba

Apartheid, slavery, human trafficking, and violent repression are generally unacceptable to Americans, unless we're talking about Cuba. When it comes to the Castro dictatorship, all those vile crimes against humanity are perfectly acceptable as long as you get to enjoy Cuba's beautiful beaches and are served ice-cold mojitos by the almost human noble savages that inhabit the island.

Paintball shootings trend grows, with three arrests in latest Miami-Dade spree

Police are still investigating the paintball shooting spree that began in Northwest Miami-Dade when a man doing yard work near Northwest 154th Terrace and 32nd Avenue was pelted with paintballs, according to WPLG-Local 10. The men - identified by Miami Gardens police Wednesday morning as Tyrese Ferguson, Antwon Adams and an unnamed juvenile male - then drove toward a Family Dollar store at 14400 NW 27th Ave. in Opa-locka. There, they are accused of opening fire on a man standing outside the store around 10 p.m. That man, Jerry Watson, was struck more than a dozen times by the painful paint pellets as he ran inside the store to ward off the attack.

Miami voters approved a hotel for Jungle Island. The design is out, but does it fit in?

The owners of Jungle Island have submitted a proposed design for their promised hotel to Miami planners, hitting the first in a series of benchmarks under a voter-approved deal that would transform the struggling Watson Island theme park into an eco-adventure-oriented resort. New architectural renderings released Tuesday by attraction owner ESJ Capital Partners show a streamlined hotel building very much like the one shown in images made public last summer, when the developers were trying to win public support before the August referendum.

Synagogue shooting hits home for South Floridians with Pittsburgh ties

Tree of Life in Pittsburgh was the childhood synagogue of Rabbi Jonathan Berkun of Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. The shooting tragedy during Shabbat morning service at the synagogue Tree of Life - Or L'Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh that left 11 people dead, has hit home for South Florida Jews who once lived in the surrounding area.

The Team Behind Tap 42 Finally Debuts Their Latest Restaurant, Bar Rita

After years of anticipation - four, to be exact - the Tap 42 founders, have officially opened the doors to their latest restaurant, Bar Rita at 1401 S Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The restaurant and bar is much in vein with Tap 42, and offers both an expansive food and drink menu - this time with a Mexican influence.

Julio Cabrera and Michelle Bernstein Plan a Masterpiece in Little Havana

It's Friday afternoon, and Michelle Bernstein is taking a short break from testing recipes. She tucks her legs beneath her on the sofa in the Design District lobby that houses her eatery Crumb on Parchment, now under renovation.

University of Miami UHealth tower due major renovations

Massive renovations are underway at the University of Miami UHealth Tower in a three-year program. Plans include expanding the number of operating rooms from 20 to 37 for patients with cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Ten Local III Points Acts You Can See Right Now

In an alternate universe, we would just now be coming down from the high of III Points. But in reality, Miami is eagerly awaiting the festival's return.

Witches of Miami: Meet the Women Who Identify as Brujas and Healers

If you buy into the witch cliches - pointy hats, flying broomsticks - Miami might seem an awfully sunny place to headquarter a coven compared to, say, the rainy and foggy Pacific Northwest. But to be a witch is to be misunderstood.

Miami's Top Five Halloween Treats

Halloween is tomorrow, but there's still time to get your claws on some festive treats. From candy-corn-topped sundaes to pumpkin flan cheesecake, Miami's purveyors of sweets are dishing up some spooktacular confections.

One super tall mural takes shape in Miami

A 12-story tall hand-painted mural has taken shape on the side of Pinnacle Heights, a mixed income community at NW 36th Street and NW 36th Avenue near Miami International Airport. A 12-story tall hand-painted mural has taken shape on the side of Pinnacle Heights, a mixed income community at NW 36th Street and NW 36th Avenue near Miami International Airport.

Miami's Francis Suarez Wants to Be Strong Mayor

He shakes hands with a couple of uniformed cops and plants a kiss on an older woman's cheek. Dressed in a trim navy suit, he strides to the front of a cluster of folding tables to pitch the crowd on a bold idea: He wants to become a strong mayor in the mold of New York City's Bill de Blasio or Chicago's Rahm Emanuel.

In Florida, those who can't vote are fighting to restore voting ...

Nicole Visas can't vote, but that isn't stopping her from knocking on dozens of doors every week so that 1.4 million Floridians can. Visas is a third year nursing student at Nova Southeastern University and beneficiary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals , a program created by President Barack Obama to give work permits and temporary relief from deportation to young people who came to the United States as children.

UM offers shuttles to early voting locations

The 2018 elections are coming up, and the University of Miami is making it easier for students to go out and vote. UM will have early voting shuttles to the Coral Gables Public Library from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. The buses will run every half an hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and depart from Stanford Circle from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1 and Mahoney-Pearson Residential Colleges on Nov. 2. Senior Andrea Wright said that early voting is a great opportunity for students to vote at a time that's convenient for them.

One Night in Miami Transports a South Beach Theater to Overtown in 1964

Celebrities hanging out together have become quite the artistic muse. A photograph of Richard Nixon and Elvis shaking hands inspired a movie.

Newly Opened Bar Rita Offers Up Half-Priced Fajitas and Truffle...

When Bar Rita opens in Fort Lauderdale today, you can head over to try the restaurant's signature dish: the Truffle Street Corn Guacamole.

You Won't Miss the Meat at Charly's Vegan Taco

Ten years ago, if you tried to adhere to a vegan diet in Miami, your best option was probably just eating at home. The few vegan places that did exist varied widely in quality and often couldn't find enough of a customer base to remain open.

Well-known Colombian singer buys land in South Florida to build mansion, lists home for $5M

Silvestre Dangond, one of the most popular singers in Colombia who has headlined at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, has listed his Pinecrest home for sale, and acquired a lot in the village for a larger mansion.

FBI had plenty of clues on pipe bomb suspect

This frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV shows FBI agents covering a van after the tarp fell off as it was transported from Plantation, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, that federal agents and police officers have been examining in connection with package bombs that were sent to high-profile critics of President Donald Trump.

Five Times Bombs Shook South Florida

It seemed like a new bomb was popping up every day last week, First came billionaire George Soros, then the Clintons, and then the Obamas. When CNN's headquarters in New York was evacuated after receiving yet another pipe bomb, the pattern became pretty clear: someone was sending bombs to the people Trump hates the most, those who make what he has called "fake news" or whom he challenged with chants such as "Lock her up!" The search for the sender had all eyes focused on South Florida, when the alleged bomber, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, was arrested in Planation.

Mail bomb suspect was 'lost,' then 'found a father in Trump,' family attorney tells CNN

A fingerprint and traces of DNA led the FBI to Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr. , the suspect in the bizarre bomb plot against opponents of President Trump . Sayoc was charged with five federal crimes, including mailing an incendiary device and threatening a former president and faces up to 58 years in prison.

Bomb suspect: Ex-stripper with cash problems, Trump devotion

Federal authorities took Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Fla., into custody Friday, Oct. 26, 201... . This Nov. 1, 2017, photo shows a van with windows covered with an assortment of stickers in Well, Fla.

Gillum Rallies in Sarasota, while DeSantis campaigns in Miami

It was also a special event to promote "Souls to the Polls" planned for Sunday. It is a push to get as many to cast an early ballot as possible.

These millennials are making a big difference in South Florida. Here's how.

Members of Miami Dade North Campus SGA, Carolina Mendoza, center, and Karina Alegre, 18, right, came out in force to vote after Miami Dade North was added to the early voting sites. Students, faculty, and staff joined to thank the college president, Miami-Dade mayor, and the county commissioners on the first day of early voting on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 at the Miami Dade College North Campus.

US: 'Everything on table' to block migrants at border

The sprawling caravan of migrants hoping to make their way to the United States set off again, forming... . In this Oct. 23, 2018 image, a woman holds the book of numbers and names as she calls those that will be allowed to cross the border and request asylum in the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Pitbull Drops WME, Picks UTA for Worldwide Representation

Rapper Pitbull is on the move again, dropping WME just 17 months after signing with the agency to be represented by United Talent Agency across all areas worldwide. The well-known musician, business entrepreneur, motivational speaker and education advocate, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez , just completed his second co-headlining tour with Enrique Iglesias this year and supported Britney Spears on her European tour.

Miamia s answer to the High Line breaks ground this week. This could change the city.

A design rendering of the first phase of the Underline multi-use path and park beneath the elevated Metrorail tracks in Brickell, which breaks ground Nov. 1, shows a section featuring natural rock outcroppings. A design rendering of the first phase of the Underline multi-use path and park beneath the elevated Metrorail tracks in Brickell, which breaks ground Nov. 1, shows a section featuring natural rock outcroppings.

A police officer and a sniffer dog outside the postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida. Photo: AP

Mail distribution office northwest of Miami is at centre of investigation by federal agents and police bomb experts, officials say Federal authorities investigating the pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and critics of US President Donald Trump are focusing on Florida, where they believe some of the packages were sent from. Bomb squad and canine units joined Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Thursday to examine a sprawling US mail distribution centre at Opa-Locka, northwest of Miami, Miami-Dade County police said.

Turkey seeks extradition of suspects in Khashoggi killing

The poster reads in Arabic:' Khashoggi's Friends Around the W... . Activists protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi stage a protest outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

Suspect arrested in package bomb case: Cesar Sayoc Jr. of Aventura, reports say

An Aventura man has been arrested in Plantation as part of the federal investigation into suspicious packages that were sent to prominent critics of President Donald Trump, according to reports. While federal law-enforcement officials have not named the suspect, a report by NBC News , which since was confirmed by CNN and other outlets, identified him as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr. of Aventura.

Report card grades Miamia s a abysmala transit options. Hint: Nobody even got a C.

The report card is out for Miami's public transportation system, and if our trains, buses and trolleys were students, they would be flunking out of school. Think trolleys are the answer to gridlock? Think again.

A huge win for Miami if Amazon brings HQ2, but transit remains a troubling issue

This week's question to South Florida CEOs who are on the Miami Herald CEO Roundtable: There are many changes that would come with bringing Amazon's HQ2 here. If we do manage to land it, what would be the main benefits, and the main costs? I think that having a corporate giant in our back yard will bring some short-term benefits to our economy, however, I don't see a company that is as monopolistic as Amazon bringing long-term benefits to any community.

Santa's Enchanted Forest Will Open Next Week Despite Recent Fire

Earlier this week, Santa's Enchanted Forest experienced a fire with flames so large they could be seen from the Palmetto Expressway . But the blaze won't put a damper on this holiday season.

Life in Color Returns in 2019 With Diplo, What So Not, and Shaq

Life in Color events take place all over the world, but LIC's Miami festival remains the gold-standard orgy of neon paint and fat beats. Dance-music purists might see the festival as unworthy of acclaim, but Life in Color is perhaps many a young kid's first foray into the scene thanks to its 16-and-over attendance policy.

Seed Food & Wine Festival Hosts an Eco-Conscious Fashion Show

"That clothing gets sent to Third World countries and disrupts their artisan markets," says Colleen Coughlin, owner of the Full Edit , a zero-waste lifestyle consulting agency. "Only 10 percent of the stuff we donate to charity is sold."

This former news anchor and Cuban-American believes she can keep Miami red

When former news anchor Maria Elvira Salazar won the Republican primary in August, her Miami victory party was produced as tightly as a TV show. Supporters flooded the entrance as she arrived, reaching over one another to shake her hand and hug her.

Gillum and DeSantis spar in Florida governor debate

Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks in Miami as part of the "When We All Vote" rally in the University of Miami's Watsco Center on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

Gillum and DeSantis spar in Florida governor debate

Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks in Miami as part of the "When We All Vote" rally in the University of Miami's Watsco Center on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

Halloween 2018 South Florida Brewery Party Guide

Miami is a top destination for celebrating Halloween, according to recently published research by financial services website WalletHub , which made several key findings : Miami and Hialeah ranked 18th and 19th, respectively, as "best" places to go for Halloween. However, Miami ranked fifth for "Halloween fun" and 31st in terms of best weather .

A foul odor lead to a gruesome discovery in a Little Havana apartment, cops say

Officers, after getting permission from family members, went in to the home at 559 SW 10th St. Saturday morning to find a man's decomposing body, according to police. Now, police are trying find out what happened to 40-year-old Christopher Nail.

Person in custody, being questioned in stabbing death of University of Miami student

Police have a person of interest in custody who is expected to be charged with murdering a University of Miami architecture student in his Coral Gables apartment almost three weeks ago, according to law enforcement sources. The suspect, according to sources, is a homeless man in his late 20s who is most often seen in the southwest end of Miami-Dade County.

Miami artists share $491,000 in awards. Winners include a life-size cardboard MiG jet

Miami visual artist Edouard Duval-Ca rrie has won the Michael Richards Award, which includes $75,000 and a commission for a work to be exhibited at The Bass, in the inaugural presentation of The Ellie awards. More than 500 artists and art teachers submitted applications for The Ellies, created by ArtCenter/South Florida to recognize and elevate the careers of Miami visual artists.

Another immigrant caravan touring the U.S. has arrived in Miami

The federal government presented a plan to temporarily extend Temporary Protected Status for thousands of immigrants, in response to a court order that blocked the Trump administration's plan to end that protection. The government's plan ensures that more than 300,000 TPS beneficiaries from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador will continue to have legal status and permission to work in the United States as long as the court order remains in effect.

Suspicious package sent to Sunrise office of US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, one of eight targets

Like a virus, reports of terrorist threats in the form of suspicious packages sent to Democratic politicians, a prominent investor and a media company grew Wednesday to eight. And that was just by 2 p.m. Those who received packages that the FBI and local law enforcement were investigating included U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose Sunrise, Fla., office address was used on at least one package's return address label.

Gilluma s October surprise: ex-frienda s texts, emails could make or break his campaign

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has gotten pretty good at answering questions about whether he accepted favors from lobbyists and gifts from undercover FBI agents. It's a skill he's going to need more than ever during the next two weeks if he wants to become Florida governor.

93-year-old woman who fell out of bed kicked, bloodied by caretaker, cops say

Police say a home's surveillance video shows Martha Diaz Sanchez kicking the woman who fell out of bed. Diaz Sanchez was arrested.

Miami's Eight Best Spots to Watch the Sunset

With lush, tropical scenery and miles of picturesque coastlines, the 305 has no shortage of places to catch a beautiful sunset. And so, up next, here are the top eight restaurants and bars where you can, drink in hand, watch Miami in all its golden-hour glory.

Max Santiago Is the Doughnut King of Miami

Last year, after cofounding perhaps the city's most famous dessert concept, the Salty Donut in Wynwood, Max Santiago hit the road. He opened a place in New York and consulted at some Miami restaurants.

She was no accessory. Miami girl plotted to murder her own father, prosecutors say

Eveline Gainza, the 17-year-old girl whose boyfriend is accused of murdering her father in West Kendall, was no mere accessory to the crime, authorities say. Miami-Dade prosecutors have charged Gainza as an adult with second-degree murder for the Sept.

Coral Gables Food Wine & Spirits Pre-Party

Giralda Place is hosting the first-ever Coral Gables Food, Wine & Spirits Festival Pre-Party on Friday, November 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m. All ticket proceeds are going to the Coral Gables Firefighters Benevolent Association. There will be exclusive tastings from the festival's spirit sponsors, as well as French bites from Amour de Miami.

Florida caretaker accused of abusing 93-year-old client

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Viral Video Is Growing Inside Technique Records

Viral Video is growing inside Technique Records, and it's ready to burst from the store's guts in full technicolor glory. VHS, which turned 42 years old this past September, is getting some tender loving care from local music gourmands and Technique Records faces Jan Valentine and Mikey Ramirez.

Therea s a surplus of luxury condos in Miami, but three more developers are building anyway

Architectural rendering of 57 Ocean at 5775 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. The 18-story luxury tower will offer 81 units ranging in price from $1.5 million to $31 million.

Red tide closes beaches in Miami

An unoccupied life-guard stand in Key Biscayne's Crandon Park posts a "no swimming sign" Sunday afternoon. The Red Tide phenomenon was first detected in Miami shores Oct. 3, which prompted the Miami-Dade county to temporarily close some beaches until cleared safe by local officials.

Media Misrepresents Pelosi Protest to Smear Miami Republicans

Two members of a nationalist group called the "Proud Boys" showed up at a public protest of a Democratic campaign event in Miami last Wednesday, and their actions are being used to unfairly smear Miami Republicans who not did not invite the Proud Boys and have nothing to do with that group. Missing in most of the media coverage of Wednesday's events are key facts that show the distance between the Proud Boys and Miami Republicans.

Fire at Santa's Enchanted Forest

The City of Miami launches the Miami Cross Bay Express on October 18, 2018 which will run and stop at Bayside Marketplace, Frost Museum, Washington Avenue and 5th Street. A two-alarm fire burned the inside of Delicias de Espana bakery in South Miami, FL, Tuesday just after midnight.

Sweat Records

In the days of digital, for a record store to thrive requires more than a little entrepreneurial spirit - and the music Gods looking kindly on you doesn't hurt either.

Miami a strong mayora ballot question faces another lawsuit from a familiar name

A wealthy scion of a pioneering Miami family has sued the city to stop a referendum to make Mayor Francis Suarez the most powerful individual in City Hall - the second legal challenge of a question voters will answer in this year's election. This time, the focus of the opposition is the issue of government transparency.