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Cocaine King Max Mermelstein Came Out of Hiding for a Screenwriternew

On the screen, superspliced interviews with two former smugglers tell the story of the cocaine avalanche that in the 1980s turned Miami into a bullet-riddled Little Medellín. Using budget special effects to augment footage of drug busts and murder scenes, Cocaine Cowboys isn't your typical documentary.
Miami New Times  |  Gus Garcia-Roberts  |  03-01-2010  |  Drugs

Homeless Under Julia Tuttle Try to Pass for Sex Offendersnew

Since 2006, Florida Department of Corrections officials have forced convicted sex offenders to live under the Julia Tuttle upon their release from prison. At last count, 140 of the social exiles have lived on what might be post-recession Miami's only high-demand waterfront property.
Miami New Times  |  Gus Garcia-Roberts  |  12-21-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Jerry Powers, the Man Behind 'Ocean Drive,' Refuses to Surrendernew

After 15 years as publisher of one of America's best-known glossy magazines, Powers was recently pushed out by the new owner, Niche Media. Now he's at war with his former partners. On one front, he has sued Niche in federal court for illegally trying to silence him. Meanwhile, the widow of former Ocean Drive investor Derick Daniels has accused Powers of swindling her out of millions of dollars.
Miami New Times  |  Francisco Alvarado  |  10-19-2009  |  Media

In Miami's Jungle of Condo Towers, 16 People Have Jumped to Their Deathsnew

Some cities have fabled bridges where the hopeless go to end it all. Others have eerie cliffs where bodies plunge into rocky canyons. In Miami-Dade, the suicidal have found their own vehicle for death: posh, shining, and often brand-new condo towers.
Miami New Times  |  Natalie O'Neill  |  09-14-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Iggy Pop Chips in to Help Indie Miami Record Storenew

The godfather of punk will appear at a benefit for Sweat Records, which has faced reduced hours and activity since its air conditioner broke earlier this summer.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Arielle Castillo  |  08-25-2009  |  Music

They'll Slaughter Your Dinner As You Watch -- But Don't Tell the Copsnew

At the tiny, often filthy farms of rural Northwest Dade County, Cubans and other immigrants keep alive a cottage industry of unlicensed slaughter.
Miami New Times  |  Gus Garcia-Roberts  |  04-06-2009  |  Food+Drink

The Trail of an Art Heist in France Ends in Suburban South Floridanew

In less than five minutes, five men stole $6.3 million worth of art. Thirteen months later, a Frenchman was sentenced to five years in prison for trying to sell the artwork in South Florida.
Miami New Times  |  Michael J. Mooney  |  04-06-2009  |  Crime & Justice

New Tax Might Kill Miami's Cigar Rollersnew

Miami's cigar-makers are scrambling to survive past April 1, when President Obama's new State Children's Health Insurance Plan takes effect — and brings with it a 900 percent tax increase on every single cigar made or imported to the States.
Miami New Times  |  Tim Elfrink  |  03-09-2009  |  Business & Labor

Back-Alley Plastic Surgery Sent Donnie Hendrix to Jail. Finally, She Talksnew

Donnie Hendrix's description of the booming world of do-it-yourself cosmetic enhancement, and abuse by fellow prisoners, shows this: Gender confusion and vanity take lives, bruise psyches, and baffle law enforcement.
Miami New Times  |  Natalie O'Neill  |  03-09-2009  |  Crime & Justice

The Mural King: Ex-Graffiti Bomber Serge Touissant Has Miami Coverednew

If you've been to Little Haiti, chances are you've seen his work: fat, glistening, cartoonish acrylic depictions of everything from hair grease tins to roast chickens to his trademark soda cans, which sport the brand "Serge" in place of Pepsi.
Miami New Times  |  Gus Garcia-Roberts  |  02-23-2009  |  Art

Miami Wants the State to Help with its Growing Sex Offender Colonynew

To sum up the good-intentioned, if somewhat toothless, resolution passed by the city: Miami will ask the state to form a task force to study and solve the public-safety-meets-human-rights nightmare.
Miami New Times  |  Natalie O'Neill  |  02-23-2009  |  Policy Issues

Celebrity Fragrances: Fumes of Greatnessnew

Miami might be ground zero for the celebrity fragrance industry. After all, nothing says image-conscious excess — our national specialty — like paying $49 for a sleek three-ounce bottle of star-blessed ferret piss.
Miami New Times  |  Gus Garcia-Roberts  |  02-17-2009  |  Culture

Developer Tibor Hollo Helped Build Miaminew

Tibor Hollo knows Miami real estate as well as anyone — he has been through its booms and busts — and he is convinced the city will bounce back. Indeed, he's betting everything he's right and plunging millions of dollars into his next project: a thousand-foot tower downtown on Biscayne Boulevard.
Miami New Times  |  Tim Elfrink  |  02-02-2009  |  Housing & Development

Holy Hustler: Miami Pastor Will Save City's Soul — If He Can Stay Out of Jailnew

Pastor Vincent Spann is one of Miami's most complex characters: He's a disgraced former drill sergeant who has gained national prominence for rescuing legions of addicts using military discipline, supernatural faith, and flimflam.
Miami New Times  |  Gus Garcia-Roberts  |  01-26-2009  |  Religion

Victims of a Bolivian Massacre Seek Justice in Miaminew

It has been five years since Bolivian soldiers killed Marlene Rojas Mamani in the village of Warisata. Today her parents have come to Miami seeking justice.
Miami New Times  |  Tim Elfrink  |  12-22-2008  |  International

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