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Super Bowl Guide to Sex, Drugs, Gambling, and Living Large in South Floridanew

Nothing ruins the perfect party week like someone dying or going to jail. So we've done the arduous research, taken the dangerous journeys, and interviewed dozens of local experts to bring you the definitive guide to depravity in the Sunshine State.
Miami New Times  |  Michael J. Mooney and Gus Garcia-Roberts  |  02-05-2010  |  Culture

Chinese Drywall Has Screwed Thousands of South Florida Homeownersnew

"Some people indeed say that the drywall Knauf Tianjin produces is toxic," Liao says cautiously in soft Mandarin. "Everyone in the company has heard about it." In fact, this bustling factory is the epicenter of a global consumer disaster that reaches all the way to South Florida.
Miami New Times  |  Tim Elfrink  |  01-11-2010  |  Housing & Development

South Florida's Housing Crisis Leaves Behind Ghost Towersnew

During the past decade, South Florida's landscape was transformed by a real estate frenzy, part of the biggest home-price boom in American history. But the only thing more stunning than the housing market's steep climb was its precipitous fall.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Lisa Rab  |  06-23-2009  |  Housing & Development

South Florida's Underground Vampires Lust for More Than Your Heartnew

These folks are not your typical goth kids. Some of them claim to be psychic vampires with an ability to drain energy with their minds. And some are sanguine -- vampires who lust after and feed on human blood.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Michael J. Mooney  |  02-10-2009  |  Culture

The Mutual Benefits Fallout for South Florida Politicians Is Still Comingnew

The practice of legislators recommending lobbyists is odious. They are supposed to be agents of the people, not lobbyists for lobbyists.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Bob Norman  |  02-03-2009  |  Politics

High-Class Heists: Art Crime is on the Risenew

South Florida is a global center in the international art crime circuit -- an enterprise that accounts for more than $6 billion a year, more than the cross-border trade of diamonds, sex, or hot cars.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Tim Elfrink  |  12-09-2008  |  Art

A Stripper, a Mobster, and a Murder (Yep, That's Miami...)new

Jeanette Smith was sodomized, strangled, and tossed into the Everglades.
Miami New Times  |  Natalie O'Neill  |  11-25-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Florida Panthers and Prodigy Jay Bouwmeester Toil in Obscuritynew

Last year, the Panthers lost 25 games by only one goal, a statistic that suggests they're on the brink -- or they're merely victims of bad luck. If they could just start quickly this year, maybe the fans would follow, and then this franchise could finally have what it has missed for a decade: momentum.
Miami New Times  |  Thomas Francis  |  11-17-2008  |  Sports

South Florida Stakes Claim as the Epicenter of American Bigamynew

Together, Eunice Lopez, boyfriend Rodneys Gonzalez, and her Cuban-American family have racked up 32 felony charges of bigamy over five years. With phony weddings going for up to $15,000 a pop, the clan garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars. And they're not alone.
Miami New Times  |  Natalie O'Neill  |  08-04-2008  |  Culture

Smile for the Devilnew

To create their documentary, two skinheads took a camera to music shows and other events for several years, collecting footage of moshing, fistfights and street crime.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Sam Eifling  |  10-11-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

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