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Cuban-American Ryan Lochte wins first gold medal for U.S.

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The Miami Herald has one of the most ethnically and racially diverse newsrooms in the country.

 

And the newsroom staff, in addition to covering breaking news, is always on the lookout for story lines that showcase the ethnic melting pot and rich, cultural bouillabaisse that goes into making Miami such a wonderful and tolerant place to live.

 

They never pass up an opportunity to show, that despite our different religions, nationalities and skin colors, South Floridians all have one thing in common: Our unwavering love for one another.

 

So...how's that working out?

 

Yesterday, after American swimmer Michael Phelps was defeated by teammate Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley, headlines like this started popping up on the Internet: "Ryan Lochte wins 400 IM in blowout." Here's another: "Ryan Lochte wins gold in 400 IM, Michael Phelps fails to medal in first race at London Games."

 

But, here's how the Herald headlined the story on its website...highlighting the nationality of Lochte's mother and ignoring the real story of his athletic accomplishment:

(Lochte was born in Rochester, New York, to Steven Lochte and his Cuban-born wife. He grew up in Daytona Beach.)

Okay, so Lochte has never actually lived in Miami. But, he's still a Cuban-American.

 

And that's something all Miami Herald readers can be proud of and celebrate...right?

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Dad Adds Magical Element to 6-Year-Old Daughter’s Drawings

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Suzy Lee Weiss: To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me

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In The Wall Street Journal, high-school senior Suzy Lee Weiss imagines how her fate might have differed if she had a tiger mom or started a fake charity.
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Miami Hurricanes Basketball Moves to NCAA Championship

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At tip-off, Jim Larranaga is on his feet, watching the first ugly minutes unroll from the sideline.
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Suspected meth lab turns out to be sweet maple syrup

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A Union County family got the scare of their lives on Wednesday morning as drug agents swarmed onto their property.
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Football factory: The U's astounding presence in Super Bowl XLVII

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More than 10 years after teaming up to win a national title at Miami, Bryant McKinnie, Ed Reed and Frank Gore will be on the same field playing for an NFL championship.
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Clairvoyant Camel Predicts Baltimore Ravens Will Win Super Bowl

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A clairvoyant camel from New Jersey is predicting that the Baltimore Ravens will win the Super Bowl. Princess, a 26-year-old Bactrian camel at the Popcorn Park Zoo, New Jersey, has a pretty good record of predicting Super Bowl winners.
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Do Healdsburgians Have an Accent?

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Stanford linguistics researchers are working on Voices of California, a study of how we talk.
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Parents' horror as new $35 device lets you INHALE alcohol goes on sale in U.S.

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A new device called the 'Vaportini' has been made available to buy online which speeds up the consumption and deepens the effects of alcohol, reportedly giving the user an instant but intense high.
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CIA officially denies that it is trying to erase a letter from the Russian alphabet

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Miami Jazz Fest Canceled "Due to Poor Ticket Sales"

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Despite once being "an essential mid-20th century] stopover on the Southern tour circuit for legends like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole," Miami was never a straight-up jazz town.

 

Our city's always been more about the crooners, salsa, disco, booty bass, freestyle, street rap, and electronic dance music.

Want further proof? With just four days till showtime, the inaugural edition of the Miami Jazz Fest, starring Jamaican jazzman Monty Alexander, just got canceled.

 

In August, event founder and producer Carmen J. Cartiglia was hyping the Miami Jazz Fest as "the start of an annual jazz festival that will grow with each year and establish Miami as the home for 'True Jazz.'"

 

But today, organizers issued a brief statement, nixing the festival:

 

Due to poor ticket sales, the Miami Jazz Fest scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday Nov. 17th & 18th at the Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park has been cancelled. Refunds are available through point of purchase.

 

Too bad, daddy-o.

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Exorcisms happening in the Tampa Bay, Florida area (VIDEO)

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TAMPA BAY, Florida -- There have been hundreds of documented exorcisms all around the word. Men, women, and children possessed by evil spirits not of this world.

 

Even more disturbing, according to published reports, exorcisms are thriving in the U.S.

 

Archbishop Sherwin Smith of the United Kingdom of Christ fellowship has performed hundreds of exorcisms, many done right here in the Bay area.

 

In one case, an exorcism took place during a church service.

 

The man was speaking in voices and had to be restrained by several men. During the exorcism, his eyes remained fixated on the archbishop.

 

But then, the evil spirit appeared to concede to prayer...

 

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Photoshopped book title from Paula Broadwell's Gen. David Petraeus' biography goes viral on web

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However, when the 7NEWS reporter went on the Internet to get an image of the book cover, the reporter mistakenly grabbed a Photoshopped image that said, "All Up In My Snatch."

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Monster storm Sandy leaves New York, eastern U.S. crippled

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(Reuters) - Millions of people awoke on Tuesday to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy after it smashed into the eastern United States, cutting power to swathes of the nation's most densely populated region, swamping New York's subway system and submerging streets in Manhattan's financial district.

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Crazy living rock is one of the weirdest creatures we've ever seen

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The fact that this sea creature looks exactly like a rock with guts is not even the weirdest thing about it.
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America

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The best way to get to know small-town America is hanging out in the square.
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Some Girl Named Cathy Got the Most Miami Valentine's Gesture Ever, Bro - Miami - News - Riptide 2.0

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Nothing quite says Miami suburbs like bad highway traffic and the word "bro." Some anonymous Lothario took advantage...
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@CanesHoops Continues Meteoric Rise in Polls

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The University of Miami men's basketball team made program history AGAIN by earning ...
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Top 10 happiest cities in the world - The BAT

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Starbucks Verismo | Video | Saturday Night Live | NBC

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With the new Starbucks Verismo machine you can enjoy the wonderful taste of Starbucks, and lovely customer service, in the comfort of your home.
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What college has the most players in NFL's championship weekend?

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Which colleges have the most players on the four teams left in the NFL playoffs?
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'No Pants Subway Ride' in the bay and around the world

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Gallo's new horizon - Wine - The Detroit News

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The world's largest family-owned winery has eyes on China, Washington State and beyond. Continue reading →
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The forecast for E. & J. Gallo is bubbly and bright as wine still proves to be one of the world’s most recession-proof businesses.

 

Gallo’s latest milestones include the sale of 1 million cases of red wine to China, top honors for CEO Joe Gallo in January and expansion into Washington state, California’s Central Coast and numerous world markets.

 

Gallo offers 60 brands of wine, spirits and beverage products, owns nine wineries on the West Coast and has distribution rights for a host of wineries around the world. Do you know that Alamos, Miguel Gascon, Las Rocas, La Marca, Louis M. Martini, William Hill and MacMurray Ranch are part of the Gallo portfolio? Even Barefoot and Apothic Red.

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Always a Florida connection: Petraeus mistress sent threatening emails to Florida woman

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WASHINGTON -- David Petraeus never shied away from the public eye before in times of crises. Now, he might not have a choice.

As details emerged about his extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, including a second woman who allegedly received threatening emails from the author, members of Congress said Sunday they want to know exactly when the now ex-CIA director and retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren't told sooner.

A senior U.S. military official identified the second woman Jill Kelley, 37, who lives in Tampa, Fla., and serves as the State Department's liaison to the military's Joint Special Operations Command, where among other duties, secret drone missions are worked on.

The military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation, said Kelley had received harassing emails from Broadwell, which led the FBI to examine her email account and eventually discover her relationship with Petraeus...

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WATCH: Best Of Weekend Update's Stefon

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We never get tired of watching Bill Hader crack up as city correspondent Stefon on Weekend Update.
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Allen West, Patrick Murphy District 18 race results: Murphy declares himself the winner

Allen West, Patrick Murphy District 18 race results: Murphy declares himself the winner | Memoirs of a Chonga | Scoop.it

In a district that leans Republican by 2 percentage points, Jupiter Democrat Patrick Murphy should thank St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties' voters for helping him knock off U.S. Rep. Allen West .

Only consistently red Martin County performed up to its billing for West.

 

By 6 a.m., with 100 percent of precincts reporting according to Politico.com, a winner still had not been officially declared. Murphy garnered 160,328 votes to West's 157,872. That's a difference of 2,456. Percentage-wise, that's 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent.

 

West, who stormed into Congress on the 2010 Tea Party wave, hasn't conceded the race yet.

 

If a race is decided by 0.5 points or fewer, it automatically triggers a recount. But the final spread fell just outside that margin.

 

"I am humbled by the outpouring of support from the voters of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches," Murphy said in a news release. "I pledge to be a representative who will work across the aisle, listen to all points of views, and work to end the divisiveness in Congress. Our country faces many challenges, and by working together we will continue to move our country forward."

 

In one of Congress's tightest races — and biggest upsets — St. Lucie County picked Murphy over West by an 11-percent margin, matching Democrats' 43-to-32-percent registration edge in the county.

 

Palm Beach split its votes for West almost 50-50, even though Republicans outnumbered Democrats 37- to 35-percent over Democrats there.

 

Only Martin proved a stronghold for West, R-Palm Beach Gardens. The ousted congressman drummed up a 14-point win over Murphy in Martin, where registered Republicans trounce Democrats by 13 points and 78 percent of voters cast ballots this time around.

 

It was not until early Wednesday morning that NBC and Democrat Patrick Murphy declared that the Jupiter accountant had defeated West in one of the most-watched congressional races in the country.

 

"I think we won because the voters spoke, they are tired of the extremism and the divisiveness, and they want someone willing to put the country first," Murphy said. "That's what we represent, that's what this campaign is all about and that's who I am."

West's party shut down shortly after midnight, before additional results came in giving Murphy the lead.

 

West never left a separate room at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina in Stuart, where he watched the results with his family. The 500 supporters who funneled in and out didn't get a glimpse of the congressman. Nor has his campaign commented on the race.

 

State Sen. Joe Negron and state Rep. William Snyder, both Stuart Republicans, played surrogate for West all night. Each gave sparse updates on the results, explaining why West hadn't appeared at the party and then assuring he'd be down shortly.

The West group called it quits just before midnight on their get-together, which started at 7 p.m. The latest update Negron gave had West up by a slim margin, with a few St. Lucie precincts and Palm Beach absentee ballots uncounted.

 

At his Double Tree Palm Beach Gardens party, Murphy took the stage grinning at about 12:15 a.m., claiming a slight lead. At 1:30 a.m., he declared himself the winner, per MSNBC's call.

 

"The entire political landscape posed challenges for Republicans, especially ones running statewide," Negron said at about midnight, when West still led slightly. "You look at Connie Mack (in the U.S. Senate race), state Senate races and congressional races."

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