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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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Local Cyclist Rides SF Giants Logo Across the City | 7x7

Local Cyclist Rides SF Giants Logo Across the City | 7x7 | Memoirs of a Chonga | Scoop.it

But local cyclist Chris Phipps took his Orange October in a more creative and calorie burning direction. Using his GPS, Phipps created a bike ride around the city in the shape of the SF Giants logo.

His Strava map shows the Go Giants ride to be 22.7 miles, but Phipps’ comments say that with the back and forth to get the diagonals, it’s more like 60 miles—with a significant portion up and around Twin Peaks.

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New York ‘Snuggery’ offers cuddle sessions to customers 

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Those in need of snuggle just have to take out their wallets. A Penfield, N.Y., woman is offering customers an hour of cuddling for a cool $60.
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San Francisco is America's Best City in 2012

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The "City by the Bay" rose to the top, based on leisure, economic, education, crime, and air-quality ratings...

As long as chilly weather, walking uphill, and really expensive real estate don’t turn you off, San Francisco has no shortage of positive qualities. Though numbering fewer than a million people, this coastal city packs in so much—from world-class restaurants and museums to community fairs and music festivals, a large educated class, and an improving economy—that many proud San Franciscans will tell you that its finish at the top of Businessweek.com’s 2012 best cities ranking is well-earned.

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Obama hugger Scott Van Duzer's Florida pizza shop facing boycott

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The owner of a Florida pizza shop says people are boycotting his business because he bear-hugged President Barack Obama on Sunday.

 

“People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Scott Van Duzer, 46, told POLITICO. “There’s no middle line anymore, and that’s exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.”

 

The owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Fla., said that both Democrats and Republicans are welcome in his store. But he also said he thinks Mitt Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan — whose sculpted abs are thanks to intense P90X training sessions — would lose to the president in a workout battle.

 

“I think Obama could take him,” Van Duzer said, laughing. “Obama looked pretty fast and pretty quick on his feet.”


So is Van Duzer. For a guy who biked 1,148 miles in 31 days from Florida to Washington D.C., lifting Obama was a piece of cake — err, a slice of pizza. And Van Duzer says he wasn’t even warmed up...

 

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Girl Is Pioneer at Quarterback for Florida High School

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Erin DiMeglio, a 17-year-old senior at South Plantation High School, is believed to be the first girl to play quarterback in a Florida high school football game.

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Happy Birthday Ghirardelli -- 160 Years in San Francisco!

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1852: After the Cairo Coffee House proves unsuccessful, Ghirardelli stays in San Francisco and forms a new confectionery company called Ghirardely & Girard on the corner of Kearny and Washington streets. This is the establishment of what is to become the modern day Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and over 150 years of traditional chocolate manufacturing. Business flourishes, and Ghirardelli soon sends for his family in Peru. He changes the company name to Mrs. Ghirardelli & Co, but is still undoubtedly run by Domingo. Records show the company imported 200 pounds of cocoa beans during the year.

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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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Zombie Bees Headed Our Way?

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Keep an eye out for disoriented bees circling streetlights far from their hive.

 

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What It's Like to Leave the City of Your Dreams | 7x7

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http://www.7x7.com/arts-culture/what-its-leave-city-your-dreams

 

In a few weeks, I will put what relatively few possessions I have into storage, get behind the wheel of my aging Volkswagen convertible, and drive down I-5 to Los Angeles.There, I’ll attempt to write a book about what happened to me in San Francisco. I came to SF nine years ago in a 23-foot Winnebago. I had first seen the city when I was 20, knowing immediately and without a doubt that I belonged in it. It took a long time to get here, but upon arrival, I could feel the marine air and crystalline light envelop me like a vaporous shield, encasing my happiness and warding off the anxieties and melancholy of my youth.

Nothing bad can happen to me here, I thought wondrously. I remember declaring, “This is it. I’m going to be buried in Colma.”

 

Within two years, I’d snatched the job of my dreams, made several fascinating friends, began having more fun than I’d had since I was a kid, and bought my first house—a lovely little Georgian in the Castro, where dinner parties regularly morphed into late-night dance-offs. I began to open up not just socially but sexually, no doubt due to age but also due to the city’s open-minded sense of experimentation. Tantra workshops, orgasmic meditation, erotic dance classes, and feminine-empowerment circles beckoned. My iPhone blinked continually with invites to galas and boat outings and dive bars, its address book filling with the names of acquaintances who, like me, sought to expand their boundaries. Like everyone we knew, my husband and I lived from one travel outing to the next, always on our way to or back from Tahoe, Napa, Mendocino, Mexico, Hawaii, New York, Europe. In the midst of all this, I reached for the one thing I didn’t yet have—a child, partly out of a natural biological urge, partly out of a desperate, if semiconscious, sense that I needed something irrevocable to anchor me amid all the colorful, entrancing motion at the surface.

 

San Francisco’s sheen has worn off, or more precisely, mine has. Its shimmering beauty and limitless potential didn’t protect me from anything, least of all myself. Quite the opposite. It ripped the lid off my life and said, “Look. You can have anything you want.”

 

When I signed a lease and realized I was actually leaving San Francisco, I stopped sleeping. For several nights over several weeks, I’d lie awake until dawn, angst-ridden, praying, damning, wondering what on Earth my future held. At a Giants game, while standing in line for garlic fries, panic crept up my spine, sending me to the restroom in sobs. For the truth is, I’m horrible at change. I’m no adventurer. This whole time, it was San Francisco that was the adventurer. It opened its wide, wild cloak, and I stepped in and let it sweep me up.

 

When I emerged from the restroom, it was the seventh-inning stretch. The crowd was standing and swaying along to Journey’s “When the Lights Go Down in the City.” I looked out over the bay and up at the circling seagulls. Every sight I laid eyes on—the kayakers waiting for a homer, the giant Coke slide, the sliver of Bay Bridge off to my left—tore at me. Helpless, I whispered to myself, “Don’t worry. It’s not going anywhere.”

 

That’s the kind of city it is. The kind that breaks your heart. The kind that’s hard to leave.

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What's the Recipe for Late-Night Eats in SF? | 7x7

What's the Recipe for Late-Night Eats in SF? | 7x7 | Memoirs of a Chonga | Scoop.it

Take Nopa, which, Vogler says, is the juggernaut. It’s one of the rare places where you can get a choice glass of wine or a top-shelf cocktail, a quality dinner, and semi-refined service until 1 a.m. nightly. And while Nopa sells an average of 80 burgers a night, that’s not all guests are ordering. “Nopa is its own animal,” says Vogler. “Everyone in the industry talks about it.”

But SF night owls also want a quality cocktail, which is why places like Beretta and Comstock Saloon stay busy, but Flour + Water (which serves beer and wine only) ended up cutting hours. And then there’s the rowdy Ryoko’s in the TenderNob. While it isn’t known for pouring particularly great drinks, Ryoko’s scores high for quirky decor and a fun vibe. It’s as though each neighborhood has its own lighthouse for late-night diners. In time, though, the beam can fade. Just look at Globe.

 

While there are some cocktail bars where you can get pretty damn good food (the Alembic, 15 Romolo—not to mention the quality joints that serve everything from wings to Thai sans ambience) a number of industry folks join me in wondering why we don’t have a diner that’s a step up from our city’s mediocre 24-hour spots. Aaron Gregory Smith of 15 Romolo says he wants a place like Brenda’s French Soul Food to stay open late, and my fellow fans of Asian cuisines desire a hip, after-hours izakaya à la New York’s Momofuku Noodle Bar.

 

The Mission may be an obvious location for the next big thing in late-night dining, but Nopa proves that people will travel for a sure thing. As much as San Francisco has room for improvement, Vogler sees the bright side: “We should just thank god we have the taqueria. New York, they can’t touch the taqueria.”

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Olympic Pole Dancing?

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When the Olympic games start on Friday, you can see all kinds of athletes in all kinds of sports, but pole dancing?  Believe it or not, the International Pole Sports Federation wants to be recognized by the Olympic Committee.

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Sonoma County Ranked Third Most Tolerant in U.S.

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A new study has ranked Sonoma County as the third most tolerant county in the United States.

Developed by the Martin Prosperity Institute, the study ranks U.S. metros according to three key variables:

-the share of immigrants or foreign-born residents

-the Gay Index (the concentration of gays and lesbians)

-and the Integration Index, which tracks the level of segregation between ethnic and racial groups.

The top ranking region in the country is San Diego, followed by Napa. The authors concluded that there is a strong correlation between acceptance of gays, lesbians and immigrants and economic growth, because they have "an underlying ecosystem that is more likely to be accepting of new ideas and different types of people, including the eggheads and eccentrics who invent new things and start new enterprises."

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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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WATCH: UT Student Denies Butt Chugging, Says 'It's A Long Story'

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The University of Tennessee student who was allegedly hospitalized for butt-chugging held a press conference on Tuesday to deny that he ever practiced an alcohol enema and to insist that he is not gay because it would "violate God's law."...
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Lovelorn emu strikes out during stroll in Cape Canaveral

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Cape Canaveral man says it's mating season, and his 4-year-old emu jumped a fence and wandered the city Wednesday looking for a potential mate.
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'Iron Man 3' to film in Fort Lauderdale next month

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Via WINK News:

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Officials say segments of Iron Man 3 will be filmed in the Fort Lauderdale area.

The cast and crew are expected to start filming on Oct. 1.

The Iron Man cast includes Robert Downey Jr.,Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Kingsley...

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Florida Teen Called 911 to Report That His Dreams Were Real After Smoking Synthetic Marijuana - Miami - News - Riptide 2.0

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"Everything that happened today is actually in my dream, and I want to prove it to everybody," 18-year-old Mark Welch of Volusia County told a 911 dispatcher.

 

It sounds like the beginning of a reality-bending sci-fi movie, but it was actually the beginning of a kid who smoked too much synthetic marijuana pissing off police.

 

According to a Volusia County Sheriff's Office release, Welch smoked K2, AKA synthetic marijuana, Sunday and took a nap. When he awoke, he was convinced that everything in his dream was coming true. He tried to tell his family about it, but they obviously didn't believe him. So instead he called 911.

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Petaluma advances in Little League World Series

California 5, New Jersey 4

Danny Marzo was thinking about his manager's advice as he walked to the plate in the eighth inning: Concentrate on making a good swing, not hitting a home run.

 

He listened and went deep anyway -- for one memorable game-ending shot.

 

The 12-year-old Marzo drove a breaking ball to the grassy hill beyond the right-field wall to help Petaluma, Calif., advance in the Little League World Series with a 5-4 victory over Parsippany, N.J., on Monday.

 

Manager Eric Smith "told me you can't go up there thinking walk-off home run," Marzo said. "You have to be thinking base hit. A walk-off comes off a good base-hit swing."

 

Marzo's giddy teammates started lining up around the plate to pat him on his helmet before he even reached second. Their frantic fans started chanting "Petaluma!"

 

The skipper's son, 13-year-old shortstop Hance Smith, knew the ball was headed out when he saw Marzo's swing.

 

"I didn't really (see the ball) leave the park," Hance Smith said with a smile. "I just came out to greet him."

 

Parsippany pushed across two runs in the sixth to tie it at 4. Emil Matti homered and David Ton had an RBI single.

 

California's Logan Douglas struck out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings to set up Marzo's winning homer. Smith went 2 for 3 with a two-run single in the fourth.

 

Petaluma's victory sparked a celebration in Oakland's clubhouse before a night game against Minnesota. Third baseman Brandon Inge planted a whipped cream pie on teammate Jonny Gomes after the Athletics watched Marzo's big hit. Gomes, who's from Petaluma, proudly wore a Petaluma Little League T-shirt.

 

The California kids have a flair for dramatic victories, just like the A's, who have a major league-leading 20 wins in their final at-bat.

"I don't know if we're watching them or they're watching us," said Gomes, a longtime financial supporter of the local league. "It must be in the water up here."

 

Despite the loss, New Jersey fulfilled the goal the team set from the first day of practice: Get to South Williamsport.

 

"Like I told the kids, you came to visit," manager Mike Ruggiero said. "You're on the best field in the world and you played on it."

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Curiosity 'interrogates' Martian rock with laser - CNN.com

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The Mars Curiosity rover used its laser to "interrogate" a Martian rock Sunday in what NASA said was "target practice" for future experiments.

 

It was the first time such a powerful laser has been used on another planet and comes two weeks after the mobile science lab touched down on Mars.

 

A fist-sized rock dubbed "Coronation" -- or Martian rock N165 for scientists keeping count -- was zapped 30 times over 10 seconds with 14 millijoules of energy in each pulse, NASA said.

 

"Each pulse delivers more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second," a NASA statement said.

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Man's Penis Stolen In His Sleep

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Thieves stole a man's penis while he slept, according to police.

Fei Lin, 41, of the Niqiao village near Wenling City, in east China’s Zhejiang province, told police he was asleep when the thieves burst into his room and put a bag over his head, according to CEN/EUROPICS and as reported in the Daily Star.

 

"They put something over my head and pulled down my trousers and then they ran off," Lin said. "I was so shocked I didn't feel a thing - then I saw I was bleeding and my penis was gone."

 

Police believe the attackers were jealous lovers of several local women whom Lin was having affairs with, the Austrian Times reported. Lin denied taking part in any infidelity.

 

Emergency workers and police searched for Lin's anatomy but turned up nothing, according to TNT Magazine. The penis thieves are nowhere to be found, but police said they're looking for the jealous lovers.

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22-Year-Old 'Diva' Launches Pink Campaign For NY Senate

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NEW YORK (PIX11)—

Say hello to Brooklyn's "Diva of the District." She's a 22 year old, Orthodox Jewish law student named Mindy Meyer and she's set out to be the next New York State Senator.

"Who's going to oppose someone who's changing the community. I mean, if you have a problem, bye!," said Meyer from Flatbush, where she grew up.

 

Her campaign website has caught the attention of the nation, in just a short week since she decided to run for election. Some call it ridiculous, she calls it engaging. Instead of red, white and blue, her campaign site dons lepord print graphics and a hot pink background that surround various headshots of the senate hopeful.

 

"My inspiration comes from Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. If she was able to bring pink to Harvard, I can bring it to the Senate," said Meyer.

 

Not all her idols are fictional though. She says a brief meeting with Former Mayor, Rudy Guiliani, when she was 11 years old gave her the confidence to follow her dreams.

 

"I tried to invite him to my Bat Mitzvah celebration. Of course he didn't come," said Meyer.

Meyer is running along conservative lines in Brooklyn's 21st District. She has party endorsement and is currently building her platform. Under the 'issues' tab she lists 'Stop and Frisk' and 'Women's Rights' as being her top priority.

 

"I can learn all the issues. But if you give me the seat I can take the election to the end. I will make you proud," said Meyer.

Now that she's got the attention from the politicians, she wants her opponent, incumbent Kevin Parker, why she's confident she will win come November.

"He's been there for 10 years already. What does he pride himself on? I mean seriously."

 

Parker challenges her statement saying his record in a very left leaning district, 92 percent voters voted for Obama in 2008, will bring him back for another term.

"I've been a leader on issues that are important like Stop and Frisk, Women's Health," said Democrat Kevin Parker, who's been in the Senate seat for 10 years.

 

And while he admits his website lacks pizazz, Parker isn't concerned.

 

"A deep red politician can't represent, a deep blue district with a pink website," said Parker.

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Guess Whose Office Has a Two-Story Slide? | 7x7

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With abundant daylight, generous common spaces and plenty of distractions, the king of video-sharing, YouTube, is bringing the fun to their Bay Area headquarters.

 

Perhaps the office's most notable feature is the fantastic, giant three-person slide. Starting on the third floor, employees can zoom downstairs if they're running late to a meeting or on their way to lunch. The slide, installed last year, was given an inaugural run by YouTube's Salar Kamangar, who was appointed as the company's new CEO in late 2010.

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Pitbull becomes part owner of Miami Subs - DALE!

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Pitbull is synonymous for South Florida, and so is the iconic restaurant, Miami Subs.  Now the Latin hip-hop star is hoping to revive the fast-food chain that has been one of his personal favorites for years.

 

Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, announced a new partnership in The New Miami Subs Grill Tuesday.  The company, based in Fort Lauderdale, has been lagging in business for years now and is hoping Pitbull will help bring the chain back to its heydays in the 1980s and 1990s.

 

“Pitbull is the guy to take us to the next level. The brand is going to be synonymous with him. We need to translate his energy to our stores. We think he can get that done," said Miami Subs Chief Executive Richard Chwatt.

 

Pitbull will serve as a member of the board of directors and help with marketing and menu development.  He took to Twitter to share the news with fans.

 

"Very gr8ful 4 the opportunity to be an owner @miamisubs luv the power of #305 coming 2gether daleeeee!," Pitbull Tweeted.

 

This is not Pitbull's first business venture.  He has his own line of low-calorie vodka called Voli.  He was also tied with rapper 50 Cent on Forbes' Hop Hop Top 20 list in 2011 with earnings of $6 million.

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The Ten Most Famous University of Miami Dropouts - Miami News - Riptide 2.0

The Ten Most Famous University of Miami Dropouts - Miami News - Riptide 2.0 | Memoirs of a Chonga | Scoop.it

Lots of successful people have degrees from the University of Miami. Everyone from Gloria Estefan to, like, 10 percent of the NFL. But some of the school's most famous former students never graduated -- either opting to transfer or quit college altogether. Current UM kids, don't take this as inspiration to drop your studies. We're sure we could show you a totally depressing list of completely unfamous UM dropouts that includes everyone from strippers to professional parent-moochers. Keep up those studies.

 

1. Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, and his wife, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry
2. Ben Folds, lead singer of Ben Folds Five

3. Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat and CEO of Carnival Corp.

4. Grace Slick, lead singer of Jefferson Airplane

5. Sylvester Stallone, actor, screenwriter, and director
6. Patti Scialfa, guitarist of the E-Street Band

7. Kimbo Slice, punches things for money

8. Jeff Garlin, actor on Curb Your Enthusiasm
9. Charles Grodin, actor
10. Enrique Iglesias, singer

... and of course, Steve-O.

 

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