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Miami Beach commissioner is shopping a reality show to E!

Michael Góngora, who is contemplating a run for Miami Beach mayor in 2013, confirmed Wednesday that a film crew recently followed him around for three days. The 42-year-old, openly gay politician said he is pitching the show to E!


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The tiny tropical island of Guinea-Bissau, off Africa's west coast, has become a drug smuggler's paradise

Guinea-Bissau, on the west coast of Africa, is one of the smallest and poorest countries in the world, but it has a big claim to fame: It's become a key hub for South American drug traffickers looking to make a few hundred million dollars a year shipping their goods to Europe via West Africa. As a way station, it is ideal, just a four-hour flight from Brazil, with dozens of unpopulated islands for drug-bearing planes to land. And it is virtually risk free.


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Black Lion's comment, May 13, 2012 9:26 AM
It was bound to happen and we know some of our African brothers and sisters love easy money. But it wont be funny when jail terms are served, because luxury cars and high end whores are not allowed in the pen. Its a shame that Africans have to risk their lives and reputation for South American thugs and European snorters who don't even give a fu*k about them. Who knows during their wasted state they could be referring to them as monkeys. STOP IT!
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The Man Who Hacked Hollywood: the treasure trove of Hollywood's seamiest secrets

The Man Who Hacked Hollywood: the treasure trove of Hollywood's seamiest secrets | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

They've become a part of the pop-culture landscape: sexy, private shots of celebrities (your Scarletts, your Milas) stolen from their phones and e-mail accounts. They're also the center of an entire stealth industry. For the man recently arrested in the biggest case yet, hacking also gave him access to a trove of Hollywood's seamiest secrets—who was sleeping together, who was closeted, who liked to sext. What the snoop didn't realize was that he was being watched, too

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Greece will run out of money in six weeks

Greece will run out of money in six weeks | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Speaking exclusively to The Sunday Telegraph, Theodoros Pangalos said he was "very much afraid of what is going to happen" after Greek voters rejected the deal in elections last Sunday. "The majority of the people voted for a very strange mental construction," he said. "We want to be in the EU and the euro, but we don't want to pay anything for the past."

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Florida Governor Rick Scott's top aide resigns in wake of disclosures

Florida Governor Rick Scott's top aide resigns in wake of disclosures | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Gov. Rick Scott's embattled chief of staff abruptly resigned from his job today following a series of news stories detailing his job performance and handling of contracts. Steve MacNamara said in his resignation letter that he would step down from his post July 1.

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Google's head of news: Newspapers are the new Yahoo

Google's head of news: Newspapers are the new Yahoo | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it
On the iPad as the savior of journalism:

[The iPad is] a fatal distraction for media companies. Too many publishers looked at the tablet as the road home to their magazine format, subscription model, and expensive full-page ads. The format of a single device does not change the fundamental ecosystem underneath it, and this shiny tablet has taken media companies’ eyes off of the ball.

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Red Sox Slump Threatens Home Sellout Streak

Red Sox Slump Threatens Home Sellout Streak | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Some tickets sold for less than four bucks yesterday — that's less than half the cost of a beer at the ballpark. Not exactly comforting to Brian Matt, the CEO of a local company. He spent $57,000 this season for a set of premium tickets. "Now I can't even give some of them away," Matt says. "I have a whole staff of 35 people here and does anybody want tickets? No, not really."

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Billy Corben: Lawless Twitter Renegade

Billy Corben: Lawless Twitter Renegade | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

But if there's one thing we should all agree on, it's this: Holding an official judicial hearing over a couple Facebook messages about some low-quality bistec is a waste of everyone's time and taxpayer money. Unless he tweets from the stand, in which case, we're all winners.

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I learned about rabies from Diff'rent Strokes

I learned about rabies from Diff'rent Strokes | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it
A rabid Arnold? Hopefully not, but he’s been bitten by a dog that might be carrying rabies. Which means the Drummonds have to find the animal or Arnold’s life could be in danger.
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U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use ‘Hiroshima’ Tactics for ‘Total War’ on Islam

U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use ‘Hiroshima’ Tactics for ‘Total War’ on Islam | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

The U.S. military taught its future leaders that a “total war” against the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims would be necessary to protect America from Islamic terrorists, according to documents obtained by Danger Room. Among the options considered for that conflict: using the lessons of “Hiroshima” to wipe out whole cities at once, targeting the “civilian population wherever necessary.”

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"It appears square grouper have been spawning in nearshore waters off Key West over the past week"

"It appears square grouper have been spawning in nearshore waters off Key West over the past week" | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

In two separate instances that hearken back to the drug-running days of the Florida Keys, people have found packages of marijuana worth thousands of dollars either washed ashore or floating in the water. A 10-pound package worth an estimated $20,000 was found by a beachgoer at 8:32 a.m. May 2 at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. Four days later, a 6-pound package worth an estimated $15,000 was found by a boater at 7:40 a.m. near White Street Pier off Higgs Beach.

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Harlem becomes magnet for wealthier New Yorkers

Harlem becomes magnet for wealthier New Yorkers | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Apartment prices are on the rise again in Harlem as the historic area increasingly becomes a magnet for wealthier New Yorkers and topnotch attractions like the Museum for African Art. A luxury penthouse in One Museum Mile — the same building at 1280 Fifth Ave. that houses the museum — just sold for $3.1 million. And developers say it’s a sign of things to come.


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Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables Experience Double Digit Increases In Crime Rate

Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables Experience Double Digit Increases In Crime Rate | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Last year, crime in Miami rose by nearly 11 percent, while in Miami Beach and Coral Gables the crime rate went up 13 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the predominantly upper middle class villages of El Portal, Key Biscayne, and Pinecrest had crime rate increases of 30 percent, 18 percent, and 21 percent, respectively.

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Alessandra Stanley slams Fisher Island, South Beach in the New York Times

Alessandra Stanley slams Fisher Island, South Beach in the New York Times | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

But all it took was a few minutes in South Beach — and a peek inside Dash, the Kardashian boutique, where sunburned tourists took pictures of one another — to make us realize that we didn’t have it quite so bad on Fisher Island. At least there we weren’t surrounded by drunken, half-naked college students racing Segways along Ocean Drive.

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The GQ+A: Marley Director Kevin MacDonald

The GQ+A: Marley Director Kevin MacDonald | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

The man behind the essential new Bob Marley documentary talks about the reggae icon's complicated life and how he became "the crown prince of stoners"

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Dear Asshole: The letters of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee from new biography

Dear Asshole: The letters of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee from new biography | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

In 1985 Bradlee received a letter from the publisher of The Pueblo Chieftain in which the publisher criticized Bradlee for dismissing a study that claimed that the public viewed the press as arrogant. Bradlee’s response, here in full, stands as a reminder to professional contrarians of all stripes that to be liked is nice, but no measure of success: “Editors do run the risk of appearing arrogant if they choose to disagree with anybody who calls them arrogant,” Bradlee wrote. “You sound like one of those publishers who aims to please his pals in the community and give them what they want. No one will call you arrogant that way. No one will call you newspaperman, either.”

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Oxycontin, Vicodin and Opana: the prescription drugs involved in more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined

Oxycontin, Vicodin and Opana: the prescription drugs involved in more overdose deaths than cocaine and heroin combined | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

As the U.S. Senate Finance Committee launched an investigation Tuesday into makers of narcotic painkillers and groups that champion them, a leading pain advocacy organization said it was dissolving "due to irreparable economic circumstances." The American Pain Foundation, which described itself as the nation’s largest organization for pain patients, was the focus of a December investigation by ProPublica in The Washington Post that detailed its close ties to drugmakers.

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Artwork for Next Week’s Show: @BillyCorben x @AlfredSpellman of rakontur | The Combat Jack Show ft. Dallas Penn

Artwork for Next Week’s Show: @BillyCorben x @AlfredSpellman of rakontur | The Combat Jack Show ft. Dallas Penn | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

You up on that documentary Cocaine Cowboys? Or Limelight? Next week we have Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of rakontur  stopping by to talk about how they stay directing dope content.

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Thanks to Jorge Gonzalez, Miami Beach Is Now Dade's Most Corrupt Town

Thanks to Jorge Gonzalez, Miami Beach Is Now Dade's Most Corrupt Town | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

The past 18 months have seen the Beach, Dade's glitziest locale, become its most corrupt. Among Gonzalez's dubious achievements:


• His pick to head the troubled Building Department was canned after admitting to double-billing taxpayers for more than $154,000.


• His cops have been charged with harassing gays, shooting innocent bystanders, drunken joyriding that nearly killed a beachgoer, and drinking on the job.


• Prosecutors probed whether he extorted thousands of dollars in free tickets from the New World Symphony.


• His procurement director resigned over ties to a felonious developer and accusations of ethics breaches in a convention center renovation project.


• The FBI busted five of his code compliance officers and a firefighter for accepting bribes from clubs, and another firefighter for helping to arrange cocaine shipments.


One question remains: What the hell happened?

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Judge orders Billy Corben to hearing, but skeptical of misconduct claim: "I didn't instruct him that he couldn't joke around"

Judge orders Billy Corben to hearing, but skeptical of misconduct claim: "I didn't instruct him that he couldn't joke around" | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

At Friday’s hearing, Yousuf admitted the defense team initially fought to keep Corben on the jury, but insisted the lawyers did not know of his penchant for online commentary. Prosecutor Katherine Arnholt admitted Corben’s tweets amounted to minor misconduct, but not enough to overturn the verdict. The judge acknowledged that Corben likely disobeyed his orders against using social media, but sounded skeptical. “I didn’t instruct him that he couldn’t joke around,” he said.


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Judge rejects effort to open final CIA volume on failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba

A federal judge has ruled that a final volume of the CIA's three-decade-old history on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba can remain shrouded in secrecy because it is a draft, not a finished product. The CIA characterized the volume in court papers as "a polemic of recriminations against CIA officers who later criticized the operation."


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Rabies cases soar in Palm Beach

Rabies cases soar in Palm Beach | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Keep an eye out for angry raccoons, hostile dogs and dizzy bats. These are the culprits largely behind a multiplying number of suspected rabies exposures among people in Palm Beach County. The number of people vaccinated in the county for possible rabies so far this year has more than doubled from the same time a year ago, state records show.

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Video: Drunk woman wanders on the court during Lakers vs Nuggets Game 4


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Tobacco Road Property Sold, Bar to Remain Open at Least Three More Years

Tobacco Road Property Sold, Bar to Remain Open at Least Three More Years | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

The city's oldest bar may be in jeopardy. Carlos J. Mattos, founder and president of Hyundai Colombia Automotriz, recently purchased the land Tobacco Road sits on for $12.5 million, according to South Florida Buisness Journal. Though the bar will remain open for a minimum of three more years at its current location, rumors of redevelopment are already surfacing.

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Florida finds nearly 2,700 non-U.S. citizens, mostly in Miami-Dade, on voting rolls

Nearly 2,700 potential non-U.S. citizens are registered to vote in Florida and some could have been unlawfully casting ballots for years, according to a Miami Herald-CBS4 analysis of elections data. The bulk of the potential non-citizen voters are in Florida’s largest county, Miami-Dade, where the elections supervisor is combing through a list of nearly 2,000 names and contacting them.


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