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Circus at Miami Beach City Hall. Commissioner declares "We’re acting like chusma [trash] up here.”

Circus at Miami Beach City Hall. Commissioner declares "We’re acting like chusma [trash] up here.” | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

In the hours before Gonzalez’s new resignation date was set, Bower called Wolfson “a child” and accused Commissioner Michael Góngora, who helped push Gonzalez out the door, of campaigning for mayor from the dais. Wolfson said Bower, a Gonzalez supporter, was trying to help Gonzalez “put spin” on his tenure by refusing commissioners’ calls in April for a special meeting about the corruption arrests. And Tobin said anti-corruption measures proffered by the mayor and city manager were a “dog and pony show.”

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The storm today reminded me of the Great Miami Tornado, that touched down 15 years ago this Saturday

The Miami Tornado (also known as the Great Miami Tornado) was an F1 tornado which touched down in Miami, Florida on May 12, 1997. The tornado is remembered not for its minor damage but for its haunting pictures, which made headlines around the world. The tornado formed in the afternoon (around 2:00 PM), initially touching down in the Silver Bluff Estates area. It then swept through Downtown, bypassing the city's skyscrapers. It then crossed the MacArthur Causeway and the Venetian Causeway, towards Miami Beach, sideswiping a cruise ship. The tornado lifted from the water halfway through Biscayne Bay and touched down briefly again in Miami Beach, flipping over a car and then dissipating.

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College students think it's more unethical for athletes to take steroids than for students to take Adderall

College students think it's more unethical for athletes to take steroids than for students to take Adderall | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

About 1,200 male students, all in their freshman year at Penn State University. were presented with two scenarios: one in which an athlete takes anabolic steroids to improve his performance at a track meet and one in which a student takes a prescription stimulant like Adderall to improve his performance on a test. The results show that the surveyed students think that using athletes using steroids is less ethically sound than taking a stimulant to do better in school.

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Miami Beach taxpayers are obligated to pay embattled city manager Jorge Gonzalez $150,000/year for LIFE

Miami Beach taxpayers are obligated to pay embattled city manager Jorge Gonzalez $150,000/year for LIFE | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

"He’s got one year of severance and a significant pension that he’ll be able to collect relatively soon. He gets $150,000 a year for life. He’ll walk away with about $300,000 in a year of severance in addition to some other health benefits." Miami Beach commissioner Ed Tobin

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University of Miami medical school dean: expired stimulus funds, reimbursement cuts led to layoffs

University of Miami medical school dean: expired stimulus funds, reimbursement cuts led to layoffs | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Starting in late 2009, UM benefited greatly from federal stimulus funds, but most of that came from two-year grants that have since expired, Goldschmidt said.

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Commissioner Ed Tobin to Miami Beach city manager Jorge Gonzalez: "sneaky till the end"

Commissioner Ed Tobin to Miami Beach city manager Jorge Gonzalez: "sneaky till the end" | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

This afternoon, Gonzalez tendered his resignation. He promised the commissioners he'd have his desk cleaned out by this time next year. That didn't go well, either. 

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Beastie Boys sued over tracks on Licensed To Ill, Paul’s Boutique one day before MCA died

Beastie Boys sued over tracks on Licensed To Ill, Paul’s Boutique one day before MCA died | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

The Beastie Boys have been hit with lawsuit over four tracks, two on their landmark debut album Licensed To Ill and two from their follow-up, Paul’s Boutique. HipHop/R&B label Tuf America filed the lawsuit against all members of the Beastie Boys on May 3, just one day before member Adam “MCA” Yauch died from cancer on May 4.

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University of Miami laying off 800

Two weeks ago, Shalala told employees that the medical school was planning “significant” cuts in research and administration at the medical school because of “unprecedented factors,” including the 2008 global downturn, cutbacks in funding for research and clinical care and reductions of payments from Jackson Health System.

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Don Johnson won $15 million from three Atlantic City casinos in the first four months of 2011

Don Johnson won $15 million from three Atlantic City casinos in the first four months of 2011 | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Don Johnson won $15 million from three Atlantic City casinos in the first four months of 2011: $4m from Caesar’s, $5m from the Borgata and $6m from the Tropicana. That latter haul got the president of the Tropicana sacked and dented the casino’s monthly revenue. How did he do it? He avoided bad gambles.

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King of Diamonds: How America's Favorite Black Strip Club Won Its Crown

King of Diamonds: How America's Favorite Black Strip Club Won Its Crown | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Behind the velvet curtains, King of Diamonds rise to becoming a hip-hop and pro sports cultural icon is the tale of an octogenarian nightclub impresario's latest success after a career marred by accusations of mob ties, political corruption, and prostitution. 


"There is no recession when you're looking at naked women. Tonight you might see at least a couple hundred thousand dollars hit the floor."

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Federal judge slams Miami-Dade criminal justice system: "it has not been working for a long time"

Federal judge slams Miami-Dade criminal justice system: "it has not been working for a long time" | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

"I think Mr. Mozie's criminal history is an indictment of the Miami-Dade criminal justice system … he has never been in state prison," Dimitrouleas said, adding that the system is "overburdened and has not been working for a long time."

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A Night Inside South Florida’s Gang Wars (Jim DeFede @CBSMiami)

A Night Inside South Florida’s Gang Wars (Jim DeFede @CBSMiami) | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

On this night in March, the county’s north end was in the midst of one of its bloodiest months in recent memory. At least 30 individuals would be shot — almost all of it attributable to street gangs.

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At D.C.'s Union Station late at night, all’s fare when seeking a cab

“We know cabdrivers are not following the rules and things are getting wild past midnight,” he said. “The drivers know we don’t have the resources to keep inspectors out so late, so they are rolling the dice and taking a gamble.”

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Miami Beach City Manager to resign July 8

Miami Beach City Manager to resign July 8 | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Miami Beach’s embattled city manager wanted to stay on the job one more year. He’ll get only two months. On Wednesday, one day after longtime administrator Jorge Gonzalez offered a resignation date of May 10, 2013, he changed his effective date to July 8, 2012. 


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CBS4 Investigates: Who Killed "Dead" Ed Bozarth?

CBS4 Investigates: Who Killed "Dead" Ed Bozarth? | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

A third-rate romance and a low-rent rendezvous appears to be more than just some lyrics in a song. As Jim DeFede reports, it may be the reason a brutal murder at quirky Gilbert's Marina in the Keys has taken 5-years to solve. CBS4 Investigates the death of "Dead" Ed Bozarth.

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Mitt Romney's Miami Fundraiser Is at the Home of Man Who Makes "Abortive Pill"

Mitt Romney's Miami Fundraiser Is at the Home of Man Who Makes "Abortive Pill" | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Well, we told you yesterday that Romney is coming to Miami Beach next week for a $50,000 a plate fundraiser at the Star Island mega-mansion of Philip and Patricia Frost. Philip Frost just happens to be the chairman of the Board of Directors of Teva Pharmaceuticals, which -- what do you know? -- makes Plan B.

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Florida's Bat-Shit Crazy Allen West says there are 36 Terrorist Training Camps in the U.S.

Florida's Bat-Shit Crazy Allen West says there are 36 Terrorist Training Camps in the U.S. | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it
Republican Rep. Allen West would be worth a chuckle if he weren't so crazy. Yes he said 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist party. But that isn't the first crazy thing he said. How about the 36 Terrorist Training Camps that he swears are operating in the United States.
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CIA unraveled bomb plot from within

The latest al-Qaeda bomb plot targeting U.S. aircraft was unraveled from inside the terrorist group by operatives — including an agent who posed as a willing suicide bomber — working on behalf of the CIA and its counterparts in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, said U.S. and Middle Eastern officials. The Saudi intelligence service played a particularly important role in penetrating al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen and recovering the explosive device, according to officials, who described an elaborate espionage operation in which the CIA tracked the bomb’s movements for weeks and then killed suspected plotters in a drone strike after the device was seized.

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Commissioner Jonah Wolfson on Miami Beach city manager: "If Jorge Gonzlaez doesn't resign, we can fire him tomorrow"

Commissioner Jonah Wolfson on Miami Beach city manager: "If Jorge Gonzlaez doesn't resign, we can fire him tomorrow" | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

"It's so bad that people are even afraid to call the police department or call City Hall when they're being a victim of a shakedown – they have to call the FBI," resident Mike Burke said.

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Joe's Take Away to Sell Latin Burgers Today Only

Joe's Take Away to Sell Latin Burgers Today Only | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

To celebrate Burger Month, Joe's Take Away, the casual "to-go" sibling of Joe's Stone Crab, is partnering with food truck Latin Burger and Taco for one day only.

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Miami Beach City Manager Jorge Gonzalez Promises Reforms As He Fights For His Job

Miami Beach City Manager Jorge Gonzalez Promises Reforms As He Fights For His Job | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Miami Beach residents are happy, the city is a well-oiled machine and -- despite a string of embarrassments by the police and a mass FBI corruption bust last month -- the majority of city employees do good work. That was City Manager Jorge Gonzalez's upbeat message, at least, to an angry, packed room at David's Cafe II this morning. Behind the scenes, though, Gonzalez is fighting desperately for his job.


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In 1981, American Airlines sold lifetime flying passes for $250k. It now wishes it hadn't.

In 1981, American Airlines sold lifetime flying passes for $250k. It now wishes it hadn't. | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Back in 1981, American Airlines needed cash. Interest rates were sky high, so rather than borrowing the money, they hit upon a weird idea: sell lifetime passes good for unlimited first-class air travel for $250,000. Add a companion pass for $150,000 more. The resulting program, the AAirpass, turned out to be a huge disaster

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Robert Johnson, the man Eric Clapton called "the most important blues singer that ever lived," would've been 101 today

In the delta of the Mississippi River, where Robert Johnson was born, they said that if an aspiring bluesman waited by the side of a deserted country crossroads in the dark of a moonless night, then Satan himself might come and tune his guitar, sealing a pact for the bluesman's soul and guaranteeing a lifetime of easy money, women, and fame. They said that Robert Johnson must have waited by the crossroads and gotten his guitar fine-tuned.

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Renting Prosperity: our shift from a nation of owners to an economy permanently on the move

Renting Prosperity: our shift from a nation of owners to an economy permanently on the move | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Americans are getting used to the idea of renting the good life, from cars to couture to homes. Daniel Gross explores our shift from a nation of owners to an economy permanently on the move—and how it will lead to the next boom.

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Mitt Romney Lies a Lot, But He’s Not a Liar

Mitt Romney Lies a Lot, But He’s Not a Liar | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

He says lots of things that are obviously false and that he clearly knows to be false – particularly, but not exclusively, about his own record. But it’s not clear that this tells us anything about Romney’s character. Lying is what politicians do when the truth stands between them and their goals.

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