If you’ve been on Twitter this morning — or have been watching cable news — you know that CNN, and then Fox News, initially reported the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama‘s health care reform initiative incorrectly. Their first reports stated the Court struck down the individual mandate (which is false). Twitter jokes commenced, leading the Associated Press to order their staff to “stop taunting” about the mistake.
Per Romenesko, Region Editor/Central U.S. David Scott said it’s “not the impression we want to reflect as an organization. Let our reporting take the lead..."
The Congressional Black Caucus has called a members-only "emergency" meeting on Thursday to plot a "walkout strategy" ahead of the scheduled contempt vote of Attorney General Eric Holder later in the day.
The plans, detailed in an email from the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus obtained by the Alley, include circulating a letter disapproving of the vote and having lawmakers walk out of the Capitol to hold a press conference during the roll call. The House is expected to vote on Thursday hold Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to release certain documents related to the failed "Fast and Furious" gun-running program.
At moments, the fight has taken on racial undertones, most notably when Holder, who is African American, told the New York Times in December 2011 that he served as a stand-in for GOP attacks on President Obama. "This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him," Holder said, "both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we're both African-American..."
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – One of two people who died in a Liberty City shooting late Tuesday night made headlines three months ago when his lawyer beat a second degree murder charge using a ‘stand your ground’ defense.
Police believe Greyston Garcia, 26, had just left his job at a convenience store Tuesday evening around 9:30 p.m. when gunfire broke out in the 6900 block of NW 15th Avenue. A stray bullet shattered the passenger side window of Garcia’s truck before it slammed into him.
When police arrived they found Garcia dead in his truck and a critically injured 16-year old Ronald Dwayne Jones lying in a side street. The teen was rushedto Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center but he died on the way. Investigators suspect the shooting was between two rival gangs and Garcia was an innocent victim...
Turns out Rudy Eugene, the "Miami Zombie," might not have been under the influence of bath salts after all. It had been previously reported that Eugene had marijuana in his system, and after further tests that's all the medical examiners found.
"The department's toxicology laboratory has identified the active components of marijuana," a Miami-Dade Medical Examiner said in a statement according to NBCMiami. "The laboratory has tested for but not detected any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs, or any adulterants found in street drugs..."
MIAMI— Pat Cummings, a member of the inaugural 1988-89 Miami Heat, has died, according to reports out of New York.
Cummings, 55, according to the reports, was found dead Tuesday at an apartment in the West Village neighborhood in New York City.
The medical examiner has yet to determine a cause of death, with no sign of foul play initially apparent.
Cummings signed with the Heat as a free agent on August 29, 1988, just over two months before the Heat played their first game. He was in the team's opening-night lineup in 1988 as the starting power forward, alongside small forward Billy Thompson, center Rony Seikaly, shooting guard Kevin Edwards and point guard Rory Sparrow...
The hidden camera rolls inside Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as a spiky-haired young man calmly slips a metal box into a secret pocket sewn into his dress shirt. He strolls through the Transportation Security Administration's high-tech body scanner, grabs the camera off the conveyor belt, and -- voila! -- takes the box out of his shirt.
Did a 28-year-old from South Beach find a loophole in America's billion-dollar airport security web? So says Jonathan Corbett, who uploaded footage of his feat to YouTube last month (and has since received more than a million views). It's part of his larger war -- including a federal lawsuit -- against what he says is an inept and invasive agency...
A whistle-blower has sent an email [embedded below] to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the Board of County Commissioners that charges Miami-Dade Police Director James K. Loftus with condoning or looking the other way as members of his department routinely work for a private police charity while on county time.
The anonymous e-mailer alleges that "several sworn [Miami-Dade Police] officers are being paid by us the citizens of Miami-Dade County to conduct business for the Police Officer Assistance Trust (P.O.A.T.) during official work hours..."
P.O.A.T.'s website describes itself as "a [non-profit] support organization for the law enforcement community of Miami-Dade County, Florida to assist officers and their families in times of need."
The writer of the June 11 email goes into specifics: "Sergeant Chuck Duncan and Officer Marilyn Butler are detached to P.O.A.T., in charge of running the day-to-day operation of this “non-profit” organization. Both “sworn” officers are assigned to Miami-Dade Police Department’s Homicide Bureau, and are paid by Miami-Dade County while they have been performing tasks for P.O.A.T. over the past five (5) years."
The writer also alleges that, "On April 20, 2012, P.O.A.T. held a fundraiser (car wash) at MDPD’s headquarters, to raise money for the construction of a bedroom/bathroom for Justin Haworth, son of slain Officer Amanda Haworth, which over 50 MDPD employees participated in this event. Even though this event received positive news coverage, the most glaring issue with this situation was the fact that the vast majority of the employees that participated were once again being paid by Dade County taxpayers..."
Miami's WRMA, Romance 106.7, has changed its Spanish-language adult contemporary format to a Spanglish party music concept, and they're reintroducing a familiar voice to the local airwaves next week, DJ Laz.
Crossfade's Broward County sister blog, Country Grind, reported the news last night that Laz's syndicated West Coast show will air on "Miami's New #1 Party Station," DJ 106.7, beginning July 4...
The story declares that a 21-year old woman was caught on camera in Orlando trying to bribe a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper with $3,000 after she was pulled over for speeding.
But, five paragraphs later, here’s what they report she said to him after she was told it was illegal to try and bribe a law enforcement officer: “I know it’s illegal, but I did it before. I bribed a cop and I got away with it in Miami.” (emphasis added)
According to recent reports, Venezuela has been supplying Iran with F-16s in an ominous arms trade that should make the rest of the world very queasy.
And a federal indictment filed yesterday makes us wonder if any of those F-16 parts came from our back yard.
Four South Floridians are charged with illegally exporting a litany of parts for fighter jets and helicopters-- particularly F-16s -- for sale to the Venezuelan Air Force.
Where was the conspiracy allegedly based? Out of the Venezuelan Military Acquisitions Office in Doral, Florida. Apparently, allowing a nation run by a hostile dictator to operate a weapons-buying office near Downtown Miami is as bad an idea as it sounds...
NICEVILLE - A woman faces multiple drug charges after Niceville Police found marijuana in her vehicle and pills hidden in her genital area.
The incident occurred on June 15 when officers stopped a 2007 Honda for speeding on State Road 85. The driver, a man, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle on an expired license greater than six months.
The woman was arrested for possession of marijuana. A search the vehicle produced 78 amphetamine pills in an oxycodone bottle. A second bottle contained amphetamines and two different kinds of oxycodones, as well as three unopened suboxone packages and $6,615 in currency.
Once the woman, who by now had been identified as Jackie Lauren Spillar, was in a holding cell back at police headquarters, she confessed to a detective she had more oxycodone hidden within her genitals. She removed them and gave them to the detective. They consisted of B.C. package containing six small and one large oxycodone pills...
The Miami Marlins are in the middle of a dreadful June swoon, which is normally the kind of situation that sends manager Ozzie Guillen into a medieval tirade. Luckily for the team, Guillen thinks his players are too young to handle his brutal honesty.
The Marlins have gone 5-18 in June, sending them falling to the bottom of the NL East. But Guillen said to MLB.com on Tuesday, "I have to be careful how I treat these kids here."
"I don't have a veteran team," he continued. "I don't know how they're going to handle it. I'm not going to put more pressure on them."
The Marlins won't be safe forever, though. Guillen cannot contain his volatile temper forever, after all. "I want to be on ESPN," he said. "I want to be all over the news. I haven't been there for a long time. ...Pretty soon I'm ready to erupt. But right now ... I'm just trying to be positive the most that I can, because we need that..."
Cloris Leachman has jumped in the ring on Raging Bull II. The Emmy winning actress will play the mother of Penelope Ann Miller in the film. Raging Bull II is combo prequel and sequel to Martin Scorsese 1980 film about boxer Jake LaMotta. Scorsese and the original Bull star Robert De Niro are not involved with Raging Bull II which is written and directed by Martin Guigui. The Sunset Pictures film, based like the 1980 movie on LaMotta’s 1970 memoir, stars William Forsythe as the aged LaMotta and Mojean Aria as the younger version. The film also stars Miller, Joe Montegna, Paul Sorvino and Natasha Henstridge. Raging Bull II is currently shooting in LA...
Venus, FL. - A Florida woman died Sunday after a tornado reportedly ripped through her home hurling her and her daughter through the air--landing nearly 200 feet away. Investigators say the woman's lifeless body was found grasping her young daughter to her chest.
32-year-old Heather Town from Venus, FL. was pronounced dead at the scene after she and her daughter were literally ripped from their home by a tornado Sunday and thrown into a nearby wooded area. The two were found by neighbors wrapped in barbed wire atop a pile of debris.
Authorities said when first responders arrived at the scene, one person was found dead and another (Town's daughter) was found severely injured. EMS immediately rushed the surviving victim to a nearby hospital where she was promptly treated for her injuries.
Town's daughter, 3-year-old Ann Marie suffered cuts and bruises along with several broken ribs but doctors say she is expected to make a full recovery...
A child abuse investigator with the Department of Children and Families was placed on administrative leave after a victim involved in a busted prostitution ring told investigators she had maintained a sexual relationship with him, a published report said.
Jean LaCroix, 46, allegedly had sex with a teenage foster girl identified as M.D., who is also one of the victims of a prostitution ring that preyed on foster children.
The prostitution ring was headed by four Florida men who were arrested early Monday and charged with conspiracy, racketeering and unlawful sexual activity with a minor, according to authorities...
College football will finally have a playoff. Come 2014, the BCS is dead.
A committee of university presidents on Tuesday approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season.
The move completes a six-month process in which the commissioners have been working on a new way to determine a college football champion. Instead of simply matching the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country in a championship game after the regular season, the way the Bowl Championship Series has done since 1998, the new format will create a pair of national semifinals. No. 1 will play No. 4, No. 2 will play No. 3.
The winners will advance the national championship game.
The teams will be selected by a committee, similar to the way the NCAA basketball tournament field is set...
South Florida is littered with washed-up celebrities, from Vanilla Ice to Donald Trump. And while it's easy to riff on these past-their-prime peddlers of spectacle, they at least possess a modicum of some redeeming quality. In other words, they're not total failures.
But the newest edition to Palm Beach's gaggle of crazy, Amy Fisher, is simply the worst of the worst. Fisher, who just purchased a $575,000 crib in Wellington, so severely outtrashes every other celebrity in the Sunshine State -- and probably the U.S. -- that we had to compile a list of tawdry facts to remind readers how awful the "Long Island Lolita" really is. From shooting a woman in the face to getting pigeonholed in cougar porn, here's everything you need to know about Amy Fisher...
a mentally disturbed man in an Elmo costume was kicked out of Central Park Zoo over the weekend for shouting things like “If you start your own business in this city, Jews will harass you!”
In the videos below, the man complains about being squeezed by the Jewish costume companies and urges people to read “The International Jew by Henry Ford.” He eventually got thrown in an ambulance and taken away...
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