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Six consecutive tweets about the 'Miami Zombie' by The Miami Herald in less than an hour yesterday

Six consecutive tweets about the 'Miami Zombie' by The Miami Herald in less than an hour yesterday | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Time to change their name to the Miami Zombie News.

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Time to give Pete Rose a second chance? The debut ESPN 30 for 30 Short: 'Here Now' (VIDEO)

Time to give Pete Rose a second chance? The debut ESPN 30 for 30 Short: 'Here Now' (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via rakontur:

 

The ESPN Films crew have launched a series of short documentaries leading up to the premiere of the second season of 30 for 30 in October.

 

The first in the series is Here Now, Eric Drath's fantastic peak into the sad world of Pete Rose...

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My Miami Heat t-shirt of the day

My Miami Heat t-shirt of the day | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Courtesy of The Paramore Brothers -- https://www.facebook.com/ronald.paramore and https://twitter.com/femalejockstrap

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AP Orders Staff To "Stop Taunting" CNN And Others Who Got ObamaCare Ruling Wrong

AP Orders Staff To "Stop Taunting" CNN And Others Who Got ObamaCare Ruling Wrong | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Mediaite:

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..."
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News Dump: Four Pieces Of News They Hoped You Wouldn't Read Today

News Dump: Four Pieces Of News They Hoped You Wouldn't Read Today | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via BuzzFeed:

 

With dramatic Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's health care law due today, other sophisticated players know this is a great time to dump bad news:

 

1. JPMorgan lost $7 Billion More Than They Told Us

 

2. News Corp Will Split in Two

 

3. The Republican Party Is Suing to End Limits on Campaign Cash

 

4. Ann Curry Leaves The Today Show...

 

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Our government's always busy not getting anything done: Black Lawmakers Plot 'Walkout Strategy' During Holder Contempt Vote

Our government's always busy not getting anything done: Black Lawmakers Plot 'Walkout Strategy' During Holder Contempt Vote | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via National Journal:

 

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..."

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Man Cleared in "Stand Your Ground" Case Shot and Killed in Miami's Liberty City

Man Cleared in "Stand Your Ground" Case Shot and Killed in Miami's Liberty City | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

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...

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Reefer Madness: No Evidence of Bath Salts Found in Miami Cannibal Rudy Eugene's Body, Only Pot

Reefer Madness: No Evidence of Bath Salts Found in Miami Cannibal Rudy Eugene's Body, Only Pot | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Miami New Times:

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..."
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Cleveland Weatherman Can't Help But Show His Miami Heat Frustration (VIDEO)

Mark Johnson tries to get through his weather segment without bringing up the NBA Finals...
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Former Miami Heat forward Pat Cummings dead at 55

Former Miami Heat forward Pat Cummings dead at 55 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Sun Sentinel:

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...
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Did a Miami Beach Man Figure Out How To Beat TSA's Body Scanners? (VIDEO)

Did a Miami Beach Man Figure Out How To Beat TSA's Body Scanners? (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Miami New Times:

 

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...

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Allegations of improprieties prompt investigation of Miami-Dade police charity

Allegations of improprieties prompt investigation of Miami-Dade police charity | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Random Pixels:

 

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..."

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DJ Laz Returns to Miami Radio as Romance 106.7 Becomes Spanglish Party Station On July 4th

DJ Laz Returns to Miami Radio as Romance 106.7 Becomes Spanglish Party Station On July 4th | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Crossfade:

 

Abuelita's favorite FM emisora is no more.

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...

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Woman Caught On Camera Trying To Bribe Florida Trooper, Says She Did It Before In Miami

Woman Caught On Camera Trying To Bribe Florida Trooper, Says She Did It Before In Miami | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

CBS Miami buried the lead in this one:

 

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)

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South Floridians Charged With Selling F-16 Parts To The Venezuelan Air Force

South Floridians Charged With Selling F-16 Parts To The Venezuelan Air Force | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Miami New Times:

 

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...

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National Security: Great that TSA takes liquids and sexually assaults innocent Americans, then the airline gives you these...

National Security: Great that TSA takes liquids and sexually assaults innocent Americans, then the airline gives you these... | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Wanna cut the federal budget and defecit? TSA "Security Theater" costs us billions and accomplishes nothing. TSA's acutal success rate at flagging known terrorists is 0.0%. They have had false positives on 50,000 and allowed "at least 16 individuals allegedly involved in six subsequent terror plots slip through eight different airports. GAO said the individuals moved through protected airports on at least 23 different occasions." (Source: http://www.scoop.it/t/the-billy-pulpit/p/1901219086/national-security-tsa-s-actual-success-rate-at-flagging-known-terrorists-is-zero)

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Florida woman caught smuggling oxycodone in her vagina

Florida woman caught smuggling oxycodone in her vagina | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NWF Daily News:

 

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...

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Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen: "Pretty Soon I'm Ready to Erupt"

Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen: "Pretty Soon I'm Ready to Erupt" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NBC Miami:

 

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..."

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This is not from The Onion: Cloris Leachman Joins ‘Raging Bull II’

This is not from The Onion: Cloris Leachman Joins ‘Raging Bull II’ | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Deadline Hollywood: 

 

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...

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Florida mother dies shielding her 3-year old daughter from tornado (VIDEO)

Florida mother dies shielding her 3-year old daughter from tornado (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
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...
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Florida Department of Children and Families Worker Allegedly Had Sex with Foster Girl

Florida Department of Children and Families Worker Allegedly Had Sex with Foster Girl | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via NBC Miami:

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...
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Ousted Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito Loses Termination Appeal

Ousted Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito Loses Termination Appeal | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via CBS Miami:

A panel of Miami-Dade judges has denied a petition by former Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito to get his job back.

Exposito lost his job last year after being suspended for insubordination.

His attorneys had argued that the city commission had no grounds to fire him and Exposito claimed his firing was strictly political...
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College football four-team playoff approved; BCS is dead in 2014

College football four-team playoff approved; BCS is dead in 2014 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

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...

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Amy Fisher Moving to Florida: 5 Facts About Our Newest Criminal Resident

Amy Fisher Moving to Florida: 5 Facts About Our Newest Criminal Resident | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via New Times Broward:

 

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...

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VIDEO: Jew-Hating Elmo Kicked Out of Central Park Zoo

VIDEO: Jew-Hating Elmo Kicked Out of Central Park Zoo | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

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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