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'The Corben' Sandwich at Blue Collar restaurant in Miami

'The Corben' Sandwich at Blue Collar restaurant in Miami | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Twin fresh brisket sandwiches on Portuguese muffins with Dijon, latkes with cinnamon applesauce and a side of au jus.

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Florida woman accused of groping TSA agent after she's groped by TSA agent (VIDEO)

Florida woman accused of groping TSA agent after she's groped by TSA agent (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NBC 2:

 

A former TSA agent en route to her brother's funeral was removed from her flight, arrested and faces misdemeanor battery charges after an incident caught on tape at the Southwest Florida International Airport.

 

It happened on her way to Cleveland, Ohio. Airline passenger Carol Price says while going through security to catch her flight, a TSA agent groped her.

 

In response, the video shows Price put down her carry-on bags, turn to a TSA supervisor and grab her - allegedly without permission - to show the supervisor what Price says she went through.

 

Price says the TSA agent wasn't following protocol - and she should know. Price is a former TSA agent who worked at the airport until a few years ago. She got along with some, but not all of her co-workers, and says her pat down was personal...

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Skeeters: Mosquitoes Start Summer Attack Early in South Florida

Skeeters: Mosquitoes Start Summer Attack Early in South Florida | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via CBS Miami:

With an early start to the rainy season, mosquitoes have wasted no time making themselves at home in South Florida.

“Mosquitoes usually start getting bad around July, around the Fourth of July weekend,” said Manuel Garcia with Miami-Dade Mosquito Control. “This year it started a month early..."
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Obama Administration’s Drone Death Figures Don’t Add Up

Obama Administration’s Drone Death Figures Don’t Add Up | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Propublica:

 

Last month, a “senior administration official” said the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama is in the “single digits.” But last year “U.S. officials” said drones in Pakistan killed about 30 civilians in just a yearlong stretch under Obama.

 

Both claims can’t be true.

 

We collected claims by the administration about deaths from drone strikes in Pakistan and compared each one not to local reports but rather to other administration claims. The numbers sometimes do not add up...

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Hollywood Wins, Alabama Loses as Appeals Court Allows Broad Use of Sports Trademarks in Artistic Works

Hollywood Wins, Alabama Loses as Appeals Court Allows Broad Use of Sports Trademarks in Artistic Works | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

 

"The 11th Circuit holds that an artist's use of trademarked sports uniforms and logos enjoys First Amendment protection..."

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THIS JUST IN: It's okay to take pictures of the Miami Herald building

THIS JUST IN: It's okay to take pictures of the Miami Herald building | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Random Pixels:

 

"Today I followed up on a blogger's claim that he was told by a security guard last week that he couldn't take pictures of the Miami Herald building.

 

The executive stressed that there is no ban on the taking of pictures of the Herald building and "there never has been a ban. But we would prefer that people confine their picture taking to the public sidewalk and not trespass on Herald property," said the executive..."

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Trayvon Martin: Prosecutors Release Zimmerman’s Jailhouse Calls To Wife (VIDEO)

Trayvon Martin: Prosecutors Release Zimmerman’s Jailhouse Calls To Wife (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS Miami:

 

SANFORD – Prosecutors have released jailhouse phone calls related to their case against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

 

The phone calls are between Zimmerman and his wife Shellie and were made just days before she told a court she and her husband were broke, but the state said recorded jail house phone calls prove the couple transferred thousands of dollars from one account to another.

 

By that time, Zimmerman had raised 135 thousand dollars through his personal web site.

 

Prosecutors said the calls show how the former neighborhood watch leader instructed his wife to transfer money from bank accounts. Prosecutors also said they discussed their finances in code during the recorded conversations....

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Woody Allen's Son Rips Dad Over Twitter On Father's Day (Hilariously)

Woody Allen's Son Rips Dad Over Twitter On Father's Day (Hilariously) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Complex:

 

Check out the tweet that Ronan sent out on Father's Day: "Happy father's day -- or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law's day."

 

And, in what is the best response to a tweet that we have ever seen, Mia Farrow simply re-tweeted, "Boom."

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Feds in Miami: $31 million stolen from Medicare wound up in Cuban banks

Feds in Miami: $31 million stolen from Medicare wound up in Cuban banks | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Palm Beach Post:

 

In an unprecedented case, federal prosecutors have charged a Miami man with engaging in a massive money laundering scheme that moved millions stolen from the federal Medicare program into Cuban banks.

 

Prosecutors in Miami say Oscar Sanchez, 46, was a key leader in a group that funneled more than $31 million in Medicare dollars into banks in Havana — the first such case that directly traces money fleeced from the beleaguered program into the Cuban banking system.

 

The case is the first alleging a direct money connection between the explosive Medicare fraud in South Florida, and Cuba, a well-known hiding place for dozens of fugitives who have fled after ripping off the federal program.

 

Even if fugitives can be located in Cuba, there’s no way to get them back because of the political realities at play.


Because so many of the Medicare defendants are Cuban, rumors have swirled for years that the Castro government has purposely trained and deployed immigrants to take over Medicare-licensed clinics in South Florida, and then harbored them after they returned home. But federal agents and prosecutors, while privately speculating about an official Cuba connection, have had a hard time linking Fidel and Raul Castro’s regime to the rampant healthcare fraud on this side of the Florida Straits...

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University of Florida football commit tweets about his ejection from FSU camp for doing the Gator chomp

University of Florida football commit tweets about his ejection from FSU camp for doing the Gator chomp | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

TALLAHASSEE -- A Twitter war between Florida Gator and Florida State Seminole fans has erupted after a Tallahassee Lincoln High School football recruit announced he was "ejected" from a football camp at FSU for doing the Gator "chomp."

 

Florida commit James Hearns tweeted, "I just got ejected for throwing up the gator chomp at Fsu camp" around 6:51 p.m. EST from @JamesHearns21.

 

The Gator and Seminole faithful have attacked and defended Hearns on Twitter. Included in the Twitt-ack is current Florida State offensive lineman Daniel Glauser who tweeted to Hearns, "have fun loosing in doak this year..."

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Mike Miller thanks Miami Heat fans: Forward credits crowd for Game 3 atmosphere

Mike Miller thanks Miami Heat fans: Forward credits crowd for Game 3 atmosphere | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via WPLG Local 10:

 

MIAMI - Heat forward Mike Miller thanked the white hot fans for the atmosphere at the American Airlines Arena.

 

After a 91-85 win, Miller tweeted, "Amazing L.I.F.E. and energy in arena tonight. Big ups fans!! Thanks for the support."

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Apple to become most profitable company ever

Apple to become most profitable company ever | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

As Apple’s stock price continues its roller coaster ride after topping $600 earlier this year, one industry watcher believes the stock is currently in the bargain bin. Apple can already lay claim to the most profitable quarter in history among technology companies, and Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White on Monday wrote in a note to clients that Apple is currently on track to record the most profitable year ever among publicly traded companies.

 

“In CY12, we believe Apple is poised to generate the highest annual net income of any publicly traded company ever,” White wrote. “On average, we estimate Apple’s net income in CY12 will be over 6x higher than the three tech companies on an individual basis (when at a $500 billion market cap) or 1.9x the aggregate profit of these three companies combined. When including all five companies, we estimate Apple’s net income in CY12 will be 4x higher than the average.”

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Naples, Florida Man Threatens to Bite Faces Off "Like Guy In Miami," Spits Blood at Nurse

Naples, Florida Man Threatens to Bite Faces Off "Like Guy In Miami," Spits Blood at Nurse | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Miami New Times:

 

Rudy Eugene, "the Miami Zombie," is not a role model. We thought that much would be evident, but apparently 21-year-old Giovani Martinez decided he found him self a new hero after being arrested for a DUI. After being transported to a hospital, he threatened to eat the staffers' faces "like the guy in Miami." He also bit a staff member's arm and spit blood into the man's face...

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LeBron's "Headband Girl" Speaks: Doesn't Regret Wearing Sweaty Headband

LeBron's "Headband Girl" Speaks: Doesn't Regret Wearing Sweaty Headband | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Jennifer Chaplin (a former intern at rakontur) said she will wear the band until the team wins the Finals. Via NBC Miami:

 

Miami Heat fan Jennifer Chaplin, a 21-year-old from Miami Beach, who has been called a “passionate fan" by many, willingly wore a sweaty headband from forward LeBron James straight from his head after Game 3 of the NBA Finals, and she doesn't regret it.

  

Chaplin, whose family has season tickets to the Heat games, plans on wearing the headband to every game, "until the Heat win the NBA Finals," she said. “I’m not going to wash it..."

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Miami teen recovering after accidentally shot in head with speargun (VIDEO)

Miami teen recovering after accidentally shot in head with speargun (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via WPLG Local 10:

The incident happened at 5230 SW 139th Place in Kendall in a small body of water just north of the house. Police said two 15 and a 16-year-old boys were in the water loading a spear-gun when it went off, striking the 16-year-old in the head.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue confirmed that the teen was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center...
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This is not from the archives, circa 1990: Arsenio Hall Returning to TV With Late-Night Talk Show

This is not from the archives, circa 1990: Arsenio Hall Returning to TV With Late-Night Talk Show | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

 

The project will see the former host of The Arsenio Hall Show reteam with CBSTVD, whose previous incarnation, Paramount Domestic Television, oversaw his syndicated late-night talker that ran from 1989-94.

 

Hall's new Monday-Friday entry will bow in fall 2013, with CBSTVD partnering with Tribune broadcasting stations for the show, which already has been sold in the top 10 markets and 17 of the top 20 -- covering 52 percent of the country. With Tribune aboard, the strip will launch on 17 stations including WIPX New York and KTLA Los Angeles at 11 p.m. and WGN Chicago at 10 p.m.

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28-year old New Jersey man calls cops from pillow fort in his mom's closet, says he's the president, demands to speak to Tim Tebow

28-year old New Jersey man calls cops from pillow fort in his mom's closet, says he's the president, demands to speak to Tim Tebow | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

A Hopatcong man told police he was the president looking speak to Tim Tebow, and officers found him hiding under pillows and clothes in his mom's closet, police said.

 

Jason Slater, 28, called911 three times late June 10, refusing to give the dispatcher information each time, police said. Then he called the Hopatcong police department's main line, saying he was the president and that he wanted to talk with Tebow, the New York Jets' backup quarterback, police said...

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Florida Robber Leaves Cell Phone At Crime Scene, Cops Release Pic

Florida Robber Leaves Cell Phone At Crime Scene, Cops Release Pic | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NBC Miami:

 

In an effort to find a robber who dropped his cell phone during a struggle with the victim, authorities on Monday released photos of the suspect found on the phone.

 

On May, 30, the victim was walking eastbound along the 2500 block of NW 8th Street in Broward County around 8 p.m., the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

 

The robber approached the victim from behind, put him in chokehold, holding to his neck what he thought was a box cutter. The robber demanded money, began to run away, but the man chased him and fought with him, authorities said. The suspect cut himself in the struggle and left his cell phone at the scene...

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Tax dollars well spent: Jury Finds Roger Clemens Not Guilty On All Counts

Tax dollars well spent: Jury Finds Roger Clemens Not Guilty On All Counts | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via mediaite:

 

"After resuming deliberation in former pitching star Roger Clemens‘ perjury trial, jurors found Clemens not guilty of having lied to Congress in 2008 when denying he had used steroids or human growth hormone."

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Miami-Dade County credit improves, says Mayor Carlos Gimenez (guess we won't need Baby 1 Credit anymore)

Via WPLG Local 10:

 

Miami-Dade county has improved credit according to Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

 

Mayor Gimenez announced on Monday that Standard and Poor's Financial Services changed the county's outlook from "negative" to "stable."

 

(Guess we won't need Baby 1 Credit anymore -- video via HBO's classic 'The Chris Rock Show')!

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'Raging Bull II' has begun production: "The sequel nobody is asking for is heading your way"

'Raging Bull II' has begun production: "The sequel nobody is asking for is heading your way" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via IFC:

 

Variety is reporting that production has started on “Raging Bull II,” an upcoming sequel/prequel hybrid that has nothing to do with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro or the original film.

 

Instead, relative unknown Martin Guigui is directing the movie off a script he cowrote with Rustam Branaman. William Forsythe will star as an older Jake LaMotta, while newcomer Mojean Aria will play him as a younger man. De Niro famously portrayed LaMotta in the first “Raging Bull.” The project also stars Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Alicia Witt, Ray Wise, Harry Hamlin, Bill Bellamy and James Russo as Rocky Graziano...

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Florida's education commissioner and local school boards at odds over FCAT

Florida's education commissioner and local school boards at odds over FCAT | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via WSVN:

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson and Florida's school boards are at odds over high-stakes testing.


Robinson defended the state's heavy reliance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test as a measuring stick in a statement Friday. 

 

It was in response to a resolution passed Thursday by the Florida School Boards Association calling for an independent review of the FCAT's reliability.
Robinson disputed the association's contention the test is too expensive, narrows the curriculum as teachers focus on what's tested and is a detriment to student success.


He said the $59 million that goes to testing is only a half a percent of overall annual state and local spending on public schools...

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Palm Beach firefighter lieutenant resigns following two arrests

Palm Beach firefighter lieutenant resigns following two arrests | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Palm Beach Post:

 

Joshua Goodfellow, a lieutenant for the city’s fire department who was arrested and Tasered by police in April and then arrested again for an alleged DUI last week, has resigned from the department.

 

He had been placed on paid leave after the first incident. In April, Goodfellow, 34, was wrestled to the ground by an employee at Samantha’s Restaurant in Jupiter after Goodfellow allegedly came into the restaurant looking for his wife, who was with a friend, and shouted obscenities at her. Goodfellow left the restaurant and the doors were locked. But police officer Danielle Hirsch then found him banging on the glass door “with such force, that I thought he was going to break it,” according to the report. She Tasered him three times.

 

Last week, Goodfellow was arrested for an alleged DUI. His blood alcohol came back .245 and .254 in two breath tests, which is more than three times the legal limit. An officer said he had offered to arrange a ride for Goodfellow, but Goodfellow chose to drive off from a Jupiter bar, running two stop signs and then fleeing by foot from his vehicle after he was pulled over...

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National Border Patrol group calls for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation

National Border Patrol group calls for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The National Border Patrol Council, which represents all 17,000 of the agency’s nonsupervisory agents, called Monday for the resignation of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for his role in the botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation that resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

 

Council President George E. McCubbin III, a 25-year Border Patrol veteran, described Mr. Holder’s actions in the case as “a slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country,” adding that the attorney general showed “an utter failure of leadership at the highest levels of government.”

 

Two semi-automatic AK-47 assault weapons found at the scene of the Dec. 15, 2010, killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry were traced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to “straw buyers” who bought the weapons as part of the Fast and Furious investigation.

 

The agent died during a gunfight with heavily-armed Mexican bandits along the U.S.-Mexico border south of Tucson, Ariz.

More than 2,000 weapons purchased during the ATF-led Fast and Furious operation were “walked” to drug smugglers in Mexico. More than 600 of them still are missing...

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Artwork revealed for 'Taken 2' starring Liam Neeson

Artwork revealed for 'Taken 2' starring Liam Neeson | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

"First they took his daughter, now they're coming for him."

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