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LeBron James gives sweaty headband to girl (a former rakontur intern) after Game 3 -- in slow motion (VIDEO)

What more can I say? Watch the video.

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Penn State: Sandusky Victim 9's mother testifies son would throw away underwear to hide blood from anal rape

Penn State: Sandusky Victim 9's mother testifies son would throw away underwear to hide blood from anal rape | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The mother of one of Jerry Sandusky's alleged victims says her son's underwear was frequently missing from the laundry and he claimed he'd thrown it away because he had an accident:

 

“I always wondered why he never had any underwear in the laundry,” she said. “Or socks. He’d tell me he had an accident and would throw them out. That was odd to me. His stomach always hurt him, and he always told me he couldn’t use the bathroom right.”

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In His Own Words: Lamar Miller, From Miami Hurricane to Miami Dolphin

In His Own Words: Lamar Miller, From Miami Hurricane to Miami Dolphin | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via The Finsiders:

 

After one of last week’s OTA practices, Jesse Agler caught up with Lamar Miller to see how he’s adjusting this summer. Here’s what he had to say...

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Florida man tries to burn self and gas station, but no one gives him a lighter

Florida man tries to burn self and gas station, but no one gives him a lighter | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Gainesville Sun:

 

A former employee of a High Springs gas station returned Monday night, poured gasoline on himself and his car, and tried to set both on fire, authorities said.

 

A High Springs Police Department report gave the following account: Kalpeshkumar Patel, 40, of High Springs, pulled into the High Springs Chevron gas station and convenience store at 7820 SW 50th Road around 9:20 p.m.

 

Using a gas pump, he then poured gasoline on himself and the car and tried unsuccessfully to get a lighter from customers.

 

The owner of the store told police Patel had left him several threatening phone messages, including the threat that he would burn his car in order to destroy the store...

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Cuba's Just About the Only Place Left On Earth Where Coke Doesn't Sell Soda

Cuba's Just About the Only Place Left On Earth Where Coke Doesn't Sell Soda | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Miami New Times:

 

"Among the many cruel side effects of the five-decade old American embargo against Cuba -- economic stagnation, consolidated power for Castro, decaying infrastructure -- there's another oft-ignored tragedy: Cubans are among the only people on earth to whom Coca-Cola isn't officially selling their sugary caffeine-delivery system.

 

That list just got even smaller this morning, as Coke announced it's reopening operations in Burma. That leaves Fidel and his brother-in-repression, North Korea's Kim Jong-un, as the only Coke-free leaders left on the planet..."

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Sun Sentinel: 'NBA Finals according to 'The U' filmmaker Billy Corben...'

Sun Sentinel: 'NBA Finals according to 'The U' filmmaker Billy Corben...' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Sun Sentinel:

Filmmaker Billy Corben, best known for “Cocaine Cowboys” and the ESPN documentary about University of Miami football, “The U,” can visualize the final shot if he were directing the 2012 NBA Finals...
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Alligator blamed for causing 2 car crashes in St. Petersburg, Florida (VIDEO)

Alligator blamed for causing 2 car crashes in St. Petersburg, Florida (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via the AP:

The Florida Highway Patrol says Bruce Foley struck a 12-foot alligator crossing Interstate 275 with his 2012 Toyota sedan early Sunday.

The gator escaped into the woods but emerged about a half hour later.

Authorities say the alligator attempted to cross the interstate again but was struck by a second vehicle, a 2004 Kia driven by Verna Christopherson.

This time the alligator sustained fatal injuries. The remains were removed by a trapper...
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U.S. Attorney Drops Terrorism Charges Against Former Miami Cabbie

U.S. Attorney Drops Terrorism Charges Against Former Miami Cabbie | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS Miami:

 

A former Miami cabbie who was accused along with his father and brother of orchestrating financial support for the Taliban in Pakistan is in the clear.

 

Last week the U.S. Attorneys Office in Miami dropped all charges against Irfan Khan who was detained behind bars for nearly a year before obtaining bail in April...

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Security Guards Forbid Photography of Landmark Miami Herald Building From Public Property

Security Guards Forbid Photography of Landmark Miami Herald Building From Public Property | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Pixiq:

 

The Miami Herald, which has won three Pulitzer prizes for photography (as well as many more for reporting), is forbidding citizens from taking photos of its building because it is a “landmark” building...

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South Florida family on vacation injured in Los Angeles police pursuit (VIDEO)

South Florida family on vacation injured in Los Angeles police pursuit (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via WSVN:

 

LOS ANGELES (WSVN) -- A South Florida family is doing fine after being struck by a suspected drunk driver while on vacation in California.


Bryant Valencia, his wife and 3-year-old son are on vacation in California. The Valencias, who are from Miami, were headed to dinner Friday night, when a suspected drunk driver trying to evade authorities slammed into their sport utility vehicle.


The impact of the crash flipped over the family's SUV. "I kinda swerved away a little, so he got my back and then it flipped over," said Valencia. "Looking at my baby hanging from the seat belt, because we were upside down. It was an eye opener."


Police were trying to stop the driver for DUI, but the driver led authorities on a chase, which went on for more than an hour. He drove at speeds of over 120 miles an hour, and at one point during the chase slammed into a divider wall in an effort to escape authorities.


The driver's crash into the Valencias' SUV, however, brought the high-speed chase to an end. "It's the type of stuff you see on TV in Miami. You never think it would happen to you," Valencia said..

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Rodney King Dead at 47

Rodney King Dead at 47 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via TMZ: "Rodney King -- the man who was at the center of the infamous Los Angeles riots -- was found dead this morning in Rialito, CA. He was 47. According to our sources, King's fiancée found him dead at the bottom of a pool. Law enforcement sources say Rialto PD will open a drowning investigation, but so far there are no signs of foul play..."
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Orlando man rams replica A-Team van into patrol car, gets tased and arrested

Orlando man rams replica A-Team van into patrol car, gets tased and arrested | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Orlando Sentinel:

 

I pity the fool ... who rams a replica of The A-Team van into a police patrol car during a traffic stop.

 

That's exactly what Orlando police said 50-year-old Luis Davilo did when an officer pulled him over Saturday night on Lake Underhill Road for multiple traffic violations, including driving without his headlights on.

 

Davilo stopped his Ford, which officers described as a replica of The A-Team van in the 1980s television series "The A-Team" starring Mr. T. But while the officer was still seated in his car, Davilo back his vehicle into the patrol car.

 

The officer tased Davilo several times because he would not show his hands as directed...

 

 

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Daredevil Makes Amazing Wire Walk Across Niagara Falls (PHOTO GALLERY)

Daredevil Makes Amazing Wire Walk Across Niagara Falls (PHOTO GALLERY) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS Miami:

 

There was "wind coming from every which way," mist so powerful it clouded his vision and an unfamiliar wire beneath him. But Nik Wallenda didn't let that stop him from becoming the first person to walk on a tightrope across the Niagara Falls...

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Police investigating body found in garbage bags behind Homestead home (VIDEO)

Police investigating body found in garbage bags behind Homestead home (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via WSVN:

 

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade Homicide Detectives are investigating the body of a woman who was found in garbage bags behind a local home.


Police were notified of the body just before 6 a.m. Monday. The unknown woman's body was found next to a pickup truck behind a home located at Southwest 320th Street and Seventh Avenue.


The owner of the home, who does not want to be identified, said the truck belongs to him. On Sunday, he said his truck was stolen, and overnight he heard someone driving it around his house. He then found the woman's body in the grass next to his truck...

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Google: Information removal requests from U.S. government have increased more than 100%

Google: Information removal requests from U.S. government have increased more than 100% | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via National Journal:

 

Google is rejecting a growing number of government requests to remove online content, including in one case, a video of a Canadian defacing his passport, the Internet giant reported on Monday.

 

In the United States, Google said that the number of government requests increased more than 100 percent over the previous six months. U.S. officials asked that more than 6,000 items be removed in the last half of 2011, compared with less than 700 in the first six months of the year

 

In the U.S., Google said it complied with 40 percent of court orders and 44 percent of other requests, a lower compliance rate than with requests from other countries...

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This explains my Facebook profile pic and twitter avatar of Fabiola Santiago "Fail Whale"

This explains my Facebook profile pic and twitter avatar of Fabiola Santiago "Fail Whale" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Image via rakontur.tumblr.com, text via Miami New Times:

 

“Somewhere Herald columnist @FabiolaSantiago, who memorably called Corben a “Tweeting twit” in a bizarre column, is surely smacking herself and pouring a stiff drink.” http://bit.ly/Kuj3yb ;

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TSA tentatively okays private screeners in Orlando, Florida

TSA tentatively okays private screeners in Orlando, Florida | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Washington Post:

 

The Transportation Security Administration has given preliminary approval to a plan that would allow Orlando Sanford International Airport to use private security screeners.

 

Screeners employed by private companies are already used at 16 airports under the agency’s Screening Partnership Program. Republicans have pressed for greater use of private screeners and welcomed last week’s announcement.

 

“I hope this opens a new era of reform for TSA operations, not only at Orlando Sanford but across the nation,” said Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “It’s critical that TSA get out of the business of running a huge bureaucracy and human resources operation and refocus its attention on security, analyzing intelligence, and setting the highest risk-based security standards. TSA needs to focus on going after terrorists — not little old ladies, veterans and children..."

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Kevin Durant trash talks Dwyane Wade during Game 3: “You’re too small”

Kevin Durant trash talks Dwyane Wade during Game 3: “You’re too small” | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via NBC Sports:

It is one key to winning in the NBA — exploit your mismatches. Against Kevin Durant, pretty much the other 449 guys in the league are a mismatch. Including Dwyane Wade. At one point in the second half Wade got switched on Durant defensively.

“He told me I was too small,” Wade said after the game in an interview broadcast on NBA TV. “I had to run down the court and say ‘what’d you say again’ and he said ‘you’re too small.’

“He’s got seven inches on me, so, I played good defense but he’s a scorer and he made a good shot.”
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Miami Heat: "Shirt on seats at American Airlines Arena for fans tonight"

Miami Heat: "Shirt on seats at American Airlines Arena for fans tonight" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via @DaveHydeSports on twitter.
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33% spike in South Florida bank robberies keeps investigators busy

33% spike in South Florida bank robberies keeps investigators busy | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Sun Sentinel:

 

South Florida bank robbers have kept federal investigators busy this year, with the number of cases skyrocketing toward the double digits, authorities said. 

 

The federal government says the spike in bank robberies this year could reach 100 cases by September, the end of its 2012 fiscal year. That would represent a 33 percent increase from 2011's 75 cases...

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Tom Cruise Has Worst Opening Weekend Ever with “Rock of Ages," Adam Sandler Movie Does Worse

Tom Cruise Has Worst Opening Weekend Ever with “Rock of Ages," Adam Sandler Movie Does Worse | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Showbiz 411:

 

"I don't think it's an overstatement to say this has been Tom Cruise's worst opening weekend for a movie in like, forever. Even the terrible 'Valkyrie' and the mundane 'Knight & Day' had better starts than 'Rock of Ages' on Friday night. It took in $5.3 million, giving it a shot at a $16 million weekend. Each of those of other movies did much better, and of course the 'Mission Impossible' movies dwarfed that number... Meantime, Adam Sandler’s crappy 'That’s My Boy' did even worse–a $4.6 million Friday, a weekend of $14 million if lucky..."

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Miami Marlins Deploy Airborne Drones to Seek Young Fans, Shoot T-Shirts At Them

Via The Onion Sports:

 

"The Face is Off and the hate is real as Kenny and Doc discuss Bosh's new addiction to belly rubs, the Marlin's child-targeting, t-shirt firing drones, and NBA ref Joey Crawford's recent ejection slump..."

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Major players in the 1992 Los Angeles riot: Where are they now?

Major players in the 1992 Los Angeles riot: Where are they now? | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via the Associated Press:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The acquittal of four police officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King sparked rioting that spread across the city and into neighboring suburbs. Cars were demolished and homes and businesses were burned. Before order was restored, 55 people were dead, 2,300 injured and more than 1,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed...
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Introducing my new VICE column 'This Week in Florida'

Introducing my new VICE column 'This Week in Florida' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via rakontur:

"Billy's new column for Vice, 'This Week in Florida,' debuted today..."
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City of Aventura S.W.A.T. to al Qaeda: 'Bring it on!'

City of Aventura S.W.A.T. to al Qaeda: 'Bring it on!' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Random Pixels Blog:

 

"The City of Aventura is ready for al Qaeda: The city is about 3.5 sq. miles with a population of 35,000, but its police department has 80 full-time police officers, 39 civilian employees, 15 volunteers, a K-9 unit, a dive team and a S.W.A.T. team. But, how dangerous a place can Aventura be when the address of its police department is 19200 West Country Club Drive...?"

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