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$7.3 Million Worth Of Cocaine Seized At Miami Seaport (VIDEO)

$7.3 Million Worth Of Cocaine Seized At Miami Seaport (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

"MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Seven-point-three million dollars worth of cocaine will not make it to the streets of South Florida or anywhere else after the illegal contraband was found at the Miami Seaport..."

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Cirque Du So Laid: Border Patrol Agents Accused Of Having Oral Sex During Cirque Du Soleil Show

Cirque Du So Laid: Border Patrol Agents Accused Of Having Oral Sex During Cirque Du Soleil Show | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

"Audience members at a Cirque Du Soleil performance in Del Mar, Calif. got more than they bargained for during a recent show on May 27.

 

In the stands, several witnesses (including children) saw a woman allegedly performing oral sex on her male partner. When asked to stop, the pair complied -- at first..."

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Marijuana initiative could make or break Obama in Colorado

Marijuana initiative could make or break Obama in Colorado | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
DENVER (Reuters) - Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama hasn't exactly been a friend to marijuana users.Sure, he has acknowledged smoking pot as a young man, but he has disappointed marijuana advocates...
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Henry Hill Dead: Real Life 'Goodfellas' Mobster Dies at 69

Henry Hill Dead: Real Life 'Goodfellas' Mobster Dies at 69 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via TMZ:

 

Henry Hill -- the former mobster whose life story became the basis for the movie "Goodfellas" -- died today at the age of 69 ... TMZ has learned...

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Chicago Gang Wars: Nearly twice as many Americans killed there this year than in Afghanistan

Chicago Gang Wars: Nearly twice as many Americans killed there this year than in Afghanistan | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via CBS News:

(CBS News) There are 228 dead: That's the number of murders this year in Chicago. It's nearly twice as many as the number of Americans lost on the battlefields of Afghanistan over these last six months. And the number of deaths is up 35 percent over the same period last year.

There was a time it was called "gangland" Chicago and maybe that time has returned...
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U.S. Deficit Doubles In One Year: $124.6 billion, compared to $57.6 billion a year ago

U.S. Deficit Doubles In One Year: $124.6 billion, compared to $57.6 billion a year ago | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The U.S. federal budget deficit came in at $124.6 billion in May, compared with $57.6 billion a year ago.

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U.S. Postal chief: If we do nothing, we're Greece

U.S. Postal chief: If we do nothing, we're Greece | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CNN:

 

The head of the U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday that if the service doesn't cut costs and Congress fails to act, it's going to be in the same dire straits as Greece.

 

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe drew chuckles from a group of postal policy conference attendees by comparing the beleaguered, indebted Postal Service to the beleaguered, indebted nation.

 

He said that Greece's ratio of debt compared to gross domestic product is 1.61 and the U.S. Postal Service's ratio of debt compared to revenue is 1.51...

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The late Jon Roberts from 'Cocaine Cowboys' wins 'Best Memoir' 2012

The late Jon Roberts from 'Cocaine Cowboys' wins 'Best Memoir' 2012 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Miami New Times:

 

Best Memoir 2012 'American Desperado' by Jon Roberts and Evan Wright...

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Police: Bath Salts May Be Behind Naked Man Confronting 3-Year Old-Girl In North Miami Beach Park

Police: Bath Salts May Be Behind Naked Man Confronting 3-Year Old-Girl In North Miami Beach Park | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

"MIAMI (CBS4) – The drug that made headlines after the causeway cannibal case is back in the news again.

 

This time, North Miami Beach Police said a man believed to be on bath salts stripped nearly naked at a childrens playground and threatened a three-year-old girl with sexual advances.

 

Police said surviellance video shows Shane Shuyler stripping in the tot lot and then going very close to a three-year-old girl..."

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Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers

Indiana First State to Allow Citizens to Shoot Law Enforcement Officers | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Bloomberg News:

 

"Indiana is the first U.S. state to specifically allow force against officers, according to the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Washington, which represents and supports prosecutors. The National Rifle Association pushed for the law, saying an unfavorable court decision made the need clear and that it would allow homeowners to defend themselves during a violent, unjustified attack. Police lobbied against it.

 

The NRA, a membership group that says it’s widely recognized as a “major political force” and as the country’s “foremost defender” of Second Amendment rights, has worked to spread permissive gun laws around the country. Among them is the Stand Your Ground self-defense measure in Florida, which generated nationwide controversy after the Feb. 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teenager.

 

The measure was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March. It amended a 2006 so-called Castle Doctrine bill that allows deadly force to stop illegal entry into a home or car.
The law describes the ability to use force to “protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force.”


Republican state Senator R. Michael Young, the bill’s author, said there haven’t been any cases in which suspects have used the law to justify shooting police."

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Lack of Institutional Control: Penn State administrator had "a secret file" on Jerry Sandusky sex abuse allegations

Lack of Institutional Control: Penn State administrator had "a secret file" on Jerry Sandusky sex abuse allegations | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS Pittsburgh:

 

"PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Documents filed by the Attorney General’s office indicate new evidence has been uncovered against several former Penn State officials, including Graham Spanier and Gary Schultz.

 

In documents obtained by KDKA-TV investigators, the Attorney General’s Office indicates former vice president Schultz kept a secret file with allegations regarding Sandusky and sex abuse. This comes after an NBC report alleges Spanier did not report alleged abuse because it would be humane to Sandusky to not report the matter..."

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911 call in Florida 7-11 attack: "He set me on fire!" (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

911 call in Florida 7-11 attack: "He set me on fire!" (GRAPHIC VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via WSVN:

 

"WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida woman repeatedly screams "It hurts!" in a frantic 911 call made after being doused in gasoline and set ablaze.

 

The 34-year old woman, who has not been identified, pleads for a dispatcher to hurry and says the man who attacked her is outside the 7-Eleven store in Boynton Beach with a knife. She screams that he set her on fire.


The father of the woman's 4-year-old son, Roosevelt Mondesir, is charged with first-degree attempted murder in the burning. In an initial court appearance Tuesday, the 52-year-old was denied bond..."

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Florida "Stand Your Ground" Task Force Holds First Public Meeting (VIDEO)

Florida "Stand Your Ground" Task Force Holds First Public Meeting (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NBC Miami:

 

"Gov. Rick Scott's task force on Citizen Safety and Protection is set to hold its first public meeting just miles away from where Trayvon Martin was fatally shot earlier this year.

 

The group will meet Tuesday at a church in Longwood in the first of several meetings to take place around the state to examine Florida's "stand your ground" law. Martin's shooting, following an altercation with a neighborhood watch leader as the teen walked through a gated community, triggered the review of the statute..."

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Doctors give update on Miami face-eating victim Ronald Poppo (VIDEO)

Ronald Poppo's physicians provided the media with an update on his condition, as well as information on the treatment he has received at Ryder Trauma Center....
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VIDEO: Captain Wally Loses Hand To Gator In Front Of Airboat Full Of Tourists In Everglades City

VIDEO: Captain Wally Loses Hand To Gator In Front Of Airboat Full Of Tourists In Everglades City | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

"A gator bit the hand off an Everglades City airboat captain on Tuesday while six tourists onboard watched..."

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Al Pacino Attached to 'Glengarry Glen Ross' Broadway Revival

Al Pacino Attached to 'Glengarry Glen Ross' Broadway Revival | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Vulture:

"Al Pacino will star in a revival of Glengarry Glen Ross that's hoping for a Broadway berth in the 2012-13 season, reports the Times. Pacino toplined the 1992 movie adaptation of David Mamet's play, but he'd take on a different role in this version: the desperate real estate agent Shelley Levene, who Jack Lemmon played in the film..."
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Miami face-eating victim Ronald Poppo spoke today: "Go Heat!"

Dr. Namias says he visited Mr. Poppo this morning and he had a message for everyone: "Go Heat!"
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Via Jackson Health System @JHSMiami on twitter:

 

Dr. Namias says he visited Mr. Poppo this morning and he had a message for everyone: "Go Heat!"

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Robert Platshorn of rakontur's 'Square Grouper' wins 'Best Local Boy Made Good' 2012

Robert Platshorn of rakontur's 'Square Grouper' wins 'Best Local Boy Made Good' 2012 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Miami New Times:

 

"After serving nearly three decades in federal prison for smuggling pot into Miami, Robert Platshorn would have been forgiven for spending the rest of his free days in quiet solitude. But the 69-year-old former leader of the Black Tuna Gang — which the DEA dubbed his '70s-era stoner collective of pot importers — has instead become one of the nation's most visible proponents of medical marijuana..."

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Congratulations Robert! Keep up the fight!
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2 injured in early morning shooting in Miami: 34 bullet casings found at scene

2 injured in early morning shooting in Miami: 34 bullet casings found at scene | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via WPLG Local 10:

 

"MIAMI - Police are investigating an early morning shooting in the city of Miami that sent two people to the hospital Tuesday.

 

Shots were fired at NW 32nd St. and NW 10th Ave., leaving at least 34 bullet casings on the ground. At least three bullets went through the window of a house across the street, hitting near a window air conditioning unit. No one inside the home was injured..."

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Neighbor tells police: Florida nude dude "working real hard" at masturbating in his front yard

Neighbor tells police: Florida nude dude "working real hard" at masturbating in his front yard | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Sun Sentinel:

 

A neighbor caught an eyeful while looking outside of her window: She told Port St. Lucie cops that Jeffery Marriott, 50, was "walking back and forth masturbating in the driveway, the front yard and between the trucks." 

 

And Marriott was "working real hard at it", the neighbor told cops, according to an arrest affidavit...

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Mexican Drug Cartel Hides Millions in Horse Races, U.S. Alleges

Mexican Drug Cartel Hides Millions in Horse Races, U.S. Alleges | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via The Atlantic Wire:

 

"It's amazing that Mexico's Zetas drug cartel managed to launder money through as huge a U.S. horse-racing operation as it allegedly did for as long as it allegedly did, seeing as how one of its horses was named Number One Cartel. There are all kinds of little clues like that in Ginger Thompson's massive New York Times story on Mexican drug money in quarter horse racing that make the cartel involvement sound pretty obvious..."

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Doctors release new pics of face-eating victim Ronald Poppo, post-surgery (GRAPHIC IMAGES)

Doctors release new pics of face-eating victim Ronald Poppo, post-surgery (GRAPHIC IMAGES) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Miami New Times:

 

"Two weeks after having most of his face chewed off by a crazed Rudy Eugene near the MacArthur Causeway in downtown Miami, victim Ronald Poppo is slowly recovering. Jackson Memorial Hospital says the 65-year-old victim is awake and alert, and the hospital has released new photos of his face after undergoing treatment and surgery..."

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Miami Mayor Fools Oklahoma City Mayor In NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Surf and Turf Wager

Miami Mayor Fools Oklahoma City Mayor In NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Surf and Turf Wager | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It wouldn’t be a championship series without some local politicians placing a friendly wager. Monday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett got into the betting spirit.

 

If the Miami Heat win the NBA Championship, Mayor Cornett will ship some premium steaks from Oklahoma to Miami-Dade County.

 

On the other hand, if the Oklahoma City Thunder hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy, Mayor Gimenez will ship South Beach’s famous Joe’s stone crabs to Oklahoma..."

 

Just one thing: stone crab season ended May 20th. Cornett got punked!

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Dan LeBatard's Epic Rant After Miami Heat Game 7 Win Against Boston Celtics (VIDEO)

"After an amazing game 7 win by the Heat, Stugots pushes Dan into getting back into the swing of things..."

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These are the people in your neighborhood: Type your Florida zip code and meet the nearest registered sex offenders

These are the people in your neighborhood: Type your Florida zip code and meet the nearest registered sex offenders | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Database via WPLG Local 10 and FDLE...

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