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LeBron James steps up to historic heights during Miami Heat playoff run

LeBron James steps up to historic heights during Miami Heat playoff run | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Sun Sentinel:

"A year ago, LeBron James hardly saved his best for last, wilting in the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

This time around, he enters the NBA Finals playing arguably his best ball of the season, as the Miami Heat prepare for Tuesday's 9 p.m. series opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After recording five 30-point, 10-rebound games during the 66-game lockout-shortened regular season, James has as many during this 18-game playoff run, including 31 and 12 to close out the Boston Celtics in Saturday's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals..."
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Tickets on sale for first two Miami Heat home games of the NBA Finals

Tickets on sale for first two Miami Heat home games of the NBA Finals | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via WPLG Local 10:

"MIAMI - Tickets go on sale at noon on Sunday for the first two home games of the 2012 NBA Finals.

The Heat will face off with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Individual game tickets are limited and expected to sell quickly, according to the Miami Heat. A four ticket limit has been put in place for each buyer..."
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Celtics Fan Stabbed In The Thigh By Man In Heat Jersey After Game 6 In Boston (VIDEO)

Celtics Fan Stabbed In The Thigh By Man In Heat Jersey After Game 6 In Boston (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
A Boston Celtics fan was stabbed Thursday night outside of the TD Garden after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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Funeral Held for 'Miami Cannibal' MacArthur Causeway Attacker

Funeral Held for 'Miami Cannibal' MacArthur Causeway Attacker | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via NBC Miami:

"Mourners are gathering to remember the man police say chewed off the face of a homeless man on a busy Miami highway.

A funeral was held Saturday for 31-year-old Rudy Eugene. Police shot and killed Eugene during a bizarre attack over Memorial Day weekend. It was reported about 150 people attended the service..."
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Warren Sapp: Hasn't paid mortgage on beachfront condo since May 2011, owes $781,879.39, wants to keep living there

Warren Sapp: Hasn't paid mortgage on beachfront condo since May 2011, owes $781,879.39, wants to keep living there | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via TMZ:

"Former NFL superstar Warren Sapp didn't shed too many tears when he lost his Super Bowl ring, but when it comes to losing his home ... he won't go down without a fight, TMZ has learned. HSBC bank is on the attack, claiming Sapp -- who recently filed for bankruptcy in Florida -- owes them $781,879.39 from before his filing..."
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Boston police investigating Heat fan allegedly stabbing Celtics fan after Game 6

Boston police investigating Heat fan allegedly stabbing Celtics fan after Game 6 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
"A 22-year-old college student was stabbed near the TD Garden last night after a fight over the Celtics game, which had just ended, Boston police said.

The police report stated the incident began when two groups met on the street and “became vocal about the result of the Celtics game,” which was a dispiriting loss to the Miami Heat.

The suspect was included in a group of people who were wearing Miami Heat gear, the report said. The victim was in a different group. The report did not give details on the dispute..."
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'Miami Zombie' (aka 'Causeway Cannibal') attack scene attracting tourists

'Miami Zombie' (aka 'Causeway Cannibal') attack scene attracting tourists | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NBC 2:

 

"The zombie phenomena, which The Wall Street Journal said generates $5 billion annually, has been getting more attention in the wake of Miami's face-eating attack..."

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Washington Post: First time in 36 years Woodward and Bernstein have shared a byline

Washington Post: First time in 36 years Woodward and Bernstein have shared a byline | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Washington Post:

 

"Woodward and Bernstein: 40 years after Watergate, Nixon was far worse than we thought..."

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Too Soon: 'The Homeless Miami Cannibal Face Eating Challenge' via Bubba The Love Sponge (VIDEO)

I'm guessing there is "No description available" for this YouTube video because it is indescribable...

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Orlando man with George Zimmerman's old cell phone number slammed by threatening calls (VIDEO)

Orlando man with George Zimmerman's old cell phone number slammed by threatening calls (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Sun Sentinel:

 

"[Alleged Trayvon Martin shooter] George Zimmerman's old cell phone number was assigned to a new customer: At age 49, Junior Alexander Guy got his first cell phone last month. The calls started immediately..."

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Miami Beach passes recycling ordinance: Fines of up to $1000 for violations

Miami Beach passes recycling ordinance: Fines of up to $1000 for violations | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via WPLG Local 10:

 

"People, who live in the city of Miami Beach, must soon recycle or possibly face fines.

 

City commissioners passed a recycling ordinance on Wednesday.

 

Once the ordinance goes in effect in July 2013, people who don't recycle would be fined $350 for their first violation, $500 for their second violation and $1,000 for the third violation..."

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16% of recent high school grads have found full-time employment; 50% are looking

16% of recent high school grads have found full-time employment; 50% are looking | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via National Journal:

 

"The Great Recession has been especially crippling on young people with only three of 10 non-college bound graduates employed full time, a five-year workforce study shows..."

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Casey Anthony Out Of Hiding, So Fat She's Unrecognizable

Casey Anthony Out Of Hiding, So Fat She's Unrecognizable | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Radar Online:

"Casey Anthony has been venturing out in public on a routine basis lately, going unnoticed as the Tot Mom is virtually unrecognizable due to her extreme weight gain.

She hasn't needed to wear a disguise because of the physical transformation. Casey is finding comfort in food and she is clearly eating a lot. She typically goes out at night to rent DVDs and pick up food to go from restaurants..."
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Chad Ochocinco To Workout With Miami Dolphins

Chad Ochocinco To Workout With Miami Dolphins | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via CBS Miami:

"According to CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora, the Dolphins will work out Chad Ochocinco next week. Ochocinco was released by the New England Patriots this week after having a subpar 2011 campaign which saw him struggle to get on the field.

LaCanfora reported that Ochocinco’s preferred destination is the Dolphins. But, Miami traded their diva receiver Brandon Marshall in the offseason and it’s not known whether Ochocinco would fit into the culture head coach Joe Philbin is trying to build..."
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Three Dead, Including Two Former Football Players, After Shooting At Auburn Off-Campus Party

Three Dead, Including Two Former Football Players, After Shooting At Auburn Off-Campus Party | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Deadspin:

"The Auburn Police Department has not identified any of the victims or their conditions, but according to a family member and tweets from alumni and local reporters, two football players — Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian — were shot and killed, while another player, Eric Mack, remains hospitalized..."
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FBI investigates Miami bank robbery

FBI investigates Miami bank robbery | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via WPLG Local 10;

"The FBI is investigating a bank robbery in Miami.

According to detectives, a man walked into the Bank of America on Southwest 8th St. Saturday morning and demanded cash.

It happened at around 9:15 a.m..."
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LeBron James: "I Won't Regret Game 7"

LeBron James: "I Won't Regret Game 7" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
"MIAMI — LeBron James has no idea what he will do for an encore. He offered a simple vow instead..."
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Always a Miami Connection: Miami police investigate 'Canadian Cannibal' in cold case

Always a Miami Connection: Miami police investigate 'Canadian Cannibal' in cold case | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
"The Miami Police Department is the latest force searching for ties between Luka Rocco Magnotta and an unsolved homicide, as law-enforcement agencies across the continent take a closer look at the distinct Montreal killing.

Sgt. Confessor Gonzalez plans to contact Montreal police to explore possible links between Magnotta and the mysterious, 2009 death and dismemberment of Guatemalan national Omar Laparra.

Miami police say Laparra, 21, vanished after leaving a bar in Miami's Little Havana neighbourhood early in the morning on May 31, 2009. He was never seen alive again.

Over the following several days, Gonzalez said Laparra's remains were found stuffed in four plastic bags floating in waterways around the southern part of the city.

"We were never able to put it together," he said about the case, which was described by U.S. TV show America's Most Wanted..."
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RIP: Fans Line The Streets For Robin Gibb's Funeral Procession

RIP: Fans Line The Streets For Robin Gibb's Funeral Procession | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Huffington Post:

"THAME, England — Surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb lamented the loss of his brother, telling mourners on Friday that he would miss Robin Gibb's "magnificent mind and his beautiful heart."

He said Robin's death from cancer last month at age 62 means that he would now be reunited with his late twin brother Maurice, who died in 2003..."
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LeBron James: The Kubrick Stare at Heat-Celtics Game 6

LeBron James: The Kubrick Stare at Heat-Celtics Game 6 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The Kubrick Stare:

 

1. Tilt head down
2. Look up beneath eyebrows
3. Smile or grimace

 

(via http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KubrickStare)

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Versace Mansion on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach For Sale: $125 Million

Versace Mansion on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach For Sale: $125 Million | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS Miami:

 

"The one-time home of the late Gianni Versace, Casa Casuarina, has once again been placed up for sale and can be yours for the mind-boggling price of just $125 million..."

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Friday Video: Mister Rogers Remixed 'Garden of Your Mind'

Via PBS Digital Studio:

 

"Mister Rogers remixed by Symphony of Science's John Boswell for PBS Digital Studios. If you like this video, please support your local PBS station. http://www.pbs.org/donate"

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University of Florida President Bernie Machen resigns

University of Florida President Bernie Machen resigns | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Orlando Sentinel:

 

"University of Florida President Bernie Machen (far right in pic) announced today his plans to end his tenure next year, saying he expects to continue to lead the university until its governing board completes a search for his successor, according to a statement by UF..."

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Via The Onion: More And More Athletes Using Social Media To Confirm Every Stereotype Greater Public Had About Them

Via The Onion: More And More Athletes Using Social Media To Confirm Every Stereotype Greater Public Had About Them | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

"NEW YORK—With the near-ubiquity of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, more athletes than ever have been able to confirm every widely believed stereotype concerning their arrogance, lack of perspective, and generally inflated sense of self-importance, sources who study online consumer behavior reported this week..."

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