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Miami-Dade County challenging $1.7 million of Marlins expenses at new ballpark -- including $11k for wine

Miami-Dade County challenging $1.7 million of Marlins expenses at new ballpark -- including $11k for wine | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Miami-Dade County is challenging $1.7 million in costs — from pillow cases to drapes to brochures — that the Miami Marlins believe should be credited toward their part of the construction bill for the new ballpark in Little Havana.

 

All of the claims being questioned by the county relate to the ballclub’s small sales office that sat next to the stadium parking garages on Northwest Seventh Street.

The team is seeking to recover $14,031 for advertising banners, thousands spent on Comcast cable and Florida Power & Light bills, $110,545 it put toward rent, and $259,057 paid to the A2 Group, the firm that designed the center. The team also spent $33,226 on office furniture, $9,823 on the drapes, and $299.72 for fabric to cover three pillows — all items the county has chosen to fight.

 

Also on the Marlins soft-cost list: $10,980 in wine, purchased for a celebration by ownership and some friends at the sales office after construction was finally complete. The county said the Marlins have already agreed to waive that item.

 

“If I were the mayor, I’d certainly hire an outside group, forensic accountants, to look into this,” [Norman] Braman told the Miami Herald. “Wine bills … what do all those have to do with construction? It sounds like rip-off number two to me.”

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FACING REALITY: TSA's $1 billion program to ‘read’ fliers’ expressions has completely failed and they still want taxpayers to pay for it

FACING REALITY: TSA's $1 billion program to ‘read’ fliers’ expressions has completely failed and they still want taxpayers to pay for it | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
TSA’s $1 billion program to ‘read’ fliers’ expressions comes under fire after failing to catch any bad guys...
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Traffic Camera Video: Miami Cannibal Shot By Police and Close-Up of Crime Scene (WARNING: GRAPHIC but obstructed view)

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Source: Face-eating man shot by Miami police identified as Rudy Eugene of North Miami Beach

Source: Face-eating man shot by Miami police identified as Rudy Eugene of North Miami Beach | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Sources identify the man who was shot and killed by police while biting off parts of another man's face near Downtown Miami on Saturday. Police sources identified the man as Rudy Eugene of North Miami Beach....

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In the wake of grisly attack, "Miami Zombie" becomes Internet sensation

In the wake of grisly attack, "Miami Zombie" becomes Internet sensation | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
After the horrific events in Miami on Saturday, in which a naked man eating another man's face was shot and killed by police officers, the "Miami Zombie" has be...
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REVEALED: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you

REVEALED: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

 

Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats.


The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'...

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Underrated gem: 'The Rocketeer' (1991) directed by Joe Johnston

Underrated gem: The Rocketeer (1991) directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) -- great performances, spectacular production design and a dazzling score...

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Tons of New ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Footage In Australian Trailer (VIDEO)

Tons of New ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Footage In Australian Trailer (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
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Business down 50% this Memorial Day Weekend at News Cafe on Ocean Drive in South Beach

Business down 50% this Memorial Day Weekend at News Cafe on Ocean Drive in South Beach | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
This Urban Beach Weekend, party goers on Miami Beach seem to be on their best behavior. Miami Beach has 550 officers stationed on nearly every corner this weekend. The city hopes new DUI checkpoints, license plate readers and more watch towers stop the offenders, before they get to South Beach...
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Greed is good: Facebook IPO would make Gordon Gekko proud

Greed is good: Facebook IPO would make Gordon Gekko proud | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Greed may be good, as Gordon Gekko once said, but not when you’re having your initial public offering...
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Only in Miami: Police Kill Naked Man Eating Another Man's Face (VIDEO)

Only in Miami: Police Kill Naked Man Eating Another Man's Face (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

One man is dead and another hospitalized after a bizarre incident off the MacArthur Causeway reportedly forced a police officer to open fire.

 

City of Miami police say the incident began Saturday afternoon about 2 p.m. when officers responded to reports of 2 men fighting in the bike path of the Biscayne Boulevard exit ramp, alongside the Miami Herald's parking garage -- where, according to the Herald, an officer observed a naked man eating another man's face...

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Just in time for the holiday weekend: Brush fire closes Interstate 4 near Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Just in time for the holiday weekend: Brush fire closes Interstate 4 near Disney World in Orlando, Florida | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Authorities have shut down Interstate 4 near Walt Disney World after a brush fire ignited Friday afternoon, sending smoke across the roadway...

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National Security: Priest Defrocked After Sex Abuse Charges Now Works For TSA in Philadelphia Airport

National Security: Priest Defrocked After Sex Abuse Charges Now Works For TSA in Philadelphia Airport | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
The CBS3 I-Team has learned that a Catholic priest who was removed from the ministry over sex abuse allegations now holds a sensitive security post at Philadelphia International Airport.
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Miami Zombie Epidemic Brewing? Causeway Cannibal Is Not The First Attack In Recent History...

Miami Zombie Epidemic Brewing? Causeway Cannibal Is Not The First Attack In Recent History... | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

First diagnosed in Miami in the 1980s, excited delirium's symptoms include high body temperature, agitation, paranoia, aggression, great strength, numbness to pain, and, in some cases, sudden death. Aguilar has been telling local media outlets that Eugene may have overdosed on LSD, citing four previous instances in Miami-Dade when people ingested too much acid, removed their clothes, and became violent.

 

The most recent case occurred during Ultra Music Festival this past March, Aguilar says. Evan Oberfelder, a 23-year-old Texas resident, was naked near the 1800 block of North Bayshore Drive when he was hit by a taxi. When the cabbie fled the scene, a bystander attempted to help a bleeding Oberfelder, who kicked the good Samaritan in the groin for calling the cops. It took 11 officers to subdue the young man, who jumped on top of police cars, threatened and attacked the cops - even taking the baton from a female officer and hitting her with it. Oberfelder was charged with felony battery, aggravated battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, criminal mischief, and false imprisonment.

 

In another incident in West Miami, Aguilar says police had to subdue a man who was trying to bite his neighbors and who had punched the exterior walls of his house so hard that his knuckles were stripped to the bone...

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Miami Cannibal: Are "bath salts" known as "the new LSD" to blame for horrific zombie attack?

Miami Cannibal: Are "bath salts" known as "the new LSD" to blame for horrific zombie attack? | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
The crime shocked South Florida and has drawn the attention of the world. A naked man is shot by Miami Police while eating another naked man’s face on the MacArthur Causeway. The biggest question everyone has is, why?
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More sad news from the world of boxing this weekend: Paul Williams paralyzed in motorcycle crash

More sad news from the world of boxing this weekend: Paul Williams paralyzed in motorcycle crash | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Paul Williams, the always exciting, ever-smiling boxer known as "The Punisher," and long considered one of the most avoided fighters in the sport, faces the toughest battle of his life after being paralyzed from the waist down during a motorcycle crash in suburban Atlanta on Sunday morning.

 

He severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from his motorcycle after swerving to avoid an oncoming car, his trainer and manager, George Peterson, said.


"From the waist down, he has absolutely no movement," Peterson told the Associated Press. "He's in very good spirits, though. He still believes he's going to fight again."


However, doctors have said Williams will not walk again. He is listed in serious but stable condition and will undergo surgery on Wednesday to stabilize his upper body.

 

Williams' accident is the second tragedy in the boxing world during the holiday weekend, the traditional kickoff of summer. Former five-time world champion Johnny Tapia, who suffered through a brutal upbringing, and later from drug addiction and depression throughout his career, was found dead in his home at the age of 45 on Sunday night.

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'Miami Zombie': Gruesome crime scene pic revealed of naked face-eating man shot by police and his victim (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE)

'Miami Zombie': Gruesome crime scene pic revealed of naked face-eating man shot by police and his victim (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

"When the officer approached him, told him to stop, pointed a gun at him, he turned around and growled like a wild animal and kept eating at the man's face," Fraternal Order of Police President Armando Aguilar said Sunday.

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Miami Marlins relief pitcher Oviedo suspended by MLB until July 22 for age and identity fraud

Miami Marlins relief pitcher Oviedo suspended by MLB until July 22 for age and identity fraud | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins may not need much help if they can keep playing the way have in May; but help will be on the way in July.

 

Major League Baseball announced Monday that Marlins relief pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo will be suspended for the next eight weeks for engaging in age and identity fraud. That means, Oviedo will be eligible to return to the team on July 22.

 

Oviedo played for the Marlins the last several seasons under an assumed name of Leo Nuñez. It was only last year the scam unraveled and Oviedo was sent back to his home country....

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'LOMBRIES': This weekend was not the first time Miami has been attacked by flesh-eating zombie-like cannibals

Borscht Corp presents a Ford Fiesta Movement Short Film Lombries directed by Lucas Leyva...

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Alfred tells Bruce "You're not Batman anymore" in third TV spot for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Alfred tells Bruce "You're not Batman anymore" in third TV spot for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The Dark Knight Rises won’t come our way for almost two more months — yes, I know: that’s far too long — but one would be pretty hard-pressed to say the marketing isn’t in full effect by now. The past week alone has brought more posters, banners, TV spots, and collectible medals than you can shake your cowl at — all of which means we simply need a third TV spot to shift our attention toward...

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Witness describes horrific scene as LSD-fueled face-eating naked man is shot by Miami police (VIDEO)

Witness describes horrific scene as LSD-fueled face-eating naked man is shot by Miami police (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Disturbing new details and surveillance video have been released in the fatal police involved shooting off a causeway that involved naked men and cannibalism.

 

While Larry Vega rode his bicycle off the MacArthur Causeway on Saturday afternoon, he witnessed something that can only be described as savage: a naked man chewed off the face of another naked man. "And the guy was like tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, 'Get off!'" he said. "You know it's like the guy just kept eating the other guy away like ripping his skin."

 

Police say the attacker was likely overdosing on a new potent form of LSD. "What's happening is whenever we see that a person has taken all of his clothes off and has become violent, it’s indicative of this excited delirium that's caused by overdose of drugs,” said Armando Aguilar of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police. “What's happening is inside their body their organs are burning up alive..."

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Some Of The Most Heartwarming Soldier Homecoming Videos...

Some Of The Most Heartwarming Soldier Homecoming Videos... | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
On Memorial Day, we honor the memories of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Here are some of the most heartwarming soldier homecoming videos...
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VIDEO: Doctor goes berserk while arrested for DUI by Florida Highway Patrol

VIDEO: Doctor goes berserk while arrested for DUI by Florida Highway Patrol | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
A doctor was arrested this week on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after he nearly sideswiped a Florida Highway Patrol captain's car, banged his head on the inside of a patrol car and spat blood into a sergeant's face, a report shows...
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Top 10 American cities with most homes in foreclosure: Florida has 3 of 10, Miami is #3

Top 10 American cities with most homes in foreclosure: Florida has 3 of 10, Miami is #3 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

According to data released last week, the worst effects of the housing crisis are beginning to wind down. RealtyTrac’s latest report shows the number of foreclosures in the U.S. in April is down 13 percent to 188,780 from 219,258 a year ago. However, some of the largest cities in the U.S. continue to lag behind the rest of the country and still have long to go before the housing crash has fully run its course...

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Tourists got the message: Projected Miami Beach hotel occupancy rates down 10-15% this Memorial Day

RT @NewsbySmiley: Projected Miami Beach hotel occupancy rates for Memorial Day wknd are down 10 - 15 % Pts Fri. Sat. and Sun. according ...
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Last year, Miami Beach police gunshots were heard loud and clear around the world and potential tourists got the message: "Projected Miami Beach hotel occupancy rates for Memorial Day weekend are down 10 - 15 % according to bureau hotel survey" via @NewsbySmiley

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