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New 'Dark Knight Rises' footage revealed in TV spots

New 'Dark Knight Rises' footage revealed in TV spots | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The first TV spots for The Dark Knight Rises has debuted online and it features all-new footage from Christopher Nolan's Batman finale...

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Miami Heat's Dexter Pittman suspended 3 games, Udonis Haslem 1 game for fouls

Miami Heat's Dexter Pittman suspended 3 games, Udonis Haslem 1 game for fouls | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Udonis Haslem has been suspended one game and Dexter Pittman suspended for three games by the league for fouls in the Heat's Game 5 win...
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Secret Service agents fired over Colombian prostitute scandal fight back: Claim their actions consistent with long tolerated behavior

Secret Service agents fired over Colombian prostitute scandal fight back: Claim their actions consistent with long tolerated behavior | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Four Secret Service employees have decided to fight their dismissals for engaging in inappropriate conduct in Colombia last month, a development that could unravel what has been a swift and tidy resolution to an embarrassing scandal over agents’ hiring of prostitutes.

 

The agents are arguing that the agency is making them scapegoats for behavior that the Secret Service has long tolerated, a charge that Director Mark Sullivan may have to address when he appears before a Senate committee Wednesday. He has not spoken in public about the controversy, but according to his prepared testimony, he plans to tell Congress that there was no breach of operational security...

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Miami Hurricanes QBs Stephen Morris and Ryan Williams are used to competition

Miami Hurricanes QBs Stephen Morris and Ryan Williams are used to competition | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Going head-to-head is nothing new for Miami quarterbacks Stephen Morris and Ryan Williams...

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Indie Film Club Miami: Short film contest tonight

Indie Film Club Miami: Short film contest tonight | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Indie Film Club Miami wants to make you think about Miami’s loss of talent in the search of fortune and fame. The monthly event, ”I’m Not Gonna Move To LA” doesn’t just want to appeal to the one way traffic flow of filmmakers and actors. IFCM wants to help you improve your craft, express yourself, network with each other to keep making films...

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“These defendants turned pancakes houses into crime dens:" 18 Indicted in $3 Million Scheme Involving Ohio IHOP Restaurants

“These defendants turned pancakes houses into crime dens:" 18 Indicted in $3 Million Scheme Involving Ohio IHOP Restaurants | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Eighteen people were indicted for their roles in a series of criminal schemes, including money laundering, identity theft, alien harboring, and arson, centered around seven IHOP restaurants in northwest Ohio and Indiana that resulted in losses of more than $3 million, law enforcement officials announced today.

 

“These defendants turned pancakes houses into crime dens,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “This indictment lays out a menu of crimes ranging from harboring undocumented workers to identity theft to money laundering to insurance fraud.”


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"Doral" is apparently Spanish for "no drainage" (VIDEO)

"Doral" is apparently Spanish for "no drainage" (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Record rain fall leaves Doral streets under water...

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Miami Beach police union claims brass set Memorial Day Weekend arrest quota at 2,000; chief denies

Miami Beach police union claims brass set Memorial Day Weekend arrest quota at 2,000; chief denies | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
A reported arrest quota for Memorial Day weekend is causing anger and concern among community activists and union officers in Miami Beach...
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Allegations: Morgan Stanley Shared Negative News Before Facebook IPO Only With Institutional Investors

Allegations: Morgan Stanley Shared Negative News Before Facebook IPO Only With Institutional Investors | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

US financial regulators said they plan to review allegations that Morgan Stanley shared negative news about Facebook with institutional investors before the social-networking giant's IPO...

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Miami Beach police union president says there's a Memorial Day arrest quota of 2,000

Miami Beach police union prez. says Brass has calle for a 2,000 arrest quota, which the chief denies
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Via Miami Herald's David Smiley on twitter: Miami Beach police union president says there's a Memorial Day weekend arrest quota of 2,000. Miami Beach police chief denies this.

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Miami Beach launches 'Respect The Scene' site with Memorial Day code of conduct featuring Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem

Miami Beach launches 'Respect The Scene' site with Memorial Day code of conduct featuring Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

www.respectthescene.com features such life lessons as:


* No one likes litter. Stash your trash.

*Alcoholic drinks stay inside. It's the law.

* Turn down the volume. Keep noise to a minimum.

* Keep glass containers off the beach.

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Miccosukee Casino Ripping Off Winners? Gamblers Sue The Tribe For Bingo Taxes

Miccosukee Casino Ripping Off Winners? Gamblers Sue The Tribe For Bingo Taxes | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Miami husband-and-wife John Ricone and Francys Tolon-Ricone were apparently wielding a hot blotter when they played bingo at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Indian casino in 2008. In two trips that year, they won just under $5,500. When the tribe paid them their winnings, they remitted $1,500 for taxes, just like an employer does.


But the Ricones claim they got a nasty surprise two years after filing their 2008 return. The IRS says the tribe never paid the taxes from their bingo winnings -- and now the couple owes back taxes with interest. They filed suit against the tribe this month...

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Marvel beats out DC: 'Astonishing X-Men' plan same-sex wedding for next month's issue

Marvel beats out DC: 'Astonishing X-Men' plan same-sex wedding for next month's issue | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

In issue 50, out Wednesday, the mutant hero Northstar proposes to his longtime boyfriend, Kyle, with a wedding to follow next month...

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Finally, some news that helps restore my faith in humanity: ‘American Idol’ Posts Lowest-Rated Finale Ever

Finally, some news that helps restore my faith in humanity: ‘American Idol’ Posts Lowest-Rated Finale Ever | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Given that American Idol had been tracking 30% lower than last season, this is not a surprise, but last night’s finale from 8-10:07 PM delivered a preliminary 6.1/18 among adults 18-49. It is projected to go up to a 6.3 rating in the finals, which would still be down 32% from last season’s finale to post the veteran reality series’ lowest-rated closer ever — including the first cycle, which aired in the summer. In total viewers, Idol drew 21.5 million, according to Fox projections, also an all-time low for an Idol finale. The steep year-to-year declines follow a rise for last season’s finale, the first with Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as judges, vs. 2010...

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Miami Beach Police Union Rep: "We Have Arrest Quotas EVERY Memorial Day Weekend"

Miami Beach Police Union Rep: "We Have Arrest Quotas EVERY Memorial Day Weekend" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The chief of Miami Beach Police is insisting that his officers do not have a 2,000-arrest quota this Memorial Day weekend. But the department's union vice president tells Riptide that he witnessed a major announce the quota at an officer roll call -- and that his department has such quotas every year during the predominantly-black party weekend on South Beach...

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Flooded Miami Roads May Lead To Costly Auto Repairs

Flooded Miami Roads May Lead To Costly Auto Repairs | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Some drivers in Doral and Hialeah may learn an important, and expensive lesson, in the next couple of weeks. After Tuesday and Wednesday’s torrential rains, many got stuck on flooded streets thinking they could make it...

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POLL: 40% believe George Zimmerman acted in self-defense, 24% believe he's guilty of murder

POLL: 40% believe George Zimmerman acted in self-defense, 24% believe he's guilty of murder | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

A Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday shows that public sentiment is still leaning more toward Zimmerman: 40% surveyed think he acted in self-defense, up from 24% last month.

 

Meanwhile, 24% agree that Zimmerman is guilty, down from 30% in early April.

 

The remaining 36% surveyed are undecided.

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FAMU band: Defendant says dead drum major wanted to be hazed

FAMU band: Defendant says dead drum major wanted to be hazed | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

A defendant says a Florida A&M drum major who died after being hazed got on a bus where band members were ritually beaten because it was a sign of respect to have survived such an encounter...

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Here are words I never thought I'd say in my lifetime: Here's the trailer for 'The Great Gatsby 3D.'

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Florida judge rules: Flashing headlights to warn other drivers of speed trap is free speech

Florida judge rules: Flashing headlights to warn other drivers of speed trap is free speech | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

A judge in Sanford ruled Tuesday that a Lake Mary man was lawfully exercising his First Amendment rights when he flashed his headlights to warn neighbors that a deputy had set up a speed trap.

 

That decision is another victory for Ryan Kintner, 25, who sued theSeminole County Sheriff's Officelast year, accusing it of misconstruing a state law and violating his civil rights, principally his right to free speech.

 

He was ticketed Aug. 10 by a Seminole County deputy, but Kintner alleges the officer misapplied a state law designed to ban motorists from flashing after-market emergency lights.

 

Circuit Judge Alan Dickey earlier ruled that that state law does not apply to people who did what Kintner did, use his headlights to communicate...

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Poll: More Than Half Of America Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana

Poll: More Than Half Of America Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
So much for thinking that drug legalization was a lightning-rod issue that no mainstream politician could ever support without facing major backlash...
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R.I.P. Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote control (VIDEO)

R.I.P. Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote control (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Amid all the ballyhoo over what a bold visionary Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is, let's pause for a moment to appreciate the work of Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote control, who has died at age 96...

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Miami Beach Putting Finishing Touches On Memorial Day Weekend Preparations

Miami Beach Putting Finishing Touches On Memorial Day Weekend Preparations | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – The barricades are going out and signs banning parking are going up as Miami Beach prepares for a massive influx of party-goers to arrive in just three days...

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Miami Heat Owe Taxpayers Millions of Dollars, Miami-Dade County Inspector General Finds

Miami Heat Owe Taxpayers Millions of Dollars, Miami-Dade County Inspector General Finds | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The Miami Heat owe Miami taxpayers millions in cost overruns to capital improvement projects on the American Airlines Arena...

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Report: 1 in 3 divorce filings contain the word "Facebook"

Report: 1 in 3 divorce filings contain the word "Facebook" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Does Facebook Wreck Marriages?


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his status to “married” Saturday and received over one million “likes” from his followers. But the site he founded isn’t always so marriage-friendly. In fact, lawyers say the social network contributes to an increasing number of marriage breakups...

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