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1986 World Series Game 6...in Kenya

A group of Kenyan students re-enact Bill Buckner's error leading to the Mets winning run in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The students were interested in making a movie about a famous American sporting event. After watching both real live clips the students voted on Buckner's error over the "Music City Miracle." They loved the experience and want to make a second movie.

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$7.3 million in cocaine found at Port Miami

$7.3 million in cocaine found at Port Miami | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Customs and Border Protection officials found 459 pounds of cocaine in a container at Port Miami. 

 

Officials said officers were inspecting containers at the port May 29 when they found suspicious boxes in a container. A drug-sniffing dog was brought in and alerted the officers that there were drugs present.

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Head of FBI's Miami Division is Retiring

It's a job with a hot white spotlight, because so many high profile, national crime stories and trends have ties to South Florida.

 

Agents say the region is a magnet for offenders because of its porous borders, international trade and transient population, with lots of tourists and elderly residents who may be vulnerable to criminals.

 

Headlines during the brief John Gillies era read like chapters from the bad guy handbook and describe arrests or convictions for bank and mortgage fraud, Medicare fraud; human trafficking; terrorism conspiracy; operating pill mills and Ponzi schemer extraordinaire Scott Rothstein.

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Brooklyn Envy: America's Newest Export?

Brooklyn Envy: America's Newest Export? | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

That young, hip Parisians now idealize the artisanal craftsmanship of Brooklyn cuisine raises the tantalizing possibility that the borough once better known for Coney Island and Ebbets Field is now more of a gustatory Mecca than the City of Light.

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Watch Bill Murray Explain His Legendary Fight With Chevy Chase

Watch Bill Murray Explain His Legendary Fight With Chevy Chase | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Tales of a decades-old dust-up between Murray and Chase abound, and when Letterman pressed, he admitted that the two had a “Hollywood fight” and called their rivalry “Oedipal.” But when it came to actually throwing down, the actors “were just too damn good-lookin’ to really hit each other.”

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Miami cannibal attack site added to itinerary of popular bus tour

Miami cannibal attack site added to itinerary of popular bus tour | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Miami is filled with tourist attractions, from the Art Deco district to South Beach, but now visitors can put another site on their itinerary: MacArthur Causeway where a man chewed the face off a complete stranger.

 

The famous Miami ‘Mystery & Mayhem: Crime Tour’ tour led by Miami-Dade College professor Dr Paul George, as part of HistoryMiami tours, will stop on the road that connects downtown Miami to popular South Beach.

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10ft 1000lb bull shark caught in Florida Keys in 150ft of water

10ft 1000lb bull shark caught in Florida Keys in 150ft of water | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

For scientist Neil Hammerschlag, it was just another Sunday. He was out cruising the reefs near the Florida Keys, hunting for sharks — not as trophies, but for research aimed at keeping them out of display cases and in the water.

 

"It's one of the biggest bull sharks I've ever caught, and it's the biggest bull shark I've ever tagged," Hammerschlag said — and he's tagged more than 1,000 sharks. "When this guy rocked up, it just took my breath away."

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Crackdown on painkiller abuse fuels new wave of heroin addiction

Crackdown on painkiller abuse fuels new wave of heroin addiction | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Experts this is the leading edge of a frightening new drug abuse trend – one that is ironically being fueled by a national crackdown on prescription painkillers. While new regulations and law enforcement efforts have significantly reduced the supply of these drugs, they say, those efforts have inadvertently driven many users to another type of opiate that is cheap, powerful and perhaps even more destructive – heroin.

 

A flood of cheap heroin from Mexico, which is now one of the leading sources of the drug to the United States, is one reason for the return of the scourge. According to the Justice Department, the drug is showing up in new areas, including upscale suburban towns where heroin was once rare.

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Was Air France Captain With a Woman When Flight 447 Was in Trouble?

Was Air France Captain With a Woman When Flight 447 Was in Trouble? | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

In the final chaotic moments before Air France flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, it took the captain of the aircraft, who was on a scheduled break, more than a minute to return to the cockpit, despite his two co-pilots’ frantic calls for help, black box recordings showed.

 

Although it was never revealed what delayed Capt. Marc Dubois, two independent sources told ABC News that the 58-year-old veteran Air France pilot was traveling socially with an off-duty Air France flight attendant named Veronique Gaignard.

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Conch smuggler gets 1-year probation, community service

Conch smuggler gets 1-year probation, community service | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

A federal judge sentenced a Palm Beach County man on Monday to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service for smuggling 1,500 pounds of Queen Conch to Florida from the Bahamas.

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"Ask Osama bin Laden whether I engage in appeasement"

"Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top Al Qaeda leaders who've been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement -- or whoever's left out there, ask them about that."

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After 19 years, David's Cafe II likely leaving Lincoln Road by July 31st due to rent hikes

After 19 years, David's Cafe II likely leaving Lincoln Road by July 31st due to rent hikes | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

"The rent they want is out of control," owner Adrian Gonzalez told us. "We're trying to work with them to see what we can do, but they want what they consider fair market value." In other words, they want a national tennant. Lincoln Road, Gonzalez, whose family opened the Lincoln Road branch of its longtime Collins Ave. location back in 1993, laments, "Is not favorable to mom and pop businesses."

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Bloomberg Rushes to Agree with Cuomo on Pot Decriminalization

Bloomberg Rushes to Agree with Cuomo on Pot Decriminalization | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Seeing as how he's repeatedly defended the stop-and-frisk program and low-level pot arrests, we didn't expect New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to come out in favor of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to partially decriminalize pot. But that's exactly what he did, before the governor even got a chance to announce his plan publicly. The Republican mayor issued a statement on Monday saying Cuomo's plan to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in public view jibed with his own department's order "directing officers to issue violations, rather than misdemeanors, for small amounts of marijuana that come into open view during a search."

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Is Legalizing Weed Obama's Secret Weapon?

Is Legalizing Weed Obama's Secret Weapon? | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Several have argued that this could be the year for pro-marijuana turnout. After all, 2011 was the first year more young people smoked pot than cigarettes, the CDC says.

 

In 2012, voters in swing states will decide whether they'll allow their fellow citizens to bear joints. Unlike the gay marriage votes, there's no indication that Obama's re-election team is behind any of the pot legalization initiatives, but there are Democrats who are hoping that it will boost turnout among weed's biggest fans: young people.

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Unsurprisingly, Brooklyn Leads in White Influx

Unsurprisingly, Brooklyn Leads in White Influx | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Even non-demographers won't find it terribly shocking that four of the nation's 25 zip codes with the biggest white influx over the past decade are in Brooklyn, New York, the most of any single state, let alone a city.

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Wanted: Florida Keys crocodile 'response agents'

Wanted: Florida Keys crocodile 'response agents' | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

A new part-time job in the Florida Keys offers the chance to wrangle a toothy reptile that can grow to 15 feet and weigh a ton.

 

"Experience handling crocodilians preferred," says the notice from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- but the agency will train.

 

An increase in sightings of the threatened American crocodile in the Keys -- and the killing of a dog by a crocodile in a Key Largo canal -- prompted the state to seek a handful of authorized "crocodile-response agents" locally.

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Pots and Pans: the streets of Miami after the Heat won last night

The streets of Miami are packed with fans screaming and banging on pots...

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF POTS AND PANS

When the protesters in both Montreal and Argentina took to the streets, they brought with them pots and pans, banging on them to make noise, a tactic that simultaneously made their presence harder to ignore (by the sheer noise it created) and while it also symbolized the increasing economic uncertainty, with the empty pots implicitly suggesting empty plates on the table, even as powerful business leaders and politicians continue to implement policies that benefit the few over the many. Thus, in one of the most basic utensils for cooking, these protesters have found a potent symbol to express the struggles they feel they face daily.

 

However, this tactic is not particularly new. Indeed, as far back as the 1960s, protesters in Latin America were using pots and pans to protest their governments. Ironically, though, it was not progressives or leftists angry at their government who first used the tactic; it was conservatives, church leaders, and housewives who turned to pots and pans as symbols of their anger with their then-progressive governments.

 

http://americasouthandnorth.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/a-brief-history-of-pots-and-pans/

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The Dumbing Down of Electronic Dance Music

The Dumbing Down of Electronic Dance Music | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Once almost exclusively an underground movement, electronic dance music (EDM) is now embraced by a mainstream pop audience. But there's a fear that hitting the mainstream will have a corrupting effect on EDM.

 

"If somebody said to me: Play 'The Time of My Life' by the Black Eyed Peas and throw your hands in the air, I couldn't do it," said Carl Cox, a veteran DJ and producer. "If you gave me $10 million, I couldn't do it."

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Madonna's 'MDNA' hits 42 cents on Amazon

Madonna's 'MDNA' hits 42 cents on Amazon | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Though “MDNA” offered the 53-year-old pop icon her eighth No. 1 when it pushed 359,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, the disc quickly plummeted on the charts (sales dropped a record 88 percent the second week it was out).

 

At the moment, brand spanking new copies of the album can be purchased for the bargain-basement price of 42 cents on Amazon. Talk about a steal!

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Why Television Is Trouncing Film at Major Media Companies

Why Television Is Trouncing Film at Major Media Companies | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Movies are fast becoming the ugly stepchild for major media companies, while television continues to be the cash cow that drives profits.

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Florida Is Officially America's Most Corrupt State

Florida Is Officially America's Most Corrupt State | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

None of the above, according to a new study out this morning. Florida tops them all -- by a wide margin actually -- based on a rock-solid statistic: the number of state officials actually convicted on federal public corruption charges since 2000.

 

"Florida faces a corruption crisis that threatens the state's reputation, its economy and its ability to attract new jobs and capital," write the report's authors, Ben Wilcox and Dan Krassner.

 

On an average year, an astounding 71 Florida officials are convicted of corruption charges.

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Vang Vieng, Laos: the world's most unlikely party town

Vang Vieng, Laos: the world's most unlikely party town | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Vang Vieng, deep in the jungle of Laos, is a backpacker paradise where there are no rules. Last year at least 27 travellers died there, and countless more were injured

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Trump Wants To Build Film Studio In Homestead

Trump Wants To Build Film Studio In Homestead | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Miami-Dade Commission, plans were unveiled for Trump Studio City, an ambitious 800 acre film studio. The Donald is attempting to recreate Hollywood studios in Homestead.

 

The land he has his eyes on has sat vacant decades near the Homestead Air Force Reserve base. It was deeded over to the county after Hurricane Andrew. Twenty years later the area suddenly has new life.

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Al-Libi death a major blow for al Qaeda

Al-Libi death a major blow for al Qaeda | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Abu Yahya al-Libi is universally admired in jihadist circles and among the younger generation of al Qaeda leaders. Charismatic, intelligent, a religious scholar - and with the extra qualification of having escaped from U.S. custody in Afghanistan – his loss is "a cataclysmic blow" to al Qaeda, according to analysts who follow the group.

 

Al-Libi was the target of a U.S. drone strike this week, a U.S. official tells CNN's Barbara Starr. A U.S. official told CNN's Pam Benson that al-Libi is dead.

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Pay to play allegations fuel probe of Broward high school's cheerleader program

Pay to play allegations fuel probe of Broward high school's cheerleader program | Midnight Rambler | Scoop.it

Disputes over pay to play, bullying, fraud and safety have erupted around the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School cheerleading program and have led to an investigation by Broward County Schools.

 

In the past few weeks, Special Investigative Unit agents have interviewed parents and Stoneman Douglas staff regarding the program and booster club, including a complaint the club has broken county rules by collecting tens of thousands of dollars from parents as a requirement to be a cheerleader at the Parkland high school.

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