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Miami Causeway Cannibal Rudy Eugene to Mother In 2004: "I'll Put a Gun to Your Head and Kill You"

Miami Causeway Cannibal Rudy Eugene to Mother In 2004: "I'll Put a Gun to Your Head and Kill You" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Eugene previously had at least one extremely violent episode, when he was 22 years old. Riptide is the first to obtain the North Miami Beach police report concerning his 2004 battery arrest, and with it details of him smashing up his mother's house, attacking her and threatening her and the police officers who eventually Tased him...

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'Al Sharpton And Alleged Cocaine Trafficker Peddled 'Judge Sharpton' TV Show'

'Al Sharpton And Alleged Cocaine Trafficker Peddled 'Judge Sharpton' TV Show' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

MAY 30--A convicted felon now on trial for allegedly heading a large cocaine trafficking ring once worked with Rev. Al Sharpton to develop a TV show in which the civil rights activist would have starred as “Judge Sharpton,” according to testimony yesterday in Brooklyn federal court...

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'Obama's broken promise: Administration has been the greatest defender of government secrecy, least transparent in history'

'Obama's broken promise: Administration has been the greatest defender of government secrecy, least transparent in history' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Glenn Garvin in the Miami Herald:

 

There were no cameras around to record whether President Obama was winking when, on his first full day in office, he signed an executive order and two presidential memorandums declaring that “every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known.”


But surely he must have been. No White House in my lifetime — not even that of the infamously secretive Richard Nixon — has been more of an attack dog when it comes to preserving governmental secrecy...

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Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) hires bankers to review its bleak options, plans job cuts

Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) hires bankers to review its bleak options, plans job cuts | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Research in Motion took another step Tuesday toward radically reshaping or selling off the company. The BlackBerry maker hired JPMorgan (JPM, Fortune 500) and RBC Capital to "review" its strategic options.

 

That's generally corporate jargon for putting a company on the block. RIM's new CEO Thorsten Heins said in late March that he was exploring all options for the company, including a sale...

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'Tim Tebow's Former Denver Broncos Teammates Sound Relieved He's Gone'

'Tim Tebow's Former Denver Broncos Teammates Sound Relieved He's Gone' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Eric Decker joined CJ and Kreckman on 102.3 The Ticket in Denver to discuss the changes the Broncos made on both sides of the ball during the offseason, the presence Peyton Manning brings to offseason activities, and what his and the team's goals are for 2012 as the Broncos organization prepares for life after Tim Tebow...

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Cage fighter Jarrod Wyatt rips out training partner's heart, tongue, most of face fearing he was possessed by the devil

Cage fighter Jarrod Wyatt rips out training partner's heart, tongue, most of face fearing he was possessed by the devil | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Jarrod Wyatt also cut out Taylor Powell's tongue and ripped off most of his face in a brutal assault that police said looked like a scene from a horror film, officers said...

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Victim Identified In Miami Causeway Cannibal Attack

Victim Identified In Miami Causeway Cannibal Attack | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

CBS4 has confirmed, along with news partner The Miami Herald, the identity of the man whose face was laid bare by the cannibal attack of Rudy Eugene on the MacArthur Causeway Saturday afternoon.

 

Even before he was apparently attacked by a cannibal as holiday weekend travelers whizzed by along the MacArthur Causeway; Robert Poppo lived a hard-knock life among the homeless men who call the space under the causeway home....

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This Didn't Happen in Miami: Hackensack, New Jersey man stabs self, throws own skin and intestines at police

This Didn't Happen in Miami: Hackensack, New Jersey man stabs self, throws own skin and intestines at police | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

A man who stabbed himself repeatedly in front of police — and then threw his skin and intestines at them — remains in critical condition Tuesday morning, police said...

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Deadspin declares Florida #1 on its list of The 10 Most Insane States In America: "It has naked zombies"

Deadspin declares Florida #1 on its list of The 10 Most Insane States In America: "It has naked zombies" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

That may be, but Florida had the naked face-eating zombie attack, which I believe puts Florida in a class by itself now. Florida deserves its own game. You can just link to that story and say FLORIDA and people will know that they're about to enter a gateway into the darkest side of human nature. Then you can make Ohio or Arizona a secondary game for stories that range from batshit insane to white trash whimsy. In fact, let's go ahead right now and rank the ten most insane states in the entire country...

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Warren Sapp dropped from Showtime's Inside the NFL

Warren Sapp dropped from Showtime's Inside the NFL | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

It hasn't exactly been the best year for Apopka native and retired NFL star Warren Sapp judging from the headlines.

 

Seven-time Pro Bowler Warren Sapp filed for bankruptcy this year in Florida, New Orleans Saints' Jeremy Shockey threatened to sue Warren Sapp for his controversial comments on twitter regarding the Bounty scandal, and now, Warren Sapp his getting dropped from his NFL analyst gig with Showtime's Inside the NFL...

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Joint Effort: Reefer Roadshow Silver Tour Asks Seniors to Support Medical Pot

Joint Effort: Reefer Roadshow Silver Tour Asks Seniors to Support Medical Pot | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The Silver Tour aims to persuade seniors to support legislation to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in Florida...

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You've seen BATTLESHIP (well, probably not), now see TETRIS THE MOVIE (spoof trailer)

Official Tetris Teaser Trailer. The invasion is beginning. It is inevitable. You created them, you can destroy them! I did not create Tetris, I was but the m...
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Zimbabwe dictator accused of ethnic cleansing and bankrupting his country appointed UN international envoy for tourism

Zimbabwe dictator accused of ethnic cleansing and bankrupting his country appointed UN international envoy for tourism | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Improbable as it seems, the man widely accused of ethnic cleansing, rigging elections, terrorising opposition, controlling media and presiding over a collapsed economy has been endorsed as a champion of efforts to boost global holidaymaking.

 

Robert Mugabe, 88, and his political ally, Zambian president Michael Sata, 75, have been honoured as "leaders for tourism" by the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). The pair signed an agreement with UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai on their shared border at Victoria Falls .

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Friends Of Causeway Cannibal Rudy Eugene In North Miami Beach In "State of Shock"

Friends Of Causeway Cannibal Rudy Eugene In North Miami Beach In "State of Shock" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

North Miami Beach mom Vivianne Perpignan remembers Rudy Eugene as just another good kid from the football team, who'd stop by her house while hanging out with her son Teddy. The Perpignans live on a residential street a five minute drive from North Miami Beach High, and the neighborhood feels like a village. "Everybody knew Rudy," says Perpignan. "But this is not the person we knew..."

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Rick Scott Using Outdated Drivers License Database To Purge Legit Florida Voters, Mostly Democrats

Rick Scott Using Outdated Drivers License Database To Purge Legit Florida Voters, Mostly Democrats | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Is he setting up a Mitt Romney win in Florida? Or his own re-election in 2014?

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Miami Causeway Cannibal spent final hours at Urban Beach Weekend (VIDEO)

Miami Causeway Cannibal spent final hours at Urban Beach Weekend (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

MIAMI (CBS4) -Hours before a naked Rudy Eugene devoured nearly 75 percent of a homeless man’s face on the Miami side of the MacArthur Causeway, he spent the morning on South Beach, cruising the streets in his purple sedan and mingling with visitors in town for Urban Beach Weekend.

 

Police now know he parked the car illegally in the area of Tenth Street and Alton Road, and then was unable to get it started so he could move it. CBS4′s sources said Eugene abandoned the car, which was later towed by Miami Beach officials, as part of their routine roundup that weekend of illegally parked cars.

 

Things get fuzzier at this point. There are no details about what Eugene did after he abandoned his car, but police believe he made the decision to cross the causeway on foot, a hike of a little more than 3 miles...

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Facebook shares plumb new depths, valuation questioned...

Facebook shares plumb new depths, valuation questioned... | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of the No. 1 social network fell 10 percent to an all-time low of $28.65, before closing at $28.84, or down 9.6 percent. Since its market debut on May 18, the eight-year-old company has shed approximately $25 billion in value -- roughly equivalent to the market capitalization of Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter of Facebook's IPO...

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Looks like bad fan friction: 'The Dark Knight XXX' porn parody trailer (OSFW Oddly Safe For Work)

From the video description: A porn parody featuring a better Batman costume than its mainstream counterpart? A Catwoman who can actually kick ass? Zatanna? John Constantine? Nightwing? Poison Ivy? Batgirl? A Bane who can give Tom Hardy a run for his money, and a Joker who's creepier than Heath Ledger's??? Welcome to the Porn Parody event of the summer! From adult powerhouse Vivid Entertainment and undisputed parody king Axel Braun, comes another epic exercise in geekgasmic film spoofing: THE DARK KNIGHT XXX.

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Video: 'When Grinding On A Girl In Miami Beach Memorial Day Weekend 2012 Goes Wrong'

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Miami Memorial Day Urban Beach Weekend 2012 Video: 'Drunk Women Gets Kicked Out Hotel and Fights Back'

Drunk Women get kicked out a Miami hotel by a group of men and fights back while the police stand less then 50 Feet away and does nothing on South Beach Memorial Day Weekend 5/26/12...

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Miami Zombie (aka Causeway Cannibal) used to play high school football for the North Miami Beach Chargers

Miami Zombie (aka Causeway Cannibal) used to play high school football for the North Miami Beach Chargers | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

According to the Miami Herald:

 

The naked man who tried to eat another man’s face before he was shot dead by police was identified as Rudy Eugene, who as a teenager in the late 1990s played high school football at North Miami Beach High.

 

The Miami Herald has obtained photographs of Eugene from North Miami Beach High yearbooks. One photograph was taken in 1997; the other was taken in 1998 when he was a junior. A group shot of the high school football team incudes Eugene.

 

Eugene transferred to North Miami Senior for his final year of high school, North Miami Beach Principal Raymond Fontana said on Tuesday.

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'Corzine shows there’s no justice on Wall Street' (just imagine if he'd sold marijuana)

'Corzine shows there’s no justice on Wall Street' (just imagine if he'd sold marijuana) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

What does it take to get prosecuted in this town?

 

New Jersey Gov. and Sen. Jon Corzine took home more than $3 million in the last year as he was running MF Global into the ground. In what may be the 2011 prize for chutzpah, Corzine made it a point that he would not press for $12.1 million in severance payments from what is now a corpse of a company. Gee, thanks, Jon.

 

In case you’re counting, it’s been seven long months since Corzine’s firm was forced to file for bankruptcy, leaving 3,200 people without jobs. That’s about the number who work at Facebook.

 

Since then, not a penny of the billion-plus in “missing” funds has been recovered. Mr. “I Don’t Know Where the Money Is” hasn’t even been hit with civil charges, after he assured Congress late last year that he “never intended” to break any rules.

 

Perhaps not. But in the commodities pits in Chicago, the anger is palpable. “Someone at MF Global made the decision to swipe customer money,” John Roe, head of the Commodities Customer Coalition, told the Financial Times. “If nothing happens, this means people can misuse customer funds and have no criminal liability..."

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Copylaundering: Jay Leno Airs Video From YouTube Without Permission, NBC Claims Ownership Of Original, Gets It Taken Down

Copylaundering: Jay Leno Airs Video From YouTube Without Permission, NBC Claims Ownership Of Original, Gets It Taken Down | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

This is easily one of the best responses to copyfraud I've ever read. Sure, Jay Leno is a pretty easy target for a roast, but musician Brian Kamerer does a brilliant job of taking him to task over a bogus YouTube takedown. I strongly suggest reading the whole thing, but here's the short version of what happened...

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SMU Campus Standoff Ends After Man Falls From Crane (Disturbing Video)

SMU Campus Standoff Ends After Man Falls From Crane (Disturbing Video) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

WARNING VIDEO INSIDE ARTICLE MAY BE DISTURBING: 14+ hour standoff ends after man falls from crane at SMU campus...

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Dolphins Accept Hard Knocks Invite -- HBO Will Feature Training Camp In Miami

Dolphins Accept Hard Knocks Invite -- HBO Will Feature Training Camp In Miami | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

After a number of teams declined offers to appear on the show, the Miami Dolphins have agreed to be the featured team in HBO's Hard Knocks. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin confirmed the news at a Tuesday morning media briefing.

 

Philbin characterized the move as a "football decision" and said the appearance on Hard Knocks will help the team "show a new identity." The Dolphins could use some positive exposure after a rough offseason in which Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn opted not to play in Miami despite the Dolphins overtures.

 

At least a handful of teams declined HBO's overtures to be featured on the show, including the Redskins, Broncos and Seahawks. Several more teams indicated they were unlikely to participate in the show if asked...

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