Young Musicians’ Annual Fundraiser this Friday at the Light Box in Wynwood

Sammy Gonzalez might best be known to our locals and beyond as Jacobs Ladder’s bass player. However, to South Floridians and the musical future of our youth, Sammy has been instrumental in developing the Young Musicians Organization which aims ” to enrich the lives of children and youth by providing free after-school music programs to schools with limited or no music […]

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Midtown Merely Another Conquest for Walmart

Walking through Midtown Miami, passing charming little shops, art galleries and street performers, gazing admiringly at some of the urban artwork emblazoned on the sides of buildings, a man with a vision thought to himself, “You know what this place is missing, what would really tie the whole thing together into one cohesive, identifying geographical package?” “A Walmart!” he exclaimed, […]

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Observations on Modern American Policing By a U.S. Veteran

A story rankled my ass today… A man (referring to an 18-year-old-boy) of Miami was tasered to death by Miami Beach Police the other day for running from law enforcement after spray-painting graffiti on a boarded up (abandoned) storefront. According to reports the chase continued for ten minutes, and upon capturing the tasered teenage high-school-boy, they celebrated by high fiving […]

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An Open Letter to our Misguided Elected Officials: Do NOT Close our Libraries and Firehouses

To those who would shut down our libraries and further disable our fire services: As a lifetime resident of South Florida, I am appalled at the prospect of this proposed budget cut that would render our library system embarrassingly close to nonexistent and contribute to the further dismantling of our already feebly funded fire department. When did it become commonplace […]

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Law and Justice Are Not Interchangeable Terms: The Wake that Follows the George Zimmerman Verdict

Pray tell, one more time, for the record – what about Trayvon Martin drew George Zimmerman’s attention to him? It certainly wasn’t that he was doing anything particularly wrong. He was merely meandering – albeit not completely unidirectionally (he was 17, after all – not yet at that age where a venture out into the night without a car means […]

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FL Gov. Rick Scott signs ban on paraphernalia, intensifies punitive responses, kind of, sort of.

Loosely being referred to around the interwebs as the “Bong Ban,” Governor Rick Scott signed into law a new bill which makes possession of a pipe more than once a felony. One time is still a misdemeanor. This bill also covers advertising these types of products. The list consists of the following devices: Water pipes, carburetor pipes, electric pips, air-chamber […]

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