Miami Beach

Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office

Miami-Dade prosecutors say Gus Lopez knew what others were bidding for city contracts in Miami Beach and he sold the information to help competitors submit lower and winning bids.

A former city procurement director, Lopez and business partner Pierre Landrin Jr., are accused of racketeering and unlawful compensation. Lopez' lawyer insists the charges are politically motivated.

Trina Sargalski

During presidential debate nights, people in Miami may not congregate around giant screens at restaurants and bars, Super Bowl-style, as they do in Washington, D.C.

However, there are some places in Miami where you can watch the debates, whether you prefer watching the event with a group, want a steady flow of cocktails, or just wish to escape your abuelo's or your sister's running commentary at home (list of watch parties and restaurants/bars follows).

Dan Grech

We spotted this touching (and slightly bizarre) plea on Reddit from "cosmicbrownies2," and couldn’t resist helping spread the word.

Can anyone PLEASE marry us this weekend!?

Obama And Romney's Big South Florida Donors

Oct 12, 2012
Facundo Gaisler/Flickr

Not only are South Florida's votes key to the upcoming presidential election, but its residents are some big donors to the presidential campaigns, as well.

South Florida Business Journal rounded up some of the biggest donors in the region to both President Obama and Mitt Romney's campaigns. 

The Miami Herald's Jay Weaver raises the curtain on a federal trial opening today. Allegations: Mobsters recruited sexy Eastern European women to separate men from their money at a series of Miami Beach clubs.

True South Florida Story: Helen And Her Three Husbands

Sep 28, 2011
Maria de los Angeles

Writer Maria de los Angeles read her story Helen and Her Three Husbands at a live event produced by Under the Sun and Lip Service at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. The next Lip Service storytelling event is October 1. Tickets are on sale.

Dear Miami

Mar 10, 2011
Lumierefl on Flickr

Author Diana Abu-Jaber, who teaches at Portland State University, splits her time between Portland and Miami. In her ode to Miami, she compares the city to a disheveled party girl – beautiful but not the kind you settle down with. Before she came to Miami, people warned her that the city was a vacation destination, not a place to call home. Sure, everyone sees the superficial, but few see the heart and mind beneath the flash. For this Arab-American girl who couldn’t sit still in one place, the city understood her. Those who don’t quite fit in anywhere else, somehow do in Miami.

A Garage That’s All Glam

Dec 8, 2010

“Eleven-Eleven” was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the architectural firm that produced the “Birds Nest” stadium in Beijing, and is also behind the new Miami Art Museum.

Developer Robert Wennett wanted to build a garage that would challenge assumptions about what a garage can be, and he wanted to make money off restaurant and retail leases. But he also wanted to create a public space.

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