Category : Miami News Times

The Politely Evil Empire

I. Meet America’s business cheerleaders.

People tend to view chambers of commerce in the same colors as the Rotary Club or the Knights of Columbus: eager do-gooders lending a helpful hand in the name of economy and country. It’s a largely accurate assessment — at least on the…

"BOG-MIA" at Locust: Flower Trade Unmasked

In just a few days, more than 670 million roses and other buds will enter the Port of Miami for Valentine’s Day. They will make their way to florists and other retailers across the country in one of the busiest weeks for the international flower trade.

It takes about two weeks

Thomas Kramer, SoBe Millionaire, Likely Bankruptcy-Bound

Real-estate developer Thomas Kramer was once worth $100 million. The German-born bad boy was a South Beach pioneer and a stalwart of the party scene in the 1990s. Lately, he has suffered severe financial problems, the result of a $244 million Swiss court judgment against him.

Now he has t…

Aftermath Exposes Poland's Reluctance to Face Its Dark Past

“We won’t make the world a better place, but at least we won’t make it worse,” says Franciszek Kalina (Ireneusz Czop) to his younger brother, J√≥zef (Maciej Stuhr), near the climax of Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath. That stark cynicism permeates Pasikowski’s unsettling histo…

Twin Musicians Say They're Bob Marley's Grandsons

Two things are immediately apparent upon meeting Rasue and Rasheeb Pinnock. First, they bear an uncanny resemblance to Stephen Marley, the son of musical legend Bob Marley and a five-time Grammy winner in his own right. Second: They look absolutely, unbelievably stoned. The 22-year-old, glassy-ey…

Blackbrick: Unique Chinese Chow in Midtown

The best place to sit at Blackbrick is certainly the kitchen bar. From there, you can watch the 63-year-old chef from Hong Kong stir-fry mustard greens in his red-hot wok. The way he works is soothing — how swiftly he moves and how intently he waits, hands behind his back,

That Awkward Moment, a Surprisingly Good Dude-Bro Version of Sex and the City

While our ingenues scurry toward teen best sellers and David O. Russell flicks, here’s the next generation of talented leading men swaggering into a dude-bro Sex and the City.

At night, best friends played by Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan — aka the player, t…

Gloria Looks for Love at a Certain Age

We’ve entered an age in which people have no idea how old they are. Fifty-year-olds lament, “I still feel 30 in my mind,” and sometimes dress like it. Some 30-year-olds may cling to the destructive habits of their 20s, but plenty more march dutifully into full-on family-and-career- building mode,…

Labor Day, Starring Brolin and Winslet, Takes Too Much Work to Believe

Quick, somebody check Jason Reitman’s house to see if the real man has been turned into dust by a body snatcher. Though his name is on the poster, it’s impossible to believe that the sardonic boy wonder of Juno, Thank You for Smoking, and Young Adult would direct this stilted…

Miami Springs Reporter Unable to Work After Affair Spawns Restraining Orders

Wally Clark swears it was a million-dollar idea. The bespectacled man with big ears, a bald head, and a trim figure scrolls through the 10,000 pornographic snapshots he took of his wife cavorting with his best friend. Sure, Clark had nudged the two of them together — but it was