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The Lego Movie Really Snaps Together

Consider the Lego, the toy of contradiction. With one — well, with hundreds of them — you can build anything: houses, airplanes, house-airplanes. You can even build something that will change the world, as Larry Page and Sergey Brin did in 1996 when they housed the server for their ne…

Former Taz's Angels Model Whose iPhone Was Hacked Sues to Find Culprit

Iesha Crespo has most recently appeared in Drake’s music videos and the HBO series with Mark Wahlberg, Ballers, but the 23-year-old got her start with Taz’s Angels, a mysterious girl gang modeled after Charlie’s Angels. Its leader, Michael “Taz” Williams, puts a group of five women up in a…

The Monuments Men Stumbles in Its Storytelling

Art may not be more important than human lives. But on the list of things that mean something to human lives, across centuries, it ranks pretty high. That’s what’s so compelling about the story of the Monuments Men, a group of people from 13 nations who volunteered to protect cultural

Keon Hardemon Saves a Civil Rights Icon

Three months ago, a long-delayed plan to add a youth center and make other much-needed improvements to Charles Hadley Park in Liberty City was on life support. The Miami City Commission had set aside $40 million in 2005 to fix up Hadley as well as Overtown’s Gibson Park, which was

Wynwood's Murals Transform the Neighborhood

Every December, hundreds of artists converge on Wynwood in the weeks before Art Basel Miami Beach. With spray paint, a few bucks from building owners, and determination to display their brilliance, these artists transform the city of Miami’s former garment district. In recent years, these masters…

Last of the Unjust: A Shoah Followup Lays Bare a Survivor's Story

Claude Lanzmann built Shoah, his nine-hour, 1985 Holocaust documentary, from more than 350 hours of footage — interviews, staged scenes, silent European landscapes as seen from a passing train, their secrets reborn in tender shades of green. One interview, with the only surviving for…

Michael Mina 74: Fancy Food, Nightclub Vibe

Michael Mina 74 might remind you of a nightclub. Lingering behind the ivory counter in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach lobby, a leggy hostess in a tiny red dress is the restaurant’s gatekeeper. She subtly eyes you and then escorts you downstairs, her black heels clacking on the marble steps….

Michael Mina Lists His Five Favorite Restaurants in Miami

To say Michael Mina knows good food is an understatement. Last year, the Egyptian-born chef was named to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. He owns 20 restaurants across the nation, including the Michelin-starred Michael Mina in San Francisco. His empire encom…

New Videogame: Burmese Pythons in the Everglades

You know you’re in trouble when your only defender is a company named “Bigglesworth.”

Welcome to the sordid existence of South Florida’s most hated species: the Burmese python. This creature is so hated that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last year assembled a ragta…

Racecar Drivers Don and Bill Whittington: Drug Smugglers and CIA Helpers?

Don Whittington charged up to a desk inside a gargantuan Fort Lauderdale warehouse built from blue corrugated metal. He was seething. “You’re a bitch,” he hissed at the receptionist.

Then, the five-foot-11 Whittington, who was once a championship racecar driver before earning an 18-month …