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Roller Jam: Every Night is '80s Night at South Florida Roller Rinksnew

There used to be about a dozen rinks down here filled with skaters every day of the week; I know because I used to be one of those skaters. Only a handful of rinks remains. Likewise, only a fraction of us who used to roll in this uniquely South Florida fashion, to tunes recorded here, still hit the rinks.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Amy Guthrie  |  10-15-2008  |  Recreation

The Real Girlfriend Experience: My Hooker Romancenew

Call it some sort of half-baked sociological experiment: What happens when you take a hooker on a regular date? What happens when you share a walk on the beach or a piece of pizza instead of, oh, something that ends in job?
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Michael J. Mooney  |  09-23-2008  |  Culture

Pro Poker Hurts: It's Not All Glitz and Glory at the Tablenew

Harold Persaud is one of dozens of men -- and a few women -- who go to the legal poker rooms across South Florida every day, hoping to grind out the money to pay the bills. They go to places such as Pompano Park, Mardi Gras, and Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, to card rooms full of businessmen who cut out of the office early, young men wearing hooded sweatshirts and listening to iPods, foul-smelling degenerate addicts, and more retirees than a Sunday buffet.
Miami New Times  |  Michael J. Mooney  |  08-11-2008  |  Recreation

Gay or Straight? Pick a Side Before Joining a Lesbian Softball Leaguenew

As a woman married to man, I'm an anomaly here in the South Florida Amateur Athletic Association, which defines itself on the web as "a gay and lesbian softball league ... for both gay and non-gay participants."
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Amy Guthrie  |  07-29-2008  |  Sports

Polyamorous Lovers Keep Their Options, and Their Relationships, Opennew

In the mainstream, monogamy has been a cultural assumption on par with monotheism, air conditioning and covered sex parts. There have been strains of resistance throughout the 20th century -- swingers, lesbian collectives, polyfidelitous communes -- but the term "polyamory" didn't appear until the 1990s.
Creative Loafing (Sarasota)  |  Justin Richards  |  07-24-2008  |  Culture

Women Spend Big Money Tricking Out Cars, Toonew

A growing number of South Florida women spend tens of thousands of dollars to pimp their rides in hopes of sponsorship, trophies, and national recognition.
Miami New Times  |  Tamara Lush  |  06-30-2008  |  Culture

Is That Beef You're Eating Really Safe?new

The Sunshine State sits squarely in the middle of the controversy over the safety of the meat supply. A growing number of people -- many of them doctors and scientists -- question whether American beef is safe from bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as BSE or mad cow disease. Little testing and lenient feed regulations mean no one can answer the question for sure.
Orlando Weekly  |  Deanna Morey  |  06-26-2008  |  Food+Drink

Fueled by Ramennew

I wondered if I could live for 30 days on the food stamp allotment without resorting to Wal-Mart, Hamburger Helper or the drive-through dollar menu. I put $162 in cash in an envelope and started the experiment.
Orlando Weekly  |  Jessica Bryce Young  |  05-06-2008  |  Food+Drink

Spring Break Is Still Decadent and Depraved -- and Awesome, Dude!new

Try as it might, Fort Lauderdale can't shake some diehard seasonal partiers.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Michael J. Mooney  |  04-08-2008  |  Culture

Chip Off the Old Blockbusternew

The King Tut show in Fort Lauderdale is shamelessly overpriced, but — Holy Osiris! — the art is terrific!
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Edmund Newton  |  12-28-2005  |  Art

Master of All He Surveysnew

Nearly 2,000 works of the art world's elite are draped around the headquarters of one Miami kingpin dealer.
Miami New Times  |  Carlos Suarez de Jesus  |  12-28-2005  |  Art

Raze the Roofnew

Greed, neglect, and the bulldozer's blade chew away at the work of Francis Abreu, Fort Lauderdale's master builder.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Jeff Stratton  |  11-22-2005  |  History

Blow Me Downnew

Maybe the hurricane was just what Fort Lauderdale needed: It got rid of some cheap aluminum sheds and exposed shoddy workmanship and the government's idiocy.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Bob Norman  |  11-07-2005  |  Commentary

Who Are These People?

In the Zendik Farm commune, the revolution is televised on cable-access. The literature says, "Stop Bitching, Start a Revolution." But at the Zendik commune, it's more like "Stop Bitching, Start Farming."
Washington City Paper  |  Ryan Grim  |  11-03-2005  |  Culture

Young African-American Aims to Be Champion Bowlernew

Somebody forgot to tell 21-year-old Emil Williams Jr. that bowling is for fat, beer-guzzling honkies.
Riverfront Times  |  Mike Seely  |  09-27-2005  |  Sports

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