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VA Scandal, Part 1: Before Dying From Neglect in Miami, Nick Cutter Survived Iraq

They were coming for him. Bullets hit the walls like rain on a windshield. Nick fired his .50-cal at anything that looked like a man.At first, Nicholas Cutter could only see their shadows flitting…
PUBLISHED: July 21, 2014
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3616 words)

DJ Laz and the Dinner Key Boating Disaster: Too Many Watery Deaths

By 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July, the bacchanal at Nixon sandbar just off Key Biscayne is in full swing. A few hundred feet from the sprawling waterfront mansions of Harbor Drive, dozens of women in…
PUBLISHED: July 14, 2014
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5095 words)

Steroids' Long History at the University of Miami

The following is an excerpt from the book Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era, published by the Penguin Group and released this week. The story began…
PUBLISHED: July 7, 2014
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4116 words)

Maximo Caminero's Million-Dollar Attack on the Miami Art World

On February 16, a middle-aged man with hazel eyes and a crown of salt-and-pepper hair walked into Pérez Art Museum Miami. The heavy wooden doors on the new $220 million public building swung…
PUBLISHED: March 17, 2014
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5465 words)

Facebook Holds Clues to Teen's Gang Rape

Late in the evening on a hot November night, a blue Dodge Challenger rolled to a stop outside a two-bedroom yellow house in Hollywood. A 16-year-old girl with wavy hair and brown, sad eyes sat in the…
PUBLISHED: March 3, 2014
LENGTH: 3 minutes (921 words)

Shawn LaBeet: Cop Killer Redux

For 51 years, Chris Reyka seemed proof of some higher power. A clean-cut, churchgoing former Marine with snow-white hair and a strong jaw, Reyka was an incarnation of the American dream. He had…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 10, 2014
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5704 words)

Cubadave's Sex Tourism Empire in Jeopardy

David Strecker is a skinny former softball pitcher who lives in a modest Key West duplex and maintains a healthy head of fine, sandy-colored hair. He prefers tank tops that show off his muscular…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 9, 2013
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4731 words)

Porn Star John Snavely Murders Millionaire

The first thing cops noticed was the footprints. They began near the entrance to the expensive oceanfront townhouse: size-12 sneaker outlines, stamped in blood. All eyes were on Snavely. The…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 4, 2013
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5388 words)

Biking While Black Is a Crime

Huffing home on her green beach cruiser, Lekeithra Smith was already edgy about what might be hunkered down in the dark, waiting. It was near 9:30 p.m. in late April 2011. The 22-year-old was…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 29, 2013
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3676 words)