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Afghan Vet Dies of Overdose in VA Substance-Abuse Center (TIME)

(3/30/2014) VA calls the death 'unexpected,' but it wasn’t, really

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Meat The 125-Pound Hot Dog (TIME)

(3/25/2014) It may set a Guinness World Record for largest hot dog

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Lakewood's Anthony Lawrence Jr. commits to Miami (St. Petersburg Times)

(3/24/2014) Lakewood guard Anthony Lawrence Jr. committed to Miami after taking an unofficial visit to the school on Monday. The Lawrence family already had strong ties with the Hurricanes. Lawrence Jr's father, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence Sr., played for Miami from 1991-93. Lawrence Jr's uncle, Pat, also was a Hurricane from 1991-94. "Everyone thinks I put Anthony up to this, but he did all on his own," Lawrence Sr. said. "It was a surprise to me." In October, Lawrence Jr. committed to Central Florida. A month later, he backed out of it, saying at the time he nothing it to as far as his recruiting went. Interest picked up immediately in the 6-foot-7 junior guard with coaches from Clemson, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Miami and Texas A&M calling the same day he decided to decommit. The Hurricanes offered soon after and Lawrence Jr. said he had ...

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Role-Playing GOP Candidate Takes Heat Over His Occult Fantasies (TIME)

(4/1/2014) Jacob Rush is challenging the tea-party incumbent in Florida’s 3rd congressional district, but his past as a role-playing supernatural fantastist is shaking up the race. The 35-year-old attorney insists he’s a "straight shooter" and his critics are making a fuss over nothing

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Weekend preview: Model behavior, pirate booty, Ford Mustang (sun-sentinel)

(3/21/2014) Andrea Ocampo Haley is a model and actress, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader and an arena host for the Florida Panthers, who flipped that fame into a role as entertainment reporter for CNN En Español. It goes without saying that the Delray Beach resident knows where the party is at.

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Report:: Incognito says he wants to resume career in Miami (sun-sentinel)

(3/20/2014) WSVN got a hold of former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito on Wednesday and, incredibly, the player at the center of the Jonathan Martin bullying investigation said he wanted to return to South Florida.

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Charley Zimmer failed at retirement -- and for that Episcopal can be thankful (Florida Times-Union)

(11/27/2013) Charley Zimmer retired six years ago. Sort of. After decades of working as a teacher, coach and administrator — the final 10 as head of school at Episcopal School of Jacksonville — Zimmer and his wife, Gail, had moved to Marco Island. He was spending time raising dogs, playing with his grandchildren and running around some nearby softball fields in an intensely competitive senior league. But he also was doing a fair amount of consulting work. And when he showed up at a Florida Council of Independent Schools conference in Miami, a longtime friend playfully mocked his arrival. read more

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Comparing salaries of Heat, Dolphins (ESPN)

(14 hours ago) The Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat share the same fan base in South Florida. Over the past few years, agony from football season -- the Dolphins haven'...

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Rivals FSU and Miami unveil new uniforms (ESPN)

(Yesterday) Somehow, Florida State and Miami both just won. I'm no fashion critic (c'mon, you've seen my videos) but these guys are gonna look sharp. The rivals...

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Beckham's group unveil plans for MLS stadium at port | Photos/video (sun-sentinel)

(3/24/2014) The David Beckham-led group bringing a Major League Soccer team to South Florida unveiled a grand vision for a showpiece soccer stadium it hopes to build in Port Miami.

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Official: Train linking airport with Miami will roll next year (orlandosentinel)

(3/16/2014) Michael Reininger, 53, is president and chief development officer of All Aboard Florida, the $1.5 billion train system that would link Orlando International Airport with West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Reininger talked with Sentinel reporter Dan Tracy.

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Dita Von Teese and her South Florida disciples (sun-sentinel)

(7 days ago) Local burlesque performers and fans will flock to see Von Teese in her final Florida striptease performances. When trend-setting burlesque revivalist Dita Von Teese performs at Revolution Live Thursday and Friday on a tour she says is her last in a G-string, more than 20 members of Fort Lauderdale-based Cupcake Burlesque, Miami's Shameless Burlesque and several other troupes will be up close in the VIP area and seated at even pricier tables.

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New South Florida FBI chief says preventing terrorism is No. 1 priority (sun-sentinel)

(4/1/2014) Residents in Florida's nine southeastern counties shouldn't necessarily be concerned that an expert in weapons of mass destruction is leading the FBI's Miami office.

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David Beckham brings his soccer pitch to Tallahassee (sun-sentinel)

(3/25/2014) TALLAHASSEE -- David Beckham, one of the world's biggest soccer celebrities, descended on Florida's capital city Tuesday hoping to persuade leaders to approve millions of tax dollars for stadiums in Orlando and Miami.

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Four area teams take on 7-on-7 regional qualifier (St. Petersburg Times)

(3/28/2014) A collection of Tampa Bay's top football talent, including the likes of Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain, Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud III, Hillsborough's Dwayne Lawson and East Lake's George Campbell, will converge in Bradenton this weekend for the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional qualifier. Four teams and more than 75 athletes from Tampa Bay -- including two-time defending national champion Team Tampa and 14 of the players ranked in the HomeTeam top 25 for 2015 -- will play in a 16-team field that also includes Miami powerhouse South Florida Express and Pro Impact. Pool play begins Saturday at 3 p.m. The championship will be played Sunday afternoon. The top four finishers advance to nationals in June. Here's a look at the local teams: **Team Tampa Outlook: **Team Tampa, ranked No. 1 in the Pylon Sports poll, has never won this event, using it more to tune up ...

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Hiking Journal: Swamp buggy tour, impromptu hog hunt highlight latest leg for Florida Scenic Trail hiker (Florida Times-Union)

(3/16/2014) Jacksonville native Lynn McNutt is hiking the Florida National Scenic Trail and sharing her adventures through weekly journal entries and photos. An avid adventurest who loves exploring the outdoors by land or sea, McNutt is a graduate of Terry Parker High School, Florida State University and George Washington University and has been on the faculties of Auburn, Miami, Flagler College and Jacksonville University. read more

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Deon Cain gets Army bowl invite (St. Petersburg Times)

(3/20/2014) Tampa Bay Tech ATH **Deon Cain **picked up another honor Thursday. The four-star recruit earned an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Titans coach **Jayson Roberts **said Thursday. Cain is one of Tampa Bay's top talents for the class of 2015. He was fifth in the Tampa Bay Times' list of the top 25 recruits in his class. Rivals ranks him as the nation's No. 14 athlete and No. 164 overall prospect; 247Sports lists him as the country's No. 2 receiver and No. 38 overall talent. Cain, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior, holds more than a dozen college offers from Florida State, Florida, Miami and Ohio State, among others. The dual- threat quarterback threw for 13 touchdowns and almost 2,000 yards and rushed for 731 yards and four scores last season for the 6-4 Titans. Plant OL **Jake Fruhmorgen **has already committed to play in the ...

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Tannehill much to prove, but not the most to prove (miamiherald.typepad)

(7 hours ago) This is the time of year we get caught up in bottom of the roster free agent signings and the visits of college prospects that will be drafted on May 10 (in rounds 4-7) or picked up as undrafted free...

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