Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Mindy Marques just needs a little more time to destroy what's left of the Miami Herald

On some days it seems like those in charge at the Miami Herald have intentionally set out to make the front page of the paper as boring and irrelevant as possible.

Today was one of those days.

A check of the Herald's website shows that as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, two of the top three most popular stories are about the stabbing yesterday by a female student of a Killian High School football star, and the arrest of the 15-year-old son of the Canadian Consul General on a murder charge after his brother was killed in a drug deal.



So what's on today's front page?

A picture of a tennis player pretending to eat a cake and stories about the Iran nuclear negotiations and the revelation that the Germanwings co-pilot told his employer six years ago of his struggle with depression. Both important stories, to be sure.

But most intelligent adults who are interested in those stories probably read them online yesterday or caught up with the latest details on cable news.

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And where are the stories that readers seem to be interested in? In section B, of course. That's where Herald editors put anything remotely interesting or compelling....or crime related.

Note to Mindy Marques: No one buys the print edition of the paper to read stories about Iran. Check your calendar. It's no longer 1985. People subscribe to or buy a local paper to read local news.

But in another year, none of this will matter.

Because, by then, the dead tree version of the paper will be just that: dead. And you'll be remembered as the person who single-handedly killed what was once a pretty decent newspaper.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Did Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine burglarize a Coca Cola truck and steal the keys?


Philip "Gomer Pyle" Levine. 
Random Pixels is hearing from sources that Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine may have committed several crimes last Monday.

Levine, apparently channeling his inner Gomer Pyle, is said to have become enraged at the sight of a Coca Cola truck double-parked on Washington Avenue earlier this week. Levine allegedly climbed into the cab of the truck and snatched the keys from the ignition.

One source tells me, "The rumor is that there was a Coca Cola truck double-parked and the Mayor went inside the cab, took out the key and refused to give it back to the driver until an officer arrived to issue a citation."

On a message board frequented by Miami Beach police officers, someone offered the opinion that Levine may have committed the crime of "burglary to a conveyance."

Levine apparently forgot that just a few short months ago, he sang the praises of Coke at a "press conference" as he took delivery of a commemorative, limited-edition six-pack of the sugary poison as a part of the city's 100th birthday celebration.

(Watch the press conference by clicking here ... if only to see Levine at his smarmiest and most oleaginous.)

If the details of the alleged Washington Avenue incident are true, it wouldn't be out of character for Levine, an admitted micromanager who's been known to act like douchebag from time to time.

On December 6, 2013, Levine, who had been in office less than two weeks, showed up at the Star Island home of millionaire Thomas Kramer for a private party.

Unable to get in, Levine soon found himself part of an unruly mob of gate crashers on the street in front of Kramer's home. Police were called and that's when things got ugly.
Unable to get in, Levine texted Kramer.

Kramer responded by calling police and parking enforcement officers to his home.

Cops showed up and talked to Kramer. He told them he wanted the party crashers gone and their vehicles removed.

Cops then went back outside and told the crowd to disperse. The unruly mob responded by ignoring the order, and some continued to attempt to get inside. A few in the crowd "physically pushed the officers."

At some point, one of the officers, Giordano Cardoso, unholstered his Taser, and after removing the cartridge, aimed it at the ground and fired three short bursts or "warning arcs."

According to a just released police department Internal Affairs report on the incident [embedded below], after hearing the Taser, "the crowd began to disperse and obey the officers."

In a May 2014 story on the incident, the Miami Herald reported ...
[An] investigation of the Dec. 6 incident was instigated by then newly elected Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who told a police supervisor on the scene that officer Giordano Cardoso’s actions were "out of control" when he used his Taser to disperse a crowd trying to get into Kramer’s Star Island home.
Though Levine initiated the investigation into Cardoso, the report said he chose not to speak to investigators or give a formal statement. The mayor told the Miami Herald on Tuesday that he spoke with someone at the police department the day after the incident, but did not recall who. The internal affairs report said police made several attempts to talk to the mayor.

And then there's this from the most recent issue of Ocean Drive Magazine:
“Anyone who knows me knows I’m a pothole mayor,” Levine says with a laugh, insisting that he thrives on micromanaging, even down to personally intervening in roadwork. He recalls driving down the Beach’s Alton Road during last December’s Art Basel.

Suddenly he was greeted with the sight of an orange menace: “They’d put cones up in one lane! I got out of the car and I personally threw all the cones onto the sidewalk. [I then] called the CEO of the construction company and the [city’s] director of public works,” he continues with a grimace. “They responded by saying that it was a total mistake; they’d get the cones cleared in one hour. I told them not to worry because I’d gotten it done in three minutes.”

A Miami Beach Police Department spokesperson told me this afternoon that he had no knowledge of Monday's alleged incident involving the Mayor.

The spokesperson told me he would look into the allegation and asked me to email a request for more information.

Stay tuned.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Here are some photos of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager Jimmy Morales wearing matching guayaberas

Here's Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine wearing a guayabera.
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They held one of those mass naturalization ceremonies on the sands of Miami Beach this morning.

According to the Miami Herald, "100 immigrants from 25 countries ... became U.S. citizens Wednesday morning under the blazing sun at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive, one of the many events staged this week as part of Miami Beach’s centennial celebration."

The Herald's 700 word story doesn't mention Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine because the story wasn't really about was about the 100 people who showed up to take the Oath of Allegiance. But I know Levine was there because he posted 8 photos of himself on his Facebook page.

The story says many of the new citizens sworn in today are from Spain, Argentina and Cuba.

Levine showed up dressed for the occasion in a guayabera....strange wardrobe choice for a man, who, when he was running for the mayor's seat in 2013, disrespected Hispanics by vowing to change the culture in City Hall "from one of being maƱana, lazy..."

Levine's sock-puppet City Manager, Jimmy Morales, also wore a guayabera.

So if 100 new citizens were sworn in today, why do most of the pictures on Levine's Facebook page show him?

Because it's all about Philip Levine, isn't it, Phil? It's always about you.

"Blah, blah, blah."

Here's a shot of Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager
Jimmy Morales wearing matching guayaberas, as seen from the rear. 

Here's a frontal view of Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager
Jimmy Morales in their matching guayaberas. 

Here's one more shot of Mayor Philip Levine and City Manager
Jimmy Morales in their matching guayaberas. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Here are some photos of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine pointing and waving

Here are some pictures of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine that were taken over the weekend. In one of the photos he's waving and in the other he's pointing. The photos were shot at some event that a year from now no one will remember attending.

I've also included a bonus photo of Mayor Levine standing next to a well-endowed lady.

Enjoy your day.

Mayor Levine waving.

Mayor Levine pointing. 

Mayor Levine and some lady.