Gus Boulis, Miami Subs Founder, Murder Trial Finally Begins

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Gus Boulis' green BMW was pinned between two cars. One had halted directly in front of him as he pulled out of his office building's parking lot. The other appeared from the opposite direction as a dark blur in the vacant Fort Lauderdale street. Boulis' killer was facing him from the opposite car. Boulis knew what was coming. He raised a hand. Maybe it was to plead for his life. Maybe it was a defense mechanism. But he knew. The killer in the opposite car fired a gun. The discharge blew through Boulis' hand and into his body. The two cars screeched off into the night.

Bloodied, with his life ebbing away, Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis, founder of the popular Miami Subs restaurant chain and SunCruz Casinos, drove a mile toward Federal Highway and SE 18th Street. He crashed into a tree on the side of the road.

Boulis was dead inside his BMW.

Twelve yearslater, the trial for Boulis' murder has finally gotten underway.

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ACLU: Florida Sex Offender Reform Should be "Based on Facts, Not Fear"

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For legislators - especially the ones looking to earn tough-on-crime points - it's open season on sex offenders. Following a Sun Sentinel investigation that found a high number of re-offenders among the worst of the worst, Tallahassee has elbowed everything else to the side, clamoring to find new ways to cool down the frayed nerves of a frightened public.

But as new ideas for handling sex offenders keeping popping up, it's time we look at where the line between safety-at-all cost and constitutional rights come into play.

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Underwear Thief Steals $870 Worth of Victoria's Secret "Lacie Panties"

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Underwear vendors should be on high alert.
According to a police report, between 7:30 and 7:35 p.m. on September 23, $870 worth of "Lacie panties" were stolen from the Victoria's Secret at City Place in West Palm Beach.

"The items" -- weirdly categorized as "clothing/furs" -- "were last seen at 1930 hours," the report states.

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Rose Marks, Fort Lauderdale Psychic, Found Guilty of Scamming Clients

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It took a jury only five hours Thursday to weigh the evidence stacked against Rose Marks, the matriarch of a Fort Lauderdale Roma family accused of running a $25 million fraud. In what turned out to be a dramatic climax to the well publicized case, jurors found the psychic guilty on all 14 counts. She faces up to 20 years in prison. The results are truly surprising, as most cases of fortuneteller fraud rarely come to a courtroom resolution.

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Proposed Law: Sex Offenders on Probation Shouldn't Be Allowed to Look at Porn

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Rep. Katie Edwards
A Republican state senator from Lakeland, Sen. Kelli Stargel, and a Democratic state rep from here in Plantation, Katie Edwards, cosponsored legislation Wednesday that would try to keep sex offenders who are on probation from accessing pornography.

Edwards says her bill was the result of a Sun Sentinel article about reoffenders. "I had spoken to Sen. Stargel," Edwards told New Times, "... and we said what are some loopholes, some small bites of the apple that we can [address practically]?" She said Stargel's husband is a judge and helped them come up with the proposed law.

She says that the criminal justice subcommittee is exploring ways for sex offenders to make a "lifetime commitment to stop offending" and that "the bipartisan wherewithal is there" to pass legislation.

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Florida Cop Runs Over Man for Alleged Seat Belt Violation [DISTURBING VIDEO]

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The family of a Florida man killed several months ago released a video late last week that shows the last horrifying moments of 38-year-old Marlon Brown, who the family's attorney says had fled cops over an alleged seat belt violation.

The chase scene through a vegetable garden shown in the video is brief and appears to countervail a report released by the local coroner's report near DeLand that says a collision with a car is not what killed Brown.

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Florida Couple Beat Up Mentally Challenged Man to Steal His Grand Theft Auto Videogame

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And now for your dose of Friday-morning awfulness.

A mentally challenged Delray Beach man who had spent months saving up to buy himself the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V videogame was beaten up by a man and woman who then stole the game from him.

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Fort Lauderdale Police Now Admit Stopping More Blacks for Bicycle Registration Violations

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Last Friday, New Times broke the story about the Broward Public Defender's Office stepping up to challenge the Fort Lauderdale Police Department on the practice of using the city's bike ordinance to stop African-Americans in a disproportionate number. "Biking while black," as Howard Finkelstein called it, is a clear case of "racial profiling."

The Fort Lauderdale PD pushed back against Finkelstein's assertions last week and also questioned his office's stats. But now, the police have backtracked, admitting Finkelstein's numbers pointing out a disparity are on point.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Cops Using Bike Registration Law to Racially Profile Blacks, Public Defender Says; Chief Responds

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Dolphins Fan Beats the Crap Out of Jets Fan With PVC Pipe

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A Miami Dolphins fan was arrested after he did what every Miami Dolphins fan dreams of but hardly ever actually acts on -- he beat the shit out of a Jets fan with a PVC pipe.

And before you judge the Fins fan, keep in mind that Jets fans are notorious for being obnoxious and insufferably arrogant about their team for no reason and are pretty much all-around despicable people, even though their team hasn't won anything since the Beatles were still together.

We're not saying we condone this kind of behavior. It's deplorable and awful. We're just pointing out some stuff about Jets fans.

Anyway...

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Gerard Lopes Belmonte Jury Starts Deliberations

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The jury in the Gerard Lopes Belmonte trial started deliberations on Tuesday following a brief trial of a gruesome and tragic murder.

On Monday, the jury heard the closing arguments and will now decide the fate of Lopes, who stands accused of raping and murdering his adoptive mother, Natalie Belmonte.

The defense closed things out by trying to persuade that there is plenty of evidence to create reasonable doubt, including the argument that Lopes and Belmonte had consensual sex and that their relationship went beyond that of a mother and son.

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