New Times Writer Terrence McCoy Wins Aronson Award

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New Times has won a 2014 James Aronson Award for a story about a local man who has spent more than $85 million funding settlements in Israel. "Miami Beach Man's Millions Thwart Middle East Peace" was published this past March 28 and written by then-staff writer Terrence McCoy, who recently departed for a position at the Washington Post.

The story, which also included reporting from Jerusalem by Melanie Lidman and Gil Kezwer, was one of six winners. Others went to the New York Times' Andrea Elliott and David Carr, as well as the Washington, D.C. Center for Public Integrity, and OnEarth magazine.

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Rubio on Obamacare: Only 14 to 15 Percent Have Paid (Video)

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Florida Sen. and Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio just can't stop himself. Though Obamacare exceeded its goal by signing up more than 7 million people nationally by the April 1 deadline, Rubio told Sean Hannity:

"There's still a significant number of people -- I saw a report a couple days ago that said that only 14 to 15 percent of the people who had signed up [had] paid. So you've got a substantial number of people that haven't even paid into this. I mean, signing up is not the issue; you still have to get people that are going to make their monthly payments."

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All Aboard Florida Plans Huge Downtown Train Station

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All Aboard Florida, a private group that plans to run trains from Miami to Orlando, yesterday unveiled plans for a 25,000-square-foot station in downtown Fort Lauderdale to be surrounded by high-rises and commercial properties.

The plan, shown to a chamber of commerce meeting on Tuesday, could have a dramatic effect on the area north of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Construction of the Fort Lauderdale station could begin next year. Service is planned for 2016.

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Thanksgiving Services, Christmas Party, and Other Ways to Donate

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Typhoon Haiyan has killed thousands and left millions homeless in the Philippines. There's a way to help. Miami's Filipino community asks you to contribute. Here are some South Florida events.

There'll be a Thanksgiving Day service at noon at the NANAY Community Center, 659 NE 125th St. Call 305 981-3232 for information.

On December 1, there'll be a 5K run at 7:30 a.m. at JC Bermudez Park, 3000 NW 87th Ave., Doral.

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Broward 911: Emergency Help Needs More Help

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County leaders declared victory yesterday when Commissioner Sue Gunzburger changed her vote and agreed to a system for funding an emergency calling system.

Problem is, repeatedly over the years, studies have shown these systems don't live up to what they need to be.

"There is no consistency in training, and there is no consistency in the quality of equipment that is used," says Daniel Caplis, a Denver lawyer who specializes in suing municipalities where 911 fails. "Irreparable damage has been done to injured individuals and many lives that could have been saved."

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New Times Says No to Major League Baseball

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Sorry, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. We won't hand over records that detail the inner workings of Biogenesis, the controversial Coral Gables anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied prohibited drugs to six professional baseball players, including Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.

The reasons are manifold. History plays a role in our decision. So do journalistic ethics and the fact that we have already posted dozens of records on our website. Finally, there is a hitherto-unreported Florida Department of Health criminal probe into clinic director Anthony Bosch

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Henrique Capriles: Weston's Hope for Venezuela

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At the news of Hugo Chavez's death, Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles was magnanimous: "At such a difficult time, we must show our deep love and respect to our Venezuela," he tweeted. "My solidarity to all the family and followers of President Hugo Chavez. We appeal for unity."

He is the sole hope of Venezuelans in exile in the election that is slated to take place in 30 days. Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who made the announcement and will likely take power, is the odds-on favorite and the head of a powerful machine that has jailed opponents and shut up the media for years. 

But Capriles drew 6.1 million votes, or about 45 percent of the population, in October. He is a favorite among decision-makers and has a powerful position as governor of Miranda State. 

See also: Hugo Chavez Is Dead

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Spartan Race Starts at Oleta on Saturday

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About 15,000 people will pull themselves through mud, climb 25-foot-high ropes, avoid barbed wire -- and swim and run more than ten miles -- Saturday and Sunday in Oleta State Park.

"The only thing we left out this year was the alligators," says race founder, organizer, and all-around macho loon Joe De Sena. "Too dangerous."

Now in its fourth year, the Spartan Race is a juggernaut. About 60 races are planned in nine countries -- including the Czech Republic and Australia -- this year, with about 600,000 people competing.

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Coconut Creek Cop James Yacobellis Earned $110K for Not Working, Town's Apathy to Blame

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Taxpayers have shelled out more than $110K to Coconut Creek cop James Yacobellis for not working during a 1.5 year suspension.

In the end, the department decided he should have turned on his siren while chasing a couple of pot-smoking kids.

I am not kidding. Coconut Creek taxpayers got screwed. No police protection from this guy, but they paid him more than what three elementary-school teachers get annually.

The Sun Sentinel quoted Coconut Creek Police Chief James Mann as saying, "[The investigation] took much longer than we thought it would ever take."

I say it's time for Coconut Creek to take action.

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Prediction: OKC Will Beat Heat in Thursday NBA Finals Rematch

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Valentine's Day this year won't be about love or roses.

Thursday is likely to be about Heat fans -- and LeBron James -- crashing back to Earth.

That's the day we take on Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in the belly of the beast. Last night, the hot hot Heat came back strong at the end of the game to beat the Portland Trailblazers 117 to 104. James set records. Chris Bosh and Ray Allen, who had been sidelined by the flu, scored a combined 46 points. Dwyane Wade shot badly through the first three quarters, then nailed the fourth.

So what is this about losing?

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