West Palm Beach to Vote on Domestic Partnership Benefits Ordinance

Categories: News, The Gays

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"It is all about equal pay for equal work," says Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council with the news that the City of West Palm Beach could become the first public employer in the county to enact an equal benefits ordinance.

The ordinance would require contractors to offer equal family benefits to all of their employees.

"The first reading is on Monday," Hoch, who is also Florida's first openly- gay judge, tells New Times.

Should the ordinance pass, city contractors would be able to offer the same health insurance and benefits to their employees who are in same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships that they offer to their other married employees.

See also: Boynton Beach May Add Domestic Partnership Benefits

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Sextortion Scam Hitting Online Dating Sites in South Florida

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If being a member of an online dating site wasn't treacherous enough, there's a sextortion scam going around that you should know about.

The scammers apparently use a charm offensive to cozy up with a victim, make that person believe he or she is the one, and then asks for a nude pic. Once the victim has sent that pic, the scammer then drops a scambomb by claiming to be law enforcement and telling the victim the nudes were sent to an underaged person.

Then comes the kicker: the victim is demanded to pay a fine, or else face the legal consequences.

Charm, trust, shame and fear. That's the scammer's modus operandi here, and BSO wants you to be aware of it.

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Pouncey Brothers Alleged Assault Video Will Be Released, Lawyer Says

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A photo one listener sent to Andy Slater (2-5 p.m. on 940 WINZ) during the Pouncey's annual birthday bash.

The lawyer representing three victims that were allegedly assaulted at Cameo night club July 11 filed a lawsuit days later, claiming NFL players Mike and Maurkice Pouncey had beaten and bruised his clients. Little has happened in the case since -- police said they were waiting for the victims to talk and the night club hadn't released surveillance footage yet, while the Dolphins center and his brother were neither charged with nor cleared of crimes.

But today, Marwan Porter, the lawyer for victims Riquan James, Brentley Williams and Niya Pickett, offered New Times some updates and new information on the case. Porter says the night club will have to hand over video in the next 30-45 days, that two independent witnesses saw the incident and are able to identify which Pouncey brother did what to whom, and, perhaps most importantly, that his clients have in fact, talked to the police about the incident since it happened.

See also: Mike Pouncey and Brother Assaulted Man at Cameo Nightclub Last Night, Victim Claims

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Ray Strack, Leader of Fort Lauderdale Critical Mass, Arrested on Friday's Ride VIDEO

Categories: Bike Life, News

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Officers from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department started following alongside the city's Critical Mass in May. To say the event didn't go well would be an understatement. Dan Littell, a 30-year-old accountant, was tackled by an officer in an altercation that was caught on video. Rahim "Ra" Benjamin, a 23-year-old who lives in Sunrise, said he was knocked off his bike by a motorcycle cop.

June was much calmer. Although there were tons of cops herding the riders, there was no violence. Officers and cyclists actually seemed to -- gasp! -- get along.

Unfortunately, the peace didn't last.

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Mike Pouncey Sued by Alleged Victims of Cameo Nightclub Assault

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Courtesy of a photo sent to local sports radio host Andy Slater (940 am)
About ten days ago, the victims of an alleged fight that took place at South Beach's Cameo nightclub July 11 said they planned to sue for damages. There had been a birthday celebration for NFL football players Mike and Maurkice Pouncey. (Mike is a Miami Dolphins offensive lineman.)

Now the victims are making good on their claim. On Friday, they sued the brothers in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

As first obtained by local sports radio host Andy Slater, Ricquan James, Brentley Williams, and Niya Pickett are demanding $15,000 in damages from the Pouncey brothers and the Cameo.

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National Marriage Campaign Coming to Wilton Manors This Saturday

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Despite the good news delivered by Chief Judge Luis Garcia this week, allowing gay couples like Aaron Huntsman and William "Lee" Jones to marry in Monroe County, the rest of Florida still awaits a similar day.

Thanks to Skyy Vodka and, well, freedom, awareness is going to be raised for this cause on Saturday, July 27, in Wilton Manors. Oh, and there's a special drink available.

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Dan Borislow, Deceased MagicJack Inventor, Left Behind Messy Legacy Involving Pro Women's Soccer

Categories: Bidnizz, News

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The news started filtering out to media outlets yesterday afternoon: Dan Borislow, the West Palm Beach tech entrepreneur who radically changed the telecom industry with an internet-based phone service, passed away on Monday evening. The former executive's company confirmed the death, and already tributes are starting to flow in regarding Borislow's impact.

But most of the memorials are paying little attention to an episode from his life that has arguably left a bigger impact than his invention: Borislow's brief but rocky tenure as owner of a Boca Raton professional women's soccer team that was stacked with international talent but combusted after only a single season, taking the league with it.

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Ann Murray, Former School Board Member Busted for Using N-Word, Running for Reelection

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Former Broward School Board transportation department supervisor Ann Murray is running for reelection for the Broward School Board in August. But before voters decide between her and or her opponent -- West Park City Commissioner Felicia Brunson -- there's the little matter of Murray's past use of the "N word."

Back in 2007, a year before her election to the School Board, Murray's allegedly used the racial epithet while describing the cheap seats at Sun Life Stadium.

Her use of the word became public in 2011, and Murray was called to resign by the vice president of the Democratic Black Caucus of Broward County.

See also: Activist Calls For Ann Murray To Resign


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Boca Web Entrepreneur Raphael Caixeta, 23, Dies in Motorcycle Crash

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Raphael Caixeta, 23, was fatally hit riding his motorcycle yesterday.

A 23-year-old cofounder of an iPhone and iPad web development company was riding his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle about 8 p.m. in Boca Raton yesterday when he was fatally struck by a silver Jeep.

Raphael Caixeta was headed south on St. Andrews Boulevard (just behind the Boca Town Center Mall) when the Jeep entered St. Andrews Boulevard from Town Place Club Villas and collided with the motorcycle. Caixeta was transported to Delray Medical Center, where he died, according to the police. Robin Lynch, 20, from Kentucky was uninjured and driving the 2006 silver Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Investigation Into Alleged Incident With Pounceys Continues

Categories: News, Sports

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Local sports radio host Andy Slater (940 AM) was sent this photo by a listener, taken the night of the Pounceys' birthday party.

Last week, the victims of an alleged assault that took place at Cameo nightclub said they planned to file a lawsuit against Miami Dolphins player Mike Pouncey and his brother Maurkice for their role in the incident.

While it's unclear where the potential lawsuit stands now -- messages for representatives of the victims went unreturned -- Miami Beach Police have updates on where the investigation stands.

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