Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Aaron Thompson, who was convicted in 2009 of child abuse resulting in death and more in regard to his daughter, Aaroné, despite the fact that her body was never found, has lost his latest attempt to gain his freedom. But the case may not be dead yet. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Four former dancers have filed a class action lawsuit against an iconic strip club, alleging that they were ripped off by way of an illegal system that charged them to perform and forced them to help cover other employees’ earnings out of tips they received. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The chair of a citizen oversight board is critical of the mild suspensions given to deputies over the jail death of Michael Marshall — and frustrated by the refusal of the manager whose office dispensed the wrist slap to explain the decision. Westword has the story.
This past March 23, singer Alicia Keys headlined the grand-opening party for the Porsche Design Tower, an ultraluxury condominium complex in Sunny Isles Beach built by father-and-son Miami developers (and former Trump business partners) Michael and Gil Dezer. The event was a spectacular display of wealth at the Porsche Tower, a massive steel-gray building filled with spartan German decor, billionaire investors, and elevators that lift whole cars right into residents’ condo units.
Just a few months later, the developers have been tied to an international money-laundering probe in Brazil looking into whether a Brazilian contractor funneled millions into the United States to avoid taxes.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Classes at a small-town high school were canceled because of at least one threat made in the wake of a social-media uproar over a Spanish teacher who allowed students to hit a piñata festooned with photos of President Donald Trump. Westword has the story.
For the past year, Brandon Russell has saluted the flag and worn the uniform of the Florida National Guard while serving his country as a private first class. But in his suburban Tampa apartment, Russell and his three roommates pledged allegiance to a whole different ideal. Russell’s bedroom was decorated with neo-Nazi and white supremacist propaganda and a framed photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. His garage was full of guns, ammo, and high-powered materials for bomb-making.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A new lawsuit claims that the decision by sheriff’s department personnel to march Christopher Colbruno into an area hospital violated his basic rights. The suit is the second to be pressed over the matter, after a filing from a civilian investigator who said he was fired by the department, which has been accused of failing to report some complaints about the treatment of inmates, in part because he refused to destroy video of the incident. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Jamaal Edwards, who was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after a double homicide in January 2015, has been found guilty of a lesser charge in one of the deaths. In the second slaying, the jury failed to reach a verdict, resulting in a mistrial. A new trial has been ordered in the latter case, which took place amid an ugly incident that Edwards is quoted as summing up with the two-word phrase “Shit happened.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Kevin Lyons has pleaded guilty to the murder of Dr. Kenneth Atkinson, a longtime physician who had been attempting to act as a good Samaritan in a domestic dispute involving Lyons and his wife, who was wounded along with another woman during the attack. Afterward, Lyons called his wife a “two-headed snake” — and that was only one of the irrational comments that followed. Westword has the story.