"The political winds have changed" and with that, City of Miami Beach Chief of Police Ray Martinez notified the City Manager and the City Commission and the Mayor and the guy who hangs out at the Starbucks on Alton that he is leaving the department effective April 4.
There's this old joke: "How many City of Miami Beach police officers does it take to throw a defendant down a flight of stairs?
None: He fell."
The Miami Beach police department has a well earned reputation for shoddy police work and brutality. As the Herald reported here, Chief Martinez's best achievement over the last two years may well be that none of his officers shot and killed any unarmed citizens during that time.
Heat lose again....
This is getting redundant and old. but the Miami Heat, after building a double digit lead in the 4th quarter Saturday night saw it all slip away and lost in overtime to the Chicago Bulls. The Heats scored a scintillating two points in overtime.
It's lonely at the bottom where basketballs echo over empty, cavernous arenas; empty seats bearing quiet witness to glory days long gone.
Another week in beautiful springtime Miami. Enjoy.
Russia may be annexing South Beach next, which means we might soon see cassocks patrolling Ocean Drive. Borscht anyone?
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