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You don’t need us or anyone else to tell you that the FCAT is a joke, but just in case, here’s more evidence that Florida’s standardized testing scheme on which its entire education system is now based is horribly flawed.

by John Spain, posted Apr 19, 04:05 PM · Comment

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I too vote for cloning Lolo, at a minimum, one hundred times.

by John Spain, posted Apr 19, 09:21 AM · Comment

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I have never heard of Pinecraft, FL but apparently it’s filled with Amish snowbirds 1/4 of the year?

by John Spain, posted Apr 16, 02:38 PM · Comment [1]

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Nardwuar, potentially the weirdest media fixture in existence, has somehow been profiled by GQ in what must be a seminal moment for weird people everywhere.

by John Spain, posted Mar 26, 10:42 PM · Comment

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The Board of the now-shuttered Coconut Grove Playhouse racked up 4 million in debt then promptly disappeared, leaving the property in a state of limbo and the County unable to spend $20 million it has earmarked for its renovation. Now a concerned group of residents is protesting that they “Give It Back” on Monday April 2nd.

by John Spain, posted Mar 21, 10:50 AM · Comment

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Jimbo Luznar has penned a message to Mayor Regalado offering to vacate his iconic Miami landmark. Thus begins the end of an era.

by John Spain, posted Mar 15, 02:02 PM · Comment

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Feminism aside and all,“Thanks to Spanx” is enough of headline to be worth sharing.

by John Spain, posted Mar 13, 02:01 PM · Comment

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Paul Reubens reveals his failed plans for Pee-Wee Chow, undoubtedly the best idea for a cereal ever.

by John Spain, posted Feb 27, 09:14 PM · Comment

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Comparing the revival of a dilapidated public use stadium to the conversion of blighted industrial areas seems a bit counter-intuitive to me, but apparently not to Robert Hammond, whose visit to The Miami Marine Stadium has people asking whether it can be
“next High Line phenom”.

by John Spain, posted Feb 24, 10:55 AM · Comment

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Sincerest condolences to the family of Aaron Cohen who passed away after being the victim of a hit and run accident while bicycling on the Rickenbacker Causeway this week. A memorial ride is planned for tomorrow morning.

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind y’all that lest you think people in New York are all “progressive” or anything when it comes to cycling and transportation, the NYPD is having to own up to the fact that they basically let drivers get away with murder.

by John Spain, posted Feb 17, 03:00 PM · Comment

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A very special Valentines Edition of Locals Only will be airing tonight on WVUM. It’ll be featuring Miami Love Stories and contain two minutes of my discussing marbles for some reason.

If you have a story you’d like to share, it’s probably not too late to email it to them at spokenword@wvum.org. Otherwise tune in tonight from 7 to 8 PM or stream it over at wvum.org!

by John Spain, posted Feb 14, 10:10 AM · Comment

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So I quit the Boy Scouts after getting a lecture on the 10 Commandments and saying to myself “I’m the only one here who doesn’t smoke a ton of pot but I’m being chastised for saying ‘god dammit’?” This week marks the Scouts’ 102nd anniversary and Wired reprinted a really interesting article asking whether the Boy Scouts are still relevant. Religious (and potentially discriminatory viewpoints) aside, the values they promote are so backward that I can’t think of an organization more in need of a refresh.

by John Spain, posted Feb 10, 10:26 AM · Comment [2]

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Liz already spilled a ton of ink on these guys when they left Miami but they only crossed my radar just now. Point is: the title of Ice Cream’s new album is appropriate if not a little humble.

by John Spain, posted Feb 6, 10:50 AM · Comment

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Via Waxy, a story about why one ten-year attendee is skipping SXSW this year. Considering the volume of boring newsfluff pouring out this year, I’m not in the least bit surprised.

by John Spain, posted Jan 31, 03:34 PM · Comment

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“Yeah, if they take what I say seriously, they’ve got a real big problem.” Miss Piggy, a puppet, calls out Fox News as not being news, but the fact that she did so was not in fact news. In other non-news, my head hurts.

by John Spain, posted Jan 30, 02:30 PM · Comment

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Former THL fave Chuck Klosterman turned a misinformed rant on an album into an incredibly stupid commentary on gender, prompting rebuttals all involving different varieties of the phrase “Old Man Yelling” to varying effect. However, Jen is the only one to connect the dots and realize that if Klosterman isn’t our generation’s Andy Rooney, he soon will be.

by John Spain, posted Jan 26, 10:23 AM · Comment [6]

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Does anyone actually think building a 5 story boat warehouse in the middle of Matheson Hammock is a good idea? Didn’t think so. Find out more and sign the petition here.

by John Spain, posted Jan 24, 08:16 PM · Comment [4]

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