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Texas Politics at Breaking Point O'Rourke Interrupts Abbott Press Conference Uvalde Shooting Massacre

Dallas Observer

On Wednesday, Beto O'Rourke interrupted Gov. Greg Abbott's press conference about the Uvalde school shooting. Seated in the high school auditorium in Uvalde on Wednesday, Beto O’Rourke was fuming. Gov. Greg Abbott had delivered a press conference about the previous day’s shooting at Robb Elementary School, which left at least 21 people dead, 19 of them children.…

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Dallas Catalytic Converter Thefts

Dallas Observer

Catalytic converter thefts almost quadrupled in Dallas from 2020 to 2021 and are still climbing. Catalytic converter thefts in Dallas are on the rise, and according to the Dallas Police Department, there were nearly four times as many thefts in 2021 compared with 2020. This year is on track to be even worse.…

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City of Phoenix Paying $800,000 to Settle Police 2 More Police Misconduct Cases

Phoenix New Times

The settlements that are expected to be approved Wednesday will add to the millions in legal payouts that Phoenix has made to resolve claims over its law enforcement practices. The city of Phoenix will make two more payouts to settle lawsuits brought against its police department. The Phoenix City Council voted to approve the settlements Wednesday afternoon.…

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Kratom Denver and Colorado New Law Update

Westword

Denver has put its kratom enforcement on hold. The controversy over the Colorado General Assembly's passage of a new bill related to fentanyl, which will allow individuals to be charged with a felony for possessing the drug even if they don't realize it was mixed with another substance, overshadowed the legislature's approval of another groundbreaking measure: Senate Bill 22-120, also known as Regulation of Kratom Processors, the first major bill in the state to focus on kratom, a popular organic substance of Southeast Asian origin. Governor Jared Polis, who asked the federal Food and Drug Administration to lift its public-health warning on kratom while a member of Congress, is expected to sign Regulation of Kratom Processors — and that's good news for Mac Haddow, senior fellow on public policy for the American Kratom Association, an advocacy organization that pushed hard for the measure's approval.…

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Denver Broncos Sale Byron Allen Bid Update

Westword

Byron Allen got his start as a teenage comedian. The favorite among the five candidates bidding for the Denver Broncos is widely believed to be Walmart heir Rob Walton (a theory boosted by the fact that his sons Ben and Sam live in Colorado), followed by fellow billionaires Josh Harris, whose partners include basketball legend Magic Johnson, and new Chelsea F.C. owner Todd Boehly. Two other hopefuls weren't initially named publicly, but one of them has now been identified as a group led by entrepreneur Byron Allen, who talked up his interest in purchasing the franchise during a series of appearances earlier this year, including one on CBS Sunday Morning. Allen is considered a long shot, in part because he's a veritable pauper compared to Walton, Harris and Boehly; his nest egg is calculated at $450 million, or less than 7 percent of Walton's estimated $70 billion net worth.…

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Missing Miami Beach Girl Leah-Ranee Rose Lassiter Reunited With Father After Six-Month Search

Miami New Times

Miami Beach police declined to issue an Amber Alert for the missing Black girl when she went missing in November. Rommel Lassiter has spent the past six months hardly able to sleep and eat, wondering whether his little girl would ever come home. After being awarded shared custody of his 5-year-old daughter Leah-Ranee Rose Lassiter in Miami-Dade family court, Lassiter was supposed to pick her up from the Fienberg Fisher K-8 Center in Miami Beach on November 22, but the school said she never arrived, and the girl's mother, Chantelle Iman Dortch, was nowhere to be found.…

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IDA on McKinley Is Tallest Shipping Container Tower in North America

Phoenix New Times

Eighteen Phoenix families are poised to move next week into IDA on McKinley, the tallest tower in North America made entirely out of shipping containers, according to developers. Oscar the Grouch isn’t the only one who loves living in a metal bin. Some Phoenix residents also have a taste for living in metal bins stacked on top of each other.…

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FDC Miami Staffing Shortage Spurs Complaints From Inmates and Prison Guards

Miami New Times

Some staff members estimate that 30 to 50 percent of FDC Miami's medical positions are currently vacant. Ulysses Cabrera was in the midst of diagnosing his eye condition when he was sent to Miami's Federal Detention Center (FDC Miami) in October 2020 to await trial for allegedly leading a drug-trafficking gang based in Little Havana. Doctors at the University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute believed Cabrera had a condition called myasthenia gravis, a rare autoimmune disease marked by muscular weakness and rapid fatigue.…

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10 Best Concerts of the Week: Jeezy, Papa Roach, Animal Collective and More

Dallas Observer

The rain is out of the forecast and Memorial Day weekend is looking fair-weathered and fun. This week is an especially great time to check out some live music. The rain is out of the forecast, and Memorial Day weekend is looking fair-weathered and fun. This week is an especially great time to check out some live music because, unlike what we've seen in the past few weeks, there really aren't a whole lot of big names making their way through town.…

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Max and Iggor Cavalera From Sepultura Created Thunder Inside Amplified Live

Dallas Observer

In the middle of a song, Max Cavalera walked toward the drum riser and gave a nod to his brother Iggor. It’s a small thing, but sometimes those little things are the most important. In the middle of a song, Max Cavalera walked toward the drum riser and gave a nod to his brother Iggor. It’s a small thing, but sometimes those little things are the most important.…

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Tears For Fears Is Ready to Take on Our Mad World of 2022

Phoenix New Times

The '80s New Wave rockers will be in Phoenix this weekend. “All around me are familiar faces, worn out places, worn out faces…” opens Tears For Fears' classic 1983 song, “Mad World.” It's the song that made me fall in love with them and it's the song that set the tone for many an evening of contemplation in the mid-1980s. If you were alive and following popular music when Tears For Fears first became known in Phoenix, it may have seemed like they were much older than they actually were.…

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You Should Go See Bauhaus at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe This Weekend

Phoenix New Times

Could there have been a Nine Inch Nails without Bauhaus? Bauhaus is coming to town, people. It’s happening on Friday, May 27.…

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Denver's Unknown Rave Legacy, as Told By Freqish

Westword

Underground raves, police cut downs and more. Freqish, aka Brandon Lee, has watched the rave scene unfold since the late ’90s as it transformed from cultural pariah to music-festival darling. In a lot of ways, that evolution also defines Lee’s path, from adolescent Denver raver to now having a stage named after his own song at Dirtybird's CampINN — the premier house-music label’s winter showcase.…

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Interview with Dominican Rapper Tokischa on Her Past Controversies and Being "Perra"

Miami New Times

Tokischa's celebration of female desire is lauded by some and condemned by others. The first time mainstream America sees Tokischa, she's dressed in semi-transparent, nude-toned latex, cosplaying as a vulva. "Soy La Santa Popola" ("I'm Saint Vagina"), she tells one unsuspecting Billboard Latin Music Awards red-carpet correspondent as the camera scans her outfit, from the headgear — a cross between a Conehead and a nun's habit — to the crucifix resting at her belly, to the chalice and disembodied hand of God drawn onto latex dangling between her legs.…

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Things to Do in Miami: Bright Eyes at Fillmore Miami Beach May 27, 2022

Miami New Times

Bright Eyes was at the center of the protest-song revival of the 2000s. While things have been relatively quiet when it comes to stateside protests since Joe Biden was elected president, it wasn't too long ago the protest song was booming. For the first time since the 1960s, it seemed like every other song on a playlist was offering political commentary.…

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Anonymonkey Frontman Has a Controversial Opinion on Denver's Music Scene

Westword

Chadzilla speaks out. Denver three-piece alt-rock band Anonymonkey released its debut album, Human Suit, on May 13. The nine-track album, mastered by Grammy-winning producer David Glasser, is a cacophony of late ’80s- and early ’90s-inspired post-punk.…

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Wow! Donuts and Drips Sets Up Shop in Dallas

Dallas Observer

Donut connoisseur David Sim is at it again — this time in the heart of Dallas. Wow Donuts and Drips operate its first location off of Teel Parkway in Frisco, where it has grown a quick following among the city’s residents. And there’s no doubt as to why. Doughnut connoisseur David Sim is at it again, this time in the heart of Dallas. Wow Donuts and Drips has a location off Teel Parkway in Frisco, where it has grown a quick following among the city’s residents.…

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From Coffee to Champagne and Fountains of Caramel, Fizz Will Soon Open in Plano

Dallas Observer

Longtime local nightclub veteran Jeff Murtha, whose previous concepts include Studio 80 in Fort Worth and The Clubhouse in the early 2000s, is opening a new high-end lounge in Plano. We're just not sure if Plano is ready for this Murtha concept.  Fizz is an all-day bar and restaurant that... Longtime local nightclub veteran Jeff Murtha, whose previous concepts include Studio 80 in Fort Worth and The Clubhouse in the early 2000s, is opening a new high-end lounge in Plano. We're just not sure if Plano is ready for this Murtha concept. …

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Noir Market Will Be Elyria-Swansea's First Grocery Store Since the 1960s

Westword

“It’s really addressing the challenges and developing solutions for everyone.” The way that plants exchange nutrients to build soil is similar to the concept behind the East Denver Food Sovereignty Initiative (EDFSI), according to Roberto Meza, one of its members. Just as fungi, worms and other organisms interact to sustain and support natural food systems, the initiative seeks to help communities exchange resources and build strong and resilient food networks, he says.…

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Try Burgers at Cider Corps' Taproom in Gilbert

Phoenix New Times

The popular cider company and a local star chef have teamed up to bring burgers and beverages to Gilbert. The downtown Mesa location of Cider Corps is something of an incubator for excellent local pop-up businesses to find a permanent home. Myke's Pizza and Pair Cupworks have done just that.…

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Sip wine at these metro Phoenix bars and taprooms

Phoenix New Times

Celebrate National Wine Day at these Valley bars and taprooms. The wine lists are long and happy hours plenty. National Wine Day is May 25 and this year, we’re celebrating from a wine bar. Unlike tasting rooms, wine bars aren’t tied to any particular winery.…

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After Sinking in Early May, Fort Lauderdale Food Boat Looks to Raise $125,000 for Rebuild

Miami New Times

Owner Jay Lycke vows to relaunch. Mother's Day 2022 is a day chef Jay Lycke will never forget. May 8 began like any other Sunday aboard Jay's Sandbar Food Boat, the modest floating eatery he owns and operates on Fort Lauderdale's New River. And then a sudden fluky encounter sank his livelihood.…

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Korean Chain bb.q Chicken Is Planning a Big Colorado Expansion

Westword

The trend continues to grow... The Korean fried chicken trend continues to grow. Starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, the bb.q Chicken at 2495 South Havana Street in Aurora will host a belated grand-opening celebration with tastings and visits from prominent members of the community.…

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What Does Juneteenth Ice Cream Taste Like?

Miami New Times

As Walmart scrambled to pull Juneteenth ice cream from its shelves, New Times resolved to taste the tasteless flavor. Juneteenth, the recently minted national holiday that commemorates African-Americans' liberation from slavery, is a day of reflection and celebration. As spring gave way to summer in 2021, Congress unanimously passed a bill declaring June 19 a federal holiday.…

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The Best Texas Beaches Just a Short Road Trip Away From DFW

Dallas Observer

There’s no need to travel to the Atlantic or Pacific Coasts for a memorable summer vacation to the beach. Texas is home to several beach towns There’s no need to travel to the East or West Coast for a memorable summer vacation to the beach. Texas is home to several beach towns that have sandy shores and salt water, but also history, wildlife, beach-side activities, gorgeous hotels, personality and hidden gems.…

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You Don't Have to Be a Kid to Do the Maricopa County Summer Reading Challenge

Phoenix New Times

Better start hitting the books. Summer reading programs usually are aimed at children. It's a way to keep kids in the habit of reading during the months they're out of school.…

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What You Notice After Leaving Miami

Miami New Times

If you ever leave the 305, you're in for a shock. During my last week in Florida, I visited a friend's oceanview apartment. As we stood on the balcony, admiring the Atlantic and watching the palm trees sway in the breeze, I looked down to see elderly people swimming in a pool area that was still under construction.…

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Free Things to Do in Denver This Week, May 23 to May 30

Westword

The fun starts before Memorial Day weekend. After the sudden snow, the weather will be warming until we reach a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. The entertainment calendar is heating up, too, with free options ranging from live music to jackalope explorations to the return of a national breakdance contest.…

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Denver Dances Into Summer With Festival Fashion and InspireD'Signs Zero Waste Couture

Westword

Sustainably stylish. The California music festival Coachella, held each April, is known as much for outrageous fashion as it is for the music. Young music lovers — and now social media influencers eager for a viral Instagram shot — converge there, wearing attention-grabbing outfits that will also stay cool under the desert sun.…

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Best Things to Do in Dallas May 25 – June 1 | Dallas Observer

Dallas Observer

Thanks to the Dallas Public Library system, we’re now aware it’s Zombie Awareness Month. Hence, from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, the Vickery Park branch (8333 Park Lane) will host the Amazing Zombie Race to find the cure for zombie-ness. It’s a task challenge around the library for individuals and teams of up to four. Wednesday, May 25 Amazing Zombie Race at Vickery Park Library Thanks to the Dallas Public Library system, we’re now aware it’s Zombie Awareness Month. Hence, from 4 to 7 p.m.…

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"Paradise Lost" Podcast Explores Miami's True-Crime History

Miami New Times

Miami and true crime are a match made in, well, hell. Miami and true crime are a match made in, well, hell. Since its inception, the city has attracted nefarious characters, culminating in 1981, when Time magazine released its infamous November issue in which it declared Miami "Paradise Lost."…

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Phoenix Native Aidy Bryant Has Said Goodbye to Saturday Night Live

Phoenix New Times

She'd been on the show for almost a decade. Last Saturday, May 21, represented a major changing of the guard on sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. The close of the show's 47th season was also a farewell to several longtime cast members, including Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, and Kyle Mooney.…

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