Former Gators RB Trevor Etienne helps ‘juice’ rival Georgia’s attack

DALLAS — Georgia defender Mykel Williams fielded questions Tuesday at SEC Media Days with his game face firmly in place. But when tailback Trevor Etienne entered the conversation, the menacing pass rusher broke into the wide, knowing grin. Asked what the Florida transfer brings the Bulldogs, Williams simply said, “Juice” — and laughed. Etienne’s addition energized a program seeking some new playmakers on offense. While his impact has yet to be felt on Saturdays in Athens, his... Read More

Carlos & Pepe’s, beloved Mexican cantina in Fort Lauderdale, shuts after 45 years

Carlos & Pepe’s, the revered Mexican cantina, has permanently closed after 45 years on Fort Lauderdale’s 17th Street Causeway. The upscale restaurant, under new ownership since June 2023, made no announcement on social media, nor through its website. Instead, a North Palm Beach-based Sunshine Auction Services on Tuesday announced plans for a next-day sale to liquidate the restaurant’s “complete contents,” 203 lots in all. The auction website, which mentions Carlos &... Read More

Moskowitz, Gaetz team up with resolution to honor father killed while shielding family at Trump rally

Florida lawmakers Jared Moskowitz and Matt Gaetz teamed up Monday to introduce a bipartisan resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives honoring the life of Corey Comperatore, the father killed while shielding his family from gunfire at the rally for Donald Trump on Saturday. Comperatore, 50, was killed during the attempted assassination of the former president that left two others injured in Butler, Pennsylvania. When the bullets began to fly, the retired volunteer fire chief dived on... Read More

Key August election dates: Monday is deadline to register for Florida primaries and nonpartisan contests

Anyone who wants to vote in the August primaries to nominate party candidates to run in the fall or the nonpartisan summer elections faces a Monday, July 22, deadline to register. It’s also the deadline for anyone who wants to change a party affiliation to vote in a Democratic or Republican primary if they aren’t already registered in that party. For others, voting in the Aug. 20 primaries and nonpartisan elections has already started. On Tuesday, Broward Supervisor of Elections Joe... Read More

Self-exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui convicted of defrauding followers after fleeing to US

By LARRY NEUMEISTER NEW YORK (AP) — Guo Wengui, a self-exiled Chinese business tycoon whose criticism of the Communist Party won him legions of online followers and powerful friends in the American conservative movement, was convicted by a U.S. jury Tuesday of engaging in a massive multiyear fraud that ripped off some of his most devoted fans. Once believed to be among the richest people in China, Guo was arrested in New York in March of 2023 and accused of operating a racketeering... Read More

Wanna get away? For 10 years, LauderAle brewery has been a ticket back to the ‘other’ Fort Lauderdale

LauderAle Brewery & Tap Room once got a one-star Yelp review from a critic who acknowledged never having been there. The knock: It was too hard to find, and the reviewer gave up.   The paradox of LauderAle — the location of this geographically challenging gem is a prized selling point and its most obvious drawback — defies easy analysis. But the regulars sitting out on the patio recently, beers in hand, were willing to take a crack at it. “If you know, you know,” says... Read More

REFLECTIONS by Lana Melman: What’s in a name? | Commentary

While other persecuted minorities define the injustice against them and rage against anyone who mislabels it, we Jews are still debating the definition of the word antisemitism both among ourselves and with third parties. In 1998 the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) felt that it needed to define the term antisemitism to combat it. Its definition includes harmful stereotypes, Holocaust denial and Israel-related discrimination. It has been adopted by numerous organizations,... Read More

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tribute ‘Our House’ at The Parker is a family affair

As a family-and-friends celebration of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Our House” is not your typical tribute show. That’s especially true for James Raymond, the band’s keyboard player and vocalist — and the son of David Crosby. But for Raymond, the tour’s visit to The Parker in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, July 20, resonates, much like his father’s high tenor, with the extra-sweet dynamic of the song that gives the tour its name. For it was here that Crosby found his... Read More

Restaurant whiplash: Why so many South Florida eateries are closing all at once

Standing in his shuttered New Orleans-themed pub in Boca Raton on a recent Sunday, tables and chairs piled up against the wall, Philipp Hawkins says he tried everything to keep Phil’s Place alive. Change the name and cuisine? Check. Apply for pandemic loans? Check, again. Add live blues, a legit Louisiana chef, a comedy night and a college drinking promotion? Been there, done that. Nonetheless, on June 18 — after having sold just $220 worth of food two... Read More

Asking Eric: I suspect my filmmaker friend has a GoFundMe scam going

Dear Eric: We have a friend who fancies himself a filmmaker and has made several no-budget films. We have helped him out as performers and crew, and my husband, a professional film editor, spent several years working for no pay cutting and finishing two of them. In the beginning, our friend started a GoFundMe to help with expenses, for filming and festival entrance fees. This is a common occurrence for projects such as these. Lots of his friends contributed. Now he is embarking on his fourth... Read More