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All that jazz. Sometimes all you need is a mellow night of good jazz and strong drinks. The Magic City has no shortage of spots – but you’ve gotta know where to look. Luckily you do. We’ve got your favorite spots to listen to some sax, no matter where you are. H/T to everyone who shared their favorites with us!

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What's New In The 305

Twerkin’. The Miami Herald spent a couple nights on Miami Beach’s craziest strip of sidewalk, got a businessman to admit he was on a “beautiful cocaine bender,” and wrote about it the whole thing as the Beach contemplates rolling back Ocean Drive’s hours.

Still soaked. Tropical Storm Emily appeared kinda outta nowhere on the Gulf Coast, prompting Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency for 31 soaked counties. But don’t worry – Emily’s been downgraded to a depression that’s leaving us this morning. (Miami Herald)

By the arepas. The average Venezuelan used to eat 66 pounds a year of the maize flour that’s the main ingredient in arepas – about two arepas a day. Today it’s just 34 pounds a year as the economy tanks and hunger soars. But here in the U.S. the arepa is having its heyday, thanks to the huge number of Venezuelans fleeing the crisis. (NPR)

Worst kept secret. Matt Haggman, who recently left the Knight Foundation as Miami program director, is making a “special announcement” today. It’s pretty much a sure thing that it’s his run for Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s congressional seat, making him one of… oh hell, we lost count. (Miami Herald)

Too soon. South Florida’s HIV rate is the highest in the country, but Javier Ortiz, the head of the City of Miami’s police union, still seems to think it’s time to end our AIDS-fighting needle exchange program, which trades used syringes for clean ones in a spread to stop the spread among drug users. (Miami New Times)   

Off sides. The New York Times says it’s pretty much a sure thing David Beckham will be able to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami. The big question is whether Miami will even care. (Will we?)

Time out. The U.S. Treasury Department has finally sanctioned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, calling him a “dictator,” freezing his assets, and barring Americans from doing business with him. (CNBC)

Props. ArtCenter/South Florida just scored Dennis Scholl, a big deal on the national arts scene, as its new CEO. It’s such a big deal for the Miami arts community that The New York Times even gave it a shoutout.

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