Huge crowd mourns Parkland teen shooting victim Joaquin Oliver

Wearing Cubs jerseys, Dolphin jerseys, Panther jerseys, Chelsea United jerseys, but most of all Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School jerseys, hundreds turned out Saturday to mourn the death and celebrate the life of 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, an athlete and avid sports fan who was among the 17 killed during Wednesday’s shooting rampage at the Parkland school. Students, some barely...


Week of covering Douglas High nightmare redefines strength for Miami Dolphins reporter

Week of covering Douglas High nightmare redefines strength for Miami Dolphins reporter

Alyssa Kramer, 16, (center) is hugged by her mother, Tonja Kramer, at the candlelight vigil in Parkland to honor the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) PARKLAND — When Edna Buchanan wrote a compilation of the most intriguing crime stories she’d covered in her Pulitizer Prize-winning career at The Miami...
A fire alarm sounds, then gunfire erupts: Stay or flee?

A fire alarm sounds, then gunfire erupts: Stay or flee?

Students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire. Two boys with stolen guns took aim from a wooded hill, waiting for people to evacuate after one of the boys had triggered a false fire alarm. They killed four children and a teacher. That was 20 years ago at Arkansas' Westside Middle School, before active-shooter...
Editorial: Our kids are dying. It’s time to end NRA’s grip on our laws.

Editorial: Our kids are dying. It’s time to end NRA’s grip on our laws.

On Wednesday morning, Alyssa Alhadeff was, in her mother’s description, “a talented soccer player, an incredible creative writer, and all she had to offer the world was love.” Nicholas Dworet was a hard-working swimmer with a scholarship to the University of Indianapolis. Carmen Schentrup was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. Wednesday afternoon, the teenagers were dead. They...
POINT OF VIEW: Protecting my daughter from a lonely man with a gun

POINT OF VIEW: Protecting my daughter from a lonely man with a gun

My daughter points to the gunman and asks, “Is that a bad man?” We watch the terrible news unfold at the school shooting just minutes away, not realizing Blair has entered the living room. I stare at her green eyes. It’s a yes-or-no question. But it’s not simple. Or concrete, like when we play Candyland and you pick the Lollipop card and take that spot on the board. Instead...
Letters: Ban assault rifles; children’s deaths ‘cry out for justice’

Letters: Ban assault rifles; children’s deaths ‘cry out for justice’

Editor’s note: Readers have reacted vehemently to the mass shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We received more than 100 letters by Friday afternoon; virtually all demanded stronger gun laws. * The National Rifle Association and all our politicians will offer their condolences, their sympathies, their prayers and their best wishes. And not one will stand up, speak up...
Trump in Palm Beach: President criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

Trump in Palm Beach: President criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: President Trump tweeted late Saturday that the FBI "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Parkland school shooting. "This is not acceptable," he said. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" The FBI received...
NEW: Port St. Lucie teen who threatened to ‘shoot up’ school held for 21 days

NEW: Port St. Lucie teen who threatened to ‘shoot up’ school held for 21 days

A judge is taking no chances with a Port St. Lucie teenager accused of threatening to “shoot up” a school. In the wake of Wednesday’s mass killing in Broward County, the 14-year-old was ordered today into secure detention for 21 days. The boy’s mother insists the threat was a joke, but St. Lucie County Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer took it seriously, CBS 12 reported. &ldquo...
Guard at Boca retirement community stole from residents, deputies say

Guard at Boca retirement community stole from residents, deputies say

A Broward County man, who worked at a retirement community in an unincorporated area of Boca Raton, was arrested earlier this month when he surrendered to authorities after being accused of stealing jewelry from residents, deputies said. Salvatore Bisecco, 26, faces charges of grand theft of a person 65 or older and burglary to a dwelling in a string of burglaries at Five Star Premier Residence Facility...
EXCLUSIVE: Parents of teen killed by Conniston classmate again try claims bill

EXCLUSIVE: Parents of teen killed by Conniston classmate again try claims bill

For years, Ashraf Kamel and his ex-wife, Marguerite Dimitri, tried to persuade Florida lawmakers to award them more of the $1.6 million verdict they won in 2002 for the 1997 shooting death of their 13-year-old son, Jean Pierre, at Conniston Middle School in West Palm Beach. They received the $200,000 statutory limit from the Palm Beach County School District after the verdict, but their hopes...
Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo is preparing for bankruptcy, according to a Bloomberg report. >> Read more trending news  Up to 200 stores could close as part of a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported. According to Winn-Dixie's website, the retailer has locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The bankruptcy filing could come as early as next month, Bloomberg...
84 children have died so far this flu season, CDC says

84 children have died so far this flu season, CDC says

As of Friday, 84 children in the U.S. have died from in the flu since October, according to the CDC.  In a news conference Thursday, the CDC said that of those who died, three-fourths of them did not receive the flu vaccine.  "We continue to recommend parents get their children vaccinated even though it's late in the season," Dr. Anne Schuchat told CNN.  Health officials...
NEW: Yes, Palm Beach County fire crews actually train to rescue horses

NEW: Yes, Palm Beach County fire crews actually train to rescue horses

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews knew they had their hands full as they drove up to a barn at Gulfstream Polo Club in suburban Lake Worth on a spring afternoon in 2013. The building was completely engulfed in fire — “not one inch” was spared from the blaze, the club’s president told The Palm Beach Post at the time. That March 9 fire nearly five years ago at what was the...
Diving for golf balls a lucrative business — if you can avoid the gators

Diving for golf balls a lucrative business — if you can avoid the gators

When Stephen Martinez says he’s had a tough day at work, he’s not kidding. Twice, he’s been bitten by alligators. A snapping turtle almost busted his face mask. Snakes slither by. His murky workplace has almost zero visibility. His job? Scrape out the golf lakes up to 45 feet deep for those millions of wayward golf shots. “I bring people out for training. I go in the water...
JUST IN: Boil water order in effect for the Village of Palm Springs

JUST IN: Boil water order in effect for the Village of Palm Springs

A precautionary boil water order is in effect for the Village of Palm Springs. During a routine sampling of the drinking water system, total coliform was found in some of the samples. Coliform are bacteria naturally found in the environment and can be an indicator that potentially dangerous bacteria is in the water. Residents are being advised to boil water for at least one minute before using it...
Calls for gun control grow louder after Florida shooting

Calls for gun control grow louder after Florida shooting

Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a mass shooting at a Florida high school, with thousands of angry protesters at state rallies demanding immediate action from lawmakers, and more demonstrations planned across the country in the weeks ahead. Organizers behind the Women's March, an anti-Trump and female empowerment protest, called for a 17-minute, nationwide walkout by teachers...
Riviera Beach Police officer injured in on-duty car crash

Riviera Beach Police officer injured in on-duty car crash

A Riviera Beach Police officer was taken to the hospital with serious injuries Saturday night after an on-duty car crash in the intersection of intersection of West Blue Heron Boulevard and U.S. 1, according to police officials. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies are still investigating the crash, which occurred just before 9 p.m. and involved two cars. According to police, the officer was...
You may be able to better avoid a heart attack with this common snack, study says

You may be able to better avoid a heart attack with this common snack, study says

What’s your go-to snack? If it’s yogurt, you may be in luck because it may help lower your risk for cardiovascular disease, according to a new report.  Researchers from Boston University and Harvard University, recently conducted a trial, published in American Journal of Hypertension, to determine how high intake of the food could be associated with lower cardiovascular disease...
Trump in Palm Beach: President tweets about Parkland shooting, Russia

Trump in Palm Beach: President tweets about Parkland shooting, Russia

President Donald Trump skipped golf Saturday but kept busy with tweets about Russian interference in the 2016 election and phone calls to officials about the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including one to the school’s principal. The president and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Palm Beach International Airport Friday evening and went directly to...
Rubio visits Parkland mass shooting site, sees ‘changes we can make’

Rubio visits Parkland mass shooting site, sees ‘changes we can make’

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio visited the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Saturday, including the building where Nikolas Cruz carried out the attack that left 17 people dead. Rubio was briefed by Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. “It was important for me to be reminded that the school is just...
Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering...

Interstate crash with semi-truck kills Florida deputy

The Florida Highway Patrol says a Brevard County Sheriff's Office deputy was killed in a crash with a semi-truck. The crash happened on Interstate 95 southbound early Saturday morning. The Orlando Sentinel reports 32-yar-old Deputy Kevin Stanton was in a marked patrol car driving to work in Viera when a semi-truck traveling in the lane next to him suffered a tire tread separation. The truck, which...
LeBron James responds to Fox News host: “I definitely will not shut up and dribble”

LeBron James responds to Fox News host: “I definitely will not shut up and dribble”

LeBron James speaks to the media during Saturday’s All-Star Game Media Day (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has a message for those who say athletes should not voice their opinions on politics and social issues. “We will definitely not shut up and dribble. I will definitely not do that.” Reacting...
Woman ‘just out of rehab’ had open 12-pack, child in car, deputies say

Woman ‘just out of rehab’ had open 12-pack, child in car, deputies say

A woman was arrested on Thursday in an unincorporated area of Wellington after deputies said she drove intoxicated with a child in the back seat, who was sitting above an open case of beer. A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over Miami resident Stephanie Roque, 30, on Forest Hill Boulevard and Lyons Road abour 11 a.m. after she made a complete stop in her SUV in the center of a lane...
Woman says she found worm in fish bought at Costco

Woman says she found worm in fish bought at Costco

A Maryland woman says there was a live surprise in a package of fish she purchased at Costco last week. >> Read more trending news  Emily Rhoades Randolph said she purchased a package of fresh cod on Feb. 9 at Costco. On Monday, she recorded video of what appears to be a worm wriggling around a corner of the sealed package and posted it on her Facebook page on Wednesday. The sell-by date...
Australian priest reacts to Parkland shooting with swipe at US on church marquee 

Australian priest reacts to Parkland shooting with swipe at US on church marquee 

A rector at a church in Australia sent a pointed message to the United States this week in the wake of the shooting deaths at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, The Washington Post reported. On the marquee outside the Gosford Anglican Church, the Rev. Rod Bower posted the message, “When will they love their kids more than their guns.” In a Facebook post of a photo of...
Study: Common household chore just as damaging as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

Study: Common household chore just as damaging as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

Love to keep a tidy home? The chemicals in common cleaning sprays could be detrimental to your respiratory system, according to a new report.  Researchers from universities in Norway recently conducted a study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, to determine how cleaners may contribute to lung decline over time.  "While the short-term...
BREAKING: Burglary suspect injured in officer-involved shooting, police say

BREAKING: Burglary suspect injured in officer-involved shooting, police say

Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Fort Pierce on Friday night that left a suspect injured.  Officers responded to the scene of a burglary in progress about 11 p.m. at a home on Avenue M, near Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, according to Fort Pierce Police spokesman, Ed Cunningham.  While searching the home, an officer saw a suspect with what appeared to be a...
BREAKING: Police investigating homicide in Riviera Beach

BREAKING: Police investigating homicide in Riviera Beach

A man died on Saturday morning after a shooting in a Riviera Beach neighborhood, police said. Officers responded to reports of shots being fired at about 1 a.m. on the 300 block of West 15th Street just east of Broadway Avenue, according to Riviera Beach Police spokeswoman Rose Brown. Detectives said they found empty shell casings near the scene but could not find the victim. Police then received...
Tennessee authorities arrest 'King Pin Granny'

Tennessee authorities arrest 'King Pin Granny'

Authorities said they have caught the “King Pin Granny” in Tennessee. A 75-year-old woman was arrested Feb. 9 in a large drug bust in Decatur County, police said. Police raided the home of Betty Jean Jordan in Parsons and allegedly confiscated more than 1,000 prescription pills, including morphine, Xanex and Oxycodone, WZTV reported. Law enforcement officials nicknamed Jordan...
NEW: Royal Palm looks for outside help to communicate with residents

NEW: Royal Palm looks for outside help to communicate with residents

Royal Palm Beach wants to know how it can better communicate with its residents — and it’s hoping for some outside help. The village plans to hire a consultant to help it assess its strategy and look ahead to future needs. A request for proposals is open through Feb. 21. RELATED: Work begins on homes at former Royal Palm wastewater treatment plant site How Royal Palm Beach communicates...
NEW: Kathie Lee Gifford coming to Lake Worth to promote book

NEW: Kathie Lee Gifford coming to Lake Worth to promote book

NBC’s Kathie Lee Gifford is coming to Lake Worth next month. The three-time Emmy-winning cohost of the fourth hour of “Today,” will be at Book Cellar on Lake Avenue on March 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as part of a “Happy Hour Mingle” to promote her latest book, ‘The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi.” Gifford wrote the book, scheduled to come out March 6, with Rabbi...
Lake Worth’s Forgotten Soldiers Outreach needs a new home

Lake Worth’s Forgotten Soldiers Outreach needs a new home

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is looking for a new home. The anonymous owner of the Lake Worth space where the nonprofit has been shipping care packages to U.S. soldiers serving overseas for 15 years told the group on Friday that he must now rent out the space no later than May 1. The 1,925-square-foot location is at 3550 23rd Avenue, off Boutwell Road, near Interstate 95. LAKE WORTH READERS: Sign up...
Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

A transgender wrestler from Texas will be defending the Class 6A girls championship at next week’s state tournament, WFAA reported. On Saturday, Mack Beggs, 18, of Euless Trinity will compete for a 6A Region II tournament title, which will determine bracket seeding for the state tournament. The top four finishers in each weight class advance. Last year, a parent filed a lawsuit to...
Transcript, photos: Trump, Melania, Rubio, Scott meet cops after Parkland school shooting

Transcript, photos: Trump, Melania, Rubio, Scott meet cops after Parkland school shooting

Sen. Marco Rubio (near American flag at left), first lady Melania Trump, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, President Donald Trump, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi with first responders in Fort Lauderdale on Friday night. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) FORT LAUDERDALE — President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump...
New York dad emerges from 61-day coma

New York dad emerges from 61-day coma

The last thing Robert Crain remembered was visiting the emergency room to have his nagging cough checked out. That was on Oct. 3, 2017. Sixty-one days later, the 47-year-old woke from a medically induced coma. And on Feb. 14, 2018, he was discharged from Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. "For me, it just seemed like I woke up from a nap,'' Crain told Syracuse.com. "...
FBI pressure increases with failure to avert school shooting

FBI pressure increases with failure to avert school shooting

The revelation that the FBI botched a potentially life-saving tip on the Florida school shooting suspect is a devastating blow to America's top law enforcement agency at a time when it is already under extraordinary political pressure. Even before the startling disclosure that the FBI failed to investigate a warning that the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, could be plotting an attack, the bureau was facing...
Mueller charges Russians with meddling in 2016 race

Mueller charges Russians with meddling in 2016 race

In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller, represents the most detailed...
Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly has ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified information, acknowledging that the administration "must do better" in how it handles security clearances. Kelly issued a five-page memo Friday that acknowledged White House mistakes...
Saturday forecast: Sunny and clear in Palm Beach County

Saturday forecast: Sunny and clear in Palm Beach County

Saturday’s forecast calls for sunny skies in Palm Beach County with highs in the low 80s, according to the National Weather Service. Southeast winds around 5-10 mph should calm in the evening, becoming light and variable. Saturday night is forecast to be mostly clear with lows in the upper 60s.
Why car horns, planes and sirens might be bad for your heart

Why car horns, planes and sirens might be bad for your heart

The roar of a jet plane, the rumble of a big rig, that shrill scream from the siren of a speeding emergency vehicle: The common but loud noises that keep you awake at night and agitate you throughout the day may have a notable effect on your cardiovascular health, experts say. Researchers say noise pollution may increase the risk of heart disease, such as coronary artery disease, hypertension and...
A cancer ‘vaccine’ is completely eliminating tumors in mice

A cancer ‘vaccine’ is completely eliminating tumors in mice

A new cancer treatment experiment at Stanford University that used immune-stimulators to target tumors in mice had remarkably encouraging results. After injecting a combination of two immune boosters directly into solid mouse tumors, the research team said the vaccination eliminated all traces of the specifically targeted cancer from the animal’s entire body — including metastases that...
President visits Parkland shooting victims, thanks first-responders

President visits Parkland shooting victims, thanks first-responders

UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: After returning from visiting  the victims and their familes, President Trump tweeted about the Parkland shooting late Friday. His tweet included photos from his visit to Broward Health North Hospital in Deerfield Beach along with first lady Melania. UPDATE 9:14 p.m.: The president and first lady meet with first-responders and Broward County Sheriff officers.  UPDATE...
Suspect was a 'good shot' on NRA-backed school rifle team

Suspect was a 'good shot' on NRA-backed school rifle team

The troubled teen authorities say killed 17 people at a Florida high school excelled in an air-rifle marksmanship program supported by a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation, part of a multimillion-dollar effort by the gun group to support youth shooting clubs and other programs. Nikolas Cruz, 19, was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training...
More than $1.1 million raised in one day for victims, families

More than $1.1 million raised in one day for victims, families

11 p.m. update: The online fundraising campaign to raise money for the victims and families affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is more than halfway to its goal after raising $1.1 million through late Friday night.  The Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund page on GoFundMe.com has received contributions from more than 18,000 people in just one day.  The Broward...
Shooting survivors become advocates for stronger weapon laws

Shooting survivors become advocates for stronger weapon laws

Dead bodies were still inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when survivors of this week's shooting began speaking out about gun violence. It seemed as if the teens had stepped straight from the bullet-scarred school into the nation's gun debate. Rather than retreating back into their private lives, the young people who saw classmates slain at the desks next to them are fast becoming advocates...
Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not relent until their demands were met. The rallies in Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg gave a political outlet to the growing feelings of rage and mourning sparked by the carnage. Authorities...
Suburban safety shattered: What my nephews learned in the face of evil

Suburban safety shattered: What my nephews learned in the face of evil

My 15-year-old nephew appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show on CNN Wednesday night. He looked handsome, strong and serious in his crisp ROTC uniform. Jude Lenamon expressed sympathy for his Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School classmates and staff members killed and wounded in the Valentine’s Day shooting rampage, then recounted his escape. Out of a classroom disrupted by a piercing...
Melania Trump breaks with tradition again after new affair allegations

Melania Trump breaks with tradition again after new affair allegations

Once again, first lady Melania Trump gave off the impression that all is not well in her marriage to President Donald Trump when she broke presidential protocol on Friday following a report alleging the president had an affair with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal. As the Trumps headed to Florida to meet with the victims of this week’s mass shooting at a high school, they began...

White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

A white nationalist appears to have lied to The Associated Press and other news organizations when he claimed that Florida school-shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his obscure group. Law enforcement officials have said they didn't have any evidence to support the claim that Republic of Florida leader Jordan Jereb made in interviews with several news organizations. Jereb told The Associated...
Classmate of Nikolas Cruz says ‘No one has ever been a friend to him’

Classmate of Nikolas Cruz says ‘No one has ever been a friend to him’

A friend of the suspected Parkland high school shooter said Nikolas Cruz's demeanor changed after his father's death in 2005, but he had no one to turn to for help. >> Read more trending news  “We couldn't help him at all. No one had ever been a friend to him,” Ethan Trieu said. “I've known him since sixth grade, I want to start out by saying I'm not rationalizing or justifying...
Four school district officials vie to be next PBC schools chief

Four school district officials vie to be next PBC schools chief

Four high-ranking school district administrators want to be Palm Beach County’s next schools superintendent. As the application window closed Friday in the school board’s superintendent search, eight school district employees had submitted their names for consideration, including the four administrators, a teacher and three other district employees. As expected, four members of outgoing...
FBI: We didn’t follow protocol in tip about Stoneman gunman

FBI: We didn’t follow protocol in tip about Stoneman gunman

The FBI admitted Friday it failed to investigate a Jan. 5 tip about accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s gun ownership, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts  — “as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.” The admission triggered immediate reaction in Florida. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio called it “inexcusable.” Gov. Rick...
A look at FBI call center that failed to flag tip on shooter

A look at FBI call center that failed to flag tip on shooter

More than a month before 17 people were killed at a Florida high school, the FBI got a tip warning that the suspect wanted to kill people and was planning to carry out a school shooting. The tipster also said Nikolas Cruz owned guns, was acting erratically and had made disturbing social media posts. The information provided by the caller should've been assessed as a potential threat to life and passed...
Trump, first lady visit Parkland shooting victims at Broward hospital

Trump, first lady visit Parkland shooting victims at Broward hospital

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited recovering victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting on Friday and met with law enforcement officers who responded to the massacre that claimed 17 lives. Trump made the unannounced visit to Broward Health North Hospital shortly after arriving at Palm Beach International Airport west of West Palm Beach for a three-day...
ANALYSIS: Why Everglades restoration is losing to sea level rise

ANALYSIS: Why Everglades restoration is losing to sea level rise

A saltwater poison is threatening prairies of toothy sawgrass on the edges of the Everglades as sea levels rise with a warming planet. The iconic fauna of Florida’s river of grass once thrived in a nourishing overflow from Lake Okeechobee, and is included in restoration efforts to undo some of man’s meddling in the state’s natural plumbing system. But the multi-billion dollar plan...
Ultra-processed foods like chicken nuggets could cause cancer, researchers say

Ultra-processed foods like chicken nuggets could cause cancer, researchers say

It’s no secret that ultra-processed foods, such as chicken nuggets and meatballs, have been connected to health issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. Now, researchers are adding cancer to the list, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  European researchers from universities and health institutions recently conducted a study, published in the ...
Douglas special ed teacher: I regret not having chance to help Cruz

Douglas special ed teacher: I regret not having chance to help Cruz

PARKLAND — Kevin Siegelbaum will never know if he could have helped Nikolas Cruz turn around his life, and in turn, save 17 others. “But it would have been nice to have been given an opportunity to try,” he said. PHOTOS: Tragedy hits Parkland high school Siegelbaum, 47, has taught special education at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for 2 1/2 years, helping those students whom...
JUST IN: Tiger Woods to play in 2018 Honda Classic

JUST IN: Tiger Woods to play in 2018 Honda Classic

Tiger Woods will play in next week’s Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, a tournament source told The Post. It marks the first time in four years the Jupiter Island resident has played in his home-county event and will add to the excitement at the tournament, which has set attendance records in the years Woods has been away.  Woods made the announcement...
Florida shooting heroes: 3 coaches, teachers gave lives for students

Florida shooting heroes: 3 coaches, teachers gave lives for students

The athletic department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lost a big chunk of its coaching staff -- and an even bigger chunk of its heart -- during the Valentine’s Day shooting that claimed the lives of its athletic director, cross country coach and assistant football coach, in addition to 14 students. All three men, Chris Hixon, Scott Beigel and Aaron Feis, have been hailed as heroes...
BREAKING: Threat to ‘shoot up’ school leads to St. Lucie teen’s arrest

BREAKING: Threat to ‘shoot up’ school leads to St. Lucie teen’s arrest

A 14-year-old Port St. Lucie boy was arrested Friday after he allegedly made threats to “shoot up” a school after he was suspended this week. The threat was made Tuesday, one day before an armed intruder fatally shot 17 people at Douglas High School in Broward County, but was brought to the attention of Port St. Lucie police Friday by a parent whose child shared a post from social media...
Just in: Funky French bar opens in Northwood Village  

Just in: Funky French bar opens in Northwood Village  

The spirit of the South of France has come to Northwood Village in the form of Pétanque Kitchen & Bar, a funky restaurant and lounge that aims to be thoroughly “unconventional.” That’s the description offered by co-owner Olivier Delrieu, who dreamed up the place with this brother, Edouard Delrieu, as a tribute to their childhood summers.  The casual new spot opens at...
Claiming abuse from Holocaust survivor, Dr. Marder seeks judge’s mercy

Claiming abuse from Holocaust survivor, Dr. Marder seeks judge’s mercy

Packing a federal courtroom with supporters, Dr. Gary Marder on Friday used his horrific childhood as the son of a Holocaust survivor to try to convince a judge to sentence him to house arrest on obstruction and health care fraud charges. Painting the dermatologist who lives in a $27 million oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach as a flawed man who succeeded despite years of abuse, his attorney Richard...
Statistic claiming there have been 18 school shootings in 2018 is misleading

Statistic claiming there have been 18 school shootings in 2018 is misleading

A statistic that claimed the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was the 18th this year is a misleading one, according to The Washington Post. The number appears to have originated from a nonprofit gun control group called Everytown for Gun Safety. The group tweeted the statistic Wednesday, the day of the South Florida shooting. >> Read more trending...
Alleged Parkland shooter left suburban Lantana home over gun dispute

Alleged Parkland shooter left suburban Lantana home over gun dispute

Nikolas Cruz, the man charged in this week’s school massacre, left a suburban Lantana mobile home in November because his benefactor gave him an ultimatum: you or the gun. “He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house,” Rocxanne Deschamps said publicly in comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page. And Chad Bennett, Deschamps’ friend, said Cruz &ldquo...
Downtown West Palm buildings from 1930 moving aside for office tower

Downtown West Palm buildings from 1930 moving aside for office tower

Two downtown buildings from 1930 will be moved to make way for a Class A office tower, under a deal tentatively approved this week by the city commission. The board unanimously approved selling the buildings at 464 Fern St. to Linton Jog Associates, Ltd., for $1.3 million. The buyer would move the old two-story offices, which formerly housed a city employee health clinic, to an appropriate site elsewhere...
New first name for Ballpark of the Palm Beaches: Fitteam

New first name for Ballpark of the Palm Beaches: Fitteam

Ladies and gentlemen, on first base: The Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. And at second, third and home, too. The Palm Beach Gardens “healthy lifestyle company,” which got naming rights to the Palm Beaches Marathon last winter, on Friday signed a 12-year naming deal for the county’s newest baseball complex. The year-old facility at 5444 Haverhill Road, spring training home...
West Palm lawyer takes helm at Florida’s largest law firm

West Palm lawyer takes helm at Florida’s largest law firm

A West Palm Beach trial lawyer, David Spector, became chairman and CEO this month at Akerman LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Spector, 46, a Palm Beach County lawyer since he got his law degree at the University of Miami, said he hopes to continue the client-centered strategy that has seen the firm grow to more than 650 lawyers nationwide. “Many people in the industry talk about...
Indictment: Florida, West Palm play role in Russian election-meddling

Indictment: Florida, West Palm play role in Russian election-meddling

Using fake Twitter accounts and false identifications, Russian nationals organized rallies in Florida to help the candidacy of Donald Trump, an indictment unsealed Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleges. Florida in general — and West Palm Beach in one bizarre reference — played a prominent role in a sprawling, sophisticated and well-funded election-meddling operation by the Russians...
Brother of late PBSO deputy pleads guilty to bank fraud

Brother of late PBSO deputy pleads guilty to bank fraud

The brother of a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who shot his ex-girlfriend and then killed himself, pleaded guilty to bank fraud on Friday in connection with a credit card scheme he ran while managing a jewelry store in the Mall at Wellington Green. Frank Dunkow, 52, faces a maximum 30-year prison term and $1 million fine when he is sentenced. No sentencing date was set during the hearing...
Magazine obtains ex-playmate's notes on alleged Trump affair

Magazine obtains ex-playmate's notes on alleged Trump affair

President Donald Trump had a nine-month extramarital affair with the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the year beginning in 2006, showing the woman his wife's bedroom in Trump Tower and bringing her to his private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to the woman's eight-page, handwritten account of the relationship obtained by The New Yorker magazine. The woman, Karen McDougal, confirmed in the...
South Broward students walk out of class, calling for gun control

South Broward students walk out of class, calling for gun control

Students at South Broward High School walked out en masse Friday morning, saying they refused to attend class to force lawmakers to confront calls for gun control after 17 students and teachers were killed at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. POLL: Should Florida ban assault rifles? About 95 students at the Hollywood school have participated sporadically in the protest, either chanting...
Florida school shooting timeline: Seven minutes, three floors and 17 dead

Florida school shooting timeline: Seven minutes, three floors and 17 dead

Nikolas Cruz, the gunman charged with killing 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school Wednesday afternoon, has reportedly confessed to the shooting and, his attorney says, is now on suicide watch. Cruz, according to a timeline put together by police, set off alarms as he entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the school he had been expelled from, hoping to get more people into the hallways and...
PHOTOS: ‘Black Panther’ fans show pride at CityPlace premiere

PHOTOS: ‘Black Panther’ fans show pride at CityPlace premiere

It’s not uncommon for comic fans to come to the opening night of the big-screen versions of their favorite series dressed in capes and masks. But several at Thursday night’s first IMAX showing at AMC CityPlace of “Black Panther” turned practice on its head, literally. Following a nationwide trend, moviegoers turned up in everything from dashikis to chic ethnic-inspired...
Students urge gun controls: ‘It’s harder to buy a puppy than an AR-15’

Students urge gun controls: ‘It’s harder to buy a puppy than an AR-15’

A junior at Douglas High School on Friday blasted the Republican Party for creating “a facade” that fatal school shootings like the one that killed 17 people at his school Wednesday are “normal, that this is inevitable, that we have to just take it every time and understand that it’s bad but do nothing.” Cameron Kasky, 17, said he expects the deaths at the hands...
66 dead in Iran plane crash, airline says

66 dead in Iran plane crash, airline says

A commercial aircraft carrying 66 people crashed in Iran, killing everyone on board, an airline spokesman told state media.  >> Read more trending news 
Florida sheriff to politicians who don't support gun control: 'You will not get re-elected'

Florida sheriff to politicians who don't support gun control: 'You will not get re-elected'

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel blasted politicians after a gunman killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school, saying that if gun laws don’t change, “you will not get re-elected in Broward County.” According to the Huffington Post, while speaking at a vigil in Parkland for the victims of the shooting, Israel said, “If you’re an elected official...
NEW: 3 cool, fun things in Lake Worth this weekend

NEW: 3 cool, fun things in Lake Worth this weekend

1. Street Painting Festival, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m., downtown Lake Worth: More than 600 artists will use the asphalt as their canvas to change the streets of Lake Worth into an outdoor art gallery. The paintings – made only of chalk – remain until traffic returns to the streets and the tires act as giant erasers and the next rain washes them away. 2. Evening on the Avenues, Friday...

Opinion: Mass killers should be denied notoriety they crave

An orgy of mutual disgust now greets every mass shooting in America. Liberals despise conservatives who, they predict, will offer only insipid “thoughts and prayers” in the face of what they conceive to be preventable massacres. Conservatives scorn liberals who, they believe, will propose “feel-good” gun measures that would have no effect on any mass shooting. But there is...
Woman wins $100,000 on Valentine’s lottery gift

Woman wins $100,000 on Valentine’s lottery gift

Don Holmes knew the $10 scratch off ticket was a winner when he saw it.  Holmes got the Casino Riches ticket Wednesday as a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife, Cynthia. "I thought it would just be $100 but it turned out to be $100,000," he said.  She didn’t believe she really won. "(The machine) went, 'Woo hoo!' And I'm like -- my hands started shaking...
USC holds off pesky Oregon State; What we learned in Trojans’ 72-59 win

USC holds off pesky Oregon State; What we learned in Trojans’ 72-59 win

It didn’t have nearly the drama of Thursday’s win, the last-second victory over Oregon in which Jordan McLaughlin and Chimezie Metu connected on a game-winning lob. But Saturday’s 72-59 home victory against Oregon State was just as important, if not more so. The Trojans (19-9, 10-5 Pac-12) were playing without junior forward Bennie Boatwright, who suffered...
Jennifer Lawrence to take time off from acting in order to ‘fix our democracy’

Jennifer Lawrence to take time off from acting in order to ‘fix our democracy’

Jennifer Lawrence plans to take the next year off from acting in order to devote time working with a group trying to limit the influence of money in politics.  Lawrence, 27, is a member of the board of Represent.Us, a group working to pass anti-corruption laws which limit the amount of money that can be used to influence politicians. "I'm going to take the next year off. I'm going to...
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