In love, Lake Worth woman gave online stranger $1 million, lost it all

After placing her profile on an online dating site seven years ago, Debby Montgomery deleted most of the responses. “The guys were losers,” she recalled. “Some asked for money within a week of meeting online.” But when she logged on to the site on November 14, 2010, one message spoke to her soul. “I am in search of a long term relationship that…hopefully will...


No water or power? No problem for addicts using drugs in treatment

No water or power? No problem for addicts using drugs in treatment

Addicts living in sober homes operated by Bradley Vercosa complained that sometimes there was no running water, electricity, sheets, bowls or pillows but they stayed anyway because they paid no rent and were allowed to use drugs, according to a police report. Vercosa, 50, of Wellington, was one of six people arrested Thursday and charged with patient brokering, which includes accepting referral...
Boom and bust in Boynton: As one area thrives, another struggles

Boom and bust in Boynton: As one area thrives, another struggles

Looking pensively in the distance at a skyline of condos in Boynton Beach, Willie Aikens stands at Northeast Ninth Avenue and Northeast First Street and struggles to understand why there’s so much undeveloped land with “no trespassing” signs surrounding him. Those condo buildings are less than a mile away, but in Aikens’ mind, they might as well be in a different city. Near...
Cops: PBG teacher admitted she made class judge 9-year-old’s behavior

Cops: PBG teacher admitted she made class judge 9-year-old’s behavior

A Palm Beach Gardens teacher accused in a lawsuit of making her students vote on whether a 9-year-old boy was “annoying” admitted to telling her class to judge the boy’s behavior, saying she believed the tactic would make him behave, police records show. Marsh Pointe Elementary teacher Julie Salvatoriello told police last year that the boy, who was later diagnosed with autism...
Anti-Trump group plans 1st protest of season but not at Mar-a-Lago

Anti-Trump group plans 1st protest of season but not at Mar-a-Lago

During President Donald Trump’s frequent visits to Palm Beach last season, Bingham Island became a hot spot for protests, supporter rallies and media. Now the small island near the southern entrance to Palm Beach is filled with cranes, barricades and construction equipment — leaving no room for groups that might have set up shop there. Where will they go? The first group to announce a...
Break out the sweaters: Forecast is for lower temperatures next week

Break out the sweaters: Forecast is for lower temperatures next week

A punch of cold air will whip through South Florida next week, dropping temperatures to lows not seen since spring. National Weather Service forecasters in Miami are predicting overnight Wednesday to dip into the 60s at the coast and plunge into the 50s in western Palm Beach County, while Thursday’s daytime high may struggle to reach 80 degrees. With the first seasonal offering of cooler, drier...
After Irma: Storm slows hiring, home sales, muddies economy

After Irma: Storm slows hiring, home sales, muddies economy

Hurricane Irma disrupted Florida’s economy in September, slowing job growth and scotching home sales. Even so, the storm seemed to deliver only a glancing blow to the state’s labor and housing markets. Palm Beach County’s jobless rate fell to 3.6 percent and Florida unemployment dipped to 3.8 percent, both decade-long lows. NEW: Westlake builder stresses affordable housing, down-payment...
NEW: Double murder brings 60-year sentence for teen killer

NEW: Double murder brings 60-year sentence for teen killer

Legends. That’s how the families of Andrew Laudano and Ricky Miner wanted everyone in a Palm Beach County courtroom Friday to remember them. In the moments before Circuit Judge Laura Johnson sentenced the men’s 14-year-old killer to 60 years in prison for gunning them down in a 2015 west Boynton robbery, it was important for their families — especially Laudano’s brothers...
Will $120 million bridge construction hurt Jupiter, Tequesta business?

Will $120 million bridge construction hurt Jupiter, Tequesta business?

Good news for north county boaters, motorists, pedestrians and bicycle riders: A new $120 million drawbridge is planned over the Loxahatchee River just north of Burt Reynolds Park. Boaters will have a higher bridge to pass under. Motorists won’t have to stop as often to wait for the draw bridge to open and close. Bicycle riders will have seven-foot wide lanes. Pedestrians get eight-foot-wide...
New data reveals three Boynton locations with highest crashes

New data reveals three Boynton locations with highest crashes

Straight A student Karenine Saint Louis, 13, wasn’t wearing a seat belt one day this summer when the Ford F-150 truck she sat in crashed west of Lantana, killing her. And neither was Jeremy Standridge , 26, this past year when he lost control of his pickup, crashed it on Congress Avenue, north of Lantana Road and then died. Peter Olivier...
PGA Boulevard train station will be at center of Gardens redevelopment

PGA Boulevard train station will be at center of Gardens redevelopment

A new Tri-Rail station on PGA Boulevard is at the center of future redevelopment projects and could be the remedy to commuters sitting in bottlenecks on I-95. Residents hunched over maps and sketched out their ideas for the future station at a workshop hosted by the city and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council Thursday night at City Hall. Midtown resident Jimmy Collamore said the station could...
Five takeaways: Behind Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters the Miami Heat hold off the Indiana Pacers in home opener

Five takeaways: Behind Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters the Miami Heat hold off the Indiana Pacers in home opener

Indiana Pacers’ Cory Joseph drives to the basket as Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson (0) and Justise Winslow (20) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI – After hearing for three days how their defense let them down in their season-opening loss at the Magic, the Miami Heat came...
Dave George: Malik Rosier’s leadership keeps Canes unbeaten

Dave George: Malik Rosier’s leadership keeps Canes unbeaten

The trapdoor was set again, like it is every Saturday. The Miami Hurricanes are well accustomed to this by now. It might scare them, but it doesn’t stop them from charging forward, any more than a Syracuse shock squad with an appetite for major upsets could stop them from punching out a 6-0 start to a season that has ACC Championship game written all over it. Travis Homer finally put the hammer...
FAU explodes for 804 yards in 69-31 rout of North Texas

FAU explodes for 804 yards in 69-31 rout of North Texas

Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns, the last of which set a program single-season rushing record, as the Owls totaled a Conference USA record 804 yards of offense in a 69-31 rout of North Texas. On the same day the school honored the 2007 team that won the Sun Belt Conference, FAU (4-3, 3-0) looked like a team ready to win C-USA, as they dismantled...
Kate Watt takes over the helm of Susan G. Komen South Florida

Kate Watt takes over the helm of Susan G. Komen South Florida

Kate Watt began her new job as executive director for Susan G. Komen South Florida in West Palm Beach the week Hurricane Irma hit in September. But now, under clearer skies, Watt is focused on the organization’s mission. In particular, she said, the goal of reducing breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026. And part of that objective is to make sure the organization’s donors know their...

Barge hits Palmetto Park Bridge, all lanes over ICW closed

The Palmetto Park Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway was closed in both directions tonight after being struck by a commercial tug pushing a barge, Boca Ration police said. No injuries were reported. But the bridge is closed tonight as inspectors assess the damage.
Park hikers may have died in 'sympathetic murder-suicide'

Park hikers may have died in 'sympathetic murder-suicide'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Friends and relatives of a couple whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park say they believe the two got lost while hiking in the sprawling desert park and struggled in the searing heat with little food or water before they died in a "sympathetic murder-suicide." Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, had been missing for nearly three months after...
Prototypes of Trump's border wall released

Prototypes of Trump's border wall released

Congress is still calculating just how the Trump administration’s proposed Mexican-American border wall will be funded, but until then, we can now see what it might look like. Eight life size models are under construction on the outskirts of San Diego. Four of the prototypes are solid concrete and the other half are a combination of concrete and steel. One model is even topped with spikes. Roy...
The Latest: Appeal backed by former presidents raises $31M

The Latest: Appeal backed by former presidents raises $31M

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the hurricane relief concert attended by a five living ex-presidents (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Four of the five living former presidents have made brief remarks at a concert to benefit victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter called on Americans to donate...
White Out: Downtown park turns white for outdoor charity dinner party

White Out: Downtown park turns white for outdoor charity dinner party

The green grass of the Meyer Amphitheater was covered in white Saturday night when more than 500 people converged for the annual Dreyofoos in White charity dinner. All of the guests wore white outfits and hosted their own al fresco dinners, sitting at tables elaborately decorated with different themes — from New York City’s Central Park to Halloween-themed skeletons and skulls. &ldquo...
'Zombie' event staged at Oklahoma Capitol to support taxes

'Zombie' event staged at Oklahoma Capitol to support taxes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anti-tax "zombies" in Oklahoma were stopped outside the entrance to the state Capitol on Saturday in a staged event by groups supporting tax increases to prevent cuts to health, education and other services. The event by Together Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Policy Institute was filmed for videos to be posted on Facebook and Twitter and comes as state lawmakers are...
Fox renewed O'Reilly contract despite knowing of allegations

Fox renewed O'Reilly contract despite knowing of allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of the Fox News Channel says it knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly when it renewed the popular personality's contract in February. The New York Times reported Saturday the company renewed O'Reilly's contract after he reached a $32 million settlement with the analyst, Lis Wiehl. In a statement, 21st Century...
Jimbo Fisher exchanges words with fan after latest Seminoles loss

Jimbo Fisher exchanges words with fan after latest Seminoles loss

Blanton Creque’s first game-winning field goal at any level of football came at the opportune time for Louisville. The sophomore’s 34-yard field goal with five seconds remaining lifted the Cardinals to an emotional 31-28 win over Florida State on Saturday. After the Seminoles suffered their third consecutive home loss to fall to 2-4 (2-3 ACC) on the season, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher got into...
Police: Man steals ambulance with medic, patient inside

Police: Man steals ambulance with medic, patient inside

A 44-year-old Ohio man is accused of stealing an ambulance with a medic and patient on board. Within an hour of driving off Friday evening with the Dayton Fire Department life squad, the suspect — identified by police as Jeffrey Lamar Brown — was behind bars. The ambulance was taken around 6:30 p.m. after medics responded to a call in a Dayton neighborhood, WHIO reported. The keys were...
NEW: Boca Raton Police seek suspect shooting BB gun from vehicle

NEW: Boca Raton Police seek suspect shooting BB gun from vehicle

Boca Raton police are seeking information about a recent rash of BB gun shootings on the city’s east side. Police have received three reports since Thursday of incidents where people were struck by BBs as they were eating outdoors, walking or waiting at a bus stop. Police believe a suspect fired a BB gun in all three cases from a vehicle, believed to be a white Dodge Charger with a plastic cover...
School prohibits senior photo of student holding gun

School prohibits senior photo of student holding gun

A high school in Maine has denied a student's senior photo depicting him holding a shotgun.Wade Gelinas told WCSH Friday that hunting is a tradition in his family, so he wanted his senior photo to capture the sport he loves.   But officials at Bonny Eagle High School will not allow Gelinas to use the photo in the yearbook.Principal Lori Napolitano told WCSH the school's code of...
North Carolina politician sparks controversy with tweet comparing Trump to Hitler

North Carolina politician sparks controversy with tweet comparing Trump to Hitler

A Charlotte city councilwoman is under scrutiny for a controversial tweet she posted comparing President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield posted the tweet Friday morning, which reads in part: “For All who read about Hitler you are Now Living how he reigned in #45." WSOC spoke with members of the community for reactions to Mayfield’s statement. "I don't...
Police investigate after 65 pounds of marijuana arrives with Florida couple's Amazon order

Police investigate after 65 pounds of marijuana arrives with Florida couple's Amazon order

Amazon customers in Florida got a surprise when they opened the package that arrived on their doorstep. They ordered four plastic storage bins, but the containers came with 65 pounds of marijuana. “We love Amazon and do a lot of shopping on Amazon,” the customer told WFTV, who asked not to be identified for safety reasons. When she and her fiancé needed to put some things in...
Venus Williams returns to WTA Finals for 1st time since 2009

Venus Williams returns to WTA Finals for 1st time since 2009

SINGAPORE (AP) — Venus Williams returns to the year-end WTA Finals for the first time since 2009 and will face Karolina Pliskova on Sunday. The top eight players in the world will play in the round-robin event, which also features No. 1 Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Garcia. "They're all pretty special," said Williams...
Trump intends to release classified documents about JFK assassination

Trump intends to release classified documents about JFK assassination

In a tweet Saturday morning, President Donald Trump said he will allow classified government documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to be released, “subject to the receipt of further information.” Trump is facing an Oct. 26 deadline mandated by Congress for the public release of the secret documents, which include FBI and CIA files, CNN reported. "Subject...
Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert

Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered in College...
Funeral held for US soldier at center of Trump fight

Funeral held for US soldier at center of Trump fight

COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) — Mourners Saturday remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him. Some of the 1,200 mourners exiting the church after the service said the portrait of Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, was joined on stage by photographs of his slain comrades...
UPDATE: Man killed in West Palm Beach shootings, 3 injured

UPDATE: Man killed in West Palm Beach shootings, 3 injured

One man died and three others were injured after two separate shootings took place in West Palm Beach on Friday night. West Palm Beach police have identified the deceased victim as 24-year-old Marquell Larrice Green. At 8:45 p.m., officers responded to a neighborhood near North Sapodilla Avenue and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and found Green dead at the scene and another person injured, according to...
Forecast: Breezy and hot with moderate chance of rain

Forecast: Breezy and hot with moderate chance of rain

There’s a 40 percent chance of showers today and tonight in Palm Beach County, according to the National Weather Service. It’s likely to be breezy, with easterly winds around 15-20 mph. Check for storms with our live radar Expect partly sunny skies in the morning, becoming mostly cloudy, forecasters say. Download The Post’s WeatherPlus app Today’s high should reach the mid-80s...
AP FACT CHECK: Kelly distorts congresswoman's actions

AP FACT CHECK: Kelly distorts congresswoman's actions

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's chief of staff distorted the facts when he accused a "selfish" Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson of grandstanding at a building dedication in the memory of two slain FBI agents in 2015. John Kelly said she stunned the audience at the somber ceremony by recounting how she had been the driving force behind raising money for the building...
At John Prince Park, yes, there are really some who need hurricane aid

At John Prince Park, yes, there are really some who need hurricane aid

People talk about the long lines outside John Prince Memorial Park this week during the Hurricane Irma food aid event. Sure, thousands of cars were snaked around Congress Avenue, onto Lantana Road, then back onto Interstate 95 as folks waited for hours to get inside the park to pick up their stamps. There’s also been lip service paid to the expensive cars waiting, with some people saying, &ldquo...
NEW: Developer plans shops, restaurants, senior care in Royal Palm

NEW: Developer plans shops, restaurants, senior care in Royal Palm

A long-stagnant piece of land has given birth to a new neighborhood during the past year — and there’s more to come, with commercial development set to bring more businesses to the already bustling Southern Boulevard corridor through the western communities. The Cypress Key project includes the townhouses and single-family homes behind it and sits just east of the Publix shopping...
Honolulu bans smokers in cars when children are present

Honolulu bans smokers in cars when children are present

Smoking in a car in Honolulu can bring a hefty fine if there are children in the vehicle, KHON reported. In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council passed a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in a vehicle if someone under 18 is in inside. The ban also extends to electronic cigarettes, KHON reported. First offenders would be fined $100, and the fee jumps to $200 if a smoker...
Court: Cross shaped monument honoring WWI vets ruled unconstitutional

Court: Cross shaped monument honoring WWI vets ruled unconstitutional

A 40-foot Latin cross-shaped monument in Maryland, built nearly a century ago to honor soldiers who died during World War I, has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court, CNN reported The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday by a 2-1 margin that the 92-year-old structure was in violation of the First Amendment because it is on public land at a busy intersection...

Daytona pilot sets record flying around the world

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The trip would test her and when it was over, Shaesta Waiz's 145-day, nearly 29,000-mile flight would set a new world record, place her with a sitting president, and leave the Daytona Beach pilot a changed woman. The journey spanned five continents, 22 countries and numerous cities. Its completion put Waiz, 30, in the record books as the youngest woman to fly solo...
Massachusetts man arrested for dragging badly beaten dog

Massachusetts man arrested for dragging badly beaten dog

A Massachusetts man accused of beating a dog so severely it was coughing blood and limping was arrested for animal cruelty, authorities said.  Police say, Mark Rodney Hurd, 22, of Everett left the dog in critical condition Friday. Officers said they arrived at a home to find Hurd dragging the pit bull down the driveway after the abuse had been reported to them.  “It's extremely disappointing...
‘Underwear bomber’ sues US government over treatment in prison

‘Underwear bomber’ sues US government over treatment in prison

The “underwear bomber” has filed legal briefs against the United States government, protesting his treatment in federal prison. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria, who is serving life sentences after his conviction for his failed attempted to set off a bomb on an international flight near Detroit in 2009, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Attorney General...
UPDATE: 1 dead, 3 injured in West Palm Beach shootings

UPDATE: 1 dead, 3 injured in West Palm Beach shootings

One person is dead and three people is injured after a shooting in West Palm Beach Friday evening. At 7:38 p.m., city police officers and fire rescue crews were called to the 500 block of Sapodilla Avenue, just north of the Palm Beach County courthouse. Two individuals had injuries that were not life threatening, according to West Palm Beach Police Spokesman David Lefont. An hour later, police were...
Nets' national anthem singer kneels to finish performance

Nets' national anthem singer kneels to finish performance

NEW YORK (AP) — The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets' home opener took a knee at the end of her performance. Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic. Skye, who is black, is a recording artist...
FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

U.S. regulators have approved a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus. Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said the Food and Drug Administration approved it late Friday. It will be the second shingles vaccine in the U.S. market. Merck launched the first one in 2006. Studies paid for by Glaxo found it prevents shingles in about 90 percent of people....
Eat at Five Guys today and aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Eat at Five Guys today and aid Puerto Rico hurricane relief

There’s a really good reason to eat at a Five Guys restaurant Saturday. The franchise is hosting a fundraiser all day and hopes to raise at least $20,000 to give to the YMCA in Puerto Rico for hurricane relief. Newk’s Eatery in Palm Beach Gardens is also involved.  The Five Guys locations in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward counties are all participating.  Thirty...
NEW: First home closes in ‘agri-hood’ Arden as new home-builder added

NEW: First home closes in ‘agri-hood’ Arden as new home-builder added

A new development with an agricultural twist west of Lion Country Safari on Southern Boulevard hit two milestones Friday. The first home sale in Arden closed Friday, the same day project developer Freehold Communities announced a new home-builder has signed on. Joining Ryan Homes in building Arden’s first phase is Kennedy Homes, which will offer six single and two-story models ranging in size...
Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

WASHINGTON (AP) — First the U.S. government temporarily banned laptops in the cabins of some airplanes. Now it is looking to ban them from checked luggage on international flights, citing the risk of potentially catastrophic fires. The Federal Aviation Administration recently recommended that the U.N. agency that sets global aviation standards prohibit passengers from putting laptops and other...
Sub shop to close, reopen at another location in Boynton Beach

Sub shop to close, reopen at another location in Boynton Beach

Restaurants in Riverwalk Plaza are starting to move out now that the center at Woolbright Road and Federal Highway will soon undergo a renovation that includes some demolition and a 10-story residential building. Primo Hoagies, a sub shop that opened in 2014, will close starting Monday.  The shop is moving to Cross Creek center at 1313 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. across...
Breaking tradition, former presidents sparring with Trump

Breaking tradition, former presidents sparring with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former presidents are shedding a traditional reluctance to criticize their successors, unleashing pointed attacks on the Trump White House and the commander in chief — but without mentioning him by name. Remarks on the same day by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama raise the prospect that more dissenters will follow in defiance of President Donald Trump...
Poll: Majority of Florida voters doesn't want assault weapons ban

Poll: Majority of Florida voters doesn't want assault weapons ban

Despite the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people, a majority of Florida voters are against prohibiting the sale of assault weapons, according to a recent poll. The poll was conducted Oct. 5-11 by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida. On Oct. 1, a man who once lived in Florida opened fire on a Country music concert from the 32nd floor of a Las...
JUST IN: Gardens man gets 33 months for Palm Springs bank robbery

JUST IN: Gardens man gets 33 months for Palm Springs bank robbery

A 41-year-old Palm Beach Gardens man will spend the next few years in federal prison for robbing a Palm Springs bank this year, according to court documents. George Luis Murillo was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for a Bank of America branch robbery in April. In June, Murillo signed a plea deal instead of going to trial. Once he is released, he will be under supervised release for three...
US says 2 more American victims confirmed in Cuba attacks

US says 2 more American victims confirmed in Cuba attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more U.S. government workers have been confirmed to be victims of invisible attacks in Cuba, the United States said Friday, raising the total to 24. The tally has inched upward since the U.S. first disclosed in August that embassy workers and their families in Havana had been harmed by unexplained, mysterious incidents affecting their health. The Trump administration later...
It’s all about amour at Loic, upcoming West Palm French bakery-cafe

It’s all about amour at Loic, upcoming West Palm French bakery-cafe

Loic Autret figures he’s on his second or third life, which partly explains why he’s so over-the-top about the bakery/bar/cafe he’s about to open in downtown West Palm near the corner of South Dixie Highway and Hibiscus Street. Tours of duty in Iraq and Cambodia left the French former paratrooper and minesweeper scarred with memories of long hospital stays, but ebullient about his...
Florida teacher accused of having sex with girl, 15, multiple times at school

Florida teacher accused of having sex with girl, 15, multiple times at school

An Oviedo, Florida, teacher who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Kealing said Jaclyn Truman, 30, had sexual contact last year with a 15-year-old Paul J. Hagerty High School student multiple times at school. “Investigators conducted a recorded interview...
For Greenacres WWII vet about to turn 100, getting old is ‘not great’

For Greenacres WWII vet about to turn 100, getting old is ‘not great’

Sitting in front of his two-bedroom Greenacres townhome on Fernley Drive, the one where he’s lived since the early 1980s, Edward Sicard stares intently and slowly reflects on what it’ll feel like to turn 100 on Nov. 1. “It’s not great,” Sicard says, somewhat sharply. “When you get old, all your friends are gone. All your childhood is gone. I think it’s very...
BREAKING: Boynton man pleads guilty to sex trafficking of teen girl

BREAKING: Boynton man pleads guilty to sex trafficking of teen girl

A suburban Boynton Beach man arrested in May for human trafficking has pleaded guilty to federal charges, according to a court documents filed Friday. Marco Orrego, 31, pleaded to one count each of sex trafficking of a minor and production of child pornography, records show. Prosecutors and attorneys for Orrego have agreed to a sentence of 20 years on each count to run concurrently. A judge must still...
FPL asks PSC to agree new Dania Beach plant is needed

FPL asks PSC to agree new Dania Beach plant is needed

Florida Power & Light wants to build another natural gas-fired plant, but first the Florida Public Service Commission has to agree that the proposed Dania Beach Clean Energy Center Unit 7 is needed. On Friday, Juno Beach-based FPL filed a formal petition asking the PSC to affirmatively determine that a modernized $888 million 1,163 megawatt facility on the site of FPL’s existing Lauderdale plant...
Why all the traffic congestion at Dwyer High? And what’s being done?

Why all the traffic congestion at Dwyer High? And what’s being done?

Residents are fed up with the traffic mess that flourishes every morning in front of Dwyer High. They say it’s ripe for a wreck - a scenario that could also endanger students who cluster nearby waiting for buses. The stacking at Dwyer creates blind spots where drivers are traveling the posted 45 mph, he said. Bus stops near Grandiflora and Military make traffic control more complicated. The...
Italian town offers people $2,350 to move there

Italian town offers people $2,350 to move there

The views are picturesque from the panoramic terraces of the homes winding atop each other. The Baroque architecture and maze of alleyways through the medieval town of Candela, in Italy’s Puglia district, were once part of a thriving tourist destination with a robust population of more than 8,000 people in the 1990s. Now, about 2,700 people live there. Nicola Gatta, mayor of Candela, came up...
UPDATE: West Palm Beach shooting injuring woman appears accidental

UPDATE: West Palm Beach shooting injuring woman appears accidental

4:20 p.m. UPDATE: After West Palm Beach police’s preliminary investigation, they believe the shooting was accidental. Police said the shooting appeared to have happened inside the residence on Bunker Road. Police Spokesman Sgt. David Lefont said the woman’s injuries are not life threatening. Officers continue to investigate the shooting. 3:35 p.m. UPDATE: West Palm Beach Fire Rescue said...
Quarles guilty of 2nd-degree murder of Santaluces schoolmate

Quarles guilty of 2nd-degree murder of Santaluces schoolmate

In the minutes after a Palm Beach County jury announced they had a verdict in Frank Quarles’ murder trial, bowed heads stretched across both sides of the courtroom. In the back, two men who came with Quarles’ family lowered their heads in prayer, hoping that jurors would find Quarles guilty only of manslaughter in the Feb. 8, 2012 shooting death of fellow Santaluces High student Michael...
NEW: Florida woman gets injured in robbery, threatens to sue homeowner

NEW: Florida woman gets injured in robbery, threatens to sue homeowner

A woman in the Tampa area allegedly stole items from a home on Sunday and then threatened to sue the owner when she got hurt.  Pasco County Sheriff deputies said Julie Upright stole 42 loading decorative blocks that were in the yard of the home, Bay News 9 reports. The victim said the stolen blocks were worth $10 each and part of a remodeling project, according to Bay News 9. He caught Upright...
Commuters beware: PGA Boulevard drawbridge gate is malfunctioning

Commuters beware: PGA Boulevard drawbridge gate is malfunctioning

A malfunctioning gate on the PGA Boulevard Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway caused traffic headaches in the city this afternoon. The Florida Department of Transportation received an alert of a problem with the gate at 1:12 p.m. Friday. The issue caused delays for boat and vehicle traffic. A repair crew is at the bridge troubleshooting, FDOT said. A few miles to the south, lanes remain closed...
NEW: Riviera Beach picks manager without interview; then he quits

NEW: Riviera Beach picks manager without interview; then he quits

The three Riviera Beach City Council members who fired the city manager last month voted Wednesday night to hire as interim city manager someone they neither interviewed nor vetted. And he withdrew from contention the next day, after media reports about his past. Council members Lynne Hubbard, Terence “TD” Davis and Dawn Pardo voted to hire James A. Poag, a former internal auditor...
NEW: South Florida Lyft driver being held without bond after sexual battery arrest

NEW: South Florida Lyft driver being held without bond after sexual battery arrest

A South Florida Lyft driver is being held without bond after being arrested for the sexual battery of a 16-year-old male.  Julio Perez, 43, appeared in court Friday where a Miami-Dade judge ruled that no bond be set until he’s transported back to Broward County to face his charges, WPLG reported.  The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon after Perez, of Hialeah, picked up the young...
Why Jazz pianist Copeland Davis will be in Atlantis next week

Why Jazz pianist Copeland Davis will be in Atlantis next week

Jazz pianist Copeland Davis will play the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County’s annual fund-raising event Oct. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Boulevard. Tickets are $45, with the luncheon including food, music and a raffle of luxury gift bags. RSVPs are required online at www.lwvpbc.org or by calling 561-968-4123. Copeland...
LATEST: O.J. Simpson still plans to live in Florida 

LATEST: O.J. Simpson still plans to live in Florida 

O.J. Simpson still plans to move to Florida, but if he does, it may take a bit more time. After being released from prison almost three weeks ago, Simpson, who served nine years for armed robbery and related charges, is still in Nevada. The former football star can’t leave unless his his parole documentation to move out of Nevada is submitted and approved, the Naples Daily News reported...
Vegas shooting doesn't change opinions on guns: AP-NORC poll

Vegas shooting doesn't change opinions on guns: AP-NORC poll

ATLANTA (AP) — The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans' opinions about gun laws. The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would reduce such mass shootings or homicides, though a majority favor tighter laws as they have for several years, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The massive...
Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman

Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday rushed to defend chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman and called her an "empty barrel" making noise. A Trump spokeswoman said it was "inappropriate" to question Kelly in light of his stature as a retired four-star general. The administration also insisted it's long past time...
UPDATE: Florida child lied about creepy clown attack, deputies say

UPDATE: Florida child lied about creepy clown attack, deputies say

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office still stands behind its warning to evil clowns, but says none are actually terrorizing its neighborhoods. In a post shared on Tuesday, deputies said an 11-year-old boy claimed a clown popped out and tried to grab him. The child said he fended off his attacker with a selfie stick.  While the story was creepy and concerning, deputies say it also...
NEW: Florida man breaks into bulldozer, leaves key clue behind

NEW: Florida man breaks into bulldozer, leaves key clue behind

A Florida man said he has “no memory” of committing a crime and might have gotten away with it if not for one small thing he left behind. Mark Moses, 65, of Big Pine Key, was arrested Thursday morning after he burglarized a bulldozer, WPLG reported.  The owner of the bulldozer company called deputies after finding the machinery with a broken windshield and mirrors. The owner...
Family’s dog thought to be euthanized turns up at former vet employee’s house

Family’s dog thought to be euthanized turns up at former vet employee’s house

The Levys grieved twice for Caesar. The family’s beloved miniature pinscher suffered from chronic health conditions and was taken to the Briarwood Veterinary Hospital to be euthanized, according to The Star-Ledger. However, five months later the family got an anonymous tip that the dog was still alive and living with the vet technician. "You charge me to put him down and then sneak...
JUST IN: Port St. Lucie man missing since Monday; police seek clues

JUST IN: Port St. Lucie man missing since Monday; police seek clues

A 42-year-old Port St. Lucie man has gone missing since Monday and city police are asking for the public’s help in finding him. Alexander Ward was last seen in the early morning hours Monday. He called his family to report that his vehicle broke down as he was driving back to Port St. Lucie from Clearwater. No contact has been made since, police said. Ward is described as being 5 feet 10 inches...
DC court blocks for now immigrant teen's access to abortion

DC court blocks for now immigrant teen's access to abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington appeals court is blocking for now an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling Friday that the government should be given time to try to release her so she can obtain the abortion outside of its custody. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its ruling a few hours after...
GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

Palm Beach County commissioners are getting an earful — actually, an email in-box full — from backers of a controversial GL Homes development plan. The developer has asked county residents to let county commissioners know they support the builder’s plan to preserve 4,900 acres in The Acreage/Loxahatchee area in exchange for a rule change that would allow it to build more on land...
Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development

Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development

A member of the Palm Beach County Planning Commission has resigned, citing frustration with large-scale development projects that have been recommended by the commission. Domenic R. Guarnagia’s resignation comes two months before the Planning Commission takes up a controversial development proposal from GL Homes, which wants the county to change the rules of its Agricultural Reserve so GL can...
NEW: 3 men arrested in shooting after white nationalist speech at UF

NEW: 3 men arrested in shooting after white nationalist speech at UF

Three men were arrested near Gainesville on Thursday in connection to a shooting incident after Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida, deputies said.  William Henry Fears, 30, Colton Gene Fears, 28, and Tyler Tenbrink, 29, all from Texas, each face charges of attempted homicide, according to the arrest report. Tenbrink faces an additional charge of possession of a weapon...
4 soldiers killed in ambush: Where is Niger and what are U.S. troops doing there?

4 soldiers killed in ambush: Where is Niger and what are U.S. troops doing there?

Questions remain in the aftermath of an ambush attack on a group including U.S. Army soldiers in Niger that left four American service members dead on Oct. 4. Defense Department officials said Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29 and Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, were killed in an attack during an advise-and-assist mission in southwestern Niger. The...
A-ha's stripped down version of ‘Take On Me’ is hauntingly beautiful

A-ha's stripped down version of ‘Take On Me’ is hauntingly beautiful

“Take On Me” by A-ha is one of the 1980s’ most remembered songs, not only for its fast-paced beat but also because of that iconic video, which featured a pencil-sketch animation theme (called rotoscoping) and live action featuring lead singer Morten Harket and his then-girlfriend, actress Bunty Bailey. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in October 1985 and won six awards at...
Baylor comes close, but comes up short against No. 23 West Virginia

Baylor comes close, but comes up short against No. 23 West Virginia

WACO, Texas — With nothing to lose but another game, Baylor benched its starting quarterback and tailback late in the third quarter against West Virginia and went with the kids on the bench. The results very nearly allowed the Bears to snap their six-game losing streak. Freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer and tailback Trestan Ebner helped lead a fierce Baylor comeback...
Penn State takes emphatic step toward national-title legitimacy by bullying Michigan

Penn State takes emphatic step toward national-title legitimacy by bullying Michigan

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Moments after securing one of the signature victories of his coaching career, James Franklin figured he — and his Penn State squad — earned an opportunity to soak it in. Fresh off a 42-13 win over Michigan in front of a record-setting Beaver Stadium crowd, an Oct. 28 game at Ohio State now looms large, but Franklin savored...
5 former presidents appear at hurricane relief concert

5 former presidents appear at hurricane relief concert

All five living former Presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday, as they appeared at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for hurricane relief efforts, CNN reported. Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama attended “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” on the campus of Texas A&M University. President...
Michigan needs to get back on track before facing Wisconsin, Ohio State

Michigan needs to get back on track before facing Wisconsin, Ohio State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Michigan will do some some soul-searching in the wake of Saturday night’s 42-13 drubbing at No. 2 Penn State. Michigan entered Saturday’s game at Penn State with hopes of beating the No. 2 team in the nation and earning a signature win. Instead, the Wolverines leave Happy Valley tied for fourth place in the Big Ten East Division with Rutgers...
WATCH: Mike Leach’s ‘Pac-12 After Dark’ story about his encounter with ‘goths’ will cap your Week 8 perfectly

WATCH: Mike Leach’s ‘Pac-12 After Dark’ story about his encounter with ‘goths’ will cap your Week 8 perfectly

Weird things sometimes happen on ESPN’s “Pac-12 After Dark” telecast from time to time. The inclusion of Mike Leach’s Washington State team seems to make the probability of such an occurrence spike significantly. This week, it had nothing to do with the product on the field. Instead, it had to do with an interview Leach gave prior to the game that was...
Florida State football coach trades verbal jabs with fan after loss

Florida State football coach trades verbal jabs with fan after loss

It has been a frustrating season for Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher, who has watched his team stumble to a 2-4 start, including its first 0-3 start at home since 1974. That frustration boiled over Saturday after Fisher and a fan at Tallahassee’s Doak Campbell Stadium got into a verbal altercation after the Seminoles’ 31-28 loss to Louisville. As Fisher exited the field, the...
TCU players blown away by record outing from defense against Kansas

TCU players blown away by record outing from defense against Kansas

FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU’s 43-0 shutout of Kansas Saturday was significant for many reasons, but none more than how the TCU defense performed in the annual homecoming game for the Horned Frogs. TCU only allowed 21 yards of total offense to the Jayhawks in the win — setting a record for the fewest yards ever allowed in a Big 12 contest and the fewest in an FBS...
Charlie Brewer should be Baylor’s starting quarterback heading forward

Charlie Brewer should be Baylor’s starting quarterback heading forward

Saturday night in Waco, a star was born. Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer was inserted in the fourth quarter, and the game completely turned around from there in a narrow 38-36 loss. When Brewer was inserted, the Bears went on a 23-0 run to cut the lead to 38-36 against the No. 23 West Virginia Mountaineers Brewer led three touchdown drives and a field goal drive down the...
West Virginia fans don’t surpress their ire after narrow win at Baylor

West Virginia fans don’t surpress their ire after narrow win at Baylor

West Virginia fans were in a cantankerous mood after the Mountaineers’ narrow 38-36 victory over Baylor. Their reaction was understandable considering the Mountaineers almost coughed up a 25-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The victory was preserved only after a dramatic sack on a game-tying two-point conversion by senior middle linebacker Xavier Preston with...
Syracuse QB Eric Dungey exchanges words with Miami assistant after Hurricanes victory

Syracuse QB Eric Dungey exchanges words with Miami assistant after Hurricanes victory

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey showed a lot of heart in his team’s loss against Miami on Saturday. While he struggled to even complete a pass, Dungey didn’t give up and dropped kick defenders on his way to keeping the Orange in the game. But after the game was effectively finished, Dungey had experienced enough and his frustration boiled over to the point where ...
Penn State coach James Franklin seems to forget Ohio State is next game

Penn State coach James Franklin seems to forget Ohio State is next game

Penn State coach James Franklin was trying to be the best actor he could be Saturday night. After No. 2 Penn State routed No. 19 Michigan, 42-13, ABC interviewed Franklin after the game. When asked about how Penn State will prepare for next week’s game at Ohio State, Franklin talked about his normal preparations…and then might have pretended to forget his team has the Buckeyes...
Alabama’s historic dominance through 5 SEC games can be summed up by this single stat

Alabama’s historic dominance through 5 SEC games can be summed up by this single stat

Alabama just keeps getting better under Nick Saban. Need proof? Let’s start with 59, 63, 8, 32 and 38. No, those aren’t the winning Powerball numbers. Those are the margin of victory for each of Alabama’s first five SEC games. According to the research of SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic, the sum of those numbers (200 points) is the largest margin of victory...

Arkansas report card: Hogs fail across the board in embarrassing loss to Auburn

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas was blown out by Auburn 52-20 Saturday night at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Razorbacks (2-5, 0-4 SEC) trailed 17-6 at halftime. The Tigers (6-2, 4-1) scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Arkansas will face Ole Miss on the road next Saturday. Here’s how SEC Country graded the performance of...
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