After Irma: Boca Raton animal shelter clinic damaged beyond repair

A massive tree branch crashed into the roof of a building at a no-kill animal shelter near Boca Raton during Hurricane Irma. Rain pelted through an opening in the ceiling, flooding the clinic where 51 sick cats and dogs were housed. “You heard the water rushing in,” said Paul Motz, one of nine staffers who rode out the storm at Tri-County Animal Rescue, on Boca Rio Road between Glades...


Lessons from Wilma: How county got key stoplights running after Irma

Lessons from Wilma: How county got key stoplights running after Irma

Hurricane Irma’s mammoth winds and relentless rain knocked out traffic lights at 600 of Palm Beach County’s 1,200 intersections, leaving employees on a hunt for backup until Florida Power & Light could put them back on the grid. They found 15 generators and deployed them at some of the 125 most critical intersections. The last time they had to do this? Twelve years ago. Hurricane...
Florida Keys: Local rum maker needs your help cleaning up paradise after Irma

Florida Keys: Local rum maker needs your help cleaning up paradise after Irma

Many of us think of Key West as a small piece of paradise. The second we see that blue wall of water, a weight is lifted from our shoulders. But for Ben Etheridge, who was born and raised in Royal Palm Beach and now owns Black Coral Rum distillery, the sight was different. In fact, it was the exact opposite because his most recent trip to “paradise” came after...
After Irma: Consumers face new reality with higher storm deductibles

After Irma: Consumers face new reality with higher storm deductibles

Floridians have filed close to half a million property insurance claims worth an estimated $3 billion in the two weeks after Hurricane Irma hit, but more than 17,000 claims already have been closed without payment, records show — and consumers like John Flynn of Lake Worth find themselves wrestling with a bigger financial burden than they hoped. One reason: It’s the first time for many...
After Irma: Why planting the right tree in the right place matters

After Irma: Why planting the right tree in the right place matters

Trimming trees before hurricane season is a necessary pain that South Florida homeowners know, or should know, well. It goes doubly so for Florida Power & Light. The Juno Beach-based company, which operates more than 45,000 miles of overhead power lines surrounded by about 7 million trees, says it chops away limbs and brush from about 15,000 miles of lines each year, and in the last 10 years, has...
Initial Irma report confirms hurricane-force gusts in Palm Beach County

Initial Irma report confirms hurricane-force gusts in Palm Beach County

The National Weather Service in Miami released its initial Hurricane Irma report that confirms Palm Beach County felt hurricane-force gusts with near hurricane-sustained winds as the storm ripped up Florida’s west coast. The report mostly details information from Broward, Miami-Dade and Collier counties, but does officially confirm sustained wind speeds of...
Would GL Homes plan mean Ag Reserve flooding in hurricane?

Would GL Homes plan mean Ag Reserve flooding in hurricane?

The images from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are as fraught as they are fresh: wind-whipped waters flooding out neighborhoods; residents using boats and kayaks to reach their homes and businesses. Opponents of GL Homes’ plan to build more in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve say agreeing to the developer’s request will take the county a step closer to making those...
After Irma, nursing home worker fired after seeking help on Facebook

After Irma, nursing home worker fired after seeking help on Facebook

The day after Hurricane Irma roared through South Florida, Kathyleen Sherrod was called in to work to her part-time job as a nursing assistant at Signature HealthCare of Palm Beach, a 120-bed nursing home off Lake Worth Road near Greenacres. She arrived to see dozens of elderly residents sweltering in the heat. She assumed that might be understandable in the immediate hours after Irma had knocked...
Palm Beach County’s U.S. 1 makeover — big changes in the works

Palm Beach County’s U.S. 1 makeover — big changes in the works

When the United States numbered highway system was established in 1926, U.S. 1 became the main traffic artery from Miami to Maine. Since then, Interstate 95 has replaced the coastal highway as the speedier mode of transportation. Most of the 42-mile roadway in Palm Beach County now features commercial businesses, billboards and plenty of unappetizing stoplights. But from Boca Raton to Tequesta, U...
Southern Boulevard could see ‘highway level’ traffic as the west grows

Southern Boulevard could see ‘highway level’ traffic as the west grows

With massive growth expected in the western communities over the next two decades, state and local planners face a big question: How will Southern Boulevard handle the load? State engineers and consultants have been working on the answer for the past two years as part of the State Road 80 Corridor Action Plan, a study to develop steps to help the county’s primary east-west thoroughfare...
West Palm’s $6.8 million property tax windfall — how it plans to spend it

West Palm’s $6.8 million property tax windfall — how it plans to spend it

Mayor Jeri Muoio and the city commission have moved to increase city spending by 4 percent, taking advantage of rising home values that again will help the city collect more property tax revenue. The commission has tentatively approved a $177.8 million budget for its 2018 fiscal year, a plan to increase spending by $6,850,884 over the current year. A final vote on the budget and tax rate is scheduled...
CDC: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, other deadly viruses could breed in 75 percent of the US

CDC: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, other deadly viruses could breed in 75 percent of the US

According to a CDC study, up to 75 percent of the contiguous United States may provide suitable conditions for several species of disease-spreading mosquitoes. The recent study, published in the Public Journal of Entomology, found 71 percent of counties in the 48 contiguous states were suitable for the aegypti species and 75 percent could support albopictus species. »RELATED: Zika...
Why did Riviera axe city manager? No one, including him, seems to know

Why did Riviera axe city manager? No one, including him, seems to know

Days after he led Riviera Beach through its Hurricane Irma preparations and recovery, a 3-2 majority of the city council fired new City Manager Jonathan E. Evans without explanation or discussion. Late in the Sept. 20 council meeting, council member Terence Davis moved to fire Evans for what he said were performance reasons and council members Dawn Pardo and Lynne Hubbard agreed. None of the three...
Respectable Street’s 30th Anniversary Party: How club transformed West Palm

Respectable Street’s 30th Anniversary Party: How club transformed West Palm

When Rodney Mayo, then 24, returned to West Palm Beach from California’s Occidental College, he brought back with him a new love for the alternative music he discovered in Los Angeles. Finding nowhere locally to experience that sound, he decided that Salvation Army building, bordered by other closed buildings and a corner store, would be the perfect place for the club and cafe he wanted to open...
Rough seas, high chance of rain today in Palm Beach County

Rough seas, high chance of rain today in Palm Beach County

There’s a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today in Palm Beach County, according to the National Weather Service. Today is forecast to be partly sunny in the morning, becoming mostly cloudy. Expect highs in the upper 80s. Check for storms with our live radar Northeast winds should be around 10-15 mph into the evening. Tonight is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance...
State’s consumer advocate urges FPL customers to file complaints

State’s consumer advocate urges FPL customers to file complaints

Do you have a concern about Florida Power & Light’s power restoration after Hurricane Irma? Was your power out for five days and you don’t know why? Did FPL’s website show that your power was restored when it wasn’t? Consumers can file such complaints with the Florida Public Service Commission, Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly said Friday. His office represents all consumers...
Irma left many with that same empty feeling

Irma left many with that same empty feeling

Hurricanes force us to do a lot of things we ordinarily wouldn’t do. For example, I spent a hot, steamy night in a tent in the Keys with a man who’s not my husband. Covering Hurricane Irma’s march across the Lower Keys, photographer Lannis Waters and I had no place to stay in the storm’s powerless, waterless aftermath, so we ended up pitching a tent in an Islamorada park where...
REMINDER: Flagler Bridge in Palm Beach to have nightly closures starting tonight

REMINDER: Flagler Bridge in Palm Beach to have nightly closures starting tonight

Continued work on the Flagler Memorial Bridge will mean a number of road closings this weekend, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The north bridge will have intermittent full closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday through Monday as milling and resurfacing are done on the east side of bridge. Eastbound and westbound portions of Royal Poinciana Way between Cocoanut Row and South...
Frida, the hero rescue dog, saves 12 following Mexico earthquake

Frida, the hero rescue dog, saves 12 following Mexico earthquake

Frida, a rescue dog from the Mexican navy’s Canine Unit, has made headlines due to her heroic efforts following the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that rocked Mexico City on Tuesday.   The Los Angeles Times reported that the 7-year-old Labrador has saved more than 50 people since joining the Mexican navy. Throughout her career, Frida has recovered 52 people, 12 of which were alive, in various...
BREAKING: Man arrested in Boynton Beach attempted homicide

BREAKING: Man arrested in Boynton Beach attempted homicide

A 26-year-old man was arrested for the attempted homicide of a woman in Boynton Beach in August, according to city police. Investigators say Odny Norzius shot a woman on the 400 block of Northeast 11th Avenue, just east of North Seacrest Boulevard and north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on Aug. 6. The woman was shot in her right thigh, shoulder and face. The woman, who’s name...
Trump weighs new travel restrictions as ban nears expiration

Trump weighs new travel restrictions as ban nears expiration

President Donald Trump is weighing the next iteration of his controversial travel ban, which could include new, more tailored restrictions on travelers from additional countries. The Department of Homeland Security has recommended the president impose the new, targeted restrictions on foreign nationals from countries it says refuse to share sufficient information with the U.S. or haven't taken necessary...
FEMA: Boynton, other recovery centers extend hours starting Saturday

FEMA: Boynton, other recovery centers extend hours starting Saturday

Effective Saturday, the operating hours of the disaster recovery center in Boynton Beach and all other centers are being extended by three hours a day to assist more people, federal officials said. The new operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., said Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Nate Custer. Those affected by the storm must register to receive federal and state assistance, Custer said...
The Latest: Trump blasts NFL players who kneel during anthem

The Latest: Trump blasts NFL players who kneel during anthem

The Latest on President Donald Trump's campaign trip to Alabama (all times local): 9:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he's encouraging spectators to walk out in protest. He's also bemoaning that football games have become less violent, complaining, "They're ruining the game." Several athletes, including NFL players...
Sanders slams GOP, touts universal health care in California

Sanders slams GOP, touts universal health care in California

Sanders' speech to the influential California nurses' union in San Francisco came shortly after Republican Sen. John McCain announced he would vote "no" on the latest GOP effort to roll back President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. Sanders praised McCain for following his conscience, but he said the fight to preserve — and expand — access to health care is far from...
Elderly deaths: Call for generators in Florida nursing homes

Elderly deaths: Call for generators in Florida nursing homes

After 11 nursing home residents died in the sweltering heat of hurricane-induced power outages, Florida's nursing home industry is now on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott. Days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the state, Scott used his emergency powers to put in place new rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators capable of providing backup power for four...
Kylie Jenner is pregnant, according to reports

Kylie Jenner is pregnant, according to reports

Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner family, is reportedly pregnant, according to TMZ. The website, which first reported the news, cited “multiple sources close” to the reality TV star. Jenner, 20, and her boyfriend of five months, rapper Travis Scott, 25, have been telling their friends the news, according to TMZ’s Friday story. TMZ said it could not verify it...
Why Boynton didn’t have the sewage problem after Irma that Delray had

Why Boynton didn’t have the sewage problem after Irma that Delray had

After Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County, Delray Beach workers had a messy situation on their hands: They had to keep sewage from spilling into the streets because the wind knocked out almost all of the sewage pumps. The Post’s Lulu Ramadan reported that residents were asked to limit flushing the toilet, running the shower or using the washing machine. Luckily for Boynton Beach...
Uninvited early visitor delays Lake Worth’s new book store opening

Uninvited early visitor delays Lake Worth’s new book store opening

Last month I wrote a column on Book Cellar , a new upscale store planning to open this month on 801 Lake Avenue, a vacant site way too long. But after Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County, I wondered if the opening date got pushed back, so I called Tamara Ayraud, one of the co-owners, to find out. Good news is the site, which had shutters, didn’t suffer any damages...
Have you seen this dog? Mexicans search for missing pets

Have you seen this dog? Mexicans search for missing pets

Jack is a small white dog who lives in Mexico City and has been missing since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake startled both humans and their pets when it struck early Tuesday afternoon. "I got lost in the earthquake!!!" a sign with his picture taped to a tree exclaims. Around Mexico's capital are scattered signs for missing pets, mostly dogs, who their owners believe got scared and escaped in...
NEW: Repaving could take 6 weeks in this Wellington neighborhood

NEW: Repaving could take 6 weeks in this Wellington neighborhood

The streets of one Wellington neighborhood are getting some fresh pavement. The resurfacing project in Sugar Pond Manor started Sept. 21, and is expected to be completed in about six weeks, according to a village news release. Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The roads will be open during construction, but residents should expect some delays. These streets will be repaved as part...
Takeaways from Boynton Beach police chief's town hall meeting

Takeaways from Boynton Beach police chief's town hall meeting

Lyndell Thomas is a filmmaker and wants to teach the kids in Boynton Beach that there are jobs behind the camera instead of just in front of it.  He tells the kids, “there’s more than just sports.” He came to Police Chief Jeffrey Katz’s town hall meeting Thursday and asked the crowd how he could further deliver his message. By the end of the meeting he had several...
Funeral home burglar stole, wore dead man’s burial suit, police say

Funeral home burglar stole, wore dead man’s burial suit, police say

A Kentucky man is accused of burglarizing a funeral home and stealing from a dead man awaiting burial, according to police. James Neal Sullivan, 35, of Cecilia, is charged with third-degree burglary in the Sept. 13 incident at Watson & Hunt Funeral Home in Leitchfield, a small city about 75 miles southwest of Louisville. The Leitchfield Police reported that a man broke into the funeral home around...
'Face of evil': Man gets life for killing 8 at hair salon

'Face of evil': Man gets life for killing 8 at hair salon

A California man who killed eight people at a hair salon in 2011 was sentenced to life without parole Friday in a courtroom packed with sobbing victims' relatives, who shared vivid memories of their loved ones and wished the shooter a painful end in prison. Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat operator, received eight consecutive life terms for the murders of his hairstylist ex-wife, her co-workers...
ACLU sues St. Louis over treatment of protesters

ACLU sues St. Louis over treatment of protesters

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis on Friday over what it called "unlawful and unconstitutional action" during demonstrations that followed the acquittal of a white former police officer in the death of a black man. The suit accuses police of misconduct by using chemical weapons, interfering with video of police activity and violating...
Report: Jane Holzer dishes on Kennedy in Palm Beach

Report: Jane Holzer dishes on Kennedy in Palm Beach

Jane Holzer, perhaps Palm Beach’s most famous homegrown celebrity, is as candid as ever in her interview with Kevin Sessums in his new online magazine kevinsessums.com. The Andy Warhol confidante known as Baby Jane Holzer during her Factory days is now a canny real estate magnate with significant holdings on Worth Avenue and a prominent contemporary art collector. She was the subject of...
Florida man arrested after falsely claiming bombs planted at 3 restaurants

Florida man arrested after falsely claiming bombs planted at 3 restaurants

A man in the Miami area called 911 last week and told dispatchers he planted bombs at three restaurants, hoping to be killed, police said.  Demond James, 39, said “you have 30 minutes” and when questioned where the restaurants were, he replied “You’re pushing my patience, ma’am,” WPLG reports. Once James identified the three restaurants, police...
Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax linked people to a fake online site that mimicked the link for its own site on its massive Sept. 7 security breach that affected 143 million Americans. After the breach, which involved Social Security numbers and other key identifying information, Equifax set up a site, equifaxsecurity2017.com, that directed people to information on the hacking incident and links to sign up for free credit...
Protesters disrupt former FBI Director Comey's speech at Howard University

Protesters disrupt former FBI Director Comey's speech at Howard University

Former FBI director James Comey was heckled and jeered throughout a speech at Howard University Friday by a group of protesters chanting "no justice, no peace'' — a loud, contentious standoff that didn't end until he finished his remarks. The scene — a former senior government official being shouted down and trying to speak over angry demonstrators — marked a...
Palm Beach Gardens residents’ St. John home survives Irma, Maria

Palm Beach Gardens residents’ St. John home survives Irma, Maria

Thia Muilenburg had to wait two long days to find out whether her husband, Rafael, survived Hurricane Irma in their house on Saint John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rafael made it through the Category 5 storm, which later struck the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida while spreading across nearly the whole state. Two weeks later, another dangerous storm, then-Category 5 Hurricane Maria, passed by the...
Tuesday vote: After years, will Lake Worth lower its millage rate?

Tuesday vote: After years, will Lake Worth lower its millage rate?

If it doesn’t work the first time, try again. At a Lake Worth budget hearing in July, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell proposed reducing the city’s millage rate by a quarter, but the gesture was opposed 3-1, with Mayor Pam Triolo absent. So, at Tuesday’s city commission meeting and first public hearing to set the rate, Maxwell made the appeal once more, emphasizing that Lake Worth has become...
Lake Worth teacher organizes dinner for power lineman

Lake Worth teacher organizes dinner for power lineman

On Sept. 15, Meredith Abrams, a North Grade Elementary teacher in Lake Worth, was giving out water, Gatorade and candy bars to the lineman working tirelessly to restore the power in the city. “I had to find something to keep me busy,” she said. “It was very rewarding.” The next day Abrams saw a Hurricane Irma linemen restoration page on Facebook. She immediately joined and...
NEW: Stolen tire, children lead Florida cops to $14K worth of meth

NEW: Stolen tire, children lead Florida cops to $14K worth of meth

The theft of a tire and witness from children led Fort Myers police officers to confiscate about $14,000 worth of methamphetamine. Police arrested Edey Cardenas, 20, and Sean Russette, 24, in the Sept. 14 incident, News-Press reports.  It all started when a woman called officers to report that her left front tire was stolen while her car was parked behind her workplace.   The victim&rsquo...
Investigation launched into HHS Secretary Tom Price's travel on charter jets

Investigation launched into HHS Secretary Tom Price's travel on charter jets

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will face an inspector general's investigation into his reported use of chartered jets for at least two dozen flights in recent months at taxpayer expense. A spokeswoman for HHS Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson told The Washington Post on Friday that the agency will request records of Price's travel and review the justification made by Price and his...
Clerk suspended 2 weeks at Circle K after shooting robbery suspect

Clerk suspended 2 weeks at Circle K after shooting robbery suspect

It happened in less than 30 seconds. In that instant, Jennifer Wertz thought about her three young children and her disabled mother she cares for at home. Then, Wertz pulled the gun from her pocket, readied it and shot the man pointing a gun in her face where she was working Monday at Circle K. "I'm sick and tired of being a sitting duck,” Wertz told KOAT. “We are not to chase...
Ex-Baylor president: Some women 'make themselves victims'

Ex-Baylor president: Some women 'make themselves victims'

A court filing this week reveals that the former interim president of Baylor University referred to some women who said they had been sexually assaulted as willing victims, amid lingering allegations that the nation's largest Baptist school repeatedly mishandled or stifled claims of sexual and physical abuse. The remark came in an email exchange last year between David Garland and a Baylor administrator...
Energy worker loses wedding ring restoring power in Florida, good samaritan returns it

Energy worker loses wedding ring restoring power in Florida, good samaritan returns it

An Indiana man who traveled all the way to Florida to restore power after Hurricane Irma had his lost wedding ring returned to him---thanks to a good samaritan and fellow energy worker.  Michael White, who was working in Hernando County as a lineman for Duke Energy, noticed his wedding ring was gone while he was on his way back home to see his wife in Indiana, WKMG reports.  "I was...
Death Wish coffee recalled over botulism concerns

Death Wish coffee recalled over botulism concerns

Death Wish Coffee Company, a New York-based coffee producer that advertises itself as maker of the “world’s strongest coffee,” is recalling some of its products over concerns that it could become tainted with the deadly botulin toxin. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a notice issued Tuesday that 11-ounce cans of Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew were being...
Goodbye Grub: This restaurant has closed in Jupiter Farms

Goodbye Grub: This restaurant has closed in Jupiter Farms

Tabica Grill, a north county institution for two decades, closed its doors earlier this week. The restaurant, popular for its beer and wine dinners, had relocated to Jupiter Farms last spring from its 20-year location some five miles east on Indiantown Road.   The move proved difficult. The recent storm delivered the final blow, according to the announcement posted on the restaurant&rsquo...
Micheladas: What they are and why you need one right now

Micheladas: What they are and why you need one right now

So I walk into a bar a few weeks ago in downtown West Palm Beach. I order a Michelada (mee-che-LAH-dah). I wait. I hadn’t indulged in the Mexican Bloody Mary in more than a year. The waiter comes with a tray in hand, only to deliver an enchilada to my table instead. He had no idea what I was talking about.   With Hispanic Heritage Month having started on September 15, I just can&rsquo...
UPDATE: Police apprehend suspect in Boynton strong-arm robberies

UPDATE: Police apprehend suspect in Boynton strong-arm robberies

Update, 4:50 p.m.: Boynton Beach police have apprehended strong-arm robbery suspect Michael Prouty, spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. Original story: City police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man suspected in a series of strong-arm robberies. Police say Michael Prouty, 33, robbed a Family Dollar store on Northeast 10th Avenue and a CVS pharmacy on North Federal Highway Thursday...
GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal all but dead; McCain deals the blow

GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal all but dead; McCain deals the blow

Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program. It was the second time in three months the 81-year-old McCain emerged as the destroyer of his party's signature promise to voters. "I believe we could...
Husband of missing Delray Beach woman indicted on stolen coin charges

Husband of missing Delray Beach woman indicted on stolen coin charges

Lewis Bennett, for good or bad the central figure in the reported May 15 disappearance of Isabella Hellmann, has formally been indicted on a charge of transporting stolen coins. Palm Beach County court records also show Bennett has filed a formal probate case regarding Hellmann, his wife of three months and the mother of their child, and has asked the court to declare her dead. Bennett wrote to the...
Hurricane center marks new spot for possible development in far off Atlantic

Hurricane center marks new spot for possible development in far off Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center has identified an area of low pressure over the Central Atlantic as a spot to watch for tropical development in the coming days. Forecasters are giving the blob of showers and thunderstorms a 40 percent chance of development over five days and a 30 percent chance over two days. But the area is almost a thousand miles east-southeast of Bermuda,...
Aronberg: Fix Obamacare so unethical sober homes don’t exploit opioid crisis

Aronberg: Fix Obamacare so unethical sober homes don’t exploit opioid crisis

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg in 2016. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post) Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg says in a Time magazine op-ed that unscrupulous drug treatment providers have manipulated Obamacare “to foster a cycle of relapse, rather than recovery” and cash in on the opioid crisis. Democrat...
JUST IN: Truck carrying pumpkins gets into fiery crash on Florida highway

JUST IN: Truck carrying pumpkins gets into fiery crash on Florida highway

The first day of fall did not go as planned for semi-truck driver transporting pumpkins on Interstate 75.  A Georgia woman steering the pumpkin-filled truck was traveling southbound around 4:30 a.m. Thursday when she crashed into a crash cushion at the exit ramp in Pasco County, the Tampa Bay Times reports.  The truck then skidded a few hundred feet and came to a final stop in an outside...
Cuban official: Still no clue on US diplomat health mystery

Cuban official: Still no clue on US diplomat health mystery

Cuba hasn't unearthed any information so far about who or what caused a mysterious series of health problems that have affected U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Havana, its top diplomat said Friday. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla told the U.N. General Assembly that early results from its investigation have to date "found no evidence whatsoever that could confirm the causes or the origin"...
Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault gets scrapped

Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault gets scrapped

The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that President Barack Obama's policy had been unfairly skewed against those accused of assault and had "weaponized" the Education...
BREAKING: Boynton teen faces attempted murder charge after shooting

BREAKING: Boynton teen faces attempted murder charge after shooting

A 19-year-old Boynton Beach man will remain in custody after city police arrested and charged him with attempted murder following a shooting Sunday outside an auto repair shop. Judge Ted Booras ordered that Lenny Laguerre be held without bond during a court hearing Friday morning at the Palm Beach County Jail. Laguerre, who was arrested Wednesday, appeared in court after refusing to do so Thursday...
NEW: Florida elementary school teacher caught with meth

NEW: Florida elementary school teacher caught with meth

A fifth grade teacher at a elementary school in North Naples was arrested on Tuesday after deputies caught him with methamphetamine. A deputy said around 2:30 p.m. he saw Jason Siciliano, 40, acting suspicious in the parking lot of a convenience store, Naples Daily News reports. When the deputy searched Siciliano’s car, he found zip-lock bag with suspected drugs inside a blue cigarette...
Florida man breaks into Key Largo home to nap, swims away from deputies

Florida man breaks into Key Largo home to nap, swims away from deputies

A man from Miami was arrested in Key Largo on Tuesday night after deputies said he broke into a home to take a nap in the air conditioning.  Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a gated community when a security officer reported that Michael Brandt, 22, was acting suspicious and fled away from him on a bicycle, WPLG reports.  When deputies found Brandt outside the neighborhood...
After a year, Applebee’s returns to Okeechobee Blvd. restaurant scene

After a year, Applebee’s returns to Okeechobee Blvd. restaurant scene

The Applebee’s doesn’t fall far from the Applebee’s tree. One of suburban West Palm Beach’s busiest commercial intersections, Military Trail and Okeechobee Boulevard, will see the opening Monday of an Applebee’s restaurant, at the same address where an old Applebee’s closed a year ago. Franchisee Doherty Enterprises, Inc., has scheduled a ribbon cutting for Monday...
BREAKING: Motorcycle wreck near West Palm sends one to trauma center

BREAKING: Motorcycle wreck near West Palm sends one to trauma center

One person was rushed to a trauma center after a wreck Friday morning outside the city limits, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said. A motorcyclist was involved in the crash near the intersection of Jog and Belvedere roads, authorities said. This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.
Lewis Bennett, husband of missing Delray woman, moved to Broward Jail

Lewis Bennett, husband of missing Delray woman, moved to Broward Jail

Lewis Bennett, the husband of suburban Delray Beach real-estate broker Isabella Hellmann, who disappeared May 15, has made his way up and down the east coast of Florida since his August arrest on federal charges of transporting stolen coins. His latest home is the Broward County Jail, according to jail records. Some of the stolen coins Bennett is accused of transporting were found on him when he was...
NEW: ‘No-swim’ advisories lifted for Jupiter, Riviera, Boynton beaches

NEW: ‘No-swim’ advisories lifted for Jupiter, Riviera, Boynton beaches

State officials Friday lifted “no-swimming” advisories for beaches in Jupiter, Riviera Beach and Boynton Beach. The Florida Department of Health said Wednesday that it had found the water quality at Jupiter Beach Park, Phil Foster Park and Oceanfront Park in Boynton Beach to be in the poor range. Tests done Thursday found the quality to have improved into the satisfactor range at all three...
Space station flyovers this weekend, here’s when to look

Space station flyovers this weekend, here’s when to look

The International Space Station will pass over Palm Beach County a few times this weekend, beginning tonight, Friday, Sept. 22. If the skies are clear, it will appear in the southwest at about 8:50 p.m., soar above the horizon for two minutes, then disappear in the west-southwest. Its maximum height will reach 48 degrees. The next chance to see the station will be Saturday...
The Thing to Have: BBQ brisket at Stuart’s Fish & Pig in Stuart

The Thing to Have: BBQ brisket at Stuart’s Fish & Pig in Stuart

The place: Stuart's Fish & Pig, across the street from Martin County Courthouse Why you're there: You’ve decided to experience Martin County’s annual main attraction: The Stuart Airshow. And what’s an air show without some of the best barbecue in South Florida? The thing to have is: A barbecue plate. Opt for the Texas Style Beef Brisket ($14), which is considered their...
JUST IN: PBSO arrests suspected repeat gas station robber

JUST IN: PBSO arrests suspected repeat gas station robber

A man approaches a gas station counter. He asks for change, or sets down a drink, and when he hears the register’s cha-ching, he reaches across the counter, points a gun and grabs some cash. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office authorities say Kenneth Bolden used that routine to rob at least four West Palm Beach-area gas stations in the last month. Have you seen them? Wanted fugitives in...
BREAKING: Sale arranged on OfferUp smartphone app ends in carjacking

BREAKING: Sale arranged on OfferUp smartphone app ends in carjacking

A West Palm Beach man is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly carjacked another man at gunpoint, according to an arrest report. Darius Kareem Styles had connected the alleged victim through the online shopping app OfferUp to purchase a video game, the report said. Styles, 22, is facing charges of carjacking with a firearm and grand theft of a firearm and was being held Friday...
It’s almost autumn. Can you tell in South Florida?

It’s almost autumn. Can you tell in South Florida?

Every year, there’s one day in mid-September when Florida’s fall arrives. Officially, that day is Friday, Sept. 22, but I noticed it early one morning last week. Stepping outside at about 6:30, it felt, well, not cool but slightly less oppressive. There was a breeze and the low that morning had dropped to an almost glacial 77. It felt like hope. When I left work that evening, it was...
NEW: Delray men hold Uber driver at gunpoint; mistake him for burglar

NEW: Delray men hold Uber driver at gunpoint; mistake him for burglar

Roberto Augustin had just finished making a food delivery for Uber on Saturday night when he became lost inside a neighborhood in unincorporated Delray Beach. As Augustin tried to find his way out, he was approached by two armed men riding in a golf cart. “Get out of the car, or we’re going to kill you,” Augustin heard as his body froze in fear. Have you seen them? Wanted fugitives...
Celebrity history: F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed in Palm Beach in 1938

Celebrity history: F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed in Palm Beach in 1938

In January 1938, F. Scott Fitzgerald sat down with a reporter from The Palm Beach Post and explained his dilemma: Should he spend his last day of Florida vacation relaxing at The Breakers? Or should he fly down to Key West to see his old friend Ernest Hemingway?
After Hurricane Irma: Man brings machete to dispute over branches

After Hurricane Irma: Man brings machete to dispute over branches

A 59-year-old man was arrested after investigators say he went after a neighbor west of Lantana with a machete because of a dispute about tree branches in the wake of Hurricane Irma. His neighbor said she was scared he would “chop her up,” according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report. Orlando Avila faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released...
After Irma: What Florida Keys bars, hotels, landmarks survived storm?

After Irma: What Florida Keys bars, hotels, landmarks survived storm?

While reporting on Irma’s aftermath in the Florida Keys, we noticed something odd. Irma smashed trailers, boats and docks, but most of those giant statues outside tourist attractions stood tall against the winds and the storm surge. Not even an antenna was bent on that gigantic spiny lobster statue outside the Rain Barrel Village in Islamorada. Two giant conch statues, at Shell World in...
Nationwide lottery project, like Post’s, finds improbable winnings

Nationwide lottery project, like Post’s, finds improbable winnings

Clarance Jones of Lynn, Mass., has won big lottery prizes more than 7,300 times, cashing in $10.8 million. Randal J. Stier of Central Square, N.Y., has won more than 1,400 times for $1.5 million. Rickey Meng of Cleveland has been lucky only 342 times, worth $956,000. How’d they do it? A national investigation by PennLive and four other newspapers including the Boston Globe and Cleveland...
Guardianship reform advocates turn up the heat with town hall, protest

Guardianship reform advocates turn up the heat with town hall, protest

Despite legislative and policy strides, advocates for guardianship reform says little has changed in the courtroom: Incapacitated seniors and their families are still being taken advantage of by lawyers and court-appointed professionals while judges turn a blind eye. So in an effort to bring further attention to the issue, an advocacy group that brought about some of those changes plans a town hall...
Higher chance for showers today, strong rip currents into the weekend

Higher chance for showers today, strong rip currents into the weekend

If you’re heading to the beach, be warned that storms in the Atlantic continue to churn up the ocean, leading to rip currents. Today and through early next week, there is a higher risk of rip currents along the South Florida shores. Check for storms with our live radar Forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for today. The high...
We’ll feel some dry autumn air if Hurricane Maria moves away from us

We’ll feel some dry autumn air if Hurricane Maria moves away from us

Friday’s midday sun will shine squarely on the equator as summer says goodbye and the Northern Hemisphere begins its first tentative tilt into autumn. The fall equinox, the astronomical end of the hottest, longest days of the year, happens Friday. At the moment of equinox, the Earth’s axis leans neither toward or away from the sun — a parity that produces a nearly equal day and night...

What Bronco Mendenhall said after Virginia’s win at Boise State

The Virginia Cavaliers haven’t had much success on the road recently, but Bronco Mendenhall’s squad came through with a big 42-23 upset win at Boise State on Friday night. Virginia (3-1) had lost 20 of its previous 21 road games and hadn’t earned a win west of the Mississippi River since 1999. Quarterback Kurt Benkert threw for 273 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win at...
Trump: McCain ‘never had any intention’ of backing latest health care bill

Trump: McCain ‘never had any intention’ of backing latest health care bill

President Donald Trump took a shot at U.S. Sen. John McCain early Saturday in a series of tweets, saying the Arizona Republican “never had any intention” of voting for the latest GOP health care bill. McCain’s rejection of the Graham-Cassidy proposal effectively ends the party's chances at repealing Obamacare -- for now. >> Read more trending news McCain “let Arizona...

South Carolina recruiting: The latest on Dax Hollifield

Four-star linebacker Dax Hollifield, one of the top South Carolina recruiting targets for the 2018 cycle, will take his first official visit this weekend. Hollifield will arrive to Florida State on Saturday morning, where he’ll remain until Monday, before returning home to Shelby, N.C. On Friday night, six days after Hollifield visited for the home-opener against Kentucky...

Stanford-UCLA: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online for Week 4 game (Sept. 23, 2017)

After playing three-straight road games to start their season, the Stanford Cardinal will face the UCLA Bruins in their home opener on Saturday, Sept. 23. Stanford went 1-2 on their three-game road swing to begin the season, opening the season with a 62-7 win over Rice in Sydney, Australia Aug. 26 but falling to USC 42-24 on Sept. 9 and losing a tight 20-17 battle with San...

Cal-USC: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online for Week 4 game (9/23/17)

Last Saturday night, the USC Trojans received a mighty scare from enigmatic Texas, needing two overtimes and some heroics from kicker Chase McGrath, who sent the game into overtime with his first career field goal and then booted through the walk-off field goal in double-overtime. The Bears of Berkeley will now have an opportunity to upset the Trojans this Saturday as Cal-USC...

UCLA-Stanford: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online for Week 4 game (Sept. 23, 2017)

With nonconference play wrapped up, the UCLA Bruins will kick off the Pac-12 portion of their schedule at the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Bruins went 2-1 outside of conference play, pulling off a stunning comeback against Texas A&M and cruising over Hawaii before falling in their only road game last Saturday, dropping a 48-45 thriller against Memphis. UCLA...

Colorado-Washington: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online for Week 4 game (Sept. 23, 2017)

We’ve had some exciting action across the Pac-12 thus far this season, but is there a better way to kick off conference play than with a Pac-12 title game rematch? Washington (3-0) travels to Boulder, Colo., on Saturday to face Colorado (3-0), which it thrashed in the Pac-12 Championship last December, 41-10. But this is a new season. Both teams are off to strong starts...

USC-Cal: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online for Week 4 game (9/23/17)

Last Saturday night, the USC Trojans received a mighty scare from enigmatic Texas, needing two overtimes and some heroics from kicker Chase McGrath, who sent the game into overtime with his first career field goal and then booted through the walk-off field goal in double-overtime. The Bears of Berkeley will now have an opportunity to upset the Trojans this Saturday as USC-Cal...

Washington-Colorado: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online for Week 4 game (Sept. 23, 2017)

We’ve had some exciting action across the Pac-12 thus far this season, but is there a better way to kick off conference play than with a Pac-12 title game rematch? Washington (3-0) travels to Boulder, Colo., on Saturday to face Colorado (3-0), which it thrashed in the Pac-12 Championship last December, 41-10. But this is a new season. Both teams are off to strong starts...

West Virginia-Kansas: Time, TV channel, watch online for Week 4 game (9/23/2017)

West Virginia and Kansas meet Saturday in the Mountaineers’ first Big 12 game of the season at noon ET on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Mountaineers hope to build after impressive victories against East Carolina and Delaware State in the last two weeks. It’s boosted them to a 2-1 record. Kansas is struggling at 1-2 after  losses to MAC foes Central Michigan and Ohio...

Oklahoma State-TCU: Time, TV channel, watch online for Week 4 game (9/23/2017)

 Oklahoma State and TCU begin Big 12 play with a top 20 matchup in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowboys are 4-1 against the Horned Frogs since TCU joined the conference. Both teams enter at 3-0. The No. 6 Cowboys come off a dominant showing in Pittsburgh, where they defeated the Panthers, 59-21, behind Mason Rudolph’s 5 first-half touchdowns. The performance boosted...

TCU-Oklahoma State: Time, TV channel, watch online for Week 4 game (9/23/2017)

TCU and Oklahoma State meet in one of the most highly-anticipated games of Week 4. The Horned Frogs are ranked No. 16 in the nation and have turned heads in just three weeks. Oklahoma State is ranked No. 6, and boasts one of the nation’s most high-octane offenses. Quarterback Mason Rudolph is a Heisman Trophy candidate. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch information...

Duke-North Carolina betting: Odds, picks for Week 4 (9/23/17) game

Duke and North Carolina will meet in a surprising key ACC Coastal game at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Blue Devils are a 3-point favorite. Find full odds and our picks on the game below. Duke is a 3-point favorite over North Carolina Mitchell Forde: Duke Nate Latsch: Duke Thomas Conroy: Duke Dave Holcomb: Duke Time: 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff Date: Saturday, Sept.23 Location: Kenan...

Syracuse-LSU: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online for Week 4 game (9/23/17)

The Syracuse Orange (2-1) have gotten off to a solid start to the 2017 season behind an explosive offense. Through three weeks, however, the Orange have yet to play a Power 5 opponent. A much tougher test awaits in Week 4 when Syracuse travels to Death Valley to face the No. 25 LSU Tigers (2-1). Syracuse and LSU have played just three times ever and just once since 1989. The Tigers, under...

Baylor-Oklahoma: Time, TV channel, watch online for Week 4 game (9/23/2017)

Baylor football hosts the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Big 12 opener in Waco, Texas. The Bears are searching for their first win after their first 0-3 start since 1999. Baylor went just 1-11 that season. Quarterback Zach Smith will start for the injured Anu Solomon again this weekend. Smith still has yet to win a regular season start. Baylor lost its first three...
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