What were they like? Coach recalls Venus, Serena’s youth in Delray

From the streets of Compton to the courts of Wimbledon. That’s how most people tell the story of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. But that leaves out one important stop: The formative tween years the sisters spent on the pothole-covered hard courts at Pompey Park, honing their staggering fusion of speed and strength in Delray Beach before they went pro. How did two girls from...


Remember that yucky algae bloom last year? It’s back, and in Lake O

Remember that yucky algae bloom last year? It’s back, and in Lake O

A large algae bloom is growing on Lake Okeechobee with recent rains and high temperatures adding to the spread. Tests are still being conducted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to determine whether the algae is toxic, but it is not an immediate threat to the St. Lucie or Caloosahatchee estuaries because no lake water is being discharged at this time. The bloom was first identified...
BREAKING: West Palm man gets life in prison for sex trafficking

BREAKING: West Palm man gets life in prison for sex trafficking

A former government contractor with ties to West Palm Beach was sentenced to life in prison Friday on a convictions for sex trafficking and child exploitation while he worked at a U.S. military base in Honduras. Christopher Rennie Glenn was sentenced during an appearance before U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. He was convicted in March following a month-long trial in Miami. He was already serving...
NEW: Firefighter accused of stalking, threatening ex-girlfriend’s pal

NEW: Firefighter accused of stalking, threatening ex-girlfriend’s pal

A Riviera Beach firefighter Friday found himself in jail for the second time this year after being accused of threatening to kill a friend of his ex-girlfriend and creating a fake Facebook profile for a member of that man’s family, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Ivan Chong was arrested on Thursday night for one count of aggravated stalking, a sheriff’s report said....
LATEST: Plane that crashed in Everglades owned by Lake Worth man

LATEST: Plane that crashed in Everglades owned by Lake Worth man

A small aircraft that crash-landed in the Everglades Thursday is registered to a company in Lake Worth, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. A Cessna 152 aircraft with two unidentified people on board landed on a levee about 6 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said. The aircraft skidded and flipped over into the Everglades. According...
Great American Eclipse: Economic boon or bust for towns in path?

Great American Eclipse: Economic boon or bust for towns in path?

The tiny town of Herculaneum, Mo., canceled the Fourth of July this year. It’s saving its celebrations for the Super Bowl of celestial events — a total solar eclipse that will turn the Mississippi River-hugging burg of 4,000 dark for a full two minutes, 32 seconds on Aug. 21. Scores of cities from Oregon to South Carolina are planted in the 70-mile wide path of totality...
Two years after Tequesta teens go missing, parents battling in court

Two years after Tequesta teens go missing, parents battling in court

The families of two Tequesta teenagers lost at sea in 2015 will mark Monday’s two-year anniversary of their disappearance by preparing to face each other in court. The mother of Perry Cohen filed a lawsuit Friday against four members of Austin Stephanos’ family, alleging that negligence led to the death of her son. Cohen and Stephanos, both 14, were last seen July 24, 2015, motoring a...
Nicole Simpson’s ex-boyfriend: ‘I felt so guilty, that he had beaten her, because of me…’

Nicole Simpson’s ex-boyfriend: ‘I felt so guilty, that he had beaten her, because of me…’

When Keith Zlomsowitch saw the blonde across the Aspen ski slopes in the early winter of 1992, “I turned to my friend and said, ‘That’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen,’” he remembers. Before long, he’d made his way over to chat her up, and that night he had dinner with her and her young kids and the friend with whom they were staying. As he got...
Why is alt-right king Milo Yiannopoulos going on a LGBTQ radio show?

Why is alt-right king Milo Yiannopoulos going on a LGBTQ radio show?

Tom Hantzarides knows why you might hate Milo Yiannopoulos. He’s read the Facebook comments that believe that his decision to host the highly controversial alt-right personality on his local LGBTQ radio show is giving “a platform to bigots.” He’s heard the calls for boycott, and knows that some people feel that hosting provocateur and former Breitbart editor Yiannopoulos...
Spicer, Scaramucci have Palm Beach County connections

Spicer, Scaramucci have Palm Beach County connections

Of course the key players in Friday’s White House personnel shake-up have Palm Beach County connections. President and part-time Palm Beach resident Donald Trump tapped financier Anthony Scaramucci to be White House communications director Friday, triggering the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer. Scaramucci and a colleague opened an office of New York-based SkyBridge Capital in Palm...
Amid usual summer slowdown, Palm Beach County jobless rate rises a bit

Amid usual summer slowdown, Palm Beach County jobless rate rises a bit

Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4.3 percent in June as the region’s job market went into its usual summer slowdown. In one sign that this year’s summer doldrums might not last long, the county’s jobless rate was well below the 5 percent unemployment reported in June 2016. In another spark, employers in Palm Beach County’s long-dormant construction sector...
How to improve West Palm’s municipal golf course? Ideas, but no answers

How to improve West Palm’s municipal golf course? Ideas, but no answers

And the winner is…? Nobody. City commissioners Tuesday heard 90 minutes of presentations by three firms that would rework West Palm’s venerable but downtrodden municipal golf course. When the panel voted which one to select for negotiations, two tied for first. The board members then decided they weren’t impressed with any of the proposals, though. The outcome: The city will talk...
Kyrie Irving reportedly wants out of Cleveland, and the Miami Heat are a ‘preferred landing spot’

Kyrie Irving reportedly wants out of Cleveland, and the Miami Heat are a ‘preferred landing spot’

MIAMI — Just when you thought the NBA offseason frenzy was winding down, it took just one tweet for things to ramp up again. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst tweeted Friday afternoon that point guard Kyrie Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him during a meeting with Cleveland management last week. “Irving has expressed that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more...
Free of basketball-sized tumor, Lissa the Rhino is a cancer survivor

Free of basketball-sized tumor, Lissa the Rhino is a cancer survivor

Lissa doesn’t need a bright ribbon to designate her a cancer survivor, she’s a rhino after all. Where would she put it? Instead it is what’s absent on Lissa that attests to her battle – unlike her herdmates, Lissa is missing the pointy protuberance that should sit at the end of her snout. Her horn is but a stump. Four years ago, Lissa went under the knife – and hand...
NEW: Police: Alabama man threatened to ‘splatter’ head of Boca woman

NEW: Police: Alabama man threatened to ‘splatter’ head of Boca woman

A 33-year-old Alabama resident was arrested Thursday in Boca Raton after police say he sent a local woman hundreds of threatening Facebook messages from July 2016 to March 2017. According to Boca Raton Police, Phillip Goodin sent messages including death threats to the woman and her father if he wasn’t given $5,000. Goodin also sent the woman a picture of a silver handgun, police say. Goodin...
JUST IN: Red Cross responds to Friday house fire in Riviera Beach

JUST IN: Red Cross responds to Friday house fire in Riviera Beach

Red Cross crews responded to a house fire Friday on Third Street near North Quadrille Boulevard that displaced two people, the organization said. Get the latest breaking news from The Palm Beach Post It was not clear what the extent of the damage was, but the organization provided food, lodging and clothing to the people displaced.
Police: Housekeeper stole $40,000 in valuables from Wellington home

Police: Housekeeper stole $40,000 in valuables from Wellington home

A West Palm Beach woman remains in the Palm Beach County Jail facing charges that she stole more than $40,000 worth of property while cleaning a home in Wellington, according to an arrest report. Jessica Kekacs, 26, is facing four counts each of dealing in stolen property and fraud and one count of larceny between $20,000 and $100,000 and is being held in lieu of $37,000 bail. Kekacs is alleged to...
Japanese warships visit; band plays free concert at Morikami tonight

Japanese warships visit; band plays free concert at Morikami tonight

A four-day visit by a pair of Japanese warships and their crews is headlined by a free concert this evening at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. The two vessels are part of a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force training squadron making a goodwill visit to South Florida this weekend. They arrived on Friday and will depart Monday. The highlight of the visit is the free concert...
JUST IN: Missing 77-year-old Boynton Beach man found safe

JUST IN: Missing 77-year-old Boynton Beach man found safe

Florida Highway Patrol deputies on Saturday morning located a 77-year-old Boynton Beach man who suffers from dementia and had been missing from his home in the 100 block of Northwest 14th Street since 4:30 p.m. Friday. Get the latest breaking news from The Palm Beach Post Deputies found Raleigh Jenkins in Osceola County early Saturday, Boynton Beach Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said...
Sunny or rainy? There’s another chance for thunderstorms today

Sunny or rainy? There’s another chance for thunderstorms today

The National Weather Service is calling for a mostly cloudy morning, becoming partly sunny in the afternoon with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Download The Post’s WeatherPlus app Expect highs around 90 degrees and southeast winds around 5 to 10 mph. Check for storms with our live radar Tonight is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms...
NEW: 3 children, 2 adults displaced after fire in Belle Glade

NEW: 3 children, 2 adults displaced after fire in Belle Glade

Three children and two adults were displaced after a fire in Belle Glade Friday evening, according the American Red Cross of Greater Palm Beach and Martin counties. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews were called to an apartment fire on the 500 block of 8th Street, just west of South Main Street and south of Doctor M.L.K Boulevard. When they arrived, firefighters saw smoke coming from one of the apartments...
NEW: West Palm detective featured on ‘Cold Justice’ TV show Saturday

NEW: West Palm detective featured on ‘Cold Justice’ TV show Saturday

Over his nearly two decades with the West Palm Beach Police Department, Detective Aaron Sam has investigated more than 200 deaths and homicides, with his share of unsolved ones. He remembers one he and others feared wouldn’t be solved: It took nearly four years, local, state and federal agencies and patience for an arrest. Two fatal shootings ended up connected to two more in the span of three...
Tri-Rail Station likely coming to Gardens, but where will it go?

Tri-Rail Station likely coming to Gardens, but where will it go?

Palm Beach Gardens has snagged a $120,000 grant to plan a new Tri-Rail station that will extend the commuter rail north and eventually allow thousands who commute to work along PGA Boulevard an alternative to slogging through highway traffic snarls. RELATED: Tri-Rail to start service between Palm Beach County and Brightline’s Miami station late this year The money comes from the Federal Transit...
NEW: CROS Ministries nears 40 years of feeding the thousands

NEW: CROS Ministries nears 40 years of feeding the thousands

Rita doesn’t look hungry. The 56-year-old Lake Worth resident has had the same job as a door attendant in Palm Beach for 10 years. She gets paid every two weeks. She lives simply in a mobile home. And yet she rarely has enough to prevail from paycheck to paycheck by herself, so part of her monthly routine is a visit to the CROS Ministries food pantry. She counts the bag of staples she gets there...
NEW: Florida man tells deputies ‘Dr. Rosa Parks’ prescribed medication

NEW: Florida man tells deputies ‘Dr. Rosa Parks’ prescribed medication

During a traffic stop last weekend, Frankie Santos attempted to explain why pills were found in his car, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. He reportedly told deputies he was being treated for a medical condition and prescribed medication by “Dr. Rosa Parks” in West Palm Beach. His explanation was not convincing as deputies ultimately arrested him for possession of a controlled...
New fitness gym opening in Lake Worth

New fitness gym opening in Lake Worth

LAKE WORTH — Five Star Fitness and Wellness Center is opening a new location in the city Monday. The business has been operating in Boynton Beach the past five years, but will be moving to Lake Worth on 7435 S. Military Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. The center is owned by Ricardo Ranglin, a Lake Worth resident. Five Star Fitness is a personal fitness gym...
BREAKING: National Weather Service terminates contract with union

BREAKING: National Weather Service terminates contract with union

The National Weather Service has terminated its 16-year-old contract with its employees organization but said it will continue to work on a new agreement that “aligns with modern needs and operations.” Weather service officials made the announcement this afternoon, saying it was done in consultation with Palm Beach resident and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The...
Woman used dating site to bilk Florida man out of $300,000, police say

Woman used dating site to bilk Florida man out of $300,000, police say

A Florida man was looking for companionship, but now he’s a lot lighter in the wallet after being tricked out of $300,000, police said.   An 85-year-old Pembroke Pines man started dating Nancy Guy, 45, after meeting her on a dating site. Guy claimed to be a dress maker who needed money, according to the Miami Herald.  <div></div><br><div id="fb-root"...
NEW: Loose monkey jumps in truck, attacks teen and grandfather

NEW: Loose monkey jumps in truck, attacks teen and grandfather

A 16-year-old girl and her grandfather say they were attacked by a monkey that was roaming the streets in Texas.  Michael and Mariah Schliesing were driving Tuesday in South Houston when they spotted the animal, according to KTRK.  “I wanted her to take a picture of it, but we never thought it would jump in the window,” Michael Schliesing told KTRK. What was supposed to...
NEW: Crash on Southern Boulevard overpass halts traffic in West Palm

NEW: Crash on Southern Boulevard overpass halts traffic in West Palm

A vehicle crash stopped traffic Friday afternoon on an overpass near Southern Boulevard and South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach police said. The crash took place at about 2 p.m. It was not immediately known anyone was taken to a hospital, city police said. Police closed the overpass to clear the crash scene and were redirecting traffic.
After defeats, PBC school board readies new legal battle over charters

After defeats, PBC school board readies new legal battle over charters

Palm Beach County’s public school leaders have not shied away from battling charter schools in court. They also have not had much success. Yet despite a string of defeats in their taxpayer-financed tussles, the county school board is poised to dive into another one. This time, their sights are set squarely on state lawmakers. Board members last week gave unanimous support to a proposal to sue...
Gander Mountain to lay off all employees at Palm Beach Gardens store

Gander Mountain to lay off all employees at Palm Beach Gardens store

Gander Mountain, an outdoor clothing and gear retailer, announced Thursday it plans to lay off all 59 employees at its Palm Beach Gardens store as part of its bankruptcy and sale to Camping World.  A going out of business sale continues at the Gander Mountain store off of Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens on June 2, 2017. (Richard Graulich / The...
Boynton leaders agree: Condos are out, luxury apartments are in

Boynton leaders agree: Condos are out, luxury apartments are in

The builder of a development going up on the city’s west end may not be able to quench Boynton Beach’s need for homes people can buy, but promised that the apartment complexes it will build instead will be luxurious and half as dense, putting less strain on city roads and services. With that promise in hand, the city commission this past week agreed in a 4-1...
JUST IN: Florida teens caught trying to rob same online seller twice

JUST IN: Florida teens caught trying to rob same online seller twice

Two 16-year-old boys were arrested this week after they allegedly tried to use an online marketplace to rob a man twice, Boynton Beach police said. Police arrested the boys Wednesday after arranging what they thought was a meeting to purchase a cellphone that was being sold through the website OfferUp. The Palm Beach Post is not identifying the teens because they have not been charged as adults. See...
WATCH: 40-ton whale filmed getting some sick air  

WATCH: 40-ton whale filmed getting some sick air  

A 40-ton whale that got some flippin’ amazing air is going viral.  Scuba diver Craig Capehart was in a “rubber duck” inflatable boat off the coast of South Africa with his buddies when he filmed the video, according to the description under his YouTube video.  <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fhfIpUgxgm8?feature=oembed"...
LOOK: Florida woman’s dog so malnourished that its ribs, spine showing 

LOOK: Florida woman’s dog so malnourished that its ribs, spine showing 

A Florida woman’s dog was so malnourished one could count its ribs and see its spinal column. The woman tried to cover up her abuse and neglect of the animal by having her friend report the dog as an unknown stray, but a microchip revealed the 4-year-old pup belonged to Brittany Osborne, of Sarasota, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. <div></div><...
LATEST: West Palm police seek man, 70, missing since Tuesday

LATEST: West Palm police seek man, 70, missing since Tuesday

City police are searching for a missing 70-year-old who could suffer a medical emergency if he fails to take his prescribed medication. James Howard Magee was last seen Tuesday by a neighbor, the West Palm Beach Police Department said. He left his home on 11th Street, just south of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, without his medication. Anyone with information about Magee is encouraged to contact the...
Florida woman stole $80K from boyfriend’s mother healing from leg amputation

Florida woman stole $80K from boyfriend’s mother healing from leg amputation

A woman in Sarasota County allegedly stole more than $82,000 from her deceased boyfriend’s mother who was recovering from a leg amputation, deputies say.  The 73-year-old mother granted Carrie Stanfield, 36, the power of attorney to attend civil hearings  over a settlement check of $96,000 following the death of her son, the Herald Tribune reports. The Sarasota County Sheriff&rsquo...
Trump shake-up: Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci both have Palm Beach County ties

Trump shake-up: Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci both have Palm Beach County ties

Sean Spicer, left, and Anthony Scaramucci Sean Spicer resigned as President Donald Trump‘s communications director, reportedly because he disagreed with Trump  naming Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Like part-time Palm Beacher Trump, both Spicer and Scaramucci have Palm Beach County connections. Spicer worked for...
National Junk Food Day: What’s your favorite junk food? Here are ours:

National Junk Food Day: What’s your favorite junk food? Here are ours:

Hip-hip-hooray, it’s National Junk Food Day! And while that shouldn’t necessarily give one carte blanche to gorge on sugary, salty, fatty snacks, do we really need an excuse to discuss our favorite treats from the junk aisle? We asked around the newsroom: What’s your favorite junk food? Grippos potato chips. (Photo by Greg Lynch) Samantha Ragland, digital...
Lake Worth city employee dies Thursday night

Lake Worth city employee dies Thursday night

LAKE WORTH — Maxime Ducoste, the city’s assistant director of planning and preservation, died after a short illness Thursday evening, the city said. Ducoste was at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach surrounded by close family and friends. He played a key role in the city’s community sustainability department, the city said. Information regarding services...
Boxer guilty of 2015 murder of MMA fighter in Palm Beach Shores

Boxer guilty of 2015 murder of MMA fighter in Palm Beach Shores

It took a Palm Beach County jury less than three hours Friday to convict Darrell Telisme of first-degree murder in the 2015 shooting death of up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighter Stan Stanisclasse. The jury of 12 began deliberating about 9 a.m. Friday and returned the verdict about noon. The case began Wednesday and ended after Telisme took the stand in his own defense on Thursday. He was the...
Plans for 16-foot, 10-ton underwater replica of Jupiter Lighthouse

Plans for 16-foot, 10-ton underwater replica of Jupiter Lighthouse

A Jupiter-based nonprofit organization is planning to build an underwater 16-foot, 10-ton replica of the Jupiter Lighthouse and donate it to the county as part of the group’s efforts to help marine life by creating artificial reefs in the area. The lighthouse will be in 55 feet of water and more than a mile northeast of the Jupiter Inlet along with 100 other four-ton artificial reefs and a 250-ton...
Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Palm Beach County

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Palm Beach County

Update 12:50 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for areas of southern Palm Beach County. Update 12:20 p.m.: A significant weather advisory has been issued for areas of southern Palm Beach County as thunderstorms move east toward the coast. Previous story: The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory for inland Palm Beach County as thunderstorms...
BREAKING: Suspect named in Mangonia Park murder of convicted killer

BREAKING: Suspect named in Mangonia Park murder of convicted killer

A Loxahatchee man has been linked to the February killing of Gilbert Stokes, according to Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities. Douglas Mackey, 53, is in the Martin County Jail on unrelated drug charges, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities said Friday that he was involved the Feb. 24 death of the Belle Glade man. Details of his involvement were not immediately available....
NEW: Florida deputy fired after taking naked pictures on duty, report says

NEW: Florida deputy fired after taking naked pictures on duty, report says

An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy who was fired on Wednesday reportedly took photos of himself partially naked while on duty at the county courthouse.  Sheriff’s Lt. Macen LeVan, an 18-year veteran recently assigned to the county courthouse, allegedly took 125 inappropriate photos with his agency cell phone, a sheriff’s office spokesman said to TC Palm.  Internal...
JUST IN: Florida woman, 93, attacked in ‘disturbing’ carjacking 

JUST IN: Florida woman, 93, attacked in ‘disturbing’ carjacking 

A 93-year-old Florida woman was knocked to the ground and dragged about 20 feet after two men carjacked her vehicle, authorities said.  Maraquita Steinmetz, of DeLand, was in the St. Peter’s Catholic church parking lot when Darius Matthews, 20, and David Leo Perkins III, 21, allegedly attacked her, according to the police report.  “It’s disturbing on a lot of levels,&rdquo...
NEW: Florida mom allegedly kept mass quantities of drugs in 5-year-old’s room

NEW: Florida mom allegedly kept mass quantities of drugs in 5-year-old’s room

A Florida mom, who allegedly dealt drugs out of her house, was also storing lots of painkillers and marijuana in her 5-year-old son’s bedroom.  Flagler County deputies arrived at Yuumi Obama’s Palm Coast house early Thursday morning with a search warrant and found “200 painkillers, 300-plus grams of marijuana and several thousand dollars in cash” in the child&rsquo...
What John McCain learned from Ted Kennedy on challenging his own party

What John McCain learned from Ted Kennedy on challenging his own party

WASHINGTON — Ted Kennedy liked to tell a favorite story about Sen. John McCain. The Massachusetts Democrat and the Arizona Republican were on the floor of the Senate and became distracted by a heated debate between two freshmen senators. Just for the fun of it, Kennedy and McCain launched into the fray. As one spoke, the other circled the chamber, pretending to be agitated. They bellowed...
Albuquerque mayor overrules condiment ban placed on free senior meals

Albuquerque mayor overrules condiment ban placed on free senior meals

Seniors who had been forbidden to season meals provided by the city can thank Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry for intervening in the "condiment wars." Because the city's congregate meal program is funded through a grant, it is required to follow strict nutritional requirements. However, some seniors felt the requirements were draconian, because they banned all condiments unless they were...
Young heart transplant patient dies, family says

Young heart transplant patient dies, family says

A 5-year-old Massachusetts boy whose story gained national attention when he learned he was getting a long-awaited heart transplant has died. Ari Schultz was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and had to undergo two heart surgeries before he was even born. Earlier this year, after waiting nearly 200 days for a new heart, the family learned Ari would be getting one. On June 16, Ari came home...
Police: Man tried to snatch toddler from grocery cart

Police: Man tried to snatch toddler from grocery cart

A mother in Texas called the moment a man tried to snatch her toddler out of a grocery store cart terrifying. WFAA reported that the attempted abduction took place Wednesday outside a Kroger in Grand Prairie. Victoria Edwards told WFAA that after she had loaded her groceries and was about to place her children in the car she heard her son say that a man was trying to grab the shopping cart with Madison...
Christie commentary: Cities risk return of ‘Corruption County’

Christie commentary: Cities risk return of ‘Corruption County’

Palm Beach County’s Office of the Inspector General has to feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of local government. It gets “no respect, no respect at all.” Here’s an office that can show documented success at ferreting out, and drawing attention to, questionable government actions. Talk about accountability. But maybe that’s the problem. On Wednesday, when asked to pony...
Letters: Principal’s pass makes it harder to discipline kids

Letters: Principal’s pass makes it harder to discipline kids

It will be rather difficult for Palm Beach County teachers and administrators to punish students for cheating now that Superintendent Robert Avossa has given a pass to a school principal who had engaged in rather dubious activities (“Principal urged teachers: Redo grades” (Thursday). The standard defense for inappropriate activity will now be that it was done “without improper intent...
POINT OF VIEW:

POINT OF VIEW:

All cities now struggle with an unprecedented crisis of people addicted to heroin and synthetic opioids. A horror story that knows no ethnic, political, educational or financial boundaries. With virtually no help from our federal government, and little from our state, cities frantically search for answers and are right in turning their focus toward conspirators in this ongoing atrocity. No pathogen...
Editorial: Fear, not fairness result of harsh deportation policy

Editorial: Fear, not fairness result of harsh deportation policy

We all saw this coming. The collateral damage from President Donald J. Trump’s stepped up detentions and deportations of undocumented immigrants. The moral buzz saw that it has revved up for local governments. Stories abound these days of families from Riverside, California, to Riviera Beach being torn apart as loved ones are suddenly rounded up and detained as they wait to be deported. The...
Report: Actor John Heard dies at 72

Report: Actor John Heard dies at 72

Actor John Heard, best known for playing the dad in the “Home Alone” movies, has died, TMZ reported. US Weekly confirmed the report. Heard was found dead in a California hotel Friday, according to TMZ. He was 72. The cause of death is unknown, but TMZ reports that Heard had minor surgery on Wednesday, and was staying at the hotel while recovering. Heard’s acting career...
Opinion: This isn't the first U.S. opiate-addiction crisis

Opinion: This isn't the first U.S. opiate-addiction crisis

The U.S. is in the throes of an "unprecedented opioid epidemic," the Centers for Disease Control reports. The crisis has spurred calls for action to halt the rising death toll, which has devastated many rural communities. It's true that there's an opioid epidemic, a public health disaster. It's not true that it's unprecedented. A remarkably similar epidemic beset the U.S. some 150 years...
Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

Millions of Americans are gearing up for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. Folks are planning watch parties, community events and day trips to catch the once-in-a-generation celestial spectacle, but solar eclipses weren’t always as popular as they are today. In fact, the word &ldquo...
35-pound cat joins adopted family for adorable wedding photos

35-pound cat joins adopted family for adorable wedding photos

The cat formerly known as Symba has had a busy time since he went viral in June for his eye-popping girth.  The 35-pound orange tabby has since been adopted by a couple who got married on July 8. Like many wedding guests, the cat, now named Vito, wanted to look his best. His new owners have placed him on a strict diet and a regular exercise regimen. The newlyweds posed with Vito in a series of...
American flags hanging on overpasses destroyed

American flags hanging on overpasses destroyed

Someone in Massachusetts is destroying American flags placed on overpasses. The man who put the flags up in honor of his uncle says he is heartbroken by the actions. “We salvaged what we could, we did the best we could,” Paul Alegria said.  He put flags up across overpasses in Lexington, Waltham and Newton. Alegria tells Boston 25 News someone vandalized at least 12 American flags...
Louis Tomlinson heeds dying mother's wish, reconciles with ex-bandmate Zayn Malik

Louis Tomlinson heeds dying mother's wish, reconciles with ex-bandmate Zayn Malik

Louis Tomlinson said he honored a special request from his dying mother last December: The One Direction member reconciled with former bandmate Zayn Malik. >> Read more trending news The Sun reported that before her death from leukemia at age 42, Johannah Deakin initiated a secret reconciliation between her son and Malik, who had not spoken to one another for a year.  “My mum said...
Miami Heat Mailbag: A closer look at how Kyrie Irving news impacts Cleveland and the East; What role will Udonis Haslem play?

Miami Heat Mailbag: A closer look at how Kyrie Irving news impacts Cleveland and the East; What role will Udonis Haslem play?

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers gets a quick breather during a game against the Heat in Miami. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) What off season? In the past 48 hours the Heat have re-signed Udonis Haslem and reports have surfaced that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland and Miami may be on his list of preferred landing spots. We answer questions...
Prince George marks his fourth birthday with official photo

Prince George marks his fourth birthday with official photo

Prince George celebrates his fourth birthday on Saturday, and the royal family released photographs of the beaming child, the Independent reported. >> Read more trending news The son of Prince William and his wife Kate is third in line to the British throne. In a statement, Kensington Palace said that "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince...
Republican tax reform plan may be limited by GOP budget

Republican tax reform plan may be limited by GOP budget

Republican plans for tax reform could be less sweeping than originally envisioned by the White House and GOP leaders in Congress, as a provision in a House GOP budget blueprint would require any tax bill to be ‘budget neutral,’ which would force lawmakers to offset any tax cuts with revenue increases that could be difficult in some cases to gain approval. Deep in...
Minnesota man has collected nearly 3 million soda can tabs

Minnesota man has collected nearly 3 million soda can tabs

A Minnesota man has been collecting the tabs from aluminum cans for nearly 30 years, and he is closing in on a major milestone. In a Plexiglas box that is the size of a Dumpster, Jim Spinler has collected nearly 3 million tabs. >> Read more trending news “There’s 2,650,000 in there right now,” the 75-year-old Spinler told the Owatonna Peoples Press. “With the box...
The buyer's guide to the MLB trade deadline

The buyer's guide to the MLB trade deadline

Baseball's trade deadline is just around the corner, leaving front offices around the league just days to give an honest assessment of their team's chances of making the playoffs and, for some, a championship run. A few teams already have made their choice. The Chicago Cubs acquired left-handed ace Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox, mortgaging their future for a chance to become the first back-to-back...
Why try your hand at blending wine? To learn what you like

Why try your hand at blending wine? To learn what you like

Sitting in a room full of wine barrels, winemakers and sommeliers seemed like a dream come true until such terms as "sub-appellations," "malolactic fermentation" and "diurnal fluctuation" started being bandied about with abandon. It was like I had landed on an island where the natives speak a different language, and I was just hoping to nod my head at the correct time...
Kentucky must pay attorney fees for couples who sued Kim Davis

Kentucky must pay attorney fees for couples who sued Kim Davis

A federal judge ruled Friday that Kentucky taxpayers must foot the bill for more than $220,000 in attorney fees for the couples who were denied marriage licenses by the Rowan County clerk, WKYT reported. >> Read more trending news In July 2015, four couples -- two same-sex and two opposite-sex filed suit against Kim Davis, who had refused to issue marriage licenses. Davis cited her religious...
Scientists will battle mosquito population by releasing 20 million of them

Scientists will battle mosquito population by releasing 20 million of them

Mosquitoes are an annoying pest, particularly during the summer. Now, scientists in California are working to shrink the population of the pesky insects that carry disease. >> Read more trending news How? The scientists will be releasing 20 million of them in California. If that sounds counterproductive, there is a method behind it. The plan is to release millions of sterile male mosquitoes...
First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

A woman will be training with other potential candidates as she tries to become te first female Navy SEAL, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news The midshipman and another woman have enlisted and hope to join the Navy’s special operations teams. The Navy declined to identify the candidates, citing security considerations, NPR reported. The latter candidate was in boot camp for...
Ole Miss football coach made phone call to number tied to escort service

Ole Miss football coach made phone call to number tied to escort service

University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze announced his resignation Thursday night after school officials cited personal conduct issues that included a one-minute telephone call to a number associated with a female escort service, USA Today reported. >> Read more trending news The phone call was raised as a potential issue in a legal battle between the school and former Rebels coach...
Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 

Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 

Kenny Shields, the lead singer of Canadian classic rock ‘n’ roll band Streetheart, died Friday after cardiac surgery in Winnipeg, CBC News reported. He was 69. >> Read more trending news Shields and Streetheart charted during the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Action,” “Hollywood,” “Here Comes the Night,” and a cover of the...
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ champion dog Pudsey dies

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ champion dog Pudsey dies

Former “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Ashleigh Butler announced the death of her beloved dog, Pudsey on Friday, ITV reported. >> Read more trending news Butler, who won the 2012 season title on the ITV television show with Pudsey -- a mix of border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested -- posted an emotional tribute on her Instagram account. “My handsome man is gone...
Woman, deputies aid 4 children left in car in Walmart parking lot

Woman, deputies aid 4 children left in car in Walmart parking lot

A Virginia woman and three sheriff’s deputies helped make four children comfortable, providing them with formula and diapers after they were left alone in a car in a Walmart parking lot, WTVR reported. >> Read more trending news  Crystal Richards-Jackson said she noticed three Hanover County deputies making multiple trips to a car parked outside a Walmart in Mechanicsville. Four...

Condo board term limits measured at time of next election

Question: My question is in reference to your recent column regarding board term restrictions. Am I correct in assuming that, as you understand it, the law passed this year is effective as of eight years ago? That is, someone who has been a board member for eight consecutive years (four two-year terms) as of today must meet the new statutory requirements to run for the board this year? — N...
Florida man pleads for return of wife's ashes stolen in burglary

Florida man pleads for return of wife's ashes stolen in burglary

A Maitland, Florida, man said Friday that he feels like he lost his wife a second time after her ashes were stolen in a home burglary just weeks before a planned trip to Hawaii to spread them on the beach. Frank Schieber bought his Maitland home with his wife, and “love of my life,” Nancy in December. Four weeks ago, she died of cancer. But before she did, Nancy asked her husband to take...
Inmate at Georgia jail, nurse passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

Inmate at Georgia jail, nurse passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

A former Fulton County jail nurse is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate and sending him letters detailing “her enjoyment of sex with him,” according to a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office incident report.  Aleah Risby, 23, was released from the Fulton County jail on a $7,500 signature bond late Thursday, Fulton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan...
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