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Ecstasy

Report: 1 in 7 PBC teens has tried Ecstasy

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Palm Beach County has the highest percentage of teens who have tried Ecstasy among major school districts nationwide and is near the top with many other hard drugs, according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention report released last month. According to the report, 14.5 percent of teens in the county, or about one in seven, have tried ecstasy at least once.


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ISLAND BREEZE

Casino ship now slated to restart in September

Updated 11:56 a.m. — 

The casino ship The Island Breeze is slated to start sailing out of the Port of Palm Beach once again in September. The ship launched in March, but has not operated since June.

The port is counting on $1.1 million in revenue for its fiscal year 2015 budget. Given the on-again off-again nature of the day cruises, Port Commissioner Blair Ciklin said the income is uncertain.

“You have $1 million budgeted for the gaming ship. It could be zero,” Ciklin said at Wednesday evening’s port commission meeting.

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LAWSUIT

Sex, tax fraud claims made against Boca Raton property owner Batmasian: Your news

Sex, tax fraud claims made against Batmasian

James Batmasian, one of the most prominent commercial real estate owners in Palm Beach County, is embroiled in lawsuits with two former employees who accuse him of creating a sex-filled hostile work environment, where bank and tax fraud were routinely committed as part of a “financial crimes enterprise.”

»Read the former CFO’s complaint against James Batmasian

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HOFFMAN LAW GROUP

Complaint: Hoffman Law Group misled thousands

Marc Hoffman’s name topped the letterhead and loomed large in the lobby of his North Palm Beach law firm, but hundreds of pages of court records unsealed Wednesday say the 64-year-old was just a front man for a nationwide mortgage rescue scheme that bilked homeowners out of more than $5 million.


WILDLIFE

Pythons

1,100 sound off on state’s laws on snake restrictions

Big-snake lovers sounded off across the nation last month when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asked the public for comment on whether it should add the boa constrictor, the reticulated python and three types of anacondas to a list of injurious animals that cannot be imported into the country or transported across state lines.

»VIDEO: Python Patrol Training Workshop


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