Shutdown nixes Trump visit; party goes on with son Eric headlining

The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday. As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel as headliners. About...


PHOTOS: Hundreds of bikers take part in Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers

PHOTOS: Hundreds of bikers take part in Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers

About 500 bikers packed into the area around Wellington’s Village Hall on Saturday morning before heading out on an 85-mile ride to raise money for Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County. The eighth annual Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers motorcycle ride took participants on a route up Forest Hill Boulevard to Southern Boulevard, out to the Pahokee Marina for a quick break, and then back...
How fast is a petaflop in new weather supercomputer? (HINT: Very fast)

How fast is a petaflop in new weather supercomputer? (HINT: Very fast)

The Earth’s atmosphere is under an increasingly fine-tuned microscope, analyzed with bygone weather balloons still launched twice daily to pioneering satellites that capture the dazzling dances of frosted cloud tops. It’s all in an effort to predict Mother Nature’s next move — whether tropical cyclone or Alberta clipper — but can fall short if the cornucopia of data feeds...
JUST IN: Third person hit by Brightline train since debut last week

JUST IN: Third person hit by Brightline train since debut last week

For the third time in the week since the Brightline train started its service from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale, a person has been hit by the passenger train, according to Fort Lauderdale police. Detective Tracy Figone, public information officer for the police department said, a pedestrian attempted to cross the train tracks at Northeast 3rd Avenue and North Flagler Drive when the gates were...
Gardens cop joins top tier of law enforcement as FBI Academy grad

Gardens cop joins top tier of law enforcement as FBI Academy grad

A Palm Beach Gardens officer who discovered his passion for police work in a teen career exploration program joined the upper echelon of law enforcement when he graduated from the FBI National Academy in December. RELATED: Boynton chief joins elite group to graduate from FBI National Academy Maj. Paul Rogers, 37, handed off his responsibilities to head to the academy in Quantico, Va. He took upper-level...
A night at Mar-a-Lago: The blow-out bash by Trump’s booster club

A night at Mar-a-Lago: The blow-out bash by Trump’s booster club

On the eve of a potential government shutdown, hundreds of people decked out in patriotic colors shrugged off the crisis in Washington and gathered Thursday at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Palm Beach to celebrate the first anniversary of his inauguration. More than 900 people attended the Red, White & Blue Celebration for “we the people,” two days before the...
Boynton towing issues: City loses car involved in 2016 attack on woman

Boynton towing issues: City loses car involved in 2016 attack on woman

Joseph Costa pushed his girlfriend to the ground and jumped into his blue 2011 Chevy Cruze. He revved the engine, backed the car up and drove over her. He drove forward, dragging the woman under the car, witnesses told Boynton Beach police. Officers had Costa in cuffs, and an attempted murder case. But about two months later they learned they didn’t have a main piece...
Billionaire developer Jeff Greene sues gossip site for libel

Billionaire developer Jeff Greene sues gossip site for libel

Contending that an article on the GossipExtra website was libelous, billionaire developer Jeff Greene has sued gossip columnist Jose Lambiet. In a suit filed this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Greene calls Lambiet’s reporting “grossly inadequate.” Greene’s claim focuses on a Dec. 3 piece titled, “Is Billionaire Jeff Greene Behind Dirty Politics of Downtown...
Death penalty trial begins in 2013 death of man who answered escort ad

Death penalty trial begins in 2013 death of man who answered escort ad

As Gustavo Mora Falsetti Cabral’s widow cried silently in a Palm Beach County courtroom, a prosecutor on Friday described the final harrowing moments of Cabral’s life. After he answered an escort ad on the website Backpage.com, Assistant State Attorney Aleathea McRoberts explained to a jury, Cabral was robbed, kidnapped and tortured until someone — either Jefty Joseph or Ilmart Christophe...
Trump’s Year One: There’s much more to his time in Palm Beach than just golf

Trump’s Year One: There’s much more to his time in Palm Beach than just golf

President Donald Trump is gaining fast on John F. Kennedy for most time spent here by a commander-in-chief. Approaching Saturday’s one-year anniversary of his taking the oath of office, Trump has spent about 10 percent of his presidency in Palm Beach County. Through last weekend, the president had made 11 visits totalling about 37 days in Palm Beach County. Most of that time has been...
Federal suit claims Palm Beach Gardens man was real estate “racketeer”

Federal suit claims Palm Beach Gardens man was real estate “racketeer”

While Tamara Filippova sat in her house in Siberia, her son-in-law in Palm Beach Gardens used her name to create a real estate world that defrauded her of more than $8 million, her lawyers say in a federal lawsuit filed this week. The 21-count, 158-page suit against Ilia Mogilevsky, which cites the federal Civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), claims “a pattern of...
Brightline train accident 911 call: Cyclist didn’t stop for train

Brightline train accident 911 call: Cyclist didn’t stop for train

Two 911 calls reporting Wednesday’s fatal Brightline train accident were released Friday by Boynton Beach Police. One call is from a witness and the second is from a Florida East Coast Railway dispatcher. A northbound Brightline train struck and killed Jeffrey King, 51, at Ocean Avenue. The witness, who did not give his name, said “there was a train coming...
Former PBC Fire Rescue chief Collins says he wants his job back

Former PBC Fire Rescue chief Collins says he wants his job back

Former Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeffrey Collins, who resigned in the aftermath of sexual harassment and retaliation complaints that have rocked the department, said Friday he wants his job back. During a 22-minute press conference at the law offices of his attorneys in Boca Raton, Collins, a 21-year veteran of the department, said County Administrator Verdenia Baker forced him out as &ldquo...
Hop on over to Lake Worth Beach’s Bonfire on Friday

Hop on over to Lake Worth Beach’s Bonfire on Friday

The Lake Worth Beach Bonfire started in 1997 as a low-key event, attended mostly by locals. The event has certainly changed over the years. “Now it has grown in not only size, but popularity,” said Lauren Bennett, Lake Worth’s Assistant Leisure Services Director. “Not only are we the only beach in the county that hosts bonfires, but also one of the few beaches in the state...
Three fun things happening in Lake Worth

Three fun things happening in Lake Worth

1. Art Meets Jazz on J Street Exhibition in Gallery, through Feb. 6, Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery, 15 South J Street.Check out Jazz on J Street inspired photography, sketch art, fine and mixed media artwork. 2. Paint Your Wagon, Lake Worth Playhouse, 713, Lake Avenue. In California in May 1853, Ben Rumson strikes gold and establishes a community in his own name. The show follows the...
Lake Worth nixes woman’s plan to turn property into hotel, music, bar

Lake Worth nixes woman’s plan to turn property into hotel, music, bar

Mary Sisoian went before Lake Worth’s City Commission this past week with a request. She wanted to rezone her site at 18 S. Palmway Drive, property records show she bought for $525,000 in 2005, from medium density multi-family residential to downtown. On Oct. 4, the city’s Planning and Zoning Board approved Sisoian running a bed and breakfast from the location. READ: How will Lake Worth&rsquo...
JUST IN: 12-year-old boy shot in Boynton Beach

JUST IN: 12-year-old boy shot in Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach Police are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was injured in a shooting at the 1000 block of Northwest Fourth Street. Witnesses told authorities that a gold or tan SUV pulled to the front of the Cherry Hill Mini Market around 2:45 p.m. Three men exited the car and allegedly started shooting at unknown men standing in the area. The gunfire struck the child, who was down the street...
Florida group raffles off rifle to benefit children's program

Florida group raffles off rifle to benefit children's program

An assault rifle is a prize in a raffle to raise money for programs to help disadvantaged children. Channel 9 found out that phone calls to buy tickets for the raffle go to three Central Florida county jails. The flyer advertising the raffle was created by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency. It advertises a chance to win an AR-15 rifle. There are phone numbers on the flyer to buy $20 tickets...
Checkpoints, barriers removed near Mar-a-Lago after Trump cancels trip

Checkpoints, barriers removed near Mar-a-Lago after Trump cancels trip

All checkpoint and barricades were removed in the area of Mar-a-Lago after President Donald Trump cancelled his trip to Palm Beach. Trump will be staying in Washington D.C. due to the federal government shutdown, but the fundraiser in his honor at Mar-a-Lago will still go on Saturday night. According to the Town of Palm Beach, traffic patterns have returned to normal after a day of...
JUST IN: Juvenile falls from top of Jupiter lighthouse, police say

JUST IN: Juvenile falls from top of Jupiter lighthouse, police say

Police responded to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse on Friday morning after a young male fell from the building, according to Kristen Rightler with Jupiter Police. The incident happened around 10:30 a.m., and the juvenile was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
Mar-a-Lago fundraiser to go on as scheduled; Trump stays in D.C.

Mar-a-Lago fundraiser to go on as scheduled; Trump stays in D.C.

President Donald Trump will not attend a $100,000-per-couple political fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach tonight because of the federal government shutdown. “There is no plan to go to Florida while there is a shutdown,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Palm Beach Post. The fundraiser will go on with presidential son Eric Trump, his wife Lara...
Government shutdown: Veterans exchange remains open

Government shutdown: Veterans exchange remains open

A tax-free online shopping exchange opened to veterans last fall including more  than 91,000 in Palm Beach County will remain open during the government shutdown, officials said Saturday. Former US Air Force pilot Gregg Matous holds a photograph of himself with a U-2 spy plane at his home in Jupiter. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post) “Though the Exchange...

British Airways pilot, allegedly drunk, taken off plane

A British Airways pilot has been removed from the cockpit of a flight amid fears he was drunk. The Sun newspaper reported Saturday that police "rushed on the plane and headed straight for the cockpit. The first officer was cuffed and led away." The newspaper says worried airline workers alerted police before the flight left for Mauritius. Sussex police say a 49-year-old man from west London...

2 Americans, 2 Canadians abducted in Nigeria are freed

Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed and are in good condition, police said Saturday. Police and a special anti-kidnapping squad rescued the foreigners in the Kagarko local government area Friday night after a massive manhunt, state police commissioner Agyole Abeh said. "No ransom was paid. It was the efforts of...
There’s plenty rhyme, reason in these Deadline Limerick submissions

There’s plenty rhyme, reason in these Deadline Limerick submissions

OK, enough limericks. I need a break. I’m starting to see five-line ditties in my sleep. Several days ago, I used this column and the annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival as an excuse to challenge readers to come up with “deadline limericks” — ones that play off the news. And I wrote that in a future column I would publish some of your clever offerings. Some of you, like Dave...
Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) supported a short-term spending measure to avert a federal government shutdown; Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson was opposed. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Five Democratic senators from states that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 broke with party leadership late Friday and voted for a spending plan to avert a federal...
Scientologists ‘committed fraud upon the court’ West Palm lawyer claims

Scientologists ‘committed fraud upon the court’ West Palm lawyer claims

In a move that could help scores of people who claim they have been duped by the Church of Scientology, a West Palm Beach lawyer on Friday asked a federal judge to rule that the controversial sect committed a fraud upon the court and shouldn’t be allowed to resolve disputes behind closed doors. In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa, attorney Theodore Babbitt contends...
Trump puts off Palm Beach trip as budget scrap risks shutdown

Trump puts off Palm Beach trip as budget scrap risks shutdown

One casualty of a budget brawl Friday turned out to be President Donald Trump’s scheduled trip to Palm Beach, as talks in the nation’s capital staggered close to the slippery ledge of a government shutdown. Trump scrapped plans to fly in to Palm Beach International Airport on Friday night to visit his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. But a Federal Aviation Administration alert suggested...
Palm Springs police looking for hit-run driver who struck pedestrian

Palm Springs police looking for hit-run driver who struck pedestrian

Palm Springs police need the public’s help in finding a driver who seriously injured a pedestrian then fled the scene. The crash took place Wednesday at around 6:45 p.m. in the 3600 block of S. Military Trail, according to a police spokesman. The victim, a 50-year-old man, was walking eastbound crossing Military Trail when he was struck by a dark-colored pick-up truck traveling in the northbound...
UPDATE: All northbound Turnpike lanes reopen in Palm City

UPDATE: All northbound Turnpike lanes reopen in Palm City

Update 6:25 p.m.: All northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike have reopened, the Florida Highway Patrol reports. Update 6:15 p.m.: One lane of northbound Florida’s Turnpike has reopened as authorities continue to investigate a rollover crash in Palm City, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that one person sustained minor injuries. Original...
UPDATE: Police identify man killed in Delray Beach crash

UPDATE: Police identify man killed in Delray Beach crash

A 46-year-old Lake Worth man has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash that occurred in Delray Beach early Sunday. Police say that Allen L. Mitchell was struck by a vehicle shortly before 2 a.m Sunday as he attempted to cross in the 1600 block of West Atlantic Avenue. Mitchell was not in the crosswalk when he was struck by an eastbound Nissan Sentra, police said. He died at Delray Medical...
NEW: New York Jets wide receiver arrested on slew of charges in South Florida

NEW: New York Jets wide receiver arrested on slew of charges in South Florida

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson was arrested in Sunrise, Fla., on Friday after police said he fled from officers and threatened to sexually assault an officer’s wife.  Sunrise police said at around 2 p.m. the 24-year-old NFL player was driving 105 mph in a 45 mph zone when officers tried to conduct a traffic stop on him on North Flamingo Road, WPLG reports.  Anderson...
NEW: 5-foot tapeworm ‘wiggled out’ of man after eating sushi 

NEW: 5-foot tapeworm ‘wiggled out’ of man after eating sushi 

A doctor claimed that one of his patients had five-foot tapeworm “wiggle out” of the man’s body after eating sushi.  Dr. Kenny Banh said that the California man came into the hospital with a grocery bag that contained a toilet paper roll with a “giant, long tapeworm” wrapped around it, according to KDVR.  “Oh, my goodness my guts are coming out...
Enright elected Port of Palm Beach chair

Enright elected Port of Palm Beach chair

Jean Enright was elected Thursday as the new chair of the Port of Palm Beach Commission. Enright joined the commission in 2005. She was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. She received a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University, a master’s from Howard University, and a doctorate from the Catholic University of America. Enright has worked as a university administrator, public school administrator...
NEW: Jupiter teen beaten, robbed in botched marijuana deal; 5 arrested

NEW: Jupiter teen beaten, robbed in botched marijuana deal; 5 arrested

A Jupiter High School student looking to buy marijuana was robbed and beaten last month by five other teenagers, barely a block from where an 18-year-old was killed in 2015. The Dec. 27 armed battery on Third Street south of Indiantown Road started with a Snapchat from the 15-year-old student asking about buying marijuana, town police records state. The would-be dealer didn’t have anything to...
Trump in Palm Beach: President may arrive Saturday in time for campaign fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago

Trump in Palm Beach: President may arrive Saturday in time for campaign fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago

Update 3:58 p.m.: Still no word on whether the president will make his planned trip to Palm Beach if there is a government shutdown. This post shows how the Secret Service sweeps guest rooms at Mar-a-Lago. Update 1:11 p.m.: A new security alert issued by the FAA today indicates the president could arrive at Palm Beach International Airport after 7:30 a.m. Saturday.  The new alert to pilots shows...
House Speaker: Florida lawmakers to weigh oversight of high-speed rail

House Speaker: Florida lawmakers to weigh oversight of high-speed rail

House Speaker Richard Corcoran said a push by some lawmakers for state oversight of high-speed passenger rail will get consideration during this year’s legislative session. But he offered little detail, as opponents want to put the brakes on a controversial new rail service in South Florida following a second recent death on the tracks. »RELATED: The latest in Florida political news Corcoran...
Pot docs postpone Miami medical marijuana conference, blame Sessions

Pot docs postpone Miami medical marijuana conference, blame Sessions

The American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association planned to host prominent speakers at a confab in Miami next month. Now, though, the group says Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ tough talk about weed has forced it to reconsider. The pot docs said they have postponed their NFL and Medical Cannabis Conference. Speakers were to include Dr. Bennet Omalu, the physician portrayed by Will Smith...
NEW: Lawyers for teen girl killed in crash appeal tossing of Lyft suit

NEW: Lawyers for teen girl killed in crash appeal tossing of Lyft suit

Lawyers for the parents of 13-year-old Karenine Saint Louis, killed in a July crash, have appealed a judge’s ruling that Lyft can’t be held responsible for driving her to a friend’s house. According to police reports and court documents, early on July 9, the honor student stuffed her bed with pillows and sneaked out of her suburban Boynton Beach home. A Lyft driver took her to the...
Voice your opinion at West Palm’s upcoming Safe Streets Summit

Voice your opinion at West Palm’s upcoming Safe Streets Summit

1. Safe Streets Summit. The 5th Annual Safe Streets Summit, Feb. 1 and 2 at City Hall and the Hilton West Palm Beach respectively, brings together national speakers, public officials, technical staff and community partners to elevate efforts to implement safe and fair facilities for all modes of transportation. The conference will highlight the tools and elements that can help our residents love where...
West Palm police officer arrested for theft

West Palm police officer arrested for theft

A West Palm Beach police officer has been arrested after she allegedly stole cash during a criminal investigation. Officer Crystal Homic, 34, of Royal Palm Beach, surrendered at the Palm Beach County Jail Friday to face charges of theft and official misconduct. She was placed on administrative leave after police investigators alleged that she took $100 from a man who was arrested in December...
After IPO, ADT shares trading again

After IPO, ADT shares trading again

Boca Raton-based ADT went public again on Friday, although shares received a tepid response. ADT (NYSE: ADT) traded at $12.49 Friday afternoon. The home-security company had targeted a price of $17 to $19 a share, then scaled back its IPO price to $14, The Wall Street Journal reported. Despite a roster of 7 million customers and several billion in revenue, ADT has struggled for financial...
Union membership falls in Florida, nationally

Union membership falls in Florida, nationally

After a brief rise in 2015 and 2016, Florida union membership is on the wane again, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. Just 6.6 percent of Florida workers belonged to unions in 2017, down from 7.1 percent in 2016. Nationally, union membership is on the decline, hitting 10.7 percent in 2016 and 2017.
NEW: Rubio seeks federal help to prevent train deaths

NEW: Rubio seeks federal help to prevent train deaths

Following recent fatal accidents involving Florida’s Brightline train, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to “work with Brightline, the Florida Department of Transportation, local governments and the surrounding communities to implement appropriate safety measures and confirm proper infrastructure is in place to avoid future fatal accidents.&rdquo...
Palm Beach County unemployment falls to 3.6%

Palm Beach County unemployment falls to 3.6%

Palm Beach County’s labor market remained at full employment in December, although the region’s jobs picture also showed some signs of softness. The county’s jobless rate fell to 3.6 percent in December, down from 3.8 percent in November, Florida’s labor department said Friday. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rose slightly to 3.7 percent but remained better...
50 percent graduation rate belies PBC charter schools’ successes

50 percent graduation rate belies PBC charter schools’ successes

The 50 percent graduation rate posted by Palm Beach County’s 14 charter high schools may sound abysmal, but it is a 10 percentage-point gain over the year before and proved to be the rising tide that helped to raise the district’s overall graduation rate to a record high. The number also belies what’s happening at the individual schools. Five charter schools got more than 90...
UPDATE: Trump cancels Palm Beach trip today; roads remain closed

UPDATE: Trump cancels Palm Beach trip today; roads remain closed

President Donald Trump will not make a planned trip to Mar-a-Lago today because of a looming federal government shutdown, a White House official told The Palm Beach Post this morning. But the White House has not ruled out a Trump arrival on Saturday, when the president is scheduled to headline a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for his 2020 re-election campaign. A new Federal Aviation...
NEW: Man accused of leaving 3 children alone in Boynton park

NEW: Man accused of leaving 3 children alone in Boynton park

A 38-year-old man faces criminal charges after he allegedly left three young children unattended at a Boynton Beach park. Police arrested Antwan Willingham on Jan. 12 on three counts of child neglect. He remained in the custody at the Palm Beach County Jail Thursday in lieu of $15,000 bail. Jail records do not list a current address for Willingham. A 28-year-old woman told police she left the...
Clean your digital house in 2018: It's time to unfriend people

Clean your digital house in 2018: It's time to unfriend people

It’s a new year, so for those of you who broke a sweat with end-of-the-year tidying but forgot to sort through your baggage to really clean house, this message is for you.  To be direct, for those of you who cleaned your physical house but not your digital one for 2018, this message is for you. Something called Unfriend Day was dubbed a holiday in 2014 when Jimmy Kimmel challenged...
NEW: Mom of man killed in ‘pipe plug’ accident near Boynton files suit

NEW: Mom of man killed in ‘pipe plug’ accident near Boynton files suit

The mother of a man killed in a “freak accident” in suburban Boynton Beach in November filed a lawsuit demanding the item that fatally injured her son be made available: A pipe plug. Lynda Dillon filed suit last week requesting that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Sunbelt Rentals, the owner of the plug, and The Plumbing Experts, Inc., the company her son worked for, must...
Man arrested after stealing idling car with toddler inside

Man arrested after stealing idling car with toddler inside

A man is accused of stealing a woman's car Thursday night with her 2-year-old son inside. D'Jerry Cassamajor faces several charges, including larceny of a motor vehicle, child abuse and kidnapping. Police said Cassamajor stole the woman’s Hyundai Santa Fe after she left it running and walked into the Super Wok restaurant in north Charlotte to order food.  After realizing her car and child...
Bookie calls South Florida long shot in Amazon HQ2 contest

Bookie calls South Florida long shot in Amazon HQ2 contest

South Florida economic developers and politicians are fired up to make the first cut in the bidding war for Amazon’s second headquarters. But one bookie says the Miami MSA is an underdog. Irish bookmaker PaddyPower.com pegs South Florida’s odds at 20-1. Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville,  Northern Virginia, Raleigh and Indianapolis also are 20-1 long shots (meaning a $1...
Second person arrested in ‘bizarre’ Palm Springs child abuse case

Second person arrested in ‘bizarre’ Palm Springs child abuse case

A second person has been arrested in the reported handcuffing of a 12-year-old to an animal crate last fall in a Palm Springs home. Casey Dersa, 32 of Palm Springs, faces kidnapping and aggravated child abuse charges stemming from an investigation that began in October. She was booked Wednesday morning into the Palm Beach County Jail and released that night on a $15,000 surety bond. Her husband...
41 years ago today, something magical fell in South Florida

41 years ago today, something magical fell in South Florida

Forty-one years ago today the atmosphere gave a frozen gift to South Floridians that many will never forget. Snow fell. From Tallahassee to Miami, flurries of white floated down, an event that amazed children and adults alike. The front page weather story on Jan. 20, 1977 began like this: Record-shattering cold that created heavy snow flurries for the first time ever in Palm Beach County...
How will Lake Worth’s road repairs affect street painting festival?

How will Lake Worth’s road repairs affect street painting festival?

Lake Worth is in the middle of a $40 million road project and some of the work has stirred up some questions. “The only concern I have is related to dust,” Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell said. “Keep throwing water down.” Another query came from Commissioner Andy Amoroso, who wanted to know when work would start on 2nd Avenue South — one of the streets near the city’s...
Tacky or trendy? ‘Brewery’ sign mars famous artist’s downtown masterpiece

Tacky or trendy? ‘Brewery’ sign mars famous artist’s downtown masterpiece

Think of it this way: Leonardo da Vinci gives you the Mona Lisa. You hang it in your museum. Then you nail an illuminated “Drink Coca Cola” sign on her. OK, it’s not that, but kinda. Havana-born artist Jose Bedia painted his masterpiece, a mural at 332 Evernia St. in downtown West Palm Beach, as part of the city’s first Canvas Outdoor Museum Show in 2015. Bedia paintings grace...
This month’s cold blasts notable for low temps

This month’s cold blasts notable for low temps

Palm Beach County temperatures plummeted into the 30s early Thursday, defying forecasters’ warmer predictions and marking the first time since 2014 that the official reading in West Palm Beach sank below 40 degrees twice in one month. The temperature at Palm Beach International Airport bottomed out at 39 degrees near dawn Thursday. That followed a 38-degree morning on Jan. 4. According to National...
TONIGHT: Don’t miss ULA launch from the Cape

TONIGHT: Don’t miss ULA launch from the Cape

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 411 rocket is scheduled for liftoff tonight after a technical problem forced the mission to be scrubbed Thursday. Tonight’s 40-minute launch window opens at 7:48 p.m. from Space Launch Complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket is carrying a Space Based Infrared System satellite into geosynchronous orbit to provide “persistent...
JUST IN: Crash on northbound I-95 closes several lanes near Jupiter

JUST IN: Crash on northbound I-95 closes several lanes near Jupiter

A crash has closed several lanes of traffic on northbound Interstate-95 near Jupiter Thursday night, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. A crash just north of Indiantown Road has closed several lanes of the interstate as trauma helicopters are responding to the scene, according to authorities. Fire rescue officials said to “avoid area if possible.” Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue...

Money for Gardens storm shelter, Glades roads clear early hurdles

Bills that would provide millions of dollars for several projects in Palm Beach County on advanced out of two House appropriations subcommittees on Thursday. “It was a successful week for Palm Beach County,” said Rebecca de la Rosa, the county’s legislative affairs director via email. “I am appreciative of the collaboration between the Palm Beach County Delegation.” »...
The Latest: Schumer says very short-term funding would be OK

The Latest: Schumer says very short-term funding would be OK

The Latest on the debate over immigration and the budget (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Senate Democrats would support a "very short-term" government-wide funding bill to avert a shutdown. The New York Democrat says his party would accept a stopgap funding bill to keep the government open for a few days to buy time to "get the job done" in talks...
Nouman Raja files ‘Stand Your Ground’ claim in Corey Jones shooting

Nouman Raja files ‘Stand Your Ground’ claim in Corey Jones shooting

Calling it “a classic case of self-defense,” lawyers for former Palm Beach Gardens Officer Nouman Raja are asking a judge to dismiss manslaughter and attempted murder charges against him for the October 2015 shooting death of 31-year-old stranded motorist Corey Jones. Raja’s lawyers in court documents filed Thursday are asking Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer to dismiss...
Sportcaster, former NFL player Ahmad Rashad selling Gardens home

Sportcaster, former NFL player Ahmad Rashad selling Gardens home

Former Minnesota Viking and NBC sportscaster Ahmad Rashad has put his Palm Beach Gardens home on the market, realtor.com reports. Rashad is listing his 3-bedroom, 4 1/2-bathroom house in Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club for $740,000. The home has a two-car garage and a pool that’s surrounded by thick landscaping for privacy, but the landscaping could be trimmed for views of one of...
NEW: 1 dead, five injured in crash near Palm Springs, road closed

NEW: 1 dead, five injured in crash near Palm Springs, road closed

One person is dead and five are in the hospital after a crash near Palm Springs Thursday evening, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Crews were called to a multiple-vehicle crash near Melaleuca Lane and Congress Avenue at 5 p.m. Several people were trapped inside a vehicle that was on fire, according to Capt. Albert Borroto, the spokesperson for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. One person was...
Palm Beach developer admits to lying to bankroll Vero condo project

Palm Beach developer admits to lying to bankroll Vero condo project

A 74-year-old developer who operated from offices in Palm Beach faces a possible five-year prison sentence after admitting to a federal judge on Thursday that he submitted phony documents to banks to keep an oceanfront condominium project in Vero Beach afloat. Once facing eight counts of bank fraud, George Heaton pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit the offense...
Florida lawmakers advance new loan type sought by payday-loan industry

Florida lawmakers advance new loan type sought by payday-loan industry

Florida lawmakers have started moving forward with a proposal to revamp rules for the payday-loan industry, allowing customers to borrow larger amounts of money over longer periods of time. The House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee unanimously approved the changes Wednesday, a day after a Senate committee backed the Senate version. The proposal, in part, would allow a new type of “installment&rdquo...
Children left in freezing car while mother talked to friends in mall, police say

Children left in freezing car while mother talked to friends in mall, police say

After getting calls about mothers leaving their kids in freezing temperatures, police are warning parents not to leave their children in their vehicles. A mother left her two young children in a car as she spoke with friends for more than 45 minutes, according to WXIN.  Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Stephen Jones found an 11-year-old girl clutching her 2-year-old brother inside...
Cerabino: In immigration debate, Florida’s Rubio should find his voice

Cerabino: In immigration debate, Florida’s Rubio should find his voice

This would be a great time for Marco Rubio to start talking about his parents again. I’ll admit, I’ve grown weary over the years hearing the junior U.S. senator from Florida find a way in speeches to include the biographical detail that he comes from humble beginnings. “I live in an exceptional country where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the...
NEW: Here’s why hundreds of bikers will be in Wellington this weekend

NEW: Here’s why hundreds of bikers will be in Wellington this weekend

An 85-mile fundraising motorcycle ride will bring hundreds of bikers to Wellington on Saturday morning. The seventh annual Cruizin’ for Crime Stoppers ride launches from the area around Village Hall, with “kickstands up” at 10:30 a.m. “This is our major fundraiser for rewards, so we’ve got to do it to the top,” Crime Stoppers board of directors president Anthony...
Photos: Over 200 manatees keeping warm at FPL plant in Riviera Beach

Photos: Over 200 manatees keeping warm at FPL plant in Riviera Beach

On cold winter days, Florida Power & Light Company’s observation deck at Manatee Lagoon is the ideal spot to view manatee herds basking in the warm-water outflows from the power plant in Riviera Beach. Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center, is a free Palm Beach County educational attraction with a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. Over two hundred manatees were...
44-year-old man is year’s first homicide victim in Delray Beach

44-year-old man is year’s first homicide victim in Delray Beach

A 44-year-old man was shot and killed early Thursday in Delray Beach within feet of a church, according to police. Alaster Anton King died after he was shot multiple times by an unknown assailant. The shooting took place shortly before 1 a.m. at the corner of Southwest 12th Avenue and Southwest 1st Street, just south of West Atlantic Avenue and east of Interstate 95. City police remained on the scene...
NEW: West Palm agrees to Grassy Waters cleanup near Ibis

NEW: West Palm agrees to Grassy Waters cleanup near Ibis

The city of West Palm Beach and South Florida Water Management District have agreed to a cleanup plan for pollution from Ibis Golf & Country Club into the city’s main water supply, Grassy Waters Preserve, averting a multimillion-dollar re-engineering of the community’s lakes and filtration area but requiring lower-priced fixes and a promise that the city will remove nuisance vegetation...
NEW: PBSO deputy, husband arrested on drug charges

NEW: PBSO deputy, husband arrested on drug charges

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s corrections deputy and her husband were arrested on several drug charges after narcotics agents found more than 16 pounds of packaged marijuana inside of their South Bay home, according to court records. Marquita Perez is being held on $41,000 bail at the Palm Beach County jail and is charged with possession of marijuana in excess of 20 grams and possession of property...
Do doctors have trouble hearing black women? Serena Williams says, ‘Yes’

Do doctors have trouble hearing black women? Serena Williams says, ‘Yes’

When Serena Williams detailed in an interview with Vogue how — after giving birth to her daughter in West Palm Beach — she faced life-threatening blood clots, she underscored a troubling and lingering fact: American black women die during childbirth at three to four times the rate of white mothers — about the same level as in such countries as Mexico and Uzbekistan, World Health...
Brightline must act quickly to avert brand damage, experts say

Brightline must act quickly to avert brand damage, experts say

Proponents hope Brightline’s sleek, fast-moving trains can coax affluent South Floridians out of their cars and onto mass transit. But the train service’s launch has been marred by grisly headlines. Brightline trains struck and killed two people in just a few days, and the latest accident drew national news coverage and Congressional criticism. Experts in crisis communications say Brightline...

Opinion: What is the real message of #MeToo?

The feminist website Babe published an account of a date gone bad. The pushback has been swift and sharp. I share some of the concerns of the critics, but I also think young women are sending a message that is being missed. The account by the anonymous “Grace” about a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari was, if not “3,000 words of revenge porn” (Caitlin Flanagan’s phrase)...
Boy, 12, dies from flu-like symptoms in Michigan

Boy, 12, dies from flu-like symptoms in Michigan

A 12-year-old boy from Michigan who vomited during dinner one night, went to an urgent care facility the next night and had a flu test come back negative tragically died the very next morning. Michael Messenger’s family can’t believe how quickly their world was turned upside-down, losing a son and a brother who had been so full of life in just a matter of days. The timeline of Messenger&rsquo...
Editorial: County can ensure women, minorities fair cut of contracts

Editorial: County can ensure women, minorities fair cut of contracts

Palm Beach County isn’t wasting time. About $40 million of the money collected from the 2016 sales tax increase already has been spent, says County Administrator Verdenia Baker. A road project here, some bridge work there — it doesn’t take long for the expenditures to add up. Unfortunately, it’s still business as usual in the way the county and other local governments have...
Christie commentary: Please, just stop trying to beat the train

Christie commentary: Please, just stop trying to beat the train

It was a tough week for Brightline. Maybe the last thing you want in your first week as a high-speed passenger rail line is people dying on your tracks. But public outcry has All Aboard Florida’s Brightline close to coming off the rails here. “We offer our deepest sympathy to those affected by the recent incidents,” Brightline’s President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick...
Letters: Red-light runners endanger other drivers

Letters: Red-light runners endanger other drivers

Recently, while stopped at a light in Royal Palm Beach, a black pickup truck pulled up behind me for a couple seconds. I had my dash camera running. The driver went around me via the center lane, crossed in front of me, and continued accelerating through a left turn and through the red light with impunity. Even more alarming, this is not the first time our family has witnessed this kind of death-defying...

POINT OF VIEW: Our elections are in danger. Congress must defend them.

While the 2016 election may have left our country divided on many issues, it exposed one critical problem that should unite all Americans: Our democratic process is vulnerable to attacks by hostile foreign powers. As our intelligence community unanimously assessed, Russia used social media channels to influence and mislead voters. It also hacked political campaign committees and local elections boards...
Shutdown nixes Trump visit to Mar-a-Lago; party goes on with son Eric headlining

Shutdown nixes Trump visit to Mar-a-Lago; party goes on with son Eric headlining

The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday. As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel as headliners...
Girl, 9, unknowingly hands out THC-laced candy to classmates, school says

Girl, 9, unknowingly hands out THC-laced candy to classmates, school says

A 9-year-old girl unwittingly ate, and handed out to other classmates, THC-laced candy, school officials said.  The girl brought the candies to school last Thursday and said she could not see; another girl ate them and started to feel dizzy, Albuquerque School of Excellence Dean of Elementary School Students Kristy Del Curto told KRQE.  “We noticed the student who initially brought...
Man shot in leg during drug deal outside Walmart, police say

Man shot in leg during drug deal outside Walmart, police say

Police are looking for the suspect who shot a man during a drug deal around 3 p.m. Saturday in a Walmart parking lot. According to Sgt. Brandon McCroskey of the Fairfield Township police, the suspect shot the victim in the leg during a drug deal while the victim was in his vehicle. The victim then accelerated his vehicle and struck other vehicles and a cart corral. The suspect fled the scene on foot...
Analysis: John Calipari says Kentucky is ‘fine’ after Florida loss, but is it?

Analysis: John Calipari says Kentucky is ‘fine’ after Florida loss, but is it?

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky lost for the second time in as many games, the third time in SEC play and fifth time overall this season on Saturday night against Florida. The Wildcats coughed up mind-boggling turnovers, had another horrible 3-point shooting night, turned a rousing start into a rotten finish again. But strangely, when it was over, the 66-64...
Congress back at work on Sunday, still searching for deal to end shutdown

Congress back at work on Sunday, still searching for deal to end shutdown

With no signs of any deal to restore funding for the federal government, lawmakers on Capitol Hill will be back for a rare Sunday session, with no real signs of an agreement to end the first government shutdown since 2013, as both parties continued to point the finger of blame at each other. The main stumbling block continues to be immigration, and what to do about hundreds...
UCLA falls on the road to Oregon: Three things we learned

UCLA falls on the road to Oregon: Three things we learned

It was a road trip in which UCLA could not afford to be swept. And yet that’s exactly what happened, as a loss at Oregon State on Thursday preceded another to Oregon on Saturday night in a game that the Bruins fought and fought and fought — and ultimately fell short. UCLA lost, 94-91, going down big early, only to battle all the way back to within three before the...
Oregon basketball survives comeback from UCLA: Three things we learned

Oregon basketball survives comeback from UCLA: Three things we learned

In a fight for Pac-12 relevancy, the Oregon Ducks survived a frenetic comeback from UCLA on Saturday night, 94-91. The Ducks leapt out to a quick lead, claiming a 17-point advantage late in the first half — an advantage that proved to be barely enough. UCLA fought back to within three but couldn’t put the comeback together. It was a much-needed win for Oregon, which...
Jim Rodford, bassist for The Kinks, dead at 76

Jim Rodford, bassist for The Kinks, dead at 76

Jim Rodford, bassist for popular rock band The Kinks from 1978 to 1996, has died at 76, according to the band. The Kinks, whose hits include “You Really Got Me,” “Lola,” “I’m Not Like Everybody Else,” “A Well-Respected Man,” “Victoria” and “Waterloo Sunset,” made the announcement Saturday on its official social media accounts...
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