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...


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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
NEW: Brightline to add safety ambassadors, more signs at key crossings

NEW: Brightline to add safety ambassadors, more signs at key crossings

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline on Friday announced new safety and public education initiatives it plans to implement in the coming days amid mounting calls from state representatives to review recent deaths involving the private rail venture’s trains. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, on Friday joined the list of lawmakers urging federal transportation officials to evaluate whether proper...
Delray commission to decide fate of twice-rejected historic district redevelopment

Delray commission to decide fate of twice-rejected historic district redevelopment

DELRAY BEACH — A divisive development proposal that has pitted preservationists against developers, with residents in the cross hairs, will again go to the Delray Beach city commission for approval or denial. The city’s Historic Preservation Board rejected Midtown Delray Beach, a proposal to redevelop and build out a strip of historic homes on Swinton Avenue south of West...
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...
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...
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...
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...
State OKs making S. Dixie Highway a two-lane road leading into core of West Palm

State OKs making S. Dixie Highway a two-lane road leading into core of West Palm

A redesigned South Dixie Highway, with fewer travel lanes but a central turn lane, on-street parking for businesses, more landscaping and room for pedestrians and bicyclists, has won approval from the state’s district transportation office. The plan would take the mile-and-a-half stretch from Okeechobee Boulevard to Albemarle Road and reduce it from four lanes to two with an additional...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Publix launches low-price prescription drug program

Publix launches low-price prescription drug program

Publix Pharmacy has launched a new low-price prescription drug program offering a 90-day supply some of the most commonly prescribed medications for $7.50. The program includes 29 medications with a total of 85 dosage options. “Our founder, George Jenkins, taught us to take care of people and our communities, and making needed medications more affordable provides us this opportunity,”...
COMMENTARY: Wine-tasting at Cooper’s Hawk hits mark for mall’s future

COMMENTARY: Wine-tasting at Cooper’s Hawk hits mark for mall’s future

Long after Santa has gone back to the North Pole and the crowds have cleared out from foodie events and charitable lunches, one end of The Gardens Mall struggles to entice shoppers. RELATED: Dining review: Wine-loving Cooper’s Hawk brings bold flavors to The Gardens Mall Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant offers a glimmer of hope where Sears has floundered and the Gap closing is imminent...
New plan for South Dixie Highway parcel in West Palm Beach

New plan for South Dixie Highway parcel in West Palm Beach

Owners of the aged Prospect Place office center in West Palm Beach are going low, instead of high, for a planned redevelopment. Time Equities, which owns the 3111 S. Dixie Highway site, this month filed plans with the city to build 300 luxury apartments in six low-rise buildings. Three buildings rising three stories would be built along Dixie Highway, with 17,000 square feet of retail space on the...
Bicyclist’s widow sues over husband’s death in Boca area park

Bicyclist’s widow sues over husband’s death in Boca area park

The widow of a suburban Boca Raton man who was killed in October while bicycling in South County Regional Park has filed suit against the landscaping superintendent involved in the crash and the company that employed him. In the lawsuit filed this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Nelly Bronnberg blames the death of her 42-year-old husband, Mark, on the negligence of Scott Spara and Brightview...
Haitians face hurdles after protected-status renewal delays

Haitians face hurdles after protected-status renewal delays

Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status, Haitian community leaders and immigrant activists say. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released details Thursday about the next steps for the 60,000 Haitians with the...
This weekend in Gardens: Smokey the Bear and an early Mardi Gras bash

This weekend in Gardens: Smokey the Bear and an early Mardi Gras bash

1. Fire Rescue Open House. Children can meet Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog at a free Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue open house that’s 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station 1, 4425 Burns Road. There will be interactive games for children, a coloring contest and fire rescue and police SWAT team demonstrations with an emergency vehicle and a robot. Food from Chick-fil-A, Chicago...
Dynamic water color, oil painting exhibits on display in Gardens

Dynamic water color, oil painting exhibits on display in Gardens

A new set of colorful paintings is brightening up the Burns Road Recreation Center. RELATED: How three weeks of isolation on Lake Superior shaped a Gardens artist “Art x 2,” oil paintings by local artists Marci Bulitt and Roma Josephs, will be on display at the recreation center through Feb. 21. The exhibit is part of the GardensArt program, in which local and nationally recognized artists...
Streeter: Writer’s criticism proves age is just a number, not a sign of maturity

Streeter: Writer’s criticism proves age is just a number, not a sign of maturity

CNN Headline News’ Asheligh Banfield came under fire for criticizing a woman who accused actor Aziz Ansari of date rape. By Leslie Gray Streeter When my niece was about 13, her two favorite insults were “That’s old” and “Well, I’ve never heard of it.” We heard them mostly when she didn’t like whatever pre-2000-era song was playing on the...
Historic Delray cottage near W. Atlantic Ave. opens as career center... will it signal changes?

Historic Delray cottage near W. Atlantic Ave. opens as career center... will it signal changes?

DELRAY BEACH — A career center opened in a tiny historic cottage in an underdeveloped part of downtown Delray Beach anticipating transformative changes in the near future. Through a partnership between the city and nonprofit CareerSource Palm Beach County, Delray Career Cottage, a nonprofit that offers job training, recruitment and hiring services to the public, opened Thursday at...
NEW: Martin deputies arrest Miami-Dade trio on burglary charges

NEW: Martin deputies arrest Miami-Dade trio on burglary charges

Three Miami-Dade County residents were booked into the Martin County Jail early Thursday after they allegedly were caught with various burglary tools and a map of local marinas. Martin County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Damian Llanes, 29, Xiomara Alfaro-Porto, 22 and Yovany Valera-Gonzalez, 19, following a traffic stop Wednesday night in the Golden Gate area of Stuart. The three were...
“This sure ain’t no ****hole!” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro tells Mar-a-Lago crowd

“This sure ain’t no ****hole!” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro tells Mar-a-Lago crowd

Update 9:18 p.m.: Jeanine Pirro, host of Fox News Channel's Justice with Judge Jeanine, opened her remarks to the packed ballroom with a poke at the profane word the president allegedly used do describe Haiti and countries in Africa.  "Welcome to Mar-a-Lago. A magnificent place. It sure ain't no s***hole!" Pirro spoke for about 15 mintues and inspired a rally-like response...
NEW: After multiple train deaths, a call for action and education

NEW: After multiple train deaths, a call for action and education

A growing chorus of local leaders on Thursday said more must be done to warn the public about the danger of ignoring railroad safety gates after two people were struck and killed by Brightline trains in less than a week. But despite mounting concern over the deaths, it was unclear late Thursday who would lead such a public awareness campaign. In both cases, officials said those killed were on the...
UPDATE: Palm City man, 85, found unharmed

UPDATE: Palm City man, 85, found unharmed

Update 3:55 p.m.: Ambroise Searle has been found unharmed, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. Original story: An 85-year-old Palm City man has gone missing and authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding him. A Silver Alert was issued for Ambroise Gary Searle. He left his home in Palm City at about 6 p.m. Thursday to go to Port St. Lucie. According to the sheriff&rsquo...
UPDATE: PBSO still searching for man missing since Dec. 31

UPDATE: PBSO still searching for man missing since Dec. 31

Pattie Lalbachan clutches the flyer bearing a photo of her of 33-year-old son, Sean Seebarran. It has been more than two weeks since she has heard from Sean, whom authorities say was in South Florida from New York to visit a relative before New Year’s Day. “I think something is terribly wrong,” said Lalbachan, who is in West Palm Beach from New York to search for her son. &ldquo...
Eat like a food critic: Introducing our new restaurant reviews dining guide

Eat like a food critic: Introducing our new restaurant reviews dining guide

She doesn’t have a pop name, like Alexa or Siri, but she’s a beauty – with knowledge and opinions for days. Want to find a brunch spot in West Palm Beach? Just ask our new friend. We call her Palm Beach Post Eats. She’s our new digital dining data base, a repository of our restaurant reviews, my special recommendations (of non-reviewed restaurants) and just about...
Wellington’s making moves in the world of ‘slow fashion’

Wellington’s making moves in the world of ‘slow fashion’

Art can be inspired by many things, but for fashion designers Anabella Montgomery and Kate Hannah the inspiration comes mostly from people and places. And lately, their muse can be found in Palm Beach County. The two women own Elizabeth, a Colorado-based label sold at Hannah’s store, Tula. The women’s clothing brand focuses on “slow fashion” made of high-quality...
South Florida makes first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 search

South Florida makes first cut in Amazon’s HQ2 search

South Florida made the first cut in its bid to become the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, the ecommerce giant said Thursday. Amazon narrowed its search to 20 contestants. Aside from Miami, they are: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Montgomery County in Maryland; Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia...
PBSO pays $325K to settle suit over fatal shooting of Belle Glade man

PBSO pays $325K to settle suit over fatal shooting of Belle Glade man

Two years after a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a 19-year-old Belle Glade man six seconds after stopping him for driving without a seat-belt, the agency has agreed to pay $325,000 to the teen’s family to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. The settlement with the family of Henry Bennett III is the latest one in a string of payouts Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has made to end lawsuits...
Florida man sent to prison after threatening to kill at Islamic Center 

Florida man sent to prison after threatening to kill at Islamic Center 

A 35-year-old Florida man was sentenced to prison after calling a mosque and leaving a message that said, “I’m gonna shoot all ya’ll,” the U.S. state attorney reported. Gerald S. Wallace, of Miami, pleaded guilty in October to one count of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs for making call. He was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months and one day in prison and three...
UPDATE: $700 drug deal ends in man’s killing outside Lantana-area home

UPDATE: $700 drug deal ends in man’s killing outside Lantana-area home

“Black Jay” had a bad feeling about the men showing up to buy $700 worth of drugs last month. He told his fiancee to wait in the master bathroom of their Lantana-area home with a baseball bat. He’d yell if he needed help. He did. La’Virgil Stewart said she heard his screams Dec. 19 then saw the 25-year-old, Jair Major, on top of a man at their home on Florence Road off Washington...
NEW: Man charged in Lake Worth home invasion

NEW: Man charged in Lake Worth home invasion

A 26-year-old West Palm Beach man was taken into custody Friday in connection to an alleged home invasion robbery from November. Authorities say Eugene Omar Knight broke into an apartment on 15th Avenue North Avenue in Lake Worth the evening of Nov. 26 and robbed a man at gunpoint. On Wednesday, he remained in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail after a judge ordered he be held without bail. According...
Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can

Massachusetts couple accidentally donates savings hidden in a soup can

Amanda Mattuchio said her parents use a fake can of Campbell's Tomato Soup to hide their cash. Unfortunately, they stored it alongside real soup cans in their kitchen. “The bottom would unscrew and it had $2,500 in it and it was a combination of $100 and $50 bills,” she said. “The neighbor upstairs asked them if they had any canned goods they wanted to donate to the senior center...
Patriots’ Tom Brady ‘not talking about’ possible hand injury

Patriots’ Tom Brady ‘not talking about’ possible hand injury

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke to the media Friday amid wild speculation about his status after a hand injury was listed earlier in the week.  “We'll see,” he said when asked about his status for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Brady was spotted at practice Friday wearing red gloves on both of his hands, but it wasn't clear...
Oscar winner, 'Peyton Place' star Dorothy Malone dead at 93

Oscar winner, 'Peyton Place' star Dorothy Malone dead at 93

Dorothy Malone, who won an Oscar for her sultry role in the 1956 film “Written on the Wind” and starred in the television soap opera “Peyton Place,” died Friday in Dallas, The New York Times reported. She was 93. Malone’s daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten, confirmed her mother’s death, the Times reported. Malone died a few days short of her 94th birthday at...

Ibuprofen appears to mess with male hormones. Should you be worried?

In recent decades, prompted by concerns that men’s sperm quality is declining, researchers have looked at things they suspect of potentially disrupting the body’s endocrine system - from chemicals in water bottles to WiFi laptops to wearing tight underwear instead of boxers. You can add ibuprofen to the list. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,...

Opinion: Journalists must give light; public can find its way

I was wrong. Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation’s drift toward “factish” and “truthy” logic. What was needed, I’d reply with misplaced confidence, is robust fact-checking. If news media were more aggressive in calling people out for lying, I predicted, they’d be less likely to do so with impunity. Well, in the...

Owners do not get an official vote at board meetings

Question: During an HOA board meeting, is it common practice to allow the members in the audience to have a vote on board business? I know the members are allowed to speak if recognized, but going through our bylaws and the Florida statues I have found nothing pertaining to members having a vote along with the board. It seems to me that the board was put in place to protect the members of the association...
Lifestyle changes for better blood pressure

Lifestyle changes for better blood pressure

If you’re worried about high blood pressure, there are some things you can do beyond taking appropriate medication. The American Heart Association (AHA) points to some not-so-difficult lifestyle changes to delay or lower high pressure and reduce the risk of illnesses associated with it, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Here’s some of what the AHA recommends: - Get regular...
So what’s high blood pressure?

So what’s high blood pressure?

When headlines about new blood pressure guidelines pinged across my phone recently, I remembered a man my inpatient team had admitted to the hospital not long ago. He had gotten up in the middle of the night to use the toilet and passed out, hitting his head on the floor. The first people to find him described him twitching, so he initially got a battery of tests to determine whether he was having...
5 reasons not to diet in 2018, and what to do instead

5 reasons not to diet in 2018, and what to do instead

January, a.k.a. National Dieting Month, is once again upon us. Before you sign up for another a restrictive eating plan that has been designed by someone who doesn’t even know you, here are five reasons to opt out of diet culture this year. 1. Diets don’t work. Anyone who says they have found the proven way to lose weight and keep it off is selling snake oil, and counting on repeat customers...

Opinion: Choosing immigration criteria is a Sisyphean task

WASHINGTON — In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: “It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us.” Perhaps today’s 115th Congress will resume the Sisyphean task of continuing one...
Drake makes surprise appearance at Memphis nightclub

Drake makes surprise appearance at Memphis nightclub

He may have started from the bottom, but rapper Drake is making headlines after doing one dance that started in the Bluff City. According to party promoter Curtis Givens, the Grammy winner called him wanting to have a private party at In LOVE Memphis, a popular nightclub. Givens said it was a last minute call, but he and his business partner were up for the challenge. As word quickly spread that Drake...
Woman dies after falling from balcony of Carnival cruise ship

Woman dies after falling from balcony of Carnival cruise ship

A woman died Friday after falling from the balcony of a room on the Jacksonville-based Carnival Elation cruise ship. The woman fell from the balcony to several decks below, Carnival said in a statement. Carnival Elation departed Jacksonville on Thursday for a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. Carnival sent the following statement to Action News Jax:"Early this morning a guest fell from her balcony...

Boys basketball: No. 3 Lake Worth stops No. 9 Boca Raton

Lake Worth kept its lead in the District 10-9A race Friday night, holding off a late-charging Boca Raton 69-63 in a top 10 boys basketball matchup. Japhet Medor scored a game-high 25 points, and Avery Brookes added 17 to lead the third-ranked Trojans, who improved to 15-1 with the win and 7-1 in district play. The No. 9 Bobcats dropped to 10-7 overall and 2-5 in the district. Lake Worth has two district...

Girls basketball: No. 8 Jupiter stops Dwyer

Aayden Ghee had 11 points and 14 rebounds, leading the eighth-ranked Jupiter girls basketball team to a 43-31 victory over Dwyer on Friday night in Jupiter. Veronica Edwards and Ellie Eide each added eight points for the Warriors (16-3). No. 4 Benjamin 53, Fort Lauderdale-Pine Crest 39: Da’mya Preston had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Deborrah Redmon and Anise Williams each added 11 points as...

Soccer: American Heritage boys roll to victory

Douglas Phillips scored two goals, leading the American Heritage boys soccer team to a 6-0 rout of St. Andrew’s on Friday in Boca Raton. Brian Lopez and Dominic Manzo combined for the shutout for the Stallions (11-3-1). Spanish River 5, Palm Beach Central 0: Greg Aronstam and Greg Boko each scored two goals as the Sharks shut down the Broncos in Boca Raton. Lake Worth 1, Forest Hill 0: A goal...
Scientists worry brain-wasting 'zombie deer' disease could spread to humans

Scientists worry brain-wasting 'zombie deer' disease could spread to humans

Deer across North America are dying from a mysterious disease that gradually destroys the animals’ nervous systems. And scientists are concerned that the infection could make its way to humans.  Chronic wasting disease — or “zombie deer disease” — was first observed in 1967 in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has since infected wild herds in 24 states and Canada, as well...
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