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Judge sets hearing to address Dalia Dippolito’s sleeping juror claim

The judge in Dalia Dippolito’s murder-for-hire case has agreed to set a hearing to address allegations that one of the jurors who convicted her earlier this month was sleeping through parts of the trial. Dippolito’s attorneys are asking Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley to take the rare step of interviewing jurors after a verdict — a move they hope will confirm their claims...
The judge in Dalia Dippolito’s murder-for-hire case has agreed to set a hearing to address allegations that one of the jurors who convicted her earlier this month was sleeping through parts of the...


Appraiser: Palm Beach County property values up 7.3 percent

Appraiser: Palm Beach County property values up 7.3 percent

The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office has refined its estimates for how much property values have risen, showing that cities will collectively have less money to work with than previously thought while the county government will have a little bit more. The new figures, released Wednesday, will be used by the county and cities to set their budgets and new property tax rates for...
Revolutions’ lawsuit: CityPlace ripping us off, not keeping center safe

Revolutions’ lawsuit: CityPlace ripping us off, not keeping center safe

Is it last call for bowling balls at CityPlace? Not if Revolutions Bowling Bar & Grille can help it. The upscale bowling alley and CityPlace are locked in litigation, a battle that once again raises questions about the West Palm Beach center’s continued problems keeping tenants. This month, CityPlace Retail filed two lawsuits against Revolutions: an eviction over alleged non-payment of $363...
‘Cash me ousside’ girl pleads guilty to juvenile charges

‘Cash me ousside’ girl pleads guilty to juvenile charges

The local teen thrust into internet fame after uttering the viral catchphrase — “Cash Me Ousside, How Bow Dat?” — plead guiltyWednesday to juvenile charges in Palm Beach County court. Danielle Bregoli, a 14-year-old from Boynton Beach who appeared on daytime talk show “Dr. Phil” last year, sat quietly in the corner of a courtroom in Delray Beach with her attorney...
School grades: Palm Beach County logs improvements, retains B grade

School grades: Palm Beach County logs improvements, retains B grade

Palm Beach County continues to reign as Florida’s highest performing large urban school district, and held its B rating for a second year, but its lead is shrinking as districts such as Miami-Dade and Broward make bigger strides in student performance, according to data released Wednesday by the state’s Department of Education. State officials found much to boast about in the final tabulations...
Protesters vent over GOP health care bill outside Rubio’s office on PGA

Protesters vent over GOP health care bill outside Rubio’s office on PGA

Cheryl Harris was born with a leaking heart valve so minor it wasn’t detected until she was an adult. She kept up with her medical care while she was living and working in the London, so she was dismayed when she returned to the United States and was denied health care because insurers here considered her heart murmur a pre-existing condition and she had been out of the system. The Affordable...
FAU sues to fire campus cop who threatened to shoot lieutenant

FAU sues to fire campus cop who threatened to shoot lieutenant

The trustees of Florida Atlantic University are asking a Palm Beach County circuit judge to reverse an arbitrator’s decision that forced them to reinstate a campus cop who was fired after he threatened to shoot a fellow officer. In a lawsuit filed this month, the board of the Boca Raton-based university claims it should not have been forced to rehire officer William Hernandez Jr., an 18-year...
Regular gas dips below $2 a gallon in Palm Beach County

Regular gas dips below $2 a gallon in Palm Beach County

Just in time for Fourth of July travelers, $1.99 a gallon gasoline is being sold in Palm Beach County. As of Wednesday afternoon, only five stations had reached the price point coveted by consumers, according to reports on GasBuddy.com They were Rocket Fuel, 100 N. Federal Highway in North Palm Beach and four in suburban West Palm Beach — Murphy USA, 1050 N. Military Trail; Raceway, 288 N. Haverhill...
In 90-degree temps ‘human chicken’ boils on Boynton Beach Boulevard

In 90-degree temps ‘human chicken’ boils on Boynton Beach Boulevard

There’s one of those ‘human advertisements’ on Boynton Beach Boulevard who I really feel bad for and just want to leave a case of water at his feet: The human chicken outside of La Brasa restaurant . The guy in the yellow Velcro chicken suit is 16-year-old Alan Nava. It’s his $10-an-hour summer job. Aren’t there any other cooler (as in physical...
JUST IN: Twitter photo shows fake Trump Time mag cover at Mar-a-Lago

JUST IN: Twitter photo shows fake Trump Time mag cover at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump, who often derides the mainstream media as producing “fake news,” has an actual bit of fake news hanging in the entrance to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Among a collection of framed awards and magazine covers hung on the estate’s 15th century Portuguese tile is a fake Time magazine cover from March 1, 2009 featuring the then-reality TV star...
Gators’ baseball title has local flavor

Gators’ baseball title has local flavor

The Florida Gators won their first College World Series title on Tuesday night, beating LSU 6-1, and several Palm Beach County natives helped lead the way. Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan is a Jupiter High alum, playing for the Warriors before he played college ball. Before coaching at Florida, he was an assistant for Florida Atlantic and coached the Jupiter American Legion team. Two more coaches...
Whitney Houston’s West Palm Beach bodyguard recalls tragic end

Whitney Houston’s West Palm Beach bodyguard recalls tragic end

Although Kevin Costner’s the first person that comes to mind when you hear the words “Whitney Houston” and “bodyguard,” there’s at least one guy in West Palm Beach who had that job off-screen. David Roberts, who worked protecting the late Houston in the late 1980s and mid-’90s, is one of the people interviewed in “Whitney: Can I Be Me?,” a documentary...
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Why is "Pride" in June? A West Palm transgender woman explains

In case you missed the memo, June is ‘Pride Month’ in the United States. From the Empire State Building in New York to Houston’s Montrose bridges in Texas and Wilton Manors Drive in Florida, buildings and city monuments across America have been dipped in rainbow-colored lights in honor of the LGBTQ community. This year, millions of people have attended marches, parades, pool...
Tourism leaders use Instagram to win food-loving tourists

Tourism leaders use Instagram to win food-loving tourists

On a rainy Friday evening in June, a group of women from Miami gathered at Salt Seven — one of the busiest restaurants in downtown Delray Beach — armed with cameras and a small flash light. As soon as the food arrived at the table, they started clicking away. Two used their iPhones, another had a larger digital camera with a specialty lens. They all have the same goal &mdash...
Incredible image of alligator crushed by tree in Hurricane Matthew

Incredible image of alligator crushed by tree in Hurricane Matthew

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials were in Georgia’s Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge to clean up after October’s Hurricane Matthew when they came across an amazing site – an alligator crushed by a tree. According to an article in National Geographic, it was just bad luck that the American alligator was under the tree when it came crashing down....
Who does history favor if Rick Scott challenges Bill Nelson in 2018?

Who does history favor if Rick Scott challenges Bill Nelson in 2018?

Sen. Bill Nelson in his West Palm Beach office last month. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is one of 10 Democrats up for re-election next year in states that Republican Donald Trump won in 2016. Republicans, on the other hand, have only one Senate incumbent — Dean Heller of Nevada — facing re-election next year in a state...
This new store just opened in the Wellington mall

This new store just opened in the Wellington mall

Natural Kerr, a beauty company offering a variety of hair and skin care products made with natural ingredients, has opened its first retail location at the Mall at Wellington Green. The store is located next to Dillard’s on the malls upper level. Until the store’s opening, Natural Kerr’s product line had only been available on Amazon and its own website. Last...
July 4th 2017: Perfect spots for your picnic

July 4th 2017: Perfect spots for your picnic

At lunch on a recent workday, I had the need to nosh outside in the fresh air. With my delicious salad from Aioli in hand, I headed out to one of my favorite picnic spots in West Palm (pictured above). Can you guess the location? Here’s a hint: The backdrop of the Intracoastal makes for a perfect lunch companion. Give up? It’s George S. Petty Park. (You can look it up. Take your...
BREAKING: Man found dead in overnight Riviera Beach shooting

BREAKING: Man found dead in overnight Riviera Beach shooting

Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead Thursday morning in Riviera Beach. For more breaking news, click here Riviera Beach Police responded to shots fired at 2:45 a.m. on the 1500 block of West Blue Heron Boulevard, according to public information officer, Rose Anne Brown. Officers found a male lying in the parking lot and he was pronouced dead at the scene. No suspect information...
Mrs. Muoio goes to Washington

Mrs. Muoio goes to Washington

Mayor Jeri Muoio Mayor Jeri Muoio has been in the nation’s capital this week, shaking the money tree and the policy tree. The mayor, along with City Attorney Kimberly Rothenburg, has taken the city’s issues to U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Lois Frankel, to Sen. Bill Nelson and a member of Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff. She’s met officials of the Justice and Transportation...
West Palm Beach region ranks dead last in car affordability index

West Palm Beach region ranks dead last in car affordability index

Honk if this sounds a little too familiar: The South Florida region that includes West Palm Beach and Miami sputters to a stop as worst in the nation for affording a car, according to a study by Bankrate.com of North Palm Beach. It’s not a mere mismatch of the salaries of regular working folks to the sticker price on a vehicle, researchers said. Other stuff...
Forecast: 40% chance of rain, high in upper 80s in PB County

Forecast: 40% chance of rain, high in upper 80s in PB County

It should be another hot and humid day today in Palm Beach County under partly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. There’s a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with highs in the upper 80s. Download The Post’s WeatherPlus app Easterly winds around 5 to 10 mph should shift to the southeast tonight. Check for storms with our live radar Tonight’s forecast...
JUST IN: Jupiter area 77-year-old man with Alzheimer’s missing

JUST IN: Jupiter area 77-year-old man with Alzheimer’s missing

A 77-year-old man with Alzheimer’s is missing from the Jupiter area, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Tommy Curtis Jones was last seen driving away from his residence on the 100 block of Palm Garden Street, just north of west Indiantown Road, at 4 p.m. He has not been seen or heard from since. Jones is driving a 2017 block four-door Hyundai Elantra with the Florida...
Florida prosecutor against death penalty takes case to Supreme Court

Florida prosecutor against death penalty takes case to Supreme Court

Florida Supreme Court justices appeared highly skeptical of a Central Florida state attorney’s assertion that prosecutors have absolute discretion in death-penalty cases during arguments Wednesday in a legal dispute between the prosecutor and Gov. Rick Scott. Almost immediately after arguments began Wednesday morning, even the court’s more liberal justices started grilling a lawyer representing...
BREAKING: PBSO investigate homicide in Lake Worth

BREAKING: PBSO investigate homicide in Lake Worth

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in Lake Worth Wednesday. Ednaul Rios, 37, was found in front of 1011 6th Ave. South, just west of Dixie Highway. It’s unclear when Rios died or how how he was killed. The building sits along a gravel road by the train tracks and contains several business including a car window repair shop. At 7 p.m., there was no crime...
WATCH: Sharks swim within arm’s reach of Florida beachgoers  

WATCH: Sharks swim within arm’s reach of Florida beachgoers  

A vacationer captured an incredible video of sharks swimming just off Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Stephanie Stevens Adcock, from Arkansas, was off the coast of Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton when she spotted the sharks, according to KARK.  <div></div><br><div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]...
UPDATE: PBSO ID man killed in crash near West Palm Beach

UPDATE: PBSO ID man killed in crash near West Palm Beach

Update, 9 p.m.: A 74-year-old man is dead after a crash near Palm Beach International Airport Wednesday afternoon, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Donald Hall was stopped in his 2017 Ford Escape at the stopsign at the Airport Hilton Hotel on the east side of Australian Avenue, according to the sheriff’s office. Meanwhile, 20-year-old Decan Garcia-Silas was headed northbound...

Voicemails with no ring: FCC petition pulled for calls RNC supported

States opposing ringless robocalls cheered on Wednesday the withdrawal of a company’s petition to the Federal Communications Commission to exempt such calls from consumer protections. The calls, pitched by a company called All About the Message LLC and supported by the Republican National Committee in a written filing, allow callers to leave voicemails on a receiving phone that never rings....
NEW: Florida fraternity suspended amid serious sexual allegations

NEW: Florida fraternity suspended amid serious sexual allegations

Serious allegations have led to the suspension of a fraternity at a Florida university. Pledges of the Lambda Theta Phi Latin fraternity at the University of Central Florida are accused of having sexual intercourse with a person who was "severely mentally and physically incapacitated due to alcohol consumption," according to a report obtained by WESH. The case was brought to the...
NEW: PBSO seeks help finding homeless man missing since March

NEW: PBSO seeks help finding homeless man missing since March

A 46-year-old homeless man has been reported missing and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding him. Willie Thomas was last seen on March 17 in the area of Forest Hill Boulevard and Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach. The sheriff’s office said Thomas is considered to be missing and endangered. Anyone who comes into contact with him...
UPDATE: Driver had medical issue before fatal crash in Boynton Beach

UPDATE: Driver had medical issue before fatal crash in Boynton Beach

Update, 5:45 p.m.: The man who died in a Boynton Beach crash had a medical issue that may have caused him to lose control of his vehicle, according to city police. Boynton Beach police said a man in a Toyota Corolla was driving eastbound on Hypoluxo Road when he jumped the curb into westbound traffic. The Corolla collided with a Toyota SUV and the Corolla’s driver died at the scene. The SUV&rsquo...
Deadline looming to join Boynton Beach’s teen police academy

Deadline looming to join Boynton Beach’s teen police academy

Teen Police Academy. (Handout: Boynton Beach Police) The deadline to register for the  Boynton Beach Police Department’s Teen Police Academy is Monday. The program is July 31 through Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Intracoastal Park for teens ages 14-16. The academy will provide youth a hands-on opportunity to learn how the ...
Councilman flips vote, but Wellington bans conversion therapy 3-2

Councilman flips vote, but Wellington bans conversion therapy 3-2

Wellington passed a second and final vote to ban so-called conversion therapy on minors, but it was a tighter call then expected. Earlier this month, Mayor Anne Gerwig because the first local official to vote against a conversion therapy ban of the municipalities that discussed it. This time, Councilman Michael Drahos joined those ranks, making the final vote 3-2 after 21 of the 22 speakers said that...
Builder buys Bonnette Hunt Club, to put up 28 houses

Builder buys Bonnette Hunt Club, to put up 28 houses

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post The Bonnette Hunt Club in Palm Beach Gardens once counted among its regulars Burt Reynolds, Bing Crosby, Jack Nicklaus, King Hussein, Lawton Chiles and Claude Kirk Jr. Now the iconic site will give way to 28 new homes. Parkwood Distinctive Homes this month paid $2.55 million for the property at 5307 and 5309 Hood Road, said Lynn B. Telling...
Deputies rescue this sad-looking owl stranded on Florida road 

Deputies rescue this sad-looking owl stranded on Florida road 

An owl stranded on the road, looking all ragged, was rescued Tuesday night by law enforcement officials. Flagler County deputies Lichty and Smith, with Sgt. Weaver, found the owl on County Road 13, according to the sheriff’s Facebook page.  They think it may have been hit by a car. The sad-looking bird was quickly taken to Flagler County Animal Hospital.  Several people online expressed...
NEW: Florida man scams woman out of $1,000 worth of Disney tickets

NEW: Florida man scams woman out of $1,000 worth of Disney tickets

A Florida woman’s trip to Walt Disney World was over before it started after the woman fell victim to a scam. The Tampa woman met with Branden Bullerin, 19, of Deltona, who was offering discounted tickets to Disney on Craigslist, according to WESH. Law enforcement authorities said the pair arranged to meet at Bullerin’s grandparents’ home, where he sold the victim 13 tickets...
Foreign exchange student accused of helping husband sexually assault teen sister

Foreign exchange student accused of helping husband sexually assault teen sister

A Florida man who divorced his wife to marry a foreign exchange student is now accused of sexually assaulting that student’s teenage sister. Dale Leary, 50, of Cutler Bay, left his wife to marry a foreign exchange student, now 21, from Spain. When she turned 18, she convinced her parents to allow her younger sister to live with them in Florida, according to WPLG. The sister, along with...
Significant weather advisory for Palm Beach County

Significant weather advisory for Palm Beach County

The National Weather Service has issued a significant weather advisory for metro and inland Palm Beach County with a line of strong thunderstorms stretching from Royal Palm Beach to Coral Springs. Forecasters said hail, wind gusts to 55 mph and lightning are the biggest concerns with these storms, which are nearly stationary. A second Florida man was killed by lightning Tuesday in Pembroke...
West Palm commission candidates line up for March 13 election

West Palm commission candidates line up for March 13 election

It’s the time of year when campaigns grind into gear for the March 13 city commission races. Three of the five commissioners are up for re-election: Sylvia Moffett in District 1 in the North End, Paula Ryan in District 3, which stretches roughly from the El Cid area to the Northwest, and Shanon Materio in District 5, in the South End. The two other commissioners, Cory Neering and Keith James...
All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains to use FPL-made biodiesel fuel

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline trains to use FPL-made biodiesel fuel

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will use a blend of biodiesel fuel produced by Florida Power & Light at a Riviera Beach plant to power its fleet of passenger trains. The rail company has inked a two-year deal with FPL to supply its five trains with the cleaner-burning fuel. Under the contract, FPL will produce 2 million gallons of biodiesel a year for Brightline’s fleet. Biodiesel fuel...
NEW: Paintings by Michael Jackson’s pet chimp Bubbles coming to Miami

NEW: Paintings by Michael Jackson’s pet chimp Bubbles coming to Miami

Bubbles the chimp — yes, Michael Jackson’s former companion — is now a painter and his show is coming to Miami. No, this is not a joke. Bubbles — born in a biomedical facility in Texas and later on tour in Japan with the King of Pop — retired to the Center for Great Apes in 2005. The 185-pound, 4½-foot adult male now spends his spare time with a brush...
Troubled “Tesla of fertilizer” disappears, fails to open huge plant in Clewiston

Troubled “Tesla of fertilizer” disappears, fails to open huge plant in Clewiston

The erstwhile “Tesla of fertilizer” is no more. BioNitrogen Holdings, a company once headquartered in West Palm Beach and once headed by a Palm Beach entrepreneur, failed to emerge from bankruptcy. The company filed for Chapter 11 in late 2015, and a monthslong marketing process yielded just one interested buyer of its assets, according to court documents. Back...
JUST IN: Florida man gets dog back after being recorded abusing it

JUST IN: Florida man gets dog back after being recorded abusing it

Neighbors of a 20-year-old man who was recorded on video abusing his puppy are angered after the man was given his dog back. Matthew Long, of Jacksonville, was cited for animal cruelty after a video, taken through a fence by Long’s neighbor, showed him smacking a puppy and picking up the animal by its neck, according to WJXT. Long has since paid the $500 fine and the beagle-hound-mix puppy...
NEW: Gas leak prompts evacuations at Legacy Place in Gardens

NEW: Gas leak prompts evacuations at Legacy Place in Gardens

A gas leak at the Legacy Place shopping plaza in Palm Beach Gardens on Wednesday prompted the evacuation of stores, Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue reports. The leak occurred at about 11:15 a.m. when a gas main line was struck during construction, said Deputy Chief Shon Broedell, spokesman for fire rescue. As of 1:45 p.m., the leak had been capped, the evacuation was lifted and businesses were slowly...
BREAKING: Ex-deputy accused of forcing sex acts is in trouble again

BREAKING: Ex-deputy accused of forcing sex acts is in trouble again

A former St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputy accused of sexually assaulting women during traffic stops is facing a new charge after he allegedly attacked another jail detainee, the St. Lucie County Clerk said Wednesday. Evan Cramer is facing a charge of battery on another jail detainee. His bond was set at $3,750. Cramer, 28, was arrested in January after a woman who had warrants for her arrest...
Brightline trains to use locally-blended biodiesel fuel

Brightline trains to use locally-blended biodiesel fuel

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline will use a blend of biodiesel fuel produced by Florida Power & Light at a Riviera Beach plant to power its fleet of passenger trains. The rail company has i nked a two-year deal with FPL to supply its five trains with the cleaner-burning fuel. Under the contract, FPL will produce 2 million gallons of biodiesel ...
JUST IN: Two teens accused of stealing gun, car

JUST IN: Two teens accused of stealing gun, car

Two teens cousins are accused of stealing a car, breaking into vehicles in a residential community and stealing a 9mm gun and three magazines. Martin County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 16-year-old and 13-year-old, both of Stuart, were arrested early Sunday. They were transferred to a juvenile detention center. It’s the Palm Beach Post’s policy not to post names of minors unless...
NEW: Broken ice cream machine leads to attack on Florida worker

NEW: Broken ice cream machine leads to attack on Florida worker

A Florida McDonald’s employee was assaulted by customers who were upset that the ice cream machine was broken, deputies said.  Three females, including two juveniles, were in the McDoanld’s drive-thru Sunday night when they were informed the machine was unavailable because it was going under maintenance, WJXT reported.  The customers then went inside the restaurant ...
Miami Dolphins RT Ja’Wuan James (eventually) attains consistency

Miami Dolphins RT Ja’Wuan James (eventually) attains consistency

Dolphins offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) (Note: This continues a series in Daily Dolphin spotlighting members of the team individually. In addition to reliving highlights and lowlights of the past season for each, we’ll provide analysis and criticism, plus take a look at how each player fits — or doesn&rsquo...
Could Smashing Pumpkins be reuniting for tour?

Could Smashing Pumpkins be reuniting for tour?

Could the original members of Smashing Pumpkins be making plans to reunite? Some fans believe comments made by the band’s original drummer are signaling that the group is getting back together. Smashing Pumpkins’ original drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin, said during an interview with WGN Radio that he’s going to record with “people who used to be in the band,” NME reported...
2017 Free Agency Preview: What mid-level free agents should the Heat pursue?

2017 Free Agency Preview: What mid-level free agents should the Heat pursue?

Sacramento’s Rudy Gay averaged 18.7 points. 6.3 points and 2.7 assists in 30 games last season before tearing his Achilles. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) With free agency set to start at 12 a.m. Saturday, we take a look at the biggest free-agent questions surrounding the Heat. Today we ask: What mid-level free agents should the Heat pursue? We&rsquo...
Mom, boyfriend charged in beating death of 2-year-old boy

Mom, boyfriend charged in beating death of 2-year-old boy

A Texas community is reeling after the death of a 2-year-old boy following a severe beating over the weekend. According to KTRK, the Houston toddler died after being beaten by a belt and burned by a hot object, authorities said. The child’s mother, Lynette Monique Gasper-Washington, and her boyfriend, Rajfik Keating, reportedly have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault...

Where's Jimmy Gomez? Congressman-elect hasn't been sworn in

The only Democrat to win a special congressional election this year still hasn't shown up for work more than three weeks after winning his race — and more than six months since the seat became vacant. Rep.-elect Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., won a special election June 6 to represent California's 34th Congressional District but says he wants to serve a bit longer as a California state legislator...

We taste-tested 10 hot dogs. Here are the best.

The New York Times Food department hasn’t taken a close look at hot dogs in some time. Back when hot dogs were on every list of foods to avoid — alarming additives, questionable cuts, salt and fat galore — home cooks didn’t want to know too much about what was in them. But cooks are different now, and so are hot dogs. We want to know that what we’re eating is as good...
Start your cookout with grilled zucchini over ricotta-smeared bruschetta

Start your cookout with grilled zucchini over ricotta-smeared bruschetta

"Adulting" can be pronounced two ways: with dripping sarcasm or bristling scorn. After all, adult is best unadulterated. Either you can hoist a credit score, fix a flat and fold a fitted sheet, or you’re not. Disqualifying many. I’m happy to soothe the unruly heap of shorts and slacks. Sheets: No. They leap out of the dryer tangled into vicious knots; best to ball and shove in...

Las Vegas' Cosmopolitan raises stakes with million-dollar suites

The top four floors of the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas have been vacant since the day the casino opened in 2010. But as part of a five-year capital investment plan by the Blackstone Group that shifts the hotel's focus from culinary destination to stylish casino hotspot, they've finally been furnished and opened to the public.  Well, sort of. The 21 Boulevard Penthouse suites that now fill...
The most interesting late-night room service around the world

The most interesting late-night room service around the world

Bleary-eyed from a long flight that lands after dark, staring down an even-more-exhausting work trip ahead, you drop your luggage in your hotel room, grab the room service menu and flip straight to the "late night" pages … only to find nothing but cheeseburgers and club sandwiches.  Room service might be one of the most indulgent perks to staying in a luxury hotel-especially...
For Ledecky, 1,500 another chance to distance herself from competition

For Ledecky, 1,500 another chance to distance herself from competition

Katie Ledecky was all of 15 years old when she won her first Olympic swimming gold and put the sport on notice that she'd be making some pretty big waves. The times are, no doubt, changing, evidenced by the pool prodigy's attire Monday. All decked out in Stanford gear on the eve of the U.S. nationals, Ledecky is 20 now, coming off her freshman year of college and spending most of her time living and...
A cautious Supreme Court sets modern record for consensus

A cautious Supreme Court sets modern record for consensus

The Supreme Court was short-handed for most of the term that ended Monday, and it responded with caution, setting a modern record for consensus. “Having eight was unusual and awkward,” Justice Samuel Alito told a judicial conference a few days after Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the court in April. “That probably required having a lot more discussion of some things and more compromise...
New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers

New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers

President Donald Trump's new policy on Cuba travel has winners and losers: Group tour operators hope to sell more trips, but bed-and-breakfast owners in Cuba say they're losing business.  Five of 12 private bed-and-breakfast owners in Havana and Cuba's southern colonial city of Trinidad told The Associated Press that they received cancellations after Trump's June 16 announcement .  ...
Belting one out for the home team

Belting one out for the home team

The retired Army colonel sings it in 71 seconds.  The 19-year-old who has been performing it since she was a precocious fourth-grader shoots for under 90. The violinist scrapes it out in exactly a minute and a half. And the maitre d' famous for bursting into song in downtown power restaurants is a reliable 68-second guy when it comes to singing the national anthem before Nationals games a few...
Interior secretary wants more 'front line' help in parks

Interior secretary wants more 'front line' help in parks

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he'll ease the impact of potentially huge National Park Service budget cuts by shifting more resources to the "front line." But it's not clear yet what that actually means. The department earlier this year laid out the potential effects in its justification for the funding reductions in fiscal 2018, which begins Oct. 1. "At these (funding) levels,...
Pizzas that taste just like summer

Pizzas that taste just like summer

It doesn’t take much to transform a workaday weekday into one that feels like a notable weekend. The smell of marinated meat searing on the grill makes Wednesday night feel like Friday night. The vision of a crisp, cool salad with fruit and greens from the farmers market turns back the clock from Monday to Sunday afternoon.  Few would argue with the notion that summer is all about backyard...
Why it's so hard to figure out when bottled and canned beer is fresh

Why it's so hard to figure out when bottled and canned beer is fresh

Before craft beer aficionado Matthew Starr buys a new IPA or Pilsener at his favorite beer store, he picks up the can to check for a date. "I will look for a date code 100 percent of the time," the 35-year-old Washington attorney said. "I've had too many bad experiences over the years with out-of-date beer that I'm not willing to gamble anymore." Starr says he prefers to drink...
McConnell’s reputation as a master tactician takes a hit

McConnell’s reputation as a master tactician takes a hit

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has long enjoyed a reputation as a master tactician. But when it comes to repealing the health care law, he seems to have miscalculated in the first round of play. He assumed that his conservative and moderate colleagues would come together to make good on their seven-year promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and quickly. But when he put...
Kyle Busch rolls into Daytona as grumpy Cup title contender

Kyle Busch rolls into Daytona as grumpy Cup title contender

Kyle Busch should be a Happy Man. He is rolling along, with the fourth most points in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings, a reason to celebrate. Or not.  Instead, he is Pouty Face.  Busch has yet to win a points race despite six Top 5 finishes. It's a disappointing look for a driver who has won nine times over the last two seasons, which includes a championship run in 2015.  But...
Mickelson thinks Mackay will caddie again soon

Mickelson thinks Mackay will caddie again soon

Phil Mickelson isn't sure what's next for Jim "Bones" Mackay. He is sure there are going to be plenty of options for his longtime caddie.  Mickelson and Mackay announced last week they had decided to split up after 25 years and more than 600 tournaments around the world, ending one of golf's most successful relationships.  Mickelson's brother Tim is going to caddie for him for...
Cut to the front of security line at LAX with a fingerprint and iris scan

Cut to the front of security line at LAX with a fingerprint and iris scan

LOS ANGELES — With a fingerprint and a quick iris scan, passengers flying out of Los Angeles International Airport can now confirm their identity biometrically and avoid at least part of the airport’s security screening line.  Clear, a New York-based identity-authentication company, began operations at all terminals at LAX last week. Membership for the service is $179 per year, with...
A tech executive brings his savvy to soccer

A tech executive brings his savvy to soccer

It was the most important game in the brief history of Kingston Stockade FC. First place was on the line. So was the first real chance to draw 1,000 fans. Two hours before kickoff on a hot Saturday afternoon in early June, Dennis Crowley, the team’s founder, arrived at Dietz Stadium, a high school football field covered with artificial turf. Crowley, 41, is a co-founder of Foursquare, a location-sharing...
The secret to a great potluck? It’s not the food

The secret to a great potluck? It’s not the food

The most elaborate potluck I ever went to was my own wedding, to which each guest brought a dish in lieu of gifts. We feasted on truffled pea soup and caviar tea sandwiches. At the other end of the potluck spectrum was my daughter’s second-grade graduation breakfast, a festive hodgepodge of child-made scones, store-bought red velvet doughnuts and boxes of hot coffee. Both parties were total...
Trump is China’s chump

Trump is China’s chump

Having just traveled to New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, China, Taiwan and now Hong Kong, I can say without an ounce of exaggeration that more than a few Asia-Pacific business and political leaders have taken President Donald Trump’s measure and concluded that — far from being a savvy negotiator — he’s a sucker who’s shrinking U.S. influence in this region and helping...
20 reasons the GOP crashed and burned on health care

20 reasons the GOP crashed and burned on health care

Republicans' inability to pass health-care legislation comes as no surprise to those who have watched the party descend into know-nothingism. They hope to get by on a mixture of brain-numbing catchphrases designed to dupe the masses and far-right ideology at odds with the views of Americans, even those within the GOP. Fortunately, that's not a recipe for successful governance. Let's recall 20 reasons...
From Loreto, 3 day-trip adventures in Baja’s high desert

From Loreto, 3 day-trip adventures in Baja’s high desert

BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, Mexico — Chances are you’ll be luckier than I and you’ll get a warm day when you visit the ancient paintings at Baja California’s La Trinidad Cave. But I was there in the cool of January and gritted my teeth as I dived into the cold river that meanders through a canyon of rock the colors of chocolate and cinnamon. This is a rite of passage — quite...
For Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, the sky’s not only the limit, it’s a target

For Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, the sky’s not only the limit, it’s a target

Clay Bellinger played high school baseball in Oneonta, New York, in the shadow of Cooperstown. He hit .193 over four major league seasons, but collected more championship rings than many members of the hallowed institution near his hometown: the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bellinger played for four teams, and each one reached the World Series. “He’s got three rings — two with...
Utah officials blame lack of logging for major wildfire

Utah officials blame lack of logging for major wildfire

Insisting that logging could have cleaned up dead, bug-infested trees that are fueling a Utah wildfire, a Republican state lawmaker blamed federal mismanagement and lawsuits by "tree hugger" environmentalists for the blaze that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.  A conservation group called that contention "shameful" and misleading, saying it fails...
Trump dreamed of his name on towers across former Soviet Union

Trump dreamed of his name on towers across former Soviet Union

Weeks before his inauguration, Donald Trump was allied with a company in the former Soviet republic of Georgia that planned to build a 47-story luxury tower in the Black Sea resort of Batumi. The tower, nixed in early January, was to bear Trump's name — in exchange for which he would receive royalties, as he does from similar arrangements around the world. But the company, Silk Road Group, had...
Transfer quarterbacks who could make a big impact

Transfer quarterbacks who could make a big impact

Florida might have solved its long-running quarterback problem with the addition of Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire.  That move became official last week, and as a graduate transfer, Zaire will be immediately eligible. Zaire is no lock to be the Gators starter when they open against Michigan in Arlington, Texas, at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, if coach Jim McElwain and the Gators...
Why Dianne Whelan plans to conquer the Trans Canada Trail

Why Dianne Whelan plans to conquer the Trans Canada Trail

For almost two years, Dianne Whelan has been hiking, biking, snowshoeing and canoeing across the Trans Canada Trail, a not-yet-finished 14,900-mile route. When it’s complete, the trail, which touches the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, will be the longest recreational trail in the world.  This adventure was motivated by her last. In 2010, after spending 40 days in Nepal at the Mount...

Summer, reimagined — minus the gridlock. Five alternatives

Positano. Vail. St.-Tropez. Yellowstone. There’s one big problem with these vacation hot spots. Everyone knows about them. So don’t be shocked when you turn up at your hard-won summer holiday, sun-screened and ready to de-stress, only to encounter fellow vacationers jostling for your place in the sun.  Crowds kill my vacation mellow. I go to great lengths to preserve the fantasy that...
How to make a vegetarian poke that's a ringer for tuna

How to make a vegetarian poke that's a ringer for tuna

I've never been to Hawaii, not even back when the main ingredient in its national dish, poke, was part of my diet. So now that poke shops are proliferating on the mainland, I have to confess that I don't have a point of taste comparison when trying to think up a vegetarian version. Thankfully, Honolulu-based food writer Martha Cheng has done the research for me, and in "The Poke Cookbook"...
Prince William, Harry to rededicate Princess Diana's grave on her birthday

Prince William, Harry to rededicate Princess Diana's grave on her birthday

In honor of what would have been Princess Diana’s 56th birthday, her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, have announced that they will lead a special, private ceremony to rededicate her grave, E! News reports. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend a private service to rededicate the grave of Diana, Princess of Wales at Althorp House on Saturday 1...
Catholic school teacher who had sexual relationship with student sentenced to 1 year in jail

Catholic school teacher who had sexual relationship with student sentenced to 1 year in jail

A former Canadian Catholic school teacher will spend one year in jail after reportedly having a sexual relationship with a student. According to the CBC, Christina Albini, a former teacher at Christ the King Catholic Elementary School in Windsor, Ontario, pleaded guilty to touching the body of a person under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose. She would regularly pick the boy up and take...
WATCH: Pregnant woman in SUV allegedly runs over suspected thief in Walmart parking lot

WATCH: Pregnant woman in SUV allegedly runs over suspected thief in Walmart parking lot

A pregnant woman driving an SUV reportedly chased down a suspected purse thief and struck him with her vehicle in a Walmart parking lot in Asheville, North Carolina – and it was all caught on video. According to WLOS-TV, Christine Braswell, 26, confronted the man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly grabbed her purse and other items from her SUV.  "He was with my purse and he took...
Navigating a remake of federal cybersecurity

Navigating a remake of federal cybersecurity

In 2007 on a featureless stretch of desert outside Kirkuk, Iraq, I stood with a young U.S. Army lieutenant trying to reconcile a crude, handheld GPS gadget with his laminated map. Ultimately, he failed. His interpreter asked a local for directions. Being lost was particularly frustrating because companies like Olathe-based Garmin sold easy-to-read navigation handsets at the time. A year or two later...
Best audio gifts for young graduates

Best audio gifts for young graduates

It’s a challenge picking out the right audio gift for your recent grad, so we’ve put together a list of some of the best choices for your recently matriculated audiophile. ——— Chromecast Audio Product Review: https://www.cnet.com/products/chromecast-audio/#ftag=CAD187281f CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (Outstanding) The good: Google’s budget audio dongle pipes...
Several decisions to be made before selecting new headphones

Several decisions to be made before selecting new headphones

Headphone season is in full force right now. If you’re about to make a new purchase, don’t get fooled with fancy marketing, colorful boxes or hype. Instead, consider these features when shopping around (the order of importance depends on you): wireless vs wired, earbuds vs over the ear, cost and sound quality (which would be No. 1 for me). User reviews are also critical, but don&rsquo...
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