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After Irma: Why planting the right tree in the right place matters

After Irma: Why planting the right tree in the right place matters

Trimming trees before hurricane season is a necessary pain that South Florida homeowners know, or should know, well. It goes doubly so for Florida Power & Light. The Juno Beach-based company, which operates more than 45,000 miles of overhead power lines surrounded by about 7 million trees, says it chops away limbs and brush from about 15,000 miles of lines each year, and in the last 10 years, has...
Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax apologizes for sending people to fake company website

Equifax linked people to a fake online site that mimicked the link for its own site on its massive Sept. 7 security breach that affected 143 million Americans. After the breach, which involved Social Security numbers and other key identifying information, Equifax set up a site, equifaxsecurity2017.com, that directed people to information on the hacking incident and links to sign up for free credit...
Death Wish coffee recalled over botulism concerns

Death Wish coffee recalled over botulism concerns

Death Wish Coffee Company, a New York-based coffee producer that advertises itself as maker of the “world’s strongest coffee,” is recalling some of its products over concerns that it could become tainted with the deadly botulin toxin. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a notice issued Tuesday that 11-ounce cans of Death Wish Nitro Cold Brew were being...
After Irma: Consumers face new reality with higher storm deductibles

After Irma: Consumers face new reality with higher storm deductibles

Floridians have filed close to half a million property insurance claims worth an estimated $3 billion in the two weeks after Hurricane Irma hit, but more than 17,000 claims already have been closed without payment, records show — and consumers like John Flynn of Lake Worth find themselves wrestling with a bigger financial burden than they hoped. One reason: It’s the first time for many...
Wall Street Journal writer in Palm Beach: Media ‘unhinged’ over Trump

Wall Street Journal writer in Palm Beach: Media ‘unhinged’ over Trump

An editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal told a Palm Beach audience this week about how she “learned to stop worrying and love (President) Donald Trump” — two years after she referred to him in a speech to the same group as only “the businessman from New York.” Mary Kissel, who grew up in Jupiter before attending Harvard University, shared with about...
More free time, less effort: 9 ways to be more productive at work

More free time, less effort: 9 ways to be more productive at work

Anyone who's ever held gainful employment at any level knows what it's like to goof off on the job. You text your best friend, skip out to get another latte or vending machine snack, veer from a meeting into a gossip session and, suddenly, where has the day gone?Not only do most of us excel at wasting time, just 17 percent of people can accurately assess how much time has passed, according to ...
UPS hiring 95,000 workers nationwide

UPS hiring 95,000 workers nationwide

Not far ahead of the holiday season, UPS is gearing up for an increase in the number of deliveries and services associated with the busy fall and winter months.  The company announced Wednesday a plan to hire 95,000 employees across the country.  The company will offer part- and full-time seasonal jobs, primarily package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers. According to a news release...
Lake Worth warehouses fetch nearly $31 million

Lake Worth warehouses fetch nearly $31 million

Two warehouses that are part of an industrial building boom in Palm Beach County just sold for $30.7 million. The Silverman Group is the new owner of the 252,000-square-foot Interstate Business Center at 701 Boutwell Road in Lake Worth. The buildings were completed in 2016. Robert Smith, Jeff Kelly and Kirk Nelson of CBRE handled the sale. The buildings are just 35 percent leased. Asking rents are...
Gubernatorial hint? John Morgan’s F-bomb meter falls to zero

Gubernatorial hint? John Morgan’s F-bomb meter falls to zero

During a speech Wednesday to a marijuana business conference in Manalapan, John Morgan said “maybe” he’ll run for governor next year. Here’s a hint that the Orlando trial attorney is getting himself into campaign shape: During a half-hour speech, Morgan dropped nary an f-bomb, and he drastically reduced his previous pace of profanities. UPDATE: After I noted Morgan&rsquo...
If he runs for governor, John Morgan would push pot legalization

If he runs for governor, John Morgan would push pot legalization

Fresh off a landslide win in his campaign to legalize medical marijuana, John Morgan is considering a run for governor in 2018. If he enters the race, the Orlando trial attorney said Wednesday during a speech to cannabis entrepreneurs, he’ll push for the next logical step in pot policy: Permission for any Florida adult to use weed. “If they write an obituary, they’re going to say...
After Hurricane Irma: Will home real estate sales stay strong?

After Hurricane Irma: Will home real estate sales stay strong?

An Ohio buyer was set to close on a house in Wellington. Then Hurricane Irma came along, and the buyer got cold feet and wanted out of her Florida deal. “‘I want to move to Arizona. And I don’t care if I lose my $16,000 deposit,’” Oscar Diaz, manager of the Delray Beach office of The Mortgage Firm, recalled the buyer saying. When Irma sideswiped Palm Beach County, the...
Finding my past: How a DNA test uncovered my family’s roots

Finding my past: How a DNA test uncovered my family’s roots

My most important Father’s Day gifts are ones I appreciate every single day – two wonderful children whose relatively smooth transition to adulthood has been a joy to behold. But that doesn’t mean a man can’t enjoy a little Daddy swag. So my Father’s Day kicked off this year with one of my daughter Ashley’s omelette specials and a couple other gifts that were...
Amazon building smart glasses powered by Alexa, report says

Amazon building smart glasses powered by Alexa, report says

Amazon is working on its first wearable device: a pair of smart glasses that would allow its virtual assistant Alexa to be summoned any time, anywhere, according to the Financial Times. The device, which would tether wirelessly to a smartphone, is designed to look like a regular pair of spectacles so it can be worn comfortably and unobtrusively, sources told the Times. A bone-conduction...
Amazon baby registry emails baffle customers who aren't expecting

Amazon baby registry emails baffle customers who aren't expecting

Many people online said they received notices Tuesday about gifts being purchased for their Amazon baby registry. Problem is, in many cases the customers who received the notices said they don't have a registry – or a baby on the way. “We are notifying affected customers," an Amazon spokeswoman said Tuesday evening. "A technical glitch caused us to inadvertently send a gift...
After Irma: FEMA opens Boynton center as Florida aid tops $282 million

After Irma: FEMA opens Boynton center as Florida aid tops $282 million

Federal officials said Thursday they have approved $282 million in government aid to more than 140,000 Florida households in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and scores more lined up at a recovery center that opened in Palm Beach County. The strain is starting to show from having two major hurricanes hit within weeks in Florida and Texas. Home inspections related to federal aid that are often accomplished...
More than 440,000 Dodge Ram trucks recalled due to fire hazard

More than 440,000 Dodge Ram trucks recalled due to fire hazard

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the company that manufactures Dodge vehicles, is recalling an estimated 443,712 heavy-duty pick up trucks in the U.S. because of a potential fire hazard. A Tuesday news release from the company said FCA will inspect water pumps for the vehicles and replace them if necessary. “Affected are model-year 2013-17 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups; and 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida’s small businesses deserve tax relief

Small businesses are the cornerstone of Florida’s economy. They make up 99.8 percent of all Florida businesses and employ over 3.2 million workers. Encouraging their growth is essential to growing Florida’s economy and helping our hardworking employees. Nationally, small business owners claim taxes are their top concern, and it is easy to understand why. Small businesses are traditionally...
Economic developers from Palm Beach County joins to woo Amazon

Economic developers from Palm Beach County joins to woo Amazon

The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County agreed Wednesday to join forces with its counterparts in Broward and Miami-Dade counties to make a joint pitch for Amazon’s second headquarters. “We’re going in as a region, and we’re making a play at this,” said Kelly Smallridge, head of the Business Development Board. She called it the closest alliance formed...
Palm Beach County’s median house price rises to $340,000

Palm Beach County’s median house price rises to $340,000

Palm Beach County home sales bounced back a bit in August, a month when the median sale price of a house rose to $340,000, up a bit from July’s $336,000. That made August’s median home price the second-highest since the real estate crash. June’s median price of $345,000 was the high-water mark. The number of home sales in Palm Beach County fell in August to 1,550, down nearly 8 percent...
Major FPL power outage reported in Northwood Village

Major FPL power outage reported in Northwood Village

UPDATE: A major power outage in West Palm Beach’s Northwood Village neighborhood is affecting businesses and residences. Florida Power & Light workers are working in the area from Dixie Highway west to Broadway. Desiree and Daniel Tobin, owners of restaurant Relish & More, 401 Northwood Road, said a friend notified them just after midnight Wednesday that the power had gone out. Desiree Tobin...
8 side hustles you can start with almost no money

8 side hustles you can start with almost no money

Dreaming about starting your own business?  Don't let your hopes sink just because you're low on financial resources.There are many businesses you can start inexpensively, according to the Balance, a personal finance website. "Some can be started for nothing if you already have the equipment."Such businesses can offer a good living and the satisfaction of being your own boss. These...
Could Toys R Us bankruptcy filing grinch this holiday season?

Could Toys R Us bankruptcy filing grinch this holiday season?

It’s a Chapter 11 filing that could be the Grinch that steals this holiday — or so says one South Florida bankruptcy attorney. This week, iconic toy retailer Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The announcement led to some pretty dire speculation about toy shopping this coming holiday season. Hired for Christmas: How holiday temp work became a career For example, bankruptcy...
Why Jupiter lawyer takes on Big Pharma in ‘David-Goliath situation’

Why Jupiter lawyer takes on Big Pharma in ‘David-Goliath situation’

There’s an aging Baby Boomer population out there, and pharmaceutical makers know it. Television shows feature endless advertisements for a wide range of medicines. Not all the drugs work out well for patients, however, and lawyer Dean Xenick, of the firm Zele Huber Trial Attorneys, knows it. READ ALSO: End of ‘frivolous’ lawsuits? Local businesses see tort cases rise From his office...
Get to know your Social Security

Get to know your Social Security

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American. We’ve been with you from day one, when your parents applied for your Social Security number, and we are with you from your first job through your retirement party and beyond. For more than 80 years, Social Security has stayed true to its mission of providing financial protection for the American people and has served as one of the most...
FEMA books Grand Celebration cruise ship for St. Thomas mission

FEMA books Grand Celebration cruise ship for St. Thomas mission

The MV Grand Celebration, based at the Port of Palm Beach, will be heading to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands late this week at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA has chartered the 1,900-passenger ship to house the National Guard and first responders as they help to rebuild people’s lives after the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma, said Anita Mitchell...
After Hurricane Irma: Lawsuit filed against FPL over power outages

After Hurricane Irma: Lawsuit filed against FPL over power outages

As Florida Power & Light nears the end of its post-Hurricane Irma restoration effort, two Miami-Dade County law firms have filed a lawsuit alleging that FPL charged customers a storm restoration fee yet did nothing to strengthen its grid. John Ruiz, an attorney with MSP Recovery Law Firm in Miami, and Gonzalo Dorta, an attorney with Dorta Law in Coral Gables, filed the lawsuit in Miami-Dade County...
Mary Montgomery’s Palm Beach estate for sale at $46 million: website

Mary Montgomery’s Palm Beach estate for sale at $46 million: website

The Billionaires Row mansion that was the longtime home of socialite Mary Montgomery and her late husband, attorney Robert “Bob” M. Montgomery Jr., is being marketing for sale at $46 million, according to a listing on the Corcoran Group’s website. The ocean-to-lake compound at 1800 S. Ocean Blvd. measures nearly 2½ acres with 300 feet of beachfront and nearly the...
Hired for Christmas: How holiday temp work became a career

Hired for Christmas: How holiday temp work became a career

For Christmas 2005, Liz Stump got a job. Eleven holiday seasons later, it’s become a career. “I was in here shopping and I saw the signs for job openings,” recalls Stump, who is now a department supervisor at the Palm Beach Gardens Toys R Us store. “And I thought it’d be fun to work in a toy store, so I applied.” Thanksgiving puritans aside, the 2016 holiday shopping...
Pirates might be to blame for why the U.S. doesn't use the metric system

Pirates might be to blame for why the U.S. doesn't use the metric system

The proposal, conceived by a bunch of pointy-headed Parisian philosophes, sounded brilliant: A universal system of measurement, derived from decimal-based units and identified by a shared set of prefixes. It would end the era of merchants buying goods according to one unit, selling in another, and pocketing the ill-gotten profit. It would simplify scientific calculations and enable the free exchange...
NEW: Movie theater at Wellington Green gets new owner

NEW: Movie theater at Wellington Green gets new owner

The luxury movie theater that opened earlier this year at the Mall at Wellington Green has a new owner. Paragon Wellington 10 is one of four Paragon theaters purchased in Florida, Illinois and Minnesota by CMX, an arm of the Cinemex theater chain, the company announced in a news release. CMX took over management of the four theaters in August, but no major changes have been made, the company said...
After Irma: Unbelievable Acres Gardens took a beating, needs help

After Irma: Unbelievable Acres Gardens took a beating, needs help

During Hurricane Irma, Gene Joyner felt his house shake and heard loud thumps as flying objects hit it, but he wasn’t expecting to find the level of destruction that occurred at his beloved 2.5-acre Unbelievable Acres Botanic Gardens. “It was worse than Wilma,” Joyner, 71, said Monday from his house and garden in an unincorporated area west of West Palm Beach. “We lost a lot...
Uber isn't everything: 7 other lucrative part-time side gigs 

Uber isn't everything: 7 other lucrative part-time side gigs 

Uber is usually the first side hustle mentioned when talk turns to part-time jobs for people who already have full-time work.  It does offer flexible earning power, especially if you live in an area with lots of nightlife and own a car that qualifies. But Uber isn't the only option for making extra money working around your full-time commitments.  These part-time businesses are recommended...
Toys 'R' Us and 10 other retailers that have filed for bankruptcy in 2017

Toys 'R' Us and 10 other retailers that have filed for bankruptcy in 2017

Toys ‘R’ Us has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company announced Monday, according to CNBC.  The iconic toy chain is just one of many businesses to suffer this year. Retailers have closed hundreds of stores, filed for bankruptcy protection and reorganized massive debt loads throughout 2017. Companies like The Limited and Gander Mountain announced...
Hurricane Maria aims at PR as Cat 5; Floridians hope it stays away

Hurricane Maria aims at PR as Cat 5; Floridians hope it stays away

Hurricane Maria remains a devastating Category 5 storm with top sustained winds of 155 mph Tuesday as it barrels toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with exhausted Floridians hoping they can count on projections it will veer into the Atlantic Ocean well to the east of the state and U.S. mainland. On Monday evening, the powerful storm moved over Dominica and eastern Caribbean islands battered...
White people are really confident that things are getting better for black people

White people are really confident that things are getting better for black people

Americans, especially wealthy whites, vastly overestimate progress toward racial economic equality despite evidence of persistent gaps between black and white workers when it comes to hourly wages, annual income and household wealth, according to a new paper by Yale University researchers published Monday. The study's results are especially stunning in the wake of census data released last week that...
Report: Feds investigating top Equifax executives’ stock trading

Report: Feds investigating top Equifax executives’ stock trading

The Department of Justice is investigating three top Equifax executives’ stock trades to see whether they violated insider trading laws, according to a media report Monday. Bloomberg reported that the federal agency probe is focused on Equifax’s chief financial officer and the presidents of two business units who sold a combined $1.8 million in stock in early August, days after the...
NEW: Hurricane Irma generates more than 335,000 claims in first week

NEW: Hurricane Irma generates more than 335,000 claims in first week

Hurricane Irma has produced more than 335,000 insurance claims in a week, according to figures state regulators released Monday. That includes more than 10,000 in Palm Beach County. Estimated insured losses statewide so far are just under $2 billion. The numbers will grow. Some residents are only now returning to their homes, and homeowners with damage from Irma have an additional 90 days...
After Hurricane Irma: Why solar power can’t replace storm-damaged grid

After Hurricane Irma: Why solar power can’t replace storm-damaged grid

Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to millions of Floridians, as well as people in Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas last week. At the outage peak on Sept. 11, 7.8 million utility customers were in the dark. What about those with solar systems on their homes? Were they also without power? After Hurricane Irma: Would underground lines keep lights on in storm? Yes. The vast majority of solar systems...
After Hurricane Irma: Would underground lines keep lights on in storm?

After Hurricane Irma: Would underground lines keep lights on in storm?

After Hurricane Irma’s winds uprooted trees and other debris and slammed the mess into overhead power lines, cutting power, people are again asking a familiar question: Would burying power lines underground be better? Although about 40 percent of Florida Power & Light Co.’s 67,000 miles of lines are underground, experts say buried lines are no panacea, either, though they are, in general...
After Irma: Gasoline costs ‘poised to plummet’ after hitting 3-year high

After Irma: Gasoline costs ‘poised to plummet’ after hitting 3-year high

Gasoline availability continues to improve after Hurricane Irma drove up demand and left many gas stations without fuel, AAA said, but prices hit a three-year high in the last week. A steady stream of ships delivering gasoline to Florida’s ports are helping to normalize supply levels in the southeastern U.S., and gas prices are beginning to drift a little lower. Gasoline supplies flow, but more...
After Hurricane Irma: Lake Worth restores power to all known outages

After Hurricane Irma: Lake Worth restores power to all known outages

6 p.m. UPDATE: Lake Worth Utilities has restored electrical power to all known places where it went out during Hurricane Irma, the city said Sunday night. The city’s all-clear comes six days after crews began work following the storm, which struck Florida on Sept. 10. Original post: Lake Worth Utilities late Saturday had restored electrical power to 95 percent of the city in the wake of Hurricane...
From Wilma to Irma: Assessing FPL’s post-storm grid, restoration effort

From Wilma to Irma: Assessing FPL’s post-storm grid, restoration effort

Hurricane Wilma roared through South Florida in 2005 and left 6 million people in the dark. It was the worst disaster in Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light’s history — until this week. Hurricane Irma made its first U.S.landfall Sunday at Cudjoe Key and took the dubious “worst disaster” title from Wilma. Overall, Irma knocked out power to 90 percent of FPL’s 5 million...
Tourism chief to out-of-towners: Palm Beach County is open after Irma

Tourism chief to out-of-towners: Palm Beach County is open after Irma

With the start of the winter travel season just weeks away, Palm Beach County tourism officials are going on the offensive to let out-of-town travelers know that Hurricane Irma caused relatively little damage here and the welcome mat is out for visitors. While the storm devastated some parts of the Florida Keys, there was little impact in Palm Beach County, apart from temporary power outages and damage...
BREAKING: Convenience store employee shot by gunman in Riviera Beach

BREAKING: Convenience store employee shot by gunman in Riviera Beach

A convenience store employee was shot Saturday inside the business in Riviera Beach, a police spokeswoman said. The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The shooting took place in the 3000 block of President Barack Obama Highway. Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said an investigation is underway and added that robbery does...

Board members unlikely to be liable for auto accidents in community

By the time you read this week’s column, most of the condominium, HOA and cooperative communities in Florida will have assessed their damage from Hurricane Irma, and nearly everyone will have some type of loss at their property — whether it’s simply landscaping damage, or more serious issues with roofs and mechanical equipment. I strongly recommend that you allow your attorney to...
‘We averted a catastrophe’: Seniors wilted at West Palm home post-Irma

‘We averted a catastrophe’: Seniors wilted at West Palm home post-Irma

Amid a shower of post-Hurricane Irma requests for assistance, the city of West Palm Beach fielded a call Tuesday asking for ice for the Savannah Court assisted living community at 2090 N. Congress Ave. Commissioner Keith James and other city officials went to the two-story building to bring the ice at about 1 p.m. “It was a horrible situation,” he said Friday. “We talked to the technical...
After Irma: Claims pour into Florida insurers; can they handle losses?

After Irma: Claims pour into Florida insurers; can they handle losses?

As millions have struggled without power and some still can’t get back to their homes, Hurricane Irma’s test is only beginning for Florida’s insurance industry, much of it homegrown and founded in the last decade. More than 335,000 insurance claims estimated to be worth $2 billion have been filed in the first week alone, according to information state regulators released Monday....
Two store owners killed at same location 7 years apart

Two store owners killed at same location 7 years apart

Bloody footprints that once marked where an Atlanta grocer was stabbed and killed in 2010 have long faded. But bloodshed in the area is hardly a distant memory. >> Read more trending news  The owner of Southern Grocery was shot and killed Sunday, and the shooter is still on the run, Atlanta police said. Seven years ago, the owner of a similarly named grocery store was stabbed repeatedly...
Palm Beach County unemployment dips to 4.4% in August

Palm Beach County unemployment dips to 4.4% in August

As the region’s building sector continues to bounce back, Palm Beach County’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.4 percent in August, down from 4.5 percent in July, state labor officials said Friday. The county’s jobless rate was 5.3 percent in August 2016. Construction rebound drives strong job growth in Palm Beach County Reflecting healthy hiring, the county’s labor market posted...
Mar-a-Lago bills taxpayers $1,092 for an official's two-night stay at Trump's club

Mar-a-Lago bills taxpayers $1,092 for an official's two-night stay at Trump's club

The bedroom suites at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, available only to members and their guests, feature hand-painted Moorish ceilings, antique Spanish-tiled mosaics and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.  On a weekend in early March, during one of seven trips by Trump and his White House entourage to the posh Palm Beach property since the inauguration, the government paid the Trump-owned...
After Irma: Citizens opens catastrophe response centers

After Irma: Citizens opens catastrophe response centers

State-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. said  Friday it is opening  Catastrophe Response Centers in Florida City, Key Largo and Naples to assist customers recovering from Hurricane Irma. Company representatives and claims handling specialists are available at the sites from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Citizens announced representatives also are available 24 hours a...
After Irma: Power restoration slows as FPL goes house-by-house

After Irma: Power restoration slows as FPL goes house-by-house

The post-Hurricane Irma power restoration process is slowing as Florida Power & Light tackles more difficult outages that cannot be resolved as quickly. On Friday afternoon, 23 percent of FPL 5 million customers statewide were still without power, FPL spokesman Rob Gould said. After Irma: FPL has restored power to all hospitals, airports, ports Gould did not say that restoration dates the company...
Irma: Frenzied buying in Palm Beach, St. Lucie regions led state

Irma: Frenzied buying in Palm Beach, St. Lucie regions led state

In the anxious lead-up to Hurricane Irma, West Palm Beach’s metro area led the state with a 66 percent spike in purchases of building supplies, while Port St. Lucie’s region saw Florida’s biggest jump in spending at gas stations, a new report shows. The fear, shortages and spending booms and busts ahead of a hurricane’s changing path are reflected in a snapshot analysis by...
After Irma: Insurer Citizens expects 125,000 claims

After Irma: Insurer Citizens expects 125,000 claims

State-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has received nearly 16,000 claims by Thursday morning and expects perhaps 125,000 from Hurricane Irma, a spokesman said. Citizens president Barry Gilway defended a proposed rate hike in a hearing in North Miami in August. That’s close to one in four customers of the state’s No. 2 insurer. The company could announce as early as Friday...
After Irma: Florida agriculture losses widespread, billions in damage

After Irma: Florida agriculture losses widespread, billions in damage

Palm Beach County and Florida agricultural producers ventured into their fields and groves after Hurricane Irma to find oranges ripped from trees, shade houses gone, vegetable beds ruined, sugar cane flattened, and power poles and lines down. This week, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Thomas Rooney viewed the...
Equifax, software maker blame each other for opening door to hackers

Equifax, software maker blame each other for opening door to hackers

Equifax and a software company are blaming each other for a glitch that allowed hackers to obtain Social Security numbers and other sensitive information for 143 million people. The Atlanta-based company, one of the nation’s three key credit bureaus that track individuals’ credit histories, said late Wednesday that hackers breached a vulnerable spot in a U.S. website application called...
Looking for a job? Here are the top 25 US cities to get hired

Looking for a job? Here are the top 25 US cities to get hired

A new survey by job site Glassdoor named the country’s top 25 cities to find a job. >> Read more trending news  Glassdoor.com, a job site that analyzes data on job openings, quality of life and home values, rated Pittsburgh the No. 1 city for jobs in 2017. Each city was ranked based on three factors: cost of living, job satisfaction and hiring opportunity.  According...
Poll: Majority of black Americans favor paying college athletes; 6 in 10 whites disagree

Poll: Majority of black Americans favor paying college athletes; 6 in 10 whites disagree

Earlier this week, behind the closed doors of a hotel conference room outside Cincinnati, Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis explained to NCAA officials what he alleges a booster offered a few years ago to try to get him to attend the University of Mississippi: $10,000 cash. Last week in Clemson, South Carolina, recruits toured the football team's new $55 million complex, which features an 18-hole...
SunTrust settles SEC charges it imposed ‘self-serving’ investment fees

SunTrust settles SEC charges it imposed ‘self-serving’ investment fees

The investment services subsidiary of SunTrust Banks has agreed to pay more than $1.1 million to settle charges it overcharged consumers by recommending investment choices with fees that were avoidable or higher than necessary, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday. It’s another in a series of examples of banks facing charges that they put their own commissions and fees ahead...
After Irma: FPL has restored power to more than 70% of customers

After Irma: FPL has restored power to more than 70% of customers

More than 70 percent of Florida Power & Light’s customers’ power has been restored, and the most difficult part of the restoration has begun, FPL spokesman Bryan Garner said Thursday. It’s Day Three in the post-Hurricane Irma massive effort to turn the lights back on in the largest outage in Florida’s and the nation’s history. A workforce of 21,500 men and women is working...
Didn’t lose power during Irma, but now it’s out? Here is why

Didn’t lose power during Irma, but now it’s out? Here is why

Florida Power & Light customers have asked why, after their power was on following Hurricane Irma, the lights went out again. It’s because the utility says sometimes it needs to unplug power from those with service in order to repair lines in order to provide power to those still in the dark. FPL responds to nursing home tragedy, updates power restoration effort “It is possible that in...
Federal probe launched after Equifax data breach

Federal probe launched after Equifax data breach

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday confirmed that it is investigating a massive data breach at credit reporting giant Equifax that exposed the sensitive information of millions of Americans. Peter Kaplan, FTC’s acting director of public affairs, said that the agency typically does not comment on ongoing investigations in a statement obtained by Politico. “However, in light of the...
After Hurricane Irma: How emergency insurance order affects you

After Hurricane Irma: How emergency insurance order affects you

An emergency order from Florida’s insurance commissioner issued Wednesday evening gives consumers special protections after Hurricane Irma, including 90 additional days to file claims and a temporary freeze on rate hikes and cancellations. “At the direction of Gov. Scott, Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier issued an emergency order suspending and activating...
Equifax breach: You can sue if your data was exposed; here's how

Equifax breach: You can sue if your data was exposed; here's how

Two class-action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of customers affected by a massive breach at Equifax. Officials with the Atlanta-based credit reporting and technology company said a “cyber security incident” may have exposed the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. The data that might have been accessed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses...
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offers respite to Irma refugees on ship

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line offers respite to Irma refugees on ship

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line at the Port of Palm Beach is offering a staycation — for $39 per night per person on its cruise ship — to local residents impacted by Hurricane Irma, cruise officials said Wednesday. The port was cleared Wednesday by the U.S. Coast Guard for the cruise line’s MV Grand Celebration to return. The cruise line is expected to resume normal cruise operations...

POINT OF VIEW: GL plan provides community benefits, increases farmland

GL Homes has been building in Palm Beach County over the past three decades. We are now proposing a plan that benefits the county as a whole. Our Agricultural Preservation Plan will increase farmland, preserve farming in the county and add significant public benefit. We will set aside nearly 5,000 acres of preservation in The Acreage, where we are permitted to build approximately 3,900 homes. Instead...
After the hurricanes, watch out for the flood of damaged cars on the market

After the hurricanes, watch out for the flood of damaged cars on the market

First there were reports of price gouging during hurricanes Harvey and Irma - store owners charging up to $99 for a $10 case of water, for instance. Then the FBI began warning about fake charities soliciting money for hurricane victims and absconding with the funds. Now, get ready for what could be the most consequential scam of all: an unprecedented flood of water-damaged vehicles coming soon to...
Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey brings job opportunities at FEMA to Texans

Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey brings job opportunities at FEMA to Texans

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency is hiring Texan workers to help with the recovery process after Hurricane Harvey. >> Read more trending news The new hires will assist teams of local, state and federal workers, along with volunteers from charities and community groups already on the ground, TIME reported. The agency will work alongside the Texas Workforce Commission to place...
Hurricane Irma: IRS extends deadlines for taxpayers hit by storm 

Hurricane Irma: IRS extends deadlines for taxpayers hit by storm 

The Internal Revenue Service is extending deadlines for taxpayers in 21 Florida counties affected by Hurricane Irma, including Palm Beach County. Taxpayers now have until Jan. 31 to file some individual and business tax returns and to make certain payments, the IRS said. For instance, the IRS is giving taxpayers extra time to make quarterly estimated payments for 2017 normally...
After Hurricane Irma: Reverse exodus could be slowed by I-75 flooding

After Hurricane Irma: Reverse exodus could be slowed by I-75 flooding

While those who stayed in Palm Beach County for Hurricane Irma endured wind, rain and power outages, Rob Anderson and his family spent a long weekend sightseeing in Massachusetts and Maine. “We got to see a Red Sox game,” Anderson said Wednesday, just after landing at Palm Beach International Airport. Gasoline supplies flow, but more shortages possible as exodus reverses Not that getting...
Dealers defend using garages in rush to shelter cars from hurricane

Dealers defend using garages in rush to shelter cars from hurricane

Ed Napleton on Tuesday defended his company’s decision to park its new cars at CityPlace garages in West Palm Beach and also at a garage at Florida State University prior to Hurricane Irma’s arrival. In an exclusive interview, the part-time Ocean Ridge resident said he had pre-arranged with both CityPlace and FSU to pay to park his dealership cars at the properties. But the social media...
FPL responds to nursing home tragedy, updates power restoration effort

FPL responds to nursing home tragedy, updates power restoration effort

Following the deaths Wednesday of six people who resided at a Hollywood Hills nursing home where Hurricane Irma knocked out power, Florida Power & Light officials said the facility was not on the list of top-tier infrastructure facilities Broward County provided in March. FPL spokesman Rob Gould said, “What we have seen is something extremely tragic. It points to the need for having plans in...
I-75 in North Florida faces closure as Santa Fe River swells

I-75 in North Florida faces closure as Santa Fe River swells

The exodus back to South Florida could get dicey today. The Florida Highway Patrol alerts that the Santa Fe River is rising, and may force closure of I-75 in North Florida. If so, the FHP has issued a map with detour routes. Here is their alert: “The Santa Fe River under I-75 has rapidly risen 15 feet within the past 36 hours due to the heavy rainfall over North Florida from Hurricane Irma....
Social Security celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Social Security celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

We know the importance of “familia” in Hispanic culture, and we’re proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by helping build a secure future for you, your family, and your future family. You can learn more about how Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for millions of families by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/people/hispanics/. Hispanics make...
Downtown Boca residents flock to Publix, rent hotel rooms

Downtown Boca residents flock to Publix, rent hotel rooms

Downtown Boca Raton struggled back to life post-Irma, as weary residents on Tuesday gathered at everyone’s favorite shopping spot: Publix. By 1 p.m, the Publix supermarket at Camino Real and Federal Highway was jammed with cars. Power was still out at the grocery store, but a generator kept the lights on and the registers humming. An announcement was made to the lunchtime crowd: “There&rsquo...
Napleton’s, Roger Dean: We didn’t mean to harm public by parking at CityPlace

Napleton’s, Roger Dean: We didn’t mean to harm public by parking at CityPlace

Ed Napleton on Tuesday defended his company’s decision to park its new cars at CityPlace garages in West Palm Beach and at a garage at Florida State University before Hurricane Irma’s arrival. In an interview, the part-time Ocean Ridge resident said he arranged with both CityPlace and FSU to pay to park his dealership cars at the properties. But the social media backlash has been intense...
Woman shocked to find sign with racist slur at gas station

Woman shocked to find sign with racist slur at gas station

A woman in Albuquerque was taken aback by the sign she said was in the window of a Shell gas station Saturday. The sign read, "Leave yesterday ... please (N-word)," with the derogatory term written out. Maria Meeks told KRQE she went into the gas station to ask employees about the sign. Meeks claims the employee she spoke to laughed and said they posted the sign to discourage a vagrant...
Gasoline supplies flow, but more shortages possible as exodus reverses

Gasoline supplies flow, but more shortages possible as exodus reverses

Before Hurricane Irma , gas stations ran out of fuel as frightened Floridians stocked up on petrol. After the storm, fuel shortages will shift from neighborhood stations to a new venue — gas pumps along Interstate 95, Interstate 75 and Florida’s Turnpike. HURRICANE IRMA: Get the latest news and information on the storm Irma sparked the...
Hurricane Irma: Don’t have Internet, cable or cell service? Here’s why

Hurricane Irma: Don’t have Internet, cable or cell service? Here’s why

Wi-Fi and cellphone coverage remains spotty throughout South Florida, and there’s a simple reason: Like everyone else, the companies that provide it don’t have power, thanks to Hurricane Irma. Cell towers across the state have been cut off from the power grid and are relying on generators to keep going, spokespeople for two of the four major wireless carriers said. FPL begins full-scale...
Hurricane Irma: The Breakers, Eau Palm Beach to re-open Friday

Hurricane Irma: The Breakers, Eau Palm Beach to re-open Friday

Two of Palm Beach County’s most luxurious beachfront resorts — The Breakers and the Eau Palm Beach — will re-open at noon on Friday, roughly a week after they were forced to close their doors because of Hurricane Irma. “Pending power restoration to the Town of Manalapan, our anticipated Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa re-opening date is Friday, September 15 at noon,” said...
Hurricane Irma: After going entirely dark, Lake Worth Utilities making progress

Hurricane Irma: After going entirely dark, Lake Worth Utilities making progress

On Sunday night, Lake Worth Utilities’ electrical system went dark. A crucial connection to Florida Power & Light’s grid went down, and all 27,000 of the municipality’s power customers were without power, said Ben Kerr, the city’s public information officer. However, as of Tuesday afternoon, 3,500 customers had power, meaning about 87 percent of the city was powerless. By contrast...
Hurricane Irma: Chill Before You Refill and other generator tips

Hurricane Irma: Chill Before You Refill and other generator tips

Most of Florida remains without power after Hurricane Irma’s landfall on Sunday. That means many homeowners are giving their generators their first extended work. Sleep-deprived novices combining internal combustion engines, fuel and electricity -- what could go wrong? Plenty. A few tips for safely operating a generator: Chill Before You Refill. Refueling a hot generator creates a fire hazard...
Hurricane Irma: Chase waives late fees, overdraft charges through Sept. 24

Hurricane Irma: Chase waives late fees, overdraft charges through Sept. 24

With Hurricane Irma disrupting power supplies, canceling work days and scotching sales, one major bank said it will waive late fees and service charges through Sept. 24. New York-based Chase said it will waive or refund late fees for mortgage, credit card, business loans and auto loans and leases. The same applies to overdraft charges, service fees and ATM fees on checking and savings accounts. Bank...
Apple unveils iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple unveils iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Original report: Apple is expected to unveil a redesigned iPhone on Tuesday at a product event scheduled at 10 a.m. PDT at its new headquarters in Cupertino, California, according to multiple reports. The unveiling will take place at the newly opened Steve Jobs Theater. The anticipated phone would be unveiled a decade after Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs first introduced the world to...
Dairy Queen owner defends 'politically incorrect’ restaurant sign

Dairy Queen owner defends 'politically incorrect’ restaurant sign

A Wisconsin Dairy Queen owner is defending a sign he placed at his restaurant that is generating controversy. The sign at the Dairy Queen in Kewaskum says, "This restaurant is politically incorrect." It warns patrons that staff may say "Merry Christmas," ''Happy Easter" and "God Bless America." The sign also lets customers know that the restaurant honors the flag...
Bank of America’s Palm Beach County branches to remain closed

Bank of America’s Palm Beach County branches to remain closed

Bank of America said all of its Palm Beach County branches would remain closed on Tuesday. In fact, all of the bank’s financial centers in Florida would remain shuttered today except the ones in the Florida Panhandle — Escambia, Leon, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa counties. Get the latest post-Hurricane Irma news by clicking here The bank statement said customers with Internet access can obtain...

Hurricane Irma scuttles mail service for Palm Beach Co., beyond

Thinking of going old school and writing a letter or mailing a check with all the power down. If you’re in South Florida, think again. The U.S. Postal Service in the region was suspended at the end of the day Thursday and remains so until further notice, according to the website that was updated at 3 p.m. Monday. Specifically, all Post Offices, stations, branches and finance units within the...

Irma to cost insurance companies millions but it won’t be worst ever

A true picture of the costs from Hurricane Irma’ may not emerge for weeks or months as Floridians begin to assess a swath of damage as wide as the state, but estimates in the immediate aftermath Monday pulled back from worst-case forecasts. Boston-based catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide projected insured losses at $20 billion to $40 billion. That was down from an earlier estimate of up...
Hurricane Irma: Publix to reopen most of its grocery stores today

Hurricane Irma: Publix to reopen most of its grocery stores today

Publix expects to reopen nearly all of its super markets in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast this morning, two days after Hurricane Irma swept through the region. Listings on the Lakeland-based company’s website indicate a planned 8 a.m. opening at stores from Boca Raton to Fort Pierce. The one notable store whose opening time remained undetermined was the Publix at CityPlace in West...
Equifax data breach: Are you affected? Find out here

Equifax data breach: Are you affected? Find out here

Are you among the 143 million people, or 44 percent of the U.S. population, whose personal information was stolen in a massive data breach at credit reporting agency Equifax? You can find out in seconds at a company website here. “The Equifax breach affecting over 140 million Americans appears to be the largest of its kind and is beyond troubling,” said ...
Is Publix open near you? Here is where to check

Is Publix open near you? Here is where to check

Florida’s leading supermarket chain Publix has opend a website where you can find out which stores are open and when in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. “The storm has passed, but its effect on our community hasn’t,” the chain told customers by email. “Even after careful planning and diligent preparation for this storm, Publix Super Markets has...
Millions out of power; FPL begins biggest restoration effort ever

Millions out of power; FPL begins biggest restoration effort ever

With millions of people still without power Monday, Florida Power & Light began tackling the biggest outage event in its history, mobilizing an army of 19,500 workers throughout its 35-county territory. It could be weeks before all the FPL customers left without power by Hurricane Irma have their lights back on. Estimated restoration times are not available yet, FPL CEO and president Eric Silagy said...
FPL begins full-scale post-Irma restoration, rebuild

FPL begins full-scale post-Irma restoration, rebuild

As Hurricane Irma’s 130 mph winds, rain and tornadoes slashed and battered South Florida Sunday, Florida Power & Light Co. officials could only watch and double-check restoration plans as the outage numbers climbed throughout the day. Monday, that all changed as an army of workers were deployed in what is forecast to be a weeks-long full-scale restoration. It’s the largest power restoration...
JUST IN: Job as nanny inspired founder of children’s art, music center

JUST IN: Job as nanny inspired founder of children’s art, music center

Courtney Palacios, a mother of two and a former nanny, is the founder and owner of Rhythm & Hues, a new children’s art and music center located in West Palm Beach. The center opened this summer in a newly renovated building on Dixie Highway, offering paint rooms, young art spaces, music classes and vocal lessons for toddlers and elementary school-aged children. Palacios worked as a nanny before...
Newsmakers: People on the move in Palm Beach County business

Newsmakers: People on the move in Palm Beach County business

COMMUNITY SERVICE Benjamin T. Hodas has been elected vice chairman of the Florida Bar’s marital and family law board certification committee. He has been a member of the marital and family law board certification committee since 2015. Hodas has served as a member of the 15th Judicial Circuit grievance committee. He is a founding member of The Susan Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court...
Hurricane Irma: Insured losses could be historic, up to $65B, AIR says

Hurricane Irma: Insured losses could be historic, up to $65B, AIR says

The main concern now is the life and safety and people in its path, but a catastrophic modeling firm on Saturday projected Hurricane Irma’s insured losses in the U.S. alone could reach $50 billion, making it a contender for the most expensive storm on record. Much depends on its path as  Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, but AIR Worldwide projected...
Equifax cyberattack: How to get a free credit report, protect your identity

Equifax cyberattack: How to get a free credit report, protect your identity

Credit reporting juggernaut Equifax announced Thursday that its information was compromised in a major cyberattack affecting 143 million Americans – or two-thirds of people with credit reports. Hackers were able to get birth dates, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and addresses, according to Equifax, leaving some to wonder how they can protect themselves. Here are some tips for ensuring...
Hurricane Irma: Insured losses projected up to historic $65 billion

Hurricane Irma: Insured losses projected up to historic $65 billion

Much depends on its path as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, but a catastrophe modeling firm projected Saturday that insured losses could range from $20 billion to $65 billion in the U.S. and Caribbean, making it a contender for the most expensive in U.S. history. Human life and safety remains the top priority for all in the path of a dangerous storm already blamed for at least 23 deaths, but U...
Hurricane Irma: Nearly 29,000 without power in Palm Beach County

Hurricane Irma: Nearly 29,000 without power in Palm Beach County

Power outages are increasing in Palm Beach County and elsewhere in Florida as powerful Hurricane Irma moves closer to the state. As of 2 a.m. Sunday, 243,310 Florida Power & Light customers were without power in its 35-county territory, with outages reported clockwise around Florida from north of Jacksonville to the Keys to Tampa Bay. » Hurricane Irma: Get the latest news and...
Gap, Banana Republic closing 200 stores

Gap, Banana Republic closing 200 stores

Gap Inc., which owns Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and two other brands, will close hundreds of stores to make way for new ones.  >> Read more trending news  According to The Associated Press, the clothing retailer plans to close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores in the next three years. The company plans to open 270 new Old Navy and Athleta stores during...
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