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Insurer Citizens posts first loss since 2005 after $181M goes offshore

Insurer Citizens posts first loss since 2005 after $181M goes offshore

State-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. posted its first loss since 2005,  $27.1 million, board members heard Wednesday — after more than six times that amount landed in the pockets of offshore firms for optional back-up coverage that covered no claims in a hurricane year. Little discussed at the meeting but available in financial records: The company shipped $181 million of its...
NEW: China investment in property owned by Trump son-in-law family off

NEW: China investment in property owned by Trump son-in-law family off

Talks with a Chinese company seeking a stake in a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by the family of Jared Kushner are over. The Kushner Cos. confirmed Wednesday that negotiations with Anbang Insurance Group to help fund redevelopment of the family’s office tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue have ended. The news was first reported by the New York Post. RELATED: Trump, China and Twitter: The...
Wawa to open another South Florida store this week

Wawa to open another South Florida store this week

Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its fanatical following, will hold a grand opening celebration on Thursday for its newest store in Port St.
Need a job? Check out this job fair in West Palm Beach

Need a job? Check out this job fair in West Palm Beach

Job seekers will get a chance to meet with over 30 employers at a career fair planned April 4 at the Marriott in West Palm Beach.
NEW: Delray legal eagle joins Boca firm known for HOA, condo law

NEW: Delray legal eagle joins Boca firm known for HOA, condo law

Delray Beach legal eagle Michael Weiner is joining forces with a Boca Raton law firm renowned for its prowess in homeowners and condominium law. Sachs, Sax & Caplan will be the new home for the longtime zoning, land use and administrative law attorney. RELATED: West Palm Beach attorney elected Florida Bar president for 2018 Weiner, 68, is a ubiquitous figure at municipal hearings on behalf of real...
Trump, China and Twitter: The tweets read ’round the world, literally

Trump, China and Twitter: The tweets read ’round the world, literally

President Donald Trump hosts his Chinese counterpart at Mar-a-Lago next week. It’s the second global — and Asian — leader the president brings to the Southern White House.
Crayola to retire shade from 24-count box on National Crayon Day

Crayola to retire shade from 24-count box on National Crayon Day

Is Crayola ready to sink carnation pink? Or will scarlet get scrapped?  The crayon maker recently announced that it "will retire a color from its iconic 24-count crayon box" for the "first time in its 100+ year history." The company will break the news to fans in a livestream Friday morning. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here. According to WPIX, the box includes...
Delray Beach legal impresario joins forces with Boca Raton law firm

Delray Beach legal impresario joins forces with Boca Raton law firm

Michael Weiner Delray Beach legal eagle Michael Weiner is joining forces with a Boca Raton law firm renowned for its prowess in homeowners and condominium law.
Donald Trump's childhood home sells for 'yuge' profit

Donald Trump's childhood home sells for 'yuge' profit

A real estate prospector just profited big-league from the sale of President Donald Trump's childhood home. According to CNN, the 2,500-square-foot New York Tudor has a new owner just three months after Michael Davis bought the property in Queens' Jamaica Estates neighborhood for $1.4 million. Last week, an unnamed bidder reportedly shelled out $2.14 million for the home where Trump lived until he...
SOCIAL SECURITY: Planning will help you see green in retirement

SOCIAL SECURITY: Planning will help you see green in retirement

Social Security has been a cornerstone of financial security for over 80 years. As you might already know, a lifetime of measured discipline can ensure a comfortable retirement. Social Security can help you plan, save, and see plenty of green in your golden years. Social Security is part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker. If you’re among the 96 percent of workers in the...

POINT OF VIEW Price controls won’t work in post-PIP world

However well intentioned, price controls will not work in Florida, if the Legislature moves to finally repeal the No-Fault/Personal Insurance Protection (PIP) auto insurance system this spring. While the concept of No-Fault/PIP may sound reasonable — $10,000 of personal injury protection made available regardless of fault in an accident — many state leaders have thrown up their hands in...
Legislation would allow FPL to charge customers for fracking

Legislation would allow FPL to charge customers for fracking

Despite united opposition from the Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, AARP, ratepayer advocate Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly and others, a House subcommittee voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would allow investor-owned electric utilities to charge ratepayers for speculative oil and natural gas exploration, fracking and drilling ventures in other states. Rep...
Trump in Palm Beach: Do we benefit when world leaders visit?

Trump in Palm Beach: Do we benefit when world leaders visit?

British Prime Minister Theresa may didn’t make it to Mar-a-Lago. Neither did Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Nor did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who did get a firm handshake. Nor did German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who barely got a handshake. No, so far, the only global leader to spend a weekend at President Donald Trump’s Southern White House, formerly the Winter White...
Coupon scam: ALDI warns customers of fake offers on Facebook

Coupon scam: ALDI warns customers of fake offers on Facebook

Fake coupons for low-cost grocery store ALDI have been making the rounds again on Facebook and could give computers viruses. WSYR reported that Facebook user Melissa Sheriff noticed a post that claimed to offer a $100 off coupon at ALDI stores, and it seemed too good to be true. "Next thing I know everyone is sharing it," Sheriff said. "People are sharing it on each other's pages...
Grupo México to buy Florida East Coast Railway

Grupo México to buy Florida East Coast Railway

Grupo México, a mining and transportation company based in Mexico City, announced Tuesday that it plans to buy Florida East Coast Railway.  The price tag is $2.1 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. Grupo México controls more than 6,200 miles of rail track in Mexico, handling just over 1.4 million loads per year. RELATED: House panel pulls high-speed rail bill, Brightline...
Obamacare explosion? Gov. Scott meets with Florida Blue, Molina CEOs

Obamacare explosion? Gov. Scott meets with Florida Blue, Molina CEOs

Days after President Donald Trump said Obamacare will “explode,” top health insurance executives met with Florida Gov.
House panel pulls high-speed rail bill, Brightline takes victory lap

House panel pulls high-speed rail bill, Brightline takes victory lap

A House committee abruptly postponed its vote Tuesday on a proposed bill regulating high-speed passenger trains like All Aboard Florida’s Brightline, raising questions about the future of the legislation. The bill, HB 269, was to be taken up by the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee during a morning meeting, but Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, announced in the final minutes that it...
Editorial: ‘Safety’ bill nothing more than effort to snuff Brightline

Editorial: ‘Safety’ bill nothing more than effort to snuff Brightline

A bill called the “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act,” wending through the Florida Legislature, hit a roadblock Tuesday morning when it was pulled from the agenda of a House subcommittee. That’s a good thing because the bill is misnamed. It should be the “Stop Brightline in Its Tracks Act.” The legislation is aimed, of course, at the soon-to-debut high-speed...
New record for home prices nationally, but not in South Florida

New record for home prices nationally, but not in South Florida

(Getty Images) Nationally, home prices keep soaring. They reached another record high in January, according to the latest Case-Shiller home price index.
House subcommittee postpones vote on high-speed rail bill

House subcommittee postpones vote on high-speed rail bill

UPDATE, 11:05 a.m.: A citizen’s group opposing All Aboard Florida’s Brightline service has released a statement following today’s meeting.
Butterfly exhibit coming to South Florida Science Center

Butterfly exhibit coming to South Florida Science Center

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium plans to unveil an interactive exhibit on butterflies just in time for the long summer break. The “Amazing Butterflies” exhibit will be on display from May 6 through Sept. 29. According to the science center the exhibit features the entire lifecycle of the butterfly. “Visitors will experience the challenges of being a caterpillar...
Late Easter to bring record spending

Late Easter to bring record spending

American shoppers are expected to spend a record $18.4 billion on Easter this year — largely because of the holiday’s later-than-normal date, according to the National Retail Federation. Easter-related spending is expected to climb by 6 percent over last record level of $17.3 billion, the federation said. RELATED: Hoffman’s plans Easter factory tour; egg hunt Those celebrating the...
Shop at Harbor Freight? Settlement could mean money for you

Shop at Harbor Freight? Settlement could mean money for you

If you shopped at Harbor Freight Tools in the past six years, you could be eligible for some serious rebates. In fact, almost anyone who made a purchase from April 8, 2011, to Dec. 15, 2016, is eligible for a rebate. Itemized receipts with a “YOU SAVED” amount on them are worth 20 percent of the “YOU SAVED” amount in cash or 30 percent of that amount in Harbor Freight...
GameStop to close 150 stores

GameStop to close 150 stores

GameStop, a video game and consumer electronics retailer, will close at least 150 stores after reporting another year of declined sales. The Texas-based company released its report of sales and earnings for 2017 last week, and projected a grim 2017 for some stores. In the fourth quarter of last year, total global sales decreased nearly 14 percent, and new hardware sales declined 29 percent. A ...
Bill to end PIP ‘double tax,’ save drivers $81 per car clears panel

Bill to end PIP ‘double tax,’ save drivers $81 per car clears panel

After almost half a century, Florida drivers would no longer be forced to pay for fraud-prone and costly no-fault car insurance that duplicates their health coverage under a bill that passed a state House subcommittee 12 to 2 on Monday. “I think it’s time and there is public outcry,” said its sponsor, state Rep. Erin Grall, R-Vero Beach. Drivers would save an average of about $81...
Clone call fraudster gets 75 months in prison in West Palm Beach

Clone call fraudster gets 75 months in prison in West Palm Beach

This attack of the clones ended in 75 months in prison. A federal court in West Palm Beach on Monday sentenced the owner and operator of a Florida telecommunications firm to more than six years in prison for what prosecutors called a “sophisticated global cellphone fraud scheme that involved compromising cellphone customers’ accounts and ‘cloning’ their phones.”...
Kill PIP: Bill to end costly no-fault insurance system passes panel

Kill PIP: Bill to end costly no-fault insurance system passes panel

After almost half a century, Florida drivers would no longer be forced to pay for expensive and fraud-prone no-fault car insurance that duplicates their health coverage under a bill that passed a state House subcommittee 12-2 Monday.
Hoffman’s plans Easter factory tour; egg hunt

Hoffman’s plans Easter factory tour; egg hunt

Hoffman’s Chocolates plans to hold a “Hoppy Easter Celebration” on April 8 at its Greenacres chocolate factory, shoppe and ice cream parlour. The celebration will include Eastr egg hunts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, food trucks, entertainment and other family-friendly activities. Here is the schedule of events: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Chocolate Factory...
Palm Beach County sees rise in tourism-related spending

Palm Beach County sees rise in tourism-related spending

Tourists visiting Palm Beach County spent $4.6 billion here last year, up 1 percent over 2015’s level, according to Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization.
Check out these staycation steals for summer

Check out these staycation steals for summer

Spring break may be over, but local tourism leaders are promoting a handful of deals for Palm Beach County residents looking for summer staycation.
Boat Show Last Day: Where to find largest yacht, other things to know

Boat Show Last Day: Where to find largest yacht, other things to know

Sunday is the last day of the 2017 Palm Beach International Boat Show. Here’s where to find the largest yacht and other things to know The show runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for children ages 6 to 15. Children under 6 enter free. It features more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts, boats and accessories, including clothing. Now, for the largest superyacht...
Community Business: What is Palm Beach Gardens-based Labor Finders?

Community Business: What is Palm Beach Gardens-based Labor Finders?

Since 1999, Jeffrey Burnett has been at the helm of Labor Finders, a Palm Beach Gardens-based franchiser that is the country’s oldest and largest privately-held industrial labor staffing firm. Burnett’s father Newt Burnett founded the company in 1975, and Burnett took it to the next level. It has almost 200 offices in 26 states. Name: Jeffrey Burnett Age: 53 Hometown: North Palm Beach...

POINT OF VIEW Negative signals from Legislature suppress job numbers

Headlines across Florida recently highlighted the strong private-sector jobs created in January. It’s true, January was a banner month for jobs with 51,000 new jobs added in Florida. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news turns to concern. That’s because brand-new U.S. labor statistics show Florida created fewer jobs in 2016 than in 2015 — 60,800 private-sector jobs fewer...
Self-driving cars: Uber suspends program after Arizona crash

Self-driving cars: Uber suspends program after Arizona crash

Update: An Uber spokesman said Monday, “We are resuming our development operations in San Francisco this morning.
Editorial: Glades’ worries deserve answers but shouldn’t kill reservoir

Editorial: Glades’ worries deserve answers but shouldn’t kill reservoir

State Senate President Joe Negron walked into a lion’s den last weekend at Pahokee High School. A spillover crowd wanted their district’s Republican senator to see how strongly they oppose a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, and how fearful they are that agricultural land would go out of production, taking their jobs and sinking their struggling communities. The anguish is understandable...

Morning or evening, board decides when to hold meetings

Question: In the past, our HOA would hold open “workshop” meetings to discuss issues within the community. These are held in the afternoons, usually once a month. The board would encourage homeowners to attend these meetings and voice their opinions, but the board would not vote on open matters. Instead, the board would also hold evening board meetings once a month for the purpose of voting...
Company will pay you $10K a month to travel, stay in luxury homes

Company will pay you $10K a month to travel, stay in luxury homes

A vacation rental company is hiring for a job that sounds like a dream for many. Glamour magazine reported that ThirdHome, which provides luxury vacation rentals, has listed what it’s calling the “best job on the planet” on its Facebook page. The three month contract position is for a “storyteller” who can blog, write and take photos of “up to twelve...
Feeding Florida seeks $5 million from state to distribute produce

Feeding Florida seeks $5 million from state to distribute produce

Florida produces an abundance of produce, from sweet corn to bell peppers and watermelons, yet an estimated one-fifth of it is wasted. “About 20 percent of the crops never make it into the supply chain,” said Robin Safley, executive director of Feeding Florida, the non-profit’s network of 14 food distribution banks. RELATED: Farms leave produce to rot in fields as crop prices plummet...
County construction hiring roars back, drops unemployment rate

County construction hiring roars back, drops unemployment rate

Palm Beach County construction employment, missing in action for much of the economic recovery, finally is on the rebound. The number of construction jobs in the county jumped by 10.1 percent, or 3,300 positions, from February 2016 to February 2017, CareerSource Palm Beach County said Friday. That follows a 9.6 percent increase from January 2016 to January 2017. While large-scale homebuilding has...
U-shaped skyscraper might be coming to America

U-shaped skyscraper might be coming to America

 A unique U-shaped building that could be the longest in the world might be coming to the United States. Plans for building “The Big Bend” could redefine the Manhattan skyline. “If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York we would be able to create one of the most prestigious buildings in Manhattan,” design studio Oiio said in...
Macy’s, Kmart, JCPenney: More retailers closing brick-and-mortar stores

Macy’s, Kmart, JCPenney: More retailers closing brick-and-mortar stores

The news from retailers across the country this quarter has not been good.  More than two dozen stores and restaurants, including the likes of Macy's, Payless Shoes, Outback Steakhouse and Noodles and Company, have either closed locations or have announce plans to shutter stores across the country. As people choose e-commerce over shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, experts said customers...
NEW: Yachts on sale but big deal Friday is Show Management purchase

NEW: Yachts on sale but big deal Friday is Show Management purchase

Superyachts and sportfishing boats took a back seat to different type of industry business Friday when Show Management, the company that manages the Palm Beach International Boat Show, announced it was being acquired by a London-based publishing and events company. And Viking Yacht Co. announced it was building marine center in Riviera Beach. The 130,000 square-foot facility will house marine industry...
Patient describes pain, exam in fake eye in doctor’s fraud trial

Patient describes pain, exam in fake eye in doctor’s fraud trial

Having lost an eye and a kidney to diabetes, 56-year-old Kermit Foster knows about pain. But despite his other ailments, the Belle Glade man told a federal jury this week that the agony of laser treatments he received from Palm Beach County ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen stand out. “That real bright light. It was so hurtful. I would jump back when he started clicking,” Foster said...
House Republicans plan all-or-nothing Friday vote on Obamacare repeal

House Republicans plan all-or-nothing Friday vote on Obamacare repeal

Congressional Republicans will try again Friday to repeal-and-replace Obamacare in an all-or-nothing, high stakes vote on Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump turned to Twitter this morning, criticizing opposition from the conservative Freedom Caucus in the House. The president first tweeted: “After seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this...
Divided Florida Senate backs ending ‘liquor wall’

Divided Florida Senate backs ending ‘liquor wall’

A heavily lobbied proposal to knock down a Depression-era ban on liquor being sold alongside groceries narrowly survived the Senate on Thursday, after a passionate debate that included some opponents warning the change could make alcohol more accessible to — or even “kill” — children. The so-called “liquor wall” measure (SB 106), which must still get House...

POINT OF VIEW Don’t trade a tax cut for a tax increase

For three decades, Florida has offered insurance companies a highly effective, performance-based tax credit that has resulted in tens of thousands of good jobs being created or imported to our state. Not only does this credit bolster our state’s economy in a transparent, accountable way, it also helps ensure insurance rates for Floridians stay as affordable as possible. Senate Bill 378 by state...
County smooths way for western development with zoning framework OK

County smooths way for western development with zoning framework OK

Palm Beach County commissioners approved a new zoning framework Thursday, smoothing the path for a pair of development projects that would add a combined 4,930 homes in the booming west-central corridor of the county. Approval of the new framework, which creates something called the Western Communities Residential Overlay, disappointed environmentalists and preservationists, who have argued that large-scale...
Obamacare: GOP splits derail House rewrite

Obamacare: GOP splits derail House rewrite

Update Friday: Call it Trumpcare. Call it Ryancare. By any name,  the American Health Care Act imploded Friday as Republicans admitted the bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act did not have enough votes to pass. It  collapsed under pressure from different directions, from conservatives that it didn’t go far enough and from some constituents in GOP districts that it would hurt...
Experian ‘deceived’ customers with credit scores, fined $3 million

Experian ‘deceived’ customers with credit scores, fined $3 million

You think you are getting your “credit score.” But what if it is not really the score lenders actually use? A federal agency said Thursday it fined credit reporting firm Experian $3 million for passing off its own proprietary credit scoring model called a PLUS score as the real deal lenders use. Experian, based in California, is one of the nation’s three biggest credit reporting...
More millennials live with parents in South Fla. than anywhere else

More millennials live with parents in South Fla. than anywhere else

A new study suggest that millennials in South Florida live with their parents at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country. The study conducted by Abodo found that 44.8 percent of millennials in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area still live with their parents. That’s the highest percentage among the 40 metropolitan areas looked at by the study, and above the national...
Large luxury yachts headline this year’s boat show in West Palm

Large luxury yachts headline this year’s boat show in West Palm

The four-day Palm Beach International BoatShow cruises into town on March 23, bringing a sea of yachts, boats and marine accessories worth more than $1.2 billion. The annual event, in its 32nd year, has grown to become one of the top boat shows in the United States, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront during the height of the county&rsquo...
NEW: Obamacare repeal vote canceled, what’s next? Ask Freedom Caucus

NEW: Obamacare repeal vote canceled, what’s next? Ask Freedom Caucus

A day that was supposed to be a defeat for Obamacare turned into a day in which the 2010 health care act got a win by default — at least for now. After a failed, 11th hour attempt to win needed support for their Obamacare repeal-and-replacement bill, House leaders postponed a long-awaited vote on the measure. In the wake of the cancellation of Thursday’s vote, the focus is on the Freedom...
Palm Beach County population growth outpaces most of nation in 2016

Palm Beach County population growth outpaces most of nation in 2016

Turns out, blue skies, warm weather, palm trees and beaches are a bit of a draw. Palm Beach County’s population grew by nearly 22,000 people from July of 2015 to July of 2016, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. That growth put the county’s population at 1,443,810. Only four other counties in Florida — Orange, Hillsborough, Broward and Lee &mdash...
Tough times in retail? Not at Palm Beach Outlets, off-price malls

Tough times in retail? Not at Palm Beach Outlets, off-price malls

Online shopping and changing consumer tastes have roiled the retail landscape, but Palm Beach Outlets seems to be weathering the storm just fine. Reflecting the success of off-price shopping centers in general, Palm Beach Outlets boasts full parking lots, ringing cash registers and a near lack of empty space. “We are still thriving,” said Pam Rada, marketing director at Palm Beach Outlets...
Once the queen of the skies, the 747 will soon be just a flying truck

Once the queen of the skies, the 747 will soon be just a flying truck

LOS ANGELES — The wide-bodied Boeing 747 was once known as the queen of the skies, an instantly recognizable behemoth revered for its luxury and spaciousness.  As time passed, however, the original jumbo jet was outstripped by more efficient twin-engine planes.   Now the 747’s days as a passenger plane are numbered. Delta and United — the last two U.S. airlines that...
Forbes annual billionaires list shows Trump down more than 200 slots

Forbes annual billionaires list shows Trump down more than 200 slots

Forbes has released its annual list of the richest people in the world, but President Donald Trump’s position on the list has dramatically declined. USA Today reported that Trump’s ranking dramatically fell 220 slots from No. 324 to No. 544. That ranking is a 20-way tie. At No. 1 for the fourth year in a row is Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, 61, whose net worth increased over...
NEW: West Palm Beach attorney elected Florida Bar president for 2018

NEW: West Palm Beach attorney elected Florida Bar president for 2018

West Palm Beach attorney Michelle Suskauer has been chosen to lead the Florida Bar starting in 2018. Suskauer, 50, is a criminal defense attorney. She is married to Judge Scott Suskauer of the 15th Circuit in Palm Beach County. Suskauer will be sworn in as president-elect at the Bar’s annual convention in Boca Raton on June 23. That same day, President-elect Michael J. Higer of Miami will become...
Selling your home? PBC a seller’s market, yes, but not as lucrative

Selling your home? PBC a seller’s market, yes, but not as lucrative

Palm Beach County home prices held steady in February, a month when supply and demand continued to creep away from the dramatic seller’s market of recent years. The median price of houses sold by Realtors last month was $315,000, up 7 percent from a year ago but a level that has been essentially unchanged over the past 11 months, the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches said Wednesday. Realtors...
Obamacare advocates rally against Trumpcare in West Palm Beach

Obamacare advocates rally against Trumpcare in West Palm Beach

Congress is slated to vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act today, and on Wednesday about 25 people gathered at Currie Park on Flagler Drive to speak out against the replacement dubbed “Trumpcare.” After a few short speeches, they threw thousands of rose petals into the Intracoastal Waterway in recognition of friends and family who have benefited from the ACA. The House is expected...
Nuclear regulators inspecting FPL’s Turkey Point plant after small explosion

Nuclear regulators inspecting FPL’s Turkey Point plant after small explosion

FPL’s Turkey Point plant overlooks Biscayne Bay. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission began a special inspection Wednesday at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear power plant to assess the failure of a safety-related electrical bus that resulted in the plant declaring an alert.
Costco to offer home grocery delivery in 50 cities by the end of 2017

Costco to offer home grocery delivery in 50 cities by the end of 2017

Costco customers across the country will soon be able to get groceries delivered to their doors, according to the company that will make the deliveries.  Shipt, a subscription delivery service, said in a news release Tuesday that it has begun delivering orders for Costco customers in the Tampa area. According to Costco, the company plans to extend the service to 50 U.S. markets, serving more...
Why is this former Miami Marlin working on porn movies?

Why is this former Miami Marlin working on porn movies?

Cullen McRae used to spend hours breaking down video of major-league baseball players, zooming in on a slight drop of a shoulder, scant elevation of an arm or a tightly twisting hip. These days, he’s still focused on body parts in motion — but it’s a whole new ballgame. McRae has gone from one American pastime to another. The former Miami Marlins video coordinator is a...
BBB warning: Amazon shoppers targeted by scammers who take over victims' computers

BBB warning: Amazon shoppers targeted by scammers who take over victims' computers

A new warning says Amazon shoppers in Northeast Florida are being targeted by criminals who are taking over their computers. The Better Business Bureau recently alerted consumers to the scam on social media after being contacted by someone who was targeted. Shannon Nelson, of the BBB’s Northeast Florida and Southeast Atlantic office, said she received a call this week from a 70-year-old...
Sears, Kmart parent company warns of 'substantial doubt' about its survival

Sears, Kmart parent company warns of 'substantial doubt' about its survival

The parent company of Sears, once the nation's largest retailer, issued a somber warning Tuesday about its survival. According to USA Today, Sears Holdings, which also owns Kmart, broke the news in an annual report filed with the Security and Exchange Commission. "Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company's ability to continue as a going concern...
Social Security: Your contributions make nation stronger

Social Security: Your contributions make nation stronger

At first, seeing taxes taken out of your paycheck can be a little disappointing. However, you can take pride in knowing you’re making an important impact each week when you contribute to Social Security. Understanding how important your contribution is takes some of the sting away because your taxes are helping millions of Americans — and protecting you and your family for life &mdash...
Related Co.’s 25-story tower project on church land moves forward

Related Co.’s 25-story tower project on church land moves forward

In a close vote, a city advisory board signed off on a 25-story version of a proposed office building along Flagler Drive. The board of West Palm Beach’s Downtown Development Authority voted 3-2 Tuesday to endorse The Related Cos.’ plan for the First Church of Christ Scientist property at 132 Lakeview Ave. The non-binding recommendation will be delivered to the city commission, but the...
Why Jupiter limo owner says Uber, Lyft get a free ride at his expense

Why Jupiter limo owner says Uber, Lyft get a free ride at his expense

Maybe the answer to leveling the playing field between ride-sharing and legacy for-hire transportation isn’t to regulate more, but to regulate less? That’s the question I asked veteran sedan and limousine company owner Don White. The Jupiter entrepreneur has been in the for-hire transportation industry since 1986. For most of those years, business was solid. White said he always got steady...
Ivanka Trump brand sued for 'unfair' competition

Ivanka Trump brand sued for 'unfair' competition

A San Francisco clothing company is suing Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand, claiming in a class-action lawsuit filed last week that the brand gained an unfair advantage with the election of Trump’s father as president of the United States. In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, attorneys for Modern Appeal Clothing claimed that Ivanka Trump Marks LLC got an unfair boost...
Need a job? 5 things to know about Career Expo this month

Need a job? 5 things to know about Career Expo this month

CareerSource and Boynton Beach city officials are co-hosting a “Career Hiring Event” March 23.
Apple unveils new version of the iPad, new red iPhone; will be on sale this week

Apple unveils new version of the iPad, new red iPhone; will be on sale this week

For Apple fans, Tuesday is turning out to be a good day.  The company announced a new version of its 9.7-inch iPad will go on sale this week, as will a special edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The company said the new iPad will come with iOS 10, and will include the A9 chip. The updated iPad will start at $329, and be available in silver, gold and space gray. The new iPad will be available...
State Farm ruling: Bar for trade secrets ‘absurdly low,’ advocates say

State Farm ruling: Bar for trade secrets ‘absurdly low,’ advocates say

An appeals court on Monday backed State Farm’s bid to hide from the public how many home insurance customers it serves or cancels in Florida, leading consumer advocates to mourn a loss of transparency and accountability. If there are no further challenges and competitors follow suit, the decision could wipe out public access to information about potentially all of the hundreds of property insurance...
POINT OF VIEW Pay equity for women is 50 years overdue

POINT OF VIEW Pay equity for women is 50 years overdue

It is concerning that as we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, women in the U.S. and Florida continue to be paid less than their male counterparts. In the U.S., women earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. In the state of Florida, women earn 85 cents for every dollar a man earns. Florida’s lower gap, however, is not something to be particularly proud...
Mar-a-Lago huddle sets stage for Obamacare repeal on 7th anniversary

Mar-a-Lago huddle sets stage for Obamacare repeal on 7th anniversary

Key GOP players met in President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate over the weekend to discuss changes to a proposed rollback of the Affordable Care Act ahead of one its biggest moments: Speaker Paul Ryan said he intends to bring the plan to the House floor on the health law’s seventh anniversary on Thursday. RELATED: AARP says Florida slammed worst by Obamacare repeal U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas...
A new record for a Manalapan mansion: See how much it sold for

A new record for a Manalapan mansion: See how much it sold for

1370 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan as it once looked. The mansion at 1370 S. Ocean Ave. in Manalapan just sold for $40 million, setting a new price record for houses in the tony town.
Forbes’ billionaires list has 30-plus Palm Beachers; Trump’s worth drops

Forbes’ billionaires list has 30-plus Palm Beachers; Trump’s worth drops

If money is power, then Palm Beach is home to plenty of powerful people, including its most influential part-time resident, President Donald Trump. But when judged solely by his net worth, Trump’s isn’t nearly as powerful as some of his Palm Beach neighbors — or as many of the 2,042 other billionaires worldwide who joined him in Forbes’ 31st annual ranking ...
NEW: Is fast digital service worth placing pole in front of your home?

NEW: Is fast digital service worth placing pole in front of your home?

The battle between infrastructure needed for fast digital service and property rights may soon come to communities across Palm Beach County. Right now, it’s playing out in Tallahassee courtesy of legislation before lawmakers. “It’s a ticket for multi-billion dollar wireless communication companies to come into a city and do as they please in city right of ways,” said Riviera...
Cold hands? Heatbuff claims it will keep 'em toasty while you type

Cold hands? Heatbuff claims it will keep 'em toasty while you type

Chilly office? A new product promises to warm your frigid fingers while you work or play, Digital Trends reports. Danish students Emil Frolund and Mads Sorensen recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Envavo Heatbuff, "an infrared short wave heater" that you can place by your keyboard, according to the product description. It "warms your hands but does not...
Mar-a-Lago huddle precedes plan to repeal Obamacare on 7th anniversary

Mar-a-Lago huddle precedes plan to repeal Obamacare on 7th anniversary

Update: Another Palm Beach weekend visitor, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on where he stands via Twitter: “I promised the people of Utah I would do everything I can to repeal #Obamacare.
Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

Newsmakers: People in Palm Beach County business, non-profits

COMMUNITY SERVICE Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches would like to announce the addition of Roshan Massoumi to its board of directors. Massoumi, retired owner of French R LLC Real Estate Holding Company, has been a 2005 nominee for the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Heroes of Medicine, and received the 1993 Dynamic Duo Award in recognition of her outstanding team efforts benefiting...

Monday Meeting: Donna Mulholland of the Quantum Foundation

Palm Beach philanthropist Donna Mulholland, a retired hospital executive and lawyer who spent more than two decades working in the health care industry, is the first female to chair the board of trustees for the nonprofit Quantum Foundation. Since it was formed in 1997, the West Palm Beach-based foundation has awarded more than $125 million in grants to local nonprofits and governmental agencies that...
Rita's Italian Ice giving away free treats to mark first day of spring

Rita's Italian Ice giving away free treats to mark first day of spring

The first day of spring will be extra delightful for those with a sweet tooth. Rita's Italian Ice, the frozen treat chain, will give away free Italian ices to customers between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday, during its 25th annual First Day of Spring celebration. Customers can refer to Rita's website to find participating locations. Those that visit Rita's on the first day of spring are encouraged...
NEW: Lake O land buy will kill jobs, ruin Glades, residents tell state

NEW: Lake O land buy will kill jobs, ruin Glades, residents tell state

In a face-off Friday night at Pahokee High School, hundreds of Glades area residents came out in force to tell Florida Senate President Joe Negron his proposal to build a 60,000-acre reservoir on farmland south of Lake Okeechobee would kill jobs and economically devastate their rural communities. Dozens of machinists union members wore black T-shirts emblazoned with “Save our Jobs” in...
Which J.C. Penney stores are closing: Company releases list of stores to be shuttered

Which J.C. Penney stores are closing: Company releases list of stores to be shuttered

J.C. Penney announced in February it would be closing between 130-140 stores in the coming months. On Friday, the company released the list of stores to be shuttered across the country. The company said it expected annual savings of about $200 million from the cost-cutting measures. All the stores should be closed in the second quarter of 2017. Here is the list of the 138 stores to be closed...
Palm Beach County ponders paid parental leave for non-union employees

Palm Beach County ponders paid parental leave for non-union employees

Non-unionized Palm Beach County employees could soon get paid parental leave as they welcome the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child. With a push from County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, the county is working on a change in policy that would grant such employees a six-week leave at full pay. Such a policy would put the county in line with Miami-Dade County and other municipalities...
Dairy Queen welcomes spring with free cone offer on March 20

Dairy Queen welcomes spring with free cone offer on March 20

The first day of spring is March 20, and Dairy Queen is celebrating the new season's arrival with free ice cream. "Free Cone Day" will take place at non-mall Dairy Queen locations, as well as at DQ Grill & Chill locations, according to the press release. Fans can enjoy a free small vanilla soft-serve cone (limit one per customer while supplies last). The offer is valid only at United...
Smart bet or socialism? Trump, Scott and the politics of incentives

Smart bet or socialism? Trump, Scott and the politics of incentives

Surrounded by Brevard County officials and reporters, Gov. Rick Scott stood in an empty field at Kennedy Space Center where a satellite factory soon will rise. The plant, being built by OneWeb Satellites, is a project that President-elect Donald Trump touted as an exemplar of American job creation. The company has raised nearly $2 billion from investors, including a Japanese technology conglomerate...

Condo building cannot unilaterally withdraw from group

Question: Our condominium complex consists of four separate buildings of 40 condominium units. Our building, as well as the other three, have their own entrance and exit. Is it possible for a building to secede from the rest of the complex, given that we are responsible for our own roof and parking lot and building maintenance? Signed, R.P. Answer: It sounds as if you are in a multicondominium project...
Gap between winners, losers in Cuba to tell if era of apertura sticks

Gap between winners, losers in Cuba to tell if era of apertura sticks

Hope and reality on Cuba crossed paths last Monday. A former anti-Castro hardliner on U.S.-Cuba policy explained why he was all in on the thaw with Havana just as a South Florida airline explained why it was no longer all in, or even in, on Cuba. “Cuba is changing and we should change with it, and start thinking of a future of collaboration,” former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez...
Florida tax revenue experts predict shortfalls after this year

Florida tax revenue experts predict shortfalls after this year

Another slight change Friday to the state’s estimated future tax revenues did little to alter the situation facing legislative budget-writers: a tight fit for the upcoming fiscal year and sizable shortfalls after that. As a result, the Republican-dominated Legislature is expected to remain cautious as House and Senate leaders roll out budget proposals over the next couple of weeks. RELATED:...
Will J.C. Penney stores close Palm Beach County stores?

Will J.C. Penney stores close Palm Beach County stores?

The quick answer: No. The retail chain will close only two stores in Florida. They are the locations at the Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center and Palatka Mall.
NEW: Fred Astaire Studio has them dancing in Delray

NEW: Fred Astaire Studio has them dancing in Delray

Have dreams of dancing with the stars? A new dance studio in Delray Beach can help you with that. The Fred Astaire Delray Beach Studios opened its doors to the public Thursday. Located on Federal Hwy in the 247 Plaza, the Fred Astaire Studios is owned by two ballroom-dance professionals, Clifton Sepulveda and Mar Martinez. “Words are not enough for what just happened tonight, we’re so...
March Madness: Venmo payments spike surely not (cough) illegal betting

March Madness: Venmo payments spike surely not (cough) illegal betting

Surely a spike in payments via money-transfer app Venmo was purely coincidental with the start of the NCAA basketball tournament this week and had nothing to do with illegal wagering. All right, fine, more than a third of Venmo transactions right before the start of the first game used the terms NCAA or basketball or madness or a little basketball symbol, Quartz reported. But Venmo...
Walmart to pay out $157 million in bonuses this week

Walmart to pay out $157 million in bonuses this week

Almost 10,800 Walmart employees in metro Atlanta are getting an extra bump in pay this week thanks to bonuses from the giant retailer. >> Read more trending news The Bentonville, Arkansas, based company, the nation’s largest employer, said it is paying out $6.3 million in bonuses to 10,798 metro Atlanta employees based on the fourth-quarter performance of the stores where they work. That...
Gander Mountain closing 32 stores; here’s the list

Gander Mountain closing 32 stores; here’s the list

The hits keep coming when it comes to store closings in 2017.  Gander Mountain, the outdoor goods retailer, has announced it will close 32 of its 162 locations.  The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday. The stores will be closing over the next few weeks, according to the company. More than 1,200 employees will be impacted.  Here’s a list of stores set to...

POINT OF VIEW Credit unions twist truth in attempt to expand powers

I found the opinion piece by Patrick LaPine, president of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates, — published in The Palm Beach Post — “Point of View: Lawmakers can give local government depository choice,” March 10 — misleading and self-serving. The government gave credit unions their tax-free status because they were to be nonprofits that had a limited...
Wawa in Palm Beach County: 3 stores open next week

Wawa in Palm Beach County: 3 stores open next week

Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its fanatical following, will open three stores on Thursday, marking its first push into the South Florida market.
This local eatery now serving up items at PBIA

This local eatery now serving up items at PBIA

Paneterie, a European bakery and cafe with locations in West Palm Beach and Delray Beach, is now offering “grab and go” items at Palm Beach International Airport.

Surf’s up — in Orlando? Catching a wave at Typhoon Lagoon

Just when I thought I’d mastered the artificially created wave at Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon, a 6-foot-high wall of chlorinated water slapped me back to my senses. The ride had started promisingly. I’d listened for the massive toilet flush that signaled the next wave, then paddled a few strokes before jumping to my feet. I crouched on my surfboard and dropped down the face of...
Surf legend Kelly Slater aims to build wave pool in Palm Beach County

Surf legend Kelly Slater aims to build wave pool in Palm Beach County

We’ve got Reef Road and Juno Pier, but someday Palm Beach County’s best surf spot might be closer to Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area than the Atlantic coastline. Surf legend Kelly Slater, winner of 11 world titles, aims to build a wave pool at Palm Beach Park of Commerce, the inland industrial park off the Beeline Highway in northwestern Palm Beach County. Kelly Slater Wave Co., which...
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