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We’ll get a short break from damaging storms, but be ready for Round 2

After lobbing cyclone after cyclone at unwitting coastlines, submerging Houston, laying waste to Barbuda, crushing the Florida Keys, and plunging Puerto Rico into darkness, the tropical Atlantic has stilled. For 30 consecutive days, one or more named storms have crashed through the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic Ocean — an impressive stretch not seen since 1995.
Florida high school athlete dies after collapsing in weight room

Florida high school athlete dies after collapsing in weight room

A two-sport athlete from Jacksonville died last week after collapsing in his high school's weight room. Ben Johnson was pronounced dead Thursday, two days after he was rushed to the hospital. Johnson suffered cardiac arrest and irreversible brain damage, the Florida Times-Union reported. He was a sophmore at Fleming Island High School. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death...
Rick Shaw, first South Florida DJ to play the Beatles, dies at 78

Rick Shaw, first South Florida DJ to play the Beatles, dies at 78

Rick Shaw, a radio veteran of more than 50 years and the first disc jockey in South Florida to play the Beatles, has died at age 78. Shaw, a Cooper City resident who spent 46 years as a DJ in Miami, passed away on Friday, the Miami Herald reported. Shaw began his DJ career in 1956 in St. Louis, coming to Miami in 1960. While working for WQAM in 1964, Shaw was the first radio DJ in South Florida...
After Irma: Palm Beach County couple raising money for St. Maarten

After Irma: Palm Beach County couple raising money for St. Maarten

A Palm Beach County couple is helping raise money for the people of St. Maarten after the island was slammed by Hurricane Irma. After getting in contact with some island residents, Donnamarie Pardi of Jupiter learned about the damage caused by the Category 5 storm. RJ and Donnamarie Pardi also reside in St. Maarten. After Hurricane Irma: Get the latest updates Now the couple is working with Gabi Amato...
After Irma: Palm Beach’s weeklong shutdown challenged, defended

After Irma: Palm Beach’s weeklong shutdown challenged, defended

Looking to restock his refrigerator three days after Hurricane Irma tore through Palm Beach County, attorney Richard Ryles headed to the Publix in Palm Beach. But, like scores of mainland residents discovered in the aftermath of the storm, the wealthy island was off-limits to nearly everyone who didn’t live or work in the tony town — not just during the storm but for seven days...
State’s consumer advocate urges FPL customers to file complaints

State’s consumer advocate urges FPL customers to file complaints

Do you have a concern about Florida Power & Light’s power restoration after Hurricane Irma? Was your power out for five days and you don’t know why? Did FPL’s website show that your power was restored when it wasn’t? Consumers can file such complaints with the Florida Public Service Commission, Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly said Friday. His office represents all consumers...
Irma left many with that same empty feeling

Irma left many with that same empty feeling

Hurricanes force us to do a lot of things we ordinarily wouldn’t do. For example, I spent a hot, steamy night in a tent in the Keys with a man who’s not my husband. Covering Hurricane Irma’s march across the Lower Keys, photographer Lannis Waters and I had no place to stay in the storm’s powerless, waterless aftermath, so we ended up pitching a tent in an Islamorada park where...
Relay the dog returns home after almost two years on the road

Relay the dog returns home after almost two years on the road

After being missing for almost two years, traveling more than 1,200 miles and at least 22 hours in the car, Relay the dog is finally home. The energetic Jack Russell terrier/German Sheppard mix was greeted by her 18-year-old owner, Richard Moneck, who was all smiles Friday night as the lovable pup was hand-delivered back to her West Palm Beach home. “All my troubles went away,” Richard...
REMINDER: Flagler Bridge in Palm Beach has nightly closures through Monday morning

REMINDER: Flagler Bridge in Palm Beach has nightly closures through Monday morning

Continued work on the Flagler Memorial Bridge will mean a number of road closings this weekend, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The north bridge will have intermittent full closures from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday through Monday as milling and resurfacing are done on the east side of bridge. Eastbound and westbound portions of Royal Poinciana Way between Cocoanut Row and South...
West Palm man wants dogs back; county claims he left them during Irma

West Palm man wants dogs back; county claims he left them during Irma

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control took away Joseph Licata’s three dogs two weeks ago, alleging he abandoned them with Hurricane Irma approaching. Licata, desperate to get his dogs back, argues he didn’t abandon them. Rather, he was on vacation in London, a trip he planned for a year, and enlisted a friend to give them food and water and take them inside if the storm got close....
Hurricane Irma: Selfless act during storm prep cost man his life

Hurricane Irma: Selfless act during storm prep cost man his life

After six years of courtship, Lucas Rockett and Jennifer Sangprasert recently decided to get married next June. Their love had spurred Rockett and Sangprasert to tattoo each other’s names on their necks and produced a little girl, Hazel Jean. Rockett was so smitten with his bride-to-be that he planned on taking her last name as his own. Hurricane Irma ruined all of that. On Sept. 8, days before...
Lessons from Wilma: How county got key stoplights running after Irma

Lessons from Wilma: How county got key stoplights running after Irma

Hurricane Irma’s mammoth winds and relentless rain knocked out traffic lights at 600 of Palm Beach County’s 1,200 intersections, leaving employees on a hunt for backup until Florida Power & Light could put them back on the grid. They found 15 generators and deployed them at some of the 125 most critical intersections. The last time they had to do this? Twelve years ago. Hurricane...
Uninvited early visitor delays Lake Worth’s new book store opening

Uninvited early visitor delays Lake Worth’s new book store opening

Last month I wrote a column on Book Cellar , a new upscale store planning to open this month on 801 Lake Avenue, a vacant site way too long. But after Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County, I wondered if the opening date got pushed back, so I called Tamara Ayraud, one of the co-owners, to find out. Good news is the site, which had shutters, didn’t suffer any damages...
Southern Boulevard could see ‘highway level’ traffic as the west grows

Southern Boulevard could see ‘highway level’ traffic as the west grows

With massive growth expected in the western communities over the next two decades, state and local planners face a big question: How will Southern Boulevard handle the load? State engineers and consultants have been working on the answer for the past two years as part of the State Road 80 Corridor Action Plan, a study to develop steps to help the county’s primary east-west thoroughfare...
NEW: Repaving could take 6 weeks in this Wellington neighborhood

NEW: Repaving could take 6 weeks in this Wellington neighborhood

The streets of one Wellington neighborhood are getting some fresh pavement. The resurfacing project in Sugar Pond Manor started Sept. 21, and is expected to be completed in about six weeks, according to a village news release. Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The roads will be open during construction, but residents should expect some delays. These streets will be repaved as part...
Did Russia use Facebook to promote Trump events in Palm Beach County?

Did Russia use Facebook to promote Trump events in Palm Beach County?

As Facebook says it was unwittingly used by Russian propagandists seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election, questions have been raised about an entity that used the social media platform to publicize a series of pro-Donald Trump “patriotic flash mob” events in Palm Beach County and across Florida one Saturday during the 2016 campaign. The Daily Beast this week said that its...
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...
Report: Jane Holzer dishes on Kennedy in Palm Beach

Report: Jane Holzer dishes on Kennedy in Palm Beach

Jane Holzer, perhaps Palm Beach’s most famous homegrown celebrity, is as candid as ever in her interview with Kevin Sessums in his new online magazine kevinsessums.com. The Andy Warhol confidante known as Baby Jane Holzer during her Factory days is now a canny real estate magnate with significant holdings on Worth Avenue and a prominent contemporary art collector. She was the subject of...
Tuesday vote: After years, will Lake Worth lower its millage rate?

Tuesday vote: After years, will Lake Worth lower its millage rate?

If it doesn’t work the first time, try again. At a Lake Worth budget hearing in July, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell proposed reducing the city’s millage rate by a quarter, but the gesture was opposed 3-1, with Mayor Pam Triolo absent. So, at Tuesday’s city commission meeting and first public hearing to set the rate, Maxwell made the appeal once more, emphasizing that Lake Worth has become...
Lake Worth teacher organizes dinner for power lineman

Lake Worth teacher organizes dinner for power lineman

On Sept. 15, Meredith Abrams, a North Grade Elementary teacher in Lake Worth, was giving out water, Gatorade and candy bars to the lineman working tirelessly to restore the power in the city. “I had to find something to keep me busy,” she said. “It was very rewarding.” The next day Abrams saw a Hurricane Irma linemen restoration page on Facebook. She immediately joined and...
Palm Beach County’s U.S. 1 makeover — big changes in the works

Palm Beach County’s U.S. 1 makeover — big changes in the works

When the United States numbered highway system was established in 1926, U.S. 1 became the main traffic artery from Miami to Maine. Since then, Interstate 95 has replaced the coastal highway as the speedier mode of transportation. Most of the 42-mile roadway in Palm Beach County now features commercial businesses, billboards and plenty of unappetizing stoplights. But from Boca Raton to Tequesta, U...
After Irma: Boca Raton animal shelter clinic damaged beyond repair

After Irma: Boca Raton animal shelter clinic damaged beyond repair

A massive tree branch crashed into the roof of a building at a no-kill animal shelter near Boca Raton during Hurricane Irma. Rain pelted through an opening in the ceiling, flooding the clinic where 51 sick cats and dogs were housed. “You heard the water rushing in,” said Paul Motz, one of nine staffers who rode out the storm at Tri-County Animal Rescue, on Boca Rio Road between Glades...
UPDATE: Police apprehend suspect in Boynton strong-arm robberies

UPDATE: Police apprehend suspect in Boynton strong-arm robberies

Update, 4:50 p.m.: Boynton Beach police have apprehended strong-arm robbery suspect Michael Prouty, spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. Original story: City police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man suspected in a series of strong-arm robberies. Police say Michael Prouty, 33, robbed a Family Dollar store on Northeast 10th Avenue and a CVS pharmacy on North Federal Highway Thursday...
Husband of missing Delray Beach woman indicted on stolen coin charges

Husband of missing Delray Beach woman indicted on stolen coin charges

Lewis Bennett, for good or bad the central figure in the reported May 15 disappearance of Isabella Hellmann, has formally been indicted on a charge of transporting stolen coins. Palm Beach County court records also show Bennett has filed a formal probate case regarding Hellmann, his wife of three months and the mother of their child, and has asked the court to declare her dead. Bennett wrote to the...
Aronberg: Fix Obamacare so unethical sober homes don’t exploit opioid crisis

Aronberg: Fix Obamacare so unethical sober homes don’t exploit opioid crisis

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg in 2016. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post) Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg says in a Time magazine op-ed that unscrupulous drug treatment providers have manipulated Obamacare “to foster a cycle of relapse, rather than recovery” and cash in on the opioid crisis. Democrat...
BREAKING: Boynton teen faces attempted murder charge after shooting

BREAKING: Boynton teen faces attempted murder charge after shooting

A 19-year-old Boynton Beach man will remain in custody after city police arrested and charged him with attempted murder following a shooting Sunday outside an auto repair shop. Judge Ted Booras ordered that Lenny Laguerre be held without bond during a court hearing Friday morning at the Palm Beach County Jail. Laguerre, who was arrested Wednesday, appeared in court after refusing to do so Thursday...
BREAKING: Motorcycle wreck near West Palm sends one to trauma center

BREAKING: Motorcycle wreck near West Palm sends one to trauma center

One person was rushed to a trauma center after a wreck Friday morning outside the city limits, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue authorities said. A motorcyclist was involved in the crash near the intersection of Jog and Belvedere roads, authorities said. This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.
Lewis Bennett, husband of missing Delray woman, moved to Broward Jail

Lewis Bennett, husband of missing Delray woman, moved to Broward Jail

Lewis Bennett, the husband of suburban Delray Beach real-estate broker Isabella Hellmann, who disappeared May 15, has made his way up and down the east coast of Florida since his August arrest on federal charges of transporting stolen coins. His latest home is the Broward County Jail, according to jail records. Some of the stolen coins Bennett is accused of transporting were found on him when he was...
NEW: ‘No-swim’ advisories lifted for Jupiter, Riviera, Boynton beaches

NEW: ‘No-swim’ advisories lifted for Jupiter, Riviera, Boynton beaches

State officials Friday lifted “no-swimming” advisories for beaches in Jupiter, Riviera Beach and Boynton Beach. The Florida Department of Health said Wednesday that it had found the water quality at Jupiter Beach Park, Phil Foster Park and Oceanfront Park in Boynton Beach to be in the poor range. Tests done Thursday found the quality to have improved into the satisfactor range at all three...
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...
JUST IN: PBSO arrests suspected repeat gas station robber

JUST IN: PBSO arrests suspected repeat gas station robber

A man approaches a gas station counter. He asks for change, or sets down a drink, and when he hears the register’s cha-ching, he reaches across the counter, points a gun and grabs some cash. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office authorities say Kenneth Bolden used that routine to rob at least four West Palm Beach-area gas stations in the last month. Have you seen them? Wanted fugitives in...
BREAKING: Sale arranged on OfferUp smartphone app ends in carjacking

BREAKING: Sale arranged on OfferUp smartphone app ends in carjacking

A West Palm Beach man is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly carjacked another man at gunpoint, according to an arrest report. Darius Kareem Styles had connected the alleged victim through the online shopping app OfferUp to purchase a video game, the report said. Styles, 22, is facing charges of carjacking with a firearm and grand theft of a firearm and was being held Friday...
NEW: Delray men hold Uber driver at gunpoint; mistake him for burglar

NEW: Delray men hold Uber driver at gunpoint; mistake him for burglar

Roberto Augustin had just finished making a food delivery for Uber on Saturday night when he became lost inside a neighborhood in unincorporated Delray Beach. As Augustin tried to find his way out, he was approached by two armed men riding in a golf cart. “Get out of the car, or we’re going to kill you,” Augustin heard as his body froze in fear. Have you seen them? Wanted fugitives...
Would GL Homes plan mean Ag Reserve flooding in hurricane?

Would GL Homes plan mean Ag Reserve flooding in hurricane?

The images from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are as fraught as they are fresh: wind-whipped waters flooding out neighborhoods; residents using boats and kayaks to reach their homes and businesses. Opponents of GL Homes’ plan to build more in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve say agreeing to the developer’s request will take the county a step closer to making those...
After Hurricane Irma: Man brings machete to dispute over branches

After Hurricane Irma: Man brings machete to dispute over branches

A 59-year-old man was arrested after investigators say he went after a neighbor west of Lantana with a machete because of a dispute about tree branches in the wake of Hurricane Irma. His neighbor said she was scared he would “chop her up,” according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report. Orlando Avila faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released...
After Irma: What Florida Keys bars, hotels, landmarks survived storm?

After Irma: What Florida Keys bars, hotels, landmarks survived storm?

While reporting on Irma’s aftermath in the Florida Keys, we noticed something odd. Irma smashed trailers, boats and docks, but most of those giant statues outside tourist attractions stood tall against the winds and the storm surge. Not even an antenna was bent on that gigantic spiny lobster statue outside the Rain Barrel Village in Islamorada. Two giant conch statues, at Shell World in...
We’ll feel some dry autumn air if Hurricane Maria moves away from us

We’ll feel some dry autumn air if Hurricane Maria moves away from us

Friday’s midday sun will shine squarely on the equator as summer says goodbye and the Northern Hemisphere begins its first tentative tilt into autumn. The fall equinox, the astronomical end of the hottest, longest days of the year, happens Friday. At the moment of equinox, the Earth’s axis leans neither toward or away from the sun — a parity that produces a nearly equal day and night...
JUST IN: Man, 92, last seen in Lantana found safe in Boynton

JUST IN: Man, 92, last seen in Lantana found safe in Boynton

UPDATE, 6 a.m.: Antoine Charles was found safe in Boynton Beach and was taken to a hospital for observation, the sheriff’s office said at about 5 a.m. Friday. ORIGINAL POST: A 92-year-old man with dementia and Alzheimer’s has not been seen since he left is home west of Lantana Thursday afternoon, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Antoine Charles was last seen walking...
Irma wind damages pegged at more than $19 billion

Irma wind damages pegged at more than $19 billion

Hurricane Irma caused an estimated $19.4 billion in wind-related damages in Florida, with the heaviest losses in Collier and Lee counties, according to a team led by a Florida International University researcher. The report estimates that $6.3 billion will be covered by property insurance companies, while the remaining two-thirds of the damages, which do not include flood losses, will be borne by...
U.S. Supreme Court may take Florida case involving medical records

U.S. Supreme Court may take Florida case involving medical records

In a legal battle drawing attention from medical groups across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court could be close to deciding whether to hear a Florida case about the disclosure of medical records. The Supreme Court is expected to consider the case Monday during a private conference, according to an online docket. The court receives thousands of petitions a year but agrees to hear only a relative...
NEW: Florida daycare workers wanted for taunting, abusing autistic boy

NEW: Florida daycare workers wanted for taunting, abusing autistic boy

Law enforcement officials are looking for two Florida daycare workers who they say berated, taunted and threw a backpack at an 8-year-old autistic boy. Winter Haven police, in Central Florida, retrieved a Snapchat video of the alleged abuse at Our Children’s Academy in Winter Haven. The three-minute video, investigators say, shows Kaderrica Smith, of Haines City, and Alexus Henderson, of...
Could Delray Beach have avoided its post-Irma sewage chaos?

Could Delray Beach have avoided its post-Irma sewage chaos?

Delray Beach is facing some criticism of its handling of sewage pump problems resulting from Hurricane Irma. City workers had to scramble to keep water the underground sewage water from spilling into streets and homes after hurricane-force winds took out power at almost all the city’s sewage pumps. As a result of powerless pumps, residents were asked to avoid draining water for about a week...
NEW: Man wanted for burglary at Lake Worth business

NEW: Man wanted for burglary at Lake Worth business

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help identify a man who attempted to steal a GPS unit from a Lake Worth business this summer. Around 8 p.m. on Aug. 26, an unknown man made his way into the fenced area of Tuppen’s Marine & Tackle at 1002 North Dixie Highway, just north of 10th Avenue. Investigators said the man climbed a 38-foot vessel and attempted to take...
From lawsuit to book chapter, Boca lawyer pursues fight against Trump

From lawsuit to book chapter, Boca lawyer pursues fight against Trump

When Boca Raton lawyer James Herb filed legal papers last year to have President Donald Trump declared mentally unfit, he had no inkling his personal crusade would earn him a spot in a book that longtime liberal political pundit Bill Moyers said should become “an instant best-seller.” Along with more than a dozen of the nation’s top psychiatrists and mental health experts, Herb was...
Photos, video: Tim Tebow, Marco Rubio in Big Pine Key after Hurricane Irma

Photos, video: Tim Tebow, Marco Rubio in Big Pine Key after Hurricane Irma

Tim Tebow and Sen. Marco Rubio handing out bags of ice in Big Pine Key today. (Twitter account of Marco Rubio.) Tim Tebow joined Sen. Marco Rubio in Big Pine Key today to check on post- Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. Florida’s junior senator and the former Heisman Trophy winner served lunch and handed out ice at a drive-through distribution center...
NEW: Lewis Bennett, husband of missing woman, moved to Broward Jail

NEW: Lewis Bennett, husband of missing woman, moved to Broward Jail

Lewis Bennett, the husband of suburban Delray Beach real-estate broker Isabella Hellmann, who disappeared May 15, has made his way up and down the east coast of Florida since his August arrest on federal charges of transporting stolen coins. His latest home is the Broward County Jail, according to jail records. Read The Post’s complete coverage of the disappearance of Isabella Hellmann Some...
BREAKING: Toddler shot in head with pellet gun, in critical condition

BREAKING: Toddler shot in head with pellet gun, in critical condition

Update, 6:15 p.m: A 2-year-old shot while playing with another child remains in critical but stable condition, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. No charges are expected, sheriff’s spokeswoman Christine Weiss said. Original story: A 2-year-old girl was in critical condition Thursday after being shot in the head with a pellet gun by another child Wednesday morning, the Martin County...
PBSO seeks man who exposed himself, grabbed woman in Lake Worth

PBSO seeks man who exposed himself, grabbed woman in Lake Worth

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of exposing himself to a woman in Lake Worth, then attempting to force her into a car. The unidentified woman was walking on the 500 block of North H Street at about 7:25 a.m. Sept. 6 when the man exposed himself as he held her by the arm, PBSO said. The woman managed to pull...
Megyn Kelly’s getting ready for new morning show, hopes for a Trump-free zone

Megyn Kelly’s getting ready for new morning show, hopes for a Trump-free zone

Megyn Kelly says she left Fox News Channel to bring more joy to her life. NBC hopes that starting Monday, she can spread some to the network and its viewers. The former Fox News Channel star and Donald Trump foil debuts her talk show at 9 a.m. EDT, nestled into the four-hour “Today” show block and competing in most of the country with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s “Live!&rdquo...
Bond set at $50,000 for man charged in Boynton attempted homicide

Bond set at $50,000 for man charged in Boynton attempted homicide

The morning after 26-year-old Odny Norzius was arrested in the August shooting of a woman in Boynton Beach, he faced his immediate fate before a circuit court judge: a $50,000 bond set for charges including attempted second degree murder and potential house arrest. The defendant stands accused on charges that he robbed and attempted to kill a 32-year-old pedestrian after police say she refused to...
Aaron Carter checks into rehab after turbulent few months

Aaron Carter checks into rehab after turbulent few months

Aaron Carter told his fans Friday night on Twitter that he would be “disappearing for a while.” The singer and former teen heartthrob Carter tweeted the news shortly after checking into rehab. Carter’s publicist confirmed the news in a statement to People. “Aaron has decided to enter a facility to improve his health and work on his overall wellness,” Carter’s representative...
Ryan Seacrest blaming Mariah Carey for bombing New Year’s Eve performance

Ryan Seacrest blaming Mariah Carey for bombing New Year’s Eve performance

Almost ten months after Mariah Carey’s infamous New Year’s Eve debacle, Ryan Seacrest is coming to the crew’s defense after the singer placed the blame for the mishap on Dick Clark Productions. “What was going through my head [in that moment] was and is: That crew, that team, that staff is the best in the business,” Seacrest recalled during in interview...
Trump: McCain ‘never had any intention’ of backing latest health care bill

Trump: McCain ‘never had any intention’ of backing latest health care bill

President Donald Trump took a shot at U.S. Sen. John McCain early Saturday in a series of tweets, saying the Arizona Republican “never had any intention” of voting for the latest GOP health care bill. McCain’s rejection of the Graham-Cassidy proposal effectively ends the party's chances at repealing Obamacare -- for now. >> Read more trending news McCain “let Arizona...
J-Lo, other stars add pleas for relief to Puerto Rico

J-Lo, other stars add pleas for relief to Puerto Rico

Jennifer Lopez said Thursday night that she still hasn’t heard from her family in Puerto Rico – two days after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island and left millions without power, People reported. Maria’s 155-mph winds ripped trees from the ground, tore roofs from buildings, and caused massive flooding. >> Read more trending news Lopez, 48, is one of several celebrities...
Middle school runner chooses kindness over competitiveness

Middle school runner chooses kindness over competitiveness

A middle school athlete from Michigan showed that sportsmanship was more important than winning a cross country race, UpNorthLive.com reported. >> Read more trending news Amelia Malburg, an eighth-grader at Mason County Eastern, was running in a meet when she noticed her teammate was on the ground and struggling. Malburg said she generally is near the front of the pack when running, but...
Katrina victim says FEMA demanded money back 7 years later

Katrina victim says FEMA demanded money back 7 years later

A Florida woman said she was forced to pay back thousands of dollars she received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina. >> Read more trending news  Deborah Campbell said the IRS came after her seven years after she got the money. "We were guaranteed that this was not needed to be repaid," the Jacksonville resident said.  But Campbell said that...
Iran tests new ballistic missile

Iran tests new ballistic missile

Iran tested a new ballistic missile that reportedly is capable of carrying multiple warheads, CNN reported Saturday, citing the nation's state-run broadcaster announced. >> Read more trending news “Iran has released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran...
Memo: Seattle officer bragged that 'mini Mafia' controlled off-duty contracts

Memo: Seattle officer bragged that 'mini Mafia' controlled off-duty contracts

As an FBI investigation into Seattle’s off-duty police work unfolds, additional claims of questionable tactics by officers have emerged, including a report that one policeman proudly called his fellow officers a “mini Mafia” in the way they secured, enforced, and collected on private security and traffic contracts in the booming city. >> Read more trending news Officer Mac...
Trump touts transparency on Twitter

Trump touts transparency on Twitter

President Donald Trump has no intention of scaling back his Twitter presence.  >> Read more trending news The president, campaigning for fellow Republican Luther Strange in Alabama on Friday night, touted his provocative and sometimes controversial tweets, CNN reported. "That is the great thing about Twitter," Trump said during the rally, set just days ahead of the state&rsquo...
Texas students told ‘It’s the law’ to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

Texas students told ‘It’s the law’ to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

A presentation telling students that they have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance because it's the law has caused controversy at a Texas high school, the Houston Chronicle reported. >> Read more trending news  Juniors and seniors at Midland High School were given a presentation on the Pledge of Allegiance earlier this month, with a slide saying it's the law to stand during...
Police: New Orleans mayoral candidate facing lewd conduct charge

Police: New Orleans mayoral candidate facing lewd conduct charge

A New Orleans mayoral candidate was arrested on a charge of lewd conduct after police said he was found with his pants pulled down in the back of an Uber in Santa Monica, Calif., Nola.com reported. >> Read more trending news Frank Scurlock was picked up on a charge of public masturbation in February, police said. Terry White, a deputy city attorney in Santa Monica, confirmed Friday...
Floridians may qualify for food benefits after Irma

Floridians may qualify for food benefits after Irma

Floridians struggling with the aftereffects of Hurricane Irma could be eligible for help buying food. >> Read more trending news  Officials say households that may not normally be eligible under SNAP rules may qualify for two months of benefits through USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. To be eligible, a family's income must be under the disaster limits and...
Former CDC chief launches $225 million global health initiative

Former CDC chief launches $225 million global health initiative

Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is starting a new initiative to tackle some of global health’s thorniest issues: cardiovascular disease and epidemics. Frieden, a former New York City health commissioner who spent seven years leading the CDC during the Obama administration, said he chose those two issues based on his “unique vantage point...
‘Meds-to-beds’ programs aim to prevent re-hospitalization

‘Meds-to-beds’ programs aim to prevent re-hospitalization

As Larry Greer neared the end of a week-long stay at the Washington Hospital Center, he grew anxious. Greer, 57, had suffered a severe leg burn in a hot bath at home in May. Greer has diabetic neuropathy, which reduces feeling in his legs, and he didn’t realize how hot the water was. He received a skin graft at the hospital, where daily doses of oxycodone helped ease the pain. Greer, a D.C....
Keep your family nourished during a disaster

Keep your family nourished during a disaster

I still have vivid memories of helping friends who experienced heartbreaking floods in our community several years ago. One especially exhausting day of trying to salvage what we could from water-soaked lives was interrupted with the precious sight of Red Cross volunteers driving through the neighborhood offering sandwiches and beverages. It was a meal I will never forget. We never know when we&rsquo...
Is diet soda really bad for you? Maybe not

Is diet soda really bad for you? Maybe not

Just how bad is diet soda for you? It may be more complicated than you think. There may be hope for zero-calorie tipplers yet. A spate of recent studies has diet soda lovers fretting over their bubbly beverages. Studies have shown that sucking down diet pop means you may be avoiding sugar and calories but overdosing on chemicals that can be dangerous to your health. “Just get rid of it,&rdquo...
Here’s one marijuana trend you should actually be worried about

Here’s one marijuana trend you should actually be worried about

The latest federal survey data shows that while teen marijuana use continues to decline in the era of legal pot, adult use is rising. The percent of people over the age of 18 who smoke it in a given year has risen from 10.4 percent in 2002 to 14.1 percent in 2016. In other words, 46 million people got high last year. In and of itself, the increase in adult marijuana use isn’t particularly alarming...
BREAKING: Man arrested in Boynton Beach attempted homicide

BREAKING: Man arrested in Boynton Beach attempted homicide

A 26-year-old man was arrested for the attempted homicide of a woman in Boynton Beach in August, according to city police. Investigators say Odny Norzius shot a woman on the 400 block of Northeast 11th Avenue, just east of North Seacrest Boulevard and north of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on Aug. 6. The woman was shot in her right thigh, shoulder and face. The woman, who’s name...
FEMA: Boynton, other recovery centers extend hours starting Saturday

FEMA: Boynton, other recovery centers extend hours starting Saturday

Effective Saturday, the operating hours of the disaster recovery center in Boynton Beach and all other centers are being extended by three hours a day to assist more people, federal officials said. The new operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., said Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Nate Custer. Those affected by the storm must register to receive federal and state assistance, Custer said...
Florida Keys: Local rum maker needs your help cleaning up paradise after Irma

Florida Keys: Local rum maker needs your help cleaning up paradise after Irma

Many of us think of Key West as a small piece of paradise. The second we see that blue wall of water, a weight is lifted from our shoulders. But for Ben Etheridge, who was born and raised in Royal Palm Beach and now owns Black Coral Rum distillery, the sight was different. In fact, it was the exact opposite because his most recent trip to “paradise” came after...
Why Boynton didn’t have the sewage problem after Irma that Delray had

Why Boynton didn’t have the sewage problem after Irma that Delray had

After Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County, Delray Beach workers had a messy situation on their hands: They had to keep sewage from spilling into the streets because the wind knocked out almost all of the sewage pumps. The Post’s Lulu Ramadan reported that residents were asked to limit flushing the toilet, running the shower or using the washing machine. Luckily for Boynton Beach...
Ex-agent sentenced for sharing FBI secrets with married mistress

Ex-agent sentenced for sharing FBI secrets with married mistress

A now-retired Atlanta FBI agent was sentenced to probation on charges that he shared confidential law enforcement information with his married mistress. In pleading guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge, Ken Hillman admitted that he allowed the woman and her now-former husband to participate in undercover child sex sting operations. Hillman ran a joint local-federal Internet Crimes Against Children...
Why did Riviera axe city manager? No one, including him, seems to know

Why did Riviera axe city manager? No one, including him, seems to know

Days after he led Riviera Beach through its Hurricane Irma preparations and recovery, a 3-2 majority of the city council fired new City Manager Jonathan E. Evans without explanation or discussion. Late in the Sept. 20 council meeting, council member Terence Davis moved to fire Evans for what he said were performance reasons and council members Dawn Pardo and Lynne Hubbard agreed. None of the three...
Takeaways from Boynton Beach police chief's town hall meeting

Takeaways from Boynton Beach police chief's town hall meeting

Lyndell Thomas is a filmmaker and wants to teach the kids in Boynton Beach that there are jobs behind the camera instead of just in front of it.  He tells the kids, “there’s more than just sports.” He came to Police Chief Jeffrey Katz’s town hall meeting Thursday and asked the crowd how he could further deliver his message. By the end of the meeting he had several...
After Irma, nursing home worker fired after seeking help on Facebook

After Irma, nursing home worker fired after seeking help on Facebook

The day after Hurricane Irma roared through South Florida, Kathyleen Sherrod was called in to work to her part-time job as a nursing assistant at Signature HealthCare of Palm Beach, a 120-bed nursing home off Lake Worth Road near Greenacres. She arrived to see dozens of elderly residents sweltering in the heat. She assumed that might be understandable in the immediate hours after Irma had knocked...
Palm Beach Gardens deals with storm debris, impatient residents

Palm Beach Gardens deals with storm debris, impatient residents

Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Maria Marino on Thursday stood in front of a towering pile of debris that was stacked three times taller than her — and that’s not even half of what needs to be hauled out of residents’ lawns. The 25,000 cubic yards of palm fronds, branches and other vegetation is being hauled by a dozen trucks to a massive pile in Mirasol Park, where it will eventually become...
CDC: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, other deadly viruses could breed in 75 percent of the US

CDC: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, other deadly viruses could breed in 75 percent of the US

According to a CDC study, up to 75 percent of the contiguous United States may provide suitable conditions for several species of disease-spreading mosquitoes. The recent study, published in the Public Journal of Entomology, found 71 percent of counties in the 48 contiguous states were suitable for the aegypti species and 75 percent could support albopictus species. »RELATED: Zika...
Florida man arrested after falsely claiming bombs planted at 3 restaurants

Florida man arrested after falsely claiming bombs planted at 3 restaurants

A man in the Miami area called 911 last week and told dispatchers he planted bombs at three restaurants, hoping to be killed, police said.  Demond James, 39, said “you have 30 minutes” and when questioned where the restaurants were, he replied “You’re pushing my patience, ma’am,” WPLG reports. Once James identified the three restaurants, police...
Protesters disrupt former FBI Director Comey's speech at Howard University

Protesters disrupt former FBI Director Comey's speech at Howard University

Former FBI director James Comey was heckled and jeered throughout a speech at Howard University Friday by a group of protesters chanting "no justice, no peace'' — a loud, contentious standoff that didn't end until he finished his remarks. The scene — a former senior government official being shouted down and trying to speak over angry demonstrators — marked a...
Palm Beach Gardens residents’ St. John home survives Irma, Maria

Palm Beach Gardens residents’ St. John home survives Irma, Maria

Thia Muilenburg had to wait two long days to find out whether her husband, Rafael, survived Hurricane Irma in their house on Saint John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rafael made it through the Category 5 storm, which later struck the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida while spreading across nearly the whole state. Two weeks later, another dangerous storm, then-Category 5 Hurricane Maria, passed by the...
NEW: Stolen tire, children lead Florida cops to $14K worth of meth

NEW: Stolen tire, children lead Florida cops to $14K worth of meth

The theft of a tire and witness from children led Fort Myers police officers to confiscate about $14,000 worth of methamphetamine. Police arrested Edey Cardenas, 20, and Sean Russette, 24, in the Sept. 14 incident, News-Press reports.  It all started when a woman called officers to report that her left front tire was stolen while her car was parked behind her workplace.   The victim&rsquo...
Police: Man mistakenly shows officers where he keeps drugs

Police: Man mistakenly shows officers where he keeps drugs

An Ohio man is facing charges after police said he inadvertently led officers to a hidden stash of drug paraphernalia in his apartment. Middletown police on Wednesday executed an arrest warrant for Charles Hogg, 61. When officers knocked on the door that was ajar, Hogg yelled, “Come on in,” according to the police report. Hogg was still in his bedroom and he became “very nervous&rdquo...
Investigation launched into HHS Secretary Tom Price's travel on charter jets

Investigation launched into HHS Secretary Tom Price's travel on charter jets

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will face an inspector general's investigation into his reported use of chartered jets for at least two dozen flights in recent months at taxpayer expense. A spokeswoman for HHS Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson told The Washington Post on Friday that the agency will request records of Price's travel and review the justification made by Price and his...
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