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NEW: Protesters decry alleged animal abuse at Monkey Jungle

NEW: Protesters decry alleged animal abuse at Monkey Jungle

Closed since Hurricane Irma caused damage in September, Monkey Jungle is still drawing crowds. Unfortunately for the southern Miami-Dade County tourist attraction, the 50 people who showed up Sunday were there to protest what have been called "abysmal" conditions in which hundreds of animals live. A former employee recently accused the 80-year-old wildlife park of abusing its animals. Sunday's...
Jameis Winston’s former FSU teammate says accusations ‘are just not true’

Jameis Winston’s former FSU teammate says accusations ‘are just not true’

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby says he was in the Uber car the night Jameis Winston allegedly groped the female driver and the accusations against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback “are just not true.” Winston is under investigation by the NFL for reportedly grabbing a female driver between her legs on March 13, 2016, after she picked him up in Scottsdale, Arizona. ...
President Trump in Palm Beach: Season 2 begins this week

President Trump in Palm Beach: Season 2 begins this week

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania outside Trump International Golf Club watching the Palm Beach Central band on Feb. 5 before a Super Bowl party. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump is expected to return to Mar-a-Lago this week to kick off another season of golfing and governing. The 2017-18 Winter White House season...
NEW: Florida moped riders under 21 would need helmet under proposed law

NEW: Florida moped riders under 21 would need helmet under proposed law

The days of young adults in Florida under age 21 tooling around on mopeds and scooters without helmets may be numbered.  A bill filed in late September passed the state Senate’s transportation committee Tuesday and is on track for a vote on the Senate floor, the Gainesville Sun reports.  Under the current law, those 16 and older do not need to wear a helmet while riding or operating...
NEW: Florida man wanted for slaying of unborn baby, shooting pregnant woman

NEW: Florida man wanted for slaying of unborn baby, shooting pregnant woman

When a 27-year-old pregnant woman was shot three times in the upper torso on Nov. 3, doctors were forced to deliver the baby because her functions were shutting down. Heidy Bowen, who was eight months pregnant, remains hospitalized but her baby died after 12 days.  Miami-Dade police released a wanted poster Friday seeking Wayne Collier, 28, on charges of murder and attempted murder, the...
SWA accused of delaying minority study until after trash contracts set

SWA accused of delaying minority study until after trash contracts set

Firms owned by women and minorities may not be assured of getting a piece of garbage hauling contracts worth as much as $450 million from the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority because it has failed to respond promptly to a study that found women- and minority-owned firms have not had a fair shot at SWA contracts in recent years. That’s the contention of County Commissioner Mack Bernard...
Cerabino: Women put the squeeze on boob leading Florida’s Democratic Party

Cerabino: Women put the squeeze on boob leading Florida’s Democratic Party

Turn yourselves in, guys. No use waiting. There’s no hiding out from this one. They’re going to find you. Men-Are-Pigs-Gate is in full bloom, and the way things are going, there will be many more carcasses of once-powerful men littering the gutters of politics, commerce and the arts before it’s settled. Get out in front of it, fellas. Surrender before you get caught. It&rsquo...
Boynton police chief wants outside review of 2014 chase, beatings

Boynton police chief wants outside review of 2014 chase, beatings

City Police Chief Jeffrey Katz wants to hire an outside expert to review the actions of all officers involved in a 2014 chase and beating of a car’s driver and two passengers — a case already investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that ended with the felony convictions of two city officers who could remain on paid administrative leave for months. “I think it’s...
Report, NFL investigating Jameis Winston for allegedly groping Uber driver in 2016 

Report, NFL investigating Jameis Winston for allegedly groping Uber driver in 2016 

The NFL is investigating an allegation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in 2016, BuzzFeed News reports.  Lisa Friel, a member of the NFL’s special counsel for investigations, sent a letter to the female Uber drive Thursday confirming that the NFL is looking into the matter, according to the report. ...
Boynton sergeant second city officer guilty of felony in 2014 case

Boynton sergeant second city officer guilty of felony in 2014 case

Flanked by fellow officers, a shaken Boynton Beach Sgt. Philip Antico left the federal courthouse on Friday as a convicted felon, his roughly 15-year career in law enforcement in tatters. After deliberating for roughly 8½ hours over two days, a jury found the 37-year-old officer guilty of obstruction of justice for lying to FBI agents when they asked him if he helped officers change their reports...
Kenneth Ryskamp, longtime U.S. District Judge, dead at 85

Kenneth Ryskamp, longtime U.S. District Judge, dead at 85

Kenneth Ryskamp, a federal judge who presided over cases in the U.S. Southern District of Florida for more than three decades, has died. He was 85. A post announcing Ryskamp’s death appeared early Thursday on the Southern District of Florida blog from Miami attorney David Oscar Markus, who described Ryskamp as “a nice man” and outlined his years of experience on the federal bench...
Franken no longer doing Nelson fundraiser after Tweeden groping claims

Franken no longer doing Nelson fundraiser after Tweeden groping claims

Minnesota Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who apologized Thursday after a radio news anchor accused him of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006, was to be the featured guest at a fundraiser for Florida Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Saturday near Tampa. Franken “is no longer available” for the event, a Nelson spokesman said today, but the fundraiser will go on as scheduled...
Al Franken ‘no longer available’ to headline Bill Nelson fundraiser

Al Franken ‘no longer available’ to headline Bill Nelson fundraiser

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who apologized today after a radio news anchor accused him of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006, was to be the featured guest at a fundraiser for Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson on Saturday near Tampa. Franken “is no longer available” for the event, a Nelson spokesman said today, but the fundraiser will go on as scheduled...
Florida Gov. Scott: Moore needs to get out of Alabama U.S. Senate race

Florida Gov. Scott: Moore needs to get out of Alabama U.S. Senate race

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did not hesitate for a second Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association when asked what Alabama U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore should do amid allegations he engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with girls as young as 14 when he was in his 30s. “He should get out,” Walker, the association’s...

POINT OF VIEW: SNAP is critical for Florida families in crisis

The Sunshine State is disaster prone. While most of the time we live in paradise, every year during the Atlantic hurricane season, Florida is one of the states most likely to suffer the ravages of storm surge, power outages, flooding and major evacuations. Hurricane Irma has shown us that we are all vulnerable to circumstances beyond our control, and safety-net programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps)...
What to expect as Palm Beach’s second season of President Trump begins

What to expect as Palm Beach’s second season of President Trump begins

When President Donald Trump returns to Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday for a second season of golfing and governing, he’ll find a different mix of tenants in his ballroom and a large construction project where protesters and supporters used to gather to watch his motorcades. The White House has not yet confirmed details of Trump’s first trip to his part-time home for the 2017-2018 season...
Mayor: State of county good but housing scarcity, opioids of concern

Mayor: State of county good but housing scarcity, opioids of concern

Palm Beach County’s economy is thriving, but the continuing scarcity of affordable housing and the spiraling opioid crisis are major concerns, County Mayor Paulette Burdick said Wednesday morning in her “State of the County” address. “Things are good in Palm Beach County,” Burdick said, “but we have some emerging issues.” Burdick noted that the county has...
Cerabino: Judge Roy Moore’s sexcapades has silver lining for Florida

Cerabino: Judge Roy Moore’s sexcapades has silver lining for Florida

The unmasking of pious, bigot Roy Moore as a U.S. Senate candidate with a history of making sexual advances on high school girls, could end up having a beneficial effect for some girls in Florida. Florida is one of 25 states that offers adult men a chance to avoid statutory rape by marrying the underage girls they impregnate. The minimum age for getting a marriage license in Florida is 18 years...
Scott’s state budget seeks tax cuts, money for education

Scott’s state budget seeks tax cuts, money for education

With a backdrop of generators, chainsaws and pressure washers in a Duval County hardware store, Rick Scott on Tuesday unveiled his final budget proposal as Florida’s governor, releasing an $87.4 billion plan that calls for $180 million in tax cuts and increased education spending. “In 2010, when I (first) ran for election most people doubted that a business person could come in and try...
UPDATE: Student fatally shoots self in school bus loop near Orlando

UPDATE: Student fatally shoots self in school bus loop near Orlando

A high school student in Central Florida who fatally shot himself Tuesday morning near the bus loop has been identified.  Lake County Sheriff’s officials said the student who killed himself during a fire drill is 17-year-old student Seth Sutherland, according to the Daily Commercial. Sheriff Lt. John Herrell told the Daily Commercial that Sutherland left a message for his parents...
Florida drops case against 62-year-old in 28-year-old Pahokee murder

Florida drops case against 62-year-old in 28-year-old Pahokee murder

A 62-year-old Pahokee man is now free after prosecutors on Monday abruptly dropped charges against him at what was supposed to be the start of his first-degree murder trial in the 1989 stabbing death of a neighbor. Clarence Butler Jr. walked out of the Palm Beach County jail around noon Tuesday, a day after prosecutors announced they were dropping the case against Butler in the murder of Simmie Harris...
Boynton Beach mom of gun-toting toddler gets 3 years’ probation

Boynton Beach mom of gun-toting toddler gets 3 years’ probation

A Boynton Beach woman whose 3-year-old son pulled a loaded gun out of his toybox in front of a police officer and Department of Children and Families worker was sentenced to three years of probation Tuesday on a child neglect charge. Police arrested Rosalyn Faniel, 34, in June after an officer and DCF worker said they watched the toddler bring a toybox labeled “My Little Learning&rdquo...
Cerabino: Welcome to Florida, home of the ‘emotional support squirrel’

Cerabino: Welcome to Florida, home of the ‘emotional support squirrel’

We may be breaking new ground here in Florida when it comes to emotional support animals. Squirrels! Yes, a renter is fighting an eviction from a Clearwater condo over his pet squirrel, Brutus. Ryan Boylan has claimed that under the Fair Housing Act he should be allowed to live with his squirrel because it’s not just any squirrel, it’s a therapeutically necessary squirrel that brings...
New sketch released of victim from 2004 Florida cold case

New sketch released of victim from 2004 Florida cold case

    Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman whose body was found in a wooded area in southwest Florida more than 13 years ago. For the first time, officials have been able to release a composite sketch of the unidentified woman’s entire face thanks to improvements in facial reconstruction technology.  An artist tried to create one in 2009, but...
U.S. Supreme Court takes second Fane Lozman case against Riviera Beach

U.S. Supreme Court takes second Fane Lozman case against Riviera Beach

In what U.S. Supreme Court watchers say may be a first, longtime Riviera Beach critic Fane Lozman on Monday learned he will get the chance to air another grievance against the city before the nation’s highest court. Justices agreed to decide Lozman’s claims that the city retaliated against him by having him arrested him for exercising his First Amendment rights. Oral arguments are expected...

POINT OF VIEW: Reduce the health care system’s dependence on opioids

There is good news to report in the battle to fight the opioid epidemic, and it’s coming from the people whose job it is to treat pain. We’re seeing the beginnings of a national, strategic approach from health care providers to rethink how pain is treated, supported by a variety of promising regional and local initiatives. There isn’t a moment to waste. The latest annual National...
Trial begins for Boynton sergeant accused of lying, falsifying reports

Trial begins for Boynton sergeant accused of lying, falsifying reports

Four days after Boynton Beach Police Officer Michael Brown was convicted of two federal charges for using excessive force in an August 2014 arrest, his supervisor on Monday went on trial in U.S. District Court on charges that he helped Brown and other cops hide their misdeeds. In opening statements, Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Osborne told a jury that Sgt. Philip Antico helped officers falsify their...
Scott stops in Riviera, talks up money for veterans in budget proposal

Scott stops in Riviera, talks up money for veterans in budget proposal

Florida Gov. Rick Scott touted his proposed state budget for 2018 as a boon to military veterans during a post-Veterans Day stop in Riviera Beach Monday morning. The governor’s proposed budget — which the Legislature usually considers but is under no obligation to use when it creates the state’s annual spending plan — includes $178 million for programs and initiatives aimed...
JUST IN: Port St. Lucie store sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

JUST IN: Port St. Lucie store sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

A convenience store in Port St. Lucie sold one of three winning Fantasy 5 tickets Sunday, the Florida Lottery said. The ticket bore the number combination of 1-22-24-25-26 and paid $57,439.17. The player bought it at the Sunlight Food Mart on Southwest Del Rio Boulevard, off Crosstown Parkway between Interstate 95 and Florida’s Turnpike. The other winning tickets were sold in Tamarac and Sweetwater...
Gator attacks, kills family dog near Gainesville

Gator attacks, kills family dog near Gainesville

A family outing turned into a nightmare when an alligator got a hold of a pet dog on Saturday. According to WCJB, Scarlett Dent and her 8-year-old son Easton Lowery were throwing sticks into Newnans Lake in Alachua County for their dogs to fetch.  While Dent was talking to a neighbor, she heard Easton screaming. She turned around and saw one of her dog’s, Beignet, inside an alligator&rsquo...
One way Donald Trump hopes to be like George W. Bush in 2018

One way Donald Trump hopes to be like George W. Bush in 2018

Presidents Donald Trump and George W. Bush waving from limousines in Palm Beach County. (Trump photo by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post; Bush photo by Bob Shanley/The Palm Beach Post)   Democrats are crowing about a potential anti- Donald Trump wave in 2018 after scoring victories Tuesday in a pair of blue states, Virginia and New Jersey, and in the mayor’s...

POINT OF VIEW Vacation-rental critic not interested in consumer choice

Nothing would make the Florida hotel industry and local governments happier than if they could ban short-term vacation rentals in our state. Since 2011, local governments and hotels have attempted to restrict or outright ban vacation rentals. Flagler County has an ordinance in place that prohibits the rental of private property for less than six months — they currently have over $22 million...
UPDATE: Second 71-year-old woman airlifted from cruise ship

UPDATE: Second 71-year-old woman airlifted from cruise ship

9 P.M. UPDATE: A second 71-year-old woman was evacuated from a cruise ship today, the Coast Guard in Miami reported. Around 7 p.m., a passenger suffering from stroke-like symptoms was taken from the AIDAmar near the Bahamas and air-lifted to a hospital in Nassau. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter today to a Carnival cruise ship off Miami to airlift a 71-year-old-woman suffering from hypertension...
VIDEO: Homeowner's dog takes down suspect fleeing Florida police

VIDEO: Homeowner's dog takes down suspect fleeing Florida police

A Daytona Beach homeowner's dog took the mantra "not in my backyard" to heart this week when police chased two fleeing suspects through his neighborhood. Georgio the 2-year-old rescue dog did what any good crimestopper would: He tackled the perp. "He didn't even bark. The guys were on his territory and he took them down," Georgio's owner, Mario Figueroa, told News 6 in Orlando...
Florida police: 3-year-old kicked in head, body dumped in woods

Florida police: 3-year-old kicked in head, body dumped in woods

A Florida woman told police in Crestview that her live-in boyfriend kicked her 3-year-old daughter in the head as punishment for getting out of her car seat. Adelynn Merrell was then locked in a bedroom closet, where she died. Her body was later found in the woods, resulting in charges against both Destinee J. Merrell, 23, and her boyfriend, Cory M. Hagwell, 29. Both are being held in the Okaloosa...
Florida 9-1-1 call: 'There’s a naked guy that ran in my house!'

Florida 9-1-1 call: 'There’s a naked guy that ran in my house!'

A woman in New Smyrna Beach was shocked to find a naked man running amok in her house, trying on her clothes, according to an arrest report. She can be heard on a 9-1-1- call, screaming: "There’s a naked guy that ran in my house!" Police arrested Joseph Vaglica, 40, of Edgewater after he entered through a garage door and ran through the kitchen acting "irrational," according...
Uber driver accused of raping Jupiter woman is granted bail

Uber driver accused of raping Jupiter woman is granted bail

An Uber driver accused of raping a Jupiter woman this summer has been granted bail, making possible his release from jail, as his attorneys continue to investigate a prior rape allegation that the alleged victim made in New York against another man. Court records show that Circuit Judge Krista Marx granted a bond request for Gary Kitchings, 58, who has been held at the Palm Beach County jail without...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida veterans’ dedication extends beyond battlefield

It’s no secret that a company’s most valuable asset is its people. So if leaders are looking for a few good men and women to join the ranks of their organizations, they need look no further than our state’s veterans. More than 1.5 million of the nation’s 21 million military veterans call Florida home. At Veterans Florida, we offer several forms of assistance to our veterans...
JUST IN: Florida man fires gun, scares off teen daughter's kidnappers

JUST IN: Florida man fires gun, scares off teen daughter's kidnappers

A quick-acting father and an alert neighbor helped thwart an attempted kidnapping and armed home invasion robbery Tuesday night in Okaloosea County, according to police reports. Alerted by his 17-year-old daughter, the 51-year-old homeowner in Baker grabbed his gun and fired three shots at four intruders outside his garage, forcing them to flee into the woods. A neighbor gave police a description...
Do Democratic wins in Virginia mean 2018 anti-Trump wave in Florida?

Do Democratic wins in Virginia mean 2018 anti-Trump wave in Florida?

Big victories in Virginia and New Jersey and in the mayor’s race in St. Petersburg on Tuesday have Democrats crowing about momentum and the toxicity of President Donald Trump heading into the 2018 midterm elections. But many Republicans say results from a pair of states that Hillary Clinton carried and a heavily Democratic city don’t have much bearing on America’s largest swing...
Who’s the man behind secret video of alleged abuse at Okeechobee dairy farm?

Who’s the man behind secret video of alleged abuse at Okeechobee dairy farm?

Richard Couto is a risk taker. He broke his neck riding motocross. He sailed America’s Cup races in the icy Pacific Ocean. He even developed property on South Beach during the boom. But none of those gambles is the reason there’s a rumored $50,000 bounty on his head. Or why he had to move five times in less than two years and had his home address unlisted. On a sunny Wednesday afternoon...

POINT OF VIEW: Make restoration of felon voting rights a priority

Florida is one of only four states with a lifetime ban on voting for those returning to society from prison. Over a million and a half Floridians who have completed their sentences, paid their fines and served probation are barred for life from voting because of a system that permanently revokes the voting rights of anyone convicted of a felony. One-third of all arrests are drug-related; only one-fourth...
BREAKING: Winning Fantasy 5 ticket sold at Boynton Beach Publix

BREAKING: Winning Fantasy 5 ticket sold at Boynton Beach Publix

Thursday’s only winning Fantasy 5 ticket was sold at a Publix Super Market in Boynton Beach, the Florida lottery said. Click here for more breaking news coverage from The Palm Beach Post The Publix at Boynton Plaza on North Congress Avenue south of West Boynton Beach Boulevard sold a ticket with the winning combination of 16-18-20-28-33, the lottery said. It paid $189,715.66. That ticket was...
Cerabino: Gov. Scott’s plan to pray away gun violence needs a hotline

Cerabino: Gov. Scott’s plan to pray away gun violence needs a hotline

The phone rings. A recorded voice answers the call. You have reached Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Rapid Response Center for Gun Violence. If you are calling to hear Gov. Scott’s plan to find remedies for mass shootings in America, such as the domestic abuser in Texas who shot and killed 26 people during a church service on Sunday, please listen carefully to the following options. Press one...
NEW: Thousands line up on final day of Hurricane Irma food assistance

NEW: Thousands line up on final day of Hurricane Irma food assistance

Today was the final day for people affected by Hurricane Irma to sign up for food assistance in South Florida, with long lines but few problems that plagued earlier aid distribution events. The events were organized by the state Department of Children and Families and held for three days at Miami-Dade County's Hard Rock Stadium and Broward County's BB&T Center. The Food for Florida events were...
Boynton cops cleared in beating of unarmed man laud convicted officer

Boynton cops cleared in beating of unarmed man laud convicted officer

After roughly 15 hours of deliberation over two days, a federal jury on Thursday convicted a veteran Boynton Beach police officer and acquitted two former officers of charges in connection with the August 2014 beating of an unarmed Lake Worth man — a beating that was captured on videotape from a Palm Beach County sheriff’s helicopter that hovered overhead. While former officers Justin...
Two Florida men busted after deputies uncover meth lab

Two Florida men busted after deputies uncover meth lab

Two Florida men found inside a home deputies say was being used as a meth lab are behind bars, and another man is on the run. The incident unfolded Wednesday afternoon when Taylor County Sheriff’s deputies were contacted about a suspicious parked car in Steinhatchee. Chief deputry Chuck Mincy said it’s an area common with drug activity, and while deputies were checking whether the men...
Florida readies for more Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico

Florida readies for more Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico

Florida stepped up its emergency-operations activities Thursday as the federal government plans to offer short-term relocation to Florida or New York for Puerto Ricans still homeless after Hurricane Maria. Noting that more than 140,000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since the powerful storm devastated the U.S. territory in September, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Division of Emergency Management...
Florida Supreme Court tosses out part of state medical malpractice law

Florida Supreme Court tosses out part of state medical malpractice law

Saying that changes approved by lawmakers “have gashed Florida’s constitutional right to privacy,” a sharply divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected parts of a controversial 2013 medical-malpractice law. Justices, in a 4-3 decision, said the 2013 law — which involved an issue known as “ex parte” communications between doctors and defense attorneys &mdash...
Republican Jetta slams Democrat Frankel on opioid response

Republican Jetta slams Democrat Frankel on opioid response

In a new digital ad, Republican congressional candidate Kurt Jetta accuses Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, of failing to lead on the opioid crisis. Republican congressional candidate Kurt Jetta is making the opioid crisis a centerpiece of his campaign for the Palm Beach County-based U.S. House seat of Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach. In ...
HIV-infected ex-Greenacres cop’s case ends in mistrial; state to retry

HIV-infected ex-Greenacres cop’s case ends in mistrial; state to retry

The case of a 41-year-old former Greenacres police officer charged with failing to tell a lover he had HIV is headed to trial again after a jury on Thursday failed to reach a verdict. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer declared a mistrial in the trial of Ervans Saintclair after jurors spent nearly eight hours over two days deliberating his 2014 case and ultimately told the judge...
HIV-infected former Greenacres cop on trial for not telling partner

HIV-infected former Greenacres cop on trial for not telling partner

A Palm Beach County jury ended several hours of deliberation without a verdict Wednesday in the case of a former Greenacres police officer accused of having sex multiple times with a woman without telling her he had HIV. A short trial for Ervans Saintclair, 41, began and ended Wednesday in Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer’s courtroom, where the state’s star witness was Saintclair&rsquo...
Florida strip clubs, one in West Palm, to give away 3,000 turkeys 

Florida strip clubs, one in West Palm, to give away 3,000 turkeys 

You wouldn’t think that strip clubs and turkey giveaways would go together, but one man is changing that.  Three years ago Jose Rodriguez, a South Florida strip club owner, began giving away turkeys to needy families at his adult entertainment facilities.  It started with just 100 at one spot in 2014 and has increased every year, according to our news partners WPTV.  This...

POINT OF VIEW: Court was clear: Community comes first on fracking

During the 2016-17 session of the Florida Legislature, a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, had strong support in the Senate but was held up in the House of Representatives in a committee chaired by House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Fort Myers. The reason stated was his concern for individual land rights. Last week, another bill was introduced by state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, and a concurrent...
Feds want Florida drug money seized, so they're suing it

Feds want Florida drug money seized, so they're suing it

Trying to make sure that possible drug money found in the Keys doesn’t get into the wrong hands, the federal government is suing it, according to a news report.  During a Key West drug raid on Jan. 10, federal, state and local agents seized $166,400 found inside a Big Coppitt Key home along with drug paraphernalia, cocaine and marijuana, according to the FLKeysNews.  The amount of...
Legislative sex scandals lead McKinlay to seek women’s board revival

Legislative sex scandals lead McKinlay to seek women’s board revival

Palm Beach County is re-establishing a panel it scrapped 23 years ago: its Commission on the Status of Women. At Tuesday’s County Commission meeting, Commissioner Melissa McKinlay cited “recent media coverage” and said, “I think it’s more important than ever that we look at reinstating this much-needed advisory board.” The issue of sexual misconduct has dominated...
Donald Trump, Marco Rubio differ on Chinese communist Xi’s ‘political victory’

Donald Trump, Marco Rubio differ on Chinese communist Xi’s ‘political victory’

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April. (Doug Mills/New York Times) As President Donald Trump visits Chinese President and former Mar-a-Lago guest Xi Jinping in Beijing, he and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are expressing decidedly different views of China’s communist leader. Trump, in a Wednesday tweet, said...
Trump approval 41% in Florida year after taking state with 49% of vote

Trump approval 41% in Florida year after taking state with 49% of vote

A year after Florida flipped from blue to red and helped Republican Donald Trump to his stunning presidential victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, President Trump has a 41 percent approval rating in a new Florida Atlantic University poll of Sunshine State voters. Trump’s disapproval rating is 47 percent in the survey, which also finds voters hold generally positive views of Republican Gov...
A year after defeating Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s approval at 41% in Florida

A year after defeating Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s approval at 41% in Florida

A new Florida Atlantic University poll has some good numbers for Gov. Rick Scott and better approval ratings for President Donald Trump than he gets nationally. A year after Florida flipped from blue to red and helped Republican Donald Trump to his stunning presidential victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, President Trump has a 41 percent approval rating...
POST TIME: Who’s the ‘Phillips’ in Phillips Point? Solved! Probably.

POST TIME: Who’s the ‘Phillips’ in Phillips Point? Solved! Probably.

Readers: If you’re a regular follower of this column, you know we maintain — and sometimes revisit — unsolved local historical mysteries. One of those is the name origin of downtown West Palm Beach’s Phillips Point, along Flagler Drive. You’d think that when something sticks out into the Intracoastal Waterway like a sore thumb, there’d be a paper trail showing how...

POINT OF VIEW: Hurricanes underscore need for pro bono legal services

Hurricanes have recently disrupted most of our lives. Many of us are fortunate to have either avoided total disaster or have the resources to fend for ourselves and our families. Millions of Americans, however, face trying times and significant challenges. Our neighbors in Southwest Florida still are digging out, and our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are struggling to survive. Thousands of them...
Florida female lawmakers push to make sex coercion in Capitol a crime

Florida female lawmakers push to make sex coercion in Capitol a crime

Kentucky’s speaker of the House resigned from his leadership post amid reports he had secretly settled a staff member’s sexual-harassment claims. A state senator from Illinois stepped down from his spot as the leader of the Democratic caucus after a victim rights advocate accused him of sexually harassing her. RELATED: Florida Legislature news from The Post In Massachusetts, legislative...
Florida man's surfboard standoff results in wipeout, arrest

Florida man's surfboard standoff results in wipeout, arrest

A recent arrest of a Florida man proves that not all surfers are the laid-back type epitomized by Sean Penn's iconic Jeff Spicoli character, who declared in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, "All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine." Justice Cureton, 20, of Vero Beach apparently was not fine when a rival surfer invaded his turf at Wabasso Beach Park, where he...
Sen. Nelson, Florida tangle over Irma disaster jobless benefits

Sen. Nelson, Florida tangle over Irma disaster jobless benefits

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants the federal Department of Labor to provide help to the state as he’s heard “multiple accounts” of Floridians put out of work by Hurricane Irma unable to apply for disaster assistance. The state Department of Economic Opportunity, which oversees Florida’s unemployment system, disputes the claim. AFTER HURRICANE IRMA: Complete coverage from The Post...
Editorial: It’s good to see women bravely say #MeToo in state Capitol

Editorial: It’s good to see women bravely say #MeToo in state Capitol

It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the frat culture of Tallahassee. At Florida State University, the administration on Monday indefinitely suspended all activities at fraternities and sororities following the death of a pledge from Lighthouse Point after a party last week and the unrelated arrest of a fraternity member on cocaine charges. We commend FSU President John Thrasher for firmly clamping...
Palm Beach County honors Las Vegas shooting survivors from Wellington

Palm Beach County honors Las Vegas shooting survivors from Wellington

Palm Beach County honored the courage of two Wellington sisters who survived the Las Vegas shooting and assisted others during the massacre. Lulu Farina accepted a proclamation from County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay Tuesday on behalf of herself and her sister, Lauren Farina, who did not attend the county meeting because she is still recovering from injuries she had sustained before the shooting...
UPDATE: Father of dead girl left in dumpster is Miami Beach cop

UPDATE: Father of dead girl left in dumpster is Miami Beach cop

The father of a 4-year-old girl who was suffocated and then left in an dumpster is a Miami Beach cop, according to news reports. Tania Paige’s body was discovered Sunday afternoon by someone taking out the trash in a southwest Miami-Dade apartment complex Court records obtained by the Miami Herald show that the girl’s father is Leon Paige, who joined the Miami Beach Police department...
Bringing Tiny home: Remains of local WWII hero to arrive Wednesday

Bringing Tiny home: Remains of local WWII hero to arrive Wednesday

The remains of Richard Gordon “Tiny” Sowell are scheduled to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport at 11:52 a.m. Wednesday aboard a Delta Air Lines flight, more than 73 years after he died fighting in the U.S. Army during World War II. The remains will be transferred with full military honors to a hearse, which will travel to Northwood Funeral Home at Broadway and 56th Street...
Rep. David Silvers will not run in special Senate election to replace Clemens

Rep. David Silvers will not run in special Senate election to replace Clemens

A special election will fill the District 31 Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Jeff Clemens. Freshman state Rep. David Silvers, D-West Palm Beach, said today he has decided not to run in the special election to replace former Democratic Sen. Jeff Clemens in a Palm Beach County Senate district. State Rep. Lori Berman and former state Rep. Irving Slosberg are vying for the...
Palm Beacher and Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross: Faux billionaire?

Palm Beacher and Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross: Faux billionaire?

Forbes magazine says U.S. Commerce Sec. and Palm Beach resident Wilbur Ross, shown here in 2013 at The Beach Club, is not a billionaire. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Daily News) Attentive readers of the PostOnPolitics blog will recall that Palm Beach resident and U.S. Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross was flagged as “noticeably absent” when Forbes released...
How Obama, Trump, Jefferson figure in Florida candidate’s new radio ad

How Obama, Trump, Jefferson figure in Florida candidate’s new radio ad

Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump (with lapel pins) and Thomas Jefferson. Miami Beach Mayor and Democratic governor candidate Philip Levine quoted Martin Luther King and Gloria Estefan in his kickoff speech last week in a room splashed with larger-than-life paintings of John F. Kennedy, Harriet Tubman and Cesar Chavez...
Shocker! Gov. Rick Scott rejects Dem chair’s plea on special election date

Shocker! Gov. Rick Scott rejects Dem chair’s plea on special election date

One of these Democrats — state Rep. Lori Berman, former state Rep. Irving Slosberg or state Rep. David Silvers — could be the next state senator in District 31, but probably not in time for the 2018 legislative session. Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday set the dates for a special primary and general election to replace Palm Beach County Democrat...
Governor sets date for Clemens seat elections

Governor sets date for Clemens seat elections

Gov. Rick Scott has set a Jan. 30 primary and April 10 general election to replace former state Sen. Jeff Clemens, the Palm Beach County Democrat who resigned Oct. 27 after admitting to an affair with a lobbyist. The Florida Legislature’s regular 2018 session runs from Jan. 9 to March 9, so voters in Clemens’ former Senate District 31 could go through the session without representation...
COBWRA hires land-use lawyer to fight GL Homes’ Ag Reserve plan

COBWRA hires land-use lawyer to fight GL Homes’ Ag Reserve plan

An influential alliance of suburban Boynton Beach homeowners associations has enlisted the services of environmental and land use attorney Richard Grosso as it girds for battle to stop GL Homes’ plan to build 3,900 homes in the Agricultural Reserve. Grosso, the former executive director and general counsel of the Everglades Law Center, successfully represented environmental groups opposed to...
Latvala steps aside as Senate budget chief, postpones campaign event

Latvala steps aside as Senate budget chief, postpones campaign event

Facing a Florida Senate investigation of sexual harassment claims, state Sen. Jack Latvala temporarily stepped aside from his powerful Appropriations chairmanship on Monday and postponed a fundraiser for his Republican gubernatorial bid while vowing to fight “these untruthful allegations.” Gov. Rick Scott weighed in on the matter for the first time Monday, calling the accusations against...
Delray man gets 8 years in prison for DUI crash killing 98-year-old

Delray man gets 8 years in prison for DUI crash killing 98-year-old

On the morning that was supposed to mark the start of his DUI manslaughter trial, a 46-year-old Delray Beach man accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison for eight years for the 2014 crash that killed a 98-year-old Boynton Beach woman. Scott A. Walker pleaded guilty to a single charge of DUI manslaughter Monday in the Oct. 25, 2014 crash that killed Selma A. Scott, 98, of Boynton Beach, at...
WATCH: Man dives through luggage carousel, runs onto tarmac at Miami airport

WATCH: Man dives through luggage carousel, runs onto tarmac at Miami airport

A man walked past security, jumped onto a luggage carousel and sprinted onto the tarmac at Miami International Airport on Saturday.  The unidentified man can be seen in the video walking through an empty security checkpoint at the American Airlines ticket counter before diving onto the conveyor belt.  In the next clip, the man is sprinting on the runway before he is tackled by airport employees...
With Florida possibly facing budget shortfall, Scott proposes tax cuts

With Florida possibly facing budget shortfall, Scott proposes tax cuts

Driver license fees would be cut and a series of sales-tax “holidays” would be offered in Florida as part of nearly $180 million package proposed Monday by Gov. Rick Scott as part of his final budget recommendations. The proposed fee and tax cuts come as the Legislature faces a tight budget for the upcoming fiscal year. RELATED: Florida Legislature news in The Post At a series of campaign-style...
Latvala on leave from committee post; Scott weighs in on allegations

Latvala on leave from committee post; Scott weighs in on allegations

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, talks to reporters in August after launching his campaign for governor in Hialeah. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Facing a Florida Senate investigation of allegations he has groped and harassed women, state Sen. and Republican governor candidate Jack Latvala is taking a temporary leave of absence from his powerful...
Texas massacre: Lois Frankel offers prediction on congressional response

Texas massacre: Lois Frankel offers prediction on congressional response

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, at the West Palm Beach Library today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) WEST PALM BEACH — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, said she knows what to expect when she returns to Washington today after a gunman killed 26 worshipers at a Texas church on Sunday. “We’ll pause for a moment of silence...
Florida elected officials, candidates respond to Texas church massacre

Florida elected officials, candidates respond to Texas church massacre

Investigators at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex.as, on Sunday. Investigators work at the scene of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday Nov. 5, 2017. A man opened fire inside of the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 people.(Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via ...
What people are saying about the Sutherland Springs church shooting

What people are saying about the Sutherland Springs church shooting

A gunman opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, according to officials. More than 20 have been reported dead in the small town east of San Antonio, with more than 20 wounded. The gunman is also dead, Wilson County Commissioner Paul Pheil said in a TV news interview. >> Read more trending news  The news brought an all-too-familiar mix of reactions on social media...
Viral video shows Miami-Dade officer punching woman in face at UM game 

Viral video shows Miami-Dade officer punching woman in face at UM game 

A video of a woman being ejected from a University of Miami football game is going viral after it appears that  a Miami-Dade Police officer punched her in the face. The video shows the woman being carried out of the Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night. While she is being removed, she slaps one of the officers on his head.  The video then shows the officer turning around and punching her...
Palm Beach Gardens man Paul Manafort seeks permission to visit Florida

Palm Beach Gardens man Paul Manafort seeks permission to visit Florida

Paul Manafort (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) and his Palm Beach Gardens home (Photo by Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Paul Manafort, the Palm Beach Gardens resident and former Donald Trump campaign chairman indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week , wants his house arrest modified to allow him to...
JUST IN: Dog attacked by bears while being walked in South Florida

JUST IN: Dog attacked by bears while being walked in South Florida

A 3-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier was attacked by bears in the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in northwestern Broward County while protecting its owner's daughter, according to reports. The female dog, named Mary Jane, is being treated in the intensive care unit at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists in Fort Lauderdale, according to a news release.  Mary Jane's owner said she was visting...
Florida Senate probing Latvala harassment claims

Florida Senate probing Latvala harassment claims

Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, has ordered an independent investigation into accusations published by Politico from six unnamed women of groping and sexual harassment by powerful Senate Appropriations Chairman and gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. Latvala has denied the allegations and called them part of a “smear campaign.” Politico reported that the...
Attention voters: ‘The schlepper bags are on the way’

Attention voters: ‘The schlepper bags are on the way’

State Rep. Lori Berman (left) and former state Rep. Irving Slosberg have opened campaigns for a Senate District 31 special election. State Rep. David Silvers (right) says he’s in “no rush” to decide. Gov. Rick Scott has not yet set a date for a special election to replace Democrat Jeff Clemens in a Palm Beach County state Senate...
Jeff Clemens: Sex scandal snuffs out Democrat’s political career

Jeff Clemens: Sex scandal snuffs out Democrat’s political career

Jeff Clemens had established himself as a policy expert, an incisive debater and a pro at all of the campaign fine points whose mastery leads to victory on Election Day. His own wall included some choice political pelts — Pete Brandenburg, Mack Bernard and Irv Slosberg, men whose talent, connections or wealth made them formidable opponents who, nonetheless, were defeated by Clemens on his rise...
NEW: Plane registered in Boynton lands on interstate

NEW: Plane registered in Boynton lands on interstate

A small plane registered in Boynton Beach made an emergency landing on an Interstate 4 median in Seminole County Friday after the plane ran out of fuel, the Palm Beach Post’s news partner WPTV Channel 5 reports. The plane was damaged in the emergency landing, but no injuries were reported, Seminole County Fire Rescue said according to WFTV. “It’s cutting in and out, I&rsquo...
Florida Dem chair urges Scott to ‘immediately’ set election to replace Clemens

Florida Dem chair urges Scott to ‘immediately’ set election to replace Clemens

Former Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemens’ abrupt resignation leaves Senate District 31 without representation — possibly through the entire 2018 legislative session. Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel says Republican Gov. Rick Scott must “immediately” schedule a special election to fill a Democrat-leaning Senate seat...
Vice President Mike Pence gives a shout-out to Adam Putnam

Vice President Mike Pence gives a shout-out to Adam Putnam

Former congressional colleagues: Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Vice President Mike Pence headlined the Republican Party of Florida’s annual fundraising dinner in Lake Buena Vista on Thursday night and gave a brief shout-out to Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam that Putnam’s gubernatorial campaign...
NEW: ‘Fast & Furious’ ride coming soon to Universal Studios Orlando

NEW: ‘Fast & Furious’ ride coming soon to Universal Studios Orlando

If you’re a “Fast & Furious” need-for-speed fan, Universal Studios is working on something that might be right up your alley. By springtime next year, the Orlando amusement park plans to open its newest attraction “Fast & Furious — Supercharged.” The highlights include a “high-octane ride,” a chance to see and take pictures of cars...

Video: Deutch says GOP colleagues ‘shamefully abandoned’ oversight on Russia, Trump

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i6EJN_TW-Y&w=492&h=307] U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, blasted the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee today for not investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election and President Donald Trump‘s “efforts to thwart the operation of the United States Department...
A return to Congress for Allen West?

A return to Congress for Allen West?

Former U.S. Rep. Allen West (left) with a cardboard likeness of himself at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Former Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West, the fiery conservative who represented a Palm Beach-Broward congressional district for a single term from 2011 to 2013, is getting some mention as a potential...
Vice President Mike Pence in Florida today

Vice President Mike Pence in Florida today

Vice President Mike Pence attends a morning service at the Church By the Glades in Coral Springs in March. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post) Vice President Mike Pence will be in Florida today to pitch President Donald Trump‘s priority of tax reform at an Orlando business and to speak at a Republican Party of Florida fundraiser in Lake Buena Vista....
Florida man saves trapped turtle using CPR

Florida man saves trapped turtle using CPR

When an Oklaoosa County man discovered a diamondback terrapin turtle caught in a crab trap in the wake of Hurricane Nate, he found himself going to unusual lengths to save the creature. "I knew if it didn’t do anything it would have died," Troy Russo told the Northwest Florida Daily News. So Russo resorted to a life-saving technique known to work on the human species: CPR. ...
Who will fill Fla. Senate seat for Lake Worth, Boynton?

Who will fill Fla. Senate seat for Lake Worth, Boynton?

Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemens’ abrupt resignation this past week in a Tallahassee sex scandal has created a windfall for political consultants while potentially leaving Clemens’ former constituents in Palm Beach County without representation through the entire 2018 legislative session. Clemens’ departure quickly set off a candidate scramble to fill the last three years...
Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine enters Democratic race for governor

Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine enters Democratic race for governor

Standing in front of a mural of John F. Kennedy and quoting from Martin Luther King Jr. and Gloria Estefan, Miami Beach mayor and multimillionaire businessman Philip Levine formally entered the Democratic race for Florida governor Wednesday. Levine said he’s ready to spend $25 million or more of his own money in a Democratic race that so far hasn’t excited donors. He joins a Democratic...
Body burned in South Hutchinson Island car fire that of Vero woman

Body burned in South Hutchinson Island car fire that of Vero woman

Authorities in St. Lucie County are investigating as a murder last week’s discovery of a Vero Beach woman’s body in a burning car on South Hutchinson Island. On Wednesday, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said dental records helped identify the body as that of 25-year-old Brandaris “Brandi” Diandra Johnson. Around 12:45 a.m., on Oct. 26, deputies and fire-rescue...
Mortgage study: Florida the top destination as Snowbirds migrate south

Mortgage study: Florida the top destination as Snowbirds migrate south

Florida is the No. 1 destination for people to move to from 18 of the 50 states, according to a study of mortgage loan requests in the past year.  Of all purchase mortgage requests during October 2016 to October 2017, more than 9 percent were for people looking to move to Florida, Florida Today reports. The study was released by the mortgage company Lending Tree.  By contrast, Vermont...
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