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What happened to Isabella? Agencies probe mystery of missing woman

What happened to Isabella? Agencies probe mystery of missing woman

On Tuesday night, a neighbor watched out the window of her condo west of the city as official-looking men wearing powder-blue latex gloves searched Lewis Bennett’s car and questioned him as he stood nearby. Neighbors say they last saw Isabella Hellmann weeks before Bennett, her newlywed husband, says he left with her on a two-week romantic sailing jaunt through the Tropics — one that ended...
VIDEO: Man wanders around Miami airport naked

VIDEO: Man wanders around Miami airport naked

A man was caught on camera wandering around Miami International Airport naked on Friday.  Someone filmed the incident on their phone and posted it to Twitter, showing the man walking around the terminal wearing only black socks as he waved to people walking by. A woman told WPLG that she saw the man starting to take his shirt off and she “got scared.”  Police officers detained...
Cerabino: Time to turn JFK bunker into Trump ‘timout’ bunker?

Cerabino: Time to turn JFK bunker into Trump ‘timout’ bunker?

Now that Palm Beach County is poised to take over the historic John F. Kennedy bunker on Peanut Island, it’s time to start converting it to the Donald J. Trump bunker. If the roller-coaster ride of President Trump’s first four months in office has proven anything, it’s that he and the country may be well served by giving him access to a remote bunker from time to time. Think...
What new law, rulings mean for Palm Beach County’s 7 on Death Row

What new law, rulings mean for Palm Beach County’s 7 on Death Row

When dozens of law enforcement officers gathered in a Palm Beach County courtroom in March to make sure a convicted West Palm Beach cop killer remained on Death Row, it heralded the beginning of a parade of the county’s most notorious murderers. During the next several months, attorneys representing others who have spent decades on Death Row also will be in circuit court to argue that their...

POINT OF VIEW: Federal government needs to act; mosquito season here

As we celebrated Mother’s Day with our families recently, I could not help but think of all the moms in the U.S., and all over the world, who have been affected by Zika in the past year. As a father of six, I know that all children bring challenges. But a child born with microcephaly will present his or her parents with unique struggles. As we enter into the warm summer months, threat of another...
Joe Straus, Dan Patrick snipe on bathroom bill, special session

Joe Straus, Dan Patrick snipe on bathroom bill, special session

Speaker Joe Straus said the House will budge no further on transgender bathroom legislation and that the Senate can take the measure the House passed Sunday, which Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did not feel went far enough, or leave it. “The House approved language last Sunday night that required schools to make private accommodations for students who want them,” Straus said Friday at a brief press...
Kasich touts book, weighs in on Trump, Nixon, faith, media

Kasich touts book, weighs in on Trump, Nixon, faith, media

Ohio Gov. John Kasich weighed in on his former Republican presidential nomination rival Donald Trump at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Friday — but he spent more time talking about a pair of encounters he had with former President Richard Nixon. Kasich spoke to a sellout crowd of about 700 at the Kravis Center to promote his new book Two Paths: America Divided or United...
Recall case of 84-year-old dragged, killed by car in Boca Wolfie’s lot?

Recall case of 84-year-old dragged, killed by car in Boca Wolfie’s lot?

More than a decade after Jonathan Griffin was sentenced to life in prison for the car-dragging death of an 84-year-old Boca Raton woman in 1999, the former Riviera Beach man on Friday was given the chance to one day live outside prison walls. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer re-sentenced Griffin to 40 years in prison for the death of Ida Mirel. Griffin, who is now 35 and has...

POINT OF VIEW Tax collector won’t abide Airbnb’s insistence on secrecy

Airbnb Florida Policy Director Tom Martinelli’s “Point of View” submission (“Airbnb deal could ease the collection of bed taxes for county,” May 18) falsely states that I have “expressed no interest in entering into an agreement” with Airbnb to facilitate and collect taxes for short-term rentals. I have had several conversations with Airbnb representatives...
Medical marijuana in Palm Beach County? Rules coming soon

Medical marijuana in Palm Beach County? Rules coming soon

Thinking legislators in Tallahassee would come up with some statewide guidelines on the sale of medical marijuana, Palm Beach County officials held off on writing their own ordinance. But this year’s session came and went, and no such statewide guideline emerged. So, the county is moving ahead on its own. “We are working on an ordinance,” county Zoning Director John MacGillis told...
What Rick Scott did in Boca Raton today could help your pocketbook

What Rick Scott did in Boca Raton today could help your pocketbook

Gov. Rick Scott signed a $180 million package of tax cuts here Thursday and offered few clues on whether he’ll veto an $83 billion state budget or an education bill opposed by the Palm Beach County School Board and many educators. Scott visited the motorcycle- and guitar-decorated headquarters of the mobile marketing company 3Cinteractive to sign the tax cut legislation, which was approved by...
Census: Boca, Boynton and Delray drive growth in Palm Beach County

Census: Boca, Boynton and Delray drive growth in Palm Beach County

Growth in southern Palm Beach County is fueling the county’s steady population rise, figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show. A trio of south county cities — Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach — saw some of the biggest population boosts from 2015 to 2016. “They are building a lot of new housing,” said County Commissioner Steven Abrams, whose...
JUST IN: Gov. Scott vetoes bill to tear down 'liquor wall'

JUST IN: Gov. Scott vetoes bill to tear down 'liquor wall'

Pointing to concerns about preserving small-business jobs, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a heavily debated and lobbied measure that supporters said would repeal a relic of the nation’s emergence from Prohibition. The so called “liquor wall” law, which requires hard spirits to be sold in separate facilities from most retail goods, will remain in place after Scott’s veto...
Judge: Third Dippolito jury can hear about gun, not poison

Judge: Third Dippolito jury can hear about gun, not poison

With the third trial in Dalia Dippolito’s murder solicitation case a little more than a week away, a judge decided a number of disputes over what jurors should and shouldn’t hear while attorneys on both sides set up for a battle over the expected testimony of an expert on “Battered Women’s Syndrome.” Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley in a pretrial hearing in...
Melania Trump follows Princess Diana, Mother Teresa with Rome hospital visit

Melania Trump follows Princess Diana, Mother Teresa with Rome hospital visit

First lady Melania Trump visits the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu in Vatican City. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images) First lady and part-time Palm Beach resident Melania Trump visited a children’s hospital in Vatican City today as President Donald Trump‘s five-nation tour continued.
JUST IN: 9 arrested for illegally harvesting alligators, eggs

JUST IN: 9 arrested for illegally harvesting alligators, eggs

Nine people were arrested and more than 10,000 illegally harvested alligator eggs found after a statewide investigation into alligator farms. “This massive criminal operation dealing in American alligators and their eggs undermines legitimate farmers operating legally,” Florida Attorney General Bondi said in a news release.  Those arrested illegally took wild alligators and their...

POINT OF VIEW Why Florida seniors fear the American Health Care Act

It is no surprise that a key issue facing America is health care. Worrying about whether a simple medical procedure or checkup is covered by your insurance is a difficult way to go through life. As if staying active and healthy isn’t hard enough, the recent passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the U.S. House of Representatives has seniors across this state extremely concerned that...
Appeals court upholds life sentence for Dunkin’ Donuts armed robber

Appeals court upholds life sentence for Dunkin’ Donuts armed robber

A month after two men involved in a brutal 2008 armed robbery at Dunkin’ Donuts in Delray Beach persuaded the Florida Supreme Court to throw out their convictions on charges of attempted murder, an appeals court on Wednesday threw ice on any celebration they may have been planning. The 4th District Court of Appeal, based in West Palm Beach, refused to throw out Calvin Weatherspoon&rsquo...
Kasich wants ‘voice’ in 2020; tuning it up now with book, West Palm talk

Kasich wants ‘voice’ in 2020; tuning it up now with book, West Palm talk

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was the last Republican standing against Donald Trump in 2016 and refused to endorse him in the general election, says in a new book that it’s time for “thinking, feeling Americans to come together in support of the Trump administration.” But Kasich — who will appear in West Palm Beach at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Friday to promote...
Memorial Day 2017: Fun facts, info about these Florida beaches

Memorial Day 2017: Fun facts, info about these Florida beaches

We love our Florida beaches! With Palm Beach County’s 45-mile long Atlantic shoreline, there are lots of beautiful beaches to choose. And if you like uncrowded beaches, or want to enjoy the perfect spot to grab breakfast at the beach, we found those too!  Here we break down the main attractions and facts on each beach from Tequesta to Boca Raton. Vital statistics: 15 acres...
Trump meets Pope Francis, gives him sculpture from Treasure Coast artist

Trump meets Pope Francis, gives him sculpture from Treasure Coast artist

Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool) President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis today at the Vatican and gave the pontiff a sculpture made by Stuart artist Geoffrey Smith.
NEW: Gov. Scott signs boating bill prompted by Tequesta teens’ loss at sea

NEW: Gov. Scott signs boating bill prompted by Tequesta teens’ loss at sea

Governor Rick Scott signed 16 bills into law Tuesday, including a measure aimed at increasing boater safety and another stemming from a debate about legal fees in public-records cases. Scott signed a bill (HB 711) that will expand a discount on registration fees for recreational boat owners who have locator beacons. The issue stems from the July 2015 disappearance of Austin Stephanos and Perry...
Editorial: Convene special session to set medical marijuana rules

Editorial: Convene special session to set medical marijuana rules

A commanding majority of Florida voters – 71.3 percent — said in no uncertain terms in November that they wanted access to medical marijuana to relieve a wide range of painful and debilitating conditions. Amendment 2 outperformed Donald Trump on the ballot by nearly 2 million votes. The measure carried in every one of Florida’s 67 counties, even the most conservative. In Palm Beach...
GL Homes gets ITID backing for Acreage-Ag Reserve swap

GL Homes gets ITID backing for Acreage-Ag Reserve swap

GL Homes’ plan to preserve land outside of Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve in exchange for permission to build more in it “cannot be ignored and should be seriously considered,” the president of the Indian Trail Improvement District’s board of supervisors wrote to Palm Beach County commissioners. “After listening to GL’s proposal, the board unanimously...
POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

Many thousands of children in the United States, including many in Palm Beach County, finish third grade without learning to read proficiently — and that puts them on a dreaded track of dropping out of high school. The ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential, and his or her potential to contributing to our nation’s economy and security...

Ex-Everglades Foundation staffer named as Florida environmental chief

With Gov. Rick Scott describing him as “passionate about the environment,” Noah Valenstein was named Tuesday as Florida’s next environmental secretary after a short interview with Scott and members of the state Cabinet. Valenstein, a former Scott aide who is executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, will take over at the Department of Environmental Protection...
FIRST LOOK: Inside WPB’s new Brightline train station

FIRST LOOK: Inside WPB’s new Brightline train station

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline on Tuesday unveiled the inside of its West Palm Beach station, offering the first glimpse at how passengers will move from the building’s ticketing turnstiles to its shaded train platform. Crews are still putting the finishing touches on the station’s security area, “Good to Go” cafe, and two passenger waiting lounges, but officials said...
Is this the last extension of temporary protected status for Haitians?

Is this the last extension of temporary protected status for Haitians?

Temporary “protected status” has been extended for another six months for thousands of Haitians who fled to the United States after their island was ravaged by an earthquake in 2010. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Monday said “after a careful review of the current conditions in Haiti and conversations with the Haitian government,” he has agreed to extend...
UPDATE: Child born armless also victim of man who killed friend’s wife

UPDATE: Child born armless also victim of man who killed friend’s wife

A 41-year-old West Palm Beach man who was convicted last week in the 2013 shooting death of Ana Carolina Mejia not only took the 31-year-old woman’s life but left her husband alone to raise their young son who was born with no arms and only one leg. The Palm Beach County jury that convicted William Nunez Reyes of second-degree murder wasn’t told of the tragic consequences of Mejia&rsquo...
Can Okeechobee Blvd. be made more safe? Summit seeks answers

Can Okeechobee Blvd. be made more safe? Summit seeks answers

As both a runner and a driver, Taniel Shant understands the multiple nightmares confounding thousands of motorists and pedestrians who use Okeechobee Boulevard daily. As a motorist, he fumes over the time it takes trains and traffic to clear so he can turn onto Okeechobee from Parker Avenue. As a jogger, who lives in the nearby Flamingo Park neighborhood, he worries a car will jump the curb...
U.S. justices essentially lock in unanimous death penalty in Florida

U.S. justices essentially lock in unanimous death penalty in Florida

Bolstering a state law requiring unanimous jury recommendations in death penalty cases, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal by Attorney General Pam Bondi on the issue. The court’s decision to deny what is known as a “writ of certiorari” essentially cements a state law enacted this year in response to a seminal Florida Supreme Court decision in a case involving...
Publix, package stores urge veto of ‘liquor wall’ bill

Publix, package stores urge veto of ‘liquor wall’ bill

Opponents have mobilized to try to convince Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would a repeal a decades-old law requiring hard spirits to be sold in separate facilities from groceries and other goods — an issue that has become known as the “liquor wall.” But Scott, who faces a Wednesday deadline to decide whether to sign, veto or let the measure become law without his signature...
18-year-old woman's fisticuffs become viral video sensation, land her in jail

18-year-old woman's fisticuffs become viral video sensation, land her in jail

A brawl in Jacksonville that involved an 18-year-old woman battering a security officer went viral, resulting in felony charges against one of the combatants, the Florida Times-Union reports. Videos of the fight popped up on Facebook and YouTube on Friday, catching the attention of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. A video shows Jontainna Pitts, 18, fighting with another woman, then attacking...
Aronberg credits task force with rise in human trafficking arrests

Aronberg credits task force with rise in human trafficking arrests

At least 10 people have been arrested on human trafficking charges in Palm Beach County this year, including four in three separate cases last week. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg credits a 10-member task force formed in January for the growing number of arrests for an offense some have called modern-day slavery. The task force, based in Palm Beach Gardens, is made of up of the Palm...
Will Visit Florida budget cuts help other states win tourists?

Will Visit Florida budget cuts help other states win tourists?

The Midwestern state of Michigan boasts fresh water beaches, hundreds of public golf courses, a mild summer climate — and soon, tourism officials in that state say, it may also enjoy an influx of travelers that it is competing with Florida to get. The Florida legislature’s decision to slash $50 million from the state’s tourism marketing budget could make it easier for other...
JUST IN: Florida mom leaves infant unfed for days in drug house

JUST IN: Florida mom leaves infant unfed for days in drug house

A Florida mother is accused of leaving her young child without food for days in a drug house. Authorities were called to a drug house near Cocoa after a neighbor found a 1-year-old on a mattress on a floor in the home, according to WKMG. The child’s mother, Ashley Baskett, of Brevard County, allegedly left the child in the drug house for three days without being changed or fed. As Baskett...
NEW: Florida mom beats daughters for only buying Mother’s Day card

NEW: Florida mom beats daughters for only buying Mother’s Day card

A woman in Jacksonville got angry and beat her daughters when they only bought her a card on Mother’s Day, police said.  India Martin, 42, faces two counts of battery after she allegedly attacked one of her daughter’s with a metal broom and punched her other daughter in the face, WJXT reports. Martin then kicked both of the girls out of her apartment, and a neighbor saw...
Destination unknown: 7 Florida backroad road trips you need this summer

Destination unknown: 7 Florida backroad road trips you need this summer

Start the engine. Pull back the sunroof.  Throw on the shades. Because if you like Palm Beach County’s scenic drives, you will love Florida’s backroads. And you should experience at least one before the summer ends.  Remember: Road-tripping is less about the destination and more about the journey. This is why Visit Florida’s list of backroads is on point. No shortcuts...

POINT OF VIEW:

The Florida Legislature passed an $82.4 billion budget and received a well-deserved grade in a recent Palm Beach Post editorial (Legislature earns an ‘A’ for boosting universities, May 3). This legislature’s $587 million increase in higher education funding deserves applause, indeed. However, proponents and sponsors of this significant boost seem to have overlooked a vital economic...
Democrats Frankel, Deutch: Rosenstein briefing to House unsatisfactory

Democrats Frankel, Deutch: Rosenstein briefing to House unsatisfactory

Two Palm Beach County Democrats accused U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of being evasive after Rosenstein gave a closed-door briefing to U.S. House members Friday on President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. “What briefing? It was disappointing,” said Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach...
The many faces of possible FBI head Joe Lieberman in Palm Beach County

The many faces of possible FBI head Joe Lieberman in Palm Beach County

Former Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, getting strong consideration from President Donald Trump for the vacant FBI director’s job, has been a familiar figure in Palm Beach County — campaigning for presidential tickets but also playing a role in local elections. Lieberman was the first Jewish candidate on a major-party presidential ticket when Democrat Al Gore tapped him as his running...
PBSO deputy backs out of ID theft guilty plea; to take chance on trial

PBSO deputy backs out of ID theft guilty plea; to take chance on trial

A former Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy on Friday was allowed to recant his guilty pleas and will get a chance to persuade a jury that he didn’t use his access to law enforcement databases to propel a $250,000 identity theft scam. U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks agreed to let former deputy Frantz Felisma withdraw his guilty pleas to charges of unauthorized use of credit cards...
Jeb Bush: I told you Trump would be ‘chaos president’

Jeb Bush: I told you Trump would be ‘chaos president’

Jeb Bush campaigning in Iowa last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Former Florida Gov. and Donald Trump punching bag Jeb Bush said Trump’s presidency is playing out as he predicted during the 2016 campaign.
Accused killer takes 25-year plea near start of Jupiter murder trial

Accused killer takes 25-year plea near start of Jupiter murder trial

A last-minute plea deal halfway through jury selection ended what was supposed to be the start of a murder trial Thursday for a 30-year-old West Palm Beach man indicted last year for a 2012 Jupiter-area shooting. Anthony “Ant” Drisdom pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery charges Thursday in the death of Kenneth Rusak, whose body was found July 28, 2012 on the 6700 block...
NEW: Florida boy, 3, left home alone all day with dead mother

NEW: Florida boy, 3, left home alone all day with dead mother

A Deltona man was arrested on Wednesday after he was accused of leaving his 3-year-old son home alone with his wife who was dead from a drug overdose.  Barry Wartell, 37, faces charges of child neglect in the April 20th incident, WKMG reports.   Volusia County Sheriff deputies said Wartell had his wife take care of the boy for the day so he could go to work. He said she was on...
Man with mental ills admits he stole $70K in care from Riviera VA

Man with mental ills admits he stole $70K in care from Riviera VA

A 58-year-old Florida man with a 9th-grade education and a history of mental illness admitted Friday that he stole a former U.S. Marine’s identity to get nearly $70,000 worth of medical care from the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Riviera Beach. Sitting in a wheelchair, Roy Underwood pleaded guilty to theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. He faces a maximum 12-year...
Ex-commish Masilotti, jailed on land deals, speaks on GL Homes plan

Ex-commish Masilotti, jailed on land deals, speaks on GL Homes plan

Former Palm Beach County Commissioner Tony Masilotti, who served 37 months in federal prison for his role in improper land deals, ripped county staff Wednesday night in answering questions about a development switch proposed by GL Homes. Masilotti urged Indian Trail Improvement District board members not to add any conditions to a letter they plan to draft in support of GL Homes’ proposal to...
Former Palm Beach Central football star sentenced for 2014 murder

Former Palm Beach Central football star sentenced for 2014 murder

Former Palm Beach Central High and University of Maine football star Zedric Joseph was sentenced to life plus 15 years in prison for the May 2014 slaying of the lover of his child’s mother. The sentence came just days after the three-year anniversary of Joseph’s brutal May 14, 2014 attack on Richardy Chery, who died after Joseph stabbed him 27 times over the course of 40 minutes after...

Special Counsel appointment: Florida politicians react

Wednesday’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate potential collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign drew a restrained initial response — followed by angry tweets — from Trump and cautious approval from Florida members of Congress. Here’s a rundown: • President Donald Trump (Wednesday night)...
NEW DETAILS: Ex-Secret Service agent gets 20 years for sexting teens

NEW DETAILS: Ex-Secret Service agent gets 20 years for sexting teens

A former U.S. Secret Service agent was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday after admitting he sent sexually-charged emails and nude photos of himself to a South Florida teen and other young girls from his post at the White House. Saying Lee Robert Moore “dishonors every man and woman who has ever worn the uniform,” a federal prosecutor pushed for a life sentence in prison for the...
GL Homes wants to move giant project from Acreage to Ag Reserve

GL Homes wants to move giant project from Acreage to Ag Reserve

GL Homes wants Palm Beach County to consider a proposal that would allow it to unlock development in the Agricultural Reserve, a south-county farming zone where building is limited by county rules but home sales are lucrative. RELATED: Former commissioner Tony Masilotti rips county in comments on GL Homes plan Instead of moving forward with recently approved plans to build a giant development of 3...
The Trump-Russia special counsel: Florida pols weigh in

The Trump-Russia special counsel: Florida pols weigh in

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Wednesday’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate potential collusion between Russia and Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign drew a muted response from the White House and cautious approval from some Florida members of Congress.

Former Scott aides contend for environment, transportation chiefs

A couple of former aides to Gov. Rick Scott are in consideration for two openings to head Florida departments. Noah Valenstein, an architect of Scott’s conservation platform during the 2014 election, will be the only applicant who will be interviewed next week to become the state’s environmental secretary. And Michael Dew, a former external affairs director for Scott, was added Wednesday...
First dose of opioid money favors Central Florida over South Florida

First dose of opioid money favors Central Florida over South Florida

Two weeks after Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Department of Health to declare a state of emergency over the opioid crisis, the promised $27 million in aid is starting to roll out. First priorities: medical treatment for people addicted to heroin or other opioids, and naloxone to reverse overdoses. The Florida Department of Children and Families, the agency charged with overseeing addiction treatment...

Rubio on Trump, Comey, Putin; Bible haters can ‘unsubscribe’ from Twitter feed

Sen. Marco Rubio with the Fox and Friends crew this morning. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says the latest controversies over President Donald Trump‘s meetings with Russian leaders and fired FBI Director James Comey are “important matters” and Congress needs to determine the facts about them.
Who should pay for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips? California Dem floats idea

Who should pay for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips? California Dem floats idea

President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.(Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — As noted last month, it looks like Palm Beach County taxpayers will be able to get reimbursement from the federal government for local law enforcement costs associated with President Donald Trump‘s visits to Mar-a-Lago.
Juror, lawyer confirm: Patrick Swayze widow was holdout in Seth Adams trial

Juror, lawyer confirm: Patrick Swayze widow was holdout in Seth Adams trial

After failing to convince one juror — the widow of actor Patrick Swayze — that Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer had no justification for fatally shooting Seth Adams, other members of the panel on Tuesday voiced relief that Adams’ parents will be paid $2.5 million by the sheriff’s office to end the lawsuit. “I felt the family got a little bit...
Editorial: Terrible budget for public education deserves Scott veto

Editorial: Terrible budget for public education deserves Scott veto

Gov. Rick Scott is signaling that he may veto all or part of the recently passed state budget and an accompanying bill that spell big trouble for Florida’s public schools. On Monday, he said words that ought to cheer the thousands of educators and parents who have flooded his office with emails, petitions and phone calls, begging him to torpedo a budget and accompanying bill that add a skimpy...
Judge fines Royal Palm pet shop cited in puppy-sales law controversy

Judge fines Royal Palm pet shop cited in puppy-sales law controversy

Star Pups, the Royal Palm Beach pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, has been fined for providing inadequate warranties to consumers and for housing animals in conditions that don’t meet Palm Beach County standards. The store, located on State Road 7, has 30 days to appeal the $100 fines, both of which constitute what the county deems to be major violations...
Man convicted of flakka-fueled murder to be sentenced next month

Man convicted of flakka-fueled murder to be sentenced next month

The 29-year-old man who battered a Riviera Beach grandmother to death while he was having a flakka-fueled hallucination will have to wait until next month to find out whether a judge will reduce a jury’s first-degree murder verdict against him down to second-degree murder. A Palm Beach County jury on Friday convicted Derren Morrison of first-degree murder for the death of 83-year-old Louise...
Gov. Scott taps spokeswoman as sixth chief of staff in seven years

Gov. Scott taps spokeswoman as sixth chief of staff in seven years

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has tapped longtime spokeswoman Jackie Schutz Zeckman — who has held official and campaign jobs for Scott since 2011 — to be his chief of staff beginning July 1. Zeckman’s dual experience could be significant as Scott, who faces term limits next year, is widely expected to launch a 2018 campaign for the seat of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Zeckman began working...
UM student fatally ejected from airboat a day after graduating

UM student fatally ejected from airboat a day after graduating

A University of Miami theater student died a day after accepting her diploma at graduation ceremonies.   Elizabeth “Ellie” Goldenberg, 22, received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts Friday. She died Saturday when she was ejected from an airboat, the Miami Herald reported.  Goldenberg was with her family when the crash occurred 12 miles west of the Everglades. Her sister...
County Administrator Baker wins high praise, plus new 5-year contract

County Administrator Baker wins high praise, plus new 5-year contract

Palm Beach County commissioners extended the contract Tuesday of Verdenia Baker, the county’s first African-American and first female county administrator. The extension is for five years, taking her contract through Aug. 25, 2022. Her original, two-year contract had been set to expire on Aug. 26 of this year. There is no annual review of Baker’s performance. She works at the pleasure...
South Florida celeb showdown? Trump vs. ‘The Rock’ in new 2020 poll

South Florida celeb showdown? Trump vs. ‘The Rock’ in new 2020 poll

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson last year during filming in Boca Raton of the “Baywatch” movie(Getty Images) President Donald Trump trails Democrats Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken and Cory Booker in hypothetical 2020 presidential matchups, according to a new survey by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.
Seth Adams’ parents settle wrongful death with PBSO for $2.5 million

Seth Adams’ parents settle wrongful death with PBSO for $2.5 million

A day before the fifth anniversary of Seth Adams’ fatal encounter with Palm Beach County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer, Adams’ parents announced Monday that they settled their wrongful death suit against the Sheriff’s Office for $2.5 million — the largest settlement in the department’s history. The announcement came with mixed emotions from Richard and Lydia Adams...

POINT OF VIEW: Build a strong foundation for teens in foster care

For the past several years, the Palm Beach County child welfare system has been facing a crisis. Simply stated, there were too many children entering foster care and not enough foster parents to care for them. This combination placed a tremendous strain on the local system. Not only did the costs of caring for these victims of abuse outpace available financial resources, but the lack of available...
U.S.: Pell grants for low-income students OK for summer classes

U.S.: Pell grants for low-income students OK for summer classes

Despite broader political turmoil in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee, federal and state lawmakers have agreed to dramatically increase financial aid to the neediest college and university students. On May 4, the U.S. Senate approved a series of budget bills that will fund the federal government through Sept. 30, including the extension of Pell grants to cover summer classes for the first time since...
Trump blocks rule change opposed by Palm Beach County roads board

Trump blocks rule change opposed by Palm Beach County roads board

President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill blocking a rule change opposed by transportation planning organizations across the country, including the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization. The rule change by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration would have required MPOs to merge unless the governor and the MPOs determined there were specific reasons...
For governor candidate Putnam, Riviera protesters hitting ‘the big time’

For governor candidate Putnam, Riviera protesters hitting ‘the big time’

Agriculture Commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam had already visited eight cities on his campaign kickoff bus tour, but not until he spoke at a breakfast gathering at the city marina on Monday did his campaign reach a critical milestone. “I think we’ve arrived. We’ve hit the big time. I’ve never had protesters before — it’s kind of cool...
Cerabino: Marketing Florida tourism to Syrians draws a red line

Cerabino: Marketing Florida tourism to Syrians draws a red line

It’s a shame we’re not marketing our state to Syrian tourists anymore. Visit Florida, the state’s tourism outfit, signed a contract in March that paid a German company to market Florida as a tourist destination to people in Syria and nine other Middle East countries. But that contract was quickly altered to remove Syria when The Naples Daily News discovered it last week. Too bad...
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