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JUST IN: West Palm removes Confederate monument from city cemetery

JUST IN: West Palm removes Confederate monument from city cemetery

It didn’t take even 24 hours for the city to make good on its promise to remove a monument to the Confederate dead from West Palm Beach’s city-owned Woodlawn Cemetery. At midday Tuesday, workers carved the monument out. Mayor Jeri Muoio had said Monday that the city would remove the 10-foot-tall “In memory of our Confederate Soldiers” fixture, which is owned by the Daughters...
Rep. Brian Mast hosts Thursday town halls in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, Stuart

Rep. Brian Mast hosts Thursday town halls in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, Stuart

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Stuart, fields questions at a town hall meeting in Stuart in June. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, will host town hall meetings in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter and Stuart on Thursday. Mast’s last town hall, in June, drew hundreds of constituents angry about Mast’s support for a GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare...
Tonight: Mike Pence joins Donald Trump in Arizona, heads to South Florida

Tonight: Mike Pence joins Donald Trump in Arizona, heads to South Florida

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 is returning to South Florida. The White House announced late Monday night that Pence will travel to Arizona today to join President Donald Trump at a rally in Phoenix. Afterward, Pence ...
Police: Desperate to see eclipse, Florida car thief stops to buy mask

Police: Desperate to see eclipse, Florida car thief stops to buy mask

The solar eclipse transfixed the nation today, from Donald Trump at the White House, to ordinary citizens in Palm Beach County and across the country taking time out of their jobs to stop and view the celestial show. But perhaps it's best not to become too distracted by the eclipse, especially when you're being tailed by police, as one 22-year-old found out in Central Florida. Jocsan...
NEW: Rains expected today could bring 2 to 4 inches this week

NEW: Rains expected today could bring 2 to 4 inches this week

That tropical system hovering just off the southeast Florida coast will make things wet and windy starting later today, and likely all week, the National Weather Service’s Miami office said Monday. Scattered showers and thudnerstorms will continue to develop across South Florida “through the late morning hours,” the weather service said in a short-term forecast issued this morning...
NEW: 8-year-old fatally ejected during South Florida car crash

NEW: 8-year-old fatally ejected during South Florida car crash

An 8-year-old girl died this morning after being ejected from her family’s minivan during a car accident on her way to school.   The child, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Miami Herald.  The girl’s mother, who was driving the vehicle, was also taken to...
Florida woman admits showing pornography to child

Florida woman admits showing pornography to child

A Florida woman is accused of showing pornography to children. Police say Brianna Ricks, 19, of Alachua County showed pornographic images on her cellphone to children between the ages on 9 and 17, according to the Gainesville Sun. When confronted by authorities, Ricks admitted that she showed the video and photos, which came from social media, to a minor on Friday. Other minors also reported...
Racegoer turns 40-cent bet into $259,573 at Florida track

Racegoer turns 40-cent bet into $259,573 at Florida track

A racegoer who placed a 40-cent bet at a Florida racetrack was rewarded with a $259,573.34 payoff. The unidentified person bought a ticket that includes six numbers, which represent a horse in each of the final six races of the day at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, according to the Orlando Sentinel. All six horses on the ticket won their races Saturday, resulting in the jackpot for the lucky...
Part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump, Melania reveal eclipse watch plans

Part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump, Melania reveal eclipse watch plans

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arriving at Palm Beach International Airport on April 6. (Rich Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump will watch today’s solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House, according to a White House pool report. He will be joined by first lady Melania Trump. The president...
NEW: West Palm to remove Confederate monument; ‘We lost our patience’

NEW: West Palm to remove Confederate monument; ‘We lost our patience’

The mayor said Monday the city will remove a 10-foot-tall memorial to Confederate soldiers that’s stood at Woodlawn Cemetery for decades but recently joined others nationwide as symbols of a wound that has not healed. The city’s move came just one day after the marker was found Sunday afternoon to have been vandalized. The structure was erected in 1941 by the Daughters of the Confederacy...
Will potential Democratic governor candidate cash in on the eclipse?

Will potential Democratic governor candidate cash in on the eclipse?

Trial lawyer and potential Democratic governor candidate John Morgan is promoting eclipse-viewing safety, and offering his firm’s services if things go bad. Trial lawyer and potential Florida Democratic candidate for governor John Morgan is cautioning people to be safe when viewing today’s solar eclipse — and promoting his firm’s litigatory...
Charities bail on Mar-a-Lago after Trump Charlottesville comments

Charities bail on Mar-a-Lago after Trump Charlottesville comments

“Where is everybody?” The main Mar-a-Lago ballroom, shown here before a 2016 Palm Beach County GOP dinner, could be empty for much of the 2017-18 social season. PALM BEACH — Two more charities announced Sunday they won’t hold their annual fundraisers at President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago Club and the Kravis Center added its name...
Death penalty: Rick Scott yanks prosecutor from case of two slain Kissimmee police officers

Death penalty: Rick Scott yanks prosecutor from case of two slain Kissimmee police officers

Gov. Rick Scott wants a prosecutor who supports the death penalty to handle the case of two slain Kissimmee police officers. Gov. Rick Scott has removed a Central Florida prosecutor who opposes the death penalty from the case involving the slayings of two Kissimmee police officers. Scott issued an executive order Saturday night replacing State Attorney ...
LATEST: Kissimmee Police looking for person of interest in police shooting 

LATEST: Kissimmee Police looking for person of interest in police shooting 

Kissimmee Police are searching for a person of interest in a shooting that killed two police officers Friday night.  Maribel Gonzales King is not a suspect in the crime, they reported, but said she is known to frequent the McLaren Circle area where the crime occurred. Sgt. Sam Howard, 36, and Officer Matthew Baxter, 27,  were shot when they responded to suspicious person call in an area...
Editorial: UF made the right call denying ‘alt-right’ leader’s rally

Editorial: UF made the right call denying ‘alt-right’ leader’s rally

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs, citing serious concerns about the safety and security of students, last week denied a white nationalist leader’s request to rent space for a speech on the campus. Fuchs’ decision, which was a surprise reversal from just days prior, was understandable. It was also right. We don’t come to this decision lightly. As an editorial board, we,...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t quit, refocus on healthcare reform wins

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t quit, refocus on healthcare reform wins

Many Americans were disappointed when recent healthcare overhaul efforts failed. Whether they supported the proposed fix or not, many Floridians are now left wondering if they are stuck with all of the downsides of the Affordable Care Act. They don’t have to be, if Congress can regroup and refocus on more modest, achievable changes. One of those should be to stop the health insurance tax from...
NEW: Ku Klux Klan’s profile in Palm Beach County shrank through years

NEW: Ku Klux Klan’s profile in Palm Beach County shrank through years

The governor of Florida had no patience for the Ku Klux Klan. He called them “covered cowards, hooded hoodlums, sheeted jerks.” Fuller Warren could afford to go after the shadowy group. It was 1951, and Florida didn’t need the Klan to press Jim Crow. It was the law of the land. With this month’s events in Charlottesville, Va., placing the spotlight on extremist groups...
Bannon could be influential outside Trump White House, Floridians say

Bannon could be influential outside Trump White House, Floridians say

Steve Bannon, near the lamp behind President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago when Trump ordered missile strikes on Syria in April. (White House photo) Steve Bannon is out as senior political adviser to President Donald Trump, but two Floridians close to Trump say he could remain influential. Bannon, the former head of the right-wing Breitbart website, joined ...
Republicans rip media, praise Trump Charlottesville leadership

Republicans rip media, praise Trump Charlottesville leadership

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Republicans have faulted President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but there was little criticism — and even some praise — for Trump’s handling of the issue when more than 400 activists, donors and candidates gathered Thursday for a GOP dinner outside Boca Raton. There has been...
Absentee ballot fraud: Candidates could be breaking the law

Absentee ballot fraud: Candidates could be breaking the law

Buried in the state attorney’s recent memo about voter fraud in a 2016 primary election were a few lines that left political observers scratching their heads: Collecting absentee ballots, it said, is illegal. For years, local campaigns and organizations have gone door to door collecting people’s vote-by-mail ballots to deliver to election headquarters, with the assumption that as long...
PHOTO: Florida hunters capture, kill 11-foot, 375-pound gator

PHOTO: Florida hunters capture, kill 11-foot, 375-pound gator

Four Florida hunters struggled to take down an 11-foot, 375-pound gator after a three-hour fight. Nick Naylor, John Booker, Kenny Way and Casey Shields began battling the massive gator beginning late Tuesday night and ended up with it under their control by Wednesday morning, according to the Pensacola News Journal.  They used a 40-pound test from a spinning reel to capture the animal, which...
Hurricane Andrew: Eight things to know

Hurricane Andrew: Eight things to know

Development:Andrew was a disorganized system as late as the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 21, but overnight it reorganized. It became a hurricane the morning of the 22nd and in just 36 hours exploded by the night of the 23rd into a top Category 4 or borderline Category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Evacuations: About 1.23 million people were ordered to leave their homes, including 315,000...
ANDREW: Twenty-five years ago, a hurricane miles away became personal

ANDREW: Twenty-five years ago, a hurricane miles away became personal

In the early hours of Aug. 24, 1992, a South Florida businessman named John Ellis Bush huddled with his family at the Coral Gables home of his business partner. Outside was Hurricane Andrew. The man, whose father happened at the time to be the president of the United States, later would himself become governor of Florida, and often would brag that he was the only sitting governor who’d...
Andrew 25: Storm drove them from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach County

Andrew 25: Storm drove them from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach County

Hurricane Andrew uprooted more than trees. When the winds died that morning in 1992, 25 years ago this week, and the sun came out, and people had a chance to look around, some stayed, and others decided it was time to go. Studies showed 29,125 people moved from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach County between 1992 and 2001. In the same time period, 10 times that, 230,710, moved from Miami-Dade to Broward....
Brian Mast, Adam Putnam, others weigh in on Trump and Charlottesville at GOP dinner

Brian Mast, Adam Putnam, others weigh in on Trump and Charlottesville at GOP dinner

Conservative guerilla videographer James O’Keefe signing books at Thursday’s Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest in Boca Raton. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and some other Republicans have criticized President Donald Trump‘s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, says Trump...
Fairgrounds filled need as distribution center for Hurricane Andrew

Fairgrounds filled need as distribution center for Hurricane Andrew

Typically when workers are unloading trucks at the South Florida Fairgrounds it’s to set up a Ferris wheel, a carnival game or a food stand. But 25 years ago, thousands of volunteers banded together to help their southern neighbors after Hurricane Andrew ripped through Miami-Dade County. Largely untouched by the category 5 storm, Palm Beach County and the fairgrounds became the epicenter of...
West Palm Beach police officer acquitted of DUI charge

West Palm Beach police officer acquitted of DUI charge

A 29-year-old West Palm Beach police officer will soon be back on regular duty after a jury on Wednesday acquitted him of DUI charges. Officer James Louis had been on administrative duty since his April 17, 2016 arrest by one of his fellow officers, who said Louis smelled of alcohol and stumbled out of his car when the officer checked out a report that Louis was asleep behind the wheel of his off-duty...
Application period begins for reimbursement for Trump security costs

Application period begins for reimbursement for Trump security costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now accepting applications for grants to repay local government for costs associated with protecting President Donald Trump, and Palm Beach County is expected to make a pitch for $3.5 million of that money. “More relief is on the way for local law enforcement agencies that have provided protection for the president,” U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West...
Offering land for school won’t get development built, commissioners say

Offering land for school won’t get development built, commissioners say

GL Homes’ offer of land and money for schools in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve sweetens the pot, but county commissioners who will make the final decision on the developer’s controversial plans say it is not a game-changer. “It wouldn’t influence my decision in any sense,” Commissioner Hal Valeche said. Another commissioner, Mack Bernard, had the same...
NEW: Judge won’t release medical records for surviving Delray officer

NEW: Judge won’t release medical records for surviving Delray officer

A Monroe County judge ruled Thursday that medical records belonging to a Delray Beach police officer involved in a crash that killed another officer in Key West will not be made public. Evan Hoffman, the attorney for defendant Lacy Morris, said he has a witness that claims Delray Beach officer Bernenda Marc was intoxicated when the scooter she was a passenger on collided in April with Morris&rsquo...
Spokesman: Charlottesville didn’t come up at Scott lunch with Trump

Spokesman: Charlottesville didn’t come up at Scott lunch with Trump

President Donald Trump hosted Florida Gov. Rick Scott for lunch Thursday and discussed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee and the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, Scott’s office said. Scott visited Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., where he also had a meeting with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. The meeting came a day after Scott decried any suggestion...
Cerabino: University of Florida fails history with neo-Nazi ban

Cerabino: University of Florida fails history with neo-Nazi ban

If you care at all about government intrusion on free speech, you shouldn’t be applauding the University of Florida’s decision to ban white nationalist leader Richard Spencer from speaking on campus next month. As American scholar Noam Chomsky once put it: “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” University...
NEW: Threats involving inmates cause Florida prisons to go on lockdown

NEW: Threats involving inmates cause Florida prisons to go on lockdown

Getting into one of Florida’s 148 prison facilities this weekend may be as impossible as getting out. The Florida Department of Corrections imposed a partial lockdown to all of its prisons on Wednesday after receiving “credible intelligence indicating that small groups of inmates at several institutions may attempt to disrupt FDC operations and impact safety and security,” according...
‘Trump Train to Trash Fire Mountain’ — riffs from a GOP strategist

‘Trump Train to Trash Fire Mountain’ — riffs from a GOP strategist

As the Republican field running for governor grows, a top GOP strategist offered some advice Wednesday to candidates seeking to follow term-limited Gov. Rick Scott. “Just don’t be Trump’s mini-me, a simple rule,” Rick Wilson told the Capital Tiger Bay Club in a luncheon speech. RELATED: President Trump headlines in The Palm Beach Post Wilson, a Tallahassee-based national Republican...
Fire fight: Unions already taking sides in Republican governor primary

Fire fight: Unions already taking sides in Republican governor primary

Adam Putnam today with firefighters in Palm Beach County (left); Jack Latvala Wednesday with firefighters in Hialeah. Florida Agriculture Commissioner and Republican candidate for governor  Adam Putnam, who will attend tonight’s Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest, was in Palm Springs this morning to collect the endorsement of the 2,500-member Professional...
UPDATE: Car in fatal Broward crash stolen from Gardens neighborhood

UPDATE: Car in fatal Broward crash stolen from Gardens neighborhood

A 17-year-old died and four other juveniles were seriously injured just before midnight Wednesday in Florida’s latest violent incident involving juveniles and stolen cars. The blue 2016 Mazda was stolen overnight Monday from a gated community in Palm Beach Gardens. Shortly before midnight Wednesday, it struck a concrete barrier at “a high rate of speed” about 60 miles to the south...
Palm Beach Gardens man Ben Carson on Charlottesville, Trump and race

Palm Beach Gardens man Ben Carson on Charlottesville, Trump and race

Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson announcing his support for Donald Trump’s presidential bid at Mar-a-Lago in March 2016. (Meghan McCarthy / Palm Beach Daily News) Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, the Palm Beach Gardens resident who is the only black member of President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet, has defended Trump and recalled...
After trashing ‘moral equivalence,’ Rick Scott to have lunch with Donald Trump

After trashing ‘moral equivalence,’ Rick Scott to have lunch with Donald Trump

Gov. Rick Scott with Donald Trump in New York during the presidential transition. Florida Gov. Rick Scott — who on Wednesday said there’s “no moral equivalence” between white supremacists and their opponents — will have lunch today with President Donald Trump, who’s been under fire for his blame-sharing assessment...
Is saga done? Judge denies bond, Dalia Dippolito heading to prison

Is saga done? Judge denies bond, Dalia Dippolito heading to prison

After eight years, three trials, two sentences and at least one book in the case that sparked both a reality television show and a reality television show defense, the saga of Dalia Dippolito’s 2009 caught-on-camera plot to murder her husband could finally be over. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley in a scathing 24-page ruling on Wednesday denied Dippolito’s request to go free...
FAU uses new state money to increase summer courses, hire deans

FAU uses new state money to increase summer courses, hire deans

Florida universities are hiring more faculty, providing more scholarships and expanding course offerings and academic counseling with a $121 million boost in funding provided by the Legislature this year. In letters to Gov. Rick Scott, the 12 state university presidents outlined plans for using their shares of $71 million in the “world class faculty and scholar” program and $50 million...
Miami-Dade mayor criticizes Trump as Trump’s AG praises Florida county

Miami-Dade mayor criticizes Trump as Trump’s AG praises Florida county

Attorney General Jeff Sessions commended Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for shedding his jurisdiction’s “sanctuary city” status on a day when Gimenez ripped President Donald Trump for his “ambiguity” about blame for the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Sessions scheduled Wednesday’s visit to highlight the Trump Administration&rsquo...
FHP sending message: No ticket quotas allowed

FHP sending message: No ticket quotas allowed

A prohibition on ticket quotas will become part of training for supervisors and higher-ups in the Florida Highway Patrol, a top highway-safety official told Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet on Wednesday. Terry Rhodes, executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, said the move is part of a response to a report that Maj. Mark Welch of the patrol’s Troop...
Florida Gov. Scott says he didn’t serve in Navy ‘to defend neo-Nazis’

Florida Gov. Scott says he didn’t serve in Navy ‘to defend neo-Nazis’

Florida’s governor and attorney general, both strong supporters of President Donald Trump, decried racism and groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis as reverberations continued Wednesday across the country after a deadly weekend in Charlottesville, Va. “I served in the Navy. My dad served in the Second World War,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “I didn’t serve...
AG Jeff Sessions visits Miami to blast Chicago on ‘sanctuary city’ policy

AG Jeff Sessions visits Miami to blast Chicago on ‘sanctuary city’ policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Miami. MIAMI — Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to town to commend Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for cooperating with the federal government by holding jail inmates who have been targeted for deportation, but most of Sessions’ remarks were aimed at Chicago, which is challenging the policy. Sessions...
Denied McDonald’s ice cream, Florida man arms himself with replica AR-15

Denied McDonald’s ice cream, Florida man arms himself with replica AR-15

If you think you get upset when the ice cream machine at McDonald’s is broken, a pair of Florida men likely have you beat. Jerry Henry of Delray Beach was a passenger in Michael Delhomme’s car when the pair received the news that the ice cream machine at a McDonald’s on Linton Boulevard wasn’t working, according to WPLG. Delhomme became upset with the employee who broke...
Witnesses may have heard Corey Jones, Gardens cop before shooting

Witnesses may have heard Corey Jones, Gardens cop before shooting

A judge has given the attorneys for former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja permission to interview witnesses who say they heard parts of the 2015 confrontation between Raja and stranded motorist Corey Jones in the moments before Raja shot and killed Jones. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer during a brief hearing Wednesday partially granted a request from defense...
NEW: Change to law could bring sex trafficking crackdown, Bondi says

NEW: Change to law could bring sex trafficking crackdown, Bondi says

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined other attorneys general from around the country calling for Congress to pass legislation granting states more power to prosecute online sex trafficking. Read The Post’s complete coverage of human trafficking in Palm Beach County Bondi and other state attorneys general calling for an amendment of Communications Decency Act of 1996, a law passed by Congress...
Latvala launches gov campaign, demurs on Trump Charlottesville remarks

Latvala launches gov campaign, demurs on Trump Charlottesville remarks

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, formally rolled out his Republican bid for governor here Wednesday by drawing contrasts with current Republican Gov. Rick Scott and GOP primary foe Adam Putnam but declining to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s remarks about Charlottesville. Latvala cast himself as both an old-school Republican and a nonpartisan dealmaker who will “never sell out...
UF says no to white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer

UF says no to white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer

The University of Florida is refusing to allow white nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month, citing “serious concerns” about safety in the aftermath of a deadly weekend clash in Charlottesville, Va. In a message to staff Wednesday morning, university President Kent Fuchs said the decision to deny the National Policy Institute’s request to rent space on campus...
VIDEO: Florida man shoots, kills home intruder after hiding in bedroom

VIDEO: Florida man shoots, kills home intruder after hiding in bedroom

A Florida killed an intruder who first broke into his home and then shot his dog. Shawn Peterson said the intruder came into his Summerfield home around 10:30 p.m. Monday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post on Facebook.  The intruder shot his pit bull Zeus and then came after Peterson, who had barricaded himself in a bedroom, officials said. The intruder then barged...
NEW: Florida man pleads guilty to plot to blow up synagogue 

NEW: Florida man pleads guilty to plot to blow up synagogue 

A Florida man pleaded guilty today to wanting to blow up a synagogue.  James Gonzalo Medina, of Hollywood, pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime charge and to a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He admitted that on April 29, 2016 he brought what he thought was an explosive device to the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in Miami-Dade County with the intention...
Jack Latvala draws contrasts with GOP rival Putnam, punts on Trump comments

Jack Latvala draws contrasts with GOP rival Putnam, punts on Trump comments

Republican governor candidate Jack Latvala talks to reporters in Hialeah after kicking off his campaign. HIALEAH — State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, formally launched his Republican bid for governor here by casting himself as both an old-school Republican and a nonpartisan dealmaker who’s neither a career politician like former Gov. Charlie Crist...
JUST IN: Florida man accused of poaching turtles during nesting season

JUST IN: Florida man accused of poaching turtles during nesting season

State wildlife officials say a man with “a long criminal history” was caught this month poaching soft-shell turtles while trespassing on U.S. Sugar land in western Palm Beach County. Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission chased John Keith Agnew, 55, of Okeechobee along Conners Highway after receiving a compalint. Agnew jumped out of his truck and threw a bag...
LATEST: James Gibson, legendary “Highwayman” Florida artist, dies at 79

LATEST: James Gibson, legendary “Highwayman” Florida artist, dies at 79

James Gibson of Fort Pierce, one of the Treasure Coast’s famed “highwaymen” painters, known for their dramatic landscapes and pastoral scenes of a disappearing Florida, has died at 79. Gibson suffered a fatal heart attack Tuesday, his sister Shirley Ann Gibson said. James Gibson is believed to be among about a dozen surviving Highwaymen from the original 26, who galleries might have...
Like old times: Trump ripped by Rubio, Bush; puzzled by David Duke

Like old times: Trump ripped by Rubio, Bush; puzzled by David Duke

Then-candidate Donald Trump at a 2016 rally west of Boca Raton. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post) For Floridians in particular, the latest controversy surrounding President Donald Trump and white nationalists has a familiar ring. Trump took bipartisan heat Saturday for blaming “many sides” for deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. But on Monday,  ...
Cerabino: North Korean nukes an opportunity for Florida tourism launch

Cerabino: North Korean nukes an opportunity for Florida tourism launch

Florida, which is no stranger to making all sorts of desperate appeals for tourists, might want to consider “nuclear tourism.” I mention this because if you’ve been paying attention to North Korea’s nuclear aspirations, you will see that the projected limits of that country’s Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles appear as a curved line that encompasses much...
Wasserman Schultz wants Florida Confederate statue out of U.S. Capitol

Wasserman Schultz wants Florida Confederate statue out of U.S. Capitol

With Confederate symbols drawing renewed scrutiny after Saturday’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, urged Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature on Tuesday to make good on their 2016 decision to remove a statue of a Confederate general that represents Florida in the U.S. Capitol. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran...
Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson slam Trump’s latest Charlottesville remarks

Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson slam Trump’s latest Charlottesville remarks

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson criticized President Donald Trump‘s remarks today suggesting white supremacists weren’t the only ones to blame for Saturday’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. “You had a...
Commissioner formerly worked for firm seeking housing authority money

Commissioner formerly worked for firm seeking housing authority money

Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard repeated his call Tuesday to give the county some oversight of the county Housing Authority, whose chief executive was fired last month amid allegations of financial mismanagement. Meanwhile, a firm that once employed Bernard is attempting to get nearly $339,000 from the authority for work on an aborted development project in Boynton Beach, records obtained...

POINT OF VIEW: Managing South Florida’s water challenges needs skill

To this long-time fan and occasional critic of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the promotion of Ernie Marks as executive director is welcome news. The district is arguably South Florida’s most important governmental entity. The agency holds responsibility for water supply, flood control and protection of natural systems from Kissimmee to the Florida Keys. The SFWMD is also...
Negron gives Florida Senate committees a makeover

Negron gives Florida Senate committees a makeover

With legislative committees poised to start meeting again in less than a month in preparation for the 2018 session, Florida Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday revamped the leadership of several key Senate panels. Negron, R-Stuart, appointed new heads of five budget subcommittees, while changing the leaders of committees that oversee policy areas involving the environment, agriculture, utilities...
Wasserman Schultz, Dem candidate take aim at Confederate statues

Wasserman Schultz, Dem candidate take aim at Confederate statues

Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith’s statue representing Florida at the U.S. Capitol is slated for removal under a 2016 measure — but lawmakers haven’t picked a replacement. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, today urged Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to meet in a special session in Tallahassee to make good...
NEW: Florida teacher accused of sexual assault of a minor in bathroom

NEW: Florida teacher accused of sexual assault of a minor in bathroom

A Florida high school teacher and football coach was arrested Monday on charges of sexual assault of a minor in a bathroom, news reports state.  Brock Smith, 30, of Naples, was booked into the Naples jail Monday on charges that also include obscene use of a computer to solicit a minor and transmission of harmful material with a minor, the Naples Daily News reported The Naples High School...
‘Beleaguered’ or not, AG Jeff Sessions coming to Miami

‘Beleaguered’ or not, AG Jeff Sessions coming to Miami

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach in March. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Miami on Wednesday to commend Miami-Dade County for not being a “sanctuary city” and cooperating with President Donald Trump‘s administration by extending detentions of local inmates who are being...
Cerabino: The KKK in Palm Beach taught us to let the haters speak

Cerabino: The KKK in Palm Beach taught us to let the haters speak

White supremacists are their own worst enemies. The more they speak, the more they reveal themselves to be anything but “supreme.” So muzzling them, or trying to muzzle them, elevates their low-brow racism, sexism and anti-Semitism to the level of importance it doesn’t deserve. Denounce them. Absolutely. Call them out for being the creeps they are. Every time. But if you...
Today: Undeclared candidate Rick Scott hits the 2018 campaign trail

Today: Undeclared candidate Rick Scott hits the 2018 campaign trail

Florida Gov. Rick Scott at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Florida Gov. Rick Scott will hit the 2018 campaign trail today in Jacksonville. Republican Scott is widely expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson next year, but he hasn’t opened a campaign. Instead, Scott will appear at a printing business this afternoon to highlight...
Governor, House speaker propose making it harder to increase taxes

Governor, House speaker propose making it harder to increase taxes

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran — potential 2018 candidates for U.S. Senate and governor, respectively — called Monday for amending the state constitution to make it tougher for legislators to increase taxes and fees. Scott and Corcoran, Republicans who clashed bitterly this year over state money for economic and tourism incentives, appeared together in Lake...

POINT OF VIEW: New approaches are needed to end campus sexual assault

The U.S. Department of Education’s top civil-rights official set off a firestorm when she told the New York Times — erroneously — that 90 percent of college sexual assault cases “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk’ ” or post-relationship regret. Candice Jackson quickly and appropriately retracted her remarks, but her comments unintentionally highlighted...
Rick Scott, Richard Corcoran want higher hurdle for tax hikes

Rick Scott, Richard Corcoran want higher hurdle for tax hikes

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, and Gov. Rick Scott in West Palm Beach in June. Florida Gov. and likely U.S. Senate candidate Rick Scott joined House Speaker and potential governor candidate Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, today to call for state constitutional amendment to make it tougher for the Florida Legislature to raise taxes...
National GOP slams Bill Nelson on Cuba, Venezuela in Spanish-language radio ad

National GOP slams Bill Nelson on Cuba, Venezuela in Spanish-language radio ad

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQS_L9l9G8o&w=492&h=307] With Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson up for re-election next year, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is weighing in with a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses Nelson of being soft on communist dictators in Cuba and Venezuela. Republican Gov. Rick Scott, left, is expected to challenge...
Florida Democratic Party seizes on Charlottesville for voter registration push

Florida Democratic Party seizes on Charlottesville for voter registration push

A candlelight vigil drew more than 100 people to mark the deadly weekend in Charlottesville, Va. The Florida Democratic Party hopes the events in Virginia spur voter registrations. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post) Within hours of Saturday’s car-ramming death at a demonstration against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., Florida Democratic...
JUST IN: 2 old Disney rides closing to make way for new ones

JUST IN: 2 old Disney rides closing to make way for new ones

Two of Disney’s oldest rides are closing today to make way for new ones.  Epcot’s Universe of Energy and Hollywood Studios’ The Great Movie Ride are set to take guests on their final journeys today before shutting down, according to WKMG. The Universe of Energy has been around since 1982 and was last updated in 1996 with a new film, music and Ellen DeGeneres as its...
Charlottesville: Florida governor candidates react to events and Trump

Charlottesville: Florida governor candidates react to events and Trump

Top row: Florida Democratic governor candidates Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham and Chris King. Bottom row: Potential Republican candidate Richard Corcoran, announced GOP candidates Jack Latvala and Adam Putnam. Candidates for Florida governor took to Twitter throughout Saturday to comment on the racially charged protests and deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. &ldquo...
Celebrity chef severely burned in explosion returns home to Boca after 50 days in hospital

Celebrity chef severely burned in explosion returns home to Boca after 50 days in hospital

Chef Ralph Pagano, badly burned in a kitchen explosion in the Bahamas in June, was released Thursday from a Miami hospital but still faces a painful road to recovery at his Boca Raton home, The Miami Herald reports.  Pagano spent 50 days at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center after suffering second- and third-degree burns over about 40 percent of his body in the blast at...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida must step up the war on opioids

Another life was recently taken by opioids. Unlike most other victims, this one was a 10-year-old boy. Just like any bright summer day, Alton walked to his community’s pool to play with his friends. After returning home, he immediately became violently sick, vomiting and losing consciousness. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Fentanyl was found in his system. This young boy did not take...
Republican running for Florida governor says he’ll be the pragmatic one

Republican running for Florida governor says he’ll be the pragmatic one

Florida Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala of Clearwater opened a Republican campaign for governor on Friday, positioning himself as a pragmatic figure in what could become an ideologically charged GOP primary. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam already has launched a conservative-themed Republican campaign. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis...
Ousted Housing Authority chief had hired niece without telling board

Ousted Housing Authority chief had hired niece without telling board

The recently fired Palm Beach County Housing Authority chief executive had hired his niece as a consultant and employed her for four years before his board members knew about his family connection to her, documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post show. Housing Authority board members fired Van Johnson on July 29, saying his leadership was marked by “financial malfeasance, gross mismanagement...
Republican Jack Latvala enters Florida governor’s race

Republican Jack Latvala enters Florida governor’s race

State Sen. and Republican governor candidate Jack Latvala at Palm Beach State College on Tuesday. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post) The worst-kept secret in Florida politics is out: Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, filed paperwork today as a 2018 candidate for governor. He joins Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in a GOP...
Similar cash piles, different sources in Palm Beach County Commission race

Similar cash piles, different sources in Palm Beach County Commission race

State Rep. Lori Berman and community activist Gregg Weiss are among five Democrats running for the Palm Beach County Commission District 2 seat. State Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, and community activist Gregg Weiss began August with similar bank accounts — but from vastly different sources — in their 2018 race for the Palm Beach County...
Netroots Nation: Things to know about the Atlanta meeting

Netroots Nation: Things to know about the Atlanta meeting

Netroots Nation, a four-day conference of left-leaning activists, opened Thursday in Atlanta.  “Part pep rally and part insurgency training,” according to a preview on MyAJC.com,  “the conference includes nearly 200 panels and training sessions designed to teach progressive activists how to reclaim state legislatures, advance LGBT rights in the South and master social media...
Adam Putnam and undeclared candidates have most cash for Florida governor’s race

Adam Putnam and undeclared candidates have most cash for Florida governor’s race

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam rolling out his 2018 campaign for governor in Bartow on May 10. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) In his 2018 campaign for governor, Republican Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is simply in a different financial league from any of the other declared candidates in the race. Reports filed Thursday show Putnam...
10 years later: Community honors fallen deputy from Wellington

10 years later: Community honors fallen deputy from Wellington

Sean Reyka thinks about his late father every day, but the memories were flooding back even harder than usual on Thursday. A decade has passed since Wellington resident and Broward County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Reyka was killed outside a Walgreens in Pompano Beach. Reyka, 51, had spotted the tags of a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the store when he was ambushed and shot five times...
Identity of Dalia Dippolito’s baby’s father revealed during hearing

Identity of Dalia Dippolito’s baby’s father revealed during hearing

It will be another several days at least before Dalia Dippolito will find out whether a Palm Beach County judge will allow her to return home on house arrest or force her to go to prison as she pursues a second round of appeals in her murder solicitation case. Lawyers for Dippolito on Thursday made their last pitch for her freedom to Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley in a hearing that brought with it the...

POINT OF VIEW: 1,900-foot rule canker rule based on science

Within the past few months, two separate articles appeared in The Palm Beach Post concerning aspects of the now-discontinued citrus canker-eradication program. This topic has been of considerable interest to many southern Florida residents. The Post is to be commended for its decisions to cover this important disease affecting our signature commercial agricultural industry and widely grown dooryard...
Florida issues license to 12th medical marijuana firm

Florida issues license to 12th medical marijuana firm

A longtime Jacksonville nursery has received approval for a coveted medical-marijuana license, as state health officials continue carrying out a new law that resolved key issues about the rapidly emerging cannabis industry. Loop’s Nursery & Greenhouses Inc. and the Florida Department of Health have reached a settlement to end a legal dispute about the license, according to documents posted Thursday...
Donald Trump on FBI raid of Palm Beach Gardens resident Paul Manafort

Donald Trump on FBI raid of Palm Beach Gardens resident Paul Manafort

Palm Beach Gardens resident Paul Manafort at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) President Donald Trump said today that a pre-dawn FBI raid on the Northern Virginia home of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was “a very, very strong signal, or whatever.” Trump also said he hasn’t spoken...
Delray Beach doctor gets probation in pill mill racketeering case

Delray Beach doctor gets probation in pill mill racketeering case

A 71-year-old suburban Delray Beach doctor who authorities say was involved in a prescription drug trafficking ring has been sentenced to two years of house arrest and an additional three years’ probation. Sherri Pinsley pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single charge of sale or transfer of prescription drugs to an unauthorized person. Her Coral Gables attorney, Brian Bieber, said Wednesday that...
Another Rick Scott business recruiting trip, but you won’t believe where

Another Rick Scott business recruiting trip, but you won’t believe where

Florida Gov. and frequent business visitor Rick Scott usually confines his out-of-state recruiting trips to places with Democratic governors. Florida Gov. Rick Scott often looks beyond his state’s borders to try to attract businesses to the Sunshine State. So his five “business development meetings” in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday...
Melgen sentencing delayed; trouble for Sen. Menendez in N.J. case?

Melgen sentencing delayed; trouble for Sen. Menendez in N.J. case?

A sentencing hearing where Dr. Salomon Melgen faced a possible sentence of 30 years to life in prison was suddenly postponed Thursday, raising speculation that the disgraced Palm Beach County retinal specialist may be cooperating with federal prosecutors in a New Jersey corruption case against his longtime friend, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. Melgen was scheduled to be sentenced today on 67 charges...
Democrats inject Donald Trump into two Florida races

Democrats inject Donald Trump into two Florida races

Democrats are running TV ads in St. Petersburg and Miami linking Republicans to President Donald Trump. Democrats who hoped nationally watched special congressional elections in Kansas, Montana and Georgia would deliver rebukes of President Donald Trump came away disappointed. Now two races in Florida — a nonpartisan mayoral election...
NEW: Is South Florida safe from North Korea nuclear missile strike?

NEW: Is South Florida safe from North Korea nuclear missile strike?

At least South Florida seems safe. Amid the bellicose threats this week from President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, scientists are trying to figure out the unthinkable: how far could a North Korean Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) travel? All their estimations leave Florida out of range, although that might be cold comfort in the event of a nuclear strike on...
Putnam, Latvala square off in crucial GOP food primary

Putnam, Latvala square off in crucial GOP food primary

Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala (left) and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are sponsoring food events at this weekend’s Republican Part of Florida quarterly meeting. Florida state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater , is not a declared candidate for governor, but he’ll be paying for food like one at the Republican Party of...
Trump friend Roger Stone blasts Robert Mueller for Russia probe

Trump friend Roger Stone blasts Robert Mueller for Russia probe

Nixon admirer Roger Stone at a Watergate discussion at Florida Atlantic University in 2014. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Roger Stone, the longtime friend and adviser to President Donald Trump, tells The Palm Beach Post that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should resign or be fired. Fort Lauderdale resident Stone weighed in on Mueller after...
FBI raid target Paul Manafort is Palm Beach Gardens resident

FBI raid target Paul Manafort is Palm Beach Gardens resident

Paul Manafort, the former Donald Trump campaign chairman whose Northern Virgnia home was recently raided by the FBI, lists Palm Beach Gardens as his primary residence and has been voting in Palm Beach County since 2012. The FBI executed a search warrant at Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Va., before dawn on July 26 and took away documents as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation...
Trump probe: FBI raided Virginia home of Palm Beach Gardens resident

Trump probe: FBI raided Virginia home of Palm Beach Gardens resident

Palm Beach Gardens resident Paul Manafort at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) FBI agents conducted a pre-dawn raid last month of the Northern Virginia home of former Donald Trump campaign chairman and Palm Beach Gardens resident  Paul Manafort as part of Special Counsel Robert...
Palm Beach County firefighters sue siren-maker over hearing loss

Palm Beach County firefighters sue siren-maker over hearing loss

Nearly two dozen Palm Beach County firefighters are suing a publicly-traded company claiming sirens it produces for emergency vehicles robbed them of their hearing. In the lawsuit filed this week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, current and former firefighters for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the West Palm Beach and Boca Raton fire departments say Federal Signal Corp. should have warned them...
What is the program Tiger Woods is entering for first-time DUI offenders?

What is the program Tiger Woods is entering for first-time DUI offenders?

On the Tiger Woods’ case, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said Wednesday he couldn’t discuss pending cases, but he did release information about his office’s First Time DUI Offender Program. HOW IT WORKSIf first time DUI offender meets conditions of entering the program, he or she is required to plead guilty at arraignment to reckless driving. The defendant...
Tiger Woods likely to enter DUI program that could leave record clear

Tiger Woods likely to enter DUI program that could leave record clear

In a move that signals a desire to end his DUI case with as little fanfare as possible, golfing great Tiger Woods through his attorney on Wednesday took his first steps toward entering a 12-month program for first-time offenders. Woods’ attorney, Douglas Duncan, and Palm Beach County Chief Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis agreed to postpone Wednesday’s arraignment hearing, where...
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