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UPDATE: False killer whales stranded in Everglades National Park

UPDATE: False killer whales stranded in Everglades National Park

Wildlife officials reported they were unable to save dozens of false killer whales reported found stranded over the weekend. NOAA Fisheries said a total of 95 whales were spotted in distress in a remote location near Hog Key, an island on the western boundary of Everglades National Park, by a bystander on Saturday. She said a rescue team was able to reach the whales on Sunday, but were not able to...
Widow of Pulse nightclub attacker Mateen arrested

Widow of Pulse nightclub attacker Mateen arrested

The widow of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen has been arrested in California on charges of obstruction of justice and providing material support to a terrorist organization - seven months after her husband gunned down 49 people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. According to the U.S. Attorney for Middle Florida, Noor Salman, will make her initial appearance in a federal courtroom in...
All Aboard’s Brightline train to begin tests on tracks this week

All Aboard’s Brightline train to begin tests on tracks this week

All Aboard Florida’s Brightline rail service will start testing its first passenger train this week along a 9-mile stretch of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks that runs from West Palm Beach to Lantana. But a planned quiet zone to silence train horns along the route will not be in place before the company begins testing the 489-foot-long train and its on-board systems, Brightline officials...
Rick Scott, party host, says Trump presidency ‘a new opportunity for Florida’

Rick Scott, party host, says Trump presidency ‘a new opportunity for Florida’

Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York in November and posted this selfie on his Twitter account.
Florida Dems pick new chairman; GOP makes Palm Beach County’s Barnett state vice chair

Florida Dems pick new chairman; GOP makes Palm Beach County’s Barnett state vice chair

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia, left, with Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Michael Barnett in Tallahassee in December.
Rick Scott: Trump inaugural a ‘new opportunity for Florida’

Rick Scott: Trump inaugural a ‘new opportunity for Florida’

As part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump prepares to be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president on Friday, Gov. Rick Scott and other top Florida Republicans are heading to Washington, D.C., for days of celebration. Scott is hosting a “Florida Sunshine Ball” on Wednesday night and a watch party at a restaurant along the inaugural parade route on Friday. The governor’s wife, Ann...
Despite pill mill arrest, doctor free to get into drug rehab business

Despite pill mill arrest, doctor free to get into drug rehab business

When investigators with the Florida Department of Health and Broward County Sheriff’s Office descended on a Pompano Beach pain clinic in 2012 to search for evidence of crime, Dr. Donald Willems was ready to talk. The osteopathic physician admitted to signing blank prescriptions for powerful painkillers such as oxycodone. He admitted to letting a clinic manager fill them out, for patients he...
While U.S. traffic deaths rise, is Palm Beach County on decline?

While U.S. traffic deaths rise, is Palm Beach County on decline?

It appears a deadly trend on U.S. roads is continuing — but it may not extend to Palm Beach County. Traffic deaths rose nationwide in the first nine months of 2016, after an already historic rise the year before, according to early estimates released Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, early estimates indicate fatalities may actually be down for Palm Beach...

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, got his wish with an assignment to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Freshman U.
Should it be illegal for teens to text and drive? Lawmaker says yes

Should it be illegal for teens to text and drive? Lawmaker says yes

New state Rep. Emily Slosberg takes teen driver safety personally. Her sister, Dori, was 14 years old when she was killed in a horrific crash in 1996 that took the lives of four other people and injured seven others — including Emily. Every person involved in the crash was a teenager. The wreck spurred their father, Irv Slosberg, to spend 12 years in the state Legislature and start the Dori...
With rail crossing deaths on the rise, feds launch safety campaign

With rail crossing deaths on the rise, feds launch safety campaign

About every three hours, a train hits a person or car in the U.S. That’s a number the U.S. Department of Transportation hopes to reduce with a new ad campaign in several states, including Florida, called “Stop! Trains Can’t.” Why Florida? It’s one of the top states for rail crossing incidents and deaths, the DOT said. “The message is simple: Ignoring railroad...
Express lanes, motorcycle helmets among bills filed in Florida

Express lanes, motorcycle helmets among bills filed in Florida

It could be a busy legislative session for transportation issues in Florida. Already, several bills have been filed addressing controversial topics ahead of the session’s March 7 opening. Here’s a quick look at a few you’ll hear about in the coming weeks. Express lanes A bill proposed in the Florida Senate would prevent the creation of more express lanes on the state’s highways...
Trump offers morning tweets on Cabinet, ‘fake news,’ Hillary Clinton, Obamacare

Trump offers morning tweets on Cabinet, ‘fake news,’ Hillary Clinton, Obamacare

President-elect Donald Trump speaks Wednesday at a news conference at Trump Tower as family members and Vice President-elect Mike Pence look on.
EXCLUSIVE: Ice rink banned skater for Iraqi heritage, suit says

EXCLUSIVE: Ice rink banned skater for Iraqi heritage, suit says

The Olympic dream of a Broward County ice skater has turned into an ugly dispute that has spawned a discrimination and defamation lawsuit against the West Palm Beach skating rink where she once practiced. Angela Aldahwi, a dual citizen of both the United States and Iraq, has filed suit against Palm Beach Ice Works in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, alleging that her daughter, Hyaat Aldahwi, was barred...
Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 7 DAYS The first series of U.S. Senate confirmation hearings on President Trump’s nominees have concluded.

POINT OF VIEW Why wasn’t gunman in treatment, not allowed to have gun?

The Palm Beach Post article, “Sheriff decries access of mentally ill to guns” (Monday) describes a young man, Esteban Santiago, who spent nine years in the military, received 11 medals and at one time, was deployed to Iraq. After nine years, he was discharged for “unsatisfactory performance.” In November, he was apparently so mentally ill he walked into an FBI office rambling...
Who’ll win Destiny trial: Subway founder’s estate or Delray developer?

Who’ll win Destiny trial: Subway founder’s estate or Delray developer?

In a multi-million-dollar trial that began Thursday, Delray Beach developer Anthony Pugliese made it clear he isn’t running from the fact that he was prosecuted and jailed for creating phony invoices to steal millions from his onetime real estate partner, turned nemesis, the late Subway founder Fred DeLuca. “Yes, he did create the invoices. He’s not proud of it. He paid the price...

POINT OF VIEW Collaboration key to success for Loxahatchee

Newton E. Cook’s Dec. 16 Point of View on Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge claimed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) was to blame for the proliferation of invasive climbing fern on refuge lands. But Cook’s letter doesn’t tell the whole story. Climbing ferns and other invasives thrive in nutrient-rich water. While the Everglades is supposed to be a low-nutrient, wetland...
Bill would ban unrestrained dogs in pickup truck beds

Bill would ban unrestrained dogs in pickup truck beds

A new bill proposed in Florida could change how some people travel with their pets. The measure, SB 320, would make it illegal for most motorists to keep a dog in the bed of a pickup truck or open area of a trailer unless that dog is restrained, either in a kennel or with a tether.
Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 8 DAYS LATEST NEWS Confirmation hearings continue today.
School board fires 2 teachers accused of dropping hints on state test

School board fires 2 teachers accused of dropping hints on state test

Two Palm Beach County elementary school teachers were fired in an unanimous vote by the school board Wednesday after investigators concluded they dropped hints, tipping students to the right answers on the third grade state math exam last spring. The incidents were unrelated — happening on the same test, but at different schools. Maria Marrero Rios at Melaleuca Elementary in West Palm...
Donald Trump blasts ‘disgraceful’ Russia claim; cedes control – not ownership – of business

Donald Trump blasts ‘disgraceful’ Russia claim; cedes control – not ownership – of business

President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at Trump Tower as family members and Vice President-elect Mike Pence look on.
BREAKING: Port St. Lucie woman claims $1 million Florida lottery prize

BREAKING: Port St. Lucie woman claims $1 million Florida lottery prize

A 59-year-old Port St. Lucie woman claimed $1 million in winnings from a Florida Lottery scratch-off game Wednesday. » Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News Sharon Porto bought her ticket to the Monopoly Florida Edition scratch-off game at the Murphy USA gas station at St. Lucie West and California boulevards just east of Interstate 95. She claimed her winnings as a one-time...
Did FBI do all it could to stop airport gunman? Ex-agent says no

Did FBI do all it could to stop airport gunman? Ex-agent says no

The FBI said Esteban Santiago broke no laws when he drove to its Anchorage, Alaska, field office with his infant son and his semi-automatic handgun in tow, complaining of terrorist thoughts andhis mind being controlled by the CIA. The FBI called Anchorage police, reporting a mental-health crisis. Officers took the Iraq War veteran for an involuntary mental-health evaluation because of his &ldquo...
U.S. marshals seize PBSO deputy’s property to pay shooting victim

U.S. marshals seize PBSO deputy’s property to pay shooting victim

Staff writer Lawrence Mower contributed to this story. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Sgt. Adams Lin watched helplessly on Saturday as federal marshals seized his personal belongings — including his car, clothes, television and furniture — to help pay the expenses of a 23-year-old West Palm Beach man he shot, paralyzing him for life. Attorney Jack Scarola, who won a $22.4...
Priest sues diocese, claiming it punished him for reporting sex abuse

Priest sues diocese, claiming it punished him for reporting sex abuse

A former priest at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on Wednesday sued the Diocese of Palm Beach, claiming it punished him for exposing a pedophile priest rather than covering it up as they wanted. The lawsuit, filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, accuses the diocese and Bishop Gerald Barbarito of defaming the Rev. John Gallagher. The 49-year-old priest pointed to a statement posted last year...
JUST IN: Stuart woman claims $1 million Florida Lottery prize

JUST IN: Stuart woman claims $1 million Florida Lottery prize

A 69-year-old Stuart woman claimed a $1 million prize in the Florida Lottery’s Fortune Scratch-Off game Wednesday. » Download our PostNOW app to get the latest Breaking News Marie Wiley chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $792,000.00. She purchased her winning ticket from the Publix Super Market at Kanner Highway and Salerno Road. The $25 game, launched in...
NEW: Sixth person injured in Fort Lauderdale shooting out of hospital

NEW: Sixth person injured in Fort Lauderdale shooting out of hospital

A sixth person injured in Friday’s shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport incident was released Wednesday morning from Broward Health Medical Center. Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting: Latest news, photos, video Five people were killed in the fatal shootings at Terminal 2 of the airport. The gunman, Esteban Santiago, is being held without bond and could face the death penalty...
Women significantly under-represented in county workforce, report says

Women significantly under-represented in county workforce, report says

The person at the top of Palm Beach County’s organizational chart is a woman. So are two of the five deputy and assistant county administrators who work under her. But women are significantly under-represented in the county’s overall workforce, according to a report commissioners reviewed Tuesday. The report, compiled to identify areas where the county needs to adjust its staffing...
Today: Donald Trump holds news conference, blasts new Russia claim

Today: Donald Trump holds news conference, blasts new Russia claim

Donald Trump, shown here at a March news conference in Jupiter, meets the press in New York today for his first news conference since July.
Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 9 DAYS LATEST NEWS President-elect Trump is scheduled to host a news conference at 11 a.
BREAKING: PBSO settles excessive force suit by Customs officer for $125,000

BREAKING: PBSO settles excessive force suit by Customs officer for $125,000

As a 38-year lawman, Luis Rodriguez says he’s convinced Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies acted like a “uniformed gang,” not police officers, when his family, fearing he was suicidal, called for help in 2009. The deputies opened fire, then turned one of their dogs on him, he said. “Instead of coming out and helping me, they declared war,” he said of...
Florida is the most dangerous state for pedestrians

Florida is the most dangerous state for pedestrians

If your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, a new report may prompt you to consider hitting a treadmill instead of walking or jogging along a local street. Pedestrians in Florida are more likely to be struck by vehicles than elsewhere in the U.S., according to the report from Smart Growth America, a national group that advocates for smart development. Called “Dangerous by Design...
Crashes go up at red-light camera intersections, Florida report says

Crashes go up at red-light camera intersections, Florida report says

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report. If you’ve been rear-ended at an intersection where there is a red-light camera deployed, you’re not alone. Rear-end crashes — and crashes overall — increase at intersections where red-light cameras are installed, according to a recent report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The state looked...
UPDATE: Injured person released after Fort Lauderdale shooting

UPDATE: Injured person released after Fort Lauderdale shooting

Another person injured in the fatal shootings Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was released from Broward Health Medical Center on Tuesday morning, the hospital said. Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting: Latest news, photos, video A total of four patients remain hospitalized, three of whom were gunshot victims. Of these four patients, two patients remain hospitalized in good condition...
Palm Beach County considers moratorium on medical marijuana centers

Palm Beach County considers moratorium on medical marijuana centers

Voters in Palm Beach County and across the state overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment allowing the use of medical marijuana, but the county is considering a one-year moratorium on dispensaries and treatment centers in its unincorporated areas. Commissioners last week voted unanimously in favor of holding a public hearing Jan. 26 to give interested parties a chance to sound off on the...
Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 10 DAYS LATEST NEWS Confirmation hearings on President-elect Trump’s Cabinet nominations begin today.
Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: Shoes, strollers, keys, await owners

Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: Shoes, strollers, keys, await owners

Strollers. Bags. Purses. Shoes. Toys. Glasses. Car Keys. Thousands of items sitting in an aviation hangar. Items separated from people who dropped everything as they ran for their lives. They — more than 20,000 items in all — are just part of the residue from the act of one man stepping out of a restroom at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with a pistol. On the...
Trying to stay fit? Living in these cities may help

Trying to stay fit? Living in these cities may help

Admit it: You've already broken your New Year's resolution to lose weight and get in better shape. But if you're one of the few who may still be on track to achieve that goal, you probably have a much better chance in a handful of U.S. cities cited by WalletHub as the most advantageous for maintaining an active lifestyle. Related: How to meet your fitness goals on a budget Two Florida cities...
Cellmate: Mom killed 3-year-old because he was 'soul of Hitler'

Cellmate: Mom killed 3-year-old because he was 'soul of Hitler'

A woman accused of killing her 3-year-old son and dumping his body behind her Florida Panhandle home has no remorse because she believed the boy "was the soul of Hitler," according to a fomer cellmate. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Egypt Moneek Robinson, 28. The next hearing in her case is scheduled for February, WKMG reports. The body of Aries Juan Acevado was found...

POINT OF VIEW A little horse manure goes a long way

Rather than dumping and spreading this waste, recycling is a much better option. The equestrian season is once again upon us. This a fantastic industry that provides many jobs, financial gains for Palm Beach County and tremendous entertainment for observers, such as myself. However, it also comes with a huge environmental burden — hundreds of thousands of tons of nitrogen and phosphorus-laden...
Cerabino: Sanity, insanity and tallying the toll of mass shootings

Cerabino: Sanity, insanity and tallying the toll of mass shootings

As lawmakers seek out a legislative lesson to the mass shooting at a baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, it’s instructive to put this shooting in its proper historical context. The shooter, Esteban Santiago, legally purchased the 9 mm handgun he used to kill five people and wound six others in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area early Friday afternoon. That doesn&rsquo...
It’s settled; Challenge dropped; Bobby Powell is senator from West Palm

It’s settled; Challenge dropped; Bobby Powell is senator from West Palm

State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, no longer faces a challenge to his election after his Republican foe withdrew his contest of the race and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, dissolved a committee to review the matter. Powell defeated businessman Ron Berman with 54.1 percent of the vote in the Nov. 8 election for the northern Palm Beach County District 30 seat. But Berman filed...
PB County hopeful it will get federal money for Trump security

PB County hopeful it will get federal money for Trump security

Palm Beach County is optimistic it will get some of $7 million in available federal reimbursement for what it spent on extra security for recent visits by President-elect Donald Trump to his Mar-a-lago compound in Palm Beach. At least it will know pretty quickly, one way or the other. “The good news is it should be a fairly expedited process from application to award,&rdquo...

Rick Scott to Congress: Obamacare must be ‘completely overhauled’

Gov. Rick Scott during a 2014 re-election campaign visit to Boca Raton. Florida Gov. and potential 2018 U.
Security tight as airport shooting suspect ordered held without bail

Security tight as airport shooting suspect ordered held without bail

Wearing a red jailhouse jumpsuit that signified he is considered high risk, Esteban Santiago Ruiz glanced furtively at those who packed a federal courtroom Monday as he made his first public appearance since being arrested Friday for killing five people and injuring six others in a shooting rampage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. After he told U.S. Magistrate Alicia Valle he had...
Challenge to state Sen. Bobby Powell’s election is over

Challenge to state Sen. Bobby Powell’s election is over

  State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-Riviera Beach A Florida Senate committee appointed to review a challenge to West Palm Beach Democratic state Sen.
NEW: Scanner traffic shows how airport situation unfolded

NEW: Scanner traffic shows how airport situation unfolded

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: According to radio traffic between officers, law enforcement personnel moved quickly to get the airport shooting situation under control, according to a report by KHOU. An officer first reported the shooting — which resulted in five deaths and six injuries — at 12:55 p.m. at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to KHOU. UPDATE, noon: The family...
Donald Trump rips ‘overrated…Hillary flunky’ Meryl Streep after Golden Globes speech

Donald Trump rips ‘overrated…Hillary flunky’ Meryl Streep after Golden Globes speech

Meryl Streep criticized President-elect Donald Trump for his November 2015 mockery of a reporter with a disability.
UPDATE: Manhunt in fatal Orlando police shooting continues into night

UPDATE: Manhunt in fatal Orlando police shooting continues into night

UPDATE, 11 p.m.: A massive manhunt is ongoing for the "armed and dangerous" man accused of shooting and killing an Orlando police master sergeant, WFTV reports.   Debra Clayton, 42, died Monday morning at Orlando Regional Medical Center after Markeith Loyd shot her three times, police said. "We’re not going anywhere," Orlando police Chief John Mina said. "We're...
Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 11 DAYS LATEST NEWS President-elect Trump is firing back hard at actress Meryl Streep, who ripped him in accepting a  lifetime Golden Globe achievement award.
Broward sheriff: Why was mentally ill man given firearm back?

Broward sheriff: Why was mentally ill man given firearm back?

The chilling ease of the shooter in a published video, reaching into his waistband for a gun as casually as other travelers chatted on cellphones or walked with children near baggage claim, was not all that troubled a top South Florida law enforcement official Sunday. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel questioned how access to a gun could be as convenient as retrieving it from his luggage at...
Airport shooter earned nearly a dozen military medals

Airport shooter earned nearly a dozen military medals

The 26-year-old man authorities have identified as the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooter earned 11 medals, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, during his nearly nine years with the U.S. military, U.S. Army officials confirmed with The Post Sunday morning. Esteban Santiago, who military records show also went by Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, served in the U.S. military from December 2007...
Broward sheriff: Those with mental illnesses shouldn’t have guns

Broward sheriff: Those with mental illnesses shouldn’t have guns

In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel today called for tighter measures to ensure people with mental health issues don’t have access to guns. “People who are suffering from mental illness should not be allowed to purchase or have firearms at any time,” Israel said on WPLG Local 10’s current affairs show, &ldquo...
Editorial: A rush to smash Obamacare, without thinking of the wreckage

Editorial: A rush to smash Obamacare, without thinking of the wreckage

Long-frustrated Republicans in Congress are on the verge of achieving their most cherished goal: depriving Barack Obama of the signature achievement of his presidency. How else to describe their breathless zeal to repeal the Affordable Care Act — with no credible replacement in sight, despite relentlessly attacking it for seven years? How else to explain their willingness to risk the health...
UPDATE: Broward officials investigating leaked footage from shooting 

UPDATE: Broward officials investigating leaked footage from shooting 

UPDATE, 6:20 p.m.: Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said that the Broward Sheriff’s Office and security with the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are investigating who leaked a video showing the airport shooting on Friday, according to the Associated Press. The recording, posted to TMZ, a site known best for celebrity gossip, shows a man walking through the airport&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering

Last summer, Florida’s incoming Senate President Joe Negron stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse. The whole idea of fixing the South Florida water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall apart. The sugar industry didn’t want to sell land for a key component that would move clean water south...
Gallery: Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting 01-7-17

Gallery: Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting 01-7-17

NEW: Deputies confronted airport shooter within 70-80 seconds

NEW: Deputies confronted airport shooter within 70-80 seconds

The gunman who shot and killed five people and injured six others at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday was confronted by Broward County sheriff’s deputies within 70 to 80 seconds of his attack, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said in a news conference. The gunman, identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, was not on a no-fly list, said FBI Special Agent in...