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Wayne Washington

Wayne Washington is the Palm Beach County government reporter for The Palm Beach Post. He is a veteran reporter of 25 years who recently worked for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, where he covered state education policy. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Wayne also has worked for The State in Columbia, S.C., Boston Globe, St. Pete Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.

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Abrams blows up at Burdick as board OKs move to diversity contracting
 Lava-like tensions that had been bubbling beneath the surface of Palm Beach County’s debate about a controversial disparity study erupted Tuesday when Commissioner Steven Abrams tore into a colleague he said had accused him of racism. Later, in a series of votes, commissioners ultimately decided to accept the findings of that study...

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Lava-like tensions that had been bubbling beneath the surface of Palm Beach County’s debate about a controversial disparity study erupted Tuesday when Commissioner Steven Abrams tore into a colleague he said had accused him of racism. Later, in a series of votes, commissioners ultimately decided to accept the findings of that study...
Astros’ World Series trophy visits today’s county commission meeting
 As the first Palm Beach County Commission meeting of the year got underway Tuesday, a crowd of people gathered in one spot in front of the dais. Cell phone cameras flashed. People crowded around, waiting for their turn to take pictures. RELATED: Where baseball goes beyond and inspires: Tryouts for team of amputees The public wasn’t...

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As the first Palm Beach County Commission meeting of the year got underway Tuesday, a crowd of people gathered in one spot in front of the dais. Cell phone cameras flashed. People crowded around, waiting for their turn to take pictures. RELATED: Where baseball goes beyond and inspires: Tryouts for team of amputees The public wasn’t...
Interim fire chief out to calm department facing harassment suits
 Nearly three decades ago, when Michael Mackey of Miami was looking to begin his career as a firefighter, his father suggested he consider Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Mackey knew other municipal departments could offer better pay — as much as $10,000 per year more. But Mackey’s father, an engineer with the city of Miami...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Nearly three decades ago, when Michael Mackey of Miami was looking to begin his career as a firefighter, his father suggested he consider Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Mackey knew other municipal departments could offer better pay — as much as $10,000 per year more. But Mackey’s father, an engineer with the city of Miami...
Former PBC Fire Rescue chief Collins says he wants his job back
 Former Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeffrey Collins, who resigned in the aftermath of sexual harassment and retaliation complaints that have rocked the department, said Friday he wants his job back. During a 22-minute press conference at the law offices of his attorneys in Boca Raton, Collins, a 21-year veteran of the department, said...

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Former Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeffrey Collins, who resigned in the aftermath of sexual harassment and retaliation complaints that have rocked the department, said Friday he wants his job back. During a 22-minute press conference at the law offices of his attorneys in Boca Raton, Collins, a 21-year veteran of the department, said...
Baer pictured on Time cover with other female office-seekers
 Lauren Baer Attorney Lauren Baer, challenging U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, in Florida’s District 18 congressional race, is 
            pictured on this month’s issue of Time magazine with other women running for Congress. The magazine shows pictures of the women on the cover promoting a piece called “The Avengers...

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Lauren Baer Attorney Lauren Baer, challenging U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, in Florida’s District 18 congressional race, is pictured on this month’s issue of Time magazine with other women running for Congress. The magazine shows pictures of the women on the cover promoting a piece called “The Avengers...
Baker makes clear her interim pick, not Collins, leads Fire Rescue
 Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker made it clear Wednesday that interim Fire Rescue Chief Michael Mackey — not former chief Jeffrey Collins — leads the department now in the wake of sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuits filed by several employees. Collins resigned on Friday, but he rescinded that resignation on...

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Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker made it clear Wednesday that interim Fire Rescue Chief Michael Mackey — not former chief Jeffrey Collins — leads the department now in the wake of sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuits filed by several employees. Collins resigned on Friday, but he rescinded that resignation on...
Palm Beach County ‘on fire’ in economy, housing, Baker says
 The economy — and the housing market — are “on fire” in Palm Beach County, Administrator Verdenia Baker said in her annual ‘State of the County’ address at the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Wednesday morning. “No one wants to go to a location where nothing’s happening...

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The economy — and the housing market — are “on fire” in Palm Beach County, Administrator Verdenia Baker said in her annual ‘State of the County’ address at the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Wednesday morning. “No one wants to go to a location where nothing’s happening...
Letter from female firefighters urged chief’s firing before he resigned
 All sides in what is now a mushrooming scandal of alleged sexual harassment, retaliation and cover-up within Palm Beach County Fire Rescue were girding Tuesday for what could become a bitter legal battle after Chief Jeffrey Collins rescinded the resignation his lawyer said he was forced to offer last week. The resignation, the rescinding...

Posted: 7 days ago

All sides in what is now a mushrooming scandal of alleged sexual harassment, retaliation and cover-up within Palm Beach County Fire Rescue were girding Tuesday for what could become a bitter legal battle after Chief Jeffrey Collins rescinded the resignation his lawyer said he was forced to offer last week. The resignation, the rescinding...
Baer, Mast raise big bucks in close-watched Florida congressional race
 Attorney Lauren Baer has now raised $575,000 in her bid to defeat U.S. Rep. Brian Mast in what will be one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the country this year. Mast, R-Palm City, has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, a factor Democrats hope will weaken him with voters in District 18, which includes northern...

Posted: 11 days ago

Attorney Lauren Baer has now raised $575,000 in her bid to defeat U.S. Rep. Brian Mast in what will be one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the country this year. Mast, R-Palm City, has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, a factor Democrats hope will weaken him with voters in District 18, which includes northern...
Slosberg rips PBC legislative affairs director over driver’s ed funding
 State Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, issued a sharply worded statement Sunday criticizing a Palm Beach County staff member she says backed legislation that would have dramatically reduced funding for driver’s education programs. The criticism was unusual in targeting a staff member who typically works at the direction of the county...

Posted: 15 days ago

State Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, issued a sharply worded statement Sunday criticizing a Palm Beach County staff member she says backed legislation that would have dramatically reduced funding for driver’s education programs. The criticism was unusual in targeting a staff member who typically works at the direction of the county...
Trump in Palm Beach: President tweets on Iran’s ‘oppressive regime’
 Update 2:45 p,.m.: Trump’s motorcade has departed from Trump International Golf Club and is heading back to Mar-a-Lago. The president had the motorcade slow down as it traveled on Southern Boulevard so he could wave at supporters waving flags and holding up signs.   He is not expected to leave Mar-a-Lago for the rest...

Posted: 24 days ago

Update 2:45 p,.m.: Trump’s motorcade has departed from Trump International Golf Club and is heading back to Mar-a-Lago. The president had the motorcade slow down as it traveled on Southern Boulevard so he could wave at supporters waving flags and holding up signs.   He is not expected to leave Mar-a-Lago for the rest...