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UPDATE: One of three hurt Thursday in Acreage crash has died

One of three people hurt Thursday morning in a crash in The Acreage has died, authorities said Monday. Alford Scardina, 34, died Friday, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s update said. About 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Thomas Cifrodella, 36, was headed southbound on Avocado Boulevard in a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt with passenger Angel Digiovanni, 29, when he “entered the intersection through...
Still no bond for woman police say drove SUV into Palm Springs store

Still no bond for woman police say drove SUV into Palm Springs store

There’s still no bond for a Wellington woman police say drove her SUV into a T-Mobile store in Palm Springs. Shinobia Montoria Wright, 26, was to appear Monday before Palm Beach County Judge Paul A. Damico. But authorities said she still was hospitalized.  Charges against Wright include aggravated battery, battery, burglary, criminal mischief over $1,000 and reckless driving. Wright...
Man held in Pennsylvania in fatal Palm Beach County hit and run

Man held in Pennsylvania in fatal Palm Beach County hit and run

Whoever knocked the life out of Chauncey Jevon Williams, as the 38-year-old tried to cross Okeechobee Boulevard on Labor Day weekend, didn’t stop to help, or even see what he’d hit, investigators said. Now, authorities say they’ve tracked down the suspected killer to a Pennsylvania jail. Zane Nathan Smith, 42, is being held without bail in Easton, Pa., on the New Jersey line about...
Before the swearing-in, a lengthy dress rehearsal

Before the swearing-in, a lengthy dress rehearsal

For a brief moment on Sunday morning, a 53-year-old man named Greg stood on the balcony of the U.S. Capitol, being sworn in as president of the United States of America. Greg's only qualification? He's the same height as Donald Trump (aka the real president-elect). Greg — Sgt. Major Greg Lowery, that is, a performer in the U.S. Army Band — joined a cast of dozens who recreated the presidential...
Republican states still face big health care costs as Obamacare is unwound

Republican states still face big health care costs as Obamacare is unwound

States that fought and shunned the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, hoping to avoid the cost of covering millions of working-poor families, will be left with substantial growth in the program even after the Republican-led Congress unwinds the law. From Florida and Texas to Georgia and North Carolina, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program has soared since the passage...
A Camden address with a link to Martin Luther King Jr.

A Camden address with a link to Martin Luther King Jr.

Jeanette Lilly Hunt was 18 when her father-in-law rented a room in his Camden, New Jersey, home to two students who were studying across the Delaware River at the Crozer Theological Seminary. Hunt, who is now 85, said she did not pay much attention to either student until her father-in-law, Benjamin Hunt, and Ulysses Wiggins, president of the Camden County branch of the NAACP, helped the students...
Republican states face big health care costs as Obamacare is unwound

Republican states face big health care costs as Obamacare is unwound

States that fought and shunned the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, hoping to avoid the cost of covering millions of working-poor families, will be left with substantial growth in the program even after the Republican-led Congress unwinds the law. From Florida and Texas to Georgia and North Carolina, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program has soared since the passage...
One hand on light switch, Obama isn’t flipping to ‘off’ just yet

One hand on light switch, Obama isn’t flipping to ‘off’ just yet

Just days before Donald Trump raises his hand to take the oath of office, police departments in Chicago and Baltimore have agreed to federal overhauls, Cubans no longer have an easy route to residency in the United States, and new civil rights monuments in Alabama and South Carolina are on the books. Still in the works as the seconds tick by for President Barack Obama: a negotiated release of U.S...
Trump revives Clinton's idea about kicking media out of White House

Trump revives Clinton's idea about kicking media out of White House

Twenty-four years ago, newly minted first lady Hillary Clinton wanted to boot journalists out of the White House. Reporters threw a fit, and the Bill Clinton administration abandoned the idea. It even gave up on a less-extreme plan of walling off a door connecting the media workroom to the rest of the West Wing. Now, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is talking about doing what the woman...
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.
Trump still says he'll make Mexico pay for his border wall, but can he?

Trump still says he'll make Mexico pay for his border wall, but can he?

It's by now a predictable pattern. Every few days, President-elect Donald Trump repeats his threat to build a massive border wall — and force Mexico to pay for it. And each time, Mexican leaders respond the same way. "Neither today, nor tomorrow nor never Mexico will pay for that stupid wall. If Trump wants a monument to his ego, let him pay for it!!" former Mexican President Vicente...
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.
In Iowa, Trump voters are unfazed by controversies

In Iowa, Trump voters are unfazed by controversies

The Table of Knowledge was delving into President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to upend government, and marveling at how he had forced his fellow Republicans in the House to reverse themselves on gutting the Office of Congressional Ethics. “He’s getting responses; things are happening,” Jerry Retzlaff, a retiree, said. “He got Congress to turn themselves around with one...
Palm Beach County Attorney: lifeguards package must go back to talks

Palm Beach County Attorney: lifeguards package must go back to talks

A Palm Beach County Commission package of improved pay and benefits for lifeguards, which failed Tuesday in a 3-3 tie, won’t come back to the commission, at least not right away, County Attorney Denise Nieman has told commissioners. State law, Nieman wrote Friday, requires that the issue go back to County Administrator Verdenia Baker for a new round of bargaining. “To be clear, this item...

A Palm Beach County Commission package of improved pay and benefits for lifeguards, which failed Tuesday in a 3-3 tie, won’t come back to the commission, at least not right away, County Attorney Denise Nieman has told commissioners. Because the commission was voting on a collective bargaining agreement, it can’t just bring the issue back at its next meeting, Nieman said Friday in an email...
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.
Barricades won't solve new challenges at the Southwest border

Barricades won't solve new challenges at the Southwest border

The surge of people from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean who have been trekking in ever-greater numbers across the Americas in hopes of reaching the United States presents the new U.S. administration with a conundrum. Most of them arrive without identification or travel documents, and U.S. security officials worry that global terrorist networks could use the illicit flows as cover to smuggle operatives...
US, Mexico business leaders: Trade good for both countries

US, Mexico business leaders: Trade good for both countries

Mexican and U.S. business leaders are quietly strengthening coalitions from America’s heartland to North Texas to persuade a skeptical Donald J. Trump to maintain strong ties between the two countries. The president-elect has sent ambiguous signals over future and past trade deals and building a wall, or perhaps just a fence along the border with Mexico. The plan is to make the case that Mexico...
58 percent of Americans think Trump decisions will be too 'impulsive'

58 percent of Americans think Trump decisions will be too 'impulsive'

During last year's darkly divisive campaign, as candidate Donald Trump said he wanted to punch a protester in the face and told a cable news host "I have to" hit back when hit against, poll after poll showed that voters were concerned about his temperament. Now a new Pew Research Center survey has asked whether Americans think President-elect Trump will be too "impulsive" when...
Residents of Bronzeville watch Obama's farewell with pride

Residents of Bronzeville watch Obama's farewell with pride

As President Barack Obama said farewell on Chicago's lakefront Tuesday, not far from where he accepted the election results eight years ago in Grant Park, Erik Laudermilk, 36, runs a pair of clippers along the top of a man's head and watches from a television on the wall of his barbershop. He, like many living on the "Black Belt" of Chicago's South Side, says that Obama's presidency was...
Caroline Kennedy, an ambassador whose role transcended the embassy

Caroline Kennedy, an ambassador whose role transcended the embassy

TOKYO — The handwritten note was short, just three sentences long. But it had a profound effect on Ayaka Shiomura, a legislator in Tokyo who had been taunted publicly by male colleagues for speaking out about the problems of working mothers in Japan. “We never know when our actions will have the greatest impact,” Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, wrote, “and it&rsquo...
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.
Want to get married with 39 other couples? Sign up now for free Valentine’s Day joint wedding in West Palm Beach

Want to get married with 39 other couples? Sign up now for free Valentine’s Day joint wedding in West Palm Beach

2013 joint wedding Most people get married two at a time. But you have an opportunity to join 78 of your closest friends for a joint wedding of 40 couples — on Valentine’s Day, of course.
Case of ex-county analyst set for ethic board’s first full hearing

Case of ex-county analyst set for ethic board’s first full hearing

The first-ever full-blown public hearing for someone cited by the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics has been set for March 2. The commission set the date for the four-hour hearing at its monthly meeting on Thursday. In November, the commission cited Rowan Hughes, a former analyst for Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, alleging he tried to intimidate a...
Palm Beach County ethics panel sets first-ever full hearing

Palm Beach County ethics panel sets first-ever full hearing

Hughes The first-ever full-blown public hearing for someone cited by the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics has been set for March 2.
Palm Beach County offers hands-only CPR training

Palm Beach County offers hands-only CPR training

Hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation might save the life of someone you love. Get a free 30 minutes of CPR training at one of 21 Palm Beach County locations from 9 a.m to noon Saturday, Feb. 11. Hands-only CPR training teaches medical help you can give heart-attack victims before paramedics arrive. Sessions will be at 19 Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue stations and two training centers (see below)...
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.
Trump unfiltered: Tweets reveal his interests, insecurities

Trump unfiltered: Tweets reveal his interests, insecurities

His message came at the start of one of the busiest weeks of Donald Trump's transition to the White House. It's a week when he and his team are preparing eight Cabinet picks for confirmation hearings, finalizing appointments and gearing up for his first news conference as president-elect. But at 6:29 a.m. on Monday, Trump was focused on what seemed like a less presidential problem: a five-minute Golden...
Will leaving Twitter make life better for these outspoken liberals?

Will leaving Twitter make life better for these outspoken liberals?

On Jan. 1, Sherman Alexie logged onto Twitter to announce he was logging off. The site's "negatives," the award-winning Native American novelist wrote, "increasingly outweigh its positives."  The following day, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the acclaimed politics and culture writer, declared that he, too, was outta there: He plans to spend his mental energy in 2017 working on a book,...
Fish on a treadmill and other government waste, according to Sen. Flake

Fish on a treadmill and other government waste, according to Sen. Flake

Sen. Jeff Flake highlights 50 examples of questionable, even frivolous federal spending in the latest edition of his government wastebook. Flake calls the latest volume "Wastebook: PORKemon Go." All told, the Arizona Republican's office says it details more than $5 billion in inappropriate spending by federal departments and agencies. "Government boondoggles come in all shapes and sizes...
Pink hats, pins: What's the point of these anti-Trump protests?

Pink hats, pins: What's the point of these anti-Trump protests?

Some 60 days later, Jayna Zweiman still cannot utter the words "election" or "President-elect Trump."  "Nov. 8 happened, and it was a really big shock," she recalls by phone from her home in a sunny, undeniably Democratic state. "We live in Los Angeles, where, honestly, I saw, like, one Trump bumper sticker."  Stunned by the election that made Donald...
Obama races to overhaul police in Baltimore and Chicago

Obama races to overhaul police in Baltimore and Chicago

With just days until Donald Trump is sworn in as president, the Obama administration is making a last-minute push for police overhauls in two of the nation’s most violent cities, Baltimore and Chicago, where officers have been accused of routinely mistreating African-Americans. In Chicago, where a city task force appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel concluded that “the police have no regard...
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.
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.
County, water management district still at odds over Ag Reserve land

County, water management district still at odds over Ag Reserve land

Palm Beach County and the South Florida Water Management District remain at odds over a 571-acre tract of land in the Agricultural Reserve, and the district’s governing board has not accepted the county’s invitation to have a meeting to hash things out.
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.
Ethics groups alarmed by Trump team’s secrecy

Ethics groups alarmed by Trump team’s secrecy

The first casualty of the new government taking over Washington may be information about the government itself, ethics watchdogs say. The new Republican-led Congress is moving toward confirming several of President-elect Donald Trump’s choices to run executive-branch departments even though they have not had their financial disclosures vetted and cleared by ethics officials. The first act by...
Trump’s trouble: Obama won’t go away

Trump’s trouble: Obama won’t go away

With an unpredictable foe in the White House, the national party in disarray and even more congressional losses looming in 2018, Democrats are begging Barack Obama to keep himself in the headlines after he leaves office. He’s eager to deliver. According to a dozen prominent Democrats, Obama is planning a more politically active post-presidency than perhaps any other previous U.S. leader in modern...
Carmakers shift focus to U.S. after threats by Trump

Carmakers shift focus to U.S. after threats by Trump

President-elect Donald Trump is not attending the country’s premier auto show here. But his vow to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico has changed the focus of the show from what new vehicles are on display, to where they are made. More than anything, said Sergio Marchionne, the chief executive of Fiat Chrysler, the industry needed to know what was going to happen with the North American Free...
Trump education pick plays hardball with her wealth

Trump education pick plays hardball with her wealth

After Tom Casperson, a Republican state senator from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, began running for Congress in 2016, he assumed the family of Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be education secretary, would not oppose him. The DeVoses, a dominant force in Michigan politics for decades with a fortune in the billions, had contributed to one of Casperson’s earlier...
As Trump shakes them up with tweets, Democrats are flummoxed

As Trump shakes them up with tweets, Democrats are flummoxed

On Sunday, Democrats looked to have a handle on a busy week of Congress. They'd scrambled across talk shows, making cases against president-elect Donald Trump's nominees. They'd prepped legislation to demand more financial disclosure from the president and his family. They'd planed a series of press conferences to "fight Republican efforts to gut Medicare and Medicaid." On Monday morning...
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.
Post Time: 10 years ago: Briny Breezes sells, but deal falls through

Post Time: 10 years ago: Briny Breezes sells, but deal falls through

Readers: A decade ago, it was a national story. But the national press got it wrong In late 2006 and early 2007, reporters descended on Briny Breezes. In piece after piece, they described unassuming folks looking to become overnight millionaires. But that wasn’t quite it. For one, many of the residents already were well off, many kept the lots as a prime oceanfront spot amid some of the priciest...
Palm Beach County fails to OK new pay, benefits package for lifeguards

Palm Beach County fails to OK new pay, benefits package for lifeguards

A long swim by Palm Beach County ocean rescue lifeguards hit a sea wall, again, on Tuesday. The Palm Beach County Commission failed, by a 3-3 vote, to approve a sweeping agreement reached in November, and ratified by lifeguards, that would provide several employee-benefits changes that lifeguards have sought for years. The biggest was that the county would have agreed to approve all...
Student painting caught in tug-of-war at U.S. Capitol

Student painting caught in tug-of-war at U.S. Capitol

A painting by a Missouri high school student depicting police brutality has become trapped in a battle between lawmakers who say it should be displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex and those who want it removed. "One man's trash is another man's artwork," said Rep. Hank Johnson, who joined other members of the Congressional Black Caucus Tuesday morning to demand the piece be left on a wall...
Palm Beach County OKs $1 million for sinking sub as artificial reef

Palm Beach County OKs $1 million for sinking sub as artificial reef

The Cold War-era USS Clamagore is one step closer to a final resting place as Florida’s only submarine artificial reef. Palm Beach County Commissioners voted 7-0 at Tuesday’s meeting to pay a Miami firm $1 million to coordinate the sinking off the 320-foot “Gray Ghost of the Florida Coast,” perhaps as early as this summer, in water about 90 feet deep 1½ miles off the...
Palm Beach County fails to OK new package of pay, benefits for lifeguards

Palm Beach County fails to OK new package of pay, benefits for lifeguards

Palm Beach County commissioners, by a 3-3 vote, failed Tuesday to approve a sweeping agreement that provides for many changes the county’s ocean rescue lifeguards have sought for years. Commissioners Mary Lou Berger, Mack Bernard and Dave Kerner voted yes;Mayor Paulette Burdick and commissioners Hal Valeche and Steve Abrams said no. Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay had left during the lunch...
Rising tide of horse manure threatens Palm Beach County water, FAU prof warns

Rising tide of horse manure threatens Palm Beach County water, FAU prof warns

Frank Merlino of JH Hauling & Services Inc. in Wellington prepares a pile of horse manure for disposal.
Palm Beach County OKs $1mm toward making Cold War-era sub a reef

Palm Beach County OKs $1mm toward making Cold War-era sub a reef

(USS Clamagore Preservation & Memorial Assn) The Cold War-era submarineUSS Clamagore is one step closer to a final resting place off Juno Beach as Florida’s only submarine artificial reef.
Report: women under-represented in county workforce

Report: women under-represented in county workforce

Women are significantly under-represented in Palm Beach County’s workforce while minorities are slightly over-represented, according to an affirmative action report commissioners received Tuesday.