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Investigative

GAMING THE LOTTERY

Akel Market

Raided lottery store laundered money for the mob

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When Florida Lottery investigators seized machines at Akel Market in March, they found something inside so suspicious that they noted it in their reports.

Cash — lots of it — was scattered everywhere.

Stacks of $20 and $50 bills in a paper bag in the store’s office. “Large bundles” in a plastic bag on the floor. Loose bills under the front counter.

COUNTY REAL ESTATE

Property values: Who’s sitting on a gold mine?

Although many local governments boast they will hold their property tax rates flat next year, the increase in taxes paid to Palm Beach County taxing districts will more than double under preliminary tax proposals released last week, a Palm Beach Post analysis found.

» INTERACTIVE MAP: Find out what your neighbor's home is worth

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politics

U.S. Reps’ mailings: Public service or incumbent perk?

U.S. Reps’ mailings at your expense: Public service or incumbent perk?

Congressional mass mailings — defined as similar material sent to 500 or more people — have declined in popularity with the rise of cheaper Internet communications in recent years. But House members still spent $15.2 million on unsolicited mass mail to constituents in 2013 and another $4.2 million during the first quarter of 2014.

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train deaths

Cuervo family

Death on the tracks

By all accounts, Leonor Cuervo was not suicidal. Her husband and daughters can only guess why she was hit by a train a few hundred feet from her Boca Raton home.

But the fact that the Colombia native was crossing the Florida East Coast Railway tracks in the first place is something the company could have prevented, asserts her daughter, Andrea.



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