Holly Baltz

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Preserving Mar-a-Lago: A look at historical features Trump can’t touch
 Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was Mrs. Edward F. Hutton when she commissioned Marion Sims Wyeth to build her a 58-bedroom Spanish Revival palace on 17 acres of jungle between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth. The home is anchored to a coral reef with concrete and steel to withstand hurricanes.  Post wanted a place where...

Posted: 27 days ago

Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was Mrs. Edward F. Hutton when she commissioned Marion Sims Wyeth to build her a 58-bedroom Spanish Revival palace on 17 acres of jungle between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth. The home is anchored to a coral reef with concrete and steel to withstand hurricanes.  Post wanted a place where...
Hurriance Irma: Palm Beach Post reporters’ best tips for riding out the storm
 Are you a hurricane newbie? Afraid you’re forgetting something important? Lots of people at The Palm Beach Post have been through hurricanes  before and are happy to share from the experiences. So here are some of our best tips for riding out a hurricane:  Can’t find water? Freeze a load of ice from drinking water in jugs...

6:08 PM Wednesday, Sep. 06, 2017

Are you a hurricane newbie? Afraid you’re forgetting something important? Lots of people at The Palm Beach Post have been through hurricanes before and are happy to share from the experiences. So here are some of our best tips for riding out a hurricane:  Can’t find water? Freeze a load of ice from drinking water in jugs...
Huge health-care fraud sweep: Only 1 addiction treatment case in Fla.
 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. He said at a news conference how an American dies of an overdose every 11 minutes. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge...

2:10 AM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. He said at a news conference how an American dies of an overdose every 11 minutes. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge...
VIDEO: Detectives find home drenched in feces where PBC baby starved to death
 Tayla Aleman’s temperature was 90.4 degrees when she arrived at the emergency room, the ER doctor told sheriff’s detectives hours after the 13-month-old died from starvation, according to court documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post. Palms West Hospital workers tried to resuscitate Tayla, already cold to the touch, but...

1:28 PM Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017

Tayla Aleman’s temperature was 90.4 degrees when she arrived at the emergency room, the ER doctor told sheriff’s detectives hours after the 13-month-old died from starvation, according to court documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post. Palms West Hospital workers tried to resuscitate Tayla, already cold to the touch, but...
Starvation death: Baby Tayla Aleman had 90-degree temp at hospital
 The first time 13-month-old Tayla Aleman saw a doctor since her birth was in the emergency room of Palms West Hospital when she arrived by ambulance with a body temperature of just 90.4 degrees. She couldn’t breathe on her own and had no heartbeat. Hospital workers tried to resuscitate her, but she was cold to the touch. After...

10:04 PM Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017

The first time 13-month-old Tayla Aleman saw a doctor since her birth was in the emergency room of Palms West Hospital when she arrived by ambulance with a body temperature of just 90.4 degrees. She couldn’t breathe on her own and had no heartbeat. Hospital workers tried to resuscitate her, but she was cold to the touch. After...
7 facts about federal death penalty: How PBC sheriff applied a noose
 Esteban Santiago, charged with shooting five people to death and wounding six others last week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, could face the federal death penalty. Heard of it? It differs from Florida’s death penalty, which is dead in its tracks until officials figure out a way for it to pass muster with the Constitution...

8:54 PM Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

Esteban Santiago, charged with shooting five people to death and wounding six others last week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, could face the federal death penalty. Heard of it? It differs from Florida’s death penalty, which is dead in its tracks until officials figure out a way for it to pass muster with the Constitution...
Post’s sober home, heroin coverage kickstarts official action
 In 2016, officials took the first steps to clean up the fraud-ridden addiction treatment industry and curb the alarming rise of lives cut short by heroin-related overdoses. Every level of government — local, state and federal — acted after The Palm Beach Post’s 18 months of exclusive reporting on the addiction treatment...

1:00 PM Sunday, Jan. 01, 2017

In 2016, officials took the first steps to clean up the fraud-ridden addiction treatment industry and curb the alarming rise of lives cut short by heroin-related overdoses. Every level of government — local, state and federal — acted after The Palm Beach Post’s 18 months of exclusive reporting on the addiction treatment...
Sober home owner granted bond
 The fourth sober home owner to be arrested in five days by the Sober Homes Task Force on Tuesday was granted bail by a Palm Beach County judge. The judge ordered $42,000 bail for Howard James Fowler Jr., who is charged with 14 counts of patient brokering. Fowler has no criminal record. Fowler, who has been clean and sober for two years according...

12:50 AM Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

The fourth sober home owner to be arrested in five days by the Sober Homes Task Force on Tuesday was granted bail by a Palm Beach County judge. The judge ordered $42,000 bail for Howard James Fowler Jr., who is charged with 14 counts of patient brokering. Fowler has no criminal record. Fowler, who has been clean and sober for two years according...
Judge failed to follow law when Post reporter called to testify
 A judge did not follow the law when he excluded a Palm Beach Post reporter from the courtroom after a lawyer for Judge Martin Colin’s son said he intended to call the reporter to testify about his coverage of the custody case, the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday. The appeals court said reporters cannot be compelled to testify...

12:15 AM Thursday, Sep. 15, 2016

A judge did not follow the law when he excluded a Palm Beach Post reporter from the courtroom after a lawyer for Judge Martin Colin’s son said he intended to call the reporter to testify about his coverage of the custody case, the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday. The appeals court said reporters cannot be compelled to testify...
Post challenges order calling reporter as witness in Colin case
 It is unconstitutional for judges to make journalists choose between testifying about their work or forfeiting the right to be in the courtroom to cover a judicial proceeding, The Palm Beach Post has argued to a state appellate court. Petitions filed with the 4th District Court of Appeal challenge a judge’s ruling in a family court...

10:19 PM Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

It is unconstitutional for judges to make journalists choose between testifying about their work or forfeiting the right to be in the courtroom to cover a judicial proceeding, The Palm Beach Post has argued to a state appellate court. Petitions filed with the 4th District Court of Appeal challenge a judge’s ruling in a family court...
Orlando shooter Omar Mateen used steroids, smoked pot

6:01 PM Friday, Jun. 17, 2016

Orlando shooter Omar Mateen once used steroids, he noted in his 2015 application to Indian River State College for the Law Enforcement Academy. He also admitted using marijuana, according to records obtained by The Palm Beach Post. He used pot in 2002, other college records show, but there is no time indicated for the steroid use. In March...