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Joe Capozzi

Prior to moving to Local news to cover growth management and transportation in 2013, Joe covered the Marlins beginning in 1999. After graduating from Ohio University, he worked for The Stuart News before joining the The Palm Beach Post in 1989 as a metro reporter until 1997 when he moved to sports.

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Heroin-related deaths skyrocket as Palm Beach County leads state
 Correction: Because of a data reporter’s error, two comparisons were incorrect in a story Saturday on the skyrocketing number of heroin deaths in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. County deaths from heroin-related overdoses in a two-year period, not a six-year period, were as great as in 2015. And the average monthly toll of...

Posted: 21 days ago

Correction: Because of a data reporter’s error, two comparisons were incorrect in a story Saturday on the skyrocketing number of heroin deaths in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. County deaths from heroin-related overdoses in a two-year period, not a six-year period, were as great as in 2015. And the average monthly toll of...
‘Finally,’ Scott declares opioid epidemic a public health emergency
 Responding to months of public outcry, Gov. Rick Scott declared a public health emergency Wednesday in the fight against the opioid epidemic, a sea change in what had been a hands-off approach by state officials to a crisis that has killed thousands. “Finally,” said Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay, who in February...

Posted: 23 days ago

Responding to months of public outcry, Gov. Rick Scott declared a public health emergency Wednesday in the fight against the opioid epidemic, a sea change in what had been a hands-off approach by state officials to a crisis that has killed thousands. “Finally,” said Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay, who in February...
Heroin crisis: Standing-room-only crowd jams state workshop in WPB
 In a loud cry for help, more than 250 people – some shouting curse words and others holding photographs of dead loved ones – jammed into a conference room Monday to demand action from state officials to curb the opioid epidemic. “I’m (expletive) tired of it. I’m tired of losing my friends,’’ Jordan...

Posted: 25 days ago

In a loud cry for help, more than 250 people – some shouting curse words and others holding photographs of dead loved ones – jammed into a conference room Monday to demand action from state officials to curb the opioid epidemic. “I’m (expletive) tired of it. I’m tired of losing my friends,’’ Jordan...
Protesters plan visual display of opioid victims before state workshop
 If protesters get their way, state officials arriving in West Palm Beach on Monday to get ideas for fighting the opioid crisis will walk past dozens of names and faces of people who have died in the epidemic. “We want to make this epidemic personal,’’ said Maureen Mulroy Kielian, a recovery advocate and leader...

Posted: 27 days ago

If protesters get their way, state officials arriving in West Palm Beach on Monday to get ideas for fighting the opioid crisis will walk past dozens of names and faces of people who have died in the epidemic. “We want to make this epidemic personal,’’ said Maureen Mulroy Kielian, a recovery advocate and leader...
Heroin epidemic: As deaths rise, program a ‘glimmer of hope’ for life
 Six weeks ago, Shawn Walker was shooting heroin at least once a day, feeding a two-year addiction that he supported by pawning and selling whatever he stole from family and stores. “Heroin was my girlfriend. It was my everything,” he said. “I was in a messed up, co-dependent relationship with that drug.” Now, the Lake...

11:07 AM Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

Six weeks ago, Shawn Walker was shooting heroin at least once a day, feeding a two-year addiction that he supported by pawning and selling whatever he stole from family and stores. “Heroin was my girlfriend. It was my everything,” he said. “I was in a messed up, co-dependent relationship with that drug.” Now, the Lake...
Sen. Nelson, Scripps scientists bemoan Trump’s proposed research cuts
 Nearly $6 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget could “devastate” Scripps Florida at a time when scientists at the Jupiter campus say they’re making progress on non-addictive opioids. “This will cripple Scripps research, a cut like this. It could literally...

8:28 PM Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

Nearly $6 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget could “devastate” Scripps Florida at a time when scientists at the Jupiter campus say they’re making progress on non-addictive opioids. “This will cripple Scripps research, a cut like this. It could literally...
Governor’s opioid listening tour generates skepticism, concerns
 State officials dispatched by Gov. Rick Scott on a statewide listening tour to seek solutions to the opioid epidemic will devote just six hours in four stops to an issue causing thousands of deaths in Florida and nationwide. As other governors declare a state of emergency and increase spending on treatment, Scott has called for four 90-minute...

12:11 AM Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017

State officials dispatched by Gov. Rick Scott on a statewide listening tour to seek solutions to the opioid epidemic will devote just six hours in four stops to an issue causing thousands of deaths in Florida and nationwide. As other governors declare a state of emergency and increase spending on treatment, Scott has called for four 90-minute...
Governor’s opioid workshop in Palm Beach County set for May 1
 Palm Beach County will be the first of four counties visited by state officials next month in their plan to seek ideas for combating the opioid crisis.  Palm Beach County’s “community workshop” is set for May 1, according to an email from the Department of children and Families. It will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at...

3:08 PM Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017

Palm Beach County will be the first of four counties visited by state officials next month in their plan to seek ideas for combating the opioid crisis. Palm Beach County’s “community workshop” is set for May 1, according to an email from the Department of children and Families. It will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at...
Gator selfies at park? County complains to state wildlife agency
 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating why a private trapper, hired by the agency to remove an alligator from John Prince Park last month, allowed members of the public to sit on and take selfies with the gator. “We don’t condone allowing public contact with alligators removed by contracted...

5:13 PM Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating why a private trapper, hired by the agency to remove an alligator from John Prince Park last month, allowed members of the public to sit on and take selfies with the gator. “We don’t condone allowing public contact with alligators removed by contracted...