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Pat Beall

An award-winning investigative reporter, Pat Beall reports on a number of issues, ranging from mortgage fraud to government waste.

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First dose of opioid money favors Central Florida over South Florida
 Two weeks after Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Department of Health to declare a state of emergency over the opioid crisis, the promised $27 million in aid is starting to roll out. First priorities: medical treatment for people addicted to heroin or other opioids, and naloxone to reverse overdoses. The Florida Department of Children and Families...

Posted: 11 days ago

Two weeks after Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Department of Health to declare a state of emergency over the opioid crisis, the promised $27 million in aid is starting to roll out. First priorities: medical treatment for people addicted to heroin or other opioids, and naloxone to reverse overdoses. The Florida Department of Children and Families...
‘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: 25 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...
Door remains open to Florida declaration of opioid health crisis
 Florida Surgeon General Celeste Philip said Tuesday she has not ruled out declaring a public health emergency for the opioid epidemic. At the same time, officials announced the state would be getting a two-year, $54 million federal grant to attack the opioid crisis. At least $17 million would go toward medication-assisted treatment, such...

Posted: 26 days ago

Florida Surgeon General Celeste Philip said Tuesday she has not ruled out declaring a public health emergency for the opioid epidemic. At the same time, officials announced the state would be getting a two-year, $54 million federal grant to attack the opioid crisis. At least $17 million would go toward medication-assisted treatment, such...
Trump's Easter: Twitter, church, brunch, egg hunt, wheels-up to D.C.
 The president came to pray. But nothing about Donald Trump’s visits to Palm Beach is simple, and neither was his attendance at Easter service Sunday morning at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea during Trump’s seventh presidential visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate. A line of worshippers in Easter florals and wide-brimmed...

9:58 PM Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017

The president came to pray. But nothing about Donald Trump’s visits to Palm Beach is simple, and neither was his attendance at Easter service Sunday morning at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea during Trump’s seventh presidential visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate. A line of worshippers in Easter florals and wide-brimmed...
Trump’s Easter: Twitter, church, brunch, egg hunt, wheels-up to D.C.
 The president came to pray. But nothing about Donald Trump’s visits to Palm Beach are simple, and neither was his attendance at Easter service Sunday morning at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea during Trump’s seventh presidential visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate. RELATED: Complete coverage of President Trump’s Palm...

8:47 PM Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017

The president came to pray. But nothing about Donald Trump’s visits to Palm Beach are simple, and neither was his attendance at Easter service Sunday morning at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea during Trump’s seventh presidential visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate. RELATED: Complete coverage of President Trump’s Palm...
Riviera Beach man shot, killed in front of residence
 A Riviera man was shot and killed outside a residence in the 500 block of Silver Beach Road this afternoon. Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said police found the man at 12:47 p.m. after responding to reports of shots fired. The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Check back for more on...

6:26 PM Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017

A Riviera man was shot and killed outside a residence in the 500 block of Silver Beach Road this afternoon. Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said police found the man at 12:47 p.m. after responding to reports of shots fired. The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Check back for more on...
Florida Lottery: Winning Fantasy 5 ticket purchased in Delray Beach
 It’s not quite a golden egg, but Easter Sunday delivered an unexpected prize to one Delray Beach lottery hopeful all the same. The unidentified player hit all five numbers on Fantasy 5. The jackpot: $248,674. And 87 cents. The ticket was purchased at Publix on 4771 W. Atlantic Ave. No one took home Powerball or Florida Lotto’s...

1:35 PM Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017

It’s not quite a golden egg, but Easter Sunday delivered an unexpected prize to one Delray Beach lottery hopeful all the same. The unidentified player hit all five numbers on Fantasy 5. The jackpot: $248,674. And 87 cents. The ticket was purchased at Publix on 4771 W. Atlantic Ave. No one took home Powerball or Florida Lotto’s...
UPDATES: Trump attends Easter service at Palm Beach church
 UPDATE: The president came to pray. But nothing about Donald Trump's visits to Palm Beach is that simple, and neither was his attendance at Easter service Sunday morning at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. A line of worshippers in Easter florals and wide-brimmed hats snaked outside the front door, waiting for searches of...

9:52 AM Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017

UPDATE: The president came to pray. But nothing about Donald Trump's visits to Palm Beach is that simple, and neither was his attendance at Easter service Sunday morning at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. A line of worshippers in Easter florals and wide-brimmed hats snaked outside the front door, waiting for searches of...
Forecast: Windy Easter could include rip currents, weather service says
 Today’s gusty winds are part of a weather system churning up ocean waters and making both boating and swimming risky from Jupiter Inlet to Biscayne Bay, according to a National Weather Service advisory.  There’s a high risk of “strong and dangerous” rip currents which could continue through early next week. ...

9:01 AM Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017

Today’s gusty winds are part of a weather system churning up ocean waters and making both boating and swimming risky from Jupiter Inlet to Biscayne Bay, according to a National Weather Service advisory.  There’s a high risk of “strong and dangerous” rip currents which could continue through early next week. ...
NEW: Scott, Bondi vow to get tough on Florida opioid crisis
 In declaring for the first time that the state is caught up in the “national” opioid epidemic, Gov. Rick Scott and Pam Bondi announced plans Tuesday to hold public workshops to generate ideas in Palm Beach and three other counties but pledged no new major state resources to the fight. However, Bondi pledged to go after sober homes...

9:14 PM Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017

In declaring for the first time that the state is caught up in the “national” opioid epidemic, Gov. Rick Scott and Pam Bondi announced plans Tuesday to hold public workshops to generate ideas in Palm Beach and three other counties but pledged no new major state resources to the fight. However, Bondi pledged to go after sober homes...
Caretakers’ dreaded thought: Is it mercy to kill someone with dementia?
 Dale Bruhn is 92 now, a bright voice on the phone line, a continuing comfort to families overwhelmed by a loved one’s dementia and, not too long ago, a potential mercy killer. >> Read more trending news  As she slipped into dementia, Bruhn’s wife would ask him the same question, over and over, he said: “Why don&rsquo...

12:18 AM Saturday, Apr. 08, 2017

Dale Bruhn is 92 now, a bright voice on the phone line, a continuing comfort to families overwhelmed by a loved one’s dementia and, not too long ago, a potential mercy killer. >> Read more trending news  As she slipped into dementia, Bruhn’s wife would ask him the same question, over and over, he said: “Why don&rsquo...