Friday hottest of 2018 so far, but Saturday’s record will stun you

Today hit a scorching 94 degrees in West Palm Beach, marking the hottest day of 2018 so far as measured at Palm Beach International Airport. That’s 4 degrees below the 1942 record for the day of 98 degrees.  According to the National Weather Service in Miami, the heat index or “feels like” temperature was a whopping 103 today.  A layer of dry Saharan air tempered...


Cerabino: Florida’s NRA mouthpiece reaches for a silencer

Cerabino: Florida’s NRA mouthpiece reaches for a silencer

Florida’s chief NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer is standing her ground in a whole new way. This month, the 79-year-old grandmother and the guiding hand of permissive gun legislation in Florida for decades, filed a 129-page federal lawsuit that is mostly a compilation of the bitter, profane and sometimes threatening emails she received after the February massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas...
Dozens turn out for Riviera town hall in call to action to end violence

Dozens turn out for Riviera town hall in call to action to end violence

Less than a week after two people were gunned down in separate shootings in Riviera Beach, more than 50 concerned citizens gathered for a town hall meeting to voice their concerns about the violence plaguing the city. Those who attended the town hall were adamant that the bloodshed must end and came to make their voices heard. Also in attendance were former and current local officials, law enforcement...
Quick fix for Lake O algae woes uses land now roamed by cows

Quick fix for Lake O algae woes uses land now roamed by cows

Thriving ranch land in the belly of the Indian Prairie Basin will soon be a pool of nutrient-bombed water as Florida looks at temporary fixes for the algae woes of Lake Okeechobee and the northern estuaries. The Brighton Valley Project, which was approved this month by the South Florida Water Management District, will take water thick with algae-loving fertilizer and agriculture runoff, clean it,...
Gardens tennis center used by Williams sisters to get new clubhouse

Gardens tennis center used by Williams sisters to get new clubhouse

A new, two-story tennis clubhouse six times the size of the current one will usher in a bevy of players in 2019. RELATED: New Gardens mayor talks property values, updates on athletic fields The Key West-style clubhouse will include an indoor cafe, outdoor dining and observation decks, a sports performance room, pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms and two rooms that can be rented for...
Vigil for teen killed in Boynton Beach draws crowd of hundreds

Vigil for teen killed in Boynton Beach draws crowd of hundreds

Teal balloons filled the sky Friday evening as a community turned out en masse to mourn a young life lost to gun violence. A crowd of nearly 200 gathered for a vigil held in remembrance of 17-year-old Johnny Harp, who was found shot to death in a parked car in Boynton Beach on Wednesday morning less than a half mile from his home. For many of those gathered at Harp’s home Friday night,...
Man surrenders after armed robbery of Family Dollar, police say

Man surrenders after armed robbery of Family Dollar, police say

A man robbed a Family Dollar in West Palm Beach before surrendering to officers Friday afternoon, according to the West Palm Beach Police Department. The man, who police said was armed, robbed the Family Dollar at 4700 Broadway Ave. at about 4 p.m. The man left the store and entered a home along the 600 block of 10th Street, according to police. Police said they surrounded the home within minutes...
LATEST: Judge urges Handelsman family to reach deal on splitting fortune

LATEST: Judge urges Handelsman family to reach deal on splitting fortune

Testimony in the divorce trial of Palm Beach power couple Burt and Lucille Handelsman came to an end Friday with an appeal from the presiding judge asking the feuding family to reach an agreement on an equitable distribution of their estimated $550 million real estate empire. Burt and Lucille, 90 and 89 years old respectively, were married for 67 years before Judge Scott Suskauer granted Lucille&rsquo...
JUST IN: Vessel used by DivaDuck boat tour is ‘unsinkable,’ owner says

JUST IN: Vessel used by DivaDuck boat tour is ‘unsinkable,’ owner says

Officials with a West Palm Beach-based company that provides amphibious boat tours said a tragedy that left 17 people dead in Missouri on Thursday could not happen here. That’s because the vessel — a Hydra Terra — used by DivaDuck Amphibious Tours is deemed unsinkable, according to a statement released by company owner Paul Tucker. “There are a variety of amphibious...
NEW: Massage therapist at day spa faces sexual battery charge

NEW: Massage therapist at day spa faces sexual battery charge

A massage therapist at a Jensen Beach spa is facing a criminal charge after a woman alleged that he touched her inappropriately during a session.  The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it had arrested Joseph Paul Correia III, 50, of Port St. Lucie on a charge of sexual battery. His arrest came after a 62-year-old woman told sheriff’s investigators she was receiving a massage...
NEW: Children focus of human-trafficking seminar Saturday in West Palm

NEW: Children focus of human-trafficking seminar Saturday in West Palm

An educational seminar for Palm Beach County students and their parents about the threat of human trafficking is scheduled for Saturday at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach. The event, hosted by the anti-human-trafficking organization Catch the Wave of Hope, will be held at 2 p.m. in the library’s third-floor auditorium.   It is free and open to the public. Lynne Barletta...
LATEST: Boca man sentenced to 5 years in tax-fraud scheme

LATEST: Boca man sentenced to 5 years in tax-fraud scheme

A former Boca Raton man was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday for his role in a stolen-identity and tax-fraud scheme worth millions of dollars. During a court hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen M. Williams, Wilson Lasset, 47, was sentenced to 42 months in prison for wire fraud to be followed by a consecutive term of 24 months for aggravated identity theft...
Target's latest sale is aimed at underpaid teachers who buy their own classroom supplies

Target's latest sale is aimed at underpaid teachers who buy their own classroom supplies

If you stop by Target this week, look around for shoppers whose carts are teeming with pencils, construction paper and markers. They may be teachers putting your children’s education on a credit card - to the tune of nearly $500 a year, on average. The retailer is offering a 15 percent school supply discount for teachers through Saturday. It will surely come as a relief to educators who for...
Recovering addicts offer hope at Lake Worth film festival

Recovering addicts offer hope at Lake Worth film festival

Thirty years. That’s how long Manny Mendez drank alcohol and did crack cocaine. He was in prison for 11 years from age 17 to 28. “That’s where I found my art,” said Mendez, 47, who learned to draw and paint. He also found some great men in his life. “They loved me until I learned to love myself,” he said. Mendez has been sober for six-and-a-half years. He sounds...
Gwen and the men: Will year of women candidates boost Graham?

Gwen and the men: Will year of women candidates boost Graham?

The four men seeking the Democratic nomination for Florida governor wore dark suits to a Wednesday night debate in Fort Myers. READ MORE: Rare Democratic campaign photo op from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Gwen Graham wore a pink jacket. “You may notice I look a little different than my other friends up here on stage,” Graham said in her opening statement. “I’m a mom, a...
Blue-green algae decreases in Lake O, but it may be temporary

Blue-green algae decreases in Lake O, but it may be temporary

The blue-green algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee has decreased significantly from earlier this month, with scientists hopeful the harmful spread is past its peak. An infrared satellite image taken Wednesday shows just 30 percent of the lake infected with cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. That’s down from 90 percent on July 2. Richard Stumpf, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
Housing: Fewer state dollars, fewer in PBC to live American Dream

Housing: Fewer state dollars, fewer in PBC to live American Dream

Evelio Deluna and his family bought their first house about one month ago west of West Palm Beach. It’s a 3-bedroom, 2-bath with a pool. Related: Palm Beach County housing affordability falls to nine-year low The Delunas’ share of the American Dream came with the assistance of State Housing Initiatives Partnership program that addresses the affordable housing crisis. “I wouldn&rsquo...
JUST IN: Dad asks public to help ‘my sweet little girl’ recover from Delray crash

JUST IN: Dad asks public to help ‘my sweet little girl’ recover from Delray crash

Farrah Fox, the suburban Boca Raton teen hurt Sunday in a Delray Beach car crash, remains in a coma and "needs all the love and support she can get," her father says in an online update on "my sweet little girl."  Off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy Michael D’Avanzo ran a stop sign at about 5 p.m. Sunday in his 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup and struck...
AG candidate Ashley Moody cancels fundraiser hosted by Boca felon

AG candidate Ashley Moody cancels fundraiser hosted by Boca felon

BOCA RATON — Florida Attorney General candidate Ashley Moody committed to attending a fundraiser Monday held by James Batmasian, a Boca Raton developer and convicted felon, but canceled the event after questions from the media. “We thought it best to cancel the event,” a Moody campaign spokeswoman said Friday. The event was to be held at Chops Lobster Bar — at...
Royal Palm Beach council votes to keep current tax rate

Royal Palm Beach council votes to keep current tax rate

The village council approved keeping the tax rate unchanged as officials had their first public workshop on the proposed $44 million budget. Royal Palm Beach officials plan to hold the property tax rate at $1.92 per $1,000 of taxable value for another year. The preliminary rate was approved as part of the council’s consent agenda Thursday night. Two public hearings on the rate are set for 6...
After SUV barrels off I-95, Village Boulevard residents call for wall

After SUV barrels off I-95, Village Boulevard residents call for wall

Village Boulevard residents have called for a sound barrier along Interstate 95 for years. When the city this year tore down the dense, verdant stand of Australian Pines that lined the boulevard, that need became more evident. “It sounds like the Daytona 500 Speedway 24 hours a day,” Village Crossing resident Lisa Hale said. But on Thursday area residents awoke to a more pressing concern...
NEW: Man found in canal near PBIA died of natural causes, authorities say

NEW: Man found in canal near PBIA died of natural causes, authorities say

A man whose decomposing body was found in a canal bank near Palm Beach International Airport in March died of natural causes, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report.  Authorities identified the man as David Schill, 52. Schill’s remains were found floating in a canal March 19 along Haverhill Road and Southern Boulevard, west of the airport.   According...
NEW: Charges pending for Boynton woman after truck crash near Lake O

NEW: Charges pending for Boynton woman after truck crash near Lake O

Charges are pending against a Boynton Beach woman following her involvement in a crash that caused a semi-truck to tip over in Okeechobee County Thursday morning, authorities said. The driver of the semi-truck is in critical condition after he and Starra Libbey, 36, collided on State Road 710 near Southeast 128th Avenue just west of the city at about 11:30 a.m., according to a Florida Highway...
NEW: Man found competent to stand trial in Clematis Street stabbing

NEW: Man found competent to stand trial in Clematis Street stabbing

A homeless man accused of stabbing a woman outside a Clematis Street restaurant in March has been found competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday.   During a hearing at the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Complex, Judge Dina Keever-Agrama upheld a doctor’s ruling that 23-year-old Chad Sanjay Bailey is fit to stand trial for attempted first-degree murder. Bailey is accused...

Palm Beach County job growth remains weak, but jobless rate stays low

Palm Beach County’s labor market sent more mixed signals in June, a month when job growth was weak even as unemployment remained at rock-bottom levels. Palm Beach County added just 3,100 jobs from June 2017 to June 2018, a 0.5 percent growth rate that trailed both the state and national averages. Palm Beach County’s pace of job growth ranked 22nd among 24 metro areas in the state, Florida&rsquo...
Restaurants in West Palm’s Northwood Village offer major dining deals

Restaurants in West Palm’s Northwood Village offer major dining deals

Northwood Village wants to put its tastiest side on display with a new restaurant promotion it calls “Summerlicious.”  Consider it the eclectic district’s way of saying, “Hey, there’s more to Northwood than hipster shops and galleries.” Eight restaurants, including the newly revamped Café Centro,  and the popular new Pétanque...
NEW: Boynton parking lot dispute leads to gunshot, battery charge

NEW: Boynton parking lot dispute leads to gunshot, battery charge

A dispute outside a vape shop apparently led two men to spit at each other — and one to shoot at the other, according to Boynton Beach police. Ryan Rhodes, 26, was arrested Saturday night on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm after the injured man walked into police headquarters with a minor gunshot wound to his left arm. Rhodes was released from the Palm Beach County...
BREAKING: Latest image of harmful algae on Lake Okeechobee shows something incredible

BREAKING: Latest image of harmful algae on Lake Okeechobee shows something incredible

The blue-green algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee has decreased significantly from earlier this month with scientists hopeful the harmful spread is past its peak. An infrared satellite image taken Wednesday shows just 30 percent of the lake infected with cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. That’s down from 90 percent on July 2. Richard Stumpf, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
Loxahatchee Groves council delays discussion on proposed Wawa, Aldi

Loxahatchee Groves council delays discussion on proposed Wawa, Aldi

A proposed development that would include a popular convenience store chain, discount grocer and bank will have to wait a little longer to try for necessary approvals. The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday night postponed hearing the master plan for the Groves Town Center, which sits on about 90 acres on the northeast corner of B Road and Southern Boulevard and where developers want to build...
Royal Palm Beach hosts free senior expo in August

Royal Palm Beach hosts free senior expo in August

Royal Palm Beach is having a free senior expo in three weeks, according to The Village’s website.  From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 10, seniors can head to the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center, at 100 Sweet Bay LN., to meet vendors and talk about wellness, improved health care, caregivers, educational and travel opportunities among other topics.  There also will be free raffle...
Live Music: JM and The Sweets’ differences shine on stage

Live Music: JM and The Sweets’ differences shine on stage

At first glance, the members of JM and The Sweets seem like an eclectic mix of cultural backgrounds, fashions, and musical preferences. You expect to hear a sound that might be Caribbean, reggae or rock. Then Josh Miles, 25, a Haitian-American from Dallas, Texas starts to croon with his deep, mature voice. A bluesy, soulful sound drips from the stage and the multicultural richness of the crew...
Top picks:  You have the rest of July to do these fun things

Top picks:  You have the rest of July to do these fun things

The sun is out so why shouldn’t you be? There are so many things to do this month that it should be your job to take advantage of it all.  One of West Palm’s biggest craft beer festivals is this weekend at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Find out more about the event and to buy tickets click here.  A boat will be heading out of West Palm Beach in search of sharks. Check it out...
Trump Putin Part 2: If you are wondering about Mar-a-Lago …

Trump Putin Part 2: If you are wondering about Mar-a-Lago …

On Thursday, President Donald Trump instructed his top national security aide to invite Russian leader Vladimir Putin to visit the United States this fall. Putin: Missile-strike video does not target Florida The invite specifically cited Washington, D.C., as the site for the visit and meetings. That said, could Putin’s U.S. itinerary include a stop at the president’s private club in Palm...
Cheers! One of West Palm’s largest craft beer festivals is this weekend

Cheers! One of West Palm’s largest craft beer festivals is this weekend

The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest pours into the South Florida Fairgrounds Saturday. Beer lovers can sample more than 200 craft beers, all in air-conditioned comfort! The beer bash includes the following participating breweries: Twisted Trunk Brewing, Accomplice Brewery and Ciderworks, Islamorada Beer Company, Due South Brewing Co., Mathews Brewing Company, Barrel of Monks Brewing, Cigar City...
Summer 2018: 8 must-try water activities in Palm Beach County

Summer 2018: 8 must-try water activities in Palm Beach County

It’s freaking hot outside, which means there’s no reason to skip trying a new water activity to keep yourself cool. Once you’ve picked an activity you want to do from this list, make sure to find the best “Day Trip” itinerary from my long list of local adventures. If you decide to stay in West Palm, I have a cool plan for you. Delray? I have that too. Lake Worth...
Uncle Tai’s Chinese restaurant bids farewell to Boca after 32 years

Uncle Tai’s Chinese restaurant bids farewell to Boca after 32 years

 Uncle Tai’s Hunan-style restaurant might as well have been the bustling dining room in a relative’s home. This was especially true around the Jewish holidays, when the Boca Raton institution served as a gathering place for visiting relatives.  There was always on-point hot and sour soup, crispy spring rolls, scallion pancakes and Uncle Tai’s specialty, the crispy...
Clematis Street’s The Alchemist closes, citing changing area, homeless problem

Clematis Street’s The Alchemist closes, citing changing area, homeless problem

The Alchemist has sold its last bucket of bacon. The Clematis Street gastropub, popular for its creative cocktail menu and quirky menu items like the aforementioned literal metal pails of crispy pork, closed for good Sunday night. Craig Steel, general manager and partner in the Daiza Restaurant Group, said that until that evening, the organization had tried to prevent what had gradually become an...
NEW: Florida woman whose monkey bit Home Depot worker in custody after fleeing state

NEW: Florida woman whose monkey bit Home Depot worker in custody after fleeing state

After failing to appear in court, the woman whose pet spider monkey bit an employee at a Home Depot store in Okeechobee was taken into custody by deputies early Friday.  In early June, Tina Ballard, 56, of Palatka, left her pet spider monkey in her car while she went into the store. The monkey escaped, made its way through the parking lot and bit an employee twice on her back after she tried...
Salmonella outbreak in 26 states linked to raw turkey

Salmonella outbreak in 26 states linked to raw turkey

A salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey has sickened at least 90 people across 26 states, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. >> Read more trending news  The illness has been reported in Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North...
Irma jobless aid eluded most local applicants; critics blast ‘botch’

Irma jobless aid eluded most local applicants; critics blast ‘botch’

It was billed as prompt unemployment relief after Hurricane Irma, but a state-run system delivered payments on fewer than 30 percent of applications from eligible Palm Beach County workers after nearly half a year, records requested by The Palm Beach Post show. With the business end of another storm season approaching, officials in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration defended “above and beyond&rdquo...
Golf course, done. Clubhouse under way. What’s next at Banyan Cay?

Golf course, done. Clubhouse under way. What’s next at Banyan Cay?

The new golf course is open at Banyan Cay Resort & Golf in West Palm Beach. The club house has started construction and will be completed this fall. But Banyan Cay still lacks the resort part of the complex. That’s about to change. The project just secured a $62 million loan that will allow it to start construction on the hotel and its amenities. Plans now are for the 150-room hotel...
Palm Beach County residents fear loss of favorite beach after new access law

Palm Beach County residents fear loss of favorite beach after new access law

Oceantree condominium on Singer Islands marks its beach with signs on July 20, 2018. Some Singer Island residents fear they are losing access to their favorite beach  following a new law that requires judicial approval to keep a privately-owned swath of sand  open to the public. The statute, which went into effect July 1, says local governments must get a judge&rsquo...
NEW: Arrest made in year-old Jupiter Farms arson case

NEW: Arrest made in year-old Jupiter Farms arson case

A 28-year-old Lake Park man is facing a charge of arson after a Jupiter Farms house sustained nearly $100,000 in damages during an August 2017 fire, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Justin Cantrell was arrested July 11. He was denied bond and is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail. Debris from the fire, on 154th Road North, tested positive for gasoline, according...
Palm Beach author says she made a list that changed her life

Palm Beach author says she made a list that changed her life

Overachiever and goal-oriented are words that come to mind when speaking to local filmmaker, actress and now author Jacqueline Journey. Her new book, “The Diva’s in the Details,” a guide to inspire readers into believing that confidence, courage and style can be achieved by anyone, certainly reflects her outgoing and go-getter personality. But Journey says it wasn’t always...
NEW: International arms trafficking gets Florida man 12-year prison sentence

NEW: International arms trafficking gets Florida man 12-year prison sentence

Using hollowed-out water heaters and air-conditioning units, Frederik Barbieri shipped hundreds of firearms — including AR-15 and AK-47 rifles — from South Florida to Brazil over five years, according to federal authorities.  On Thursday, the 47-year-old Port St. Lucie man was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison following a plea in May to international firearms...
NEW: Stephen Bass recalled as longtime naturalist, public-spaces advocate 

NEW: Stephen Bass recalled as longtime naturalist, public-spaces advocate 

Stephen Bass was a natural teacher. When he first met Valerie, his wife of nearly 50 years, they were both students at the University of Dayton and she needed help with a science lab. Stephen picked up a piece of chalk and immediately began writing on the blackboard. Bass, 74, of Lake Worth, died of cancer on July 4, one day before his 50th wedding anniversary. Bass had dedicated his life to...
Hobe Sound doesn’t need more government, incorporation opponents say

Hobe Sound doesn’t need more government, incorporation opponents say

There are two sides to every story, and the opponents of Hobe Sound incorporation efforts want to make sure theirs is heard. For the past three years, a group of pro-incorporation residents has fought to get a referendum on the ballot that would let voters decide if they wanted the town of 13,308 to become Martin County’s sixth municipality. Their efforts were successful, and voters will go...
UPDATE: Teen killed in Boynton was a role model to siblings, loved sports

UPDATE: Teen killed in Boynton was a role model to siblings, loved sports

When his mother looked out the window on Saturday mornings, she would see Johnny Harp showing his brothers different football throws. Harp, the oldest of six children, was a father figure to his younger siblings, said his mother Andrea Denson. Harp was named after his father, who died when Harp was only a toddler. “He was my superstar,” Denson said. “I think his life was...
NEW: Motorcyclist crashes with car in Jupiter

NEW: Motorcyclist crashes with car in Jupiter

A motorcyclist crashed with a car Thursday evening, resulting in minor injuries, according to a Jupiter Police Department spokeswoman. The crash occurred at Center Street and Loxahatchee River Road, she said.  The motorcyclist was able to get up and walk around after the crash, she said.
Ban sought on taking exotic fish from under Blue Heron Bridge

Ban sought on taking exotic fish from under Blue Heron Bridge

It’s the equivalent of a natural aquarium, and within reach of even the most novice of fish watchers. There’s the batfish, seemingly straight out of central casting for a sci-fi flick. And the chameleon-like Hairy Blennies. Both among an estimated 400 species of fish making their home in this urban reef. But the waters and marine habitat adjacent to this central Palm Beach County bridge...
Miami Dolphins could suspend kneeling players; but policy not finalized

Miami Dolphins could suspend kneeling players; but policy not finalized

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem this season could be suspended up to four games, according to a team policy submitted to the NFL. However, a team source said Thursday that the issue would be addressed during the season and that all options are still on the table. All teams needed to submit a policy as part of a broader detrimental conduct guideline, before...
How a sweet, scrappy stray dog from Baghdad found a home in Gardens

How a sweet, scrappy stray dog from Baghdad found a home in Gardens

Before Socks made a meandering, 7,000-mile journey from Baghdad to Palm Beach Gardens, the stray dog endured getting shot at and pelted by rocks as he roamed the war-torn streets of the Iraqi capital. He was scrappy, sure, but he had a soft side, too. Lots of strays wander the city, but the golden retriever/lab mix was the only one who came to Adam Schank when he beckoned, Schank’s wife Denise...
Palm Beach County residents fear beach access will be cut off after new law

Palm Beach County residents fear beach access will be cut off after new law

Some Singer Island residents fear they are losing access to their favorite beach following a new law that requires judicial approval to keep a privately-owned swath of sand open to the public. The statute, which went into effect July 1, says local governments must get a judge’s approval to enforce a rare “customary use” law that refers to the general right of the public...
Brightline adding five daily departures from WPB, charging for parking

Brightline adding five daily departures from WPB, charging for parking

Commuting by Brightline will get more convenient on Aug. 6. That’s when the private rail operator will add five trains a day to its weekday service between West Palm Beach and Miami. Related: Brightline hopes to extend fast-train service to Tampa From West Palm Beach, Brightline will add weekday departures at 6 a.m., 9 a.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. There also will be five new daily arrivals...
Single-family home community will be Lake Worth’s first in a decade

Single-family home community will be Lake Worth’s first in a decade

It’s been more than a decade since the last single-family home community was built in the city. That one was Vernon Heights, a development on the west side of Dixie Highway near Interstate 95. Now, Lake Cove community, a 59 single-family home subdivision, is being built on a 12-acre site on 19th Avenue North, just north of Vernon Heights. READ: Lake Worth says no more tattoo shops, ponders downtown&rsquo...
BREAKING: Jury finds ‘Killa’ guilty in 2016 homicide case 

BREAKING: Jury finds ‘Killa’ guilty in 2016 homicide case 

A jury Thursday afternoon found Joshua “Killa” Simpson guilty in a 2016  homicide and attempted homicide near Greenacres. Simpson was convicted of first-degree murder in the May 19, 2016, fatal shooting of 32-year-old Joanes Charlot Jr. and the attempted second-degree murder of Larry Andre King III. Investigators said Simpson shot the men over a gun that allegedly...
Boynton taxpayers can expect higher water rates, higher property taxes

Boynton taxpayers can expect higher water rates, higher property taxes

The mayor and commission this week signed off on the city’s proposed $91.1 million general budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, voting to keep the 7.9 millage rate and fire assessment fees the same, while preliminarily approving an increase to water rates. The $91.1 million is about $2.1 million less than the current budget’s numbers. The general budget includes departments that provide...
Cerabino: Weak on borders? Letting the Canadians stay in Florida

Cerabino: Weak on borders? Letting the Canadians stay in Florida

I know the news has been crazy lately, and the last thing you need right now is one more bizarre news story, but that’s why I’m here. It turns out Florida’s two U.S. senators, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, have put aside their political differences to co-sponsor a bill that would allow older Canadians to vacation in Florida for eight months a year, instead of six. I was hoping this...
Lake Worth to hold town hall meeting to discuss traffic woes

Lake Worth to hold town hall meeting to discuss traffic woes

Peggy Fisher has lived on North A Street for more than 10 years. She loves Lake Worth, but she’s often at city commission meetings voicing her concerns. One of her biggest worries? Traffic near her house. “I work for the state on Florida’s Turnpike,” said Fisher, 64. “I used to go on North A Street to 10th Avenue, then turn left to get on 95 to go to Southern Boulevard...
'They aren't dead?' Florida man asks police when he learns 2 survived shooting, officials say

'They aren't dead?' Florida man asks police when he learns 2 survived shooting, officials say

A man was arrested Thursday just hours after a fatal shooting at the Best Southern Sun Plaza Motel on South Ridgewood Avenue, police said. Police said they arrested Marcus Pinckney, 40, in connection with the shooting. He was found in an Ormond Beach hotel, police said. The shooting happened at about 3 a.m. at the Best Southern Sun Plaza Motel. A 57-year-old man died at the scene and two...
NEW: Family remembers Riviera Beach stabbing victim’s ‘bright personality’

NEW: Family remembers Riviera Beach stabbing victim’s ‘bright personality’

Romario Joseph moved to South Florida from his native Jamaica nearly three years ago, picking up odd jobs working in construction.  The 21-year-old visited his grand-uncle’s Riviera Beach home nearly every day, hanging out with friends in the neighborhood.  Playing in pickup football games was one of his favorite hobbies.  But rather than seeing Joseph’s familiar presence...
Traffic surge on Amazon Prime Day buckles servers, leads to hours of glitches

Traffic surge on Amazon Prime Day buckles servers, leads to hours of glitches

Amazon failed to secure enough servers capable of handling the traffic surge on Prime Day, one of the tech giant’s biggest shopping days of the year, causing a series of glitches that temporarily affected some customers. >> Read more trending news  The information comes from CNBC, which obtained internal Amazon documents on the problem. Amazon also had to add servers manually...
BREAKING: One taken to hospital after near-drowning in Jupiter

BREAKING: One taken to hospital after near-drowning in Jupiter

One person was taken to a hospital Thursday afternoon after a near-drowning near Dubois Park, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.  The incident happened shortly after 1 p.m.   An update on the person’s condition was not immediately available. 
Lake Worth says no more tattoo shops, ponders downtown’s future

Lake Worth says no more tattoo shops, ponders downtown’s future

There will be no more tattoo parlors or body piercing studios in downtown Lake Worth. City Commissioners unanimously passed Tuesday night a moratorium on those businesses for one year. There was no discussion. But at the May 15 city commission meeting, Commissioner Scott Maxwell said there should be a moratorium on tattoo shops in downtown Lake Worth. “We do not need, in my humble opinion, a...
Restaurant at The Gardens Mall fails inspection, temporarily closes

Restaurant at The Gardens Mall fails inspection, temporarily closes

A pair of Palm Beach County restaurants were forced to close temporarily after failing inspections. A July 9 inspection of Chinatown at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens found live roaches. Two live roaches were found on a dolly under a trash can, between a prep table and an upright cooler. Two more were found by a three-compartment sink. All four roaches were killed by an employee. Inspectors...
Home Depot expansion project wins OK from Jupiter

Home Depot expansion project wins OK from Jupiter

The town’s only Home Depot is getting a makeover. The home improvement supplies store on West Indiantown Road won unanimous approval from the town council Tuesday night to demolish the vacant Sports Authority building next door as well as a portion of the existing Home Depot building and construct a 39,575-square foot expansion. Sports Authority closed its doors in 2016 when the company went...
BREAKING: Boy, 10, injured in Delray Beach drive-by shooting

BREAKING: Boy, 10, injured in Delray Beach drive-by shooting

City police are investigating a drive-by shooting in Delray Beach that left a 10-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his leg. The shooting, which police are connecting to a years-long feud between two families and their associates, took place around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1105 Northwest First St. The home and its surrounding area has been targeted eight times in shootings since 2014, according...
NEW: Are you driving stoned? Marijuana DUI tests a challenge for police

NEW: Are you driving stoned? Marijuana DUI tests a challenge for police

One seasonably cool day, Boca Raton stockbroker Irvin Rosenfeld sat at a red light in Broward County, his window down, and smoked a joint. In the next lane: an undercover cop. “I said, ‘Officer, I’m using cannabis sativa provided to me by prescription,’ ” Rosenfeld recalled. “He said, ‘Smells like marijuana to me.’ ” Rosenfeld is...
NEW: Two hurt in crash after off-duty PBSO deputy runs stop sign, Delray police say

NEW: Two hurt in crash after off-duty PBSO deputy runs stop sign, Delray police say

An 18-year-old college student is in a coma after an off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy ran a stop sign Sunday and struck the car in which she was riding, her family and Delray Beach police confirmed Thursday.  Farrah Fox and Dylan De Giuseppe, 20, who both live west of Boca Raton, were injured at about 5 p.m. when a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Michael D’Avanzo struck...
NEW: PBSO says Delray, Boynton men trafficked in painkillers

NEW: PBSO says Delray, Boynton men trafficked in painkillers

Two men are now facing charges of trafficking in painkillers and stimulants following their arrests with a bag filled with pills and liquids in a Boynton Beach apartment complex parking lot. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office first arrested Douglas Johnson, 26, of Delray Beach and Kennard Banks, 28, of Boynton Beach on May 8 for trafficking more than 7 grams of oxycodone. Banks and...
'Brady Bunch' house for sale for nearly $1.9M

'Brady Bunch' house for sale for nearly $1.9M

The home featured in the opening and closing scenes of "The Brady Bunch" is for sale for $1.885 million. Records show George and Violet McCallister bought the two-bedroom, three-bathroom split-level home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1973 for $61,000. Real estate agent Ernie Carswell tells the Los Angeles Times the house has been updated and upgraded, but the interior...
LATEST: Man wanted for assaulting West Palm police arrested after I-95 chase

LATEST: Man wanted for assaulting West Palm police arrested after I-95 chase

A Hypoluxo man wanted for allegedly assaulting two West Palm Beach police officers was arrested July 14 after he led Boynton Beach police on a chase on Interstate 95 at speeds that reached nearly 100 mph, according to a police report. Marcus John McCarthy, 43, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on multiple charges that include aggravated battery on an officer, resisting an officer with...
Gardens pop-up experience uses s’mores, candy to teach science to kids

Gardens pop-up experience uses s’mores, candy to teach science to kids

An experience that entices children to take interest in STEM with 3D-printed s’mores and candy “flavor explosions” is popping up in Downtown at the Gardens this weekend. RELATED: Science Center expands with new playground, center for children Sue’s Tech Kitchen opens Friday in a space below the Cobb Theatre next to Hot Yoga Downtown and continues through Sunday. READ: Kids...
Protester arrested during march to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, police say

Protester arrested during march to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, police say

A Riviera Beach man was arrested during a protest Wednesday night near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Richard Keith Perlicz, 40, was charged with resisting arrest without violence, a misdemeanor. Perlicz was also cited for blocking traffic. Perlicz was attending a “Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy” protest, which began at 8 p.m. with...
BREAKING: West Palm Beach prostitution sting nets 5 arrests

BREAKING: West Palm Beach prostitution sting nets 5 arrests

Five women were arrested Wednesday in a prostitution sting in the north end of the city, West Palm Beach police said. Authorities picked up the women, who range in age from 30 to 55, along the Broadway corridor between 49th and 56th streets. All face prostitution-related charges.  Palm Beach County jail records indicate the women live near West Palm Beach. Wednesday’s operation...
Fort Hunter Liggett tent collapse: 22 injured at California military base, officials say

Fort Hunter Liggett tent collapse: 22 injured at California military base, officials say

More than 20 people were injured late Wednesday when a tent collapsed at Fort Hunter Liggett in California, officials said. Update 9:50 a.m. EDT July 19: Base officials said Thursday morning in a Facebook post that the 22 soldiers reported injured at Fort Hunter Liggett had been released to their units. Update 2:26 a.m. EDT July 19: According to the military base’s official Twitter...
UPDATE: Driver lost control on I-95, crashed on Village Boulevard in West Palm

UPDATE: Driver lost control on I-95, crashed on Village Boulevard in West Palm

A driver in a three-vehicle crash Thursday morning that saw an SUV travel off Interstate 95 and onto Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach is facing charges of careless driving and driving without a license, the Florida Highway Patrol said. <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VYOo2ulo89A?feature=oembed" frameborder="0"...
NEW: West Palm Beach man accused of raping, impregnating 12-year-old

NEW: West Palm Beach man accused of raping, impregnating 12-year-old

A 28-year-old man is facing charges after authorities say he raped and impregnated a 12-year-old late last year. On Friday, West Palm Beach police arrested Jorge Estuardo Cobon-Juarez on charges of sexual assault on a minor and child cruelty. He is being held in the Palm Beach County jail without the possibility of posting bond. Cobon-Juarez denied ever inappropriately touching the child. DNA...
Saharan air reduces rainfall, turns up the heat around here

Saharan air reduces rainfall, turns up the heat around here

A drift of rouge-tinted Saharan air has filtered into South Florida, reducing rain chances into the weekend and turning up the heat. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Miami are forecasting a high temperature of 93 degrees today in West Palm Beach — 3 degrees above what’s normal for this time of year. Wednesday’s high reached a blistering 92 with a “feels...
Jupiter Medical Center wins town approval for NICU, new entrance way

Jupiter Medical Center wins town approval for NICU, new entrance way

Jupiter Medical Center’s proposal to add an intensive care unit for newborns as well as a new main entrance won approval from the town council on a 3-0 vote Tuesday night. Vice-Mayor Ron Delaney was absent from Tuesday’s council meeting, while councilor Ilan Kaufer abstained from the vote. Kaufer sits on JMC’s corporate board. The hospital plans to add a five-story, 41,231-square-foot...
Turtle fun, golf simulator, tasty samples: 3 things to do in Gardens

Turtle fun, golf simulator, tasty samples: 3 things to do in Gardens

SLIDING INTO SUMMER TASTING EVENT Publix GreenWise Market at Legacy Place will host a tasting event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, giving samples of chili-chicken sliders and falafel party sliders. Sunny 107.9 will be at the Slide into Summer Tasting Event 1 to 3 p.m. with chances to win Publix gift cards. There will be giveaways while supplies last, according to Legacy Place. The store is at 11231 Legacy...
Loxahatchee Groves council OKs higher preliminary tax rate to ‘rebuild’

Loxahatchee Groves council OKs higher preliminary tax rate to ‘rebuild’

After a fiscal year that saw the town get pummeled first by Hurricane Irma and then by brutal road conditions, it’s time to rebuild, Town Manager Bill Underwood told the council at Tuesday night’s meeting. “This is the year of rebuilding,” he said as he presented the proposed budget for the coming year. RELATED: Loxahatchee Groves landowners vote to fold water district into...
Texas woman sentenced to jail for trying to take 40 conchs from Key West waters

Texas woman sentenced to jail for trying to take 40 conchs from Key West waters

A Texas woman has been sentenced to 15 days in jail and a $500 fine for trying to take 40 queen conchs out of Key West, Florida, and home to Dallas. >> Read more trending news  Diana Fiscal-Gonzalez pleaded no contest on July 13 to second-degree misdemeanor charges related to removing the state-protected mollusks from ocean waters, according to Florida Keys News.  Fiscal-Gonzalez...
NEW: Police investigating suspicious package in Lantana

NEW: Police investigating suspicious package in Lantana

A neighbor’s report about a suspicious package brought the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to suburban Lantana, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The scene is contained and there are currently no evacuations, she said.  The team is present along Lantana Road and Lake Osborne Drive. 
Harvey Weinstein asks judge to dismiss Ashley Judd lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein asks judge to dismiss Ashley Judd lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein's lawyers asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss Ashley Judd's lawsuit against him, saying allegations that he tried to hurt her career after she rejected him sexually are baseless and were filed far too late. In the federal court filing in Los Angeles, the attorneys discuss Judd's comment that she would only let Weinstein touch her after she won an Academy Award in one of his films....
Lyft beefing up background checks after latest driver arrest

Lyft beefing up background checks after latest driver arrest

Ridesharing company Lyft said Wednesday that it's beefing up its background checks after a driver arrested for rape was found to be in the United States illegally. The company's "enhanced detection processes" will apply to new applicants and existing drivers, Lyft spokeswoman Kate Margolis said. She declined to discuss the changes in detail. San Francisco Police arrested Lyft driver Orlando...
‘Many hurting hearts’ at vigil for young mother gunned down in Riviera

‘Many hurting hearts’ at vigil for young mother gunned down in Riviera

Purple balloons filled the sky in Riviera Beach Wednesday night as a community gathered to mourn the loss of one of its own. A crowd of at least 50 came to a vigil held in remembrance of 22-year-old Norriesha Hills, also known as “NaNa,” who was killed Monday night when a lone shooter opened fire on a group gathered outside a Riviera Beach home.  Hills, a mother of two young...
Quadriplegic paraglider raising awareness for ‘disability-friendly’ parks has trailer stolen in Utah 

Quadriplegic paraglider raising awareness for ‘disability-friendly’ parks has trailer stolen in Utah 

A quadriplegic paraglider from Missoula, Montana, is asking for public help after his trailer and video equipment were stolen from a park in Utah. Joe Stone, 33, has been using the trailer to visit parks and paraglide across the country, as part of a film project for his foundation to inspire disabled people to explore the outdoors.  Stone suffered a permanent spinal chord injury in a paragliding...
The British Open challenge: Don’t do too much, or too little, to the course

The British Open challenge: Don’t do too much, or too little, to the course

Martin Slumbers, the chief executive of the R&A, has a very particular memory of the moment he truly understood the effect of the weather on the British Open. The 147th edition teed off Thursday at Scotland’s Carnoustie Golf Links and is Slumbers’ third year in charge of the tournament. However, on the third day of his first championship at Royal Troon in 2016, he received a rude awakening...
Feel the pull of the prairie on an American safari in Montana

Feel the pull of the prairie on an American safari in Montana

Bison run faster than humans, I thought on my morning jog, as I panted down the slope. They weigh more too — around 1,400 pounds. One of those beasts could crush me flat and not even notice. I ran a little distance before looking back at the low ridge, where 50 or 60 bison posed like breathing statues, the morning sun lighting up the smoky exhale of their nostrils. The massive animals showed...
Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Chicago's West Loop 

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Chicago's West Loop 

Just on the other side of the river from downtown Chicago is West Loop, which was and remains an active industrial district. The city wears its blue collar proudly, and it was in this neighborhood that organized labor staged a rally in 1886 advocating for the eight-hour work day, an event that devolved into a deadly riot. In recent years, the area has transformed to also house some of the country's...
Millions fall for South Carolina dentist in viral ‘In My Fillings’ dance video

Millions fall for South Carolina dentist in viral ‘In My Fillings’ dance video

A dentist in Greenville, South Carolina, is inspiring millions to get their teeth cleaned after taking on the Drake-inspired “In My Feelings” dance challenge. Dr. Rich Constantine’s version of the “shiggy” -- a dance inspired by the rapper -- has over 24 million views on Facebook. >> Read more trending news  Over 100,000 people have commented on the...
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