UPDATE: Man, 77, dies after strong-armed robbery in Gardens parking lot

The 77-year-old Jupiter man attacked Sept. 11 in a Palm Beach Gardens parking lot has died, city police said Wednesday. Bernard Leonard Fairman died “a couple of days ago” from injuries sustained in the strong-armed robbery outside the Stein Mart clothing store at the Shoppes at Oakbrook plaza, police said. Two people in the parking lot, at the north end of the shopping center on...


Jupiter Police Department names K-9 after Burt Reynolds character

Jupiter Police Department names K-9 after Burt Reynolds character

Jupiter Police Department has named its newest K-9 officer after one of Burt Reynolds’ best-known characters. Bandit, an 11-week-old bloodhound, will join the department once he completes eight to 10 months of training. This Bandit isn’t going to smuggle bootleg beer across state lines or be chased by Sheriff Buford T. Justice — rather, Bandit the dog will work to sniff out missing...
Lantana family of 9 loses home in fire; youth football team gives $800

Lantana family of 9 loses home in fire; youth football team gives $800

Sept. 1 was a regular Saturday evening for Tara Payton as she heated up oil in a cast-iron pan to cook dinner for six children in her Lantana home. When she stepped away to ask her husband Ryan a quick question at the front door, Tara heard someone scream “fire!” and she immediately ran back inside to see the kitchen in flames. “It was only a minute that I was away from the...
Lawmaker: US Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers

Lawmaker: US Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers

Foreign government hackers continue to target the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and the Senate's security office has refused to defend them, a lawmaker says. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that "at least one major technology company" has warned an unspecified number of senators...
How 65 women came to Kavanaugh's defense in matter of hours

How 65 women came to Kavanaugh's defense in matter of hours

It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. In a matter of hours, they all signed onto a letter rallying behind high court nominee and their high school friend Brett Kavanaugh as someone who "has always treated women with decency and respect." And...
Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions

Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions

A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s and 1990s, who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma including concussions that led to long-term brain damage. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford threw out the lawsuit Monday, saying many of the claims were frivolous...
Nelson, Rubio want Hobe Sound refuge renamed to honor Nat Reed

Nelson, Rubio want Hobe Sound refuge renamed to honor Nat Reed

Friends and family of Nathaniel “Nat” Reed have welcomed the idea of renaming Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge to honor the late environmentalist. On Tuesday, Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio filed a bill to change the Martin County wildlife refuge to the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. Lia Bohannon, Reed’s daughter, called it a “fitting tribute...

New outbreak of red tide shows up in northwest Florida

Another part of Florida is dealing with an outbreak of the toxic algae bloom known as red tide. Media outlets report that red tide has now showed up in northwest Florida. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that the outbreak apparently started sometime last week. The Panama City News Herald says thousands of fish have already washed up in Bay County. The heaviest concentrations of red tide have shown...
Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs

Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs

Eager to show heart in a moment of crisis, President Donald Trump handed out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words in the Carolinas on Wednesday as he surveyed the wreckage left by Hurricane Florence. With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction and injury, Trump sought to strike a balance between comforter and cheerleader, mindful that he has been criticized...
Frustration builds as Carolina residents wait to go home

Frustration builds as Carolina residents wait to go home

Exhaustion and frustration are building in the Carolinas as thousands of people wait to go home days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods blamed for at least 37 deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff's van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road. With the remnants of Florence finally out to sea and skies bright over rivers still swelling with...
Burt Reynolds funeral held in West Palm Beach

Burt Reynolds funeral held in West Palm Beach

A private funeral for Burt Reynolds was held Wednesday morning in West Palm Beach, according to the Family Church.  The Palm Beach Post reached out to the church and they confirmed a private service was held. They declined to release any further details.  According to Radar, Reynolds’ former girlfriend actress Sally Field discreetly entered the service through a side door...
Judge partly dismisses Ashley Judd lawsuit against Weinstein

Judge partly dismisses Ashley Judd lawsuit against Weinstein

A federal judge has thrown out part of a lawsuit Ashley Judd filed against Harvey Weinstein that alleges he deliberately derailed her career when she turned him down sexually. U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez on Wednesday dismissed the sexual harassment allegation in the lawsuit, ruling that the California law Judd was suing under does not apply to the professional relationship she and the...
Trump's tariffs could sow trouble for GOP in farm districts

Trump's tariffs could sow trouble for GOP in farm districts

In the aptly named Harvester Restaurant, wheat farmer Roy Dube makes clear he's no fan of President Donald Trump's trade policy. "We get him elected into office and he pulls us out of trade agreements," Dube said last week as local farmers gathered to hear Democratic House candidate Lisa Brown. Dube says China is buying less wheat from eastern Washington farmers and Trump's policies have...
Online scammers stole $350,000 from wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Online scammers stole $350,000 from wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Online scammers attacked the personal email account of the wife of Florida Gov. Rick Scott on two occasions and robbed her of $350,000, the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday. >> Read more trending news  The email account of Ann Scott was hacked in 2012 and 2014 and both incidents were connected to Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the newspaper reported. The investigations included...
Biggest wildfire on record in California is fully contained

Biggest wildfire on record in California is fully contained

The U.S. Forest Service says the largest wildfire on record in California is 100 percent contained. The agency made the announcement Wednesday about the so-called Mendocino Complex of twin fires that erupted in July. The fires north of San Francisco killed a firefighter, destroyed 157 homes and scorched 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometers). That's an area more than twice the size of New York...
Millions of US teens are vaping marijuana; FDA launches crackdown amid ‘epidemic’

Millions of US teens are vaping marijuana; FDA launches crackdown amid ‘epidemic’

A new report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that more than 2 million American teens have used an e-cigarette to vape marijuana >> Read more trending news  The new data, based on a representative sample of middle and high school students questioned in the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey, showed 8.9 percent of the 20,000 students...
Judge nixes Cosby request to step down; sentencing Monday

Judge nixes Cosby request to step down; sentencing Monday

Days before sentencing, Bill Cosby's trial judge denied a defense motion to step down from the sex assault case because of what Cosby's team called a long-ago grudge with a pretrial witness. Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill has seen the case through two trials, hard-fought pretrial hearings and 15 defense lawyers since Cosby's arrest on Dec. 30, 2015. Cosby's two-day sentencing hearing is set...
‘Skeeter syndrome’ can cause allergic reaction in children

‘Skeeter syndrome’ can cause allergic reaction in children

Mosquitoes not only are annoying, but they also can make you sick.  >> Read more trending news  “Skeeter syndrome” is not just a clever name. It’s a description for an allergic reaction to proteins in mosquito saliva that can cause problems, particularly for children, Health Magazine reported. That red and itchy swelling that can be painful is sometimes...
Trump: 9/11 memorial renewed my resolve to build border wall

Trump: 9/11 memorial renewed my resolve to build border wall

President Donald Trump says the Sept. 11 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, renewed his resolve to push for his stalled southern border wall. Trump tells Hill.TV in an interview published Wednesday that he marveled at the Flight 93 National Memorial during a visit last week. Trump tells the outlet, "They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in Pennsylvania, Shanksville."...
Wellington Green mall museum pokes saber-toothed hole in expectations

Wellington Green mall museum pokes saber-toothed hole in expectations

Look out for that time warp near the Nordstrom store at the Mall at Wellington Green. It could throw off your whole shopping schedule by, like, a million years. One minute you’re browsing the latest gadgets or clothes. The next you’re in a world of mammoths and saber-toothed cats. Some come straight out of prehistoric versions of Palm Beach County. Welcome to the Palm Beach Museum...
Seacoast Bank boosts starting pay to $15 an hour

Seacoast Bank boosts starting pay to $15 an hour

Two years ago, Stuart-based Seacoast Banking Corp. (NASDAQ: SBCF) boosted minimum pay to $14 an hour. Now it has given wages again, this time to at least $15 an hour. Seacoast said the raise aims to help tellers and other low-wage workers keep pace with rising costs of living. The raises are separate from merit increase considerations and include all permanent full- and part-time employees, the bank...
Florida man chokes, beats estranged partner at Econo Lodge, police said

Florida man chokes, beats estranged partner at Econo Lodge, police said

A Lecanto man was arrested in Gainesville Monday night after police say he beat his estranged partner and choked her until she couldn’t breathe. William Cepran Popp, 49, and the woman had argued at the Econo Lodge, 2649 SW 13th St. in Gainesville, a police report says.  Police said Popp punched the woman at least twice in the face and choked her until she briefly lost consciousness. ...
Sugar content of most yogurts above recommended limits, study says

Sugar content of most yogurts above recommended limits, study says

Yogurt has long been touted as a healthy alternative to candy or other sweets.  Studies have found yogurt is a good source of probiotics, protein, calcium, iodine and vitamin B. >> Read more trending news  A new study in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), however, has determined most supermarket yogurt is not as healthy as people think, because of its sugar content. ...
Calif. surgeon who appeared on reality dating show accused of drugging, sexually assaulting women

Calif. surgeon who appeared on reality dating show accused of drugging, sexually assaulting women

A California surgeon who appeared on a reality TV show and a woman are accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least two women. Authorities said Grant W. Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, were taken into custody Sept. 12 on multiple charges, including “rape by use of drugs.” Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a news conference that the investigation...
Boynton weekend events: Journey tribute, Art Walk, fitness challenge

Boynton weekend events: Journey tribute, Art Walk, fitness challenge

Need plans for this weekend? Here are three things to do in Boynton Beach: 1. Live show — Tribute to Journey: The Venu at 8794 W. Boynton Beach Blvd. #101 will be hosting a live show in tribute to music by Journey on Friday from 9 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $23.09 and are available on the restaurant’s website the localvenu.com. Those under 21 must be with a guardian and there are no ticket...
LATEST: Boca man who approached home with rifle to be held until trial

LATEST: Boca man who approached home with rifle to be held until trial

A suburban Boca Raton man accused of showing up at his neighbor’s house carrying an AR-15 rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest will be held in custody until his trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Kevin Flaherty, 48, faces multiple felony charges and has been confined to a mental-health treatment facility in Delray Beach since his arrest Sept. 6. VIDEO Boca man held after approaching...
Sprouts officially announces new location for Jupiter

Sprouts officially announces new location for Jupiter

The natural and organic grocery store chain Sprouts Farmers Market has officially announced it will open a location in Jupiter. Sprouts will be at 3757 Military Trail in Admirals Crossing plaza, replacing the Winn-Dixie that closed in April. PREVIOUS: Will a natural and organic store sprout in Jupiter? Jupiter joins Clearwater, Deerfield Beach, Naples, Oviedo, Riverview, Trinity and Wellington in...
Study: College students don't know where to buy stamps to mail in absentee ballots 

Study: College students don't know where to buy stamps to mail in absentee ballots 

Give me liberty, unless I cannot find stamps. >> Read more trending news  A focus group in Virginia discovered that many college students who obtained absentee ballots to vote did not send them back because they did not know where to buy a stamp, WTOP reported. “One thing that came up, which I had heard from my own kids but I thought they were just nerdy, was that the students...
Here’s why Lake Worth is changing water chlorination process Saturday

Here’s why Lake Worth is changing water chlorination process Saturday

Starting Saturday, Lake Worth’s Water Treatment Plantwill change its water chlorination process for two weeks to maintain high water quality. The city will use a free chlorine residual water treatment method to provide a stronger, faster acting disinfection process than the combined chlorine of Chrlormaines treatment normally used. READ: Lake Worth’s unsightly...
The Latest: Trump assures South Carolina as flooding lingers

The Latest: Trump assures South Carolina as flooding lingers

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to the Carolinas to review Hurricane Florence damage (all times local): 4 p.m. President Donald Trump says South Carolina is in for a "rough few days" in the aftermath of Florence, but assures the state that the federal government "is behind you." Trump spoke Wednesday at an emergency management center in the city of Conway, near Myrtle...
Trump casts doubt on Kavanaugh accuser: 'Very hard for me to imagine anything happened'

Trump casts doubt on Kavanaugh accuser: 'Very hard for me to imagine anything happened'

President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that it’s “very hard … to imagine anything happened” between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who claims the judge attempted to rape her when they were both teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, have been invited to testify Monday in a public hearing by the Senate Judiciary...
Vandals slash Christmas decorations put up for Ohio boy with inoperable cancer

Vandals slash Christmas decorations put up for Ohio boy with inoperable cancer

An Ohio community put up Christmas decorations for a 2-year-old boy suffering from inoperable brain cancer because he probably won’t live to see the holidays. >> Read more trending news  But vandals have been slashing some of the decorations, and the residents of Colerain Township are not happy about it, WLWT reported. "They're gonna brag to the wrong person. Somebody's...
Boynton cop loves job, but her side business is frosting on the cake

Boynton cop loves job, but her side business is frosting on the cake

What started as a hobby turned into a fun side business for Boynton Beach police officer Jivanet Rivera. After getting home from a 10-hour shift, Rivera, 28, said she would de-stress by baking and decorating cakes. “Being able to bake allows me to calm down, ease my mind and to be creative,” she said. “In this job, you have a lot of things that cause stress in your life and...
Pistol-whipped drug dealer arrested after bad deal, Gainesville police say

Pistol-whipped drug dealer arrested after bad deal, Gainesville police say

Gainesville police arrested two suspected drug dealers Sunday morning, while the buyers who robbed them at gunpoint remained unidentified.  After a police investigation, it was determined that Billie A. Carter, 19, and Quade Eubanks, 20, had traveled to Gainesville from Daytona Beach for a drug deal, Gainesville Police Officer Ben Tobias wrote in an email. The deal happened at 117 NW 15th St...
Florida neighbors can't bear the sight of nude gardener

Florida neighbors can't bear the sight of nude gardener

Adam and Eve may have been naked in the Garden of Eden, but neighbors in a South Florida city are not happy about a nude gardener in their paradise. >> Read more trending news  Residents in a north Stuart neighborhood called the Martin County Sheriff’s Office to complain about a man who does yard work and walks around his property in the buff, but deputies said there is nothing they...
Republicans press for Kavanaugh vote if accuser won’t testify

Republicans press for Kavanaugh vote if accuser won’t testify

As Democrats called for a full FBI investigation of sexual misconduct allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Republican Senators on Wednesday said that if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford decides not to testify at a hearing set for next Monday, then the GOP should move forward to vote on the Kavanaugh nomination. “It is imperative the Judiciary...
EXCLUSIVE: In video, grandmother begs missing Delray woman’s husband not to take baby

EXCLUSIVE: In video, grandmother begs missing Delray woman’s husband not to take baby

A distraught grandmother throws herself on Lewis Bennett in the driveway of the woman's Boca Raton home.  "Don't take my baby. Don't take my baby," Amparo Alvarez sobs in Spanish before staggering away and collapsing. Inside Bennett’s car is the woman’s granddaughter. "You already killed my sister. What else do you want. Do you want to kill my mom? Right now?"...
BREAKING: Motorcyclist killed in wreck near West Palm Beach

BREAKING: Motorcyclist killed in wreck near West Palm Beach

A 33-year-old man is dead after crashing his motorcycle late Tuesday on Congress Avenue north of Gun Club Road, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Joseph Hurff Jr. was about 2 miles west of his West Palm Beach home shortly after 9:30 p.m. when he lost control of his 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster, crossed three lanes of traffic and hit the center median.  He was thrown from...
A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death

As weeks turned into months, the seats of the small plane began to empty out. In the beginning, 15 passengers flew from Vieques to the Puerto Rican mainland — refugees from Hurricane Maria. The storm had ruined the only dialysis center on this tiny island, their home; without treatment, the kidney patients would die. But the thrice-weekly trips have taken a toll on these frail patients. Five...
'I'm a Kardashian,' Florida woman claims before pushing neighbor, deputies say

'I'm a Kardashian,' Florida woman claims before pushing neighbor, deputies say

A Florida woman who claimed she was a “Kardashian” was arrested on a battery charge after a confrontation with a neighbor, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. Last week, Crystal Kohler, 35, approached her neighbor and said, “I’m a Kardashian. I’m going to (expletive) you up,” and then pushed the victim with both hands, deputies said.  When deputies...
BREAKING: Lantana gas station sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

BREAKING: Lantana gas station sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

A Lantana gas station sold one of two winning Fantasy 5 tickets in Tuesday’s statewide drawing, the Florida Lottery said. The ticket pays $91,049.01 and bears the numbers 3-6-18-23-27. The winner bought the ticket at the Shell station on Lantana Road just east of Interstate 95. The other winning ticket was sold in Miami, the lottery said.
Lake Worth teen accused of robbing father, 4-year-old son at gunpoint

Lake Worth teen accused of robbing father, 4-year-old son at gunpoint

A 17-year-old Lake Worth resident is facing charges as an adult after he allegedly used a gun to rob a man who was walking with his 4-year-old son, according to court records. Cedric Millner is being held without bail on a charge of robbery with a firearm. He first was arrested Sept. 7 after he allegedly was found carrying a concealed weapon and was released from the Palm Beach County...
Flashback: When historic Clematis Street buildings caught on fire

Flashback: When historic Clematis Street buildings caught on fire

Windows exploded and shattered glass littered Clematis Street. Air-conditioning units fell to the ground. A ceiling collapsed. Firefighting equipment malfunctioned. On a Halloween night 41 years ago, an iconic 1923 downtown West Palm Beach building was engulfed in flames, and it took 2 1/2 hours to extinguish it. Two ladder trucks, three pumpers, 30 city firefighters and a crew from Palm Beach...
LATEST: Broward prosecutors will handle Boynton assault case

LATEST: Broward prosecutors will handle Boynton assault case

Broward County prosecutors will handle the case of a man charged with beating a former girlfriend in front of patrons at a Boynton Beach pizzeria hours after she filed for court protection against him. The reason: A witness works for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office. Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday in the case of Anthony Ashan Stoutt, 20, after State Attorney Dave...
NEW: Boynton Beach massage therapist accused of sexual assault

NEW: Boynton Beach massage therapist accused of sexual assault

A Boynton Beach massage therapist was arrested last week after he allegedly sexually assaulted a customer, according to an arrest report. Berhane Tafari Oliver, 38, is facing one count of sexual assault and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Thursday after he posted a $25,000 bond. The assault took place Sept. 6 at Healing Hands of Judah, a business at Federal Highway and...
Are Bert and Ernie gay? 'Sesame Street' weighs in on ex-writer's comments

Are Bert and Ernie gay? 'Sesame Street' weighs in on ex-writer's comments

The nonprofit organization behind the beloved children's show "Sesame Street" is weighing in on a question that has sparked debates for decades: Are Bert and Ernie a gay couple? The answer: Nope, they're puppets, Sesame Workshop said in a statement Tuesday. "As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends," the statement said. "They were created to teach...
Hurricane Florence: Michael Jordan to donate $2M to relief efforts

Hurricane Florence: Michael Jordan to donate $2M to relief efforts

Charlotte Hornets chairman and NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan, along with the Hornets organization and the NBA, have announced that they’re working together with a number of community organizations to provide relief and support to the people affected by Hurricane Florence. Jordan is donating $1 million each to The American Red Cross and The Foundation for the Carolinas’ Hurricane...
Florence's flooding claims 3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs

Florence's flooding claims 3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals Tuesday, as major flooding is continuing after the slow-moving storm's drenching rains...
Fate of FEMA leader in doubt as Florence cleanup continues

Fate of FEMA leader in doubt as Florence cleanup continues

While Hurricane Florence barreled through the Carolinas, a different type of storm was brewing within the federal disaster relief agency tasked with responding to the fallout. The fate of Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was cast in doubt with revelations that he was being investigated by Homeland Security's internal watchdog and a congressional committee for the possible...
NEW: Authorities searching for driver in Lake Worth hit-and-run crash

NEW: Authorities searching for driver in Lake Worth hit-and-run crash

Authorities are asking for the public’s help finding the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a man Tuesday afternoon in Lake Worth. The crash happened at about 3 p.m. in the 1800 block of Lake Worth Road, just west of Interstate 95. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of an older model Toyota Corolla or Camry, possibly gray...
BREAKING: Fire causes damage at home in Jupiter

BREAKING: Fire causes damage at home in Jupiter

A fire caused damage Tuesday night at a residence in Jupiter, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reports.  The incident happened just after 7 p.m. in the 400 block of Xanadu Place, inside the Xanadu by the Sea development. Crews entered the home and found a bedroom fully engulfed in flames, said Capt. Albert Borroto, spokesman for Fire Rescue.  This story contains embedded social media content...
Giant marijuana bundles wash up on Florida beaches, but don’t try to keep them

Giant marijuana bundles wash up on Florida beaches, but don’t try to keep them

Giant bundles of marijuana, apparently containing individually wrapped five-kilo bricks, have been washing up on the shores of Florida since the approach of Hurricane Florence last week, possibly from a boat that was either capsized by the storm or an airplane drop that went awry. This set off a minor ethical dilemma among the beachgoers of Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia counties in the Daytona...
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Woodward's "Fear" already a million-seller

Bob Woodward's "Fear" is already a million-seller. Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that Woodward's takedown of President Donald Trump has sold more than 1.1 million copies just a week after publication. It is among the fastest selling hardcover books in memory and had the fastest opening in history for Simon & Schuster, which also publishes Stephen King, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mary...
Senators wait to see if Kavanaugh accuser will testify

Senators wait to see if Kavanaugh accuser will testify

As President Donald Trump again defended his Supreme Court nominee, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senators in both parties waited Tuesday to see if Kavanaugh’s accuser would agree to testify at a hearing set for next week, after accusing him of sexual misconduct back when the two were teenagers in the 1980’s. “Dr. Ford’s lawyers refuse...
Hurricane safety: Those who have lived through storms offer their advice

Hurricane safety: Those who have lived through storms offer their advice

Those who live in Florida and other parts of the country that frequently get hurricane warnings know what to do when a storm is bearing down on them. For those who rarely get a mega-storm in their state, those who have been through hurricanes are sharing their expertise via social media.  >> Read more trending news  It’s the little things that you don’t focus on daily...
Cerabino: Torn-jeans dress-code flap hard to bare for school parents

Cerabino: Torn-jeans dress-code flap hard to bare for school parents

I’m foolishly wading into a great controversy gripping our community. That is, whether it was right for Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay’s daughter to be hauled out of her high school class for violating the dress code with a pair of jeans that had a wide rip at the right knee. The high-powered mom took to her Facebook page last week to write an open letter to the Palm Beach County...
LATEST: No bail for Riviera man facing attempted murder charges in Sunday shootings

LATEST: No bail for Riviera man facing attempted murder charges in Sunday shootings

A Riviera Beach man has been arrested in connection with two shootings Sunday a few miles apart that left three people hurt, according to authorities. Tyrone Johnson, 42, was taken into custody Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Service and is expected to face three counts of attempted first-degree murder. Details of where and when Johnson’s arrest took place were not released. A judge Wednesday...
Here’s who’s in the running to buy Gardens property valued at $1.74M

Here’s who’s in the running to buy Gardens property valued at $1.74M

Three buyers are vying to take over six acres of city-owned property where the city once considered a rec center. RELATED: When will Congress Avenue extension open to relieve Northlake traffic? They are South African tennis pro Johan Kriek, Seacoast Utility Authority and the developer of commercial property to the south. RELATED: Why Gardens aims to annex more land, this time at Seacoast plant The...
BREAKING: One wounded in Riviera Beach shooting

BREAKING: One wounded in Riviera Beach shooting

One woman was wounded in a shooting Tuesday afternoon in Riviera Beach, city police said.  The shooting occurred shortly after 4 p.m. in the 800 block of West Seventh Street, off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard west of President Barack Obama Highway. Police found a man in his 30s with a gunshot wound. The man was taken to a hospital as a trauma alert. His condition has since been upgraded...
Ban on medical pot dispensaries up for final vote in Jupiter Thursday

Ban on medical pot dispensaries up for final vote in Jupiter Thursday

Town councilors are expected to pass a $92.9 million operating budget for fiscal year 2019 on Thursday, as well as maintain its tax rate at 2.4633 mills. It’s also decision day for allowing medical marijuana dispensaries within town limits. Twenty-two medical professionals in Jupiter have completed the Low-THC Cannabis Continuing Medical Education course with the state department of health,...
NEW: Gardens police seek to ID person of interest in strong-arm robbery

NEW: Gardens police seek to ID person of interest in strong-arm robbery

City police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man described as a person of interest in in the strong-arm robbery last week of a 77-year-old man in Palm Beach Gardens. This story contains embedded social media content. If you don’t see that content please click here The robbery occurred on the night of Sept. 11 in the parking lot of the Stein Mart  store at the...
McDonald's workers across US protest against sex harassment

McDonald's workers across US protest against sex harassment

McDonald's workers staged protests in several cities Tuesday in what organizers billed as the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. In Chicago, one of the targeted cities, several dozen protesters rallied in front of McDonald's headquarters while a plane flew overhead with a banner reading, "McDonald's: Stop Sexual Harassment." In New Orleans, current...
North Palm suspends enforcement of storage ordinance for boats, RVs

North Palm suspends enforcement of storage ordinance for boats, RVs

After hearing from residents last week at a packed council meeting, the village council decided to suspend enforcement of a controversial ordinance related to the storage of boats and recreational vehicles in residential neighborhoods. About 70 people showed up to Thursday’s regular council meeting, with 12 pleading their case that the village’s boat and RV ordinance is too restrictive...
Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane — a key contributor to climate change that's released in huge amounts during drilling on U.S. and tribal lands. A replacement rule from the Interior Department rescinds mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution, which Trump administration officials say already is required by...
3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding

3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs drowned in Florence flooding

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials. The N.C. Department of Agriculture issued the livestock mortality totals Tuesday, as major flooding is continuing after the slow-moving storm's drenching rains...
Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in NC

Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in NC

Michael Jordan grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina. So when the former NBA star watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence to his hometown and surrounding area, he acted quickly to help. The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner donated $2 million on Tuesday to assist residents of the Carolinas — $1 million each to the American Red Cross...

Feds: Man stole hurricane victim's IDs as part of $8M scam

A Maryland man is accused of stealing hurricane victim's identities as part what the Secret Service describes as an $8 million effort to scam a Federal Emergency Management Agency program. News outlets reported Tuesday that 30-year-old Tare Stanley Okirika is accused of registering unique pre-paid debit cards under stolen identities. A Secret Service affidavit says Okirika used stolen Social Security...
Rick Scott takes a page from Charlie Crist in latest TV ad

Rick Scott takes a page from Charlie Crist in latest TV ad

Charlie Crist depicted Democratic rival Jim Davis’s empty chair (left) in ads during the 2006 governor’s race; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is reviving the empty-chair theme this year in attacks on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, trying to paint Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson as an inside-the-Beltway layabout, ...
Boynton Beach High principal faces termination

Boynton Beach High principal faces termination

Boynton Beach High School Principal Guarn Sims faces being fired after a school district investigation of a relationship he had with a school employee, The Palm Beach Post has learned. Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy has informed Sims that he plans to recommend his termination to the school board next month, according to three people with direct knowledge of the case. Sims,...
Delray throat cancer, 9/11 survivor to perform concert in Boca on Saturday

Delray throat cancer, 9/11 survivor to perform concert in Boca on Saturday

There was a time when Cecilia St. King wasn’t sure if she’d belt out a ballad again. Singing was how St. King coped with tragedy, including the events of Sept. 11, 2001 — she was blocks from the World Trade Centers when they’d collapsed in a terrorist attack. Six months later, she was diagnosed with throat cancer. “When you’re faced with losing the gift you&rsquo...
Julie Chen leaves 'The Talk' after husband Les Moonves leaves CBS

Julie Chen leaves 'The Talk' after husband Les Moonves leaves CBS

Television host and producer Julie Chen is leaving “The Talk,” CBS’s daytime talk show, following her husband Les Moonves’s resignation as CEO of the television network, according to multiple reports. Update 3:10 p.m. EDT Sept. 18: Chen confirmed her departure in a pre-recorded video aired Tuesday on “The Talk.” “I need to spend more time...
BREAKING: Man found shot to death in Lake Worth

BREAKING: Man found shot to death in Lake Worth

A man was found shot to death Tuesday afternoon in Lake Worth, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies responded to the shooting around 2 p.m. in the 2600 block of 6th Avenue South and found the man dead. The cause of the shooting is unknown. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at (800) 458-TIPS (8477). The homicide is the county&rsquo...

Man accused of planning Florida mosque shooting gets 5 years

A man accused of planning a mass shooting at a Florida mosque has been sentenced to five years in prison. Court records show that 69-year-old Bernandino Bolatete was convicted in Jacksonville federal court in May of possessing an unregistered firearm silencer. Police say they began investigating last year after receiving a tip from a confidential source that Bolatete was planning a mass shooting at...
Treasure Coast teacher sues over shooting at Jacksonville tournament

Treasure Coast teacher sues over shooting at Jacksonville tournament

Treasure Coast history teacher Dalton Kent was competing in one of the final rounds of a gaming tournament in Jacksonville last month when the deafening roar of gunfire pierced his concentration. Diving under the table, the 22-year-old Port St. Lucie man was convinced he was going to die. While two gamers were killed during the Aug. 26 rampage at a Madden tournament in a sports bar in The Jacksonville...
Sleep-deprived drivers more likely to cause car crashes, study finds

Sleep-deprived drivers more likely to cause car crashes, study finds

Not getting enough shut-eye each night can be detrimental to your health. It can also affect your ability to drive, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently conducted a study, published in the Sleep journal, to determine the relationship between sleep deprivation and motor vehicle crashes.  &ldquo...
Time’s up: Developer suing city for $137 million over Boca Midtown plan

Time’s up: Developer suing city for $137 million over Boca Midtown plan

Developer Crocker Partners gave Boca Raton five months to resolve a development dispute or face a $137 million lawsuit. The deadline lapsed, and the Boca Raton-based development group is coming after the city. Crocker Partners, which built the Mizner Park shopping center, will file the $137 million lawsuit in the next month, said Angelo Bianco, Crocker Partners’ managing partner. The development...
ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform

Facebook is allowing job ads on its platform that exclude women, according to the American Civil liberties Union. In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the ACLU lists 10 employers that it claims have placed ads on Facebook that violate federal and state discrimination laws. Changes Facebook made to its ads systems this year to prevent discrimination based on...

SeaWorld, ex-execs must pay $5M to settle 'Blackfish' claim

SeaWorld and two former executives on Tuesday agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle federal fraud claims that they misled investors about the negative impact the 2013 documentary "Blackfish" had on business. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed the complaint in federal court in New York as well as the proposed settlements, which are subject to court approval. The SEC's...
BREAKING: PBSO IDs two shot in Palm Beach Central High gunfire

BREAKING: PBSO IDs two shot in Palm Beach Central High gunfire

More than a month after gunfire erupted outside a Palm Beach Central-Dwyer high school football game, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the identity of the two shooting victims. Varnard Albury, 29, and Daniel Foster Sr., who also goes by Daniel Philmore, were injured in the gunfire, the sheriff’s office said.  Foster, 39, is the biological father of a senior...

EPA's top watchdog quits amid probes of agency's leadership

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog office announced his retirement Tuesday, leaving subordinates to pursue ongoing ethics probes involving former EPA chief Scott Pruitt and his team. Arthur A. Elkins Jr., inspector general for the agency since 2010, said in a statement he was leaving for an unspecified job outside of the federal government. The EPA Office of the Inspector...
BREAKING: Jury finds man guilty in 2015 West Palm Beach domestic homicide 

BREAKING: Jury finds man guilty in 2015 West Palm Beach domestic homicide 

Melissa “Lucy” Mitchell had just returned home from a job interview when her neighbor called out to her,  asking how it went. Mitchell, according to witnesses, put her index finger up in the air to signal to her neighbor to hold on for just a minute. But she wasn’t going to make it, Assistant State Attorney Reid Scott told the jury Tuesday. “Her finger was in...
Trump: FBI shouldn't investigate Kavanaugh allegation

Trump: FBI shouldn't investigate Kavanaugh allegation

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he does not believe the FBI should investigate a decades-old sexual assault allegation levied against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. “I don’t think the FBI really should be involved because they don’t want to be involved,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda. “If they wanted to...
Pope: Sex is a gift from god, not taboo, between couples

Pope: Sex is a gift from god, not taboo, between couples

Pope Francis has told French young people that sex is a "great" gift from God, not a taboo, and should be lived as a lifelong, passionate love between man and woman. Francis urged the group of young Catholics from the Grenoble diocese to protect their sexuality from pornography and other temptations that separate sex from love. He acknowledged people "fall" and commit sin &mdash...
BREAKING: Person of interest ID’d in fatal Riviera Beach hit-and-run crash

BREAKING: Person of interest ID’d in fatal Riviera Beach hit-and-run crash

A person of interest has been identified in a hit-and-run crash that left a 78-year-old man dead Tuesday in Riviera Beach, a police spokeswoman said. Eugene William Murphy was struck and killed at about 6 a.m. near the north side of the Blue Heron Boulevard bridge. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said the driver’s vehicle fled without stopping or rendering aid. The vehicle...

Contractors fined $86K over university bridge collapse

Contractors that worked on the bridge near a Florida university that collapsed, killing six people, have been fined more than $86,000 for workplace violations. The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the fines for seven safety violations related to the March 15 collapse. OSHA said the contractors didn't provide adequate safeguards despite serious...
NEW: Lake Worth’s ‘unsightly’ abandoned shopping carts becoming an issue

NEW: Lake Worth’s ‘unsightly’ abandoned shopping carts becoming an issue

There’s a Lake Worth issue that has been bothering Commissioner Scott Maxwell for some time. “We have a lot of abandoned shopping carts all over the city,” Maxwell told The Palm Beach Post. “And they’re very unsightly. Retailers should have some type of way of keeping the carts on their lots. This is just silly.” READ: Lake Worth puts cap on medical pot dispensaries...
Wellington Historical Society grows, seeks new members

Wellington Historical Society grows, seeks new members

Village Attorney Laurie Cohen’s office is not where you would expect to find treasure. But that’s just what sits behind her door, as she collects donations of artifacts for the Wellington Historical Society. Under Cohen’s eye, the young organization has made great progress since late last year: It became a nonprofit, will have its third mixer this week and is planning an inaugural...
Rising golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena found dead on Iowa golf course

Rising golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena found dead on Iowa golf course

Update 11:29 a.m. EDT Sept. 18: Police have released additional details on the discovery of the body of Celia Barquin Arozamena. Police said her body was found in a pond with several stab wounds to the head, neck and upper torso, The Des Moines Register reported. Collin Daniel Richards, who is accused of killing Barquin Arozamena, appeared in court Tuesday morning.  Police said during...
Hurricane Florence: Coast Guard rescues beagles by boatful in floodwater

Hurricane Florence: Coast Guard rescues beagles by boatful in floodwater

Members of the United States Coast Guard rescued 10 furry friends from floodwaters that came during Hurricane Florence. USA Today reported that beagles were in cages as a trailer was underwater in Riegelwood, North Carolina. >> Read more trending news  The dogs’ owners, Josephine Horne and her husband, Jackie Horne, were rescued first, brought on board a 16-foot Coast Guard punt...
LeBron James and Black Panther director working on ‘Space Jam 2’

LeBron James and Black Panther director working on ‘Space Jam 2’

LeBron James and Ryan Coogler, the director of blockbuster “Black Panther,” are reportedly collaborating to create a second movie in the “Space Jam” franchise. James' production company, SpringHill Entertainment, tweeted Wednesday that Coogler will produce the sequel to the 1996 movie that featured Michael Jordan alongside Warner Bros.' animated characters. “The...

Letters: Bear’s Club payoff must be stopped

Bear’s Club payoff must be stopped When is the word “forever” a finite period of time? When it is used in context with influential lobbyists and developers in Palm Beach County, that’s when. The uber-wealthy community of Bear’s Club in Jupiter desires to reverse a perpetual conservation easement protecting a 15-acre nature habit within its luxurious gates. The potential...

POINT OF VIEW: Time to talk suicide prevention among Florida’s youth

As youth and families across the state settle into the new school calendar and fall quickly approaches, it is easy to be caught up in the early mornings, after-school activities, late-night homework and weekend errands. Yet, as we go about our routines, every 32 hours one of Florida’s most valuable citizens commits suicide. Every 32 hours a child or teen falls victim. September is Suicide Prevention...
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