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NEW: Woman gets jury summons for her deceased brother of 14 years

A suburban Lake Worth woman was perplexed as to why she received a jury duty summons in the mail requesting that her brother serve May 4, 2018. Her brother has been dead 14 years. When Serafina Sprague explained to the Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller’s Office that her brother, Peter DiBenedetto, died at Bethesda Hospital 14 years ago, and is buried in the Gardens of Boca Raton cemetery...
Editorial: Publix polarizes with political contributions to Putnam

Editorial: Publix polarizes with political contributions to Putnam

Publix, the supermarket giant that ranks high among things that residents love most about Florida, is learning the perils of political participation in our polarizing age. Last week, it was reported that the beloved grocery chain has given more money to Adam Putnam’s gubernatorial campaign than to any candidate since 1995, and probably in its entire history. Publix, the heirs to the company&rsquo...
West Palm details $2.2 million sophisticated plan to catch criminals

West Palm details $2.2 million sophisticated plan to catch criminals

West Palm police are asking the city to fund technology to locate shooting sites and catch criminals with greater ease. The department, which saw a 150 percent increase in murders last year, is asking the city commission for $2.2 million for gunfire-locator sensors, license plate readers and analytic systems to tie them to police and private security cameras, to speed response by helping identify...
Boca mayor hires lawyer who defended developer at center of scandal

Boca mayor hires lawyer who defended developer at center of scandal

Embattled Mayor Susan Haynie hired a criminal defense lawyer who previously represented the real estate developer at the center of her public corruption scandal. Haynie, suspended from office while she faces four felonies and three misdemeanors, dropped her attorney this week and hired Bruce Zimet, a former federal prosecutor with a long list of high-profile clients, including developer James Batmasian...
Gender equality? FAU gave feds false numbers, ranked near bottom

Gender equality? FAU gave feds false numbers, ranked near bottom

Florida Atlantic University reported false numbers to the government, exaggerating how many women played for its sports teams, just a year after it ranked among the worst in the country for female representation in sports. In 2016, women represented more than half of the Boca Raton school’s enrollment but only 31 percent of its athletes. The percentage was the lowest of all 127 schools participating...
Students find winning at 35th annual Pathfinder Awards ‘surreal’

Students find winning at 35th annual Pathfinder Awards ‘surreal’

They were novelists and scientists, playwrights and polyglots. Teenagers all, they gathered Thursday to bask in the collective glow of their supersized achievements at the 2018 Pathfinder High School Scholarship Awards. Each year, the event, sponsored by The Palm Beach Post, is an awe-inspiring get-together of the region’s most impressive high school students. This year – the annual...
Cousin saw Lake Worth woman get killed by lightning

Cousin saw Lake Worth woman get killed by lightning

Maria Francisco Pascual's cousin saw her die. At about 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Lake Worth woman was coordinating workers at a farm southwest of Boca Raton when a bolt of lightning from a storm system struck and killed her. Pascual, 53, left a husband, three daughters and two sons, and 12 grandchildren, sister Alicia Pascual said Thursday. "She was passionate of what she was doing there. That...
‘They got away with murder:’ Why hit-and-run crashes often go unsolved

‘They got away with murder:’ Why hit-and-run crashes often go unsolved

It’s been more than a year since the driver of a Honda Civic slammed into Scott Matesky as he was crossing Atlantic Avenue, tossing him into the air like a rag doll and then racing away from the scene, leaving the 39-year-old man on the roadway with critical injuries. Two weeks after the April 15, 2017, crash, Matesky died. Despite the release of surveillance-camera video that shows the...
Before the opioid crisis: When crack cocaine ravaged Palm Beach County

Before the opioid crisis: When crack cocaine ravaged Palm Beach County

On a weekday afternoon in 1986 on M Street, near West Palm’s Howard Park, a group of pushers was brazenly trying to close a deal. “You want some rock, man?” one said, leaning in the car window of two reporters from The Palm Beach Post and pulling a plastic bag from his pocket. “Buy my rock. I got the biggest rocks.” “Taste it,” said another one, sticking an...
West Palm hotel: 50 years of change on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard

West Palm hotel: 50 years of change on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard

The spring training baseball stadium on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard is long gone. So is the auditorium that once drew hundreds of thousands of event-goers a year to the busy corridor. But the roadside hotel that served both of those venues is thriving, even as other businesses along Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard have faltered. The Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn will...
Cerabino: Popcorn lobby responds to panic at Boca Raton movie theater

Cerabino: Popcorn lobby responds to panic at Boca Raton movie theater

Dear Cinemark management: I am writing on behalf of the National Popcorn Association (NPA), a group of kernel-loving patriots who seek to preserve our precious rights to possess and fire heated corn. These rights were enshrined by Thomas “Jeffy Pop” Jefferson and the rest of our Foundering Fathers, or as we like to call them our Founding Pop-pers It has come to our attention that popcorn...
Tornado rips through Palm Beach County: ‘I just started screaming…’

Tornado rips through Palm Beach County: ‘I just started screaming…’

Gisela Bosco was making coffee Monday morning when something bashed into her Loxahatchee home so hard she thought her roof was being wrenched away in the pre-dawn darkness. A tornado warning had lit up phones and television scrolls about 5 minutes before. She took a split-second inventory; one child was in the bathroom, another was asleep. “I just started screaming. I was yelling for them...
Cerabino: Old women don’t get a breather from the gig economy

Cerabino: Old women don’t get a breather from the gig economy

You may have heard that we are increasingly living in a “gig economy.” Rather than hiring workers for full-time jobs, some employers are opting for independent workers engaging in freelance short-term work. Brad Smith, the chief executive of Intuit, predicted that these untethered hired hands will make up about 43 percent of the workforce by the year 2020. Which brings me to Florida&rsquo...
EXCLUSIVE: Family of missing Delray woman talks with baby for first time since mom vanished

EXCLUSIVE: Family of missing Delray woman talks with baby for first time since mom vanished

Just days before Tuesday’s anniversary of the disappearance of Isabella Hellmann, her family communicated with her baby for the first time since Hellmann was reported lost at sea on May 15, 2017.  On Friday, the family had a 15-minute video call with the little girl, who is living with Bennett’s parents in England, Mitchell Kitroser, a North Palm Beach attorney who’s been working...
NEW: Husband helped wife flee from state lockup, Riviera police say

NEW: Husband helped wife flee from state lockup, Riviera police say

The husband of an inmate who had recently escaped from a state correctional facility was arrested Friday for allegedly helping his wife go free.  Authorities found Elijah Waters, 40, and Silver D. Bean, 37, at the Travelodge hotel on West Blue Heron Boulevard, east of Interstate 95. Bean escaped from the Bradenton Bridge Community Release Center on May 6 where she was serving three...
How a Parkland victim's celebrity namesake helped raise cash for her memorial

How a Parkland victim's celebrity namesake helped raise cash for her memorial

Since Andrew Pollack lost his daughter Meadow in the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, he’s been on a mission to improve school safety. To do so, he’s had personal meetings with President Trump and Gov. Rick Scott and made many media appearances. But he’s had another mission as well – building a playground and memorial to remember Meadow...
Assisted living owner charged with elder abuse; sisters tried to sound alarm

Assisted living owner charged with elder abuse; sisters tried to sound alarm

Long before Bhoodram “Ken” Parsaram was arrested on elder abuse charges last month, sisters Mary Steffen and Joan Stanton tried to sound the alarm that not all was right with the assisted living home the Wellington man owned and managed. Their parents, Richard and Elizabeth “Betty” Weber, ended up at Parsaram’s six-bed ALF in a suburban West Palm Beach neighborhood...
West Palm’s first slain police officer was forgotten for years. But not now.

West Palm’s first slain police officer was forgotten for years. But not now.

The first West Palm Beach police officer slain in the line of duty was shot in the head with his own gun. His alleged killer’s lawyers invoked the same arguments that now are part of “stand your ground” and Black Lives Matter. And, astonishingly for Jim Crow Florida, they got his conviction overturned. And yet William Payton’s 1924 death was forgotten, even as a 3-foot...
A Fairgrounds address to (remember / forget ) for the Class of 2018

A Fairgrounds address to (remember / forget ) for the Class of 2018

Dear High School Graduates of the Class of 2018: You made it! You’ve come all the way to the ( end / South Florida Fairgrounds), for this, your commencement ceremony. You thought you’d never get here, with all the (obstacles / traffic) you had to face, passing all those (tests / junk yards) and the ( final projects / Double Dee’s strip club) along the...
Hurricane Season 2018: Slimmer cone reflects forecasting improvements

Hurricane Season 2018: Slimmer cone reflects forecasting improvements

Forecasters predicted a right turn would drive Hurricane Irma into an anxious Florida four days before the Cat 4 colossus did just that, biting into the side of Cudjoe Key. With more than 1,100 miles of bathwater-warm Atlantic to cover before Irma was to reach the Peninsula’s tip, there was uncertainty that early morning of Sept. 6 whether the barreling circle of thunderstorms would rise up...
NEW: $300 million Atlantic Crossing project in downtown Delray breaks ground

NEW: $300 million Atlantic Crossing project in downtown Delray breaks ground

DELRAY BEACH — A $300 million project spanning two city blocks in the heart of downtown Delray Beach is underway. Atlantic Crossing — a project on the northeast corner of Federal Highway and Atlantic Avenue that sparked a two-year legal feud with the city of Delray — broke ground Thursday. Construction is expected to last four years. The plans include 82 luxury...
Judge’s order favors Jupiter in Harbourside noise fight

Judge’s order favors Jupiter in Harbourside noise fight

A federal judge’s order hits notes Jupiter officials wanted to hear in a donnybrook over decibels at the town’s waterfront Harbourside entertainment complex. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra in West Palm Beach denied Harbourside Place LLC’s bid for a preliminary injunction against the town. The development argued a town noise ordinance violated its constitutional rights of free...
Cerabino: Pres. Trump club in Palm Beach County not sanctioned nyet

Cerabino: Pres. Trump club in Palm Beach County not sanctioned nyet

I feel sorry for former Palm Beach Gardens Councilwoman Annie Marie Delgado. She started a local President Donald Trump club, calling it the “Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club” and took the trouble to get the sanctioning blessings of the Republican Party of Florida. And the club’s first meeting earlier this month seemed to be a success. About 300 people attended,...
Boss Barista? Subculture Coffee’s co-owner ponders run for mayor

Boss Barista? Subculture Coffee’s co-owner ponders run for mayor

[UPDATED to mention Priscilla Taylor’s candidacy] Sean Scott knows beans about politics. But the co-owner of Clematis Street’s popular Subculture Coffee says that’s just as well, because those who make a living out of local politics aren’t grounded in the needs of the people. As someone who has weighed in at city hall on issues that affect downtown residents and business owners...
Venezuelans fleeing to Palm Beach County: ‘It’s like starting from zero’

Venezuelans fleeing to Palm Beach County: ‘It’s like starting from zero’

Four years ago, Arnaldo Martinez was an electrical engineer living with his family in a nice high-rise apartment in his hometown of Maracay, Venezuela. Today, he delivers pizzas for Papa John’s and lives with his wife in a modest apartment behind the Palm Beach Outlets center. “It’s a big change,” Martinez, 62, says with a subtle smile, “but I try to consider it...
Those blaring Brightline train horns will be silenced soon

Those blaring Brightline train horns will be silenced soon

Train operators could stop blasting their horns along Brightline’s route through West Palm Beach as soon as Monday, a silence that could soon be extended to six other cities around the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, officials announced this week. Brightline has completed a series of safety upgrades needed to stop the horn blasts of both passenger and freight trains at crossings...
SunFest 2018: We issued a Fitbit challenge and the steps are worth celebrating

SunFest 2018: We issued a Fitbit challenge and the steps are worth celebrating

In my 15 years covering SunFest, I’ve relayed two consistent messages: Don’t let people weigh you down with hand sanitizer and tiny fans you won’t use, and stop trying to be cute with the uncomfortable footwear because you’re going to be walking. A lot. But how much, exactly? Enter the Fitbit! I’ve always wondered exactly how far I walk during the music festival...
Editorial: Florida should restore arts funding for local groups

Editorial: Florida should restore arts funding for local groups

We’ve known for several years now that Florida state government’s relationship with its arts community has been a bit complicated. The two don’t talk much. And when they do, it’s usually about money. Still, they have tolerated one another because they seemed to need one another. That relationship dynamic seems to have changed. And not for the better. Sign up for The Palm Beach...
2017 triple murder obscures Jupiter’s falling crime rate

2017 triple murder obscures Jupiter’s falling crime rate

A triple murder on Super Bowl Sunday of 2017 still reverberates in this town of 61,000, but crime statistics throw into stark relief just how unusual and shocking it was. In every major category but homicide, crime fell in Jupiter in 2017. The town’s population rose 1.3 percent, but its crime rate per 1,000 people decreased 7.9 percent in one year, a report from the Jupiter Police Department...
Cerabino: Bullied Palm Beach County Schools misfires on safety forum

Cerabino: Bullied Palm Beach County Schools misfires on safety forum

The Palm Beach County School District has become gun shy. And by that I mean shy about gun discussions. That’s why the district rescinded its previously granted permission for a school safety forum this week at Olympic Heights High School, a forum titled “Town Hall for Our Lives.” The name, the district belatedly noted, mirrored the name used in dozens of gatherings around...
Cerabino: Have a wild time at Palm Beach County’s future wedding venue

Cerabino: Have a wild time at Palm Beach County’s future wedding venue

Dear Future Wedding Guests: Welcome to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge. We trust that your wedding experience here in the last remnant of the northern Everglades in Palm Beach County will be a memorable one. The misson of the refuge is to preserve and protect Florida’s native wildlife and landscape, and lately to provide visitors with an expanding menu of recreational opportunities...
Delray surgeon sues police over excessive use of force

Delray surgeon sues police over excessive use of force

Wracked with grief when he arrived at his daughter’s apartment to find her dead of a cocaine overdose, a Delray Beach surgeon claims Boynton Beach police threw him on the floor and handcuffed him when he tried to see his 26-year-old child one last time before her body was taken to the morgue. In the lawsuit filed this month in U.S. District Court, Dr. Harvey Garber is seeking an unspecified...
NEW: Man charged with murdering woman at sea: ‘I think about her every waking moment’

NEW: Man charged with murdering woman at sea: ‘I think about her every waking moment’

“I think about my wife and daughter every waking moment and wish we could be together again soon.” So wrote Lewis Bennett, charged with murdering his wife, Isabella Hellmann of suburban Delray Beach, at sea last year, to a pal back in his native England, according to a weekend story in England’s Sunday Mirror. In a handwritten note from his cell at a federal detention...
NEW: Money for flood control structures woefully short, report says

NEW: Money for flood control structures woefully short, report says

The budget for repairing South Florida’s aging flood control structures is short tens of millions of dollars each year, potentially putting homes at risk during extreme rainfall, according to an inspector general’s report. A year-long review of the South Florida Water Management District’s operations and maintenance program found the annual allotment set aside for repairs to...
9/11 veterans ‘out’ man who claimed to be firefighter at Ground Zero

9/11 veterans ‘out’ man who claimed to be firefighter at Ground Zero

When Don Prince saw a news story about Steven Shapiro being arrested on charges of credit-card theft, he recognized him right away. Prince co-founded a substance-abuse treatment center for first responders. Shapiro, he said, worked there for a while. Prince said Shapiro had told people he was a fire lieutenant in Connecticut and had been at Ground Zero on Sept. 11. 2001.  By all accounts...
Developer Batmasian who paid Boca mayor may have committed perjury

Developer Batmasian who paid Boca mayor may have committed perjury

A real estate mogul at the center of Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s public corruption scandal gave a false statement under oath to a government agency, which could subject her to a felony perjury charge, The Palm Beach Post has found. Marta Batmasian, who with her husband, James, owns more commercial properties in Boca Raton than any other private landowner, gave a sworn statement to ethics...
Did Riviera interim manager give self a big raise without official OK?

Did Riviera interim manager give self a big raise without official OK?

Barely six months into the job, City Manager Karen Hoskins gave herself and at least two other Riviera Beach officials substantial raises the city finance director says are much higher than the compensation schedule the city council implemented April 1 specifies. According to a memo Thursday from Finance Director Randy Sherman to the mayor and city council, Hoskins gave herself an $18,000 raise, to...
How it works: Will July 1 Florida law restrict your beach access?

How it works: Will July 1 Florida law restrict your beach access?

A new law governing who can use private beaches triggered a tidal wave of ire this year from groups fearful it will limit one of Florida’s most dearly held rights — public beach access. Beginning July 1, local governments won’t be able to force private beach owners to allow surfers, sunbathers and shell seekers on their parcel of sand with just a vote. Instead, a municipality...
PBC public schools test the waters for another tax hike campaign

PBC public schools test the waters for another tax hike campaign

Palm Beach County public school leaders are gearing up to make a case to voters to raise school property taxes by as much as $153 million a year, saying the new money would mean enhanced school security, more mental health services and long-delayed teacher raises. The school district has begun quietly polling voters to gauge their appetite for a new tax hike, and administrators on Wednesday made a...
Editorial: New generator rules address equipment, not system

Editorial: New generator rules address equipment, not system

Twelve elderly people. That’s how many died either in, or as a result of sweltering heat at a Hollywood nursing home last year after Hurricane Irma knocked out the building’s air-conditioning system. There was no functioning backup generator. One could barely imagine a more grotesque death for someone so old and frail. To die so tragically in a place they were supposed to be cared for...
Greenacres ‘baseball mom,’ 24, killed in nightclub shooting

Greenacres ‘baseball mom,’ 24, killed in nightclub shooting

Kassandra Morales was a “life-loving person,” with a zest for dancing, laughing and, especially, her two young children, friends and family said Monday. Morales, of Greenacres, beamed for days recently after her 4-year-old son Luis Sanchez Jr. made an all-star youth baseball team at Phipps Park in West Palm Beach.  The season was set to start in May and Morales, who served as...
NEW: What can be done to solve bottleneck issues on Okeechobee Blvd.?

NEW: What can be done to solve bottleneck issues on Okeechobee Blvd.?

No surprises, but a lot of work lies ahead, to position West Palm Beach transportation for the city’s burgeoning growth. The consulting team that spent months seeking solutions to the city’s traffic woes released its final report Monday, calling for intersection improvements, better lighting, a transit hub, dedicated bus lanes and expanded trolley routes, among many other short- and long-term...
Parkland shooting: Hair Club founder helps a father’s passionate pitch

Parkland shooting: Hair Club founder helps a father’s passionate pitch

Despite vast differences in lifestyle and background, Sy Sperling, whose previously bald head made him and his Hair Club for Men famous, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Andrew Pollack, a father living in Coral Springs, have all found common ground. Pollack’s daughter, Meadow Pollack, was one of 17 students and adults killed Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland...
Cerabino: Please don’t recoil over Florida latest fashion accessory

Cerabino: Please don’t recoil over Florida latest fashion accessory

When you think of a signature item of Florida apparel, what comes to mind? Maybe one of those Jimmy Buffett parrot-head hats, a Lilly Pulitzer sundress, or a Canadian snowbird Speedo. Well, there’s about to be one more. You may have heard that we have a snake problem in the Everglades. So much so that the the state of Florida has been paying trappers to wander the swamps and capture those...
Brightline trains look empty? PB Post counts how many were on board

Brightline trains look empty? PB Post counts how many were on board

Before dawn on a Tuesday in late March, a four-car Brightline train — capacity 240 — pulled out of the company’s West Palm Beach station and headed south to Fort Lauderdale. Just eight passengers were on board. A few weeks later, an early-morning Sunday train carrying six people made the same trip. While Brightline’s service has been touted as a model for the future...
Cars crash most often at these 20 Palm Beach County intersections

Cars crash most often at these 20 Palm Beach County intersections

The intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and North Military Trail has long been a magnet for vehicle crashes, and 2017 was no different. Okeechobee and Military was the scene of 183 crashes last year — the most in Palm Beach County and about one every other day, according to statistics provided by the county Engineering and Public Works Department. No other intersection from Boca Raton...
Cerabino: Foolish for Boca Raton Mayor Haynie to leave county race

Cerabino: Foolish for Boca Raton Mayor Haynie to leave county race

I’ve got some advice for Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie. Run, Susan, run! No, I’m not suggesting you hide in the jungles of Thailand to avoid those felony counts of official misconduct and perjury over $335,000 income you failed to disclose — a chunk of it from a local developer who did business with the city. Yes, you’re in the soup over that. But don’t let this trifling...
Cerabino: Chance of UFO sightings in Florida is a $10 million question

Cerabino: Chance of UFO sightings in Florida is a $10 million question

It doesn’t seem right that Florida is dead last among states when it comes to UFO sightings. I would think that this metric, as opposed to, say, teacher pay, would be an area where we would excel. But that’s the finding of a study by Casino.org, an internet gambling site that looked at the past 78 years of reported sightings of unidentified flying objects in America, and calculated...
Florida fertile ground for drug company to sling fentanyl

Florida fertile ground for drug company to sling fentanyl

Florida, the reputed epicenter of the opioid crisis, served as fertile ground for a pharmaceutical company accused of bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful fentanyl spray. The Sunshine State topped the nation in 2014 and 2015 for patients and claims to Medicare for the medicine manufactured and marketed by Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...
How Big Pharma uses psychology on doctors to do its bidding

How Big Pharma uses psychology on doctors to do its bidding

So why do physicians fall for pharmaceutical companies’ enticements? Why do they put all they worked for on the line, after all their schooling, the endless hours of residency, the difficulty of establishing themselves in their chosen specialty? It’s pretty simple, says a medical marketing expert: sales reps exploit doctors’ weaknesses with flattery and friendship. Drug company representatives...
Local doctor in indictment of fentanyl execs: I committed no crime

Local doctor in indictment of fentanyl execs: I committed no crime

A Palm Beach County physician — one of the nation’s top prescribers of a highly addictive fentanyl spray — believes he is one of 10 unidentified doctors described in a federal criminal indictment against executives of a pharmaceutical company prosecutors say bribed doctors to prescribe the drug. The indictment lists the 10 as “co-conspirator practitioners,” but Dr...
Ex-Boca school counselor used exotic dancer, models to push fentanyl

Ex-Boca school counselor used exotic dancer, models to push fentanyl

Alec Burlakoff once worked as a guidance counselor and basketball coach at a private Boca Raton prep school, but then he jumped into the cutthroat world of pharmaceuticals. It would never be the same. As national sales chief for Insys Therapeutics, he helped direct the hiring of a former exotic dancer from West Palm Beach, models and even a reality TV star who posed for Playboy to peddle one...
Veteran, would-be lawyer, mom left dead or addicted after Subsys

Veteran, would-be lawyer, mom left dead or addicted after Subsys

An Iraq War veteran. A New Jersey woman planning her wedding. A grandmother from Jacksonville. A firefighter’s wife in South Carolina. All were prescribed a powerful spray fentanyl painkiller called Subsys, approved by the Food and Drug Administration only for breakthrough cancer pain. None had cancer. But many of their doctors received hundreds of thousands from the manufacturer of the...
Master salesman Burlakoff mixes ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ with Big Pharma

Master salesman Burlakoff mixes ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ with Big Pharma

Alec Burlakoff told his sales staff at Insys Therapeutics that “The Wolf of Wall Street” was the “best sales training video in history.” Now, the maverick salesman from Boca Raton faces federal criminal charges that he played fast and loose marketing a fentanyl spray. The movie, about machismo capitalism run amok in the pump-and-dump era of the 1980s and 1990s, also reflects...
EXCLUSIVE: Madman at the gate: A community’s close encounters with Omar Mateen

EXCLUSIVE: Madman at the gate: A community’s close encounters with Omar Mateen

Tucked among palm trees, flowers and manicured hedges, the south security gate at PGA Village is supposed to serve as a welcome mat to a development known for its upscale homes, three golf courses and streets with names like Perfect Drive and Steeplechase Lane. But for some residents and visitors, it’s a gateway to something far less idyllic. It’s a daily reminder of the community&rsquo...
EXCLUSIVE: Winning candidates helped voters fill out their ballots

EXCLUSIVE: Winning candidates helped voters fill out their ballots

A Palm Beach County commissioner and a state House member clinched their seats last year by stepping into voters’ homes and helping them fill out their mail-in ballots, a Palm Beach Post investigation has found. Commissioner Mack Bernard and Rep. Al Jacquet, both Democrats running in the August primary, took advantage of gaping holes in Florida’s vote-by-mail laws to pressure and cajole...
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