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Florida cuts off oxy: Death, devastation follow

With the best of intentions and the worst of plans, Florida’s long-delayed 2011 crackdown on pill mills ignited the heroin crisis, not just in Florida, but across more than half the country, a Palm Beach Post investigation found.
Florida hinders help for addicts

Florida hinders help for addicts

“The oldest medical treatment for addiction to heroin and powerful prescription opioids, methadone curbs cravings without generating highs. It paves the way for users to lead normal lives. It is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines.”
In 2011, a national heroin epidemic was the equivalent of dry tinder, lacking only a match. Florida lit it up.

In 2011, a national heroin epidemic was the equivalent of dry tinder, lacking only a match. Florida lit it up.

Purdue Pharma and El Chapo had provided kindling: The pharma company’s unprecedented marketing campaign for its blockbuster OxyContin painkiller did not stop with pill sales. Purdue marketing helped ensure that for the first time in U.S. history, heavy doses of one of the most addictive substances known to man would be prescribed by family doctors for everything from sprained ankles to migraines...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Post investigative reporter to discuss opioid issues on PBS

Post investigative reporter to discuss opioid issues on PBS

The Palm Beach Post’s Pat Beall will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday on “Your South Florida,” a PBS show on WPBT Channel 2.  The show, hosted by Pam Giganti, will focus on the state’s new opioid prescription law.  Beall’s three-part series, “How Florida ignited the heroin epidemic,” traces the origins of today’s heroin epidemic to the...
PBSO’s $1 million rape kit testing: 994 examined so far, no arrests

PBSO’s $1 million rape kit testing: 994 examined so far, no arrests

In December 2015, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office embarked on a $1 million project to test 1,500 rape evidence kits that had been sitting on its shelves for as long as 40 years. The initiative came on the heels of both state and nationwide efforts to test DNA in years-old rape cases. Similar efforts in other cities have led to dozens and even hundreds of arrests, giving victims long...
Did Eagle Arts director steal church camera? Feud leads to theft probe

Did Eagle Arts director steal church camera? Feud leads to theft probe

Eagle Arts Academy’s executive director became the target of a theft investigation Monday after authorities say he took video cameras belonging to a church that rents space on the campus, the latest flareup at the charter school as its future becomes increasingly uncertain. After church leaders reported at least one camera stolen Monday, school director Gregory Blount admitted to taking...
Cerabino: Dear Prez Trump: There’s a Florida angle to judging Putin

Cerabino: Dear Prez Trump: There’s a Florida angle to judging Putin

More good news from the Trump-Putin summit. Remember the video simulation that Russia unveiled four months ago? It showed what purported to be a new long-range Sarmat cruise missile that Russian president Vladimir Putin called “invincible.” The video simulation showed a shower of these nuclear missiles raining down on South Florida. At least that’s what we thought it showed...
Putin: Missile-strike video does not target Florida

Putin: Missile-strike video does not target Florida

Apparently, Russian President Vladimir Putin needs a lesson in U.S. geography. In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Monday, Putin denied that Florida was depicted in a propaganda video released last year showing Russian super missiles targeting Florida.  Florida, arguably the country’s most identifiable state, is clearly depicted on the map, with Russian intercontinental...
Racial slurs in Florida’s courts are thing of the past, the past month

Racial slurs in Florida’s courts are thing of the past, the past month

It was shocking to be reminded of the word “moolie” again. It has been probably 40 years since I heard that well-worn racial slur being spoken. If you grew up in an Italian-American community in Long Island, like I did, you heard it a lot. Moolie is a slang version of “mulignan”, which is itself a permutation of the Italian word, “melanzane”, the word for eggplant...
Water bottle fight at condo pool a drop in bucket to larger conflict

Water bottle fight at condo pool a drop in bucket to larger conflict

South Florida condominium disputes are rarely about one thing. It might look like there’s a fight over some specific issue, but dig deeper, and a rich history of conflict awaits. That’s the case at Abbey Village in suburban Delray Beach, where for five years, resident Bruce Petricca, 60, has been fighting to allow his 86-year-old mother to have a plastic water bottle on the edge of...
Roving psychiatrists among recommendations for West Palm homeless

Roving psychiatrists among recommendations for West Palm homeless

The Homelessness Task Force commissioned by West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio in April has come back with several recommendations on how to improve the city’s response to the plight and its impact on the homeless and on downtown businesses, residents and visitors. Among the recommendations: Hire a psychiatrist to hit the streets, counsel homeless who might have mental problems and administer...
Scientists say climate change will worsen these algae problems

Scientists say climate change will worsen these algae problems

Floating on oxygen molecules in a mucus-like blob, microcystis is most content in lazy water warmed to 86 degrees. Add sunlight to stimulate photosynthesis and nutrients for food, and — boom — it blooms. The single-cell organism, a type of cyanobacteria — more commonly known as blue-green algae — produces the toxin microcystin, which has been found in dangerously...
‘Jupiter dungeon’ a development dream that crumbled

‘Jupiter dungeon’ a development dream that crumbled

In 1988, Jack Piatt bought a half-finished plaza in hopes of redeveloping the waterfront property into something luxurious like a hotel, but the construction was never finished. Today, the centerpiece of the site, next to Burt Reynolds Park, is an abandoned graffiti-decorated concrete structure that some say is haunted. Some residents know it as Piatt Place, but many call it the “Jupiter Dungeon...
County seeks $5.6M reimbursement for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago security bill

County seeks $5.6M reimbursement for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago security bill

Palm Beach County taxpayers fronted more than $5.7 million to help protect President Donald Trump during his 10 visits to Mar-a-Lago between November and April, figures provided Thursday show. The federal government is expected to reimburse local governments for the expenses. A congressional budget agreement signed by Trump in March sets aside $41 million to repay local law enforcement agencies for...
Cerabino: A dark cloud appears over the rainbow flag of Lake Worth

Cerabino: A dark cloud appears over the rainbow flag of Lake Worth

There’s a wrinkle in the tolerance force field in Lake Worth. This is shocking. Lake Worth is arguably the most LGBTQ-friendly city in Palm Beach County. Lake Worth claims the highest percentage of same-sex households in the state. It’s the headquarters for the Compass Community Center, the area’s comprehensive LGBTQ resource facility. And every year the city hosts PrideFest, the...
UPDATE: Jury deliberates in trial of PBSO deputy accused of attempted sexual battery 

UPDATE: Jury deliberates in trial of PBSO deputy accused of attempted sexual battery 

Defense attorney Michael Salnick told the jury Thursday there is DNA evidence and testimony from detectives to consider, but what the trial of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy Jason Nebergall comes down to is the testimony of the deputy and the woman who accused him of attempted sexual battery.  He said his client has come forward and told his side to them, and that’s the...
The school board can’t close Eagle Arts, so it’s cutting off its money

The school board can’t close Eagle Arts, so it’s cutting off its money

Palm Beach County public school leaders can’t seem to shut down Eagle Arts Academy, so they’re trying the next best thing: shutting off the school’s money. Frustrated in their efforts to close the controversial Wellington charter school, school district leaders have decided to stop paying it until a judge determines the school’s final fate. If successful, the move could...
Brett Kavanaugh Florida ties: Elian, 2000 vote recount, Terri Schiavo

Brett Kavanaugh Florida ties: Elian, 2000 vote recount, Terri Schiavo

President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, has linkS to three major — and polarizing — political episodes in Florida, the Elian Gonzalez saga, the 2000 Florida election recount and the Terri Schiavo case. More than peculiar coincidence, Mark Kende, director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center in Des Moines, Ia., said Kavanaugh’s connection to...
Delray poised to sell downtown land worth $15M to developer for $1.2M

Delray poised to sell downtown land worth $15M to developer for $1.2M

DELRAY BEACH — The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency is poised to sell downtown land valued at $15 million to a developer for just $1.2 million, with the promise that the builders will revitalize the blighted area quickly. Not all of the city’s CRA members are in favor of the deal to sell three city blocks on West Atlantic Avenue. Some argue that the price is too low...
Cerabino: Florida must switch to other side of breast-feeding issue

Cerabino: Florida must switch to other side of breast-feeding issue

Florida’s going to have to crack down on breast-feeding. We’ve been way too progressive in lactation matters, and now find ourselves glaringly out of step with the country’s new efforts to elevate industry-produced baby formula over mothers milk. Over the weekend, U.S. officials reversed 40 years of scientific consensus by trying to get the World Health Assembly in Geneva to...
State to school leaders: Where’s the crowd? 3 new schools not needed

State to school leaders: Where’s the crowd? 3 new schools not needed

State inaction has thrown the brakes on plans to build three new schools intended to relieve widespread crowding from Palm Beach County’s mid-section south. That doesn’t mean the plans for one high school, one middle school and one elementary school will be scrapped – yet. But Superintendent Donald Fennoy complained at the School Board’s most recent public meeting that with...
LATEST: Wellington sending notices to 6,000 potential breach victims

LATEST: Wellington sending notices to 6,000 potential breach victims

More than 6,000 customers of six village departments soon will receive notices that they may have been affected by a recent data breach. Wellington is sending 6,125 letters to customers of its building, business license, code, parking ticket, utilities and planning departments, Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes said. Of that number, not all will have been affected by the breach of the village&rsquo...
Opioid deaths declining? New numbers offer hope, says state attorney

Opioid deaths declining? New numbers offer hope, says state attorney

As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the United States, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office is embracing two new local statistics as evidence that their efforts to curb the county’s crisis are working. Delray Beach, considered the epicenter of the county’s epidemic, went through the month of June without recording a single opioid-related overdose...
NEW: Why century-old West Palm church locked out its bishop last week

NEW: Why century-old West Palm church locked out its bishop last week

Founding family members of the Church of God battled their state leader last week, changing locks on the historic black West Palm Beach church to bar the bishop and his appointed pastor — only to have the bishop enlist police help the next day to reopen it. But the war rages on, with the members accusing State Administrative Bishop Anthony Pelt Sr. of trying to wrest control of their deed...
Art of the Disruption: Trump, the Red Cross gala and the season

Art of the Disruption: Trump, the Red Cross gala and the season

Before he was a disruptive force in American politics, Donald Trump was recasting and remaking relationships in Palm Beach’s winter social season. Take the case of Trump and the season’s most prestigious gala — the International Red Cross. In 2005, shortly after a new ballroom opened, the International Red Cross Ball decided to leave The Breakers, its home for 40 years...
Alligator victim: She came from Japan but loved Florida ... and its animals

Alligator victim: She came from Japan but loved Florida ... and its animals

South Florida was a nature preserve Shizuka Matsuki never wanted to leave. When iguanas fell frozen out of trees during cold snaps, Shizuka would scoop them up and keep them under heat lamps until morning. She went to turtle rescues. She bird-watched. She loved to fish, ever since she caught crayfish as a child in a river near her hometown in western Japan. And she loved her three rescue...
Jupiter doctor pleads guilty, plied teen with drugs, alcohol for sex

Jupiter doctor pleads guilty, plied teen with drugs, alcohol for sex

After years of assuring the state of Florida that he would get clean and sober, Dr. Ricardo Alfredo Bedoya of Jupiter ran out of second chances. The nadir of his descent into full-blown addiction came nearly three years ago when a teenage runaway — missing from home for months — told police the once successful cardiologist plied her with drugs and alcohol in exchange for sex. Yet it wasn&rsquo...
Belfast judge: No extradition in Boca murder without option of parole

Belfast judge: No extradition in Boca murder without option of parole

Editor’s note: John Cassidy is a courts reporter based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. - British diplomats might become involved in the case of Jonah Horne, the 23-year-old Palm Beach Gardens man who’s been in a Northern Ireland jail awaiting possible extradition on murder charges. Boca Raton police allege Horne and Matthew Lewis, now 25, of Jensen Beach, fatally shot Jacob...
Boca Raton attorney ordered to stop practicing law for three years

Boca Raton attorney ordered to stop practicing law for three years

A 66-year-old Boca Raton attorney was suspended on Thursday from the practice of law for three years by the Florida Supreme Court. The punishment imposed on Byron Petersen was far more severe than the 91-day suspension recommended by court-appointed referee, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson, and supported by the Florida Bar. Justices unanimously agreed the tougher punishment was in...
Beach cleanup group: Medical waste on Palm Beach shore getting worse

Beach cleanup group: Medical waste on Palm Beach shore getting worse

Blood vials, syringes, IV pouches, hypodermic needles and even diabetic lancets are washing up on town beaches. It’s always been a problem but lately the medical refuse is more abundant, said Diane Buhler, founder of the Friends of Palm Beach group that volunteers to pick up trash on town beaches. “When the lancets started to wash in, it took it to another level for us,&rdquo...
Palm Beach restaurant manager’s ankle monitor removed, ICE issues 30-day extension

Palm Beach restaurant manager’s ankle monitor removed, ICE issues 30-day extension

Francisco Javier Gonzalez’s ankle monitor was removed and the Palm Beach restaurant manager was given 30 days to contest a reinstated removal order in a meeting with immigration officials Tuesday. Gonzalez was given the 30-day extension the same day he was supposed to board a plane to Mexico on the orders of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Instead, ICE reversed its orders...
NEW: Gunfire on roadways common in 2018 homicide cases

NEW: Gunfire on roadways common in 2018 homicide cases

Two cars raced along a Riviera Beach street in early May, with the vehicles’ occupants exchanging gunfire. After one car crashed, 32-year-old Jerome Lashawn Thomas stumbled out and walked a short distance before he collapsed and died. His death, which remains unsolved, was not isolated. Of the 47 Palm Beach County people killed in homicides so far in 2018, about a quarter died in cars after...
NEW: Man left lying in traffic after hit-and-run crash hopes PBSO catches driver

NEW: Man left lying in traffic after hit-and-run crash hopes PBSO catches driver

Antonio Delpino is still recovering from fracturing his face, an eye socket and his jaw nearly two months ago, when he was thrown from his motorcycle in a hit-and-run crash in Lake Worth.  However, on Tuesday, the 35-year-old Greenacres-area man found hope in the fact that Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they may have found the truck involved with the...
Greg Norman company debuts watersports park at Okeeheelee

Greg Norman company debuts watersports park at Okeeheelee

Just in time for Independence Day, Shark Wake Aqua Park is open for business. The inflatable, floating obstacle course at Okeeheelee Park, which was built and operated by a company owned by golfing great Greg Norman, made its debut on Saturday. It will be open during Wednesday’s Fourth of July holiday and throughout the summer at a temporary location near Pooch Pines Park. Later this year it...
Man’s check stolen from mailbox, amount changed from $5 to $1,500

Man’s check stolen from mailbox, amount changed from $5 to $1,500

Ken Link wrote a $5 check to his favorite charity in mid-May, dropped it into his personal mailbox, and went on his way. It wasn’t until the 77-year-old federal government retiree reviewed his bank statement last Monday that he discovered his small donation intended for the Young America’s Foundation — a California-based conservative youth organization — ended up being a $1...
March For Our Lives event sparks gun debate in Palm Beach County

March For Our Lives event sparks gun debate in Palm Beach County

All Tom Bergan could do as a woman shouted at him during the March for Our Lives Florida road tour Sunday was hold out a clipboard and ask, “Are you registered to vote at your current address?” The woman, carrying a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and Trump 2020 poster, made it clear that she did not agree with the event’s cause. She told the dozens of people in Dreher...
Fifteen people rescued off Delray, five taken to hospital

Fifteen people rescued off Delray, five taken to hospital

Fifteen people in front of a private club were saved after falling off a sandbar into deep water, a Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue spokesman said. The lifeguard for St. Andrews Club and two Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue lifeguards assisted the 15 people. Five were taken to the hospital. The number of juveniles could not be confirmed, the spokesman said. The spokesman said a current may have pushed...
UPDATE: Man charged in fatal Palm Beach Gardens hit-and-run

UPDATE: Man charged in fatal Palm Beach Gardens hit-and-run

A man has been arrested after turning himself in to police in connection to a Palm Beach Gardens hit-and-run death Friday night, according to authorities.  Ramon Gonzalez-Pabon, a 51-year-old Boynton Beach resident, was arrested on Saturday for allegedly failing to stop at the scene of a fatal accident by the entrance to Garden Square Shops plaza on North Military Trail, north of PGA Boulevard...
Post reporter’s widower carries friend with ALS through triathlon

Post reporter’s widower carries friend with ALS through triathlon

They covered the same amount of water and ground as all of the other participants in Juno Beach’s warm, sun-intensive Turtleman Triathlon on Saturday. But for the members of Team SpenWen — one “literally carrying the rest of the team on his back,” as friend Kule Yong put it — it’s been a particularly long but meaningful journey. “We’re doing this...
West Palm election complaint: PAC money came from whom?

West Palm election complaint: PAC money came from whom?

A Boca Raton campaign violations case could foretell what happens in a similar West Palm Beach case ex-city commissioner Shanon Materio filed in May, targeting one of the county’s go-to political consultants. If so, the result won’t make winner or loser happy. The issue: PAC money that pours into local elections from unnamed sources. In Boca’s 2017 mayoral race between ...
Cerabino: Finding an exit strategy for human hood ornaments on I-95

Cerabino: Finding an exit strategy for human hood ornaments on I-95

It’s hard to rise to the top when the category is Doing Something Stupid on I-95. There is such a rich history in South Florida, and so many worthy contenders for the title, that to come up with a fresh form of stupidity is nearly impossible. Nearly. Not completely. As was proved last weekend when Patresha Isidore,24, of Lauderhill, took a spat with her live-in, ex-boyfriend Junior Francis...
BREAKING: Lake O discharges to Treasure Coast to stop temporarily

BREAKING: Lake O discharges to Treasure Coast to stop temporarily

The Army Corps of Engineers announced this morning it will pause Lake Okeechobee discharges into the St. Luce Estuary for nine days to allow for a saltwater refresh. Releases are expected to resume following the break. The discharges will stop June 30-July 9. Corps Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds made the announcement this morning during a speech in Stuart. Algae collects along the the shore...
Photos: Exclusive peek inside Norton Museum’s $100 million expansion

Photos: Exclusive peek inside Norton Museum’s $100 million expansion

Sometimes a game-changing transformation is best seen in the specifics. Take the Norton Museum of Art’s $100 million expansion project, still seven months from opening. Inside the massive construction zone at the West Palm Beach museum, gallery walls are going up, a new stairwell is rising, large garden, theater and cafeteria space is being carved out and a bold, modernistic entrance is...
2 addiction treatment center owners indicted after reaping $50 million

2 addiction treatment center owners indicted after reaping $50 million

Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments on Wednesday charging eight people — sober home and drug treatment owners, employees and a doctor — with health care fraud and money laundering in two of the highest profile investigations in the crackdown on corruption in South Florida’s drug treatment industry. Kenneth Bailynson, owner of the defunct Good Decisions Sober Living in West Palm...
Local Toys R Us workers fume about no severance pay as stores close

Local Toys R Us workers fume about no severance pay as stores close

Bright yellow signs on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach blare the message to drivers that ‘Everything Must Go.’ Inside Toys R Us, bare shelves are all that’s left in the back half of a store that used to be the premier stop for children’s toys. Shoppers looking for deals are getting them — 70 to 90 percent off before the store closes its doors Thursday. The deals...
Palm Beach County public schools regain A rating from state

Palm Beach County public schools regain A rating from state

Palm Beach County’s public school system reclaimed its A grade from the state this year, as rising test scores buoyed it to the top mark and maintained the county’s title as Florida’s highest-rated large school district. State grades released Wednesday show that schools across the state benefited from improving student performance on state exams and higher graduation rates....
Putnam-DeSantis debate: Expect contrasts in messaging, not policy

Putnam-DeSantis debate: Expect contrasts in messaging, not policy

Look for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to emphasize his deep Florida roots and knowledge of state issues while U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis highlights his support from President Donald Trump and Tallahassee outsider status when the two Republican rivals for governor debate for the first time Thursday in Orlando. Putnam and DeSantis will face off in a one-hour, nationally televised debate on Fox News...
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

PORT ST. LUCIE — 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...
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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