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Record Store Day: Why are so many vinyl record stores opening in Palm Beach County?

Analogopolis Records, Films, Games & Things is a mouthful of a title for a record store. Let owner Tom Procyk explain. “There are all these record stores with crazy names,” he said. “I was looking for something hard to say and hard to pronounce, but once you hear it you won’t forget it.” The 36-year-old music enthusiast opened Analogopolis (rough translation: city of...
Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000

Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000

In a sign that Floridians are embracing the state’s freshly minted medical marijuana program, the state’s official cannabis registry has topped 100,000 patients. The Florida Department of Health counted 100,576 patients as of Friday, and about 2,500 people join the list each week. “Hitting 100,000 patients in Florida really shows us that people are being helped by medical marijuana...
Five shootings and a final crash: The last days of Hugo Selva

Five shootings and a final crash: The last days of Hugo Selva

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the calls to 911 started coming in just before 10 a.m.  “I’m on 95 northbound, just south of Belvedere Road and there’s some guy just driving backward,” the caller said. “I saw him really clearly. He looks like he was high on drugs, to be honest with you.” 
What’s behind the amazing revival of wading birds in South Florida?

What’s behind the amazing revival of wading birds in South Florida?

Bellwethers of Everglades health balance on long skinny legs the color of driftwood at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands west of Delray Beach. Perched in tangles of branches woven into treetops, fuzzy heads of white down and muted orange beaks indicate the wobbly aviators are fledgling wood storks old enough to stretch their wings, but too awkward to leave the nest just yet. Wood stork nests are a key...
The cost of a cop in every school could mean no raises for teachers

The cost of a cop in every school could mean no raises for teachers

Palm Beach County’s public school administrators are ruling out raises for teachers and other employees this year after state lawmakers required that nearly all new education money be spent on beefing up school security and mental health services. In an unusual move, leaders of the school district said this week that they could not set aside any money for employee raises in their tentative...
EXCLUSIVE: Miami man guilty of stalking ex-ballerina for 31 years

EXCLUSIVE: Miami man guilty of stalking ex-ballerina for 31 years

It was the night after Christmas in 2011, just before 9 p.m. on Seabreeze Avenue in Palm Beach, and Elizabeth and Mark Schulhof had just returned to their vacation home from a dinner out with their two young sons. Elizabeth Schulhof remembered that she was with her 7-year-old boy and was headed to check on the 12-month old baby she’d left behind with a nanny when she heard a knock on the door...
EXCLUSIVE: Under fire, Riviera council gives up $12,000 stipends

EXCLUSIVE: Under fire, Riviera council gives up $12,000 stipends

Riviera Beach City Council members, who give themselves the biggest car and travel allowances in the state along with a stipend in addition to their salary to oversee the city water department, have rescinded one of those perks — the $12,000 annual individual stipend. They voted Monday to drop the perk, effective immediately, after several months of negative publicity over their spending and...
Melania Trump hosts Japan’s first lady on tour of Flagler Museum

Melania Trump hosts Japan’s first lady on tour of Flagler Museum

First ladies Melania Trump of the United State and Akie Abe of Japan toured Flagler Museum on Wednesday — another gilded, Palm Beach mansion coincidentally completed a few decades before Mar-a-Lago opened for the 1927 winter season. The first ladies arrived at the museum, the former winter residence of industrialist Henry Flagler, about 11:20 a.m., while President Donald Trump and Japanese...
Haynie says her firm wasn’t paid for job — investigators contradict her

Haynie says her firm wasn’t paid for job — investigators contradict her

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie’s family business collected at least $64,000 for installing surveillance cameras for a developer whose projects she voted on but Haynie told The Palm Beach Post six months ago that the firm wasn’t paid at all for one of the jobs. A county ethics investigation that closed Monday revealed...
Editorial: Scott veto of local bill stifles more effective oversight

Editorial: Scott veto of local bill stifles more effective oversight

A long-overdue cleanup and overhaul of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority is well underway. But common sense tells us that’s not enough. There must be policies, procedures and people to deter it from happening again. This is what Palm Beach County and its state representatives sought from the Legislature this year. Lawmakers proposed a “local bill” (HB 1113) allowing county...
NEW: Publishing heir Peter Pulitzer dies at 88

NEW: Publishing heir Peter Pulitzer dies at 88

Palm Beach publishing heir Peter Pulitzer, scion of two prominent American families, died Saturday at home, surrounded by his children. He was 88 and had been in excellent health until recently. “We always thought he would be eaten by a shark or killed by a bear in the woods or fall out of a seaplane,” said his daughter, Liza Calhoun, of the sportsman and adventurer. “We were all...
Greyhound racing ban approved for Florida ballot; court fight likely 

Greyhound racing ban approved for Florida ballot; court fight likely 

Florida voters will be asked this fall to ban greyhound racing, a staple for decades of the state’s gambling industry. After repeated and heavily lobbied legislative debates in recent years about the future of the greyhound industry, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Monday voted 27-10 to put the proposed ban on the Nov. 6 ballot. However, before the measure appears on the...
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Boca lawyer’s motion to declare Trump unfit

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Boca lawyer’s motion to declare Trump unfit

A Boca Raton attorney’s more than two-year legal quest to have President Donald Trump declared incompetent has ended. The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to hear attorney James Herb’s claims that neither presidential immunity from lawsuits nor the First Amendment shields Trump from a state probate court petition that would determine whether the real estate mogul is competent to serve...
Boca Mayor Haynie fined, reprimanded over financial ties to developer

Boca Mayor Haynie fined, reprimanded over financial ties to developer

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie admitted Monday that she violated the county’s code of ethics when she voted on projects that gave “a special financial benefit” to her firm’s client, developer James Batmasian. She was fined $500 and given a letter of reprimand in a settlement with the ethics commission. The ethics commission launched a probe into Haynie’s business...
Broadcast giant, Sinclair, sues two former WPEC-Channel 12 reporters

Broadcast giant, Sinclair, sues two former WPEC-Channel 12 reporters

Tired of what he described as “consistent right-wing bias” and bumbling management, Jonathan Beaton in 2015 quit his job as a reporter at WPEC-Channel 12 in West Palm Beach to launch a public relations company. Moving back to Orlando, where he had gone to college, Beaton was busy building his firm when he was hit with a lawsuit from Sinclair Communications, the owner of CBS affiliate...
Sears to Palm Beach Gardens: Pay our $2.1 million legal bill

Sears to Palm Beach Gardens: Pay our $2.1 million legal bill

Sears is seeking $2.1 million in legal fees from the city of Palm Beach Gardens after the department store defeated the city and The Gardens Mall’s owner in court and prevailed in its efforts to sublease its mall space to Dick’s Sporting Goods. The amount, which an attorney for Palm Beach Gardens called “shocking,” is not covered by the city’s insurance policy. That means...
Cerabino: Is Florida about to break a 31-year lock on local gun laws?

Cerabino: Is Florida about to break a 31-year lock on local gun laws?

It started with Joe Carlucci. The New York transplant spent a decade in Jacksonville city politics before becoming a state legislator. Carlucci was an avid hunter who became the National Rifle Association’s Legislator of the Year in 1984. Two years later, at the age of 57, he died of a heart attack while hunting in Georgia. His colleagues in the Florida Senate marked his passing by naming a...
Christie commentary: That week when Parkland shooting, Sinclair mixed

Christie commentary: That week when Parkland shooting, Sinclair mixed

It is a rare week indeed when disparate opinion pieces help to cut through the fog of a national debate. However, such is the current nature of our polarized society that separate issues raised in two Opinion Zone blog posts managed to combine in one reprehensible story. You may have missed the story last week (and count yourself lucky if you did) about a conservative commentator at a Sinclair Broadcast...
No politics, just porn star Stormy Daniels at West Palm strip club

No politics, just porn star Stormy Daniels at West Palm strip club

Stormy Daniels, the most politically relevant porn star in America, drew a crowd of curious patrons to a West Palm Beach strip club Friday night — husbands and wives, political junkies, celebrity hounds and others who found their attendance a delicate matter that might be better kept quiet. “This is just a spur-of-the-moment decision,” said John Powell, 63, of Lake Worth, who...
While struggling to pay staff, Eagle Arts pays its leader for its own name

While struggling to pay staff, Eagle Arts pays its leader for its own name

As Eagle Arts Academy stiffed its landlord and struggled to pay its teachers this year, the charter school managed to find cash to cover a more unusual arrangement – paying its own executive director for the right to use its name. Since June, the financially struggling Wellington charter school has paid at least $42,000 to director Gregory Blount’s company for the right to call itself...
EXCLUSIVE: Crocker threatens Boca Raton with $138 million lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE: Crocker threatens Boca Raton with $138 million lawsuit

Crocker Partners built many of Boca Raton’s most important commercial buildings. Now the company is threatening to sue its hometown community for $138 million. “This is the worst experience I’ve ever had working with a municipality. It’s shocking. They pushed us to sue them,” said Angelo Bianco, Crocker Partners’ managing partner. »RELATED: The latest in Florida...
EXCLUSIVE: Missing woman’s mom thanks volunteers who helped find daughter 

EXCLUSIVE: Missing woman’s mom thanks volunteers who helped find daughter 

Lynda Santamaria first feared it was a false alarm. Now she describes it as a miracle.  After months of waiting, hoping and searching for her missing daughter, Leah Rose Altmann, Santamaria got the call she had long hoped for, but feared might never come.  Leah had been found alive.  Altmann, a Royal Palm Beach native who disappeared in late August from her apartment in Los Angeles...
UPDATE: Son planned effort to hide father’s murder, dump body, Boca police say 

UPDATE: Son planned effort to hide father’s murder, dump body, Boca police say 

James Scandirito Jr., loaded up at a grocery store and a home-improvement center: duct tape, garbage bags, a mop and cleaning supplies, according to a report released Wednesday. Boca Raton police allege it was part of a ghoulish do-it-yourself project: the murder of his father, retired Michigan judge James Scandirito Sr. Police found the 74-year-old widower April 4, buried in an abandoned Boca Raton...
Though wealthy, Jupiter Island gets $8.6M for beach repair from FEMA

Though wealthy, Jupiter Island gets $8.6M for beach repair from FEMA

Jupiter Island, a well-heeled seaside enclave where home values average $4.97 million, was awarded $8.6 million in federal emergency money for beach re-nourishment following a beating by 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. The town, whose celebrity residents include golfer Tiger Woods, applied for the money as part of FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program, which reimburses communities for repairs...
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...
Cerabino: Gov. Scott’s NAVY ball cap? It makes this Navy vet want to barf

Cerabino: Gov. Scott’s NAVY ball cap? It makes this Navy vet want to barf

Does it bother me that Gov. Rick Scott is a mumbling autocrat who constantly undermines Florida’s public institutions to better serve deep-pocket private interests? Sure. But not as much as his Navy ball cap. Scott has already dusted off his cap, the blue one with the letters N-A-V-Y spelled out in yellow, big enough to be seen and read by TV cameras. It’s his defining campaign-costume...
Crocker Partners pays $170 million for former IBM campus in Boca Raton

Crocker Partners pays $170 million for former IBM campus in Boca Raton

Crocker Partners is the buyer of the iconic former IBM campus in Boca Raton, which went up for sale last year not only as an office site but as a possible future home for apartments and shops. Boca Raton-based Crocker, together with New York-based Rialto Capital and Siguler Guff, this month paid about $170 million for the campus, now known as the Boca Raton Innovation Center, a Crocker official said...
EXCLUSIVE: Fired prof James Tracy tells why he guest lectured at FAU

EXCLUSIVE: Fired prof James Tracy tells why he guest lectured at FAU

James Tracy stepped into a college classroom Thursday for the first time since Florida Atlantic University fired him two years ago. And not just any classroom — the same Boca Raton school he’s suing to get his job back. An FAU professor invited Tracy — a former professor known for posting controversial conspiracy blogs about...
Developer reveals plans for Charley’s Crab site in Palm Beach

Developer reveals plans for Charley’s Crab site in Palm Beach

The Frisbie Group is working on details of its plans to develop as many as five luxury townhouses on the site of the recently shuttered Charley’s Crab restaurant, which it bought for $26.3 million late last week. And if those plans come to fruition, the project could be poised to find a receptive audience among homebuyers in Palm Beach, where the newest oceanfront condominium on Midtown...
EXCLUSIVE: Billy Joel sells vacant lot in Manalapan for recorded $7.5 million

EXCLUSIVE: Billy Joel sells vacant lot in Manalapan for recorded $7.5 million

Singer Billy Joel has sold a vacant ocean-to-lake lot in Manalapan for $7.5 million, according to a deed recorded today. Measuring nearly 2 acres, the lot at 1940 S. Ocean Blvd. is next door to one of two houses the Piano Man owns in the wealthy barrier-island town. Manalapan lies several miles south of the Palm Beach town limits. The lot was listed at $8.9 million and lies immediately south...
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer no stranger to Palm Beach County or Trump

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer no stranger to Palm Beach County or Trump

The last time California attorney Michael Avenatti took on a sometime Palm Beacher, there were allegations of backroom deals, exploitation and furtive payments of tens of thousands of dollars. The long and winding lawsuit involving the 2003 sale of a Boca Raton cemetery sullied the reputation of a successful developer, cost a prominent attorney his license to practice law and found a Palm Beach County...
Drought escalates as county gets 15% of normal rainfall in March

Drought escalates as county gets 15% of normal rainfall in March

Drought conditions deepened from the Keys to the Martin County line last month, browning lawns and raising wildfire concerns as an abnormally-parched dry season continued. Most of Palm Beach County received a half-inch of rain or less in March, allowing moderate drought to spread countywide and giving more severe drought a foothold in the southwest corner of the county. According to a Thursday report...
Drug firms react to Palm Beach County suit, deny causing opioid crisis

Drug firms react to Palm Beach County suit, deny causing opioid crisis

Some of the companies being sued by Palm Beach County have acknowledged the devastation of the opioids epidemic, but they stopped short of admitting any role in creating or worsening it. “We are deeply troubled by the prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis, and we are dedicated to being part of the solution,” Bob Josephson, executive director of communications for Purdue...
How a Venezuelan crisis plays out in Wellington horse country

How a Venezuelan crisis plays out in Wellington horse country

In a large house on Sunnyland Lane, deep in Wellington’s exclusive horse country, Alejandro Andrade and his family enjoy a life far from the hardships faced today by people in their home country of Venezuela. Andrade, a former bodyguard to late president Hugo Chavez before rising to the rank of Venezuela’s national treasurer, has lived since at least 2012 in a 9,000-square-foot house with...
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...
How The Post unearthed the local roots of the Insys story

How The Post unearthed the local roots of the Insys story

In tracing the roots of the opioid epidemic, Palm Beach Post investigative editor Holly Baltz researched local prescribers of oxycodone and found something curious. One Palm Beach County doctor ranked as a Top 10 prescriber nationally of an unusual fentanyl-based drug called Subsys. What was Subsys? That question prompted a nine-month investigation headed by Baltz and investigative...
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...
The death of Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil rights leader targeted segregated Florida

The death of Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil rights leader targeted segregated Florida

Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights icon murdered 50 years ago Wednesday, doesn’t appear to have made any official visits to Palm Beach County, but came dozens of times to Florida. And while many places around America post signs saying, “George Washington slept here,” Florida has the ignominious distinction of saying, “Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested here.”...
Greenacres-area woman arrested for shaking baby; infant seriously injured

Greenacres-area woman arrested for shaking baby; infant seriously injured

A baby's hysterical cries screamed through the home as a Friday night in March turned into a Saturday morning. The little girl’s caregiver, Kyanna Trenier Johnson, was exhausted. She picked up the 9-month-old and shook her.  The Greenacres-area woman told a Palm Beach County sheriff’s detective she wasn’t sure how long, or how forcefully, she shook the baby. All...
County opioids lawyer accused of poaching clients in Flint water case

County opioids lawyer accused of poaching clients in Flint water case

One of the lawyers seeking to represent Palm Beach County in an opioids lawsuit has been accused of poaching clients and charging excessive fees in the lead poisoning cases from Flint, Mich. Palm Beach Gardens attorney Ted Leopold has filed a motion in federal court to have Hunter Shkolnik of Napoli Shkolnik removed as co-counsel in the Flint cases, saying Shkolnik’s “actions in entering...
450 high-paying jobs, $115M state-of-art building unveiled in Gardens

450 high-paying jobs, $115M state-of-art building unveiled in Gardens

United Technologies’ new $115 million technology showcase will be publicly unveiled in Palm Beach Gardens on April 17. RELATED: Average salary for those working in this new Gardens building — $83,000 The Center for Intelligent Buildings on the south side of Donald Ross Road demonstrates how the company’s products and systems work together. UTC is hosting a grand opening for the center...
Irma forced mass evacuations; officials urge staying home next time

Irma forced mass evacuations; officials urge staying home next time

An estimated 6.8 million Floridians evacuated for Hurricane Irma. Some did so twice. Subtle shifts in the storm’s path sent the east coast scurrying west, then fleeing north where landlocked Leon County ran out of hotel rooms and filled 10 shelters with people, half of whom were from other parts of the state. Gridlock on Florida’s Turnpike meant a 20-hour trek into Georgia as...
Eagle Arts principals resign as charter school withholds teachers’ pay

Eagle Arts principals resign as charter school withholds teachers’ pay

Eagle Arts Academy’s two principals resigned Monday and several teachers threatened to quit after the Wellington charter school withheld paychecks last week and the school revealed that employees will not be paid for at least another week. In a raucous board meeting on the school’s campus, Gregory Blount, the school’s executive director and founder, revealed that the financially...
Man accused of running brothels in Palm Beach County now behind bars

Man accused of running brothels in Palm Beach County now behind bars

A man accused of running brothels and prostitution houses from suburban Lake Worth to Martin County was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday on human-trafficking and prostitution-related charges.  Standing on crutches, Miguel Angel Alvarez Maradiaga made his initial appearance in court Monday before Judge Ted Booras. Booras set Maradiaga’s bail at $600,000, and he remained in...
West Palm commissioner Materio home, ‘really tired’ after brain surgery

West Palm commissioner Materio home, ‘really tired’ after brain surgery

Shanon Materio’s husband noticed a change two or three years ago. It started with the volume on their bedroom TV. “I’d watch on level 10. She’d have to kick it up to level 18,” said Phil Materio, husband of the West Palm Beach city commissioner. “That was my inkling. But I never questioned it. It was just, OK, she’s just not hearing as well as I’m hearing...
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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