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Editorial: Erecting early cyber-defenses key to protecting the vote

Thank goodness Palm Beach County elections officials haven’t waited for the state of Florida for help in hardening our voting system from cyberattacks. First, the Legislature failed to approve money for a cyber-security unit in the state elections office, so Gov. Rick Scott is resorting to a federal grant to contract for five consultants to assist elections officials. Then the Scott administration...
Opinion: Low-income residents face most risk from rising sea

Opinion: Low-income residents face most risk from rising sea

Sea-level rise is making Miami’s “high ground” mighty interesting to investors. Two recent studies found that property sales in Miami have begun to factor in elevation as savvy investors heed the new mantra “sell low, buy high.” As low-income neighborhoods at higher elevations evolve into hot properties, “climate equity” and “climate gentrification&rdquo...
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center CEO: Why hospitals need hospitality

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center CEO: Why hospitals need hospitality

Of course the quality of the medical care matters. That hasn’t changed. But in today’s hospital industry, Trey Abshier finds a patient’s positive review can turn sour surprisingly fast based on the quality of the mashed potatoes. Or because an employee simply pointed to where a patient needed to go instead of walking her there. Abshier, 37, took the reins in May as CEO at 199-bed...
NEW: How a 90-year-old raised thousands for breast cancer research

NEW: How a 90-year-old raised thousands for breast cancer research

Dorothy Simke might be the queen of recycling milk bottles. Those are her words, not mine, as she explained to me last week at her home in The Fountains, just east of Wellington. There, the 90-year-old Wellington Regional Medical Center volunteer explained her passion: Creating miniature scenes inside MacArthur Dairy bottles, then selling her elaborate crafts to raise money for breast cancer research...
Why you can’t find a plumber, electrician or AC repairman?

Why you can’t find a plumber, electrician or AC repairman?

Tried to hire a plumber lately? An electrician? A roofer? Chances are getting one was a challenge, especially if you are a contractor working on a job site. And the labor crunch is unlikely to ease any time soon. Post reporter Jeff Ostrowski reported on June 15 that Palm Beach County’s jobless rate, a 12-year low of 3.3 percent in May, has predictably resulted in a shortage of “middle-skilled&rdquo...
Trump defends family separations; Frankel hits ‘racist’ policies

Trump defends family separations; Frankel hits ‘racist’ policies

As President Donald Trump and top administration officials steadfastly defended the practice of separating children from adults who try to enter the U.S. illegally, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, on Monday accused the president of “racist” immigration policies and announced plans to visit the border this week. The liberal Frankel, a frequent critic of the president whose district...
NEW: Medical marijuana shops now legal in West Palm Beach

NEW: Medical marijuana shops now legal in West Palm Beach

Medical marijuana shops are free to open in West Palm Beach commercial zones after a unanimous final vote of the city commission Monday night. The vote came swiftly and without questions or comments by commissioners, which had discussed the matter in city workshops. The measure, allowing dispensaries in nonresidential zones and no closer than 500 feet from a school, received initial approval this...
Rapper XXXTentacion shot, killed in South Florida

Rapper XXXTentacion shot, killed in South Florida

Rapper XXXTentacion was shot and later died in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Monday. TMZ first reported the 20-year-old, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was unresponsive and, according to a witness, did not appear to have a pulse. The celebrity gossip site reported that died shortly after, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. He was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m. According to...
Cerabino: Florida’s oil exploration plans are all wet — and that’s good

Cerabino: Florida’s oil exploration plans are all wet — and that’s good

It appears that Mother Nature has taken matters into its own hands in Florida. For the second year in a row, the summer rains have put a temporary halt to man’s plan to explore for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which borders on Everglades National Park. Burnett Oil, a Texas company looking for oil in Southwest Florida, has fought off a lawsuit by a slew of environmental organizations...
NEW: Aronberg wins insurance fraud award for sober-homes task force 

NEW: Aronberg wins insurance fraud award for sober-homes task force 

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg received an award this month for his work tackling fraud in the sober home community across the county.  Aronberg received the Apollo award from The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, a Washington-based policy and research group, in Orlando on June 5 for his “distinction in combating insurance fraud.” Aronberg helped create the...
Sneaker sisters’ Boca Raton home listed for sale at $6.95 million

Sneaker sisters’ Boca Raton home listed for sale at $6.95 million

Could the Peters sisters — the ones who run Peters Development — be moving to Lake Worth? Possibly. Their father’s 7-bedroom, 14,268 square foot house in Boca Raton, where Ariana, Dresden and Dakota live, is on the market for about $7 million. “I want more of a condo,” said Doug Peters, who started Peters Development about 20 years ago. “They decided to put...
A viral Facebook post on sex traffickers at Boca park was ‘made up,’ police say

A viral Facebook post on sex traffickers at Boca park was ‘made up,’ police say

BOCA RATON — Worried social media users flooded Facebook feeds this weekend with a warning about sex traffickers trying to lure children at a Boca Raton park. But city police say the woman who published the since-deleted, viral Facebook post “made up” parts of the story and an investigation revealed no suspicious activity at Boca Raton’s Sugar Sand Park.  The...
NEW: Stolen Parkland shooting mementos found, will be kept at FAU

NEW: Stolen Parkland shooting mementos found, will be kept at FAU

Stolen Parkland shooting keepsakes — signed photographs, colorful pinwheels, a teddy bear and more — made their long journey to a secure vault at Florida Atlantic University, where items that memorialize the massacre are stored. The items allegedly were swiped from makeshift memorials surrounding Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in March, weeks after 17 people were killed on campus...
Editorial: Growing opioid crisis straining Florida foster care system

Editorial: Growing opioid crisis straining Florida foster care system

Florida’s foster care system is under siege from an unexpected, unrelenting enemy: the opioid crisis. As a result, child welfare agencies statewide are grappling with a looming crisis of their own. Palm Beach County alone has seen a 115 percent increase in the number of children removed from homes in the last three months. “The amount of kids coming into the (foster care) system as a result...
Not a good start: Crime at new 500 Ocean in Boynton prompts concerns

Not a good start: Crime at new 500 Ocean in Boynton prompts concerns

Laura Bevilacqua and her boyfriend came home one day in May to their apartment in the new 500 Ocean building on Federal Highway in Boynton Beach to find nearly $10,000 worth of Gucci and Louis Vuitton purses gone. In another burglary, her boyfriend’s pistol was stolen. The crimes were enough to make the couple want to move out, but they don’t have the cash to break their lease...
El Niño watch issued: How it could seriously affect this storm season

El Niño watch issued: How it could seriously affect this storm season

An El Niño watch issued Thursday put the world on alert that the capricious climate pattern with a global sway on weather is likely to make an appearance this fall or winter. For Florida, the periodic warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean can mean a less active hurricane season with fewer powerhouse Cat 5 tropical cyclones. But it also leans toward stormier days during the...
Trump and Cuba: A year after big speech, what’s changed?

Trump and Cuba: A year after big speech, what’s changed?

A year after President Donald Trump came to South Florida to announce he was “canceling” his predecessor’s “one-sided deal with Cuba,” not much seems to have changed. “What it did was make people think, ‘I can’t go to Cuba,’” said Renee Radabaugh, CEO of Paragon Events, a Delray Beach agency that offers Cuba tours. “But it really didn&rsquo...
Scam or snafu? Popular West Palm addiction counselor accused of fraud

Scam or snafu? Popular West Palm addiction counselor accused of fraud

When Charles Kelty first met Melissa Jerace at a downtown West Palm Beach cafe, he didn’t like her. “She was very cocksure,” he said of the woman with bleached blonde hair who quickly became a regular at Subculture Coffee, a popular gathering spot for recovering addicts who have traded liquor for lattes. As the 50-year-old, seasoned West Palm Beach businessman grew to know...
Blame it on the rain: Why Riviera door-to-door recall petition failed

Blame it on the rain: Why Riviera door-to-door recall petition failed

Blame the wet start to the rainy season that hampered a second petition drive to oust two city council members, leaving its organizer hoping their lawsuit to validate their initial effort would succeed. Amon Yisrael, leading the drive for a recall vote to oust members Terence “TD” Davis and Lynne Hubbard, said the second signature drive fell about 400 names short of the approximately 2...
NEW: Plans for Wawa, Aldi on Southern Boulevard take step forward

NEW: Plans for Wawa, Aldi on Southern Boulevard take step forward

Plans to bring a Wawa, Aldi and Chase Bank to an undeveloped piece of land along bustling Southern Boulevard took a step forward this week. The Loxahatchee Groves Planning and Zoning Board on Tuesday night voted 4-0, with councilman William Ford absent, to recommend approval of a developer’s requests to modify a previously approved planned-unit development, with a list of conditions. PAST COVERAGE...
Is West Palm dealing bar owner a free deck? Or building a downtown?

Is West Palm dealing bar owner a free deck? Or building a downtown?

The city has approved spending up to $200,000 to dress up an Evernia Street sidewalk with decking and planters, to test ways to enliven quiet downtown side streets. While the design is inviting, some residents and business owners immediately wondered whether it’s not just inviting customers to a millionaire’s new bar, at taxpayer expense. But city officials say the deck outside the West...
Hospice pays $1M to settle overbilling cases as exec pay stirs ‘fury’

Hospice pays $1M to settle overbilling cases as exec pay stirs ‘fury’

A nonprofit company in West Palm Beach set up to comfort terminally ill people agreed to hand over more than $1 million in repayments and fines to resolve government allegations of excessive billing in settlements reached last October and in 2014, records examined by The Palm Beach Post show. Meanwhile, other documents reveal a 37 percent pay hike to $954,071 for Trustbridge Inc. CEO David C. Fielding...
Magnets, magic mushrooms, Special K? New ways to treat depression

Magnets, magic mushrooms, Special K? New ways to treat depression

Madelin Manso wanted to die. Just like designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. But instead of reaching for the noose, she grabbed a lifeline in a drug that club kids used to take to get high. The 56-year-old South Miami woman opted for one of the unorthodox treatments increasingly available for clinical depression. By taking ketamine — an anesthetic better known by some during...
Meghan Markle’s getting duchess lessons: Post reporter gets a crash course

Meghan Markle’s getting duchess lessons: Post reporter gets a crash course

I’m more likely to be named Dairy Queen than to ever become an actual duchess, like American actress turned bonafide English royalty Meghan Markle. But there is, apparently, a learning curve. Not long after her wedding to Prince Harry, it was announced that former “Suits” star Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, will be taking 6 months worth of so-called “duchess...
With fewer summer jobs, teens must compete on skills, not availability

With fewer summer jobs, teens must compete on skills, not availability

Chris Rocha is one in a million. This summer, just over 1 million teens like Rocha are expected to work a job. As of Tuesday, Rocha’s earning $10 an hour as an IT pro managing the website for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast. It’s a project he actually started during spring break when he completely refurbished the site. “I want to finish it up,” said...
Greene to “spend whatever it takes” to tell his story in governor race

Greene to “spend whatever it takes” to tell his story in governor race

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene says he’s willing to spend $100 million or more of his personal fortune on his late-starting Democratic campaign for Florida governor. “I’m prepared to spend whatever it takes. I’m not going to take my foot off the accelerator this time. I’m going to get my message out there,” Greene told The Palm Beach Post...
Cerabino: The conventional wisdom on alligator tactics takes a turn

Cerabino: The conventional wisdom on alligator tactics takes a turn

It’s unsettling to discover that something you’ve “known” for a long time isn’t true. It happened to me this week when reading a newspaper story titled, “What to do when an alligator attacks.” I’ve been living in South Florida for more than 30 years now, more than enough time to master this basic citizenship skill of alligator countermeasures. Or so...
Why Gardens cops will police elementary schools in new school year

Why Gardens cops will police elementary schools in new school year

Palm Beach Gardens’ city manager is enthusiastic about policing the city’s elementary schools for a year or two — possibly longer — even as the sheriff’s office and school district squabble over coverage for elementary schools in unincorporated pockets of the county. RELATED: City cops will patrol dozens of PBC elementary schools under new deal Ron Ferris told the city...
Palm Beach restaurant manager gets ankle monitor in ICE meeting

Palm Beach restaurant manager gets ankle monitor in ICE meeting

One day after being assured he wouldn’t be taken into custody, Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the beloved Palm Beach restaurant manager facing deportation, was given an ankle monitor by immigration officials and ordered to report back in two weeks with a one-way plane ticket to Mexico, according to his lawyer, Richard Hujber. Hujber and Gonzalez reported Tuesday to the U.S. Customs and Immigration...
Mystery solved? Why First Green Bank backed away from weed business

Mystery solved? Why First Green Bank backed away from weed business

Last summer, First Green Bank of Orlando made a splash when it announced it was collecting cash on behalf of most of Florida’s medical marijuana dispensaries. Then, a few months later, First Green quietly stopped handling pot shops’ cash. The reason for the about-face was a mystery -- until Seacoast Banking Corp. of Stuart announced late Monday that it would pay $133 million for First...
Who tapes together papers Trump rips up at Mar-a-Lago?

Who tapes together papers Trump rips up at Mar-a-Lago?

It’s become a daily, White House ritual of sorts: A team of federal employees equipped with rolls of clear tape resume the ongoing, humpty-dumpty task of putting back together pieces of documents that President Donald Trump has torn up. It is a presidential habit that aides have not been able to break — and which apparently extends in reach to his Palm Beach club. Federal law requires...
Photos: You won’t believe what Palm Beach Gardens used to look like

Photos: You won’t believe what Palm Beach Gardens used to look like

As Palm Beach Gardens gets ready to celebrate its 59th birthday on June 20, one thing’s for sure: Northlake Boulevard doesn’t look like that picture above anymore. The corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Northlake has plenty of commercial development and plenty of (some would say too many) vehicles. Here are some other flashback photos. This is what the former Palm Beach Gardens...
Cerabino: Gunshine State special: Permits before background checks

Cerabino: Gunshine State special: Permits before background checks

Late last year, an item was inserted into the bowels of mind-numbing 98-page piece of legislation about agricultural practices in Florida. The item from Florida’s Secretary of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam was included near the end of Senate Bill 740. The item followed changes on how germination tests for seeds in hermetically sealed containers are conducted and the reimbursement...
Miss America nixes swimsuit competition: One local winner “won’t miss it” 

Miss America nixes swimsuit competition: One local winner “won’t miss it” 

When Taylor Tyson walked across the stage in a bathing suit this past January, she saw it as a required step on her path towards being named Miss South Florida Fair, as well as “the chance to show off my dedication to health and fitness, and the fact that I am comfortable in my own skin.” But now that the Miss America Organization (MAO), of which Miss South Florida Fair...
Steelers family of Palm Beach has stake in Triple Crown winner Justify

Steelers family of Palm Beach has stake in Triple Crown winner Justify

Update: Justify posts Belmont Stakes victory, winning the Triple Crown of horse racing.  Original story: Here’s the thing about the Super Bowl and the Triple Crown — there’s no Miss Congeniality award. It’s all or nothing. Nobody knows this better than Palm Beach residents Tim and June Rooney, who are stakeholders in both the dynastic Pittsburgh Steelers and this evening&rsquo...
Cerabino: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the Trumpiest of them all?

Cerabino: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the Trumpiest of them all?

If you’re a Republican looking to be Florida’s next governor, you’ve got to get Trumpy. But good luck finding a way to wrestle that title from the other contenders. Things tightened up recently when candidate Bruce Nathan, a Palm City physical therapist, branded himself “Florida’s Donald Trump.” “That’s what people tell me,” Nathan said. &ldquo...
Parkland shooting got young voters motivated here, official says

Parkland shooting got young voters motivated here, official says

As Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students get ready to embark next week on a national get-out-the-vote bus tour, enthusiasm among young people to sign up to vote is already bursting in Palm Beach County, the county’s election supervisor said. In the 10 weeks after the school massacre in Parkland, nearly 4,000 youth under 21 registered to vote in Palm Beach and Broward Counties...
Work begins on sprawling, $15 million Westlake amenities center

Work begins on sprawling, $15 million Westlake amenities center

Palm Beach County’s newest city continues to break ground on new projects, the latest being a large amenities center on the east side of town. Developer Minto broke ground Tuesday on the 15-acre project, which represents a $15 million investment for the company, Minto USA president Mike Belmont said. “This really starts to set the family-friendly lifestyle of the community,” he said...
The one book about Florida you must read this summer

The one book about Florida you must read this summer

Best-selling author Roxanne Gay wrote once in an article for The Guardian: “Florida is a strange place: hot, beautiful, ugly. I love it here, and how nothing makes sense.” She’s certainly not the only one to think that. The Sunshine State has been inspiration for writers from Hemingway and John D. MacDonald to Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey and James Patterson. RELATED: Seventeen sizzling...
NEW: Mom of Boynton teen who was missing 100 days calls their reunion ‘surreal’

NEW: Mom of Boynton teen who was missing 100 days calls their reunion ‘surreal’

Colleen Hernandez could tell at first sight that her 15-year-old daughter, Alexa Westwater, came home thinner. But more than anything, Hernandez said she was just happy to see that her child — who had been missing for 100 days — was safe. Westwater was reunited with her family Wednesday night. She met her 1-month-old brother, Blake, for the first time and was reintroduced to her 1-year-old...
School police should continue campus-safety efforts, report says

School police should continue campus-safety efforts, report says

On the heels of a report highlighting the potential benefits of letting the Palm Beach County sheriff police the county’s public schools, a new, rival report makes the case for leaving school-policing to the county school district. The new report, commissioned by the district, is the second in as many days to be released on the topic of school safety. It comes as the sheriff’s office and...
Prostitution sting in Palm Beach County brings 13 arrests

Prostitution sting in Palm Beach County brings 13 arrests

A prostitution sting Wednesday led to 13 men’s arrests in northern and central Palm Beach County, along with the city of Greenacres, the sheriff’s office said. The men range from 29 to 61 years old and are all residents of Palm Beach County, according to arrest records. Nine of the men are from West Palm Beach. The other men live in Boynton Beach, Riviera Beach, Wellington and Palm...
FPL buys nearly 1,300 acres for another solar farm in western Palm Beach County

FPL buys nearly 1,300 acres for another solar farm in western Palm Beach County

In a sign that Florida Power & Light is boosting its bet on solar power, the state’s largest utility paid $19.3 million for 1,288 acres in western Palm Beach County. Ashley Barrett Bloom of SVN Florida Land Alliance, who represented the seller in the transaction, said Thursday that FPL plans a solar farm. The tract, in an unincorporated area near Westlake and The Acreage, is bordered on...
They went to sleep as she fatally OD’d. Why it’s OK under Florida law.

They went to sleep as she fatally OD’d. Why it’s OK under Florida law.

Six days.  Six days passed before anyone called 911 to report that KellyAnn Dipietro died. By then, the 29-year-old’s body had decomposed nearly beyond recognition as it lay among trash at a Boynton Beach park. Dipietro overdosed on cocaine and sedatives Friday, Dec. 15, with two people she met during her latest stint in heroin-addiction treatment. Caileigh Manifold Stoops, 22...
What’s wrong with timing of PGA Boulevard traffic lights?

What’s wrong with timing of PGA Boulevard traffic lights?

The installation of a new, automated system that’s supposed to keep traffic flowing on PGA Boulevard is causing backups instead, according to the city. The Florida Department of Transportation is installing the Intelligent Traffic System, a project that will link all of the traffic signals along PGA Boulevard from Mirasol Drive/Avenue of the Champions to U.S. 1.  But bad timing of the signals...
UPDATE: New report details further alleged abuse of 2-year-old dog

UPDATE: New report details further alleged abuse of 2-year-old dog

A recently filed police report says a Lantana-area man who reportedly bit his dog’s ear has abused the dog repeatedly in the past, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies.  The information, filed May 25, added to the court case against Patrick Campbell, a 27-year-old arrested on charges of aggravated animal cruelty on May 10.  Palm Beach County Animal Care and...
LATEST: Man facing DUI charge in Jupiter crash served time for manslaughter

LATEST: Man facing DUI charge in Jupiter crash served time for manslaughter

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the length of the prison sentence served by Nicholas Armstrong for a previous crime. The error has been corrected. A Lake Park man is accused of driving while intoxicated and causing a crash Sunday night that seriously injured a motorcyclist in Jupiter, according to an arrest report. Nicholas Christian Armstrong, 29, is...
NEW: Baby girl found dead off Boynton Inlet likely born in hospital, DCF says

NEW: Baby girl found dead off Boynton Inlet likely born in hospital, DCF says

A new report from the Florida Department of Children and Families says the unidentified baby found dead in the Boynton Inlet likely was born in a hospital. The baby girl was found floating in the water on Friday. An investigator determined the baby’s place of birth because of a prick on the baby girl’s heel. They also figure she was born around Memorial Day, according to the...
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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