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Dozens turn out for Riviera town hall in call to action to end violence

Less than a week after two people were gunned down in separate shootings in Riviera Beach, more than 50 concerned citizens gathered for a town hall meeting to voice their concerns about the violence plaguing the city. Those who attended the town hall were adamant that the bloodshed must end and came to make their voices heard. Also in attendance were former and current local officials, law enforcement...
NEW: Man arrested in armed robbery that killed father of Parkland shooting survivors

NEW: Man arrested in armed robbery that killed father of Parkland shooting survivors

Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a teen who they say fatally shot the father of Parkland school shooting survivors in an armed robbery in North Lauderdale.  Tyrone Fields, 19, faces charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm in the Tuesday incident, according to the arrest report. He is being held at the Broward County Jail on no bond.  At about...
JUST IN: Man, 31, dies in crash near Boca; woman badly injured

JUST IN: Man, 31, dies in crash near Boca; woman badly injured

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies identified a man who died in a crash near Boca Raton on Friday morning. At about 10 a.m., Boca Raton resident Nicholas Thomas, 31, was driving southbound on Ponderosa Drive toward the intersection of Palmetto Park Road when he swerved to the left, crossed over a grassy shoulder into the northbound lanes and hit a tree. A female passenger sustained...
Dry spell over: System expected to bring rain, severe weather

Dry spell over: System expected to bring rain, severe weather

South Florida’s break from wet weather is expected to end tomorrow, with rain and potentially severe thunderstorms moving in that could last until midweek. A moist air mass in Central Florida is expected to stall on Sunday, bringing isolated storms to Palm Beach County that could produce gusty winds up to 60 mph and heavy rainfall, according to Andrew Hagen, a meteorologist with the National...
Vigil for teen killed in Boynton Beach draws crowd of hundreds

Vigil for teen killed in Boynton Beach draws crowd of hundreds

Teal balloons filled the sky Friday evening as a community turned out en masse to mourn a young life lost to gun violence. A crowd of nearly 200 gathered for a vigil held in remembrance of 17-year-old Johnny Harp, who was found shot to death in a parked car in Boynton Beach on Wednesday morning less than a half mile from his home. For many of those gathered at Harp’s home Friday night,...
Trump-owned house in Palm Beach available to rent for $100,000 a month

Trump-owned house in Palm Beach available to rent for $100,000 a month

The Palm Beach beachfront house belonging to President Donald Trump’s two eldest sons is up for rent — for $100,000 a month, according to the local multiple listing service. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump two months ago paid their aunt, federal appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, $18.25 million for her eight-bedroom house at 1125 S. Ocean Blvd. The deed was recorded...
Ousted small-business owners claim racial bias in garbage hauling

Ousted small-business owners claim racial bias in garbage hauling

A pair of black small business owners have accused the Solid Waste Authority of failing to live up to its commitment to help small businesses by ignoring their complaints when a large hauling company dumped them. By not forcing the large hauler to retain the companies, the authority failed to assure that business opportunities filter down to all parts of the community, the small business...
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...
Quick fix for Lake O algae woes uses land now roamed by cows

Quick fix for Lake O algae woes uses land now roamed by cows

Thriving ranch land in the belly of the Indian Prairie Basin will soon be a pool of nutrient-bombed water as Florida looks at temporary fixes for the algae woes of Lake Okeechobee and the northern estuaries. The Brighton Valley Project, which was approved this month by the South Florida Water Management District, will take water thick with algae-loving fertilizer and agriculture runoff, clean it,...
Gardens tennis center used by Williams sisters to get new clubhouse

Gardens tennis center used by Williams sisters to get new clubhouse

A new, two-story tennis clubhouse six times the size of the current one will usher in a bevy of players in 2019. RELATED: New Gardens mayor talks property values, updates on athletic fields The Key West-style clubhouse will include an indoor cafe, outdoor dining and observation decks, a sports performance room, pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms and two rooms that can be rented for...
LATEST: Judge urges Handelsman family to reach deal on splitting fortune

LATEST: Judge urges Handelsman family to reach deal on splitting fortune

Testimony in the divorce trial of Palm Beach power couple Burt and Lucille Handelsman came to an end Friday with an appeal from the presiding judge asking the feuding family to reach an agreement on an equitable distribution of their estimated $550 million real estate empire. Burt and Lucille, 90 and 89 years old respectively, were married for 67 years before Judge Scott Suskauer granted Lucille&rsquo...
JUST IN: Vessel used by DivaDuck boat tour is ‘unsinkable,’ owner says

JUST IN: Vessel used by DivaDuck boat tour is ‘unsinkable,’ owner says

Officials with a West Palm Beach-based company that provides amphibious boat tours said a tragedy that left 17 people dead in Missouri on Thursday could not happen here. That’s because the vessel — a Hydra Terra — used by DivaDuck Amphibious Tours is deemed unsinkable, according to a statement released by company owner Paul Tucker. “There are a variety of amphibious...
Target's latest sale is aimed at underpaid teachers who buy their own classroom supplies

Target's latest sale is aimed at underpaid teachers who buy their own classroom supplies

If you stop by Target this week, look around for shoppers whose carts are teeming with pencils, construction paper and markers. They may be teachers putting your children’s education on a credit card - to the tune of nearly $500 a year, on average. The retailer is offering a 15 percent school supply discount for teachers through Saturday. It will surely come as a relief to educators who for...
Recovering addicts offer hope at Lake Worth film festival

Recovering addicts offer hope at Lake Worth film festival

Thirty years. That’s how long Manny Mendez drank alcohol and did crack cocaine. He was in prison for 11 years from age 17 to 28. “That’s where I found my art,” said Mendez, 47, who learned to draw and paint. He also found some great men in his life. “They loved me until I learned to love myself,” he said. Mendez has been sober for six-and-a-half years. He sounds...
Gwen and the men: Will year of women candidates boost Graham?

Gwen and the men: Will year of women candidates boost Graham?

The four men seeking the Democratic nomination for Florida governor wore dark suits to a Wednesday night debate in Fort Myers. READ MORE: Rare Democratic campaign photo op from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Gwen Graham wore a pink jacket. “You may notice I look a little different than my other friends up here on stage,” Graham said in her opening statement. “I’m a mom, a...
Blue-green algae decreases in Lake O, but it may be temporary

Blue-green algae decreases in Lake O, but it may be temporary

The blue-green algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee has decreased significantly from earlier this month, with scientists hopeful the harmful spread is past its peak. An infrared satellite image taken Wednesday shows just 30 percent of the lake infected with cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. That’s down from 90 percent on July 2. Richard Stumpf, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
Fewer state dollars, fewer in county to live American Dream

Fewer state dollars, fewer in county to live American Dream

Evelio Deluna and his family bought their first house about one month ago west of West Palm Beach. It’s a three-bedroom, two-bath with a pool. Related: Palm Beach County housing affordability falls to nine-year low The Delunas’ share of the American Dream came with the assistance of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program that addresses the affordable housing crisis. &ldquo...
JUST IN: Dad asks public to help ‘my sweet little girl’ recover from Delray crash

JUST IN: Dad asks public to help ‘my sweet little girl’ recover from Delray crash

Farrah Fox, the suburban Boca Raton teen hurt Sunday in a Delray Beach car crash, remains in a coma and "needs all the love and support she can get," her father says in an online update on "my sweet little girl."  Off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy Michael D’Avanzo ran a stop sign at about 5 p.m. Sunday in his 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup and struck...
Delray neighborhoods plagued by gunfire from decade-long family feud

Delray neighborhoods plagued by gunfire from decade-long family feud

A few blocks west of downtown Delray Beach’s most popular strip of upscale restaurants and boutiques are a handful of worn homes — some blue, others pink, several littered with holes coated in gray plaster. They’re bullet holes; the fallout of a feud between two families who have fired at one another for the past nine years often without regard to what’s between them and their...
AG candidate Ashley Moody cancels fundraiser hosted by Boca felon

AG candidate Ashley Moody cancels fundraiser hosted by Boca felon

BOCA RATON — Florida Attorney General candidate Ashley Moody committed to attending a fundraiser Monday held by James Batmasian, a Boca Raton developer and convicted felon, but canceled the event after questions from the media. “We thought it best to cancel the event,” a Moody campaign spokeswoman said Friday. The event was to be held at Chops Lobster Bar — at...
Royal Palm Beach council votes to keep current tax rate

Royal Palm Beach council votes to keep current tax rate

The village council approved keeping the tax rate unchanged as officials had their first public workshop on the proposed $44 million budget. Royal Palm Beach officials plan to hold the property tax rate at $1.92 per $1,000 of taxable value for another year. The preliminary rate was approved as part of the council’s consent agenda Thursday night. Two public hearings on the rate are set for 6...
PBC principal shuffle: 13 schools get principals, more to come

PBC principal shuffle: 13 schools get principals, more to come

When the first bell rings in August, students won’t be the only ones new to some campuses. Thirteen Palm Beach County public schools have been assigned a new principal and four more schools await appointments to fill that vacant top spot as of Friday.  While the principals may be new to a school, they aren’t all “new” — some are just moving from another school...
NEW: Man found in canal near PBIA died of natural causes, authorities say

NEW: Man found in canal near PBIA died of natural causes, authorities say

A man whose decomposing body was found in a canal bank near Palm Beach International Airport in March died of natural causes, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report.  Authorities identified the man as David Schill, 52. Schill’s remains were found floating in a canal March 19 along Haverhill Road and Southern Boulevard, west of the airport.   According...
SunPass customer starts petition to waive tolls citing botched upgrade

SunPass customer starts petition to waive tolls citing botched upgrade

Mike DiMauro drives food delivery trucks for a living, and spends much of his time traveling Florida’s toll roads. He can’t afford to pay for the tolls he accrues for his employer, and he doesn’t think other SunPass customers should for theirs either. On July 6, the Orlando resident started a petition asking SunPass to waive all tolls incurred by customers during the disruption of...
Loxahatchee Groves council delays discussion on proposed Wawa, Aldi

Loxahatchee Groves council delays discussion on proposed Wawa, Aldi

A proposed development that would include a popular convenience store chain, discount grocer and bank will have to wait a little longer to try for necessary approvals. The Loxahatchee Groves Town Council on Tuesday night postponed hearing the master plan for the Groves Town Center, which sits on about 90 acres on the northeast corner of B Road and Southern Boulevard and where developers want to build...
Royal Palm Beach hosts free senior expo in August

Royal Palm Beach hosts free senior expo in August

Royal Palm Beach is having a free senior expo in three weeks, according to The Village’s website.  From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 10, seniors can head to the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center, at 100 Sweet Bay LN., to meet vendors and talk about wellness, improved health care, caregivers, educational and travel opportunities among other topics.  There also will be free raffle...
NEW: Florida woman whose monkey bit Home Depot worker in custody after fleeing state

NEW: Florida woman whose monkey bit Home Depot worker in custody after fleeing state

After failing to appear in court, the woman whose pet spider monkey bit an employee at a Home Depot store in Okeechobee was taken into custody by deputies early Friday.  In early June, Tina Ballard, 56, of Palatka, left her pet spider monkey in her car while she went into the store. The monkey escaped, made its way through the parking lot and bit an employee twice on her back after she tried...
Irma jobless aid eluded most local applicants; critics blast ‘botch’

Irma jobless aid eluded most local applicants; critics blast ‘botch’

It was billed as prompt unemployment relief after Hurricane Irma, but a state-run system delivered payments on fewer than 30 percent of applications from eligible Palm Beach County workers after nearly half a year, records requested by The Palm Beach Post show. With the business end of another storm season approaching, officials in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration defended “above and beyond&rdquo...
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...
Hobe Sound doesn’t need more government, incorporation opponents say

Hobe Sound doesn’t need more government, incorporation opponents say

There are two sides to every story, and the opponents of Hobe Sound incorporation efforts want to make sure theirs is heard. For the past three years, a group of pro-incorporation residents has fought to get a referendum on the ballot that would let voters decide if they wanted the town of 13,308 to become Martin County’s sixth municipality. Their efforts were successful, and voters will go...
NEW: Motorcyclist crashes with car in Jupiter

NEW: Motorcyclist crashes with car in Jupiter

A motorcyclist crashed with a car Thursday evening, resulting in minor injuries, according to a Jupiter Police Department spokeswoman. The crash occurred at Center Street and Loxahatchee River Road, she said.  The motorcyclist was able to get up and walk around after the crash, she said.
Ban sought on taking exotic fish from under Blue Heron Bridge

Ban sought on taking exotic fish from under Blue Heron Bridge

It’s the equivalent of a natural aquarium, and within reach of even the most novice of fish watchers. There’s the batfish, seemingly straight out of central casting for a sci-fi flick. And the chameleon-like Hairy Blennies. Both among an estimated 400 species of fish making their home in this urban reef. But the waters and marine habitat adjacent to this central Palm Beach County bridge...
How a sweet, scrappy stray dog from Baghdad found a home in Gardens

How a sweet, scrappy stray dog from Baghdad found a home in Gardens

Before Socks made a meandering, 7,000-mile journey from Baghdad to Palm Beach Gardens, the stray dog endured getting shot at and pelted by rocks as he roamed the war-torn streets of the Iraqi capital. He was scrappy, sure, but he had a soft side, too. Lots of strays wander the city, but the golden retriever/lab mix was the only one who came to Adam Schank when he beckoned, Schank’s wife Denise...
Palm Beach County residents fear beach access will be cut off after new law

Palm Beach County residents fear beach access will be cut off after new law

Some Singer Island residents fear they are losing access to their favorite beach following a new law that requires judicial approval to keep a privately-owned swath of sand open to the public. The statute, which went into effect July 1, says local governments must get a judge’s approval to enforce a rare “customary use” law that refers to the general right of the public...
Single-family home community will be Lake Worth’s first in a decade

Single-family home community will be Lake Worth’s first in a decade

It’s been more than a decade since the last single-family home community was built in the city. That one was Vernon Heights, a development on the west side of Dixie Highway near Interstate 95. Now, Lake Cove community, a 59 single-family home subdivision, is being built on a 12-acre site on 19th Avenue North, just north of Vernon Heights. READ: Lake Worth says no more tattoo shops, ponders downtown&rsquo...
Boynton taxpayers can expect higher water rates, higher property taxes

Boynton taxpayers can expect higher water rates, higher property taxes

The mayor and commission this week signed off on the city’s proposed $91.1 million general budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, voting to keep the 7.9 millage rate and fire assessment fees the same, while preliminarily approving an increase to water rates. The $91.1 million is about $2.1 million less than the current budget’s numbers. The general budget includes departments that provide...
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...
Lake Worth to hold town hall meeting to discuss traffic woes

Lake Worth to hold town hall meeting to discuss traffic woes

Peggy Fisher has lived on North A Street for more than 10 years. She loves Lake Worth, but she’s often at city commission meetings voicing her concerns. One of her biggest worries? Traffic near her house. “I work for the state on Florida’s Turnpike,” said Fisher, 64. “I used to go on North A Street to 10th Avenue, then turn left to get on 95 to go to Southern Boulevard...
BREAKING: One taken to hospital after near-drowning in Jupiter

BREAKING: One taken to hospital after near-drowning in Jupiter

One person was taken to a hospital Thursday afternoon after a near-drowning near Dubois Park, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.  The incident happened shortly after 1 p.m.   An update on the person’s condition was not immediately available. 
Lake Worth says no more tattoo shops, ponders downtown’s future

Lake Worth says no more tattoo shops, ponders downtown’s future

There will be no more tattoo parlors or body piercing studios in downtown Lake Worth. City Commissioners unanimously passed Tuesday night a moratorium on those businesses for one year. There was no discussion. But at the May 15 city commission meeting, Commissioner Scott Maxwell said there should be a moratorium on tattoo shops in downtown Lake Worth. “We do not need, in my humble opinion, a...
Restaurant at The Gardens Mall fails inspection, temporarily closes

Restaurant at The Gardens Mall fails inspection, temporarily closes

A pair of Palm Beach County restaurants were forced to close temporarily after failing inspections. A July 9 inspection of Chinatown at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens found live roaches. Two live roaches were found on a dolly under a trash can, between a prep table and an upright cooler. Two more were found by a three-compartment sink. All four roaches were killed by an employee. Inspectors...
Home Depot expansion project wins OK from Jupiter

Home Depot expansion project wins OK from Jupiter

The town’s only Home Depot is getting a makeover. The home improvement supplies store on West Indiantown Road won unanimous approval from the town council Tuesday night to demolish the vacant Sports Authority building next door as well as a portion of the existing Home Depot building and construct a 39,575-square foot expansion. Sports Authority closed its doors in 2016 when the company went...
NEW: Are you driving stoned? Marijuana DUI tests a challenge for police

NEW: Are you driving stoned? Marijuana DUI tests a challenge for police

One seasonably cool day, Boca Raton stockbroker Irvin Rosenfeld sat at a red light in Broward County, his window down, and smoked a joint. In the next lane: an undercover cop. “I said, ‘Officer, I’m using cannabis sativa provided to me by prescription,’ ” Rosenfeld recalled. “He said, ‘Smells like marijuana to me.’ ” Rosenfeld is...
NEW: Two hurt in crash after off-duty PBSO deputy runs stop sign, Delray police say

NEW: Two hurt in crash after off-duty PBSO deputy runs stop sign, Delray police say

An 18-year-old college student is in a coma after an off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy ran a stop sign Sunday and struck the car in which she was riding, her family and Delray Beach police confirmed Thursday.  Farrah Fox and Dylan De Giuseppe, 20, who both live west of Boca Raton, were injured at about 5 p.m. when a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Michael D’Avanzo struck...
Gardens pop-up experience uses s’mores, candy to teach science to kids

Gardens pop-up experience uses s’mores, candy to teach science to kids

An experience that entices children to take interest in STEM with 3D-printed s’mores and candy “flavor explosions” is popping up in Downtown at the Gardens this weekend. RELATED: Science Center expands with new playground, center for children Sue’s Tech Kitchen opens Friday in a space below the Cobb Theatre next to Hot Yoga Downtown and continues through Sunday. READ: Kids...
Protester arrested during march to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, police say

Protester arrested during march to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, police say

A Riviera Beach man was arrested during a protest Wednesday night near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Richard Keith Perlicz, 40, was charged with resisting arrest without violence, a misdemeanor. Perlicz was also cited for blocking traffic. Perlicz was attending a “Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy” protest, which began at 8 p.m. with...
BREAKING: West Palm Beach prostitution sting nets 5 arrests

BREAKING: West Palm Beach prostitution sting nets 5 arrests

Five women were arrested Wednesday in a prostitution sting in the north end of the city, West Palm Beach police said. Authorities picked up the women, who range in age from 30 to 55, along the Broadway corridor between 49th and 56th streets. All face prostitution-related charges.  Palm Beach County jail records indicate the women live near West Palm Beach. Wednesday’s operation...
NEW: West Palm Beach man accused of raping, impregnating 12-year-old

NEW: West Palm Beach man accused of raping, impregnating 12-year-old

A 28-year-old man is facing charges after authorities say he raped and impregnated a 12-year-old late last year. On Friday, West Palm Beach police arrested Jorge Estuardo Cobon-Juarez on charges of sexual assault on a minor and child cruelty. He is being held in the Palm Beach County jail without the possibility of posting bond. Cobon-Juarez denied ever inappropriately touching the child. DNA...
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...
Loxahatchee Groves council OKs higher preliminary tax rate to ‘rebuild’

Loxahatchee Groves council OKs higher preliminary tax rate to ‘rebuild’

After a fiscal year that saw the town get pummeled first by Hurricane Irma and then by brutal road conditions, it’s time to rebuild, Town Manager Bill Underwood told the council at Tuesday night’s meeting. “This is the year of rebuilding,” he said as he presented the proposed budget for the coming year. RELATED: Loxahatchee Groves landowners vote to fold water district into...
Police say man went on date with woman, stole her car, went to movie with other woman

Police say man went on date with woman, stole her car, went to movie with other woman

A Memphis man is accused of going out on a date with a woman, then stealing her car and using it to go out on a date to a drive-in movie with another woman.     » RELATED: Suspect in alleged stolen vehicle hits several cars in Atlanta -          Kelton Griffin, 21, is accused of playing the dual roles...
9 members of one family among 17 killed in duck boat accident on lake in Branson, Missouri 

9 members of one family among 17 killed in duck boat accident on lake in Branson, Missouri 

A duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, killed 17 people Thursday night, including the boat’s driver and nine members of an Indiana family, according to authorities. Fourteen other people were injured. >> Read more trending news  Update 8:45 a.m. EDT July 21: The Stone County coroner confirmed to KSDK that William Asher, 69, and his girlfriend, Rose...
Millions fall for South Carolina dentist in viral ‘In My Fillings’ dance video

Millions fall for South Carolina dentist in viral ‘In My Fillings’ dance video

A dentist in Greenville, South Carolina, is inspiring millions to get their teeth cleaned after taking on the Drake-inspired “In My Feelings” dance challenge. Dr. Rich Constantine’s version of the “shiggy” -- a dance inspired by the rapper -- has over 24 million views on Facebook. >> Read more trending news  Over 100,000 people have commented...
Kick added sugar in sports drinks

Kick added sugar in sports drinks

Nike recently launched a Gatorade-colored collection of Air Jordan sneakers in honor of the sports drink’s famous 1991 “Be Like Mike” advertisement, which encouraged Americans to consume brightly hued sugar water if they wanted to emulate basketball star Michael Jordan. Plenty did. Gatorade is still paying big bucks to professional athletes, though it says it does not target advertising...
Monitoring your health from your living room

Monitoring your health from your living room

NEW ORLEANS - There were termites in the garage and a $2,100 bill to get rid of them. The mechanic had called to say he didn’t know when the car would be fixed. So after a summer day full of aggravations, 73-year-old Ann Ware wasn’t surprised to see the result when she sat down on her sofa, wrapped a blood pressure cuff around her arm and pressed a button on her iPhone screen to trigger...
Pools, hot tubs more likely than lakes to make you sick, studies find

Pools, hot tubs more likely than lakes to make you sick, studies find

Taking a cool, refreshing dip in a lake or swimming pool is one of summer’s enjoyments and sometimes a necessary escape from the stifling heat. But two recent federal health studies found that some waters is better than others, at least when it comes to avoiding waterborne illnesses. Of 633 outbreaks nationwide caused by bacteria, viruses or other things floating around, nearly 80 percent of...
Healthy heatwave reminders: Heatstroke and hydration

Healthy heatwave reminders: Heatstroke and hydration

On bright summer days we may remember to apply the sunscreen, but we may not remember to give the heat the full respect it deserves. When temperatures soar, Mayo Clinic experts say we need to take precautions. We also need to be on guard for the warning signs of overheating. Family medicine physician Jennifer Nordstrom, M.D., at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisc., says heat illness can...
Home remedies: Treating your sunburn

Home remedies: Treating your sunburn

It boils down to what’s in the term sunburn: “sun” and “burn.” Simply put, the sun burns your skin. And the result can be pain, redness, blisters and peeling skin. “Prevention is the key,” says Dr. Cindy Kermott, a Mayo Clinic preventive medicine physician. “But if you’ve already been sunburned, taking a cool shower or bath can be a helpful start...
'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn fired over offensive tweets

'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn fired over offensive tweets

The director of the successful “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, James Gunn, has been fired from the franchise’s third installment over offensive tweets about pedophilia and rape. >> Read more trending news  The shocking tweets, which had been taken down, aren’t new and Gunn had apologized for them in the past, but conservative media personalities resurfaced...
NEW: Massage therapist at day spa faces sexual battery charge

NEW: Massage therapist at day spa faces sexual battery charge

A massage therapist at a Jensen Beach spa is facing a criminal charge after a woman alleged that he touched her inappropriately during a session.  The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it had arrested Joseph Paul Correia III, 50, of Port St. Lucie on a charge of sexual battery. His arrest came after a 62-year-old woman told sheriff’s investigators she was receiving a massage...
NEW: Children focus of human-trafficking seminar Saturday in West Palm

NEW: Children focus of human-trafficking seminar Saturday in West Palm

An educational seminar for Palm Beach County students and their parents about the threat of human trafficking is scheduled for Saturday at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach. The event, hosted by the anti-human-trafficking organization Catch the Wave of Hope, will be held at 2 p.m. in the library’s third-floor auditorium.   It is free and open to the public. Lynne Barletta...
LATEST: Boca man sentenced to 5 years in tax-fraud scheme

LATEST: Boca man sentenced to 5 years in tax-fraud scheme

A former Boca Raton man was sentenced to more than five years in prison Thursday for his role in a stolen-identity and tax-fraud scheme worth millions of dollars. During a court hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen M. Williams, Wilson Lasset, 47, was sentenced to 42 months in prison for wire fraud to be followed by a consecutive term of 24 months for aggravated identity theft...
BREAKING: Man found guilty of murder at retrial for 2013 bar shooting

BREAKING: Man found guilty of murder at retrial for 2013 bar shooting

A 30-year-old man was convicted again Friday in a 2013 fatal shooting at a bar west of Lake Worth. Demetrius Hopkins, whose birthday was Friday, was sentenced to life in prison for the second time after his retrial for first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Jean Nesca. Hopkins’s first conviction was overturned by the 4th District Court of Appeal in 2017 when...
After SUV barrels off I-95, Village Boulevard residents call for wall

After SUV barrels off I-95, Village Boulevard residents call for wall

Village Boulevard residents have called for a sound barrier along Interstate 95 for years. When the city this year tore down the dense, verdant stand of Australian Pines that lined the boulevard, that need became more evident. “It sounds like the Daytona 500 Speedway 24 hours a day,” Village Crossing resident Lisa Hale said. But on Thursday area residents awoke to a more pressing concern...
Scandal-ridden Riviera looks to forensic audit for answers

Scandal-ridden Riviera looks to forensic audit for answers

Reeling from scandals and wasted money, the Riviera Beach City Council this week voted to seek a forensic audit of multiple city departments, going back multiple years, to uncover losses and guard against future mismanagement of the impoverished city’s resources. The council, in a unanimous vote on Wednesday, directed City Manager Karen Hoskins to advise on specifications for the audit, a financial...
NEW: Charges pending for Boynton woman after truck crash near Lake O

NEW: Charges pending for Boynton woman after truck crash near Lake O

Charges are pending against a Boynton Beach woman following her involvement in a crash that caused a semi-truck to tip over in Okeechobee County Thursday morning, authorities said. The driver of the semi-truck is in critical condition after he and Starra Libbey, 36, collided on State Road 710 near Southeast 128th Avenue just west of the city at about 11:30 a.m., according to a Florida Highway...
NEW: Man found competent to stand trial in Clematis Street stabbing

NEW: Man found competent to stand trial in Clematis Street stabbing

A homeless man accused of stabbing a woman outside a Clematis Street restaurant in March has been found competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday.   During a hearing at the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Complex, Judge Dina Keever-Agrama upheld a doctor’s ruling that 23-year-old Chad Sanjay Bailey is fit to stand trial for attempted first-degree murder. Bailey is accused...
5 things every parent should know about immunization

5 things every parent should know about immunization

Within the first few months of your child's life, your pediatrician will likely start talking to you about immunizations. Even if your house is stocked with hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap, it's important to know what options are out there to keep your kid safe from diseases that could have harmful consequences. TheWorld Health Organization defines immunization as the process that makes a person...
NEW: Boynton parking lot dispute leads to gunshot, battery charge

NEW: Boynton parking lot dispute leads to gunshot, battery charge

A dispute outside a vape shop apparently led two men to spit at each other — and one to shoot at the other, according to Boynton Beach police. Ryan Rhodes, 26, was arrested Saturday night on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm after the injured man walked into police headquarters with a minor gunshot wound to his left arm. Rhodes was released from the Palm Beach County...
Top picks:  You have the rest of July to do these fun things

Top picks:  You have the rest of July to do these fun things

The sun is out so why shouldn’t you be? There are so many things to do this month that it should be your job to take advantage of it all.  One of West Palm’s biggest craft beer festivals is this weekend at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Find out more about the event and to buy tickets click here.  A boat will be heading out of West Palm Beach in search of sharks. Check it out...
Trump Putin Part 2: If you are wondering about Mar-a-Lago …

Trump Putin Part 2: If you are wondering about Mar-a-Lago …

On Thursday, President Donald Trump instructed his top national security aide to invite Russian leader Vladimir Putin to visit the United States this fall. Putin: Missile-strike video does not target Florida The invite specifically cited Washington, D.C., as the site for the visit and meetings. That said, could Putin’s U.S. itinerary include a stop at the president’s private club in Palm...
NEW: Arrest made in year-old Jupiter Farms arson case

NEW: Arrest made in year-old Jupiter Farms arson case

A 28-year-old Lake Park man is facing a charge of arson after a Jupiter Farms house sustained nearly $100,000 in damages during an August 2017 fire, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Justin Cantrell was arrested July 11. He was denied bond and is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail. Debris from the fire, on 154th Road North, tested positive for gasoline, according...
NEW: International arms trafficking gets Florida man 12-year prison sentence

NEW: International arms trafficking gets Florida man 12-year prison sentence

Using hollowed-out water heaters and air-conditioning units, Frederik Barbieri shipped hundreds of firearms — including AR-15 and AK-47 rifles — from South Florida to Brazil over five years, according to federal authorities.  On Thursday, the 47-year-old Port St. Lucie man was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison following a plea in May to international firearms...
Democrats seize on failure of judicial pick to demand all of Supreme Court nominee’s documents

Democrats seize on failure of judicial pick to demand all of Supreme Court nominee’s documents

The forced withdrawal Thursday of a Trump judicial nominee over his college writings inflamed the battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, with Democrats escalating their demands to see all of his past documents, even though that could top 1 million pages.  The failure of Ryan Bounds' nomination to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was a major blow to the Trump administration and Senate...
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