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Frankel: Family splits at border is ‘government-inflicted child abuse’

After visiting immigrant detention facilities in Texas, where she said she saw children living in large metal cages and spoke with sobbing mothers through translators, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel demanded more government action and denounced what she said was a “(Donald) Trump-manufactured crisis at our border.” Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, stood outside the city’s federal courthouse...
Here’s what Palm Beach State plans to do with beloved Gardens preschool

Here’s what Palm Beach State plans to do with beloved Gardens preschool

When Palm Beach State College announced an unpopular plan to close a preschool on its Palm Beach Gardens campus, the college’s leaders said they had no choice. RELATED: Parents persuade college to postpone closing beloved Gardens school The school, the Center for Early Learning, was costing too much money to operate, and they desperately needed the site for office space for employees, they said...
FHP: Pahokee man dies in Martin County car crash

FHP: Pahokee man dies in Martin County car crash

A Pahokee man died Saturday night after his car crashed into a chain-link fence and hit a tree in Martin County near Lake Okeechobee, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Corey Bernard Anthony, 48, was driving westbound on Kanner Highway at about 10:30 p.m. when his car veered to the left and left the road, according to FHP, hitting a fence and a tree. FHP said Anthony died at the scene. FHP said...
UPDATE: Vehicle hits 2 trucks in Boynton crash, sends 8 to hospital

UPDATE: Vehicle hits 2 trucks in Boynton crash, sends 8 to hospital

A vehicle crashed into two trucks while driving west on Hypoluxo Road on Saturday afternoon, sending one child to the trauma center and seven others to the hospital, according to Boynton Beach Police. The vehicle’s driver, 34-year-old Rose Wilmer, was driving with six passengers, including five under 18, police said. One child involved in the three-car crash was taken to the trauma center at...
4 children killed in violent police standoff laid to rest in Florida

4 children killed in violent police standoff laid to rest in Florida

Funeral services for four Orlando children killed during a 21-hour police standoff  with their mother’s boyfriend were held Saturday.  >> Read more trending news  The services, which were open to the public, took place at St. James Catholic Cathedral in Orlando, according to an attorney representing the family. The funeral marked a difficult day for the family...
WATCH: Two iguanas tussle at Boca Starbucks 

WATCH: Two iguanas tussle at Boca Starbucks 

A woman stopped by a Starbucks in Boca Raton Saturday and captured an unexpected battle between two iguanas.  Shannon Moskoff was driving behind a Starbucks around 10 a.m. when she thought she saw a large tree branch -- and that’s when it moved. She rushed to grab her iPhone and started filming.  The video shows two large iguanas going toe-to-toe in the parking lot.  <iframe...
NEW: 3 fun things happening in Lake Worth

NEW: 3 fun things happening in Lake Worth

1. “Flashdance The Musical”: July 5-22 at the Lake Worth Playhouse. The play tells story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and “flashdancer” by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy and becoming a professional dancer. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream. To buy tickets, click here ...
More surveillance cameras, license plate readers coming to Lake Worth

More surveillance cameras, license plate readers coming to Lake Worth

This has not been a good week for Lake Worth. The entire city went dark for hours after a massive power outage Wednesday night. Kilwins , the popular chocolate store, closed its Lake Avenue store after 10 years and Saito’s, the Japanese restaurant on North J street, was closing its doors for good on Saturday. LAKE WORTH READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly...

State and local candidates on 2018 ballot

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, three county school board incumbents and two local state House members automatically won re-election on Friday when no one filed to run against them before Florida’s candidate qualifying deadline. Boynton Beach City Commissioner Joseph Casello, a Democrat, also walked into a state House seat without opposition — a rare occurrence for a non-incumbent...
Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission

Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission

Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth (left) chats with Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner in Tallahassee in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democrats are well-positioned to claim a 6-1 advantage on the Palm Beach County commission after Republicans failed to field candidates for two seats and were left with only a political unknown to run in a seat...
Neighborhood improvements, worth $10 million, to start in Boynton

Neighborhood improvements, worth $10 million, to start in Boynton

A $10 million neighborhood improvement project set to begin next week will affect about 500 homes, help relieve flooding, improve the look of several neighborhoods, and add a waste water force main to collect waste water from additional neighborhoods along Federal Highway and in Ocean Ridge. Read more Boynton Beach stories here. The project size is large, and will be divided into three phases, but...
Multiple lane closures expected in West Palm Beach next week

Multiple lane closures expected in West Palm Beach next week

Summer construction is in full swing throughout Palm Beach County, notably downtown West Palm Beach. According to Kathleen Walters, Director of Communications for West Palm Beach, the work on Forest Hill Blvd. near Dixie Highway is scheduled to conclude Tuesday. WEST PALM READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly West Palm Beach newsletter here READ: Residents want answers: Why are Brightline&rsquo...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but lands Trump endorsement

DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but lands Trump endorsement

President Donald Trump gave his “full endorsement” on Friday to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor — embracing a candidate who, according to Trump’s preferred news network, faces a double-digit deficit against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. A Fox News poll released late Thursday shows Putnam with a 32-to-17 percent lead over DeSantis...
Dying Lake Worth woman fights to take lawsuit against JFK to court

Dying Lake Worth woman fights to take lawsuit against JFK to court

A year ago, Joyce Sirico was working as an auditor and thinking about her looming retirement, which promised carefree days at the beach and plenty of time for travel. Today, the 60-year-old Lake Worth woman barely has the strength to get out of bed. Ravaged by cancer, Sirico describes her new reality with a wave of her hand. “I’m dying,” she said matter-of-factly. But, while she...
Delray’s Jacquet qualifies for re-election moments before deadline

Delray’s Jacquet qualifies for re-election moments before deadline

Update at 6:15 p.m.: State Rep. Al Jacquet, D-Delray Beach, qualified for candidacy after filing paperwork just before the deadline, according to the state’s election website. Uncontested, Jacquet takes the House District 88 seat. His qualifying paperwork was time stamped at 11:58 a.m. and 11:59 a.m., moments before the noon deadline. Original story: State House Rep. Al Jacquet,...
Straw ban ordinance faces pushback from Jupiter town manager

Straw ban ordinance faces pushback from Jupiter town manager

The town’s beach committee will have a special meeting Monday night to hear arguments about the proposed straw ban before it decides whether to present the ordinance to the Town Council. Town Manager Matt Benoit is recommending the town not to get involved with the ordinance, but resident Marilu Cristina Flores, who wrote the ordinance, says she’s pushing for the local government to listen...
Lion Country Safari celebrates World Giraffe Day with activities

Lion Country Safari celebrates World Giraffe Day with activities

Though World Giraffe Day was on Thursday, Lion Country Safari is continuing the festivities into the weekend. On Saturday, the park will be hosting free activities, with park admission, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the giraffe feeding encounter including crafts, meet the giraffe keeper and training demonstrations. There also will be facts about the animal available as well as opportunities to see a giraffe...
School police chiefs: Incoming, outgoing, retired under one roof

School police chiefs: Incoming, outgoing, retired under one roof

The Palm Beach County School Police Department has gone from one chief to three – one incoming, one outgoing and one former. And a major to spare – at least for now. In making over its in-house police department, school district leaders this week hired Jupiter’s Frank Kitzerow Jr. to preside over what will eventually be a much larger force. But the man he’s replacing,...
Company hopes to cash in on mapping sea level rise for Florida buyers

Company hopes to cash in on mapping sea level rise for Florida buyers

From the frothy assault of the Atlantic Ocean to the placid trespass of the Lake Worth Lagoon, sea level rise is a mounting concern for South Florida property buyers who are turning to science, and private companies, for guidance. The 3-year-old start-up Coastal Risk Consultants was co-founded by the former director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies...
NEW: Two robbed Einstein Bagels in Boca with Airsoft gun, police say

NEW: Two robbed Einstein Bagels in Boca with Airsoft gun, police say

Two men are in the Palm Beach County Jail after Boca Raton police said they used an Airsoft gun to rob an Einstein Bros Bagels shop Wednesday. Boynton Beach resident Johnny Fontus and Lantana resident Karl Lormeus, both 24, are facing charges of armed robbery and grand theft. A judge set bail at $33,000 for each of them.  Two employees were closing the shop across Federal Highway...
Royal Palm Beach to partner with Lyft to provide rides for seniors

Royal Palm Beach to partner with Lyft to provide rides for seniors

Residents age 65 and older soon will have a new way to get around the village. Royal Palm Beach’s council on Thursday night unanimously approved having Village Manager Ray Liggins enter into a contract with ride-share service Lyft to provide discounted rides for seniors. RELATED: Royal Palm Beach to spray for mosquitoes ahead of Fourth of July The plan has been in the works for months as part...
BREAKING: Vehicle crashes into canal near Lantana; 1 injured

BREAKING: Vehicle crashes into canal near Lantana; 1 injured

One person was injured after a vehicle crashed into canal Friday afternoon near Lantana, just south of the Atlantis city limits, authorities said.  Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the crash at noon. They found the vehicle near the intersection of Lawrence and Lantana roads in water up to its tires.  Three people were inside, authorities said, though only one was...
Greg Norman company to open watersports park at Okeeheelee

Greg Norman company to open watersports park at Okeeheelee

School’s out, and surf’s up at Okeeheelee Park. A company owned by golfing great Greg Norman is preparing to debut a new cable-powered watersports park — the first of its kind in Palm Beach County — on 33.8 acres of land at the northwest end of Okeeheelee Park’s center lake. Shark Wake Park 561 will feature a floating obstacle course called Aqua Park, which is expected...
Plans for popular Metro Diner take step forward in Royal Palm Beach

Plans for popular Metro Diner take step forward in Royal Palm Beach

Plans to bring a popular diner chain to the western communities took a step forward Thursday night as the village council unanimously approved the site plan and architecture for the building that will house a Metro Diner. The 6,800-square-foot building will sit on the south side of the Southern Palm Crossing Shopping Center, which also includes Costco, Panera Bread, HomeGood, Marshalls and Bru&rsquo...
Lake Worth case could spur review of 2,000 inmates sentenced as teens

Lake Worth case could spur review of 2,000 inmates sentenced as teens

Before Dennis Hart was sentenced in 1997 for breaking into three homes and robbing nine people at gunpoint, the Lake Worth High School student apologized to everyone he hurt and thanked everyone who helped him — including the prosecutor and the cops who put him behind bars. “Thank you, thank you for catching me and locking me up and giving me the chance to find myself. Thank you,&rdquo...
A ‘Bambi’ tale: Orphaned baby deer rescued in Florida after mother killed by car

A ‘Bambi’ tale: Orphaned baby deer rescued in Florida after mother killed by car

It’s similar to a modern version of the beloved yet tragic Disney tale, but this “Bambi” didn’t face any hunters. A baby deer in Arcadia, Florida, was rescued after her mother was hit by a car, WFTS reports. A witness who also works at a wildlife sanctuary, Kris Porter, took the fawn in and has been bottle feeding her since the incident.  On her Facebook page, Porter...
BREAKING: Boynton police ID man, 29, killed by Brightline train

BREAKING: Boynton police ID man, 29, killed by Brightline train

City police say 29-year-old Luke Sherrill ran in front of a northbound Brightline train shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.  The Boca Raton man’s death is believed to be a suicide, Boynton Beach police said.  The crash took place along the Florida East Coast Railway tracks between East Gateway Boulevard and Miner Road in the city’s north end. Sherrill’s death...
NEW: Why Royal Palm Beach will delay Harvin Center demolition

NEW: Why Royal Palm Beach will delay Harvin Center demolition

The Kevin M. Harvin Center has a little more time to stand, and a child care program has a little more time to find a new home, after the village council gave the facility a stay from the wrecking ball. The Royal Palm Beach council’s unanimous decision at Thursday night’s meeting to not begin demolition until Sept. 1 came after supporters and the director of the YWCA’s Head Start...
UPDATE: Swedish TV star’s Palm Beach shoplifting charge reduced to misdemeanor

UPDATE: Swedish TV star’s Palm Beach shoplifting charge reduced to misdemeanor

"Swedish Hollywood Wives" star Gunilla Persson has had her felony shoplifting charge knocked down to a misdemeanor, court records show. Palm Beach police arrested Persson, 59, who lives in California and has for eight years starred in the popular Scandinavian reality TV show — “Svenska Hollywoodfruar” — on May 22 after she allegedly walked...
BREAKING: Man who posed as 9/11 firefighter pleads guilty to credit-card theft

BREAKING: Man who posed as 9/11 firefighter pleads guilty to credit-card theft

A Palm Beach County judge Friday ordered a sentence of time served on credit-card theft charges for a man who’d also claimed, apparently falsely, that he was a former firefighter who’d had been at Ground Zero on 9/11. Steven Shapiro pleaded guilty Friday to fraud, dealing in stolen property, grand theft and illegal use of credit cards. Judge Samantha Schosberg-Feuer ...
NEW: Riviera man facing attempted homicide charge after reportedly shooting at woman

NEW: Riviera man facing attempted homicide charge after reportedly shooting at woman

A Riviera Beach man faces an attempted homicide charge after a woman told city police he shot at her. Timothy Patterson, 24, is being held without bail on that charge, as well as on weapon and property-damage charges, at the Palm Beach County Jail. He refused to appear Friday morning at a bond hearing before Judge Edward Garrison. Officers responded to a 911 hangup shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning

DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, at the kickoff of his campaign for governor in Boca Raton in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump this morning gave his “full endorsement” to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor after a Fox News poll showed DeSantis trailing Agriculture...
Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives

Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives

On a day in which he literally campaigned on the turf of Democratic primary rival Jeff Greene, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others discuss the opioid crisis Thursday in a conversation that also touched on marijuana legalization and racial disparities in drug enforcement. Levine, the front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in several polls, spent...
UPDATE: One arrested, hundreds cited, warned in Greenacres saturation patrol 

UPDATE: One arrested, hundreds cited, warned in Greenacres saturation patrol 

12:45 p.m. UPDATE: One person was arrested and hundreds either cited or warned Thursday during a traffic and DUI saturation patrol in Greenacres, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities issued: — 127 non-criminal citations. — 11 criminal citations. — 85 warnings The sheriff’s office seized 153 grams of drugs, though the types of drugs...
Use reserves to hire school cops? The district says it’s not so simple

Use reserves to hire school cops? The district says it’s not so simple

Everyone has ideas about how public schools should spend their money. Grand jurors are no exception. More police officers. Higher salaries. New police cars. Self-locking doors. More police dogs. More counselors. More psychologists. More training. Magnetized ID cards for every student. And impact-resistant glass in thousands of classroom doors. On Wednesday, a 21-person grand jury convened by Palm...
Water managers take extreme measures to handle algae, record rainfall

Water managers take extreme measures to handle algae, record rainfall

State and federal officials are taking extreme measures to manage South Florida’s swollen water control system and save the northern estuaries from a flood of harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges. On Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced a reduction in lake flows to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries that officials hope will give the brackish ecosystems a break from...
Wellington’s not alone: Thousands exposed in municipal website breaches

Wellington’s not alone: Thousands exposed in municipal website breaches

Tammy Avella can’t be blamed for hoping the email saying her credit card number had been stolen was a mistake. She’s aware of the risks of doing business online, but the Wellington resident had been through the same routine just three weeks before: Bank of America detected fraudulent purchases, and Avella shut down the card and started anew. But the email she received while on a cruise...
Cerabino: Legalizing pot not a high priority for fixing schools

Cerabino: Legalizing pot not a high priority for fixing schools

I wouldn’t be surprised if legalized marijuana becomes the next Florida Lottery. As state-taxed sales of recreational marijuana become legal in other states, the pressure on Florida to follow suit will be strong. It’s already a talking point among the Democratic candidates for governor. “A Democrat who doesn’t call for the full legalization of marijuana I do not believe...
School board cuts ties with counseling service that left kids in lurch

School board cuts ties with counseling service that left kids in lurch

The Palm Beach County School Board has severed ties with the company that promised free mental health counselors to hundreds of students in dozens of schools but whose services were constantly interrupted by rampant turnover, as a Palm Beach Post investigation revealed this month. The Wednesday night vote was swift and without comment. The Miami-based Motivational Coaches of America operates in several...
Delray Beach police file county’s first order to seize guns under new law

Delray Beach police file county’s first order to seize guns under new law

The Delray Beach Police Department on Wednesday became the first Palm Beach County agency to file an order barring someone from possessing or buying firearms under a new “red flag” law crafted in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland. The police department petitioned to ban weapon possession for Ricardo Tomas Navamuel, 29, who indicated he wanted...
Jupiter approves $92,800 for new bathrooms at Sawfish Bay Park

Jupiter approves $92,800 for new bathrooms at Sawfish Bay Park

Frequent users of Sawfish Bay Park soon can finally say goodbye to the porta potty and hello to real bathrooms. On Tuesday, the Jupiter Town Council unanimously approved spending up to $92,800 on new bathrooms for the park. The construction contract was awarded to GAP Design, LCC, a general contractor in Jupiter. Outhouse out, new bathroom in at Jupiter’s Sawfish Bay Park “This is an active...
FPL pays $10 million for land for Palm Beach County’s first solar plant

FPL pays $10 million for land for Palm Beach County’s first solar plant

Florida Power & Light Co. has closed on the site that will be Palm Beach County’s first large utility-scale solar plant. The Hibiscus Solar Energy Center will sit on about 400 acres of land on Westlake’s west side, records show. FPL paid $10 million for the land to Minto Communities, the developer behind Westlake. RELATED: Wellington Regional breaks ground for freestanding ER in Westlake...
How a ‘scrappy’ fighter pilot from Gardens made history in 1958

How a ‘scrappy’ fighter pilot from Gardens made history in 1958

Howard “Scrappy” Johnson is the stuff legends are made of. The 98-year-old retired Air Force colonel is among the dwindling number of vets from his generation left to tell their stories. His claim to fame is setting the world altitude record in 1958 by flying to 91,249 feet in an F-104 Starfighter. He’s clocked 7,000 hours in 15 fighter planes, trained pilots in World War II, and...
Philip Levine talks opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, race in Boynton Beach

Philip Levine talks opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, race in Boynton Beach

Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine joins others in a prayer led by Pastor Tommy Brown of New Disciples Worship Center before a discussion on opioids in Boynton Beach. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor  Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others talk about the...
Florida man admits to smoking pot while 1-year-old drowns, cops say

Florida man admits to smoking pot while 1-year-old drowns, cops say

A Florida man was charged with manslaughter after investigators said he admitted to leaving a 1-year-old alone while he was smoking pot in the front yard. A family member found the boy unresponsive in the pool on May 31 and called for help, according to Lt. J. Mathis of Bay County Sheriff’s Office.  When emergency crews arrived at the Panama City Beach home, they performed CPR on the...
NEW: Lake Worth crime numbers see a drastic change in 2017

NEW: Lake Worth crime numbers see a drastic change in 2017

Total crime in Lake Worth was down 17.2 percent from January to December last year, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Captain Todd Baer told Lake Worth Commissioners Tuesday night. “These are good numbers,” Baer said during his report. “Better than I would have expected. But there are areas where I’m not satisfied.” READ: Kilwins closes after 10 years on Lake Avenue in...
Boca man accused of bilking Miami public housing agency

Boca man accused of bilking Miami public housing agency

A Boca Raton man, who is an owner of a Hialeah construction firm, has been charged with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud the Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development agency, federal prosecutors said. Diego Alejandro Estepa Vazquez, 36, who is vice president of Aaron Construction, and 47-year-old Javier Estepa, who is president of the company and lives in Davie, were each...
BREAKING: Former middle school teacher accused of sending sexually explicit text to student

BREAKING: Former middle school teacher accused of sending sexually explicit text to student

A former Congress Middle School social studies teacher has been arrested for reportedly sending a sexually explicit text to a 14-year-old student in September 2015, court records show. Eric Wakeley, 34, was booked Wednesday into the Palm Beach County Jail on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor. He was being held there Thursday morning in lieu of a $100,000 bond.  Wakeley...
UPDATE: Brightline death likely was suicide, Boynton police say

UPDATE: Brightline death likely was suicide, Boynton police say

A man struck and killed by a Brightline train Wednesday night is believed to have committed suicide, Boynton Beach police said Thursday.  The death marked the sixth time since January that a person has been struck and killed by a Brightline train, and was the fourth such death to occur this year in Boynton Beach. Police said the 29-year-old man appears to have run in front of a northbound...
Saudi air defenses intercept 2 missiles from Yemen, state media says

Saudi air defenses intercept 2 missiles from Yemen, state media says

Saudi Arabia’s state-run television station said Sunday that the country’s air defense intercepted two ballistic missiles launched over Riyadh, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news The attack, which the station alleged was  launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia, is at least the sixth to target Riyadh since December. Six blasts were heard and bright flashes were...
Sarah Huckabee Sanders' tweet about restaurant eviction violates law, ex-ethics chief says

Sarah Huckabee Sanders' tweet about restaurant eviction violates law, ex-ethics chief says

The former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics said that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ tweet Saturday about being kicked out of a Virginia restaurant violated federal ethics laws, The Slate reported. Walter Shaub, the federal government’s top ethics watchdog for five years until mid-2017, said the tweet was a violation of the law because Sanders used her...
New Hampshire boy, 2, rescued after being trapped under rock pile

New Hampshire boy, 2, rescued after being trapped under rock pile

Police and fire officials in New Hampshire rescued a 2-year-old boy who was trapped under a pile of rocks Friday. >> Read more trending news  Portsmouth authorities responded to a call around 5:40 p.m. At the scene, officials found the boy pinned between large slabs of stone. Preliminary investigation showed the boy had been playing atop one of the stone slabs with his grandfather...
Memphis funeral home hit by lightning, burns down moments before service

Memphis funeral home hit by lightning, burns down moments before service

A Tennessee funeral home burst into flames after it was hit by lightning, moments before a service Saturday morning. >> Read more trending news Storms blew through Memphis on Saturday, bringing strong winds and dangerous lightning. Around 8:30 a.m., lightning hit the Forest Hill Funeral Home. Relatives and friends had gathered for the funeral of Crystal Hudson, 39, who died from...
Political ad by Texas war hero running for Congress goes viral

Political ad by Texas war hero running for Congress goes viral

A decorated Air Force veteran is running for Congress, and the Texas Democrat released a political video that went viral since its release Thursday, USA Today reported. >> Read more trending news  Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, who won a Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in Afghanistan, is running for the District 31 seat held by eight-term Republican...
Texas veteran, 79, evicted for failing to pay taxes on home

Texas veteran, 79, evicted for failing to pay taxes on home

A veteran who has lived in a Texas home for decades is homeless after he was unable to pay back taxes and the house was sold at public auction, WFAA reported. >> Read more trending news  Billie McGruder turns 80 next month. He has lived in the house his parents bought in the 1930s for decades, but he was evicted Friday, the television station reported. McGruder’s possessions...
Naked man claiming he 'may be Jesus' arrested after trying to start fire 

Naked man claiming he 'may be Jesus' arrested after trying to start fire 

An Indiana man was arrested after he was found naked in the backyard of a Kentucky home after allegedly attempting to start a fire, claiming he “may be Jesus,” Kentucky New Era reported. >> Read more trending news  Austin Michael Johnson, 31, was arrested June 18 by Magoffin County Sheriff’s deputies in Johnson Fork, where he was reportedly naked and lying in the...
'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines welcome baby boy, reveal his name

'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines welcome baby boy, reveal his name

The latest addition to Chip and Joanna Gaines' family has arrived. The "Fixer Upper" stars took to social media Saturday to announce the birth of their fifth child, sharing a photo of the baby boy and revealing his name. "Our baby boy, Crew Gaines, is here and we couldn’t be more in love," Joanna wrote Saturday night on Instagram. "He made an unexpected (and speedy)...
World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize. According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa "was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri,...
Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Actress Brigitte Nielsen has a new baby, delivering her fifth child, a daughter, on Friday in Los Angeles, according to People magazine. >> Read more trending news  Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month on social media. The  baby, named Frida, is the first child for her husband Mattia Dessi. “We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter...
UPDATE: Three-car crash in Boynton sends eight to the hospital, including one child

UPDATE: Three-car crash in Boynton sends eight to the hospital, including one child

A three-car pileup on Hypoluxo Road across from Freedom Shores Elementary School sent a child to the trauma center and seven others to the hospital, Boynton Beach police said.  The child was taken to the trauma center at Delray Medical Center. The other seven people were transported to JFK Medical Center, police said.  The accident, which happened just after 1 p.m. at Hypoluxo Road and Venetian...
‘Game of Thrones’ co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed in Scotland

‘Game of Thrones’ co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed in Scotland

“Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married at an ancestral castle in Scotland on Saturday. The couple and guests celebrated with an afternoon service at Rayne Church, which is close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle owned by Leslie’s family.  >> Read more trending news  Guests included “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage...
NEW: Children present during drug raid at Mangonia Park home

NEW: Children present during drug raid at Mangonia Park home

Two men and a woman in Mangonia Park were arrested on Wednesday after the county SWAT team and local drug task forces raided a home that authorities said has been notorious for illegal activities involving drugs and weapons. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the home on 1210 Giller Ave. has been known since the 1990s to illegally supply weapons and drugs including, but not...
4 exciting things to do in West Palm Beach

4 exciting things to do in West Palm Beach

Art After Dark invites residents to a Community Party on Thursday, July 12, to celebrate entering the home stretch of the Norton’s transformative expansion project. This is the last Art After Dark until Feb. 15, 2019, as the museum, at 1451 S. Olive Ave., is closing to finish interior construction and reinstall art. Art After Dark runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. The evening also includes...
Lawyer for restaurant manager plans to take immigration case to federal court

Lawyer for restaurant manager plans to take immigration case to federal court

During the last two weeks, as Francisco Javier Gonzalez has worn an ankle monitor to and from work at Pizza Al Fresco in Palm Beach, his lawyers have been preparing to ask a federal court to intervene in Gonzalez’s case. Richard Hujber, Gonzalez’s lawyer, said his team plans to file a petition this weekend requesting that a federal court prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs...
Man killed by train in Lake Worth after driving around track gates

Man killed by train in Lake Worth after driving around track gates

A man in Lake Worth died from his injuries in a train crash early Saturday after deputies said he was illegally driving around the track gates. Sean Deruise Jr., 24, was driving west on Washington Avenue from Dixie Highway by the train gates at about 1 a.m., which were in the down position and flashing, according to Teri Barbera with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The train then hit...
Gay rights pioneer Dick Leitsch, who orchestrated 'Sip-In,' dead at 83

Gay rights pioneer Dick Leitsch, who orchestrated 'Sip-In,' dead at 83

Dick Leitsch, whose milestone “Sip-In” in 1966 ensured the right of gay patrons to be served in a licensed bar, died Friday, The New York Times reported. He was 83. >> Read more trending news  The cause of death was liver cancer, according to Paul Havern, a friend. That was confirmed by Leitsch’s niece, Cheryl Williams, The Washington Post reported. On April...
Netflix executive apologizes, resigns after using racial slurs

Netflix executive apologizes, resigns after using racial slurs

Netflix’s chief communications officer apologized and resigned after using a racial slur in front of colleagues on at least two occasions, CNN reported Friday. >> Read more trending news  Jonathan Friedland apologized on Twitter and said he was leaving the company after seven years. "I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love and where...
China restaurant burned by all-you-can-eat promotion 

China restaurant burned by all-you-can-eat promotion 

An all-you-can-eat promotion by a struggling restaurant in southwestern China backfired as customers ate so much food the establishment was forced to close because of excessive debt, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  The Jiamener Hotpot Restaurant in Chengdu, introduced an unlimited menu on June 1 after struggling since opening in December 2017. For a membership of 120 yuan...
Protesters gather in Pittsburgh for third straight night

Protesters gather in Pittsburgh for third straight night

People flooded the streets of Pittsburgh for the third straight night Friday, protesting the police shooting death of a teenager during a traffic stop earlier in the week. >> Read more trending news  Residents were angry over Tuesday’s death of Antwon Rose, 17, who was unarmed.  The Homestead Grays Bridge was closed for approximately an hour Friday night, and protesters gathered...
Grass poisoning could be cause for 'drunk' kangaroos, veterinarians say

Grass poisoning could be cause for 'drunk' kangaroos, veterinarians say

Veterinarians in Australia are conducting tests to determine whether kangaroos that appear to be drunk have actually suffered neurological damage because of a strain of grass, The Guardian reported. >> Read more trending news The veterinarians, from the University of Melbourne, said Phalaris aquatica -- a common pasture crop in central Victoria -- have caused the suffering among eastern...
Superman trades cape for badge: Dean Cain sworn in as reserve police officer in Idaho

Superman trades cape for badge: Dean Cain sworn in as reserve police officer in Idaho

Superman has changed uniforms. >> Read more trending news Actor Dean Cain, who played the Man of Steel in the show “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” was recently sworn in as a reserve officer in Idaho, Fox News reported. Cain, 51, was sworn in as a reserve for the St. Anthony Police Department, Fox News reported. The Idaho State Police tweeted the news...
Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Drummer Vinnie Paul, a founding member of the heavy metal band Pantera, died Friday night, the band announced on Facebook. He was 54. >> Read more trending news  "Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away," Pantera wrote on Facebook. "Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time...
A 1-in-30 million shot: Rare yellow lobster caught off Maine coast

A 1-in-30 million shot: Rare yellow lobster caught off Maine coast

Maine is famous for its lobsters, but yellow lobsters are a rare find. >> Read more trending news One of those rare crustaceans was caught off the Maine Coast, the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association reported Wednesday. The F/V Short Fuse, of Bremen, caught the lobster this week, WGME reported. The odds of catching a yellow lobster are 1-in-30 million, according to the Lobster...
Filmmakers visiting Atlanta robbed of $50K in equipment while at dinner

Filmmakers visiting Atlanta robbed of $50K in equipment while at dinner

Three filmmakers visiting Georgia lost more than $50,000 in equipment when their rental car was burglarized and robbed Thursday night, Atlanta police said.  >> Read more trending news According to an incident report obtained Friday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the men were eating dinner at the time of the theft. A few hours after loading the equipment into the car, the...
Oregon man wins lottery jackpot with 'mistake ticket'

Oregon man wins lottery jackpot with 'mistake ticket'

A convenience store clerk last week offered an Oregon man a chance to buy two lottery tickets that were printed by mistake. The man bought one and left, then thought better of it and returned to buy the other one. >> Read more trending news It was a decision for which he would be richly rewarded. That second ticket Charles Svitak bought June 16 at a 7-Eleven store earned him a $7.3 million payday...
French priest who slapped child during baptism ceremony retires

French priest who slapped child during baptism ceremony retires

The French Catholic priest who slapped a 2-year-old boy during a baptism ceremony said he regretted his decision and announced his retirement, The Daily Mail reported. >> Read more trending news A video of Father Jacques Lacroix, 89, went viral after Sunday’s baptism ceremony in the southeastern suburbs of Paris. A Reddit user posted video that showed a clearly irritated...
Ways to protect kids from sun’s harmful rays

Ways to protect kids from sun’s harmful rays

It’s long been known that excessive childhood sun exposure and sunburns are significant risk factors for developing skin cancer and premature aging (such as sun spots and wrinkles) later in life. Children have thin, delicate skin and are even more susceptible to sunburns than adults. Prevention and moderation are the keys to protecting your kids, and there are plenty of options for barriers...
He started vaping as a teen and now his habit is ‘impossible to let go’

He started vaping as a teen and now his habit is ‘impossible to let go’

DENVER — The debate over the health risks of Juul, vaping and e-cigarettes is now spilling into the public square. In one of the most restrictive measures nationwide, San Francisco voters recently upheld by what looks to be a large majority — nearly 70 percent in a preliminary tally — a ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as conventional menthol cigarettes. Even...
Research comes to surprising conclusion about runners and arthritis

Research comes to surprising conclusion about runners and arthritis

A new study comes to the somewhat counterintuitive conclusion that marathon runners have less arthritis than non-runners. The study Most people would assume that serious runners face a high risk for arthritis of the hip and knees. Yet prior research has generally failed to uncover such a connection. The most recent study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, actually found that veteran...
4 tips for a safer picnic

4 tips for a safer picnic

Picnics can be a lot of fun. But improper handling of the food can mean trouble in the form of foodborne germs. Before you fill your cooler, review these tips for safer picnics. Picnic tip No. 1: When you open the cooler, keep an eye on the clock. “The general rule is to have food out only two hours,” says Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist. “However,...
Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

Fish oil supplements may ease depression in some people. Some studies in adults suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mild to moderate depression, but more research is needed. Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function. People with depression may have low blood levels of brain chemicals called eicosapentaenoic (i-koe-suh-pen-tuh-e-NO-ik)...
BREAKING: Judge rules in favor of ‘stand your ground’ motion in Boynton fatal shooting

BREAKING: Judge rules in favor of ‘stand your ground’ motion in Boynton fatal shooting

Palm Beach County Judge Laura Johnson late Friday ruled in favor of  Samuel “Bo” Barber’s “stand your ground” motion that said he shot and killed Kunta Kinte Riddick in self-defense in November. Barber was charged with first-degree murder in the 2017 fatal shooting, but the charges were dismissed in court Friday evening. Johnson said at the end of the day, what...
Commissioner, affordable-housing builder Paula Ryan runs for mayor

Commissioner, affordable-housing builder Paula Ryan runs for mayor

As a city commissioner since 2015, Paula Ryan has overseen some of West Palm’s poor neighborhoods and some of its wealthiest. She has brought to the job an affinity for big goals that take coalition-building and years of pushing forward, from a pending redesign of U.S. 1 to initiating an alliance with the Purpose-Built Communities, a nonprofit she lured to the city in hopes of coordinating a...
NEW: iPhone stolen from Wellington-area gas station; PBSO seeks suspect

NEW: iPhone stolen from Wellington-area gas station; PBSO seeks suspect

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it says stole an iPhone X from a gas station just south of Wellington on June 7. Deputies said that the phone was left on the counter at the Mobil station on the northeast corner of State Road 7 and Lake Worth Road. Security-camera footage from the store showed another customer head to...
Loxahatchee man faces prison time for inhumane slaughtering of pigs

Loxahatchee man faces prison time for inhumane slaughtering of pigs

A Loxahatchee man pleaded guilty Thursday to his involvement in the inhumane slaughter of pigs and the sale of pig meat for human consumption, according to the press release from the United States Attorney’s Southern District of Florida office. Victor H. Gonzalez, 53, made his plea before United States District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks in West Palm Beach on Thursday. Gonzalez was the president...
Sense of frustration grows in Lake Worth over power outages

Sense of frustration grows in Lake Worth over power outages

Maryann Furth has lived in Lake Worth for 42 years. In that time, she’s run for city commission, served as the South Palm Park Association president, become a widow and, of course, suffered a few power outages. “I get so annoyed when it happens,” she said. “I’m always trying to get more information on what’s going on with the city and get so aggravated.” Furth...
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