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Gardens woman wins custody fight — for now — over dog rescued from Iraq

Socks, a stray Labrador/retriever mix saved from the battle-scarred streets of Baghdad, can stay in his new home here rather than go to a rescue agency in Texas, a Palm Beach County judge ruled last week. RELATED: Socks, dog rescued to Gardens from Iraq, is center of custody fight Socks befriended Adam Schank, a canine handler for a Department of State contractor, helping win over the man who would...
No tax increase in water district budget, but opposition from unusual source

No tax increase in water district budget, but opposition from unusual source

The leaves of water-lilies (Nymphaea spp.) float ontop of the water and are beneficial to Lake Okeechobee.  The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board will give final consideration to its 2018-2019 budget tonight, which includes no property tax increases for the eighth consecutive year. The tentative budget of $813.9 million reduces the tax rate for 15 of its 16 counties...
Palm Tran Connection buses to hit Florida’s Turnpike — finally

Palm Tran Connection buses to hit Florida’s Turnpike — finally

To get from west of Boca Raton to suburban Lake Worth on a Palm Tran Connection bus, passengers are taken on quite an excursion. The driver takes Glades Road east to Interstate 95, takes the highway north, gets off in Lake Worth, and then drives all the way west. It’d be much easier, patient riders have said, to just take Florida’s Turnpike. Come Nov. 1, they may get their wish. Related...
Here’s why an I-95 exit ramp at PGA in the Gardens has a lane closed

Here’s why an I-95 exit ramp at PGA in the Gardens has a lane closed

Drivers who would ordinarily sail off northbound Interstate 95 at eastbound PGA Boulevard will encounter orange cones blocking the far-right lane on the exit ramp this week, temporarily eliminating the merge-on-red allowed in the right-hand lane. The other eastbound lanes remain open. The merge lane on PGA also is closed from the highway exit to RCA Boulevard so that workers can replace the curb and...
No more free rides: Shuttle services in Delray Beach will be gone by October

No more free rides: Shuttle services in Delray Beach will be gone by October

DELRAY BEACH — Two of the most popular free shuttle services in downtown Delray Beach will stop operating at the end of the month. A novelty trolley service that loops through the downtown and the Downtowner, an electric car taxi that shuttles locals, will stop operating by Oct. 1. The trolleys are run by the city, and cost taxpayers about $1,170 a day to operate. The...
$50K to repair Boynton Beach’s historic children’s museum

$50K to repair Boynton Beach’s historic children’s museum

The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center in Boynton Beach will be getting much-meeded roof repairs and other renovations early next year. The city has been awarded $50,000 to fix the soffits, fascias and flashings on the roof, to replace interior wood flooring and to repaint eight wood-frame doors and 57 wood-frame windows. The project is part of the Capital Improvement Program Plan...
UPDATE: Searchers scour Jupiter Farms for missing 5-year-old kangaroo named Storm

UPDATE: Searchers scour Jupiter Farms for missing 5-year-old kangaroo named Storm

TV crews crowded the typically quiet dirt road in Jupiter Farms Tuesday, nearly 24 hours after one of its residents had gone missing. Neighbors described Storm as a comedian, especially when he leaned back, exposing his round belly and scratching his chest as if without a care in the world. The 4-foot-tall, 45-pound, tawny kangaroo with black paws disappeared Monday night from the home of Eric Westergard...
West Palm man sentenced for selling heroin linked to overdose death

West Palm man sentenced for selling heroin linked to overdose death

A 28-year-old West Palm Beach area man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for selling heroin laced with an animal tranquilizer that prosecutors blamed for the overdose death of a 40-year-old recovering addict. After reading letters from Roberto Mendoza’s victims, including an emotional appeal from the widow of the man who overdosed in November, U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks...
What happened to Chris King’s ‘bullet tax’?

What happened to Chris King’s ‘bullet tax’?

Democrat Chris King made it past the Aug. 28 primary when Andrew Gillum tapped him as his running mate. King’s proposed “bullet tax,” however, did not make the cut. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Chris King finished a distant fifth in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary for governor, but his progressive platform impressed primary winner Andrew...
NEW: Delray Beach families’ feud blamed for Monday night gunfire 

NEW: Delray Beach families’ feud blamed for Monday night gunfire 

A nearly decade-long family feud has left another man with life-altering injuries, Delray Beach police said. Patrick Palmer, 25, of Delray Beach was injured in Monday evening’s gunfire near Northwest 11th Avenue and Third Terrace, police said. The gunfire also hit a wall on the west side of S.D. Spady Elementary School and a window into a teachers’ lounge. The front...
Quinnipiac poll: Shifts in Scott-Nelson race, Trump approval; genders split on Kavanaugh

Quinnipiac poll: Shifts in Scott-Nelson race, Trump approval; genders split on Kavanaugh

Republican Gov. Rick Scott (left) and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, rivals in the November race for U.S. Senate. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Three weeks after calling Florida’s U.S. Senate race a dead heat between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a new Quinnipiac University poll gives Nelson a...
Did Ron DeSantis tell uninsured cancer patients to ‘show up at the emergency room’?

Did Ron DeSantis tell uninsured cancer patients to ‘show up at the emergency room’?

Florida’s candidates for governor: Democrat Andrew Gillum (left) and Republican Ron DeSantis. A new Florida Democratic Party ad for Andrew Gillum‘s gubernatorial bid hammers Republican  Ron DeSantis on health care, noting he opposed Obamacare and the expansion of Medicaid in Florida. The ad’s narrator also says: “And when he was asked...
BREAKING: Man not guilty by reason of insanity in attempted drowning of daughter

BREAKING: Man not guilty by reason of insanity in attempted drowning of daughter

A West Palm Beach man charged with trying to drown his 2-month-old daughter in 2015 was found not guilty by reason of insanity on Tuesday. A jury spent much of the day deliberating before returning not-guilty verdicts for Bryan Patrice on charges attempted second-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, domestic battery and resisting with violence.  Following the verdict, Circuit...
PBSO: Palm Springs-area woman lied to detective during murder investigation

PBSO: Palm Springs-area woman lied to detective during murder investigation

A 27-year-old woman who was questioned Thursday during a murder investigation now faces charges after she reportedly lied to a Palm Beach County sheriff’s detective.  Marie Germain, who lives south of Palm Springs, was arrested last week on a charge of lying about a capital felony case. A judge ordered that she be released Friday morning from the Palm Beach County Jail without...
JUST IN: Ex-Dwyer football standout arrested in Jupiter shooting incident

JUST IN: Ex-Dwyer football standout arrested in Jupiter shooting incident

In his latest run-in with Jupiter police, former Dwyer High School football standout Michael Fleurizard is accused of shooting at a car and fleeing about 3 miles south. Fleurizard, 26, was arrested Monday on a slew of charges including multiple counts of aggravated assault and driving-related offenses. Judge Dina Keever-Agrama ordered the West Palm Beach resident be held without the possibility...
National Voter Registration Day: How you can sign up to vote right now

National Voter Registration Day: How you can sign up to vote right now

Today is National Voter Registration Day. You can register to vote by clicking here. If you prefer, you can print the application and mail it to the Palm Beach County elections office at: Supervisor of Elections PO Box 22309 West Palm Beach FL 33416-2309 Also, here are key dates to know for the Nov. 6 general election. For purists who always vote on Election Day, polls are open from 7 a...
BREAKING: Publix west of Delray sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

BREAKING: Publix west of Delray sells winning Fantasy 5 ticket

A Publix Super Market in suburban Delray Beach sold one of three winning Fantasy 5 tickets in Monday’s statewide drawing, the Florida Lottery said. The ticket pays $58,971.19 and bears numbers 1-8-13-26-30. The player bought the ticket at the Publix in the Villages of Oriole Plaza on West Atlantic Avenue and Hagen Ranch Road. The other two winning tickets were sold in Naples and New Port Richey...
FAU to bring ‘convenience’ to students with early voting

FAU to bring ‘convenience’ to students with early voting

Expectations for a surge in voting by younger citizens this Election Day  are getting a boost on two fronts: Florida Atlantic University will host an early voting site; and Palm Beach County schools are encouraging students who have turned 18 to register. FAU received the green light to open its Boca Raton campus as a polling place ahead of Election Day thanks largely to a federal...
Why Gardens officials worry about Bear’s Club land swap in Jupiter

Why Gardens officials worry about Bear’s Club land swap in Jupiter

Motivated in part by complaints from residents who live across the street, city officials are fighting The Bears Club’s request to the county to let it develop 15 acres of conservation land. RELATED: Commissioners postpone vote on Jack Nicklaus’ Bear’s Club land swap Jack Nicklaus’ invitation-only Bears Club is on the north side of Donald Ross Road next to Trump National Golf...
Rick Scott, Bill Nelson go with tight close-ups in dueling attack ads

Rick Scott, Bill Nelson go with tight close-ups in dueling attack ads

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and his Republican challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, end their latest ads with tight closeups of each other. Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson found some common ground in their nationally watched U.S. Senate race — each released an attack ad today that ends with a tight, unflattering...
Loxahatchee Battlefield ‘History in the Park’ restarts in October

Loxahatchee Battlefield ‘History in the Park’ restarts in October

Before there was Riverbend Park, before the trailer park and before the orange groves that once occupied the land, two battles of the Second Seminole War were fought within nine days near the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River. The year was 1838. On Jan. 15, Lt. Levin M. Powell of the Navy’s Waterborne Everglades Expeditionary Unit lost the First Battle of the Loxahatchee against the Seminoles...
In Jupiter: Paint and give back; learn about coffee; become a luminary

In Jupiter: Paint and give back; learn about coffee; become a luminary

UPTOWN ART JUPITER GIVE BACK Create a “Sunset by the Sea” painting and help out a local cause at this Uptown Art fundraiser. Els for Autism — which provides resources involving education, research, recreation and more for those with autism spectrum disorder — will receive a portion of the proceeds from each seat ($30 if you register online, $35 at the door) and all of the proceeds...
Looking for a cool new treat? Bahama Buck’s opens in Jupiter Tuesday

Looking for a cool new treat? Bahama Buck’s opens in Jupiter Tuesday

A cool new treat is hitting the streets of Abacoa today. Bahama Buck’s will have a grand opening at its newest location, 1209 Main St., Suite 116, from noon to 9 p.m. The Texas-based shaved ice chain boasts 91 original shaved ice flavors, with 12 sour flavors and 20 “Thin Ice” sugar-free flavors. Their autumn flavors, just in time for the fall equinox, are Candy Corn, Caramel Apple...
Democratic congressional candidate April Freeman dies suddenly

Democratic congressional candidate April Freeman dies suddenly

Democrat April Freeman was running for Florida’s open District 17 congressional seat. April Freeman, the Democratic nominee for Florida’s open 17th congressional district seat, died suddenly on Sunday night, the Florida Democratic Party announced this afternoon. Freeman won the Aug. 28 Democratic primary for the seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee...
With anniversary near, a fire killed their dog, destroyed their house

With anniversary near, a fire killed their dog, destroyed their house

Bryen Dennis left his two-story, four-bedroom home on Oak Grove Circle in suburban Lake Worth Friday morning about 45 minutes before it was destroyed by a fire. “We were going on a cruise for our seven-year anniversary,” said Dennis of his wife, Kristina and their two daughters, Tori, 6 and Harper, 2. “Now we’re staying at a friends place for a couple of weeks...
Horse is back atop the old Lake Worth saddle shop; and it’ll stay there

Horse is back atop the old Lake Worth saddle shop; and it’ll stay there

Jake is back. After being gone a few weeks, the well-known, 15-foot horse on top of the building at 317 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth , where McLelland’s Saddlery used to be, has been re-painted. Originally black, it’s now white and brown, like a pinto horse. Ariana Peters, managing director at Peters Development, the company that...
Facing termination, Boynton Beach High principal resigns

Facing termination, Boynton Beach High principal resigns

Boynton Beach High School Principal Guarn Sims has decided to resign from the school district after learning that he would face termination early next month. On Friday, Sims submitted a letter of resignation effective Oct. 3. “I have enjoyed my 24 years of service to the students and communities of Palm Beach County,” he wrote in the  resignation letter. “Although I will be...
PBSO shooting victim Dontrell Stephens loses appeal

PBSO shooting victim Dontrell Stephens loses appeal

In what his attorney said was a crushing — even potentially fatal — blow for a 25-year-old West Palm Beach man who was shot by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, a federal appeals court has finally said he must head back to court to get the $22.4 million a jury in 2016 said he deserved. Paralyzed from the waist down since he was shot by Deputy Adams Lin in 2013...
NEW: Car crashes into Delray Beach building; driver injured

NEW: Car crashes into Delray Beach building; driver injured

One person was injured Monday morning when a car crashed into the BankUnited building on West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach Fire Rescue authorities said.  Rescue crews responded shortly before 11 a.m. to the multi-story office building west of South Military Trail. They found the car inside of the building. The driver was injured in the crash but is expected to survive.  No one...
DETAILS: Wellington time capsule holds Playboy, bikini, newspapers

DETAILS: Wellington time capsule holds Playboy, bikini, newspapers

Playboy magazine. A string bikini. A bank passbook in the name of “The Citizens of Wellington.” A widely forgotten time capsule that provides a snapshot of Wellington life in the 1970s is getting new attention thanks to a few village employees and the Wellington Historical Society. WELLINGTON READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly newsletter for Wellington news The time capsule was...
Port of Palm Beach board considers deepening, widening inlet

Port of Palm Beach board considers deepening, widening inlet

The Port of Palm Beach is again considering a controversial project to deepen and widen the Lake Worth Inlet just south of Peanut Island to make it easier for commercial ships to enter and leave the port. In a discussion during a Port of Palm Beach Commission meeting Thursday, commissioners heard public comments and discussed the benefits and drawbacks of widening the inlet. Supporters of...
PBC’s latest choice high school scrapped weeks after freshmen arrive

PBC’s latest choice high school scrapped weeks after freshmen arrive

The school district’s ongoing spat with the state over the need to relieve school crowding by building new schools and adding on to others has seen its first casualty: The Conservatory at North Palm Beach’s plans to grow into a high school like no other in the county. Weeks after welcoming the school’s first freshman class, Principal Teresa Stoupas told parents in...
‘Boo’s brother:’ Injured West Palm man writes gunman’s nickname on dry-erase board 

‘Boo’s brother:’ Injured West Palm man writes gunman’s nickname on dry-erase board 

A 40-year-old man was nearly killed last month in a spray of gunfire outside a West Palm Beach home.  Nearly two weeks later, on Sept. 9, he still couldn’t speak. But he was able to write. The man wrote the details of that August night on a dry-erase board as detectives watched, police records state. The man, who had gunshot wounds to his chest, back and legs, indicated that &ldquo...
North Palm sewing club creates special pillows for Alzheimer’s patients

North Palm sewing club creates special pillows for Alzheimer’s patients

With bits of ribbon, strips of Velcro and other items found in their sewing drawers, the ladies of the Sand Dollars Quilting Bee gather weekly to create specially designed pillows to distribute to Alzheimer’s patients. During the past three months, the group has donated nearly 100 “fidget pillows” to churches, senior centers and other facilities that provide dementia-specific...
NEW: PBSO faults jail deputies for slow response to attorney signaling for help

NEW: PBSO faults jail deputies for slow response to attorney signaling for help

As her client made what she saw as intimidating advances on her in a small interview room at the Palm Beach County Jail, a public defender last month frantically pressed a "duress button" and even banged on a glass window before two deputies finally came to let her out, internal affairs records show.  Deputies Shaquila Davis, hired in 2015, and Celestina Becerra, hired in 2002...
New Florida poll: Gillum edging DeSantis; Nelson and Scott tied

New Florida poll: Gillum edging DeSantis; Nelson and Scott tied

Top: Senate candidates Rick Scott (R) and Bill Nelson (D). Bottom: governor candidates Andrew Gillum (D) and Ron DeSantis (R). The University of North Florida finds tight races for Florida governor and U.S. Senate in a new poll. In a Sept. 17-20 survey with a 4 percent margin of error, UNF’s Public Opinion Research Lab finds Democrat Andrew Gillum leading Republican...
Strong economy aside, Florida homeownership hits bleak milestone

Strong economy aside, Florida homeownership hits bleak milestone

While Gov. Rick Scott campaigns on the strength of Florida’s economy, there is no mention of a bleak milestone the state just reached — a record low homeownership rate. From the soaring pre-recession days, when easy credit pushed housing numbers to new highs, the percentage of Florida households owning homes has now plunged to its worst level ever seen, with data going back more than three...
West Palm church rally joins nationwide action against gun violence

West Palm church rally joins nationwide action against gun violence

Around a hundred souls packed the Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Sunday to join a nationwide call for laws to stop gun violence. The event, part of the third annual Concert Across America to End Gun Violence, began shortly after 4 p.m. in the city’s Pleasant City neighborhood, a section of town all too familiar with gun crimes. This year’s series started nationwide Thursday...
BREAKING: Belle Glade man killed in one-car wreck

BREAKING: Belle Glade man killed in one-car wreck

A man was killed when his vehicle went out of control and slammed into a palm tree on Saturday evening, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Yoelvy Delgado, 44, was driving northbound on Main Street when he lost control of his Nissan Titan. The vehicle ended up in the median before sliding sideways. According to the sheriff’s office, Delgado’s vehicle slid...
PBSC to open expanded food pantry on Lake Worth’s campus on Tuesday

PBSC to open expanded food pantry on Lake Worth’s campus on Tuesday

On Tuesday, Palm Beach State College is opening an expanded food pantry to help students who are struggling financially. “Our students are disproportionately effected by the economy,” said Jeannie Hoban, director of the college’s student counseling center. “We hope by doing this … we can support our students and help them to be successful in college and not let these...
Rally for Puerto Rico draws hundreds to Mar-a-Lago, West Palm

Rally for Puerto Rico draws hundreds to Mar-a-Lago, West Palm

As Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico a year ago, Sylvia Chaluissant watched water pour into her home through the electrical outlets in the walls. Soon after, her home was flooded and her furniture was ruined. “And I was one of the lucky ones,” the Puerto Rican native said Saturday. Chaluissant was one of about 800 protesters gathered at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, protesting...
Gardens lowers tax rate; bills could still go up with property values

Gardens lowers tax rate; bills could still go up with property values

Palm Beach Gardens officials approved a budget Thursday that includes money to create new jobs, continue publishing the city magazine, maintain parks and recreation facilities and offer economic development incentives. RELATED: Gardens council OKs 12 percent raises for police Helping pay for those expenses, the city’s overall value increased to $11.54 billion this year, an increase of 6.12 percent...
PHOTOS: Baby Trump balloon makes appearance at protest in West Palm Beach

PHOTOS: Baby Trump balloon makes appearance at protest in West Palm Beach

fThe Baby Trump balloon made the first of what likely will be many appearances in Palm Beach County at a protest and rally Saturday at the Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s direct hit to Puerto Rico. Below are embedded Tweets. If you don't see that content please, follow Ian Cohen and Carla Trivino on Twitter. <div>...
LIVE: Around 800 including Gillum, Nelson at anti-Trump, pro-Puerto Rico rally in West Palm Beach

LIVE: Around 800 including Gillum, Nelson at anti-Trump, pro-Puerto Rico rally in West Palm Beach

UPDATE 5 p.m.: Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum addressed with crowd, saying: "We shouldn’t have to remind this country to do right by the people in this country."  UPDATE: 4:25 p.m.: Police are estimating the crowd at around 750 to 800 people. UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: Trump supporters arrived at the Meyer Amphitheater and were escorted by police to another...
UPDATE: 5-year-old hurt at youth football game ‘doing fine,’ league president says

UPDATE: 5-year-old hurt at youth football game ‘doing fine,’ league president says

Sept. 24 UPDATE: The 5-year-old hurt at Saturday’s youth football league game in Royal Palm Beach didn’t suffer a traumatic injury and was able to leave a hospital later that day, the president of the Riviera Beach Youth League Chargers said Monday. The league is operated by Riviera Beach’s Parks and Recreation Department. The child “is doing pretty good,” Aladia...
Opera ‘food truck’ and other arts events receive PNC Bank grants

Opera ‘food truck’ and other arts events receive PNC Bank grants

Imagine ordering a taste of opera just as you do a snack from a food truck. In the fall of 2019, Palm Beach Opera plans to unveil Opera a la Cart, pop-up opera shows performed in a truck doubling as a stage at festivals, parks and other venues. The plan calls for a menu of opera excerpts from which audience members can make selections. The truck also will transport performers and supplies to the opera&rsquo...
Jupiter approves $92.9M budget, new education committee

Jupiter approves $92.9M budget, new education committee

Jupiter town councilors on Thursday unanimously approved a $92.9 million budget and a steady tax rate for the next fiscal year. Some of the expected costs include $667,656 in salary increases, $100,000 for the March election and $130,000 for police department body cameras. There’s also $700,000 budgeted for police to provide security at Jupiter area schools, but the school district will reimburse...
Florida Governor foes DeSantis, Gillum spar in South Florida

Florida Governor foes DeSantis, Gillum spar in South Florida

Florida’s gubernatorial rivals campaigned in South Florida on Friday, with Republican Ron DeSantis touting his support for a voucher program at a Jewish school west of Boca Raton and Democrat Andrew Gillum appearing at a fundraiser with embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and picking up the endorsement of a gun-control group. DeSantis visited the Katz Hillel Day School, where about...
Why Palm Beach County public schools’ tax rate keeps falling

Why Palm Beach County public schools’ tax rate keeps falling

Most of Palm Beach County’s local governments have had the good fortune to keep their property tax rates steady in recent years, allowing them to bring in more money through rising home values without a formal vote to hike taxes. But there’s a striking exception: the county’s public schools, whose tax rate has dropped 20 percent since 2011. The school district is alone among...

Rabbit rescue team faces charges of grand theft, trespassing

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE THEFT A man was seen shuffling through items in an aisle at a store in the 3100 block of Northlake Boulevard. Later, as he exited the business, the store’s security alarm went off. The suspect, who was wearing a red hat and riding a blue bicycle was quickly spotted and stopped by police a few blocks away. The man told the officer that the stolen items were in his backpack...

Kids break into business, steal ammunition, defecate in flower pots

WEST PALM BEACH POLICE BUSINESS BURGLARY Police responded to an alarm at a business in the 3300 block of South Dixie Highway at 2:23 a.m. They found a window shattered, but a sheet of plywood behind it thwarted the burglar. The assistant manager arrived at the scene to assess the situation and told police the plywood had been installed after previous burglaries. She said she would notify security...

Senior citizen caught stealing two pairs of sunglasses valued at $510

BOCA RATON POLICE THEFT Bikes were stolen in the 100 block of East Camino Real and the 1200 block of West Palmetto Park Road. A woman stole $1,200 worth of handbags from a store in the 1400 block of West Glades Road. Police arrested a 65-year old man after he stole two pairs of sunglasses valued at $510 from a store in the 6000 block of West Glades Road. He was taken to the county jail. A juvenile...
Mandel Public Library launches new creative space

Mandel Public Library launches new creative space

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has opened a new studio space on the second floor of its Clematis Street location. The venue, named Studio 411, aims to support the library’s multiple and growing range of arts programs, and to create one central location for those interested in the arts to learn about a variety of crafts such as painting, drawing and sculpture to crocheting, as well...
POST TIME: Happy anniversary to Forest Hill High

POST TIME: Happy anniversary to Forest Hill High

Readers: For how long did the city of West Palm Beach operate with just one high school? How about 57 years! Palm Beach High — the campus now is the Dreyfoos School of the Arts — opened in 1901. It would be Sept. 2, 1958, 60 years ago this month, before West Palm Beach’s second school opened, with 939 students. The school is named for the road that runs past it. The first reference...
Riviera Beach official facing trial sues city for sex discrimination

Riviera Beach official facing trial sues city for sex discrimination

Riviera Beach Building Official Ladi March Goldwire, nearing a criminal trial for allegedly misrepresenting her qualifications, has sued the city for sex discrimination, asserting she earned less than the less-experienced men who preceded her. The 16-page complaint, filed Sept. 20 in Palm Beach Circuit Court, also alleges she was discriminated against and subject to a hostile work environment. Riviera...

FESTIVALS AND BAZAARS

It’s that time of year for pumpkins and pine cones, homemade crafts and holiday décor. Here are some of the fall festivals and holiday craft bazaars coming up in the area. CENTRAL Holiday Craft Fair, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 165 Ohio Road, Lake Worth. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4. Vendors, homemade crafts, fall and Christmas items, quilts, woodwork,...

library life

Begin a storytime journey with “Había una vez/Once upon a time.” Carrie Sue Ayvar flows seamlessly between Spanish and English as she chooses from her large repertoire of personal and traditional tales to connect people, languages and cultures. This program for all ages comes to the Glades Road Branch at 11 a.m. Oct. 6 and the Hagen Ranch Road Branch at 3 p.m. Oct. 13. Preregistration...
20 warning signs that hints at the Trumpification of Disney World

20 warning signs that hints at the Trumpification of Disney World

Over the weekend, a Donald Trump banner hung for a brief time in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida. The 10-foot-long “Re-Elect Trump 2020” banner was held up by two men and lowered over a railing at the Main Street train station until a security worker arrived. The banner’s owner and instigator, Dion Cini, 49, of New York, Facebook-live-streamed his sign draping,...
Vanilla Ice reunites with lost pet wallaroo, Bucky Buckaroo 

Vanilla Ice reunites with lost pet wallaroo, Bucky Buckaroo 

Editor’s note: This story originally published on Nov. 20, 2004.  PORT ST. LUCIE — Rocker Vanilla Ice had his hands full when he walked out of Port St. Lucie Animal Control Friday afternoon.  Pressed to his chest was Bucky Buckaroo, his 60-pound pet wallaroo, who with the help of his other pet, Pancho the goat, escaped a week ago today from the backyard of his wife's grandmother...
NEW: Trial starts for woman accused of fatally stabbing Loxahatchee man over breakup

NEW: Trial starts for woman accused of fatally stabbing Loxahatchee man over breakup

As Melanie Eam sat quietly in court Tuesday, prosecutors detailed the final moments in her boyfriend’s life. In the opening statements of Eam’s second-degree murder trial, Assistant State Attorney Lauren Godden described Eam, now 22, as a woman who became enraged and stabbed James Barry to death in his Loxahatchee home after Barry broke up with her.  “On the night of Nov. 17...
LATEST: ‘We’ll talk later’: Greenacres woman spoke to mother less than hour before fatal D.C. stabbing

LATEST: ‘We’ll talk later’: Greenacres woman spoke to mother less than hour before fatal D.C. stabbing

When Wendy Martinez was 5 years old, her parents fled Nicaragua as Sandinista revolutionaries prepared to overthrow the government. The family relocated to the U.S. and eventually to Greenacres, a place Cora and Juan Carlos Martinez Sr. believed gave their young daughter a “better way to live life.” Wendy Martinez made good on her parents’ bold move, becoming a standout...
BREAKING: Car chase leads to arrest of suspect in Jupiter shooting incident

BREAKING: Car chase leads to arrest of suspect in Jupiter shooting incident

One person was taken into custody Monday afternoon after a shooting incident and a police pursuit in Jupiter.  Police responded just before 4:30 p.m. to reports of shots fired at a vehicle on Summer Avenue, found the suspect’s vehicle and pulled it over in the 1100 block of Military Trail, south of Toney Penna Drive near the post office. The vehicle tried to flee the scene, about 3 miles...
JUST IN: Jury set to decide if man was sane when infant nearly drowned

JUST IN: Jury set to decide if man was sane when infant nearly drowned

A jury may decide Tuesday whether Bryan Patrice attempted to drown his baby three years ago while high on synthetic drugs or if the incident was the result of a mentally ill man caught in a psychotic breakdown. Patrice, 41, is charged with aggravated child abuse, attempted second-degree murder, domestic battery and resisting an officer without violence stemming from the 2015 incident. Closing...
Cerabino: Florida cigarette thief gets 20 years; we get the bill

Cerabino: Florida cigarette thief gets 20 years; we get the bill

Let us consider the sentencing of Robert Spellman Jr. Spellman, 48, was convicted this summer of stealing 10 cartons of cigarettes from the locked manager’s office at a Circle K convenience store in Pensacola. His thievery at full retail price was valued at $600. Friday, an Escambia County judge sentenced Spellman to 20 years in prison, citing his history as a habitual criminal. And it&rsquo...
Multiple injuries after school bus runs over embankment near Pittsburgh

Multiple injuries after school bus runs over embankment near Pittsburgh

A school bus carrying children ran over an embankment in a construction zone in Mars, Pennsylvania, Monday afternoon and landed on its side. >> Read more trending news  Update 5:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 24: The exact number of students who received medical care is not known, but Mars district officials said six children were hospitalized immediately for treatment of minor bumps and bruises...
Watch: Girl, 7, gives rousing rendition of national anthem before MLS match

Watch: Girl, 7, gives rousing rendition of national anthem before MLS match

There have been many rousing renditions of the national anthem, but a 7-year-old girl who calls herself an “actor, model and anthem girl” turned in a memorable version Sunday. >> Read more trending news  Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja of Los Angeles won an anthem contest sponsored by Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy. That allowed Malea Emma to sing before the Galaxy’s...
Frozen embryos mistakenly destroyed at Seattle hospital 

Frozen embryos mistakenly destroyed at Seattle hospital 

Dozens of women hoping to have children are dealing with heartbreaking loss after their frozen embryos were mistakenly destroyed at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. >> Read more trending news  Tina Mankowski, director of strategic communications for UW Medicine, confirmed that 31 patients were affected and that the destruction happened in...
Parents feel pressured when making child safety choices, study says 

Parents feel pressured when making child safety choices, study says 

More than 90 percent of parents are overwhelmed when researching child safety products, a study released this week asserts. >> Read more trending news  The study -- “Shifting Gears: How Becoming A Parent Changes Driving Forever” -- conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo Car USA and coinciding with Child Passenger Safety Week, said that 66 percent of parents...
UPDATE: Man, 78, woman, 56, ID’d as two killed in Boynton-area crash

UPDATE: Man, 78, woman, 56, ID’d as two killed in Boynton-area crash

1 p.m. Tuesday UPDATE: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two people killed in Monday afternoon’s crash as Deo Singh, 78, and Julie Kahn, 56, both of whom lived west of Boynton Beach.  The sheriff’s office said Singh turned left in a 2015 four-door Honda from the southbound lanes of Hagen Ranch Road onto Woolbright Road’s eastbound lanes. ...
NEW: Greenacres woman slain in D.C. to be remembered at Royal Palm church Tuesday

NEW: Greenacres woman slain in D.C. to be remembered at Royal Palm church Tuesday

A service to celebrate the life of a Greenacres woman killed last week in Washington, D.C., will be held Tuesday afternoon in Royal Palm Beach.  The family of Wendy Martinez said the service will be held at 2 p.m. at Christ Fellowship’s Royal Palm Beach campus at Southern Boulevard and State Road 7. The service is open to the public. Martinez, a former Greenacres resident and a 2001...
Teen, 13, arrested after threatening to shoot up school near Parkland, police say

Teen, 13, arrested after threatening to shoot up school near Parkland, police say

A 13-year-old boy was arrested Sunday after making a threat in an online group chat to shoot up a South Florida middle school, which is located 30 minutes from a high school where a mass shooter killed 17 people in February, WPLG reported Monday. >> Read more trending news  The teen, however, told authorities in Broward County that the threat was a joke, according to a news release...
September full moon is special, when to see moonrise this week

September full moon is special, when to see moonrise this week

September’s full harvest moon rises Monday night, but there’s something special about the lunar machinations this time of year. Near the fall equinox, which was Saturday, the moon rises each day closer together, according to Earth and Sky. That means instead of a delay between 40 and 50 minutes each subsequent day, it’s more like 30 to 35 minutes. The higher the latitude, the shorter...
DC jogger will be buried in dress bought for wedding, mother says

DC jogger will be buried in dress bought for wedding, mother says

The mother of a woman who was stabbed to death while jogging in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood said she plans to bury her daughter in one of the dresses she planned to wear at her wedding, WRC reported. >> Read more trending news  Wendy Martinez, 35, was jogging Tuesday evening when she was attacked. Police said Martinez was stabbed six times in the head and neck, and once in...
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