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NEW: Frustrated community told no easy fix for algae woes

NEW: Frustrated community told no easy fix for algae woes

A community filled Stuart City Hall on Friday, spilling into hallways where residents strained to hear what they hoped would be fast-track fixes for their algae-poisoned waterways. Many left disappointed, told instead during a 90-minute forum there are no silver bullets to mend a 70-year-old flood control system built to serve a population of 2 million that has since quadrupled. “They...
Editorial: In defense of democracy’s defenders

Editorial: In defense of democracy’s defenders

We aren’t the enemy. It doesn’t matter how many times the president of the United States calls the news media “the enemy of the American people,” or attaches the word “fake” to “stories,” “media” or “polls.” All the repetitions in the world can’t make the slander true — though, in some minds, the repetition can make...
JUST IN: Martin County man, 19, dies after SUV rolls down driveway, hits him

JUST IN: Martin County man, 19, dies after SUV rolls down driveway, hits him

A 19-year-old Martin County man died last week after being struck by an SUV in a driveway in Port Salerno, the Florida Highway Patrol said Wednesday. Jonathon X. Lockett on Friday was attempting to fix an unknown mechanical malfunction underneath a 2007 GMC Yukon when it rolled down the driveway and hit him, FHP said. The 3:40 p.m. incident happened along Southeast Matousek Street and Southeast Cubin...
Aretha Franklin: Rare photos, her Palm Beach vacation and more

Aretha Franklin: Rare photos, her Palm Beach vacation and more

When she first appeared in South Florida, she was an unknown hotel club singer. When she last appeared in South Florida, she was a legend, an icon. Only one word necessary: Aretha. From the 1960s through the early 2000s, Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at age 76, was a fixture on South Florida stages. In Palm Beach County, she performed at the West Palm Beach...
The ‘toxic’ algae issue: Social media ire has law enforcement on alert

The ‘toxic’ algae issue: Social media ire has law enforcement on alert

A stream of online vitriol about Florida’s toxic algae disaster has piqued the interest of law enforcement, which is monitoring posts following comments about blowing up the Herbert Hoover Dike, vandalizing cars and “hanging state politicians.” Whether the internet provocations are just disgruntled grousing or credible threats will be considered by the Palm Beach County...
Frontier adds more nonstop routes between PBIA and these five cities

Frontier adds more nonstop routes between PBIA and these five cities

Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday it is adding nonstop routes between Palm Beach International Airport and five cities just in time for holiday travel season. Travel + Leisure magazine names PBIA as one of top U.S. airports The additional routes will start Nov. 15, according to a statement released Tuesday: • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays &bull...
A daughter’s grief: Harrouff homicides still scar my family memories

A daughter’s grief: Harrouff homicides still scar my family memories

It's aggravating, Ivy Stevens explained, not to be able to remember someone happily because of the way they died. Painful, even. There were the usual weekends fishing for dolphin out the boat and the nights sitting in the garage with her dad, John Stevens III, and his wife, Michelle Mishcon. He’d have a cigar, maybe Michelle was dancing because it was Friday, and they’d be headed...
FDOT fines SunPass vendor $800K for botched upgrade; clears backlog

FDOT fines SunPass vendor $800K for botched upgrade; clears backlog

The Florida Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it had cleared the entire backlog of SunPass toll transactions resulting from the messy upgrade of its customer service system, and had fined the vendor in charge of overseeing it. At the direction of Governor Rick Scott, the FDOT assessed Conduent State & Local Solutions nearly $800,000 in damages as a result of the botched rollout of...
JUST IN: Delayed FAU graduation ceremony joyous, defiant

JUST IN: Delayed FAU graduation ceremony joyous, defiant

Some people were angry. Some were sad. Some were defiant. Some were stoic. Many weren’t here at all. On Tuesday, Florida Atlantic University staged a belated re-do of a once-in-a-lifetime commencement someone had stolen on Aug. 7 with a threat on a note stuck to a mirror.  Of the 462 graduates who last week were moments away from taking their walk of pride, only 261 did so Tuesday...
Earl Stewart Toyota faces discrimination complaint

Earl Stewart Toyota faces discrimination complaint

Toyota dealer Earl Stewart has been sued by a man who says the dealership discriminated against him by not giving him a job that was advertised exclusively for female sales associates. Glenn Liou, a 58-year-old New York resident with no experience working at a car dealership, claims he was rejected by the dealership based on his gender, according to court records. RELATED: Earl Stewart Toyota expansion...
JUST IN: FAU graduation back on after threat canceled ceremony last week

JUST IN: FAU graduation back on after threat canceled ceremony last week

BOCA RATON — It’ll happen in a basketball arena instead of an auditorium and a week later than planned, but Florida Atlantic University will host a make-up graduation Tuesday morning after cancelling a commencement ceremony last week. More than 400 students planned on walking the stage Aug. 7, but a “credible threat” prompted administration and police to evacuate...
West Palm Beach has nation’s hottest mansion market, brokerage says

West Palm Beach has nation’s hottest mansion market, brokerage says

West Palm Beach is home to the nation’s hottest mansion market, real estate brokerage Redfin said Monday. The average sale price of a luxury home sold in West Palm Beach in the second quarter soared to $2.24 million, up 85 percent from a year earlier. Luxury home prices jumped 59.1 percent in Boynton Beach, which placed second nationally. Other strong showings came in Henderson, Nevada...
The Post’s August 2018 primary, municipal election endorsements

The Post’s August 2018 primary, municipal election endorsements

This year’s primary and municipal elections will be here before you know it -- Aug. 28 to be exact. We’ll be posting The Palm Beach Post opinion board’s endorsements as we publish them. Keep coming back or bookmark this article to see the latest endorsement, and then once more before you vote for the full list. Also, please check out our Know Your Candidates app, where local...
BREAKING: Cardinal Newman grad Brooks Koepka wins his second golf major of the year

BREAKING: Cardinal Newman grad Brooks Koepka wins his second golf major of the year

Jupiter resident and Cardinal Newman High School graduate Brooks Koepka won his third major golf championship and second in 2018 after surging late to capture the 100th PGA Championship on Sunday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Koepka, 28, fighting off a late charge from Adam Scott along with the tremendous crowd roars for Jupiter Island’s Tiger Woods, became only the fifth golfer to...
NEW: Port St. Lucie man who died in Riviera Beach waters was experienced diver

NEW: Port St. Lucie man who died in Riviera Beach waters was experienced diver

Randolph Smay was no newcomer to scuba diving. The native Pennsylvanian was certified for 40 years, diving both in the U.S. and internationally, in dangerous spots such as underwater caves and strip mines and doing so at night. But it was on a relatively routine dive Friday that the 65-year-old Port St. Lucie resident lost his life. Smay was in the water with his adult niece near Phil Foster...
Florida election 2018: Attorney general candidates square off

Florida election 2018: Attorney general candidates square off

An open seat for Florida attorney general has triggered open warfare among candidates in both the Democratic and Republican primaries for the Cabinet post. Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, term-limited after eight years, has endorsed fellow Tampa resident, former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody. But Moody’s opponent, state Rep. Frank White, a Pensacola Republican, has poured...
NEW: CBS 12 news anchor Eric Roby exits after 17 years

NEW: CBS 12 news anchor Eric Roby exits after 17 years

After working as a news anchor at CBS 12 for 17 years, Eric Roby made a career-altering decision to become a real estate agent.  “I’ve decided to hang up my microphone and use my knowledge of all of our south Florida neighborhoods to sell real estate,” Roby said in a video on his Facebook fan page. “Best of all, no more bad news—I’ll only be giving...
SPECIAL REPORT: A foul task - cleaning up Florida’s red tide corpses 

SPECIAL REPORT: A foul task - cleaning up Florida’s red tide corpses 

On the fine, shell-dappled beaches of Sanibel Island, the putrid corpses of all manner of sea life are scraped into piles by a rag-tag crew with metal-tined rakes. Matilda Meritt, a cigarette between her lips, rhinestone sunglasses, and a shirt that reads “wake me when the boring is over,” is on the early shift, dropped off in one of two Greyhound buses every morning for a week...
LATEST: Girl burned over most of body improving, impatient as school starts without her

LATEST: Girl burned over most of body improving, impatient as school starts without her

Closing in on 220 days stuck in a Miami-Dade County burn center, Layne Chesney can’t wait to go home. In a normal year, the 15-year-old Fort Pierce girl would be starting school Monday at Lincoln Park Academy. But she sustained third-degree burns on much of her body when she poured gasoline onto a bonfire on New Year’s Eve. She’s been hospitalized at Kendall Regional Medical...
RELATED: 3D printing ‘a superpower’ that can build everything from screws to limbs

RELATED: 3D printing ‘a superpower’ that can build everything from screws to limbs

Alex Lorenzo worries that the controversy surrounding 3D-printable guns will give the budding technology a bad name. A federal judge last week blocked a Texas gun-rights organization from publishing online a blueprint that would allow anyone with a 3D printer to manufacture firearms, including assault weapons. But Lorenzo said the technology could soon transform everyday life in positive ways...
JUST IN: 3D printers put plastic, lethal guns just clicks away

JUST IN: 3D printers put plastic, lethal guns just clicks away

There is no shortage of ways — legal and illegal — to obtain a firearm, and there may soon be another. A federal judge last week blocked a Texas gun-rights organization from publishing online the schematic designs for printable 3D guns. Those designs would have allowed people to download 3D plans for firearms ranging from a handgun to the AR-15 rifle used in several mass shootings...
LATEST: Missing, endangered man found dead in pond in Port St. Lucie

LATEST: Missing, endangered man found dead in pond in Port St. Lucie

A 31-year-old man, who was reported missing and endangered, was found dead in a pond in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday evening, city police said. Joshua Marshall went missing Wednesday morning on the 1300 block of Southeast Roanoke Street, according to Port St. Lucie Police.  Detectives spotted him on surveillance video at a 7-11 store on Southeast Walton Road at about 4 a.m. <div>...
NEW: PBSO seeks help locating Tequesta teen missing since July

NEW: PBSO seeks help locating Tequesta teen missing since July

A 17-year-old girl from Tequesta has gone missing after she ran away from her home in late July, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.  Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating Sydnie Kennelly, who was last seen on July 25.  She was last seen wearing a white shirt, black shorts and flats.   Anyone with information on her location...
NEW: Judge sets date for murder trial in Delray woman’s disappearance at sea

NEW: Judge sets date for murder trial in Delray woman’s disappearance at sea

Lewis Bennett, accused of murdering his wife, real-estate broker Isabella Hellmann, in the open ocean nearly 15 months ago, is set to stand trial Dec. 10. An 85-minute status conference Tuesday, called on less than a day's notice, brought substantive admissions from lawyers for both sides. Bennett is charged with murdering Hellmann on May 15, 2017, and staging an apparent accident at sea. ...
Fisherman hooks 11-foot sawfish off Juno Beach Pier

Fisherman hooks 11-foot sawfish off Juno Beach Pier

Andrew Dereniuk didn’t know what he hooked last week when he began reeling in a catch during a fishing outing to the Juno Beach Pier. Nearly an hour later, the Wellington resident had his answer. Dereniuk had reeled in an 11-foot sawfish July 31, which he caught on light tackle with a live croaker while fishing for snook. “It took 45 minutes to get it to the beach when we finally...
Florida Supreme Court to decide whether dog racing ban will be on November ballot

Florida Supreme Court to decide whether dog racing ban will be on November ballot

Just a day after receiving the case, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously agreed to take up a battle about whether a proposed ban on greyhound racing should go on the November ballot. Justices scheduled arguments in the case on Aug. 29 and set a rapid-fire series of deadlines for the parties to file briefs, according to an order issued by the court. The court is moving quickly, at least...
BREAKING: Family of Austin Harrouff victim files wrongful death lawsuit 

BREAKING: Family of Austin Harrouff victim files wrongful death lawsuit 

Jodi Bruce and her family are tired of waiting. Nearly two years after her sister, Michelle Mishcon, and her sister’s husband, John Stevens III, were  attacked and killed by Austin Harrouff at their home along the Palm Beach-Martin border, there hasn’t been a trial. She said she knows “the wheels of justice move slowly” and that they have little control over...
Local state of emergency declared in Martin County over water woes

Local state of emergency declared in Martin County over water woes

A local state of emergency has been declared in Martin County over its dire water conditions caused by fresh-water discharges from Lake Okeechobee. County commissioners met during an emergency meeting on Tuesday to vote on the declaration.  The state of emergency is in place for seven days and allows the county to fast-track the process of issuing and signing contracts needed to clean up the...
Scam calls about pain medicine target Florida Blue customers, seniors

Scam calls about pain medicine target Florida Blue customers, seniors

Look out for calls about new pain-relieving medicine, especially if you are a customer of the state’s largest health insurer, Florida Blue, warns an advisory that calls the effort “shameful” and a “scam.” Such calls can deliver a dose of financial hurt including identity theft or bogus charges, according to the state’s top financial officer. READ MORE: How does...
Florida prepares to launch app for students to report suspicious behavior

Florida prepares to launch app for students to report suspicious behavior

As students across Central Florida prepare to head back to school, there will soon be a new way to report suspicious behavior. The state is working on a new app in response to the Parkland school shooting. The app was supposed to launch this week, but officials said it remains a work in progress.  As part of the new school safety law, the state has been working on a new app to report suspicious...
Lake Worth’s Alexa Pano has lowest 1st-day score at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Lake Worth’s Alexa Pano has lowest 1st-day score at U.S. Women’s Amateur

Teenage star Alexa Pano of Lake Worth shot a five-under-par 66 — the lowest score in the 156-player field — in the first round of stroke play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournament Monday at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs. Pano, who turns 14 on Aug. 20, birdied two of the last three holes. She finished with seven birdies and two bogeys. Six players, all from...
Martin County: Missing divers found about four miles off shore

Martin County: Missing divers found about four miles off shore

Two missing divers waving red, emergency signaling gear were escorted to shore after being found by the Martin County Sheriff Office, according to a sheriff’s office report. The captain of the boat had called saying he couldn’t find them.  Both divers were found alive and unharmed by MCSO Pilot Sean Marston and Tactical Flight Officer Justin Lundsted. They were swimming approximately...
Five seek Democrats’ gubernatorial nomination: But which can win?

Five seek Democrats’ gubernatorial nomination: But which can win?

President Bill Clinton was heralding the possibilities of the “information superhighway,” O.J. Simpson was readying his murder defense and Donald Trump was married to Marla Maples and preparing to unveil his new Mar-a-Lago Club the last time a Democrat won an election for governor in Florida. KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES: Complete guide to the Aug. 28 election Now five candidates are trying to...
Cerabino: Florida Dems running for governor running after Graham

Cerabino: Florida Dems running for governor running after Graham

If you were lucky enough to miss the fifth and final debate among the five Democrats running for Florida governor, fear not. I have a condensed recap of this hour-long event featuring Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine, Palm Beach businessman Jeff Greene, former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham, and some guy named Chris King. The debate, held in Palm...
District 18 candidates debate toxic algae, health care, gun control

District 18 candidates debate toxic algae, health care, gun control

Candidates in one of the county’s hottest congressional races squared off during a debate in West Palm Beach Friday, attacking each other over gun rights, health care and the toxic algae bloom fouling waters in the Treasure Coast. The highest-profile candidates in the race — incumbent U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, and Democrat Lauren Baer, a former State Department adviser...
The YouTube temptation: Boynton man was lucky… others were not

The YouTube temptation: Boynton man was lucky… others were not

From the American “Bird Man” who leaped — and plunged to his death in 1937 — from a plane at 10,000 feet in his flying wing suit to Evel Knievel’s 1974 aborted Snake River jump, the world has always had daredevils failing in their quest for fame. Today’s versions don’t have to be in front of big crowds or nationally televised. The world will soon...
NEW: Should beach-based shark fishing be banned in Florida?

NEW: Should beach-based shark fishing be banned in Florida?

For generations, average Joe anglers cast their lines from Florida’s sandy shores hoping to land one of the ocean’s most ancient creatures, furtive shadows thrumming with power and intrigue. But the state is taking a closer look at the loosely regulated sport of beach-based shark fishing as concerns mount about hooked sharks being dragged onto the sand, their snouts lifted...
Democrats gubernatorial debate: 5 takeaways

Democrats gubernatorial debate: 5 takeaways

Democrats gubernatorial debate: 5 takeaways Gwen Graham, the leader according to the most recent polls, took the biggest hits. She struggled with a question from the Palm Beach Post’s George Bennett on whether she would campaign with Bill Clinton. She took shots from rivals on her family’s role in a major mega-mall just east of the Everglades in Miami. And she was chided...
UPDATE: Missing Jupiter teen found unharmed

UPDATE: Missing Jupiter teen found unharmed

Aug. 7, 2018 update:  A 17-year-old Jupiter girl who was reported missing on July 22 was found unharmed Monday night, police said.  Aug. 2, 2018 report: A 17-year-old Jupiter girl has gone missing after she ran away from her home in late July, town police said Thursday.  Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Macy E. Field, who left her home on July 21 and did...
School sales tax holiday starts Friday

School sales tax holiday starts Friday

Whether you are buying school supplies or dorm essentials, they can get fairly expensive, and who doesn’t like a good deal? School is around the corner and Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is here — it kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday. Shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sales tax or Palm Beach County’s 1 percent sales surtax...
Cerabino: Finding a companion program to doggie crackdown at Publix

Cerabino: Finding a companion program to doggie crackdown at Publix

The CAVE Society applauds Publix for its new signs aimed at keeping most dogs out of the supermarkets. We Citizens Against Virtually Everything have been annoyed by the gradual inclusion of canines into the shopping experience, especially those transported in baby strollers or infant harnesses. These dogs are almost never service animals, which are highly trained and disciplined dogs that perform...
POST INVESTIGATION: Inmate was getting only Tylenol for cancer

POST INVESTIGATION: Inmate was getting only Tylenol for cancer

Inmates called her Red, for the thick auburn hair her beloved older sister once painstakingly curled.  Smart as a whip at 9, Donna Pickelsimer was troubled in her teens, struggling with alcohol in her 20s and at 52, a convict, sentenced to 15 years behind bars.  Under the care of Florida's newly privatized prison health system, she didn't last four.  Handing off prison inmate medical...
Just in: Lee Greenwood to headline Trumpettes party at Mar-a-Lago

Just in: Lee Greenwood to headline Trumpettes party at Mar-a-Lago

Country music star Lee Greenwood will headline a 2019 party at Mar-a-Lago hosted by Trumpettes USA, President Donald J. Trump’s fan club. Greenwood, the author and singer of “God Bless the USA, ” performed at Trump’s inauguration. Now he’s slated as the main entertainer at the Trumpettes Red White & Blue Celebration on Feb. 23, according to a flyer being sent out to members...
Why is ugly, thick brownish seaweed cursing South Florida beaches?

Why is ugly, thick brownish seaweed cursing South Florida beaches?

South Florida’s beaches faced a sargassum assault this summer that some scientists believe is part of the largest spread of the nomadic marine weed on record, and one that could continue through September. From the Keys through the Treasure Coast, islands of the brown algae floating on berry-like bladders have stained beaches and sailed through inlets thick enough that one Palm Beach...
NEW: DUI by ‘huffing’? Delray crash case spotlights potency of inhalants 

NEW: DUI by ‘huffing’? Delray crash case spotlights potency of inhalants 

Paul Wilson Streater didn’t take a drink of alcohol, smoke marijuana or snort a line of cocaine before Delray Beach police say he plowed his vehicle into a Dodge Caravan, killing all four of its occupants, two of them children. Instead, investigators say Streater caused the April 28 crash because he was impaired after “huffing” dangerous chemicals from a can of the household...
NEW: Police investigating suspicious death in Fort Pierce

NEW: Police investigating suspicious death in Fort Pierce

Investigators are calling a woman’s death suspicious after she was found dead by her relatives in Fort Pierce on Sunday evening.  Shelwanda Riley, 26, had been shot on the 400 block of North 28th Street, according to the Fort Pierce Police Department. She was last seen alive on Friday.  Police asks anyone with information on the incident to call detective Onese Rene at 772-467-6836...
Jupiter-based ‘retirement home’ for pets, looks to expand

Jupiter-based ‘retirement home’ for pets, looks to expand

Mornings for Wendy Derhak, the owner of The Pet Cottage, start before sunrise. She dishes out chow for Elvis, Dash, 2-2 and Charlie Brown before taking three of them out for walks. Elvis is a shepherd mix who Derhak adopted from a rescue that had saved him from a high-kill shelter. He and 2-2, a terrier mix, usually like trotting together, while Dash, an energetic pit bull mix, needs Derhak&rsquo...
If Trump had his way (and he does), this is how Air Force One might look

If Trump had his way (and he does), this is how Air Force One might look

President Donald Trump said he’s going to give Air Force One a makeover, both inside and out. Out will be the baby blue color scheme. In will be ... surprise! ... red, white and blue. It won’t be the presidential plane’s first aesthetic makeover: - According to the Associated Press, U.S. presidents once flew in a Boeing 707 that had orange above and below...
Guns emerge as looming issue in Florida governor race

Guns emerge as looming issue in Florida governor race

In a state home to two of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history, Florida’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries enter their last month with guns emerging as a central issue on both sides. Well-financed Republican Adam Putnam has seen his lead slip away in most polls to President Donald Trump-backed rival Ron DeSantis, amid a cascade of criticism over how as agriculture...

Ride’s over, Rex: No service animals in Publix shopping carts

Out of the shopping cart with your paws up. Signs at Publix supermarkets forbid pets to enter the store except as trained service animals, and make it clear that they may not ride or sit in shopping carts. “For food safety reasons, only service animals that are specifically trained to aid a person with disabilities are permitted within the store,” the sign reads. “Service animals...
Monday is deadline to register to vote in Florida primary

Monday is deadline to register to vote in Florida primary

A “Vote Here” sign stands outside the Ezell Hester Jr. Community Center in Boynton Beach Tuesday, January 30, 2018. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) Monday is the last day to register to vote before Florida’s Aug. 28 primary election. Floridians who want to switch their party affiliation for the primary also must act by the deadline. VIDEO: ...
Wife’s holdings included in Gov. Scott’s latest financial report

Wife’s holdings included in Gov. Scott’s latest financial report

Gov. Rick Scott released details Friday of his family’s vast financial holdings – including for the first time those owned outright by his wife – to comply with disclosure requirements in his U.S. Senate bid. The Senate requires only that assets be reported in a range, so the bottom line on the Scott family’s wealth is impossible to measure. In his state disclosure, filed in...
Blacktip sharks are vanishing from PB County waters — why that’s not good

Blacktip sharks are vanishing from PB County waters — why that’s not good

For eight years Stephen Kajiura has flown a stretch of shoreline from Boca Raton to Jupiter during blacktip shark season, meticulously counting each shadow in the blue shallows of the Atlantic. Squeezed between the narrow continental shelf and swift Gulf Stream current, a unique shark bottleneck parallels Palm Beach County during the annual migration. Tens of thousands of blacktips swim a languid...
Tax-free weekend is around the corner. Here’s what you need to know.

Tax-free weekend is around the corner. Here’s what you need to know.

Whether you are buying school supplies or dorm essentials, they can get fairly expensive, and who doesn’t like a good deal? School is around the corner and so is Florida’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday, which kicks off Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 5. Shoppers won’t be charged the state’s 6 percent sales tax or Palm Beach County’s 1 percent sales surtax on certain ...
TRAFFIC: Diesel-fuel accident causes traffic backup on Turnpike in Jupiter

TRAFFIC: Diesel-fuel accident causes traffic backup on Turnpike in Jupiter

A crash in Jupiter involving a diesel fuel spill closed all southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike earlier this morning.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident happened just after 5 a.m. causing traffic to be diverted onto Indiantown Road All lanes of the Turnpike  reopened before noon. There are no initial reports of injuries. 
Ivanka Trump to close clothing, accessories company

Ivanka Trump to close clothing, accessories company

Ivanka Trump announced Tuesday that she is suspending her clothing and accessories company. The high-profile daughter of President Donald Trump continued the company even after accepting a White House advisor role last year. Still, Ivanka Trump’s continued connection to a for-profit enterprise has raised numerous concerns about conflicts of interest. In a statement Tuesday, Trump...
NEW: Boynton announces expected Brightline ‘quiet zone’ start date

NEW: Boynton announces expected Brightline ‘quiet zone’ start date

After a more than a two-year application process, Boynton Beach’s long-awaited Brightline quiet zone is expected to go into effect at the end of August, City Engineer Gary Dunmyer said. The process, which started in April 2016, has involved nine state and federal agencies and millions of dollars in safety upgrades to the city’s 11 railroad crossings. “This has been a long time coming...
Ritz products recalled over salmonella concerns 

Ritz products recalled over salmonella concerns 

Are you a lover of the crunchy, golden Ritz cracker? If so, listen up.  Mondelēz Global LLC announced Saturday that the company is voluntarily recalling more than a dozen of its products due to possible salmonella contamination.  The items placed on the recall list contain whey powder. The company that supplies whey powder to Mondelēz sparked the recall due to the potential presence...
Fight against climate change focus of Ag Reserve protest

Fight against climate change focus of Ag Reserve protest

As thousands of young people across the country participated in the Youth Climate March on Saturday, a dozen area activists marched to save their own piece of “paradise” in the Palm Beach County Agricultural Reserve. Ari Silver, 16, who attends Olympic Heights Community High School near Boca Raton, said it’s up to his generation to reverse climate change, and he’s starting...
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...
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...
Donald Trump Jr. joins Fox News team campaigning for DeSantis

Donald Trump Jr. joins Fox News team campaigning for DeSantis

Donald Trump Jr. hailed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis as a fighter for President Donald Trump’s agenda at a Wednesday rally that showcased the Trump and Fox News connections that have lifted DeSantis among Republican primary voters in his bid for Florida governor. The younger Trump, accompanied by girlfriend and Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, appeared with DeSantis at an afternoon event....
Marathon organizers hope to return to Palm Beach this December

Marathon organizers hope to return to Palm Beach this December

Ken Kennerly, executive director of the Honda Classic and owner of the Palm Beaches Marathon, has said he will appear before the Town Council on Aug. 15 to request permission to route part of the race through Palm Beach again this year. The race is scheduled for Dec. 2. Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said marathon organizers must meet several conditions to receive a special event...
Post investigative reporter to discuss opioid issues on PBS

Post investigative reporter to discuss opioid issues on PBS

The Palm Beach Post’s Pat Beall will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday on “Your South Florida,” a PBS show on WPBT Channel 2.  The show, hosted by Pam Giganti, will focus on the state’s new opioid prescription law.  Beall’s three-part series, “How Florida ignited the heroin epidemic,” traces the origins of today’s heroin epidemic to the...
Car salesman drives 2 hours to meet girl at Port St. Lucie Walmart, police say

Car salesman drives 2 hours to meet girl at Port St. Lucie Walmart, police say

A car salesman traveled over two hours to meet a 14-year-old girl at a Walmart so he could have sex with her, according to police The girl, however, turned out to be a Port St. Lucie police officer working undercover.  The officer came into contact with Jonathan Anthony Mahowald, 37, of Leesburg, on July 6 when she saw an advertisement he placed on a website used by people to look for dates...
Boil water notice issued for areas in Tequesta 

Boil water notice issued for areas in Tequesta 

A boil water notice has been issued for Tequesta condominiums as well as some homes, according to the the Village of Tequesta.  Carriage House condominium and homes along Tequesta Drive and Riverside Drive have been issued the notice, according to the village.  Residents in these areas should boil all water used for at least three minutes, according to the village. Ice makers should...
State to withhold payments to SunPass vendor until upgrade complete

State to withhold payments to SunPass vendor until upgrade complete

The vendor responsible for the messy rollout of the state’s new SunPass customer service system won’t get paid until the system is fully operational, the Florida Department of Transportation said in a release issued Monday. Conduent State & Local Solutions, which has an electronic tolling contract with the state worth $287 million, began what was supposed to be a weeklong upgrade of the...
State issues new medical pot license, gets ready for four more

State issues new medical pot license, gets ready for four more

Florida Department of Health officials took two major actions in the medical-marijuana sphere Friday, issuing a highly sought-after license to a Miami nursery that successfully challenged the state and laying out the process for four more licenses as the cannabis industry continues to blossom. In a blistering opinion last month, Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham recommended that health officials...
LATEST: California court quashes subpoena for unedited Austin Harrouff-‘Dr. Phil’ interview 

LATEST: California court quashes subpoena for unedited Austin Harrouff-‘Dr. Phil’ interview 

A California civil court judge has quashed a subpoena for CBS to produce the unedited version of the interview between syndicated talk-show host Phil McGraw and Austin Harrouff before his arrest in 2016. The ruling indicates the issue may have to be taken up again by a Florida court. Harrouff, of Jupiter, faces two counts of first-degree murder in fatal attacks on John Stevens...
NEW: Grand jury declines to indict deputy in fatal Martin County shooting

NEW: Grand jury declines to indict deputy in fatal Martin County shooting

A grand jury has decided not to indict a Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputy who shot and killed a machete-wielding man last October in Indiantown. The grand jury panel convened Thursday, with a majority determining there was not enough evidence to support an indictment against deputy John Welliever, according to court records.  Authorities said Welliever shot 47-year-old Jerry Richardson...
LATEST: Missing children advocate Nancy McBride no longer at national center

LATEST: Missing children advocate Nancy McBride no longer at national center

A Palm Beach County woman who for years has been a leading figure in the nation’s search for finding missing and exploited children is out of the job she held for four decades. Nancy McBride left office within the last several weeks after decades with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and its forerunner, the last several of that as executive director for Florida...
Florida man wasn’t drinking while driving, just at stop signs

Florida man wasn’t drinking while driving, just at stop signs

Earle G. Stevens Jr. took some pain meds around noon. Then he started “actively drinking” at 2 p.m. By dinnertime, he had driven from Port St. Lucie to Vero Beach and was sitting in a McDonald’s drive-thru bumping into the car in front of him. That’s all according to an Indian River County Sheriff’s Office report of the alleged June 27 incident. When police arrived at...
White House approves massive reservoir to hold Lake O overflow

White House approves massive reservoir to hold Lake O overflow

A massive reservoir to hold Lake Okeechobee overflow got White House approval this week, a key step for the fast-tracked plan to spare northern estuaries from extended assaults of harmful lake water. The $1.4 billion project slated for state-owned land in western Palm Beach County is a partial answer to activists’ calls to “send the water south” and could alleviate the blue-green...
Nat Reed, environmental icon, dies at 84

Nat Reed, environmental icon, dies at 84

Nathaniel Pryor Reed came from old money, but his love was the land. Part of the Reed dynasty of southern Martin County’s Hobe Sound and Jupiter Island, he hobnobbed with the Bushes and members of FDR’s cabinet. But he also fought for environmental battles long before they were cool. Reed died Wednesday, his son confirmed. He would have turned 85 on July 22.  "My prayer...
BREAKING: No-swim advisory issued in Jupiter

BREAKING: No-swim advisory issued in Jupiter

Florida health officials are cautioning beachgoers from swimming in the Dubois Park Lagoon because of its recent bacterial levels, authorities said Wednesday. The Florida Department of Health of Palm Beach County said a recent sampling of the water in the Jupiter park showed bacterial levels to be at 80 colonies per milliliter, putting it in poor range. Causes of the elevated level are unknown...
Lion Country to mark first World Chimpanzee Day Saturday

Lion Country to mark first World Chimpanzee Day Saturday

It’s World Chimpanzee Day Saturday, and Lion Country Safari plans to celebrate. The wildlife park will host a handful of events to mark the occasion, which debuts this year. Park guests can participate in a special VIP tour for an additional fee, which will be donated to chimp conservation. There also will be celebratory chimp-themed activities in Safari World. Lion Country Safari cares for...
Nearly 30 states see jump in gas prices, is Florida one of them?

Nearly 30 states see jump in gas prices, is Florida one of them?

Nearly 30 states are seeing a jump in gas prices, but Florida isn’t one of them. Despite the highest Fourth of July gas prices since 2014, it looks like the Sunshine State is actually one of the dozen states that saw a slight drop in prices. And, some gas stations in Palm Beach County actually have prices below the national average of $2.86, according to the motorist group AAA. AAA: Gas prices...
UPDATE: Man killed in Port St. Lucie crash ID’d

UPDATE: Man killed in Port St. Lucie crash ID’d

9 a.m. UPDATE: A 62-year-old Port St. Lucie man has been identified as the person killed crossing the street Monday night in Port St. Lucie.  J.L. Miller was crossing SW Port St. Lucie Boulevard when a Dodge Charger traveling east hit him as it tried to change lanes, a report from Port St. Lucie police said.  The impact tossed Miller into the westbound lanes of Southwest Port St. Lucie...
Tropical updates: Beryl remnants aim for Caribbean, Chris nearly a hurricane off U.S. coast

Tropical updates: Beryl remnants aim for Caribbean, Chris nearly a hurricane off U.S. coast

UPDATE, 11 p.m.: The remnants of Beryl are expected to move across the northeastern Caribbean south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.  Interests in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti are urged to monitor the system's progress. At 11 p.m., it was about 305 miles southeast...
Rick Scott’s Senate financing still mostly a mystery

Rick Scott’s Senate financing still mostly a mystery

Three months since he announced for U.S. Senate, and $10 million in TV advertising later, Floridians still don’t know much about who is funding Gov. Rick Scott’s free-swinging campaign. Scott’s first campaign finance report won’t be made public until July 15 — deep into his bid to unseat three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, whom the governor in a flood of TV ads...
Tropical updates: Beryl weakening in Atlantic, depression churns off Carolina coast

Tropical updates: Beryl weakening in Atlantic, depression churns off Carolina coast

UPDATE, 11 PM: Beryl continues to weaken as it moves west-northwest. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph with the storm 495 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 3 is meandering off the Carolina coastline about 160 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. UPDATE, 8 PM: Tropical Storm Beryl remains disorganized as it...
Hurricane Beryl: Caribbean on watch

Hurricane Beryl: Caribbean on watch

UPDATE, 8 PM:  Hurricane watches and tropical storm watches remained in effect Friday night for several islands in the eastern Caribbean.  As of 8 p.m. Friday, little had changed from the 5 p.m. advisory as  Beryl remained about 925 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles. It was moving west at 15 mph  and its top sustained winds were still at 80 mph.  A faster westward...
Opioid deaths declining? New numbers offer hope, says state attorney

Opioid deaths declining? New numbers offer hope, says state attorney

As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the United States, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office is embracing two new local statistics as evidence that their efforts to curb the county’s crisis are working. Delray Beach, considered the epicenter of the county’s epidemic, went through the month of June without recording a single opioid-related overdose...
Two accused of using fake bills at Panera, McDonald’s in Martin County

Two accused of using fake bills at Panera, McDonald’s in Martin County

Two Broward County residents apparently weren’t satisfying their cravings for broccoli cheddar soup at Panera Bread or the Quarter Pounder with cheese at McDonald’s when they were in the Treasure Coast this week. Instead, authorities said the two were using counterfeit bills to steal food and cash at those restaurants. Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputies finally caught up...
Belfast judge: No extradition in Boca murder without option of parole

Belfast judge: No extradition in Boca murder without option of parole

Editor’s note: John Cassidy is a courts reporter based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. - British diplomats might become involved in the case of Jonah Horne, the 23-year-old Palm Beach Gardens man who’s been in a Northern Ireland jail awaiting possible extradition on murder charges. Boca Raton police allege Horne and Matthew Lewis, now 25, of Jensen Beach, fatally shot Jacob...
UPDATE: Tropical Storm Beryl could become a hurricane, NHC says

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Beryl could become a hurricane, NHC says

5 p.m. UPDATE: The tropical storm forming in the central Atlantic Ocean has potential to become a hurricane by the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. Forecasters said the “tiny” storm is expected to strengthen and could be upgraded by Friday or Saturday. The storm is still expected to degenerate east of the Lesser Antilles islands this weekend. 3 p.m. UPDATE...
UPDATE: Isolated showers expected through Wednesday night, strong storms still possible

UPDATE: Isolated showers expected through Wednesday night, strong storms still possible

9:30 p.m. UPDATE: A strong thunderstorm moving north over Palm Beach Shores is expected to bring winds up to 35 miles per hour and lightning strikes to coastal waters in Palm Beach County Wednesday night, the National Weather Service in Miami said.  Boaters are encouraged to find safe harbor until the storm passes.  Forecasters said the rest of Palm Beach County can expect about...
NEW: Hurricane forecasters change projections for 2018 season

NEW: Hurricane forecasters change projections for 2018 season

Hurricane forecasters have lowered their projections for the 2018 season, saying they expect fewer hurricanes to form, and dropping the probability that a major hurricane will make landfall along the U.S. coastline or in the Caribbean.  The Colorado State University team said Tuesday it is predicting 11 named storms, of at least tropical storm strength, with four becoming hurricanes...
NEW: Third ‘fish farm’ scam defendant booked in Palm Beach County Jail

NEW: Third ‘fish farm’ scam defendant booked in Palm Beach County Jail

A third person has been jailed in a scheme that authorities say defrauded people who had invested a combined $500,000 or more in an ocean fish farm that didn’t exist. John Creamer, who turns 49 on Sunday, was booked late Monday at the Palm Beach County Jail. A judge set bail for Creamer, who gives a home address of Largo, near St. Petersburg, at $6,000 during a hearing Tuesday at the...
Fourth of July fireworks: What’s illegal (a lot) and what’s safe

Fourth of July fireworks: What’s illegal (a lot) and what’s safe

Palm Beach County authorities want you to leave the Fourth of July fireworks to the professionals. Ahead of Wednesday’s holiday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue are alerting residents of what is safe — and what is legal — in Florida. Using most fireworks is illegal in Florida, the sheriff’s office said, noting that &ldquo...
NEW: 1 dead after Fort Pierce mobile home fire

NEW: 1 dead after Fort Pierce mobile home fire

One person has died after a mobile home caught on fire overnight in northern Fort Pierce. The St. Lucie County Fire District received a call about the fire at 3:22 a.m. Tuesday.  Two other homes next to the one at 32 Flores Del Norte had to be evacuated. Fire spokeswoman Brenda Stokes did not have any information about the victim and said that a state investigator is on the scene.  
NEW: Florida boating accidents more common on summer holidays

NEW: Florida boating accidents more common on summer holidays

The Fourth of July is a top time to boat in Florida waters, but the holiday’s popularity leads to the most collisions and accidents than any other day of the year, state records show. An analysis of statewide numbers from 2015 to 2017, and incident reports from those years indicate that the highest number of incidents occurred on Independence Day itself. There were 30 of them, including...
NEW: Rain, storms in forecast for Fourth of July holiday

NEW: Rain, storms in forecast for Fourth of July holiday

Whether your preference is burgers, hot dogs or chicken, the early afternoon hours may be the best time to take out the grill on the Fourth of July. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to move through the area in the late afternoon Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service forecasts rainy conditions all week, including Wednesday during Independence Day. Monday&rsquo...
In Orlando, Florida GOP boasts of a big red wall for the midterms

In Orlando, Florida GOP boasts of a big red wall for the midterms

There was an air of defiance mixed in among the Trump pins and MAGA hats and American flag ties worn by the attendees at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit last week in Orlando. Even the media WiFi password — bigredwall — spoke to GOP frustration with the constant talk of a potential “blue wave” of Democratic victories in November. The Republican activists...
Editorial: Region must prepare now for higher flood-insurance rates

Editorial: Region must prepare now for higher flood-insurance rates

Long before the invading sea reaches our homes, it could upend our region’s economy. And soon. In just two or three years, Congress may change the way it sets rates in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to reflect more realistic assessments of risk, including the expected impacts of sea-level rise. According to the Wayne Pathman, chairman of Miami’s Sea Level Rise Committee...
Commentary: The targeting of journalists must stop

Commentary: The targeting of journalists must stop

When I first heard reports of gunfire at a Maryland newsroom, my immediate thought was: All that journalist-hatred that’s going around. It’s caught up with us. Admit it, you thought that, too. The thundering from the president of the United States, calling journalists “the enemy of the people.” The finger-pointing at the writers and camera people in the pens at the back of...
Hundreds march to Mar-a-Lago to denounce Trump’s immigration stance

Hundreds march to Mar-a-Lago to denounce Trump’s immigration stance

When Gisela Aszures sees the immigrant children on the news, she says she thinks of her own child. And she doesn’t understand. “We’re parents, and just thinking about someone taking my child away … it doesn’t matter what you believe, or what your politics are,” she said, sitting on the seawall at Southern Boulevard and Flagler Drive, holding her one-and-a-half-year-old...
LATEST: Four injured in Indiantown shooting; sheriff appeals for witnesses

LATEST: Four injured in Indiantown shooting; sheriff appeals for witnesses

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a shooting in Indiantown last week that sent four to a hospital. The sheriff’s office said in a post on Facebook that despite the number of people injured, few witnesses have come forward with information on the shooting Saturday on the 17000 block of Southwest Palm Beach Street. The sheriff said the shootings took place...
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