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Palm Beach real estate baron wants custody of shaving mugs in divorce

Palm Beach real estate baron wants custody of shaving mugs in divorce

Forget the tony shops on Worth Avenue, the bars and restaurants in Delray Beach, the golf course in the Catskills or the office buildings and apartments in upstate New York. One of the most contested property in Burt and Lucille Handelsman’s estimated $550 million empire has nothing to do with expensive real estate. It’s the Palm Beach couple’s shaving mug collection. Valued at more...
Editorial: Quick action: More money for school resource officers

Editorial: Quick action: More money for school resource officers

A week after the worst school shooting in modern Florida history, parents and public school children are mad as hell and are sounding increasingly like they’re not going to take it anymore. And our state leaders are still, well, talking… and talking… and talking. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott held a series of meetings with agencies — including the departments of Education,...
Scott holds Parkland shooting meetings; House rejects assault gun ban

Scott holds Parkland shooting meetings; House rejects assault gun ban

A flurry of meetings took place in Florida’s capital on Tuesday in response to last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with dozens of leaders in education, law enforcement, and mental health pouring into the city to participate in a trio of workshops organized by Gov. Rick Scott. Some of those same leaders were to later attend a round-table discussion hosted...
West Boca students walk 12 miles to Douglas: ‘We had to do something’

West Boca students walk 12 miles to Douglas: ‘We had to do something’

For 17 minutes at West Boca Raton High School on Tuesday, the campus fell silent to honor 17 killed in a high school shooting 10 miles away. But within seconds, the halls were consumed by the roaring sound of students leaving in droves and chanting in support of fallen classmates. About 90 percent of West Boca High’s students walked out Tuesday, hundreds of them making the roughly 12 mile, four-hour...
Tom Rooney: Family the factor in leaving Congress; may run for judge

Tom Rooney: Family the factor in leaving Congress; may run for judge

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, said guilt about missing time with his family was a big factor in his decision not to seek a sixth term in Congress this year. Rooney said he hasn’t decided what he wants do when his term expires in January, but he mentioned the possibility of running for elections as a judge in Florida’s 19th Judicial Circuit, which is composed of Martin, St. Lucie...
Florida Medicaid program limits opioid prescriptions

Florida Medicaid program limits opioid prescriptions

As lawmakers consider proposals to limit opioid prescriptions, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is taking steps to do the same in the Florida Medicaid program. The Agency for Health Care Administration announced last week that, effective Monday, prescriptions for narcotics in the Medicaid program will be limited to a maximum seven-day supply. Medicaid also is no longer requiring prior authorization...
Republican Trump critic Jetta ends challenge of U.S. Rep. Frankel

Republican Trump critic Jetta ends challenge of U.S. Rep. Frankel

Delray Beach businessman Kurt Jetta faced long odds in his 2018 campaign for Congress. He hoped to win the Republican nomination in District 21 as a critic of President Donald Trump. If he succeeded in that, he faced the tough task of unseating three-term U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, in a heavily Democratic district. »RELATED: The latest in Florida political news Jetta concluded...
Florida Senate, House at odds on what vote needed to raise taxes

Florida Senate, House at odds on what vote needed to raise taxes

In an issue that could be part of the mix of end-of-session negotiations, a Senate panel Tuesday approved a proposal that would make it harder to raise taxes — but didn’t go as far as House leaders and Gov. Rick Scott want. The House last month overwhelmingly approved a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 7001) that would require two-thirds votes of both legislative chambers to raise...
Prosecutors: Missing Delray woman’s husband ‘intentionally’ sank boat

Prosecutors: Missing Delray woman’s husband ‘intentionally’ sank boat

Lewis Bennett murdered his wife, Isabella Hellmann, on the high seas in May, then deliberately sank his catamaran in an ultimately failed attempt to stage an accident, prosecutors allege in a federal complaint issued Tuesday, the same morning Bennett was sentenced in Miami on related coin-theft charges. The complaint, charging him with second-degree murder, never says how investigators believe...
Douglas students, Pulse survivors join forces, head to Tally

Douglas students, Pulse survivors join forces, head to Tally

A group of students boarded two buses in Parkland this afternoon and are headed for Tallahassee to try to get legislators to consider changes in Florida’s gun laws. The roughly 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, four survivors from the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and members of news organizations left about 1:45 p.m. from a mall not far from the school, site of...
National Democratic committee to give Baer help in race against Mast

National Democratic committee to give Baer help in race against Mast

Palm Beach Gardens attorney Lauren Baer is among the candidates singled out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to receive extra campaign support for meeting organizational and fundraising goals in the run up to this fall’s pivotal mid-term elections. Baer is taking on U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, the Palm City Republican who represents Florida District 18, which encompasses Martin,...
Ron DeSantis: Enlist retired military, cops to prevent school shootings

Ron DeSantis: Enlist retired military, cops to prevent school shootings

U.S. Rep. and Republican governor candidate Ron DeSantis appearing on Fox Business Network with a West Palm Beach background behind him. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, a candidate for Florida governor, says schools could enlist retired military and law enforcement officers to protect schools from mass shootings like last week’s massacre...
Republican Trump critic Kurt Jetta quits congressional race, promises donor refunds

Republican Trump critic Kurt Jetta quits congressional race, promises donor refunds

Republican Kurt Jetta has ended his campaign for the seat of Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel. Delray Beach businessman Kurt Jetta faced a pair of difficult tasks in his 2018 campaign for Congress — winning a Republican nomination as a critic of President Donald Trump , then unseating Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, in...
Trump departs PBIA after press pool driver replaced because he had gun

Trump departs PBIA after press pool driver replaced because he had gun

President Donald Trump wrapped up Presidents Day weekend at Mar-a-Lago on Monday by signalling cautious support for a bill to improve federal gun background checks, visiting his golf club and Twitter-blasting former President Barack Obama over Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The president, who departed from his normal routine by not playing golf on Saturday or Sunday, spent about 4½...
Five-term U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney will not seek re-election in 2018

Five-term U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney will not seek re-election in 2018

Five-term U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, announced Monday he will not seek re-election this year — a decision his brother believes was partly influenced by the June shooting at a practice of the Republican congressional baseball team. “I’m shocked,” said Peter Feaman, Florida’s Republican National Committeeman and a Boynton Beach resident. “I’m dismayed...
Florida governor, GOP lawmakers weigh options after mass shooting

Florida governor, GOP lawmakers weigh options after mass shooting

A second gun-related bill has been postponed in the Florida Senate in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school, as legislative leaders craft a multi-pronged response to the massacre and Gov. Rick Scott plans a series of workshops about school safety and ways to keep guns away from people struggling with mental illnesses. The scramble by lawmakers to react to the deaths...
Trump supporters not in usual place at foot of Southern bridge

Trump supporters not in usual place at foot of Southern bridge

As President Donald Trump’s motorcade leaves Mar-a-Lago, sign-wielding supporters usually stand at the base of the Southern Boulevard Bridge. But not on Monday. Instead, about 25 Trump supporters stood further back — about 150 feet behind the bridge. Cindy Falco-DiCorrado, a Trump supporter from Boynton Beach, said police dressed in SWAT gear told a group of Trump supporters waiting for...
Gun control could become key issue in Florida in November

Gun control could become key issue in Florida in November

An aversion to gun-rights restrictions has been a bedrock of Republican campaigns in Florida — a testing ground for model NRA-backed legislation — for years. But a 19-year-old killer, armed with a semi-automatic rifle he purchased legally and used to fatally gun down 14 students and three faculty members at a Broward County high school, may have changed that. »RELATED: The latest...
Pence to visit Kennedy Space Center Tuesday

Pence to visit Kennedy Space Center Tuesday

Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Tuesday evening for a tour of the launch facilities and leave Wednesday after a meeting with the National Space Council. »RELATED: The latest in Florida political news The Federal Aviation Administration has also issued an alert to pilots of “VIP Movement” near Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Broward...
Education issues key to end of session for Florida Legislature

Education issues key to end of session for Florida Legislature

Florida lawmakers will use the last three weeks of the 2018 session to decide the fate of a number of major education bills that address everything from school bullying to teachers to university tuition. The decisions will begin unfolding Tuesday when the Senate Education Committee takes up a nearly 200-page bill (HB 7055) that is important to House leaders. The legislation includes provisions that...
Drivers in Trump motorcade replaced after one brings ‘personal firearm’

Drivers in Trump motorcade replaced after one brings ‘personal firearm’

The three drivers of the press vans scheduled to join President Donald Trump’s motorcade were abruptly replaced this morning after one of the drivers brought a firearm in his bag. The incident occurred in a parking lot across the street from Mar-a-Lago about an hour before Trump’s motorcade left Mar-a-Lago for Trump International Golf Club. During a routine Secret Service sweep of members...
Trump passes on golf for second straight day, tweets, meets with Ryan

Trump passes on golf for second straight day, tweets, meets with Ryan

President Donald Trump hunkered down at his Mar-a-Lago estate for most of Sunday, forgoing golf for a second straight day, unleashing a fusillade of tweets that downplayed Russian influence on the 2016 election and meeting late in the afternoon with House Speaker Paul Ryan. After joining first lady Melania Trump on Friday night for visits to hospitalized victims and law enforcement officers who responded...
Attendance, signs go down as Gardens gun show faces ‘awkward’ timing

Attendance, signs go down as Gardens gun show faces ‘awkward’ timing

Attendance dropped as much as 90 percent at a gun show 52 miles and four days removed from Florida’s deadliest school shooting amid controversy over how prominent signs should be and whether the event should be held at all, the show’s promoter said Sunday. “It was very awkward timing,” said Kevin Neely of Brooklyn Firearms Co. “People are angry,” he said. &ldquo...
Parkland school shooting: Trump to meet with students this week

Parkland school shooting: Trump to meet with students this week

President Donald Trump will reportedly hold a listening session with students this week following Wednesday's deadly school shooting that took the lives of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.  A White House schedule says Trump will host students and teachers Wednesday. He’s also scheduled to meet Thursday with state and local officials on school...
Father of Sandy Hook victim: ‘Did Vegas change the national discussion?’

Father of Sandy Hook victim: ‘Did Vegas change the national discussion?’

As events unfolded Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Len Pozner was “transported right back” to December 14, 2012 when his 6-year-old son Noah and 25 others were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Law enforcement authorities in Broward County said that Nikolas Cruz, 19, confessed using an assault rifle to kill 17 people, the largest death toll in a mass...
County fighting the same gender- and race-based battles 16 years later

County fighting the same gender- and race-based battles 16 years later

Sixteen years ago, when Palm Beach County was considering ending its gender- and race-based contracting assistance program, women and minority business owners warned against the move, documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post show. Women and minority business owners said their opportunities to get county contracts — already limited by what they described as a pervasive good ol’ boy system...
Stoneman Douglas High School will re-open Thursday to staff

Stoneman Douglas High School will re-open Thursday to staff

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed Wednesday by a 19-year-old gunman, will re-open Thursday, according to a statement from Broward County Public Schools. Only staff members will be allowed back on the sprawling campus in northwest Broward County. There is no mention in the statement when students will be permitted to return. The school remains a crime scene and will...
Trump in Palm Beach: President criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

Trump in Palm Beach: President criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: President Trump tweeted late Saturday that the FBI "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Parkland school shooting. "This is not acceptable," he said. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" The FBI...
Huge crowd mourns Parkland teen shooting victim Joaquin Oliver

Huge crowd mourns Parkland teen shooting victim Joaquin Oliver

Wearing Cubs jerseys, Dolphin jerseys, Panther jerseys, Chelsea United jerseys, but most of all Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School jerseys, hundreds turned out Saturday to mourn the death and celebrate the life of 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, an athlete and avid sports fan who was among the 17 killed during Wednesday’s shooting rampage at the Parkland school. Students, some barely...
Rubio visits Parkland mass shooting site, sees ‘changes we can make’

Rubio visits Parkland mass shooting site, sees ‘changes we can make’

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio visited the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Saturday, including the building where Nikolas Cruz carried out the attack that left 17 people dead. Rubio was briefed by Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. “It was important for me to be reminded that the school is just...
Editorial: Our kids are dying. It’s time to end NRA’s grip on our laws.

Editorial: Our kids are dying. It’s time to end NRA’s grip on our laws.

On Wednesday morning, Alyssa Alhadeff was, in her mother’s description, “a talented soccer player, an incredible creative writer, and all she had to offer the world was love.” Nicholas Dworet was a hard-working swimmer with a scholarship to the University of Indianapolis. Carmen Schentrup was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. Wednesday afternoon, the teenagers were dead. They...
POINT OF VIEW: Protecting my daughter from a lonely man with a gun

POINT OF VIEW: Protecting my daughter from a lonely man with a gun

My daughter points to the gunman and asks, “Is that a bad man?” We watch the terrible news unfold at the school shooting just minutes away, not realizing Blair has entered the living room. I stare at her green eyes. It’s a yes-or-no question. But it’s not simple. Or concrete, like when we play Candyland and you pick the Lollipop card and take that spot on the board. Instead...
School massacre close to home forces new reckoning on campus safety

School massacre close to home forces new reckoning on campus safety

As the nation struggled last week to process the latest school shooting, Doug Markwardt’s thoughts turned to something seemingly different: the day he came face to face with a sports-utility vehicle in a high school courtyard. As an assistant principal at Spanish River High School, Markwardt watched in horror in October as a confused driver careened into the courtyard of the 2,300-student Boca...
EXCLUSIVE: Parents of teen killed by Conniston classmate again try claims bill

EXCLUSIVE: Parents of teen killed by Conniston classmate again try claims bill

For years, Ashraf Kamel and his ex-wife, Marguerite Dimitri, tried to persuade Florida lawmakers to award them more of the $1.6 million verdict they won in 2002 for the 1997 shooting death of their 13-year-old son, Jean Pierre, at Conniston Middle School in West Palm Beach. They received the $200,000 statutory limit from the Palm Beach County School District after the verdict, but their hopes...
Transcript, photos: Trump, Melania, Rubio, Scott meet cops after Parkland school shooting

Transcript, photos: Trump, Melania, Rubio, Scott meet cops after Parkland school shooting

Sen. Marco Rubio (near American flag at left), first lady Melania Trump, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, President Donald Trump, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi with first responders in Fort Lauderdale on Friday night. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) FORT LAUDERDALE — President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump...
President visits Parkland shooting victims, thanks first-responders

President visits Parkland shooting victims, thanks first-responders

UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: After returning from visiting  the victims and their familes, President Trump tweeted about the Parkland shooting late Friday. His tweet included photos from his visit to Broward Health North Hospital in Deerfield Beach along with first lady Melania. UPDATE 9:14 p.m.: The president and first lady meet with first-responders and Broward County Sheriff officers. ...
More than $1.1 million raised in one day for victims, families

More than $1.1 million raised in one day for victims, families

11 p.m. update: The online fundraising campaign to raise money for the victims and families affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is more than halfway to its goal after raising $1.1 million through late Friday night.  The Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund page on GoFundMe.com has received contributions from more than 18,000 people in just one day.  The Broward...
Suburban safety shattered: What my nephews learned in the face of evil

Suburban safety shattered: What my nephews learned in the face of evil

My 15-year-old nephew appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show on CNN Wednesday night. He looked handsome, strong and serious in his crisp ROTC uniform. Jude Lenamon expressed sympathy for his Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School classmates and staff members killed and wounded in the Valentine’s Day shooting rampage, then recounted his escape. Out of a classroom disrupted by a piercing...
FBI: We didn’t follow protocol in tip about Stoneman gunman

FBI: We didn’t follow protocol in tip about Stoneman gunman

The FBI admitted Friday it failed to investigate a Jan. 5 tip about accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s gun ownership, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts  — “as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.” The admission triggered immediate reaction in Florida. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio called it “inexcusable.” Gov. Rick...
Trump, first lady visit Parkland shooting victims at Broward hospital

Trump, first lady visit Parkland shooting victims at Broward hospital

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited recovering victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting on Friday and met with law enforcement officers who responded to the massacre that claimed 17 lives. Trump made the unannounced visit to Broward Health North Hospital shortly after arriving at Palm Beach International Airport west of West Palm Beach for a three-day...

POINT OF VIEW: Broward school shooting shows affluence no protection

This is my first letter to a newspaper. But in the wake of this week’s tragic shootings as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I’m motivated to share my thoughts and feelings. I retired two years ago as a Broward County guidance counselor who worked my last 6½ years at that school in Parkland. I am distraught over the carnage in my old school, but I’m not surprised. The...
Claiming abuse from Holocaust survivor, Dr. Marder seeks judge’s mercy

Claiming abuse from Holocaust survivor, Dr. Marder seeks judge’s mercy

Packing a federal courtroom with supporters, Dr. Gary Marder on Friday used his horrific childhood as the son of a Holocaust survivor to try to convince a judge to sentence him to house arrest on obstruction and health care fraud charges. Painting the dermatologist who lives in a $27 million oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach as a flawed man who succeeded despite years of abuse, his attorney Richard...
Indictment: Florida, West Palm play role in Russian election-meddling

Indictment: Florida, West Palm play role in Russian election-meddling

Using fake Twitter accounts and false identifications, Russian nationals organized rallies in Florida to help the candidacy of Donald Trump, an indictment unsealed Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleges. Florida in general — and West Palm Beach in one bizarre reference — played a prominent role in a sprawling, sophisticated and well-funded election-meddling operation by the Russians...
South Broward students walk out of class, calling for gun control

South Broward students walk out of class, calling for gun control

Students at South Broward High School walked out en masse Friday morning, saying they refused to attend class to force lawmakers to confront calls for gun control after 17 students and teachers were killed at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. POLL: Should Florida ban assault rifles? About 95 students at the Hollywood school have participated sporadically in the protest, either chanting...
Students urge gun controls: ‘It’s harder to buy a puppy than an AR-15’

Students urge gun controls: ‘It’s harder to buy a puppy than an AR-15’

A junior at Douglas High School on Friday blasted the Republican Party for creating “a facade” that fatal school shootings like the one that killed 17 people at his school Wednesday are “normal, that this is inevitable, that we have to just take it every time and understand that it’s bad but do nothing.” Cameron Kasky, 17, said he expects the deaths at the hands...
Douglas teacher calls for ‘extreme’ controls on semiautomatic weapons

Douglas teacher calls for ‘extreme’ controls on semiautomatic weapons

Ashley Kurth — a Republican, a teacher and a survivor of the Douglas High School mass shooting Wednesday — cringes at the thought of returning to her classroom in the building where a teenage gunman began his shooting rampage, eventually killing 14 students and three adults. “I would not want to step foot in that building, as I feel right now,” she said. Even more cringe-worthy?...
Today: Trump hints at Parkland visit during Mar-a-Lago weekend

Today: Trump hints at Parkland visit during Mar-a-Lago weekend

President Donald Trump could visit families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting this weekend as he and first lady Melania Trump arrive today to spend President’s Day weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. “I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest people on earth - but people whose lives have been totally shattered. Am also working with Congress...
Assault gun limits not even scheduled for Florida Legislature hearing

Assault gun limits not even scheduled for Florida Legislature hearing

One day after a gunman shot and killed 17 people at a South Florida high school, Senate President Joe Negron said his interest would be focused on improving school safety and access to mental health treatment – not restricting gun laws. At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Negron, R-Stuart, said there could be some interest among senators in increasing the $40 million it has already carved...
After Broward shooting Florida senator seeks school mental-health cash

After Broward shooting Florida senator seeks school mental-health cash

Less than 24 hours after a troubled gunman killed 17 people — most of them teenagers — at a Broward County high school, a top state senator released a plan Thursday to steer $100 million to public schools for mental-health screening and services and to boost funding for school safety programs. Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is also exploring what, if anything, lawmakers can do to prevent...
NRA cash helps keep gun violence laments from becoming gun control law

NRA cash helps keep gun violence laments from becoming gun control law

The National Rifle Association has pushed back – successfully – against nearly every gun control measure Congress has contemplated in recent years. High-profile mass shootings – in Colorado, Connecticut, California, Virginia, Texas, Nevada and now three here in Florida – led to a predictable lament from many that the nation’s gun...
Mass shooting fix: Trump, Scott stress mental health; Dems, gun laws

Mass shooting fix: Trump, Scott stress mental health; Dems, gun laws

President Donald Trump pledged to visit the families of victims, Florida Gov. Rick Scott promised a “real conversation” about school safety and mental health and Democrats renewed calls for gun control in the aftermath of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. Trump, who was already planning to visit his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach...
Lawyer: Family where alleged Broward school gunman lived ‘horrified’

Lawyer: Family where alleged Broward school gunman lived ‘horrified’

A northern Broward County family decided to help out an orphan who had nowhere else to go. What they got was the world “gone crazy” and law-enforcement officers crawling over their home west of Boca Raton, their lawyer says. Within hours of Wednesday afternoon’s high school shooting in Parkland, authorities surrounded a home that both the agency and the family’s lawyer have...
Editorial: Time is now for Florida to pass assault weapons ban

Editorial: Time is now for Florida to pass assault weapons ban

So Florida now follows Connecticut as the state with the second-worst mass school shooting in modern U.S. history. Here’s a better way that the “Gunshine State” can follow its northern sibling: ban high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle reportedly used by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz to kill at least 17, and wound another 14 people at Marjory...
How Florida’s gun laws compare to those in Connecticut

How Florida’s gun laws compare to those in Connecticut

Although Connecticut toughened its gun law immediately after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that killed 27 in 2012, it already was one of only three states in the nation that had at least a partial ban on assault weapons. Florida, on the other hand, has a reputation for being generally accommodating to gun owners, although it does not allow the open carry of handguns as Connecticut does...
Broward School Shooting: Staff saw shooter arrive, alerted school

Broward School Shooting: Staff saw shooter arrive, alerted school

Before Nikolas Cruz opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people, on Wednesday, a witness radioed to a co-worker they saw the former student walk on campus wearing a backpack and carrying a duffle bag, according to an arrest report released Thursday afternoon. Within a minute, the witness told deputies he heard gunshots and called out a “Code Red” alert...
Seeking mercy, Quarles apologizes for killing Santaluces classmate

Seeking mercy, Quarles apologizes for killing Santaluces classmate

Choking back tears, 21-year-old Frank Quarles on Thursday apologized for killing a fellow Santaluces High School student in an argument over a stolen bicycle but insisted the 2012 shooting was a tragic accident. “I’m very sorry,” Quarles said, looking across the courtroom at the grieving family of 16-year-old Michael Coogle-Robertson Jr. “I wish I could go back and prevent...
JUST IN: Boca police ID man hit by Brightline train at crossing

JUST IN: Boca police ID man hit by Brightline train at crossing

A 90-year-old Highland Beach man has been identified as the person injured Wednesday when a Brightline train struck his car in Boca Raton. Related: Police say man pedaled around closed train gates before death Police say Benjamin Morelli was unable to get out of his vehicle before it was struck by a train at about 8 p.m. Wednesday near Camino Real and South Dixie Highway. He was taken to Delray Medical...
NEW: Columbine victims’ doctor fears for Parkland medical staffs

NEW: Columbine victims’ doctor fears for Parkland medical staffs

When he saw the news footage last night of teenagers fleeing a school shooting with their hands up, Dr. Chris Colwell cried. “It took me right back to Columbine nearly 20 years ago,” said Colwell, an emergency physician who sorted through the dead and the living at the Colorado high school where 13 died in 1999. Thirteen years later, he treated victims of the Aurora, Colorado movie...
POLL: Should Florida ban assault weapons?

POLL: Should Florida ban assault weapons?

Connecticut lawmakers passed strict gun laws in 2013 after a gunman with a AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifle killed 27 young children and teachers during a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary school. The legislation banned the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds and requires background checks for private gun sales, including those at gun shows. It also expands the state&rsquo...
Watch Florida Sens. Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio address Parkland mass shooting

Watch Florida Sens. Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio address Parkland mass shooting

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio both gave Senate speeches today addressing Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead. Here is Nelson’s speech: And here...
Here’s how Trump has used Twitter to oppose gun control. Will he do so after Broward shooting?

Here’s how Trump has used Twitter to oppose gun control. Will he do so after Broward shooting?

For years President Donald Trump has used Twitter to express his condolences after mass shootings and opinions on gun control.  The president has tweeted three times about the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland yesterday. None of the tweets mention gun control or banning assault rifles, like the gun used in the shooting Wednesday. As of 7:45 a.m. today, neither of the president&rsquo...
School shooting: Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledges ‘to keep our kids safe’

School shooting: Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledges ‘to keep our kids safe’

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he’s “furious” over the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead and pledged this morning to have “a real conversation about how we’re going to stop it.” Scott made the comments during a morning interview with Fox and Friends. After visiting with families of hospitalized shooting victims...
UPDATE: Broward sheriff says multiple students dead after high school shooting

UPDATE: Broward sheriff says multiple students dead after high school shooting

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that multiple students are dead after a shooting.  The shooter was taken into custody without any incident and is not a student at the school at this time. He is believed to be 18-years-old.  Authorities are also at a home on Loxahatchee Road, about a mile from the school. It’s unclear why the law enforcement at the home.  Additonally,...
Gunman storms Broward school, kills 17

Gunman storms Broward school, kills 17

In one terrifying Valentine’s Day afternoon, the buffer of miles and time that separated South Florida from the nation’s most catastrophic school shootings shattered in the whine of a fire alarm, a staccato string of “pop-pop” bursts and screams. At least 17 lost their lives in a storm of bullets about the time an ordinary school day should have been ending Wednesday at Marjory...
Broward school shooting: Family says missing girl Meadow Pollack has died

Broward school shooting: Family says missing girl Meadow Pollack has died

Andrew Pollack stood outside the hospital Wednesday afternoon with a firm grip on his cell phone, anxiously waiting to hear the words “we found her.” Pollack and his wife were searching for their daughter Meadow, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They called her phone so many times Wednesday only to hear it ring and ring and ring. “We can’t locate her. I keep...
Lake Point Restoration wins $4.3 million judgment against Hurchalla

Lake Point Restoration wins $4.3 million judgment against Hurchalla

It was a showdown with Florida flair — a Martin County business with billionaire backing versus a 77-year-old environmentalist with a constitution as tough as Dade County Pine. For eight days, the case of mining company Lake Point Restoration against storied Everglades protector Maggy Hurchalla played out in front of a jury asked to decide whether their conflict was that of a company wronged...
Editorial: Thoughts and prayers won’t stop these mass shootings

Editorial: Thoughts and prayers won’t stop these mass shootings

Save the thoughts and prayers. We need action. Now. There was another mass shooting in the United States Wednesday afternoon. This one was at a school. The 18th shooting at a school this year, a year that is not yet 7 weeks old, according to Everytown for Gun Safety. Law enforcement authorities said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student, terrorized Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland...
Broward school shooting: Who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?

Broward school shooting: Who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?

Editor’s Note: Wednesday’s horrible mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School may leave some Florida newcomers or outsiders wondering who the school is named for. She was one of the most famous Floridians, an author, feminist and ardent environmentalist known as “The Voice of the Everglades.” Here is Palm Beach Post staff writer Eliot Kleinberg’s obituary...
Corcoran, Gillum debate immigration, ‘sanctuary cities’ in Tallahassee

Corcoran, Gillum debate immigration, ‘sanctuary cities’ in Tallahassee

In a production filled with political theater, a Democratic candidate for governor and a legislative leader who’s toying with a run for the same office took the stage Tuesday night in a debate over immigration and “sanctuary cities.” Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Republican who hasn’t announced whether he’s in the gubernatorial...
Democrat wins Trump district in special Florida House election

Democrat wins Trump district in special Florida House election

Democrat Margaret Good won a special Florida House election in Republican Sarasota County on Tuesday night in a race that drew national attention as the latest indicator of a potential Democratic anti-Donald Trump wave in the 2018 midterm elections. In state House District 72, where Republicans have a 9-point registration advantage and Trump won in 2016, liberal Good got 52.2 percent to 44.8 percent...
Editorial: Don’t let site setback derail county’s drug treatment aims

Editorial: Don’t let site setback derail county’s drug treatment aims

The news that a planned emergency room for opioid overdoses has been delayed because of problems with the site is disappointing — but not disheartening. On the contrary, it tells us Palm Beach County officials are intent on making drug treatment a key element in their fight against the opioid epidemic, the killer that claimed 600 lives here last year. And that’s rare. How rare? Well, President...
Bill Clinton’s frequent Florida appearances could be a #MeToo casualty

Bill Clinton’s frequent Florida appearances could be a #MeToo casualty

Bill Clinton at an October 2016 appearance in Belle Glade for Hillary Clinton. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post) Former President Bill Clinton has been a frequent election-year presence in Palm Beach County and elsewhere in Florida — stumping for such Democrats as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Charlie Crist, Patrick Murphy, Lois Frankel and ...
NEW: Military jets to fly as low as 3,500 feet over county today

NEW: Military jets to fly as low as 3,500 feet over county today

Military jets will fly over Palm Beach County this morning, some of them just 3,500 feet off the ground, in training related to their patrols when President Donald Trump spends the weekend in Palm Beach, authorities said Tuesday. The “Falcon Hawk 18” exercise is set for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, said a release from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida’s Panhandle. Tyndall coordinates...
Wave watch: Democrat wins Trump district in Sarasota special election

Wave watch: Democrat wins Trump district in Sarasota special election

Democrat Margaret Good won a special state House election in a Sarasota district that President Donald Trump carried in 2016. Democrat Margaret Good won a special state House election in Republican Sarasota County on Tuesday night in a race that drew national attention as the latest indicator of a potential Democratic anti- Donald Trump wave in the 2018 midterm...
Legislature 2018: Sparks fly on repeal of fireworks restrictions

Legislature 2018: Sparks fly on repeal of fireworks restrictions

A proposal to repeal Florida’s longstanding restrictions on the sale of fireworks remains alive in the House after lawmakers Tuesday addressed some safety concerns raised by industry giants fighting the change. The House Commerce Committee voted 15-11 to support the measure (HB 6037), which would repeal a prohibition on the sale and use of fireworks. Bill sponsor James Grant, R-Tampa, argued...

School voucher tax credits comprise 46% of Florida House tax cut plan

Farmers, nursing homes and property owners impacted by Hurricane Irma could receive tax relief as part of a $332.7 million package that will be introduced Wednesday in the Florida House. The package (PCB WMC 18-03), which will be rolled out in the House Ways & Means Committee, will be built on education-related tax credits, a reduction in a commercial-lease tax and sales tax “holidays&rsquo...
DeSantis’ strong debut trails Putnam in Florida governor money chase

DeSantis’ strong debut trails Putnam in Florida governor money chase

Backed by President Donald Trump’s Twitter account and a finance team that includes Sheldon Adelson and other national Republican heavyweights, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis turned in an impressive debut fundraising month in his quest for Florida governor. But DeSantis collected less new money in January than Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, according to reports filed this week. DeSantis&rsquo...
Second juror has concerns about guilt of Boynton cop, lawyer says

Second juror has concerns about guilt of Boynton cop, lawyer says

Another juror who helped convict Boynton Beach police Sgt. Philip Antico has contacted authorities with concerns about how the panel decided the veteran officer lied to FBI agents about his role in a 2014 beating, his lawyer said Tuesday. Attorney Gregg Lerman said he learned about the second juror just before the start of an nearly all-day hearing during which Antico and fellow Officer Michael Brown...
Rival Democrats Pam Keith, Lauren Baer spar over clip in campaign video

Rival Democrats Pam Keith, Lauren Baer spar over clip in campaign video

Democrat Pam Keith’s congressional District 18 primary foe, Lauren Baer, appears briefly in a new Keith campaign video. Democrat  Lauren Baer‘s congressional campaign isn’t pleased that Baer shows up briefly in a new campaign video by her Democratic primary rival,  Pam Keith. Keith’s campaign says the concern over the video suggests...
Florida governor money chase: Putnam outraises DeSantis in first head-to-head month

Florida governor money chase: Putnam outraises DeSantis in first head-to-head month

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, shown campaigning for governor in Riviera Beach last year, remains the top fundraiser in the 2018 race for governor. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis‘ campaign for Florida governor has the Twitter backing of President Donald Trump and a finance team that...
‘Lil Jimmy’ gets time served for Belle Glade revenge shooting

‘Lil Jimmy’ gets time served for Belle Glade revenge shooting

A month after sheriff’s deputies say Exavia Freeman shot at Jimmy Porter Sr. and missed, Jimmy ‘Lil Jimmy’ Lacoria Porter Jr. caught up with Freeman, 20, of Belle Glade on Avenue D and made sure he didn’t miss. The single gunshot wound to the eye sent Freeman to the hospital on July 25 and landed the younger Porter behind bars facing a first-degree attempted murder charge...
Florida House debates changing how university performance cash awarded

Florida House debates changing how university performance cash awarded

The House is taking another look at performance standards for state universities, after supporters of some schools, including Florida A&M University, say they are being shortchanged in a system that denies extra funding to the “bottom three” universities. Currently, universities compete annually for a pot of state performance money that is awarded after the schools are ranked by the system&rsquo...
Bill advances to keep Florida in daylight saving time year-round

Bill advances to keep Florida in daylight saving time year-round

Most of the Panhandle would remain an hour behind the rest of the state under a revamped Senate proposal that would seek congressional approval to put Florida on year-round daylight-saving time. The Commerce and Tourism Committee voted unanimously Monday to support a bill (SB 858) to keep Floridians from having to reset their clocks twice a year. Before the vote, bill sponsor Greg Steube, R-Sarasota...
Florida Senate continues looking for gambling deal

Florida Senate continues looking for gambling deal

A key player in negotiations between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe said he expects “significant progress” on a potential gambling deal in the next few days, as lawmakers rush to reach consensus on — and pass — a sweeping proposal before the session ends on March 9. “We will have what I call a more formal proposal (from the tribe) this week, to take into consideration...
Boynton cops fight to avoid prison terms for roles in 2014 beating

Boynton cops fight to avoid prison terms for roles in 2014 beating

Already facing the grim reality that they will be stripped of their badges, Boynton Beach police Sgt. Philip Antico and Officer Michael Brown on Tuesday will try to persuade a federal judge not to send them to prison for their roles in a 2014 beating. The all-day hearing is to give U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg time to address myriad issues that will determine whether the two officers are put...
Rick Scott: Lake Okeechobee dike proposal shows Trump’s ‘commitment to me’

Rick Scott: Lake Okeechobee dike proposal shows Trump’s ‘commitment to me’

Gov. Rick Scott and Donald Trump when Trump was president-elect in 2016. After Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson claimed credit last week for President Donald Trump‘s proposal to accelerate repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, Republican Gov. Rick Scott today said the pledge reaffirms Trump’s “commitment to me&rdquo...
Corcoran ‘sanctuary state’ ad draws fire from Dems Gillum, Levine

Corcoran ‘sanctuary state’ ad draws fire from Dems Gillum, Levine

Democrats are decrying an ad by House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s PAC that depicts an illegal immigrant shooting an innocent woman. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, is not an announced candidate for governor, but his recent TV ad pledging that he won’t allow Florida to become a “sanctuary state” for illegal...
Florida poll: Who are these people running for governor?

Florida poll: Who are these people running for governor?

Florida governor candidates, from left: Republicans Adam Putnam, Ron DeSantis, Richard Corcoran; Democrats Gwen Graham, Andrew Gillum, Philip Levine, Chris King. An overwhelming majority of Florida voters haven’t heard of any of the Republican or Democratic candidates for governor, according to a University of North Florida poll released today. The poll...
VIDEO: Florida police extend search for murder suspect  

VIDEO: Florida police extend search for murder suspect  

Police have released new video of a Florida man who they say is linked to the murder of another man at a motel near Cape Canaveral.  The man checked into the Dixie Motel in Cocoa around 5 p.m. Tuesday with 65-year-old Terry S. Hillard, of Ocala, who Cocoa police say was in the area to watch the Space X launch of Heavy Falcon. Hillard was killed, though information about the nature of his death...
Stuart police accuse Miami woman of stealing, using 9 credit cards

Stuart police accuse Miami woman of stealing, using 9 credit cards

A 35-year-old Miami woman was arrested and charged with criminal use of personal information after police said nine credit cards belonging to the victim and a counterfeit Florida driver license was found in her possession. Vanessa Cortes, 35, of Miami, was also charged with four counts of grand theft and three counts of fraud. She is being held on a $40,000 bond. On Friday, Stuart Police responded...
Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

A Florida circuit judge was arrested on charges of soliciting a prostitute and resisting an officer on Friday. Lee Circuit Judge Jay Barry Rosman, 64, was booked into the  Collier County jail, but has since been released.  The Naples Daily News reported that he was arrested during an undercover prostitution sting by the Naples Police Department. Five other men were also arrested after police...
UPDATE: Video shows men removing hook from endangered shark on Singer Island

UPDATE: Video shows men removing hook from endangered shark on Singer Island

Video taken Thursday morning at the Singer Island Inlet shows three men -- equipped with bolt cutters and a dehooker -- surrounding an endangered hammerhead shark on shore around 9:30 a.m. Leigh Cobb, who is an experienced diver, captured the video from a boat just off the shore. In addition, an Instagram video post taken by a bystander shows the men using the bolt cutters to remove a large metal...
Palm Beach County leaders question bed tax for infrastructure

Palm Beach County leaders question bed tax for infrastructure

If a legislative proposal to let counties use local tourism dollars to fix roads and sewers becomes Florida law, some Palm Beach County commissioners aren’t so sure the commission would take advantage of it. Last year, Palm Beach County’s tourism tax, a 6 percent tax levied on hotel and motel stays, generated about $50 million in revenue, said Glenn Jergensen, executive director of...
Editorial: Senate needs to stand up to House bully on education bill

Editorial: Senate needs to stand up to House bully on education bill

House Speaker Richard Corcoran is seeking to push through the Florida Legislature an omnibus education bill, and a key component is a voucher-like program for bullied students. How apropos. Corcoran is on a mission to fundamentally remake Florida’s public education system and he is acting every bit the bully to get his way. This time, the Florida Senate shouldn’t let him — especially...
Commentary: GOP has rigged the system for years. That may be changing.

Commentary: GOP has rigged the system for years. That may be changing.

The Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that struck down the state’s congressional districts as an unlawful gerrymander that violated the state’s constitution. In response, one Republican state senator launched a drive to impeach the state Supreme Court justices who had voted to strike down the congressional districts. Because that&rsquo...
Nouman Raja coworker to be state witness if Corey Jones case survives

Nouman Raja coworker to be state witness if Corey Jones case survives

If and when former Palm Beach Gardens police officer Nouman Raja stands trial in the on-duty shooting death of stranded motorist Corey Jones, one of the state’s star witnesses against him could be a colleague who worked the same burglary detail he was on the night of the killing. According to documents and audio recordings recently obtained from the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office...
VIDEO: Florida deputies wrangle alligator in Winn-Dixie parking lot

VIDEO: Florida deputies wrangle alligator in Winn-Dixie parking lot

Sheriff's deputies in Sarasota are often called upon to nab elusive suspects, some of them wilder than others. But Thursday's incident in a Winn-Dixie parking lot probably ranks among the wildest. A video posted on the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page shows Sgt. Mark Tuls and Deputy Lincoln Dilling wrangling a four-foot alligator that had holed up under a parked SUV.  After snagging...
Nelson — and Rubio and Scott — take credit for new dike repair money

Nelson — and Rubio and Scott — take credit for new dike repair money

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson met with Glades officials Friday in West Palm Beach to tout the passage of a budget deal with additional funding that could be used to expedite repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee. Hurricane Irma’s push through Florida last year renewed long-standing fears of what a rupture would mean for Glades residents protected by the dike, whose construction dates...
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