Jim Hayward

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Star Wars themed land set for late fall 2019 at Disney World, months after Disneyland
 The much-anticipated expansion of Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World for the themed land based on the Star Wars films will open in the late fall of 2019, according an executive involved with the project. That will be months after the debut of California's version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland next summer. Scott...

Posted: 3 hours ago

The much-anticipated expansion of Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World for the themed land based on the Star Wars films will open in the late fall of 2019, according an executive involved with the project. That will be months after the debut of California's version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland next summer. Scott...
Trump says he's coming to Florida 'very soon'
 In a phone call to Hillsborough County Republicans attending a fundraising event Saturday night, President Trump told Attorney General Pam Bondi that he'll be coming to Tampa for a special event "very soon."  Bondi held her cellphone up to the mic at the podium during the Lincoln Day Dinner, the Tampa Bay Times reported...

Posted: a day ago

In a phone call to Hillsborough County Republicans attending a fundraising event Saturday night, President Trump told Attorney General Pam Bondi that he'll be coming to Tampa for a special event "very soon."  Bondi held her cellphone up to the mic at the podium during the Lincoln Day Dinner, the Tampa Bay Times reported...
UPDATE: New monorail fleet in the works? Disney World denies rumors
 Walt Disney World should soon be getting replacements for its aging fleet of monorails, according to the retired imagineer who designed the original iconic trains for Disneyland as well as the Orlando resort. But officially, theme park officials say there presently are no such plans. Bob Gurr, an 86-year-old Disney legend who was hired...

Posted: 7 days ago

Walt Disney World should soon be getting replacements for its aging fleet of monorails, according to the retired imagineer who designed the original iconic trains for Disneyland as well as the Orlando resort. But officially, theme park officials say there presently are no such plans. Bob Gurr, an 86-year-old Disney legend who was hired...
Key West welcomes back iconic sign lost during Hurricane Irma
 Nearly eight months after it went missing during Hurricane Irma, the famous welcome sign greeting visitors to Key West is back on its U.S. 1 perch proclaiming the Conch Republic "Paradise USA."  The sign was damged during Irma and disappeared around Sept. 10, when the Category 4 storm made landfall at 9 a.m. at Cudjoe Key....

Posted: 20 days ago

Nearly eight months after it went missing during Hurricane Irma, the famous welcome sign greeting visitors to Key West is back on its U.S. 1 perch proclaiming the Conch Republic "Paradise USA."  The sign was damged during Irma and disappeared around Sept. 10, when the Category 4 storm made landfall at 9 a.m. at Cudjoe Key....
Human remains found at home of missing Disney monorail mechanic
 The Lake County Sheriff's Office has discovered human remains in the backyard of a home of a former monorail mechanic at Walt Disney World who has reportedly been missing since 2015. Parts of human skeleton were found Saturday buried under concrete at an outdoor fire pit, the Orlando Sentinel reported. An upper arm bone had been dug...

3:22 AM Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018

The Lake County Sheriff's Office has discovered human remains in the backyard of a home of a former monorail mechanic at Walt Disney World who has reportedly been missing since 2015. Parts of human skeleton were found Saturday buried under concrete at an outdoor fire pit, the Orlando Sentinel reported. An upper arm bone had been dug...
NEW: Have scientists solved mysterious 'sonic attacks' in Cuba?
 The United States announced Friday that it's permanently removing 60 percent of its diplomats from Cuba after unexplained illnesses linked to mysterious "sonic attacks" in Havana harmed at least 24 Americans.  Computer scientists at the University of Michigan, however, say they may have solved the mystery behind the strange...

3:52 AM Sunday, Mar. 04, 2018

The United States announced Friday that it's permanently removing 60 percent of its diplomats from Cuba after unexplained illnesses linked to mysterious "sonic attacks" in Havana harmed at least 24 Americans.  Computer scientists at the University of Michigan, however, say they may have solved the mystery behind the strange...
Real-time highlights from town hall on gun control in Sunrise
 11 p.m. UPDATE: The CNN Town Hall closes with a poem written by the late Alex Schacter, read by his father, comparing life to roller coaster ride. That is followed by a song called "Shine," written by students to honor the victims. 10:30 p.m. UPDATE: Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez asks Dana Loesch of the NRA if...

4:00 AM Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

11 p.m. UPDATE: The CNN Town Hall closes with a poem written by the late Alex Schacter, read by his father, comparing life to roller coaster ride. That is followed by a song called "Shine," written by students to honor the victims. 10:30 p.m. UPDATE: Stoneman Douglas student Emma Gonzalez asks Dana Loesch of the NRA if...
Another sunny and breezy day forecast in Palm Beach County
 Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with highs in the low 80s and easterly winds around 10 to 15 mph, according to the National Weather Service.. Tonight is forecast to be partly cloudy with lows around 70. Easterly winds will calm to 5 to 10 mph, and there’s a 20 percent chance of rain. Download The Post’s WeatherPlus...

10:37 AM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with highs in the low 80s and easterly winds around 10 to 15 mph, according to the National Weather Service.. Tonight is forecast to be partly cloudy with lows around 70. Easterly winds will calm to 5 to 10 mph, and there’s a 20 percent chance of rain. Download The Post’s WeatherPlus...
Sunny and breezy today with rip current risk in Palm Beach County
 Gusty winds will whip up choppy seas and create a high rip current risk today in Palm Beach County, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for partly sunny skies with highs in the mid-80s and southeast winds around 15 to 20 mph. Tonight is forecast to be mostly cloudy, becoming partly cloudy, with lows in the low 70s...

10:35 AM Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Gusty winds will whip up choppy seas and create a high rip current risk today in Palm Beach County, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for partly sunny skies with highs in the mid-80s and southeast winds around 15 to 20 mph. Tonight is forecast to be mostly cloudy, becoming partly cloudy, with lows in the low 70s...
NEW: Port St. Lucie teen who threatened to ‘shoot up’ school held for 21 days
 A judge is taking no chances with a Port St. Lucie teenager accused of threatening to “shoot up” a school. In the wake of Wednesday’s mass killing in Broward County, the 14-year-old was ordered today into secure detention for 21 days. The boy’s mother insists the threat was a joke, but St. Lucie County Circuit Judge...

2:27 AM Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

A judge is taking no chances with a Port St. Lucie teenager accused of threatening to “shoot up” a school. In the wake of Wednesday’s mass killing in Broward County, the 14-year-old was ordered today into secure detention for 21 days. The boy’s mother insists the threat was a joke, but St. Lucie County Circuit Judge...
Saturday forecast: Sunny and clear in Palm Beach County
 Saturday’s forecast calls for sunny skies in Palm Beach County with highs in the low 80s, according to the National Weather Service. Southeast winds around 5-10 mph should calm in the evening, becoming light and variable. Saturday night is forecast to be mostly clear with lows in the upper 60s.

5:31 AM Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Saturday’s forecast calls for sunny skies in Palm Beach County with highs in the low 80s, according to the National Weather Service. Southeast winds around 5-10 mph should calm in the evening, becoming light and variable. Saturday night is forecast to be mostly clear with lows in the upper 60s.