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A look inside the Hollywood nursing home as it became a deadly cauldron after Irma

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:25:00 PDT

The panic started about 2:30 a.m. with a frantic worker’s shouts on the second floor of the Hollywood nursing home: “Code Blue, Code Blue, Two East, Two East!”

“[She] was screaming so loud and then she ran,” said Charlotte Adams, who was trying to keep her semi-paralyzed mother hydrated with water,...


Hills QB Holly Neher cashes in on historic start with 51-27 win over Pompano Beach

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:35:00 PDT

Hollywood Hills junior quarterback Holly Neher made history Friday night as she became the first female quarterback to start a varsity football game in Broward County.

Neher started the team’s 51-27 win over Pompano Beach High School at Cooper City High School in style as she found Alexander Shelton...


Tens of thousands being evacuated as dam fails, revealing scope of Puerto Rico's dire situation

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:24:00 PDT

Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear on Friday. Government spokesman...


Legendary South Florida DJ Rick Shaw dies at 78

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:40:00 PDT

Legendary South Florida disc jockey Rick Shaw has died. He was 78.

If you grew up in South Florida, Shaw’s voice was a voice you knew.

Shaw retired in May 2007 after 51 years on the air, the final 47 on South Florida stations, including MCKR 610AM (later WIOD), WQAM 560AM, WAXY 106.7 and as the...


FPL spent billions to protect system, but why did Irma kill power anyway?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:15:00 PDT

The feared direct hit to South Florida from Hurricane Irma never happened. But most people lost power anyway, enduring days of dark houses, cold meals and sweltering heat.

When Hurricane Irma arrived Sept. 10, it struck a system that Florida Power & Light Co. had spent nearly $3 billion to reinforce....


New earthquake shakes a jittery Mexico, topples already damaged homes

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:43:00 PDT

A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes this month that together have killed nearly 400 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor...


Children with disabilities abused at group home, complaints allege

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:00:00 PDT

A state-funded group home that is supposed to help South Florida children with disabilities has racked up a history of complaints including child abuse and neglect, police and state records show.

The Tate Center Inc. is a nonprofit that runs group homes north of Palm Beach County as well as a destination...


Concert review: Zac Brown Band whips up a frenzy

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:05:00 PDT

Review of Zac Brown Band's Friday-night concert, the first of two shows at Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.(image)

'Suspect' that watch patrol held at gunpoint was delivery driver, deputies say

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:25:00 PDT

Two community watchmen, trying to thwart looters after Hurricane Irma, snared a man at gunpoint — but he turned out to be an Uber Eats driver delivering food.

And after firing a warning shot and calling 911, the man they thought was a burglar was actually simply lost, deputies say.

The trouble began...


11th resident of Hollywood nursing home dies

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:10:00 PDT

An 11th person has died as a result of stifling heat at a Hollywood nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma.

Constance Alice Thomas, 94, died Thursday at 8:58 a.m., more than a week after eight people succumbed to stifling heat at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Among those...


Florida summit targets nursing home hurricane improvements - but will anything change?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:15:00 PDT

Florida health-care regulators and the nursing home industry have long known senior facilities can be a dangerous place to be after a hurricane.

As far back as 2006, the nursing home industry had a hurricane summit that revealed two key points: That nursing homes are not on the state’s top priority...


Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking possibly connected to Russia

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:05:00 PDT

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.

The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly...


Marlins dumping four assistants: Jack McKeon, Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson and Tony Perez

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:40:00 PDT

Derek Jeter, not yet in charge of the Miami Marlins, has already begun making personnel decisions.

Jeter, the face of the prospective new ownership group led by Bruce Sherman, fired four members of the front office this week, according to multiple reports: Jack McKeon, Jeff Conine, Andre Dawson...


Skull-like image of Hurricane Maria seen as 'eerie'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:45:00 PDT

They were two monster storms, and in some satellite images that’s exactly what they look like.

An image of Hurricane Maria, which has churned in the Atlantic after pulverizing several Caribbean islands, resembles an angry zombie. It’s a reminder of a freaky image last year of Hurricane Matthew,...


Downtown Hollywood to welcome first new hotel in decades when the CIRC opens in February

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Downtown Hollywood is on the cusp of a hotel renaissance as it is poised to welcome its first newly built hotel in several decades — the CIRC.

The 111-room boutique hotel, which is scheduled to open in early 2018, is nearing completion on the northeastern side of the Young Circle arts and entertainment...


Hurricane Irma spreads thousands of gallons of smelly sewage across South Florida

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:00:00 PDT

As hurricane wind and rains soaked Miramar in southwest Broward, a huge oak tree with a root ball 4- to 5-feet long tipped.

The vibration cracked a sewer pipe underground, and for more than a day, raw sewage poured out over Old Miramar Parkway into a home-lined canal at 132nd Avenue.

The estimated...


Thief uses SUV to steal generator from family's front porch, deputies say

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:55:00 PDT

Five days after Hurricane Irma, a brazen thief pulled up to an Oakland Park home and stole a generator from the front porch, deputies said.

The suspect, Juan Rodriguez Fajardo, 34, was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary and grand theft, said Joy Oglesby, a spokeswoman for the Broward...


LeBron James calls Trump a 'bum' after he rescinds White House invitation to Steph Curry

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:59:00 PDT

Stephen Curry and President Donald Trump agree on one thing: The Golden State star is not going to the White House anytime soon.

Trump tweeted Saturday that Curry is no longer invited to the White House because of what the president called hesitation by the two-time NBA MVP in deciding whether...


Broward County Fair plans return after 5-year absence

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:45:00 PDT

The Broward County Fair hopes will make its long-awaited comeback in November at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach — if plans get the green light.

There hasn’t been a county fair in five years because promoters have not been able to get city approval for the sites they picked. First Lauderhill...


New Palm Beach teacher recruiting strategy: Poach from Broward

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:05:00 PDT

School districts have been looking in new places to find teachers, and in Palm Beach County, that includes poaching from Broward County schools.

Broward teachers received postcards in the mail this year telling them “Palm Beach County provides the HIGHEST teacher salary in South Florida,” as well...


Man shot dead while trying to stop verbal assault, police say

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:30:00 PDT

A 57-year-old Hollywood man was shot dead Friday morning in West Park after he intervened when a homeless man was being verbally assaulted by another man, police said.

Philip Antonino was shot multiple times and died at the hospital, said Gina Carter, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.


Woman, stepmom accused of beating driver unconscious on road, reports say

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:40:00 PDT

An argument between women in two cars ended with a beat down on a roadway north of Tampa and the arrest of a stepmother and her daughter, reports say.

The incident that another driver recorded on cellphone video happened Tuesday afternoon in Pasco County when Alicia Nikole Scarduzio, 20, and her...


Prosecutors seek more charges against cops accused of falsifying reports

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:30:00 PDT

Two Boynton Beach police officers may face additional charges of falsifying records to cover up a beating caught on camera, according to documents filed in court this week.

Sgt. Philip Antico, a Boynton police supervisor, arranged for three officers to rewrite their police reports to justify the...


Husband of woman lost at sea indicted for allegedly transporting stolen coins

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:10:00 PDT

The newlywed husband of a Delray Beach woman who went missing at sea has been indicted on suspicion of transporting stolen gold and silver coins.

Many of the coins were found in his life raft when he was rescued from it by the Coast Guard in May, authorities said.

The federal indictment filed in...


County commissioner now a nearly six-figure job in Broward and Palm Beach counties

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:55:00 PDT

Serving as a county commissioner is now almost a six-figure job in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The state sets the salaries of elected county officials, but taxpayers foot the bill.

County commissioners and elected constitutional officers, such as the sheriff and the property appraiser, will...