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Boca Raton native Billy Manes, Orlando's original gay voice, dies at 45

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:00:00 PDT

Billy Manes, a Boca Raton native whose witty writing, fearless activism and distinctive style made him one of Orlando’s best-known gay personalities, died Friday. He was 45.

Friends shared tributes on social media and the Orlando Weekly, his former employer, announced his death Friday. Manes’ husband,...

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Palm Beach State rated a top performer, gets $4.1 million in bonus money

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:30:00 PDT

Palm Beach State College struck gold under a state performance plan and will now get a bonus $4.1 million, up from $2.9 million last year

The state ranks its 28 community colleges in four tiers, based on performance and progress in areas such as graduation and retention rates, with gold being the...

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South Florida schools search for new ways to find teachers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:25:00 PDT

South Florida schools are looking far and near for new teachers, from the Hawaiian islands to employees on their own campuses.

More teachers nationwide are fleeing the profession and fewer are choosing to join it. So the region’s school districts have decided it’s no longer enough to recruit at...

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Dalia Dippolito sentenced to 16 years in murder-for-hire plot to kill husband

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:55:00 PDT

Dalia Dippolito was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison for trying to arrange the murder of her husband, a crime caught on video that captured the world’s attention.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley said the offense was committed in a “cold and calculated fashion” and she deserved...

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Wrongful-death lawsuit filed in case of two Tequesta teens who vanished at sea

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:35:00 PDT

The 2015 disappearance of two teens at sea took a new turn Friday when the family of one of the boys filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the other youth’s family.

The lawsuit filed by Perry Cohen’s family alleges negligence against the family of Austin Stephanos, said Guy Rubin, the attorney...

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Ex-military contractor who stole classified secrets gets life in prison for exploiting underage girls

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:15:00 PDT

A former military contractor from Palm Beach County was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in federal prison on Friday for sexually exploiting underage girls in Honduras.

Christopher Glenn, 37, is already serving 10 years in prison after he admitted he stole military secrets while he was working...

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Dalia Dippolito to be sentenced in murder-for-hire case; prosecutors seeking 30 years

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:30:00 PDT

Dalia Dippolito will be sentenced this afternoon, a month after she was convicted for a second time of hiring a Boynton Beach cop posing as a hitman to kill her husband.

Prosecutors announced this week they are seeking a 30-year prison term for the 34-year-old South Florida woman whose arrest on...

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South Florida members of Congress average $1,700 a day in campaign cash

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:10:00 PDT

Supporters are pouring thousands of dollars a day into the campaigns of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her challenger Tim Canova — even though their Democratic primary faceoff is more than a year away.

Campaign disclosures filed this month with the Federal Election Commission show Wasserman...

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Water district's new leader critical to South Florida flood control, Everglades restoration

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:35:00 PDT

The agency that oversees South Florida’s flood control, water supply planning and Everglades restoration is looking for a new leader.

Executive director Pete Antonacci, a former lobbyist and lawyer for Gov. Rick Scott, is awaiting a final vote Monday on his move to be CEO of the state’s embattled...

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Fingerprint sleuths help cops solve crimes 'like never before'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Boca Raton police made swift work of the fingerprint they found on the rearview mirror of a stolen Ford F-150 pickup.

Within days of finding the right thumb print, they identified their auto-theft suspect: Cameron Ahern, who this year wrapped up a prison stint for trafficking in stolen property,...

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State auctioning unclaimed jewelry, rare currency and gold coins

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Every day, people go to banks to place their treasures in safe deposit boxes.

Sometimes, they never come back.

It’s hard to imagine how someone could forget about their collection of gold South African krugerrands, Mexican pesos and Canadian coins, leaving thousands of dollars behind.

For more...

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Man convicted as driver in death of Boca bicyclist but acquitted of DUI manslaughter

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:00:00 PDT

A jury has settled the dispute over who was driving a pickup truck that killed a Boca Raton bicyclist.

It’s a guilty verdict for Paul Maida Jr., the 32-year-old West Boca man who had put the blame on his ex-lover Bianca Fichtel. Police had originally charged her with the crime, and excused Maida...

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Jury gets emails between ex-lovers in pickup that killed Boca bicyclist

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Bianca Fichtel and Paul Maida Jr. had stopped being intimate, but their emails continued for months as she lingered on house arrest, accused of driving impaired and killing a bicyclist in Boca Raton.

Fichtel testified Wednesday that she wanted and pleaded then for just one thing — for her former...

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Boynton's Ocean One tower next up in push for new downtown

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Boynton Beach’s vision of a vibrant downtown bustling with shops, parking garages and multimillion-dollar developments is inching closer to reality.

The city’s redevelopment agency agreed to pay $4.5 million over the next several years to help fund the first phase of Ocean One, an eight-story building...

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Fatal shooting may be part of deadly feud, Delray police chief says

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:40:00 PDT

A feud in Delray Beach and retaliation for a 2016 murder could be behind Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man, police said Wednesday.

Branden Newman was identified as the man killed. Another man injured in the shooting was hospitalized but his name was not released for his own protection,...

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Odyssey Middle to be shut down: What went wrong for Boynton school?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:15:00 PDT

Odyssey Middle School struggled for 16 years to win community support — but never could.

The school board agreed Wednesday that after this year, the school will be shut down. It will be the first public school closing in the Palm Beach County school district in about 25 years.

The school opened...

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South Florida beaches get ashtrays to keep cigarettes from killing sea life

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:44:00 PDT

It gives new meaning to smoked fish.

Cigarette butts — the most littered item in South Florida — are often tossed on the ground, then carried by rain through city streets and into storm drains. Eventually they end up in the ocean, where leaking toxins pose potentially deadly problems for fish and...

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Palm Beach waterfront lot sells to investor couple for $8.6M

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:40:00 PDT

Investors Roger K. Taylor, and his wife Roxann, had already received the blessing from the Town of Palm Beach to build a new home. All they needed was the land.

A deed, recorded Monday by the Palm Beach County Clerk’s office, shows the couple purchased a vacant waterfront lot, at 671 Island Drive...

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'Defiant' ex-military contractor who stole secrets gets life in prison for sexually exploiting underage girls

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:45:00 PDT

The strange legal saga of Christopher Glenn – which stretched from Honduras where he abused underaged girls to his mom’s Century Village condo in West Palm Beach where he was arrested by the FBI – ended Friday when he was sentenced to life in federal prison.

Glenn, 37, is a computer whiz who spent...

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Gov. Rick Scott stops in Boca, lauds Orangetheory Fitness

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:05:00 PDT

Some of the state’s biggest heavyweights came to Orangetheory Fitness in Boca Raton on Wednesday, but they weren’t looking to burn calories.

Instead, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron and three Boca council members came to celebrate the fitness franchise for relocating its headquarters...

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Man accused of killing family in 2015 crash arrested in Palm Beach County

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:50:00 PDT

A man on the run for almost two years, accused of killing a Georgia family heading to Disney World in a fiery 2015 crash, was arrested Tuesday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release.

Troopers pinged the cell phone of James Geoffrey Dameron, 26, to see him driving south on Florida’s...

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Employees accused of stealing from 3 Palm Beach County schools; officials eye reforms

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:05:00 PDT

More than $100,000 belonging to sports teams, ROTC programs and other student activities disappeared from three Palm Beach County schools in recent years.

The cases led to the arrests in the past 14 months of former school treasurers at Palm Beach Gardens High, Bak Middle School of the Arts in...

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Pain medication prescriptions drop in South Florida but more needs to be done, CDC says

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:40:00 PDT

South Florida’s doctors are prescribing far less potentially addictive and deadly pain medication after a statewide crackdown, but the numbers are still too high, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Greater monitoring and new regulations aimed at shutting...

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European honeybees to blame in Boca dog's death, state finds

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:15:00 PDT

A wild swarm of European bees stung a dog to death last month in Boca Raton, not the aggressive Africanized bees that some suspected, newly released test results show.

The family said their 45-pound dog Delilah went out to play in the backyard when the bees attacked her June 21. The toxins from...

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Delray and Boynton approve rules to regulate sober homes

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:50:00 PDT

Delray Beach and Boynton Beach are ready to regulate sober homes and other types of community housing in response to the opioid crisis gripping South Florida and the rest of the country.

Delray and Boynton on Tuesday night unanimously approved new rules for group homes. Both cities will require...

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