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Boynton police ID motorcyclist killed in Friday wreck

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Police today confirmed the identity of a man killed in a Friday crash in Boynton Beach.

Michael Madera, 27, was killed when his white Yamaha motorcycle struck a black Mercedes SUV on Woolbright Road about 2:30 p.m., said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.

Woolbright Road was closed for about...


Lane closures for Ocean Avenue bridge to start Monday

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Drivers in Boynton Beach and Ocean Ridge can expect lane closures starting as early as Monday as the Ocean Avenue bridge connecting the two cities over the Intracoastal Waterway is repainted.

The $1 million project, which is expected to take about four months, will result in lane closures of the...


Broward ticket amnesty

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:33:00 PDT

Anyone owing money for fines, fees or traffic tickets can save up to 35 percent in late fees if paid in full during Operation Green Light week, April 24-29, 2017


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Economic Justice Project launches to help domestic abuse survivors

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported 51,425 domestic violence offenses statewide in just the first six months of last year. As the issue of domestic abuse continues to spread, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. in Delray Beach has launched an Economic Justice Project to provide...


Worker's death at I-95 exit at Congress Ave. sparks push for long-term fixes

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:30:00 PDT

After the tragedy that befell Richard Randolph, the state quickly put up more signs at I-95’s exit at Congress Avenue to help warn highway travelers.

The tow-truck driver fell to his death April 12 while trying to secure a tractor-trailer that overturned at the Boca Raton overpass, which has seen...


Cities brace for Sunday's Boca Bash, the daylong party on water

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:40:00 PDT

Sunday marks the return of Boca Bash, when boaters converge for a daylong Lake Boca party. But the waves it made last year have Deerfield Beach shutting down its boating ramp for the day.

The city put up signs Thursday, saying the Pioneer Park boat ramp at 423 NE Third St. will not be available...


Open fires banned in Palm Beach County because of dry conditions

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Campfires, bonfires and all open burning are banned in Palm Beach County because of dry conditions throughout South Florida.

Barbecue grilling is still allowed.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue issued the burn ban Thursday because of dry vegetation and high winds, which can lead to rapidly spreading...


Carjack victim told armed robbers 'I want to bless you'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:10:00 PDT

Giovanni Gomez went from being scared to feeling sorry for the men who forced him to empty his bank account at gunpoint and stole his car at a Boynton Beach ATM.

By the end of the ordeal, the restaurant server and evangelist could only watch as the armed robbers drove off with his car, cash, iPhone,...


Please eat the lionfish (but don't touch the spines)

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:20:00 PDT

As colorful lionfish feast upon native marine life, a campaign has begun to get Florida fish-lovers to devour them in return.

But while there is demand for the “naturally buttery” white fish, it still is not widely available. Restaurants say they get shipments every few months, mostly when lobster...


Secret meeting at Mar-a-Lago raises questions about Colombia peace and Trump

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:35:00 PDT

President Donald Trump quietly met two former Colombian presidents last weekend at Mar-a-Lago, thrusting his administration into a power struggle in Latin America that threatens to undermine the country's peace agreement with rebel leaders.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is expected to...


Gambling amendment gets court approval as legislators cancel conference

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:47:00 PDT

Following a Florida Supreme Court decision Thursday morning that gave the green light to a proposed constitutional amendment on gambling, negotiations between the Florida House and Senate over gambling legislation were called off.

The court ruled 4-2 that the amendment’s wording was not misleading...


Bernie Sanders should 'join the damn Democratic Party,' says longtime S. Fla. congressman

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:40:00 PDT

Congressman Alcee Hastings is not feeling the Bern.

During a town hall meeting Wednesday, the West Delray Democrat told the crowd his party has "fissures" just like the Republican Party. He took a shot at liberal U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who was independent, ran for president as a Democrat...


Dog recovering after apparent gator bite in West Boca

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:50:00 PDT

They call her the miracle dog.

Lilly, a 6-year-old Yorkshire terrier mix, is being closely watched by staff at Clint Moore Animal Hospital in West Boca after her owners say she was apparently mauled by an alligator.

On Sunday, Lilly got loose from Anthony Monti’s yard and wound up at the retention...


Barge breaks from tugboat, lands on Singer Island

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:20:00 PDT

A barge that broke free from a tugboat landed onshore at Singer Island, in Riviera Beach, Thursday morning.

The 144-foot-long barge called the Baymaster IV is believed to have broken free from its tow in the Lake Worth Inlet before dawn.

The Coast Guard was notified about 5 a.m.

The barge came...


Frequency of Trump's Palm Beach visits expected to cool during summer

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:35:00 PDT

As balmy spring turns into scorching summer, Palm Beach’s migration of Bentleys and Rolls-Royces toward the Hamptons and other northern climates has already begun.

Now many of those who remain are wondering whether the Snowbird in Chief will follow — forgoing frequent visits to his Palm Beach estate...


Delray Beach gives initial OK to banning gay conversion therapy for minors

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:45:00 PDT

Delray Beach is poised to join a growing list of Florida cities banning conversion therapy on minors.

The law would prevent licensed professionals such as therapists from attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The City Commission unanimously approved the measure...


Delray says ‘yes’ to growing more herbs and produce, but ‘no’ to marijuana

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:20:00 PDT

Delray Beach officials are updating their rules on gardening in the city. While they’re at it, they’re throwing in that growing marijuana is prohibited.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but Delray Commissioner Mitch Katz said it was necessary for the city to ban growing marijuana plants...


Palm Beach County schools toss half days, add time off at Thanksgiving

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Half-days will be history in Palm Beach County schools, starting next year.

The School Board on Wednesday approved school calendars for the next three years that will eliminate half-days and offer a full week off at Thanksgiving.

The district found there were high absentee rates on the half days,...


Scientists: Trump budget cuts would devastate medical research in S. Florida

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:45:00 PDT

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would devastate medical research in South Florida, hurting efforts to combat Zika, opioid addiction, cancer and other diseases, local scientists warned Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., organized the meeting of researchers in West Palm Beach to draw...


Child porn inquiry still underway after Palm Beach County teacher's suicide

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:50:00 PDT

Federal authorities on Wednesday said they still are interviewing witnesses and victims after the suicide of a Palm Beach County teacher wanted on charges of child pornography.

Corey Dejuan Perry, 33, shot and killed himself in a Nashville, Tenn., hotel room last week as FBI agents approached,...


Woman accused of sending death threats to Sandy Hook dad jailed, admits skipping court

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:20:00 PDT

The woman accused of sending death threats to a Palm Beach County man whose 6-year-old son was murdered in the Sandy Hook school mass shooting will remain jailed in Broward County while she figures out if she still wants to plead guilty or go to trial.

Lucy Richards, 57, looked disheveled and used...


Trump visits lure crowds to West Palm Beach waterfront

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:35:00 PDT

Life with a front-row view of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate offers a peek at history, but also creates hassles for residents across the water in West Palm Beach.

South Flagler Drive, which parallels the Intracoastal Waterway, has long appealed to homeowners, bike riders, joggers, dog...


Uber, Lyft regulations bill heads to governor's desk

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:20:00 PDT

After years of debate about the issue, the Florida Senate on Wednesday quickly passed a bill that would create statewide regulations for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The Senate voted 36-1 to approve the bill (HB 221), which already passed the House and now goes to Gov. Rick Scott.


Haitians fear protected status expiration will lead to deportations

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:05:00 PDT

In the dozen years she has lived in the U.S., Miramar resident Farah Larrieux has built a successful career as a bilingual television host and Haitian-American community activist.

Elizabeth Fabien, a former Pembroke Pines resident now living in Orlando, enjoys a comfortable life centered around...


Federal agent on trial in Boca Raton road rage shooting claims self-defense

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:55:00 PDT

He’s fought on the battlefield in Bosnia, searched for 9/11 victims at Ground Zero, helped rescue citizens during Hurricane Katrina, and brought an international terrorist to justice.

But former soldier and military police officer Angel Echevarria’s mission now is beating criminal charges he’s...