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Water pumping to close two Loxahatchee boat ramps through November

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:30:00 PDT

Two of four boat ramps on the levee surrounding the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in the Everglades will be temporarily closed from Monday through Nov. 30, officials said.

The installation of three temporary water pumps in southern Palm Beach County is causing the closure.


Millions in taxpayer dollars used to settle shootings by deputies

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:45:00 PDT

Shootings by Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies are costing taxpayers more money, with the tally reaching $6 million since the start of 2016, according to a Sun Sentinel review.

In the past 18 months, five cases have been settled for more than $300,000, the previous highest payout for such claims...


Sober-home taskforce has now arrested 32 in crackdown

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:40:00 PDT

A Palm Beach County taskforce has arrested four people this month in a crackdown on unscrupulous practices in the drug recovery industry, bringing the total to 32 arrests.

Steven Johnson, 45, and his wife Melissa Johnson, 36, both from Palm Springs, were arrested Monday and charged with patient...


Ladies and Gentlemen, your next American Idol (maybe)

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:40:00 PDT

Tyler Gordon of Coral Springs has always been into heavy metal, and he chose “Defender” by Manowar to showcase his singing before an “American Idol” judge Saturday morning.

The judge liked his voice, called it unique, and gave him an orange-yellow piece of paper, a rare gift on this day when hundreds...


More groups ditch plans for fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:40:00 PDT

Another wave of charities abandoned plans for fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s resort, as the fallout intensified Friday over Donald Trump’s remarks on the violence in Charlottesville.

The latest groups to distance themselves from Trump’s Palm Beach venue were the American Red Cross,...


Road-rage shooting on I-95 leads to arrest, troopers say

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:20:00 PDT

A Jupiter man was arrested early Friday after bullets flew on Interstate 95 in what state troopers say was road rage.

Michael Allen Shepherd, 49, shot at another motorists and hit the pickup’s door, said Sgt. Mark Wysocky, of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Shepherd was taken into custody in West Palm...


Red-light camera bill to come up again in Legislature

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:29:00 PDT

Florida's long-running debate about red-light cameras is coming back to the Legislature in 2018.

Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, and Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah, said Friday they have filed legislation to repeal parts of state law that allow local governments to use red-light cameras.



South Florida forecasters keeping an eye on two disturbances in Atlantic

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Forecasters are watching two disturbances behind what is now Tropical Depression Harvey — but the chances of the first one forming into a storm dropped considerably Saturday morning.

Harvey has weakened from a tropical storm, and looks to be taking a path south of the state.

The first disturbance...


Spear fisher reports shark bite, authorities say

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:30:00 PDT

An injured diver in Jupiter told rescuers Friday that a shark bit his hand, authorities said.

The man, whose name was not disclosed, had been spear fishing, said Capt. Albert Borroto, spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Rescuers responded to the call at 4:09 p.m. in the 1100 block of Love...


Districts sue over charter school law. They also want money from it.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:30:00 PDT

South Florida school districts are suing the state over a charter-school-friendly law — but they’re also trying to benefit from it.

A controversial education bill passed in the final days of the Florida Legislature’s 2017 session covers a sprawling array of school regulations. Part of it requires...


James Gibson of famed Florida Highwaymen dies at 79

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:45:00 PDT

James Gibson, one of Fort Pierce’s famed Highwaymen painters, has died. He was 79.

Noted as one of the most successful of the self-taught African-American artists who traveled U.S. 1 in the 1950s and ’60s selling their artwork from the trunks of their cars, Gibson died of a heart attack, his sister...


Feds say money now available for Trump's Mar-a-Lago protection

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:35:00 PDT

The federal government notified Palm Beach County officials Thursday they can apply for reimbursement to offset law enforcement overtime costs incurred protecting Donald Trump during his visits to Mar-a-Lago.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to award $41 million as early as Sept. 30...


Need fluoride added to your drinking water? Some cities go without it

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:40:00 PDT

Many of us have grown up with fluoridated water, and most health officials say it’s good for us.

But the fluoride debate has been reignited by Boynton Beach’s delays in having fluoridated water back on tap.

When the city of Boynton Beach recently completed its new water plant, it sparked an outcry...


CityPlace restaurants offering midweek discounts through October

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:10:00 PDT

Discounts on beer, wine, cocktails and food are available during CityPlace on Tap in West Palm Beach.(image)

500 pythons snared in Florida hunt

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:05:00 PDT

There are 500 fewer Burmese Pythons in the Everglades, culled in less than five months as part of the Python Elimination Program.

The 500th kill belonged to snake hunter Jason Leon, of Miami, who caught a 7-footer at 5 a.m. on Thursday. It was Leon's second kill; earlier this month he bagged one...


Woman shot in Lantana rushed to hospital

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:05:00 PDT

A woman shot in Lantana on Thursday evening was rushed to a nearby trauma center, authorities said.

Paramedics responded to reports of a shooting at 6:48 p.m., said Captain Albert Borroto, spokesman for Palm Beach Fire Rescue.

The shooting happened in the 900 block of North 8th Street where Lantana...


Cleveland Clinic, American Cancer Society pull plug on Mar-a-Lago fundraisers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:05:00 PDT

Three large fundraising organizations pulled events from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort within hours of each other on Thursday as the White House faced mounting pressure from business leaders over the president’s comments about violence in Charlottesville.

The Cleveland Clinic, which has locations...


New money means new faculty and technology at FAU, FIU

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:15:00 PDT

South Florida’s state universities have added faculty, classes, research and technology after receiving millions of bonus dollars from the state.

Students at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton can expect more instructors and more summer classes. At Florida International University, there...


Rare exploration of Cuba's reefs reveals good news for Florida

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:50:00 PDT

It was a rare peek at Cuba’s coral reefs last May, and what researchers found was good news for Florida.

The island nation’s 1,500 miles of coral reef — a stretch equivalent to the driving distance from Miami to Boston — was awash with marine life. And that’s important to Florida because the two...


Palm Beach County cold case murder of mom headed for trial; first case under new death penalty law

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:05:00 PDT

Angela Fader Sampler turned 40 this year, but the milestone was bittersweet — it’s now been 30 years since her mother was strangled to death near Lake Worth.

But the sad anniversary comes with a fresh hope for justice for Dana Fader’s loved ones because her alleged killer, Rodney Clark, finally...


$10,000-a-month consulting sparks fury in Palm Beach County

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:00:00 PDT

A Palm Beach County commissioner is calling for reforms amid revelations that a public housing director paid his niece in North Carolina $10,000 per month for consulting work.

Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said people have desperately waited for housing help from the Palm Beach County Housing Authority,...


Judge grants witness interviews in Corey Jones killing

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:25:00 PDT

A judge on Wednesday, approved interviews of certain witnesses in the case against former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja, who’s charged with killing musician Corey Jones.

Raja did not attend the hearing. Several members of Corey Jones’ family were present.

Raja shot and killed Jones, while...(image)

Venezuelan standup comedians booked for Boca Black Box

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Series of Spanish-language comedy shows spotlights standup stars of Venezuela.(image)

GL Homes offers to donate land and money for schools in Agricultural Reserve

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:25:00 PDT

The Agricultural Reserve, dedicated to farming by voters in 1999, could undergo a drastic transformation in the coming years with the construction of thousands of new homes and two new public schools.

A proposal by developer GL Homes, approved on Wednesday by the Palm Beach County School Board,...


Mega-developer Glenn Straub under criminal investigation, authorities say

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:10:00 PDT

Wellington mega-developer and president of the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, Glenn Straub, is under criminal investigation, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

A spokesman for the office declined to comment on the nature of the investigation.

Palm Beach Circuit Court records filed...