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Palm Beach man, 76, awaits verdict on charges he raped child 27 years ago

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:20:00 PST

John Joseph Sheehan made a legal miscalculation that could jeopardize his freedom in his golden years when he confessed to police to raping a 4 year old neighbor 27 years ago.

He told cops when they confronted him last year that he wasn’t worried about being arrested because “it’s been way longer...


President Donald Trump to spend holidays in Palm Beach, advisory suggests

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:45:00 PST

President Donald Trump will spend the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, an advisory released Thursday suggests.

The Federal Aviation Administration is advising pilots of flight restrictions associated with presidential visits from Dec. 20 to Jan. 1.

Last year, Trump attended Christmas...


Oy vey! Can South Florida enthusiasts keep Yiddish alive?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:45:00 PST

It’s not taught in South Florida schools, public or private, and many of its most ardent enthusiasts have died.

But Yiddish, the beloved language of many Eastern European Jews and their descendants, refuses to succumb to these staggering obstacles. Supporters are using clubs, plays, music, lectures...


Delray Beach ups the arts game as a means to bolster the economy

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:50:00 PST

The serenity of Delray’s sandy beaches lends itself to paintings of conch shells, palm trees, waves and sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean.

The iconic South Florida imagery has inspired countless artists showcasing their works in galleries along Atlantic Avenue, but a new Delray arts space is challenging...


Social media records not protected in civil case against suspect in death of MMA fighter

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:45:00 PST

The driver charged in the 2016 hit-and-run crash death of mixed martial arts fighter Jordan Parsons in Delray Beach can’t block the release of financial and social media records in a wrongful death lawsuit by the victim’s estate, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Dennis Wright’s attorney argued...


Palm Beach County teacher accused of inappropriate force against student

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:05:00 PST

A Palm Beach Gardens middle school teacher is facing termination for allegedly dragging a student.

Zedrick Barber, a former Riviera Beach police officer, has taught for nearly 12 years at Howell L. Watkins Middle School.

He became the focus last April of an investigation for use of inappropriate...


Developer wants to build homes on Cypress Creek golf course in Boynton Beach

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:30:00 PST

A developer wants to build about 250 to 275 homes on a golf course in West Boynton — one of many greens across South Florida that could be bulldozed to make way for residences.

Pulte Homes, an Atlanta-based developer, is planning to put the homes on the Cypress Creek Country Club, which is 116...


Hurricane Irma debris cleanup close to finished in South Florida

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:35:00 PST

After three months, South Florida is just about finished cleaning up the mess Hurricane Irma left.

Cities are making the final passes through neighborhoods, picking up the last piles of debris from the storm that struck South Florida on Sept. 10.

Fears abounded shortly after Irma hit that debris...


25-year-old sentenced in FAU student off-campus slaying

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:55:00 PST

A 25-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to prison for his role in the slaying of a Florida Atlantic University student during a robbery near the Boca Raton campus two years ago.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath sentenced Rodrick Demetrius Woods to 19 years after following a guilty...


South Florida prosecutors tell Congress how to help amid opioid crisis

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:40:00 PST

Palm Beach County’s crackdown on abuse and fraud in the drug treatment industry caught the attention of Congress on Tuesday.

Two top prosecutors linked to more than 40 arrests in South Florida testified before a House subcommittee on how to curb crimes amid the opioid crisis.

In an opening statement,...


FAU launches program to boost South Florida medical research

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:10:00 PST

Florida Atlantic University is hoping to become home to some of the top young scientists in the United States.

The university is partnering with the Max Planck Society, the Germany-based biotech research giant, to create a South Florida pipeline for future scientists who can help develop cures...


Jury rules against fired FAU prof James Tracy in free speech case

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:20:00 PST

A former Florida Atlantic University professor who claimed he was fired in retaliation for blogging that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax lost his bid to get his job back.

Jurors in the federal free speech lawsuit filed by James Tracy took just three hours to reject his claim that the university...


Florida Gov. Rick Scott appoints two new South Florida judges

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:40:00 PST

Two judges will join a South Florida court after being appointed by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

Gerard Joseph Curley Jr. and James Edward Nutt are the newest members of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Palm Beach County, filling two vacancies.

Curley, 57, is from West Palm Beach and received...


$45M Vero Beach compound will go to the highest bidder at upcoming auction

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:50:00 PST

Stretched across more than seven acres of land in Vero Beach, this French Mediterranean-styled estate will sell to the highest bidder on Dec. 13 through Concierge Auctions, a real estate auction company.

For buyers with the financial means and a strong desire to leave behind South Florida’s dense...


Diaper tax cut the latest pro-women tax plan by state Democrats

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:00:00 PST

In front of a squishy wall of diapers and wipes — and with her own not-quite-1-year-old twins nearby — state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, rallied support for her bill to end sales taxes on diapers Monday at Fort Lauderdale’s Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center.

“As a legislature we provide...


Best meteor shower of the year starts Wednesday night

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PST

The most spectacular meteor shower of the year will take place Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, as Earth passes through the dust cloud of an asteroid and experiences a bombardment of debris traveling faster than any spacecraft.

Clear skies are forecast for South Florida. The best viewing...


Alcee Hastings says $220,000 sex harassment settlement should not have been paid

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:40:00 PST

A sexual harassment accusation against U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings resulted in a $220,000 lawsuit settlement — money that the congressman said should not have been paid because he did nothing wrong.

The allegations about conduct that former staffer Winsome Packer said occurred from January 2008 to...


Is your car a deadly weapon? Dispute in criminal cases headed to Florida Supreme Court

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:15:00 PST

Can a Cadillac be used as a weapon?

What seems like common sense — a car turns into a deadly weapon if used to run someone down — isn’t always true under the law in Florida.

The state’s appellate courts are split.

The question: Should cars be considered as weapons so charges of manslaughter, or...


Palm Beach County woman to lead Florida Dems

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:40:00 PST

The chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party was selected Saturday by Florida Democrats to lead the party for the next three years.

Terrie Rizzo, 70, who lives just west of incorporated Boynton Beach, easily beat Brevard County Democratic Chairwoman Stacey Patel in an 830-291 vote by...


'Times have changed': Churches ask cops for advice to thwart mass shootings

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:10:00 PST

Sometimes prayer is not enough.

Recent attacks nationally on churches have prompted congregations throughout South Florida to ask police for training on what to do if confronted with an armed intruder.

“Times have changed. You never thought you would need to take these proactive measures for a...


Drivers promised some relief by year's end. Did we get it?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:45:00 PST

We were promised several transportation projects would be completed by the holidays, but not all of them appear to be on track.

From construction on the highways to new train services, progress is mixed and drivers are frustrated.

“Traffic backs up on I-95 and creates not just a slowdown but a...


Trump golfs with Lindsey Graham at West Palm Beach course

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:35:00 PST

President Donald Trump was back on the links Sunday morning, golfing with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

On the coldest morning in South Florida in nearly two years, Trump and Graham, R-S.C., were at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach by 10 a.m.

Trump tweeted about the pending bill before...


Here's help with Tri-Rail parking, express lane access | Traffic Q&A

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:40:00 PST

Doctor Detour answers your transportation questions.

Q: There is a small parking lot at the Pompano Beach Tri-Rail station that fills up quickly. Is the public allowed to park in the big parking garage behind the train station or is it just for employees of the Tri-Rail offices next door? Andre...


Boca Raton starts ironing out details of plan to put stores, condos on city's west side

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:00:00 PST

Boca Raton could allow new apartments in a redevelopment area known as Midtown — but only if a new Tri-Rail station is part of the plan, a city official said in a presentation Monday.

City staff talked of the Tri-Rail condition, aimed at boosting transportation options, at Monday’s City Council...


GL Homes postpones Ag Reserve development plan

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:40:00 PST

A controversial plan to build thousands of homes in a protected farming region west of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach has been postponed amid a flurry of opposition from environmental and neighborhood groups.

The proposal was scheduled for its first hearing Friday, but developer GL Homes withdrew...