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Donald Trump Jr. wows GOP donors at Mar-a-Lago, Sarah Palin not so much

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:15:00 PDT

Donald Trump Jr. was a hit. Sarah Palin was not.

The son of the president wasn’t even on the program, but he delighted the Republican Party faithful gathered around the pool at his father’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach when he dropped by the VIP reception just before the annual Lincoln Day fundraising...


Gun-control forum turns rowdy as opponents heckle speakers

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:40:00 PDT

It was promoted as an “enlightened discussion” on gun reform and school safety. But it quickly became a shouting match as a handful of sign-waving opponents of gun control interrupted the event at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.

The Florida Gun and Knife Show was originally scheduled...


Preakness Cup among loot stolen from Delray storage unit

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:35:00 PDT

Nearly 40 years after Majestic Prince raced across the finish line to win the Preakness Stakes, the golden victory prize was stolen from a Delray Beach storage unit by a 60-year-old woman with a criminal history, police said.

The 1969 Preakness Cup, gilded horseshoes and other memorabilia from...


FHP trooper returns to agency year after fatal shooting

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:30:00 PDT

The state trooper who shot and killed a man last year told investigators he had been afraid for his life when he fired his Taser and gun repeatedly. And the State Attorney’s Office has agreed the shooting was justified, according to documents released Friday.

Trooper Mark McDonough returned to...


Deadly shot in Corey Jones killing is unclear, prosecutors reveal

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:10:00 PDT

Prosecutors on Friday revealed they don’t know which of the six shots from ex-cop Nouman Raja’s gun is the one that killed stranded motorist Corey Jones along an Interstate 95 off-ramp.

But that isn’t stopping them from seeking to convict the former Palm Beach Gardens officer on two charges: manslaughter...


Jury convicts Uber driver of raping passenger

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:25:00 PDT

The jury rejected his claims of a consensual sexual romp, and Uber driver Gary Kitchings now stands convicted of raping a passenger he picked up after SunFest last year.

A weeklong trial ended Friday with a guilty verdict on five felony charges for the 58-year-old former foster care provider, who...


Two dead after out of control car slams into grocery store

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:55:00 PDT

An out of control Kia Soul traveled through a Publix parking lot, hit a man who had just walked out of the store and then crashed into the storefront.

The crash happened Thursday at 5:09 p.m. at 13860 Jog Rd. in West Delray, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

The driver of the Kia, Sarah...


Jury deliberating case of Uber driver accused of raping passenger

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:25:00 PDT

In the trial of an Uber driver charged with raping a passenger, closing arguments Thursday centered on an allegation concerning a disturbing act in the car that a prosecutor called “gross” and “weird” but completely true.

Gary Kitchings’ lawyer told jurors the “ridiculous” accusation that he forced...


New Palm Beach County schools chief: Boost security, reading skills, teacher pay

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:55:00 PDT

Donald Fennoy, Palm Beach County’s new schools superintendent, says his low-key, gentle manner will help usher in a new era characterized by stability, collaboration and security.

His predecessor and mentor, Robert Avossa, is credited with improving student achievement and advocating for improved...


Federal Highway could become a one-way road in Boca

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:35:00 PDT

One day down the road, Federal Highway might not lead both directions in Boca Raton.

Federal could become a one-way street heading north, and you’d have to take Dixie Highway to go south.

The conversion of the two highways into one-ways is under consideration between Mizner Park Boulevard and SW...


South Florida companies put tax dollars toward new capital investment, pay boosts, survey says

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:15:00 PDT

South Florida companies say they’re putting gains from the federal tax-rate reductions toward new capital investment and pay boosts for workers, in a first-quarter survey of business leaders from diversified industries.

The new tax code, signed into law by President Donald Trump in December, drops...


Duck Fest, Big Bounce, St. Patrick's events planned for families this weekend in S. Florida

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:35:00 PDT

Bunnies are out in force at malls throughout South Florida for pictures and events with the kids this weekend. And with St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, plenty of Irish festivals are planned, especially in Palm Beach County, which is celebrating the start of public schools’ spring break.



Man, 21, accused of starting fire at horse-training center

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:25:00 PDT

A 21-year-old man has been accused of intentionally starting an early morning fire at a horse-training facility in unincorporated Delray Beach, fire officials said.

The fire broke out at 6:38 a.m. Wednesday in the snack bar at Palm Beach Downs, 10317 W. Atlantic Ave., said Capt. Albert Borroto,...


Man sentenced to life for murdering estranged wife

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:25:00 PDT

A Palm Springs man who murdered his estranged wife was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday.

Elton Taylor, 39, was convicted in Palm Beach County Circuit Court last week of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife of two years, Watisha Wallace.


Teen cites Muslim faith as reason for killing boy and stabbing two others, police say

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:05:00 PDT

A teenager invoked his Muslim faith as the reason he killed a 13-year-old boy and also stabbed a woman and her son, Palm Beach Gardens police said Tuesday.

Police say Corey Johnson, 17, of Jupiter, was sleeping over at the home of Elaine Simon when the knife attack happened early Monday.



I-95 express lanes are coming to Delray. What can you expect?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:55:00 PDT

Expect six more years of travel troubles on Interstate 95 as work begins to add express lanes between Deerfield Beach and Delray Beach.

When completed in 2024, there will be toll lanes running on I-95 from I-395 in Miami to Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach. The state’s goal is to keep traffic flowing...


The Planner:   Listen Learn Care Foundation hosts Difference Makers Leadership Forum in Delray Beach

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:40:00 PDT

Attend a leadership forum, networking with other emerging artists and creative professionals, get tips on how to source capital for your business. Want more? Visit to submit and view your business events.

This week March 20

Simple Steps For Exiting Your Business...


People on the move:  Arc Broward names a new executive chef at Arc Culinary

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:55:00 PDT

The South Florida Institute on Aging has announced its policy council and the chief executive officer of Codina Partners has joined a major utility’s board of directors. Want more? Submit promotions, new hires to or email Contact...


In Delray Beach, Petrolia is new mayor; Boylston ousts Katz

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:15:00 PDT

After five years on the Delray Beach City Commission, Shelly Petrolia was elected the city’s mayor.

Incumbent Mitch Katz was defeated by newcomer Ryan Boylston for Seat 3.

Petrolia will be replaced by Adam Frankel, a former commissioner who was elected to Seat 1.

Petrolia narrowly defeated fellow...


Rodgers and Mayotte win council seats in Boca race

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:35:00 PDT

Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers and Monica Mayotte captured the two open seats on Boca Raton’s city council in the non-partisan election on Tuesday.

Rodgers, the only incumbent, won re-election with 54.58 percent of the vote against political newcomer Kim Do. She pulled in 4,207 votes to Rodgers’ 5,055...


Search suspended for boaters off Lake Worth, Coast Guard says

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:00:00 PDT

A nine-hour search by three agencies that covered more than 700-square-miles was suspended late Tuesday after the Coast Guard said a radio distress call about missing boaters off Lake Worth was “uncorrelated.”

The call on VHF-FM channel 16 marine band radio was received several hours before dawn...


Fired but still a supporter, Corey Lewandowski praises Trump in Palm Beach

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:55:00 PDT

Privy to insider secrets from the campaign that got Donald Trump elected president, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie paint a picture that would warm the hearts and reinforce the beliefs of the most fervent Trumpsters — and generate derision and rage from presidential detractors.

Have faith, they...


South Florida students to call for gun control during national school walkout today

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:25:00 PDT

At least 2,500 schools across the country are bracing for a massive walkout of students, teachers and their allies today, exactly one month after the deadly Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting in Parkland.

The coordinated walkouts will take place at 10 a.m. local time, including in South Florida,...


When will Glades Road construction end? | Traffic Q&A

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:00:00 PDT

Doctor Detour answers your transportation questions.

Q: For months on Glades Road there have been orange barrels set up and nobody working, EVER! What is going on? Barbara Janower, Boca Raton.

A: Most road construction is done overnight to minimize traffic troubles so that is why you probably...


Palm Beach County picks legal team to pursue opioid litigation

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:55:00 PDT

Palm Beach County has joined a growing legal battle against drug companies to recoup the costs of fighting an opioid epidemic that is killing more than 1,000 people every year in South Florida.

Commissioners voted 4-2 Tuesday to select a legal team consisting of The Ferraro Law Firm; Napoli Shkolnik...