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Medical students teach life-saving Texas Two Step in Davie

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:45:00 PST

About 100 people gathered at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Saturday morning, to learn the Texas Two Step.

It’s not the western-style line-dance, but the life-saving lessons introduced by a group of Texas medical students in 2015 that has spread to dozens of cities in six states across...


Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg calls for spring break boycott of Florida

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:30:00 PST

One of the Parkland school shooting survivors is calling on tourists to boycott the State of Florida for spring break as a way to get legislators’ attention focused on gun control.

“Let's make a deal DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed,” David Hogg, a Marjory...


Boynton Beach teen arrested following school threats

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:40:00 PST

A 14-year-old Boynton Beach boy is charged with disrupting a school function after police say he threatened to shoot up the school he attends.

Officers were called to SouthTech Preparatory Academy, 1325 Gateway Boulevard, at 9:37 a.m. Friday and were told that the student told two other students...


Spanish River Boulevard Interchange complete Wednesday

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:40:00 PST

The grand opening of the four-year, $69-million, 2.5-mile Spanish River Boulevard Project is scheduled Wednesday in Boca Raton.

Work on the sprawling interchange began in January 2014. Some exit and entrance ramps were opened to traffic in segments as the project progressed.

Construction included...


Parkland shooting victim Helena Ramsay remembered as serious girl who loved to travel

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:25:00 PST

At her memorial service Friday, Helena Freja Ramsay was described as studious and quiet, a serious girl who loved to travel and read.

She turned 17 on Jan. 19, and would have headed off to college next year, said a family Facebook post. Instead, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student...


Hear the Parkland shooter's voice. He blamed violent Nov. tirade on mother's death in 911 call.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:55:00 PST

Just months before Nikolas Cruz is accused of attacking Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he blamed a violent outburst on his mother’s recent death, according to 911 recordings.

Cruz, 19, became enraged after misplacing a photograph of his mother, according to a Nov. 28 report released by the...


Hackers used Facebook account to call Parkland students 'moronic,' says Boca mayoral candidate

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:35:00 PST

A candidate for Boca Raton mayor is facing criticism for a social media post that called Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students speaking out about gun violence “moronic teenagers whose latest hobby is eating laundry detergent.”

Glenn Gromann said someone hacked his Facebook account, and...


New app available for emergency incidents in Palm Beach County schools

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:35:00 PST

A new app, available beginning next week, will allow Palm Beach County students, school staff and parents to report school emergencies and receive alerts about nearby threats.

Users of the app, Palm Beach County StudentProtect, can report people with mental health issues, students who are bullying...


Grand jury to review school safety in Palm Beach County

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:15:00 PST

A grand jury will examine school safety issues and make recommendations for improvements in Palm Beach County following last week’s mass school shooting in Broward, State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced Thursday.

On the table will be ideas for the development of “effective early warning systems,”...


Going slow in the left lane? Signs warn of a $121 fine

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:20:00 PST

Cruising in the left lane could cost you.

Across South Florida, overhead highway signs are warning slower drivers to say in the right lanes or face a minimum fine of $121.

The warnings are meant to improve safety. Driving slow in the left lane can impede the flow of traffic and trigger aggressive...


17-year sentence for West Palm Beach eye doctor in $73 million Medicare fraud case

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:30:00 PST

A prominent South Florida eye doctor once accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey received a 17-year sentence Thursday for stealing $73 million from Medicare by persuading elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests and treatments they didn't need for diseases they didn't...


Palm Beach School Board to name new superintendent on March 7

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:40:00 PST

Palm Beach County schools will have a new superintendent by March 7.

The School Board agreed on Wednesday to narrow its list of candidates from five to four and start conducting individual interviews immediately. The board will hold public interviews and take a final vote on March 7.

The finalists...


Crash on I-95 in Boca Raton kills driver, 80

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:45:00 PST

A driver was killed Wednesday afternoon when the car he was driving veered out of control on Interstate 95 and hit a tree.

Byron Louis Lefenvre, 80, died at the scene of the crash that happened shortly after 2 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-95 approaching Palmetto Park Road through Boca Raton...


Palm Beach County parents and teachers demand security changes

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:25:00 PST

Parents on Wednesday pressed the Palm Beach County School Board to bolster school security, urging the members to add police officers, allow only one entry point and strictly check IDs after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings.

Board members met in a closed session about security before the...


Why can some mentally ill people still buy guns?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:15:00 PST

Despite his volatile behavior and mental health treatment, Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooter Nikolas Cruz never met the legal standards that would have blocked him from buying a gun.

While the public’s common understanding is that any history of mental illness stops gun sales, in reality that’s...


Joseph 'Skinny Joey' Merlino: Judge declares mistrial in mob boss fraud case

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:40:00 PST

A mistrial was declared on Tuesday in the New York City racketeering trial of a notorious Philadelphia mob boss who had insisted he quit his life of crime after a lengthy prison term.

Jurors at the trial of Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino told U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in a series of five...


Denim Day to raise funds for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:00:00 PST

Wear jeans to work and bring attention to a cause.

For a third year, Families First of Palm Beach County is seeking businesses to take part in Community Denim Day on April 6, as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The agency is asking businesses and organizations to allow staff to wear...


SunFest 2018: Pitbull, Logic, Zedd, Lukas Nelson coming to West Palm Beach

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:30:00 PST

This year's SunFest will also feature Billy Idol, Rae Sremmurd, Nick Jonas and Toots and the Maytals.(image)

Hyde: Tiger Woods chases the most difficult shot in sports — a second act | Commentary

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:25:00 PST

They call to Tiger Woods, but even they must know they’re calling to a different man. An older man. A more fragile man. A man with flaws and warts and things he’s trying to master, if he ever can.

And that’s just his golf game.

“Welcome back, Tiger!” they say on Wednesday’s pro-am for the Honda...


Boca financial executive sues fund management firm over market-fueled collapse

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:25:00 PST

A top executive of a Boca Raton financial services firm is leading a proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges he and other investors were deceived by a Chicago-based fund management firm that lost 80 percent of its value.

The LJM Preservation and Growth Fund, trading under the symbol LJMIX, failed...


Man whose wife was lost at sea now accused in her death

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:00:00 PST

Nine months after Lewis Bennett’s wife disappeared during a honeymoon at sea, he now stands accused of killing her.

Bennett, 40, was taken into custody by the FBI at the federal courthouse in Miami Tuesday while awaiting sentencing on a theft conviction. He was charged with second-degree murder...


Man killed in shooting outside community center

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:20:00 PST

A 21-year-old man was shot and killed outside a community center in Boynton Beach and police are searching for the person or people responsible.

Damas Ilceus was found fatally shot shortly before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after officers were called about shots fired outside the Ezell Hester Community Center,...


When will roadwork end on Military Trail in Boca? | Traffic Q&A

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:40:00 PST

Doctor Detour answers your transportation questions.

Q: What is the story on the roadwork at Southwest 18th Street and Military Trail in Boca Raton? Orange barrels and road signs were everywhere but there was no construction activity for months. Steve Wasserman, Boca Raton.

A: Good news. The intersection...


Five in running to be Palm Beach County schools superintendent

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:50:00 PST

Four administrators and a teacher will compete to replace Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa.

The administrators are Deputy Superintendent David Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer Donald Fennoy, Chief Academic Officer Keith Oswald and Regional Superintendent Frank Rodriguez....


Drivers and signals don't always work together | Dash Cam Derby Video

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:24:00 PST

Driving in a straight line with a turn signal flashing is not against the law, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

But it is against the law to drive with your hazard lights flashing. Some drivers don’t use turn signals at all, which is also illegal.

Florida law states a driver must signal...