‘Erratic’ driver fatally shot after crashing van onto Florida art school campus
Driver killed: A man who crashed a van onto the campus of a South Florida art school was fatally shot after a confrontation with police officers. (Oleksandr Filon/iStock)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Police in South Florida fatally shot a “violent erratic suspect” who crashed through the gates of an art school on Friday, authorities said. “At that time, there was a struggle,” West Palm Beach police spokesman Mike Jachles said during a news conference. It was unclear why West Palm Beach police officers were tracking the van’s driver and why the person was shot, according to the newspaper. “But what I can tell you is, an intruder on a school campus crashing through gates, running around an active school campus and acting erratically, will be dealt with appropriately,” Jachles told reporters.wftv.com
Pilot down, passenger takes over with 'no idea how to fly'
I have no idea how to fly the airplane.”An air traffic controller in Fort Pierce responded, asking if he knew the position of the single-engine Cessna 280. I can see the coast of Florida in front of me, and I have no idea,” he said. Air traffic controller Robert Morgan, a 20-year veteran, took over at that point, talking the passenger down to a safe landing. “Kudos to the new pilot,” one controller told him after the plane smoothly wheeled down the tarmac. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Rick Breitenfeldt confirmed that the pilot and passenger were the only two people aboard.wftv.com
Florida man accused of fighting, injuring 3 deputies
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida man is facing a long list of charges after Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies say he attacked several of them, injuring them during his arrest. >> Read more trending newsIn court documents, sheriff’s deputies said they were on patrol in West Palm Beach when they saw Walter Kobersky behind the wheel of a car smoking crack cocaine. Waiting at the address where the vehicle was registered, deputies said they saw the suspect pull into the driveway, WPEC reported. Kobersky allegedly shoved and pushed the deputy, actively resisting arrest, hitting at least two of them with aggressive elbow strikes and kicks. According to the criminal paperwork, deputies ordered Kobersky to stop resisting arrest multiple times.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: Verlander back, Thor debuts, hoorays for Beer
Verlander returned to the Astros on a $25 million, one-year deal that includes a $25 million player option for 2023 conditioned on him pitching 130 or more innings in 2022. In his last full season in 2018, Verlander went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA and won his second Cy Young Award. Syndergaard is making his first appearance for Los Angeles after leaving the Mets for a $21 million, one-year deal. Rodon signed a $44 million, two-year deal with the Giants and makes his Bay Area debut against Miami. ALLY’S DEBUTAlexandra Irving made her debut as official scorer, the fourth female to score opening day this season — a new first.wftv.com
Nationals allow 29 runs in spring game vs Cardinals
Washington Nationals fans have reasons to doubt 2022 will be their year. Pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Cade Cavalli allowed 10 runs each while the Nationals were shellacked 29-8 by the St. Louis Cardinals in a spring training game — a laugher even by exhibition standards. “Things just got a little bit out of hand,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said.news.yahoo.com
Trump issues statement claiming hole-in-one on Florida course
Former President Trump on Monday touted in a statement hitting a hole-in-one while playing at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday after some social media users questioned his abilities. "Trump just made a hole-in-one!" Tim Swain, a Republican running for Senate in South Carolina, captioned a photo posted to Twitter over the weekend. The photo showed Trump celebrating on the green with Hall of Fame golfer Ernie Els, Gene Sauers,...news.yahoo.com
Meet Rocco and Melissa Lavaglio: Foster Parents with Hearts Bigger than Their Family
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Lavaglio family moved to Florida with the idea of taking it easy as their kids grow through high school. But after 4Kids of South Florida came to their church explaining the need for foster parents, Rocco and Melissa Lavaglio found themselves opening their doors to foster children. “So, we started by opening our home to one child, soon found out she had siblings. We took one, then we took two, so we just kept going,” says Melissa. If you foster a child today, you can change a life forever.wftv.com
‘I killed a lady on the bridge’: Text messages released after bridge tender’s arrest
>> Read more trending newsIn February, Carol Wright, 79, was walking her bike across a bridge that connects West Palm Beach to the Town of Palm Beach when the bridge began to go up. On Thursday, West Palm Beach police arrested Artissua Lafay Paulk, who was the bridge tender at the time of the accident, WPBF reported. Police told WPTV their investigation showed Paulk lied to them when she had said she went outside to visually inspect for cars and pedestrians before raising the bridge. Investigators said Paulk told them she checked the area at least three times before raising the bridge, and that she had raised the bridge five times throughout the day. But surveillance video showed the bridge was raised six times, while the bridge log only showed four, meaning there were instances the bridge was raised, but not logged, WPEC reported.wftv.com
Lawsuit against Florida sugarcane industry dropped by residents
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A lawsuit claiming that the sugar industry’s controlled crop burns are dangerous to nearby residents in Florida was dropped on Friday. The class-action lawsuit was filed in June 2019, claiming the burns reduce property values and compromise air quality with toxic carcinogens. One of the companies named in the lawsuit was U.S. Sugar Corporation, the largest producer of sugar cane in the United States by volume. Company spokesperson Judy Sanchez said sugarcane farmers have maintained from the start that the lawsuit was without merit. U.S. Sugar recently released three years of air quality data from public and private monitors located throughout its farming communities.wftv.com
‘Operation Goodfellas’: 19 charged in Florida racketeering, gang probe, police say
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Authorities in South Florida have arrested 18 people and are searching for one more in connection with a longtime racketeering, drug dealing and weapons probe dubbed “Operation Goodfellas.”>> Read more trending newsAccording to WPEC-TV, West Palm Beach police announced Tuesday that the 19 suspects were formally charged Feb. 6 with crimes ranging from racketeering to attempted murder following the 18-month investigation, which focused on reports of gang activity near Fourth Street and Tamarind Avenue. A group known as the Fourth Street Gang has operated there for 15 years, police told WPBF. “The message is clear to those who think they can run their drug dealing and illegal activity in our city. We know who you are, and we will put you out of business,” police Chief Frank Adderley said in a statement posted to the department’s Facebook page. Marshals Service; the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; and the Delray Beach Police Department, according to the post.wftv.com
Brightline completes first major construction zone leading to OIA
ORLANDO, Fla. — Brightline announced that it has completed its first major construction zone on its 170-mile extension from West Palm Beach to Orlando International Airport. The high-speed rail company said Zone 2 is a 3.5-miles-long section on Brightline’s corridor leading into OIA. Brightline officials said it was one of the most complex and challenging areas of construction in the entire project. Photos: Brightline completes first major construction zoneExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 17 Brightline construction (Brightline)“The completion of Zone 2 is a major milestone for the Brightline construction and engineering team as we continue to work towards the completion of the corridor to Orlando from West Palm Beach,” said Donald Jello, project manager at Brightline. PHOTOS: Tour Central Florida’s 1st Brightline trainBeginning in 2023, the trains will travel through the airport corridor at 35 mph before heading east along SR 528 towards Cocoa where they will reach top speeds of 125 mph, according to Brightline.wftv.com
Florida police investigate bicyclist’s deadly fall from drawbridge
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Police in Florida are investigating what led to a bicyclist falling from a drawbridge to her death on Sunday. >> Read more trending newsThe woman, who has not been identified, was walking her bike across the Royal Park Bridge that connects the city of West Palm Beach to the Town of Palm Beach when the bridge started to go up, WPTV reported. The bridge is owned by the Florida Department of Transportation, but the agency contracts a separate company to be the bridge tenders, WPBF reported. “There are crossing arms,” Mike Jachles, public information officer for the West Palm Beach Police Department, told WPBF. There are only three bridges that connect Palm Beach to Florida’s mainland, with the Royal Park Bridge being the main bridge, WPTV reported.wftv.com
Brightline begins running trains on new rail system, paving way to connect Central, South Florida
On Tuesday, Brightline started running qualifying trains between West Palm Beach and Brevard County. Though no one was on board, it marks an important step in connecting Central Florida to South Florida. READ: Brightline to begin training runs between Cocoa, West Palm BeachThe Brightline train departed from West Palm Beach around 7:30 a.m. and arrived in Micco about four hours later. The qualifying runs will allow crews to be “intimately aware of where the curves are, the straightaways, the communities (they) are going through, the crossings,” said Katie Mitzner with Brightline Trains. See photos in the gallery below:Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 7 Brightline rail service Brightline begins running trains on new rail system, paving way to connect Central, South Florida (Brightline/Brightline)During these runs, the trains will top out at 60 miles an hour, basically freight train speeds.wftv.com
Florida man convicted of killing 13-year-old sentenced to life in prison
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida man convicted of killing a 13-year-old friend during a sleepover five years ago apologized at his sentencing and denounced a militant Islamic group that his lawyers claimed influenced his thinking. “I know I contributed to the spread of evil in this world,” Johnson, now 21, told the court, the Palm Beach Post reported. Johnson was 17 at the time, and offended by a remark Sierra had made about his newly pronounced faith, prosecutors said. His online behavior drew the FBI’s attention by the time he reached high school. He was suspected of sending a threat to a Catholic high school in England in 2016 that prompted nearly 100 parents to pull their children out of classes.wftv.com
Rod Stewart's plea deal on battery charge falls through
A plea deal between British rock icon Rod Stewart and Florida prosecutors fell through Friday, meaning he and his adult son are again scheduled to stand trial on charges they battered a security guard during a New Year's Eve bash nearly two years ago. Neither Rod Stewart nor his son, Sean, were present when Judge August Bonavita announced that a hearing in which a deal was expected to be finalized had been canceled. The Stewarts face a maximum penalty of a year in jail, although such a lengthy term would be unlikely.news.yahoo.com
Florida judge cancels Rod Stewart’s trial, schedules plea hearing
>> Read more trending newsAccording to court records, Palm Beach County Judge August Bonivita canceled Tuesday’s hearing and set an Oct 22 appearance in absentia, according to The Associated Press. The ruling means Stewart, 76, and his son, Sean Stewart, 41, will not have to appear in person. According to prosecutors, Rod Stewart punched a security guard who was working a private event at The Breakers in Palm Beach on Dec. 31, 2019, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Rod Stewart, whose raspy voice has produced 16 Top-10 hits in the U.S. and four No. >> Rod Stewart reaches plea deal stemming from incident at Palm Beach resortRod Stewart was charged with simple battery, along with his son, Sean Stewart, WPEC reported.wftv.com
Judge cancels Rod Stewart's trial, sets plea deal hearing
Court records show the hearing with Judge August Bonavita is set for Oct. 22 regarding a plea agreement to close the case without them needing to appear in court. Dixon told Palm Beach police officers the Stewart’s group was at the check-in table for a private party they weren’t authorized to attend, a police report said. Dixon, then 33, told investigators he put his hand on the younger Stewart’s chest and told him to back up and make space. Rod Stewart, now 76, punched Dixon in his “left rib cage area” with a closed fist, prosecutors allege. The arresting officer said he viewed security footage at the hotel and determined that the Stewarts were the “primary aggressors."wftv.com
Judge cancels Rod Stewart's trial, sets plea deal hearing
A Florida judge has canceled the trial for rock icon Rod Stewart and his adult son and scheduled a hearing next month to discuss a plea deal to resolve charges stemming from a New Year's Eve altercation with a hotel security guard nearly two years ago. Court records show the hearing with Judge August Bonavita is set for Oct. 22 regarding a plea agreement to close the case without them needing to appear in court. If convicted, the Stewarts were facing a year in jail, or probation and a $1,000 fine.news.yahoo.com
Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Florida Return Preparer
A federal court in the Southern District of Florida has permanently enjoined a West Palm Beach tax return preparer from preparing federal income tax returns for others and from owning, operating, managing, assisting or working at any tax return preparation business in the future. Return preparer fraud is one of the IRS’ Dirty Dozen Tax Scams and taxpayers seeking a return preparer should remain vigilant. The IRS also has a list of important reminders for taxpayers who are about to file their 2020 tax returns, including how to prepare for a smooth filing process. An alphabetical listing of persons enjoined from preparing returns and promoting tax schemes can be found this page. If you believe that one of the enjoined persons or businesses may be violating an injunction, please contact the Tax Division with detailsjustice.gov
'Heartbroken' Florida town has ties to Haiti's quake zone
“Each one of them has bad news: My family is injured or my house collapsed,” said Jean, a Haitian-born insurance agent in Boynton Beach whose brother lives in Les Cayes, Haiti. Mayors and officials have traveled to Les Cayes at least four times since 2012. Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant said the latest trip in 2018 involved possibly partnering with another diplomatic mission to work on an energy creation project. Palm Beach, home to Boynton Beach, has a sizable 100,000 people of Haitian origin, compared with Miami-Dade's 140,000, according to the American Community Survey. One of these churches is headed by pastor Jean Bilbalo Joint, who is also originally from Les Cayes.wftv.com
'Stand your ground' defense rejected in iguana killing
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — (AP) — A judge has rejected the “stand your ground” defense of a Florida man who said he beat an iguana to death only after it attacked him, biting him on the arm. The “stand your ground” law allows a person who is under attack and reasonably fears death or great bodily harm to use deadly force, even if they could retreat to safety. Prosecutors say Patterson “savagely beat, tormented, tortured, and killed” the 3-foot (1-meter) iguana in a half-hour attack caught on surveillance video. Bleeding from his bite, Patterson “kicked the iguana as far as he could,” Vasconcelos said. “Any force used by Patterson in order to further avoid great bodily harm or even death was reasonably justified,” Vasconcelos wrote.wftv.com
'Stand your ground' defense rejected in iguana killing
A judge has rejected the “stand your ground” defense of a Florida man who said he beat an iguana to death only after it attacked him, biting him on the arm. PJ Nilaja Patterson, 43, must stand trial on a felony animal cruelty charge, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen ruled recently in denying the unusual defense, the South Florida SunSentinel reported. The “stand your ground” law allows a person who is under attack and reasonably fears death or great bodily harm to use deadly force, even if they could retreat to safety.news.yahoo.com
Scioscia ejected, US beats Dom Rep 8-6 in Olympic qualifier
The foul call was upheld and Scioscia popped out of the dugout again as plate umpire Edwin Hernandez of Puerto Rico put up his hands, signaling for Scioscia to stop. Second- and third-place teams advance to a final qualifier in June in Mexico, which will include Australia, Netherlands and Taiwan. Juan Francisco, who last played in the major leagues for Toronto in 2014, hit solo homers in the second off Ryan and leading off the ninth against David Robertson, who got the save. Emilio Bonifacio hit a two-run triple off the center-field wall with two outs in the fifth, and Edwin Jackson relieved and retired Melky Cabrera on an inning-ending comebacker. Goris hit a two-run homer for a 5-4 lead.wftv.com
Damon Weaver, kid reporter who interviewed Obama, dead at 23
Damon Weaver, kid reporter who interviewed Obama, dead at 23 FILE - This May 23, 2016 file photo shows Royal Palm Beach High School student Damon Weaver during his high school graduation in West Palm Beach, Fla. Weaver who gained national acclaim when he interviewed President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009 has died of natural causes, his family says. Weaver was 23 when he died May 1, 2021 his sister, Candace Hardy, told the Palm Beach Post. (Carline Jean/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) (Carline Jean/AP)Damon Weaver, the student reporter who gained national attention in 2009 for interviewing President Barack Obama, has died. At the end of the interview Weaver asked Obama to be his “homeboy,” telling him that then Vice-President Joe Biden had already agreed. The interview led to others for Weaver including sitting down with Oprah Winfrey and athlete Dwyane Wade.wftv.com
Florida city fires top IT manager over legal medical marijuana use
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A Florida city has fired a top information technology manager for smoking marijuana — even though he been authorized by his doctor to use it legally for medical reasons. Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana in 2016. While Florida is one of numerous states that have legalized marijuana use partially or fully, it is still against federal law. In 2019, the city revised page 13 of its 15-page employee drug-use policy to read, “The use of marijuana by city employees, including medical marijuana, with or without a prescription, is prohibited." “He’s not trying to be a medical marijuana martyr,” Cormican said.
Nats OF Juan Soto leaves game early with right calf cramp
The Nationals slugger drew an 11-pitch walk from Sixto Sánchez with one out in the top of the first. He then was replaced in right field in the bottom half of the inning by Gerardo Parra. AdOpening day of the 2021 baseball season is a week away; Washington hosts the New York Mets at night on April 1. We can do some different things to keep them ready as far as the swing and things of that nature,” Martinez said. “But we want to make sure this doesn’t become a bigger issue.”___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Florida school district to pay $2 million after student dies while choking on chicken nugget
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The family of a 19-year-old student with autism will receive a $2 million settlement from a Florida school district a year and a half after he choked on a chicken nugget and died. AdKedar Williams was rushed to a hospital Aug. 13, 2019, after choking on the chicken nugget at William T. Dwyer High in Palm Beach Gardens. But video showed the aide was attending to another student when Williams choked. “Having your son wave goodbye to you in the morning, before school, and then never seeing him alive again is a mother’s worst nightmare. Our family has a gaping hole without Kedar in our lives,” his mother, Megan Williams, said in a statement.
McCullers agrees to $85M deal with Astros for 2022-26
Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. and the Houston Astros have agreed to an $85 million, five-year contract covering 2022-26, a deal awaiting announcement by the team. McCullers agreed on Jan. 15 to a $6.5 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. “Houston is where I want to be," he said at spring training on Feb. 28. who broke his left ring finger in his first spring training appearance. McCullers is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA over seven innings in three spring training games.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago partially closed due to COVID-19 outbreak
The security boat patrols near Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, has been partially closed after staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. An email sent to members said that service had been temporarily suspended in the club’s dining room and at its beach club because some staff members had recently tested positive. A senior Brazilian official tested positive last year after spending time at Mar-a-Lago, where he posed for a photo next to Trump and attended a family birthday party. The club in Palm Beach has been a flurry of activity in recent weeks, hosting events and fundraisers, including one to benefit rescue dogs. AdIn January, Palm Beach County issued a warning to Mar-a-Lago’s management after a New Year’s Eve party that violated an ordinance requiring employees and guests to wear masks.
Strasburg leaves start early with leg issue; 'nothing major'
We’re in spring training. There’s no sense in pushing it.”Strasburg said he was looked at by a team doctor and had an ultrasound exam. “I didn’t really feel it at all except for that last pitch, where I kind of felt it simultaneously as I was finishing the pitch,” Strasburg said. “I’ve had my calves cramping up on me in the past and I’ve pitched through that," he said. Ad“If he wakes up tomorrow sore or something, he might be held back,” the manager said.
Springer, Bauer, Lindor lead list of big names on new teams
The reigning World Series champions already had a pair of Cy Young Award winners in Clayton Kershaw and David Price. Darvish has twice finished runner-up for a Cy Young Award, including last season when he was 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA in 12 starts. Lester is a three-time World Series champion, winning twice with Boston and once with the Cubs. He’s part of a rotation led by three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and lefty Patrick Corbin. Bradley was a Gold Glove winner in 2018 when the Red Sox won the World Series.
Nats release Jeffress for unspecified 'personnel reasons'
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Jeremy Jeffress was released by the Washington Nationals on Sunday for what general manager Mike Rizzo called unspecified “personnel reasons,” less than two weeks after the reliever agreed to terms on a minor league deal. The 33-year-old Jeffress was taken by Milwaukee in the first round pick of the 2006 amateur draft and has pitched for five teams over 11 years in the majors. Last season, Jeffress went 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA and eight saves in 10 chances for the Chicago Cubs. AdMore than a decade ago, Jeffress was suspended twice for violating the minor league drug treatment and prevention program. He has said he used marijuana to manage a severe case of anxiety and he was diagnosed with juvenile epilepsy in 2013.
The Latest: NHL's COVID-19 list at season-low three players
(Sarah Stier/Pool Photo via AP)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The list of players in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol dropped to a season-low three, despite the additions of Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and Nashville’s Ryan Johansen. San Jose’s Tomas Hertl is the only other player on the list after entering his seventh day in the protocol. ___Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will miss Tuesday night’s game against Philadelphia after being placed on the COVID-19 protocol list. The news comes a day after the NHL had a season-low four players in the COVID-19 protocol. AdTuesday night’s game will be the first game with fans in attendance at PPG Paints Arena since last March.
In-game video returning to baseball for 2021
“You’d come back in the dugout and you’d say, ‘Hey where was that pitch at?’” Owings said Monday. “It would be like it is on the MLB app where it just shows where the pitch crossed the plate. But Major League Baseball has cleared the way for the return of in-game video on dugout iPads beginning on opening day, with catcher signals clipped when they are displayed on a computer. “I think the fact that they would have it in the dugout is a step in the right direction.”How much in-game video helps depends on the hitter. ___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum and AP Sports Writers Pat Graham, Stephen Hawkins and Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.
Controversy swirls in Florida over lowering of flags for Rush Limbaugh
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Palm Beach County defied Gov. Ron DeSantis' Tuesday afternoon order directing its U.S. and Florida flags to be flown at half-staff. He also ordered the Town of Palm Beach and the State Capitol in Tallahassee to fly their flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday. Trump also lives in Palm Beach at his Mar-a-Lago club and he and Limbaugh were close friends. DeSantis called Limbaugh a legend during a news conference two days later and indicated he would direct flags to be flown at half-staff to honor him.
Gov. DeSantis talks election security legislation in South Florida
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference in West Palm Beach Friday morning to talk about election security legislation he plans to push when the next legislative session begins in March. The event, which resembled a campaign rally with a cheering crowd, was held at the Hilton Airport Palm Beach along Australian Avenue. “We should have no ballot harvesting at all in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “I think that you can take it, put it in the mail or take it to the elections office.
Trump declares war on McConnell — vows to back MAGA challengers against GOP
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and vowed to back primary opponents who support Trump's agenda. "He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country," Trump said of McConnell. While McConnell voted "not guilty" in the impeachment trial, he has denounced Trump's conduct leading up to the Capitol riot. Minutes after the trial concluded, McConnell said on the Senate floor that Trump "is practically and morally responsible for provoking" the attack. In his statement, Trump did not address the attack on the Capitol that led to his second impeachment.cnbc.com
Retailers trade Fifth Ave. for Worth Ave. as Palm Beach scene thrives with Americans heading South
An aerial view over downtown West Palm Beach, where RH in December 2017 opened an 80,000-square-foot, mansion-like store with a rooftop restauratnt. Source: Indiehouse FilmsWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Retailers, restaurants and other business owners want to be where the people are. Fifth Avenue flightSome business owners have had their decisions shaped by the pandemic, and have opted for Worth Avenue over Fifth Avenue. Goldman Sachs is reportedly eyeing the Palm Beach market for new office space, while Paul Singer's Elliott Management has moved its headquarters to West Palm Beach from midtown Manhattan. "Everything that's going on in Palm Beach and in the surrounding downtown West Palm, it's a great story," he said.cnbc.com
Watchdog probes if DOJ officials tried to overturn election
Former President Donald Trump waves to the members of the media on arrival at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON – The Justice Department’s inspector general is launching an investigation to examine whether any former or current department officials “engaged in an improper attempt” to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Monday that the investigation will investigate allegations concerning the conduct of former and current Justice Department officials but will not extend to other government officials. Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key battleground states won by Biden, also vouched for the integrity of the elections in their states. Nearly all the legal challenges from Trump and his allies have been dismissed by judges, including two tossed by the Supreme Court, which includes three justices nominated by Trump.
Trump's Mar-a-Lago move draws criticism from some wealthy neighbors in "extremely Democratic" Palm Beach
Moving trucks were spotted outside President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday, as President-elect Joe Biden is preparing to move into the White House. Even before he was president, Mr. Trump's Florida club had been a lightning rod for controversy between his family and some of their wealthy neighbors. "West Palm Beach, where we are right now is extremely Democratic," Palm Beach Post senior political reporter Christine Stapleton said, adding that Mr. Trump's popularity in the town was fragile. A GOP fundraising event held at Mar-a-Lago in February brought in an estimated $25 million, according to the Palm Beach Post. "I think Trump's defense will be that this is political," said Democrat Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County.cbsnews.com
Palm Beach County looks to end Trump golf course lease after U.S. Capitol riot
The Palm Beach Post, which first reported that the county was examining the lease, added that the Trump business pays $88,338 per month in rent for the property. Howard Falcon, an assistant county attorney, said on Friday that a county commissioner asked him to examine whether the locality could cancel its lease with the president's beloved West Palm Beach course. Trump frequents his titular International Golf Club, located in unincorporated West Palm Beach and owned by the county, during his visits to Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate. He added that the county's lease agreement is with a Trump organization, not the president himself. A lawyer for Trump's golf course added to the Post that he had spoken with Falcon and concluded that there is "no basis for canceling the lease."cnbc.com
Eskamani and Powell file legislation to overhaul Florida's broken unemployment system
click image Phtoo courtesy Anna EskamaniRep. Anna V. EskamaniState Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, D-Orlando, and State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, filed legislation this week that would give a much-needed overhaul to Florida's broken unemployment system.While their Republican counterparts tilt at windmills with meaningless anti-protest legislation , the two bills ( HB207 and SB592 ) introduced by Eskamani and Powell would make for substantive change to an unemployment system that was a bad and cruel joke on Floridians in need for most of 2020 — and beyond.Among the provisions in Eskamani's bill are an increase in Florida's stingy weekly benefit allotments up to a $500 maximum from the current $275, an increase in the number of weeks eligible to 26 from 12, and a suspension of the weekly work search requirements. Oversight of DEO would be provided by a newly created ombudsman position.Whether these bills will pass in the Republican-controlled Florida House and Senate is another matter, but Eskamani and Powell see this as an ethical imperative that transcends party politics. "The unemployment system doesn't care if you are a Democrat, or a Republican or independent," said Eskamani during a virtual press conference breaking down this new legislation. "An eviction notice doesn't care if you are a Democrat or a Republican or independent. These economic issues impact you no matter who you are."orlandoweekly.com
Florida company accused of steering vaccines to rich donors
(AP Photo/Cody Jackson)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Florida launched an investigation Wednesday into an upscale nursing home amid reports that it administered coronavirus vaccines to wealthy donors and members of a country club along with its residents and employees. The newspapers reported that the vaccinations were organized by MorseLife CEO Keith Myers and New Jersey-based developer David Mack, who is a member of various MorseLife boards and chairman of the country club foundation's board. The vaccines were distributed at the Joseph L. Morse Health Center, which is on David S. Mack Drive. He denied that the distribution was targeted at Palm Beach Country Club members. The company on its website says, “our goal is to ensure that older adults enjoy full, rewarding lives in an atmosphere of luxury, outstanding service, and compassionate care.”The country club declined comment.
Texas judge dismisses suit aimed at overturning election
Pence, as president of the Senate, will oversee the session Wednesday and declare the winner of the White House race. The Electoral College this month cemented Biden’s 306-232 victory, and multiple legal efforts by President Donald Trump's campaign to challenge the results have failed. “A suit to establish that the Vice President has discretion over the count, filed against the Vice President, is a walking legal contradiction,” the department argued. But a range of nonpartisan election officials and Republicans has confirmed there was no fraud in the November contest that would change the results of the election. Trump and his allies have filed roughly 50 lawsuits challenging election results, and nearly all have been dismissed or dropped.
Trump extends visa ban; court clears health insurance rule
In April, Trump imposed a ban on green cards issued abroad that largely targets family members of people already in the United States. A temporary ban on non-essential travel across the Mexican and Canadian borders was also done for public health. In December, a federal judge in Oakland, California, prevented the green-card ban from taking effect against families of 181 U.S. citizens and legal residents who sued. A federal judge blocked the rule from taking effect almost immediately after it was announced in October 2019. The ruling “makes clear that the Biden administration must move swiftly to rescind all of President Trump’s xenophobic presidential proclamations, including this health care ban,” she said.
Florida teacher accused of insulting students suspended
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida middle school teacher accused of regularly insulting her students, often about their nationality or intelligence, has had her educator license suspended for six months by Florida education officials. The school district in Palm Beach County had moved to fire Susan Oyer in March, but her termination was never approved by the school board. Instead, she reached a settlement with the state Department of Education in which her license was suspended for six months, according to The Palm Beach Post. Records show Oyer, who taught at Boca Raton Middle School, is no longer employed by the school district. Oyer did not deny the allegations but was not required to admit fault as part of the settlement.
College baseball player’s body found in Florida apartment
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Police in Florida are investigating the shooting death of a 21-year-old college baseball player. The body of Derek Becker was found Sunday in an apartment near the Keiser University campus in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reported. In a statement on posted Twitter, Keiser University CEO and Chancellor Arthur Keiser said Becker attended the school’s flagship campus and played on the Seahawk baseball team. School officials said in a statement that they are cooperating with West Palm Beach police. The shooting occurred at an off-campus apartment and officials said few students are on campus during the winter break.
Residents at Florida long-term care facilities could soon receive COVID-19 vaccine
We’ve got thousands of facilities in Florida, it’s not as easy as it would be in some smaller state,” DeSantis said. The state is also expected to receive an additional 20,000 doses to help with vaccination efforts in long-term care facilities. [RELATED: Getting consent for long-term care facility patients will slow COVID-19 vaccine distribution]Once those two target populations receive their first doses, the state will then shift to focusing on elderly residents who are not in long-term care facilities but who could still develop a severe COVID-19 infection. DeSantis thinks it won’t be until about February before the vaccine is available to the general public, although that depends on when the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is approved. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, unlike the Pfizer and Moderna, it’s only one dose... the Johnson & Johnson is just normal refrigeration and you take it one time.