Archive for the ‘LIFESTYLE’ Category

Let’s Make Baseball Games Seven Innings

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Are baseball games too long? Jason Gay makes a case for accelerating the beloved but dawdling game—at least for weeknight games.

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Doreen’s Deals June retail roundup: When will Amazon drones fly into South Florida?

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Amazon is omnipresent.

The Seattle-based company’s announcement to acquire Whole Foods Market for $8.7 billion whipped people into a frenzy trying to figure out what it will mean to consumers and the retail industry.

Less splashy news is the company’s plans to build a 885,000-square-foot fulfillment…

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Saudis foil suicide attack near the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest site

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday.

The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid around Jiddah, as well as two areas in Mecca…

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Plane crashes into empty Florida daycare building; 1 killed

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

A small plane has crashed into an empty daycare building in Florida, killing one person and injuring another.

WINK-TV reports that the Saturday morning plane crash caused extensive damage and a fire. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the crash.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said that the…

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World’s Ugliest Dog Contest title goes to big, lazy, gassy Martha

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion.

In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.

She was a favorite of the Northern…

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Bill Clinton in Miami Beach calls for end of ‘Us vs. Them’

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Former President Bill Clinton stressed the importance of inclusion, diversity and collaboration to over 250 mayors from throughout the country attending the 85th annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach.

His 40-minute speech Saturday at the Fontainebleau Hotel was the conference’s…

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Britain investigating cyberattack on Parliament

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

British officials were investigating a cyberattack Saturday on the country’s Parliament after discovering “unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts.”

A statement from the House of Commons said that as a precaution, remote email access for members has been disabled in order to…

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London council evacuates four housing towers as Grenfell fire fallout widens

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Britain’s fire-safety crisis expanded substantially Saturday as authorities revealed that 27 high-rise apartment blocks across the country have cladding that failed fire safety tests. London officials scrambled to evacuate four public housing towers after experts found them “not safe for people…

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High water levels threaten survival of Everglades, expert warns

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Heavy rains earlier this month caused water to rise so high that the Everglades could be irreparably damaged, says a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission official.

“We have the highest water level ever since records were kept going into the rainy season,” said Ron Bergeron, of Weston,…

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Divers clean up reef beneath Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s pier

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Ninety-seven divers plunged beneath the waves in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on Saturday in search of trash on the ocean floor.

As part of the Anglin’s Pier Underwater Clean-Up, the divers plucked up mounds of tangled monofilament, hooks, sinkers and knives from the coral reef at the south side of the…

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Rescue crews search for missing diver near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue rescue divers were searching for a missing diver near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on Saturday.

According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, crews were looking for a 50-year-old male at Copenhagen reef.

He is reported missing from the commercial diver vessel Lady Go Diver.

Crews…

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2 toddlers died after mom left them in hot car in Texas to teach ‘lesson,’ police say

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

On the day her two children were found dead, Cynthia Marie Randolph recounted for investigators a mother’s nightmare: She had been folding laundry and watching television while her young daughter and son, ages 2 and 16 months, played in an enclosed sun room on the back porch.

Randolph, 24, went…

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Sappy song composed by Al Capone in Alcatraz, pocket watch fetch over $100K at auction

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Artifacts connected to some of the nation’s most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday.

A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were…

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Two South Florida legislators receive top grades fighting for open records

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Only two state legislators — both from South Florida — received the highest grade for safeguarding Florida’s public records this year, according to an analysis by the Florida Society of News Editors and the First Amendment Foundation.

State Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, was not happy about it.

“Oh,…

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On open records, half Florida’s legislators rate ‘F’ or ‘D’

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH — Half of Florida’s legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year’s legislative sessions.

In a “scorecard” produced by the Florida Society of News Editors…

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Tough cop brings pride back to Boynton Beach police

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

When Chief Jeffrey Katz took the reins as leader of Boynton Beach police in 2013, he knew it would be a yearslong fight to clean up the force.

The department at the time was in turmoil, rocked by cases of officers accused of falsifying police reports, conducting an illegal search, watching porn…

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1 killed, 4 injured in shooting at Lauderdale block party | Video

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

One person was killed and four injured in a shooting that occurred at a Fort Lauderdale block party early Saturday morning, police said.

Fort Lauderdale police responded to reports of a shooting around 1:15 a.m. in the 2300 block of Northwest 16th Court, Det. Tracy Figone said. When officers arrived,…

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Candlelight vigil honors Pines baseball standout killed on Father’s Day

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Zach Finch carved out a name for himself in the classroom and on the baseball diamond at Flanagan High School, and realized his dream to play in college.

But on Father’s Day, the 21-year-old senior at The College of the Cumberlands in Charlotte, S.C., was shot dead after he visited an apartment…

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When Are Doctors Too Old to Practice?

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Hospitals and other medical institutions are increasingly testing older physicians for mental and physical acuity—roiling some who raise questions of fairness, scientific validity—and ageism.

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Oracle Team Notches First America’s Cup Win

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA on Saturday won its first America’s Cup race, avoiding a sweep by New Zealand and keeping alive hopes that the U.S. can again come from behind to beat the Kiwis.

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Your Spin Class Isn’t Like This

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

How a Minnesota teacher keeps up with competitors half her age on the log rolling circuit.

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Palm Beach County creates ‘office of resilience’ to combat climate change

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

As the federal government pulls back on climate change, Palm Beach County is creating a new “office of resilience” to tackle the issue.

Two environmental analyst positions will be transferred to the new department, which will be led by Natalie Schneider, the county’s climate change and sustainability…

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Man accused in face-biting killing finds it ‘hard adjusting to jail’

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

In his jail cell he longs for a Bible, a therapist and to know that everything is going to be OK.

These are among the revelations heard in more than 10 hours of recorded jailhouse phone calls between the man accused in a face-biting killing, Austin Harrouff, and his parents. Martin County prosecutors…

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Royal Caribbean offers first look inside Symphony of the Seas

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas this month moved into the final phase of its construction when it was floated out into the water at the STX France shipyard.

It floats, and now the cruise line is focused on the interior construction to get what will become the world’s largest cruise ship ready…

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Cars, get ready share the lane: ‘Sharrows’ empower bike riders to take over road

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Bicyclists contending with impatient South Florida motorists can add a new hand gesture to their arsenal: pointing directly at the markings on the road.

A new traffic marking is increasingly appearing on South Florida streets, showing a bicycle beneath two arrows. The so-called “sharrow” means…

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Cost to fix Stranahan High pool rises from $250,000 to $1.5 million

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Renovating the Stranahan High swimming pool is expected to cost about $1.5 million — almost six times more than crews projected when they first set out to make repairs.

Staff said the project’s scope had to be expanded to include repairing or replacing the deteriorating pool pump house. They said…

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Six firms file to sell Obamacare insurance in state, but only three operate in South Florida

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Six health insurance firms are seeking approval to offer plans on the federal exchange in Florida in 2018, but that doesn’t mean South Florida customers will have more choices next year.

The companies are seeking to continue selling Obamacare plans while political signals from Washington, D.C.,…

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Former Muslim threatened to blow up mosque, authorities say

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

A man who said he’s being targeted by Muslims for converting to Judaism has been charged with threatening to blow up a mosque, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Shawkat Mzayek, 38, of Sunrise, was taken into custody Thursday hours after the Islamic Center of South Florida in Pompano Beach

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‘Dr. Miami’ battles town over his office sign

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Was it a sign, or was it art?

That was the question at the heart of the issue for Michael Salzhauer, the South Florida plastic surgeon known as “Dr. Miami” on social media and TV.

Salzhauer, who recently starred in his own reality show on the WE tv cable network, had a white-red-and-black backdrop…

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What’s new in the coming school year? Recess and fewer required classes

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

School may soon get a bit less stressful for students, with fewer tests, fewer rules and more play time.

Legislators made a number of changes this year in an attempt to respond to complaints from parents and teachers that education has become too regimented.

Many of the changes went unnoticed as…

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