Archive for the ‘LIFESTYLE’ Category

Fort Lauderdale postpones pot dispensaries

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Fort Lauderdale is joining the cities where marijuana dispensaries are forbidden — at least for the rest of the year.

The City Commission on Tuesday night tentatively approved a 180-day moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. Officials said they want more time to clear the legal haze surrounding…

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South Florida home to 27 of richest Americans, Forbes says

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

South Florida is home to 27 of the nation’s 400 richest people, according to an annual list compiled by Forbes magazine.

How did they make their money? Online trading and investments, offering cruises around the world, and selling frozen foods, flavored water and sports drinks.

Thomas Peterffy, a…

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Best of South Florida: Vote now on top eating, drinking and entertainment spots

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

What are the best pizza, burgers, wings, restaurants, bars and entertainment spots in South Florida?

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Brightline derailment caused $408k of damage in February, says report

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

A Brightline test train derailed in West Palm Beach in February and caused over $400,000 in damages says a report filed with the Federal Railroad Administration.

The incident happened on February 11, 2017 as it was heading to the West Palm Beach running repair facility says the report.

No definitive…

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‘Shaky Bandit’ arrested in I-75 chase, FBI says

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

A serial bank robbery suspect the FBI dubbed the “Shaky Bandit” is behind bars.

Brandon Venditti, 22, of Weston, was arrested about 5 p.m. Tuesday following a reported bank robbery in Collier County.

Venditti is believed to be the “Shaky Bandit,” agents said.

Witnesses have said he wears a variety…

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325-pound Florida woman charged with killing girl by sitting on her

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

A 325-pound Florida woman is charged with killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment. Veronica Green Posey, 64, was arrested and charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child, The Pensacola News Journal reported. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report identified…

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Gov. Scott defends emergency order for white nationalist speech at UF

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott says he’s not trying to squash the speech of a white nationalist by declaring a state of emergency, but just wants to ensure public safety.

“I believe in the First Amendment rights that people have,” Scott told reporters after a Cabinet meeting Tuesday. “I do expect…

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Florida minimum wage rises to $8.25 in 2018

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Florida’s minimum wages will rise 15 cents to $8.25 an hour on Jan. 1, an increase from $8.10 an hour this year.

While higher, the state’s minimum is a far cry from the $15 an hour some labor groups and legislators have been seeking in recent years. At the same time, many South Florida employers…

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Man gets 35 years in prison for sexually battering 3 women in West Boca

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

 

A 31-year-old man convicted of three counts of sexual battery in a West Boca Raton case was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Keith Jermaine Myles was found guilty of forcing three women to perform oral sex on him during his August 2017 trial.

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Matthew McConaughey’s new movie, to be shot in Miami, is having a casting call

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

An open casting call is underway for a new Matthew McConaughey movie that starts filming in Miami next month, according to WPLG.com.

Producers of “The Beach Bum,” which will also star rapper Snoop Dogg, are looking for extras and some featured roles.

These include: upscale Palm Beach types and…

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Public Service Commission denies FPL bid to recover nuclear project costs

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday denied FPL the ability to recover 2017 costs for its nuclear reactor expansion project at Turkey Point — one that has been indefinitely postponed.

The utility hadn’t filed the required feasibility analysis of the project so the PSC rejected the company’s…

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Top Broward watchdog seeks details on Tamarac commission’s travel and spending

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Broward County’s top government watchdog is taking a look at Tamarac commissioners’ travel and spending, city records show.

The query comes after a Sun Sentinel news article in July detailed how Tamarac elected officials’ growing travel itinerary was unrivaled by other cities in South Florida.

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Offerdahl and female high school quarterback honored by Broward

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Hollywood Hills High School quarterback Holly Neher and former Miami Dolphin John Offerdahl turned the Broward County commission chambers into a scrimmage football field on Tuesday, working with commissioners on some game-day maneuvers.

Offerdahl started it off by instructing commissioners on the…

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Want to run the Marlins? They’re hiring

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

For anybody who insisted they could do a better job running the Marlins than ex-president David Samson did, here’s your chance.

The Marlins are seeking a president of business operations, a newly named position that will report to CEO Derek Jeter and will be a peer — as far as titles go, at least…

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School district should stop blaming children in sexual abuse cases | Editorial

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Victim blaming shouldn’t be a lesson taught by the Palm Beach County School District.

Yet the district has routinely defended itself against student sexual abuse lawsuits partly by blaming the children – some as young as 6.

In at least five sex-abuse lawsuits, the district said the students shared…

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Sheriff’s cadet uses dad’s patrol car to mess with ex and rob her new beau, cops say

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

If you’re looking to build a career in law enforcement, it’s probably not a good idea to use dad’s unmarked sheriff’s car to mess with your ex and her new beau.

But that’s exactly what Palm Beach Sheriff’s cadet Christopher Combs — the son of a Palm Beach Sheriff’s lieutenant — did, investigators…

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Hollywood nursing home seeks records from criminal investigators

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Lawyers for the Hollywood nursing home that overheated after Hurricane Irma, leading to 14 deaths, asked a Broward judge on Tuesday to make prosecutors turn over documents that were seized as part of a criminal investigation.

Michael Gottlieb told Broward Circuit Judge Andrew Siegel that administrators…

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Palm Beach County getting $1M for protecting Donald Trump, congresswoman says

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Palm Beach County law enforcement agencies will be getting about $1 million to offset the cost of protecting Donald Trump when he visited Mar-a-Lago as president-elect, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel will announce Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Justice money is reimbursement for overtime and other expenses…

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Pier 66 hotel to reopen Monday after Hurricane Irma damage; will go solo without Hyatt

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

A new chapter is unfolding at Fort Lauderdale’s iconic Pier 66 hotel along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Next Monday, the landmark at 2301 SE 17th St., will reopen after Hurricane Irma damaged its 17-story tower building and forced the resort to close for more than a month.

The hotel, formerly operated…

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Miami Heat to move charity golf tournament from Trump’s Doral course

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The Miami Heat will move their charity golf tournament from President Donald Trump’s Doral golf resort in 2018, according to a team source.

The team did not issue a statement, and no reason was given for the move. A new site was not named. The event has been held at Trump National Doral for the…

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Stolen car flies over Turnpike toll booth in crash that kills three

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

A stolen car careened over a 10-foot-tall tollbooth on Florida’s Turnpike on Tuesday, scattering the bodies of three men who died and a fourth who was critically hurt.

One man’s body landed on the roof of the toll plaza’s single-story administrative building and fell to a sidewalk. Another flew…

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Detectives solve mystery of South Florida fisherman’s death; no charges will be filed

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The mystery of the fisherman who died in a hail of bullets on the edge of the Everglades has been solved, with detectives declining to file charges for a bizarre reason that could have come from a TV crime drama.

Lawrence Ramdass, 46, of Plantation, was fishing from a boat in the Holey Land Wildlife…

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Crowds, long lines raise questions on Florida hurricane voucher program

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Paralyzed traffic. Long lines in sweltering heat. And this is from a program intended to speed aid to victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters.

The state’s distribution of special federal food-stamp aid to victims of Hurricane Irma in Palm Beach County required thousands of applicants to…

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Found: Exec-Worthy Watches for $250 and Under

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

WSJ’s horological expert searched the market for mechanical watches—the most desirable sort—and found three thrifty timepieces that meet his exacting standards.

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Christian Louboutin on France’s Worst City and the World’s Best Street Food

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

The globetrotting shoe designer—with homes all over the map—sounds off on his fashion role models, favorite street markets and in-flight secrets.

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‘The Walking Dead’: A Viewers Guide for Non-Viewers

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Ahead of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 premiere on Sunday, here’s why the zombie saga is TV’s hottest show.

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Los Angeles Art Dealer Lists in the Hollywood Hills for $15 Million

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Margo Leavin, who ran her eponymous gallery from 1970 to 2013, is selling her 8,500-square-foot contemporary house in La Brea Terrace.

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Poet Billy Collins Describes His Childhood and Shares Two Unpublished Poems

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

The former U.S. Poet Laureate grew up in Queens, N.Y.; why he still has a money clip and his father’s union pin.

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Now Appearing at the Parent-Teacher Conference: Your Child

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

More schools are including students at the meetings. Here’s what parents should do when their child attends and sometimes even leads the discussion.

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A Built-It-Herself Race Car Takes On the Track

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

A Smith student’s built-from-scratch race car takes on the track at this weekend’s Grassroots Motorsports Challenge.

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