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'I thought it was over,' dad says after airborne vehicle hits family's car -

Terrence and Kristal Embery and their three young children were heading home with a take-out cheese steak dinner one recent Friday night when what felt like a bomb exploded on the hood of their car.

“I thought it was over for me and my family,” said Terrence Embery, 27. “Wow. I thought, ‘I’m not...

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Police department worker embezzled $5,000 from agency, prosecutors say -

A former employee of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department has been accused in federal court of embezzling at least $5,000 from the agency.

Gerard Anthony Brady, 34, of Palm Beach County, was fired from the department in March.

He worked as the police forfeiture coordinator and was in charge of...

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Party leader's violent criminal past engulfs Broward Republicans in turmoil -

The Broward Republican Party, mired in a take-no-prisoners civil war, is now being rocked further as members learn about the violent criminal background of one of their officers.

As long-simmering tensions between party factions boiled over in recent weeks, Republicans discovered that the party...

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Pedestrian dies two days after he was hit by car on Broward Boulevard -

A Sunrise man who stepped into traffic and was hit by a car died Monday, two days after he was struck on West Broward Boulevard, authorities said.

Jimmy Harrold, 44, stepped out from between two vehicles in the 2800 block of Broward Boulevard, an area without crosswalks, when he was hit by a Lexus,...

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Bicyclist dies after veering into path of pickup, deputies say -

Authorities have not yet identied a male bicyclist who was hit and fatally injured on State Road 7 earlier this week.

The bicyclist rode off the median into the path of a Chevy pickup about 6 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of State Road 7 in unincorporated Broward County, said Joy Oglesby, a spokeswoman...

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$200K car's bulletproof windows foil burglar, deputies say -

A bicycle bandit easily broke the windows of four parked cars but couldn’t do the same with a luxury car outfitted with bulletproof glass, Broward Sheriff deputies say

The burglar used a blunt object, possibly a hammer, to attack windows of the nearly $200,000 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 at least...

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How to tell FEMA agents from con artists -

As South Floridians start recovering after Hurricane Irma, how do they tell who works for FEMA and who is a con artist?

For starters, Federal Emergency Management Agency workers will carry a government photo ID and wear agency-marked clothing.

And they will not ask for money.

If you’re still uncertain,...

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Awash in water woes, Pembroke Pines OKs an upgrade — and rate hike -

Pembroke Pines residents will see an almost 25 percent jump in their water/sewer bills come January, to pay for $12 million in upgrades to the city’s beleaguered water system.

Residents using 3,000 gallons a month will see water bills rise from $14.10 to $17.58, if commissioners in October give...

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Broward School Board members rate Runcie highly effective -

Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie aced his annual evaluation, with six out of the nine board members giving him the top rating.

He was praised for the district’s strong academic performance — more than a quarter of district-run schools received A’s — and for improving his own...

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Broward Boulevard reopens after gas leak is repaired -

A gas line cut by construction workers led to a four-hour traffic detour along four blocks on West Broward Boulevard Thursday, a city official said.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and hazmat crews were working in a rain storm and then in hot sun to repair the line that was damaged at 1300 W. Broward...

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Intoxicated teens found in car with middle school teacher, deputies say -

A history teacher at Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs is facing two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after two intoxicated 16-year-olds were found in his car after hours at a Pompano Beach park, according to an arrest report.

David Michael Stokes, 45, of North Lauderdale,...

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It's lifeguards to the rescue after Irma slams Dania's beach -

After Hurricane Irma hit, Dania’s lifeguards saved a different kind of victim: The beach.

They used chainsaws to cut back fallen palm trees and a rented Bobcat to level out sand dune after sand dune and clear pathways leading to the beach.

“We have a reputation for being a small but mighty beach,”...

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Boil water advisory lifted for Dania Beach -

A precautionary boil-water notice that had been issued for residential and commercial water customers in a portion of Dania Beach has been lifted, officials said Thursday.

Bacteriological tests have confirmed that the water is safe to drink, said Philip W. Skidmore, treatment manger for Dania Beach.

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Hollywood police ID 2 officers and reckless driver they shot dead -

Hollywood police on Wednesday identified the two officers and the reckless driver they shot and killed last week.

Police say Matthew Michael McTague, 48, of Boca Raton, rammed other motorists with his Jeep Grand Cherokee and tried to hit officers when they tried to stop and arrest him.

The cops...

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Hollywood toughens rules for vacation rentals -

Owners of party homes in Hollywood have a little less to celebrate.

While the state won’t let cities ban vacation rentals, they can hike fees. And that’s just what Hollywood did Wednesday, despite pleas from the real estate industry.

“We’ve seen homes with six cars out front,” Commissioner Dick...

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Oakland Park shaves property tax rate for fourth time -

The city of Oakland Park is shaving its property tax rate again, a move that will blunt the increase in tax bills.

The mid-sized city in central Broward passed a $105.4 million total budget this week, with some taxes or fees going up, and some remaining the same.

City officials said the budget...

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South Florida wants to be's second home -

South Florida, the land of second homes for winter-weary northerners, hopes to persuade Seattle-based Amazon that it is the perfect location for the online shipping giant’s second North American headquarters.

Economic development leaders say landing the $5 billion development would be transformational...

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Driver, 24, dies after car crashes into canal -

When rescuers got to the crash scene on southbound Interstate 95 on Tuesday night, the Honda Civic was on its roof submerged in a canal near Copans Road, officials said,

The driver, Robert Anthony Ruiz, 24, of Pompano Beach, was pronounced dead on site, said Sgt. Mark Wysocky, spokesman for Florida...

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Former after-care worker at Plantation Middle who tried to recruit kids for sex sentenced to 10 years -

A former after-care worker at Plantation Middle School who admitted trying to convince three underage boys to have sex with him was sentenced this week to 10 years and one month in prison.

Investigators began looking at Roosevelt Miller in March after a 13-year-old boy told school officials that...

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FEMA opens Hurricane Irma disaster recovery center in South Florida -

The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened South Florida’s first disaster recovery center on Wednesday to help victims of Hurricane Irma get back on their feet.

Open seven days a week, the center in Boynton Beach guides people through the application process for disaster-relief benefits offered...

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State waives two school days after Irma; South Florida eyes how to make up rest -

Florida schools have been granted a two-day hurricane reprieve from the state education commissioner.

But schools in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties were canceled for seven days, leaving open the question of how many days still will need to be made up.

South Florida students returned...

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Update: Loose monkey report likely triggered by dispute over pet -

Pompano Beach officials no longer think a monkey is on the loose, despite a report Wednesday that one was spotted on the city’s beachside.

Someone at the Renaissance I condos at 1360 S. Ocean Blvd. called the city’s public works department, asking the city to intervene.

On further investigation,...

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Robbers shot man pumping gas to grab his necklace, police say -

Pumping gas while wearing a necklace earned an unsuspecting customer a gunshot wound to the leg and Fort Lauderdale police are trying to find the guys responsible.

Surveillance video released Tuesday shows the person considered the gunman at the counter inside the Citgo Gas Station, 6063 NW 31st...

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Boy, 17, found shot dead in alley -

A 17-year-old Miramar boy was shot multiple times and died in an alley in the city just after midnight Wednesday, police said.

Police identified him as Kumasi Kareem, a city resident.

“The motive is unknown. It’s still too early in the investigation,” spokeswoman Tania Rues said.

The alley is behind...

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Nursing home challenges moratorium, Medicaid cutoff -

A Broward County nursing home has filed a lawsuit seeking to block Gov. Rick Scott's administration from cutting off Medicaid payments and carrying out a moratorium on patient admissions after the deaths of nine of the facility's residents following Hurricane Irma.

The Rehabilitation Center at...

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Palm Beach County News

Cerabino: What's in a name? Perhaps a future in politics -
If you're thinking about changing your image in a dramatic way, it will cost you about $400 in Florida.

Palm Beach police under investigation for writing too many traffic tickets -
From its long abandoned practice of ticketing shirtless joggers and issuing ID cards to gardeners, the rules in Palm Beach have always been different.

Boynton teacher's discovery one of year's best -
Bud Gillan thought he had already experienced his career highlight, as part of a team of biologists who discovered Tamoya ohboya, a new species of box jellyfish.

West Palm Beach administrator in running for Sarasota city manager job -
West Palm Beach City Administrator Ed Mitchell is a finalist, again, for a top job in the Sarasota area.

Nonprofit homebuilder's lawyer threatens West Palm Beach with defamation suit -
Days after the city demanded expense records from a nonprofit it contracted to build low-income homes, the attorney for the homebuilding arm of Bishop Harold Ray's Redemptive Life church said it will sue the city for defamation.

Citing rules, Wellington asks victim's mother in John Goodman case to remove memorial -
Two years after Scott Wilson's death, village officials have asked Wilson's parents to remove flowers that remain along their son's makeshift memorial on Lake Worth Road and 120th Avenue to make it compliant under the village's memorial site regulations.

Area Deaths -
Palm Beach County Allan, Joan C. , 82, of Lake Worth, died Monday. Weiss Memorial Chapel, Boynton Beach . Babcock, Donna J. , 67, of West Palm Beach, died Tuesday.

Group honors police officers, others for public safety work -
Boynton Beach Police Officer Scott Spruill was driving east on Okeechobee Boulevard on Feb. 22, 2011, when he spotted a woman dangling her legs over the guardrail that overlooks Interstate 95.

Fort Pierce man accused of firing gun at mom -
A 19-year-old man accused in an armed confrontation Tuesday with his mother after she put his clothes in a swimming pool was arrested on a felony charge, according to an affidavit released Wednesday.

West Palm Beach city commissioners appear warmer to revised north end condo tower plans -
With the proposed condo towers on North Flagler Drive coming down slightly in size, some commissioners say they're more likely to approve the project that has the city's business community and neighborhood associations at odds.

FAU professor urges students to use knowledge, humanity and courage -
Robert G. Rabil began his journey in America at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. So, for the FAU political science professor, giving the commencement speech for its 113th graduating class last month was nostalgic.

Lawyer for Guatemalan migrants seeing bridges where borders are -
Aileen Josephs is a Jewish woman who was born and raised outside Mexico City. Her parents settled in Mexico after fleeing Poland to escape the Holocaust.

Friends of Refuge to clean entrance road -
Lee Road is an unassuming little two-lane gravel track, hardly a mile long. But it has a significance greater than its size because it is the entrance road to the Arthur R.

PBAU camp shows kids that science is cool -
For some kids, science can be as exciting as watching snails race. But there are those kids who love the subject and what they can learn by studying it.

Lake Worth history museum reopens in time for city's centennial -
As the city prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday, the Lake Worth Historical Museum is open again -- at least on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

'Driven' gymnasts triumph at regional contest -
A trio of Wellington gymnasts were literally head over heels after successfully competing at the Southeast USA Regional Championships held recently in Orlando.

Rabbi mixes entertainment with education to lead congregation -
"A rabbi's best stock in trade is the building of the community," Rabbi Richard Polirer said from his home in Boynton Beach.

The Glades: Central grad, NFL player Lee hosting third camp -
Washington Redskins offensive tackle James Lee may be living 1,000 miles from home, but his heart remains in the Glades.

Young sibling surfing champs hope to make their careers on the waves -
Two siblings, one dream. Both Giorgio Gomez, 16, and his sister, Izzi, 12, want to be professional surfers one day.

North Sports:Fourth annual North Palm Beach Kids Triathalon will be held July 28 -
The Palm Beach Gardens Starzz eighth- and seventh-grade girls travel basketball teams placed first in their divisions at the Palm Beach Gardens Shooting Classic tournament, which was held May 18-20.

TCoast Sports: Cowabunga Surf & Water Sports Camp will offer 10 one-week sessions. -
Nicole Melichar, 18, of Stuart, along with partner Brian Battistone, won the mixed doubles title at the USTA Southwest Section U.S.

Hospital, gift shop mark sanctuary growth -
A nearly life-sized plastic statue of Yogi Bear's Ranger Smith welcomes visitors to the new gift shop and entrance to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary that's not officially open yet.

Domino's House provides haven for homeless cats, help for owners -
The business of rescuing animals is difficult, Maris Sine said. Sometimes you save a life, and sometimes you lose one, especially when the animal is injured.

Swim coach happy to see program in new home at Sailfish waterpark -
When Palm City-based swimming coach Pat Toner started his Treasure Coast Aquatics program in 2002, it was with a vision that finally comes to fruition this weekend.

Paddleboarding to drive autism fundraiser -
Oftentimes, one of the most difficult parts of dealing with autistic children is focusing their seemingly endless energy.

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