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After Tallahassee pressure, S. Florida water managers reverse tax vote

South Florida Water Management District board members voted Friday to reduce tax rates for 2016, turning down a chance to get an extra $21 million in revenue and reversing a stand that had disappointed Gov.

Uber, Lyft make last ride in Broward; Palm Beach County showdown next

Uber, Lyft make last ride in Broward; Palm Beach County showdown next

Uber has made good on its threat to leave Broward County, raising the stakes for a showdown with Palm Beach County in mid-August.

Florida lawmakers want criminal probe of Planned Parenthood

TALLAHASSEELawmaker wants Planned Parenthood probeA Florida legislator wants a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood, but the organization calls the request “politically motivated.

Jarvis Jackson

Jury convicts Jarvis Jackson in 2007 Lake Worth slayings of 3

After three days of deliberations in a trial surrounding one of the bloodiest local gangland shootings in recent history, a Palm Beach County jury late Friday convicted Jarvis Jackson on three counts of second-degree murder and acquitted him of four counts of attempted murder.

Policymakers: Referee fight over growth, unloved by both sides

Policymakers: Referee fight over growth, unloved by both sides

In one corner, armed with the ability to hold noisy protests and file time-consuming lawsuits, stand preservationists.

Missing teens defined the life aquatic in South Florida

Missing teens defined the life aquatic in South Florida

From Juno Beach to Tequesta, boys like Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen congregate wherever they can get a pole in the water.

  Precursor to ‘16? Clinton, Bush on same stage in Florida

Hillary Clinton fires barbs at Jeb Bush in South Florida

Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton, previewing an emphasis on race matters in her 2016 campaign, slammed Republican establishment favorite Jeb Bush’s “right to rise” message for minorities during a Friday speech to the predominantly black National Urban League’s annual conference.

Hillary Clinton in Miami: Lift embargo on Cuba

 Clinton in heart of Cuban-exile country: It’s time to lift embargo

A half century of isolating Communist Cuba hasn’t succeeded, and it’s time for the United States to lift its embargo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Friday morning in the heart of Cuban exile country.

Trial of Delray developer accused of bilking Subway CEO set for Sept.

Trial of Delray developer accused of bilking Subway CEO set for Sept.

A fraud trial is set to begin on Sept. 11 for a Delray Beach developer and his business manager, who are accused of swindling Subway founder Fred DeLuca out of more than $1 million in a failed land deal.

Missing Florida Teens

Missing Florida teens’ Tequesta neighborhood quiet as search continues

The waterfront neighborhood Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen call home was quiet Friday morning as the U.

Judge to Dalia Dippolito: You can go to church, new lawyer’s office

Judge to Dalia Dippolito: You can go to church, new lawyer’s office

With what has become her third set of lawyers since an appellate court overturned her conviction on solicitation to commit murder charges, former Boynton Beach newlywed Dalia Dippolito appeared in Palm Beach County Circuit Court briefly Thursday as a judge relaxed her house arrest conditions so she can attend church.

County OKs Ag Reserve changes sought by developers, land owners

County OKs Ag Reserve changes sought by developers, land owners

A pair of Palm Beach County Commission votes Thursday opened the door to more residential and commercial development in the Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.

Trial begins for man accused of swindling NHL star, local firefighters

Trial begins for man accused of swindling NHL star, local firefighters

From the outside, federal prosecutors said, Joseph Zada held all the hallmarks of a savvy businessman who had amassed a fortune — big houses, fancy cars, lavish parties, constant bodyguards and a monthly American Express bill of $500,000.

Still no verdict in 2007 Lake Worth triple murder case

Palm Beach County jurors ended a second day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict in the case of the 27-year-old man accused of organizing the 2007 mass shooting that killed three men and injured another four who were playing poker and dominoes in a Lake Worth backyard shed.

Florida panhandle Rep. Miller passes on GOP U.S. Senate run

Despite indications he was poised for a 2016 U.S. Senate bid, U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla, announced Thursday that he won’t enter the crowded GOP primary to replace Sen.

Negron, Abruzzo, Clemens seats could change in FL Senate redistricting

After reaching an agreement this week with voting-rights groups, Florida lawmakers face the chore of going into special session in October to redraw Senate districts.

Jarvis Jackson

Jury deliberating case of 2007 Lake Worth shooting that killed 3

Questions on whether detectives threatened Jarvis Jackson or promised him anything to get him to confess to a triple murder appeared to dominate a Palm Beach County jury’s deliberations Wednesday in the trial surrounding a bloody 2007 Lake Worth backyard shooting.

Boy, 12, points fake gun at deputy, PBSO reports

Boy, 12, points fake gun at deputy, PBSO reports

Pointing what looks like a real gun at a law enforcement officer? Not smart. Luckily for a 12-year-old boy in Palm Beach County, no one was injured.

Trial of Wellington man, accused in $20 million scam, begins today

What is expected to be a titillating trial of a former Wellington man who is accused of stealing at least $20 million from a professional hockey player, an Olympic athlete and more than a dozen firefighters in Palm Beach and Martin counties will begin this morning in U.

DeMartin appeal: Court lost in ‘fanfare’ of wealthy in Goodman trial

DeMartin appeal: Court lost in ‘fanfare’ of wealthy in Goodman trial

At worst, the juror credited with derailing Wellington polo mogul John Goodman’s first DUI manslaughter conviction was unwise to commit a “well-meaning” drinking experiment, an attorney appealing his contempt of court conviction said in court records this week.

Clinton, Bush among presidential hopefuls in Fort Lauderdale Friday

Hillary Clinton’s Democratic rivals will get a chance to share an audience with the party’s front runner while Republicans Jeb Bush and Ben Carson will venture outside the GOP comfort zone on Friday at the National Urban League’s annual conference in Fort Lauderdale.

Nursery owners: Fighting unfair rules or ‘a little greedy’?

Nursery owners: Fighting unfair rules or ‘a little greedy’?

A tour of Joe Mulvehill’s 39-acre nursery off Happy Hollow Road west of Delray Beach doesn’t just reveal his stock-in-trade — the wide variety of plants and trees in various stages of growth.

  Palm Beacher pulled into Adelson libel suit over ‘foul-mouthed’ label

 Palm Beacher pulled into Adelson libel suit over ‘foul-mouthed’ label

Over the years, billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has been called many things by many people as he has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into GOP presidential campaigns.

  Palm Beacher pulled into Adelson libel suit over ‘foul-mouthed’ label

 No decision on Palm Beach witness in Adelson ‘foul-mouthed’ lawsuit

Whether super-wealthy casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to GOP presidential candidates, is “foul-mouthed” is at the heart of a defamation suit in Hong Kong.

Lantana man recalls when he was lost at sea

Lantana man recalls when he was lost at sea

Bruce Mandigo crossed his arms over his orange life vest, shivering and bobbing silently in the black Atlantic Ocean under an inky, moonless sky.