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Strengthened grid, weaker than expected Irma creates storm of questions for FPL over power losses
The feared direct hit to South Florida from Hurricane Irma never happened. But most people lost power anyway, enduring days of dark houses, cold meals and sweltering heat.When Hurricane Irma arrived Sept. 10, it struck a system that Florida Power & Light Co. had spent nearly $3 billion to strengthen...
Powerless: Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity after Hurricane Maria
The sky was darkening Thursday afternoon as 10-year-old Sarah Jimenez laid out three plastic buckets on her grandmother's patio in hopes of capturing rainwater. "We can use it to at least flush the toilets," she told her grandmother. A day after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns,...
10th person dies from stifling Hollywood nursing home
A 10th patient of the sweltering Hollywood nursing home died Wednesday, as debate intensified over who failed to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.Martha Murray, 94, was the latest to succumb to the stifling heat in the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which was without...
West Point's oldest graduate dies at 105
Lt. Gen. William J. Ely helped build a naval base that was key in the country’s World War II victory in the Pacific, and later became West Point’s oldest graduate. Ely died Tuesday at Abbey Delray South, an assisted-living facility, following a brief hospitalization, according to West Point officials...
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,...
New Boca Raton customs facility aims to boost business at airport
Flights from other countries will get to go directly to Boca Raton by the end of the year if a new airport project stays on schedule. A $4.5 million Customs and Border Protection building is being built so that flights bound for Boca no longer have to make stops for customs inspections elsewhere....
Aaron Hernandez's brain showed 'severe' case of CTE; daughter sues NFL, Patriots
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his lawyer said on Thursday in announcing a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE...
Boca Raton to hear what residents want most from $168 million budget
Boca Raton residents are invited to weigh in Monday on how the city should spend about $168 million in taxpayer money.It’ll cost about that much to run the city next year, a 6 percent increase from this year’s general fund operating budget, according to the proposed budget. About $3.4 million will...
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...
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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