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Vending machines in school cafeterias aren’t always a huge hit with parents. They usually hold chips, cookies, sugary drinks and other snacks that worry health-conscious adults.

The vending machine in Jerry Thomas Elementary’s cafeteria, on the other hand, is doling out something that all parents can get behind – books.

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On an afternoon in November, 17 people from across Miami-Dade County gathered in a Miami courtroom to have their voting rights restored. The hearing would be an early indication that party politics are playing a role in how a controversial state law is being rolled out.

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Teresa Gonzalez never imagined living on Gabriel Lane.

The West Palm Beach street is famous for its Christmas light displays. It’s even listed on Foursquare as “the Christmas Street.” For the entire month of December, cars parked along Florida Mango Street, inching along Gabriel Lane, throughout the evening hours.

Gonzalez, who grew up in the area, was 17 when she first joined the throngs of people admiring Gabriel Lane’s lights.


If you don't want to drive — or find parking — for New Year's Eve celebrations, South Florida's public transit systems have some options for you.

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BELLE GLADE — A stone’s throw from Dorothy McCloud’s house are fields of sugarcane, which is the reason why she keeps rat poison on hand. Whenever the crop is burned before harvesting, the rodents scurry from the fields and into nearby buildings and homes.

Woman Arrested For Trespassing At Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Is Another Chinese National

Dec 19, 2019
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A Chinese woman was arrested Wednesday for trespassing at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private South Florida club and newly declared legal residence, the second such instance this year.

Jing Lu, 56, was spotted on club grounds and asked to leave by staff, said Michael Ogrodnick, a spokesman for the Palm Beach Police Department.

“She returned and began to take photos, at which time the Palm Beach Police Department responded and took her into custody,” Ogrodnick said in a statement.

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The artist Georgia O’Keeffe is most famous for her paintings of flowers, New York skyscrapers, and the American Southwest.

A new exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach turns its eye to a less-studied image O’Keeffe constructed – her own.

It’s the first show to incorporate O’Keeffe’s clothing alongside her paintings and photographs of her. West Palm Beach is the show’s seventh and final stop.

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Monday said it has decided to no longer oversee a program that puts inmates on work release — a move that comes months after accusations surfaced that sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had years ago exploited the program.

The program came under fire in August amid allegations that Epstein routinely had “improper sexual contact” with women while he was on work release from the county stockade about a decade ago.

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Palm Beach County public schools want to shorten March’s spring break vacation by a day and cancel classes on the day of the March 17 presidential primary. The proposed last-minute changes, little more than three months before the dates in question, ensure that no students will be in class when voters turn out at voting site on public school campuses. To offset the canceled classes on March 17, the school district plans to shorten the spring break by a day, from six days off to five days off. Read more at the

A Chinese businesswoman who was incarcerated for eight months for trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club was transferred Wednesday from a federal lockup to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation to China.

Yujing Zhang, 33, was moved to the Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven after being held at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Broward County following her sentencing last week, according to an ICE website.

It was not clear when Zhang, who faces a removal proceeding, would be deported to China.

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Black Friday has traditionally been a big-box store experience. Families pore over ads and pick out the items they’re going to run for as soon as the doors open, some as early as Thanksgiving Day itself.

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In the background of their morning television program, observant CBS and NBC viewers might have glimpsed a wooden replica 1920s steamboat. 

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It was a beautiful Tuesday morning at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The sun was sparkling off the clear blue water, a light breeze was stirring through the native trees and plants, and – notably – children in matching polos were bouncing up and down with excitement about climbing the historic red tower.

“Look at all of them in their little red shirts,” said Jamie Stuve, who oversees the lighthouse area’s historical functions as the president and CEO of the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. “They love it, that makes me so happy.”

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A celebration of veterans’ contributions and sacrifices outside Greenacres City Hall for Veterans Day hit repeatedly on the psychological, as well as the physical, wounds that soldiers bring home.