West Palm Beach

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Dozens of people packed Cafe Centro in West Palm Beach on Monday night to celebrate the birthday of “The King of Palm Beach County Entertainment,” Rob Russell.

“I don’t feel like I’m getting older, I feel like I’m getting better,” Russell told the crowd.

Russell helped launch the Royal Room at Palm Beach’s storied Colony Hotel. He was the supper club’s entertainment director for more than a decade, booking world-class singers and acting as master of ceremonies.

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Ruth Funes tried for a year to open her own bank account but kept getting denied. The bank rejected the photo ID she brought with her from Honduras when she moved to the United States in 2004, she said, “My husband opened a (joint) account with me.”

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The architecturally curious have just a few more weeks to see an exhibit chronicling the life and legacy of the man credited with creating the “Palm Beach style” – the stucco, red-roofed Spanish Colonial Revival architecture now prominent along the Florida coast.

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Black people, regardless of ethnicity or nationality, fare worse than white Americans and other groups that identify as white, according to a new study that looks at the accumulation of wealth in the South Florida region.

“The Color of Wealth” examines the wealth disparities that exist across racial and ethnic groups in West Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. 

South Florida has a significant Hispanic population, 43 percent. But when broken down by race, white Hispanics have significantly better economic outcomes than black Hispanics, the authors found. 

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Last year, Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro told a crowd of Brazilians gathered in Deerfield Beach, Fla. that he would “give police carte blanche to kill.” The first-time pronouncement was met with cheers and made headlines back in Brazil.

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On a Friday morning in West Palm Beach, World Cup fans clad in sky blue took over the Argentine restaurant Al Pan Pan. South Floridians representing a host of different Latin American countries collectively cheered for their neighbor Uruguay in its match against France. 

Members of the crowd screamed, cried, and bit their nails during the quick 95-minute game.

Among the folds of Uruguayan flags stood patron Juan Iglesias, who is Cuban.

"Whoever's in that is a Latin country, you know I root for that," Iglesias said.

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The West Palm Beach City Commission adopted a “welcoming city” immigration policy last year. The measure led the county to fall under the suspicion of the Department of Justice for deliberately withholding information regarding the immigration status of people taken into custody.

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In a nondescript  West Palm beach strip mall is a small office; on the door, it reads Mothers Against Murderers Association.

Also known as MAMA, the nonprofit is a meeting space for families who have lost loved ones to gun violence in Palm Beach County.

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West Palm Beach is officially a “Welcoming City” for immigrants.

The city commission passed a resolution Monday that bars city employees – including police – from inquiring into a person’s immigration status, or disclosing it to others.


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Around half a million people come to the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach every year -- some with cows, goats and chickens in tow. Young people from 18 counties bring their best livestock to be judged...and then sold – at the Youth Livestock Auction.

That’s where WLRN’s Peter Haden caught up with one of them:  Okeechobee High School’s Patrick Lehman and his 12-hundred pound prizewinning steer, Melvin.

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  Community members gathered at West Palm Beach City Hall on Thursday for a sit-in in support of two gun control bills in the House of Representatives. Congresswoman Lois Frankel organized the event after participating in a sit-in last week on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 

The two bills Frankel is fighting for are what she calls “common sense” measures to reduce gun violence. One of the bills would bar terror suspects from obtaining firearms, and the other would close loopholes that allow people to buy guns online and at gun shows without background checks. 

Spring Training Facility Coming To West Palm Beach

Jul 7, 2015
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Governor Scott was in West Palm Beach Monday morning to sign a deal to keep baseball spring training in South Florida.

Florida has been fighting increased competition from Arizona as the preferred destination for Major League Baseball spring training, a big tourist draw for sports fans.

Governor Rick Scott signed into law a land swap between the city of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County, removing the last obstacle to the construction of a $135 million spring training facility for two Major League baseball teams.

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Local leaders in West Palm Beach are looking forward to hundreds of jobs and a fatter economy from a proposed $135 million spring training baseball stadium that's nearing approval on a couple of fronts.

But, they say, they'll give it up in a minute if scientists find it’s a threat to their drinking water.

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