Are you a first-time homebuyer in Palm Beach County? You may qualify for up to $100,000

Palm Beach County is offering 100 families up to $100,000 each to purchase their first homes in the county’s most recent effort to help people afford places to live in the fast-growing region. The 100 families who will receive aid is double the number of first-time homebuying families who applied for financial assistance made available through a similar initiative in September. A first-time homebuyer is defined as someone who has not owned a home in the last three years, said county... Read More

GivingTuesday: Do South Florida shoppers have enough for charity after holiday spending binge?

At midnight Monday, the final bell tolled on the three-day holiday shopping binge collectively known as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now, will exhausted consumers answer the bell ringers of the Salvation Army on GivingTuesday? Or an appeal from Feeding South Florida? The annual fundraising day for charitable giving  — started 11 years ago in New York at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact — has morphed into a global... Read More

Sam Reinhart and Sergei Bobrovsky lead Florida Panthers past Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA, Ontario — Sam Reinhart scored two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves, helping the Florida Panthers beat the Ottawa Senators 5-0 on Monday night. Sam Bennett had a goal and an assist for Florida, which had dropped two in a row. Carter Verhaeghe and Eetu Luostarinen also scored, and Aleksander Barkov had three assists. Bobrovsky’s second shutout of the season and No. 40 for his career helped Matthew Tkachuk get the better of his brother, Ottawa forward Brady Tkachuk. Ottawa... Read More

Hurricanes starting quarterback Tyler Van Dyke enters transfer portal

The Miami Hurricanes will need a new starting quarterback in 2024. Incumbent starter Tyler Van Dyke is entering the transfer portal, a source told the South Florida Sun Sentinel, ending a UM career that spawned high expectations and low moments. Van Dyke spent four seasons with Miami, becoming the starter in 2021 after D’Eriq King suffered a season-ending injury. Then a redshirt freshman, Van Dyke dazzled Miami fans and had a breakout season, earning ACC Rookie of the Year honors and... Read More

Grand jury calls for Florida, other states to take steps to curb illegal immigration

TALLAHASSEE — A statewide grand jury has issued a 146-page report that calls for taking a series of steps to try to curb illegal immigration, saying “it will be up to Florida and other states to help themselves, at least in the short term,” as problems go unsolved at the federal level. The report, posted Monday on the Florida Supreme Court website, includes calling for further attempts to crack down on businesses that hire undocumented immigrants, probing non-government organizations... Read More

Margaret Bates, a Lauderhill commissioner for decades, dies at 78

Former Lauderhill Commissioner Margaret Bates, known for her tireless advocacy for decades for her city, died Saturday in hospice after complications from a stroke, according to her family. She was 78. Bates was born in Charleston, S.C., where she married. She and her husband moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1968 to follow her husband’s career opportunity teaching social studies for Broward’s public schools. They bought their first home in Lauderhill in 1979, and the family has resided... Read More

Roach egg in box of gloves, live roaches on cling wrap: Two South Florida restaurants ordered shut

Roaches plagued a pair of Broward County restaurants temporarily ordered shut by state inspectors ahead of the  Thanksgiving holiday last week. They were seen inside boxes of cling wrap and gloves — and even left behind a roach egg — at a Plantation restaurant, as well as crawling around the wok and soup stations at a Coral Springs eatery. No Palm Beach County restaurants were ordered shut during the same period. The South Florida Sun Sentinel typically highlights restaurant... Read More

Man hospitalized after shooting at Miramar apartment complex, police say

Two people were detained Monday morning following a shooting that injured a man at an apartment complex in Miramar, police said. The shooting happened shortly before 10 a.m. in the 4300 block of Southwest 113th Terrace, Tania Rues, a spokesperson for Miramar Police, said in an email. The adult man was taken to a hospital. The man’s condition was not immediately known, Rues said. Additional details were not released about the man, the circumstances of the shooting or the people who were... Read More

Game vs. Inter Miami not part of NY ticket deal. Why? Because teams are seeing a gold mine in Messi

A holiday deal offered by the New York Red Bulls soccer team features some merchandise, including a travel mug, as well as tickets to two games, including its first home game. But there is some fine print. The MLS schedule will not be announced until year’s end, and if it turns out that the home opener is against Inter Miami CF, fans who buy the package will get tickets for the second home game instead. The reason is Lionel Messi. A chance to see the global superstar is a lot more... Read More

Cold front will bring temperatures into the 50s in South Florida. It’ll be second time in months it gets that chilly.

South Floridians can expect temperatures to dip into the 50s this week as a cold front sweeps through the state. The cooler temperatures will begin Tuesday morning and extend until Thursday morning, said National Weather Service meteorologist Sammy Hadi. Low temperatures Tuesday morning will hover around the lower 60s and even upper 50s in inland suburbs and reach up to the low- to mid-70s, Hadi said. A cloud cover and cool breeze will both work to keep temperatures on the lower end, he... Read More