Palm Beach County elections supervisor warns about potential voter intimidation effort

Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Wendy Sartory Link warned Wednesday that mysterious, official-sounding calls going to some voters in advance of the March 12 municipal elections may be an attempt at voter intimidation. Link said she’s referred the matter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office. A man’s voice on the automated robo-calls went to an unknown number of people Friday through Tuesday who had requested vote by mail... Read More

Panthers fans will be ‘Truckin’ to BB&T Center for Grateful Dead Night

On March 8, the Florida Panthers will hold their sixth Grateful Dead Night as they take on the Minnesota Wild at BB&T Center. Fans who purchase tickets to Grateful Dead night receive limited T-shirts paying homage to event as part of the ticket package. The Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and inspired passionately devoted fans for decades, starting in the 1960s. Upper-level goal zone seats are $42, club level goal zone tickets are $64 and Lower... Read More

Woman armed with meat cleaver shot by deputy, Broward sheriff says

A woman in Dania Beach who was chasing another woman with a meat cleaver ran toward deputies and they shot her Wednesday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrived to 103 N.E. Third St. after a domestic disturbance was reported to 911 at about 11:05 a.m. The initial call described a woman chasing another woman with the large knife, and that’s what deputies found, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said. “They observed the altercation occurring and provided multiple warnings to the... Read More

Review: Good times at Good Spirits Fifth and Fed in Fort Lauderdale

My world is usually one of dashed hopes and tamped-down expectations, particularly when it comes to restaurants recommended by others. And also with boozy Fort Lauderdale eateries featuring forced themes and mixed-up menus (crab Louie, rigatoni and sushi?). I went into Good Spirits Fifth and Fed expecting disappointment. Instead I got a treat, a place with remarkably composed dishes and polished service in a comfortable setting that works. And then I went back to make sure. And then I went... Read More

Democracy goes up in smoke | Opinion

Twenty-seven months have passed since Floridians overwhelmingly voted for the right to access medical marijuana. But you wouldn’t know it by the way the previous administration obstructed access, slowed implementation, and denied the will of the people. Nearly 200,000 patients in Florida have used this medicine for relief from terminal and terrible conditions. Yet many are still seeking relief from suffering – and they need access to the flower in its natural form. Florida... Read More

School board members may soon face term limits

With supporters touting benefits such as dislodging incumbents, the Florida House is moving forward with a proposal that could lead to term limits for school board members across the state. The House Oversight, Transparency & Public Management Subcommittee on Wednesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 229) that would ask voters in 2020 whether they want to impose eight-year term limits on school board members, similar to term limits in place for the Legislature. While... Read More

New York Times publisher rips ‘reckless’ President Trump after his ‘true enemy of the people’ attack

He’s picking on the wrong old gray lady. The ongoing war of words between President Trump and The New York Times reached a fever pitch Wednesday, with both sides slinging insults as they argued over one of the fundamental principles of American democracy: the rights of the free press. The commander-in-chief set off the fiery exchange with one of his most inflammatory anti-media insults — this one prompted by yet another damning news story about his administration in the Times. “The... Read More

Broward School Board may approve new hard corners, Code Red rules

The Broward School Board expects to approve new policies designed to correct security failures identified after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. A new policy on Code Red and other emergency codes is up for a final vote today, as is a policy requiring schools to identify spaces for students to hide in the event of an active shooter. Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission criticized Superintendent Robert Runcie in November for not having enacted these... Read More

Sticking a neck out for traffic safety

A lot of drivers who are speeding through one Oakland Park neighborhood are slowing down to get a look at this: a 7-foot-tall giraffe wearing a speed limit sign. Well, it mostly looks like a giraffe. One could argue that it’s an alpaca with more neck, but it’s enough of a giraffe for us. In any case, the shaggy, stuffed animal on the corner of Northeast Sixth Avenue and 35th Street wears a hand-painted poster board sign reminding drivers that the speed limit is 30 mph. Though he... Read More