Palm Beach County to Offer 40 Percent Off Overdue Traffic Tickets for One Day

Categories: Palm Beach News

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Listen up, Palm Beach County scofflaws! Got a bunch of unpaid tickets from long ago that have since been sent to collections? If so, now's your shot at being able to pay off that ticket -- or tickets -- without having to pay the 40 percent fee that comes with paying things via a collection agency.

For one day only, the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller's office will be holding "Operation Green Light" to give people with overdue traffic citations a chance to pay off those tickets while waiving the extra surcharge.

And on a Saturday, no less!

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Eight Things That Will Happen in Tonight's Debate Between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

Categories: Politics

Chris Joseph
Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are set to have their third and final debate tonight on CNN, two weeks from Election Day.

And this time, there will be no fans.

CNN has made it clear to both candidates that no fans are allowed in tonight's debate, and Crist has agreed that this time he won't be bending any rules.

According to the network that's hosting this final debate, the race between the two candidates remains all knotted up.

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Hal Kreitman, a Bodybuilding, Fetish-Partying, Ex-Chiropractor, Finds New Life Swimming With Wild Alligators

Categories: Environment

Hal Kreitman
Hal Kreitman is having a staring contest with an eight-foot bull gator. It's a Monday morning, and fast-moving cloud cover yanks shadows across a shallow pond nestled along an empty stretch of Loop Road in the Everglades. Kreitman -- 51 years old, salt-and-pepper hair, circle medallion glinting off his gym-ripped chest -- is knee-deep in water the color of whiskey. Staccato ticking noises sound from the back of his throat.

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Meet the Americans Serving Life in Prison for Weed

Categories: Longreads

Finishing off the end of a joint, the DeLisi brothers slid into a 7-Eleven parking lot just off Sample Road in Pompano Beach. It was the end of 1974, and they were ages 30 and 38, full of New York swagger, and feeling invincible. Tucked into the yellow 1965 Porsche's passenger seat was Teddy, a sweetheart who looked like a mix of Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison. Turning off the ignition was Richie, a streetwise guy with a criminal mind who often bossed his brother around, despite being almost a decade younger and an inch shorter.

Inside the 7-Eleven, the two cotton-mouthed hustlers fished two Cokes from the store's back cooler before heading to the counter. Drag racers as kids and auto mechanics as adults, they were primed to always look at anything car-related. As they checked out, Richie set his sights on an auto-trade magazine resting near the register. Bleary-eyed, he asked his brother what the text on the front was advertising. A dyslexic who couldn't sit still inside a classroom, Richie had never learned to read or write. When he found out it was a coffee plantation in rural Colombia for sale, the man, decked out in his trademark suede jacket and faded dungarees, positively lit up.

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Fort Lauderdale Commissioners Set to Vote on Ordinance That Would Restrict Feeding the Homeless

Categories: News, Politics

Fort Lauderdale city commissioners will be voting tonight on the proposed ordinance that could cripple groups that distribute food to the city's homeless.

The crux of the ordinance deals with applying rules on food handling, providing toilet facilities and hand-washing areas, and requirements on how and when the food should be served, particularly for groups that service the homeless outdoors and in parks.

On the surface, the rules seem to have good intentions, with commissioners contending that passing the ordinance would protect the homeless from illnesses caused by ill-prepared foods. Homeless advocates, however, say that the ordinance will restrict them from doing what they can for the homeless. Having to provide toilet facilities and hand-washing areas is not only a hassle but expensive -- particularly for nonprofit groups.

But more to the point, the ordinance would represent yet another obstacle to helping Fort Lauderdale's homeless, who have become more and more marginalized over the past few months.

See also: Fort Lauderdale Looking Into More Homeless Crackdown Laws

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Florida's Medical Marijuana Amendment Is in Danger of Failing

Categories: Crime, Politics

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For much of the past year, it seemed almost inevitable that medical marijuana would become legal in Florida. Polls showed that more than 80 percent of Floridians would support a constitutional amendment that's on the ballot this November legalizing medicinal weed.

So it was something of a shocker last week when a Tampa Bay Times poll indicated that medical marijuana will fail to get the 60 percent of the vote required to get on the ballot. It had previously polled at more than 9-to-1.

See also: Meet the Americans Serving Life in Prison for Weed

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John Goodman Juror Broke Rules by Using Laptop to Check Fantasy Football Site

Categories: Broward News

Another day, another juror in the John Goodman retrial has screwed up. According to a report, a man identified as Juror 3 apparently broke court rules by accessing the internet on his laptop in the privacy of his hotel room.

This was a no-no.

The jury, which has been sequestered in an undisclosed hotel, was told by Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath not to surf the internet while participating in this trial, unless it's in front of a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy.

The rules were set so that the six people selected to be a part of the jury wouldn't be tainted by getting any outside information on Goodman or his original trial. The jury was chosen in Tampa.

See also: Potential Juror in John Goodman Retrial Arrested Before Trial Begins

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Boca Prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy Strikes Again With Chainsaw-Massacre Gag

Categories: WTFlorida

Via YouTube
Boca Raton resident and all-around internet sensation Vitaly Zdorovetskiy has struck a viral nerve once again with a gruesome and terrifying chainsaw-massacre prank.

The 22-year-old Russian prankster, whom New Times profiled last year, has taken his pranking ways up a notch by fooling poor unsuspecting people into thinking they're not only witnessing a horrible murder by a chainsaw-wielding maniac but are then going to be victims themselves.

The new video has already garnered 24 million views on his VitalyzdTv YouTube channel in just a few days.

See also: Prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy's Top Ten YouTube Videos

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Trial to Decide if Man Needs Medical Marijuana Restarts Monday

Categories: Marijuana

With Election Day three weeks away, the decision over whether medical marijuana will be legalized in Florida hangs in the balance. And today, in what is a first for Florida, a jury will be deciding if marijuana is medically necessary for someone.

The trial of Jesse Teplicki, which started Monday morning at the Broward County Courthouse, puts into the spotlight the issue of marijuana and its legality in the face of needing it for medicine.

Teplicki, 50, was arrested on 2013 after BSO deputies found a grow house in his home, where he was growing 46 marijuana plants. Now Teplicki, who says he needs marijuana to treat his severe anorexia, is facing a felony count of possession.

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Almost Every Major Newspaper in Florida Endorses Charlie Crist for Governor

Categories: Politics

Michele Eve Sandberg

Correction, October 21, 10:50 a.m. : The Bradenton Herald endorsed Rick Scott. This article has been corrected to reflect that.

Nearly every major newspaper in Florida has endorsed Charlie Crist for governor this week.

The endorsements began with the Tampa Bay Times weighing in last weekend and the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel weighing in on Friday, followed this past weekend by the Orlando Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post.

The only one that has endorsed Rick Scott is the Tampa Tribune, while daily papers in Fort Myers, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville have yet to weigh in.

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