Teacher Fired for "Screaming" Emails Awarded $337,000 in Lawsuit

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A former Palm Beach County teacher who has been embroiled in disputes with her school district since 2009 was awarded $337,000 in a lawsuit against PBCSD for firing her over passionate emails.

This latest -- and most costly mishap -- began when Paula Prudente, a Palm Beach teacher since 1978, said her asthma was aggravated when she was given a dusty, termite-infested portable classroom at Boca's Spanish River High back in 2011.

"They put a woman who they knew had a pulmonary condition in the most toxic place in the Palm Beach County School District," says Sid Garcia, Prudente's attorney. "They were doing everything they could to make Prudente quit or retire, which she didn't want to do."

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Circumcision Case Judge Puts Gag Order on Mother Fighting for Son Not to Be Circumcised

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Earlier this month, an appeals court upheld a ruling allowing the father of a 4-year-old boy to circumcise his son against the boy's mother's wishes. New Times broke the story last year of then-3-year-old Chase, whose parents, Dennis Nebus and Heather Hironimus, went to court to fight over whether he should have the procedure done.

But Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen, who sits in the 15th judicial district in Palm Beach County, ruled in Nebus' favor, allowing him to go ahead and circumcise young Chase. And in an odd twist to the ruling, he added gag order on Hironimus, basically forbidding her from talking not only to the press but from telling Chase that she fought against the circumcision.

See also: Florida Mom Fights Court Order to Circumcise Her 3-Year-Old Son

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Brother of Stabbing Victim Tries to Tackle Suspected Killer in Palm Beach Bond Court

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A courtroom hearing erupted into chaos after the teen brother of a stabbing victim physically attacked the murder suspect during bond court.

Seventeen-year-old Kayla Storey's brother Robbie attacked her alleged murderer, and deputies had to take down the young man as he lunged at suspect Bryan Augstin.

It took three officers to hold Robbie down, before they escorted him out of the room. The incident was caught on video.

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Vermont Con Man Asked for $500,000 to Throw John Goodman Trial

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Polo mogul John Goodman's second trial for DUI manslaughter may be done, but there are still some big unanswered questions hanging over the proceedings. New information is now trickling out over a Vermont man's offer to sway the jury, a scam that could tee up the trial for a potential appeal down the line. Goodman has the deep pockets to keep his legal team clogging up the process, and an irregularity like this seems like a prime issue to raise.

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Activists Reportedly Arrested Trying to Stop Destruction of Briger Forest in Palm Beach Gardens

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Activists with Earth First! are reportedly locking themselves to a disabled van to bring attention to construction happening in the almost-700-acre Briger Forest, one of the largest -- but unprotected -- forests in South Florida.

"We're here stopping a crime," said Ryan Hartman in a news release. "The illegal destruction of the Briger Forest. Kolter Group Co. is violating the Endangered Species Act and operating without all the proper permits fully approved. The time for compromise is over. If we don't take direct action and put our bodies on the line to protect what we have left, developers will pave over and pollute every last inch of this place."

According to Everglades Earth First's Twitter, "destruction of Briger began 2 days ago w/ Scripps Biotech & Kolter planning to develop it into upscale neighborhoods & #animaltesting labs." Those on the scene say cops have arrived, and at least one person was arrested as of 8 a.m.

See also: Scripps Project at Briger Forest: Enviros File Second Legal Challenge

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Greenacres Cop Jared Nash Accused of Breaking 14-Year-Old Girl's Arm During Arrest

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A Greenacres Police officer is accused of breaking a 14-year-old's arm during an arrest attempt.
Greenacres Police Officer Jared Nash is accused of breaking a 14-year-old girl's arm during an arrest attempt that was initiated because the officer attempted to view a video on her cell phone without a search warrant. The officer then arrested the teen for resisting arrest.

The incident happened at the John I. Leonard High School in the Palm Beach County suburb on October 21. According to the arrest report for the girl, whose name is being withheld by New Times because she is a minor, Nash believed she had video evidence on her phone of a fight that occurred at the school. The officer attempted to speak to the girl, but she was speaking to her mother and refused to talk to him.

See also: Boynton Cop Stephen Maiorino Arrested for Raping Woman at Gunpoint

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David Mech, Former Pornstar Turned Math Tutor, Loses Lawsuit Against Palm Beach Schools

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For more than a year, David Mech -- formerly known as porn star and director Dave Pounder -- has been tussling with the Palm Beach County School Board. In federal court, the Boca Raton resident charged that the district wrongly yanked down banners advertising his math tutoring business because some parents voiced concerns over his old adult-oriented line of work. Last week, however, a federal judge delivered a harsh blow that will likely ground Mech's legal claims.


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

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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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Acreage Residents Move Forward With Lawsuit Over Cancer Cluster and Soil Contamination

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Cancer clusters -- hot zones of highly contaminated turf that see a spike in disease -- are incredibly hard cases to win in court. Not only do they take years of legal battle and involve a lot of high-end science but usually such cases pit homeowners against corporations with boatloads of money to burn on endless litigation. In rural Palm Beach, a battle between residents of an unincorporated patch of the county and a defense contractor has shaped up along those David-versus-Goliath lines.

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City Planner: Traffic Lanes on Okeechobee Boulevard Should Be Narrowed So Drivers Go Slower

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Traffic downtown ain't no joke!
By Michelle de Carion

Correction: The original version of this story identified Speck as a traffic engineer. He is a city planner.

A city planner writing in The Atlantic minces no words when he accuses the Florida Department of Transportation of the "greatest pedestrian massacre in U.S. history."

FDOT and similar agencies "have blood on their hands, and more than a little," he says.

Jeff Speck says the agency's implementation of 12-foot-wide lanes instead of ten-foot lanes encourages drivers to go faster than they should, making Florida streets unsafe for bikers and pedestrians. He calls out Okeechobee Boulevard in downtown West Palm Beach as an example and suggests its lanes should be narrowed.

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