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November 28, 2017




TV host, author

to visit next month


Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade will speak at The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches Dec. 8 as part of the tour of his newly-released book, “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans.”


The book talks about the outcome of the Battle of New Orleans during America’s fight for independence, and covers the development of then General Andrew Jackson.


Kilmeade is the author of four other books, three of which are New York Times best-sellers.

The event will be at noon at the Kravis Center, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd.


Tickets are $40 for Forum Club members, $60 for members’ guests and $85 for the public.


December marathon among

weekend of fitness events


The Fitteam Palm Beaches Marathon happens in December with a new course and new events.

The weekend of events will begin at noon on Friday with a fitness expo noon to 6 p.m. at CityPlace. Those who attend can expect the latest in health and fitness products and services, as well as running apparel and information about the race.


A 5K is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday. That race will begin and end at Flagler Drive at Clematis Street. Participants will have the chance to run along the Intracoastal Waterway and take a first look at the city’s Sandi Tree.


A free concert at the Meyer Amphitheatre will start at 5 p.m. Saturday with entertainment by Sister Hazel. Florida Power & Light will sponsor the concert, and honor first responders who served the community during Hurricane Irma. Fireworks will end the event. The fitness expo will continue in CityPlace from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The marathon and half-marathon are scheduled for 6 a.m. and will begin at Flagler Drive. This year the race will include parts of Palm Beach, the first time in marathon history.


Volunteers are needed for the race. To volunteer, email igrady@palmbeaches.org

For information, visit thefitteampalmbeachesmarathon.com




Fear rises in Tampa neighborhood

as death toll increases to four


Tampa neighborhood Seminole Heights has seen four random killings since Oct. 9, prompting Tampa Police Department to treat the incidents as moves of a serial killer.


According to the Tampa Bay Times, those who have been killed were unrelated. All incidents involved a shooting that happened at night or early in the morning before dawn.


According to NBC News, it is unclear that this fourth death is connected to the three in October, however authorities are treating it as so until that can be ruled out.


After the fourth shooting that took the life of 60-year-old Ronald Felton, Tampa police say they are closer to finding a suspect.


The Nov. 14 incident provided police with more clues with which to catch the suspect.

Security cameras captured images of a 6-foot-2 thin, black man who police say looks similar to images from the first killing last month.


The Tampa Bay Times reports the reward for information has increased to more than $100,000. Money has been provided by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Crime Stoppers, the Florida Department of Law and the FBI. Area contributors include the Southeast Seminole Heights Civic


Association, Liberty Property Management, restaurant owner Richard Gonzmart and others.


Train carrying molten sulfur

derails on state’s west coast


A train on the CSX Railroad derailed in Polk County early this afternoon. Authorities encouraged residents surrounding the area to turn off their air conditioners, close their windows and stay in their homes.


According to the Sun Sentinel, Polk County Sheriff’s Office is working with state officials to investigate the cause of the incident.


The Associated Press reports molten sulfur is used to make sulfuric acid, rubber and fertilizers, among other agents.




House passes tax bill that cuts

rates for individuals, businesses


The House of Representatives passed a $1.5 trillion bill mid-Nov. that cuts tax rates for corporations and private business, according to NBC News.


The bill also eliminated taxes on affluent heirs and turned the individual tax code upside down.


Called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the bill received a 227-205 vote. Speaker Paul Ryan commented after the vote, and said it was time the tax code is rewritten.


While this is a victory for the House, the act still needs approval of the Senate. NBC News reports

Republicans are working to reach an agreement on their own tax bill.


Spacecraft studying Saturn

has finished its mission


The NASA spacecraft commissioned to study Saturn has finished its mission. Named Cassini, it captured real-time images and information about the planet.


It lived for 13 years, floating in Saturn’s orbit and providing scientists with data about its rings and moons, and information about the planet’s ecosystem.


It was the first of its kind to embark on such a mission, and according to NASA has been instrumental in educating researchers about the massive and complex planet.


Cassini project scientist Linda Spilker said the spacecraft provided information about the planet’s workings – and also about its magnetosphere.


NASA said the spacecraft discovered that one of Saturn’s moons, Titan, has a thick orange haze and that it appears to possess Earth-like qualities such as clouds, lakes and mountains.


Cassini made one last move in September: a dive into Saturn’s atmosphere where it communicated its final images to Earth.

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