Morning Juice: Corruption Spreads to Town of Palm Beach; Judge Blasts Regulators for Everglades Pollution

The news in Broward and Palm Beach:

  • In a show of support for teachers who oppose Senate Bill 6, students in two Broward County schools walked out of class Wednesday. The bill would tie teacher pay to student performance on standardized tests, leading to even more teaching-to-the-test than educators do now. Gov. Charlie Crist has until Friday to decide whether to sign or veto the bill. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Corruption blooms in Palm Beach, where Steven M. White, the town's construction manager, has been busted for allegedly accepting about a quarter-million dollars in kickbacks from construction companies looking to do business with the town. [WPBF-25]
  • Josie Lou Ratley is out of her coma, but she has brain damage and still can't speak or even swallow on her own. [WSVN-7]
  • As expected, Pine Crest Fort Lauderdale's star point guard, Brandon Knight, will play his college basketball at the University of Kentucky. [ESPN]
  • Upset about city cutbacks, the West Palm Beach police officers union is boycotting SunFest and may give the same treatment to other events in the city if city commissioners don't restore pay raises and other perks. [Palm Beach Post]
  • A federal judge excoriated state and federal officials for failing to follow through on enforcing standards designed to limit pollution to the Everglades and threatened to impose penalties if regulators continue to be lax. [Sun-Sentinel]

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