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Morning Juice: The Naked and the Dead

The headlines on this Monday in Broward and Palm Beach:

  • A flight from Gainesville to Fort Lauderdale vanished in the Everglades just south of the Palm Beach County border. One passenger has already been confirmed dead. The other three are presumed dead. [WPLG]
  • The plea deal for Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was finally made public and a local attorney who represents victims claims that Epstein pulled strings with the U.S. Justice Department officials in Washington to avoid hard time. [WFLX]
  • Members of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale voted overwhelmingly to retain W. Tullian Tchividjian as pastor. The grandson of Rev. Billy Graham has alienated a segment of that mega-church that wants its pastor to engage political issues with the same force as the late Rev. James Kennedy. [Miami Herald]
  • Expect a rowdy meeting of the Palm Beach County Commissioners, who will be taking public comments about their plan to raise the tax rate 14.9 percent. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Heat forward Michael Beasley is out of rehab after violating the NBA's substance abuse policy. It's not evident what drugs, exactly, Beasley may have abused, but Twitter was definitely one of them. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • For a 91-year-old Lake Worth man who survived his fight with the Nazis last century, a teen-aged home burglar was not an occasion worth dressing all fancy. In fact, Robert Thompson was naked except for his .38. In that condition, he kept the thief at bay till police could arrive. "I think he was more scared than I was, really," Thompson told the Palm Beach Post. You're a great American, Bob. You can put on britches now.

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Thomas Francis

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