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The Florida Department of Health has issued a precautionary no-swimming advisory for all public beaches in Palm Beach County.The action comes as a result of the potential effects on water quality caused by Hurricane Dorian.Authorities plan to conduct water tests. Until the results are available, the health department says people should try not to swim in the water, to avoid an increased risk of disease or illness.In addition, officials are asking people to avoid contact with floodwaters which could contain fecal matter from sewage systems, agricultural and industrial waste, and septic tanks.The health department recommends that people take these precautions:Follow basic hygiene during the emergency period. That includes washing your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected.Do not allow children to play with toys that have been in floodwater until those toys have been disinfected. Use 1/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water to disinfect toys and other items.If you happen to have any open cuts or sores that become exposed to the floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and disinfected or boiled then cooled water. In addition, apply antibiotic cream to reduce the risk of infection.
Police have identified a suspect in the murder of a woman last weekend at a motel in Lantana.Lantana Police say 28-year-old Andre Ramirez should be considered armed and dangerous.He is the subject of an arrest warrant for the murder of 29-year-old Denecia Seward. Authorities found her shot to death at the Super 8 motel on Hypoluxo Road on Sunday morning.According to police, Ramirez was last seen driving a 2005 dark blue Ford Crown Victoria.The Florida license plate is NTQI88.Ramirez is wanted for second-degree murder.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Palm Beach County CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward if your tip leads to an arrest.
American League first baseman Miguel Cabrera, of the Detroit Tigers, tags out National League’s Andrew McCutchen, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, at first base during the fifth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Sure, it was great for a couple days. The cheers for Derek Jeter. The power of Giancarlo Stanton. The excellence of Mike Trout in the American League’s 5-3 victory.Baseball’s All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and fans. But the break is over now, and the real fun begins Friday night.Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast. It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors, and the Giants, Angels and Dodgers are in prime playoff position. The trade deadline is in two weeks, and the recovery of several key injured players could dramatically affect a couple of divisions.The A’s bearded collection of shaggy misfits and stars is looking for the franchise’s first World Series title in 25 years. Sensing an opportunity, general manager Billy Beane got an early jump on the deadline when he acquired pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a deal with the Chicago Cubs on July 4.The blockbuster trade created an awkward scene at the All-Star game, where Samardzija was introduced with the NL reserves and then joined his new teammates in the AL dugout.“I’m really excited to just put all this to rest now and the sideshow that’s happened right in the middle of all this,” Samardzija said. “It was a great opportunity to get to know these guys more. I flew out here with them. I’m excited.”There will be no such problem for any other players on the move this month.Boston pitcher Jake Peavy, Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, San Diego closer Huston Street and New York Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon are thought to be on the market as contenders shop for that missing piece that could pay off into October.“I guess there’s a possibility for anything, but at this point I love playing in Philadelphia,” said Utley, who could veto any deal.Jeter was warmly greeted everywhere he went this week, and the Yankee captain contributed two hits to the AL All-Star win. Any chance of his final season ending in the playoffs likely depends on the return of rookie ace Masahiro Tanaka, who is out with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. He is going through a six-week rehab program but season-ending surgery is an option. Michael Pineda also could return from a back injury to New York’s battered rotation.The Bronx is one of many spots where health is an issue for the stretch run.The recovery of Reds sluggers Joey Votto (strained muscle above left knee) and Brandon Phillips (left thumb) and indispensable Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (right thumb) could affect the bunched NL Central. The Pirates could get starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (tight lat muscle) in the first few weeks after the break.“We know what we’re capable of doing, and we’re going to play like we’ve been there before, like we’ve done it before,” said slugger Andrew McCutchen, hoping to lead Pittsburgh back to the playoffs for the second straight year. “That’s what we’ve got to look forward to.”The strained right quadriceps of Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion and ailing back of Detroit’s Victor Martinez also bears watching. Atlanta, which is battling Washington for the top spot in the NL East, could get a lift from the return of Evan Gattis after the catcher was sidelined by a bulging disk in his back.Beyond the standings, the races for the individual honors will come into focus.Trout could add the AL MVP award to his one from the All-Star game, especially if the Angels can run down the A’s in the competitive AL West. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is among the favorites for the NL award, but he could be hurt by the Rockies’ poor play.The NL Cy Young Award features an interesting duel between Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.Trying for a repeat, Kershaw had a 41-inning scoreless streak that ended last week and carried a 1.78 ERA into the break. But Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA in 138 innings, compared to 96 1-3 for Kershaw, who missed all of April with a back problem.White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, the overwhelming favorite for AL Rookie of the Year with Tanaka on the shelf, could become baseball’s first rookie home run king since Mark McGwire with the Athletics in 1987.“He’s continuing to make adjustments with what other teams are trying to do to him,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said last month, “and when he hits it on the barrel it goes a long way.”___AP Sports Writers Dave Campbell and Ronald Blum in Minneapolis contributed to this report.___Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap
Facebook88Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Port of OlympiaPaddles up! Over 50 local and regional teams will race for the gold at the 12th annual Saint Martin’s University Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, April 29 at the Port Plaza. More than 5,000 spectators are expected to cheer the racers on, enjoy cultural performances, and browse the booths along the boardwalk. Booths include food, fun and cultural arts and crafts. The Dragon Boat teams represent colleges, universities, high schools, school districts, government agencies and community organizations. Saint Martin’s University (SMU) hosts the festival. The event is free and open to the public. If you go: Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Port Plaza on Budd Inlet, immediately north of Percival Landing at 701 Columbia Street NW. Look for the large viewing tower. The Port of Olympia is a proud sponsor of this community event. For more information, including ways to support the festival or organize a team, visit http://www.stmartin.edu/dragonboat or email email@example.com.