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Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 3:18 PM
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Matt Lauer, the veteran “Today” show host who was fired Wednesday after allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, has loved visiting Palm Beach County, Florida, over the years.
“Anytime it’s cold up north, I find an excuse to come down,” Lauer told the Palm Beach Post in 2000.
He has a long history here, where his parents lived in Palm Beach Gardens, his dad died in hospice care and he held an annual charity golf event to benefit hospice work. He also was good friends with broadcaster Bryant Gumbel, who lives in north county part-time.
During his visits here, Lauer sometimes talked about his wife, former model Annette Roque, and his former show’s effect on women.
In 1998, he told the Post that he didn’t collapse with passion the first time he saw Roque, whom he met on a blind date.
“It was one of those slow-developing things,” Lauer said. “I don’t think I kissed her for two months.”
And he talked about why the “Today” show woos women viewers:
“I think it’s because we’re on so early, and people are in their underwear or pajamas, and they’re just comfortable with us. We’re family.”
In 1999, he talked about his wife’s relationship with one of Lauer’s passions: golf.
“Annette’s taken three golf lessons,” he said. “She hits the ball great, but it hasn’t sparked any interest in her. The passion’s not there yet. But now she’s asked for another lesson. So maybe. It would be nice to plan a vacation where it’s not me playing in the day and she’s doing something else. To go out and play together, I’d love that.”
Lauer is also friends with longtime West Palm Beach and New York public relations executive Shamin Abas, who declined comment about him Wednesday. In 2005, a Post gossip column reported that Abas and Lauer had friendly “tete-a-tete” dinners at West Palm restaurant Tsunami.
Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 5:40 PM
— You probably already figured that Google keeps track of your web searches, but did you know that the Internet giant may be storing recordings of your voice?
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 2:10 PM
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — An unexpected doctor’s appointment -- and 800 pounds of fajitas -- proved to be Gilberto Escamilla’s undoing.
Escamilla, 53, of Brownsville, Texas, was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant, according to the Brownsville Herald. Escamilla is a former employee of the Cameron County juvenile detention center.
Prosecutors said Escamilla spent nine years scamming the county by ordering fajitas for the Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center, then intercepting the orders and selling them to his own customers. He was caught in August 2017 when he missed a shipment due to a doctor’s appointment.
Other employees of the detention center were baffled when a delivery driver showed up with 800 pounds of fajitas, a dish that is not served in their kitchen. The driver told them he had been delivering the Mexican specialty to the facility since 2008.
“It was selfish,” Escamilla said during his sentencing hearing on Friday, according to the Herald. “It started small and got bigger and out of control. It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”
Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Peter Gilman requested the stiff sentence to send a message to public servants willing to steal from taxpayers, the Herald reported.
“We feel a strong message should be sent,” Gilman said.
Under Texas law, Escamilla faced up to 99 years in prison for the first-degree felony, NBC News reported. Theft of property becomes a first-degree felony when a person steals property valued at $200,000 or more.
An additional theft charge against the defendant was dismissed as part of an earlier plea deal.
Escamilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested at his home, where investigators found packages of fajitas in his refrigerator. The detectives were able to track down some of his customers, who cooperated with the investigation.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:49 PM
— A frozen novelty manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain ice pops that are sold in 15 states for possible listeria contamination.
According to US Recall News, Ziegenfelder Co., of Wheeling, West Virginia, is recalling about 3,000 cases of Budget $aver Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops and Sugar Free Twin Pops because of the possible health risk.
The ice pops were distributed to retail grocers in 15 states:
The ice pop products were delivered between April 5 and April 19, US Recall News reported.
The Cherry Pineapple Monster Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-84200-9, and have lot codes D09418A through D10018B.
The Sugar Free Pops carry the UPC code 0-74534-75642-9, and have lot codes D09318A through D10018B.
So far, there are no reported illnesses or incidents involving the products.
Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
— Tropical Storm Maria continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean. The deadly storm has claimed lives on multiple islands in its path.