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Blacksmithing as an art is alive and well in South Florida. And those who practice it see it as more than a hobby.

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Between 500–700 guests are expected to attend the American Red Cross Ball at Mar-a-Lago Saturday.

The annual fundraising gala has been held at Trump’s Palm Beach estate for almost 60 years without controversy. 

Not so this year.

Since taking office, President Trump has stepped away from running his business empire. But in Florida, a federal judge has handed a legal defeat to the organization that bears his name. He ruled that Trump National Jupiter Golf Club must refund members nearly $6 million.

It's a case that began in 2012 when Trump bought the struggling golf club from Marriott Vacations Worldwide. He paid just $5 million, a bargain price. But as part of the deal, he had to assume some $50 million in debt, money owed to members who put down refundable deposits and now wanted out of the club.

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President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and migrants from seven mostly-Muslim countries caused confusion in South Florida Sunday. From the Palm Beach International Airport, to a civil rights gathering in Lake Worth, to a musical performance in Fort Lauderdale – residents and visitors process and protest the president's action.

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A new exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art wants us to rethink the way we look at something all around us: glass.

“These are not decorations,” said Kathleen Goncherov, curator of contemporary art. “A lot of this work is very political. These pieces tell stories.”

She points to an elaborate, floor-ceiling chandelier by Chinese artist Song Dong.

“This is a take on a traditional Venetian chandelier, except it has surveillance cameras on it,” said Goncherov. “It’s called “Glass Big Brother.”

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Around half a million people come to the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach every year -- some with cows, goats and chickens in tow. Young people from 18 counties bring their best livestock to be judged...and then sold – at the Youth Livestock Auction.

That’s where WLRN’s Peter Haden caught up with one of them:  Okeechobee High School’s Patrick Lehman and his 12-hundred pound prizewinning steer, Melvin.

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As the nation is preparing to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, local law enforcement has a message for anyone planning to participate in any illegal MLK Day ATV rides. 

“If you’re planning on disrupting traffic, or endangering the lives of yourselves or anyone else, you will be dealt with from a zero-tolerance standpoint,” said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

Israel joined state and local law enforcement agencies at a press conference Thursday to warn against any illegal riding of off-road vehicles Monday.

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There’s an ordinance in the town of Palm Beach that prohibits aircraft from landing or taking off within its limits.

But for one resident, there will be an exception.

The town council of Palm Beach voted unanimously this week to allow President elect Donald Trump to land his helicopter at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

The allowance will last during Trump’s time in office and only apply to “business related to the presidency,” according to the language of the resolution.

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Addiction treatment is big business in Palm Beach County.

According to research conducted by the Palm Beach Post, it brings in more than $1 billion a year, making addiction treatment the county’s fourth largest industry – only behind tourism, construction and agriculture.

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President-elect Donald Trump will be sticking to his Thanksgiving tradition of visiting his estate in Palm Beach.

Republican National Committee spokesperson Sean Spicer told reporters about Trump’s holiday plans Monday morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced major flight restrictions will be in place around Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate from Tuesday afternoon through Friday.

The restrictions cover a circle about seven miles wide, but flights in and out of Palm Beach International Airport will not be affected.

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Over the past week, a swarm of local and international artists have been working in parks and vacant lots in West Palm Beach, transforming the spaces into a giant outdoor museum. 

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A penny sales tax hike was green-lighted Tuesday by voters in Palm Beach County.

Around 57 percent of voters approved raising the county’s rate from 6 to 7 percent. It’s expected to generate $2.7 billion  over the next decade. That money will go to fix schools, roads and bridges and to pay for new technology and construction projects.

“I think the community wants to see their penny at work very quickly,” said Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa.

Three men living in Palm Beach County have been charged with conspiracy and attempts to provide material support to the Islamic State (ISIS), according to a complaint filed in federal court on Friday. 

Two of the men were arrested at the Miami International Airport Thursday as one of them was on his way to Germany, with plans to continue to Syria, according to a complaint circulated by the U.S. Attorney's office. 

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Next time you see a newspaper box in Palm Beach County, look closer. It may be a “Little Free Library.”

Palm Beach County is adding some “fun-sized” libraries, as part of a worldwide initiative to encourage more kids to pick up a book and read.

 These colorful boxes are designed to encourage children between 4 to 16 years of age. The books were provided by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County. 

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01/16/15 - On the next South Florida Arts Beat, documentarian, Mark Moormann, brings us the details about his upcoming film, The Record Man, about how Henry Stone exported the music of Miami to the world.

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