Melania Trump: Has she disappeared from the campaign trail?

Melania and Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago.
Melania and Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago.

Melania Trump made one of her first appearances since the Republican National Convention at Wednesday night’s Commander-In-Chief Forum, the Washington Post noted. While daughter Ivanka has been seen frequently on the campaign trail, Melania has been mostly mum since July.

The woman who may become First Lady is extremely private, as The Palm Beach Post’s Barbara Marshall reported. “It’s hard not to feel sorry for Melania Trump,” she wrote.

Read more:

What you don’t know about Melania Trump, the Potential First Lady.

Our complete coverage of Donald Trump’s candidacy.

 

 

 

Donald Trump’s 6 most fascinating body tics from Thursday speech

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Donald Trump takes the stage to accept the Republican nomination for president on the final night of the Republican National Convention. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times)

Donald Trump rallied the faithful with a rousing acceptance speech at Thursday night’s Republican National Convention. But we could have watched the speech with the sound off and been mesmerized by Mr. Mar-A-Lago‘s endless collection of facial expressions, tics and body language.

Our favorites (all photos from the Associated Press and Getty Images):

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THE FRENCH KISS (a k a The Air Kiss): No Al and Tipper Gore liplock plagiarism between The Donald and Melania after the speech last night. Campaign Rule No. 1: Don’t muss the makeup.

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THE PULL-DOWN: Throughout the speech, Trump would give his suit a quick downward adjustment and stand in a pre-emptive “Hail to The Chief” posture.

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THE POINTER: Trump’s fascination with his fingers has been well-documented. Need we say more?

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THE THUMBS-UP: See The Pointer above.

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THE GREAT PROFILE (with The Thumbs Up): A two-fer. Throughout the speech he would turn in profile and admire the crowd as it admired him.

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THE THIS-IS-YUGE!: Or the “Can You Believe It? I’m Gonna Be The President!”

Related: Palm Beach Post coverage of the convention in Cleveland and of Donald Trump’s candidacy

RNC 2016: Ivanka Trump “terrified” to introduce her father tonight

Ivanka Trump, her brothers and half-sister Tiffany, applaud a speaker at the RNC in Cleveland Tuesday night. (Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, her brothers and half-sister Tiffany, applaud a speaker at the RNC in Cleveland Tuesday night.
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Ivanka Trump Kushner says she’s “terrified” of her role at tonight’s Republican National Convention when she formally introduces her father as the GOP’s 2016 presidential candidate.

Speaking to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie this morning, Trump’s oldest daughter said, “I’ve never spoken in a stadium like this, but really I just want to make sure I do a great job for him. So it’s a real honor and a privilege that he asked me to do this, and I think it’s a testament to him as a parent.”

Ivanka, 34, daughter of Trump’s first wife, Ivana, also said, “I’m really comfortable with my speech because it comes from my heart.”

She also commented on the controversy surrounding Melania Trump’s speech that contained plagiarized phrases from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.  A Trump speechwriter has come forward to take the blame.

“I love Melania so much and I am so proud of the job that she did,” Ivanka said. “She’s a very private person and for her to come out on that stage and speak from the heart and share her story about coming to this country.

“This is such a personal experience for her and she shared it in such a graceful and articulate way, so I am enormously impressed with her ability to do that and have great respect for it.”

During the campaign, Ivanka has often been the Trump family spokesperson since Melania prefers to remain in the background with her son, Baron.

Ivanka with her father at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach in 2012. (Post file photo)
Ivanka with her father at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach in 2012. (Post file photo)

 

 

Related: Ivanka Trump: Not the Trump You’re Expecting

Related: Palm Beach Post coverage of the convention in Cleveland and of Donald Trump’s candidacy

RNC 2016: Learn more about Donald Trump’s son before he speaks tonight

Donald Trump Jr. and family at Mar-A-Lago. (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Donald Trump Jr. and family at Mar-A-Lago. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to speak tonight at the Republican National Convention.

Here is what reporter Barbara Marshall wrote about Donald Jr. and his brother Eric:

Donald Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric, could have been a pair of Poor Little Richie Riches, sledding through the high life on their last name, trailing bad behavior like spilled Cristal.

That the two eldest Trump sons, Don Jr., 38, and Eric, 32, appear to be hard-working executive vice presidents in their father’s companies instead of louche trust fund babies may have more to do with the influence of their mother,Ivana, and her Czechoslovakian parents than their father, according to a recent story in The Washington Post.

Read more about Donald Jr. and his brother Eric — their businesses, families and lifestyles.

Read  What You Don’t Know About Potential First Lady Melania Trump

See photos of Melania Trump during her Mar-a-Lago years in Palm Beach

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RNC 2016: Melania Trump to speak at convention tonight

Melania and Donald Trump at a Mar-a-Lago party. (Post file photo)
Melania and Donald Trump at a Mar-a-Lago party. (Post file photo)

Melania Trump will try to repair her husband’s basement-dwelling ratings with women tonight while also talking about her own immigrant experience, say RNC organizers.

As tonight’s convention headliner, Melania will likely try to bolster her husband’s claims that women love him despite polls that show Hillary Clinton has the lead among women voters 52 to 37 percent.

As she has in the past, Melania is likely to emphasize that when she immigrated from Slovakia in 1996 to future her modeling career, she played by the rules before becoming an American citizen in 2006.

Read  What You Don’t Know About Potential First Lady Melania Trump

See photos of Melania Trump during her Mar-a-Lago years in Palm Beach

Read more stories about Donald Trump

 

Top 10 fast-food French fries in Palm Beach County, ranked

French fries and a Cuban sandwich at Jon Smith Subs. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
French fries and a Cuban sandwich at Jon Smith Subs. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

“Do you want fries with that?”

“Actually, I’ll just take the fries.”

It’s National French Fry Day, which means today you should skip the burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches and just go straight for the greasy carb-loading. There are plenty of restaurants that have great fries — even a fancy French restaurant in Palm Beach — and we’d love to list them all, but we’re judging the fast-food and sandwich chains today.

Here are the top fast-food fries, ranked.

10. KFC. Their fries are thick and greasy, but maybe a little too greasy.

9. PDQ. We love the chicken tenders and fresh approach to food, but the fries are a little squishy.

8. Burger King. You go here for the burgers. They don’t call it “Home of The French Fry.” Though we really liked the Satisfries, while they lasted.

7. CheckersA greasy, guilty, late-night-when-no-one-is-looking pleasure, if that’s not redundant.

6. McDonald’s. Their fries are always thin, crispy and hot. The saltier, the better.

5. Wendy’sTheir natural cut fries are thick and tasty. Secret ingredient: A sprinkling of sea salt.

4. BurgerFi. They win for best fry-related name — the Cry and Fry, thick fries paired with onion rings and special sauce. A meal in itself. (You can get free fries today with the purchase of The CEO Burger.)

3. Jon Smith SubsThin and crispy. They almost make you forget about the subs. Almost.

2. Chik-Fil-A. Two words: Waffle fries! (Try them with a little packet of hot sauce.)

And the winner is…

1. Five Guys. First off, they’re good, hot, and crispy. Second, they give you a MOUNTAIN of fries. Even if you get the small bag, they throw in an extra scoop. You want to make a meal out of French fries today? This is the place to go. (Don’t skip the side cup of malt vinegar, which adds to the carb high.)

What is your favorite fast-food French fry? Take our poll.

And did we leave off your favorite? Tell us.

 

 

 

You won’t believe these 10 crazy facts about secret life of your pets

A scene from "The Secret Life of Pets." (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures)
A scene from “The Secret Life of Pets.” (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures)

“The Secret Life of Pets” is out to somewhat mixed reviews. It might make pet owners and non-pet owners wonder about animals and their behaviors.

Here are some not-so-secret, but still interesting, facts about the lives of pets:

1. Dogs tilt their heads when something catches their interest and they want to hear it well.

2. A garter snake is prolific: It can give birth to 85 babies.

3. Cats knead (or press) their paws when they are content.

4. Iguanas can hold their breath for up to a half-hour.

5. Rabbits bite or dig at your feet when they want your attention or when they want you to move out of their way.

6. Dog urine is dangerous: It’s been known to corrode metals.

7. Ferrets like chasing games.

8. A goldfish can live a long life: Up to 40 years.

9. Guinea pigs toss their heads up in the air when they are annoyed at being petted.

10. An adult cat is Olympic-worthy: It can run up to 12 miles per hour and sprint at about 30 miles per hour.

Sources: Internet sites

3-day art event this weekend in West Palm Beach’s new ‘cultural corridor’

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Rolando Chang Barrero has opened The Box Gallery on Belvedere Road, marketing the thoroughfare as “West Palm Beach’s Cultural Corridor.” (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Rolando Chang Barrero  has opened The Box Gallery as proof of his commitment to what could be Palm Beach County’s newest arts district.

The gallery is Barrero’s third, joining one at the Boynton Beach Arts District and his RCB Fine Arts Gallery in downtown Lake Worth.

Large and gleaming white, the new gallery will house the kind of cutting edge exhibitions that usually go to Miami, says Barrero, while providing space for video and performance art.

The Box Gallery has a three-day grand opening planned this weekend, which features about 30 artists from all over the world who now live in Florida.

Schedule of events:

Friday: 7- 11 p.m.:  The opening of an All Florida exhibition, featuring artists who live in the Sunshine State. The exhibit runs through June 26.

Saturday:  6 – 11 p.m.:  Projections and Performances, with video, performance art and live music.

Sunday: 3 – 5 p.m.  State of the Arts:  a casual conversation among curators, artists and arts administrators.

If you go: The Box Gallery, 811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach

Read our full story: ‘Is Belvedere Road the new “cultural corridor” of West Palm Beach?

Palm Beach County: 5 invasive species invading our county!

Nile monitors, native to the Nile Delta in Africa, can reach 5-foot and 15 pounds. The semi-aquatic lizards are meat-eaters with a fierce some bite.

Nile monitors, native to the Nile Delta in Africa, can reach 5-foot and 15 pounds. The semi-aquatic meat-eaters with a fearsome bite are known to breed in the canal along Southern Boulevard. (FWC)

Iguanas are tearing up our gardens while Nile monitor lizards are breeding in the C-51 Palm Beach Canal along Southern Boulevard.

Invasive exotic species abound in South Florida and Palm Beach County has its share.

The Burmese pythons breeding in the Everglades haven’t migrated this far north, but wildlife officials are concerned about the spread of tegus,  a large black-and-white lizard found in substantial numbers west of Miami and spotted a few times in Palm Beach County.

Read more about South Florida’s invasive species.

 

 

 

 

 

What Santaluces High graduate stars in new ‘X-Men’ movie?

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Actor Oscar Isaac. Alberto Martinez/American-Statesman

That would be 1997 alum Oscar Isaac, who plays the villain in the new “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens Friday.

Oscar Isaac at X-Men premiere. (Getty Images)
Oscar Isaac at X-Men premiere. (Getty Images)

Isaac is becoming one of Hollywood’s big names. He played Poe Dameron in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (and he’s signed up for the sequels, too), as well as showing off his acting chops in films such as the Coen Bros. “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Alex Garland’s sci-fi tale, “Ex Machina.”

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And, oh yeah, he’s on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine this week, with the headline: From ‘Star Wars’ hero to ‘X-Men’ heavy.

Isaac as "Apocalypse" in the new X-Men movie.
Isaac as “Apocalypse” in the new X-Men movie.

In the article, he doesn’t talk much about how he came to attend the school in suburban Lantana. He lived in Miami until his parents divorced and Hurricane Andrew destroyed their house, forcing him to move up here for his senior year.

But he does give one clue to what he was doing during his high school days:

Playing in a ska band, or as Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt puts it, “a promising, if already deeply out-of-fashion, Florida ska-punk band.” That musical background helped him play the ’60s folk singer in the Coen Bros. movie.

Other tidbits about his Florida upbringing from the article:

*He was “straight-edge” in high school, staying away from drugs and alcohol.

*His role as the bad, blue mutant Apocalypse was not a stretch: In his Florida school days, he was a collector of ‘X-Men’ comics and with a friend took part in a Marvel role-playing game.

*Isaac, whose real last name is Hernandez, is Guatemalan-born, with a Cuban father. But he didn’t want to be defined by his ethnicity, he told the magazine: “They define you — ‘Latino actor, we’ll just bring him in for Spanish commercials.’ I’m interested in telling stories about the human experience that are not necessarily just about my personal circumstances.”