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Flagler Beach Fireworks Scheduled for July 4, Palm Coast on July 3

| July 3, 2015

Flagler Beach Fireworks Scheduled for July 4, Palm Coast on July 3

Flagler Beach fireworks and parade schedule and route, and other 2015 Independence Day activities on July 4th and July 3 in Palm Coast's Town

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Say Goodbye: Old ITT Landmark and School Board Clunker to Be Demolished By Year’s End

| July 2, 2015

Say Goodbye: Old ITT Landmark and School Board Clunker to Be Demolished By Year’s End

The Flagler School Board got no bids on its 54,000-square foot building in pring, which it'll pay $200,000 to demolish, after paying off a

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At Bunnell’s Methodist Church, Rev. Terry Wines Begins Filling Beth Gardner’s Big Void

| July 1, 2015

At Bunnell’s Methodist Church, Rev. Terry Wines Begins Filling Beth Gardner’s Big Void

It's pat of an annual and anxious ritual in the sprawling world of the United Methodist Church when "elders" typically move from church

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Palm Coast’s “D.J. Chris” and Owner of Kids’ Bounce House Co. Charged With Soliciting Minor for Sex

| July 1, 2015

Palm Coast’s “D.J. Chris” and Owner of Kids’ Bounce House Co. Charged With Soliciting Minor for Sex

Christopher Pintek, known as "D.J. Chris," a P-Section resident, was arrested on charges of luring a 14-year-old boy for sex through a phone app.

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2 More Men Arrested on Sex-Assault Charges Involving Children Closely Related To Them

| July 1, 2015

2 More Men Arrested on Sex-Assault Charges Involving Children Closely Related To Them

Waldemar Rivera, a 36-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s R-Section, faces a charge of raping a 13-year-old girl, John J. Schenone, 32, of the W-Section,

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Palm Coast Dead Zones: City Proposing Less Restrictive Cell-Tower Rules, But Council Demurs

| June 30, 2015

Palm Coast Dead Zones: City Proposing Less Restrictive Cell-Tower Rules, But Council Demurs

The proposal is being made ahead of a deal between the city and a cell tower company to put a 150-foot tower near Heroes

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Don Apperson, Long-Time School Resource Deputy and Youth Leader, Retires

| June 30, 2015

Don Apperson, Long-Time School Resource Deputy and Youth Leader, Retires

For 13 years until last fall Don Apperson was the face of school resource deputies in Flagler County and appearing before local government boards

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School Board Hears Good and Bad of New Budget and Agrees to 3-Month Patch for Disabilities Program

| June 30, 2015

School Board Hears Good and Bad of New Budget and Agrees to 3-Month Patch for Disabilities Program

The $2.5 percent state-funded budget increase falls short of restoring the money lost last year. The board agreed to a $120,000 band aid for

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Flagler Officials Caution Against Beached Debris From SpaceX Rocket Explosion

| June 30, 2015

Flagler Officials Caution Against Beached Debris From SpaceX Rocket Explosion

While it is highly unlikely any of the debris resulting from the explosion of the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule will reach

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With 11 Jobs and Life Skills for 85 Disabled Adults at Stake, School Board Scrambles for Lost Money

| June 29, 2015

With 11 Jobs and Life Skills for 85 Disabled Adults at Stake, School Board Scrambles for Lost Money

The Flagler school board lost $535,000 for two essential programs for adults with disabilities when the Legislature slashed $10 million from its budget for

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Sunday Night Standoffs: Deputies Contend With Armed Men in Hammock and W-Section

| June 29, 2015

Sunday Night Standoffs: Deputies Contend With Armed Men in Hammock and W-Section

Both stand-offs, which began after domestic confrontations, ended peacefully, with the arrest of Val Mateyshin in the W Section and no arrest in the

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Palm Coast Man, 60, Faces Capital Felony on Rape and Molestation Charges of 12-Year-Old Relative

| June 29, 2015

Palm Coast Man, 60, Faces Capital Felony on Rape and Molestation Charges of 12-Year-Old Relative

Mario Edward DiGirolamo is at the Flagler County jail on $300,000 bond following his arrest Friday on three sex-crime charges involving a 12-year-old relative,

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Another Strong Growth Month Adds 223,000 Jobs, Lowering Unemployment to 5.3%

| July 2, 2015

Another Strong Growth Month Adds 223,000 Jobs, Lowering Unemployment to 5.3%

For all the economy's overall improvements, when it comes to the majority of workers, there are no improvements where it matters: in families' standards of living.

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Independence Weekend Briefing: It’s All About the 4th, Savior Nicholas Winton, RIP, Trump’s Continued Surge, Copeland’s Common Man

| July 2, 2015

Independence Weekend Briefing: It’s All About the 4th, Savior Nicholas Winton, RIP, Trump’s Continued Surge, Copeland’s Common Man

Before starting your July 4 celebrations, remember the great Nicholas Winton, savior of nearly 700 Jews and others from the gas chambers. Plus, Susan Sontag, how art became irrelevant and a few safety tips.

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Rick Gets Richer: Governor’s Net Worth Climbs $14 Million in 2014, Padded By Blind Trust

| July 1, 2015

Rick Gets Richer: Governor’s Net Worth Climbs $14 Million in 2014, Padded By Blind Trust

Scott, who reportedly spent $13 million last year on his re-election, stated he generated $9.8 million last year from his blind trusts. Unlike last year, however, Scott did not disclose the assets of the blind

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Disney’s CEO Makes $248 a Minute as Some of His Employees Go Homeless on $8.03 an Hour

| July 1, 2015

Disney’s CEO Makes $248 a Minute as Some of His Employees Go Homeless on $8.03 an Hour

Even after a raise to $10 an hour, Disney employees can only expect to take home about $20,000 over the course of a year, not enough to live decently in Orlando. A $15-an-hour wage is

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Wednesday Briefing: Principals Hinson and Pryor Say Farewell, Full-Moon Gamble, Bunnell’s Cop Cars

| July 1, 2015

Wednesday Briefing: Principals Hinson and Pryor Say Farewell, Full-Moon Gamble, Bunnell’s Cop Cars

Buddy Taylor Principal Stephen Hinson and Matanzas Principal Chris Pryor bid their last farewell, why racists burn black churches, more overtime pay for managers.

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Judge Halts Abortion Waiting Period Set to Start Wednesday, Pending ACLU Challenge

| June 30, 2015

Judge Halts Abortion Waiting Period Set to Start Wednesday, Pending ACLU Challenge

But the appeal by Attorney General Pam Bondi triggered an automatic stay on Francis' decision, which could allow the law to go into effect. The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the initial case, immediately

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Tuesday Briefing: Palm Coast Talks Fences, School Board’s Disability Dollars, Social Media Day

| June 30, 2015

Tuesday Briefing: Palm Coast Talks Fences, School Board’s Disability Dollars, Social Media Day

Social Media Day is marked at Cowork this evening, fencing regulation is again on the Palm Coast Council's agenda, while the school board hunts for dollars to keep its adults with disabilities program going.

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Backdoor Snooping: Why the U.S. Is Wrong to Oppose Full Encryption of Your iPhone

| June 29, 2015

Backdoor Snooping: Why the U.S. Is Wrong to Oppose Full Encryption of Your iPhone

The U.S. argues that the country will be less safe if the proper authorities have no “backdoor” – a piece of code that lets them in. Software engineers call backdoors “vulnerabilities,” deliberate efforts to weaken

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Supreme Court’s Lethal Injection Ruling Clears Way For More Florida Executions, and Challenges

| June 29, 2015

Supreme Court’s Lethal Injection Ruling Clears Way For More Florida Executions, and Challenges

In the 5-4 majority opinion issued Monday, Justice Alito wrote that the first of the three-drug lethal cocktail used also used in Florida, "entails a substantial risk of severe pain."

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Monday Briefing: Supreme Court Goes Lethal, Puerto Rico Goes Greece, Flagler Goes Jet Skis

| June 29, 2015

Monday Briefing: Supreme Court Goes Lethal, Puerto Rico Goes Greece, Flagler Goes Jet Skis

The Supreme Court refused to declare lethal injection unconstitutional in a fractured 5-4 opinion, Flagler County Fire Rescue has itself new jet skis in time for July 4.

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New Laws Kick In This Week: Body Cameras, Drones, Abortion, Traffic Tickets, Secret Recordings, Flags

| June 28, 2015

New Laws Kick In This Week: Body Cameras, Drones, Abortion, Traffic Tickets, Secret Recordings, Flags

Florida's record-setting budget goes into effect on Wednesday, along with 130 other new laws that were produced by the Legislature this year in the regular and special sessions and signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Here's

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The Confederate Flag:
A Swastika Cross-Dressing as Heritage

| June 26, 2015

The Confederate Flag: <br />A Swastika Cross-Dressing as Heritage

Removing the Confederate flag from public places isn't a denial of first amendment rights. It corrects an offensive version of false history and opposes black honor to white supremacy.

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Culture Flagler Beach Fireworks Scheduled for July 4, Palm Coast on July 3

Flagler Beach Fireworks Scheduled for July 4, Palm Coast on July 3

Flagler Beach fireworks and parade schedule and route, and other 2015 Independence Day activities on July 4th and July 3 in Palm Coast's Town Center.

Jul 3, 2015 / More »
Flagler 911 Palm Coast’s “D.J. Chris” and Owner of Kids’ Bounce House Co. Charged With Soliciting Minor for Sex

Palm Coast’s “D.J. Chris” and Owner of Kids’ Bounce House Co. Charged With Soliciting Minor for Sex

Christopher Pintek, known as "D.J. Chris," a P-Section resident, was arrested on charges of luring a 14-year-old boy for sex through a phone app. He is the owner of Surround Sound DJ and

Jul 1, 2015 / More »
Rights & Liberties Backdoor Snooping: Why the U.S. Is Wrong to Oppose Full Encryption of Your iPhone

Backdoor Snooping: Why the U.S. Is Wrong to Oppose Full Encryption of Your iPhone

The U.S. argues that the country will be less safe if the proper authorities have no “backdoor” – a piece of code that lets them in. Software engineers call backdoors “vulnerabilities,” deliberate efforts

Jun 29, 2015 / More »
The Live Wire Stupid Pot Busts

Stupid Pot Busts

The conviction for pot smoking of a Palm Coast resident who'd never had so much as a traffic ticket illustrates the sickness of a police and judicial system's wrongheaded marijuana fixation.

Jun 5, 2015 / More »
Pierre Tristam The Confederate Flag: <br />A Swastika Cross-Dressing as Heritage

The Confederate Flag:
A Swastika Cross-Dressing as Heritage

Removing the Confederate flag from public places isn't a denial of first amendment rights. It corrects an offensive version of false history and opposes black honor to white supremacy.

Jun 26, 2015 / More »
Nancy Smith Florida’s Nature Conservancy Gets It:<br /> It’s About Land Management

Florida’s Nature Conservancy Gets It:
It’s About Land Management

Most Florida environmental groups this special session made a lot of noise and spent a lot of money, but came away empty-handed and unhappy. Not The Nature Conservancy.

Jun 18, 2015 / More »
Project Syndicate Backdoor Snooping: Why the U.S. Is Wrong to Oppose Full Encryption of Your iPhone

Backdoor Snooping: Why the U.S. Is Wrong to Oppose Full Encryption of Your iPhone

The U.S. argues that the country will be less safe if the proper authorities have no “backdoor” – a piece of code that lets them in. Software engineers call backdoors “vulnerabilities,” deliberate efforts

Jun 29, 2015 / More »
Guest Columns Disney’s CEO Makes $248 a Minute as Some of His Employees Go Homeless on $8.03 an Hour

Disney’s CEO Makes $248 a Minute as Some of His Employees Go Homeless on $8.03 an Hour

Even after a raise to $10 an hour, Disney employees can only expect to take home about $20,000 over the course of a year, not enough to live decently in Orlando. A $15-an-hour

Jul 1, 2015 / More »
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Flagler Beach Fireworks Scheduled for July 4, Palm Coast on July 3 »

Flagler Beach Fireworks Scheduled for July 4, Palm Coast on July 3

Flagler Beach fireworks and parade schedule and route, and other 2015 Independence Day activities on July 4th and July 3 in Palm Coast's Town Center.

Jul 3 2015 / 58 comments / Read More »

Say Goodbye: Old ITT Landmark and School Board Clunker to Be Demolished By Year’s End »

Say Goodbye: Old ITT Landmark and School Board Clunker to Be Demolished By Year’s End

The Flagler School Board got no bids on its 54,000-square foot building in pring, which it'll pay $200,000 to demolish, after paying off a $770,000 debt on it.

Jul 2 2015 / 2 comments / Read More »

At Bunnell’s Methodist Church, Rev. Terry Wines Begins Filling Beth Gardner’s Big Void »

At Bunnell’s Methodist Church, Rev. Terry Wines Begins Filling Beth Gardner’s Big Void

It's pat of an annual and anxious ritual in the sprawling world of the United Methodist Church when "elders" typically move from church to church around this time of year.

Jul 1 2015 / No comment / Read More »
The Live Wire

Stupid Pot Busts »

Stupid Pot BustsThe conviction for pot smoking of a Palm Coast resident who'd never had so much as a traffic ticket illustrates the sickness of a police

Jun 5 2015 / 56 comments / Read More »
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