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Gruesome Buddies: ISIS Beheadings
And the American Death Penalty

| September 19, 2014

ISIS beheadings have provoked instinctive revulsion, justly so. Too bad the same reaction doesn’t follow Florida’s and other American state’s equally barbaric continuation of the death penalty, a habit other civilized nations have abandoned.

Tenacity Charlie: County Commissioner Ericksen, 71, Completes 24,902-Mile Bike Trek, Equivalent to Circling the Equator

| September 19, 2014

Charlie Ericksen’s odometer turned the last mile early this morning after six years or 2,263 days, biking an average of 77 miles a week around Flagler and Palm Coast, despite three tips to the hospital along the way and many more repairs for his bike.

Florida Sheds 4,000 Jobs and Unemployment Rate Ticks Up to 6.3%, Also Rising in Flagler

| September 19, 2014

In Flagler County, the unemployment rate went up to 9.5 percent, the number of people with jobs fell by 207, and the labor force, an indicator of local economic vitality, fell by 186 after rising in previous months.

Florida Virtual School v. K12 Inc.: Supreme Court Clears Way For Legal Fight

| September 18, 2014

Justices unanimously rejected arguments that Florida Virtual School could not sue the private K12 Inc. over copyright infringement. K12 provides online-education services in Florida and has used the names Florida Virtual Academy and Florida Virtual Program.

Joan Rivers Enters Heaven, Runs Into God, Jesus and Robin Williams: A Live Report

| September 18, 2014

Joan Rivers makes it into heaven and has a few choice words with God before discovering that Robin Williams got in despite Catholic prohibitions of heaven for suicides: God made an exception.

17-Year-Old Runaway Palm Coast Girl Found Unresponsive at Bunnell’s Budget Motel

| September 18, 2014

A 17-year-old Palm Coast girl reported missing Saturday was found unconscious in a motel room Monday morning, where she’d checked in with a 27-year-old the night before, in a case Bunnell police terms “suspicious.” The girl was still in a coma Wednesday at a hospital in Jacksonville.

Settle Wants Carney Out as Commission Chair in Flagler Beach, Underscoring Dysfunction

| September 18, 2014

In an unprecedented move in the city’s history, Flagler Beach City Commissioner Steve Settled will seek to have Kim Carney removed from the commission chairmanship next week, and replaced with Marshall Shupe.

Two Flagler Estate Residents Face 39 Counts Of Animal Cruelty Each After Foul Discovery

| September 18, 2014

A circuit judge ordered the St. Johns sheriff’s office to take possession of 17 cows, nine pigs, 11 goats and two horses found in neglectful conditions. The animals are to be auctioned.

Insurers’ Latest Ploy: Shifting Costs to the Sick By Making Them Pay More For Drugs

| September 18, 2014

The Affordable Care Act is designed to forbid it, but health insurers are finding a new way to extract money from policy holders with pre-existing conditions–by steering them to more expensive drugs.

Shaun Whitt of Palm Coast Is Sentenced to Life in Prison For Serial Rapes of 11-Year-Old Girl

| September 17, 2014

Shaun Whitt, formerly of Palm Coast’s F-Section, would assault the girl in her bedroom for more than two years after she turned 11, after her mother would go to work. He denied the allegations.

Big Sugar Turns to Mass Development, Potentially Affecting Everglades Restoreation Efforts

| September 17, 2014

Environmental groups around the state are alarmed at U.S. Sugar’s plans to change its business model and potentially develop huge tracts of land it owns in South Florida, which might affect Everglades restoration efforts.

1st Quarter Revenue at Palm Coast Data Falls 13%, But CEO Paints Brighter Picture Ahead

| September 17, 2014

Revenues from the company’s Media Services businesses, which include Palm Coast Data’s Subscription Fulfillment Services, fell from $20.3 million for the first quarter of 2014 to $17.5 million in the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2015. CEO Rory Burke said the company is “not teetering on the brink of disaster.”

Can This Guy Help Save Florida Oranges? State Unveils $1 Million Captain Citrus

| September 17, 2014

The muscled-up Captain Citrus, intended to help boost Florida citrus sales while fighting evil, has undergone a $1 million head-to-toe makeover with the help of comic-book giant Marvel Entertainment. He was unveiled Tuesday by the Department of Citrus at a comic-book store in Tampa.

Commission Chairman Questions Election’s Integrity in Broad Criticism of Supervisor Kim Weeks’ Methods

| September 16, 2014

George Hanns unleashed an unusually blunt and broad critique of Weeks at the end of a county commission meeting and went as far as questioning whether it was time to involve the state Division of Elections “about some of the things that are transpiring.”

Palm Coast Boy, 9, Faces Battery and Molestation Charges After “Playing Around” With 11-Year-Old Girl

| September 16, 2014

The 9-year-old boy is accused of grabbing the girl’s breasts from behind, asking her to “give me a hug or I’ll rape you,” and hitting her with a flip-flop when she got away from him.

Judge Raul Zambrano Sentences Kentrell Johnson to Death For FSU Student Vincent Binder’s Murder

| September 16, 2014

Vincent Binder’s mutilated body was found in a St. Augustine field in April 2010, weeks after he was murdered by three convicts escaped from a Louisiana prison. Two were sentenced to death, one to life in prison.

Gamble Rogers Rec Area Will Keep Its Name as Flagler Beach Concedes: “Not Worth the Fight”

| September 16, 2014

The Flagler Beach City Commission and the County Commission both retreated from a push to remove Gamble Rogers’s name from the Flagler Beach recreation area following a series of setbacks and a public backlash against the idea.

Kimble Medley Appointed to Palm Coast Code Enforcement Board, 3 Others Reappointed

| September 16, 2014

Neil Copeland, Robert Branin and Gerry Chagnon, who had previously been an alternate, were re-appointed to the powerful board. Kenneth Klinkenberg, a former member, was appointed an alternate in City Council votes this morning.

Thrasher Almost Walks Out As He Is Heckled and Grilled By FSU Students and Staff

| September 16, 2014

During on-campus forums that are part of the presidential selection process, students and faculty often expressed a lack of trust in Thrasher, long considered the front runner for the FSU presidency.

Republican Optimism Grows as Scott Closes Gap with Crist

| September 15, 2014

More Republicans than Democrats cast ballots in last month’s primary elections, and Scott — facing a couple of token opponents — only fell about 6,000 votes short of matching the combined total votes for Crist and another Democratic candidate, former Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich.

Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Enrollment Approaches 400 as 10th Anniversary Season Begins

| September 15, 2014

The Flagler Youth Orchestra drew a record number of students as it began its 10th season today with bi-weekly classes at Indian Trails Middle School, a testament to the school district’s sustained support of its broadest, most successful afterschool arts program.

Weekend Violence: An Arrest Over Child Abuse, Another From a Baseball-Bat Assault

| September 15, 2014

Jolynn Martin, 29, of Bunnell, was arrested following a violent argument with two adults, one of whom was holding a 2-year-old girl, who allegedly got punched. Martin Wright, 54, of Bunnell, was arrested for allegedly taking a baseball bat to another man’s head in an argument.

Flagler Celebrating 2nd Annual Arts in Education Week From Stage to Frames to Slams

| September 15, 2014

More than a dozen arts and culture events put the focus this week on arts in education in Flagler and Palm Coast, including theater, art shows, a poetry slam and a costume gala.

Assault Weapons Don’t Kill People.
Handguns Kill People.

| September 15, 2014

It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do. Yet Democrats and anti-gun advocates keep focusing on renewing the defunct assault-weapons ban.

For or Against Medical Marijuana, Seven Ex-Supreme Court Justices Explain Why They Oppose Amendment 2

| September 14, 2014

Amendment 2, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, should be rejected – regardless of one’s position on the issue of medical marijuana, seven ex-Florida Supreme Court justices argue.

Ken Yarborough, 53, of Palm Coast, Is Killed In Single-Car Wreck at I-95 Exit Overnight

| September 14, 2014

Kenneth E. Yarborough, 53, of Palm Coast, was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima with passenger Omayra Rodriguez Jarrett, 31, who was seriously injured as the car struck trees and ended in a retention pond.

Nature Scapes Is Now Home to a Bird Sanctuary in the Late Marylou Baiata’s Memory

| September 13, 2014

Local bird expert Trudy Tappan helped started the Baiata Bird Sanctuary after the death of long-time owner Marylou Baiata in July. Her son has since taken over Nature Scapes, which now also includes on its grounds the new Hollingsworth Gallery and other features.

Continuing Brutality in Florida Prisons: 11 Guards Arrested Following Inmate Abuse

| September 13, 2014

On Wednesday, five prison guards were arrested for allegedly stomping on a handcuffed and shackled inmate at the Northwest Florida Reception Center last month. A sixth — a captain — was also charged with taking part in the attack and lying about it.

Sheriff’s Office Seeking Help Identifying Thieves Scheming With Credit Cards at Kangaroo Stores

| September 12, 2014

The suspects entered various Kangaroo Express stores and requested to purchase a $500 prepaid Visa credit card at each location.

Elections Supervisor Weeks Scuttles Latest Attempt to Resolve Elections Conflicts in Heated Meeting

| September 12, 2014

A Canvassing Board meeting Friday devolved into a partisan and often heated debate, but no resolution, as many conflicts that have framed Kimberle Weeks’s supervision of the last election remain unresolved ahead of November’s election.

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