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Major Layoffs Hit News-Journal and Ex-Halifax Chain 3 Months After GateHouse Takes Over

| March 4, 2015

Four newsroom employees lost their job and seven employees lost theirs in advertising. The Flagler Bureau, down to three reporters, is about to lose another as Natalie Kronicks leaves to join the Flagler County government’s communications office, coordinating marketing efforts.

Net Neutrality: If History Is Any Guide, The Battle Is Far From Over

| February 27, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to approve new rules that effectively barred Internet companies from prioritizing some Internet traffic over others.

Cyclist Susan Lantz, 62, of St. Augustine, Is Killed on A1A in Collision With a Car

| February 22, 2015

Susan Lantz, a 62-year-old resident of St. Augustine, was killed Sunday morning (Feb. 22) as she rode her bicycle on State Road A1A just north of Crescent Beach, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

Lily Sara, Humanitarian and Founder of
La Voix de La Femme Libanaise, 1929-2014

| February 21, 2015

Lily Sara, one of Lebanon’s leading humanitarians and founder of La Voix de La Femme Libanaise–the Voice of the Lebanese Woman–died in Beirut on Dec. 10, 2014. Testimonies and eulogies were offered on Dec. 13.

Last Tango For Nuclear:
Atomic Power’s Environmental Ringers

| February 8, 2015

The nuclear power industry’s attempted revival is relying on a corps of environmental converts to the cause, including Obama climate czar Carol Browner and ex-EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman.

In a First For Jacksonville Zoo, A Baby Gorilla Is Successfully Born

| February 7, 2015

Almost a year after mourning the death of a newborn gorilla, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens this morning announced the first successful gorilla birth in its history. The newborn’s sex is currently unknown.

“We Cannot Walk Alone…
We Cannot Turn Back”

| January 19, 2015

Full text and video of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” a brief history of the origins and battles of the Martin Luther King federal holiday, and of the Martin Luther King monument at the Washington Mall.

At Hemming Park, Jacksonville Evolves From Axe Handle Saturday To Civil Rights Saturday

| January 15, 2015

Jacksonville filled Hemming Park with racial hatred and violence 55 years ago. But January 10, 2015 was a celebration of love as it became the location of a series of gay marriages, writes Julie Delegal.

Deputies Kill St. Augustine Man in “Suicide By Cop.” Man’s Wife Found Shot Dead.

| December 30, 2014

Timothy West, 48, is believed to have shot his wife before a brief confrontation with deputies who urged him to drop his shotgun before opening fire Monday evening.

St. Augustine’s A1A Ale Works: Curb Your Enthusiasm

| December 30, 2014

A1A Ale Works in St. Augustine, nearing its 20th anniversary, can learn a few things about customer service if it doesn’t want to make Larry Davids of its local clientele.

Ebony Wilkerson, Who Drove Her 3 Children Into the Sea, Is Committed to State Hospital

| December 23, 2014

Ebony Wilkerson, who invoked God as she drove herself and three children into the surf off the sands in Daytona Beach in early March, was committed to a state psychiatric hospital for an indeterminate amount of time on Tuesday even as Circuit Judge Leah Case described the 33-year-old woman as “dangerous.”

Florida Republicans Go Cuba Libre On Obama’s Decision to End Hostilities With Havana

| December 18, 2014

The future of America’s dealings with the island nation 90 miles away remains a sensitive issue in the state as even Democrats greeted Obama’s opening with caution.

4 Years In, Judge Dennis Craig Is Reassigned To Volusia and Replaced By Michael Orfinger

| December 10, 2014

Craig has been reassigned to the civil division in Daytona Beach. He will be replaced in Flagler by Michael Orfinger, who was elected to the bench after running unopposed last summer.

1-Year-Old Child of Bankrupt Company Buys News-Journal and Halifax Media for $280 Million

| November 21, 2014

New York-based New Media Investment Group bought the Daytona Beach News Journal and Halifax Media’s three dozen newspapers for $280 million in cash today. New Media is a publicly traded company that owns 402 small to mid-size community publications.

FSU Shooter Myron May, an Attorney, Said to Have Been in a “State of Crisis”

| November 21, 2014

Myron May was an FSU student senator in 2002 and had been practicing law since 2009 before he shot and injured students at FSU’s Strozier Library.

Does Life Begin at Conception? Nation Eyes Referendum That May Set Precedent

| November 1, 2014

The battle over North Dakota’s Measure 1 highlights the biggest trend in national abortion politics this November: wide-ranging pro-life ballot initiatives that would alter state constitutions in ways whose long-term repercussions are difficult to predict.

Daytona Speedway Seeking $3 Million A Year in Tax Gifts, Jaguars Close Behind

| November 1, 2014

The Jacksonville Jaguars are following closely behind the Daytona Speedway in requests of up to $90 million in sales tax dollars over 30 years, tax revenue that would be subtracted from public needs.

Crist Reaches Out to Democratic Base in Home Stretch, With a Stop in Daytona Beach

| October 29, 2014

From now until Tuesday, Crist will shake hands and pose for pictures with black supporters in places such as Sarasota and Daytona Beach and focus on the Democratic stronghold of South Florida, all designed to infuse base voters with enough enthusiasm to get them to the polls.

Jared Parkey, Flagler Firefighter Shot in Road Rage Incident, Sentenced to 2 Years’ Probation

| October 28, 2014

Jared Parkey was twice shot on U.S. 1 by ex-Flagler Beach cop Nathaniel Juratovac last year. Juratovac is serving a 4-year prison sentence. Parkey had faced a felony charge and prison time before his plea.

Ex-Felon Accused of Bludgeoning Wife to Death in St. Pete Arrested in Palm Coast

| October 28, 2014

A blue Chevy Cavalier that police agencies across the state had been placed on alert for was found in the parking lot of the bowling alley on Old Kings Road in Palm Coast before dawn. The car owner had fled following a murder in St. Petersburg this morning.

24-Year-Old Woman Shot in Road Rage Incident on I-95, Suspects in Mercedes Flee

| October 24, 2014

The incident took place at 3:17 p.m. near mile marker 290, about a mile north of the intersection with Palm Coast Parkway, in the southbound lanes. The woman’s injury are not life-threatening.

Gunman and Accomplice Sought After Armed Robbery at Outlet Mall’s Jewelry Store on SR16

| October 22, 2014

At 10:20 this morning a masked man authorities are describing as “possibly black” robbed the Zales Jewelry store at 2700 State Road 16, one of the stores at the Premium Outlets mall south of St. Augustine, along I-95.

Ormond Beach Police Investigating Shooting on Seminole Drive and Seeking Public’s Help

| October 20, 2014

A male subject was shot in the stomach by another male after an argument at 222 Seminole Drive in Ormond Beach. One suspect is in custody.

From Polish and Italian to Arabic and Creole: The Changing Sound of the American Street

| October 11, 2014

One-fifth of Americans now speak a language other than English at home. Fastest-growing are Arabic and Creole, though Spanish and Chinese are still the number 1 and 2 languages after English.

Advocates Call for DCF to Give Up Child Safety Oversight to Local Cops After Mass Murders

| October 8, 2014

Roy Miller, spokesman for the Children’s Lobby, said last month’s mass murder-suicide involving six children in Gilchrist County amounted to the last straw in the department’s response to a series of child deaths stretching back many years.

Florida’s Gay-Marriage Ban Teetering as U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way to Equality in 11 More States

| October 6, 2014

With the U.S. Supreme Court clearing the way for same-sex marriages in 11 other states, gay-rights supporters said Monday they will ask a federal judge to follow suit in Florida.

Colossal Waste: U.S. Aid to Afghanistan Now Exceeds Marshall Plan, With Little Return

| October 3, 2014

Adjusted for inflation, U.S. appropriations for the reconstruction of Afghanistan exceed the funds committed to the Marshall Plan, the U.S. aid program that delivered billions of dollars between 1948 and 1952 to help 16 European countries recover in the aftermath of World War II.

Despite 18 Investigations, DCF Claims Man’s 7 Murders in Bell Couldn’t Have Been Foreseen

| October 2, 2014

The murders drew national attention to the small town of Bell and led to questions about whether the Department of Children and Families could have done more to protect the children. The department and the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office visited the family’s home as recently as Sept. 2.

Michael Dunn Is Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Shooting of Jordan Davis as Jury Rejects Self-Defense Claim

| October 1, 2014

Michael Dunn murdered 17-year-old Jordan Davis at a gas station in Jacksonville the day after Thanksgiving 2012, in a case that again put the focus on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and racial implications.

Sheriff Don Eslinger, “Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot” Chief, Defines Opposition to Amendment 2

| September 30, 2014

Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger has been leading the campaign against Amendment 2, the proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. He calls it “flawed.”

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