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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.”

Nursing Home Surveillance: Should You Be Able to Spy On Your Grandma’s Caretakers?

| September 29, 2014

Illinois may be about to join at least four other states that have laws or regulations allowing residents to maintain cameras in nursing home patients’ rooms. Florida is not among them.

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.

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.

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.

Americans Don’t Learn: Step Up the Bombing; Common Core Myths, Fox’s Ray Rice Shame, Clinton and Bush Rejoined

| September 9, 2014

Americans want more bombing in Iraq and Syria, more common core myths are exploded, the pity of Gaza, the largest greenhouse gas increases in 30 years, and remembering Sam Kinison and Pablo Neruda.

Lillian Gobitas Klose, Who Defied Mandatory Pledge of Allegiance, Is Dead at 90

| September 7, 2014

Lillian Gobitas Klose was 12 when she was expelled from school for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Eight years later, in the midst of World War II, the U.S. Supreme Court vindicated her decision.

Appeals Court Orders City Government to Release “Shade” Meeting Transcript

| August 28, 2014

In a highly critical opinion, an appeals court Wednesday ordered the city of St. Pete Beach to release a transcript of a closed-door discussion about the settlement of a lawsuit.

Thomson Reuters Names 15 Florida Scientists Among the World’s Most Influential in 2014

| August 21, 2014

The Floridians are among 3,200 individuals on the list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, which includes the top 1 percent of scientists named as references by others in scholarly papers in the years 2002 to 2012. The list covers 21 broad fields, from pure math or physics to applied sciences such as medicine or psychology.

Manatees No Longer Endangered? Not So Fast.

| August 15, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering downlisting manatees from endangered to threatened, reducing their protective status. Save the Manatee Club’s Katie Tripp argues the proposal rests on too scanty data.

Pair of Suspects Arrested For Home Invasion Robbery on Palm Coast’s Bradmore Lane

| August 8, 2014

A 67-year-old Palm Coast resident was robbed the evening of on Aug. 3 at her Bradmore Lane home. The boyfriend of an ex-roommate, and the roommate, were arrested after the pair used the woman’s credit card at three locations in Ormond, Daytona and South Daytona.

2 Suspects Wanted for Robbing Pizza Delivery Man at Gunpoint Arrested at Flagler-St. Johns County Line

| August 7, 2014

A concurrence of motorists’ calls to police combined with a ground and air search in the area of the Flagler-St. Johns County Line Wednesday morning to capture two men suspected of robbing a Domino’s delivery man at gunpoint and stealing his car in Broward County.

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