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

| July 3, 2015

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.

Flagler Chamber Membership Director Thompson Is Fired, Then Insurrection Breaks Out

| July 2, 2015

In 24 hours of feverish developments after Heather Thompson’s firing, a chamber member’s web page in support of Thompson drew 50 testimonies before it was taken down.

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

| July 2, 2015

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.

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

| July 2, 2015

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.

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

| July 2, 2015

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.

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

| July 1, 2015

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 trust in the most recent report.

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

| July 1, 2015

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 more critical, argues Scott Klinger.

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

| July 1, 2015

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.

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

| July 1, 2015

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 Party Bounces.

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

| July 1, 2015

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, is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 12.

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

| July 1, 2015

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

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

| June 30, 2015

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 responded by asking for Francis to lift that stay.

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

| June 30, 2015

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 Park, behind Palm Coast Parkway, on land where Palm Coast’s Water Plan No. 1 sits.

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

| June 30, 2015

For 13 years until last fall Don Apperson was the face of school resource deputies in Flagler County and appearing before local government boards to advocate either for the SRD system or for stronger laws on various issues.

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

| June 30, 2015

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 the adults with disabilities program run by FTI, which lost its state funding this month.

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

| June 30, 2015

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.

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

| June 29, 2015

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 security.

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

| June 29, 2015

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.”

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

| June 29, 2015

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 that program. On Tuesday, board members will look for a patch on the way to a solution to keep the program from closing.

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

| June 29, 2015

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 Hammock.

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

| June 29, 2015

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, including a count of rape, a capital felony.

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

| June 29, 2015

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.

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

| June 28, 2015

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 a run-down.

Reported Runaway, 14, Is Found at Her Father’s as Family Custody Issues Emerge

| June 27, 2015

Ashley Martin, 14, had left home her mother’s June 20 and was found at her father’s June 26, where police were told of family conflicts and custody issues.

The Confederate Flag:
A Swastika Cross-Dressing as Heritage

| June 26, 2015

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.

Gay Marriage Is Now Legal in the United States: Supreme Court Rules for Equality, 5-4

| June 26, 2015

The United States Supreme Court this morning declared gay marriage legal across the United States in a 5-4 decision authored by conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Bad Judges: Florida Supreme Court Seeks to Rein in Rogues and Hotheads

| June 26, 2015

The number of judges facing sanctions in Florida jumped last year, and the high court is more often seeking harsher penalties than those originally proposed by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission.

Algal Bloom Observed at the Confluence of Flagler’s Dead Lake and Bull Creek

| June 26, 2015

Algal blooms damage the environment because they replace vital food sources, clog fish gills, prevent sunlight from reaching seagrass and contribute to low oxygen “dead-zones” when they degrade.

Weekend Briefing: Banning the Ghastly Selfie Stick, Ham Radio Fest in Flagler Beach, Construction Updates

| June 26, 2015

The selfie stick is finally banned at Disney, Flagler County’s ham operators hold their annual open house in Flagler Beach Saturday, all sorts of construction progress reports.

Explosion at Santore Fireworks Causes Small Fire, Panic But No Injuries

| June 26, 2015

The fire was restricted to a 12-by-12 area at Santore Fireworks’s manufacturing plant on County Road 305 in western Flagler. Two employees had minor injuries.

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