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Bill Gates: The Rich World’s Responsibility to Those Who’ll Suffer Most From Global Warming

| September 2, 2015

Climate change can’t be stopped tomorrow, but its devastating effects on millions of the poorest farmers can be reduced if richer countries invest in cleaner technologies now, and help farmers better adapt, Bill Gates writes.

Split Florida Conservation Commission Approves Letting Hunters Kill 10% of Bear Population in 4 Regions

| September 2, 2015

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission cleared the killing of at least 320 black bears for two to seven days in October, the first bear-hunting season in two decades.

Men v. Women: Three Domestic Violence Incidents Land Three Men in Jail on Felonies

| September 2, 2015

Three Palm Coast men ended up at the Flagler County jail in a 48-hour span following unrelated incidents that entailed allegations of substantial violence against women and girls–two of the men’s spouses, a girlfriend, and one of them men’s two teen-age daughters. All three incidents resulted in felony charges.

Speculate No More: Ex-Undersheriff Rick Staly Declares Run Against Ex-Boss Manfre

| September 2, 2015

Staly’s announcement was long expected and similar to his 2004 run for sheriff in Orange County. He joins a crowded field of Republican contenders vying to take on Democrat Manfre.

Gov. Scott and Florida Cabinet Honor 3 From Flagler: John Seth, Rick Staly and Ed Wolff

| September 2, 2015

Rick Staly until spring was the undersheriff in the Jim Manfre administration, John Seth is the long-time band director at Flagler Palm Coast High School, and Ed Wolff is the county’s teacher of the year.

Wednesday Briefing: Kiwanis at 100, Violent-Offender Pre-Trials, Taser-Armed Drones, Pythons and Bears

| September 2, 2015

Numerous violent offenders appear in a series of pre-trials before Judge Walsh this afternoon, the Fish and Wildlife Commission takes on pythons and bears, Fox News falsely ties cop killings to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Florida’s New Drone Law, Restricting “Surveillance,” Is a Gift to Personal Injury Lawyers

| September 1, 2015

Like medical marijuana, there’s an entrepreneurial rush to get in on the drone business, but states like Florida have been stumbling their way to legislation., argues Nancy Smith.

Alone Among 50 States, Florida’s Ban on Prison Newspaper Is Upheld

| September 1, 2015

Florida Corrections officials have censored the publications for six years, objecting to certain ads and calling them a security risk. No other state prison system agrees.

“Somber” Board Severely Cuts Flagler’s Adults With Disabilities Program So It Can Survive

| September 1, 2015

The program served 85 mostly full-time clients until it lost half a million dollars in state aid, forcing staff cuts and deep reductions in services. But unlike other districts, Flagler chose to keep its program going.

Privatize the Flagler Beach Pier? Commission Says Yes to 6 Events Per Year, to Make Money

| September 1, 2015

The Flagler Beach pier already generates well over $300,000 a year for the city, and rising, but commissioners want more: they’d close off the pier to private parties six times a year, for $155 an hour plus additional fees.

Flagler Beach man, 18, Accused of Statutory Rape of 3 Minor Girls After Enticing Them With Drugs and Money

| September 1, 2015

Tyler Harrison, an 18-year-old resident of 2239 South Daytona Avenue in Flagler Beach, was arrested Friday on three counts of lewd and lascivious battery, or statutory rape, after allegedly enticing two 15-year-old girls and one 14-year-old girl with drugs to meet him for sex.

Tuesday Briefing: Palm Coast’s Life-Saving Firefighters, Weaponized Police Drones, Rising Murder Rates

| September 1, 2015

A Palm Coast couple writes of firefighters’ life-saving intervention, murder rates are rising sharply in many cities, Flagler Beach firefighters raise money for MDA, Shostakovich’s great waltz.

Supreme Court Weighs Solar Power Measure Big Utilities Want Unplugged From 2016 Ballot

| August 31, 2015

The Floridians for Solar Choice constitutional amendment, in part, would allow businesses to generate and sell up to two megawatts of power to customers on the same or neighboring properties.

Why You’re Getting Poorer: iPhones Aren’t The Economic Engine Cars and Electricity Were

| August 31, 2015

Robert Gordon argues rising standards of living brought by cars, indoor plumbing and electricity can;t be replaced by iPhones and the internet. Martin Feldstein disagrees.

Florida Doubles Rates For 36,000 KidCare Full Pay Children, and Blames Obamacare

| August 31, 2015

Thousands of parents were slammed with new rates with less than a month to pay, though they’ll have a chance to leave Florida’s plan for Obamacare in a special enrollment period.

Flagler, Among Top 10 Counties With Most Concealed-Weapon Licenses, Will Fast-Track Permitting

| August 31, 2015

Flagler has 8.24 concealed carry permits for every 100 residents. Starting Jan. 1, the Flagler Tax Collector’s office will accept concealed-weapon permit applications for $134 and renewals for $72.

The Hammock’s Paul Hillman Charged With Attempted Murder In July Attack on Couple

| August 31, 2015

Paul Hillman, a 43-year-old resident of 29 N. Shady Lane in Palm Coast’s Hammock, was jailed overnight on charges of aggravated assault, armed burglary and burglary with assault after he allegedly stormed the house he used to live in and battered both occupants—on of them a blind 55-year-old woman—with a rifle.

Still Under Internal Investigation, Flagler Sheriff’s CSI Pazarena Returns to Full Duties

| August 31, 2015

Laura Pazarena, the Flagler County Sheriff’s crime scene technician hired two years ago to launch the department’s first CSI unit, is under internal investigation, and has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation’s outcome.

Monday Briefing: Facebook and Twitter After You Die, Flagler Photography Club Annual Show, Denali’s Rebirth

| August 31, 2015

Find out what happens to your Facebook and Twitter pages after you die, Denali takes back its name from McKinley, Oliver Sacks dies, the Flagler Photography Club’s annual show is on.

With Florida Leading U.S. in Child Drownings, States Are Pressed to Improve Prevention

| August 30, 2015

Florida had 50 drownings of children 15 or younger last year, by far the most in the nation. California was second with 36. Better pool-safety regulations help.

Indentured Regression: Marco Rubio Thinks College Students Should Be Sharecroppers

| August 29, 2015

Marco Rubio is proposing human capital contracts as a way for college students to pay tuition: investors would foot the bill and claim a percentage of the graduates’ income for years. It’s a terrible idea.

Degraded Erika No Longer Severe Threat to Flagler, Though State of Emergency Still in Effect

| August 29, 2015

Though a state of emergency remains in effect in Flagler, Erika has degenerated into a tropical depression and moved wide west of the Florida Peninsula.

The New World of Wimbledon Junior Champ Reilly Opelka: Autographs, Pressure and a Rising Ranking

| August 28, 2015

Palm Coast’s Reilly Opelka turned 18 today as he prepared for the U.S. Open, where he qualified for the doubles draw and will play in the Juniors tournament next week, but fell in qualifiers for the men’s draw.

In Flagler Beach’s On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Manager Campbell, It’s On Again

| August 28, 2015

The commission doesn’t want to have an interim manager, fearing a return to the years when it employed one—Bernie Murphy—for five years.

Weekend Briefing: Dank and Stormy Days, A Night at the Ag Museum, Israel’s Red-State Illusions

| August 28, 2015

A wet, relatively uneventful weekend in anticipation of Tropical Storm Erika, Israel’s illusions as a GOP red state, a sleep-over at the Florida Ag Museum, plus Edward Gibbon and Rubenstein playing Chopin.

SLAPP This: Florida Scores a Big Free Speech Victory Against Intimidation Lawsuits

| August 27, 2015

It was a rare success in the last Florida Legislative session: a new law protecting the public from frivolous corporate or otherwise intimidating lawsuits intended to silence public expression in government issues.

Disaster Economics 101: Flagler Businesses Are Made Part of County’s Recovery Plans

| August 27, 2015

Kevin Guthrie, the county’s emergency services director, told some 80 Flagler business leaders what role they must play in the immediate recovery after a disaster to ensure that the local economy returns to normal.

Sheriff Plans DUI Checkpoint Saturday at SR100 East of Old Kings Road Saturday Night

| August 27, 2015

The checkpoints typically result in far fewer arrests for drunk driving than for other reasons: drivers may charged with a host of issues that have nothing to do with drunk driving, including for drug possession or for non-moving violations such as non-functioning headlights or tail lights or irregular registration.

Thursday Briefing: Raising the Floor in Flagler Beach, Live Murder of Journalists, That Old Trump-Bush Feud

| August 27, 2015

Two journalists are murdered on live TV, Flagler Beach aims to raise base-floor elevations of new homes (builders are unhappy), plus Jonathan Franzen, R.L. Lewis, Trump and Bush.

Overselling Flagler: How County Tourism and Government Zeal Lost the Spartan Race Before It Started

| August 26, 2015

An examination of the documents behind the Spartan Race proposed for Princess Place show tourism chief Matt Dunn repeatedly getting ahead of the process, showing little awareness of policy and protocols and virtually no appreciation for the political context that ultimately sank his biggest pet project to date.

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