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Assisted Suicide In Your Back Yard:
More Prevalent Than You Think

| May 23, 2015

People don’t talk about it, but assisted suicide happens in states where it’s not legal. Just over 3 percent of U.S. doctors said they have written a prescription for life-ending medication, and almost 5 percent reported giving a patient a lethal injection.

Kimberle Weeks Secret Recordings Tapped Into Her Personal Life, Including a Funeral Director

| May 22, 2015

FDLE investigation details revealed today show Weeks, the former Flagler elections supervisor, obsessively recording officials, at least one reporter, and others in her personal life, and editing the results.

R.J. Larizza Says No Charges Against Sheriff’s Deputy in Second Fatal Shooting in 2 Years

| May 22, 2015

State Attorney R.J. Larizza said today no charges will be filed against Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy Joel Hernandez, who shot and killed a man who was allegedly reaching for a gun while sitting in his car at a towing yard in Daytona Beach in September 2014.

Flagler Unemployment, Down to 6.1%, Continues Sharp Recovery Over Last 12 Months

| May 22, 2015

There were in fact 87 fewer Flagler residents with jobs in April than in March, though the number of Flagler residents on the unemployment rolls also declined, by 219, to 2,616.

Weekend Briefing: Memorial Day Commemorations, Losing Iraq, Gay Eire, Keurig Horrors, Teens Fly

| May 22, 2015

Memorial Day commemorations in Palm Coast, Flagler and Flagler Beach on Monday, Ireland votes on gay marriage, ISIS clobbers Ramadi, Milan Kundera raises questions.

Feds’ $1 Billion Pledge Cuts Florida Health Deficit in Half, Easing Legislative Standoff

| May 21, 2015

If Florida has to instead offset the remaining $1.2 billion deficit for low-income healthcare with tax revenues, that could eat into funding for other priorities, like public education and tax cuts.

Milissa Holland, Now a Republican, Files to Run for Palm Coast Mayor to Succeed Netts

| May 21, 2015

Milissa Holland, the two-time Flagler County Commissioner who narrowly lost a bid for the state House in 2012, filed today to run for Palm Coast mayor in 2016.

In LL-Section Fire, Puppy Rescue Gets All the Attention as a Father of 6 Struggles in ICU

| May 21, 2015

Tuesday’s fire in the LL-Section left a 37-year-old father of 6 in the ICU since and split his children to relatives’ homes, but all the attention–and an award–has gone to firefighters’ rescue of two puppies and four older dogs.

Reagan Republican Richter Sends Sexually Offensive Email to Local Media, and Warning to FlaglerLive

| May 21, 2015

Mark Richter, a member of the Ronald Reagan Republican Assemblies of Flagler County, narrowly lost in the Republican primary for Flagler County Commission in 2014.

Thursday Briefing: A Science Expo at Belle Terre Elementary, Tracking Employees 24/7, Death Penalty’s Death in Nebraska

| May 21, 2015

Belle Terre Elementary holds its public science expo at 4:40 this afternoon. Buddy Taylor’s band is in concert at the Auditorium. Employers tracking their employees 24/7 draws a lawsuit.

From “Sustainable Tourism” to Full Employment: Right and Wrong of Smart Development

| May 20, 2015

The UN’s 169 priorities for sustainable development are too many and are like having none at all, argues Bjorn Lomborg. So he asked leading economists to evaluate which targets would do the most good for every dollar.

Disappearance of Bunnell’s George Contos, 58, Missing Since May 7, Now Termed Suspicious

| May 20, 2015

George Contos, a 58-year-old Bunnell resident and a diabetic with a prosthetic leg, went missing on May 7. His car has been recovered. The disappearance is now considered suspicious, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Flagler’s Next Congressman? Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford Announces for DeSantis Seat

| May 20, 2015

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, term-limited after 12 years, will seek to replace Rep. Ron DeSantis in the 6th Congressional District, which includes all of Flagler County. The open seat is expected to draw numerous candidates.

Father Faces Child Abuse Charge Over 12-Year-Old Son’s Black Eye and Broom Violence

| May 20, 2015

Angel Pablo Otero Diaz, 34, of Bunnell, was jailed Tuesday on a charge of child abuse after allegedly leaving his 12-year-old son with a black eye and striking him with a broom.

Crime Rate Falls to Historic Low in Flagler, Mirroring State and National Trend

| May 20, 2015

Flagler’s crime rate is 40 percent lower than Florida’s, and in 2014 it was 29 percent lower than its peak in 2007. Bunnell continues to account for a disproportionate number of arrests.

Meeting in Bunnell, State Board of Education Urges Lawmakers to Preserve Historic Increase in Per-Student Funding

| May 20, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott warned last week that a planned $261 per student funding increase from the current year was in jeopardy if the Legislature does not resolve an impasse over health care funding.

Wednesday Briefing: State Education Board in Bunnell, Letterman Ends, Digital Journalism Stalls

| May 20, 2015

The state Board of Education holds its meeting in Bunnell Wednesday morning, with the education commissioner in tow. Tonight Dave Letterman ends his 35 years as the king of late night. Michael Massing explores the future of digital journalism.

If Violence Isn’t the Answer, Someone Should Clue In the Police

| May 20, 2015

Nobody wants to see people hurt, businesses burned, or innocent lives disrupted by violence in their communities. But you can’t understand urban unrest in isolation from the violence residents face at the hands of their own government.

As Gov. Scott Seeks Information For His Health Commission, Hospitals Signal He’s On His Own

| May 20, 2015

As Gov. Rick Scott’s newly created health-care commission prepares to meet Wednesday to begin sifting through data about hospital funding, the governor’s request for information has been met with hospitals essentially telling him to go look it up.

In a Victory for Students, Divided School Board Relaxes High School Dress Code Substantially

| May 19, 2015

Starting in fall, students in high school can wear school t-shirts, club shirts or team jerseys, as well as plaid and striped collared shirts. The policy does not change existing rules for middle and elementary school students. The board voted 3-2 to adopt the new policy.

Flagler Beach Confrontation Sends Man to Hospital and Splash Car Wash Owner to Jail

| May 19, 2015

The fight at the he Shell gas station on State Road 100 in Flagler Beach sent Ricardo Mercado of Palm Coast to jail on an aggravated assault charge, and Roman Miroshnik to the hospital.

Missing Key Ingredient—“People”—Charter Review Storm Evaporates as Quickly as It Came

| May 19, 2015

Few people showed up at today’s Palm Coast council meeting and fewer still spoke on the charter-review proposal by Council member Steven Nobile, appearing to end the matter.

2 Hospitalized, 6 Dogs Rescued From House Fire in Palm Coast’s LL Section

| May 19, 2015

A father and his young daughter, about 5 years old, were hospitalized for smoke inhalation this morning after a fire in the garage at 6 Llach Court in Palm Coast inundated the house with smoke, but was contained before spreading further.

Tuesday Briefing: City Council Braced, Man Booker Prize Announced, Ericksen Flocked, Food Truck Tuesday

| May 19, 2015

It’s Food Truck Tuesday in Palm Coast’s Central Park, Britain’s Man Booker Prize is announced at 4:30 p.m., the Palm Coast City Council and Flagler School Boards are in action, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Commissioner Charlie Ericksen was flocked.

Flagler’s Ronald Reagan Group Orchestrating Blitz on Palm Coast Council Over City Charter

| May 18, 2015

An email request for “support” of council member Steven Nobile’s push for a charter review went to the local tea party membership, and was signed by the Ronald Reagan group’s president, Michael McElroy.

Lawmakers Preparing A Disastrous Overhaul of Florida High School Athletics Ahead

| May 18, 2015

Not a high school in the state of Florida sees anything but disaster in proposed legislation that would overhaul the Florida High School Athletic Association, for good reason, argues Nancy Smith.

Florida’s Smallest Police Department Gets a Mine-Resistant Armored Vehicle

| May 18, 2015

The Pentagon put more than 12,000 MRAPs into service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Now many of those MRAPs are being unloaded to 780 domestic civilian law enforcement agencies.

Teachers Union has No Standing to Sue Over Florida’s School Voucher System, Judge Rules

| May 18, 2015

The voucher-like program provides tax credits to companies that donate money to nonprofit entities that help pay for children to attend private schools. Some 70,000 students are enrolled.

On Parking Mire, Flagler Beach Commission Piles Confusion On Top of Indecision

| May 18, 2015

After a proposal to put the question of paid parking to a referendum failed, the Flagler Beach City Commission had trouble giving its administration direction on what to do next.

At Matanzas Woods Parkway Interchange Groundbreaking, Praise For the Overdue

| May 18, 2015

Most groundbreakings aren’t worth the PR, because that’s all they are: a chance for the shovel hogs to get their picture in the news, let their flesh be pressed and their egos stroked.
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But Flagler County and Palm Coast have earned this one. And when Flagler County Chairman Frank Meeker said of the […]

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