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Transgender Indecency

| May 24, 2016

There were pragmatic ways to ensure access to bathrooms for transgender people until lawmakers hijacked the process with predatory bans that dehumanize people and make a mockery of decency.

Flagler’s Third Graders Improve English Skills and Climb to 10th Best in Florida

| May 24, 2016

The proportion of students who scored a 3 or better (out of 5)–that is, students who are proficient in English at their grade level–also improved, from 60 percent to 63 percent.

Tuesday Briefing: Bring Your A Game Camp, Food Truck Tuesdays, Bernie Loses the Halo, Grandma in the Attic

| May 24, 2016

The Bring Your A Game summer camp is explained, Bernie takes flack from his own, what to do when Grandma moves into the attic, and the rescheduled Food Truck Tuesday.

Monday Briefing: Tasers for Bunnell Cops, Tim Tebow Hosts Best of Preps, Math Madness, Global Warming Madness

| May 23, 2016

The Bunnell City Commission needs to replace its cops’ 10 Tasers, Tim Tebow speaks at a banquet honoring athletes and fans in Daytona Beach, a frightening graphic display of global temperatures over the past 150 years.

Are We Finally Ready For Smart Guns? Daytona’s iGuns Technologies Aims For Yes

| May 21, 2016

The iGun’s chip technology only works within centimeters and makes it impossible for anyone other than the person wearing the ring to fire it. Some gun advocates are resistant for various reasons.

“I’m Dead, I’m Dead,” Handcuffed and Repeatedly Tased Man Says Just Before Dying

| May 20, 2016

Chase Sherman was in handcuffs, in the back seat of his when he was Tased 15 times by Georgia police though he was unarmed, and his parents had called 911 to come help.

Weekend Briefing: Choral Arts Society Concerts, Transparency at Salvo, Calypso Gallery Grand Opening

| May 20, 2016

“Transparency,” a new show opens at Salvo Art Project featuring Krystyna Spisak-Madejczyk, opens Saturday, the Choral Arts Society performs concerts Saturday and Sunday, Albrecht Durer is 545 years old.

Thursday Briefing: Fallen Officers Memorial, Biggest Candidate Forum Yet, Flagler Beach Montessori Lease

| May 19, 2016

The annual memorial commemorating Flagler County’s four fallen officers at 10 a.m., a candidate forum featuring school board, Palm Coast council and county commission candidates, the Flagler Beach City Commission takes on a montessori school’s lease.

Flagler Commissioners Press Case to Recover Fees from 5 More Frivolous Ethics Complainants

| May 17, 2016

It’s the Flagler commission’s latest attempt to strike back against almost 30 ethics, elections, Florida bar and other complaints filed against commissioners and the administration since 2014, but a previous attempt to recover fees has been unsuccessful so far.

Hundreds Of Thousands Lose Food Stamps In Florida as Work Requirements Kick In

| May 17, 2016

In Florida if you can’t show that you’re working or meet the work requirements some other way, you get penalized and lose your food stamps for the following month. If you fail to meet the requirements again, it’s a three-month sanction and then six months.

Tuesday Briefing: Working-Group Pot, Food Truck Postponed, School Lunch Cost, Brown v. Board of Ed at 62

| May 17, 2016

A committee of local law enforcement, judicial and other government officials meets to develop a proposed pot-decriminalization ordinance, the Palm Coast City Council discusses a European Village revamp, the school board discusses raising school lunches by 25 cents.

Weekend Briefing: FPC’s Beauty and the Beast, Movie in the Park, Middle Class As a Minority, Richard Avedon

| May 13, 2016

Flagler Palm Coast High’s Thespian troupe ends its season with “Beauty and the Beast” Friday and Saturday, “Ant Man” is the free movie in the park, and all weekend on this page, a feature-length movie on the great Richard Avedon.

Thursday Briefing: Right Whale Season Sum-Up, Josh Crews Writing Project, Sister Helen Prejean Honored

| May 12, 2016

Frank Gromling, the Right Whale Guy, gives a State of the Whales talk at the end of the 2015-16 season, Flagler Beach talks bait shop, four schools celebrate the end of the year with various events, Schumann’s Papillion.

Flagler Takes 1st Step To Pot Decriminalization With Broad Agreement on Principle, Less So on Details

| May 11, 2016

All of Flagler’s major law enforcement and government agencies agree that marijuana decriminalization for first-time offenders is a good idea. The county next will develop an ordinance all can agree on. That step may be more difficult.

Wednesday Briefing: Cops and Managers Talk Pot Decriminalization, Senior Awards, Susan Rice at FIU

| May 11, 2016

A much-anticipated meeting of local officials to discuss decriminalization of pot, National Security Adviser Susan Rice is at Florida International University, Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

For Flagler’s Gun Shops, New Residents Spur Brisk Business But Laws Conceal Debate

| May 9, 2016

Flagler County’s gun shop owners say fear and a need for protection rather than hunting still drives much of their business, but they have differing views on gun regulations and the need for additional laws.

Monday Briefing: A Slew of Sentences, Obama on Students Who Silence Speech, Bunnell Parking Regulations

| May 9, 2016

James Russell Brink had his statutory rape charge reduced to felony child abuse and his adjudication withheld by a judge. He’s back in court. Obama decries students who censor speech. Mozart at his most Bach-like. Bunnell changes parking regulations.

Housing Restrictions on Sex Offenders Spread Even as Evidence Shows They Don’t Work

| May 7, 2016

The restrictions can make offenders’ lives less stable by severely limiting their housing options, and can push them away from family, jobs and social support — all of which make it more likely they will abuse again.

Behind Palm Coast’s Inspired Mic, A King With Nine Lives Defies Dreads, Death and Taboos

| May 6, 2016

After a hiatus The Inspired Mic, Palm Coast’s most daring and unpredictable open mic event, returned to the New Europa under the direction of Michael Ray King, who organizes the monthly event with a light touch, himself inspired by a personal history of harrowing survival.

Weekend Briefing: Arbor Day in Central Park, Bogosian at CRT, Prom Night, Drug Court Graduation

| May 6, 2016

You can get a free hardwood tree in exchange for a food donation at Arbor Day, Pastor Charles Silano keynotes drug court graduation, last chance to see Bogosian’s Sex Drugs Rock & Roll.”

Three Candidates for Elections Supervisor Offer More Strengths Than Differences

| May 4, 2016

The three candidates for elections supervisor–Kaiti Lenhart, Abra Seay and Kimble Medley–had their first chance to distinguish themselves before voters this evening in a 60-minute forum that featured more qualities between them than anything else, and no abrasiveness.

Flagler County Quietly Scraps Plan for 3 New Emergency Communications Towers, For Now

| May 3, 2016

After the Flagler County Commission voted down a planned 350-foot tower on John Anderson Highway, NexTower, which would have built three towers, pulled out of the deal entirely, returning the county’s planning for its emergency infrastructure’s backbone to close to near zero.

Flagler Firefighter Among Targets of Car Thieves and Burglars in Palm Coast’s R and P’s

| May 2, 2016

Palm Coast’s R and P Sections were the target of four car thefts and almost a dozen burglaries between Sunday and Monday, including two vehicles at the address of a Flagler County Fire Rescue lieutenant.

County Floats Consolidation of Fire Services And Finally Agree to Meet With Palm Coast

| May 2, 2016

At a long-awaited workshop this afternoon Flagler County responded to Palm Coast’s pressing for a new way to deliver ambulance services, but by countering with a proposal the city is not likely to approve in any way.

Monday Briefing: EMS Ping-Pong, Flagler Edition, New Vote-Counting Machines, Peace Run, The Somme in Poems

| May 2, 2016

The County Commission responds to Palm Coast’s EMS obsession with a proposal of its own, the peace run comes to Palm Coast City Hall, the supervisor of elections gets to buy new vote-counting machines, the Somme in poetry, from the air.

Jacksonville Symphony Plays to Palm Coast Arts Foundation Overture, 12 Years in Making

| May 1, 2016

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra played to close to 1,200 people Sunday evening at the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s new home in Town Center, an audience as rich in stories as the music.

Flagler’s Emergency Operations Center at 10 Years: A Few Fires, 5 Managers, Zero Hurricanes

| April 30, 2016

The Emergency Operations Center was part of a $90 million public building spree at the height of the housing boom, just before it all crashed. The center has yet to know its first hurricane emergency, though it’s helped the county through several fire and major storm emergencies.

Weekend Briefing: Sex, Drugs, Rock n Roll at CRT, Jax Pops and PCAF, Domestic Violence 5K, Ben & Jerry’s Comes to St. Augustine

| April 29, 2016

Local stages will be rich with plays and musicals this weekend–“Sex Drugs, Rock n Roll” at City Rep, “Into the Woods” at the Playhouse, “Spelling Bee” at Matanzas, and of course the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s annual Picnics and Pops Concert with the Jacksonville Symphony on Sunday.

Jonathan Canales, Accused of Shooting His Wife in Mondex, Will Not Face Trial Just Yet

| April 27, 2016

Committed to a psychiatric hospital a year ago, Canales, a PTSD-suffering Iraq veteran, was judged still incompetent for trial in alleged shooting of Tiffany Norman, but today’s hearing suggested that such a trial is now a matter of time.

Homeschooling: Not So Eccentric Anymore

| April 26, 2016

The number of American K–12 children educated at home increased from 1.09 million in 2003 to 1.77 million in 2012. That means they make up 3.4 percent of the nation’s school population.

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