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In Step-Father’s Rape Trial, Defense Hinges on Doubts Over Credibility of 13-Year-Old Girl

| March 22, 2016

Waldemar Rivera, on trial over accusations that he raped his 13-year-old step-daughter, is hinging his defense over sowing doubts about the accounts of his step-daughter, who was 13 at the time of the alleged attack.

Flagler Reads Together:
In Search of Wilderness
Along the Appalachian Trail

| March 19, 2016

The Appalachian Trail reveals the limits and deceptions, but also the joys, of wilderness in urban America: An essay to accompany Flagler Reads Together’s focus on “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk.”

Sheriff Applauds New Law Regulating Police Authority to Seize Cash and Property

| March 17, 2016

“Civil asset forfeiture” is a controversial practice that gives police authority to seize cash, cars, homes or pother property suspected of use in a crime even absent an arrest. Florida just reformed the law to make forfeiture more difficult and accountable.

The Closing of the Academic Mind

| March 16, 2016

Any denial of academic freedom is a blow struck against the meaning of a university. The irony today is that some of the most worrying attacks on academic freedom have been coming from inside university.

In a Child-Rape Case, Fair Questions Are Weighed Against Inadmissible Evidence

| March 16, 2016

Waldemar Rivera is accused of raping his 13-year-old step-daughter. A hearing today tested the boundaries between justified questions and blaming the victim as a judge ruled on witness statements and what sexual histories may be admitted when the trial resumes next week.

Wednesday Briefing: New Assisted Living on Cypress Point, Florida Fossils, Elections Recaps

| March 16, 2016

Palm Coast’s planning board considers a new assisted living facility near City Market Place, election-day hangovers, lunch-n-learn series lecture focuses on… fossils.

Palm Coast Floats New Rescue System in Name Of “Efficiency,” But County Sees Many Flaws

| March 15, 2016

No one is complaining about ambulance service in Palm Coast, but the city council is favoring changing the system by adding two county ambulances and spreading manpower around. The county, which runs EMS, says the plan is costly and unnecessary.

How the Florida Legislature Turned Police Radios Into $7 Million in Rotten Sausages

| March 14, 2016

In a case with echoes in Flagler, experience pokes a hole in the Florida House speaker’s argument that first responders on the state system “need” radios, even though they didn’t ask for them.

For 1st Time in 9 Years, Bonding Out of Jail in Flagler Made More Expensive for Most Suspects

| March 9, 2016

The new bond schedule in some cases doubles bonds or eliminates them for many offenses, but the schedule applies for only a brief period between arrest and first appearance before a judge, when any amount bond (or no bond) can be set.

Wednesday Briefing: Rubio as GOP’s John Edwards, Early Voting Day 5, Graham Swamp Walk

| March 9, 2016

Why Marco Rubio is the Republicans’ John Edwards, a walk through Graham Swamp is today’s Flagler Reads Together event, the Public Safety Coordinating Council meets.

Tuesday Briefing: A Raise for Jim Landon, Safer Bus Stops, Early Voting Continues

| March 8, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council will discuss a raise for city manager Jim Landon, still the highest paid city or county executive in local government, along with a few other matters.

Republicans On Crack

| March 5, 2016

The crack-up is upon us. The locks have popped. The insane asylums have emptied. The loons are casting ballots. And Mitt Romney’s string quartet is arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

FPC Will Launch a Firefighter-EMT Academy, Filling a Recruiting Gap for Fire Departments

| February 29, 2016

The Fire Leadership Academy is designed to appeal to students who may be losing interest in school while giving the county’s and cities’ fire departments a reliable recruiting ground of new firefighter-EMTs.

Flagler’s Aveo Pandering: The Artful Way To Do a Groundbreaking, and the Bogus Way

| February 26, 2016

It was rank manipulation when Aveo Engineering, county government and Rick Scott pretended to break ground on a factory at the Flagler County airport three years ago. It was never built.

Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants: Flagler Sheriff Says Yes, But Local Opinion Is Divided

| February 26, 2016

A dozen states have legalized issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, primarily as a safety measure, but Flagler officials reflect state opinion that has prevented such legalization from taking place in the Sunshine State.

Citing Home Rule, Bunnell Opposes State Move Forcing Cities to Alter Election Schedules

| February 23, 2016

Voter turnout in Bunnell city elections has been notoriously low. A state proposal aims to change that by forcing cities like Bunnell to adopt different election schedules. The Bunnell City Commission is opposed.

Flagler Voter Registrations Surge to 90%, Aiding GOP as Democrats Fall to Historic Low

| February 22, 2016

Flagler County’s voter registration rolls have surged by 21 percent since 2009, resulting in a 90 percent registration rate, with Republicans riding a 4,500-voter advantage over Democrats.

Monday Briefing: Hobby Lobby’s Island Walk Plans, Protecting Realtors, Bunnell Contends With Election Dates

| February 22, 2016

Hobby Lobby gets a development order so it can rebuild the front of the old Publix at Island Walk, formerly Palm Harbor shopping center, Bunnell debates a likely state mandate to force cities to move their election days.

Master of Obstruction: Why McConnell Is Picking a Fight Over Scalia’s Replacement

| February 21, 2016

It is less about blocking liberal policy goals than about boosting Republican chances. Remarkably, McConnell has chosen a path that would seem to reduce his party’s odds in November.

Thursday Briefing: Trump Keeps Rising, So Do Flagler’s Cell Towers; a New Kind of Library at FPC

| February 18, 2016

A Community Problem Solving project turned the FPC media center into the new Bulldog Learning Commons, Trump gets stronger in the polls, communication towers may have to rise higher in Palm Coast.

States Begin Increasingly to Let People Reject Smart Meters Amid Health and Privacy Fears

| February 13, 2016

At least 15 states allow customers to opt out of smart meter installation, although many permit utility companies to impose a fee on customers who don’t want the meters. Florida is not among those states.

Palm Coast Arts Foundation Breaks Ground at New Home With Poetry, Nietzsche and a Party

| February 12, 2016

Some 250 people turned out for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s groundbreaking Thursday at its new home in Town Center, with poetry and a live performance by a Flagler Youth Orchestra ensemble.

Legislature Tells Florida’s Horse Farmers to Find a New Business

| February 10, 2016

Florida horsemen are screwed, argues Nancy Smith: Only a miracle can save the $1.2 billion Florida horse racing industry they represent. Their bane: the Florida Legislature.  

Family Livid After FDOT Uproots Roadside Memorial to Tyler Tracy 7 Months After Wreck

| February 10, 2016

Tyler Tracy’s memorial was one of five an FDOT official decided had to be removed on US1, though others were left in place, angering Tracy’s widow and family and getting Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts involved in defense of the family.

Dueling On, State Recommends $19,000 Fine and Public Reprimand Against Manfre, Who Maintains Innocence

| February 9, 2016

The dueling recommendations in the long-standing ethics case against Sheriff Manfre are awaiting an administrative law judge’s decision, further dragging on an issue that has clouded the sheriff’s term into his re-election year.

In a Decisive Shift, Palm Coast Will Oppose Fracking On and Offshore, Citing Environment

| February 9, 2016

Abandoning its silence and tacit nod to fracking, the Palm Coast City Council will forcefully oppose hydraulic fracturing in a resolution, citing water and environmental protection.

Florida’s Black Cowboys: An Exhibit Tours All Flagler Schools, Bucking Stereotypes

| February 8, 2016

The Florida Black Cowboys exhibit, produced by the Agriculture Museum, opens a window on a little-known part of Florida and American history. The exhibit will appear at every Flagler County school.

As Flagler’s Emergency Communications Briefly Falter, Palm Coast and Sheriff Assail County Over Long-Term Plans

| February 5, 2016

The county’s critical emergency radio system briefly failed when a tower lost its back-up power Thursday even as county, city and sheriff’s officials were meeting in the first high-level meeting since 2013 to deal with their differences over modernizing the emergency communications system.

E Pluribus Un-American:
The Judeo-Christian Smear of Islam

| February 5, 2016

President Obama’s trip to a mosque to reassure American Muslims of their importance should have been unnecessary. It reveals how deep-seated prejudice remains, especially that of conservative Christians who claim to preach acceptance.

Where’s Opelka? Injury and Ranking Climb Keep Star From Palm Coast’s Tennis Tourney

| February 5, 2016

Palm Coast’s celebrated Reilly Opelka, the boys Wimbledon Champ, says he probably would not have competed in the ongoing Men’s Futures Tennis Tournament even if he did not have a stress fracture as he targets bigger tournaments to earn more ranking points.

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