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FTI Director’s Suspicions Lead to Arrest of 2 Boys, 14, One of Them Carrying Stun Gun

| May 26, 2016

FTI Director Kevin McCarthy got suspicious when he saw the two boys walking on FPC’s and FTI’s campus. They fled when he and a deputy confronted them but were soon after arrested in the Target shopping center.

Domestic Confrontation in R-Section leads to Search and Weapons Charges Against Felon

| May 26, 2016

Deputiues had been alerted to Michael Jason Jozefek’s property on Palm Coast’s Rippling Brook Drive because of a fight. A search uncovered a gun and drugs, resulting in eight charges against the felon.

Profiling By Computer in Florida: What Algorithmic Injustice Looks Like in Broward

| May 26, 2016

Courtrooms are using computer programs to predict who will be a future criminal, informing decisions from bail to sentencing. Meant to be fairer than human biases, one such program in Florida is particularly likely to falsely flag black defendants as future criminals, wrongly labeling them this way at almost twice the rate as white defendants.

Neighbor Dispute Over Bird Nesting in Palm Coast’s C-Section Escalates Into Lawsuit

| May 25, 2016

Bryan Streetman’s neighbors on Collingwood Lane accuse him of disturbing the neighborhood’s peace and privacy by busing a drone, laser lights and screeching noises to scare off Purple Martin birds as they nest.

Judge Rejects Sweeping Challenge to School System, But case May Head for Supreme Court

| May 25, 2016

A Leon County judge said lawmakers met their constitutional obligation to provide free, quality public education for Florida students, but advocates plan to appeal, laying the groundwork for a landmark opinion by the Florida Supreme Court.

Failed Tag Light Leads to Convicted Felon Carrying Assault Rifle and Ammunition

| May 25, 2016

Gegxan R. Coriano, a 41-year-old convicted felon arrested late Monday night, had to be wrestled to the ground before a search of his car revealed a Century Arms .223 caliber assault rifle and two magazines with ammunition.

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.

In Latest Reversal, Sheriff Manfre Does Not Appeal Ethics Judgment as Deadline Passes

| May 24, 2016

That means Manfre will concede to a $6,200 fine and a public reprimand and censure that the ethics commission approved on April 15, thus finally ending a saga that began two years ago and has severely damaged his chances for re-election.

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.

When Bernie Sanders Mirrors Donald Trump

| May 23, 2016

The same Democratic candidate who decried Donald Trump for condoning violence in North Carolina in March turned right around and did the same thing in Nevada when his rally devolved into chaos. He condoned it.

Ex-Traffic Homicide Prosecutor Ray Lee Smith Joins Flagler Bench as Family Law Judge

| May 23, 2016

Smith, 43, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident, will preside over family law cases. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge J. David Walsh earlier this year.

Florida Supreme Court Rules That City Utility’s Service Area Trumps Some County Authority

| May 23, 2016

While the case involved a local dispute on the Treasure Coast, it drew attention from counties and utilities across the state, which is carved into territories and includes myriad local franchise agreements.

Democrats Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy Borrow From Trump Playbook in Foul Duels

| May 22, 2016

Murphy is the Democratic establishment pick for U.S. Senate. Grayson has churned out the descriptions “lickspittle pillock” and “sock puppet” to deride his fellow congressman.

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.

Looking for Her Dog, Tamera Pizzo, 56, Is Killed by SUV on A1A in Flagler Beach

| May 20, 2016

Tamera L. Pizzo was killed by a passing car as she tried to cross South Ocean Shore Boulevard (State Road A1A) in Flagler Beach, just south of South 26th Street Friday evening.

6 Local Unions Show Electoral Power as 16 Candidates For School Board, Palm Coast and County Match Mettle

| May 20, 2016

The United Public Employees of Flagler County, representing 6 local public unions, hosted the largest simultaneous political forum in the county’s recent history, yielding a few insights into three races.

Flagler’s 5.1% Unemployment Nearly Matches U.S. Rate Even as Jobs and Labor Force Dip

| May 20, 2016

Flagler’s unemployment rate has fallen a full percentage point in a year, and is down from 8.3 percent two years ago. The rate went down even though 179 fewer people held jobs in April, because the labor force shrank by a larger number.

At Salvo Art Saturday, “Transparency” as an Artist’s Conceptual Journey Beyond the Visible

| May 20, 2016

Krystyna Spisak-Madejczyk, the featured artists at Salvo Art’s new show, is highly acclaimed in her native Poland as a sculptor and multimedia conceptual artist. She’s become well known in Flagler County’s expanding artistic circles since taking up residency in one of Salvo’s studios.

Against 1 Objection, Flagler Commissioners Want to Increase Their Travel Budget 184%

| May 19, 2016

Commissioner Barbara Revels called the proposed increase “obscene,” but Frank Meekera and Nate McLaughlin kept pressing for it–increasing the budget from $15,885 to $45,000 for the five commissioners.

At Sheriff’s Ceremony for Fallen Officers, a Call For Self-Reflection About Tradition of Service

| May 19, 2016

So far this year, 35 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty, 17 of them by gunfire, 14 of them in vehicle-related deaths, two of them by heart attacks. Two of those deaths took place in Florida.

Pressured to Defy Obama Order on Transgender Bathrooms, Scott and Bondi Stay Mum So Far

| May 19, 2016

Opponents of allowing transgender students to use restrooms of their choice could lead to a breakdown in school discipline or even attacks, supporters say there is no evidence of that.

Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients: A Student Inspired by the Free Clinic, Another By Legal Aid for the Voiceless

| May 18, 2016

Matanzas Senior Mayoree Tan volunteers at the Free Clinic, where she intends to return as a nurse, and Senior Josephine Brown wants to be a lawyer to give a voice to the voiceless.

In Victory for Flagler Beach, Dreaded and Un-Scenic A1A Signs Will Not Spear the City

| May 18, 2016

The state transportation department finally barred the signs from Flagler Beach and Beverly Beach after an intense campaign by city officials that reflected almost unanimous public outrage against the signs.

TDC Favors Beverly Beach’s $32,000 Walkover Renovations, But Not Before Unusual Grilling

| May 18, 2016

The questioning was another example of of the TDC’s more inquisitorial attitude toward local projects as opposed to a less rigorous or accountable approach when the applicant is an out-of-town organization, including for-profits.

FPL Bills Customers for Unbuilt Nuclear Plants But Wants Out of Justifying Need

| May 18, 2016

Attorneys for consumers and business and environmental groups are fighting FPL’s request for a waiver from filing an annual analysis about the feasibility of adding two nuclear reactors in South Florida.

Flagler’s Pot De-Criminalization Proposal Wilts, But Narrower Version Still Possible

| May 17, 2016

A work group meeting Tuesday to craft an ordinance raised more questions and objections than showed agreement, though the proposal is still moving forward in a much narrower version, and has many hurdles yet to cross.

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.

A Director’s Impassioned Plea for “Have-Nots” Wins Out: New Library Would Rise in Bunnell, Not Palm Coast

| May 16, 2016

Flagler Public Library Director Holly Albanese insisted–in diametric disagreement from her boss–that a proposed new library branch should remain in Bunnell, and the county commission on Monday agreed.

Separate But Equal: Palm Coast Sidesteps Transgender Bathroom Bind With Private Facilities

| May 16, 2016

Palm Coast hopes to avoid the transgender-bathroom controversy by including private bathrooms in its $525,000 project for new facilities in Town Center and Indian Trails Sports Complex.

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