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Lawmakers Are Reducing Florida’s Public Schools To Factories of Failure and Inequity

| April 28, 2016

Time to take a good look at whether the changes we’ve endured — mass privatization, real-dollar funding decreases, high-stakes testing, and loss of local school board authority — gets us closer to carrying out our constitutional duty to our children.

In a Blow to Business, Supreme Court Bans Workers Comp Limits on Attorney’s Fees

| April 28, 2016

The ruling stemmed from a case in which an attorney was awarded the equivalent of $1.53 an hour in successfully pursuing a claim for benefits for a worker injured in Miami.

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports

| April 28, 2016

Palm Coast and Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders’ crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff’s deputies and archive.

Thursday Briefing: Community Cats Calling, Inspired Mic, Flagler Beach Sign Forest, Obama’s Lost Narrative

| April 28, 2016

Community Cats of Palm Coast has a fundraiser hosted by SeaCasas in Flagler Beach, where the city commission will talk about dreaded street signs it doesn’t want, and how Obama lost his narrative drive.

Trump Wins Again in Florida as Court Votes For Him in Beachfront Hotel Dispute

| April 27, 2016

The failed Trump International Hotel & Tower Fort Lauderdale is among other Trump-branded projects that tanked and prompted lawsuits from disgruntled investors who lost millions of dollars in deposits.

Wednesday Briefing: Competency Hearing for Man Accused of Slamming Child, Oliva Talks Economy, Indefensible Secrecy on 9/11 Report

| April 27, 2016

Christopher Williams is accused of slamming a 4-year-old to the ground and causing horrendous injuries: his competency to stand trial is in question. Superintendent Jacob IOliva speaks to the economic opportunity council. The 9/11 report’s censored pages must be released.

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.

Florida Health Summit Concludes With One Overriding Prescription: Expand Access to Care

| April 26, 2016

While senators have focused heavily on access, the House and Scott have pushed for health-care changes that include reducing or eliminating some longstanding regulations. They contend that such ideas would create more competition and lower health-care costs.

Tuesday Briefing: Palm Coast Retail Hunt Update, Rapist Sentenced, Flagler Beach’s Wayward Signs, Entrepreneur Night

| April 26, 2016

The Palm Coast council breaks ground on a new wastewater treatment plant this morning before a workshop on how retail is doing, on the budget and other matters. Waldemar Rivera is sentenced after being found guilty of raping his step-daughter. Entrepreneur Night is at the Hammock Cheese Shop.

Monday Briefing: Doughnuts With Doughney in Flagler Beach, Rezoning in Bunnell, Lippmann’s Nutty Elitism

| April 25, 2016

Flagler Beach Police Chief Matthew Doughney has a few donuts with anyone who drops by, FBI investigating Palm Coast Swatting incident, why some Social Security benefits are going away soon.

Right to an Attorney Often a Myth as Public Defenders Are Overworked and the Poor Bullied to Plea

| April 24, 2016

There is a lack of funding for public defense in every state, and people charged with low-level misdemeanors, often poor minorities, suffer the most as public defender offices focus their few resources on felony cases.

Florida Justices Block 24-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Pending Review

| April 23, 2016

On a 5-2 vote, justices granted a stay of a lower court’s order allowing the 2015 law to take effect. The Supreme Court said it would keep the stay in place while it decides whether to review the decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal.

Does Arabic Offend You?

| April 22, 2016

When a traveler’s stupidity and racism lead to a fellow-traveler being searched, interrogated and kicked off a plane for speaking Arabic, not only do we all have a problem. We are the problem.

Florida Justices: Cops May Not Keep Lawyer From Client Even in Voluntary Interviews

| April 22, 2016

While a murder suspect was being voluntarily interrogated before he confessed, his lawyer appeared at the sheriff’s office but cops wouldn’t let the lawyer see his client.

Weekend Briefing: Pop Warner, Community Chorus’ Spring Concert, Stephen Sondheim, Farewell Prince

| April 22, 2016

Register for Pop Warner football and cheer, “Into the Woods” continues at Flagler Playhouse, so long Prince, and the Community Chorus of Palm Coast holds its spring concert.

Thursday Briefing: GOP Candidates’ Debutant Gig, Torch Run, Tubman’s $20, Into the Woods at Playhouse

| April 21, 2016

A GOP candidates’ coming-out at the Knights of Columbus this evening, Harriet Tubman gets on the $20, “Into the Woods” starts a two-week run at the Playhouse.

Wednesday Briefing: Assisted Living on Cypress, $200,000 Lawsuit Against Sheriff, Autism’s Surge

| April 20, 2016

The Palm Coast Planning Board looks over plans for a new assisted living facility on Cypress Point, speaking Arabic on a plane, a $200,000 lawsuit against the sheriff over a wrongful arrest, autism and a Beethoven string quartet.

Poll-Tax Redux: Millions Free From Jail Are Barred From Voting By Criminal Debt

| April 19, 2016

Debt from fines starts at sentencing and can grow at interest rates of 12 percent or more while inmates serve their sentences. It continues to grow after they’re released and face the numerous barriers to finding work and housing.

In a Rebuff to Florida, Federal Government Says New Abortion Law Can’t Block Clinic Funding

| April 19, 2016

A key federal health agency on Tuesday notified Florida and other states that they may not ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions.

Tuesday Briefing: Tourism Department’s Go-Go Giddiness, School Discipline, Car-Seat Checks, Beyond Pluto

| April 19, 2016

Now that the tourism office is a county department, the county wants to add a $45,000 employee, loosen up the grant standards and buy lots of equipment, the school board talks student code of conduct.

Zone-Busting School Bill That Allows Student Transfers Anywhere in the State Is Now Law

| April 18, 2016

The measure would allow parents to transfer their children to any public school in the state that isn’t at capacity through an “open enrollment” process, among many other provisions in the 160-page bill.

Monday Briefing: $3.4 Million for County Road 13, a Holocaust Memorial, Flagler Business Women, Cops Gear Up for GOP

| April 18, 2016

Police in Cleveland are militarizing ahead of the GOP convention, County Road 13 will get a major improvement, Gov. Scott brings attention to a Holocaust memorial.

You’re Dying. But Most Doctors Don’t Know How to Tell You.

| April 17, 2016

Policy experts are urging more end-of-life conversations not just to accommodate patients’ desires, but to save money on aggressive medical interventions that patients and their families don’t want and that won’t prolong life.

Give Tax and Spend a Chance

| April 15, 2016

The astonishing momentum of Bernie Sanders’s presidential candidacy reveals that millions of taxpayers are willing to entertain the idea that some of us aren’t taxed enough, and that it’s hurting the rest of us, argues Isaiah J. Poole.

Citing Problematic Time-Sharing of Children, Gov. Scott Again Vetoes Alimony Reform Bill

| April 15, 2016

The plan became one of the most hotly contested issues of the 2016 legislative session when it was amended to include a child-sharing component that would have required judges to begin with a “premise” that children should split their time equally between parents.

Weekend Briefing: New Show at Salvo, Victims’ Rights Sunrise Memorial, Sheriff’s Ethics, Gershwin’s Rhapsody

| April 15, 2016

Sheriff Jim Manfre’s ethics case again goes before the state ethics commission, Salvo Art Gallery shows four artists’ new works, a victims’ rights memorial on the pier Saturday, and plenty more.

Public Agencies That Violate Sunshine Law Must Pay Attorney’s Fees, Supreme Court Rules

| April 14, 2016

Justices rejected arguments that agencies should be shielded from paying plaintiffs’ legal fees if public-records requests are handled in “good faith.”

Thursday Briefing: 7 Month Old on Terrorist Watch List, FPC Chorus Spring Concert, Beach-Saving Talk

| April 14, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission hears about repairing its beach south of the pier, how a 7-month-old American baby ended up on the terrorist watch list, FPC’s chorus in action at the auditorium, a priest disappears in St. Johns and foul play is suspected.

Islam’s Contempt for Self-Criticism: From Salman Rushdie to Kamel Daoud

| April 13, 2016

When the Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud linked rapes in Germany on New Year’s Eve to Muslims’ extreme sexual deprivation and “unhealthy relationship with women, their body, and desire,” he was vilified, and silenced.

Claiming “Robust” Bear Population, Florida Wildlife Commission Targets Another Hunt

| April 13, 2016

The commission in October 2015 held its first bear hunt in more than two decades as a means to slow the increase of black bears in the state and to reduce dangerous interactions between bears and humans. But the hunt was highly controversial, with opponents protesting in various parts of the state.

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