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Obama in Hiroshima:
The Shallowness of American Atonement

| May 28, 2016

Paul Tibbets, who captained the Enola Gay to its mission over Hiroshima, proudly sold WMD memorabilia into his old age, and President Obama refused to apologize in what was the first visit by a sitting president to Hiroshima in 71 years.

Hurricane Amnesia Worries Officials as Florida Weathers 11th Year Without Direct Hit

| May 28, 2016

On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gave a “near-normal” forecast for the 2016 Atlantic season, which means a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 4 to 8 could grow into hurricanes.

Marco Rubio Says He’s Out For Good: No Senate Run, No Plans For Governor in 2018

| May 27, 2016

Rubio said he has heard from colleagues and Florida activists “in the last day or so” who want him to re-up for six more years in the Senate, but he ruled that out in favor of eventually endorsing Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera for Senate.

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

| May 27, 2016

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

Memorial Weekend Briefing: Ceremonies from Veterans to Heroes Park, FPC Reunion, FBI’s Email Ploy, Sexist Canon

| May 27, 2016

Monday is dominated by Memorial Day ceremonies from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., FPC Class of 1996 have their 20-year reunion, the FBI wants to sneak into your email, thoughts on the sexist canon we still should read.

Gov. Scott Likens Obama Guidance on Transgender Equality to “Blackmail”

| May 26, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott issued his harshest comments yet about the federal government’s guidance on how public schools should treat transgender students, but stopped short of saying whether his administration would enter the fray against the Obama administration’s controversial initiative.

Thursday Briefing: FPC and Matanzas Graduation Ceremonies, McLaughlin Town Hall, Imagine’s Colleen Fonte

| May 26, 2016

FPC and Matanzas will both be holding graduation ceremonies at Daytona’s Ocean Center this afternoon and evening, Commissioner Nate McLaughlin holds a town hall meeting, Imagine School’s Colleen Fonte is a national winner.

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.

Wednesday Briefing: Toby Tobin Talks Home Building, Michelle O’Connell Autopsy, Cornel West on Trump and Clinton

| May 25, 2016

Toby Tobin gives the county economic panel an update on Flagler construction, Cornel West goes off on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Pasco bans a book for middle schoolers.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday Briefing: Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Surprise Soloist, Seniors’ Baccalaureate, Landon Talks

| May 18, 2016

The Flagler Youth Orchestra performs the final concert of the season at the Flagler Auditorium this evening, Palm Coast City Manager talks of the city’s future, the poor can’t win in the court system.

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.

My Food Is My Business

| May 16, 2016

I don’t feel comfortable walking into friends’ or families’ homes and berating them for their unhealthy, albeit traditional and quite common, lifestyle choices. Why then do friends and family members feel comfortable walking into my home and berating me for my healthy lifestyle choices, sometimes primarily because they aren’t the norm?

Opponents of Medical Pot Legalization Awaken from Slumber With Warning Video

| May 16, 2016

The video, posted online by the “Vote No on 2 Campaign” alleges the measure would lead to a plethora of “pot shops” similar to the marijuana industry in California.

Monday Briefing: Public Library’s Expansion Plans, Manatee Protection, Romney’s 3rd Party

| May 16, 2016

The county commission examines prospects and timelines for a library addition, and some financing options, and holds a hearing on its manatee-protection plan, Romney may be testing a third-party run with GOP leaders.

A Right To Die, Even For 20-Somethings

| May 15, 2016

The revelation that a 20-something woman chose to die from PTSD related so 10 years of sexual abuse tests the boundaries of assisted suicide, but not if context and compassion replace armchair judgments.

Prince’s Reminder: Opioid Epidemic Intensifies But Steps to Curb It Face Challenges

| May 15, 2016

There is broad consensus on the need for more treatment options, more education, more careful prescribing by doctors. But there’s still much debate about the details—and funding–for each of those steps.

At Florida GOP Gathering, Opposition To Clinton Congeals Support for Trump

| May 13, 2016

Florida Republican leaders are girding themselves for a must-win battle this fall as opposition to Clinton proves more unifying than Donald Trump.

License for Probable Cause: Justices Rule You May Be Pulled Over For Any Visible Tag Issue

| May 13, 2016

Florida Justices, in a 5-2 decision, rejected an appeal from a driver stopped by Orlando police because a tag light and wires were hanging over the license plate on a vehicle he was driving.

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