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Wednesday Briefing: Happy 60th, Interstates, Supremes Sans Scalia, Anaïs Nin’s Diary, Civil Rights

| June 29, 2016

Local happenings and events are taking a pre-Independence day breather, leaving you free to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Interstate highway system or listen to Anais Nin read from her diary or contemplate how far and how not so far civil rights have gone in the United States.

Tuesday Briefing: Palm Coast’s Garbage Contract, Golf Club Woes, Unhappy Evangelicals

| June 28, 2016

Palm Coast’s contract with Waste Pro for garbage disposal is nearing its term in 2017, the city’s troubled golf club’s future is discussed, Evangelicals think the country is no longer Christian.

Abortion Rights Mark Big Court Victory, But Effect on Florida Restrictions Unclear

| June 27, 2016

Florida supporters of recent laws requiring more stringent standards for abortion providers say the high court ruling should have no impact. Pending court challenges suggest otherwise.

Monday Briefing: Old Kings Road Extension Opening, Bunnell’s Special Events, Bimbo Campaigning, Zola on Reactionaries

| June 27, 2016

The Old Kings Road extension around Matanzas High School opens in a ceremony at 10 a.m., desperate Florida politicians are resorting to bimbo tactics to get elected, Bunnell revises its special-events ordinance.

Bowing to NRA, Scott Skips Over Court Pick Who’d Blocked “Stand Your Ground” Shift

| June 25, 2016

The bill Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, had opposed and that died during this year’s legislative session would have shifted the burden of proof in Stand Your Ground cases from the defense to the prosecution.

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

| June 24, 2016

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

Rubio’s Re-Election Bid Remakes Senate Race as DeSantis Reverts to Congressional Run

| June 24, 2016

DeSantis is one of three Republicans who have qualified to run for the district that includes all of Flagler County, and which he’s represented since 2013. Four Democrats have qualified.

Weekend Briefing: World’s Largest Swim Lesson, Lego Day, Donald Trump’s Only Honey, Affirmative Action

| June 24, 2016

Another attempt to be part of a world record at Frieda Zamba pool in Palm Coast, Lego Day at the county public library, Donald Trump’s honey, affirmative action wins a surprising one.

Florida Bears Celebrate: There Will Be No Hunt This Year, Wildlife Commission Narrowly Rules

| June 23, 2016

After hours of objections from animal-rights advocates and support from hunters, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 4-3 late Wednesday against a staff recommendation to hold a hunt in October that could have been smaller — in terms of permits and hunting grounds — than the 2015 event in which 304 bears were killed over two days.

Thursday Briefing: Say It Ain’t Yes Brexit, Oliva at Breakfast, Another Farmer’s Market in Flagler Beach

| June 23, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission hears a request for a new farmer’s market at the south end of town, the school superintendent speaks to a chamber group, voters in Britain decide whether to stay in or get out of the European Union.

Encouraged By Polls and GOP, Marco Rubio Will Run for Re-Election to Senate After All

| June 22, 2016

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has reversed course and will seek re-election to his seat, according to numerous media reports Wednesday morning. Rubio’s decision comes as Republicans try to maintain control of the U.S. Senate.

Trump Lead in Florida Vanishes, Overtaken by Clinton Surge as GOP Leader’s Campaign Falters

| June 21, 2016

Several factors contribute to Trump’s fading including disarray within his campaign, lack of money, organization and staffing, and backlash from his racism. For Clinton, the fading of the Sanders campaign is helping migrate more supporters to the presumptive Democratic nominee.

On World Giraffe Day, Jacksonville Zoo Announces Birth of 39th Giraffe On Its Grounds

| June 21, 2016

The Father, Duke, is famous for being the sire of 15 other little ones at the Jacksonville Zoo. The male Reticulated giraffe calf was born in the early hours of June 12.

Florida Congressional Candidate Evers Riles LGBT Activists With Assault Weapon Raffle

| June 20, 2016

Barely a week after the Orlando massacre, state Sen. Greg Evers drew criticism for planning to give away a semiautomatic rifle similar to that used in the attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

A Transgender Latina Teen Speaks: They’re Killing Us. Help Us Stop Them.

| June 20, 2016

Many Republicans invoked fears of international terrorism, but most said nothing about the members of our LGBTQ communities, who were the very targets and victims, writes Grace Dolan-Sandrino.

Proposed Bear Hunt This Fall Would Unfold In Three Separate Four-Day Periods

| June 19, 2016

The recommendation to hold the state’s second bear hunt in the past 20 years expands on a proposal from state biologists without offering hard numbers of bears that could be killed or suggesting a number of permits that could be made available or the costs of permits.

As Exceptionally American As It Gets

| June 17, 2016

Our mass shootings have developed their own set rituals and denials, none so lethal as the complicity with murder that blames the wrong targets while excusing guns.

Weekend Briefing: Pulse Vigil in Flagler Beach, Turtle Talk, ReVive at Calypso, Built Art at Salvo, Assault Weapons

| June 17, 2016

New art shows open at Salvo Art and Calypso galleries, a vigil and fund-raiser is held in Flagler Beach, a soldier ridicules the need for assault weapons for civilians, and to relax, Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson, together.

“Grief Beyond Description”: In Orlando, Obama Comforts Survivors of Pulse Massacre

| June 16, 2016

After meeting with the families, Obama and Biden went to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where they placed bouquets of 49 white roses — one for each of the people who died in the attack — at a makeshift memorial there.

Thursday Briefing: Ex-Bunnell Cop in Plea Over Porn Charges, Obama in Orlando, Trump’s Fear Power

| June 16, 2016

Ex-Bunnell cop Michael Stavris was charged with computer porn and impersonating someone’s personal information online. The president visits families of the Orlando massacre. Trump thrives on fear. The commemoration of the 1960s’ mass arrest of rabbis in St. Augustine.

Gun Rights and Gun Control Measures Expected to Crowd Florida Legislature in Wake of Orlando

| June 15, 2016

Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday called for a special session to halt gun sales to people on federal watch lists and to impose new requirements for becoming a security guard. Republican legislative leaders say a special session isn’t needed.

Wednesday Briefing: Muzzling Protest at GOP Convention, New Music Shop, Women Vets in St. Augustine, Schubert

| June 15, 2016

The ACLU sues the ridiculous restrictions on protesters on Cleveland streets around the GOP National Convention next month, women veterans are recognized in St. Augustine, a new music shop opens in Palm Coast’s City Marketplace.

For LGBT, Always That Target on Their Backs

| June 14, 2016

It turns out shooter Omar Marteen may have been motivated by both homophobia and Islamic radicalism. That should not come as a surprise, writes Nancy Smith.

Florida’s Political Landscape Riven By Orlando Massacre Even as Lasting Effects or Consequences Are Doubted

| June 14, 2016

Politicians and consultants are as divided as the electorate about how candidates should treat the tragedy, and the split carries over to those who think the tragedy will have dissipated by November as opposed to those who think it will impact the election.

Adam Putnam Says Orlando Mass Murderer Had Cleared All Legally Required Background Checks

| June 13, 2016

Putnam runs the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees weapons permits in Florida. The department hasn’t released Mateen’s application paperwork.

Gov. Scott Requests Federal Emergency Declaration in Wake of Orlando Massacre

| June 13, 2016

Calling the massacre at an Orlando nightclub “an attack on our state and entire nation,” Gov. Rick Scott early Monday asked President Barack Obama for a federal emergency declaration in Florida.

50 People Killed, 53 Wounded at Orlando Gay Club in Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

| June 12, 2016

50 people have been killed and at least 53 wounded in a mass shooting by a lone gunman at Pulse Orlando, a gay nightclub on South Orange Avenue, at 2 o’clock this morning. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings is calling the shooting a “domestic act of terrorism.”

Donald Trump’s Fascism and His Appeasers

| June 10, 2016

Trump will fade. Trumpism may not. And the longer the Republican establishment is willing to appease him as a better alternative to Clinton, the more it legitimizes his racism as an acceptable American value.

Florida Justices Appear Skeptical in Challenge to Open-Carry Ban, Deferring to Legislature

| June 9, 2016

Justices Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince questioned how the current state law allowing citizens to receive concealed-weapons licenses to carry firearms suppresses gun ownership.

Thursday Briefing: Gator’s Abbey, Fruits and Veggies at the Library, Begging Romney to Run, Mega Mecca

| June 9, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission honors Col. Jack Howell with a Purple Heart plaque, the Friends of the Library tell children a few things about fruit and veggies, The Weekly Standard begs Romney to run.

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