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Monday Briefing: Facebook and Twitter After You Die, Flagler Photography Club Annual Show, Denali’s Rebirth

| August 31, 2015

Find out what happens to your Facebook and Twitter pages after you die, Denali takes back its name from McKinley, Oliver Sacks dies, the Flagler Photography Club’s annual show is on.

With Florida Leading U.S. in Child Drownings, States Are Pressed to Improve Prevention

| August 30, 2015

Florida had 50 drownings of children 15 or younger last year, by far the most in the nation. California was second with 36. Better pool-safety regulations help.

Indentured Regression: Marco Rubio Thinks College Students Should Be Sharecroppers

| August 29, 2015

Marco Rubio is proposing human capital contracts as a way for college students to pay tuition: investors would foot the bill and claim a percentage of the graduates’ income for years. It’s a terrible idea.

Weekend Briefing: Dank and Stormy Days, A Night at the Ag Museum, Israel’s Red-State Illusions

| August 28, 2015

A wet, relatively uneventful weekend in anticipation of Tropical Storm Erika, Israel’s illusions as a GOP red state, a sleep-over at the Florida Ag Museum, plus Edward Gibbon and Rubenstein playing Chopin.

SLAPP This: Florida Scores a Big Free Speech Victory Against Intimidation Lawsuits

| August 27, 2015

It was a rare success in the last Florida Legislative session: a new law protecting the public from frivolous corporate or otherwise intimidating lawsuits intended to silence public expression in government issues.

Thursday Briefing: Raising the Floor in Flagler Beach, Live Murder of Journalists, That Old Trump-Bush Feud

| August 27, 2015

Two journalists are murdered on live TV, Flagler Beach aims to raise base-floor elevations of new homes (builders are unhappy), plus Jonathan Franzen, R.L. Lewis, Trump and Bush.

State Education Board’s “Historic” Funding Proposal Is Still $1,000 Per Student Below 2006 Level

| August 26, 2015

In inflation adjusted dollars, current spending on public education is $1,100-per-student less than it was in 2007, and would still be $1,000 less if the Legislature goes along with a state board of education proposal.

Wednesday Briefing: Heat Index Up to 105, Bicyclist Killed in Wreck With Palm Coast Woman on U.S. 1 in St. Johns, Scott Less Hated

| August 26, 2015

Kalette Manka, 18, of Palm Coast, was not injured, but Charles Frederick Barret, 50, of St. Augustine, was killed in a crash at U.S. 1 and Datil Pepper Road in St. Johns County.

Lawmakers and Judge Turn to Supreme Court to Break Congressional Map Stalemate

| August 25, 2015

A Leon County judge will ask the Florida Supreme Court how to move forward with a redistricting lawsuit after the Legislature failed to draw new congressional lines in a special session that collapsed last week.

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Tuesday Briefing: Palm Coast Annexing Near Sea Ray and Borrowing $30 Million, Lush Paradise at Ocean Art

| August 25, 2015

Palm Coast plans annexation of nearly a dozen properties along Roberts Road near Sea Ray, and will borrow $30 million to pay for the city’s second sewer plant.

Permitted Hunters Outnumber Florida Black Bears 6-to-1 as Killing Season Nears

| August 24, 2015

Florida’s October hunt has drawn almost 1,800 hunters against a black bear quota of 320, in parts of the state where the killing will be allowed.

Capitalism Doesn’t Cause Poverty. Its Absence Does.

| August 24, 2015

The world’s poorest countries are not characterized by naive trust in capitalism, but by utter distrust, which leads to heavy government intervention and regulation of business. Under such conditions, capitalism does not thrive and economies remain poor.

Cashing In on Pot: How Business Is Getting High on Marijuana’s Potential

| August 24, 2015

The industry totaled $2.66 billion in U.S. sales in 2014, up 74 percent from $1.53 billion the year before, with expectations that the market will expand exponentially as more states legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

Monday Briefing: Be Careful Out There, It’s Back to School Day, Bush and Manatees, DSC Fights Cyber Crimes

| August 24, 2015

Public and private students are back in school across Flagler County today, Daytona State College is designated a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center.

How County Government Is Pimping Princess Place While Spinning Fairy Tales

| August 22, 2015

Flagler County’s justifications for holding a Spartan extreme-sport race at Princess Place Preserve fails the smell test on all counts and raise questions about how tourism chief Matt Dunn and County Administrator Craig Coffey got the deal so far to start with.

Lawmakers Can’t Get It Done: Redistricting Session Collapses, Leaving It Up to Courts

| August 21, 2015

The end of the session without agreement on the shape of Florida’s 27 congressional districts likely means the final decision will be made by the courts, though some lawmakers held out slim hopes for a resolution in the coming days that could avoid such an outcome.

Weekend Briefing: A New Day at Old County Courthouse, School Orientations, Adopt a Precinct, Donuts With Doughney

| August 21, 2015

The old county courthouse reopens as a Christian school today, non-profits can make money adopting a voting precinct, the friendly side of Flagler Beach Capt. Matthew Doughney, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in full.

Gene Spaulding Is Named Florida Highway Patrol Director

| August 20, 2015

Spaulding replaces Col. David Brierton, who retired in May. He’d overseen Troop G. the northeast Florida FHP district that includes Flagler County.

House and Senate at Odds Over Congressional Map, But No Disagreement Over Flagler District

| August 20, 2015

The 6th Congressional District would be redrawn southward, losing most of St. Johns County and all of Putnam, and taking on all of Volusia and a segment of Lake, thus pushing the district more to the center than it’s been.

Trump Leads Rubio and Bush in Florida, Would Beat Clinton But Not Biden

| August 20, 2015

If Trump were to run on a third-party platform, he would make it easier for Hillary Clinton to win–or for Joe Biden to win, should the vice president decide to run, as he would bleed votes away from either Rubio or Bush.

Thursday Briefing: 8 Year Old Tells of Dog Bite, School Orientations, Policing Panties

| August 20, 2015

The week of student orientations and open houses continues with Matanzas High and Imagine on today’s slate, arguing against a pantie law, Marco Rubio’s slow-going.

Scott Administration Intensifies Battle Over Planned Parenthood Clinics in Florida

| August 19, 2015

State health officials say three clinics can continue to operate but remain under investigation for allegedly performing illegal second-trimester abortions.

Entrapments of Color Blindness: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 10

| August 19, 2015

There’s a bit of vomit to start off Chapter 10 of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” much of it from our contributing writers, who have a hard time understanding how it takes Scout 25 years to discover what her father is about.

Despite Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Gay Adoption Rights Remain Restricted in Florida

| August 19, 2015

While same-sex couples have long been able to adopt from private, gay-friendly adoption agencies, adopting children from the foster care system has proved more difficult in some states, among them Florida.

Wednesday Briefing: County Seeks $150,000 for Preserve Cottages, a New Joan B. King Park, Women’s Libido Pill

| August 19, 2015

County government is seeking–from itself, in effect, by way of its tourism board–a $150,000 “grant” from bed sales tax revenue to help build cottages at Princes Place Preserve.

FPL Faces Renewed Opposition to Higher Rates For Nukes Plant Construction Years in the Future

| August 18, 2015

The request, if approved by the Florida Public Service Commission in October, would place the cost for new nuclear power at 34 cents on a typical residential customer’s monthly bill in 2016.

Tuesday Briefing: Your Kids’ Vaccines at Health Department, Free Speech’s New Frontier, Big Band

| August 18, 2015

You can still get all your child’s vaccinations through Friday at the Flagler County Health Clinic, a Supreme Court free speech ruling’s havoc on cities, Berlin in 1936, in color.

Before Going Neolithic on Unwed Moms, Bush Could Bone Up on Economic Reality

| August 17, 2015

Here’s what conservatives like Jeb Bush don’t want to acknowledge: Marriage rates are inextricably linked to America’s economy.

Clashing Again, Florida House and Senate Are on Collision Course Over Redistricting

| August 17, 2015

The House and Senate seemed unconcerned about whether they could reconcile their differences before the scheduled conclusion of the special session on Friday. They all but ruled out forming a joint House-Senate conference committee to hammer out a compromise.

Monday Briefing: Welcome Back Teachers, $76,000 To Revamp County’s Economic Development Website, Gore Vidal Echoes

| August 17, 2015

Flagler County is getting set to spend $76,000 on its economic development website, Superintendent Jacob Oliva welcomes faculty and staff back to school, dual enrollment at Bethune-Cookman, and Gore Vidal from the grave.

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