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

| September 26, 2016

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

Monday Briefing: Banned Books Week, John Sbordone, Covering “Black Rage”

| September 26, 2016

The Flagler County Public Library marks Banned Books Week starting with an Ed Murrow documentary, Bunnell holds a tax hearing, City Repertory Theatre’s John Sbordone is profiled.

Early Voting Facts and Myths

| September 25, 2016

Research shows early voting increases turnout by 2 percent to 4 percent. In some cases, it particularly boosts voting among minorities, a constituency that tends to vote Democrat.

Panic: On the Prospect of a Trump Presidency

| September 23, 2016

“I spent the past year making fun of Trump and taking it for granted that Hillary Clinton would demolish him. I didn’t take into account her fabulous skills for self-destruction or the country’s ripeness for mass delusion.”

Bright Futures Scholarships Could Expand to Summer to Speed Up Graduation Rates

| September 23, 2016

Only 44 percent of students graduated in four years at 11 state universities. Summer scholarships would encourage more students to attend summer classes, increasing the chances they can graduate more quickly.

Weekend Briefing: Kaepernick’s Time, Charlie Brown Vets Special, Native American Day, FPC Open House, Cop Tattoos

| September 23, 2016

Charlie Brown, the musical, at City Rep, this time with a veterans’ special, a campus-wide open house at FPC Friday, should cop tattoo policies be relaxed, Jane Jacobs remembered.

Florida Justices Let Felon Carry Hunting Rifle, Saying Prohibition Doesn’t Apply to Antique Guns

| September 22, 2016

In a 5-2 decision, justices cleared Weeks on the gun-possession charge because state law treats antique firearms — and their replicas — different from other guns. The ruling said lawmakers exempted firearms manufactured in or before 1918 and their replicas from the prohibition on felons possessing guns.

Thursday Briefing: 2 New Detention Deputies, A Lobbyist for Flagler Beach, Milissa Holland’s Designs

| September 22, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission will pay $30,000 for a state lobbyist, Milissa Holland tells the News-Journal of her plans as Palm Coast’s new mayor, and Paolo Restani playing Mendelssohn’s Capriccio Brillante.

Mindful of Orlando Massacre, FDLE Seeks to Extend Federal Terrorism Crimes to State Laws

| September 21, 2016

Intent on preventing another mass nightclub shooting or a repeat of incidents this past weekend in New York and New Jersey, Florida’s top cop wants to bulk up the state’s anti-terrorism efforts.

The Climate Change Debate is Over: Seas and Temperatures Are Rising Dangerously

| September 21, 2016

Increasing major storms and rising sea levels have long been predicted by climate models, and now they’re coming true. Time for deniers to concede defeat and become part of the solution, argues Todd Larsen.

Wednesday Briefing: The Observer’s Jeff Dawsey, Tax-Setting Hearings, Northwest Crack-Up, Unsinkable Trump

| September 21, 2016

Palm Coast and Flagler Beach set your tax rates for next year, The Northwest Passage has melted, the Observer’s Jeff Dawsey’s journey from drug dealer to minister, Trump’s unsinkable campaign.

Pam Bondi Is Shocked, Shocked Over Claim That Trump Donation Influenced Her Decisions

| September 20, 2016

In a contentious session with reporters, Bondi said she had no regret about Trump’s $25,000 donation and refuted claims that it had influenced her decisions to dismiss allegations that Floridians had been bilked by Trump University.

Tuesday Briefing: FPC’s Car Sale, Bed Race Prep, Food Truck Tuesday, Prison Jobs Fair, Old Yacht Club’s New Tenants

| September 20, 2016

The Flagler County School Board discusses the controversial car sale that took over the campus of Flagler Palm Coast High School earlier this month, it’s Food Truck Tuesday in Central Park, and does God want Trump to be president?

Florida Universities Seeking $14.5 Million Extra To Meet Spiking Demand for Mental Health

| September 19, 2016

Universities saw a 48 percent increase in demands for counseling and other mental health services, and an increase in emergency or crisis visits, involving issues like severe depression, acute anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

Trump-Bashing’s Indictment as Americans’ Trust in Mainstream Media Sinks to a New Low

| September 19, 2016

Covering Trump’s contradictory and rash statements is one thing. That’s the media’s job. But there isn’t a commentator or an anchor on CNN who doesn’t wear a Clinton heart on his or her sleeve. With 53 days to go before the election, they’ve even stopped trying to hide it.

Another Unrealistic Trump Policy Proposal: Billions of Dollars for Homeschool Vouchers

| September 18, 2016

Trump recently proposed billions in spending to allow the nation’s poorest students to leave public schools and enroll elsewhere, including by using homeschooling. Except the plan won’t work for the poorest students.

Florida’s GOP Sen. Keith Perry Defends Himself After Hitting Another Man Over Campaign Sign

| September 16, 2016

Perry, a contractor first elected to the House in 2010, is going up against former state Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, for the open Senate District 8 seat. Smith is also a former Florida Democratic Party chairman and a former state attorney in the Gainesville area.

Gov. Scott’s Office of Open Government Barricades Itself

| September 15, 2016

Florida once had one of the toughest sunshine laws in the country, and people were proud of that. But it’s no longer the case. Transparency has given way to talk–and barricades.

Eliminating Florida’s No-Fault Auto Insurance System Could Save $81 a Year Per Car

| September 14, 2016

The findings in a $125,000 study come as critics contend the 2012 reform attempt has failed to meet expectations and that bodily-injury coverage, which most motorists in Florida already have, should be a replacement for no-fault coverage.

In Florida, Citrus Nears Oblivion as Disease and Development Squeeze it to Economy’s Margins

| September 13, 2016

The citrus industry lost 4 percent of its grove land, 21,275 acres, over the past year. Citrus greening disease, which is deadly to the crop, has infected nearly all of Florida’s commercial citrus groves.

Justice Perry Will Retire, Giving Gov. Scott 1st Chance to Appoint a Conservative to High Court

| September 12, 2016

Perry is among five jurists who make up a liberal-leaning majority of the seven-member court, which has drawn the wrath of the Republican governor and the GOP-dominated Legislature.

Monitoring the Vote in Real-Time With Electionland

| September 12, 2016

Which voters are getting turned away (and why)? Where are lines so long that people are giving up? Is there actually any evidence of people casting fraudulent votes? Whether you’re a journalist or not, here’s your chance to be an effective monitor.

Why I Stand For The National Anthem

| September 10, 2016

There is outrage on the anniversary of 9/11: the outrage should be directed at those who have taken for granted the liberty and privilege of being a professional athlete by showing disrespect to our National Anthem by way of protest.

The National Anthem’s False Notes

| September 9, 2016

Blasphemous as it seems, Colin Kaepernick’s freedom to sit out the Star Spangled Banner is written in the anthem’s very words, though his tormentors are more disturbed by his message, which they would rather not hear.

Tourism Industry Puts On Happy Face Despite Massacre, Algae, Zika and Alligator Kill

| September 9, 2016

In the past three months, there has been a mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub, a 2-year-old child killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World, toxic algae blooms choking East and West Coast waterways, and the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Weekend Briefing: 9/11, African Art, Senior Games, Beer Arising, Chess Jax, Women of Jazz, Intracoastal Clean-Up

| September 9, 2016

A busy weekend with a new musical (Charlie Brown) opening at CRT, women of jazz at the African-American Center, lectures on African art by the Palm Coast Arts Foundation, the Senior Games all week, and quite a bit more.

Who’s Afraid of Gary Johnson? Let Him Join the Debates

| September 8, 2016

The Libertarian Party is on the ballot in all 50 states. For that reason, Gary Johnson should be on that debate stage because he is an alternative available to the entire nation, argues Nancy Smith.

Trump and Clinton Are Tied in Florida in Latest Quinnipiac Poll

| September 8, 2016

The two remain tied when the most prominent third-party candidates are thrown into the race, with Trump and Clinton drawing 43 percent apiece.

Thursday Briefing: Flagler Restaurant Week Kick-Off, Flagler Beach’s Taxi Update, Journalism’s Lost Generation

| September 8, 2016

The third annual Restaurant Week kicks off at Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the Flagler Beach City Commission updates its taxi ordinance, what a journalism professor learned of the craft’s lost generation.

Wednesday Briefing: Youth Orchestra Open House, Budget Hearings in Palm Coast and Flagler Beach, Manfre’s Whereabouts

| September 7, 2016

The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s open house at Indian Trails Middle School welcomes new enrollments and lays out the season ahead, at 5:30 p.m., Palm Coast and Flagler Beach governments hold the first of their budget hearings, setting next year’s tax rates.

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