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At Pink Army Flag-Raising, a Shaved Head Attests to Cancer’s Ravages, and Hopes

| October 5, 2015

The breast-cancer awareness flag-raising marks the beginning of a series of fund-raising events in Flagler and Palm Coast. It featured Commissioner Frank Meeker, barely out of his own battle through chemotherapy and colon cancer.

Psychiatry as Industry of Death: Scientology Blitzes Shrinks in New Clearwater Museum

| October 4, 2015

The museum, “Psychiatry: Industry of Death,” occupies most of the 1st floor of new headquarters for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights in Clearwater. The Church of Scientology has long been at odds with the field of psychiatry.

In Plantation Bay, 1,600 Customers Are Stuck Between Cruddy Water and Cruddier Bills

| October 2, 2015

As Flagler government fully acquires the Plantation bay utility from Bunnell, residents have seen water bills more than double, and may see further rate increases yet if the shoddy water plant is to be improved.

At Least 10 Killed at Oregon College Where Students Are Allowed to Carry Guns

| October 1, 2015

A gunman murdered at least 10 people and wounded at least 20 Thursday morning at Umpqua Community College in Southwest Oregon, in one of seven states where guns on campus are allowed.

Christian Recovery House for Addicts Wins Legal Battle, Costing Bunnell $500,000

| September 30, 2015

The settlement agreement after an 18-month fight clears the way for Open Door Ministry to run a 12-bed residential program for drug and alcohol addicts on East Booe Street in Bunnell.

The Big Pharma Mafia:
Your Money Or Your Life

| September 29, 2015

Hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli’s decision to raise the price of the lifesaving drug Daraprim from $18 to $750 per pill is emblematic of America’s pharmaceutical industry, where price-gouging is the norm.

Rick Scott, Who Made Millions as Hospital CEO, Now Faults Hospital Costs

| September 28, 2015

The proposals are the latest in a series of moves by Scott, who made millions as CEO of HCA/Columbia, to revamp the hospital industry. The Legislature will have to enact his proposals.

Florida Teens’ Taste for E-Cigarettes Now More than Double That of Tobacco Sticks

| September 24, 2015

Some 6.9 percent of Florida high-school students smoke cigarettes, but 15.8 percent use electronic cigarettes, which allow inhalation of vaporized nicotine.

How Does Lawbreaking Kim Davis Get to Keep Her Job?

| September 22, 2015

The law of the land isn’t an item on an a la carte menu from which elected officials can pick and choose, argues Nancy Smith, who says Kim Davis should have been removed from office by the governor.

Florida’s Foster Children Are Still Being Medicated Without Proper Oversight

| September 22, 2015

Just a fifth of the 2,434 children in state foster care had proper consent-form and other requirements to be subjected to psychotropic drugs, according to UF research.

Doctors and Pharmacists Complain: Patients Aren’t Getting Their Pain Meds Fast Enough

| September 21, 2015

Pharmacists complain that distributors are limiting their supply of powerful narcotics, forcing the pharmacists to ration their limited stock to their regular patients.

Poison Flush: Drug Take-Back Day in Palm Coast on Sept. 26, No Questions Asked

| September 19, 2015

Residents can stop at four locations in Palm Coast to privately return expired or unwanted prescription, over-the-counter meds, vitamin or herbal remedies as well as veterinary medications.

John Thrasher on Campus Guns, FSU’s Alleged Inferiority and Marco Rubio’s Oats

| September 19, 2015

Florida State University President John Thrasher talks about Rubio trash-talking FSU, his opposition to guns on campus, academic freedom and having the time of his life.

8.8 Million More People Got Health Insurance Last Year, Largely Due to Obamacare

| September 19, 2015

The increase, due to the Affordable Care Act, is unprecedented since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid 50 years ago. Expanding Medicaid–as Florida did not–would have added to the ranks of the insured even more.

State Targets Two More Abortion Clinics as Scott Tightens Vise on Women’s Health

| September 18, 2015

The latest clinics to be fined for allegedly performing 2nd trimester abortions, including Bread and Roses in Gainesville, aren’t affiliated with Planned Parenthood but are cited on similar grounds.

Video In Suicide-By-Cop Attempt Shows Deputies’ Control of Hairtrigger Confrontation

| September 18, 2015

The eight-minute video of the confrontation, posted here, shows P-Section resident Stacy Culotta holding a gun and how Sgt. Van Buren and two other deputies eventually defused the situation.

World Warms to Climate Change Treaty, But Europe, Not U.S. Is Setting the Standard

| September 17, 2015

December’s UN conference on climate change in Paris may lead to a treaty as a consensus has emerged that it’s also about economic challenges like poverty, sustainable development, and the wellbeing of future generations.

Cocked Again, College-Campus Gun Bill Makes It Through First Two Legislative Hurdles

| September 16, 2015

The concealed-carry legislation won support from criminal-justice committees in the Florida House and Senate but is widely opposed by academic leaders.

Facing Lawsuit from Florida Carry, FSU Scraps Gun Ban in Cars on Football Game Day

| September 10, 2015

The changes to the school’s “Game Day Plan 2015” guide for fans won’t holster the legal challenge by Florida Carry Inc. as legislators again consider allowing concealed weapons on campus.

County Rejects One Jumbo Cell Tower, Approves Another and Hedges On Third

| September 9, 2015

The Flagler commission was responding to concerns about the height and visibility of three proposed communications towers rising between 320 and 350 feet–more than twice the allowable size under county rules.

For Every US Soldier Killed in Afghanistan, 13 Children Were Shot and Killed in America

| September 6, 2015

Between 2002 and 2012, at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 made up over two-thirds of all youth gun deaths in America.

“Somber” Board Severely Cuts Flagler’s Adults With Disabilities Program So It Can Survive

| September 1, 2015

The program served 85 mostly full-time clients until it lost half a million dollars in state aid, forcing staff cuts and deep reductions in services. But unlike other districts, Flagler chose to keep its program going.

Why You’re Getting Poorer: iPhones Aren’t The Economic Engine Cars and Electricity Were

| August 31, 2015

Robert Gordon argues rising standards of living brought by cars, indoor plumbing and electricity can;t be replaced by iPhones and the internet. Martin Feldstein disagrees.

Florida Doubles Rates For 36,000 KidCare Full Pay Children, and Blames Obamacare

| August 31, 2015

Thousands of parents were slammed with new rates with less than a month to pay, though they’ll have a chance to leave Florida’s plan for Obamacare in a special enrollment period.

Flagler, Among Top 10 Counties With Most Concealed-Weapon Licenses, Will Fast-Track Permitting

| August 31, 2015

Flagler has 8.24 concealed carry permits for every 100 residents. Starting Jan. 1, the Flagler Tax Collector’s office will accept concealed-weapon permit applications for $134 and renewals for $72.

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.

No Pollution Problem Along Florida Park Drive, Council Concludes, Ending Further Debate

| August 25, 2015

After ruling out traffic as a problem, the Palm Coast council Tuesday ruled out pollution and appeared to end its response to recurring complaints from residents along Florida Park Drive.

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.

With YMCA Talks Dead, District Looks For Belle Terre Swim Club Savior in Final Effort

| August 20, 2015

With the YMCA, Palm Coast and the county uninterested in supporting it, the days of the Belle Terre Swim Club as a public facility will end this fall if no bidder is found by early October.



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