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Firing a “Sponge Grenade,” Flagler Deputies Defuse a Would-Be Suicide-By-Gun After Hours of Negotiations

| December 17, 2014

Flagler deputies after hours of negotiations near the Palm Harbor overpass in Palm Coast Wednesday morning stopped a man from killing himself with a .38 by firing so-called “less-lethal” munition.

With 800,000 Floridians in Health Insurance Limbo, Hopes Return for Medicaid Expansion

| December 15, 2014

A coalition of businesses groups, local officials and healthcare industry representatives has rolled out a plan to insure nearly one million low-income Floridians who fall in the so-called Medicaid coverage gap.

Ferguson Events and FSU Shooting Trigger Florida’s Third-Busiest Gun Shopping Day Ever

| December 11, 2014

The Nov. 28 purchases trailed only the sales for two days in December 2012, which came after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

In Mass-Casualty Simulation, Flagler First Responders and Hospital Test Capabilities

| December 10, 2014

The simulation entailed a plane crash at the county airport and more than two dozen injuries as fuel and debris struck Hijackers’ Restaurant. The exercise unfolded in front of Florida Hospital Flagler’s Emergency Room.

Florida’s Minimum Wage Going Up to $8.05 as Obama’s Push For $10.10 Remains Elusive

| December 10, 2014

A Democratic bill in the Florida Legislature would seek the $10,10 threshold, but its chances of passing are slim to none. Business groups like the Florida Chamber of Commerce have argued against such proposals.

Flagler Opens 1st Secure Site For Supervised Children’s Visits in Sally’s Safe Haven

| December 8, 2014

It took three years and $400,000 from a federal grant, but on Monday county officials dedicated the safe haven in the old Bunnell Post office location, ensuring that parents don’t have to travel to Volusia or St. Johns to execute court-ordered, supervised children’s visitations.

In Reversal, Accused European Village Attacker Daniel Noble Found Competent to Stand Trial

| December 8, 2014

Daniel Noble appeared ready to shoot his Uzi-style assault weapon at a crowd at European Village in March before he was wrestled to the ground. After being deemed incompetent to stand trial three months ago, a judge ruled today that trial can proceed.

How to Easily Navigate Big Changes in Fine Print of Obamacare Plans Before Deadline

| December 8, 2014

Even if you’re getting the same plan — of the nearly 2,800 health plans offered in 2014, about 1,700 of them will exist in the same form next year — their benefits may not stay the same. Here’s an easy way to figure it all out.

Obamacare Snags: He Wants To Be Insured But Still Can’t Afford It.

| December 3, 2014

The law requires all Americans to carry health insurance, but despite subsidies, it isn;t a given that some workers can afford their portion of premium costs. One of those people is Leaburn Alexander

Faith Coleman, Founder of Flagler County Free Clinic and Champion of Grit, Is Dead at 60

| December 1, 2014

Even as she battled a cancer that kept recurring over the past 11 years, Faith Coleman created in the Flagler County Free Clinic one of the county’s most crucial and enduring institutions, which a board of directors now vows to preserve in her memory.

As Large Businesses Look to Dump Employees on Obamacare, Smaller Firms Snub Subsidies

| December 1, 2014

Few employers are embracing a temporary Obamacare subsidy for small businesses while large businesses are hiring brokers to help them shift employees to government-subsidized plans, which the Obama administration says is illegal.

Regrettable Holiday Ritual: Spike in Calls to Alzheimer’s Hotline as Families Grasp Changes

| November 29, 2014

Visiting with relatives over the holidays may raise questions about the physical and cognitive health of family members. Although some change in cognitive ability can occur with age, serious memory problems are not a part of normal aging. Recognizing the difference between normal aging and more serious problems can help you identify when it may be time for you to make the call or see a doctor.

Florida’s Pot Legalization Forces Open 2-Front Offensive: Legislature and 2016 Ballot

| November 29, 2014

After falling just 2 points short of victory in November, medical-marijuana advocates will take their battle to the Florida Legislature, and failing that, will place the initiative on the ballot again in 2016.

Feed Flagler’s 364-Day Blinders: Why Isn’t a Portion of Old Courthouse Considered as Homeless Shelter?

| November 21, 2014

It must be Thanksgiving because as with the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims seem more interested in clobbering the poor than feeding them.

For Shane Kitchens, Left in 30-Day Coma After Collision on A1A, a Painful Roll Back

| November 21, 2014

Shane Kitchens, the 37-year-old Flagler Beach business owner, was crossing A1A in August when a motorcycle struck him as if he wasn’t there. This is the story of his recovery since.

Obamacare 2.0: Open Enrollment Starts With Few Glitches as Floridians Sign Up Over the Weekend

| November 17, 2014

Sharply contrasting with last year’s roll-out, enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, which started Saturday, has gone smoothly, as the federal government expects nearly 10 million insured by the time the window closes in February.

Don’t Tell Us How You’re Feeling: Facebook and the Mirage of Positive Posting

| November 15, 2014

After a steady onslaught of social media, is it any wonder we sometimes feel numb to the suffering—or joy—of others? Laurie Uttich rethinks the one-sided nature of Facebook declamations.

Judge Throws Out Florida’s Medical Marijuana Rules, Calling Them Vague and “Unbridled”

| November 15, 2014

Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins sided with Miami-based Costa Farms and others that objected to the Department of Health’s use of a lottery to pick five licensees that will grow, process and distribute strains of non-euphoric marijuana authorized by the Legislature and approved by Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year.

Preparedness Before Hype: Flagler Emergency Responders Form Team With Ebola in Mind

| November 13, 2014

An “incident management team” was created to respond to any infectious disease emergency in Flagler, with Emergency Management, Florida Hospital Flagler and the the Health Department leading the response, should one ever be necessary.

For 1 Million Floridians, Health Insurance Again in the Balance as Supreme Court Rethinks Subsidies

| November 10, 2014

Enrollment and subsidies, along with provisions such as the prohibition on excluding people with pre-existing conditions, are now at risk, because once again, the Supreme Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act lives or dies.

Feed Flagler, in Its 6th Year, Launches Food Drive and Free Thanksgiving Meals Plan

| November 9, 2014

Feed Flagler, the community-wide effort to provide meals for the needy (or anyone who requests one) at Thanksgiving, is off to its 6th year, with renewed emphasis on food collection for families.

“Personhood” Amendment Crushed Even in the Reddest State, Dealing Blow to Abortion Foes

| November 6, 2014

Two proposed constitutional amendments that would have declared life starting at conception were overwhelmingly defeated in North Dakota and Colorado, with two-thirds of voters opposed.

Does Life Begin at Conception? Nation Eyes Referendum That May Set Precedent

| November 1, 2014

The battle over North Dakota’s Measure 1 highlights the biggest trend in national abortion politics this November: wide-ranging pro-life ballot initiatives that would alter state constitutions in ways whose long-term repercussions are difficult to predict.

I Had a Stroke at 29

| October 29, 2014

Two weeks after her then-fiancé proposed to her, Kari Cobham had a stroke. The former News-Journal reporter and current executive producer of social media for Orlando’s WFTV writes of her experience for the first time, on World Stroke Day.

Sheldon Adelson Adds $1 Million to Fight Against Medical Pot Legalization

| October 28, 2014

Sheldon Adelson had contributed $5 million of the $5,842,897 raised by the “Drug Free Florida Committee” as of Sunday. The committee also spent $1,254,013 in mid-October and reported an overall spending total of $5,582,772.

Florida Tries Again to End Decade-Old Lawsuit Calling State’s Children’s Health Care Inadequate

| October 27, 2014

The state Agency for Health Care Administration is making a renewed attempt to scuttle a nearly decade-old lawsuit alleging the state’s Medicaid program has not provided adequate care for low-income children.

Please Don’t Take a Seat: Flagler Schools Start Adapting to Stand-Up Desks in Fitness Push

| October 27, 2014

A new trend is emerging at Flagler schools. It’s now all about “active learning,” a teaching style aimed at promoting better health and academic performance. At Belle Terre Elementary, that means adjustable standing desks.

Ebola Isn’t a Problem in the U.S.
Hysteria and Xenophobia Are.

| October 26, 2014

There is not going to be an Ebola epidemic in the United States. There isn’t one now. But there is a an epidemic of hysteria and cowardice that’s costing more lives in Africa, and that could threaten the West if segregationists have their way.

Brittany Maynard and the Right to Die: An Open Letter from a State That Denies It

| October 21, 2014

Laureen Kornel, a Flagler Beach resident, was left helpless, watching her mother’s agonizing death from cancer because the right to die on terms other than those dictated by doctors was not an option. She writes Brittany Maynard in hopes of spurring the movement in Florida and other states that deny that right.

Nearly Sure Thing Months Ago, Medical Pot Initiative Appears Headed For Defeat Behind Snuff Money

| October 20, 2014

The latest Tampa Bay Times poll has the measure winning only 48 percent of the vote, 12 points short of the needed 60 percent, as Sheldon Las Vegas gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson increased his contributions against the measure to $3.5 million.

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