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Public Employees Retire in Droves as Florida Pension System Narrows Incentives to Work

| July 31, 2011

About 10,100 people chose to enter retirement or exited the state’s deferred retirement plan ahead of new laws kicking in on July 1, an increase of more than 900 people from the same time last year.

The Week Ahead in Tallahassee: Florida Cabinet, School Financing and Nukes

| July 31, 2011

The Florida Cabinet meets for the first time since June 2, the Village Square takes on Florida’s post-Fukushima nuclear energy future, the State Board of Education takes on school financing. The week’s full line-up.

Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin and Tea Parties: The Gipper’s NAACP Warning to Extremists

| July 31, 2011

“You are the ones who are out of step with our society,” Ronald Reagan said of extremists in a 1981 speech to the NAACP, a speech that resonates in tea party America today, Zach Roberts argues.

GMAC Mortgage Machination: Don’t Have Document to Foreclose? Make It Up

| July 30, 2011

When GMAC, one of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers, sought to foreclose on a homeowner last year and lacked a crucial document, the company just made one up, pointing to a pattern of deceptive filings to foreclose on homeowners.

Capital Punishment As a Crime More Dreadful Than Murder: Dostoyevsky on the Guillotine

| July 30, 2011

The death penalty, in this passage from Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot,” is seen as a punishment mostly for what precedes it–and an indictment of those who impose capital punishment.

Two-Day Kidnapping Lands 3 in Jail After SWAT Team Descends on South Bunnell

| July 30, 2011

The two Bunnell men were charged with kidnapping and held without bail. Two additional men were jailed on more minor charges. One victim, a woman, was involved.

Ethics Commission Ratifies $600 Settlement With Flagler Commissioner Nate McLaughlin

| July 30, 2011

The settlement now goes before Gov. Rick Scott, who’ll issue an executive order requiring McLaughlin to pay the fine. McLaughlin’s attorney still contends that the Supervisor of Elections could have prevented the problem.

With or Without Palm Coast, County Would Lead New Economic Development Council

| July 29, 2011

The county’s proposal would mean the end of Enterprise Flagler and the creation of a 9-member council chaired by the county, with cities and private-sector membership overseeing a $410,000 budget. Palm Coast’s buy in is a question mark.

Students as Customers, Universities as Businesses: Scott’s Plan To Texify Higher Ed

| July 29, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott is following Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s lead in higher ed: merit pay for professors, tenure reform, and generally a greater emphasis on business-like measurement of whether professors are turning out students that meet certain goals.

Soaring Corporate Tax Credit Voucher Program Costing Flagler Schools Half a Million Dollars

| July 28, 2011

A new law passed by the Legislature last year increased the amount of taxpayer dollars available for private-school vouchers, from $118 million to $140 million-money denied the public school system. Some 33,000 students, including 86 in Flagler, are enrolled.

Bunnell PD Seizes Ex-Cop’s Lost Flash Drive, Deleting Files Against His Consent

| July 28, 2011

Roosevelt James, formerly of the Bunnell Police Department, lost his drive on June 21. The police department held it for 26 days “under review,” deleting files along the way, according to James, who’s calling for an investigation.

Health Reform Won’t Slow Costs as Spending on U.S. Care Nearly Doubles by 2020

| July 28, 2011

U.S. Health spending will grow by an average of 5.8 percent a year through 2020, compared to 5.7 percent without the health overhaul. With that growth, the nation is expected to spend $4.6 trillion on health care in 2020, nearly double the $2.6 trillion spent last year.

Auditions Set for Flagler Playhouse’s “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

| July 28, 2011

The Flagler Playhouse will hold open auditions for their upcoming production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on July 31 and Aug. 1 at 6 pm at the Flagler Playhouse in Bunnell.

Flagler Fish Company’s Pet-Friendly Patio Expands Outdoor Dining

| July 28, 2011

The Flagler Fish Company in Flagler Beach completed an expansion of their pet-friendly outdoor dining area.

Attorney General Bondi’s Motive Questioned in Firing of Mortgage Fraud Investigators

| July 27, 2011

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi fired two assistant attorneys general who were heavily involved in investigating alleged mortgage fraud, including focusing on one firm that had contributed to Bondi’s campaign. Bondi says they had “shortcomings.”

Tony Robbin, Philharmonic Horns, the Art of Trash: Culture Worth the Miles

| July 27, 2011

A Tony Robbin retrospective at the Orlando Museum of Art, Theresa Rebeck’s “The Understudy” at the Mad Cow Theater, Parker Sketch and M Scott Morgan at Gallery Q, and more.

Fire at Bunnell’s Palm Terrace Claims A Home and Burns One Victim

| July 27, 2011

The mobile-home fire started just after 5 p.m. The owner, a man in his mid-20s, said he’d fallen asleep. His 5-year-old son was not in the house at the time.

Would-Be Assailants on Palm Coast’s Pine Crest Lane Flee After Being Shot At

| July 27, 2011

Three men were prowling about a house on Pine Crest Lane in Palm Coast Wednesday morning when a resident there confronted them and took out his Glock 27, firing one shot at one of them.

Gov. Rick Scott on Impending Federal Government Shutdown: What, Me, Worry?

| July 27, 2011

Rick Scott is unconcerned about the federal shut-down, saying its impact on Florida will be “minimal.” Much of the evidence says otherwise as millions of Floridians’ including Social Security and food stamps recipients, may be affected.

Mia Bella Dance Academy’s Team of 21 Sweeps National Showdown in Gatlinburg

| July 27, 2011

Mia Bella Dance Academy’s competition team of 20 dancers more than doubled their national awards tally from last year in a competition in Gatlinburg, Tenn., this month. Charlotte Marten’s video report.

Mystery Midnight “Fireball” Serves Up Barroom Speculation, and Vain Search, In Flagler Beach

| July 27, 2011

Patrons at an oceanfront Flagler Beach bar reported seeing a fireball over the ocean around midnight Tuesday, triggering speculation about a plane crash. It turned out to be no more than speculation.

School Board Rejects Administrators’ 2% Raise, Awards It to Lesser-Paid Professionals

| July 26, 2011

The proposed raise for the 50-some administrators in the county, who make between $50,000 and $100,000, had triggered a political wildfire. Board members were more willing to give the raise to supervisors paid, for the most part, less than teachers.

Lightning Sets Off 10 New Wildfires, Not Counting a Half Dozen Quickly Put Out

| July 26, 2011

The fires signal the danger of somewhat dry conditions as lightning-rich storms keep rolling through. There are no plans to re-institute a burn ban in Flagler for now.

Palm Coast Sets Intial Tax Rate 14% Higher With Goal of Whittling It Down By September

| July 26, 2011

Palm Coast City Council members are trying desperately to hold the line on property tax increases, but will likely not succeed entirely. The final tax rate will still not translate into a tax increase for most.

Resuming Eastward March, Palm Coast Will Annex Graham Swamp’s 3,300 Acres

| July 26, 2011

Palm Coast will annex the Graham Swamp area to better control its assets, which include the new Graham Swamp trail, but the annexation is also a beachhead on attractive property along Colbert Lane.

Boehner-Obama Debt-Ceiling Follies: Your Hair-Pulling Guide on Stats and What Ifs

| July 26, 2011

How dire could the consequences of not raising the debt ceiling be? What are the possible solutions? Here’s a reading list to help you keep up as the clock ticks to next week’s deadline.

Slow-Cooked Success: Palm Coast’s Woody’s Bar•B•Q Marks 13th Year

| July 26, 2011

Owned by Flagler County natives, Woody’s BarBQ on State Road 100 in Palm Coast has, like any business, weathered its share of difficulties in the past three years. “We’re not going anywhere,” its owner says.

Flagler County Tax Rates Will Go Up 12%, But Tax Bills Are More Likely to Go Down

| July 25, 2011

Flagler County’s tax rate is going up for the fourth year in a row to make up for collapsing valuations, but the rise will still not translate into a tax increase for most. The contrary may be true.

Paging All Parents: Flagler Schools Launch “Graduate One” Campaign on Aug. 4

| July 25, 2011

Flagler schools want parents better informed and more involved as graduation requirements increase. The district is hosting a countywide orientation session at nine locations on Aug. 4 under the banner of its “Graduate One Everyone” campaign.

Florida Graduation Requirements for Students Entering 9th Grade, 2011-2017

| July 25, 2011

Florida high school graduation requirements for entering 9th graders from 2011-12 to 2016-17: a year-by-year guide including FCAT, end-of-year-course assessments and science requirements.

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