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Flagler 911: The Live Crime Blotter

| November 30, 2011

It’s not even spring: juvenile fights at Epic Theater and Ralph Carter Park, a Volkswagen stolen from the Target parking lot crashes soon afterward, plus the usual larcenies, burglaries and drunk drivers.

From South Pacific to Tuna, Texas: Culture Worth the Miles

| November 30, 2011

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical South Pacific at the Bob Carr, Michael Kevin Baldwin and Mark Lainer take on the 24 characters of Tuna, Texas, a trio of affordable art events, and more.

In Boon to Palm Coast, Appeals Court Rules Traffic Spy-Cams Legal Even Without State Law

| November 30, 2011

South Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals, in a divided ruling, declares red-light cameras legal under cities’ home rule powers. A dissent calls the majority ruling at odds with state law. The decision may influence a proposal to revisit traffic cameras at the Legislature in the coming session.

As Flagler Jobs Council Narrows CEO Shortlist, Few Stand-Outs and Some Concerns

| November 30, 2011

Not a single candidate got unanimity from all nine council members. Only one candidate got eight votes but the circumstances of his departure from his last job are very cloudy.

Prayer Becomes Official Policy at Bunnell Meetings; “You Can Wait Outside” If Offended

| November 29, 2011

Bunnell voted to open its government meetings with one or more prayers, an idea proposed by Commissioner Elbert Tucker. The city attorney offered cautionary guidance rather than objections.

Palm Coast Opts to Keep Red-Light Cameras On Despite Legal Cautions and Dearth of Evidence

| November 29, 2011

Despite little money generated from red-light cameras, potential legal challenges and no hard evidence that the cameras improve safety, the Palm Coast City Council decided to stick with its 10 spy-and-snap cameras for now.

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| November 29, 2011

At Rue, Ziffra & Caldwell P.A., our personal injury attorneys in Palm Coast, Daytona, Volusia and Flagler counties handle 18 practice areas including automobile and motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, worker’s compensation claims, and social security disability.

School Bus Ruled Out in Alex Taylor’s Fatal Hit-and-Run; Finding Culprit Unlikely

| November 28, 2011

A surveillance video on the grounds of the Flagler County Courthouse helped authorities rule out Flagler school buses and detect a large rig that passed by the scene two minutes before the buses did.

Florida Universities Respond to Rick Scott’s Inquisition With a Massive Document Dump

| November 28, 2011

Public university leaders, through thousands of pages of answers that include backup academic studies and appendixes, have replied to Gov. Rick Scott’s request to outline what the schools are doing to ensure graduates meet the need of Florida employers.

In Praise of Tom Wicker, Antidote to the Age of Reagan

| November 27, 2011

Tom Wicker, the Times columnist for 25 years, wrote as if he’d seen the country’s best days. He probably had even then, having witnessed the eight years of Reagan taking out a second, third and fourth mortgage on the nation’s prosperity while making Americans feel like a million bucks.

The Rich Are Different From You and Me

| November 26, 2011

Donald Kaul responds to questions raised by his recent “class-war-is-over-the-rich-guys-won” column, demystifying wealth, taxes and other dogmas.

Theresa Woodfin, 28, Is Killed in 3-Vehicle Crash on SR100 as Logging Truck Rams Her

| November 25, 2011

Theresa Woodfin, 28, was killed in a fiery three-vehicle crash that shut down SR100 10 miles west of Bunnell Friday afternoon. A fully-loaded logging truck involved in the crash was on its flank, its cargo spread across the highway.

Workers’ Black Fridays: Florida Second in Mass Layoffs in October; Chill Winds Ahead

| November 25, 2011

While mass media’s attention has deflected attention to the annual post-Thanksgiving shopping craze known as black Friday, indicators point to conflicting and worrisome trends ahead for Florida’s and America’s pocketbooks.

Handel and Tchaikovsky Duels: Nutcrackers and Messiahs Worth the Miles

| November 25, 2011

All sorts of performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, the Orlando Philharmonic’s holiday special on Nov. 27, a free Handel’s Messiah at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center on Nov. 27, and more.

Appeals Court Lets Lawsuit Over School Funding Proceed, Florida Supreme Court Next

| November 23, 2011

An 8-7 ruling by the First District Court of Appeals overturned the state’s effort to stop the lawsuit and may lead to a momentous decision by the Florida Supreme Court interpreting the state’s responsibility to adequately pay for education under the Florida Constitution.

Feed Flagler: Community-Wide Celebration Wraps-Up With 3,000 Meals Served

| November 23, 2011

We’re reporting live this afternoon from various Feed Flagler locations as the community-wide Thanksgiving celebration takes place from 3 to 6 p.m.

Feed Flagler Raises $25,000 as Don Fleming Reminds Suzanne Johnston Who’s Sheriff

| November 23, 2011

The $25,000 raised largely on the strength of the sheriff and the tax collector’s efforts is $10,000 more than last year, and means that $14,000 of it will be split between two Flagler County food pantries. The rest pays for today’s 4,000 free Thanksgiving meals across the county.

Sunshine Lessons Clouded By Possibly Dimmer Visibility as Jobs Council Meets for 1st Time

| November 23, 2011

Flagler’s nine-member Economic Development Council conducted the equivalent of a meet-and-greet for itself on Tuesday and promptly reversed a promise that all meetings would be televised live, opting instead for audio broadcasts.

Flagler School District Reaffirms Wireless Ban On Buses Even As It Encourages iPad Fever

| November 22, 2011

A proposal to let students use their smart phones to listen to music or text failed on a 2-2 vote, but the school board left silent the matter of tablets, such as iPads, which can also be used to read a book, do homework or write an essay on the bus–but are now banned as well.

Routine County Appointments Get Testy As Commissioner McLaughlin Challenges Holland

| November 22, 2011

Barbara Revels’s appointment as chairman of the Flagler County Commission was overshadowed by Alan Peterson’s and Nate McLaughlin’s unsuccessful attempts to replace Milissa Holland on two boards. McLaughlin did not take the rejection happily.

Driven By Lower Fuel Costs, FPL Projects Lowering Power Bills By $2 a Month in 2012

| November 22, 2011

FPL, the state’s largest utility, said 2012 fuel costs are now projected to be $460 million less than it had anticipated earlier as natural gas costs keep dropping. That won’t affect surcharges for future nuclear power plant construction.

How Progress Energy Wants to Pass On A $2.5 Billion Nuclear Blunder to Customers

| November 21, 2011

One of the most expensive nuclear accidents in United States history happened right here in Florida a little over two years ago, and now Progress Energy wants customers to pay for its mistake at the Crystal River nuclear plant.

Palm Coast Observer Bucks Bleaker Newspaper Trends As Weekly Nears 2-Year Mark

| November 21, 2011

The Palm Coast Observer’s latest audit shows a weekly print run of 25,000 and a household reach in Palm Coast exceeding 60 percent, compared with the News-Journal’s daily reach of 20 percent.

Our School District’s Uniform Follies

| November 20, 2011

The Flagler County School Board’s push for uniforms is out of touch with the county’s struggling families and plundered budgets and revealing of a board too prone to selling out to charter-school gimmickry.

Flagler’s Firefighters and Paramedics Sweep Another Competition, This Time in Nebraska

| November 20, 2011

Flagler County’s firefighters-paramedics took first, third and fourth-place honors in an annual competition in advanced life support in Omaha, Neb., and second place in the basic life support category.

John Feind Is Leaving After 8 Years; Joy McGrew and Sandra Mason In the Race

| November 19, 2011

When it convenes in February, the Flagler Beach City Commission will look vastly different than it did just a year ago, with three of its commission seats and the mayor’s seat having turned over, but the four candidates running for a commission seat and the mayor’s seat are not quite newcomers.

Florida’s Prescription Express: Doctors Shoving Drugs at Poor Patients, for Millions

| November 19, 2011

Florida regulators are finally getting around to stopping doctors from over-prescribing drugs, some of them risky, to Medicaid patients, and at times to the wrong patients, after enabling the practice despite signs of misconduct.

Feed Flagler Heats: Sheriff and Tax Collector Top $6,000, Chicks With Cans Up Tonnage

| November 18, 2011

Suzanne Johnston and Don Fleming are racing to top each other in fund-raising, and all else is set to go go next Wednesday’s Feed Flagler serving of 4,000 meals at 11 locations across the county.

Florida’s Unemployment Falls to 10.3%, Lowest in 28 Months; Flagler’s at 14%

| November 18, 2011

While the jobless figures are improving and trends are better than they’ve been, Florida is also paring people off its jobless rolls through artificial means that create a slightly deceptive result.

FPC’s Frankie Garcia Picked to Join U.S. Army’s All-American Marching Band

| November 17, 2011

Frankie Garcia’s honor is reserved for just 125 high school senior band musicians once a year, chosen from 1,234 nominations across the nation. He’ll perform at the the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl’s half-time show before a national television audience.

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