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At the Flagler Beach Pier, A Window Into a Private Romance for the Ages

| June 30, 2012

From his window onto the boardwalk at the Flagler Beach pier, the author has been witnessing the intimate ritual of an ancient couple’s love for years, and understands exactly why they come to their their oceanfront table.

FlaglerLive Is Moving–Again

| June 30, 2012

Just as we did a year ago, FlaglerLive is moving to a new server yet again, this time a dedicated one, because readership keeps outgrowing our old accommodations. We ask for your patience over the next 72 hours. And donations.

Discover Your Treasures: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

| June 29, 2012

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is the dean of Flagler County parks: a 476-acre spread on both sides of State Road A1A, rich in history and intimate paths for solitary walks or preludes to more than a kiss. A renewed look, with an image gallery, at a particular Flagler treasure.

Chamber of Commerce and Other Florida Business Groups Howl Over at Health Care Law

| June 29, 2012

Florida business groups had led the charge against the federal Affordable Care Act, calling it a mandate that will fall on the shoulders of businesses still struggling to recover and facing more competition from the Internet, nearby states and foreign suppliers.

Flagler’s Teachers Union President on FCAT, The GOP, and High-Stakes Misconceptions

| June 28, 2012

Katie Hansen, president of Flagler County’s teachers union, forcefully argues against FCAT’s culture of high-stakes testing and false but pervasive notions that unions protect bad teachers and contribute only to Democrats.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform, a Major Victory for Obama and the Uninsured

| June 28, 2012

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the left of the U.S. Supreme Court in upholding the 2010 health care reform law, including the individual mandate. The Roberts ruling narrowed the allowance under tax rules, as opposed to the commerce clause. But the entire law was upheld.

Man Accused of Biting His 8-Month-Old, Another of Hit-and-Run on 88 Year Old

| June 28, 2012

Kevin R. Evans, 25, allegedly bit his 8-month-old boy’s arm during an argument with his girlfriend. Robert Tucker kept driving after rear-ending an 88-year-old’s car on palm Coast Parkway, then hid from a cop behind a banana spread at Winn-Dixie.

Get to Work, Governor Scott, and Implement Health Care Reform Now

| June 28, 2012

Now that the most conservative Supreme Court in the history of our nation has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, perhaps it is time to redirect a little of that negative energy used to obstruct reform toward implementing the law and solving Florida’s health care crisis, writes former Florida House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber.

In a Victory for Rick Scott, Federal Judge Clears Path to a Limited Voter Roll Purge

| June 27, 2012

It is the first significant ruling in the legal battle over Gov. Scott’s effort to remove allegedly ineligible voters from the rolls. At least two other lawsuits have been filed against Florida.

For Drink and Pills: Palm Coast Man Steals From Grandmother, Another Swipes City Truck

| June 27, 2012

Raymond Plumley, a homeless man in Palm Coast, stole a city truck while crews were nearby, while Christopher Emplit was arrested for defrauding his 80-year-old grandmother. Plumley is a drunk, Empley is said to be hooked on prescription pills. Help for either is a challenge cops are powerless to address.

Flagler’s Sheriff and Judge Candidates Rub Elbows Raw at Long NAACP Forum

| June 27, 2012

The revealing moments were less in what the candidates said than in how they said it, or in how they waited to say something. The crowd of 200 was relaxed and riveted. Many of the candidates were stiff, fidgety and tense.

Florida’s Hispanics Like Obama Over Romney By Big Margin, Dimming Rubio’s VP Appeal

| June 27, 2012

Hispanic voters in Florida, traditionally Republican, prefer Obama over Romney by a 56-32 margin, buttressing the president’s advantage among Independents.

Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue:
Palm Coast, 14%, Private Company, 86%

| June 26, 2012

American Traffic Solutions, which runs Palm Coast’s red-light traffic cameras, will make up to $4,250 per camera per month, while Palm Coast makes just $700. Still, the Palm Coast City Council is ready to sign a seven-year deal.

Armed Burglar, High on Coke and Fleeing “Croatians,” Is Arrested on Peppercorn Lane

| June 26, 2012

Peter Bauer, a 61-year-old Palm Coast resident, had done lines of cocaine and feared he was in danger when he appeared on a neighbor’s porch brandishing a .380 handgun. Cops say he may be mentally ill, though Bauer was jailed.

Replacing Meeker: Palm Coast Council Will Appoint Successor Rather than Hold Election

| June 26, 2012

Frank Meeker’s decision to serve until November as he runs for the county commission means the Palm Coast City Council cannot hold an election to fill out the two years of his term, but will instead appoint a replacement in November.

Weldon Ryan, Reigning Flagler Artist of the Year, Exhibiting at at Bethune-Cookman

| June 26, 2012

The Bethune-Cookman University Visual Arts Gallery is featuring the works of Weldon Ryan in a exhibits that opens Friday, June 29, with a free reception. Ryan is Bethune-Cookman’s new artist-in-residence and the current Flagler County Artist of the Year.

Florida Professors Still Can’t Travel to Cuba On State’s Dime; Low IQ Execution Cleared

| June 25, 2012

Three Florida cases are the many the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear, which means a ban on Florida university faculty’s travel to Cuba stands, as does Florida’s authority to execute a Daytona Beach murderer with an IQ of 70.

Carlos Torres Guilty on 2 Counts of Attempted Murder in Interlachen Shootings

| June 25, 2012

A jury took just one hour to find Carlos E. Torres guilty of two counts of attempted second degree murder in the shooting of Renee Michelle Briggs and Thomas Douglas in Interlachen last August.

Tropical Storm Debbie Dumps 3 to 4 Inches on Flagler, With More to Come

| June 25, 2012

Tropical Storm Debbie, slowly churning across the Florida Peninsula since the weekend, isn’t done yet, with areas of Northern Florida expected to get 10 to 15 inches of rain, and some perhaps getting as much as 25 inches.

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Most of the Key Provisions of Arizona’s Harsh Immigration Law

| June 25, 2012

The United States Supreme Court has reversed key provisions of the controversial Arizona immigrant law, invalidating Arizona’s–or any state’s–law that would have given state or local police the power to make warrantless arrests of individuals suspected of being undocumented, or “illegal.”

The Vagina Monologues Ungagged

| June 24, 2012

Vagina. Uterus. “There,” writes Marry Jo Melone in a look at the Lisa Brown-GOP flap over the words. “I’ve said those dirty words, and boy, did it feel good. It’s curious what a little free speech will do. It clears the mind.”

Flagler 911: A String of 10 Car Break-ins at 7 Palm Coast Locations Over 2 Days

| June 24, 2012

Cars were broken into at the Flagler Auditorium during a dance recital, at the Indian Trails Sports Complex during a lacrosse tournament, at Panera, at Frieda Zamba pool and several other places, all on the same afternoon and evening.

Haley Watson Is Miss Flagler County 2012

| June 24, 2012

The annual Miss Flagler County Scholarship Pageant is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. this Sunday afternoon and at the Flagler Auditorium, with Miss Junior at 5 and Miss Flagler County at 7 p.m.

When American Health Care Heads for Texas

| June 24, 2012

If the Affordable Care Act is overturned, the rest of the country should take a good look at the situation in Texas, because this is what happens when you keep Medicaid enrollment as low as possible and don’t undertake insurance reforms.

Miss Flagler County Pageant 2012 Contestants, Ages 16-23

| June 23, 2012

A complete, click-through chart and photo gallery of the 2012 Miss Flagler County Scholarship Pageant contestants, Ages 16-23.

Oceans on Acid: How a Greenhouse Gas May Be Taxing the Seas

| June 23, 2012

The surge in worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide–a greenhouse gas–may be overtaxing oceans, which can absorb only so much of it before altering their acidification, and affecting marine life.

Miss Junior 2012 Flagler County Contestants, Ages 12-15

| June 23, 2012

Another complete click-through chart and photo gallery of the 15 Miss Junior Flagler County 2012 Contestants, Ages 12-15.

Flagler’s Competing Ham Radio Clubs Mark Field Day in Flagler Beach and at EOC

| June 23, 2012

June 23 is National Field Day for amateur radio people all over the country. See it in action beginning at 1 p.m. at the Flagler Beach Fire Department and at at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center.

Little Miss Flagler County 2012 Contestants, Ages 8-11

| June 23, 2012

Another complete click-through chart and photo gallery of the 18 Little Miss Flagler County 2012 Contestants, Ages 8-11.

Should Ronald Thompson Be Serving 20 Years for Firing a Gun to Protect an Elderly Neighbor?

| June 23, 2012

Ronald Thompson, a 65-year-old disabled veteran, is serving 20 years for firing two shots in the ground to protect an elderly neighbor from her grandson and three of his friends. The mandatory sentence spotlights a recurring dilemma with Florida’s sentencing laws.

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