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Florida Republican Party Wades Into Supreme Court Fight as Justices Curtail Fund-Raising

| September 24, 2012

The Republican Party of Florida issued a statement saying the GOP opposes three justices who form the backbone of the court’s left-of-center majority–R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince. The justices slashed their fund-raising activities according to the latest filings.

Five Reads Monday

| September 24, 2012

Florida’s secrecy-shrouded absentee voting, Inside the mind of Sheldon Adelson, Salman Rushdie and the Satanic video, how Republicans plan to steal the election, and a very dull Emmy night. Plus Flagler County’s weekend jail bookings.

Partisanship Works. One-Party States Don’t.

| September 23, 2012

They are two of the most repeated claims you’ll hear every four years: That this is the most important election in our lifetime. And that partisanship is demolishing the country. Rubbish on both counts.

Shark Finning, Carnage of Luxury

| September 22, 2012

Shark fin soup is considered an aphrodisiac and sign of wealth. Asia’s exploding middle class is resulting in a carnage of some 70 million sharks a year, killed just for their fins.

Seven Reads Weekend

| September 22, 2012

The Tea Party’s Jim Crow tactics, how to stop hospitals from killing us, why we’re all dishonest, Obama and Romney on taxes, unemployment up in 26 states, the difference between Christian and Muslim sacred texts.

In Flagler’s Elections, Some Coffers Are Depleted, Some Rich in Out-Of-County Donors

| September 21, 2012

The biggest contrast s in the Frank Meeker-Abby Romaine race for the Flagler County Commission, with almost 80 percent of Meeker’s money coming from out of the county, and 100 percent of Romaine’s coming from within it.

State Attorney Files Attempted Murder Charges on Phillip Neal Following Bunnell Brawl

| September 21, 2012

Philip Neal, a 28-year-old resident of Bunnell who’s been booked into the Flagler County jail 18 times in four years, and served 16 months in state prison, is accused of firing several rounds from a .38-caliber gun at Deron Carter the night of Aug. 25 in Bunnell.

Carjacking Followed by Bank Robbery in Ormond Beach; One Suspect in Custody

| September 21, 2012

A Gray Kia Sportage was carjacked in Holly Hill at 11 Friday morning, then spotted outside a Bank of America on Nova Road that was being robbed. The, Glenn A. Neal, crashed the car during a police chase, was was taken to the hospital, injured.

Florida Unemployment Unchanged at 8.8%, Flagler’s Dips Slightly, to 12.4% in August

| September 21, 2012

Florida’s unemployment rate was unchanged in August, at 8.8 percent, as the state added just 23,200 jobs–for a total of just 77,800 in the past 12 months–while Flagler County’s rate dipped to 12.4 percent. Flagler’s rate has been in the 12 percent range since February.

Five Reads Friday

| September 21, 2012

End of the surge in Afghanistan, mistrust in media at an all-time high, Romney’s increasingly difficult road to 270 electoral votes, Mossberg’s iPhone 5 review, Alex Sink’s chances against Rick Scott in 2014, and Fox and Friends on the 47 percent.

Florida’s Gang of 10: How You Got Robbed of Representation by Lawmakers’ Rubber Stamp

| September 20, 2012

Just 10 of Florida’s 160 legislators voted recently on a $58-million budget amendment that carries large policy implications for citizens across the state. Few citizens were representedby this or any other decisions passed by the Legislative Budget Commission.

A 32-Year-Old Woman Is Robbed in the Mondex; Deputies Seeking Clues

| September 20, 2012

A man claiming to have a gun pushed the woman to the ground and took her necklace when she told him she had no money. He fled. The robber was described as being white with a stocky build and long, black hair.

Station Wagon Drives Through Garage and Into a House in the Woodlands

| September 20, 2012

A Chevrolet station wagon driven by one of the elderly homeowners at 14 Blackthorn Court, a house in Palm Coast’s Wooodlands, ran through the property’s two-car garage and into the utility room, damaging the garage and a load-bearing wall.

Flagler Beach Ending Cable-Casting of Meetings in Favor of Live Webcasts

| September 20, 2012

Flagler Beach had been contracting with Palm Coast’s municipal TV production crew, for $10,000 a year, to broadcast its meetings on cable, several days after the fact. The city will save at least $6,000 a year by webcasting the meetings live.

How Nursing Homes Get You: Signing Away Your Right to Sue

| September 20, 2012

Signing arbitration agreements at nursing homes prevent families from suing the home should something go wrong. Agreeing to arbitrate is generally not in families’ best interests. It’s expensive, proceedings are secret, and nursing homes have the advantage.

FPL Begins Installing Smart Meters in Flagler as PSC Takes on Devices’ Emitted Controversies

| September 19, 2012

FPL will begin installing 50,000 smart meters in Flagler County this month and continue installing them through the fall, while the Florida Public Service Commission on Thursday devotes a daylong workshop to questions about smart meters and health effects, privacy, data security and alternatives.

In Flagler and Across Florida, More Perky Housing Sales Point to Encouraging Trends

| September 19, 2012

Sales of single family homes in Flagler were up 9.5 percent in August over a year ago, 10.8 percent across Florida, while pending sales have skyrocketed in further signs of health for the battered housing sector, even as prices still stagnate.

Mother Chases and Fights a Boy On a School Bus, Drawing Charges; Sheriff Releases Video

| September 19, 2012

Felecia Phillips, 35, of Espanola, is accused of attacking a boy at a bus stop Wednesday morning, then chasing him onto the bus that was to take him to FPC. She was arrested on child abuse and trespassing charges.

Flagler Beach’s Haley Watson and Eric Worley Win 2012 Easterns Surfing Championships

| September 19, 2012

Flagler Beach’s Haley Watson and Eric Worley took first place in both their divisions at the 2012 Easterns Surfing Championships in Nags Head, on North carolina’s Outer Banks, on Tuesday.

In Volusia Senate Fight Between Bruno and Hukill, a Bellwether of Republican Dominance

| September 19, 2012

Would voters be better off again electing a Republican to the GOP-dominated Senate? Or is it time for Democrats to claw back a seat in the newly-drawn, swing district? The Senate District 8 race between Democrat Frank Bruno and Republican Dorothy Hukill will answer the questions.

Ocean Publishing’s Gromling Speaking at BLUE Ocean Film Festival

| September 19, 2012

Frank Gromling, owner and publisher of Ocean Publishing in Flagler Beach, will present a talk at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit in Monterrey, Calif., on Sep. 25, entitled “Films to Books, How to Do It Without the Pain.”

Emory Will Close Its Journalism School. Good Riddance.

| September 18, 2012

Journalism education is nice, but beyond the basics, not necessary, argues Bill Cotterell. Anyone who’s smart, cares about news and works hard can learn the five Ws — who what, when, where and why — in a couple weeks. Then, if they learn from their mistakes, they can get good at telling you what’s really going on.

Palm Coast Toughs: Fake Pot Banned, Garage Sales Watched, Woodlands Development a Go

| September 18, 2012

In a series of decisions Tuesday, two of them defying strong public sentiment, the Palm Coast City Council voted to prohibit the sale of legal products known as synthetic marijuana, require permits for garage sales, and open the way for a vast assisted-living development at the edge of the Woodlands.

At Matanzas High School, an Irrepressible Teacher’s Untimely Farewell, For Now

| September 18, 2012

Jo Ann Nahirny, an English teacher at Matanzas, put in her last day of the year today before a three-month leave filled with radiation treatments and surgery as she battles a cancer’s recurrence. This is the story of her last day in class.

Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent Problem

| September 18, 2012

In 2008 John McCain’s big challenge was to control Sarah Palin’s mouth. In 2012, Mitt Romney’s biggest challenge is to control Mitt Romney’s mouth. His characterization of 47 percent of Americans as victims and dependents, besides being demonstrably false, unravels the cynicism at the core of Romney’s campaign.

Memo to Lance Armstrong: Enough is Enough, So Please Shut Up

| September 17, 2012

The gig is up now, Tom O’Hara, a testicular cancer survivor, tells Lance Armstrong, referring to his doping issues. If you want to continue to raise money to fight cancer, I applaud you. But, please, try being a quiet and humble philanthropist from now on.

Gov. Scott, Ending Week-Long Education Tour, Speaks of Increasing School Funding

| September 17, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott will push lawmakers to avoid cutting the education budget this year, the governor said following a dinner with union officials late last week. And if there’s enough money, he’ll again push for an increase.

County Sends Protest Letter to Palm Coast Over Red-Light Spy Cameras on SR100

| September 17, 2012

The Flagler County Commission is asking the Palm Coast City Council to reconsider installing some of its 52 spy-and-snap traffic cameras on SR100 because the county claims it will inhibit shopping and tourism, and leave a bad taste in visitors’ mouths just as the county is advertising itself as a welcoming beachside destination.

Warning of “Scary Things” in Coming Election, County Attorney Hadeed Urges Voter Education

| September 17, 2012

In a surprisingly candid talk framed around the 225th anniversary of the Constitution, Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed warned of the potentially corrupting influence of money in Florida’s judicial elections, and of the Legislature’s loading of the November ballot with 11 purposefully long and confusing constitutional amendments, a spiteful snub of the Supreme Court.

Palm Coast Data’s Latest Revenue Down 18.6% Over the Year But Ticks Up in 2012

| September 17, 2012

Palm Coast Data revenue fell to $13.6 million in the quarter ending July 31, compared to $16.5 million a year ago, and $32 million in 2008. Parent-company Amrep Corp. posted its 12th loss of the last 16 quarters.

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