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Archive for: September, 2012

Early Voting War Over as Judge, Citing “Souls to the Polls” Sundays, Refuses Injunction

| September 25, 2012

The war over early voting in Florida ahead of November’s presidential election appeared to wind down Monday, with a federal court refusing to block a portion of the state’s controversial 2011 elections law.
In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan denied a request from Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown and other black voters to issue […]

Five Reads Tuesday: Clinton Tells Muslims to Grow a Pair

| September 25, 2012

Obama takes break-out lead in most polls, Bill Clinton tells Muslims to grow a pair, Roger Cohen calls Netanyahu’s childish bluff, the Arctic’s disappearing ice, J.K. Rowling goes adult, plus Flagler County’s jail bookings.

Flagler’s SAT Scores Tumble to Lowest Level in at Least 8 Years as Florida’s Improve

| September 24, 2012

The declines some of them steep, took place in all categories–reading, math, writing–at both Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School, with one exception in reading at Matanzas.

Capsized Speedboat, High on Marijuana Bricks, Washes up on Flagler Shore

| September 24, 2012

The 25-foot speedboat bearing a stash of marijuana, which washed up on shore Sunday and Monday, was beached near the Flagler By the Sea campsite in Beverly Beach. Such speedboats have become a means of choice for smugglers of drugs or human traffickers in recent years.

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.

Mitt Romney’s Claim on Redistribution Gets a Pants on Fire

| September 21, 2012

Mitt Romney got a Pants on Fire slap from Politifact for his claim on Sept. 19 that “redistribution” has “never been a characteristic of America.” It very much has: it’s been built into the nation’s progressive tax code since the beginning of the 20th century.

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.

Fox News Has Obama Leading by 5 in Florida

| September 20, 2012

The Fox News poll of likely voters has Obama leading Romney 49 percent to 44 in Florida, and by seven points in Ohio and Virginia. If similar results hold on Election Day, Mitt Romney will lose the election.

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 a Stab at Human Trafficking, Florida Suspends 81 Massage Licenses

| September 19, 2012

The massage-therapist crackdown resulted from an investigation into human trafficking in Florida that revealed that some of the massage therapists paid up to $15,000 to get fraudulent transcripts and certificates to get their licenses.

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.

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.

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