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Archive for: March, 2013

College-Acceptance Reckoning: Costs, Debt and Deception

| March 31, 2013

Student fees have been something of a known irritant for years, often criticized as a kind of stealth, second tuition imposed on unsuspecting families. But such fees are still on the rise on many campuses. There’s nothing funny about how they can add up.

Ex-Flagler Beach Cop Juratovac Jailed for Attempted Murder of Flagler County Firefighter

| March 30, 2013

Nathaniel Juratovac, a 40-year-old former Flagler Beach police officer, is at the St. Johns County jail today following his arrest on an attempted murder charge after he allegedly shot Flagler County Fire Rescue firefighter Jared Parkey Friday night on U.S. 1.

From “Girls” to Steubenville, It’s Time To Ditch America’s “Rape Culture” for Good

| March 29, 2013

If we’re going to stop having more Steubenvilles, people have to start responding to the current tragedies with more than just passivity, victim-blaming, and claims like, “I’m tired of hearing about rape,” argues Alana Baum.

Murders, Errant Planes, Firings, Crashing Deputies: Sheriff Eulogizes 78-Day Mark

| March 29, 2013

Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre hasn’t closed out his first 100 days on the job. In appearances before local groups, he’s explained his department’s new direction, spoken of the murders on his watch, and taken a candid stance on gun control.

Registering Your Car Will Cost $12 Less as Lawmakers Plan End to Insurers’ Tax Credit

| March 29, 2013

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a bill Thursday lowering motor vehicle fees in exchange for repealing an insurance tax credit, turning aside protests from the insurance industry that the measure would hurt a thriving business.

Flagler’s 10.3% Unemployment Is Lowest Since August 2008, Florida’s Matches 7.7% U.S. Rate

| March 29, 2013

Flagler County’s unemployment rate fell sharply in February, to 10.3 percent–from 11 percent the previous month–and matched its lowest level since August 2008. Florida’s unemployment rate also continued to fall, matching the national rate, at 7.7 percent, in February while adding 7,800 jobs.

Flagler continues to rank among the counties with the highest unemployment rate, [...]

1.7 Million Floridians Could Get Lower Premiums Under Obamacare, But Don’t Know It

| March 29, 2013

The premium assistance, which begins Jan. 1, will come in the form of tax credits for low- and middle-income workers and their families. The money will flow directly to the patients’ health plans, which simplifies matters and means patients don’t have to come up with cash and wait for reimbursement.

FAU Stomps on Academic Freedom Over Jesus Controversy as Scott Fans Fanaticism

| March 28, 2013

Florida Atlantic University Professor Deandre Poole’s assignment involving the word “Jesus” on the floor drew in a politically motivated protest from Gov. Rick Scott while the university gave in to his demand that the lesson not be taught anymore.

Jury in 12 Minutes Convicts Angela Wray of Embezzling Celico Auto; She Faces 30 Years

| March 28, 2013

Wray faces up to 30 years in prison for embezzling $58,964 from Celico Auto Body, where she worked as a bookkeeper from June 2007 to February 2010. Wray before the trial had turned down a plea deal that would have had her serve five years in prison, with probation afterward.

Wildfires Damage 2 Beverly Beach Homes and Jump A1A Before They Are Fiercely Put Down

| March 28, 2013

A fire broke out at 2:25 this afternoon in the 3800 block of North Ocean Shore Boulevard in Beverly Beach, consuming parts of a beach-front house.

Former State GOP Leader Jim Greer Is Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Theft

| March 28, 2013

Former state Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for essentially stealing from the party, far less than prosecutors wanted but more than Greer’s lawyer argued he really deserved.

Flagler Sheriff’s Corrections Deputy Deemed At Fault in T-Bone Crash on US1 and SR100

| March 28, 2013

Sandy Gay, a corrections deputy with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, was on her way to work Thursday morning when, according to police and a witness at the scene, she blew a red light at the intersection of State Road 100 and U.S. 1 and slammed into a two-door Ford driven by Paul Salvador, a local wrecker company’s employee. Gay and Salvador were taken to Florida Hospital Flagler.

Friend of the Court: How Anthony Lewis Influenced the Justices He Covered

| March 27, 2013

To a remarkable degree, Anthony Lewis, who covered the Supreme Court for the New York Times, set the agenda, and established the arguments for all that was to follow during the constitutional revolution of the Earl Warren court.

On Trial for Embezzling Celico Auto, Angela Wray’s Defense Tries Shifting Blame

| March 27, 2013

Angela Wray, who is married to a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy, is accused of embezzling almost $60,000 from 2007 to 2010 from Celico Auto in Bunnell, much the same way she did in New Jersey, where she was convicted of a felony.

Michael Cona Found Not Guilty in Hancock Bank Robbery

| March 27, 2013

Michael Cona was facing an armed robbery charge for the 2011 Hancock Bank robbery at Palm Harbor in Palm Coast. His brother Shawn pleaded no contest and served a year in jail on a similar charge.

P-Section Brushfire Near Homes on Pacific Drive a Reminder of Brittle Conditions

| March 27, 2013

The fire in an empty lot at the corner of Parish Place and Pacific Drive in Palm Coast Wednesday afternoon had homes on either side, but they were never threatened as a Palm Coast Fire Department engine was at the scene within moments of a 911 call.

Citing “Mismanagement and Inaction,” Nelson Blames Scott for Ongoing Mortgage Mess

| March 27, 2013

Nelson said during a stop in Tallahassee that he has written the inspector general of the federal Troubled Assets Relief Fund, or TARP, to look into what he called “mismanagement and inaction by Florida officials” in administering a program called “Hardest Hit,” which was supposed to take federal money and help struggling homeowners.

In a Decision With Local Sway, Federal Court Upholds Prayers Before Government Meetings

| March 27, 2013

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over all of Florida, ruled that the Lakeland City Commission’s custom of opening meetings with a prayer was constitutional, though the court sidestepped the city’s focus on Christian prayers, and its closed door to atheists, agnostics, humanists or other non-clergy representatives.

Flagler 911: Mystery Beating on Hickory Street, an Arrest for Highway Racing

| March 26, 2013

Three teens are arrested for allegedly puncturing the tires on a car and pouring sugar in a gas tank; a motorcyclist is arrested for racing around Hargrove Grade. A man with a broken arm refuses to give details of a beating on Hickory Street.

In Florida Case, U.S. Supremes Strike Down Drug-Sniffing Cop Dogs Outside of Home

| March 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Florida v. Jardines is the second out of the state dealing with how search and seizure limits under the U.S. Constitution affect the ability of police to use sniffer dogs to find drugs.

No Drones Over Flagler, Sheriff Pledges, as He Details 16 Arrests from Latest Drug Sweep

| March 26, 2013

Sheriff Jim Manfre said he won’t seek to arm the Flagler Sheriff’s Office with surveillance drones, remarks he made in the context of a sweep of drug-dealing suspects arrested Tuesday following a two-month investigation based on surveillance and residents’ tips.

Between Flagler Beach and the County, a Clash of Visions Over Protecting an Eroding Shore

| March 26, 2013

Flagler Beach and Flagler County may be heading toward a showdown over the fate of the eroding beach they have in common. Between now and then, the Flagler Beach City Commission itself may fracture on either side of an unresolved conflict between those opposed to protecting the beach by way of dredging up and dumping sand on it, and those willing to give that approach a shot despite its costs and uncertainties.

As Local Governments Tackle Candy-Flavored Tobacco, Teen Trends Contradict Alarm

| March 25, 2013

Palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach have each passed a resolution asking merchants not to sell flavored tobacco products, which are especially appealing to youths, but teen use of tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco) has been on the decline since the mid-1990s.

Florida Speaker Weatherford’s Homeschool Blinders to the Poor and Uninsured

| March 25, 2013

Rather than worship his homeschooling past, what Will Weatherford needs to be wondering is what Florida will be like if its 4 million uninsured citizens continue to go without health coverage, argues Rhonda Swan.

Tidelands Condo Community Settlement May Underscore Turnaround for Palm Coast

| March 25, 2013

Two legal settlements at Tidelands on the Intracoastal and a turn-around in sales suggest that one of the hardest-hit condo and home communities in Palm Coast is experiencing renewed vigor, and may be emblematic of a larger real estate turnaround in Palm Coast and Flagler County.

Flagler 911: Trouble on Wood Arbor Lane; FPC Class Rings Targeted

| March 25, 2013

Christopher Heath, 30, of Palm Coast, is arrested for the 10th time in five years after a violent disturbance on Wood Arbor Lane; thieves allegedly swipe two Flagler Palm Coast High School class rings and a promise ring, the lot valued at over $1,300, on Coconut Blvd. in Bunnell.

Bill To Close a Gap in Children’s Health Insurance Stalls as Tallahassee Dawdles

| March 25, 2013

With a third of the annual regular legislative session already gone, a bill that would close gaps in access to health care coverage for Florida children has passed just one committee and appears in danger of not passing.

Banning Internet Cafes While Gambling on Guns

| March 24, 2013

Florida is quick on the trigger to ban Internet cafes, which have never killed anyone, but is doing nothing to rein in the state’s worship of guns, while 191 people have been killed by firearms in this state alone since the Newtown massacre.

When Harm in the Hospital Follows You Home, and Changes Your Life

| March 24, 2013

A conversation between some of the 1,550 members of a Patient Harm Facebook community and Dr. Gerald Monk, who specializes in the aftermath of patient harm for both patients and providers. What emerges is a portrait of the long journey that begins after the unthinkable happens.

Exonerated Death Row Inmates Tell Flagler Beach Group of an Enduring Florida Injustice

| March 23, 2013

In turns moving, startling and informative, a day-long workshop on the death penalty in Flagler Beach, featuring two exonerated men, urged an assembly of 60 to more actively get involved in a movement to abolish capital punishment in Florida.

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