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Thursday Briefing: Project Bags, Thank A Mentor Day, Lawless Plea, District Spelling Bee

| January 19, 2017

John Winston, king of all mentors in Flagler County, without whom the school district's African American Mentor Program would not exist. Today is Thank a Mentor Day. (c FlaglerLive)

John Winston, king of all mentors in Flagler County, without whom the school district’s African American Mentor Program would not exist. Today is Thank a Mentor Day. Thank you John. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Partly cloudy. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s inland, in the mid 70s coast. Northwest winds 5 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 5 mph shifting to the south after midnight. Details here.
Drought Index is at 380.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: supern, adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


“I wish there were some formal courses in medical school on Medical Ignorance; textbooks as well, although they would have to be very heavy volumes.”

–Lewis Thomas.

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In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

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Rebecca Lawless.

Rebecca Lawless docket sounding: Rebecca Lawless is the 27-year-old Palm Coast woman facing a DUI manslaughter charge in the death of Diane Upton in a wreck on State Road 100 on Oct. 18, 2014. She is scheduled for a possible plea before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse.

Docket sounding is scheduled for John J. Schenone, 21, of Palm Coast, at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 401 before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig. Schenone is accused of molesting the 11-year-old daughter of his then-girlfriend, and faces a capital felony charge as well as two first degree felony charges.

The Flagler County Opportunity Advisory Council holds a special meeting at 2 p.m. at the Government Services Building’s board chambers, to discuss so-called Project Bags.

Flagler County School District Spelling Bee, at Wadsworth Elementary Cafeteria, 6 p.m.: The superior spellers from county schools compete to represent Flagler in the Regional Spelling Bee in Jacksonville next month. The winner of that competition will represent the North Florida region at the 90th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington area in late May.

In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.

Insurance trade secrets: The 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments in a dispute between the Office of Insurance Regulation and State Farm Florida about publicly disclosing information related to the company’s property-insurance policies. Regulators are challenging a May ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge James Hankinson, who issued an injunction against the release of information about State Farm policies. State Farm argued that the information was a “trade secret” protected from public disclosure. Regulators have long collected the information and made it publicly available. (9 a.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)

The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release its weekly opinions at 11 a.m.

Pro bono: A ceremony will be held at the Florida Supreme Court to honor 21 attorneys who have been recognized by The Florida Bar for their pro bono work. (3:30 p.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

Jan. 21 and 22: Flagler County Home and Lifestyle Show, the annual event and fund-raiser for Flagler Technical Institute, the adult education division of the school district, takes place at Flagler Palm Coast High School.
Jan. 23: Doughnuts with Doughney: Similar to “Coffee with a Cop,” Doughnuts with provides the public an opportunity to meet and speak openly with Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney about issues or concerns in Flagler Beach. The location of the meeting provides citizens easy access to both the 7-ELEVEN and Chief Doughney, in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Flagler Beach 7-ELEVEN convenience store, 408 South Oceanshore Boulevard.
Jan. 25: Palm West Home Realty’s Hammock Office at 5048 North Ocean Shore Boulevard is celebrating its five-year anniversary with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., with door prizes.
Jan. 26-27: Volunteers conduct the annual in-person census of the homeless population in Flagler County.
Jan. 27: The Florida Ethics Commission considers a final action in the ethics case against former County Commissioner Barbara Revels, who has agreed to a settlement and a fine of $4,500 over several issues brought forth by complainant John Ruffalo. The ethics commission board, however, must approve the settlement. 8:30 a.m. Third Floor Courtroom, First District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Drive, Tallahassee.
Jan. 27: Man Up, with former NBA Player and current pastor Keith Tower, at Palm Coast Community Church, 1 Pine Lakes Pkwy North, Palm Coast, in partnership with Parkview Baptist Church, Epic Church, Lifecoast Church, First Baptist Church of Palm Coast, and Palm Coast Bible Church. 4:30 to 10 p.m.
Jan. 30: Suicide Prevention Training: Take part in a free community outreach training program to learn three steps to help save a life, in a three-hour workshop at the Emergency Operatiosn Center, behind the Government Services Building in Bunnell, from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Ashleigh Husbands, Regional Suicide Prevention Specialist, 301/928.7448 or by email, Ashleighch309@gmail.com.
Jan. 31: Vienna Boys’ Choir at Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, 7 p.m., one performance only. The Palm Coast Arts Foundation is organizing a bus trip, leaving from the Staples Parking Lot the evening of the concert, with some light food and drinks included on the bus ride, $80 for Arts Foundation members, $90 for others, call 386-225-4379.
Feb. 1: The Flagler County School Board holds its first workshop in its search for a new superintendent, at 6 p.m., in Room 3B, third floor of the Government Services Building–where the meeting is neither broadcast on television nor available by audio, though the board claims it is seeking public participation.
Feb. 6: The great violinist Itzhak Perlman opens the 2017 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival with a 7:30 p.m. performance at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. Tickets here.
Feb. 8: Jonathan Canales, the man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the neck and leaving her to bleed in a bathtub for hours in their Mondex trailer in Nov. 2014, is scheduled for a pre-trial at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse. Canales had been judged incompetent to stand trial previously.
March 7: Bunnell and Flagler Beach hold their municipal elections.
March 22: The boy Scouts Council holds its Golden Eagle Dinner at 6 p.m. at Hammock Beach Resort, honoring Bob Cuff, now a Palm coast City council member.

The Day’s Best Reads:

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Jan. 13 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Theodor Adorno

Theodor Adorno and the Critique of Capitalism: An Introduction

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