Weather: Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent. Friday Night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent. Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical Storm Danielle has formed in the mid-Atlantic, and will become a hurricane by tomorrow or Saturday, but it’s heading more Ireland and Scotland, if anywhere.
Today at the Editor’s Glance:
In Court: Princess Williams, one of four co-conspirators in the robbery and shooting that left 19-year-old Carl Saint-Felix severely disabled on White Star Drive in Palm Coast on Oct. 16, 2018, is scheduled for a sentencing at 10 a.m. before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins. As the shooter, she faced a life felony, but she pleaded out in January 2020 (see: “Princess Williams Pleads Out in Attempted Murder of Carl Saint-Felix; She Faces 25 Years to Life“) in exchange for leniency and cooperation in the case. All the other co-conspirators have pleaded and been sentenced to prison terms, including the ringleader, Jimaya Baker (see: “Jimaya Baker, Ringleader in Armed Robberies and Shooting that Left a Man Paralyzed, Is Sentenced to 15 Years.”)
In Court: Clarence Murphy, who was sentenced to life in prison by Circuit Judge Dennis Craig in 2018 for the murder of his cousin Ahmad Rashad Laster on Parkview Drive in Palm Coast in 2017, is in court at 1:30 p.m. to argue that he received ineffective counsel in an attempt to lower his sentence. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Prosecutor Jennifer Dunton. Murphy was represented by Assistant Public Defender Ray Warren, who has since retired. Murphy had pleaded to second degree murder, and was not expecting to be sentenced to life in prison. See: “Clarence Murphy Is Sentenced To Life In Prison, No Parole, In Murder of Cousin Ahmad Laster.”
Free For All Fridays with Host David Ayres, an hour-long public affairs radio show featuring local newsmakers, personalities, public health updates and the occasional surprise guest, starts a little after 9 a.m. on WNZF at 94.9 FM and 1550 AM. Guests today include Sheriff Rick Staly.
Campaign finance reports showing finance activity through Aug. 26 are due today for state candidates and political committees.
First Friday in Flagler Beach, the monthly festival of music, food and leisure, is scheduled for this evening at Downtown’s Veterans Park, 105 South 2nd Street, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Sales tax suspension on tools and home-improvement items: The so-called “tool time tax holiday” allowing people to avoid paying sales taxes on purchases of tools and home-improvement items is in effect from Saturday, September 3 through midnight Friday, Sept. 9.
Keep in Mind: The Flagler Youth Orchestra Strings Program has open enrollment for Flagler County’s public, private, charter and home-schooled students, 8 years old and older, who may sign up to play violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians are welcome. Tuition is free. Limited instrument scholarships are available. Enroll here. For more information about the program, call (386)503-3808 or email [email protected].
Notably: It is Bring Your Manners to Work Day. Thankfully, neither the Palm Coast City Council nor the Flagler County School Board are in session today. The commemoration is the creation of the Protocol School of Washington in Columbia, South Carolina. It is also the beginning of this year’s Woodstock Fair and–get ready for this fans–the 70th birthday of Jimmy Connors. He’s doing what everybody else is doing: podcasting with his son Brett Connors. There was this Daily Beast headline a decade ago or so: “Jimmy Connors Memoir Shows He Wasn’t Misunderstood, He Was Just a Jerk.” An excerpt: “On the tour Connors was widely known as a jerk. A lot of people picking up the memoir will want to learn otherwise, that he was misunderstood, that the stories were false. John McEnroe, his bête noire, wrote in his 2002 memoir, You Cannot Be Serious, about his first meeting with Connors. It was in the locker room before their semifinal match at the 1977 Wimbledon—Mac, the boy wonder who had qualified; Jimmy, the top dog. McEnroe went up to say hello to Connors, and Connors just walked past him. Did this happen? Yes, Connors writes in his usual sarcastic, elbow-to-the-ribs-of-the-guy-on-the-barstool-next-to-you way: “I’m nothing if not gracious.” He was trying to rattle McEnroe. (It worked.) Agassi recalled another locker-room scene, in the 2006 U.S. Open, his final tournament. When he came in after losing in the third round, the players, trainers, officials, and even the security guard all stood, clapped, and whistled for the retiring hero. Everyone but Connors. “He’s leaning against a far wall with a blank look on his face and his arms tightly folded,” Agassi writes.”
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11th Annual Spoonbills & Sprockets Cycling Tour
Flagler Beach Farmers Market
First Saturday Creative Bazaar Arts & Crafts Market
Family Farm Festival at Florida Agricultural Museum
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Michael Butler at AAUW: What is Academic Freedom and Why Does It Matter?
Sunshine and Sandals Social at Cornerstone
Jazz Appreciation Month Concert
Palm Coast Farmers’ Market at European Village
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Al-Anon Family Groups
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At home, the news came to people in the hot soft light of the afternoon, in taxicabs, along the streets, in offices and bars and factories. In a Cleveland barbershop, 60-year-old Sam Katz was giving a customer a shave when the radio stabbed out the news. Sam Katz walked over to the water cooler, took a long, slow drink, sat down and stared into space for nearly ten minutes. Finally he got up and painted a sign on his window: “Roosevelt Is Dead.” Then he finished the shave. In an Omaha poolhall, men racked up their cues without finishing their games, walked out. In a Manhattan taxicab, a fare told the driver, who pulled over to the curb, sat with his head bowed, and after two minutes resumed his driving. Everywhere, to almost everyone, the news came with the force of a personal shock. […] It was the same on the cotton fields and in the stunned cities between Warm Springs and Washington, while the train, at funeral pace, bore the coffin up April’s glowing South in re-enactment of Whitman’ great threnody. It was the same in Washington, in the thousands on thou- sands of grief-wrung faces which walled the caisson’s grim progression with prayers and with tears. It was the same on Sunday morning in the gentle landscape at Hyde Park, when the burial service of the Episcopal Church spoke its old, strong, quiet words of farewell; and it was the same at that later moment when all save the gravemen were withdrawn and reporters, in awe-felt hiding, saw how a brave woman, a widow, returned, and watched over the grave alone, until the grave was filled.
–From James Agee’s “A Soldier Died Today,” Time, April 23, 1945..
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I’d have to agree with this political cartoon. Toss in the DOJ too. Liberal FBI agents telling Mark Zuckerberg not to allow Hunter bidders laptop treasure trove of Biden Corruption evidence go public on facebook before an election? Give me a break. They have lost credibility with the American people.