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Weekend Briefing: Marilyn Levetron at Salvo, North Florida Chess, White Delusions, Baldwin v. Buckley

| July 15, 2016

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Sculptor Marilyn Leverton is the featured artist at Salvo Art’s new show, opening Saturday. See below.

Weekend: Scorching, global-warming hot all weekend, highs in the mid 90s, lows in the mid-70s, thunderstorms possible Friday and Saturday, less so Sunday. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 312.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: backronym, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

will durant age of faith“Civilization is polygenetic— it is the co-operative product of many peoples, ranks, and faiths; and no one who studies its history can be a bigot of race or creed. Therefore the scholar, though he belongs to his country through affectionate kinship, feels himself also a citizen of that Country of the Mind which knows no hatreds and no frontiers; he hardly deserves his name if he carries into his study political prejudices, or racial discriminations, or religious animosities; and he accords his grateful homage to any people that has borne the torch and enriched his heritage.”

–Will Durant, “The Age of Faith: The Story of Civilization, Volume IV” (1950).

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.

wnzf-logo-120x90Free For All Friday on WNZF: 9 a.m., David Ayres’s guests include Sheriff Jim Manfre who’ll speak of the latest Florida Sheriffs Association’s conference, Sgt. Mike Lutz on cyber crimes, and teaching computer hacking at Daytona State College, starting with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam, on Black Lives Matter.

Friday: Live Music at European Village The lead singer of The Greener Grass Band, based in Rochester, N.Y., takes the stage at 7 p.m.

Saturday: Sculptor Marilyn Levetron, at Salvo Art project, opening reception at 6 p.m., $10 cover charge. “I have been sculpting for over 25 years, first in the UK and then here in Florida,” says Leverton. “My interest lies in the human form – I enjoy expressing its beauty and movement, and capturing emotions in both faces and bodies.” Salvo Art, 313 Old Brick Rd., Bunnell.

Saturday: North Florida Open Chess Championship, $1,000 total purse. Ramada Inn I-95 & 9150 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville. Three Sections: Open, U1550 and U900. Prizes: $1000 (60% guaranteed) b/o 35 (paid entries). Cash prizes for best players U2000, U1800 & U1200. 5SS (5 rounds of games) 1st Round G/45;d5 all other rounds are G/55min + d5sec. $45 Walk-up Registration $35 Online price. Players in grades K-12 $25. Register here. Details here. The tournament director for this event will be our own Steve Lampkin.

Local News Recap:

Updated jail bookings and day and night shift incident summary reports are available here.

Flagler Judge Gives Pot Plan a Lift, But Council And Whiff of Politics Again Delay Adoption: It will be at least another month, likely longer, before the Flagler County Commission and the county’s cities get a chance to vote for or against a proposed ordinance that would reduce the penalty for first-time possession of pot to a $250 fine. That’s assuming the proposal makes it that far.

Man Stabbed on Palm Coast’s Zenoble Place, Site of Numerous Previous Arrests: The man was stabbed in the neck, a sheriff’s spokesman said, but little else is known about the circumstances that led to the incident. “He wasn’t saying who stabbed him, not giving information,” the spokesman said. The identity of the man has not yet been released.

Jim Manfre, Flagler County Sheriff Candidate: The Live Interview: Jim Manfre is the incumbent candidate for Flagler County Sheriff. He faces one opponent in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary, Larry Jones, who retired in 2014 from the sheriff’s office as a sergeant. The winner of that primary will face the winner of a Republican primary featuring six candidates, plus one independent candidate who will also appear on the Nov. 8, general election ballot, Thomas Dougherty. Dougherty is running a self-funded and not very visible campaign.

Citing “Public Policy Interests,” Florida Refusing to Disclose Information on Drugs Used in Lethal Injections: Lawyers representing seven Arizona Death Row inmates want information about the drugs used in Florida’s lethal-injection procedure, but corrections officials are asking a judge to keep the documents secret.

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‘When was the last time we talked about Medgar Evers?’ the Rev. Danita Blow, who moderated the NAACP’s town hall Tuesday evening, asked. ‘When is the last time we talked about the four Alabama girls? As we come here today, it’s a reminder that the police aren’t responsible for everything that’s going on in our community. We have to make a change.’ (© FlaglerLive)

At Flagler NAACP Town Hall, Matters of Black Lives, “The Talk,” and the Gap Between Community and Policing: The recent police killing of those two black men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castille in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn. (see below), plus the subsequent revenge killing of five white Dallas police officers by an African-American, former Army Reservist named Micah Johnson, prompted the Flagler County NAACP to host the town hall meeting.

The Live Interview of the Three Candidates for Supervisor of Elections:

In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.

FINANCE REPORTS DUE: State political candidates and committees face a Friday deadline for filing reports showing campaign-finance activities through July 8.

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

July 16: North Florida Open Chess Championship, $1,000 total purse. Ramada Inn I-95 & 9150 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville. Three Sections: Open, U1550 and U900. Prizes: $1000 (60% guaranteed) b/o 35 (paid entries). Cash prizes for best players U2000, U1800 & U1200. 5SS (5 rounds of games) 1st Round G/45;d5 all other rounds are G/55min + d5sec. $45 Walk-up Registration $35 Online price. Players in grades K-12 $25. Register here. Details here. The tournament director for this event will be our own Steve Lampkin.
July 18: The trial of Anna Pehota, 77, who faces a second-degree murder charge over the alleged killing of her husband in the Hammock in September 2015, is scheduled to begin with jury selection.
July 18: Backing the Blue, a fund-raising event for the families of the five police officers murdered in Dallas on July 7, will start at 6 p.m. with food and music at European Village in Palm Coast.
July 20: The Flagler League of Cities, a gathering of the county’s mayors, meets at noon at Flagler Beach City Hall.
July 22: The latest pre-trial hearing in the case of Florida v. Kimberle Weeks is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. before Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse. Weeks now faces nine third-degree felony counts, down from 12, stemming from allegations that she illegally recorded various individuals in her capacity as supervisor of elections and in her private life. Weeks resigned that post in January 2015.
July 23: The annual Back to School Jam, where families can get $5 backpacks, find their bus routes and location, help with access to the district’s computerized records-keeping system, meet with innumerable coordinators and directors of after-school activities and programs and a lot more, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Flagler Palm Coast High School, in the gym.
July 23: Midnight fishing on the Flagler Beach pier, from midnight Saturday to 6 a.m. $6 per person. Register at the pier.
July 25: The Plantation Bay Utility Customers Community meets at 6 p.m. at Club de Bonmont, 300 Plantation Bay Drive, Ormond Beach.
July 27: Heritage Crossroads: Miles of History meet at 3 p.m. in the Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Bunnell, in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. Sisco Deen of the Flagler County Historical Society will speak. The public is invited. For information call 386/439-5003.
July 28: Flagler County School Board’s District Strategic Plan Steering Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor main conference room of the Government Services Building in Bunnell.
July 30: Solar Plunge to benefit the Flagler Beach National Flight Academy Scholarship. Registration will be $10 per person and includes a t-shirt and goody bag. Late registration will be from 7:30- 8:30 a.m. in Veterans Park followed by The Plunge at 8:45 a.m. After the Plunge enjoy music in the park and light refreshments.
Aug. 10: School resumes for all students in the Flagler County School District, two weeks earlier than last year, but with a new calendar that enables students to complete their coursework ahead of high-stakes exams, that ends quarters more logically with holidays, and that restores a full week’s holiday around Thanksgiving, Nov. 21-25. See details here.
Aug. 11: Flagler Votes Hob Nob, the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce’s pre-election event for voters to meet candidates, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Flagler County Association of Realtors’ building, 4101 E Moody Blvd in Bunnell. Participating candidates must pay $150 a table for their space, but it’s otherwise free to attend. As part of their free admission, attendees will enjoy light snacks, great conversation and a ticket to vote in an electronic “straw poll,” the results of which will be revealed at the end of the evening. Beer, wine and water will be available for nominal cash donations.
fyo-open-house-fliveSept. 7: The Flagler Youth Orchestra holds its open house for all new or prospective students who’d like to join the county’s largest (and free) music program. The open house is at the Indian Trails Middle School cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. Any Flagler student, including homes chooled students, in grades 3-12, are eligible to enroll (must be 8 years old by Sept. 1, 2016.) Students may elect to play violin, viola, cello or doublebass. One-hour classes are held at Indian Trails Middle School Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m., with students enrolled in the hour block appropriate to their skill level and schedule. The first class for first-time students is Sept. 19. (Auditions for returning students start on Aug. 22, the first class for returning students is Aug. 31.)

The Day’s Best Reads:


Fact-Checking the Knaves:

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through June 15 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965)

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