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Racist, Violent, Unpunished:
A White Hate Group’s Campaign of Menace

| October 21, 2017

the Rise Above Movement, one of whose men beat up protesters in Charlottesville, train to fight. They post their beatings online. And so far, they have little reason to fear the authorities.

How One City Gets Its Guns: Not Big Trafficking Rings, But Mostly Through Little Guys

| October 14, 2017

Unlike the drug trade — often dominated by powerful cartels or gangs — illegal gun markets operate more like the way teenagers get beer, “where every adult is potentially a source.”

Stop Playing The National Anthem At Sports Events

| October 11, 2017

The anthem is being used to make statements that reflect anger and divisiveness instead of pride, but primarily so because it’s being performed where it shouldn’t be, argues Nancy Smith.

Pride In “Our Country”? Count Me Out.

| October 8, 2017

There’s no contending with a president who speaks of his pride in this country in serial tweets even as his every other pronouncement is a cleave, a slur, a boast, a lie or a disgrace.

Yet Another Tropical Storm With Potential Florida Landfall Brews Up Concern

| October 4, 2017

Eventual Tropical Storm Nate has the potential to become a hurricane and impact the Florida Panhandle this weekend, and families must be ready, the governor said.

`Where the Hell Is the Cavalry?’ As Puerto Rico Suffers, Florida Prepares for Influx

| October 1, 2017

From schools to shelters, Florida is readying for an influx of people struggling for food, water and power in hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico.

Unidos Por Puerto Rico:
Palm Coast’s Hispanic American Club Organizes 2-Day Drive For Devastated Island

| September 28, 2017

The Hispanic American Club of Palm Coast is organizing the two-day drive to fill a container that would be shipped to Puerto Rico from Jacksonville for an increasingly desperate population on the American island.

How Health Insurers Fuel Opioid Crisis By Denying Claims For Less Addictive But More Expensive Drugs

| September 18, 2017

Insurers limiting access to drugs with a lower risk of addiction or dependence. Why? Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.

Florida Shellshock: Blanket Outages, Floodwaters, and This: Irma Could Cost “Billions Upon Billions”

| September 12, 2017

Millions of people continued to lack electricity as cleanup work expected to reach into the billions of dollars began in the wake of deadly Hurricane Irma.

What To Expect in Flagler In Next 48 Hours on Shelters, Evacuations, Storm Effects and Hunkering Down

| September 8, 2017

As Hurricane Irma approaches, a complete run-down of what you should expect from emergency responders and what you should do in the next 48 hours.

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights: For Workers

| September 4, 2017

At the end of his last State of the Union message to Congress in 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt outlined an ambition plan for a “Second Bill of Rights” to ensure “”economic security and independence.”

White Supremacists Joked About Using Cars To Run Over Opponents Before Charlottesville

| August 29, 2017

Leaked chat room conversations by white supremacists reveal expectations of violence — along with detailed planning and intelligence gathering on left-wing adversaries.

Proposal To Replace Statue of Confederate Gen. Smith With One of Mary McLeod Bethune

| August 21, 2017

State Sen. Perry Thurston proposed a resolution to have Bethune replace Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as one of Florida’s two representatives in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

How One City Took Down Its Confederate Monuments: A Stealth History Lesson

| August 17, 2017

After Charlottesville, Baltimore’s removal of Confederate statues in the dead of night was the city’s latest attempt to make peace with the ghosts of the Civil War. Other cities may be taking note.

A New Generation of White Supremacists, Better Organized, Emerges in Charlottesville

| August 15, 2017

A group that included many people who were college-educated or ex-military displayed effective planning. “White people are pretty good at getting organized,” said one.

Between Umbras and Penumbras, Flagler Schools and Others Ready For Great Eclipse

| August 14, 2017

The greatest solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1918 on Aug. 21 has the Flagler school district and others talking safety, best viewing practices and Palm Coast time checks.

Three Ways the Trump Administration Has Downplayed White Supremacy

| August 13, 2017

In the weeks leading up to the protests, Trump and those close to him have often played down the real threat of violence being committed by white supremacists on a regular basis across the country.

McCain’s Brain Cancer Draws Renewed Attention to Possible Agent Orange Connection

| July 31, 2017

For years, Vietnam vets and their widows have been pushing the VA to extend benefits to those exposed to the toxic herbicide and later stricken with glioblastoma. The VA has said no.

It’s Not Just Palm Coast: Credit Card Skimming at Gas Stations Up 160% in Florida

| July 26, 2017

State figures show 315 skimmers had been discovered at Florida gas pumps through July 18, compared to 120 skimmers discovered through the first seven months of 2016.

Democrat Nancy Soderberg, Ambassador From Departed Era, Wants to Represent Flagler In Congress

| July 24, 2017

Nancy Soderberg, a foreign policy expert and top aide in Bill Clinton’s presidency, wants the seat held by Republican Ron DeSantis. She has a lot to learn.

Prescription-Drug Overdoses Swamp Medical Examiners, Putting Accuracy In Question

| July 24, 2017

The concern is that performing more than the recommended limit of 325 autopsies in a year, in addition to other duties such as testifying in court, could result in errors.

Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger in Emails: “Watch Your Back, Bitch”

| July 14, 2017

Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s personal attorney on the Russia case, threatened a stranger in a string of profanity-laden emails Wednesday night.

Your Papers Please: Trump Commission Demands Massive Amounts of Voter Data

| July 4, 2017

A Trump commission has asked all 50 states for copies of their voter records which often include names, addresses and ages. The commission has said it intends to make the information widely available.

Non-Partisan Analysis of 22 Million More Uninsured Deals Blow to Senate Health Bill

| June 27, 2017

By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with about 28 million who would lack coverage under current law.

Trump Administration Quietly Rolls Back Civil Rights Efforts Across Federal Government

| June 17, 2017

Previously unannounced directives will limit the Department of Justice’s use of a storied civil rights enforcement tool, and loosen the Department of Education’s requirements on investigations.

50 Years Later, Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty Still Provokes Unsettling Conclusions

| June 11, 2017

On June 8, 1967, during the Arab-Israeli war, Israeli jets and gunships attacked the USS Liberty in the Mediterranean, killing 34 Americans. Israel called it an accident. Survivors doubt it to this day.

In American First, Scott Signs Bill Providing for Birth Certificates In Cases of Miscarriage

| May 31, 2017

The bill, which easily cleared the Senate and House in early May, makes Florida the first state in the nation to issue birth certificates for miscarriages. The implications of the bill are unclear.

GOP Defends Health Bill With Euphemisms, False Statements and Deleted Comments

| May 30, 2017

Since the passage of the American Health Care Act, Republican members of Congress have tried to swing public opinion to their side, but through deceptive means.

Voices From the Grave
Maj. Sullivan Ballou’s Last Letter to His Wife

| May 29, 2017

Maj. Sullivan Ballou’s letter to his wife, written a week before he was killed at Bull Run in 1861, is one of the great eulogies of sorrow and divided duty to nation and family. As a memorial to the victims of war, who include survivors, especially civilians, the letter has few equals.

Whiplash

| May 21, 2017

Donald Trump is rewriting the rules of politics, of time and of the English language, but the resulting explosions are as false a dawn as those of nuclear blasts.

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