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You’ll Miss Him

| January 20, 2017

At noon today the world ended as the sound of seven trumpets was replaced by the words “I, Donald John Trump…” Until then it was a fairly good run. An excellent run, in retrospect, considering what we’re losing.

Public Schools Dealt Blows in Pair of Court Decisions Favoring Vouchers and Charters

| January 20, 2017

One court decision upholds corporate tax vouchers for private schools, another diminishes the role of local school boards in deciding what charter schools may operate.

Continuing Year-Long See-Saw, Flagler Unemployment Dips Back Down to 5.4%

| January 20, 2017

For the past 13 months, Flagler County’s unemployment rate has been stuck within in narrow band in the mid-5.5 percent range, bottoming out at 4.9 percent last May and peaking at 5.7 percent three times along the way.

Weekend Briefing: Next to Normal at CRT, Career Day at Rymfire, Home Show, Black on Trump, The Inauguration

| January 20, 2017

Next to Normal, the rock musical, at City Repertory Theatre, Lewis Black on Trump’s inauguration, the annual Home and Lifestyle Show at Flagler Palm Coast High School, and Career Day at Rymfire.

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

| January 19, 2017

A special meeting of the county’s jobs council reveals “Project Bags,” Rebecca Lawless pleads in the DUI manslaughter death of Diane Upton, the district spelling bee at Wadsworth Elementary, Theodor Adorno.

2016 Sets Global Heat Record For 3rd Straight Year, Raising Alarms of Irreparable Threats

| January 18, 2017

Central Florida felt the heat: Orlando’s temperature average for 2016 was 1.80 degrees above normal in 2016. From late November through December, it was 5, 6 and 7 degrees above normal day after day.

Stringent Rules By Florida Health Department Would Circumvent Medical Pot Amendment

| January 18, 2017

The proposed rules would maintain current vendors’ stranglehold on the medical marijuana industry and give authority to the Florida Board of Medicine, not individual doctors, to decide which patients qualify for marijuana treatment.

Wednesday Briefing: Rezoning for Homes Off U.S. 1, TDC Grants, Betsy DeVos’s War on Public Schools

| January 18, 2017

The Flagler Tourist Development Council awards a few quality-of-life grants to local groups and businesses, rezoning for 348 homes along US1 in Palm Coast’s K Section, Scott McClanahan on Crapalachia.

Palm Coast’s Opelka Loses 1st-Round Five-Set Thriller at Australian Open

| January 17, 2017

But the 6-foot-11 (and growing) giant nearly pulled off the biggest upset of the first round on the men’s side, battling for five sets with 11th seed David Goffin before finally falling.

Palm Coast’s New Founders:
Steven Nobile’s Multi-Generational Vision

| January 17, 2017

Inspired by the muti-generational households he knew in Brooklyn, N.Y., Councilman Steven Nobile sees a Palm Coast where young families raise children, have plenty of work opportunities, and retire all in place.

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports

| January 17, 2017

Palm Coast and Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders’ crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff’s deputies and archive.

Tuesday Briefing: The John Seth Difference, Flagler Schools’ Rezoning, Flagler Playhouse Expansion, Pink Army

| January 17, 2017

FPC Band Leader John Seth gets national recognition, the Flagler School Board considers various rezoning proposals, the Flagler Playhouse wants to expand, The Palm Coast City Council refinances again, and Narciso Yepes plays on.

“We Cannot Walk Alone…
We Cannot Turn Back”

| January 16, 2017

A brief history of the origins and battles of the Martin Luther King federal holiday, and of the MLK monument at the Washington Mall, with full text and video of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Going Gray: Can Our Car-Centric Towns Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?

| January 15, 2017

The millions of boomers who will grow old in Palm Coast-like exurbs will put pressure on local governments to spend more on everything from transportation to senior services.

Weekend Briefing: Drug Court Graduation, Next to Normal Musical, Adam Trent Magic, RPOF Annual Meeting, Democrats’ New Leader

| January 13, 2017

Retired Judge J. David Walsh presides over the 27th Drug Court Graduation ceremony, the fabulous Next to Normal musical at City Repertory Theatre, a magic show and Dave Mason at the Auditorium, MLK Day on Monday.

From Women’s Ob-Gyn Rights to ER Cost Controls, 6 Items That Could Disappear With Obamacare Repeal

| January 12, 2017

Some of these Obamacare measures enjoy broad support and are taken for granted even though people often don’t realize they spring from the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans are working to repeal.

Thursday Briefing: Flagler Teacher and Employee of the Year, Pirates in Flagler Beach, Trump’s Conflicts

| January 12, 2017

The 2017 Flagler County Teacher of the Year and Service Employee of the Year are crowned at the Flagler Auditorium, a Palm Coast promotion company explores holding a pirates festival in Flagler Beach, Trumpology of the day.

Attention Florida Patients: You May Start Buying Your Pot Treatment in 90 Days

| January 11, 2017

Florida’s top pot cop said today it’s up to doctors to decide to order marijuana for patients with eligible conditions, months before new rules are expected to go into effect.

Wednesday Briefing: Humane Society Expansion, Public Safety Council talks Jail Inspection, Bad Journalism

| January 11, 2017

The Public Safety Coordinating Council meets for the first time under its new chairman, Commissioner Nate McLaughlin, and with a new Sheriff, Rick Staly, the Humane Society expands, focusing more on bad journalism than fake news.

Lawmakers File Bill to Ban AR-15-Like
Weapon Used in Orlando Massacre

| January 10, 2017

Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, and Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, announced they are sponsoring a proposal (SB 254) that would ban so-called assault rifles and “large capacity” ammunition magazines.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Ranked 1st For Online Education By U.S. News

| January 10, 2017

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide has been ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list for best online bachelor’s degrees in the nation.

Tuesday Briefing: Rebuilding Palm Coast Community Center, Flagler Auditorium Update, What Is Woman

| January 10, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council is about to undergo a makeover, the Flagler County School Board holds another workshop with the Flagler Auditorium board, John Paul Stevens on Citizens United.

Teacher May Be Disciplined But Not Fired Over Disparaging Transgender Student

| January 9, 2017

An administrative law judge reversed the decision of the Lee County School Board, which had moved to terminate Angel Villanueva, a Junior ROTC instructor at East Lee County High School.

Alleged Chicago Assault Reignites
Issue of Hate Crimes Against Whites

| January 9, 2017

As Chicago authorities waited before filing hate-crime charges against four young adult blacks for an alleged attack on a white disabled man, the Internet raged.

Conservatives Plot Their Course on the Rising ‘Sea of Red’ in State Capitals

| January 8, 2017

The American Legislative Exchange Council sees bright future for its agenda now that Republicans control 68 of the nation’s 99 state legislative bodies and 33 governor’s mansions.

Israel’s Suicide Mission

| January 7, 2017

Israel’s right-wing government never seriously considered the two-state solution, which it has now abandoned as it imposes a de-facto annexation of the Palestinian West Bank, enshrining apartheid.

Only 20 Percent Of Americans Support Health Law Repeal Without Replacement Plan

| January 7, 2017

More than a third of those said they would not want the law repealed after being told that some people with preexisting health problems would no longer be able to get insurance.

Another Emblem of Disarray for Florida Democrats: 12 Counties Have No Organizational Structure

| January 7, 2017

In a state where presidential votes have decided by 1 percent margins, Democrats’ absence even in small counties point to a fatal weakness for the party.

In Bizarre Move, Court Stops Prosecutors From Seeking Death Penalty, Then Rescinds Order

| January 5, 2017

The release of the Florida Supreme Court order, a mistake, according to a court spokesman, further muddled Florida’s embattled death penalty, on hold for nearly a year following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last January.

Pot Amendment Goes Into Effect Amid Mass Confusion and “Dangerous Legal Area”

| January 4, 2017

Proponents of Amendment 2 as well as some marijuana operators are demanding that the state health department provide adequate guidance to the industry about the proposal approved by more than 70 percent of Floridians in November.

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