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House Panel Approves Restrictive Medical Marijuana Measure, Including Ban on Edibles

| March 29, 2017

The proposal would prohibit smoking of cannabis products, as well as edibles, and would ban all but terminally ill patients from using vaporizers to consume medical marijuana.

Wednesday Briefing: Embezzler Wesley Brown’s Sentence, Ayala’s Fight, Hutson’s Shark Fins, Transgender Firings, Huckabee Prays

| March 29, 2017

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s inland…in the lower 80s coast. Northwest winds 5 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Tonight:Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. East winds 5 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 383.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s […]

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

| March 28, 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: Rethinking Palm Coast Golf Course, Vacation Rentals Round 3, Flagler Forum Media Panel

| March 28, 2017

The Flagler Forum hosts a media panel with representatives from all local media, the Palm Coast council changes course on golf and ends red-light cameras, the superintendent search advisory committee meets.

For Florida’s Troubled Death Penalty, Prosecutor’s Refusal to Enforce It Is Latest Challenge

| March 27, 2017

Recent studies have provided additional evidence to bolster criticism of the death penalty in Florida, which leads the nation in Death Row exonerations.

Monday Briefing: Computer Coding as Foreign Language, Undocumented Criminals, Trump’s Russian Affinities

| March 27, 2017

Bringing county commissioners up to speed on the budget, harshing up penalties against undocumented immigrant criminals, Trump’s 30 years of dalliances with and affinities for Russia, a Haydn trio.

A 2-for-1 for Racists: Post Hateful Fliers, and Revel in the News Coverage

| March 25, 2017

Nationalism evident since Trump’s rise–calls for mass deportations, Muslim bans, economic nationalism–intensified intense media coverage of emboldened white supremacists, attention the groups seem to be enjoying.

GOP Rep. Cary Pigman, Chairman of House Health Subcommittee, Arrested for Drunk Driving

| March 25, 2017

With a blood-alcohol level nearly double the legal limit, state Rep. Cary Pigman was charged with drunken driving after a traffic stop on Florida’s Turnpike several hours after a House session Thursday.

Bill Vastly Diminishing Separation of Church and School Passes Florida Senate, 23-13

| March 24, 2017

The proposal would allow religious speakers and messaging at school-sponsored events, and would allow students to engage in organized prayer groups during the school day and with the participation–though not the sponsorship–of school personnel.

Weekend Briefing: Cracker Day, Renner Town Hall, Waltz of Toreadors, Ten Tenors Return, Surf Series, Motown Madness

| March 24, 2017

City Repertory Theatre stages a new production of a great French farce of a play, Surf Series in Flagler Beach, Cracker Day at County Fairgrounds, Renner twon hall on vacation rentals in the Hammock, and Jack London on the Iron Heel.

GOP Plan Scraps Individual Mandate Only to Create New, 30% Penalty For Laggards

| March 23, 2017

The GOP approach is called a “continuous coverage” penalty. It increases premiums for people who buy insurance if they have gone 63 consecutive days without a policy during the past 12 months.

Thursday Briefing: New First Friday Policy, AAUW’s Successful Women, The Pencil

| March 23, 2017

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland, Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart and County Engineer Faith al-Khatib are among the panelists at an AAUW event at DSC, Flagler Beach codifies First Friday.

No, Attorney General Sessions, Pot Is Not “Only Slightly Less Awful” Than Heroin

| March 22, 2017

Pot is a relatively mild and harmless drug compared to deadly, addictive heroin. Treating users like criminals is a threat to their safety — and so is perpetuating the lie that some drugs are no less harmful than others, writes Jill Richardson.

Lawmakers’ Letters to Constituents on Health Care Are Full of Lies and Misinformation

| March 22, 2017

As the GOP tries to rewrite–or “repeal and replace–the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers in both parties are incorrectly citing statistics, making false claims and leaving out important context in letters to constituents.

Wednesday Briefing: Bob Cuff, Scout’s Hero, Guns in the Courthouse, Kasparov on Trump, McCarthyism

| March 22, 2017

Palm Coast City Councilman Bob Cuff is honored by the Boy Scout Council, the Legislature takes up a bill that would allow carrying guns in courthouses, McCarthyism explained.

Ousted In Cop Case, Prosecutor Who Won’t Seek Death Penalty Challenges Scott

| March 21, 2017

State Attorney Aramis Ayala is accusing Gov. Scott of abusing his authority by ousting her as prosecutor in the case of alleged cop-killer Markeith Loyd.

Tuesday Briefing: Vacation Rentals, Superintendent Search, Food Truck Tuesday, Patriot Award, Philip Roth

| March 21, 2017

Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle, Deputy Chief Jerry Forte, and Battalion Chief Ron Petrillo get a Patriot Award, the school board looks over applicants for superintendent, vacation rentals are up for another Senate hearing.

Flagler Tourism “Promotions” Slush Fund Jumps 76% in 3 Years, And We’re Counting Pennies For Beach Repairs?

| March 20, 2017

Paying for critical repairs to Flagler County’s beaches is hostages to a tourism budget’s scandalous and unaccountable promotions spending, which the county administration wants to increase despite the emergency.

Monday Briefing: County Commission Triple-Header on Land-Swap and Tourism Tax, Unspoken STDs, Kolyma

| March 20, 2017

The Flagler County Commission meets three times to discuss an increase in the tourism sales tax, a land swap to benefit building a new library, and numerous other issues, the trial of James Taylor, accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl, Henrik Ibsen’s birthday.

As 1st Brick In Wall Goes Up, An Accounting of the Cost of a Single Installment ($2.8 Billion) to U.S. Taxpayers

| March 19, 2017

That first $2.6 billion will not go toward the permanent wall Trump has committed to (that’s forecast to be around 10 times the $2.6 billion) but to a bunch of smaller walls and patch holes in the assortment of fences that now exist.

Weekend Briefing: Down Syndrome’s Buddy Walk, NCAA Sports Clinic, Art Show At Veterans Park, Judi Wormeck

| March 17, 2017

It’s Down Syndrome Buddy Walk time, an NCAA Youth Sports Clinic at Indian Trails Sports Complex, Artist of the Year Judi Wormeck’s show opens in Flagler Beach, remembering John Updike and Rabbit Angstrom.

In Stunning Move, State Attorney Ayala Won’t Pursue Death Sentences in Orange and Osceola

| March 16, 2017

Ayala’s decision infuriated Gov. Scott, Attorney General Bondi and police organizations, but drew praise from others who see the position more in line with a growing national trend by courts, some governors and legislatures.

Thursday Briefing: St. Patrick’s Day, Cynical Lawyers, Picnics and Pops Tickets, the Great Yale Snowball Fight

| March 16, 2017

A relatively quiet official day locally but not a quiet St. Patrick’s drinking day, the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s tickets for the Picnics and Pops concert on sale, the story of the great Yale snowball fight.

Senate Approves Stand Your Ground Change To Make It Easier For Shooters To Use Defense

| March 15, 2017

The bill would shift the burden from defendants to prosecutors in the pre-trial hearings, vastly strengthening defendants’ ability to use the defense, but at significant cost to prosecutors.

Wednesday Briefing: Cue Democratic Social, Changing State Colleges, Islamophobes in Europe

| March 15, 2017

Flagler Democrats gather for ma social with new leader Mike Cocchiola at Cue Note Billiards, pushing financial literacy in Tallahassee, Islamophobia’s comebacks, Beethoven’s genius through deafness.

A Country Unbecoming In the Age of Trump

| March 14, 2017

Immigrants targeted for prosecution or removal could be the people who built your house, picked the fruit for your breakfast, and tidied up the hotel room where you last stayed.

Prohibition on Liquor In Grocery Stores Approaching Repeal as Bill Advances

| March 14, 2017

The contentious bill, sought by Wal-Mart and Target and opposed by Publix and ABC, needs to make it through one more committee in the House and awaits a floor vote in the Senate.

Tuesday Briefing: Recovery Centers, A Night In The 30s, Palm Coast Survey Results, Willoughby Brothers

| March 14, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council hears the results of its citizens’ survey, involving thousands, the Willoughby Brothers are at the Flagler Auditorium, it’ll be in the 30s again tonight.

Florida’s Lethal Injections Ready to Stab Again As Gov. Scott Signs Death Penalty Bill

| March 13, 2017

Florida is again poised to begin executions and prosecute death penalty cases after Gov. Rick Scott signed a law Monday aimed at fixing flaws in the state’s capital sentencing procedure.

Monday Briefing: Flagler Budget Crunch, Ron Bolser, Bunnell’s Fire Chief, Josh Crews Writing Project

| March 13, 2017

The Flagler County Commission gathers to take stock of its Hurricane Matthew-whacked budget situation, Bunnell set to appoint Ron Bolser fire chief, Josh Crews Writing Project at Princess Place.

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