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Thrasher, at FSU, Pledges to Kill “Campus Carry” Gun Bill Again As He Did in 2011

| December 8, 2016

The so-called “campus carry” bill, which in the past has been approved by the House, has already re-emerged as an issue for the 2017 legislative session.

Parents in Mourning Candle-Lighting Set for Sunday in Flagler Beach’s Veterans Park

| December 7, 2016

The ceremony, organized by Donna Lunsford and Carol Fisher, is part of the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting that takes place on the same day in every part of the world.

Flagler County Approves 6-Month Moratorium on Medical Pot Dispensaries or Facilities

| December 5, 2016

Flagler County commissioners said the moratorium is not intended to counter the constitutional amendment legalizing medical pot, but to give the county time to figure out what zoning and other regulations may be in place with legalization.

Florida Court Backs Notifying Minor’s Parent Before Abortion, But Waivers Are Easy Out

| November 28, 2016

Judges rarely turn down requests for waivers. The decision cites evidence that 89.5 percent of petitions were granted in 2013, 90.5 percent in 2014 and 94.7 percent in 2015.

Opting Out of Obamacare: When Penalties Are Preferable to Unaffordable Premiums

| November 20, 2016

Amid the uncertain future of Obamacare in a Trump administration, some resisters are feeling vindicated and other consumers simply don’t see the need to sign up.

Boil-Water Advisory In Bunnell as Water Plant Has a Problem For 3rd Time in 2 Months

| November 20, 2016

Overnight Sunday, the water plant shut down again for about half an hour, the water pressure in pipes fell from 60 pounds per square inch to below 22 pounds, some customers may have gone without water for a while.

Pot Amendment’s Passage Creates a Green Rush in Nation’s 2nd Largest Marijuana Market

| November 10, 2016

Florida voters’ overwhelming approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients may have spurred a green rush into the state by investors eager to cash in.

Medical Marijuana Cruises to Reality in Florida With Healthy 71% Majority

| November 9, 2016

Stunning even some of the proposal’s most avid supporters, Florida voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a broad swath of conditions.

Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana Through the Eyes and Suffering of Those Who Need It Most

| November 4, 2016

For two years Palm Coast’s Jennifer Kaczmarek, the artist-photographer, has followed 10 families struggling with debilitating illnesses that only marijuana alleviate. They plead for Amendment 2, the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medicinal marijuana.

Woman At Center of Suicide-By-Cop Attempt in 2015 Kills Herself With a Gun Halloween Night

| November 2, 2016

Palm Coast’s Stacy Culotta is the 37-year-old Palm Coast resident who 13 months ago had attempted suicide-by-cop as she pointed a gun at three Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies in her yard at 8 Pine Brook Drive.

Facebook Profiling: Its System Lets Advertisers Exclude Black, Hispanic, and Other “Ethnic Affinities” From Seeing Ads

| October 31, 2016

Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers. That’s basically what Facebook is doing nowadays.

Those Double-Digit Health Insurance Rate Hikes in Florida? Blame State GOP.

| October 27, 2016

Sen. Bill Nelson, once Florida’s insurance commissioner, reminds residents that it was the Republican state Legislature that stripped the office of insurance regulation of the authority to approve, modify or reject rate hikes by health insurance companies, thus leading to current, unacceptable rate hikes.

Farm Share Distributes Food to 300 Families at Flagler Airport as Post-Storm Needs Persist

| October 17, 2016

By 11 this morning some 20 cars were turned away from the Flagler County Airport as a truckload of Farm Share food began running out, underscoring persistent needs in post-hurricane relief in Flagler.

Farm Share Food Bank’s Big Truck Will Distribute Free Supplies Monday at Flagler Airport

| October 14, 2016

Farm Share distribution will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue as long as supplies last. It will provide a good opportunity for those who have been unable to get other food assistance.

Recovery Round-Up: FEMA Inspects Flagler, Crews Inspect the Pier, Assistance Center Opens, Debris Pick-Up Cautions

| October 12, 2016

A comprehensive update on the latest in Hurricane Matthew recovery operations in Flagler County and its cities, including essential information from FEMA and debris removal requirements.

Carnage Embroidered in Pink Hope at Flag-Raising for Breast-Cancer Awareness

| October 3, 2016

Flagler County Fire Rescue had coated an entire firetruck in pink to mark the month-long Pink Army campaign, aimed at raising money and awareness for breast-cancer prevention, detection and research.

Florida Push to Legalize Medical Marijuana Gets $1 Million Boost, Aiding Amendment 2 Vote

| October 2, 2016

It’s the largest single contribution received by supporters of Amendment 2 and comes as the battle over the constitutional question heats up in advance of the Nov. 8 election.

Project Pandemic Prevention: Flagler’s Campaign Against Zika Bats Strategies Around

| September 29, 2016

Today’s joint meeting of Flagler government representatives and health department officials summarized the latest in the Zika outbreak (with two cases locally) as two FPC students prepare to launch a zika-fighting project involving bat houses.

Court Sees No Crime in Sarasota High Student’s Tweeted Threats to “Shoot Up” His School

| September 29, 2016

A 16-year-old high school student who repeatedly threatened on Twitter to shoot up his school in Sarasota did not commit a crime because his threats were not directed at anyone in particular, the second District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday.

Local Authorities Converge on Areas of Concern as Travel-Related Zika Cases Are Declared in Palm Coast

| September 20, 2016

Mosquito Control officials have been focusing on mosquito hot spots in Palm Coast’s P Section and visited other properties of concern as county officials prepare a county-wide meeting next week to address the local response.

Florida Universities Seeking $14.5 Million Extra To Meet Spiking Demand for Mental Health

| September 19, 2016

Universities saw a 48 percent increase in demands for counseling and other mental health services, and an increase in emergency or crisis visits, involving issues like severe depression, acute anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

Sally’s Safe Haven at Year 2: Where Children Traumatized by a Violent Parent Can Still Visit

| September 19, 2016

Sally’s Safe Haven in Bunnell, which has served almost 100 families so far, allows supervised visits for parents otherwise restricted from seeing their child. The haven is underwritten by a federal grant and run by the county and the the Children’s Home Society.

Flagler Youth Center Director Cheryl Massaro Appointed to Federal Juvenile Justice Board That Advises Congress and the President

| September 16, 2016

Cheryl Massaro, for 11 years the director of the Flagler Youth Center, has served on the local and state juvenile justice advisory boards, and will now be responsible for representing Florida and other states for two years on the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.

Suspect in Greg Lynn Jewelers Heist Found Hanging in Florida Hospital Flagler Bathroom

| September 13, 2016

Two days after checking into Floria Hospital Flagler, Craig Anthony Chavez, the 52-year-old Palm Coast resident arrested in late June for the alleged robbery of a jewelry store, was found dead in his hospital room’s bathroom of an apparent suicide.

Florida Hospitals in Flagler and Volusia Anchor 3-Year Project to Improve Lung Cancer Care

| September 13, 2016

The ACCC Optimal Care Coordination Model for Lung Cancer Patients on Medicaid project will work to reduce barriers to care by developing a care coordination model to leverage effective partnerships among cancer programs and practices, community organizations, patients, and primary care and specialty providers.

Travelers Continue to Bring Zika Into Florida

| September 9, 2016

Florida has 744 reported cases of the Zika virus, with 12 new cases involving people who contracted the disease outside of the state, the Florida Department of Health reported Thursday. There were no new cases of locally transmitted Zika, with 56 previously reported.

At Rymfire Elementary, Response to a Child’s Scar Comes Unglued and Leads to a Lawsuit

| September 7, 2016

A 1st-grader at Rymfire Elementary came home with a bleeding head from a scar that her mother claims was treated improperly by an unqualified staffer, while the school never called the parent to let her know her child was being treated.

That Dramatic Drop in Teen Births? Credit Easier Access to Contraceptives, Not Less Sex

| September 6, 2016

The drop was especially steep for younger girls: in births to girls 17 or younger in Flagler, the drop went from 12 such births per 1,000 in the early 90s to 3.8 in 2013-15, and four in Florida.

America’s Other Doping Problem: Drugging Up the Elderly in Hospitals

| September 2, 2016

An increasing number of elderly patients are on multiple medications, raising chances of dangerous drug interactions. Often the drugs are prescribed by different specialists who don’t communicate, and hospital doctors add to the list of drugs, sometimes unnecessarily or unsuitably.

The Reek of Hypocrisy Behind Federal Marijuana Laws

| August 30, 2016

In most cases, our laws treat chemicals as safe until proven dangerous. Marijuana, on the other hand, is being held to a higher standard. It’s not even that it’s considered dangerous until proven safe. The government says that they won’t lift regulations on it until it’s proven beneficial.

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