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Trump Administration Finalizes Rule Expelling Planned Parenthood From Family Planning Program

| February 26, 2019

The program provides contraceptives, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and other primary health services to 4 million patients each year, many of them low-income or uninsured, at more than 4,000 clinic sites.

That Homeless Camp Behind the Public Library: A Palm Coast Problem Requiring Immediate Action

| February 26, 2019

After taking a walk through the homeless camp near the library and speaking with its residents, Palm Coast Council member Jack Howell calls for creating a committee to address the issue from various angles.

Let Marijuana Help Fight Opioid Abuse

| February 24, 2019

It’s time for lawmakers and health officials to recognize the well-established power of medical marijuana to treat chronic pain — and to acknowledge its emerging role in combating the opioid abuse crisis.

Take It From Me: Addiction Doesn’t Start At the Border

| February 20, 2019

As the sister of a brother lost to an opioid overdose, Trump’s claim that we need a border wall in order to keep drugs out is offensive to me on multiple levels. We should treat the root causes of addiction instead.

Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance To Set Overdose Survivors On ‘Better Path’

| February 17, 2019

It’s an opportunity that’s being missed in emergency rooms everywhere: the next step — a means to divert addicted patients into treatment — remains elusive once an addict is released from an emergency room.

Second Valentine’s Day Mass Wedding at Flagler Courthouse Features Vows and Surprises

| February 14, 2019

Eleven couples married and five renewed their vows in the Flagler Clerk of Court’s second anual mass wedding on the steps of the county courthouse at noon today.

Flagler’s Addiction Crisis Has a Treatment Problem: There’s Barely Any. Council Talks, With Little Action.

| February 13, 2019

In the opioid crisis, first responders are doing their part, only to see the same individuals adrift the moment they’re out of first responders’ hands: The front lines are meeting the challenge. The rear isn’t. 

Lawmakers Approve Smokable Pot, But It Must be Pre-Rolled and Filtered

| February 12, 2019

The amendment also would require pre-rolled joints with filters. That was designed to address concerns about the negative health effects of smoking.

Flagler’s AAUW Branch Marks 35 Years of Advancing ‘Equity for Women and Girls’

| February 10, 2019

What began with an organizational meeting of the Flagler Beach of the American Association of University Women is now an organization 50-member strong.

Anthony Fennick Will Die Saturday Morning, Days After Degrading at Flagler Jail. Family Awaits Answers.

| February 8, 2019

The family of Anthony Fennick, 23, will gather around him Saturday morning, when his breathing machine will be disconnected. He was brain dead after suffering days of high fevers at the Flagler jail, where his care was neglected, his family says.

Inmate At Flagler Jail Complains Of High Fevers For Days and Is Pacified. He’s Now Brain Dead.

| February 6, 2019

Anthony Fennick, 23, was at the jail on a minor drug charge, developed severe fevers, saw nurses but was not allowed to see a doctor, and on Monday went into cardiac arrest and lost all brain activity.

A Quarter of Florida’s Physicians Skip Required Opioid-Prescription Training

| February 4, 2019

The Florida Department of Health now is preparing to send non-compliance letters advising the providers that they have 15 days to take the mandated course or face disciplinary action.

Medicare for All: No Country for “Can’t”

| February 4, 2019

Medicare for all could be the most efficient, cheapest, and provider-friendly—but not perfect—part of what could be a health system that promotes health, saves lives, and creates a sense of social solidarity.

Lawsuit Allegations Detail How The Sackler Family Built An OxyContin Fortune

| February 3, 2019

This is the first lawsuit among hundreds of others that were previously filed across the country to charge the Sacklers with personally profiting from the harm and death of people taking the company’s opioids.

Louis Mamakos, 85, Kills Himself With a Gun in B-Section After Citing Intolerable Pain

| January 30, 2019

Louis Mamakos, a long-time resident of Palm Coast’s Boxwood Lane, had been Baker Acted two weeks earlier after attempting to kill himself with a gun. His wife had stopped him.

Cory McClure, 25, a Palm Coast Realtor, Takes His Own Life

| January 25, 2019

Cory Michael McClure, a 25-year-old Realtor who’d struggled through agonizing physical pain for several years, took his own life at a house on Kashmir Trail in Palm Coast Wednesday morning.

It’s On Again: Get Married on the Flagler County Courthouse Steps on Valentine’s Day

| January 25, 2019

The mass wedding ceremony, a new tradition, drew 21 couples last year, five of them renewing their vows, with live music, cheer and Clerk of Court Tom Bexley presiding.

Transgender Ban in Military Is About Bigotry and Distraction, Not Readiness or Cost

| January 24, 2019

Trump is using the ban purely to provoke the left, throw red meat to his base, and distract us all from the real issues in our nation, like the government shutdown.

MLK’s Dream Of Economic Justice Deferred By Increasing Inequalities

| January 21, 2019

King foreshadowed that if we maintain our exploitative economic and political systems, then we’d get not only racial apartheid, but economic apartheid as well.

The Sheltering Tree, Flagler’s Cold-Weather Shelter, Holds Fundraiser March 10

| January 21, 2019

The “Have a Heart for the Homeless” dinner and dance will raise money for the shelter assisting new, near, or chronically homeless, and the all-volunteer effort needs your help.

DeSantis Poised To Liberalize State’s Approach to Medical Marijuana, Ending ‘Foot-Dragging’

| January 17, 2019

DeSantis said his medical-marijuana announcement will deal not only with “the litigation” but also with “legislation that I think is needed to implement the people’s will.”

FPC’s Shaunti Stafford, 17, Takes Her Life, Flagler’s Third Teen Suicide in 18 Months

| January 15, 2019

Shauntiana Autrice Stafford, a 17-year-old student at Flagler Palm Coast High School, took her life Monday evening at her home at Madison Green Apartments.

New Florida Doctors Won’t Have To Disclose Their Own Drug or Mental Health Histories

| January 15, 2019

State regulations will eliminate a question about past treatment of mental health and substance abuse for doctors applying for licenses, replacing it with a question about current conditions.

In Contrast With Scott, DeSantis Expected To Make Easier Access to Medical Pot a Priority

| January 6, 2019

A new administration headed by DeSantis, who takes over as governor Tuesday, seemingly presents a friendlier stance toward medical pot than the administration of outgoing Gov. Rick Scott.

It’s Now AdventHealth Palm Coast: Florida Hospital Flagler Changes Name, and Signs

| January 3, 2019

Florida Hospital Flagler officially became AdventHealth Palm Coast this morning, with some 15 signs changed over to reflect the company’s re-branding across nearly 50 hospitals in nine states.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Entire Affordable Care Act, Putting Law In Peril–Again

| December 15, 2018

Judge Reed C. O’Connor struck down the law, siding with Republican state attorneys general to say the tax bill passed by Congress last December effectively rendered the entire health law unconstitutional.

Florida Supreme Court Clears Cops to Use Stand Your Ground Defense in Shootings

| December 14, 2018

Stand your ground applies to “persons,” and “a law enforcement officer is a ‘person’ whether on duty or off, and irrespective of whether the officer is making an arrest,” the court ruled unanimously.

Survivor of Half-Failed Double-Suicide May Not Get To Blame Depression in “Assisted Murder” Defense

| December 13, 2018

Bruce Haughton says he planned to kill himself and his ex-girlfriend Katherine Goddard in her R-Section home. She died. He survived. The prosecution sees it only as assisted murder, discounting his mental state.

‘Culture Change’ Needed In Schools as Parkland Massacre Commission Finalizes Its Work

| December 12, 2018

The panel will ask the Legislature to impose sanctions if school districts failed to put into effect some of the school-safety measures, including measures already required by law, such as active-shooter drills.

Opposing Scott Court Cases, DeSantis
Signals Friendlier Approach to Medical Pot

| December 10, 2018

DeSantis, a Republican who will take office on Jan. 8, is unwilling to continue some of the court battles now being waged by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott’s administration.

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