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Florida Appeals Court Rules In Defense Of Web Comments Defaming to Business

| December 29, 2011

Xcentric, a website that allows Internet users to post opinions about businesses without regard to whether the “reviews” are true may be “appalling” in its invitation to slander businesses, but it doesn’t have to take the post down, a Florida appeals court ruled.

Garage Sale: NYT Sells 16 Papers To News- Journal For Less Than $10 Million Apiece

| December 28, 2011

Each title went for barely $9 million, less than half the $20 million Halifax Media paid for the Daytona Beach News-Journal alone when it acquired that paper in April 2010–at discount from the $300 million price originally set by a federal judge in 2006.

La Bonne Vieille Veuve Clicquot: History of Champagne’s Great Widow

| December 27, 2011

As you get ready for New Year’s Eve, be sure to pick up the real stuff. Like Veuve Clicquot, the champagne served at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca. Here’s a brief history of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne and its maker, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin.

Your Police State At Work: Spy Drones Entering Local Cop Arsenals, Including Florida’s

| December 26, 2011

Forget Iran and Afghanistan. Americans have unmanned drones flying over their own heads, and more are coming as local police agencies, including the Miami-Dade Police Department, are acquiring spy drones and using them for surveillance of citizens.

For a Happy Saturnalian Christmas:
How To have A Good Time

| December 24, 2011

Fulton J. Sheen was that rarity of Catholic sermonizers: he was witty, earthy and unfriendly to religion’s two heels : dogma and doctrine. “How to Have a Good Time” is one of his most celebrated sermons from his “Life Is Worth Living” series, from 1957.

Florida GOP’s Agenda, Once Emboldened, Facing Broad-Based Backlash in Courts

| December 23, 2011

Republicans’ sweeping changes to elections law, welfare drug-testing and state workers’ pension contributions have bogged down in court challenges and judges’ injunctions as Gov. Rick Scott chafes at the push-back.

More Candidates for Jobs Council’s Top Post Drop Out, Citing Expectation of Creating Jobs

| December 22, 2011

Some candidates were worried that they’d be expected to create 200 jobs in their first year, though candidates have also been raising concerns over the checkered political history of economic development in Flagler County.

Two Hammock Teens Faked Their Abduction, Triggering an Amber Alert Overnight

| December 22, 2011

Danielle Annis, 17, and Amanda Hunt, 15, residents of a home on Ocean Crest Drive in the Hammock in Palm Coast, faked their own abduction and stole their parents’ car Wednesday evening. Charges against them may be pending.

Florida Utilities Fume as EPA Tells Dirty Coal Power Plants To Clean Up Or Clam Up

| December 22, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday released controversial new air-pollution standards that could force expensive upgrades at some Florida power plants — but have been long-sought by environmental and health advocates.

Light at the End of the Catacombs: Home Sales Up Significantly in Flagler and Florida

| December 21, 2011

Palm Coast’s and Flagler County’s real estate market can take heart: for the first time in half a decade, the home-buying industry is looking a lot less grim than it’s been, even if prices have yet to catch up to the uptick in sales.

A Fight Over a Cat Escalates Into Violence, Police Chases and a 6th Jailing 3 Days Later

| December 21, 2011

Gregory Wright, a resident of the Mondex, didn’t want a cat sharing his bed with his girlfriend because of dander, though that was only one pretext leading to an alleged series of violent outbursts, threats and a case of false imprisonment.

A Most Common Palm Coast Tale: A Burglary, But With a Christmas Sting

| December 21, 2011

Rhiannon Gross lives in a modest house in Palm Coast’s R Section with her two-and-a-half-year-old son. She came home earlier this month to a house robbed of presents under the Christmas tree and of all her electronics and jewelry.

Downturn Be Damned: Florida Crosses 19 Million Mark as Population Grows By 256,000

| December 21, 2011

The population growth in Florida was driven mostly by migrants into the state, while the nation’s growth of less than 1 percent between April 2010 and July 2011, was the lowest since the mid-1940s.

Borrowing Judge’s Words, Attorney General Bondi Rewrites Religious Aid Amendment

| December 20, 2011

The proposed constitutional amendment language was judged vague and inadmissible in a circuit court ruling earlier this month. In an unusual intervention tinged with implications, Attorney General Pam Bondi rewrote the proposed amendment, which opponents still consider unconstitutional.

Timeline: Hammock Dunes DRI, 1982-2011

| December 20, 2011

Timeline of the Hammock Dunes development DRI from its Admiral-ITT origins through its Ginn-Luber Adler ownership and disputes with the Flagler County Commission.

Palm Coast Seethes as Flagler Ends Hammock Dunes DRI’s Obligations to County and City

| December 20, 2011

The Flagler County Commission closed the books on the 28-year-old Hammock Dunes “development of regional impact,” angering Palm Coast over developer dollars the city contends should still be paid for widening Palm Harbor Parkway.

“Celico Way” Will Have Only Second Billing as Palm Coast Resists Full Name Change

| December 20, 2011

The name will appear below “Kings Way,” in smaller letters. Friends and supporters of the late Sgt. Frank Celico, the Flagler deputy who died in September at 33, wanted to rename the street near the Dunkin Donut where Celico spent many of his waking hours.

Florida Legislator Wants $1 Cigarette Tax Increase In Exchange for Lower Driver Fees

| December 19, 2011

South Florida’s Jim Waldman, a Democrat from Coconut Creek, wants to roll back unpopular driver’s license and registration fees, paying for it with a $1 increase in Florida’s cigarette tax, now at $1.34.

News-Journal Owner Halifax Media Buying New York Times’s 16 Regional Papers

| December 19, 2011

The New York Times confirmed today that Halifax Media Group, owner of the Daytona Beach News-Journal since 2010, is buying the 16 newspapers in The New York Times Regional Group in what would represent a significant cultural and ideological shift away from centrism and liberalism for those 14 papers.

Of Art and Soul: Erin Walker’s Pottery Studio For All Creators Coils Into Palm Coast

| December 19, 2011

The Art and Soul Studio at 25 Pine Cone Drive in Palm Coast is recreational paint-your-own-pottery shop for all ages and many occasions, including birthday parties and Wednesdays’ Wine-d Down, a bring-your-own-wine ladies night.

Ammons Stays at FAMU, Defying Gov. Scott’s Muscling Into Hazing Homicide Controversy

| December 18, 2011

The Florida A&M University Board of Trustees will meet by phone Monday to decide the fate of President James Ammons in the wake of the hazing death of a drum major on Nov. 19 and the hazing-related brutalization of another student in the band two weeks earlier.

The 10 Greediest Americans of 2011

| December 17, 2011

Whether they manage football pageants or Ford Motor Co., these guys, from Walmart’s Michael Duke to ex-Massey Energy’s Don Blankenship, remind us how much needs to change, economically and politically, in 2012 and beyond.

Citing Health and Other Priorities, Bunnell Police Chief Arthur Jones Will Resign in April

| December 16, 2011

Bunnell Police Chief Arthur Jones will leave his post at the end of April after three years as a tempering force in a small but tumultuous department, and as the city’s first black police chief.

Flagler’s Unemployment Rate Remains Stubbornly At 14% As Florida’s Improves

| December 16, 2011

Flagler County’s unemployment rate remains Florida’s second highest, after Hendry’s 15.1 percent, while job creation in the state, while slow, continues. Gov. Rick Scott took credit for the job creation.

Florida Hospital Flagler Santa-Sleighs Bunnell’s Child Development Center

| December 16, 2011

Employees and volunteers at Florida Hospital Flagler presented Christmas presents to children enrolled at the Flagler Child Development Center in Bunnell.

Farewell to Christopher Hitchens, Newt Ginrich’s G Spot and Andy Kaufman: The Live Wire

| December 16, 2011

How Christopher Hitchens could fly-swat Sean Hannity in five words flat, the end of YouTube as we knew it, newspapers’ deaths within five years, the shame of McDowell County, West Virginia, and more.

As Autopsies Dwindle, Hospitals Bury Their Mistakes Instead of Learning From Them

| December 16, 2011

Autopsies are conducted on just 5 percent of patients who die in hospitals, letting common diagnostic errors go undiscovered, allowing physicians to practice on other patients with a false sense of security, and short-shrifting understanding of the effectiveness of medical treatments and the progression of diseases.

Palm Coast Accepts Garbage Hauling Bids But Doesn’t Open Them Publicly

| December 16, 2011

The method continues a pattern that’s been less than transparent since fall when the city manager recommended renewing the contract with Waste Pro and skipping the bidding process.

Behind the Scenes at Universal, Candlelight Scrooge and Lasers: Cultural Holidays Worth the Miles

| December 16, 2011

Art behind the scenes at theme parks, holidays in space by way of the Kennedy Space Center, laser light shows, Scrooge by candlelight, and more.

Elderly Palm Coast Man Is Killed in St. Johns Wreck, His Wife Is in Critical Condition

| December 16, 2011

Richard Mayor, an 83-year-old resident of Palm Coast, was killed Thursday evening in a single-car wreck on U.S. 1 in St. Johns County. His wife, Carol, 78, is in critical condition at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville.



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