Today: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s inland…in the lower 80s coast. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 390.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: Stuckism, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.
Today’s Briefing: Quick Links
- First Light
- In Flagler and Palm Coast
- Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime Reports
- In State Government
- In Coming Days in Flagler, Palm Coast and Beyond
- The Day’s Best Reads
- Fact-Checking the Knaves
- Palm Coast Construction and Development
- Local Road and Interstate Construction
- Cultural Coda
“… in what must rank as the most astonishing statement of corporate hubris ever, mine operator George Baer used these immortal words to address the issue of a 1902 coal strike: The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for — not by labor agitators, but by the Christian men to whom God in his infinite wisdom has given the control of the property interests of this country.'”
–Thomas Frank in One Market Under God: Extreme Capitalism, Market Populism and the End of Economic Democracy.
Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.
The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.
It is Teacher Appreciation Week in Flagler County schools and elsewhere.
The Flagler County Commission holds a pair of meetings, starting with a 9 a.m. business meeting, where commissioners are expected to ratify a burn ban, approve recent agreements to shift millions of dollars toward beach restoration projects from tourist-tax revenue, approve a $4,620 expenditure by the sheriff for a voice-stress analyzer (a form of lie-detection testing), and possibly appoint George Hanns, the recently defeated county commissioner, to the Library Board of Trustees. Hanns, who served a quarter century on the commission, had previously been the commission’s liaison to the library board. The meeting is to be held in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. It will be followed by a workshop at the Emergency Operations Center, behind the GSB, immediately following the regular meeting, with a discussion and update on Hurricane Matthew dunes and beach recovery, and a discussion about buying land on Justice Lane, the road that leads to the county jail. Background materials posted online do not include details about that land purchase.
The Flagler Youth Orchestra‘s full ensembles–five orchestras in all, from beginners to advanced, some 350 musicians in all–perform their third and last concert of the season at the Flagler Auditorium at 7 p.m., including a performance by the faculty quartet. Tickets are $6 for adults 18 and older, $1 for children 17 and under. $1 of every ticket goes to the Auditorium’s Arts In Education fund.
In Florida and in State Government:
Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.
Tax cuts: The Senate Appropriations Committee will take up several issues, including the House’s proposed tax-cut package (HB 7109). The package, sponsored by House Ways & Means Chairman Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, includes trimming a tax on commercial leases and holding sales-tax holidays. (8 a.m.)
The Senate will hold a floor session and consider a series of issues, including a proposal (SB 1582), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would make changes in the workers’ compensation insurance system. Lawmakers are grappling with the workers’ compensation issue after regulators last year approved a 14.5 percent rate increase. (10 a.m.)
Education rally: U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will attend a rally urging President Donald Trump’s administration to invest in education. (10:30 a.m., Miami Dade College, North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami.)
Prescription-drug crisis: The Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will hold the first in a series of workshops about opioid use in the state. (3 p.m.)
–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive
In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:
♦ May 3: Free legal clinics: The Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller in partnership with the Flagler County Bar Association is proud to present a four part series of legal clinics free of charge. Come out and speak to attorneys who are experts in their respective field of law for free. These clinics will be held at the Flagler County courthouse in the 1st floor jury assembly room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd. building #1, Bunnell, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Today’s class: Criminal Law and Traffic. See the flyer here.
♦ May 4: The Palm Coast Democratic Club meets at the African American Cultural Center on Rt. 1 in Palm Coast. Look for the white pyramid in front. Meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7.”Be there and bring friends and family,” says Club President Mike Cocchiola. “We’ll have speakers on our important Florida environmental issues. We like it here. We don’t want anyone polluting our air and water, killing our wildlife of flooding our shorelines because they don’t understand, don’t believe, or worse, don’t care. You all know who we’re talking about. We need to talk about this and take action as a club.”
♦ May 15: The Flagler Beach Police Department and the local 7-ELEVEN store have partnered to host another edition of “Doughnuts with Doughney” from 8 to 10 a.m. The Flagler Beach 7-ELEVEN convenience store is at 408 South Oceanshore Boulevard. The two hours in that it provide the public an opportunity to meet and speak openly with Chief Doughney about issues or concerns in Flagler Beach. The location of the meeting provides citizens easy access to both the 7-ELEVEN and Chief Doughney, in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere.
♦ May 15: Free legal clinics: The Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller in partnership with the Flagler County Bar Association is proud to present a four part series of legal clinics free of charge. Come out and speak to attorneys who are experts in their respective field of law for free. These clinics will be held at the Flagler County courthouse in the 1st floor jury assembly room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd. building #1, Bunnell, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Today’s class: Family Law: Divorce, Name change, Adoption, Domestic Violence Injunctions etc. See the flyer here.
♦ May 16: The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission holds a hearing the the case of Circuit Judge Scott DuPont, who faces several charges of misconduct during his 2016 re-election election campaign. He has admitted wrongdoing. The 9 a.m. hearing is taking place in courtroom 406-7 at the Duval County Courthouse, 501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville, before a six-member panel: Eugene Pettis, Steven P. DeLuca, Robert Morris, Michele Cummings, Harry Duncanson (a lay member of the commission) and Jerome S. Osteryoung.
♦ May 18: The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office holds a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. at the Flagler County courthouse, followed by a walk to the Sheriff’s Operations Center at 7:45 p.m.
When can we stop pretending that Republicans care about the deficit? https://t.co/lGEb2fxBuf pic.twitter.com/Wv9dpkemu7
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) April 30, 2017
Bob Woodward articulated the subtext of the evening: "Mr. President, the media is not fake news." https://t.co/iJfr1yjDrw
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 30, 2017
Three words stood out: “run or die.” https://t.co/tiTi2ro0Rv
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 30, 2017
Google said it would scan all 129,864,880 books in the world, building the greatest library that's ever existed. https://t.co/ih9rsBf2RZ
— Arts & Letters Daily (@aldaily) April 26, 2017
Siddhartha Mukherjee recommends reading Orwell in the Trump era https://t.co/kCMVj1xaA1 pic.twitter.com/ZW6SA1PmXm
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) April 30, 2017
Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports
The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through March 24 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):
Click to access development-march-24-2017.pdf
Road and Interstate Construction:
Boccherini Quintet with Guitar G 448 D-Major
- Jean-Baptiste Poyard Performs Telemann’s Violin Fantasia n°1
- Eudora Welty Reads “A Worn Path”
- Francis Poulenc at the piano
- Antonin Dvořák: Romance for Violin and Orchestra performed by Tanja Sonc
- Joseph Haydn’s Symphony Nr. 66 in F major, Herbert Blomstedt, cond.
- Sarah Chang Plays Elgar’s Damn Romantic Salut d’amour, Op. 12
- Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Iván Fischer, cond.
- Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36
- Händel: Keyboard Suite HWV 428, Daria van den Bercken, piano
- Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G major Hob. XV/25
- Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, Leonard Bernstein
- What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen?
- The Corrs: Toss the Feathers
- Peter Falk’s Acceptance Speech for 1972 Emmy, for Colombo
- How Did Beethoven Compose His 9th Symphony After He Went Completely Deaf?
- Ray Chen Performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
- The Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1,HJ Lim, Piano
- Alicia de Larrocha plays Two Spanish Dances By Granados
- Comparone Plays a Scarlatti Sonata
- C. A. de Beriot, scene de Ballet, Daniel Shindarov, violin, Sergey Silvanskiy, piano
- Johnny Cash: Sunday Morning Coming Down
- Cinema Paradiso: The Main Theme
- Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train
- The Temptations and the Four Tops in a Motown Medley
- Sheku Kanneh-Mason Performs Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Arranged By Tom Hodge
- Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto
- Isaac Albéniz, Suite Iberia, Félix Ardanaz, piano
- Johannes Ockeghem: Ave Maria
- Cimarosa’s Oboe Concerto, François Leleux and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
- Eubie Blake in Berlin, 1972, Plays Charleston Rag
- John Eliot Gardiner Conducts Three Bach Cantatas: BWV 113, BWV 179 and BWV 199
- David Letterman: The First Show, Feb. 1, 1982
- Roy Eldridge, 1957
- Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: A Night In Tunisia (1958)
- T. Paige: Put The God Things First (sic.)
- Dick Cavett Interviews Janis Joplin, Gloria Swanson, Margot Kidder, Dave Meggyesy
Meaning no disrespect to former Commissioners in this county, when are we going to give new people the opportunity to serve on these committees?