The Blue Paper

Issue #79 – Friday, September 12, 2014                                        [back issues] [cartoons]

BODY CAMERAS FOR COPS?

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Apparently, enough is enough. Use of  excessive force by police officers, that is– real or imagined. More and more police departments across the nation are equipping officers with body cameras that can record both audio and video. The increasing use of this new technology has two goals: (1) Help try to catch cops who might use excessive force during arrests and other interactions with citizens; and (2) To try to protect cops from false allegations by citizens.

Just last week, the New York City Police Department unveiled new body cameras that officers will wear as part of a pilot program to test the technology. One of the cameras being tested is about the size of a pack of cigarettes and weighs 3 ounces. Another camera being tested looks like a small microphone and can be worn on a collar, a baseball cap or helmet or even on the frame of a pair of glasses. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said that he expects the cameras will help to reveal the truth in “he-said-she-said” situations. [...full article]

Finally, A Key West Homeless Forum With Substance

Thursday, 9/11, brought a link to the above video of the recent homeless forum from Father Steve Braddock. [...full article]

Impeding Traffic on the Boulevard
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Poster – St. Augustine

It’s official: it is legal, and in fact encouraged, for bikes, and only bikes, to impede traffic on highways. While it is illegal for motorized vehicles and pedestrians to impede the flow of traffic, and they can be ticketed, bikes are encouraged to use the car lanes even if they  impede the flow of traffic. Their slowing down cars is now considered a good thing. [...full article]

In Monroe County, Change Is A Dirty Word

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[Note from the editor:  In case you missed Dr. Murray's article last week [which was inadvertently posted late last Friday - my bad] … here it is again… No one pays attention to School District affairs like Dr. Murray…]

Change is a dirty word in Monroe County.  In last week’s election, every incumbent save one was returned to office.  And the incumbent turned out was a judge in the midst of a tawdry personal scandal who still managed to appeal to nearly 4,000 voters or 23% of the electorate.  The only new face to win was in the District 1 School Board race where Bobby “King Conch” Highsmith bested outspoken reformer Stu Kessler and incipient change agent Warren Leamard in a battle for an open seat. [...full article]

Life and Death

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Recently I read with fascination an article on simple life forms that can survive the harsh environment of space. British scientists are claiming that they discovered single cell algae, Diatoms, living sixteen miles above the Earth. They were discovered when specialized balloons were sent up to collect data on the Perseid meteor shower. Some of the scientists believe these Diatoms are of Earth origins and somehow managed to reach the stratosphere by air currents sweeping over the ocean and rising, but others are positing it may be our first encounter with alien life, further hypothesizing these “aliens” might explain how life started here. Did comets laden with super resilient single cell organisms travel countless light years to slam into our planet and seed it with our far distant ancestors?

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The Hurrier I Go…
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“Oh dear I’m behinder again!”

The White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was not a master of time management despite looking at his pocket watch every three seconds or so. I suspect part of the reason he was always late was his OCD impulse to check the time and confirm that, yes, he indeed was late.

Whoever said something like “a plague on all your houses” must have been cursing humanity with time because, when you take time to think about it, it is indeed a sort of curse upon us. (Well, to be honest, no one ever said “a plague on all your houses.” Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet says “a plague on both your houses” after he’s mortally wounded. And I’m sure he was wanting to have more time at the moment rather than laying a big whammy on the world.) [...full article]

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART SEVEN: LAWRENCE THE LOBSTER

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART SEVEN of Island of Bones Series…  Lawrence The Lobster [...full article]

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MUSIC FINE-TUNES YOUNG BRAINS
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WHAT: Brain-developing music classes for newborns to 7-year-olds
WHERE: Behind 404 Duval St., in St. Paul’s Rectory
WHEN: Fall term starts Sept. 23
COST: $ 185 for 10 weeks includes materials
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Fine-tune your child’s brain for success by enrolling in Music Together in the Keys classes, which start Sept. 23.

The innovative music program for babies through 7-year-olds teaches sophisticated music concepts under the guise of fun. The colorful, playful, non-competitive experience also wires young brains for overall success. [...full article]

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Phil Goodman named to Top Environmental Post in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, D7

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Phil Goodman of Cudjoe Key, a member of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary in Key West, was recently appointed Staff Officer responsible for all Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Activities in District 7 (D7).  Headquartered in Miami, D7 encompasses The Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and most of Georgia and Florida, including the Florida Keys.  Environmental Protection of our waterways is a rapidly expanding mission of the USCG and Auxiliary. [...full article]

OIRF Contributes To Commemorative Statue

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Kelly Friend, board president of Old Island Restoration Fondation presented $ 500 to the Bishop Kee statue fund. Bruce Neff of Historic Markers Inc., accepted the donation. The statue, created by local artist Tom Joris, is scheduled to be unveiled in March of 2015 at the Southernmost Point.

OIRF grant monies for preserving Key West history are generated by the organization’s “House Tours”, an annual fund-raiser since 1960.  For more information, visit oirf.org.

FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

 

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

All Candidate Events:

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Monroe County Same Sex Couple Requests Case to be Moved to Florida Supreme Court

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SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, formerly SAVE Dade) and State Representative David Richardson will help host Upper Keys MEET & GREET Fundraiser Announced In ISLAMORADA Florida

This Meet & Greet fundraising event will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday September 15th 2014.

SAVE and Representative David Richardson invite you and the Upper Keys and South Florida public to join Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones and the Legal team of Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Farinas in attending the SAVE & LoveisloveKW Upper Keys Meet & Greet fundraiser at the S.A.L.T. Fusion Cuisine & Cana Lounge, 82779 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada Fl. 33036.

“I’m proud to lend SAVE’s support to Aaron and Lee’s fight for their marriage,” said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “By standing together with them, I am confident we can help notch yet another win in court for marriage equality in Florida.”

Funds are needed to defray legal costs. The attorneys filed a Motion in the Third District Court of appeal to move the case directly to the Florida State Supreme Court on behalf of Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones.  This motion, if granted, will move the case quickly to the Florida Supreme Court, and will decide this issue of marriage equality for all Floridians, not just those in Monroe County.

Fundraisers are being planned countywide in anticipation of a vigorous appeal and challenges from the State and other anti-LGBT groups.

Mangia Mangia To Donate 25% Of Total Sales To Habitat For Humanity

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WHAT:             Mangia Mangia donates 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-    out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys 

WHEN:            Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm,

WHERE:          Mangia Mangia 900 Southard Street in Key West

Mangia Mangia and Habitat for Humanity – food and shelter – two necessities of life!  Mark your calendar and make your reservations! In honor of their 25th Anniversary Mangia Mangia, 900 Southard St. in Key West, is donating 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys on Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30 pm -10:00 pm.

Habitat staff and board members will be present to answer any questions you might have about our mission and programs.

This will also be the first opportunity to donate for a chance to win a newly painted bike by local renowned artist Rick Worth!

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Mangia Mangia pasta cafeFor more information, make reservations or call in your take-out order contact

Mangia Mangia (305) 294-2469

www.mangia-mangia.com

 

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Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower FL Keys 

(305) 294-9006

www.habitatlowerkeys.org

 

facebook.com/habitatkeywest

Special Offer on Marlins Tickets!

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Join Reef Relief for the September 21st Shoreline Clean-up
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Past Clean-Up: Reef Relief, The Lost bus, and a group of local students teamed up and collected 600 lbs of marine debris from the mangroves off Key West

LOCAL ACTION TO CREATE GLOBAL CHANGE

Reef Relief will be celebrating International Coastal Cleanup with a community shoreline cleanup on Sunday, September 21, 2014. We invite locals and visitors interested in protecting our ocean and wildlife to this weekend event.

Meet us at the Lazy Dog kayak stand located at Hurricane Hole Marina, look for the Reef Relief sign. The event will start at 10:00 am and finish up at 1:00pm. Thanks to Lazy Dog for generously providing kayaks.

To attend or for directions contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100, reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystems. Find out more at http://reefrelief.org [...full article]