Feb 192015
The FBI Will Record Charles Eimers’ Killing as “Justifiable” Because….

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D.* Tulane University Emerita…………. In just the first six weeks of 2015 US law enforcement has killed on average one civilian every eight hours, resulting in at least three deaths every day. These figures do not come from a US government data base because there is none, nor has there ever been one on these deaths. Vigilant citizen groups (killedbypolice.net) obtain statistics on law enforcement killings by tabulating national news and newspaper reports. Ironically, this is exactly how non-governmental organizations in [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:30 pm * Featured Story *, Issue #102 14 Responses »
Feb 192015
“It Ain’t Never Going To Happen”  / The Auditor General’s Annual Report and the School District’s Response

by Dr. Larry Murray… The annual Auditor General’s audit of the School District is now available for review on the District’s website. Specifically, it is attached to the agenda for the School Board’s workshop held on February 10, 2015. I urge everyone to read it. It is not particularly long, but it is very informative. For the last month or more, Board Chairman John Dick and Superintendent Mark Porter have been bragging about the “clean” audit. Until very recently, the community had little choice but to believe them [continue reading…]

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Feb 192015
Anonymous Tip Leads Police To Stash of Stolen Goods on Wisteria Island

Key West Police were back and forth all day Tuesday to Wisteria Island, retrieving tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods. With the help of an anonymous tip, Key West Police Detectives recovered stolen fishing gear, electronics, sails, coolers, grills, dive gear and more from the offshore island. The recovered property has been linked to several burglaries – including at least one burglary of an occupied structure – over the past several weeks. Many of the items were stolen from open boats. One [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:28 pm Issue #102, News No Responses »
Feb 192015
Good Morning Florida Keys With Jenna Stauffer Featuring Diana Nyad

25 million people worldwide rooted for Diana on September 2nd, 2013 as she approached the Florida shore, at long last achieving her 35-year-old dream of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. Diana is not one to quit. On her fifth attempt, speaking the words “Never Ever Give Up” to the wildly cheering crowd on a Key West beach on September 2, 2013, Diana may have been dazed and physically spent, but she showed the world what persistence and belief can manifest. [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:27 pm Issue #102, Water World 1 Response »
Feb 192015
Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

by John Gish… A cultural bomb is going off daily at the Regal Cinema here. The just released “Fifty Shades of Grey” will forever change the sexual mores of America.  It’s a provocative, erotic drama of a hot, young couple embarking on what is known as a consensual, dominant-submissive sexual relationship, which is nothing new to hip metrosexuals, who survived the 60’s and the AIDS pandemic. I would not recommend it to be viewed by teen-agers. The stars were thankfully unknown to me, lending an [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:26 pm Island Voices, Issue #102, John Gish, Theater 3 Responses »
Feb 192015
FOX Skews

by Alex Symington… Now wait just a minute! Let me get this straight… Brian Williams gets suspended from NBC for six months, without pay for telling tall tales about his exploits of daring while covering military actions that he never actually took part in? Really?! Why is Brian Williams being targeted? A little ego inflating canard and he is the devil incarnate, yet our friends at FOX lie on an hourly basis and have the audacity to call themselves “fair and balanced”! Why no hue [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:25 pm Alex Symington, Issue #102 31 Responses »
Feb 192015
Featured Artist:  Sarah Wolcott

Sarah Wolcott was born in Key West in 1997. She is a senior at Key West High School. Sarah enjoys making pieces that seem real but could never happen and specializes in landscape photography. She is inspired by images that demonstrate the same surrealistic effect as her own work. Her artwork is influenced by Tumblr and advice from other students. This year in art class Sarah learned how to manipulate photos using Photoshop. Her favorite thing about art class is the freedom she is given [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:24 pm Featured Artist, Issue #102 No Responses »
Feb 192015
Varela Announces Candidacy for City Commission

Long-time resident Fredy Varela, Sr. is proud to announce that he is officially entering the race for the Key West City Commission District 4 seat. Varela is a local family man, former restaurant owner and retired food sales representative, who has served his community in different capacities throughout his life. “Through my years of involvement, I’ve gained a lot of insight into city issues and have the organizational skills to unite our city to move forward. I feel that these skills qualify me, but the [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:23 pm Issue #102, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 192015
City  Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony

Mayor Craig Cates wants to invite the community to a groundbreaking ceremony at noon on Tuesday, February 24th at the new City Hall at the historic Glynn Archer School, 1302 White Street. The historic Glynn Archer School was transferred to the City in 2013. Over the past few months, the interior was removed while the historic auditorium murals were preserved. Now it’s time to begin work on building our new City Hall!

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:22 pm Issue #102 No Responses »
Feb 192015
An Immodest Proposal

  by Michael Alan… What do you think of when you think of Key West? Watching the sunset with a Margarita in hand, relaxing on the beach, fishing, snorkeling, dining, and shopping would be at the top of many people’s lists. Some of us enjoy watching the Conch Train go by, counting the cruise ships, and dodging scooters and runaway bicycles. We also test our imaginations by wondering what goes on inside the t-shirt shops and jewelry stores that line Duval Street. The list goes [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:21 pm Island Voices, Issue #102, Michael Alan 3 Responses »
Feb 192015
Herman and Rod

by Ronnie Sands… One morning while pulling weeds at the base of Garrison Bight Bridge, I observed two joggers running in opposite directions. One remarked to the other, “Two ships passing.” Immediately I was transported back to the South Bronx many years ago. . . . My cousin Herman was at my housing project apartment for a sleep-over. Except neither he or I could sleep, for in a few days we were to leave for Paris Island, South Carolina, and Marine Corps boot camp. We [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:20 pm Island Voices, Issue #102 3 Responses »