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Lights, Camera, Snatch! Press Release from KWPD: A missing front light on a bike resulted in the arrest of a man suspected of several purse snatchings. Michael Joseph Soraghan, Jr., 45, was apprehended during a traffic stop when an officer saw him riding with no light. The officer immediately recognized the suspect from a surveillance video that was taken during a purse snatching just hours earlier. Soraghan resides at the Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter. There were two purses snatched last night, the most recent in [continue reading…]
by JD Adler Spend 5 minutes in Key West and you will learn that there are significant economic issues plaguing the community. A handful of people own most of the businesses and/or property while the workforce struggles to find housing they can afford. This is an issue continuously debated, with little progress made. In fact the situation appears to grow worse over time. Recently, members of the local government have begun to take a more active role in attempting to alter the situation. They voted [continue reading…]
by Rick Boettger… What are America’s corporations doing with their record profits, and why are their stock prices rising? The same answer to both: they are using their money to buy themselves. That is, they use their record profits and cash reserves to buy back shares of their own stock on the open market. Instead of giving their employees raises, building new factories, researching new products, or even paying dividends to their shareholders, they are taking back the shares of stock they issued in the [continue reading…]
by Jerome Grapel This is part of a series of essays that were written in Spain last summer, when a totally unknown political entity called “Podemos” (we can) broke onto the political landscape, catching all the “literati” by surprise in the wake of the 2014 European Parliamentary elections. In less than a year, they have begun to outpoll the 2 traditional centrist parties in the country. They are the offspring of Spain’s version of the Occupy Movement, “Los Indignados”. Their leftist politics have [continue reading…]
Nastasia Ogorodnyaya is a senior at Key West High School. She moved to Key West from Ukraine this year. An extremely talented artist; she loves to paint using oils and watercolors. Influenced by her imagination and feelings, Nastasia’s works are expressionistic, utilizing color to show mood. Nastasia’s goal is to eventually become a self-sufficient artist.
Kathy: Congratulations! I understand that Thursday, February 26, 2015 will be the 5th anniversary of your suit against the Monroe County School District for wrongful termination. For many, it is a timely reminder of what you did and the importance thereof. For others, it is an opportunity to inform the new and uninitiated about the significance of standing up for what you believe. They say that justice delayed is justice denied and a good argument can be made for that. Fortunately for you, you engaged [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly Explosively erupting from head and face wounds, the blood created a slick surface upon the instruments delivering the blows. A mixture of cascading flesh particles and fluid descended onto the concrete floor. A slick red glaze pooled within the area of contact, destabilizing the movement of these assailants. Scurrying about, the frenzied aggressors struggled to secure a stationary position from which they could strike their target. Manically jostling with one another to get their licks in, they would not be denied an [continue reading…]
by Michael Alan It has long been rumored that Rasputin, who was notoriously difficult to kill, never died. Just when we hadn’t heard from him for a while, Rasputin appeared in Key West. The story is confusing and complicated so I will try to break it down for you.The first thing you need to know is that Rasputin is now a dog… a French Canadian world-class German pointer dog. Should we be concerned? I will let you be the judge. “Why is he not in [continue reading…]
Florida’s Biggest Polluters Spending 13.8 Million to Pollute Politics St. Petersburg, FL – The owner of Buckeye Florida LP spent $13,800,000 on lobbying in a single year, according to a new report by Environment Florida. The enormous spending came after Buckeye Florida LP dumped 264,460 pounds of toxic chemicals into Florida’s waterways in 2012. Environment Florida released its “Polluting Politics” report shortly after the introduction of a House bill to block the EPA’s clean water rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of [continue reading…]
2/23/15 – Key West, FL The Libertarian Party of the Florida Keys is pleased to announce that on Thursday, February 12th the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections accepted paperwork recognizing the group as an official political Committee. The LPFK will now be able to accept monetary contributions. Chairman Mike Kane adds: As government continues to grow exponentially, the Libertarian Party is working hard to stop it. The Party is the only one that advocates for fully eliminating the failed war on drugs (and innocent people), [continue reading…]
Thursday, February 19 thru Wednesday, February 25 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Thursday Walk on White Gallery Walk, 6 PM Exhibitions & receptions at galleries & shops along White Street. Artists @ the Armory Second Floor Gallery: Valentines, 6 PM Historic Armory, 600 White St. facebook.com/keywestarmoryartists Artists include Judi Bradford, Christie Sauer Fifer, Mark Hedden, Pam Hobbs, Michael Marrero, Lauren P. McAloon, Claire Perrault, Michael J. Phillips, Marky Pierson, [continue reading…]
Surviving Wind and Flood (Insurance in Monroe County) – FIRM Annual Meeting on March 3 On March 3, learn what you can do to hold down insurance rates for windstorm and flood insurance coverage in Monroe County. Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) concludes its series of annual meetings across the county in Key West from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at BOCC Chambers, Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue, in Key West. Topics for the interactive session will include legislative agendas regarding Citizens Property Insurance [continue reading…]
The ninth annual Woman’s Hope Concert on March 13 at 8 PM at the Tennessee Williams Cabaret Theatre stars a who’s who of New York and Key West performers, and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys. Special guest Susan Speidel and soprano Marie Putko will join an all-star Key West cast that includes Kim Gordon, Bruce Moore, Melody Cooper, Traci Reynolds, Maj Johnson, Adrienne Zolondick, Dora Gholson and Dave Bootle. This big, polished musical variety show produced by the [continue reading…]
Love. Loss. Inspiration. Isolation. Awakenings. Tennessee Williams’ relationship with his delicate and troubled sister inspired many of the characters in his award-winning plays. Tennessee’s Rose, a staged reading is presented for one night only at The Studios of Key West, 8pm, Sunday, March 15. Tennessee’s Rose draws from the plays, poetry, short stories, and interviews of Key West’s own Tennessee Williams. Developed and directed by Rebecca Tomlinson. Featuring Mark Watson, Connie Hurst, Susannah Wells, and Neal Ruchman. Production presented by the Tennessee Williams Exhibit for [continue reading…]
February 24, 2015. Key West, FL. Key West Art & Historical Society puts members in “lighthouse” spotlight with celebration and membership drive The Key West Art & Historical Society pays tribute to its members on Sunday, March 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm with a “March Madness n’ Merrymaking” membership drive and celebration. Raffle packages, discounted membership fees, great food and drinks and live music by Homemade Wine Band, who have a jam-infused southern rock sound— all at Key West’s iconic Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters. Members and [continue reading…]
Chief Donie Lee swore in two new Key West Police officers this week. Chris Rhinhart (left) has over 10 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, including time with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Blanco (right) is new to police work, but not to helping out in the community. He has a Bachelor’s degree in exceptional student education and has worked tirelessly with the youth of his home town of Medley, Florida.
Brooklyn-based chamber music ensemble PROJECT Trio will perform its unique “genre-bending” program at San Carlos Institute, Sunday, March 8, 4:00 pm as part of the highly distinguished Impromptu Classical Concerts’ 43rd season. Audience advisory: Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be an exciting ride. PROJECT Trio is a passionate, high energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers – Peter Seymour, double bass, Greg Pattillo, flute and Eric Stephensen, cello. Blending their classical training with a wide-ranging taste in musical styles, the Trio [continue reading…]
In 1999, The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons said, “Commanding a masterful style, (Kevin) Kallaugher stands among the premier caricaturists of the (twentieth) century.” On Sunday, March 1 at 6pm, Kallaugher presents a free talk about his life and work at the Historic Armory, 600 White Street. Doors open at 5:30pm, seating is limited. Kallaugher, editorial cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun, has created work for more than 100 publications worldwide, including Le Monde, The New York Times, and Newsweek. His portfolio includes 4000+ published cartoons, 5 retrospective collections, 140 magazine covers – even his [continue reading…]
Library Friends Lecture at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Writer Edward Hower is next speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, March 2, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Hower will discuss and read from his newest book, What Can You Do: Personal Essays and Travel Writing, including an essay about teaching writing to prison inmates. Author of eight novels and two collections of stories, Hower [continue reading…]
Key West, FL – The Key West Fest Friends who have been meeting regularly since October 30th in reference to the evolution of Fantasy Fest announce that the Tourist Development Association (TDA) will be presenting to the City Commissioners on March 3, 2015 and would like to invite the community to attend. Many in the community have been upset with the way the Festival has been promoted and would like to see change. Kate Miano, owner of the Gardens Hotel and former queen of Fantasy [continue reading…]