Apr 102015
Feds Currently Investigating In-Custody Death of Charles Eimers

The Department of Justice sends word to CRB that they are currently investigating the Thanksgiving 2013 in-custody death of Charles Eimers. For all Blue Paper coverage on the Charles Eimers case click here. DID YOU LIKE THIS STORY?  SUPPORT THE BLUE PAPER Help us continue to bring you local investigative journalism…  Click on the image to make a donation [NOT tax deductible].

Apr 102015
Op/Ed: If No One is Accountable...

by JD Adler… Recently, it became headline news that Rolling Stone magazine’s expose about rape on a college campus was factually inaccurate in almost every way. It turns out Rolling Stone had and their reporter had made no efforts to confirm the “victim’s” story by talking to witnesses or the accused. In the end, the publisher decided not to fire anyone, saying that the humiliation of public exposure was punishment enough. This highlights a problem that exists throughout American culture; a complete lack of accountability [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:40 am Editorial, Issue #109, JD Adler 5 Responses »
Apr 102015
Good News

It certainly is refreshing to hear some good news from the world stage for a change. That good news being the promising preliminary agreement between the nations of Iran, the US and the European Union that would “end” Iran’s nuclear weapons manufacturing process. Of course the devil is in the details, but it certainly is looking good on paper and all the players are pleased with the agreement thus far. This complex and vexing issue of the balancing of a sovereign nation’s autonomy and its [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:35 am Alex Symington, Issue #109 14 Responses »
Apr 102015

by Jerome Grapel… Although I’ve written before about the “libertarian” concept, a recent discussion I had with a number of such adepts has propelled me into a need to respond more formally. Let’s begin with my theory as to how this trend found its traction on the American socio-political landscape. One of the few people working in our country’s legislative body who I have a genuine respect for is a black congressman from Georgia named John Lewis. We have just celebrated the 50th anniversary of [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:30 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #109 14 Responses »
Apr 102015
An Introspective Analysis & Thesis on Military Designations

by John Donnelly… Special Soldier Designations Are Often Insignificant–When Compared To Ground Warriors. Although this article is lengthy, I ask that you read it in its entirety before formulating an opinion. I’ve been troubled with how to best publish my thoughts. For clarity’s sake, I’ve presented my ideas on a continuum, consolidating them into an expression that I hope will be illuminating and informative. It’s not without many nightmarish moments, that my story comes to you.                   [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:25 am Issue #109, John Donnelly 35 Responses »
Apr 102015

by Ray Jason, The Gypsy Philosopher… It was one of those “University of Life” moments. I recognized once again that I had learned so little in school and yet so very much by simply listening to the messages that the world provides. There were three of them in the cayuco – an elderly woman and a grandson and grand-daughter. I had just given them some cookies as a little gift, when the woman asked me if I had a wife. When I said no, she [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:20 am Issue #109 2 Responses »
Apr 102015
Rich Become Richer- Tunatoons

by Richard (Tuna) Rohe… Millions of American workers have seen declines in their incomes and working longer hours for wages. Meanwhile the Rich want to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Postal Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency and even more cuts ….?    

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:15 am Cartoon, Issue #109 No Responses »
Apr 102015
Letter: Fracking in Florida

I’m an environmentally friendly guy. I do my best to recycle, not litter and live a light “footprint” in my world. But I find myself not always supporting every tree hugging cause out there. One of those causes, I thought, was fracking. Fracking is a short hand term for hydraulic fracturing, which is a process used to obtain oil or natural gas that otherwise would remain tightly held in the rock. Gosh, isn’t it a good thing to be able to retrieve oil  and gas to be [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #109, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Apr 102015
Brackenbury Named Poet Laureate of Key West

The Key West City Commission last night honored one of the city’s most respected writers by naming Rosalind Brackenbury as Key West Poet Laureate. Brackenbury came to Key West in 1992 after publishing her first poetry collection  — as well as her first novel – in the UK. When she came to the island city, she published “The Beautiful Routes of the West,” which celebrates her arrival in Key West. For 20 years she has learned from American poets while participating in the Key West [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #109, Public Notice, Special Events No Responses »
Apr 102015
Report: Millennials Experiencing Record Heat and Extreme Precipitation

Released by: Environment Florida Research and Policy Center… Report examines changes in climate over the last 40 years. On the heels of a fresh round of climate-related votes in the US Senate, and findings by scientists determining that the first two months of the year comprised the warmest such period on record, a new Environment America Research & Policy Center report examines changes in temperature, storm intensity, and sea level through the eyes of five different generations of Americans, from Baby Boomers to Millennials to Generation Z. [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #109, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 102015
Despite Senate Block, House Votes in Support of Discrimination

 In an ugly symbolic move, the Florida House on Thursday approved an Indiana-style discrimination bill that gives taxpayer-funded adoption agencies a “license to discriminate” against gay and lesbian couples looking to adopt. The 75-38 vote is symbolic because the Florida Senate overwhelmingly rejected a similar proposal just the day before, under the bipartisan leadership of former Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Destin. The Senate proposal came in the form of an amendment to a larger adoption bill that was already approved by House. The amendment’s failure [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #109, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 102015

The American Friends Service Committee of Miami and Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Miami, Monroe Ministries present informational sessions on the current status and application process for immigration initiatives including DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and TPS (Temporary Protected Status for Haitians).  Under these initiatives, individuals may be eligible to stay in the United States temporarily without fear of deportation and be considered for authorization to work in the United States for a [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #109, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 102015
Jerusalem Post Correspondent to Speak at B'nai Zion

Herb Keinon, diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, will speak at Congregation B’nai Zion at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, which is also Holocaust Remembrance Day. The program is free and open to the public. There will be a very brief commemorative service prior to the talk, according to Rabbi Shimon Dudai and Dr. John Kreinces, event coordinator. Keinon “has been at the Jerusalem Post for the last 20 years,” according to his bio. “During this time he has covered a wide variety of [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #109, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 102015
Law Enforcement Gets Lobster Killer

On October 18, 2014, Jorge Vargas was arrested by Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Guerra. Deputy Guerra noticed Mr. Vargas was in possession of over 267 wrung lobster tails. He was charged by the State Attorney Office with Harvest or Possession of Spiny Lobster without Spiny Lobster Endorsement, a felony, and eight misdemeanors: Possession of Crawfish Over Limit, Possession of a Wrung Tail, Possession of Undersize Crawfish, Harvesting Lobster at Night, Operating a Vessel with a Trap Puller Aboard, Commercial Harvest Without Saltwater Products License, [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #109, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 102015
Keys Cultural Arts Calendar April 9-16

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, April 9 thru Wednesday, April 15 ARTIST RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Friday Artist Demonstration by Rick Worth, 4 PM Key West Art Center, 301 Front St. 305-294-1241. keywestartcenter.com Daily Key West Art Garden 6th Annual Exhibit, 10 AM Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Stock Island. 305-296-1504. kwbgs.org CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS Life Drawing Workshops with Annamarie Giordano, 11 AM Tuesdays: San Carlos Institute; Thursdays: Florida Keys Community College. 609-884-3474 or airbales@aol.com The Studios of Key West [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #109, Music, Theater No Responses »
Apr 102015

The three winners of the Equality Florida Key West High School essay contest were announced at the 15th Annual Gala on Saturday, March 28 at The Gardens Hotel. The topic for the 2015 essay contest was “Tolerance into Acceptance: Embracing Diversity”. The first place winner Talia Santiago received $250 and a Kindle Fire. Second place winner Ashley Martin was awarded $150 and the third place winner Daniela Pena received $100. The cash prizes were donated by the Key West Gay and Lesbian Community Center and [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #109, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 102015
TSKW Accepting Poems for Robert Frost Contest

In honor of National Poetry Month, Monroe county students are encouraged to submit up to three poems each to the Robert Frost Poetry Contest for Children and Teens by April 30, 2015. Children aged 6-12 and teens aged 13-18 can mail or drop off poems at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street. Students may also email poems to poetry@tskw.org. Students should include their name, parent or guardian’s name, phone number and age with submissions. Poetry can be any length, based on any subject, and [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #109, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Apr 102015
Chorale celebrates 25 years Friday

The Keys Chorale will present its 25th anniversary concert Friday at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Theater on the Florida Keys Community College campus. Under the fresh, new direction of Professor Jim Cutty, this will be a concert like none other the Mixed Community Chorus class has presented—guaranteed. Would you believe snorkel gear and then a grand finale of Les Miz? A sparkling dessert reception will follow the concert, and tickets at $20 (less for students) are available on keystix.com or at the box [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #109, Music, Special Events No Responses »
Apr 102015
Dead Poets Speak at TSKW

Celebrating National Poetry Month, the Key West Poetry Guild and The Studios of Key West offer an evening for the love and sharing of poetry. On April 20 at 7 p.m. the guild takes the stage at 533 Eaton Street, presenting selected works spanning eight decades of poetry (1930s­2015) to honor nine of its deceased (or now absent but historically significant) guild members. The program, entitled “Dead Poets Speak,” features the works of Robert Frost, who initiated the back yard Sunday poetry salons at the [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #109, Public Notice, Special Events No Responses »
Apr 102015
Love Lane Gang- They're Just Plain Fun!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem! They will be playing regular gigs at McConnell’s Irish Pub Fridays at 8:30 PM, [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:05 am Issue #109, Music No Responses »
Apr 102015
150+ Songwriters Head to Southernmost Point for 20th Annual Festival

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is proud to highlight a diverse line up of more than 150 artists performing, May 6th through the 10th, in more than 40 live shows at the Key West Songwriters Festival presented by BMI, a leader in music rights management. As a sponsor of the 20th annual event, FRLA is thrilled to bring five days and nights of well-crafted songwriting to the idyllic island of Key West from Wednesday, May 6 through Sunday, May 10 in conjunction with [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:01 am Issue #109, Music, Special Events No Responses »