The Blue Paper continues its probe into immigration enforcement by Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies… Of interest from other sources:
by Arida Wright……. A few months ago I attended a Black Poetry Celebration hosted by the Key West Poetry Guild and after reading an original piece, they invited me to come to their monthly gathering* at the library and I finally did. Walking through the door I was pleasantly surprised to see my poetry teacher Ms. Flower Conroy who motioned me to sit by her.
by Thomas L. Knapp……. Writing in Reason magazine, Ronald Bailey asks (and tries to answer) a question you’ve probably been hearing a lot lately and may have silently asked yourself: “Are Robots Going to Steal Our Jobs?” Bailey takes an optimistic view. “[A]s we look ahead now to the end of the 21st century, we can’t predict what jobs workers will be doing, he writes. “But that’s no reason to assume those jobs won’t exist.”
by Thomas L. Knapp……. On June 16, a jury acquitted St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges in the 2016 killing of motorist Philando Castile. That acquittal was, in a sense, also a death sentence — not for Yanez, but for future motorists unfortunate enough to encounter cops like him. No, this is not a “bad cop” story. It’s a sad tale and I actually feel sorry for Yanez. But the facts are what they are. Yanez killed Castile. The killing [continue reading…]
by Thomas L. Knapp……. A spectre is haunting Earth — the spectre of freedom. All the powers of the existing order have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Drug Czar, Tillerson and May, European progressives and Chinese financial police. Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as anarchistic by its opponents in power? Where is the opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of anarchism, against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as [continue reading…]
A Summerland Key man was beaten by his ex-girlfriend, then cut with a knife by his roommate all over a complicated domestic dispute between four people in the early morning hours Thursday [June 22, 2017] at a home on Summerland Key. Deputies responded twice to a home on Airport Drive North. The first call, shortly after midnight, was a woman who was beating a man “to death”.
Join us for the 4th annual National Key Deer Refuge sponsored Ranger-Guided “Summer Nights Adventure Program”. Visitors and locals are welcome at these free, kid-friendly, nature-oriented walks and bike rides. Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center, (179 Key Deer Blvd in Winn Dixie Plaza, on Big Pine Key). Attendees are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear (that is ok to get wet), bring bug spray and a camera to capture the moments. For details, or information, contact Kristie Killam at 305-304-9625 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Come on out, [continue reading…]
FT. MYERS, Fla – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Colin L. Ansby, 25, of 225 NW 79th Terr., Margate, for one count each of scheme to defraud over $50,000, grand theft over $100,000, and grand theft between $20,000 and $100,000. Ansby is accused of being the recipient of the proceeds of an elaborate scheme to defraud victims in Florida and Pennsylvania. The scheme, known as a business email compromise, used compromised email accounts to convince the victims to wire transfer money which they [continue reading…]
by Kim Pederson……. I would have to discover this advice right after posting about getting back to work on my novel ZAD. Can I take it back? No. What advice you ask (or might ask)? Euny Hong’s Quartz post titled “Want to Write a Book? Stop Talking about It. Entirely.” In it, she leads off with this Korean saying that her mom cited often: “You have nothing to fear from someone who threatens that he is going to kill you tomorrow.” Then she explains: The [continue reading…]
School Operator, Who Received Over $57 Million In Public Funds, Charged With Racketeering & Fraud Florida Legislature Diverts Millions To For-Profits, But Fails To Hold Them Accountable TALLAHASSEE – On Monday, a school operator who managed 15 schools across six Florida counties was charged with racketeering and fraud “in what prosecutors said was a scheme to steer public education money his way using huge markups, bogus invoices and a web of related corporations.” Over the past decade, the operator received over $57 million in public funds and used over [continue reading…]
Two Horses and a Mule Died of Dehydration in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves Forest Washington, DC — An attempt to criminally prosecute U.S. Forest Service employees for acts of cruelty to animals resulting in the death of two horses and a mule has been dropped, according to court records posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The dismissals followed an assertion of federal sovereign immunity in order to block prosecution in state court. More than most federal agencies, the U.S. Forest Service uses horses and [continue reading…]
Sheriff’s detectives arrested four people on drug charges. 29 year old Travis Adamson of Big Pine Key was arrested Wednesday afternoon on Big Pine Key for sale of Oxycodone and Clonazepam. When he was arrested, Adamson was found to be in possession of more Oxycodone. There was also an active warrant for his arrest on drug charges from a previous undercover drug purchase made on June 13th on Big Pine Key. 29 year old Jerome Durham of Big Pine Key was arrested on outstanding [continue reading…]
As the boating and fishing season picks up in the Florida Keys, the Sheriff’s Office has started to see more marine related thefts throughout the county. Just a reminder to everyone to take precautions. Most boat, motor, fishing and diving equipment thefts can be easily prevented with minimum effort on your part. On Friday, the property manager of Lion’s Lair trailer park on Grassy Key reported a boat motor missing from a 2016 20 foot long Robaldo boat at the trailer park. The motor, a [continue reading…]
KEY LARGO, FL – At the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners meeting Wednesday in Key Largo, Mayor George Neugent praised the work that was done on behalf of Monroe County by Rep. Holly Raschein, Sen. Anitere Flores and the County’s entire legislative team during the 2017 State Legislative Session in Tallahassee. Monroe County Director of Legislative Affairs Lisa Tennyson said most of the County’s state legislative priorities were successful this year. Monroe County received an appropriation of $13.3 million through the Florida Keys Stewardship [continue reading…]
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, selected Chris Oliver as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Oliver assumes his new position this week. As assistant administrator, Oliver will oversee the federal agency responsible for recreational and commercial fisheries that contribute more than $200 billion to the nation’s economy and support nearly two million jobs. In addition to managing productive and sustainable domestic fisheries, including some aspects of marine aquaculture, the agency works to recover and conserve protected resources such as whales, [continue reading…]
The Key West Literary Seminar is currently accepting applications for three Emerging Writer Awards, which recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers. Poets and writers who have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017. The Marianne Russo Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award are each tailored to a particular literary form: the Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers [continue reading…]
This week the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office remembers a Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty seven years ago in a traffic accident. On June 22, 2010 Deputy Melissa “Missy” Powers was killed in a traffic accident in Key Largo as she was responding to assist a fellow officer. Deputy Powers was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2006 as a road patrol deputy. She previously worked for the Florida Department of Corrections.
MONROE COUNTY, Fla. — Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the Florida Council for the Social Studies (FCSS) Elementary Teacher of the Year for Monroe County, Anne Osborne from Plantation Key School and the Secondary Teacher of the Year, Nora Laubenstein, from Key West High School. Ms. Osborne and Mrs. Laubenstein were selected because of their ability to foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, the student teacher relationships they have built, their professionalism, and their outstanding teaching methods. Ms. Osborne teaches [continue reading…]
Judy Hadley of Key West, Florida, has won a walk-on cameo appearance in bestselling author Meg Muldoon’s next novel, “Meltdown in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery Book,” which is due out this August. Muldoon, author of more than a dozen “cozy” mystery titles and a run-away success story in the self-publishing world, was a featured panelist at the recent Mystery Fest Key West. The “character placement” contest was an early registration promotion for the fest, which took place June 16-18 at the DoubleTree Resort [continue reading…]
Summer Jam Wesley House Family Services is partnering once again with Sunset Grille to host the 8th Annual Summer Jam on July 29th from 6:00PM – 9:00PM. This family-friendly, island pool party will be emceed by the fabulous Leigha Fox of US 1 Radio, entertainment by the amazing band I-Land Vibe, the Top Caribbean Band in South Florida, enjoy some delicious food and drink specials, fun games, and you can relax and keep cool in the beautiful pool. For more information contact Claire at 305-809-5000 [continue reading…]