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Cannabis Freedom Riders Arrive in Key West

by JD Adler Cannabis Freedom Riders, USA On a cool, cloudy, January 16, I caught up with the Cannabis Freedom Riders, USA as they pulled into Boyd’s Camp Ground on Stock Island. This was not their first ride across Florida, or even America for that matter. They’ve crossed 24 states since 2006 promoting their mission, some multiple times; including Florida in support of the referendum on Amendment 2 in 2014. After the long bicycle ride from Tallahassee; Kenneth and Shirley Locke,…

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What is Normal Anyway?

by JD Adler Recently I was sitting in a local restaurant, with the editorial board of KWTN, when one of our breakfast neighbors suggested an article about how Key West culture has gone so far afield there is no sense of “normal” anymore. Then he went on to list a series of anecdotes that he found upsetting primarily because they were dismissed by people as, “that’s just Key West,” without consequence for their actions.

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CUBA’S SECRET SANTA

Man is not free to watch impassively the enslavement and dishonor of men, nor their struggles for liberty and honor. Jose Marti, Cuban Independence Revolutionary and Key West Poet by JD Adler The Pope, Obama and Castro are on the phone… In a surprise announcement Wednesday, December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama informed the world that at the urging of Pope Francis who “pursues the world as it should be, not as it is…” the US and Cuba have been negotiating directly for…

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CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD SHOWS ITS TEETH!

by Naja Girard… UNANIMOUS!  REQUEST FOR DOJ TO STEP IN ON EIMERS CASE / BOARD WILL PROBE DEEPER INTO TASING OF MATTHEW SHAUN MURPHY “Garbage in. Garbage out.” That’s how Tom Milone, Vice-Chairman of the Citizen Review Board [CRB], described the concept of the Board relying on  investigative reports furnished by KWPD, FDLE, and SAO [State Attorney’s Office] when it comes to local police brutality cases. The CRB voted unanimously on Wednesday night to make a formal request to the US Department of Justice to…

Clarification: The Challenge to Cudjoe Regional Shallow Injection Well Permit

by Caron Balkany… Concerning your Guest Editorial by Harry Powell: Thank you very much for your guest editorial in The Blue Paper about the problems with shallow sewage wells at Cudjoe Regional. I think it’s really important to make these issues public, so I appreciate very much the time you’ve spent to do that. But you’ve overlooked a very important fact. The two property owners groups you mentioned are not the only challengers to the shallow wells at Cudjoe Regional,…

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Friday, December 19 thru Wednesday, December 24 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS DANCE THURSDAY thru SUNDAY Nutcracker Key West 2014, 7:30 PM and 2 PM (SUNDAY) Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd. 295-7676. keystix.com

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Purple Heart Trail Designation Ceremony Held December 15, 2014

The following tribute was read aloud by John Donnelly during the Purple Heart Trail Dedication Ceremoney on December 15, 2014 at MM 106: We thank each of you for making time to attend this ceremony. We are honored by your presence… Sheriff Rick Ramsay and Capt. Don Fannelli have done a spectacular job in providing us with security, on such short notice. We are appreciative for all of the deputies assigned to this detail. Our State Representative Holly Raschien and her…

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8th Annual Gingerbread Making Party at The Oldest House, December 20th

On Saturday, December 20, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Old Island Restoration Foundation and Key West Collegiate Academy will host the eighth annual community gingerbread house making party in the garden of The Oldest House at 322 Duval Street in Key West. Kids of all ages are invited to attend this fun and free event. Each person attending is encouraged to bring edible items for house building and decorations, like gumdrops, candy canes or cookies to share….

Oakleigh Waits, son Cormac and dog Lennon enjoy quality time with Father Christmas at last year’s annual Pet Pictures with Santa.

Pet Pictures with Santa this Friday

This Friday, December 19, 5:30-8 pm, bring the critters and the kids for Pet Pictures with Santa, at the Historic Seaport Christmas tree at the foot of William Street. Sponsored by All Animal Clinic, a $20 (cash only) donation gets a professional high-resolution photo with Santa, plus goodies and treats including pet bandanas, dog treats, gift cards for free nail trims and candy for the kids. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Keys. Island 107 FM will…

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Internal Affairs: Officer Gets 5 Day Suspension For “Lying” About Killing Charles Eimers

by Naja and Arnaud Girard KWPD Chief Donie Lee published the department’s Internal Affairs review of Charles Eimers’ in-custody death on Monday. Officers were found to have acted professionally while using techniques that are proper for “actively resisting subjects.” “I thought denial was a river in Egypt. Now we learn it is an island at the end of U.S. 1.” [Citizen’s Voice, Key West Citizen, 12/10/2014] An unarmed man kneeling on the sand with his hands up, lays on his stomach…

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Officer Lovette’s Taser Recording Undergoes Enhanced Forensic Scrutiny / New Admissions Detected Regarding the Alleged Tasing of Charles Eimers

by Arnaud and Naja Girard… According to KWPD there was no Taser fired during the fatal arrest of Charles Eimers on Thanksgiving Day of last year. But after a few months of forensic clean-up and enhancement by the Eimers family’s legal team, Officer Lovette’s infamous taser recording speaks again and it’s not pretty: Officer Lovette:  “Listen. I tased a motherf***er in custody today. I don’t care. I already called my PBA rep.” Unknown person: “For what?” Officer Lovette:  [unintelligible] when you…

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Inside Sector Key West

USCG Sector Key West On a 70 degree, blue sky, December day in Key West, I found myself on the west end of the island, outside the guarded, metal gates of the United States Coast Guard Group, Sector Key West. A young, round male in wrinkled blues, held the gate house secure against the food delivery guy and me. On the nose of 1 PM, my escort arrived. Lt. j.g. Peter Bermont, the USCG’s spokesperson in Key West, and my…

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Guest Editorial: Cudjoe Regional Sewer Design / A Look Behind The Curtain

CUDJOE REGIONAL WASTEWATER SYSTEM, WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON? Here is another piece of the puzzle on how the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) came to be so very badly designed that those of us who are paying attention actually consider it to be an endangerment to our National Marine Sanctuary, and far from an improvement to existing treatment and disposal. The information herein was not easily obtained.

“Corruption Never Has Been Compulsory”

Robinson Jeffers’ short, prophetic poem, “Shine, Perishing Republic” is especially poignant if not palpable today. Readers can experience the unraveling of our 238-year old republic on TV, which didn’t exist 89 years ago when he published it. Talk about vision. Gonzo Journalist and activist Chris Hedges, America’s moral conscience today, recently chronicled the demolishment of our democracy: “Corporations have captured every major institution, including the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government, and deformed them to exclusively serve the demands…

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WILLIAM WELCH RECEIVES HONOR

Earlier this year, the Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund honored artist William Welch for his exceptional, continuing contribution to the arts community in the Florida Keys and presented William with the Miriam B. Good Award and a special palette to commemorate the occasion. Mr. Welch is a gifted water colorist and oil painter with international recognition. From miniature watercolor scenes of extreme fine detail to large and expressive oil murals and screens, his style evokes the…

Author and Key West Ghost Hunt proprietor David L. Sloan reads a passage from his latest work, "Robert the Doll," to its namesake, Robert, an antique doll and ward of the Key West Art & Historical Society, whom many believe to be haunted. Robert and his own stuffed pet, a lion named "Leo," reside at Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, where they receive visitors daily. Sloan's tribute to Robert is available in the Museum Store.

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Miami VA Leadership hosting Veteran Town Hall in Key West

Veterans and their family members are invited to a Miami VA Healthcare System Veteran Town Hall meeting designed to answer questions about VA services and solicit suggestions from Veterans. The Veteran Town Hall is scheduled for Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at The Harvey Government Center, BOCC Meeting Room, at 1200 Truman Avenue in Key West. This meeting is open to the public. Congressional staffs, Veteran Service Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and other community partners are encouraged to attend as well….

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OIRF Supports Maintaining Historic Sites

Old Island earns funds for grants to support preservation of Key West cultural history and maintain the Oldest House through their annual series of House Tours; the first of four monthly tours is scheduled for December 27th and 28th. The deadline for the next round of grants will be announced shortly. Information on the House Tours and the grant program will be found on www.oirf.org.

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