Mar 122018
Killing Cats in Key West

Click here to see the list of  “euthanasia outcomes” for KWSPCA shelters in Key West and Marathon in the past two years. Clarification regarding the 844 cases of “euthanasia”:  We thought we could equate the number of bona fide merciful euthanasia cases to the number of kills for “medical” reasons and “feline lukemia” however we realized that some of the animals put down by “owner request” could fall under the “medical” category and some of the cases categorized as “medical” may not rise to the [continue reading…]

Mar 032018
State Attorney Expands His Investigation of Gun Threats at HOB

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. A police officer at HOB Middle School has been put on paid leave for lying to the FBI. The disciplinary action follows an investigation by The Blue Paper into an alleged cover-up of gun threats at that school. The issue quickly turned into a local “media war”. The daily paper (the Citizen) faithfully reproduced the official version: that the HOB gun threats had been “thoroughly investigated”. The Blue Paper, challenging that version, was asking to see the Sheriff’s report that [continue reading…]

Mar 032018
Jury Finds Duval Street Shooter Guilty

Derek David, the man who pulled out a gun and fired multiple gunshots in the direction of Duval Street, striking three people, was convicted on nine felony charges on Thursday. A jury found David, a Lower Keys resident, guilty of felony attempted manslaughter, attempted aggravated assault, improper exhibition of a firearm, discharging a firearm in public, using guns under the influence and carrying a concealed weapon in an establishment that serves alcohol. David was partying in Key West on the night of March 21, 2016, [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2018  Posted by at 1:06 am News No Responses »
Mar 032018
City Leaders Enable FDOT Tragic Follies

by Rick Boettger……. Two weeks ago I wrote about the guy on a moped who got sent to Ryder Trauma Center for seven staples in his head (even with a helmet) after he was rear-ended and knocked 30 feet when he lawfully stopped at the killer crosswalk on North Roosevelt at the Kmart Plaza. My point was that the crosswalks transferred the danger from lawbreaking jaywalkers, who if they get hit it’s their own fault, to law-abiding citizens. With these dangerous crosswalks, the people in [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2018  Posted by at 1:04 am ~ Column ~, Issue #258, Rick Boettger No Responses »
Feb 242018
HOB Coverup: KWPD Chief Reportedly Furious...

HOB Coverup: KWPD Chief Reportedly Furious… Decides To… by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Confidential sources inside HOB (Key West’s Middle School) told The Blue Paper that a student was reported for having made very explicit death threats but that no action was taken. That student, they claimed, benefited from special protection, both from school administrators and from KWPD. The Blue Paper obtained a screen grab of an image showing the student pointing a gun at the camera; a caption read: “[I’m] gonna bust a cap [continue reading…]

Feb 242018
Stop the Presses! Donald Trump is RIGHT about the FBI, CIA, and State Department

by Rick Boettger……. Yes, they are all blitheringly incompetent: bureaucracies whose structure and leadership take the most talented individuals we have, 80+% of their employees, and sideline their work into a bureaucratic morass. I don’t write much on international issues any more, having more than my fill of local crimes to cover. But I have a great deal of personal and professional experience with such agencies that I have not seen discussed in other media, so, hooray, I still have the Blue Paper to share [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:46 am ~ Column ~, Rick Boettger 12 Responses »
Feb 242018
What Happens?

by Kirby Congdon……. A few years ago, when a poet introduced her poem with the advice, “This really happened,” I was not able to stop thinking about it. Did she mean that the poem was founded on real facts, grounded on verifiable experience like an existential newspaper? If so, did she mean all the rest of her work was based on imaginary suppositions? Was everything made up like a fairy tale, fiction, or some other kind of entertainment? This would be the stuff of the [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:40 am ~ Column ~, Issue #257, Kirby Congdon, News No Responses »
Feb 242018

Undying Love | A Key West Musical from Wonderdog Studios on Vimeo. BUY TICKETS: Writer Ben Harrison tells the true story of Count von Cosel and Elena Hoyos, and a passion that defied death. The richly reimagined, darkly humorous, true tale of the extreme lengths one man was willing to go for love. “Undying Love: A Key West Musical,” written by Ben Harrison, premiered February 14 at The Studios of Key West, and runs for a limited engagement of ten shows through March 3. It [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:39 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #251, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 242018
Author Barbara Ross is Guest Speaker at Friends of the Library Series March 12

Monday, March 12, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome Maine crime author Barbara Ross to the podium at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. Her talk begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first come, first served basis. Barbara Ross is the acclaimed author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries: Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, Iced Under, and Stowed Away. Doreen Sheridan at described the Maine Clambake Mysteries as “…the quintessential [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #257, News, Special Events No Responses »