Jul 022015
 
Mysterious Hostage Standoff on Duval:  A Hoax

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Developing story… A hoax… Key West police shut down the 800 block of Duval Street at about 7 p.m. last night amid reports of a “possibly armed person” having barricaded himself inside a bed and breakfast. According to police spokesperson, Alyson Crean, a man had called police claiming he had knifed a woman in [more…]

Jun 302015
 
Uber Fires Back...

This just in from spokesperson, Bill Gibbons, on behalf of Uber in response to KWPD’s announcement today that Uber drivers in Key West that don’t possess a vehicle-for-hire license will be arrested beginning tomorrow, July 1, 2015: “It is unconscionable that the city would seek to limit safe, reliable transportation ahead of one of the deadliest weekends [more…]

Jun 302015
 
A Message From KWPD to Uber Drivers

“Key West has an ordinance that prohibits independent Uber drivers. Beginning July 1, drivers for Uber/Lyft may find themselves under arrest if they continue to drive passengers without a City vehicle-for-hire license. For several months, the City has attempted to inform the community that it provides only 56 such licenses, all of which have been [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Trooper Out of Control

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… OIG Investigation Report just in… In February we reported on the shocking tasing of an older gentleman by a state trooper on US 1 near the 18-mile stretch. Before a bystander’s cell phone video was made public, the trooper, Eloy Arias, had written in his incident report that he had [more…]

Jun 262015
 
The Long Poem

by Kirby Congdon…. We have a tradition of the long poem as an historical account in ancient history on through to the contemporary meditative reflection. A cousin of mine, around 1944, could recite Hiawatha (1855) by Longfellow. Few people outside of the schools have even read any long poem today. As a nation we tend [more…]

Jun 122015
 
FDLE Special Agent and Ex-Husband former KWPD Captain Saved By Statute of Limitations

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…… A long awaited investigative report on a scandal that greatly tarnished both FDLE’s and KWPD’s image in the community is finally complete. FDLE Special Agent Kathy Smith and her ex-husband, former KWPD Captain Scott Smith, could have been prosecuted for the criminal acts of perjury and mortgage fraud in connection [more…]

Jun 122015
 
Goal Posts

by Alex Symington……. An informal tally of pro and con responses to my essay in last weeks Blue Paper on Bernie Sanders was about 50/50, but the content of the pro and con responses was telling in and of itself. The pro Bernie responses were well written expressions of varying concurrences with the essay and [more…]

Jun 122015
 
Good Morning Florida Keys With Jenna Stauffer Featuring Mystery Writers Key West Fest

World-class mystery writers and acclaimed storytellers will be gathering in Key West to reveal their sleuthing savvy and whodunit know-how during the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for August 14-16, 2015 Mystery Writers Key West Fest stars international bestselling suspense-thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, author of the wildly popular”Lincoln Rhyme” book series, the [more…]

Jun 052015
 
Apartment Hunting in Key West Can Be Full of Surprises...

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..   Nina and Naomi Newton go apartment hunting with mom in Old Town Key West. What they find keeps them laughing for days….    

Jun 052015
 
Environmental Groups Send Reps to Washington to Probe FDA About GM Mosquito Release

A representative from the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition traveled to Washington D.C. last week to meet with the FDA to convey local concerns about the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District’s plans to release genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in the Keys. The mosquitoes are being bred by British company Oxitec. Barry Wray, executive director of FKEC, [more…]

Jun 052015
 
Jenna Stauffer and Good Morning Florida Keys Featuring Kids Wish Network

Cameron Bonney was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells. She immediately started chemotherapy treatment. After seven rounds of the harrowing treatment and two bone marrow transplants, Cameron still faced more issues. In June 2010, Cameron’s body rejected her second bone marrow transplant, and she was diagnosed with chronic scleradormatous. This [more…]

May 292015
 
Photo Documentary: Key West Marches Against Monsanto

by Terri Brentnall………………. Terri Brentnall came to Key West from Germany with her husband George in mid-2004 and opened her freelance photography business. Over the intervening years, she refined her unique perspective of island life and developed her photojournalism skills. Terri, who is a member of Professional Photographers of America, has been the recipient of the [more…]

May 292015
 
Fear and Loathing

by Alex Symington…………… Last week in Key West the Newspaper [The Blue Paper], I wrote about the quiet coup of corporate co-option of our government and listed the glaring evidence to that truth. Towards the conclusion of the essay I had used the word “revolt” in, what I thought, was contextually appropriate. I submitted the [more…]

May 292015
 
Writers Contest and Award to Honor Late Author Jeremiah Healy

The inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award – “The Jerry” – will be presented at the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, August 14-16 in Key West, Florida. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Writers Key West Fest registration, hotel accommodations for two nights, and a captivating [more…]

May 222015
 
Dinner Party

By Alex Symington…. I went to a dinner party at an old friend’s house this week held in honor of some other old friends that had left Key West ten years ago and returned for a visit. I would describe those in attendance as a lively liberal minded, educated people from different countries, backgrounds, sexual [more…]

May 222015
 
Local Musician Releases Keys Inspired CD

Composer / arranger/ songwriter and Grammy member Glenn Finnan currently divides his time between the Philadelphia area and Key West, with the hopes of soon calling Key West his permanent home. Glenn first came to Key West in 2012 to play clarinet with the South Florida Symphony. He fell in love with the city at [more…]

May 222015
 
Guest Column: Key West Photojournalist in Haiti, Part 4

by Jeane LaRance… I ended my last column talking about how I would teach documentary photography to the young people in LaVallée, so they could visually document their culture for future generations. Till then, the only information I had about Haitian culture was what other people told me, or what outsiders wrote. I couldn’t build [more…]

May 222015
 
March Against Monsanto, Marathon, Key West, and Worldwide, Saturday

WORLDWIDE – On May 23, 2015, hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals will gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company as a part of the March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. This movement seeks to raise awareness to the dangers surrounding Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked [more…]

May 222015
 
Public Invited to Grand Opening of Simonton St. Fire Station #2

The Key West Fire Department wants to invite the community for the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new Station #2 at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28th at 616 Simonton Street. Chief David Fraga, city and state officials will be taking this opportunity to thank everyone who made this new station a reality. Following the ceremony, [more…]

May 222015
 
Confusion Over Student Final Grades

The Florida Department of Education announced Monday that the delay caused by the required validation study of the new Florida Standards Assessments end-of-course tests (FSA EOCs) in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II effectively releases districts from the requirement that these scores constitute 30 percent of the course grade for students in these classes. This [more…]