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Muslims taking over Sweden

by Louis Petrone.

Sweden is a Scandinavian country in northern Europe. Its capital and largest city is Stockholm. Until recent years, Sweden was considered one of the best run governments in the world. Not any longer. Muslim immigration in recent years has dramatically altered the Sweden of yesterday.

Sweden has always opened its doors to everyone. Especially the oppressed. It is the nature of the Swedish people. Continue reading

Portrait of Homelessness: Mariella Pascal

Portrait of Homelessness


Mariella Pascal, 42

After being born to a 12-year-old mother who almost died during childbirth and a middle aged father, Mariella Pascal was sent from France to live in the United States  with grandparents in New York.

Homelessness began at the age of 5 when mental illness which became Schizophrenia later in life, caused her grandparents to rejected her.  Continue reading

Two arrested in connection with rod and reel thefts

Two arrested in connection with rod and reel thefts

A Big Pine Key man, Joshua Causey, 32, and a Cudjoe Key man, John Farley, 33, have been arrested in connection with recent rod and reel thefts in the Lower Keys.

At 6 a.m., Sunday, April 13, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Farley’s home on Cudjoe Key. Farley said he’d just seen someone take rods and reels from underneath his home on Cutlass Drive. He gave dispatchers a description of the car the man fled in, along with a license tag number. Just minutes later, the car was stopped by Deputy Linda Kohout. The driver was identified as Causey. In the car, deputies found 11 rod and reel combinations, along with a radio controlled boat motor. Continue reading

One night in Bangkok


One night in Bangkok


I stayed only one night at the brothel in Bangkok.

For a white girl traveling alone, the safest place is a brothel. Sure it’s full of ‘Business’ men with paunches and sunburned noses, and desires. But they were hunting for exotica and thus I remained invisible. This was in 1981 when I was still searching for the meaning of life (which I would much later find in Key West, Florida). Continue reading

Not-for-profit companies try to benefit public


Not-for-profit companies try to benefit public


What is the difference between a profit corporation and a not for profit corporation? This seems obvious, but many do not truly understand the difference.

Most companies are organized “for profit.” This means that the corporation’s purpose is to have its income exceed its liabilities so that ultimately the shareholders will see a benefit either through dividend payments or through increased value of their stock shares. With a not for profit corporation, the goal may still be to have income exceed expenses, however, the ultimate purpose is for the excess to be used for some public benefit, not to benefit shareholders. In fact, a not for profit corporation does not have shareholders. Instead they have members. These members cannot receive dividends and have no ownership interest in the corporation or its assets. Continue reading

An endearing, compelling ‘Souvenir’

An endearing, compelling ‘Souvenir’

Review by C.S. GILBERT

Finally got to see Souvenir at the Waterfront and am delighted that I did. This is a little sleeper of a show and I’m surprised it hasn’t garnered more press that it has; there are only two days, Friday and Saturday, left in the run and, as a friend in the audience said, “Everyone should see it.”

The word on the street was also “See it!” but the recommendation didn’t come with caveats. It should have.

This “fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins,” a wealthy woman in the first half of the 20th century who paid – and probably also earned – her way to a recital in Carnegie Hall, requires an audience with its share of true grit. Continue reading

Part III: Conch Republic’s Sir Peter Anderson

Part III: Conch Republic’s Sir Peter Anderson

Rebuilding the Conch Republic

Peter Anderson: My Life As told to Mark Howell

(An early, unedited version of Part III, through a copy editor’s error, appeared in the April 17-23 issue of Konk Life. This is the correct Part III — with apologizes to Sir Peter Anderson from Konk Life. This correct Part III will also appear in the April 24-30 Konk Life.)

I arrived in Key West from New York, driving a 1972 Cadillac El Dorado with red leather seats, my radial arm saw packed into the back seat, and $2,000 in my pocket.

The first thing I saw was the sunset celebration, with its buskers, lovely ambiance and sunset itself. Continue reading

Rebranding the old Pink Triangle:

Rebranding the old Pink Triangle:

Introducing the ‘Heart of Duval’


Upper Duval has over the past several years earned the sobriquet of the classier, arty section of the street; lower Duval somewhat defiantly clings to the drink till you barf and girls-girls-girls designation.

But what of the blocks in between?

The area of central Duval that has generally been considered the Pink Triangle because of the presence of gay venues Aqua, Bourbon Street and the 801 is currently in for a marketing makeover. Continue reading

New Ambassadors grill commissioners:

PHOTO/Alyson Crean

During a moment of levity during the roundtable are, from left, Commissioners Weekley, Johnson and Rossi, Mayor Cates, and Commissioner Wardlow.


New Ambassadors grill commissioners:

covering the waterfront and everything else



The penultimate meeting of the Key West Ambassadors Class 22, traditionally a roundtable with the mayor and commissioners, was held in their EcoDiscovery classroom last Thursday and quite literally covered the waterfront –  the endlessly aborning Truman Waterfront Park, that is.

New Ambassadors, asking questions in turn after brief opening statements by the panel, also grilled Mayor Craig Cates and the commissioners about a wide variety of subjects, ranging from affordable housing and homelessness to a living wage, dais etiquette and the morale of city employees. Continue reading

HIGH NOTES: Kremlin combine accuracy, intensity


Kremlin combines accuracy, intensity


The Impromptu Concerts, the Keys’ chamber music organization, added a special concert to the end of its season with a performance by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, conducted by Misha Rachlevsky, at a venue unusual for the series, the Tennessee Williams Theater. Fourteen string players, including three cellos and a bass, offered an all-Russian program of music by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. They played with a combination of accuracy and intensity which few musicians we’ve heard here could match.

The Prokofiev piece was his Visions Fugitives, a series of short pieces ranging over a variety of moods. Originally written for piano, it has been transcribed for string orchestra. The group played it with a sound which was spare and disciplined, but intense. Continue reading