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2008-08-02 15:00:23

By Alyson Crean, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Aug. 2--Shantel Scott got what everybody needs at some point in life -- a break. "I was in Marathon selling drugs -- smoking drugs -- and I ended up catching a charge," Scott told the Keynoter. "The judge sentenced me to the program, and it's the best thing that ever happened to me." "The program" is Women in Transition, which partners with Samuel's House, Inc., the Care Center for Mental Health and the women's in-house substance abuse...

2008-08-02 12:00:42

By Alyson Crean, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Aug. 2--While county staff is looking for ways to pare more dollars off the proposed property taxes for the coming year, one small agency is crossing its fingers with the hope that $68,000 will be added back into the budget. "That funding is for the counselors," says Dixie Humelsine, chairwoman of the Keys Center for Girls Board of Directors. "And the counseling is what makes this program unique." The former PACE Center for girls has been...

2008-07-28 15:00:56

By Alyson Crean, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jul. 28--Big Pine Key residents will have their own animal shelter, at least for a couple more years, after all. Keys Energy Services, the Lower Keys electric utility, owns the land on which the shelter sits, on Industrial Road. Monroe County leases it for the shelter. Last week, the County Commission voted unanimously to renew the lease, under which the county would pay the utility $1 a year each of the next two years. The Utility...

2008-07-25 15:00:47

By Margaret Menge, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jul. 25--The thick of summer is the best time for an epic film like "Mongol" to hit movie houses. We're slowed by the heat, and a bit dulled from the sun. We are primed for something grand to open up on the screen in front of us, and slap us awake. "Mongol" opened in New York last month and is playing through July 31 at the Tropic Cinema in Key West. The movie, directed by Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov, tells the story of the...

2008-07-23 12:00:57

By Alyson Crean, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jul. 23--Starting in October, it'll be easier to get out of the Keys when US Airways starts flying nonstop from Key West to Charlotte, N.C. "They tried this on an experimental basis and found it very successful," says Peter Horton, manager of Monroe County's airports. The County Commission has approved waiving landing fees at Key West International Airport for the first year of service. It's an incentive that Horton said is standard...

2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Kevin Wadlow, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jul. 23--Recreational boaters can continue to wash down their decks without violating federal law: Pending rules on water discharges will not affect recreational boats, says U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Both houses of Congress on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Nelson to exempt recreational boaters from new EPA policies on water discharges from vessels. If left unchanged, all 25,370 registered vessels in Monroe...

2008-06-30 12:00:00

By MARGARET MENGE, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jun. 28--The month of May was not a good one at Key West International Airport. The number of people getting off arriving flights was down 16 percent when compared to May of last year, and down a stunning 26 percent for the first five months of this year compared to 2005. Since 2005, the number of passengers traveling through Key West International Airport has been dropping steadily, from a high-water mark of 618,174, to 563,947 in 2006,...

2008-06-30 12:02:11

By RYAN McCARTHY and KYLE TEAL, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jun. 28--Stay Fit Studio in Key West has reopened just blocks from the site of the June 8 fire that destroyed the gym along with two other businesses. How did they get set up so fast in the new space? "Determination," says co-owner Amy Spielberg. That, and a little help from friends. Spielberg says members, who wanted the gym to re-open as badly as the owners, helped clean and paint the new space, a former Tiki Hut Treasures...

2008-06-25 15:02:44

By Ryan McCarthy, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jun. 25--Gator Air doesn't appear to be letting a cease-and-desist letter from Monroe County, an outstanding $5,700 fuel bill to Cristal Clear Aviation and a Federal Aviation Administration investigation stand in the way of attempting to provide air service to the Keys. The startup venture's Web site, www.flygatorair.com, has been up and running for a month since being shut down shortly after Gator Air began flying to the Keys from Fort...

2008-06-25 15:00:00

By Kevin Wadlow, Florida Keys Keynoter, Marathon Jun. 25--Even kayakers could find themselves needing a proposed federal permit regulating boating discharges, the Environmental Protection Agency says. On the positive side, a vessel discharge permit for a kayak or other motorless vessel might cost only 29 cents to $2.29, according to an EPA fact sheet released this week. Owners of commercial fishing boats, however, could be charged up to $1,598 - the estimated top annual fee for a...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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