Imported Folio

Half a Mind

In a world where insurance companies treat Viagra as a right, mental health care still struggles for acceptance. And in Florida, the state’s largest health insurance company recently tossed mental health services into the half-off bin. Jacksonville-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida offloaded management of its mental health reimbursements to a BCBS subsidiary, New Directions, in July and August of this year, leaving the doctors to negotiate new contracts with the company. Those new contracts dramatically slashed reimbursement rates for psychologists, psychiatrists and addiction therapists — by as much as 54 percent in some cases. The move, which could …

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Who’s Guarding Your Water Supply?

By the time St. Johns Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon stepped to the podium at the Sept. 13 meeting of the St. Johns River Water Management District board, he’d sat through six hours of meetings. And something struck him. In all that time — during discussions of how to reduce regulations on business, avoid litigating with polluters and streamline wetland destruction permits — he hadn’t heard anyone mention the St. Johns River. The three words hadn’t been uttered one single time. “Honestly,” says Armingeon, “I felt like I was sitting there watching life as we know it unravel.” Although Armingeon has long …

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Out of Order

A date night. A traffic stop. A bag of marijuana. In 49 out of 50 states, the owner of the vehicle would face possession charges. But in Florida, the passenger could, too. Thanks to a 2002 legislative revision of state drug laws, it’s not necessary for law enforcement to prove a passenger knew there were drugs in the car in order to charge her. Convictions are possible even in cases where there’s no evidence defendants knew about the presence of drugs. What the 2002 law eliminated was the need to demonstrate mens rea — Latin for criminal intent or malice …

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Top Gear

During the label feeding frenzy that followed Nirvana’s success in the early ’90s, most bands were devoured by hype and commercial expectations. One band that stormed the palace gates with big boots was the NYC-bred bombastic force known simply as Helmet. Forged in the same Lower East Side furnace that gave birth to killer post-NYHC killers like Prong and the still-underrated Unsane, Helmet first drew the attention of savvy rock fans with 1989’s “Born Annoying” 45 and the following year’s full-length release, “Strap It On,” both released on Minneapolis’ Amphetamine Reptile Records. The band moved as one with pummeling, repetitive …

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Lucky Seven

When most people think of Las Vegas, the image of working out is probably not what comes to mind. Vegas is all about Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Cirque du Soleil and strong drinks served by scantily clad women whose costumes seem to help ease the pain of having money removed from your wallet. For the past four years, the Ironman World Championship 70.3 has been held in Clearwater in November, but complaints about the lack of difficulty in the course led the promoters to look for a more challenging venue. They selected Las Vegas, and on Sept. 11, 2011, Sin City …

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Inconvenient Truths

All the news of jobs last week was no doubt a relief to Florida Gov. Rick Scott — the Jobs Bill, job losses, protesters demanding jobs, the death of Steve Jobs. The flood of keyword clutter in the headlines provided Google cover for the governor’s own jobs story, the one in which it was revealed that his campaign-era jobs pledge was a fiction. You may remember Scott’s 7-7-7 slogan, a promise to bring 700,000 jobs to the state in seven years. That vow was built on a somewhat unsteady set of assumptions, including the idea that slashing business and environmental …

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A Story from the Vault: Stevie Stiletto Is Dead

John E. Citrone Ray McKelvey, known as Stevie Ray Stiletto, died March 24, 2013, at his home on Westside. This story ran in Folio Weekly Aug. 2, 2005. On July 6, following a night of hard rocking and a lifetime of hard drinking, Ray McKelvey headed home for some much-needed rest. He wasn’t feeling great. He’d been drinking all day and performed two shows — one in 100-degree heat and another in a smoke-filled club. Earlier in the evening he pissed blood, but being an alcoholic, he’d dealt with that before. A little cranberry juice, he thought, would clear that …

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DEEP ROOTS

8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4The Florida TheatreDowntownTIX: $37.50-$42.50floridatheatre.com Florida Theatre128 E Forsyth StreetJacksonville, FL 32205Phone: (904) 355-5661 View larger map Songwriters-in-the-round Southern Soul Assembly features four musicians known for being in the vanguard of Southern-born music that blends rock, gospel, funk, and blues. Local native son JJ Grey (Mofro), blues artist Anders Osborne, “Bayou Soul” man Marc Broussard, and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars) have united to present laid-back, acoustic-heavy music and storytelling offering insight into their songs and influences.   

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ONE-MAN JAM

FOLIO MUSIC by JOHN E. CITRONE There are all types of one-man bands. There’s the street performer, with his homemade contraption full of wires and pulleys going every which way. There’s the YouTuber, who sits amid three, four (or more) instruments and jumps from one to another (or more), cobbling together a tune. Then there is the looper, a person who uses electronic looping pedals to create real-time backing tracks for his or her performance. tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus is a master at this, as is guitarist Keller Williams. (Check his version of “Rapper’s Delight.”) It is in this vein that …

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SEISMIC RECOGNITION

FOLIO COMMUNITY by GREG PARLIER From Kings Bay to the Matanzas Inlet, the fight for a clean Atlantic Ocean in Northeast Florida — one untarnished by oilrigs and air gun blasts — has been led by a young activist and a resort town mayor. Last week, Fernandina Beach Mayor Johnny Miller and St. Augustine activist Hunter Miller (no relation) were awarded national recognition by the world’s largest ocean conservation and advocacy organization, Oceana, for their work fighting against oil drilling and seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic Ocean. Actors and Oceana board members Ted Danson, Sam Waterston, and Kate Walsh …

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