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Big Tobacco wins an appeal

From News Service of Florida: COURT REJECTS AWARD IN COSTLY TOBACCO CASE A state appeals court Tuesday sided with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and ordered a new trial in a case in which the family of a dead smoker was awarded $28.6 million in damages. The ruling was the second time the 1st District [...]

Credit card debt impacts African-American middle class differently than white counterparts

Credit card debt impacts African-American middle class differently than white counterparts

New research by Demos, a New York City-based public policy organization, finds that many African-American families are using credit cards as a “plastic safety net” to help them stretch their resources when paychecks and savings are not enough to cover essentials. The report, National Survey [...]

Upside of Florida: H8GAYS, Pensacola International Airport , Delta

Upside of Florida: H8GAYS, Pensacola International Airport , Delta

Chicago Tribune published a story today on how airlines deal with complaints. The article led off with Jeff White of Pensacola and his confirmation code on his Delta Airlines boarding pass: "H8GAYS." "At first I didn't think I read it right," says White, a student at the University of West [...]

Warnings for Auburn fans about BCS tickets

Warnings for Auburn fans about BCS tickets

For many Auburn football fans in Northwest Florida, a ticket to the VIZIO BCS National Championship may be a popular item on wish lists this holiday season. Between now and the National Championship game on Jan. 6, 2014, thousands of tickets will be listed on classifieds websites, offering buyers [...]

Times-Picayune former employees sue over layoffs

Times-Picayune former employees sue over layoffs

Seven former longtime employees of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans who were laid off from their jobs in the fall of 2012 have filed suit against the newspaper and its owner Advance Publications, alleging “unlawful employment practices.” The suits, filed individually in Orleans Parish Civil [...]

Merrill elected first chairman of Visit Pensacola board

Merrill elected first chairman of Visit Pensacola board

Yesterday, the Visit Pensacola board of directors held its first meeting. The meeting was primarily organizational and was properly held in the "Sunshine." The board approved its bylaws and elected Collier Merrill its first chairman, Robin Reshard Vice Chair, Tosh Belsinger Treasurer and Gen. Duane [...]

And poof, Mayor Hayward rescinds his notification of default against The Fish House

And poof, Mayor Hayward rescinds his notification of default against The Fish House

Mayor Ashton Hayward has rescinded his notice that The Fish House and Atlas Oyster House owed the city five percent of their gross sales retroactively to April 2000. The mayor claimed in a letter that he had his attorney Nix Daniel sent on Nov. 15 to Seville Harbor (Ray Russenberger) and [...]

Ala. Supreme Court turns down Tyler Toyota appeal of $7.5 million slander judgment

Ala. Supreme Court turns down Tyler Toyota appeal of $7.5 million slander judgment

The Alabama Supreme Court has affirmed the $7.5 million slander judgment against Bob Tyler Toyota--which is the largest slander award ever upheld by Alabama’s highest court. In November 2011, a Mobile County jury ruled the dealership had slandered Eastern Shore Toyota and its owner, [...]

Walton County TDC has BP gift card issue, too

Walton County TDC has BP gift card issue, too

One of my favorite investigative reporters, Tom McLaughlin with the Fort Walton Daily News, reports today that auditors found the Walton County TDC had "inadequate" controls that prevented completely accounting for $121,000 worth of gift cards. The auditors found $10,750 worth of the cars that [...]

Downtown Christmas parade trumps Palafox Market

Downtown Christmas parade trumps Palafox Market

There will be no Palafox Market Saturday, Dec. 14. It will be closed due to the Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade, which is set to begin 5:15 pm that day. The reason given: "necessary early closing of the street". The market hours will stay consistent for the remaining part of December, which are [...]

Rolling out red tape for small business in Pensacola

Rolling out red tape for small business in Pensacola

The Mayor-elect for St. Petersburg is Rick Kriseman. He posted on his Facebook page today: Heard at Harvard's Seminar on Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors: "We roll out the red carpet for big business and roll out the red tape for small business." This seems to apply to the [...]

Hayward delays vote on airport food services for third month

Hayward delays vote on airport food services for third month

Michael Laven, contract manager at the Pensacola International Airport, sent notification to Creative Food Group -that includes The Fish House, Varona's, Bagelheads and Pensacola Brewery, that the food concession lease will not be discussed in December. Hayward recommended to the city council at [...]

Visit Pensacola picks its initial board of directors

Visit Pensacola picks its initial board of directors

We don't how they were chosen. We don't who chose them. However, we now know who they are. Brendan Kelly, UWF Interim Dean for University Advancement Collier Merrill, Great Southern Restaurant Group Ray Palmer, Pensacola Sport Association Executive Director Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen, president [...]

PNJ cans Gulf Breeze Pelican

PNJ cans Gulf Breeze Pelican

The Gulf Breeze Pelican is no longer in print. The paper, owned by the Gannett/PNJ, was published as competitor for the south Santa Rosa County market. In the 1990s at the height of the UFO craze, Gannett bought the Gulf Breeze Sentinel, which had been privately owned and in print since the [...]

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