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Sea monsters and BP oil spill

The Bellona Foundation reports the Louisiana shrimpers are reporting an ever-rising rash of horrifically mutated shrimp, crabs and other sea life covered with oozing growths and extra limbs, shrimp and crabs lacking eyes and eye sockets, and fish of all manner swollen with apparent [...]

Ashton and Crisis 101 (additional note added)

Ashton and Crisis 101 (additional note added)

The city of Pensacola has been subpoenaed to provide certain documents to a federal grand jury next Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Tallahassee (Read more). City employees have also received subpoenas to appear - which employees we have yet to be told. This is a significant story--how significant we do [...]

Underhill wins

Apparently Lamar Brazwell's poll was wrong. Doug Underhill is new commissioner for District 2, 2,785 (62.5%) to 1,672 (37.5%). All precincts reported. Note: There will be a general election against the Democratic primary winner, Deb Moore, but a Democrat has not held that seat in nearly two [...]

Slow voting

Slow voting

Reports from Santa Rosa and Escambia polling places are the voting turnout is very low. At 8:45 am only 68 people had cast their votes at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center.

Wife asks to reduce Mark Turner’s sentence

Wife asks to reduce Mark Turner’s sentence

One of the strangest interviews I did while covering the Billings murders was with Mark Turner. He shared a lot of insights on the used car business. At the time, Turner was involved with a large civil case and was appealing a conviction on money laundering. He was waging a social media [...]

Weekend Buzz: What’s that smell, Sweetheart land deals

Weekend Buzz: What’s that smell, Sweetheart land deals

What's That Smell? The daily newspaper and WEAR TV reported that Edward Fleming of the McDonald, Fleming and Moorhead law firm, who was hired by Escambia County to look at the April jail explosion, reported Board of County Commissioners that he did not find evidence of culpable negligence in the [...]

Five questions for John Morgan, attorney behind medical marjuana amendment

Five questions for John Morgan, attorney behind medical marjuana amendment

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan is spearheading a move to pass a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, putting millions of dollars of his own money and his considerable public-speaking skills behind it. He's [...]

Crist takes on Scott over pot plan

Crist takes on Scott over pot plan

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA On the campaign trail in South Florida, former Gov. Charlie Crist blasted Gov. Rick Scott's administration Friday for using a lottery to select five organizations to grow, manufacture and dispense a now-legal type of marijuana that purportedly does not [...]

Johnson allegedly interfered with police union negotiations in 2012

Johnson allegedly interfered  with police union negotiations in 2012

In 2012, Mayor Ashton Hayward was locked into a battle with Pensacola Police union over their collective bargaining agreement and pension. The mayor's negotiating team was attorney Rob Larkin of Allen Norton & Blue in Tallahassee, Chief of Staff John Asmar and Dave Penzone, who had chaired his [...]

Buzz: PNJ reporters told to reapply for their jobs

Buzz: PNJ reporters told to reapply for their jobs

I got this message from a very reliable source: "All PNJ reporters are being restructured and are being required to reapply for their positions in the newsroom. While none have been terminated, they are afraid they won't be hired back." They won't be told if they still have a job and what are [...]

Nelson pushes White House to release RESTORE funds

Nelson pushes White House to release RESTORE funds

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) met with city and county leaders as part of a push to get the administration to release hundreds of millions of dollars intended to help Florida’s coastal communities recover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident. Two years have passed since Congress passed the [...]

PNJ editor announces more changes

PNJ editor announces more changes

Today Gannett, owner of the News Journal, announced it is splitting its newspaper division business off into its own company. The more profitable broadcasting and digital businesses will be placed in another company. Other major media chains have done the same thing: Time Warner Inc., Tribune Media [...]

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