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Senate committee approves campus gun bill, expect grades to improve

Senate committee approves campus gun bill, expect grades to improve

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA People with concealed-firearms licenses could carry guns at state colleges and universities, under a proposal narrowly approved Monday by a Senate committee. Meanwhile, people without concealed-firearms licenses could carry weapons during emergency [...]

Free Blacks Flee Pensacola

Free Blacks Flee Pensacola

The Panama City News Herald published today an article by Marlene Womack on how free blacks fled Pensacola in the years before the Civil War as the state's laws became more oppressive, eventually mandating that they become slaves. In 1829, the number of free blacks and mulattoes (those of mixed [...]

Feb. 2009: Sheriff indicted, King visits and pensions

Feb. 2009: Sheriff indicted, King visits and pensions

Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris was indicted on multiple federal charges and suspended as sheriff. The King of Spain and his wife visited Pensacola. This is his toast. Stock Market crash hurts city pensions - City pensions lose $38.8 million. In 2014, city pensions had an [...]

Feb. 2007: House race, Music festival, MJ and moderation

Feb. 2007: House race, Music festival, MJ and moderation

In February 2007, we had a special race in Florida House District 3 after Holly Benson resigned for a position in Crist administration: Mail Call   We came up with our own music festival to replace Springfest- Hawkshaw. Jeff Deweese and I lost our asses, but, with the help of Michelle [...]

Five years ago, Malcolm Thomas and the Middle

Five years ago, Malcolm Thomas and the Middle

The Brownsville Fallout By Sean Boone Published Feb. 11, 2010 A Community Must Wait Longer For Saving Grace It's a Wednesday afternoon in late January; Rev. LuTimothy May sits at his desk inside a small corner office on West Blount Street. He scours over numerous notes, letters and legal [...]

New weekend feature on the blog

New weekend feature on the blog

Starting this weekend, we will repost some of the best articles from past years that were published in our newspaper and on this blog. The newspaper published its first issue on July 1, 1999. I published my first blog post on Feb. 20, 2005. It was on Tasers: Tasers February 20, 2005 The PNJ has [...]

Our workforce lags behind in skills and education

Our workforce lags behind in skills and education

The Greater Pensacola Career Pathways initiative may be much more vital to our local economy than earlier believed. Our area's Job Skills Index wasn't much better than the state average and was below the national metro area averages. The University of West Florida Haas Center released its latest [...]

Move to Amend group to address Pensacola City Council on Thursday

Move to Amend group to address Pensacola City Council on Thursday

Northwest Florida Move to Amend is continuing its campaign to appeal to Pensacola City Council to adopt a resolution in favor of a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that simply, clearly and unequivocally establishes that the People of the United States of America reject the U.S. Supreme [...]

Scott’s staff pushes back on allegations in FDLE controversy

Scott’s staff pushes back on allegations in FDLE controversy

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott's office continued pushing back Monday against claims his staff forced longtime Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey to resign immediately in December. The latest salvo from the governor's office followed [...]

Gov. Scott proposes $673 million in cuts in taxes and fees

Gov. Scott proposes $673 million in cuts in taxes and fees

Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposed $77 billion budget yesterday morning at the AP Legislative Planning Session. His "Keep Florida Working Budget" for 2015-16 uses nearly all of the reported $1 billion surplus on taxes and fees cuts --$673 million--and an increase in education spending and cuts [...]

County Completes Internal Review of November Jail Death

Escambia County has completed an internal review of the circumstances surrounding the death of Escambia County Jail inmate James Brumley in November 2014. Based upon evidence collected by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and internal jail medical records, Escambia County Corrections [...]

Registration Now Open for 2015 Neighborhood Leadership Academy

Registration Now Open for 2015 Neighborhood Leadership Academy

The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is a free eight-week hands-on, interactive introduction to the inner workings of the City of Pensacola and its departments. Tours and demonstrations make the course both informative and fun. Best of all, there are no exams to take. Each week, attendees will visit [...]

Name Released in Jail Death Investigation

Name Released in Jail Death Investigation

Escambia County Sheriff’s Investigators have released the inmate’s name in the Escambia County Jail death investigation of January 21, 2015. The victim has been identified as Chad Robert Day, a 43 year old white male. The investigation is ongoing. Preliminary findings indicate that the cause of [...]

November jail suicide due to staff not following procedure

November jail suicide due to staff not following procedure

Yesterday, we learned that the Escambia County Jail had its second death in less than three months, putting it on a pace to match former Sheriff Ron McNesby's unenviable record of three deaths in a ten-month span--which triggered a Department of Justice investigation into the jail. The November [...]

Viewpoint: ‘We the public are people too’

Viewpoint: ‘We the public are people too’

By Ryan Barnett Tension is in the air. Largely thanks to the virility of social media, law enforcement and the public seem to be gazing at each other even more suspiciously than usual. One Gulf Breeze police officer recently made national headlines when a blatantly dangerous and intoxicated [...]

City fire pension nearly fully funded

City  fire pension nearly fully funded

Richard Grover, a member of the city of Pensacola fire pension board, passed on to Inweekly the latest actuarial report on the fire pension. The plan is 94.58 percent funded, an amazing statistic considering how much of the government pension news has been just the opposite. In an email to Mayor [...]

Scott’s pick for state GOP chairman rejected

Scott’s pick for state GOP chairman rejected

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In a surprising setback for Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican Party of Florida's executive committee voted Saturday to unseat Chairwoman Leslie Dougher, instead elevating state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia to the top position. On the second ballot in [...]

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