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Billings case: Saturday, July 11

Billings case: Saturday, July 11

HUNT FOR RED VAN Saturday, July 11 On Friday, Deputy Greg Smith of Baldwin County, Alabama contacted the ECSO. Investigator Hardy followed up on the call. Smith discovered on Sunday, July 5 at 3:58 a.m., a red 1982 Dodge 15-passenger van abandoned at the Big Country Convenience Store located [...]

Billings case: Friday, July 10 – part 2

Billings case: Friday, July 10 – part 2

FAMILY TIES Friday, July 10 While Sheriff Morgan is holding his press conference, Investigator Lee Tyree is speaking with Kristyn Billings in one of the interview rooms. Kristyn, who graduated from Pine Forest High School in May, lives and works with Joe Chauncey. She gives Tyree an [...]

Arts Council ran on artists’ credit cards

Arts Council ran on artists’ credit cards

The IN has obtained more financial reports of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. The October 2009 Profit & Loss report that was given to the Board of Directors showed that the Arts Council ran that month primarily on "Credit Card Pass Through" ($8,710.63) and funds taken from the Kobacker [...]

Wow, St. Pete Times can investigate

Wow, St. Pete Times can investigate

The St. Petersburg Times is the best newspaper in the state. They have put together an amazingly in-depth investigative package on Scientology leader David Miscavige. Former executives of the Church of Scientology, including two of the former top lieutenants to Miscavige, describe a culture of [...]

Site visits and page views are up!

Site visits and page views are up!

The new blog rules have not impacted the traffic to the website. The visits are up 26.7 percent over last week and the page views are up 34.3 percent over last month. I was concerned that the requirement for readers to use their real names to post comments might hurt the traffic to the blog. It [...]

Billings recap: Friday, July 10

Billings recap: Friday, July 10

IT HASN’T SUNKEN IN Friday, July 10 The Pensacola News Journal reports on its front page that “a Beulah couple who adopted 12 children and owned several local businesses were found shot to death in an apparent home invasion Thursday evening.” In December 2005, the daily newspaper had [...]

Billings recap: Later Thursday, July 9

Billings recap: Later Thursday, July 9

FAMILY FEUDS Investigator Terry Hardy arrives on the crime scene at 9:05 p.m. Sgt. Rusty Hoard has been named the lead on the case. Hardy, Tyree and Guy are to assist him. After being updated by Hoard, Hardy is asked to interview April Spencer, who lives in a trailer on the Billings [...]

Top 20 Viral Videos of 2009

Top 20 Viral Videos of 2009

Sun-Sentinel put this list together. This one is my favorite: View the entire list.

50 things we learned in 2009

50 things we learned in 2009

The Tampa Tribune publishes each year 50 Things we know now that we didn't know this time last year. Here is one that caught my attention: Grumpy people think more clearly because negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking. ...which explains Byron Keesler and his riveting BLAB [...]

Cool Chart for ’00s

Cool Chart for ’00s

As only the New York Times can do: see for yourself.

Billings case recap: Early Thursday Evening, July 9

Billings case recap: Early Thursday Evening, July 9

I've been reviewing the various reports on the home invasion and murder of Byrd and Melanie Billings and have put together a narrative of the first eights days of the case, including the events of that tragic night and the subsequent arrests. The narrative is divided into days and in few instances [...]

Buzz: Nothing on credit cards

Buzz: Nothing on credit cards

The county audit of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida didn't cover the credit cards the group processed for local artists. We are still get emails and calls on people owed as much as $1,000 by the Arts Council. Some have been told that the records are locked in the old courthouse and no [...]

P’cola White Squirrels make NYT

P’cola White Squirrels make NYT

NYT Science Q&A: There are an incredible number of white squirrels living here in Pensacola, Fla., on the Gulf Coast. Are they albinos? How would it be genetically possible to have so many in one community? Read answer. I don't think they are referring to No Boss Mayor.

Former Pensacolian fights for victims

Former Pensacolian fights for victims

The New York Post has an article about NY State trooper Sayeh Rivazfar de rives crusade against sex offenders. She is pushing for push for a NY state law allowing authorities to take DNA samples from most violent felony suspects as they are arrested, instead of waiting for a conviction. Twenty-one [...]

Arts Council audit recommends no more funds

Arts Council audit recommends no more funds

We've obtained a draft copy of the audit of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida that was conducted by the Escambia County Clerk/Comptroller. The audit was sent to County Administrator Bob McLaughlin on Dec. 21 and will be presented to the BOCC at its Jan. 7, 2010 meeting. The Clerk's office not [...]

In-school suspension improves stat

In-school suspension improves stat

In 2007-2008, Escambia County had 7,482 out-of-school suspensions. All those days were counted as unexcused absences and led to the School District being ranked 15th out of 67 school districts for highest unexcused absenteeism, according to an article in today's PNJ. Superintendent Malcolm [...]

New Blog look, new rules

New Blog look, new rules

I've been working on this new theme. It is simpler than my earlier versions, but it has several features that I like. The blog now was an iPhone application for those readers who like reading this from their smart phones. The biggest change is in the Comments section. It's time we move to more [...]

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