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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 [...]

PNJ headline misleading

PNJ headline misleading

Received an email from Mort O'Sullivan on yesterday's UWF Board of Trustees meeting concerning the Community Maritime Park. O'Sullivan writes that today's PNJ headline ("Museum proposal rejected by UWF trustees") is misleading. A more accurate description would be “UWF Trustees hear proposed [...]

Boston Globe: Decade in pictures

Boston Globe: Decade in pictures

Call it what you will, "the noughties", "the two-thousands" or something else, the first decade of the 21st century (2000-2009) is now over. Looking back on the past ten years through news photographs, it becomes clear that it was a dramatic, often brutal decade. Natural disasters, terrorist [...]

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

My daughter Tricia is an elementary school teacher. She sent me these letters to Santa from first graders at her school: “Dear Santa, I have been good. I held open the trash can 20 times.” “Dear Santa, I would like a Bionicle. I hope Rudolph is in ship-shape.” "Dear Santa, [...]

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Buzz: Park bonds sold (updated)

We have heard that the Community Maritime Park bonds have been sold. Sean Boone is checking with Richard Barker, City Finance Director, to confirm this. The total was for $45,640,000----so Marty was wrong about the $48 million, darn it. CONFIRMED Memo from Barker: Maritime Park Financing Info [...]

Quote of the day

From Marty Donovan: "It’s a shame that people have become so apathetic, or they have just given up on local government." In other words, if you don't agree with Marty, you are apathetic. He just doesn't get people want the park. He didn't win the 2006 referendum. He didn't win re-election. He [...]

Marty Donovan fails

The PNJ and WEAR TV are reporting that Marty Donovan failed to get the necessary valid signatures to force another referendum on the Community Maritime Park. Donovan told PNJ reporter Jamie Page that he only had about 4,500 signatures---which may or may not be accurate---and doesn't expect a [...]

Florida stands trial on medicaid standards

A 2005 class-action lawsuit against the state of Florida over it not meeting the federal Medicaid standards will have its opening arguments heard today in a Miami federal court. The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the Florida Pediatric Society, Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and all [...]

Uh, oh, petition signers are upset

We are hearing that people who signed the Marty Donovan petition are upset because they were told the petition was a vote to stop the park. They now realize it's only the bond financing that they are voting on and the city council will simply approve another plan, if the first plan is rescinded. [...]

Local Grammy nominee

Local Grammy nominee

Press Release Pensacola musician Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria is a GRAMMY Nominee! Nominations were announced last night by The Recording Academy, and DeMaria’s soundtrack “SIYOTANKA” is nominated for Best Native American Music Album. DeMaria composed and performed the music for Pensacola [...]

No Boss Marty

If Martin Donovan is able to get enough signatures, then the name of the Political Action Committee that battles him should be No Boss Marty. His petition drive really isn't about the bond financing. It's about his personal vendetta with Quint Studer and Mort O'Sullivan and his willingness to use [...]

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