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More gambling – Instant Bingo passes

More gambling – Instant Bingo passes

This Florida Legislature loves gambling - in one form or another. It has sent Gov. Crist a bill that legalizes instant bingo. What's instant bingo? The pull-tab tickets are sold similar to Lottery instant tickets, except instead of scratching to see whether it's a winning ticket, a buyer would [...]

Former PNJ reporter gets Pres to hold his bags

Former PNJ reporter gets Pres to hold his bags

The St. Pete Times' political blog reports Michael Spooneybarger inadvertently had Pres. Bush pick up his bag during a recent trip to South Florida. Tampa Tribune photographer Michael Spooneybarger was a little frantic to get his camera bag as media were hurried out of an auditorium at MacDill [...]

Student paper ends remarkable news year

Student paper ends remarkable news year

The Miami Herald had a story in its Sunday edition on the FAMU student newspaper that covered some major stories on its campus - On campus, the year has been extraordinary -- with constant student protests over budgets and jail beatings; statewide criminal trials that tested a new anti-hazing law; [...]

Letterman List

Letterman List

On Monday night (4/30), David Letterman made a list of ten signs your newspaper is in trouble: 10. Covers all news that happens within one block of the office 9. Today's exclusive -- "Nixon Dead!" 8. Reporter sent to jail for refusing to divulge a source... Oh, and he also killed a [...]

City/county employees stats

City/county employees stats

Creative Loafing recently did a story about number of employees per 100,000 people in several Southern cities. It got me wondering how does Pensacola stack up - but since Pensacola only has an estimated population of 55,033, I reduced the stat down to number of employees per 1000 [...]

Video Slots may be coming to Florida

Video Slots may be coming to Florida

But not at Pensacola Greyhound Track. Under a bill that passed a House committee Monday, these parimutuel facilities would be allowed to have Class II slot machines (Video slots): • Flagler Dog Track, Miami • Calder Race Course, Miami • Miami Jai Alai, Miami • Palm Beach [...]

State cuts out local government again

State cuts out local government again

On Gov. Crist's desk awaiting his signature is a new Cable franchise bill that gives telephone companies easier access to the cable TV market. Also cable companies will be able to opt-out of their contracts with local governments. If Gov. Crist approves, any company that wants to provide cable [...]

2006 CAFR report is in

2006 CAFR report is in

CAFR stands for "Comprehensive Audited Financial Report." It's available online at Escambia County Clerk of Courts site. Some interesting finds: Unreserved General Fund has jumped from $15.14 million in 2002 to $36.56 million in 2006 - $21.42 million increase. Residential property assessed [...]

New Ice Pilot gets rave reviews

From Fayetteville, NC The Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced today that Head Coach John Marks has accepted a similar position with the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and has resigned his position with the FireAntz. [...]

Arrested for $25 of coke? Not $25,000…$25

Arrested for $25 of coke? Not $25,000…$25

Come on guys - when did we start arresting people for as little as $25 of coke? Front page coverage on the daily newspaper for a $25 drug bust? Drug dealers are laughing all over town and the country. We've got people ready to crucify Hugh King over $25 worth of cocaine! Why did the officer [...]

Scarborough reports on newspapers audience ratings

Scarborough reports on newspapers audience ratings

The Scarborough Research group (not the local Scaboroughs) has released its annual audience ratings report for daily newspapers. The News Journal is in the #59 largest market which is includes Mobile & Baldwin counties, Al. Because the market is split over a state line, both the PNJ and the Mobile [...]

List of Bush Administration Scandals

List of Bush Administration Scandals

I've been asked to compile a list of Bush Administration officials that have been indicted, convicted, resigned due to some scandal or are under investigation. These are the ones I've found so far. Claude Allen - Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy- resigned, pled guilty to [...]

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