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Supreme Court rejects BP appeal

Supreme Court rejects BP appeal

Reuters reports that the U.S. Supreme Court today rejected BP's challenge to its multibillion-dollar settlement agreement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The oil giant had complained the agreement allowed payouts to some businesses that are unable to trace their losses to the [...]

Video shows dryers floating morning of explosion

Video shows dryers floating morning of explosion

Inweekly obtained the video of the laundry area which shows the dryers breaking from the wall and floating before 6 a.m. the day of the explosion. Here are the notes that accompany the video below: videonotes. The CBD staff shut off access to the basement earlier. Prisoners and guards smelled [...]

Publix picketers advocate for Florida farmworkers

Publix picketers advocate for Florida farmworkers

By Shelby Smithey A documentary called Food Chains is shedding new light on the state’s largest supermarket chain and what part it plays in the poverty and exploitation of tomato pickers in Immokalee, Fla. The film, which was shown locally at Carmike Cinemas Dec. 4, focuses around the [...]

Weekend Buzz: FDOT battle, EDATE Heaven, Federal exemption at risk

Weekend Buzz: FDOT battle, EDATE Heaven, Federal exemption at risk

Fight Over Bayou & 12th FDOT is proposing to delete the intersection of Bayou and 12th Avenue from its funded programs. Barbara Mayall and others are concerned, but have been assured that the decision is not final. The key will be public input. Jim Boxold, FDOT Chief of Staff, wrote [...]

County hires new Corrections Director

Escambia County has hired Michael Tidwell as Corrections Director.  As Director, Tidwell will oversee Community Corrections, Probations, Jail, Pretrial, Code Enforcement, Animal Control and the Road Prison. He replaces former director Gordon Pike, who retired last month. Tidwell will begin [...]

Qatar ambassador donates $10K to ARC Gateway

Qatar ambassador donates $10K to ARC Gateway

Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari from Qatar was in town today to speak at the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club. At the meeting, he announced a $10,000 gift from his country to ARC Gateway. "I was given a tour today of the baseball stadium and was told about a fundraiser last night for the [...]

Discover Ukraine

Discover Ukraine

The Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council is hosting an opportunity to "Discover Ukraine" on Wednesday, Dec. 10, noon-1 p.m. at West Florida Public Library, Main Library, on Meeting Room "C" 239 N. Spring St. A group of young Ukrainian professionals, which include an expert in Ukrainian internal [...]

What County employees told ATF about the jail explosions

What County employees told ATF about the jail explosions

The daily newspaper posted online the 300-plus surveys completed by prisoners who were in the Central Booking & Detention Center when it exploded on April 30. I've pulled together the ATF investigators' reports on their interviews with correctional officers, facilities maintenance and other [...]

FDEP hosts meeting re: Bayou Chico, Dec 11

FDEP hosts meeting re: Bayou Chico, Dec 11

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) will host a “Maps on the Table” meeting regarding Bayou Chico on Thursday, December 11, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place. This meeting is the next step in the implementation of [...]

Latest report shows increase in reports of sexual assault in the military

Latest report shows increase in reports of sexual assault in the military

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released yesterday the latest survey of sexual assaults among our armed forces. He believes that the Defense Department’s efforts to prevent such attacks in the military are having an impact, but there’s much more work to be done. “We believe that our efforts [...]

State Fire Marshall’s photos after the jail explosion

State Fire Marshall’s photos after the jail explosion

This morning I posted the State Fire Marshall's report of its initial investigation in the hours after the April 30 explosion of the CBD. Here are the photos that went with that report:

State Capital Briefs for Dec. 4

State Capital Briefs for Dec. 4

By THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA BILL WOULD REQUIRE POLICE TO WEAR BODY CAMERAS Amid a broader national debate about the issue, a state House Democrat filed a proposal Thursday that would require body cameras for all Florida police officers who primarily are assigned to patrol duties. The bill [...]

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