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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 [...]

New app allows for cyberbullying, according to School District

New app allows for cyberbullying, according to School District

Malcolm Thomas, Superintendent of the Escambia County School District, issued a press release today that his some of his middle school and high school students are using an app “After School - Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions and Compliments." The app is described as “an anonymous [...]

Fire marshall preliminary report tells of gas odor and how  bodies were found

Fire marshall preliminary report tells of gas odor and how bodies were found

In this week’s issue, “When Everything Went Black” reveals that several correctional officers smelled natural gas at the Central Booking and Detention Center the day of the explosion. The account of what actually happened on April 30 is taken from the ATF report and supporting document. [...]

Breaking news: UWF faculty vote to ratify collective bargaining agreement

Breaking news: UWF faculty vote to ratify collective bargaining agreement

Yesterday afternoon, Jonathan Fink, the vice president for Bargaining and Chief Negotiator for the University of West Florida faculty, notified his colleagues that the union had voted unanimously, 82-0, to ratify the 2014-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement. "We believe this contract has many [...]

Institute for Women in Politics issues its report on 2014 local elections

Institute for Women in Politics issues its report on 2014 local elections

Women make few gains in 2014 elections in Escambia and Santa Rosa There are five new women in the halls of government and the judiciary in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties but a gain of just one seat for women as a result of this year’s election cycle. Jennie Kinsey is the newest circuit [...]

County holds ribbon cutting for archery park, Dec 10

County holds ribbon cutting for archery park, Dec 10

Escambia County will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Klondike Archery Park, 7201 Sparshott Drive, Pensacola, on Wednesday, December 10, at 10 a.m. The Klondike Landfill originally operated from 1976 to 1982 as a Class 1 Sanitary Landfill on 119 acres and has now been repurposed for [...]

FDOT secretary steps down

FDOT secretary steps down

PRASAD TO STEP DOWN AS TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad has become the third of Gov. Rick Scott's agency heads to step down since the general election. Prasad, a professional engineer tapped by [...]

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