I've done an informal poll of teenagers and their parents to find out how the teens would react if they were somewhere they weren't suppose to be, doing something that they shouldn't and law enforcement drove up. "I would run" was the most common reply. Why? "Because if the cops catch me, I'm [...]
The site work has begun on the Community Maritime Park. Ed Spears sent me this photo. Here Ed points out what is on the site: fun stuff10-8-09
By Sean Boone It started as a few dozen young adults outraged over the death of 17-year-old Victor Steen. But by the end of the informal meeting held at The End of The Line Cafe on Wednesday evening, an organized group had emerged--ready to speak out against what many believe was an act of [...]
The proposed charter for Pensacola may be a tough sale in the black community. All three council members are against it. They see African-Americans holding the city manager, community development and city clerk positions. They don't readily see a reason to change government. There is also a buzz [...]
Officer Ard made a stupid mistake by shooting his stun gun from his vehicle at Victor Steen. The fact that it's not in the policy manual might help him with his superiors, but common sense dictates shooting a stun gun from a moving vehicle at someone on a bike isn't a good idea. Why Ard chose to do [...]
Report by IN reporter Sean Boone The incident last Saturday morning that led to the death of 17-year-old Victor Steen has undoubtedly been the talk of Pensacola--and with good reason. The manner in which Pensacola Policeman Jerald Ard attempted to subdue the young black male on his bicycle [...]
We are hearing that John Fleming -former City Attorney, Robert Payne-former asst. City Manager, and Don Caton-another former City Attorney- are forming a political action committee to fight the proposed city charter. Caton gets annual retirement checks of $73,824 from the city pension fund; Fleming [...]
Victor Steen, who killed last Saturday after he was allegedly tasered by Pensacola Officer Jerrald Ard and then run over by Ard's patrol car, had two Myspace accounts: F.M.P 4 me and mines and another whose name violates the rules of this site and is closed to the public.
We've heard the Pensacola News Journal's office building on Romana has sold to a local doctor. The tenant will be University of Phoenix - which is similar to Virginia College.
In today's daily paper, former Pensacola Mayor Jerry Maygarden makes that point that economic development is not the city government's job. While I agree with Maygarden that the primary role of municipal government is public safety, assuring safe water/ reliable sewer/trash collection and [...]
State Attorney Bill Eddins doesn't want to prosecute any elected officials for Sunshine Law violations. Instead, he let Santa Rosa County officials off with a warning, accepted their defense that they didn't know better and issued a long list for recommendations for the commissioners and TEAM Santa [...]
Yesterday, Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino filed to run again for his District 2 seat. The incumbent already has two opponents, Robert Kelley and Andy Kowalski, in the 2010 Republican primary. Former County Administrator George Touart is expected to file to also run as a Republican [...]