State & National News

FRS one of the best state pensions

December 24, 2010

Gov.-elect Rick Scott attacked his opponent Florida CEO Alex Sink for mismanagement of the state pension fund, citing how it, like nearly all state pensions, had lost value during the 2007 market decline. A recent report…

BP Disaster

Tar balls in the Pensacola Pass

December 23, 2010

No, the BP oil hasn’t gone away. Friends are calling to report that near Fort Pickens you can see tar balls everywhere. Maybe if we ignore them, they will magically disappear—-I mean disperse.…

News

How to prevent robberies of taxi drivers

December 23, 2010

The Department of Justice has a guide with recommendations on how to deal with robberies of taxi drivers. Several involve the taxi cab companies spending more money to protect their drivers. 1. Separating drivers from passengers.…

Politics

Remembering the Poot Index

December 23, 2010

The Main Street Sewage Treatment plant is no longer flowing and we’re no longer greeted daily with its odors drifting through downtown Pensacola. On the old IN Your Head Radio, we actually had a regular report…

Education Politics

Malcolm Thomas isn’t going to like this article

December 23, 2010

Escambia Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas has been telling community leaders that four Escambia County high schools scored well enough to be “A” schools….they aren’t but that doesn’t stop him from trying to call them that.…

Buzz

Buzz: Plurality or Majority?

December 23, 2010

The race to be the first Pensacola city council president appears to be tight between Maren DeWeese, Sam Hall and John Jerralds. The question is: Does the winner of the council vote have to have a…

State & National News

Pritchard pension fund runs dry

December 23, 2010

New York Times reports Pritchard, Ala. was warned for years that if it did nothing, its pension fund would run out of money by 2009. Right on schedule, its fund ran dry and pension checks stopped…

News

Viewpoint: Actions must match rhetoric

December 22, 2010

The City of Pensacola has never had a transition like it will have on January 10, 2011 when Ashton Hayward takes office as the city’s strong mayor. However, Escambia County has seen them for its constitutional…

News

PPD searching for daycare center

December 22, 2010

Press Release: The Pensacola Police Department needs help in identifying a daycare center attended by a child who, at this time, is considered endangered. The photographs are believed to have been taken between 2005 and this…

Politics

WCOA reflections

December 22, 2010

It was fun getting behind the microphone for the past three days. Since Nov. 3, 2008, when I signed off “IN Your Head Radio,” I have been interviewed on the air by stations from all over…

News

2010 Independent News Cover Stories

December 22, 2010

This Thursday will be our Year in Review issue. I compiled this list of the 2010 cover stories and I am very proud of what our little newspaper published this year. Thank all of you for…

Buzz

Last day on WCOA

December 22, 2010

This morning is my last day filling in for Jim Sanborn. Since Monday, I’ve guest hosted with Don Parker on “Good Morning, Pensacola” at WCOA 1370 AM, 6-9 a.m. It’s not quite “IN Your Head Radio”…

State & National News

Scott’s transition teams make bold recommendations

December 22, 2010

….is Pensacola Mayor-elect Ashton Hayward’s team watching Gov-elect Rick Scott’s transition teams? Scott’s groups have made some bold recommendations: Education: Massive restructuring of education that would provide vouchers for all, eliminate teacher job protection and tie…

News

Must have truth to deal with expulsions

December 22, 2010

I dug a little deeper into the expulsion recommendations in the Escambia Public School District. This year shows a reversal in the trend. From 2001-2005, expulsions were much higher for the months August-December: 2001: 75 2002:…