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Buzz: Construction could begin on Maritime Museum

Source are telling me that the CMPA board will be presented with a funding opportunity on Friday that could fully fund the Maritime Museum and let construction begin almost immediately. The funding mechanism involves New Market Tax Credits - which are part of the Obama stimulus plan. [...]

Valentino’s response

Valentino’s response

On August 17, Commissioner Valentino's issued this response to the State Attorney's reports on the Sunshine Law and public records investigations - read. Gene has chosen to emphasize certain words: BASELESS ALLEGATION -- FALSE. The State Attorney said his review determined that no [...]

The emails that Valentino hid

During the State Attorney's investigation of Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino an additional 40 emails concerning the proposed bingo casino for Perdido Key were found. Some we already have seen, but there are still a few that should how hard the commissioner worked to bring gambling to [...]

The Daily Beast: Anatomy of a Massacre

How I write for the blog, the newspaper and The Daily Beast is very different. Each has a a different audience and each is a different twist on the Billings case. The blog is often posting information as quickly as I get it. The paper lets me be more reflective and go into more depth. The Daily [...]

Transcript of Tice interviews

The State Attorney has released the transcripts of the interviews with Henry "Cab" Tice. In his interview, Tice described Salvano Gonzalez as a good salesman that worked for him and later for Bud Billings collecting on accounts, after Tice's Hispanic-American Auto Sales closed. According to [...]

Zoo director resigns

The Daily News is reporting that Danielle Lantz, executive director of The Zoo Northwest Florida, has resigned. She announced her decision in an e-mail dated Friday, according to Joanne Curtin, a member of the Gulf Coast Zoological Society. Read more.

Important meeting on downtown post office

The Downtown Pensacola branch is on the chop list. The Postal Service is giving us a one-time opportunity to discuss alternative options to closing the Downtown Pensacola Branch at a schedule Town Hall Meeting. As a community of Business Owners, Residents, Employees, Government Entities and [...]

Reports reveal more on the Billings’ murders

The interviews by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office with dozens of witnesses give the picture of a horrible, grisly double homicide that defies the motive a simple robbery. Seven men invaded the Billings’ home and while some may have thought the motive was robbery, the investigators’ [...]

Patrick Gonzalez mentions contract hit, Tice and MS13

The State Attorney released over 1,000 pages related to the murders of Bud and Melanie Billings. In those documents is a report from Chief Deputy Bill Chavers who interviewed Patrick Gonzalez, the suspected killer, on July 12. Chavers knew Gonzalez as Pat Poff and had taken karate classes with [...]

Blog attracts NY Times

Blog attracts NY Times

In today's edition of the New York Times: "The official storyline was clear. The state attorney said it was a robbery; Byrd and Melanie Billings, the parents of 13 adopted children with special needs, were murdered in their nine-bedroom house just a few miles from here because they were [...]

Wiggins may lose 1971 Buick

Early this week the Escambia County Sheriff's Office had a forfeiture hearing before Judge Frank Judge concerning the 1971 Buick Gran Sport Convertible that Pamela and Hugh Wiggins own. As part of that hearing, Investigator Thomas Watts submitted an affidavit as how the car is involved with [...]

Zoo closes – temporarily

Press Release: In an effort to conserve funds while awaiting final decisions from Escambia & Santa Rosa County Commissions, The ZOO Northwest Florida will temporarily close to the public on Monday, August 17th through Friday, August 21st. If funding is received, The ZOO will reopen on Friday the [...]

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