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Matt Gaetz tweet gets him in trouble

Matt Gaetz tweet gets him in trouble

GAETZ APOLOGIZES FOR CONTROVERSIAL TWEET State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, apologized Friday for a Twitter post that drew criticism about possible racial overtones. The controversy started Thursday when Gaetz tweeted about a lawsuit filed by Senate Democrats challenging a House decision [...]

Save the Ella Jordan House

Save the Ella Jordan House

Locals have been working to save and restore the Ella Jordan House, which was built around 1890. It is located at the corner of LaRua and C streets. Mrs. Ella L. Jordan founded the City of Pensacola’s Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, Inc. The house was once a neighborhood gathering spot [...]

Newpoint: Superintendent and staff knew of grade tampering allegations a year ago

Newpoint: Superintendent and staff knew of grade tampering allegations a year ago

Despite earlier claims that district only recently learned of possible grade tampering at Newpoint High School, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and his staff knew of the allegations in May 2014, according to records Inweekly has received from the School District through a public records request. [...]

Escambia County: No place for heroes (video)

Escambia County: No place for heroes (video)

Escambia County employee Kelley Bradford went to work April 30, 2014. Her workplace - Central Booking and Detention Center - was flooded, and several of her co-workers complained of the smell of gas. While others chose to go home or not report for work, Kelley went to work in the property [...]

PS today: Latest on Newpoint allegations

PS today: Latest on Newpoint allegations

School Board member Jeff Bergosh will be on the show to discuss the latest information the allegations of grade tampering at Newpoint High School. Pensacola Speaks airs on News Talk 1370 WCOA Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can call in and join the discussion – 850-478-3116.

Senate scuttles Conscience Protection bill

Senate scuttles Conscience Protection bill

A controversial bill that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples appears ready to die Friday with the end of the regular legislative session. House members passed the so-called "conscience protection" bill (HB 7111), but it did not reach the Senate [...]

Newpoint: Principal told teachers their jobs depended on graduate rate

Newpoint: Principal told teachers their jobs depended on graduate rate

Newpoint High School is under investigation after we reported in March that whistleblowers came forward with allegations of grade tampering. The school had weeks before received a check from Gov. Rick Scott for "earning" its third consecutive "A" grade. Newpoint responded to the controversy with [...]

Hayward revisits Piedmont Road

Hayward revisits Piedmont Road

As better weather sparkled across the freshly laid blacktop, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward thought back to last year. “I can remember Chief Simmons picking me up and driving through the city,” Hayward said. “When I showed up on Piedmont it was like a river running through it.” On [...]

Hear the story of Kelley Bradford

Hear the story of Kelley Bradford

On Pensacola Speaks, Inweekly reporter T.S. Strickland talks about his exclusive interview with hero Kelley Bradford, who Escambia County will honor next week and then fire. Kelley's daughter called after the Strickland interview Then I gave a rant on this subject - not as articulate [...]

DIB chairman talks about banning outdoor liquor sales on Gallery Night

DIB chairman talks about banning outdoor liquor sales on Gallery Night

DIB chairman John Peacock yesterday came on Pensacola Speaks to talk about future Gallery Nights. The DIB board voted on Tuesday to limit outdoor alcohol sales during Gallery nights was an effort to prevent any incidents that might ruin the reputation of downtown Pensacola being safe. The vote [...]

Message to Escambia County: Show Compassion for Kelley

Message to Escambia County: Show Compassion for Kelley

I'm not sure the people of Escambia County agree with the decision to fire a jail employee who has been widely recognized for her valor and courage during last year's explosion at the Central Booking and Detention Center. Our feature news story this week - "A Legacy of Trauma" - has an exclusive [...]

PS Today: Find out the story behind DIB Gallery Night alcohol decision

PS Today: Find out the story behind DIB Gallery Night alcohol decision

Downtown Improvement Board chairman John Peacock will come on Pensacola Speaks today at 5:30 p.m. to talk about DIB's vote to only beer and wine be sold on the street during Gallery Night. There is more to this story. Also T.S. Strickland will talk about his story on the lingering injuries from [...]

Breaking news:  Bayview Community Resource Center to be demolished

Breaking news: Bayview Community Resource Center to be demolished

Inweekly reporter Jeremy Morrison attended the first stop on Mayor Ashton Hayward's Flood Recovery Tour. At an informal press conference on Piedmont Road, Mayor Hayward said the Bayview Resource Center will be demolished. We will a full report on the Piedmont tour stop tomorrow morning. [...]

Ingram on Sine Die adjournment (podcast)

Ingram on Sine Die adjournment (podcast)

On Pensacola Speaks yesterday, State Rep. Clay Ingram said that he was shocked when Speaker Steve Crisafulli called for a Sine Die adjournment. "It was a shock," said Ingram. "There're mixed emotions. You have bills that you've worked on for months and months and months that have been courted, [...]

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