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Proud Dad

May 15, 2009

My daughter Claney sang the National Anthem at the Pelicans Home Opener. If the video isn’t appearing, try this link.…

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More notes on Valentino meeting

May 15, 2009

The meeting with Gene Valentino could have been contentious, but it wasn’t. The meeting with the Commissioner and County Administrator Bob McLaughlin had been scheduled two weeks ago. I went into it wanting to give Commissioner…

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Conservative blog trends

May 15, 2009

Here are the overnight trends for the conservative blogs according to NetRightNation.com: Issue Trends 1. Medicare: + 265.52 % 2. Social Security: + 165.91 % 3. EPA Restrictions: + 103.85 % 4. Freedom of Information: +…

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Valentino shares his plan (updated)

May 14, 2009

Updated 11:42 am, May 15 Commissioner Gene Valentino gave the IN a peek into his black box to see his economic development plan. He will fully present his proposal –yes, it is on a DVD– at…

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No inner city soccer fields

May 14, 2009

I know some of the council members are scrambling to learn more about soccer fields inside the City limits. The only ones I can find are next to Roger Scott. There are none on the west…

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WEAR picks up IN human trafficking story

May 14, 2009

Of course, we did the story two years ago – Shauna’s Story of Slavery. At the time we got national attention – CBS News and Air America Radio. Last year, NBC and MSNBC picked up the…

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Man arrested for Domestic Violence put into PTR (Correction)

May 14, 2009

Correction: We originally incorrectly reported the judges involved in this case. Judge Thomas Johnson handled the first appearance. Also the State Attorney’s office did object to the PTR. This week’s cover story is on Escambia County’s…

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Canadians follow local trial closely

May 13, 2009

A lawsuit against a major tobacco company that is being tried in Escambia County is being closely followed by a team of Canadian lawyers interested in fighting “Big Tobacco” in their own country. This case (Martin…

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Sink to run for Governor

May 13, 2009

It’s official– Florida CEO Alex Sink has announced that she will run for Governor in 2010. She issued the following statement regarding the 2010 Florida governors race: “Floridians from Pensacola over to Jacksonville and all the…

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Gaetz: No deep cuts for K-12 funding

May 13, 2009

State Sen. Don Gaetz reports that funding for K-12 will remain about the same per student for the upcoming school years: Escambia County will earn $6,577.03 per student in 2010, a slight increase over this year’s…

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Commissioners vote to cut own pay

May 13, 2009

Not in Escambia or Santa Rosa counties. It is in Pinellas County where the commissioners voted 4-3 during a budget workshop to cut their salaries by 4 percent next year—a $3,638 cut. According to the St.…

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Wood: Hall called about PEDC

May 12, 2009

Just got off the phone with Charles Wood, the senior vice president for economic development for the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. On April 28, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Wood received a phone call from…

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Did Hall and Valentino violate Sunshine Laws?

May 12, 2009

Did Councilman Sam Hall and Commissioner Gene Valentino violate Florida Sunshine Laws? Hall and Valentino both serve on the Pensacola-Escambia Economic Development Commission (PEDC). Valentino is the chairman, Hall vice-chair. According to Commissioner Valentino’s appointment calendar,…

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Missing the point about ACLU suit

May 12, 2009

North Escambia.com has an article on the Northview High School seniors holding a baccalaureate service. The class is “not going to let a federal judge and the ACLU put an end to the school’s history of…

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Wiggins gives Pensacola Promise the cold shoulder

May 11, 2009

After listening to hours on schools, bathrooms for Roger Scott, freedom of speech lawsuits and wage/benefit comparison studies, Mayor Mike Wiggins shot down Council member Maren DeWeese’s college scholarship before she even had a chance to…