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Bush administration to push for Gulf drilling

Bush administration to push for Gulf drilling

According to a Washington Post article (U.S. Proposal Would Allow Oil Drilling ): The Interior Department will announce a proposal Monday to allow oil and gas drilling in federal waters near Virginia that are currently off-limits and permit new exploration in Alaska's Bristol Bay and the Gulf of [...]

Media manufactured Jessica Lynch legend

Michael Delong, the deputy commander at United States Central Command from 2001 to 2003, has an op-ed piece in the NY Times. He tells of pressure from politicians and the press to make Lynch into a female Rambo. "The initial reports from the field regarding Private Lynch stated that she had gone [...]

Maney is back

Maney is back

Former Okaloosa County Judge Patt Maney is returning to Fort Walton Beach after three years spent in Afghanistan and Walter Reed Hospital in D.C. The decorated U.S. Army Reserve brigadier general spent 17 months there before being  "blown up" in an Aug. 21, 2005, ambush in the mountains above [...]

State Fire Marshall is coming

State Fire Marshall is coming

The State Fire Marshall is sending an investigator to examine training and certification of Escambia County volunteer firefighters, sources says. The career firefighters' union alleges the lack of state-mandated training is jeopardizing county home and business owners and creating an unsafe [...]

Grover speaks out on hotel-condo idea

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson (version 4.0) has issued a position paper on the hotel-condo issue. He is recommending the maximum stay be cut from the proposed 16 weeks to 12 weeks.  The projects have central reservation systems and standard furnishings. The largest share available [...]

Gulf1 webmaster threatens single mom

This email was forwarded to me by a single mom (with two small children) who wanted to unsubscribe from the email blasts of gulf1.com. After several attempts, she asked for help from the webmaster. All she got was a rude, demeaning email from the webmaster. She then sent an email with a phone [...]

SRIA will decide what’s a hotel

SRIA will decide what’s a hotel

SRIA chairman Vernon Prather is drafting an ordinance to define what is a hotel room. The broad will discuss and vote on it at its May 8th meeting. What's at stake: Pensacola Beach has reached its cap on residential units - which includes condos - Portofino has about 700 units. Hurricane Ivan [...]

Better Osceola idea

Better Osceola idea

Mark O'brien makes a strong argument against the Osceola Golf Course - General Fund has paid $260K over last three years to operate it. For Jan-Mar rounds played are down - which could be more a function of the weather, but Mark concludes it's due to lack of interest. What MOby misses is the [...]

FPL to help pay for going underground

Currently FPL (and Gulf Power) require local governments to pay all costs to place utility lines underground. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a proposal by Florida Power & Light (FPL) intended to provide an incentive for local governments to move overhead power lines [...]

A lesson from Va. Tech murders

The mass murderer at Va. Tech, Cho Seung-Ho, was a stalker. The first victim was a girl - Emily Hilscher - with whom Cho was infatuated. Other female students also had problems with Cho: At Virginia Tech, in September 2005, poet Nikki Giovanni had Cho removed from her class at Virginia Tech after [...]

More GOP Congressmen in trouble

More GOP Congressmen in trouble

The Miami Herald has an article about two more Republican Congressmen in trouble for illegally profiting from their party leadership positions when the GOP held the majority in the House. On successive days, Wednesday and Thursday, Reps. John Doolittle (Calif.) and Rick Renzi (Ariz.) disclosed FBI [...]

Girls Gone Wild founder sentenced

Girls Gone Wild founder sentenced

It took a Panama City judge to put GGW founder Joe Francis behind bars. Francis pled guilty yesterday to a contempt charge and was sentenced to 35 days in jail. ``I am sorry for my behavior. It was wrong. I had heard about appeals and things and I was confused. I am sorry, I really am,'' said [...]

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