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What does “Will Call” mean?

What does “Will Call” mean?

There's a lot of CYA going on in the death of Leonard Black in the county jail. In follow-up story in the News Journal, the reporter tries to find out how the man could remain in the jail for over six months for a violation of parole (a driving without a license charge) and rack up $330,000 in [...]

Support for Hall

I sincerely hope a less inflammatory and factually based follow-up article hits the old fashioned news racks as well as online editions soon. The important issue remains what Sam originally highlighted: work ethic and accountability ---- he (Sam) shined the light on a version of [...]

Meet Park developers

Meet Park developers

We've started a new Inside Business section to the Independent News. This month we have an in-depth look at the finalists to be the master developer at the Community Maritime Park. They are impressive and bring a wealth of talent and experience to the project. Any of them would do a fine [...]

Letter from Sam Hall

The major discrepancy the 26 July 2007 Pensacola News Journal article regarding my truck's brake failure is that it was neither I nor any associate of mine who thought the manner the brake assembly failed was suspicious, it was the tow truck driver who came to take my truck to the garage. Indeed, [...]

Obesity is contagious

Obesity is contagious

The  New England Journal of Medicine reports that people are most likely to become obese when a friend becomes obese. That increases a person’s chances of becoming obese by 57 percent. I'm glad to read this. I thought it was the Coronas and buffalo wings I was consuming. Read: Study Says [...]

City employees don’t like criticism

City employees don’t like criticism

That's what the title of today's News Journal story could have been. Sam Hall writes a joke about city workers taking naps in their city trucks; City manager Tom Bonfield and city employees are offended; and the News Journal is there to report it. The only response is for people to get out their [...]

Pensacola moves slooooooooooooow

Here's example of how slowly things move in Pensacola versus the rest of the world: On May 12, 2007, Grand Prairie Texas passed a 1/8 cent sales tax referendum to fund a baseball stadium - $16 million, 4000 seats. They have already started construction and could throw out the first pitch next [...]

Simple Strong Mayor Plan

Let's follow the San Diego model: Vote for a five-trial period for the strong mayor beginning January 1, 2009. We will elect the first strong mayor in November, 2008. The mayor would be up for election again in 2010 and 2012. Here's the wording for the referendum: Shall the City Charter be [...]

Only Pensacola: Man jailed for excessive 911 calls

A Pensacola man is charged with making false 9-1-1 calls. Authorities say Cheveon Ford made 292 calls since the beginning of this month. He was arrested Tuesday. Authorities say the 21-year-old told deputies he made the calls because he didn't have any minutes on his phone and that 9-1-1 is a [...]

Legal Buzz – inside the judicial center

Legal Buzz – inside the judicial center

One criminal defense expert tells the IN that judges like Shackleford and Judge Linda Nobles are known not to set bonds for VOP (Violations of Parole), since the Florida Constitution doesn't require them. It's done as a time-saving or corner-cutting measure in a backlogged court system.  [...]

Pensacola drops millage

On Monday, the City of Pensacola Finance Committee approved the City Manager’s recommended 2008 millage of 4.598 mills, down from 4.95. This will be voted on by the full body on Thursday night.

History on Esc. Co. Public Health

A Brief History of Public Health in Escambia County, Florida By: John J. Lanza, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP Director, Escambia County Health Department Verified by: John Appleyard, Historian University of West Florida The history of public health in Escambia County began in 1821 when Florida became [...]

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