Escambia County

Maybe why ECSO K-9 unit suspended

May 1, 2009

2005 was a very bad year for the K-9 unit…particularly two deputies that cost the ECSO at least two lawsuits. February 2005 Gulf Breeze teen, Addison Salter, is bitten by K-9 after a disturbance at Valentine’s…

Santa Rosa does well on FCAT, too

May 1, 2009

While 12 out of 38 elementary schools in Escambia County equaled or exceeded the state average for the percentage of students who did 4.0 or higher on FCAT writing test. Santa Rosa County had 11 out…

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Looking deeper at FCAT scores

May 1, 2009

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas’ press release and the PNJ article on the FCAT are based on the percentage of students that did 3.5 or greater on the FCAT writing test. A higher standard is the percentage of…

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Jim Paul deserves some FCAT credit

May 1, 2009

Former Superintendent Jim Paul deserves some credit for the increase FCAT writing scores over the past seven years….but don’t expect Malcolm Thomas to mention it in his press releases. In fact, new Superintendent Thomas has also…

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ECSO dogs shutdown

May 1, 2009

WEAR TV 3 reported last night that K-9 unit at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has been temporarily shutdown by the Department of Justice. According to WEAR, the Department of Justice – which is investigating complaint…

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“Why we are firefighters”

May 1, 2009

This comment was posted elsewhere on the blog. I think it deserves more attention: After the pension workshop I had a few thoughts I felt compelled to write down… you; however, are not compelled to read…

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Gun Shots

April 30, 2009

Pensacola shop owner sent me this photo: “I enjoyed reading your article about the shootings in Pensacola. On a recent Saturrday I got to work to discover a bullet hole in one of my store front…

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Blog stats

April 29, 2009

Rick’s Blog began in the spring of 2006. To date, I made 4,016 posts – about four per day. We have had 27,386 comments – an average of 6.8 comments per post. Of course, we have…

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McCollum-early favorite for GOP race

April 28, 2009

Political analyst Roger Stone reports Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is the early favorite to be the Republican nominee for Governor if Charlie Crist choses to run for the U.S. Senate. A recent Fabrizio-McLaughlin poll of…

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Bruno/Food World has a buyer

April 27, 2009

The Mobile Press Register reports that C&S Wholesale Grocers of Keene, N.H., the wholesaler that supplies Bruno’s and Food World, is the bidder most likely to seek a large number of stores in the bankruptcy auction…

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Council moms tackle parks

April 27, 2009

Council member Megan Pratt is in the PNJ for pushing her idea of creating a natural playground near the new Tryon Branch library. Read more. Council member Maren DeWeese led on Saturday a group of volunteers,…