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FAMU money problems

FAMU money problems

I almost hesitated posting this because I felt it might look like I'm piling on African-American leaders for poor financial management. But this is news. Miami Herald reports that auditors have found several problems at Florida A&M University: • More than $39 million in university spending [...]

Manley-Front Porch analysis

Manley-Front Porch analysis

Yesterday's Front Porch press conference leaves more questions than answers. There is still conflicting information. The state is doing the right thing by suspending the operations of Front Porch until the inspector general can fully investigate the local program. The daily newspaper was [...]

Blog view – 3/21/07

Blog view – 3/21/07

Buzz: Front Porch press conference

IN editor Duwayne Escobedo attended the press conference and reports: Surrounded by about two dozen friends, family, black community leaders and some of the Governor’s Front Porch Revitalization Council of Pensacola board members, Thelma Manley denied any mishandling of the agency’s funds [...]

Thelma Manley

A review of the PNJ newspaper archives reveals that Pensacola Front Porch had a rocky start. Manley became community liason after director Johnny Crawford was ousted for excluding community input. State leaders had to intervene and get the program back on track. Crawford had helped the chamber get [...]

History of Pensacola Front Porch

The daily has had two articles on possible irregularities with Pensacola's Front Porch and allegations of community liason Thelma Manley misusing funds. PFP was part of Gov. Jeb Bush's faith-based initiatives - similar to what his brother George did when he was in governor of Texas. Here is [...]

Blog view 3/20/07

Blog view 3/20/07

Global Warming, Local Solutions

Press release: PENSACOLA, FL March 19, 2007 – Sustainable West Florida and Gulf Coast Environmental Defense, in coordination with other local organizations, today announced a campaign to raise public awareness about global warming and address climate change issues in the Gulf Coast [...]

IMPACT 100, now IMPACT 472

...not really. They'll keep the IMPACT 100 name, but the good news is they will now give 4 grants of $118,000 each. Press release: IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, a local women’s philanthropy group, is pleased to announce its 2007 membership of 472 members. In 2007, IMPACT 100 will distribute [...]

Goombay announces bands

Goombay announces bands

“Lively Up Yourself” is the order of the day. Goombay Gulf Coast announced today its performers for the first ever Goombay Festival on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the Belmont-Devilliers district. Steel drum bands representing schools throughout North America scheduled to [...]

Disagree with MOB

Disagree with MOB

I have to disagree with daily columnist and court room diarist, Mark O'Brien, on his last column: Economics 101: Florida offers some of the cheapest tuition in the nation, so it makes sense to raise students' fees and give taxpayers a break." Florida's higher education system is one of the best [...]

City sanitation question

City sanitation question

In today's issue of the daily, Mayor John Fogg says "the rising cost of fuel, which the city did not plan for, was a big reason for the increase". How could the City staff underestimate the cost of fuel? The US Dept. of Energy predicted last year: "As of May 2006, EIA expects that national [...]

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