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Winners & Losers 8/30/12

Winners

Billy Hamilton
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ shortstop stole on August 21 four bases to set a new professional baseball record for stolen bases in a single season. The record fell 20 years to the day after Vince Coleman and Donnell Nixon broke Rickey Henderson’s single-season stolen base record with their 131st stolen base of the 1983 season.

John Switzer
The University of West Florida College of Business graduate recently committed a planned gift valued at $2.75 million to provide support to the UWF College of Business and UWF Athletics. The donation is one of the largest contributions in UWF history.  Switzer received a B.S.B.A in Management Information Systems from the University of West Florida in 1989 after completing a successful career in the U.S. Navy.

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority
The utility recently was given by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) its prestigious 2012 SWANA Gold Award in the Public Education category and the 2012 SWANA Bronze Award in the Collection Systems category. The Gold Award honors the outstanding public education campaign that ECUA developed and utilized in the start-up and subsequent enhancements of its curbside recycling program. The Bronze Award recognizes ECUA’s comprehensive automated collection program that serves 74,000 residential and 1,100 commercial customers.

Losers

Gulf Power & Hurricanes
Since 1994, Gulf Power naming a new president has been the harbinger of hurricanes hitting our area, particularly if the president holds the office more than a year. Travis Bowden was named in 1994, and we were hit the following year by hurricanes Erin and Opal. Susan Story brought Ivan and Dennis. Stan Connally recently took the helm. Watch out for 2013.

West Pensacola
According to police reports and other sources, the west side of Pensacola is embroiled in a deadly turf war between two families. Possibly as many as four people have been killed as a result. Law enforcement is trying to put an end to it, but neighbors fear for their safety and are reluctant to provide evidence.

Todd Akin
The Congressman from Missouri forgot that that he was supposed to say his crazy ideas about rape victims and pregnancy in mixed company. When he told a reporter on camera that he believed a woman’s body can shutdown a pregnancy resulting from a “legitimate” rape, Republicans, Democrats, physicians and those who counsel rape victims jumped on Akin. All want him to drop of out of his U.S. Senate race. It’s a shame the GOP can’t shutdown this “legitimate” candidate.