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Winners & Losers 11/23/12

WINNERS

Pensacola State College
The college received the first annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.  PSC was selected based on its diversity and inclusion initiatives that cover all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.

Robert Tran
The Pensacola High School International Baccalaureate student has been named as the Escambia County School District’s 2013 Sunshine State Scholar and will represent the district at the 2013 Sunshine State Scholars Program in Orlando.

Gulf Power
The electric utility recently surpassed the 5 billion-gallon mark in the amount of treated water used at the Plant Crist electric generating plant north of Pensacola.
The water is provided by the Emerald Coast Utility Authority’s new Central Water Reclamation Facility. Plant Crist uses the treated water in its steam generating process and to operate the scrubber system, which reduces regulated air emissions from Plant Crist by more than 95 percent.

Escambia County Employees
Outgoing County Commissioner Kevin White will be getting a lot of Christmas cards this year from happy county employees. White made the motion for them to all receive a three-percent raise.

LOSERS

Allen West
The numbers shows the freshman congressman and hero to the Tea Party movement failed to win reelection.  However, the African-American Republican isn’t giving up his seat, which includes northern Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties, without a fight. So far, he has been unsuccessful in finding enough votes to send him back to D.C.

Beirut
The capital and largest city of Lebanon has cancelled its scheduled Gallery Night out of fear of being called the “Pensacola of the Middle East.” Despite being situated on a peninsula with a seaport like our “Upside of Florida” hamlet, Beirut’s disheveled officials decided not to risk someone losing his temper.

BP
The oil giant reached an agreement with the federal government that included 14 guilty pleas and $4.5 billion in fines for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil disaster. BP still may be hit with fines for spills under the Clean Water Act. Depending on whether the company is found grossly negligent, BP could be fined anywhere from $5 billion to $21 billion, or $1,100 to $4,300 per barrel spilled. The U.S. Department of Justice also announced that two BP employees will be charged with manslaughter as a result of their negligence.