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Winners & Losers 8/15/13

Winners

Keith Campbell Family
Keith and his wife Robynn, along with daughters Brittney, Ashleigh and son-in-law Adam Bondurant, were recently recognized as Santa Rosa County’s “Outstanding Farm Family of the Year.” The Campbell’s have a rich agricultural heritage. Keith is a sixth generation farmer on his father’s side and a fourth generation farmer on his mother’s side of the family. The Campbell family of farmers emigrated from Scotland to South Carolina and finally settled in the Chumuckla area in the early 1800s.

Barbara Albrecht
The president of the Bream Fisherman Association has fought for years to get the city of Pensacola to repair its community building at Miraflores Park on 17th Avenue and East Belmont Street. After a post on Rick’s Blog detailing the bureaucratic nightmare was published, city work crews descended on the facility making most of the repairs before the group’s annual meeting on August 7. Sometimes the squeaky wheel approach works.

Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company
This part of Pensacola Little Theatre’s Treehouse Theatre division is branching off. It has incorporated as a non-profit and will be offering conservatory classes starting in September at the Pensacola Opera Center. Graduates of the conservatory program are eligible to audition for the Shakespeare Company, which performs throughout the year at local festivals.

Losers

Robert Dudley
The BP CEO is tired of paying claims from Gulf Coast residents and business owners hurt by the oil giant’s Deepwater Horizon explosion that spewed in 2010 210 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Dudley told Bloomberg’s Businessweek that he lamented what he sees as public hatred for oil companies in the United States and claims other nations love the oil industry. He blamed BP’s troubles on fraudulent claims and on trial attorneys representing those hurt by the disaster, which he described as “ambulance chasing, patent trolls.”

Ted Yoho
The Congressman from the Gainesville, Fla. area told constituents at a town hall event that a provision in Obamacare imposing a 10-percent tax on tanning bed use was a “racist tax” that discriminates “because of the color of my skin.” He claimed that liberals have used the same logic in the past. “By God, if it works for them, it’ll work for us,” said Yoho.

Sperm Whales
The sperm whales of the Gulf of Mexico have higher levels of chromium and nickel in their systems than sperm whales found anywhere else in the world, according to the preliminary analysis of Operation Toxic Gulf, a joint venture between Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Yikes!