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Winners & Losers 9/5/13

Winners
West Florida Public Library
In partnership with the Jazz Society of Pensacola and the Friends of the West Florida Public Library, the downtown Pensacola branch will open this month its Jazz Room, which will house the entirety of the Main Library’s collection of approximately 800 books, CDs, and movies covering the history, performance, and culture of jazz in its many forms. Other special features of the room include a listening station where patrons can sample a variety of jazz styles before deciding which albums to check out and jazz-related artwork donated by loyal library users.

Becca Boles
The interim publisher for the daily newspaper is a Pensacola native and wife of Escambia County Circuit Judge Joel Boles. As a marketing director for the newspaper and general manager of Bella Magazine, Boles has been a standout performer for Gannett, who owns the News Journal. She has been awarded several president’s rings, the top award within the Gannett’s community newspapers division. The Independent News wishes her well. It’s good to have a local running the daily.

Rachel Zaris
This summer intern for United Way’s marketing department has been named that organization’s volunteer of the month for August. Zaris dedicated 142.75 hours of service and helped the marketing team design materials and launch new social media platforms. A recent UWF grad, she plans to pursue a career in public relations and marketing.

Losers
Bonfire Jam
Promoter Joe Lewis announced on Friday, Aug. 29 that this year’s event has been canceled as it became evident that the investment is no longer financially viable. Since 2010, Bonfire Jam has brought every December well-known country music talent to north Santa Rosa County.

Escambia County Florida Animal Shelter
On Aug. 29, a three-year-old Labrador retriever mix named Cowgirl was mistakenly euthanized by the shelter just hours before her owners were to bring her home. The dog’s intake card did not have an “arrow” drawn on the top right hand corner with the one word “over,” indicating the dog was claimed and going home, according to the Facebook group, Lost and Found Pets of Pensacola and Surrounding Areas.

Miley Cyrus
It seems like everyone has a complaint with the troubled former Disney sitcom star for her tongue wagging, foam finger performance at the VMA show. Cyrus is following in the footsteps of other Disney alumni, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan. Well, at least, we still have Kurt Russell.

Jeremy Hutchinson
The Republican state senator from Arkansas who is leading a legislative committee on the subject of giving guns to school teachers accidentally shot a teacher during an “active shooter” drill earlier this year. Fortunately, he was using only a rubber bullet-loaded pistol.