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Winners & Losers 5/22/14

Winners
Timothy Jones
The University of West Florida student was recently selected to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Jones was nominated by the Student Veterans of America’s national office in recognition of his dedication to assisting fellow veterans at UWF. Since 2012, he has earned 266 hours of community service.

John Kyles
The Pensacola man claimed a $1 million scratch-off game prize on May 13 at the Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Kyles purchased his winning “50X THE CASH” ticket from the Tom Thumb at 4805 Mobile Highway. He chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $711,505.77.

Megan Waldron
The Charge Nurse at Baptist Hospital has been selected as the Nurse of the Year for the Pensacola area. Waldron is the formal resource person for all of new Baptist nurses. The award recognizes a nurse who has made outstanding contributions to patient care and demonstrates excellent outcomes.

BRACE
Since the floods of April 29, the non-profit Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) has coordinated the Disaster Case Management and the Temporary Shelter task forces. BRACE has helped people, many of whom have never experience such disaster losses, access the wide array of services available. They have worked tirelessly to help with our recovery.

Losers
Pentagon
Sexual harassment in the military is still going unreported. According to the anonymous Workplace and Gender Relations Survey released by Defense Department last year, nearly 47,000 women and 48,000 men experienced sexual harassment in 2012. Yet the Pentagon recently released a report that stated in 2013 only 1,366 formal and informal reports of sexual harassment were made across all branches of service. Commanders deemed less than 60 percent of complaints, “substantiated.” Of those substantiated, the majority of offenders only received some form of administrative punishment.

Humane Society of the United States
A 14-year battle over the care of Feld Entertainment’s circus elephants ended recently with the Humane Society of the United States and others paying a $15.75 million settlement. The lawsuit was filed by a company the Humane Society acquired, along with other animal rights groups, against Feld, parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, over the care of its 43 Asian elephants.

Red Lobster
Darden Restaurants has agreed to sell its Red Lobster seafood chain to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion in cash over the protests of activist investor Starboard Value LP who opposed plans to shed the struggling chain. Darden expects net cash proceeds of about $1.6 billion from the sale.