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Winners & Losers 10.07

Winners

TROY BROWN The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office missing persons investigator was assigned the case of Tia McShane, age 11, who hadn’t been seen for years. The child was restricted to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy. Her father, who had divorced her mother, began looking for Tia when he discovered her mother had died. The investigation led Brown to a rental unit in the mother’s name and what may be the remains of the young girl. Brown’s perseverance and the help of the Florida Department of Children and Families, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, KlaasKids Foundation for Children, and Gulf Coast Search and Recovery were critical to the investigation.

SHAPE The Substance (abuse), HIV Assessment and Prevention Education program at the Lakeview Center recently received $1.49 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Covering a five-year period, the grant calls for SHAPE to focus its prevention efforts on young adults, ages 18 to 24. It also allows the program to expand its Rapid HIV Testing and Education Service through the use of social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter.

STUDER GROUP The Gulf Breeze, Florida-based healthcare consulting firm has recently been named to the 2010 Best Small Business Workplaces list published by the Great Place to Work Institute. The Studer Group implements evidence-based leadership systems and practices that help healthcare organizations attain and sustain outstanding results. It was ranked 14th in the small business division of the “50 Best” list compiled each year by the Great Place to Work Institute and announced in Entrepreneur magazine.

Losers

RICK SANCHEZ The CNN host was fired following his controversial comments on a radio show. Sanchez called Jon Stewart, popular Comedy Central host, a “bigot” and said that CNN and the other networks are all run by Jewish people. Meanwhile, Glenn Beck promotes daily his revisions of history which inevitably somehow link President Obama to the Nazis and Beck is rewarded by Fox News.

MEG WHITMAN The California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (R-CA) has taken a strong stance on illegal immigration. She wants to hold employers accountable for hiring only documented workers. Her popular conservative position has been undermined by the recent revelation that she has employed an undocumented worker as a maid for the past nine years. Oops.

ALAN GRAYSON The Democratic congressman for Orlando crossed the line when he began running ads labeling his opponent Daniel Webster as “Taliban Dan.” The Grayson campaign has also been caught editing a video clip to make Webster, who has served in the state legislature and rose to become both House speaker and Senate majority leader, appear to say the opposite of what he really said.

CHRISTINE O’DONNELL The Tea Party-backed Republican candidate of the U.S. Senate in Delaware is having trouble in the limelight after she beat moderate Rep. Mike Castle in the GOP primary. O’Donnell’s Zoominfo.com and LinkedIn accounts state she earned a certificate in “Post Modernism in the New Millennium” from Oxford. She didn’t, although she did take a summer course with the Phoenix Institute at their Oxford University location. The O’Donnell campaign claims she did not set up the accounts.