IMPACT 100 This philanthropic organization composed of women from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties recently handed out five $114,000 grants to local non-profits. This year’s recipients are Pyramid Inc., AMIkids Pensacola, St. Michael’s Cemetery Foundation of Pensacola, Pathways for Change and FavorHouse of Northwest Florida. Bravo, ladies.
FINIS GASTON The Baker School lunch server was given a 3,600-square-foot home built on a corner lot at Rainbow Avenue and Pipeline Road by ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The home was built over six days last week by about 2,000 volunteers and professional builders. Singer Mariah Carey was in Pensacola for the final presentation to the Gaston family.
CLARK & COMPANY The Pensacola band was voted one of the 2010 Best Wedding Bands in North Florida in a recent survey of nearly 21,000 brides by The Knot magazine and the Wedding Channel. The family band includes Cecil Clark, Jonathan Clark, Virginia Clark, Christina Clark Frierdich and Caroline Norman Gibson. The band was also voted Best Wedding Band in our 2010 Best of the Coast readers’ poll.
BRIAN BARR The attorney with the Levin Papantonio law firm has been selected by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to be one of only four lawyers that will serve on the steering committee that will oversee thousands of claims against BP, Halliburton and Transocean for damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. All the spill-related lawsuits have been consolidated and will be heard by Barbier’s court in the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY COMMISSION Indigents who weigh more than 300 pounds cost the county an additional $200 when they are cremated. The county pays an additional $1 for every pound an indigent’s body exceeds 500 pounds. These facts led to a few politically incorrect jokes by commissioners. The daily newspaper and Commissioner Marie Young didn’t find them funny. Commissioner Grover Robinson missed the laugh fest entirely. Fat jokes aren’t allowed in commission chambers, but ones about Yankees are still hilarious.
PENTAGON Before WikiLeaks released 400,000 classified documents on the Iraqi War, Pentagon officials warned the whistleblower site that it was irresponsible, and the disclosure could put troops at risk in Afghanistan and Iraq. After the release on Oct. 22, officials referred to the documents as “mundane.” If so, why were the documents classified as secret in the first place?
LEGALIZED MARIJUANA California voters are apparently not as enthusiastic about Proposition 19, the measure that would legalize marijuana in their state, as they appeared to be last month. A Public Policy Institute of California survey published last week revealed that voters had changed their minds and were now opposed, 49 percent to 44 percent. A Los Angeles Times/USC poll shows 51 percent opposed, to 39 percent in favor.
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO The network fired Juan Williams for comments he made about Muslims on Fox News. Political commentators must be allowed to comment without censorship—even if it’s on Fox News.