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Winners & Losers 11.04

Winners

JOSH HENDERSHOTT Sheriff David Morgan called Deputy Hendershott “a hero” for entering a home after hearing the gunshots that wounded three Escambia County deputies without knowing where the gunman was located, and pulling the wounded deputy Jeremy Cassidy outside.

LORI COPPELS Visit Pensacola’s Group Tour Manager was honored recently during the annual Florida Motorcoach Conference for her outstanding tourism efforts. Coppels received the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding support of the Florida Motorcoach Association and for her dedication to the motorcoach industry. Coppels was also recognized for her outstanding service during her two-year term on the Florida Motorcoach Association’s Board of Directors from 2008-2010.

JOHN MOLCHAN The assistant state attorney successfully prosecuted the murder trial of Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. by taking a complex case and methodically presenting the evidence to the jury of 11 females and one male over the course of four days.

WSRE The Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has nominated WSRE’s original documentary “Gulf Islands National Seashore: The Treasure of the Gulf Coast” for the coveted Emmy award in the documentary category. WSRE is the Gulf Coast region’s local PBS television station covering southern Alabama to Okaloosa County in Florida. The awards will be announced Saturday, Dec. 4 at an awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale.

Losers

PATRICK GONZALEZ, JR. The man convicted of the murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings is now facing the death penalty despite the effort of his attorneys to convince the jury that Hugh Wiggins and Gary Sumner were the masterminds of the crime.

PENSACOLA CITY COUNCIL After Mayor Wiggins found City Attorney Rusty Wells guilty of violating city policies with his e-mails, the majority of the city council gave a vote of confidence to Wells. When the city’s consultant failed to find an issue with firefighters working second jobs while on duty, the council refused to give them a similar confidence vote until more investigations are done.

BILL CLINTON Despite everyone denying that the former president asked Congressman Kendrick Meek to drop out of the U.S. Senate race and endorse Independent candidate Charlie Crist, reliable sources have told the IN that Clinton and the White House both were pressuring Meek. Clinton still loves to play word games.

BARACK OBAMA These mid-term elections have been a flashback to 1994 when Republicans, including our very own Joe Scarborough, were swept into office giving control of the House to the GOP. What followed were some of the best years for our economy. The two parties had to work together. Let’s hope the same thing happens this time.