Pensacola, Florida
Wednesday April 26th 2017

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Winners & Losers 4/20/17

Winners
Saenger Theatre
Through a joint effort with the Technology Department of the City of Pensacola, patrons who attend events at the Saenger Theatre now have access to public Wi-Fi. Many shows at the Saenger require that cell phones be turned off during the performance as a matter of etiquette for the performers and the patrons surrounding them, so it is encouraged that cell phone usage is limited to pre-show and intermission times only.

Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter
When it was formed in July 2015, Friends created the Heartworm Treatment Sponsorship Program to help dogs entering the shelter system that were heartworm positive. The goal was to help break down any barriers for adopters interested in adopting heartworm positive dogs by offering assistance through partner vet clinics. This month, Fran became the fiftieth dog the group has assisted with heartworm treatment.

UWF Center for Cybersecurity
The National Security Agency named UWF the National Center Academic of Excellence Cybersecurity Regional Resource Center for the Southeastern region. In this role, the UWF Center for Cybersecurity will serve as the CAE Regional Resource Center for all institutions of higher education in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Puerto Rico. The center will receive a nearly $200,000 grant and will work with the NSA CAE Program Office and other hubs to enhance cybersecurity education and expand the CAE Program across the nation.

Loser
Florida Grapefruit
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s monthly forecast put Florida’s citrus industry on pace to fill 8.1 million 90-pound boxes of grapefruit, down 1.5 million from the first forecast for the current season and nearly 3 million below the 2015-2016 output. A month ago, the industry was forecast to fill 8.9 million boxes. Meanwhile, the statewide orange crop is on pace to fill 67 million 90-pound boxes, the same as predicted in March. During the 1990s, the industry filled more than 200 million boxes of oranges annually.

Big Tobacco
Pointing to the “intentional” wrongdoing in the past by the tobacco industry, the Second District Court of Appeal ordered Philip Morris USA and Liggett Group, LLC to pay a full $35-million jury award in a case involving a man who had to undergo two double-lung transplants. The three-judge panel overturned a lower-court decision that would have reduced the payment because of a finding that former smoker Richard Boatright was partially at fault.

Open Carry
A divided Florida Supreme Court will not reconsider a March ruling that upheld a long-standing state ban on people openly carrying firearms in public. Dale Norman, who challenged the constitutionality of the law after being arrested in 2012 in St. Lucie County for openly carrying a gun in a holster, requested reconsideration of the ruling. But the court, by a 4-2 margin, rejected Norman’s request.