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Winners & Losers 5/5/11

Winners
NAVY SEALS A team of U.S. Navy SEALs along with CIA attacked Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan and shot the world’s most-wanted terrorist in the head. U.S. helicopters landed the elite Navy SEAL Team Six and CIA paramilitaries in the compound, which was 60 miles north of the Pakistan capitol, Islamabad. They completed their task in less than 40 minutes, according to news reports.

PATS CENTER The students at the PATS Center competed in their first Odyssey of the Mind competition in Orlando, Fla. by sending three teams. The Unhinged Structure team placed 8th in the state. The team members were Kenneth Burrell, Daron Byrd, Jacob Craney, Doug Floyd and Tyler Werkeiser. The Extreme Mouse Mobiles team placed 14th in the state. The team members were Christopher Cloud, Joey Jordan, Wesley Malecki, Joseph McCormack and Quandarius Wilson. The teams received the three highest scores in the spontaneous portion of the competition.

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION Its full legislative agenda cleared both Florida houses. The bills include proposals fining local governments who dare pass gun-regulating ordinances, changes to the open-carry law and limiting physicians’ questions about patients’ gun ownership. Two members of the Northwest Florida Legislative team, Sen. Greg Evers and Rep. Matt Gaetz, pushed the bills and will be handsomely rewarded by the NRA.

Losers
JOHN JOLLY JR. The attorney for the City of Pensacola removed an allegation from his court filing that teenager Victor Steen was under the influence of marijuana when he was struck and killed by a city police cruiser and therefore 50 percent responsible for his death. There was no testimony during a two-day coroner’s inquest that Steen was under the influence of drugs at the time he was killed by Pensacola Police Officer Jerald Ard.

DONALD TRUMP While President Barack Obama was weighing the decision to send his elite Navy SEALs into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden, presidential hopeful Donald Trump wanted to play show-and-tell with President Obama’s birth certificate–proving that the millionaire is more sideshow barker than statesman. It’s only fitting that the president’s announcement of the successful operation interrupted the last few minutes of Trump’s television show.

PAKISTAN Osama bin Laden owned an elaborately fortified, million-dollar compound only miles away from a military academy. How did Pakistani officials not know of the al-Qaida leader’s presence? The U.S. government did not inform Pakistani officials beforehand about the successful helicopter assault that killed bin Laden in Abbottabad, which is an indication of how little our government trusted the Pakistani government, which is slated for nearly $3 billion in aid from us for fiscal 2012.