DELUNA FEST Pensacola’s largest outdoor music festival announced this week Linkin Park as its top headliner. It’s a major coup for Scott Mitchell and his crew. Linkin Park has never played the Gulf Coast. MTV2 named the band the third best of the new millennium behind Oasis and Coldplay. Billboard ranked Linkin Park No. 19 on the Best Artists of the Decade chart.
PENSACOLA SYMPHONY Florida’s longest continually-operating professional orchestra has won The American Prize for Orchestral Performance and Conducting in the Professional Orchestra Category for 2011. The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra was chosen from a pool of professional orchestras from around the nation based on a recording submitted to the judges.
UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA The local university is one of America’s Top Colleges, according to the annual Forbes poll. This is the first time UWF has been listed in the Forbes ranking. America’s Top Colleges is a listing of the 650 best undergraduate colleges and universities in America. With an overall ranking of 490, UWF was ranked above six other Florida public universities. UWF was also listed at No. 27 on the Top 100 Best Buy Colleges list for 2011, No. 136 in the Best Southern Colleges and No. 168 in the Best Research Universities category.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY Permits for borrow pits apparently aren’t being enforced. Everyone remembers the Roads, Inc. “catfish pond” debacle, but few of us knew that the county has as many as six active soil burrow pits that have been operating without a county permit for more than five years.
TIM PAWLENTY The former Minnesota governor decided placing third in the Iowa presidential straw poll was enough for him to drop out of the 2012 Republican presidential race. Although only 16,892 votes were cast in the poll, Pawlenty was discouraged by only receiving 2,293 of them. The race for the GOP nomination is left to Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and possibly Sarah Palin.
PAM BONDI The Florida Attorney General is under scrutiny after allegations of old-fashioned political interference in cases and a revolving door between lawyers and the companies they investigate. An outside investigator is looking into the circumstances surrounding the May firings of foreclosure fraud investigators June Clarkson and Theresa Edwards. Another investigator, Andrew Spark, abruptly resigned after giving the media a 16-page memo noting that two other high-profile lawyers in the attorney general’s office had taken jobs with companies under investigation, and accusing top management of interfering in an investigation of a prominent Tampa car dealership.