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Winners & Losers 11/10/11

Winners

SHERIFF DAVID MORGAN Operation Anything for a Buck netted 75 indictments and over 270 illegal firearms. It was a joint effort with several law enforcement agencies, but all were quick to give the Escambia County sheriff credit for devoting the manpower and other resources necessary to make the eight-month operation a success. Couple this with his office’s other initiatives, such as Operation Clean Sweep and Desks to Roads, Morgan is having a very successful year in combating crime.

ARIELLE LANGHORNE The local photographer has been awarded in the 2011 International Image Competition of The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP). Langhorne competed against thousands of image entries, which were judged based on impact, technical merit, composition and creativity.  Her image “En Couronne” received 3rd Place in the Seniors category, and she also received 2nd Place in the Maternity category for “Expecting.”

RAY RAPPA The West Florida High School Health Science Academy instructor was honored recently as the first Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Medal of Honor Winner, which will now bear his name. Each year a health science teacher will be selected from the region as The Ray Rappa HOSA Medal of Honor Award winner.

Losers

TONY HENDERSON The chief assistant public defender for the First Judicial Circuit may have found a new way to pick up women if allegations that he requested sexual favors in exchange for effective legal services for a former client are true. Henderson ran in 2008 against his boss, James Owens, for the public defender job and landed the number two spot in that office. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation of him has bumped Commissioner Wilson Robertson from the front pages of the daily newspaper.

LINCOLN PARK ELEMENTARY Another public school located in a black neighborhood is on the chopping block. The handwriting is on the wall, folks. Despite what the Superintendent of Schools is telling you, he intends to shut it down. The Thomas legacy appears to be mega-size schools and classroom trailers in the white neighborhood schools, as the historic black neighborhood facilities are boarded up.

BOB TYLER Last week, his Toyota dealership and sales manager lost an expensive lawsuit for unsavory business practices aimed at hurting his competitor, Eastern Shore Toyota owner Shawn Esfahani.  A federal grand jury awarded $7.5 million ($2.5 million-compensatory damages, $5 million-punitive) to Esfahani for Tyler’s staff referring to his dealership as “Taliban Toyota.”