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Winners & Losers 11/17/11

WINNERS

JIMMY JONES The retired pediatric surgeon was recently named as an outstanding children’s surgeon in the state of Florida by the Children’s Medical Services. The Philip O. Lichtbau Award is given annually by The Florida Pediatric Society to a children’s surgeon who has contributed significantly either regionally or statewide to the CMS program. Dr. Jones was the first pediatric surgeon at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and served as the only pediatric surgeon in the entire Panhandle for 35 years. He is currently the assistant medical director at Nemours Children’s Clinic.

HANGOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL & GUS BRANDT The Pollstar Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2012. The Hangout Music Festival has been nominated for Music Festival of the Year. Pensacola native Gus Brandt is up for the Road Warrior category for his work with Foo Fighters, who played at Hangout, and Blink-182.

NEWT GINGRICH Last spring, his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination was dead in the water, but then Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann each self-destructed. Gingrich topped the latest Public Policy Polling survey, hitting 28 percent. He’s a close second behind Mitt Romney in both the CNN/ORC International poll, which showed him at 22 percent, and the McClatchy-Marist poll, which showed him at 19 percent. Will the former Speaker of the House upset Romney? Don’t bet on it.

LOSERS

CAMELOT Last week, it was disclosed that two teachers at Camelot Academy, the charter school hired by Superintendent Malcolm Thomas to handle alternative education for over 200 middle and high school students, were arrested in September for battery against students. The school and the school district kept the arrests quiet from the school board, media and the public. If it had been A.A. Dixon, would Thomas have handled it differently?

RICK PERRY The Texas governor is coming across as a less sophisticated version of former President George W. Bush, but Bush was a Yale graduate. Perry barely made it out of Texas A&M. His brain fart, in which he couldn’t remember the names of the federal departments he wants to close, at the Nov. 9 debate has sent his presidential hopes spiraling downward. Like Sarah Palin, Perry just isn’t ready for the real world and needs his own reality show, FOX News spot or both.

JOE PATERNO Another football coaching legend has gotten a less than honorable boot from the sport. “Bear” Bryant and Bobby Bowden were allowed to retire when their teams failed to win football games. Paterno’s team was in the hunt for the Big Ten championship when the Penn State board fired him.  Failure to report a child molester to law enforcement overshadows any successes on the gridiron.