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Saunders: UWF on the Rebound

Saunders: UWF on the Rebound

By Rick Outzen In October 2014, University of West Florida President Dr. Judy Bense appointed Martha Saunders the Provost and Executive Vice President of the University of West Florida. Dr. [...]

Buzz: Dry Dreams, Jail Deaths

Buzz: Dry Dreams, Jail Deaths

Dry Dreams It’s fun to imagine about the future. Citizens were given that opportunity on Jan. 22 at a joint city-county public workshop at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center on [...]

County Jail: No Place for a Child

County Jail: No Place for a Child

By Shelby Smithey Florida sends more children to adult court than any other state in the country, according to data gathered by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). This daunting statistic is [...]

Grassroots Efforts Tackle Corruption

Grassroots Efforts Tackle Corruption

By Ben Sheffler Ongoing grassroots movements to put an end to government corruption are gaining momentum and happening close to home. Move to Amend, a nonpartisan coalition of nearly 400,000 [...]

The Buzz 1/22/15

The Buzz 1/22/15

Chambers Pitch To Lawmakers The Northwest Florida Delegation heard on Jan. 15 from the business community what it would like to see the Florida Legislature accomplish this year. The list wasn’t [...]

Florida’s Criminal Justice System

Florida’s Criminal Justice System

Tough on crime – and taxpayers By T.S. Strickland This legislative session, Florida’s lawmakers will be asked to reconsider how the state deals with criminals. The “tough on crime” mantra [...]

Watson Lives His Dream

Watson Lives His Dream

By Rick Outzen Aaron Watson had a big year in 2014. The young attorney in Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty and Proctor law firm won a $12.6 million verdict for his client, making it [...]

Escambia County mulls appointed school superintendent

Escambia County mulls appointed school superintendent

By Duwayne Escobedo Five times in the past half century, Escambia County voters have resisted a nationwide trend. Unlike 99 percent of the more than 14,500 public school districts across the [...]

The Buzz 1/15/15

The Buzz 1/15/15

Wedgewood Wants More The residents of Wedgewood weren’t much interested in the stricter ordinances being proposed to regulate borrow pits and construction & debris landfills. No, they made [...]

2015 To Do Lists

2015 To Do Lists

By Rick Outzen and Duwayne Escobedo We are coming upon the midpoint of the second decade of the 21st century. The past four years we’ve dealt with an environmental disaster and leadership [...]

NAACP President Charles Thornton: New leadership, new vision

NAACP President Charles Thornton: New leadership, new vision

By Shelby Smithey Charles D. Thornton Sr., new president of the Pensacola chapter of the NAACP, assumed leadership Jan. 1 and has a progressive vision for the future of the civil rights [...]

The Buzz 1/8/15

The Buzz 1/8/15

City Lobbyist Registry On Oct. 10, 2014, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced in his digital newsletter that he wanted the city to adopt a lobbyist registry that would require those paid to lobby [...]

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