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West Florida Intercollegiate Athletics announced a $100,000 gift commitment from Pensacola Sports and the Pensacola Sports Foundation to assist with the expansion and renovation of the UWF Athletic Training Center on the Pensacola campus. The UWF Athletic Training Center provides comprehensive healthcare services for all 15 athletic teams and more than 350 student-athletes. This gift will address the program's critical need for additional space, as UWF added both women's swimming and diving and football as varsity sports over the last five years.

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General Manager Jack Williams received the prestigious Lou Gregory Spirit Award from the Pensacola Runners Association Runners. The Lou Gregory Spirit Award is the highest award in Pensacola's running community. It was established in 1979 to honor "demonstration of great leadership and enthusiasm for helping to promote and maintain the sport of running in the Pensacola community."

KERRY ANNE SCHULTZ-BATTLE The Rotary Club of Gulf Breeze awarded SchultzBattle its Citizen of the Year. Selected for her leadership and commitment to the community, Kerry Anne Schultz-Battle is a volunteer and leader in various organizations. In addition to her role as a partner with Fountain, Schultz & Associates, her list of leadership contributions include Gulf Breeze Rotary past president, trustee of Pensacola Little Theatre and Board of Governors of the Pensacola State College Foundation.

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Tea Party to power as voters became upset with the budget deficits tied to President Barack Obama's economic recovery programs. The Tea Party advocated fiscal responsibility and elected people who promised they would be more frugal with federal tax dollars. Obama was the obstacle that prevented them from cutting the deficit. Now the Republicans control the White House and Congress, and the deficit has been estimated to exceed five percent of the gross domestic product by 2019, the largest for the economy while at full employment since World War II.

RACETRACK BINGO Larry and Dixie Masino were convicted last week in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola of wire fraud conspiracy, operating an illegal gambling business, and money laundering conspiracy. The Masinos owned and operated Racetrack Bingo in Fort Walton Beach, which purported to conduct bingo games and provide the proceeds to local charities. Between 2006 and 2015, the couple conspired to defraud the charities out of more than $8 million.

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FAKE NEWS CRISIS The Fake News Crisis isn't how newspapers report and hold our government accountable. The crisis is we are entering an era in which the technology exists to make it appear as if something has happened, regardless of whether or not it did, and public discourse can be undermined easily. In an interview for BuzzFeed, Aviv Ovadya, the Chief Technologist at the University of Michigan's Center for Social Media Responsibility, pointed out that incentives that govern the web's biggest social media platforms are calibrated to reward information that is often misleading and polarizing or both. The platforms want traffic and don't care if the users are real or fake. Facebook, Twitter, and Google prioritize clicks, shares, ads, and money over quality of information. The 2016 election showed us how vulnerable the algorithmicallyoptimized world of social media is to propaganda and misinformation. Entities tied to foreign governments manipulated the public discourse on the candidates, race and a variety of hot-button issues. Ovadya warned in the future that easyto-use and eventually seamless technological tools might allow dangerous players on the web to manipulate perception and falsify reality. The public will have a more difficult time believing what it reads, sees and hears. Advanced technology can create the belief that an event has occurred that didn't happen. Footage and audio of Donald Trump or North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un can be manipu-

lated to create an audio or video clip of one them declaring nuclear war. Ovadya said, "It doesn't have to be perfect—just good enough to make the enemy think something happened that it provokes a knee-jerk and reckless response of retaliation." Technology can also manipulate public discourse by jamming government switchboards and inboxes with algorithmically-generated pleas. That's exactly what happened last year when the Federal Communications Commission asked for public comments on changes to net neutrality protections. A Pew Research Center study found that only 6 percent of the nearly 22 million public comments about the net neutrality rules were unique comments. Automated comment filing and bot programs delivered millions of comments on both sides of the issue. The center found tens of thousands of comments were filed simultaneously at the same second several times. The flood of misinformation has begun to create apathy for news, and people have become less informed about what is happening. The ability of the press to hold our governments accountable has started to erode. Facebook, Twitter and other platforms have to increase their vigilance in weeding out the bots from their systems and create a certification system for its news. Such changes will take time but are necessary to preserve our republic. {in}

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By Rick Outzen Last week, Governor Rick Scott announced $35 million in awards for nine Florida Job Growth Grant Fund projects across the state. The governor announced the awards in Jacksonville, where he gave the city $6 million for the construction of a new 1.5-mile access roadway to the city-owned Cecil Commerce Center Mega Site to provide access for the manufacturing industry. The Canaveral Port Authority, Liberty County, Suwannee County, Columbia County, Washington County and the cities of Alachua and Port St. Lucie also were awarded grants. The only state college among the list of awardees was Pensacola State, which received $1,860, 500 for its workforce training programs. All of the awarded economic development projects will enhance community infrastructure or develop workforce training programs and have demonstrated a healthy return on investment. The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund was established by Gov. Scott and the Florida Legislature last year to encourage continued economic growth across Florida communities. The Governor's recommended 2018-2019 budget includes $85 million in continuation funding for the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. "We have worked to ensure that every awarded project will strengthen Florida's business climate and bring the best return on investment for Florida taxpayers," said Gov. Scott the ceremony in Jacksonville. 66

"Florida is competing in a global economy, and we must do everything we can to ensure our state remains the top destination for families and job creators to succeed. We will continue to work with the legislature to invest $85 million in the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, and I look forward to seeing the successful completion of these projects."

"Florida is competing in a global economy, and we must do everything we can to ensure our state remains the top destination for families and job creators to succeed. " Rick Scott The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Enterprise Florida (EFI) reviewed the projects for Gov. Scott's approval based on their return on investment to the state and to meet the demand for a robust workforce or infrastructure needs. Return on investment was calculated to determine the best projects for the state and economic development in the regions. Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of DEO, said, "We have worked diligently to evaluate more than 225 Florida Job Growth Grant Fund proposals requesting more than $821 million in funding. Each selected proposal has a strong return on investment and a commitment to improving the regional economic climate by meeting specific workforce and infrastructure

The Pensacola State College application for the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund was a collaborative effort under the umbrella of the Greater Pensacola Career Pathways initiative, which is a partnership with Pensacola State College, George Stone Technical Center and the Escambia County School District, CareerSource ESCAROSA and FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance. "Pensacola State College thanks Gov. Scott for his leadership with the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, which will help create new opportunities for our students to receive the workforce training they need for their future careers," Pensacola State President Ed Meadows said. "We will continue to do all we can to make sure our students have the resources and preparation they need to succeed." The Job Growth Fund grant will increase the number of students earning industry-recognized credentials and degrees required to enter and advance in the workforce for targeted industries, including advanced manufacturing, aviation maintenance, welding, cybersecurity/information technology, nursing, transportation and construction trades. The funds will help the area to meet the growing demand for a trained labor force. The Greater Pensacola Chamber's 2014 labor market gap analysis revealed a demand for 1,092 of net new and replacement workers for Information Technology occupations and 2,150 for Advanced Manufacturing industries. Since then, the region has seen expansions in major companies, including Navy Federal Credit Union and VTMAE, both of which considered the region's ability to provide the technical workforce needed before expanding operations in NWFL. VTMAE is expected to infuse $61.9 million a year into the local economy. Navy Federal's growing economic impact is expected to reach $243 million by 2020 and has been transformative for our community. Developing and diversifying Escambia County's pro-jobs business climate requires creating a skilled workforce in the targeted industry sectors. "FloridaWest thanks the Governor and the FLDEO for this grant which will enable area students to take advantage of great career opportunities in high wage growth areas and diversify our workforce for future projects," said Scott Luth, CEO of FloridaWest. The majority of education and training provided will be delivered through postsecondary education and training programs

at Pensacola State College campuses, centers and satellite locations enabled with connected classroom technology, and at George Stone Technical Center. The total budget of the training initiative is $4.9 million. Other grants and resources will fund the $3 million not covered by the Florida Job Growth Grant: Workforce Training Project Costs: Equipment: $ 530.750 Personnel: $ 2.336.753 Facilities: $641.222 Tuition: $473, 400 Training Materials: $ 645,801 Other: $ 280,783 Total Project Costs $4,908,710 The job training programs will also include high-school seniors participating in selected Escambia County School District's Career Academies and entering the workforce during the project period. Focusing on the career pathways will allow secondary students who earn industry-recognized certifications in high skill/high wage occupations to immediately enter the workforce while continuing with postsecondary education in technical areas offering degrees and stackable certifications. Malcolm Thomas, Superintendent of Escambia County School District, said Escambia County Schools, including George Stone Technical Center, are thrilled to be included in the Greater Pensacola Career Pathways initiative. "Anyone who has explored the variety of career and technical education academies the Escambia School District offers to middle school and high school students would know, we are dedicated to preparing students for life after graduation whether that requires college, taking additional career classes at George Stone, or having earned professional certifications that allow entry directly into the local workforce," the superintendent said. "Working together with all of our partners in this initiative helps ensure educational programs offered today will match the employment needs of our community tomorrow." Gulf Power Co., GBSI, VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Skanska, Baptist Hospital, AppRiver, Techsoft, Home Builders Association of West Florida, Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council and IT Gulf Coast and Innovation Coast, also collaborated on the proposal. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward's office released a letter that was sent to Gov. Scott also thanking him for the grant and touted him for being a "champion for Pensacola." "Congratulations to Pensacola State College for receiving this award," wrote Hayward. "This workforce development funding supports the shared goal of developing our talent and our area as a smart choice for investment and business growth." {in}

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by Jeremy Morrison Folks in Florida tend to freak out about the prospects of drilling for oil or gas off the state's shores. Even many of Florida's former proponents of energy exploration in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico-like Gov. Rick Scott-have backed awkwardly away from the notion since the 2010 oil spill. So, it was a big relief when, after seeing Florida's waters included in a newly released national plan outlining future energy exploration, Gov. Scott was able to grab a quick meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the Tallahassee airport and get the state cut from the proposed plan. The governor had tweeted about his displeasure with Florida's inclusion. Then Zinke tweeted the exemption announcement, and Scott retweeted that. Whew. Done deal. Or, maybe not. Soon after that, an official with the Department of the Interior, actually the head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) that manages offshore leasing, clarified for a subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources that the secretary's tweet was "not a formal action." "It's pretty widely believed it's a political thing," shrugged Pensacola environmentalist Christian Wagley, laying out the theory that paints Florida's inclusionturned-exemption as the Trump Administration throwing Scott a backward-engi88

neered favor as the governor eyes a bid for the Senate seat held by Sen. Bill Nelson. What Zinke's policy-by-tweet move accomplished in the immediate was drumming up a chorus of governors from others states also requesting exemptions and possible legal challenges from the energy industry. "I think it opened up this huge can of worms," Wagley said. In any case, BOEM is proceeding with a slate of public hearings scheduled in a handful of locales across the country to collect public input on the draft version of the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The proposed plan outlines how much of the nation's offshore area is open for energy exploration for the prescribed five-year period. In Florida, environmentalists from around the state attended BOEM's Feb. 8 hearing in Tallahassee to voice their objection to the proposed leasing plan. Wagley, as an organizer for Gulf Restoration Network, assembled a group from the Panhandle and rented a 15-passenger van for a field trip to the capitol.


After an early Thursday morning drive to Tallahassee, the Pensacola environmentalists spilled out of their Chevy van and into the lobby of the Sheraton hotel. All abuzz from coffee and conversation and carrying a collection of hand-painted signs.

Just inside the hotel door, BOEM had set up sign-up sheets and computer stations for attendees to type in their comments regarding the offshore leasing proposal. Unlike traditional public meeting formats, people were not afforded a public forum to voice their concerns. "They don't really want you to speak publicly at these meetings," Wagley had explained earlier. "It makes them look bad. It's awkward for them." BOEM representatives armed with visual aids and handouts manned each station. The information stations covered the assessment and final approval process, the federal government's oversight of energy exploration to ensure "environmental sustainability," outlined the "economic contributions" of offshore oil and gas drilling, and presented information about BOEM's efforts to "minimize the impacts of human-generated sound on marine life." The information stations were meant to educate attendees so that they could offer, as Mike Celata, regional director for BOEM's Gulf of Mexico Region, put it, "effective comments." Down the hallway from the BOEM affair, a collective of environmental organizations staged a tandem meeting dubbed the 'People's Hearing.' That's where Celata would have found some less-than-positive feedback regarding the new leasing proposal. "I did not peek in on that," Celata said. The "People's Hearing" provided people a venue to speak publicly on the subject of offshore drilling and the new proposal specifically. A court reporter recorded comments so that they would be entered into BOEM's official collection. Among those speaking at this event were environmentalists, business owners, scientists and academics. There was a representative from the Florida Association of Counties, and one from Sen. Nelson's office. They all symbolically directed their comments toward a brick-wall prop sporting a sticker reading "Hello, my name is BOEM." Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson was the only elected official to make the event in Tallahassee. Familiar with the risks of drilling after being deeply involved in the response efforts following the 2010 spill, the Panhandle official spoke about the number of local resolutions his county commission has taken in opposition to drilling in Florida. He discussed the efforts afoot to roll back safeguards and regulations in the offshore industry and the need for a united front against drilling off of Florida. "We believe it is not compatible with anything we want to do in Florida, whether that continues to be dealing with our military, our Air Force and Navy, or just our natural amenities and tourism," Robinson said at the hearing. "We do not believe drilling is consistent with the state of Florida."


Standing outside of the People's Hearing, Erin Handy, a Florida campaign organizer for Oceana and one of the ringleaders of the day's event, caught her breath. She felt pretty good about the turnout, and also hopeful considering the depth of opposition-from municipalities, newspaper editorial boards, politicians of every stripe, the general public-lining up against drilling in Florida. "It's unpopular, it's unacceptable, and it's widely opposed," Handy said. The Oceana organizer recalled how she felt last month when the Trump Administration first released the new leasing proposal. "We weren't surprised," Handy smiled, noting that environmentalists find themselves fending off offshore drilling in Florida somewhat routinely. "It feels kind of like 'Groundhog Day.' We find ourselves again fighting the same fight all over again." This most recent offshore leasing proposal is breathtaking in its ambition. The proposed plan green lights pretty much the entirety of the U.S.'s offshore real estate, except the North Aleutian Basin in Alaska, an area President Barack Obama withdrew from consideration in 2014. Whereas Louisiana's waters, with oil platforms galore, might be considered a blood sacrifice to the energy industry, waters off of Florida have traditionally been held sacred and thus untouched. This is due in part to the prevailing position in the state that Florida's oil-spill-susceptible tourism economy is too precious to risk for any benefits drilling might bring. And where the Gulf of Mexico is concerned, it is also because since 2006 the eastern Gulf has been protected by legislation that codified the military's viewpoint that drilling would interfere with training exercises in the area. But that protection-which Sen. Nelson was instrumental in securing-sunsets in a few years, and the eastern Gulf could theoretically come up for grabs under this recently released offshore leasing proposal. That decision will be made by Secretary Zinke later this year after BOEM wraps up its public input periods and plan revisions. But if Zinke's Twitter pronouncement can be believed, Florida may be ultimately taken off the table. "I think we're going to be ok," Wagley said optimistically, adding that the drilling opponents still needed to make their voices heard and drive home the point. "We have to be clear, not just roll over." That's what Handy hopes the environmentalists' hearing down the hall from BOEM's official meeting accomplished-giving the opposition a platform to say their piece. "Until we see the final version of the proposed plan," she said, "we will continue to fight this because Florida is still at risk." {in}

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THE AMERICAN CREED By Jennie McKeon In these divisive times, there are still truths Americans believe in. In the PBS documentary "American Creed" Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice along with a diverse group of people from across the nation explore these truths—freedom, equality, justice and humanity—and find common ground. The film grew out of conversations between Rice and Kennedy. Questions such as: Who are the "we" in "We the People of the United States...?" or "What happens to the idea of a shared American creed when social mobility declines along with trust in American institutions?" are carefully and politely discussed, not debated. People explore American values and ideals with face-to-face conversations, not Facebook rants. In anticipation of the film's release, WSRE is hosting a free film screening with two members of the "American Creed" cast. Tegan Griffith is a post 9/11 veteran. Her grandfather, her father and her brother all served in the military. After watching the 9/11 attacks, she joined the Marine Corps. This April will be 10 years since she was sent to Iraq working with a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron. When she left the Marines after four years, Griffith said she felt "angry and bitter and lost." "My transition to civilian life was definitely bumpy," she said. "I packed up my car and drove home to Wittenberg, Wisconsin. I had painted a picture in my head of people rolling out the red carpet... but when I returned it was the same sleepy town." Griffith credits her dad and brother for helping her to find purpose after her military career. After her father gave her tickets to a women's veteran conference, she was "reinvigorated," she said. She joined the local chapter of the Women's Marine Association where she met women

who have served as far back as World War II. She went to school and became a leader in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan member advised advocacy organization focusing on issues facing veterans. In 2015, Griffith and fellow IAVA members went to the White House to see President Obama sign the Clay Hunt Act into law to make sure veterans have access to timely and effective mental health care.

"My transition to civilian life was definitely bumpy. I had painted a picture in my head of people rolling out the red carpet... but when I returned it was the same sleepy town." Tegan Griffith "It was the most rewarding experience of my life," Griffith said. For Griffith, the end of her military career didn't mean she stopped serving her country. She became an advocate for veterans. And in recent times as more people feel compelled and motivated to get up and make their opinions heard, she supports it. "People have the right to peaceful assembly," she said. "We can be decent without being violent. Just be nice to each other." Griffith hopes that sharing her story will help others to reach out in their community and re-engage, just as she did. "Lately, everything has been tense, but you can still have a conversation with your neighbor about your identity or politics," she said. Terrence Davenport started to become active in his community when he moved back to his hometown of Dumas, Arkansas in 2010 after his mother was diagnosed with cancer and his grandmother was evicted from the sharecropper's shack she had lived in most of her life.

He started to really look at the struggles of Dumas. "One out of four children is food insecure, yet we are No. 15 in the nation for producing food," Davenport said. "But the solution is not feeding. It's helping people be equipped with skills. It's really important to not just have helped the lives of children but adults, too." Davenport took his web design and development skills and became a social entrepreneur helping to coach low-income people and connect them to meaningful work. In the Dumas area, Davenport saw individuals who had not only been out of work but were out of hope. "Some individuals were not used to working, they were chronically unemployed, felons getting out of prison... men strung out on drugs," he said. "These were people who had given up on the job search. You don't just put these people in a classroom."

"Money is not the American value, people are at the core of American values." Terrence Davenport Davenport is currently working on a social program that helps the chronically unemployed not only find work, but help set realistic goals and follow individuals through the entire process. The way Davenport sees it, America's greatest asset is people not wealth. "Money is not the American value, people are at the core of American values," he said. "There needs to be more equality across the board. Our happiness should not be measured by how well we are doing, but by how well everyone is doing." "We should care about those less fortunate and how interactions, policies and habits affect everyone," he added. "We should start there as a basis."

Like Griffith, Davenport believes that engaging with your community is a step toward progress. "We need to be a sharing economy," he said. "We need to be better at sharing life together." How do we become a sharing economy? Start with the families that live right next door, Davenport said. Griffith suggests volunteering. "Get out a piece of paper and pencil and write down your skills and match it with an organization in your community," she said. As a way to continue the conversation, WSRE is taking submissions of digital short stories asking positive role models "What does it mean to you to be an American or live in America?" Chances are you'll have an interesting answer like the rest of the "American Creed" cast. While "American Creed" was filmed a couple of years ago before the marches, protests and awkward holiday dinners that followed the 2016 election, much of the themes and talking points are relevant. Griffith said she believes the film is a good "conversation starter" and looks forward the dialogue it brings. Before coming to Pensacola, she'll be at two screenings in her hometown and in March, she'll be at SXSW in Austin, Texas talking about the film. "It's a way to see different groups of people asking questions," she said. "The timeliness is amazing. It probably couldn't be any more relevant." {in}


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won the support and respect of the campus and community." As Vice President, Reddy provides executive leadership to the Division of University Advancement, overseeing development, alumni relations, the UWF Foundation, UWF Historic Trust and WUWF Media. As President of the UWF Foundation, Inc., he oversees the foundation's current endowment investment pool, which exceeds $91 million, and serves as the institution's chief philanthropic officer. He also leads the efforts of UWF Historic Trust, which is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Northwest Florida and includes management of properties in the Pensacola Historic District, the Pensacola Museum of Art and Arcadia Mill in Milton. Additionally, Reddy oversees WUWF Public Media, which creates, acquires and distributes audio and video content through broadcast, web and community outreach. For more information on Division of University Advancement, visit advancement.

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nounced Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. has been nominated to be the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of Australia. Admiral Harris grew up in the East Hill neighborhood of Pensacola. He went to A.V. Clubbs Middle School on 12th Avenue and was in the second integrated class at Booker T. Washington High School. He currently serves as the 24th commander of U.S. Pacific Command. A highly decorated, combat proven Naval officer with extensive knowledge, leadership and geo-political expertise in the Indo-Pacific region, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and was designated a naval flight officer in 1979. He earned a M.P.A. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a M.A. from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, and attended Oxford University. During his 39-year career, he served in every geographic combatant command and has held seven command assignments, in212 1

cluding the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the U.S. Sixth Fleet, and VP-46. He and his wife, Bruni, live in Hawaii.

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President Martha D. Saunders appointed Howard J. Reddy as Vice President for University Advancement and President of the UWF Foundation, Inc., effective immediately. Reddy, who was named Interim Vice president for the Division of University Advancement and Interim President for UWF Foundation, Inc. in August 2017, previously served as Assistant Vice President for University Advancement and Director of the Office of Community Engagement. During his time as Interim Vice President, Reddy led the advancement team in closing the University's 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign, which raised more than $64.7 million and included a number of historic gifts. "Howard has done a great job of stepping up to complete our wildly successful capital campaign," Saunders said. "He has secured major gifts and is developing strategies for our next campaign. He's a team player who has

FAKE NEWS The League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area will host a special panel discussion on "Fake News in Today's World" on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Tryon Branch Library, 1200 Langley Ave. The panelists will be Lisa NeillessenSavage, Executive Editor at Pensacola News Journal, Mickaela Lusignan, PNJ Digital Media Sales Manager of PNJ, and Rick Outzen, publisher of Inweekly. Today only 32 percent of Americans trust "the media," according to Gallup. Historic levels of political partisanship have created an American media audience that the Reuters Institute this year found was the most polarized of any Western nation. A recent study by Gallup and the Knight Foundation, reported by Politico, found "Americans have a negative view of the media, believe coverage is more biased than ever and are sharply divided in their views along partisan lines." The event is free and open to the public—10:15 a.m. coffee, 10:30 a.m. program. A PLACE FOR ALL On Tuesday morn-

ing, former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy spoke to a group about a sixty community leaders about how Pensacola needs to determine how it fits in the world. He said he believed Pensacola could be the "Charleston of the Gulf Coast." Murphy was the third speaker of CivicCon, a partnership between the News Journal and the Studer Community Institute to empower Pensacola through community conversations, smart planning and civic en-

gagement. He spoked to packed Rex Theatre last night about public-private partnerships. When he was elected in 1994, Pittsburgh had lost 60 percent of its population since the mid-1970s. Murphy said his mission was to reimagine Pensacola. Four things were needed to launch his initiative: 1. Money: leveraging his budget and bond capacity to finance public-private development. 2. Land control: the City of Pittsburgh bought 1,500 acres inside its city limits. 3. Sophisticated deal making on the public side. 4. Vision: where did we want to go as city? He believes the Pensacola has an advantage with its place—natural beauty and historic buildings—but needs to create a diversity of jobs to keep talent here. Murphy said that change did not come easily in Pittsburgh because some were rooted in the status quo. However, he met nightly with neighbors, realizing that he would not get complete buy-in on his programs but knowing they need to see themselves as part of the city's future. On the importance of communication, he said, "You need to show them there is a place for themselves in Pensacola's future."


positive conversations with President Donald Trump about medical marijuana and banning offshore drilling, Congressman Matt Gaetz has seen little movement from Trump's Cabinet on the two issues. "I am convinced, after direct conversations with the President, that there will not be drilling off of the coast of District One in the state of Florida during the Donald Trump presidency," he said on "Pensacola Speaks. "There probably won't be any drilling anywhere off of any coast of Florida during the Trump presidency, but certainly not off of our coast."

"There probably won't be any drilling anywhere off of any coast of Florida during the Trump presidency, but certainly not off of our coast." Matt Gaetz The freshman congressman hopes to make the drilling ban permanent. He said, "I'm working now to make it permanent in law and I'm working very closely with

SEA3D Lab / Courtesy Photo Francis Rooney, who represents the Naples community, but who traces his family, interestingly, back to Pensacola. We are working on permanent legislation to ban drilling, but during the pendency of Donald Trump's administration, I am very confident there will not be drilling off our coast." Gaetz said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a step backward when he instructed the U.S. Attorneys to enforce the federal laws regarding cannabis, regardless whether a state had legalized its use. "I'm working now with the Judiciary Committee on legislation that would make more medical marijuana available for veterans, that would make research easier for people to conduct and that would hold harmless entities that want to do research on medical marijuana, but are concerned it could impair their other federal research grants," he said. "That is a small step forward, but I'm going to be chatting with the President and members of the administration about the need for sensible bipartisan cannabis reform. I'm hopeful that the Attorney General is done doing violence to a system that has helped countless patients."

POWER GRID UPGRADE Gulf Power announced it will partner with the City of Pensacola to modernize the downtown's existing underground power-grid network. The five-year, $83 million investment will modernize the current 70-year old network delivering energy to downtown Pensacola, and improve reliability and redundancy, as well as allow Gulf Power to increase capacity in the future as the area grows. "These projects are part of Gulf Power's five-year program to replace and upgrade systems to better serve our customers in the downtown area," said Rick DelaHaya, Gulf Power spokesperson. "Although the power network has been meticulously maintained over the years, it is 70 years old, and the time has come to replace outdated equipment and update the system. These upgrades will improve reliability through updated smart grid monitoring devices that can speed up power restoration." This is the second project in downtown in recent months to upgrade systems to increase reliability and redundancies. Late last summer, crews replaced and consolidated numerous utility poles, while many overhead line crossings and transformers were also removed, improving aesthetics of the area. "The key to keeping reliability high for customers is investing in technology, maintenance and upgrades," added DelaHaya. "Making sure our customers can count on us for reliable energy is very important, and the investments we continue to make in our system are paying off."

funded by an appropriation of $351,000 from the Florida Legislature. "We are very grateful to Governor Scott and the legislature for the funding we received to equip this lab," said UWF President Martha D. Saunders. "Sea3D represents the first of its kind among our university-community partnerships. It will connect our students, our community and area businesses and industries in ways that will benefit our region." The lab's opening marks the official launch of the UWF Innovation Network, which connects physical campus destinations along the Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida for innovation, collaboration, research and engaged learning to prepare students for the changing world and workforce of tomorrow. "Sea3D fills a gap for the state," said Nicole Gislason, director of the Office of Career and Professional Education. "Technical skills in our region, in manufacturing specifically, are in short supply. The state decided that our proposal to fund a lab, student interns and training opportunities would help to meet some of the needs that the region has in manufacturing." The facility, which will include an optical scanner and 11 3-D printers, can accommodate UWF students and faculty from

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IN MEMORY OF SAMANTHA Scenic Hills Country Club is hosting the first 21 Forever Golf Classic in honor of the golf course Head Pro Rick Gorman's late daughter Samantha on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. and is sponsored by the SHMGA Foundation. The classic will be a four-player 21-hole scramble with a silent auction and live music. The entry fee for each player is $100 or $75 for SHMGA members. Fees include the 21-hole round of golf, cart, food and beverages. The deadline to enter is Saturday, Feb. 10 or until the field is full. All net proceeds raised from the scramble will benefit The Youth Association of North East Pensacola, which Samantha was involved in. Scenic Hills Member Bill Lacy said in the local league players travel all over the country and parents have to pay for them to go on these tournaments. "It gets expensive. So, all this money is going to go to this youth association and fund girls who can't afford it," he said. The new owners of Scenic Hills have been extremely helpful hosting this event and they are excited to benefit the youth in the community. The SHMGA Foundation is still looking for donations such as tee signs, items for the silent auction and food vendors. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Mayor Ashton

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FemFest, a weeklong celebration of intersectional feminism, is expanding their lineup and beneficiaries in 2018. This year's events include everything from a curated film festival spotlighting female directors to educational panels and a night performance art dedicated to women of color. Previously, FemFest had one main beneficiary and that was Lakeview's Sexual Violence Program, as well as a percentage going to VDay, Eve Ensler's global movement to end violence against women. "We have raised almost $10,000 for the two combined, "said festival organizer Kirstin Norris. "But this year I am really excited about our opportunity to name different beneficiaries for each event. When we first started planning the lineup, I asked each organizer to

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think about which non-profit or charity they would like to donate to, and that became the beneficiary for their events. We're still giving to Lakeview this year, just spreading the love a little further." In addition to the Rape Crisis Center and Trauma Recovery Program at Lakeview Center, proceeds from FemFest 2018 will go to the Black Women Empower Collective, STRIVE, The Malala Fund and The Body Positive organization. "Now more than ever I think it's important for FemFest to happen," Norris said. "It's no secret that we're living in a very tumultuous political climate and while FemFest exists to educate the community and support charities, I really hope that it brings some joy too." This year's FemFest also welcomes two new additions, including a body

positive event and a debut play directed by a local production company called "The Will of Women." "A body positive event was a no brainer when it came to planning this year's FemFest lineup," said Norris. "Our mission is to bring intersectional feminism to Pensacola and that can't be done without including and celebrating body positivity." Norris said that in today's culture, people are often conditioned to discriminate against bodies that aren't the norm. "We're working to reverse that stigma and I'm so proud of the organizers who have put this event together and poured their hearts and souls into it," she said. "I am also thrilled to feature the 'Will of Women' in this year's line up," Norris said. "The founders of Arrant Knavery and I met to discuss the piece for a completely differ-

ent group and after hearing their plan and learning what the piece was about, I knew I wanted to feature it at FemFest. This is something completely new for our community and I think it's going to be a huge success. I work in the arts and I'm so excited to see my two worlds colliding here." Norris said that she hopes that people walk away feeling celebrated, refreshed, empowered and most importantly, united. "FemFest was born from me wanting to create a space for people to come together and celebrate each other," she said. "I wanted to have a bunch of fun events that had meaningful content, but ultimately existed to give people in Pensacola an opportunity to gather with like-minded people and have a good time for a great cause."



This year's FemFest is kicking off Valentine's Day with a panel discussion on love and relationships within the transgender community. Partnering with Pensacola's transgender advocacy group STRIVE (Social Trans Initiative) for this event, the panel will discuss the complexities trans people often face when dating. "STRIVE often has educational panels or events where we talk about the facts, the statistics, basically the objective side where we come in with the truth," event organizer Devin Cole wrote online. "But this time, it's different, it's primarily subjective. We decided to hold the panel on Valentine's Day because we wanted to talk about what it's like to be a transgender person trying to find love in a cisnormative world." Cole wrote that they wanted to talk about how to love transgender people, and from this, discuss their own experiences with dating, relationships and the microaggressions they face.


FemFest's film night, Women in Focus, will spotlight short films written and directed by women. "I wanted to screen films that you would not normally get a chance to see anywhere else," event organizer Tyler Arnette said. "I also like to show stuff that is different and unconventional." Arnette said that all of the directors who were selected for Women in Focus were very enthusiastic about this event, highlighting to him that they don't often get asked to have their movies shown. "All of the writers and directors for Women in Focus consist of women from all over the globe, queer individuals, and one husband and wife team," he said. "So most film fests have a bunch of films made by men and one film made by a woman, and I am kind of doing the upside down version of that." This will be Arnette's second year organizing Women in Focus. "I wanted to do this project because I was realizing that I only have a handful of favorite writers and directors that are women, but dozens of favorite male writers and directors," he said. Arnette said that a lot of people know filmmakers like Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, Jodie Foster and Ava DuVernay but when they are spoken about, they aren't quite given the same recognition as men. "They may win an award every few years, but they certainly aren't respected in the same way," he said. "I wanted to dedicate an event to showcasing writers and directors who normally do not get to be in the spotlight. And it's not because they aren't out there making movies, it's because nobody is showing them, nobody is paying attention to them, and nobody knows about them." When it comes to award season, Arnette said that nominees are primarily all straight white male writers and directors. "Women, and especially women of color and queer people, aren't even nominated or acknowledged," he said. "Even the people who decide who wins the awards, up until 616 1

very recently, were an all white, all male group of people. Historically, men have gotten the chance to have their movies shown and appreciated, so I want to give some other folks a chance." The beneficiary for Women in Focus this year is the Malala Fund. Malala is a Pakistani student and education activist who began speaking out for girls' education at the age of 11. "After surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban at the age of 15 she founded the Malala Fund, which was the subject of the documentary film, 'He Named Me Malala,'" Arnette said. "She is the youngest ever Nobel Laureate. When I found out about the Malala Fund—who since 2013 has championed for every girl's right to 12 years of free, safe and quality education—I really wanted to work on a project to benefit this organization." Arnette said that the organization works to open schools in regions where girls aren't normally offered a chance at education like Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria, as well as places housing Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. "With more than 130,000,000 girls out of school today these donations will go to girls who need it the most, who are facing poverty and violence due to their gender and sexuality," he said.


Also returning to the FemFest lineup this year is the popular event Womanhood in Lavender, which is an empowering night of music, poetry, art and dance celebrating women of color. Haley Morrissette, event organizer and community service director of Black Women Empower Collective, said that the event will be showcasing an array of black women showcasing their various talents. Morrissette said that performance art is an important avenue in which women of color can share their lived experiences. "People have to listen," she said. "Nobody is interrupting an artist who sings of her pain caused by the patriarchy or a black woman who reads her poetry about navigating the world that is plagued with misogynoir, the intersection of sexism and racism. We need the arts to give us room and a platform to tell our stories, without protest." Hosted by Morrissette with DJ Too Easy, poets for the event will include Spilletry The Mouthpiece, Dr. Elevate Evolve Repeat, Abena Whasayo Isake and Latavia Roberson as well as featured art by Etsitra Etsitra, Assata and music from artists including Lil' Teasey, Zalasia and D. Cashmere. "A celebration of women of color drives home the point that feminism and womanhood are for every woman," she said. "Historically when we think of feminism we think of white women, like Susan B. Anthony and Gloria Steinem. By having a celebration dedicated to specifically black women, we give way for people to view

feminism for what it actually is and was meant to be, intersectional." Donations will be going to Black Women Empower Collective, which started as a grassroots non-profit organization in 2016. Morrissette said that proceeds will go towards their Second Annual Community #BeyBShower, for minority mothers in need. "Last year they were held in Tallahassee, Pensacola and Tampa," she said. "This year we aim to increase the number of cities we serve and pour into the lives of 25 or more expectant parents in each city."


It's well known that the strong female characters in Shakespeare's plays were not portrayed by women. Professional theatre troupes in Renaissance England did not welcome female actors to the stage. In fact, the first woman didn't appear in a Shakespeare play until 1660—44 years after the playwright's death. Because of facts like those some might right off William Shakespeare as "outdated and old fashioned," said Ashley McGlothren, president and founder of the new, female-run theatre company, Arrant Knavery, Inc. But there's another side. "But a lot of the central themes apply to today," said McGlothren. "These themes are especially relevant with what's going on right now in the feminist movement." With "Will of the Women," a cast of Shakespeare characters—played by Arrant Knavery, Inc. actors and directed by McGlothren—explore feminism within Shakespeare's works. This is the first production from the theatre company and the first time FemFest has done a play other than Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." "The Will of Women is a collection of Shakespeare scenes and monologues that examines feminism in Shakespeare's works,

the role of women in Shakespeare's time and today, and male and female dynamics," said Madeline Smith, vice president of Arrant Knavery and assistant director of "The Will of the Women." Using the work of Shakespeare, the show explores what it means to be a women in 2018 to show how far society has come in terms of gender equality and in some ways, how we haven't progressed enough, Smith explained. "In other words, we want our production to spark a conversation about feminism today, and that's what FemFest is all about," she added. McGlothren had already begun writing a female-centered Shakespeare show before she approached FemFest organizers to be a part of the event. "We're both feminists, and we were looking for an opportunity to put on our first production," said Smith. "The rest is history." A quick Google search yields all kinds of think pieces about Shakespeare's views on feminism. The period of Shakespeare was a complicated time. England had a strong, female leader in Queen Elizabeth, but women largely had little rights. However, McGlothren said she believes he was a voice for women during the time. "If feminism had been a thing during the Renaissance, I am sure William Shakespeare would have been at a march with a cleverly written sign," she said. "Women were very marginalized and were meant to be super submissive during this time. However, Shakespeare's women were somewhat the opposite. You can see in his works how some women challenged not only the men in their lives, but also gender roles." McGlothren references characters such as Lady Macbeth who prayed to be "unsexed" so that she may be able to accom-

COVER FEMS Last year we worked with a local female artist to create a special FemFest cover and we decided that's a tradition we want to continue. This time around, we reached out to someone whose work we fell in love with via Instagram: Natalie Allgyer. Allgyer is a 22-year-old local artist of many mediums. She studied for two years at Pensacola State College and received her Associates Degree in Fine Studio Art. Though she enjoys working on watercolor paintings and perfecting her cross-stitch embroidery technique, Allgyer dedicates the majority of her creative energy to her photography, or what she likes to call "creative digital portraiture." Allgyer is an intersectional feminist and you can certainly see this reflected in her photos. She said that most of

the content she produces is heavily influenced by her desire to document her own journey towards unconditional self-love. Allgyer's goal is to share themes of self-acceptance and inclusive body positivity with the subjects in her photos and also with the people who are viewing them. Allgyer helped to organize the FemFest event All Bodies Are Good Bodies.


Photographer: Natalie Allgyer Instagram: @nallgyer Make-up Artist: Sam Shields Instagram: @sam.shields.mua Model: Keiana McKenzie Instagram: @keeks.knzi Model: Anesia Saunders Instagram: @anesiasaunders


plish helping her husband kill the current King of Scotland. Portia, from "The Merchant of Venice" disguises herself as a man to speak before a court and save a friend. "These are things that women could actually never do in 'real life' during this time, and Shakespeare begged his audiences to consider, what if women could do this?" McGlothren said. "What if they actually thought for themselves, or had their own sexual desires?" Through "The Will of Women," maybe modern women can look to the past and become empowered. That's certainly the goal of the night. "Everyone has the potential to be strong, fierce, soft, determined, unapologetic and confident in who they are as a person," Smith said. "Sparking a conversation about feminism and how it benefits everyone can help do just that."


Closing out FemFest 2018 is a new event called All Bodies Are Good Bodies, which encourages people to come learn about the body positive movement. This celebration of body positivity will feature an open discussion about what body positivity means, issues that need improvement within the community and who the marginalized people are that the movement was intended for. Panel members for the discussion include Dr. Phylicia Williams, Tisha Robinson, Talera Bain and STRIVE's Devin Cole. Event organizer Heather Albright said that in addition to the educational portion of the night, All Bodies Are Good Bodies will feature a photo booth, craft table, baked goods and wine, and artwork for sale by local body positive artists.

"Body positivity is often left out in feminist conversations, and even when included it's often focused on mainstream bodies, which is not what the movement was created for," Albright said. "I think it's important to include positive conversations about our bodies to remind people that there's no wrong way to have a body." As a previous organizer for FemFest and an activist for body positivity, Albright said that this event is something she's wanted to do for a long time. She first started getting involved with body positivity about seven years ago through Tumblr. "I always struggled with accepting my body and weight," she said. "But then I found blog after blog of these amazing people talking about body positivity it taught me that you may not always love your body, it's definitely a process and everyday battle, but that's okay. It taught me that my body isn't 'wrong,' 'bad' or 'ugly. 'Marginalized bodies—such as fat, disabled, trans, basically anyone not mainstream and ideal—are mostly pushed to the back and hated, but body positivity puts those bodies in the spotlight. It feels good." As body positivity has become more mainstream, Albright said that representation still seems to be problematic. "That's the problem with today's 'body positivity,'" she said. "It does not include those marginalized bodies anymore. Mainstream took it over, like everything else. For example, body positivity was created by fat people, and that's not what you generally see in body positivity campaigns at all. So many people in the body positivity community, including myself, push for more inclusiveness and intersectionality every day." Albright said that she hopes this event will open up the conversation and provide education and understanding. Donations

from the event will be benefitting The Body Positive organization. "We also want to make sure that we are opening ourselves up to those other intersections as well, constantly evolving and being inclusive to any and all marginalized bodies out there," she said. "It's going to be a lot of work, but it's necessary in my opinion to not lose sight of what body positivity truly is." {in}


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WHAT: A discussion panel hosted by STRIVE WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 WHERE: West Florida Public Libraries, 239 N. Spring St. COST: Free, donations accepted DETAILS:


WHAT: A film festival featuring titles from female directors and spotlighting feminist issues WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 WHERE: The Vineyard, 1010 N. 12th Ave. COST: Free, donations will be accepted and go the Malala Fund DETAILS:


WHAT: A womanist centered night of performance art featuring and celebrating women of color WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 February 15, 2018

WHERE: The historic Bunny Club, 500 W. Belmont St. COST: Suggested $5 donation, proceeds will go to Black Women Empower Collective DETAILS:


WHAT: A theatrical production that explores feminism within the works of William Shakespeare WHEN: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 WHERE: Pensacola Opera, 75 S. Tarragona St. COST: $10, proceeds will go to Lakeview Center Rape Crisis Center DETAILS:


WHAT: Body positive celebration and panel WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 WHERE: Open Books Bookstore, 1040 N. Guillemard St. COST: Free, donations will be accepted and go to The Body Positive organization DETAILS:


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A Tale of Two Kickstarters By Shelby Nalepa

The reality is that big dreams sometimes have big price tags, which is where crowdfunding comes in. We think these two local Kickstarter campaigns deserve a nod and we want to make sure that they get the acknowledgment they deserve. So if a vegan bakery and a TV pilot sound like projects you can get behind, get ready to read more about them and consider helping them reach their goal.


Baker Melody Davis has been perfecting her vegan treats for the last 10 years and she's ready to have a space of her own. You may remember her sweets from Sluggo's, but since they closed she's been working on the first phase of Pretty Baked, a vegan bakery concept. She has started a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $17,000 to cover all the costs that come with opening up the bakery. "About 10 years ago I decided I wanted to open a vegan bakery," Davis said." I'd been working in local bakeries and restaurants from here to Atlanta. I had always talked about wanting to open a cafe type place. It is just the one thing I have always seen myself doing." Davis has been baking for 15 years and started teaching herself vegan baking when she couldn't find anything sweet to eat in Pensacola. "A lot of people are allergic to eggs and dairy products, so it's not always a lifestyle choice," she said. "There is nothing worse than your friends wanting to go get dessert and you can't eat anything on the menu. With Pretty Baked, the entire menu will be vegan but so delicious your non-vegan friends won't mind eating there." Davis's Kickstarter will have two phases, the first to sell her baked goods wholesale to local restaurants and bakeries, and the second will be to eventually open her own storefront. "I'm starting from scratch," she said. "I work full-time and have fair credit, but there's no way I could come up with this amount on my own. This first phase is to get me the building, equipment, license and insurance. The full $17,000 would go entirely into that." Davis said that once she starts selling wholesale, she will feel confident enough to be able to open a small storefront fairly quickly. "Included in that amount is six months' worth of rent so instead of focusing on coming up with that I can really just go full speed into letting people know Pretty Baked has arrived," she said. February 15, 2018

Davis's baked goods, especially—her oatmeal "creme" pies which she calls Yeti Cakes— became popular at Sluggo's. "Not a day goes by where I don't miss my little baking nook at Sluggo's," she said. "I have a small mixer and oven at home but it's just not set up for mass production, so when I get large orders it's a bit of an ordeal. I'm in the process of looking for a commercial kitchen to use until I can get my own space. I have a few I've been scoping out." Davis said that she hopes she can bring her baking to customers on a larger scale very soon. "I can't tell you how many times people have approached me out in public and literally asked 'Aren't you the girl that made those cookies at Sluggo's? Do you have any on you?'" she said. "I actually met up with a guy a few times in a parking lot at like 5 a.m. and sold him Yeti Cakes. Whenever I have sold at a flea market or even when chizuko has them for sale people are so excited. It's really an amazing feeling when something you create makes people so dang happy." As well as selling a wide variety of vegan cookies, cakes, puddings and ice creams, Davis said that the Pretty Baked future standalone store will offer vegan sandwiches and sides at an affordable price. Davis has currently raised over $1,000 and the final day to pledge is March 1. "Having seen the reactions from when I was baking at Sluggo's and the way people freak out when I sell things at local markets confirms to me that this needs to happen," she said. "For years I have been boring people with my day dreams of an arty community space, cat friendly bakery that has occasional shows and vegan food. Cases full of so many vegan desserts you'll always have something new to try. This is my destiny. I have so much love I want to share with Pensacola, one cookie at a time." If you want to try a Yeti Cake before you donate, you're in luck. Davis is hosting a fundraiser at chizuko on Saturday, Feb. 24. There will be bands, a cookie photo booth, treats for sale, information about the Kickstater and even some cookie raffles.


This Kickstarter campaign is raising money for the production of a thirty-minute sitcom pilot called "Scam County," which tells the tale of three friends trying to 'scam' their way out of poverty. "This project has actually been a very long time in the making with Aubrey Nich-

ols, Michael Daw, and myself formulating and growing this tiny idea into a full world of colorful characters and extreme situations based on what we were seeing happening around us," co-creator Grant Tyson said. "Aubrey passed away very suddenly and tragically several years ago, and we wanted to make sure we followed through on bringing our vision to life as a testament to his extremely hard work ethic creatively." The title is a play on words, short for Escambia County, and the show will spotlight some of the darker sides of Pensacola. "Growing up in this particular part of the country has sure been interesting and everyone seems to make fun of Florida in particular," Tyson said. "We feel that we've at least earned that right and most definitely are putting our own local and regional political issues in the spotlight. We definitely won't be holding back." Along with "Hobo Prince" Jack Daw played by Michael Daw, and infamous conman Max Murphy played by Max Rowe, is Tyson's character, Graham Tyson. Graham won big on a scratch off ticket in his late teens, blew it all on pot and frivolous spending and is now living with the consequences brought on by his refusal to pay taxes on his mega millions. He's now "back where he started, dirt poor with zero experience in adulting." "These three main characters actually are representations, although extreme ones, of people you may find in this area," Tyson said. "We took a lot of time with character development, so each one definitely has certain unique oddities. It's just such a corrupt and unjust world that our characters are completely fed up with, they abandon their own moral code and slowly become what they always hated. It's going to be really fun exploring this dark side of human nature in a comedic way." Tyson said that as they get further into future episodes, they are going to be playing with regional stereotypes and how vastly different types of people interact with each other. "Everything is driven by money, as most things are," Tyson said. "We want to show this in a very desperate way while keeping it fun. This show is definitely a comedy but it's influenced by gangster, heist and con artist films with our characters eventually progressing through these different spectrums of

crime and having to do some things they didn't expect they would ever have to do." Director of Photography Chris Jadallah, Tyson said, takes the production of Scam County to the next level. "When we met and started working with Chris and the Kitty Get A Job crew, we knew we were blessed with something special by finding an amazing group of fellow artists who realized the initial vision we had and are helping bring it to life," Tyson said. Tyson said that Michael Daw took the lead on the script, with himself, David Cooke, and Chris Jadallah working closely in weekly writers meetings over the last several months. "Getting involved with Kitty Get A Job has been such a rewarding experience for me, and I know Daw would say the same," Tyson said. "It's amazing working with such talented folks, who all do it purely for the love of creating and keeping that dream alive despite there being no money involved. Having a minimal budget at least will help offset what we have already put into this." Tyson said that their goal of $5,000 is small for a television pilot budget, which will just cover the basics. "Everyone is contributing a great deal of time and hard work for free," Tyson said. "We need to at the very least be able to feed everyone on set, pay for props and costumes, cover post-production costs and get the finished pilot into as many film festivals as possible." Tyson said that contributing to this project is investing in a lot of talented people coming together to create something special. The last day to pledge is March 5. "We have a stretch goal of $10,000 and anything beyond our initial goal is going towards paying our hardworking cast and crew," he said. {in}


KICKSTARTER: "Pretty Baked" INSTAGRAM: @pretty_baked_in_pensacola FACEBOOK:



calendar on the best wood dance floor in the area. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. $10. AFTER GAME SKATE 9:30 p.m. $9-$12. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St.


WAKE UP HIKE 7 a.m. Meet at Bay Bluffs Park, Scenic Highway at Summit Ave., for a brisk one to two-hour walk with brunch to follow at an area restaurant. GROUP MEDITATION 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. PUBLIC ICE SKATE 1:30-4:30 p.m. $9-$12. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. PENSACOLA CHILDREN'S CHORUS PRESENTS: ONE WORLD MANY VOICES 2:30 p.m.

$18-$28. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox.


Rebirth Brass Band / Photo by Ian Frank



brary: 1200 Langley Ave.


Pensacola, 117 E. Government St. VETERAN'S MEETING 4 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. AWM WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. 9th Ave. PENSACOLA NUMISMATIC SOCIETY 5:30 p.m. Sonny's BBQ, 630 N Navy Blvd. DOWNTOWN LECTURE SERIES: MUSEUMS AS AUTHENTIC PUBLIC SPACE 5:30-7 p.m.

Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. SELECT LATIN DANCE LESSONS AND PARTY

6:30-9 p.m. $10. Salsa, Cha Cha, Bachata and more. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. $10. THIRD THURSDAY INSPIRATIONS 7-8 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St.


PILATES MAT 1:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. Free. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. GALLERY NIGHT 5-11 p.m. Chinese New Year celebration. S. Palafox. HAPPY HOUR COOK OUTS 5 p.m. Drink specials, free cookout. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. DATE NIGHT DANCING 6:30-8 p.m. $15. Learn the basics of several romantic 020 2

ballroom and country dance styles in group classes that keep partners together. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. ALMOST KINGS 7 p.m. $10-$12. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. OPEN MIC 7-11 p.m. Single Fin Cafe, 380 N. 9th Ave. ICE FLYERS VS. MISSISSIPPI RIVERKINGS

7:05 p.m. $15-$29. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. IN HIS STEPS 7:30 p.m. $15. The Rex Theater, 15 N. Palafox. THE MUSIC MAN 7:30 p.m. $6-$18, free for UWF students. University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Pkwy. BALLET PENSACOLA: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

7:30 p.m. $34. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. AN EVENING WITH RONNIE MILSAP 8 p.m. $35.95-$79.95. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. AFTER GAME SKATE 9:30 p.m. $9-$12. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St.



Fresh local produce, honey, baked goods and live music. Pace Presbyterian Church, Woodbine Road. PALAFOX MARKET 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art and antiques. Items originate directly from participating vendors, including dozens of local farmers, home gardeners and area artists. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox. COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox.

LEAPS 10 a.m. Free. Ever'man Educational

Center, 327 W. Garden St.


Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway. OPEN BOOKS SIDEWALK BOOK SALE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Everything $1 or less. Open Books, 1040 N. Guillemard St. NAMASTAY FOR THE BEER 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. DIY NATURAL CLEANERS 11 a.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. JUNIOR HUMANE SOCIETY ADOPTION 12-4 p.m. PetSmart, 6251 N. Davis Highway. CRAWFISH FOR A CAUSE 12 -7 p.m. $20$25. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. WISDOM OF MYTH 2-4 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. BIKE PENSACOLA SLOW RIDE 3 p.m. First City Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. ICE FLYERS VS. MISSISSIPPI RIVERKINGS

7:05 p.m. $15-$29. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. IN HIS STEPS 7:30 p.m. $15. The Rex Theater, 15 N. Palafox. THE MUSIC MAN 7:30 p.m. $6-$18, free for UWF students. University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Pkwy. BALLET PENSACOLA: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

7:30 p.m. $34. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND TRIBUTE BAND 8 p.m. $10-$12. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. DANCE PARTY 8-midnight. Partner dancing

2:30 p.m. $34. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. THE MUSIC MAN 2:30 p.m. $6-$18, free for UWF students. University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Pkwy. TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE 4 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. SOUTHEASTERN TEEN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: SHENANIGANS 4-5 p.m. Free. 1010 N.

12th Ave.


p.m. $15-$29. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. COMEDIAN CLIFF CASH 7-9 p.m. $5. chizuko, 506 W. Belmont St. facebook. com/chizukopensacola


PILATES MAT 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Edu-

cational Center, 327 W. Garden St.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 2 p.m. $28-$116. Pen-

sacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS 5:30 p.m. Runners meet in front of Seville Quarter for a run around downtown Pensacola. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS 6:30-8 p.m. $10. Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, and more. Professional dance instruction for all skill levels. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. SONGWRITERS AND POETS OPEN MIC 7-9 p.m. Goat Lips, 2811 Copter Road. BREW I.Q. TRIVIA NIGHT WITH JARRELL HENDRIX 7-9 p.m. Perfect Plain Brewing

Co., 50 E. Garden St. HIP-HOP DANCE LESSONS 8-9 p.m. $10. Learn hip-hop moves from professional instructor. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd.


BREAKFAST AND A MOVIE 9 a.m. $10. Chick Fil A breakfast and movie. National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd. Ste. B.

calendar FAKE NEWS IN TODAY'S WORLD 10:30 a.m. Hosted by League of Women Voters of Pensacola Bay Area. Tryon Branch Library, 1200 Langley Ave. COMPLIMENTARY WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. SoGourmet, 407-D S. Palafox. CULTURES COOK: FLAVORS OF SPAIN WITH PENSACOLA OPERA 5:30 p.m. $40. Pensacola

Cooks, 3670 Barrancas Ave. O'RILEY'S PINT RUNNERS 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Jan. 30. O'Riley's Irish Pub, 321 S. Palafox.


407-D S. Palafox.

AMAZINE ZINE WORKSHOP 6-9 p.m. $7. Hosted

by Bare Hand Collective. 5 ½ Bar, 5 E. Garden St. COUNTRY DANCE LESSONS 6:30 p.m. $10. Country Two Step, East Coast Swing, Competition Choreography and more. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. PUBLIC SQUARE SPEAKERS SERIES: AMERICAN CREED 7 p.m. Free, registration

required. WSRE Jean and Paul Amos Studio, 1000 College Blvd. MOVIES AT THE REX 7 p.m. $5. The REX, 18 N. Palafox. UWF LAMBDA COALITION MEETING 7 p.m. Building 36, room 191. University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway. COMEDY NIGHT 7 p.m. Swan Neck Meadery, 2115 W. Nine Mile Road.


POPULAR LITERARY BOOK CLUB 10:30 a.m. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. Free. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 16 Fort Pickens Road. PILATES & PINOT 6-7 p.m. $12. Pure Pilates Downtown, 426 S Palafox. WATERBOYZ SLOW SKATE 6-7 p.m. Every Wednesday. Skate starts and ends at Waterboyz, 380 N. 9th Ave. YOGA FLOW 6-7 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. SWING DANCE LESSONS AND PARTY 6:3010 p.m. $5-$10. Professional west coast swing instruction for all levels. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. LATIN NIGHT 7 p.m.-midnight. Phineas Phogg's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. REBIRTH BRASS BAND 7 p.m. $15. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. MEDITATION 7:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. JONNY LANG 7:30 p.m. $33.50-$69.50. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. RUNGE STRINGS CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Free, tickets required. UWF Music Hall, 11000 University Pkwy. FREE DANCE LESSONS 8-8:30 p.m. Free beginner west coast swing dance lesson. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. February 15, 2018

Arts & Culture



2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free with museum admission. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.


6-8 p.m. Feb. 20. Pensacola State College, Building 15, 1000 College Blvd.

≥Current Exhibits CONTAINED PLAY

On view through Feb. Artists from the University of West Florida Advanced Sculpture: Public Art course—Katie Carff, John Davis and Michael Stewart—created this accumulation of orbs and light as part of their coursework. Main Street Façade Sculpture Garden at Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.


On view through Feb. 16. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. SELF EXPRESSIONS

On view through Feb. 16. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. MARKS IN PAINT

On view through Feb. 16. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox.


On view through Feb. 16. Month-long experiment from the UWF Department of English, in partnership with the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. Public participation encouraged. University of West Florida John C. Pace Library, 11000 University Parkway. 64TH ANNUAL


On view through Feb. 18. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. ADORN On view through Feb. 24. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. THE ROADS WE'VE TAKEN On view

through Feb. 25. First City Art Center, 1060 Guillemard St.


view through Feb. 27. Exhibition of 50 illustrated envelopes created by members of Art Cover Exchange. T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum, 330 S. Jefferson St.


through March 10. TAG, 11000 University Pkwy. Building 82.


through March 18. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.

≥Workshops & Classes


workshops are held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at First City Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for non-members. For more information, visit INTRODUCTION TO POTTERY ON THE WHEEL Every Mon-

day from 6-8:30 p.m. at First City Art Center. Classes are $40. For more

information, visit CLAY HAND BUILDING Six-week

workshops are held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at First City Art Center. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for non-members. For more information, visit


Six-week workshops held Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at First City Art Center. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for non-members. For more information, visit

≥Call to Artists

64th Annual Members Juried Exhibition

The UWF Pensacola Museum of Art invites artists, makers, designers, and creative thinkers from our member community to submit artworks to the 64th Annual Members Juried Exhibition. This exhibition seeks to generate community dialogue, foster creative expression and thought, and recognize the support of our member community. The Members Exhibition is open to PMA members working in all media. You may become a member when you enter. Non-thematic; any subject matter is eligible. Submissions are due by March 8, 2018 at midnight. Selected artists will be notified by March 12. You must be a member to register and membership must be valid through April 2018. Artists may submit up to three entries. Artwork must be cre-

ated within the last three years and not in exhibition elsewhere concurrently. Artwork cannot exceed 72" in any direction and cannot weigh more than 150 lbs. For assistance, contact PMA Curatorial Staff at 850-432-6247 and/ or

Bars & Nightlife

≥Bar Games Thursdays

LADIES NIGHT 5 p.m. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. BREW IQ WITH JERRELL HENDRIX 7-9

p.m. Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. POKER 8 p.m. The Ticket 1, 7250 Plantation Road. POOL TOURNAMENT

8 p.m. The Ticket 2, 2115 W. Nine Mile Road. ticketsportsbar. com COLLEGE NIGHT 10 p.m. Drink specials, beer pong tournament starts at 10 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Fridays WINE TASTING

5-7 p.m. Informative wine tasting in Seville Quarter Wine and Gift Shop. No charge for the tasting. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. POOL TOURNAMENT

8 p.m. The Ticket 1, 7250 Plantation Road. Saturdays MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION NIGHT

8 p.m. Seville Quarter Membership Card Holder Appreciation Night at Phineas Phogg's. 130 E. Government St.

for more listings visit

Let’s Wine!

Free Wine Tasting Every Thursday AWM 5pm - 7pm

27 S. 9th Ave. | 850•433•9463 21

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What are the 2017 grants funding? Storytelling circle at the location of the first Spanish fort wall Middle school band instruments and uniforms for an inner-city school Pet supply store for students with developmental disabilities to gain job skills Diesel-powered generator to protect perishable foods at the food bank Toolkits to early learning classrooms and specialized training for childcare providers Transport vehicle to increase pet adoptions of rescued animals

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news of the weird KARMA TAKES WING A Canada goose got its final revenge on Feb. 1 when, after being shot out of the sky by a hunter in Easton, Maryland, it struck Robert Meilhammer, 51, of Crapo, Maryland, seriously injuring the waterfowler. NPR reported that Meilhammer was hunting with a group when one of the large geese flying overhead was killed and fell about 90 feet, landing on Meilhammer's head and knocking him out. It also dislodged two of Meilhammer's teeth. Adult Canada geese weigh about 12 to 14 pounds and can have a wingspan of 6 feet. At press time, Meilhammer was in stable condition after being airlifted to a hospital. CRIME REPORT When the city gets to be too much for Jo and Lonnie Harrison of Houston, they escape to their pre-fab vacation cabin, nestled on a 10-acre plot in Madisonville, Texas. Having last visited the property in November, Lonnie set out on Feb. 2 to check on it. But when he arrived, he told KTRK-TV, "I didn't see the house. All I saw were blocks and pipes sticking out. The whole house gone." Sgt. Larry Shiver of the Madison County Sheriff's Department later said, "I've never had a house reported stolen in my career yet." (Update: The house was found a few days later, having been repossessed from the previous owner.) •Aaron Meininger, 29, of Hernando Beach, Florida, was arrested on Feb. 2 after Hernando County deputies caught him stealing items from the Demarco Family Funeral Home in Spring Hill. When officers arrived, Meininger was carrying a tub of formaldehyde out of the building. They also found makeup, nail polish, electric clippers, soap and other items used in funeral preparation in Meininger's car. Curiously, the Tampa Bay Times reported, Meininger told deputies that he was "bored" and "messed up" and didn't even know what kind of business he was burgling. He said he probably would have just thrown the stolen items away. INEXPLICABLE SOMEBODY in Muskegon, Michigan, didn't want the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl LII. Immediately following the Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots on Feb. 4, Subaru of Muskegon ran an ad on local NBC affiliate WOOD-TV that featured 30 seconds of silence and a written message: "Congratulations Patriots!" WOOD-TV reported via Twitter that the business had submitted only one version of the ad and had specified that it run regardless of the game's outcome. PRECOCIOUS When a Texas stripper arrived at her 11:30 a.m. gig on Feb. 1, she smelled a rat: Her destination turned out to be Noel Grisham Middle School in Round Rock, Texas. Rather than going inside, the performer called the school and reported a prank. Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, a district spokesperson, told the Austin American-

by the Editors at Andrews McMeel

Statesman the student jokester had used his cellphone to order the stripper and paid for it with his parents' credit card. He is now facing disciplinary action. NEWS THAT SOUNDS LIKE A JOKE Staff at an internet cafe in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China, had to call paramedics on Jan. 28 when a gamer lost all feeling in his lower limbs after playing the same game for more than 20 hours straight. Newsweek reported that the unnamed man didn't realize he had become paralyzed until he tried to use the restroom and couldn't move his legs. As he was being carried out on a stretcher, he was heard begging his friends to finish the game for him. WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME A parking lot in Augusta, Georgia, became the scene of a nightmare for an unsuspecting motorcyclist and his 1982 Honda bike on Jan. 31. On his way to exchange some shirts at Target in the Augusta Exchange shopping center, Don Merritt told WJBF-TV, "I was going to go around the back to avoid the speed bumps," but when he did, he and his bike fell into a sinkhole. Firefighters were called to rescue Merritt, who suffered a skull fracture and a loose tooth as a result of the 15-foot fall. The bike was totaled. "It's not good customer relations," Merritt said about the sinkhole. The center property manager reportedly is fixing the hole. SMOOTH REACTIONS Sonny Donnie Smith, 38, of Clackamas, Oregon, was feeling snubbed in September 2016 when both his father and his brother were invited to a family wedding, but Sonny wasn't. As a perfectly reasonable revenge, Sonny made anonymous phone calls to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and the Midland International Air and Space Port in Midland, Texas, claiming that his father and brother were terrorists and would be traveling through the airports. An FBI investigation revealed no terrorist threats, and after interviewing the father and brother, they were both released. On Feb. 1, Sonny Smith pleaded guilty to making the calls, according to The Oregonian, and will be sentenced on May 10. REDNECK CHRONICLES Cheryl Merrill, 60, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, was arguing with her boyfriend of five years about who would win Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 and became so enraged shortly after kickoff that she picked up a wooden shelf and threw it at him. St. Johns County sheriff's deputies were called and found Merrill "extremely intoxicated," according to reporting by WJAX-TV. Merrill was charged with aggravated battery and taken to the St. Johns County Jail. Her boyfriend was unable to sign an affidavit because of the hand injury he sustained in the assault. {in}

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