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KIM LEDUFF The University of West Florida has named Dr. LeDuff vice president for academic engagement and student affairs. She previously served as the vice president for academic engagement and the interim vice president for student affairs before assuming the role of both. LeDuff led efforts to launch UWF's Cross-Cultural Competency open online course, which has attracted more than 1,200 participants from around the world, including from Egypt, Denmark and Zimbabwe.

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LAWRENCE POWELL The former Pensacola mayor candidate is Mayor Grover Robinson's new neighborhood administrator. The position is designed to facilitate better relationships between neighborhoods and the city. Powell is the pastor of the Christ Our Redeemer Eternally Ministries. He also formed Future Leaders of Warrington and co-founded Iron Sharpens Academy for Boys. Mayor Robinson said it was Powell's activeness in the City Neighborhood Association Presidents of Pensacola (CNAPP) that he felt would be particularly valuable in his new job.

ALEX ACOSTA The former South Florida


Business Development Center at the University of West Florida was named Region of the Year at the Florida SBDC Network's annual conference. Throughout 2018, the Florida SBDC at UWF delivered more than 15,000 consulting hours to Florida businesses, resulting in $554 million in client sales increases, 5,072 jobs created or saved and more than $31 million in capital infusion. It also secured over $21 million in Emergency Bridge Loans for small businesses recovering from Hurricane Michael.

District 1 tried to cash in on the controversy over his anti-abortion legislation and how he handled hate speech at a local meeting, but it didn't work. His campaign only raised $90 from supporters in June, according to the Florida Department of State campaign finance database. He contributed five bucks to increase the total to $95. Meanwhile, State Rep. Alex Andrade raised $1,100 in June.

prosecutor, who crafted a plea deal for accused child sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2008, is out as U.S. labor secretary. Federal prosecutors in New York charged Epstein on July 8 with sex trafficking, accusing him of luring underage girls to his mansions and paying them to engage in nude massages and sex acts. The new federal charges are a contrast to the agreement approved by Acosta that allowed Epstein to avoid a lengthy prison sentence.

R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO The Florida Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal by the tobacco giant in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit stemming from the death of a man who had lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The company sought a review of a December decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeal in a lawsuit involving the death of smoker Andrew Schleider. A Miami-Dade County jury awarded $21 million to his family. The verdict was reduced by 30 percent because Schleider was found to be that much at fault.

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MYTH BUSTERS The Escambia County School District earned a B for the 2018-19 school year. However, the grade isn't a reason for celebration because that grading scale has been so watered down that 54% qualifies as a B. Escambia had a 55%, one point above the minimum. The district performed poorly when compared to other 28 large school districts with more than 20,000 students. Escambia was the lowest-performing district in Mathematics and Social Students, and only two districts were lower in English Language Arts and Science. For the past decade, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and district administrators have given several reasons for the poor performance. It's time we bust those myths. Thomas likes to point to the county's poverty as to why the district struggles. Escambia County had one elementary school with 100 percent economically disadvantaged students that earned a B, Montclair. However, other Florida school districts have had success. Statewide, there are 373 noncharter elementary schools with the same demographic—one of four of those schools performed at A and B levels. Some say Escambia's problems are tied to a large percentage of minority students. Inweekly analyzed the 16 Florida districts that had over 10,000 students and a minority of white students. Only two of the districts performed worse than Escambia County. Escambia's student population was 46.8% white for the 2018-19 school year. Collier (32.9%), Miami-Dade (6.7%), Palm Beach (30.3%), Alachua (42.6%) and Orange (25.3%)

had smaller percentages of white students and earned A's. "But wait, Rick"—some of at the District Palace on Pace might say—"it's the black students." For the 2018-19 school year, Florida had six school districts with over 10,000 students, of which more than 30% were African American. Alachua County had 34.2% black student population and is an A district. Duval (43.4%), Leon (43.7%), Broward (38.8%) and St. Lucie (31.1%) missed being A districts by one percentage point. Escambia County (35.1%) had the lowest score of the six districts. Of the 16 large districts with a minority of white students, only Highlands, Leon and Escambia have elected superintendents. Among the six districts with more than 30% African American students, only Leon and Escambia have elected superintendents. Another favorite target of the district administration is the teachers. However, Escambia has the lowest median salary for teachers in Northwest Florida—Okaloosa $47,693, Santa Rosa $44,062 and Escambia $41,500. Escambia County's education isn't bad because of poverty or race. Its leadership at the district level doesn't know how to set up a curriculum, train teachers and establish schools to educate those populations while other Florida districts have. {in}

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By Jeremy Morrison Local regulations aimed at protecting trees can be a contentious issue—environmentalists forever rallying for greater protections and the development community always bristling at the notion of increased logistical or financial hurdles mucking up a project or its bottom line. Escambia County first tread on these grounds nearly 20 years ago. "We had a grassroots group come up and say we need to manage this natural resource, kind of like a wetland," reflected Tim Day, Escambia's environmental programs manager. Keith Wilkins, currently serving as the city of Pensacola's assistant administrator, worked for Escambia for years and remembers that first county conversation well, particularly the night a proponent of tree protections died while urging county commissioners to act. "He was an attorney and an environmental activist," Wilkins recalled. "He was a proponent of the tree ordinance." Wilkins said that R.N. Dunagan, III, had come downtown with his wife to see their daughter perform in a Christmas production at the Saenger Theatre. With a public debate regarding the tree ordinance taking place across Palafox in the county complex, the environmentalist decided to drop in and speak his mind. Dunagan took to the public podium that night and began his words of support for protecting the area's trees. They were the last words he ever spoke. "His last words were, "Please, pass the tree ordinance.' And then he took his glasses off and fell down dead," said Wilkins, who was sitting next to the lectern at the time. Later, when Escambia eventually passed its ordinance defining tree protections, the county floated the idea of naming the law after Dunagan. The man's 66

widow called Wilkins to ask what he thought about that notion. "I had to tell her no because they really watered it down and weakened it," Wilkins said. "It's kinda the anti-Dunagan tree ordinance. They just watered it down a lot with the 60-inches diameter." Escambia County will soon reassess its tree ordinance, considering, among other things, lowering the diameter-threshold for a heritage tree—considered the highest strata of protected trees—and bringing it closer to the 34 inches enshrined in the city of Pensacola's tree ordinance. Pensacola, meanwhile, is also beginning discussions about revising its ordinance, taking its heritage tree diameter threshold as low as 14 inches.


The city of Pensacola will dive into discussions about revising its tree ordinance this month when Laurie Murphy, executive director of Emerald Coastkeeper, presents a potential draft of the revised law to Pensacola City Council. "The city has to look at it and say, 'Do we want to have higher expectations?'" Murphy said. "We either want to have a beautiful future, or we want to continue doing things the way we've been doing it." In her presentation, Murphy will talk about the loss of the city's tree canopy, the heatisland effect and issues like erosion and sedimentation. She's going to be throwing a fairly ambitious draft on the table for consideration, and she's expecting pushback. "It's very hard to get universal buy-in on anything," Murphy said. "City council and city government become very concerned about how developers feel. That's how they make their money; that's economic development. I get it." Murphy, who began working on the tree ordinance last year with former City Council-

man Larry B. Johnson, has already gotten some pushback on portions of the revision. When Mayor Grover Robinson came into office, he expressed some reservations. "I told him that I would go back to the drawing board and I would reconstruct it a little bit," Murphy recalled. Initially, the draft revision aimed a little higher. For example, Murphy had wanted the heritage tree threshold to be 12 inches, but she's backed off to a slightly larger diameter of 14 inches. Such aims will likely need to be dialed back even further to garner support from the mayor. "I'm all about trees," Robinson said recently. "I'm all about the right tree, right location." While he disagrees with some parts of the current draft—such as the prescribed diameter size for heritage trees—he likes other portions, namely a requirement that removed protected trees be replaced with native species of an appropriate size and health to ensure the trees prosper and provide the intended canopy and other benefits. "What we've got to do is encourage a good urban forest of what we want to see happen, and that includes keeping trees that are of a real significant age but also encouraging people to plant better-caliber trees that will be there for our future," Robinson said. Currently, Pensacola's ordinance prescribes that removed trees be replaced with trees three to four inches in diameter. The draft calls for replacement trees to be at least 6 inches in diameter. "They're stronger, healthier and have a stronger chance of survival," Murphy said. In addition to addressing diameter size for heritage trees and replants, the city's draft ordinance also addresses various other items, among them fees associated with tree removal. One tweak that Murphy feels will get some attention—"it's going to be very mixed"—is the inclusion of the longleaf pine on the city's list of protected trees. "Most of the longleaf pines have been cut down," she reasons. Once the city's draft revision has been presented to the city council, it will likely make its way before the planning board and environmental review board, where it will be praised, critiqued, deconstructed and reconstructed before eventually making its way back to the city council. Murphy is expecting a spirited debate all along the way. "I don't think it's going to run real smoothly," she said, "but you have to fight for anything worth doing."


Last year, Warrington resident Margaret Hostetter started pushing Escambia County to revise its tree ordinance. She balked at everything from its 60-inch threshold for

heritage trees to the nominal $25 fee developers could pay to clear cut a residential lot. "This ordinance was written 20 years ago," Hostetter said recently. "It is so bad. It is so weak." The county's planning board agreed in March to take a look at revising the tree ordinance and set about conducting an online survey to get a feel of how the public would like to see the ordinance changed. That survey wrapped up earlier this month, and the issue is likely to make its way to the planning board in September. Hostetter, who has organized the group Trees for Escambia County Florida, is pushing for various changes in the county tree ordinance. She and likeminded treeproponents in her camp have contributed voluminously to the county's revision survey, suggesting concepts like dividing the county into different zones—such as rural and urban—that would have varying regulations regarding tree protection. Hostetter would also like to see the county reduce its diameter threshold for heritage trees, down from 60 to 34. "That's what I'm recommending," Hostetter said. With the current 60-inch threshold, Day said, the county doesn't have too many trees being labeled at heritage. "There are very few other trees that reach that size," he said, explaining that such trees tend to be water and laurel oaks in the 60- to 80-year range or live oaks between 200 and 300 years old. Areas of the county that do boast such 60-inch heritage trees are also the areas of the county ripe for development—Beulah, Pine Forest, Myrtle Grove. "Certainly, there's enormous pressure in Beulah as development pushes out there," Day said. But it remains to be seen how much appetite there is at the county level to toughen up its tree ordinance. There will be plenty of pushback from developers—during a March planning board meeting a representative of the development community said changes impacting residential developments would be "a line in the sand." "When you build a subdivision, you're going to have to cut down some trees," agreed Escambia County Commissioner Jeff Bergosh, who represents areas of the county experiencing an uptick in new development. Bergosh said he was "willing to have a conversation" about revising the county's tree ordinance but also cautioned against expectations that Escambia would adopt anything akin to Pensacola's current ordinance. "This would be much more onerous on the county because we have a lot," Bergosh said, pointing out the differences in landscapes. "Once it's a concrete jungle, it's a lot easier to say, 'No more cutting down the redwoods.'" {in}

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Inweekly is celebrating our 20th anniversary this month. Rather than attempting to cram two decades of highlights into one week, we've decided to break it up and use all four July issues to cover the key moments from each five years of our history. We've already covered the fall of the powerful W.D. Childers

and the real history of the Maritime Park. This week, we share how Inweekly went from a pesky local publication to a newspaper with a national reputation. We will close the series next week with how we've reconnected to our roots as a community advocate over the past five years. We hope you enjoy this journey down memory lane.

ON THE NATIONAL STAGE By Rick Outzen On July 1, 2009, we celebrated our 10th anniversary, and while we appreciated the improbable milestone, the staff was exhausted. Two weeks earlier, our air conditioning system had blown up, forcing us to become vagabond journalists publishing the paper from the cubicles of a nearby CPA firm while we waited for a new compressor to be shipped. To add to the misery, our two ancient Macs that were used by our art director and production manager to create our issues died on the same day. We cannibalized the two to build one working computer and borrowed another from an advertising agency. That was the life of our alt-weekly newspaper—always a crisis, always the underdog. However, events would happen over the next year that would propel our weekly onto the national stage.


At dusk on a hot, humid Thursday night eight days later, a beat-up red van drove onto the front yard of the large two-story, ranch-style house owned by Bud and Melanie Billings on a secluded tract of land in Beulah. When the van pulled away 10 minutes later, the couple was dead, and nine special needs children, ages 4-11, were left alone in the house. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan held several press conferences over the next six days as the suspects were arrested

in waves. He appeared on several national television shows giving updates as the investigation progressed while the community awaited the grand jury indictments. The arrests were a turning point for Sheriff Morgan, whom the daily newspaper's editors appeared to be doing their best to make a one-term wonder. The PNJ had been blistering the ECSO over a series of incidents involving the K-9 unit. After a Department of Justice report found several discrepancies with the ECSO's K-9 dog unit, Sheriff Morgan had taken the dogs off the street until new policies and procedures could be written. A month later, the dogs were back, but it wasn't the end of the unit's problems. On June 15, 2009, a glitch in the door releases of a K-9 car allowed a dog to get out and attack a woman at the Heritage Oaks Mobile Home Park. Just over a week later, on June 23, another K-9 dog got out of a cruiser due to a similar glitch and entered a Lowe's Home Improvement store to follow its handler. To compound his problems with the daily, Morgan was developing an aggressive strategy to deal with prostitution. "Dear John" letter had been drafted to be sent to registered owners of vehicles "involved in an arrest for violation(s) of Florida's laws prohibiting prostitution." The letter warned that a person's car "can be seized" if used in violation of the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act. The daily newspaper had jumped all over Morgan because the Forfeiture Act

only applies if the vehicle were used in the commission of a felony. Prostitution and solicitation are misdemeanors. The paper's July 9 editorial, the day of the murders, was titled "County sheriff should lead and not mislead." How he and his staff handled the Billings investigation obliterated the PNJ's attacks and quickly made Morgan the most popular elected officials in Escambia County, maybe in all of Northwest Florida, and one of the most recognized sheriffs in the country ("Humdinger," 8/20/09).


Inweekly initially didn't cover the homicides since we rarely covered crime, but when Patrick "Poff" Gonzalez was arrested for the murders Sunday, my inbox was filled with emails from locals who knew the self-defense instructor who graduated from Gulf Breeze High School in the '80s. We posted everything on the blog—breaking page-view records, attracting even more information and earning the attention of the national media. Suddenly, this little newspaper was competing not only with the PNJ and WEAR-TV but also with CNN, CBS, NBC, Time and Newsweek. As the arrest of Pam Wiggins was being announced, I received an email from Mike Finkel, a writer for National Geographic whose award-winning memoir "True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa" was later made into a movie starring Jonah Hill and James Franco. Though he lived in Montana, his sister was married to Destin Mayor Craig Barker. "The family discussion, over the last week, has, of course, been all about the Billings' murders," wrote Finkel. "Your blog is often the go-to place for the latest updates; in fact, I'm now addicted to your updates as well; your site is now bookmarked on my toolbar." Finkel told me that his

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college roommate, Randall Lane, was an editor at the website The Daily Beast and had asked him to look into writing a story on the Billings case. He asked if he could recommend me instead. "I've got other projects on my plate," Finkel said. "You know the area and the people. Who knows, there might even be a book deal in this?" Worried about being played, I called attorney Mike Papantonio, whose Ring of Fire Radio was syndicated nationally and who appeared regularly on the news networks. He yelled at me, "The Daily Beast is huge! Rick, people kill to get published on that site." The Daily Beast was a news reporting and opinion website launched in October 2008 and published by Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. It was a much hipper version of The Huffington Post with more attitude. The Beast had over three million unique visitors per month. Lane was a New Yorker with a deep voice that had a touch of sarcasm. I hadn't had a boss for 12 years. Though I'd written a few pieces for other publications over the years, I was just as skeptical of him as he was of me. The Daily Beast editor wanted whatever I had that hadn't been reported yet, the inside scoop. I put together a piece with an odd assortment of facts, but none of the national media had picked up any of it yet. Lane wasn't satisfied. The writing was too matter of fact. I reworked the story adding more local color and voices and sent it off. No reply. I repeatedly called Lane, and I went straight to voicemail. It was getting late. I had been up since 4 a.m. and hadn't eaten since noon. Finally, I got an email from someone else at The Daily Beast: "Hi Rick. My name is Jane Spencer, and I'm managing editor of The Daily Beast. Randall broke his wrist in a softball game tonight, so I'm picking up your story from him." Spencer and I talked over the phone, trying to shape the story to what The Daily Beast expected. I felt the fact that Bud Billings once owning a strip club was huge and would be big news nationally the next morning, but Spencer wasn't happy with the piece. And frankly, I don't blame her. Spencer had too much else already on her plate for the Friday edition of The Beast without having to deal with a first-time contributor. I chalked off my brief Beast experience as something that was a nice gesture by Finkel but probably something fated not to happen. Who loses their editor to a softball injury? The newspaper gods had decided national exposure wasn't in my future. The next morning, WEAR's Mollye Barrows broke the strip club ownership on "Good Morning America." However, Lane and The Beast had learned their lesson about not listening to my investigative instincts, and over the next month, we would post some of the mostread stories on the crime. When I look back at my reporting on the story for The Daily Beast, I see how much I have grown as a writer and how much this town helped me with tips and encouragement. There was so much I didn't understand about law enforcement and crime reporting back then. The Billings case was also the first time July 18, 2019

that I had been attacked for my reporting nationally. Nancy Grace and other networks went after me that I was only reporting hearsay. However, when the State Attorney's Office released the transcripts of its interviews with those arrested and several witnesses, my reporting was vindicated. I was even profiled in The New York Times.


Nine months later, I would team up again with Lane and The Daily Beast to investigate the most massive man-made environmental disaster in US history, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. On April 20, 2010, an oil platform located 41 miles off of Louisiana exploded, killing 11 workers and spewing millions of gallons in the Gulf of Mexico. By the time the well was capped in September 2010, an estimated 4.9 million barrels were spilled ("Spill, Baby, Spill," 5/6/10).

Again, Inweekly took on the national news networks, and with the help of locals, we broke news regularly. I was even the first reporter kicked out of a BP meeting. On May 1, 2010, Gov. Charlie Crist came to Pensacola to see firsthand the preparations for the impending oil slick that was approaching Florida. Before Gov. Crist arrived, the Area Unified Command met with BP officials and county leaders to discuss strategies. When Joe Oliveri of BP identified me as a reporter, I was asked by the DEP communications director to leave the room. As I was led out, I overheard Florida DEP Secretary Michael Sole telling a BP representative, "I'm going to take care of you." Instead of leaving the building, I stood by the elevator, waiting for Crist's entourage. When the governor arrived, we shook hands in the hallway, and he invited me to walk in with him. No one stopped me from coming back into the room with the governor's arm around my shoulder, and I got to hear Coast Guard Capt. Steve Poulin, Sec. Sole, Oliveri and Gary Stewart, general manager of BP Governmental Affairs, brief the governor and local officials, thus scooping the other media. The same day, BP representatives held town hall meetings across the Gulf Coast,

urging commercial fishermen to take a $5,000 buyout for losses in exchange for, what many considered, releases from any future lawsuits. I went on "MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann" to show the public that the waiver forms were much more than just a boilerplate form that had accidentally been inserted into the claim packet. I told Olbermann that BP had several environmental problems in recent years. In 2007, the oil company had cut ad deal with the Justice Department and agreed to pay $373 million in fines and restitution to settle criminal charges stemming from a deadly explosion in Texas, an oil spill in Alaska and allegations of price-fixing in the nation's propane markets. Meanwhile, BP began holding community town halls. We attended several and figured out the script—young, attractive female stood in front of the anxious, frustrated crowds offering no information other than giving out a toll-free number. We began to call the spokespersons "BP Barbies"—a moniker others picked up. We also talked with those who had dealt with BP disasters in Texas and Alaska and found a pattern. The oil giant would: 1) Identify local leaders to defend them; 2) Have scripted communications to the public that mitigated the extent of the damages during the initial stages and then gradually release more severe information; 3) Separate the company from the damages; and 4) Hand out a lot of small settlement checks to get positive press. We saw all four deployed here and earned international attention for publishing the BP spin strategy ("What to Expect from BP," 5/13/10). Then another story dropped into my lap. Local attorney Ryan Hatler called and said he had a connection to one of the workers who died on Deepwater Horizon. Blair Manuel grew up in his hometown of Eunice, La. His mother might be able to get me an interview with his family, but I first had to earn her confidence and approval. The catch was I had to be in her kitchen by 8 a.m. Saturday morning. I got up at 3 a.m. and made the five-hour drive. We ate fresh boudin from the Eunice Superette & Slaughterhouse with saltine crackers and Coke, and I won her over and got the interview ("Fighting for Papa Bear," 5/20/10), which put a personal face on the explosion. The Daily Beast posted everything. When Brown and Lane appeared on "Morning Joe" and other news programs, they touted me as their Gulf Coast correspondent. The newspaper had become firmly entrenched on the national stage. The Daily Beast would later buy Newsweek magazine, which didn't turn out well. Brown would leave the organization in late 2013. Lane would move on to become the chief content officer for Forbes and has stayed close, even tipping me off to his favorite NYC dive bar, Jimmy's Corner Bar, when I was in the Big Apple for "Morning Joe" last year. Our time with The Daily Beast proved that this little newspaper could have a big voice. 9


"A Cycle of Injustice?"

By Ryne Ziemba, 3/25/10 A 1974 incident involving the death of Wendel Sylvester Blackwell brought to mind the frustrations felt by those calling for further investigation into the death of Victor Steen.

"Bringing Bobby Home"

By Sena Maddison, 11/11/10 A special Veterans Day cover story on the U.S. Army's efforts to identify remains of Bobby Bishop, a World War II bomber pilot who went missing on a mission over Germany, and to return them to his family.


By Rick Outzen, 12/9/10 After a month-long investigation and a review of hundreds of pages of documents, the newspaper discovered that Scott Davison, the frontman for Maritime Park Development Partners, misrepresented his development team and financial capabilities in order to win the contract to build the maritime park.

"Escambia County's Secret"

By Hana Frenette, 1/20/11 Escambia County had become the poster child for the AIDS epidemic in Florida, ranking second in the state for most reported cases of women and children and ranked 12th out of 67 counties for the most overall reported HIV/AIDS cases.

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"Tarnished Turnaround"

By Rick Outzen, 4/7/11 The newspaper won the Sunshine State award on its investigation of School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas' failed efforts to make Warrington Middle School the highest-achieving middle school in the district.

"When Yellow Ribbons Aren't Enough"

By Rick Outzen, 9/22/11 Soldiers shared their efforts to combat the high rate of suicide among veterans, particularly troops that have returned home from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Inweekly Tackles Race: "Black & White" By Rick Outzen, 2/23/12

"Race & the Classroom"

By Jeremy Morrison, 6/12/12

"A Tale of Two Schools"

By T.S. Strickland, 7/19/12 We made a commitment in 2012 to covering racial disparities in Escambia County. For decades, Pensacola had been a segregated community, mostly by choice. However, the gaps in income, employment, education and health had grown too big to ignore.

"Dysfunction Junction"

By Jeremy Morrison, 8/19/12

The Pensacola City Council and Mayor Ashton Hayward were having some issues as they learned to coexist in the city's new form of government. City Hall melted down into slugfests, showdowns and wall-to-wall drama.

"Generations of Sound"

By Jessica Forbes, 2/28/13 Our reporter Jessica Forbes spent weeks researching the musical history of the neighborhood. Her research helped Belmont-DeVilliers get the 203rd Mississippi Blues Trail Marker earlier this year.

"Not Invisible Anymore"

By Rick Outzen, 4/4/13 Showings of the documentary "The Invisible War" led to us tackling the difficult subject of sexual assault in the U.S. military. We spoke with two local veterans who had been raped while serving. Their stories echoed those of service members in the film who found the process of investigating and prosecuting sexual assaults in the military woefully inadequate and, more often than not, neglectful.

"Eat Street"

By Sarah McCartan, 8/22/13 Because we had an office full of food truck enthusiasts, Inweekly decided to take a look at the state of affairs for food trucks in Pensacola and how we could build a food truck culture here.

"Faces of HIV"

By Sarah McCartan, 9/11/13 In 2012, there were 5,388 new cases of HIV reported in the state of Florida. Of these cases, 66 were reported right here in Escambia County. Inweekly covered the "The Faces of HIV" special project that helped to tell the stories of those with HIV.

"First Comes Love, Then Comes"

By Jessica Forbes, 10/3/13 The newspaper presented the stories of multiple local same-sex couples who have traveled to other states to marry.

"Inside the Chaos"

By Rick Outzen, 5/8/14 On April 30, 2014, about a half-hour before midnight, the Central Booking and Detention Facility, which housed an estimated 595 inmates, exploded. The newspaper interviewed inmates to find out what happened.

"A Shame Before God"

By Rick Outzen, 6/26/14 The residents of Wedgewood were tired of being sick. They were tired of seeing their loved ones die of cancer, renal failure and other illnesses. They were tired of living under the shadow of a 130-foot mound of debris with its dust and stench that permeated the neighborhood. {in}

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With the help of trained volunteer role models from the community, Junior Achievement (JA) shows young people how money, careers, and business ownership work. JA volunteers use our world class empirically validated financial literacy educational materials and weave in stories about their professional journeys to inspire students to think about how they too can be successful in their future. JA cannot do what it does without the help of its volunteers. We appreciate you more than words can say. In the 2018-2019 school year, Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida reached 3,800 students with financial literacy education in over 180 classrooms in 26 schools with the assistance of 91 volunteers in the Pensacola area business community. Navy Federal Credit Union • Jennifer Adams • Donald Belcher • Aleksha Burgos • Tisha Clary • Bridget Courtney • Brandi Hadden • Rushell Hamilton • LaPortia Harris • Eugenia Hernandez • Kiondra Holms • Stephanie Hudgens • Betty McDaniel • Liz Mulcahy • Charity Nance • Frank Peach • Amanda Preble • Erin Reeves • LeAndrea Vernon • Kate West • Kristal Whatley • Jennifer Wood LandrumHR • Randy Ardis • Keith Barry • Mallory Brock • Deborah Brousseau • Joshua Buenviaje • Lynell Estep • Wendi Fairchild • Dana Passmore ExxonMobil • Daniel Brubaker • Niki Jacob • Cassandra Kint • Henry Klug • Stephen Lair • Alex Lauderback • Britney LeBlanc • Jeanene Tomecek • Kristi Washington • Ronald Waters

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General Daniel 'Chappie' James Jr. / Photo Courtesy of UWF Historic Trust


Sen. Doug Broxson (R-Gulf Breeze) has submitted legislation to name the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, the "General Daniel 'Chappie' James Jr. Bridge." Senator Broxson stated, "General James is an American hero. He represents the true spirit of the Panhandle and our values. I look forward to presenting this bill to my colleagues in Tallahassee next session and sharing with them the story of 'Chappie' James." Born and raised in Pensacola, Daniel "Chappie" James became one of the most decorated fighter pilots in U.S. Air Force history and the first African American to hold the rank of four-star general. Senator Broxson continued, "This new bridge will stand as a memorial to our native son and a truly great American, General Daniel 'Chappie' James."

WESTSIDE TOWN HALL Three of the region's elected officials held court in Escambia High School's library last week for the Westside

Town Hall. During the nearly two-hour affair, residents were able to hear reports from and bring their concerns to State Rep. Alex Andrade and the District 2 representatives for the school board, Paul Fetsko and the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, Lois Benson. On the education front, Fetsko talked about the district's new elementary school that is slated for the intersection of Sorrento Road and Blue Angel Parkway. It will essentially replace Pleasant Grove Elementary and should be completed by 2021. Pleasant Grove, he said, is currently over capacity. The school will be shut down once the new facility is completed. The new school will also be taking on about 100 students each from Helen Caro School and Blue Angels Elementary, which are both currently at capacity. ECUA board member Lois Benson began by relaying the ECUA's recent loss of both its attorney and executive director. The agency just brought on a new attorney and is in the process of searching for a new director, expecting to have someone by the fall. "I believe it will go seamlessly," Benson said. Benson also spoke about the continued work of the ECUA to transfer area residents off of septic tanks and onto sewer. She mentioned specifically areas near Navy Boulevard, Brownsville and Navy Point. "We're not just giving sewer to these neighborhoods; we're protecting our environment," Benson said. "Because no matter how well septic tanks function, and some of them function very well, contaminants leech into the ground and ultimately into our waterways." So far during her tenure on the board, Benson said, ECUA has taken 2,600 septic tanks offline. Next year, she hopes to get state funding to put toward transitioning from septic to sewer, which she said cost about $2,000 per tank.

EVOLVING POT LANDSCAPE The Florida A&M University and the Medical Marijuana

Education and Research Initiative last week held a community forum about marijuana and its medicinal use. During each of its community forums, FAMU gathers information from locales around the state in an effort to better understand how Florida's changing marijuana laws are impacting communities. The research project will wrap up in June 2020, and the information gathered could be used to inform future public policy. "What we are hoping to do this evening is give information and get information," explained Dr. Monica Hayes, deputy director of MMERI. The panel assembled for the local forum at the Brownsville Community Center consisted of Dr. Michelle Beasley, of Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics of Florida; Dr. David Brannon, of Cantonment Family Medicine; Thuy Do, a pharmacist with CVS Pharmacy; Lonnie Wesley, III, pastor of Greater Little Rock Baptist Church; Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter; and Escambia County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chip Simmons. Some forum attendees were interested in hearing about marijuana's medical use, but mostly, people were concerned about how the state's evolving legalities regarding marijuana would play out on the ground level. They wanted to be sure they wouldn't find themselves in legal trouble for using medical marijuana. "These two are really important," Hayes had said in introducing Simmons and Lyter, "because as you know, Florida says one thing and the federal government says something different." Both law enforcement officials stressed that medical marijuana was far from full legalization. Chief Lyter said, "I think it's important for the public to understand that medical marijuana is legal under very narrow circumstances. We're still making arrests for violating medical marijuana laws." In order to legally use marijuana, a person must possess a state card identify-

ing them as a patient with a prescription. To avoid any legal issues, they need to carry this card with them and also make sure that their cannabis is purchased from an approved distribution facility and contained in the required opaque white container. "If you're going to have marijuana, you've got to follow the rules." Chief Deputy Simmons said. "Follow the rules, do it as prescribed, and you don't have anything to worry about." Simmons and Lyter explained that a person may still get into trouble even if they have their medical bonafides in order. Driving while impaired on medical marijuana, for example, is viewed the same as driving drunk. Unlike alcohol, Chief Lyter explained that there is not currently a scientifically ascertainable threshold identifying marijuana intoxication. This is left up to the officer on the scene and based on their assessment of an individual. "It's your driving pattern, field sobriety exercises, that kind of stuff. There's not a threshold number for it," Lyter said. Attendees also had questions about how the use of the drug would play out when it came to the workplace. Could an employer still fire them, for example, if cannabis showed up in a drug test? While it is currently up to the individual employer how to handle the issue, some fields do not tolerate the use of medical marijuana at all. Law enforcement, for instance, does not allow for it. "We cannot use medical marijuana, any police in the state of Florida, because it is a violation of federal law and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will decertify you," Lyter said. The issue of employers not tolerating the use of cannabis, Dr. Brannon said, has caused some of his patients to change jobs. He said he's hopeful that employers will increasingly warm up to the concept of medical marijuana. "I've got patients changing their career because their health has improved so much.


They're just quitting their jobs as a teacher or whatever," he said. "But it's slowly changing."

TWO-WAY TALK Stretches of Davis

Highway and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive that currently run one direction could have a two-way future. The city's Eastside Redevelopment Board voted last week to give the go-ahead on a feasibility study for changing the streets to run both directions. The mayor has pushed the concept of changing Davis and MLK—which run parallel to I-110—for a while, contending that the move will make the streets safer and also facilitate a more pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Though he is a proponent of the change, Robinson has said that ultimately, it's up to the surrounding community. "I'm not trying to force anything," Robinson said Wednesday. "I'm looking to execute whatever the neighborhood wants." Tommy White, who lives in the area, was initially skeptical of the notion. "Who came up with this glorious idea?" he asked during the Eastside board meeting. "I live, work and play in that area every day. It's running pretty smoothly now." Community Redevelopment Area administrator Helen Gibson explained that two-way streets have been found to be safer routes with slower traffic. She said, "That was a connected, very livable neighborhood." White eventually warmed to the concept of two-way streets, and other neighborhood residents already appeared to be on board. Clarence Stokes said, "A one-way street is like a four-way on Davis Highway. When you're going down a one-way street, it's like a drag way." Fred Young, III, a member of the Eastside board, talked about how he served as a pastor for a church located on Davis and had often witnessed cars unknowingly driving the wrong way down the street. He said, "Thanks be to God that we haven't had an accident right there."

The Eastside Redevelopment Board had already recommended the two-waying of Davis be included in the Complete Streets portion of the 2020 Community Redevelopment Agency Eastside Community Redevelopment Area Work Plan. Last week, the board added MLK to that twoway plan and also approved an offer from the Florida Department of Transportation to conduct a survey of the roads to ensure that a two-way scenario would work. Robinson said that FDOT did not appear to have a preference on whether the streets remained the same or changed to two-way. Like the city, he said, they'll defer to the community. "They're agnostic as well," Robinson said. "They're like, 'Hey, if it's what the people want, we'll do it.'" Residents will have a while to consider the prospects of two-way streets. FDOT won't have a survey completed until February.

CITY BUDGET WORKSHOPS A draft of the $245 million fiscal year 2020 budget for the City of Pensacola is now available online,, along with a Budget in Brief informational guide for citizens. Two city council budget workshops have been scheduled for Council to review the proposed budget—1-5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, and 9 a.m. Thursday, July 25. Both workshops will be held in the Hagler/Mason Conference Room, City Hall, 222 W. Main St., second floor . The proposed budget includes no millage rate increase, a pay plan to address pay inequities and an estimated $104.2 million in Local Option Sales Tax revenue to cover Pensacola Police and Pensacola Fire vehicles, upgrades and refurbishments to parks, community centers and facilities and citywide ADA improvements, energy conservation and efficiency improvements. Two public hearings to adopt the budget are tentatively set for Wednesday, Sept.

11, and Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.


inson is accepting applications to expand the pool of candidates for appointment to the Downtown Improvement Board. There is currently one vacancy on the board. Applicants who previously applied this year will be reconsidered for appointment and do not need to put in a new application. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, July 24, at 5 p.m. To qualify for appointment to the DIB, prospective members must own property within the DIB district, subject to ad valorem taxation, or be a lessee required by lease to pay taxes on the property. City of Pensacola or Escambia County officers or employees are not eligible to serve as voting members on the DIB. View a PDF of the DIB District boundaries by visiting the City of Pensacola's online document center. Members are appointed by the mayor and are approved by the city council. This appointment will be made to fill an unexpired term, which runs until June 30, 2020. Those who are interested in serving on the DIB will need to fill out an online application. Forms are available at

STATE OF THE CITY The Greater Pensacola Chamber will host a State of the City luncheon at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St. Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson and Assistant City Administrator Kerrith Fiddler will discuss the business climate and what plans the city has for Pensacola's local business community. The event is a fundraiser for the chamber. Table sponsorships are available. Individual tickets are $25 for member, $50 non-member. Check out The last State of the City address was

made by former Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward in October 2013 at the Saenger Theatre. The event was open to the public at no charge.

PENSACOLA CAN Move your nonprofit organization or community project into high gear with "The Nonprofit Accelerator"—an event that helps groups work smarter to maximize their impact. Topics covered include fundraising, collaborating, measuring impact, managing funds and more. Participants will hear from a number of local leaders in the world of nonprofit organizations and community impact. Presenters include Robin Reshard, Kukua Institute; Cathy Brown, The Fundraising School; Tom Hutchings, Pensacola CAN; and Michelle Salzman, Salz Studios. Brigette Brooks, Impact 100 president, will deliver a special lunch presentation. The event is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Studer Community Institute Building, 220 W. Garden St. Event registration is $20 and includes lunch. To register, visit Eventbrite and search for "The Nonprofit Accelerator." MARK YOUR CALENDARS The Escambia Democratic Party invites you to its "BLUE BASH" Fun & Fundraiser Event from 6-9 on p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Pensacola Socialdesk, 3695 N. L St. Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at donate/escbluebash. Baptist Health Care will host a blood drive from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, July 22, in the Baptist Hospital Heritage Room, 1000 W. Moreno St. Donors must be age 16 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be feeling well that day. Photo identification is required. All donors will receive a gift. District 1 Commissioner Jeff Bergosh hosts the next Coffee with the Commissioner from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, at McDonald's, 5 S. Blue Angel Pkw y. {in}


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"Me and Walter" by Valerie George

Carole King was onto something when she sang, "You've got to take the bitter with the sweet," in her iconic 1972 album "Rhymes & Reasons." It's a principle Pensacola artist Valerie George has had to live with, as her life seemingly doled out one bitter per one sweet. The latest occurrence of it came with her "Welcome to My Party" solo exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art, where she reflects on 15 years of artwork after being promoted to full professor at the University of West Florida. George's celebratory speech in February rolled around just after she was diagnosed with her third bout of breast cancer—a beyond bitter and uncommon amount of recurrences. "In the face of mortality, there's a moment to celebrate accomplishment, to celebrate life, friends, family, heroes," George said. "What I was interested in showing were works that were those special moments in life, in which my life changed my art practice and my art practice changed my life." Although the exhibit's title drips with playful sarcasm, it showcases her life's work in installation art, video, performance, sculpture, photography, new media and drawing. July 18, 2019

Some works are quite old, she said, but some she made in 2019 right after her double mastectomy. Submitting a pile of text and images to petition for full professor made George feel accomplished. And now seeing four rooms occupied with her favorite works, well, there aren't words. "Whether or not they like it, I would like for people to feel as if they've encountered something that's very honest," George said. "It's difficult subject matter talking about breast cancer, mastectomies, punk rock and grandmothers."


If it isn't obvious, the exhibit is diverse—featuring installations that confront mortality, heaven and George's background in the Pensacola punk scene. She lived in The Javelin' Joint, a punk house, as a teenager and is now a member of the 309 Punk Museum Project's board of directors. The stairwell is an ode to George's female family members (AKA her heroes)—her aunt Hazel, a breast cancer survivor who also had a mastectomy, and

her mother and grandmother, who have their own powerful stories. "They feel like their strength was passed down to me," George said. The ground floor features three rooms—a large portion of one is a body of work from 2010 called Nam June Psych. George concocted a recording studio inside the back of a biofuelpowered 1983 Mercedes 300TD wagon and went cross-country to make collaborative art. The newest material is "Welcome to My Party." "That work is about this new experience in a brand-new body, after a double mastectomy, and the highs and lows of feeling confident that this will be my last bout with cancer but then taking a nosedive three days later and feeling like I'm not going to survive it," George said. "The highs and lows and fears of cancer treatment—the spectrum of emotions one experiences when they go through cancer." So, yes, welcome to Valerie George's party. Your invitation wasn't lost in the mail.


As fate would have it, George first learned about cancer through art.

An art history professor introduced her to Hannah Wilke, a 1970s performance and body artist who used her body to critique culture and the oppression of women. "She was highly criticized, because she was very typically beautiful," George said. "In her early 40s, she was diagnosed with lymphoma. She continued to photograph herself as her beauty faded right before your eyes. Her hair fell out, she became incredibly bloated and got patches all over and had tubes hanging out of her body." "That body of work was the first time I ever encountered what cancer looks like," George said. George was 38 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. "It was a very special moment to be so young and diagnosed with something that really asks you to take a look at your life and mortality and really face that," George said. "That was interesting, difficult, scary and powerful. It certainly rearranged my art practice a bit, because I had to stop." George put her art on hold through surgeries and radiation an experience that not only changed her body but also how she viewed it. Statistically, one out of eight women gets breast cancer. And if you don't get diagnosed, someone you know or love will. George channeled the subject into her art starting in 2016. "We don't talk about women's breasts unless we sexualize them," George said. "It's important to talk about them in this way, where we investigate what it feels like to have this body part turn on you and essentially try to kill you. It weaponizes right on your body, which is a really strange experience to process."


During a sabbatical after her second round of surgeries, George trekked alone to see land art sculptures from the 1970s, such as the Spiral Jetty and Sun Tunnels in Utah and the Amarillo Ramp in Texas. "I went to experience all of these really important land art sculptures I'd been looking at in history books my whole life," George said. "What I thought was interesting is they were pretty much the same age as me. These sculptures had been living outside, fighting against the sun, the wind, the erosion and the heat, and they were deteriorating as much as I was." 15

and wins and the way she looks at artwork, work that she did in the desert in the last the world and the people she encounters." couple of years was pretty poignant to me … Thinking about a person taking agency and being in environments that might leave one to feel very vulnerable and using that "Welcome to My Party" is certainly within the dialogue of the artwork is really a celebration—sans streamers and cake. interesting." There are, however, balloons, disco balls In honor of George's exhibit, Gail and other images used to represent abandoned her academic voice and wrote a breasts. passion-filled essay. "When you think about microphones, "The artist must embrace every hurt disco balls and balloons, you think party," wound, carry every damaged nerve and George said. "When you use them as scrub rocks into the gaping holes of our a metaphor for breasts that have to be hearts," Gail wrote. removed, it turns that idea on its head. I'm "The word "cancer" conjures up many trying to celebrate the life that I've had, but feelings, becoming ineffable to describe," it's not always a party." {in} Gail said. "What's so amazing about artists is no matter what shit the world throws at you, somehow you have the tools to make it transcend and make it humorous, real and raw in a way that can be translated to many differWHAT: A solo exhibition featuring installation ent people," Gail said. "There's art, video, performance, sculpture, photography, a sense of redemption in that, new media and drawing where you're not going to let it WHEN: On view now–Friday, Aug. 2 get you." WHERE: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jef"To stop at the word "humor" ferson St. doesn't give the artwork all the COST: $7 general admission, free for University of credit it's due," Gail added. West Florida students "It's also warm and family DETAILS: and really about the journey,"



"Rain Drums" by Valerie George

She turned the landscape into her art studio, taking photos of her body and projecting them onto the sculptures. "Those were really fun— well, fun is not the word," George said. "They are a lot. They're very heavy, but they're quite visually stunning because the sculptures themselves were stunning. It felt very much like a collaboration with these sculptors who I hold in high regard in terms of art history—and most of them are dead." "One of them died at the last site I did, Amarillo Ramp."


Felicia E. Gail, the former curator of exhibitions at Pensacola Museum of Art, first met George in the '90s at the punk venue Sluggo's. They later became friends and were once roommates. "I was a fan of her work from the beginning," Gail said. "I loved her sense of journey and the way she incorporated motion and sound and all mediums to inform an idea to surrounding the aural. Her

Gail said. "I think the word 'journey' is the word I cling to most when I think about Val and her work and everything she's doing in regards to her personal fights

SPECIAL EVENT: EXHIBITION TOUR George is hosting an artist-led tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.

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Henny Penny's Patisserie, 4412 W. Jackson. BUTTERCREAM TECHNIQUES CLASS 5:30 p.m. $40. Henny Penny's Patisserie, 4412 W. Jackson. SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS 6 p.m. Runners meet in front of Seville Quarter for a run around downtown Pensacola. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. ALTER CALL: CREATING SACRED SPACE 6:30 p.m. $15. Asher & Bee Apothecary and Tea House, 7 E. Gregory St. asherandbee BLUE WAHOOS VS. MOBILE BAYBEARS 6:35 p.m. $5 and up. Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St.



Arts & Culture



Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free with museum admission. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.


p.m. July 18. DUH for Garden and Home, 501 N. 9th Ave. duhpensacola


July 20. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.

≥Current Exhibits

HAPPINESS IS... On view through July 25. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. July 18, 2019 PUNKSACOLA: REFLECTIONS OF A SUBCULTURE On

view through July. T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, 330 S. Jefferson St.


On view through August. Open Books Bookstore and Prison Book Project, 1040 N. Guillemard St. VALERIE GEORGE: WELCOME TO MY PARTY On view

WATERFRONT 9 a.m. Pensacola Visitor

Information Center, 1401 E. Gregory St. YOGA WITHIN REACH 9-10 a.m. Free. Community Health Northwest Florida, 2315 W. Jackson St., Room A. BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE 11:30 a.m. National Naval Aviation Museum viewing area, 1878 S. Blue Angel Parkway. Use West Gate Entrance. TRYON FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT 4 p.m. Tryon Branch Library, 1200 Langley Ave. COMPLIMENTARY WINE TASTING 4-6 p.m. Bodacious, 407-D S. Palafox. WALKING CEMETERY TOURS 5:30 p.m. $12 plus tax. St. John's Historic Cemetery, 301 N. G St. FUNKY YOGA 6 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. ZUMBA WITH SHANNON AND FRIENDS 6-7 p.m. $4. Homestead Community Center, 7830 Pine Forest Road. BREAKFAST FOR DINNER COOKING CLASS 6 p.m. $64.50. Bodacious, 407-D S. Palafox. COUNTRY TWO-STEP DANCING 6:30 p.m. $12. Whiskey Runners Saloon. 610 East Nine Mile Road. BLUE WAHOOS VS. MOBILE BAYBEARS 6:35 p.m. $5 and up. Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. BANDS ON THE BEACH 7-9 p.m. Free. Memory Lane. Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. COMEDY NIGHT 7 p.m. Swan Neck Meadery, 2115 W. Nine Mile Road. Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. bluemorninggallery. com WORN IN/WORN OUT On view

through Aug. 16. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. EXPOSURE On view through Oct. 4. Luna Fine Art Gallery at the Hilton Pensacola Beach, 12 Via De Luna Drive. COTTON FIELDS TO CONGRESS: THE LIFE AND CAREER OF EARL HUTTO On

through Aug. 2. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.

view at the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, 330 S. Jefferson St.



through Aug. 3. Tammy Caspersen, pottery; and Suzanne Tuzzeo, photography. Blue

Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Featuring local artists. To be featured, contact Angel at 941-7354586 or call the

restaurant at 4770035. TGI Fridays, 1240 Airport Blvd.

≥Workshops & Classes


workshops are held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon, Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon 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


PILATES FUSION 10:30 a.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. LUNCH AND LEARN SHRIMP TACOS 12 p.m. $25. Bodacious, 407-D S. Palafox. ONE-ON-ONE TECH HELP 3 p.m. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. WAGGY WEDNESDAYS WITH PENSACOLA HUMANE SOCIETY 4-7 p.m. Pet themed games

and prizes. Through Sept. 18. Island Culture Tiki Bar, 17 Via De Luna Drive. $1 from every Tito's Vodka sale benefits Pensacola Humane Society. VEGAN AND VINO SUNDAYS 4-7 p.m. Skopelos at New World, 600 S. Palafox AFRICAN DANCE FITNESS 5:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. Henny Penny's Patisserie, 4412 W. Jackson. hennypennyspatisserie YOGA FLOW 6-7 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. WEST COAST SWING DANCING 6:30 p.m. $12. Whiskey Runners Saloon, 610 E. Nine Mile Road. BLUE WAHOOS VS. MOBILE BAYBEARS 6:35 p.m. $5 and up. Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. IMPROVABLE CAUSE HAPPY HOUR 7 p.m. $11. Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. TRANSMISSION GROUP WORLD SERVICE MEDITATION 7:15 p.m. Free. Ever'man

Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. workshops are held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon at First City Art Center. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for nonmembers. For more information, visit CLAY SCULPTURE

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

≥Call for Artists


Applications are open for the GGAF Emerging Artists program. This program, developed in partnership

with Artel Gallery, gives new artists a chance to be a part of the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival and offers them guidance in what is involved in being in an arts festival. Applications are open to artists who have limited experience participating in arts festivals and are residents of Escambia or Santa Rosa Counties. Two artists will be chosen to participate in this year's festival. GGAF will waive fees for the two artists and will provide a booth and mentor to help guide them through the process. For more information and an application, visit The GGAF is Nov. 1, 2 and 3, 2019, in Seville Square. 19

calendar Bars & Nightlife

≥Live Music


Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 Fort Pickens Road.


6-10 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna.


7 p.m. Hub Stacey's 312 E. Government St.


7:30 p.m. Goat Lips Chew and Brewhouse, 2811 Copter Road. DUELING PIANOS

8 p.m. Rosie O' Grady's Dueling Piano Show. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.


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8-11 p.m. Goat Lips Brewhouse, 2811 Copter Road. Use our instruments or bring your own. RAISING KARMA

8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. SCENIC HEIGHTS BAND 9 p.m. End

O' the Alley, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.



The Drowsy Poet Coffee Co., 655 Pensacola Beach Blvd. LIVE MUSIC Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. BIG AL AND THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

6-10 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna.


Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. LIVE MUSIC 6:30 p.m. The District, 123 E. Government St. AL MARTIN 6:30 p.m. Doc's Courtyard and Cafe, 5198 Willing St., Milton. CAT DADDY 7 p.m. Red Fish Blue Fish, 5 Via De Luna Drive. Unit B. redfishbluefishpensacolabeach JOHN RIPLEY 7-10 p.m. Skopelos at New World, 600 S. Palafox. MIKE BOCCIA 7:45 p.m. Goat Lips Chew and Brewhouse, 2811 Copter Road. DUELING PIANOS

8 p.m. Rosie O' Grady's Dueling Piano Show. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.


8 p.m.-midnight. Goat Lips Brewhouse, 2811 Copter Road. REUNION BAND 8 p.m. Hub Stacey's 312 E. Government St. SOUNDS OF SUMMER

9 p.m. Every Friday through Aug. 24. Red Fish Blue Fish, 5 Via De Luna Drive. Unit B. redfishbluefishpensacolabeach HORSESHOE KITTY

9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. LIVE MUSIC 9 p.m. Lili Marlene's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. LIVE MUSIC 9 p.m. End O' the Alley, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. LIVE DJ: MR. LAO 10 p.m. Phineas Phogg's,

Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. LIVE MUSIC 10 p.m. Apple Annie's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.


The Drowsy Poet Coffee Co., 655 Pensacola Beach Blvd. LIVE MUSIC Noon4 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. JON PUZAN AND CADILLAC ATTACK

Noon. Red Fish Blue Fish, 5 Via De Luna Drive, Unit B. redfishbluefishpensacolabeach TRUE BLUE BAND 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna. AL MARTIN 6-11

p.m. The Piano Bar, Quality Inn, 7601 Scenic Highway. LIVE MUSIC 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. LIVE MUSIC 6:30 p.m. The District Steakhouse, 123 E. Government St. OPEN MIC/JAM

8 p.m.-midnight. Goat Lips Brewhouse, 2811 Copter Road. Use our instruments or bring your own.


9 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. COLM KELLY 9 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St. LIVE MUSIC 9 p.m. Lili Marlene's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. LIVE MUSIC 9 p.m.

End O' the Alley, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. LIVE DJ: MR. LAO

10 p.m. Phineas Phogg's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. LIVE MUSIC 10 p.m. Apple Annie's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.




Red Fish Blue Fish, 5 Via De Luna Drive, Unit B. LIVE MUSIC Noon4 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. GOSPEL AT GOAT LIPS WITH HOST CLINT DAVIS 12:45-3:15

p.m. Goat Lips Chew and Brewhouse, 11 Copter Road.


a.m. Apple Annie's Sunday Brunch, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.

Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna.


Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd.

Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St.


a.m.-2 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St.




4-10 p.m. Goat Lips Brewhouse, 2811 Copter Road. Use our instruments or bring your own. LIVE MUSIC 6 p.m.

calendar Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. LIVE MUSIC 9 p.m. End O' the Alley, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.



p.m. The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company, 86 Brent Lane. LIVE MUSIC 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. MONDAY NIGHT BLUES 7 p.m. Blues

Society of Northwest Florida presents an open jam at Lili Marlene's. Featuring: Cat Daddy Blues Band. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. JEREMY & BRIAN 9 p.m. End O' the Alley, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.



Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna. LIVE MUSIC 6 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 Fort Pickens Road. GINO ROSARIA'S JAZZ NIGHT 6:30

p.m. Lili Marlene's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. DJ TONEY 7 p.m. The Deck Bar, 600 S. Barracks St. COLM KELLY 9 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St.


Hemingway's Island Grill, 400 Quietwater Beach Road.


Favorite Things, 2813 Cervantes St. LIVE MUSIC 6-10 p.m. Peg Leg Pete's, 1010 July 18, 2019

Fort Pickens Road. LIVE MUSIC 6:30 p.m. The District Steakhouse, 123 E. Government St. SANDY ROOTS

7 p.m. Portofino Island Resort, 10 Portofino Drive. SOUTHERN BREEZE FEAT. CRYSTAL 8 p.m.

Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. DUELING PIANO SHOW 8 p.m. Rosie

O' Grady's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. JORDAN RICHARDS 8 p.m. End O' the Alley, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. COLM KELLY 9 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St.

≥Bar Games Thursdays

HAPPY HOUR 4:30-6 p.m. Half-off house wine, bar drinks and domestic beer. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. LADIES NIGHT 5 p.m. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. BREW IQ TRIVIA NIGHT 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. COLLEGE NIGHT 10 p.m. Drink specials, beer pong tournament starts at 10 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Fridays HAPPY HOUR 4:30-6 p.m. Half-off house wine, bar drinks

and domestic beer. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. 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


p.m. Seville Quarter Membership Card Holder Appreciation Night at Phineas Phogg's. 130 E. Government St. Sundays BAR AND RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE (B.A.R.E. NIGHT) 7

p.m. Special prices for B.A.R.E. Card membership holders. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Mondays PINT NIGHT 4-10 p.m. Purchase any 16oz brew and take home a limited edition Perfect Plain glass. (limit two per customer). Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. TEXAS HOLD 'EM FOR FUN AND TRIVIA 7

p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. TRIVIA NIGHT 7-9 p.m. World of Beer, 200 S. Palafox. B.A.R.E All day. Culverts, 3102 E. Cervantes. BAR BINGO 8 p.m. Apple Annie's at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. DRAG-O-RAMA TALENT SHOW 9 a.m.-1

a.m. Pelican's Nest, 15 E. Intendencia St. MONDAY NIGHT TRIVIA 9:30-10:30

p.m. Mugs and Jugs, 12080 Scenic Highway. mugsjugs


11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Pelican's Nest, 15 E. Intendencia St. Tuesdays




4-10 p.m. Buy three crowlers get one free. Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. HAPPY HOUR 4:30-6 p.m. Half-off house wine, bar drinks and domestic beer. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. GAME ON! DIGITAL TRIVIA NIGHT 8

p.m. Apple Annie's, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. TUESDAY TRIVIA 8 p.m. The Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge, 33 Gulf Breeze Parkway. thebridgebargb BAR BINGO 8 p.m. Ticket Sports Bar, 7333 N. Davis Highway. Play to win up to $100 in gift cards.




TICKET TEAM TRIVIA 8 p.m. The Ticket

1, 7250 Plantation Road. POKER 8 p.m. The Ticket 2, 2115 W. Nine Mile Road. TEAM TRIVIA 9 p.m. Hopjacks. 10 S. Palafox. Wednesdays WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS 11

a.m. Half-priced bottles of wine every Wednesday. Jackson's Steakhouse, 226 S. Palafox.

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DIFFERENCE MAKERS SUNDAY’S CHILD AWARDS $106,000 Four charities across the Pensacola Bay Area received grants from Sunday’s Child, an LGBTQ-focused philanthropic non-profit, to fund initiatives and projects that promote diversity of the LGBTQ community and inspire inclusion throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The awards were announced after a live vote at Sunday’s Child’s 5th annual membership meeting held Sunday at the Museum of Commerce in downtown Pensacola. Projects and initiatives submitted by the Pensacola Opera, Manna Food Pantries, Golden Elite Track and Field Club, and A HOPE for Santa Rosa County were selected for funding by the 186 members of Sunday’s Child. Each of the four organizations will receive $26,500 to fund their projects. The projects being pursued by the four charities vary in focus. The Pensacola Opera will present three performances of the one act opera titled “As One,” which follows Hannah, a transgender woman, through her discovery of her gender identity and learning how to love herself in a world in which she is not accepted. Golden Elite Track and Field Club will focus their funding on the purchase of a large passenger van to help transport its athletes to and from practices and competitions, and to carry equipment for outdoor competitions. The club is committed to providing transportation to children of diverse ethnicities with social-economic challenges who are unable to participate in organized sports. Manna Food Pantries plans to purchase and install new warehouse equipment and signage, providing more efficient, effective and safe operations at their new facility on E Street in Pensacola to help prepare for their November 2019 food drive. The funding will have an operation-wide effect, touching more than 10,000 citizens that rely on their services and more than 5,000 volunteers in just the first year alone. A HOPE for Santa Rosa County is a not-for-profit with the mission of providing low-cost spay/neuter/vaccines/micro chipping services, rescue support, and community outreach programs, leading to the prevention of unnecessary euthanasia of companion animals in Santa Rosa County, Florida. Their “Fix and Chip” project will provide funding to spay/neuter, vaccinate against rabies, and microchip 300 indoor cats and 100 dogs that are owned by residents of Santa Rosa County. “We are proud of the work and accomplishments these organizations have already achieved,” said Drew Buchanan, outgoing President of Sunday’s Child. “We are thrilled to see these grants go towards initiatives and projects that further our mission of equality and inclusion.” Launched in 2014, Sunday’s Child is made up of members that donate funds annually. 100 percent of funds donated go towards grant awards, which are determined by the votes of members annually in June. Sunday’s Child has awarded more than $436,000 to Pensacola Bay Area charitable organizations since 2015. To learn more about Sunday’s Child, make a donation, or to apply for a grant, visit

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ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): An Aries reader sent me a boisterous email. "I was afraid I was getting too bogged down by my duties," he said, "too hypnotized by routine, too serious about my problems. So I took drastic action." He then described the ways he broke out of his slump. Here's an excerpt—"I gave laughing lessons to a cat. I ate a spider. I conducted a sneezing contest. I smashed an alarm clock with a hammer. Whenever an elderly woman walked by, I called out 'Hail to the Queen!' and did a backflip. I gave names to my spoon (Hortense), the table (Beatrice), a fly that was buzzing around (Fallon) and a toothpick (Arturo)." According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Aries, you'd be wise to stage a comparable uprising. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Welcome

home, homegirls and homeboys. After observing all your homesteading in homes away from home, I'm pleased to see you getting curious about the real home brew again. I wonder how many times I'll say the word "home" before you register the message that it's high time for you to home in on some homemade, homegrown homework? Now here's a special note to any of you who may be feeling psychologically homeless or exiled from your spiritual home—the coming weeks will be a favorable time to address that ache and remedy that problem.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): The world is

full of eternally restless people who seethe with confused desires they don't understand. Fueled by such unfathomable urges, they are driven in unknown directions to accomplish fuzzy goals. They may be obsessed in ways that make them appear to be highly focused, but the objects of their obsession are impossible to attain or unite with. Those objects don't truly exist! I have described this phenomenon in detail, Gemini, because the coming months will offer you all the help and support you could ever need to make sure you're forever free of any inclination to be like that.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): What would you say if I asked you to tell me who you truly are? I wouldn't want to hear so much about your titles and awards. I'd be curious about your sacred mysteries, not your literal history. I'd want to know the treasured secrets you talk about with yourself before you fall asleep. I'd ask you to sing the songs you love and describe the allies who make you feel real. I'd urge you to riff on the future possibilities that both scare you and thrill you. What else? What are some other ways you might show me core truths about your irrepressible soul? Now is a good time to meditate on these riddles. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): Isaac Asimov wrote a science fiction story about a physicist who masters time travel and summons William Shakespeare into the present time. The Bard enrolls in a night school class about his

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own plays—and proceeds to flunk the course. Modern ideas and modes of discourse are simply too disorienting to him. He is unable to grasp the theories that centuries' worth of critics have developed about his work. With this as a cautionary tale, I invite you to time-travel not four centuries into the future, but just ten years. From that vantage point, look back at the life you're living now. How would you evaluate and understand it? Do you have any constructive criticism to offer? Any insights that could help you plan better for your long-term future?

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): The com-

ing weeks will be a favorable time for you to buy yourself toys, change your image for no rational reason and indulge in an interesting pleasure that you have been denying yourself for no good reason. In addition, I hope you will engage in at least two heart-to-heart talks with yourself, preferably using funny voices and comical body language. You could also align yourself gracefully with cosmic rhythms by dancing more than usual, and by goofing off more than usual, and by wandering in the wilderness and seeking to recapture your lost innocence more than usual.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): Although you'll never find an advertisement for Toyota or Coca Cola or Apple within my horoscope column, you will find hype for spiritual commodities like creativity, love and freedom. Like everyone else, I'm a huckster. My flackery may be more ethical and uplifting than others', but the fact is that I still try to persuade you to "buy" my ideas. The moral of the story: Everyone, even the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, is selling something. I hope that what I'm saying here purges any reluctance you might have about presenting yourself and your ideas in the most favorable light. It's high time for you to hone your sales pitch; to explain why your approach to life is so wise; to be a forceful spokesperson and role model for the values you hold dear. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): You are

growing almost too fast, but that won't necessarily be a problem—as long as you don't expect everyone around you to grow as fast as you. I suspect that you also know almost too much—but I don't anticipate that will spawn envy and resistance as long as you cultivate a bit of humility. I have an additional duty to report that you're on the verge of being too attractive for your own good—although you have not yet actually reached the tipping point, so maybe your hyper-attractiveness will serve you rather than undermine you. In conclusion, Scorpio, I invite you to celebrate your abundance, but don't flaunt it.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): The snow leopards of Central Asia crave a lot of room to wander. Zoologists say that each male prefers its territory to be about 84 square miles, and each female likes to have 44 square miles. I don't think you'll require quite that vast a turf in the coming weeks,

Sagittarius. But on the other hand, it will be important not to underestimate the spaciousness you'll need in order to thrive. Give yourself permission to be expansive.


want to do things so wild with you that I don't know how to say them." Author Anaïs Nin wrote that in a letter to her Capricorn lover Henry Miller. Is there anyone you could or should or want to say something like that? If your answer is yes, now is a good time to be so candid and bold. If the answer is no, now would be a good time to scout around for a person to whom you could or should or want to say such a thing. And if you'd like to throw in a bit more enticement, here's another seductive lyric from Anaïs—"Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy."

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): Did you hear the story about the California mom who started a series of forest fires so as to boost her son's career as a firefighter? She is an apt role model for behavior you should diligently avoid in the coming weeks. It's unwise and unprofitable for you and yours to stir up a certain kind of trouble simply because it's trouble that you and yours have become skilled at solving. So how should you use your problem-solving energy, which I suspect will be at a peak? I suggest you go hunting for some very interesting and potentially productive trouble that you haven't wrangled with before— some rousing challenge that will make you even smarter than you already are. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): The heroine of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" is curious, adventurous and brave. First she follows a well-dressed rabbit down a rabbit hole into an alternate universe. Later she slips through a mirror into yet another parallel reality. Both times, with great composure, she navigates her way through many odd, paranormal and unpredictable events. She enjoys herself immensely as she deals with a series of unusual characters and unfamiliar situations. I'm going to speculate that Alice is a Pisces. Are you ready for your very own Alice-inWonderland phase? Here it comes! THIS WEEK'S HOMEWORK: What symbol best represents your deepest desire? Testify by going to and clicking on "Email Rob." Rob Brezsny © Copyright 2019

INEXPLICABLE In Yokohama, Japan, near Tokyo, one can visit the Unko Museum—a whole interactive experience built around "cute" poop. ("Unko" means poop in Japanese.) For example, reports the Associated Press, one can sit on a colorful fake toilet and pretend to poop as music plays, then collect a brightly colored souvenir poop to take home. An enormous poop sculpture erupts every 30 minutes, volcanolike, and spews little foam poops. In one room, visitors can play a "whack-a-mole" type game where they stomp on poops. Visitor Toshifumi Okuya was delighted: "It's funny because there are adults running around screaming, 'poop, poop,'" he said. The museum opened in March and will remain open until September. SUSPICIONS CONFIRMED In the College Station neighborhood of Pulaski County, Arkansas, traditions run deep, especially when it comes to the Fourth of July. Beneques Christopher, 19, told KSDK that the holiday "firework war" has been going on for years, and even attracts people from other neighborhoods: "They know when Fourth of July comes, this is the spot to be at." But this year, the ritual went awry, resulting in many injuries and several people facing charges. Christopher was one of the victims: "It popped right here," he said, pointing to his groin area. "And it could have been dangerous because I almost lost everything." Instead, he suffered a seconddegree burn on his thigh, but he feels lucky that he didn't lose any fingers, as five others did. When police officers arrived, people started pointing fireworks at them, leaving two deputies with injuries. While a local pastor hopes to shut the tradition down, Christopher vows to continue it: "We started the tradition, and now we have to keep it going," he said. WALMART SHUNNING An unnamed woman pulled a stunt in a Wichita Falls, Texas, Walmart on June 25 that got her banned from the store. According to NBC News, Police Sgt. Harold McClure said a store employee reported that the woman had eaten half a cake from the bakery, then attempted to buy the other half (for halfprice), saying she found the cake in that condition. While Walmart did not want to press charges, they did prohibit her from shopping at the store in the future—a policy they're familiar with, after an incident in January at another Wichita Falls Walmart. In that case, a woman rode an electric cart around the store's parking lot while guzzling wine from a Pringles can. She was also Walmart-shunned. LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINAL A craving for cake batter ice cream brought New York City police officers to a Baskin-Robbins

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store in Coney Island on June 29—a fortuitous detour, as it turned out. The Associated Press reported that when 33-year-old Emmanuel Lovett walked into the shop and tugged on his denim shorts, a loaded pistol dropped to the floor, and officers swarmed Lovett, who, it turns out, had a robbery record that prohibited him from having a firearm. He was charged with criminal possession of a firearm. No word on whether he, or the officers, enjoyed their ice cream. TELLING IT LIKE IT IS A diner in Little Rock, Arkansas, is getting attention for a clever menu item. According to United Press International, Mama D's offers a "My Girlfriend Is Not Hungry" option, which adds extra fries, chicken wings or cheese sticks to an order to share with a dinner partner who underestimates their hunger. On its Facebook page, Mama D's said the option is "a solution for those who tend to dine with people that eat food off their plate." FAMILY VALUES On July 6, Okaloosa County (Florida) sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call after a 13-year-old boy stabbed his 15-year-old brother in the arm three times with a multi-tool. The boys, from Clarksville, Tennessee, were sitting in a parked car in Crestview, Florida, when the incident occurred. Lt. Todd Watkins told Fox News that the younger boy was "tired of his brother picking on him," and he told officers he'd "rather be in jail than eight hours in the car with him." "I stabbed him and I don't care about going back to jail," he said. While the 15-year-old was in the back of an ambulance being treated, he was overheard calling some of his friends to retaliate against his younger brother. The 13-year-old was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. SWEET REVENGE Serina Wolfe, 24, was about $5,000 mad at her boyfriend, Michael Crane, for his refusal to buy her a plane ticket for her return trip to New York, the Tampa Bay Times reported. So she used his credit card to pay for an expensive breakfast at Clear Sky Beachside Cafe in Clearwater, Florida, on June 27—REALLY expensive, because she left a $5,000 tip for the waitress. Initially, Wolfe told Crane the charge wasn't hers, and he reported it as fraudulent. But the restaurant had already paid the server the $5,000. Wolfe, of Buffalo, New York, was charged with grand theft after admitting that she was the big tipper. {in}

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