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ANIMAL ALLIES FLORIDA The organization's mega adoption event was a huge success with 75 pet adoptions. Founded in December 2010, Animal Allies Florida has helped animals in our community and was instrumental in getting Escambia County to offer low-cost rabies shots for animals that qualified for the low-income spay/neuter program.

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tion Betsy DeVos announced the selection of the Pensacola High School senior as a 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Kawakibi is one of 161 American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community. Of the 3.6 million high school graduates this year, more than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2018 awards, determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams and through nominations made by chief state school officers or other partner recognition organizations.

LOUIS A. MAYGARDEN, JR. The University of West Florida is honoring the legacy of the Pensacola business leader and former mayor in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the community along with his significant contributions to the profession of finance by naming its center for financial literacy at the College of Business the "Louis A. Maygarden, Jr. Center for Financial Literacy." The center, established in February, will provide counseling services and educational seminars to students and the public with the goal of enhancing the financial literacy of the citizens of Northwest Florida.

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8, the mayor—flanked by Council President Gerald Wingate, chamber officials and others dressed in hard hats and using gold shovels—held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bayview Community Center. Such ceremonies traditionally celebrate the first day of construction for a building. The shovels and hard hats signify the work is about to begin. However, the city doesn't have a signed contract for the construction or final budget approval. The actual first day of construction may be months away. We hope the city saved the shovels and hard hats.

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City mayor and President Donald Trump's new personal lawyer last week abruptly resigned from law firm Greenberg Traurig. According to media reports, his law partners were upset over Giuliani's comments regarding how Michael Cohen paid off Stormy Daniels. Guiliani suggested such payments were common at his firm and done without the client's knowledge. A firm spokesperson said Greenberg Traurig doesn't condone settlement payments being made without the knowledge and direction of a client.

ANDREW GILLUM The mayor of Tallahassee is running for the Democratic nomination to be Florida's next governor. His campaign took a negative turn last week. Leslie Wimes, founder of Women On The Move and Gillum supporter, called Gillum's opponent, Gwen Graham, a "skank." The Collective super PAC, which supports African American candidates nationwide, is spending $782,000 on a television ad that casts Gwen Graham as a fake progressive.

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DODGEBALL AT CITY HALL Over the past eight years, the most photogenic mayor in the city's history has dealt with the public and media like he's playing dodgeball. Mayor Ashton Hayward has become so proficient at dipping, ducking and diving while repeating hollow catch words like "momentum" and "optimism" that he has an earned a Five Ds certificate from dodgeball legend Patches O'Houlihan. However, the public is losing out. Hayward has gone from a high-profile politician that once walked Palafox asking people for input and returning the phone calls of reporters to communicating only through written announcements and posts on social media. When he is cornered on camera by the media like he was last week and forced to answer questions about city operations, his replies are such an incoherent mess that it's clear the announcements and social media posts were written by someone other than Hayward. The sad part is Hayward didn't start out afraid to face the citizens. In his first budget message, he pledged to create a "Citizens First" culture in Pensacola City Hall. He bragged, "…I have made engagement of the citizens a top priority through my 'Taking City Hall to the Citizens' town hall meetings." The town hall meetings remained his strategy to "strengthen relationships with neighborhoods" for the next two fiscal years. However, Hayward abruptly stopped holding them in December 2013.

Since then, city hall has become more detached. In FY 2016 and FY 2017, Hayward set transparency as a goal and said the public would be "able to fully access city services and participate in local government." Instead, the city council cut its regular meetings and reduced the public's opportunity to voice concerns to once a month. Transparency was eliminated as a goal for this fiscal year. The mayor's biweekly digital newsletter, "Upwords," was discontinued in November 2017. His communications department attempted a YouTube podcast, "The Upside," but that effort was halted in February. Poor communication and the lack of transparency turned what should have been a successful week for Mayor Hayward into another misfire. The Galvez Day celebration was the bright spot with the unveiling of the General Galvez monument. However, that headline was drowned out by the recycling debacle and the groundbreaking for the community center without a contractor. The mayor's office hid from the citizens the decision not to process recyclables for seven months. The budget for the Bayview Community Center has nearly doubled, and city officials aren't even sure the public likes the final design. Had Hayward stayed connected with the citizens, these miscues could have been avoided. Instead, he learned that even the best dodgeball players occasionally get beaned. {in}

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THE RETURN OF LIONFISH FEST to ease regulations could open up a new market for Florida lionfish hunters.


Lionfish are not caught with a hook and line, or in nets or, thus far, traps. They are handpicked. To get a lionfish out of the water, and to bring that fish to market, a diver must go down and actually collect the fish. This is typically done using a speargun. It's a task that comes with inherent risks and expenses. "People want to eat 'em. People like 'em and they want to eat 'em," Nalley said. "The hard part is getting them to the plate."

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By Jeremy Morrison Lurking just offshore is a dangerous riddle that has the potential to decimate fisheries in North American waters. It's also delicious but laborious to harvest. The invasive species lionfish has been haunting areas of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean for years now. The fish, sporting feathery fins and venomous spines, reproduce like crazy, eat pretty much everything— including commercial fishery staples—and have no known native predators. In recent years, there has been a concentrated effort made to educate the public about what the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission describes as "the worst marine invasion to date." "You're not seeing them. It's not kudzu," said Amanda Nalley, FWC spokesperson. "If you're not in the water, you don't even know they're a problem."

"You're not seeing them. It's not kudzu. If you're not in the water, you don't even know they're a problem." Amanda Nalley In an effort to raise awareness about the issue, the FWC partners with other organizations for the annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival. The event serves to kick off a seasonal contest aimed at reducing lionfish numbers in state 66

waters and also features cooking demonstrations meant to better introduce lionfish to the seafood market. For the past few years, the festival has been held in Pensacola. But this year it's moving a stretch down the road to the Flora-Bama on the state line. The move is aiming for a larger audience and expanded festival. "It's been successful, but it's been kind of small," said Brian Asher, director of operations for Coast Watch Alliance, a partnering non-profit out of Pensacola. Pensacola has traditionally hosted the festival because the area's waters are a particular hotspot for lionfish. But, as Asher pointed out, the Pensacola crowd has grown keenly aware of the issue—"we're preachin' to the choir, so to speak"—and the Flora-Bama presents a multi-state, think-big opportunity. The event, running May 19-20, is slated to have 60 vendors and an estimated 200 participants diving for lionfish. There will, of course, be lionfish on the menu, and Whole Foods will be on-site to purchase the haul brought in by contest participants. To cap the event, country band Little Texas will perform a Sunday night concert at the Flora-Bama. "It's going to be a lot of fun," said Nalley. And just as this year's lionfish festival is evolving into something more, it seems changes may also be coming to the fight against this invasive species. In a race to catch lionfish at a greater rate and beyond the depth limits of recreational divers, potential traps are being designed and tested. And on the commercial front, proposals

In an effort to up lionfish's commercial viability—a strategy viewed as the best way to incentivize removal of the invasive species—numerous ideas are on the drawing board. There are exotic potentials, such as robotic lionfish-hunting drones equipped with cameras, as well as traps designed specifically for lionfish. Such traps would allow for larger hauls at deeper depths. Dr. Steve Gittings, science coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuary Program, has been working on a trap design for a few years, conducting tests in waters off of Pensacola and elsewhere, in the hopes that a successful trap design would open up deepwater territory. Last year, NOAA released some blueprints of these trap designs for fishermen to test out. "It's at a point where it's going to be exciting soon," Gittings said at the time. The traps—one dome-shaped, one purse-design—feature structure to attract the reef-dwelling lionfish and are specifically designed to avoid bycatch. This spring and summer, Holden Harris, a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow at the University of Florida, will use a $50,000 FWC grant to conduct deepwater tests, down to about 300 feet, on Gittings' purse-design trap, as well as traditional lobster traps. The results of such testing could shine a light on the future of the invasive species as well as the human response.


If a meaningful impact is to be made in the fight against the lionfish invasion, viable deepwater traps are the obvious endgame. "One hundred percent," Asher said. "I mean, that's a big game changer. That's the solution." But, realistically, that's probably a ways

off. There are rigorous environmental tests to be conducted and logistical production hurdles cleared before traps are deployed in any sort of environmentally or commercially meaningful way. Until then, lionfish remains a boutique delight, a high-end delicacy barely worth the boatload of effort to bring it to market. "You can't make a living on $5 a pound," Asher said, pointing out the expense and effort put into the endeavor.

"You can't make a living on $5 a pound." Brian Asher Coast Watch Alliance is currently working with state legislators in Florida and Delaware in hopes of broadening one state's customer base and profit margins and the other's menu listings. The agreement would essentially allow fishermen in Florida to sell lionfish to customers in Delaware with only one "interstate" license. "There, we can get $10 a pound," Asher said. At $10 per pound and with a relaxed licensing process, the bet is that divers would be more motivated to jump into the lionfish business, thus clearing more of the invasive species. Regardless of market price, though, viable traps deployed en masse are what ultimately stand to turn the tide of the lionfish invasion. That's why Harris is testing traps off the West Florida Shelf. But Harris is looking at more than the effectiveness of the lionfish traps. His dissertation concerns the "bio-economic factor for the development of a commercial lionfish fishery." "So, basically, studying different factors from an interdisciplinary approach of ecology, economics and, you know, the people side of it," he explained, "for trying to use a commercial fishery as a way to mitigate the effects of lionfish." At the heart of this study is an interesting question. Fisheries are managed for ecological and economic sustainability. Can that approach be turned inside out and used to encourage the depletion of a species? And, if so, what becomes of the folks who jumped on board an ultimately cannibalistic business model? "We're aiming to collapse the fishery. That would be the ultimate goal," Harris noted. "So, what's the best way to move forward in the long term when you're actually looking at a commercial fishery for an invasive species? It's something we haven't really done before." The 2018 4th Annual Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day is scheduled for May 19-20 at the Flora-Bama in Perdido Key. For details, visit {in}

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Rendering Courtesy of Upward Intuition FUND THE SKATE PARK Jon Shell, founder of Upward Intuition, defended the skateboard community before the Pensacola City Council at its May 10 meeting. He also asked the council to fund a skateboard park on city land under Interstate 110. "I've heard that Roger Scott Tennis Center is about to get a million dollar-plus makeover," he said. "I think that's great, but I don't see this as being fair for the skaters that have been trying for nearly 40 years not to have their facility renovated, not for additional public facilities to practice their craft, but for a single quality space where they can enjoy the activity that they love." Shell added, "Unfortunately, if you're a skateboarder in our city, you can pretty much expect to get yelled at, to get fined and have the police called." Since 2015, Shell and his friends have worked to make the skate park a reality. They were told they needed to raise funds to have "skin in the game"—a favorite phrase of Mayor Ashton Hayward. By the end of the year, Upward Intuition will have raised half a million dollars for the park. Shell believes the council needs to fund the balance needed to complete the project. "I believe that the amount of public support and press the project has received in the last few weeks is a real testament to the great need we have in our community now," he told the council. "My proposal today is that we agree to make this park a top priority and that we begin working together to figure out how to get shovels in the ground in 2018." Councilwoman Sherri Myers an88

nounced her support for the Upward Intuition project. "To have a really good quality of life in Pensacola, we need a safe skateboard park where people can skate the way they want to skate," said Myers. "A skateboard park makes that happen." Shell said that city officials have told him that the city didn't have the funds to build the skate park. However, he pointed out that Tom Murphy, the former Pittsburgh mayor who spoke at CivicCon earlier this year, said that cities can always find money for the things that are important. Shell said, "I feel like we have demonstrated that this is important and that there's a need." Myers agreed, "I have heard that until I am sick and tired of it. I hear that all the time when it comes to my district. That's one reason I ran for city council years ago because it was real simple. They didn't have the money to cut our grass at our park. It was about grass. That's simple. Yes, you do." She continued, "I believe we have the money. It's how we prioritize money. I don't agree with the priorities that I've seen in this city." Myers promised to ask the council's budget analyst to find the money to build the skate park. She said, "We are going to look at how we can fund that skate park. One way or another, we're going to help you." The Perfect Plain Brewing Co. held a fundraiser for Upward Intuition's proposed Blake Doyle Skate Park after the city council meeting. The brewery reported 675 beers were sold, which equated to beer being ordered every 23 seconds.

RECYCLING REBATES The Pensacola City Council two weeks ago learned the city had stopped recycling its trash, even though residents have been faithfully sorting their trash and putting the recyclables on the curb every week. In memorandum to the council, Eric Olson, city administrator, explained Tarpon Paper, the city's recycling vendor based in Loxley, Ala., had stopped taking recyclables because China last year made the decision to reduce its imports of contaminated recyclables. The administrator didn't mention when Tarpon Paper stopped taking recyclables. City Public Information Officer Vernon Stewart told the paper the last load delivered to the Loxley facility was on Sept. 30, 2017. According to news reports, the recycling agreement may not be approved by the ECUA board and Pensacola City Council until June, which means the city will have dumped its recyclables at the landfill for nine months before the agreement is finalized. At the May 10 council meeting, Olson offered little additional information concerning the recycling. He said that the city had not started negotiating with the Emerald Coast Utility Authority to process its recyclables until March. "But having a processor does not necessarily mean that everything we collect is going to get to someone who's recycling it and using it again, which is our ultimate goal," Olson said. "Our hope is that ECUA will be able to find buyers for the product that we'll be sending to its processor." In an interview with the daily newspaper, Mayor Ashton Hayward said the city owed it to the taxpayers to "make sure what fees we are passing on to their customers." Inweekly has suggested the cost savings of dumping the recyclables with the regular trash at the landfill should be given to the city's customers as rebates. According to the FY 2018 numbers, the annual budget for recycling is $983,800. The city could divide three-quarters of the budget among its 19,535 customers and give rebates of $37.77 to each. WALK THE TALK The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) will host its annual Walk the Talk for Epilepsy at Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park on Saturday, May 19, to raise awareness and funds to benefit Floridians impacted by epilepsy. Registration will open at 8 a.m. with the walk following at 9 a.m. The Pensacola Walk the Talk for Epilepsy will feature family-friendly entertainment, including a DJ, glitter booth, children's play area, smoothie bike, activity

table from Home Depot, raffle items and special presentation by the Navarre High School ROTC and Pensacola Roller Gurlz. Prizes for the top fundraising teams and individuals will be awarded. Local resident Ella Cage will also be honored at the event with EFOF's Clayton Feig Youth Award, an award commemorating youth who battle with seizures and that highlights the important work of those who are dedicated to removing the stigma and misunderstandings associated with epilepsy. "Ella's work in raising local epilepsy awareness is remarkable," said Karen Basha Egozi, CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. "We're grateful to her for serving as an advocate and raising awareness and are proud to recognize her as she is a true representation of all this award entails." Now through May 18, registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger. The day of the walk, the registration is $35 for adults and $20 for children. Any individual that registers the day of the walk and brings three canned food items as a donation for Manna Food Bank will receive a special registration rate of $25 for adults and $15 for children. For more information and to register, visit

PROJECT OYSTER The Bream Fishermen Association (BFA) and Pensacola Bay Oyster Company have partnered on the Project Oyster Pilot (POP) study to improve water quality throughout Pensacola and Perdido Bay. The study will examine the impact of hanging 75 oysters off several local docks on the quality of surrounding water. An oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day. Participants attended a POP workshop in December and received a short course on oysters, their care and life cycle, along with information on how the POP project will work. BFA members evaluated the sites and collected water quality information, depth and habitat types from registered participants. Last weekend, the workshop participants picked up their instructional booklet, a calendar and rain gauge for recording information and an oyster cage, along with 75 triploid baby oysters. For more information about POP, visit GALVEZ STATUE UNVEILED On May 8, the City of Pensacola and the Pensacola Heritage Foundation unveiled a statue of Spanish Gen. Bernardo de Galvez, who defeated the British in the Siege of Pensacola on the same date in 1781. The statue was designed by retired Navy Capt. Bob Rasmussen and his daughter,

Katherine R. Vincze. The Pensacola Heritage Foundation, led by Jim Green and Nancy Fetterman, raised the $400,000 to erect the monument on the corner of North Palafox and Wright streets. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward thanked the numerous volunteers and the visiting Spanish dignitaries that made the event possible. "The mission for me personally eight years ago was to create the best place to live, work and play," said the mayor. "We all live in the great state of Florida in America's first settlement, Pensacola. We know the rich history of Spain and how critically important it was and is to us in Pensacola." He continued, "The mission was to create this energy and this environment. You think about all the accolades that Pensacola has received recently. It's one of the best places to live in America. We received the best city in Florida. These are big things, folks. Listen, we need to continue the momentum, continue the energy. This is the people's city." Mayor Hayward stressed the importance of the city's history and Spanish heritage. "We are America's first settlement," he told the crowd. "Let's continue to tell that story, and, again, I want to thank all of you for the love and support for everything that we've done in our community that we'll continue to do."


week, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced his endorsement for Adam Putman for governor. "I've known Adam; I know his character. He is principled, authentic and passionate, and he loves this state," Corcoran said of the Republican who is currently serving as the state's agriculture commissioner. "Adam will be a phenomenal leader." Corcoran, who once was considered a possible candidate for governor, used the press conference as an opportunity to take a swipe at Democrats. "What is daunting and what is troubling is we have every Democratic candidate saying they will overregulate, raise taxes and put burdens back on the state," he said. "Because of what we have done, the private sector has created over 1.5 million jobs." Commissioner Putnam thanked Corcoran for his endorsement and leadership in the Florida House. "Richard Corcoran is not one to stand on the sidelines. He is the kind of guy who will roll up his sleeves and work to make Florida a better place for everyone," Putnam said. "He is a principled conservative and has been an extraordinary speaker of the House. I am honored to have his support." May 17, 2018


Circuit Judge W. Joel Boles granted Dan Lindemann and Jerry Holzworth a rehearing on their lawsuit against the City of Pensacola, its CRA and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regarding a lease for a fish hatchery to be built on Bruce Beach. Lindemann and Holzworth have been given 30 days to file an amended complaint.


Pensacola is accepting applications from middle and high school teens, ages 12-18, for its teen peer program at this summer's day camp for individuals with autism. The teen peer plays a vital role in the success of Kids for Camp. Main responsibilities are to be a friend to the campers, be a helper to the staff and other peers and be a role model by participating fully in all camp activities. Kids for Camp is an educational opportunity for individuals, ages two to 25, with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), providing skills acquisition and positive behavior support from highly trained teachers and staff. Camp runs 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. from June 18-July 24, Monday through Thursday. Applications are available on Email submissions to teenpeers@, or mail to Autism Pensacola, P.O. Box 30213, Pensacola, FL 32503, by June 2.


County Democratic Women's Club will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Henderson Hall, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 7810 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. The guest speaker will be Rev. Booth Iburg, whose topic will be the LGBTQ+ community and religion. Also, Lisa Sanborn, candidate for Santa Rosa School Board District 1, will introduce herself. District 1 Commissioner Jeff Bergosh will host his next Coffee with the Commissioner 6:30-7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23 at McDonald's, 5 S. Blue Angel Parkway. This is an informal setting with no agenda or appointments needed. For more information, email 350 Pensacola and Northwest Florida Move to Amend will host a showing of "Before the Flood," a film that follows actor Leonardo DiCaprio to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. The screening is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at the Pensacola Public Library, 239 N. Spring St. The presentation is part of a monthly speaker series on climate change and related issues sponsored by 350 Pensacola. For more details, email {in} 9

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2018 If you're Orange Beach bound this weekend for Hangout Fest raise your hand. Ok, now put your hand down and start reading because we've got a lot to tell you before you hit the beach—like bands you can't miss and stuff you can't bring with you. In addition to the lineup, we've also been studying the forecast, and it's going to be pretty damn hot. So do yourself a favor—bring

a reusable water bottle and actually use it to, you know, drink water throughout the day. And remember that music festivals are a marathon, not a sprint, so pace yourself. You're going to want to have plenty of energy left Sunday when Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar (yeah, we're still geeking out about that) closes out the weekend.

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By Stephanie Sharp beach pastime involves more of the marine life that he's "obsessed with." "I'm a complete fishing nerd; it's bad." Prince is grateful for the opportunity to still be a successful, working musician, even if pursuing his passion meant moving away from the hometown he loves. He now lives in Nashville and commutes to Georgia for recording sessions, along with traveling for tour dates. "I miss home so much. I wish I could be at the beach all the time, but for what I want to do, I had to move elsewhere."

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday Beach Stage

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Manchester Orchestra / Photo by Mike Dempsey Pensacola native and bassist for Manchester Orchestra Andy Prince is looking forward to bringing some "big, fat, loud rock" to the beach for this year's Hangout Fest. Prince has been with the band since 2013 but playing music for most of his life, even making his living at one point playing with cover bands at venues along the Gulf Coast, like The Hangout in Gulf Shores. Manchester Orchestra has been releasing albums since 2004 in various iterations, but it's been almost a year since their latest album, "A Black Mile to the Surface," which took 11 months to create and get out into the world. Since the release of that record, Prince says the band has been hard at work on different projects, constantly writing and working on new material. "It's certainly still been busy; there's always something happening in our camp," said Prince. "If we're not playing shows, we're in the studio." Throughout the summer and into the fall, Manchester Orchestra will be playing shows and hitting the festival circuit across the country. This touring leg is one of the busiest the band has ever had, according to Prince. In the 212 1

midst of their travel this year, fans can expect to see more of from their latest album, which will help illuminate the creative process and unseen inner workings of the songs. "There's a lot to come and unfolding this year." For an experienced band like Manchester Orchestra that has a lot of work under their belt, preparing for festival shows can be an exercise in minimalism. Going from their typical 90-minute sets to the average 60-minute festival slot means shuffling their usual performance into a leaner selection. "It sounds like a long time to play, but it's actually hard to cut the set list down," said Prince. "You don't want to get out there and put anyone to sleep." Even shortened by half an hour, Prince explained that the band is determined to deliver an outstanding performance and that they are well prepared for the creative constraints of playing big festivals. From an earlier set time, to potential technical difficulties with sound and stage, to a mixed bag of fans and new listeners, they know what they signed up for and take it all in stride.

"You can definitely tell when a band is phoning it in." For an outdoor festival in the heat of summer, Prince also noted that there's some physical preparation that goes a long way in getting ready to give a great performance, which some bands appear to miss out on. "They look like bunch of vampires that haven't stepped out of the house in years." Whether it's the hectic schedule, grueling summer sun or the behind the scenes chaos of back-to-back live performances, Prince makes it clear that the goal is to embrace the different energy of a festival and make sure the show is awesome. Knowing that he'd be returning to his home beaches of the Gulf Coast , we had to ask about his beach-bound road trip playlist. It includes some nostalgic alt-rock like Nada Surf but also, unironically, a little Jimmy Buffet and the Beach Boys too. "Basically anything that makes me feel like I did when I used to live there," said Prince. While he's looking forward to playing in perfect view of the Gulf, his preferred

Sunscreen The higher the SPF the better Water bottle Just remember it can't be glass or larger than two liters Sunglasses and/or a hat That mid-day beach sun is brutal, so it's probably a safe bet to bring both Cash Most food and drink vendors take cards now, but cash always comes in handy Wet wipes Because port-o-potties A paper copy of the schedule and map* We know there's an app for that—but you don't want to waste your battery looking up stages and set times *And because we always try to practice what we preach, check out pages 18-19

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KENDRICK LAMAR KENDRICK LAMAR 9:45-11 p.m. Sunday Hangout Stage

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•He recently won a Pulitzer Prize •He already played Hangout Fest—back in '13 •If you rocked him before that, you might remember his original stage name—K.Dot •"To Pimp A Caterpillar" was almost what we got instead of "To Pimp A Butterfly" •Did we mention he won a Pulitzer Prize? Yeah, it's kind of a big deal, especially since he's the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever do so May 17, 2018


SZA Set List Wish List

Ever since we saw both of their names on the lineup, we've been dreaming about Kendrick joining SZA for "Doves in the Wind." Then "Black Panther" happened, so we added "All the Stars" to our fantasy set list. And guess what? Kendrick actually showed up for both of those songs at Coachella, which means it can happen again, right?


5-6 p.m. Sunday Surf Stage

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•Her real name is Solána •Before she was a singer, she was a gymnast •She also worked at Sephora (which we totally love) •She received more Grammy nominations than any other female artist in 2018 •Five (in case you were curious what that Grammy nomination number was)



"You don't have to have the traditional model," he said. "Between recording stuff on Logic and people listening to it on Spotify, people putting on playlists, now I'm playing Hangout Fest." When it comes to his can't-miss performances at the fest this weekend, R.LUM.R. has his sights set on a few personal favorites. "I'm a huge Odesza fan. I'm gonna be in the audience, probably straight crying." Also on his list are The Killers. "If they play 'Smile Like You Mean It,' I'm gonna be a mess."


4:15–4:45 p.m. Saturday Mermaid Stage

Local Lookout

R.LUM.R / Photo by Nolan Knight When Inweekly caught up with R&B singer-songwriter and Spotify darling R.LUM.R, he had just gotten back from a trip to Big Sur where he was able to break in a new camera and take some time to revel in the awe-inspiring vistas that have drawn many artists before him. "What better time to go than a time when I'm writing and needing to dig deep and hard to find something to put on a record?" Turns out that shot of inspiration was just what the doctor ordered. Reggie Williams—aka R.LUM.R—has been touring or in the studio since November. By his count, he's only had two days "at home" in Nashville in the past month, but it was important for him to take the sojourn to Big Sur while in LA to work on writing some new songs. "I feel like I have to go out of my way to protect my creativity and my sanity in a sense." R.LUM.R has Florida roots and now hangs his hat in Nashville, but he's con414 1

stantly on the go and producing new work. He's often tagged as R&B, but his modern sound is distinctly energetic and his lyrics are thoughtful, with imagery that evokes a wide range of influences.He's a classically trained acoustic guitarist who grew up listening to his mother's favorite artists— the likes of Sade, Anita Baker and George Benson—and watching anime classics like "Cowboy Bebop." The alchemy of a hard-working creative with diverse influences and a steadfast approach to growing his following over the years has earned R.LUM.R. buzz for his craft. His photo and a song from his newest EP, "Afterimage," were featured on Spotify's 'The Newness' playlist, and he performed the song, "Frustrated," on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2017. When he can't get away to somewhere like Big Sur, we wondered how he could hold space for his own work in the midst of touring and promoting.

"What makes me kind of chill and check in with myself is just taking time to be quiet. You can do that literally anywhere. Sometimes just resting in reality is the best way to combat those silly feelings." He says he's looking forward to the festival season. "It's kind of hallowed ground, all of these music lovers in one place. It feels like a Vallaha." R.LUM.R grew up in Florida and attended Florida State University, so the beachy atmosphere—and the peak summer heat—of Hangout Fest doesn't have him sweating his first appearance at the fest too much. "Of all the difficult stuff, there's always a solution for it," he said. For a Florida boy that's carved out a unique place for himself in Music City, R.LUM.R is always working hard to continually prove himself as a working creative. His advice for other creatives who are eager to have their passions pay their bills?

Pensacola is going to be representing at Hangout in a really cool way this year— with the Volume One crew. Their stylists are going to be setting up shop for the weekend and helping you take your festival style to the next level. They'll be doing braids, glitter roots, spray on color and even flower crowns. So make sure you stop in and show these locals some love (and leave 100% selfie ready, of course). Make sure you follow them on Instagram for more details and looks from the weekend—@volumeonesalon

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In our book, Jack Antonoff can do no wrong when it comes to producing pop songs and no project showcases that more than Bleachers

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•Jack has helped create some pretty big songs, for some pretty big stars •Like "Out of the Woods" for Taylor Swift and "Green Light" for Lorde •He also co-wrote the two hits that put his old band Fun. on the map—"Some Nights" and "We Are Young" •His sister Rachel is a fashion designer •He took Scarlett Johansson to the prom (and, yes, there are photos to prove it)

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Caroline Rose / Photo by Matt Hogan Songwriting doesn't always have to be introspective and serious. Just ask Caroline Rose. The 28-year-old Vermont musician can write about greed, loneliness or an unplanned pregnancy with a sense of humor and a wink. "Early on, I was only showcasing a part of

my personality, and I was so intently focused on being taken seriously as a songwriter," she said while taking a break from her tour at her parent's house. "I just got tired of that. There's a lot of people who are just elitist musicians, and it just makes me cringe." Rose has been writing songs and picking

up instruments since she was an early teen. In February, she released her sophomore album, "Loner," for which she wrote and arranged every song. "It's pretty dreamy," she said of her burgeoning musical success. Rose said her songwriting inspiration comes from her love of films. Her favorite filmmakers are Pedro Almodóvar and David Lynch. She also credits Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez for inspiring her brand of storytelling. Even her music videos have a film-like quality, in which Rose plays all the characters. She said she'd love to write the score for a movie one day, but she's focused on what she's doing right now. And right now, she's in the middle of a tour. With a healthy repertoire of songs, Rose said it can be hard to choose what goes on the set list. Unlike some artists who feel uncomfortable listening to their own music, Rose unapologetically said she enjoys listening to hers. "It takes so much time writing the songs, I get pleasure in hearing them," she said. "Loner" itself is a pretty diverse mix of songs. "My songs aren't always constant," Rose said. "I get mood swings like everyone else does." One song that stands out to Rose, "To Die Today," is unlike some of her other songs. The lyrics are a little bit darker. "Gonna burn your party to the ground along with all my memories of you before they fade out," she sings. The song is a

By Jennie McKeon good soundtrack for just walking around, Rose said. "It makes me feel really powerful," she added. For the stage, Rose opts for songs that are "vibrant, energetic and have electricity," like "Money," a post-punk anthem in which she chants "we did it for the money!" But her shows aren't just about sound. Rose said she puts careful consideration into her set to make it an "immersive experience." "I think I'm just a firm believer in the visual experience," she said. "I like decorating the stage and making it feel like the inside of my brain. I like taking the time to be funny and tell stories—make it more personable." Before she heads to her Midwest dates, Rose said she's excited to take her show to the beach. "I'll have to bring my swimsuit," she said with a laugh.

CAROLINE ROSE 4:15-5 p.m. Friday Mermaid Stage

forever fangirling

Leikeli47 / Photo by Nikko La Mere At this point, seeing badass women kill it on stage at Hangout Fest is nothing new. Year after year, they never fail to

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deliver a great lineup that always has plenty of gender diversity. But just because they always get it right doesn't mean we aren't going to celebrate all the girl power on display this weekend. Here's a roundup of some of the female-fronted acts we can’t wait see. First up, you've got the heavy-hitting headliners: SZA, Halsey and St. Vincent. Seriously, you can't miss any of them—especially St. Vincent, whose guitar skills are so next level you really do have to see it to believe it. Then there's Pussy Riot, whom you've probably heard of but never seen live. We're in the same boat on that one and are beyond excited to see what these masked political activists/ punk rockers have planned. Another masked lady on our "must see" list is Leikeli47. Her rhymes are as smart as they are catchy, which is why

she's a constant on our personal playlists. You also kind of have to love the mask— which she wears to keep the focus on her music, not her looks. Up next on our list is Dej Loaf, whose vocals are so good that every track she touches turns into a hit. One example of her skills that's currently in heavy rotation on a radio station near you is Jacquees' "At The Club," which totally becomes a banger when Dej appears and sings, "He said meet me in Miami…" Fans of Chance the Rapper might recognize Noname from her appearance on "Coloring Book," but she's got her own album too ("Telefone") and it's pretty great. She's got a laid-back vibe and totally relatable style that makes us wish she was our friend. That's a totally normal way to feel about a cool rapper, right? And we can't forget NOLA and NPR favorites Tank and The Bangas. Their

frontwoman, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, has an infectious energy that lifts the spirits of everyone who's lucky enough to see them live.

Dej Loaf

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She's a straight-up indie rock goddess, who also just happens to be one of the best songwriters and guitars players around

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•Music isn't her only gig—she's also directing a female-fronted adaptation of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" •Her most recent tour openers were musical duo Tuck and Patti—aka her aunt and uncle •She played with Sufjan Stevens at the Academy Awards earlier this year •That wasn't her first time playing with him—she was in his touring band and Polyphonic Spree too •She graced the cover of this very newspaper—back in Sept. 2014


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Just So It's Clear While most of the stuff you can and can't take into Hangout Fest is common sense (or at least we hope it is), we've included a full list here because there are a few tricky ones (like umbrellas—which are a total no-no). They've also changed up the bag policy this year, making only clear backpacks and totes allowed. So if you typically fest with a bag, make sure you bring one that follows the new rules. Allowed: •Sunscreen (liquid, in non-aerosol containers of three ounces or less) •Bug spray (again, in non-aerosol containers of three ounces or less) •Clear backpacks, bags and purses (no larger than 13" x 17") •And if clear isn't your style, you can rock a fanny pack or a small clutch bag (approximately the 818 1

size of a hand with or without a handle or strap, no larger than 4.5" x 6.5") •Blankets and beach towels •Sunglasses and hats •A non-glass water container up to two liters in size (and remember—it must be empty when you go through the gates) •Or an empty single pocket CamelBak (these are subject to specific guidelines, so make sure you check out if you have questions) •Prescription and OTC medications (these have specific rules too, so make sure you consult the aforementioned link for details) Not allowed: •Tents, umbrellas or temporary structures of any kind •Weapons, knives or firearms of any kind (including any item that

can be used as a weapon) •Narcotics (including marijuana, drug paraphernalia and any other illegal substances) •Alcoholic beverages of any kind •Drones or any other remote flying device •Vitamins •Kites •Glow sticks •Focused light devices (including laser pointers) •Refillable vapor or electronic cigarettes •Unsealed cigarette packages, tampons, packs of gum and lip balm/ lip gloss •Marker pens and spray paint •Air horns and/or megaphones •Items intended for sale/promotion (including flyers, stickers and posters) •Water guns, water balloons and/or any other kind of water projectile

•Glass in any form (including glass bottles) •Outside food or beverages •Skateboards, rollerblades, hoverboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons and/or motorized carts or scooters •Fidget spinners •Bicycles inside festival grounds (bike racks will be available near the entrance) •Large chains or spiked jewelry •Fireworks, sparklers, firecrackers and/or incendiary or explosive devices of any kind •Chinese lanterns •Umbrellas •Chairs of any kind (including inflatable loungers) •Coolers of any kind (including hardsided and soft sided coolers) •Pets (service animals with current rabies vaccination excepted) •Video equipment of any kind

(including personal camcorders and GoPro cameras) •Professional photo equipment (SLR/DSLR cameras, detachable/removable lens cameras) •Audio recording equipment of any kind •Portable audio equipment of any kind, including portable "boom box" stereo systems •Professional radios or walkietalkies •Flags and/or flagpoles •Selfie sticks •Hammocks •Any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd and/or inflict damage to people and goods If you have additional questions while packing, make sure check out festival-info.






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NF 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Logic 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Foster the People 6:15-7:30 p.m.

The Chainsmokers 9:45-11 p.m.

Kendrick Lamar 9:45-11 p.m.

The Green 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tash Sultana 3:30-4:30 p.m. Portugal. The Man 6:15-7:30 p.m. The Killers 9:30-11 p.m.

SURF STAGE Banners 12:30-1:30 p.m. Pussy Riot 2:30-3:30 p.m. Cold War Kids 4:45-6 p.m. Zedd 7:45-9 p.m.

BOOM BOOM TENT Cassian 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Shallou 1:15-2 p.m. Lost Kings 3-4 p.m. Dej Loaf 5:30-6:30 p.m. Lil Pump 7:30-8:30 p.m. Galantis 9:45-11 p.m.

BEACH STAGE Lovelytheband 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Glorious Sons 1:45-2:30 p.m. Lauv 4-4:45 p.m. Oh Wonder 6-7 p.m.

MERMAID STAGE Luthi 12:30-1:15 p.m. Bones 2-2:45 p.m. Caroline Rose 4:15-5 p.m. Ron Gallo 6:45-7:30 p.m. Welshly Arms 9-9:45 p.m.

SUNSET STAGE Xperimento 12:45-1:30 p.m.

Roots of Creation 2:45-3:30 p.m. Etana 5-5:45 p.m.

MALIBU BEACH HOUSE Dena Amy 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Hotel Garuda 2:30-3:30 p.m. Oliver Nelson 4:45-6 p.m. Poolside 7:30-8:30 p.m.

MONSTER ENERGY BEACH CLUB Justin Paul 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cassian 2:30-3:30 p.m. Pat Lok 4:45-6 p.m. Ducky 7:3o-8:30 p.m. May 17, 2018

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SURF STAGE Amy Shark 12:30-1:30 p.m. Bleachers 2:30-3:30 p.m. Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals 4:45-6 p.m. Halsey 7:45-9 p.m.

BOOM BOOM TENT Mersiv 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Goldfish 1:15-2 p.m. Kasbo 3-4 p.m. San Holo 5:15-6:15 p.m. Cashmere Cat 7:15-8:15 p.m. St. Vincent 9:45-11 p.m.

BEACH STAGE Son Little 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Poolside 1:45-2:30 p.m. Tank and the Bangas 3:45-4:30 p.m. Manchester Orchestra 6:30-7:30 p.m.

MERMAID STAGE The Wrecks 12:30-1:15 p.m. Leikeli47 2-2:45 p.m. R.LUM.R 4-4:45 p.m. Bahamas 6:15-7:15 p.m. Noname 8:45-9:30 p.m.

SUNSET STAGE Roots of Creation 12:45-1:30 p.m. Etana 2:45-3:30 p.m. Pacific Dub 5-5:45 p.m.

MALIBU BEACH HOUSE Oliver Nelson 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dena Amy 2:30-3:30 p.m. Pat Lok 4:45-6 p.m. Hotel Garuda 7:30-8:15 p.m.

MONSTER ENERGY BEACH CLUB Justin Paul 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Justin Paul 2:30-3:30 p.m. Ducky 4:45-6 p.m.

AJR 1:30-2:30 p.m.

SURF STAGE Alice Merton 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Slightly Stoopid 2:30-3:30 p.m. SZA 5-6 p.m. Odesza 8-9:15 p.m.

BOOM BOOM TENT Melvv 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mansionair 1:15-2 p.m. Whethan 3:15-4:15 p.m. Getter 5:15-6:15 p.m. Grouplove 7:30-8:30 p.m.

BEACH STAGE Alex Lahey 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Hippo Campus 1:30-2:15 p.m. The Struts 4-5 p.m. Big Boi 6-7 p.m.

MERMAID STAGE Mobley 12:30-1:15 p.m. MAX 2-2:45 p.m. Sunflower Bean 4:15-5:15 p.m.



Greta Van Fleet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Anderson East 9-10 p.m.

SUNSET STAGE Etana 12:45-1:30 p.m. Pacific Dub 2:45-3:30 p.m. Roots of Creation 5-5:45 p.m.

MALIBU BEACH HOUSE Dena Amy 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Hotel Garuda 2:30-3:30 p.m. Melvv 4:45-5:45 p.m. Oliver Nelson 7:30-8:30 p.m.

MONSTER ENERGY BEACH CLUB Justin Paul 12-1:30 p.m.

Justin Paul 2:30-3:30 p.m. Goldfish 4:45-5:45 p.m.

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Age is just a number—at least for the self-proclaimed "night music" band Sunflower Bean. Julia Cumming (vocals, bass), Nick Kivlen (guitar, vocals) and Jacob Faber (drums) were all 22 when they wrote their sophomore record, "Twentytwo in Blue." Despite the title, the semi-title track "Twentytwo" wasn't so much about acknowledging age as it was about transcending it. "It's more about breaking free from the conceptual bond of 22," Cumming said, "and also the obsession with youth that we live in … There's so much more than your early 20s. There's so much more than being 18. There's so much more than being pretty." While the group doesn't believe age is indicative of value, Cumming admits it matures together. "People sometimes ask us what kind of creative growth and what kind of emotional growth we've done, almost like it's separate— which maybe it should be," Cumming said. "But, for us, it's all tied in. As we've grown as artists, it's helped us grow as people." Sunflower Bean's latest album title also features a color that kept coming up while songwriting, Cumming said.

The group always knew the album cover would be a dark, matte blue, Kivlen said. "When I think about our different releases, we have an EP that's green; we have our first album that's maroon, and they sort of reflect those colors in their sounds and their feelings," Kivlen said. "Colors are very symbolic. They all have different meanings." The sky, the ocean—places blue appears are seemingly expansive and impenetrable, Cumming said. The color represents strength, she said. "We were trying to sum up the record in a jazzy way, and 'Twentytwo in Blue' rang out to us like that's it," Cumming said. "Maybe it's like naming a baby. When you know, you know." The borderline indie rock/borderline psychedelic band's latest album is "staggeringly" different from its debut album, "Human Ceremony," Kivlen said. Cumming believes the members' reactions to being on tour contributed to the sound. They were a little sick of screaming all the time, she said. "That doesn't mean screaming, yelling, jumping or moshing is bad; it's one of the most exciting things about seeing a show," Cum-

ming clarified. "It's something I still love to do, and we all love creating this big live experience like we will do at Hangout Fest." But the band needed to discover its identity. It felt truer to pull back, Cumming said. "Do you always want to be screaming to where your lungs give out, or do you want to be a little soft sometimes, be a little tender, go a little deeper," Cumming said. "I think we've pulled that curtain back. I'm nervous and excited to see what happens when we pull the curtain back further…" "I think we've begun this creative path, and now that we have, I don't see any way it's stopping."

SUNFLOWER BEAN 4:15–5:15 p.m. Sunday Mermaid Stage


Arts & Entertainment art, film, music, stage, books and other signs of civilization...

Me and Harper Lee By Jennie McKeon

In 1983, Harper Lee—yes, that Harper Lee—made a rare public appearance at the Eufaula History and Heritage Festival in Alabama. Without a doubt, she made an impression on the audience. But backstage she made an even bigger impact on two people. "I remember them telling me, 'There's something you should know; you're going on stage before Harper Lee,'" recalled Nancy Anderson, an English professor and Lee scholar. "You don't want to know the words that went through my head." Before she took the microphone, she was introduced to Lee. She shook "the two coldest hands I have ever felt in my life." "Are you as terrified as I am right now?" Lee asked Anderson. The two of them shared a laugh. Wayne Flynt is professor emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University. He's written over a dozen books about Southern history and credits "To Kill a Mockingbird" for his decision to move back to the South in the 1960s. "She had written so sensitively about racial justice," Flynt said. "I thought if someone from the black belt of Alabama could write a book like that, maybe there's something about Alabama that I missed." At the festival, he too had a brief encounter with Lee. And then in 1992, he wrote an op-ed about the Lee sisters and, to his surprise, received a thank you letter from the author. It wasn't until the early 2000s when the two became regular pen pals and then close friends. His latest book, "Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee," chronicles his longtime friendship with the author from the first time they met at the Eufaula festival until her death in 2016. The book shares a collection of letters the two wrote each other, which Flynt says shows how sharp and witty Lee was, despite rumors of her not being cognizant. Flynt and Anderson will be at the next WSRE Public Square Speakers Series reading some of the letters between Flynt and Lee and sharing a glimpse into the life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.


Flynt and Lee corresponded through much of the early 2000s. Those letters were "magical," he said. After suffering a stroke in 2007, she moved from New York May 17, 2018

City back to her hometown of Monroeville, Ala., to an assisted-living facility where Flynt and his wife, Dartie, would visit Lee about every other week. They called her by her first name, Nelle, not her pen name. Being "profoundly deaf" and suffering from macular degeneration, many people found it difficult to communicate with Lee late in her life. Flynt knew that if he got within 10 inches of her right ear, she could hear him. Flynt remembers not long before Lee's death, she sponsored a production of "King Lear" at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She was in the front row in the handicap area, loudly reciting the lines from the play. During intermission, Flynt joked with her, "You keep acting like that, and you could play the part of King Lear." "And you could be my fool," Lee deadpanned. She was completely lucid, Flynt said. She cracked jokes at Flynt's expense. She read C.S. Lewis. She talked about politics—Flynt said she "particularly detested Roy Moore" and had a picture of her and George W. Bush on her wall from when she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. After each meeting, Flynt would jot down notes in a journal to keep his memories fresh. His last visit with Lee was Feb. 9, 2016, just 10 days before she died. The complete works of C.S. Lewis was found on her ottoman. "I brought her some Mardi Gras beads," Flynt recalled from their last meeting. "She was in good spirits wearing a University of Alabama shirt. I told her the next year we should go to the real Mardi Gras where she could eat, drink and dance naked in the streets. She turned to my wife and said 'Your husband is a nut.'" On February 20, 2016, Flynt gave the eulogy at Lee's funeral. In 2017, he published "Mockingbird Songs." He wanted to share his special relationship with the world. "I wanted everyone who admired her to encounter the authentic woman," he said.


Flynt said he never fully understood Lee's celebrity status until 2015 when "Go Set a Watchman" was published. It's considered the first draft of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and provoked countless debates and think pieces about the character of Atticus Finch coming out as racist and whether or not the book should have been published in the first place.

Flynt said the only concerns Lee had were about her privacy. She had security guards by her side during the time of the announcement and when it was published. "The day of the announcement (of the book), my phone rang from 12 to 9 p.m.," Flynt said. "It was one phone call immediately after another. It was the darndest thing."

"The day of the announcement (of the book), my phone rang from 12 to 9 p.m. It was one phone call immediately after another. It was the darndest thing." Wayne Flynt Flynt said he believed that Lee knew she was in the end stage of her life and wanted to see the book published while she was still alive. Her nephew, Hank Conner, expressed concerns with her about publishing the book. She wasn't deterred. Flynt argues that Atticus Finch is a "much more believable" character in "Go Set a Watchman." "It was more compelling," he said. "I still love 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' but it was a bit idealized in terms of the community and characters." Anderson read "Mockingbird" when it was first published and loved it. Like Flynt, she said she believes it was a good idea to publish "Watchman." "I don't think it contradicts the original novel," she said. "An older Jean Louise had gone away, got her schooling and comes back not fully understanding people. How many people can relate to that?" Anderson also points out that without the initial rejection of "Watchman," we might have never gotten "To Kill a Mockingbird."


Anderson didn't have the close relationship to Lee like Flynt, but Lee did make an impact in her life. Lee even wrote a couple of recommendation letters for Anderson when she was writing grants for Auburn University. Anderson first read "Mockingbird" when it was originally published. She could sympathize in a way with the 7-year-old Scout. Anderson's father, Roy A. Grisham, was a Mississippi Method-

ist pastor who received criticism for publicly taking a stand against racism. "My mother read it and wanted me to read it," she said. "Most of the time, I discussed books with my dad. This one is special because I discussed it with my mother. As a Lee scholar, Anderson conducts workshops with other educators about how to effectively use the book in the classroom. It continues to make an impact today as much as it did when it was first published in 1960. When it comes to the PBS Great American Read challenge, Anderson said the book deserves the No. 1 spot. In 2018, both "Mockingbird" and "Watchman" continue to be relevant works of literature. Anderson has taught "Mockingbird" to second-language students, high school students and graduate school students. One teaching moment that sticks out in her memory was several years ago when she was discussing the book at a library event and a young black girl had several interesting questions and comments. Anderson asked her, "How many times have you read the book?" The little girl answered, "All the way through?" "That's my favorite answer," Anderson said with a laugh. "It made my day, month and year. It is the kind of book where you refer to different passages. You can read and reread, and if you're paying attention, it brings something new." That's what Anderson loves about the book. It connects people. And for all that Nelle Harper Lee has done in her life, perhaps that's the most important part of her legacy. "Here, me and this young girl are generations apart. I'm white and she's black, but we found this common ground." Anderson said. "Nelle continues to accomplish what I think she set out to do." {in}

WSRE PUBLIC SQUARE SPEAKER SERIES: WAYNE FLYNT AND NANCY ANDERSON WHEN: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24 WHERE: Jean and Paul Amos Studio, 1000 College Blvd. COST: Free, bring book donations for Open Books Bookstore & Prison Book Project DETAILS:


calendar JOE BONAMASSA 8 p.m. $88 and up. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox.



Free for adults 18 and older. Taylor Dental, 6601 N. Davis Highway, Ste. 8. GALLERY NIGHT 4-8 p.m. After party 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. South Palafox. HAPPY HOUR COOKOUTS 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 ballroom and country dance styles in group classes that keep partners together. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. SHE WANTS REVENGE 7 p.m. $25. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. OPEN MIC 7-11 p.m. Café Single Fin, 380 N. 9th Ave.

Sanders Beach, Corrine Jones Community Center, 913 South I St. PILATES MAT 12:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. VETERANS' MEETING 4 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. AWM WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. Free. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. 9th Ave. aragonwine LOW COUNTRY BOIL: A HANDS-ON FOOD AND BEVERAGE CLASS 5:30 p.m. $45 per

person. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. GED CLASSES 6 p.m. Molino Branch Library, 6450-A Highway 95A. END OF THE LINE THURSDAY DINNER 6-9 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. Sign up for the newsletter for menu. CHRISTOPHER'S CONCERTS 6 p.m. Free. 222 2


120 Church Street.

BEER, BOURBON, BARBEQUE AND BLUEGRASS 6-8 p.m. $40. Apple Annie's and

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


6:30-9 p.m. $10. Salsa, Cha Cha, Bachata and more. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd.


351 W. Cedar St.


Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. SHERLOCK HOLMES 'THE GAMES AFOOT'

7:30 p.m. $7-$11. Pensacola State College Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd.


5-9 p.m. $28. Bare Hand Collective, 2370 N. Palafox.


351 W. Cedar St. COUPLES COOK: SUSHI 7 p.m. $60. Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 3670 Barrancas Ave. SHERLOCK HOLMES 'THE GAMES AFOOT'


2ND ANNUAL RUNNING FOR HER 5K RUN/ WALK 7 a.m. $20-$30. Veterans Memorial

WHITE ROSE LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

p.m. PetSmart, 6251 N. Davis Highway. THE BIG SCOOP 1-4 p.m. $10. Seville Square Park.



Not Quite Fab. St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 3200 N. 12th Ave.

nand, S. Palafox


7:30 p.m. $7-$11. Pensacola State College Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd.

W. Cedar St.



JACKSONIAN GUARD 12 p.m. Plaza Ferdi-

7:30 p.m. $7-$11. Pensacola State College Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd. BIG DEAL BURLESQUE 8 p.m. $12-$45. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. DANCE PARTY 8-midnight. $10. Partner dancing on the best wood dance floor in the area. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd.

BLUE WAHOOS VS. JACKSONVILLE JUMBO SHRIMP 6:35 p.m. Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351

Big Boi / Photo by Brian Ziff

RODEO 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $25. Shoreline Park

Park, 6150 W. Fairfield Drive. PALAFOX MARKET 8 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. SANTA ROSA FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh local produce, honey, baked goods and live music. Pace Presbyterian Church, Woodbine Road. COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox. OCEAN HOUR CLEANUP 9 a.m. Pensacola Visitor Center & Graffiti Bridge, 1401 E. Gregory St. and Bartram Memorial Park, 211 Bayfront Parkway. PENSACOLA HUMANE SOCIETY BATHE IN 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Pensacola Humane Society, 5 N. Q St. Bring your own towel. PENSACOLA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS MUSIC FOR FAMILIES 9:30 a.m. $5.

Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. LEAPS 10 a.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. 4TH ANNUAL LIONFISH REMOVAL AND AWARENESS DAY 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Flora-

Bama Yacht Club, 17350 Perdido Key Drive. SECRET GARDENS OF THE EMERALD COAST TOUR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20, children under

12 are free. Purchase tickets at The Garden Center office, 1850 N. 9th Ave. STORYTIME SATURDAYS 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5. Through Nov. 10. Pensacola Children's Museum, 115 Zaragoza St. GULF BREEZE OPTIMIST CLUB FISHING

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 9:30 a.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. 4TH ANNUAL LIONFISH REMOVAL AND AWARENESS DAY 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Flora-

Bama Yacht Club, 17350 Perdido Key Drive. SECRET GARDENS OF THE EMERALD COAST TOUR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20, children under

12 are free. Purchase tickets at The Garden Center office, 1850 N. 9th Ave.

GULF BREEZE OPTIMIST CLUB FISHING RODEO 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $25. Shoreline Park


VEGAN BRUNCH 11 a.m.-2 p.m. End of the

Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. Sign up for the newsletter for menu. SHERLOCK HOLMES 'THE GAMES AFOOT'

2:30 p.m. $7-$11. Pensacola State College Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd. TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE 4 p.m. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. VEGAN AND VINO SUNDAYS 4-7 p.m. Skopelo's at New World, 600 S. Palafox. BROADWAY LIGHTS PRESENTS: A DREAM IS A WISH 5 p.m. $14-$23. Saenger Theatre,

118 S. Palafox.


351 W. Cedar St.


PILATES MAT 1:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. SEVILLE QUARTER MILERS 5:30 p.m. Runners meet in front of Seville Quarter for a run

calendar around downtown Pensacola. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. SURF AND TURF SAUCES HANDS-ON COOKING 6-8 p.m. $64.50. So Gourmet, 407-D S.


MOLINO BOOK CLUB 6 p.m. Molino Branch

Library, 6450-A Highway 95A. 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. BLUE WAHOOS VS. JACKSONVILLE JUMBO SHRIMP 6:35 p.m. Blue Wahoos Stadium,

351 W. Cedar St. BIG BOI 7 p.m. $25-$30. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. SONGWRITERS AND POETS OPEN MIC 7-9 p.m. Goat Lips, 2811 Copter Road. MUSICIAN'S CHOICE CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Admission is a non-perishable food item for Manna Food Pantries. University of

Arts & Culture



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


On view through May 18. Pensacola State College Lamar Studio, Bldg. 15. MASTERS OF INSPIRATION On view

through May 18. Art by Charlotte Mason, Kelly Schmidt and Ben Twingley.

Gallery 1060, First City Art, 1060 N. Guillemard St. TRUE WEST On view through May 26. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. QUAYSIDE GALLERY FIRST CITY ART SHOW On view

through June 1. Quayside Gallery, 17 Zaragoza St.


On view through June 1. Various artists. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox.


On view through June 1. Art by Karin Gudmundson. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. THE CREATION

West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Parkway. HIP-HOP DANCE LESSONS 8-9 p.m. $10. Learn hip-hop moves from professional instructor. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd.


BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE 11:30 a.m. Free. Na-

tional Naval Aviation Museum viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd.


Langley Ave.


So Gourmet, 407-D S. Palafox. COUNTRY DANCE LESSONS 6:30 p.m. $10. Country two-step, East Coast swing, competition choreography and more. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. TECH N9NE PLANET TOUR 7 p.m. $35. Vinyl SERIES On view

through June 1. Art by Norm Haines. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. PAINTED SOUNDS On view through June 1. Art by Pensacola branch of National League of Pen Women. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. NICHOLAS CROGHAN: DWELLINGS On view

through June 3. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.


On view through June 17. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.


view through June 17. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.


through June 17. Projected exhibition by UWF photography students. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. GALLERY DAYS 12-4 p.m. Saturdays. Featuring local artists. To be featured, contact Angel at 941-7354586 or call the restaurant at 477-0035. TGI Fridays, 1240 Airport Blvd.

≥Workshops & Classes


Six-week course

Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox.

BANDS ON THE BEACH 7-9 p.m. Free.

Deception. Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Beach. COMEDY NIGHT 7 p.m. Swan Neck Meadery, 2115 W. Nine Mile Road. OVER-50 BALLROOM DANCE CLUB 7-9:30 p.m. $5-$10. Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Center, 913 S. I St. Dressy attire (no jeans).




House, 600 S. Barracks St. BEFORE THE FLOOD SCREENING 5:30 p.m. Free. Pensacola Library, 239 N. Spring St. DYNAMIC WALKING CONFERENCE AND IHMC EVENING LECTURE SERIES 6 p.m.

Free. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. for beginners and intermediate students. The class will cover sienna paint wash, color theory, focal points, perspective, edging, blending, and more. Classes held on Tuesdays May 1-June 5, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. First City Art Center, 1060 N Guillemard St. For more information, visit POTTERY ON THE WHEEL Six-week

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

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.

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

6:35 p.m. Blue Wahoos Stadium, 351 W. Cedar St. DAVID BROMBERG 7 p.m. $25-$60. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox. MEDITATION 7:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. FREE DANCE LESSONS 8-8:30 p.m. Free. Beginner West Coast swing dance lesson. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd.

Art Center. Cost is $157.25 for members and $185 for non-members. For more information, visit

≥Call for Artists

GALLERY 1060 ART SHOW Open to all

art forms with an emphasis on creative expression. Entry fee is $25 for First City Art Members and $30 for nonmembers. Drop off work June 7 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and June 9 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at First City Art Center, 1060 N. Guillemard St. Up to two pieces can be submitted per artist. All work must arrive ready to hang. Work will be juried June 8, and exhibition dates will

be June 13 through July 13. For more information, visit

≥Call for Films


LGBT Film Festival is returning for its seventh year, and film submissions are open through Sunday, July 1. Filmmakers have the opportunity to win monetary prizes in the following categories: Best Narrative, Best Documentary and Best Short. For those interested in submitting a film, visit stampedpensacolalgbt. To learn more about the film festival and to get involved, visit

TALCUM POWDER ALERT Did you or a loved one regularly use talcum powder and later develop ovarian cancer?

OVARIAN CANCER FROM TALC Medical studies show that women who use talcum powder in the genital area face an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Talcum powder lawsuits allege manufacturers knew of the risk and chose not to warn women about the danger. We are reviewing these cases now at no cost to you. Call us today to find out if you have a claim. 212 W. Intendencia Street Pensacola, FL 32502 | 850-444-0000 May 17, 2018

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calendar PRECIATION NIGHT 8 p.m. Seville Quarter Membership Card Holder Appreciation Night at Phineas Phogg's. 130 E. Government St. LATIN DANCING 10 p.m. Top of the Town, 15 E. Intendencia St. FEMALE IMPERSONATOR SHOWS 1 a.m.,

Bars & Nightlife

Ticket 1, 7250 Plantation Road.

≥Bar Games




V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox.



5-7 p.m. Informa-


8 p.m. The Ticket 1, 7250 Plantation Road.


2:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Top of the Town, 15 E. Intendencia St. Saturdays MEMBERSHIP AP-


p.m. Special prices for B.A.R.E. Card membership holders. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. Mondays BREW IQ TRIVIA NIGHT WITH JERRELL HENDRIX 7-9 p.m.

Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St.

7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. TRIVIA NIGHT 7-9 p.m. World of Beer, 200 S. Palafox. palafox BAR BINGO 8 p.m. Apple Annie's at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. MONDAY NIGHT TRIVIA 9:30-10:30

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


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. WAY BACK WEDNESDAYS 4 p.m. Free

admission for ladies, $1 beers, $5 pizza. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. LADIES NIGHT ON THE DECK 5 p.m. $2

drinks and music. The Deck Bar, 600 S. Barracks St.


7-9:30 p.m. Goat Lips Beer Garden, 2811 Copter Road.


Cabaret, 101 S. Jefferson St.


p.m. O'Riley's Irish Pub, 321 S. Palafox.


8 p.m. The Ticket 1, 7250 Plantation Road. BAR BINGO 10 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 200.


Thursdays Lili Marlene's at Seville Quarter, 8 p.m. 130 E. Government St. Saturdays

Hub Stacey's with Krazy George, 9 p.m. 312 E. Government St. Sundays Sandshaker Lounge, 9 p.m. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Mondays The Cabaret, 9 p.m. 101 S. Jefferson St. 607-2020 or Tuesdays Sandshaker Lounge, 8 p.m. 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Goat Lips Deli with Krazy George, 8 p.m.12 a.m. 2811 Copter Road. Play, 9 p.m. 16 S. Palafox, Suite 200. Wednesdays Ticket Sports Bar with Krazy George, 9 p.m. 7333 N. Davis Highway.

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Perfect Plain Brewing Co., 50 E. Garden St. POKER 8 p.m. The

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

tive wine tasting in Seville Quarter Wine and Gift Shop. No charge for the tasting. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.

2:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Top of the Town, 15 E. Intendencia St. Sundays



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UWF COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND COMBINED ROTARY CLUBS OF PENSACOLA NAME 2018 ETHICS IN BUSINESS AWARD RECIPIENTS The University of West Florida College of Business and the Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola named Nan DeStafney and Buzz Ritchie as the 2018 recipients of the annual Ethics in Business Award during the 2018 Combined Rotary Luncheon at New World Landing in downtown Pensacola. The Ethics in Business Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the concept of “service above self” and work to build a positive sense of self-worth within both the business community and the broader community as a whole. Criteria for the award is based on adherence to the high ethical standards of honesty, integrity and consistency in dealing with employees, contractors and customers, while positively enhancing the economic well-being of the firm’s stakeholders and providing jobs, opportunities and profits. Ritchie, founding CEO of Gulf Coast Community Bank, was recognized for the large business sector, organizations with 50 or more employees. DeStafney, founder of the Blues Angel School of Music, earned the honor for the small business sector for organizations with 49 or fewer employees. “This is the 16th year that the Combined Rotary Clubs of Pensacola and the UWF College of Business recognize community leaders who demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and integrity in their dealings with customers, employees and contractors, as well as the Rotary value of service above self,” said Dr. Ed Ranelli, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Dean Emeritus for the UWF College of Business. “It’s our pleasure to acknowledge Nan and Buzz as the 2018 winners of the Business Ethics Award.” In addition to founding the Gulf Coast Community Bank, Ritchie was the founding president of Southern American Mortgage Company and is one of the founding members of Rebuild Northwest Florida and actively continues his involvement today as a member of its Board of Trustees. A member of the Florida Bar and past president of the Florida Mortgage Bankers, Ritchie also served as a District 3 representative to the Florida Legislature between 1988-98, and supports the local community through active participation on several boards such as the UWF Florida Mentor Program. He has served in many organizations such as Pensacola Five Flags, Escambia Community Clinics and Healthy Start, and continues to serve as an active member, board officer, president and chair of many of these organizations. “One lesson I have learned in life is to help others,” said Ritchie. “It’s just that simple. That’s what I am going to do. That’s what I love to do.” A member of the Choral Society of Pensacola and a piano teacher for over 40 years, DeStafney founded the Blues Angel School of Music to further its mission of making music available to citizens, including children, in Escambia County. Blues Angel School of Music presents “Blues on the Bay” for Escambia County residents in addition to hosting eight free concerts throughout the year at the Community Maritime Park in downtown Pensacola. Blues Angel School of Music also helps to provide instruments to children who otherwise could not afford them, giving them the chance to participate in available music programs in their schools. “I have received awards in my life,” said DeStafney. “Nothing has ever meant more than Ethics in Business. This is a tremendous honor and I thank you so very much. I hope I can continue to deserve the recognition and I will work hard to be the best rotarian I can be.” When tornadoes caused some serious damage in Escambia County in 2016, DeStafney organized a benefit concert for the community in which all the proceeds went to aid victims of the storms. For more information about the Ethics in Business Award, visit For more information about the UWF College of Business, visit

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news of the weird DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE A janitor at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, may have hit the jackpot on April 26 when he discovered $325,000 worth of gold bars in a garbage bin. Investigators told The Korea Times they believe two men were transporting the gold, wrapped in newspapers, from Hong Kong to Japan, and threw away the stash for fear of being searched by customs agents. If the owner doesn't make a claim in six months, the janitor will get the gold, thanks to South Korea's "finders-keepers" law. However, if the treasure is found to be linked to criminal activity, the janitor will not be entitled to any of it. HIGH TIMES A Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrived at the scene of a crash in Orlando on April 29 to find Scott Ecklund, 32, uninjured but highly agitated. Trooper Glaudson Curado arrested Ecklund after Ecklund helpfully told the trooper he could get more meth than had been found in the search of Ecklund's wrecked Chevy Impala if the trooper would allow him to leave the scene. "Mr. Ecklund was making no sense during our conversation," Curado wrote in his report, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Ecklund, who was arrested earlier in April for crashing a truck into a house and claiming to be an FBI agent as he brandished an assault rifle, was charged with meth possession and driving with a suspended license and taken to the Orange County Jail. INDECENT EXPOSURE Neighbors of the "Pooperintendent," a New Jersey school superintendent nabbed for repeatedly defecating on a high school running track, were nonplussed by the news. Thomas Tramaglini, 42, superintendent of schools in nearby Kenilworth, was charged April 30 in Holmdel, New Jersey, Municipal Court for defecating in public, lewdness and littering after being caught on surveillance video relieving himself on a daily basis during his run at the Holmdel High School track. The track is about 3 miles from Tramaglini's home in Aberdeen. But neighbors told that Tramaglini always struck them as a nice guy—"Except for pooping on the field," one added. Another dismissed all the attention: "If he wasn't a super, this wouldn't even be news." AWESOME! The Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art museum in Paris, has made a name for itself by granting special visiting hours to nudists. On May 5, Reuters reported, naturists were invited to tour an exhibit, with about 160 attendees taking advantage of the sans-clothing event. Paris is seeing an increase in naturist events, according to Julien Claude-Penegry, communications director of the Paris Naturists Association. "The naturists' way of life is to be naked. Naturists are pushing past barriers, taboos or mentalities that were obstructive," he said. Next up for French nudists: a clubbing night later this year.

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QUESTIONABLE JUDGMENT Angelique Sanchez, 26, of Denver was asked to provide a urine sample for a prospective employer on May 3, so, of course, she stopped off at a 7-Eleven store in Aurora to apply the final touch: She put the urine-filled bottle in a microwave and turned it on, whereupon the sample blew up. A 7-Eleven clerk, who observed a "yellow liquid ... and the smell was unquestionably urine" dripping from the microwave, confronted Sanchez, who wiped the liquid out of the microwave and onto the floor, then walked out. KUSA TV reported that police caught up with her at a nearby clinic and issued a summons for damaged property. Medical expert Comilla Sasson guessed that Sanchez was trying to restore the sample to body temperature. OOOHHHH-KKKAAAAYYY Visitors to New York's Fort Ticonderoga were in for a special treat as locks of hair from Revolutionary War general turned traitor Benedict Arnold and his first wife, Margaret, were put on display during the season's opening weekend of May 5-6. Curator Matthew Keagle told The Associated Press Arnold's hair was recently rediscovered in the museum's collections and had been preserved by the family. The private historical site obtained the hair in the 1950s. Saving a lock of a deceased family member's hair was a common practice during the 1700s. Arnold helped capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British during the opening weeks of the Revolutionary War.

Francesca Pastine, ARTFORUM 50 Hindsight, Mask Series, 2014, cut Artforum magazine, Plexiglass, 15 x 16.25 x 6 inches, courtesy of Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

CUT UP/CUT OUT March 3 - June 17 407 S. Jefferson St. Pensacola, FL 32502 850.432.6247 Museum Hours: Tues. - Thurs. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On view in the second floor galleries: Henderson Thornton and Kugelman Family galleries and the Charles W. Lamar, Sr. Assembly Room Cut Up/Cut Out was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

WEIRD CLICHE Drivers along I-70 outside of Indianapolis thought it was raining money for them May 2 as $600,000 in cash tumbled out the back doors of a Brinks truck and onto the highway, the Indianapolis Star reported. State police spokesman Sgt. John Perrine said an undetermined amount of cash has not been accounted for, as "people were jumping over fences and crawling on the ground" to pick up loose bills flying around. In a tweet, he warned: "Finding a large sum of money is no different than other property. If a brand-new car fell off a semi, would the 1st person to find it get to keep it? It belongs to someone else." DEFINITION OF INSANITY April 11 was a great day for Markiko Sonnie Lewis of Maple Heights, Ohio—he got out of jail! Lewis, 40, served time in state prison for robbing a Cleveland Key Bank branch in November 2015. To celebrate, he returned to the same bank on April 12 and robbed it again, according to WIOI, taking about $1,000. Lewis was indicted on May 1 with one count of bank robbery. {in}

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