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PEN AIR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION The Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA received a $100,000 gift last week from Pen Air Federal Credit Union. The gift will name the Pen Air Federal Credit Union Communerosity Room, which will serve as a place for the community to participate in physical and financial fitness. Pen Air's contribution shows its investment in both the physical and financial health and well-being of the local community, according to Pen Air CEO Stu Ramsey.

UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA For the second consecutive year, the University of West Florida has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The award recognizes colleges and universities across the U.S. that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. UWF was one of 83 institutions selected based on their exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives that focus on all aspects of diversity, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. GENE VALENTINO The former Escambia County Commissioner and founder of CollectorSolutions, Inc. has been named the Chief Strategy Officer of Payments for JetPay, who acquired CSI earlier in the year. In his new role, his executive responsibility will be to develop strategic initiatives that help guide the company. Valentino founded CSI in 1999 to process payments for governments, utilities, and non-profit segments.


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last week took action against Navy Federal Credit Union for making false threats about debt collection to its members, which include active-duty military, retired service members, and their families. The CFPB also found the credit union unfairly restricted account access when members had a delinquent loan. Navy Federal Credit Union is correcting its debt collection practices and will pay roughly $23 million in redress to victims along with a civil money penalty of $5.5 million.

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU The federal agency has its own problems. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled the structure of the agency is unconstitutional. In a legal challenge to a $109 million CFPB enforcement action against mortgage lender PHH, the three-judge panel determined the agency's structure, with a single director accountable to the President and only removable for good cause, violates constitutional and historical precedents applied to federal regulators. They directed the statute that established the agency be amended.

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GOODBYE, ROBERT Robert de Varona died on Oct. 11. A Cuban exile, Robert chose the Pensacola area as home. He built a successful career and gave back much to this community. He also taught me much about Cuba and Fidel Castro's Communist regime. He was the nephew of Manuel Antonio de Varona, prime minister and president of the Cuban Senate before Fidel Castro's overthrow of the Cuban government in 1959. In 1960, after he had turned 18, Robert joined Brigade 2506, a CIA-trained unit of Cuban exiles that landed at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961. He survived more than 600 days of imprisonment before he was released and traveled to the United States in Dec. of 1962. Over many cups of coffee, he shared his memories of those days. When he and his fellow captives were released, Robert was given a shirt, pants, and a hundred dollars and told to rebuild his life. In 1992, he formed Varona Enterprises, the first minority-owned airport concession in the nation, that operated in the airports of Denver, St. Louis, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando, Miami and, until 2014, Pensacola. Robert believed in the American Dream because he had lived it. He served on the boards of several regional organizations, including Pensacola Symphony, Five Flags Rotary, and Pensacola Junior College Foundation. The list of non-profits he supported included the Pensacola Humane

Society, Artel Gallery, Leaning Post Ranch, Pensacola Symphony, Pensacola Opera, Ronald McDonald House, and WUWF Public Radio. The last two years of his life, Robert served as a tutor and mentor at Global Learning. I can still picture him sitting in my office talking about the need for an appointed superintendent of schools or President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba. Robert believed that Escambia County needed to join the vast majority of school districts that hire professionals, not politicians, to run their school systems. "We have to take radical steps and bold action," Robert told me. Many Cuban exiles and their families denounced the president's open diplomatic relations with Cuba. Robert wasn't upset about Obama's trip. He saw the positives. He told me, "President Obama gave tremendous hope to the Cuban people, the people out in the street. He won their hearts." Robert was impressed that President Obama met with Cuban dissidents. "In his nationally-televised speech, he spoke about freedom and freedom of election in a very diplomatic but very direct way, and he lectured Raul Castro who was in the audience about freedom of expression and freedom of the press," he said. Goodbye, Robert. Your smile, courage, and optimism will be missed by many. {in}








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By Rick Outzen Free trolleys may be traveling the streets of downtown Pensacola soon. Whether the trolleys will become a permanent fixture remains to be seen. The Escambia Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to vote Oct. 20 on an interlocal agreement with the Downtown Improvement Board for a free trolley service that will run temporarily from Nov. 3 through Dec. 31. The Studers have agreed to pay for the service and help gather data on its feasibility. Then Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward and

the DIB will decide if the service will continue. Quint Studer discussed the downtown trolley service on New Talk 1370's "Pensacola Speaks." He said Pensacola Beach developer Robert Rinke brought him the idea of the service. Next summer, the Gulf Islands National Seashore will launch its ferry service between Pensacola Beach, Fort Pickens, and downtown Pensacola. Rinke's concern was how the city could help tourists after the ferry drops them off at Commendencia Slip. "While they're going to have the trolley already on the beach, his concern was once these people get into Pensacola," said Studer. "He said it would be great if the city had a trolley service to match the beach's." Two years ago, Rishy and Quint Studer partnered with Seville Quarter to provide a free trolley service for the downtown area when Studer Group moved its corporate headquarters to Maritime Place next to Blue Wahoo Stadium. The service ran in November and December of 2014. The Studers told Rinke that they would be willing to underwrite a downtown trolley service for the upcoming holiday season.

"If people can just hop on and off, one, it's great for the community, creates a vibrancy," Studer told Inweekly. "Two, what the mayor's parking study just showed there's parking issues. This helps people move around. You can park and not worry about walking because you can hop on a trolley." Rinke next visited Escambia Commission Chairman Grover Robinson, who got to work. Studer said Robinson held a meeting with County Administrator Jack Brown, Santa Rosa Island Authority, and Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) to see how to make trolley service a reality. The county needed another agency to serve as a partner through an interlocal agreement, and DIB chairman John Peacock agreed to bring it to his board for consideration. "My thought was we could pilot it with trolleys that are sitting in a garage right now because they don't use them at the beach," said Studer. I said, ‘If you give us the trolley, I'll pay for the staffing and everything else. We can pilot it.' We picked November to December." He credited Commissioner Robinson for the pilot program. "Grover Robinson really pulled it together. Jack Brown and his staff got together. Then ECAT was marvelous. They would take the trolleys and take some private runs and see where they could pull over. Then on my staff, DC Reeves, has done a great job working with all these entities making sure that the map is right." At the Committee of the Whole on Oct. 13, Commissioner Wilson Robertson voiced his support for the downtown trolley service. "I just wanted to say hat's off to this idea," he said. "I've been to Savannah, Charleston, and boy, as a tourist, you love this." Commissioner Robertson asked if the service could expand to connect with other attractions in the area. "That's what we're all pushing towards," said DIB chairman John Peacock. "We're doing what most cities do for tourists that

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get off the ferries. We have got to figure out the long-term plan, the economic viability and how to tie in the assets for the City of Pensacola." He added, "We've all said, you've heard it before, what we have in this community that no other beach community in Florida has is a historic downtown and a Historic Trust there." Peacock said that the county administrator had been integral in figuring "how to tie the city, the county, and everybody together." He said, "If this is successful, then we can pull all the entities back together, figure out how to do that, and then continue to expand the service. I think that is very important to the viability of our community and tying into what we have that no other beach community has." Commissioner Robinson said that he hoped the City of Pensacola could find a way to do that. “There's no doubt that the ferry system can grow tourism by expanding the length of stay of our tourists and gather more spending from them," he said. "I think this will be integral. This is something the city needs to do, and I hope they will find a way to work to make this happen in the future." {in}

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MAYOR TACKLES WORKFORCE HOUSING By Duwayne Escobedo Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced last week that the city plans to use 20 to 30 parcels to begin building workforce housing that child care providers, firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and other hardworking families struggling to make ends meet can afford. The Mayor's staff plans to get City Council approval for the housing program in November and get underway with 15 to 20 homes at the old site of the Blount School buildings near C and Gregory streets. "Living on the outskirts of the American dream, too many hard-working families cannot afford the costs of homeownership," Hayward wrote in an editorial Oct. 16. "It's an unrelenting problem, not easily addressed and never fully solved. Nevertheless, we must devote ourselves and our resources to increasing our affordable housing inventory." The city examined its properties and identified 530 parcels total but narrowed that list down to 20 to 30 parcels that can be used to develop. In addition, the city plans to reach out to the Escambia County government to see if it has property within the city limits that it would like to contribute to the city's workforce housing plan. Hayward said the city will sell some of its parcels to raise money to subsidize qualified workforce families into the homes, as well as use federal and state incentive programs, local private investors, and homebuyer assistance programs to help them. Hayward said the city hopes to create a "model for the growth of mixed-income

neighborhoods and lead to the elimination of ‘pockets of poverty.' The intended result: "a transformative mix of new affordable and market-rate housing." It's also an issue of making sure Pensacola remains competitive with other cities by providing quality housing that costs no more than 30 percent for vital segments of the local workforce. "For these families, every penny counts, and if they cannot make ends meet in Pensacola they will be forced to look for jobs elsewhere," Hayward said. "We are seeking to spur the development of innovative, aesthetically pleasing housing that preserves the character of neighborhoods." City administrator Eric Olsen echoed Hayward at a recent city council meeting when he briefly talked about the workforce housing plan. "If you look around other cities in the country, they're working on something like this, some form of this, and then actually private companies are coming in and following the same model," Olsen said. "We think it is a very viable model and we just need to get started with it." One of the first sites the city is looking to develop is the former location of the Blount Junior High School site. "We believe there's a real opportunity, here, to develop the Blunt school property," Olson told the City Council. "What we're working on is an RFP that would come to you in November, hopefully, saying, ‘Here is what we would envision for the Blunt School property.'" He added, "It would be a request for proposals to go ahead and create a development plan, the financing plan for that property, so that we bring on, what we think, could be 15 to 20 homes, with green

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space amenities, that would be produced at a market rate, but then we would find a way to get income eligible people into some of those houses." The City of Pensacola purchased the Blount school property at 113 North C St. in 2011 for about $222,000 from Blount Redevelopment, LLC, which had bought the rundown property for $400,000 in 2004 and had tried successfully to develop the school into apartments and condominiums. The building had deteriorated badly over the years and had become a symbol of the ineffectiveness of city government to help neighborhoods on its west side. In August 2011, Mayor Ashton Hayward, joined by Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan and Councilmen John Jerralds and Brian Spencer, announced the demolition of the old Blount Junior High School and his plans to work with the Pensacola City Council and the School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas to come up with a plan for all closed and abandoned schools within the Pensacola city limits. "I and my staff will present to the Superintendent and School Board a plan to ensure that vacant school district properties are kept up to code and to encourage a proactive plan for reuse of those facilities," said Mayor Hayward at a press conference held on the steps of the old school. "My goal will be to ensure that Hallmark, Spencer Bibbs, and all the other vacant school board properties in Pensacola don't become another eyesore like this one." He added, "I made the decision that this neighborhood had suffered long enough, and it's time for this building to go." Mayor Hayward got the City Council to approve spending about $177,000 and Escambia County allocated about $130,000 from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to demolish the school building and clear the site.

The city conducted a June 2013 survey and found that residents in that area favored single-family detached homes over single-family attached residences, multifamily residences, mixed-use residences and duplexes. They hoped to revitalize the neighborhood, improve property values, and reduced criminal activity. The residents did not reach a clear consensus on the use of the Blount site. The ideas tossed around included building community housing, a park, a senior center, a recreation center with swimming pool, a museum and a regional campus for the University of West Florida or Pensacola State College. Three years later, Mayor Hayward and his staff believe the best use for the land is residential. In his viewpoint, the mayor wrote, "We need to show our citizens, as well as companies looking to relocate to our area, that the city is invested in our workforce and that we are not willing to lose our most valuable resource – our people – to competing communities." The idea of workforce, also known as "affordable," housing has been discussed for over a decade. Inweekly's second annual "Ballsy Plan," published in May 2005, identified and suggested a similar affordable housing plan in downtown Pensacola with input from legendary Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joe Riley. It called for housing in the $80,000 to $175,000 range that "first-time home buyers, or younger folks and families can attain." The Inweekly plan called for city leaders to set "aside some of its vast public property holdings downtown or buy other sites. Then, the city can solicit bids to build townhomes, condos, apartments or houses." It will be fun to see in November how Mayor Hayward's affordable workforce housing compares. {in}

“We think it is a very viable model and we just need to get started with it.” Eric Olsen

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PREPARING FOR 2030 The Florida

Chamber Foundation is barnstorming through all 67 Florida counties to create an economic development blueprint that it plans to release in 2018 to keep the state competitive in the world. On Oct. 11, Tony Carvajal, the foundation's executive vice president, led a Florida 2030 Project Town Hall meeting in Escambia County. He pointed out that Florida is projected to grow by 6 million more people,

meaning it must create 2 million more jobs by 2030. The total population of the popular state would reach 26 million total. In Escambia County, Carvajal preached economic development to about 50 interested citizens, including many government leaders, such as State Rep. Clay Ingram, County Commissioners Grover Robinson and Wilson Robertson, Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, FloridaWest executive director Scott Luth and University of West Florida economic guru Rick Harper. At this stage, Carvajal wanted to collect public input. He would pop a question on the Escambia County Commission Chambers two video boards and the audience would answer with a remote control device that looked like a garage opener. The four answers to each question were: Strength Improving, Strength Weakening, Weakness Improving and Weakness Weakening. The questions centered around issues that would ensure Florida remains successful, attracting high-wage jobs, diversifying the economy, ensuring global competitiveness and creating vibrant communities.



"We didn't get it right for the last 6 million people," Carvajal said. "We need to have a better plan. We need to have a vision for tomorrow." Currently, Florida's GDP ranks sixteenth in the global economy. One result that popped out Tuesday to Carvajal was that while 82 percent of people attending the town hall were bullish on Escambia's economic outlook, 71 percent felt the county was not well positioned to compete in the future. In addition, 81 percent of the audience said the area's Talent Pipeline was a weakness but improving. Locals pointed out an effort to keep young professionals at home and that the area banks on the talent of retired military from surrounding bases. Carvajal pointed out that the county created only 43 new jobs in the past year. The chamber executive also projected that Northwest Florida must add 55,297 jobs across the region by 2030 or about 330 new jobs every month in jobs such as high-tech, advanced manufacturing, and aerospace among other emerging industries. "It's not a panic situation yet," Carvajal said. "This is not a done situation unless we ignore it." Escambia residents explained that the greater Pensacola area supports jobs for Escambia and Santa Rosa County. Plus, as the westernmost county in Florida, its economic footprint also affects southern Alabama and vice versa. Carvajal said he envisions lots of future economic opportunities for Escambia and Northwest Florida, especially with the town hall audience mentioning Navy Federal. The company moved its headquarters to Pensacola and plans to double its workforce by 5,000 in the area. "What I see today is nothing compared to what I saw 30 years ago," he said. "You have your hands on the steering wheel. Northwest Florida has some great opportunities." If you missed the town hall, you can still provide input by going to Florida2030 or emailing Carvajal at fl2030@

Studer Properties hosted a month long naming contest to get to this point. For two weeks, members of the public submitted name ideas for the project. That effort yielded 682 entries, with many focused on Pensacola's history, the site of the apartments as a former newspaper building, and the surrounding streets and neighborhoods. The Studer Properties team filtered through all 682 suggested names and narrowed them down to a short-list of 12, which were then part of a mid-September "primary election" voted on by the 336 people who have reserved an apartment to date. From the primary election, a list of six candidates moved forward to a "general election," where the final name was chosen, "Southtowne." "We've said for months that we aren't just building an apartment building, but that we're building an entire downtown livework-play area," says Rothfeder. "So as we saw the Southtowne name rise to the top, we felt like it really resonated as the anchor for this downtown neighborhood and our future tenants agreed." Once the decision was made, the last piece of the puzzle was to deliver the promised "prize" for the winning name – a $250 gift certificate to any Studer-owned business. But even that task proved to be a challenge. The person who submitted "Southtowne" as a name worked at one of the Studers' other businesses, so she was ineligible for the prize. The fallback? A random drawing for one lucky name submission. That winner? Lauryn Adams.

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WINNING NAME The new Studer apartments in Downtown Pensacola have a name, "Southtowne." "We are excited to have a name for the apartments," says Andrew Rothfeder, president of Studer Properties. "We are grateful for the help of our community, and we are thankful for such great support." October 20, 2016

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announced on Oct. 14 that it had acquired Gulf Coast Community Bank (GCCB), which has $133 million in assets and five branches in the greater Pensacola area. The First bought GCCB for $2.3 million in First Bancshares stock. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to join The First," said Buzz Ritchie, president and CEO of GCCB, said. "We are convinced that they are fully committed to the values of community banking with an emphasis placed upon long-term relationships." He added, "This is a strategic move for us as we will strengthen and expand our core products and services and will better serve existing and future customers. We believe this merger also provides strong value for our shareholders who have been committed and loyal to us over the years." {in}







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Make a date with your four-legged bestie this weekend for the biggest dog-friendly party in Pensacola—Pensacola Humane Society's annual Barktoberfest. The event, which includes canine activities, costume contests, giveaways, raffles, and vendors, is not only a good time but also a great outreach opportunity for the Humane Society and animal rescues across the Panhandle. "We love that Barktoberfest is a familyfriendly event that brings together thousands of pet lovers and owners in celebration of man's best friend," said Stefanie Snyder, Pensacola Humane Society Assistant Director. "As always, there will be tons of activities to choose from at Barktoberfest. We have over one hundred rescues and vendors attending the event, as well as several local food trucks set up along Zaragoza Street. Snyder said that Cheryl Casey Photography will have a mobile photo studio set up to take professional pet photos throughout the day and there will also be a discounted rabies and microchip clinic from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. "Barktoberfest is such a great way for all of the local rescues to introduce our adoptable dogs and cats to the local community," Snyder said. "It is also a really great way for all of us to promote adoption initiatives and show people just how many fantastic dogs and cats are out there looking for forever homes." Local vets will also be on hand to provide information about products, animal care, and other issues that affect the health of your pet. October 20, 2016

Food vendors will be providing a varied selection of hearty meals and light snacks, and there will also be an array of gourmet pooch treats. Another must-see vendor in our book is Pensacola News Journal's Andy Marlette— who will be drawing caricatures all day long. Barktoberfest helps enforce the Pensacola Humane Society's mission about the importance of spaying and neutering, preventing animal cruelty, and providing pet education programs aimed at addressing animal welfare issues in our community. The local homeless pet population is still an issue, and the Humane Society alone has taken in hundreds of animals just this year. "The homeless pet population in our area is still a huge problem, especially with the feral and free-roaming cats in the community," Snyder said. "Our shelter alone has taken in over 800 cats and dogs this year." "Barktoberfest is extremely important to us, as it is our biggest fundraising event of the year," Snyder said. "Donations are vital to our operation." Snyder said the biggest needs at the shelter are cleaning supplies (bleach, laundry detergent, Fabuloso), Purina dog chow, Purina kitten chow, Purina cat chow, and stamps. "We are also always in need of dog toys, treats, and peanut butter to help keep our dogs happy," Synder said. The Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue has been participating in Barktoberfest for a number of years now. The group consists of volunteers who exist to donate their time and

money to rescue Great Danes from animal controls, humane societies, P.A.W.S., ASPCAs, veterinarians, and owners who must surrender their Dane due to hardship. Their coverage area spans from Jacksonville across the I-10 corridor through Southern Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. President Michelle Cramer said the group has been around for several years, but received their not-for-profit status in 2010. All Danes are brought current on vaccines, spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and heartworm tested prior to adoption. "We are a 100 percent volunteer, foster-based group working for the betterment of Great Danes in our area," Cramer said. "Our efforts include taking in unwanted dogs from both governmental shelters and from owner surrenders. The majority of our dogs have suffered either physical abuse or neglect or a combination of the two, though not all have." Cramer said that the rescue works to rehabilitate the dogs and find permanent, loving homes for them to live out their lives in peace and good health. "Part of our efforts includes educating the public on Dane specific issues, as well as general pet issues, such as the need for stronger spay and neuter laws or for stronger animal neglect or cruelty laws," Cramer said. Since the group doesn't have a shelter, all rescues are fostered in volunteers' homes. "It certainly can be a big responsibility, but there are many benefits that come from this

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setup," Cramer said. "For dogs who may not be accustomed to living in a home environment, it gives them a chance to acclimate to that with a person who understands their specific needs and can tailor training and daily interactions toward that which will help the dog be more 'adoptable' and be successful in a permanent home. It can also help to socialize a skittish dog or one that is not used to being around other dogs." Cramer said that in-home fostering allows the rescue greater opportunity to note and clear up potentially hidden health and temperament issues and gives them a greater overall understanding of the dog's personality and demeanor, which helps them find a placement that will be the 'right fit' for the dog. "The flip side of that is that our operations are limited by the number of active fosters that we have," Cramer said. "In a nutshell, there are almost never enough fosters for the need. That is one of the larger frustrations in rescue work." Barktoberfest will provide a great opportunity for families to meet some lovable Danes. "Interested families can meet potential adoptees and begin the adoption process," Cramer said. "We currently have about 15 that are ready for adoption. In addition, we have some that are currently pending completion of the adoption process and we have some that are in rescue but have not cleared the initial vetting that we require prior to being place up for adoption." Cramer said that there is always a good turnout of people, many of whom are looking 11

PAWS ON PALAFOX If you're still looking for something to do with your pup after Barktoberfest, we've got just thing. The Pensacola Humane Society is excited to bring back Paws on Palafox—which is a 3K-dog walk— for year two, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 a.m. Strut your pup down Palafox in the city's only dog-friendly walk. All ages can enjoy the 3-kilometer route through historic downtown and the waterfront. Along the way, enjoy cool down pools and water stations for humans and dogs, fun photo ops, and a live band at the end. All proceeds benefit the Pensacola Humane Society Barbara Grice Memorial Spay and Neuter Clinic. The first 250 participants to register will receive a "Wag Bag" with complimentary swag for pooches and humans alike. All adults and children ages 6 and over will receive a t-shirt and dog bandana for registering. Registration is open until Oct. 26, with late registration available on race day. Packet pick-up and registration will also be available during the week leading up to Paws on Palafox, including Barktoberfest. For more information visit

for either a pet or to get more information about local rescue efforts or how they can participate in local rescue efforts. "We are rescue partners with a number of shelters from Mobile to the west over toward the Lake City/Jacksonville area to the east, along I-10," Cramer said. "Some dogs come to us through owners who, for various reasons, can no longer care for or keep their dogs. Some of those reasons include death, long-term illness, divorce, loss of income and/or housing, changes in family status and many other reasons." The rescue also occasionally gets dogs from hoarding situations or breeders who have been shut down. "Unfortunately we also get dogs who are surrendered because they were an impulse purchase and have grown too large or unruly due to lack of training," Cramer said. Cramer said that she's always had and loved dogs as part of her family, but didn't have her first Dane until she was in her 30's. "A friend convinced me to adopt a Dane from a veterinarian in La Place, Louisiana," Cramer said. "The Dane had been horribly mistreated and neglected, yet despite that was the gentlest and most loving dog toward people that I'd ever seen out of a life time of really good dogs. When he died suddenly due to complications from the neglect after only a short time with me, I decided that I needed to become more involved to honor his memory and that of so many other good and great dogs. Because really, aren't they all?" Danes are great dogs, in particular, Cramer said, because they are extremely keyed into the people they are around.

"The truism that dogs live in the now and are completely non-judgmental is one of the best things about them," she said. "Their personalities can vary from serious to playful, but they generally have a very strong desire to be around their people and to please those people." Cramer said that it's also nice to be able to pet your pup without having to bend down. "Finding a home for a rescue truly is one of the best feelings in life," Cramer said. "Knowing that you have worked with a dog and helped them to bloom and then found just the right home and the people are excited for their new pet and the dog likes them and is happy is a really wonderful feeling. There is, also, a touch of sadness at seeing a creature that you have grown to love going to someone else, almost akin to watching a child go off into the world to make their way, along with hope that this will be the perfect home and that they will continue to grow and be happy." Other rescues participating in Barktoberfest include the Junior Humane Society; Escambia County Animal Shelter; Greyhound Pets of America Emerald Coast; Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue; Flori-Bama Chihuahua Rescue; Suncoast Basset Rescue; CARE of Santa Rosa County; 400 Paws; Happy Tails Retriever Rescue; RedFox's Animal Rescue; Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue; Amazing Grace Bully Rescue; The Rescued Rescuers; Southbark; Animal Allies; Standard Poodle Rescue; Save Underdogs; The Joy Committee; and the Hotel for Dogs and Cats.

Start planning now because your favorite tail-waggin' events, including contests for Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Kisser and the ever-popular Owner/Pet Look-Alike Competition, will all be back again this year. It's one of the most fun parts of the day when pups and their humans take center stage to show off their talents. Prizes will be awarded to the first three finishers in each category. And don't forget to catch the dachshund and mixed breed races and enter or root for your favorite canine. "We typically see an increase in adoptions after Barktoberfest, especially for the dogs we feature at the event," Snyder said. "I'm sure the same goes for the rescues. It's a great outreach opportunity in so many ways." Cramer said that finding a forever home for a foster is overall the best feeling to know that she's helped a dog and now can help another. "We almost always get dogs adopted from contacts that we make at these events," Cramer said. "We also get a lot of exposure and chance to spread our message to more folks in the community." {in}


WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 WHERE: Seville Square, at the corner of E. Government St. and S. Alcaniz St. COST: Free to attend DETAILS:

BARKTOBERFEST SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 9 A.M. Registration starts at gazebo for first session of contests ($5 per contest) 10 A.M. Morning Contests Best Costume/Best Trick/Best Kisser/Owner-Pet Look-alike Pensacola Humane Society Microchip & Rabies Clinic, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Microchip – $15, Rabies – $10

11:30 A.M. Mixed breed races organized by the Rescued Rescuers 12 P.M. Blessing of the Animals Registration begins at gazebo for second session of contests ($5 per contest) 1:30 P.M. Mixed breed races organized by the Rescued Rescuers

2 P.M. Afternoon Contests Best Costume/Best Trick/Best Kisser/Owner-Pet Look-alike Pensacola Humane Society Microchip & Rabies Clinic Ends ALL DAY: •Furricanes Fly Ball Team •Agility course demonstration •Pensacola Humane Society exhibit and adoption tent •Food trucks •Adoptions from local rescues •Professional photo booth for dogs

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Louisiana Royalty by Shelby Smithey

INWEEKLY: What has the band been up to since "Glow?" LARSEN: We took some time off, but we never stopped writing. "Amateurs" didn't actually take very long to make. It was about capturing the energy of the moment. We have so much material that we are planning on working on the LP soon. INWEEKLY: Were you all involved with other projects/bands before joining Royal Teeth? LARSEN: Hef, Thomas and I played in bands before Royal Teeth and this is Nora's first band. We have all been involved with music in some form for years.

“We put a lot of effort in connecting to people at our shows, and I think that has helped keep the band alive.” Gary Larsen Royal Teeth / Courtesy Photo If you're looking for another reason to catch Rooney at Vinyl Music Hall, look no further than Royal Teeth. This south Louisiana indie-pop quartet's energetic sound caught the attention of many after the release of their first full-length "Glow" in 2013. Their spirited anthem ‘Wild,' driven by the sparkling vocal chemistry between singers Nora Patterson and Gary Larsen, propelled the band to multiple TV, film and video game placements. They had guest appearances on Last Call with Carson Daly and American Idol at the personal invitation of fellow Louisiana native Harry Connick, Jr. and slots at festivals including Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Firefly, SXSW, CMJ, and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Forming in 2010, all of Royal Teeth's members, Gary Larsen (vocals/guitar), Nora Patterson (vocals), Josh Hefner (drums), and Thomas Onebane (guitar), hail from different cities south of I-10 including New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The band's first self-released EP "Act Naturally" was more folk driven, but they shifted to a more electronic/pop sound for their debut record. October 20, 2016

The band's most defining attribute is the soaring vocal chemistry between Larsen and Patterson, but the addition of guitarist Thomas Onebane, an inveterate and crafty tinkerer, has also led the band to take more risks in the studio. Lately, they've been busy working on new material, and their new record "Amateurs" will be out Nov. 18, via Round Hill Records. Royal Teeth is currently opening for Rooney on the Groundswell Tour. To get more acquainted with Royal Teeth, Inweekly caught up with Larsen before the band's show at Vinyl on Thursday. INWEEKLY: When did the band come together and how? LARSEN: We all grew up in different areas in Louisiana. We met each other in the local music scene, and it just grew quickly from there. INWEEKLY: Tell me about the creation of your new record "Amateurs" and the direction you went with it. LARSEN: We recorded "Amateurs" in a few weeks in Charleston, South Carolina. Our goal was to make a more aggressive album. It's still very upbeat and fun, but it goes a little deeper emotionally than our previous albums. Both the sounds and the overarch-

ing themes on "Amateurs" are tougher, more mature and more sure handed than Royal Teeth's previous outings. INWEEKLY: You are all from Louisiana, but you don't necessarily have a "Louisiana" sound. It's pretty universal and can be relatable to people everywhere. Where did you all get your style and influence from? LARSEN: We all carry different personal influences that we bring into the band. Everyone is a part of the writing process, so that helps keep it fresh. We are more inspired by the energy of Louisiana. It's vibrant and colorful, and we want to capture that feeling with our sound. INWEEKLY: Your song ‘Wild' sort of propelled the band forward quite a bit with commercial success and lots of festival and TV gigs. How was that experience? LARSEN: It was very exciting and unpredictable the way that song kept creating new opportunities for us. It's always a great thing when we connect to people. I had to remind myself a few times to not take it for granted. It was special.

INWEEKLY: You guys seem to tour quite a bit, is being on the road and playing live so often a positive experience? LARSEN: It's been great so far. We really enjoy touring. We put a lot of effort in connecting to people at our shows, and I think that has helped keep the band alive. We have met some really amazing people that we are lucky to call fans. INWEEKLY: What's the best part about working with your band mates? LARSEN: I think we work so well together because we were friends first. We trust and respect each other musically and as people. I think that goes a long way for a band. The best part about working with this band is that it's fun. We never want this to stop being fun. {in}


WHAT: Rooney with Royal Teeth and Swimming With Bears WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox COST: $18 DETAILS:


calendar THURSDAY 10.20

EMERALD COAST BUSINESS LEADERS 7:30-9 a.m. Networking for business leaders. Guests welcome. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. WORK ON FLORIDA TRAIL 8 a.m. Regular meet up of Western Gate Florida Trail Association to work on National Scenic Trail and side trail. Meet at Blackwater River Forestry Center, 11650 Munson Highway. ftawesterngate POP-UP OPERA 3:45 p.m. Gulf Breeze Hospital Cafeteria, 1110 Gulf Breeze Parkway. MUSIC UNDER THE STARS: DAVE JORDAN 5-9 p.m. $10. From the Ground Up Community Garden, 501 N. Hayne St. innisfree-hotels WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Join Aragon Wine Market for a special 8th anniversary wine tasting with music, nibbles, and giveaways. Aragon Wine Market, 27 S. 9th Ave. NATURAL HEALING/CANCER STUDY 6-8 p.m. Free. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. HEALTHY SOUTHERN COOKING 6-8 p.m. Pies. $30. Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 3670 Barrancas Ave. pensacolacooks BOURBON DINNER 6-9 p.m. $40 per person. Skopelos at New World, 600 S. Palafox. PENSACOLA NUMISMATIC SOCIETY MEETING

6:30 p.m. Sonny’s Barbeque, 630 N. Navy Blvd.

DANCE LESSONS 6:30 p.m. Ballroom, Swing, and Country. Professional partner dance instruction for all skill levels. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. $10. ROONEY: THE GROUNDSWELL TOUR 7 p.m. $18. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox.

FRIDAY 10.21

PILATES MAT WITH EMILY 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. WINE TASTING 5-7 p.m. Free. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. GALLERY NIGHT 5-9 p.m. Live music and drink specials. Downtown Pensacola. facebook. com/downtownpensacola HAPPY HOUR COOK OUTS 5 p.m. Drink specials, free cookout. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. POP-UP OPERA 5:30 p.m. 4-Squared, 5043 Bayou Blvd. GAY GRASSROOTS 6-8 p.m. Support meting. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. DATE NIGHT DANCING 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn the basics of several romantic ballroom and country-dance styles in unique group classes that keep partners together. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. $10. PCK DINNER BY RESERVATION 5:30-9 p.m. $35. Pensacola Cooks Kitchen, 3670 Barrancas Ave.

OPEN MIC 7-11 p.m. Single Fin Cafe, 380 N. 9th Ave. ICE FLYERS VS. FAYETTEVILLE FIREANTZ 7:05 p.m. $15-$29. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL 7:30 p.m. $5-$16. Free for UWF students.

University of West Florida Mainstage Theatre of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Parkway.

MARTY HAGGARD: A TRIBUTE TO MERLE HAGGARD 8 p.m. $15. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox.

AFTER GAME SKATE 9:30 p.m. $9-$12. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St.


p.m. Benefits Pensacola Humane Society. Seville Square,


Government St. PALAFOX MARKET 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art and antiques are just a few of the items offered at the weekly Palafox Market. Items originate directly from participating vendors, including dozens of local farmers, home gardeners and area artists. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox. COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS 9 a.m.-2 p.m. "Eat with the Seasons." Palafox Market. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, N. Palafox.


8 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh local produce, honey, baked goods and live music. Pace Presbyterian Church, Woodbine Road, Pace. CLEAN UP WITH OCEAN HOUR

8:45 a.m. All supplies are provided. Meet at the fishing pier parking lot at the very end of Ft Pickens Road, 7-8 miles from the park entrance. For more information, contact oceanhourfl@ or baybluffscleanup@ BARKTOBERFEST 9 a.m.-4

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calendar MOMMY AND ME BARRE CLASS 9:45 a.m.

Beyond Barre Pensacola, 5022 A-W. Fairfield. Registration required, visit REIMAGINE BROWNSVILLE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free food and clothes, kids activities. Oakcrest Elementary School, 1820 Hollywood Ave. HISTORIC AREA WALKING TOURS 10 a.m.; 12 p.m.; and 2 p.m. Free. Tours start at Quina House Museum, 204 S. Alcaniz St. POP-UP OPERA 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 1200 Airport Blvd. 23RD ANNUAL COMMUNITY COOKOUT 1-4 p.m. Free. Fricker Community Center, 900 North F Street. CULINARY ROOTS CLASS: IRISH COOKING 5:30-7:30 p.m. $30. Pensacola Cooks

Kitchen, 3670 Barrancas Ave.

RUSHOUR: THE DEFINITIVE TRIBUTE TO RUSH 7 p.m. $12. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S.



7:05 p.m. $15-$29. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL 7:30 p.m. $5-$16. Free for UWF

students. University of West Florida Mainstage Theatre of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Parkway. DANCE PARTY 8-midnight. Strictly ballroom. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd.

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p.m. $5. Pensacola Cooks Neighborhood Garden, 3644 Barrancas Ave. AFTER GAME SKATE 9:30 p.m. $9-$12. Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St.

SUNDAY 10.23

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. ONE POT WONDERS: VEGETARIAN MEALS

2-4 p.m. $10-$15. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St.


students. University of West Florida Mainstage Theatre of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 11000 University Parkway. WINE AND SWINE SOCIAL 4-7 p.m. $50$60. Union Public House, 309 S. Reus St.

MONDAY 10.24

PILATES WITH EMILY 1:30-2:30 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 around downtown Pensacola. Free pasta and drink specials after the run at Fast Eddie's. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. ‘FOOD FOR CHANGE’ FILM SCREENING 6-8 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. QUICK AND EASY COOKING SKILLS 6-6:45 p.m. $15. SoGourmet, 407-D S. Palafox.


POP-UP OPERA 11 a.m. Ever’man, 327 W.

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SoGourmet, 407-D S. Palafox. FUNKY YOGA FLOW 6-7 p.m. Free. Ever’man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. CREATIVE COOKING AT IMOGENE 6-8 p.m. $40. Imogene Theatre, 6866 Caroline St., Milton. pensacolacooks DANCE LESSONS 6:30 p.m. Country, Swing, and Ballroom. Professional partner dance instruction for all skill levels. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. $10. BANDS ON THE BEACH 7-9 p.m. The Groovinators. Gulfside Pavilion, Pensacola Beach. MACHINE GUN KELLY 7 p.m. $35. Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox.

MEDITATION /PRANIC HEALING 7:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. TUNESDAY SOUND CAFE 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and tunes from the baby grand piano. Pensacola Library lobby, 239 North Spring St.


LUNCH AND LEARN: SOUPS 11:45-12:30 p.m.

$22. SoGourmet, 407-D S. Palafox. VINO MAGNIFICO 5:30 p.m. $10. V. Paul's Italian Ristorante, 29 S. Palafox. WATERBOYZ SLOW SKATE 6-7 p.m. Every Wednesday. Skate starts and ends at Waterboyz, 380 N. 9th Ave. RESTORATIVE YOGA 6-7 p.m. Free. Ever'man. 327 W. Garden St. DANCE LESSONS 6:30 p.m. West Coast Swing. Professional partner dance instruction for all skill levels. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. $10. MEDITATION 7:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Ever'man Educational Center, 327 W. Garden St. DANCE PARTY 8-10 p.m. A mix of swing, country, and ballroom music for partner dancing on the best wood dance floor in the area. DanceCraft, 8618 Pensacola Blvd. $10.

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5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. FREE TUESDAY AT PMA Tuesday, Oct. 25, Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.

≥Current Exhibits


Dec. 31. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. IT'S A ZOO IN HERE On view through Oct. 28. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox.


28. By Chip Spirson. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. IN THE MIND'S EYE On view through Oct. 28. By Nikki Strahota. Artel Gallery, 223 S. Palafox. ALUMNI ART On view through Nov.10. University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway. 3D BLEND 3D works including pottery, metal and tile work. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. TO PMA WITH LOVE On view through Nov. 12. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. CONTROVERSIAL LINES: LATE PRINTS BY SALVADOR DALI On view through Jan. 7.

Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St.

≥Classes & Workshops


series of workshops led by First City Art youth art program instructor, Suzanne Findeisen. Each week will have a bit of history and step-by-step instruction on how to create art pieces such as wire sculptures, paper machè, mixed media and more. Classes at $10 and held at First City Art Center, 1060 Guillemard St. Dates are from Oct. 4 through Oct. 29. For more information, visit


First City Art Center offers an introductory stained glass workshop with instructor Judie Betts in which participants will learn the technique of scoring and break glass, make patterns, grinding glass, soldering and finishing. The workshop will be held October 16, 23, and 30 1-4 p.m. Cost is $150. The stained glass workshop is offered to participants age 16 and up. For more information, contact 429-1222 or visit for more listings visit October 20, 2016


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Ice Flyers Plan to Defend Title

Rookie professional hockey coach Kevin Hasselberg gave his first motivational talk to the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the team's first practice. Hasselberg told his hockey players to skate out onto the ice in The Hangar and look at the Southern Professional Hockey League President Cup Championship banners hanging from the rafters. The team has appeared in the playoffs seven straight years and won three championships in the past four years. "It's a new year and a new team, but we all have the same dream," said goalie John McLean. "It started today with the first team meeting. He wanted us to look at the banners and get another one up there." Last season, Josh Cousineau scored one goal in the SPHL finals. But it was the most important goal. With less than a tenth of a second left in the game, the center clinched a 5-4 victory in Game Three of the 2015-2016 playoffs -- the franchise's second President's Cup Championship in three years. "There are a lot of new guys, but the first practice everyone looked pretty good," he said. This is the 40-year-old Hasselberg's first pro coaching stint. The past 17 seasons, the Duchess, Alberta, resident led teams in the Western Canadian Junior A leagues. He spent his last five years as the coach and general manager of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Battlefords North Stars. The team won the SJHL regular season championship, and Hasselberg earned the junior league's 201516 Coach of the Year honor. Hasselberg replaces Rod Aldoff, who won two SPHL titles in three years and was 101-51-16 with Pensacola. Aldoff advanced to the Norfolk Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League. Hasselberg said he and Ice Flyers owner Greg Harris share Manitoba ties. 818 1

We expect to win here. Guys want to come and play here." McLean doesn't expect any drop-off going from Aldoff to Hasselberg. "Kevin's great," said McLean, who played junior league under Aldoff. "He's a lot different than Rod (Aldoff). He has different drills. But both are hardworking. It's a different voice, but he has the same goals." And Hasselberg is used to winning, too. He led the North Stars to their highest win percentage in franchise history (.776), won his second division championship and won the SJHL regular season championship. Hasselberg said he wants his players to be aggressive on offense and think quickly on their ice skates. "We can't have a weak link on this hockey team," he said. "I want to see these players shooting when they have an opportunity to." Asked to talk about the Ice Flyers who impress him, Hasselberg said he likes them all. "I don't know a lot about them, but they are all very hard working and are all very good people," Hasselberg said. "I'm confident they will do a tremendous job. They're a great looking team." He also said he feels welcomed by the Ice Flyers' fans and looks forward to the first home game scheduled against the Fayetteville FireAntz at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at The Hangar in the Pensacola Bay Center. The Ice Flyers plan to celebrate its President's Cup during the game. "It's a great fan base," he said. "The hockey fans here support the team and many have supported them for 20 years." {in}

He looks forward to continuing the team's winning ways. "I was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time," Hasselberg said. "I'm coming into a winning tradition in Pensacola. It's something you dream about. It's been a long journey to get to this point. I will definitely make the best of it." Part of getting Pensacola in its eighth straight playoffs is getting as many players from the previous championship team on the roster. So far, Hasselberg has recruited five returners: Left wing Corey Banfield, the SPHL's leading scorer last season with 68 points; Cousineau, who scored the decisive goal in the finals; 6-foot-9 goalie McLean, who had the fourth-best goals allowed average in the league at 2.39; right wing Stephen Buco, who scored 16 goals in 46 games for the Ice Flyers; and goalie Matt Zenzola, who allowed 2.51 goals per game If you aren’t a season ticket holder, for Pensacola last year. your best bet for taking in the action Banfield and Hasselberg had coffee in this season is new Ice Flyers Five Calgary and "clicked." Game Pack. For $90 you get Center "I see a lot of energy, excitement, and Ice tickets to five of the biggest theme youth," said the 30-year-old Banfield, who nights of the year. It includes a Chamis in his fourth season with the club. "In past pionship Shirt ($20 value), 10 percent years we were an older team. This gives us off of merchandise and other benefits. older guys a little more jump in our step." Single game tickets range from Banfield and Aaron Clarke, who is $15 in the end zones to $29 behind 34 and has played nine seasons, are the the glass. Call the Ice Flyers for more seniors on the team. The bulk of the playinformation at  466-3111. ers are 25 years old. The youngest player is 21-year-old Igor Leonenko from Belarus, who followed Hasselberg from Saskatchewan, where he played last year. Cousineau, who said his winning goal feels like it happened yesterday, likes the mix of this year's younger team, so far. "Everyone is pretty fired up WHEN: 7:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to make a good impression," said WHERE: Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. Cousineau, who is entering his DETAILS: third season with Pensacola. "This is a winning organization.



news of the weird POT FOR PETS As nine states next month ask voters to approve some form of legalization of marijuana, a "new customer base" for the product—pets—was highlighted in an October New York Times report. Dogs and cats are struck with maladies similar to those that humans report in cannabis success stories: seizures, inflammation, anxiety, arthritis and other pain and subsequent social withdrawals. The "high"-producing THC element cannot be used because it is notoriously toxic to dogs, but other elements in the drug seem to work well not only for dogs and cats but, by anecdotal evidence, pigs, horses and domesticated wild animals. COMPELLING EXPLANATIONS In September, Charles Lawrence III, 60, was sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted sexual assault despite his claim that it was just bad eyesight that caused the problem. He had arrived at a house in Fairfield, Connecticut, to have sex with a male he had met online, but the event turned out to be a "To Catch a Predator" sting. Lawrence, an accountant, claimed that, in text messages with the "boy," he had seen "18" as his age, when, according to police evidence, the text read "13." (Bonus: Lawrence knew "Predator" newsman Chris Hansen socially and commuted daily on the train with him, according to Lawrence's lawyer.) GOVERNMENT IN ACTION Kevin and Tammy Jones opened their guns-and-coffee store in an old bank building in Hamilton, Virginia, in August, but despite the controversies about the ease of gun acquisition in America, their Bullets and Beans shop has had a harder time pleasing government regulators over the coffee than over the firearms. Kevin told Washingtonian magazine that there were no problems in getting gun-shop and firearms-instruction permits from state and federal agencies, but several local-government roadblocks delayed the coffee-sales permit: the property being zoned for "retail" but not food or drinks; permission to open certain businesses near residences; and a coffee shop's need to have "parking."

by Chuck Shepherd

LATEST RELIGIOUS MESSAGES Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared Oct. 13 Oilfield Prayer Day to cap a statewide initiative of mass wishing for improved performance of the state's energy industry, which has been in the doldrums recently with the worldwide drop in oil prices. Though the initiative's founders, and the associated Oil Patch Chaplains, were largely Baptist church leaders, the governor emphasized that all religions should be praying for a more prosperous industry. NEW WORLD ORDER Too Much Time on Their Hands: In an October profile of tech developer and startup savant Sam Altman, The New Yorker disclosed that "many people in Silicon Valley have become obsessed with the simulation hypothesis"—that "what we experience as reality" is just some dark force's computer simulation (as in the movie "The Matrix"). "Two tech billionaires," the magazine reported, are "secretly engag(ing) scientists" to break us out of this alternative universe we might be trapped in. (One prominent member of the tech elite remarked at a Vox Media conference in June on how the "simulation hypothesis" seems to dominate all conversation whenever the elites gather.) POLICE REPORT The War on Drugs: (1) In September, police in Thurmont, Maryland, announced the culmination of a two-month-long undercover drug operation at the Burger King with two arrests and a total seizure of 5 grams of marijuana and two morphine pills. (2) On Sept. 21, as part of a six-target raid using "military-type" helicopters by the Massachusetts State Police and the National Guard, drug warriors halted the criminal enterprise of Margaret Holcomb, 81, of Amherst, seizing the one and only marijuana plant in her yard that she had planned to harvest soon for relief of her arthritis and glaucoma. {in}

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