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Its board of directors approved a second round of grants, totaling $50,360, to help our community recover from April 29-30 flooding. While the United Way did not have enough funding in the reserve set aside or in the disaster relief funds to fund all applications for funds, its board members approved fi ve recommendations, the largest of which was to Manna Food Pantries, $32,400, to help it return to service as soon as possible.


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The Florida Department of Education has posted the 2014 FCAT scores. Escambia County still remains below the state averages in reading for all grades. Elementary schools had the same percentage of students score a 3 or higher, which is considered passing and proficient for their grade levels. Middle school students showed improvements ranging from 1-2 percentage points. In high school, the ninth graders scored two points less than 2013 and tenth graders scored three points better.

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ficials listen. Their presentation, speeches and show of numbers gave Commissioner Lumon May, who represents the Wedgewood neighborhood, the support to garner the votes from his fellow board members to get staff to investigate the landfill further. By doing so, Wedgewood joined the growing list of neighborhoods that are forcing city, county and state officials to listen and make changes. In March, North Hill rose up to stop the Florida Department of Corrections from relocating its probation and parole offices near its neighborhood. They fought Mayor Ashton Hayward, city staff, Council members Jewel Cannada-Wynn and even Governor Rick Scott to stop the project, and they won. A similar victory was won by the neighborhoods in the Cordova Park area who battled city hall over a re-zoning proposal that would have allowed Dollar General to build a store on the corner of Spanish Trail and Summit Boulevard. The proposal was withdrawn before it ever got to the Pensacola City Council. Citizens have come to realize that the power rests with them as it always has in this representative democracy. The sleeping giant has been awakened, and Pensacola and Escambia County politics are entering into a new era. Those politicians who fail to take heed will not hold elective office much longer. {in}

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The Downtown Improvement Board recently passed new restrictions on downtown parking. The Independent News asked DIB executive director Ron Butlin for a concise list, which he emailed to the newspaper. “All these actions are an attempt to address current situations that are making it difficult for visitors to park downtown,” wrote Butlin. “Having spaces turnover on Palafox so customers can find a place to park is very important to the health of our retail core.”

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Increase fines: •Create a violation for moving among twohour parking spaces to avoid tickets. •Request the City increase fines for third and fourth parking tickets. •Request the City change its towing ordinance so that cars parked for longer 72 hours can be towed. •Add special permits for residents and employees •Implement a residential parking permit program •Offer surface lots to employees at $25 per month.

“Having spaces turnover on Palafox so customers can find a place to park is very important to the health of our retail core.” Ron Butlin

Add more paid parking and extend hours: •Enforce the two-hour time restriction on Palafox and Palafox Place until 7 p.m. Currently enforcement ends at 5 p.m. •Enforce the two-hour time restriction on Palafox and Palafox Place on Saturdays •Add meters/pay stations to Zarragossa, Main and Cedar streets. •Create two-hour free time restricted parking on Alcaniz and Tarragona streets.

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Butlin also said that the DIB wants to repair and re-sign Jefferson Garage and its surface lots to make them more inviting.


anniversary of D-Day, Rep. Jeff Miller (RChumuckla) gave the Republican Party’s weekly address that outlined immediate and long-term steps the White House can take to fix the problems at the VA.

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CITY CHARTER WORKSHOP The 2009 Pensacola City Charter took 18 months to create and was passed by Pensacola voters, 7,762-6,308. Since the Ashton Hayward took office as the city’s mayor, the city council, mayor and the public have debated how to govern by that document. Last year, Mayor Hayward, Councilman Larry Johnson and their supporters pushed through a charter amendment that elimi-

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ave Dondero has been a part of the indie music scene since fronting the South Carolina band Sunbrain from 1990-96. Once a resident of Pensacola, Dondero has since made a name for himself as one of the most influential artists in modern folk music. Described by the Houston Chronicle as “a peripatetic tumbleweed casting across the country’s highways” and by National Public Radio (NPR) as a “brilliant storyteller and poet,” Dondero has influenced countless artists, most notably Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst. Dondero’s songs have been compared to that of Woody Guthrie and his songwriting to the stories of Jack Kerouac. Probably his greatest accolade came in 2006 when he was listed by NPR as one of the top ten songwriters alive, an honor about which he has mixed-feelings. I met Dondero for dinner at Tu Do Vietnamese restaurant while he was passing through Pensacola. In this interview he discusses the trials of touring, songs about the border issues and the death of a transgender friend, getting sober, and his two most recent records “This Guitar” and “Golden Hits Volume I.” June 12, 2014

IN: How’s your tour going? Dondero: It’s going good. It’s been mostly highs and hardly any lows. IN: You told me earlier that your current take on touring is more of “touring-asa-lifestyle” rather than a “starting-andstopping” or “point-A-to-point-B” style. Dondero: Yeah, it’s an ongoing life process. IN: How long has that been the case for you? Dondero: I don’t know. I just do it until I get tired of doing it. I work a job for a little while, and then I do it again. I guess this will be going on until I’m dead. [Laughter.] I guess I’ve been doing it since the late ‘90s or so. IN: Can you tell me about your new records? Dondero: I put out a new record called “This Guitar.” It’s all new songs, and I did another record of older songs that I rerecorded. I did those both with the idea of having them funded through a Kickstarter campaign. It’s the first time I’ve ever put out a record that way, and it’s been the best experience so far.

IN: With both of them? Dondero: Yeah. Just with the direct interaction with people that want to hear the music. It’s funded by the people in the crowd, so it’s funded in advance. It’s turning the old model on its ear. IN: On “Golden Hits” you have a lot of songs from your old repertoire, but really everything is new. You’ve re-recorded all of the songs, right? Dondero: I re-recorded all of the songs because with some of the songs I didn’t have the legal rights to them anymore. I was a fool when I was younger. I had to re-record them. I couldn’t afford to pay the record label to re-release them, so I just re-recorded them. It’s safe on my end, so I won’t get arrested [laughter] and sent to a record label detention center. IN: Did you feel “Golden Hits” was an opportunity to re-tool the songs at all? I noticed a few differences. Dondero: Yeah, there are a few differences, different lyrics. Some of the songs I’ve been doing for a number of years by myself. I don’t

usually travel with a band, and people have said to me, “Why do you have all of these instruments on the records, but you don’t travel with the band?” So I felt I had to put a truer representation of the song out. IN: Do you like one version over the other, recording with other musicians or just by yourself? Dondero: I love to record with layers of instruments. That’s fun for me to do, to work with other people. When I travel, though, I generally travel solo, and there isn’t a version of that. IN: These new releases are on Tate Swindell's record label, Unrequited Records. What’s it like working with Tate and Unrequited Records? Dondero: Tate’s in it for half. Tate paid for the vinyl, and that’s how we decided to do it. Fifty-fifty on the vinyl. Unrequited Records didn’t pay for the recording work. The recording budget came out of the Kickstarter campaign, half of the money—the money to have it recorded—came out of the Kickstarter. The other half of it came from Tate. 9

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It’s cool, you know, because Tate does a lot of the distribution. When I’m traveling, it’s harder for me to do the mail-outs and the administrative stuff with the records, so it’s been really nice and efficient with me and him. He handles the mail-orders and has a home base. I’ve known him for years and years, and I trust him, so it’s pretty good.

IN: What’s the greatest difficulty with constantly being on the road, with playing almost nearly every single night? Dondero: I would actually like to be constantly playing every night. You know, I’m booking myself, and it’s hard to play every night. It takes a lot of work. I try to get every night, but it doesn’t make sense all the time.

IN: Looking at Swindell’s website, it was interesting seeing your records listed with the Beat Generation poets whose work he’s releasing—Jack Micheline, Harold Norse, Herbert Huncke. And then there’s you. I thought it was interesting in a number of different ways. Most obviously, your writing and your work have often been compared to Jack Kerouac and the Beats—the troubadours and traveling poets. I know Tate’s publicly made some of those connections with your work, but how do you feel about those connections? Dondero: I feel there’s a direct connection between me and the Beats because if it wasn’t for the Beats and reading all of Kerouac’s books, I wouldn’t have been drawn to the road, or even drawn to San Francisco. I think one of the main reasons I moved to San Francisco was because I was initially infatuated with the Beats. I was drawn to the Beats, Jack Kerouac in particular. A lot of my life had been influenced by the lives of Kerouac, Woody Guthrie, people like that. People that I aspire to be like. Henry Miller and those kind of characters. Traveling writers. And a good vehicle to do it nowadays, to be a traveling writer, is to be a punk. An underground community enabled us to have a framework across the country. Punk enabled us to live out that dream.

"Maybe it ’s kind of an addiction, being on the road. It's free to travel, but you sacrifice love. It ’s a big sacrifice because you end up alone."

IN: So you feel the connection between the Beats is valid? Do you personally feel that connection with the Beats and yourself, or the punks? Dondero: I do, absolutely. I think people like Aaron Cometbus are the modern day Jack Kerouacs, they are writing the real work of our generation. I think of that as a continuation.

So what’s the biggest difficulty in life? Holding a relationship together. It’s very hard for that. I wish I could make something work. It’s ruined my relationships, especially with the last person I was with. Maybe it’s kind of an addiction, being on the road. It's free to travel, but you sacrifice love. It’s a big sacrifice because you end up alone. I’m a very lonely person. It sucks to be in a hotel room by yourself all the time.

IN: Back to that addiction to the road, like all addictions, do you like it? Dondero: I do. You know, I love to get up in the morning and know I’m going to another city. That’s exciting. I love to travel around and eat good food, like in New Orleans. To go to New Orleans and eat some of the greatest food in the world and play in that city, I love it. I even love driving into Dubuque. The flip side of that coin is that it’s not as exciting when you get back to that motel and you’re by yourself. You’ve got nobody to talk to. It’s hard, but it’s my own doing. I have regrets about that. I wish I could make things work with love. IN: Do you feel the sacrifice is worth it? Dondero: I don’t think so sometimes. Audiences are fickle. They love you one day, and they hate you the next. It doesn’t take much to get them to hate you. They love to watch you fall, you know. Especially if you get good press. They love to see you struggle and have a bad night. They love it.

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IN: I imagine if you’re playing every night, or nearly every night, that will come up more often. You’ll have more bad nights in front of audiences. Dondero: Yeah, it does. I melt down every now and then. I melted down in Jacksonville last week. It gets harder to deal with a nightclub when you don’t drink anymore. It’s a hard place to be when you’re just waiting to play, and you just wonder why that band didn’t show up until their show time and left after their show time. It’s because they don’t, or I don’t, want to sit around in a bar and drink. So lately I’ve been trying to go in, do the show, and get out. Then I’m safe. Swoop in and swoop out. No tricks. IN: You’d mentioned on Facebook that you recently stopped drinking. How’s that working for you? Dondero: It’s working great when I’m not drinking. When I backslide, like when I drank last week… for the first time in 80 days, and it was a disaster. It showed me that I can’t do it anymore. Something switched in my brain. I don’t know how long ago, but it’s no longer conducive to me being a good human being.

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a shit. It’s hard to give a shit, but when I can close my eyes, I can feel that song again, the original intention. But I can’t look at people when they’re not paying attention. I close my eyes. But I should keep my eyes open, you know, eye contact. But I’m not an actor. I’m not an entertainer.

IN: Do you feel that’s expected of you at all? Dondero: I don’t think so because I’ve never been an actor or entertainer. I’m more of a writer, I’d say. Sometimes I’m an entertainer, but that’s when I want to be. Other times, I’m introverted. I’ve noticed that I’m less introIN: Are you concerned about losing someverted and more open to the audience, and thing without the alcohol, some of your even more open to entertaining—if just for my creative energy? I mean, on “This Guitar,” own kicks. Just because you have a song, it’s fun, and I realize almost a love song, "Yeah, but there’s [performing] can be a dedicated to alcohol. also the image of the fun thing. Dondero: Well, it’s drunken 44-year-old a love/hate thing. Without the alcohol, washed-up songwriter, IN: Does that make experience new? I’m losing my ability and do you want to be the Dondero: Yes, it’s to be belligerent and that guy?" becoming a new experude. But I gain guitarrience. It’s becoming playing ability. I gain something that I actually look forward to the ability to be articulate with words, not doing. Whereas when I was drinking, I was slurring and forgetting. I regain the ability to dreading it and looking forward to getting have a genuine conversation at a bar with a back to the bar and getting my free drinks. fan, or somebody who’s genuinely interest“Let me just get through this set, and I can ed in the music, who wants to buy a record. I get back to my business of drinking.” But I gain genuine conversations instead of some think now, well, I know, the highlight of the drunken babble. But then again, I gain a lot day is getting to do the show. I want to get of anxiety. But maybe that anxiety is a good to the show, and I want to do that. It can thing. I don’t know. be fun. There’re no rules to it. I can mess around with the guitar and if I want to dig IN: If you’re constantly performing, how deeper into it, I can. That’s one of my goals do you capture the intensity of the original in life, to dig deeper into the guitar. moment while performing in front of audiences that sometimes pay attention, and IN: Getting back to your new records, other times just drink and talk loudly while your song 'The New Berlin Wall' reyou’re playing? ally speaks well to many of the issues Dondero: I ask myself that same question, between the U.S. and Mexico, but in too. How do I feel those songs? It’s what particular the separation between happened. It’s not a contrived emotion. the Mexican people and the American They came out of real despair. You know, people. How did you first get interested I’ve been through some really weird shit. in issues surrounding the border? How Some of it is self-inflicted, and some of it did that song come about? was not. Throughout my whole life there’s Dondero: Well, it came about from traveling been a feeling of loss, you know. Maybe it internationally. I went to Mexico, and I was was being rejected by father at a young age, crossing back over to Juarez. I noticed this being written off on that level. Or the loss large group of men, and they were sitting of the first love in my life. She died. There’s on the pavement, and they had handcuffs really been a hole. I’ve seen a lot of friends on. There were maybe 50 of these guys, die. To deal with it, I write songs and I travel. Mexican men. They were fenced in, and And maybe I travel to escape when things they were being watched over by these guys don’t work out. Or I drink to escape memoin black SWAT uniforms holding automatic ries…but that doesn’t work. machine guns. And there was another area where women and children were being held. IN: Well, does it help to perform? It looked like a Nazi camp. This is what I saw Dondero: To perform the songs? Definitely. It’s still a purging. If I know no one is listening, through the chain-link fence crossing back into El Paso. I started to take a photograph I just close my eyes, and I purge my brain. It and a gun came into the lens. The guy [with swirls around my ears and comes out, and I the gun] got very aggressive… just sit there and close my eyes and do the songs. Like at the art museum [in JacksonIN: With you? ville] the other night, no one was listening to Dondero: Yeah. He said, “If you want those songs. Maybe a couple of people. And trouble, you’ll get trouble if you keep photothat can be disheartening, if you give everygraphing.” I thought that was pretty insane. thing to it, and no one in the audience gives June 12, 2014





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This guitar always makes me drink / Never listens to the things I think / It just goes off and does what it want S to do Dondero: Absolutely, and really the treatment of the people. These are mostly just working people trying to find jobs, and that’s all they’re doing, yet they treated like substandard human beings. These are human beings and they should be treated with respect. I don’t know what else to say except that it’s appalling to me. As far as drugs go, there are things I brought up in the song. I don’t believe in the drug war. As long as there are drugs, people are going to do them. There’s no way to stop them. Drug use is impossible to stop, so educate people. Put the resources into something other than filling prisons and telling people, “No, no! It’s taboo!” because they’re going to do it anyway. At least if we’re a humane society, legalize it all, tax it, educate and provide rehabilitation—that sounds, to me, like progress for humanity. Dondero performing at Open Books / photo by Scott Satterwhite If you walk in [to the U.S.] and you’re an American citizen, walking into America and being threatened with a gun by another U.S. citizen for taking a photograph. That inspired the song. Also, living in San Francisco and working with a lot of Mexican people and finding out their side of the story. A lot of folks want to go back to Mexico, but they can’t. And then there are these arrogant Americans who are like, “Keep ‘em out of here,” yet they’re the ones doing all the work. You know, it’s ridiculous to think that this country, we all know, is based on immigration. The strength of it is the diversity, and it should be embraced. Those in poverty should be taken in and assisted, eventually helping the society as a whole by bringing them up. Not just dangling advertisements over the fence and creating this situation of drug cartels and murder and warfare all over the fallacy of success due to material gains. Does that make sense? IN: Yeah, and especially considering the story about the cop with the gun in your face for taking pictures. I mean, that’s certainly reminiscent of what we think of when we think of East Germany. But now that’s us.

mutual friend who lived in Pensacola for several years and tragically committed suicide in 2009]. Can you tell me a little about why you wanted to write that song? Dondero: Well, I think that issues about transgendered people need to be brought to light. It’s another issue of people treating others who are not like them as substandard human beings. Like throwaway people. Like treating a transgendered person like a piece of garbage, like Sam was treated, which I think eventually led to Sam’s death. It’s unacceptable to treat people like that. IN: It’s a great song, and it actually gave me the opportunity to talk to my kids about Samantha and those issues, specifically transgender issues, but also death and suicide. Dondero: Did your kids understand what was going on?

IN: How’s the song been received? Dondero: The song’s been received very well. IN: Yeah, I think as much as any kid And surprisingly fairly well from Republicans can understand this crazy, messed-up and Democrats. I’ve had my parents, and world. It’s complicated, of course, but they’re Republican people, come see me play. the more people talk about those issues, The majority of them haven’t had trouble with the better it becomes. There is a general the song. They say, “Oh man, I really like that absence of song.” I’ll say, "It should be flip-flopped. A discussion “But did you really listen to the peaceful person like Samantha surrounding topics, song?” Maybe should have been exulted as an these at least in the they didn’t hear example of someone who was media and all of the words in schools, I was saying, but beneficial for society." and it makes I’ve had people people—transgendered or just anyone walk out on [the song]. In Alaska, I had a guy who doesn’t fit a mainstream media curse me out, storm out of the room, take off stereotype of “normal"—feel even more in his giant pickup truck, peel out. Oh, great! alienated. So it was helpful and nice to He’s more dangerous than these “Mexican have an opportunity to talk about it. gangs,” who he says are going to kill him and Dondero: It’s true. Someone so peaceful get his wife or something. But it’s really like, and so intelligent as Sam was. Someone who “No, you’re going to drive drunk, you Ameriwas an asset to society. Someone who was can, and smash into someone with your big important for society, to be treated in such a truck.” I mean, that’s about as dangerous. way while people who are awful, like a lot of Angry, drunk, white guy, driving his pickup on the police, bankers, insurance brokers, capithe street. talists who put profits over people. Pedophile priests who get away with this shit. HypoIN: You have another song on "This crites who preach hateful ideas to their conGuitar" about our friend, Sam Dorsett— gregations. These evil people, posing in the 'Samantha’s Got a Bag of Coal.' [Dorsett disguise of Jesus Christ and breeding these was a transgendered writer, activist, and

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homophobic bigots and creating violence on our streets. Yet these are respected citizens of our community? It should be flip-flopped. A peaceful person like Samantha should have been exulted as an example of someone who was beneficial for society. Someone who was loving and accepting. That’s what I was trying to say in that song: “Here’s a chunk of coal for the hypocrite who’s preaching in the church under the steeple. Overzealous cop who’s acting like he’s the Gestapo. For the moneygrubbing bastards putting profits over people.” Those people need to be called out. Still, in Indiana, you get rich, white frat boys yelling out of car windows, calling people “fag” and yelling shit out of pickup truck windows, beating people up for no reason on the streets—still to this day. IN: Even in San Francisco. Dondero: Yeah, even in San Francisco. And out in Oakland. IN: And here in Pensacola. Dondero: Yeah, definitely here. I had a friend who was nearly beaten to death. They knocked his eye out because he thought another guy was gay and he was trying to… you know…find some loving. That’s all he was trying to do, and you’re going to almost kill somebody because of that? IN: Well, it’s a powerful way to talk about it. Dondero: Through a song. IN: Yeah, it was a nice way to remember Sam. Dondero: Sam should be remembered forever. IN: Well, a few years ago, NPR listed you as one of the Top 10 Living Songwriters. It was you, along with Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and others. How did it feel to have your name on that list and be recognized on that list? Dondero: Well, every time I see it, it really makes me cringe. It’s not true at all. It’s one person’s opinion. I think that being said about me is more of a curse. It’s a hard thing because it’s something I’m not. I’m not those guys.

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IN: What do you see yourself doing in the next 10 years? Dondero: I want to put a book out. IN: Have you tried? Dondero: I have and I've been writing. I lost the first one I wrote. I had over 100 pages, but I didn’t back it up, and my computer was stolen. So I started over, and this time I’ve been backing it up.


IN: What’s it about? Dondero: It’s historical non-fiction. Like “In Cold Blood.” IN: Do you think you’ll be able to put it out? Dondero: Maybe I’ll try to put it out, maybe with a Kickstarter. But I thought about going back to school for writing. {in} *Scott Satterwhite teaches writing, rhetoric and literature at the University of West Florida.



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The following are a few of the vendors who will be participating in The 12th Avenue Flea’s Grand Opening and represent the wide variety of goods available each week.

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Janey's Hodgepodge: A duo whose booth features hand-crafted items such as jewelry boxes, jewelry, wind chimes and hand-sewn children's clothes among others. ( Emma Keethler at the 12th Avenue Flea / photos by Samantha Crooke The newest addition to Pensacola’s Saturday market lineup recently had a slight makeover. The 12th Avenue Flea, formerly called the 12th Avenue Patio Sale, is celebrating its grand reopening on Saturday, June 14, and those involved are hoping to draw new customers and new vendors alike. “We really want to have one big event to get the ball rolling to let everyone know we’re here and introduce ourselves to the community,” Emma Keethler said, the market’s new organizer. “We wanted to invite people out and show them what we’re about and what we’re trying to do here at the market.” What originally started in November 2013 as a seasonal event has blossomed into a weekly market featuring local artists, vendors, crafters, upcyclers, pickers, farmers and cooks selling their wares on the lawn in

“That’s really what this market is about—it’s about supporting each other and supporting small local business and artists.” Emma Keethler

front of the Old Sacred Heart Hospital building on 12th Avenue. When the market’s founder, Kristen Saxon of Stay Spa, discussed the possibility of Keethler taking over management recently, Keether said she jumped at the opportunity. “We all agreed that it had so much potential, and it the day of the event, as part of their mission was a really nice way to bring people out to give back to the community. during the day. I was a vendor and she apAs an artist who sells prints, ceramproached me about taking over the market ics, planters, and succulents each week at for her because I had a lot more time. I the market, Keethler decided to waive the couldn’t have been happier that she asked regular $10 fee for vendors for the grand me,” Keethler said. reopening, to encourage others interested Among the slight changes Keethler initiin participating to give the market a try. ated was a shift in the hours—the flea is now “I wanted to throw this event to enopen from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays—as courage more vendors to start coming out well as renaming the event to reflect the to see if they like it and see if it’s a good fit eclectic mix of items usually offered. for them, because we are certainly always “I really wanted to give it a name that looking for new vendors. That’s really what would stick, something that was easy to this market is about—it’s about supporting remember and that would describe what each other and supporting small local busiit was without having a thousand different ness and artists.” {in} things in the title,” Keethler explained. Many existing food vendors plan to bring free samples for the grand reopening, and Keethler said there will be free barbeque on hand as well. Add in some live entertainment— WHEN: 10 a.m.—5 p.m. Saturday, June 14 Keethler expects a mix of live music WHERE: Old Sacred Heart Hospital/Tower and local DJs spinning records—and East Office Complex, 1010 N. 12th Ave. the grand reopening promises to be DETAILS: 438-3580 or facebook. a block party of the best kind. They com/12thAveFlea will also accept donations for Manna Foodbank and Food Not Bombs on


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Jennifer Kelley: An artist working in several mediums, including jewelry making, artificial floral arrangements and hair accessories with hotel key cards. ( Karen's Kreations: This Milton-based artist brings along hand crafted jewelry and original oil paintings to The Flea. ( Kimberly McCullough: A local repre-

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Kris Creation & Restoration: Handmade items made by an artist who uses found objects such as wood pallets to create restoration projects. Michael Daw Designs: A local print

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Too Many Piez: Hand-made crafts, including hand-painted signs made from reclaimed wood. Twice Stitched: Offering upcycled and unique clothing items and accessories for children and adults. ( TwiceStitched)


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Old County Courthouse. 432-3080 or BLUE MORNING GALLERY 10 a.m.—5 p.m. The exhibition “Lens and Palette,” featuring the works of Valerie Aune, painter; Cathy Deal, photographer; Mary Anne Sweida, water media; and Jim Sweida, photographer is on display through Saturday, June 28. Monday—Wednesday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m., Thursday—Saturday, 10 a.m.—8:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30—4 p.m. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART 10 a.m.—5 p.m. The 60th Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition is open through Saturday, July 26. “The Art of the Brick: Nathan Sawaya LEGO® Brick Artist” is on display through August 8; tickets for the exhibition will be $12 for adults and $8 for children. Free Tuesdays will be suspended during “The Art

Appleyard will present “Twenty Community Leaders and What They Did, 1885 to 2014… from William D. Chipley to Quint Studer.” Admission is $5 for non-members and free for members. Lunch is available for an additional $10, and begins at 11:30 a.m. First United Methodist Church Youth Ministries Building on Wright Street, directly across from The Wright Place at 6 Wright St. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call: 4386505 or e-mail: MESS HALL 2—5 p.m. The Pensacola MESS Hall (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) offers weekly themes, special activities and workshops that captivate curious minds of all ages and inspire a lifetime of discovery. Summer hours are Sundays 1—5 p.m. and Tuesday—Saturday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m. 116 N. Tarragona St. Admission is free for members and $8 for adults and children ages 3 and over. 877-937-6377 or WHITE SANDS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2 p.m. This three-day bluegrass festival begins on Thursday. Bands include Alan Sibley, Trinity River Band, TruGrass, and Sweetwater Road, among others. The festival begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14. Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Hwy. Three-day passes are $55 at the door and one day passes range from $15—$25 over the weekend. Several

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(A.B.C.) will feature Atlas Oyster House’s own Beverage Director Josh Goldman showcasing cocktail recipes incorporating rum. Fish House Chef Billy Ballou prepares small plates paired with the featured beverage. Reservations are required, and the cost is $20 per student, per class. To make reservations call Lauren at 516-2324. abc-beverage-tastings. EVENINGS IN OLDE SEVILLE SQUARE 7—9 p.m. Mass Kunfuzion performs this week at Evenings in Old Seville Square, the free summer concert series held each Thursday through the end of July. Seville Square, 311 E. Government St.

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“AN EVENING OF SPIRIT” WITH JAMES VAN PRAAGH 7:30 p.m. James Van Praagh, a New

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ity Inn, 7601 Scenic Highway. 477-7155 or LOADED GOAT 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or DUELLING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’ Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or VINYL MUSIC HALL PRESENTS THE MAD VIOLINIST AND THE SYMPHONY CRACK ORCHESTRA 8 p.m. The Mad Violinist and

The Symphony Crack Orchestra play the final night of a two-night run at Vinyl Music Hall. 2 S. Palafox. $10. 607-6758 or ANTHONY MICHAEL 8:30 p.m. The Tin Cow, 102 S. Palafox. 466-2103 or June 12, 2014


p.m. End o’ the Alley Courtyard at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DANKA 9 p.m. Danka with Fat Lipped Fish, Soul’d Out, and Coastal Kinetics. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. Ages 18 and over. 434-9060 or DJ JAY-R 9 p.m. Emerald City, 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491 or KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 9 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or THE RED FIELD 9 p.m. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or SCHOFIELD 9 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or


BLACKWATER RIVER PADDLE WITH THE FTA 8:30 a.m. The Western Gate chapter

of the Florida Trail Association will meet to paddle 6 miles of the Blackwater River from Kennedy Bridge to Peaden Bridge. The group will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot at the Shell Station/Subway Restaurant in Milton at 5462 Stewart St. (on the corner of Hwy. 87 N. and Hwy. 191 (Munson Hwy.) and will caravan to the river. Bring or rent your own canoe or kayak. For more information call Cheryl at 484-9111 or visit


10 a.m.—2:30 p.m. Build your own brunch at TLC by choosing three menu items to customize your meal. Bottomless Champagne & Mimosas are available, too. TLC opens at 9 a.m. with coffee and pastries. The Leisure Club, 126 S. Palafox. 912-4229 or DAY BRUNCH AT POT ROAST AND PINOT 10 a.m.—3 p.m. Regular Saturday and Sunday morning brunch menu including Bellinis, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or END OF THE LINE BRUNCH 11 a.m.—2 p.m. This vegan café offers its unique 3-course brunch every Sunday, with a menu that changes each week. 610 E. Wright St. $15. 429-0336 or THE FISH HOUSE BRUNCH 11 a.m.—2 p.m. Enjoy a Sunday meal from the Fish House’s extensive brunch menu (and full bar), with a view of Pensacola Bay. The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse. SEVILLE QUARTER SUNDAY BRUNCH 11 a.m.—4 p.m. Seville Quarter’s weekly Sunday Brunch features their regular breakfast menu and beignets along with Chef Brandon Melton’s added specials. Bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Screwdrivers, as well as live music, are also part of the tradition. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or FIVE SISTERS JAZZ BRUNCH 11 a.m.—5 p.m. A southern-inspired brunch menu ranging from French toast to shrimp and grits is served up in addition to Five Sisters’

regular menu offerings—and accompanied by live music—every Sunday. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 Belmont St. 912-4856 or 512 GALLERY Noon—3 p.m. 512 Gallery, located in a historic home in Old East Hill, hosts local artists of all mediums. Shows rotate monthly. 512 E. Gadsden St. 2610833 or “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” AT PLT 2:30 p.m. The Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company presents “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Pensacola Little Theatre, promising audiences“a Neo-Victorian tale of tempers and true love.” PLT’s Mainstage Theatre in the Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Tickets are $10—$17. 432-2042 or pensacolalittletheatre




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Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DJ JAY-R 9 p.m. Emerald City, 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491 or HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND 3 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive. 916-5087 or COMPANY OF GHOSTS 9:30 p.m. Company of Ghosts with Dirty Rotten Snake in the Grass and Broke Yokels. Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 101 S. Jefferson St. BROOKS HUBBERT 10 p.m. McGuire's Irish Pub, 600 E. Gregory St. 433-2849 or THE EVERYMEN 10 p.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. $5. Ages 18 and over. 4349060 or



5 p.m. Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or DISCUSSION: “THE IMPORTANCE OF HOPE IN OUR LIVES” 6—7 p.m. Kathleen Vestal

Logan, local author and speaker, will lead a discussion on "The Importance of Hope in Our Lives" at Angel's Garden Gift Shop, 1208 N. 12th Ave. Free. Reservations not required. For more information, call 435-9555. FAMILY GAME NIGHT AT THE MAIN LIBRARY

6—7:30 p.m. The main branch of West Florida Public Library (WFPL) has a wide verity of board games and puzzles for all ages, and invites the public to bring friends and family along for this weekly event. Main Library, 239 N. Spring St. 436-5038 or JSOP PRESENTS JAZZ GUMBO 6:30–9 p.m. The Jazz Society of Pensacola's June Jazz Gumbo features Joe Occhipinti's Big Band. Cost of admission is $10 for JSOP members with membership card, $15 for nonmembers, $5 for students with ID and free for military people in uniform. Admission includes a cup of seafood gumbo. Phinneas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 433-8382 or WORLD OF BEER TRIVIA NIGHT 7—9 p.m. Drink beer, play trivia for free and win WOB Bucks if your team makes the top three. 200 S. Palafox St. 332-7952 or 19


Ears & Fingers by Jason Leger

Jack White "LAZARETTO"

It’s impossible to deny the things Jack White has done to help preserve the dignity and timelessness of rock ‘n’ roll. He began his career with a penchant for lo-fi wonder and gritty, no frills experimentation. As artists who rise to prominence often do, the sound quality and ego rose as the experimentation fell. Now I can’t say that White became afraid to take chances, because that would be wholly unfair. He broke up The White Stripes—the vehicle for his rise to fame—to pursue other

TEXAS HOLD ‘EM FOR FUN AT THE SANDSHAKER 7 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731

Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or BAR BINGO 8 p.m. Free to play. Buck Thomas and the Seville Girls host this weekly event complete with drink specials and prizes. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or TRIVIA AT THE SANDSHAKER 9 p.m. The Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd. 932-2211 or

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MONDAY NIGHT BLUES WITH HOST JOHN HART 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De

ventures, not the least of which being his solo career, which was a pretty big chance to take. You never know how the world will react to decisions like that. But what became crystal clear following the dissolution of The White Stripes is that the world had fallen in love with White himself, not his extensions. By all accounts and purposes, there recently has been a seemingly different Jack White coming to the surface, at least in the public eye. This is a Jack White who is going through a nasty divorce, a Jack White who is becoming polarizing with other big name musicians, and a Jack White who appears to be happiest when not existing in the present, but trying to relive an era gone by with expensive toys and lyrical ideas. These circumstances set the scene for White’s second solo LP, “Lazaretto,” and it kind of made being objective about it a struggle. However, I’m a big enough fan of White’s catalog that I put away my knowledge of his Rolling Stone rants so I could focus on what he was putting on tape. The first single I got from the album was ‘High Ball Stepper,’ and to be honest it did little more than irritate me on my first several listens. It’s basically about

four minutes of White riffing and screeching noises. My first thought was, “This is really where we are?” The second song I heard was the title track. This song hit in a significantly different way. It feels like it could have slid onto The White Stripes final album “Icky Thump,” or with a ton of overdrive, something much earlier. This was classic White, and it was enjoyable. When I finally heard the finished product, it played out in much the same way my interaction with the first two singles did: a song or two I really liked followed by a song or two I didn’t. It almost felt like there were two people writing this album, and in some ways, there kind of were. White is an artist in the public eye and a very private person. He's a rock ‘n’ roll icon and a purveyor of classic country, a songwriter with a producer’s ear. White is a walking balancing act. “Lazaretto” is loud at times and calm at times, it displays many influences and styles, and like White’s recent antics, it isn’t devoid of messiness. Much akin to its creator, “Lazaretto” is an exercise in trying to find harmony between a bevy of inner and outer factors. “Lazaretto” is out now via Third Man/Columbia Records.

Luna Drive. 916-5087 or

weekly open mic sessions known as "Monday Night Jams." Admission is free. 710 N. Palafox St. 429-0045 or MATAHARI 10 p.m. The Handlebar, 319 N. Tarragona St. Ages 18 and over. 434-9060 or


ing Dizzy Jukes. Lili Marlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or PAPER STREET SOAP CO. 8 p.m. End o’ the Alley Courtyard at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or KARAOKE WITH JEREMY 9 p.m. The Cabaret, 101 S. Jefferson St. 607-2020 or OPEN MIC AT BIG EASY TAVERN 9 p.m. Bands, individual musicians, comedians, poets, and other artists are invited to participate in the


BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE 11:30 a.m. Weather

permitting, the Blue Angels will hold practice most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from March to November at NAS Pensacola. The practice sessions can be watched from a viewing area at the National Naval Aviation Museum, and admission is



Sometimes a certain mood will hit me and I need to hear a beautiful upbeat folk song. Washington six-piece Phox assuaged that need for me this week with the release of their new single ‘1936.’ Their self-titled debut is slated for release later this month, so for now, listen to this track repeatedly on their Soundcloud page. {in}

free and open to the public. After Wednesday practices, the team visits the museum for meet-and-greet and autograph sessions. 1750 Radford Blvd., NAS Pensacola. 4523604 or


Noon—1 p.m. This is a raw foods class taught by culinary instructor Betsy LeGallais, a Certified Raw Foods Chef/Educator and Certified Holistic Health Coach. All menu items are gluten free. $35 per person. 407 S. Palafox St. 438-7857 or for more listings visit

Live where you LIVE in downtown Pensacola! Great starter home for a PYP at less than $100,000 317 E. Jackson St. Call or text 850-449-7234 020 2

multimedia skills to good use, producing video content for our organization including “Why I Love PYP” and a summary recap of the Leadercast. Nicole is thoughtful, reliable, and creative, and PYP is lucky to have her as a board member!


LEADERCAST IS A HIT! On May 9, Pensacola Young Professionals once again partnered with Hillcrest Baptist Church to host Leadercast, a worldwide day-long simulcast designed to inspire and cultivate leadership. Over 130 attendees participated in this year’s Pensacola Leadercast—people of all ages and career fields had a chance to hear motivating and insightful talks from Andy Stanley, Dr. Henry Cloud, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former First Lady Laura Bush, Malcolm Gladwell, and Simon Sinek (a PYP favorite!) PYP, through its Pensacola Professional Development Institute (PPDI), is committed to the personal growth and leadership development of not just PYP members, but the community as a whole. This is PYP/ PPDI’s fifth time hosting Leadercast, and the event gets better every year! This year, PYP had the privilege of partnering with a number of new and returning sponsors who were eager to invest in their staff’s growth by sending them to our Leadercast event. The 2014 sponsors included: Main Street Properties, Gulf Power, Escambia County Public Safety/EMS, Brown Thornton Pacenta & Company, IMS ExpertServices, McGraw Insurance, The UPS Stores of Pensacola, Chick-fil-A on 9 Mile Road, and Michael Johnson State Farm. PYP is truly grateful for

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the support of these organizations, and commends them for committing to the development of leadership in their people. PYP plans to host the Leadercast again next May, and it’s never too early to get on board as a sponsor or volunteer! Please call the PYP offices at (850) 332-7820 for more information.


Nicole St. Aubin joined the PYP board in April as our VP of Community Development, and she has proven an incredible asset to our leadership team! Nicole helped spearhead PYP’s efforts during Teacher Appreciation Week, coordinating the donation of fresh fruit, handmade thank-you cards, and other goodies for the hardworking teachers at Warrington Middle School and several elementary schools. Nicole has also put her

Hour Book Club 5 1/2 Bar 6:00-7:00 p.m. June 17 PPDI Team Meeting Apple Annie’s (inside Seville Quarter) 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. June 21 PYP Alumni Day Bayview Park 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. June 25 Quality of Life Team Meeting Fish House 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Miranda McKinnon has spent the last several months tirelessly volunteering with the PYP Quality of Life Team, and she recently stepped up even further by accepting the co-chair position with that team. Miranda assisted in April when PYP volunteered at the Bay Area Food Bank, and she played the lead role in recruiting and coordinating PYP volunteers for the recent Art in the Park event at Seville Square. QOL Team chair Jon Pytynia says: “I am lucky to have such a great and enthusiastic co-chair like Miranda. She is always on top of everything going on with the QOL Team no matter how busy we get, and I cannot thank her enough for her help and her always positive attitude.”

June 28 PYP Volunteering Manna Food Pantries 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. June 29 Networking Night: PYP at the Blue Wahoos Blue Wahoos Stadium-Shellback Party Deck 3:00-7:00 p.m. July 1 TED Talk Tuesday Downtown Public Library 12:00-1:00 p.m. July 8 Economic Development and Government Affairs Teams Meeting Crowne Plaza Hotel Library 5:30-7:00 p.m.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS June 12 Quarterly Meeting #2 Pensacola Lighthouse 5:30- 7:00 p.m. June 16 PYP’s No Obligation Happy



DIFFERENCE MAKERS Summer BreakSpot Helps Florida Kids Eat Healthy All Summer Long Last summer, the Independent News reported that over 60 percent of Escambia County public school students, roughly 24,000 children, rely on the school system for at least two free or reduced price meals a day during the school year (Independent News, “Hungry Games,” June 6, 2013). Many are left to fend for food once school is out. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has announced an expanded program, 2014 Summer BreakSpot, that offers free nutritious meals, recreational fun and educational activities for children 18 and under at 3,400 locations statewide during summer. This year, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is modernizing access by allowing families to locate nearby meal sites through multiple platforms: •Dial 2-1-1

•Text “FoodFL” to 877-877 •Download the “Nutrislice” smartphone app •Visit “We want kids across Florida to eat healthy, wholesome food throughout the school year and all summer long,” Commissioner Putnam said. “This program helps ensure children have access to healthy meals during the summer, along with enrichment activities and time with their friends, so they are ready to learn in the fall when school is back in session.” Summer BreakSpot is part of the national Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Eligible sponsors, including nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, camps, local governments and more, serve nutritious meals and snacks free to low-income children under the age of 18 during the summer months.

Pensacola are locations (Check website for hours):

EPPS Christian Center 2300 N. Pace Blvd.

Moreno Court 901 S. Old Corry Field Rd.

Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast 2751 North H St.

Epps Christian Center 450 S. Old Corry Rd.

New World Believers 260 W. Jordan St.

First Wesleyan Church 3590 Barrancas Ave.

Pathways For Change 1401 W. Lloyd St.

Fricker Resource Center 900 North F St.

The Salvation Army 1501 North Q St.

Gonzalez Court - Early Risers 2800 North 9th Ave.

S.L. Jones Christian Academy 100 Boeing St.

Legion Field 1301 West Gregory St.

Woodland Heights 111 Berkley Dr.

CDAC: Early Risers Summer Program 700 W. Truman Ave. # 301 City of David Church 1020 N. New Warrington Rd. Cobb Resource Center 601 E. Mallory St. East Hill Church of God 400 E. Jordan St. Ebonwood 3511 W. Scott St.

Lexington Terrace Park 700 S. Old Corry Field Rd.

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news of the weird EYES OF THE BEHOLDER Thirty thousand spiders, led by members of the British Tarantula Society, gathered in Coventry on May 18 for the annual BTS exhibition, with a Socotra Island blue baboon spider taking Best in Show for first-time entrant Mike Dawkins. According to news reports, judges ignore spiders' personalities and make their selections by objectifying the body—seeking "shiny coats, correct proportions, an active demeanor and proper stance" (which means that "all eight legs should be upright and perfectly poised"). Veteran judge Ryan Hale said winning does not necessarily make a spider more valuable, but is likely to enhance the keeper's reputation in the tarantula-training community. GOVERNMENT IN ACTION Susan Coppinger, 47, was promoted by the city of Boston in January to a job paying $38,800 in the Inspectional Services Department— even though a month earlier she had been arrested for bank robbery. In fact, police said it was her second robbery of the same Santander Bank in nearby Quincy. Apparently, the city's human resources office does not monitor mugshots on, but in April, the city finally secured Coppinger's resignation. • Alarmed that its internal rating system revealed that some employees actually perform better than others, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced in May that it was scrapping the system. Agency director Richard Cordray expressed dismay that the system failed to reveal worker disparities that matched up on the basis of age, race, union status and longevity with the agency, and said that until they find a system that proves, for example, that union members work just as well (or badly) as non-members, all employees will be paid as if they were doing excellent work. GREAT ART! Weird Japan: When Ayano Tsukimi, 64, moved from Osaka back to her home village of Nagoro, she found a

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population of only 37 people and set out to "replace" those who had died or moved away—by creating life-size stuffed dolls, with unsettling facial features, which she positions around town as if to suggest a larger population. Tsukimi estimates that she has created about 350 "inhabitants," and, reported Global Post in May, "imagines a future where she's outlived all her neighbors and only dolls remain." • Food trucks are ubiquitous in many urban areas, bringing ethnic foods to street corners, and now in the New York City neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Soho, art impresarios bring stage presentations to the insides of 24-foot trucks parked on the street. Typically, ticket-holders (fewer than 20) climb in for a 30-minute play, followed by a 15-minute "intermission" a few steps away at a neighborhood bar, and then it's back in the truck for another half-hour. One art-truck producer blamed outlandish New York City real estate prices for the turn to mobile sites. • China's pre-eminent (and perhaps most terrifying) performance artist, He Yunchang, 48, acknowledged to Agence France-Presse in May that he will do "anything" to advance "art"—as long as it does not kill him. Mr. He most famously removed part of a rib on opening day of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 (on the "lucky" date of 8-8-08) and in 2010 assembled 25 people to vote on whether he should be slashed from collarbone to knee and left bloody on a bed. (Cutting won, 12-10, with three abstentions, and a doctor reluctantly made the incision.) A gallery owner in Australia told AFP that He's "pain" and "discomfort" "have a transcendent quality" and are "silent rebukes" to Chinese people who endure hardship just for money—ironically believing money will protect them from suffering. {in}

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