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GEORGE ZIMMERMAN The man who killed teen Tray von Martin last February is back in jail. Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered him back in jail af ter learning that Zimmerman and his wife Shelly had allegedly tried to hide from the court the more than $135 ,000 in cash they had amassed in donated legal funds.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA The group scored a victory

when U.S. Judge Robert L. Hinkle blocked enforcement of key provisions of Florida's election law that placed restrictions on voter registration drives. The League, Rock the Vote, and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund filed a lawsuit in December challenging the restrictions. In his opinion, Judge Hinkle wrote, “Together speech and voting are constitutional rights of special significance; they are the rights most protective of all others.”

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BARACK OBAMA A weak jobs report dealt an unforeseen blow to the President’s re-election bid. The report showed the U. S. economy added just 69,000 jobs in May as the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent from April's 8.1 percent. There is plenty of time for a rebound, but it doesn’t take much to tip the scales in a tight race.

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Pensacola has become defined by its hates. Most communities have a driven passion to improve their quality of life. Sadly, that gene appears to have been nearly eliminated from Pensacola’s landscape. Recently, I met with a man with a worthwhile project. He was distraught because everywhere he turned someone objected to another person or group being involved. He was completely baffled by how grudges block so many initiatives. The Maritime Park took seven years to complete because former City Councilman Marty Donovan and his Save Our City pals wouldn’t listen to the citizens. Even after the referendum for the park passed in 2006, they continued to undermine the project, demonize park advocate Quint Studer and threaten more referendums on the park. Meanwhile, families left the city in droves. Poverty and crime rose inside the city. The disparities between the east and west sides of Pensacola grew even greater. None of this mattered. The park and Studer had to be stopped. Fortunately, they did not prevail. The hate runs deep in the AfricanAmerican community too. Political races rarely focus on the positives of the candidates. Though generations of black college graduates have left for brighter prospects in Orlando, Atlanta and other cities, the older African-American leaders refuse to mentor

and support young leaders. I don’t think that there is a civil rights group in Pensacola that has a leader under 50 years old. A political rally for an African-American candidate is more likely to be filled with attacks on the opponents than praise for the candidate holding the rally. Those with the least accomplishments are always the first to shout someone has been “bought out by the white man.” The Pensacola City Council has become embroiled in hate politics. Anyone appearing before the city’s legislative body must negotiate through a landmine of personal whims and hates. In most cities, councils can look beyond past hurts and see the greater good—not so here. Pen Air Federal Credit Union moving to downtown Pensacola should have been celebrated. The recommendation should have be on the consent agenda so that the council could have joined Mayor Ashton Hayward in sending a message that Pensacola wants businesses and jobs. Instead, it became an opportunity to bash and embarrass the building’s owner and the mayor’s staff. Pensacola is on the verge of a renaissance, but only if it can curb its impulse to hate and channel that energy into finding ways to cooperate to improve the quality of life for all its citizens. I pray it can. {in} rick@inweekly.net

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Paying Taxes IS Patriotic On the campaign trail in 2008, now Vice President Joe Biden took a lot of heat when he told a crowd “paying taxes is patriotic.” Conservatives used this sound bite over and over again in attempt to paint liberals as the party of higher taxes. Sure, when taken out of context it makes for great fodder. But Biden was spot on with his analysis, and it is worth repeating again. Conservatives today are telling us that if we don’t cut taxes for the wealthy, and for corporations, then they are all going to pack up and leave the United States. They’ll take their corporations, their profits, and their jobs and just ship them overseas while we’re asleep. This is their new favorite talking point and out-of-touch, low information voters are eating it up. First of all, the effective tax rate for corporations (meaning the tax rate that was actually paid to the government) was

12.1 percent for the year 2011. The average tax rate paid by an American citizen is a little over 18 percent. This is on top of sales tax rates that vary by state, but average slightly over nine percent. So factually, their argument is dead on arrival. But these are Republicans we’re deal-

China if his tax rate increases? Only a fool would believe these things. These people and corporations made their money because of the policies in America, not in spite of them. It is because we have a capitalist society that promotes free enterprise that we have a wealthy elite class. They used our roads, our bridges, our police officers, our land to make their fortunes. America helped them get where they are today, so to deny this country their tax dollars is remarkably unpatriotic. In fact, you could probably argue that it borders on treason. Nobody enjoys having to pay taxes. But we do enjoy knowing that police officers are keeping us safe; that the fire department will come if our house is on fire; that we have good, quality teachers educating our next generation of young leaders; that we have decent roads that don’t destroy our cars to drive on during our commutes – we all

love these things, so shut up and pay your taxes so that the cycle can continue. Be a patriot and support the country that is supporting you. {in}

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rocket stages 24/7. It will test engines for NASA’s Space Launch System. Forty miles away, Michoud has 43 acres under one roof that includes world-class advanced manufacturing equipment. It’s building some of the SLS, including the Orion crew vehicle. But both locations have room to do even more.

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Gulf Coast is Poised for New Space Era By David Tortorano On May 22, a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon space capsule lifted off the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The mission itself was unremarkable: carry cargo to the International Space Station. But it was historic. On that day, SpaceX became the first private company to take on a mission to supply the ISS, ushering in a new era of space flight. More flights are planned by SpaceX and a host of other companies that hope to tap into what may be a lucrative new growth industry. The space race is on again, but this time involves private companies and regions that hope to get a piece of the action. The field is packed. AP science writer Seth Borenstein pointed out that there are more companies looking to make bucks in orbit than there are major U.S. airlines still flying. The Federal Aviation Administration has licensed eight spaceports, and Alabama in early 2012 said it might try to establish one, perhaps on the Gulf Coast. That Alabama is interested is no surprise. The state for years has been a player in the space industry, thanks to Huntsville, home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Army’s missile programs.

Once the purview of nation states, space is a bold new playing field for private companies. The Aerospace Industries Association estimates space to be a $45.14 billion piece of the $217.65 billion aerospace industry in 2012. Fortunately for the Gulf Coast, it’s already a player in the wide-open field and part of the exclusive club of areas with technology-focused NASA centers. It has two NASA operations, Mississippi’s Stennis Space Center and New Orleans’ Michoud Assembly Facility. In addition, the Gulf Coast is home to an Air Force center at Eglin Air Force Base that for 40 years has operated a powerful space surveillance system which tracks more than 16,000 near and deep space objects. But the big question is, how much of the commercial sector can the region attract? Both Stennis and Michoud are offering thousands of acres to private companies. And with space flight costs so high, that could provide a savings hard to pass up. SSC is the most capable of the NASA sites where rocket engines are tested, the last place in the country where NASA can test full-scale engines or whole

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It was the underdeveloped South that was the big winner in the space race. Spurred on by President Kennedy’s challenge to get a man on the moon before the end of the decade, NASA launched an ambitious program to establish the manufacturing, test and launch facilities needed to beat the Soviets. The South became the home to key NASA facilities in part because of the availability of large tracts of land and interconnected waterways needed to transport large space vehicles. Longer periods of fair weather flying, the same things that attracted the military, also played a role. In addition, powerful, senior Southern politicians embraced the space program and recognized the economic benefit it would bring. The Huntsville operation was joined by Houston, Cape Canaveral, Bay St. Louis, Miss., and New Orleans, and the term “Space Crescent” was used to describe the arc of centers in the South. “Way Station to Space” by Mack R. Herring pointed out a cover story in the July 20, 1964 issue of U.S. News & World Report that described the space program as a new industry in the South worth “billions.” The article said money for facilities was being spent at the rate of “one million dollars every two hours.” That the South benefited when NASA dominated the space program is clear. What is less clear is how well it will do in an age when private players may eventually dominate space. Some areas are already taking steps to ensure they get a piece of the growing field.

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It was big news in Florida late last year when a NASA facility at Kennedy Space Center, that faced an uncertain future with the end of the Space Shuttle program, got a new lease on life when Boeing decided to use it to build the company’s CST-100 spacecraft. Space Florida, an aerospace economic development agency, took over the Space Shuttle Main Engine Processing Facility and Processing Control Center and is leasing it to Boeing for 15 years to build its Crew Space Transportation spacecraft there, and move the program’s headquarters there as well. A November story in Time magazine likened the lease to an aristocrat selling off parts of the family estate. But with aerospace workers idled, Florida officials saw the buildings as a chance to attract the commercial space flight industry. inweekly.net


The commercial industry’s growth appears inevitable, and it’s not just the number of spaceports that tell the tale. The Federal Aviation Administration said 21 percent of orbital launch attempts in 2011 were commercial, earning revenue of $1.9 billion. In addition, more than two dozen teams are competing for Google’s $30 million prize to be the first privately funded team to land a robot on the moon. The list of companies now pushing into space is impressive. It includes SpaceX, Bigelow Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, Orbital Sciences Corp., Alliant Techsystems, Boeing Co., Sierra Nevada Corp., and Blue Origin. The commercial interest is understandable. Companies have been part of the space program from the start. One reason having a NASA center was seen as an economic boon was the space program’s ties to the aerospace industry. NASA needed companies to develop systems, whether it was a Grumman-built lunar module or Saturn V rocket with stages built by Boeing, North American Aviation and Douglas Aircraft. In many cases they established operations close to NASA centers to be near the customer and facilities it had established. But in the new age, NASA might wind up being simply one customer, and perhaps not even the largest. Space flight companies are cropping up in multiple places nationwide, including Washington and Colorado. Still, the South continues to have some of the most unique capabilities available in the world, and it’s those capabilities that can be a lure for the new breed. The industry, whether a huge aerospace company that’s worked in the field for years or one of the startups backed by the deep pockets of billionaires, still needs the same things NASA has built up over 60 years. For some companies it makes sense to tap into what’s already there. Patrick Scheuermann, director of Stennis Space Center, said there are a lot of companies with great ideas that are in the laboratory or subscale version. Success with those smaller versions will force them to make an investment in their own back yard or search for a location to test the larger scale. “Rather than them duplicating infrastructure somewhere or putting their capital dollars somewhere, they’re basically using resources that the taxpayers already paid for once,” Scheuermann said. {in} David Tortorano heads The Gulf Coast Reporters’ League, an independent team of journalists that produces an annual report on the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor. To download a copy, visit gulfcoastaerospacecorridor.com/ gulfcoastaerospacecorridorbook2012.html

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buzz DISPARITY STUDY DELAYED The

disparity study currently being conducted for the city of Pensacola should be done by the end of June. Originally, the study was to wrap up in May. “Our hope is to present that to the council during the July meeting,” said city spokesperson Travis Peterson. Peterson attributed the delay to difficulties in the local interview process. “Based on what the MGT folks have told us, they have had some difficulty scheduling and getting those interviews done,” he said. The city contracted with MGT of America, Inc. last year to conduct the study. The Tallahassee, Fla. based firm is exploring the city’s disparity issues. “There’s just an extensive amount of work that is required to get one of these done,” said Reggie Smith, an MGT partner. Smith explained that the study had multiple phases: identifying the relevant market, a legal review, collecting antidotal information, surveys of local businesses, analyzing the private market. He said there were more than a dozen aspects of the study. The MGT partner said the delay was because the firm had been having difficulty getting in touch with the local business community. “We have experienced some, I guess you could call them delays, in getting business owners to participate,” Smith said. “We normally experience delays, this is nothing unusual.” Smith felt confident that the study would be done—in full—by the end June. “We will not deliver a study that is not complete, that is not accurate and legally defensible—that’s what we do,” he said. Peterson said the city expects to be looking at the study by July. “That’s the plan and the hope,” he said. “We just want to make sure we’re getting everything we paid for from the city’s perspective.”

FIGHTING FOR THE VOTE A judge’s temporary injunction blocking key provisions of Florida’s new election law has voter registration groups hopeful as they head toward this year’s primary and general elections. “I get calls everyday from volunteers who are very eager to get back to voter registration,” said Deirdre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, during a conference call with media outlets May 31.

“Can we please get some new blood on council?”—James

all the political news and gossip fit to print “It doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside, they want to get back to work.” Florida’s recently enacted and controversial election law, H.B. 1355, placed various restrictions and requirements on communitybased voter registration efforts. Most notably, the law required registration forms to be turned into elections offices within 48 hours and also mandated that volunteers registering voters sign what critics termed an “intimidating” form that hinted at fines and/or jail time for infractions. In the wake of the law’s passage, groups like the League of Women Voters put registration efforts on hold. In December of last year, the League—along with Rock the Vote and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund—filed a lawsuit challenging the legislation. June 4 a federal court preliminarily blocked enforcement of key portions of the law. “Together speech and voting are constitutional rights of special significance; they are the rights most protective of all others, joined in this respect by the ability to vindicate one’s rights in a federal court. … [W]hen a plaintiff loses an opportunity to register a voter, the opportunity is gone forever,” U.S. Judge Robert L. Hinkle wrote in his opinion. “And allowing responsible organizations to conduct voter-registration drives—thus making it easier for citizens to register and vote—promotes democracy.” Groups involved with the suit are still assessing what the preliminary ruling means. “This is a fresh decision,” said Lee Rowland, counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program and an attorney who argued the case. “We’ve gotten it in the past two hours.” While the implications are still being assessed, critics of the Florida law are clearly encouraged. The hastily scheduled conference call with the press was full of cautious optimism. “At the end of the day, there’s no question the judge agreed this law is unworkable and unreasonable and burdensome to our clients’ constitutional rights.” The law has already taken a toll on voter registration efforts in the state. For the first half of a presidential election year, many groups were hesitant or dormant when it came to registration efforts. “Unfortunately, we lost the spring,” said Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote, which focuses largely on student populations

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that are now out for summer break. “We lost a lot of ground … while we lost a lot of ground there’s enough time to make it up.” Smith also noted that the preliminary ruling in Florida could serve as a lesson to similar situations in states across the country. The ruling also comes at a time when Florida is fighting the U.S. Department of Justice in a separate lawsuit regarding registration and early voting. “This just sends a strong message,” she said. “If you try to restrict this kind of work in our country, it is unconstitutional and we will fight back.” The next step in the League of Women Voters/Rock the Vote lawsuit is a June 15 hearing. While Lee stressed she was optimistic, the attorney conceded that the final outcome is still unclear. “At this point, we clearly have a window,” she said. And though the League is taking time to assess the exact implications of the recent ruling, Macnab was clearly happy about the “window.” “It is particularly exciting that the judge made the decision he did and groups like Rock the Vote and League of Women Voters can get back to work,” she said.

IT’S A GAS, DIG IT? Digging in on

the natural-gas front, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward held one of eight shovels at a May 31 groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the Escambia County Utilities Authority’s new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. “We can do big things and be on the national scale,” Hayward said at the groundbreaking. “This is a big, big win.” As the city owns a natural gas company— Energy Services of Pensacola, or ESP—officials have pursued the CNG market aggressively. Officials plan to construct several natural gas fueling stations, and have been courting potential fleet-vehicle clients, such as ECUA. While the energy industry frames natural gas as the new frontier—claiming the country holds enough deposits to fulfill energy needs for the next 100 years—and paints the fossil fuel as a ‘green’ technology, natural gas certainly has its critics. Primarily, environmentalists have expressed concerns over the process used to extract natural gas; hydraulic fracturing—or, fracking—has been linked to groundwater contamination. {in}

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“Most of the blame should be directed toward the terrible principals in the system.”—Bob

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Profiting from Pain By Jeremy Morrison

In February, the Florida Senate rejected what would have become the largest private prison system in the United States. Chasity Owens hopes she played some small roll in that setback to the private prison industry. June 7, 2012

“I actually wrote the Senate a letter,” she said. “Hopefully, my letter had an impact on them.” Owens has particularly strong feelings about private prisons. Her brother was killed in one.

Jason Owens died in March of 2010, two days after being beaten inside the Graceville Correctional Facility in Jackson County, Fla. The facility was operated at the time by GEO Group, Inc., a corporation based in Boca Raton, Fla.

“It’s just a nightmare. It’s just devastated my family.” Chasity Owens

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tend to put more emphasis on profits than providing care to inmate populations. As a result, they contend, the privatization model is inherently flawed and inevitably leads to corner cutting and environments rife with safety and security concerns. “Anytime you think about a corporation, you think, ‘oh, it’s all numbers driven,’” Stevenson said.

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Family photo of Jason Owens who died after he was attacked by another inmate inside Graceville Corrections Facility. / courtesy photo “It’s just a nightmare,” Owens said. “It’s just devastated my family.” A few months ago, the Owens family filed a lawsuit against the company in federal court. The family contends that an inadequately managed facility led to the inmate’s beating and subsequent death. “This seems to be par for the course with these guys,” said Eric Stevenson, the attorney representing the Owens family. Critics of prison privatization argue that corporations

A few years back, in 2008, Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom took a trip to Boca Raton, Fla. Soon thereafter, the Destin, Fla. lawmaker slipped a proviso into a house appropriations bill, calling for a $110 million to go toward an expansion of the Graceville Correctional Facility. Earlier on the legislative calendar, representatives from the GEO Group had made a pitch to lawmakers urging them to up the ante on prison privatization. And while a federal investigation may yet discover otherwise, Sansom has said his Boca venture was personal and unconnected to GEO. Although the Speaker’s proviso was eventually scrubbed of its Graceville-specific language, it remained largely intact. A few years later, GEO Group was managing the newly minted Blackwater River Correctional Facility in Milton, Fla. Toward the end of a tour of the new facility in 2011 with state Rep. Doug Broxson (Milton), a Tampa Bay Times reporter described the scene: “Rep. Broxson shook hands with GEO Group officials and told them: ‘Y’all keep working hard, and we’ll try to send you a few dollars every once in a while.’” The nearby Blackwater facility is by no means a novelty. The number of privately run prisons in America has been increasing for nearly 30 years.

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In 1983, the Corrections Corporation of America announced it could build and operate state and federal prisons more efficiently than the government. Shortly after winning a contract for a facility in Hamilton County, Tenn., the company made a bid to take over the entire Tennessee prison system. Though their Tennessee bid wasn’t realized, CCA continued to expand. According to a 2012 report by The Sentencing Project—a D.C. based research and advocacy organization—CCA and GEO now account for more than half of the country’s privately-run facilities. In 2010, the reports states, the two companies enjoyed a combined revenue of about $3 billion. According to the report, the number of inmates held in private facilities in 2010 was 128,195; that represents an 80 percent increase since 1999. Nationwide, the percentage of the country’s inmate population that was kept in private prisons jumped 54 percent. Florida has the second-highest number of inmates—nearly 12,000, or 11.3 percent of the state’s total prisoner population—in private facilities. It is outdone only by Texas, which holds more than 19,000 inmates in private prisons. The privatization efforts that recently stalled in the Florida Senate would have transferred 14,500 inmates into private facilities. In a 2011 conference call with investors, GEO Group Chief Executive Officer George Zoley called the Florida possibility “the largest single contract procurement in the history of our industry.” The senate defeat was narrow—a vote of 21 to 19—and the issue is likely to arise again. Governor Rick Scott supports privatization, as does Florida Senate President

Mike Haridopolos. Supporters claim the plan nixed this past legislative session would have saved an estimated $16.5 million. Certainly, private prison corporations will keep their attention focused on Florida. The numbers are too good to ignore. Florida incarcerates nearly 168,000 people. Behind California and Texas, it’s one of the best places on the planet for the private prison industry to dig in. The United States, in general, is fertile ground for the industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 2.3 million people are incarcerated in this country. That’s more imprisoned people than in any other country on Earth. The private prison industry is keenly aware of these numbers. A 2011 fourth quarter report from CCA notes that one in every 100 adults in the U.S. is behind bars and informs investors that the country’s prison population is expected to grow by 13,000 inmates a year between now and 2017. “According to a recent Pew Study,” CCA keys investors into another positive for the industry, “about 45 percent of individuals released from prison in 1999 and more than 43 percent released from prison in 2004, were returned to prison within three years.”

“According to a recent Pew Study, about 45 percent of individuals released from prison in 1999 and more than 43 percent released from prison in 2004, were returned to prison within three years.” Corrections Corporation of America

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When Jason Owens was attacked at GEO’s Graceville facility, he was taking a horticultural class. According to his family’s attorney, Owens was attacked by another inmate who had gone after someone with a pitchfork the day before. According to the lawsuit, no prison staff was in the classroom at the time of the attack.

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making money from people being behind “These two guys should have never bars,” Libal said. “It incentivises the wrong been in a room together, much less in a thing. It incentivises increased incarceration.” room alone together,” said Stevenson. “— According to a 2011 report released by much less in a room together with a guy the Justice Policy Institute, private prison who tried to stab somebody with a pitchcorporations work to ensure a steady inmate fork the day before.” population. The report—Gaming the SysThese are the sorts of stories that tend tem—concluded that private companies were to rile people like Frank Smith. Driving to his working to ensure criminal justice policies home on the Oklahoma-Kansas boarder, he favorable to their explained why he business models. has become a cru“For-profit sader against prison companies exercise privatization. their political influ“I’m 73-yearsence to protect old, and I want to their market share, make the world which in the case a better place,” of corporations Smith said. “I like GEO Group can’t stop the war and CCA primarily in Afghanistan, means the number but I can sure as of people locked up hell stop prison behind bars,” Tracy privatization.” Velazquez, execuAs a co-foundtive director of the er of the Private Justice Policy InCorrections stitute, said at the Institute, Smith Frank Smith, co-founder of Private Corrections Institime of the reports travels the country tute. / courtesy photo release. fighting the effort According the of the private report, for-profit prison companies donated prison industry. Driving home, he explained nearly a million dollars to federal campaigns, how he’d be leaving early the next morning for Mississippi, where there was a recent riot and more than six million dollars at the state level, over the past decade. It also notes at a CCA-managed facility, before traveling what principle author Paul Ashton refers to on to Illinois, where privatization propoas the “revolving door”—a back-and-forth nents are attempting to woo a community swapping of high into hosting an level employees immigration debetween the tention center. industry and “I feel public sector— I should be and offers the involved in doing something example of Ohio to change the Governor John situation,” Smith Kasich propossaid. “—there’s ing to privatize a moral problem five state prisabout makons following ing money on the appointment people’s misery.” of a former Chief among CCA employee critics’ concerns to head Ohio’s is that private Department of corporations Rehabilitation will skimp on and Corrections. services in favor of higher profits. They Recently, Ashton pointed to the popuwarn about issues such as poorly paid and larizing of the country’s three-strikes laws, under qualified staff, as well as insufficient which impose longer incarceration terms security measures. for repeat offenders. He explained how the “Everything in a for-profit industry is work of groups such as the American Legbottom-line,” Smith said. islative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been Smith isn’t alone in his efforts. A number instrumental in passing such tough-onof organizations have emerged to take a stand crime legislation over the past few decades. against privatization. Most are comprised “CCA in particular had a high level of folks who can’t seem to wrap their heads position on their public safety task force,” around the for-profit incarceration model. Ashton explained the connection to ALEC. “When I talk to people about priva“While we can’t say CCA did this, they tized prisons, it’s ‘that can’t exist,’” said were definitely at the table.” Bob Libal, of Grassroots Leadership. “That In addition to the three-strikes law, seems like something out of a dystopian ALEC was also a vocal supporter of mandascience fiction novel, right—people runtory minimum sentencing and the Truth-inning private prisons for profit?” Sentencing Act, which requires inmates to Grassroots Leadership is based in serve most or all of their term without the Texas and works to counter prison privatichance of parole. As many states adopted zation efforts. They focus on the South. such measures, prison populations grew by “We are generally opposed to people a half-a-million people during the 1990s.

“I’m 73-years-old, and I want to make the world a better place,” Smith said. “I can’t stop the war in Afghanistan, but I can sure as hell stop prison privatization.”

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That kind of growth is good for business. Over the course of the following decade, the overall prison population grew at 18 percent according to the Sentencing Project report. The private prison industry, during that same time period, saw an 80 percent growth in their populations. Even as the Bureau of Justice Statistics recently reported that the country’s total prison population dropped slightly for the first time in four decades, the private industry continues to grow. And that keeps guys like Frank Smith busy. “It’s kept me young, I think,” Smith laughed, before resting up for his drive to Mississippi.

After setting a fire in the prison yard and taking 20 facility workers hostage, inmates attacked a 24-year-old guard, who later died of blunt head trauma. The facility is operated by CCA. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the recent riot is “troubling and brings into question the effectiveness of privately owned and operated prison facilities.” He has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security to investigate the issue. The May incident in CCA’s Natchez facility is but the latest horror story emanating from the private prison industry. Tales of abuse and security breaches at the facilities routinely surface. Elsewhere in Mississippi, Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps plans to end relationships with GEO at three different facilities. The GEO-managed sites have been marked by incidents including suicides

“For-profit companies exercise their political influence to protect their market share, which in the case of corporations like GEO Group and CCA primarily means the number of people locked up behind bars.” Tracy Velazquez

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Smith was drawn to Mississippi by a recent incident in Natchez. The town’s Adams County Correctional Center experienced a deadly riot toward the end of May.

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and injuries to guards, as well as allegations of abuse of teen inmates at a youth detention center. Also last month, the family of a Hawaiian inmate murdered at a CCA facility in Arizona filed suit against the company. Another suit against CCA was filed earlier this year when another Hawaiian prisoner was killed in the same Arizona facility. According to a press release announcing the suit, Clifford Medina, 23, was placed in a segregation cell with an inmate known to have anger control issues. Although the other inmate apparently requested that Medina be removed before he was attacked, the men were left together. “According to a witness,” the release states, “a CCA employee replied, ‘As long as you two don’t kill each other, I don’t care.’” A 2007 survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics listed a CCA facility in Torrance County, N.M. as having the highest rate of sexual victimization of any facility in the country. That private facility also had the highest rate of staff-on-inmate sexual victimization.

CCA’s Otter Creek Correctional Center in Kentucky—one of the company’s oldest— has also weathered sexual abuse scandals. That facility closes this month after Kentucky opted not to renew CCA’s contract. But where one contract falls, others are placed on the table. The private prison industry—chiefly CCA—is currently courting Crete, Ill., a community just north of Chicago. That's another stop Smith is planning for his road trip. He’s expecting a familiar scene: sugarsweet promises tossed to a blind sweet tooth. “They come in and say they’re going to make hair grown on bald heads and make money rain from the sky,” Smith explained the routine he’s watched unfold around the country. “The community is usually stupid officials, a depressed economy, and a public that can’t understand, too in depth, economic issues.” The road-warrior activist is encouraged during his travels. He said that people usually warm up to his side of the argument. “There’s a huge opposition to this,” he said. “That’s not because of tax reasons, or because it’s dangerous. It’s because it’s immoral.”

“That seems like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel, right—people running private prisons for profit?” Bob Libal

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While Smith cruises the country crusading against prison privatization, he acknowledges that it’s state legislators that do a lot of the eventual heavy lifting. At the end of the day, opponents look to lawmakers to block privatization efforts. “I have won these with Democrats supporting me, and fiscallyconservative Republicans— moderate Republican, whatever you want to call them,” he said. In Florida’s recent legislative session, nine Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting the further privatization of the state’s prison system. Northwest Florida Senator Greg Evers was one of the dissenting votes. “I feel like there are certain things you can’t privatize fully,” Evers said, adding that he felt privatization raised some safety issues, could cost state workers their jobs and wasn’t convinced the model offered any cost savings. Although the Florida bill would have meant a windfall to the privatization sector, industry players don’t seem to be sweating the rejection. “There are still a lot of opportunities,” GEO’s Jorge Dominicis said in Talla-

hassee, Fla. following the Senate vote. “There are other states looking at doing similar things and you’re seeing things happening abroad.” The same month that Florida decided to hold back on further prison privatization, CCA issued a letter to governors across the United States. Reminiscent of its 1985 bid to take on Tennessee, the company is looking to purchase and manage governmentrun facilities throughout the country. The company announced its new program— the Corrections Investment Initiative—and plans to earmark $250 million to purchase prisons. In exchange for taking on the state facilities, CCA is looking for longer contracts and a guarantee of a 90 percent occupancy rate. “Ninety percent? How do you do that?” pondered Peter Cervantes-Gautshi, executive director of the National Prison Divestment Campaign. “How do you guarantee 90 percent?” It’s somewhat of a rhetorical question. Cervantes-Gautshi’s pretty sure he already knows that answer. “The only way to have a taxpayerfunded private prison system is to manipulate public policy to manufacture felons,” he said. The privatization opponent points to current immigration legislation being debated around the country. He recalled how S.B. 1070 in Arizona had its origins with ALEC. “Who in Arizona was really pulling the strings?” Cervantes-Gautshi asked.

“There’s a huge opposition to this,” he said. “That’s not because of tax reasons, or because it’s dangerous. It’s because it’s immoral.” Smith

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request that shareholders jump ship on moral grounds. This tact has had some amount of success. In 2011, Pershing Square Capital Management divested itself of about $200 million worth of CCA stock. More recently, the United Methodist Church Board of Pension and Health Benefits withdrew $1 million in stocks from both CCA and GEO. “I really think that a lot of time it’s kind of David and Goliath,” said Libal. “But sometimes we win.”

FLORIDA’S PRIVATE PRISONS BAY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY: Located in Bay County, Fla. this Panhandle prison is operated by Corrections Corporation of America. The 985-bed facility houses minimum and medium-security, adult male inmates. BLACKWATER RIVER CORRECTIONAL FACILITY: This relatively new Northwest Florida facility is located in Milton, Fla. and operated by GEO Group, Inc. The 2,000-bed prison houses medium-security and closecustody adult male inmates. Blackwater’s warden—Mark Henry—also oversaw GEO’s operations at its Graceville facility at the time of inmate Jason Owens’ attack and death. GADSDEN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY: Operated by Management and Training Corporation, this private prison is located in Quincy, Fla. The facility houses minimum and medium-security adult female inmates and has a 1,520-bed capacity. GRACEVILLE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY: The 1,884-bed private prison is located in Jackson County, Fla. Housing community, minimum, medium and close-custody inmates, the one-time GEO facility is now operated by Corrections Corporation of America. LAKE CITY YOUTHFUL OFFENDER FACILITY: This facility houses youthful offenders, ages 19 to 24. Operated by Corrections Corporation of America, the Columbia County, Fla. locale has an 893-bed capacity.

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MOORE HAVEN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY: With a 985-bed capacity, this Glades County, Fla. private prison is operated by Corrections Corporation of America. It houses minimum and medium-custody adult male inmates. SOUTH BAY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY: In Palm Beach County, Fla. GEO Group, Inc. operates this 1,861-bed private prison. The facility houses minimum, medium and close-custody adult male inmates.

The National Prison Divestment Campaign was started in an effort to educate people about the private prison industry and how it uses political influence to further its interests. The group represents a coalition of more than a hundred organi-

zations who oppose prison privatization. “Nobody knew this, that’s why we started this campaign—because it’s not the kind of thing that can stand the light of day,” Cervantes-Gautshi said. “Politicians can’t go on supporting something like this

“Money doesn’t matter to me—I know that my brother wouldn’t want anyone else hurt.”

when their constituents realize they are spending taxpayer money on companies whose only business is putting people in cages for profit.” One of the NPDC’s primary tactics in its fight against privatization has been to

Chasity Owens is hoping to strike another blow against the privatization industry with the lawsuit filed on behalf of her brother. She believes that an unsafe atmosphere inside GEO’s Graceville facility (now operated by CCA) set the stage for Jason’s attack and death. “Things like this are going to keep happening,” Owens said. “Money doesn’t matter to me—I know that my brother wouldn’t want anyone else hurt.” {in}

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A Week of PensacolaPRIDE After the weekend-long party on the beach, the Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida (GGNWFL) offers a week of events with a deeper meaning. “While Memorial Day is a great time to welcome and enjoy the company of LGBT friends from far and wide, it does not include any measurable attention to the rich history, diverse culture and equality issues that are core elements of a pride festival,” said President of Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida, Doug Landreth. June 8-16 is the third PensacolaPRIDE week of events that are open to everyone. From a youth prom to movie screenings, events are all fun and informative. “PensacolaPRIDE is a time for our local LGBT community to have fun, but also learn about our past, celebrate recent advancements, explore our diversity and become empowered to keep advancing toward full understanding, respect, equality and inclusion of LGBT persons,” Landreth said. It may seem that PensacolaPRIDE week occurs conveniently after a week-

end when Pensacola Beach is a sea of rainbow flags, but the month of June actually has significance. “Many LGBT Pride Festivals are held in June to pay homage to the Stonewall Riots,” Landreth said. Landreth explains the Stonewall Riots took place in the early morning of June 28, 1969. The riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. “They are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back,” Landreth said. “And they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.” PensacolaPRIDE organizers haven’t neglected the fact that 2012 has been a good year for equality advancements. “President Obama’s public stance in support of marriage equality was a landmark occasion, having the first sitting president of the world’s most powerful country and having it said by our nation’s first black president provided us all with a great shot of enthusiasm,” Landreth said. While Landreth said that President Barack Obama’s statement did not immediately deliver action, he points out the importance and impact of the president’s support.

PensacolaPRIDE EVENTS LGBT YOUTH PROM

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, June 8 WHERE: Pensacola Improv Center, 375 N. Pace Blvd. COST: $20 LGBT Youth Prom for persons ages 16 to 21 years. The theme is "Under the Stars." Dancing, professional DJ and refreshments. Adult supervision will insure this is an alcohol and drug free event. Semiformal dress encouraged. Professional photographer will be on hand, no outside cameras allowed.

CELEBRATION BALL

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9 WHEN: Pensacola Improv Center, 375 N. Pace Blvd.

COST: $50 The Stars & Stripes Canteen will celebrate the repeal of "Don't Ask. Don't Tell." This highly themed ball will have a 1940's U.S.O. Canteen theme setting. Dinner, wine, patriotic (red, white, and blue) martinis, dancing and a live U.S.O.–style stage show produced by Lacy DeLaino along with Navy Officers Colin Doherty and Terry Adam. 1940's era or Military attire encouraged. Professional photographer will be on hand, no outside cameras allowed. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday, June 10 WHERE: The Bowden Building, 120 Church St.

“I am certain that many of America’s young people who have either struggled with their sexual orientation and/or having been subjected to marginalization, hatred, bullying or abuse, went to bed for the first time knowing that their president saw them as worthy and equal,” he said. “This simple and straight-forward statement gave all LGBT persons, of all ages, a stronger hope for a better and brighter tomorrow.” Encouraged by the president’s statement, GGNWFL asked local officials to take a LGBT Support Pledge and sign the accompanying banner. The public is welcome to sign the banner at all PensacolaPRIDE events. The “Wedding of Hearts” will also be returning as part of the Festival in the Park on June 16. In 2010, the first year of PensacolaPRIDE, 15 couples, including one heterosexual couple, proclaimed their love in Seville Square. The mass wedding gives same-sex couples a chance to walk down the aisle, even if it isn’t a legally binding contract. “Sadly, helping to make a cherished memory, making a statement and showing support and solidarity is all we are able to provide to the loving and committed couples who dream of the day they will be able to marry in Florida,” Landreth said. Landreth said many same-sex couples are not looking to change the definition of marriage or looking for approval from churches, but just for marriage equality.

“It’s important to understand that marriage is recognition of a contract issued by a government, not a church,” he said. “All religious institutions are granted the freedom to only conduct the sacraments and ceremonies that fit into their teaching and beliefs. Marriage equality would insure that the government does not deny the rights of marriage.” Mayor Ashton Hayward issued a proclamation on PensacolaPRIDE week, putting his seal of approval on the weeklong festivities. The mayor’s support has heartened GGNWFL, but Pensacola overall could still be more supportive. “The way I see it, Pensacola is no longer outwardly hostile to the LGBT community, however there is little active support for our advancement in equality,” Landreth said. Advancement begins with you. Take in a movie, sign up for chili and line dancing or attend the political forum and discuss LGBT issues. “One of the major goals of PensacolaPRIDE is to empower local LGBT persons to join and build our local LGBT community and become strong enough to demand to be treated fairly in all aspects of their lives,” Landreth said. “This is a great time to learn more about the local LGBT community, share the great commonalities we have with the general public and gain a better understanding of why festivals such as PensacolaPRIDE are so important to all of us.” {in}

Tickets may be purchased at Equality House, 18 S. DeVilliers St. or by calling Doug Landreth at 685-2881, for more information please visit GGnwfl.com, or e-mail PensacolaPRIDE@gmail.com.

COST: $5 Four selected award winning LGBT films will be screened. At 1 p.m., “Brother Outsider,” at 3 p.m. “Fabulous,” at 5 p.m., “Out Late,” and at 7 p.m., “Paris was a Woman.” One $5 ticket is good for all four screenings. Refreshments will be sold.

COMMUNITY RECEPTION

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 11 WHERE: Equality House, 18 S. DeVilliers St. COST: Free Come meet Sarah Latshaw our local ACLU’s new Community Organizer and learn how she envisions working with the LGBT Community.

POLITICAL FORUM ON LGBT ISSUES WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 WHERE: Tyron Branch Library, 1200 Langley Ave. COST: Free Pensacola City and Escambia County office seekers will go on the record with their stance on important LGBT issues. Seating is first come, first serve. No ticket required.

CHILI DINNER AND LINE DANCING

WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 WHERE: Holy Cross MCC, 3130 W. Fairfield Drive COST: $7 or $5 with a dona-

tion of two items for the food pantry. A dinner of homemade chili, coleslaw, cornbread and brownies at 6 p.m. will be followed by country line dancing from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Beginner lessons will start each session. Western wear encouraged.

LOVE IS LOUDER POETRY SLAM

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14 WHERE: Equality House, 18 S. DeVilliers St. COST: $5 Come enjoy the art of poetry slam or spoken word, with a focus on LGBT equality and the power

of love. Everyone is welcome to participate by performing or listening. If you wish to read poetry, call Donna at 221-2700. Fair market coffee and vegetarian refreshments will be served.

FESTIVAL IN THE PARK

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16 WHERE: Old Seville Square COST: Free Come enjoy a full day of live entertainment, food, and arts and craft vendors. If you would like to perform or have a booth, please e-mail pensacolaPRIDE@gmail.com.


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happenings LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. KNEE DEEP BAND 7 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or fivesistersbluescafe.com. GUITAR SHORTY 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. KARAOKE WITH BECKY 7:30 p.m. Sabine Sandbar, 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 934-3141 or dalesbigdeck.com. TIM SPENCER 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 9322211 or sandshaker.com. DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. DJ MR LAO 8 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. COLLEGE DANCE NIGHT 9 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

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THURSDAY 6.7

FEATURING ARTIST DONNA O’NEAL 7 a.m. Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Bldg 15 , Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Bldg 15. 484-2550 or pensacolastate.edu. ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or flpublicarchaeology.org/darc.php. ‘SURFING FLORIDA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY’ 10 a.m. through Sep 2. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.org. BLACK AND WHITE AND SHADES OF GRAY 10 a.m. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or bluemorninggallery.com. ‘TOUCH THE PAST’ ARCHAEOLOGY LAB VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 10 a.m. FPAN Coordinating Center, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050 ext. 103 or flpublicarchaeology.org. ‘IT’S 5 O’ CLOCK SOMEWHERE’ MARGARITA TASTING 2 p.m. Margaritaville Beach Hotel, 165 Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach. 9169755 or margaritavillehotel.com. PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or iplaypensacola.com. WINE TASTING AT AWM 5 p.m. Aragon Wine

Market, 27 S. Ninth Ave. 433-9463 or aragonwinemarket.com. ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION FOR DONNA O’NEAL 6 p.m. Anna Lamar Switzer Center, Bldg. 15 , 1000 College Blvd. 484-2550 or pensacolastate.edu. HERB CLASS AT EVER’MAN 6 p.m. $2 for non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or everman.org. VEGAN DINNER AT EOTL 6 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or eotlcafe.com. FIESTA DAY PARADE 6:30 p.m. Downtown Pensacola, the traditional parade route along Garden and Palafox streets. 433-6512 or fiestaoffiveflags.org. EVENINGS IN OLDE SEVILLE SQUARE 7-9 p.m. Seville Square, between Alcaniz and Adams streets. 438-6505 or pensacolaheritage.org.

‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or flpublicarchaeology.org/ darc.php. ‘SURFING FLORIDA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY’ 10 a.m. through Sep 2. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.org. BLACK AND WHITE AND SHADES OF GRAY 10 a.m. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox.

429-9100 or bluemorninggallery.com. BELMONT ARTS CENTER POTTERY SALE 11 a.m. Belmont Arts Center, 401 N. Reus St. 4291222 or belmontartscenter.com. PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or iplaypensacola.com. WINE TASTING AT DK 4:30 p.m. Distinctive Kitchens, 29 S. Palafox. 438-4688 or dk4u.com. ‘THE BEACH BALL: THE UN-GALA’ 5 p.m. $10, tickets sold online or at Museum. Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.org. WINE TASTING AT SEVILLE QUARTER 5 p.m. Palace Café at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. WINE TASTING AT CITY GROCERY 5:15 p.m. City Grocery, 2050 N. 12th Ave. 469-8100. WINE TASTING AT EAST HILL MARKET 5:30 p.m. 1216 N. Ninth Ave. BANDS ALONG THE BLACKWATER FEATURING NOT QUITE FAB 6 p.m. Along the Blackwater River, behind the Santa Rosa Courthouse, 6865 Caroline St. 983-5466 or ci.milton.fl.us. ‘RED LEG THE DREADED, PIRATE OF THE GULF’ 6:30 p.m. Olive Baptist Church’s Passmore Hall, 1836 E. Olive Rd. 478-6789 or act4murder.com. LGBT YOUTH PROM 7 p.m. $20. Open to ages 16-21. Professional DJ, refreshments and Chaperones provided. Pensacola Improv Center, 375 N. Pace Blvd. 685-2881 or ggnwfl.com. DELUNA CORONATION AND SPONSOR’S BALL AND BREAKFAST 7 p.m. Pensacola Civic Center, 201 E. Gregory St. 475-2297 or fiestaoffiveflags.org. ‘SEPIA’ 8 p.m. Loblolly Theatre, 1010 N. 12th Ave. 439-3010 or loblollytheatre.com.

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JAZZ AT GREGORY STREET ASSEMBLY HALL 5 p.m. Gregory Street Assembly Hall, 501 E. Gregory St. 607-8633 or gregorystreet.com. HOME GROWN NIGHT 5 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or florabama.com. THE DAVENPORTS 6 p.m. The Leisure Club, 126 Palafox. 912-4229 or tlcdowntown.com.

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TIM SPENCER 6 p.m. The Oar House, 1000 S. Pace Blvd. 549-4444 or the-oar-house.com. DREAM VIPERS 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-5087 or

paradisebar-grill.com. SAWMILL BAND & GUESTS 7 p.m. Chumuckla’s Farmers’ Opry, 8897 Byrom Campbell Rd., Pace. 994-9219 or farmersopry.com. CURT BOL BAND 8 p.m. Five Sisters Blues

23RD ANNUAL BONNIE & CLIFF JERNIGAN MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT 7:30 a.m. $65 per player. Tiger Point Golf Club, 1255 Country Club Rd. Call for reservations. 449-3034. FIESTA OF FIVE FLAGS MODEL AIRPLANE CHAMPIONSHIP 8 a.m. Navy Helicopter Field Sita 8A off 9 Mile Rd. 475-2297 or fiestaoffiveflags.org. PALAFOX MARKET 8 a.m. Martin Luther King Plaza on North Palafox Street between Chase and Garden streets. palafoxmarket.com.

‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or flpublicarchaeology.org/darc.php. BLACK AND WHITE AND SHADES OF GRAY 10 a.m. Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or bluemorninggallery.com. SHO NO RUI MODERN JAPANESE DANCERS 10 a.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 9348444 or bluewahoos.com. EMERALD COAST HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO 10 a.m. Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Highway. 941-4321 or emeraldcoasthealthexpo.com. DANCE KONNECTION SWINGERS 10:30 a.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. BALLET PENSACOLA 11 a.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. ‘SURFING FLORIDA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY’ 12 p.m. through Sep 2. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.org. MARITIME PARK GRAND OPENING, RIBBON CUTTING 12 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. HURREY UP AFRICAN DRUMMING AND DANCE 1 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. BELMONT DEVILLIERS YOUTH BAND 1 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. GULL POINT PERFORMING DANCERS 2 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. OUR VOICES ARE MANY MULTI ARTS 3 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com.

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Brother Outsider / playing at the LBGT Film Festival IRISH DANCE TROUPE 3:30 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or iplaypensacola.com. ARAAB MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE 4 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. LATIN DANCE GROUP 4:30 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. ‘POETS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS’ 6 p.m. Center for Social Justice, 1603 N. Davis Highway. 352-634-2256. PENSACOLAPRIDE CELEBRATION BALL 7 p.m. $50. Celebrating the repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’; 1940’s U.S.O. Canteen themed-ball. Dinner, wine and stage show provided. Pensacola Improv Cneter, 375 N. Pace Blvd. 685-2881 or ggnwfl.com. ‘SEPIA’ 8 p.m. Loblolly Theatre, 1010 N. 12th Ave. 439-3010 or loblollytheatre.com.

Campbell Rd., Pace. 994-9219 or farmersopry.com. KRAZY GEORGE KARAOKE 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s Downtown, 312 E. Government St. 469-1001 or hubstaceys.com. KARAOKE WITH MARK ESKEW 7 p.m. Hub Stacey’s at the Point, 5851 Galvez Rd. 497-0071 or hubstaceys.com. THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND 7:30 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. HOT SAUCE 8 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 912-4856 or fivesistersbluescafe.com. DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. KATAGORY 5 9 p.m. LiliMarlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com THE POSITONES 9 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 677-9153 or thegrandmarlin.com. REDDOG AND FRIENDS 9:30 p.m. Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, 10 S. Palafox. 4976073 or hopjacks.com.

SUNDAY 6.10

FIESTA OF FIVE FLAGS MODEL AIRPLANE CHAMPIONSHIP 8 a.m. Navy Helicopter Field Sita 8A off 9 Mile Rd. 475-2297 or fiestaoffiveflags.org. EMERALD COAST HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO 10 a.m. Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds, 6655 Mobile Highway. 941-4321 or emeraldcoasthealthexpo.com. WORSHIP ON THE WATER 11 a.m. Tent Stage, Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or florabama.com. LGBT FILM FESTIVAL 1 p.m. $5. The Bowden Building, 120 Church St. 685-2881 or ggnwfl.com.

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MODERN ELDORADOS 1 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. THE GILLS 2:15 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. KNEE DEEP BAND 2:30 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. ANTOINE KNIGHT 3:30 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. KATIE RODGERS 4:45 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. SHAMARR ALLEN AN THE UNDERDAWGS 6 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com. SCOTT BRYAN 6 p.m. The Oar House, 1000 S. Pace Blvd. 549-4444 or the-oarhouse.com. DREAM VIPERS 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. SAWMILL BAND & GUESTS 7 p.m. Chumuckla’s Farmers’ Opry, 8897 Byrom

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MASON JAR 3 p.m. The Grand Marlin, 400 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 6779153 or thegrandmarlin.com. TOMATO 4 p.m. The Oar House, 1000 S. Pace Blvd. 549-4444 or the-oar-house.com. 30X 90 6 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. BROOKS HUBBERT III 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or sevillequarter.com.

MONDAY 6.11

FEATURING ARTIST DONNA O’NEAL 7 a.m. Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Bldg 15 , Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Bldg 15. 484-2550 or pensacolastate.edu. ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or flpublicarchaeology.org/ darc.php. ‘TOUCH THE PAST’ ARCHAEOLOGY LAB VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 10 a.m. Thursdays. FPAN Coordinating Center, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050 ext. 103 or flpublicarchaeology.org. PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or iplaypensacola.com. OYSTER NIGHT AT ATLAS 5 p.m. First dozen are 25 cents apiece and $2 Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra drafts until close. Atlas, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or atlas. goodgrits.com. PENSACOLAPRIDE COMMUNITY RECEPTION 5:30 p.m. Equality House, 18 S. DeVilliers St. 685-2881 or ggnwfl.com. TEA PARTY ‘STRAIGHT TALK’ CANDIDATE FORUM 6 p.m. Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom St. 994-7548 or theteapartynetwork.org. BURGERS & BEER NIGHT AT SURF BURGER 6 p.m. Surf Burger, 500 Quietwater Beach Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-1417 or thesurfburger.com. WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING CLASSES 6:30 p.m. $5 general admission, $2 for students. Gull Point Community Center, 7000 Spanish Trail.

For more information call 291-2718 or visit hurreyupstageandfilmworks.com. TEXAS HOLD’EM 4 FUN 7 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. GAMER’S NIGHT 8 p.m. Fast Eddie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. EXTREME TRIVIA 10:30 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or iplaypensacola.com.

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OPEN MIC WITH CATHY PACE 6 p.m. Florabama, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. 492-0611 or florabama.com. ‘BLUE MONDAY’ 6:30 p.m. Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. 433-8382 or jazzpensacola.com. MUSICIANS ALLIANCE 9 p.m. LiliMarlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. LIVIN’ THE DREAM 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

TUESDAY 6.12

FEATURING ARTIST DONNA O’NEAL 7 a.m. Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Bldg 15, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Bldg 15. 484-2550 or pensacolastate.edu. BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE 8:30 a.m. Museum of Naval Aviation viewing area, 1750 Radford Blvd. 452-3604 or blueangels.navy.mil. ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or flpublicarchaeology.org/darc.php. ‘SURFING FLORIDA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC

HISTORY’ 10 a.m. through Sep 2. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.org. PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 466-3080 or iplaypensacola.com. HALF-PRICE SUSHI 5 p.m. Atlas, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or atlas.goodgrits.com. PRIME TIME TUESDAYS 5:30 p.m. Jackson’s, 400 S. Palafox. 469-9898 or jacksons.goodgrits.com. YOGA WITH BECKIE SATHRE 6 p.m. $2 for non-members. Ever’man Natural Foods, 315 W. Garden St. 438-0402 or everman.org. POLITICAL FORUM ON LGBT ISSUES 7 p.m. Tryon Branch Library, 1200 Langley Ave. 6852881 or ggnwfl.com. TOSH TUESDAY 8 p.m. LiliMarlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

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LUCAS CRUTCHFIELD 6 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. 30 X 90 7 p.m. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com. BANDS ON THE BEACH FEATURING LEKTRIC MULLET 7 p.m. The Gulfside Pavillion, 1 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 932-1500 or visitpensacolabeach.com. KARAOKE WITH BECKY 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. TUESDAY JAM NIGHT 8 p.m. LiliMarlene’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. MIKE QUINN 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. KARAOKE WITH GEORGE 9 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 200. 466-3080 or iplaypensacola.com. KARAOKE AT PADDY O’LEARY’S 9 p.m. Paddy O’ Leary’s Irish Pub, 49 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-9808 or paddyolearysirishpub.com.

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Blue Angels / courtesy photo BLUE ANGELS PRACTICE 8:30 a.m. Museum of Naval Aviation viewing area, 1750 Radford

Blvd. 452-3604 or blueangels. navy.mil. SANTA ROSA SUMMER CAREER FAIR 9 a.m. L.I.F.E Center, Bldg. 4000, 5988 Highway 90. 484-1851 or pensacolastate.edu. ‘A ROADTRIP THROUGH FLORIDA ARCHAEOLOGY’ 10 a.m. DARC, 207 E. Main St. 595-0050, ext. 107 or flpublicarchaeology.org/darc.php. ‘SURFING FLORIDA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY’ 10 a.m. through Sep 2. Pensacola Museum of Art. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.org. PLAY HAPPY HOUR 4 p.m. Play, 16 S. Palafox, Suite 100. 4663080 or iplaypensacola.com. LADIES NIGHT 5 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. WINE DOWN WEDESDAYS 5 p.m. All bottled wines are 50 percent off. Jackson’s, 400 S. Barracks St. 469-9898 or jacksons.goodgrits.com. CHILI DINNER & LINE DANCING 6 p.m. $7. Holy Cross MCC, 3130 W. Fairfield Drive. 685-2881 or ggnwfl.com. BLUE WAHOOS VS MOBILE BAYBEARS 7 p.m. Maritime Park, 449 W. Main St. 934-8444 or bluewahoos.com.

SURF MOVIE NIGHT AT SURF BURGER 7 p.m. Surf Burger, 500 Quietwater Beach Rd., Pensacola Beach. 932-1417 or thesurfburger.com.

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PADDY’S OPEN MIC NIGHT 7 p.m. Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub, 49 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach. 916-9808 or paddyolearysirishpub.com. OPEN MIC NIGHT 7 p.m. End of the Line Café, 610 E. Wright St. 429-0336 or eotlcafe.com. ROCK STAR KARAOKE WITH MICHAEL JENCKS 8 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge, 731 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach. 932-2211 or sandshaker.com. DUELING PIANOS 8 p.m. Rosie O’Grady’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 4346211 or sevillequarter.com.

I100 WEDNESDAYS 8 p.m. Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. RUMOR MILL 9 p.m. The Deck at The Fish House, 600 S. Barracks St. 470-0003 or fishhouse.goodgrits.com. MIKE QUINN 9 p.m. End O’ the Alley at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com. ELECTRONIC WEDNESDAYS TURBULANCE 10 p.m. Phineas Phogg’s at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. 434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

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The Gills: Creating a New Machine music out there to share and bringing their music vision to fruition.

The Gills / courtesy photo Charisma aside, The Gills is far from the band Pensacola was introduced to several years ago. Since then, the group has moved towns, changed face and done a great deal of growing up, growing out and growing into a new, more serious skin. Above all they are carrying out their mission—to build a dream of creating and sharing music they love. Thanks to Kickstarter support and a lot of hard work, amidst juggling day jobs and settling into their new Nashville, Tenn. homestead, they have managed to produce the most notable fruit of their labor, “Motor Running.” While the title track begins subtly reminiscent of earlier works, it quickly erupts into harmonies that melodically support a more developed sound that runs throughout this five-track EP. As The Gills hit the highway, traveling to Atlanta for the first of several album release shows, it was evident this four-man, band of brothers is reenergized, rearing and ready. While weaving their way through the mountains, Jesse Wheeler (guitar, vocals) and Andy Price (bassist, vocals) shared with the IN their excitement about having new

IN: What is the energy like going into these shows having completed a new album? WHEELER: We’re all really excited about being out there having something new to share with everyone. We’re really proud of how the new album turned out. IN: Is this new album something you guys have been gradually working on since you moved to Nashville, Tenn. or has it been something that is a more recent development? PRINCE: It’s been something we have worked on since we moved to Nashville, Tenn. The album really came out of the struggles of moving, not being in a comfortable place and it took a long time. We had to get our feet on the ground first before recording and making our vision happen. IN: Do you feel like the album introduces listeners to a new Gills? PRINCE: It’s definitely a newer sound. We have so many new influences now. Of course we always want to be ourselves, but we’re growing a lot and Nashville, Tenn. has influenced it a lot, too. The writing process from here on out is going to be a lot more mature—it has been and will continue to be. We feel like we have something great to offer, something a little different. You can say it sounds like this band or sounds like this band but I feel like we have something

unique that you can’t narrow down to sounding like just one band. IN: How is Nashville, Tenn. treating you guys? WHEELER: We’ve been meeting a lot of people, which is great because it’s still like a small town in that way. It’s definitely where we are supposed to be right now… although we just want to say, we definitely miss the beach! IN: What was recording like this time around? WHEELER: Working with our good friend Paul Kimsal is always awesome. He is a great engineer and easy to work with. We recorded in our own basement so we were really comfortable. It did take a long time since we were all working jobs, but it’s better that it did. We had to think everything out and it gave us the time to make sure we liked everything.

IN: What is the biggest difference between The Gills today and The Gills that Pensacola was initially introduced to? WHEELER: It is definitely more of a group effort, as far as the writing. My brother Chris is writing a lot now too. We write the base of a song, bring it to the table, finish it together, compromising until we get the song to where we all like it. Before it was not so much like that. Now everybody is creating, so it’s just fun. IN: What comes next for The Gills? More writing and more recording? WHEELER: Yeah. We’re actually looking into recording again really soon here. Keep it going; keep it flowing. Catch The Gills live both day and night Saturday, June 9, starting with an afternoon performance at the grand opening of the Community Maritime Park Amphitheater, followed by an evening showcase at Vinyl Music Hall. Name your price and download “Motor Running” at thegills.bandcamp. com or receive a copy of the album along with ticketed entry to their show at Vinyl Music Hall. {in}

IN: How is it having two sets of brothers in the band? PRINCE: It’s a cool thing to have the dynamic of two sets of brothers on stage. It also makes the writing experience really cool. We can argue something out and be totally honest about it and then come to a compromise. At the end of the day WHAT: The Gills with Chris Staples, Paloma we’re still brothers. and Jonni Greth WHEN: 8 p.m., Saturday, June 9 (doors at 7 IN: Does the title “Motor p.m.) Running” symbolize a sort of WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox momentum you guys are, well, COST: $10, includes a copy of the album; adrunning with? ditional $5 at the door for under 21 WHEELER: The title track is about DETAILS: All ages (attendees under 16 must the machine we, as humans, have be accompanied by a ticketed, adult guardian). created. It is the first EP with the For advance tickets and more information visit band that it is now, and it’s the way vinylmusichall.com. it’s supposed to be. It could have a

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Florida Surfing Safari “It is not about the commercialization of surfing, but about the craftiness of surfboard development and world champions.” Fred Esposito

Kelly Slater / photo by Tom Dugan In the past, if you said you were a surfer from Florida in a crowd of surfers from California or Hawaii, you would be laughed out of the conversation. No one used to think Florida could possibly have any surf-able waves. The reality—Florida has the lengthiest coastline in the country and excellent surf. No one used to recognize surfers from Florida, even though there have been many pro surfers coming out of the state, including 11 time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater. Well, no more— the new historical photographic exhibit of surfing in Florida at the Pensacola Museum of Art shatters those old myths and explores the states surfing history. According to Guy Stevens, Preparator, Registrar and Facility person for the Pensacola Museum of Art, “Surfing Florida: A Photographic History,” was organized by Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. University Galleries Director, Rod Faulds and Project Curator and Editor, Paul Aho organized the exhibition, which was made possible through a

grant from the Florida Humanities Council and through funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The creators Faulds and Aho gathered old photographs, old interviews, old film clips and news stories. They pulled information out of the stories, blew up the photographs and wrote all the copy. The exhibit is broken down chronologically and by region. How surfing turned into a sport, the competition of surfing and how it became a religion are all revealed in the exhibit. The crafting of surfboards is also explored. Florida shapers donated boards, including a hollow surfboard by Tom Blake from 1934; he has been featured in National Geographic. Some surf music collections are included, Eastern Surfing Association collectables, photos and mementos from many people in Florida. It would take you about two hours to go through the whole exhibit. Photography takes center stage and makes it appeal to all walks of life. There is also a media station available to watch videos and movie clips.

Esposito also added, “I am always proud to be a Floridian. When I paddle out, I am proud. It is nice that this exhibit shatters the myth about all surfers being like Sean Penn’s character in the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” Spicoli. We don’t all go around saying hang ten and dude. We are creative and diverse people who are at one with the water.” Since the exhibit opened on May 24, the Museum has seen increased traffic over other exhibits and especially on free Tuesdays. Along with the exhibit, Pensacola Museum of Art will host a “Beach Ball,” a beach-themed, outdoor street party at the Museum in lieu of the Museum’s usual monthly Culture Club event. The “Beach Ball” will include tropical food and drinks and live music by The Coconuts featuring Lucy Garcia. Tickets are $10 per person, and available at the Museum, or online for those 21 and older. Join in for this casual, exciting event, as the contributions of local surfers are revealed. {in}

Some local surfers are working on blowing up more photos, donated from the local area surfers, and making panels to showcase the Northwest Florida surfing scene. In the local section, they feature a Hank Warner surfboard, a Brian Waters board and boards from other shapers. The local wing of the exhibit opens the night of the Beach Ball. There is also involvement from local surf shops Innerlight and Waterboyz, who is celebrating 10 years in business. The Museum will be featuring ongoing lectures on surfing history, events and showing a specially prepared documentary after the June 8, Beach Ball. Check back on WHEN: Now until Saturday, September 1 the Museums website or Facebook WHERE: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. page for more information on upJefferson St. coming events. COST: $5 Fred Esposito, local surfer, DETAILS: pensacolamuseumofart.org musician and photographer said this

SURFING FLORIDA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY

about the exhibit, “I heard about the exhibit a year ago. Someone found a picture of me online, and asked me to get involved. I really love that it explores Florida surfing history in general. It is not about the commercialization of surfing, but about the craftiness of surfboard development and world champions.”

THE BEACH BALL: THE “UN-GALA”

WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8 WHERE: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. COST: $10 DETAILS: pensacolamuseumofart.org


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PPDI PROMOTES LEADERSHIP

Close to 200 people from the Gulf Coast area eager to gain insights, refine their leadership skills, and obtain the tools to grow intentionally came together as PPDI hosted the 2012 Chick-fil-A Leadercast May 4th, 2012. Sponsors Hillcrest Baptist Church and Gulf Power played a key role in the success of the event, along with generous support from Robert Barnes at 9 Mile Road Chick-fil-A, and Kristine Karsten at McGraw Insurance and Bridge the Gap Consulting. Attendees were asked to evaluate the event. Cumulatively, they indicated 4.44 out of 5 overall satisfaction, with 4 being good and 5 being excellent. In answer to the question “How likely are you to attend the Chickfil-A Leadercast in 2013?”, there was a 4.55 rating. It was clear from the comments that attendees enjoyed the event, would recommend it to colleagues, and thought that more people in Pensacola should know about it! PPDI is a hardworking team of PYP members dedicated to improving the Pensacola Bay Area by cultivating the professionalism and leadership ability of individuals in our region. The team is already planning for 2013, so Save the Date for May 10! For more information on PPDI http:// www.pensacolayp.com/ppdi-events or email chair Dave Brandeberry at dbrandeberry@gmail.com

PRESIDENT CHAD STACY DANCES FOR CHARITY The 4th Annual Life’s A Dance benefiting Covenant Hospice will take center stage at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre June 15, 2012 at 7 pm. WEAR TV-3’s anchor Sue Straughn will emcee the event. This exciting evening of show-stopping dance will feature local celebrity dancers and performances by cast members of TV’s Dancing with the Stars. Fred Astaire studio instructors will partner with local celebrities. This year PYP President Chad Stacy is putting on his dancing shoes and is going to show us some moves as he dances the “Cha Cha”. A Financial Advisor with Rodney Rich & Company, Chad is very involved in the community, including serving as the President of the Pensacola Young Professionals for 2012-2013. He also serves on the Board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Northwest Florida and the Board of Governors for Propeller Club of Pensacola. He is a graduate of the 2010 Leadership Pensacola class and is now an active LeaP Alumni member. He is a Charter Member of Seville Rotary Club, a Life Member of Auburn University Alumni Association, and a member of the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Because of this service to the community, Chad

was recognized as a 2012 Rising Star by the Independent News.

Apple Annie’s @ Seville Quarter 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Chad is excited to be dancing in this years event, and more importantly is hoping to raise much needed funds for Covenant Hospice.

June 19 Government Affairs Meeting O’Sullivan Creel Training Room 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

To vote for Chad visit http://eventsatcovenant.org/lifesadance/dancers_stacy.htm

June 27 Quality of Life Meeting Fish House 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

ANNOUNCING THE 3RD ANNUAL PYP CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

For more information on Pensacola Young Professionals or to join please see our website Pensacolayp.com or contact Director Rachael Gillette

The celebrated tournament will be held on September 7th at newly renovated Marcus Pointe Golf Course in Pensacola, Florida. Proceeds will benefit local philanthropic organization, Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Sponsorships are still available, contact Rachael Gillette at rachael@ pensacolayp.com for more information.

Pensacola Young Professionals 41 N. Jefferson St. Ste 108 Pensacola FL 32502 (850) 332-7820

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EVENT CALENDAR June 5 Economic Development Meeting O’Sullivan Creel Training Room 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. June 7 Membership/Networking Meeting Helen Back Again 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. June 9 Maritime Park Grand Opening Park opens at 10:00 a.m. June 11 Board of Directors Meeting Rodney Rich & Co. 5:15 p.m. June 12 PPDI Meeting Apple Annie’s @ Seville Quarter 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. June 12 Port of Pensacola Joint Meeting PYP, Propellor Club, Seville Rotary

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news of the weird THE (COCKROACH) SOCIAL NETWORK No insect is in greater need of a public relations boost than the cockroach, and Dr. Mathieu Lihoreau of Rennes, France, provided it in a recent issue of the journal Insectes Sociaux. Roaches are highly social, suffer when isolated, recognize members of their own families, and appear to make “collective decisions for the greater good” of their community, according to a review of the research in May by BBC Nature. They act in “emergent forms of cooperation” -- “swarm intelligence.” Functioning mostly through chemical cues, they advise their homeboys where to find food and water, where the good crawl-into cracks are for sleeping, and how to stay attached to their social networks. CHALLENGING BUSINESS MODELS Dr. Jason Burke rolled out his “Hangover Heaven” medical bus fleet in Las Vegas in April, offering revelers a faster, clinically proper recovery from their night of excess drinking for a $90 to $150 fee. After giving their medical history, “patients” receive intravenous saline, with B and C vitamins and whatever prescription or over-the-counter drugs are appropriate, says Burke (a licensed anesthesiologist). No drunks are served; the patient must be in the “hangover” stage. One M.D., who hosts a radio show, told CBS News, “I think many doctors are kicking themselves because they didn’t think of this first.” • No Trademark for You: (1) A restaurant set to open in April in West Palm Beach, Fla., named with a Japanese word suggesting “good fortune, wealth and prosperity,” was denied a trademark by the Florida Division of Corporations. The name in question: the Fuku. (2) In April, Alabama’s alcoholic beverage control agency rejected Founders Brewing Co.’s request to sell its Dirty Bastard beer in the state, even though Founders pointed out that the state already permits another company to sell Fat Bastard wine. The agency acknowledged the similarity, but said Fat Bastard was approved years ago and that no one at the agency now recalls why. LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS Only about 16 percent of stock market transactions consist of what most people think of as buying or selling of company or mutual fund shares (“real” investors, interacting with actual brokers). The rest, according to analysis by Morgan Stanley’s Quantitative and Derivative Strategies group and covering October to December 2011, were performed by computers acting automatically, at staggeringly high frequency, using software algorithms, buying or selling mindlessly, based on what trading firms needed to fill out their portfolios’ profitably on a second-by-second basis. • Two homeless, penniless men in Fresno, Calif., are setting a high bar for frequency, and expense, of ambulance trips to the hospital. A 41-year-old who says he has “a major problem with my liver” and a 51-year-old allegedly

inweekly.net

by Chuck Shepherd

seizure-prone man called for a combined 1,363 trips in 2011, which at the market rate would have cost them $545,000 (apart from evaluations by the hospital, which would have additionally cost more than $500,000), according to a February investigation by the Fresno Bee. Taxpayers and the insured foot the bills (reduced somewhat because the ambulance company and the hospital take lower fees). Neither the ambulance company nor the hospital can refuse to serve the men, and attempts to talk the men out of the trips are either futile or too laborious for the emergency technicians to attempt. PET MANIA The expense of caring for a pet, at least among the affluent, appears to be recession-resistant, amounting to about $50 billion in the U.S. for 2011, according to a trade association. Much of that spending is on advanced medical services such as bone marrow transplants at North Carolina State University (65 already performed) and stent procedures to open clogged bladders or kidneys (630 last year) at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Said one man, who had paid about $25,000 to treat his 10-year-old dog’s lymphoma, “I wondered if I was doing this for selfish reasons. I asked myself, ‘If I were a 10-year-old dog, would I want to go through this?’” (Unfortunately, considering dogs’ short life spans, cancer remissions are almost always short-lived.) • But sometimes, the weird news is heartwarming. KTUL-TV, reporting in April on the Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue in Tulsa, Okla., profiled Tanner (a Golden Retriever blind from epilepsy and suffering seizures, incontinence and biting frenzies), who took a shine to the arrival of Blair (a homeless black Labrador with a gunshot wound). Almost immediately, noted Rescue personnel, Tanner became playful, as Blair led him around the grounds in much the way that assistance dogs guide blind humans. Both dogs have thus staved off being euthanized and are being considered for joint adoption. LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Bad Strategies: (1) James Cruz, 58, was arrested in May in West Palm Beach, Fla., after allegedly pulling out a gun at a McDonald’s drive-thru lane in order to squeeze his car in ahead of another. The other driver backed off, but of course got a full view of Cruz’s license plate. (2) Two weeks earlier, in Wilmer, Texas, Keithan Manuel, 18, was arrested after he allegedly walked into the Wilmer police station with a white towel covering his hands, and told the dispatcher, “(G)ive me all your money.” {in}

From Universal Press Syndicate Chuck Shepherd’s News Of The Weird © 2012 Chuck Shepherd

Send your weird news to Chuck Shepherd, P.O. Box 18737, Tampa, Fla., 33679 or weirdnews@earthlink.net, or go to newsoftheweird.com.


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my pensacola Sabrina McLaughlin

Day Job: Executive Director of Marketing and Creative Services since July 2011 and a member of the Communication Arts Faculty since 2007 at the University of West Florida. Pensacola Resident Since: I have resided in Navarre since 2004, but was born and raised in Milton.

Good Eats:

I never miss the opportunity to have the duck fries at Hopjacks or indulge in fish tacos and a glass (or two) of sangria at Cactus Flower. Of course, when I am after something sweet I am a true southern girl and keep it real with a plain glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut. One of those and a glass of milk (low fat, of course—it cancels out the calories) and I am all set.

Retail Therapy:

Shopping is truly my favorite past time (much to my husband’s disappointment). When I am downtown I love checking out the latest home decor and accessories at Artesana. They have this amazing line of wooden plates, bowls and serving pieces that add an elegant, but earthy touch to Artesana dinnerware any of our dinner parties or tailgating events. I am also an avid cook, so I frequent both Pensacola Hardware and Distinctive Kitchens.

Watering Holes:

I visited 5 1/2 for the first time a few months ago. It was such an amazing atmosphere—very Manhattan, but with our own Gulf Coast vibe. It’s a great place to go after work on a weekday with the girls.

ola Historic Village and the T.T. Wentworth Museum. I am looking forward to taking my little girl to those same places, so she can learn more about the culture and history of our area. The university’s commitment to the downtown area and expanding our reach to tourists interested in history and cultural events is incredibly exciting.

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Never Miss Events/Festivals:

The Gulf Coast Seafood Festival and Pensacola Crawfish Festival are family requirements in our house. We are huge seafood lovers so being able to enjoy the best our area has to offer, great music and a fried Oreo is a wonderful way to spend a weekend. Although we love seafood our favorite festival is by far UWF’s Festival on the Green!

Sports:

I am a HUGE sports fan, particularly football. Until UWF fields a football team, I will continue to cheer on my Alabama Crimson Tide. As a graduate of UA, I am totally obsessed with everything Bama and Nick Saban. In addition to football, I am also a baseball fan. I am looking forward to taking my nephew to see our Argonauts and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos this season! {in}

Outdoors:

Together with my husband Allen and my little girl Graci, we spend most of the summer in our boat traveling and fishing the area’s bays and rivers. I grew up in Milton off of Peterson Point on the water, so boating is a way of life. As a teenager my mother, father and I spent many nights docked on our boat behind the Boardwalk on Quietwater Beach.

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