Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 19

“Model for America” or Incumbent Protection Plan?

Today, the Florida Senate debated and passed their maps to redraw Florida Senate and congressional districts. Calling the maps a “model for America,” Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R-Merritt Island) chaired a debate where much criticism was levied about citizen groups who have worked for passage of redistricting rules, which Florida voters approved by 63 percent. Today …

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Jan 13

Local Racecar Driver Gives Back to the Community

By Wesley Martin BY: WESLEY MARTIN David Smoot, 52, derby races not only for the “win,” but also for the youth of the Emerald Coast. The owner of Auto Repairs of Florida and Gulf Coast Racing isn’t sure what came first: racing or working on cars. “I’ve been doing both all my life,” Smoot said. …

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Jan 13

CMPA Receives $500,000 from Pensacola CRA

Just Wednesday the Pensacola Community Redevelopment Agency voted 5-2 to move forward with the $500,000 addition called the “Back of House” for the Amphitheatre Complex at the currently developed Maritime Park.  The loan will be paid back to the CRA within 1 year at 2.5% interest. Per the Monday committee meetings, City Attorney Jim Messer …

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Jan 13

2nd Disparity Study Workshop Held by City Council

Reginald Smith, a Partner of MGT of America, provided an update on the $250,000 City of Pensacola Disparity Study of minority business procurement practices at a workshop on Monday January 9th requested by City Councilman John Jerralds. This was the second presentation by Mr. Smith since the company, based in Tallahassee, was approved to conduct …

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Jan 13

Pensacola Black History Expo

By: Wesley Martin “The African American culture is a very unique culture,” says Reverend John H. Powell Sr. “But sometimes we forget who we are.” At those times, according to Powell, “we have to come together to celebrate ourselves.” Powell, 59, is chairman of the fifth annual Pensacola Black History Expo. (Formally the “Cox Black …

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Jan 13

The Gantt Report: Thank God for Michelle Obama

By Lucius Gantt Sometimes President Barack Obama seems to have eyes but cannot see. Fortunately, God blessed him with a wife that would watch his back! There are some very different things going on in the Obama reelection campaign compared to what happened on the 2008 campaign trail for the President. Most notably, many of …

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Jan 13

AGENCIES COLLABORATE TO PREVENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

PANAMA CITY – Recognizing that everyone in each community has a role in keeping domestic violence survivors and their children safe, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary David Wilkins and Tiffany Carr, President of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, today launched the Northwest Florida Regional Domestic Violence and Child …

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Jan 13

Navigating a High-Risk Pregnancy

Scientist Mom Offers Other Moms Medical Insights, and Tips for Coping Every year, 1 million U.S. women with high-risk pregnancies are placed on bed rest to protect their developing babies. Despite that, every year, about 500,000 newborns – one of every eight – arrive too early, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Enduring a …

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Jan 13

Unemployment Among Young Veterans Rises Above 13 Percent in December 2011

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that joblessness among young veterans ages 18-24 was 1 in 3 for the last quarter of 2011, up from 1 in 5 in the last quarter of 2010. The overall unemployment rate for young veterans in December 2011 rose …

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Jan 13

Is the Theory of Evolution Racist?

It is more than obvious that we still live in a racist society. Even with an African American President, our country is still struggling with the “race issue”. It is no surprise that people of color are underrepresented in fields like science and engineering; this is merely a reflection of the fact that we live …

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