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Loan Program Targets Community Redevelopment Housing

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home in Escambia and the City of Pensacola, Uncle Sam may be able to help out if the home is in certain areas. Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the HOME program provides five-year loans. For the City of Pensacola, it comes under the umbrella of the Housing Division. Program Manager Tracy Pickens says they have about $260,000 in HOME funding. “The HOME funds are received on an annual basis,” said Pickens. “These...
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UWF Violinist Practices Craft For Hours Each Day

Ramel Price plays violin in the University of West Florida Runge String Orchestra, and he practices for four hours every day. “I love the violin because I think that more than any other instrument it has the power to move people,” Price said. “I love the tone, the sound.” Price, a music performance major in his senior year at UWF, has been playing the violin since he was 9 years old. He took beginner’s lessons for about a month, and then he played by ear throughout high school. A few months...
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Thanks to the rise of food delivery services like Grubhub and Eat24, it's getting easier to order meals online.

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Former University of Tennessee college basketball coach Pat Summitt has died, according to a statement from the Pat Summitt Foundation. She was 64.

Summitt died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at a senior living facility in Knoxville, Tenn., her son Tyler Summitt said.

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The major advocacy group for charter schools is meeting this week in Nashville, and there's lots to celebrate.

What began with a single state law in Minnesota has spread to a national movement of nearly 6,800 schools, serving just under 3 million students.

But at it's annual meeting, the National National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is also using the moment to call for a fresh look at how these innovative public schools are managed and how they're held accountable.

Sorry to disappoint Trekkies who still believe, but the actual USS Enterprise did not really take up much space.

That famous starship of Mr. Spock and Capt. James Tiberius Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series — which turns 50 this year — was a model. Quite a large one, to be fair: 11 feet long and about 200 lbs., made out of blow-molded plastic and wood. But not life-sized.

And for more than a decade, it hung in the gift shop of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space museum in Washington, D.C.

Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper and George Bellows were very different artists, but they did have at least one thing in common: They all studied with painter William Merritt Chase. Now, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., is marking the centennial of the artist's death with a retrospective.

"You walk around these galleries and the paintings are gutsy and bold and scintillating and brilliant," says Dorothy Kosinski, director of the Phillips.

It's not every day that the man who ran Russia's foreign espionage service offers to buy you a drink.

I'd been chasing Vyacheslav Trubnikov for an interview, when a message landed in my inbox: Hotel Metropol, 5 o'clock.

The Metropol is one of Moscow's old grande dame hotels, just steps from Red Square, with polished dark wood, sparkling crystal decanters, velvet armchairs. Trubnikov settled in and ordered a double espresso.

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Local Investors Watching Brexit Aftermath

Stock markets are plunging amid Britain's vote to leave the European Union. The shock waves in the U.S. are being felt on both Wall Street and Main Street. Brexit won approval by a 52-48% margin on Thursday. “Unexpected” is how UWF economist Rick Harper put it, during his weekly economic report. “The polling was dead wrong,” said Harper. “As late as Thursday there had been as much as an 85% probability placed by markets, on the likelihood of [the UK] remaining in the European Union.”...
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