November Is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase emphasis on prevention and treatment options, among other issues. And when it comes to smoking, there’s both good news and bad.

First, the good news: tactics used to reduce the smoking rate are working.

“The younger generation is smoking less and less; through public education and things like that, [through] smoking cessation programs we’re definitely reducing the rate of smoking,” says Angela Nicholson, the Lung Cancer Navigator at Sacred Heart Cancer Center.

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If you drive by the Cordova Mall in Pensacola before 7 p.m. on Tuesday you’ll see a big Mayflower Moving van parked out front. It’s there for the annual Fill The Mayflower Food Drive for Manna Food Pantries. For the last decade the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving has been dedicated to this campaign. Manna’s Executive Director De De Flounlacker says this year they are asking for quality as well as quantity. "We're hoping to fill up this Mayflower truck, that's [about] 15,000 - 20,000 pounds of food, and that's wonderful.

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Native Americans from various tribes around the nation joined the Santa Rosa County Creeks this weekend, for their 27th annual pow-wow and fundraiser. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.

Tribal members, men, women and children, were dressed in traditional Creek finery from head to toe. About a half dozen dancers were inside the grass circle after being “smudged” – receiving smoke from a burning combination of white sage, tobacco, and sweet grass. Helping with the smudging was Eddie Milstead, aka Standing Wolf.

University of West Florida

A fraternity at The University of West Florida has been suspended and a sorority is temporarily on hold and under investigation for violating rules of conduct.

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The University of West Florida is hosting an event this weekend aimed at increasing the number of local students applying for aid to go to college.

In this week's Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. John Bratten, chair and associate professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida, discusses the types of shipwrecks that maritime archaeologists hope to find.  


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In just its second year of existence, the University of West Florida football program is in the Division II playoffs. The Argonauts take on Wingate University in North Carolina on Saturday.

The Argos went 7-3 in the regular season, including an upset of nationally-ranked West Georgia in the finale – a team that beat UWF 69-0 a year ago. After the game, Head Coach Pete Shinnick told the players who would be returning for 2017, not to forget that feeling.

Saturday is National Adoption Day and on Friday, a “Forever Starts Today” event is on tap in Pensacola. About 800 kids in foster care across Florida await the call.

In the past year, there were 251 adoptions in the western Panhandle:  Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Over the past 16 years, the Families First Network has created roughly 3,000 forever families in the region, according to its figures.



 Listeners of these commentaries, and readers of my past newspaper columns, can be forgiven for wondering if I am a technophobe. Because I have issued a long list of complaints about modern technology.

This Thursday WUWF and other local partners will be hosting a screening of a new film about Wendell Berry at the From the Ground Up Community Garden. Lindsay Myers spoke with the film’s director and producer, Laura Dunn.


In this week’s Gulf Stories Moment, Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, associate professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of West Florida, discusses the historical significance of the Luna shipwreck discoveries. 

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Students from three Pensacola area schools got a tour of an oversized, technology filled motor coach last Thursday at the C-SPAN bus made a stop in town. The bus is touring the country now, visiting state capitols, book fairs and schools along the way. "The tour started in Delaware [in September] and we finish in November of 2018" said Jenae Green, one of the C-SPAN representatives who are giving tours to students on the bus. "We are going to all 50 state including Alaska and Hawaii, which everyone always gets real excited about.

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Veterans Day 2017 will be observed at ceremonies and celebrations across the region this weekend (Saturday). Events include the annual Veterans Day parades in Pensacola, Milton, Crestview, and Mary Esther.

The Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) at the University of West Florida held its annual observance on Thursday.

Beginning this spring, the University of West Florida College of Business will offer a new course that will delve into the potential to market the highly invasive lionfish to consumers. The hope is that enhancing the lionfish market as food could help curb its threat to native species in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The course, Gulf Coast Business Issues: Lionfish Markets, will be taught by Dr. Bill Huth, a distinguished University professor, and Dr. Felicia Morgan, an associate professor in the College of Business. Students can register for the course beginning Nov. 13.

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A University of West Florida professor will travel with a team of international scientists to Antarctica to study how marine animals that live near the seafloor are being affected by climate change.

Dr. Alexis Janosik, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, will leave Nov. 16 to sail with the British Antarctic Survey. She will spend almost a month on the research ship RRS James Clark Ross. Janosik will be the only researcher from the U.S. to take part in the research cruise.

Brett Douglas was born, raised and lived his whole life in Pensacola. It’s also where he became a drug addict. He is now in recovery and has written his story of growing up and living as an addict in the new book American Addict. Brett Douglas spoke about his life, and the book, with WUWF’s Bob Barrett.

Here are some of the topics that they discussed:

A member of the Santa Rosa Tourist Development Council is charged with violating Florida’s Sunshine Law. That leads to the question of just what is a sunshine law, and what does it do? 

John Sanborn Jr. faces a non-criminal charge for allegedly discussing matters with another council member outside of a public meeting which foreseeably could come before the Chamber. His trial date is December 5.

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There’s an effort underway to make it easier for Escambia County residents who can’t afford an attorney to access to legal help on various civil matters. The Escambia Project is taking ‘justice to the people’ through a series of legal aid pilot programs, including Justice on the Block.

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Heading into his final year in office, Governor Rick Scott is once again asking the Legislature to cut taxes and fees in myriad areas.

The Governor made the call at stops in Ft. Myers, Sanford and Jacksonville on Monday. The package will be considered during the 2018 regular session that kicks off in January. The crown jewel is a series of sales-tax “holidays.”

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The Escambia Project is an ongoing initiative to provide Escambia residents with greater access to civil justice. It utilizes a unique community approach to developing new legal help services that are accessible and easy to use.