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Blood Bank Merge
4:38 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

OneBlood To Merge With Institue For Transfusion Medicine

More changes are in the works for OneBlood. The Orlando-based blood bank, which has an office in Pensacola, is entering into an agreement with The Institute for Transfusion Medicine.

Based in Pittsburgh, ITxM is a not-for-profit blood center and transfusion services organization that operates in Chicago, Virginia and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. OneBlood, serves most of Florida and parts of South Alabama and Georgia.

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VA Reform
4:18 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Veterans Affairs Committees Create Plan For Reform

Credit Photo via Flickr//Jason Kuffer

A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program, scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

Republican Cong. Jeff Miller and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, and their staffs, worked through the weekend to finalize the plan, in time for consideration before Congress leaves for its August break. At a news conference on Monday, Miller said the blueprint also begins a conversation about the future of the VA.

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Summer Intensive Studies
1:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Summer Intensive Studies Wraps Up In Okaloosa County

  Although it’s almost time to head back to school, some area students never left. A number of students in Okaloosa County spent much of the break attending the summer intensive studies program (SIS), more commonly known as summer school. 

The Summer Intensive Studies  program is offered at every level, but for elementary schools students solely in the subject areas of math and reading. Ten elementary schools participated as host sites.

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Pathways For Change
12:16 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Pathways For Change Installs New Computer Lab

Executive Director of Pathways For Change, Inc. Connie Bookman officially cuts the ribbon on the newly donated GTECH After School Advantage lab at its grand opening. Joining her are staff and students of Pathways For Change, along with Chaplain & Director
GTECH

GTECH, in partnership with the Florida Lottery, unveiled a new  computer lab at Pathways For Change in Pensacola with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The opening is part of a worldwide program GTECH implemented in 1999 to serve at-risk youth in communities where it does business. GTECH  is the provider of lottery services used by the Florida Lottery. 

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Commentary
11:06 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Marvelous Moonrise

Credit IHMC

The occurrence earlier this month of a so-called super moon, which occurs when a full moon coincides with a close orbital approach to earth, prompted my wife and I to find a good spot to observe moonrise.

We set up our folding chairs on the shore of Blackwater Bay by 8 p.m., anticipating moonrise at 8:03. However, storm clouds suggested less than optimal conditions for observing a celestial event.

But even with the obscured horizon, we weren’t disappointed.

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