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Pensacon 2015
10:24 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Hacksaw Jim Duggan Brings His Hall Of Fame Persona To Pensacon

Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Credit hacksawjimduggan.net

If you became a fan of pro wrestling in the late 1980s you know the name Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

He joined what was then called the WWF in 1987 and two years later rose to become the federation’s champion. In 2011 he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He still has fun interacting with fans.

He finds it reassuring that the WWE is bringing back their classic performers and honoring them. Duggan says it's "opened them up to a whole new generation of kids, and after 35 years in wrestling it's nice to be remembered".

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Child Exploitation
5:32 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Child Abuse Arrests: What Lies Beneath

Three local men have been arrested on child pornography charges in the past two weeks, the latest in more than a dozen such cases in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties over the past year and a half.  WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports on the legalities and the mindset regarding child porn.

In separate arrests, Keith Shaffer of Pace, Warren Lindsley of Pensacola and Samuel Yates of Milton are charged with possession of child pornography, which is a third-degree felony. Lindsley is also charged with promoting the sexual performance by a child, which is second-degree.

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Whiting Field
4:57 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Lawmakers Asked To Help Make Whiting Field Aviation A Reality

Credit U.S. Navy

Hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of jobs could be created through construction of Whiting Field Aviation Park. That’s what Santa Rosa County officials are telling the area’s legislative delegation.

County Commission Chairman Don Salter Monday hosted a tour of the county-owned site: 269 acres adjacent to NAS Whiting Field, in search of $8 million from the state to move the project forward. The funds likely would be delivered in two, $4 million increments.

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Local News
5:31 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Broxson & Investors Meet On Future Of Garcon Point Bridge

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If some investors in the Garcon Point Bridge get their way, travelers will pay a higher toll. That’s part of the agenda for Thursday’s meeting between a state lawmaker and investor representatives on Thursday.

State Rep. Doug Broxson, a Republican from Gulf Breeze, will sit down with attorneys from New York Melon Bank – who along with its traffic advisor FTI Consulting represent the bondholders. In November they requested that the toll go from the current $3.75 to five dollars.

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State Attorney
5:23 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

State Attorney Seeks Prison Term For Local Doctor

A Pensacola area doctor’s sentence for attempting to meet a juvenile for sexual purposes is drawing both fire and action from the State Attorney’s Office, which will appeal.   

Dr. Brian Lee was convicted of sending graphic emails to whom he thought was a 14-year-old-boy, and then traveling to meet him for sex. The “boy” turned out to be an undercover investigator. Circuit Judge Terry Terrell sentenced the 43-year-old Lee to what amounts to house arrest for two years; 13 years’ probation, and ordered him to register as a sexual offender – but no prison time.

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Public Forum Planned
5:06 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Push Is On To Restore Felon Voting Rights

Efforts are underway in the state to get a constitutional amendment on the 2016 General Election ballot that would restore voting rights to felons on the state’s 2016 General Election ballot. On Monday, March 2, the Pensacola Coffee Party and League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area will present a public discussion of the topic. The forum will be held at Franco’s Italian Restaurant at 6 p.m.

Currently, Florida is one of the toughest states in the country - along with Kentucky and Iowa- for ex-felons seeking to have their civil rights restored.

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Pensacon 2015
1:39 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Kevin J Anderson Brings His Sci-Fi Universes To Pensacon

Kevin J Anderson and a few of his "imaginary friends".
Credit Steven L. Sears

You’ve heard this about other people, but Kevin J Anderson really seems to be the hardest working man in show biz. He has published over 120 science fiction books including many bestselling Star Wars novels. Anderson will be appearing at Pensacon this weekend, including a panel called Spotlight on Kevin J Anderson Friday afternoon at 3:30 at the Bay Center.

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Thomas Asmuth Lecture
7:05 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

UWF Professor Sees "Art As An Exo-Discipline"

Combining art with science can create an entire new discipline.  That’s the premise of Thomas Asmuth’s lecture this week called “Art as an Exo-Discipline”. Thomas Asmuth is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at the University of West Florida specializing in digital and experimental media. His lecture titled “Art as an Exo-Discipline” is part of the Experience UWF Downtown lecture series and will be this Thursday afternoon, February 26 at 5:30 at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce.

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Health
4:42 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

With Type-2 Diabetes, Prevention Is Key

Credit American Diabetes Association

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County is offering a new program, aimed at heading off the onset of Type-2 diabetes in those most prone to develop the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three American adults has pre-diabetes.

“Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugar on average is higher than it should be, but it’s not yet at the threshold for a diagnosis of diabetes,” said Sandra Park-O’Hara, Administrator of the Department of Health in Santa Rosa.

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Port of Pensacola
5:29 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Port Conference Focuses On Energy Interests

The American Association of Port Authorities is sponsoring a program for port and maritime industry professionals, which will focus exclusively on energy projects. And this first-ever meeting is at Pensacola Beach.

Hosted by Port of Pensacola Director Amy Miller, the conference on Tuesday and Wednesday will explore the benefits and challenges of investing in various types of energy-related commerce.

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