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 With about three months to go before their first official game, the UWF Argos football team has a new member: the Blue Wahoos. September 10th is circled on a lot of calendars in Northwest Florida. That’s the date of the first home game for the University of West Florida football program. The Argos, of course, will be playing their home games at Blue Wahoos Stadium in downtown Pensacola. And now the Wahoos’ organization has agreed to partner with the university. Dave Scott, the UWF Athletic Director says the agreement is to sell corporate and commercial sponsorships.

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  Mars and Earth are getting a bit chummier this month, as the Red Planet moves to its closest distance in more than a decade. 

Mars’ position – just under 47 million miles from Earth – is called “opposition” That’s when the sun, Earth and Mars are in a straight line with Mars rising in the east just as the sun sets in the west.   

“Opposition is the same thing as a full moon,” said Pensacola State College astronomer Wayne Wooten. But, because of Earth’s slightly elliptical orbit, Earth is still getting even a little closer to Mars.

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Americans who fell in wartime were honored Sunday, at the annual Memorial Day service at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola.

In a ceremony that was shorter than previous ones, Veterans Park Foundation President Butch Hansen greeted a smaller than usual crowd. In his remarks he mentioned Founding Father Patrick Henry – who’s 280th birthday was Sunday – and read Henry’s words that were printed on the back of the program.

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about the changes in overtime pay rules, the latest unemployment numbers and the prospect of the Federal Reserve’s next interest rate increase.

New federal regulations have nearly doubled the the amount of overtime pay employees are eligible to receive. Harper said the rules are drastic, in part, because they are cumulative.

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AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will be on the road this Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of the summer travel season.

The Memorial Day period is defined as Thursday, May 26 to the actual holiday on Monday the 30th.

“We’re expecting an additional 700,000 Memorial Day travelers,” said Mark Jenkins at AAA-South in Tampa. “Largely because growth in the labor market [and] people making more money. But the biggest reason is low gas prices.”

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Without the bell-to-bell school schedule, days fill up with fun and leisure for students on vacation. Be aware that research shows that letting the proverbial lazy days of summer become too lazy can carry a heavy price.

All students need to keep learning over the summer, said Dara Murray, manager of program quality and evaluation for the National Summer Learning Association. If they don’t, they lose part of what they learn during the school year, and those losses add up year after year.

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A beach cleanup project during the annual LGBT Beach Reunion during Memorial Day Weekend – at Pensacola Beach and Park East is aimed at keeping the sand and water beautiful during and just after the holiday.

More than 75,000 people – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender – are expected to gather on the beach, mainly in the Park East section of Santa Rosa Island. And when a crowd that size forms – gay or straight – there’s a vast amount of debris that’s left behind. That’s where PSouth Operation Beach Cleanup comes in.

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An Escambia County couple is behind bars, facing numerous charges in the alleged abuse of three of their children.

An Escambia County couple is behind bars, facing numerous charges in the alleged abuse of three of their children.

“There are many things as law enforcement that we don’t take lightly, and of course child abuse is at the top of that list,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

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 University of West Florida students were among those leading teams of citizen scientists that surveyed plants and animals at the first Gulf Islands BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival.

 

While BioBlitz events have been held at parks in the National Park Service system for years, Saturday marked the first such festival at Gulf Islands National Seashore. 

 

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The nation’s airports are gearing for what’s being predicted as one of the busiest travel seasons ever and that means longer lines for the TSA’s security screening. You can make those lines go quicker by remembering a few simples tips, including leaving your guns at home.

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Residents and visitors could enjoy taking a ferry to downtown Pensacola, Fort Pickens and Quietwater Beach as early as next March, if everything stays on schedule.

Dan Brown is Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore. He said, "we've got a lot of moving parts on this and we're communicating with our partners on a regular basis, staying on track so far, and we're excited"

 

This week the WSRE Speaker’s series at Pensacola State College features a duo who helped create the 90s TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff wrote for and appeared on seven seasons of the program, then went on to create Cinematic Titanic, a touring show that also made fun of bad films. The pair will be appearing along with a grade B movie this Thursday evening. Here they speak about the renewed interest in the franchise.

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Heading into the holiday weekend and the summer season, area blood banks are putting out the call for more donations. Supplies of both O-Negative and O-Positive blood are low across the region right now. Pat Michaels is a spokesperson for OneBlood, the blood center for Pensacola and the panhandle. "We want to make sure that we have a very strong blood supply. As you might know, blood donations may not be enough in some cases to keep up with demand. But it's our job as a blood center to make sure we have enough blood on the shelf for all of the hospitals and transfusions."

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Summer is on the way and so are more festival scams. The Better Business Bureau says would-be festival goers are being tempted to buy tickets which are either fake or for a bogus event.

Here’s how such a scam could work: you see a great deal on tickets to a summer festival in your city, usually through a social media link.

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National Safe Boating Week kicked off Saturday, and runs through the Memorial Day weekend.

With more than 900,000, Florida leads the nation in the number of registered vessels. The 10-day “week” is aimed at reminding those planning to spend time on the water this summer to do it safely. Part of that advice comes from Capt. Tom Shipp of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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