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Joseph Graves, the former Florida Department of Law Enforcement chemist charged with racketeering and other offenses, was given a 15-year sentence after entering a guilty plea on Wednesday. 

The University of West Florida Social Work Department is facilitating a new series of community workshops to explore the issue of race in Escambia County. “Racial Tension: Cooling the Fires” will kick off this Thursday evening in downtown Pensacola.

Key triggers of this focus on racial issues have included nationally publicized police-involved shootings of blacks and the massacre of nine people at a black church in Charleston, S.C.  

Julie Patton, an instructor in the UWF Social Work Department, says she and her colleagues felt compelled to dig deeper.

  With the backing of some independent voters, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has a seven-point lead over Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy in the latest Quinnipiac University poll. 

Taken between August 31 and last Wednesday, the 601 likely voters queried give Rubio a 50-43 percent edge, with a four point margin of error. A poll taken before their easy primary victories showed Rubio leading Murphy 48-45 percent.

Hillsdale College

The University of West Florida will be hosting its annual Constitution Day lecture this Friday. Adam Carrington, an Assistant Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College in Michigan will be giving a talk called “Liberty as Lodestar – The Constitution’s Commitment to Freedom”.  Dr. Carrington spoke with WUWF’s Bob Barrett about freedom and liberty being the “guiding light” of the constitution.

Dr. Adam Carrington's Constitution Day lecture will be given Friday at Noon at the UWF Conference Center and Ballroom. 

Tre'von Ware

The University of West Florida is currently hosting a series of initiatives that are aimed at stimulating conversation and thought about race, gender, and other sometimes controversial issues. There are two opportunities to join the discussion this Thursday.

Port of Pensacola

The Pensacola City Council is expected to continue discussion on Mayor Ashton Hayward’s proposed budget Monday afternoon, which includes $100,000 for a study of the Port of Pensacola. 

At issue is what do with the property originally set aside for construction of the DeepFlex facility to make pipe for offshore oil rigs. That plan has been scrapped, along with its 200 jobs. Councilwoman Sherri Myers proposes the study, in large part because of the DeepFlex failure. 

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More history was made Saturday night by the fledgling UWF football program, when the Argonauts played their first-ever home game at Fetterman Field against the Missouri S&T Miners. 

 

 

We watched an historic football game Saturday! @goargos! #UWF #uwffootball #goargos

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  Donald Trump made a return trip to Pensacola Friday evening and, it appears, he doesn’t like the media. "The show is beginning. Not the donors. Not the insiders. Not the media executives, very dishonest people." Statements like that are music to the ears of his supporters who, it seems, also don’t like the media. "These are very, very dishonest people."

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Students from ITT Tech looking to continue their education can get a helping hand from George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola. 

All 137 ITT campuses across 39 states have been closed, after the U.S. Department of Education barred the for-profit from enrolling new students who depend on federal aid. The sanctions came after ITT's accrediting agency threatened to withdraw accreditation

According to the Department of Education, ITT received an estimated $580 million in federal money last year.

 

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper talks about the Pensacola Young Professionals’ annual Quality of Life survey and what the results reveal about perceptions of the area’s economy and the Port of Pensacola.

 

The PYP Quality of Life survey was released this week. Conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, 800 respondents were surveyed with the largest response group being those 65 and older, followed by those who were 55-64 and Harper says there weren’t big surprises in the basic findings.

  Florida West is teaming up with CareerSource EscaRosa to host a free workshop on Friday, aimed at helping match groups who help people, with people who need jobs.

It’s called a “Workforce Toolbox,” and seeks to do a couple of things: dispel a misconception that there are no jobs out there, and find solutions to what Florida West CEO Scott Luth calls a disconnect between workers and potential employers.

Sandra Averhart

Getting students to become active on their campuses and in their communities is the goal of organizations like Vote Mob and the Student Power Network. The Florida state director of these organizations recently made his pitch at the University of West Florida.

David Caicedo spoke to students in one of the classes taught by UWF Mass Communication Professor Gloria Horning.

Richard Termine

A pioneer in children’s television is coming to Pensacola to talk about the future of the medium, and share stories about life on one of the most famous streets on Earth. Sonia Manzano knows exactly how to get to Sesame Street. Beginning in 1971 she starred as the character Maria in the classic children’s series. She says the role defined her career. "I grew up on the show. I finally retired last July (after 44 years)."

  Informally called University Field, the turf football field at the University of West Florida has a new name.

UWF Vice President Brendan Kelly made the announcement at the Argo Club on campus, that with a commitment of one million dollars by Pen Air Federal Credit Union, the field will be named Pen Air Field.

“The field will serve as an emblem of the full scope of that partnership,” said Kelly. “One that has the best interests of the community and this university at its core.”

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  Some years ago it became clear to me that many people do not realize that the moon, just like the sun, rises and sets. For many of you this might sound questionable, but I can assure you that it is true.

The first time I encountered someone who professed to not realize that the moon rose and set, I thought I had found an outlier, someone who for some reason had missed this easily observable natural phenomenon.

But over several years I was surprised to meet a number of people who said that not only had they never watched a moonrise, they hadn’t realized that it did.

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