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On the morning of September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan was no longer a local story. NPR led its newscasts that morning with updates about the storm damage and loss of life. 

Earlier, at 1:50am...Hurricane Ivan made landfall at Gulf Shores, Alabama. By then it had already killed 67 people in the Caribbean including 39 in Grenada and 17 in Jamaica. Escambia county was hit by the eastern edge of the storm, the most dangerous part of any Atlantic hurricane.

Operation Photo Rescue

Operation Photo Rescue is saving memories, one disaster at a time. And, the organization is now considering whether to come to the Pensacola area in the wake of the extensive damage from the local flooding event in April.

ESPN: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11300540&categoryid=2378529

Pensacola native Derrick Brooks was one of seven NFL greats in the Class of 2014 to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Brooks is currently a co-owner for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.

Brooks’ journey to the NFL began as a youngster in Pensacola, Florida. He was a standout defensive player at Washington High School and helped Florida State University win the 1993 National Championship.

The community action group Movement for Change has been a fixture in Pensacola since the 1990's; officially established in 1997. Led by activist Leroy Boyd, who died in 2010, their original mission was the renaming of Pensacola’s Alcaniz Street in honor of slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Over the years, members of the organization have tackled numerous social justice issues, ranging from disparities in education, law enforcement, and the voting process.

Warren Jerrems

More than 200 youth volunteers from churches in nine states around the country are in the local community this week, participating in the inaugural Pensacola Workcamp.  The project is providing free critical home upgrades for over 30 local elderly, handicapped, and lower-income residents.

Belle is a 2013 British drama now playing at select theaters across the country; it opened in Pensacola over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and is now back at the Gulf Breeze Cinema. And, it’s a film that Pensacola area residents may want to see because of its local connections.

The film is of note because of its connections to the city of Pensacola.  

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Christy Ball's Piedmont Road home suffered major damage in last week's flood. She attracted a crowd as she talked to the Governor and other city and county officials about what she and many other Pensacola residents are up against. Ball said she's been spending thousands of dollars out of pocket just to begin repairs to her home.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

One of the biggest losses from this week's storm was Manna Food Pantries, who's office and warehouse in Pensacola were just about a total loss.  WUWF's Bob Barrett toured the damage at the Manna complex on Gonzalez Street and spoke about what it means for the future of Manna with Executive Director Dee Dee Flounlacker, who said they have lost "approximately 60 to 75 percent of our food".

On Manna's food storage:

The office and warehouse on Gonzalez street in Pensacola is the only place Manna stores their food. The only food still usable was stored on the higher shelves.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

A small crowd gathered at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway, in Pensacola, Friday morning as the historic chimney from a 19th century sawmill was entered into the National Registry of Historic Places. Pensacola City Councilman Andy Terhaar addressed the crowd and read a proclamation from the Mayor honoring the designation.

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It's opening day! The Pensacola Blue Wahoos start their third season in Pensacola Thursday evening at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium with a game against the Tennessee Smokies.

WUWF's Bob Barrett was at the stadium earlier this week for Media Day, and spoke to Blue Wahoo's owner Quint Studer and manager Delino DeShields about the upcoming season.

Highlights:

Quint Studer on the Blue Wahoos third season:

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