Outtakes – In Plain Sight

By Rick Outzen Escambia School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and his administration once again have turned a blind eye to providing oversight of a charter school while precious dollars were siphoned out of the classroom. In 2015, we broke the news of financial and management issues at two charter schools run by Newpoint Education Partners. The […]

Winners & Losers 11/21/19

Winners Joseph T. Spaniola Dr. Spaniola, UWF professor and director of music theory and jazz studies, received the 2018- 2019 American Prize in Composition third-place honors in the Instrumental Chamber Music–Larger Ensemble Category for his composition DREAM, a Euphonium and String Quartet. The American Prize celebrates American Excellence in the Arts. DREAM is included on […]

Outtakes: Not A Safe Hideout

By Rick Outzen Over the centuries, Escambia County has been the favorite hideout for criminals, cast-offs and other scoundrels. A recent arrest reminded me of this dubious distinction that no one wants on any billboard. Late Thursday night, a man alleged to have a connection to the disappearance of Lee County community college student Aniah […]

Winner & Losers 11/14/19

Winner Nemours Children’s Specialty Care Its third annual costume fundraising ball raised close to $90,000 last month. All funds raised support the “Promise for Every Child” initiative, which helps ease the financial burden of patient families so that all children have the best chance at a healthy future. Last year, Nemours Pensacola provided $7.6 million […]

Outtakes: Trump Tango

By Rick Outzen For the past three years, we have noticed a new dance step coming out of the nation’s capital. The dance is more popular than the Macarena, Floss or Orange Justice, and it’s one that white males have little difficulty performing unless they’re wearing white hoods. Before you start, you must dye your […]

Winners & Losers 11/7/19

Winners Judy Bense The University of West Florida President Emeritus has been inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, which honors up to three women each year who have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for women and all Florida citizens. Bense is the first inductee from Northwest Florida. As the UWF’s […]