News of the Weird 8.12.10

 

by Chuck Shepard
Woody Allen Joke Come to Life: Shirley Anderson, 71, is suing her son Ken, 46, in Vancouver, British Columbia, for parental support — even though she and his father had abandoned him when he was 15 (having one day just picked up and moved and, as in Mr. Allen’s joke, “left no forwarding address”).

Outtakes: World Class Risk

 

By Rick Outzen

When city leaders list the reasons why someone should live inside the Pensacola city limits, fire protection is at or near the top of that list. At the recent mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Mike Wiggins, Councilwoman Diane Mack and all the candidates bragged about the city’s fire department.

WIND WARRIOR

 

Since the beginning of July, John MacTaggart has been cycling across the country to promote the idea of wind-assisted vehicles. But the bike he’s been riding isn’t your typical geared road cruiser; it’s a complex cycling contraption he and his father designed called a Pterosail — incorporating a sail that sits on the side of a recumbent trike.

SAME-GENDER MEMBERSHIPS

The local YMCA’s opposition to family memberships for same-gender couples has created a tiff between the organization and gay rights groups. Doug Landreth, Gay Grassroots president of Northwest Florida, says it was brought to…

REAL DEM EXPRESS

U.S. Congressman Kendrick Meek was in Pensacola on Aug. 7 as part of his “Real Dem Express” tour of the state. The IN caught up with him at the Seville Diner. Before sitting down…

PENSACOLA BRIDGE TO BE REPLACED

A representative from the Florida Department of Transportation told the Pensacola City Council at its committee meeting last week that the Pensacola “Three-Mile” Bridge will be replaced in the next six years. The current…

BP CLAIMS DELUSION

[JP-Facebook-Like] BP VP Darryl Willis, who heads the oil giant’s claims processing, spoke at a press conference last week, vaguely telling reporters that his company would foot the bill for outstanding damages caused by…

FCAT SCORES DROP

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Escambia County Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas and the Florida Association of District Superintendents aren’t happy with the 2010 FCAT results. They believe that the results don’t accurately report the gains in fourth and fifth grading because that 2010 test is more aligned to the 2008 and that learning gains should be measured using the 2008 score, not 2009. Florida’s Commissioner of Education didn’t agree, and the 2010 results were upheld.

Winners & Losers 8.12.10

August 12, 2010 issue

WINNERS

JAN KURTZ The Fiesta of Five Flags Association announced recently that this local artist will be the featured artist for the 33rd annual Pensacola Seafood Festival. Kurtz is best known for her marine biology research and translating her fascination with the environment around us into brilliant naturescapes. One of her paintings has been selected as this year’s Pensacola Seafood Festival’s official artwork. Her work is currently displayed at Blue Morning Gallery in downtown Pensacola.

Community Outreach 8.12.10

BAYVIEW PARK FLEA MARKET Vendors will have their products for sale in Bayview Park at Blount St. and 20th Avenue every first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. Items for sale will include clothing, pottery, jewelry, baked goods and more. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or would like more information, call 436-5190, e-mail HYPERLINK “mailto:aquina@ci.pensacola.fl.us” aquina@ci.pensacola.fl.us, or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.playpensacola.com” playpensacola.com.



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