Outtakes: Unequal Access

By Rick Outzen Early Friday morning, a poor, young black mother of three died in her home. With friends and family present, she finally succumbed to brain cancer. She had no insurance and couldn’t afford the medical care that might have extended her life. At a recent PYP event, Mark Faulkner, the president and CEO […]

Winners & Losers – 2/13/20

Winners Dr. Scott Taylor The assistant professor in the University of West Florida Department of Biology has secured a $400,000 grant from the National Eye Institute to study how zebrafish regenerate preceptor cells in their eyes after they’ve been damaged. The research will focus on using Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats, or CRISPR, genome-editing techniques […]

Who Are You Voting For?

Seriously, we want to know. Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary is less than a month away, and we are looking for a few strong, informed and engaged voices to tell us and our readers why their candidate of choice is actually the best choice. So if you’re fully in for Warren, Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, heck, […]

Outtakes: Needing Heroes

By Rick Outzen For the past two months, I’ve contemplated heroism. Sheriff David Morgan helped me crystalize many of my thoughts with his speech at the ceremony that honored the law enforcement officers who engaged the terrorist at NAS Pensacola on Dec. 6. I agree with him that our nation today needs true heroes—not fictional […]

Winners & Losers – 2/6/20

WINNERS Troy Rafferty At the 2020 Living the Dream celebration, the Pensacola attorney announced that he and his wife Ashley were donating $100,000 to create the Rafferty Academy to help inner-city children prepare for college. The donation will further expand the Rafferty Hope Scholarships and provide tutoring, mentors and hands-on help for middle school students […]

Winners & Losers – 1/30/20

Winners UWF Center for Cybersecurity The University of West Florida has been awarded a five-year grant of approximately $2.4 million to prepare cybersecurity students for federal, state, local and tribal government organizations. The National Science Foundation CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service grant will establish the UWF CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service: Argo Cyber Emerging Scholars (ACES) program […]