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Editorial By: Kelly Woodard

This week I, like 40,000 other people, ventured out to everyone’s favorite little beach bar for Kenny Chesney’s Flora-Bama Jama. It was inconvenient. It was hot. It was crowded. But it made for one fantastic weekend that I can’t wait to experience again next year.
When the announcement was made that free wristbands would be available online at 8 am, I like a million other people, logged on promptly at 8 in hopes of snagging a ticket to one of the coolest beach concerts of the year. By the time I finally got through, not only were all the wristbands gone, the waitlist was full too.
Thinking that my concert dreams were over, I put the idea out of my mind. That is until my best friend called with news that she had rented us a condo that came complete with six wristbands. I was in.
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Over-Covering Ferguson
Making Sense by Michael Reagan

Why have the protests and riots lasted so long in Ferguson?
Why have out-of-town agitators and opportunists like the Communist Revolutionary Party and the New Black Panthers flocked to a St. Louis suburb?
Why, 12 days after Michael Brown was shot to death by a policeman, do the good people of Ferguson who want to see a fair and just investigation into the facts surrounding Brown's death still have no peace?
It's the national news media, stupid.
It's the ratings-hungry, pot-stirring, sensationalizing TV media that never misses a chance to milk — and perpetuate -- a white-on-black news story.
Ferguson is not just big news on network TV and in the Washington Post. It's become a nightly action-packed reality show on CNN, MSNBC and FOX.
The images of tear-gassed protestors squared off against militarized police make for great TV. So does the tension and drama.
Will protests turn more violent tonight? Will a provocateur throw a bomb, burn down a variety store or shoot a cop with a deer rifle?
We all hope not. But if anything exciting happens, don't you worry, America.
Jake Tapper, Chris Hayes, Steve Harrigan will be there on the sidewalks of Ferguson to capture it live for CNN, MSNBC and Fox.
Then Anderson, Rachel and Greta will analyze and discuss everything until the country falls asleep.
Obviously, no one can or should stop the news media from stampeding in a herd to Ferguson. We need and want the national print and electronic media to thoroughly cover tragic events like this.
But we need the news media to do its job right — and with restraint.
We need journalists to dig up accurate new information, challenge the authorities, debunk rumors and lies and provide perspective, thoughtful analysis and commentary.
At this point in Ferguson the TV media's saturation coverage — and saturation commentary -- is only making things worse.
Its round-the-clock presence is not only attracting publicity seekers and troublemakers who give Ferguson's good people a bad name.
What's worse, the media attention is encouraging residents of Ferguson to continue the unnecessary daily protests that are destroying daily life in their town.
The people of Ferguson deserve to learn the truth. The investigation should be done properly, and state and federal agencies have come in to make sure that happens.
But the process of determining whether police officer Darren Wilson was justified or not in shooting Michael Brown is going to take months, if not years.
The autopsies are not complete. The grand jury hasn't finished its work. We don't have the police incident report yet. We've heard conflicting eyewitness reports.
Instead of standing around on sidewalks in the dark waiting for something exciting to happen, the TV news guys should do everyone a favor and back off for a while.
That will never happen. But if it did, overnight Ferguson's streets would be filled with cars again, not protest marchers, riot police and Al Jazeera camera crews.
Everyone involved — especially the TV news media — needs to calm down and wait for all the facts before they start spouting their pre-conceived conclusions.
The shooting death of a young black man like Michael Brown is an American tragedy. Unfortunately, it happens all too often.
Too many unarmed citizens of all races are being killed each year by our cops. No one knows for sure how many. But in a handful of highly publicized cases, it's a white cop killing an unarmed black man without justification.
Maybe that's what happened to Brown, maybe not. We'll see.
Meanwhile, while the national media herd waits for all the facts about Brown's death, they might want to spend some quality time in Chicago.
Last year 500 murders were committed there. As in most inner cities, most of the victims and the perpetrators were young black men engaged in gang warfare.
Chicago's permanent murder spree is not as sensational or as racially charged as a white cop killing an unarmed black teen. But its causes and cures could use a lot more media attention.
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Beloved McGuire’s Matriarch, Molly Martin, Passes Away at 77
By: Kelly Woodard

The Gulf Coast’s favorite Irish Pub, McGuire’s, went dark on Tuesday as they closed their doors to honor its own matriarch, Molly Martin who died Friday at the age of 77.
Molly and her husband, McGuire Martin, were married on Pensacola Beach in 1977 and opened the legendary Pensacola later that year. With its original location on Fairfield Drive, a second McGuire's Irish Pub opened in Destin in 1996. The Pensacola restaurant that everyone has come to know and love moved to its current location on Gregory Street later that year.
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Pensacola Beach’s Jamaican Festival Will ‘Stir It Up’ This Labor Day Weekend
By: Kelly Woodard

Bamboo Willies and the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce wants to make every little thing alright this Labor Day weekend as they present the 2014 Jamaican Festival Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 29
th through August 31st.
The festival will feature an all-star lineup of reggae favorites like Rising Lion, Glory Band, Heritage Band, Jaguar Band, Morning Fatty, and Tree House. In addition to fantastic music, the festival will include a merchant sidewalk filled with one of a kind art, jewelry and more.
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The Summer Heat Catches Fire At Flora Bama’s ‘Smoke On The Water’ Beach Luau
By: Kelly Woodard

The Wonderful Wacky Women and the Flora-Bama Yacht Club on Ole River, located at 17350 Perdido Key Drive, will make the summer heat even hotter with the 4
th Annual Smoke On The Water Beach Luau and Bikini Contest, this Saturday, August 23rd, beginning at noon.
The festival will feature dozens of arts and crafts vendors as well as a traditional Hawaiian style BBQ complete with a roasted pig and grilled pineapple. Rock the day into the night with headlining act and local favorite, the Sam Glass Band and friends.
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If You Aren’t Ready For Fall, “Wine” About It At the 2nd Annual Palafox Wine Walk
By: Kelly Woodard

Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t “wine” about it at the 2
nd Annual Palafox Wine Walk this Saturday, August 23rd from 4 to 7 pm. Presented by the Downtown Improvement Board, this special event will allow wine lovers to sample wines from various boutique vendors offering specialty blends and wines you wouldn’t expect to find here on the gulf coast.
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