Today is Thursday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2014. There are 34 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 27, 1924, Macy’s first Thanksgiving Day parade – billed as a “Christmas Parade” – took place in New York.
On this date:
In 1839, the American Statistical Association was founded in Boston.
In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington, D.C.
In 1910, New York’s Pennsylvania Station officially opened.
In 1939, the play “Key Largo,” by Maxwell Anderson, opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York.
In 1942, during World War II, the Vichy French navy at Toulon (too-LOHN’) scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of German troops.
In 1953, playwright Eugene O’Neill died in Boston at age 65.
In 1962, the first Boeing 727 was rolled out at the company’s Renton Plant.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who’d resigned.
In 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone (mahs-KOH’-nee) and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.
In 1983, 181 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid’s Barajas airport.
In 1989, a bomb blamed on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian Avianca Boeing 727, killing all 107 people on board and three people on the ground.
Ten years ago: After four decades in North Korea and less than one month in a U.S. military jail near Tokyo, U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins became a free man. The Ukraine parliament declared the recently held presidential election invalid.
Five years ago: Tiger Woods crashed his SUV outside his Florida mansion, sparking widespread attention to reports of unfaithfulness to his wife, Elin Nordegren. (The couple divorced the following year.) Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced to their friends daughter Chelsea’s engagement to longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky. Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned from the International Space Station with a smooth touchdown.
One year ago: In a short ceremony inside their Chicago apartment, Vernita Gray and her partner of five years, Patricia Ewert, made Illinois history as they became the first gay couple to wed under the state’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage. Rising anger over deadly drone attacks spurred a Pakistani political party to reveal the identity of what it said was the top U.S. spy in the country and demand he be tried for murder. A crane collapsed at a Sao Paulo stadium being constructed for the 2014 World Cup, killing two workers.
Today’s Birthdays: Author Gail Sheehy is 77. Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (Film: “The Hurt Locker”) is 63. TV host Bill Nye (“Bill Nye, the Science Guy”) is 59. Actor William Fichtner (FIHK’-nuhr) is 58. Caroline Kennedy is 57. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri (Film: “Thelma and Louise”) is 57. Rock musician Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) is 55. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is 54. Rock musician Charlie Benante (Anthrax) is 52. Rock musician Mike Bordin (Faith No More) is 52. Actor Fisher Stevens is 51. Actress Robin Givens is 50. Actor Michael Vartan is 46. Rapper Skoob (DAS EFX) is 44. Actor Kirk Acevedo is 43. Rapper Twista is 42. Actor Jaleel White is 38. Actor Arjay Smith (TV: “Perception”) is 31. Actress Alison Pill is 29. Actress/singer Aubrey Peeples (TV: “Nashville”; “Sharknado”) is 21.
Thought for Today:
“Pioneers are seldom from the nobility. There were no Dukes on the Mayflower.”
– Mack Sennett, Canadian-born American movie producer (1880-1960)
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In Navarre Press
Ten Years ago in the Navarre Press: County hasn’t ruled NYSA out of new soccer complex … The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners is not punishing the Navarre Youth Sports Association by opening management of the new Navarre Soccer Complex up for bid, Commissioner Gordon Goodin said Nov.
10. “I’d like to see NYSA put together a strong package and get the bid, if they can address some of the issues I’ve identified, ”Goodin, who represents the Navarre area, said.
■ Fire chief: ‘We’ll do the best we can with what we’ve got’ … Southeast Santa Rosa County voters have made it quite clear they don’t want to pay more for fire protection: Three non-ad valorem assessment referendums in two years failed with margins of at least 10 percent each. So what do you do with three strikes? “We’re just going to keep on doing the best we can with what we’ve got,” Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Les Slocum said Friday.
■ Shooter still loose; deputies ‘following leads’ … Catherine Dokey of the Okaloosa Sheriff’s Department said investigators are “still getting a lot of leads “ in the case of a Navarre woman who was shot in the stomach last week “and following all of those.” The victim returned home from the hospital on Friday, she said, and “We want to give her a chance to settle in before we interview her again.” A sketch by local resident Barb Walker appeared in a local paper, but that was not much help, Dokey said.
Five years ago in the Navarre Press: Good news for new businesses … In October 2008, some would-be Navarre business owners were so frustrated with the process of starting a business in Santa Rosa County, they simply went elsewhere.
Take entrepreneur George Gonzalez, for example.
Gonzalez became so discouraged with what he called “the runaround” that he eventually opened up shop in Escambia County.
■ Feeding more with less … When Ann Thompson started working with Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County Inc., in 2000, serving about 150 families was considered “a big deal.” Now, nearly 10 years later, that figure has more than doubled. “We’ve got about 312 families this year,” said Jo Parnell, vice president of the nonprofit organization.
■ Pensacola Junior College unveils master plan … Plans for Pensacola Junior College to expand into south Santa Rosa County are underway. The college released renderings of the sprawling campus center, to be situated on 110 acres about 9 miles west of the Navarre Beach Bridge. The center’s initial phase will cost about $11 million and will include construction of the first building and the site’s infrastructure. Funding will come from the state’s public education capital outlay fund.
One year ago in the Navarre Press: Invasive ducks a source of controversy in Holley by the Sea … Hate them or love them, the ducks that live in the ponds at the Holley by the Sea Sunrise Drive entrance could possibly face euthanasia if they continue to be a nuisance to residents. At a regular meeting Nov. 14, HBTS board members discussed possible ways to eliminate the ducks from the property.
■ GB man arrested after threatening man with knife … A Gulf Breeze man was arrested after he reportedly broke into a home on Monopoly Court and threatened another man with a kitchen knife because he thought the man was having an affair with his wife. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office report, 33-year-old Adam Thomas Patton of Gulf Breeze was charged with aggravated assault and disturbing the peace on November 17.
■ Top two bidders return and two other proposals join forces … Santa Rosa County Commissioners received seven proposals in their redo of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier management bid. Pasco Gibson, Jr., and Yolanda Wells initially won a contract, set to start at the end of the current lease, which expires Dec. 31. However, three commissioners decided to revisit the initial proposal selection, prompting a lawsuit filed by Gibson and Wells to stop a revote. Ultimately the board instead rebid the contract to remedy the suit and also revised a proposal scoring method the county had used for more than two decades.