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Caleb Joshua Halley
11/27/1981 - 6/25/2015
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Caleb Joshua Halley was born on November 27, 1981 in Panama City, Bay County, Florida and died on June 25, 2015 in Panama City, Bay County, Florida. He lived to be 33 years old.

He was the Mascot Chief Osceola from 2004 -2007. Go Noles!
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Newspaper6/30/2015 Panama City FL (Bay County) 33 yrs old 
After Panama City Beach stabbing, family recalls ‘Chief Osceola’
PANAMA CITY BEACH — As a 9-year-old watching the headdressed “Chief Osceola” plunge a flaming spear into the midfield turf of Florida State University’s stadium, Caleb Joshua Halley dreamed of one day being outfitted as the school’s mascot, family members said Monday.
Halley, who was known to family and friends as Josh, achieved his dream and rode bareback atop Renegade, the Seminole chief’s horse, longer than most others; but his life came to an abrupt end last week after being stabbed at a local seafood market, allegedly following an argument over gumbo seasoning, according to police reports.
Family members remembered Halley, a Panama City native, as an avid outdoorsman and survivalist with an inviting smile and a big heart — a large part of which was dedicated to FSU and the mascot program.
“He wanted to be Chief Osceola since he was 9 years old,” said Stephanie Halley, Josh Halley’s stepmother. “We’d go to the paddock to watch them put makeup on the chief, and, at 10, he met with the director who said he definitely looked the part.”
Josh Halley felt an immense sense of pride in preceding every FSU home game, partly because of his Creek and Seminole heritage, family members said. He was one of only 17 FSU students to embody the historical Chief Osceola and was tied with one other student as the second-longest to hold the position of Chief Osceola, his term spanning the 2004-2007 football seasons.
“Josh just loved the tradition and physicality of the mascot program,” said Gene Halley, his father. “He loved being in the Osceola program working with horses and training them.”
Josh Halley was particularly proud of helping re-initiate the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity that his father started while the elder attended FSU.
Josh Halley coached a youth football team, was the first president of the Washington County SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) group and was awarded the Lawton Chiles Youth Advocacy Award while he was a student at Chipley High School. He also loved nature and could regularly be found with friends in and around the Chipola River, family members said.
“Everywhere he went he made friendships around him,” Stephanie Halley said. “People just held him in high regard and he had the most charming, prettiest smile.”
Halley, 33, died two days after his co-worker, 26-year-old Orlando Thompson, allegedly stabbed him about 4 p.m. June 23 behind Buddy’s Seafood Market, 111 S. State 79, according to Panama City Beach Police Department reports.
Police said an argument about how much seasoning to put in the restaurant’s gumbo escalated into an armed confrontation. Video from the business shows the argument subsiding before Thompson went back inside. He returned with a 15-inch blade and began slicing and lunging at Halley, police reported.
Halley suffered three lacerations, including one from which his intestines protruded, according to PCBPD records. He died two days later.
The charge against Thompson was then upgraded from aggravated battery with a deadly weapon to manslaughter. He is being held on a $75,000 bond. Thompson declined to comment for this article.
“We are all devastated,” Stephanie Halley said. “There is a big hole in all our lives.”Posted Jun 30, 2015 - Panama City News Herald  
Newspaper4/17/2017 Panama City FL (Bay County) 2 yrs after death 
PANAMA CITY — A seafood vendor employee was convicted Thursday of murder for fatally stabbing a co-worker with a “decorative sword” over gumbo seasoning.
Orlando Ricardo Thompson, 27, was found guilty of second-degree murder as charged in the June 2015 death of 33-year-old former Chipley resident Caleb Joshua Halley, who at one time had portrayed “Chief Osceola,” FSU football’s mascot. The evidence in the case had been argued for almost two years since an argument erupted over gumbo seasoning behind Buddy’s Seafood Market, 111 State 79, and escalated into the stabbing.
Thompson faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced May 4 by Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet, officials said. Thompson will have a chance to make his case at his sentencing as to why he should receive a lighter sentence than life.
Family members of both men, who at one time had been roommates, wept in the courtroom when the verdict was read. Thompson’s family declined to comment afterward.
Jurors deliberated more than two hours at the end of the four-day trial.Prosecutor Bob Sombathy introduced the video at the trial’s onset to establish that Thompson had ample opportunity to leave before the stabbing occurred.
The video was broken down into two separate events, both without audio, the afternoon of June 23, 2015.
In the first, Halley confronts Thompson about adding spice to the seafood business’ gumbo. Posturing, shouting and shoving ensues with both men arming themselves — Thompson with a 2x4 board and Halley with a pocket knife — before they separate and disarm.
“The fight is over at that point,” Sombathy told the jury. “No one lost face. Everyone had a weapon but nobody did anything stupid like use it ... but that’s not where it ends.”
In the 11 seconds that follows, Thompson runs inside to a spice closet, grabs a foot-long sword with knuckle guards and returns. Sombathy argued the haste with which Thompson returned showed his lack of fear. It also demonstrated Thompson then became the aggressor, Sombathy said. “Thompson ran back out,” he said. “Inside the store are customers, the manager. Across the street is the police department, but he’s not interested in that.”
That’s when the men tangle for a second time, and Halley arms himself with a mop stick against the sword. Halley repeatedly strikes at Thompson’s hand in an attempt to disarm him. At some point, Halley suffers a stab wound severe enough to expose his intestines.
Sombathy argued the second altercation was avoidable had Thompson not returned. The jury sided with the prosecution.
Halley was taken to a hospital after the stabbing and died from his injuries two days later.
Halley’s family says the conviction brought justice — but they will suffer his loss forever.
“Justice for Josh has been served, but it doesn’t bring him back,” said a representative for the family. “We suffered the loss of a brilliant young man. Josh just touched so many lives.”
Halley, who graduated from Chipley High School in 2000, was well known for his portrayal of Florida State University’s Chief Osceola from 2004 to 2007. - Posted Apr 21, 2017 - Panama City News Herald  

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5 1986 Moments after liftoff the space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing size astronauts and a New Hampshire teacher.
8 1989 An asteroid comes relatively close to colliding with the earth
9 1990 Hubble Space Telescope launched; optical defect discovered and repaired later in 1993.
13 1994 The world watches comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (S-L 9) colliding with Jupiter
16 1997 First Pathfinder vehicle lands on Mars and begin sending first photographs of Martin landscape. These are made available on the internet.
17 1998 Construction begins on the International Space Station.
19 2000 Successful cloning of animals begins in the early 2000s.
23 2004 March 2, 2004 - Mars rover MER-B (Opportunity) confirms to NASA that the area of their landing was once covered in water.
29 2010 CERN scientist trap anti-matter for the first time.
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3 1984 NEWS HEADLINES: The first Macintosh computer with a mouse is launched and begins the computer age as it is shortly followed by the first PC and Microsoft.
11 1992 NEWS HEADLINES: The "World Wide Web" (Internet) became available for home use through college and university sponsored "freenets".
19 2000 June 1, 2000 - For the first time since 1851, the United States of America does not participate in a major World's Fair, the Hannover 2000 World Expo, despite a record number, 187, of international participants. President Bill Clinton had withdrawn U.S. participation late in 1999 after agreement to participate in 1997. Congressional apathy toward participation in world events continues a decline in U.S. involvement after the fall of the Soviet Union and victory in the Cold War. A consequence of this policy has led to a rise, among some experts, of anti-American sentiment, and a decline of U.S. influence in diplomatic affairs. Less than half, 18.1 million, of the original attendance estimate, 40 million, visit Hannover's event.
19 2000 The 2000 census enumerates a population of 281,421,906, increasing 13.2% since 1990. As regions, the South and West continued to pick up the majority of the increase in population, moving the geographic center of U.S. population to Phelps County, Missouri.
19 2000 April 3, 2000 - The ruling in the case of the United States versus Microsoft states that the company did violate anti-trust laws by diminishing the capability of its rivals to compete.
19 2000 November 7, 2000 - George W. Bush, son of the former President, and Vice President Al Gore hold a virtual dead-heat for the presidency, with a disputed vote in Florida holding off the naming of the winner of the President Election until the Supreme Court of the United States voted in favor of Bush on December 12. This ruling gave Florida to the Bush camp by a 527 vote majority, and a victory in the Electoral College, 271-266, despite gaining less popular votes than Gore.
19 2000 December 28, 2000 - Montgomery Ward, the retail giant since its founding one hundred and twenty-eight years before, announces its intention to cease business. Competition from newer, low-cost retail behemoths such as Wal-Mart lead to its demise. Over the next 10 years Wal-Mart pushes most other 'dime store' businesses to closure.
20 2001 NEWS HEADLINES: September 11 -- (9 11) -- The World Trade Towers are hit by terrorist flying commercial planes full of passengers.
20 2001 April 8, 2001 - Tiger Woods becomes the first golfer to hold all four major golf titles simulteneously by winning the Master's tournament in Augusta, Georgia. This followed a remarkable run in 2000 when Woods claimed victory at the final three majors of that season; the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship.
21 2002 February 8, 2002 - Amid tight security due to terrorism concerns, the Winter Olympic Games are opened by President George W. Bush in Salt Lake City, Utah. They would continue without major incident until the closing ceremony on February 24.
22 2003 April 9, 2003 - The U.S. coalition siezes control of Baghdad in the Iraq conflict.
22 2003 February 1, 2003 - A tragedy at NASA occurs when the Space Shuttle Columbia explodes upon reentry over Texas. All seven astronauts inside are killed.
22 2003 December 13, 2003 - Saddam Hussein, former leader of Iraq, is captured in a small bunker in Tikrit by the U.S. 4th Infantry Division. General fear of terrorism begins to subside.
23 2004 February 3, 2004 - The Central Intelligence Agency admits that the imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction (which justified the war on Iraq) was not present before the 2003 Iraq war began.
24 2005 United States labor is squeezed by global forces and the United States economy continues to decline.
24 2005 July 26, 2005 - In the first Space Shuttle flight since the tragedy of 2003, Discovery goes into orbit on a mission that returns to earth safely on August 9.
24 2005 August 29, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina strikes the Gulf Coast, inundating the city of New Orleans with water from Lake Pontchetrain when the levees that maintain the below sea level city break. Over one thousand three hundred people perish from Alabama to Louisiana in one of the worst natural disasters to strike the United States. (Picture Below: Damage across the Gulf Coast of the United States after Hurricane Katrina.)
30 2011 March 15, 2011 - Largest recorded earthquake hits Japan and everyone watches the horrifying scenes as survivors post videos taken with their cell phones on YouTube.
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6 1987 January 24 - approximately 20,000 protesters march through Cummings, Georgia in all White Forsyth County.
6 1987 President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev meet in Washington and sign an agreement calling for the dismantling of all Soviet and US missiles.
8 1989 George Bush is elected president. (Republican)
12 1993 Bill Clinton is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Democrat)
13 1994 O.J. Simpson is chased down by police and later his trial is telecast for the world to watch.
16 1997 A robust economy creates the longest prosperity in U.S. history.
18 1999 United States budget goes into surplus.
20 2001 George W. Bush is elected president. He is the son of George Bush who served as president from 1989-1993. He will serve two terms. (Republican)
23 2004 National Museum of the American Indian is established in Washington DC.
23 2004 National Museum of the American Indian is established on the mall in Washington DC.
23 2004 November 2, 2004 - President George W. Bush wins reelection over Democratic Senator John Kerry from Massachusetts. He wins 50.7% of the popular vote and 286 votes in the Electoral College.
25 2006 December 1, 2006 - United States manufacturing capacity and esteem wanes, signalled by the sale of the last shares of his General Motors stock by U.S. billionaire Kirk Kerkorian.
27 2008 October 3, 2008 - The United States Congress passes legislation, signed by President Bush, for a $700 billion bailout, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, giving the Treasury Department authority to assist distressed Wall Street and banking businesses of the United States due to the housing, banking, and subprime mortgage crises caused by excessive greed and speculation among Wall Street firms. This economic distress, coupled with oil prices above $140 per barrel during the summer, deepened the world economic crises that had been brewing all year. The bailout was supported by current President George W. Bush and both presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain.
27 2008 A major financial crisis and recession begins in earnest.
28 2009 October 31, 2009 - The economic recession continues to deepen as jobless claims climb above 10.0%, reaching 10.2% with October's monthly figures. This occurs despite efforts by the Obama administration to ramp up massive government spending pushed by the $780 billion economic stimulus package passed earlier in the year.
28 2009 Health care reforms initiated by the new US President, Obama, gives birth to the 'Tea Party' movement.
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8 1989 The Berlin Wall falls uniting communist East Germany and capitalistic West Germany
9 1990 Iraq (Sadam Hussein) invades Kuwait causing the U.N. to impose sanctions. This leads to the Gulf War.
11 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is formed.
12 1993 South Africa accepts racial equality.
15 1996 Pope John Paul II affirmed evolution by natural selection
18 1999 Yugoslavia breaks up and Serbia is contained.
19 2000 Internet, cellphones, and social networking (using websites such as Twitter and Facebook) begin to grow in popularity and become standards for most house holds by 2010.
19 2000 China begins to emerge as an economic giant.
20 2001 September 18, 2001 - Anthrax attacks by mail from Princeton, New Jersey against news and government targets begin. Federal officials announce the first case on October 4. World wide concern about terrorism continues to escalate.
20 2001 September 11, 2001 - 911 - Islamic fundamentalist terrorists hijack four U.S. airliners and crash them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City. The attack of two planes levels the World Trade Center and the crash of one plane inflicts serious damage to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, causing nearly 3,000 deaths. The fourth plane is heroically crashed by passengers into a Shanksville, Pennsylvania cornfield when they learn of the plot, preventing destruction of another structure in Washington, D.C., supposed to be the White House or the Capitol building. The plot is attributed to the Al-Qaeda organization led by Osama Bin Laden.
20 2001 October 7, 2001 - In response to the tragedy of September 11, the United States military, with participation from its ally the United Kingdom, commence the first attack in the War on Terrorism on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. By November 12, the Taliban government leaves the capital, Kabul.
20 2001 April 1, 2001 - China-U.S. incident. An American spyplane collides with a fighter plane of China and makes an emergency landing in Hainan, China. The U.S. crew is detained for ten days
21 2002 May 21, 2002 - The United States State Department issues its report in the War on Terror. It states that there are seven nations that a State-Sponsors: Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.
21 2002 November 21, 2002 - NATO invites additional members of the former Soviet bloc to join its membership. Seven nations are included in the invitation; Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
21 2002 November 8, 2002 - The United Nations passes Resolution 1441 in a unanimous Security Council vote. It forces Saddam Hussein and Iraq to disarm or face serious consequences.
22 2003 March 19, 2003 - The War in Iraq begins with the bombing of Baghdad after additional measures and mandates from the United Nations and the United States coalition fail to gain concessions or the removal of Saddam Hussein from power. The U.S. coalition, upon failure to extract authority from the U.N. for action due to the veto power of France, begin land operations one day later with participation from U.S., British, Australian, and Polish troops.
25 2006 February 22, 2006 - In a continuing shift of the retail industry to new platforms, the one billionth song is downloaded from the internet music store, Apple iTunes. This shift comes at the expense of many brick and mortar chains, including Tower Records. The trend of purchasing items via the internet, instead of local stores, continues to grow.
26 2007 The world climate and ocean temperatures continue to rise. Both polar caps are shrinking at a record breaking rate.
26 2007 January 10, 2007 - President George W. Bush announces a troop surge of 21,500 for the war in Iraq to stem the violence at the request of new commander General Petreus. This controversial policy begins to show positive signs once fully implemented during the summer months, with a reduction in violent attacks against coalition forces and Iraqi civilians. Progress on the political front within the Iraqi national government, however, does not keep pace with positive developments on the military front.
27 2008 November 4, 2008 - Barack Obama, Democratic Senator from Illinois, the land of Abraham Lincoln, wins a landslide margin in the Electoral College, 365 to 173 in the election for the 44th President of the USA over John McCain, making him the first African-American president in the history of the United States of America.
29 2010 April 20, 2010 - A British Petroleum deep water oil rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the largest oil spill in the history of the United States, killing eleven workers, and devastating the envirnoment. It also severely damaged the fishing and tourism industries of gulf states.
30 2011 March 15, 2011 - The largest recorded earthquake hits Japan followed by a huge tsunami. Three nucular power plants are danaged and remain in critical status for the next six weeks. Manufacturing plants in Japan can no longer produce and impacts the world economy.
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