The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 23, 2006

Age Is No Obstacle If You Love to Fish and Care about a Cancer Charity; A Duo of Nease High Classmates Will Host a Special Tournament Next Month
Byline: Charlie Patton Here's how Jordan Carroll and his neighbor Matt Hahnemann are spending their summer vacation. Partners in a landscaping firm, the two juniors at Nease High School are cutting a lot of grass. When they're not cutting...
A.M.Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA RISE AND WHINE No, not again! OK, we all know classic rock stations are programmed by a roomful of robots in Dallas, hellbent on homogenizing the world. The entire classic rock genre, of course, is designed so 40-something...
A New Chance; Jags Sign Twice-Suspended Lineman
Byline: BART HUBBUCH The Jaguars claimed veteran offensive lineman Wayne Hunter on Monday, less than a week after he was waived by the Seattle Seahawks for a series of off-field problems that included two NFL suspensions. Hunter, a third-round...
Area Rates No. 7 for Homes Foreclosed; the Usual Factors, Such as Unemployment, Don't Explain Jacksonville's Position on the List
Byline: JOE LIGHT Creative financing, relatively modest home appreciation, and low interest rates might have made Jacksonville one of the more affordable cities in Florida according to real estate experts. But according to a national report, Jacksonville...
Baptist Ministers Start Summer Jobs Program; They Are Working with Businesses to Try to Have an Effect on City's Homicide Toll
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY A group of about 30 black Baptist ministers sought the aid of a higher power Monday in their fight against Jacksonville's exploding homicide rate. "Oh God, we know you saved the children of Israel and we know you can do it...
Camden Administrator Shifting to Lead Coffee; He Replaces Billy Smith, Who Retires Next Month
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND -- Longtime Camden County schools administrator Edwin Davis has been selected as the new superintendent of schools in Coffee County. He will replace Billy Smith, who is retiring on June 30 after serving nearly...
City's Vehicle Giveaways: A Good Use of Public Property? They Go to Nonprofits, but Giving Away a Surplus Car Means There's No Opportunity to Sell It
Byline: BETH KORMANIK With 85,492 miles on the odometer, the 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck was deemed useless to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and slated to be sold as surplus. But it fit a need at the Police Athletic League, which received...
Coast Lines
SYMPOSIUM WEDNESDAY ON GEORGIA ARCHAEOLOGY The Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center will conduct an archaeological symposium 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in Brunswick. The 8 a.m. session will be at the center, 127 F St., and the 1 p.m. session...
Dear Nielsen Diary: Today I Watched ... Keeping Track of a Week's Worth of Viewing Is an Eye-Opener for Ex-TV Writer
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON The Nielsen diary and I have something in common. We both got our start in the age of Ozzie and Harriet and have managed to hang around into the era of Desperate Housewives. But until a couple of weeks ago, I'd never actually...
Despite Bad Press, 'Da Vinci' a Hit at Box Office; Film Racked Up $77 Million in U.S. and Even Brought in a Record $11.5 Million in Italy
Byline: DAVID HINCKLEY NEW YORK - That which did not kill The Da Vinci Code apparently made it stronger. The movie version of the controversial Dan Brown novel about Jesus being a married father survived theological protests and weak reviews...
Dixie Chicks 'Not Ready to Make Nice' Yet; Album Is Group's First since 2003 Flap over President
Byline: JEFF VRABEL It's been three years since the Dixie Chicks and country music had their ugly public break-up. Today, with their new Taking the Long Way (Columbia, *** 1/2 [3 1/2] stars), the Chicks are finally getting back out into the scene....
Douglas Anderson Wins Ellington Prize; School's Jazz Ensemble 1 Wins National Contest
Byline: JEFF VRABEL The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble 1 took first place Saturday night during the Jazz at Lincoln Center's 11th annual "Essentially Ellington" High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival, at the venerable...
Got Milk? Cows Who Give Birth Do
Byline: Phillip Milano QUESTION I was drinking a glass of moo juice a few minutes ago, and it struck me: Does a cow produce milk 365 days a year? Sounds like a dumb question, but look at some of the questions readers are asking about sex and...
Is Your Kid Ready for Pre-K? Steps to Get Your Child into the Free Program
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Florida's free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program is already enrolling students for the 2006-07 school year. Hundreds of Northeast Florida day-care centers and church pre-schools participate in the program, which is funded...
Jacksonville Journal
OFFICERS BUCKLE DOWN TO CATCH THE UNBUCKLED Jacksonville-area law enforcement authorities are joining forces with agencies statewide to target unbuckled motorists. Through June 4, the Sheriff's Office will aggressively enforce the state's seat...
Jags Taking Risks with Character
Byline: Gene Frenette I'm not ready to give the Jaguars top billing on the Web site badjocks.com just yet. Past bad behavior is not always an indicator of future court arraignments. Besides, what NFL team doesn't think it can't take a talented...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; del Rio Hasn't Judged Drew Yet Coach Wants "Process to Run Its Course" for Second-Round Pick
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio expressed confidence Monday in rookie Maurice Drew, who is facing a felony assault charge stemming from an incident in Los Angeles last month. Drew, a second-round pick from UCLA, is not allowed...
Jennings Was Involved in Community; He Wore Many Hats in 90 Years, Most of Which Were Spent in Jacksonville
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON In the course of a long and colorful life, Clyde Jennings Jr. was many things: Army intelligence officer, citrus grower, clothing salesman, civic leader, stamp collector and author. But Mr. Jennings, who died May 17 at...
Kayak Tourney Displayed Major Value of St. Johns
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage The folks gathered last Friday evening at Strike Zone, a fishing and hunting store on Beach Boulevard, were in a good mood. Who wouldn't be? They were about to take part in the Third Annual Jacksonville Kayak Fishing...
Man Shot to Death Named; City's 64th Killing
Police have identified a Jacksonville man found shot to death in the driveway of his Westside home. Joseph Allen Lloyd, 49, was found Thursday outside his house at 5705 Sue Lane. No other details about the shooting have been released. His...
Mitsui President Makes Port of Call in Jacksonville; Shipping Line Focused on Making Terminal 'Major Hub Center' for East Coast
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The $100 million terminal being built at Dames Point will serve the Japanese company building it as its East Coast hub, the company president said Monday during a rare visit to the United States. "The East Coast is...
Morning Briefs
FIDELITY BUYS STAKE IN TIMBERLANDS Fidelity National Financial Inc. said Monday it has acquired a 70 percent interest in Cascade Timberlands LLC, which owns 293,000 acres of timberland in Oregon. Terms of the deal were not announced. Jacksonville-based...
Now 5, Evan Goes to Live with Dad for Good; Court Custody Fights Have Followed the Child for His Entire Life
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS Stephen White cried joyfully when his father told him Monday that after five years of court battles, he finally had custody of his son. After bouncing around between the homes of his biological mother, biological father,...
Parrots Flocking to Sanctuary; A Rescue Center Receives New Birds Almost Daily. It Is Opening Its Doors This Weekend for a Fundraiser
Byline: DONNIE FETTER AUGUSTA -- Barely audible over the cackle of hundreds of birds surrounding him, Ron Johnson explains his dedication to saving parrots. "Years ago, I had two birds that I had to give up for work and family reasons," he said....
Police: Baby Wasn't Abducted; the Baby Was with a Former Foster Parent. Now the Mom Is in Jail
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Anger over a recent breakup might have been the reason a Jacksonville man was accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend's baby -- an accusation that prompted a significant search before police said they determined it was false....
Shooting a Year Ago Leads to Bust, Seizure of $1.5 Million in Cocaine; Crackdown on Drug Dealers Leads to 23 Arrests; Dozens of Guns Are Found
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY A stray bullet that grazed a trucker on Interstate 95 in Jacksonville in April 2005 led to the unraveling of a cocaine trade authorities said involved multiple crime rings trafficking narcotics from Mexico to customers in...
Sports Extra
Byline: FRANCINE KING 2CENTS Just in time for the second Grand Slam event of the year, Martina is officially back. Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis rejoined the world tennis scene this year after a three-year absence. Despite a prolific 40...
SUICIDE; the Last Taboo
It takes about twice the number of lives every year in Duval County than murder, yet the community has difficulty addressing the issue. It's suicide: -- It's the third-leading cause of death for teens and young adults after accidents and murder....
Surgery That Won't Make You Look Good in This; Is 'Vaginal Rejuvenation' on the Rise? and Why Are the Procedures So Controversial?
Byline: CHERIE BLACK Women across the country have turned to plastic surgery for years to fix or enhance virtually everything. Breast enlargements. Breast reductions. Botox. Nose jobs. Tummy tucks. Face-lifts. But what about, um, down there?...
There's Debate Aplenty in Polls; College Baseball's Lack of One Central Ranking Can Create Confusion
Byline: BOB THOMAS What's the No. 1 college baseball team in the country? Depending on the week and which ranking "authority" that fans choose to follow, as many as nine programs have staked a claim to that title this season. The proliferation...
Time to Hand out Hardware; Clemson's Leggett Named ACC's Top Coach for Third Time
Byline: MICHAEL MOORE Clemson's strong regular-season finish might have given coach Jack Leggett more than just the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament. Leggett won his third ACC Coach of the Year award Monday after...
T-YOU; Many Speak out against Illegal Immigration
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr A story last weekend about an Orange Park woman facing deportation to Haiti drew a lot of comment about immigration policies in general. Although there were mixed reactions, many of those who responded favored not allowing...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves Tough to Relate to the Poor If You're Not Poor
The responses to one reader's feelings about why the Jacksonville crime rate is up are unbelievable. Why follow a rant with a rant? This person threw out what he/she believed was the reason why high crime is such an issue. (Bad fathers + bad schools...
UGa Adding Third Judicial Officer; the University Has a Rising Caseload of Student Misconduct Complaints
Byline: REBECCA K. QUIGLEY ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is hiring a third judicial officer who will offer relief for the two officers' rising caseload of student misconduct complaints that are becoming more complicated and egregious....