The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 26, 2006

Armor Holdings Completes Stewart & Stevenson Deal; Deal Expected to Be Complementary to Both
Byline: MARK BASCH Armor Holdings Inc. Thursday completed its acquisition of Stewart & Stevenson Services Inc. after Stewart's shareholders approved the deal at a special meeting. Stewart stockholders accepted Armor's offer of $36.50 a share...
AROUND THE GROUNDS; Fans Find Ways to Stay Cool Shady Seats, Cold Drinks Are Diversion of Choice for Baseball Patrons
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Drew Hankin summed it up. "It's hot," the Florida State baseball fan said. "It's really hot. Really, really hot." It wasn't a surprise that Thursday's temperatures crept into the 90s, and those people not used to heat...
Athens Attorney Arrested in Mortgage Fraud Scheme; Phony Appraisals and Loan Applications Were Used to Pump Up Property Values
Byline: LEE SHEARER ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens real estate attorney has been arrested in a $7 million mortgage fraud scheme centered around an Athens subdivision. C. Michael Rose denied any wrongdoing Tuesday after being booked into the Clarke...
Bartram Trail Branch Library Taking Shape; Renovated Section, Though Not Finished, Opens Tuesday
Removing and cleaning every book, wiping down every shelf, and replacing every book back to its appointed space is a slow and tedious process. However, the staff and volunteers at Bartram Trail Library are moving right along in such a process to prepare...
'Beauty and the Beast' Playing at the Alhambra through July 16
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre through July 16. The musical is family friendly. Shows are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. daily; matinees are at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $39 to $46. The Alhambra...
Businessman Gets 5 Years in Prison for Hezbollah Aid; That's the Maximum Sentence for the Man Who Pleaded Guilty in January
Byline: MICHAEL LaFORGIA A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former Jacksonville flea market proprietor to five years in prison, the maximum sentence, for conspiring to help the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. U.S. District Judge Harvey...
Coast Lines
PERDUE GUEST SPEAKER AT CHARLTON GOP LUNCH Gov. Sonny Perdue will be the guest speaker at noon Saturday for the annual barbecue luncheon of the Charlton County Republican Party. The speech will be held at Cornell Corrections Training Center,...
Commissioners to Consider Plans for Vilano Beach Town Center Project; One Plan Was Presented May 16 at the First of Two Public Hearings
Byline: christina abel Now that construction has begun on a new main street in Vilano Beach, residents are wasting no time getting approval from St. Johns County for the types of commercial and residential buildings that will complete the redesign...
Conflicts Aside, Soldiers Deserve Our Thanks
Byline: kevin clark As the final days of a seven-year Air Force career drew to a close in 1997, I spent most of my time packing up gear, taking advantage of cheap golf and trying to stay awake during separation briefings. The meetings where those...
Corrections Officer Admits to Downloading Nudes
A Jacksonville corrections officer who stored more than 500 photos of nude and partly nude women on his computer at the Duval County jail will face a department charge of unprofessional conduct, according to a Sheriff's Office report. Computer technicians...
End Comes for No-Kill Dog Shelter; Owners Try to Find Homes for Animals, as Supporters Work to Stop Closing
Byline: MERRITT MELANCON ELBERTON -- Time has run out for Canine Angels' beleaguered 19-acre, no-kill animal shelter in Elbert County. Two and a half years after reports of overcrowding and inhumane conditions surfaced at Canine Angels Rescue...
ENERGY; Common Sense
FIRST OF THREE PARTS As the United States looks for the solution to its over-reliance on high-priced foreign oil, a few questions need to be asked about the alternative energy sources: No. 1: Does it require a technological breakthrough? That...
Festival Fever; First Coast Residents Have Plenty of Choices to Fill Up the Holiday Weekend
KUUMBA AFRICAN CULTURAL ARTS AND MUSIC FEST The festival is Saturday and Sunday at Clanzel T. Brown Park, 4575 Moncrief Road. It kicks off with a Salute to the Soul of New Orleans at 7 p.m. today at the Ritz Theatre. Tickets for the salute are $20....
Florida Earns a 'B' in Prostate Care Study; Not Requiring Insurers to Pay for Screenings Leaves the State out of the Top Echelon
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA The lack of a law requiring insurers to pay for prostate cancer screenings dragged Florida from what would have been a solid A to a B in a prostate cancer report card issued by a national advocacy group. The grades are...
FSU Eyes One More Big Upset; Seminoles Surprised Georgia in Softball; Arizona State Next Foe
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL TALLAHASSEE - Her players never knew it, but Florida State softball coach JoAnne Graf, with her Seminoles hovering just over .500 late in the season, had concerns that her team wouldn't find its stride in time to reach an NCAA...
Give Me Five
and the winners are . . . Congrats go out to Ashleigh Mouchette and Luann Hickey, two ladies who were recently honored for their hard work in the St. Johns County tourism industry. Hickey, of Old Town Trolleys, and Mouchette, of the Renaissance...
Governor Vetoes $448.7 Million; Duval Loses $3.6 Million, but Keeps River Money
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush whacked a record amount of spending from Florida's new budget Thursday with at least a $3.6 million dent to Duval County. For Northeast Florida, the casualties include millions of dollars...
Grand Jury Will Hear Evidence in Fire Station Noose Incident Soon; the Firefighters Who Found the Nooses Have since Been Assigned to Other Stations
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY A federal grand jury is expected next month to hear evidence authorities collected in a hate crime investigation that began after two black Jacksonville firefighters said they found hangman's nooses on their gear at a station...
Hottest Show in America Right Now; Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul II Tour Is Most Requested on Ticketmaster
Byline: JEFF VRABEL Previewing this weekend's double-shot of concerts by country aristocrats Tim McGraw and Faith Hill is, at this point, sort of like previewing the finale of American Idol. What is there to say? You know precisely what's on...
Hunting a Hero in Child Custody Case
Byline: Mark Woods I keep thinking about 5-year-old Evan. About the gut-wrenching images of him being taken from the arms of the Atlantic Beach couple whom he called Mom and Dad for 3 1/2 years. About what he has experienced in the last 18 months....
Italiano Greek and Italian Cafe Is a New Downtown Delight
Byline: Dan Macdonald Downtown has a new restaurant at 119 W. Adams St. (across from the Mudville Grille). It's the Italiano Greek and Italian Cafe, it has the makings of a winner. The menu is a combination of pizzas, appetizers and salads. I...
It's Not the Messenger's Fault, Mayor
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis Obviously frustrated, Mayor John Peyton exhorted 600 business executives to ignore media reports about all that bad stuff going on, such as the Duval County murder rate. "Put down that newspaper. Turn off that television,"...
Jacksonville Journal
FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL TO FEATURE THOMAS, NALICK Matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas will be the main performer for the city's annual Spring Music Festival at Metropolitan Park in downtown Jacksonville. Gates for Saturday's free show will open at...
Jeb Couldn't Govern NFL Landscape
Byline: Mike Freeman Jeb Bush, NFL commissioner. Has a nice ring to it. If you want the most powerful league in organized sports history to be summarily run into the ground, that is. I can see it now. Commissioner Jeb calls a news conference...
Key Panel Approves Lower Standard for Pollution Discharge in St. Johns; the Crowd at the Meeting Wasn't Happy. and the EPA Still Must Weigh In
Byline: LOKA ASHWOOD The black and white world of science took on hues of gray Thursday as the state Department of Environmental Protection struggled to relay why it was seeking to lower a state standard on pollution discharge into the St. Johns...
Madonna Tour a Thorny Issue? Oh, Surely Not
Byline: Jeff Vrabel Reporting that Madonna's newest tour employs some degree of controversial imagery is sort of like announcing that the sun successfully came up today. But if you're keeping tabs of the 47-year-old's Ways to Reflexively Elicit...
Morning Briefs
EXISTING HOME SALES DECLINE, BUT PRICES UP In Jacksonville sales of existing, single-family homes by Realtors dropped 4 percent last month from April last year, according to the Florida Association of Realtors. Statewide, the decrease was 31 percent,...
Nice Image Is Proving Good for Business
Byline: Matt Soergel It pays to be nice to people. That's what Jacksonville is finding out when it comes to moviemaking. Some filmmakers are saying that Jacksonville's willingness to help them out - and the community's unjaded embrace of moviemaking...
Northwest Swim Teams Dive into Another Season; Three Area Teams Will Compete against Other Northeast Florida Teams through July
Byline: terry brown Hundreds of young swimmers have already hit the waters at northwest St. Johns County pools -- only many of these kids are not there for fun and frolic. A medley of butterflies, breast-strokes, freestyle and more has taken hold...
NOTEBOOK; Elite 8 Looking to Host Regionals
Byline: BOB THOMAS Based on the most recent Ratings Percentage Index, all eight Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament teams should be among the field of 64 earning NCAA Regional berths when the field is announced Monday. A higher priority...
Pastor Facing New Sexual Battery Charges; Other Women Have Come Forward with Claims of Lewd Behavior
A former pastor of one of Jacksonville's most prominent Baptist churches -- already in jail on two charges of capital sexual battery -- has been charged with two more counts after a 32-year-old woman told police he molested her more than two decades...
Police Blotter
top story Suspects sought in WGV home invasion The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men who reportedly robbed a World Golf Village home at gunpoint. A report filed by Deputy G. Holycross said a 30-year-old male and two females...
Real Estate
The following transactions were recorded by the St. Johns County Clerk of Circuit Court from April 24-30. Lot 5&6, Block 44 Davis Shores: James E. Busbee and Suzanne P. Busbee to James E. Busbee Tr. by Tr., $10 Lot 5&6, Block 44 Davis...
RiverTown Officials Pitch Revamped Plans to Residents; Tuesday Meeting Meant to Gather Public Support for Project as It Moves toward County Consideration
Byline: terry brown Fulfilling a commitment made last year to better protect surrounding areas, developers from The St. Joe Co. again met with a handful of concerned citizens Tuesday night about a proposed commercial development as part of massive...
Sampson Given a One-Year Ban
The NCAA banned new Indiana men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson from calling recruits and visiting them off-campus for one year on Thursday, ruling that he deliberately broke its rules by making extra phone calls to potential players while coaching...
School Briefs
school's law firm gets raise The law firm representing the St. Johns County School District is set to receive a 4 percent raise for services next year, School Board members said at a meeting Tuesday. Upchurch, Bailey and Upchurch, P.A., has been...
Six Vie for Planning Agency Seat; Position Appointed by the School Board; Applicants Narrowed to Two on June 6
Byline: lisa miller Six St. Johns County residents have shown interest in becoming the School District's next representative on the county Planning and Zoning Agency, and School Board members are expected to select finalists this week. Each of...
Special Forces General Finds Common Ground; Subs and His Troops Share Goals, He Says at Return-to-Service Event
Byline: GORDON JACKSON Special operations forces and submarines have had a close working relationship more than 60 years. Yet, Army Gen. Bryan Brown, commanding officer of Special Operations Command, felt out of place Thursday. "It's different...
Sports Extra
Byline: TRAVIS HILL 2CENTS I never, ever thought I would say this: I'm rooting for Fred Taylor. Back in the day, any Jaguars fans I knew would go on and on and on, telling me how great Taylor was. Of course, I responded with my standard joke,...
St. Augustine Harpist to Lead Music Therapy Workshop; She Uses Music to 'Promote a Healthy and Spiritual Lifestyle.'
Byline: terry brown She may not play rhythm and blues, but Diane Schneider professes to be a down home soul doctor with her musical talents. Of course, it would be a challenge to bring some musical styles to life on her instrument -- the harp....
St. Johns Briefs
flagler hospital ranked high in patient safety Flagler Hospital was given the 2006 Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety, making the hospital among the nation's top 5 percent for patient safety outcomes. In its Third Annual Patient...
Thank You, Johnny; Indy 500 Weekend Revs Up Memories of Rutherford
Byline: DAN SCANLAN He is "Lone Star JR," a boy from Texas whose driving talent put him behind the wheel of hundreds of race cars from 1959 through the 1990s, winning dozens of times, including three at the famed Indianapolis 500. Now, as the...
'The Last Stand'; FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL Threatened Mutant Heroes Are Fast on Their Feats in the Third Installment in 'X-Men' Series
Byline: MATT SOERGEL X-Men: The Last Stand, isn't as good as the second movie in the series, but it has its pleasures, among them the sight of Kelsey Grammer, TV's Dr. Frasier Crane, as The Beast, a portly, ferocious, blue-furred politician who...
The Secrets to TV-4's Success; despite Its Break with CBS, the Station Consistently Garners the Highest Area Ratings and Revenues
Byline: MARK BASCH Four years after dropping its CBS network affiliation, WJXT TV-4 has climbed its way back to the top of the Jacksonville television market, according to data collected by an industry consulting group. In a post-election year...
The Walk across the Graduation Stage Can Be Bittersweet and Emotional for Any High School Student. but to Bartram Trail's Celebrated Principal, Tim Forson, It's More Than a Long Walk; It's . . . A Final Bow
Byline: lisa miller Six days ago the University of North Florida's arena was empty, save for a few custodial workers and one St. Johns County principal. Tim Forson was picking up graduation programs, thinking of the hundreds of Bartram Trail...
T-YOU; Everyone's a Critic
So you think Matt Soergel must be on a Sno-cap sugar high when he sees films? Everyone's a Critic lets you play movie reviewer. Here's what "regular folks" think of movies currently playing at the multiplex. The Da Vinci Code - I just saw this movie...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves Baseball Remains Popular, and Selig Deserves Credit
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, the 2Cents column (May 25), in my opinion, is very wrong. Major League Baseball has prospered more under Bud Selig than ever before. More people attend MLB games than NFL, NHL and NBA combined. Now you...
T-YOU; THE FAITH LEADER Ministry Is a Matter of Family for Priest Young
THE REV. GEORGE D. YOUNG III Title, church, city: rector, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Fernandina Beach Age: 50 Education: bachelor's in sociology with a minor in religion and psychology from Florida State University, 1978; a master's of...
Vacant Police Officer Slots Needed to Combat Crime
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Spinning around the news dial ... click. Help is on the way. At the beginning of this month, the Sheriff's Office had 116 vacancies for police officers. With the city's murder rate climbing, that's the kind...
Walk-Off, Walk on; Robinson's Bases-Loaded Single Helps FSU Stave off Elimination
Byline: BOB THOMAS Repeating history to avoid some of its own, Florida State extended its Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament stay by eliminating second-seeded North Carolina for the third consecutive year, 7-6 on Thursday afternoon at...
Where Fun, and Cash, May Be in the Cards
Byline: Laura Capitano I enjoy traffic school or driver improvement courses or whatever you want to call that class you take to avoid getting points on your driver's license. The class is always a chance to spend quality time with a group of people...
Williams Hoping Less Will Mean a Lot More; Jaguars Offensive Lineman Trying to Trim Down to 340 Pounds, Earn Starting Role
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Mike Williams is trying to put his once-promising NFL career back together, but the first step isn't necessarily winning the Jaguars' starting job at offensive right tackle. The former No. 4 overall pick of the Buffalo Bills...
Wolfpack Rallies Past Virginia; Neither Lightning nor Rain Delay Can Stop N.C. State, Which Wins, Thanks to an Error-Aided Fifth
Byline: MICHAEL MOORE With a thunderstorm threatening to the north of the Baseball Grounds, N.C. State put together its own flurry to rally past Virginia 4-3 Thursday night in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament....
Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Theft at Humane Society; the Nonprofit Agency Is Now Struggling after Losing $111,000 and the Community's Trust
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK -- A Brunswick woman who stole $111,000 intended for the care of dogs and cats has been sentenced to five years in prison and 15 years of probation. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett imposed the...
You Just Can't Beat a View like This; Glitches Don't Seem So Bad by the Ocean at BreakWater
Byline: ERICA BURKS BreakWater Oceanfront Grille is housed in the same boardwalk space that was Magellan's, but it has definitely taken a hard right departure from the fine dining that used to take place here. While I have to agree that BreakWater's...
YOUR LAWN IN THE GREEN; Twice-a-Week Watering Rule Can Be Tough
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN For some lawns, twice is not enough. On March 1, the St. Johns River Water Management District rolled out a new "Think Two" rule limiting lawn watering to two days a week. The district enacted the rule to bolster water...