The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 29, 2010

2 in Wendy's Shooting Quit Police Force; Mom, Child Hit as Hail of Bullets Killed Suspect
Byline: DAVID HUNT Two Jacksonville police officers have resigned after an investigation into the hail of gunfire that wounded a mother and her 2-year-old son during a frenzied effort to take down an armed bank robber who carjacked the woman as...
Athens Driver Won't Face Charges in Game-Day Parking Space Tiff; Man in the Spot with 3-Year-Old Son Didn't Want to Pursue the Case
Byline: JOE JOHNSON ATHENS, Ga. - A pros;ecutor has dismissed felony assault charges against a driver who used his car to nudge a man and his 3-year-old son from a parking space they were saving on a game day last month in downtown Athens. Although...
ATTORNEY GENERAL: GELBER; for Depth of Experience
From a partisan point of view, the candidates running for Florida attorney general couldn't be more different. Dan Gelber was elected as a state senator in 2008 after leading the Democratic minority in the Florida House of Representatives. Pam...
Bowden Talks about His Calling; the Former FSU Coach Will Be in Orange Park Today for a Book Signing
Byline: GARRY SMITS Bobby Bowden is no longer coaching Florida State's football team. But he's still trying to influence young people through the messages contained in "Called to Coach," which has been the best-selling book of the multiple projects...
Boynton Steals Show; the Sophomore Scores 24 Points in Exhibition Basketball Win for UF
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida debuted its highly regarded freshman class on Thursday night, but it was sophomore Kenny Boynton who put on a highlight show. Boynton scored a game-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting to lead the...
Dentist Pleads Guilty in Pills-for-Crack Case; A Witness Claims She Would Reward Him with Sexual Favors
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY A Jacksonville dentist who swapped pill prescriptions for crack soon will be trading the life of a business owner for that of a prison inmate. Richard Verrette, 55, pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges Thursday, admitting...
Downtown Parking Likely to Be Scarce; Georgia-Florida Day Isn't the Time to Take a Leisurely Drive
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Saturday is a bad day to drive into downtown Jacksonville on a whim. With thousands of people expected to either attend the Georgia-Florida game at EverBank Field or tailgate outside, road congestion is almost guaranteed....
Enjoy Some Music with Your Rides, Games, Food
A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, a Tony Award-nominated singer, a singing sergeant and a band that isn't afraid to poke fun at hair metal are among the acts performing at the Jacksonville Agricultural Fair, which opens Wednesday at the fairgrounds...
First Coast Superintendents State Case for Amendment 8; Easing Class-Size Limits Would Undo Many Cuts of Original, They Say
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Schools superintendents from around the region got together Thursday to make a plea in support of Amendment 8. Leaders from Duval, Clay and St. Johns school systems held a joint news conference in Jacksonville to say the...
FOOTBALL FUN OFF FIELD, TOO; as Is the Case Every Year, There's a Whole Lot of Hoopla Surrounding the Georgia-Florida Game
RV CITY RV City has been up and running in the stadium parking lot for most of the week. It's worth strolling through to see how hard-core fans tailgate. HALL OF FAME Georgia's Zeke Bratkowski (left) and Knox Culpepper and Florida's Scot Brantley...
Ga. Coastal Job Numbers Improve a Bit; Small Change Not Dramatic, Says Chamber
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Unemployment rates dropped four-tenths of a percent in Coastal Georgia and three-tenths of a percent in Southern Georgia in September, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday. Rates are 8.9 percent in...
GAME WITHIN THE GAME; Be Chairman of the Board with UF-UGa Trivial Pursuit
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO It has been a long time since the Georgia-Florida game was this far down on the national radar. More than 30 years, in fact. The last time both teams entered the game unranked was 1979. Florida was in the middle of a 0-10-1...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Meyer Happy with Rainey
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida coach Urban Meyer is pleased with everything Chris Rainey has done in his return from a suspension and on Thursday said the redshirt junior from Lakeland will play against Georgia. "[Rainey did everything...
GEORGIA FLORIDA; FANS GET ALONG, EVEN UNDER ONE ROOF They Return Year after Year, No Matter Which Fans Go Home Happy
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Shakespeare had Romeo and Juliet, "West Side Story" had Tony and Maria and the Georgia-Florida game has Larry and Patty. But while the stories of fictional lovers from feuding families and gangs end in tragedy, Larry and...
Gingrich Rallies Republicans; John Thrasher among Those Joining in the Speeches Downtown
Byline: ABEL HARDING Newt Gingrich brought his "Jobs Here, Jobs Now" bus tour to Jacksonville on Thursday, urging voters at a riverfront rally to return Republicans to power. "The new symbol of the Democratic Party should be the food stamp,"...
Glynn County Judge Bars New Trial in Edenfield Case; Complaints Included "Animal" Remark from the District Attorney
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A Glynn County judge has denied condemned killer David Edenfield's motion for a new trial in the sexual abuse slaying of 6-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. three years ago. Superior Court Judge Stephen...
High School: Week 9 Preview
Byline: HAYS CARLYON TODAY'S TOP GAME TO WATCH TRINITY CHRISTIAN (5-2, 2-0) AT PROVIDENCE (7-0, 2-0), 7:30 P.M. Few teams in the area will play a regular-season game this season that means as much as this game does to Providence. The Stallions...
Jacksonville Journal
FIREFIGHTERS TO COLLECT FOR MDA THIS WEEKEND Jacksonville firefighters will be on the roads through Saturday to "Fill the Boot" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Members of the Association of Fire Fighters, Local 122, will collect donations...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Defensive Backs Search for Stability
Byline: TANIA GANGULI Week after week, the Jaguars secondary has tried something new in an effort to find something right. That's meant five different starting combinations using eight different players with only one constant - cornerback Rashean...
Judge Closes Trial in Fatal I-295 Crash; for Now, Public, Media Banned from Case of Brandon Hodges, Who Was 15
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A judge has banned the public and media from the impending juvenile court trial of a Jacksonville teen charged with driving without a license when four of his friends died in a rollover traffic crash. No one who isn't directly...
Kitna Hopes to Spark Cowboys out of Funk; with Romo out, Dallas Needs His 38-Year-Old Backup to Deliver
Byline: TANIA GANGULI There was no time for Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Jon Kitna to think too much when Tony Romo turned around, the left side of his inert upper body lying against the field. Kitna just had to play and try to do what even...
Longtime Educator Working to Improve Communication from State to Teachers; She's a Teacher Liaison to the Education Commissioner
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Kelly Seay was a teacher at a Tallahassee middle school just four weeks ago. Now, the language arts teacher and reading coach is working for Florida Department of Education as a teacher liaison - and has become an adviser...
Ministry Offering 6-Week Seminar for Job-Seekers
Byline: Jeff Brumley A faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need of employment or career transition will begin a six-week seminar on Tuesday at New Life Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville. The Friends of Barnabas Inc. Career...
Morning Briefs
NISSAN TO RECALL 2 MILLION VEHICLES Nissan North America said it would recall about 750,000 vehicles in America and more than 2 million globally to fix a problem that could cause engine stalling in some Nissan and Infiniti truck and SUV models....
Move Afoot to Upgrade Human Rights Code; Gay Rights Advocates Meet Business Leaders in City Forum, Say Anti-Discrimination Is Good Business
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Advocacy efforts to update Jacksonville's human rights ordinance got a kick-start Thursday at a forum sponsored by the recently formed Jacksonville Committee for Equality. Business leaders and gay rights advocates gathered...
Notes
Byline: GARY T. MILLS BEACH BOULEVARD IS HOME TO ANOTHER NEW THAI PLACE Thai Orchid Restaurant is now open at Kernan Square.The restaurant, at 12620 Beach Blvd., No. 4, features a menu of typical Thai fare, including Pad Thai, Thai Red Curry...
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Byline: CHARLIE PATTON 'WOMEN OF VISION' Today "Women of Vision: Art Beyond Sight" is on exhibit at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The exhibit, which will be up through Sunday, March 6, features botanical drawings, music-inspired...
Nuanced Visions Divide Contenders; Candidates at Least Agree on Limiting Fees and Regulations
Byline: JEREMY COX Back in the grow-grow '00s, Nassau County saw its share of development. Florida A1A, the highway linking Amelia Island to the mainland and Interstate 95, transformed from sleepy to suburban, with the help of big-box department...
POEM WAS MORE THAN JUST WORDS; Movie Began as a Documentary about Allen Ginsberg's Best-Known Work
Byline: MATT SOERGEL HOWL ***1/2 (3 1/2 out of 4 stars) Go figure: Handsome James Franco just about disappears into his role as poet Allen Ginsberg, who, even in his younger days, was probably rarely accused of being dreamy. Behind dark-rimmed...
Police Look for Ways to Curb Street Races; A Recent Death Points to New Efforts Such as Legal Races and Education
Byline: KATE HOWARD When Sornara Khem Ya-Porn was in high school, his family remembered, he liked to step on the gas and push his brand new Acura to the limit. But at 24, Ya-Porn was no longer the speed-seeking teenager he once was. His Acura...
Property Taxes Defy Gravity in Face of Dropping Values; Save Our Homes, Once Hailed as Homeowner's Friend, Turns out to Have Nasty Bite
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Thousands of longtime Duval County residents - living in everything from multimillion mansions to more humble abodes - experienced the same feeling when they got their tax notices this year: Their homes were worth less, but...
Retired Execs: No to Sea Island Plan; Group Says Its Deferred Money Should Not Be Part of Bankruptcy
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A half-dozen retired Sea Island Co. executives have objected to the company's bankruptcy plan, saying unless its language is clarified they won't be able to recoup one penny of the millions of dollars in deferred...
Scientists Think Fungus Is Killing Small Fish, but They Don't Know How; Aphanomyces Invadans Has a Killer Reputation Going Back to the 1980s
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON With small dead fish lining patches of Jacksonville's riverfront, state scientists are looking for a culprit blamed in fish deaths around the Southeast. But if they find the obscure aquatic fungus they're seeking, they...
SCOREBOARD; High Schools
FOOTBALL RIBAULT 47, BALDWIN 0 Baldwin***0***0***0***0***-***0 Ribault***13***20***14***0***-***47 R - Campbell 6 run (C. Brown kick) R - Fleming 2 run (kick failed) R - Union 8 run (C. Brown pass from Fleming) R - Caldwell...
Snapper Fishing Ban Gets Final OK; LOST Protection Plan Covers 4,800 Square Miles of Ocean Bottom off Florida, Georgia
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON A federal plan to shut down bottom fishing in a large area off Florida's east coast has won a final approval, raising fears of lost work among fishermen in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. "It's not good. It's...
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE NOTEBOOK; Joker: Wanna Know How I Got These Scars?
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO While Georgia was mired in its four-game losing streak, coach Mark Richt kept harping on his players to be more physical. Looks like all his nagging worked. In the moments after the Bulldogs' 44-31 victory over Kentucky...
Special Surfers Hang 10, Bring Gold Back Home; Nine Local Special Olympians Fare Well at Statewide Surf Contest
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Nine surfers from Special Olympics Duval County came home winners Sunday in the state's first regional competition for special athletes in Cocoa Beach. Four gold medalists, along with silver and bronze medal winners, were...
State Funds Sought for Biomed Network; Annual Summit Brings Together Academic and Business Interests
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Georgia's biomedical industry won't meet its potential without a state-funded program to link university innovations with the state's businesses, Medical College of Georgia President Ricardo Azziz said Thursday....
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JAGUARS IN THE COMMUNITY The Jaguars rookie class visited the Ronald McDonald House Tuesday, and linebackers Daryl Smith and Kirk Morrison taught kids how to dance at Yo Gabba Gabba Wednesday. Check out our video coverage at jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/jaguars-journal....
U.S. HOUSE: DISTRICT 3; Ethical Concerns
In this turbulent world, a wit once said, there are only three things that you can count on: death, taxes and the re-election of Corrine Brown. There's some truth in that statement. The district is so packed with Democrats that no Republican has...
Veteran Hospital Board Member Hailed for Inspiration, Support; He Served Baptist Board 39 Years, Was Founding Member at Wolfson
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR William K. Hatcher, a Jacksonville investor and civic leader who was a founding board member of Wolfson Children's Hospital and served for 39 years on the Baptist Medical Center board, died Wednesday night of complications...
Westside Food Store Shooting Victim Dies; the Victim Was Shot in the Chest; Another Man Was Shot in the Arm. Police Are Still Investigating
One of the shooting victims from Wednesday's attack on two men on Wilson Boulevard at Jammes Road has died, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. Devin Demetrius Small, 26, of Firestone Road, was shot in the chest and another unidentified man...