The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 25, 2012

28th Light Parade Offers a Glistening Show
Byline: Dana Treen Connected to Steve Pauly's 33-foot Lauren Elizabeth II were 100 sets of bulbs depicting blue water and white surf, a dolphin with a Santa hat, a Santa with a beach drink, a palm tree and a cluster of strands carpeting the deck,...
A Children's Treat for Holidays; Man Gets Help from the Community to Bring Celebration to St. Marys
Byline: Tiffany Pakkala ST. MARYS | Alton Dixon's otherwise ordinary auto body shop has a not-so-ordinary vehicle tucked away in a trailer out back. It's Santa's sleigh. In fact, from about August to December, Stylin FX could be renamed Santa's...
A Different Version of Shopping; Christmas Made in the South a Draw for Handcrafted Food, Merchandise
Byline: Drew Dixon While malls, shopping centers and department stores were crammed with shoppers this holiday weekend, the Prime Osborn Convention Center in downtown Jacksonville is heading toward drawing 20,000 of its own shoppers for the Christmas...
Area Golf Notebook; Area Players Barber, Dahlenburg Enjoying Success
Byline: Garry Smits Two area players who stood out in college and have turned professional are playing well on multiple tours. Blayne Barber of Lake City, who got his degree at Auburn in three years and turned pro with two starts on the Web.com...
Big Books, Great Gifts
Byline: Tom Szaroleta, Charlie Patton & Brandy Hilboldt Allport Nobody buys coffee-table books in July. But, come holiday season, these big, thick, handsomely illustrated books that tell you everything you would ever want to know about a subject...
Blue Bins around, but They're Not Free
Byline: Sandy Strickland Dear Call Box: How do we obtain a new recycling bin from the city? Our old one is beat up after so many years of use, and we're holding it together with tape. R.B. Dear R.B.: The city stopped replacing the 18-gallon blue...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport HARRY'S BACK Award-winning Florida author Michael Connelly's latest Harry Bosch mystery hits the stores Monday. Harry risks his life and maybe what's left of his career as he doggedly goes about solving a 20-year-old...
Bowling
Byline: Jack Lowman HONOR SCORES Men: Charles Cannon (813), Cliff Sutphin 290, 290 (800), Hamm Cannon 297 (730), James Polk 289 (707), Jerry Greer 289, Chip Ebey 279 (724), Paul Apolinario 279, Larry Anderson 268 (781), Allen Belton (761), Gary...
Brevard County Man Arrested in Jacksonville Homicide; Father of Victim, 17, Says Suspect Linked to Gate Death
A Brevard County man has been charged with murder and attempted murder in a Jacksonville case, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Michael Dunn, 45, of Satellite Beach, was picked up just before 11 a.m. Saturday and is being held in...
CAN TWEETS FILL SEATS? as Flocks Thin, Churches See Social Media as an Ally
Byline: Diana Greenburg It's no secret that the religious ties that bind us have been loosening for years. A recent study from the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life shows that the percentage of Americans who don't identify...
Civil Case Bodes Well for Crash Trial; Woman's Defense in 2010 Series of Crashes Holds So Far
Byline: Stuart Korfhage Andrea Zampatti's defense that she was not mentally competent at the time of her alleged crimes has already proved successful in federal court, which could bode well for her in the oft-delayed criminal case. Zampatti is...
Civil War Tourism Could Use Rebel Yell; 150th Anniversary Could Be Better Promoted for State That Had Key Role
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | In the 1960s, popular culture asked the question, "Suppose they gave a war and nobody came?" That could apply to Georgia's Civil War tourism. While the original question advocated ending warfare if soldiers...
Clay Rep Builds His Own Church; Charles Van Zant Used Campaign Funds That Were Left Over
Byline: Matt Dixon GAINESVILLE | As state Rep. Charles Van Zant gives a tour of the church he founded and operates, he made sure to point out the building's unique method of keeping the sun out. "Those window coverings are campaign signs from...
Concussion Gives Kaepernick a Chance
Byline: Vito Stellino Quarterback Alex Smith showed last week that NFL players are becoming more aware of the dangers of concussion. Smith practiced a week ago after suffering a concussion on Nov. 11, but told the doctors on Saturday that he...
Educators Show Their Passion
Byline: Frank Denton Buckle your seatbelts. Education, as an issue and an opportunity, is going to be coming at you headlong, right in your windshield. Two of Jacksonville's new education leaders separately stopped in to get acquainted as they...
FACT CHECK; Hard to Take Seriously, Even by the Thousands in the End, All of These Petitions to Secede Will Be Symbolic Gestures
Byline: Carole Fader Times-Union readers want to know: Is it true that 15 states, including Florida and Georgia, have filed petitions to secede from the union? Well, the states as governmental entities haven't asked to secede, although state...
Fantasy Football; Blackmon Catches a Start
Byline: Justin Barney and Hays Carlyon Start Drew Brees. Bench John Skelton. Gee, thanks. Times-Union reporters Justin Barney and Hays Carlyon go beyond the obvious to spot fantasy football trends before they develop. THREE TO START QB COLIN...
Five Turnovers Turn into a Florida Victory; Gators Pick off FSU QB Manuel Three Times, Force Two Fumbles
Byline: Adam Pincus TALLAHASSEE | Antonio Morrison forced the most important fumble of his young career with his team struggling for life after blowing a 13-point lead. On first-and-10 at the Florida State 42-yard line, the freshman linebacker...
Four Downs
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Times-Union Jaguars writer Ryan O'Halloran breaks down four keys to Sunday's game. FIRST DOWN IGNORE THE RUN - REALLY Tennessee is 28th against the run this year, but the Jaguars haven't reached 100 yards rushing...
Frustrating Home Finale; Manuel Struggles; Coach Says QB Might Have Been Trying Too Hard
Byline: Garry Smits EJ Manuel finished his college career at Florida State with a 1-2 record as a starter against Florida. The games weren't pretty, for different reasons. While Manuel has started and beaten Miami twice, Clemson and won three...
Game Notes
AT STAKE Titans: Winning the AFC South is likely out of reach with Houston at 10-1, but if Tennessee can win its third consecutive road game, it remains in the wild card conversation ... barely. Jaguars: Having been defeated by at least 17 points...
Gators Get Physical at Perfect Time
Byline: Gene Frenette TALLAHASSEE | From the moment he took over Florida's football program, Will Muschamp sent out no bigger message than the importance of being physical and winning the line of scrimmage. Well, a year after the UF head coach...
GATORS HAVE A BALL; Florida Eyes BCS Bowl after Convincing Victory over FSU
Byline: Hays Carlyon TALLAHASSEE | Florida went at Florida State's top-ranked defense and ran right through the Seminoles. Now, the Gators are running to a BCS bowl game. The sixth-ranked Gators ran for 244 yards and forced five turnovers...
Georgia High School Football Roundup
CAMDEN COUNTY******34 EAST COWETA******14 Camden County coach Jeff Herron said it wasn't the prettiest of victories, but it still counts the same. The host Wildcats overcame some sloppy play at times to advance to the third round of the Georgia...
Highland Fling Kicks off Art & Antiques Show Thursday
Byline: Charlie Patton The 2012 Art & Antiques Show, which benefits Wolfson Children's Hospital, will begin Thursday with a black tie opening night party, Highland Fling, at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Then, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m....
It's a Prime Time to Hunt for Rutting Bucks; Odds for Success Are Best by Hunting Heavy Deer Traffic Areas
Byline: Bob McNally The deer rut (mating season) is wide open throughout much of Florida and Georgia, and good bucks are tagged daily in both states, as weather conditions have been ideal for hunting. Included in the overloaded tally is a verified...
It's Not Right, Sending That Money Away
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK, GA. | John Lee thinks Joshua's Law is a good idea. The story behind it would make any parent's list of top 10 worst nightmares. In 2003, Joshua Brown died when he lost control of his car on a wet highway north...
JU Goal: Raise Millions, Widen School's Appeal; $85 Million Campaign for Scholarships, Research, Expansion
Byline: Khristopher J. Brooks Jacksonville University dreams of a much larger presence than what it holds today. It wants to increase enrollment by a few hundred. It wants to be most known for training nurses, pilots, business executives and...
Legislature Wants to Try Again to Make It Easier to Vote; 'Floridians Should Never Again Have to Stand in Line for 6 and 7 Hours'
Byline: Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE | Last week marked the concrete transition from campaign to law-making season. Two weeks after Election Day, Florida's canvassing board Tuesday certified Florida's election. The board, which consists of Gov....
News Quiz
1. The maker of creme-filled snack Twinkies announced that it would go out of business due to union-worker strikes that curtailed its ability to supply product. However, the baker agreed on Monday to try mediation to attempt to ward off the end of...
Notebook; Florida's Gillislee Finds Holes in Florida State's Top-Ranked Defense
Byline: Garry Smits TALLAHASSEE | Florida State entered Saturday's game against the University of Florida with a rushing defense ranked first in the nation. Then the Seminoles ran into Mike Gillislee. The senior from DeLand had 140 yards on...
Photos Make the Case for Reviving Florida Waters
Byline: Ron Littlepage Earlier this month, Florida nature photographer John Moran showed and talked about his work in a program presented by The Late Bloomers Garden Club. In addition to having a very cool name, the club has taken a special interest...
Pressure to Perform; Pass Rush Has Been Sacked So Far
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran As middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said shortly after the overtime loss to Houston last Sunday, the Jaguars' had one of the NFL's elite teams "on the ropes," early in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars led 34-20. The...
Scoreboard; High Schools
BOYS BASKETBALL ARLINGTON COUNTRY DAY 82, RIVERVIEW 34 RIVERVIEW (34): Mays 3, Marino 5, Sinopoli 2, Beychok 5, Dedic 4, Havner 4, Walker 11. ARLINGTON COUNTRY DAY (82): Maura 2, Vazquez 3, Francis 16, Bob 21, Buford 9, Jovanovic 4, Ilker...
Smart Justice Is Needed for Juveniles
Duval County leads Florida in its harsh and counterproductive treatment of juveniles, often at great cost to taxpayers and with dire results for children. Until now, Duval's practices have been out of sync with emerging trends across the nation....
Teachable Moments; His Teaching Looks Effortless, but It's Well-Planned
Byline: Nancy Winckler-Zuniga Teachable Moments, a project of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, highlights the region's most innovative and effective teachers. Stories are written by journalism students at the University of North Florida....
T-U 2
Byline: Brian Hodges 2 CENTS FOOTBALL BRINGS OUT THE EMOTION Sometimes, live radio can be a little awkward. Georgia was pounding Georgia Tech 42-3 in the third quarter Saturday, and the Bulldogs were beginning to insert backups. The 'Dogs...
Week 12 Previews
4 FOOTBALLS GREEN BAY (7-3) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (6-4) 8:20 p.m., Met Life Stadium Line: New York by 2 1/2 Last meeting: Giants won 37-20 last season. The skinny: Fourth meeting between Giants and Packers in three seasons. Green Bay won...
What If What We Think We Know Really Isn't? A Pair of Science-Fiction Writers Team Up to Offer Some History Alterations
Byline: Dan Scanlan "THE CASSANDRA PROJECT" Authors: Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick Data: Ace, 387 pages, $25.95 What if Richard Nixon wasn't a crook, at least when it came to Watergate? And what if Neil Armstrong didn't take that first...
Who Worships Regularly? Readers Offer Feedback
After a recent report from the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life showed that the number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow, we asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com's Interactive...