The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 24, 2010

$11.6 Million to Be Paid by Postal Service in Traffic Case; Mail Truck Caused a Crash That Left a Monroe Mom in a Coma and Child with Brain Injuries
Byline: JOE JOHNSON ATHENS - A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to pay $11.6 million to a former Monroe woman and her son who were seriously injured in a collision caused by a postal worker four years ago in the Walton County city....
$85,000 to Fight Anti-Gay Bullying; Education Foundation Awards the Funds to First Coast's JASMYN
Byline: KATE HOWARD When the first Duval County gay-straight alliance club was formed at Fletcher High School, students were scared to join and teachers were suspicious. Now six years later, what started as five kids in an after-school program...
Beach Shorts
THANKSGIVING CLOSINGS City halls and other government buildings throughout the Beaches and Ponte Vedra Beach will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. All Thanksgiving garbage pickup and recycling will be moved ahead one day to Friday....
Black Males and Education: A Continuing 'State of Crisis'
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE It's the latest alarm to sound on a problem that the nation has been ignoring. Recently, the Council of the Great City Schools, an organization based in Washington that represents the nation's 66 largest urban school...
BOY SOCCER: PONTE VEDRA 3, BARTRAM TRAIL 1; Sharks Bounce Back to Beat the Bears after Falling Behind 1-0, Ponte Vedra Finds Its Opening
Byline: ROBBY MONK Ponte Vedra scored two goals in less than 10 minutes to defeat rival Bartram Trail 3-1 in an early district showdown on Tuesday night. It was a rematch of last season's district quarterfinal, in which the Bears took an early...
Briefs; Hendrick Shuffles Several of His Teams
Hendrick Motorsports made sweeping changes to its organization Tuesday, shuffling the lineup for every team except five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson. A crew chief change for slumping Dale Earnhardt Jr. was not unexpected, but nobody predicted...
Camden, Kingsland in a Dispute; at Issue Is Which Atlanta Engineering Company Should Handle Road-Widening Project
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - The City Council voted Monday to back out of a deal to split engineering and design costs with the Camden County Commission for a road-widening project. Council members passed a resolution notifying the county...
Coastal College Celebrates Thanksgiving amid Work; Several Building Projects Are under Way on the Campus, as the Noise Attested
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - "Who would have thought,'' Walter Wright asked as he welcomed guests to College of Coastal Georgia's annual Thanksgiving meal, "that on Nov. 23, we have to worry about the icing melting on the cakes." That was...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FLORIDA STATE 79, MERCER 55; Singleton's Double-Double Leads FSU Undefeated Seminoles Cruise to Fifth Easy Victory in a Row
Byline: GARRY SMITS TALLAHASSEE - Now, the tough part comes for the Florida State basketball team. The Seminoles won their fifth consecutive game by 20 points or more Tuesday with a 79-55 victory over Atlantic Sun-member Mercer at the Donald...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NORTH FLORIDA 84, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 66; UNF Cruises in Mexico Ospreys Advance to the Championship Game of the Cancun Challenge
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Jerron Granberry scored 20 points, and Jimmy Williams added 19 as the University of North Florida defeated Prairie View A&M 84-66 on Tuesday and advanced to the championship game of the Cancun Challenge. The Ospreys...
College Basketball Roundup
CONNECTICUT 70, NO. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 67 Kemba Walker scored 30 points and hit a key jumper with less than a minute left, helping the Huskies outlast the Spartans (3-1) in a Maui Invitational semifinal on Tuesday in Lahaina, Hawaii. Connecticut...
College Notebook; Miami's Harris Not Guaranteed Start
Miami coach Randy Shannon tried to snuff out all talk of a quarterback dilemma for weeks, insisting Jacory Harris would return to his starting job when healthy. Harris is now healthy. And there's no guarantee - not yet, anyway - of his return...
Dogs Likely to Be Able to Go out to Dinner, Too; the Atlantic Beach City Commission Has Told Staff to Draft a New Ordinance
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - Dog dining at city restaurants is likely to make a permanent return after the City Commission directed staff Monday to prepare a new ordinance. The commission will consider an ordinance to make doggy dining...
FEDERAL DEFICIT; A Serious Plan
A shining star of the Republican Party has done the nation a service by outlining some of the tough choices that must be made about the nation's finances. Paul Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, has gained fame among fans and notoriety among critics...
Feel Excitement, Danger of Battle in 'Call of Duty'; Scope, Spectacle of Treyach's Latest Version Is Impressive
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY Once again, "Call of Duty" calls. It's an annual fall rite as two studios - Infinity Ward and Treyarch - are taking turns producing one of the most popular franchises in video games. This year it's Treyarch's turn and they...
HELPING THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED OTHERS; Foster Family Finds Friends during a Difficult Time
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Stella and Roy Quarrels have spent much of their adult life helping others. For 29 years, they served as foster parents, caring for more than 150 children. In their house, the kitchen counter would be packed with food...
High Schools
Boys Soccer Bishop Kenny 6, Parker 1. Goals: Karn (BK), Lennon (BK), O'Brien (BK) 2, Dougherty (P), Zelinski (BK), Crane (BK). Half: Bishop Kenny 3-1. Crescent City 4, Bishop Snyder 0. Goals: Couturier 4. Half: Crescent City 1-0. Records:...
Jacksonville Journal
GOVERNMENT SERVICES CLOSE FOR THANKSGIVING Most non-emergency Northeast Florida government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. Only Express Mail will be delivered. There will be no regular home delivery on...
Judge Finds Teen Guilty of Driving without a License; He Drops the More Serious Charges in the Accident That Killed 4 and Injured 4 Friends
Byline: DAVID HUNT A judge reduced charges against Brandon Hodges, a Jacksonville teenager who was behind the wheel during an Interstate 295 crash that killed four friends and hurt four others last year, and found him guilty Tuesday of only driving...
Kids, Can I Sit at Your Table? Pleez!
Byline: MARK WOODS On this, the day before Thanksgiving, I offer some advice for kids out there. Don't be in a hurry to get to the adult table. I know that tomorrow many of you will be part of a Thanksgiving tradition as old as eating turkey...
Lawsuit Says JEA Botched Contract Worth $35 Million; Key Info Needed for Bidding Was Blocked, Company Charges
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON A Nevada company that was denied a contract with JEA is suing, saying it was illegally frozen out of a job worth at least $35 million. Virtual Infinity Inc. filed a complaint in federal court this month arguing it was...
LET THEM ENTERTAIN YOU ... Christina Aguilera, Cher and Others Help Make Campy Film a Lot of Fun
Byline: MATT SOERGEL "Burlesque" is a campy, goofy, unashamedly corny good time, the kind of movie where everybody's nice - even the bitchy rival - and the male actors wear as much eyeliner as the women. Christina Aguilera is an Iowa farm girl...
LOOKING GOOD, FEELING GOOD; These Simple Gift Ideas Target Various Areas of Well-Being
Byline: JOY BATTEH-FREIHA There's no better way to show your love and care for someone this season of giving than with a gift of health. We've found a few fabulous suggestions that can help your loved ones feel and look great! Count me healthy...
Mincey Making His Move; Slow Start to Jags Career Picks Up Steam with Two Sacks, Game Ball
Byline: TANIA GANGULI He talks like a 10-year veteran, even though Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey only has two starts to his name and entered this season having only played in 11 NFL games. For Mincey, these days are long overdue. After...
Mom Arrested in Boy's Death by Methadone; She Told Police She Left the Detox Drug in a Sippy Cup on a Dresser
A 2-year-old boy died this month after taking a drug-laced drink from his sippy cup, and a Jacksonville woman has been charged in his death. Dana M. Anderson, 30, was arrested Monday, about a week after the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said an...
Musicians Express Their Thanks, from Music to Magic
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Along with gathering with family and friends, Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude and appreciation for life's many blessings. The Beaches are blessed with a talented and energized music community. Shorelines asked...
Oxygen Therapy Helps Diabetes Complications; It Can Be an Alternative to Amputations When People Get Cuts That Won't Heal
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY When most people get small cuts or blisters on their feet, it's no cause for alarm. Not so for Ruth Zielinski of Jacksonville Beach, who has Type 1 diabetes. Every day for 30 years, ever since she learned she had the disease,...
Pension Lawsuit Asks for Firings; CLASS ACTION Some City Employees Say They Were Steered to a Less Lucrative Plan. WHO SHOULD GO Administrators "Didn't Have Best Interests of Members," Lawyer Says
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS A lawyer representing Jacksonville city employees shut out of the municipal pension plan has asked a judge to replace several of the trustees overseeing the plan. Attorney Mark Bogen's complaint, filed in Circuit Court,...
Pirate Museum Yields Artifacts; Workers at the Site in St. Augustine Make an Archaeological Find
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Ahoy mates, there's some buried booty outside St. Augustine's new Pirate and Treasure Museum. But no one needed a map to find the hidden treasure, and it isn't gold doubloons. Workers digging Monday to install a handicapped-accessible...
Police Briefs; Woman Hurt as She Jumped, or Was Pushed, from Moving Car
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 23-year-old woman was found with minor injuries after she jumped or was pushed out of a moving car about 2 a.m. Friday on westbound Atlantic Boulevard...
Police Looking for Cousins' Van; SHOOTING 2 Lake City Women Are Latest Grand Park Victims
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER The voice of a cheery Janet Mincey could be heard preparing to have a good time in Jacksonville in her last Facebook.com post. But the Lake City woman also hinted at the danger of making the trip. "What's up just getting...
Powerful Ground Game Carries Clay; Blue Devils, Who Have Rushed for a Total of 47 TDs, Eye St. Augustine
Byline: DENNIS BERGIN When Matt Toblin took the Clay High coaching job, one of his goals was to have his team practicing on Thanksgiving morning. Thanks to a trio of talented runners, special-teams play and a bend-but-don't-break defense, the...
Prosecutor: $100M Lost in Racket; St. Augustine Businesswoman Ran Ponzi Scheme, Officials Say
Byline: DANA TREEN Lydia Cladek's promise to convert car loans to fast cash was still being touted on her website Tuesday even as the St. Augustine businesswoman was being indicted on 14 counts of using the business in a Ponzi scheme. She was...
Rivalry a Game of Feet; Nobody Would Be Surprised If a Kick Determines Outcome
Byline: GARRY SMITS TALLAHASSEE - With the teams evenly matched, Saturday's Florida-Florida State game at Doak Campbell Stadium could hang on the balance of a kick. It could be field-goal attempts made or missed. It could be a punt that dies...
Space Heaters a Common Fire Cause; Firefighters Advise That Smoke Detectors Are an Important House Staple
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Working smoke detectors save lives. As the temperatures dip, that's the message Jacksonville Beach Fire Marshal Steve Sciotto and St. Johns County Fire Rescue spokesman Jeremy Robshaw are stressing. A detector, along...
SUPREME COURT; Limit the Terms
Only one U.S. Supreme Court justice has ever been impeached - and that was more than 200 years ago. He was Samuel Chase, a George Washington appointee accused of being too partisan. The Senate voted not to remove him from office, however, and he...
Thanksgiving's a Good Day for a Beaches Street Party; This Year, Caribee Key and Sun Dog Diner Join Pete's Bar for the Annual Holiday Celebration
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - Unofficially, this is the 25th year the Pete's Bar Thanksgiving Day street party will spill onto First Street with scores of revellers taking part in the impromptu holiday happening. Officially, this will be...
T-U 2
OLDIE BUT GOODIE Joe Paterno said Tuesday that he plans on returning as Penn State's coach in 2011. That would mean he would be 84 when the season starts. It would also allow him to one-up - again - former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, who,...
Urban Folk Artist 'Embraced' by Local Scene
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN As the holiday season swings into full gear, singer/songwriter Billy Buchanan is gearing up for a new phase in his music career. Buchanan is hoping his new album, "The Music Man," slated for release on Tuesday, will open...
?Usted Tiene Diabetes? St. Vincent's Helps Spanish Speakers Understand and Manage the Disease
Byline: JOY BATTEH-FREIHA Como esta su nivel de azucar en la sangre? What are your blood sugar levels? That's a familiar question asked in Spanish these days at a new educational and informational diabetes class offered only at St. Vincent's...
Utilities Purchase Leaves Residents with Rising Rate; the Water Charge Is Likely to Go Up within a Year; a Vote Is Planned for Dec. 7
Byline: DREW DIXON PONTE VEDRA BEACH - About 50 people packed the meeting room at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Friday and many voiced skepticism and opposition to St. Johns County's proposed water rate hike for the next three years. "We...
Vick's Comeback Hits the Right Notes
Byline: VITO STELLINO Quarterback Michael Vick continued his remarkable comeback tour Sunday night by leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 27-17 victory over the New York Giants, giving the Eagles the NFC East lead at 7-3. Vick matured while...
Video Games
GIFT GUIDE XBOX 360 The old white Xbox 360s are mostly off the shelves; the newer models have two things going for them: They're much quieter than the earlier models, which sometimes sound like jet engines, and they have wireless connectivity...
While Turkey Cooks, Many Go Shopping; Retailers Break Holiday Traditions to Lure Consumers Early
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Would you wake up at 3 a.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving and stand in line to get a $50 high-end coffee maker for $10 at JC Penney? How about a $140 Android tablet at Kmart - $40 off its retail price? Or a 32" LCD TV for $198...