The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 25, 2010

A.M. Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL BACK TALK Want to stir it up with A.M. Stir? Find something new everyone should know about? E-mail your comments, beefs and ideas to backtalk@jacksonville.com. JAGUARS WORTH WATCHING "Having an NFL team in your city...
AREA GOLF NOTEBOOK; Middleburg Player Is on a Hot Streak
Byline: GARRY SMITS Frank Hagins has been an avid golfer for more than 40 years. Until three months ago, he had never made a hole-in-one or an eagle-two. Now, the 63-year-old truck driver from Middleburg is raining shots in from all over. ...
Big Ben's Behavior Reckless
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK - We can exhale. We have our answer. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be suspended six games - four if he behaves - in the upcoming NFL season for his unbecoming conduct in Milledgeville,...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport AUTHOR EILEEN ERIKSON IN FERNANDINA AND MANDARIN Eileen Erikson, who wrote "Kamille's Birthday Circus" and "Up in Nathaniel's Room," will sign copies of her book during the Fernandina Beach shrimp festival Saturday....
Brantley to Collect Lunch Money; PAY UP Unpaid Bills Are Turned over to a Collection Agency. IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH There Will Be a Late Fee of 40 Percent Added to the Amount Owed
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - The Brantley County school board is turning to a collection agency to help recoup unpaid student lunch bills, which administrators estimate total $16,000 to $18,000 on any given day. Other school system efforts...
Career Track
HEALTH/MEDICAL - The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has hired Leslie Higgins* as director of special events for its North Florida office. In her role, Higgins will manage several of the foundation's annual events, including Single Greatest Night, Shoot...
Champs Win Arguments; Middle School Debaters' Competition Was the First in Duval County
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Debate competition didn't introduce Eugene Butler Middle School eighth-grader Davon Bostick to the skill of arguing - that's something he already knew. "I've always been good at that," Davon said. "I'm always getting into...
City Looks at Stance on Human Rights; TALK OF THE TOWN Parvez Ahmed Would like to See His Legacy as "A Bridge-Builder and a Peacemaker."
The Jacksonville City Council Rules Committee recommended on Monday that UNF professor Parvez Ahmed be confirmed to the city Human Rights Commission despite opposition from the anti-Islamist group ACT! for America. The full council will take up the...
Days of Sunshine Hard to Number
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Dear Call Box: Do you know how we can find out how many days per year there are of sunshine in Jacksonville? I really want to know about days of sunshine in St. Marys, Ga., but figured that might not be available. -B.R.,...
Defensive Solutions Trump Sizzle
Byline: Gene Frenette Jack Del Rio and Gene Smith were beyond mad, and the fallout from this offseason showed the Jaguars' main power players weren't going to take it any more. It practically cut Del Rio's heart out when the head coach reviewed...
Despite Shrill Critics, Ahmed an Ideal Appointee
Byline: Ron Littlepage Some are upset that the terms "bigoted" and "intolerant" have been used in the debate over Parvez Ahmed's nomination to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission. Here's just one example of why those descriptions are accurate....
EAGLES FLY, BUT THIS ONE TEARS DOWN OLD SHOP; an Old Building Used as a Barber Shop Was an Eagle Scout Project
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - Samuel Arbo's Eagle Scout project crashed to the ground Saturday. But that's the way he planned it. Instead of the usual Eagle Scout project, such as building park benches, landscaping along a fence or planting...
EDUCATION Schools Have to Meet Class Size Requirements Approved by Voters in 2002, but Doing So Will Cost Area Districts Millions to Hire Enough New Teachers; PRICE OF PROGRESS
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA In Toyetta Nealey's second-grade classroom at Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary, 17 students is just the right size. It's perfect for putting children in groups of three or four to work on writing assignments or little projects...
Exploration of an Inner Life; Fine Novel's Middle-Aged Protagonist Wonders What Happened, What's Ahead
Byline: Review by MATT SOERGEL The terrorist acts of the last few days in Europe have Kevin Quinn on edge, disoriented and questioning. But so does being middle-aged, and so does the heat and blinding sun of Austin, Texas, where he's gone for a...
FACT CHECK; Did Obamas Have Their Law Licenses Taken Away? FACT: No. the President and First Lady Requested They Be Made Inactive
Byline: CAROLE FADER Many Times-Union readers want to know: Is it true that President Barack and Michelle Obama surrendered their law licenses and can no longer practice law? Some who passed along this chain e-mail that began circulating in...
Garbage Fee Would More Than Double in Proposal; LEVEL OFF under Mayor's Plan, It Would Bring Jacksonville Closer in Line with the Cost to Provide Service. MAKING PROFITS If All of the New Fees Are Approved, the City Would Bring in an Extra $25 Million Annually
Byline: MATT GALNOR When the City Council first passed a new garbage fee three years ago, it outlined gradual increases to try to cover the actual costs by 2014. On Tuesday the council is expected to vote on a bill that would blow through that...
GATORS IN THE DRAFT; Pats Pluck Another Gator Hernandez Will Have Familiar Teammates in New England
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Aaron Hernandez isn't going to have to worry too much about fitting in with his new teammates. He has plenty of company. The New England Patriots selected Hernandez with the 15th pick in the fourth round on Saturday morning,...
HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK; UF-Bound Leonard Now Attending UC
Byline: HAYS CARLYON A.C. Leonard has finally settled on a school for his senior season. The Florida commitment starred at Ribault last season, then transferred to Interlachen earlier this year. Now, the blue-chip athlete has settled at University...
Huguenot Bans Pets Due to Dogs; Fighting and Messes Draw Complaints; Ban Starts on Saturday
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON If you're going to the beach on Jacksonville's Northside, leave Fido at home. Starting Saturday, the city will ban pets from Huguenot Memorial Park, the spit of oceanfront and dunes beside the St. Johns River that draws...
HUMAN RIGHTS BOARD; Rhetoric Tops Reality
The biggest contract in city history awaits a City Council vote Tuesday. Hard choices on budget cuts and city fee hikes of all kinds loom because of next year's $58 million budget gap. But the hottest issue facing council right now is whether...
Jacksonville Journal
SANDALWOOD STUDENT TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE Sandalwood High School junior Majda Mujagic was selected as one of only 16 finalists nationwide to participate in the Advancement Via Individual Determination's 2010 Summer Institute in Orlando. This...
Jaguars' Picks on Day Three
LARRY HART ROUND 5 (143 OVERALL) Position: Defensive end. College: Central Arkansas. Size: 6-feet-1, 248 pounds The skinny: Second in the Southland Conference in sacks (11) last season and was the league's defensive player of the year...
Legislature Heads into Final Stretch; There's Still Much to Be Done before the Session Ends Friday
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - A budget that numbers in the tens of billions of dollars. Medicaid reform. Overhauling property insurance. A divisive redistricting initiative. That is just some of the unfinished business left for the Legislature...
Letter from Tallahassee Not Necessarily from the State
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Florida business owners should be on the lookout for a "time-sensitive" letter requesting they fill out a form and pay $125 so they can comply with state laws for record-keeping. "I was ready to write the check," said...
LOCAL PLAYERS IN THE DRAFT; Smith, Carroll Get Their Draft Calls Ex-Sandalwood QB Picked by Titans; Clay Grad Goes to Dolphins
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith and Maryland cornerback Nolan Carroll both had their senior seasons cut short by injuries. But those setbacks didn't derail their opportunity to play in the NFL. The two former...
New Man in Middle; in Dealing for Morrison, Jaguars Find Immediate Starter at Linebacker
Byline: VITO STELLINO Kirk Morrison was awake at 4 a.m. on Saturday because he didn't know his future and would find out on the final day of the NFL Draft. The five-year Oakland inside linebacker knew he was expendable after the Raiders drafted...
NOTEBOOK; FWC Seeks Help in Osprey Kills
Byline: JIM SUTTON The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that several ospreys have been shot in Duval and Nassau counties over the past three weeks and it is looking for help in finding the violators. The osprey is a federally...
Oudin Rallies for Victory in Fed Cup
Melanie Oudin defeated Alla Kudryavtseva 6-3, 6-3 Saturday, but Russia's Elena Dementieva evened up the Fed Cup semifinals matchup with a straight-set win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Birmingham, Ala. Dementieva, ranked No. 6 in the world, won...
Paid to Surf: It's Quite a Life; A Handful of Surfers at the Beaches Make a Living Riding the Waves
Byline: MATT SOERGEL The Beaches is an OK place to grow up as a surfer: warm water, easy waves, easy access to those waves, and a supportive community. A few surfers get good enough to seize the enviable chance to make a living doing what they...
Pass Rush Quest to the End; Jags Close out Draft with Continued Emphasis on D-Line
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Jaguars plugged their hole at middle linebacker by trading for a veteran starter and bolstered their defensive line by adding two more pass rushers. They also added a running back and punt returner on Saturday, the final...
Primed for Pompano; Jacksonville's Finch Knows Thing or Two about Reeling in the Tasty Fish
Byline: JIM SUTTON Mother Nature's watch runs perfectly. With it, she programs all creatures to act in certain ways, at certain times. It might not match the ticks and tocks of our own timepieces. Hers is set to a more primal pace. Around...
Question Needs 2nd Answer
Byline: Mark Woods Jacksonville City Councilman Clay Yarborough asked the nominee in front of him a simple question, one that went back to the document upon which this country was built. "Will you support, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution?"...
Repaving of Daytona Is Scheduled for July; the Overhaul of the Track Set to Begin Day after Coke Zero 400
Byline: DON COBLE TALLADEGA, Ala. - Daytona International Speedway will be repaved after July's Coke Zero 400. It will be the first overhaul of the 2 1/2-mile racetrack in 32 years. Last February's Daytona 500 had two lengthy red-flag delays...
SBC's Aim: Help Small Businesses
Byline: Abel Harding What happens when a small business owner decides it's time to call it quits? Do you keep the news to yourself and close quietly, dismissing employees on the last day and notifying customers by putting a sign on the door?...
Set for Another Shot; Edwards Trying to Forget Horrific Crash at Talladega Last Year
Byline: DON COBLE TALLADEGA, Ala. - Carl Edwards still struggles with how last year's Aaron's 499 ended. He won't sign pictures of his car crashing upside-down into the fence along the main grandstands. He doesn't watch replays of the crash. ...
Smith Praises Tebow; Jaguars GM Says He Wishes Ex-Gators QB the Best
Byline: VITO STELLINO Jaguars general manager Gene Smith explained Saturday that there was a simple reason the Jaguars didn't draft fan favorite Tim Tebow. "Where we picked in the first round, he was not the next player," Smith said. "We felt...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE NOTEBOOK; Team Saves Aaron's Home
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The Mobile BayBears made sure that the house Hank Aaron grew up in as a child will be preserved for a long time. The renovated single-family house in Mobile, Ala., was transported to Hank Aaron Stadium, where the BayBears...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE: SUNS 6, MUDCATS 0; Villanueva a Hit in Suns' Shutout Win Pitcher Shuts Down Mudcats and Is Just as Adept with the Bat
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Just in case Elih Villanueva's pitching ever falters in the future, the former Florida State standout is starting to build a resume as a hitter. But the way the hard-throwing right-hander is currently pitching, the hitting...
SWAT Team Standoff on Southside Ends Peacefully; Police Respond to Man Being Shot at Complex on Old Kings Road
A shooting at a Southside apartment complex led to a 3-hour standoff with Jacksonville's SWAT Team that ended without incident. Police responded to a man being shot at the Ravenwood Apartments at 8030 Old Kings Road around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. ...
These Farms Are All Wet; Aquaculture - Fish Farming - Is a Thriving Business for a Couple of St. Johns County Men
Byline: ROGER BULL The tanks at Anguilla Fish Farm seem like they're simply full of dark water. But if you look closely you can see that they're dark with fish - thousands of hybrid striped bass. And just a few miles away, Michael Robinson's...
Tree's Long Life Rooted in Its Care
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO Most of Treaty Oak's children end up doing time in prison. Yep, once a year JEA's Forestry Section swoops into Jessie Ball duPont park on the Southbank to collect acorns from the 200-plus-year-old live oak, said Kristen Beach,...
T-U 2
QUOTABLE "I'd like to pick all my guys, but it just didn't work out, and unfortunately for Taylor [Mays], it was a hard day for him. His expectations were very, very high, and mine, too. So I feel for him." - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll,...
UF Freshman Shines; King Finishes Fourth in Vault, Fifth in Floor in Individual Event Finals
Byline: KYLE MAISTRI GAINESVILLE - After a disappointing showing in the Super Six team competition Friday night, Florida freshman Marissa King was the highlight of the NCAA Championships individual event finals on Saturday night for the Gators....
Ware, Waycross Tighten Leash on Pets; ADDRESSING PROBLEMS the County Has OK'd an Animal-Control Law; the City Will Follow Early Next Month. ENFORCING RULES the New Laws Will Allow Animal Control Officers to Better Manage Complaints
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS Ware County and Waycross commissioners have adopted animal control regulations that add animal cruelty provisions and clarify public safety and neglect rules that have not been widely followed. And like some of the problem...
Water Has Become Key Political Worry; Georgia's Water Rights "Volcano" Stands to Go to Federal Court
Byline: WALTER C. JONES CARROLLTON - Solutions to Atlanta's impending water shortage, and how they impact the rest of the state will be a major issue in this year's gubernatorial election, making water a top political concern for the first time....
What's New
BUILDING/DESIGN - Ervin Lovett Miller has completed the architectural design and construction documents for a new 5,000-square-foot Beard's Jewelry store at the St. Johns Town Center. Construction is under way, and the building is scheduled for...