The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 20, 2010

A Big Road Test for NASCAR's Home; Officials Hope All-Star Race, Hall of Fame Will Reverse Downward Trend
Byline: DON COBLE CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The sidewalks have been swept, old buildings have been knocked down and street lights have been decorated with piping. Race shops are stocked with souvenirs, and hotel operators are jacking up their prices....
After Primaries, Whither Florida? Pennsylvania's Conflicting Lessons for Crist, Rubio, Meek
Byline: DAVID HUNT Florida's political scene was buzzing Wednesday about what longtime U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's defeat in the Pennsylvania primary election could signify for Florida's increasingly complex Senate race. Specter left the Republican...
Beware of the Mega-Rich Trying to Buy an Election
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage What do you mean it's swamp land? That's a lament all too familiar to Floridians. Now we have mega-rich swamp land politicians trying to pawn themselves off as something they are not. Rick Scott was the first...
Boaters Recovering Well in Hospital; They Spent Two Days Floating at Sea after Their Craft Capsized
Byline: DANA TREEN Three Jacksonville anglers rescued after their 20-foot boat capsized and dumped them into the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday remained hospitalized Wednesday, recovering from severe sunburn, dehydration and jellyfish stings. The two...
Boselli, Jags Want Your Business
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Whatever you might think positively or negatively of the Jacksonville Jaguars, one thing is indisputable: The organization is doing everything short of winning a Super Bowl to earn your business and keep the team in this city....
Cleanup of Canal Could Aid Glynn; Drainage, Mosquito Control Are Benefits
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS BRUNSWICK - Glynn County's staff still hopes to clean out and restore a nearly forgotten canal that winds 12 miles from the Altamaha River through the heart of the county. Doing so would bring proper storm-water drainage...
Consistent UNF Is Regional Contender; Ospreys a No. 4 Seed; Top Five Advance to NCAA Golf Tournament
Byline: GARRY SMITS The good news is that the University of North Florida golf team can travel light this week - no jackets, sweaters or woolen hats required. "We weren't going to be picky, but we're glad we're going to a warm-weather regional,"...
Fitness Drink Mix Good Thirst-Quencher; but Some Testers Thought It Lacked Flavor and Cost Too Much
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY The heat is on, and Crystal Light is ready to quench your thirst with one of its new Pure Fitness drink mixes. The slender packet of mix can be easily poured into a water bottle or mixed in a glass and is available in several...
Fred Taylor Foundation Gives Hope to Children; His Ankle Injury Opened His Eyes to Disability, He Said
Byline: SARA CONRAD Vivian Kowkabany is a 7-year-old dancer who might have to perform in her annual dance recital in a wheelchair for the second straight year. After being diagnosed with hemophagocytic syndrome (HLH), a rare autoimmune disorder,...
Friends Rally to Aid Ailing Survivor; A St. Marys Woman Beat Breast Cancer Only to Develop Bone-Marrow Disease That Will Require an Expensive Transplant
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - Vicki Hancock remains optimistic even though physicians have told her she will die if she doesn't receive a bone-marrow transplant within three months. On March 18, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome,...
HIGHWAYS; Playing Catch-Up
Building more roads while neglecting to repair older ones is driving U.S. motorists into a financial ditch. The average American motorist spends $335 extra a year in repairs hastened by roads and bridges that need to be fixed but aren't, says a...
House Party Trial First in State; A Parent Is Charged with Manslaughter after Two Die in Crash
Byline: JAMES CANNON ST. AUGUSTINE - Underage drinking, drugs, driving while intoxicated. It was all made easy, witnesses said, by a St. Johns County mom on trial this week in the state's first case of a parent charged with manslaughter after...
Insurance Reform Needed
Byline: Abel Harding June 1 is more than the beginning of hurricane season - it's also the final date for Gov. Charlie Crist to make a decision on Senate Bill 2044, the insurance reform bill passed during the 2010 legislative session. The bill has...
Jacksonville Journal
FEWER SENIORS PASS FCAT READING RETAKE Fewer Florida public school seniors passed their retake of the reading Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test this year, but more of them passed their math retakes. Still, most of the seniors didn't pass...
Judge: No Hearing Needed for AGL Rate Hike; AARP Wanted to Stop the New Charges to Expand AGL Pipelines
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The retiree-support organization AARP lost Wednesday in its court fight to stop Atlanta Gas Light Co. from continuing a new charge to customer bills for expansion of its pipeline network in metro Atlanta's outlying...
LaVilla Revitalization Plan: 'A Story of Fits and Starts'; NEW HOPE FOR THE AREA Peyton Says the Courthouse Will "Spawn Economic Development."
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Depending on whom you ask, the empty lots remaining in LaVilla are either signs of a failed revitalization project or a promise of what is to come. Some blocks contain thriving office buildings that were the goal of a 1993...
Lutherans Avoid Split over Gay Priests; DECISION IN AUGUST the Church Voted to Allow Homosexuals to Serve as Pastors. MUTED LOCAL REACTION Only Shepherd of the Woods in Jacksonville Has Voted to Leave
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Lutherans on the First Coast and across the state will likely be spared the dramatic, painful church splits and property battles that gripped Episcopalians over the issue of homosexual clergy. So far, only one congregation...
Many Agree, Her Biscuits Are Best
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. MARYS, Ga. - Angela Perazza baked her first biscuit in 1999. That seems odd when you consider she was already a grandmother and was living in the extreme southeastern corner of a Southern state where biscuits are as...
Morning Brief
NEW PLAN TO ALLOW EASIER BOOKING OF PRIME OSBORN Hoping to attract more convention business, representatives from the local tourism industry agreed Wednesday on a plan to make it easier to book the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The plan creates...
NFL NOTEBOOK; Ex-Jaguar Ingram to Join Saints
The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent linebacker Clint Ingram. General Manager Mickey Loomis announced the deal Wednesday, but he didn't provide details. Ingram, a 2006 third-round draft pick by the Jaguars,...
REPEAT 1 WIN AWAY; Lumpa, 27-0 in Career, Puts Bolles Back in State Title Game
Byline: HAYS CARLYON PORT ST. LUCIE - It is official. As a starting pitcher, Bolles' Mark Lumpa is unbeatable. The senior pitched a complete game, leading the Bulldogs to a 3-1 victory over Tampa Catholic in the Class 3A state semifinals on...
SHARKS NOTEBOOK; Wilson Wins Weekly AFL Honor
Byline: GARY LEDMAN After winning five of their first six games, the Jacksonville Sharks caught the attention of the rest of the Arena Football League. Wide receiver Jomo Wilson was named Ironman of the Week for his performance in the Sharks'...
She Came with Hope for Better; Move from Virginia Showed Her "Everyone's Struggling Everywhere"
Byline: ROGER BULL Adrienne Beth Gilliam really likes where she's living. Her mobile home sits under the trees a few miles outside of Callahan, out where farmland has been carved into big lots. The problem is that she's spending way too much time...
Shutout Finishes Warriors' Season; Senior Ace Goes Distance and Limits Eagle's View to Six Hits
Byline: HAYS CARLYON PORT ST. LUCIE - Eagle's View faced some of the best pitchers in the state this season. Still, all of that preparation wasn't enough for the Warriors to handle Lake Worth Trinity Christian ace Adaric Kelly. The senior...
State-Rules Law Sparks Veto Battle; DEBATE Lawmakers Worry That Legislation Will Disrupt the Way Agencies Do Business
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON After passing unanimously through Florida's Legislature, a bill that critics say will let lawmakers micromanage many state agency rules has alarmed a growing list of opponents, who want Gov. Charlie Crist to veto it. The...
St. Simons' Dolphins Try out Chinese Art; Students Practice Using Chopsticks and Watch Ice Sculpting during Annual Art Day
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Live music and the aroma of grilling hot dogs filled the air Wednesday at St. Simons Island Elementary School as students explored ice sculpting, Chinese art, pottery making, robotics and dance. The...
The Winner Is
If there's one thing our Pick a Pizza contest proved during the past two weeks, it's that we're passionate about pizza. After nominating dozens of Jacksonville-area pizzerias and casting thousands of votes in our bracket challenge, we have a winner:...
THIS WEEK ON TOUR; Tour Sanctions Asian Event
Byline: GARRY SMITS The PGA Tour and Asian Tour will sanction a tournament Oct. 28-31 in Malaysia that will feature the top 10 players on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and invitations extended to the top 25 players on the PGA Tour's final FedEx...
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MANUTE BOL 'IN A BAD WAY' Former Washington Bullets center Manute Bol is suffering from kidney failure and a skin condition known as "Stevens-Johnson syndrome." A family friend told the D.C. Sports Blog that Bol is "in a bad way" and is in a...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Quality, Entertaining and Patriotic Concert
This past Sunday my wife and I had the pleasure of seeing and listening to one of Jacksonville's better-kept secrets, the First Coast Wind Ensemble, at Jacksonville University's Terry Concert Hall. It was a joint concert with the Fletcher School bands....
Win Final Series, and Win the SEC; Gators, Gamecocks Ready for Showdown to Determine Champ
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's Ray Tanner has seen many things in his nearly quarter-century as a head coach. Yet he's never been part of anything like this weekend's Southeastern Conference showdown with Florida. The Gators and the Gamecocks...