The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 18, 2011

Ambitious Plans Set for First Tee; It Hopes to Double Its Chapters; Annika Sorenstam Will Be a Spokeswoman
Byline: GARRY SMITS The First Tee announced an ambitious five-year plan Thursday to double the number of chapters and elementary school golf programs, and a program designed to promote health and wellness through golf to youth and children. In...
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ATTACKS ON JOURNALISTS; Respect Is Deserved
Journalists are first responders. They were at the scene of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. They accompanied the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, carrying no weapons, just the tools of their trade. They have entered dangerous lands worldwide,...
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Auto Show Looks Electrifying; Fuel Efficiency Is the Big Draw, but Muscle Cars and Tough Trucks Rule
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Fuel efficiency and alternate forms of power seem to be electrifying interest in new cars again. That's good news for automakers, who have new waves of electric, hybrid and high-efficiency models to show at the Jacksonville...
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Big Brother Gets Push into 500; Brian Keselowski Gets a Big Assist from Little Brother in Second Duel
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - As young brothers, Brad and Brian Keselowski never dreamed about racing against each other in the Daytona 500. "I did dream about the day he wouldn't beat me up," Brad said. Their relationship soared on a...
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BOYS BASKETBALL REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS ROUNDUP; 3-Pointers Propel 'Pack
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Wolfson's Malcolm McNair hit a 3-pointer six seconds into the Wolfpack's Region 1-5A boys basketball regional quarterfinal game against visiting Tallahassee Chiles on Thursday night. That shot set the tone as Wolfson went...
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Bulldogs Look 'Lethargic'; Coach Jim Lieb Says the Boys Couldn't Find Their Rhythm in the Loss
Byline: FRANCINE KING TAMPA - Bolles coach Jim Lieb said he barely recognized the Bulldogs boys soccer team that played in Thursday's Class 3A state semifinal. The players were the same, but the intensity and precision that had earned the Bulldogs...
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Bush Tells Business Group That Florida Has to Innovate; the Jacksonville Speech Touched on Job Growth, Education and Politics
Byline: KEVIN TURNER and ABEL HARDING If Florida wants to attract the high-wage jobs needed to be more competitive, the state needs to adjust to rapidly changing technology and to press hard on education, former Gov. Jeb Bush told a group of Jacksonville...
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Camden Grand Jury to Keep on Working; compLaints They Have Heard Issues from Citizens and Officials in St. Marys
Byline: TERRY DICKSON The Camden County grand jury has issued a presentment saying it will continue working on citizens' complaints against the St. Marys City Council into next month. The grand jury said Thursday it had voted to withhold a formal...
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CITY BUDGET; Plug Yourself In
Get ready to dive into the city budget as deeply as you want. The Mayor's Office has scheduled five budget workshops throughout Duval County. The idea is to allow residents to gain more insights into city finances, ask questions of key city budget...
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CITY OF HOPE; 'Food Insecurity' Growing as Problem for Education Experts Say This Problem Is More Widespread Than Awareness Is, and the Effects Are Major
Byline: JEREMY COX One in four children nationwide doesn't know where the next meal is going to come from or if that meal will have the nutrition needed to grow and thrive. It's called food insecurity and it's not just a poverty issue anymore....
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Clay Rejects Teachers' Contract; Vote a Shocker Hundreds of People Are Surprised after School Board Votes against It
Byline: BETH CRAVEY The Clay County School Board astonished a room full of hundreds of people Thursday night by rejecting a tentative 2010-11 teacher contract that was proposed by its own staff and recommended by Superintendent Ben Wortham. The...
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Coast Lines
GET A TASTE OF LIFE IN SIERRA LEONE, CONGO Sierra Leone native Braima Moiwai and Congo native Pline Mounzeo will provide glimpses of west and central African cultures with stories and songs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation...
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College Baseball
The college baseball season opens today. A look at the weekend series for Florida, Florida State, Jacksonville and North Florida: SOUTH FLORIDA AT FLORIDA Where: McKethan Stadium, Gainesville. When: 7 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday....
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EPA Water Fight Goes Back to Congress; Budget Battle Includes Restriction Banning EPA from Using Funds
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Congressional wrangling to stop new federal clean-water rules for Florida rivers restarted this week in a budget bill to keep the federal government operating. U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., filed legislation this week...
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Everyone's a Critic
THE EAGLE Although it was difficult to buy Channing Tatum (speaking as he did as a street-wise kid in "Step Up") as a Roman Legionaire of 120 A.D., the premise works, especially with Jamie ("Billy Elliot") Bell's clipped British accent working perfectly...
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Fernandina Beach Parish Priest Is Moving Up; the Rector Is Heading to East Tennessee, Will Take over as New Bishop
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY The Rev. George D. Young III will be changing hats soon, from that of a parish priest to the much bigger kind worn by religious higher-ups. Young, the rector at St. Peter's in Fernandina Beach, was elected bishop of the Episcopal...
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Find a Seat for Chair Symposium at UNF
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON Judith Miller says that whenever she leaves home for a business trip, her husband offers a reminder: "Repeat after me: We do not need one single more chair." Miller, one of the United Kingdom's leading antique experts and...
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HAND-HORNS, WE SALUTE YOU; How Did We Come to Embrace the Popular Rock-Concert Gesture? Surely It Wasn't the Work of Satan, Was It?
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Index finger up, middle fingers down, pinky up, thumb in: the standard rock 'n' roll salute. It's a safe bet to say concert-goers will scream, raise their arms high and flash the sign while Ozzy Osbourne is on stage. He's...
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High School Wrestling
STATE TOURNAMENT MATCHES BEGIN TODAY AT LAKELAND CENTER AREA FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS CLASS 3A 119 pounds: Evan McCall, Fleming Island, Fr., 34-8 vs. Nick Barrett, Lake Worth Park Vista, So., 45-2. 145: Cholito Tony-Meade, Sandalwood, Sr.,...
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Hospice Recognized for Service to Jewish Patients
Byline: Jeff Brumley Community Hospice of Northeast Florida announced it has received reaccreditation as a Jewish hospice by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice. To receive the designation, an organization must undergo in-depth, on-site...
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JAA Asks Government to Add; to Cost of a Round-Trip Ticket Airlines Call 'Passenger Facility Charge' a Tax; Airports Say It's Vital to Area
Byline: MATT DIXON The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is part of a lobbying effort by the airport industry to increase a fee on passengers by 55 percent. Money raised from the fee - $30 billion since 1992 - is used to fund federally approved...
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JAA Lobbies to Increase Passengers' Ticket Costs; Airlines Call the 'Facility Charge' a Tax, but Airports Say Fee Is Vital
Byline: MATT DIXON The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is part of a lobbying effort by the airport industry to increase a fee on passengers by 55 percent. Money raised from the fee - $30 billion since 1992 - is used to fund federally approved...
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Jacksonville Journal
GIVE LAWMAKERS INPUT AT CITY BUDGET WORKSHOP Jacksonville residents can be part of the city's budget preparation process by attending one of five planned community budget workshops facilitated by Jacksonville Community Council. Residents can...
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Jack's Picks
SUN One day we'll look back on this weekend and recognize it as the point when lacrosse finally caught on in Jacksonville. Two of the finest collegiate teams in the land - Notre Dame and Duke - face off in the Sunshine Classic at EverBank Field. Jacksonville...
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JaxPort CEO Vows Fight for $1.1B; His State of the Port Address Touts the Facility's Potential
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN The Jacksonville Port Authority's new chief executive vowed Thursday to take the battle-ready spirit of the Marine Corps with him as he seeks funding for the port. In his first speech since becoming CEO last month, Paul...
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Killer of Disabled Woman Gets Life; Jury Recommended Death for Middleburg Man
Byline: DAVID HUNT GREEN COVE SPRINGS - A Clay County jury recommended the death penalty for a Middleburg man who halted trial last week to plead guilty to strangling and burying his wheelchair-bound girlfriend. Then, moments after the jury was...
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Late Goal Sinks Providence; after Stopping Several Big Chances, Boys Lose on Mental Mistake
Byline: FRANCINE KING TAMPA - Moments after the Providence boys soccer team's 1-0 loss in Thursday's Class 2A state title game, an emotionally spent Tanner Doudna crouched near midfield. The senior keeper, who made a dazzling save on a penalty...
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Law & Disorder; Sheppard Busted; Cops Find 2 Joints He Says the Marijuana Could Have Been Kids' but He's Still Ticketed
Prominent Jacksonville defense and civil rights attorney Bill Sheppard was ticketed Monday morning for marijuana possession after police found two joints in his car. According to a Sheriff's Office field investigation report, police in an unmarked...
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Men's College Basketball
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT KENNESAW STATE AT JACKSONVILLE When: 7:15 p.m. today. Where: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Radio: WJXL (1010 AM). PROBABLE STARTERS OWLS (8-18, 6-10 ATLANTIC SUN) 15 LaDaris Green, F, 6-9 Avg.: 9.8...
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Morning Briefs
JACKSONVILLE'S ECONOMY BETTER, INDICATORS SHOW Jacksonville's economic outlook is getting better, but consumers may also see rising prices in the coming months, according to the University of North Florida's Local Economic Indicators Project, or...
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Notes
Byline: GARY T. MILLS BOLD CITY GRILL OPENS AT SHERATON JACKSONVILLE Bold City Grill is now open at the Sheraton Jacksonville hotel in the former Shula's 347. The restaurant - which celebrated its grand opening a week ago - features the beers...
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Peyton OK with Lack of Requests
Byline: Abel Harding Eight years ago, the endorsement of Jacksonville's outgoing mayor, John Delaney, was the most coveted of that election cycle. Delaney, who was riding a sustained wave of popularity, issued endorsements sparsely that year....
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Police: Man Had Woman as Captive; but She Managed to Make a Call from the Westside Mobile Home
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Two video cameras were found pointing at a mobile home's front door Wednesday, while every other door and window was boarded up or screwed tight so no one could get in - or out - of a home in the 6400 block of Flowers Avenue,...
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Rick Scott Isn't Consulting Much with His Many Peons
Byline: Ron Littlepage The governor who would be king. A hint of Rick Scott's unsettling world view came when he declared he had a mandate to govern even though fewer than half of Florida's voters had punched his ticket to the Governor's Office....
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Selling Land to Indians Spurs Bill; Concern over Tribes Seeking Sovereignty, Casinos in Georgia
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Real estate developers in Glynn County and the Columbus area are the target of legislation designed to prevent them from selling property to Indian tribes that want to build casinos, according to Sen. William Ligon....
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Senate GOP Says 'No' to Alcohol Bill; Measure Would Have Let Each Community Vote on Sunday Ban
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Senate Republicans decided behind closed doors not to bring up a bill for a roll-call vote on allowing the public to decide if their communities can sell alcohol on Sunday afternoons. Senate Republican Leader...
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Strong Field Takes to Mat; First Coast Area Has Several Hopefuls for Wrestling State Titles
Byline: HAYS CARLYON A total of 55 area wrestlers will be in action starting today at the state wrestling tournament at the Lakeland Center. The mass representation for the First Coast means there are plenty of storylines heading into the two-day...
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Stylists Accused of $475,000 in Customer Heists; Two Are Charged with Burglarizing Homes of People They Knew
Byline: WAYNE FORD ELBERTON - Two Elberton hairdressers are accused of breaking into friends' and customers' homes, sometimes while they were away at Sunday church services, and taking nearly half a million dollars worth of gold and jewelry, sheriff's...
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TAG TEAMS BACK AGAIN; Kurt Busch, Burton Win Gatorade Duels on Strength of Tandem Racing
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - If Jeff Burton had his way, there would have been two cars in Victory Lane following the second Gatorade Duel qualifying race for the Daytona 500. He worked in tandem with Richard Childress Racing teammate Clint...
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THE TRICKS YOUR MIND CAN PLAY; Liam Neeson Stars in Well-Crafted and Entertaining Action Thriller
Byline: MATT SOERGEL UNKNOWN **1/2 (2 1/2 out of 4 stars) "Unknown" has amnesia antics and mistaken-identity capers, an innocent man on the run, a couple of car chases, a frosty blonde, chilly European settings, implacable assassins, cryptic...
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T-U 2
T-U SPORTS TALK Our sports writers hit the airwaves on WFXJ (930 AM) every Tuesday and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. Today, Times-Union sports writer Garry Smits and high school sports editor Hays Carlyon will discuss college basketball, the Daytona...
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Water Cleanup Funds Are in Question Once Again; Congressional Budget Battle Includes Stopping the EPA from Using Federal Money to Enforce Clean Water Laws
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Congressional wrangling to stop new federal clean-water rules for Florida rivers restarted this week in a budget bill to keep the federal government operating. U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., filed legislation this week...
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Wine Tastings
Tasting events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the next week. Prices vary. TODAY Circle Japan: 12192 Beach Blvd., Suite 1. Sake 101, 5-8 p.m. Fridays. An introduction to Sake tasting. (904) 710-5193. Monkey's Uncle Liquors:...
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'Yearling' Star Visits Movie's Florida Sites 65 Years Later; the Little Boy Inside the Man Recalls His Time in Ocala Woods
Byline: MATT SOERGEL CROSS CREEK - It's been 65 years to the month since Claude Jarman Jr. left Florida after starring in "The Yearling." So much has changed since he last saw the woods and springs that novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote about....
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