The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 2, 2012

3 Teachers Are Facing Disciplinary Suspensions; Offenses Range from Objectionable Emails to Inappropriate Sexual Talk
Byline: Topher Sanders A Duval County Public Schools elementary teacher faces a 30-day suspension without pay for sending an email containing racial stereotypes to the entire staff of her school. Paula Dion, a first-grade teacher at Whitehouse...
Acting Director Appointed for Children's Commission
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons In an attempt to maintain a neutral stance as the mayor pushes for changes to the Jacksonville Children's Commission, the commission members voted to name an existing employee as acting executive director while they look...
Briefs
OSPREYS WIN ON HOME RUN IN NINTH The University of North Florida's Ryan Roberson hit a three-run homer to left field in the bottom of the ninth to give the host Ospreys an 8-5 victory over Georgia Southern on Thursday night at Harmon Stadium. ...
Early Ending for Ospreys; Disappointing Ouster for UNF, Which Comes Up Just Short
MEN East Tennessee State******68 North Florida*********66 MACON, GA. | North Florida had a program-record 16 victories, but its season ended in disappointment, nonetheless. The No. 5 seed Ospreys fell 68-66 to No. 4 East Tennessee State...
Everyone's a Critic
SAFE HOUSE Bullets were flying, and people were dropping like flies. Funny how Ryan and Denzel remained unscathed, for the most part. I'm not sure what I thought about this movie. The CIA was a blundering mess. The safe houses weren't safe at all....
Ex-JEA Chief Picked for Utility Board
Byline: Steve Patterson Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has picked former JEA chief executive Walt Bussells to serve on the city-owned utility's governing board. It's apparently the first time a former JEA chief executive has been on its board,...
Firefighters Resist EMT Bonus Cut; City's Proposal during Contract Talks Would Affect about 60 Percent of Force
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons The Jacksonville firefighters union is resisting a city proposal to eliminate the bonus pay given to emergency medical technicians. EMTs, which make up the majority of the force, make an additional $100 or $150 a month,...
First Coast May Need to Help Bolster Key Industry - Fishing; Some Say Artificial Reefs Will Open Up Access for Anglers
Byline: Drew Dixon First Coast anglers see fishing spots disappearing so quickly they say it's time to create new fishing grounds to bolster an industry that the state says brings half a billion dollars into the local economy every year. Scott...
'Found Footage' Party Good for a Few Laughs
Byline: Matt Soergel PROJECT X ** (2 out of 4 stars) So in "Project X," these rich kids in California throw a big party that gets bigger and bigger until the cops come, so the kids fight for their right to party, and then it gets bigger and bigger,...
'Hedwig' Filmmaker at Sun-Ray 2 Nights
Byline: Matt Soergel Filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell will be at the Sun-Ray Cinema in Five Points tonight to show his two earlier films. On Saturday he'll host two of his favorite films. "Shortbus," his story of real New Yorkers and their sex...
Homer Humphries 1930-2012; City, County Consolidation Pioneer 'He Wanted to Make Jacksonville a Better Place,' Says a Stepson
Byline: Sandy Strickland Homer Humphries, a Jacksonville lawyer who was a leader in the movement to consolidate city and county governments here and a member of the first consolidated City Council, died Thursday in his sleep of pulmonary problems....
In the Spirit of Sunshine Law? Baloney
Byline: Ron Littlepage Mousing around the news of the week ... click. Message to the School Board: Don't blow smoke in our faces and tell us it's perfume. In the minutes of the meeting where the board decided to ax Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals,...
Jacksonville Journal
JACKSONVILLE WOMAN GETS REAPPOINTMENT Four women, including a Jacksonville community activist, have been appointed or reappointed to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women by Attorney General Pam Bondi. Nancy Peek McGowen, appointed to...
Jacksonville Sex Offender Loses Bid for Freedom; Gets Treatment
Byline: William Browning A Jacksonville sex offender, due to be released from prison in coming weeks, will remain in state custody after a jury ruled Wednesday he was in danger of repeating his crimes. The six-person jury decided William Todd...
Letter Steps Up Glynn County Literary War; Main Characters in Less-Than-Classic Plot Are Libraries and Support Groups
Byline: Mike Morrison BRUNSWICK, GA. | The Brunswick-Glynn County Public Library trustees Wednesday night condemned a mystery letter sent to best-selling author Steve Berry that cast the St. Simons Literary Guild in a bad light. The guild is...
Man Shot at His Avondale Home, Police Say
A Jacksonville homeowner returning from a walk in his Avondale neighborhood was shot Thursday morning after he discovered someone in his garage. At 5:40 a.m., police were called to a hospital where the 28-year-old victim drove after being shot....
Movie to Make Red-Carpet Visit to City
Byline: Anthony DeFeo A poignant story of deception, murder, love and hard-hitting journalism is making its way to a Jacksonville theater on Sunday. "Deadline" tells the story of a murder in rural Alabama that went uninvestigated, unsolved and...
Of Montreal Makes Visual Change
Byline: Heather Lovejoy The enduring and ever-changing indie-pop band Of Montreal (from Athens, Ga.,) will play Wednesday at Freebird Live, fronted by its founder and songwriter Kevin Barnes. The band's album "Paralytic Stalks" was released in February,...
Parker Boys in First State Final since 1967; Seymore Scores 23 as Braves Pull Away from Nature Coast in 5A Semi
Byline: Justin Barney LAKELAND | Lamar Seymore figured the best way to celebrate his birthday was for the Parker boys basketball team to go out and make history. Overlooked, undersized and as of late, unstoppable, the Braves are bound for their...
PolitiJax; Teacher Union Bill Clears House; Senate Doubtful
Clarifying a question that arose out of a Duval County labor dispute is the aim of legislation passed by the House Thursday. The 78-38 party-line vote came after an expected union vs. choice rhetorical battle between Republicans and Democrats. The...
Records Offer Insights into Somer's Killer; Harrell Equates Himself with a 'Monster' in Video Confession
Byline: Adam Kealoha Causey, Jim Schoettler & Dana Treen Jarred Harrell tells a harrowing, changing tale of killing and attempting to rape 7-year-old Somer Thompson in video released by authorities Thursday among thousands of pages of records...
Riverside Market's Live Music Is Back Saturday
Byline: Heather Lovejoy The Riverside Arts Market will be up and running again at 10 a.m. Saturday. That means weekly, family friendly, live music is also back. Here's the March lineup for the RAM River Stage. Saturday: Stanton Prep Marching...
Roundup; Love Leads McIlroy by 2
The more putts he makes, the more confidence he has over the putts that can turn a decent round into something much better. That explains why Rory McIlroy opened with a 4-under 66 on Thursday in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, leaving him...
School Board Broke Spirit of the Law
The Duval County School Board violated the spirit and intent of the Sunshine Law, if not the letter, in its meetings and discussions that led to its ending Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals' tenure. The maneuvering was so blatant as to shatter trust...
Sheriff Miffed That 51 Clay Staffers Got Raises; Some Hikes Defended as Promotions; Beseler Had to Cut $1.2 Million
Byline: Adam Kealoha Causey Pay raises for about 50 Clay County workers have raised a few eyebrows after a contentious 2012 budgeting process. Clay officials said the salary increases - for almost one of every nine employees - are part of a publicly...
Supporters Defending Caboodle Ranch; Owner Says He Worked in Infirmary to Exhaustion, Trying to Save Cats
Byline: Dan Scanlan Monday started out like any other for Craig Grant, as he carried a bag of food to his charges at the Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary he has operated since 2007 in Lee. Then, the Ponte Vedra Beach man wrote on his website that...
Tiger Keeps Fighting a Losing Battle
Byline: Gene Frenette Tiger Woods and his posse of enablers will never stop thinking they can micromanage image. Other than Woods' self-inflicted wounds from his personal life, nothing has diminished the world's most prominent golfer in the eyes...
T-U 2
Byline: Brian Hodges TEAMMATE SUPPORTS 'DOGS' CROWELL The college football season has been over for almost two months, but Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch already was taking a stance. Freshman running back Isaiah Crowell was a superstar out...
USO Chili Cook-Off Set for March 10
Byline: Gary T. Mills The Greater Jacksonville Area USO would like your support - and your chili. On Saturday, March 10, the organization is hosting its USO Chili Cook-Off, the first of what it anticipates will become an annual event. Proceeds...
Victim of Court Grateful for New Life; Glynn County Woman Is Granted Early Probation Release after Lengthy Case
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | A woman cited as a victim of judicial abuse in former Judge Amanda F. Williams' drug court said this week she is looking forward to college, a summer marriage and caring for her 3-week-old daughter. A state Judicial...
Wolfson Just 2 Wins Away; Wolfpack Facing Leesburg in 6A Tournament Contest This Morning
Byline: Jeff Elliott Wolfson's starting five has never seen a shot in the vicinity of the 3-point arc that any of them didn't like. And that attitude has carried this young group of shooters all the way to the final four for just the second time...
Women's Roundup
FLORIDA******70 AUBURN******60 Jordan Jones scored 17 points as eighth-seeded Florida beat ninth-seeded Auburn on Thursday in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. ... The Gators (19-11) led by as many...
'Wounded' Ride Is Restorative to Warriors
Byline: Amber Batteiger It all started with three guys in a bar. In 2004, Nick Kraus and two friends were sitting around a table discussing wounded soldiers coming home after serving in Afghanistan. The three friends decided they wanted to do...