The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 27, 2011

2 Gunmen Grab Cash from Convenience Store
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Two masked gunmen got away with an undetermined amount of cash late Saturday after they robbed the Mi Pueblo convenience store in the 10,000 block of Beach Boulevard. Police said the two men, one wearing a blue-and-white...
3 Votes for 'Healthy' Pasta Sauce
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel have put aside their favorite jarred pasta sauce to try Francesco Rinaldi to Be Healthy Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce. The manufacturer touts the sauce as having no added sugar,...
Agriculture Workers Spruce Up Workplace; the State Employees Volunteer as a Way to Attract School Groups
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Every Tuesday after work, 50 or so employees of the Department of Agriculture volunteer to hang around the office for another few hours to paint, scrub and scour the aging office building that houses their agency....
Area's Dry Conditions Lead to Wildfire Concerns; Rain Isn't Expected to Change Drought That Led to Burn Ban
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Fire officials are on alert because the Jacksonville area has had only 2.83 inches of rainfall so far this year compared to the normal average of 3.69 inches for January. That's a dry start to 2011 after the area got only...
Braggin' Rights
Kudos to these Nassau County residents: ACADEMIC - Callahan Intermediate School recently announced Autumn Perret as the winner of its annual spelling bee, and Serina Blume as runner-up. Perret will represent Callahan Intermediate in the Nassau...
Briefs
EXERCISE, DIET EXPERTS TO SPEAK AT SEMINAR Davidson Realty will present an "All About Health" seminar as part of its complimentary Davidson Speaker Series at 7 p.m. today. Toby Lyons, owner of Florida Get Fit, a boot camp and exercise training...
Change to NASCAR Scoring Is Simple; the New Points System Will Reward Drivers More for Victories
Byline: DON COBLE NASCAR put a greater emphasis on winning Wednesday by changing its point system and the qualifying process into the Chase for the Championship. Starting with next month's Daytona 500, drivers will earn one point for every finishing...
Chocolate Stout a Good Dessert Brew
Byline: ROGER BULL AND ED STANSEL You like beer. You like chocolate. What could be better than both of those flavors together in a nice chocolate stout? Chocolate stouts don't necessarily contain chocolate. Some are brewed with just malted barley...
Clay's Football Players Shine in Shrine Bowl
Byline: Brent Beaird Several Clay County high school football players had solid performances for the South team in the 22nd annual Shrine Bowl. Clay High School coach Matt Toblin, who was the coach of the South squad, said he was very impressed...
Crusaders March on in Soccer Playoffs
Byline: Mark Boleky It's playoff time for high school winter sports (I saw my breath the other night, so, yes, you can call them winter sports). Girls soccer is the first sport to start the FHSAA postseason, and Bishop Kenny High School got off...
Developer Misused Taxpayers' Money; City Released Funding for Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Jacksonville housing officials have cut their ties to a nonprofit developer after concluding taxpayer money that was supposed to pay contractors was misused. Employees of the Riverside Avondale Development Organization...
Doll House Loses to Eminent Domain; Nude Club and Other Buildings Will Be Demolished for I-95 Work
Byline: LARRY HANNAN The Florida Department of Transportation is about to do what the Jacksonville City Council couldn't: Strip a nude dance club from its site on Atlantic Boulevard in the St. Nicholas neighborhood. The Doll House at 2220 Atlantic...
Fire, Ice Transform UNF, JU
Byline: GENE FRENETTE The University of North Florida-Jacksonville University basketball matchup finally has legitimate juice, all because of what two coaches living one mile apart off Kernan Boulevard have done to transform their programs, ...
Floods Fail to Stop Court's Business; Rain Draining through a Ceiling Caused Problems in Brunswick Building
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Federal court cases were filed and mail was delivered as normal as crews aided by industrial fans worked overnight to clean flood damage at the Frank M. Scarlett Federal Building. Rain water sluiced through...
Free-Style Wrap; Graham's Free Throws in Final Second Push JU Past UNF
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT For more than 44 minutes and 59 seconds of Wednesday's game, Jacksonville University was horrendous at the foul line. In the final second, Delwan Graham was picture-perfect. Graham made two free throws with seven-tenths of...
Garza Lawyer Goes at Witness; Officer Said He Was Told to Falsify Burglary Report
Byline: DAVID HUNT Before his arrest, Jacksonville police Sgt. Marc Garza was studying to be a lieutenant. The 44-year-old decorated officer's plans for a promotion were thwarted as he went away in handcuffs facing allegations he went into a...
Girls Soccer Regional Quarterfinals
Byline: FRANCINE KING ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. TODAY. REGION 1-6A ORANGE PARK (13-8-2) AT PORT ORANGE SPRUCE CREEK (20-1-1) The Raiders, led by Hannah Bunn (20 goals) and senior Bailey Henderson, have their hands full with a Spruce Creek team...
Habitat's Remodeled ReStore Ready to Reopen; Home Improvement Shop Proceeds Go to Housing Program
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY At the ReStore, recycling and reuse reduces refuse. That's the Clay County Habitat for Humanity mantra for its ReStore, a home improvement thrift store where the agency recycles donated household items by selling them...
Heinze Gets Hearing to Keep Lawyer; Accused of Murders, He's Fighting Attorney's Request to Withdraw
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Guy Heinze Jr., who faces the death penalty if convicted of murdering his father and seven others last year, will tell a judge next month why she should force his lead defense lawyer to stay on his case. ...
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK; Surprising White Aims to Stay on Roll
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Two relative newcomers and two experienced teams are in today's semifinals of the boys Gateway Conference Tournament at the FSCJ South Campus. White and Parker, teams that don't reach this stage of the city tournament on...
HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK; Raines' Stallings Takes Grayshirt Offer at Illinois
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Receiver Isaiah Stallings wants to play in the Big Ten Conference, so much so that he's willing to wait a little while to begin his college career. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Stallings committed to Illinois as a grayshirt, meaning...
Home Project Getting 'Extreme'; Construction Starts Today on a New Home for a Needy Clay Family
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY In "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" parlance, today is demo day. The home of a lucky Clay County family in need of new accommodations is expected to be demolished today, the second day of the ABC-TV show's tight schedule,...
Jacksonville Journal
DUVAL BEE WINNER IS FROM LANDON MIDDLE Ashlie Malone, a sixth-grader at Landon Middle School, survived 35 rounds to win the 2011 Duval County Spelling Bee on the word "kavya." The contest was Tuesday night at Mandarin Middle School with 14 public...
JEA Program Insulating Homes, Saving Money; Houses in Some of the Poorest Areas in Town Are Being Helped
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Felicia Leslie saw in black and white how much cheaper heating her home has become: The electric bill that hit $275 in November 2009 hovered around $150 a year later. "My insulation is really helping," said Leslie, whose...
Latitude 30 a Playground for Both Adults and Kids; Venue Offers Bowling, Video Games, Billiards - and Good Food
Byline: ERICA BURKS This weekend, hubby and I planned a nice adult dinner with wine and no kids. So how did I find myself contemplating valet parking at Latitude 30 with a car full of kids? My husband sold me out. Completely and totally. In a...
Lawmakers Eye Pension Plan Trims; Budget Has Few Roads to Revenue
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - With a state shortfall likely to top $3.6 billion in the coming fiscal year and pledges from legislative leaders not to raise taxes to fill the shortfall, lawmakers are increasingly looking at the state's pension...
Life Sentence for Attack over Debt; A Man Was Owed $120 and Beat Acquaintance, Who Died of Brain Injury
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI WAYCROSS - A judge sentenced a Waycross man to life in prison for beating to death an acquaintance over a $120 debt nearly two years ago. A Ware County jury late Tuesday found Antonio Quandell Wallace, 26, guilty of...
LIGHTS, CAMERAS, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE; Reality Show's Home 'Makeover' a Joy for Middleburg Family
Byline: DAN SCANLAN MIDDLEBURG - Joshua Garrett watched as girlfriend Ashley Brewer stepped off the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" bus Wednesday with designer Michael Moloney and walked to her tiny home on North Chicory Avenue in Clay County....
Morning Briefs
UNF TO HOST FORUM FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS Small business owners from around Jacksonville are being asked to participate in the Small Business Issues and Recommendations Forum, from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the University of North Florida. The...
New St. Johns Hall of Fame Class; Private School Honors 3 Athletes, Coach for Efforts
Four former St. Johns Country Day School student-athletes were recently inducted into the Orange Park private school's Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established four years ago "to honor athletes who have brought recognition to themselves...
Nice Weekend for Big-Game Anglers
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson We may have favorable weather this weekend to make an offshore run and do some bottom fishing or big game trolling. Big game anglers may have a break in weather to troll for tuna and wahoo, too. Cedar plugs, Wahoo Wackers,...
Notebook
LEAGUE ASKS PEOPLE TO DONATE SOLES FOR NEEDY CLAY SOULS The second Soles for Kids and Needy Families in Clay County shoe drive is under way, with a goal of collecting 10,000 pairs of shoes this year. The Roy S. Geiger Detachment of the Marine...
Notebook; Make Donation and Guess in Birdies for Charity
The Children's Home Society of Florida is a participating charity in The Players Championship 2011 Birdies for Charity program. The program calls for Players fans to make a donation - minimum $20 - to a particular charity and guess the number of...
Preservationists Seek 2 Historic Buildings; Jacksonville Historical Society Asking City to Put Up $250,000
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Jacksonville's sports and entertainment district could someday be known as the sports, entertainment and history district. The Jacksonville Historical Society is asking for $250,000 from the city to help pay the estimated...
Professor Taught Other Educators
Byline: Nancy Bethea I made all A's in my teacher training classes at Jacksonville University, except in one, Human Growth and Development taught by Kathleen Johnson. In her class, I earned a B. The B isn't the only thing I remember from her...
Q&A Diane Kornegay; Learn What Students Need to Do to Graduate
Diane Kornegay started the new year as the Clay County school district's director of school improvement, professional development and assessment. In March, she gets a promotion, succeeding the retiring Sharon Chapman as assistant superintendent for...
Q&A with Dorothy Pitman Hughes; at 72, Activist Isn't Even Close to Retiring
Byline: CRISTIN WILSON When Dorothy Pitman Hughes was 10 years old, her father was beaten by the Ku Klux Klan and left for dead on the family's front porch in rural Georgia. As a little girl, she prayed that if God saved her father's life, she would...
Q&A with Marianne Jamsheedy & Eve Ross; Already Gearing Up to Help Boys Next Christmas
The holiday season has passed, but Marianne Jamsheedy and Eve Ross, two moms from Julington Creek Plantation, are saving up clothes and change for boys who need it come next Christmas. The women are in charge of programs benefiting boys and young...
Q&A with Shirley Steel; Prepare to Say 'Bye, Bye Belly' with This Fitness Class
With a name like Shirley Steel, you might wonder if she has abs of steel. While she admits they aren't rippled, she does have strong abdominals. Steel is teaching a six-week program at the Jewish Community Alliance with the catchy name of "Bye, Bye...
Race to Be Topic of Downtown Forum Tonight; Hundreds Are Expected at the Gathering at the Main Library
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Organizers are hoping for frank talk and open discussion about race relations at an event tonight that is expected to draw hundreds of participants. Called Real Talk ... Real Change, the event will be put on by E3 Business...
Rick Mullaney Should Be Careful about Complaints
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage The gloves have come off in the mayor's race, and if he isn't careful, Rick Mullaney is going to earn the nickname "Waa Waa." Now I can understand why when the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Mike Hogan, Mullaney...
SCOREBOARD; High Schools
BOYS SOCCER DISTRICT TOURNAMENTS TODAY District 4-5A (at Ridgeview): Semifinals, Fleming Island vs. Wolfson/Columbia winner, 5 p.m., Ridgeview vs. Buchholz/Gainesville winner, 7 p.m. District 3-4A (at Stanton): Semifinals, Bishop Kenny...
Southside Students Honored for Essays
Byline: ERIK MAULE and BETH REESE CRAVEY In award-winning essays, Southside area students Claire Cugini and Nicole LaReau nailed the challenge of multi-cultural acceptance. The two essays were the high school and middle school division winners,...
Speckled Perch Didn't Spawn, but Baby 'Gills Did Run
Byline: jim sutton In fresh water, the anticipated spawn of speckled perch around last week's full moon did not materialize. There are fish out there, but very few on the beds. Your best bet is to fish submerged treetops or on sharper drops off...
STATE OF THE UNION; an Oscar for Oratory
The annual State of the Union address, despite its title, traditionally has dealt little with current realities. Rather, it's about the sitting president's vision for the future - and it's normally presented almost as a "pep rally," trying to build...
Step Back in Time - into History; Fifth-Graders Get to 'Meet' Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The repartee began as soon as the two men dressed in waistcoats walked out on stage. On one side was Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, the nation's third president and father of the University...
St. Johns Deputy Killed by Drunken Driver Remembered; Co-Workers, Residents Gather in Honor of James Anderson
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - About 40 St. Johns County sheriff's deputies and residents gathered for a private ceremony at Florida A1A and Corona Road on Jan. 14 to pay tribute to Deputy James Anderson. Anderson was killed in an...
Students Promote Multicultural Acceptance; Amity Center Presents Essay, Art Winners
Byline: ERIC MOULE The Amity Turkish Cultural Center's Second Annual Art & Essay Contest worked to spread a message of multicultural acceptance through its theme, "Empathy: Walking in Another's Shoes." "Our hope is that by using these types...
'The System' Takes Little Library's Soul
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. SIMONS ISLAND - The Three Rivers Regional Library System sent out a fax late last week informing the public the St. Simons Island Library League was ceasing all fundraising activities and giving all its money to the library....
THIS WEEK ON TOUR; Players Pull-Outs Displease Finchem
Byline: GARRY SMITS PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem told the media at the Torrey Pines Golf Club in La Jolla, Calif., Tuesday that Europe's top stars who are non-members of the PGA Tour are "always welcome" to The Players Championship. And...
T-U 2
DONOVAN LEADS CHARITY VOTE Florida coach Billy Donovan is the overwhelming leader in The Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, a contest in which fans can vote for 14 college basketball coaches and their respective chosen charities. The coach with...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Tired of Playing the Education Blame Game
I'm sick and tired of reporters always blaming our failing schools on principals [and] teachers. They also say poor performance is not the children's fault. It's because they live in low-income sections of the city. What a bunch of hog-wash! They...
UNF Breaks Ground on 2-Story Addition; Structure Will Be Home to 4 Programs at the University
The University of North Florida's College of Education and Human Services held a groundbreaking ceremony recently for a new two-story addition that will house four university units, including the Disability Resource Center, Military and Veterans Resource...
UNF Students Get to Work - outside the College Classroom; Carnegie Foundation Honors University for Student Efforts in the Community
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Music majors mentoring middle school music students. Nursing students working at a free clinic. Communications students painting walls at a domestic abuse shelter. Students of diverse majors helping a homeless...
Veterans Holiday Bill Back Again; Another Legislator Wants the Day Labeled as a Holiday by Georgia
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - For the third time in four years, a Glynn County legislator has introduced a bill to make Veterans Day a state holiday. The latest, freshman state Rep. Alex Atwood, R-St. Simons Island, said he introduced a bill...
What's Too Loud? New Ordinance to Define; Residents Could See the Final Law Drafted as Soon as March
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES After two years and several revisions, St. Johns County is getting closer to finalizing a noise law that's being revamped in part because of Ponte Vedra Beach residents' complaints about music from a nearby club. The final...
What Will We Learn from Shootings?
Byline: Lamar Thames Let's play a game. No, not football or basketball. Let's count how many scratches you have on your body from chores you have done around the house or in the yard. I'll start. OK, I have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven,...
Williams YMCA Gets a Fresh Look outside, Thanks to Volunteers
Byline: Rhonda Reese People visiting the Williams Family YMCA at 10415 San Jose Blvd. will notice the front foliage is looking great. Thanks to the green-thumbed gift of Y member Connie Benham and her crew of teen helpers, colorful jasmine has replaced...
You're Sure to Be Entertained at Latitude 30; Dining, Dancing and More in One Place
Byline: LAURA HARE About 900 people showed up last week to experience opening day at Latitude 30, Jacksonville's new all-inclusive entertainment venue near The Avenues mall. First-day visitors included members of the Jacksonville Giants and...
Your Yard: So Much More Than Grass
Byline: Beverly Fleming What good does your yard do for you? Is it just a green frame for a house? There are thousands of unframed works of art in galleries. Is your yard a gathering place for children, for birds and wildlife, or for neighbors?...