The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 14, 2011

After a Tumultuous Year for Duval County Public Schools, Many in the Community, Including Members of the School Board, Are Asking the Question: Is Ed Pratt-Dannals the RIGHT LEADER for the FUTURE?
Byline: Story by Topher Sanders Educators, education advocates and business leaders agree that the superintendent has many of the characteristics you want in what amounts to the CEO of the school system. He's smart, passionate and knows the ins...
A.M. Stir
Byline: Tom Szaroleta 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. CLASSIC HITCHCOCK Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic "Rear...
An Improvement, but Could Be Better
In most cities, voters pick their city council members. But, in Jacksonville, council members also pick their voters. It started when city planners presented the Reapportionment Committee with a proposal on how to redraw the city's council district...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport EVENING GALA Members of the group One Book, One Putnam will host "An Evening with the Authors" to promote community reading programs. The free event, which includes supper and wine, will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m....
Career Track
BANKING/FINANCE - Jacksonville-based CPA Katherine B. Ashley* is now offering services as a certified divorce financial analyst. CONSTRUCTION/DESIGN - Lon Barfield* was named as assistant governmental construction equipment sales manager at...
Center Built to Bring Northside 'Back to Life'; Developers Are Confident in Gaining Tenants to Fill Space, Which Is at Center of More Projects
Byline: David Bauerlein Some wonder whether the two-story, split-level building with the cascading roofline is a new library. No, it's not a library, reply officials with the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corp., which is constructing...
College Football Notebook; Wolfpack Stands Ready Freshmen Shine in JU Scrimmage
Freshman quarterback Trevius Folston completed 7-of-12 passes for 104 yards and three touchdowns and freshman running back Keith Dawson ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns in Jacksonville University's first scrimmage on Saturday at Fleming Island...
Down with a Sickness of Government
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK In the days before Congress reached an agreement on raising the debt ceiling eight miles above the International Space Station, President Barack Obama went on TV to make his case to the American people. At one...
FACT CHECK; Social Security Not Used to Build Housing Project Illegals Aren't Allowed to Live There, but Services Are Available to Tenants
Byline: Carole Fader Times-Union readers want to know: An email links to a video of a beautiful Tacoma, Wash., housing development that the narrator says was built for illegal immigrants with Social Security funds. Besides the housing, the residents...
Garrard, Knighton Back to Work; del Rio Says Kampman's Snaps per Game Will Be Reduced from 70 to 45
Byline: Vito Stellino Quarterback David Garrard's back, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton's weight and defensive end Aaron Kampman's new role were the focus of attention Saturday when the Jaguars returned to the practice field. Garrard, who...
Gator on the Go; Burton Playing Even More Positions in UF Camp
Byline: Michael DiRocco GAINESVILLE All Florida's Trey Burton wanted to do was get on the field as a freshman. He told the coaches it didn't matter where he played, as long as he got a chance to contribute. So they ended up playing him everywhere:...
If Deal Sounds Too Good to Be True, Call Cops
Byline: david bauerlein It seemed like quite a catch when Jacksonville resident James Tallant bought a 150-horsepower outboard motor for $500, a fraction of the motor's usual value. But Tallant said he couldn't shake nagging suspicions that the...
It's Time to Get Serious about a Vibrant Downtown
Byline: Ron Littlepage For Jacksonville's downtown, it's carpe diem time. Revitalizing downtown was a major plank of Mayor Alvin Brown's campaign. The transition committee he appointed to make recommendations on achieving that goal has handed...
Jaguars Notebook; Defense Stressing Turnovers
Byline: Vito Stellino Cornerback David Jones might have set a tone when he caused a fumble on the Jaguars' first defensive play in the preseason opener at New England on Thursday night. That fumble was recovered by Dawan Landry. The defense went...
Lombardi's Legendary Packers Had a Few Close Calls
Byline: vito stellino Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers of the 1960s are one of the legendary teams in NFL history. The Packers are the only team to win five league championships in seven years, the only modern team to win three league titles...
Medicare Fraud Trial Begins; L.A. Couple Faces Charges of Money Laundering in Brunswick
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski BRUNSWICK A Los Angeles couple will stand trial in Brunswick beginning Monday on federal money laundering conspiracy charges in a multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud scheme. If convicted, Sahak Tumanyan, 44, and his wife,...
Moving Day at Coastal Georgia; Students Take over Newly Dedicated Housing
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK College of Coastal Georgia turned another page Saturday in its rapidly changing history as about 200 students moved into residential housing at what was last year a commuters-only school. Their reasons were as...
'MUCH MORE THAN A SIP OF WATER'; Florida's History Abounds at St. Augustine's 'World Famous Fountain of Youth' Attraction
Byline: Jeff Brumley Sara Johnson and Sally Weiner traveled from Raleigh, N.C., to St. Augustine in late July in part to see the Ancient City's historic sites. The "World Famous Fountain of Youth" wasn't on the list because it seemed too touristy,...
New Kid at School Is a Bit Different
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport The days just before school begins feel more like the new year than Jan. 1 does. It makes sense. Few circumstances offer more intriguing metaphors. Blank notebook and fresh start. Fully sharpened pencil and the exact...
Notebook; Gone Fishin' Event Starts Saturday
Byline: Jim Sutton The Beach Marine Gone Fishin' Tournament and Marine Expo is Saturday through Sunday at Beach Marine, 2315 Beach Blvd. Organizers said more than 50 boat dealers and marine-related vendors and craftsmen will be there. The...
Nothing Sweet about This 16th; Just Loud, Intense and Christian; Murray Hill Theatre Celebrates with 10 Hours of Music
Byline: Matt Soergel Mckenzie Horton, all in black, with a shock of platinum hair, had her bass guitar slung low, as a bass player should, up front and center on stage at the Murray Hill Theatre. Her Jacksonville band, Arlynn, was the opening...
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE; Downsizing the Gear Turns Up Angling Fun
Byline: Jim Sutton I took a week's vacation last week. The travel budget was slim, but anywhere between Crescent Beach and the Matanzas Inlet was doable. The boat was not cooperating. And her dearest friend, her full-time mechanic, was off on...
Runners Work Up Sweat to Save School Sports; 5K Event at EverBank Field Tries to Offset Losses from Budget Cuts
Byline: Bridget Murphy Saturday evening's workout was more than just another fitness drill for members of Fletcher High School's wrestling team. For seniors Dillon Vissman and Raymond Bachmann, the 5K run at EverBank Field was an exercise in...
Sales Volumes Fall in Second Quarter; Jacksonville-Area Median Sales Prices Also Drop with a Few Exceptions
Byline: Kevin Turner Home and condominium sales volumes, which had risen in many Jacksonville-area ZIP codes in the first quarter, went stale and took a downward turn in the second quarter. Median sales prices also cooled in the area except for...
Session to Redraw Maps Set to Begin; Lawmakers Also Plan to Move Date of Sales-Tax Vote to Improve Turnout
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA Legislators gather in Atlanta on Monday for a special session of the General Assembly devoted to redrawing the district lines for the state House and Senate for the congressional districts. While there, they will...
This Graduate Is a Different Kind of Statistic
Byline: Mark Woods In the next few weeks, thousands of local students will be leaving home and heading off to college. Deshawn "Scotty" Brown will be among them. He will be leaving the Durkeeville neighborhood that he grew up in, heading to...
Three Questions
Tony Moll Jaguars offensive lineman How did your wine company, Three Fat Guys Wine, come to be? You're gonna get us in trouble. It started when we were up in, Jason [Spitz] and I and another guy, Daryn Colledge, who is now in Arizona, we were...
Thrilling Win Is Stuff of Hollywood
Byline: gene frenette You only get season-ending finishes like the Jacksonville Sharks had Friday in movie scripts, but seldom in real life. Games rarely come down to an all-or-nothing moment on the final play. It's not so much that the Sharks...
Title Cements QB Garcia's Legacy; Sharks Star Shares Moment with Son after ArenaBowl Victory
Byline: Don Coble PHOENIX For most of his storied career, Aaron Garcia has been more concerned about his legacy with his children, not the Arena Football League. He hoped they would understand, perhaps forgive, him for spending so much time away...
T-U 2
Byline: David Johnson 2 CENTS JAGUARS NEED A LITTLE SACRIFICE It's been a tough summer. Markets have crashed and the U.S. is struggling to pay off its credit-card bills. Imagine if we were enduring all this bad news without the promise...
What's New
BUILDING/DESIGN - Ken Smith of Kenneth Smith Architects Inc. of Jacksonville was awarded the bid for restoration work on the historic Taylor-Dunn House in Titusville. DONATIONS/GRANTS - Employees from Lennar Homes presented school supplies...