The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 10, 2012

90-Year-Old Takes 'A Great Ride'; the Army Veteran Has Always Wanted to Jump out of Planes
Byline: Jon Shumake Moments before taking off for his first-ever skydiving attempt Saturday at Herlong Airport, 90-year-old Ward Young gave his friends and family a thumbs up. "He's a daredevil," said Connie Thomas, one of Young's daughters....
Author Honors Mother with 'Hurricane'
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK, GA. | Sue Wells Kirwan's novel "Hurricane" is about a storm in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. At 70, the Jacksonville resident has firsthand knowledge of her subject matter. She knows the Florida coast,...
Board Revises Grading of Its Superintendent; the Old Evaluation Method Used Too Much Subjectivity, Member Says
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski The Duval County School Board may be weeks if not months away from hiring a new superintendent, but it already knows how it will grade his or her performance in leading the school system. The board has revised its evaluation...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport 'OBSIDIAN' ALERT Popular young-adult sci-fi romance ("Obsidian") author Jennifer L. Armentrout is bringing her entourage (publisher, cover models, street teams and film crew) to the St. Johns Town Center Barnes...
Briefs
UF MEN WIN NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK TITLE Make it three national championships this academic year for Florida. The UF men's outdoor track team won the NCAA Outdoors Track and Field Championship Saturday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa. Florida also won...
Challenger Downplays Incorrect Statements; CANDIDATE ON DEFENSIVE Davidson Wants Focus on Incumbent Wise, Instead of Financial, Education Woes
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | Pam Davidson, a challenger in the Republican primary for Public Service Commission, says statements about her finances and education are incorrect but calls them minor compared to the behavior of incumbent Stan...
Critiques of Contracts Ignored by FDOT; MARKET ANALYSIS Reports Find Possible Bid Rigging, Collusion in Road-Building Projects
Byline: Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE | One report found that two road-building companies dominated North Florida. Another found potentially "sinister activities" with road-building contracts in South-Central Florida. A few more cited potential illegal...
DA Chamber Orchestra Will Be Performing in Chicago
Byline: Charlie Patton The chamber orchestra at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts has been invited to perform at the prestigious 66th annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago next December, orchestra director Brian Griffin...
FACT CHECK; Air Force One's Logos Not Changed by Obama
Byline: Carole Fader Times-Union readers want to know: I received an email with some photos that shows that President Barack Obama replaced the American flag on Air Force One with his own logo at a taxpayer cost of $500,000. Is this true? ...
FALSE HOPE PLAGUED COURTHOUSE MOVE-IN; Weeks-Long Delay over Failed Fire Safety Tests Resulted in Held-Up Legal Hearings, Trials
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons The May 14 date had been set for years. That was the date the Duval County Unified Courthouse was to be substantially complete, the day the keys would be turned over to the city. Instead, on that day almost four...
Florida's Education Reforms Are Gaining National Acclaim
Byline: Mark Wilson As a matter of economic security, education reform should be America's No. 1 strategy for securing our future. The United States, once the gold standard of education, is no longer in the top 20 nations on key education outcomes....
FSCJ Violated Open Meetings Law; Sunshine Law Requires Minutes, Not Just Audio Recordings or Handouts
Byline: Kate Howard Perry and Adam Kealoha Causey Florida State College at Jacksonville's board kept no minutes of workshops for more than a decade, a violation of state Sunshine law college leaders say they will now correct. The school claimed...
FSU Will Have to Wait until Today for a Chance to Close out Stanford
Byline: Garry Smits TALLAHASSEE | The rain that dogged NCAA Super Regionals in Gainesville and Baton Rouge, La., finally put a halt to proceedings at Florida State's Dick Howser Stadium. Game 2 of the Seminoles' series against Stanford was postponed...
Fuel Perks Expands to Web, Eateries
Byline: Roger Bull Saving on gas has moved beyond just groceries from Winn-Dixie. Fuel Rewards Network, the company that operates W-D's Fuel Perks promotion, has expanded to restaurants and online shopping. It launched in Jacksonville last week,...
Gators Roll; Seminoles on Hold; Zunino's 2-Run Homer Helps Florida Take Opener in Best-of-Three Series
Byline: Hays Carlyon SUPER REGIONAL Florida******7 North Carolina State***1 GAINESVILLE | A little rain doesn't bother Florida catcher Mike Zunino. The junior, selected third overall by Seattle in the MLB draft on Monday, drilled a two-run...
Gay Rights Walk across U.S. Ends in Jacksonville; Noble Makes 2,700-Mile Journey from California, Pushing for Federal Law
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons The idea for his walk, Richard Noble remembers, came after a period of meditation, a time when he says he realized everyone is an "embodiment of love." It also came after a number of suicides by lesbian, gay or bisexual...
Golf Roundup; Love, 2 Others Share Lead
PGA Tour: Davis Love III shot his third consecutive 2-under 68 on Saturday to join Nick O'Hern and John Merrick atop the leaderboard at the windy St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. Love, who hasn't won since 2008, had three birdies and only one...
He's a Dedicated Dock Angler; the St. Johns County Fisherman Knows How to Find the Best Spots
Byline: Bob McNally Mike Hayes silently eased his 22-foot Pathfinder close to a cluster of boat docks in the St. Johns River. Once in casting range and using a low-rod fast-wrist snap, he sent a quarter-ounce soft-plastic "swim bait" skipping far...
HE'S ON A WORLD TOUR: VOLUNTEERING; Former Pro Golf Executive Plans to Teach English in Nepal and Thailand, Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Byline: Robert Brown Professional golfers often talk about trajectory. How a ball takes flight and how it descends are critically important. Yet, in the end, it's that second half of the arch that ultimately defines your shot, helping you discover...
Jacksonville Journal
'TRUE BLOOD' STAR TO HEADLINE FILM FESTIVAL "True Blood" star Carrie Preston will be the headliner at the Jax Film Fest, which this year moves to Nov. 1-4 from last year's dates in early October. Preston, who plays Arlene the waitress on the HBO...
Military Still Remembered, Still Celebrated in Event; Rain Couldn't Stop Celebration, Originally Scheduled for Memorial Day
Byline: Topher Sanders Neither Tropical Storm Beryl nor Saturday's rain showers could stop more than 200 people from honoring Jacksonville's fallen military members and celebrating the courage of their families. Beryl forced the Memorial Day...
Pickup Truck Slams into Subcompact Car; Ford F-150 Pins Driver Inside Chevy Aveo; Both Drivers Injured
Two Clay County residents were seriously injured in an early Saturday crash on Branan Field Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. It happened about 2:55 a.m. less than a half-mile from the Duval County line. Witnesses told state troopers...
Public Schools; Building a Consensus
Jacksonville is entering a watershed for its public schools. The city has already been recognized nationally for the excellent partnerships involving the school district, government and nonprofit agencies. All of that positive superstructure...
Quiet Little Georgia Town Deals with Trouble Down at City Hall; Elected Mayor of Graham Was Removed from Office; DA Says Financial Books Investigated
Byline: Terry Dickson GRAHAM | Graham, a settlement of about 290, has been a city only since 1991. But it has enough history, some of it a little dark, to cover decades. Lonnie Crosby, the elected mayor, has been removed from office, quit and...
Rain Halts Suns Pitcher's Roll; Suspension in Fourth Inning Means Evans Can't Get the Win
Byline: Jeff Elliott When you're a hot pitcher, the last thing you want to see is rain interrupt one of your outings. But that's what happened to Jacksonville Suns pitcher Bryan Evans Saturday night when rain caused the suspension of the game...
Redman, Daniels Are Leaders Worthy of Cowford
Byline: Ron Littlepage In 1845, one year after the Baptist General Convention rejected missionaries who owned slaves, the Southern Baptist Convention was formed by men who firmly believed that the Bible and God sanctioned slavery. The members...
Taylor Recalls Early Days with Jaguars
Byline: Vito Stellino Running back Fred Taylor wasn't thinking about being a top 10 pick going into the 1998 draft despite his 4.29 clocking at the NFL combine. And even the Jaguars were trying to trade up to get Curtis Enis, who went to the...
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Byline: David Johnson SHARAPOVA RISES TO CLAIM MISSING PIECE It was becoming easier to write off Maria Sharapova. She hadn't won a major since the 2008 Australian Open and shoulder problems hurt her in what should have been the prime of her...
WORKS IN PROGRESS; What's Being Built at Collins/I-295?
Byline: Roger Bull There are big plans for Collins Road - the former parks on Kingsley Lake are re-emerging with new purpose - a project in San Marco, which includes Panera Bread, has moved ahead one step. COLLINS ROAD The $63.4 million interchange...