The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 13, 2012

Bishop Snyder School Mourns Loss of Family Member; the Wife of a Religion Teacher Is Killed in a Crash in Pennsylvania
Byline: Dan Scanlan A family vacation trip through Pennsylvania's Cumberland Valley ended in death Monday for a St. Augustine woman when she and two others were thrown from a van hit by a dump truck. But Serafina Kinnare's seven children survived,...
Briefs
Byline: Charlie Patton WOMAN FIRST TO GET TREATMENT AT FACILITY Susan Porter, a Mandarin resident, has been successfully treated for a choroidal melanoma, becoming the first eye cancer patient to complete treatment at the new fixed beam room,...
Brunswick College Again a Top Value; Coastal Georgia Is Ranked among Nation's Most Affordable
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | College of Coastal Georgia is again one of the best values in public education, according the U.S. Department of Education's ranking. Coastal Georgia is in the most affordable 10 percent in the College Affordability...
Cost of Health Care; It Starts with Family Docs
The cost of health care simply cannot be allowed to outpace the general inflation rate, not when a massive number of boomers are about to enter their high-usage elderly years. The number of people ages 65 and older will increase by almost 90 percent...
Council-Mayor Tension Worth Keeping Eye On
Byline: Abel Harding It was never about furniture. That the Jacksonville City Council, a body dominated by fiscal conservatives, would vote to spend $750,000 to buy furnishings for the ever-unpopular Duval County Courthouse was surprising enough....
Duval Names First Chief of Schools; Veteran Educator Jacqueline Byrd Is Selected for Post
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski Veteran Duval County educator Jacqueline Byrd will be responsible for providing leadership, management and support to all county public schools as the district's inaugural chief of schools. Byrd, who has been chief officer...
Ex-Mayors, Council Presidents Back Bill; despite Rumors, No Vote Taken on Discrimination Measure Tuesday
Byline: Steve Patterson Nine former Jacksonville City Council presidents and two past mayors publicly endorsed legislation Tuesday to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Then the current council president, Stephen Joost, denied he...
'Gender Identity' Language an Obstacle; City Legislation's Sponsor Says It Could Be Dropped in Effort to Win Votes
Byline: Steve Patterson In a political scrum to ban discrimination in Jacksonville based on sexual orientation, protection that has become increasingly common elsewhere may be dropped to win votes. City Councilman Warren Jones said he wants to...
Georgia Tries to Save Its Military Bases; State Officials Want to Be Ready If New Round of Closings Moves Ahead
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | Business and community leaders from across Georgia are meeting today in Albany to plot defensive strategies for fending off action by Washington to cut or close the state's military installations. While no new...
INSIDE THE NEW COURTHOUSE; $350M Building Finally Set to Open to Public Monday
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons The tympanic sounds of drilling and hammering can still be heard in the Duval County Courthouse - but those are just details. By and large, the 800,000-square-foot building is on the verge of being ready to go. On...
JTA Searching for Leader to Go 'To the Next Level'; Board Members Aren't Certain That Requires That Person Be from City
Byline: Larry Hannan The Jacksonville Transportation Authority board wants its next top executive to be someone who can improve the agency. But board members aren't sure this person should come from the Jacksonville area. On Tuesday the board...
Kingsland Ex-Mayor Killed in Accident; Dixon Was Not Wearing His Safety Belt When He Was Ejected from Pickup
Byline: Terry Dickson Former Kingsland mayor Keith Dixon was killed late Wednesday when he was thrown from his pickup as it overturned on Interstate 95 just inside the state line, the Georgia State Patrol said. Dixon, 56, was driving about a...
Mary Elizabeth Austin 1929-2012; A Lifetime of Loyalty to Restaurant 'Family'
Byline: Sandy Strickland When Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Austin heard that Red Lobster was opening a restaurant in Jacksonville in 1970, she was determined to work there. She even studied the menu during the family Christmas Eve party so she could pass...
Median Home Prices Drop; but They're Still above a Year Ago, and Home Inventory Continues to Fall
Byline: Roger Bull Median home prices dropped a bit in May, but are still above last year, according to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors. The median sales price dropped from $137,000 in April to $133,900 in May following three straight...
No MJD at Minicamp; Jags RB Subject to Fines after Not Showing Up for Mandatory Workouts
Byline: Tania Ganguli Maurice Jones-Drew made a quietly forceful statement Tuesday. He let his actions show the Jaguars he has no intention of backing off his desire for a new contract. Jones-Drew did not and will not report for the Jaguars'...
Paddlers Conquer St. Johns; Storm Presents Final Barrier on 320-Mile River Challenge
Byline: Matt Soergel Sixteen days and almost 320 miles after taking their first paddle strokes at the beginning of the St. Johns River, just one thing stood between them and their final destination two miles away: A looming, lowering thunderstorm...
PolitiJax; A Legal Team Dedicated to School Board?
With all his fellow Duval School Board members seated around him Tuesday, W.C. Gentry tossed out the idea of hiring separate general counsel for the school district. Gentry, a lawyer himself, said the district could use a dedicated lawyer (or team...
Pressure Builds on Sprint Cup Drivers in Contract Year; Logano Silenced Critics, but McMurray, Truex and Others Face Questions
Byline: Don Coble By winning last Sunday at Pocono Raceway, Joey Logano earned a starting spot in next February's Budweiser Shootout all-star race at Daytona International Speedway. It also might have saved his job. Like so many other drivers...
Real Killer of Springs Is Lack of Urgency
Byline: Ron Littlepage Numerous disheartening photographs have come across my computer screen via email recently. A canoeist paddles along the Santa Fe, one of Florida's most beautiful and treasured rivers. The normally clear water is a sickening...
Tax District Could Help Library, Study Says; It's Not a New Taxing Proposal, It's a Way of Handling Taxes Differently
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski In search of more stable funding to keep books on the shelves, the Jacksonville Public Library system would be well served by an independent tax district, according to a recent study requested by library supporters. ...
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Byline: Hays Carlyon HAYS' HEADLINES With inspiration from the satirical website theonion.com, here are the top stories that just missed the paper this week. These are Hays' headlines, with an appreciated assist from David Johnson. - Tom Coughlin...
Woman Shot, Killed after Altercation; after Shooting outside McDonald's in Arlington, Woman Dies at Shands
A woman was fatally shot outside an Arlington McDonald's parking lot Monday night after an altercation. Jacksonville police responded to a report of shots fired in the 900 block of University Boulevard North about 9:40 p.m. and arrived to find no...
Working on the First Coast; Parties 'Like Mary Kay on Steroids' Man Cave Is Turning Home Product Concept into Something for the Guys
Byline: Drew Dixon When Michael Craven moved to Jacksonville in August, he wasn't sure what he was going to do for a living, being a professional personal chef and caterer. But then he found literal manliness in a new company. After groping...