The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 2, 2010

A Legislative Session of Changes; the Accepted Wisdom of March Isn't True in May
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - When the legislative session began in March, Gov. Charlie Crist was a Republican, the fate of the Seminole gambling compact was still unclear and the words "Senate Bill 6" were not yet a household phrase. It...
A.M. Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA ADVICE IT'S NOT THE HEAT, IT'S THE STUPIDITY Helpful hint: Leaving a full can of root beer in your car, then rolling up the windows and parking it outside on a sunny Florida day is not a very good idea. Lordy, what a...
Amtrak Tests New Local Train Route; the Route Would Start in Jacksonville and Head to Miami
Byline: LARRY HANNAN A passenger train traveled Saturday from Miami to Jacksonville for the first time since 1968 on the Florida East Coast railroad tracks. But obstacles remain before passenger service can be an everyday occurrence. Saturday's...
AREA NOTEBOOK; Azinger Is Set for Book Signing
Byline: GARRY SMITS U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger will appear at a book signing at the PGA Tour Shop at Jacksonville International Airport from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday. Azinger's book, "Cracking the Code," was released recently, detailing his...
AROUND THE LEAGUE; Lawsuit Accuses Saints of Vicodin Theft Cover-Up
Less than three months after their thrilling victory in the Super Bowl, the New Orleans Saints have been accused by their former security director of trying to cover up the theft of prescription pain pills from the club's drug locker. One of those...
Baker Scores on Final Play to Save Sharks; the Former Gators Receiver Caught Eight Passes for 105 Yards
Byline: GARY LEDMAN With time for one play and needing a touchdown to win, the Jacksonville Sharks turned to the Touchdown Maker, and Dallas Baker responded. Baker broke wide open and grabbed a 9-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Garcia as time...
Bold New Chapter; A WOMAN WHOSE WORLD WAS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN WON'T LET LIFE JUST PASS BY WITHOUT HER She Traded Her Corporate Career for Adventure before Her Life Suddenly Changed
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY NEPTUNE BEACH - It's just after sunrise on a Wednesday when the two friends make their way onto the dunes. Plovers dodge the incoming tide and peachy sunrays slant across wet sand as the ladies chat nonstop. One of them...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport TOPIC: BEACHES HISTORY Fletcher High School graduate and professor emeritus of history at Mississippi State University Donald J. Mabry has published "World's Finest Beach: A Brief History of the Jacksonville Beaches"...
Brunswick Dream Up for Auction; THE PLAN Liberty Harbor Was Going to Have a Hotel, Condos, a Marina and Retail Shopping. THE REALITY $1.5 Million in Property Taxes Haven't Been Paid, and the County Is Selling It to Salvage Something
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - When Gary Waxman called the press and local officials together on Jekyll Island in 2005, it was to announce plans to build the Liberty Harbor development on the Brunswick River. Even when scaled down later, the...
Career Track
LEGAL - Nicole M. Pokorny* has been named legal case manager with the Law Office of Attorney Gordon T. Nicol, Esq. NONPROFITS/PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS - Mark Gelfo,* principal and division director of TLC Engineering for Architecture, has...
CITY COUNCIL; Plenty to Ponder
What a night at City Council. Tuesday's blockbuster meeting included these issues: - Action on the biggest contract in city history. - City fee increases. - An emotional appointment to the Human Rights Commission. - A decision not to...
CSX Spending Big on Lobbyists; ANTITRUST Railroads Enjoy Protections That Are Now under Review
Byline: MATT DIXON Jacksonville-based rail carrier CSX Transportation has poured millions into lobbying against a bill that would end railroad industry antitrust exemptions, and another - seen as a watered-down compromise - that would bolster the...
DOES PHIL FINALLY HAVE EDGE? Tiger Is Still Trying to Regain Form; Mickelson Is Already There
Byline: GARRY SMITS Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world, will tee it up in the same Players Championship field this week for the 12th time. For perhaps the first time, Woods isn't considered the favorite....
Elections Prod State to Red, Not Just Party; "Families" Will Be Pitted against Each Other as Republicans Fill Ballots
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The urge to "throw the bums out" that polls and tea party rallies have indicated for the past 10 months bore fruit in last week's candidate qualifying. The result is likely to be a bloody primary season, prolonged...
FACT CHECK; Artist's Real Motive Not So Stirring FACT He Didn't Sculpt the Memorial to Thank U.S.; It Was a Job for Pay
Byline: CAROLE FADER A Times-Union reader wants to know: An e-mail recounts the story of an Iraqi artist named Kalat who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make statues of him. Kalat was so grateful for the American liberation of his country...
Georgia Is Accepting Donations
Byline: TERRY DICKSON The Georgia General Assembly has passed a law to pass the plate. Before they finished up their session Thursday, senators unanimously approved a measure under which citizens could give money to the state's general fund....
Heart Specialists Upset at Health Bill; Some Doctors Say It Restricts How They Are Able to Care for Patients
Byline: JOY BATTEH-FREIHA While most U.S. physicians agree that our health-care system prior to the passing of the health-care reform bill in March was in need of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, one medical specialty group is heartbroken over some...
HIS DEFINING MOMENT; Calvin Peete Gave Himself a Pep Talk and Then Shot a Final-Round 66 to Win the '85 Players
Byline: GARRY SMITS Calvin Peete had no reason to believe he was going to play as well as he did at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course in the 1985 Players Championship. After all, he had never shot in the 60s at the Stadium Course in two...
HISTORICAL FACELIFT; an Old Train Depot Is Being Upgraded for Use in Kingsland
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Mayor Kenneth Smith has fond memories of boarding a Seaboard Coastline Railroad train at a Kingsland depot as a youth. The depot was the site where many residents waited for the Silver Meteor, a passenger train...
It's Time to Regulate Internet 'Cafe' Sites
Byline: ABEL HARDING The varied perceptions of Internet cafe patrons about what they are doing cuts to the heart of the controversy surrounding the proliferation of Internet cafes: Are they gambling sites or not? The cafes and their attorney...
Jacksonville Journal
ANTI-GAY PROTESTERS DIDN'T SHOW FOR PLAY Protesters from a Kansas church with a strong anti-gay agenda didn't show for a planned demonstration in Jacksonville on Saturday. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church had scheduled a protest before...
Just as Puzzling in Rewind
Byline: MARK WOODS It was painful enough to sit through parts of the last Jacksonville City Council meeting, but I decided to get the video and watch again. I did this because I wanted to know: A) Just how fast is city lawyer Cindy Laquidara?...
Meat Moves Way beyond Mealtime
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO Aside from mealtime applications, meat, historically, hasn't served many other purposes. Occasionally a steak is used in the movies and sitcoms to soothe a black eye or fend off a vicious guard dog, but that's about it. ...
MINICAMP NOTEBOOK; Sweet Celebrations for a Pair of Jags Picks
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Sometimes, it pays to be from a small town or a small school, especially if you've got a sweet tooth. A pair of Jaguars rookies - defensive end Austen Lane and cornerback/returner Scotty McGee - found that out after being...
Momentum Eludes Defending Champion
Byline: GARRY SMITS Henrik Stenson isn't ready to label The Players Championship a major. But the first native of Sweden to win The Players and the second European in a row said there's no denying the feeling of accomplishment after winning the...
More Tough Decisions Ahead on City's Budget
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Mayor John Peyton says the City Council acted courageously last Tuesday when it approved increasing city fees, including doubling the garbage fee. I've heard several other choice descriptions of what the council did,...
Muslims in Bible Belt Unlikely to Be Elected; LONGER THAN A LONGSHOT in Fact, Observers of Southern Politics Can't Even Remember a Candidate
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY The smart money says a snowball has a better chance you-know-where than a Muslim has being elected to statewide or national office from Northeast Florida - or anywhere else in the Bible Belt. If the recent hullabaloo surrounding...
NOTEBOOK; Kayak Classic Set for Saturday
Byline: JIM SUTTON The Columbia Sportswear Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic is here again. Billed as one of the largest kayak fishing tournaments in the country, the event is Saturday. Some of the biggest names in kayak fishing are heading...
Parking Lot Nurseries Just Seem to Flourish; Their Fixed-Site Rivals Say It's Not Fair, but the Operators Insist It's Not as Easy as It Looks
Byline: ROGER BULL Anna Rougas and Kim Barnett were in the real estate business, but like so many others these past couple of years, they weren't selling much real estate. So they started selling something that people are buying a lot of these days:...
PLAYERS' FANTASTIC FOUR; Stadium Tough to Conquer, but This Group Does It Consistently
Byline: GARRY SMITS If you're in a golf fantasy league or wondering who to back in an office Players Championship pool, here's some free advice: Go with the only two-time winners in this year's field, the reigning Masters champion and the defending...
Police Seek Woman Who Recanted Rape
Police issued an arrest warrant for a woman they said recanted a rape claim after they arrested a former Jacksonville firefighter. Police say Amy Sutton-Slack, 47, of Hephzibah, Ga., changed her story in a phone conversation with detectives the...
Raines Girls Miss Title by a Point; Frazier Carries Vikings with Victories in the 400 and the Triple Jump
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT WINTER PARK - Never has a seventh-place finish hurt more than what the Raines girls track team endured Saturday at the Class 2A state championship at Showalter Field. Entering the final event of the meet, the 4x400 relay,...
RANKING THE FIELD; Top 20 Contenders to Watch
PHIL MICKELSON PGA Tour victories: 38 (last, 2010 Masters). Best Players finish: Won in 2007. Players stroke average: 72.2. Why he can win: Proved in 2007 that he can throttle down and win on guile. Why he might not: If his driver gets...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS FRIDAY-SATURDAY'S GAMES CLASS 1A Monticello Aucilla Christian 6, Quincy Munroe0; EAGLE'S VIEW 13, GAINESVILLE OAK HALL 0 (5); St. Petersburg Canterbury 11, Land O'Lakes Academy at the Lakes...
Scoreboard
TRACK & FIELD CLASS 2A STATE MEET AT SHOWALTER FIELD, WINTER PARK GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS (TOP 10 AND OTHER AREA TEAMS) 1. Plantation American Heritage 45; 2. RAINES 44; 3. Dunbar 38; 4. Florida High 36; 5. Pope John Paul II 34; 6....
SEEDS THAT MEET A NEED; A Project to Spruce Up Area Becomes a Way to Feed Homeless
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY It started with scattered wildflower seeds, a try at attracting positive attention to an eyesore parcel that wouldn't host new development until the economy turned around. But it's funny what sometimes grows when you start...
Six Holes-in-One, 1 Hole-in-Three; for the Few Who Aced No. 17, It's a Memory That Lingers Forever
Byline: GARRY SMITS Players often step onto the tee of the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course 17th hole expecting the worst. Six men in competition at The Players Championship have walked off the tee after experiencing the best. "You couldn't...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE NOTEBOOK; Stanton, Peguero Rolling
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Jacksonville Suns outfielder Mike Stanton received national attention this week when he went on a two-day slugging spree with five home runs and 11 RBI. Stanton leads the Southern League in seven offensive categories: home...
Tack on Another Win; It's a Breeze for Father-Son Team in Race on St. Johns
Byline: JIM SUTTON A familiar shape slipped under the Buckman Bridge at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday and turned toward the western shore of the St. Johns River. Two white hulls and a plain, gray sail broke the horizon. That catamaran has carried...
THANK YOU, TEACHERS; Practical and Sentimental Rule for Appreciation Gifts
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Argyle Elementary School Principal Theresa Roman recently bought tubs of disinfecting wipes for each of her teachers to help combat the spread of colds. You'd have thought she'd given them all random merit pay raises. ...
THE FIFTH MAJOR? Why It's the Next-Best Thing
17TH HOLE Some pros like it. Some hate it. But there's no denying that the par-3 17th hole and its Island Green is one of the most dramatic and recognizable 140 yards in golf and a big favorite of fans. The hole, which offers no bailout and becomes...
TOUR HAS MORE GLOBAL FEEL; Americans Set Bar, and World Has Responded
Byline: GARRY SMITS Even before Tiger Woods injured his knee in 2008 and ran head-long into the tabloids in the last six months, international players had done the best job of stepping into the breach Woods' absence created in golf's biggest events...
Tourney First: Father vs. Son; Jay Haas Never Let His Son Win; Now It's a Losing Battle vs. Bill
Byline: GARRY SMITS Most golfers take up the game through a bond with their fathers. It was dad who usually put the first club in a boy's hand. It was dad who first showed his son the fundamentals of grip, posture and stance. It was dad who...
Tragedy Molded Jags' Pick
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Scotty McGee was 16 when a horrific scene at Norfolk (Va.) General Hospital sped up his maturation process. It forced him to run toward adulthood at the same lightning pace that he used in racing his childhood friend, Percy...
T-U 2
QUOTABLE "People say he's lost a step or whatever, but he's still the same Kobe Bryant." KEVIN DURANT After the Lakers eliminated the Thunder in the playoffs. THE LIST: NBA PLAYOFF STORY LINES It's no secret that this is football country,...
Wanted: That Winning Feeling; Jaguars LB Morrison, Acquired from Raiders, Says He's Tired of Losing
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO It's easy to tell that linebacker Kirk Morrison is excited about his new start in Jacksonville. In fact, he said he's almost as happy as he was when the Oakland Raiders drafted him in the third round in 2005. But underneath...
What's in a Name (for a New Street in a Development)?
Byline: Jessie-Lynn Kerr Dear Call Box: I often see drivers making U-turns, not at an intersection, but on San Jose Boulevard between University Boulevard and Baymeadows Road where there is not a raised median. Is this legal? - L.G. According...
Who's in the Field?
Players grouped by their primary eligibility category: PGA TOUR WINNERS SINCE LAST YEAR'S PLAYERS Stephen Ames Cameron Beckman Jason Bohn Stewart Cink Ben Crane Ernie Els Jim Furyk Brian Gay Lucas Glover Nathan Green...