The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 7, 2012

2 Council Panels Approve Human Rights Expansion; CHANGES 'Gender Expression' Removed, Legal Remedies Limited UP NEXT Bill Expected to Be Heard by Full Council Next Week
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons Two Jacksonville City Council committees narrowly approved expanding the city's human rights ordinance to include sexual orientation as a protected class on Monday, after first changing the measure to remove some of its...
A.M. Briefing
GAS PRICES JUMP 13 CENTS A GALLON Gas prices jumped an average of 13 cents a gallon in the past week, according to AAA. Oil prices had been dropping and AAA predicted last week that gas prices at the pump would soon stabilize. Instead, oil...
Blackmon to Join Jags; First-Round Pick Ends Holdout, Agrees to a Four-Year Deal
Byline: Vito Stellino Wide receiver Justin Blackmon ended his 12-day holdout Monday after the Jaguars agreed to give him a fully guaranteed four-year $18.5 deal that will pay him almost half the contract - about $9.2 million - by the start of training...
Candidates Differ on Strategies for Goals; the Seven Running for Three District Seats Try to Set Themselves Apart
Byline: Larry Hannan Get more economic development into the community, keep taxes low and get more bang for the buck with the money Clay County has. Those are the broad goals of the seven people running for three County Commission districts....
Crucial Ruling Due in Fernandez Cases; Judge to Decide Tuesday Whether Either Interrogation Will Be Tossed Out
Byline: Jim Schoettler Duval County Circuit Judge Mallory Cooper faces one of the toughest decisions of her 16-year judicial career Tuesday when she rules whether to toss one, both or neither of Cristian Fernandez's police interrogations in the...
Esiason Says Jets Should Cut Tebow; Former NFL Quarterback Critical in Radio Interview
The New York Jets haven't played their first preseason game, and the Tim Tebow bashing has already begun. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason fired a salvo on Monday, saying the New York Jets made a big mistake by trading for Tebow and should...
Ethics Officer to Investigate Benefits for Pension Chief; Auditor's Office Recently Learned of More Lucrative Plan for Some Employees
Byline: David Bauerlein Jacksonville's ethics chief will investigate whether a pension plan for Police and Fire Pension Board employees has followed local and state legal requirements. Carla Miller, head of the city's Ethics, Compliance and Oversight...
Firefighters' Actions in Fundraising Event under Investigation; Photo from Event Shows a Topless Woman with Suspenders over Nipples
Byline: Charles Broward The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is conducting an internal investigation into activities that occurred during a fundraising event held for fallen firefighter Jason Bishop on Thursday night at Whisky River bar and...
Gators' Sixth-Year Senior; Former Nease Star James Wilson Has Earned Respect of UF Coaches
Byline: Hays Carlyon GAINESVILLE | James Wilson was a consensus five-star recruit coming out of Nease High School in 2007. His career disrupted by multiple knee injuries and weight issues, Wilson found himself beginning last season in a position...
Heinze Seeks Dismissal of Comments to the Police; Accused Murderer's Lawyers Question Whether He Was Suspect or Survivor
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | Lawyers representing accused mass murderer Guy Heinze Jr. in his death penalty trial said Monday they will ask a judge to toss out his indictment because of the makeup of the grand jury. Evidence in the motion...
Jaguars Notebook; Taylor Thinking about Next Career
Byline: Vito Stellino There was a familiar face at the Jaguars practice Monday - retired running back Fred Taylor. Taylor, who is spending the week at training camp, said, "I am just here enjoying the guys. I just wanted to be around the guys...
Look for Perseids Meteor Shower
Byline: Tom Webber The Sky Guy is giving up some of his space this week to the ongoing and very cool Treasure Quest clue, but he didn't want you to miss what you can see in the August sky. Look for his column on Aug. 14. There are some interesting...
Name for University Draws Objections; Regent University in Va. Opposed to Suggested Name for Augusta School
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | The recommended name for the merger of two Augusta universities is drawing objections from a Virginia school with a similar name. The Board of Regents that oversees the University System of Georgia is set to...
Nearly 1,300 FSCJ Students Face Grant Issues; They Could Have to Repay Pell Grants the College Errantly Awarded
Byline: Kate Howard Perry & Adam Causey At least 500 more students at Florida State College at Jacksonville could be required to repay Pell Grants, which brings the number of affected students to nearly 1,300. College officials said they...
Panama Exercise Begins at Mayport; PANAMAX's Purpose Is to Prepare Nations for Several Contingencies
Byline: William Browning Maybe it is attacked. Maybe it is damaged. Maybe mines appear and traffic is halted. In the event that any of those scenarios ever occur at the Panama Canal - the 51-mile waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans...
Police Seek Man in Baby Swap Ploy; He Was Caught on Video Saturday Night at an Orange Park Motel
Byline: Dan Scanlan An unidentified man went door to door Saturday night at the Rodeway Inn in Orange Park trying to trade a baby, authorities said. The man, seen in a security camera video with the child holding on to his left shoulder, knocked...
Rants & Raves
CHURCH AND POLITICS Churches definitely need to stay out of politics. Certainly your faith can influence political decision-making, but it is totally inappropriate for religious leaders to be pushing partisan politics. While it is often done in...
Rutherford Asks Council for Money He Saved Now; but Committee Wants to Move on More Typical Time Frame
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford might be able to keep some of the $10.5 million his department saved this year - but even if he gets permission, it won't come quickly. Rutherford has asked the City Council to let...
School Board Agenda
The Duval County School Board monthly meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the school district administration building, 1701 Prudential Drive. The meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 99 and online at www.duvalschools.org....
Suns Burn Biscuits Fourth Game in a Row; Jacksonville Moves into a Share of First Place in South Division
Byline: Jeff Elliott SOUTHERN LEAGUE Suns******11 Biscuits***7 On a night when Jacksonville's pitching was not at its best, it didn't matter. Suns batters came up with their most productive night of the season, pounding out 15 hits in...
Suns Catcher Finally Makes a Power Play
Byline: Gene Frenette While Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon finally ended a senseless holdout, the lesser-known, first-round draft pick playing down the street from EverBank Field might be waking up from a different kind of holding pattern. ...
Three Questions
CB KEVIN RUTLAND You missed the scrimmage with a concussion before being cleared Saturday when you passed a second test. Were you worried? It wasn't that serious, but I am glad [they] took the precautions. How did it happen? Just a head-on...
U.S. House, District 3; Stearns Is Deserving
U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns is being called "the 24-year incumbent" as a sign of derision by challenger James Jett, a career politician himself from Clay County. So if you believe term limits should be enforced at the ballot box, then vote for somebody...
What Jesus Would Do about Gay Rights
Byline: Mac Brunson "What would Jesus do?" So many times when a societal issue arises that may have Biblical connotations, some look to resolve it by asking this common question. These examiners then lecture others as to exactly what Jesus...