The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 6, 2011

ACC Notebook; Wake Forest, Duke Making Impression
Byline: Garry Smits Wake Forest and Duke each finished 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference last year. Through five weeks of the 2011 season, the two divisional doormats of the previous season have already matched those victory...
Ads on School Buses a Tacky Idea
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee It's back. In 2002, then-Rep. Mike Haridopoulos, R-Melbourne, sponsored a bill that would clear the way for cash-strapped school districts to raise money by allowing companies to advertise on school buses. That bill...
A.M. Briefing
OFFICE VACANCIES DOWN SLIGHTLY ON FIRST COAST Office and industrial vacancies continued to drop in the Jacksonville area, but only slightly, according to a new report from industry analysts Cushman and Wakefield. Office vacancy was at 21.3 percent...
Boy, 16, Faces Murder Charge in Toddler's Death; Girl, 14 Months, Was Shaken and Hit Her Head on Dresser, Police Said
A 16-year-old has been charged with murder now that a 14-month-old girl has died after being shaken and striking her head on a dresser, Jacksonville police said. Javarris Jawan Lane was initially charged with aggravated child abuse after Alexandria...
Briefs
LYNX TAKE 2-0 LEAD IN WNBA TITLE SERIES Seimone Augustus scored 36 points to lead Minnesota's second-half surge, and the Lynx moved within one win of their first WNBA title by beating the Atlanta Dream 101-95 in Game 2 of the league championship...
Center Saved Many from Home Violence; Hubbard House Marks Its 35th Anniversary This Year of Helping Families
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey Vena Patton grew up in a house with loving, committed parents who never raised their voices or a hand to each other or their three daughters. The term domestic violence was not even in her vocabulary. So when she...
Co-Pastor Declares Innocence; Video Case; Church Members Protest Nearby, Claiming More 'Lies on Top of Lies'
Byline: Dan Scanlan ORANGE PARK Backed by almost 200 cheering members of his flock, senior pastor Tom Neal had a message for former members who claim his co-pastor son videotaped women undressing a decade ago. "You should be ashamed," Neal said...
Egg Scrambles All-in-One Meals; Though Our Panelists Liked the Convenience, Some Criticized Taste
Byline: Ann J. Kelley If you like a hearty breakfast but just don't have the time, Pillsbury has it all in the bag with their frozen Bacon & Veggies Egg Scrambles. The single-serve meal, a combination of scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheese sauce,...
Forum Tonight on Backyard Farming; Discussion to Focus on Its Coexistence with City Life
Byline: Steve Patterson In her historic Springfield neighborhood, where houses and shops have stood for more than a century on the edge of downtown Jacksonville, Amanda Searle sees places for gardens, chickens and goats. The city's ordinance...
Gators' Identity Runs Away; Team's Rushing Offense and Defense Had a Rude Awakening vs. Alabama
Byline: Michael DiRocco GAINESVILLE It has not been an easy week for the Florida football team - and not only because the Gators are preparing for Saturday's game at top-ranked LSU without their starting quarterback. UF's players are also dealing...
International Walk or Bike to School Day; More Participants for Venture to Oglethorpe
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. SIMONS ISLAND A lot of kids whose parents own nice cars walked to school Wednesday, and it wasn't because they had to. About 200 walkers and bikers, counting the adults that accompanied the children, walked to Oglethorpe...
Jacksonville Journal
WIENERMOBILE TO MAKE STOPS IN JACKSONVILLE AREA The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will hot dog its way through the Jacksonville area this week to help celebrate the company's 75th anniversary. One of the six sausage-shaped promotional vehicles, each...
Jaguars Notebook; Monroe Practices; Return Likely
Byline: Tania Ganguli Left tackle Eugene Monroe appears ready to return to the Jaguars starting lineup Sunday after missing one start, but defensive end Aaron Kampman is uncertain if he'll make his season debut in the game against the Cincinnati...
Logan's Offers Hand-Cut Steaks, Roadhouse Feel
Byline: Gary T. Mills Logan's Roadhouse opened its first Northeast Florida restaurant recently at River City Marketplace. The restaurant - known for its hand-cut steaks as well as its complimentary yeast rolls and buckets of peanuts - is located...
Plea Deal 'Very Close' for Murder Defendant, 12; Soft-Spoken Cristian Fernandez Meets with Attorneys for Both Sides
Byline: Bridget Murphy She thought he was a little shy, and very polite. Cristian Fernandez answered State Attorney Angela Corey's questions with "Yes, ma'am" and "No, ma'am" when the 12-year-old murder defendant came face-to-face with her Wednesday....
Poker Room Promises to Be an Asset
A poker room in the Regency Square area continues to draw discussion and controversy in Arlington. City Councilman Clay Yarborough, who represents the district, sponsored a public meeting Tuesday night at Terry Parker High School, which provided...
PolitiJax; State Lawmakers Defend Mayport Carrier
Weeks after members of the Virginia congressional delegation sent a letter to a Navy official asking that they reconsider bringing a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Mayport, members of the Florida delegation hit back with their own letter Wednesday....
Rants & Raves
RAVE FOR SAINTS FAN I am a Jags season ticket holder and Sunday I went with my son and daughter-in-law to the Saints game. They had their 10-month-old baby with them but didn't know she needed a ticket. A Saints fan overheard them and handed them...
Scoreboard; High Schools
GOLF BOYS ATLANTIC COAST 145, MANDARIN 151, PAXON 169 Site: First Tee, par 34 (P). Medalist: Huffingham (M) 31. FERNANDINA BEACH 153, WEST NASSAU 241 Site: Fernandina Beach Golf Club, par 35 (FB). Medalist: Watson (FB) 36. PONTE...
Sheriff: Emergency Calls Will Not Be Compromised; but Police Union President Says: 'He's Turned against His Rank and File'
Byline: Jim Schoettler Sheriff John Rutherford said he doesn't expect the budget-crunch layoffs of 48 rookie Jacksonville patrol officers to affect emergencies, as those cops will be replaced, but slower service for other calls is possible. "I...
Sides Tussle in St. Simons Library Battle
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK It would be embarrassing if the wrong people found out what's going on between the Brunswick-Glynn County Library and a group that used to raise funds for the St. Simons Island Library. Are you tired of this yet?...
THE EDUCATION OF CECIL SHORTS; He Turned Heads during Training Camp, but Jaguars Rookie Receiver Has Yet to Catch a Pass
Byline: Tania Ganguli Cecil Shorts crossed the aisle in search for some advice recently. He didn't just seek out receivers and tight ends who could help his transition to the NFL. The Jaguars rookie receiver talked to defensive players, too....
Tour Notebook; McGladrey Classic Has Best Field in Fall Series
Byline: Garry Smits Tiger Woods' presence in this week's Frys.com Open aside, the best field of the four-tournament PGA Tour Fall Series will be next week at the Sea Island (Ga.) Golf Club for the McGladrey Classic. There will be 14 past major...
Unusual-Looking Navy Ship Stops in Mayport; the Catamaran Design Hints at Its Unique Ability at Sea: Speed
Byline: Jeff Brumley HSV-2 Swift is an odd ship no matter how you slice it. It sports a catamaran design with knife-like hulls that enable it to carry cargo, troops or humanitarian aid through water barely a dozen feet deep. It doesn't have rudders...
Wine Tastings
Tasting events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the next week. Prices vary. TODAY Anjo Liquors: 9928-1 Old Baymeadows Road, 5-8 p.m. (904) 646-2656. The Grotto: 2012 San Marco Blvd., 6-8 p.m. (904) 398-0726. Royal Manor Vineyard...
Woman Charged in Forgery of Checks; Unauthorized Sale of Car Leads to Investigation at Online School for GEDs
Byline: Terry Dickson A Kingsland woman was arrested Tuesday on 31 counts of first-degree forgery and 20 felony and 11 misdemeanor charges of theft by conversion after an investigation into checks written on the account of a St. Marys business and...
Woman Takes in 7 Children; Atlantic Beach's Rosa Mae Solomon Opens Heart and Home, Judge Says
Byline: Adam Kealoha Causey Rosa Mae Solomon could have hung up her parenting shoes years ago. She raised four children who all have reached their 30s. Now 63, she is a grandmother and great-grandmother. But today she's also a new mom to seven...