The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 15, 2011

A.M. Briefing
PERMITS FOR AREA HOMES ON UPSWING Building permits issued for new single-family homes continue to outpace last year's, according the Northeast Florida Builders Association. Fewer permits were issued in October than in September, but they traditionally...
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A Medal Earned Long Ago Posthumously Delivered
Byline: Sheldon Gardner Stewart Canfield didn't talk much about awards when he was alive his family said. But if he had he would have had a lot to say. Purple Heart. American Campaign Medal. World War II Victory Medal. The list goes on. However...
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City Seeks Data about Contract Disparities; New Study Will Look at How 5 Agencies Hire Women and Minorities
Byline: Mary Kelli Palka About 120 people attended at least one of two meetings Monday to provide feedback for a new disparity study that will look at contracting practices at five Jacksonville agencies. They had varied concerns: Some felt pushed...
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Coast Lines
OKEFENOKEE SUGAR CANE BOIL SATURDAY The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge will host a traditional sugar cane boil 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chesser Island Homestead at refuge headquarters off Georgia 121 south of Folkston. Visitors...
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Courthouse's Electronic Upgrades; New Federal Hall Is a Step Forward into 21st Century Communications
Byline: Charles Broward When newly elected Clerk of Courts Jim Fuller first got to his Duval County office in 2001, he noticed something was missing - a computer. It simply wasn't part of his office package. Then it got worse. When he looked...
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Deer Populationon Jekyll Islandgrown Too Large; Controlled Hunt Might Be Necessary, DNR Expert Says
Byline: Mike Morrison JEKYLL ISLAND | The state-owned barrier island may soon add hunters to its usual visitors of beach lovers and golfers. Will Ricks, an assistant region supervisor for the state's Department of Natural Resources, said a survey...
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Downtown Plan Shows Influence of Civic Council; Brown Rejected Some of the Group's Recommendations
Byline: David Bauerlein Mayor Alvin Brown's proposed reorganization of city government endorses some recommendations from the Jacksonville Civic Council's ambitious report on reviving downtown. Some, but not all. Although the group says the mayor...
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FCAT Score Proposal Raises Tempers; Chamber Representative Says He Was Called 'Coward,' 'Sellout' by 2 Superintendents
Byline: Topher Sanders A Florida Chamber of Commerce representative says he was called a "coward" and a "sellout" Monday by at least two school superintendents after he didn't fully back their endorsement of proposed "cut scores" for the high school...
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Gift of Mobile Pantry Has Food on the Move
Byline: Dan Scanlan A program that sends out close to 20 million meals a year to hungry people in 17 Northeast Florida counties will have a new mobile pantry to help improve its services this holiday season. Second Harvest North Florida's new...
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Group Honors Philanthropists for Helping 'Transform Lives'
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey Seven First Coast philanthropists who collectively have given or raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Northeast Florida nonprofits were honored Monday for their giving hearts. The First Coast Chapter of the Association...
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High Court Hopes Visit Will Appeal to Students; McIntosh Teens See State's Supreme Court Work in Darien
Byline: Terry Dickson DARIEN | The Georgia Supreme Court will take months to render decisions in three appeals it heard Monday in a special session in the McIntosh County Courthouse. But a few of the McIntosh County Academy high school students...
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High School Football; RUNNING THE NUMBERS
Byline: Hays Carlyon Time to make some memories. The playoffs have returned, and championship quests can now enter their final stages. The First Coast area produced 23 playoff teams this season. Here's a by-the-numbers look at each of them with...
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Homeless Survey Wants to Get Them in 100 Homes; Volunteers Interviewing City's Medically At-Risk Homeless
Byline: Matt Soergel With his congestive heart failure, it's uncomfortable for James Harris to sleep lying on a bed at Trinity Rescue Mission. So it seemed a good idea to spend Sunday night in his friend's car with the seat reclined: Now that's...
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Hoping Upsets Make Mockery of BCS System
Byline: Gene Frenette Bring on the chaos. Give us the bedlam that would result from an Oklahoma victory in the Bedlam game against unbeaten Oklahoma State or an Arkansas upset of top-ranked LSU. Even better, let's have both because any full-blown...
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Jags Lose Mathis, 2 Others to Injuries; Cornerback Tears ACL; Britton Also on Reserve after Missing a Month
Byline: Vito Stellino It seemed like a routine play. Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis was covering Colts receiver Pierre Garcon last Sunday when he planted his left foot. Suddenly, the knee gave way and Mathis went down. On Monday, the Jaguars...
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Jaguars Notebook; del Rio Tires of Talk about Lewis
Byline: Vito Stellino Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said after Sunday's win over the Colts that he no longer wanted to answer questions about Marcedes Lewis' disappointing play this year. Del Rio said he had talked to Lewis and decided to refer...
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LEFT VS. RIGHT; Occupy Wall Street
Left: Stan Swart of Jacksonville is a retired professor at UNF, a certified planner and a labor activist. Email: sswart1818@aol. com. Right: Jay Haug is a former financial consultant from Ponte Vedra Beach. Email: cjcwguy@gmail.com. OCCUPY WALL...
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Mayor's Office, Council Joust on Temporary Managers
Byline: Steve Patterson Stopgap managers running a string of city offices have a Jacksonville City Council panel's support to stay on the job until City Hall finishes reorganizing. But a request by Mayor Alvin Brown to waive a normal 60-day limit...
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Opinion Roundup; Bringing Alzheimer's out of Shadows
After 130 public hearings, comments on a website and a national telephone town hall meeting, the Alzheimer's Association has made suggestions for a national strategy. Unlike most other diseases, there are no survivors of Alzheimer's, so the report...
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Rants & Raves
TEA, NO SYMPATHY The T-U article about people sleeping on the sidewalk to draw attention to the homeless who do that every night was nothing more than a "feel good" exercise for both the T-U and those who participated. This has been done before...
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Seventh-Ranked Gators Facing Early Road Test; Florida Looking to Knock off No. 3 Ohio State
Byline: Don Coble The combined margin of victory for No. 7 Florida and No. 3 Ohio State in their basketball season openers last week was 71 points. It gets a little tougher tonight when they play each other at Ohio State's Value City Arena. ...
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Spaceport Bill Advances, with Trim; Provision to Designate Land Already Owned by FAA Seen as Overreaching
Byline: Matt Dixon Legislation that could help attract space-related companies to Cecil Field has been fast-tracked in the Florida Senate, but was stripped of a major provision Monday that some called an overreach by Florida's top space organization....
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This Job Audition Held in Front of an Audience; Orchestra Is Looking for a Director for Symphony Chorus
Byline: Charlie Patton Timothy Snyder director of choral activities at Jacksonville University knew last year that he would be preparing his students to perform Sergei Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky" with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra this...
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T-U 2
Byline: Chet Fussman BORN TO RACE? Sometimes even race car drivers can't drive fast enough. Swedish rally driver Per-Gunnar Andersson was rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital but ran out of time. So he parked his BMW on the shoulder...
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Two Will Face Murder Charges after Shootout
Jacksonville police said one brother is dead and another, along with a woman, will face murder charges after they were shot at during an armed robbery Friday night at a seafood shack. Oscar Coleman, 32, and Sherri Beth Jones, 27, were booked into...
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Warren Folks 1920-2011; Retired Barber Was City's Face of Segregation
Byline: Sandy Strickland Warren Folks, a retired barber, self-styled evangelist and the face of segregation in Jacksonville for several decades, died Thursday. He was 91. During what he called the "troubled '60s, Mr. Folks became active in local...
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WebTrak Is Our Digital Eye on the Sky; Users Can See Details of Planes Flying in Our Area and ID Noise Offenders
Byline: Drew Dixon A new computer program available on the Internet allows residents near Jacksonville airports to track flight patterns of airplanes and lodge complaints if those aircraft fly too low and are too noisy. The Jacksonville Aviation...
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