The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 8, 2011

1 Arrested in Eureka Death
A Jacksonville man has been charged with murder in the Aug. 5 slaying of a teenager at Eureka Garden apartments. Clarence Lee Jones, 20, was apprehended Sept. 1 in Gainesville. Marquis Bing, 18, was found shot to death in a car in the 5200 block...
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2 New Cranes for Blount Island; They're Replacing a Pair That Were Destroyed during a Windstorm in August 2008
Byline: David Bauerlein Blount Island's skyline of cargo container cranes, visible from the Dames Point bridge, is getting bigger. The Jacksonville Port Authority this week received delivery of two brand-new cargo container cranes. Costing $10...
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ACC Notebook; Terps, under Armour Make Colorful, Lucrative Statements
Byline: Garry Smits Maybe the uniforms were ugly. Maybe purists who glory in the simplicity of Penn State or Alabama uniforms were aghast. But there's no denying that Maryland received nationwide attention when its splashy, flashy uniforms patterned...
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A Holiday with Bad Timing ... and Uniforms
Byline: Terry Dickson Having taken the Labor Day holiday, Terry Dickson came back to work Tuesday thinking it was Monday, which he asserts is a common mistake. The result of the mix-up, however, is that his usual Thursday column won't be ready to...
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A.M. Briefing
NORTHSIDE PLANT SHUTS, CUTS 75 DEFENSE JOBS Oshkosh Defense will cut 75 jobs in Jacksonville when it closes a Northside facility that installs armor siding on military vehicles. A division of Oshkosh Corp., the firm will shut down the center at...
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'A Prairie Home Companion' Is Losing Its Local Home; It's among Programs Being Axed as WJCT Tries to Fix a Budget Shortfall
Byline: Roger Bull The news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average, will soon disappear from Jacksonville airwaves. WJCT (89.9 FM) is dropping the long-running "A...
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Authors Share Advice on Book Publishing
Byline: Rhonda Reese Mandarin resident Jane Wood is a fun lady. When not speaking in schools, researching new projects or writing, the juvenile fiction author specializes in capturing the imagination through stories packed with mystery, adventure...
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Best Bets
SENIOR CENTER TO HOST MOVIE PREMIERE Roll out the red carpet for a movie premiere at the Mandarin Senior Center at 3848 Hartley Road. Seniors will walk the red carpet with paparazzi and journalists video-taping and interviewing them at 10 a.m. Wednesday....
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Breakfast with Community Part of Moosehaven's Mission
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey For about two years, the Moosehaven retirement community in Orange Park has invited the public to a pancake breakfast on certain Saturdays. Sometimes they have an accompanying yard sale, too. It's all part of Moosehaven's...
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Briefs
EX-PLAYER DYKSTRA PLEADS NOT GUILTY Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles for allegedly exposing himself to women he met on Craigslist. City News Service reports Dykstra is accused...
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Couple Finds Love at End of the Rainbow
Byline: Nancy Bethea Even though they met under a rainbow, their relationship has been colorblind. She's black, and he's white, but she says color has nothing to do with love. Lifelong Callahan resident Willie Nell Upshaw was working at the Rainbow...
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Documentary Leads Family to Farm; Seeing Reports on Grocery Store Food, They Decided to Grow Their Own
Byline: Beverly Fleming You can tell Manuel and Yvonne Granados' interest in chickens extends beyond the pen. Decorative figurines of hens and roosters adorn the tops of cabinets, hang on walls and perch on kitchen shelves. Cute 'chicken' sayings...
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Eagle Scout Project a Tribute to His Mom; Teen Repays the Caring He Felt with Arbor at Community Hospice
Byline: Sandy Strickland When his grief overwhelmed him, 14-year-old Joseph Gibney would walk the grounds of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida's Sunbeam Road facility. His mother, Linda Gibney, spent her last few weeks at Community Hospice's...
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Energy Evaluation Kits Empower Users
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey Even before Carrie Paez checked out a JEA do-it-yourself Home Energy Evaluation Kit from the Southside library where she works, she was unhappy with her refrigerator and with a separate deep freezer. The refrigerator...
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Gators OL Feels 'Settled in'; Muschamp Is Satisfied after Stellar Job by Line in Victory over FAU
Byline: Michael DiRocco GAINESVILLE It took only one game for Florida coach Will Muschamp to quit worrying about his offensive line. The five starters and top two reserves played so well in the 18th-ranked Gators' 41-3 victory over Florida Atlantic...
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Georgia Groups Set Plans for 9/11 Observances
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK, GA. Several organizations in Southeast Georgia will hold observances Sunday of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It starts a little earlier for College of Coastal Georgia where the Student Government...
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Group Spends $25,000 to Blast Candidate's Finances; Group Inundates Local Mailboxes with Harsh Attack on Senate Hopeful
Byline: Matt Dixon They're back. A group calling itself Friends of Florida's First Coast filled mailboxes Wednesday across the area with mail attacking state Senate candidate Terry Fields. The mailers are based on a Times-Union story reporting...
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Habijax Looks for Major New Impact
You can find the impact of Habijax throughout Jacksonville's neediest neighborhoods. In some areas, there are batches of Habijax housing. In a few other areas, you will find a Habijax house here and there. In most of those older neighborhoods,...
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Jaguars Can't Afford Any Aftershocks
Byline: Gene Frenette Uche Nwaneri was at a charity function Tuesday afternoon at Snappers restaurant in Jacksonville Beach when he glanced up at a television screen showing the NASCAR race, and his jaw dropped. "I read the thing at the bottom...
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Jaguars Notebook; Knighton: Defense Can Help McCown, Too
Byline: Tania Ganguli As Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton sees it, the Jaguars' defense has a responsibility now. "We've got to let them get in a rhythm," Knighton said of the Jaguars offense. "We have to pick it up on our end, get...
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Mathews Bridge Won't Be Way to Go; FDOT Will Soon Start a Maintenance Project; Expect Closings, Delays
Byline: Larry Hannan A second Jacksonville bridge is about to go through years of lane closings and shutdowns. The Florida Department of Transportation soon will begin a $22.7 million repainting and repair of the Mathews Bridge. It is scheduled...
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McCown Believed He'd Be Starter Again; Jaguars QB Didn't Know Where or When, but Prepared for Opportunity
Byline: Vito Stellino Luke McCown is a survivor. He has endured two anterior cruciate ligament injuries, two seasons without playing a down, lost the starting job in Tampa Bay to Byron Leftwich in 2009 and has played in just six games the past...
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Nassau Notebook
DIABETES CLASSES The Nassau County Health Department is offering a series of four two-hour diabetes classes from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays Sept. 8, 15 and 22, at the Family Education Center/Yulee Full-Service School on 86207 Felmor Road in Yulee. ...
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Naval Hospital Gets Big Upgrade; $60M Renovation to Help Families Stay Closer to Home
Byline: Jeff Brumley By the time Mayor Alvin Brown took the podium Wednesday morning, anyone with a role in the mostly completed expansion and renovation of Jacksonville Naval Hospital had been praised and thanked. That included military and...
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'Nobody to Blame but Myself'; Garrard Ready for Whatever's Next
Byline: Tania Ganguli David Garrard's emotions betrayed him only once Wednesday afternoon as he spoke for the first time since the Jaguars released him. It happened when he spoke about his son Justin, who was born in 2007, just weeks after Garrard...
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Overcoming All the Odds; Students Who 'Made It' Featured in Public Education Exhibit
Byline: Topher Sanders A yearlong effort to raise awareness about the needs of public education in Jacksonville will kick off next week with the opening of an exhibit at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. The Jacksonville Public Education...
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PAL: New Site, Season; Walter Odum Park Fields Added; Registration under Way for Programs
The Clay County Police Activities League is beginning a new fall youth sports season, with a new sports complex in Orange Park added to its program. The PAL recently took over Walter Odum Park, the old Belmed Athletic Association site, at 450 Parkwood...
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Patient Records Encouraged to Go Electronic; Federal Government Is Offering Monetary Incentives to Switch
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA Physicians and hospitals across the state are pondering a $64,000 question about computerizing the records of their government-insured patients. To encourage computerization, the federal government is offering...
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Private Funds Keep Endangered Sports Going
Byline: Mark Boleky Editor's Note: This is Mark Boleky's last column for the Southside Sun, which ceases publication Sept. 15. The fall high school sports season is now under way, and the best thing I can say about it is ... they're all here!...
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PR Pros: Jags Botched How It All Went Down
Byline: Adam Kealoha Causey Firing David Garrard surprised many Jaguars fans, as did the timing, only hours after the team paraded the four-year starting quarterback across the stage at Tuesday's kickoff luncheon. Whether team management made...
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Rogers Closing in on Victory No. 400
Byline: Hays Carlyon Q&A Corky Rogers Bolles football coach When Bolles defeated Palm Bay Bayside last Friday, coach Corky Rogers moved to within reach of an amazing achievement - career win No. 400. The Bulldogs will try to deliver...
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Scoreboard; High Schools
VOLLEYBALL CREEKSIDE D. ST. AUGUSTINE 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 17-25, 15-6. Kills: Holt (C) 8, Justice (S) 11. Assists: Fox (C) 23, Burkhardt (SA) 31. ENGLEWOOD D. ATLANTIC COAST 12-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-10. Leading Servers: Reed (E) 22, Nelson...
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SINCE 9/11; GROWING UP IN THE SHADOW It Struck a Chord with All Americans but It Has Had a Deeper Impact on Those Too Young to Know What a Terrorist Was before Having to Be the Generation
Byline: Matt Soergel It had been hours since the towers fell, but Grace Halstead could still see the black smoke rising over the New York City skyline. She was 5 years old. That image, seen from a beach near her home in New Jersey, has been...
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St. Johns Notebook
WINNING BOOKS Davidson Realty, Inc. is welcoming Mill Creek and Wards Creek elementary students back to school with a chance to win two $50 Barnes & Noble gift cards - one for the winning student and one for his or her new classroom. Every...
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Traffic Fatality Outcry; Hortense Residents Want Dangerous Intersection to Be Made Safer
Byline: Terry Dickson The death of a Waynesville woman Tuesday afternoon in a crash at the crossroads in Hortense has residents asking for changes in traffic control. Mary Griffin Deen, 64, was westbound on Georgia 32 about 3:15 p.m. in a 1997...
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T-U 2
Byline: Garry Smits MORE EXPANSION IDEAS Texas A&M is going to the SEC. Nebraska began play in the Big Ten (11? 12? ... I thought that was a good academic conference). More dominoes are sure to fall. While everyone is conceding that the...
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UNF Grad Engineers an Educational Future for Filipinos
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey In 2006, Noel San Antonio came from the Philippines to the University of North Florida to study engineering. But he was already engineering his personal dream: To build a school in the Filipino farming town of Bulacan,...
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