The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 30, 2011

A.M. Briefing
ST. AUGUSTINE FIRM TO EXPAND, ADD JOBS St. Augustine-based Carlisle Interconnect Technologies will expand its corporate headquarters and add about 90 jobs over the next two to three years, the company announced Monday. A "multimillion-dollar"...
Baseball and America; Two Nations, Two Stories
Note to readers: With spring comes the sounds of baseball, spring training in particular. This leads us to a commentary on two of baseball's great players. They were both born in 1934. Both were raised by parents in poverty. One grew up in...
Coast Lines
COAST GEORGIA TRAIL RUN SET FOR APRIL 23 King & Prince Seafood Corp. of Brunswick is sponsoring its 2nd annual Coastal Georgia four-mile Trail Run and two-mile Walk Saturday, April 23 on the College of Coastal Georgia campus to benefit the American...
Couple Sues on Behalf of Adopted Kids; Parents Claim Local Foster Agency Never Told Them of Previous Abuse
Byline: Dan Scanlan Andrew Dolan and Suzanne Tyler just wanted a "forever family" when they adopted a son and daughter in 2009 through Family Support Services of North Florida. Then the Vancouver, British Columbia, couple learned the boy and...
Despite Fish Kill, Fish-a-Thon Still on at Hanna Lake
Byline: Drew Dixon Even though Hanna Park's lake still had dead fish as recently as Friday after a recent fish kill, Jacksonville officials planned to go ahead today with the Mayor's Annual Fish-a-thon for senior citizens. The smell of dead fish...
Drug-Testing Plan a Waste of Tax Money
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee When it comes to things in Florida that need fixing, the list goes on and on. It has the nation's third-highest unemployment rate. And it's a problem that the state won't easily bounce back from, considering that it...
Earning Yellow Bricks and Flying with the Blue Angels
Byline: MARK WOODS If all goes as planned, this morning a 56-year-old major with the Clay County Sheriff's Office will climb into an F/A-18 and fly with the Blue Angels in a Lakeland air show. When he does, Mike Hardee will fulfill a dream. And...
Ending Professors' Tenure Passes Hurdle; Measure Would Apply to Community Colleges; Touted on Its Flexibility
Byline: Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE - Faculty at Florida's state colleges would no longer have the option to sign multi-year contracts, and new hires would be placed on one year probationary contracts under a bill that passed out of its first committee...
Few Options for NASCAR Free Agents; Opportunities Don't Match NFL, but Edwards Plans to Explore His Options
Byline: Don Coble NASCAR is headed to one of its biggest free agency bonanzas later this year, but unlike the NFL, there won't be any holdouts or lockouts. Contracts for Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer,...
FHSAA: Yulee Must Forfeit Wins; Two Football Players Ruled Ineligible, but High School Plans to Appeal
Byline: Hays Carlyon The Florida High School Athletic Association ruled Tuesday that Yulee must forfeit all of its football wins from the past season after two student athletes were ruled to have been ineligible. The Hornets went 8-3 and reached...
Firearms Laws in St. Johns Don't Match State's
Byline: Shakaya Andres Firearms regulations in the Ponte Vedra Beach area and throughout St. Johns County are illegal and outdated. For decades, the county has issued licenses based on standards set before 1977, Commissioner Mark Miner told board...
Florida Spring Practice Report; Muschamp: No Problems with RB Demps Competing in Track
Byline: Adam Berry GAINESVILLE Jeff Demps isn't out on the football practice field this spring, but he is by no means out of the running for a starting spot in Florida's backfield. Demps recently wrapped up the indoor track and field season...
FSU Grounds UF Again; 'Noles Extend Streak vs. Florida in Jacksonville
Byline: Michael DiRocco The Florida baseball team apparently keeps forgetting to pack its offense for its annual trip to Jacksonville to face rival Florida State. The Gators couldn't muster more than two runs for the fourth year in a row against...
Google Has Its Eyes on Us; Street View Car Returns to Put City on Their Maps
Byline: Kevin Turner That colorful car festooned with gear looking like leftovers from the moon landing has been in town recently, snapping photographs for Google Maps. The pictures the car takes allows millions of web browsers to "see" areas...
Gun at School Linked to Suspended Flagler Boy; 13-Year-Old Charged with Possession of Concealed Weapon on Campus
Deputies are investigating how a suspended 13-year-old Flagler County student obtained a gun they say he brought to campus last week. A parent called the Indian Trails Middle School principal Thursday, saying the boy had pulled a gun from his backpack...
Health Buzz
STOCKING UP Americans are buying up potassium iodide pills (also called KI) in the wake of the nuclear plant meltdown in Japan. But, according to experts, people shouldn't take the pills without first consulting with their physician or emergency...
Jacksonville Journal
FISH-A-THON CANCELED; POOR WEATHER OUTLOOK The mayor's annual Fish-A-Thon for senior citizens, scheduled for today at Hanna Park, has been canceled because of anticipated inclement weather. The event was scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for...
Jacksonville Police Fatally Shoot Man Carrying a Sword; Tasers Did Not Stop the Suspect as Officers Tried to Apprehend Him
Byline: Nicole Hernandez A sword-wielding man who fought through officers' Tasers and tried to escape in a patrol car was killed Tuesday morning by Jacksonville police. An officer on his way to work responded to a call about 8:25 a.m. of a man...
Judge May Seek Opinion in Death Sentence Snag; Judge Morrow Died before Sentencing Man Who Was Convicted of Killing Sailor
Byline: David Hunt A Jacksonville judge said Tuesday he was stumped over what to do about a murder conviction left hanging without a sentence when the trial judge died unexpectedly this month. Senior Judge Michael Weatherby said he may need an...
Mayport Can Handle a Carrier, Report Announces; but There's Concern about Keeping Workers Employed until It's Here
Byline: Jeff Brumley Floridians in Congress sounded elated about Tuesday's Government Accounting Office report declaring the region's ship repair companies certified and capable of handling much of the maintenance required to keep a Jacksonville-based...
NPR Host a Hit with Fans in Ponte Vedra Beach; Diane Rehm Greets Them with an Evening 'Reception and Conversation'
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy Ponte Vedra Beach resident Andy Korb listens to National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm virtually every day. So do Ann Doak of St. Augustine and Kathy Mathis of Interlachen. They were among scores people from around...
Players by the Sea Honors Cummer Founder
Byline: Tamara McClaran Ninah Cummer's passion for art and gardens enriched and changed Jacksonville's cultural landscape forever. This weekend, Players by the Sea will honor her legacy and celebrate the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens' 50th...
Police Briefs; Driver Pumps Gas, but Then Leaves without Paying for It
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 6-foot-tall white male with medium build, about 25 years old, pumped $40 worth of gasoline at the Texaco gas station Sunday at 1600 Mayport Road,...
Tax Reform Bill Heads to House; It Lowers Personal Rate, but Limits Deductions and Adds Tax on Some Services
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA - The full House takes up a long-expected tax-reform bill today that lowers the personal income-tax rate but limits deductions and adds taxes on some services. The bill lowers the personal income-tax rate from...
TODDLER SURVIVAL STRATEGIES; How to Deal with Your Child's Sudden, and Very Public, Temper Tantrums
Byline: Joy Batteh-Freiha There are times when you just have to run an errand or two with a toddler in tow. It doesn't matter if your adorable tot is a halo-wearing angel at home; out in public, it can be a whole different story - there's a bigger...
T-U 2
Byline: Hays Carlyon 2 CENTS Perceptions in college basketball are mainly formed on what happens in March. Fair or not, the NCAA Tournament is the ultimate judge of any collegiate coach. My perception of Kentucky coach John Calipari has changed....
Vote Is Unlikely on Water, Landfills; LEAKAGE Engineer Warned There Is No Liner That Will Fully Protect Groundwater PART OF LAW Author Argues It Would Just Remove Confusion from State Provision
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA - A House subcommittee voted unanimously Tuesday to table a controversial bill that critics warned would allow expansion of commercial landfills in areas that could endanger the drinking water of South Georgia residents....
Weekly Gift of Food Helps Fill Stomachs - and Spirits; Samaria Project Uses Donations to Aid Brunswick's Needy
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK - Just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, a group gathered on the side of O Street in Brunswick behind a red pickup truck loaded with groceries. Some took fresh vegetables and fruit, bread, potatoes, soft drinks and other goods...
We Got the Blues - Springing the Blues; Annual Music Festival in Jacksonville Beach This Weekend
Byline: Tamara McClaran Thousands of music fans are expected to celebrate the blues music genre at this weekend's George's Music Springing the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach. The free outdoor festival brings musicians and fans from all over...
Will 'Magic' Drops Help Me Burn Fat and Lose Weight?
Byline: Jeremy Cox My aesthetician said she was on this low-calorie diet, but she augmented it with these HCG drops under her tongue. It's supposed to be made from the urine of pregnant women. She lost quite a bit of weight in about a month or so....
Woman Awarded $13 Million after Logging Truck Accident; $5.2 Million to Cover Medical Expenses, Remainder for Pain and Suffering
Byline: Kate Howard Kecia Huckleby suffered serious brain injuries when the car slammed into the logging truck that morning in 2005. She's lost her short-term memory of that day, and much of what's happened since. But she understands what she's...