The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 25, 2012

Attacking Water with No Fear; Shark Bite Left Scar, but Couldn't keepSchmidt from Ocean - or State Title
Byline: Francine Frazier More than five years later, Kasey Schmidt's right thigh still bears the scar of every surfer's worst nightmare: a shark attack. Schmidt, a sophomore at Bolles, was 9 when she was bitten by a shark while surfing with her...
Bowl's Future May Look Different; with Playoff Coming and Conference Tie-Ins Set to Renew, Gator Sees Upgrade
Byline: Garry Smits The Gator Bowl Association under president Rick Catlett has never been shy about making changes. Since 1995, the GBA has had affiliations with every BCS conference except the Pac-12, plus Notre Dame. It was the first bowl...
Dancing into the City's Heart; as Annie Hall Keeps in Motion for Her Job, She Has Become a Fixture in Five Points
Byline: William Browning A few summers ago, a woman who lives alone in a little Riverside apartment stepped onto her wooden front porch and heard the mad rush of nearby traffic. This was nothing new. She lives a stone's throw from Roosevelt Boulevard...
Holiday Memories; Sometimes, Santa Claus Just Finds Out
Holidays are such a special time. ... especially for sharing. We asked for your favorite memory from this time of year, and you didn't disappoint. Some memories are from folks down the street. Others are from people whose names you will recognize....
Holiday Short Story Contest; THE WINNERS, GRADES 7-12 First Place Christmas, Sunny-Side Up
Byline: Anna Shaw Before opening my eyes that morning, I can almost believe that I am lying in my warm bed, and that I am in Massachusetts. That the steady 72 degrees pumping through the vents of this unfamiliar house is actually the heat turned...
Holiday Short Story Contest; THE WINNERS, GRADES 7-12 Second Place Grateful
Byline: Videll Williams "Commander, we're not going to make it! The helicopter is going down!" shouted Ghost. "Boys, it has been nice serving with you all these past couple of years, but I will see you all on the flip side." The dramatic music...
Holiday Short Story Contest; THE WINNERS, GRADES 7-12 Third Place the Christmas Disaster
Byline: Victoria Mahan Some might consider Daisy's first Christmas a disaster. But then, it could also be called the best Christmas ever. Oh, my name is Emma, by the way. And Daisy, she's my dog. Well, technically she's mine, my brother Rob's...
Jacksonville Trio Spreads Christmas Joy; They Brought Food and Toys to a Poor, Rural Section of Jamaica
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey Greg Netro, Denise Pecci and her husband, Alex Pecci, went to a poor, rural area of Jamaica for Christmas. The Jacksonville-area residents took with them 18 bags of luggage stuffed with food, toys, soccer balls and other...
Jaguars Extra
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran JAGUARS AT TITANS 1 p.m. Sunday, LP Field, Nashville, Tenn., CBS. JAGUARS (2-13) Coach: Mike Mularkey Career record: 16-31 (2-13 with Jaguars). Last week: Lost to New England 23-16. Offense: 31st (294.2...
Jaguars Notebook; MJD Questionable; Shorts out of Finale
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Out nine consecutive games with a foot injury, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is "questionable" to play in the season finale at Tennessee, coach Mike Mularkey said Monday. Jones-Drew hasn't practiced since being...
Man Arrested in Gun Threat on School
Jacksonville police arrested a man with a mental health history Friday after authorities said he posted threats on a website claiming that he was going to shoot up an elementary school. Mark Daryl Chan, who lives less than 300 feet from Englewood...
Pediatrician: Gun in House? Keep Unloaded
Byline: Charlie Patton The murder of six adults and 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has the nation once again discussing gun safety. It's a subject to which Jacksonville pediatrician Randy Thornton has given a lot...
Police Donate Gifts for Boy Who Needed Wheelchair; Mom 'Just Thankful That They Came Up Here' after 'A Tough Two Months'
Byline: Dan Scanlan Tristan Sprouse knew cops were coming to see him Christmas Eve. The 14-year-old Oceanway Middle School student didn't know that they would come to his Wolfson Children's Hospital room like Three Wise Men bearing gifts - lots...
Rants & Raves
FAIR WARNING I [To the] white SUV that regularly blows the stop sign at Hamilton and Cambridge around 5:50 and again at 6:11: Let me get your license plate just once and you will be reported! This is near a school and it only takes one moron like...
Senate President Hires Jet-Setting Lobbyist; Jim Rimes Racked Up $2 Million on His GOP Credit Card
Byline: Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE | While using his first term as Senate president to push an aggressive ethics reform package, Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, has hired longtime lobbyist and political consultant Jim Rimes to a top-tier post. The practice...
Symphony Must Create More Demand
Byline: David Bruderly The solution to the problems with the Jacksonville Symphony described by Editor Frank Denton is not austerity but to increase demand for classical music and the visual arts. Perhaps a collaboration among the Jacksonville...
THE HOPE FUND; 'To the Point Where It's Life or Death' Mom, 19-Year-Old Daughter Face Serious Health Issues
Byline: Danielle Day & S. Carson Howell A month ago, Shiana Lee of Atlantic Beach faced herself in the mirror, running a trimmer over her head, removing all her hair: The cancer wasn't going to take anything else from her. The 19-year-old...
Tired of 'Moral Victories'; Top-Tier Teams Compliment Jaguars, but What Good Is That amid 13 Losses?
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Following tighter-than-expected wins over the Jaguars this year, players from Green Bay, Houston and New England were complimentary of the Jaguars' effort. It happened again after the Patriots' 23-16 win over the Jaguars...
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Byline: Chet Fussman JOHNSON SEES 'FUTURE' IN SHOES For Christmas, former NFL player Chad Johnson bought himself a pair of sneakers for $8,000. Not just any sneakers - the kind that actor Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly) wore in the movie "Back to...