The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 10, 2006

1985 State Law That Inflates Gas Prices Might Be Doomed; the Intent Was to Prevent Predatory Pricing. A Coalition Wants It Repealed
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE --A coalition that includes all Florida school boards and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is attacking a 21-year-old state law designed to protect smaller gasoline retailers from predatory pricing, saying it's keeping...
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30-Year Penalty for Sex Abuse; Maximum Molestation Sentence for Onetime General Assembly Candidate
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- A former candidate for the Georgia General Assembly probably will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually abusing two girls in a series of attacks that one testified spanned nine years. Harry Lyde,...
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79-Year-Old Man Dies after Struck by Truck; the Driver Is Not Cited; Separately, a Jacksonville Man Is Accused of Tying Up His Sister-in-Law
An elderly Jacksonville man died Thursday after being struck by a pickup truck as he tried to cross a street near his home. George Pappas, 79, of Talbot Avenue, died several hours after the accident, which happened about 7 a.m. at Edgewood Avenue...
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And the Chief Leads on; A Running Community Constant, 77-Year-Old Carr Will Be Oldest "Streaker" in Saturday's Gate River Run
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Senior Chief was Bob Carr's title when he retired from the Navy after 32 years. That title would serve Carr just as well in the role he's had in the Northeast Florida running community for more than 30 years. At 77, Carr...
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Area Labor Picture Brightens; LEIP Coordinator Says Jobless Rate Is So Low, There May Be Worker Shortage in Some Areas
Byline: MARK BASCH Jacksonville's labor picture improved in January, even as retailers and other businesses shed workers after the holiday season. The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation reported Thursday that the unemployment rate for the...
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Arkansas Is Favorite in NCAA Track Meet
Florida State coach Bob Braman expects his team to contend at this week's NCAA Indoor track and field championships. At the same time, he's being realistic. "You are here in Fayetteville," Braman said. "And 18 of the last 22 went to the Razorbacks."...
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Arts Scene
'ANDIAMO A ITALIA!' When: 8 p.m. today. Where: Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: $18 to $45. Info: (904) 354-5547 or go to jaxsymphony.org. Any place that can give the world lasagna, the Turin Olympics and Sophia Loren...
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Asbestos Sours Library Redevelopment Deal; A Chocolatier and JEDC End Talks Due to the High Cost of Environmental Remediation
Byline: JOE LIGHT Peterbrooke Chocolatier and the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission terminated negotiations to redevelop the city's old main library as a chocolate factory Thursday because of the high cost to clean up asbestos and other...
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Augusta College Unveils Cancer Research Center Today; the $54 Million Building Is Full of Laboratories -- but Still Needs a Director
Byline: TOM CORWIN AUGUSTA -- Daniel Rahn noticed it right away Wednesday when he walked into the new $54 million Cancer Research Center at the Medical College of Georgia. "This doesn't look ready," MCG's president joked as he walked past cardboard...
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Belly Up to the Table for a Hot Helping of Local News
Byline: kevin clark Well hey there, strangers, come on in and welcome to the KnowsNews Cafe. Round here the regulars say our chef is a man who must know his news because he sure don't know cookin'. Let me get you folks a table. Yeah, we're a...
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Bike Week a Journey of Fun-Filled Firsts
Byline: Laura Capitano DAYTONA BEACH - Sometimes I worry I've run out of "firsts." With my first kiss, first love, first car wreck, first mortgage all behind me, will the rest of my life simply unfold as a series of replays? But then a day like...
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Boards Unite to Fight FCAT Bonuses; St. Johns Officials Join Other Counties to Lobby for Changes in New Rules
Byline: lisa miller Five Northeast Florida school boards are banding together to fight the Board of Education's recent rule change that ties teacher bonuses to FCAT results. The Northeast Florida School Board Coalition -- made up of St. Johns,...
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Bookend Wins for Barracudas; Last-Place Jacksonville Opens, Closes Home Slate with Wins over Florida
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Forget jerseys. The Jacksonville Barracudas need name tags. Since the team's first game of the season on Oct. 22, 66 players wore a Barracudas sweater, but just three of those players who were on the opening-night roster...
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Builder Sentenced in Fraud Case; IRS Industry Probe Has Run for 6 Years
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A Jacksonville subcontractor who cashed about $10 million in fraudulent checks to help building contractors avoid taxes and insurance premiums was the first person sentenced Thursday in a long-running probe of the area's construction...
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Burning to Prevent Fires; What's the Best Way to Prevent a Blaze from Scorching the Land, Threatening Wildlife, Homes and People? Simple: Light a Fire. as the Mercury Rises and the Air Gets Drier, Fire Crews Hope a Few Controlled Burns Will Head off a Smokey Situation
Byline: terry brown In sharp contrast to the blossoming flora found throughout Northeast Florida's forests each spring are vast acres of charred woodlands, burned intentionally by state agencies to prevent unexpected -- and sometimes devastating...
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Celebrity Chefs Luncheon to Serve Up Good Food for a Good Cause
Byline: Dan Macdonald Here's another reminder to check out the 20th annual Celebrity Chefs Luncheon & Silent Auction at the Prime Osborn Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. For $30, you get a cookbook that includes 20 years' worth...
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Clay's Bush, McGovern Testify before Grand Jury; It Was the Seventh Meeting of the Jury Investigating Allegations of Corruption and Mismanagement
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Clay County Commissioners George Bush and Patrick McGovern testified Thursday before a grand jury investigating allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the government they oversee. The testimony...
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Coast Lines
PLAY WINNER ATTENDS FREDERICA ACADEMY Glynn County Frederica Academy student Lauren Sudduth earned first place in the eighth annual Young Playwright's Award for her play, A Day in Eternity. Lauren received a check for $500 and her play will be produced...
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County Closes on Ponte Vedra Utility Purchase; St. Johns Service Cost $26.8 Million, and the County Seeks to Buy Other Utilities
Byline: christina abel St. Johns County officials closed on the much-debated, $26.8 million purchase of St. Johns Service Co. water and sewer utility last month and are already looking into purchasing other utility plants in the Ponte Vedra Beach...
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Difference Makers
Byline: terry brown david meyers Like a pesky gnat, Bartram Trail High junior David Meyers was relentless in bugging school principal Tim Forson to allow the school to start a lacrosse team. Meyers pursued his quest for three years, and this...
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D.R. Horton to Repair Ailing Whispering Pines Pond; Residents Were Worried the Developer Would Shrug off Responsibility
Byline: terry brown Susan Irvine's eyes filled with tears when she heard the good news -- the watery monster that continues to swallow her back yard will be tamed. For the past 18 months, she and her husband, Joe, have watched the steep incline...
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Everyone's a Critic; T-YOU
So you think Matt Soergel must be on a Sno-cap sugar high when he sees films? Everyone's a Critic lets you play movie reviewer. Here's what "regular folks" think of movies currently playing at the multiplex. 16 Blocks -- Bruce Willis plays a detective,...
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'Failure to Launch' Fails in Other Ways as Well; Unconvincing Plot, Dull Romantic Leads Help Sink This Film
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Despite its gloopy-looking poster, Failure to Launch isn't really interested in being a standard romantic comedy. Or else why would it have so many wild creatures attacking Matthew McConaughey, and why would it give us such...
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First Season of Women's Flag Football a Successful One; Two of League's Seven Teams Battled for the First Championship March 4
Byline: stephanie mccormack Creeks Athletics Association crowned its first women's flag football "Super Bowl" champion Saturday at Bartram Trail High school. The athletic league has featured kids' co-ed teams and men's teams, but this was the...
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Georgia Briefs
TRAFFIC STOP FINDS ABOUT 20 POUNDS OF COCAINE A traffic stop for speeding produced about 20 pounds of cocaine stashed in a hidden compartment and the arrest of an Atlanta woman on Interstate 95 in Camden County, police said. A Georgia State Patrol...
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Give Me Five
know when to fold em' The Shoppes at World Golf Village is changing ownership flags, according to a real estate business and analysis Web site's report. GlobeSt.com tells us Brad Cous Golf Venture Ltd. stuck with its plan to build the 80,000-square-foot...
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Grants Would Promote Affordable Housing; They Would Especially Help Public Service Workers
Lawmakers trying to solve Florida's affordable housing problems began Thursday with a proposal to spend more state money to help people find reasonably-priced places to live. "This crisis in affordable housing affects people from all walks of life,"...
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He Put Mark on Piece of City History
Byline: Mark Woods For more than 50 years, the Jacksonville facility was named after its location. The Jefferson Street Pool. Wednesday morning, about 100 people -- many old enough to recall the day the pool opened -- gathered for the unveiling...
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High School Coach Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Sex Charge; He Admitted Illegal Contact with Students and Was Sentenced to Probation
Byline: SANDY HODSON AUGUSTA -- A high school basketball coach who led his team to a state championship resigned this week, and Wednesday the former NFL player admitted inappropriate and illegal sexual contact with students. Samuel Lilly, 41,...
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Hospice of Northeast Florida to Build New $9 Million Facility
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Community Hospice of Northeast Florida will invest nearly $9 million in an inpatient facility to keep pace with burgeoning demand. The 23,000-square foot, 16-bed inpatient facility at the Mayo Clinic's San Pablo campus...
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House OKs Bill to Rein Eminent Domain; Some Senators Hint They'll Try to Make the Legislation Even More Restrictive
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- Legislation that would overhaul the state's laws on the seizure of private property passed the House overwhelmingly Thursday, even as critics said the measures don't go far enough to protect property rights. ...
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Jacksonville Journal
SOUTH NEPTUNE BEACH WATER ADVISORY LIFTED A water-health advisory for south Neptune Beach issued March 3 by the Duval County Health Department has been lifted, officials said Thursday. The advisory was based on weekly samples taken as part of...
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JCCI Opens Meetings on City's Murders; A University of North Florida Professor Sees Fewer Resources to Help Prevent Violent Crime
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON To call Jacksonville Florida's murder capital may be "a little sensational" but it is not inaccurate, Michael Hallett, chair of the department of criminology and criminal justice at the University of North Florida, told a...
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Jeb Bush Changes His Tune on Need for Small Classes
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Gov. Jeb Bush's State of the State address earlier this week contained an interesting statement from a man who proclaims himself the education governor. During a boast of how far the state has come during his two...
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JEDC Pens Timeline for Downtown; Residents Turned out to Support the Creation of a 'Vibrant Urban Core'
Byline: JOE LIGHT City officials set down a timeline to create and fund projects to implement the downtown masterplan on Thursday. At the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission meeting, executive director Ron Barton asked the commissioners...
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Johnny Depp's Indecent Exposure; the Actor Wallows in the Stench of the Libertine
Byline: MATT SOERGEL To those who think Johnny Depp can do no wrong, I offer persuasive proof otherwise: The Libertine. Wearing a long black wig and enunciating in that arch, florid way beloved by directors of period pieces, he plays John Wilmot,...
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Judge Grants 30-Day Extension to Winn-Dixie; Supermarket Chain Still Negotiating with Unsecured Creditors over Compensation
Byline: MARK BASCH U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jerry Funk Thursday approved Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.'s request for a one-month extension on the deadline for filing its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan. The Jacksonville-based supermarket chain now...
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LEGEND OF STANELY ROCKET STEAMER LIVES AGAIN! Replicas of Innovative Speedster Will Headline Amelia Display
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It looks like an upside-down canoe on bicycle wheels, with a smokestack behind a cockpit. Yet the original of this fragile-looking vehicle went faster on the sands of Ormond Beach 100 years ago than anyone ever had anywhere....
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Let's Hear It for Theatre Jacksonville's 'Silent Heroes'; Play's Story Is Something That Military Wives and Others Can Identify With
Byline: ANGELA DRYDEN In times of war and uncertainty, many movies, books and plays result, often from the perspective of those doing the fighting. But playwright Linda Escalera Baggs has brought a much-needed story to the stage for those who are...
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Let's Wise Up and Act on Downtown
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis It was lively, it was loud and it was predominantly pro-Landing, but this week's downtown development meeting also generated some solid suggestions for improving the area, particularly the Northbank. Up to 450 people,...
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Live on Stage
G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE, HAMELL ON TRIAL When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Where: Freebird Live, 200 First St. N., Jacksonville Beach. Tickets: Sold out. Information: (904) 353-3309 or (904) 2436-2473. Jax's mini-Langerado wraps up with this...
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Local Business Reels in $21,000 Incentive Package; Lab Connections Applied Last Year but Reduced the Number of Jobs Proposed
Byline: lisa miller St. Johns County Commissioners presented an economic incentive grant to a local business for a second time Tuesday after the company's owner had minor issues with the original November agreement. Roger Salooja, president of...
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Make a Run for the . . . , Well, Taco Tiro; Tex-Mex Fast-Food Restaurant Puts Emphasis on Food
Byline: ERICA BURKS During college, I basically supported myself working in every kind of restaurant imaginable. I waited tables at a steak house, opened wine, served seafood and for one brief, agonizing week, fried stuff at a fast-food joint. I...
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Morning Briefs
PSS PHYSICIAN BUSINESS TOPS $1 BILLION IN SALES PSS World Medical Inc. said Thursday its physician business topped $1 billion in annual net sales. PSS, a Jacksonville-based medical distribution company, employs more than 3,000 in the United States...
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New NFL Labor Deal Challenges Jaguars; Revenue-Sharing Should Help Franchise, but "Rich Deal" Doesn't Relieve All Pressure
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver applauded the new NFL labor deal as "a big win" Thursday while acknowledging it will put pressure on his team to generate more revenue in the league's second-smallest market. Speaking with the media...
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Ogilvy's Double-Eagle a Breeze; Australian Shoots a Two on 564-Yard Par-5, Holds Share of Honda Lead
Byline: GARRY SMITS PALM BEACH GARDENS -- Geoff Ogilvy was both lucky and good -- on the same shot. The result was a share of the lead for the 29-year-old Australian after Thursday's wind-blown first round of the Honda Classic at The Country...
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Oklahoma Rolls to 16th Win in Row
Courtney Paris scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 8 Oklahoma won its 16th consecutive game, 75-54 over Missouri in the Big 12 tournament semifinals Thursday night in Dallas. Oklahoma (28-4) scored the game's first 13 points and led 46-17...
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Only a Prayer; FSU's NCAA Tourney Fate out of Its Hands after Loss
Byline: BOB THOMAS GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If Florida State's six-minute stretch between field goals Thursday seemed like an eternity, the next three days will be shear torture for Leonard Hamilton's basketball team. The Seminoles effectively threw...
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Parents' New Money Struggle: College Tuition vs. Retirement; They're Trying to Help Their Kids Avoid Debt -- without Sacrificing Their Own Futures
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN This is the time of year when high school seniors narrow their college choices, figure out what it will cost them and prepare to become full-fledged members of what one school finance analyst calls Generation Debt. The...
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Police Blotter
fruit cove 100 block of Greenfield Drive A 19-year-old man discovered two televisions, two cameras, a radio transmitter, assorted DVDs and two glass tanks containing a snake and gecko were missing from his home Monday, according to a news release...
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Q&A WITH VICE ADM. DONALD ARTHUR; Navy's Surgeon General Talks of Boosting Morale in Visit
Byline: GREGORY PIATT Vice Adm. Donald Arthur, the Navy's surgeon general, is on a two-day visit to the Jacksonville Naval Hospital that began Thursday. Arthur said the visit had been planned for four months and was not in response to the media...
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Real Estate
The following transactions were recorded by the St. Johns County Clerk of Circuit Court from Feb. 5-11. Lot 94 Samara Lakes, Unit 1: KB Homes Jax LLC to Chad L. Turman, $139,990 Pt. Sec. 41-6-27 Etc.: Robert r. Pitman and Rebecca W. Pitman...
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Reliable Richard Lends Hand; Junior Expands on Consistency with Key Performances off Bench
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Matt Walsh, Anthony Roberson and David Lee get the headlines for leading Florida to the 2005 SEC Tournament title. But the Gators wouldn't have won the first title in school history without Chris Richard....
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Searchers Find Body of Former Legislator's Son; ID Is Pending, but Officials Believe the Body Is That of Donnie Lavan Streat Jr
Byline: TERRY DICKSON WAYCROSS -- Searchers acting on a tip Thursday found a partially submerged body thought to be that of 27-year-old Donnie Lavan "Van" Streat Jr., a former legislator's son who has been missing since Feb. 15, authorities said....
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Seinfeld Found Fodder in Marriage; Toss in Three Children and There's Plenty for Him to Gripe About
Byline: THOMAS LAKE Sometime in the last century, back when a great show called Seinfeld still played in prime time, the protagonist posed a horrifying question. If memory serves, it went something like this: Is this the end of free Jerry? It...
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She Got While the Getting Was Good
Byline: Matt Soergel Jacksonville native Rita Branch had been to a pre-Oscar party in Hollywood before, the kind of function where celebrities are handed goodie bags containing fabulous gifts, just because they - the celebrities, that is - are so...
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Sign Ups for County's Free Camp Begin Monday; No Need to Camp out, Parents; Four Northwest Sites Will Host 80 Kids Each
Byline: terry brown Cheryl Smith admits she was at first skeptical about how good a free summer program run by the county would be for her 7-year-old daughter. She had heard positive reports about it, and had heard early arrival was paramount...
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STATE TAXES; Study Carefully
Can something be so good that it's really sort of bad? That rather odd question will be an issue in the coming weeks, as the Florida Legislature debates proposals to expand protections against escalating property taxes. In 1992, voters approved...
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St. Johns Briefs
Women's committee seeks members The local chapter of Brandeis University National Women's Committee invites new members. Affiliation with the university is not required. Chapter members enjoy lectures from Brandeis professors on a variety of topics....
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Switzerland Point Teacher Suspended; Students Report Band Director Photographed 'Inappropriate' Images of Them, Superintendent Says
Byline: lisa miller The St. Johns County School District suspended a Switzerland Point Middle School teacher without pay this week after students alleged the teacher took "inappropriate" photographs of them. Superintendent Joseph Joyner said...
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Utility Tells St. Johns County to Take a Rate Hike; Limited Supply, Terrorism and Hurricanes Contribute to Higher Costs for Florida Power and Light
Byline: lisa miller Florida Power and Light hit St. Johns County with more than a $500,000 rate increase this week, citing additional dollars are needed to help pay for rising fuel and energy costs. Rusty Russillo, FPL accounts manager, told...
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Water Management District to Fine Aberdeen Developer; Consent Order in Works to Penalize Company for Allowing Discharge into Cunningham Creek
Byline: terry brown Following six documented instances of allowing silt-laden, milky white water to spill into Cunningham Creek during the past six weeks, the St. Johns River Water Management District is in the process of sending a consent order...
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West Nassau Wins Battle of Unbeatens
The West Nassau softball team handed Nease its first loss of the season Thursday night, a 7-1 victory over the host Panthers. The Warriors (12-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in a wild first inning in which they scored when the infield umpire called...
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Why Isn't (Name of Band) Coming Here? Well .
Byline: Jeff Vrabel You get a lot of questions in this job, many of which are easy and fun to answer. Do you get a lot of free CDs in the mail? (Yep). What's the first concert you ever saw? (Bon Jovi). What's Matt Soergel like in person? (Stunningly...
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Wilco 101; Ever Wonder How a Fine Little Alt-Country Band Could Evolve into a Massively Acclaimed Art-Rock Outfit That Has the Nerve to Record Spiders (Kidsmoke), a Track That Ends in 10 Minutes of Arty Feedback? It's Evolution, Baby. A Beginner's Primer to the Many Moods of Wilco
Byline: JEFF VRABEL PHASE 1: GONE (ALT-)COUNTRY Albums: A.M. (1995), Being There (1996) Upon breaking with his Uncle Tupelo homeboy Jay Farrar (who went on to helm the more consistently countrified Son Volt), frontman Jeff Tweedy and friends...
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Woof, Woof in Sheepdog's Clothing; Tim Allen Goes Barking Up a Familiar Tree in Disney's Canine Comedy Remake
Byline: MATT SOERGEL In The Shaggy Dog, it takes turning into a dog for Tim Allen to discover what a rotten husband and father he's been. No points for originality here - in another Disney film a dozen years ago, he discovered the same thing after...
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