The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 21, 2006

5 Things to KNOW about FALL OUT BOY; the Emo-Rockers Bring Their First Headlining Show to the Arena
Byline: Jeff Vrabel 1. They swear they didn't merely pilfer he Simpsons for the name. In fact, the band played its first gig without an official name, so it simply solicited suggestions from the crowd. "Some kid yelled it out," bassist Pete...
6 Latinos Leave Perdue Panel; One-Third of Economic Group Resigns; Many Cite Immigration Bill
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- Controversy over legislation targeting illegal immigrants has prompted a rash of resignations within a Latino advisory panel created by Gov. Sonny Perdue. The latest resignation came Wednesday, bringing to six...
An Evening of ExZOOberation; Annual Fundraiser Gives Guests a Night of Fun and a Preview of New Play Park
Byline: ROGER BULL This year's ExZOOberation is offering a sneak peek at the new children's area and a chance to name the two latest jaguar additions. Guests at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on Saturday night will get a tour of the Play Park,...
Anonymous Tipsters Stop Crime with Calls; Police Arrested 157 People Based on 1,027 Tips Received Last Year
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY In a brick building in an office park like many others on Jacksonville's Southside, workers in an unmarked suite pick up the phone and step into life-and-death dramas. The callers don't give names. They give information....
Art after Dark Shines a Light on Local Talent; the 10th Annual Auction Features Both Alumni and New Faces
A dozen up-and-coming artists will share the Florida Theatre spotlight tonight at the 10th annual Art After Dark event. Art After Dark is an art auction, art show and concert all rolled into one. It's helped launch the careers of some of the Jacksonville...
Campaigns for JCP Board Seats Intensify as Turnover Nears; Ballots Are Due by May 5 before the May 9 Owners Association Annual Meeting
Byline: terry brown As the weeks dwindle until developer D.R. Horton turns over Julington Creek Plantation to the owners, politics will be in the air as campaigns for a seat on the Board of Directors intensify. The Julington Creek Plantation...
Charter School Approved; Fall 2006 Opening Planned; the Academy of Business and Leadership Education Is a Fifth- through Eighth-Grade School
Byline: lisa miller Six months after accepting its initial application, the St. Johns County School Board unanimously approved a three-year contract for a new charter school Tuesday. The Academy of Business and Leadership Education, or ABLE,...
Citadel Chief's Parents Recall His Jacksonville Days; There Were Signs the Forrest High Football Standout Would Become a Leader
Byline: MICHAEL LAFORGIA When one of your kids grows up to be an Air Force general, then goes on to lead two top military colleges, sometimes you look back and try to pinpoint exactly when he started to stand out. For one thing, says John Rosa...
Coast Lines
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO DEDICATE NEW HOUSE Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County will dedicate its newest home at 119 Crooms Road, Brunswick, at 3 p.m. Sunday. The house is owned by Chuck and Valerie Gill, who have two sons and two daughters....
Companies' Expo Giveaways Are Designed to Bring You Back; the First Coast Business Expo Has Its Share of Creative Marketing Swag
Byline: terry brown As harp music swailed from the Marywood booth and into the expanse of the great hall, folks laden with bags filled with pens, pencils, coozies and refrigerator magnets snaked their way through the maze of exhibitors. Imagination...
Cooke Heading for the Other Ocean; Cyclist Trading Wheelchair for Special Bike, 3,000-Mile Cross-Country Ride
Byline: JEREMY HATCHER Dominic Cooke won't let paralysis slow him down. That mentality has led him to ride a special bicycle 3,000 miles across country to raise money and awareness for people with spinal cord injuries. Cooke, 26, left St....
Couple Held in Trailer Thefts; the Florida Man Is a Suspect in the Taking of about 20 Utility Trailers in Glynn
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- Glynn County police investigating a series of utility trailer thefts have arrested a Florida man and his wife in the case, in which a golf cart, all-terrain vehicle and numerous tools also were stolen. Terry...
Cromartie's Year off Doesn't Scare NFL GMs
Byline: BART HUBBUCH NFL general managers have long memories and can be a forgiving bunch. That works in favor of Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who didn't play a down last season but still could be one of the first 20 players taken...
Development Plan Incorporates Farm Community Roots; Wells Family Sells Some Land for Housing and Retail Projects, but They'll Keep Farming There, Too
Byline: beverly fleming Huge tractors and giant grain elevators stood silent around a barn and other outbuildings April 13, the quietest of the more than 50 residents attending a tent meeting about plans for another northwest St. Johns County development....
Difference Makers
Byline: stephanie mccormack chris benjamin If your ask Chris Benjamin about the environment or recycling he'll probably tell you to "make globally and act locally." Benjamin says he's a firm believer that everything you do to help the environment...
Don't Expect 'Dallas' to Be Shot Here
Byline: Matt Soergel Did you hear about Jacksonville landing the big John Travolta Dallas movie? New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith reported it last week ("Film Set in 'Dallas,' Florida"), following up on a report in an English newspaper saying...
Eagles Third in Region Meet, but Distance Runners Excel; Steel's Gutty Effort in the 800 Paces Five Region Wins for Episcopal
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN Though Laura Steel lost the first two months of her track season to a nagging leg injury, that hasn't stopped the Episcopal sophomore from seeing improvement in her 800-meter times. In the Region 1-2A meet Thursday at Bolles,...
Eighth-Graders Writing Better; They Post Big Gains in FCAT's Essay Portion
Byline: TIA MITCHELL and RACHEL DAVIS Northeast Florida eighth-graders posted big increases over last year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test writing exam, reflecting a statewide trend. Putnam County posted the largest gains with 79...
Empty Promises; Call-Ups and Shoestring Budgets Throw Suns Players a Loop
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT When the Suns' team bus rolls into town early this morning, pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Greg Miller will hop into a borrowed vehicle and head back to their rented townhome off Beach Boulevard -- without Sergio Garcia. During...
Ex-Jaguar, Wife Arrested, Charged with Child Abuse
Former Jacksonville Jaguar Rich Tylski and his wife, Jane, were arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated child abuse, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman said. They were released from jail about 5 p.m. Wednesday after posting bail of $20,000...
Fudge Looks for Day 2 Phone Call; Going Undrafted Would Offer Freedom, but Clemson DB Would Prefer to Be Picked
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD The numbers that add up Jamaal Fudge's football career at Clemson are the sort any defensive back would be proud to have. Career tackles: 238. Career interceptions: 10. All-Atlantic Coast Conference seasons: Two....
Hero Medic Still on Interview Circuit; Ever since Being on the Cover of Newsweek, the Decorated Iraq Veteran Has Been in Demand
Byline: TOM CORWIN AUGUSTA -- The e-mails keep coming, asking him to continue telling his story, so Richard Jadick does one interview and speaking engagement after another. After his heroic treatment of wounded Marines and Iraqis in the midst...
High School Tennis Regional Capsules
Byline: Jeff Elliott BOYS REGION 2-3A WHO: Wolfson at Gainesville WHEN: 3 p.m. today OUTLOOK: Led by the strong play of juniors Wesley Figaro and Mark Collier, the Wolfpack beat host Fernandina Beach by four points in the district meet....
Ho Hum, West Nassau Wins Title; Warriors Defeat Bolles 2-0 to Win Their 10th District Title in 11 Years
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER The old adage when it comes to winning is to act like you've been there. That's no problem for West Nassau, which won its 10th district title in 11 years with a 2-0 win over Bolles in the District 4-3A title game at Bolles...
I Couldn't Make Up This Stuff Even If I Tried
Byline: Jeff Vrabel Originally, I'd planned to use this space this week to discuss, as academically and intelligently as possible, the wildly disparate views on the South presented in new records by the Drive-By Truckers and Toby Keith. It was to...
Jacksonville Journal
OPEN HOUSE WILL INCLUDE FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS The Independent Living Resource Center of NE Florida will host a celebration and open house Saturday with free health screenings, food and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day will include...
Judge Extends 'Term' of Courtship; an Engaged Couple Who Took $700,000 from VyStar Accounts Will Spend 41 Months in Prison
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM They're still in love and still want to go through with the wedding they'd planned in the fall in Orange Park. A judge decided Thursday they'll have to wait 41 months. As matrimonial waiting periods go, that's a whopper....
Kids Helping Kids Work toward a Cure; Young St. Johns Cancer Survivor Brings Knowledge to Lemonade Stand Fundraiser Saturday
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON Like a lot of 6-year-olds, Lina Rak is healthy, happy and energetic. She's also a cancer survivor. That's why she and her pals from the Puma tribe of the YMCA's Adventure Princesses program will be selling lemonade Saturday...
Land Deal Shows Abuse of Power
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage The inner workings of city government are a wonder to behold. Especially if you're a fan of absurdity. In 1999, I wrote a couple of columns giving Mayor John Delaney a hard time for spending $322,675 of taxpayer...
Live on Stage
B.B. KING When: 8 p.m. Tuesday. Where: Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St. Tickets: $45 to $70. Information: (904) 353-3309. At 80 -- eighty, eight-zero, in case you were just complaining to your co-workers about how tired you are today...
Mandarin Slips Past Buchholz for Title
Robyn Adams' single knocked in Clara Kendall with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as host Mandarin claimed the District 1-6A softball championship Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Gainesville Buchholz. Buchholz had a runner in...
Manuwai, Gray Back to Jaguars
The Jaguars retained a key offensive starter Thursday when left guard Vince Manuwai signed his tender offer. Manuwai, a three-year starter who played in every game the past two seasons, re-signed with the Jaguars after receiving no outside offers...
Military Spending Gives Armor Holdings Boost; Analysts Cite Unfortunate Events as Factor in Company's Profits and Outlook
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Armor Holdings' first-quarter profits grew about 33.5 percent, buoyed by the continued strength in military spending. The Jacksonville-based company reported net income of $41.4 million or $1.11 per diluted share, versus...
Morning Briefs
REVENUES AT LANDSTAR BOLSTERED BY RELIEF WORK Record revenue that included $7 million earned from disaster relief work boosted Landstar System Inc.'s first quarter to a company record, with the Jacksonville-based transportation firm increasing its...
Mr. President Goes to Hollywood; 'American Dreamz' Combines Politics and Pop Culture in One, Semisweet Satire
Byline: MATT SOERGEL American Dreamz is an odd satire -- cynical yet big-hearted, often tasteless but also kind of squishy-nice. A farcical collision of pop-culture and politics, it shouldn't work, and it won't work for everyone. It'll be too mean...
Need Speed? Climb aboard Executioner
Byline: Laura Capitano Ahoy, boaters and those relatively interested in boats. Hundreds of vessels will be afloat in Metropolitan Park this weekend for the Jacksonville International Boat Show. Sailboats, yachts and cruisers, plus ski, fishing and...
New Northeast School Will Be near Davis Park; the School Board's Decision to Back Joyner's Recommendation Ends a 3-Year Debate
Byline: lisa miller A collective sigh of relief spread through the St. Johns County School District Tuesday as a three-year debate finally reached its conclusion. School Board members unanimously supported Superintendent Joseph Joyner's recommendation...
No Woods through U.S. Open? Tiger Probably out the Next Seven Weeks to Be with Seriously Ailing Dad
Byline: GARRY SMITS Tiger Woods nearly missed last month's Players Championship because of his father's illness. Now, the world's No. 1-ranked player said he will likely miss the next seven weeks to be near his father in Cypress, Calif., as Earl...
Outlook Looking a Little Limp; Economic Indicators Point to Slowing through the Summer Months
Byline: MARK BASCH The economic outlook through the summer is looking weak, according to local and national gauges of future activity. The Conference Board, a private New York research firm, reported Thursday that its Composite Index of Leading...
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Byline: Compiled by Dan Beynon WILL SMITH AND WIFE CRASH BAR MITZVAH AT WESTERN WALL He never got an invitation and he certainly didn't R.S.V.P., but that didn't stop Will Smith from crashing Atir Cohen's bar mitzvah at Jerusalem's Western Wall....
Plan Leaves JEDC out on Northwest Side; Ordinance Would Create New Department for Small Businesses outside of JEDC
Byline: JOE LIGHT and BETH KORMANIK Small businesses looking for help from what's now a $10 million fund within the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission might look to a new department if a City Council ordinance moves forward as planned....
Pole-Winner Kyle Busch Is Hot in Phoenix
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Busch picked up where he left off at Phoenix International Raceway, winning the pole Thursday to put himself in prime position to win a second consecutive race in the desert. Busch, who won at Phoenix last November, ran a...
Police Blotter
fruit cove Durbin Creek Boulevard A 29-year-old man was arrested on charges of reckless driving and driving without a motorcycle endorsement Sunday, according to a media release. A police officer was running stationary radar on Race Track road,...
Real Estate
The following transactions were recorded by the St. Johns County Clerk of Circuit Court from March 27-April 2. Wk. 34 in Units, Resort World Golf Village Condo: Robert Fulmer and Deborah Fulmer to Resort World Golf Village Condo Association Inc.,...
Review; IMAX Film Takes Viewers on an African 'Wild Safari' the Film Documents a Group as They Search for Africa's Exotic 'Big Five.'
Byline: terry brown The searing heat of the African plains beats down on passengers perched in the rear seat of an open-air Range Rover as the dust rises from the rough red dirt path. The four-wheel drive vehicle slowly makes its way over the...
REVISITING BARTRAM'S TRAVELS; His Name Is Everywhere Here -- on Schools, Neighborhoods and Retail Developments. Few Northwest Residents Can Claim They've Never Heard of William Bartram, but Even Fewer Know the Story Behind That Famous Name
Byline: terry brown In 1765, as a young nation began taking its first steps toward independence, a father and son set out on their own trek of discovery from their home in Philadelphia, to document and explore the wilds of the Southern frontier...
Rhythmic Poetry Show at FCCJ
Jacksonville poet and playwright Al Letson brings Griot: He Who Speak the Sweet Word to FCCJ Kent Campus for two performances this weekend. The 85-minute "choreopoematic" show, which also features Larry Knight Jr. and David Girard, is a rhythmic...
Savannah Association for the Blind out of Money; It Asks for Financial Help as Government Funding Has Dwindled and a Deadline Nears
Byline: JAN SKUTCH SAVANNAH -- A nonprofit that provides training for the blind is desperately seeking a financial life preserver. After seven years of relying on bank loans to replace dwindling government funding, the Savannah Association for...
SEC Baseball Report
Byline: Michael DiRocco HOT CORNER 'CATS HEADED NORTH Kentucky's baseball program hasn't exactly duplicated the Southeastern Conference success of its men's basketball team. In fact, it has been more like the football program the past 30 years....
Shots at Augusta Hospital a Year Ago Forced Changes; Prisoners Go Elsewhere for Routine Care Now
Byline: JEREMY CRAIG AUGUSTA, Ga. -- When Darius O'Neal Magby overpowered his guards and ran outside of the Medical College of Georgia Hospital a year ago, he set into motion changes in where state prisoners are given medical care. Today marks...
Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by Scott Kendrick 2 CENTS It's the way sports are supposed to work. The bad teams are supposed to eventually get better. Alas, the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA playoffs. And not only did they...
State Auditor's Report Finds No Major School Fund Misuses; the Few Discrepancies Stem from Conflicts over Auditing Procedures
Byline: lisa miller The Florida Auditor General's Office didn't find any major misuse of St. Johns County School District dollars during the past fiscal year, according to a report to School Board members Tuesday. In its annual review of the...
St. Johns Briefs
engle homes golf tourney Engle Homes sponsored the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Florida Annual Golf Tournament, held at Palencia Golf and Country Club. The event raised more than $100,000 for the charitable foundation. The tournament included...
This Winslow Trying to Make Mark in Golf
Byline: Mike Freeman When you speak that last name, heads turn and eyes squint. When the words roll off her tongue, people politely probe for clues, grasping for recognition, searching her face practically pore by pore, mannerism by mannerism. ...
Top-Ranked Federer Makes Quarterfinals
Top-ranked Roger Federer beat qualifier Benjamin Balleret 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday in a third-round match at the Monte Carlo (Monaco) Masters. Federer, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, improved to 31-1 this year, with his only loss to second-ranked...
T-YOU; Everyone's a Critic
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. THANK YOU FOR SMOKING -- This creme de...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves
AN ATHLETE WORTH CELEBRATING In our world today, we seem to make sure every mistake an athlete makes becomes headlines. When was the last time you wrote a note saying "good job" to a public figure, to take the time to recognize when an athlete stays...
VIOLENCE; Frustrations Grow
Jacksonville's high murder rate haunts the city's two top law enforcement officers. Sheriff John Rutherford and State Attorney Harry Shorstein wrestle with a murder problem largely beyond their control. By nature and necessity, their agencies are...
Winn-Dixie Judge Hints at Mediation; Funk Willing to Bring in Third Party to Settle Issues between Company, Creditors
Byline: MARK BASCH U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jerry Funk Thursday approved an extension of the deadline for Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. to file its Chapter 11 reorganization plan, but hinted he may appoint a mediator if the company can't resolve its remaining...
With FCAT, Cheating Isn't Always Clear
Byline: Mark Woods Grab your No. 2 pencil. Here is our standardized testing Question of the Day: A fifth-grade teacher goes to a meeting at his school, where teachers and administrators talk about preparing for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment...
Worth Keeping an Eye on; This Thriller Doesn't Break New Ground, but It's Quite Appealing
Byline: MATT SOERGEL The Sentinel is a generically competent thriller that, for all its been-there-done-that feel, does reel you in with a couple of solidly macho performances by sort-of-old guy Michael Douglas and sort-of-new guy Kiefer Sutherland....
You'll Forget These 'Friends' Soon after They're Gone; the Mildly Messed-Up Characters of This Inconsequential Film Just Don't Seem Real
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Friends with Money is amusing enough as you watch it, especially if you like wry comedy/dramas about the mundane ups-and downs of mildly messed-up characters. But it vanishes in a vague trail of smoke before the end credits...
You Won't Get Skewered at Layla's
Byline: Dan Macdonald The latest addition to the San Marco restaurant scene is Layla's of San Marco at 2016 Hendricks Ave. Specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, the restaurant has both indoor and enclosed patio dining and offers hookahs and cigars....