The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 1, 2006

2006 Saab 9-3 SportCombi: Jet-Setter & Grocery-Getter
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Born from jets -- hmmmm. Yes, the car company we know as Saab was founded in 1937 in Linkping, Sweden, as Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolage. From such chilly climes came such aircraft as the propeller-driven 29 Tunnan and 35 Draken....
22 Take Stage for Nease Pageant; This Year It Opens with a Hoe-Down
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy Lisa Clarson has danced in Broadway musicals and recently retired from a 25-year dance career in Las Vegas. One recent afternoon, she taught 22 Nease High School juniors a dance extravaganza worthy of the big stage. She...
4 Hurricane Shelters Will Allow Pets; Jacksonville Hasn't Picked the Locations Yet, but Officals Say It Will Offer Pet-Friendly Options
Byline: BETH KORMANIK Fluffy and Fido finally will be welcome in some Duval County hurricane shelters. This hurricane season, which officially begins June 1, Jacksonville plans to open at least four pet-friendly shelters, one of which will serve...
4 Vie for Seat Vacated by Indicted Commissioner Christy Fitzgerald
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL The list of those seeking appointment to the Clay County commission seat vacated by suspended Commissioner Christy Fitzgerald is growing. Fitzgerald was suspended by Gov. Jeb Bush March 23 after she was indicted by a Clay...
ACD's Soto Learned to Put English on His College Shot; Senior from Puerto Rico, an FSU Signee, Overcame Language Barrier
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Three years ago, when David Huertas and his family made the decision to leave Puerto Rico and come to Jacksonville to attend Arlington Country Day, Josue Soto had similar thoughts. He was close to Huertas, as they had been...
A Retired Writer, a JU Professor Write Cantata
Byline: Rhonda Reese It's a long way from her thriller Murder in the Mess Hall to her musical People of the Passion, but PAT BLOEBAUM, a retired writer who has penned everything from advertising copy to suspense novels, has now captured the passion...
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME TENNIS? Bausch & Lomb Begins Monday Field Features Top Women Players
Byline: KEVIN TURNER AMELIA ISLAND -- For the 27th year, the Bausch & Lomb Championships will draw some of the world's best women's tennis players to compete on the courts at the Amelia Island Plantation. "It's an event that when you go and...
Around the Bend; Mandarin Library Hosts Health Care Seminar
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Mastering the Health Care Maze is the topic of a free presentation at 10:30 a.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at the South Mandarin branch library at 12125 San Jose Blvd. The program offers information on options...
Arrest Made in Case of Missing Man, 19; Travis Pittman Has Been Missing for 3 Years
Byline: KEVIN TURNER The mother of a St. Marys, Ga., man missing for three years said Wednesday she's glad she now has has an answer to what happened to her son. Nassau County investigators said Wednesday they believe the missing man, Travis...
Battle between City and FDOT Reponsible for 'Stolen' Signs
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- A slew of missing campaign signs presumed stolen turned out to be casualties of a turf dispute between the city and the state Department of Transportation. After several City Commission candidates reported...
Beach Shorts
BROADWAY BASH An evening of gourmet food, fun and entertainment is planned for The Beaches Broadway Bash, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Atlantic Theatres in Atlantic Beach. The event will benefit the Beaches Boys & Girls Club's renovation...
Business Briefs; Orange Park Mall Renovation Is under Way
Byline: DEBRA W. BUEHN Expansion and renovation work at the Orange Park Mall is in full swing, with new parking lots, buildings and reworked entrances now a part of the landscape. All of the highly visible equipment and work is part of the expansion...
But First You Have to Get There; No Plans for State Law on Beach Access
Byline: Drew Dixon People are guaranteed the right to walk along the beach in Florida, but not the right to get there from the road. Because of that conclusion in a recent legislative study, state Rep. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, has halted...
Carver Center Serves as Outlet for Youth
Byline: Caren Burmeister Isaac Scruggs loves to play basketball at the Carver Community Center but he can't do it without his friends, three of whom willingly lie down on the court while he backs up, gets a running start, jumps over their bodies...
Carving: 'Kind of like Life'
Byline: BOB SELF Fifteen years ago, itinerant artist and vaudevillian Bim Willow did a carving of a face in the knot of a tree by what was then the patio of the Metro Diner on Hendricks Avenue. Earlier this week on another visit he stopped to...
CBS' Packer Won't Change His Tune
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Even though George Mason is in the Final Four, Billy Packer won't back down. During the NCAA Tournament selection show on March 12, the CBS analyst questioned tournament chairman Craig Littlepage about many of the selections,...
Chamber: 2 Schools Better Than 1
Byline: Christina Abel St. Johns County school Superintendent Joseph Joyner has said he will recommend a Ponte Vedra Beach high school site to the School Board on April 18, and with that deadline approaching quickly, community and business associations...
Child Support Overhaul Passed; the New Measure Will Base Payments on Child's Needs and Parent Income
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- The state avoided a potential legislative land mine Thursday by passing an overhaul of the state's child-support system, though the measure still might not end the notoriously hot debate over the issue. The...
Coach DuBose to Kick off St. Johns Football; '06 Goes Down in Spartan History
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Rodney DuBose. That's the way it will read a hundred years from now when someone looks back into the records of St. Johns Country Day School to find out who began the tradition of Spartan football. But in 2006, DuBose...
Coffee Sheriff Pleads Guilty; He Pleads to One Charge Related to Using a State-Owned Truck, and He Loses His Job
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Coffee County Sheriff Rob Smith has pleaded guilty to one count of malpractice and malfeasance in office and agreed to resign effective April 15 rather than be jailed for a year. Smith admitted Wednesday in a plea bargain...
College Hosts Second Career, Job Expo
The second annual Clay County Career and Job Expo will be Tuesday, April 11, at St. Johns River Community College's Orange Park campus. Sponsored by the college, Clay school district, Chamber of Commerce and WorkSource, the event is designed as...
Comcast Employee Receives 2005 Hero Award
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg Southsider Doug Berle flew to Philadelphia March 22 to receive a 2005 Hero Award from Comcast. One of three national recipients, Berle is an account executive with Comcast Spotlight in Jacksonville. He is a both a...
Commission May Gain 2 Seats in '08
Byline: Christina Abel In November, St. Johns County voters will have the chance to increase the County Commission from five to seven members. The ballot item, which the commissioners recently voted to include in the general election, already...
Commission OKs Cleanup Agreement; the 79-Week Project Will Cost the County $9 Million
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL The time line is cut in half and the cost -- for now -- remains about $9 million in Clay County's agreement to clean seven areas of illegally dumped materials. The County Commission voted 4-0 Tuesday to accept consent...
Community Notebook; Composer, Orchestra Join for Benefit
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Pianist/composer Marvin Hamlisch and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra came together March 16 for a special concert to raise money for Rotary Club International's Polio Eradication project and the Jacksonville Children's Commission....
Council to Consider JTA Buses to St. Johns
Byline: Caren Burmeister JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- A city councilwoman is pressing the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to expand Beaches bus routes into St. Johns County to relieve traffic congestion and help employees with low-paying jobs get...
County Receives Promising News on Credit Rating; Neutral Report Seen as a Step Up
Byline: KEVIN TURNER With a recent neutral credit rating from a major investment ratings firm, county officials this week said they're beginning to see light at the end of the county's financial tunnel. On Feb. 28, Moody's Investors Service gave...
Crash Kills 12-Year-Old Driver, Friend, 8; the Child's Parents Could Face Charges in the Accident
Byline: RUSS BYNUM SAVANNAH -- A 12-year-old girl driving her father's pickup truck lost control near the end of her parents' dirt driveway in Long County and overturned into a ditch, killing herself and an 8-year-old neighbor. The underage driver,...
Creation of Board Being Put on Hold; the Plan to Establish a County Transportation Authority Meets Some Skepticism
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL At the request of an advisory panel member, the Clay County Commission has put on hold a vote to establish a proposed transportation authority. John Tabor, chairman of the Clay County Transportation Advisory Commission,...
Don't Let Great Ideas Just Sit around the House
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT As the temperature warms, thoughts turn to backyard bashes and spring sprucing. If you're planning any parties or projects, see if you can combine work with winnings. Participate in some contests sponsored by national...
Eminent Domain Deal Struck; the General Assembly Agrees on the Wording of a Bill Limiting Its Usage
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- A bill that would restrict the rights of local governments to seize private property for public purposes sailed through the General Assembly on Thursday after lawmakers came to an agreement between competing versions...
Episcopal Diocese Is Suing Church; the Diocese Wants to Force Church of the Redeemer, Which Is Leaving the Denomination, to Hand over the Church Building
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Episcopal Bishop John Howard has turned to the courts to force a Southside Jacksonville congregation to turn its church over to the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. Howard filed a lawsuit in Duval County this week demanding...
Finally, a Diet That Really Works
Byline: Jackie Rooney There's good news this week. A recent study conducted at a series of Beaches cocktail parties has shown that you can eat all the heavy hors d'oeuvres you want and still lose weight, especially if you add one or more glasses...
Florida Derby Best Bet Faces Line of Bull; Unbeaten Barbaro Goes Up against Son of Holy Bull, Giacomo's Brother, in Kentucky Derby Prep
Kiaran McLaughlin has the Kentucky Derby on his mind. The trainer who nearly won last year's Derby sends out Flashy Bull against undefeated favorite Barbaro and nine other 3-year-olds in today's $1 million Florida Derby (5 p.m., USA) at Gulfstream...
Florida in Final Four Is Thrilling
Byline: Brent Beaird Even the casual college basketball fan in Clay County will likely tune in tonight to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament that features Florida vs. upstart George Mason and LSU vs. UCLA. Obviously, Florida...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Humphrey Meets Hero Manning
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO INDIANAPOLIS -- Lee Humphrey is a Florida Gator now, but he grew up idolizing Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning. One of his elementary school classmates in Maryville, Tenn., was Brittany Fulmer, the daughter of Volunteers...
GENERAL ASSEMBLY NOTEBOOK; Bill on Displaying Historic Documents Wins Approval
ATLANTA -- Local governments could soon hang up copies of the Ten Commandments and the Magna Carta in public buildings as long as the governor goes along with a bill passed on the final day of the legislative session. The bill, which passed unanimously...
GMU's Loose Interpretation Is UF's Business
Byline: Mike Freeman INDIANAPOLIS -- They are at times so giddy, so loose, they resemble a group of kids on Christmas morning instead of a Final Four basketball team. They break out into giggles and smiles at a moment's notice. They don't care...
His Religious Faith Offers Hope in Fighting Bone Cancer; the Medical Bills Are Beginning to Mount
Byline: MARY HURST When Rodney Boehm thinks of people fighting cancer, he cannot imagine doing it without faith in God and the resultant hope that comes along with it. That's because Boehm, now 21, has been fighting for his life against a very...
In Business; Fernandina Mill Team Wins Honors
A Fernandina Mill employee team was among the winners honored with Rayonier's highest quality award at a special ceremony in Jacksonville. A Continuous Process Improvement Quality Award went to the Fernandina Mill's Finishing Department Lean Manufacturing...
In Education
ESE ADVISORY COUNCIL The Nassau County School District's Exceptional Student Education Parent Advisory Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the TEAM Center in the district offices, 1201 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. For more information,...
IRAN; Nuclear Irresponsibility
Take a national leader who believes the Holocaust didn't exist. Take a nation that has aided terrorist groups. Give this bunch a nuclear weapon technology. No, let's not. Last week, the United Nations Security Council demanded that Iran...
Is Downtown Evolving? Trust Me, It Is
Byline: Alison Trinidad When they say downtown is happening, it is. Believe me, I live there: It's happening from 7 a.m. every day but Sunday. Construction, that is. Several downtown rehab projects -- which entail gutting abandoned historic...
IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY; Mother, Son Combine on Book's Art
Byline: RAQUEL MANNING Although most teachers probably relaxed over the holiday break in 2004, Mandarin Middle School teacher Beverly Berry and her son illustrated a book. Freedom's Way (Acclaim Press) was written by her father, Carlton Jackson,...
It's March Madness in April for UF Fans; Florida Followers Didn't Expect to Make the Trip to Indy, but Were Happy to Do So
Byline: FRANCINE KING INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Florida graduate Nick Pagnotta is getting married May 6, and his friend, Jeremy Nowack, was planning to throw him a bachelor party in Key West. But that was before Florida's basketball team...
'I Want to Sing for the Rest of My Life'; Singers, Musicians Take Part in World's Largest Concert
Byline: SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG Eleven-year-old Bailey Buzby, a fifth-grader at Greenland Pines Elementary School, had a big cheering section on a recent Saturday at Lakewood Presbyterian Church as she raised her young voice in song with thousands...
Jacksonville Journal
VOLUNTEER JACKSONVILLE WILL HONOR VOLUNTEERS Volunteer Jacksonville will celebrate the contributions of volunteers Thursday at the Florida Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Guests include Bill Bentley, vice president of the Points of...
Kenny Wins Ugly over Eagle's View; in Mistake-Filled Game, Crusaders Come out on Top of All the Slop
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD Bishop Kenny and Eagle's View -- baseball teams that rely heavily on pitching and defense -- got neither Friday night when the state-ranked, private-school powers met for the first time. But after a combined six errors,...
Kidz Fest Emphasizes Art Eduction
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND It was one of those classic Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney moments from the Andy Hardy movies: Why not put on a show to call attention to the importance of art education? Carolyn Williams and several other 2005 Leadership...
Lawn, Landscaping Irrigation Now Allowed Just Twice a Week
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Property owners now are permitted to water their lawns and landscaping only twice a week in Nassau County and 17 other Northeast Florida counties. The new rule, imposed by the St. Johns River Water Management District March...
LIBRARY; Stay Open Longer
The scene: a recent Sunday, shortly before 1 p.m. Potential library customers are checking doors on Main Street, seeing they are open. At the main entrance, a group of patrons wait for the doors to open. Jacksonville's Main Library is a tremendous...
Light Pole Vandals Leave Mandarin Dark; Exposed Electrical Wires Present Safety Problem
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Someone is getting their kicks darkening Mandarin streets. Police report up to 25 light poles have been pulled or pushed over in the past few weeks in some Mandarin communities, the latest ones Sunday. A police officer...
Man Charged in Stabbing That Killed 1
A Jacksonville man was charged Thursday with murder and aggravated battery in a stabbing attack Monday that left a man dead and a woman seriously wounded. Antoine Smith, 30, of Herlong Road was charged in the death of Karonn Bloodworth, 27, of Jacksonville...
Marsh Landing Suing Builder; Homeowners Want Dirt Pile Removed
Byline: Christina Abel Marsh Landing homeowners are appealing to St. Johns County officials to revoke a commercial developer's building permit, saying the company left a 6-foot high pile of dirt near their entrance, which they said they never approved....
Matchups
Byline: Michael DiRocco FLORIDA vs. GEORGE MASON 6:07 p.m., RCA Dome, Indianapolis (CBS) POINT GUARD Florida's Taurean Green (left) has three or four moments per game when he makes his coaches shake their heads, but he otherwise has been...
Model of Innovation Awards Given to JCA; Center Was Also Honored for Its Programs, Events
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Jewish Community Alliance has been honored with four Model of Innovation awards from the Jewish Community Center Association. But it didn't stop there. The New York-based umbrella organization for hundreds of Jewish...
Nassau Notes
WRITERS TO MEET Camille Cline, owner of The Literary Spa in Ponte Vedra, will speak at 10 a.m. today when the Amelia Island Florida Writers Group meets in the community room at the Fernandina Beach Police Department on Lime Street. Her topic...
Nease Students Wins Florida Junior Miss
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg In June, 17-year old Laura Beard of Ponte Vedra Beach will travel to Mobile, Ala., to represent Florida in the National Junior Miss Pageant. The recent winner of the 2006 Florida Junior Miss Pageant in Perry, she...
No Regrets for Ex-Gator Roberson; Guard Wasn't Drafted by an NBA Team after Leaving but Is Happy with Decision
Byline: GENE FRENETTE He could be running Florida's offense at the Final Four, enjoying the spotlight as ringleader on a team favored to win college basketball's national championship. Instead, Anthony Roberson -- the point guard who left the...
Not a Big Hit with Opponents; Orange Park High Pitcher Rolls Up Back-to-Back No-Hitters
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Orange Park's Shane McIntyre has some really good breaking pitches. Sometimes too good. "Some of the time I can't even read them," said his catcher, J.D. Aut -- and he knows what pitch is coming. "Yeah. Last night I hit...
Off-Duty Police Will Patrol Fairgrounds; Fire Rescue Personnel Will Also Be on Hand at the Agricultural Fair
Law enforcement and fire rescue will be inside and outside the grounds during the Clay County Agricultural Fair to ensure public safety. About 30 sheriff's office auxiliary members will provide perimeter security. Off-duty certified deputies will...
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Byline: Compiled by Tom Steele STERN SHOCKED BY FANS WHO SNUB SIRIUS Howard Stern is angry more fans haven't followed him to satellite radio. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 52-year-old shock jock lashes out at those of his fan...
Patriots Sports Finally Noticed; George Mason Has Built Across-the-Board Excellence in Athletics
Byline: BOB THOMAS FAIRFAX, Va. -- Can George Mason -- the mid-major men's basketball team that has captured the nation's imagination -- cap its shocking run to the Final Four by winning a national championship Monday night in Indianapolis? It's...
Pay Close Attention to Watering in April; the Month Typically Is Dry, So Make Sure Sprinklers Are Working
Byline: RAYMOND H. ZERBA JR. Our plants have jumped off to a good start. With a lot of tender growth, they face April - the fourth driest month of the year. Make sure those sprinklers are working, and watch the rainfall gauges. If there's less than...
Players Championship Brings Festive, Raucous Crowd
Byline: Brian Kosoy The Players Championship was festive as always last week, with a seemingly more raucous crowd than usual on hand to witness a dominant performance by Canadian STEPHEN AMES. Final round falters by Ponte Vedra Beach residents JIM...
POLICE BRIEFS; Man, 51, Loses $8,000 in Internet Scam
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police depart- ments: ATLANTIC BEACH A 51-year-old Atlantic Beach man reported Tuesday that he was defrauded when he tried to purchase a Bobcat Skid Steer loader, a type of bulldozer,...
Police Briefs; Police Arrest Driver; Man Struck with Car
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 42-year-old man suffered possible broken bones after being hit by a motorist he'd had words with in the 500 block of Comet Street, police said. The 23-year-old suspect was arrested on an aggravated battery charge at...
Police Briefs; Southside Hit with Series of Robbery Tries
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 51-year-old St. Augustine man's day started with some flower-planting early March 25 in the 3900 block of Boulevard Center Drive. It ended when a gunman demanded his watch, then shot him in the back with a BB gun as he tried...
Police Briefs; Undercover Police Help Catch Man, 25, on Drug Charges
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 25-year-old Northside man was arrested late March 25 on multiple charges of possession of a controlled substance, plus possession of marijuana and cocaine, after undercover police made three drug buys off the man last month,...
Principal Named Ware Schools Chief; Board of Education Votes Unanimously for Joseph "Jody" Barrow as New Superintendent
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI WAYCROSS -- The new superintendent of the Ware County School System is an experienced educator who said his priority is "to help children be successful." Joseph "Jody" Barrow was hired as superintendent by the county...
Principal Takes on Lesson 1: Starting a New School; the Elementary School on New Berlin Road Needs a Name, a Mascot, Faculty, Textbooks, Etc
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Deidra Johnson's office is an empty classroom at Oceanway Middle School. Next to her desk is a straw basket filled with stuffed animals and children's books. It is a small reminder that her office space is temporary and her...
Probably More Than Doubleday Envisioned
Byline: BILL JOHNSON It was the kind of crisp, bright, springlike day in America that Abner Doubleday must have envisioned while first dreaming about the game of baseball. The sky was blue, the grass green, and the smiles extremely contagious...
Public Safety; Jail Officer Quits after Child Sex Charge
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL A Clay County jail officer has resigned after his arrest on a charge of sexual battery on a child younger than 12. Brian Paul Sutherland, 25, of Green Cove Springs was transferred to a neighboring county's jail, where...
Ridgeview Student Excels at Drama, Cheering, Scouting; Clayton Henderson Has Down Syndrome
Byline: MARY MARAGHY When Ridgeview High School student Clayton Henderson tried out for the cheerleading squad, the coach worried about his abilities and attention span. Same with his Boy Scout troop leader. But the 16-year-old varsity cheerleader...
Sex Offender Crackdown Bill Now Awaits Perdue's Signature
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- Legislation to crack down on sex offenders in Georgia now heads to Gov. Sonny Perdue for consideration after the Senate gave final approval to the comprehensive bill Thursday. Hours before ending this year's...
Sports Extra
Byline: Justin Hathaway 2CENTS Poor Major League Baseball. It won't have Anna Benson to kick around much longer. Thursday, the controversial actress, model and baseball wife filed for divorce from Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kris Benson, who...
State Gives County $2.4 Million for Camp
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL County commissioners got a $2.4 million check and a visit from state government executive Thaddeus Cohen, head of the state Department of Community Affairs, on Tuesday. Cohen came from Tallahassee to deliver the mock check...
Steady Steps Therapy Encourages Youngsters; Kids with Disabilities Benefit from Program
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy When 9-year-old Jake Preston began to run, he didn't want to stop. He and his buddies raced around the perimeter of Woodland Parke in the west Beaches' Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, around the soccer fields and through...
Step-Dance Team Ready for National Competition; Ladies of Envy Work on Special Routines
Byline: RAQUEL MANNING Clap. Stomp. Clap . . . Pause . . . Stomp. Clap. Stomp. Sandalwood High School's award-winning Ladies of Envy step-dance team is practicing for the national competition to be held later this month, and the cafeteria walls...
Students' Works of Art on Display across Jacksonville; More Than 500 Pieces Are Being Exhibited
Byline: RAQUEL MANNING Last year it was gone with the wind. This year it's blown back like a fresh spring breeze. Too many school hurricane days last year prevented the annual elementary school art showcase from taking place. But this...
Study Foresees Access Crunch; State Beachfront Faces a Spike in Population
Byline: Drew Dixon A state legislative committee's comprehensive study on Florida public beach access shows that while there's no guaranteed right for residents to get to the beach, the state will have to come to grips with a growing population...
Sunflowers Are Easy to Grow in Sunshine State; Start by Choosing a Sunny Location That's Protected from Wind
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE It's easy to grow sunflowers in Jacksonville. Look for seeds in garden centers and seed catalogs. Nurseries often sell potted plants already in bloom. Choose a sunny location that is protected from the wind and then...
There's No Place like Home; Eleven Jacksonville Sailors Are Back after Their 6-Month Kuwait Deployment
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR "There's Daddy!" Colleen Harper shouted Friday to her two sons at Jacksonville International Airport. It was a reunion Ethan, 5, and Ayden, 2, had been anticipating for about six months. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class...
Those White Specks on Camellias Are Tea Scale
Byline: CAMILLE HUNTER Q: What are the tiny white spots on the leaves of my camellias? Tea scale is an insect that looks like tiny white specks. The insects feed on the leaves causing them to eventually turn yellow and drop. Spray infected plants...
TIME TO TIP OFF; and Gators Will Turn to Green, Who Runs Offense 'Like a Champion'
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO INDIANAPOLIS -- Taurean Green wanted nasty dunks and powerful rebounds, not 3-pointers and assists. He wanted to be on the receiving end of alley-oops, not starting them. He wanted to be just like his father, 6-foot-9...
T-YOU; Business alkBack Would You Live Downtown?
In many areas of the country, downtown is the place to be -- for working, playing and living. These days, Jacksonville's downtown population doesn't even crack 2,000. But with plans for many more residences to be built in the next few years, downtown...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Youngsters Can't Choose Career Path
Requiring 13-year-olds to choose a career path is ludicrous, and certainly isn't the domain of the government. Have you watched any 13-year-olds lately? . . .This idea is so preposterous that it's hard to believe he's [Gov. Jeb Bush] serious . . ....
Unsung Teams Provide Quality Baseball Drama
Byline: BILL JOHNSON An Orange Park pitcher registers two-straight no-hitters, Clay places two pitchers and one hitter in The Florida Times-Unions' top-five lists, and Fleming Island cracks the state's 5A top-10 list. To borrow an oft-heard phrase...
Volunteers Fill Baskets with Easter Joy; They Made More Than 200 Baskets for Children
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Years ago, whenever a stuffed bunny or basket was donated to the Clothes Closet of Orange Park, Easter-loving volunteer Carol Issler would put them aside until spring. She'd wash the bunnies at home and then use them as centerpieces...
Watch the Gators on Your Phone; Carriers Promoting New Video Services Is Next Big Transformation for Industry
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Agent Drew Rosenhaus has made his name representing football players -- including some of the Jacksonville Jaguars -- but when March Madness rolls around, he's just as keen on keeping on top of the basketball world. ...
What's Best in Cars: Smart, Safe or Cool?
Byline: Elizabeth Seney "Middle age -- When you want to see how long your car will last instead of how fast it will go." Anonymous I'm in the market for a car. New vs. used, compact vs. full-size, manual vs. automatic, I haven't decided yet....
Where Are They Now?
Byline: Charlie Patton and Greg Piatt Two other University of Florida men's basketball teams made it to the Final Four. The 1993-94 team lost to Duke in the semifinals. In 2000, the Gators advanced to the championship game before losing to Michigan...
Woman Uses Artwork to Brighten Lives of Ill Children; the Art Program Also Helps Her Fill the Void Left by the Death of Her Brother on Sept. 11, 2001
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Lori Guadagno wakes up each day knowing she will never see her younger brother, Richard, again. She feels the emotional hole in her heart left by losing Richard on Sept. 11, 2001. But she has found that a program...