The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 26, 2007

American Hoffa Wins Shot Put at World Track Championships
Reese Hoffa is unknown no more. He won the shot put Saturday while training partner Adam Nelson took second for a 1-2 U.S. finish on the opening night of the world track and field championships in Tokyo. Hoffa, who once donned a mask at a meet...
A.M.Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL VIRAL VIDEO, PT. I THAT'S HARSH Have you seen the video of the tussle in South Africa between Cape buffalo, lions and a hungry crocodile? It's a little over eight minutes, and it's been making a stir online for a few months....
Area College Capsules
BETHUNE-COOKMAN WILDCATS Coach: Alvin Wyatt (71-40, 11th season) Last season: 5-6 (3-5 in the Division I-AA Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, seventh place) At a glance: Wyatt finds himself on the hot seat after a disappointing 2006 season...
A Standard Prize for the Curtis-Sea
Byline: JIM SUTTON The second annual R&H Mayport Masters Sailfish tournament attracted more than a couple of the area's finest billfish anglers -- and a few more who apparently were not -- last weekend. A field of several fought one another...
Bomb Scare Turns out to Be Drugs; They Were Legal, but Cruise Passengers Were Kept Waiting for Hours
A bomb scare that turned out to be a dog's sniff of heart medication left about 1,700 people waiting hours to embark on a cruise from Jacksonville Saturday. By the time the all clear was given at the Jacksonville Port Authority Cruise Terminal at...
BRING YOUR KIDS (AND SOME PATIENCE); GROWING PAINS IN THE SUBURBS They've Been Built and People Are Coming and Coming While Developers Struggle to Meet Demand. AMENITIES BECOMING OVERBURDENED as More Families Opt for Suburban Living, Those Ideal Neighborhoods Are Having Trouble Keeping Up
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Nostalgia is finding new life in Northeast Florida's suburbs and creating a social experiment as communities grapple with handling an explosion of children. Drawn by the ideal of the old-fashioned neighborhood mixed with the...
Class 1a and 1b Previews
DISTRICT 1-1A 2006 STANDINGS 2-1A***All Mayo Lafayette******6-0***10-1 Hawthorne******5-1***8-4 Hilliard******4-2***6-4 Jefferson County***3-3***4-6 Trenton******2-4***4-6 Branford******1-5***2-8 HILLIARD Head coach: Al...
College Football 2007; Atlantic Coast Conference
ATLANTIC DIVISION In predicted order of finish 1 BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES Coach: Jeff Jagodzinski (first season as head coach) Last season: 10-3 (5-3 in the ACC, tied for second in the Atlantic); defeated Navy 25-24 in the Meineke...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2007 GATORS; STARING DOWN THE HYPE TIM TEBOW Tries to Stay Grounded in the Face of Strange Autograph Requests, Relentless Media Attention and -- Oh, Yeah -- Winning Games as Florida's Starting Quarterback This Season
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Tim Tebow is the starting quarterback at the University of Florida. He's also a whole lot more. Tebow is a rock star, a dreamboat, a Heisman Trophy candidate, the perfect fit for coach Urban Meyer's spread...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2007 LOCALS; Bell Bringing Excitement to JU the New Coach's Winning History Has the Dolphins Dreaming Big
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Kerwin Bell is familiar with being touted as a savior of a football program. It has happened at nearly every stop of his long and winding career. Bell was hyped as the "next" Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida,...
College Football 2007; Southeastern Conference
EASTERN DIVISION In predicted order of finish 1 FLORIDA GATORS Preview, Pages 4 and 5 2 TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS Coach: Phillip Fulmer (137-41, 15th season) Last season: 9-4 (5-3 in the SEC, second in the East); lost to Penn State...
Cox Is Comfortable; the Sophomore Has Settled into His Backup Role Behind Stafford
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was offering Joe Cox what every college quarterback desires: snaps with the starting offensive unit. Cox waved off Bobo from across the Sanford Stadium field. Not because...
Croyle's Flop Heightens K.C. Drama
Byline: Vito Stellino The Kansas City Chiefs need to call a casting agency to find a quarterback with charisma to take charge. And to play the lead role in the HBO show Hard Knocks, which is featuring the Chiefs' training camp this summer. ...
Developer Accused of Bulldozing Marsh Rules; COMPANY DENIES ACCUSATIONS "Everything We've Done So Far Doesn't Require a Permit," a Spokesman for the McIntosh Project Says. REGULATORS GIVING ONE LAST CHANCE A Meeting Has Been Set So the Owner Can Explain How His Plans Comply or Receive Citations
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS Muddy rivers and drying wetlands are just a couple of reasons environmentalists and neighbors are watching a McIntosh County development. In the past five months, workers at a 20-acre development on Young Man Road in northern...
Ex-Sheriff Is Proud of His 22-Year Stint
Byline: Terry Dickson Jerry Brogdon went from being Berrien County sheriff to a convicted criminal Aug. 10. Brogdon pleaded guilty to a federal charge of giving a firearm back to a felon and took off his badge. A lot of people lay far worse crimes...
FAIR OPENS BOOK FOR LITTLE READERS; the Annual Family Literacy Fair Shared the Magic of Reading with Families
Byline: ADAM AASEN Most kids spend their Saturday mornings glued to a television set, watching cartoons or playing video games. But leaders in Jacksonville are hoping to change that by getting kids to pick up a book instead. At Saturday's fifth...
Final Days to Relax and Then Social Season off to Busy Start
Byline: Judy Wells Enjoy this week because once the Labor Day weekend hits, the social benefit season speeds from a walk to a fast trot, then into a gallop. Even before Labor Day, St. Vincent's HealthCare Foundation kicks off its Delicious Destinations...
First-Half Winners Have Struggled Late
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Phil Wellman doesn't sound like a confident manager as the Southern League playoffs approach in 11 days. With his Mississippi Braves floundering in last place in the South Division's second-half standings -- compared to their...
Fisher's Reputation Drives FSU Fervor; Players and Fans Are Excited about the Offensive Guru's Arrival with the Seminoles
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- From the moment Jeff Bowden tendered his resignation as offensive coordinator last season, Jimbo Fisher became Florida State fans' object of desire. For nearly two months, the mere mention of Fisher as a job...
Four Bucs Cash in; Seniors Can Make This a Special Season at First Coast
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The First in First Coast High School looks to be the dominant theme for the Northside school on the eve of the 2007 high school football season. Consider: -- The school made its first national television appearance Saturday...
His Catch Made Him King; Roberto Cortez Still Holds the Jax Beach Pier Record
Byline: JIM SUTTON Not so many years ago, if there was a Rodney Dangerfield of the saltwater fishing world, it had to be the king mackerel. Back then, old Scomberomorus Cavalla simply didn't get no respect. Commercial snapper boats targeted him...
House Race Is Hotter in Last Days; Ads with Handshakes Draw Fire from Sides
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - After a whole summer of near-clean campaigning, the waning days of the state House race to replace Mark Mahon of Jacksonville have veered into a war of words over pictures. Former City Councilman Lad Daniels...
IMMIGRATION; Face Up to the Costs
The impact of illegal aliens on the U.S. economy is much bigger than anyone imagined. How big? If illegal immigrants are legalized, and allowed to tap into their Social Security contributions made while they were here illegally, it could cost...
I'm Not Afraid of No Rottweiler, Dr. Jeff
Byline: Kyle Capitano Not to rattle my own dog tags, but I talked to a pretty big celebrity the other day. There's this certain dog, maybe you've heard of her, Lassie? Hollywood Walk of Fame Lassie? More than five decades and 691 episodes of...
IN POLITICS; Win the Election, Then Work Next Day Whoever Replaces Mahon Could Be Forced to Tallahassee Right Away
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - By a coincidence of the calendar, the winner of the upcoming general election to replace former state Rep. MARK MAHON of Jacksonville could find themselves in Tallahassee immediately, casting votes in the...
Jacksonville Man Hopes for a Future in the 'Band'; Brian Harris Will Learn Today on MTV Show If He'll Be in Diddy Group
Byline: ROGER BULL Sometime after 10 p.m. today, probably pretty close to 11, Brian Harris will find out if he's made the band. Not just any band, but Diddy's new band. And that's a big deal. Tonight on MTV, entertainment impresario Diddy...
Jaguars' TV Viewers Fade Away in Second Half
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Thursday night's game in Green Bay, Wis., drew the strongest local television ratings for a Jaguars contest in August this season, but that interest quickly faded when halftime came and Jacksonville's first-team offense had...
LOW WATER BLUES; ALTAMAHA DRYING UP Low Water Level Has Kept Recreational Users Away from the River. FEWER VISITORS Businesses That Depend on Summer Tourism Are Adversely Affected
Byline: MIKE MORRISON Low water and hot weather have just about dried up the freshwater fishing and boating business in South Georgia this summer. The Altamaha River slowed to a trickle this spring and remained at near-historic lows, said Bill...
No Bond in Eye Doctor's Killing; A Murder Charge Is Filed against the Slain Waycross Ophthalmologist's Former Wife
Byline: TERRY DICKSON Waycross police have charged Betty Jo Jacobs with murder and two other felonies in the shooting death Friday of her former husband, eye doctor L. Davis Jacobs, officials said. Police secured warrants Friday night charging...
Panic in Preseason Is Pointless
Byline: Sam Borden Everyone knew the calls would come sometime this season, the calls for Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio to replace Byron Leftwich with David Garrard. Nobody thought it would be this soon. Not in late August, not before the big roster-cut...
PROTECTING YOUR VALUABLES; Weathering a Big Storm the Time to Be Thinking about Saving What You Own Is Now
Byline: JUDY WELLS The warning flags are flying, there's not a spare sheet of plywood in town and you're on the roadway packed with people fleeing the approaching storm. Your car is likely full of hastily gathered clothes, food, pets, important...
Pulp Romance: It's Way More Than Fabio; First Coast Authors Say the Genre Is Now in the Realm of Mainstream Women's Literature
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON When imagining the romance paperbacks lined up at the grocery store, an image of a half naked Fabio wrapped around a nubile female may spring to mind. Or perhaps a batch of lurid titles pop out, such as The Italian Prince's...
Rebuilding Charlton Still Formidable; the Indians Will Face Different Challenges in Their State Championship Defense
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER DAVID BAILEY DEFENSIVE BACK Glynn Academy Size: 6-2, 195 SHANNON BILLUE LINEBACKER Brunswick Size: 6-0, 190 RALPH BOLDEN RUNNING BACK Charlton County Size: 5-10, 185 DERRICK DANIELS ...
Roster Bubble Doesn't Trouble Williams; despite Competition, the Receiver Is Confident He'll Remain a Jaguar
Byline: VITO STELLINO Wide receiver Reggie Williams doesn't appear to be nervous about the possibility of losing the numbers game as the Jaguars prepare to cut down their roster. "I expect to be a Jaguar [this year]," the fourth-year receiver...
Shannon out to Rebuild UM's Legacy of Winning; the Ex-'Canes Player and Assistant Now Runs the Program He Loves
Byline: BOB THOMAS Few coaches are as easily identifiable with a football program as Randy Shannon. The Miami native and former Hurricanes linebacker spent 13 years as an assistant at the school, the last six as defensive coordinator before being...
Speaker Sure of Support for Ending Property Taxes; While His Aide Says the Plan Is Well Liked, Local Officials Aren't So Sure
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The speaker of the state House of Representatives feels confident he's reading the public mood better than his opponents when it comes to his proposal to eliminate property taxes. Speaker Glenn Richardson is...
Stafford Shows Star Power; Georgia's Quarterback Faces High Expectations, on and off the Field
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. -- When Georgia fullback Shaun Chapas invited Matthew Stafford for a weekend getaway near his hometown of St. Augustine this offseason, he figured the Bulldogs' starting quarterback would have a chance to hang out...
Teachers Have Unique Reunion
Byline: Mark Woods It's the first day of school. The new eighth-graders settle into their seats in Room 11 at James Weldon Johnson Middle School. Their language arts teacher, Mollie Browning, greets them with a big smile and words of encouragement....
Times-Union Super 11
SCOTT BETROS LINEBACKER Bolles Size: 6-2, 235 pounds Bio: Had 71 solo tackles and 51 unassisted stops last year. ... made recorded 25 tackles for loss and three interceptions in last two years. ... Committed to Wake Forest. XAVIER BREWER...
Times-Union Top 10
Byline: Bart Hubbuch Rejoice, college football fans. The offseason is finally over, and the 2007 season begins this week. So who are the best teams in the nation? Bart Hubbuch breaks down the Times-Union sports staff's choices and provides reasons...
TPC Sawgrass Will Host Benefit for Cystic Fibrosis
Byline: GARRY SMITS The sixth annual Moonlight Martinis event, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, now has the weight of the PGA Tour behind it. The Tour and the Florida Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis announced the partnership last week...
TravelLog
TOP 10 WORLD'S BEST HOTELS The best hotels in the world, from Travel + Leisure's readers' poll. 1. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India 2. Singita Sabi Sand/Kruger National Park, South Africa 3. The Oriental, Bangkok 4. Four Seasons Hotel...
T-U 2
YOU GO, TIKI I was disappointed to see the verbal beatdown that Tiki Barber received last week for basically telling the truth about New York Giants quarterback (and former teammate) Eli Manning. This corner, for one, has long since grown tired...
T-YOU; Question of the Week
An Aug. 17 cartoon by Times-Union editorial cartoonist Ed Gamble created a great deal of reaction from readers this week. Here is a sampling of some of those responses. HOW TO COMMENT There are several ways to respond to our Insight question....
Why Cartoon Sparked Discussion across U.S
Byline: Wayne Ezell An editorial cartoon deemed by some to be racist has energized discussions about race, stereotypes and crime while foisting both praise and criticism on the cartoonist and this newspaper. After the Internet sent the cartoon...
Workouts Result in Trimmer Stafford
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. -- Matthew Stafford has a year of experience under his belt, and there's less of Georgia's starting quarterback behind the belt. The 6-foot-3 sophomore reported to camp last summer at 247 pounds, but he is heading...
YOUR SHOULD KNOW: PAUL ARRINGTON; He Helps Firms Secure Government Contracts "The Government Buys ... Everything - from Flowers and Catering to Construction."
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD Working with the government can be a lucrative business, if you know how the procurement process works. Most of the information is available on the Internet, and many people dive into it on their own. But there is face-to-face...