The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 7, 2008

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3 Clay Schools in Top 5 Percent in Newsweek Ranking
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Three Clay County schools were cited in a recent Newsweek ranking of the top 5 percent of 27,000 public high schools in the United States. On the top 1,300 list, Ridgeview was No. 530, Orange Park was No. 1007 and Fleming...
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ACD Teachers Learn IRS Lacks Pay Records; the Six Are Also Short of Social Security Credit for Work in 2006-07
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT On what should have been their last day in the classroom for this school year, some Arlington Country Day School teachers instead spent much of the day visiting the local offices for Social Security/Medicare and the Internal...
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A KNIGHT'S ERRAND; Creekside High School's New Football Coach Has Been Tasked with Building a Team Even before the Contractors Finish Building the School
Byline: Jim Nasella Portable classroom P-28 at Bartram Trail High School is austere and mostly empty. Residing in the white-walled, off white tile-floored former science lab is a desk with a lap top, about eight chairs, a projector screen table,...
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'A Little Place for Your Stuff'; the Way Americans Collect Possessions Is Hard to Understand
Byline: Mark Kaufman My wife and I recently faced the challenging and often emotional act of disposing of her mother's possessions and saying goodbye to her home after she had passed away. You might think that we would be better prepared, having...
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American Cancer Society Volunteer Has Upbeat Attitude
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES "Sometimes I'm so weak, I can't hardly get up." Susan Demers, 68, is in the fight of her life, but she isn't throwing in the towel. In fact, she feels commissioned to encourage others who are in the same battle. "You...
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A.M. Stir
Byline: STEFANIE ZIMMERMAN IN ORDER WHAT'S THE WORD FOR IT? Sequential. That's what today's date is. We here at A.M. Stir tend to be rusty on math/number-related terms. In fact, most of us would agree that math wasn't too bad until they started...
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Another Phone Call with No Human Links
Byline: Jackie Rooney Press "1" to hear this message in English. Beep ... Thank you. Now you must listen to a promotion about the agency you've called, and then we'll take up the rest of the darn morning leading you on a merry keypad-tapping, impersonal...
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Anticipate the Positive; Anticipation Puts Some of the Joy into Our Journeys
Byline: Maria Murphy My kids have begun their end-of-school-year questions. "When are we getting out of school?" "When does vacation start?" "When are we going to Chicago?" "Are we going to fly or drive?" I have been getting that barrage of...
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Arlington Notebook; University Park Library Has a Range of Activities
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Adults can come to an Arlington library this month to learn to defend themselves, while the kids can come in their pajamas to listen to bedtime stories. Those are just some of the activities on tap at the University Park...
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Around Clay; County Introducing Subsidized Childcare
Three Clay County child-care centers will pilot a program in August designed to get more preschoolers ready for kindergarten. Low-income families in Clay County, who are not already on federal assistance programs, may qualify for subsidized childcare...
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As Bait Comes to the Water, Predators Follow
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson As I cleared the jetty and headed on a 90-degree course, I was amazed on how clear the water appeared last Tuesday. The closer I got to the reef the clearer the water became. This is a typical pattern for this time of...
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Augustine Landing Hosts Antique Car Show and Health Fair
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Mandarin's Augustine Landing retirement community hosts its second Antique Car Show and Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 10141 Old St. Augustine Road. The Northeast Florida Antique Car Club will provide historic vehicles,...
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Basketball Free-Throw Champ Will Show You How to Do It
Byline: Christina Swanson What do cows, world records, silver bullets and basketballs have in common? They've played a major role in the life of Southsider Ted St. Martin. Growing up in the Yakima Valley in Selah, Wash., as one of 13 kids, he...
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Beaches' Surfing History Rides a Wave of Interest; Now a Museum Exhibit Features Jacksonville's Pioneers
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Bruce Clelland didn't have much company out on the waves when he began surfing in 1963. Around the Beaches, only a handful of young guys like 17-year-old Clelland practiced the sport that was then rapidly growing in popularity...
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Beaches Voices; Repairing Surfboards Takes Skill, the Right Kit
Byline: Bill Longenecker BillLabs is my semi-serious testing service for items that may enhance beach life. The origin for this edition dates back to 1963. That summer, I enjoyed my first "real" lightweight fiberglass surfboard. Neil Minor worked...
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Bolles School Athletes Sign to Play Sports at Several Colleges
Byline: Wesley Mitchell Students at The Bolles School received several scholarship offers from schools around the nation, with several different sports involved. Baseball's Corey Deighan signed to play at Charleston Southern University. The...
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Business Owners: Short Ferry Hours Hurt; since the Port Authority Took over the Service, the Ferry Closes Earlier in the Evening
Byline: DREW DIXON MAYPORT - So much for lounging casually into the evening for dinner or drinks in Mayport village. That custom has been hampered by the St. Johns River Ferry Service's new reduced hours. Ferry ridership has decreased since...
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Cancer Survivor's Healing Garden Is Ideal Place to Many
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It's tucked a wning and decorated with flowers, plaques and big pink ribbons. Called a Healing Garden, it will be a private oasis of peace for breast cancer survivors shielded by a white fence and owned by a survivor herself....
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Cancer Victim's Art Donation Is Her Legacy to St. Augustine; She's Commissioned a Cast and Hopes to See It in a Museum Courtyard
Byline: KATI BEXLEY ST. AUGUSTINE - When St. Augustine resident Mardee Jenrette found out her breast cancer was incurable, she searched for peace and found it through art. "It gave me inner strength," Jenrette said of Frederick Hart's work The...
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Chatham Says 2 Gas Firms Owe Millions; Southern LNG and BG LNG Services Dispute a $6 Million Back Tax Bill
Byline: ERIC CURL SAVANNAH, Ga. - Two of the world's leading natural gas companies are being ordered to settle at least a $6 million tax tab accrued during the past five years. Chatham County officials say incorrect reporting and confusion over...
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Chipper Is Going Good, Wants More
Byline: Gene Frenette While the focus on Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is about reaching 400 career home runs and hitting above .400 this season, the former Bolles star floated an equally important number -- 40 -- to reporters this...
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Clay Hill Residents Split on Support for Highlands; Newcomers Seem to Be against the New 'Mega-Development,' While Long-Timers Are for It
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Some residents in rural Clay Hill are excited about Highlands, the proposed 5,000-home mega-development proposed next door, because it will bring improved roads, grocery stores, doctors offices and other amenities. Other...
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Coercion Inquiry for Port Official; ACCUSATIONS the Former Employee Says She Was Pressured into Sex and Harassed. SUSPENSION Ron Baker Is on Paid Leave during a Broader FBI Investigation
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA The Jacksonville Port Authority agreed to pay more than $35,000 to a woman who said her boss, Deputy Executive Director Ron Baker, pressured her into a sexual relationship and then harassed her for three years when she ended...
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Comfort Care Canine Has Retirement Party
Byline: Susan Stanton It wasn't your usual retirement party. No fancy dinner, no gold watch and only one short speech thanking people for coming. And there were a lot of people, maybe 50 or more, at Baptist Medical Center-Beaches last month attending...
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Community Notebook; Boy with Cystic Fibrosis Describes Challenges He Faces
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Christopher Moore, 12, of the Westside, was the guest speaker at a recent Cystic Fibrosis Foundation event at the Morocco Shrine Center. Moore spoke to patrons at the kickoff dinner for the foundation's seventh annual...
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Community Notebook; Northside Schools Earn Model Program Honor
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Two Northside schools have been recognized by the American School Counselor Association for providing an "exemplary educational environment," according to a news release. The association has awarded its Recognized ASCA...
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County Football Players Making College Recruiters' Lists
Byline: Brent Beaird May was an important month for college coaches on all levels to evaluate high school football prospects. Several Clay County high school football players are hoping to be offered a college scholarship. Here is a look at some...
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Creeks Baseball Team Ranks among Nation's Best
Byline: Mark Boleky Six years ago, Rusty Melcolm put together a group of 8-year-olds for a traveling baseball team to compete in the Amateur Athletic Union. He learned that to be successful, he needed players that possess talent, an extreme love...
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Crenshaw Legislation Would Help Disabled Families Save; the Plan Would Amend the IRS Code to Allow Tax-Free Accounts
Byline: JEANINE DEBOER With the economy slowing and the cost of necessities rising, many parents are making cutbacks in their households and searching for new ways to save for their futures and their children's. But what if saving money for one...
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Crime Briefs
I-robbed According to police, a Bartram Trail student left her I-pod and cell phone under some clothes in an unlocked locker during her gym class. When she returned to her locker the items were missing. The student was unsure of who stole the items,...
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Difference Maker
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Santiago Cavanagh Santiago Cavanagh grew up in Argentina with the dream of moving to the United States and playing as a professional golfer. He achieved that dream and is now working with The First Tee of St. Johns County...
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Drug Cards in Effect Next Week in St. Johns; Some County Commissioners, Including One Pharmacist, Question the Cards' Value
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL St. Johns County will start offering a free prescription drug card for residents next week, but not all of the county commissioners think the cards will be beneficial. Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson initiated the idea of...
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Emergency Food Pantry Struggles with Higher Food Prices
Byline: DAN SCANLAN More needy clients and less food to give them - that's the dilemma facing Jewish Family and Community Services as summer approaches and prices for basic food items continue to soar. The 91-year-old agency is asking the community...
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Expected Shipping Boom Fuels Plan to Build Warehouse Instead
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - An expected boom in rail shipping from terminals at the Port of Jacksonville has spurred a developer to ask Nassau County to let him change an approved plan for a 350-home subdivision to an 800,000-square-foot warehouse...
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Fernandina Beach Starts Search for a New Fire Chief; Leeper Was Required to Resign to Run for County Commission
Byline: KEVIN TURNER FERNANDINA BEACH - City Manager Michael Czymbor said Wednesday he'll launch a thorough effort to replace Fire Chief Danny Leeper, who resigned Tuesday. "I haven't made my plan specifically, but with any succession plan, you...
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Fernandina Briefs
CITY RECEIVES $48,000 GRANT FOR AMELIA ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Fernandina Beach has received a $48,000 grant for the second phase of restoration work for the historic Amelia Island Lighthouse. The grant from the Florida Department of State, Division...
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First Christian Church Plans Patriotic Event, Summer Cookout
Byline: Rhonda Reese First Christian Church, 11924 San Jose Blvd., will hold a patriotic celebration on Sunday, June 29. This special Sunday will include music, communion and prayer. After the service, individuals will gather for a summer cookout...
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GOLF ROUNDUP; Ochoa Grabs LPGA Lead
Lorena Ochoa had 17 good chances at birdie Friday and made enough of them for her lowest round ever in the LPGA Championship in Havre de Grace, Md., a 7-under 65 that gave her a one-shot lead in her quest for a third consecutive major title. "It...
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High School Sports Withstand Cuts in School District's Budget
Byline: BRAD GOLDBACH High school sports programs in Jacksonville shouldn't have to worry about diminishing funding due to upcoming statewide education budget cuts, according to officials from several schools across the city. Budget cuts haven't...
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Hurricane Safety: Seek Shelter before the Storm
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Hurricane season officially began this week. It is important to know in advance what to do, and where to go, in the event a hurricane threatens St. Johns County. According to the St. Johns County Department of Emergency Management,...
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Impact Fee Holiday Proposal Needs Re-Thinking
The proposed impact fee holiday is a little like a freshly picked lemon - beautiful on the outside but not so good on the inside. Nassau County could "jump start" its struggling construction industry, some officials say, by not collecting the fee...
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Inkworthy
- Two Fleming Island High School seniors won awards for outstanding musical performance from the Friday Musicale Inc. of Jacksonville - Katherine Polk, a soprano who will attend Stetson University, and Keith Griffis, French horn player who studied...
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In the Military
Army Pvt. Kerri L. Clayton has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of Nancy Page and sister of Marie Bain, both of Middleburg. Air Force Airman Jeremy M. Paradise has completed basic military training at...
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Jags Take Minicamp Easy; They Start in June, Not May, to Limit Injuries and Help the Rookies Adjust
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT While not exactly cutting edge, what the Jaguars are doing at minicamp is experimental compared with the rest of the NFL. Of the league's 32 franchises, only the Jaguars and Denver Broncos aren't rushing rookies into...
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JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Sensabaugh Says Sorry
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Jaguars safety Gerald Sensabaugh apologized Friday for his May 30 reckless-driving arrest and denied allegations made in a police report detailing the incident. Sensabaugh was arrested in Kingsport, Tenn., for allegedly...
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Jail Teacher Won't Be Rehired; She Denies Having a Relationship with a Teenage Inmate
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER A teacher who taught youths at the Duval County jail will not be rehired following allegations that she had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old inmate, school officials said Friday. Amy Meyer, 34, has not been charged...
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JEA Fee Will Pay Double to City in '09; the Fee Won't Change, but It's Based on Rising Rates and Is Expected to Bring in $39.3 Million Next Year
Byline: DAVID HUNT Higher JEA electric bills will help generate almost $40 million for Jacksonville's treasury next year, but it's not enough to bridge a gap forming between expenses and revenue. Part of the reason is the city is expecting its...
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Kim Alexis Works with Models Again; but the Former Supermodel's TV Show Focuses on Those over 35 Trying to Make It Big
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Although former supermodel Kim Alexis has been out of the modeling business for years, she has a new television show that focuses on women who are trying to make it in the industry - with a twist. They...
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Lack of Candidates Leads to Lack of Election
Byline: MAC MITCHELL The Julington Creek Plantation Property Owner's Association would have held it's election for directors on June 5. But this year there were five open seats on the board and five Julington Creek residents on the ballot so no...
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Larry Bray Memorial Golf Tournament Will Be Sunday
Byline: Brian Kosoy Beaches-area weekend warriors will have plenty of choices over the next month with golf tournaments, fishing tournaments and a triathlon coming up. Here are this week's highlights: - This weekend: The Larry Bray Memorial Golf...
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Law & Disorder
ARSON SUSPECT APPREHENDED A 19-year-old Jacksonville man was caught trying to set fire to an Orange Park vacuum cleaner business around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Aaron Richardson of Marsala Lane was arrested and charged with burglary and arson. According...
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Leaders Go to 'Jail' for MDA
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES About 150 Mandarin community leaders were locked up or placed on house arrest recently for a good cause - to raise money to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc. in its efforts to do away with neuromuscular diseases...
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Mandarin Resident Studies Coral Reefs in Fla. Keys
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Brad Bullington, 24, a University of North Florida senior and Mandarin resident, isn't a novice when it comes to working long hours on a research project. In fact, it was his enthusiasm, hard work and passion for coral...
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Man Found on Top of Stabbing Victim Covered in Blood
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 48-year-old man was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after police found him on top of the victim, who was covered with blood and had three stab wounds in the stomach. The victim was taken...
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Man on Stolen Bicycle Shows a Gun, Rides Off
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A 25-year-old Mandarin woman said she saw a man riding her stolen bicycle on Old Kings Road South on May 28, and he refused to give it back when she confronted him. When she demanded its return, he showed a gun and rode off....
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Marina May Sue over Permit; Beach Marine Wants an Outdoor Sound Permit Issued by Jacksonville Beach
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Beach Marine threatened this week to sue the city if it didn't stop "stonewalling" and issue an outdoor sound permit for the site on the Intracoastal Waterway. The dispute harkens back to a years-old...
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Medicare Premiums for Drugs Up 16%; Three of the Top 10 Prescription Plans Increased by More Than 50 Percent over 2007
Byline: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON - As if escalating prices for food and gas weren't enough of a worry, most seniors in Medicare's prescription program are paying considerably higher monthly premiums for coverage this year, according to...
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Morning Briefs
SENATORS INTERVENE OVER CSX PROXY FIGHT A group of six U.S. senators, including Mel Martinez, R-Fla., sent a letter this week to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, seeking a review of the proxy fight at CSX Corp. Two foreign investment companies,...
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MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK; Kahne Is Fastest in Pocono Qualifying
Byline: DON COBLE Kasey Kahne had three things working in his favor during Friday's pole qualifying for the Pocono 500: a fast car, a strong engine and a good attitude. Practice and time trails always have been fun for Kahne, and he said that...
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Narcotics Officer Fought Drug War on 2 Fronts; PERSONAL TOUCH He Realized Tough Love Was the Answer as Crack Enslaved His Sister
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY At work, John Hartley saw the inside of Jacksonville's crack houses. The soiled mattresses, the crumpled condoms, the roaches crawling where addicts crashed after sucking vapors from flaming crack pipes into their lungs....
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NCAA BASEBALL SUPER REGIONAL: GEORGIA 11, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 4; Holder, Bulldogs on Brink of CWS the Florida Marlins' Draft Pick Pitches 8 2/3 Solid Innings in Win
Byline: JENNIER IANNONE ATHENS, Ga. -- Throughout this season, Georgia has been taking the necessary steps toward Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs had five consecutive Southeastern Conference series wins after playing a difficult non-conference schedule....
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NCAA BASEBALL SUPER REGIONAL: WICHITA STATE 10, FLORIDA STATE 7; Sunken Seminoles Back on the Brink FSU Needs to Win Two against Wichita State to Again Avoid Elimination
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- An unsettling start and a finish that came up short in Friday's NCAA Super Regional opener put the Florida State baseball team in a familiar spot for the second consecutive week. Wichita State turned welts and...
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New CSX Plan Will Increase Traffic Congestion on A1A
Byline: Phillip. M. Florida A1A, the only east-west road in Nassau County, is overcapacity between Amelia Island and Interstate 95 and we lack adequate funding to improve the road. Intense discussion in the community and in our local papers has...
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New Fire Station 59 to Take the Heat off Busy Station 50
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND For four years, 94-year-old Max Booke has been lobbying for a new fire station in a rapidly growing area of Southeast Jacksonville. On Tuesday, his face beaming, he sat with several hundred residents of the adjacent Cypress...
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New School Book Drive Considered a Success
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Books and bucks - not a bad combination. This week a not-for-profit group helped collect more than 2,500 books and $1,600 for the new Liberty Pines Academy media center. On June 1 EveryDay Heroes, a local not-for-profit organization,...
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Night of Memories for West Nassau Grads; Seniors Remember Good Times ... and Those Who Weren't There
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER JACKSONVILLE - For a few moments Monday night, the cheering audience at the University of North Florida's arena fell silent as Principal Ron Booker explained to those attending West Nassau High's graduation why, in a sea of...
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No Fireflies for Firefly Night, but Evening Was Still a Treat
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The spots of luminescent green flickered in the dark depths of Walter Jones Historical Park, followed by giggling children. But the flitting glimpses of light weren't nocturnal Lampyridae, (fireflies, in our native tongue)...
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Notes
BLUEBERRIES PICK YOUR OWN AT A LOCAL FARM Growers at "u-pick" blueberry farms have an assortment of varieties that ripen at different times between now and the first part of July. Call for directions and to confirm hours of operation. Most farms...
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Nutrient Shortage Can 'Rot' Tomatoes
Byline: PAULA LAMB I have planted several tomato plants in 3-gallon containers, using Black Kow and Miracle-Gro potting soil. The leaves look healthy, but on some, the bottom end of the tomato is starting to rot. What is wrong? As we are in the...
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Parents Stall Gang-Rape Investigation; Teen Witnesses Kept from Police
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Efforts by Neptune Beach police to investigate a teen's allegation of being gang raped after a high school drinking party were thwarted Friday by the parents of partygoers who kept their children away from police after contacting...
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Pleasing Hunters Is Hard Target; Small Retailers Also Have Issues with Likely Changes to Licensing
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - State officials are working with a Missouri-based company to ensure that most retailers currently selling state hunting and fishing licenses aren't cut out when the Department of Natural Resources changes its system....
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Police Briefs; Man Exposes Himself to Woman, Kids, Complaint Says
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A man on a motorcycle exposed himself to a woman in front of three children about 6 p.m. May 29 in the 1000 block of Cornell Lane. The man parked...
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Police Briefs; Man Hit by Truck, and It May Have Been on Purpose
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY A man who tried to avoid a collision last week on the Westside was instead run over by a truck whose driver may have deliberately hit him, police were told. The victim, a 25-year-old Westside man, underwent surgery at...
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Police Briefs; Woman Robbed While Trying to Make Bank Deposit
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 24-year-old employee of the Shell station on Baymeadows Road was robbed at 2 p.m. Sunday while trying to make a $4,998 deposit. The woman told police she left the station and drove to the Bank of America at 9225 Baymeadows...
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Police Brief; Women Arrested in Undercover Sting
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY An undercover sting by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office vice unit resulted in the arrest of at least 10 women on the Northside and in Springfield on prostitution charges, according to police reports. Seven of the women...
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Police Union: More Years, More Pay
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - To help keep experienced police officers in the department, a union will ask the City Council next week to consider a 6 percent pay boost for officers who have six or more years of service. Fraternal...
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Professor Pays E-Mail Tribute to Peace Activist
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg University of North Florida Professor John W. Frank paid tribute via e-mail this week to Peg McIntire, a great lady and peace activist who died May 29 at age 97 at her home in St. Augustine. "Peg was a light to many...
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PUBLIC RECORDS; Falling Prices
Good news for public records seekers at the Sheriff's Office: copying fees for reports are dropping to where they should have been decades ago. The Sheriff's Office is lowering its fees for police reports and general offense reports from $3 a report...
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Realtors PAC Will Keep on Giving; despite a Recent Fine, Members Will Continue Political Race Donations
Byline: JAKE ARMSTRONG ATLANTA - Penance came at a record high price for the political arm of the Georgia Association of Realtors. But fallout from the $80,000 fine levied against Realtors Political Action Committee by state ethics watchdogs...
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Rhythmic Gymnastic Competitors Qualify for Junior Olympics
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The Arlington Rhythmic Gymnastic Club, which recently was cleared for national competition, qualified for the Junior Olympics Levels 4-6, which are being held through today. The Level 4 gymnastics team had gymnasts place...
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Robert F. Kennedy Gave Us Hope That Poverty Would Be Addressed
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE It was a year when fate kept catching up to hope. A year when motels became morgues. In April of 1968 Martin Luther King Jr., after leading a movement that, among other things, reduced white and colored water cooler...
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SAVVY SOLUTIONS; Small Changes Bring Big Benefits, Savings Consumers Find Many Perks While Adjusting to the Weak Economy
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Jeff Hohlstein was about to get into the car as he always did for a trip to the grocery store when he looked at his bicycle and thought to himself, "Why not?" The record-high price of gas spurred him to spurn his usual...
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Skaters Finish Rained-Out Spring Fling
Byline: Lucas Milano As we told you previously, Kona Skatepark's Spring Fling was rained out and had to be finished May 24. It started out with the 13-and-up division, which had three heats. In case you didn't know, that is a ton of kids. Tricks...
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Some Election Advice, Even If You Don't Want It
Byline: Lamar Thames The 2008 primary election is shaping up to be very interesting in Clay County. Intrigue, mystery and chutzpah abound and things surely will get more exciting as Aug. 26 nears. Intrigue - How will the two at-large races...
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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: CAROLINA 10, JACKSONVILLE 7; Mudcats Start Series with Comeback Win the Suns Waste a 6-3 Lead on the Road and Fall Five Games under .500
ZEBULON, N.C. -- Kris Harvey hit an RBI double to tie the score in the sixth inning, then scored on a wild pitch to help the Carolina Mudcats rally from a three-run deficit and defeat the Suns 10-7 in a Southern League series opener Friday night. ...
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Southside Notebook; It's Your Shopper Alert: 4 More Stores Open in St. Johns Town Center
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Four new stores have recently opened in St. Johns Town Center's second phase. Of the four, Lacoste and True Religion are new to the Jacksonville market, according to a news release. Lacoste offers clothing for women,...
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Sports Briefs
BEL-MED SIGN-UPS Bel-Med Athletic Association is having registration for the 2008 Pop Warner Little Scholars football season at 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays at 445 Woodside Drive. Call 264-1910 or go to Bel-med.com. Registration...
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Suspect Found in 2005 Murder; His DNA Was Found in the State Database from a 2006 Burglary Arrest
DNA evidence taken from a shooting victim's pockets helped Jacksonville police bust open his cold-case homicide from three years ago. Jerry Alto Smith, 19, of Jacksonville, was arrested Thursday in the slaying and armed robbery of 79-year-old Cuban...
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The First Tee Offers Opportunity to Play in Golfing Events
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The First Tee of Jacksonville offers youths a chance to participate in golf-related events around town. It offers golf lessons and has a redesigned nine-hole golf course open from 7 a.m. to dusk seven days a week. The...
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The 'Greening of Grande Oaks' Becoming Reality in Arlington; the Neighborhood of Townhomes Is Spruced Up by the Community
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND At one time, the upscale townhomes, with their distinguishing turrets, exposed beams, flower boxes, center courtyards and arched doorways, were known as the French Quarter and the Spanish Quarter. They're even near a...
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Their Mission of Mercy to Secretive Land; A Couple Goes to Myanmar to Meet the Parents of Refugees
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY The Rev. Steve Thompson and Crown Point Baptist Church in Jacksonville have been ministering to refugees from Myanmar for about seven years. The work of Thompson, his wife, Gloria, and the congregation includes helping members...
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There's Plenty for Kids to Do This Summer at Library
The Jacksonville Public Library offers a "Whole Wide World" of reading for kids and teens to discover this summer. In June and July, the library will host summer reading opportunities and special programs. Duval County residents 12-18 years old...
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Think Green: Save Water by Building a Rain Barrel
Byline: Beverly Fleming More than 100. That is the number of rain barrels residents of St Johns County have made and added to their yards and gardens in recent months. The University of Florida Extension Service held its third barrel making class...
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Thinking out of the Box; Volvo Throws Us a Curve with V70
Byline: DAN SCANLAN I never thought I'd say this about a Volvo station wagon. But the third-generation V70 3.2 is sleek, with gentle curves and a beautiful look as the sun shines on its Seashell Metallic silver skin. It's about as sensuous...
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Times-Union Staff Wins 16 State Awards; HONORED BY PEERS Two of Five First Prizes Recognized Sunshine Law Violation Coverage
LAKE BUENA VISTA - The Times-Union picked up 16 awards Friday, including five first-place honors, at the 2008 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors convention. The newspaper also won three second-place and eight third-place awards in the society's...
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Tom and Betty's Team in Softball Is Made Up of Their 'Loyal Regulars'
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The city offers many softball leagues around town, and one is off 118th Street at Ringhaver Park. Tom and Betty's, a popular Westside restaurant at Roosevelt Square, sponsors a men's softball team at Ringhaver. "They are...
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Trip to the Keys Can Be Called an Adventure
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy I watch colorful fish swim beneath my feet, then a sea turtle slowly paddles into view. Later that day, sea spray splashes my face as I drive a jet ski with two teenage passengers in tow. During a snorkeling trip off...
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A BAD TRADE? FOR WHOM? From the Los Angeles Times In debunking Celtics-Lakers rivalry myths, New England native Bill Simmons of ESPN magazine took the NBA to task about the Pau Gasol transaction: "Jerry West's old team [Memphis] gift-wrapped...
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T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Out-of-Control Kids the Result of Lack of Parental Responsibility?
It is time to stop making excuses for our children. I am tired of people saying "kids will be kids" and not taking responsibility for what their children do. Destruction of property, hanging out, getting into fights with other groups because they didn't...
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'Universal Sisters' Brings Focus on Healthy Living
Byline: CRISTIN WILSON With her daughter behind her, Audrey Stripling took her time looking at brochures, sampling test items and especially anything having to do with diabetes. "I wanted to get as much information as I can about trying to improve...
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