The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 12, 2007

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350 Dictionaries Going to Elementary Schools; They Are Gifts of the Riverside Rotary Club to Help Literacy
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND What's in a word? Students at four Westside elementary schools will be able to say, thanks to the Riverside Rotary Club. The club is donating 350 dictionaries to third-graders at Fishweir, Stockton, Ortega and Venetia...
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5 Arrested on Arson Charges; They Are Accused of Torching a Car That Was in the Middle of a Suspicious Wildfire May 4
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Arson investigators have charged five people in Brantley County, an 18-year-old, two 17-year-olds and two teenage boys, with setting fire to a car that burned last week near the site of a suspicious wildfire. An abandoned...
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Ames Not True, Misses the Cut; the Defending Champ Makes an Early Exit after Two Tough Rounds
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO There won't be a repeat winner at The Players Championship this year. Defending champion Stephen Ames shot a second-round 79 for a 156 total and missed the cut by seven strokes Friday at the TPC Sawgrass Players Satdium...
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A.M.Stir
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT and TOM SZAROLETA NAME GAME ROLL CREDITS Match the celebrity mom with her celebrity child. Note: These are real-life relationships. MOTHERS 1. Blythe Danner 2. Diana Ross 3. Patty Duke 4. Jayne...
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And Now, Here Comes the Sun
Byline: Amelia Hart I admit I'm biased, but I've always thought Nassau Neighbors was a terrific name for a community newspaper. When the Nassau Neighbors started seven years ago, it was the new kid on the block, eager to jump in with both feet...
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And the Fight Continues ... Hundreds Evacuate Their Homes as Fires Threaten I-10
Byline: ADAM AASEN After four days of fires burning through Columbia County, about 540 homes were evacuated Friday in Lake City, officials said. The Bugaboo Scrub Fire, which is 3 miles east of U.S. 411 and 6 miles north of Interstate 10, has...
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Anglicans, Presbyterians Sharing Sanctuary
Byline: JOHN CARTER Was it a match made in heaven? They like to think so. Two congregations have begun sharing a sanctuary, fellowship hall and educational building in Arlington. In September, the congregation of St. Barnabas Anglican Church...
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Antique Autos on Display
Byline: Dan Scanlan Puttering four-bangers and snarling Hemi V-8s were on view at the North Florida Region Antique Automobile Club of America's annual car show May 5 at the Morocco Temple at 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road S. Joining with the Cruisin'...
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A POLITICAL REFUGEE'S LIFE IN U.S. Janu N-Hpan Fled Burma in Her Search for Real Freedom
Byline: KELLIE CONBOY Journalism students at the University of North Florida recently interviewed immigrants to Jacksonville to illustrate the area's growing diversity. Look for more of their stories in Wednesday's My Westside Sun. Janu N-Hpan...
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Argyle Residents Opens Up Care Center for Adults
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Paula Mills, who admits to being an overprotective mother hen, is opening an adult day care center in her Argyle home. "Currently, there are no centers in that area," said Patsy Costa, adult day care director at the Clay...
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Around Clay County
THREE HABITAT HOMES COMPLETED Clay County's Habitat for Humanity recently celebrated the completion of three homes on Forbes Street in Green Cove Springs. Navy Patrol Squadron 30 of Jacksonville Naval Air Station provided more than 200 volunteers...
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Beaches Business; Safe Boating Saturdays Start Today
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer four Safe Boating Saturdays, beginning today, that are intended to keep people safe on the water. The sessions are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, June 2 and 23 and July 21 at the Captain's Club...
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Beach Shorts
REGISTER FOR FIRSTCALL Beaches residents are encouraged to register for the FirstCall phone system that will notify them of hurricane evacuations, missing children, crime alerts and other emergencies. FirstCall Interactive Network, which was...
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Behind Every Youth Baseball Team Is a Team Mom; Hey Now, Mom's an All-Star ... and She's Got Game Every Weekend
Byline: terry brown A boo-boo and tears aren't always a baseball coach's forte. They're usually more accustomed to throwing, catching and batting. However, when tears ensue the coaches are usually relieved to know that waiting in the dugout is...
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Biffle: New Car, Uncertainty a Test for Roush Racing
Greg Biffle has won the last two races at the Darlington Raceway, but he returns for tonight's Dodge Avenger 500 in NASCAR's new Car of Tomorrow. Biffle talked about the new car as well as his future with Roush Fenway Racing during a break in Monday's...
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Bolles Crew Captures Gold and Bronze Medals at State
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Stroke - stroke - stroke, followed by some bronze and gold - that's what the Bolles School's crew brought home from the 42nd annual Florida Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship Regatta, held April 28-29 in Tampa....
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Car of Tomorrow Works for Them; Hendrick Puts COT Domination on Line at Darlington
Byline: DON COBLE Jimmie Johnson has seen the results - often firsthand - and he's heard the complaints. And with another Car of Tomorrow race coming up tonight at the Darlington Raceway, there's a strong likelihood his Hendrick Motorsports team...
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Car, Team Too Tough to Tame
Byline: don coble Jimmie Johns has seen the results and he's heard the complaints. And with another Car of Tomorrow race coming up tonight at the Darlington Raceway, there's a strong likelihood his Hendrick Motorsports team will continue its domination....
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Children's Artwork Being Displayed
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Early summer fun comes to the Jewish Community Alliance this month at the alliance campus, 8505 San Jose Blvd. Artwork created by children in the alliance's Early Childhood Education programs is on display now through Thursday,...
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Christ Church Signals Families and Youth; Fleming Island's Newest Church Opens with Festival; First Services Are Sunday
Byline: CHANEL MARTIN After frequent moves and many months of waiting, Christ's Church Fleming Island opened with a "community connection event" last Sunday. The free event came complete with several inflatable play areas and slides, a dunk tank,...
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Citizens Planning, Advisory Panel Takes Its Area Tour
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The bus hit its first dose of heavy traffic seconds after leaving the JTA Park 'n Ride at Philips Highway and Butler Boulevard at lunchtime May 4. For the next three hours, traffic was visible through the big windshield as...
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Clay Behavorial Hosts Mental Health Forums; Va. Tech Situation Needed 'Network on the Forefront,' Says Medical Team Manager
Byline: MARY MARAGHY The Virginia Tech shooting may have been prevented had more people reported the suspect's unnerving behavior to authorities. "It all came after the fact. There was no network on the forefront," said Daphne Hayes, medical...
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Clinic Serves Dental Needs of Homeless Children; the New Service Is Available at the I.M. Sulzbacher Center
Byline: LAUREL WRIGHT Ashley Cox wiped tears from her eyes after the dentist told her she might have to get a tooth pulled. Her first-ever visit to the dentist wasn't starting off the way she thought it would. After discussing the tooth with...
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Club's Incentives Keep Kids Running
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Most kids love to run, but to ensure that they keep it up, the Florida Striders Running Club provides large and small incentives designed to keep little legs moving and keep childhood obesity at bay. Two of the club's newest...
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Coast Lines
BRUNSWICK PARK ENTRY TO BE CLOSED FOR LEAD SEARCH Harold Jennings Way, the short entrance to an exercise area at Brunswick's Howard Coffin Park, will be closed Monday morning while the city tries to determine the source of some lead contamination,...
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COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP; Seminoles Clinch Atlantic Division
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - On his third try, Florida State senior right-hander Bryan Henry finally got it right at the expense of Clemson. Limiting the Tigers to one run on eight hits, Henry (13-0) helped the Seminoles seal the ACC Atlantic...
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Commission to Hear Concerns about Ferncreek Connector
Byline: mark pettus Ferncreek Drive in StoneHurst Plantation now dead-ends into a cul-de-sac, but a planned connection with County Road 2209 may soon transform it into a heavily travelled thoroughfare. While most StoneHurst residents are ready...
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Condo Complex Clears a Hurdle, but Some Officials Still Oppose It
Byline: DREW DIXON Even though the Jacksonville City Council approved a 600-unit condominium complex to be built at the Moody shipyards site along the Intracoastal Waterway, some Beaches officials said this week they'll keep opposing the project....
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County Ends Child Welfare Agency; Managing Family Matters Was a Problem Because of Confidentiality Regulations
Byline: MARY HURST Nassau County will dismantle Family Matters, the county department formed four years ago to handle foster care and adoption services here. The County Commission voted 3-2 to terminate its contract with the Florida Department...
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Damage from Beach Erosion Is Worsening; Some Ponte Vedra Residents Are Thinking about Beach Renourishment Efforts
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL Residents in South Ponte Vedra Beach will ask St. Johns County officials for help this month as erosion on their section of beach gets worse, threatening several homes. Homeowner Tom Turnage and several others plan to seek...
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Dealing with Our Drought-Stressed Landscapes; Here Are Watering Tips to Help Plants along until Normal Rainfall Resumes
Byline: TERRY BRITE DELVALLE A few lucky plants along the coast received much needed rain Sunday, but the storms did not reach most Jacksonville landscapes until mid week. Rain is long overdue, and landscapes are suffering the consequences. Low...
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Difference Makers; Lou Negron
Byline: terry brown After lifting both arms skyward to ask for quiet on the first tee at The Players Championship, Lou Negron admits he enjoys rubbing elbows with the world's greatest golfers. Fortunately he's had several opportunities to do both...
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Don't Give Public the Crumbs in Administrator Interviews
The people of St. Johns County are hailed as the boss these days at the St. Johns County Commission. But the boss is getting the shaft in the county's interview process for a new county administrator. The process for interviewing the five finalists...
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Education Is Key; Retired Insurance Executive Stresses School to Students
Byline: PATTI LEVINE-BROWN Education is the key to being able to achieve your goals in life, retired Blue Cross-Blue Shield executive George Cassady told a group of scholarship winners. "You need to have a desire to do something and seek out...
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Ex-Champions Miss the Cut; Tiger Survives, but Funk and Ames among Those Who Will Miss Weekend
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Tiger Woods figured he needed to at least par No. 18 on Friday evening or find something else to do this weekend. The 2001 Players Championship winner got his par - thanks to a chip to 2 feet - to finish at 4-over after...
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Fans Find a Little Digital Assistance; Up-to-Date Scores and More Are Available on myLeaderboard's PDA
Byline: FRANCINE KING Fans can be settled into their favorite shady spot at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, watching some of the world's best golfers go to work, and from two holes away, hear a loud roar. They want to know right away...
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Fire, Erosion Big Worries for Nassau; Emergency Management Officials Urge Residents to Keep an Eye out for Smoke
Byline: MARY HURST Nassau County residents are urged to be fire-spotters this weekend, looking out for and immediately reporting any plumes of smoke by calling 911, as a hazardous weather outlook continues through Sunday. Nassau County's Emergency...
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Follow the Players in Our Online Journal Reports
Byline: JONATHAN BENNETT Visit jacksonville.com, keyword: players journal to see what's the latest with The Players or to submit your own memories from the championship! The Players Championship Journal covers the tournament from a community perspective....
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For Tennis Pros, Eagles Harbor Hospitality Is Sweet Arrangement
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Five years ago, it started out as an altruistic endeavor. Eagle Harbor tennis fans would open their homes to provide free lodging to the young professional tennis players who came to participate in the Garber Automall Men's...
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Furyk Flustered by Round of Par; He's Disappointed by His Late Woes, but Also Says He Did "A Lot Right."
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Jim Furyk doesn't have to cross any bridges Friday to get home from The Players Championship, but even if the Ponte Vedra Beach resident did, don't worry. Despite ending his second round in disastrous fashion - the second...
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Give Me Five
oh, momma, what a day! Tomorrow is Mother's Day, and all across America children of all ages will be giving mothers tokens of their love and appreciation. For the past week kids everywhere have been busy at school making plaster of Paris hand-prints,...
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Golfers Go Aggressive on More Passive 17th; the Island Green Proves Easier to Reach after the Swirling Winds Cease
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER The 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course acted like a sea monster Thursday, gobbling up golf balls and frustrating the world's best golfers. Friday, it was just slightly scarier than a rubber ducky. ...
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Green Flag; News and Notes
Byline: Don Coble Jarrett crew chief fired; he's the 10th to go in 5 years Matt Borland joined a growing fraternity last week: A former crew chief for Dale Jarrett. Borland was replaced on Jarrett's No. 44 Toyota last week, becoming the 10th...
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He's Been Volunteering 10 Years at the Tournament for Fletcher
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Every year, for the past 10 years, Roland Cole has come from his home near Seattle to attend The Players Championship. He doesn't see much golf, however. Sometimes he catches glimpses of the world's...
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Home & Garden
HAPPENING TODAY CALM PLACES Create a peaceful oasis in your own backyard. Learn how during a "Sanctuary Garden" workshop at 10 a.m. today. Landscape designer James Loper will offer advice at the free event at Reflections of Nature Garden Center,...
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How First-Timers Fared
How the 26 golfers making their Players Championship debut fared after the second round: MADE CUT PLAYER******FROM*********R1***R2***SCORE COMMENT Ken Duke******Palm City******76***72***148 (+4) Hit 13 of 14 fairways in the second round....
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In the Courts
-- A man accused of throwing a kitten into a pack of dogs has been sentenced to six months in jail. Originally charged with a felony, James Jared Rutland pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty. In what may have been a squabble between neighbors,...
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In the News
SEND SOME THIS WAY MISSOURIANS STRUGGLE WITH FLOODWATERS Levee breaks along the Missouri River flooded homes, farms, highways and railroad tracks as floodwaters that have inundated the region were expected to peak in some spots this weekend....
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It's the Day to Remember Mom, but Dad Grabs Our Thoughts, Too
Byline: Jackie Rooney Sunday will be my first Mother's Day without my mother, and I'm very sad. When she passed away in January, it left a huge hole in my life. Mothers aren't supposed to die. They're charged with living forever; in many ways, my...
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Jury Convicts Teen in Murder; Corey Odol, 17, Was One of Three Youths Charged in a Man's Torture and Death
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A Jacksonville teenager was convicted Friday in the stabbing death of a man whose body was set on fire inside a trailer rented by a 15-year-old drug dealer. Corey J. Odol, 17, was one of three youths charged with torturing...
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Late Magic Lifts Lefty; Eagle on No. 16 Saves the Day for Erratic Mickelson
Byline: GARRY SMITS Phil Mickelson was knocking the ball all over the lot Friday, making bogeys and in general losing whatever control he had of The Players Championship. Then came the beauty of watching golf's Philly Phanatic. After missing...
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Lonard: No Thrill with Third; the Australian Briefly Led until He Misfired for Two Double-Bogeys
Byline: BART HUBBUCH A positive person would look at Peter Lonard's two-day run up The Players Championship leaderboard this week and say the future looks bright for the 39-year-old Australian. Too bad Lonard isn't one of those people. "If...
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Missing Traffic Data a Problem for Jacksonville Beach
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - While Florida A1A seems increasingly crowded with vehicles, most traffic counts on that and other state roads through the city fell between 2005 and 2006 counts, according to the Florida Department of...
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Mom
They give you life, love, and advice, whether you want it or not. They make you clean up your room and clean up your act. They want the best for you, and no matter what, they back up your hopes and dreams. Of course we're talking about Mom May 13 is...
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Moms Need Financial Footing
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis This Mother's Day, my wish for every mother and her family is economic security. Many mothers outlive their husbands. Some mothers divorce. Some separate from their spouses. Some remain single throughout their lives....
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Morning Briefs
COVENTRY FIRST TARGETED FOR VIOLATING INSURANCE CODE Coventry First LLC has been accused by state regulators of allegedly violating the Florida Insurance Code and for "engaging in fraudulent or dishonest practices." Fort Washington, Pa.-based...
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Nassau Notes
GRANT REQUESTS TO BE REVIEWED MAY 14 The Grants Committee of the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Suite 101G, Fernandina...
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NBC Takes Baton in Players Coverage
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Now that the Golf Channel has completed two days of Players Championship coverage, NBC will take over televising the tournament today and Sunday in Ponte Vedra Beach with features including high definition, fewer commercials...
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Nearly 500 Celebrate 'The Artist as Community Visionary'
They were honored recently for having their art in the right place. And their hearts as well. Nearly 500 people gathered recently to celebrate three local arts supporters and celebrate the theme "The Artist as Community Visionary" at the 31st...
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New at UGa? Yes, You'll Get Tickets; There Was No Guarantee That Freshman Would Get into Football Games
Byline: JOHN KALTEFLEITER Tucker Brown is days away from graduating from the University of Georgia, but he still remembers his freshman year when scores of first-year students arrived on campus in the fall expecting tickets to Bulldogs home games...
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No Quit in Hoffman after Disastrous Start
Byline: Gene Frenette What everyone first notices is the scraggly blonde hair, which fits perfectly with Charley Hoffman's free-spirited personality. The PGA Tour doesn't spawn many characters like this laid-back southern California surfer, who...
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NOTEBOOK; Players Holing out a Whole Lot
Byline: GARRY SMITS Hunter Mahan's historic double-eagle at the par-5 11th hole at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course on Friday was the best shot so far in The Players Championship. But it hasn't been the only hole-out. Far from it. In the...
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'Now or Never' for UGa Baseball Team
Byline: JON PAGE ATHENS, Ga. - Matt Olson doesn't need to study the Southeastern Conference standings with a statistician's eye for detail. Calculating the possible scenarios that could grant Georgia entry into the SEC Tournament is unnecessary....
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Olazabal Not Ready to Go Home Just Yet; the Spaniard Rebounds from His First-Round 78 to Shoot a 6-Under 66
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO When Jose Maria Olazabal bogeyed his first hole Friday to go to 7-over par at The Players Championship, the two-time Masters champion started dreading the long flight back home to Spain. "It [making the cut] didn't look...
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OPINION NUGGETS; Idea Shortage
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, a thoughtful man and a former candidate for president, has hit the media circuit recently to promote a book, The New American Story. Bradley is seeking to deliver a constructive approach about the nation's huge challenges....
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Overpass at Kernan, Atlantic Is Still in Plan
Byline: DREW DIXON Plans for an overpass at Atlantic and Kernan boulevards will remain intact, much to the delight of Beaches officials who said that without an overpass, traffic backups would continue to grow at the busy intersection. On Tuesday,...
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Page2People
JUDGE GIVES GIBSON THUMBS UP IN HIS FIGHT AGAINST ALCOHOLISM A Malibu, Calif., judge praised Mel Gibson on Friday for maintaining his court-ordered treatment for alcoholism following his drunken-driving arrest last July. "I truly believe the rehabilitation...
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Pastor Charged in Sex Assault; He Is Accused of Raping a Teen Girl He Was Supposed to Help
Byline: DAVID HUNT A Clay County church pastor faces charges of sexually assaulting a teenager, first forcing her to have sex when he stopped by her family's house to help her cope with her father's illness. Fritzner Jean, 35, pastor of First...
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Pastor Hopes to Get Area Churches Working Together
Byline: MARY MARAGHY As a new pastor in town, the Rev. Eric Jaffe sent letters to 50 Clay County pastors asking about specific needs of the community and how his congregation could best fill in a gap. "I got one reply," said Jaffe, who decided...
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Pay More Attention to Mom Than Fuel
Byline: Lamar Thames I have always been fascinated by the attention that gas prices receive. Mind you, I pay a lot of attention to them as well, maybe even an exorbitant amount. I don't like to see prices rise by three and four cents per gallon...
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Players Tournament's Features Keep Fans Right in the Action; "I Haven't Seen Anything Done to This Extent for the Fans," One Fan Says
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Even though some early rain kept fans huddled under umbrellas at The Players Championship, many found the tournament fan enhancements a bright spot in their experience. By 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, 488 visitors...
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Police Briefs; Police: Woman with Pot Is Charged
The following is a compilation of reports and arrests from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -- A 24-year-old woman was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia about 11:10...
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Police Say Men Had $365,000 Worth of Ecstasy
Two Jacksonville men were arrested Friday in Miami after they were found with 15,000 doses of Ecstasy, authorities said. Gayman Michael Thompson, 26, and Michael Charles Blackwood, 39, were charged with possession with intent to sell after Drug...
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Remember Mom and Her Recipes
Byline: Pam Milton Happy Mother's Day to all the moms! What do you think about when you think about your mom? Was she a working woman or a stay-at-home lady? Was she a city girl or a country girl? Was she a great cook or did the burn everything?...
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Residents Talk over the Future of 3 Schools; the Subjects: Fletcher High, Fletcher Middle and San Pablo Elementary
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Fletcher High could get a second floor to ease overcrowding. The Beaches could get a kindergarten-through-12th-grade program. Or all the public schools could be renovated or rebuilt. Those pipe dreams were discussed this...
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Retiree Builds His Own Planes
Byline: KEVIN TURNER AMELIA ISLAND - When some people retire, they read, paint or play golf or tennis. Phil Rogerson, 70, of Amelia Island builds planes. Since his retirement in 1994, he's built two airplanes. His second, which took him five...
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Runoff Has Just 2 Council Races on Ballot for Beaches Voters
Byline: DREW DIXON A runoff election for the Jacksonville City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, but the ballot will have few choices for Beaches voters. Two races will appear on ballots for some Beaches residents, but for most of those living...
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Sabbatini Doesn't Walk the Walk; He Shoots a 7-over-Par 79 Shortly after Calling Tiger "More Beatable Than Ever."
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Rory Sabbatini found out what can happen when you tug at Superman's cape. One day after proclaiming Tiger Woods - golf's reigning superhero - "more beatable than ever," Sabbatini was hit with enough bad karma Friday to knock...
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Safe from the Storm: Shelter Saves Homeless Animals; No-Kill Shelter's Mission Is to Find New Home for Animals
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Spot was at Clay County Animal Control in May 2005 when Safe Animal Shelter rescued the hound. Workers at the shelter were hopeful Spot would be adopted quickly. He was. However, he misbehaved in the new family and was...
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Sam's Club Presents Teacher with Top awardSam's Club Awards Crown Point Teacher
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Crown Point Elementary School teacher Angela Velmosky was named Teacher of the Year by the Sam's Club at 10690 Beach Blvd., as part of the company's 12th annual Teacher of the Year program. Velmosky received a $1,000 grant...
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Seminoles and Others Will Miss Charlie Fields
Byline: Brent Beaird The Seminole Club of Clay County had better "buck up." It's not going to be easy because the club lost one of its former presidents and board members, Charlie Fields, who died May 4 from cancer. The Rev. Troy Lewis, pastor...
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SET IN CONCRETE; Outdoor Garden Sculptures Add a Bit of Flair to Your Patio, Deck or Lawn
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT Gnomes have a lot of company these days. People who want to expand their living space and make their homes more comfortable and functional step off the porch and into the yard, enjoying everything from niches to fully...
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Setting Historical Record Straight on Thanksgiving
Byline: RHONDA REESE Robyn Gioia, a teacher at The Bolles School's Ponte Vedra campus, has released a new book geared toward middle-school students titled America's Real First Thanksgiving, St. Augustine September 8, 1565. Gioia said she wrote...
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Sex Victim Leads Police to Alleged Assailant
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL A woman who says she was driven across the state and sexually assaulted several times kept her wits about her and was able to lead deputies to a Clay County home where she was last attacked. As a result of the woman's...
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Simunitions and Safety; Deputies Face Real-Life Scenarios in Refresher Training
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Even after making it through the law enforcement academy and serving possibly years as an officer, deputies with the Clay County Sheriff's Office annually spend a week in classroom and hands-on training. It could be some...
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Spectacle Is 'Light Years Better'
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER The spectator area around the 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course always is a place to see and be seen during The Players Championship. With the tournament's move to a sunnier, warmer month and the addition...
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Spider Mites Live on Strawberry Leaves
Byline: BECKY WERN Q: Some of the leaves on my strawberry plants have spots on them and are browning around the edges. What's causing this? A couple of plants have already died. If you look on the underside of the leaves, you will probably find...
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State's Ports Authority Ship Has Finally Come in; the Department of Homeland Security Awarded the Agency $1.9 Million for Security Plans
Byline: MARY CARR MAYLE SAVANNAH -- After several years of drought, the Department of Homeland Security is finally raining grant money on the country's fourth-largest container port. On Thursday, U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny...
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St. Johns Briefs
junkanoo festival The streets of St. Augustine will be filled with the colorful excitement of the Bahamas when the inaugural Junkanoo Festival gets under way on Saturday, May 19. The sound of drums, bells, whistles and horns signals the start...
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Student Spotlight
An Orange Park 11-year-old named Ya'quasia Delcarmen has some typical pre-teen likes, such as earning praise from teachers and spending time with friends; and dislikes, such as homework and some school cafeteria food. But she has some big ideas, too,...
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Surfer Death Investigation Was Slow
Byline: DREW DIXON Miscommunication between two police departments caused a weeklong delay in facts surfacing about an accident in which a 21-year-old man was run over and killed last month on Ocean Boulevard in Atlantic Beach. Atlantic Beach...
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Take TVs out of Kids' Bedrooms,
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee I called Mary Ann Clark about the reader struggles of children. By the end of the conversation, she was telling me about her sister. Clark, who is the Duval County school system's supervisor of language arts and...
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Things to Do in Nassau
MINIATURE GOLF DAY Putt Putt of Fernandina Beach at Main Beach will mark National Miniature Golf Day today by offering special prices from 10 a.m. to close. The first 48 players will play for 25 cents, and the rest of the day games will cost $1....
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Tiger Roars Loud When It's Needed
Byline: Sam Borden The kid's name is Tucker Juan, 18 years old from Atlantic Beach, and he was the real newsmaker Friday at The Players Championship because he was carrying the scoreboard for Tiger Woods' group. Juan was the one who let the packs...
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Tiger Struggles with Slow Greens; Woods' Flirtation with the Cut Line Is Fueled by His Putting Problems
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Tiger Woods was convinced his ball was going to zip past the cup on the 16th hole at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course. He was 66 feet, 7 inches away, and he pounded the ball with his putter. When it finally stopped...
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Tiger's Wife Has a Special Baby Shower; Details of the Gathering Were the Work of Liza Chung
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL PONTE VEDRA BEACH - On Wednesday afternoon, Liza Chung, wife of former Jacksonville Jaguar Eugene Chung, walked the clubhouse at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course. She straightened buttercup-colored calla lilies, checked...
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TOO TOUGH TO TAME; Hendrick Puts COT Domination on Line at Darlington
Byline: DON COBLE Jimmie Johnson has seen the results - often firsthand - and he's heard the complaints. And with another Car of Tomorrow race coming up Saturday night at the Darlington Raceway, there's a strong likelihood his Hendrick Motorsports...
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Top Golfers, Yes, but the Players Treats Fans Great, Too
Byline: Brian Kosoy As the Players Championship enters the final days, there are plenty of activities for fans this year at Sawgrass. From the spectacular new clubhouse to the state-of-the-art scoreboards, this year's tournament is the most fan-friendly...
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T-U 2
MVD Most Valuable Dud. That's the award Dirk Nowitzki (above) deserves after his disappearing act in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Instead, according to published reports, the Dallas Mavericks star will receive the league's MVP award next...
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T-YOU; Rants & Raves the Players' Volunteer Praise All Talk; Proof Is in the Parking Lot
The papers have been full of how The Players Championship really appreciates the volunteers, and that the tournament could not be successful without them. Well, this is how they treat us. They moved the parking lot for the volunteers (so they could...
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