The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 29, 2008

2008 Football Preview: Class 1b, Independents
Byline: FRANCINE KING Tanner Bates Ponte Vedra junior DB/WR Playing at a new school, what do you think is going to be the biggest challenge for this season? Just being able to come [together] as a team, that probably will be the biggest...
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Best Bets; Your Guide to What's Going on in the Area
TODAY AND SATURDAY CLEARLY, A JAMMIN' PLACE Cafe Eleven has become the place to jam before and after the Blackwater Sol Revue. At 8:30 p.m. today, Hill Country Revue will perform for a pre-show party. At 10 p.m. Saturday, the Lee Boys will perform...
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Blackwater Sol in St. Augustine
Byline: ROGER BULL Now that things are drying out, music is really picking up. It has the makings of a busy fall. Blackwater Sol Revue returns Saturday night to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The show opened the completely redone facility last...
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Charlton Has Big Holes to Fill; Untested Indians Open Today at Clinch before "Border War" Game
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Having graduated 18 seniors, many of whom filled starting roles, after each of the last two seasons, Charlton County coach Rich McWhorter has to look ahead to the future. To a certain degree, the future is right now, starting...
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City Hall's Military Liaison to Be Corey's Chief Assistant; Dan McCarthy's Appointment Is Praised by Harry Shorstein
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM State Attorney-elect Angela Corey named a career military man and retired Navy prosecutor as her chief assistant Thursday, drawing praise even from one of her harshest critics. Corey said she picked Dan McCarthy, Jacksonville...
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City Leader Championed Integration; He Broke Color Barriers in Local Government, the Military, Postal Service
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Rudolph L. "Rudy" Daniels, the first black to head a Jacksonville city government department, died Monday at 81. He had a lung disease and died at the Morris Center for Caring of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida....
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Depth to Charge No. 1-Ranked 'Dogs on Defense; Georgia Was Able to Send Wave after Wave in Sugar Bowl; That Plan Will Continue
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. - If top-ranked Georgia is going to get to the Bowl Championship Series title game Jan. 8 in Miami, the contributions of backups such as Corvey Irvin and Justin Houston might be as important as the front-line production...
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Downtown Comes to Life with the New Ivy Ultra Bar
Byline: Laura Capitano Good people, I was downtown past midnight over the weekend, and do you know what I saw? Foot traffic on Bay Street! People walking downtown after dark, just like they do in vibrant cities! These were stylish folks of the night...
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FAU's Smith Just Can't Be Ignored Any Longer
Byline: GENE FRENETTE If you want to know why all these recruiting rankings, along with four and five-star designations that are placed on high school football players, are pure guesswork that often strain credibility, look no further than Rusty...
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Final Rehearsal Solid; Jags OL Williams' Knee Injury Isn't Expected to Be Serious
Byline: VITO STELLINO LANDOVER, Md. - The defense held the Washington Redskins' starters to 14 total yards in three first-quarter drives, Derrick Harvey played without participating in a single practice and Maurice Williams limped off with a sprained...
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High Standards at Eagle's View; Football Squad Seeks to Follow in Footsteps of Baseball Team
Byline: FRANCINE KING The Eagle's View Academy football team won its first district title last season. The Eagle's View baseball team won its third Class A state title in four years in May. It's a distinction the baseball players apparently...
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HMOs Facing New Fee to Help Pay for Medicaid; A State Board Approves the Plan with Hopes to Avoid Worse Cuts
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - State health care officials say they've found a way to avoid draconian cuts to taxpayer-funded insurance plans for low-income Georgians. But some hospitals are worried that the spending proposal for the next...
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How Five Fared
- QB Cleo Lemon (97 yards passing, 1 TD): The Jaguars' backup quarterback showed he'll be ready if called on during the regular season. He entered the game late in the first quarter and completed 10 of 13 passes, including a 4-yard touchdown pass to...
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Hurricane Names Are Best Gauge
Byline: Mark Woods Even with all their high-tech tools, the scientists and meteorologists still have trouble figuring out how many tropical storms we are going to have and which ones will turn nasty. With that in mind, I've developed my own system...
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Ice Cream Man Shot in Stomach; Police Say No Money Was Taken during the Thursday Night Crime
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER They shot the ice cream man. Jacksonville's ongoing violence took a new twist Thursday night when a suspect shot an ice cream truck driver selling treats in a senior citizens complex. "It's ridiculous. That man's out...
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IMAX Comes to Town; Theater Reborn; Two AMC Theaters Are Converting to the Large, High-Resolution System
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Changes are ahead for area moviegoers in the next few weeks, as two theaters add high-tech Imax screens while work continues on an old-fashioned single-screen theater in Riverside. The AMC theaters in Orange Park and at Regency...
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Jacksonville Journal
TELL US ABOUT BATTLES WITH BREAST CANCER Have you or a loved one battled breast cancer? We want to recognize breast cancer awareness month in October by sharing what readers have had to go through, from detection to the joy or pain at the end. You...
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Jacksonville Journey Hits Snag; City Council, Mayor Clash on What to Pay for and Who Should Oversee Grants
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER and TIA MITCHELL With less than a month to go before the budget year begins, control of the Jacksonville Journey is still mired in political maneuvering. At a budget hearing Thursday, City Council members denied Mayor John...
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JEA; Digging for Answers
There was a sense of urgency at the special JEA board meeting Monday morning. The session started at 8:30 a.m. and lasted about five hours. The information was dense and the discussion was intense. While JEA workers rightfully deserved praise...
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Light, Breezy with No Aftertaste; 'Bottle Shock' an Appealing Drama Set in Wine Country
Byline: Matt Soergel Bottle Shock, the movie, isn't as mouth-watering as the fine Napa Valley Chardonnay it celebrates. And it's nowhere near the level of Sideways, that other wine movie. Instead, think of it as an unpretentious bottle of table...
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Medicaid Program Losing Providers; WellCare, United Health Care Say They'll Leave Pilot Plan
Byline: MATT GALNOR More than half of Duval County's 74,000 Medicaid recipients could be getting a new health care provider come Dec. 1. WellCare, which runs the HealthEase and StayWell plans that serve 38,000 residents, filed notice with the...
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Medical College of Georgia Braces for Layoffs; A "Large Personnel Reduction" May Result from Medicaid Cuts
Byline: TOM CORWIN AUGUSTA - Cuts in Medicaid payments could trigger layoffs at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics as the state tries to fill a budget hole. Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked state agencies to prepare plans for cuts of...
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Morning Briefs
INTERLINE BRANDS BUYS NORTHEAST DISTRIBUTOR Jacksonville-based Interline Brands Inc. announced on Thursday the acquisition of Eagle Maintenance Supply Inc. Terms were not announced. Interline said Eagle, which distributes janitorial and sanitary...
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Northside Boy Now Talk of the Town; His Family Receives Help to Overcome Stuttering with a Special Device
Byline: JEREMY COX Michael McMillian has a little voice inside his ear. Sure, it speaks at a slightly higher pitch than he does. And it only repeats what he has just said. But it's his. Stuttering stole Michael's voice not long after his sixth...
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NOTEBOOK; Harvey Debuts in 3rd Quarter
Byline: GARRY SMITS LANDOVER, Md. - Derrick Harvey would have preferred to be in Jaguars training camp from the first day. But by ending the longest holdout among 2008 NFL draft choices Wednesday, the defensive end from the University of Florida...
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Racial Makeup of Grand Jury Is Challenged; David Edenfield's Attorneys Say the Panel Needed More Hispanics
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- Attorneys for David Edenfield want the charges against him in the sexual abuse slaying of 6-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. thrown out because they say the grand jury that indicted him didn't have...
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Rain, Rain Everywhere, but Hardly Any in Aquifer
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Last Friday morning, the power was off at my house and my basement was filling up with 6 feet of water. The small basement is home to my air handling unit, water heater and one sump pump, which relies on electricity...
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Rebuilt UF Defense Ready for a Real Test; the Gators Address Problem Areas before Their Season Opener
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - It happened nearly eight months ago, but sophomore cornerback Joe Haden remembers Florida's 41-35 Capital One Bowl loss to Michigan every day. Saturday afternoon's season opener against Hawaii will give him...
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Resident Makes Paving Point; Woman Uses Visual Aids in a Plea for Promised Work on Her Dirt Road
Byline: CRYSTAL OWENS DANIELSVILLE - For the last decade, Madison County commissioners haven't answered residents' pleas to pave their road. So this week, resident Pam Ackerman tried another tactic - visual aids. Armed with a washboard, a...
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Rookie RB Washington Makes Case; Former USC Runner Was the Team's Top Rusher and Receiver in Preseason
Byline: GARRY SMITS LANDOVER, Md. - Chauncey Washington darted, danced and bulled his way Thursday around the turf at FedEx Field in the Jaguars' final preseason game against the Washington Redskins, making a strong bid to make the team when the...
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SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; Hobby Happy to Kick
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - Zach Hobby hasn't played in a college football game since November of 2006, but when Florida State opens its season Sept. 6 against Western Carolina, he'll handle all of Seminoles' placement kicks. "It's been...
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Taxpayers Will Shell out More for City's Energy; DEALING WITH COSTS Jacksonville Tries to Conserve Power as Rates Continue to Rise
Byline: DAVID HUNT Jacksonville taxpayers are projected to spend about $7 million more this year to light, heat and cool city-owned buildings compared to when Mayor John Peyton took office five years ago. JEA rate increases -- including a 3 percent...
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THE ONE AND ONLY; KENNY One of Country Music's Biggest Stars Has a 10-Gallon Talent and a Hat to Go with It
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA What's really under Kenny Chesney's hat? We thought we'd have a little fun with Chesney, who returns to Jacksonville on Saturday night for the 15th consecutive year, by asking readers to draw what's under that hat he's always...
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T-U 2
BALL AND BREW ON SPORTS DESK NATION Check out our Jacksonville.com blog's latest feature, West Coast Corner, in which each Friday, I'll pick the best college football game and beer from the other side of the country. The goal: To foster respect...
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Two Girls Wounded in Drive-By Shooting; the Incident Occurred Wednesday Night in Jacksonville
Two young men were cleaning blood stains off the sidewalk of a Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood Thursday morning where police said two teenage girls were wounded in a drive-by shooting. The girls, aged 14 and 17, were standing outside in the...
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T-YOU; Everyone's a Critic
So you think Matt Soergel must be on a Sno-cap sugar high when he sees films? Everyone's a Critic lets you play movie reviewer. Here's what "regular folks" think of movies currently playing at the multiplex. Vicky Cristina Barcelona - Just when...
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