The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 25, 2009

A.M. Stir
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY BACK TALK Want to stir it up with A.M. Stir? Find something new everyone should know about? E-mail your comments, beefs and ideas to backtalk@jacksonville.com. THAT'S IT? MAGAZINE SCRAPING THE BOTTOM FOR NEWS These...
BACK TO SCHOOL; Fresh Start for Youth, Schools It Was Back to Business for Several First Coast Schools
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA and TOPHER SANDERS Dozens of parents and students decided to give Raines and Ribault high schools - both with new principals - a second chance for the first day of school Monday. Though about 400 students had applied...
Bray Takes Control at Gate Invitational; the Flagler College Sophomore Leads Anthony by Two Shots
Byline: GARRY SMITS Chris Bray said switching putters has given him a bit more confidence on the greens. Hitting it as close to the hole as he did Monday in the second round of the Gate Invitational probably went hand-in-hand with that feeling....
'Cash for Clunkers' Plan Goes Flat; as Deadline Looms, Dealers Filing Paperwork Shut Down Web Site
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Jacksonville new car dealerships scrambled Monday to file documents from their weekend "Cash for Clunkers" sales to an overworked U.S. Department of Transportation Web site that sputtered like a clunker in its last miles. ...
Coach to Follow Path Left by UNF's Rhodes; Laval Will Take over the Baseball Program in '10 and Build on Success
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT University of North Florida baseball coach Dusty Rhodes announced his retirement on Monday, effective at the end of the 2010 season, and at the same time predicted that his successor, Raymond "Smoke" Laval, will keep the program...
Coastlines
OPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY AT THE BALLARD SCHOOL Glynn County will hold an open house 10 a.m-7 p.m. Wednesday at the restored Ballard School building, 323 Old Jesup Road, Brunswick. The former elementary school has been renovated into new quarters...
Driver in 4-Fatality Crash Held; Teen Facing 9 Charges in Wreck That Killed Friends in June
Byline: DAVID HUNT A Jacksonville teenager who police say illegally drove an SUV that rolled off Interstate 295 in June, killing four of his friends, was held overnight at a juvenile detention center. Brandon Hodges, the 15-year-old driver in...
DROPOUTS; A Second Chance
Four years ago, Pathways Academy began its work of salvaging the lives of youths who would have joined the ranks of the community's throwaways. Since that time, more and more high school dropouts have come through the doors of the charter high school...
Edenfield Evidence at Issue; Defense in Barrios Case Say Confession Was Coerced
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A retired Glynn County police detective testified Monday that David Edenfield blamed his son for killing Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. but admitted to helping hide the 6-year-old boy's death. Ray Sarro,...
ENOS WARD: 1964-2009; He Served in 3 Wars, Retired after 25 Years He Got Legion of Merit for Service as a Combat Leader, Mentor-Teacher
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Retired Army Master Sgt. Enos Lee Harrison Ward, who was working as a recruiter and military analyst for a civilian contractor gathering intelligence in Iraq, died Aug. 14 in Baghdad as he was being prepared for surgery...
From Dusty to 'Smoke' for Ospreys
Byline: Gene Frenette There was both a lighthearted and subdued feel to coach Dusty Rhodes' announcement Monday that he was retiring after the 2010 University of North Florida baseball season, followed by the introduction of former LSU head coach...
Going Back to Philly; Vick Might Mute Return of Ex-Eagles Thomas, Considine
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT The expected debut of Michael Vick could make it easy for Tra Thomas and Sean Considine to keep low profiles. At least that's what's on the wish list for the former Eagles, who play against their ex-teammates Thursday...
HEALTH CARE REFORM; Mayo Touted as a Model the Clinic's Teamwork Concept Draws Praise from Obama
Byline: JEREMY COX Five days into life with his new liver, Jeffrey Rowe was sore but looking forward to being discharged from Mayo Clinic Florida. Just one thing stood in his way: a biopsy to check whether his immune system was attacking his new...
ID Made on Woman Shot in Car
A 24-year-old woman has been identified as the person found shot Friday in a car that police had pulled over at 45th Street and Cleveland Road. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had gotten a call around lunchtime about shots fired in the 6900 block...
If Slow Motion Excites You, Watch Committee in Action
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE The City Council Finance Committee now has two days of budget hearings under its belt. To say it has been ugly is an understatement. The first full day of hearings on the proposed city budget was on Aug. 13. ...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; League Approves WR's Name Change
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT The NFL approved a request by Jaguars receiver Mike Walker on Monday to officially change his last name to Sims-Walker, in honor of his late father. Walker announced plans earlier this month to change the name on the...
License Fees Go Up on Sept. 1; Driver's License Goes to $48 but Some Can Beat the Higher Cost
Byline: LARRY HANNAN This much is certain: You will pay more than twice as much to renew your driver's license on Sept. 1. Whether that qualifies as a tax increase? Not so certain. The cost of renewing a license goes from $20 to $48. A first-time...
Man Claims Mental Disability in Letter; He Says He Didn't Understand the Plea Deal in a Murder Case
Byline: JOE JOHNSON A man who says he is mentally disabled claims in letters to a judge that he didn't understand the plea bargain he made last month in connection with a 2005 murder in Clarke County. George Lee Haynes says he is innocent and...
Navy Hospital Settlements Hit $1 Million This Month; Jacksonville Naval Faced $2.77 Million in Negligence Cases
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM In the past month the federal government has agreed to pay $2.77 million to settle three medical negligence claims against Jacksonville Naval Hospital, the Navy said. The U.S. Attorney's Office negotiated settlements with...
NO CLUNKER; A Visible Stimulus
Of all the government programs meant to both save the economy from collapse and stimulate new activity, no program has been as visible as Cash for Clunkers. Saving the financial system isn't readily apparent to most consumers. And much of the...
Rough It? We Weren't Really Ready
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Our plan had been to go to Brunswick and "rough it." A writer friend of mine had heard rave reviews from trusted sources about a little place off Highway 82 called the Hostel in the Forest (foresthostel.com)....
Same Houses, Different Values; New Code of Conduct, Aimed at Fraud Prevention, Leads to Widely Differing Appraisals, Critics Say
Byline: KEVIN TURNER This is a story of two houses next door to each other. Both are about 1,300 square feet and have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, were built in 2007 by the same builder, using the same plans and both are in the same condition....
St. Marys Shelter Loses State Certification; It Continues to Offer Services despite Loss
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - A family violence shelter in St. Marys has lost its state certification to house victims from Camden and Charlton counties. Officials with the Georgia Department of Human Services said Camden House's certification...
Tebow's Shoulder Hurt in Opener; Gators QB Had to Take Pain-Killing Shots in Last 13 Games
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Tim Tebow said his back is fine. But then again, he also said that about his shoulder last season. Rumors circulated late last week that Florida's senior quarterback had missed practice with an injury....
T-U 2
Byline: FRANCINE KING PLAUSIBLE PLOTS? I'm a big fan of the "Final Destination" series. I know, my taste in movies immediately comes into question. But I'm a closet horror movie fan, and the premise behind the films always intrigues me a bit....
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Thanks for Showing Reform Won't Hurt
Biggest rave ever for the excellent explanation of proposed health care and health insurance reform in Sunday's edition. It is very clear to anyone who reads it that the reform hurts nobody and helps everyone. Those with private or employer-provided...
'UM, MOM ... What's Red Rover?'; Playing outside Is Becoming a Memory, but a Need for Social Skills, Exercise Hasn't Lessened
Byline: ADAM AASEN Kevin Tapee, a 40-year-old teacher at Jacksonville's Twin Lakes Elementary, fondly remembers his days as a kid playing outside. He'd ride his bike all across his neighborhood, build forts in the woods and dig foxholes in a...
Watchdog Posts on Chopping Block; CUTTING COSTS Some Say Ethics Ought to Be Exempt from Cutbacks
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton created the positions of inspector general and ethics officer in 2007 amid widespread criticism that his office and the City Council lacked transparency and oversight. At the time, the council...