The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 12, 2009

'09 College Grads: Deny and Regress
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO With graduation season upon us, it's not a bad idea to walk a mile in the flip-flops of those about to receive bachelor's degrees. You'll need to simultaneously hoist up that mighty backpack, take a slam from your energy drink,...
1 of 2 Victims of a Shooting Sunday Dies at a Hospital; Police Have No Motive and No Word on How Many Were Involved
Sunday morning's double shooting outside a Jacksonville gentlemen's club is now a homicide. The Sheriff's Office said Monday that Freddie Lee Jones, 27, of the River Bend Apartments on University Boulevard West died at the hospital. He and a 24-year-old...
ACC Pins Hopes on Move to Charlotte; Football Title Game Had Ticket Problems in Jacksonville and Tampa
Byline: GARRY SMITS With Jacksonville abandoned after three years of hosting the Atlantic Coast Conference championship football game and Tampa a dismal failure in its first attempt last year, ACC officials don't have many specifics for how they...
A.M. Stir
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO GAME ON! MONOPOLY: NOW EVEN NERDIER Two new Collector's Edition Monopoly games are now available. Seinfeld Edition: Players can buy and sell classic real estate including Monk's Restaurant and The Non-Fat Yogurt Shop,...
Baldwin Bypass Project Restarted; ISSUE Cars and Trains Clog U.S. 90 and 301, Turning the Town into a Traffic Mess. DELAY the Bypass Has Been Planned since the '70S, but Put off Because of Funding
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Ask Dolly Thomas about a bypass that would allow traffic to avoid downtown Baldwin in western Duval County and she worries about losing customers at Everybody's Restaurant. And she worries about losing her job. "I've been...
Black Firefighters Group, Union OK with Conference; A Judge Hopes Out-of-Court Mediation Will End Decades of Racial Disputes and Tension
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM All sides agreed in principle Monday to a sweeping settlement conference a judge hopes will resolve long-standing racial issues in Jacksonville's Fire and Rescue Department. Though they quibbled about the particulars, lawyers...
City, Riverkeeper to Fight Withdrawal; an Appeal Has Been Filed to Stop Draining Water for Central Florida
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON A fight over taking water from the St. Johns River for Central Florida suburbs is moving to a state appeals court. Jacksonville and the St. Johns Riverkeeper group filed notices Monday that they will challenge a permit...
Extra Boeing Jobs a Local Boon; the Company Is Adding 60 Jobs to the Cecil Repair Center
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN The Boeing Co.'s repair facility at Cecil Commerce Center in Jacksonville will add 60 jobs this year with an average salary of $60,000, the company announced Monday. The expansion will bolster Boeing's position at Cecil...
Federal Funds Starting to Aid Military Plans; Naval Hospital Upgrades the Start of Stimulus-Backed Projects
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS People who use Jacksonville Naval Hospital already expect it to look different in coming months as work continues on an expansion at the site. But now it's going to look even more different. Architects in Winter Park...
Gas Prices Climb without Obvious Cause; with a Crude Glut and Lower Demand, Some Blame Speculators
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Customers of the Citgo of Mandarin at 11150 San Jose Blvd. have been asking employee Gene Steverson during the past several weeks why gas prices are going back up. "I hear it on a daily basis," he said. "They ask, 'When is...
Georgia Briefs
COLLEGES TO BE ALLOWED TO HIRE MORE LECTURERS ATLANTA - The University System of Georgia Board of Regents is set to approve a policy change today allowing twice the number of university lecturers, instructors who don't do the research needed to...
Going Plant Shopping? Here Are Some Tips
Byline: TOM BRUTON I am new to gardening and would like some hints on what to look for when I go to buy plants at a nursery. Do you have any suggestions? You might have to poke around a nursery for a while before you feel confident about judging...
High School Playoffs
SOFTBALL AT PLANT CITY CLASS 1A MONDAY EAGLE'S VIEW 6, HERNANDO CHRISTIAN 1 St. Petersburg Canterbury 9, Lake Worth Christian 0 TODAY EAGLE'S VIEW (20-7) VS. ST. PETERSBURG CANTERBURY (22-6), 7 P.M. CLASS 3A MONDAY BOLLES...
It's Not Even July Yet, but Their Christmas Decorations Are out; the Sulzbacher Center Holds Contest for Holiday Card's Art
Byline: JOSH SALMAN It's mid-May and the temperature is around 90 degrees, but the Sulzbacher Center is already celebrating Christmas. Christmas trees were decorated, juice and cookies served, and smiles lit up children's faces as they gathered...
LILLIAN A. BALBONI: 1918-2009; She Believed in Equality and High Quality Work the Court Reporter Was Top in the Field and Helped Improve Others
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Lillian A. Balboni, a court reporter who was an early advocate for the certification and professional development of those who record every word spoken in a legal action to preserve the record, died of complications of...
'Lost' in Your Studies; Academia Analyzes the Hit TV Show UNF Professor Teaches a Course Centered on the ABC Program
Byline: ADAM AASEN It's 8 a.m. and a room full of University of North Florida literature students is eager to discuss last night's assignment. You'd expect to see bleary-eyed students groaning at the thought of in-depth literary analysis of themes...
MAYPORT; beyond Politics
Based on national defense needs, the Navy decided long ago to move an aircraft carrier to Mayport Naval Station. It was to take five years, and cost at least $500 million, to do the dredging and infrastructure work needed to accommodate a modern...
Miller's Time with Suns Might Be Short; the Lefty Says He's Ready to Return to Marlins after a Start in Jacksonville
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT For Florida Marlins pitcher Andrew Miller, currently in Jacksonville on an injury-rehabilitation assignment, it might be one and done. That one appearance came Monday. Miller went six innings and allowed one run, but he...
Morning Briefs
PARKERVISION TAKES $5.1M LOSS IN QUARTER ParkerVision Inc. Monday reported a first-quarter loss of $5.1 million, or 18 cents a share. The Jacksonville-based company, which is developing wireless radio technology, had no revenue in the quarter. But...
Music Site Combines New Bands, Fans; Stereofame.com Uses Networking, Prizes to Benefit Users, Musicians
Byline: ADAM AASEN A Ponte Vedra Beach entrepreneur has created a new way for undiscovered bands to make it big. They don't need a big-name recording contract and they don't need to play gigs in cramped, smoky bars. Using his music Web site,...
Oglethorpe Point Students Involved in Minor Collision; No Students Were Injured, but the Service Truck Driver Was Hurt
ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Nine Oglethorpe Point Elementary School students were scared but not injured Monday afternoon when their Glynn County school bus collided with a septic tank service truck. The accident occurred about 3 p.m. at Sea Island and...
Perdue Rejects 2 Bills to Ban Limits on Sign-Up Speech; the Bills Proposed Ending Time Limits to Request to Speak at Commission Meetings
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS Gov. Sonny Perdue has vetoed two bills that would have banned sign-up deadlines for people wishing to speak at Waycross and Ware County commission meetings. The governor's office confirmed Monday that Perdue had vetoed...
Perdue Vetoes Legislation That Would Freeze Property Values; He Cited Uncertainty with It, to the Approval of Camden's Mayors
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Gov. Sonny Perdue did Monday what Camden County's three mayors wanted him to do. The governor vetoed legislation that would have established referendums in which Kingsland, St. Marys and Woodbine voters could have chosen...
Public Getting Shut out from Decisions on River
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE You probably recall the hard fought battle to stop Seminole County from taking millions of gallons of water a day out of the St. Johns River to irrigate lawns. Hundreds of advocates for the river went to Palatka last...
Serena Aggravates Injury in Madrid
Serena Williams pulled out of the Madrid Open on Monday after aggravating an injury to her right knee during a first-round match against Francesca Schiavone. The second-seeded Williams retired after losing the first set 6-4. She declined to detail...
Sheriff: Officers 'Lucky to Be Alive'; INVESTIGATION the Four McIntosh Deputies Who Totaled Patrol Cars Are Suspended. MOTORCYCLIST A Soldier at Fort Stewart Is Being Held, Pending an Arrest Warrant
Byline: TERRY DICKSON Four McIntosh County deputies who totaled their patrol cars Saturday while chasing a motorcycle on Interstate 95 likely violated department procedure, Sheriff Steve Jessup said Monday. "Our guys did not follow our written...
Stenson's Win Adds to Trend at Players; International Players Are Finding Plenty of Success at the Event
Byline: GARRY SMITS The PGA Tour has made efforts to embrace its international membership and be recognized as a true global tour. Nearly 100 international players have either full or conditional status on the Tour, representing 20 countries....
The Roushes Song Led Them to a 'World of Compassion'
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON It began with a song. John Roush, 55, plays guitar and flute with the jazz and blues ensemble Bluestone, and his wife, Ann Roush, 43, is the group's vocalist. During an improvisatory session with another guitarist in...
T-U 2
WORTH REPEATING "That's less than four tickets to a Yankees game." - Phil Mushnick of the New York Post, on the modest $9,500 purchase price of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird (above). "The Swine Flu scare has gotten so bad, Michael Vick...
Twin Toddlers 'Meant Everything to Them'; A Mother Screams; 2-Year-Olds Found in a Pond
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Angie Mixson phoned close friend Tiffany Caldwell about noon Monday to discuss what movie they were to see with Caldwell's twin daughters. Instead, Mixson heard the screams of a frantic mother whose 2-year-old girls had...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Feature Gives Dollop of Education
In reading the Rants & Raves, I learn so much. To the guy who drops his subscription and the price is higher when he resumes, duh. Don't grocery shop for a while and check the price of things. I enjoy the T-U. I didn't enjoy all of the ... news...
Warriors Roll over Lions; Ketchie Strikes out 12 to Help Send Eagle's View Back to the Softball Final
Byline: FRANCINE KING PLANT CITY - Eagle's View pitcher Sara Ketchie seems to have some special magic in the playoffs - strikeout magic. The senior, who threw a no-hitter in the Class 1A title game last season, struck out 12 on Monday to clinch...
Wilson Pitches Bolles into Title Game; the Sophomore Strikes out 13 in the Bulldogs' 3-1 Victory
Byline: FRANCINE KING PLANT CITY - The Bolles softball team is enjoying its first trip to the final four so much that the Bulldogs decided to extend their stay. They secured a spot in the Class 3A state championship game with a 3-1 semifinal...
Winn-Dixie Profits Exceed Projections; Analysts Had Guessed at No More Than 22 Cents a Share, but It Hit 30
Byline: MARK BASCH Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. on Monday reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings and increased its profit forecast for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends in June. The Jacksonville-based supermarket chain had a net income...