The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 6, 2008

After a 5-Year Wait, Promised Park in Pickwick Site May Be on the Way
Byline: DAN SCANLAN In 2003, the people of Pickwick Park were told a park would be built on 5 acres at 3320 Chrysler Drive. Six years later, the land is still that - land, with no park, not even a nature trail. That should change by summer...
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A.M. Stir
YUCKY SPICE SPICE GIRLS (THANKFULLY) END WORLD COMEBACK TOUR Sunday's Times-Union carried a bone-chilling, mind-numbing celebrity report that the Spice Girls are doing one of those comeback tours, torturing people around the world with their...
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Band Amaru Has Come a Long Way and Is Ready to Go to the Next Level
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Plenty of bands in Jacksonville have hoped for years to have their music heard beyond Northeast Florida's clubs. After being together for only eight months, Amaru appears to be on the brink of that. The four-piece rock...
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Beach Shorts
OFFICERS ARE HONORED Jacksonville Beach Police Officer Brett Burrell recently earned the 2007 Officer of the Year award for his drug and code enforcement initiatives in a low-income housing community in South Pablo Beach. In a Jan. 28 letter,...
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Beach Voices; You Want Stuff? BillLabs Tells You the Stuff Worth Getting
Byline: Bill Longenecker BillLabs, my semi-tongue-in-check testing service to enhance Beach life, makes its 2008 debut. Two suggested items from the past are included. In mid-January, a reader pointed to a pair of shorts that BillLabs reviewed...
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Being in Wheelchair Doesn't Disqualify These Dancers
Byline: CHANEL MARTIN Most people would think having to use a wheelchair might end a dancer's career. For this group, it's just the beginning. Axis Dance Company is a California-based troupe comprised of and run by dancers with and without physical...
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Being Told She Was 'Born to Lose' Didn't Make Her Quit
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A teacher told her she was "born to lose." She suffered from depression, an eating disorder and dyslexia. Yet Sheri Rose Shepherd will stand before a Jacksonville audience and give a message of hope. And Shepherd,...
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Billing Dispute Points Up Conflict; His Cell Phone Bill Was in Error for 18 Months; Alltel Agrees to Three
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN David Mattice was going through his cell phone bill one day when a couple of charges caught his eye. He was being billed for insurance for the phone, even though he had declined insurance when the salesman offered it....
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Bluegrass Festival Fills the Air This Week; Rhonda Vincent and Ralph Stanley Are on the Bill in Palatka
Listen closely while riding along Florida 19 south of Palatka this weekend and the strains of mandolins and dulcimers might fill the air. The Palatka Bluegrass Festival begins Thursday at the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch and features some of the genre's...
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Bold Thieves Take TVs from Hotels; Big Televisions in at Least Five Hotels and Two Warehouses Were Brazenly Taken
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER If you're watching the game on a buddy's new big-screen TV, the action could be hotter than you think. Thieves have been ripping off large televisions from Jacksonville hotels and warehouses for at least six weeks, sometimes...
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Bolles Defeats Episcopal 2-0; the Bulldogs' Boys Soccer Team Scores Two in Less Than a Minute
Byline: ROBBY MONK When Bolles and Episcopal met for the District 4-3A boys soccer championship, the Bulldogs came away with a 2-0 victory. When the two met again Tuesday night, a trip to the Region 1-3A final was on the line. Different day,...
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Bookstore Lifting Up Downtown
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY It's taken a while, but a new chapter in the local Chamblin bookselling legacy is about to be written. The buzz about the cafe and bookstore opening downtown has circulated for almost two years, and now Chamblin's Uptown...
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BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK; Playoffs Promise Good Matchups
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The playoffs are under way for the 51 Jacksonville-area basketball teams, all looking for a way to reach Saturday's district championship game to be assured of advancing to regional play next week. Some of the top-seeded...
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'Breaking Up' Role Offers Glimpse into Acting Life; Behind the Scenes at Alhambra, She Transforms into Her Character
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY She penciled dark lines between her eyebrows and on both sides of her mouth. She put on a wavy orange wig. Stuffed puffy white cotton batting around her waist. Then slipped into a drab gray skirt suit, looking older and...
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Campaign 2008 Super Tuesday
ALABAMA Delegates: Dems: 52; GOP: 45 Precincts reporting: 98% Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee defeats Sen. John McCain. Large black population helps Sen. Barack Obama beat Sen. Hillary Clinton. DEMOCRATS*********PCT. OF VOTE***VOTES...
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Church Ruled Not Liable in Teen Death; the Boy Left a Church-Chaperoned Outing Early and Was Hit by a Car
Byline: JOE JOHNSON ATHENS, Ga. - A Clarke County jury has found that Prince Avenue Baptist Church was not liable for a teen's death during a church outing a decade ago. The family of William Vickery sued the church in Clarke County Superior...
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City OKs Contract to Replace Carver Center
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - The City Council approved a contract Monday for a design-build contract to replace the Carver Center, a popular youth center on Fourth Avenue South in South Pablo Beach that provides athletic programs,...
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Coast Lines
TRIO NAMED AS FINALISTS FOR BRANTLEY MANAGER Brantley County has narrowed the search for its first-ever county manager to three. The search committee, consisting of County Clerk DALE HALLIGAN and County Commissioners LINTON HERRIN and ERNEST...
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Colonial Dames Make a Jerusalem Artichoke to Relish
Byline: LYNN SKAPYAK HARLIN The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Florida preserves tradition, and does it with relish. Jerusalem artichoke relish, that is. Last year they sold nearly 500 jars of it. Jerusalem artichokes...
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Credit Crunch Claims 'Copter Classes at Craig; Silver State Has Shut Down after Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Byline: DAVID HUNT A beleaguered helicopter flight school has ceased operations after petitioning for bankruptcy. Silver State Helicopters' decision late Sunday closed schools throughout the nation, including the training center at Craig Municipal...
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'Dogs Need to Start Hitting 3-Pointers; Georgia Is Shooting .176 from beyond the Arc in the Past Three Games
Byline: ROGER CLARKSON The Georgia Bulldogs are in a funk because of poor 3-point shooting in their past three games. Georgia is on a three-game losing streak. It dropped its first home game of the season last Saturday. The Bulldogs are in last...
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Enter Labyrinth and Walk Away 'In a Different State of Mind'
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Call it a spiritual journey, a transformational tool or a path to God - regardless of religious orientation, walking a prayer labyrinth might be beneficial to anyone examining their life. That's the message Janis Kinley,...
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Fletcher H.S. Band Raising Trip Money; They're Scheduled to March in the July 4 Paradein the Nation's Capital
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY For the Fletcher High School Marching Band, it will be a trip to remember. They're looking forward to marching and performing in the nation's 2008 Independence Day Parade in Washington. They consider it an honor because...
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Flying in the Face of Patriotism
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK - Gary Hudgins wants to know why it's OK to have an American flag in flames, but it's illegal to have one flying at a car dealership. A Glynn County code enforcement officer has cited Hudgins for flying flags from...
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Former UGa Player Dies after Car Crash
A former football walk-on for the University of Georgia football team has died from injuries he sustained in a car-truck collision near Madison, Ga. Joshua Willis, a 19 year-old from Americus, Ga., died Monday after he was airlifted to Atlanta Medical...
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Funeral Lays to Rest Negative Perceptions and Stereotypes; A Service at Augusta State University Called for Change in Students
Byline: SARAH DAY OWEN AUGUSTA, Ga. - A line of people walked past an open casket flanked by red-and-white flower arrangements in an Augusta State University ballroom Monday as soft piano music played in the background. As people looked into the...
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GOING ONLINE A SAFETY ISSUE; Middle-Schoolers Hear about Internet Dangers
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Beware the Internet. That was the message for Arlington Middle School students last week as they watched a cyber safety video program. When she was 13, "Julie" began corresponding online with the man that she came...
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'Green' Business Park Expected to Save Plenty of Green
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Once, the land at 6501 Greenland Road was home for a business that helped make gardens and landscaping greener. Now the former mulch and landscaping business will make way for the Greenland Commerce Center, what its developers...
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Green Flag: News and Notes
HELPING HAND Robby Gordon needed help. He got it from Gillett Evernham Motorsports and NASCAR. After driving Fords last year, the owner/driver will switch to Dodges for the Feb. 17 Daytona 500. His single-car operation will partner with Gillett...
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Hard Times at Beaches Has BEAM Gearing Up; the Social Service Agency Wants to Add Child-Care Assistance and Job Counseling to Its Services
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER A Beaches faith-based social service agency wants to add child-care assistance and job counseling to its services this year to better help families become financially independent. The Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry,...
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He's a Doctor by Day, Writer by Night; Cadillac Orpheus Author Is Also a Mayo Clinic Physician
Byline: TYLER FORT Physician novelist Solon Timothy Woodward wants readers to come along with him on a journey to the fictional Florida town of Johnsonville, where death, disaster and twisted family ties are just a part of everyday life. Woodward...
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HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK; Area Schools Ready for Postseason Play
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The postseason playoffs are under way for the 51 Jacksonville-area basketball teams, all looking for a way to reach Saturday's district championship game to be assured of advancing to regional play next week. Some of the...
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History, Patriotism on Display as Murals Are Created Live
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It began with a blank, 7-foot-long white rectangle glowing in the Friday morning darkness of the gymnasium at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Mandarin. But when airborne chalk dust faded along with the patriotic music 30 minutes...
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Ignorance Is the Night of the Mind
Byline: Mark Woods My favorite part of the 55-page grand jury report comes in the conclusion, right after a summary of the Sunshine Law. The report quotes Confucius, which I suppose makes sense. Not only is he considered a wise man, but he lived...
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'Julius X' Brings New York-Style Production to Beaches
Byline: TAMARA MCCLARAN Players by the Sea's production of Julius X, in which Shakespearean tragedy meets the Civil Rights era meets slam poetry, is a fascinating work that deserves a full house. The only thing wrong with Friday's Julius X performance...
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LORENZO SIDNEY CAMERON: 1934-2008; 'Man from the Ghetto' Was Man of the Docks the Native of Jamaica Was an Advocate for His Fellow Longshoremen
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Lorenzo Sidney Cameron, a longshoreman and Jacksonville community activist who dubbed himself "the man from the ghetto," died at home Thursday of complications of diabetes. He was 73. The family will receive visitors...
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Make Nominations for Miss Aggie Award
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society is accepting nominations now through the end of February for the sixth annual Miss Aggie Award. The award honors a female Mandarin resident who has contributed to the community in...
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Marine-Turned-Firefighter Gets Purple Heart for Injury in Iraq; the 23-Year-Old Got the Medal as He Graduated from the Fire Academy
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS, Ga. - City officials have no doubt about the ability of one of their newest firefighters to respond under pressure. Prior to taking his oath as a new member of the St. Marys Fire Department on Tuesday, Ian Phillipps...
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Marriott Getting Several Upgrades; the Improvements Will Also Mean Increased Membership Fees for the Sawgrass Resort
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL The Sawgrass Marriott might look the same from the outside, but inside there are many changes occurring in management, facility upgrades and with membership fees. Marriott recently completed a $16 million renovation on...
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Members of 'Jacksonville Journey' Represent the City Very Well
Byline: Betty Holzendorf and John Rood Our city is in crisis. Neighbors are afraid to walk the streets outside of their homes. Students are dropping out of schools at alarming rates. And we are losing our children and our future to violent...
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Meninak Club Has Its 90th President
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Harrison E. Conyers III was inaugurated as the 90th president of the Meninak Club of Jacksonville. Conyers is the management officer of Military Affairs for Jacksonville, and a third-generation Meninak. Additional officers...
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Meyer Clean in NCAA Probe; the Investigation Hasn't Turned Up Wrongdoing by UF's Football Coach
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO An investigation by the University of Florida and the NCAA didn't uncover any incidences of improper telephone contact between football coach Urban Meyer and a recruit and the recruit's girlfriend, the school said Tuesday....
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Morning Briefs
COCA-COLA BUYS 40% STAKE IN HONEST TEA The Coca-Cola Co., the world's No. 1 soft drink company, said Tuesday it bought a 40 percent stake in organic tea maker Honest Tea, adding to its offerings of noncola beverages. The 40 percent stake cost...
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MURDER SOLUTIONS; Faith's Special Place
Mayor John Peyton's latest step in his Jacksonville Journey initiative against murder and violent crime offers a promising new direction. Peyton wants to engage the faith community, particularly churches that are predominately black and serve neighborhoods...
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Nassau Seeking an Answer to Its Landfill Quandary
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER YULEE - Nassau County commissioners have commissioned a fourth study on the West Nassau landfill, this time looking at costs associated with three options for operating the landfill presented by a Tallahassee law firm and consulting...
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Nease, Bolles Seeking Payback; the Bulldogs and Panthers Can Return to the State Finals
Byline: FRANCINE KING Winning might whet the appetite, but it's losing too soon that really makes the stomach grumble. The Bolles and Nease girls soccer teams tasted that reality last season when both were ousted during the regional playoffs...
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Neptune Resizes Limits for Future Retail Development
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - The City Council approved a clarification Monday to a law that allows shopping centers to be larger than 60,000 square feet, but limits individual stores to that building size cap. The measure is a result of...
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NEWSMAKER: MARK MARTIN; Veteran Driver Sounds Enthusiastic about DEI's Potential for Success
Mark Martin led last year's Daytona 500 until the final 100 yards. That's when Kevin Harvick completed his improbable move from seventh place on the final lap to a one-foot victory. Martin will return for a part-time schedule this year with Dale...
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New Teammates Believe Junior's Drive Is Back; the Move to Hendrick Alleviates Pressure and Gives Him "Peace of Mind."
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH -- Of all the changes Dale Earnhardt Jr. will unveil in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, none will be as profound as a new attitude. Earnhardt's race team is new, along with...
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Northeast Florida Drawing Hottest Fishing Events
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson This is the time of year that many people have to schedule when they will take time off from work in the coming year. Many of our local anglers have to juggle full-time jobs and the tournament trail schedule. Decades ago,...
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Percussion Chops Will Be on Display at Show
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Tony Steve, assistant professor of music at Jacksonville University, will show off his percussion chops at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Terry Concert Hall at 2800 University Blvd. The concert will feature the premiere of Concerto...
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Police Briefs; Motorist Attacks Boy on a Bicycle
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - An 11-year-old boy riding a bicycle was attacked by a passing motorist about 6:10 p.m. Friday outside Russell Park in the 800 block of Seminole Road....
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Police Briefs; Polite Wave Turns into Robbery
Byline: DAN SCANLAN They waved at each other politely late Thursday as they passed in an apartment complex at 7540 Habersham Circle N. Then as a 49-year-old man walked into a darker stretch of road, one of the men he had waved at ran past, turned...
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Pressure Rising for Seminoles; FSU Needs More Wins If It Wants Consideration for the NCAA Tourney
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- The margin for error -- more narrow for some than others -- has been significantly reduced for the Florida State and Miami basketball programs entering the second half of the Atlantic Coast Conference season. ...
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Schools Show off Academies to Students; the Annual Showcase Attracted about 1,800 Students and Their Parents
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL St. Johns County students flew aircraft simulators, extracted plant DNA and resuscitated a drowning victim, all without leaving the comfort of the World Golf Village Convention Center. About 1,800 students and their parents...
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Single Mom Land; It's Time for the Little One's Bath: Welcome to Tough Parenthood
Byline: Megan Mathis Gangbusters. I never really understood what that word meant until I had a child, and had to "Come down on him" like one. Tonight, there is war in my home. Me vs. The Small Child. He doesn't want to wash himself in...
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Sons Follow in Fathers' Footsteps; Ros, Butler Are Familiar Names for Longtime Georgia Followers
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. -- Bryce Ros plans to run between the hedges as his father, Frank, did. Drew Butler is in line to boot the ball in Sanford Stadium as his father, Kevin, did. "It's special, obviously, to me because it's very...
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Students Shrink the World for a Day; the Theme at St. Paul's Catholic School's Art Fest Was "It's a Small World."
They danced to Irish music outside and listened to bagpipers and ate lunch in a cafeteria that had been transformed into New York's Little Italy. It wasn't an average day Friday for the students and faculty at St. Paul's Catholic School in Jacksonville...
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Sunshine Offenses Won't Be Pursued; 'CLEAR CRIMINAL INTENT' State Attorney Says He Needs to See That before He'll Prosecute Any City Council Violations. NONCRIMINAL CHARGES OUT Shorstein Says He's Too Busy with Violent Crimes to Devote Time to Civil Infractions
Byline: BETH KORMANIK Short of seeing evidence of a kickback to a Jacksonville City Council member or other criminal act, State Attorney Harry Shorstein said Tuesday he was not willing to prosecute any violations of the state's open meetings law....
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Survival Skills in School, Finances for Entire Family
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee For the next few Saturdays at Mattie V. Rutherford School in Springfield, young people will be in a classroom learning how to survive the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. While they're doing that, their parents...
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Terrible Ride for Mom, Baby Stuck in the Back Seat; an Innocent Errand for Party Treats Leads to a Careening Nightmare and a DUI Arrest
Byline: DANA TREEN ST. AUGUSTINE - Amber Tedrick said she didn't know she was headed for a terrifying beer run when she climbed into the back seat of an acquaintance's car Sunday with her 16-month-old daughter. Tedrick, 20, said she thought they...
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The Big Ones Come to Town: Clydesdales Mark Pete's 75th
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - When you say, "Clydesdale," you've said it all for attracting a crowd and celebrating beer. The Budweiser Clydesdale horses trotted into town Thursday as a throng of several hundred people gathered to watch...
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This Week; Sprint Cup
BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT Where: Daytona International Speedway. When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Track dimensions: 2.5-mile tri-oval, 31-degree banking. Broadcast: Television -- Fox, 8 p.m.; Radio -- Motor Racing Network, Sirius Satellite Radio, 8 p.m....
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TPC Sawgrass Lands New Superintendent; Vlach Replaces Klauk, Who's Retiring, and Has Much Experience
Byline: GARRY SMITS Fred Klauk gave a 14-year-old kid a part-time job filling divots with sand in Coral Springs. Years later, that kid is Klauk's replacement as superintendent of the TPC Sawgrass, the venue for The Players Championship, the PGA...
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T-U 2
QUOTABLE "I'm disappointed, selfishly. He brings interest to the league. I know I'd like for him to come to Allen Fieldhouse one more time. I'm disappointed because I've kind of felt the same way when Barry Sanders retired. How can he retire when...
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Van Zant Arrested on Drug Charges; He Is Related to Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Leader, Ronnie Van Zant
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY Jacksonville musician Jimmie Van Zant, a cousin to famed Lynyrd Skynyrd band members, went to jail Monday night on cocaine charges after police pulled over his truck on a traffic stop. The 50-year-old Jacksonville native...
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Williams Likely a Jaguar; the Ex-Redskins Aide Has Agreed to Become Defensive Coordinator
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Expect an attacking style of defense next season in Jacksonville. That's likely what former Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams would bring to the Jaguars after agreeing Tuesday to join the team's...
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Woman Trapped in Home Dies in Blaze
A woman was killed Tuesday night in a home fire near the Buckman Bridge, authorities said. About 7:30 p.m., fire crews responded to a home at Malaga Avenue and Collins Road, not far from Interstate 295 and Roosevelt Boulevard. Neighbors told firefighters...
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Work Is Done for 'Dogs; for Georgia, Signing Day Is a Reason to Celebrate
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. -- Hugs replaced the hard sell in the homestretch of recruiting for Georgia's 2008 class. "I don't miss it one bit," Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said. With nearly all of its 25-player recruiting haul secured...
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