The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 20, 2009

A First for Glynn's Schools; Spouses Are Both Candidates for District Teacher of the Year
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Holly Carter strikes a chord with her math students at Glynn Academy. Her husband, Sidney "Sid" Carter, hits a similar high note with his music students at Golden Isles Elementary School. Married as long...
A HARD DAY'S WAIT; DAY LABORERS. They Arrive before 5 A.M. Hoping for Some Minimum-Wage Work. but with More Workers and Fewer Jobs, Many Are Sent Home Empty-Handed
Byline: ADAM AASEN To be first in line, men arrive at 4 a.m. with hard hats in hand. Most people are still asleep. An hour later, about a dozen men stand on a corner. Some are slumped against a building, hiding their eyes under caps as they try...
Alaskan Adventure; Kenai Fjords Features Breathtaking Beauty, and the Fishing's Not Bad, Either
Byline: JIM SUTTON KENAI FJORDS, Alaska - The captain called it Jesus ice. These shards of glaciers formed here before the birth of Christ. They broke off a glacier nearby and now bobbed below the gunwales. Above us, snow banks that never...
A.M. Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL ON VIDEO GROMIT GOES GAGA Just two days until the release of the new Wallace & Gromit video. This one's called "A Matter of Loaf and Death," another pun-filled entry in the life of optimistic, cheese-loving Wallace...
Archie and Veronica, Married?
Byline: Laura Capitano Word that perpetual teen Archie Andrews proposed to Veronica Lodge in last month's "Archie" No. 600 struck me as quite strange. Stranger, even, than a tick-tack-toe hair growth pattern or boys who wear crowns to school. ...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport GET PUBLISHED To kick off the premier issue of Bacopa, a new annual literary journal, the Writers Alliance of Gainesville is sponsoring a writing contest - fiction, non-fiction and poetry will be accepted through...
Breakdown
AT STAKE The Jaguars can't afford to go into a critical two-game stretch against AFC South opponents (Houston and Tennessee) with an 0-2 record. Arizona looks to avoid the storied Super Bowl-hangover theory and notch its first victory of the season....
Chase for a Title Begins; No Clear Favorite Has Emerged in the Run for the Cup Championship
Byline: DON COBLE LOUDON, N.H. - All 12 drivers in the Chase for the Championship have studied how the playoffs unfolded in the past five years, looking for trends that might help them during today's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway....
CROWLEY'S GLOBAL REACH; from Its Headquarters in Jacksonville, Crowley Maritime Executives Oversee an Empire of 4,300 Employees Working throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Here Are Some of the Company's Locations and What They Do:
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Big, black Crowley Maritime barges being loaded at the Talleyrand port are an everyday sight for drivers going across the Mathews Bridge near downtown Jacksonville. The corporate headquarters for Crowley Maritime sits...
Dolphins Can't Overcome Turnovers, Mistakes; Visiting Monarchs' Late Score Is Enough to Defeat Jacksonville
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Nothing infuriates a football coach more than when his team turns the ball over. So you can imagine Jacksonville University coach Kerwin Bell's temperament after the Dolphins had four turnovers and 123 yards in penalties...
Domestic-Violence Offender Arrested; He's Had Five Other Domestic-Violence Incidents since 2004
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A Jacksonville felon with at least five prior arrests on domestic-violence charges was charged with three more after police were called to a disturbance at a Southside condominium Friday. John Robert Thompson, 38, was in...
Everyone's a Critic: Books
'WHEN YOU REACH ME' By Rebecca Stead Though publishers market "When You Reach Me" (Wendy Lamb Books, 208 pages, $15.99) as a book for the 9- to 14-year-old set, its appeal crosses all age boundaries, just as its content explores the boundaries...
For These Students of Nursing, It's All in the Family
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - Larod Bowen believes a good education is an important thing. He's the sort who would go to a PTA meet-and-greet and tell the teacher, "I expect my children to behave and if mine give you any trouble, let us know."...
Good Budget Passed; Now, Continue the Dialogue
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE As our long budget nightmare finally comes to an end, there are positives that have come out of the pain of the last month. One, as City Council President Richard Clark pointed out Thursday evening as the full council...
Gray Story More Than We Know
Byline: MARK WOODS Never mind the words found in the police report, explicitly detailing what happened in a hotel on Philips Highway. Or the digital recordings that now are part of an extortion case. Or the photos of a 37-year-old Ponte Vedra...
Home Openers Are Mixed Bag
Byline: Gene Frenette The Jaguars play their seventh home opener of the Jack Del Rio era today. Times-Union sports columnist Gene Frenette ranks the first six, from best to worst. 2006 1 JAGUARS 24, DALLAS 17 The T.O. show was too little,...
Island's Piece of History in Play; the Resident Says She Wants the Grange to Stay in Her Family
Byline: GORDON JACKSON CUMBERLAND ISLAND - A year from now, the first retained rights agreements that helped establish Cumberland Island as a national seashore in 1972 expire and the residents living on five tracts will have to move. One resident,...
It's Time for Delhomme to Deliver
Byline: VITO STELLINO Carolina was expected to beat visiting Arizona in the playoffs last January because the Cardinals don't usually travel well when going to the East Coast (one of the reasons the Jaguars are 3-point favorites over Arizona today)....
Jacksonville Journal
'SHREWD' PROSECUTOR TO HEAD FELONY UNIT DIVISION Fourth Circuit Public Defender Matt Shirk has brought in prosecutor Kate Bedell as a new Felony Unit division chief. Bedell was with the State Attorney's Office for about six years, most recently...
Jags Fault Economy for TV Blackouts; Team Official Says It's Almost Certain Situation Won't Change with Wins
Byline: ADAM AASEN Laura and Colin Robertson consider themselves die-hard Jacksonville Jaguars fans. But this year they're more concerned about keeping their home than watching their favorite team play. They sank all their savings into Colin...
KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS; Saving Lives
George Harvey's prayers, at last, have been answered. For longer than the local inner-city pastor would care to remember, he has been praying for a donor kidney. His kidneys don't work properly. That means he must spend hours a week undergoing...
Kiffins Exposed UF Flaws
Byline: GENE FRENETTE GAINESVILLE - That coronation of Florida as the preordained king of college football, along with those Jan. 7 reservations for the Gators at the BCS national title game in the Rose Bowl, might not have to be canceled. Just...
Kiffin's Talk Aided UT; First-Year Coach Says Verbal Jabs Took Pressure off Young Volunteers
Byline: GARRY SMITS GAINESVILLE - Since Lane Kiffin took over as the football coach at Tennessee and became the youngest Division I coach at the age of 34, there have been several standing questions. Is he that clueless? Is he that brash?...
LOCAL NOTEBOOK; Beman Gets Sports Broadcast Honor
Byline: GARRY SMITS Former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman has already reached the pinnacle of his professional in terms of being in a hall of fame, with his 2000 induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. However, Beman recently found out...
Lose the Super Bowl, Then Pay the Price; Cardinals, Upstarts Last Year, Fighting a Lot of NFL History in 2009
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Super Bowl trips in recent years don't include return tickets. It's a situation the Arizona Cardinals (0-1) are well aware of as they seek their first victory of the season today against the Jaguars. "Whether you...
NOTEBOOK; Gators Players Overcome Illness
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Three Florida players were felled by illness last week but still managed to contribute in the top-ranked Gators' 23-13 victory over visiting Tennessee. UF coach Urban Meyer said running back Jeff Demps had...
Pond Drained in Search for Girl; but Sheriff Mum on What's Being Sought; Family Told Nothing
Byline: DANA TREEN PALATKA - As draining of a Putnam County pond continued Saturday as part of the continuing search for Haleigh Cummings, family members of the missing 6-year-old said they had not been told of any finds. "I saw them out there...
READERS RESPOND; Should Thrasher Bring 'Pork' to First Coast? Perhaps Not
Former House Speaker John Thrasher's victory in Tuesday's primary for the state Senate seat quickly led to speculation that he will rapidly ascend to power in the Legislature, positioning him to help this area. Given the realities with a Legislature...
ROUNDUP; Choi's 63 Good for Samsung Lead
All phases of Na Yeon Choi's game were clicking on Saturday, and it showed in her third round at the Samsung World Championship in San Diego. The South Korean shot a career-best 9-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead over compatriot and second-round...
Scoreboard
FOOTBALL STATE Abbeville, S.C. 21, Lincoln County 0 Alexander 17, Mays 14 Allatoona 55, North Cobb Christian 0 Apalachee 21, Clarke Central 7 Aquinas 14, Georgia Military School 0 Armuchee 27, Model 0 Athens Christian 49, Glascock...
Spotlight on High Infant Mortality Rate; Spike Lee's Wife Joins a Community Event to Raise Awareness
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Organizers of Saturday's Family Reunion for Our Future at Edward Waters College used the catchphrase "make a noise, make a difference," but the loudest voice there didn't make a sound. Seventy-five empty strollers were pushed...
Subdued 10-Point Win; No. 1 Gators 'Good Enough' to Beat Vols Fifth Consecutive Time
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Urban Meyer walked into the Florida locker room expecting to see his players celebrating a victory over their bitter Southeastern Conference rival. He found a room full of mopers. Beating Tennessee 23-13...
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You Keep the Change ... While the Banks Keep You
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Reward programs for credit cards were all the rage when consumers said "charge it." Now that people have switched to more savings-oriented modes, the two biggest banks in Northeast Florida have programs that reward customers...