The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 12, 2010

6 Districts Spar with Board over Charter Schools; MONEY School Districts Say Dollars Were Unfairly and Illegally Distributed to Charter Schools. LEGALITY Both Sides Argue over State Constitution in a Case That Will End with a Single Judge
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Schools often produce hefty reading assignments, and a court battle between the State Board of Education and six local school systems is generating a mountain of homework for Judge Wendy L. Shoob. She's the Fulton...
Astrophysicist Talks Science, Kids, NASA; the Host of PBS' "NOVA scienceNOW" Will Speak at UNF
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who directs the Hayden Planetarium at New York's American Museum of Natural History, visits Jacksonville to speak Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the University of North Florida Arena. Tyson...
Blown Transformer Sparks Brush Fire; Barn, Horse Trailer Were Destroyed in the Blaze in the Pickettville Area
At least 120 Jacksonville firefighters and three forestry crews battled a stubborn woods fire for about six hours Sunday near Pickettville, sparing homes and injuries. The wind-swept blaze, sparked by a blown transformer, burned about 90 acres near...
Booster Seat Law Likely Won't Get OK This Session; Some Say Education Needed More; Sponsors Will Try Again Next Year
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Cynthia Dennis could use a little help. But she won't be getting it from the Florida Legislature this year. Dennis, coordinator of Safe Kids Northeast Florida, a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent childhood injuries and...
Catcher Rough on Suns; Veteran Quiroz of the Diamond Jaxx Awaits His Promotion
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT When you've spent a part of each of the last six seasons in the major leagues, it's a tough assignment to accept when told that you'll be starting in Double-A. That's what West Tenn catcher Guillermo Quiroz endured after...
C-Sections: Are You Aware of the Risks? Florida Has a Very High Rate of Cesarean Births. but Misinformation about the Procedure Is Common
Byline: SARA CONRAD Sarah Byrd, a 33-year-old Jacksonville resident, planned to birth her first child naturally. She found through research that she would recover faster than if she had surgery, and that it would be healthier for her and her baby....
CSX Stock at 18-Month High Ahead of Earnings Report
Byline: MARK BASCH Investors are apparently expecting to hear good things from CSX Corp. when the Jacksonville-based railroad company reports its first-quarter earnings on Tuesday. Even before the report, CSX's stock traded at an 18-month high last...
Democrat Meek Not Shy in Campaigning; Miami Congressman Is Trying for Recognition Locally to Make Senate
Byline: DAVID HUNT The plan: Tug at blue collars to win over red voters. If Kendrick Meek, a Democratic congressman from Miami, can pull that off in Jacksonville, it could shift the U.S. Senate run in his favor. But the question is how well...
Experts Say Reform Means Problems for Primary Care; More New Patients Is Likely to Lead to a Doctor Shortage
Byline: JEREMY COX The new federal health reform law expands coverage to 32 million Americans, including tens of thousands on the First Coast. Now, who will treat them? Those in primary care - practicing it and teaching the next generation of...
Feds Say They Want Green Cars, but Actions Indicate Otherwise
Byline: PHIL FRETZ Most local Toyota owners say they will stick with the brand, despite a recent spate of recalls, The Times-Union has reported. No surprise there. Toyotas are good cars. And, in case anyone has forgotten, Toyota isn't exactly...
Financial Reports for Candidates Due; City Council Races Fail to Raise as Much as Mayoral Campaigns
Byline: DAVID HUNT Money is the big topic today as candidate financial reports are due. One name to watch is Fred "Fel" Lee. He's Neptune Beach's vice mayor who is running for a seat on the Duval County School Board. So far Lee has out-raised...
FOUR CHEERS; Leaders Who Serve
Part of the role of this page is to share good news in the community. We have many good people, doing good works, that deserve to be recognized. We celebrate them every Monday. One illustration was the celebration at City Hall last week of...
It's a Wrap for Wozniacki; She Wins Her Second Consecutive MPS Title by Thwarting Govortsova
Byline: FRANCINE KING Caroline Wozniacki's brother can expect a new edition to his home decor soon. The 19-year-old Danish tennis star successfully defended her title at The MPS Group Championships on Sunday, defeating unseeded Olga Govortsova...
JAMMIN' IN JAX BEACH; Springing the Blues Evolves as Music Brings Community Together
Byline: KEVIN TURNER In 1991, San Veal organized the first Springing the Blues festival - not just for the blues, but also for Jacksonville Beach, he said. There weren't any other music festivals in the area at the time, he said, because it was...
Landfill Agreement Prepped for Release; BREACH OF CONTRACT Court-Ordered Mediation Brought about the Settlement Agreement after Waste Management Filed a Lawsuit against the City. COMPARISON the Settlement Offer and Mayor John Peyton's Proposal Will Be Analyzed on the Overall Cost
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Jacksonville City Council Auditor Kirk Sherman is not yet ready to release his office's analysis of a proposed settlement agreement between the city and Waste Management to end a lawsuit over the Trail Ridge landfill. However,...
Less Money, Greater Fulfillment
Byline: SARA CONRAD Sara S. Aton went back to school at age 42 to become a nurse after establishing a career in international municipal bond sales. She's now a diabetes nurse educator at the Mayo Clinic. A former assistant vice president, she said...
MASTERS NOTEBOOK; 16th Green Is Sweet for Green, Moore
Byline: GARRY SMITS AUGUSTA, Ga. - There were eagles, eagles on par-4 holes and other assorted chip-ins and hole-outs this week in the Masters. Some aces were finally dealt in the final round of the Masters, the first at Augusta since 2008. Both...
Mickelson Gambles Pay off; Winner Makes Enough Good Shots to Counter the Bad Ones for Victory
Byline: GARRY SMITS AUGUSTA, Ga. - Phil Mickelson got within one shot of the lead in the Masters Tournament in the third round with a series of sensational and improbable shots. He won the tournament Sunday by staging a clinic on damage control...
Mps Group Championships
Byline: FRANCINE KING 3 QUESTIONS WITH ... CAROLINE WOZNIACKI The No. 2 player in the world successfully defended her title at Ponte Vedra Beach on Sunday with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Olga Govortsova. You tweeted that you played golf last...
Navy Bans Smoking on Subs for Health; Cessation Classes Will Be Offered to Educate Sailors about Their Alternatives
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer John Crouse remembers when smoking was banned at duty stations on submarines in the early 1980s. "There were no restrictions where you could smoke," he said. "It was like a bar."...
NOTEBOOK; Duo Gets First Title as Partners
Byline: FRANCINE KING American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Yan Zi of China keep getting better and better as doubles partners. After a quarterfinal finish at the Australian Open and a semifinal run at Indian Wells, they won their first title as...
Perfect Ending for Mickelson; Lefty Bogey-Free in Winning Third Green Jacket
Byline: GARRY SMITS AUGUSTA, Ga. - Phil Mickelson looked at playing partner Lee Westwood when they were walking down the eighth fairway Sunday at the Augusta National Golf Club, and after noting the number of roars ahead of them on the course, quipped,...
Phil's Win Was One for the Family
Byline: GENE FRENETTE AUGUSTA, Ga. - Golf's two biggest iconic players, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, came into the final round of the 74th Masters needing an emotional lift for opposite reasons. The scandal-marred Woods was looking for respite...
Physicians Create Different Solar Energy Farm; They Devised a Business Model for Production and Sale of the Energy
Byline: MARY LANDERS SAVANNAH - Two physicians made energy history last week in a dusty field in Bulloch County when they connected their solar farm to the electric grid. The pole-mounted arrays of solar panels, 24 of them so far, are a rare...
Restaurant Inspections
Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation says every public food service establishment - including vendors, caterers and restaurants - is inspected twice a year. Follow-up visits are made if results warrant. The department calls...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BASEBALL KISSIMMEE OSCEOLA 2, EAGLE'S VIEW 0 Eagle's View***000***000***0-***0***4***0 Osceola******101***000***x-***2***4***1 W: Dillard. L: Houck. 2BH: Calilao (KO). Records: Eagle's View 11-9, Kissimmee Osceola...
Spiller Could Be Too Good to Pass Up; Jaguars Must Balance Need vs. Want at Running Back in Draft
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Running back isn't a position of need for the Jaguars. But regardless of any team's personnel situation going into the draft, dynamic play-making ability is always in demand once teams are on the clock. That could...
Steelers Ship Holmes to Jets, Source Says
A person familiar with the deal says the New York Jets have acquired wide receiver Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fifth-round draft pick this month. The teams had yet to announce the trade Sunday night. Holmes, the 2009 Super...
Students Capture Pictures of What They Cannot See; Teacher Hopes Class Helps the Visually Impaired Better Interact with the World around Them
Byline: JEREMY COX Ashley Negron has wanted to become a photographer since she was in the sixth grade. So when her technology class started a unit on photography, the high school student volunteered to be first to use the sole camera. Her enthusiasm...
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Water Crunch Puts Springs in Danger; Some Fear What Will Happen to Wildlife and Plants If Springs Dry Up
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON The little spring-fed creek behind Robert Palmatier's home ties his neighborhood together. Kids play there, adults sit on benches by the water and last year some families got together to scoop out sand and keep the channel...