The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 18, 2008

40 Years Later, Debate over Rodman Dam Rages on; Passions Still Run High in the Prolonged Fight over Restoring the Ocklawaha River
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Just three years after the dam went up, the feds abandoned the ill-fated Cross-Florida Barge Canal project. But the dam - and the debate over it - remains. The dam has survived seven presidents. It - or, more accurately,...
A.M. Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL CELEBS BY ANY OTHER NAME I am a man of simple pleasures. I, for example, always look forward to writing about Gwyneth Paltrow, because the spell-check system here suggests I call her Twinges Paltry instead. I get a...
A Nonmilitary Man Serves in Numerous Ways; Ray Moore's Service Includes Honoring Jacksonville's Fallen Veterans Memorial Wall
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON When Ray Moore was a student at Andrew Jackson High School, he was struck by a framed hand-lettered sign hanging in the school. Donated by the Class of '47, it listed names of Jackson High students who died during World...
Another Snap Decision by Fisheries Council
Byline: JIM SUTTON One thing you can say about the South Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council is that it never met a fishing management plan it didn't like. Last Sunday, I outlined some of the preferred alternatives for the SAFMC's new Amendment...
Around the Area
JAGA QUALIFIER SET Further evidence that the Jacksonville Area Golf Association Amateur Championship keeps getting bigger and better: They need a qualifying tournament for the first time in years. The 18-hole qualifier will be June 30 at the...
Bookmarks
Let her be your guide: Lucy Beebe Tobias, author of 50 Great Walks in Florida (University Press of Florida, $24.95) describes the deepest swamps and the most civilized sidewalks at the next Friends of the Library Book Talk Cafe program. The free event...
Bungled Spygate Probe Provides Few Answers
Byline: VITO STELLINO The most puzzling aspect of the Spygate controversy is the way NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handled it. As someone who has spent virtually his entire career working in the NFL, Goodell should understand the basics...
CITY FINANCES; A Tougher Sell
Dreadful timing hovers over the path of The Jacksonville Journey like black clouds with lightning streaks. The Mayor's Office launched the first of four community weekly meetings Thursday about the Journey and its proposed measures to help Jacksonville...
City Officials Want ACC Baseball Back; Jacksonville's Success as Host Means the Tourney Could Return in 2010
Byline: BOB THOMAS In Michael Bouda's eyes, Jacksonville is just loaning the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament to Boston in 2009, not saying goodbye after a four-year run at the Baseball Grounds. That's why the sports manager for...
CLASS 4A BASEBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP; BISHOP KENNY 9, FORT MYERS RIVERDALE 3 Crusaders March to 4A State Crown Opportunistic BK Takes an Early Four-Run Lead, Then Cruises to a Victory
Byline: HAYS CARLYON SARASOTA -- Bishop Kenny and Fort Myers Riverdale both made errors in the first inning. Riverdale failed to score. BK took full advantage. Its reward? The Class 4A baseball state championship. The Crusaders used a four-run...
Course Vandalism Lacks Common Sense
Byline: GARRY SMITS Larry Baker, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detective, investigates many crimes, committed for many reasons. But Baker, an avid golfer who appeared on a CBS reality show last year, said he can never understand one particular...
'Crazy, Sexy Cancer' Fighter and EVE Speaker; Kris Carr Will Deliver Keynote Address at May 30 Luncheon
Byline: JUDY WELLS Cancer may have caught Kris Carr, but it hasn't been tenacious enough to stop the woman who serves as keynote speaker for the EVE Awards luncheon Friday, May 30. When we called, she was finishing the editing on her second book...
'Crazy, Sexy' Ideas: What NOT to Say to a Cancer Patient
Byline: JUDY WELLS Cancer. When a family member, friend or colleague gets it, it makes us uncomfortable, too. What do you say? How do you avoid the dreaded cancer faux pas? "People get pretty threatened when you go outside the norm, and mortality...
Film Fest Entry Has Local Tie
Byline: JUDY WELLS There must be something in the beach air. First there was Linden Ashby, son of Eleanor and Garnett Ashby, who grew up in Atlantic Beach and turned actor. Now, Rhyan Taylor, son of Suzanne and Bob Taylor, longtime fixtures in Ponte...
Fleming Island Inspired by Memory of Tough Player
Byline: Gene Frenette Last Wednesday around noon, Fleming Island High offensive tackle Cory White experienced a life-changing milestone after he committed to play college football at the University of Miami. Nine hours later, everything turned...
High Schools: Spring Football Blitz
ST. AUGUSTINE LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 13-2, lost in Class 3A championship game to Naples 17-10. SPRING GAME: 6:15 p.m. on May 22 vs. Jackson at First Coast. TEAM STRENGTHS: Running game and linebackers. The Yellow Jackets have a proven tandem...
How Covering Congress Helps Citizens Follow Government
Byline: WAYNE EZELL In a paper titled "Press Coverage and Political Accountability," two researchers arrived at some conclusions about newspapers and their coverage of Congress that probably should concern First Coast voters. "It has long been...
My Hopes for Mayport Are Sinking
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO There's got to be a better way. I understand the shrimp-tasticly historic Mayport fishing village isn't looking its best these days - what in Mayport is, really? But does a bit of blight warrant wiping it and its 250-plus...
New Crackdown on Irrigating Lawns Is Needed
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE The water hogs in South Florida are whining about permanent irrigation restrictions the South Florida Water Management District wants to impose. According to the Sun-Sentinel, utilities there complain that limiting...
Nonfiction
Title: Things I Learned from Knitting Author: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Data: Storey Publishing, 160 pages, $10.95 Review by LINDSAY FOUCHT Special to the Times-Union Though it's cute and quirky, fans of expert and author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee...
NOTEBOOK; Huge Speckled Trout Caught near Blount Island
Byline: JIM SUTTON Fishing captain Tony Bozzella guided Bill Carr to a speckled trout of a lifetime in early May. The 11-pound fish was caught near Blount Island. The day had been full of action on jacks, ladyfish, bluefish and a flounder. As...
'Office' Politics on a New Level
Byline: Terry Dickson NAHUNTA -- There was a time when not much changed in Brantley County but its only traffic light. If you wanted something done, you saw the County Commission chairman. If you wanted a dirt road scraped, he could send a grader....
On His Way to the Theater ... Director Runs into People He Met Last Year While Filming in Jacksonville
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Patrick Sisam flew 15 hours from London without much problem to show his movie at the Jacksonville Film Festival. But making it the last few feet into the Florida Theatre was proving to be difficult. Sisam is a friendly person,...
PIT PROWESS; Jarrett: No Comeback Planned the Veteran Driver Says He Won't Reverse His Decision to Retire
Byline: DON COBLE CONCORD, N.C. -- Dale Jarrett might have driven his final stock-car race Saturday night. And unlike so many racers before him, there are no plans to make a comeback. Days after Terry Labonte announced he was coming out of...
RIVER, DAM A FLASH POINT WATER; Tearing Down the Rodman Reservoir Is at the Center of the River Water Removal Debate
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER EUREKA - Here, deep in the heart of Florida and miles away from anything, the Ocklawaha River meets an abandoned dam. There's a history lesson, but the history is ebbing from memory. And the lesson couldn't be more relevant....
ROUNDUP; Strauss Pitches FSU to Win over N.C. State
Byline: BOB THOMAS A month had passed since Florida State right-hander Ryan Strauss last earned a start for the Seminoles. He likely won't have to wait that long for his next one. Strauss might have converted his Senior Night start into a...
Sailors Gone, but Not Forgotten; Mayport Remembers the 37 Who Died in the USS Stark Attack
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Days after 37 sailors died in an Iraqi missile attack on the USS Stark, Barbara Kiser boarded the ship to visit the spot where her husband burned to death. Kiser said she sifted through the ashes that once was his bunk...
SAVVY SOLUTIONS; Reward Cards Pay You Back Taking the Time to Fill out the Forms Can Save Shoppers Plenty at Checkout Time
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Are you a reward card member? Would you like to become one? It's a common question at the checkout counter. Retailers hungry for repeat business have rolled out shiny plastic cards that promise savings in exchange for...
See Hospitals through the Eyes of a Teen
Byline: Mark Woods Jabril Williams had plans for the summer of '07, the kind of plans you make for the summer after you graduate from high school. Hanging out with friends. Enjoying the window between the past and the future. Instead, Williams...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE NOTEBOOK; Barons' Cassel Is on Family Path
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Birmingham Barons right-handed pitcher Justin Cassel was the Pitcher of the Week in the Southern League for April 28-May 4. That's an indication that Cassel is making strides to matching the success of his older brothers....
Speedway Becomes a Parking Lot; Golden Isles' Owner Leases the Space to an Import Auto Processor, Which Has Run out of Space
Byline: MIKE MORRISON WAYNESVILLE -- Construction of a drag strip at the Golden Isles Speedway has been postponed while the land serves cars that move far slower. Speedway owner Frankie Lloyd said he has leased the 50-acre site on U.S. 82 to...
Tour Loves No. 17 Drama; despite Criticism, the Players Playoff Format Isn't Going to Change
Byline: GARRY SMITS Critics of the par-3 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course might as well go argue about the BCS. After the drama of last week's Players Championship, the PGA Tour is not about to change anything about the hole...
Travel Log
MEMPHIS DUCKS IN A ROW AT PEABODY MEMPHIS It's been 75 years since the Peabody ducks first graced the fountain in the lobby of The Peabody Memphis, an anniversary the Memphis hotel is recognizing with the "Diamond Anniversary Ducky Day Family...
T-U 2
2 CENTS Here are a few thoughts as the NBA nears its conference finals: -- The Los Angeles Lakers again showed why they're the team to beat, eliminating the Utah Jazz on Friday night and improving road teams' record to 2-21 in the second round....
Win Still Eludes Kershaw; amid Rumblings of a Promotion to the Bigs, the Suns' Ace Stays 0-3
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT For the eighth consecutive start this year, Clayton Kershaw failed to receive a win. Despite his 0-3 record, however, the 20-year-old left-hander might have pitched his last game in Jacksonville. Kershaw could be headed to...
WOLFSON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BASS TOURNAMENT; Anglers Find Bottom Line Gainesville Team Wins $10,000 in Bass Event
Byline: JIM SUTTON PALATKA -- The 19th annual Wolfson Children's Hospital Bass Tournament went off with barely a hitch. But it weighed heavily on tournament officials' minds. The only problems in an otherwise perfect day of fishing were two electrical...
Women of Faith Support Each Other; Thousands Share Stories at a Debut Event in Jacksonville
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON A mix of music, lecture and prayer that has attracted millions of women nationally reached a few thousand more Saturday, as Jacksonville hosted the Women of Faith conference for the first time. The two-day conference at...
YOU SHOULD KNOW BRITT GREENE; St. Joe's New CEO Unafraid of Challenging Housing Market He Joined the Company in Time for "Pioneering" Panhandle Development
Byline: MARK BASCH Taking over the helm of a real estate company in the middle of a severe housing downturn would seem like a daunting challenge. But Britt Greene isn't deterred. He's looking forward to it. "Doing it now in this marketplace is...