The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 4, 2009

A.M. Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA ITUNES TOP DOWNLOADED SONGS AS OF MONDAY 1. "My Life Would Suck Without You" Kelly Clarkson 2. "Gives You Hell" The All-American Rejects 3. "You Found Me" The Fray 4. "Just Dance" Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis...
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Beach Shorts
TROLLEY FUNDS ON HOLD, FOR NOW Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach are holding off on committing money to the Beaches Trolley system. The Neptune Beach City Council agreed last week that it is still interested in eventually funding the trolley,...
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Bulldogs Still Looking for Win in 2009; Georgia Has Lost Eight in a Row, Including Six in the SEC
Byline: ROGER CLARKSON Georgia might not have found the bottom-line result it needed against Alabama, but it did see some encouraging numbers. Trey Thompkins broke out of a four-game slump with 22 points and 14 rebounds against the Crimson Tide...
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Burglary Suspect Won't Face Charges; Officer Shot at Man Who Was Running Away in Westside Incident
Byline: MATT GALNOR An unarmed burglary suspect shot while running from Jacksonville police will not face criminal charges. Prosecutors dropped burglary charges last month against Jerrick Hall, who was shot twice in the back last October as he...
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Dar Williams Brings Folk-Rock Vibe to Freebird
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Contemporary folk singer/songwriter Dar Williams took up the guitar when she was 10 and within two years, had written her first song. Those beginnings set the stage for the thoughtful stories she tells in her melodic songs....
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Does It Matter - to This Band, It Most Certainly Does
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN An Atlantic Beach band wants its listeners to have a good time, but they also hope their songs inspire something deeper. "We hope our music makes our listeners think about something or examine something that they haven't...
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DRIVEN TO SELL TICKETS; from Discounts to Food Deals, Tracks Are Trying Every Trick in the Book
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - Daytona International Speedway would like everyone to know there are tickets remaining for the Daytona 500 - enough for the whole family, the whole neighborhood and maybe even the whole town. Families have cut...
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ECONOMIC STIMULUS; Spend Carefully
There is some truth in news reports that the U.S. Senate hopes to finish work on a House-passed economic stimulus package this week. The House did pass a package, and the Senate is working on it now. But it is not a stimulus package. It's a massive,...
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Even in Tough Economic Times, This Fundraiser's a Sweet Success
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Despite the recession, businesses turned out to support the eighth annual Chocolates of the World, a sweet and elegant event that supports the International Visitor Corps of Jacksonville. "Our business...
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Hayes' Hall Saga Now Soap Opera; A Complicated Family Tree Causes Infighting as Spokeswoman's Letter Is Questioned
Byline: GENE FRENETTE All the celebrating among Bob Hayes' loved ones and friends over him being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday has quickly degenerated into a family feud. Some members of Hayes' immediate family, along with...
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High School Basketball
BOYS TEAM STATISTICS OFFENSE School************G***PF***AVG. Arlington Country Day***22***1,723***78.3 Wolfson*********23***1,712***74.4 Fernandina Beach******21***1,523***72.5 Providence*********22***1,566***71.2 First Coast*********16***1,097***68.5...
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In Memory of Four Heroic Chaplains; American Legion Ceremony Honors Group Who Gave Their Lives to Save Others in Ship Attack in 1943
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY On Sunday afternoon, when many Americans were getting ready to watch the Super Bowl to cheer for football "heroes," about 200 Beaches-area residents and community leaders gathered at the American Legion Ocean/Beaches Post...
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Insurer Considers Appeal of Rate Denial; State Farm's Exit from Florida Not a Ploy, Executives Say
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - State Farm might continue pushing for a 47 percent rate increase for its property insurance customers in Florida even as it makes plans to leave the state, executives told lawmakers Tuesday. The company...
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Let's Get This Sermon Popping; Jacksonville Congregations Gathering for Sunday Worship in Movie Theaters
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY It was closing in on 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and Billy Moses was working like crazy to get the sound system ready for the worship service that was barely two hours away at Oasis Church North Florida. "When I get into...
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Locals Join in Octuplet Debate; MEDICAL ETHICS Fertility Specialist Says Giving Treatment Was 'Irresponsible.' PARENTAL RIGHTS but Can Physicians Dictate How Many Children a Mother Has?
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY The outrage surrounding the birth of octuplets in California may be misplaced, a First Coast physician said Tuesday. Instead of blasting the single mother of six who used in vitro fertilization to have more children, scrutinize...
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Man Gets Prison in Insurance Scheme; 200 Auto Insurance Victims Could Have Their Credit Ruined
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A former Glynn County insurance agent who used the mail to obtain $93,000 in auto insurance commissions through an elaborate fraud scheme was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in federal prison. Senior...
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Man Killed Crossing Street Was a Sandalwood Teacher; Students Say the Vietnam Veteran Made Them Feel at Ease in His Classroom
A man killed Friday as he crossed a Jacksonville street has been identified as a Sandalwood High School teacher. Michael W. Rose, 61, of the 2900 block of St. Johns Avenue was hit in the 4100 block of Herschel Street in front of Hungry Howie's Pizza...
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Maybe the City Should Use Cash
Byline: Mark Woods David Nelson's business includes property management. He says he sees bad checks every month. But they usually don't look this: City of Jacksonville logo in the upper left corner, mayor's (stamped) signature in the lower right....
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Meeting of Minds, Not Opinions; GLYNN COUNTY JAIL Workshop on Expansion Doesn't Appear to Change Any Minds
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS BRUNSWICK - Three Glynn County commissioners, who campaigned on a promise to move the jail expansion out of town, met with the Sheriff's Office and other county staff to review facts, get questions answered and learn about...
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Moms-to-Be Missing out on Prenatal Care; as People Lose Insurance Because of Layoffs, and Government Aid Remains in Limbo, the Human Price Is Continuing to Rise
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Declining rates of prenatal care and possible deep cuts in government aid for pregnant women could wipe out efforts to reduce infant mortality in Northeast Florida. That's the message health advocates are taking to Gov....
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More Moms-to-Be Skip Prenatal Care; as Many Women Do without Insurance, and Government Aid Is in Limbo, the Number of Those Seeking Needed Care Is Declining
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Declining rates of prenatal care and possible deep cuts in government aid for pregnant women could wipe out efforts to reduce infant mortality in Northeast Florida. That's the message health advocates are taking to Gov....
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Morning Briefs
S&P LOWERS T-U PARENT'S CREDIT RATING Standard & Poor's Ratings Services late on Monday lowered its corporate credit rating on Morris Publishing Group LLC from "CCC" to "D." S&P also said it lowered its rating on the company's $300 million...
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Neptune Questions City Code Variances; Question Is Whether Code or Appeals Board Is out of Step with City Residents' Wishes
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - Some City Council members are starting to question how relevant the Zoning Board of Appeals is in the face of almost certain approvals of variances and exemptions to city building codes. Councilman Fred Lee...
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Once Destroyed, Nature Cannot Always Be Restored in Its Entirety
Byline: Courtney Hackney Restoring nature is not as easy as many people believe. There is the popular perception that if we make a mistake and damage the environment as we develop, we can fix it later. Beach restoration is a classic example. When...
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Penned by Father and Son, 'River Song' Flows with Love; St. Johns River and Its Characteristics Are Praised in the Lyrics
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY When T.K. "Kim" Hilton is singing this particular song, the word "love" rolling off his tongue five times over, he glances up like he sees something no one else does. Look into his heart and you know what it is. That chorus...
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Police Briefs; Car Windows Broken in Atlantic, Neptune Beaches
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -Vandals broke three windows in a 2002 Volkswagen Jan. 27 or 28 in a driveway in the 400 block of Aquatic Drive. The vandalism occurred the same...
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Ponte Vedra Home Values Take Hit at End of '08; Report Shows the Area Down More Than Others for Quarter, but Not as Much for Year
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Home values in Ponte Vedra Beach had the severest drop in the Beaches area the last quarter of 2008, according to a real estate report released this week by a national online market analysis company. The new numbers indicate...
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Reduce Foreclosure: Educate; Summit Takes Community Approach, So City Won't Be 'Foreclosure Capital'
Byline: TIA MITCHELL The No. 1 recommendation from Tuesday's Foreclosure Summit in Jacksonville was to launch a communitywide initiative focused on educating at-risk homeowners about the resources available to them. This education campaign will...
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Same Two Win Empire Run-Up
Thomas Dold of Germany and Suzy Walsham of Singapore have repeated as winners of the Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City. In his fourth consecutive victory, the 24-year-old Dold raced up the 86 flights in 10 minutes, 7 seconds, beating...
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Say 'Free' and They Will Come; Denny's Surpassed Serving 2 Million Free Grand Slams by Noon
Byline: LAURA BROCCO Before the Denny's free Grand Slam breakfast promotion even started at 6 a.m. Tuesday, the line was out the door and cars were wrapped around the restaurant on Atlantic Boulevard at Florida 9A. Employees, however, were prepared,...
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Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BASKETBALL BOYS BARTRAM TRAIL 59, ORANGE PARK 54 BARTRAM TRAIL (59): Reid 11, Vidoli 19, Rohloff 2, Johnson 4, Ellis 14, Tolbert 6, Oram 3. ORANGE PARK (54): Williams 2, Robbins 7, Denton 3, Howard 11, Colon 10, Hendley...
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Shooting Victim Unsure Why She Was Targeted; NOT RANDOM Victim Says She Recognized the Shooter, Who Asked for Her by Name
Byline: DANA TREEN With a knock on the door Sunday asking for an 18-year-old Jacksonville woman, the havoc of bullets puncturing window glass and a refrigerator was tempered only by relief that the damage was not worse. The wounded victim was...
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State Makes Sale of $613 Million in Bonds; BETTER OR WORSE? the Details of the Deals Will Be Shared Today; One Senator Calls It "Unnecessary Indebtedness."
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Despite a historic recession and a projected budget deficit of $2.2 billion, the state was able to complete the sale this week of $613 million in bonds to investors. State officials aren't releasing details until...
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This Time, Free Throws Seal the Victory; Avenging an Earlier Loss to the Gamecocks, UF Is Clutch from the Line
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Missing free throws cost Florida its first game against South Carolina. Making them gave the Gators the rematch. Florida made 13 free throws in the final 2:11 to hold on to beat South Carolina 97-93 in front...
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T-U 2
2 CENTS "Cancer rules." That's what was painted over the memorial mural of former N.C. State women's basketball coach Kay Yow, who died Jan. 24 after a long battle with breast cancer. The jerks who did it also painted a blue mustache on Yow's...
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What's Missing at the Library
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK - The Brunswick-Glynn County Library is getting ready to throw the book at patrons with overdue materials. Perhaps that's too harsh a term. We are talking about a library where it's considered ill form to raise...
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