The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 18, 2008

A.M. Stir
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO PICK SIX HEY, I KNOW THAT VOICE Navtones (www.navtones.com) has celebrity voice-over GPS directions for sale. For $12.95, you get your choice of Mr. T, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds or Gary Busey. A fun idea, granted,...
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Beautiful Weather, Great Outdoors, Explore Florida
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Some experiences were meant to be shared. Monday morning as the sun peeked over the horizon, I was sitting on a bench in a park along the banks of the St. Johns River. The brilliant orange of the sun spread across...
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Burglars Nab $100,000 Worth of Sports Cards; A Store Owner Offers a Reward to Anyone Who Can Help Find Thieves
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER After finding card No. 311 stolen Monday morning, Dan Williams' heart sank. The owner of Dan's Sports Cards in Orange Park said the theft of the rare rookie card of New York Yankee great Mickey Mantle was one of hundreds...
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Coast Lines
BRUNSWICK MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE WRECK A Brunswick man died Sunday when his motorcycle crashed into a tree in the median at Georgia Spur 25 and U.S. 17, police said. Police found Harold Yarbrough, 49, dead lying in the median about 6:50 p.m....
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CSX Sues Investors over Law Violations; Partners Accused of Trying to Take Over
Byline: DAVID HUNT CSX Corp. is accusing two of its biggest investors of violating securities laws in an effort to take over the Jacksonville railroad company. A 31-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York...
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Donovan Takes UF Back to Basics; Gators Coach Says Complacency Is the Biggest Problem
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - No NCAA Tournament? No locker room access. No workouts in the practice facility. No Gator garb. No doubt things have changed around the Florida basketball program. Because they didn't achieve the first,...
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EARL EDENFIELD: 1931-2008; Oil-Spill Cleanup Leader Trained Many He Helped Prevent Pollution and Protect the Environment
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Earl E. Edenfield Jr., a pioneer in the control of oil spills in ports, died in a Jacksonville hospital Thursday. He was 76 and had been battling cancer for several years. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Hillcrest...
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FASHION IS HIS TRUE PASSION; for Tim Gunn, There's No Reason for You Not to Look Your Best
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON Tim Gunn knows fashion can be alienating, even shallow. But like it or not, it's still important. "People have a habit of saying, 'Oh, I don't care about that stuff,' " Gunn told the Times-Union. "Well, you need to...
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'Fifa Street' Falls Short of the Goal; This Version of Soccer Isn't Challenging, or Interesting in Long Run
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY FIFA Street 3 tries to be hip and fun, just like your 40-something Uncle Mo who got drunk and danced at your wedding. And just like your uncle, it comes up a little short. What they're selling: From EA Sports Big - "FIFA...
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Foster Care Frequent in Northeast Florida; an Advocacy Group Calls It a "Take the Kid and Run" Mentality
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Children in Northeast Florida are far more likely to be put into foster homes than youngsters in most of the state -- or most of the country -- an advocacy group concluded after studying social service records. The head...
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FSU: Three to Watch This Spring
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - Florida State will open its 33rd spring football practice under coach Bobby Bowden today. Coming off consecutive 7-6 seasons, the Seminoles face several challenges they hope to address in the off-season. THREE...
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FSU Women Return to NCAA Tourney; the 11th-Seeded Seminoles Open against Ohio State
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - Unable to score an upset against the upper echelon of the Atlantic Coast Conference all season, it appeared the Florida State women's basketball team might see its string of three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances...
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High Court Narrowly Rejects Prisoner's Appeal; the 4-3 Decision Denies Another Trial; Supporters Vow to Continue Fight
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - A divided Georgia Supreme Court turned away an appeal by convicted murderer Troy Anthony Davis on Monday, dealing a severe blow to Davis' quest for a new trial but leaving his family and supporters vowing to continue...
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Laurie Price: She Runs City's 'Best Kept Secret'
Byline: Charlie Patton In the beginning, Laurie Price wanted to "redo the world of public mental health care." Price, 49, was in high school when she visited a mental hospital in her native Pennsylvania and was appalled by what she saw. Today,...
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LAW ENFORCEMENT; Shocking Run-In with Cops a Lifesaver Deputies Often Carry Defibrillators
Byline: DANA TREEN PALATKA - Getting a jolt from a cop doesn't necessarily mean you were Tasered anymore. Road patrol deputies and police in rural parts of Northeast Florida increasingly are armed with heart defibrillators that can be used before...
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Morning Briefs
ORANGE PARK FOOD LION PURGING ITS INVENTORY Food Lion's store on Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park is clearing inventory as the store prepares to close by the end of the month. Storewide prices have been dropped by 30 percent, said Matt Bell,...
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NCAA from A to Z; Times-Union Sports Writer Hays Carlyon Takes an Alphabetical Look at This Year's Men's Tournament
Byline: Hays Carlyon A is for American. The small, private Washington, D.C. college is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Tennessee's first-round opponent isn't a fluke. The Eagles beat Maryland for the first time in 80 years...
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Nease Grad's Job Really Is a Lot of Fun and Games; Nate Ahearn Plays and Writes about Video Games for IGN
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY When it's time to work in Nate Ahearn's office, it's time to play video games. Or talk about them, or write about them. Those are some of the perks of working at IGN as a member of the Xbox 360 team. It's not bad work, if...
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NIT Offers FSU Another Chance; Young Players Want to Keep the Season Alive for the Seniors
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - Demanding the ball while posting up North Carolina All-American Tyler Hansbrough, Florida State freshman Julian Vaughn extended his right arm and kissed a high-arching hook shot off the glass for two points. Vaughn...
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Power Outage Dims St. Pat's Sales; Bars Lament Loss of Business on the Most Profitable Night of Year
Byline: MICHAEL ATKINS SAVANNAH, Ga. - When crowds evacuated powerless, darkened Savannah bars Saturday evening, they took their pocketbooks - and the revenues many bars rely on the rest of the year - with them. The storm-spawned blackout occurred...
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President Bush, Meet Our Holly Cleveland; She's to Receive the President's Volunteer Service Award Today
Byline: MATT GALNOR When President Bush steps off Air Force One in Jacksonville this morning, he'll roll through the standard line of dignitaries and politicians welcoming him back to the city. Just away from the line, he'll find Holly Cleveland...
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Ranger Sightings Increasingly Rare; the Enforcement Officers' Numbers Are Dwindling as the State's Population Increases
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- As residents and tourists return to Georgia's woods and waters this spring, the number of law enforcement officers responsible for keeping them safe is dwindling. Some Georgia Department of Natural Resources...
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Shirtless Man Attacks Deputy, Dog; the St. Johns Deputy Was at a Substation When the Man Knocked
A man accused of attacking and threatening to kill a St. Johns County deputy and the officer's dog late Sunday has been arrested, authorities said. He was being held Monday in lieu of more than $300,000 bail. According to the arrest report, a 6-foot-2,...
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Snyder Tops Bartram Trail; Pitchers' Duel Went to Extra Innings before Cardinals Earn Win
Byline: FRANCINE KING Travel softball teammates Taylor Wright and Molly Manning found themselves in opposing dugouts Monday night at Bartram Trail High, as Manning's Bears played host to Wright's Bishop Snyder Cardinals. The players, who play...
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State Told Bio-Facility Will Need a Power Plant; Homeland Security Has Notified Five States to Amend Their Bid
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - State officials have been scrambling since the middle of last week, when they learned that Georgia's bid for an advanced federal laboratory now requires construction of a power plant. If Georgia's bid wins, the...
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The No. 1 Seeds Look Familiar; Tennessee and UConn Could Meet in the Women's NCAA Final
Byline: DOUG FEINBERG Tennessee. Connecticut. Maryland. North Carolina. Those No. 1 seeds - all familiar powerhouses to college basketball fans and all previous winners- anchored the NCAA women's tournament bracket, with the Lady Vols opening...
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Tiger Makes Us Reach for Superlatives
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Ten years ago, I wrote a column advocating that the career resume of Jack Nicklaus far surpassed whoever was considered the next-best golfer, and the argument could be made that the Golden Bear was the most accomplished athlete...
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Tiger Terrific When It Counts; Woods Could Carry an Eight-Event Winning Streak into the Players
Byline: GARRY SMITS ORLANDO - To listen to Tiger Woods Sunday evening, one who had not been watching all four rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational would get the impression that he hit one good shot and made one good putt. But that's all he...
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T-U 2
KNIGHT TAKES A CHANCE ESPN's two-hour Bracketology show Sunday was informative, at times entertaining and helpful if you were looking for insight as to which No. 12 team could upset a No. 5 team. All of the analysts - Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas, Hubert...
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T-YOU; Rants & Raves Democrats Must Make Sure Their Votes Count
We are Democrats who voted legally and correctly, and our votes should have been counted in the first place. We had nothing to do with that primary being moved up. We are Democrats. We want our votes counted. So let's take it to the U.S. Supreme Court....
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USOC Scoffs at Idea of Olympic Boycott
Sticking with a stance it has taken all along, the U.S. Olympic Committee reiterated Monday that an American boycott of the Beijing Olympics is completely out of the question. "Put together a ranking of the worst ideas ever conceived and 'Olympic...
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WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS; Help the Innocent
First, the good news: Since the advent of DNA testing, nine inmates have been exonerated and released from Florida's prisons. Now, the bad news: Most walked away after spending years, even a decade or two, behind bars. They generally had no money,...
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Zoysia Grass Requires a Lot of Maintenance
Byline: ELLEN DUDEK The landscaper in our subdivision planted bahia grass at the entry median, but it has a lot of weeds. If it is replaced with zoysia grass, will the maintenance be less? The area does not have an irrigation system. Established,...
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