The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 30, 2009

3 Arrested in Rape, Robbery Attack
Three suspects have been arrested in a June 4 rape and robbery attack in Jacksonville. The victim told police she met a man at her job, exchanged phone numbers and agreed to meet later. They met up after she got off work, but the man got into her...
A MOVIE TOUR OF THE U.S.A. Our Selection of 50 Films Represents Hollywood's Role in Molding How We View Life across America
Byline: MATT SOERGEL It's a big crazy quilt of states, these United States, and at least some of what we know about each of these 50 states - or think we know - is from the movies. So in time for Independence Day, we offer our suggestions for...
A.M. Stir
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY BACK TALK Want to stir it up with A.M. Stir? Find something new everyone should know about? E-mail your comments, beefs and ideas to backtalk@jacksonville.com. KARAOKE SURVEY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS SURROUND TRAGIC SPECTACLES...
At-Risk Youth Chop through Stereotypes in Karate Program; Discipline Paired with Life Lessons Help the Students Gain Confidence
Byline: ADAM AASEN Xavier Jones said he comes from a high-crime part of Arlington where he used to hang out with a tough crowd. Just two months ago, the 19-year-old was playing basketball at Justina Road Elementary when he was shot in the neck...
CHURCHGOERS USE TWITTER, FACEBOOK TO REACH OTHERS; Some People Use It to Pull in Visitors, Others Say It's Rude
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Don't be offended, Daniel Riddick says, if you see him tapping into his iPhone during worship services. He isn't checking e-mail, downloading applications or playing solitaire. He's telling the world - via Twitter - how a...
Contractor Accused of Selling Stolen Air Conditioners; Buyers Who Thought They'd Found a Deal on Craigslist Could Lose Units
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN A Jacksonville air conditioning contractor that advertised low prices on Craigslist actually installed air conditioning units that had been stolen from businesses and apartment complexes, according to authorities. "The...
Cutting the City Budget Isn't as Easy as It Appears
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Let's do a budgetary exercise: Some of you want to repeal the storm water, garbage and franchise fees the City Council passed at the urging of Mayor John Peyton. Some of you also are dead set against the 1.2 mill...
Economy Corks High-End Wine Sales; Sales Overall Holding Fairly Steady, but Consumers Opt for More of the Value Wines, Merchants Say
Byline: KEVIN TURNER While the recession hasn't much hurt Jacksonville wine aficionados' taste for their favorite fermented beverage, it has had an impact on which wines they choose, local vendors say. "I would say people want to drink their...
Efferem Williams Has a 'Passion' for Fine Neckwear
Byline: Charlie Patton When he was growing up, Efferem Williams would get a new suit each Easter. Williams would wear that suit to church each Sunday for a year. "What made it different would be the ties," he said. When it came to ties,...
Federal Cash to Weatherize More Homes; Statewide Nonprofits Get $175 Million to Help Thousands of Low-Income Househoulds. Priorities Programs Help Senior Citizens, the Disabled and Those with Small Children First
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Ollie Stevens waited four years for help making her home less drafty. That ended two weeks ago, when a crew from the St. Johns Housing Partnership started a job the retiree couldn't afford on her own. They caulked holes...
Federal Cash to Weatherize More Homes; Stimulus Aid Lets Nonprofits Help More People in Low-Income Housing
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Ollie Stevens waited four years for help making her home less drafty. That ended two weeks ago, when a crew from the St. Johns Housing Partnership started a job the retiree couldn't afford on her own. They caulked holes...
Harsh Light Comes with Spotlight
Byline: Gene Frenette There's no reason for University of Florida fans to be ignoring, or dismissing as media hype, this new reality series of "24" that features Urban Meyer instead of Jack Bauer as the lead character. There are two dozen instances...
Jacksonville Journal
WOMAN WINS MUSTANG WITH SCRATCH-OFF TICKET Longtime lottery player Josephine Harris of Jacksonville now has a pretty fancy set a wheels for her daughter. The Florida Lottery announced Monday that Harris won a 2010 Ford Mustang convertible in...
Morning Briefs
CSX TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS BY 8 PERCENT CSX Corp. Monday said it plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in its train operations by 8 percent per revenue ton mile by 2011. The railroad company said the plan is part of its participation in a...
Murals Shine Light on City's History; Officials Hope the Artwork Will Lure More People into Downtown Kingsland
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - City officials think they have found an eye-catching way to get people to park their cars and walk in downtown Kingsland. Murals illustrating city history are popping up on the walls of privately owned buildings...
New Gateway to St. Simons Ready for Island Drivers; Work on the Kings Way Entrance Is Now Complete So That Section Will Open Sunday
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI ST. SIMONS ISLAND - The barricades will come down Sunday on Kings Way at the entrance to St. Simons Island. Motorists coming onto the island from the F.J. Torras Causeway will be routed down the roadway beginning at...
Old, Young No Longer See Eye to Eye; GENERATION GAP Study Finds Wider Differences in Social Values, Lifestyle
Byline: JOSH SALMAN Josephine Crewz doesn't own a cell phone. She doesn't use the Internet. She places high regard on chivalry and attends church regularly. The 74-year-old Jacksonville woman considers herself traditional in every sense of...
Pierce, Brantley Crashes Kill 3; Two Victims Were Teens; Others Hurt
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI It was a deadly weekend in Southeast Georgia. Three people, including two teenagers, were killed and two others were injured in three separate crashes in Pierce and Brantley counties, state troopers said Monday. Troopers...
Rose of Sharon Is Related to Hibiscus
Byline: PAULA LAMB My neighbor has a beautiful blooming bush that she says is a Rose of Sharon. Is this plant related to the hibiscus? What else can you tell me about it? Indeed it is related to the flowering hibiscus. You may have noticed that...
Sanford Saga Shows Power of Journalism; the State Newspaper Is Responsible for Outing Gov. Mark Sanford
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford might have finished out his tenure in office and mounted a stellar campaign for the White House without anyone learning of his extramarital affair, separation from his wife and lies...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE: SUNS 6, BISCUITS 4; Late-Inning Runs Deny Biscuits' Rally the Suns Squander Three-Run Lead before Recovering for the Win
Byline: HAYS CARLYON The Jacksonville Suns were able to make Sunday's disappointing loss to the Montgomery Biscuits hurt a little less. Jacksonville broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning to post a 6-4 victory over Montgomery during a day game...
State Parks Raise Fees in Time for Summer Travel; Camping Fees, Rentals and Other Services Are Increasing Rates to Help with Budget Cuts
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - With the height of the summer travel season coming up, state parks are increasing their fees starting Wednesday. The Florida Park Service says entrance fees for vehicles are increasing an average of $1 to...
SUSPENSION CENTERS; Fulfill the Promise
Duval school officials say they expect a Jacksonville Journey program aimed at keeping suspended students engaged in school will operate at capacity next fall. Falling short of that target would signify an inexcusable failure of school leaders and...
Take Note, the Bangles Are Back
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO The Egyptian-walking, "Manic Monday"-having, "Eternal Flame"-burning, "In Your Room" and good-feeling Bangles are on tour and have a Sept. 25 spot slated for the Florida Theatre. I am not kidding. Now, before you raise...
The Boys of Country Deliver a Good Time
Byline: ROGER BULL There was a whole lot of testosterone on the stage of Jacksonville Memorial Veterans Arena Sunday when Toby Keith brought Trace Adkins along for his America's Toughest Tour. It was interesting how differently the two rowdy...
Too Good to Be True
Byline: DON COBLE NASCAR SPRINT CUP: COKE ZERO 400 When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: TNT Fantastic finishes in stock car racing rarely have anything to do with breathtaking passes. They have to do with unlikely,...
Traveler Service under Fire; Company to Expedite Passengers through Security Faces Complaints
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Days after a national company that helped frequent travelers speed through security went out of business, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority is taking aim at a Jacksonville Beach company that is one of the two firms left...
T-U 2
SLUGFEST On Sunday night in Adelanto, Calif., the Lake Elsinore Storm and the High Desert Mavericks combined for a total of 57 hits and 51 runs in a California League game. The Storm, a Class-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, won 33-18. Highlights...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Thanks for Changing My Tire, Saving My Life
Last Thursday on Blanding Boulevard, near the [FCCJ] Kent Campus, my car tire blew and this wonderful man stopped and changed the tire in the midday heat. Considering I am in my 80s, and on full-time oxygen, he probably saved my life. There are amazing,...
Weekend Robberies Are Possibly Connected; Two Home Invasions Left Teenage Siblings Beaten and One Dog Dead
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A teenage brother and sister were recovering Monday after being beaten during an armed home invasion and robbery at their home. The Friday night attack was the first of two similar home invasions during the...