The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 22, 2009

A.M. Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL 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. RIGHT OR WRONG? "RED DAWN" LATE IN RISING The right-leaning...
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And the Award for the Most Persuasive Performance by a Totally Uninformed Moviegoer Goes to ... Bluff Your Way through Tonight's Big Oscar Party
Byline: MATT SOERGEL So you haven't seen the Best Picture nominees and need to fake your way through an Oscar party tonight? No problem, if you take notes from our handy Oscar Talking Points, in which we give you just enough info (warning: plot...
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Another 'Earnest Young Lawyer' Tale; but No One Does It Better Than John Grisham; His Fans Won't Be Disappointed
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA You can say this about John Grisham's new book, "The Associate": It sure is a John Grisham book. When it came in the mail, I jokingly picked it up and asked if it was about is an earnest young lawyer fighting a corrupt system,...
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AREA NOTES; Cauley Starts Hot for No. 4 Alabama
Byline: GARRY SMITS Ten teams among the top 50 in the nation in Golfweek's college golf poll will be at the Sawgrass Country Club today through Tuesday for the Hayt Collegiate Invitational, hosted by the University of North Florida. The field...
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Be Wary of Breaking a Rental Lease
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Landlords eager to fill empty apartments are using move-in specials to attract residents. Those discounts make it easier on renters' budgets at the start of their leases. But they shouldn't forget to consider the financial...
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Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport WANTED: WE ARE HUNGRY FOR CONTEST CONTRIBUTIONS About 29 million copies of "The Very Hungy Caterpillar" by Eric Carle are on bookshelves all over the world. When the picture book about a fuzzy creature that eats...
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BOYS SOCCER CLASS 3A STATE FINAL: BOLLES 2, TAMPA BERKELEY PREP 1; Seniors Spark Bolles to Title the Bulldogs Rebound with Two Goals for Their First State Title
Byline: FRANCINE KING TAMPA -- The first thing the Bolles boys soccer team is going to do when it returns to Jacksonville is make sure a new sign gets hung at Skinner-Barco Stadium. One that reads "Bolles Boys Soccer: 2009 Class 3A State Champions."...
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BOYS SOCCER CLASS 4A; STATE FINAL: MERRITT ISLAND 1, NEASE 0 (2 OT) Panthers Fall in Bid for 3-Peat after Winning Two State Titles in a Row, Nease Loses in Second OT
Byline: FRANCINE KING TAMPA -- After 91 minutes of play, one arching shot ended the Nease boys soccer team's hopes of a state title three-peat. The Panthers lost 1-0 to Merritt Island in double overtime on Saturday in the Class 4A state championship...
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Buzz; People & More
BIRTHDAYS - Announcer Don Pardo, 91 - Actor Paul Dooley, 81 - Comedian Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live"), 43 - Actor Thomas Jane ("The Sweetest Thing"), 40 - Actress Drew Barrymore, 34 - Singer James Blunt, 32 SKUNK, 1; BOOKWORMS,...
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Career Track
BANKING/FINANCE -- Ameris Bank has named Andy Cheney as executive president and a member of the company's executive team. -- Camarda Financial Advisors Inc. has promoted Deborah Mask* to vice president of client services and administration for...
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Celebrate History a Month, or All Year? Some View History Months as a Way to Explore Race and Ethnicity, but Others Call Them Divisive
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS and DEIRDRE CONNER The election of President Barack Obama has sparked a lot of discussion about race in America. And this February, a lot of that debate has been about Black History Month. Get rid of it, some writers and...
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DEVELOPMENT; Projects Hurt by Recession Developers Halting Buildings in Slow Market
Byline: MARK BASCH Several high-profile projects in Jacksonville have been slow to get off the ground as the economy, and the financial markets, worsened over the last couple of years. Developers have found it difficult to get financing for projects...
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FLORIDA 82, VANDERBILT 68; Freshmen Fill Big Hole for Gators with Calathes Slowed by Flu, Kadji and Walker Lead Florida to a Win
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Nick Calathes needed help on Saturday. The Southeastern Conference assist leader and fifth-leading scorer had been battling the flu since he woke up Friday morning and he wasn't going to be 100 percent for...
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Free Agents, Expensive Lesson; Jaguars Won't Be as Active This Season, but They Still Must Plug Holes
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL free agency period begins Friday and if the Jaguars do nothing, it would likely be considered a vast improvement from last year. Of the five free agents the Jaguars signed in 2008, the club has...
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GIRLS BASKETBALL REGIONAL FINALS; Ribault Advances to State
The Ribault girls basketball team advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals for the second consecutive season by defeating visiting Marianna 65-55 on Saturday night. Ribault sophomore standout Kayla Brewer led all scorers with 28 points. She scored...
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GROWTH MANAGEMENT; Creating a Vision
Duval County has been benefiting from the efficiencies of consolidating its city and county governments for over 40 years. Jacksonville also has benefited from spending local funds to build highways ahead of development. Through the Better Jacksonville...
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HALEIGH CUMMINGS; Tennessee Cousin Not a Suspect in the Case A Relative of Her Father's Girlfriend Left Town the Day the Girl Disappeared
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A man who visited Haleigh Cummings' family in Satsuma and returned to Tennessee the day she disappeared is not a suspect or person of interest, police said Saturday as the frustrating search for the missing 5-year-old continued....
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High School Scoreboard
SOCCER BOYS STATE TOURNAMENT at Pepin Stadium, Tampa CLASS 6A Wednesday's semifinals: Boca Raton 2, Miami Varela 0; Melbourne 2, Longwood Lyman 1, PK (4-3) Thursday's final: Melbourne 2, Boca Raton 0 CLASS 5A Friday's semifinals:...
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Jags Fans Need New 'P' Word
Byline: Gene Frenette The Jaguars' top brass consists of eternal optimists, so you'll always hear owner Wayne Weaver and general manager Gene Smith using the "P" word as the annual goal, even when they know it's a bit of a stretch. But for the...
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Landfill, Education and Behemoth Cruise Ships
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Spinning around the news dial ... click. First an important clarification: Although an e-mail from the Mayor's Office listed the Dalton Agency's Michael Munz as being part of a group meeting regularly to find ways...
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McIntosh Sacrifices Income to Extend Time for Landfill; the Site, Which Is Unlined, Cannot Accept Waste from Other Counties, Officials Say
Byline: MIKE MORRISON McIntosh County is turning away out-of-county business to save money in the long run. The 16-acre landfill west of Interstate 95 in the northern part of the county is one of the few remaining unlined sites in the state,...
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MEN: JACKSONVILLE 71, FLORIDA GULF COAST 53; Quick Start Lifts Dolphins to Win Reserves Play a Key Role as JU Cruises to the Victory
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Breaking a pattern from two previous Saturdays this month that deprived them of sole possession of first place, Jacksonville University came out with energy and purpose Saturday to run past Florida Gulf Coast 71-53 in front...
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Notebook
REDFISH ROUNDUP SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 4 The Times-Union Redfish Roundup kicks off April 3 with a captain's meeting at Sister's Creek Marina. The tournament is scheduled for April 4. The top prize will be $7,500 this year, with cash and prizes paid...
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Putting His Focus Back on the Track; with Daytona Hubbub Behind Him, Kenseth Is Ready to Drive
Byline: DON COBLE FONTANA, Calif. -- Matt Kenseth qualified his Ford at 180.818 mph for today's Auto Club 500. It's the first time he's slowed down all week. After winning last week's Daytona 500, Kenseth embarked on a cross-country media tour...
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Q&A: MAYOR JOHN PEYTON; Landfill Merits Contracts, but Not Lawsuits
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Mayor John Peyton says he didn't expect his plan to allow Waste Management to continue operating the Trail Ridge landfill to become the political hot topic that it is. He has responded to the criticism by waging his own public-outreach...
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Rating the NFL Free Agents
Byline: Michael C. Wright Times-Union Jaguars beat writer Michael C. Wright breaks down the top free agents by position. NFL teams can begin signing free agents on Friday. QUARTERBACK******Ht./Wt.******Team***Comment 1. Kurt Warner******6-2,...
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REVIEWING THE CONTRACT; Law Professor: Its Language Is in the City's Legal Favor
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Mayor John Peyton said the city's position all along has been that the initial contract only gives Waste Management the right to operate the current 144-acre landfill at Trail Ridge. Several years ago Waste Management began...
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Robber Decides Not to Steal from Boy, 8; but He Wasn't above Taking $20 from the Boy's Mother
The bad guy had a heart. One of four men who forced their way into an Arlington woman's home at gunpoint Friday considered stealing her child's piggy bank before learning it contained only some coins, a police report said. The home invasion in...
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Senate Budget Chair Ready to Go; Hill's Committee Didn't Wait for House's Version
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- Traditionally, the Senate Appropriations Committee waits for the House to pass a version of the budget before beginning its consideration of the 500-page, $20 billion spending plan for the state. Jack Hill didn't...
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STATE WRESTLING MEET; Four Area Wrestlers Win Titles
Byline: EDDIE DANIELS LAKELAND -- Lined up with 83 other state finalists Saturday night, Travis Laxton prepared himself mentally for his attempt at a state title. Before walking out to the applause of a packed Lakeland Center, his father, longtime...
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Stimulus to Help Utilities Go Green; the Question Is How to Use Renewable Energy without Rate Increases
Byline: DAVID HUNT The federal stimulus package is expected to pump nearly $125 million into renewable energy projects in Florida, according to state documents. It's not clear how exactly it will be spent, but the money comes at a time when the...
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St. Johns Student Spells Her Way into National Bee; Landrum Middle's Caroline Snowden, 13, Won with "Reticulated."
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The last practice word Saturday at the 2009 Regional Spelling Bee was "misspell" -- and a student misspelled it. But when the bee was done 45 minutes later at the Main Library in Jacksonville, Landrum Middle School student...
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Student's Business Sense Inspires Effort; Parents, Friends Honor His Memory through Investing in Others
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -By investing in the future of people a half- world away, some Glynn Academy students are banking on the ideals of a young entrepreneur who believed business should be about making someone else's life better....
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Tearful Farewells at Mayport as USS Vicksburg Deploys; Families and Friends Said Goodbye to Sailors before a Six-Month Trip to Middle East
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Little Ronnie Gaines took in the heartfelt words often whispered to tots, wives and other family before their sailor sets off to sea. "I love you," Lt. John Gaines told his 4-year-old son as he knelt and wrapped his right...
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The Art of Jigging for Specks; Parmenter Shares His Secrets and Reveals Importance of Using the Right Knot
Byline: JIM SUTTON Here's a great truth about fishing. You'll generally learn a lot more about the craft when the fish aren't cooperating, than when they are. You might not think of fishing in terms of a craft, but that's precisely what separates...
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Trail Ridge Landfill; Inside the Fight for Your $750 Million
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton said his plan to award Waste Management a $750 million contract extension to continue operating the city's landfill is unpopular because it's misunderstood. "The unfortunate part about this...
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T-U 2
TEBOW FOR MOUNT RUSHMORE? YOU DECIDE ESPN has put together a listing of the top four sports icons from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using the theme of the Mt. Rushmore of Sports, ESPN put together a five-week interactive...
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What's Next?
Byline: TIA MITCHELL DISCUSSION The City Council will meet as a committee to discuss the contract, likely in early March. The council auditor will report his opinion on the proposed contract at this meeting. The council also could ask for a legal...
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White Lies Give Way to Whoppers
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- It's probably advisable to lie a little bit. When someone asks how you're doing, you always reply, "Fine, thank you. How are you?" This is probably a couple of lies. It may be that you're not doing...
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Woodsies: The Best and Worst
Byline: Mark Woods The Oscars won't be over until late. My awards, recognizing some of our local dramas and comedies from the past year, will be done by the end of the page. Promise. So without further ado, the "Woodsies" go to ... Best Landfill...
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