The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 16, 2009

African Heritage on View in Art; an Ancient Nigerian Figurine Collection Links Blacks to Past
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS WAYCROSS - Tin miners in Africa in 1928 unearthed a small terra cotta figure of a monkey's head. It was made by a vanished people, the Nok, who lived in central Nigeria between 500 B.C. and 200 A.D. The figure would be the...
Amid the Alphabet Soup, Some Spell Hope for Web.Com
Byline: MARK BASCH Five Jacksonville-based public companies reported quarterly earnings last week. If you read all of them, the reports probably left you scratching your head. That's because the five companies reported their numbers five different...
A.M. Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA 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. MUSIC TAYLOR MADE We had a night last month where the...
AROUND THE TRACK; Singer Sidesteps Awkward Question
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT DAYTONA BEACH -- Prior to putting on a pre-race concert for the 200,000 fans in attendance, Australian country music singer Keith Urban established a new precedent of performing two songs for reporters in the media center. ...
Bankruptcy Stalls Cleanup of Pesticide Site; "Justice Delayed" for a Decades-Long Problem That Will Take Millions
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON An environmental cleanup at a former Jacksonville pesticide factory is stalled indefinitely because the site's owners have filed for bankruptcy. Plans for cleaning the long-closed Kerr-McGee site were largely completed...
Cause Meaningful to Marathon Winner Sawe; Native of Kenya Lost His Mother to Cancer That Was Misdiagnosed
Byline: FRANCINE KING Simon Sawe lost his mother to ovarian cancer two-and -a-half years ago because she wasn't properly diagnosed until it was too late. On Sunday, the native of Kenya tried to do something help ensure the same thing doesn't...
DAYTONA 500; His High-Water Mark Rain Ends Race Early in Kenseth's Biggest Win
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH -- Despite being soaked by a mixture of rain, tears and champagne, Matt Kenseth didn't want an umbrella in Victory Lane on Sunday night. He chose to celebrate his improbable win in the Daytona 500 amid the natural...
Families of Missing Know the Fear, Pain; Relatives Remember the Agony That Haleigh Cummings' Family Faces Now, and How to Deal with It
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Never give up hope. Pray, pray ... and pray some more. Plaster fliers all over. Utilize the media. Almost as a chorus of one, this is what families in high-profile missing-persons cases on the First Coast offer...
Greener Cars Not Certain in State; Legislature Shows Little Support for Strict Emission Rules
Byline: LARRY HANNAN An effort to make Florida's cars more fuel efficient has seen two significant victories in the past three months. But those victories will mean nothing if the Legislature ignores the issue. The Florida Environmental Regulation...
Ground Search Winds Down; the Quest for Haleigh Moves out of the Woods
Byline: DANA TREEN SATSUMA - As investigators were deciding Sunday to close the intense ground searches for missing Haleigh Cummings, her father worked the woods on horseback to try to find his little girl. "I tried to discourage him from going...
Hard to Keep Up with All NASCAR's Changes; Even Die-Hard Supporters Have Trouble Tracking the Comings and Goings
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON DAYTONA BEACH -- NASCAR fans had extra homework this offseason. Drivers are always changing team numbers, sponsors and manufacturers, but this year challenged fans more than ever, with many of the switches occurring in the...
If Done to Animals, Are People Next? Why Animal Abuse Begins and Where It Ends Subject of Debate
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER A case that shocked the region is sparking discussion about the link between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. When Georgia authorities announced in late December that they were investigating the case of three...
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Make a Difference in Struggling Areas; the Changing Face of Business
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE On the west half of Regency Square mall, the space that bustled with Montgomery Ward shoppers years ago is now a dark, Plexiglas tomb. Next to that, the spot where Barnie's Coffee and Tea once percolated with customers...
"I'm Sure God's Listening to This One," a Runner Says. 26.2 MILES CONQUERED WITH HOPE AND HONOR
Byline: KEVIN TURNER About 6,000 participants came from all walks of life and ran 13 or 26 miles Sunday for all kinds of reasons. But all were determined to cross the finish line and to help make a difference in the struggle against breast cancer....
Man Held in Pasco on Child-Sex Charge
A Jacksonville man has been charged in Central Florida with seeking sex with a minor, then assaulting police and trying to flee. Adam Daniel Shepherd, 25, was arrested Saturday in Pasco County, north of Tampa, on charges of aggravated assault on...
NASCAR SPRINT CUP; DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway (Lap Length: 2.5 Miles)
St***Driver*********Make******Laps***Rating***Points***Money 1. (39)***Matt Kenseth******Ford******152***114***190***$1,536,388 2. (32)***Kevin Harvick******Chevrolet******152***81.7***170***$1,114,724 3. (20)***A.J. Allmendinger******Dodge******152***102.2***165***$786,063...
NASCAR Unveils Its Junior Rules
Byline: Gene Frenette DAYTONA BEACH -- Just as NBA superstars receive protection in the form of favorable calls from referees, it's apparent Dale Earnhardt Jr. is well taken care of by the zebras of NASCAR and many of the sport's gatekeepers. ...
NOTEBOOK; No. 17 Was a Magic Number
Byline: DON COBLE and JEFF ELLIOTT DAYTONA BEACH -- Anyone interested in numerology would have liked Matt Kenseth's victory Sunday in the Daytona 500. He won in car No. 17 followed a 17-minute red-flag period for rain. It also was Kenseth's 17th...
Penguins Decide to Fire Therrien
Michel Therrien, his team fading in the Eastern Conference playoff race less than a year after making the Stanley Cup finals, was fired as the Pittsburgh Penguins' coach on Sunday night and replaced by minor-league coach Dan Bylsma. Bylsma was hired...
Pin Point Seeks Place in History; Residents Want the Oyster Shells, Buildings and Memories Saved
Byline: ERIC CURL SAVANNAH - The discarded oyster shells along Algernon "Algie" Varn III's waterfront property are part of a century-old story. Piled high enough to form new land masses, the shells were placed there by the residents of Pin Point,...
PRESIDENTS DAY; Lincoln in Context
On this President's Day, we take up our pen in support of Abraham Lincoln. The president generally thought to be either No. 1 or No. 2 in our nation's history is taking some shots from historians and columnists who find him less than perfect. ...
Property Taxes to Be Frozen; Other Than That, Very Little Is Known about State Stimulus Plan
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Republicans in the state legislature plan to unveil their own version of an economic stimulus plan Wednesday. Called the Jobs, Opportunity and Business Success Act of 2009, few details have leaked out beyond...
Rain Too Late for Sadler; He Was an Improbable Leader until the Final Lap of the Race
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON DAYTONA BEACH -- For Elliott Sadler, the rain didn't come quickly enough. After threatening to sue his own racing team to secure his ride during the offseason, Sadler was half a lap away from winning the Daytona 500 on Sunday....
Restaurant Inspections
Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation says every public food service establishment - including vendors, caterers and restaurants - is inspected twice a year. Follow-up visits are made if results warrant. The department calls...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS WRESTLING LATE FROM SATURDAY REGION 1-3A Team scores: 1. Oviedo 169, 2. Winter Springs 128.5, 3. Dr. Phillips 117, 4. Deland 106.5, 5. Flagler Palm Coast 108, 6. Niceville 99.5, 7. Timber Creek 96, 8. Edgewater 83.5, 9. Cypress...
Scoreboard
Top results from the 26.2 with Donna with place, name, hometown, age, gender and time. MARATHON 1. Simon Sawe, Santa Fe, N.M., 39 M, 2:20:55 2. Tesfaye Girma, Bronx, N.Y., 26 M, 2:21:04 3. Genna Tufa, Bronx, N.Y., 24 M, 2:21:04 4. Jynocel...
Sufficient Light Key to Healthy Houseplants
Byline: TOM BRUTON Can you give me some pointers on proper lighting for houseplants? My foliage plants seem to do well, but my flowering plants don't. Green plants live off light the way animals live off food: They absorb it and convert its energy...
There's Money to Be Saved in Solar; Various Incentives Have Homeowners, Businesses Thinking Twice about the Sun
Byline: JOSH SALMAN A series of solar panels on the roof converts the sun's rays to electricity, the electricity then flows through cables to the circuit breaker, where it's consumed in the building. The result -- a reduction in energy costs. ...
Tridents Mark 1,000 Patrols; from Cold War to War on Terrorism, Nuclear Subs Remain a Deterrent
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - When the USS Ohio left port on its first three-month patrol Oct. 1, 1982, Navy officials hailed the Trident submarine as an important strategic deterrent to nuclear attack. The federal government was still in...
T-U 2
2 CENTS It's open to debate, but history has shown that baseball's players' union generally has been good for the game, stripping the unfair reserve clause from Major League Baseball and rightfully giving the players the bulk of the money that they...