The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 13, 2009

17 Is Cause for Alarm; Approval of the Amendment Would Be Devastating, First Coast Captains Say
Byline: JIM SUTTON Someone once said that an advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission. It's hard not to draw a parallel to the state of federal fishing regulations in the South Atlantic today. Amendment 16 went...
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2 Hope to Fill Graham's Seat; Special Election Tuesday Will Decide Which Man Is Named to Jacksonville City Council
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Though Atlantic Beach Mayor John Meserve is considered the front-runner to fill an empty Jacksonville City Council seat, his challenger is hoping recent events might lead people to give him a second look. Neptune Beach resident...
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A Daunting Debut; Jaguars Rookie CB Cox Jumps Right into Fire against Colts, Manning
Byline: VITO STELLINO INDIANAPOLIS - Derek Cox will be wearing No. 21 when he takes the field for his first NFL regular-season game today. It might be more appropriate if the Jaguars' rookie had a bull's-eye on his chest. It's hard to imagine...
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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. MOVIES FOOTBALL STARS AS MOVIE STARS Former New York...
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Avoid the 'Free Lunch' Heartburn
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN The lunch was free. Hundreds of people filled the hotel conference room. They enjoyed a three-course meal followed by a string of speakers dispensing financial advice. Among the tips was this warning - beware of financial...
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Ball Building Work Loaded with Red Flags; EARLY SUSPICION Public Works Employee E-Mailed Her Concerns about Expenses in 2006. PRICEY ACCUSATION City Says the Building's Old Property Manager Owes $1.2 Million
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Two Jacksonville City Hall employees began raising questions about the potential misuse of public money a year before Mayor John Peyton even created the office he credits with unraveling a $1.2 million "fraud." At least...
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Bookmarks
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT BOOK FESTIVAL The Library of Congress is going all out to ensure that everyone has access to its outstanding lineup at National Book Festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, at the National Mall in Washington....
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Brunswick Street Regaining Life Slowly; the Family-Oriented Business District of Norwich Gets a Boost
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS BRUNSWICK - City officials have been talking about Norwich Street ever since the word revitalization re-entered the community's collective vocabulary five years ago. Once the city's main traffic artery and business center,...
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CITY COUNCIL; Flawed, but Better
Voters face a less-than-pleasant choice in Tuesday's special election to fill the District 13 seat on Jacksonville's City Council. The seat was vacated by Art Graham, so he could run for the Florida Senate. District 13 covers most of the Beaches...
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City Council Should Pass Maximum Tax Hike
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Here is some advice, meant to be constructive, for the full City Council, which begins wrestling with the proposed city budget this week. The council's Finance Committee wrapped up its budget hearings last week after...
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Dear John: I'm on to Your Plan
Byline: MARK WOODS Dear John, It has been a long time, Mr. Mayor, since I've written a "Dear John" letter. But considering all that has been going on in Jacksonville lately - from budget battles to gas station boycotts to the indoctrination of...
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Everyone's a Critic: Books
'MARK OF THE DEVIL' By William Kerr Like he did with his earlier novel, "Path of the Golden Dragon," William Kerr has succeeded in penning another superb read with "Mark of the Devil," the sixth in the Matt Berkeley series of suspense thrillers....
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Families' Sadness Goes beyond 9/11
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - Nine eleven. Each year, we pull the two numbers out from our memory banks, dust them off and recall one of the darkest days in our country's history. Sept. 11, 2001, was the first time America had been attacked...
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Findings Say Ed Ball Manager Skipped City's Bidding Protocol
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA The former general manager of a Jacksonville City Hall Annex discouraged competitive bidding, skipped sealed bidding requirements and fed bidding information to at least one company, according to findings from the city's...
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From Classroom to Mean Streets; Fsu Prof Spent Summer of '73 as Jacksonville Cop
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Midway through a night shift in the summer of 1973, Phil Kearney gets called back to police headquarters at 711 Liberty St. Go to the captain's office, they tell him. Then the captain points to a slight man standing next to...
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GOLF NOTEBOOK; Eagle Harbor Event Aims to Help Charities
Byline: GARRY SMITS Here's your chance to brush up on a golf skill or correct a troublesome part of your game and at the same time help people who have undergone amputations. The Eagle Harbor Golf Club in Orange Park is sponsoring a day of discounted...
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GOLF ROUNDUP; Woods Leads by 7 Shots after Course-Record 62
Tiger Woods dropped his 3-wood in disgust after his first tee shot Saturday sailed left into the bunker for another sloppy bogey. Four hours later, he finished off his best round of the year to build a seven-shot lead in the BMW Championship in Lemont,...
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Health Care Reform Needed
Byline: CORRINE BROWN Like the majority of Americans, I am well aware of the desperate need in our country for comprehensive health care reform. In fact, the immediate need for reform became crystal clear to me when, over the August district...
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In Presence of Stars in the North
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO ST. PAUL, Minn. - My vacation north began and ended at the Minnesota State Fair, with grandstand performances of Kid Rock on one end and a taping of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" on the other. How's that for...
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It's Hard to Go Far without a Star QB
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Steelers' 13-10 overtime victory against the Titans to open the 2009 season was NFL football at its best, a stirring defensive struggle that was the most-watched TV show since the finale of American Idol. The game was...
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Jags Need a Dose of Spirit of '96
Byline: GENE FRENETTE If the overhauled Jaguars need a role model to inspire them as they open the season today against the Indianapolis Colts, just turn back the clock to almost the beginning. In franchise history, the 1996 Jaguars are the one...
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Links to Family, Friends on Ed Ball Money Trail
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA City auditors pointed out some businesses that did work on the Ed Ball Building, and their relationships to the woman who ran daily operations. KARLA MCGRAW General manager for property management company Jones Lang...
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Local Latinos Host Motorcycle Festival; the Event to Benefit the Police Athletic League Was Expected to Draw about 1,000
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER The familiar roar of motorcycles and whiff of exhaust filled the air at the Adamec Harley-Davidson on Saturday, mixing with the less-common sounds of Bachata music and the aroma of pigeon peas, plantains and pinchos. For...
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NOTEBOOK; Grouper Rules under Review by the FWC
Byline: JIM SUTTON The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is proposing to bring Florida's Atlantic waters - out to 3 miles - into compliance with recent federal rules issued as part of Amendment 16. The rules proposed would reduce...
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NOTEBOOK; Wrong Turns out Right for Cooper
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Riley Cooper made a mistake. Then he made a great catch. Cooper ran the wrong route on a pass play during Florida's 56-6 victory over Troy on Saturday. He was supposed to run a crossing pattern. ...
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Ready for Volunteers; Gators Romp, Then Anticipate UT Matchup
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Troy coach Larry Blakeney figured the best way for the Trojans to recover from the drubbing top-ranked Florida delivered on Saturday would be to forget it ever happened. "We just close our eyes and pretend...
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Safeties Are Safety Net; the Gators Stifle Troy's Offense with a 3-3-5 "Joker" Formation
Byline: KYLE MAISTRI GAINESVILLE - Florida coach Urban Meyer has said repeatedly that he has three starters at the safety position, though that was not the case against Charleston Southern. When the Gators lined up on the first defensive play...
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Saturday Schools Swap Snoozing for Studying; Enticing Saturday Classes Help Students Sharpen Reading and Test-Taking Skills
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA For dozens of Andrew Jackson High freshmen and sophomores, 14 Saturdays this school year will be anything but typical. Instead of sleeping in, hanging out with friends or working a part-time job, they're heading to their...
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Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS FLORIDA FOOTBALL FRIDAY'S RESULTS AREA Arlington Country Day 44, St. Johns CD 10 Bishop Snyder 52, Bronson 14 Bradford 12, Fernandina Beach 7 Branford 28, Trenton 13 Chiefland 44, Citrus 29 Clay 41, Palatka 15...
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Scoreboard
GEORGIA FOOTBALL FRIDAY'S RESULTS Appling County 35, Long County 7 Armuchee 34, Dade County 7 Athens Academy 28, Walker 7 Athens Christian 33, Georgia Military School 13 Bainbridge 26, Lee County 7 Banks County 32, Dawson County...
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Suns' Playoff Series Suspended by Rain; Game 3 against Birmingham Resumes at 6:05 P.M. Today
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The Jacksonville Suns' quest to reach the Southern League championship series was delayed Saturday night, not by the visiting Birmingham Barons, but by a steady rain that suspended Game 3 of the South Division series between...
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Tigers Get Too Little, Too Late in Classic Loss; A Failure to Capitalize on Field Position Dooms Edward Waters
Byline: DON COBLE KINGSLAND, Ga. - Edwards Waters made five trips inside the Johnson C. Smith 20-yard line before it finally scored a touchdown Saturday night in the Ralph J. Bunche Classic. By then it was too late. Lost opportunities and third-down...
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TUESDAy ELECTION; Roundup of Picks
A summary of the editorial board's selections in the special election on Tuesday. Turnout is expected to be low. So please vote. FLORIDA SENATE: THRASHER A good group of four conservatives are running to represent District 8 in the Florida Senate....
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Unions Accuse City of Bad-Faith Bargaining; Jacksonville Firefighters, Police Cite a Volusia Case in Hopes of Getting a Fair Contract and Avoiding Pay Cuts
Byline: DAVID HUNT Jacksonville's firefighters and police union leaders are worried that upcoming contract negotiations may be non-negotiable. The unions are studying a Volusia County labor dispute that they say may be key in keeping city negotiators...
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Well Worth the Walk; Report Finds That Homes in Neighborhoods with Above-Average Levels of Walkability Command a Premium Worth Thousands
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Sections of Jacksonville where it's a short walk to shopping, dining, movies, parks and libraries are holding real estate values better than subdivisions where residents have to travel by car for the same things, a national...
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What's New
DONATIONS/GRANTS - Family Support Services of North Florida received a $55,250 grant from the Jim Moran Foundation. The grant will support the Independent Living Program that provides counseling and support for teens aging out of foster care in...
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Wildcats' Late Collapse; Conservative Approach Fails Camden County in Nationally Televised Loss
Byline: DON COBLE KINGSLAND, Ga. - As fans left Chris Gilman Stadium on Friday night and as a national audience turned off the broadcast of the Camden County-Hoover, Ala., game on ESPNU, all seemed to have the same question: Where did Camden's offense...
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