The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 20, 2009

200 Cases to Get Bail Reviewed by Judge; McCallum Reacts to Sheriff's Stance on Overcrowded Jail
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Monday will be bail review day in one Jacksonville judge's courtroom, a response to the sheriff blaming judges' high bails for an overcrowded jail. Circuit Judge Linda McCallum sent a memo Thursday to prosecutors and defense...
2 Face Murder Charges in Shooting; A Fellow Ex-Convict Tried to Escape after Being Tied in Duct Tape
Two young Jacksonville ex-convicts face murder charges in the death of another ex-convict whose mouth, hands and feet were duct-taped, police said, before he was shot in the head three times. Police on Wednesday booked Kevin M. Rushing, 20, and...
AIRCRAFT MECHANICS ON A MISSION: GET S-3 SKYWARD; Three Jets Are Being Repaired to Handle Surveillance in California
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The S-3 Vikings used to be a common sight in the skies over Jacksonville, a city they called home for decades. That all ended in January, it seemed, when the Navy deactivated the last squadron to fly the plane and retired...
Bulldog Nation Mourns Uga VII; Heart Attack Takes Bulldogs' Nationally Known Mascot
The University of Georgia's nationally famous mascot, Uga VII, died unexpectedly Thursday morning in Savannah. Owner Frank "Sonny" Seiler said the 4-year-old English bulldog, named Loran's Best after the legendary sideline reporter, died of heart-related...
College Students Taking Time to Finish; Efforts to Encourage Them to Graduate in Four Years Aren't Working
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Tiffany King describes herself as a "fifth-year senior" at the University of Georgia who isn't in a hurry to finish college. "They encourage us to take 15 hours so we can graduate earlier," she said. "I didn't...
Count on Rib Shack to Be Delicious; Food's Consistently Good at This Durable Barbecue Restaurant
Byline: ERICA BURKS I really am not a barbecue person. Given a choice, I will eat a salad almost any time over grilled meat. However, if this is all true, why do I find myself scarfing down a pork sandwich at least once a week at the Rib Shack?...
Crusaders Have No Regrets So Far; BK Meets Fort Myers in Volleyball State Semifinal Today
Byline: FRANCINE KING Cari Whitmire and Amanda Liguori can sum up Bishop Kenny's season-ending loss to Nease in the Class 4A state semifinals last year in one word: regrettable. That's why the Crusaders' motto this season has been "Have no regrets....
Everyone's a Critic
2012 This movie is totally awesome! It delivers what the previews tease you with and more, and I do mean more. John Cusack is suddenly a take-charge hero, and if you were caught in these incredible intense conditions happening before you on screen,...
Famed Pilot Shares Stories from the Skies; JU Aviation Students Get Rare Look at the Life of a Barrier-Breaker, Now 84
Byline: MATT COLEMAN Her classroom was a cockpit. And her co-pilot was a lion. Much of Janet Lee Simpson's life story sounds like the premise of a dime-store novel. She became a media darling in the early 1930s when she and her sister,...
Flickers of Hope in a Life of Misery; Film Depicts Horrors a Black, Illiterate, Obese Teenage Girl Endures
Byline: MATT SOERGEL PRECIOUS ***1/2 (3 1/2 out of 4 stars) Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe was an unknown actress when she was cast in the title role in "Precious," so her on-screen transformation is utterly believable and almost magical. At the start,...
Football: Area Playoff Matchups
Byline: HAYS CARLYON REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS CLASS 6A NO. 9 DELAND (9-1) AT NO. 4 ORANGE PARK (10-0) Last playoff appearance: DeLand - 2008, lost in regional quarterfinals. Orange Park - 2008, lost in regional finals. All-time playoff...
FREEDOM; China's Firewall
A town hall meeting featuring President Barack Obama in China looked much like any other televised town hall meeting. Plenty of onlookers, Chinese students in this case. Several audience questions. Highlights on TV and the Internet - in the United...
Georgia Desperate to Hear 'The Laughter of a Child'; Judge Hatchett Urges Welfare Caseworkers to Rise above Budget Cuts
Byline: MERRITT MELANCON ATHENS, Ga. - Even in the midst of a state budget crisis that has put the squeeze on child welfare agencies, caseworkers have to find ways to ensure the safety of their charges. They don't have time to think about why...
Gimme 5
ANDREW MCQUAIN www.myspace.com/xliesxofxautumnx Andrew McQuain is the guitarist for Lies of Autumn, a hardcore/metal band from Jacksonville. Lies of Autumn recently released its self-titled debut EP and was voted "Best Local Band" in Folio Weekly's...
GOLF ROUNDUP; Borchert Tied for 2nd in Tour Qualifying
Former University of North Florida golfer Matt Borchert shot 68 Thursday at the Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville to climb into a tie for second in a second-stage PGA Tour qualifying tournament. Borchert is tied at 10-under-par 134 with...
HAROLD RAY 'HAL' HARPER 1913-2009; One of City's Oldest Vets Had Zest That Was Young Deck Goes Here Goes Here Goes Her Goes Here Goes Here Goes Here
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Harold Ray "Hal" Harper, one of Jacksonville's oldest military veterans, died Monday. He was 96. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at Chapel Hills Funeral Home, 850 St. Johns Bluff Road. A tribute will be held from...
HELP ALONG THE COLLEGE TRACK; Duval Program Focuses on Study Strategies, Test Prep and Other Skills
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Wolfson High School senior Kristen Davis received an acceptance letter this month to attend college at Savannah State University. Davis said had it not been for her participation in Duval County Public Schools' Advancement...
HOMEOWNERS; Celebrate the Success
It's a situation that defies both reality and stereotype. For the past six years community development corporations, or CDCs, have built about 200 homes in and around Jacksonville's urban core. With the help of LISC - Local Initiatives Support...
HOOKAH SMOKING GAINS POPULARITY; but Most Users Probably Don't Know of Its Potentially Harmful Side Effects
Byline: JEREMY COX Whenever Ryan Burnette needs to escape his home office, the 26-year-old Web site developer heads down the street to the Casbah Cafe. He props his laptop on the bar and orders his favorite item off the menu: a hookah. For Burnette,...
It's Back. Maybe You Knew. Possibly Not. 'Conmoto' Is the Operative Word Here
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY CONMOTO ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL Today and Saturday The Conmoto Art and Music Festival is back. Some of you may ask: "Was it ever here?" Yes, it was. It's been around for 15 years but used to be called the Conmoto...
Jacksonville Journal
ATLANTIC BEACH WOMAN WINS MEGA MONEY POT An Atlantic Beach woman who played birthday dates on her lottery ticket has claimed a $1.2 million Mega Money jackpot. Linda Branch took a one-time lump sum of $885,970 after picking the right numbers...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Durant Had Concussion
Byline: VITO STELLINO Jaguars linebacker Justin Durant suffered what he called a "mild concussion" in the third quarter of last week's game against the New York Jets, but didn't tell the medical staff and finished the game. Durant sought treatment...
Johnson on Edge despite Big Chase Lead; He Can Win His Fourth Sprint Cup Title in a Row Sunday in Homestead
Byline: DON COBLE The calm, calculated and relaxed demeanor apparently is a fraud. When it comes to winning a record fourth consecutive Sprint Cup Series championship, Jimmie Johnson is a wreck. He lifts weights at night because he can't sleep....
Meetings on Tap for Cumberland Land Use Plans; Several Tracts Will Soon Be Turned over to the Federal Government
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Nearly 40 years ago, Cumberland Island property owners signed agreements that helped establish the island as a national seashore. Before it was established as such in 1972 at the request of residents, property...
Mild Humor Discovered on Planet; Computer Animation Is Great, but the Story Has Few Big Laughs
Byline: MATT SOERGEL PLANET 51 **1/2 (2 1/2 out of 4 stars) The animated "Planet 51" may not be the most ambitious bit of storytelling around, but kids will appreciate that it's a kids' movie that's actually aimed at them. It's happy-go-lucky...
Night of Improv Comedy at Chabad at Beaches
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Chabad at the Beaches, a Jewish education center in Ponte Vedra Beach, will host screenwriter, performer and producer Esther Rachel Russell for a night of improv comedy at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Russell is the creator of the...
Notes
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY CRASH THE SATELLITES Local indie rockers Crash The Satellites released a music video, "Pretty Knees," on www.vimeo.com earlier this month. I won't spoil it for you, but I will say it's a soulful, heavy video that's...
No Wins, but Winds of Change; Florida Went 0-10-1 in 1979 as Pell Put Pieces in Place for Program's Turnaround
Byline: GARRY SMITS For University of Florida football fans who believe 8-4 and a trip to the Outback Bowl is a disaster, here's a dose of perspective. It was 30 years ago that the Gators were a bad football team. Bad as in first downs were...
Peyton Suggests Appointed Sheriff, School Board; Some Question Giving So Much Power to One Person, Even Calling It a Dictatorship
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Let Jacksonville voters decide whether future mayors should have more control over public safety and education, Mayor John Peyton said Thursday in remarks to the city's Charter Review Commission. Crime and the quality of...
RANTS & RAVES; Is Race a Blackout Factor?
I assume we're not supposed to talk about this for some reason, but I honestly believe that racism is a contributing factor to the Jaguars' home game blackouts. I grew up in Jacksonville and will love the city and its people for as long as I live,...
Relax, You Cool Cats, at Dos Gatos; Latest Addition to Downtown Nightlife Is Classy and Comfy
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO Capifanos, say "hola" to Dos Gatos, the newest lounge to add critical mass to downtown night life. Owners, and potential candidates for Jacksonville's best-looking couple, Jason and Joy Albertelli are celebrating Dos Gatos'...
Rushing Attack Follows Chain of Commanders; Five Mammoth Linemen Have Paved the Way for Turner's Big Senior Season at White
Byline: HAYS CARLYON White's Casey Turner has good size for a high school running back. Weighing 195 pounds and standing a hair under 6 feet, Turner is anything but a diminutive scat back. Still, when he's running up to the line of scrimmage,...
Sales off, but Stein Mart Profits; STRATEGY CEO Credits Clean Inventory, Expense Control with Earnings Report
Byline: MARK BASCH Despite a continued drop in sales, Stein Mart Inc. on Thursday reported a profit for the third quarter ended Oct. 31. The Jacksonville-based fashion retailer had net income of $3.2 million, or seven cents per diluted share,...
Sandra Bullock Gets Her Game Back in Latest Role
Byline: MATT SOERGEL THE BLIND SIDE *** (3 out of 4 stars) "The Blind Side" is an entertaining mainstream movie with an uplifting underdog story and a blond Sandra Bullock in tight skirts. Fashions aside, Bullock's the main reason to see the...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS SOCCER BOYS ORANGE PARK 5, SANDALWOOD 0 Goal scorers: Lounds 2, Woods, Stafford, Lima. Half: 2-0. BOLLES 5, LAKE CITY COLUMBIA 2 Goal scorers: Dominguez (B) 3, Kassab (B), Malik (B), Lehman (C), Beardsley (C). Half: 1-1....
Scouting Fsu's Opponent: Maryland Terrapins
Byline: GARRY SMITS On offense: Maryland was able to make a game of it sometimes with Chris Turner at quarterback, but he's injured and sophomore Jamarr Robinson will run the show. Robinson is more of a runner than a passer and gained 129 yards...
SOPHOMORE JINX; Sequel to "Twilight" Takes Itself All Serious. What Happened to the Idiosyncratic Fun?
Byline: MATT SOERGEL THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON ** (2 out of 4 stars) This new "Twilight" movie is only for the diehard fans. For anyone else, it's a long, melodramatic slog, hardly scary at all and missing the offbeat touches and disorienting...
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE NOTEBOOK; McCluster Gains Luster at RB
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was looking at things logically. Dexter McCluster is 5 feet 8, 165 pounds. That's too small to be an effective every-down running back in the Southeastern Conference, Nutt believed, so he put...
Switch to New QB Fits Bills; Fitzpatrick, Named the Starter for Buffalo, Beat the Jaguars Last Season
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's career passer rating is 64 and he's thrown more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (21). So most of the NFL probably doesn't hold him in high regard. Then there's the Jaguars....
Titans Clash Again: Lowndes vs. Camden; South Georgia Powers Have Won Five of the Past Six Big-School State Titles
Byline: DON COBLE KINGSLAND, Ga. - The road to state football championships in 2004 and 2007 for Lowndes included playoff victories over Camden County. When Camden won the Class AAAAA state championship in 2003, one of its postseason wins came...
T-U 2
T-U SPORTS TALK Our sports writers hit the airwaves twice a week on T-U Sports Talk on WFXJ 930 AM The Fox every Tuesday and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. Tune in today, when Michael DiRocco will be joined by Garry Smits and prep editor Hays Carlyon....
Wrestling: Five to Watch
Byline: HAYS CARLYON 5 TEAMS TO WATCH Bolles: The Bulldogs welcome back eight starters from last season, including seven regional qualifiers. State qualifiers Daniel Igel and Robbey Pye return with the hope of improving Bolles' 22nd-place finish...