The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 27, 2009

Burned Forest Will Gain Back 500 Acres; Sweat Farm Road Fire of 2007 Did Its Damage, but Now a Power Company Wants to Help the Area and the Air
Byline: TERRY DICKSON The Georgia Forestry Commission and a power company is replanting 500 acres of hardwood forest near the Okefenokee Swamp that was burned in the wildfires of 2007. In an agreement with the forestry commission, Oglethorpe...
BUS SHELTERS; Put People First
A revamped proposal to help the city add bus shelters is making a return stop at City Council after stalling in the past. Will compassion prevail this time? On behalf of the disabled, elderly and otherwise put-out bus riders who must weather...
Camden's 911 Dispatch Is Going to Jail; Consolidation Move Will Save Sheriff's Department at Least $40,000
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Camden County's 911 emergency dispatch center has operated the past decade in the sheriff's substation on Georgia 40, just east of Kingsland city limits. But Sheriff Tommy Gregory says it's time to move. Gregory...
Council Members Split on Tax Increases; WHAT THIS MEANS the Budget Will Now Have to Be Cut by $53 Million Instead of Raising Rates
Byline: MATT GALNOR To her, it's the "old game" and Jacksonville City Councilwoman E. Denise Lee isn't playing it this time. Just because she represents a predominantly African-American district in the city's older neighborhoods doesn't make...
Council's Budget Strategy: 'Cut Their Waste, Not Ours'
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE City Council members were forced to try on their own tight-fitting budget cutting shoes earlier this week and immediately replaced them with pairs of comfy house slippers. The subject before the council's Personnel...
Economist: State's Jobs Are Still Vanishing; Though the Recession May Be Easing, Locally It Will Take Longer to Recover
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The stock market may be rising and words of encouragement buzzing around Washington, but Georgia's job picture won't be brightening soon, one noted economist said Wednesday. Rajeev Dhawan, director of Georgia...
Florida 9A Now Named after Ronald Reagan
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Jacksonville motorists will now be able to drive one for The Gipper. Today, the state officially designates Florida 9A as Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. This creates another roadway in Florida bearing the name of the...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Injuries Taking Toll on Linebacker Depth
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida is still dealing with a batch of minor injuries that could linger into the first week of game preparation. The latest is freshman linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who suffered a sprained left ankle Tuesday....
Going Green in the City, 1 New Project at a Time; Criteria Meant to Let Buildings Be Less Wasteful Will Affect Local Construction
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Low-rise walls of dark windows and concrete block make Jacksonville's new animal shelter look modern and suburban. Six stories of beige brick and tall windows overlooking Hemming Plaza mean City Hall's new annex still...
Guilty Verdict in 2 Hammer Slayings; Former Marine Faces Death for the Bludgeoning of Man, Teen at His House Last Year
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A former Marine faces a possible death sentence after his conviction Wednesday for using a hammer to slay a 16-year-old boy and another guest at his Jacksonville home. Jurors deliberated about four hours before finding Raymond...
It's Home Detention for Teen until October Trial; Judge Tells Teen in Fatal June Crash He Can Only Go out for School, Football Practice and Church until His Trial
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM At least until October, Brandon Hodges' activities will be limited to school, church and football practice, a Jacksonville juvenile court judge ordered Wednesday. Hodges, 15, was back in court two days after being charged...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jags in Market for Backup Quarterback?
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Jaguars apparently aren't waiting to scour the waiver wire when the last cuts are made to find a new backup quarterback. According to the NFL Network, they've offered a fifth-round pick to Kansas City for quarterback...
Judge: Jury Will Hear Edenfield Confession; NO WRONGDOING IN THE INTERVIEWS Scarlett Says the Confession Was "Freely and Voluntarily Given" to Detectives
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A judge has rejected accusations that police coerced David Edenfield into implicating himself in the sexual abuse slaying of 6-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. two years ago. Superior Court Judge...
Kennedy's First Coast Connections; NO CAMPAIGN TRAIL His Visits to the Area Were More Low-Key, but He Did Have Ties to Here
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR An appearance at an in-law's ranch in Bradford County and another at a fundraiser at Beauclerc Country Club that had to be done by telephone because of the Iranian hostage crisis are some of the memories Jacksonville residents...
Minister Arrested at Protest; He Argued with Health Care Protesters, but Did Not Have a Permit
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - A minister who got into the middle of a health care protest Wednesday and shouted at the participants was arrested for not having his own permit to demonstrate. Zack Lyde, minister of a small Brunswick church,...
Mixed Response to Iced Tea Mix Packets; Flavored Lipton Product Marketed as Energizing as Well as Convenient
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY They're small enough to tuck into a pocket or purse and just one slender packet of powdered mix can transform a bottle of water into lemonade, iced tea or a fruit drink. Times-Union Consumer Panelists have been mixing their...
Morning Briefs
TIVO LOSES $2.9 MILLION ON DROP OF SUBSCRIBERS TiVo Inc., pioneer of the digital- video recorder, reported a $2.9 million second-quarter loss as subscribers canceled the service. The loss of 3 cents a share compared with a profit of $2.9 million,...
NFL PRESEASON: JAGUARS AT EAGLES; 7 P.M. Today -- Lincoln Financial Field -- WTEV TV-47, WOKV 690 AM, 106.5 FM an Eye on Five Jags Tonight ... ... and All Eyes on One Eagle
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Playing their third game in 11 days, the Jaguars plan to treat tonight's matchup at Philadelphia a little differently than in the past. Typically, Game 3 of the preseason is the most important, and most teams play their...
Primary Care Physicians Key to Useful Health Care Reform
Byline: TAD P. FISHER This is another in a series of question-and-answer columns, written by medical experts, about health care reform. When Congress returns from its summer recess, it is expected to take up a reform package. How would you control...
Republican Chairman Rips Racial Mail Flier; While Unclear Who or What the Mailer Is Targeting, Thrasher's Camp Points Blame at Stop Tax Waste Inc
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - A top state Republican Party official denounced a racially tinged mailer in the Senate District 8 race Wednesday, threatening legal action against the head of the shadowy group responsible for the piece. ...
Shop Locally, Eat Globally
Byline: LIZ VAN HOOSER Jacksonville's international markets can be found throughout the city. There are too many to mention here, but all of them cater to a mix of the homesick looking for flavors of home and those adventurous cooks seeking authentic...
Tea Party Is Back on but It's Invite Only Now; the Organizer Called off the Event, but Said He Had a Change of Heart
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The pot's boiling again for the Leaded Tea Party, less than a week after its organizer pulled the plug on the free-speech event set for Saturday, Sept. 5. Richard Willich said he canceled his planned celebration of American...
TheFarragut Fires Amissile; A Live Shooting Helps These Sailors Put Their Training to Use
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS ABOARD USS FARRAGUT - As launch time grew closer, the ship jockeyed for position. Some 60 miles off Cape Canaveral, the sailors on the USS Farragut fought the current that threatened to pull them off course while...
TOUR NOTEBOOK; Singh Ends IMG Deal, Selects New Agent
Byline: GARRY SMITS If Vijay Singh needs to talk face-to-face with his new agent, the two won't have far to go for the meeting. Singh, who has been with IMG since 1991, has terminated that agreement and will be represented by fellow Ponte Vedra...
T-U 2
SPORTS TALK RADIO ROUNDTABLE The Times Union's sports writers hit the airwaves twice a week to discuss the Jaguars, college and high school football, golf and other sports on the "T-U Sports Talk" show on WFXJ-AM 930, The Fox. Listen for it every...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Teenager's Decision to Drive Was Wrong
I am sorry, but the teen who drove the SUV without having a driver's license has to be held accountable for his decision to drive. This has to send a message to others - that there are repercussions if you do something that is illegal. Maybe the tire...
Wide-Open Attack Best for 'Noles
Byline: Gene Frenette Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder wasn't born when his legendary coach acquired a riverboat gambler reputation as a play-caller and traveled anywhere to play the likes of Ohio State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, LSU (four...
Wine Tastings
Tasting events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the next week. Prices vary. TODAY Anjo Liquors: 9928-1 Old Baymeadows Road, 5-8 p.m. (904) 646-2656. Casa Marina Hotel and Restaurant: 691 First St. N., Jacksonville Beach, 6-9...
WorkSource Goes on the Road for Job Help; Agency Takes Its Center to the Clients to Make It Easier for Them
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN The van arrives and a team from WorkSource unloads black boxes containing laptop computers and wireless transmitters. The high-tech equipment is set up in a library, neighborhood center, church or government building....