The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 24, 2009

A Quick-Change Artist
Byline: ROGER BULL Daniel Torres isn't sure how many costume changes he makes in "Wicked." He just knows it's a lot. In the opening number, Torres, who grew up in Jacksonville, is wearing two costumes. When that song ends, he whips off his wig,...
A ROWDY REPUTATION; Player Arrests Have Changed How GM Smith Addresses Draft
Byline: GENE FRENETTE When you look at bothersome statistics for the Jaguars last season, it's not just an NFL ranking of 20th in total offense or 17th in total defense that concerns general manager Gene Smith. The sobering number is 13, which...
Baker County Wins District
Baker County junior Ashley Holton scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Wildcats a 3-2 District 3-4A championship victory over host Clay. Tori Harvey pitched all 10 innings for Clay and also had a double....
Blaze at Beach Boulevard Warehouse Proves Fast, Hot; the Warehouse Held Paper Files; Fire Crews' Numbers Tripled in a Bid to Extinguish the Fast-Igniting Blaze
Byline: MATT COLEMAN Close to 100 Jacksonville firefighters responded Thursday afternoon to a warehouse fire on Beach Boulevard that sent one man to the hospital. The Southside building's roof collapsed, but most of the fire that existed at 2:10...
Blog Excerpts
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Entries from Times-Union writer Tia Mitchell's live blog from Thursday's City Council meeting, which concluded in a vote to recommend not to allow a contract extension for Waste Management at Trail Ridge landfill. See more entries...
Brantley Co. to Hire More Jailers; Added Manpower Will Allow the Jail to Take in Out-of-County Inmates for a Profit
Byline: MIKE MORRISON Brantley County officials are looking to cash in on crime in neighboring counties. They're offering beds in their new detention center to other counties that have an overabundance of inmates and are willing to pay to relieve...
Church Members Help out Red Cross
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Unsure how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season? You may not be after Saturday, when more than 2,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will fan out across Northeast Florida to distribute emergency-preparedness...
Citizens Insurance Rate-Freeze Rejected; the House Bill Would Raise Premiums to Keep the Company Solvent
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE -- The House turned aside proposals Thursday to continue a freeze on premiums for customers of taxpayer-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp., setting the stage for a vote on a sweeping property insurance...
Council Members Balk at Peyton's Landfill Deal; WHAT IT MEANS by 11-7 Vote, Committee Shows Its Apprehension WHAT'S NEXT Council Has Scheduled a Final Up-Down Vote Next Week
Byline: TIA MITCHELL In its initial vote on Mayor John Peyton's Trail Ridge landfill proposal, Jacksonville's City Council recommended to itself Thursday that the controversial plan be withdrawn. Meeting as a "committee of the whole," council...
CUBA; Trying for New Era
The Obama administration took a step in the right direction when it loosened the ban on traveling to Cuba. Under the new rules, Cuban-Americans will be allowed to visit the Caribbean island as often as they wish -- and will be allowed to send money...
Davidson's Curry to Enter NBA Draft
Davidson guard Stephen Curry will skip his senior season and take his sweet shooting stroke to the NBA. After weeks struggling to decide, Curry announced Thursday that he'll enter the NBA Draft, where he could be a lottery pick. The nation's...
Desalination in Future, but Not a Cure-All; Some Say a Plant Will Be Necessary; Others Want to Try All Alternatives First
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER No longer the land of unlimited water, Florida is setting its sights on drinking from the sea. With one desalination plant operating in Tampa Bay and another in the works for Flagler County, the practice of turning seawater...
Evangelist Wants Women to Renew Their Link to God; "... through the Women I Can Reach the Families," She Says of Her Outreach
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Anne Graham Lotz is in Jacksonville for a two-day revival she hopes will reinvigorate the faith of women and, by extension, the rest of the community. "If we can get women to wake up in their relationship with God and come...
Everyone's a Critic
STATE OF PLAY Russell Crowe, a reporter for the Washington Globe, is suddenly drawn into a murder/mystery plot that involves his longtime friend, Congressman Affleck. Affleck seems to be a good guy caught in a scheme to stop his investigation by...
Familiar Face in New Role at WJXT; after Nearly 50 Years, George Winterling Leaves Daily Duties
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR George Winterling, the dean of Jacksonville TV meteorologists, soon won't be seen every day on WJXT TV-4 as he has for nearly 50 years. He is taking a new role. Instead of chief meteorologist, the 77-year-old will become...
Family Safe after Crash Landing; the Plane Is Totaled; Pilot Touched Down in a Backyard in Hilliard
Byline: DANA TREEN A Chattanooga, Tenn., family of four survived a plane crash Thursday in Hilliard when the single-engine Piper Arrow lost power and the pilot was forced to attempt an emergency landing in a large backyard. The tail of the plane...
First Some Wine, Then Some Trivia
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO Mondays call for leisure options, so thanks to The Grape at St. Johns Town Center for stepping up and creating Tastings and Trivia as a remedy to any case of "The Mondays." The Grape's weekly tasting ($14) runs from 5 to...
For 311, Mixing Styles Brings Consistent Hits; Durable Rock Band Has Never Been Tied to Single Formula
Byline: ROGER BULL 311 has a new single out, a new CD coming out soon and they're on the road. Time marches on for one of rock's most popular bands. And consider this: The lineup - Nick Hexum, S. A. Martinez, Tim Mahoney, Chad Sexton and Aaron Wills...
Former Jaguar Released on Bail; Report Says Jimmy Smith Asked Police for a Break, Blamed Drugs on "Jahad"
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Former Jaguars star Jimmy Smith will return to court in two weeks to face drug charges after being released from jail Thursday, continuing his troubles with the law. Smith repeatedly sought a break from troopers during...
Higher Water Rates Needed to Encourage Conservation
Byline: Ron Littlepage The following won't win me a popularity contest. There has been much grumbling this week about JEA's plans to increase water and sewer rates by 45 percent over the next four years. Well, try this on: The cost of water...
HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS; Trinity Boys Edge Episcopal
The Trinity Christian boys tennis team edged rival Episcopal 4-3 in Thursday's Region 2-1A championship to earn a berth in the Class 1A state finals. The visiting Conquerors held a 3-2 lead after the singles matches with wins from No. 1 Eddie Shelton,...
Insurer Gives More Time to Find New Plan; Patients Scramble to Find Coverage despite an Extended Deadline
Byline: JEREMY COX Florida health officials have negotiated a deadline extension for thousands of Duval County Medicaid patients who learned barely two months ago they needed to find a new health-care plan. Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans Inc....
Jacksonville Journal
BRAIN BOWL TO TEST METTLE OF SENIORS Jacksonville seniors will get a chance to "cross-train their brains" at a city-sponsored event next week. The 2009 Brain Bowl is open to people age 60 and older and includes games, activities and health tips...
Jack's Picks
FRI Theatre Jacksonville's new play goes behind the scenes at a theater company, as its players examine race and relationships in the context of two of Shakespeare's most popular plays. The show, "Playing Juliet/Casting Othello," opens at 8 p.m. today...
LATER-ROUND DRAFT STEALS BY THE JAGUARS IN THE JACK DEL RIO ERA; Six Players Who Have Been Drafted after the First Round in the Jack del Rio Era but Have Had the Production of a Higher Pick:
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT 2003 Rashean Mathis, CB, Bethune-Cookman: A second-round pick, Mathis holds the franchise record for interceptions (25). He tied for second in the NFL in interception returns for TDs last season and third in interception...
Lawyer Faces Accusations of Overbilling; David Taylor Could Face Discipline If He Padded Bills, Paid by Taxpayers
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A Jacksonville lawyer accused of overbilling taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to represent poor defendants could face discipline by The Florida Bar, where a formal complaint has been filed against him. The complaint...
Man Shot in Face by 2 Assailants Is OK; Police Are Looking for the Robbers Who Were Described as Teenagers
Two robbers described as juveniles ambushed a Jacksonville man outside his place of business Tuesday afternoon and shot him in the face. The bullet hit the 36-year-old victim in the side of the face, according to the Sheriff's Office report. He...
Massaquoi in Stafford's Shadow; However, the Receiver Could Benefit from Workouts with the QB
Byline: MARC WEISZER ATHENS, Ga. - NFL scouts and general managers who watched film on Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno just might have run across another Georgia player who could be worth scooping up this weekend. Stafford and Moreno are...
Mixed March Results: More Homes Sold, Prices Declined; Real Estate's Volatility Makes It Tough to Predict the Future
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Even when armed with five years of month-by-month data tracking sale prices, home sales volumes, housing starts and foreclosures for the Jacksonville area, it's difficult to predict when the real estate market here will turn...
Morning Briefs
ALENIA HOLDING OFF ON CECIL GROUND BREAKING Alenia North America is holding off on breaking ground for the facility at Cecil Field where it plans to build a military cargo plane, citing worries over orders being slimmed down. The company was...
NASCAR Moves Event to Vegas
NASCAR's season-ending party is heading to Las Vegas. The weeklong salute to Sprint Cup's stars is leaving New York after nearly three decades. NASCAR announced the move Thursday, citing an aggressive pitch from Las Vegas officials that stressed...
NFL DRAFT POSITION BREAKDOWN; Today: Tight Ends and Kickers
TOP 10 TIGHT ENDS School***Ht.***Wt.***Rd. 1. Brandon Pettigrew***Oklahoma State***6-5***253***1 2. Cornelius Ingram***Florida***6-3***245***2-3 3. James Casey***Rice***6-3***246***2-3 4. Jared Cook******************South Carolina***6-4***249***3-4...
Nickelback Fans Get What They Want; for an Encore, the Band Even Overcomes an Onstage Power Outage
Byline: ROGER BULL Critics don't like Nickelback, that seems to be a given. Actually, there's probably no other band out there right now that creates that kind of division between lovers and outright haters. For me it's ... ehh. I didn't dislike...
Notes
Byline: ROGER BULL PAT GREEN SATURDAY Last week, Pat Green was in New York, selling out his sixth straight show over the past three years in that city. The Texas country rocker has mellowed a bit from his early independent and rowdy days,...
Poet Nikki Giovanni on Hip-Hop, Love and More
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Rona Brinlee, owner of The Bookmark in Atlantic Beach, was featured in a New York Times story last fall about Nikki Giovanni's new book, "Hip Hop Speaks to Children." Brinlee was quoted as saying how popular the book had been...
Problems Continue in TV Signal Change; Experts Say It May Be the Antenna That Is Leading to Reception Issues for Some
Byline: MARK BASCH We still have eight weeks to go until the Jacksonville market converts fully to all-digital television. But for some local viewers, the digital conversion is already causing frustration. Public television station WJCT TV-7...
RANTS & RAVES; Gators' Haters Amuse Reader
I really enjoy the rants from the Gator haters. They are more funny than the comics. COVERAGE IS RELATIVE TO TEAM'S SUCCESS As for the coverage of the Gators over other teams [Rants & Raves, April 17], I think that the coverage of all our...
School Cuts Force Coaches off Sideline; Sandalwood, Parker Have Familar Names Back with Programs
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Jim Scible didn't coach Parker's football team for the money. However, it doesn't mean he'll devote the countless hours it takes to coach football for next to nothing. Scible, who like many retired teachers came back to work,...
Senators Backing University Protests; Two Key Senators Lend Support to Presidents as Budget Fears Grow
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE -- Two key senators, including one who's angling for the job as the state university system's chancellor, threw their support Thursday behind protesting university presidents who cast a House budget plan as apocalyptic....
The 'WICKED' WAYS OF a HIT MUSICAL
Byline: ROGER BULL It's not her fault she's wicked. Try growing up green, and see how that works out for you. "Wicked: A New Musical" has finally arrived in Jacksonville. It's the big show of the FCCJ Artist Series 2008-09 season - 22 performances...
TRAFFIC SAFETY; Saving Lives
Whether Jacksonville is the home of the most red light runners in the state is a matter of dispute. It seems that way. Surely, you have waited at a green light while a line of cars turning left pass through the red light in front of you. ...
T-U 2
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT JAGUAR GOING NATIONAL Maurice Jones-Drew's contract extension signed last week put him in the same financial category as some of the NFL's elite running backs. It will also led to Jones-Drew garnering more national attention....
Unplugging the Kids ... Run by Run
Byline: Mark Woods MIDDLEBURG -- Cathy Zike was on her way to school, working toward becoming a teacher, when a drunken driver smashed head-on into her car. She was flown to Shands Jacksonville with two broken arms, a shattered ankle, eight broken...
Wadkins Elected to Golf Hall of Fame; the Former PGA Tour Player Won the 1979 Players Championship
Byline: GARRY SMITS Lanny Wadkins was an old-school PGA Tour player with a homemade, distinctive swing, a fast playing pace, a personality he self-describes as "feisty" and a gambler's instincts. It might have been fitting that he was standing...
Word Spreading That Being Green Is the Way to Go; More Folks Embrace a Conservation Attitude - for Their Wallets and for the Earth
Byline: ROGER BULL It used to just be the people Devon Richt described as "the ones in bandanas" who came into the garden centers where she's worked and used words like "organic." Not anymore. "The demographic is certainly changing," she said....