The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 14, 2009

1940 Classic Inspired Many Books; Other Animal Subjects Followed after the Soft Star of "Pat the Bunny."
Byline: Reviews by DEIRDRE CONNER Is there any baby book more classic - and more wonderful - than "Pat the Bunny?" The stiff board book has run through generations of families, and I thought of my own as I bought a copy for a friend with a new baby....
2009 All-Stars; Oh, the Places They'll Go
JIHO LEE Paxon School for Advanced Studies Why he's an All-Star: Jiho scored a 1530 on the math and English potions of the SAT and was president of the National Honor Society, president of the Math Club and president of the Student Government...
2009 Scholar-Athletes; They've All Got Game, and More Big Wins Ahead
ANN-MARIE CONNOLLY Bishop Kenny High School Why she is a Scholar-Athlete: The youngest of eight children, Ann-Marie maintained a 4.476 grade-point average, helped lead her volleyball team to the state final four in each of the last four years,...
A.M. Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL ON FILM 'SUNSHINE STATE' Edie Falco of "The Sopranos" is getting a lot of buzz for her new role in Showtime's "Nurse Jackie." But do you remember when she came to make a movie on the First Coast? She was here in 2001...
AREA NOTEBOOK; Fabulous Field Set for Amateur
Byline: GARRY SMITS The final field of 168 players has been set for the 92nd Florida Amateur Championship, which will be played June 25-28 at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course and the Sawgrass Country Club. There will be 26 players with...
Bowling
MEETINGS In First Coast USBC Association annual meeting, a proposal to raise the annual membership by $1 was passed. Dues for 2009-10, beginning Aug. 1, will be $19, $18 for seniors, and $1 additional for women in the Florida Women's Tournament....
BUTLER MIDDLE SCHOOL; A Budding Success
Note to readers: The Times-Union Editorial Page is examining urban issues facing Jacksonville by looking closely at a children's zone, called the New Town Success Zone, bounded generally by Myrtle Street, Beaver Street and Kings Road. An occasional...
Council President to Lift Curtain on Budget Process; Public Forums Would Come after JCCI Said Citizen Input Is Minimal
Byline: DAVID HUNT City Council President-elect Richard Clark is planning to take Jacksonville's nearly $1 billion budget to the people. His idea - a series of forums much like the regional town hall meetings that led up to Jacksonville Journey...
Eagles' Gift to McNabb Is Both Risk and Reward
Byline: VITO STELLINO Philadelphia fans once threw snowballs at Santa Claus at an Eagles game. So it's appropriate that the Eagles decided to play Santa Claus last week. All but shouting "Ho-ho-ho,'' they gave quarterback Donovan McNabb a...
EEOC: City Violates Civil Rights; Agency: Black Firefighters Face Departmental Discrimination
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Employment practices at Jacksonville's Fire and Rescue Department are discriminatory, retaliatory and hostile to African-Americans, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has determined. The agency's Miami office...
Endangered Woodpeckers on Comeback Trail in Okefenokee; Biologists Band and Count Hatchlings to Help Record the Bird's Progress
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WAYCROSS - A pair of adult red-cockaded woodpeckers angrily squawked as wildlife biologist Dean Easton walked through a stand of pine trees in the northwest corner of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge last week. Easton...
Everyone's a Critic: Books
'EVERMORE: THE IMMORTALS, BOOK 1' By Alyson Noel Ever, Noel's "heroine" for this so-so teen dark fantasy bandwagon jump, makes an admirable effort to land the 2009 Bella Swan Award for Spinelessness in a Relationship. Like Veronica Mars without...
Flag Day Ideal for Special Gift How-To; You Can Order a U.S. Flag That Was Flown over the Capitol. Here's How
Byline: CAROLE FADER Talk about running things up the flagpole to see how they fly. The folks at the Architect of the Capitol's office in Washington do that just about every day - to the tune of 100,000 flags every year. And it can be done...
Friendship Fountain and the Riverfront Facelift
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE The city park surrounding Friendship Fountain was 25 years in the making. When the park and fountain were finally completed in 1965, The Florida Times-Union declared: "Florida has another jewel in its crown today."...
HEALTH CARE; Area Hospitals Doing Their Part but Some in Congress Want Standards Set for Tax-Exempt Designation
Byline: JEREMY COX Northeast Florida's nonprofit hospitals provide a greater amount of charitable benefits to the communities they serve than their peers nationwide, according to a Times-Union review of their financial records. The 10 hospitals...
Here's an Idea Worth Drinking To
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO Someone left a flier on my windshield for a service called DUI Patrol (pronounced dewey), which will drive your drunk self home in your own car. Brilliant! No weird cab smells or having to surrender to the driver's musical...
'HE WAS BIGGER THAN LIFE'; PAT FRANK He Wrote 'Alas, Babylon' 50 Years Ago, during a Life That Took Him from Jacksonville to 'All the Continents and All the Oceans.'
Byline: MATT SOERGEL He loved to tell a tale - party yarns of his globe-trotting exploits, a made-up children's story that went on every night for years, a best-selling novel about a world in radioactive flames. He loved to booze - epic drinking...
High Motivation in Michigan; A Victory Today Would Provide a Small Boost for U.S. Automakers
Byline: DON COBLE BROOKLYN, Mich. -- It will take a lot more than a victory today at the LifeLock 400 to cure the ills of the Detroit automakers. But it could provide some solace, no matter how brief, for a lot of people who live near the Michigan...
Jacksonville an 'Emerging' City for Jews; City Getting Special Plug Today among Orthodox Jews in NYC
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Jacksonville is known for its beaches, military installations and the slogan hailing it as "the bold new city of the South." But it isn't known as a major center for Judaism, with the local Jewish community estimated at 13,000,...
KING BUSTER 400; Storm Lights Up Tourney Weigh-In Extended When an Afternoon Squall Blasts Dock
Byline: JIM SUTTON Nature flipped a switch at the King Buster 400 Saturday, turning fun into fear in minutes. Two boats weighed in under 90-degree temperatures. Skies were clear at the 3 p.m. opening of the scales. From the event tent the view...
Kingsland Man to Lead State VFW; David G. Pipes Feels Veterans Need Stronger Voice Than Ever
Byline: TERRY DICKSON During the state Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Macon today, David G. Pipes, 56, will take command of the organization. Now the state senior vice commander, Pipes, a Kingsland resident, figures he'll be putting a...
Manners on Roads Rest in 'Idle'
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - I guess I've got a lousy sense of timing. I left work one day just as a crew was coming down the road replacing those little reflective biscuits that divide the lanes. A guy hanging off the back of the lead...
Minors' Big Pitch Is Value; Even in Down Economy, Fans Still Going out to the Ballgame, Weather Permitting
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT While the tough economic conditions are taking a bite out of Major League Baseball attendance, lower-priced Minor League Baseball is doing just fine. Now if only Mother Nature would lend a hand. That's the consensus of several...
Mystery Donor Touches a Cancer Patient's Heart; T-U Reporter Now Faces Treatments for Brain, but with a Special Gift
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR After two glorious weeks free, for the most part, of having chemicals pumped into my body to kill my lung cancer, I embarked Wednesday on daily treatments of low-dose radiation of the brain. So far, so good, except for...
Notebook
OFFSHORE FISHING CLUB CELEBRATES 50 YEARS The Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club celebrated its 50th anniversary last week with a steak cookout at its headquarters at the Mayport Ramp. The City of Jacksonville was represented by Councilman...
OK to Get Up at This Movie; in an Autism-Friendly Setting, Families Need Not Worry about It
Byline: MATT COLEMAN There are a few golden rules at the movie theater. No talking. Don't smuggle in outside food. Keep your butt planted in your seat. But a special group of theater-goers was encouraged to break all of the rules Saturday....
OUTDOORS: GOTTA LOVE IT; Children Experience Mother Nature at Campout
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM The anticipation was almost too much to bear for Layla Naughton. "I've been waiting and waiting," the Mandarin 4-year-old exclaimed as she helped her dad set up their tent Saturday during the first Great Jacksonville Campout....
Putting Every Parent's Plea into but 3 Words
Byline: MARK WOODS The photos appeared on two screens in front of the Evangel Temple Assembly of God, gradually fading from one image to the next. Friends and family hugging, smiling, laughing. A little girl growing up. If you had been looking...
READER RESPONSES; Supplements' Effects Depend on the Taker
We asked for readers' views about herbal remedies and supplements: My experience is that many people believe scientifically unproven herbal supplements have wonderful health benefits. Many people also believe in astrology, Adam and Eve, and the...
SEC Carries Too Much Temptation
Byline: Gene Frenette During his early reign as the Southeastern Conference commissioner, Mike Slive had a dream. He envisioned the day when all SEC schools would be equally vigilant, to the point in which a league often perceived as the Dirty Dozen...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE NOTEBOOK; Wood's Streak Keeps Building
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT When the Carolina Mudcats left town on Tuesday after winning three of the five games in their series with Jacksonville, the popular belief among Suns players and staff was that they had seen the last of Mudcats pitcher Travis...
The Community Benefit of First Coast Hospitals
Byline: JEREMY COX BAPTIST BEACHES -- 1350 13th Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach Beds************146 Total margin*********9.2% Medicaid and charity percentage***8.8% Benefits breakdown Beaches measures benefit the same way as its three...
The Recession Effect: A Crash into Reality; Only about 1 out of 5 Graduates Will Find a Job Right out of College This Year, Less Than Half as Many as Two Years Ago. the Times-Union Followed Three Top Local Grads through the End of School and into an Increasingly Difficult and Often Frustrating Job Market
Byline: ADAM AASEN It was an hour before graduation began and University of North Florida senior Michael Bivins Jr. was sprinting to the arena. He ran around in 89-degree heat trying to get everything ready for one of the biggest days of his...
T-U 2
INTEREST IN A-ROD WANING America's fascination with Alex Rodriguez appears to be over. Just a month after making headlines with its allegations that the New York Yankees star likely used steroids as far back as high school, Selena Roberts' book...
Woman Shot in Apartment; One Source Says Woman Died; a Suspect Is in Custody
A woman was shot early Saturday at an apartment complex on Roosevelt Boulevard in Jacksonville. Police responded just after 4 a.m. to calls of shots fired at the Madison at Savannah Oaks apartments. Sgt. Rick Hike said police found inside an apartment...