The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 8, 2010

2 in Cisco Case Admit to Scheme; but, Three Others Have Pleaded Not Guilty and Are Awaiting Trial
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI WAYCROSS - Fairley Cisco's former son-in-law and an ex-employee admitted conspiring with him and two others to cheat customers out of millions of dollars by rigging the fuel pumps at his three Camden County gas stations....
A Captivating Youthful Spirit at New Alhambra
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Through March 7 Perhaps it's appropriate that the Alhambra Theatre & Dining's first full-run production since its rebirth is "High School Musical," which is all about defying expectations and breaking...
City, Jags Should Stay Together
Byline: Mark Woods Wayne Weaver keeps saying he isn't interested in selling or moving the Jaguars. And I believe him. Still, seeing the blunt statement by a partner in a Los Angeles development company - their sights are set on the Jaguars...
City Would Fail New EPA Air Rule; OZONE A Component in Smog, It Aggravates Asthma and Endangers People with Heart and Lung Diseases. NOT SET IN STONE A Final Decision Is Expected by Aug. 31. Counties Would Have until 2013 to Comply
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON The federal government wants to set tougher national air-quality standards that Jacksonville, and much of Florida, would likely fail for a while, at least. Glynn County, Ga., and Baker and Columbia counties in Florida...
College Basketball
North Florida at Florida Gulf Coast When: 7 p.m. today. Where: Alico Arena, Fort Myers. TV/Radio: CSS; WBOB (1320 AM). Probable starters Ospreys (6-8, 1-3 Atlantic Sun) 21 Andy Diaz, F, 6-7 Avg.: 9.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg. 22 Matt Sauey,...
Duval County's School Board Needs Fresh Look at Its Mission
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage I'm glad that Mayor John Peyton teed up this question for the Charter Revision Commission: Should the sheriff and School Board be appointed by the mayor rather than elected? In a strong mayoral, consolidated form...
Everyone's a Critic
IT'S COMPLICATED The problem with "It's Complicated" is that it really isn't complicated at all. The plot is simple and predictable, but that's just fine for the audience it is written for - baby boomers. Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin do have chemistry...
FACT CHECK; Interpol Immunity? FACT: They Have as Much Authority as the International Red Cross
Byline: CAROLE FADER A Times-Union reader wants to know: Is it true President Barack Obama has given Interpol authority to operate with impunity on American soil? Well, not exactly. Yes, Obama signed an executive order giving Interpol important...
Families Torn Up over Shooting; Teen Remains in Critical Condition after Incident in Westside Home
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Among the countless people praying Thursday to see Alex Ross' baby face and handsome smile again was the family of a Jacksonville teen involved in the still-unexplained shooting of his friend. "I'm so sorry my family had...
FEDERAL DEFICIT; Nearly Midnight
Since the dawn of the nuclear age in the late 1940s, the world has been dangerously close to catastrophic destruction - nuclear war. To illustrate that, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created a Doomsday Clock. For most of this post-World...
Fidelity Refutes Claims That It Violated Disclosure Regulations; A New York Times Story Says the Company Failed to Disclose Losses
Byline: MARK BASCH Fidelity National Financial Inc. denied Thursday assertions in a New York Times story that the Jacksonville-based title insurance company violated disclosure regulations for public companies. The Times story published Thursday...
Florida Counties Fear Undercount; Duval and St. Johns Suspect They Lost Funds after the 2000 Census
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Officials say Duval and St. Johns counties lost millions in federal funding for new roads, disaster relief, public transportation, housing and other projects and services because about 35 percent of the residents in each...
Gimme 5
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY KIP KOLB www.klobsong.com Kip Kolb is the frontman for kLoB, a Jacksonville band that mixes funk and soul with blues rock. Kolb, the band's founder, singer and keyboardist, lives in Avondale with his wife, Brenda. His...
He'll Do Anything for Love; Hoping to Win over the Girl of His Dreams, a Teen Gets in Touch with His Rebellious Side
Byline: MATT SOERGEL YOUTH IN REVOLT **1/2 (2 1/2 out of 4 stars) "Youth in Revolt," a droll, sometimes raunchy tribute to the oddball teens among us, runs out of inspiration eventually. But not before a solid hour or so of consistently amusing...
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: PROVIDENCE 68, FERNANDINA BEACH 57; Stallions Take out Unbeaten Pirates Providence Pulls Away after a Game Test from Fernandina Beach
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT After spending two weeks in December playing in a pair of elite tournaments against nationally ranked teams, Providence's boys basketball team was due for a letdown. Such was the case for two-and-a-half quarters Thursday...
Icy and Snowy Conditions, Indoors
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO It's been a pleasure to watch Philly's Finest in Jacksonville Beach grow from its humble sandwich shop beginnings in 2001 into a full-service restaurant and lounge with a functional gimmick - an ice rail that runs along its...
Jacksonville Group Plans Development; A Business Park Is Eyed for Southeast Georgia
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND, Ga. - A Jacksonville-based company is developing a 155-acre business park in Kingsland with plans for both retail and industrial use. Jack Allen, president of Allen Land Group, said 80 acres at the site off Georgia...
Jacksonville Journal
GROUP LOOKING TO GIVE $150,000 TO INITIATIVE The Comcast Community Investment Panel, a group of local citizens selected by the Jacksonville Mayor's Office, the City Council and Comcast Cable, is now receiving applications for $150,000 for North...
Jacksonville Symphony Turns 60
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, FEATURING ITZHAK PERLMAN 8 p.m. Saturday at the Times-Union Center (Sold out) Here are some of the major players who have helped the orchestra maintain its special place in the community...
Jack's Picks
FRI Take one woman hoping for a marriage proposal, a little Irish luck and a road trip adventure and you have the makings of romantic comedy gold. Right? The adorable Amy Adams stars in "Leap Year," opening this weekend. PAGE 5 FRI Do you have what...
JEKYLL'S NEW HOTEL MAKES HISTORY; Hampton Inn & Suites, the Island's First New Hotel since 1974, Fits into the Area's Landscape
Byline: TERRY DICKSON JEKYLL ISLAND - Guests got an eyeful Thursday as the owners opened the Hampton Inn & Suites, the island's first new hotel since 1974. Along with the obligatory ribbon-cutting, visitors took tours of the new four-story...
MAYOR'S DOWNTOWN FACE LIFT: $23 MILLION; BIG CHANGES Major Downtown Fixtures Would Be Improved. BIG HOPE the Revamped Area Is Expected to Draw More People Downtown
Byline: MATT GALNOR Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton stepped closer Thursday to finalizing $23 million in improvements for downtown parks and amenities, among the mayor's top goals for his last 18 months in office. Peyton unveiled the final version...
Morning Briefs
STEIN MART'S SALES LOWER IN DECEMBER Stein Mart Inc. continued to see sales declines during the holiday season. The Jacksonville-based fashion retailer Thursday reported total sales for the five weeks ended Saturday fell 4.4 percent to $170.2 million...
New Facility Aids Northside Community Program
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Roshanda Jackson is eager to talk about the new digs for Northside Community Involvement's Families and Children Intervention Program. "We are very excited about our new location, which will provide easier access to help...
Notes
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY MR. AL PETE Hip-hop artist Mr. Al Pete of Jacksonville premiered his latest music video Saturday night at Poppy Love Smoke. "Something More" from his album "Talk About It" is laid-back, with a R&B flavor that evokes...
Officer Suggests Appointing Top Cop; Charter Commission to Vote on Recommending Appointed Police Chief
Byline: TIA MITCHELL When it comes to the debate over having an elected or appointed top cop, few people know first-hand what it's like on either side. Jerry Demings does. The elected Orange County sheriff previously served as Orlando's appointed...
RACE TO THE TOP; Trust, but Verify
The Duval County School Board is wise to have a healthy skepticism about promises of federal funding from a program called Race to the Top. The board peppered Eric Smith, Florida education commissioner, with questions regarding grants worth millions...
Report: Georgia Property Values Fall; Local Governments Will Likely Raise Taxes and Cut Services to Recoup Loss
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - A new report shows Georgia homeowners are projected to lose $13 billion in property values in the next two years. The report released Wednesday by Georgia Watch, a consumer-advocacy organization that is lobbying...
Report: Whites Now the Minority in Public Schools; the Southern Education Foundation Hopes Its Review Changes How Resources Are Allocated
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - White students are now the minority in public schools in Georgia and the rest of the South, and that demographic shift comes with a warning in a report issued Thursday. The Southern Education Foundation issued...
Spot for Thrasher on GOP Committee; One Member Says He Will Step Aside to Make Room for the Senator
Byline: DAVID HUNT As a political consultant, it's Jon Woodard's job to determine the flow of a campaign, the might of an adversary and the path to victory. In his latest task, which he said comes self-assigned with no pay and no promises, he's...
State's Student Spike Straps Schools; Surge Indicates Parents Are Pulling Kids out of Costly Private Schools
Florida's public schools are facing a midyear money crunch due to an unexpected increase of 12,310 students after four years of declining enrollments. That means school districts will have an average of $6,863 to spend for each student this school...
T-U 2
SCORING SOME CRITICISM Yates High School in Houston has the No. 1 boys basketball team in the country, according to Rivals.com. It has little to prove. Then Yates went out and scored 100 points in the first half of a game against overmatched...
T-YOU; RANT & RAVES Geography Lesson Would Help NFL
The Colts didn't play their starters after they clinched home field in the playoffs? The NFL needs to fix it? Here's a solution: realign the AFC to more logical geography by moving Miami to the South, move Baltimore to the East and move the Colts to...
UNF Hosts Expert on Foreign Policy; Richard Haass Will Speak Monday on Current Challenges
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR One of the nation's most respected experts on foreign policy will be in Jacksonville Monday to give a free address, "President Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges," at the University of North Florida. Richard Haass' 7:30...
Violin Virtuoso Never Stops Learning
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, FEATURING ITZHAK PERLMAN 8 p.m. Saturday at the Times-Union Center (Sold out) Itzhak Perlman is perhaps the only violinist of our time who needs little, if any, introduction. His diverse...
Weatherization Program Helps Shrink Utility Bills; Low-Income Families Are Able to Stay Warm with Less Energy Use
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Utility bills approaching $500 a month used to be the norm at Angela Sapp's house, no matter how much she fussed at her children to turn off the lights and set the winter thermostat to the recommended 68 degrees. But when...
WILLIAM J. KNAUER JR.: 1924-2010; His Life's Vision Was Caring for Sight Dr. Knauer Lived His Legacy of "The Best Eye Care in the World."
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR William Jerome "Jerry" Knauer Jr., a second-generation Jacksonville ophthalmologist with a national reputation for helping the visually impaired, died in his sleep Wednesday at the Glenmoor Care Facility at World Golf Village....
Woodbine Told to Not Fight Jail Expansion; Camden Grapples with Overcrowded Conditions
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE - City officials learned Thursday they have no legal recourse to block the planned $1.4 million expansion of the Camden County jail in Woodbine. Citing a verbal agreement in which county commissioners promised...