The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 26, 2010

A Better Image for Downtown; A Project to Clean Up the City Is under Way
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Anyone who has peered under a school desk knows how wads of chewing gum can harden until they seem to have been welded. It's even worse when gum lands on sidewalks where it remains year after year, flattened by the weather...
A Good Neighbor Retiring after 40 Years; State Farm Agent Arnett Greene Has Been a Community Stalwart
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN As one of the first black State Farm agents in the nation, Arnett Greene looks back on the past 40 years and says that for better or worse, it was never just about making money. When he opened his Jacksonville agency in...
Angry Voters Target Congress for Clearing out; LOCALLY, NO ONE WILL RUN AGAINST THEM Voters Clamor for New Faces ... but That's Not Including Our Members of Congress
Byline: DAVID HUNT 73% Say Washington is BROKEN 63% Say it's better for country if most incumbents DEFEATED Voters are madder than ever at Congress, with the majority of the nation wanting a clean slate. It's a sentiment mirrored...
A Tour for True Brew Enthusiasts; Go Behind the Scenes to See Beermaking at Anheuser-Busch
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO If you're interested in beer as more than just an alcohol delivery vehicle, then you're the right candidate for the Beermaster Tour at the Anheuser-Busch brewery. These in-depth, two-hour embarkments are offered in addition...
Audiences, This Movie Is a Crime; Bad Script. Bad Acting. Very Bad Direction. This Is Clearly a Case of Reckless Filmmaking
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Cop Out *1/2 star out of 4 Going into "Cop Out," I was wondering if it was perhaps that rarest of comedies: one that actually was able to resist putting all the funny parts in the trailer. You know, seeing how the trailer...
Big Moment for Buccaneers; First Coast's Boys Basketball Team Faces Nationally Ranked Winter Park on Saturday
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The biggest game in school history played in front of the largest crowd ever. That's how they're referring to Saturday's Region 1-6A final between Winter Park and First Coast in a game played on the Buccaneers' home court....
Cafe Has Something for Everyone
Byline: ERICA BURKS Every once in a while, I enjoy a dish in a restaurant so much that I fixate on it. I go back again and again, ordering the same item over and over, trying to pinpoint that elusive combination of ingredients that makes this soup...
Chief Property Appraiser for Brantley Resigns; Miles Was Placed on Administrative Leave Feb. 5; He Didn't Return to Work
Byline: MIKE MORRISON Doug Miles, Brantley County's chief property appraiser, has resigned having never returned to work after the Board of Assessors placed him on a two-week paid administrative leave Feb. 5. County Manager Parrish Barwick said...
Commission OKs Funds for New Reactors at Plant Vogtle; Costs Will Be Paid by Georgia Power Customers and There Will Be Future Expenses Presented for Approval
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved Thursday the first batch of semiannual expenses submitted by Georgia Power Co. for the construction of two reactors at Plant Vogtle. Approval means that...
Dismal Shooting Hurts Ospreys; UNF out of Sync on Offense, Hitting 2 of 21 Shots from 3-Point Range
Byline: HAYS CARLYON With any luck the University of North Florida men's basketball team will avoid having to play East Tennessee State in next week's Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. It's hard to imagine a worse matchup for the Ospreys. ...
Glynn County: No Financial Disarray; Staffers Say They Know How $19 Million in Tax Funds Went Unspent
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS BRUNSWICK - Glynn County staff publicly rebuffed complaints Thursday that local sales tax revenue had been lost for years like loose change beneath sofa cushions. During a three-hour work session Thursday, the county's...
GOLF ROUNDUP; Villegas Shoots 62 for Phoenix Lead
The memory of a missed 3-foot putt did nothing to diminish Camilo Villegas' game Thursday in the Phoenix Open. The 28-year-old Colombian tied the tournament first-round record with a 9-under 62 to take a one-shot lead over former Florida teammate...
Hummer's Uncertain Future Isn't Stopping Sales; Deal to Sell Automaker to Chinese Company Falls Through
Byline: DAN SCANLAN In 2002, General Motors made it official: Jacksonville's Nimnicht Chevrolet was the new home of one of the country's 147 first GM Hummer dealerships. By 2003, a super-sized Hummer was America's new status ride, and Nimnicht...
Jack's Clicks
Byline: GARY T. MILLS AND THE OSCAR GOES TO ... The talented students of LaVilla School of the Arts are back again this year, presenting scenes from each of the 10 Best Picture-nominated films. Pictured below is Jessica Williams (right) and other...
Jack's Picks
SAT Much Ado About Books, one of Jacksonville's signature events, returns this year with keynote speaker Mary Kay Andrews, author of the best-selling "Savannah Breeze" and "Blue Christmas." She began her journalism career in Savannah, Ga., where she...
Learn from the Writing Pros at Library Event
Enjoy the company of writers. Pick up tips about polishing prose and learn the ins and outs of publishing. Head for the Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., where the annual literary festival, Much Ado About Books, continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday....
Long-Term Vision Helpful When Water, Money Clash
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage The little boy had a quizzical look on his face. "What happened to the lakes, Daddy?" he asked. "In school, we saw pictures of lakes in this part of Florida." The man explained to his son that too much development...
Man Saw Gun Attack; Rammed Suspect's Car; A Worker at a Southside McDonald's Was Shot Dead in the Incident
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Lawton Walker first spotted the man dash by the passenger side of his truck, pull a gun from his waistband and wave it over his head outside a Southside McDonald's Monday. Walker, a Georgia construction framer, had pulled...
Memo Raises Questions about JTA Spending; City Hall Auditors Say JTA Violated Better Jacksonville Agreement
Byline: LARRY HANNAN City Hall auditors say the Jacksonville Transportation Authority used about $50 million in Better Jacksonville funds for projects that weren't part of the voter-approved plan and won't release the money for those JTA projects....
Meserve Wants Charges Dropped; Brokers Ready to Settle in Mayport Land Deal He Got Commissions For
Byline: DREW DIXON Suspended Jacksonville City Councilman John Meserve is seeking to dismiss a felony charge against him for taking part in Mayport land deals that netted him $105,000 in commissions when he had no real estate license. Meanwhile,...
Molestation, Child Porn Charges Added to Harrell's Counts; He Remains a Person of Interest in the Slaying, Disappearance of Girl
Jarred Mitchell Harrell appeared before a Clay County judge Thursday morning for the second time in two days, this time on charges of molesting a young child and 12 counts of child pornography. County Judge Richard Townsend returned Harrell to the...
Morning Briefs
QUARTERLY CHARGES HIT RAILAMERICA FOR LOSS RailAmerica Inc. late on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss from continuing operations of $12.5 million, or 24 cents per diluted share. The results included charges totaling 24 cents a share from...
Notes
Byline: LAURA LUI SAMPLE SOME GUMBO The fifth annual benefit Gumbo Cook-off, hosted by the Parrot Heads in Natural Settings (PHINS), is scheduled for March 12 and 13 at The Jackson-ville Landing. All proceeds will benefit the Gleaners Dispatch,...
Notes
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY STEPHEN MARLEY Tonight Fresh from winning a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, Stephen Marley will stop at Freebird Live at 200 First St. N. in Jacksonville Beach. Marley's album, "Mind Control" (the acoustic version)...
Panel Urges City to Make Changes in Many Areas
Byline: TIA MITCHELL After eight months of analysis, the Jacksonville Charter Revision Commission approved its final list of recommendations Thursday. The commission's work will be formally presented to the City Council on March 9. Then council...
Q/A MAGNET SCHOOLS; Apply for Program by End of Today
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Students wanting to participate in a magnet program at one of 56 Duval County Public Schools have until the end of today to apply. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions. How can I apply? You can mail in...
RACE IN AMERICA; beyond the Taboos
To have a discussion about race in America, we have to get beyond taboos. We need to try to handle the emotions involved in the subject: guilt, anger, shame. American history is intertwined with the subject. William Julius Wilson, a professor...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BASEBALL EPISCOPAL 11, PONTE VEDRA 2 Episcopal******003***024***2-***11***11***0 Ponte Vedra***100***001***0-***2***5***7 W: Russell (2-0). L: Douglas (0-1). 3BH: Mueller (PV). 2BH: C. Orth (E), P. Orth (E), Watson (E),...
Show Delivers for Young Crowd
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY For those who love cranking Three Days Grace during rush hour, the post-grunge hard rockers nailed their concert Wednesday night at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Their set was like an hour block of commercial-free...
Slam, Bam, It's a Roaring Monster Jam
Is that the Grave Digger? Monster Jam is a big business, with competitions going on in several cities each weekend. This weekend, for instance, competitions are being held in Wheeling, W.Va.; Macon, Ga.; Providence, R.I.; Baltimore, Jacksonville, Oakland,...
STUDENT LOANS; Use the Best Alternative
Between the extremes of big government and private enterprise, there is a middle ground: competition. When a service can be performed by either government or private industry, use competition to find the best value for the taxpayers. In the case...
Study: Ortega Safest Neighborhood; A Marketing Research Firm Examined Jacksonville Crime Statistics
Byline: DANA TREEN Jacksonville's safest neighborhood has been described as a small town wrapped by the city. Maggie Wilson said that's the feeling she had growing up in Ortega, Jacksonville's least crime-ridden neighborhood, according to a recently...
The Doctor Is in - It's His 100th Birthday; Curly Watson Is Still Seeing Patients in Augusta; He's Been Practicing at University Hospital since 1947
Byline: TOM CORWIN Nurse Leslie Rice and the staff at Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Augusta had an unusual problem recently. "Nobody carries cards that say '100,'" she told physician W.G. "Curly" Watson, who just laughed. They finally...
T-U 2
MASCOT APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED Students at Ole Miss voted earlier this week to find a new mascot to replace Colonel Reb, the Colonel Sanders look-a-like. There is no timetable to name a successor, although the person who started the drive to replace...
Webb Bows out as Council JTA Liaison; He Steps Down to Ensure There'll Be 'No More Issues Down the Road'
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Jacksonville City Councilman Jack Webb has removed himself as the council's liaison to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. Webb, a lawyer, was criticized earlier this month for voting in favor of a controversial JTA-backed...
Win Lifts Dolphins to Share of Title; Hardy Defensive Effort Puts JU in Control of Atlantic Sun Race
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The belief that defense wins championships was evident Thursday night as Jacksonville University held Campbell to 22 second-half points in a 65-52 victory over the Camels in front of a season-high crowd of 6,543 at Jacksonville...
Woodbine Barbecue, Beer Go Together, Just Not on Sundays; Town Needs to OK Alcohol Sales to Help Business, Stan's Smokehouse Owner Says
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE - Stan Mieloch says a City Council vote Monday night might determine whether his restaurant survives. City officials will consider his request to approve a referendum in which voters would approve or reject an...