The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 18, 2010

After Veto, Crist Sees Senate Hope; REVITALIZED RUN the Decision on the Recent Teacher-Pay Bill Has Pumped New Life into His Campaign
Byline: DAVID HUNT For the moment, Gov. Charlie Crist's bumpy political road went smooth. Nobody said anything about the dreaded "man hug" with President Barack Obama, the one that happened a year ago showing a support of the stimulus plan that...
After Video, It's Damage Control Mode for Jones
Byline: VITO STELLINO During the NFL meetings in March of 1994 in Orlando, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was annoyed because he believed coach Jimmy Johnson and some of his friends had snubbed him at a league party. So he told a few reporters...
A.M. Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA BACK TALK Want to stir it up with A.M. Stir? Find something new everyone should know about? E-mail your comments, beefs and ideas to backtalk@jacksonville.com. SPORT WHY NOT JUST WATCH ON TV? Golf is a difficult...
'Apprentice' Dims Glow of Celebrity
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO I thought I was done looking at Donald Trump and his bottom teeth, but my semi-embarrassing fondness for former Poison frontman Bret Michaels got me roped into watching the second season of "Celebrity Apprentice." Since...
AREA NOTEBOOK; Seniors Rally for Division Victories
Byline: GARRY SMITS For the top three players in the senior gross division of the Jacksonville Area Golf Association Senior Championship last week, it was a matter of overcoming rocky starts and finishing strong. Billy Clements shot even par...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport BOOK TALK CAFE Wayne Barcomb will discuss his latest thriller "The Hunted" (Minotaur Books, 320 pages, $24.95), at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Book Talk Cafe at the Ponte Vedra Beach Library, 101 Library Blvd. This...
Career Track
HEALTH/MEDICAL - Southeast Georgia Health System has announced the following team member promotions in patient care services: Laura Grantham,* RN, MSN, APRN, as the new director, emergency and medical services; Jan Jones,* RN, BSN, as the new director,...
Councilman Takes Turn at Answering Questions
Byline: Mark Woods For the past week, there has been much debate about Clay Yarborough asking Jacksonville Human Rights Commission nominees questions about gay marriage, God, Islam and prayer in public places. The city councilman said that before...
Crist Shows His Mettle by Standing Up to Bullies
Byline: Ron Littlepage Heaven knows I've been critical of Gov. Charlie Crist in this column when I've disagreed with his actions. But what Crist did last week when he vetoed Sen. John Thrasher's ill-conceived teacher merit-pay bill was right...
FACT CHECK; Ammunition Resale Policy Was Revised FACT: Shortly Afterward, It Was Reversed to Allow Spent Brass to Be Sold
Byline: CAROLE FADER Times-Union readers want to know: An e-mail says that the government has stopped the sale of used military cartridges to Georgia Arms, which reconditions and reloads them for sale to law enforcement, gun shops and other stores....
First Coast's NFL Draft Class Runs Deep; Spiller High on Every Team's List; Peek Was Key Player in Tide's Title Run
Byline: HAYS CARLYON You-know-who is the area player generating most of the pre-NFL Draft spotlight. However, barring a major surprise in Thursday's first round, Florida quarterback and former Nease phenom Tim Tebow will not be the first local...
Flash in the Pan: The Spawn Begins; Spring Has Sprung at Dunns Creek, and Panfish Are Ready to Bite
Byline: JIM SUTTON SATSUMA - It was 7:30 a.m. on Dunns Creek. Shrouds of mist, like gauze curtains, were backlit by a rising sun. The earth scents are always strong at dawn. But this morning the perfume of orange blossoms also lacquered the dawn...
GENERAL ASSEMBLY; Local Legislation Taking Stage That Did Not Require to Be Wrapped Up by the Day 30 Crossover Peg
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA- Legislators will formally be in session just two days this week, but standing committees and conference committees will be meeting all week. To keep from running out the 40-day legislative clock before the budget...
GENERAL ASSEMBLY; State Sells off Some Loans to Governments but the Move to Help the Budget Is Being Met with Criticism
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - To scrape together some cash and prevent deeper cuts to the budget, the state is hocking some of its financial assets. Critics warn that the sale of part of the portfolio of loans to cities and counties will...
Illusion of Civility at Meeting
Byline: Abel Harding Wednesday's meeting of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission was a raucous affair. For starters, the commission's meetings aren't typically a public draw. Opponents of the city's proposed contract with Hillwood...
Inward Conviction Turns to Outward Mission
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK - Preachers always call their churches houses of God. Redeemer Presbyterian Church is exactly that. In fact, it was a house before it was a church. The two-story Victorian at the corner of G and Ellis streets...
KICKING THE HABIT? Some Say Nuns' Traditional Clothing May Make a Comeback
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Hospital patients don't have to think twice to figure out who Sister Lucie Thai is when she walks down a corridor or into their rooms at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Riverside. She's one of only a handful of Catholic nuns...
Many Catholics Unfazed by Scandal at Vatican; POPE He's Being Scrutinized for His Actions as a Former Cardinal. PARISHIONERS the Criticism Is Just Overplayed by the Media, Some Say; Leaders Report No Complaints or Concerns on the Matter
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY The pope is under fire. The Vatican is on the defensive. Critics around the world are demanding more transparency from the Holy See. Welcome to the latest sex abuse scandal to embroil the Catholic Church, the furor erupting...
MPS Group Champion Wozniacki out with Ankle Injury
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki retired from her semifinal match against Vera Zvonareva at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday after injuring her right ankle. Wozniacki was trailing in the first set when she slid for a shot and...
Neighbors Rattled after Death; One Witness Says an Arrest Has Been Made, but Police Saying Little
An unidentified man died late Friday during an apparent burglary and shooting at the Madison at Savannah Oaks apartment complex north of Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Neighbors of the man, who lived in a ground-floor apartment, say they are scared...
New Town Neighbors Take Surveys; It Focuses on Health Care, Education and Financial Stability
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Alfreda Jones was watering the plants outside her Northwest Jacksonville home Saturday when Tamara Merritt asked for a minute of her time. Merritt introduced herself as a member of the New Town Success Zone Health Project...
NOTEBOOK; King Buster Makes Changes
Byline: JIM SUTTON The King Buster will be fished June 10-13 this year, but with some important changes. The general kingfish tournament is now a one-day event on June 12. There is no longer a 23-and-under category. And the event will no longer...
OUR HUNGER PARADOX; Being Poor Makes It Easier to Be Obese. It Can Be Traced to the Cost, Availability and Distribution of Healthy Food
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER This dusty corner in Springfield used to be a parking lot. Now, lettuce and strawberries grow in a lush garden. Across town, at a grocer, expiring meat used to fill trash bins. Now, it fills food bank freezers. And at...
Plan to Save Georgia Shad at Key Point; PUBLIC MEETING APRIL 29 the State Must Coordinate Its Intentions for Harvest with an Atlantic Fisheries Panel
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - The shad is so humble, it doesn't even make the Department of Natural Resources posters of popular fish. In spite of that, the American and hickory shad are building blocks in the state's fisheries, DNR biologists...
ROUNDUP; Furyk Weathers Free-for-All
Jim Furyk withstood a crazy Saturday shootout that could lead to an even wilder final round at the Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C. Furyk, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident, shot a 67 for an 11-under 202, good for a one-stroke lead over Brian Davis...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BASEBALL MENENDEZ 12, IROQUOIS (N.Y.) 2 Iroquois (N.Y.)***200***00***-***2***1***2 Menendez******900***3x***-***12***10***0 W: Heater (4-4). L: Sluderski (0-1). HR: J. Romero (M). Records: Iroquois (N.Y.) 1-2, Menendez...
Shrimp Boat Refitted for Kayak Tours Makes Debut; after a Blessing of Fleet Debut, It Will Moor at the Darien City Docks
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS Shrimp boats along Georgia's coastline are usually seen dragging nets. One has been refitted to drag kayaks. The Captain Gabby, a shrimp vessel that's been retrofitted for kayak tours, is making its public debut at today's...
THE MESSAGE IS OUT; No Writing on Eye Black Allowed in NFL, and Now NCAA Has Followed Suit
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Two simple strips of black tape, each slightly smaller than a Band-Aid. Tim Tebow turned them into spiritual billboards. For nearly two years, the former Florida quarterback printed Bible verses on the black patches...
TRAIL RIDGE; Stick with a Bid
City Council should stay the course and bid the contract for operation of the city's Trail Ridge Landfill. The latest proposed settlement between the city and its landfill operator Waste Management Inc. would cost the city $37 million more than...
T-U 2
QUOTABLE "I don't give a bleep about talk shows. Those talk shows in Chicago, they're lucky I'm here, because they'd be selling cheeseburgers and hot dogs somewhere." White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to the Chicago Tribune. 2 CENTS NASCAR...
What's New
DONATIONS/GRANTS - The Sales and Marketing Council of the Northeast Florida Builders Association announced a successful Easter basket drive for the children at daniel. More than $290 in cash donations and pre-purchased items were used to build 55...
WHAT YOU CAN BUY NOW FOR $200K; in the Post-Bubble Housing Market, You Get More for Your Money
Byline: KEVIN TURNER A four-bedroom, 3,800 square foot home on a creek within The Woods, an East Arlington gated community, sold for $500,000 less than four years ago. Today, the large two-story home at 2426 Fallen Tree West, built in 1980, sits...
Will Changes Spoil Texas? Attention Shifts to Rear Spoiler for Today's Samsung Mobile 500
Byline: DON COBLE FORT WORTH, Texas - Now that the space-aged wing is a thing of the past in NASCAR, one glaring question remains: Will the racing improve? Today's Samsung Mobile 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway could provide an answer. Today's...
You Will Need an Adapter Even If TV Is Digital Compatible
Byline: JESSIE-LYNN KERR DEAR CALL BOX: IS IT TRUE THAT WITH THE DIGITAL TV CONVERSION, COMCAST CAN STILL FORCE PEOPLE TO BUY/RENT A CONVERSION BOX EVEN THOUGH THEY PURCHASED A NEW, DIGITAL-COMPATIBLE TV SET? THANK YOU. - J.X.J. Dear J.X.J.:...