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Articles from July 7, 2013

Area Notebook; Back-to-Back Aces for Foursome
Byline: Garry Smits The summer trend in improbable hole-in-one stories continued on Independence Day with back-to-back aces at the Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach. Jackie Newman and Norma Bell both jarred their tee shots at the par-3 12th hole...
Armory Has a Storied History in Jacksonville; Big-Name Performers Have Played There, and There Could Be New Life
Byline: David Crumpler The old National Guard Armory at Market and State streets has had many lives. Built nearly 100 years ago, it was once Jacksonville's primary social and entertainment destination in addition to serving the military reserve...
Around the Region
Got something you'd like to share about your community? Send news-related tips to staff writer Jim Schoettler at jim.schoettler@jacksonville.com or (904) 359-4385. BAKER INTEREST SHOWN IN ST. MARYS SHOALS The Florida Park Service has made...
Coke Zero 400 Notebook; Crash Doesn't Help Hamlin
Byline: Don Coble and Garry Smits DAYTONA BEACH | Denny Hamlin continued to have a season to forget Saturday night during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. After missing four races earlier in the season with a broken vertebra,...
Coping with a Parent's Ordeal: 'I Wish That Cancer Was Not Real'; Kids Together against Cancer Supports Children Trying to Make Sense of It All
Byline: Mark Woods A group of young children sat around a table in room at the Cummer Museum, each child intently working on a card. At first glance, the scene - kids grabbing art supplies and making something to give Mom or Dad - seemed familiar...
Cost of Politics Is Hefty for Scott; Net Worth Drops from $218 Million in 2010 to $83.7 Million in 2012
Byline: Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE | When Gov. Rick Scott poured $73 million of his own money into his 2010 campaign, the number seemed eye-popping. The former health care executive and self-made multi-millionaire needed to inject his personal wealth...
Dock Can Cure Bass Woes; Learning the Nuances of Dock Fishing Will Yield Plenty of Local Largemouth
Byline: Bob McNally Largemouth bass fishing in the lower St. Johns River is back in a big way. Not that it really went anywhere, mind you. But the fish seemed to have disappeared in recent years due to high saline content from drought. Many...
FACT CHECK; Military Members Can Talk about Religion Misinterpretation of Policy Causes Confusion in Reports, Emails
Byline: Carole Fader Times-Union readers want to know: I've received several emails saying that the Pentagon will court-martial any military member who shares his or her faith with others. Is this true? No. Military members can discuss their...
Farmers Try to Go Co-Op; They're Realizing It's the Way to Go to Find a Market, Make a Profit
Byline: Roger Bull ELKTON | Danny Johns took out his 1999 directory of St. Johns County growers and started to pointing to one farmer after the other. "He's out, he's out, he's still here but struggling. World Golf Village is where he was. He's...
'Grown Up' Entertainment before Race; Sandler, James Rev Up Crowd; Shaq Takes Shot at Dwight Howard
Byline: Garry Smits DAYTONA BEACH | The entertainment value for race fans before the green flag dropped for the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday was as good as it's been for the summer race at Daytona International Speedway - the oddball driver command...
High Court Shows Its Value to Us
Byline: Frank Denton Amid all the fuming, frustration and fulminating over the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, you might have overlooked the wonderful adventure in democracy, equal rights and the rule of law. First, our reluctant U.S. Supreme...
Jacksonville Airport's New Mural Is Called 'Celestial Playground'
Byline: Charlie Patton "Celestial Playground," a mural by New York artist Amy Cheng, was unveiled this week at the Jacksonville International Airport. It is located in the airport's pre-security courtyard, near the Haskell Gallery, the restrooms...
Johnson Sweeps Daytona; Race Ends with Multiple Crashes on Final Lap, but Johnson Steers Clear of Wreckage
Byline: Don Coble DAYTONA BEACH | Jimmie Johnson kept trouble behind him by running out front during most of Saturday night's Coke Zero 400, and that helped him finish the night in Victory Lane instead of the end of a wrecker's hook. Johnson...
News Quiz
1. With two major U.S. Supreme Court rulings, which state rushed to resume performing gay marriages by the weekend? A. Massachusetts B. California C. Vermont D. Washington 2. Two circuit judges have been replaced in a high-profile case....
Pension Task Force Needs Long-Term View
The city's police and fire pension debt keeps going up. The main point of the above graphic can be found by following the top two lines. The top line is the do-nothing option. The dark line just below it is the proposal by Mayor Alvin Brown....
Relaxed Dress Code Can Be Uncomfortable
Byline: Terry Dickson DARIEN | On July 4, we celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Those who take freedom to its most basic elements will celebrate National Nude Recreation Week July 8-13. You don't have to go to California...
Short Reports
Byline: Brandy Hillboldt Allport BOOTSTRAPPER: A MEMOIR By Mardi Jo Link This unvarnished story introduces readers to the depressed but indomitable Mardi Jo Link. She is a newly divorced woman ("perpetual good cheer, it turns out, can kill...
Soderberg Wants Your Help: What Should Be Kept Secret? Former NSC Official Seeking 'Better Balance' for Security vs. Right to Know
Byline: Sandy Strickland A Jacksonville Beach resident chairs a congressional advisory board that wants you to weigh in on what secret documents should be made public. But that doesn't mean disclosing the floor plans to Fort Knox or sensitive...
Sound off; Internet Surveillance a Necessary Evil to Some
With the revelations about NSA surveillance of Americans' personal communications, we asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group if they have taken any measures to protect their information, or if they have any fear of...
Southern League Notebook; Only Loaded Arm Was Huntsville Pitcher's
Byline: Jeff Elliott A Southern League game in Huntsville, Ala., on Wednesday that generated plenty of controversy before the game created a lot of attention during the game - but for an entirely different reason. Huntsville Stars pitcher Andy...
Space Filling with Charter School Trio
Byline: Roger Bull Here's one way to fill empty buildings: charter schools. San Jose Preparatory High School and its middle school partner, San Jose Academy, are going into the former Beth Shalom Congregation at 4072 Sunbeam Road in Mandarin....
Study: Greyhound Racing 'Dying'; Amount Wagered in Last Two Decades Has Plummeted, State Review Shows
Byline: Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE | Greyhound racing is a "dying sport" that has been hemorrhaging revenue for years, according to a study of commissioned by the Florida Legislature. It's part of a larger comprehensive review that the House and...
Summer Camp Was Just the Start
Byline: Claire Reed Laura Beard and Nathan Renstrom know just how summer camp romances can form over s'mores and sing-alongs, but, unlike most, theirs did not go the way of the leaves come fall. Jacksonville natives Laura and Nathan grew up going...
Taking Plunge on Behalf of the St. Johns; River's Health Improving, and Area Celebrities Dive in to Prove the Point
Byline: Drew Dixon About a dozen First Coast celebrities took the plunge into the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday to point out the health of the waterway is getting better. More than 100 onlookers watched from the city's...
Tough to Reach Beach; Lack of Parking Big Problem in St. Johns County Coastal Area
Byline: Matt Soergel PONTE VEDRA BEACH | On hot summer weekends in northern St. Johns County, it's easy to see the crush: More and more people are moving in nearby, but no one's making any more beach. Last year, 202,000 people lived in the county,...
UF Health Still Hopes to Build on Northside
Byline: Sandy Strickland Dear Call Box: Does Shands (now known as UF Health at Jacksonville) still plan to construct a medical office building near River City Marketplace on the Northside? P.B. Dear P.B.: The project is still on, and the contractor...
We Can Track Freedom in America by Voting Rights
Byline: Mike Clark Every Independence Day, I like to remember the great American ideals. The Declaration of Independence lists the ideals as "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." But it took generations for America to put many of the...
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