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Articles from September 1, 2010

11th-Hour Ax Falls on Fire Officials' Trip; the Fact-Finding Visit Was Scrapped amid Money-Saving Efforts
Byline: MATT GALNOR The afternoon before three Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department officials were set to leave for a fact-finding trip to South Florida, the city abruptly pulled the plug. The decision came less than an hour after The Times-Union...
ABET Spells F-U-N in 2010-11 Season Opener
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN A musical comedy that revolves around a spelling bee will make its Jacksonville community theater premiere when it opens the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre's 2010-11 season. "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling...
Abrupt Resignation Leads to Questions
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - The top assistant to City Manager Jim Jarboe abruptly walked off the job last week while claiming she could no longer tolerate a "negative and tense work environment." At least one City Council member wants...
Baptist Opens Hybrid Operating Room; Imaging Capabilities a Boon for Patients with Diseases in Vein, Artery
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The room looks like a mixture of ultimate home entertainment, space-age gaming and flat-screen TV monitoring with a multi-adjustable power bed in the middle. Lie on that bed at Baptist Health's new Hybrid Vascular Operating...
Bush: White House Time Gave Her 'A Much Richer Life'; the Former First Lady Spoke to Raise Funds for Mandarin Christian
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Former first lady Laura Bush told about 400 people in Jacksonville Tuesday night that she found life in the White House fascinating and would do it again, though she's enjoying retirement as a best-selling author. "It was...
City Orders Removal of Sign; the Landing's Owner Altered Its Message after Election
Byline: KEVIN TURNER When Jacksonville retail developer Toney Sleiman displayed a political sign for gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott about a week before the Aug. 24 primary election, hundreds of passing Main Street motorists saw it without incident....
Coach Looks for Columbia Breakthrough; Howard Says Progress Is Similar to What He Saw at Nease but Slower
Byline: HAYS CARLYON It's Year 3 at Columbia for football coach Craig Howard. That usually means big things. Just ask a Nease fan. Howard guided the Panthers to the Class 4A state title in 2005, his third season with the St. Johns County...
Court Strikes 3 Proposed Amendments from Ballot; Legislative Redistricting, Property Tax Measures Are Removed; So Is a Bid to Challenge the Federal Health Care Law
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Supreme Court sliced three proposed constitutional amendments from the ballot Tuesday and threw out a challenge to two more, setting the boundaries for the November vote. In a series of opinions...
Demps Ready to Fill Big Shoes; Speedy Gator Taking over for James as Kick Returner
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Losing the best kick returner in school history would generally cause any coach to worry. Not Florida's Urban Meyer. Brandon James is gone, but Meyer is convinced the Gators have a more than capable replacement...
European Street Adds Open Mic Nights to the Mix
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Although live music has been a popular offering at its downtown locations, European Street Cafe in Jacksonville Beach hasn't offered many music events - until now. The restaurant is the latest Beaches venue to offer a weekly...
From the H Editor: Here's to Your Health
Byline: Joy Batteh-Freiha Hope you've had a chance to check out our new health section and are finding the information beneficial. There's so much information on health and wellness, and deciphering fact from fiction is not always easy to do....
Georgia to Regulate Lead Paint Removal; Workers Must Be Trained in Safe Practices to Avoid Health Issues
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is preparing to regulate the remodeling of roughly two of every five houses in Georgia as it steps in for the federal government to monitor lead-paint removal. Painters,...
HAPPILY SINGLE vs HAPPILY MARRIED; Better off Getting Hitched? When It Comes to Your Well-Being, Studies Lean toward Marriage
Byline: HEATHER FUREY When you fill out any type of application, it's almost inevitable you'll have to check a box that asks: married or single? No matter which category applies to you, the real question you should be asking yourself is, "Are...
Health Buzz
Byline: Joy Batteh-Freiha EAT MORE CHIKIN' A study conducted by researchers at Dartmouth Medical School found that people who ate chicken four times a week were 21 percent less likely to develop precancerous growths in their colons that those...
High School District 4-4a Preview
Byline: HAYS CARLYON THREE STORYLINES THE MACHINE KEEPS ROLLING White has been one of the best running teams in the area for several years now. Don't expect that to change. While the Commanders did lose star running back Casey Turner (2,232...
Jacksonville Journal
OIL SPILL'S IMPACTS ARE TOPIC OF LOCAL FORUM The short- and long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Jacksonville, the Gulf of Mexico and the world's oceans are the topic of a free presentation at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Florida...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Injuries Center on Depleted Position
Byline: VITO STELLINO The center position is the latest to be hit by the injury bug for the Jaguars. When the Jaguars cut the roster from 80 to 75 players Tuesday, they put two players on injured reserve, waived a third injured and waived three...
Jeb Bush Rallies GOP for Scott; New Focus Republicans Quickly Close Ranks Behind "The Outsider" Candidate
Byline: MATT DIXON Rick Scott and former Florida governor Jeb Bush played host to a packed Duval County Republican Party headquarters Tuesday night, as the party tries to heal wounds left by a bruising gubernatorial primary. Scott and the Republican...
Jury Will Get Case Today about Death of a Judge; the Defendant Did It. the Question Is Whether It Was Deliberate Murder or Whether He Just Snapped
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI JESUP - On trial for his life, Bobby "Rex" Stribling Jr. doesn't deny causing the death of Jesup municipal Judge Glenn Thomas Jr. three years ago. Today, a jury will begin deliberating on whether Stribling murdered Thomas...
Just Listen to What We Say Now
Byline: Mark Woods Rick Scott triumphantly returned to Jacksonville on Tuesday, no longer just a Republican candidate for governor, now the party's nominee. As Scott travels around the state on what his campaign has dubbed the "Unity Tour," it's...
KEEPING THE FAITH WITH SURVIVORS; Brunswick Patient Ministry's First Taste of Hope Benefit Offers Decorating Tips, Celebrity Encounters
Byline: KEVIN PRICE ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Joyce Herrington is known as "Mrs. Sunshine" around Karen's House of Hope in Brunswick. Herrington's enthusiasm for life and her bright smile can light up a room and make those around her feel comfortable,...
MEDICARE; Wishful Thinking
There are several examples of wishful thinking in the world of government. One of them is: We can pay for programs by finding savings. It rarely happens. The courage to make cuts and disrupt bureaucracies isn't present. Even when savings are...
Mormons Use Campaign to Dispel Myths; Jacksonville Is One of Nine Markets Selected to Address the Faith's "Public Relations Problem" in Society
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Dennis Berry has heard the stereotypes about Mormons. "A few people that think we're maybe a little strait-laced and rigorous in our actions, and we can't do this, this and this," the Orange Park resident said. "We're just...
Plane's Crash-Landing near I-10 Ends in Relief; No One Was Injured as the Pilot Dodged Traffic and Power Lines
Byline: DANA TREEN In a stunt-like performance with life-and-death consequences, a Jacksonville pilot avoided power lines and morning traffic on a busy interstate to crash-land without injuring anyone Tuesday. Pilot William T. Montgomery, 47,...
Police Briefs; A Couple of Incidents at the Beaches Involve Sign Damage
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - Two Navy sailors tried to steal the "Welcome to Atlantic Beach" sign about 4:30 a.m. Saturday at the Beaches Town Center at Ahern and First streets....
Rain and Wet Sand Can't Slow Beach Run; Hundreds of Runners Take Part in the Annual 5-Mile Race on Jacksonville Beach
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY The beach wasn't as wide as expected, the sand wasn't dry and packed, and steady rain forced spectators under umbrellas. But hundreds of runners lined up anyway for the 5-mile Summer Beach Run Saturday afternoon at the...
RIPPIN' IT UP; Beachgoers Warned of Strong Currents Hurricanes off the Coast Lead to Dangerous Conditions in the Ocean
Byline: DREW DIXON Just as one hurricane passed well off the Northeast Florida coast, another one is churning and bringing with it more dangerous rip currents that threaten swimmers going into the Atlantic Ocean. Jacksonville Beach lifeguard...
Sentence Cut in Child Sex Case; A Judge's Remarks about the Ex-Doctor's Nationality Ruled Excessive
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM This time, there was no lambasting from the judge. This time, there were no outrageous comments about women, sex and ethnicity. And this time, a former Jacksonville doctor was sentenced to 10 years in prison instead of...
Shaky Shootouts in Shanghai; Camera Work Trailing the Action Gives "Kane and Lynch 2" an Interesting Perspective
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY About midway through "Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days" you find yourself escaping from other criminals who have been torturing you. You run naked and bleeding through the streets of Shanghai before grabbing some guns and blasting...
Special Time for Jags' Special Teams; Expectations High with Veteran Kickers and Rookie Returners
Byline: TANIA GANGULI Golfweek magazine claimed Jaguars punter Adam Podlesh is a better golfer than kicker Josh Scobee. It's become a joke between the two specialists, because they both know it isn't true. "I don't want to say this, but I'm...
State GOP Takes Another Peyton Aide; the Chief of Staff Will Be on an Unpaid Leave until after the Election
Byline: MATT GALNOR Add one more Northeast Florida politico to the list of power brokers working for the top of the statewide Republican ticket this fall. Adam Hollingsworth, chief of staff for Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, is taking an unpaid...
Students Can Achieve at High Levels at Raines and Ribault
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee Jeremiah Cesar's International Baccalaureate diploma will be good for more than just college. It'll come in handy when Cesar - who graduated from Ribault High School and now attends the University of West Florida -...
Swamp Gets New Tree Species; Longleaf Pines Will 'Partially Restore the Ecosystems' on Land Burned in 2007
Byline: MIKE MORRISON A 500-acre piece of land that burned during a 2007 wildfire is under new ownership and will get a different species of trees. The land is part of three tracts totaling 1,046 acres in Charlton and Ware counties that the Nature...
Their Mission: To Track, Protect Sea Turtle Nests; 250 Counted So Far This Season at Guana, More Than Triple Usual Number
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Every morning, retired biologist Don Palmer, a Guana Reserve volunteer, goes out to survey existing and new turtle nests on the beach at dawn. A survey Monday showed a new nest and evidence of recently...
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2 CENTS What's going on, Florida State fans? According to media reports, FSU's opener this Saturday against Samford isn't close to a sellout. There were 15,000 tickets remaining as of last week. What a farce. You'd think FSU fans would be...
Woods' Comments at Meeting Draw Fire; the Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Criticized the City Manager and Attorney
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - Two top city officials lashed out Friday at City Commissioner Carolyn Woods in response to a heated exchange at the Aug. 23 City Commission meeting. Woods criticized City Manager Jim Hanson and City Attorney...
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