The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 13, 2010

1-800-ASK-FOR-HELP before Getting a Referral
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Anyone watching television can't help but have the toll-free numbers branded in their brains in the event of a car crash. There's 1-800-ASK-GARY. And 1-800-ASK-DAVE. Now, there's 1-800-FAST-HELP, which hit the airwaves...
2010 ALL-STARS; WHAT'S IN THE FUTURE Becoming a Doctor ... Offering a Hand That's Needed ... Soccer Star ... Musical Performer
MARIA J. CARRASQUILLA Samuel W. Wolfson High School Why she's an All-Star: Maintained a high GPA and rigorous academic schedule, including five AP classes, while waitressing and living on her own as her father works out of town. Parents: Rafael...
2010 SCHOLAR ATHLETES; THEY'RE ON THE BALL These 10 Exceptional Students Believe in the Three S's: School, Sports and Service
RACHEL LYNNE BROWN St. Johns Country Day School School's valedictorian earned nine varsity letters, had more than 1,000 kills in volleyball, and organized a "dig pink" volleyball fundraiser. Parents: Dr. Andrew and Nancy Brown College:...
ACC Must Act to Hold onto 'Noles
Byline: GENE FRENETTE In the summer of 1990, Florida State began the evaluation process that led to the Seminoles choosing to join the Atlantic Coast Conference over the Southeastern Conference, a controversial move that proved to be the right call....
A.M. Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA MEDIA ALL THE NEWS THAT'S NOT FIT TO PRINT We're not quite sure how we ended up on the Hollyscoop mailing list, but we highly recommend it as the primo source on the Internet for news on what is not happening in Hollywood....
AREA NOTEBOOK; Nassau Course Set to Reopen
Byline: GARRY SMITS One of the hidden jewels among First Coast golf courses is reopening. The White Oak Plantation in Nassau County will be open Friday, nearly six months after it closed Jan. 1 of this year. The nine-hole course has three sets...
Bad Week for Anglers, a Terrible One for the River
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Florida anglers got hit with a triple whammy last week. Much of the Gulf of Mexico remained closed to fishing because of the BP oil disaster, and with oil now fouling inland waterways in our state that are critical...
Beetles Wiping out Region's Red Bays; but Biologists Hope They Can Save the Tree
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - Reid Bird didn't always have a patio in the sun, an unobstructed view of the marsh and a large stack of firewood in the backyard of his St. Simons Island home. A year ago, his property was shaded with pines,...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport TAP THIS SOURCE FOR TIPS Rare-book expert Douglas Tappin, owner of Tappin Book Mine in Atlantic Beach, will deliver a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. Monday during the Book Talk Cafe at the Ponte Vedra Library, 101...
Bucs' Beverly Suffers Torn ACL; the Senior Is Likely Lost for the Season after Injury in Scrimmage
First Coast High's standout senior running back Eric Beverly is likely lost for the season, following a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in spring practice. The injury occurred during a scrimmage against Sandalwood during a practice clinic...
Busch Leading Dodge Charge; Car Company Finding Success in NASCAR despite Difficult Odds
Byline: DON COBLE BROOKLYN, Mich. - There are only four Dodges in today's Heluva Good! 400 at Michigan International Speedway. As far as the car company is concerned, that's plenty. Sixty miles away at the Chrysler headquarters, the same approach...
Capital Funds Used to Pay Bills; McIntosh Officials Are Disputing Whether $1.5M Was Misused
Byline: MIKE MORRISON With its miles of marshes, thousands of acres of forest and shrimp boats sitting at the docks, McIntosh County is a quiet, peaceful place. But this year there is $1.5 million worth of controversy. That's the total sales...
Career Track
HEALTH/MEDICAL - PSS World Medical has made the following promotions: Amy Swift* has been promoted to supplier relationship manager; Lamar Cisco* has been promoted to operations associate; Shawn Tomberlin* has been promoted to regional profitability...
Companies in Fight to Keep Their Trademarks; Similarity of Names, Logos, Missions Leads to Legal Challenges
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM The differences between a creek and a river - or between the initials BDP and BPD - are subtle. Just how subtle could go a long way to determining whether two Jacksonville businesses get to keep their names or logos - including...
Destiny Was Walking along I-10 with an Injured Wing
Byline: MARK WOODS J.P. Gaither was driving westbound on Interstate 10, past Baldwin, when his wife spotted a small white bird walking alongside the highway. Most of us wouldn't think twice about this sight. And most of us definitely wouldn't...
Disc Dogs Fly for a Frisbee; Almost 100 Teams Compete in the State Finals in Mandarin
Byline: KATE HOWARD Nova's blue eyes focused intently on Christine Booras and the armful of white Frisbees she was holding just out of reach. He barked incessantly, panted, looked up pleadingly. Then the music began. Metallica's "Enter the...
Doubleheader Features Two Routs; Suns Cruise in Opener; Miller Is Mauled in Nightcap
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The lopsided outcomes in Saturday's doubleheader between the Jacksonville Suns and the Mobile BayBears were decided in the first inning of each game. Jacksonville had eight consecutive batters reach base after the first two...
Errors Push UF to Omaha; Fifth Miami Miscue Ties Game in Ninth; Florida Wins It in the 10th
Byline: ANTHONY CHIANG GAINESVILLE - The Gators' hopes of clinching a berth to the College World Series looked dead on Saturday. But Miami's defense revived them. Down by just one run in the ninth, Florida loaded the bases with two outs. ...
Fishing Rodeo Is Set to Debut; Anglers Can Chase a Wide Variety of Fish in the July Event
Byline: JIM SUTTON The Southern Kingfish Association's managing partner, Jack Holmes, knows about fishing tournaments. He's produced dozens over the years for the SKA, complete with divisional contests and national championship tournaments. But...
Flag-Waving Fans Enjoy Cup Match; Not Losing to England in the World Cup Was Still Worth a Toast
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON A tie, it's sometimes said, is like kissing your sister. Not very satisfying. But that wasn't the mood in the 5 Points Theatre Saturday afternoon when the much-anticipated World Cup soccer tournament match pairing the...
FTC Settlement Brings Little Joy to Those Harmed
Byline: MICHELLE SINGLETARY It's an all-too-familiar Washington story. Officials call a news conference to pat themselves on the back for righting a wrong they shouldn't have let occur in the first place. Meanwhile, the hapless victims are left...
KING-SIZED CHALLENGE; despite Ideal Conditions, Anglers Are Tested
Byline: JIM SUTTON ST. AUGUSTINE - The wind just whispered. Seas were slick. The moon was new. Conditions were ideal. Somebody should have told the kingfish. The 2010 edition of the King Buster 400 was a tough one for anglers. They ran north...
Lawman Battles Human Trafficking; the First Coast Is Viewed as a Hot Spot for the "Brutal" Practice
Byline: MATT COLEMAN They're dumped in a foreign land, dirty and penniless. Threatened with beatings, or worse, they're forced into servitude before they ever get a taste of the American dream. The men perform back-breaking manual labor for minimal...
Loss Results in Showdown; Commodores Battle Back to Even Series; Today's Winner Heads to CWS
Byline: GARRY SMITS TALLAHASSEE - Florida State's march to the College World Series was interrupted Saturday when the Seminoles seemingly forgot the formula that got them one game away from Omaha. Early errors gave Vanderbilt an early lead, and...
MURDER RATE; Maybe, Just Maybe
As the second half of 2010 approaches, Jacksonville has logged 31 murders this year. Any murder is one too many. But, if the pace (as of Friday) holds or decreases for the year, our community would have had the fewest number of murders in at least...
NASCAR NOTEBOOK; Left Feeling Fuelish
Byline: DON COBLE BROOKLYN, Mich. - Jimmie Johnson ran out of gas three times in a span of 63 days last year - twice at Michigan International Speedway and once on the way to the airport. Johnson led the most laps at both 400-mile races a year...
Politics Behind Council's Closure Changes
Byline: JIM SUTTON On Wednesday, the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council closed a large area off Florida's Atlantic Coast to bottom-fishing. Maritime business on Florida's First Coast will suffer. How bad that blood-letting will be remains...
SAN MARCO'S 'NO MAN'S LAND'; Hendricks Avenue Is a Patchwork of Shops and Restaurants Mixed with Empty Storefronts: The Poor Stepchild or a Street Ready to Boom
Byline: ROGER BULL It's the other street in San Marco. Though just a block or two away from the trendy shops and crowds around the square, development along Hendricks Avenue is still uneven. There's growth, a mix of shops, restaurants and offices,...
Schools Expand Summer Classes; Programs Are Aimed at Students Who Are Struggling or Disabled
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA After seeing the children who participated in last year's summer school make big gains, Duval County public schools are expanding their offerings and hope to see enrollment double. Summer breaks can be fun for students....
Southern Baptists Gather to Examine State of Faith; MEETING Mission Work, Membership Matters Emerge as National Trends
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Demographic trends of the Southern Baptist Convention were the furthest thing from Randall Wilson's mind when he emerged from the Atlantic Ocean one Sunday last month, dripping wet, but spiritually reborn. "You walk away...
Southern Cal Pays Big Price; Carroll Doesn't
Byline: VITO STELLINO Like the hapless Sergeant Schultz in "Hogan's Heroes," Pete Carroll knew nothing. After the NCAA banned Southern California from bowl games for two years, forfeited an entire season, placed the school on four years' probation...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE NOTEBOOK; Bit of a Tough Day for Former 'Nole
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Pitcher Bryan Henry's day didn't get off to the best of starts. And it didn't get much better later in the day when he made a relief appearance against the Jacksonville Suns and allowed three hits and two runs in one-third...
Technology Ties: Tightly Binding Us
Byline: Abel Harding "Dad," my 7-year old son said. "Put down the phone." We were at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville where the Suns had just scored five runs in the first inning, but I had received a news alert and was sending a text to...
Tough Senate Race Targets Working Class; First Coast Could Play a Key Role as Greene Pursues Meek
Byline: DAVID HUNT Jacksonville's distinction as a working-class town amid the tourism- and real estate-heavy state economy could make the city Kendrick Meek's breaking point in the Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate. That was a theory...
T-U 2
COLLEGE FOOTBALL MATHEMATICS The college football realignment might change math textbooks throughout the country. Now, the Big Ten is greater than the Big 12. Just ask Nebraska. Because in Lincoln, Neb., 11 plus 1 still equals Ten. And in...
WE'RE HOT FOR BACHATA; 'Latin Country Music' Becoming More Popular in Jacksonville
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY " Donde estan los Latinos?" the DJ yelled over the mic. " Laaatiiinosss! Laaatiiinosss!" His question, "Where are the Latin people," triggered a roar of shouts and cheers from hundreds in the crowd at Tera Nova Lounge...
Where to Find Storm Surge Posts
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR DEAR CALL BOX: A FEW YEARS AGO THERE WAS A NEWS ITEM ABOUT MEASURING POSTS BEING PLACED AROUND THE CITY. THESE WOULD GIVE AN IDEA OF THE WATER LEVELS IN A CERTAIN AREA IF A HURRICANE HIT JACKSONVILLE. THE ONLY POST I HAVE...
World Cup Can Wait; Must Play
Byline: TERRY DICKSON ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Unlike our World Series, the World Cup lives up to its name. It is world serious. To virtually every other country, the world championship of soccer is the Big Kahuna of sporting events. It's...
Your Guns Are Safe from Treaties; FACT: Laws of Other Countries Cannot Be Put into Effect Here
Byline: CAROLE FADER Many Times-Union readers want to know: I'VE RECEIVED AN E-MAIL THAT SAYS THAT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAS FOUND A WAY AROUND THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND "WILL FORCE GUN CONTROL AND A COMPLETE BAN ON ALL WEAPONS FOR U.S. CITIZENS...

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