The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 9, 2011

24/7 with Jennifer Marko; Busy Business-Mom Never Says Never
Byline: Tracy Jones Jennifer Marko is owner of Bottle Snugglers, a Jacksonville-based business specializing in stuffed animals that hold baby bottles, giving moms at least one free hand to do something else. Skirt! recently got a glimpse into...
Advisers: Investors Not Panicking; Financial Expert Says Market Drop Is Simply 'Fear of Fear Itself'
Byline: Kevin Turner Several Jacksonville-area financial advisers said Monday that despite a plunging stock market spawned by a credit downgrading of the United States, they weren't inundated with calls from panicked investors. But one said a...
Alualu Makes Most of Offseason; Jaguars Defensive Tackle Says Training Made Him Better Player
Byline: Tania Ganguli Tyson Alualu didn't even hesitate when answering the question. He was asked if he was embarrassed to play on a defense that gave up a franchise record 419 points last season and no sooner did he process the question, did...
Briefs
NYAD MAKING PROGRESS IN SWIM Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad was making good headway through the Florida Straits despite some physical complaints about one-third of the way into her attempt to log a record swim at the age of 61. Alexandra Crotin,...
Burned Woman Begs Neighbors to Save Her; Witnesses Tell Police She Was Doused with Accelerant and Set on Fire during Argument with Her Boyfriend
Byline: Jim Schoettler Elizabeth Torres heard a woman's screams outside her Jacksonville apartment Monday morning and told her husband to mute their TV. "Please help me! Help me! Help me!" Torres heard the woman cry. Torres and her husband...
Children Injured as Cars Collide; Jeep Runs Red Light, Striking Vehicle Making Turn at Kernan and Beach
Three children were injured, at least one critically, in a car crash involving five people Sunday night at a Southside intersection, Jacksonville police said. Lt. Scott Dingee said the crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. when a man who was eastbound...
College Shows Commitment to Volunteering at Job Fair; Coastal Georgia Faculty and Staff to Help Deliver President's Promise
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK College of Coastal Georgia held a job fair Monday for work with rewards that can't be deposited into a bank account. Thirty-one local service organizations told Coastal Georgia faculty and staff members about the...
Fall Fashion
Byline: Tracy Jones Believe it or not, it's already time for fall. Fun blazers, bold prints and even polka dots made appearances in the Fall 2011 runway shows. Skirt! found the most wearable looks for fall from local boutiques and stores to get...
Fans (Literally) Want to Grab a Football Title
Byline: Gene Frenette The last time Jacksonville pro football fans assembled near the banks of the St. Johns River to watch their home team play for a trip to the big game, it resulted in despair hanging over this city like a dark cloud. You...
Jaguars
THREE QUESTIONS MIKE THOMAS Jaguars wide receiver Do people still remember you for the Hail Mary catch? Oh, I can't get rid of the Hail Mary. It's definitely a play that I'm proud of, but at the same time, I don't want people to just remember...
Jaguars Rule out Preseason Blackouts; However, Regular Season Looks like a Different Story Because of Weak Sales
Byline: Vito Stellino The Jaguars will be able to lift the TV blackout for their two home preseason games because of a new policy by the NFL, but they have fears they will be blacking out regular-season games this fall. The league is letting...
Mayor's Transition Report; Committees Present Ideas for a New City One of the Most Interesting to Brown: Proposal to Pay Visits to as Many Neighborhoods as Possible
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown came into the office promising to make changes in how city government deals with education, business development and municipal operations. Monday, 18 transition committees Brown appointed...
Notebook; Reserve OL Haslam out for Year
Byline: Vito Stellino The Jaguars lost a player to a season-ending injury for the first time during this training camp Monday when backup offensive lineman Kevin Haslam was waived injured with a knee injury he suffered in the scrimmage Saturday...
Opinion Roundup; FAA Debacle Exposed a Broken Capital
Washington can't seem to do anything right, as illustrated by the partial shutdown involving the Federal Aviation Administration. First, consider the pain to American families: - A total of 70,000 construction workers were kicked off jobs. ...
Police-Fire Pension Reform on Hold for Council to Review; since New Members Just Took Office, Joost Wants Time to Ask Questions
Byline: Steve Patterson A pension-reform deal that former Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton pitched as a $790 million money-saver is being kept on ice while a new mayor and City Council members study it closer. Legislation to change the city's police...
Rants & Raves
THANKS FOR HELP I would like to express my appreciation to whomever turned in my cellphone to the customer service desk at the Target store on Southside Boulevard. I hope that your honesty and kindness are returned to you tenfold. FRIVOLOUS LAWSUIT...
RC Uniforms Continues Growth with Students; the Business Expanded to Serve More Schools
Byline: David Bauerlein At RC Uniforms & Embroidery in Jacksonville, the two months leading up to the first day of school are the equivalent of the holiday shopping season for other retailers. It's not a glitzy business. The clothing store...
Reliever Rosario Fails Again in Ninth as Suns Lose; Chattanooga Stuns Jacksonville with Another Late Rally
Byline: Jeff Elliott The Jacksonville Suns were one strike away from evening their series with Chattanooga. Instead the Suns' bullpen collapsed Monday night, allowing five runs to score in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings as visiting Chattanooga...
Right Time, Shands Says, for Hospital on Northside; TURNAROUND It Plans for a Better Economy, Health Needs in the Area
Byline: David Bauerlein Shands Jacksonville is moving forward with plans to build a 110-bed hospital on the Northside after seeing signs of economic healing in the area's residential housing market. Shands announced Monday it will ask the Florida...
Sharks Bound for ArenaBowl; There's Little Time to Celebrate as Jacksonville Jolts Georgia
Byline: Don Coble AFL PLAYOFFS Sharks***64 Force***55 The time to worry about the logistics of getting ready for the biggest game in franchise history started early today. There are reservations to make, a game plan to create and a lot...
Staying Humble Goal for FSU; Seminoles Players Take Businesslike Approach to Considerable Hype
Byline: Garry Smits TALLAHASSEE Last August, the Florida State football team began preseason practice hoping to merely break a pattern of mediocrity. It took one year - but a year that included 10 victories and a bowl triumph over the SEC championship...
Summer of 11; Animal Mascots: Best of the Beasts
Byline: Al Gaspeny Live-animal mascots give a face - and whiskers, tails and claws - to our favorite college teams. These mascots stoke the fires of school pride, especially during football season and especially in the South. Dogs could have...
T-U 2
Byline: Chet Fussman SCHOOL TENNIS TEAMS GET SUPPORT Former tennis greats Brian Gottfried, Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington along with current ATP player Amer Delic will play an exhibition doubles match and host a tennis clinic at San Jose...
Web.com Gain Stands out in Poor Market
Byline: Mark Basch On a day that the Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 500 points and just about every stock on the board posted a loss, Web.com Group Inc.'s 20 percent gain really stood out. Apparently, Web.com's deal to buy Network...
Wounded Iraq Veteran Honored with 'Grand Slam' Hunting Trip; Jacksonville-Based Group Helps Retired Soldier on Expedition
Byline: Dan Scanlan Retired Army Sgt. Eric Edmundson has been hunting since he was old enough to stand. Then, on Oct. 2, 2005, an improvised explosive device detonated under his armored vehicle in Iraq near the Syrian border. But that's not...
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