The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 15, 2010

Agencies Help Older Teens Who Are Cut Loose from Home; There Are Resources Available When They No Longer Have Help from Family
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Starting a new semester at college. The second job she urgently needs to supplement her work-study gig. The trip to the doctor that she doesn't have insurance to cover. It might seem like Natalie Mancuso has a lot on her...
A.M. Stir
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY 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. WHO? ANOTHER ENTRY IN THE 'WHO'S DAT, WHO CARES?' DEPT....
ANNE R. CRENSHAW: 1913-2010; Church Staffer Advocated for Elderly Housing She Headed Riverside Presbyterian House
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Ann R. Crenshaw, who was an advocate for safe, affordable housing for the elderly and pushed for construction of the Riverside Presbyterian Apartments, was remembered Monday at a memorial service at Riverside Presbyterian...
Autistic Get Drum Therapy; Donations by Rock Band, Music Store Fund Summer Program
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Turner Grishaw had the beat Monday as family and staff watched his drum performance at Jacksonville's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. The 7-year-old Westside boy is kicking off his drum therapy with local drummer...
Brooks and Dunn: Troupers to the End; the Duo's Fervent Fans Kept Ailing Dunn on Stage for the Duration
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Brooks and Dunn didn't have a perfect night at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Sunday, but it didn't seem to matter much to the crowd. Ronnie Dunn said early on that he had a sore throat, but if the crowd pushed...
Commission: Vote People, Not Parties; Brantley Is Pushing for Counties' Right to Nonpartisan Elections
Byline: MIKE MORRISON The Brantley County Commission wants to boot the beasts - namely Republican elephants and Democratic donkeys - out of local political races. The commissioners passed a resolution last week calling for the state to enact...
Driver Gets 5 Years in Fatal Accident; Teenage Victim's Family Express Anger over Recklessness
Byline: JAMES CANNON A birthday celebration. A pickup truck full of teens. Alcohol and driving too fast. Little could stop what was about to happen. Joel David Stauder, who had just turned 19, was driving down Bartram Park Boulevard in Jacksonville...
Drug Ring Nets Brothers 16 Years
Two drug-dealing Jacksonville brothers will spend the next 16 years in prison for their roles in a family marijuana ring that distributed hundreds of pounds of pot locally. Frederick Antonio Campbell, 21, and his brother, Alex Lee Campbell, 22,...
Hamlin Making Johnson's Success Feel like Old News; the Winner of Five of the Last 10 Races Is in a Good Spot for the Chase
Byline: DON COBLE BROOKLYN, Mich. - It wasn't long ago - less than three months - when Jimmie Johnson had an oppressive grip on stock car racing. After winning the last four championships, he started the season with three wins in the first five...
Hatcher, Mitchell Come through; Catcher Pitches 11th, and Outfielder Hits Game-Winning Single
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The Jacksonville Suns were desperate to win Monday afternoon's final game of their series against the Mobile BayBears, but they were out of pitchers after 10 innings. In came catcher Chris Hatcher to pitch the 11th inning....
Jacksonville Journal
TOWN HALL IN BALDWIN TACKLES TRAIN JUMPERS The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is having a town hall meeting in Baldwin today to discuss a recent Train Rider Initiative cleanup. Train riders hop aboard trains from city to city, creating a myriad...
Jacksonville Shops, Clubs Find Gold in World Cup; Sports Bar Business, Demand for Apparel Exceed Expectations
Byline: ROGER BULL Sneakers Sports Grille opened early Saturday morning for World Cup soccer games. The crowd was just a few people for the 7:30 a.m. game, and then a bit more for the 10:30 game. And then the people started pouring in for the...
JTA Officials Reject Sole Bid on Bus Shelter; There Were Concerns the Young Company Wasn't Up to the Task
Byline: LARRY HANNAN The Jacksonville Transportation Authority's effort to construct bus shelters with advertisements was dealt another blow Monday when the only company to bid for the contract was rejected. Streetscape Media Inc., a Fleming...
Judge Dismisses Foreclosure Suit; Documents Provided by M&T Bank Contradicted Each Other, He Said
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Changing stories about who owns a mortgage and seemingly fresh evidence from a long-closed bank led a judge to throw out a foreclosure lawsuit in St. Johns County. It's at least the second time in as many months that Circuit...
Judy Kelly Foster Mom to Cats Receives HGTV Award
Byline: Charlie Patton Judy Kelly describes herself as "very, very passionate about pets." The self-described homebody lives on the Southside with three pets: a dog named Bridgett and cats named Dr. Pepper and Katie. So when Kelly, who works...
Kings Bay Offering Drug Education; It Targets Military Family Youth
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Camden County shut down the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, commonly known as DARE, two years ago because of funding problems and questions about its effectiveness. Now, concerned that a lack of anti-drug...
Loan Audit Costing City $2.7 Million; City Must Pay U.S. Back for Housing Program Mismanagement
Byline: MATT DIXON Jacksonville's Housing and Neighborhoods Department is paying $2.7 million back to the federal government because a housing program was mismanaged, according to documents reviewed by The Times-Union. A little known 2008 audit...
Mom, Sons Die in Crash with Train; Car Was Struck Crossing Tracks in Putnam
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER A Pomona Park mother and her two sons died when an Amtrak passenger train smashed into their car in Putnam County Monday afternoon. Melissa Johnson, 34, and her two sons, Brandon, 9, and Blake, 6, were pronounced dead at...
Now They're Really Cooking; Firehouse Subs' Foundation Reaching Million-Dollar Donation Mark - and Rising
Byline: ROGER BULL They've given away radios, uniforms, all kinds of lifesaving equipment and a police dog. Now, the folks behind Firehouse Subs have plans to increase the stakes. The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated about...
Open Book, Crank Up the Creativity
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT Today's selection is not a book of riddles, although readers who open it to a random page might think so. "What do you get when you cross a lion with an elephant? What do you get if you cross a sports car with a spaceship?"...
O'Sullivan Changes UF Culture
Byline: GENE FRENETTE GAINESVILLE - In Jeremy Foley's 18 years running the University of Florida athletic empire, one thing that grates on him has been the Jekyll-and-Hyde nature of the Gators' baseball program. Under two head coaches, (Andy...
Same Story, Same Ending at Eureka Garden; DEATH Sunday's Slaying Is the Third This Year at the Notorious Complex. DEFENSE Police Say the Problems Arise When Residents Settle Disputes with Violence
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Another makeshift memorial sat on a grassy stretch of Jacksonville's Eureka Garden apartments Monday, where a dozen people have been slain since 2007. "Somebody got killed here?" asked Darlene Ball, 53, a three-year resident...
Special Deal for Newcomers; Osgood and McGee Are a Big Part of the Jaguars' Special-Teams Plan
Byline: VITO STELLINO Wide receiver Kassim Osgood and cornerback Scotty McGee had a frustrating end to the Jaguars' organized team activities session Monday. Osgood dropped a pass in the end zone on the final play of David Garrard's two-minute...
Stink Bugs Enjoying Reader's Tomatoes
Byline: PAULA LAMB I am starting to see lots of stink bugs on my tomatoes. Is there a way to treat them so I can still eat my tomatoes? Stink bugs can be a problematic pest on tomatoes. They start to emerge and mate in the early spring. Adults...
SUMMER OF 10; High School Football Ranking the Best Area Teams of All Time First Coast's Best Teams Dominated Their Eras
Byline: HAYS CARLYON There have been more than a dozen teams from the First Coast area that have won state championships. There are countless other elite squads that came up just short of reaching the ultimate goal of hoisting the trophy. ...
TEEN ADVENTURER; Pay for Own Dream
One of the biggest buzzwords these days is, "Follow your dream." But at what price? Abby Sunderland, the 16-year-old from California, sought to be the youngest person to sail around the world by herself. Authorities on Friday rescued Sunderland...
Teens Test Texting While Driving; Parent, Kid Teams Gauged Impact in Allstate Challenge
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Jourdan Bernard scrunched the cellphone to her shoulder as she maneuvered her mother's BMW through a slalom, zig-zagging past cones and inflatable dummies. The 17-year-old had to answer questions called in by an instructor...
THE LAST CLASS; Helping Children Was Sometimes Heartbreak Pam BaggeTt She Would Hear Stories of Students Being Abused
Byline: SARA CONRAD During Pam Baggett's teaching career, she taught something some kids weren't learning at home: which family relationships were normal and which weren't. While teaching child development, parenting skills and family dynamics,...
Tourism Agency Cuts 3 Staffers; Visit Jacksonville Must Reduce Its Spending across the Board
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Visit Jacksonville is bracing for budget cuts by laying off three employees and reducing spending across the board. The reduction in Jacksonville's tourism agency comes as hoteliers wait for tourists to spend the way they...
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T-U SPORTS TALK Our sportswriters hit the airwaves on WFXJ 930 AM The Fox every Tuesday and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. Today, columnist Gene Frenette will be joined by sports writer Jeff Elliott to discuss the Jaguars and other sports news. The...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Thanks to Road Rangers
A Rave for Road Rangers! A couple of weeks ago, I was transporting old books and papers from the Teacher Supply Depot to my church for recycling. On the second trip, a box broke my cargo net unbeknownst to me and fell off on the I-295 access from I-10....
Webb, Joost Share a Laugh after Political Fight Is Over
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Spinning around the news dial ... click. When Stephen Joost unexpectedly challenged Jack Webb for the City Council presidency, it had to leave bitter feelings for some council members. After securing a victory...
WHERE BIG IS BEAUTIFUL; Dangerous Curves Is All about Celebrating Full Figures
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE Karen Washington always dreamed of becoming a model. Problem was, the reality reflected in her mirror didn't square with what she saw on fashion runways and the pages of Vogue and Glamour. "I wasn't always full-figured,...
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