The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 3, 2010

2010 Remarkable Seniors JOSHUA HOWARD Baker County High School; Grad Keeps Mom's Dying Wish, Gets Diploma
Byline: KATE HOWARD Joshua Howard was 15 when he was forced to do a father's job. Howard's mother was dying from complications of a surgery and his father didn't live with the family. He found himself taking care of his two younger siblings....
Afghan Kids Come for Solace; 16 Arrive in Jacksonville for Medical Treatment and a Vacation from the War
Byline: DAN SCANLAN When the 16 children left Kabul Tuesday, war raged in a homeland where insurgents have battled since the U.S.-led invasion of 2001. As they arrived Wednesday in Jacksonville after 13 hours of flight and transfers, the Afghan...
Another OK for Hillwood Contract; the Cecil Plan Next Goes to the Full City Council on Tuesday
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Dallas-based Hillwood moved closer on Wednesday to becoming master developer of Cecil Commerce Center after a second City Council committee unanimously backed a proposed contract with a few amendments to the deal. The...
Autopsy: Boy, 12, Died of Shotgun Wound; Deveron Smith Was Shot after Entering a Brunwsick Home
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - An autopsy showed a 12-year-old Brunswick boy killed inside a home Sunday had died of a shotgun wound to the stomach, police officials said Wednesday. Brunswick police discovered Deveron Smith mortally wounded...
BRIEFS; FSU's Golf Team Leads by 5 Shots at NCAAs
Four of Florida State's players are under-par through 36 holes, enabling the Seminoles to take a commanding lead in the NCAA golf tournament at the Honors Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. Michael Hebert shot 68, and Drew Kittleson and Seath Lauer...
Calm Outfielder Sets Tone; Florida's Den Dekker Is Looser This Season and Reaping the Benefits
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - It's hard to be successful in any sport when you're tense. Matt den Dekker knew that, but it took him nearly a year to figure out that was the reason why he struggled through the 2009 season. Loosening up...
CECIL COMMERCE CENTER; the Best Option
It would be almost an understatement to say the city's attempts to develop Cecil Commerce Center have been an abysmal failure. When the Westside military base closed in 1999, city leaders promised to create 25,000 jobs over 20 years at the new aviation-oriented...
Dodge Dealership to Open Following Rash of Closures; Showroom Is to Open on the Site of the Former Caruso Franchise
Byline: KEVIN TURNER A new Dodge dealership will open in Jacksonville on Monday. The opening of First Coast Dodge at 10979 Atlantic Blvd. will replace Big C Auto Center of Jacksonville, which sells used cars and services Chrysler vehicles. The...
Don't Let Naysayers Drag Down Cecil Development
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Will Jacksonville take a big step toward becoming a "can-do" city, or will the tale of the crab bucket be a more fitting metaphor? I'm sure you know about the crab bucket. Put a single crab in a bucket without...
DuPont Grant Aids Girls in 'The System'; Justice for All Girls Offers Gender-Specific Treatment Programs
Byline: SARA CONRAD Threasa Miller works with a lot of at-risk girls, but there is one 17-year-old she will never forget. The teen spent three days in a hospital crisis unit after attempting suicide. The South Florida teen was arrested the...
EverBank CEO Says Acquisition Doesn't Signal Any New Strategy; the Jacksonville Bank Acquires 13 Branches of Bank of Florida Corp
Byline: MARK BASCH EverBank is a somewhat unique bank. It's big in size, with $9.6 billion in assets as of March 31. But for a nationwide bank, its branch network is very small - just four, all in its home city of Jacksonville. Most of its business...
GOP's Greer Charged with 6 Felonies; Former Florida Party Chief Faces 75 Years in Prison in Fraud Scheme
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - For Florida politicians who crossed his path, former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer is proving difficult to shake. The controversial former head of the state GOP was back in the news Wednesday,...
Greer Arrest Puts Eyes on McCollum; Democrat Alex Sink, Visiting Jacksonville, Points out Ties
Byline: DAVID HUNT Former Florida Republican chairman Jim Greer's arrest Wednesday prompted a skirmish in the governor's race as the top-ranking candidates analyzed Attorney General Bill McCollum's role in the case. "It's widely known that Jim...
Heavy Hitters Face off Early; Florida and UCLA Bring Some Big Batting Numbers to the WCWS
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO It might be a rough afternoon for the pitchers when Florida and UCLA meet in a first-round Women's College World Series game at 3:30 p.m. today. Both teams have one of the best offenses in the country, ranking in the top...
Isakson Still Favors Exploring for Oil off Georgia Coast; Senator Says He Opposes Transferring Water from Rivers in Droughts
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Sen. Johnny Isakson still favors oil exploration off Georgia's coast, even in the wake of a growing spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In an interview Wednesday, the Republican senator who is up for re-election this...
Jags Shift Focus on Tickets; Unsold Premium Seats Now the Target for Team Officials
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Jaguars, who put most of their emphasis on selling non-premium seats to lift the TV blackouts, are now turning their attention to premium seats. The Jaguars will notify club seat holders next week that for every two...
Memorial Day's Real Message
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK, Ga. - I finally lost count of the times Monday that someone wished me a happy Memorial Day. They meant well, but the name says we should probably remember something besides how long the Boston butt has been on...
Morning Briefs
NORTHGATEARINSO FINISHES CONVERGYS BUY NorthgateArinso announced Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of Convergys Corp.'s human resources management business. NorthgateArinso plans to moves its North American headquarters to Jacksonville,...
Not So Perfect Pinch of Seasoning; McCormick Blend Gets Mixed Reviews from Our Tasters
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY Besides salt and pepper, do you have a favorite seasoning blend? If so, is it salt-free? Most members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel do have a favorite seasoning, and two prefer theirs with salt, two without and the third...
Perdue Considers Texting Ban for Drivers; and He Says a Flood of E-Mails or Phone Calls Won't Sway Him
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - A flood of e-mails isn't likely to sway Gov. Sonny Perdue to sign a statewide ban on texting for drivers, he said Wednesday. Presumably, they weren't sent from behind the wheel. After signing a transportation...
Perdue Signs Health Reform Counter; the Measure Means Georgians Would Not Have to Buy Insurance
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Georgians won't have to buy health insurance if they don't want to, according to legislation Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Wednesday. The measure, Senate Bill 411, aims to prevent one of the most controversial...
Positive News for Northside
Byline: Abel Harding A once-deserted development on Jacksonville's Northside is beginning to show signs of life. Yellow Bluff Landing, a 680-lot development previously known as Tison's Landing, now features 44 homes under construction from three...
Pro Perks Up a Meal; Blue Bamboo's Dennis Chan Helps a Jacksonville Family Get Creative in the Kitchen
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Craig Schneider and his daughters are serious about their cooking: They watch the Food Network, try out new recipes, new ingredients. And the girls, Ally, 11, and Anna, 8, know their way around the kitchen just fine (spaghetti...
Property Owners with Liens Could Get Amnesty; Program Applies to Those with Fines for Not Meeting Building Standards
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Jacksonville property owners who have accumulated thousands of dollars in liens could see all forgiven under an amnesty program approved by the City Council. The 90-day summer program would apply only to property with administrative...
Rash of Fish Kills Worries Experts; North Florida Residents Report Finding Carcasses
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON A rash of fish kills centered on the St. Johns River - several involving redfish - is puzzling fishermen, outdoorsmen and state scientists looking for a cause. Six people told a state agency Tuesday they found dead or...
RAYMOND L. SIMPSON: 1926-2010; Courtroom Veteran Seen as Mentor for Young, Adviser He Developed Alcohol Safety Education Program for Youth
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Raymond L. Simpson, who served as a judge in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach for 32 years, died Tuesday at the McGraw Center for Caring of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. He was 84 and had Parkinson's disease....
SHARKS NOTEBOOK; Garcia on Verge of AFL's TD Mark
Byline: GARY LEDMAN Soon, probably during Friday's televised game from Chicago, Jacksonville Sharks quarterback Aaron Garcia will become the all-time Arena Football League leader in touchdown passes. Entering the game against the Chicago Rush,...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE: MUDCATS 4, SUNS 0; Carolina Stymies Suns Three Mudcats Pitchers Limit Jacksonville to Six Hits
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Slugger Mike Stanton and the rest of the Jacksonville Suns were held in check as the Carolina Mudcats shut out the Suns 4-0 in front of 1,559 on Wednesday afternoon at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Carolina is 1-7...
THIS WEEK ON TOUR; Jack's Track Gets the Presidents Cup
After Presidents Cups on the East Coast and West Coast, the PGA Tour is taking one to the heartland. The Tour announced Wednesday that the 2013 Presidents Cup will be played at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, the course designed...
Truck Driver Parks His Rig to Bike Georgia's New Trail; Cycling Path in Camden County Officially Opens on Saturday
Byline: TERRY DICKSON WOOBINE - Bob DeCamp parked his 18-wheeler at a truck stop beside Interstate 95 Tuesday night so he could take a ride on two skinny tires Wednesday morning. DeCamp rode from the Sunshine Truck Stop into Woodbine and then...
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NOT QUITE THE U.S. OPEN Last week's Colonial Invitational at Fort Worth, Texas, wasn't exactly a stern test of golf. Twenty-eight players shot all four rounds in the 60s. Heath Slocum shot 69-69-69-67 - and tied for 50th. LAKERS GET A CHARGE...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Boycotting Oil Giant Won't Solve Anything
Oh, come on, people, boycott BP for what? An oil spill? Granted, it is a disaster of great magnitude, but boycotting BP is not going to solve a thing. They will need every penny they can get to clean up this spill. Instead of pointing the finger to...
Ware Warns of Deep School Cuts; School Officials Say If the Magnet Stays, Many Other Programs Will Have to Go
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS WAYCROSS - If voters overturn the closure of Ware Magnet school in a July referendum, Ware County school board members could balance next year's budget by cutting district arts, athletics and ROTC programs and by raising school...
Witness: I Back Airport Watch Story; She Says She Was There When a Woman's Rolex Went Missing
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM The Internet can be a two-edged sword for the court system - alternately a tool to educate and inform or a cause of extensive publicity and mistrials. But one local lawyer is calling the Web a godsend after a report on Jacksonville.com...
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