The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 7, 2010

24/7 with . . . Paula Kahne Owner of Wild Things Exotic Animals in Middleburg
Byline: Tracy Jones My work: I clean and care for hundreds of snakes, lizards, tarantulas and exotic mammals like prairie dogs and skunks. I spend all day trying to educate the public on the joys of a non-traditional pet. My passion: Animals...
Beach Apparel Outfit's Popularity Breeds Copycats, Satire; 'INFRINGE' BENEFITS Salt Life Is on the Lookout for Knockoffs, but Enjoys Witty Imitators, Too
Byline: KATE HOWARD If imitation is indeed a form of flattery, then consider Salt Life duly flattered - and lawyered up. The Jacksonville Beach startup has gone mainstream, with 2,000 stores nationwide selling its ocean-inspired clothing line...
Brazil-Based Gerdau Buys Remainder of Ameristeel Shares
Byline: Mark Basch After a couple of difficult years amid weak demand for steel, Gerdau Ameristeel Corp. rebounded with a profitable first quarter this year. But its stock didn't rebound with the earnings, remaining stuck near $7, well below its...
Cash Machine for Bankless; It Targets Those Who Want Cash but Don't Have a Bank Account
Byline: ROGER BULL Its creators describe it as an ATM for people who don't have a bank. It's called CashMe, and it's a check-cashing kiosk created by two Jacksonville men. Andy Williams, who has owned United Heritage insurance, Jacksonville Yacht...
DROWNINGS; Don't Succumb to Fear
Summer is supposed to be a happy time. But it also is a time that could, in the blink of an eye, turn tragic. That's because during the past decade, 744 children in this state have drowned. Such accidents usually occur during the spring and summer,...
Duval Schools Could Lose 800 Students; Decline Is Now Statewide Trend
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Duval County Public Schools is projected to lose about 800 full-time students when the 2010-11 school year starts, continuing a five-year slide that matches the statewide trend. Full-time equivalent enrollment is expected...
Homers Power Gators' Romp; Six Home Runs, Three by Thompson, Lead Florida into the Super Regional
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Tyler Thompson has never been a power hitter. Not at Jupiter High School, where he hit just six home runs as a senior, and not in his first two seasons at Florida. So he was equally as surprised as his...
Jacksonville Will Do Own Lobbying Now; the City Will Rely on Associations, Legislators, but Will That Be Enough?
Byline: MATT DIXON Since 2007, Jacksonville has spent $1.6 million on state lobbying contracts. According to city records and lobbying reports, the lobbyists helped bring home more than $23 million in state funding for local projects. Now, to...
Marlins Promote Stanton; Outfielder, 20, Hit a Minors-Best 21 Homers for Jacksonville
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Mike Stanton's childhood dream came true Sunday when the Florida Marlins informed him that they were calling him up to the major leagues. "I've dreamed about playing in the major leagues since I was 9 or 10 years old," Stanton...
Mayo Fined for Waste Violations; but Improper Disposal Didn't Threaten Health, an Official Said
Byline: JEREMY COX In a rare brush with regulators, the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville was fined nearly $10,000 last month for two violations of federal hazardous-waste disposal rules. Inspectors from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection...
On Their Biggest Day, Students Plan to Pray; Whether It's Allowed Depends on Many Factors: Location, District Rules and Precedent
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Ethan Wellhausen plans to pray when he reaches the podium at Baldwin Middle-Senior High School's graduation ceremony today. The 18-year-old senior says he'll pray for the safety of everyone at the commencement and touch on...
Popcorn Boxes and Pizza: Campaign Week in Review; "If You Can Sell It, It's an Issue," Former State GOP Leader Says
Byline: DAVID HUNT Campaigning, meet salesmanship: There's a complex concept to explain. "You really are just a popcorn box in politics. If you can sell it, it's an issue," said Tom Slade, a former Republican Party of Florida chairman. That...
PRO PUTTERS SQUARE OFF; Tour Stops at Fernandina Beach Course
Byline: KEVIN TURNER About 26 summers ago, 17-year-old Aaron Bean set a tournament record for the best score on the front nine holes of one of the two courses at Putt-Putt of Fernandina Beach. He scored a 10 on those nine holes on the beachfront...
Pulled in Two Directions; Bartram Trail Grad Kyle Parker Might Have a Tough Decision after This Week's Draft
Byline: JUSTIN BARNEY Kyle Parker knows that people want to know. The Clemson dual-sport star has been answering the same question for more than a year. Will it be football in college, baseball in the majors or another year of playing both sports...
Restaurant Inspections
Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation says every public food service establishment - including vendors, caterers and restaurants - is inspected twice a year. Follow-up visits are made if results warrant. The department calls...
Skirt! Blogista; Other Arrangements Can't Always Be Made
Byline: MELODY LOVE My 5-year-old is sick. It started yesterday. We had our Day of Nothing and laid in bed watching movies all day. She ate a little breakfast, and at some point she started complaining of her legs hurting. After our third movie,...
State Leaders Modify Views toward Atlanta; They Know the Mayor's Help Was Key in Passing the Transportation Tax
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The prevailing sentiment toward Atlanta may be changing. Generations of politicians have won elections running against the state's capital city, its crime, traffic and high taxes. People who have chosen to live...
THREE CHEERS; Praising Our Teens
Here are two excellent examples of high-achieving teenagers that deserve cheers this week. Three Duval County high school students have won academic scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. The three, according...
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TIME FOR SOME HR In a protest over the Gulf oil spill, a minor league baseball team is changing the name of batting practice so the players will no longer have to utter the letters "BP." The Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League...
WEDDING WOES; Marriage Ceremonies Often Have a Few Little Setbacks. Our Readers Share Some Big Ones
Byline: TRACY JONES If a bride cries during the ceremony, tradition says there will be no tears left to shed during the marriage. Rain on your wedding day brings the bride and groom a lifetime of marital bliss. But what happens when wedding...
Young Democrats' Focus Is on Action; LEADING THE WAY the Group's Goal Is to Stay Active with City Issues in between Election Seasons
Byline: DAVID HUNT Amid a leadership shake-up, Jacksonville Young Democrats' two most senior members say the group needs to keep its activist edge. Elections to the executive board are scheduled for later this month. The need for new leadership...
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