The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 8, 2010

2 Much 4 Comfort
A survey on student texting in class offers a wake-up call for other professors, if they haven't gotten one already. The anonymous survey of students by two professors at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., indicates that texting is a bigger...
Another Democratic Legislator Switching to GOP; Rep. Doug McKillip Is the Seventh Lawmaker to Make the Change since Last Month's Election
Byline: BLAKE AUED ATHENS - State Rep. Doug McKillip became the latest Democrat to switch parties when he joined the Republican caucus today. McKillip said Tuesday he is switching to protect Athens' interests like funding for the University of...
Avoiding Holiday Hazards; It's Much Easier to Be Jolly When There Isn't Any Folly
Byline: JOY BATTEH-FREIHA While you're decking the halls with boughs of holly, during this season to be jolly, while donning all your gay apparel and trolling the ancient yuletide carol, make sure you're able to see the blazing yule before us and...
Beaches Women's Partnership Will Close; in the Current Economic Environment, Raising Funds Has Been Impossible
The Beaches Women's Partnership, which has helped about 5,600 needy women and their families through the last five years, will close by the end of this month because of a lack of money. The nonprofit's closure is another example of the faltering...
Beach Shorts
LIVE NATIVITY THIS WEEKEND Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church will present its annual "A Bethlehem Visit" live nativity Friday and Saturday. The event, attended by thousands from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia every year, is scheduled for...
Ceremony Marks Jekyll Island Convention Center's Beginning; BOOSTER the Project Will Bring Business Back to the Area, Politicians Are Promising
Byline: TERRY DICKSON JEKYLL ISLAND - Gov. Sonny Perdue left his mark Tuesday on Jekyll Island's grand new development plans. In a departure from the normal groundbreaking ceremony, Perdue, island officials and the public used wooden styluses...
City Puts Brakes to Parking Proposal; Jacksonville Beach Postpones Allowing New Restaurants to Have Fewer Spots
Byline: DREW DIXON JACKSONVILLE BEACH - After giving preliminary approval last month to an ordinance that would require less parking for new restaurants, the City Council voted unanimously Monday to table the issue. The council balked at the...
City Says JTA Didn't Misspend $20 Million; in Dispute Did the Transportation Agency Use City Funds Not Allocated for Certain Projects?
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Jacksonville city officials have found that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority did nothing wrong in spending $20 million in Better Jacksonville funds. Two separate reviews by the city General Counsel's Office and the...
Cold Doesn't Deter Bolles in Victory
Byline: CLAYTON FREEMAN With a three-time state champion on the opposite side and a wind whipping up frigid chills, Bolles had two foes to overcome in Tuesday night's girls soccer match at Patton Park. The Bulldogs (8-5) conquered both, handing...
Colts Staggering Down Stretch
Byline: VITO STELLINO A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts were 12-0 and debating when to start resting their starters for the playoff push. In the most startling decline of this season, the Colts are now fighting for a playoff berth at 6-6. Indianapolis...
Eclectic Music Concert at Beaches; the Chris Norman Ensemble Headlines Fine Arts Series Show
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN The music of Maritime Canada, Scotland and Ireland appears to have captured the hearts of many at the Beaches. A full house is expected when the internationally acclaimed Chris Norman Ensemble performs as part of the Beaches...
Even in Tight Economy, Holidays Are Merry for Beaches History Museum; the Center Has Plans to Survive - and Thrive - Now and in the Future
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Volunteers and members of the Beaches Museum and History Center toasted the holidays with food and drink Thursday night. The annual event, held at the museum, is a give-back to friends of the center for their year-round support....
FOCUS ON THESE 5; from Jimmie to Junior, Challenges Await
Byline: DON COBLE Is NASCAR stuck in a rut? Let's see where the sport is compared to this time a year ago. Jimmie Johnson was the champion then. He's the champion now. Television ratings and attendance were dropping then. They continued that...
Georgia Stays on Lookout for 'Killer Bees'; the Recent Death of an Albany Man Brings Home the Danger
Byline: LEE SHEARER ATHENS, Ga. - It may be only a matter of time before Africanized honeybees - so-called killer bees - reach all the way to Athens and Northeast Georgia, according to University of Georgia bee researcher Keith Delaplane. The...
Good for Economy
Congress should ratify a new trade agreement between the United States and a major trading partner, South Korea. The new pact, worked out by the Obama administration and supported by major American businesses, will expand American exports by at...
Green Flag: News and Notes
Byline: DON COBLE LOTS OF LAYOFFS Race teams continue to shrink their workforces in a struggling economy. Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Penske Racing laid off 185 people this week as they prepare for a scaled-down presence...
Gun-Toting Teams Take Their Shots with Sheriff in Charity Fundraiser; Skeet Shoot Hits Highest Target with $24,000 for Police Athletic League
Byline: DAVID HUNT With a sudden gust of wind batting down the zipping clay target, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford took a steady aim and blasted it with just a second to spare as it screamed toward the earth. "Now that bird was taking a...
Healthful Lunches on the Way; Jaguars Player Was Part of Effort to Get Legislation Passed
Byline: JOY BATTEH-FREIHA Soon school kids across America may be getting more healthful food choices whether they want them or not, thanks to last week's Congressional stamp of approval of the child nutrition bill and the efforts of one local NFL...
Hendrick: Tougher to Take Title Today
newsmaker RICK HENDRICK Sprint Cup owner Rick Hendrick has won more Sprint Cup Series championships than any other car owner. Jimmie Johnson's newest championship - his fifth in a row - increased Hendrick's record to 10. Hendrick, who also...
High School Grades Better with New Grading Method; More Duval Schools Are Landing in the A Column Compared to Last School Year
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA High school grades improved in Northeast Florida in 2009-10 after the state dramatically changed its grading calculation, according to grades released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Education. Ten local schools...
HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK; Ribault's Fleming Reconsiders Options
Byline: HAYS CARLYON and FRANCINE KING Ribault quarterback Damien Fleming is opening his recruitment back up. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound standout pledged to Vanderbilt in early July, but since then the Commodores have gone through two coaching changes....
Hundreds Check out Baptist Church Reborn as Ponte Vedra Concert Hall; Area Residents Get a Preview of the Site That Is Slated to Open in February
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY As guitarist Gary Campbell performed on stage, hundreds of Beaches residents sipped wine and munched on free refreshments from area restaurants Thursday night during an open house at the new Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The...
Jacksonville Journal
NEW LICENSE PLATES BENEFIT ST. JOHNS RIVER Specialty license plates celebrating the St. Johns River are available now through tax collectors' tag offices. The plates, which show a kayaker paddling the river near a flying heron, cost $25 more...
Jaguars' Playoff Run Sets Up Nicely; Next Three Foes Are among NFL's Worst Rushing Defenses
Byline: TANIA GANGULI In the Jaguars' locker room after their 17-6 win over Tennessee, the team surrounded Maurice Jones-Drew and celebrated his 186-yard performance. He smiled as teammates shouted in approval, then immediately mentioned the offensive...
Jesup Lawmaker Nominated for DNR; Environmental Groups Pleased; Board Will Vote on Pick Today
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A Jesup legislator respected by environmental groups as well as his peers is in line today to become commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources. Gov. Sonny Perdue has nominated state Rep. Mark...
Law & Disorder; Driver Charged with Flashing 3 Girls Victims Say a Man in a Gray Van Flashed Them in Argyle Forest Area
A 27-year-old Argyle Forest man was arrested Monday on three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition of someone younger than 16 after three victims were flashed by a man in a gray Dodge minivan, Jacksonville police said. Matthew David Hall of the...
Lewis Eager for Tour Try; Bolles Graduate, 19, Gets Her Game in Shape for a Shot at LPGA Card
Byline: GARRY SMITS Her putting stroke improved, and her confidence high, Amelia Lewis will attempt to make history beginning today in the first round of the LPGA National Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach. Lewis, 19, is trying to become...
'Little Women' Takes Stage at ABET; Talented Cast Presents an Adaptation of the Classic Family Story
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN The new holiday offering at the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre is a lovely family story about love and relationships. Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" is showing through Saturday, Dec. 18. It's appropriate viewing...
Morning Briefs
FREEZE ON FORECLOSURES SENDS SALES DOWN 25% A precipitous 25 percent drop in November year-over-year home and condominium sales was largely caused by bank-ordered freezes on foreclosure sales, according to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors....
No Answers Yet in Fatal Hit-and-Run; Pilot Robert Huish Died after Being Struck While Riding Bike
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - Jacksonville Sheriff's Office traffic homicide investigators conceded Monday that they're frustrated in the search for an SUV driver who struck a Navy helicopter pilot who died last week. "Any hit-and-run case...
Pair Face Perjury Charges as Bizarre Story Changes; the Trial of a Man They Accused in Attempted Murder Case Is Nixed
Byline: DAVID HUNT A man and a woman who until Tuesday were considered attempted murder victims have been arrested on perjury charges after prosecutors say they admitted on the eve of the trial that they'd made up some of their story. Christopher...
Police Briefs; Parked Toyota Hit on Seminole Road
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - Someone hit a 2001 Toyota Thursday as it was parked in the 2300 block of Seminole Road then drove away. A long scratch and a large dent were left...
Raines Students Illustrate That Success Can Be a Reality
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee Joshua Hammond and Jarrett Williams don't buy into stereotypes. Nor do they intend to fuel them. Both are 17-year-old black males. Both chose to attend Raines High School, which was built in 1965 as the city's black...
Safety Changes for A1A; New Crosswalks Painted and Florescent Signs Added at Guana Reserve Parking Lots
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - After painting new pedestrian crosswalks on Florida A1A in south Ponte Vedra Beach, state transportation officials plan to continue monitoring to ensure that the beach is safely accessible from across the...
SCOREBOARD; High Schools
BOYS BASKETBALL BOLLES 59, EPISCOPAL 56 BOLLES (59): Weston 5, Bauguss 15, Pheus 7, Crouch 10, Keyes 20, Pataky 2. EPISCOPAL (56): Patrick 11, Kuhlman 19, Bracken 8, Overstreet 13, Stursberg 3, Schneider 2. 3-pointers: Bolles 5 (Keyes 2,...
Scott Looking to Deliver Jobs; Governor-Elect Says He'll Take the Lead in Getting Business to Florida
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Gov.-elect Rick Scott said Tuesday he stands ready to aggressively use financial incentives when wooing businesses to Florida, provided it generates a "return to the taxpayers" in jobs. Scott visited Cecil Airport, formerly...
SLIMMING SMARTS; Be Smart; Reduce Your Belly Size Prevention Magazine Reported That Belly Fat Equals Smaller Brains and a Higher Risk of Alzheimer's Disease. Another Smart Reason to Lose Weight
Byline: Joy Batteh-Freiha BAKING BETTER BREAD Kudos to Pepperidge Farm! The bread maker is baking a new breed of breads these days that still include the wholesome goodness of grains, but with a little less salt. Since September 2008, Pepperidge...
Stabbing of Homeless Man May Be a Hate Crime; A 17-Year-Old Is Charged with Attempted Murder in the Weekend Attack in Mandarin
Byline: DANA TREEN and DAVID HUNT In a surveillance clip snippet, a dapper figure calmly gripping a knife and a blanketed man drift in and out of camera range like actors in a low-budget horror film. But the disturbing images recorded in Jacksonville...
State Looks into Suit over Silt in Wetlands; Operators of Trail Ridge Landfill Are Accused of Causing the Damage
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON State water officials may sue the operators of Jacksonville's Trail Ridge Landfill over damage to nearby wetlands. Lawyers at the St. Johns River Water Management District plan to ask their agency's governing board next...
State Officials Vow to Fight EPA Rules; New Pollution Standards Are Violating State Authority, They Say
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE -Florida's current and future attorneys general and agriculture commissioners launched the latest broadside Tuesday in the war over pollutants in state waters, suing to block new federal rules aimed at improving...
The Brave Few on a Bare Beach
Byline: Mark Woods On any summer day, the 200-some spaces in the Jacksonville Beach Pier parking lot fill up in a hurry. But by mid-morning Tuesday, you still could count the number of cars in the lot on your fingers. Well, if you could still move...
The Force Is with You, but It Feels Repetitive; "Star Wars" Game Looks Great, but Action Gets Old
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY The Force according to Yoda is some kind of all encompassing presence that weaves the fabric of the universe together and is a part of all things. That's a hippie way of looking at it, I suppose. But the Force according...
Tobacco Cases Clog Dockets of Courts; No Easy Way to Process the 3,000 Smokers' Suits against Companies
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM The problem is how to manage 3,800 tobacco cases when each one will take a year to get to trial and another two to three weeks to try. By one Jacksonville lawyer's estimate, the process will take 760 years. So Tuesday,...
Trinity Has Familiar Foe with Different Faces; American Heritage Knocked Conquerors from Playoffs Last Year
Byline: HAYS CARLYON The quarterback who scored four touchdowns is gone. So is the head coach. Delray Beach American Heritage has undergone significant personnel and staff changes since last season. Trinity Christian has not. The Conquerors...
T-U 2
HAYS, THE MAGNIFICENTLY INACCURATE The hot hand didn't last long. Your humble seer came back to reality with a 1-3 mark that leaves the season record at 35-44-1. I've got a baker's dozen number of picks for bowl season, but I will only reveal the...
Tyson Headlines List of Inductees for Boxing Hall
Mike Tyson, whose meteoric rise to the pinnacle of boxing and stunning fall from grace were legendary, was selected Tuesday for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum. Three-division champion Julio Cesar Chavez of Mexico...
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