The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 24, 2010

Busch Bounced off Wall to Win All-Star Race; Many Sprint Cup Teams Have a Lot of Work to Do in Aftermath
Byline: DON COBLE CONCORD, N.C. - There will be a lot of repairs done by the time NASCAR returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway to start preparations for the Coca-Cola 600. Kurt Busch's team will rebuild the side of his No. 2 Dodge. Car owner Joe...
City's Peril, Exploiting Interns and the Villainous Side of God
Byline: PHIL FRETZ Things are getting tough. The city of Jacksonville faces a $58 million budget shortfall for next year - or it did until the most recent "fee increase." And that number is expected to swell to $250 million in five years....
Crist Took the Money and Rubio Took the Song; Rubio's Popularity Is Strong with 85 Percent of a Recent Straw Poll
Byline: DAVID HUNT The song seemed to set the right tone, just not with the song's author. "Take the Money and Run," that catchy, classic rock hit from the Steve Miller Band, was the tune Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate campaign used to illustrate...
Crist Wants Florida to Go Back to Green; He Said the State's Economy Has a Link to the Environment
Byline: DAVID HUNT Gov. Charlie Crist said the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico makes it clear that the state should do more to back green energy development. "I don't know how you could have a different view of it," Crist said. "Our economy,...
Ex-Coach Threatens Lawsuit; Robinson, Let Go by Mandarin Last Week, Vows to 'Spend Every Penny' to Clear Name
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Former Mandarin football coach Jason Robinson spoke candidly on Sunday about his removal from the position over the sending of adult-oriented pictures to his 20-year-old girlfriend, who is a junior at the University of Central...
First Coast Vies for Tourists; Northeast Florida Trying to Attract Vacationers Worried about Oil Spill in Gulf
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Flamingo Lake RV Resort is rolling out an offer to jittery vacationers who cancel reservations for getaways on Florida's Gulf Coast - come to the other side of the state and get a 15 percent discount off Flamingo Lake's daily...
FOUR CHEERS; How the NFL Helps
You can see the positive impact of the Jacksonville Jaguars throughout the city. There is no better example than the teamwork of the National Football League and LISC, the Local Initiatives Support Corp. LISC in Jacksonville has been instrumental...
FROM UNF POOL TO GULF SHORES? Engineers Wait for Approval to Send Award-Winning Sub to Aid in Cleanup
Byline: MATT COLEMAN The robotic sub circling the University of North Florida Aquatic Center seems far removed from the world's latest environmental crisis. But hundreds of remotely controlled subs have descended on the Gulf of Mexico to help...
Gray Pride: No Longer Dyeing to Be Different; Women Talk about the Advantages of Making a Natural Transition
Byline: SARA CONRAD Anne Kreamer had an epiphany after looking at a photo of herself a few years ago. "My deeply dark brown hair just looked terrible, and I thought gosh, what is my real hair color?" She wrote a piece about it for More magazine,...
GUEST EDITORIAL; Informed Students a Key
Excerpts from an editorial in the Tallahassee Democrat on increased academic requirements in public schools: It has been more than four years since two prominent former Florida political leaders, former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and former...
HEAD OF THE CLASS; Stock Car Racing's New Shrine Honors the Five Biggest Names in the Sport's History
BILL FRANCE SR. (1909-1992) Hometown: Washington, D.C. He was called "Big Bill," and only partly because of his 6-foot-5 stature. He spearheaded NASCAR from its beginning and directed it to its present status. In 1936, he helped lay out the...
He Sells Sea Shells by the (River) Shore; Shell Enthusiast Heads This Year's Jacksonville Shell Show and Fair
Byline: SARA CONRAD Some people are serious about shell collecting. John Fatu has a species of abalone named after him. He started collecting shells and sending them to the Smithsonian Institution about 30 years ago. After receiving a degree...
Hospital on Path to Image Improvement; CRITICISM Negativity Isn't Necessarily Justified, the Charlton County Manager Said. "It's Improving."
Byline: GORDON JACKSON FOLKSTON - Charlton Memorial Hospital is trying to overcome an image problem. Hospital administrator Farrell Turner acknowledges the fact, but says the 25-bed facility in Folkston has made significant improvements the past...
Low-Cost Mobile Vet Service Pays Visit to Waycross; It Will Be a Monthly Thing Because of the Clinic's Full Schedule
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS A mobile pet spay and neuter service coming to Waycross for the first time this week has already filled its appointment book. Managers for the low-cost vet service say the strong response means they'll add Waycross to their...
Man Stabbed to Death in Home, Children Present; Police Say an Apparent Domestic Dispute Is the Reason for His Slaying
A man was stabbed to death Sunday in the 2900 block of West 11th Street during an apparent domestic dispute. Times-Union news partner First Coast News reported Jacksonville police called to the house about 9:50 a.m. found a wounded man in his 30s...
Nemours Sees Less Expensive Vitamin D Test; It Could Potentially Detect a Deficiency in Children's Urine
Byline: JEREMY COX Researchers suspect that about one in 10 American children aren't getting enough vitamin D from their diet or the sun, leaving them vulnerable to the bone-weakening disorder rickets and other problems. But the only decisive...
Nurse Finishes Friend's Mission; They Planned a Trip, but One Was Killed before They Got the Chance
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY Below a cross on the grounds of a West African orphanage, a fresh square of concrete bears the name of a Jacksonville nursing student who never made it inside the compound's tall walls. But scores of Togolese children who...
Repairs Planned at Shands Dorms for Visiting UF Medical Students; Building Was Built in 1954; Students Stay There for Assigned Short Classes
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Each Monday, a few new University of Florida medical students move into their Jacksonville dormitory. They will spend two, four or six weeks on rotation at Shands Jacksonville hospital, receiving hands-on experience in internal...
Residents Crying Foul after City Trims Trees; Public Works Says the Crape Myrtles Blocked Drivers' View; Neighbors Say All but Bottom Two Feet Were Cut
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON When people in North Riverside tried to beautify their Jacksonville neighborhood in the 1990s, city grant money paid for the 175 crape myrtles they planted on Edison Avenue. Last week, city workers cut down a row of those...
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...
Stein Mart Returning to 'Good-Better-Best' Offerings
Byline: MARK BASCH Stein Mart Inc. has consistently been reporting lower sales in its monthly reports. Apparently, it's not because customers are shopping less but because they've been spending less. But the Jacksonville-based fashion retailer hopes...
Suburbia: The Next Renewal Frontier; Seminar's Keynoter Is Asking Visionaries to Rethink Redevelopment
Byline: ROGER BULL When Ellen Dunham-Jones talks about redeveloping and revitalizing neglected areas, she's not talking about the inner city. She's not talking about downtown. She's talking about suburbia, a place where change does not come easily....
They're Working in Concert; Catherine Courtney and Daughter Gayle Volunteer as Ushers at Symphony
Byline: SARA CONRAD Catherine Courtney and her 17-year-old daughter Gayle have volunteered at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra the past few months in order to spend more time together. Although Catherine and Gayle have some different interests,...
This Hall Is Humble; NASCAR Salutes Five Legends of the Track for Its Inaugural Class
Byline: DON COBLE CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When Richard Petty emerged from a limousine Sunday morning an hour before being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, he reached in his pocket for a black marker pen. As he'd done a million times in the past...
'WHEN WE CALL ON THE NAME OF GOD, HE HEARS US'; Global Day of Prayer Draws Denominations Together in Unity
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Praying for peace, hundreds of Christians on Sunday at Jacksonville's Metropolitan Park sang, danced and shook tambourines as part of the First Coast Global Day of Prayer. The prayer day started in a small South African...
Woman Sues after Rolex Missing at Airport; She Says the Watch Was Lost at Virginia Security Checkpoint
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Imagine being ordered by airport security workers to put your very expensive watch on a scanning belt, over your objections. Then imagine going to retrieve it and it's gone. A Baker County woman says that experience at Norfolk...
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