The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 26, 2010

Afghanistan, Iraq Logistics Improved, General Says in Visit; Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dowd Visits His Alma Mater, Terry Parker
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Moving an increased number of supplies to Afghanistan while drawing down forces in Iraq requires doing more work closer to the battlefield, a tactic the military has embraced, the general in charge of logistics for the...
A.M. Stir
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY 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. WORST LYRICS Not even close to being funny This is...
Area Tea Party Chapters Back Fired Attorney; She Was Dismissed for Speaking to Groups about the Constitution
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM North Florida tea party organizations backed a former Live Oak prosecutor Tuesday, a day after she was fired for speaking at their gatherings and to other groups about the U.S. Constitution. Meanwhile, former Assistant State...
Atlantic Beach OKs Boardwalk Designs; the Tideviews Preserve Structure Would Include a Fishing Pier, Kayak Launch
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - The City Commission Monday agreed to accept the proposed conceptual designs for a boardwalk, fishing pier, and kayak launch for Tideviews Preserve. While the commission agreed to proceed with the design from...
Challenge: Transform Suburbia; at a Workshop, Participants Try to Envision How the First Coast Will Develop over the Next 50 Years
Byline: ROGER BULL Southwest of Atlanta, small hamlets are being built in the countryside. Estate homes mix with cottages, townhouses, shops and restaurants. Organic farms surround them. In the Denver suburb of Lakewood, Colo., a dead shopping...
Court Hearing for Man Charged with Killing 8; Guy Heinze Jr. Was Held after Bodies Were Found in August near Brunswick
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Diane Isenhour wept silently and clutched a tissue Tuesday as the man charged with murdering her four children, former husband and a former sister-in-law last year sat just a few feet away between his lawyers....
Disabled Get Chance to Catch the Waves; the They Will Surf Again Event Gives Those Who Normally Can't, the Chance to Surf
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Chris Hansen was an avid surfer until a surfing accident seven years ago injured his spinal cord. He lost mobility from his chest down, he needs assistance for daily living and he uses a wheelchair. Even so, Hansen, of...
Foreclosure Law Firm Being Investigated over Probity; A Judge Says the Firm Gave False Information; State Also Investigating
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON A law firm under state investigation for its handling of foreclosure cases could face court sanctions in St. Johns County for giving a judge false information about who owned a mortgage. Circuit Judge J. Michael Traynor...
Formula One Coming Back to U.S
Formula One racing is coming back to the United States in 2012 with a long-term deal to race in Austin, Texas, on a track being built for the event. Officials announced the agreement Tuesday, saying Austin would host the U.S. Grand Prix until 2021....
Gators' Adams Smashes His Slump; Jacksonville Native Started Strong and Ended Strong; UF Begins SEC Tournament Today
Byline: ANTHONY CHIANG Josh Adams began the regular season with a bang and ended it with one, too. But he has not enjoyed that same success in between. The junior second baseman from Jacksonville hit two home runs in the season opener and...
GOP Credit Cards Gone; $7.3M Legacy Remains; Free Spending of Donor Money to Party Prompts Republicans to Tighten Control and Clean House
Byline: MATT DIXON Jon Sweede misses Jim Greer and Delmar Johnson. The former chairman and executive director of the Republican Party of Florida were frequent customers at Sweede's Po' Boys Creole Cafe in Tallahassee. "Delmar always liked...
GREAT LEADERS; Limits of Charisma
There is nothing like a crisis to focus attention. As American businesses struggle to remain viable, they often have to do some heavy priority setting. Prune everything that doesn't directly affect the company's goals. That also relates to government,...
Groups Planning Variety of Events
Several organizations and parks in Southeast Georgia will host Memorial Day weekend events. FORT KING GEORGE Fort King George State Historic Site staff members and re-enactors will fire muskets and cannons from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the...
Guarding His Job; Veteran Lineman Manuwai Tries to Regain Old Form, Keep Roster Spot
Byline: VITO STELLINO Jaguars veteran guard Vince Manuwai likes a challenge. "I never shy away from competition," he said. "When they run fourth-and-1 on my side, I love it. Some guys are afraid of it." The eight-year veteran, drafted by the...
Jacksonville Journal
LAWSUIT: AMENDMENT DILUTES VOTING POWER Corrine Brown and Mario Diaz-Balart filed a lawsuit Monday in Tallahassee against Amendment 6, the amendment to Florida's Constitution that would change how congressional districts are drawn. The two members...
JTA Suspends Bus Driver without Pay; Agency Reverses Itself While Sexual Assault Case Still under Review
Byline: LARRY HANNAN The Jacksonville Transportation Authority reversed itself Tuesday and suspended without pay the bus driver who has been arrested in the sexual assault of a 12-year old girl, pending the conclusion of his case. JTA had previously...
Kids Learn How to Garden at Workshop; They Got Experience with Planting Herbs and Making Flower Arrangements
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Five-year-old Emmery Harrington came to a Fun With Flowers for Kids workshop Saturday at the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library because she loves flowers and has "lots" of them at home. Kyla Spaulding, 8, came because she's...
Laura Street Proposal Pleases Mayor; Developer Steve Atkins' Plan Is to Renovate and Preserve Buildings
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Jacksonville developer Steve Atkins is taking his second shot at building a game-changing project in downtown. Atkins on Tuesday unveiled plans for bringing apartments, hotel rooms, restaurants and shops to the abandoned...
Loss of Tennis Tournament Is a 'Great Disappointment'; It Ends a Three-Decade History of WTA Events in North Florida
Byline: DREW DIXON PONTE VEDRA BEACH - The announcement that the MPS Group Championships tennis tournament won't return to Sawgrass Country Club is leaving residents of the coastal community with a void. "I think it's a great disappointment,"...
NOTEBOOK; Trade Finalized after Smiley Passes Physical
Byline: VITO STELLINO Justin Smiley was healthy enough Tuesday to pass his physical with the Jaguars. Now the question is whether he will stay healthy enough to help shore up the interior of their offensive line. Smiley, who was traded to...
Passenger Trains Back on Radar; Prospects for a State Rail System in Georgia May Be Getting Better
Byline: WALTER C. JONES MORROW, Ga. - Prospects for a statewide network of passenger trains have risen lately for several reasons, and the members of a group of backers feel the momentum. The Obama administration has made clear it favors mass-transit...
Players to Stage Romantic Comedy 'Sabrina Fair'
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN A romantic comedy is up next at Players by the Sea. "Sabrina Fair" by Samuel Taylor will open on Friday, June 4, and run through June 19 at the Jacksonville Beach community theater. The play ran on Broadway and was the...
Playing in the Dark Can Be a Lot of Fun; 'Alan Wake' a Good Mix of Combat and Story
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY Night time has always been the best time for a scary scenario, but video games have a hard time making dark games playable. If it's too dark, you can't see where you're going, right? "Alan Wake" solves that problem in a...
Police Briefs; Man Throws Brick, Asks to Be Arrested
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 36-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault and criminal mischief after a brick was thrown through a plate-glass window worth about $1,200...
Prisons Aren't Working, So Let's Expand Drug Court
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE State Attorney Angela Corey has a point. Some of the offenders who were recommended for post-conviction drug court might have been more likely to use their freedom to wreak mayhem than seriously work on curing their...
Sea Turtle Art on Display at First Street
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN The recent oil spill in the waters off the coast of Louisiana has put Floridians on alert, including the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol members. The volunteer organization that patrols Jacksonville's coast, helping protect endangered...
Shuttle Could Help the Crunch at Mickler's; Meanwhile, Officials Remind Beachgoers There Is More Parking at Guana Reserve
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Implementing a shuttle service could be the best solution to deal with overcrowding in the Mickler's Landing beach parking lot on weekends and holidays, officials said. The solution, which would mean...
Some Denominations Experience Glut of Pastors; Others Shortage; the Recession Is Said to Be at Fault for Emptier Collection Plates
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Trust in the Lord, Pastor Wayne Milliner tells his congregation, and rely on his timing. Milliner has become all too familiar with that message as he's waited, patiently, to realize his dream. "I'm looking forward to getting...
Springfield's Community Gardener Is on the Job
Byline: MARK WOODS I recently wrote about what a private school on the Southside is doing to change the way children look at food. Today, let's stick with that theme but move to the Northside, a garden in a parking lot and a businessman. Well,...
TOURISM; an Ace in the Hole
Jacksonville will never be confused with Miami, or Orlando as a Florida tourist stop. But the recent "Jacksonville 2009 Value of Tourism" survey is a reminder of how important tourism is to the fabric of our local economy - even when that economy...
T-U 2
ATTENTION, WORLD CUP CRAZIES Jacksonville is a football town, but we know there are plenty of fans of the world's version of football, too. The World Cup is less than a month away, and soccer fans everywhere are looking for a favorite. Who are you...
Upscale St. Marys Project Is Back on; Construction Stopped at Cumberland Harbour Development in '08
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - After nearly 18 months of delays, construction will soon begin again at the Cumberland Harbour development in St. Marys. City officials announced Monday night they had reached a conditional agreement that allows...
Value-Added Tax Would Help Fix U.S. Debt, Speaker Says; Former Comptroller General Addresses Group in Jacksonville
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN A value-added tax would be a way for the federal government to rein in the national debt, provided there also is a clampdown on spending growth, former U.S. comptroller general David Walker said Tuesday in a speech to the...
Webb Wins Council President Contest; at the Last Minute, He Was Challenged by Stephen Joost for Leadership
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Despite some last-minute drama, the Jacksonville City Council leadership election Tuesday night resulted in the same outcome that has been expected for months. Jack Webb was elected council president; Stephen Joost was elected...
Woman Dies after Hitting JTA Bus
A woman was killed Tuesday afternoon when her car smashed into the back of a JTA bus that was picking up passengers near Orange Park, authorities said. Detective J.D. Gregory of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the crash happened about 4 p.m....
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