The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 23, 2010

Abandoned 'Baby' Returns to Seek Biological Mother; She Has a Family, but This Teen Is Still Looking for Some Answers
Byline: MARK WOODS Eighteen years later, the story has come back to its beginning. Back to Jacksonville and the doorstep of a Riverside apartment where a baby was left on a chilly January night. Back to a headline that appeared in the Times-Union...
A.M. Stir
EIGHT USELESS FACTS MORE CLUTTER FOR YOUR BRAIN One of the latest National Geographic Kids books, "Weird But True!" says: 1. A lock of Elvis Presley's hair sold for $115,120. 2. Slugs have 3,000 teeth and four noses. 3. Panda droppings...
Area's Best Are on Track for More Success; Baker Caps Prep Career with Shot Put, Discus Titles
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT No one will ever accuse Demetre Baker of taking a shortcut to success. That's because Baker only knows one way to reach that pinnacle - working hard to achieve a goal. The football/track standout at Orange Park set some...
Area's Best Are on Track for More Success; Frazier Ready to Chase Her Mom's Records at UNF
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Raines track standout Brianna Frazier has a special relationship with her mom, Le'Titia Silas, who is an assistant track coach at the University of North Florida. It's a bond that intertwines a coach pushing an athlete to...
CITY COUNCIL; Best Boots Forward
Doing the people's business as an elected official isn't always popular or easy, especially when money is tight and hard decisions have to be made. That's why the routine of selecting City Council members for committee assignments - particularly...
College Chancellor Says BP Lawsuits Will Not Impact His Job; the Ex-Oil Company Exec Manages the State's University System
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The expected gusher of lawsuits following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico won't keep former company director and current University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis from managing the state's 35 public...
EDNA SAFFY; Opportunity Came Calling
Perhaps no group of Americans have progressed so far, so fast, as women have in the last 50 years. Women once had few career options apart from teaching and nursing. Now women can be found at the peak of many professions. Once it was rare...
FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY NEEDS BETTER FOOD, EXERCISE, POLICIES; New Ideas to Better Battle Childhood Obesity Issue
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions across the nation. Now, an initiative planned for Jacksonville and 70 other cities is aiming to stem that tide. But - unlike many such wide-scale efforts - no new programs...
Fine Line between Being a Taxpayer and a Tax Burden; Mentor Young People to Help Them Make Right Decisions, Leaders Say
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS There is still a need for mentors willing to spend time with young people in Duval County, educators, agency leaders and community members said during a forum Tuesday focused on mentoring. Mentors can help young people...
FSU's Graham Wins Public Links Event; He Takes Qualifier at St. Johns Golf and Country Club
Byline: GARRY SMITS The way Florida State lost in the semifinals of the NCAA golf tournament earlier this month still stings for Seminoles junior-to-be Wesley Graham. Winning is a soothing balm to wounded pride. Graham, playing in his second...
Internet Cafe Debate Grows on Both Sides; Whether Instant-Win Games Are Gambling Has Brought out Area's Biggest Lobbyists
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS When Jacksonville City Councilman Kevin Hyde decided to sponsor legislation to shut down Internet cafes this year, he expected to see people lining up outside his door to talk about it. "I knew going into this it would...
I Spy ... a Bit of Intrigue; 'Alpha Protocol' Has Its High Points, but Its Low Ones, Too
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY "Alpha Protocol" is an ambitious game with multiple branching paths, more intrigue than the French soccer team and drastically different approaches to gameplay. Unfortunately, some of those approaches can be dull or just not...
It Takes This Special Village to Raise Foster Kids to Adulthood
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE When Mikessia and Dimesha were born, their mother welcomed them into the world with unique names. Too bad she wasn't able to stick around to help them navigate their way through it. When the girls were toddlers,...
Jacksonville Journal
FRIGATE'S COMMANDER REPLACED AFTER PIER HIT The commanding officer of the USS John L. Hall, a frigate based at Mayport Naval Station, was relieved of command Tuesday. Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris, commander of U.S. Sixth Fleet, relieved Cmdr. Herman...
Landing to Get Parking Space Still; City Council Overrides Mayor's Veto, Says It Will Keep Jobs, Stores
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Barely two hours after learning that Mayor John Peyton vetoed a bill that would have used city money to purchase land for a parking lot for The Jacksonville Landing, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to override...
'Merlin' Star Has Local Ties; Syfy's Bradley James Lived in Jacksonville as a Child, Has Friends Here
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Prince Arthur took off his armor and put down his sword long enough to spend the past couple of New Years in downtown Jacksonville, watching the fireworks. And years before he became the once and future king, you could often...
Morning Briefs
AT LEAST 6 NEW STORES OPENING AT THE AVENUES The Avenues mall is expecting a busy summer with one store marking its grand opening Tuesday and at least another five before the season is over. Women's fashion clothier Body Central had its grand...
Offender Worked near School; Former Felon Is Arrested for Not Filing as a Registered Sex Offender
Byline: GORDON JACKSON FOLKSTON - The supervisor of a school construction project in Folkston has been charged with failing to tell authorities he is a registered sex offender working in Charlton County. Charles Howard Rogers, 48, of Blackshear,...
Police Arrest Man, 72, in Shooting Death of Another; Stolen Prescription Drugs Upset the Suspect, a Witness Tells Police
A 72-year-old Middleburg man was arrested Monday night in the death of a 46-year-old Jacksonville man found shot to death June 17 in his home in the 5400 block of 110th Street. Police said Gerald Raymond Richards of the 1900 block of Timucua Trail...
Secretary of State Sues over Georgia's Voter Verification; Kemp Wants an OK for the State's Method of Verifying Citizenship
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Lawyers working for Secretary of State Brian Kemp filed a suit Tuesday in federal district court in Washington against the Obama administration seeking approval of the state's methods for verifying the citizenship...
SHOE FANS GET THEIR KICKS; Trade Show Brings Hard-to-Find, Designer Sneakers to Town
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Oh sneakerheads, where art thou? There's a trade show coming up - and it's not down in Miami, six hours away. Nope, two local independent companies are holding the Rockin' Heat Sneaker Trade Show on Saturday in Mandarin....
Tax Rate Extension Coming Up Soon for School Board Vote; in Duval, Continuing the Levy Would Bring in about $16.5 Million
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS The Duval County School Board is scheduled to vote next month on whether to continue a quarter-mill property tax rate increase for a second year. School districts in Duval, Clay, Putnam, Nassau and St. Johns counties all...
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TCU'S PURKE CUTS A STRANGE FIGURE Texas Christian made its first College World Series and beat Florida State in its first game in Omaha, Neb., last Saturday, largely due to freshman pitcher Matt Purke, whose four-hit, seven-inning outing against...
WHAT YOU CAN NOW BUY FOR 300K; Buyers Get More House and Owners Get to Sell in This Prime Price Range
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Coming to the table with $300,000 will land the Jacksonville buyer a lot more house than it did just a few years ago. A sampling of homes priced between $295,000 and $305,000 appearing on Realtor.com shows that the $300,000...
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