The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 6, 2011

A Deal Too Sweet
How about this for a part-time job: a guaranteed pension and cheap health insurance. Don't expect this deal at the local store, bank or restaurant. You have to get the taxpayers to pay for it. Spend at least six years on the Jacksonville City...
A.M. Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL ON SCREEN No sanctuary in this "Sanctum" The promos for "Sanctum," the new 3-D movie from James Cameron, tell how it's about cave divers trapped in an underwater cave system who "must fight raging water, deadly terrain...
AREA NOTEBOOK; First Tee Reaches 4.7 Million Youths
Byline: GARRY SMITS The First Tee has concluded its third five-year phase, covering 2006-2010, and reports more than 4.7 million youths have been reached through the initiative to make golf more accessible and affordable, in conjunction with its...
A SHOWCASE FOR STARS OF THE FUTURE; Douglas Anderson Readies Its 25th Production of 'Extravaganza' with Impressive Bragging Rights
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON In the fall of 1986, early in Douglas Anderson's second year as Jacksonville's public high school of the arts, music teacher Ace Martin approached first-year principal Jane Condon with an idea. Let's put on a show, suggested...
Bill Would Give Landing Perks, Leeway on Parking; Mayor Balks at OK for Long-Term Spaces; Auditors Object to Covering for Back Taxes
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Jacksonville Landing owner Toney Sleiman could get almost $75,000 from taxpayers to pay delinquent property taxes - plus other perks - from a deal to buy parking spaces the city promised to the Landing years ago. Although...
BIRDS IN THE HAND; St. Augustine Man Brings Lumber to Life
Byline: JIM SUTTON Bud Evans breaks his art down to the lowest common denominator. The pieces, he says, "are just lumber." His craft is "only carving." But there's magic in the process, no matter what he says. And the result is much more than...
Bookmarks
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT NEW AND NOTABLE - "Ages Past," a work by renowned Jacksonville collage artist Gerry Charm, has been used as an illustration in the recently published "The Interpretation of Dreams: The Illustrated Edition" (Sterling,...
Bowling
Honor Scores Men: Jim Graham 11 in a row 279, 11 in a row 299, 11 in a row 290, 759, 742, 812; Clarence Caldwell 11 in a row 709; Jerry Bigas 778; Patrick Barnett 751; Jimmy Silva 750; John Ellis 741; Scott Johnson 739; Paul Shields Sr. 739, 721;...
Career Track
BANKING/FINANCE - Jacksonville-based Foundation Financial Group promoted James S. Brodsky* to chief human resources officer. Brodsky's new appointment is instrumental as the company transitions from a mortgage lender to a comprehensive financial...
City Must Reinvest, Not Just Cut
Byline: ABEL HARDING Two very different schools of thought have emerged in the scores of mayoral and City Council forums being held in advance of spring elections. Nearly every candidate seeking the mayor's office or a seat on the Jacksonville City...
Closing Parks Is Bad Idea
Byline: Mark Woods I'm working on a new state song. It goes like this: They haven't paved paradise and put up a parking lot, But ... they are considering closing 53 state parks, shutting down Olustee Battlefield, locking Marjorie...
Crabcake Factory Gift Cards Still Good for a Meal - Somewhere
Byline: David Bauerlein The standard advice on gift cards is to use them as soon possible because you never know when the business might fall on hard times and close its doors. That's especially true if the gift card is for a local restaurant...
Despite Some Setbacks, Faith Remains Strong
Byline: Jessie-Lynn Kerr This year did not start out very well as I launch my third year of fighting small cell lung cancer. A PET scan done Jan. 4 showed numerous small and large masses in the right and left lobes of the liver, an enlarged mass...
Dolphins Hit Free Throws in Win; Balanced Attack Helps JU Hold off Bison Rally in Second Half
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Free throw shooting, a weakness for Jacksonville University much of the season, was anything but that on Saturday. The Dolphins were successful on 26-of-30 attempts from the foul line, including 17 in a row at one stretch,...
FACT CHECK; Congress, Families Get No Student Loan Breaks FACT: But There Is Aid Available for Members of Congressional Staff
Byline: CAROLE FADER Times-Union readers want to know: Is it true that members of Congress, their families and their staffs do not have to pay back their student loans? This is another of those chain e-mails that riff off the one in which...
Gators Take Control of SEC East; Double-Double for Parsons in "Big-Time" Victory for UF
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Chandler Parsons wasn't going to let Brandon Knight upstage him on Saturday night. On a night when Kentucky's super freshman had his eighth 20-plus point game of the season, Parsons outdueled the former Florida...
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: GIRLS DISTRICT FINALS; Ribault Secures 3-3A Title
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Ribault's girls basketball team has added to its championship achievements. Now, the Trojans will begin chasing the biggest prize. Ribault beat host Bolles 60-37 to win the District 3-3A title on Saturday night. The Trojans...
Kingsland Welcomes All to Learn Police Lessons; THE ACADEMY Residents Can Gain Insight into How Officers Help Community
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI KINGSLAND - Police Chief Darryl Griffis believes air conditioning is one of the worst things to happen to law enforcement. Instead of walking beats, officers began riding them in the air-cooled comfort of patrol cars....
Law & Disorder; 4-Hour Standoff Ends Peacefully Man Charged with Aggravated Battery in Neighbor's Shooting
A four-hour standoff between police and a gunman in Springfield ended Saturday night when the man surrendered. Authorities said the gunman will be charged with aggravated battery. It started about 4 p.m. in the 900 block of Ionia Street near...
Leaders Feel Hopeful for Young Blacks; Symposium Followed Up on Academic, Recreation Programs
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Juliun Kinsey, 19, woke at 5 a.m. Saturday, gathered up a bunch of buddies and headed from Gainesville to Jacksonville to see the future. They all left knowing there is hope. Kinsey and his group, volunteers in a statewide...
MAYORAL RACE: PUBLIC SAFETY; Protect Our Children, Anti-Crime Group Asks Members Say Next Leader Should Focus on the City's Violent Profile
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Kathy Williams said Jacksonville's next mayor needs to visit a dirt-filled field at 3108 N. Myrtle Ave. Again and again and again. There he or she will find Williams' son. Third panel. Third Column. Thirty-first name....
Missed Foul Shot Sinks UNF; A Chance to Tie Game Late Wastes Smith's 30-Point Effort
Byline: TIM BEE Junior forward Matt Sauey missed a free throw that would have tied the game with 1.8 seconds remaining, allowing Belmont to escape the UNF Arena with a 69-67 win over North Florida on Saturday. The Ospreys (9-15, 6-7 Atlantic...
Pittsburgh Not Always Royalty
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Many NFL franchises, including the Jaguars, have fan bases that think they've waited way too long for their teams to become successful. Believe it or not, the franchise that has been the model of patience is actually the...
Planning for Health Law Continues; It's "A Win, but Not a Total Win," State's Attorney General Said
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Last week's victory in a Florida federal district court for conservatives in Georgia and 25 other states suing to stop the health reform law didn't stop the law's impact in the Peach State or offset another decision...
Safely through the Fog; St. Johns Bar Pilot Association Operates out of Mayport, and Its Harbor Pilots Manage Risk and Reward Daily as They Guide Cargo Vessels through Always-Changing Conditions in Jacksonville's Port
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN The fog covering the ocean is so heavy and complete that when the cargo ship finally comes into view, it materializes as if conjured by a wizard's spell. First, the tall white letters spelling Horizon, the name of the...
SCOREBOARD; High Schools
BASKETBALL GIRLS DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS DISTRICT 1-6A ORANGE PARK 74, FLETCHER 28 FLETCHER (28): Brantley 4, Hughes 3, Holsto 6, Harries 5, Diaz 2, Hubbard 1, Aguailvo 5, Padget 2. ORANGE PARK (74): Cross 6, Marlar 7, McCoy 13, Cavanagh...
Shortage of Care Looming for Georgia's Mentally Ill; NO ADEQUATE CHOICES as State Closes Mental Hospitals, Some Clients Have Nowhere to Turn. NEW APPROACH Expert Agrees That Communities Need Treatment Options
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - For Bonnie Moore and other parents of children with mental illness, daily struggles are challenging enough, but many fear they're reaching a breaking point because the state is releasing patients from regional mental...
Tired of Delays by Railroad
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Dear Call Box: There are trains that run through San Marco during rush hour, some weeks almost daily. I have timed how long I have had to sit waiting on them and it can be as long as 15 minutes. I don't understand why a...
T-U 2
COMING TUESDAY Feb. 18 will mark the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. In a seven-part series, "Ten After 3," which begins Tuesday, Times-Union writer Don Coble writes about the legacy of a racing...
Viewpoint; Sour Grapes on 'Moran for Mayor' Endorsements
Byline: Ron Littlepage Spinning around the news dial ... click. I want your endorsement. No? Then your endorsement isn't worth a bucket of warm spit, which a not-so-famous Texan once said about the vice presidency he held. That's been the...
Volunteers Construct New Lives across the U.S
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK - A lot of people talk about building relationships, but six couples camping at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds have done it. They are Habitat for Humanity Care-A-Vanners, volunteers who travel to towns in the motor...
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