The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 14, 2011

Agency Proposes to Protect Spinymussel; Endangered Designation Affects Altamaha River
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski Brunswick Known for its spikes and scarcity, the Altamaha spinymussel could be added to the endangered species list and its Southeast Georgia home designated as critical habitat. Recognizable by up to five spines on...
A.M. Briefing
TOYOTA PRODUCTION LEADS TO INCENTIVES Toyota Motor Corp. plans to add new incentives on some U.S. models after saying production at North American plants is rebounding at a faster pace than it expected. The incentives will apply to Camry, Corolla,...
A Race against Toms; Steady Veteran Leading Field, but with Little Margin for Error
Byline: Garry Smits Tiger Woods is back home nursing his injuries and Phil Mickelson faded after a promising start to his second round Friday in The Players Championship. Given the absence of the PGA Tour's two marquee stars, the 36-hole leaderboard...
Art for Young Children at Cummer
Byline: Charlie Patton The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will present "Art for Two: Dragon Invasion" today. The session is aimed at children 3 to 5, each accompanied by an adult. The children will view the new exhibit "On the Silk Road and...
Attrition No Worry for UF's Muschamp; It's All Part of Transition, First-Year Gators Football Coach Says
Byline: Michael DiRocco Florida has lost four players since spring practice ended last month, but coach Will Muschamp doesn't view the defections as anything more than the normal attrition that happens every time there's a coaching change. He...
Beach Shorts
HOMES FOR VETERANS Two injured U.S. soldiers got mortgage-free homes Thursday at The Players Championship's Military Appreciation Day. Retired Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony Sayo, 24, who joined the service in 2005, was injured on June 18, 2007, when...
Bizarre Struggle in Pond Ends with Man's Arrest
A man who tried to pull a St. Johns County deputy and a K-9 underwater after being repeatedly hit with a Taser has been charged with attempted second-degree murder. Deputies were investigating reports of a suspicious person Monday morning when they...
Blueberry Plants Are Ailing
Byline: Becky Wern I bought two blueberry plants this year, and some of the branches are dying from the tips back. What causes this, and what should I do? Blueberry stem blight is caused by a fungus called Botryospheria dothidia. Many plants...
Briefs; JU's Softball Team Wins to Advance to A-Sun Final
In her first Atlantic Sun Tournament, freshman Karson Tuck came up with a three-run homer to lift JU softball past Lipscomb, 3-1, on Friday in Spartanburg, S.C., and into the conference title game. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning,...
CATCH A WAVE OF 'MAGICAL' BEACHES MUSIC; A Lively Band Scene Heated Up Jacksonville in the '60S and Connected Community
Byline: Heather Lovejoy Wearing corduroy jeans and loafers with no socks, a group of teenage boys called The Soul Searchers cranked up their amps and tested the mics. Kicking off their first gig, they launched into "Wipe Out" by The Surfaris....
Chesney Delivers High-Energy Act; Arena Audience Stayed in Tune with the Music for Entire Show
Byline: Heather Lovejoy Kenny Chesney is a pro. No matter what you think of his music, he's an undeniably dynamic performer. He knows what he's doing, he does it with confidence, and his fans respond accordingly. Chesney performed for a nearly...
Cold Noses; Pets of the Week
Each Saturday, the Times-Union's pet blog, Cold Noses, is featuring pets available for adoption at area shelters. For more information and photos of all the animals featured, go to jacksonville.com/coldnoses. Penny is a 1-year-old pointer mix with...
Family Life Keeps Duval Grounded
Byline: Gene Frenette David Duval had just finished another of his typical, exasperating roller-coaster rounds. He was still bummed over a water-logged tee shot that led to a triple-bogey at No. 14, then having to sign for a 76 that would exclude...
Foreclosure Delinquencies Drop; Could Be a Sign of Improvement or Just a Backlog in Processing
Byline: Kevin Turner The number of foreclosure-related notices sent to Jacksonville-area homes fell in April to the lowest one-month total since July 2007. Some industry professionals say the drop may be due to processing delays and doesn't yet...
For Sweet Adelines at Contest, There Was No Piping Down
Byline: Cindy Holifield & Sandy Strickland The Jacksonville Harmony Show Chorus attended the state's Sweet Adelines International Region 9 Competition recently and came home as winners. The a capella chorus won first prize in Division AA...
Gas, Food Prices Increase Inflation Locally, Nationally; If Not for Weak Housing Market, the Rates Would Be Higher, Expert Says
Byline: Mark Basch This won't come as a surprise, but rising gasoline and food prices are sending inflation rates higher, according to local and national reports released Friday. The University of North Florida's Local Economic Indicators Project...
Golfing or Gardening? Really, It Can Be a Tough Decision
Byline: Jackie Rooney Players Championship week is exciting, as tourists, fans and volunteers gather for Northeast Florida's splashiest social event of the year. Nevertheless, on a personal level, my spouse the Binmeister is conflicted. To golf...
Golf Is Hot at the Players Championship; Spectators Have New Ways to Cool off This Year
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy Mike Ruble escaped the heat Wednesday at The Players Championship by taking a break in The Patio, a new shaded picnic area close to the 10th tee. Kathy McGrath and her mother, Carolyn, had some of the coolest seats at the...
Guns, Vehicles and $1.4M in Pot Confiscated; Suspect, 59, Arrested in Bust at Grow Farm in Ware County
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski Ware County sheriff's deputies seized marijuana processed and ready to sell and live plants in various sizes Friday after uncovering an indoor-outdoor pot farm at a convicted drug trafficker's home near Millwood. Deputies...
High School Baseball Roundup; Late Rally Ends Episcopal's Season
Byline: Hays Carlyon Episcopal was a millisecond away from the state semifinals. Instead, the Eagles' season is over. Visiting Pensacola Catholic rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the seventh inning to force extra frames en route to a 3-2 win...
Just 22 Putts for 65; Chalmers Moves Up on Leaderboard with Efficient Second Round
Byline: Tania Ganguli The stat sheet was kinder to Greg Chalmers than he was to himself. After shooting 65 - the lowest round Friday in the second round of The Players Championship - a reporter asked Chalmers about having zero putts on two holes....
Loropetalum Growing in Popularity
Byline: Terry Brite DelValle One woody shrub that has become a landscape staple is Loropetalum chinense, also called Chinese fringe flower. Although the species plant (green leaves with white flowers) has been around since 1880, it did not become...
Mickelson Squanders Fast Start; Phil Falls Apart during Last Half of Round, Is Eight Shots off the Pace
Byline: Michael DiRocco Phil Mickelson was rolling. He ripped through the back nine of the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, carding three birdies and an eagle for a 31 to drop to 5-under-par and make a run at the first-round leaders of The...
More They Make, More They Give; Businesses, PGA Tour Donate Part of Earnings to Community
Byline: Shakaya Andres PONTE VEDRA BEACH Being an out-of-state caterer for professional golf tournaments often irritates local people until they discover that much of the profit goes back to the community. Since 2004, when Prom Catering of Minnesota...
Nice Views Mean Big Business at Corporate Hospitality Chalets
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy The 18th green at The Players Championship doesn't look like it used to. The traditional grandstand bleachers between the last TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course hole and the clubhouse have been removed. The first 200...
No. 13 Mostly Bad Luck for Golfers; Par-3 Hole over Water Is a Tricky Test on Friday the 13th
Byline: Tania Ganguli Rare, for the 13th hole at TPC Sawgrass, Boo Weekley hit a tee shot Friday that plopped onto the green in just the right spot and didn't move at all after landing. That's where Weekley's luck ended on the hole. Just 4 feet...
Notebook; Finchem: Tiger Pressured to Enter Is 'Ludicrous'
Byline: Garry Smits, Mike DiRocco, Jim Nasella, Francine King, Gene Frenette It was a conspiracy theory right up there with the Elvis sightings: that the PGA Tour "pressured" Tiger Woods into entering The Players Championship this week before his...
One Man's Own Chain Gang; Collecting and Restoring Old Chain Saws Keeps Jim Kauffman of Fernandina Beach Revved Up
Byline: Photos and story by Jon M. Fletcher Get Jim Kauffman talking about chain saws and you'll leave (a few hours later) with an encyclopedic knowledge of the tool's history - from the heavy pre-World War II era, two-man saws to what he calls...
Police Briefs; Speeding Leads to Battery Charges, More for 19-Year-Old
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 19-year-old woman was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, assault, resisting an officer with violence and driving with a suspended...
Political Shift in Ex-Mayor's Fight in Atlantic Beach; Commissioners, Don Wolfson Change Past Opinions in Property Rights Debate
Byline: Drew Dixon ATLANTIC BEACH The City Commission's rejection Monday of a former mayor's zoning variance request highlighted several officials' shifting positions on property rights, not just his. Commissioner Carolyn Woods was former Mayor...
Progress Made on Purse Thefts in Ponte Vedra; Sheriff's Office Has Person of Interest in Mind in Sawgrass Village Publix Cases
Byline: Shakaya Andres PONTE VEDRA BEACH A month after a man stole women's purses in the Sawgrass Village Publix parking lot, St. Johns County sheriff's officers said this week that they're closer to identifying the thief. The thief has struck...
Providing a Way to Ministry; Gordon-Conwell Seminary a Boon to Jacksonville Students
Byline: Jeff Brumley In a one-month span in 2006, Elizabeth Brooke went from never having heard of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary to studying for her master of divinity degree in one of its newly opened Jacksonville classrooms. "I said 'Gordon...
Raise Your Glass to Small Breweries; You'll Have Ample Opportunities to Celebrate Craft Beer Week, Which Begins Monday
Byline: Roger Bull It's a week set aside for enjoying ... beer. American Craft Beer Week runs Monday through Saturday, May 21, and is intended to honor the resurgence and ever-growing world of craft beers. For those who don't know, those are...
Rants & Raves
LET JAGS PITCH IN Great solution for the School Board budget shortage. Wayne Weaver and each of the Jaguar players can donate 5 [percent] of their salaries to the Duval County school system in order to keep art, PE, music and sports in the schools....
Readers Offer Strong Views on Billboards
Jacksonville thought it had an agreement on billboards. But new technology, digital billboards, has opened up the issue to new controversy. Should digital billboards be limited to changing every eight seconds or every three minutes? Citizen...
Shooting Victim Had Overcome So Much in Life; Survivor of Chaotic Childhood Was 1 of 2 Shot by Best Friend's Overprotective Father
Byline: Kate Howard Glen Conley was standing about 50 feet away when a bullet pierced his only child through the chest. Seconds before, he heard the last words of his 18-year-old daughter, Cami. "Dad - help." He couldn't. "By the time I...
Shot and Rescued Dog Needs Another Miracle: A New Home
Byline: Susan Stanton My last Pet Tales column was a story of compassion, loyalty, sacrifice and inspiration. It began last Christmas Eve when Tony and Skye Johnston rescued a stray dog that had been shot. They found the dog, a mixed-breed with...
Should Have Gone Dancing; Group's Matching Outfits Didn't Give Boost to Leishman
Byline: Michael DiRocco Marc Leishman knows exactly what went wrong during his two rounds at The Players Championship. "Didn't hole any putts, didn't hit fairways, and didn't hit greens," he said Friday afternoon. "So, not a good combination."...
Surfer Pleads Guilty to Stealing Money; He Took $2,600 from a Northeast Florida Surfing Organization
Byline: Drew Dixon The former director of the North Florida Eastern Surfing Association pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $2,600 from the organization, but he won't have a felony conviction record if he pays court costs and other fees. Jason...
Swamp's Firefighters Go Skyward; High and Dry Billy's Island Now a Focal Point for Preventing Spread of 105,000-Acre Blaze
Byline: Terry Dickson The effort to contain the Honey Prairie Fire in the Okefenokee Swamp has turned into an aerial battle. Five helicopters and airplane tankers were dumping water onto the northern edge of the 104,936-acre fire in hopes of...
Testimony: He Was Successful Businessman; the Defense in Tony Nelson's Trial Steps Up after Prosecution Rests
Byline: Bridget Murphy A lawyer for Tony Nelson fired back at the federal government's shady depiction of the ex-JaxPort chairman after the prosecution rested its corruption case Friday. Witness by witness, attorney Curtis Fallgatter worked to...
The Players, and Everything from Land to Beach to Sea
Byline: Brian Kosoy The Players Championship, which enters its final rounds today and Sunday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, this year features the young, the old and the hot. Italy's Matteo Manassero entered as the youngest player in tournament...
They Raised Taxes, but Were Late Paying Bill; DELINQUENT the List Includes City Council and School Board Members
Byline: Matt Galnor Several elected officials who raised property taxes the past two years are among thousands of Northeast Florida residents who failed to pay their 2010 taxes on time. Once the Times-Union started contacting those officials...
Woman Flags Down Autographs at Players with Best of Them
Byline: Bonnie Upright For Mandarin resident Madelaine Raffo, Players Championship week means vacation. "My dad gives me tickets every year for Christmas, and I take the whole week off," Raffo said. "I'm just a big fan of the game. I like to...
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.