The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 29, 2012

Addiction Support Groups Wary of New Poker Room; Florida Gambling Addicts Group Cites Card Games as Frequent Cause of Financial Problems
Byline: Adam Kealoha Causey A new Jacksonville poker room may seem a sure bet for the owners' pocketbooks, but gambling addiction support groups and community leaders say BestBet Jacksonville could be a bad deal for card players. Florida gambling...
Air Force Revokes Contract; Jobs Here Are Affected; A Bid to Build the A-29 Super Tucano in Kansas Is Suddenly Back in Play
Byline: David Bauerlein Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown keeps a replica of the A-29 Super Tucano plane on a shelf in his City Hall office. That model might remain the only version of the warplane in Jacksonville. On Tuesday, the Air Force reversed...
A.M. Briefing
TRACTOR SUPPLY TO OPEN STORE IN JULY Tractor Supply Co. will be opening its first store in Jacksonville. The company received its building permit last week for an 18,800-square-foot store at 9025 New Kings Road. The price tag for the construction...
A MEATLESS LIFESTYLE; Two Jacksonville Residents Are Asking Area Meat-Eaters to Be Vegetarians for a Month
Byline: Charlie Patton Until last March, Jason Edwards was a confirmed meat and potatoes man. Then Keith Marks, an old college buddy from the University of North Florida, persuaded Edwards to become one of more than 400 people who pledged to...
Anonymous Letters Ruffling Feathersat Literary Guild; No One Is Owning Up, and Officials Say Sentiments Are Misguided
Byline: Mike Morrison BRUNSWICK | An anonymous letter writer is warning best-selling authors to think twice about speaking at functions sponsored by the St. Simons Literary Guild, and at least one Glynn County commissioner wants whoever it is to...
Arkansas Wins at UNF's Home Event; Ospreys Closed Gap on the Front Nine but Razorbacks Pushed Back
Byline: Garry Smits It was two days too late, but the North Florida Ospreys at least gave themselves a fighting chance to win the event they host each year at the Sawgrass Country Club. However, after surging to the lead by drastically improving...
Arlington Dog Park Vote Postponed; Project's Backers Will Try to Come Up with Private Funding to Cover Costs
Byline: Steve Patterson An Arlington dog park project that was up for a vote Tuesday by Jacksonville's City Council was postponed for two weeks while backers look for private funding. Councilman Bill Bishop had sponsored a bill to release $75,000...
Blood Alliance Head Will Retire after 19 Years; under Malloy's Leadership, Agency Has Expanded to Serve 3 States
Byline: Dan Scanlan After 19 years of leading the only blood provider in Northeast Florida and parts of the nation's Southeast, The Blood Alliance's president and chief executive officer is retiring. As the alliance's board begins the search...
Claiborne Could Be What the Jags Need; LSU Standout, along with Tide's Kirkpatrick, Are Top Corners Available
Byline: Tania Ganguli Morris Claiborne didn't want to play defense. He wanted to be a receiver at LSU, the position he was recruited to play. But his host on his recruiting visit had another idea. He saw something else in Claiborne, just as Claiborne's...
Did Bus Service Leave Kids Stranded? Parents Said It Did Because of a Daytona 500 Contract
Byline: Drew Dixon A school bus service that missed pickups for dozens of Duval County elementary students Monday, leaving many in the rain at bus stops, faces a fine by the school district. Meanwhile, officials with the bus company, Student...
For Those Born in Leap Year, Today Is That Special Day; Every Four Years, They Celebrate Their Feb. 29 Birthdays on Right Day
Byline: Adam Kealoha Causey Harold Peterson and Russell Wells will mark milestones today. This extra block on the calendar - Feb. 29 - happens to be the date they were born. In different years, mind you. Both entered the world during leap...
Georgia Lawmakers Hear from Concerned Citizens; on Conservation Day, Environmental Groups Draw Many to Atlanta
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | As far as groups bringing people to the Capitol, the Georgia Water Coalition's 70 or so was nowhere near the largest, but the professional lobbyists for the environmental concern were pleased with the results of...
John Hocker 1928-2012; Surgeon 'Was Just a Good Doctor' He Served as Chief of Orthopedics at St. Luke's for 22 Years
Byline: Sandy Strickland John Hocker, who was chief of orthopedics at St. Luke's Hospital for 22 years and whose patients included Arnold Palmer and other golf greats, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Dr. Hocker retired in 2001 after...
JU Faces Tough Tournament Assignment; Belmont Is Top Seed; They've Beaten Dolphins Twice This Year Already
Byline: Jeff Elliott Jacksonville University men's basketball coach Cliff Warren has advocated the "sense of urgency" theme the last three weeks of the regular season. As a team, the Dolphins responded to that message with four victories and two...
Legal Prescriptions for Opioids Can Lead to Addiction; TREATMENT Long-Term Therapy Includes Counseling, Lifestyle Changes and Synthetic Medications
Byline: Charlie Patton Addiction to painkilling opioids like oxycontin has become "a public health crisis" and a "deadly epidemic," in Jacksonville and across the country, says John C. Tanner, a Jacksonville osteopathic physician who has been treating...
Man Shot in Face Listed as Critical; He Was Found at Fairfax and West Sixth Streets; Rescue Unit Alerted
A 43-year-old man shot in the face late Monday in Jacksonville was in critical condition Tuesday at Shands Jacksonville hospital. The Jacksonville man was found at Fairfax and West Sixth streets after someone alerted a rescue unit that was broken...
Missed Opportunities Cost Union Boys; Tigers Can't Get Foul Shots to Fall in Loss to Hawthorne in 1A Semifinal
Byline: Justin Barney LAKELAND | A pair of missed free throws in the game's final 10 seconds ended the Union County boys basketball team's shot at its first state championship game berth. The Tigers took Hawthorne down to the final second, but...
NASCAR's Star Shines; and Not Just Race-Winner Kenseth; First Monday Night 500 a Hit with Fans
Byline: Don Coble DAYTONA BEACH | Matt Kenseth sat through 36 hours of a rain delay before starting the Daytona 500 Monday night. Then he sat through a two-hour delay for a fiery collision between Juan Pablo Montoya's race car and a safety truck....
Proposal Would Add a Sales Tax to Internet Purchases; the Legislation Would Be Aimed at Websites That Are Based in Georgia
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | Georgia consumers could soon be paying a sales tax on items they buy online from websites based in the state. Legislation is heading for a vote in the House Ways and Means Committee. The added revenue would be...
Scoreboard; High Schools
BOYS BASKETBALL STATE SEMIFINALS CLASS 3A TAMPA PREP 56, PROVIDENCE 50 , OT TAMPA PREP (56): Heath 21, Berlin 1, Morgan 8, Lavey 6, Rwabigwi 5, Holmes 13, Woodside 2. PROVIDENCE (50): Allen 10, Naylor 16, Martin 11, Ridley 11, Walker...
Secretary: Navy Stays Committed to Mayport; Ray Mabus Comments on Future of Base during a Trip to Jacksonville on Tuesday
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons The Navy's commitment to strategic dispersal - which it demonstrated by promising to send an amphibious readiness group to Mayport Naval Station - means the military still wants the base to get a nuclear-powered aircraft...
Sex Offender in 1991 Case Still Fighting for Freedom; He Had Won a State Supreme Court Appeal but That Hasn't Freed Him
Byline: Charles Broward When the state had its grip on William ToddLarimore, it didn't want to let go. In fact, it took a Florida Supreme Court ruling to set him free in 2009 after being unlawfully in state custody an extra nine years. But...
Stallions Can't Find Way to Final; Providence Had Chances to Win, but Frittered Away Momentum
Byline: Justin Barney LAKELAND | Things went from working well to not working at all for the Providence boys basketball team on Tuesday night, all in the span of 65 cruel seconds. Turnovers, a traveling call, a wide-open missed layup and a game-winning...
State House Runs According to Script
Byline: Ron Littlepage I spent some time in Tallahassee Monday observing the Florida House while it was in session. As the duly elected representatives grappled with the critical issues facing the state, I learned some important things. For...
Time Is Right for New School Leadership
The golden rule of a good life is simple. Did you leave things better than you found them? That applies to work and family and the larger community, as well. Ed Pratt-Dannals can be assured that he left the Duval County public school system much...
T-U 2
Byline: Hays Carlyon HAYS' HEADLINES With inspiration from the satirical website, theonion.com, here are the top stories that just missed the paper this week. These are Hays' headlines. - Duval County School Board finds seven Honus Wagner...
UNF Becomes First in Florida with King Statue; Likeness of Civil Rights Leader on Campus' Peace Plaza
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey In the shadow of an 8-foot-tall statue of Martin Luther King Jr., a young black man named Emorja Roberson stood tall and sang strong. "We shall overcome, we shall overcome. We shall overcome some day," he sang, backed...
Woman Behind Judge Case Released; Judge Resigned When Facing Disciplinary Hearing
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | The woman who was at the center of one of 14 ethics complaints against former Judge Amanda F. Williams has been released from probation. Glynn County Magistrate Timothy Barton signed an order Feb. 22 releasing...
Working on the First Coast; A Private Investigator with an FBI Background Casey Sees New Clients Likely to Be More Corporate Than Governmental
Byline: Drew Dixon After 25 years of service in the FBI and four as the special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Division, James Casey is leaving to start his own business - in investigations. The 53-year-old Casey steps down from running...

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