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Articles from May 5, 2012

After Reading, There Are Other Creative Uses for Newspapers
Byline: Tom Bruton I want to keep weeds to a minimum in my flower beds. I've looked at commercial weed barriers and they cost more than I want to pay. How do I go about using newspaper as a weed barrier? If you're not going to use commercial...
Arrests Made in King Street Bar Shooting; Park Place Pub Was Targeted, Cars Were Also Damaged; No Injuries
A popular nighttime Riverside scene saw more action than it wanted Thursday night with a bar getting shot up, cars smashed and three people arrested. No injuries were reported, however. It started about 10:30 p.m. with a dispute in the doorway of...
At the Center of a Retail Surge; Sales Tax Figures Indicate St. Johns Town Center Might Be Leading Region's Rebound
Byline: David Bauerlein Before the recession hit, the grand opening of St. Johns Town Center in 2005 signified the boom times - a sparkling new shopping complex that brought a raft of luxury stores to the region. Coming out of the downturn, it...
Briefs
MAYWEATHER, COTTO SET FOR FIGHT Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been doing this all his life, since he was a scrawny kid seeking solace in the gym. Miguel Cotto is certain of a few things himself. Certain that he has conquered his worst fears in boxing,...
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. Pearl (right) is a super-sweet hound...
College Baseball Roundup
FLORIDA*********5 KENTUCKY*********1 Visiting Florida (35-12, 14-9 SEC) snapped a 1-1 tie on an RBI single by freshman Josh Tobias in the eighth inning and then tacked on three insurance runs in the ninth for a victory over No. 6 Kentucky (36-11,...
College Defends 'Wasteful' Video Spoof; FSCJ Leaders Shown Flying through Air, Cash Spilling from Pockets
Byline: Kate Howard Perry In a 2010 computer-generated video shown at fall convocation, characters voiced by the leaders of Florida State College at Jacksonville are flying through the air with money falling from their pockets. "Great, Don,"...
FSCJ Was Warned on Conflict of Interest; State Had Concerns about Work of Vice President, but College President Disagrees
Byline: Kate Howard Perry A state audit this year admonished a Florida State College at Jacksonville administrator, saying his second job as a senior vice president at a New Jersey college where he sold a product was a potential conflict of interest....
How to Properly Irrigate in This Very Dry Period; We Should Be Rethinking Landscape Practices and Water Conservation
Byline: Terry Brite DelValle Dry weather is becoming the norm for our area and is having an effect on landscapes. The St. Johns River Water Management District is reporting record low groundwater and surface water levels across Northeast Florida....
Jacksonville Journal
HUMANE SOCIETY DISCOUNTS ADOPTIONS To encourage spring adoptions and empty crowded shelters, the Jacksonville Humane Society is offering free and reduced-price adoption specials. The Humane Society has free adoptions for pets 3 years old and...
Jacksonville to Be Player for Playoff
Byline: Gene Frenette With major conference commissioners moving closer toward a four-team college football playoff by the 2014 season, and the real possibility that two national semifinals and/or a championship game will be at a neutral site, the...
Jaguars Notebook; Mularkey Busy Evaluating Rookies
Byline: Vito Stellino Coach Mike Mularkey liked what he saw on the first day of the Jaguars' weekend rookie minicamp Friday. "We really didn't think we were going to have this kind of tempo that we had. We were concerned a little bit about it,...
Long Journey from China to Jaguars; Kicker Has an Inspiring Story, Andhe 'Legitimately Has Some Talent'
Byline: Vito Stellino The question about Long Ding is whether he is as good a kicker as he is a story. There's no doubt he's one of the most intriguing stories in the NFL right now. "It's an inspiring story for a young man to travel halfway...
Mayor to Pay Fine for Not Filing Complete Financial Disclosure
Byline: Steve Patterson Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has agreed to pay a $500 fine for not filing a complete financial disclosure report, state records show. A state lawyer reporting to the Florida Commission on Ethics negotiated the settlement...
Motorsports Notebook; Drivers Take It Easy at Practice
Byline: Don Coble TALLADEGA, ALA. | There were two practice sessions Friday for the Aaron's 499 at the Talladega Superspeedway, but most seemed content with saving their cars until Sunday's main event. While all 44 entries got some track time,...
Players Field Still Features Top Talent; 9 of Top 10 in the World Coming to Stadium Course
Byline: Garry Smits Injuries and personal decisions have stripped the last two Masters champions, the defending British Open champion and two of the top young American players from the field for next week's Players Championship. But the list...
PolitiJax; Delaney Named to Higher Education Panel
University of North Florida President John Delaney has been appointed to a new panel tasked with developing higher education reforms. The panel was announced Friday by Gov. Rick Scott. Delaney was selected to the seven-member board by Board of Governors...
Readers Suggest Topics for Debates
The presidential campaign has its two candidates with the all-but-certain candidacy of Mitt Romney as the GOP opponent to Barack Obama. Now it's time to get down to the issues. What should the candidates be talking about? So we asked members...
Running Away with the Show; Bartram Clinches Team Championship; Johnson, Williams Sprint to Victory
Byline: Justin Barney White's Tristie Johnson called it a career. Stanton's Kendal Williams called it just the start of something special. Johnson and Williams stole the show among the locals, each winning the 100- and 200-meter runs with...
Scott Signs Insurance Fraud Crackdown; in Jacksonville, He Touts Law as Way to Reduce Costs of Auto Coverage
Byline: David Bauerlein Jacksonville isn't known as a hot spot for staged car crashes, but Sheriff John Rutherford's backing of insurance fraud legislation brought Gov. Rick Scott to Jacksonville Friday for a bill-signing ceremony. Surrounded...
Sharks Rally Past VooDoo
Byline: Hays Carlyon The Jacksonville Sharks still have championship-level moxie. The defending ArenaBowl champions rallied from a 23-point second-half deficit to stun the New Orleans VooDoo 41-37 on Friday night at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial...
She Figured It Out: From Homeless to Accounting Degree; Woman, Now 31, to Graduate from JU with 4.0 GPA after Difficult Childhood
Byline: Matt Soergel Patricia Tracey grew up with alcoholic parents, was kicked out of her house and spent some nights on the street, had to fend for herself and her brothers and, after shuffling from school to school, never finished high school....
Spotlight Shines on Volunteers
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey They're hardworking. And they're unsung. But a spotlight is about to shine on these volunteer heroes of Clay County's elder community. At the annual Golden Years Gala, 15 senior volunteers will be recognized for their service....
Student Thinks of Others for Her Birthday
Byline: Cindy Holifield & Sandy Strickland Renee Reneau, a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, had an unusual request for her 18th birthday party. She didn't want presents. Instead, she wanted her friends to donate to Stop Hunger...
Teen Injured after Bus Leap; Student in Life-Threatening Condition; Parents Say Trouble Common on Bus
Byline: Jim Schoettler JACKSONVILLE BEACH | A 16-year-old Jacksonville high school student remained hospitalized in life-threatening condition Friday night after apparently jumping from the back of a moving school bus atop the Intracoastal bridge...
T-U 2
Byline: Garry Smits 2 CENTS SEAU'S GRIEVING MOTHER NOT STORY I'm not a member of Junior Seau's family so I probably don't have the right to talk. But I'm sorry - whoever let his grief-stricken mother go in front of TV cameras Wednesday...
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