The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 25, 2010

8 Groups Receive Church Grants; $394,475 Disbursed by Foundation
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - Last week, Mary Hagan was uncertain if her organization could continue to provide services to domestic abuse victims in Glynn County for the next year. She doesn't have to worry any longer. Hagan, director of...
A Dream Almost Come True; 18 YEARS JU's Marine Science Center to Open in July
Byline: STEVE PATTTERSON Around the time Bill Clinton was running for president, Quinton White jotted notes on a napkin while he and a colleague made plans. It would be great, they thought, for Jacksonville University to have a marine science...
Area Coaches: Spotlight Brings Scrutiny; Robinson Episode Shows Need to Be Careful, Use Discretion
Byline: HAYS CARLYON In three days, Jason Robinson has gone from football coach at one of Duval County's biggest high schools to a cautionary tale for his peers. The former Mandarin coach was dismissed Friday after adult-oriented pictures he...
Baby Steps for DE Hayward; Veteran Practices for First Time since Last Season's Injury
Byline: VITO STELLINO Defensive end Reggie Hayward admitted he had doubts about his future after he suffered a season-ending injury in the first game for the second time in four years last September. That's why Hayward was upbeat Monday after...
Boat Safety Is Focus of Life Jacket Program; Problem Child Case Is Valuable Lesson for Coast Guard Campaign
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The crew of the sunken boat Problem Child started its May 16 fishing trip with life preservers on but shucked them as the day got hotter. It could have been a fatal mistake if it weren't for a cooler that kept them afloat...
Building Boats
Byline: JOHN PEMBERTON After passing through the gift shop, visitors walk through restored buildings to the courtyard of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. The black-and-white 165-foot-tall lighthouse is the main attraction. Children love the circular...
City Division Chief Fired for Forgery; Senior Staffer Resigns after Pair Was Caught Rigging Documents
Byline: MATT GALNOR A Jacksonville division chief was fired Monday and one of her senior staffers resigned after they were caught forging documents on behalf of businesses they were supposed to regulate. The moves come after a three-month investigation...
CSX Executives among Elites at Cardiovascular-Stroke Conference; They Present Study Showing Employees Benefit from Wellness
Byline: JEREMY COX Last week's American Heart Association conference in Washington, D.C., took on the latest discoveries in cardiovascular disease and stroke, with papers by some of the biggest names in medicine. The National Institutes of Health....
Don't Grind out Tree Roots
Byline: BECKY WERN A tree guy came to my door and told me I need to have the surface roots around my treaty oak ground out, so that they will be forced to grow down instead of at the surface. My oak is big, and I love it. This doesn't sound like...
Ethics Panel Independence Urged; the Bill Would Steer Clear of Accountability to Jacksonville Mayor
Byline: MATT DIXON Discussion of a bill that would sharpen the teeth of Jacksonville's chief ethics watchdog lasted more than two hours Monday night but was often dominated by one word. "I'm glad she felt the need to put the word 'independent'...
Fans Face Reality: Life Goes on after 'Lost'; the Finale Gave Them Possibilities to Ponder Long after It Ended
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY For Casey Teate, at least, there is life after "Lost." "Well, it was a great show, but no, not at all," the 32-year-old Jacksonville resident said when asked if the show's conclusion Sunday night would leave him feeling empty....
Fill Up Downtown Next Year
Byline: Roger Bull A new downtown gas station and convenience store are in the works. An office park is finally moving ahead on Greenland Road, an entertainment complex is still under way near The Avenues mall and a retail center in St. Johns County...
Girlfriend Charged in Stabbing Death
Jacksonville police have charged an unemployed mother with fatally stabbing her boyfriend Sunday during a dispute over money. Vonceillia Solomon, 39, of the 2900 block of West 11th Street is charged with murder in the death of Carlton King, 34,...
Glynn Urges Preparation for Storms; Emergency Officials Recommend Residents Get Ready before Season
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - As hurricane season approaches, Glynn County emergency officials are urging residents to prepare sooner than later especially if they will need help evacuating or finding a safe place for their pets. "The...
Is Nasty Feud between City, Landing Nearing a Close?
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE There's nothing quite like a nasty divorce involving friends to make for a dicey situation. I like Toney Sleiman, the owner of the Jacksonville Landing. And I like Ron Barton, the executive director of the Jacksonville...
J. LOUISE WALKER: 1924-2010; Duval's Last Justice Loved Courtroom She Served for 25 Years Even Though She Lacked a Law Degree
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR J. Louise Walker, the last person from Jacksonville's justice-of-the-peace era to leave the Duval County Court bench, died Saturday of Alzheimer's disease at Mi Casa, an assisted living facility. She was 85. The family...
JTA Bus Driver Faced Previous Complaint; He Was Reprimanded in a 2001 Case Involving Teen
Byline: LARRY HANNAN A Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus driver arrested last week in the sexual assault of a 12-year old girl was reprimanded in 2001 for making inappropriate advances on a 15-year-old girl. The previous incident earned...
McCollum Plans for High-Tech Jobs; He Says He'd Focus the Governor's Office on Economic Development
Byline: DAVID HUNT Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has unveiled the second phase of an economic platform he said he'd use as governor to build 500,000 new jobs - many of them high-tech jobs - within six years. McCollum, a Republican candidate...
MENS HEALTH; Taking Charge
This month, women are being urged to take care of their health because of their value to their families, and their obligation to themselves. But next month, it will be the men's turn to take control of their own well-being. From June 11 to 13,...
Morning Briefs
CANADIAN COMPANY TO OPEN FACILITY AT JIA Canadian aviation company AvMax Group Inc. will open a heavy maintenance and modification facility for jet and turboprop aircraft at Jacksonville International Airport, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority...
Plenty of Blame to Go Around
Byline: Gene Frenette Let me begin this melodrama over the battle lines being drawn in the removal of Mandarin High football coach Jason Robinson, including culpability of the respective parties, by saying it appears a lot of people failed to act...
Politics Prevent Ship Home-Porting; Candidate Marco Rubio Says the Carrier Should Be Moved to Mayport
Byline: DAVID HUNT U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio jabbed at the Virginia congressional delegation, saying efforts to stall an aircraft carrier's move from Norfolk to Jacksonville have been purely political. "I think everyone that goes to Congress...
Prosecutor Loses Job over Tea Party Talks; BALANCING ACT It Weighs Right to Free Speech against Employer Protecting Office's Integrity
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM An assistant state attorney in Live Oak was fired Monday after she refused to stop speaking to tea party rallies and other groups, her boss said. Prosecutor KrisAnne Hall asked a federal judge Friday for a ruling that would...
Pulled in by 'The Best'
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT It does not matter who is participating in the conversation. Whenever the phrase "the best ..." comes up, spirited discussion is imminent. Fill in "the best ..." with any phrase you like. Here are some choices:...
State Attorney Supports Drug Court If Public Is Protected
Byline: ANGELA COREY STATE ATTORNEY A recent Times-Union front-page story claiming that opposition from the State Attorney's Office killed a million dollar grant for post-conviction drug court was misleading. It is no secret that our office is...
Students Talk Tough with School and City Leaders; This Time, Council Members Join with the School Board at Terry Parker High
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Terry Parker High School students gave visiting officials an earful Monday, talking candidly about teacher quality, school safety and college-prep programs. Most had high praise for their new principal. Erin Lockette,...
Team Hopes Revamped Trio Trumps Downtown Reputation; Developers Present Plans for Retail, Restaurants and Apartments at Vacant Sites
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Four abandoned, historic buildings in the heart of downtown Jacksonville would become a hub of hotels, apartments and restaurants in a plan being unveiled today by developers. The development team - Linea LLC of Jacksonville...
Top Council Post within Webb's Sight; the Vice President Is Expected to Be Elected President Today
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Despite a controversial year as Jacksonville City Council vice president, Jack Webb is expected to be elected to the council's top job tonight. Webb said his personality type - he is among the most vocal and assertive council...
T-U 2
ATTENTION, WORLD CUP CRAZIES Jacksonville is a football town, but we know there are plenty of fans of the world's version of football, too. The World Cup is less than a month away, and "soccer" fans everywhere are looking for a favorite. Who are...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Keep Eyes, Not Leash, on Children
I want to comment about the picture in the Florida Times-Union the other day showing a mother hanging on to a leash attached to a harness that her child was in. It reminds me of a person walking a dog. I know that toddlers are especially hard to control...
WHEN THE BATTLE COMES HOME; Mental Health a Growing Issue
The nation needs to respond to the growing need for treatment of mental health disorders by our military. The latest evidence - mental health disorders caused more hospitalizations among troops than any other cause, reports the Pentagon's medical...

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