The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 30, 2010

3 Charged with Murder over Drug Robbery; the Slain Man Wasn't Involved in That Crime, St. Johns Officers Say
Bound, beaten, shot and left in a Toyota Corolla trunk on a dirt road in St. Johns County, a Jacksonville man was killed in retaliation for a drug deal robbery, authorities said Tuesday. But in announcing three arrests in the slaying of James Vincent...
A.M. Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA BACK TALK Want to stir it up with A.M. Stir? Find something new everyone should know about? E-mail your comments, beefs and ideas to backtalk@jacksonville.com. MOVIES THE COUNT-DOWN "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"...
A TALE OF TWO TRACKS; Daytona and Talladega Look Alike, but They Don't Drive Alike
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - From the top of the grandstands, Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway look alike. They have the same shape, the same relative size and the same reputation for creating some of NASCAR's memorable...
Atlantic Beach Expands City's Police Bicycle Patrols; Effort Moves East after Seeing Success along Mayport Road
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - Two years after the city began a community policing program with officers on bicycles to stem crime in the Mayport Road corridor area, the effort is going citywide. The effort with two officers patrolling streets...
Atlantic Beach Keeps Audio on City Website; Mayor Says Few Are Listening, but Commission Wants to Stick with Minutes Alternative
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - Despite Mayor Mike Borno's concerns that newly added audio recordings to the city's website aren't being used much, the city will continue to keep the meeting recordings on the Internet. Borno asked for "reconsideration"...
A Wash, a Flight and a Return to the Wild for Gulf Pelicans; Dozens of Birds Rescued from the Oil Slicks Were Released Tuesday
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - Seventy-two Louisiana brown pelicans rescued from the oil slicks in the Gulf were released into Glynn County's Plantation Creek on Tuesday. The pelicans, captured as long as two weeks ago, had been cleaned of...
Beaches Benefit Hopes to Help Kick the Slick
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Watching television coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill left Beaches resident Jamie Loyd feeling sad and brokenhearted, wanting to do something to help the victims. Inspired by philosopher Mahatma Gandhi, Loyd decided...
Beaches Watch: Stop Extending Building Permits; Group Is Concerned about Lost Taxes and Unsightly Lots in Jacksonville Beach
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - A citizens group has asked the city to set time limits on building permits to stop project extensions that began when the city adopted a building height limit in 2004 and continued after the real estate...
Beach Shorts
FAMILY FUN HOUR AT GUANA The Guana Reserve will host a Family Fun Hour with a nature story followed by a craft activity for participants to take home. The event, set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 9, is open to the public; however, children...
Being Undead Has Never Been Livelier; 'Eclipse' Asks Eternal Question of When to Go Undead
Byline: MATT SOERGEL ***1/2 (3 1/2 out of 4 stars) - In theaters today - Two hours, four minutes - Rated PG-13 All through "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," vampires, shape-shifting werewolves and at least one actual human being hammer this point...
Burglars Can't Stop This Church; Almost $15,000 in Goods Stolen, but Life Church Keeps Going
Byline: JOE JOHNSON ATHENS, Ga. - Members of Life Church of Athens didn't miss a beat in Sunday worship after thieves hauled off the musical equipment and electronic gear that's integral to their multimedia services. Church members discovered...
CITY OF HOPE; Everyone's Issue
A massive survey of Jacksonville readers, leaders and educators showed remarkable consensus about several key issues facing the Duval County public schools. - The quality of the schools has declined in a generation. - School funding is poor....
Fourth of July: Music, Fireworks, Fun
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Live music, family fun and fireworks are planned for the annual Fourth of July Liberty Celebration on Sunday at the SeaWalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. The festivities will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is free....
Green Flag: News and Notes
NEXT GROUP FOR HALL The first class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame was enshrined in May. Now it's time for the sport to vote for next year's inductees. A list of 25 nominees for the Class of 2011 will be announced Thursday night. Certain to be...
Helping Kids with Meds at School; Children with Cystic Fibrosis Can Take Medication Themselves
Byline: JEREMY COX For Leila Browder, the lunch bell isn't a welcome sound. It signals that the 7-year-old has to trek down to the school nurse's office to take her medication. If Leila had it her way, the Fruit Cove girl's mother says, she would...
High School Recruiting Journal; Trio Starting to Pick the Leaders
Byline: Hays Carlyon National signing day is still eight months away, but college football recruiting has become a year-round process. The Class of 2011 in the Jacksonville area is another strong group. Although they won't sign for awhile, many...
Hoping for Hollywood Type Finish
Byline: Mark Woods Darnell Baxter Jr., a 22-year-old Marine, is going to be deployed again soon. So when he and his girlfriend flew from California back to his hometown of Jacksonville, he wanted to relax and take her to a movie. For most...
Labor Grants for 2 Area Colleges; Almost $5 Million to Assist with Training in Logistics, Health Care
Byline: MARK BASCH Two Northeast Florida colleges are receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide workforce training for specific industries, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced Tuesday. Florida State College at Jacksonville...
Mixed Results, but Many Improve
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA and TOPHER SANDERS Northeast Florida schools followed the state trend with mixed results in math and reading, though high schools saw mostly improvements. Locally and statewide, elementary school grade levels dropped slightly....
Morning Briefs
31% OF HOME SALES WERE IN FORECLOSURE Foreclosure sales accounted for almost a third of all home sales across the country during the first quarter of 2010, according to RealtyTrac, a data tracking firm. A total of 232,959 residential properties...
MORRIS WORMAN: 1930-2010; Iconic Deli and Bakery's Co-Owner the 79-Year-Old Started at His Parents' Deli at Age 5; Later Becoming Baker
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Morris Worman, co-owner of the well-known downtown bakery and delicatessen that closed last August, died Sunday at the Hadlow Center of Caring of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. He was 79 and died of multiple physical...
Murray Hill Neighbors to City: Hands off Our Library, Please; Group Plans a Rally and March to Oppose Cuts to Service
Byline: MATT DIXON Supporters of the Murray Hill library are planning a rally to help stave off further cuts to the branch they consider the backbone of their Jacksonville neighborhood. They'll base the event on a technique that, organizers admit,...
Museum of Science, History: Not Just for Children Anymore; the Southbank Museum Has Weathered Change Very Well
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON It's been a time of milestones at the Museum of Science and History. The Jacksonville museum recently received a gift of $465,000 that will enable it to purchase a new digital camera for its signature exhibit, the planetarium...
Neptune Wants Parking Violators Booted
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - The City Council will consider an ordinance that will make it a lot tougher for repeat parking violators to get around town. Police Chief David Sembach proposed the ordinance change that will allow officers...
NEWSMAKER; Burton: Respect Key for Drivers
Jeff Burton is considered the elder statesman of the NASCAR garage area. When he talks, people listen. When he talked about the rash of on-track problems in NASCAR's new era of allowing drivers to police themselves, he was clear that rough driving...
Police Briefs; Man Charged with Crashing, Leaving Car
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 33-year-old man was arrested and charged with careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident after a crash about 1 a.m. Sunday in the 3300...
Popular Ponte Vedra Beach Library Faces a Parking Crunch; with Programs and a Tight Economy, Usage of the Branch Has Been on the Rise
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Cars filled every parking space and lined the curbs Monday at the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library, a familiar sight during special events and through the summer, officials said. It's an indication that...
Prosecutor Wants Cops Charged; GLYNN COUNTY SHOOTING A 34-Year-Old Woman Was Shot to Death after a Low-Speed Chase. CHIEF DISAGREES He Says His Officers Acted Properly after Making a Split-Second Decision
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - The Rev. Michael L. McGehee did one of the hardest things a parent can do Tuesday. He buried his daughter, Caroline McGehee Small, who died after being shot in the face by Glynn County police officers, who now...
Sawgrass Marriott Gets Time to Regroup; but Some Ponte Vedra Leaders Are Skeptical Resort's Owners Will Get Finances in Order
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES PONTE VEDRA BEACH - A judge's recent decision to give Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa six months to get its finances in order came as welcome news, officials said. The highly visible and central resort is a key...
Scores Give Area Much to Consider; MIXED NUMBERS Most Schools Are Up to Par and Better, but Some Have More to Lose
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA and TOPHER SANDERS Northeast Florida elementary school students stumbled on the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, following a state trend, according to scores released Tuesday. It wasn't clear...
Solve Education Problems, Don't Just Play Blame Game
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee No surprises here. An extensive survey by The Times-Union revealed that educators, community leaders and some of the public believe that the quality of Jacksonville's schools has eroded. What they don't agree on,...
Taking a Stand with Hands across Sand; Protesters' Goal in Beaches and Beyond: 'No Drill, No Spill!'
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY When Dawn Parker and two friends went to the beach in Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, they set up chairs near the ocean's edge and stretched out on them to relax and read books. It seemed a normal sunny beach day, until...
Teachers Get Biotechnology Lessons to Pass on; Academy Hopes That Programs Will Trickle Down to Students in Fall
Byline: ERIN FRANCE ATHENS, Ga. - Teachers at Athens Technical College's Summer Biotechnology Academy this week learned to turn plain bacteria into glowing green droplets. All it takes is the addition of some jellyfish DNA so genetically modified...
This Week
SPRINT CUP COKE ZERO 400 Where: Daytona International Speedway at Daytona Beach When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Track dimensions: 2.5-mile tri-oval with 31-degree banking. Broadcast: Television - TNT, 6:30 p.m.; Radio - Motor Racing Network,...
Tiger's Latest Game the Best; Aiming, Swinging Mechanics Have Been Fine-Tuned
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY Tiger Woods golf games have been around for more than a decade, and they've been pretty good throughout the run - unlike Tiger himself, who has been great for most of that period. But this year as Tiger struggles on the...
'Tough Times Ahead' for Port; Economic Realities Present Problems for Growth Plans
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN After Monday's meeting of the Jacksonville Port Authority board, Chairman David Kulik talked for a few minutes with state Rep. Lake Ray about the challenges facing JaxPort as it pushes to become one of the East Coast's biggest...
T-U 2
HAYS' HEADLINES With inspiration from the satirical website, theonion.com, here are the top sports stories that just missed the paper. These are Hays' headlines. - LeBron James will sign with Bulls if Joakim Noah agrees to a buzz cut - After...
United Way Vice President to Lead LISC; Janet Owens Replaces Joni Foster, Who Retired in May
Byline: SARA CONRAD Janet Owens will lead community development on a large scale when she starts her new job in August. The United Way of Northeast Florida vice president of marketing and communications was selected to become LISC Jacksonville's...
Visitors Spot Townhomes Ablaze, Leap into Action; They Saved Pets and Helped an Elderly Woman
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - A fire that started right after a lightning strike Tuesday heavily damaged four connected townhouses north of Brunswick. Glynn County firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze in Caleb's Crossing, but...
Woods Says There's No Rift with Caddie
Tiger Woods will have Steve Williams carrying his golf bag at this week's AT&T National, two weeks after making critical comments about his caddie at the U.S. Open. After finishing fourth with a final-round 4-over-par 75 at Pebble Beach Golf...
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