The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 22, 2011

A 'D' after Your Name Complicates a Duval Run; Democrat Alvin Brown Has to Reach out to Moderates on Both Sides in Mayor's Race
Byline: Timothy J. Gibbons At a news conference a few weeks ago, Jacksonville mayoral candidate Alvin Brown repeated a line he's used throughout his campaign. "Government can't create jobs," he said, adding that it's something the private sector...
A.M. Briefing
LEGAL AID GRANT TO AID FORECLOSURE VICTIMS A $625,000 federal grant will help Jacksonville Area Legal Aid give legal assistance to people victimized by businesses promising foreclosure rescue services and debt relief aid. U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown,...
Area Economy Can't Find Traction; UNF's Indicators Dip in March, but National Outlook Appears Brighter
Byline: Mark Basch While national economic indicators continue to point up, indicators for the Jacksonville area are pointing to an uncertain outlook in the months ahead. The University of North Florida's Local Economic Indicators Project reported...
Bad Run for Both Candidates; in a City Council Race, Taylor and Daniels Draw Sharp Criticism
Byline: Steve Patterson The race for a Jacksonville City Council seat took a rough turn Thursday, with both candidates drawing recriminations separately from groups tracking the contest. Republican David Taylor lost the endorsement of the Jacksonville...
Board Picks Hand-Off Option; WHAT PREVAILED Management Group Would Run 4 Schools If Action's Necessary HOW IT UNFOLDED 4-3 Vote Follows Spirited Debate, Digs at Superintendent
Byline: Topher Sanders After months of bickering with the state while showing a united front, the Duval County School Board members turned on each other Thursday before a split board selected the management organization option for Duval's intervene...
Bracing for a Battle over Redistricting
Byline: Abel Harding The Florida House's Redistricting Committee opened its first hearing Wednesday with an order for members to check their egos at the door. "Members should refrain from discussing their personal political ambitions, their personal...
Briefs
FORMER JU LINEMAN PAYTON SIGNS WITH CFL Former Jacksonville University and Sandalwood offensive lineman Leonard Payton signed to play with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Payton was a two-time all-Pioneer Football League...
Council's Ethics Bill Will Get a Close Look; High Scrutiny Expected before the City Council Takes Any Action on It
Byline: Steve Patterson Even with backers ranging from tea partiers to the Jacksonville Community Council Inc., legislation to reform Jacksonville's ethics system could face a lot of tweaking from the City Council. "It's going to get very detailed,"...
Day-Care Industry Hurting but Few Can Agree How to Help It; Some Want State Government to Prop Up Centers While Others Say That's a Bad Idea
Byline: Walter Jones By Walter C. Jones ATLANTA Georgia's day-care industry has suffered as a result of the weak economy, causing 22 percent of facilities to close in the last year and reducing classroom space by 43,400 children, according to...
Dine at Area Restaurants and Help Those with HIV/AIDS
Byline: Gary T. Mills On Thursday, make plans to dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner - or all three - all for a good cause. When you dine out that day at any of the 18 Jacksonville-area restaurants listed below as part of the annual Dining...
Florida State College Hires Online President; Officials Say Scooping Up the Arizona Educator Is a Coup for Jacksonville Institution
Byline: Kate Howard Florida State College at Jacksonville hired a new president for its online campus this month from a community college in Arizona who created and ran that college's distance-learning program. Jana Kooi will take over as the...
Gimme 5
Byline: Heather Lovejoy TD BENTON reverbnation.com/whitecollarsideshow The Arkansas group White Collar Sideshow was dreamed up by TD Benton, who is joined by The Faceless Woman and Pig and Leech. They'll bring a theatrical display of experimental,...
Glynn Schools Brace for Cuts; Furloughs, Eliminating 65 Positions Discussed
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski BRUNSWICK Continuing government funding cuts and potential tax revenue losses have Glynn County school officials considering eliminating 65 teaching, administrative and support staff positions while imposing three furlough...
Hospice on 'Unspoiled Property'; Construction in Clay Will Start by Summer's End and Take about a Year
Byline: Dan Scanlan Haven Hospice will build its first standalone Northeast Florida facility at 733 Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park, site selection coming three months after the area's other major hospice organization questioned the need for it. ...
Huge Cuts Are Unwise
This is what they call the "new normal," and it's not pleasant. With the Florida Legislature in session, various groups seek to meet with the editorial board to seek support. Three important issues are worth mentioning. MEDICAL CARE FOR NEEDY...
Jacksonville Journal
JESSIE-LYNNE KERR IS IN HOSPICE CARE Longtime Times-Union reporter Jessie-Lynne Kerr is in a hospice facility as she continues her battle with cancer. Kerr is at the Earl Hadlow Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam Road, which is part of Community...
Jack's Picks
FRIDAY Keith Sweat is a smooth-as-Silk R&B singer, which is appropriate since he's performing with Silk, the group he mentored to the top of the charts, when he plays the Times-Union Center. Sweat also hosts the syndicated "Sweat Hotel" radio...
Join the Celebration of Volunteerism
It is a matter of course in the United States that when we find our neighbors in need, we roll up our sleeves and do what we can to help. The idea that ordinary Americans could take direct action to solve serious problems in their own community...
LATINO SURGE; Nation's Youth Are Often Hispanic
Most of the people behind the nation's population growth over the past decade have roots south of the border. Latinos accounted for most of the nation's population growth - 56 percent - from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, they made up 35.3 million people...
Law & Disorder; Up to 10 Years for Hit-and-Run Driver
A woman told a judge she was too immature to know how to react when she rammed her car into a scooter, causing a wreck that killed an exchange student, and drove away without checking on him. Brittaney Nicole Briscoe, 21, was in court Thursday to...
Longtime Religion Writer Took Us 'Along the Way'; 'She Saw the Work Really as a Ministry,' a Colleague Recalls
Byline: Dan Scanlan For 15 years, her "Along the Way" column in The Florida Times-Union talked of her spiritual journey as it inspired its readers. That inspiration continued after religion writer Barbara White retired in 1994, as she wrote,...
NFL Draft Fact or Fiction? Jaguars General Manager, Scouts Try to Eliminate Misinformation on Prospects
Byline: Tania Ganguli In the past five years or so, the workload involved with studying players entered into the NFL Draft skyrocketed for Jaguars general manager Gene Smith. Misinformation about prospects spreads easily and quickly in the internet...
Rants & Raves; BYU Gets Criticized Unfairly
I read Paris Moulden's 2 cents in the Times-Union this morning [April 17] and was very disappointed in the accusatory nature of her little piece. Maybe it is possible that BYU just enforces its rules more often and with less discrimination than other...
Rapper Mac Miller's Freebird Show Sells Out
Byline: Heather Lovejoy MAC MILLER Friday, May 13 Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, will perform for a full house on Friday, May 13, at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach. The show is sold out. Dorky or...
Richt: 2010 Season Was 'My Fault'; Coach Says Bulldogs Won't Have Repeat of 'Embarrassing' Finish
Byline: Hays Carlyon Georgia head football coach Mark Richt couldn't have been clearer. Last season was not acceptable for the Bulldogs. Richt spoke to roughly 200 Georgia fans at the Jacksonville Marriott on Thursday night. Richt and his...
Roundup; Ponte Vedra Runner-Up in 2A Boys Tennis
Ponte Vedra's boys tennis team finished second at the Class 2A state finals on Thursday at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry. The Sharks finished with nine points, 12 points behind champion Miami Gulliver Prep (21). Connor Davis and Matt Larsen...
Scoreboard; High Schools
BASEBALL FLETCHER 8, PAXON 7 Paxon***310***201***0-***7***11***6 Fletcher***104***120***x-***8***13***2 W: Fynnes. L: Goodroe. HR: Montana (F) 2. 2BH: Montana (F), Bary (F), Cruess (P) 2, McCabe (P), Goodroe (P), Folley (P). Records:...
Small UF Group Likely to Be Picked; Pouncey, Black and Henry Might Be Only Players to Be Drafted
Byline: Michael DiRocco Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey is almost certainly going to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Safety Ahmad Black has a chance to hear his name called on Friday during the second and third rounds....
Sunrise Services to Celebrate Easter
Byline: Jeff Brumley Easter services will be the order of the day on Sunday, with groups across the First Coast planning weekend services. Among those that have announced celebrations are: - First Christian Church of the Beaches (Disciples of...
Surf's Up, Newbies!
Byline: Matt Soergel As beach weather arrives, here's why you should learn to surf, courtesy of the accumulated wisdom of Dick Rosborough, who learned in the early 1960s and never stopped: "You never come home stinking. You're always a little...
T-U 2
Byline: Chet Fussman BEST PAID PROS: EUROPEAN SOCCER STARS Two European pro soccer teams have overtaken the New York Yankees as the best-paid global sports teams, according to a British study. The review published Wednesday showed annual average...
Understanding the Nature of Divine Love
Byline: Barbara White Longtime Times-Union religion writer Barbara White died Wednesday. In the last weeks of her life, she wrote this, her final column. I was 14 when I heard God tell me that he loved me. After I got over the awe of knowing...
Viewpoint; Thrasher's Bill Is Clearly a Union Attack
Byline: Ron Littlepage Sigh. The Republicans in the Legislature, with Sen. John Thrasher leading the pack, who are pushing a union-busting bill could at least be honest about their intentions. They don't like the fact that public employee...
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