The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 14, 2012

Advanced Disposal Picks Nocatee; Company Leaving the City but Official Says 'North Florida Is Our Home'
Byline: Roger Bull Advanced Disposal is keeping its corporate offices in Northeast Florida, but it's moving out of Jacksonville. The company announced Wednesday that its expanded headquarters will be in the former offices of MDI off Nocatee Parkway...
As Hispanic Population Grows, So Does Influence; and Leaders Are Trying to Groom Future Politicians, Regardless of Party
Byline: Matt Soergel People ask Juan Diaz all the time if he's going to run for political office in Duval County again. He's not ready to commit, he says - a 7-month-old baby at home complicates things. But he did say that it's inevitable that...
Barker Buckles Down for GSU; the Receiver from Nease Blocks for the Eagles' Backs in Triple-Option
Byline: Justin Barney In high school, Patrick Barker led his team in receiving. During his freshman season at Georgia Southern, Barker did the same thing. Then it happened - the triple-option offense - which, to a receiver, might as well be called...
Briefs
LOCHTE ANCHORS U.S. VICTORY IN ISTANBUL Ryan Lochte anchored a relay victory Thursday in Istanbul, while Matthew Grevers and Olivia Smoliga won the men's and women's 100-meter backstroke to improve the U.S. tally of gold to six medals Thursday at...
College of Coastal Georgia Is Building a 'Front Door'; Planned Founders Gate Will Be the School's Signature Entrance
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | Former state University System Regent Jim Bishop has put on a hard hat for a lot of groundbreaking ceremonies at College of Coastal Georgia in the past few years. Friday, he'll grab shovel at 2 p.m. for a structure...
FDLE Service Jeopardized; Proposed Budget Plan Could End Help for Some Counties in Crime Scenes
Byline: Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE | They represent Clay County's highest profile crimes. A man known as "Goldy" killed four people during a 2004 drug-related shooting. Somer Thompson was abducted and later murdered. A detective was shot and killed...
Gate Suspect Gets First-Degree Charge; Man Accused in Shooting Death of Teenager Is Indicted by a Grand Jury
Michael David Dunn has been indicted by a grand jury on a first-degree murder charge in the Nov. 23 shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. However, the State Attorney's Office said Thursday night it would not seek the death penalty in the case....
Goodell's NFL Power Play Gets Put on Ice
Byline: Gene Frenette When the last NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement was negotiated in 2011, a big concern among the players was whether commissioner Roger Goodell had too much power, and how they might try to balance things out. Ultimately,...
Health Agency Gets New Leader; St. Johns Director Will Take over Duval Post on an Interim Basis
Byline: Adam Kealoha Causey & Tracy Jones The Florida surgeon general Thursday appointed a new interim director for the Duval County Health Department. Dawn Allicock, director of the St. Johns County Health Department, will replace Bonnie...
Holiday Lights & Decorations
Gather up the family, gas up the car and grab your GPS unit (or an old-fashioned map). We've compiled a list of holiday lights displays nominated by Times-Union and Jacksonville.com readers. And though we haven't visited each and every display,...
HOPE FUND; No Putting Down Her 'Mighty Spirit' Woman with MS Forges Ahead, but Financial Challenges Hard to Avoid
Byline: Nick Garnett Diana Lain's problem started in 1990, when Lain, an avid runner, began noticing weakness in her legs. Lain, who lived with her husband and their five children on a family farm in Westtown, N.Y., initially passed off the weakness...
How to Save Springs Obvious, but Will We?
Byline: Ron Littlepage We still have a long way to go to save Silver Springs. The problems plaguing the springs and the Silver River are painfully obvious. The flow of the springs has diminished dramatically, and the water coming from the...
Jacksonville Journal
FUNDRAISER SET FOR CONSERVATION CLUBS A new marine conservation and education nonprofit based in Atlantic Beach will hold a fundraiser Friday to help expand its conservation clubs in Duval County public schools. Coastal Ocean Association of Science...
Jaguars Notebook; Britton Can't Find Productive Spot
Byline: Vito Stellino These are tough times for Jaguars offensive lineman Eben Britton. When he was drafted in the second round in 2009, the Jaguars envisioned him being their right tackle for the next decade. Instead, he's been sidelined...
Latest Role: Owens Now Featured Back; Jaguars Going Down the Depth Chart at Running Back
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Nearly an hour after practice ended Thursday, Montell Owens finally appeared in the Jaguars' locker room, having completed his post-workout routine with a visit to the weight room. "Lots of stretching," he said. "A lot...
New Homeless Center Is a Small Step
The pilot daytime resource center for the homeless announced by Mayor Alvin Brown represents only half a loaf as a solution to one of downtown's biggest problems, but it should be celebrated. It is a start. It also demonstrates a commitment, however...
Open Road for Outer Beltway; Route from Interstate 10 to I-95 in St. Johns County on State's To-Do List
Byline: David Bauerlein The long-studied First Coast Outer Beltway emerged as the big winner this week when the state Department of Transportation unveiled a proposed update of the agency's five-year work program for the period starting in July....
Pro-Am Players Had Hot Putters; despite Less Than Ideal Weather, Greens Were Forgiving at Gator Bowl
Byline: Garry Smits While two of the three teams at the top of the leaderboard following the first round of the Henry Tuten Gator Bowl Pro-Am on Thursday each had a player wielding a hot putter, the one eventually standing alone relied on contributions...
Stand Your Ground Hearing Could Free Clay Man; A Murder Conviction Was Already Tossed, but Not Aggravated Battery
Byline: Charles Broward It started over a $35 debt. What followed was a shooting in which a Clay County man was killed and a teenage girl was shot. Then there was a conviction, a 40-year sentence, two conviction reversals and a successful Stand...
They're Giving It Up for the Kids; Volunteers Prepare for 2 Big Christmas Parties in Region
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey Angie Patton remembers waiting in that line, being cold and tired, wondering if the doors to the big Christmas party for kids would ever open. She was in the third grade and remembers finally getting inside, seeing Santa...
Tobler, Ware Co. Set for Title Game; Marquee Player Is a Standout on Offense, Defense for the Gators
Byline: Don Coble ATLANTA | Xavier Tobler started getting ready for Friday's AAAAA Georgia state football championship long before training camp opened in July. He met with other players for informal workouts during the summer, often meeting...
T-U 2
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran 2 CENTS FIRED COACHES LOSE THE PRESSURE, KEEP THE CASH Welcome to the world of college football, where having a winless record, getting blown out by Vanderbilt, winning two of your last 16 conference games, graduating...
Victim's Dad: 'I Just Hope Justice Is Done Someday'; Gregory Faull's Family Wants to Share Its Side of the McAfee Story
Byline: Dana Treen Attracted to the shores of Belize partly because of the country's low crime rate, Central Florida builder Gregory Faull was instead killed in his home there in a case that has international attention for its connection to an eccentric...
Where to Dine on Christmas Eve, Day
Byline: Gary T. Mills Here are some options for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining for those who want to let someone else do the cooking this holiday season. Note: This list only includes those restaurants who responded to my query. If you don't...
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