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Articles from May 12, 2012

17th Hole Easier, but It Still Takes Toll on Some; Wind a Factor as Laird, O'Hair, Simpson and Glover Run into Trouble
Byline: Garry Smits The par-3 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course played a bit easier in the second round than in the first. The hole still took its measure of enough players Friday to send some home early and knock Martin Laird...
A Genealogical Treasure: Mom; Sometimes That Name's a Key to Making History Come Alive
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey On this Mother's Day, all hail your mother's maiden name. Knowing that tidbit about your mother - and her mother, and your father's mother, and so on - can be the key to unlocking your personal genealogy, identifying...
A Look at the Second Round
SHOT OF THE DAY Tim Clark, the 2010 Players champion, made only the second eagle-two at the par-4 seventh hole Friday when he used a 5-iron from 179 yards, hitting out of the left fairway bunker. The hole was playing 428 yards long. The only previous...
Alternate Story Line Maintains Relevance; Harman Gets Hot on His Second 9 to Make Cut and Pull into Contention
Byline: Hays Carlyon PGA Tour rookie Brian Harman continued his unique story Friday at The Players Championship. The St. Simons Island, Ga., resident and former University of Georgia standout again found life at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium...
A.M. Briefing
'HIRING OUR HEROES' JOB FAIR TUESDAY The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hoping to get American military veterans and their spouses from the First Coast area some extra help at getting a job when the organization hosts a "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair...
Bicyclist Hit by School Bus, Killed
A 30-year-old bicyclist died Friday morning after riding into the path of a Jacksonville school bus in the 11000 block of Atlantic Boulevard, police said. The accident occurred about 6:15 a.m. at the entrance to the Sutton Lakes subdivision in East...
Birdies Propel Tiger to Weekend; He Hits 4 in a Row, Avoids Missing Consecutive Cuts for First Time in Career
Byline: Tania Ganguli Four holes smack in the middle of Tiger Woods' round kept him from an historic low on Friday at The Players Championship. Instead, Woods shot 4-under-par 68, which took him to 2 under for the first two rounds and allowed him...
Clinton Compliments Brown on Partnerships; Former President Pushes Public-Private Links in His Speech
Byline: Steve Patterson Former President Bill Clinton praised Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown Friday and echoed many of his messages of public-private partnership during an appearance that was coordinated with City Hall. "The issue in America...
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. Magnum is a German shepherd mix who...
Duval Schools Go Global; Englewood to Host Program for International Students
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski A Duval County high school will be home to a special program designed to serve the school district's growing number of international students, including many whose families escaped war or oppression in their homelands....
Ex-Mayo Technician Pleads Guilty to 10 Crimes; Man, 48, Found to Be the Source of the Clinic's Hepatitis C Outbreak
Byline: William Browning A former radiology technician at the Mayo Clinic who caused a hepatitis C outbreak by swapping patients' syringes and led to one person's death has pleaded guilty to 10 crimes. Steven Beumel of Orange Park was arrested...
Final 3 Holes Are Trouble for Laird; First-Round Co-Leader Falls off the Pace after Problems Down Stretch
Byline: Hays Carlyon Martin Laird had the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course figured out. The first round co-leader of The Players Championship shot a 7-under-par 65 on Thursday. He built on that momentum, rising to 10 under through 15 holes...
High School Baseball Regional Roundup; Pensacola Catholic Able to Edge Episcopal
For the second consecutive season, Episcopal faded in extra innings against Pensacola Catholic, falling 5-4 in 10 innings to the Crusaders on Friday night in the Region 1-4A final. Episcopal (20-10) had a 4-3 lead in the seventh, but several mistakes...
If Gardening Is Your Interest, Check This out; Some Master Gardener Classes Will Be Getting under Way Soon
Byline: Terry Brite DelValle Classes to become a master gardener are gearing up in Northeast Florida. If you have an interest in gardening and serving your community, this class may be for you. Master gardener is a title given to individuals...
Inexperience No Longer Excuse for Sharks; High-Scoring Philadelphia Is Stern Test for Jacksonville
Byline: Don Coble For most of the first two months of the season, the Jacksonville Sharks have been able to attribute a lot of their 3-4 start to youth and inexperience. As the defending AFL champions prepare for tonight's game at Philadelphia,...
It Might Be Late to Plant Watermelons
Byline: Paula Lamb Is it too late to plant watermelon? The Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide states that the time for planting watermelon in North Florida is March and April and then again in July and August. So, if you follow the guide, it looks...
Jacksonville Journal
LETTER CARRIERS WILL BE PICKING UP FOOD TODAY Today is the day to donate nonperishable food items to the National Association of Letter Carriers' 20th Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Put a bagful next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular...
Jax Love Affair from Native to Newcomer
The Times-Union this year has been celebrating what people love about Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. For many of us, coming to Jacksonville was almost by accident, transferred here by the military or moved here for business. Many came here...
Jury Says Fatal Beating Was First-Degree Murder; the Defendant, 32, Is to Be Sentenced in June to Life in Prison
Byline: Charles Broward As a Jacksonville jury found out this week, The Stars Rest Inn off Lane Avenue near Interstate 10 was no stranger to drugs, sex or violence in April 2011. That's where a group of addicts, including a prostitute and a seven-time...
Korean Shakes off Thursday Disaster; He Overcomes His Quadruple-8 on First Hole, Makes the Cut
Byline: Don Coble Sung Kang refused to accept the implications of starting The Players Championship on Thursday with a quadruple-8 at his first hole. An eagle-3 at No. 2 quickly got him back on track - and in a better frame of mind. "I was only...
Lady Antebellum, Openers Dance on That Country Line; No Cowboy Hats Are Needed for Rock-Flavored Show at the Arena
Byline: Tom Szaroleta A nearly sold-out crowd came to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for a country music concert Thursday night, but a rock show broke out. Between the three acts on the bill - headliners Lady Antebellum and opening acts...
Notebook; 'Dogs Having Their Day on Tour
Byline: Garry Smits What's in the water at the University of Georgia Golf Course? In the past year, Bubba Watson won the Masters and one other Tour title. Hudson Swafford and Russell Henley are the last two winners of the Nationwide Tour's Stadion...
Prices of Homes in Area Make a Big Leap; Median Selling Prices Are Running 2.8 Percent Higher Than Last Year
Byline: Roger Bull Home prices in the Jacksonville area showed a substantial increase for the second month in a row, according to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors' report for April. The median selling price for the month rose to...
Rants & Raves
ANGELS IN JACKSONVILLE On Tuesday, May 8, I found several angels right here in Jacksonville. I was in the parking lot of a strip mall when I was struck with a severe pain in my leg. I felt I couldn't take another step, that something in my knee...
Riverside's House of Help Is Closing; Friends Say Couple Has Aided over 100,000 People
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey For almost 26 years, Charles and Ruth Allender helped the hungry. Word got around the Riverside area that their small garage apartment at James and Rosselle streets was called Victory House and was the place to go if...
Stallions Roll to Region Title; Favre Throws Two-Hitter to helpProvidence Reach State Semifinals
Byline: Justin Barney REGIONAL BASEBALL Providence***7 P.K. Yonge***1 Providence pitcher Zach Favre admittedly wasn't at his best Friday. He sure could've fooled Gainesville P.K. Yonge. Favre took a no-hitter into the seventh inning...
Star Power on Sunday Couldn't Hurt
Byline: Gene Frenette The beauty of the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course is it's the most democratic layout in golf. It favors no particular type of player, which might explain why only seven of 29 players within five shots of the lead have a...
St. Simons Says Smile; Kuchar, Johnson atop Players Leaderboard Filled with Coastal Georgia Neighbors
Byline: Garry Smits American players are making a comeback through 36 holes of The Players Championship - and it's a South Georgia seaside resort town at the forefront of the charge. Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, part of a large contingent of...
These Brownie Scouts Make Conserving Water an Important Issue
Byline: Cindy Holifield & Sandy Strickland Six girls have made water conservation an important part of their lives and are sharing what they have learned with anyone who will listen. The girls are Shaelyn Bell, Amber Terrill, Melanie Agustin,...
Tournament Cut at Even Carries Drama for Some; U.S. Open Champ McIlroy Vows to Return after Third Players Miss
Byline: Don Coble As soon as Graeme McDowell signed his scorecard, he looked at his watch and shook his head. "I've got six hours of sweating ahead of me," he said. Six hours later, he still had a 2 1/2-hour drive home. McDowell played...
T-U 2
Byline: Scott Kendrick USFL IS COMING BACK The ABA came back in a much, much smaller form as a basketball league. Now another sport's defunct league from a previous generation is using an old acronym for a new league. The USFL is apparently...
Woman's Sentence Brings out Divisions; Marissa Alexander Raised Stand Your Ground Law, Gets 20 Years; Rep. Brown Confronts Prosecutor
Byline: Charles Broward As expected, a judge sentenced Marissa Alexander to a state-mandated term of 20 years in prison Friday despite her claim she had no choice but to stand her ground against an abusive husband. What wasn't expected was a...
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