The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 29, 2013

A.M. Briefing
FIRM HIRED TO FIND NEXT JAXPORT CEO The Jacksonville Port Authority board voted Monday to hire Heidrick & Struggles as the search firm that will lead the hunt for JaxPort's next chief executive officer. A staff analysis of the 11 firms vying...
Book Week; Habits Are Often Destiny
"All our life ... is but a mass of habits." - William James, 1892 The most powerful force in the human world is habit. Because it's unconscious, many of us have not harnessed it. What we do almost without thinking can kill us - like a cigarette...
Callahan Bowler Is in a League of His Own; Johnson, 21, Was Dominant Junior, Now Ready for PBA Tour
Byline: Garry Smits Kathy Petersen was working the registration table at a Jacksonville Junior Bowling Tour event in 2003 when 11-year-old Josh Johnson marched up. "He said, 'hi, I'm Josh Johnson and I'm going to win today,' " Petersen recalls....
Coast Lines
WATCH THE STARS WITH ASTRONOMY CLUB The College of Coastal Georgia Astronomy Club will set up telescopes at the Brunswick-Golden Isles Public Library, 208 Gloucester St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to let Brunswick First Friday Night celebrants view...
Common Sense, Code Enforcement Cited as Safety Keys; Spokesman: City Conducted More Than 11,000 Inspections in 2012
Byline: Adam Kealoha Causey & David Crumpler Jacksonville event promoters, venue managers and public safety officials say a combination of common sense and code enforcement can help prevent tragedies such as the Brazil nightclub fire that killed...
Gators Leaving Opponents in Dust; Fourth-Ranked Florida Winning Conference Games by Average of 26.5 Points
Byline: Hays Carlyon GAINESVILLE | Florida is receiving praise from around the country after its dominant start in Southeastern Conference play. UF (16-2, 6-0) moved up four spots to No. 4 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday....
Haywood Turns Down Offer to Drive in Rolex 24 Next Year; Five-Time Champion Is Focused on Commitment to Brumos
Byline: Don Coble DAYTONA BEACH, | Chip Ganassi probably breathed a sigh of relief when legendary driver Hurley Haywood declined an invitation to drive one of his race cars in next year's Rolex 24 at Daytona. The gesture was ceremonious and stylish...
He Gets a Thrill out of Making History Relevant to Students; Award-Winning Teacher Pushes Class to Learn about Quirks of Historic Figures
Byline: Khristopher J. Brooks It's not enough for Daniel Flint's students to know the important dates in American history. Students must know the personalities behind the people. Every historic figure - from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush...
High School Soccer
Byline: Francine King Girls regional championships; Games at 7 p.m., unless noted REGION 1-5A Fletcher (14-4-3) at Oviedo (13-6-3): Oviedo is coming off a stunning overtime upset of previously undefeated rival Hagerty. The Senators, led by...
JAA Board Reverses Course, Gives Chief 3% Raise; Board Members Say Economy Is Stronger and Grossman Has Done a Good Job
Byline: David Bauerlein The Jacksonville Aviation Authority awarded a 3 percent pay raise Monday to CEO Steve Grossman, just three months after board members said it wasn't the right time to boost his pay. Grossman's salary will increase to $288,400...
Jaguars Add 3 to Coaching Staff; Defensive Line Coach Wash Let out of Seattle Contract to Join Bradley
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran NEW ORLEANS | The Jaguars added three more members to their coaching staff Monday, including one with close ties to coach Gus Bradley. Todd Wash, Bradley's defensive line coach the last two years in Seattle and a fellow...
Living His Dream Onstage; Darryl Reuben Hall Is Directing 'Fences' at Jacksonville's Stage Aurora: 'I like Theater That Enlightens'
Byline: Charlie Patton As soon as Darryl Reuben Hall graduated from the University of Florida, he headed for the bright lights. He'd earned a bachelor's degree in architecture to please his family, but what he dreamed of was a life in show business....
Man Charged in Scam That Hit Retired Teachers; He Is Accused of Masterminding Sham Company, Federal Prosecutors Say
Byline: Scott Butler & Charles Broward Federal prosecutors said a Jacksonville man ran an elaborate Ponzi scheme for about five years targeting retired Duval County teachers and administrators and scamming about $4 million. Anderson Scott...
Man Shot, Killed by Police Officer during a Domestic Violence Call; Officials: Suspect Tackled Officer, Tried to Take His Gun
Jacksonville police fatally shot a man they were attempting to arrest Monday night after responding to a domestic violence call in the 2100 block of Pearl Street. The man grabbed one of the officers when they tried to cuff him and both went to the...
Nickel Package: 49ers C Jonathan Goodwin
Each day, we'll throw five questions at a Super Bowl player who might not be a star attraction but whose play will be important for his team Sunday. First up is Goodwin, 34, who signed with San Francisco to play center after spending five years with...
Niners, Ravens Show Right Way to Build Winner
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran NEW ORLEANS | Team building for the Jaguars has been the only topic since owner Shad Khan revamped the front office by hiring general manager Dave Caldwell, who then hired coach Gus Bradley. Caldwell came from Atlanta,...
Pastor Working to Spark Real Renaissance on Miller Street; Clay County Neighborhood Has Deteriorated, but There's Hope
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski ORANGE PARK | No trespassing signs are as common as welcome mats on Miller Street. The neighborhood north of Gano Avenue is a hodge-podge marked by dilapidated abandoned homes and weed-choked vacant lots littered with...
Pharmaceuticals Court State Leaders; Trade Industry Seeks Tax Credit and Venture Capital for New Companies
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | Executives from Georgia pharmaceutical and medical-equipment companies met with legislators Monday to push for various initiatives designed to provide money for research companies. Georgia Bio, the trade association...
Plan for Nassau Transportation Corridor Is Unveiled; Ideas Such as Overpass in Area at U.S. 17 and Florida 200 Part of Concept
Byline: Jim Schoettler YULEE | Nassau County's main transportation corridor east of Interstate 95 would look wildly different from today under a series of concepts being developed by a planning and engineering firm whose ideas got a public look...
PolitiJax; DeSantis Says He Won't Take Pension, Benefits
U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis will not accept a congressional pension or health benefits. "I didn't run for Congress for the perks," said DeSantis in a statement released Monday. "I ran for office to be the type of citizen legislator our Founding Fathers...
Rants & Raves
DUVAL'S WART HOUSE How can the city of Jacksonville build a courthouse without making it handicap accessible? Seriously, who OK'd the plans for this building? For as long as it took to build and then open the building it should be the best of everything....
Retiring Won't Be a Short Story for Bookstore Owner
Byline: Charlie Patton Since 1971, Jeanette Forrester has been selling books in Arlington. Her store, Peb's, crowded with new, used and rare books, has become a neighborhood institution, said City Councilman John Crescimbini, one of her many...
Safety Deserves Spotlight, Too; Reed Just as Important to Ravens as Lewis
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran NEW ORLEANS | Ten feet away in the hotel ballroom serving as the home for the Baltimore Ravens' media availability Monday night was Ray Lewis' mini-podium, complete with 15 cameras and dozens of reporters, some of whom weren't...
Scoreboard; High Schools
BOYS BASKETBALL EPISCOPAL 55, UNIVERSITY CHR. 43 UNIVERSITY CHR. (43): Thacker 1, Haynes 15, Allee 2, Waters 10, Hamlin 7, Buchanan 8. EPISCOPAL (55): Gibson 18, Feeley 8, Thomas 4, Wilbur 8, Pogue 10, Harris 4, Daniels 3. 3-pointers: University...
Super Bowl XLVII
QUOTE OF THE DAY "The only other nice thing about not having one of the boys in the game is I got 10 tickets, and that's all I'm going to get. I m out of the ticket and hotel business this year and glad of it." Archie Manning Father of quarterbacks...
T-U 2
Byline: Chet Fussman MISTAKEN IDENTITY Among the celebrities at President Obama's second inauguration was former Boston Celtics star Bill Russell. The NBA Hall of Famer was wearing a cap with a Celtics shamrock but was misidentified by George...
U.S. Team Needs More like Martin
Byline: Gene Frenette When it comes to reliving spectacular highs and lows during his 14-year professional tennis career, Ponte Vedra Beach resident Todd Martin still gets the biggest rush from his Davis Cup experience. Outside of John McEnroe...
Victim of Fatal Fight Honored by His Family; 1 Accused Attacker Still in Jail on Manslaughter Charge, Other out on Bail
Byline: Dan Scanlan An early Saturday bonfire party and brawl fueled by alcohol in a wooded area in Mandarin ended when a 19-year-old St. Augustine man was beaten to death. But the same day police discussed Ryan Scott Ford's death in the 14500...
Workers Are Mapping Septic Tanks, Wells in Area; Project Is Funded by EPA Grant, Aims to Find Potential Water Pollution
Byline: Mike Morrison Public health workers in three South Georgia counties are mapping septic tanks and wells as part of a project to keep track of potential sources of water pollution. "We're making an attempt to map every one in Brantley,...
Zoo's Senior Gorilla Dead at 31; Quito, a Resident since 1998, Had History of Heart Problems
Byline: Dan Scanlan Quito, Jacksonville's favorite gorilla, is dead at age 31. It was possibly the result of a heart condition that the muscular silverback dealt with for years, Jacksonville zoo officials said Monday. Quito was found unmoving...
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