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Articles from April 5, 2013

3 City Workers Disciplined over Unprotected Data; Social Security Numbers Were Able to Be Viewed, but Not by the Public
Byline: Steve Patterson A computer specialist's mistake left thousands of Jacksonville city employees' Social Security numbers unprotected on an internal city website, a city administrator told City Council members Thursday. That's led to two...
'A Bit Testy,' but Auction Raises Thousands for Police; Spirited Bidding for Seized Vehicles; Proceeds Go to Fight, Prevent Crime
Byline: Dan Scanlan Vadim Mikhail said he didn't hesitate to bid $87,100 on the bright-yellow 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo auctioned off Thursday by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, even though its last owner is an imprisoned pill mill operator....
Around the Region
Got something you'd like to share about your community? Send news-related tips to suburban writer Jim Schoettler at jim.schoettler@jacksonville.com or (904) 359-4385. NASSAU FERRANTE, BENNETT NAMED IN SCHOOL AWARDS Shantel Ferrante, 29, is...
Beautiful Dining Area Highlights New Akaya Sushi in Baymeadows
Byline: Gary T. Mills Less than a year after expanding and adding a bar to its Oakleaf Plantation restaurant, Akaya has brought its concept to Jacksonville's Baymeadows area with the opening of a sister restaurant, Akaya Sushi Bar & Lounge....
Briefs
GEORGIA WR MITCHELL NEEDS KNEE SURGERY Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday and miss the remainder of the team's spring practice. Mitchell was second on the team with 572 yards receiving...
Cemetery Tours Cover Chapters in City History; Many of Jacksonville Notables Buried off North Main Street
Byline: Dan Scanlan Watch your step at this weekend's 13th annual Tales of Our City Cemetery Tour - you could be walking on Jacksonville's founder, a governor or a man who went down with the Titanic. In fact, the tours by the Pilot Club of the...
Earnhardt Finally Feels at Ease; Veteran Driver Keeping Focus on Just Racing
Byline: Don Coble Dale Earnhardt Jr. started fast a year ago. He won a race and teetered between first and fifth in the standings for the first 25 races. But he missed two races in the Chase for the Championship and wound up 12th in the final...
Fight over Fish Now Awaits a Signature; Governor Urged to Veto Bill to Protect Red Drum from Commercial Fishing
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | A small but determined effort is under way to convince Gov. Nathan Deal to veto legislation that would protect the red drum, or red fish, from commercial fishing. However, a representative of the Coastal Conservation...
Gaming Machine Ban OK'd; Governor Expected to Sign Bill That Closes Loopholes
Byline: Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE | Less than a month after a St. Augustine-based nonprofit was accused of running a $300 million money-laundering scheme, a quick swipe of the pen by Gov. Rick Scott will clarify the machines used by that group - and...
Henne Looking to Stay Memorable; Veteran Quarterback Hoping to Make Most of Opportunity at Starting Job
Byline: Vito Stellino Chad Henne has been something of a forgotten man in the Jaguars' offseason quarterback derby. Most of the speculation has focused on whether Blaine Gabbert can rebound in his third season and what other quarterback moves...
Jacksonville Journal
DUVAL HEALTH CHIEF A search committee will interview three candidates Friday for the top job at the Duval County Health Department. The public is invited to the meeting at the health department's office at 900 University Blvd. N., which will...
Judge's Son's DUI Case Is Settled; It Went on for 4 Years; Crash Left Donald Moran III in Wheelchair
Byline: Larry Hannan The son of Chief Judge Donald Moran has settled a DUI case that left him paralyzed and took over four years to conclude. Donald Richard Moran III, 29, pleaded no contest last week to reckless driving. Prosecutors dropped...
Keith Watson: 1949-2013; 'Overachiever' Inspired Fellow Diabetics JU's Only Tennis All-American Was Lawyer, Banker and Philanthropist
Byline: Sandy Strickland Keith Watson didn't let juvenile diabetes keep him from leading a successful life - as Jacksonville University's only All-America tennis player, respected lawyer, philanthropist and founding director of a bank. Doctors...
Man Sentenced for Church Molestation; Victim's Request Brings Plea Deal; Groover Will Serve 10 Years
Byline: Larry Hannan The son of a church elder will spend the next 10 years in prison for repeatedly molesting a teenage boy inside the Jacksonville church his father helped found. Paul Keith Groover, 58, pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual battery...
Muschamp Accusation Defies Logic
Byline: Gene Frenette It was in the 16th paragraph of a scathing 35-paragraph story, on an obscure website called roopstigo.com, about the football culture at Auburn University running out of control under fired coach Gene Chizik. Nothing that hasn't...
No End for Boom near Airport; River City Marketplace Has Been Such a Success, a New Shopping Center Is Coming
Byline: Roger Bull The area around Jacksonville International Airport is getting busier. Driven by River City Marketplace, a new shopping center is opening there. Dick's Sporting Goods has its grand opening Friday in Parkway Shops. Marshalls,...
Outdoor Music: Springing Blues, Rhythm & Ribs, Clay County Fair
Byline: Tom Szaroleta Get outside and enjoy yourself this weekend - there's lots of good live music out there. GEORGE'S MUSIC SPRINGING THE BLUES Friday-Sunday at Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach The annual bluesfest is regularly...
Partisanship Is Bad Unless It's Yours
Byline: Ron Littlepage Mousing around the legislative news of the day ... click. An interesting definition of partisanship - often tossed around these days as a dirty word - is evolving in the Florida Legislature. During a committee debate...
Partnerships Are the Key in New Town
Jacksonville's version of the Harlem Children's Zone couldn't possibly duplicate the Wall Street that funded the grand idea or the charisma of Geoffrey Canada. But Jacksonville has its own personality. It's based on partnerships, collaboration,...
Personal Touch Helped Manna Zen Break from the Pack; Jacksonville Rock Band Grateful for Friends, Fans Who Stuck with Them
Byline: Tracy Jones On March 23, at Brewster's Megaplex, Jacksonville hard rock band Manna Zen was preparing to perform a show that it had been promoting for weeks. And then the power went out. The band wasn't able to perform, so members packed...
Plea Deal Falls Apart in Physician's Case; His Confused Manner Led Judge to Question His Decision to Plead Guilty
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | A physician indicted in 2011 on charges of prescribing drugs at a Brunswick "pill mill'' scuttled a plea deal in federal court Thursday but will get another chance. Chief U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood...
Police: Toddler's Killing Could've Been Stopped; Authorities Answer Questions, Hear Criticism at Brunswick Town Meeting
Byline: Mike Morrison BRUNSWICK | Law enforcement officials, reacting to the shooting death of a 13-month toddler last month, said during a town meeting Thursday it will take a community effort to combat crime more effectively. Antonio Angel...
Preseason Opponents Named; Dolphins and Eagles Coming to EverBank to Face Jags in August
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Although the regular-season schedule won't be announced until mid-April, the Jaguars were given their four preseason opponents by the NFL on Thursday. Coach Gus Bradley's sideline debut will come at EverBank Field against...
Readers Share Their Scariest Movie Memories; 'Jaws' and 'The Exorcist' among the Horrors That Still Resonate Years Later
Byline: Tom Szaroleta OK, I'll admit it: The 2005 movie "The Descent" completely freaked me out. The movie is about a group of adventurous women who go spelunking. I'm told they eventually meet some weird underground mutants, but I never got that...
'Rock of Ages' Is a Exuberant, Witty Tribute; First-Rate Production Lampoons, Entertains in Moran Theater Setting
Byline: Charlie Patton Unlike a lot of people in the audience at the Moran Theater Tuesday night, watching the first of eight Jacksonville performances of "Rock of Ages," I've never been a big fan of '80s rock. But it turns out you don't need...
Scoreboard; High Schools
TENNIS DISTRICT 3-2A FINALS GIRLS BOLLES 28, BISHOP KENNY 21 Singles: 1. Jones (B) d. Navotas 7-5. 6-1; 2. Boers (B) d. Reid 6-1, 6-0; 3. Beachy (B) d. Prattos 6-0, 6-2; 4. Abercrombie (B) d. Bateh 6-0, 6-1; 5. Crouch (B) d. Pardillo...
Sky's the Limit for Flynn in Opener; Lefty Pitches Six Shutout Innings as Suns Start Season in Style
Byline: Jeff Elliott The Jacksonville Suns received six strong innings from pitcher Brian Flynn and backed his effort with timely two-out hitting to post a 5-3 win over the Jackson Generals in the season opener for both teams on Thursday night in...
'Stand' Claim Denied, Shooter Makes Plea Deal; Jacksonville Man Guilty of Manslaughter, Faces Up to 15 Years in Prison
Byline: Larry Hannan A Jacksonville man who almost went free on a Stand Your Ground law claim will end up spending years in prison for a fatal shooting in a street fight when he was 16. Quintavis Sermond Seay, now 20, pleaded guilty Thursday...
The Patron of One Spark; Peter Rummell Is a Major Contributor, Fundraiser and Believer in the Creators Festival - and in Jacksonville
Byline: Charlie Patton The Sundance Film Festival has Robert Redford. The Tribeca Film Festival has Robert De Niro. The Spoleto Festival USA had Gian Carlo Menotti. One Spark, a creators festival that begins in downtown Jacksonville April 17,...
T-U 2
Byline: Justin Barney 2 CENTS GRINER SHOULDN'T BE A GIMMICK Mark Cuban is a billionaire. He owns an NBA franchise and he's obviously done very well for himself. So I find it intriguing that the owner of the Dallas Mavericks said this week...
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