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Articles from June 23, 2013

A Fresh Start with Jags; in Long Stint with Colts, Chris Polian Experienced Both the Highs and Lows
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Except for a map of the United States, a poster-size picture of his three children and a 2013 Jaguars schedule, the walls in his new office are mostly empty. Besides that day's newspaper and team personnel binder, so is...
A New Adventure for Cotton Malone
Byline: Lee Scott THE KING'S DECEPTION Author: Steve Berry Data: Ballantine, 409 pages, $27 History, mystery and murder surround perennial protagonist Cotton Malone in a fast-moving tale featuring Elizabeth I, England's "Virgin Queen,"...
Area Golf Notebook; Deerwood a Popular Tournament Spot
Byline: Garry Smits The Deerwood Country Club has been a busy place this summer, and not just with member play. When the First Coast Women's Amateur Championship was contested last Friday and Saturday at Deerwood, it was the second of three areawide...
Area Jobless Rate Up a Bit Due to Influx of Students; Unemployment Up to 6.72 Percent; Economist Says Housing Is a Positive
Byline: Drew Dixon The unemployment rate across the First Coast ticked up a bit in May, although the Duval County jobless figure dropped from the month before. University of North Florida economist Paul Mason released economic data for the five-county...
Around the Region
Got something you'd like to share about your community? Send news-related tips to staff writer Jim Schoettler at jim.schoettler@jacksonville.com or (904) 359-4385. NASSAU BREAKFAST LEARNING SERIES SET FOR TUESDAY Family Support Services of...
Baez's Major League Future Is When, Not If; Ex-ACD Slugger Putting Up Big Numbers
Byline: Justin Barney DAYTONA BEACH | Javier Baez isn't going to be here for long. Sitting on a metal bleacher at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, the winds are picking up and the clouds are rolling through. There's a few minutes before the rain barrels...
Be Careful: Somebody's Sure to Hear
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK, GA. | There is only one way I could care less about the NBA and its playoffs, and that is if the games somehow involved celebrity chefs and their cats. But I awoke Friday morning, read a few words about Tim Duncan...
Charish: A Life Cut Far Too Short; Sexual Offender Is Charged in Happy-Go-Lucky 8-Year-Old's Death
Byline: Mary Kelli Palka, Teresa Stepzinski & Jim Schoettler They walked through the store Friday night after a promise of late-night fast food. A pretty little girl in a bright sundress, perfect for an 8-year-old who loved the color pink...
Concern about Alcohol Issue; Measure Would Allow Sales near Church or School in St. Augustine
Byline: Peter Guinta The St. Augustine City Commission plans to consider an ordinance Monday night that would legally allow alcohol sales near a church or school, a change in the law that has city clergy concerned. Right now, an establishment...
Deen's Business Empire Jeopardized; in Deposition, Chef Admitted Using Slurs, but It Was 'Very Long Time Ago'
Byline: Jan Skutch SAVANNAH, GA. | Late Wednesday afternoon, the first word broke that Savannah's celebrity chef Paula Deen had acknowledged during questioning related to a lawsuit that she had used the "N" word sometime in the past. Since then,...
Employees Might Balk at Obamacare; If Costs Rise, Workers Could Skip Employer Plan to Save Money
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | The way a number of the workers at a Norcross small business reacted to a 20 percent jump in their insurance premiums this year could offer clues on how others will respond to Obamacare. The mostly young, Hispanic...
Engaged Readers Add Spice to Editorial Board Talks
Byline: Mike Clark Say hello to the fourth group of citizen members of the Times-Union's editorial board. These readers have added much more than variety to the board's discussions. Each of these citizens brings life experiences that add depth...
Every Spring, Feral Kittens Appear; This Year, Caregivers United to Help; 'AND THEN, ALL OF A SUDDEN ... THEY'RE HERE'
Byline: Christina Kelso From beneath porches and stairwells, behind vending machines and foliage, and inside homes and alleyways, they're born into the world. "We all sit here kind of holding our breath," said Denise Deisler, executive director...
FACT CHECK; This May Be a Turkey of a Law, but Not a Result of Reform
Byline: Carole Fader Times-Union readers want to know: Is it true that Medicare will have new rules for diagnoses that include nine billing codes for injuries by turkeys? It might be hard to believe, but it's true. This first came to light,...
Family Life Center Shows Renewed Spirit
Saturday morning is not your typical worship day in Jacksonville's Christian community. But the service being held in Jacksonville's North Springfield area on June 15 was not typical either. Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, pastored by the...
For This Bride, Acting Will Just Have to Wait
Byline: Claire Reed Love cares not for timing, nor plans; love arrives regardless of the intentions of woman (or man). In the fall of 2009, Sara Beth Gerard's family took turns carting her injured cousin to class at the University of North Florida....
Gaffney's Nonprofit Had Many Friends; Politicians Advocated for Center That Has to Repay $336,000 over Medicaid
Byline: Matt Dixon It's good to have friends in high places. This week the Agency for Health Care Administration settled a Medicaid billing spat with the Community Rehabilitation Center, a Jacksonville nonprofit run by Reggie Gaffney. The...
Get Even More out of Your Summer Vacation
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport Family vacation preparations involve exhaustive lists: pet-sitting schedules, route planning (with plenty of well-timed stops), phone numbers, clothing. Sundries range from memory cards for cameras and sunscreen to...
Ham Operators Have a Field Day; Orange Park Club Members View Craft as Original Social Network
Byline: Nancy Winckler-Zuniga It was 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Frank Royal, Joe Bassette, and several members of the Orange Park Amateur Radio Club sat down, picked up their microphones and called in "CQ field day." Clarence Cerrous began...
IS YOUR BUSINESS READY FOR; 2900% Growth? That's How Much a Jacksonville Company's Sales Could Surge after Health Giant GNC Decides to Sell Its Appetite Control Drink
Byline: Roger Bull Three weeks ago, the beverage full core was available in about 35 stores. Today, it's in more than 3,000. Now, all the Jacksonville owners of the company have to do is make sure the train keeps rolling in a tough business,...
Jacksonville Journal
CHURCH TO OPEN NEW CHILD CARE CENTER St. Luke Catholic Church's new child care center, 1608 Blanding Blvd., in Middleburg, is to open July 15 to all families, regardless of religious affiliation. The 9,720-square-foot facility can serve up to...
Jones-Drew Offers Message to Campers; Jags' Rookie Robinson Pitches in at Annual Jackson High Event
Byline: Phillip Heilman Maurice Jones-Drew's offseason has been deeply embroiled in unwanted distractions. From being involved in an altercation at the Conch House in St. Augustine on May 26 to working to recover from a Lisfranc injury that ended...
JU Professor Gets Emeritus Status; Movies at Museums
Byline: Charlie Patton It's unusual for a part-time faculty member to be granted emeritus status. But Nancy R. Thomas has received such designation from Jacksonville University, which has named her Professor Emerita of Art History. From 1970-1978,...
New Pair of Hangars for Cecil
Byline: Roger Bull Cecil Airport is going to celebrate a couple of additions Monday with the groundbreaking for the new Flightstar hangar and the completion of KCI Aviation's hangar. KCI performs inspections, maintenance and repair on business...
New Scoreboard Will Be a Good Civic Investment
Byline: Ron Littlepage I like Shad Khan's style, and it's a mind-set Jacksonville definitely needs more of. Consider what Khan said last week in announcing $63 million worth of upgrades to EverBank Field, including giant video scoreboards that...
News Quiz
1. The Black Forest Fire is the most destructive wildfire to befall the state in its history, resulting in the destruction of 480 structures and two deaths. The wildfire is mostly contained in which state? A. California B. Idaho C. Montana...
Nightmare Has Just Begun, Says Mother of Somer Thompson
Byline: Jim Schoettler Diena Thompson's heart sank after waking up Saturday to news that Charish Perriwinkle, 8, had been snatched from a Jacksonville Walmart. The crime, subsequent discovery of the girl's body and arrest of a suspect brought...
Scoreboards: Larger Than Life, Still Not Enough
Byline: Mark Woods The NFL has long been the home of larger-than-life, flyover-the-top, Roman-numeral, all-American excess. But even by NFL standards, the plan unveiled last week would be a first: Our football stadium would have scoreboards longer...
Should All Immigrants Have to Learn English? Debate Rears Up Again after Rubio Proposal; Local Groups Help Provide Language Skills
Byline: Diana Greenburg Sometimes their dreams are big - resuming a career they worked hard to achieve in their native country. Other times, their goals are small - ordering a pizza over the phone or telling the barber how to cut their hair. ...
Sound off; Most Say That Learning English the Right Thing to Do
The Jacksonville area is home to many immigrants who come here to start a new life. Many of them arrive without knowing how to speak English. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio introduced an amendment that would require undocumented immigrants to be proficient...
Southern League Notebook; Injured Suns Continue to Heal
Byline: Jeff Elliott The news on the Jacksonville Suns' injury front sounds a little better than it did a week ago. Four of the starting position players have been sidelined for nearly a week, some longer than others, taking a good chunk of offense...
Summertime Is Trouble for Certain Guys
Byline: Gene Frenette As the football offseason reaches shutdown mode, it's no surprise this often coincides with the busiest time for players showing up on police blotters. Many NFL and college players do rest and relax in a normal, well-behaved...
The Sudsy Scoop on Dishwasher vs. Washing by Hand
Byline: Sandy Strickland Dear Call Box: We moved into a new home, and to save money, we don't use the dishwasher. We wash the dishes by hand and put them on a towel on the kitchen counter. Are there more bacteria there? Should we use the dishwasher...
Top Selection in the Fold; Jaguars Sign First-Round Pick Joeckel to Four-Year Deal
Byline: Vito Stellino Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel had one more task to do Saturday night before he headed to the annual NFL rookie symposium in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday. The Jaguars' first-round pick and the No. 2 overall selection in the NFL...
Top-Water Lures Very Effective; Often a Surface Walking Plug Is a Sure Way to Make a Big Catch
Byline: Bob McNally It was an hour before sunset, and Capt. Chris Holleman had just shut down his boat's outboard after launching into the lower St. Johns River. The water was clear with a flood tide rolling in as he made a long cast with a 7-foot...
Unlikely Stars Lift Suns; Morey's Pitching, Dudley's Hitting Make Difference
Byline: Jeff Elliott Strong efforts by two players who struggled this season proved to be a winning combination for the Jacksonville Suns on Saturday night. Pitcher Robert Morey threw a complete-game five-hitter, and catcher Aaron Dudley hit...
We Should Appreciate Freedoms
Byline: Frank Denton The contrast between them and us is so stark, so scary and, finally, so powerful that I have to share it with you. A month ago, I was in China, and in trying to find some news in the heavily censored media, I came across...
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