The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 18, 2006

5-Year-Old Boy Drowns in a Retention Pond; the Youngster Had Been Playing with Others at His Home on 103rd Street
Byline: KEN LEWIS As her 5-year-old grandson was being rushed to Shands Jacksonville hospital, Sandra White wrung her hands and wailed with grief. She lingered outside her son's home, staring at the retention pond where her grandson had been...
A.M.Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL WORLD CUP WATCH MEETING THEIR GOOOOALS The famed Andres "GOOOOAL" Cantor is no longer at Univision, but the Spanish-language network still does fine for itself after soccer goals are scored. Here's a scientific breakdown...
Baldness Wasn't an Issue to Dad
Byline: Mark Woods Researchers have discovered most balding men are preoccupied with their hair loss and associate baldness with feelings of embarrassment, self-consciousness and negative self image." -- Web site for Avacor Every so often, I...
Birding Is Her Passion, Livelihood
Byline: Terry Dickson Lydia Thompson can name that song in one note. Walking toward a Jekyll Island beach, Thompson listened to some bird songs and said, "That's a baby blue jay." "How do you know that?" asked fellow birder and St. Simons...
Bishop Answers Questions; the Leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida Is at the National Convention
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Right Rev. John Howard, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, is one of nearly 260 bishops and 860 lay and priest deputies attending the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church USA. The...
Camden Builds a House in Return for a Sacrifice; Volunteers Give Iraq War Veteran Jeff Blackmon a Wheelchair-Accessible Home
Byline: GORDON JACKSON BROWNTOWN -- Jeff Blackmon has been confined to two rooms in his house since he was released from a hospital with paralyzing wounds from a mortar attack in Iraq that killed seven Seabees assigned to the Jacksonville-base Naval...
Celebrities Can Sure Ruin Your Day
Byline: Laura Capitano Remember how Jolie-Pitt & Company sneaked off to Namibia for two months of government-assisted privacy and peaceful gestation at a luxury beach resort? Yep, I heard they traveled by kerosene lamp through an underground...
Chick Lit Beach Reads
Byline: Jennifer Fish DeCamp 'COCKTAILS FOR THREE' * * out of 4 By Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham (Thomas Dunne Books, 301 pages, $11.95) BRIEFLY: Maggie, Roxanne and Candice have been best friends forever. They all work at...
Closing Hole Affects Lead; Pin Position Is a Tough Go on 18, Playing the Most Difficult in Round
Byline: GARRY SMITS MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Most players didn't call the pin position at the par-4 18th hole of the Winged Foot Golf Club unfair. "Just hard as hell," said Charles Howell III. And the closing hole, with its pin cut tight to the...
DISASTER AID; FEMA's Phonies
The creativity of hurricane recovery fraudsters knows no bounds. They hoodwinked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for money to buy pro football tickets, Girls Gone Wild tapes and sex videos, a Caribbean vacation and even a sex change operation,...
Domestic Killings Worry Officials; They See Rising Violence in Relationships
Byline: DANA TREEN Authorities are worried about a sharp rise in domestic violence-related homicides they believe points to an growing lack of respect for one another in relationships. In Jacksonville, for example, there have been nine domestic...
EVE AWARDS: KEYNOTE ADDRESS; Judge: We Must Quash Stereotypes to Have Equality
Rosemary Barkett, 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge, was keynote speaker at the EVE Awards Friday, June 2, which honor women's contributions to education, volunteer service and employment. This is a transcript of her keynote address: First,...
Ferrie Is Trying to End Euro Streak; Englishman Seeks to Be First since Jacklin in 1972 to Win Open
Byline: GARRY SMITS MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- A European player hasn't won the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin of England did it in 1970. Kenneth Ferrie would appear to be one of the least likely candidates to break that streak. Yet, here sits the 33-year...
Home Prices Rise, but Sales Look Troubled; It's the Classic Beginning of a Bust for Jacksonville, an Expert Says
Byline: JOE LIGHT The oceanfront opulence of Jacksonville Beach or the backwoods isolation of Yulee? One locale boasts beach bums, nightlife and crab shacks, while the other has fast food, gas stations and gambling houses. So when real estate...
Hunt Shells without Getting Sand in Your Shoes; the Annual Shell Show Is at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium This Weekend
Byline: KAREN THOMPSON A one-liner by comedian Steven Wright goes something like this: "I have a large collection of seashells. I keep it on the beaches of the world -- perhaps you've seen it." Those with a passion for seashells who don't want...
Jenkins Endorses Preferred Successor
Byline: BETH KORMANIK City Councilwoman Suzanne Jenkins, who is leaving office next year because of term limits, has endorsed Earl Johnson Jr. for her District 4 seat. Jenkins decided Johnson "had it in his heart" to best represent her district,...
Kahne Mad after Car Hits Wall in Practice
Byline: DON COBLE BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kasey Kahne's crew worked overtime Saturday making repairs to his Dodge Charger. Kahne, who will start on the pole for today's 3M Performance 400 at the Michigan International Speedway, bounced off the second...
Mayor Says Fatherhood 'Changes Your Lens on Life'; Jacksonville's First-Term Officeholder Talks about Life with His First Child
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton became a father during the past year. John Connor Peyton, who goes by his middle name, was born Sept. 27. The mayor and his wife of three years, Kathryn Pearson Peyton, are raising their...
Median Home Sales Price and Sales Volume: What It All Means
Byline: JOE LIGHT The maps above show changes in median price and sales volume between the first quarters of 2005 and 2006. The information was collected from recorded deeds by DataQuick Information Systems, which gathers and sells data to the real...
Navy Wants to Rearm Trident Subs; the Proposed Swap of a Few Nuclear Warheads Would Cost about $500 Million
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS -- Trident submarines may soon be taking a more offensive role in the war on terrorism. The Pentagon is proposing to remove two nuclear warheads from intercontinental missiles on each of the Navy's 14 Trident...
No King-Sized Margin of Win; Closest Finish for Kingfish Tourney in St. Augustine: A Tenth of a Pound
A couple of extra pogeys. That was the difference between $78,000 in prize money. The two-day KingBuster 400 came to a thrilling conclusion last weekend at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina as the men aboard Southbound edged Vamoose by a tenth...
North Title to Be Decided Today
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT While the Jacksonville Suns wrapped up the Southern League's South Division first-half title 10 days ago, the Chattanooga Lookouts are still trying to secure the North Division crown on the final weekend. The Lookouts (43-26)...
Patience Bears Big Prize for Area Hunter; Jacksonville Man Hunts a 9-Foot Bear on Alaska Excursion with Pro Golfers
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON A hunting trip with golf pros Frank Lickliter and Fuzzy Zoeller would be enough for a memorable vacation. Bagging an Alaskan brown bear along the way was just a bonus -- a 700-pound bonus. Jacksonville resident Randy...
Prom Lets Youths Be Themselves; JASMYN Has an Alternative Event for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Young People
Byline: CHERIE BLACK Ruth Bryant bought a black strapless dress a couple of months ago in anticipation of her prom night. She also went to get her nails done and has a date. But her prom, held Saturday at St. Luke's Metropolitan Community Church,...
Readers Love, Loathe Coulter
Byline: Wayne Ezell Ann Coulter, the savvy anti-liberal who powers herself into the media spotlight and onto best-seller lists by saying the outrageous, prompts a few questions, including one for this newspaper. By carrying her column as a regular...
Retailing in Future Will Be Different
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis GAINESVILLE - University of Florida professor Bart Weitz analyzes the past to predict the future. It's part of his job as the founding executive director of the 20-year-old David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education...
SCHOOLS; an Academic Town
This week's school grading results were somewhat disappointing, with many of Duval County 148 schools slipping a letter grade from the previous year. The grades, based on student scores from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, were consistent...
See Some Beautiful 'Reflections' at Art & Antiques Show
Byline: Judy Wells It's almost Christmas in June when the Women's Board of Wolfson Children's Hospital lets us know some of the details for the 2006 Art & Antiques Show at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The opening night party, which...
Shopper, Undercover; Sound like the Perfect Job? There's More to Mystery Shopping Than You Think
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON When Delia Betterton breezes into the CiCi's Pizza on Atlantic Boulevard, she's no normal customer. Running down a mental checklist, she scrutinizes the beverage station, scans the employees' uniforms and pops into the...
Some Sweet Shots for Swede
Byline: GARRY SMITS MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- On a day of twists and turns on the leaderboard, no one had a wilder ride than Sweden's Peter Hedblom. Hedblom, who has played on either the European PGA Tour or the European Challenge Tour since 1988,...
Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by TRAVIS HILL 2 CENTS Is it getting a little dusty in here? I'm not crying ... there must be some dust in my living room ... I used to make fun of NFL coaching crybaby Dick Vermeil for his teary tirades. But over the past...
THE GRAND STAGE; Mickelson in Prime Position Today at Winged Foot
Byline: GARRY SMITS MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Phil Mickelson has invested a lot of time, preparation and patience into winning the 106th U.S. Open. And following three rounds of being in the background during the resurgence of Colin Montgomerie, Steve...
TravelLog
TOP 10 DREAM ON Americans' top dream destinations, from a survey for MasterCard Advisors Global Cardholder Service: 1. Australia/New Zealand******65 percent 2. Hawaii************60 percent 3. Alaska************55 percent (tie) England/Scotland/Ireland***55...
T-YOU; Question of the Week
Wealthy foreign couples are getting around laws banning sex selection in their home countries by coming to the United States -- where it's legal -- for medical procedures that can give them the boy, or girl, they want. Opponents say the practice risks...
Voting Machines Issue Nets Flak for Cox Camp
Byline: WALTER C. JONES This is another in an occasional series of articles about key issues in the race for governor. The primary is Tuesday, July 18. ATLANTA -- Though Cathy Cox is running for a post that has nothing to do with elections operations,...
Willy-Nilly: How Zoning Plans Get Changed
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage If you've been following the doings in Clay County, I'm sure you are aware of the flap involving the Ravines Golf and Country Club. The owner is seeking a land use change that would allow him to add 65 high-end homes...
With the Help of Programs Such as River Region and Project SOS, Some Jacksonville Men Are Learning to Become Better Fathers; Rediscovering Fatherhood
Byline: CHERIE BLACK In the dream, Clint Rowell was riding on a gurney through a row of squares. He sucked in his stomach so he could fit through the final one. Once through, he found himself in a hospital room hugging his father. When the Jacksonville...