The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 19, 2006

A.M.Stir
RISE AND WHINE PLEASE! MAKE IT STOP! Want to make your brain explode? Try listening to the Radio Disney for more than two minutes. It's bad enough that the station, aimed at kids, has a playlist of about a dozen songs. But what causes my ears...
Backpack Causes School Evacuation
Mandarin High School evacuated its students Monday morning after a report of a suspicious backpack in the courtyard of the Greenland Road campus. The disruption lasted a little more than an hour but was enough to postpone the school's first day...
Blight Could Make Camellia Blooms Turn Brown
Byline: ELLEN DUDEK Q: The flowers on my camellia bush are turning brown. Why is this? Several things could be causing the flowers to turn brown. Browning on the edges of flower petals may be caused by sun or wind damage. Cold temperatures can...
Coming Back Home to What Really Counts
Byline: Charlie Patton In 2003, as his father faced death, Fernando Acosta-Rua decided it was time to come home. Acosta-Rua, 39, had grown up in Jacksonville and graduated from Bolles. After graduating from the University of Florida, where he...
Gators' Eraser; Nelson Proves He's No One-Hit Wonder
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Reggie Nelson's first victim was teammate Nyan Boateng. The sophomore wide receiver was running a reverse during a preseason practice, getting ready to put a move on a linebacker - then he saw blue. As...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Defense Wants Respect
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Athletes play the lack-of-respect card all the time - heck, that's all the Florida basketball team talked about during the NCAA Tournament - and the Florida football team is no different. The Gators are 12-1,...
'Gears of War' Lives Up to Microsoft's Hype; It Looks and Feels Different Than Other Shooters out There
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY While Sony and Nintendo were struggling to get their consoles to stores fast enough, Microsoft was not having the same problem with Gears of War, the first real next-generation blockbuster. It's already sold 2 million copies,...
Hyde to Lead State Agency; Councilman to Run Management Services
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- Gov.-elect Charlie Crist reached out to the Jacksonville City Council Monday to tap Kevin Hyde to head the state Department of Management Services, giving the former council president his first role in state...
Jacksonville Journal
GIBSON, VS-31 TOPCATS GIVING FRUIT TO SENIORS Seniors will be given fruit bags today and Wednesday at Jacksonville senior centers and nursing homes. State Rep. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, and crew from the Jacksonville-based VS-31 Topcats...
Jaguars Extra
QUOTABLE "We're playing for a championship now. We'll see how everybody responds." QB Tom Brady, whose Patriots can win the AFC East with a win Sunday FIVE QUESTIONS With Ernest Wilford How frustrating is it to play well offensively,...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Drew Expected to Play Sunday
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Perhaps the only good news for the Jaguars coming out of Sunday's 24-17 loss at Tennessee was the positive prognosis for running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Drew. Drew is expected to play on Sunday against the Patriots,...
JIA Promises More Shops, Cafes Past Security; the Aviation Authority Says Travelers Asked for More Options, and They'll Be Delivered with the Terminal Expansion in '08
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Jacksonville International Airport will add more than 17,000 square feet of concession space to its three concourses as part of the expansion of its terminal, a project slated to be finished in 2008. The new shops will...
Kids' Pleas for Bicycles Touched Him
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis It was all those kids asking "Please, mister, can I have a bicycle?" that got to accountant R. Travis Storey. The pleas led to Storey's creation of The Children's Christmas Party of Jacksonville in 1999. On Saturday,...
Morning Briefs
AETNA, NEMOURS SIGN NEW 3-YEAR CONTRACT Aetna has signed a new three-year contract with Nemours, one of the nation's largest children's health systems. Under the new contract, which takes effect Feb. 1., Aetna health insurance plan members can continue...
Movie Opens Old Wounds for Bowden
Byline: Gene Frenette When most people assess Bobby Bowden's legacy as a football coach, they likely remember him most for turning Florida State into a national power and being the winningest Division I-A coach in history. Jack Lengyel sees it...
SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; Bruins' Blitzes Get Bowden's Attention
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - Bobby Bowden has been uncharacteristically quiet about which quarterback he plans to start against UCLA in the Emerald Bowl. Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee will both prepare to face a defense that mimics some...
Seminoles Rally from Low Point; Florida State Men Pull Away for Victory after Lackluster First Half
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE - There was something eerily reminiscent - and not very pleasant - about the way Florida State was playing in the first half of Monday night's basketball game against High Point. The Seminoles led by only two points...
Shopping for the Common Good; Many National - and Local - Businesses Are Finding That Customers This Season Feel Good about Buying Their Products That Support Charitable Causes
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON This season, going shopping may be your best chance to splurge in the name of charity. A glut of national and local retailers are promoting products tied to causes and charities close to their hearts. Perhaps most famously,...
Shorstein to Meet with Judge in Tanner Case; Today's Session Comes Just a Day after the Duval Grand Jury Met
Byline: DANA TREEN Six months after beginning a grand jury probe into State Attorney John Tanner's motives and methods in handling a Flagler County jail investigation, fellow top prosecutor Harry Shorstein is scheduled to meet today with a judge...
St. Augustine Plaza Not a 'Homeless Safe Zone'; the City's Mayor Asked the Salvation Army to Help Find Solutions
Byline: ANNE MARIE APOLLO Tucked into corners and ensconced on benches in the Plaza de la Constitucion, homeless people drawn by the promise of food and the hope of shelter are showing up in otherwise postcard tourist shots of St. Augustine's city...
There's Time for Response; with Jaguars Still in Control of Playoff Destiny, del Rio Confident in QB Garrard
Byline: VITO STELLINO Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio gave quarterback David Garrard what amounted to a vote of confidence Monday. "I still remain very confident in his abilities and very supportive of him," Del Rio said Monday after viewing the video...
TRANSIENTS A SHIFTING ISSUE; Police Efforts in Downtown Jacksonville Have Merely Moved the Homeless to Outlying Areas, Advocates Say
Byline: DAVID HUNT He strolls along the grassy median, the dark filth caked to his jeans foreshadowing a story completed by the sign in his hands. "Homeless. Hungry," it reads. The light turns red on Wells Road at Blanding Boulevard, across...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves More Balance Urged in Stories on Race
On the front page of the Friday paper there were statistics regarding racism on the rise. I can understand these statistics being credible for the black respondents, as they live it every day. I feel that the white respondents are relating more to...
UNF Coach Troubled by Missed Free Throws; Ospreys Fall to 1-9 as Defense Struggles to Stop Binghamton Duo
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Twenty minutes after Binghamton handed North Florida its ninth loss in 10 games, three UNF players returned to the court and began shooting free throws. James Grimball (2-5), Arnold Henry (1-4) and Germaine Sparkes (1-3)...
Weinstein Drops out of Race, Saying City Must Be United; Democratic Candidate Diane Melendez Also Left the Mayoral Race Monday
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Mike Weinstein officially pulled out of the Jacksonville mayor's race Monday after weeks of speculation about whether he could gather enough financial and political support to beat Mayor John Peyton. Though he admits...
YEAR AHEAD -- BEACHES; Big Changes
The great Duval County Civil War of 2007 apparently won't happen, after all. Several months ago, Jacksonville City Councilman Warren Alvarez proposed renegotiating the interlocal agreements with all three Beaches communities. Officials there...
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