The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 22, 2007

All-First Coast Softball
FIRST TEAM Pos. Name***School***Yr.***Comment P*****Jamie Brooker***West Nassau***Jr.***Led 3A semifinalist with .446 average, 7 HR; went 23-5 with 1.45***************ERA in first season as starter. P*****Margaret Carter*****Palatka***Sr.***The...
American Girls Bring Smiles; Popular Series Makes American History Fun and Personal
Byline: CHANEL MARTIN The Orange Park library kicked off its summer American Girls book club with over 70 registrants at the first meeting last Saturday. The girls, ranging from ages 7 to 12, enjoyed a crossword and puzzle involving characters...
Around Clay County
FDLE reviewing Bowles case The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has not determined if it will investigate an allegation that Green Cove Springs City Manager Don Bowles committed voter fraud, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday. The FDLE...
A Soul-Filled Festival at Metropolitan Park; Saturday's Event to Feature 'Old School' Hitmakers from '80S
Byline: ROGER BULL The emphasis will be on soul more than food, but Saturday's Soul Food Festival at Metropolitan Park will have a good bit of both. The soul -- that's old school '80s soul -- will be provided by singers Jeffrey Osborne, Stehanie...
Black Light Burns Brightly for Limp Bizkit Guitarist
Byline: ROGER BULL Wes Borland had his time on top. For a few short years, Limp Bizkit ruled the rock scene. And Borland was there (most of the time), playing guitar in the monkey mask (some of the time). Now he's starting over. New band, first...
Botanical Gardens in Augusta Threatened; City Leaders Look for Ways to Save the Golf Hall of Fame Attraction
Byline: ROB PAVEY AUGUSTA, Ga. - A committee of community leaders joined forces this week in hopes of saving the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's botanical gardens from its scheduled closure June 30. "We all know why we're here," state Sen. Ed Tarver...
Company Responds to Fury over Rescuer Firing; Colin Bruley Lost His Job at an Apartment Complex after Aiding an Injured Neighbor
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER An ongoing firestorm over the firing of a Jacksonville man who helped rescue a wounded neighbor caught his former employers off-guard, leading their top executive to defend the decision Thursday. Village Green Cos. initially...
Cuts in City Services Could Hurt Firefighting Response
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage This is for all of you folks who are salivating over the prospects of a massive cut in property taxes and who believe city government can do without. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is a good example of...
Disturbing Discoveries in the Eerie Drama 'Jindabyne'
Byline: MATT SOERGEL The word "enigmatic" in a movie review is a clue that the film in question is likely to be as frustrating as it is fascinating. That's the case in Jindabyne, a quiet Australian thriller that is indeed supremely enigmatic. ...
Ducks' Giguere Signs a Four-Year Extension
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere has decided to stay with the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, signing a four-year, $24 million contract Thursday. The 30-year-old Giguere had a 13-4 record in the playoffs while appearing in 18 postseason games....
EDUCATION; Higher Expectations
It doesn't have to be Black History Month to justify serious concern about nearly 30 percent of Duval County's population. Duval County includes a larger African-American population than other major Florida cities. And blacks will be growing as...
EVAN HELP US; but We Just Didn't Find This Sequel to 'Bruce Almighty,' Starring Steve Carell This Time around, to Be All That Funny
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Evan Almighty is an amiable enough sequel to Bruce Almighty, with Steve Carell, who had a hilarious bit part in the first movie, elevated to the lead role as the guy chosen by God to be the next Noah. It has some good laughs,...
Face Your Fear; Take the Plunge
Byline: Mark Woods When I was a kid, the ultimate rite of summer was a leap off the high dive. Every summer I would go to the public pool, wait in line, climb up the stairs, walk out to the end of the board, look at the water, feel my heart racing...
Georgia Briefs
MAN RECOVERS SON'S BODY 10 DAYS AFTER BOAT CRASH MILLEDGEVILLE - The father of a boating accident victim found the body of his son in Lake Sinclair, 10 days after the young man disappeared. Randy Thompson said he found the body of his 25-year-old...
Gonzales Urges Safeguards from Mentally Ill; He Hopes to Keep Guns Away from Sex Offenders and Asks State Colleagues for Ideas
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales urged the nation's state officials Thursday to be more active in protecting the public against people with mental illness, from those who should not have guns to those convicted...
Heady Move Would Assist NFL Players
Byline: Sam Borden The NFL says it's getting serious about taking care of its own and wants to do whatever it can to keep teams from sending injured players back on the field. This seems a little suspicious, of course, coming from a league that...
Kids Gear Up for State Hershey Track Meet
More than 60 Clay County athletes will head to the University of Florida on Saturday to compete in the 2007 Hershey State Track and Field championships. Here are a list of the Clay County youth who will compete in various age groups in the nine...
MAYPORT FERRY; an Alternative
Everybody wants to keep the St. Johns River ferry, but nobody wants to pay for it. The state won't pay, even though the ferry connects two pieces of a state road. Nor will the city pay. Even if the Jacksonville Port Authority takes over, averting...
'MIGHTY' FINE FILM; Angelina Jolie Turns in Wonderfully Low-Key Performance as Wife of Missing Journalist
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Angelina Jolie is the big name in A Mighty Heart, but the actress plays down her awesome Angelina-osity and turns in a beautifully pitched, low-key performance in this emotionally grueling docudrama, a movie for actual adults...
Morning Briefs
BLACKSTONE IPO IS BIG: RAISED $4.13 BILLION Blackstone Group LP on Thursday raised $4.13 billion in the biggest U.S. initial public offering in five years, a sign of the growing power of private equity firms in global finance. The New York-based...
Movie Gets to Heart of Real-Life Story
Byline: Matt Soergel Director Michael Winterbottom says he wanted to make A Mighty Heart as close to the truth as he could. After all, the truth was devastating enough. The film focuses on the ordeal of French journalist Mariane Pearl after her...
Munson Leaning toward Home-Only Schedule; the Voice of Georgia Football Says It's Difficult to Handle the Road Trips
ATHENS, Ga. -- Larry Munson might only be broadcasting from between the hedges this fall. The 84-year-old voice of Georgia Bulldogs football said he's likely to call only the home games because of declining health. Munson discussed the option...
North Florida out Front in Plan for Water-Wise Homes; New Conservation Program Aims to Cut Usage, Save Dollars
Byline: DAVID HUNT To save money and the environment, more homes are saving water. Northeast Florida, with a fledgling conservation program expected to soon flourish, could be setting an example statewide and nationally. The Florida Water...
Outback Steakhouse Freshening Its Drink Options
Outback Steakhouse has revamped its cocktail list. It's much more than a pint of Foster's, mate. Outback is partaking in the bar chef trend with several cocktails that feature real fruit juice. I sampled a few with Outback joint venture partner...
Page2People
AND THE NEW WALK OF FAMERS ARE... Ricky Martin, Brooks & Dunn, Tim Robbins, Cate Blanchett, Angela Bassett, Howie Mandel and the late George Harrison are among the celebrities who will be honored next year with Hollywood Walk of Fame stars,...
Painting with Kids; Bennett Elementary Students Receive Instruction from a Pro
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY They followed every move of Beth Haizlip's paint brush. And they listened to every word of instruction she uttered. After all, Haizlip, a professional artist who lives in Orange Park, designed the 2007 Jacksonville...
Phase 1 of Tax Cut Now Law; Crist Also Signs Bill for Election on Expanding Homestead Exemption
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday signed Florida's largest property tax cut into law and dismissed the possibility of widespread override votes by cities and counties, thanks to provisions that Duval County lawmakers...
Prep Recruiting Limits Are OK'd; the Supreme Court Rules for Tennessee's Athletic Association
WASHINGTON -- Friday night lights are enough of a lure for young football players, the Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that upholds limits on high school sports recruiting. The nation's high court ruled in a dispute between a Tennessee...
READER RESPONSE; Finding Random Acts of Kindness All around Us Deck Goes Here Goes Here Goes Her Goes Here
In the new film Evan Almighty, Steve Carell's character is compelled by God to build an ark and, along the way, become a caring and responsible person. But you don't have to gather animals two by two to show a little compassion. We asked readers to...
ROOM DISSERVICE; John Cusack Experiences Haunted Hotel Horrors in '1408'
Byline: MATT SOERGEL 1408 won't impress those whose idea of a good time is watching young people get disemboweled, Hostel style. But it's a showcase for John Cusack (that doesn't sound like a bad thing, does it?), and it provides plenty of old-school...
Rugby League Game Is Where the Action Is
Byline: Laura Capitano Well, malt my vinegar and darken my beer, it's semi-professional rugby league season here on the First Coast. Our rough and tumble Jacksonville Axemen are off to a strong start, defeating the Bucks County Sharks 32-28 in overtime...
St. Johns River Was a War Zone; A Group Will Erect a Plaque Marking the Use of Torpedoes during the Civil War
Byline: ANNE MARIE APOLLO It took little more than a dark spring night in 1864, a band of determined men and gunpowder to turn the placid St. Johns River into a war zone. That April, one of about a dozen improvised torpedoes seeding the water...
Storyside B at Murray Hill Saturday
Byline: ROGER BULL Storyside B, a Christian band from St. Augustine, will celebrate its new CD Saturday with a concert at Murray Hill Theatre. The CD, We Are Not Alone, actually came out Tuesday, but Saturday is a better night for a concert. ...
STRIKING a BALANCE; O'Keefe Manages to Post Impressive Stats and Have Fun
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN Morgan O'Keefe can't tell you her high school pitching record from memory. She doesn't know her batting average. While some players mentally tally every strikeout, every at-bat, keeping a running scorebook in his or her...
Summer Isn't Time for GBA to Relax; Catlett's Team Is Busy Organizing Big-Time Events in Jacksonville
Byline: GARRY SMITS It has been a busy spring at the Gator Bowl Association headquarters. GBA president Rick Catlett is trying to secure a title sponsor for Jacksonville's New Year's Day bowl game, putting the finishing touches on a bid to ensure...
Summer Solstice Brings Heat, Shorter Days
Byline: Paul Bowker Summer officially arrived at precisely 2:06 p.m. Thursday. Want to get technical? Summer solstice is the scientific term. For kids, that means no school, days at the beach, fun games in the pool and summertime movies. Not...
SUMMER'S SOGGY START; the First Day of Summer Has Come and Gone in Damp Style. but Has the Rain We've Had This Month Been Enough to Douse the Fires and End the Drought?
HOW MUCH RAIN FELL ON THE JACKSONVILLE AREA THURSDAY? Just 0.06 inches. HOW MUCH RAIN HAS FALLEN SINCE JUNE 1? Three inches more than normal -- 6.59 inches. The greatest amount, 3.16 inches, fell June 1-2 from Tropical Storm Barry. IS MORE...
Supplemental Picks Sign Deals with Jags
The Jaguars signed their two seventh-round supplemental picks -- linebacker Chad Nkang and offensive lineman Andrew Carnahan -- on Thursday, leaving the team with only four of its 11 draft picks not under contract. The Jaguars still have to sign...
Tax Plan: Cut 400 Police Jobs; the Sheriff's Office Tells How It Would Trim from Its Budget, If Necessary
Byline: BETH KORMANIK and MARY KELLI PALKA More than 400 police personnel would lose their jobs if the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had to cut its budget 10 percent, according to a plan Sheriff John Rutherford submitted to City Hall Thursday. ...
Teenage Bicyclist Shot Dead
A teenage boy on a bicycle was killed in a drive-by shooting Thursday afternoon in a Jacksonville neighborhood near Soutel Drive and Moncrief Road, police said. Just before 4 p.m., two boys in their late teens were riding their bicycles down Dostie...
Touring Coppergate Elementary; Parents, Teachers, Kids Get Close-Up View of New School That Will Open in August
Byline: Bill Johnson Two years and $14.1 million in the making, Coppergate Elementary School's doors swung open Tuesday night to give parents, prospective students and the community a sneak peek as to what they'll be seeing come Aug. 20 and the...
T-U 2; Baseball Exposes Its Dark Side
2 CENTS So Tiger Woods has never won a major championship coming from behind on Sunday. He still has won 12 on the professional level, more than anyone except Jack Nicklaus. I never realized there were style points assigned to winning a Masters,...
T-YOU; Everyone's a Critic
So you think Matt Soergel must be on a Sno-cap sugar high when he sees films? Everyone's a Critic lets you play movie reviewer. Here's what "regular folks" think of movies currently playing at the multiplex. NANCY DREW -- After growing up as a fan...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves Bulldogs Legend Munson Deserves Praise, Not Critics
How could anyone write or even publish any words degrading [Larry Munson], who has been Georgia football for over 40 years. The only words said, written and published should be of praise and sorrow for when he does retire. ... A comment was made...
T-YOU; THE FAITH LEADER Mentors and Friends Gave Him a Push toward Ministry
THE REV. BRETT FOSTER Title, church, city: Youth pastor and worship leader, Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville. Age: 39. Education: Bachelor's in education, University of South Florida; master of divinity, Southern Seminary; doctorate...
UNF Student Director to Take Comedic, Serious Look at Race; the Plays Are Being Presented to Highlight the Black Experience
Byline: CODY PEARCE This weekend, actors will portray a town of white Southern bigots who refer to African-Americans as "mongrels," among other racial slurs. Their white clown face make-up will reverse the American minstrel tradition in order to...