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Articles from January 13, 2006

Accident on 210 Kindles Calls for a Traffic Signal; County Officials Say the Materials for a New Signal Are on Their Way
Byline: lisa miller A recent traffic crash that sent five to the hospital, including three children, has intensified the fight for a lighted intersection near one County Road 210 subdivision. Residents of St. Johns Golf and Country Club, just...
ACD Tops Nease, Loses Appeal of Forfeiture; Bennett's 19 Points Lift Apaches; School Plans to Appeal FHSAA Decision
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Arlington Country Day's boys basketball team posted a 15-point win over Nease Thursday night, a little more than 24 hours after the Apaches learned they had suffered a defeat off the court. The FHSAA's sectional appeals committee...
Advice for Starving Artists -- from One Who Is Not
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT Paul Dorrell delivers it straight. "Unless you are independently wealthy, you'll have to take a day job, or a night job, to support your work. Take heart, there are worse things -- like starving." Dorrell owns...
After Slow Start, Etto Wows the Crowd; Good Food and Fun at Japanese Steakhouse
Byline: ERICA BURKS Part of the charm -- and the horror -- of Japanese restaurants that have tableside cooking is that you share your table with strangers. Sometimes you make friends over the flying shrimp and sake. Other times, their kids or...
Army Cancels Spy Jet Contract; Brazil Manufacturer Shelves Plan to Build Major Jacksonville Facility at Cecil
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The U.S. Army has terminated its $879 million contract for the next-generation spy plane that was to be assembled in Jacksonville by jet manufacturer Embraer, meaning the Brazilian company won't be coming to Jacksonville...
AROUND THE CONFERENCE; Freshman a Nice Surprise for LSU
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Want a Freshman of the Year candidate in the Southeastern Conference? How about LSU forward Tyrus Thomas? The 6-foot-9, 215-pounder from Baton Rouge, La., already has an SEC-high nine double-doubles this...
A Sign of Common Sense Would Be Nice
Byline: kevin clark Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind. Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign? The 1970 hit song by Five Man Electrical Band made for some great music on our AM airwaves, but...
ATV Proposal a Sad Reminder for 2 Families; Lawmakers' Debate Could Coincide with Trial in Coffee Crash; Parents Bothered
Byline: TERRY DICKSON AMBROSE -- Five crosses stand beside Smith Cemetery Road where a car collided with an all-terrain vehicle on Sept. 20, 2003, killing five of its riders. It is a miracle that there aren't six crosses, but one of the children,...
Billy Joel Fans: We're 'Movin' out'; Rock Ballet Choreographs Stories in Piano Man's Songs
Byline: LILLA ROSS Hang on to your seats (if you can) for a second shot of Billy Joel. If you didn't get enough of the Piano Man at his Jacksonville concert earlier this week, check out the rock ballet Movin' Out next week at the Times-Union...
Bishop's Letter Portends Battle for Episcopal Church Property; 7 Priests Left American Church but Keep Using Physical Worship Space
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Episcopal Bishop John Howard took the first step this week toward defrocking seven priests, including four in Jacksonville, and hinted at legal action against clergy and lay leaders who refuse to surrender parish property to...
Church Seeks to Grow in Stride with Area; Our Lady of Good Counsel Launches a Fund-Raiser to Expand Its Facilities
Byline: terry brown Our Lady of Good Counsel has the church and it has the steeple. But it some day might be bursting at the seams from too many people. The Catholic church's facilities are not capable of meeting diocese projections for the thousands...
Coast Lines
COLONIAL MALL-GLYNN PLACE TO HOST DOG, CAT ADOPTION Homeless dogs and cats will be available for adoption from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today inside Colonial Mall-Glynn Place in Brunswick. The pet adoption fair is being conducted by Glynn County...
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK; Booker Decides to Return to Florida State
After losing linebacker Ernie Sims and cornerback Antonio Cromartie to the NFL Draft, Florida State received some good news Thursday as tailback Lorenzo Booker announced he would return for his senior year. Booker, who led the Seminoles with 552...
Council President Bans Activist; He Says She Can't Attend Meetings until March 31; an Attorney Calls That Unlawful
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS Jacksonville activist Jackie Brown, whose histrionics at a City Council meeting in November resulted in her arrest, has now been banned by the council president from attending council meetings until March 31. The letter...
Defense Witnesses Say Mom Delusional; Two Psychiatrists Tell Court Demeniuk Thought Killing Her Boys Was Right
Byline: KEN LEWIS ST. AUGUSTINE -- Leslie Demeniuk was so delusional when she killed her twin 4-year-old sons in 2001 that she thought she was doing the right thing, defense psychiatrists said in court Thursday. Psychiatrists David Menkes and...
Difference Makers
Byline: terry brown sarah owen Sarah Owen, 26, can be considered a firebrand for conservation in St. Johns County and Northeast Florida. The native Floridian -- which she says is an endangered species -- is a University of Florida graduate with...
Dueling Tax Breaks: Which Plan for You?
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING It is estimated Florida will have $3.5 billion in surplus revenue over the next two fiscal years. On Thursday, Republicans and Democrats revealed how they'd give the state's taxpayers a break. Here's how their plans stack...
Durango Developer Also Likes Property at St. Marys Airport; the Airport, Which Might Move to Woodbine, Would Give LandMar 450 Adjacent Acres
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS -- LandMar Group's plans to use the Durango-Georgia Paper Co. site to build a residential community could be larger in scope than many anticipated. Paul Jones, the regional project manager for Jacksonville-based...
Ethiopia Gets Its Own 'Idols' to Ridicule
Byline: Jeff Vrabel Having already sent the region Michael Jackson, there wasn't much left that the American music industry could do, I figured, to damage the Eastern hemisphere. But that was before I read about Ethiopian Idols. Really, really...
Evening of Cello Music at Church of Good Shepherd
The cello makes some of the most soothing and beautiful sounds of all instruments. Put eight of them in one room, and it's bound to be good. Cello Octet Conjunto Iberico, the only full-time cello octet in the world, performs at 8 p.m. today at the...
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. Casanova -- I'm willing to bet that...
Father Sentenced in Death of Infant Son; He Avoids Life in Prison through a Plea Deal for the 2004 Death of His 9-Week-Old Boy
Byline: JOE JOHNSON ATHENS -- A Watkinsville man drew 20 years in prison Wednesday for killing his 9-week-old son in 2004. Jeffrey Allen Towe -- originally charged with four counts of felony murder and several other felonies -- avoided a possible...
Fifth Street House Burns; 3 Displaced
Fire heavily damaged a two-story Jacksonville house Thursday, leaving three people displaced. Flames were coming from the second floor of 212-214 W. Fifth St. when firefighters arrived about 4 p.m., authorities said. Resident Shirley Wilkinson...
Fruit Cove's BARBECUE BATTLEGROUND; Smoky, Tangy, Spicy, Succulent, Tender . . . We're Running out of Adjectives to Describe the Area's Burgeoning Barbecue Scene. What We're Not Running out of, However, Are Restaurant Choices
Byline: terry brown Northwest St. Johns County has become a battleground called Barbecue Central: a 2-mile radius from the Race Track Road and Florida 13's intersection that features four restaurants, each of which catering to the discerning tastes...
Gators Just Can't Be Beat ... Maybe; Some Think UF Looks Invincible against Its Remaining Schedule, but Donovan's Wary
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- So, who's it gonna be? Which Southeastern Conference men's basketball team will be the first to beat Florida this season? That was the biggest question as SEC play began last week. The second-ranked Gators...
Give Me Five
you're so grounded, mister A St. Johns County man learned the hard way that it always pays to call your mother once in a while. A 59-year-old woman let her son and his girlfriend borrow her car on Jan. 2. Apparently they didn't pick up the phone...
Hey Coaches, Wake Up and Smell Those Stinky Records
Byline: Michael DiRocco Psst. C'mere. Got some inside dope for you. Don't laugh, but some SEC coaches must be on something because they're convinced the league will be pretty strong over the next two months. Despite what the national polls, statistic...
Home-Schoolers Get a Lesson in Outdoor Survival; Naturalist Program Features Survival Training Monthly through April
Byline: beverly fleming Some northwest St. Johns County youngsters were a bit tied up with knots recently, but they managed to learn how to survive the ordeal and other important practices to know when out in the woods. Joshua Teed, Nicholas...
If Anything's Worth Saving, It Must Be This
Byline: Mark Woods FERNANDINA BEACH -- If you look at a map of Nassau County, just south of the Shave Bridge and west of Amelia Island, you'll find a patch of land in the Intracoastal Waterway called Crane Island. Well, that's what the maps call...
Incentives Bring Businesses Here; Two Businesses Are Getting Impact Fee Breaks to Move to St. Johns County
Byline: lisa miller Expedited permitting and a break in impact fees enticed a stone manufacturer and distributer to relocate its corporate headquarters to St. Johns County. Belmarmi, an Neptune Beach-based importer, manufacturer and distributer...
Jacksonville Journal
CLOTHING DRIVE TO HELP PAKISTAN QUAKE VICTIMS The American Muslim community in Jacksonville is having a drive to collect warm clothes for victims of the Oct. 8 earthquake in Pakistan. The drive begins at 1 p.m. today and ends at 1:30 p.m. Sunday...
JOCKS IN THE BOX; Penalty Minutes Elicit Both Profanity and Prayer
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Art Mnatsakanov, the Florida Seals' burly and unshaven defenseman, blows his nose. Barracudas defenseman Chris Kovalcik unleashes a profanity-laced diatribe, causing fits of hushed giggles in the scorer's box, after being...
LandMar Also Eyes Land at St. Marys Airport; Jacksonville-Based Developer's Plans for Old Paper Site Could Grow
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS, Ga. -- LandMar Group's plans to use the Durango-Georgia Paper Co. site to build a residential community could be larger in scope than many anticipated. Paul Jones, the regional project manager for Jacksonville-based...
Let's Not Make Mountains out of Molehills
Byline: Matt Soergel Brokeback Mountain has been pulling in droves of viewers in its so-far limited release, even if one theater in Utah canceled its showings of the film this past week. Its per-screen average has been impressive, even beating last...
Move School Board Office off Valuable Riverfront
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Let's talk about some exciting possibilities for 2006. No. 1, get the School Board building off the riverfront. Putting that valuable property back on the tax rolls has long been a goal, and this could be the year...
Nease Girls Beat Fleming Island, Win SJRAC; Shorthanded Panthers Win 3-0, Improve to 20-2-2
Byline: FRANCINE KING Despite missing five seniors, including several starters, the Nease girls soccer team won a physical battle Thursday night against Fleming Island to win the St. Johns River Athletic Conference title. The Panthers defeated...
NFL Drug Policies Leave Jags, Williams in Limbo; Team Might Not Know Status of Receiver, Charged with Drug Possession, until after Draft
Byline: VITO STELLINO In the wake of the drug possession charges filed against wide receiver Reggie Williams on Monday, the Jaguars now have to play a waiting game. Williams doesn't have to deal with major legal problems because he only faces...
NURSING; Shortage Addressed
It's a real life horror story. Imagine that a visit to the hospital means no nurses to take blood pressure, administer medications and clean wounds. Unfortunately, it's not that imaginary. There is a shortage of 34,000 nurses in Florida, which...
On Stage; New Shows from Theatre Jacksonville, Players and More
Now that the holidays are out of the way, local theater groups are firing up the footlights and taking to the stage. -- Theatre Jacksonville stages David Rambo's God's Man in Texas, about a fictional megachurch in the Lone Star State. It examines...
Photographs Showcase Zoo Animals' 'Captive Beauty'
Byline: LILLA ROSS Even as a kid, Frank Noelker noticed that something wasn't quite right about wild animals standing around in concrete cages with trees and rocks painted on the walls. And that was at the famous St. Louis Zoo. Since then, he...
Police Blotter
st. augustine 2700 block of Florida 16: St. Johns County authorities arrested two men Jan. 6 on charges of false imprisonment and grand theft auto after a witness reported a man forced a screaming woman into a vehicle near the Shands pier. A...
Power Poll; Basketball Rankings
1. FLORIDA Record: 15-0 (2-0 SEC). Last week: beat Mississippi State 75-60 on Wednesday. This week: vs. Auburn on Saturday, vs. Savannah State on Wednesday. Update: When will talk of unbeaten season start? 2. TENNESSEE Record: 11-1...
Queen Latifah Goes on a Fun-Filled 'Last Holiday'
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Live every day as if it were your last. Not a particularly novel idea, but it's not bad to be reminded of it every once in a while. Last Holiday does that with considerable sweetness and gets some laughs out of it, too. It'll...
Quiet, Powerful, Sad Romance Will Stay with You; BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Brokeback Mountain makes a few missteps, but it's still a powerful, sad romance that gets its doomed appeal from us knowing that its lovers simply can't ever really be with each other -- not in this time and certainly not in...
Rants & Raves; T-YOU
EMBARRASSING Great job, Gaguars, thanks for proving the entire sports community right on this call and showing everyone that the last eight of nine victories against teams with a combined record of 27-69 and giving you a 12-4 record wasn't a fluke....
Real Estate
The following transactions were recorded by the St. Johns County Clerk of Circuit Court from Dec. 20-26. Lot 298, Saint Johns Six Mile Creek West Unit 1: James G. Kirschner to Paoloa L. V. Kirschner, $10 Lot 34C Commons, Wingfield Glen Unit...
Real Estate Lawyer Gets 9 Years for Helping in Mortgage Scheme; He Handled Closings for a Man Convicted of 20 Counts of Real Estate Fraud and Conspiracy
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON A Jacksonville real estate lawyer was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Thursday for helping operate a multimillion-dollar mortgage scheme that involved hundreds of local homes. Two Jacksonville mortgage brokers...
ROUNDUP; Fletcher, Mandarin Reach Gateway Girls Soccer Final
Fletcher freshman midfielder Carolina Lencina scored the game-winning goal in overtime for a 2-1 soccer victory Thursday night over Paxon at Patton Park. The Senators advance to the Gateway Conference girls championship Saturday afternoon against...
Some Tips for a More Pleasant Workplace
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis Hand-wringing abounds about workforce trends and how to find and keep skilled workers. Allow me to help. After years of watching the trends, I can offer seven suggestions that cover many of the concerns. Before I start,...
Steak Lovers May Shout 'Bravo' for Opening of Plaza III the Steakhouse
Byline: Dan Macdonald All of the final touches aren't in place yet, but Plaza III The Steakhouse has opened at the Hyatt. The elegant upscale restaurant replaced Bravo! Plaza III serves from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from...
St. Johns Briefs
technical scholarships First Coast Technical Institute will award scholarships to graduating high school seniors who desire technical career education. Applicants must reside in Putnam, St. Johns or Clay counties. The FCTI scholarship covers tuition...
Student Earns Shot at His Teacher; Merritt Leads Mandarin to Gateway Boys Soccer Final against Wolfson
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Mandarin forward Chris Merritt scored a goal, assisted on another and earned a penalty kick. In other words, he did everything he could to set up a match with his eighth-grade English teacher. The Mustangs (17-1-1) beat...
SUSAN TEDESCHI; Covering Their Tracks Singer Records Tunes by Blues, Soul Greats
Byline: JEFF VRABEL For her first album in three years, blues-soul chanteuse Susan Tedeschi, known best for her sultry pipes and guitar chops, elected to hit the books -- those being the songbooks of folks such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha...
T-YOU; TalkBack
Thoughts on Medicare? We want to gauge your feelings on issues in the news. Our question this week: The new Medicare prescription drug plan has caused confusion among seniors and left some unable to get their medications. What do you think? Go to...
Wanted: A More Passionate Lover; James Franco Tepid in Role of Tristan
Byline: MATT SOERGEL It's hard to cook up a great legendary romance if one of the lovers isn't sizzling -- or even sputtering. Tristan & Isolde is a handsome production, with perfectly good swordfighting, nice bow-and-arrow action, a decent...
Winn-Dixie Stockholders Disbanded; Equity Committee Has Not Given Up, despite 'Unfortunate Situation'
Byline: MARK BASCH The U.S. Trustee this week filed a notice to disband the committee representing Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.'s stockholders in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, a move that increases the likelihood that shareholders will get wiped...
You've Been Down 'Glory Road' before, and That's OK
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Another month, another inspiring underdog sports drama from Disney. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The formula at its peak (Miracle) can be believable and thrilling, and the worthy also-runs (Remember the Titans, The...
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