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Articles from February 10, 2006

183 Homes Planned for Johns Creek; after Debate and Compromise, Day Care and Shopping Center Plans Are Nixed for Homes
Byline: lisa miller After more than three hours of discussion, debate and a mound of modifications, St. Johns County granted permission for one northwest development to begin its second phase. The developers of Johns Creek, a 400-home neighborhood...
2006 Winter OLYMPICS; YOUR ULTIMATE TV VIEWING GUIDE What to Watch from the 24 1/2-Hours-a-Day Coverage
You gotta admit, it's a pretty neat trick: NBC will cover the Winter Olympics from Turin, Italy, 24 1/2 hours a day. They'll do it by spreading coverage over five networks -- NBC, USA, CNBC, MSNBC and Universal HD -- for a total of 416 hours between...
4th Quarter Is Subdued for Fidelity; Taxes Paid for Its Recent Spin-Off Coupled with a Slowdown in Mortgage Activity Account for the Slowdown
Byline: MARK BASCH Fidelity National Financial Inc. reported lower fourth-quarter earnings, due to income taxes paid in connection with the spin-off of its title insurance business into a separate public company. Jacksonville-based Fidelity late...
Affordable Housing Builder Says He Can't Afford Project; Some See the Project's Demise as a Sign of Larger Economic Problems
Byline: lisa miller A developer who agreed to build more than 100 affordable housing units in exchange for greater density in his project backed out of the proposal Tuesday, citing difficulties affording the deal. Attorney George McClure, who...
All This News about Band Reunions Is Just, Uh, Smashing
Byline: Jeff Vrabel It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Just five years after pulling the plug on the influential but nebulous Smashing Pumpkins, singer and Gollum stunt double Billy Corgan is, to use the phrase of his hometown colleague Jake...
American Buddhist to Talk Healing at FCCJ; His Christian Background and American Roots Help Him Share, Host Says
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Menomonie, Wis., resident John Samuelson is a long way from home during his stay in Jacksonville this week. But he's even farther from his spiritual and professional roots. A former Lutheran who once reupholstered furniture...
Augusta Landmark Marks 50th; Sconyers Bar-B-Que Has Become a Stop for Presidents
Byline: TIMOTHY COX AUGUSTA -- It is by design that customers drive onto a rustic landscape and cross a wooden bridge over a fish-stocked pond before entering Sconyers Bar-B-Que restaurant. "It's about us wanting people to feel like they're coming...
Boy's Carjacking Death May Be Capital Case
Prosecutors notified the court Thursday of their intent to seek the death penalty against three Jacksonville men arrested in the botched carjacking death of 11-year-old Damian Hughes in December. Assistant State Attorney Mark Calil made the announcement...
Boys Soccer
Byline: David Johnson and Francine King All regional finals at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. REGION 1-5A TALLAHASSEE LEON AT WOLFSON Outlook: Wolfson midfielder Redian Omari scored on a penalty kick with less than a minute left to send...
Brewers Yet to Give Sheets Shot at Classic
The Brewers want to speak with Ben Sheets at spring training before giving their ace pitcher the go-ahead to play in the first World Baseball Classic. The Brewers open camp Feb. 17 in Phoenix, and Sheets' status will be reviewed by pitching coach...
Celebrations of Faith
upcoming retreats at marywood Roots of Christian Mysticism led by Sisters Elizabeth Hilmann, Rose Hoover, and Annette Mattle, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. "Gifts of the Fifth Century" focuses on the lives...
Coast Lines
PIANO CONCERT SUNDAY AT BRUNSWICK LIBRARY Piano virtuoso Christopher Smith will give a free concert performance at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library in downtown Brunswick. For more information, call the library at (912) 267-1212....
Difference Makers
Byline: terry brown ben williams Fruit Cove outdoorsman Ben Williams has spent the better part of his life on the local waterways and in the once vast woodlands of St. Johns County. An avid hunter and fisherman, he has come to appreciate the...
Elderly Man Who Killed Wife, Self Was Overwhelmed, Friends Say; She Had Alzheimer's and He Had Been Diagnosed with a Terminal Vascular Illness
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY George loved Corinne for more than 60 years. He loved her in high school in Fernandina Beach. He loved her when he went to fight in North Africa in World War II. He loved her when they raised two daughters and grew old...
Ever Needed to Call 911? Thank This Orangedale Woman; She Helped Bring the Service to Duval, Clay and St. Johns Counties in 1985
Byline: terry brown In the event of an emergency, even young children are trained to call 911 -- they know if they do, police, fire and rescue will soon arrive to help them. For many, it may even be hard to imagine a time when the emergency service...
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. Good Night, and Good Luck -- Having...
Fantasy Racing Hits Gas; More Fans Are Embracing Their Inner Roush by Owning Fantasy NASCAR Teams
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH -- When he was an intern with the NBA's Orlando Magic, Ron Jones confessed to a greater love: NASCAR. And like so many other racing fans, he transformed that love into his own fantasy league. Jones started with...
Florida High Court Considers Redistricting Issue; Justices Weigh the Merits of a Proposed Amendment to the State Constitution
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's Supreme Court on Thursday considered the technicalities of a question with decades-long implications on how the Sunshine State is governed: Should political districts be drawn by politicians? ...
Gamma Rays Look through Trucks for State Inspectors; One of the State's Four Machines Is in Nassau County. It Has Helped the State Recover Millions Worth of Drugs
Byline: KEN LEWIS The source of the gamma rays is smaller than an aspirin. But linked to an intricate, vehicle-mounted computer system, the gamma ray imaging machine penetrates every inch of giant trucks and their cargoes. It spies through the...
Give Me Five
hit spellcheck Congrats to the spelling whiz kids at northwest schools who qualified for the St. Johns County spelling bee on Wednesday by winning their school-sponsored contests. They are: Chris Barrington, fifth grade, Hickory Creek Elementary...
Group's Impact Fee Ideas Should Be Taken Seriously
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage My guess is the publication "Florida Impact Fee Review Task Force Final Report & Recommendations," released Feb. 1, hasn't exactly been flying off the shelves at bookstores. And when I checked Thursday, it wasn't...
Guard's Smile like Sunshine on His Corner
Byline: Mark Woods The crossing guard stood on the corner across from the main post office, grinning and waving at cars stopped at a red light. The light changed and he started using both hands. With his right hand, he waved at a traffic coming...
'Happily Red' at Theatre Jax on Saturday
Tony Award-winning performer Donna McKechnie is in town this weekend to lend a hand to Theatre Jacksonville's fund-raising efforts. McKechnie, who has appeared in A Chorus Line, Gypsy in My Soul and a half-dozen other Broadway shows and won the Fred...
Harrison Ford to the Rescue, Again; 'Firewall' Shows Actor in Familiar Situation
Byline: MATT SOERGEL After Firewall, we'll give Harrison Ford exactly one more movie in which he can beat up guys 30 years his junior. And that had better be Indiana Jones 4. For now, there's Firewall, in which the 63-year-old star has to save...
Heeeeeeeeere's Ed McMahon; Johnny Carson's Famous Sidekick to Share His 'Tonight Show Memories'
Byline: DAN SCANLAN For 30 years, he sat on the famous late-night couch and played the humble servant and straight man, beginning each NBC-TV broadcast with a booming announcement of "Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny." Now, a year after Johnny Carson's...
Historic School Building May Get New Life; A Councilman Insists Information Was Withheld When the Committee Gave the Go-Ahead to Raze
Byline: BETH KORMANIK The historic Annie Lytle School building may be spared from the wrecking ball after all. City Councilman Art Shad is calling for the council to hold off a vote on the demolition because he believes information was withheld...
Hooked on Fishing
Byline: terry brown A shot at stardom and lucrative endorsements. Those are the big fish Patrick Pierce, a Fruit Cove resident and competitive fisherman, doesn't want to see get away. Standing on the bow of his glittery sleek boat and peering...
House OKs St. Simons District Shift; Democratic Leader Decries Change That Would Make Keen the Island's Sole Rep
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- The House voted along mostly party lines Thursday to shift the district boundaries on St. Simons Island and a handful of other legislative districts across the state, but not before Democrats blasted the move as...
Jacksonville Journal
MUSEUM PRESIDENT NAMED TO STATE HISTORICAL PANEL Margo Dundon, president of the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Florida Historical Commission. The appointment is through January 2008....
Julington Condo Plan Drops to 7 Stories High; the Developer Said the New Plan Is a Concession to Neighborhood Opposition
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A developer has slashed the height of a proposed 140-foot condominium tower at the Julington Creek Marina for the second time after continued neighborhood opposition. Now a U-shaped, 90-foot, seven-story condominium on the...
Lady Bears Step Up to the Plate; Bartram's Softball Team Has Fresh Faces, but a Familiar Goal: Win
Byline: stephanie mccormack The Bartram Trail softball team isstepping up to bat for another season starting Wednesday when it takes on First Coast High school. The first game of the season will take place at Bartram at 6:30 p.m. With a fresh...
Lawsuit in Fatal Union Crash Joins Dozens against Trucking Firm; the Driver Is Also Named in the Suit, Prompted by an Accident That Killed Seven Children
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A lawsuit filed this week in a fiery Union County crash that killed seven children is one of dozens filed across the country against the company whose truck was involved in the wreck. Amanda Lee Scott, the mother of 14-year-old...
Live on Stage
DETROIT COBRAS, REIGNING SOUND When: Monday. Where: Jack Rabbits, 1528 Hendricks Ave. Tickets: $10 Information: (904) 398-7496. A punk/R&B cover band that specializes in the Motown and soul history of their hometown, the Cobras turn...
Lynch's Bonus Approved by Court; Judge Expresses Concern about Company's Future
Byline: MARK BASCH Peter Lynch's success in turning around Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.'s operations has made him a "marketable commodity" who can leave the company at any time, an attorney for the company said Thursday at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing....
Make Plans Now to Eat out with Your Valentine
Byline: Dan Macdonald Check that day planner. If it doesn't say to make Valentine's Day restaurant reservations by today, it should. The holiday is one of the busiest dining evenings of the year. Restaurants look at it as a day to bank on; it...
Martinis and a Manicure: Now This, Ladies, Is Living
Byline: Laura Capitano Just as food tastes better on china rather than Solo plastic plates, I've learned that I type better with impeccably manicured fingers. Thank you, Mundo Grill. Oh, how I delighted at the beauty of my shiny, squared-off...
Members Identify Vines' Successor; Some Are Certain Texas Preacher Will Get the Job
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY The Rev. Mac Brunson, a Texas preacher known for his homespun, Bible-based sermons and an ability to inspire congregations, will be nominated as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, prominent members of the downtown...
MEN'S BASKETBALL NOTES; 'No Answer' for Razorbacks Guard
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Jonathon Modica nearly beat South Carolina by himself last Saturday. He certainly did in the first half. Modica scored a career-high 37 points during Arkansas' 73-59 victory, and the senior guard had 20 before halftime....
Monkeying around Is Ton of Fun; 'Curious George' the Film Has Same Appeal as Books
Byline: MATT SOERGEL The Curious George movie is at its best when it's most like the Jack Johnson songs that adorn it -- relaxed, whimsical and imaginative. The strumming surfer's songs are all over this spin-off of Margret and H.A. Rey's books,...
Morning Briefs
JEDC PASSES BONDS FOR YMCA'S EXPANSION PLAN The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission breezed through a light agenda at Thursday's monthly meeting. The commission passed up to $5 million in industrial revenue bonds to allow the YMCA to build...
NHL's Image Can't Stay out of Penalty Box
Byline: Gene Frenette Imagine the NFL and its players union not extending the collective bargaining agreement, having no salary cap during the 2007 season, and roster upheaval ruling pro football's landscape. Think there would be a few gulps...
O'Day Dream Believer; Bishop Kenny Grad Goes from Walk-On to Closer for Top-Ranked Gators
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Darren O'Day wasn't good enough. That's what Florida baseball coach Pat McMahon told the Bishop Kenny High School graduate following a tryout with the Gators in 2002. Despite being an All-State selection,...
Ooh la La: Clouseau Is Back; Steve Martin Goes for Slapstick Humor in 'Pink Panther'
Byline: MATT SOERGEL If you're looking for slapstick, The Pink Panther's the place to go. This thing is crawling with pratfalls, collisions, bashes on the noggin and live battery cables to the genitals. Much of it's forced and slow-moving and...
Page 2 People
Byline: Compiled by Dan Beynon WILLIE INTRODUCES OWN BRAND OF BIOFUEL TO KEEP YOU ON ROAD Willie Nelson introduced California to "BioWillie," his brand of clean-burning fuel made from soybeans. BioWillie went on sale Wednesday at an alternative...
Pants on Fire? Maybe Not, Be There Are Other Signs
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis Instead of hooking a suspected liar up to one of the new high-tech brain scanners or trying a polygraph, some business professionals continue to rely on a decidedly low-tech method. They read body language. Imagine...
Pierce Brosnan, He's Not So Vain in 'Matador'
Byline: Matt Soergel Pierce Brosnan has always seemed a lightweight to me. I mean, that whole James Bond/Thomas Crown/Remington Steele thing was pleasant enough, but he's always appeared to be cruising on his astonishing good looks. And he often...
Plan Ups Test Sites for Work Licenses; Proposal Sparked by Man Late to Exterminator Exam
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- A traffic snarl in Atlanta may eventually save thousands of Georgia's professional license holders the headache of driving long distances to take work-related tests. Currently, people needing state licenses...
Rants & Raves; T-YOU
A LONG WAY TO GO I really enjoyed watching the playoff teams in their quest for the Super Bowl. The Jaguars certainly aren't an "elite" team and never will be with Byron Leftwich at quarterback. What a bust draft in 2003 selecting him. Leftwich...
Real Estate
The following transactions were recorded by the St. Johns County Clerk of Circuit Court from Month Jan. 15-21. Unit 5318 St. Augustine Ocean & Racquet Club Two: Larry D. Mulkey and Gail D. Mulkey to John Deremer IRA #1116050101 by Entrust Administration...
Revved-Up Legend; Bobby Allison Set the Bar on High Bank
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Forty-three drivers will hit the banked super speedway of Daytona International Speedway next Sunday as the Nextel Cup season gets the first green flag of 2006. But all of them have a long way to go to match the career record...
Roethlisberger Is the Difference for Steelers
Byline: vic ketchman Once upon a time, Dan Marino was the only quarterback to have enjoyed immediate success in the NFL. Most recently, Marino was upstaged when Tom Brady won the Super Bowl in his second season. Now Ben Roethlisberger has duplicated...
Second-Half Spurt Sparks Saints; Sandalwood Girls Shut Down 6-4 Basketball Foe, Advance in Region 1-6A
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Dion Brooks insists he isn't a fire-and-brimstone type of coach, that his halftime speeches aren't tirades. But whatever the first-year Sandalwood High School coach told his girls basketball players during halftime of...
SOCIAL SECURITY; A Meaningful Step
"The federal government's long-term liabilities and net commitments . . . translate into a burden of more than $150,000 per American and $35,000 per full-time worker." -- Comptroller General David Walker in BusinessWeek. President Bush made a reasonable...
Sports Extra
Byline: Robert McGinty 2CENTS Everything changed when they let the snowboarders in the Games. It's a shame when Olympic athletes have to worry about failing drug tests . . . for pot, which probably is the farthest thing from a performance-enhancing...
St. Johns Briefs
beazer homes new chief financial officer Beazer Homes named Matt Cooper chief financial officer for its Northeast Florida division. Cooper, a certified public accountant with a master's degree from the University of Miami, has more than 10 years...
Tables Turned on Tech; Wilson's 3-Pointer, Defense Down Stretch Lead FSU in Rally from 14 Points Down
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Andrew Wilson has been around long enough to see more than his share of game-winning baskets go down, usually at the expense of he and his Florida State teammates. Now the Seminoles' sixth-year senior has one...
TalkBack; What Should Happen to the Landing? T-YOU
We want to gauge your feelings on issues in the news. Our question this week: The city pulled the plug on the sales of The Jacksonville Landing last week, angering Landing leaseholder Toney Sleiman and leaving the Landing's redevelopment -- and the...
Tebow Too Popular for Own Good
Byline: Michael Dirocco Tim Tebow is a great role model. He's intelligent, thoughtful and grounded. He's athletically and spiritually blessed. He's as concerned with helping kids as he is about blitzing linebackers. He's everything you'd...
Two New Projects OK'd for St. Johns; Residents, Commissioner Concerned about Traffic from the New Neighborhoods
Byline: PETER GUINTA Two new housing developments approved Wednesday by the St. Johns County Commission will bring 874 new single-family homes to the area, adding to an inventory of an estimated 70,000 approved but still unbuilt homes. In a special...
Union Crash Lawsuit Joins Dozens; the Trucking Firm Has Been Sued in Injury Cases 84 Times since 1996
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A lawsuit filed this week in a fiery Union County crash that killed seven children is one of dozens filed across the country against the company whose truck was involved in the wreck. Amanda Lee Scott, the mother of 14-year-old...
WANTED: HERITAGE TOURISM; St. Marys Hosts Seminar on Drawing Cultural Travelers Historic Sites Are among the Main Reasons People Now Say They Visit Georgia, Official Says
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS -- Cumberland Island National Seashore is the biggest lure for tourists in St. Marys, but it's not the city's only attraction. Orange Hall, an antebellum mansion built around 1840, as well as a museum display...
Westminster Woods Rebounds after Fire; Officials Said the Staff's Response to the Jan. 17 Fire Prevented a Disaster
Byline: terry brown Cleanup and reconstruction work continues at Westminster Woods after a pre-dawn fire engulfed an apartment in a supportive-care living area and uprooted residents Jan. 17 at the retirement village along the banks of the Julington...
Wrestling
Byline: Zachary Spain REGION 1-3A AT WINTER SPRINGS Area participants: Bartram Trail: 9; Fletcher: 3; Mandarin: 11; Orange Park: 6; Sandalwood: 9. Outlook: Perhaps the toughest region in the state, Region 1 features two-time defending state...
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