The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 17, 2007

10 Questions & Answers; about Florida's New Property Tax Reform Plan
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- Floridians now have a new, legislative answer to the property tax crisis that has stricken the state. They also have lots of questions. Legislators needed just three days last week to craft a tax reform...
A.M.Stir
Byline: Matt Soergel MR. CLEAN YIPEE KI WHATEVER In the fourth Die Hard movie, Die Hard or Live Free (June 29), Bruce Willis's John McClane won't be sporting the pouffy '80s hairdo he had in the original, 19 years ago. In fact, it's quite...
Anglers Bring in Unique Catch
Byline: Jim Sutton Is it the Naval Base Nessie? Could it be the Monster of Mayport? How about the Hideous Beast of Huguenot Park? All that and more might have run through the minds of local anglers Richard Long and Jimmy Hawkins when they came...
Baddeley on Top; Advantage to Tiger; Woods Is Only Two Shots Back and Likes His Chances against an Unproven Leader in a Major
Byline: GARRY SMITS OAKMONT, Pa. - Tiger Woods made his expected sprint to the top of the leaderboard on Saturday, and his fellow contenders for the U.S. Open got out of his way with a series of missed shots and opportunities. But Aaron Baddeley...
Board Abuzz over Bug Control Fund; St. Johns Mosquito Control Panel Is at Odds over How to Spend Extra $5 Million
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH - Unrest at St. Johns County's mosquito control district is making for a difficult budget season. It's not painful because the independent agency is struggling to deal with proposed property tax cuts,...
Chamber Trip Story Inaccurate
Byline: Wayne Ezell A recent story perpetuated inaccurate and unfair reporting about a trip to New Orleans last year that was sponsored by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. The May 3 story about planned trips to Charleston and China referred...
Checkered Past Almost Stole a Win
Byline: Sam Borden We talk all the time about progress in racial equality, and sometimes you can make it as simple as this: A week ago, when Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix to become the first black driver to win a Formula One race, he...
Coughlin Finds Image Hard to Shake
Byline: Vito Stellino Now that Dr. Jennifer Melfi has lost Tony Soprano as a patient, maybe she could get another high-profile New Jersey resident on her couch. Tom Coughlin. The gruff Giants' coach doesn't seem like a therapy kind of guy,...
Dads Are All about Doing; One Look Is All It Takes for a Child to Convince a Father to Do Just about Anything. No Matter If It's Hot or Cold, Wet or Dry, High or Low
CAPTION(S): CUTTING HAIR: Chris Jones (right) gets a haircut from his dad, Carl. SPLASHING: Greyson Roberts can't seem to take his eyes off the dolphin during his first trip to the water park at the Jacksonville Zoo. His dad, Andy, can't seem...
Del Rio Paints Upbeat Picture; the Jags Coach Points to Free-Agent Pickups and Better Team Speed
Byline: VITO STELLINO Jack Del Rio's report card on the Jaguars' offseason workouts included a lot of positive marks. At the conclusion of the team's organized team activities this week, the Jaguars coach painted a picture of a roster that should...
Dreaming of Opening a Franchise? Personality a Big Plus; Franchisors Say Personal Qualities a Good Predictor of Success
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON Turns out, an entrepreneur's personality can sometimes pack more punch than the pocketbook. For companies shopping franchises to potential applicants, the necessary credentials have shifted from the bank account to intangible...
Elementary Gaffe Costs Watson; Panhandle Native Shone in the Spotlight until a Wicked Spell on No. 9
Byline: GARRY SMITS OAKMONT, Pa. - Bubba Watson had early chances to show his inexperience in contending in major championships Saturday, playing with Angel Cabrera in the final twosome in the third round of the U.S. Open. Watson missed the first...
Fiction
Title: The Shadow Catcher Author: Marianne Wiggins Data: Simon & Schuster, 336 pages, $25 Review by CONNIE OGLE The Miami Herald FICTIONALIZED PORTRAIT OF A LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER -- AND MORE As Marianne Wiggins' bold, multifaceted...
First Coast Surfers Are Making Waves; Several Locals Are Getting Noticed as Some of the Best in the World
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Thirty years ago, a Florida surfer trying to catch waves in Hawaii or California was scoffed at because the perception that the Sunshine State's less-than-stellar waves produced less-than-stellar surfers. That notion was...
Georgia Lottery Sets Aside Money to Counter Gambling Addiction; since 1993, the State Has Earmarked $200,000 a Year
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- Georgia might not have casinos or race tracks. But officials recognize there are still compulsive gamblers living here. Since the lottery began in Georgia in 1993, the program has set aside $200,000 a year...
Hospitals' Slow Bleed
For area hospitals, losses from unpaid medical bills are turning from trickle to gusher. Last year area hospitals left tens of millions of dollars on the table, unable to collect from patients overwhelmed by rising out-of-pocket medical costs. ...
In the News
WINNERS ... KEITH WEBB: The First Coast native's company uncovered treasure from a Spanish shipwreck estimated at $2 million. BOB BARKER: The newly retired Price Is Right host wins another daytime Emmy for the road. That makes 19, if you're counting....
Jags Moonlighting on Air
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Two Jacksonville Jaguars will launch radio shows this fall, and a third will soon be pursuing a second career in sports broadcasting. Running back Maurice Drew and defensive end Paul Spicer have signed with WJXL (1010 AM)...
'Lean' Means You Spend Less Time at the Dentist; A Local Doctor Is Applying Toyota's Set of Organizational Principles to His Practice
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Sami Bahri's waiting room doesn't look much different from those you might see at other dental practices - same magazines, same chairs, same reminders to brush and floss. The difference is what you don't see. People....
LEFT OUT; PART 2: Why the Grand Jury Should Investigate Sunshine Law Violations and a Lack of Oversight of the City Council
As many City Council members tell it, government in the sunshine couldn't get much sunnier for them. Nobody lobbies a colleague when they shouldn't. Nobody makes secret deals with colleagues on legislation. Any violations of the Sunshine Law...
Marlow Unfazed by Current Battering; the Democrat Is Giving Frontrunner Whitehead a Run for His Money
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - If James Marlow has felt like he has a target painted on his back lately, he doesn't seem to mind. The Democratic candidate to complete the late Rep. Charlie Norwood's term in Congress appears to relish the status....
Meet Entrepreneur Fred Khalilian, the Flashy and Highly Motivated Force Behind the Club Paris Nightclub Chain, Whose Jacksonville Location- to the Surprise of Skeptics - Is about to Mark Its First Anniversary
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO and RACHEL DAVIS Never judge a man until you've ridden a mile in his Mercedes McClaren. Only then can you know the story that rides shotgun to Fereidoun Khalilian (call name, Fred) in his $500K vehicle. People see Media...
More Americans Opting for 'Vacations with a Purpose'; from Spring Break to Summer, Kids and Adults Journey to Help Others
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Don't look for 16-year-old Amber Senna at any theme parks this summer. Instead, the Jacksonville Beach teen will spend a good part of the next couple of months - and all of her baby-sitting money - on short-term mission trips...
New Team Won't Change Rivalry; Gordon Says He Still Expects Junior's Fans "To Be Booing Me."
Byline: DON COBLE BROOKLYN, Mich. - The Super Team is set at Hendrick Motorsports. Now it's up to Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Casey Mears to make it work. While Earnhardt won't join Hendrick until next year, he came to...
NOTEBOOK; Singh-Stricker a Formidable Pairing
Byline: GARRY SMITS OAKMONT, Pa. - If the third round of the U.S. Open had been a two-man, best-ball format, Vijay Singh of Ponte Vedra Beach and Steve Stricker would have won with strokes to spare. Singh and Stricker made two of the biggest...
OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK; Spots Are Available for Inshore Tourney
Byline: JIM SUTTON There are still spots available in the second annual Anglers for a Cure Inshore Fishing Tournament. The event will be fished June 23 out of Sisters Creek Marina on Heckscher Drive. The tournament format is a combination...
Page2People
DEGENERES IS ROOTING FOR PARIS TO HAVE A CHANGE OF GRAY MATTER Ellen DeGeneres hopes Paris Hilton changes her ways when the partying socialite gets out of jail. Hilton, expected to be released June 25, told Barbara Walters in a recent jailhouse...
Police Kill Man after 3-Hour Standoff; Palatka Community Is Shaken by the Incident
Byline: ADAM AASEN PALATKA -- Most neighbors at the James A. Long Apartment Complex in Palatka were awoken to the sound of a barrage of gunfire early Saturday morning. The other neighbors say they will remember what they saw for the rest of their...
Property Tax Battle Moves to Services in Jeopardy
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage The battleground over property tax cuts has shifted. This is no longer about the Legislature. Legislators did their dirty work when they met in special session for just three days last week to pass a complex, two-prong...
Schools Seek Tax Extension; If Voters Approve Tuesday, Ware Can Make Improvements
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI WAYCROSS - Ware County School System pre-kindergarten students would get new classrooms. High school students would have more career training options. Every school would have state-of-the-art computer technology to aid...
Scratch-Off Can't Hold a Candle To
Byline: Mark Woods Dear Mia, I wish I could tell you this morning that Daddy won the lottery (which just might cover college tuition in 2020). But without even looking at the winning numbers, I know I didn't. I know this because I didn't buy...
Service Is This Persian Cat's Meow
Byline: Terry Dickson Today is Dusty the cat's 12th birthday and if his owners Kathy and Ed McDonald wanted, they could take him to his favorite restaurant. He was at theirs Thursday, sitting in a chair at Brogen's North on St. Simons Island,...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE NOTEBOOK; Suns' Hot Stretch Feels like '06 Again
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT All the Jacksonville Suns wanted to do in their final series of the first half of the season was to play well enough to give themselves a chance to defend their Southern League South Division first-half title. After winning...
Surprise Serenade from Near-'Idol' Phil Stacey
Byline: Judy Wells What would you do if your husband said he ran into American Idol finalist Phil Stacey in the men's room? When Ed Salem told Linda, she didn't believe him. But others at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront for Susan and...
The Surf Is His Turf; Kling's Globe-Trotting Surfing Days Began on First Coast
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER The day Gabe Kling proved he had what it takes to be a pro surfer was not an idyllic afternoon at a legendary surf spot in California or Hawaii. Instead, it was a chilly, windy September evening at Vilano Beach. It...
Trading Fast Track for Slow Stream; Every Day Is Ideal for Fishing for Welaka Bait Shop Owner
Byline: JIM SUTTON WELAKA - A slow stream of locals passes by Welaka Bait & Tackle throughout the day. It's an easy walk for most in this town of 600. Many stick their heads in the door to say hello to Sue Brunson - who is highly regarded...
TravelLog
TOP 10 FidO FRIENDLY The best cities in the U.S./Canada to take your dog, from DogFriendly.com: 1. Boston 2. Vancouver 3. New York City 4. San Francisco 5. Austin, Texas 6. Portland, Ore. 7. Northern Virginia (Alexandria,...
T-U 2
ON JACKSONVILLE.COM PAGE 2 SURVEY Will the Los Angeles Lakers trade disgruntled superstar Kobe Bryant? A) Yes - He's leaving them no choice because of his demands. B) No - They will sit tight and let him get over it. LAST WEEK'S RESULTS...
T-YOU; Question of the Week 'Scooter' Is a Victim of Liars in Chief
Florida lawmakers last week approved placing on the ballot a plan to slash property taxes. Will you vote for the property tax cut? If so, why? If you won't support it, why not? HOW TO COMMENT There are several ways to respond to our Insight question....
Ware, Waycross Sign Fire Aid Pact; the County and City Will Officially Help Each Other
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS It's unlikely the Ware County and Waycross fire departments will combine into one unified department any time soon. Even so, the two have always answered a call for help whenever a large fire broke out. Now that commitment...
Words of Wisdom: Here's Strong Evidence That Father Knows Best
Byline: Laura Capitano That Tim Russert is so sneaky. He barely wrote any of his latest book, Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons (look for a copy in your gift pile today, fathers). It's this compilation from the more...

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