The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 11, 2007

A Havoc-Wreaking Hole; Frustration and Bogeys Are Readily Available at Infamous No. 17
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Tiger Woods called it a "gimmicky" hole, but on The Players Championship's first day, most called the Island Green a nightmare. Because of swirling winds and gusts that topped out at 40 mph, the 17th hole of the TPC Sawgrass...
Around Clay County
PAL SUMMER CAMPS The Police Activities League is offering five week-long sessions throughout the county during the school break. Activities include team sports, drug awareness, gun safety, ethics and morals training, gang awareness, archery,...
Best of the Blogs
ONE OF OUR BLOGGERS HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT MYSPACE Why does every one love MySpace. I really do not care to ever be a part of it. I have looked to see what all the fuss is about, but all I see is a bunch of mess. People posting pictures of themselves...
BREEZY, NOT EASY; Mickelson, Sabbatini Shake off Wind, History
Byline: GARRY SMITS America's glamour golfer and South Africa's pugnacious battler share the lead after Thursday's first round of The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach. Phil Mickelson's 5-under- par 67 at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium...
City's Pension Plans Are Costing More and More
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage One of the major expenses stressing the city's budget is the annual contribution to the Police and Fire Pension Fund. The city will have to put $44 million of taxpayer money into the fund during the next budget year,...
Confusion Stalling Fire Response; under "Unified Command," Firefighters Spend More Time Waiting, Less Working
Byline: MEGAN MATTEUCCI SAVANNAH - Wildfires know no jurisdictional boundaries. But while the fires in Southeast Georgia are now being fought under a "unified command" structure, control over assignments and resources has been at times confusing....
CRIME PREVENTION; Expand the Successes
When looking for crime prevention strategies, it turns out that there are successful programs right under our noses. One of those is called Turning Point: Rethinking Violence. This program intervenes with first-time violent offenders and their...
DANGEROUS WILDFIRES; Clay County Prepares Evacuation Shelters - Just in Case
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL With Clay County firefighters among those trying to douse a 16,000-acre fire in neighboring Bradford County, Clay County remained on alert should the wildfires spread. "Bradford County has been managing the fire," Clay...
Distinctively Coachcraft; Stunning Custom Designs Still Cherished
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Coachbuilder - a person who custom builds automobile bodies. A stroll around any classic car show of note will reveal vehicles sculpted by the hands of coachbuilders. Pinin Farina, Ghia and Zagato left their mark on Ferraris...
Early Easter, Bad Weather Hit Stein Mart Hard; April Sales Were Tepid for the Local Retailer; Sales of Men's Clothing and Women's Casual Sportswear Were Negative
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON After posting positive March sales, Stein Mart Inc. took a downturn Thursday with sagging April sales and tepid first quarter results. Same store sales, often considered the best indicator of a retailer's overall health,...
Earnhardt Exiting DEI; the NASCAR Superstar Will Become a Free Agent after This Season
Byline: DON COBLE Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs a job. The son of seven-time NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt announced Thursday that he will leave his late father's racing team at the end of the season, making him one of the biggest...
Ex-QB Likes Coaching Them; Fired Alabama Coach Mike Shula Lands in a Nice Spot with the Jags
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Regardless of team or his place in the pecking order, Mike Shula wants to be near the quarterbacks. Every day and in any way possible, he explained. "I love coaching quarterbacks," Shula said Thursday after the Jaguars...
Firefighters Battle Large Blazes; Smoke Fills Keystone Heights
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ Residents in Keystone Heights have been waking up since Tuesday to a smoke-covered town, many reporting the odor of smoke seeping into their homes - the result of a 18,000-acre fire raging several miles east of the town. ...
Fires Start to Hit Home in Clay County
Byline: Paul Bowker The scene around Clay County was just awful Wednesday morning. Is there any other word to describe it? The clouds of smoke, a combination of fires from south Georgia and Bradford County, invaded the beauty we usually enjoy...
Fire Task Force Arrests Boys on Arson Charges; A 12- and 16-Year-Old Are Accused of Setting Fires in Two Counties
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Two Southeast Georgia boys have been charged with setting unrelated brush fires in Ware and Wayne County over a five-day period. Although each fire burned less than 1 acre, the blazes posed a serious threat to nearby...
For Mother's Day, a Special Goddess Night
Byline: Laura Capitano It's a feminine weekend, my friends. A celebration of the wonder and beauty of the woman, the only gender esteemed enough to provide mothers. As moms go, some are about the brunch and some are about the body. The latter...
GENERAL ASSEMBLY; Legislators Spending on Selves Rises 9.7% They Boosted Their Budget by $3.5 Million Including a Daily Expense Allowance to $173
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - From a new position to help recruit industry for Georgia to higher payments for their room and board expenses, lawmakers boosted spending for the General Assembly by nearly 10 percent in their budget for the fiscal...
Glynn Approves Rezoning Schools; the Changes Will Affect Students at the 10 Public Elementaries
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - The Glynn County Board of Education voted 6-1 Tuesday night to approve a rezoning plan for students attending the 10 elementary schools in the public school system. Board member Venus Holmes dissented because...
IBA Incentives Approved by JEDC; the JEDC Will Also Allow the Clara White Mission to Build Housing for Its Graduates
Byline: JOE LIGHT The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission approved incentives to lure the North American headquarters of a major cancer treatment company to Jacksonville. At its monthly meeting, the commission also approved an agreement...
In the News
EXTRAORDINARY CONCERT FIGHT BREAKS OUT AS BOSTON POPS PLAYS Something else popped at the Boston Pops' opening night concert - a brawl broke out at Symphony Hall. Before rocker Ben Folds appeared as a special guest Wednesday night, two men did...
Jacksonville Journal
TAKE MOM TO SEE THE SYMPHONY AT THE BEACH The annual Mother's Day Pops at the Beach concert featuring the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will take place Sunday. It is the 13th year for the free event, which will be at the SeaWalk Pavilion. ...
Kayaking: Go Ahead, Test the Waters; It's Exercise, Recreation and a Way to See Beautiful Scenery, Too
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA Kayaking seems like the perfect pastime for Floridians. You get exercise, you commune with nature, you're not polluting the air or making noise, and you get to see places you'd never see otherwise. What does it take to get...
Lawyer, Friend to Mickelson Calls the First Coast Home; People Might Recognize Him from Barnes, Barnes & Cohen Ads
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON Most years, during the week of The Players Championship, Phil Mickelson skips playing his Wednesday practice round at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course. Instead, he tees off a few miles to the south at The Palencia...
Leaf Blower Causes Confusion on Green
Byline: GARRY SMITS Rory Sabbatini crouched, replaced his ball and picked up his mark, preparing to putt for birdie on the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course's par-3 eighth hole Thursday during the first round of The Players Championship. Only...
Magic Potion Puts Lehman in the Hunt; A "Hot Toddy" Cools His Sore Throat, Extending a Run of Players Success
Byline: BART HUBBUCH If his showing Thursday was any indication, Tom Lehman might want to take a transatlantic flight to every Players Championship. Just hours after arriving from Italy, Lehman shook off a sore throat and extremely windy conditions...
Moniac Catches a Break; Storm's Winds Drive Wildfire Away from the Community
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - A mandatory evacuation order was lifted for an estimated 1,000 residents in the Moniac area Thursday afternoon, thanks to a subtropical storm off the Florida coast. While rains from the storm have saturated...
Moniac, Ga., Catches a Break from Flames as Winds Change; Storm off the Coast Drives Wildfire Away from the Community
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND, Ga. - A mandatory evacuation order was lifted for an estimated 1,000 residents in the Moniac area Thursday afternoon, thanks to a subtropical storm off the Florida coast. While rains from the storm have saturated...
Morning Briefs
REGENCY CENTERS SELLS PROPERTY FOR $25 MILLION Regency Centers, a Jacksonville-based shopping center owner and developer, has sold one of its Jacksonville properties for more than $25 million. LaDonna Drive Properties LLC, an entity of Savannah-based...
NINA ARRIVES, AT LAST; after a Windy Journey Up the Intracoastal, It's Hard to Imagine Columbus' Trip
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - A replica of the Nina, one of three caravels Columbus sailed to the New World, is tied up at the Brunswick Landing Marina. But it wasn't easy. "It was nonstop 24 hours a day and it took three days to get here,"...
Not Much Good to See in Lame 'Blind Dating'
Byline: MATT SOERGEL There are hints that a perfectly tolerable romantic comedy could have come out of the mess that is Blind Dating. But they remain hints, smothered by wild mood shifts that take the movie from sentimental to smirky, even sleazy....
Oldies Find Home on WJCT
Byline: ROGER BULL People always hold on to those early musical memories, those songs that you first heard when you were 12 or 13. And no one holds onto their past like baby boomers. They have good reason, though. There was something special...
Otaki: Where People Make the Place; Food Is OK, but Staff Is 'Refreshing Change of Pace'
Byline: ERICA BURKS A few weeks ago in this space I noted the boom in very good local neighborhood restaurants that specialize in upscale Asian food. Unfortunately, there has also been a boom in very mediocre Japanese steakhouse places. Otaki...
Pair of Sevens Hurts Ames' Repeat Hopes; the 2006 Champion Shoots a 5-over-Par 77 in the First Round
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Today, Stephen Ames will try to avoid joining an exclusive Players Championship club -- defending champions who failed to make the cut the following year -- thanks to two bad holes Thursday. Ames, who won the 2006 tournament...
Players Was Best, Worst for Perks
Byline: Sam Borden This was on the fifth hole at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, the long par-4 that suddenly felt even longer because Craig Perks' drive went about 125 yards, hit a tree and landed on the side of the member tees. Up...
PROPRETY TAXES; Chop with Care
Tough choices in the state's property tax system are producing political fireworks across Florida. City and county leaders say local governments could be hit hard. Practically anything could be cut, they say, from animal shelters and fire stations...
Shelby's at the Library: Something Definitely Worth Checking Out
Byline: Dan Macdonald The long awaited Shelby's at the Library opened a couple of days ago at Jacksonville's Main Library. The sister restaurant of Shelby's in Neptune Beach, it is operated by Steve Hicks. Almost two years in the making, the...
Solid Round Stranded on Island; Only an Errant Tee Shot on No. 17 Kept Furyk out of the Top Five
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Like a lot of golfers Thursday, Jim Furyk's first round was going pretty well until he hit No. 17 at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course. Furyk double-bogeyed the 128-yard, par-3 island hole, and the mistake cost him...
Storm Offshore Hinders Fire Fight; Baker, Bradford Blazes Don't Grow Much, but It Wasn't an Easy Day
Byline: DANA TREEN With little rain but plenty of wind becoming the legacy of Subtropical Storm Andrea, firefighters fighting two stubborn woods fires in Northeast Florida Thursday wished the storm would pass to give them a better chance at fighting...
Storms We Know - but Fires We Fear
Byline: Mark Woods It's not hurricane season yet, but there it was on the radar. A preseason storm swirling off the coast. And the early arrival of Andrea wasn't the strangest part. Our governor was touring the state, saying he hoped the subtropical...
Suns Report
Jacksonville 12, Birmingham 11 TURNING POINT: Jacksonville first baseman John Lindsey hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to power the Suns to their highest run total of the season in a wild game featuring 23 runs, 25 hits and seven...
The Players Championship
TEE TIMES TODAY ROUND 2, NO. 1 TEE 7:20 a.m.: Woody Austin, Billy Andrade, David Branshaw 7:30: Bob Estes, Fredric Jacobson, David Howell 7:41: Briny Baird, Anthony Kim, Brandt Snedeker 7:51: Aaron Baddeley, Dean Wilson, Retief Goosen...
They Aim to Rid Springfield of Crime; but Walking the Streets after Midnight Can Be Dangerous
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER They walk the streets after midnight armed with a gun, a camcorder, family dogs and a burning desire to rid their neighborhood of crime. The small group of Historic Springfield residents includes a federal law enforcement...
Three Events Movie Lovers Shouldn't Miss
Byline: Matt Soergel You know all about the big sequels and three-quels of this summer. But here's a look at three different events that have sprung up - and stuck around - during the last few years, offering a little variety in film to go along...
Thrill Is Back for Gator; after Meeting Tebow, the UF Superfan Shoots a 68 to Start in Third
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Die-hard Florida fan Chris DiMarco couldn't decide which was the bigger thrill this week -- nearly leading The Players Championship after one round or meeting Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. "Normally, I'd say meeting Tim Tebow,"...
Tiger Looking Mortal; Confident Sabbatini Says Woods Appears "More Beatable Than Ever."
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER For the first time in a long time, weekend golfers could sympathize with the world's best golfer. On the first day of The Players Championship, Tiger Woods, who has three wins in seven starts this year, struggled to find...
Track and Field Notebook; OP Freshman Places in First State Meet
Byline: BILL JOHNSON As only a freshman, Orange Park's Demetri Baker was able to find his way onto the state championship stage at Saturday's 4A Track and Field championship. In his first performance under the glaring state spotlight, the shot-putter...
T-U 2
BEER, HERE! Lederhosen-clad Bernie Brewer no longer descends down a giant slide into an oversized mug of beer after a Milwaukee home run. The Brewers cut that tradition a few years back. But it should come as no surprise that the residents of Miller...
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. Spider-Man 3 - Am I completely alone?...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves Why Didn't Jaguars Make a Run at Acquiring Moss?
The coach and front office [of the Jacksonville Jaguars] still did not address the main concern going into the offseason -- an explosive, reliable, game-changing receiver. How can the Jaguars allow New England to nab Randy Moss? What am I missing here?...
T-YOU; the Faith Leader Family Led Him to Christ
Greg Bowlus Title, church, city: Worship arts pastor, Beach United Methodist Church, Jacksonville Beach Age: 44 Education: Bachelor's degree in music and master's degree in church music Tell us about your family. Married to my beautiful...
Visions of Darkness; James McMurtry Tells His Often-Bleak Stories in Songs
Byline: ROGER BULL James McMurtry is not a very cheery listen. His songs often paint stark images of a desolated heartland. Not only are the buffalo gone, but the factories are, too: See those pallets piled up on the loading dock/They're just...
WAR GAMES; the Not-So-Little 'Black Book' Is Rich with Plot Twists, Intrigue
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Paul Verhoeven's Black Book is a melodramatic and rousingly entertaining yarn of Nazis and resistance fighters -145 minutes of plot twists, intrigue, sex, heroism, betrayal, murder, gun battles, close escapes and deception....
We've Got a Remedy, All We Need Is the Cash; St. Johns Struggles to Fund Extension to Florida 9B
Byline: ANNE MARIE APOLLO By 5:30 p.m., it's the same old story on Interstate 95 in St. Johns County. The exit ramp at County Road 210 is backed up onto the interstate - an annoyance now that could someday be an abomination. County commissioners,...
When Rory Roars, Nothing Is Sacred
Byline: Gene Frenette Many people can only take Rory Sabbatini in small doses. He touches nerves, sometimes coming across as over-the-top cocky, and other times eliciting laughter with a dry wit in which nothing is off-limits. It all depends...
Woman, 68, Dies in Fire at Her Home; the Victim's Daughter Found Her and Tried to Rescue Her
A 68-year-old Jacksonville woman died in a fire Thursday after her daughter returned home for lunch to find the bedridden woman trapped in their smoky Southside home, authorities said. The daughter tried to carry the victim out of the house at 3923...
Woody's Bar-B-Q Offers a Slice of Golf
Byline: LAMAR THAMES Mark Myers has been going to The Players Championship since he was about 8 years old. And while he may be too busy to get there this year, he wants to try to bring part of the Players' experience to Clay County. That is why...

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