The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 7, 2008

3 of Augusta's Top Playmakers Now in Prison; This Fallen Trio Once Wielded Considerable Clout in Politics
Byline: SANDY HODSON AUGUSTA, Ga. - Once considered three of the most influential politicians from Augusta, if not in the state, Charles Walker, Linda Schrenko and Robin Williams are now finishing up the first third of their federal prison sentences....
After Years of Magic, She's Retiring; Carolyn Ettlinger Saw a Need for Better Housing, and Took Action
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR For Carolyn Wallace Ettlinger, it started as a big embarrassment. It turned into magic. But her time as founding president of the Housing Partnership of Northeast Florida will end Sept. 15, when she retires and has...
A TASTE OF CHINA; 8 Things to Know about Cuisine of Olympics Host Country
Byline: LIZ VAN HOOSER The Beijing Olympics begin Friday, so it's a good time to take a look at an American culinary staple that can be found in big cities and small towns alike: Chinese food. As author and New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee...
CANDIDATE DEBATES; Change the System
Ander Crenshaw and Cliff Stearns, two of Jacksonville's longtime members of Congress, are being challenged by their opponents to a debate. Of course. Challengers always want to do it. But will the two incumbents debate? Rarely does that happen,...
Candidate Files Complaint against Elections Office
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY A candidate for Clay County Commission filed a federal complaint Friday claiming his civil rights were violated when he was disqualified from the November general election ballot. Fred Catchpole, who was seeking the...
Clay Literacy Coalition Needs More Tutors
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Brazilian-born Kathia Matias of Orange Park said she went from housekeeper to bookkeeper, thanks to Barbara Shipp, a volunteer who taught her to read and speak English. Shipp provides one-on-one tutoring for adults as a volunteer...
Clay Poker Player Enjoys Short Stay in World Series; He Won Some Earlier, but One Hand Did in the Orange Park Man
Byline: BILL JOHNSON For about 11 hours, Orange Park's Gary Rich got to sit down with the big boys in Las Vegas and play Texas Hold'em poker with someone else's money. So, even though he got knocked out of the World Series of Poker in his first...
Contenders Want to Build upon Progress; They Pledge to Further Voter Education after Kirkman Steps Down
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The candidates for Clay County supervisor of elections are running on their public service records. Whoever wins the Aug. 26 Republican primary - Chris Chambless, Debbie Ricks or Stefanie Thomas - succeeds Barbara Kirkman,...
Ex-Union Boss Blocked till 2017; George Spencer Can Try to Convince a Judge to Let Him Re-Run for Office
Former Jacksonville longshoremen's union president George Spencer's 2004 no contest plea to witness tampering counts as a conviction precluding him from seeking union office for at least 13 years, a federal judge has ruled. Circuit Judge Timothy...
Florida Colleges Wary of Losing Talented Faculty; Research Scientists May Be Tempted by Higher Salaries in Other States
Byline: ADAM AASEN There's recent concern among some college leaders in Florida that the state's best faculty might be going elsewhere for more money. Due to the state's budget crisis -- causing faculty to be laid off at schools such as the University...
FLORIDA FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK; Ingram Strains a Knee
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram missed Wednesday night's practice because of a strained left knee, and his immediate status is questionable. Ingram underwent an MRI exam Wednesday, and Gators coach Urban...
Gas Knob Pub a Fine Addition to Downtown Dining; Enjoy Irish-American Pub Fare in a Charming, Comfortable Setting
Byline: ERICA BURKS First of all, it is convenient. I work downtown and, while I often want to have a glass of wine or a beer before heading home, nothing has really caught my fancy. There are some great places -- The Twisted Martini, Burrito Gallery...
GEORGE REGISTER JR.: 1924-2008; He Helped Transform the Waterfront the Civil Engineer Had a Hand in Some of Jacksonville's Most Iconic Structures
Byline: KEVIN TURNER George Register Jr., a civil engineer who helped transform downtown Jacksonville's waterfront from blight to its modern appearance, died Tuesday after months of declining health. He was 83. Mr. Register established himself...
Give Diners Their Own Bill of Rights
Byline: Dan Macdonald As often happens, while looking up something else for this column I found something even more interesting. I came across two articles about "diners' bill of rights." Leslie Brenner of the Los Angeles Times proposes a few...
He's the Boss Now; Ex-Jags Aide Calling Shots with Falcons
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Initially to most players, Mike Smith was just coach Jack Del Rio's "guy" when Smith joined the Jaguars in 2003 to become defensive coordinator. But it didn't take Smith long to prove he was more than that, and on Jan....
Hispanic Residents Find Area 'Bueno'; Their Number on the First Coast Is Growing and Most like It Here
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Carlos Marina had been warned about Jacksonville. But he's glad he didn't listen. The San Juan, Puerto Rico, native hasn't found Northeast Florida to be the place of intolerance and racism some friends cautioned him about....
HURRICANE SHELTER; Persistence Pays Off
Life without a hurricane shelter in North Jacksonville is coming to an end. Groundbreaking on a new community center/hurricane shelter this week at 5130 Soutel Drive signifies a development in the making since 2004 and one needed years before then....
It's a 3-Way GOP Race for At-Large Commission Seat
This is the latest in a series of information packages on candidates in the upcoming primary and general election. The primary election is Aug. 26. Early voting is 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Aug. 11-23, at the following locations:...
Jacksonville Journal
SCHOOL EMPLOYEES CAN GET FREE SUPPLIES FRIDAY Duval County school employees will be able to get free school supplies Friday during the annual Back to School Giveaway. The Teacher Supply Depot, a warehouse where teachers can pick up free instruction...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Myles out to Improve
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Instead of signing with the team he saw as the easiest route to an NFL roster spot, undrafted rookie linebacker Lamar Myles picked the Jaguars. That seems like an odd choice, considering the team has one of the league's...
JEANNIE FEWELL: 1948-2008; 'Her Passion Was Housing' She Was Influential in the Revitalization of Many Neighborhoods
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Jeannie Fewell had a passion for housing and development that created desirable neighborhoods and renewed older ones throughout Jacksonville. The former head of the city Planning and Development Department and executive...
KU, Self Finalize 10-Year Contract
Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self, who guided the Jayhawks to their first NCAA championship in 20 years, signed a 10-year, $30 million contract. The new deal had been in the works since April, after the Jayhawks rallied from a nine-point deficit...
Law & Disorder
MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH NEAR KEYSTONE HEIGHTS James Cassles, 50, of Lochloosa died in an accident on Florida 100 near County Road 219 around 11:40 p.m. Saturday. Cassles was headed west on Florida 100 on a motorcycle when he passed two cars...
Legislators Tout Energy Independence; at a Capitol Rally, They Urge a Shift to Domestic Sources within 30 Years
Byline: JAKE ARMSTRONG ATLANTA - A band of Republican state lawmakers, pledging to do their part in Georgia, called on Congress on Wednesday to wean the nation off foreign energy resources in the next 30 years. At a rally on the Capitol steps,...
Mill's Outflow Worries Peyton; He Warns City Will Sue to Save River
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Jacksonville will sue the state if a Putnam County paper mill's plans for a pollution pipeline into the St. Johns River aren't changed, Mayor John Peyton said Wednesday. "If the health of our river is not assured ... I...
Morning Briefs
WINN-DIXIE FOUNDATION DONATES TO ST. VINCENT'S The Winn-Dixie Foundation gave $80,000 to the St. Vincent's HealthCare Foundation Wednesday to benefit the St. Vincent's Medical Center's Breast Health Advocate program. The Breast Health Advocate...
MOVING EXHIBIT ACTUALLY MOVES; Mobile Museum Is on Black History
Byline: STEPHANIE WANG It's an unlikely classroom in the last weeks of summer, an 18-wheeler painted with a rainbow of famous faces. But 15-year-old Debowrah Stevens came eager to learn. She entered the traveling mini-museum of black history...
Olympics Should Be about Sport
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Calling Michael Phelps, Walter Dix, Shawn Johnson or any American athlete with genuine hero qualities (must include a clean B sample): Help! The Olympic Games have fallen, and we need someone to pick them up. With the Summer...
Passage of Amendment 5 Could Result in Tax Increase
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Public education in Florida is teetering on the brink of disaster. If you follow the advice of Gov. Charlie Crist, oblivion could be the next stop. Crist gave his support this week to Amendment 5, the so-called...
Pets Given a Second Chance Are Now Looking for a Home; Glynn County Animal Services Has Done All It Can, but These Needy Animals Still Need to Find a Family
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - When a cat at the Glynn County animal shelter needed surgery, the county Animal Services staff dug into their own pockets to provide it. Treble, an affectionate tabby, recently had to have his right eye removed...
Removing Amendments Called Harmful to the Public Interest
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Removing three controversial Clay County charter amendments from the November general election, as a political activist has asked the courts to do, would be "harmful to the public interest," said the co-founder of the citizens...
RICHARD O. HARDAGE: 1930-2008; He Spent 60 Years in Funeral Business the Army Veteran Also Served on MacArthur's Personal Honor Guard
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Richard O. Hardage, who began working 62 years ago at the funeral home business co-founded by his father in 1929, died Tuesday. He was 77 and had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 18 months ago, but continued working...
Salad Finishers Are Tasty and Convenient, but Pricey; Our Tasters Liked the Sargento Product but Didn't like the Cost
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY All it takes is a few extra ingredients to turn a ho-hum salad into something special, and Sargento has capitalized on that idea with its Salad Finishers. They are available in five varieties, and all feature some kind of cheese...
Scholarship Honors Memory of Chef
Byline: LIZ VAN HOOSER A scholarship has been established to honor and to continue the work of Chef Johnnie Jones, who died in a car accident two weeks ago. Jones was owner of Genesis Cafe and chairman of the American Culinary Federation's First...
Schools Open House in Glynn on Sunday; Schedules Vary to Allow Parents to Meet All Their Children's Teachers
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - All Glynn County public schools will conduct an open house Sunday in preparation for the resumption of classes on Wednesday. Staggered schedules will allow parents with children in different schools and grades...
Shrinking Arts Grants Frustrate Advocate; He Wants to Revive a Committee to Support Arts-Friendly Candidates
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON Since he retired to Amelia Island in 2000, James E. Shaw has become a passionate advocate for the arts and has spent the past five years as a member of the Florida Arts Council. It used to be a fun job. The council makes...
Sports Briefs
SPORTS PHYSICALS Free sports physicals will be available from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday at the Orange Park High School gymnasium. The physicals are for Clay County seventh-12th graders who plan on playing school sports this year. FREE GOLF LESSONS...
State's Top Logger Still Wild about Going into Woods; Jerry Padgett Has Kept His Operation Going for 48 Years
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Third-generation logger Jerry Padgett Sr. is still wild about working in the woods, even after 57 years. "No joke about it. I love to work," said the 67-year-old, showing his gray calloused hands. "The hardest day for me...
This Week on Tour
PGA TOUR Tournament: PGA Championship. When: Today through Sunday. Site: Bloomfield Township, Mich. Course: Oakland Hills Country Club (par 70, 7,445 yards; architect: Donald Ross). FedEx Cup points: 27,500 (winner receives 4,950). ...
TIME TO PUT ON YOUR GAME FACE; Young Designer Bringing in about $1,200 a Month So Far
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Back in the old days, most tabletop games involved boards, rule books and dice - and nobody made any money from them except the people who made the game equipment. Times have changed. Today, anyone can become a game designer...
TOUR NOTEBOOK; Mickelson Supports Golf as Olympic Sport
Byline: GARRY SMITS The idea of golf in the Olympics is gaining steam, with an important voice added this week. Phil Mickelson, a three-time major championship winner and the No. 2-ranked player in the world, lent his support to the idea of adding...
Trauma Chief Says Funds Key to Statewide Net; Permanent Funding Could Bring a Regional System in Five Years, He Says
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - A full-fledged statewide trauma system could be up and running within five years if the General Assembly would approve a permanent funding stream, the head of the state's trauma commission said Wednesday. Dennis...
T-U 2
HOMECOMING ... KINDA It's going to be an emotional Olympic Games for Gao Jun, Chen Wang, Crystal Huang and David Zhuang. All four are table tennis players who will compete in their homeland of China. Yet none will have a home-crowd advantage...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Criminals Caught in Traffic Stops
Just because Jacksonville traffic officers set themselves up in a manner to catch traffic offenders does not mean they don't catch criminals. People driving on suspended licenses are criminals. It may be as simple as they forgot to pay their traffic...
UF Basketball Schedule Released; the Gators Will Play Seven Teams That Made the '08 NCAA Tourney
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - The University of Florida men's basketball team was criticized for playing a weak non-league schedule last season, and it appears the Gators will hear similar critiques in 2008-09. UF's schedule, released...
Wine Tastings
Tasting events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the next week. prices vary. TODAY ABC FINE WINE AND SPIRITS: 5440 Beach Blvd., 6-8 p.m. (904) 396-3679. THE GROTTO: 2012 San Marco Blvd., 6-8 p.m. (904) 398-0726. THE JOYFUL...
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