The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 9, 2007

3 Kidnap Victims Are Found in SUV; Authorities Expected to Find Only 1
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND -- Camden County authorities on the lookout for a Chevrolet Suburban with one North Miami kidnapping victim instead found three when they stopped the suspect vehicle on Interstate 95 Wednesday. After all five...
April's Springing the Blues Fest
Byline: ROGER BULL The lineup for next month's George's Music Springing the Blues Festival has been announced. Among the 23 performers are Tab Benoit, Greg Baril, Eric Steckel, Nora Jean Bruso, Eddie Kirkland and Willie Green. The festival, billed...
Around the World with Breakfast
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Bolivian breakfast is usually Saltenas - pastries filled with meats, peas, potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, raisins and olives. In Holland, it's green herring. In Turkey, the traditional morning drink is Sahlep - hot, sweet milk...
Attack of the Shiny, Rippled Spartans; but '300' Plays like an Unimaginative Video Game
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Watching 300, one is supposed to be awed by the army-of-thousands violence, the decapitations, the battle elephants and all that heroic bellowing in English accents about honor and bravery and the "beautiful death." Instead,...
BEST OF THE BLOG; What Warships and Houses Have in Common
Byline: Jeff Brumley It turns out that aircraft carriers and other warships have something in common with our homes: Their pipes can freeze - and burst - from extremely cold temperatures. That's why it was a busy night for damage-control personnel...
Chasing 'Venus': Lusting for Life in Twilight of Your Years; Peter O'Toole Gives Poignancy to Role of Needy, Aging Actor
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Peter O'Toole is great in Venus, but then this is the perfect role that he grew old for, even if the film itself is modest and imperfect. He's Maurice, once a semi-famous actor who now plays ancient coma victims, even though...
CITY COUNCIL; Grymes the Best Choice
Historic Arlington's revitalization needs a boost as City Councilman Lake Ray's second term ends. The person for the job is Cheryl Donelan Grymes. As a two-term Duval County School Board member, Grymes tackled some tough issues, such as desegregation...
Clay Chamber Members Go to State Capitol; Concerns for the County Were Taken to Tallahassee at End of February
Byline: JOE WILHELM JR. The concerns of Clay County were passed on to legislators when 25 members of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce visited legislators in Tallahassee on Feb. 21 and 22. Doug Conkey, Clay County Commissioner; Debbie Ricks,...
Coming Soon: Your Council on TV? the Jacksonville Group Is Set to Decide the Fate of a Cable Show Featuring City Leaders
Byline: BETH KORMANIK Some Jacksonville City Council members initially thought there were better ways to spend $200,000 than on a new television show starring themselves. Despite those reservations, the council's Finance Committee greenlighted...
Commission Paves the Way for Downtown Marina; Other Small Funding Requests Get the Go-Ahead at Agency's Regularly Scheduled Meeting
Byline: JOE LIGHT The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission laid the groundwork for a 128-slip downtown marina at its monthly meeting on Thursday, and approved a couple of relatively small funding requests. Among the projects, which were...
Crist Backs Funds for River; Governor Says He'll Support Peyton's Request for Money for the St. Johns
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING and MARY KELLI PALKA Gov. Charlie Crist endorsed Northeast Florida leaders' request for funding for the St. Johns River on Thursday, providing the first tangible sign of his receptiveness to help the ailing waterway. ...
Daylight Arrives Early
Byline: Anne Sponholtz If you think you have until sometime in April to worry about that pesky daylight-saving time, think again. It arrives on our doorstep this weekend. Sunday, to be exact, is the day we spring forward and 2 a.m. suddenly becomes...
DISTRICT 10; Jones: A Solid Leader
Some City Council races have raised many questions about which candidate is best qualified to serve the public. Not so in District 10, where incumbent Mia Jones clearly deserves another four years. Jones has learned quickly and worked hard in...
Dolphins Extend Win Streak to Nine
Sophomore guard Virginia Gregoire, with 25 points, and freshman guard Courtney Jackson, with 18, finished with career highs as the JU women's basketball team defeated Stetson 74-61 Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament...
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. Zodiac - An amazing look back at the...
Fair Features Top Country Talent
Byline: JOE WILHELM Jr. A star-studded list of entertainers will grace the stage at the Clay County Fair in April and the military gets a program, plus a discount. Tracy Lawrence, who appears April 9, released his 12th album in January, "For...
Gators Need Full Reserve Tank; Backup Players Must Give Florida Quality Minutes during the Postseason
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO ATLANTA -- Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford, Lee Humphrey and Joakim Noah are very good players, but they can't carry the entire load for the Florida men's basketball team during stamina-sapping postseason play. ...
GENERAL ASSEMBLY; Freshman Williams Adjusting the Jesup Legislator Learns the Ropes as He Struggles with His New Double Life
Byline: BRIAN HUGHES ATLANTA - With his loosened tie hanging from his neck, Rep. Mark Williams, R-Jesup, casually speaks of adjusting to his first term in office. He talks about juggling his real estate business with the daily grind of the legislative...
Glynn Academy Braces for Test; the School Is Reaching out to Parents to Help Them Help Their Kids Prepare
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Glynn Academy staff continue to reach out to parents and grandparents of students preparing to take the mandatory Georgia High School Graduation Test at the end of the month. Principal Davis Baker encouraged...
Guilty Plea in 2 Crash Deaths; the Former JTA Official Faces Five to 20 Years in the Drunken-Driving Collision
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A former Jacksonville Transportation Authority executive pleaded guilty Thursday to killing two Mandarin men in a drunken driving crash and faces five to 20 years in prison. Daniel J. Gulliver, 46, admitted two counts of...
Hand-Carving Steamboat, Local History; Clay County Man Finishes Two-Year Project: Wooden Model of May Garner
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Back when traffic didn't exist in Clay County, May Garner was the main form of transportation. May Garner - 1893-1923 - was a double-deck steamboat that carried people and cargo, seven days a week, to and from Clay County....
Holocaust Denial Lost Respect, Writer Says; the Professor Testified in a Trial That Helped Make That Happen
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON In 1968, when Christopher Browning decided to write his doctoral thesis about the Holocaust, his academic adviser warned him that "there's no academic future in researching the Holocaust." The adviser was wrong. Interest...
Important Parks Board Finally Shifts into Drive
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Finally. "This has been a long time coming," Mayor John Peyton told members of his Parks Advisory Board during its organizational meeting earlier this week. It sure has. Peyton's Parks Task Force met for more...
Is Winn-Dixie's Stock Getting Ahead of Itself? One Analyst Thinks So, Saying the Grocer's 'Fundamental Picture Looks Mixed, at Best.'
Byline: MARK BASCH Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.'s stock has risen since the Jacksonville-based supermarket chain emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November. But one analyst thinks the stock has gotten a little ahead of itself. Jefferies & Co.'s...
Jacksonville Journal
HABITAT DEDICATION An addition to the Jordan Park Community Center in Atlantic Beach will be dedicated at noon Saturday. The addition is designed to provide "better tutoring space for our after-school programs and to offer an individualized school...
Jaguars Seek Ways to Tackle Debt; 'Just Listen to Me Carefully. I Am Not Selling the Team'
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Jacksonville Jaguars, facing the financial squeeze of being a small-market team coping with rising player costs, have hired a New York investment-banking firm to find ways to restructure or reduce their $110 million debt,...
Joblessness Rises, but Long-Term Forecast Is Strong
Byline: MARK BASCH Jacksonville's unemployment rate rose in January, due to normal post-holiday season trends. But job growth is looking considerably stronger, the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation reported Thursday. The jobless rate in...
LADY LIBERTY NEEDS A HOME; the Replica Is Patriotic Decor in a Clay County Storeroom
Byline: ANNE MARIE APOLLO GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Bring her your broken printers, your worn chairs and your outdated office equipment longing to break free. In a Clay County storeroom, a 7-foot-tall tribute to the Statue of Liberty looks out over...
Laughter-Pain Combo Lures Filmmaker
Byline: Matt Soergel When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, Mike Binder was in Manhattan, live on TV, being interviewed on Good Morning America about his HBO show, The Mind of the Married Man, which was to premiere on Sept. 11, 2001....
'LION KING' 101; Your Guide to the Characters and Story of the Famous Disney Production
Odds are good that you already know the story of The Lion King. If you have kids, you've probably seen the Disney movie dozens of times, and the stage production follows the same storyline. You'll also likely recognize many of the songs - Circle of...
Louisiana Deli: A Taste of New Orleans; If You're from the Area or Just Love It, This Is for You
Byline: ERICA BURKS While Hurricane Katrina didn't devastate Jason Carroll's home, it did wipe out his insurance business. Rather than trying to rebuild in New Orleans, he and his family relocated to Jacksonville and decided to bring New Orleans...
Morning Briefs
CITISTREET OPENING FIRM IN ST. MARYS CitiStreet, a global benefits delivery firm that employs about 800 in the Jacksonville area, is opening a firm in St. Marys, Ga. The information technology office is opening to support its main operations,...
Much-Needed Lesson in Communication Comes at Good Time for Commissioners
Commissioner George Bush probably said what at least one other person in the room was thinking: "We can't get to know each other overnight." True enough. But Clay County officials gave it a try anyway and the results were encouraging. At the...
Murder Warrant Issued in Death of 73-Year-Old
Clay County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for murder in the death of a 73-year-old Jacksonville man whose badly decomposed body was found by children in the woods off Wells Road in Orange Park. Jim McDuf, 26, was being returned to Clay...
Page2People; the Idol Edition
STACEY SNEAKS INTO FINAL 12 There's I-just-made-it-through-that-yellow-light relief, and then there's I-just-made-it-to-the-rest-stop-in-time relief. I'm thinking Phil Stacey was feeling something more like the latter Thursday night when he found...
RACE OFFERS SPECIAL HISTORY; the Times-Union Picks the Top Moments from 29 Previous Gate River Runs
1 INAUGURAL RACE APRIL 1, 1978 A Jacksonville tradition had to begin with a first step. And so it was, on April Fool's Day in 1978, that the River Run started. But then it was known as the River Run 15,000. The race was lucky enough to...
Report: Chatman Had Inappropriate Conduct
LSU women's basketball coach Pokey Chatman said Thursday she won't coach in the NCAA Tournament, and The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported on its Web site the resignation was prompted by the school's discovery of inappropriate conduct between...
Rewind
Byline: Matt Soergel A look beyond the New Release shelves for a film worth a second -- or maybe your first -- look. There's been a lot of anticipation for today's new film, 300, thanks to promising trailers and the fact that the last time a...
Running beyond the FCAT
Byline: Mark Woods When we were touring Duval County elementary schools last month, trying to figure out kindergarten options for Mia, one of the things I liked hearing about was how schools with strong FCAT scores still found time for subjects...
SINGING HIS PRAISES; Chris Tomlin Bringing How Great Is Our God Tour to Arena
Byline: ROGER BULL Chris Tomlin has been making the Dove awards his own lately. Last month, the Gospel Music Association announced the 2007 nominations, Tomlin was right up there on top again with nine. Last year, he had 10 nominations, more...
Staying Alive; Thornton's Heroics Boost Seminoles' NCAA Hopes ACC MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: FLORIDA STATE 67, CLEMSON 66
Byline: BOB THOMAS TAMPA -- After swooping and soaring over and around Clemson on Thursday afternoon, Al Thornton perched himself on the free-throw line with 1.5 seconds remaining and the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament opener tied. The...
Stein Mart Feels Retail's Nationwide Sales Slump; the Company Says Winter Storms Hurt Sales, a Refrain Heard around the Country
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON Locally headquartered retailer Stein Mart Inc. reported slumping February same-store sales Thursday, although total sales for the month were up 7.3 percent. The chain's same-store sales, often considered the best indication...
SUNDAY DRIVE; Race Cars and Other Classics on Display at Concours d'Elegance
Byline: DAN SCANLAN More than 270 elegant classics and muscular race cars will line the green fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island on Sunday at the 12th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Here are some of the best reasons to head to...
Take a Closer Look at Restaurants Coming to St. Johns Town Center
Byline: Dan Macdonald Last week, T-U business writer Diana Middleton did a nice job spelling out all the stores coming when the second phase of the St. Johns Town Center opens around October. She seemed to make a big deal about this Louis Vuitton...
Taylor-Made for Jaguars
After all Fred Taylor has done for the Jaguars and the city of Jacksonville, I'm glad to know we have a coach who knows what the word "loyalty" means. Sometimes it's not how many yards you can run, or how fast you can run them. Sometimes it's the value...
Theatre Jacksonville: Friends and Spies Face a 'Pack of Lies'
Byline: ROGER BULL Pack of Lies is not an easy play. Currently at Theatre Jacksonville, it's based on a true 1960 story about spies in British suburbia. But it's really about loyalty, duty, friendship and deceit. It all starts innocently enough...
Thornton's Shoes Spread the Message
Byline: Sam Borden TAMPA -- The writing isn't on the wall anymore for the Florida State men's basketball team. It's on Al Thornton's shoes. "Respect all, fear none," one of the scrawled messages inked across his white-and-garnet sneakers says,...
T-U 2
BRADY BUNCH? It's no secret that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a baby on the way with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan, who said she is more than three months pregnant. But according to the Boston Globe, Brazilian Web site Glamurama.com.br...
T-YOU; THE FAITH LEADER 'Today, God Is First' for Pastor
JAVARDO A. JONES Title, church, city: Pastor, Faith Community Church of God, Orange Park Age: 45 Education: Bachelor's degree in biblical studies and master's degree in theology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. Tell us about your...
Urban Sprawl Mowing Down Rural Landscape; Putnam and Other Small Counties Are Struggling with Jacksonville's Spillover
Byline: DAVID HUNT EAST PALATKA -Most every day, Bob Wright tends to his produce and plants along U.S. 17 as more and more traffic zips by. His business, East Palatka Fruit Market, sits at the epicenter of Putnam County's transportation grid,...
Violent Crime, Cecil Field 'Very Important' to Crist; the Governor Discussed His Priorities in the Times-Union Newsroom
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Property taxes and the Cecil Commerce Center were among topics discussed by Gov. Charlie Crist during a visit to the Times-Union Thursday. Crist spoke for an hour with editorial writers, columnists and a reporter about a...
Wacky Herb May Become Illegal; Georgia Considers a Ban on Salvia, Which Is Used as a Hallucinogen
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers are pushing for a ban on a hallucinogenic herb that is now legally sold in stores and on the Internet. Sen. John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee, has introduced a bill making it a misdemeanor to grow,...
Water Plan Critique Nears; Brunswick Commissioners to List Their Objections to Merger Deal with Glynn
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - The Brunswick City Commission will at last send a written list of objections to operating plans of the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission. The joint commission, if it ever gets up and running,...
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