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Articles from March 21, 2007

Agency That Helps Others Will Soon Turn 90 Years Old
Byline: DAN SCANLAN An agency that began helping a small group of people of the Jewish faith just after World War I celebrates its 90th anniversary this spring. And after numerous name changes to reflect its growing services, what was once an...
A.M.Stir
GO, TEAM I WILL NOT BE A GOOD SPORT ABOUT IT What's this? I can't cheer for the team if I didn't go to the school? That's the rule, according to a colleague of mine. He says there's nothing more annoying than someone who comes into the office,...
ATV Driver Runs Stop Sign, Ends Up in Jail; Two Men and One Teen, Accused of Stealing ATVs, Chain Saws, and Other Items, Are Arrested in Jacksonville
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE, Ga., - The sharp eyes of a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputy enabled the arrest of three young men on charges of stealing a trailer, four ATVs and other items in Camden County. The arrests were made after ...
ATV Driver Runs Stop Sign, Ends Up in Jail; Two Men and One Teen, Accused of Stealing Four ATVs and Other Items, Were Arrested in Jacksonville
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE - The sharp eyes of a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputy have led to the arrest of three young men on charges of stealing a trailer, four ATVs and other items in Camden County. The arrests were made after a Jacksonville...
BAD BAD BAD BAD SITUATION; Some Sitcoms Are So Awful . . . How Awful Are They? They Are So Awful That Even the Laugh Tracks Don't Know When to Laugh
Byline: KONRAD MARSHALL What makes a sitcom bad? It sounds like a simple question with a few simple answers: -- A ridiculous plot. -- Even more ridiculous characters (ones who would never make it into our Sitcom Star Wars contest). -- Poor...
Beaches Voices; River Run Turned 30 Years Old with a Wide Range of Runners
Byline: Bill Longenecker "Oh my gosh, I'm running way too fast!" Jacksonville Beach's Alex Schanen said that to himself at the 5-mile mark in Jacksonville's March 10 Gate River Run. This is the first of a two-part tribute to the 30th anniversary...
Beach Shorts; A MATTER OF SAFETY
GRANT FOR ATLANTIC BEACH The Florida Communities Trust has approved giving Atlantic Beach a $1.8 million grant to purchase about 340 acres of pristine marshland just north of the Atlantic Boulevard bridge east of the Intracoastal Waterway. The...
Best Buddies Party in Memorial Park
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND They donned bunny ears, tossed Easter eggs, pitched cream pies and threw Ping-Pong balls into a fish bowl. Best Buddies Jacksonville hosted a carnival-theme day at Memorial Park in Riverside on a recent Sunday. The fourth...
Bill Would Clear Civil Rights Arrests; Many Mistakenly Believe the 1964 Civil Rights Act Erased Their Convictions
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - On a Saturday morning in August 1963, Jo-Ann Martin Hughes walked into a drugstore in downtown St. Augustine and laid down on the floor along with eight other African-Americans. The group's attempt to desegregate...
BOWIE KUHN: 1926-2007; Mourning a Baseball Great Eulogist: Kuhn 'In the Big Hall of Fame Now'
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Former Major League Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn was remembered for his devotion to the game and to charity during his funeral Tuesday afternoon in Ponte Vedra Beach. Kuhn, who died Thursday at age 80 of a short illness...
Ceremony for JFK May Block Traffic; Drivers Should Be Prepared for Friday's Decommissioning at Mayport Naval Station
Byline: DREW DIXON The aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy's decommissioning ceremony Friday will have thousands of people flocking to Mayport Naval Station and could jam local roads around the base for hours. "We expect 5,000 to 7,000 people,"...
Cinderella's Gone Home at This Dance
Byline: Sam Borden March Madness? Try March Blandness. The first weekend of this year's NCAA Tournament was about as dramatic as a spring-training game, except that at least at spring-training games, you know you're probably not missing much...
COLLEGE ROUNDUP; Donovan, Hatters Put Lid on Gators
Freshman Robby Donovan allowed six hits in a career-high 6 1/3 innings to lead host Stetson (18-7) to a 4-3 victory Tuesday night over Florida (11-13) before a record crowd of 2,975 at Melching Field. Donovan (1-1) gave up two runs, struck out three...
Day of Seafood and St. Patrick's Day; the Great Atlantic Festival Coincided with St. Patrick's Day - and the Rest Is History
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY JACKSONVILLE BEACH - The Great Atlantic Music and Seafood Festival was green this year. People drank green beer, wore green hats, shirts and necklaces and danced to Irish music Saturday, whether they were Irish or not....
Documentary Filmmaker Will Get to Watch This Year's Springfest
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Jacksonville filmmaker Chris McFall is looking forward to attending this weekend's Suwannee Springfest, one of the annual music festivals produced by Magnolia Music and Events of Jacksonville Beach. Like many, he plans...
Dolphins Focusing on How, Not Who; JU Coach Wants His Team to Concentrate on Its Own Game, Not 23-0 FSU's
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER There are few similarities between golf and baseball, but Jacksonville University coach Terry Alexander wants his players to take a similar approach to their game against undefeated Florida State as they would to teeing off....
Drivers Learn to Navigate County 210; but Many Are Just Resigned. "Ultimately, It's Going to Be Better," One Man Said
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY As he got ready to tee off on the practice range at Palm Valley Golf Club Friday, Ryan Shivers was philosophical about the changing face of St. Johns County Road 210. "Ultimately, it's going to be better," he said. Since...
Early Returns Put Lee Ahead in Bid to Reclaim Her Old Seat
Byline: BETH KORMANIK Denise Lee likely will return to the City Council seat she held for 17 years after preliminary returns show her beating two opponents Tuesday in District 8. Lee, 53, served on the council from 1982 to 1999, followed by one...
ELECTION 2007; Incumbents Win Easily in Major City Races
JACKSONVILLE MAYOR REPUBLICAN JOHN PEYTON 76% DEMOCRAT JACKIE BROWN 24% 217 OF 285 Precincts Reporting WHAT'S NEXT Now that Mayor John Peyton has won re-election, this is what we can expect: THE BETTER JACKSONVILLE PLAN Complete...
Ex-Teller Stands by Fraud Confession; despite Her Attorney's Fight to Throw out the Statement, She Says She Spoke Voluntarily
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A former head teller testified Tuesday that she told the FBI the truth when she admitted to systematically stealing more than $20,000 from a Jekyll Island bank last year. "Yes, I was truthful and I confessed....
Foreign Concept: Winning; Doral Is a Hit with the International Set, Which Has Eight Victories There
Byline: GARRY SMITS MIAMI - When the Doral Resort and Spa Blue Monster hosted a full-field PGA Tour event, there always were unfamiliar names. Now that Doral is hosting a World Golf Championship event with a field size cut almost in half, there...
Garrard Tries to Keep His Head Up; the Jaguars Quarterback Says His Benching Was "Another Lightning Bolt."
Byline: VITO STELLINO David Garrard isn't a stranger to dealing with adversity. That explains why he isn't in a funk, even though he was benched during the second half of the 2006 season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs, then was told by...
Gators Again Seeking a Game-Breaking Back; Williams Is the Front-Runner, but Coach Meyer Has Plenty of Options
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO It must be a rite of spring. Once again, Florida's football team is looking for a starting tailback. At least coach Urban Meyer is optimistic entering spring practice, which starts today. He entered his first two offseasons...
Giving Back; It's Fun to Swing Hammer at 81 Paul Kayser Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity
Byline: KEVIN TURNER FERNANDINA BEACH- During his career, Paul Kayser worked for Technicolor and Kodak in New York. But since he came to Nassau County, he's more than proved his mettle at swinging a hammer for Habitat for Humanity. "I have a...
Guest Motivators Give Gators Drive; the Basketball Team Welcomes Words of Sports Greats and Puts Them to Use
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - For Billy Donovan, motivation is just as important as game plans. The Florida men's basketball coach works hard at trying to inspire his players, whether it's by a short speech, a rip job or a quiet visit....
He Takes a Shine to Polishing
Mike Finn used to worry about what his kids would say when they were asked what their father did for a living. But he has soon forgotten that, and continues on with his successful business of "Polishing Brass and Silver." Finn started working with...
Hilliard Working to Comply with District Standards on New Projects; the Town Imposed a 60-Day Moratorium on New Construction on March 1
Byline: KEVIN TURNER HILLIARD - Town officials say they're working to bring their permitting practices in line with St. Johns River Water Management District requirements, but they need time. Both the town and developer Michael Franklin last...
History, Financing Help Jones to Victory
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Mia Jones appeared to cruise to a second term in the Jacksonville City Council seat from District 10 Tuesday, brushing past middle school teacher James Evans-Muhammad. "I'm looking at this as an opportunity to finish up...
Holt Leads a Crowded Field; Runoff Foe May Be Daniels
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It looks like a runoff between two of the eight candidates in the City Council District 11 race, after none of them garnered enough votes to win Tuesday's city election. Top vote-getter Ray Holt was leading in the early returns...
In Education
STUDENT ART EXHIBIT The fifth annual Nassau County High School Student Art Show will close Wednesday, March 28, at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville North Campus Art Gallery, Room D-301, 4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville. Artwork by...
In JAA-Union Fight, Authority Holds Cards; Duval Judge Ruled the Authority's Board, Not City Council, Is the Governing Body
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Union employees at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority will have their contract imposed by the authority board if the workers and management are unable to reach an agreement. By granting the authority's request for...
Insurer Will Open 10 Florida Locations
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA A Jacksonville-based insurance agency is mapping a statewide expansion this year that it hopes will nearly double its annual revenues. Miller Insurance Group Inc. expects to open 10 franchise locations in Florida this...
It's Time to Stop and Ask Directions
Byline: Mark Kaufman Watching our county government in action, an old saying comes to mind about never getting there if you don't know where you're going. Maybe it's the case that those of us with real-world business experience have unrealistic...
Jacksonville Journal
HEALTH DEPARTMENT, HUD HOST HOME SAFETY EVENT The Duval County Health Department will co-host an event beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday at Shands Jacksonville hospital to raise awareness about health and hazards in the home. The event is part of...
Jaguars Player Rants on Videotape; Khalif Barnes Lashed out While in a Police Cruiser after His Drunken-Driving Arrest
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Moments after his drunken-driving arrest in November, Jaguars offensive tackle Khalif Barnes launched into an obscenity-laced rant against Jacksonville police, perceived racism and playing in a "hick town." "This is unbelievable,...
JEDC Pursuing Big Projects to Go into Cecil; If All the Deals Come to Fruition, They Would Invest Upwards of $1.4 Billion in the Site and Create Close to 6,000 Jobs
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission is pursuing at least a dozen specific projects that it hopes to lure to Cecil Commerce Center, according to an internal planning document prepared by commission staff. ...
Kropacek Has Online Newsletter; the Interim St. Johns Administrator Is Using It to Keep Residents Informed
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL As St. Johns County seeks a permanent replacement for interim Administrator Wally Kropacek, he's been trying to keep residents in better touch with county business via a biweekly online newsletter. In the first few issues,...
Lead So Big, Holland Declares Win; He Led Jenkins by Better Than 2-to-1 When He Declared Victory Late Tuesday
Byline: MATT GALNOR Despite a controversial video leaked by his opponent's campaign, Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland held a heavy lead late Tuesday evening. With about 76 percent of the precincts reporting, Holland led City Councilwoman...
Leftwich Hasn't Asked for Trade; So Says His Agent, Who Expects His Client to Play for the Jaguars This Fall
Byline: VITO STELLINO Byron Leftwich's agent, Tom Condon, said Tuesday that the Jaguars' quarterback hasn't asked for a trade, and he expects the four-year NFL veteran to play for the team this fall. However, Condon said he doesn't know if Leftwich,...
LIONS &TIGERS AND...BEES? School Mascots on the First Coast Run the Gamut, but What's Really in a Name?
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Don't mess with the manatees. Sure, the marine mammals have no natural enemies and no way to defend themselves. But they are fiercely protected by thousands of kids at the half dozen elementary schools that claim the mild-mannered...
Mandarin Residents Reject Water Main; A Councilwoman Pushed the Plan Because of a Lack of Fire Hydrants
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Support for a water main in parts of Mandarin Road has evaporated. So city officials ditched the project for now after only 39 percent of the affected homeowners indicated they wanted the water main with the estimated $5,000-per-household...
Mauresmo Will Miss Amelia after Surgery
Amelie Mauresmo underwent surgery for an inflamed appendix Sunday and will miss competition for at least a month, according to the French tennis star's official Web site. That means Mauresmo, who is ranked fourth in the world, will not compete in...
MAYOR PEYTON; Wield Veto Pen
It has been said that a mayor's job is to make the tough decisions, but that isn't true. His job is to make the right decisions. And, sometimes, that isn't tough at all. For example, it should not be tough for John Peyton to decide the fate of...
McIntosh Employees Say They Work Too Hard for $8 an Hour; County Clerks Picket at the Courthouse, Alleging Wage Discrimination
Byline: MIKE MORRISON DARIEN - A dozen McIntosh County employees picketed the courthouse Tuesday, protesting what they called "wage discrimination." Holding a picket sign in one hand while swatting sand gnats with the other, Sandra Cauley explained...
Modem Jam Causes Special Delivery; Some Ballots Had to Be Hand-Delivered but No Other Big Problems Were Reported
Byline: TIA MITCHELL No major problems were reported Tuesday at the polls during Election Day in Jacksonville. However, the count was slowed by technological issues. Two of 13 tallying centers reported modem problems, causing results from...
Morning Briefs
MAC PAPERS BUYS DISTRIBUTION CENTER Mac Papers Inc., a Jacksonville-headquartered printing paper and graphic supplies company, has purchased a Louisiana printing-paper distribution company, the buyer said in a release Tuesday. Mac Papers is a...
New McGirts Creek Fields Are 'Premier'; New Ball Fields at the Westside Park Will Accomodate More
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Children with disabilities now will be able to play baseball on a newly built diamond at McGirts Creek Park on the Westside. In addition, teams in the West Duval Youth Association will have three new fields on which to...
Nonviolent Crimes Rise in Beaches in 2006; Police Refer to Them as Crimes of Opportunity, Which Can Be Avoided by Vigilance
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL and DREW DIXON Burglaries, thefts and stolen car cases increased in 2006 in every Beaches community and police said no matter how well they enforce the law, those are the hardest kinds of crime to stop. While violent crime...
NOTEBOOK; Vickers Makes Toyota History
Byline: DON COBLE When Brian Vickers was in front during Lap 89 of last Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, it marked Toyota's first lead in NASCAR Nextel Cup Series history. Vickers led twice for a total of five laps, and that's the only...
Noted Jazz Pianist Joins JU Jazz Profs in Concert
Byline: JOHN CARTER Jackonville Unveristy just may have the keys to spring. Keyboard great Kevin Bales will join John Ricci, director of Jazz Studies at JU, and other faculty members for an evening of jazz at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in...
Now for Sale at This Bar: Air at $1 a Minute; the First Oxygen Bar in Jacksonville Beach Opens
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL After swilling green beer at the Great Atlantic Seafood Festival in Jacksonville Beach Saturday, about 50 people got a taste of scented oxygen. They found it at the nearby Exhale oxygen bar. Exhale's owners, Heather...
Page2People; the Idol Edition
STACEY MAY HAVE REACHED THE END OF HIS ROAD, SIMON SAYS Phil Stacey took a trip down Tobacco Road, but Simon Cowell isn't sure how much further he can go. The theme was 1960s British Invasion on American Idol Tuesday, with help from Peter Noone...
Paralegal Pleads Not Guilty in Fraud, Theft; She's Accused of Stealing More Than $110,000 in a Bank Fraud Scheme
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Ware County paralegal was released on $20,000 bail Tuesday after pleading not guilty to federal charges of bank fraud and theft of government funds. Gina A. Wooten, 50, of Waycross, is accused of stealing...
Paying off Landfill Debt OK'd; the Next Step Is to Close the Dump - but Finding Funds Could Be a Challenge
Byline: KEVIN TURNER YULEE - The second time was the charm for Clerk of Court John Crawford's proposal to pay off $12.3 million in bond debt at the West Nassau Landfill. Commissioners approved Crawford's plan March 14, passing a resolution to...
People
MILITARY -- Army Pvt. Brian Lagitch, son of Alfred Lagitch of the Northside, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. -- Air Force Airman 1st Class Bethanicole Lawton, daughter of Vanita Lawton of Pine Forest, has graduated...
Police Briefs; Clerk Threatened after Robbery at Town
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A shoplifting incident March 13 turned violent when a 41-year-old LensCrafters employee was threatened with a knife as he tried to get the license plate number of a car outside the store at 4663 River City Drive, police said....
Police Briefs; Man Accidentally Shoots Little Finger
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -- A 27-year-old man accidentally shot himself in his left little finger while handling a gun about 12:15 p.m. Sunday at the A1A Roofing business,...
Police Briefs; Suspect Arrested in Armed Robbery Case
Armed robbery suspect arrested in Polk County Alan Richard Vincenty, 46, remained in the Polk County jail Monday after sheriff's deputies there arrested him Sunday on a Nassau County warrant issued Saturday in connection with an armed robbery of...
Residents Want Egans Freshwater Restored; in 2003, the FDOT Allowed the Salt Water to Enter Part of the Waterway
Byline: MARY HURST FERNANDINA BEACH - The message was loud, clear and, at times, feisty: Restore the damaged Egans Creek Greenway south of Jasmine Street to freshwater. More than 50 people attended a public meeting Thursday sponsored by the Florida...
Revised JEA Plan Raises Rates a Little More; This Version Extends Proposed Increases over a Fourth Year and Adds an Environmental Fee
Byline: MATT GALNOR The latest tweaks in a proposal to raise JEA's residential electric rates include a 20 percent increase over four years and a new monthly "environmental stewardship" fee. A final plan will be brought to the JEA board next...
Rutherford an Apparent Shoo-In; No Incumbent Sheriff Has Lost Re-Election in Half a Century
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON Shrugging off two challengers, one the son of his former boss, Sheriff John Rutherford appears to have easily won re-election Tuesday night with a little more than half of the precincts reporting. Rutherford outpolled Reginald...
Spring Break '07; Capitano on Tour
Byline: Laura Capitano BEST OF THE BLOG CUTTING A RUG IN DAYTONA Caught some good action at The Ocean Deck last night. Margaritas are on tap, live band rocked inside with a packed dance floor and a DJ played outside in their big ol' sandbox....
'Stars Align' for First-Time Candidate
Byline: Mark Woods He didn't get a single vote. His name wasn't even on a ballot. Yet Stephen Joost has reason to celebrate this morning. Scratch that. He had reason to celebrate weeks ago, when they had a victory party. "All the stars...
State Farm Cuts Auto Rates by 5.4%; First Coast Drivers Can Expect Even Bigger Savings of Up to 10%
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA State Farm auto insurance customers can expect a 5.4 percent statewide average decline in premiums - with First Coast customers enjoying savings of up to about 10 percent. The lower rates, which will go into effect Monday,...
St. Johns Man Indicted in 2004 Stabbing Death
A St. Johns County man has been indicted in the 2004 death of a man stabbed more than 20 times and left on the side of a Putnam County road. Otis Finch Jr., 26, was indicted Monday on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Timothy Eugene...
THE PEANUT LADY IS BACK; Auntie Roz 'Engages Students Instantly'
Byline: JOHN CARTER The peanut lady is getting ready to come out of her shell again and butter up fans with another series of educational performances. Auntie Roz, the Peanut Lady, will perform at 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, March 30, at...
There Are Worse Kinds of Hazing
Byline: Terry Dickson If Jesus were a student at Savannah State University, his ministry would have been shut down by now. Nothing wrong with his dress. Sandals seem to have made a big comeback and - assuming Savannah State is like most colleges...
There's No More Tying in Georgia; Rule Changes Eliminate State-Title Ties and Move the Games to the Georgia Dome
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER The Georgia Dome will begin hosting state high school football championship games and there will be no ties when the title games are played as the Georgia High School Association changed two of its most controversial policies....
T-U 2
OOPS The blog known as www.chicksdigthelongball.org broke down the NCAA men's basketball tournament by mascot. Apparently, the authors know more about sports than animals as Wisconsin's mascot, a badger, was listed as an aquatic animal. Actually,...
Van Cliburn Winner Will Perform
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN It's been nearly 10 years since classical pianist Jon Nakamatsu won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, an event that changed his life. "I think about it every single time I walk out on stage," Nakamatsu said...
Volunteers Take Pride in Fixing Up Their Corners of the City; Groups Cleaned Up Their Neighborhoods and Area Schools
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND On the Northside, they bagged trash, put up butterfly signs and planted dozens of azaleas, crape myrtles, jasmine and cranberry bushes. On the Southside, they erected a neighborhood sign, removed bamboo and picked up...
Voters' Confidence Humbling, Peyton Says; He'll Have 4 More Years in Office, Early Returns Show
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Mayor John Peyton has another four years to continue his quest to bring more jobs, higher wages and a better quality of like to Jacksonville residents. The Republican incumbent was overwhelmingly defeating his Democratic...
Warren Jones Holds a Big Lead, but He's Likely to Face a Runoff
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON With many ballots still uncounted Tuesday evening, former City Council member Warren Jones held almost half the votes in a seven-way race for the District 9 council seat. Republican Fred Engness, a 25-year-old retail manager,...
'Women in the Sunshine State' March 31 at Library
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Women's History Month at the South Mandarin branch library wraps up at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, with a program titled "Women in the Sunshine State." The free program includes a video that looks at the contributions made...
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