The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 1, 2008

A1A Friends Group Looks to Improve Road's Looks; Letting Drivers Know about the Route's Historic Importance Is Planned
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL Whether it's planting wildflowers, installing signs or picking up trash on the side of the road, the Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Byway are interested in improving the road through St. Johns County. At a Ponte Vedra...
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Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY BELIEF IN DOG PHOTOS DEPICT DEBATE OVER CRITTERS' SALVATION So, do dogs, cats, ferrets, etc., go to heaven? Raising the age-old question anew is a series of photographs depicting a Catholic-vs.-Presbyterian animal-afterlife...
An Ailing Hospice Industry May Not Get Care It Needs; Officials Say Cuts in Medicare Could Lead to Cuts in Service
Byline: JEREMY COX Northeast Florida hospice industry leaders say they are considering cutting some patient services to plug financial holes created by nationwide cuts in Medicare payments that go into effect today. The two organizations that...
Atlantic Water Rates Could Be Doubled; Improvements to the City's Plant Are to Blame, with Construction Coming in 2010
Byline: DREW DIXON ATLANTIC BEACH - The City Commission will consider an ordinance this month that would more than double residents' water rates, even for minimal users. City officials insist the rate increase will bring Atlantic Beach water...
BAD NEWS, AGAIN; 'Yes, There Is Fear, but There Are Blessings to Be Found, Too.'
Byline: ELEANOR ARMSTRONG ELEANOR ARMSTRONG 71, Mandarin In 1998, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. After a lumpectomy, 35 radiation treatments and a period of rest, my husband and I decided to sell our home in South Florida,...
Beach Shorts
Target awards grant Target retail stores has awarded a $3,000 grant to the Beaches Fine Arts Series to help the nonprofit organization continue presenting classical music workshops in the schools and other educational outreach programs. Beaches...
BLACK AMERICA; Education Is Key
The National Urban League has an annual quality of life survey. It's called the State of Black America. This year, the survey took a creative turn and did it in the voice of a black woman. An interesting idea, since all women have a crucial role...
Choosing the More Radical Option; Why Breast Cancer Patients Often Decide to Have Mastectomies Instead of Lump Removals
Byline: JEREMY COX UNDER THE KNIFE Strong evidence shows no difference in long-term survival regardless of whether breast cancer patients choose mastectomies over lump removal. But half of women medically eligible to save their breasts have them...
CONSOLIDATION; Fulfilling the Promise
Of all the positives of the consolidated form of government, the one possible negative relates to Jacksonville's large and historic African-American community. Would they have prospered with a core city, dominated by African-Americans, and a larger,...
Consolidation Represents No Celebration for Many Blacks
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee I was 9 years old when Jacksonville's city and county governments merged on Oct. 1, 1968. Up until the summer of that year, when we moved to a new development called Richardson Heights, I had lived with my family on...
Dallas Receives Static from T.O
Byline: VITO STELLINO One of the toughest jobs in the NFL is being the quarterback of the team that has Terrell Owens at wide receiver. In the past, Jeff Garcia and Donovan McNabb were the targets of Owens' barbs. Now it's Tony Romo's turn...
Domestic Violence Slips Past Radars; the Month's Purpose Is to Raise Awareness of the Types of Help Available
Byline: DANA TREEN In all 11 of Jacksonville's domestic homicides last year, someone knew there were troubles in the relationship, according to a review by a multi-agency team including the State Attorney's Office. But in most of the cases there...
ELECTION 2008: JACKSONVILLE BEACH; Sharp Wins Re-Election as Mayor with 72 Percent of Votes
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Jacksonville Beach Mayor Fland Sharp was re-elected Tuesday in a race that gained attention when one of his two rivals was disqualified because the $488 check he wrote for his qualifying fee bounced. Sharp received 1,113...
ELECTION 2008: U.S. HOUSE, DISTRICT 7; Candidates Deem Economy Key Issue Mica Faces Newcomer Armitage in a Battle of Experience vs. Change
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON John Mica cites experience. Faye Armitage says its time for change. Mica, 65, a Republican who has represented the 7th Congressional District since 1993, is seeking his ninth term. The sprawling district includes all...
Ethics Panel Debates $750 Million Deal; WHY the City Landfill Deal Is a Long-Term, No-Bid Contract. RESULT Members Are Comfortable That City Council Is Taking Public Concerns Seriously
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Members of Jacksonville's Ethics Commission said they feel comfortable that the City Council is taking seriously the public's concerns about a proposed no-bid contract worth $750 million. However, some ethics commissioners...
FACE TO FACE WITH THE ENEMY; at Risk for Cancer, She Joins Fight on Front Lines
Byline: MARK WOODS Ask someone who has breast cancer, or had breast cancer, to tell you their story and they often will start in the same place. In a doctor's office. Getting the news. That's where this story starts, too. Only this isn't...
Felon Gets Extra 6 Days of Furlough; Judge Grants Him the Time, Fails to Notify State of Extension
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Johnny Lee Lunford is facing 20 years in prison for robbery, but a judge agreed to let him leave the Duval County jail unescorted and unmonitored Saturday to attend his grandmother's funeral. Then, without being asked, Circuit...
Fight Back - with a Sense of Humor; Breast Cancer Patients Say the Ability to Keep Laughing Helps Conquer Feelings of Depression
Byline: ROGER BULL HOPE & FEAR For Cindy Richmond, it was a simple button. She pinned it on her purse when she went to chemotherapy. When it was cold enough to wear a hat over her bald head (she didn't bother with wigs), she pinned it on...
First Coast Playoff Connections
Byline: GENE FRENETTE JONATHAN PAPELBON RHP, BOSTON RED SOX BISHOP KENNY HS Regular-season recap: For the third consecutive year, Papelbon had an outstanding season (5-4, 2.34 ERA) as the Red Sox's closer, saving 41 games in 46 chances....
First 'Green' Insurance Comes for Georgia's Homeowners; New Policy Lets You Rebuild Environmentally Friendly If Your Home Is Damaged
Byline: JAKE ARMSTRONG ATLANTA -- A fire-blackened home can turn shades of green under an environmentally friendly insurance policy announced Tuesday. The first of its kind in the state, the policy allows home-owners to pay as little as $25 more...
For Some, a Pink Ribbon Tattoo Is Proudly Displayed as . . . A Permanent Reminder of Hope, Support
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON PART 7 RENEWAL When Jessica Fashauer's mom felt two lumps in her breast late last year, both mother and daughter knew instinctively that it wasn't a false alarm. "When she found the lump, I don't know how, but she...
GAME REVIEW; 'Rock Band 2': Even Better Than Original
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY If you're pressed for time, here's your quick review of Rock Band 2: It's like Rock Band, only more so. What they're selling: From Harmonix - "With more master recordings than any other music game, Rock Band features some...
Gators without Starting LB Doe; He's Scheduled to Have Hernia Surgery; Hicks Will Take over the Job
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Another Florida football starter is out with an injury. Weakside linebacker Dustin Doe is scheduled to undergo hernia surgery today and will miss Saturday's game at Arkansas and likely the Oct. 11 showdown...
German Choir to Appear at Black Heritage Center; the Center Is Trying to Raise Funds to Expand Its Tutoring Programs
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - Leaders of a heritage center that was a Beaches-area black school are raising money to expand its tutoring programs with a performance by a German choir that embraces the spiritual dimension of contemporary...
GETTING THE WORD; 'That's When I Learned How Negative the Word Positive Can Be.'
Byline: RENAY R. DAIGLE RENAY R. DAIGLE 38, Jacksonville Testing. Waiting. Fear. That's what I had to contend with when I had my biopsy. Due to my unusual circumstance, the testing was quick, and the waiting was less than normal. However,...
Glynn Panel Eyes Spending Freeze for Some Sales Tax; Lagging Revenues, Possible Increases in Jail Construction Costs Cited
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS BRUNSWICK -- The Glynn County Commission's Finance Committee wants to suspend all spending of some local sales tax money until Jan. 1 because of lagging receipts and possible increases in jail construction costs. The full...
Going beyond a Traditional Approach; Advocates Say Holistic Treatments Help Balance Mental, Spiritual and Physical Needs of Patients
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY PART 4 OTHER OPTIONS Fighting breast cancer - or any cancer, for that matter - is about employing the best weapons modern medicine has to offer. But there are a growing number of people - including medical experts and...
Greaseman Begins His Comeback in City Today; He'll Be Mixing His Irreverent Storytelling with Some Classic Rock Each Weekday
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON When he left Jacksonville in 1982, the radio disc jockey known as The Greaseman had cultivated the image of a middle-aged, potbellied, beer-swilling truck driver. But Doug Tracht, who carefully concealed his real identity...
'Great Friends and Neighbors'; JOYCE JACK Breast Cancer Survivor, Argyle
A writer I'm not. A survivor I am. I'm a four-year survivor; my mother is a 10-year survivor. I'm walking for myself and others who have gone through treatments and for those I hope never have to. I had a lump removed over the 2004 Thanksgiving...
He Loved the Woodworking Involved in Building Yachts; Even after He Retired, He Continued to Hand-Craft Boat Components
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Kenneth W. Archibald had a lifelong love for woodworking and boats, which he combined as owner of the Huckins Yacht Corp. for 29 years, before turning the company over to his daughter. Mr. Archibald died Sunday at the age of...
HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK; Johnson Awaits Surgery
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Baker County football player Milton Johnson continues to recover at Shands Trauma Center after suffering a spinal injury during a scrimmage on Aug. 19. Johnson broke the C3 vertebra in his neck while making a tackle from...
HOPE & FEAR; 'Instead of Declaring War, I Am Learning to Find Peace.'
Byline: DONNA DEEGAN DONNA DEEGAN 47, Jacksonville Beach I have had breast cancer three times. Often, well-meaning people will describe me as a "warrior." Someone who "battled" the disease and won. We have made cancer the mother of all...
Hunter Army Airfield Soldiers Return from Iraq; Family and Friends Greet 139 Troops after a 15-Month Deployment
Byline: PAMELA E. WALCK SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The last time Spc. Joshua Parks came home from a tour in Iraq, he didn't have the warm embrace of a wife or the happy faces of family surrounding him. "I was just happy to be home," Parks said, recalling...
Jacksonville Journal
NEW GRANT WILL HELP LEGAL AID FIGHT FORECLOSURES A new grant from The Community Foundation will help Jacksonville Area Legal Aid fight foreclosures. The $30,000 grant will be combined with funding from City Hall to hire two lawyers who will staff...
Kingston Explains 'No' Vote on Bailout; He Says It's Not the Same as Doing Nothing about the Issue
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS BRUNSWICK - A day after he voted to stop the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., returned to his home district to explain his decision to constituents. "I have been in Congress for 16 years and...
'Knowledge Is Power,' but Not for All; Test Helps People See If They're at Risk for Breast Cancer, but Some Don't Want the Information
Byline: LIZ VAN HOOSER PART 1 LOOKING OUT If you could find out through a simple blood test whether you were at high risk to develop breast or ovarian cancer, would you want to know? Before deciding, you should know that the test costs...
Landrum Celebrates Fitness and Opening of Track; the $65,000 Facility Is Already Being Used by Area Runners
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY When the dismissal bell rang Friday, many Landrum Middle School students didn't head to the buses to go home. They headed to the school's athletic fields instead. There, they climbed a rock wall and threw softballs to dunk...
LOOKING OUT; 'Just Guess What Would Have Happened If I Never Got a Mammogram.'
Byline: KAREN FISHBACK-CALLON KAREN FISHBACK-CALLON 49, Argyle Forest I always thought of mammograms as a pain in the butt. I mean who in their right mind would want to have their breast put in a vice grip? But I had my very first mammogram...
Making the Most of the Time You Have Left
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Alvaro Moreno-Aspitia, Associate Director of the Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic at the Mayo Clinic, says when it comes to living with cancer, terminal patients often have a choice on how they want to exit this life. "For...
McIntosh Seeks Possible Cuts; County to Trim about 5 Percent in Face of Declining Revenue
Byline: MIKE MORRISON With the national economic crisis trickling down to the county level, McIntosh County Manager Luther Smart is looking for ways to slash the coastal county's budget. "We have to trim $600,000 off of our total budget of $11.5...
Morning Briefs
MD MEDICARE CHOICE ORDERED TAKEN OVER A Leon County Circuit Court judge on Monday ordered Tampa-based MD Medicare Choice into the hands of the state's Department of Financial Services for liquidation. The Medicare Advantage plan has more than...
Neptune Regulating Political Sign Placement; in a Very Active Election Season, Advertising Is Popping Up Everywhere
Byline: Drew Dixon and Caren Burmeister NEPTUNE BEACH - With competition for the mayor's job and two City Council seats up for election this year, the council approved a resolution Thursday in hopes of keeping political signs under control along...
OTHER OPTIONS; 'I Am Delighted That I Listened to My Voice.'
Byline: DELSA DUIJN DELSA DUIJN 70, Fleming Island In 2006, I was busy as a substitute teacher and substitute teacher's aide for Clay County. I began experiencing shortness of breath, and it became impossible to keep up with Pre-K and kindergarten...
Police Briefs; Woman Bitten on Neck, Man Arrested
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH -A 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with domestic battery after biting a woman on the neck following a dispute about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the...
Police Identify Drive-By Shooting Victim
The victim of a Jacksonville drive-by shooting Monday in the Talleyrand area has been identified by police. Montrell Lashane Johnson, 32, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of East 13th Street, was apparently working beneath a car in...
Ponder Needs Patience; Florida State's QB Must Show Discipline against Miami's Zone Defense
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Christian Ponder's athleticism and strong arm helped him become Florida State's starting quarterback, but the skill he must master to be successful in Saturday's showdown at Miami is patience. And that doesn't...
Ponte Vedra Cultural Center Swings to a Latin Beat on Saturday
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach will take on a Latin flair when it presents a unique arts celebration to raise funds for an elementary school and other causes. Tickets are on sale for Arts Alive Caliente Nights,...
RENEWAL; 'Cancer Has Opened My Eyes to What Is Truly Important.'
Byline: LISA DAVID LISA DAVID 48, Mandarin I've known I carried the BRCA1 gene, so my risk of ovarian and breast cancer was much higher than the general population. I had a hysterectomy in 2005, hoping to ward off ovarian cancer. My aunt...
SALES TAX HOLIDAY; Exemption on Energy Items in Second Year This Year, the Tax Break Is Extended to Include Some Water-Saving Products
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- With energy prices on the rise and Georgia still in the middle of a historic dry spell, state lawmakers think they've found part of a solution: a sales-tax holiday. The sales-tax holiday started out a year...
Something New for Beaches Fine Arts Series: Imani Winds
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN The African/Latino ensemble Imani Winds is changing the way people look and listen to the traditional wind quintet performance. "This will not be your typical Mozart, Bach or Beethoven concert," said French horn player...
Sorry, but Your Cancer Has Returned; for Many Patients, the War Doesn't End When First - or Even Second - Battle Has Been Won
Byline: JEREMY COX PART 8 BAD NEWS, AGAIN Diagnosed with cancer in her left breast in 1988 and then in her right in 2005, Cathy Holland beat both. When doctors told her that she had esophageal cancer in 2006 and throat cancer a year later,...
Student Found Own View on Iraq
Byline: TERRY DICKSON Many college students take a semester or more off, some to backpack through Europe, others to work but most just to take time off. Freddie Hudson, a 21-year-old Valdosta State University student, left school for Iraq. Let's...
Telling Others That You Have Cancer; Whom to Let in on the News, How to Break It to Them and How to React When It's Someone Else
Byline: JUDY WELLS PART 3 THE TALK There's no good way of telling someone you have cancer," said Bobbi de Cordova-Hanks, founder of Bosom Buddies and a three-time cancer survivor. In many cultures, such personal health issues are traditionally...
'Terminal' Didn't Make Mom Lose Hope; She Took Trip, Went to Games, Loved Her Family to the End
Byline: MATT SOERGEL PART 9 THE T WORD Tony Kronenburg is still going through the belongings and papers that his wife, Mary, left behind. He tries to choke back tears as he tells of a recent discovery, a Valentine's Day note that Mary wrote...
THE TALK; 'How Do You Tell Little Ones That Mommy Has Cancer?'
Byline: RHONDA GAUGER RHONDA GAUGER 47, Mandarin Over 11 years ago, I found a lump while doing my self exam. The day of the biopsy, my surgeon came out of the operating room and told my husband that everything looked great and that the frozen...
THE T WORD; 'I'm Not a Bit Afraid of Dying. I've Never Had So Much Peace in My Life.' in Hospice, a Woman Reflects on Life and Her Battles with Cancer
Byline: Matt Soergel SHARON RAYMOND 63, Jacksonville Sharon Raymond, 63, was interviewed at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida on Sept. 15. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 in Holyoke, Mass., where she and her husband, Gerry,...
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MADE TO ORDER Gallagher's Steak House in Tampa is observing the Tampa Bay Rays' first playoff berth by offering, among other dishes, Carlos Pena crab cakes, Akinori Iwamura seared ahi tuna, and the Joe Maddon mignon. ON THE BLOG More second-guessing...
UNDER THE KNIFE; 'I Never Thought I Would Be Seeing a Plastic Surgeon.'
Byline: TERRY KLEIN TERRY KLEIN 48, Atlantic Beach On March 31, 2008, the radiologist called me at my job where I work as an assistant to the Neptune Beach city manager to tell me I had breast cancer. It was around 3:30 p.m. When I went...
Upscale Whole Foods Feels Pressure of Weakening Economy; It Still Plans to Open a Jacksonville Store by the End of the Year
Byline: MARK BASCH Whole Foods Market Inc. generated a lot of buzz two years ago when it revealed it would open its first Jacksonville store in 2008. Some residents had been clamoring for the popular natural foods grocer to open a Jacksonville location,...
Vilano Homes Get State OK for Seawall; Homeowners Have Been Asking for the Protection for Their Oceanfront Residences
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL After eight months of waiting, four Vilano Beach oceanfront homeowners whose dwellings are within feet of tall, eroded dunes have permission to build a seawall to protect themselves from further beach erosion. The homeowners...
Wall Street's Woes Go beyond Financial to Spiritual; Four Community Leaders Look at Role of Biblical Ethics in Crisis
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY The blame game is the name of the game in the nation's ongoing financial crisis. Some say it's the homeowners' fault for borrowing too much. Some say it's the lenders' fault for making loans to unqualified borrowers. Others...
Women See Their 'Vision' through; Blind Women Become Artists through Cummer Museum Program
Byline: JUDY WELLS A deaf Beethoven composed music he couldn't hear. Matisse cut out colored paper shapes when cancer left him too weak to stand at an easel. But teaching art to blind women? After they feel the sculpture and mold clay, what...
Work Has Its Rewards and Challenges; Those Who Deal with Breast Cancer Patients Face Stress, but Also Find Strength and Inspiration
Byline: MATT SOERGEL PART 2 GETTING THE WORD When Laura Vallow tells people that she's a radiation oncologist who works with breast cancer patients, the common response is: "That must be so depressing." Well, yes, at times it is, she says....
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