The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 18, 2007

A BOND GROWS STRONGER; Air Squadron Leader, Wife Are Brought Together through a Military Family
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER JFK CHRONICLES The Times-Union asked readers to share their experiences with the Mayport-based aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy, which will be decommissioned Friday after 39 years of service. These are some of...
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MATCHMAKER NOT ALL DATING SITES WERE CREATED EQUALLY Turns out, women really are more desperate than men - according to the New York Times, anyway. It's true that most of the Top 10 dating sites (like Match.com and Yahoo personals) are nearly...
Another Sunday Test for Taylor; the Palmer Invitational Leader Must Overcome Final-Round History
Byline: GARRY SMITS ORLANDO -- Vaughn Taylor is the only name that doesn't quite fit with the other world-class players on the third-round leaderboard at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The soft-spoken, skinny kid from Augusta, Ga., at least...
Back to Basics in Nextel Cup; the Racing Season Could Start Taking Shape This Week in Atlanta
Byline: DON COBLE HAMPTON, Ga. -- The euphoria of Daytona is gone, along with the Daytona hangover at California. Las Vegas was an anomaly with its new pavement and rock-hard tire. For most, the racing season should start taking shape today with...
Boy's Face Etched in Many Hearts
Byline: Terry Dickson It was Christopher Michael Barrios Jr.'s face. That little boy face with a smile that could defrost the devil's heart that so moved Sophie Stewart-Trotter out in Thousand Oaks, Calif. After hearing of 6-year-old Christopher's...
Brewer Worries about Dad
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO NEW ORLEANS -- His father's failing health had Corey Brewer wavering on his commitment to return to Florida for his junior season, and the situation will factor heavily in Brewer's decision about his senior season. Ellis...
Candidates Ricks, Gause Talk Economics; They'll Face Each Other in Green Cove Springs' April 3 Election
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The two candidates for an open Green Cove Springs City Council seat agree that economic development is the key to the city's future health. But incumbent Debbie Ricks, who is seeking re-election to her second term, and...
CITY COUNCIL; Endorsement Choices
Election is Tuesday. Today is the last day of early voting - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. DISTRICT 1 Cheryl Donelan Grymes is the most qualified candidate to replace outgoing Councilman Lake Ray. Grymes is a former two-term school board member whose work...
EXTRA ... EXTRA? Hundreds Flock to the Landing for Their Chance at Stardom
Byline: JUDY WELLS It's high noon and the locals lined up for a shot at the movies are outnumbered by cheerleaders posing for photos in The Jacksonville Landing courtyard. The cheerleaders were there to compete in the All-Star Challenge. The...
Fleming Island's Baseball Streak Halted at 12
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Two days after being knocked off its own unbeaten perch, Bartram Trail High School's baseball team came into undefeated Fleming Island on Friday and played the spoiler in the Golden Eagles' undefeated season. The Bears put...
For Noah, Passion Just a Part of Life
Byline: Sam Borden NEW ORLEANS -- They called him "Stickity" back in high school, which still makes a lot of sense even now, four years and 20 pounds later. Just look at him: Joakim Noah clearly has never been anything but skinny, just like he clearly...
Front and Center; Humphrey's 3-Point Shooting Skill Is Key for UF, and Purdue Knows It
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO MIDWEST REGIONAL SECOND-ROUND GAME No. 1 seed Florida (30-5) vs. No. 9 seed Purdue (22-11) 2:15 p.m. today -- New Orleans Arena -- CBS; WFXJ (930 AM) NEW ORLEANS -- Purdue coach Matt Painter wants his players to...
FWC Offers Workshop for Women Outdoors
Byline: JIM SUTTON The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold a workshop for women who want to learn, or brush up on, outdoor skills. The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program is a series of four morning and afternoon sessions...
GRIN AND GRIT; Well-Protected Hockey Players Still Deal with Pain of Losing Teeth
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Losing teeth is such a part of hockey's fiber and lore that it even has its own nickname. "It's called spittin' Chiclets, and anyone who's ever played the game for very long has seen it happen," Barracudas center Jim Murphy...
Holmes, Howell Spur Mustangs; Mandarin Finishes Sixth in Tough Field
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Mandarin's boys track team is on a mission this season, and it started Saturday at the 43rd annual Bob Hayes Invitational Track and Field Meet. More than 200 schools and 4,000 athletes were at Earl Kitchings Stadium at Raines...
Home Sales Continue Downward Trend; as the Maps Show, the Last Quarter of 2006 Ushered in Decreases in Local Sales Prices and Raw Sales
Byline: JOE LIGHT The number of home sales in the Jacksonville area continued its downward trend in the fourth quarter. A few more ZIP codes also showed decreases in median sales price for the first time, when compared year-to-year. The colored...
HOW HE MADE HIS MARK; A Middleburg Man Designed and Created the Kennedy's Official Plaque
Byline: MARGIE HINSON JFK CHRONICLES The Times-Union asked readers to share their experiences with the Mayport-based aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy, which will be decommissioned Friday after 39 years of service. These are some of their...
Hug Your Kids, Well and Often
Byline: Mark Woods BRUNSWICK, Ga. - It's the first thing you do when you get back home from Canal Mobile Home Park, back from listening to relatives sob as they try to talk about a 6-year-old boy, back from seeing people putting stuffed animals...
I'm on Road to Spring Break Fun
Byline: Laura Capitano Do you think nine bathing suits are enough for spring break? I'm worried I should have packed two per day. I mean, how tacky to wear the same suit from the daytime party to the after-dark festivities. But if I buy a few more,...
June Departs Colts for Bucs
Free-agent linebacker Cato June signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The fifth-year pro spent his first four seasons with Indianapolis. He started 45 of 56 games he appeared in with...
Kennedy Memories
JFK CHRONICLES The Times-Union asked readers to share their experiences with the Mayport-based aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy, which will be decommissioned Friday after 39 years of service. These are some of their stories. "The Navy...
Legislators Roll out Sex-Offender Laws; about 50 Proposals Seek Added Restrictions on Them
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - Attention sex offenders and predators: This is not the Legislature for you. In the opening weeks of the 2007 session, some 50 bills have been filed in the House and Senate that refer to sexual offenders...
Long Days Are Worth It for CBS Analyst
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The first round of the NCAA Tournament makes for a busy two days for the CBS college basketball studio crew. Host Greg Gumbel and analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis put in 15-hour days, preparing for and then talking about...
Longtime Area Baseball Coach Hamilton Collapses, Dies; FCCJ Coach Says Cause of Death Likely a Heart Attack; Hamilton Was 53
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD Florida Community College at Jacksonville assistant baseball coach Des Hamilton died Saturday after collapsing at the school's North campus baseball facility. Hamilton, who was 53, had just finished pitching batting practice...
Looking to Refinance? May Be Tougher, Now; Those with Adjustable-Rate Mortgages May Have Trouble Switching to a Fixed Rate
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Some homeowners who counted on refinancing their mortgages at more affordable rates will find the door closing quickly on that option as lenders clamp down on making high-risk loans, according to Northeast Florida officials...
Market Wary as Lenders Snub Subprimes; as the Loan Market Tightens, Lenders Watch More Closely for Signs That Buyers Can't Afford the Loan They're Pursuing
Byline: JOE LIGHT For the last 18 months, The Lending Group Inc., a Jacksonville-based non-prime, wholesale mortgage lender, has climbed the credit ladder. The company, which originated about $505 million in loans last year according to its chief...
Mayor, Sheriff Should Have Shown for Debate
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Tuesday is Election Day. There's electricity in the air. People are all abuzz. The excitement is palpable. Not. Let's review the highlights of this election cycle. OK. That didn't take long. There have been...
News of 4 Offenders Shocks Residents; the Disappearance of the 6-Year-Old Made People More Aware of Their Neighbors
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - On March 8, the disappearance of 6-year-old Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. hit Canal Mobile Home Park like an earthquake. Resident Marquita Butler rode it out. It was the aftershock of learning she had four...
Not Stellar, but She Did Rock It; Lucinda Williams Pulls from Her Repertoire for Her Florida Theatre Show
Byline: ROGER BULL It took Lucinda Williams a little while to get going Friday night. The intermission after the opening act went more than 30 minutes, unusually long for the Florida Theatre. The crowd was more than ready when she and her three-piece...
Plan Eases Resistance to Stem-Cell Collection; the 'Saving the Cure Act' Focuses on Post-Birth Cells
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA - A proposal to create a statewide stem-cell collection system for clinical treatments and disease research is moving ahead in the General Assembly with a Senate vote expected by month's end. Because the bill focuses...
Playing with Legos Pays off for Students; Botball Tourney Pits Robot against Robot at UNF
Byline: ADAM AASEN It's 10 a.m. Saturday and Eliot Silbar, a sophomore at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, said he hasn't slept in at least 25 hours. Silbar was up all night, loaded on caffeine, playing with Lego bricks and a Game Boy. ...
Rebuilding Their Avian Sanctuary, 1 Box at a Time; Woodbine Club Hopes to Revive a Once-Thriving Bird Community
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE - Singing birds of all types join together in a chorus each day near a walking trail in downtown Woodbine. It's a sound Janet Heath believes is as beautiful as a symphony. As she strolls down the walking trail,...
Recycling Water Helps Quench Rise in Growth; the Cleansed Sewer Water Helps Take the Strain of Development off the Aquifer
Byline: DAVID HUNT The emerging Northeast Florida luxury home: Marble counters, high ceilings and recycled sewer water sprinkling the lawn. Although reclaimed water isn't the household term here it is in other parts of Florida, expect to see...
Seminoles Hold off Demon Deacons, Improve to 22-0
Florida State jumped out to a four-run lead, then held on to down Wake Forest 4-3 Saturday night at Dick Howser Stadium and remain unbeaten in 22 games this season. Tony Thomas had two hits, including a triple, and two RBI to lead the Seminoles...
SITCOM STAR WARS; Laughing at Society Sitcoms Have Long Reflected Social Trends
There's a reason television screens are so shiny: They reflect what's going on in the world around them. Serious dramas have been doing it for decades, but so have sitcoms. Whether it's Granny Clampett smoking crawdads with the hippies or Archie and...
Stars Came from near and Far to Honor Fran Kinne
Byline: Judy Wells Ability and achievement trumped age at every turn March 10 at an all-star tribute to Fran Kinne and a celebration of the 45th year of Jacksonville University's College of Fine Arts. Former Mayor Hans Tanzler may be ambulating...
Support Pours out for Boy's Family; the Funeral for the 6-Year-Old Will Be Thursday Afternoon
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - The funeral for Christopher Barrios Jr. will be Thursday, two weeks after the 6-year-old boy disappeared from his home and a week after his body was found 2 miles away. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to...
Suspects Kept to Themselves, except the Son
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY BRUNSWICK - Neighbors of the family arrested in connection with the death of Christopher Michael Barrios Jr. said the Edenfields usually kept to themselves, although the son, registered sex offender George D. Edenfield, was...
THE FUTURE OF MAYPORT; THEY WAIT, WONDER with the Kennedy Retired and the Navy Silent on a Replacement, Residents Ponder What's Next
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON For more than half a century, the Mayport Naval Station has served as home port to aircraft carriers. Those ships have sailed away regularly, sometimes on long deployments, sometimes to be decommissioned. "When you're...
THERE AT THE START; 40 Years Ago, B.J. Cannon Left His Mark on the Kennedy - Literally
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR JFK CHRONICLES The Times-Union asked readers to share their experiences with the Mayport-based aircraft carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy, which will be decommissioned Friday after 39 years of service. These are some...
This Summer, FCCJ Campus Extends to Peru; Classroom without Walls Program Includes Five-Week Trip to South America
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON Before the Spanish came, bringing the guns, germs and steel that would topple an empire, the Incas established one of the Western Hemisphere's most sophisticated civilizations. The most dramatic reminder of that empire...
Tour Plays Name Game with Players
Byline: Garry Smits What's in a name? Or initials? When do you capitalize the word "the" when it doesn't begin a sentence? When has such a huge sporting event had such an identity crisis? As the PGA Tour and the First Coast continues...
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TOP 10 BEST BUDGET BEDS The top hostels in the world, from a hostelworld.com poll of 500,000 hostel users. 1. Jetpak City Hostel, Berlin 2. Hostel of the Sun, Naples, Italy 3. La Chimba, Santiago, Chile 4. Mamas Hostel, Krakow, Poland...
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BASEBALL'S BEEN VERY, VERY GOOD TO SAMMY OK, so Sammy Sosa isn't deserving of an apology. All of those home runs still look suspicious, considering he seemed to weigh all of about 100 pounds when he first broke into Major League Baseball in the...
Web Program Nets Sheriff Praise; the City Council Lauded Rutherford for Launching Online Sex Offender Alerts
Byline: BETH KORMANIK Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford received a pre-election gift Tuesday from the City Council. As Election Day was just one week away, the council unanimously passed a so-called emergency resolution "thanking and congratulating"...
Week Empty without Players; the Event's Move to May Leaves a Strange Feeling This Spring
Byline: GARRY SMITS It's late March. The air is a bit warmer. The sun is shining a bit brighter. Spring is here. But a First Coast rite of spring isn't. The third or fourth week of March has been reserved, every year since 1965, for the...
When Jaguars Are Arrested
Byline: Wayne Ezell A story about Jacksonville Jaguars who have been arrested in the last 15 months drew sharp criticism after it was the centerpiece and lead story on Tuesday. "A little bit racist," is how Brenda Bellard-Harris described the...
Who Will Fill the Leadership Void?
John Thrasher's resignation from the District 1 Commission seat was disappointing, but not unexpected. With a demanding job as a Tallahassee lobbyist, it was understandable when Thrasher decided to make way for a new leader who could devote more...
Writing about Something Important?
Byline: Lamar Thames Three people took me to task this week, and no, none of them was my wife. In reality, she has never done that, although I'm sure she has had good reason to do so at some point in our nearly 16 years of marriage. One was Ralph...
WWII Vets Ready for Washington Trip; Donations Still Being Sought to Fund Trip Sponsored by Rotary Club of Orange Park
Byline: MARY MARAGHY More than 90 World War II veterans have signed up for a one-day round trip to Washington D.C. on June 2. As a gesture of gratitude, the Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunrise plans to charter a plane to take 100 Clay County veterans,...
Youth Clinic Opens Ginn Event
Byline: GARRY SMITS The kickoff to the Ginn Championship, a new Champions Tour event in Palm Coast next week, will be a free youth clinic Saturday at the Ocean Hammock Golf Club practice range, from noon to 2 p.m. Appearing at the clinic will...
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