The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 27, 2007

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THE LIST Three off-the-field matchups worth watching Saturday at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. 1 The Houndstooth Twins vs. The Cowgirls: The ladies from Alabama and Florida State, respectively, were made famous by TV cameramen and will be highly...
A Fond Look Back before Moving On
Byline: Dan Macdonald For 26 years I've driven to 1 Riverside Avenue to write about community news, music and food. That ends Friday. Had anyone back at St. Bonaventure bet me that I'd spend most of my newspaper career as a food editor and a...
All Moves Important to Harris
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Q & A James "Shack" Harris Jaguars VP of player personnel Jaguars vice president of player personnel James "Shack" Harris has received criticism after the team released quarterback Byron Leftwich, and first-round...
A.M.Stir
Byline: KONRAD MARSHALL CILIBRITY BURETHDIE A TROO SCOTSMAN, OCH! Today, marks the burethdie oav the legendary contemporary noavelist (and this reporter's fayvrit author) Irvine Welsh (Filth, Glue, Porno, etc.), who is known for writing his...
Best of the Blogs
SENIOR HOUSE CARE PLAN WILL BE BOON TO ELDERLY 21st Century Enterprises, Inc. introduces a new community service, Senior House Care. The community is the life blood of any business, and we depend on you for our success, and in so doing we want...
Beware: Panthers Quarterback Can Run, Too; Hatcher's 374-Yard Passing Night, and 43 Yards of Rushing, Impresses Fleming Island Coach
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Ridgeview High School quarterback Derek Hatcher threw for 374 yards last Friday night against Fleming Island, but it was the 43 he covered with his own two feet that seemed to be the topic coaches wanted to talk about this week....
Bill Gives Pharmacists Right to Switch Drugs; Some Oppose the Practice of Substituting a Cheaper Generic Version
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Louis Sullivan, the former U.S. secretary of health and human services, blasted a practice by some insurance companies Wednesday to urge substitutions of generic drugs for more expensive brand names, and a Georgia...
Bowden, West Virginia Special for 'Bama Coach
Byline: BOB THOMAS Q & A Nick Saban Alabama football coach Alabama coach Nick Saban took a few minutes out of his game preparations this week to talk about his childhood memories of Bobby Bowden, the impact of sports while he grew up...
Catlett Recalls City's Sports Legacy
Byline: BOB THOMAS Q & A Rick Catlett Gator Bowl Association president Gator Bowl Association president Rick Catlett, who helped bring Saturday's sold-out Florida State-Alabama game to Jacksonville, talks about the most memorable sporting...
CITY BUDGET; 'Absolute Disaster'
A fiscal hurricane swept through City Hall Tuesday night, leaving tapped out constituents in its wake and the credibility of city government at a new low. The approach - approve a new fee, figure out the details later - is a lousy way for government...
City Will Borrow $8.1 Million for Utility Work; Council Also Approves $30.5 Million Operating Budget for 2007-08
Byline: R. MICHAEL ANDERSON No voices were raised in anger and nobody was accused of trying to make the city of Green Cove Springs go broke. But the City Council's final hearing Monday night on a new $30.5 million operating budget and capital...
Club Meetings Are All about Eating; UF Players Learn about Food and the Right Ways to Bulk Up or Stay Trim
Byline: JENNA MARINA AUBURN AT NO. 4 FLORIDA When: 8 p.m. Saturday -- Where: Florida Field, Gainesville -- TV: ESPN -- Records: UF is 4-0, 2-0 SEC; Auburn is 2-2, 0-1 GAINESVILLE -- They might not act like a brain, an athlete, a basket case,...
Crisp, Cracker-Like, Toasted Banana Chips Have Fairly Strong Appeal; but a Few Panelists Took Issue with the Nabisco Product's Taste, Texture
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY It's not often you see banana chips. I don't mean the dried fruit found in packages of trail mix, but the cracker-like chips that are so popular these days. That's why we chose the banana flavored Nabisco Garden Harvest Toasted...
Crossing Paths Again; Old Acquaintances Saban, Bowden Meet as Opposing Coaches for First Time
Byline: BOB THOMAS FLORIDA STATE VS. NO. 22 ALABAMA When: 5 p.m. Saturday -- Where: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium -- TV: CBS -- Records: Florida State is 2-1; Alabama is 3-1. TALLAHASSEE -- Bobby Bowden remembers a young boy tagging along...
Danger: Legislature about to Meddle with Home Rule
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Spring used to be the scariest of times. That's when legislators would make the trip to Tallahassee for their annual session and proponents of good government would quake at the prospect of what would happen. Dangerous...
DINING WITH DAD; Barbeque and Blackberries Earn Exclamation Point
Byline: MARY MARAGHY When a Keystone Heights resident chided Dad for not dining in Keystone Heights, we decided to venture out there. There weren't many restaurants to choose from. We had lunch at Johnny's! - which jumps out at you with that...
Faulty Taillight Leads to 182 Years in Prison; Judge Tears into a Career Drug Dealer Who Was Tripped Up by an Alert Police Officer
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Patrick F. Porter, 36, of Jacksonville, was sentenced to 182 years in prison Wednesday for a case that started with a ticket for a burned-out taillight. The career felon who has spent nearly his whole adult life behind...
Former Tennis Ace Serves as Celebrity Guest for Charity Event
Byline: FRANCINE KING Q & A TRACY AUSTIN Formr No. 1 tennis player Former world No. 1 tennis player Tracy Austin will be in the First Coast this weekend, participating as a celebrity guest in the Linda's Legacy women's doubles tennis...
From Our 'Kitchen' to Yours; News & Notes
NEW PRODUCT THESE CANS ARE FULLY LOADED Campbell's will cram its Chunky brand of soup with even more stuff in its new Fully Loaded brands. The soups are described in press materials as "thicker and heartier." The 19-ounce cans come in Beef Stew,...
FSU Divulges Academic Violations; According to the School, 23 Student-Athletes Are Linked to Online Exam Misconduct
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State has forwarded the findings of a six-month internal investigation into academic impropriety to the NCAA after uncovering that 23 student-athletes -- aided by two former university employees -- were...
Isiah Says He Never Cursed at Plaintiff
New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas testified Wednesday that he never cursed at a fired team executive who has accused him of sexual harassment. In his second day on the witness stand at a trial in federal court in Manhattan, Thomas denied allegations...
JACKSONVILLE BUDGET; Council's Break Raises Eyebrows
A five-minute break by the Jacksonville City Council, just before a crucial vote on a new stormwater treatment fee to be levied against property owners, caused concern among some residents who packed the council chambers Tuesday night. Just before...
Jacksonville Journal
FIRST COAST CELEBRITIES DANCING FOR CANCER CURE Dancing with the Stars, the fifth biannual dance event to benefit The American Cancer Society, will be Saturday and feature Mary Baer of WJXT TV-4, Kelly Goedde of CSX, former City Council member Suzanne...
Man Ran a Red Light in Fatal Accident; the 19-Year-Old's Pickup Truck Collided with a Semi in Alachua
Services will be Friday for a 19-year-old Jacksonville man who died this week in a two-vehicle crash in Alachua. Joshua Smith, who graduated in 2006 from Terry Parker High School, was driving a pickup truck when it collided Monday with a semitruck...
MCG Says Let's Get Clinical; Medical School Welcomes Back Residents to Anticipate Growth
Byline: TOM CORWIN AUGUSTA, Ga. - Around the open abdomen, five sets of hands worked in concert Tuesday, with instruments flashing in and out of the surgical field quickly as the surgeons worked on the blue-draped patient at University Hospital....
McIntosh Elections Chief Fined, Reprimanded; Gale Says It Won't Happen Again as a State Panel Hits Her for Falsely Signing Paperwork
Byline: TERRY DICKSON The state Elections Board fined McIntosh County Election Superintendent Elenore "Doll" Gale $100 and reprimanded her for falsely signing an absentee ballot application as the sister of a voter. Gale appeared before the Elections...
Moran Decision by Next Week; Police Present Evidence to Prosecutors, Including the 911 Call from Judge's Wife
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER State Attorney Harry Shorstein said Wednesday he intends to make a decision by early next week whether to file charges in a domestic violence case reported Monday by the wife of Chief Circuit Judge Donald Moran Jr. Police...
Morning Briefs
KB HOME, DISNEY TEAM UP FOR CUSTOM ACCESSORIES In the latest creative move by home builders amid a sluggish market, KB Home on Wednesday announced a partnership with Disney. Home buyers in its communities can choose Disney flooring, window coverings,...
Murder Victim's Widower Speaks Out
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Andrea Boyer, who was murdered nine months ago, always dreamed of getting on the television show, Survivor. "She tried out every year. I still have all these huts in the back yard," said her widower, Shad Boyer, a guest speaker...
New TV Season Highlights Changes from Old B&w Sets
Byline: Anne Sponholtz I have a 90-year-old aunt who not long ago switched from cable TV to satellite. I asked her if she ever, in her wildest imagination, thought the day would come when she would be sitting in her living room, watching TV from...
Power Poll
Times-Union writer Bob Thomas ranks the Atlantic Coast Conference football teams from top to bottom, including their momentum entering this week's games: 1. BOSTON COLLEGE The Eagles strike down Army and continue their march toward a 7-0 start,...
Realtors Looking for Bright Side
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis Today, about 875 people who make their living in the housing industry will get together and hope and plan for the best. Or at least for the better. It's been a rough ride in the housing industry, both nationally and...
'R' Word Looms amid Real Estate Quagmire; Recession Is Possible, Experts Say, with One Blaming Simple Greed
Byline: ALAN ZIBEL WASHINGTON - U.S. home prices have fallen further since mid-2006 than during the 1990-91 recession and professional traders bet they'll plunge up to 10 percent more the next year. If the speculative traders making big-money...
Sea Life Dying as Red Tide Grows; IMPACT ON WILDLIFE A Second Wave of Dead Fish Washes Ashore in Nassau County. IMPACT ON PEOPLE Severe Coughs, Burning Eyes and Nose Are Possible
Byline: DANA TREEN Nassau County lifeguards hoisted red warning flags Wednesday at beach parks as a second wave of dead sea life washed up on shore, likely killed by an algae overload known as red tide identified in the waters. Dead fish also...
She'll Strategize City to City; Jacksonville Chief for Regions Bank Takes on All of North Florida Region
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON Regions Bank's Jacksonville city president has been promoted and will now oversee all the branches in North Florida starting on Oct. 1. Marty Lanahan will retain her position as Jacksonville city president, but she will...
Smith Makes Mark at FAU; the Former Sandalwood High School Standout Is the Owls' Starting QB
Byline: GARRY SMITS Tim Tebow, Riley Skinner and Kellen Lewis have received most of the attention as First Coast natives starting at quarterback in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision -- formerly Division I-A. However, Rusty Smith is pushing his...
Smokers Get Update on 660 Lawsuits; Two Jacksonville Law Firms Take on Suits from a Failed Class Action
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR About 150 people who suffer from tobacco-related illnesses - some riding in wheelchairs, some walking with the assistance of canes and others pulling oxygen canisters behind them - gathered at the downtown Jacksonville...
Streak on Line for U.S. at the Presidents Cup
Byline: GARRY SMITS Date the low-water mark of American international match-play competition as 2004, when Europe smacked the U.S. by a record score of 18.5-9.5 in the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills Country Club near Detroit. Counting the other significant...
This Week on Tour
PGA TOUR TOURNAMENT: THE PRESIDENTS CUP. When: Today through Sunday. Site: Montreal. Course: Royal Montreal Golf Club (par 70, 7,153 yards; architect: Dick Wilson). Purse: None. TV: TNT (today, 1-6 p.m.; Friday, noon-6 p.m.). NBC...
T-U 2
GOING FOR A DRIVE Professional golf is filled with statistics in every category. Among the most intriguing: longest drive on the PGA Tour this year. The leader in the clubhouse, with only the silly season remaining, is Brett Wetterich, who blasted...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves Liberalism Won't Solve the City's Crime Problem
Ron Littlepage is showing his true liberalism again. In Sunday's paper, he has his solutions to crime prevention and they range from more police to more money for schools. Where is the part where parents teach their children right from wrong? Where...
Update near on Med School Campus; Athens Is Waiting for a Consultant's Report to the Board of Regents
Byline: LEE SHEARER ATHENS, Ga. - Athens should know by the end of the year whether a branch campus of the Medical College of Georgia likely will locate here. That's when a consultant is due to deliver a recommendation to the state Board of Regents...
Week 5 Scouting Reports
EPISCOPAL AT FLEMING ISLAND Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 Last year: Did not play Last week: Episcopal lost to Marianna, 24-20; Fleming Island lost to Ridgeview, 28-21 Episcopal (1-3, 0-0 District 3-2B): After defeating West Nassau...
Welcome Home, Sailors
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY The USS Samuel B. Roberts packed a lot into its six-month deployment that ended Wednesday at Mayport Naval Station. The guided missile frigate patrolled the coasts of Central and South America, participated in war games, conducted...
Winners & Losers
Byline: BETH KORMANIK The Jacksonville City Council worked into the early morning hours Wednesday, passing a balanced budget for the fiscal year that starts Monday. But the marathon budget process wasn't always pretty. Here's a look at the winners...