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Articles from December 3, 2008

2 Arrests Made in July Violent-Crime Spree; Pair Is Charged in Two Slayings That Occurred on the Same Day
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER It was one of the bloodiest days in recent memory in Jacksonville and police now say they know who was partly responsible. Police said Tuesday they have arrested a second man in a July 20 slaying and the pair are now...
A.M. Stir
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY SEASONS A TOUCH OF AUTUMN Florida doesn't get a real fall, not like up North. It's more like, one day you're driving along and you notice that some of the trees have turned. That day was last week. On a drive to Ocala,...
A Success Story Dipped in Chocolate; Peterbrooke Stays True to Its Roots 25 Years after Its Launch in San Marco Square
Byline: LARRY HANNAN When she opened the first Peterbooke Chocolatier 25 years ago it didn't occur to Phyllis Lockwood Geiger to sell chocolate-coated popcorn. But one day she offered it during a Christmas function, the first Holiday Magic...
Battle Shapes Up over Fuel Efficiency; NEW EMISSIONS RULE State Panel Approves New Measures Similar to California
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON TALLAHASSEE -- A campaign to make new Florida cars more fuel-efficient -- and more costly -- was launched toward the Legislature on Tuesday when a regulatory board endorsed new emissions rules backed by Gov. Charlie Crist,...
Beach Shorts
TOWN CENTER FEST A bicycle parade, music, crafts and other free holiday attractions are scheduled for Saturday at Beaches Town Center, where Atlantic Boulevard meets the beach. Starting at 3 p.m. with the bike parade, there will be musical...
Belk Exec Will Lead Stein Mart; New CEO Taking over Friday at Jacksonville-Based Fashion Retailer
Byline: MARK BASCH Stein Mart Inc. Tuesday named a longtime Belk Inc. executive as its new president and chief executive officer. David Stovall will take over as CEO on Friday, succeeding Linda Farthing, who announced she was leaving in October....
Camden Ready for an Adventure; the Unbeaten Wildcats Shrug off the Coin Flip That Put Them on Road
Byline: DON COBLE KINGSLAND, Ga. - Friday night's Class AAAAA semifinal showdown between undefeated Camden County and Newnan already started with an unlucky bounce for Camden. That's when Camden coach Jeff Herron went against his gut feeling...
Camden's Goal: Get to Atlanta; but First, the Wildcats Have to Beat Newnan to Earn a Trip to the Georgia Dome
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - Camden County High School football coach Jeff Herron normally looks forward to a trip to Atlanta to compete in the AAAAA semifinals. But not this year. Herron, who has taken the Wildcats to Atlanta five of...
CHARITY; ECONOMY IS HURTING TOY GIVEAWAYS, TOO More Parents Are Asking for Help This Year
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER With the economic downturn claiming jobs daily, toys and gifts are taking a back seat to necessities like housing and food for many families this year. That's why charitable events are seeing a surge in the number of...
Charter School OK a Local Decision, Not State's, Court Rules; A State Panel Created to Make Such Decisions Is Unconstitutional
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Local school districts and not a state commission should have sole authority to approve charter school applications, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday. The decision came in an appeal by the Duval County School...
College Football Awards
ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE ALL-ACC TEAM The 2008 Associated Press all-ACC football team as voted on by 67 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. NOTE: A first-team vote was worth two points and second team vote one. An asterisk...
College Student Fees Are Going Up; and a Legislator Warns That These Increases Likely Won't Be Enough
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - Regents are set to approve a plan today that would increase student fees and force employees to pay more for their health insurance as the state's budget crisis deepens. The proposal would place a fee of $50...
Coroner Says Pastor's Drowning Was Accidental; It Will Likely Never Be Known What Caused Byars to Fall Overboard
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - The Rev. Jimmy Byars, whose body was found Sunday in the Altamaha River, drowned accidentally, Glynn County Coroner Jimmy Durden said Tuesday. The 50-year-old Baptist minister's body was floating in the...
Council Considers Lawsuit Settlements; Jacksonville Beach Struggles with Actions against the City's Building Height Cap
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH -With the threat of $12.4 million worth of legal claims hanging over its head, the City Council is weighing two settlement offers to resolve property rights lawsuits involving the city's 35-foot building...
Del Rio More Subdued after Latest Letdown; on the Field, the Jags' Loss to the Texans Had a Familiar Feel
Byline: VITO STELLINO There were two 4-7 teams at Houston's Reliant Field on Monday night. That's where the resemblance between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars ended. The Texans, playing in their first Monday night game, arrived...
Dispatcher for Nassau Sheriff Arrested; Two Officers Resign in an Investigation Started by a Lewd E-Mail
Byline: DANA TREEN Complaints of a lewd e-mail to a Nassau County Sheriff's Office dispatcher opened an investigation that led to her arrest on a grand theft charge, accusations of sex on the job and resignations of two other officers. Melissa...
Gator Bowl Will Invite Clemson; FSU Fans Are Miffed as the 7-5 Tigers Are Chosen by the Committee
Byline: GARRY SMITS The Konica Minolta Gator Bowl will invite Clemson as its Atlantic Coast Conference team today at the school, with the formal invitation to Nebraska delayed until Sunday. Ronnie Fussell, the chairman of the Tourist Development...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Antwine out for Season
Byline: BRIAN STEELE GAINESVILLE - Florida coach Urban Meyer confirmed Tuesday that sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Antwine is out for the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Meyer did not specify which knee was injured....
Gators Thinking Long Range; UF Prevails, but the Team Isn't Happy about Allowing 11 3-Pointers
Byline: BRIAN STEELE GAINESVILLE - Seven games into the season, the Florida Gators are still figuring out how to play defense. Despite defeating Florida A&M 73-58 on Tuesday night in the O'Connell Center, UF's players and coaches weren't...
HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK; Fleming Island Coach to Step Down
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Neal Chipoletti is leaving the Fleming Island football program he built from scratch. Following an 8-2 season, Chipoletti has decided to resign as coach. In six seasons, Chipoletti led the Golden Eagles to a 29-34 record....
Hiring Bell Put JU on Title Track
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Alan Verlander remembers there was "so much sadness" two years ago when, in his first major act as Jacksonville University's athletic director, he fired Steve Gilbert, the school's nine-year football coach and one of the...
It Mattered More Than the Money
Byline: MARK WOODS Ask Alan Chipperfield how he ended up in the Public Defender's Office -and why he stayed there - and he gives several reasons, eventually tossing out an interesting analogy. "I like the way I feel about myself when I'm working...
It's a Christmas Story, but Not Exactly the One You're Used To
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Christmas Belles is not a traditional holiday season story, but the wacky comedy showing through Saturday, Dec. 13, at Players by the Sea in Jacksonville Beach is a fun and funny play that's filled with laughs from start...
Jacksonville Journal
PETS, CANINE HEROES HONORED WITH SERVICE A memorial service to honor pets who have died, as well as pay tribute to the canine heroes of the military and local law enforcement, will be at 6 p.m. Saturday outside the Jacksonville Pet Funeral Home...
Jaguars Extra
JAGUARS@BEARS 1 P.M. SUNDAY, CBS JAGUARS Coach: Jack Del Rio. Record: 50-45. Last week: Lost to the Texans 30-17 Key stat: The Jaguars have lost three consecutive games for the first time since 2006, when they closed the season with...
JAGUARS VS. TEXANS: GAME BREAKDOWN; Troubling Pattern in Repeat Mode
Byline: GENE FRENETTE RUSHING OFFENSE: B- One of the few bright spots in another lackluster team performance was Fred Taylor (nine carries, 67 yards) making some nifty cuts and being productive with limited opportunities. His 24-yard run that...
Life Term in Motorcyclist's Murder; Bogart Man Shot First, Didn't Ask Questions, Prosecutor Says
Byline: JOE JOHNSON WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - An Oconee County Superior Court jury convicted a Bogart man Monday of murder and aggravated assault for shooting a motorcyclist in the back and killing him last winter. Richard Harold "Ricky" Gear was...
Magazine Names Phelps as Its Sportsman of Year
Michael Phelps achieved another unprecedented feat: the first swimmer honored as Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year. Phelps broke Mark Spitz's record with eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in August and became the winningest Olympian...
Manuel's Job Grows Popular: 10 Now Want It; but the Governor Has No Immediate Plans to Replace the Suspended Commissioner
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL Even though Gov. Charlie Crist said he has no plans to appoint an interim replacement for suspended St. Johns County Commissioner Tom Manuel, more people are filing applications for the seat. Ten people have submitted...
Mayport Shows Support for Finegan Elementary; Families Hope the Arrival of an Aircraft Carrier Won't Mean Closure of the School
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA William Taggart and his family came to Mayport Elementary School on Tuesday night with hopes that his youngest son won't have to attend the school next year. When officials announced the week before Thanksgiving that...
Mayport Terminal Plans Gain Ground; the Proposal Is Up for Full City Council Approval Next Week
Byline: TIA MITCHELL The plan to build a cruise ship terminal in Mayport is one step closer to reality after two Jacksonville City Council committees OK'ed it Tuesday. Outlined in two separate bills, the Jacksonville Port Authority's proposal...
Monday Morning Quarterback
Reaction from fans after the Jaguars' 30-17 loss to the Houston Texans on Monday night: Here's a new children's book for Mr. Weaver: See Jack pack. See Jack help Shack pack. See the Jaguars pack it in for the season. John, Jacksonville ...
Old Tunes Get a New Life in a Different Location; in Its 24th Year, the Golden Isles Community Chorus Moves Its Latest Performance
ST. SIMONS ISLAND - It's the same old songs - very old songs to be precise - in a new place. For the 24th year, the Golden Isles Community Chorus will perform Handel's Messiah at 4 p.m. Sunday at Epworth by the Sea's Strickland Auditorium. ...
O. WAYNE CORBIN: 1925-2008; He Was Dean of Students at JU He Joined the Faculty Part Time in 1957 and Retired 30 Years Later
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR O. Wayne Corbin had children of his own, but he also is being remembered by thousands of others for whom he was a surrogate father as dean of students at Jacksonville University. Mr. Corbin, 83, died at his Jacksonville...
Police Briefs; Driver's Hit-Run Rampage Damages 5 Vehicles
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: JACKSONVILLE BEACH - A 43-year-old Jacksonville man whose Acura SLX struck five cars before crashing in a ditch in the 3900 block of Ponte Vedra Boulevard was...
Proposed Rule Lets Conscience Guide Health Care; MORALS Doctors Could Refuse Procedures They Deem Morally Objectionable. MEDICINE Some Contend the Rule Would Prevent Patients from Getting Full Care
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Some say it would violate patients' rights and quality of care. Others say it would protect the moral integrity of health-care professionals. Either way, the 11th-hour Bush administration "right of conscience" proposal...
Revenue $254 Million Short; FALLING SHORT Projections Were Based on Conservative Estimates, Former Mayor Says. PLAN B Extend the 6-Cent Gas Tax until 2039 and Take Longer to Finish Road Projects
Byline: DAVID HUNT City planners decreased Better Jacksonville Plan revenue expectations by more than $250 million for the next five years amid jitters that the economy had gotten too bad to finish the plan's transportation projects on time....
Rickey Calloway; UNF Groundskeeper by Day Funk Superstar by Night and after 40 Years, a Debut Album
Byline: ADAM AASEN Every day, people walk by groundskeeper Rickey Calloway as he inspects the University of North Florida campus, probably not giving him a second thought. "He's a pretty quiet guy," maintenance worker Gerald Smith said. ...
Right Whales Head Back to Georgia; Starting Next Week, a New Regulation Should Help Protect Them
Byline: MARY LANDERS SAVANNAH, Ga. - Highly endangered north Atlantic right whales are making their way back to Georgia waters. A survey team from the Wildlife Trust spotted a pair of adult females traveling south about 7 miles off Charleston...
Runoff Turnout Varies from Heavy to Light; Senate Candidates Said How Many Voted to Decide the Election
Throughout their U.S. Senate runoff campaigns, both incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin said the results would depend on whose voters turned out -- not on any new issues. Some Southeast Georgia voters appear to have gotten...
Saban Turns the Tide; after Series of Letdowns, Alabama's Title-Hungry Fans Delighted with Coach
Byline: GARRY SMITS Veteran Alabama columnist and radio host Paul Finebaum wrote a piece about the Crimson Tide's football team earlier this season, and its success in the second year under coach Nick Saban. Never one to resist the urge to...
'Sanders Family Christmas' at ABET
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre will present the holiday musical comedy Sanders Family Christmas, a World War II-era story that involves gospel and bluegrass as well as Christmas music. The show by Connie Ray,...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS FOOTBALL FRIDAY REGIONAL FINALS CLASS 6A Apopka (10-2) at Sanford Seminole (10-2) Orlando Boone (10-2) at Royal Palm Beach (10-2) Miramar (10-2) vs. Deerfield Beach (10-2) at Coral Springs Miami Northwestern (10-1)...
Shoppers Turn out on Black Friday; and Those Doing the Shopping Were on the Lookout for Big Bargains
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Six-year-old Caleb Abbott knows all about Santa Claus. But Black Friday was a new concept for him. When his mom told him that people often buy Christmas presents for loved ones the day after Thanksgiving, he set out...
SOCIAL SERVICES; Calling All Hands
Donations down, demands up. The combo is slamming community organizations trying to help people in need during this holiday season. Mayor John Peyton is urging city residents to help where they can. It can make a difference. Some community...
Torturous Elections Are Over
Byline: TERRY DICKSON ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Thank God that's over. We in Georgia have been under election siege since the July primaries. The last contests were decided in a runoff Tuesday between U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican, and...
Witnesses in Bribery Case ID'd; A Developer and His Lawyer Are Only Informants against Manuel
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM and DEIRDRE CONNER Before St. Johns County Commission Chairman Tom Manuel was indicted on bribery charges, the FBI recorded 42 conversations between him and its informants -- a developer and his attorney -- a judge was told...
'World Tour' Keeps You Rockin'
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY It's the classic case of keeping up with the Joneses. The Guitar Hero franchise dominated the music gaming genre for years, until Rock Band expanded the instrument selection to a full four-piece band. So this year we have...
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