The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 11, 2009

A.M. Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL THINGS WE LIKE LONG MAY HE RUN Stumbled across a CD a few months ago that's been having a hard time leaving my car's stereo. It's The Loner: Nils Sings Neil, by Nils Lofgren, who now plays guitar with some guy named Bruce...
An Invisible Epidemic; the Far-Reaching, Untold Effects of Contaminated Water in Jacksonville, N.C
Byline: JEREMY COX Doctors told Mike Partain in April 2007 that he had breast cancer, a rare diagnosis that the insurance claims representative initially attributed to the whims of genetics. Joe Covella never was a heavy drinker or drug user,...
Assembly Has Tough Session of Cuts Ahead; Lawmakers Will Have to Address Issues as Well as the Budget Crisis
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - With the chore of cutting as much as 11 percent of the state budget ahead of them, legislators convening Monday for the 2009 session of the General Assembly face a challenging agenda. Veteran Capitol watchers...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport CRUISE TO ATLANTIC BEACH The fourth Zack Chasteen mystery is afoot. A Deadly Silver Sea (St. Martin's Press, $24.95) is about a Caribbean cruise gone terribly wrong. Meet the author of the series, Bob Morris, when...
City Halts Suspended Students Program; PLANNED CENTERS HIT SNAG Concerns about Transportation and Retrofitting Delay Funding
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS New centers for suspended public school students were supposed to open in Jacksonville this week but won't because City Hall doesn't completely like the school system's plan for running the Jacksonville Journey project. ...
Construction Veteran Now Works on a Smaller Scale
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - Harry Wingate's room seems an odd place to find a model train and tiny but sprawling village. After all, his room is in Jolley House at Hospice of the Golden Isles Inc. "I've always loved them, but I've never...
'Dead Man' Wins Readers' Votes for Dumbest Criminal of 2008; the Man Who Faked Death and a Drunken DUI Lawyer Led the List
Byline: MATT COLEMAN Crime is a tough game. There's the planning and plotting. The equipment gathering. The escaping. It's so difficult that some ill-fated criminals eschew these time-honored tactics and blaze new trails - of stupidity....
Defense Just Hitting Its Stride; the Gators' D Is Set to Return Nearly All of Its Contributors for 2009
Byline: GARRY SMITS MIAMI - Perhaps Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong should be a head coach by now. But remaining with the Gators for another year certainly will have its benefits - such as watching the young group of players who...
Demands of City Pension Funds Are Booming
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Here's another shining example of just how silly things can get in Jacksonville. The police union threw a party last week for the newly elected public defender, Matthew Shirk, to celebrate his taking office. Hold...
Don't Lose Your Shirt at a Scalping
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO Capifano Woody H. wrote in with a question about how to score cheap concert tickets, and his e-mail began with a Bill Murray quote from What About Bob? "There are two types of people in this world, those who like Neil Diamond...
Ethics Made a Public Matter; the City's Ethics Officers Want Public Input on Priorities for 2009
Byline: DAVID HUNT The people assigned to hold city government accountable to the public are seeking help in setting goals for the coming year. The Ethics Commission, which investigates complaints about City Hall, normally gives residents the...
FLORIDA 78, OLE MISS 68; Gators Win despite Lack of Rebounds Florida Holds off the Rebels with a Strong First Half, but Is Outmuscled on Boards
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- It took just one Southeastern Conference game for Florida's biggest weakness to be bared. And it was one of the league's worst teams that did it. Florida beat Ole Miss 78-68, but the Gators did it despite...
Infinitely Doable Home Decorating; Easy Do-It-Yourself Design Projects from Country Living Editors
Byline: BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT With the tinsel packed, the house seems a little blah, doesn't it? If you think back to the early weeks in November, fretting was high on the to-do list because guests were arriving for the holidays. During all...
Jaguars, Tucker Will Meet This Week; Browns' Defensive Assistant Has Already Talked with Seahawks
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT The Jaguars will interview Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker late this week, confirmed Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, who also said the club is considering filling its coordinator opening internally. "Mel...
Kick Block Is UF's Specialty; Gators Were Lackluster on Special Teams against OU, except for One Big Block
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO MIAMI - Florida's special teams didn't play as much of a factor in the BCS national championship game as many thought it would, but the Gators delivered one big play when they needed it. There's no surprise that it was...
Lawmakers Close on $2.3 Billion Gap; Economic Downtown Spurs Day of Negotiations at the Capitol
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - All that's left now is the hard part. Lawmakers struck a pair of deals late Saturday that cleared most of the remaining budget issues that separate them - except how much to take from several state trust...
Magnet Expo Draws Thousands; This Year's Event Included Career Academies and Charter Schools, as Well as Public Schools
Byline: MATT COLEMAN Nurturing parents often tell their children they can be anything they want to be. That phrase took on a literal meaning during Saturday's Magnet Mania event at the Jacksonville Expo Center at the Fairgrounds. The event gave...
Missed Shots Cost Seminoles; FSU's Offense Comes Alive Late, but Can't Overcome Duke's 27-7 Second-Half Run
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL TALLAHASSEE -- His team trailed No. 2 Duke by only five points at halftime Saturday, but Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton couldn't have felt much worse. His offense looked out of sync, his players had missed nearly 80...
MURDER RATE; Sobering Facts
Just how out of whack is Duval County's murder problem compared to other Florida counties? It would have taken 40 fewer murders - dropping from 125 to 85 for 2007 - to fall under the murder rate of second-place finisher Orange County, according...
Mustangs Win Gateway Title; the Fletcher Girls Rout Stanton, and the Mandarin Boys Win a Physical Shootout
Byline: FRANCINE KING The Mandarin boys soccer team reasserted itself at the top of the Gateway Conference with a 5-4 victory over rival Fletcher in the conference tournament final on Saturday at Mandarin High. The Mustangs' win prevented a Senators...
NORTHEAST FLORIDA COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION; 'WHERE IS THE BOTTOM?' Commercial Construction Dropped by 17% in 2008, and It's Predicted to Worsen during This Year
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Skanska, a worldwide construction firm with an office in Jacksonville, is just days away from starting work on a state Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in St. Johns County. But another project on Skanska's calendar...
NOTEBOOK; Web Site Fights Ban on Fishing Closures
Byline: JIM SUTTON Federal action on snapper and grouper closures on the South Atlantic coast were postponed in mid-December, but the National Marine Fisheries Council promised a new effort to pass the amendment this year. Writing the NMFS and...
Ol' Ball Coach Has Met His Match
Byline: GENE FRENETTE MIAMI - Late in the 2004 football season, Florida fans were bitterly divided into two camps - the Steve Spurrier loyalists begging athletic director Jeremy Foley to bring back the Ol' Ball Coach, against those ready to move...
PARADE OF CHAMPIONS; Camden County Hails Its Own during a Parade Honoring the High School's Football Team
Byline: TERRY DICKSON KINGSLAND - Just as Santa comes at the end of the Christmas parade, the Camden County High football team rode at the end of a parade Saturday celebrating its 2008 state Class AAAAA championship. Seated and standing on three...
Peyton's Place Not with Elite
Byline: VITO STELLINO Peyton Manning is illustrating once again the dirty little secret of the NFL: Winning the Super Bowl is not the main goal. The main goal is to stay competitive every year, make the playoffs and sell tickets. Winning or...
Pointless Strategy Results in Victory; Mandarin Employs a No-Shoot Offense in Low-Scoring Win over Sandalwood
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT No scorekeeper was necessary for the first half of Friday night's boys basketball game between Sandalwood and Mandarin. The halftime tally: 0-0. Host Mandarin won the District 1-6A game 17-14. The first half was scoreless...
PRESIDENT BUSH'S LEGACY; 'History Will Serve Him Well' in City of Support Jacksonville and Northeast Florida Offered Respect and Admiration
Byline: DAVID HUNT His charm is a simple one, instinctive almost, a soft touch evolving more from personal values than politics. In winning wide margins of Northeast Florida votes, George W. Bush won hearts. As his days in the White House wind...
PRESIDENT BUSH'S LEGACY; Readers Give Him Mixed Reviews the Times-Union Asked Readers for Their Reflections on the 43rd President's Triumphs and Shortcomings, and What They Think Will Be the Key to Bush's Legacy
I predict that history will prove President Bush to have been more right than wrong and more insightful than cavalier about American intervention in Iraq than what we currently know. His legacy will be tied to his benevolence toward those unable to...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BOYS BASKETBALL ENGLEWOOD 53, LEE 50 ENGLEWOOD (53): Lampley 4, Robinson 10, Sahdebovic 15, Holmes 4, Miller 2, Streeter 8, Craig 10. LEE (50): Rogers 2, Mitchell 5, Watts 11, Mensah 14, Bland 10, Levy 2, Wallace 6. 3-pointers:...
Staying a Step Ahead of New Wildfires; 6 Weeks of Controlled Burns Set near Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge
Byline: GORDON JACKSON FOLKSTON - Two years ago, wildfires burned 564,000 acres in the region over a six-week period, destroying nine homes, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents and choking the region with smoke and ash. This year,...
Students Set to Watch Democracy in Action; Two Middle-Schoolers Will Visit Washington and Watch Obama Be Sworn In
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Several Southeast Georgia students and adults will witness history firsthand when President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 20. They are among millions nationwide expected to travel to the inauguration...
Tebow Does Comebacks, Too; If Quarterback's Resume Had a Flaw, He Repaired It in Season's Final Games
Byline: GARRY SMITS MIAMI - There have been few negatives on the record of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow during his three-year college career. One entering the SEC championship game last month against Alabama was that Tebow had never led the...
Three Shot after Nightclub Brawl; Altercation Took Place outside a Jacksonville Beach Bar Saturday
A nightclub altercation early Saturday in Jacksonville Beach left three people hospitalized, police said. Jacksonville Beach Police Sgt. Thom Bingham said the triple shooting took place shortly after 2 a.m. outside the Twisted Sisters bar on Beach...
T-U 2
'If I'm Utah, or if I'm USC or if I'm Texas, I might still have some quibbles. That's why we need a playoff.' President-elect Barack Obama. TRAIL BLAZERS PAYING FOR BAD MOVES If Darius Miles plays, the Trail Blazers have to pay. And Portland...
T-You; Everyone's a Critic: Books
'THE GRAVEYARD BOOK' By NEIL GAIMAN Considering that it's set in a cemetery and features a kid whose best friends are all dead, this is a fairly cheery book and wouldn't be inappropriate for young readers. The story of Bod (short for Nobody),...
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