The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 29, 2007

48 Hours of Fun, Chaotic Filmmaking
Byline: Matt Soergel A few years ago, Mac McDonald took part in a contest in Washington, D.C., in which teams of budding filmmakers had just 48 hours to make a short film, working with a handful of required elements - including a certain genre (horror)...
Archaeologist Wishing These Bones Could Talk; Then He Could Explain What the Recently Unearthed Animal Was
Byline: DAVID HUNT ST. AUGUSTINE -- The best city archaeologist Carl Halbirt can figure is a horselike skeleton found at Anastasia Island may have been a beast of burden that hauled coquina used to build the historic Castillo de San Marcos. It...
A Riverfront Fire Station Is Costly and Replaces a Park
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage The small sign on the chain-link fence along Heckscher Drive near the Mayport ferry slip catches your attention. "Site of Future Fire Station," it reads. That's nice, you think. But wait. That would be a fire...
Around the World from Orange Park; Field Day Provides Amateur Radio Enthusiasts with a Global Connection
Byline: CHANEL MARTIN From 2 p.m. last Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday, Lakeside Junior High School was a connection station to the rest of the globe. Orange Park Amateur Radio Club (OPARC) set up shop in one of the school's portable classrooms...
Bonds' Quest Holds Little Currency in Atlanta; Aaron's 755 Is a Magic Number That Won't Go Away for the Braves
Byline: BRIAN COSTA ATLANTA - Visitors to Turner Field are constantly reminded about who baseball's all-time home run king is. The stadium's address is 755 Hank Aaron Drive. The restaurant overlooking left field is called the 755 Club. The 100-foot-wide...
Brooklyn Projects Win JEDC Support; the City Has to Approve $24 Million in Taxpayer Money
Byline: JOE LIGHT The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission approved an up-to-$3 million workforce housing incentive and almost $21.7 million in infrastructure work for two large residential, office, and retail developments in Brooklyn. ...
Convention Center, Hotels Need to Be Closer, Study Suggests
Byline: Alison Trinidad Tourism boosters who've been studying the need for a bigger convention center have two short-term options, according to the first half of a $50,000 study released Thursday. Though the city has enough convention space and...
FHP Asks for Help in Case of Hit-Run; They Have a Description of a Car Believed to Have Struck a Man in April
The Florida Highway Patrol is asking for help in finding a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run accident. On April 29, John Leonard Burnett, 31, was crossing Lane Avenue at Hyde Grove Avenue about 2:35 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle traveling south,...
For Cedric the Entertainer, the World Is a Funny Place
Byline: ROGER BULL Cedric the Entertainer is one of those guys you see everywhere these days - TV, movies and stages. He comes through Jacksonville every couple of years. In 2005, he hosted a Super Bowl party (and unlike some advertised hosts,...
For Keystone Heights and Penney Farms, a Gradual Cut
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY To the relief of Clay County's two smallest municipalities, the County Commission has agreed to phase out funding for Keystone Heights and Penney Farms rather than eliminate their so-called interlocal assistance in one...
Go Ahead, Dragon Blaster Away; Sparklers OK, but Exploding Fireworks Are Illegal, Officials Say
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Legal fireworks have names like Dragon Blaster, Hypno Spinner and Bazooka Torch Fountain, and they are made by companies called Pitbull, TNT and Mad Dog. But take away the extreme labels, and you have a sparkler - either...
Going Pro Is a Whole New World
Byline: Sam Borden The NCAA likes to make a big show of those television commercials that feature montages of their student-athletes before delivering the always-dramatic line that "most of them will go pro in something other than sports." Wonderful...
'It's Heaven'
Byline: MARY MARAGHY The air temperature was 90-plus degrees, but still bikini-clad Abbey Hurst recoiled and gasped as she inched her way into the chilly waters of the municipal swimming pool in Green Cove Springs. Because it is fed by an underground...
Jury Calls for Death Penalty; Alternate Juror Notes Durousseau Seemed 'Cold as Stone' at Murder Trial
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER A Jacksonville jury recommended the death penalty Thursday night for accused serial killer Paul Durousseau in the slaying of Tyresa Mack. Circuit Judge Jack Schemer will make the decision on death or life without parole,...
'Little Detroit' Changing Its Image; Green Cove Springs' Plans Include Condos and outside Cafes
Byline: R. MIKE ANDERSON Once billed as "Little Detroit" because of all the auto dealerships on U.S. 17, Green Cove Springs now wants nothing to do with car lots - at least not in the heart of its commercial district. Instead, city officials,...
Man Pays Inmates to Work on Property; Trespassing Complaint against T-U Fails Test
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY WOODBINE -- Cumberland Island resident Ben Jenkins testified under oath Thursday that he has been paying Camden County sheriff's officials cash to be distributed to jail inmates performing work on his home and property. Jenkins'...
New Shop Tastings: A Wine Experience Lives Up to Its Name
Byline: Dan Macdonald Wine tasting is going high tech at the new shop Tastings: A Wine Experience. Located on the Southbank between The Chart House and the Wyndham Hotel, this is a retail wine shop, as well as a wine bar. Owner Peter Miller explained...
North Florida's New Senator Says He'll Help Local Entities
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- North Florida now has a drawling, rural-rooted state senator to call its own. Former Citrus County Sheriff Charlie Dean won this week's special Senate election, succeeding Nancy Argenziano to represent...
ONE GAME. THREE VIEWS. Take Us out to the (Suns) Ball Game
They don't call baseball the Great American Pastime for nothing, you know. Take a look around the stands at a Jacksonville Suns game, and you'll see businessmen and families, couples and Little League teams, senior citizens and serious fans. To...
One More Milestone; UF Is First Team with Three Top-10 Draft Picks
Byline: JENNA MARINA Three Gators kicked off their NBA careers the same way they've spent their last three years as college players - by rewriting history. On Thursday night, Florida became the first college team to ever produce three top-10...
OPEN GOVERNMENT; Death by 1,000 Cuts
Gov. Charlie Crist recently commissioned a long-overdue review of Florida's open government laws. Good for Crist -- and even better for the public. Those laws ensure the citizens have access to records and meetings that affect their tax dollars,...
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WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO WHEN SHE CAN BUY ANYTHING? OPEN OWN STORE She has a talk show, a book club and a magazine -- and now Oprah Winfrey is opening her own store in Chicago. The store will be located kitty-cornered from Harpo Studios, where Winfrey's...
POPULAR CULTURE; Reverse the Pendulum
How do you change a warped popular culture? A popular culture that rewards the basest language. A popular culture that ridicules religion; that praises the cynical over the devout. A popular culture that presents women in the worst possible...
Port Authority Putting Aside Money to Dredge St. Johns; It's Also Hoping to Finish a Dredging Project Already under Way
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The Jacksonville Port Authority has started saving funds that will allow it to dredge the St. Johns River down to a depth of at least 45 feet to accommodate larger cargo ships. At the same time, the authority is hoping...
Pregnant Woman Dies in Green Cove Springs Crash
Byline: BILL JOHNSON A pregnant 37-year-old St. Augustine Beach woman died Wednesday morning when her 2004 Kia minivan pulled into the path of a cement truck traveling east on Florida 16 about a mile east of U.S. 17 in Green Cove Springs. Leila...
Red, White & Blue of Sox Nation
Byline: Paul Bowker You want to talk red, white and blue? You want to talk nation? You want to talk fireworks? Then I've got a little something for you. It's called Red Sox Nation. Red letters, outlined in blue, white uniform. Red B...
'Rocky Horror Show,' Live and Very Lively
Byline: Laura Capitano "Hot patootie, bless my soul!" I chose a musical as this Weekend's Happening. It's not an action you'll likely see again from me, but I've found that when The Rocky Horror Show LIVE! calls, you best jump (to the left) and...
State's Road Wallet a Little Thin, So Some Projects Might Suffer
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- Legislators concerned about the growing traffic demand and lagging state money for road construction in Georgia heard more bad news Thursday: Federal highway money, which pays for the bulk of transportation projects...
Sunshine, Fireworks Fill Up the Fourth; and the Best Part? Some Events Won't Cost You a Dime
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI and TERRY DICKSON The annual five-day Sunshine Festival beginning Saturday on St. Simons Island will kick off a series of Fourth of July celebrations throughout Southeast Georgia. The Sunshine Festival and Brunswick's...
Tax Reform: The Impact; Legislators Say Benefits Will Vary among Communities
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Five state legislators came to Clay County to talk about how Florida's largest property tax cut, recently signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist, will impact property owners, taxpayers, business and local government. ...
THE STAKES GO UP; 'No-Limit' Poker Becomes Legal on Sunday
Byline: BRENDAN HALL James Barlow is a regular at the velvet-topped tables inside the poker room at St. Johns Greyhound Park, sometimes logging six nights a week of low-stakes play. With a maximum bet of $2 per round -- making the highest possible...
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PAIGE SUED BY FORMER STYLIST We just can't resist another opportunity to remind Jacksonville fans that Woody Paige is still around. The Denver Post columnist and part-time commentator on ESPN, who, 11 years ago, referred to the Jaguars as "Jagwads"...
T-YOU; Everyone's a Critic
So you think Matt Soergel must be on a Sno-cap sugar high when he sees films? Everyone's a Critic lets you play movie reviewer. Here's what "regular folks" think of movies currently playing at the multiplex. Live Free or Die Hard - Can I give a...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves Wishing for Jaguars' Exit from Town Just Crazy Talk
To the writer who wishes the release of the Jaguars from Jacksonville because they released Donovin Darius (Rants & Raves, June 22): I've read some absurd things in my life, but this has to sit right in the top five. Yes, Darius was probably...
T-YOU; THE FAITH LEADER Reaching out to the World's Discarded
THE REV. DAN RUSHING Title, church, city: President of Mighty Wind Ministries International, founder of Independent Apostolic Ministries International. Age: 59 Education: Graduate, Lee High School. Master's degree in clinical social work,...
U13 Gators Shooting for National Title
Byline: BILL JOHNSON Much like their namesakes to the southwest, the Orange Park Gators U13 boys basketball team has a national championship on its mind. The U.S. Specialty Sports Association Grade 7 team has won three tournaments, holds the...
Yippy-Ki-Ay . . . Bruce Willis Is Back in 'Live Free or Die Hard'
When plans were announced for a fourth movie in the Die Hard series, critics scoffed. Not any more. Live Free or Die Hard, which opened Wednesday, has received nearly unanimous praise. Here's what the critics are saying. "Thanks be to Bruce Willis...
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