The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 9, 2007

After Years of Playing along, He Hears Stardom Knocking; A '67 Graduate of Glynn Academy Is Doing Well with His Band in a Contest
Byline: MIKE MORRISON BRUNSWICK - Former Brunswick resident Rory Knapton started chasing rock 'n' roll stardom as a teenager. Now 57, he may finally catch it. The 1967 graduate of Glynn Academy came close in the early 1970s with a band called...
Alexander Says 'Noles Must Have Leadership
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Living in Cleveland, former Florida State and Raines High School defensive star Derrick Alexander, has to hear about the success of Ohio State all the time. Of course, he also takes his share of chiding from friends...
A.M.Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL FRANCOPHOBIA SMELLS LIKE FREEDOM FRIES I don't know, but most of the French people I've met have been perfectly pleasant. But for those who'd like to think otherwise, the publishing sensation of the year hit shelves Friday:...
A Surfing Lesson from One of Best
Byline: Laura Capitano Surf wax is all gunked into the laces of my board shorts. I reckon that makes me a surfer. So does learning from one of the sport's best: Fort George Island board shaper Dick Rosborough, the "Rozo" my surf pals speak of...
Block Party Continues for Meyer
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Florida seems to have developed a knack for blocking kicks under head coach Urban Meyer. The Gators blocked two punts in their 59-31 victory over Troy on Saturday night -- both led to touchdowns -- to bring...
Bookmarks
SIGNINGS Carrol Wolverton will sign copies of her novel about the real estate industry, Sex, Lies & Real Estate (PublishAmerica, $24.95), at Barnes & Noble at the St. Johns Town Center from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Call (904) 928-2027...
CAN A JAGUAR END UP HERE? Not Likely. Here's Why
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON For pro athletes, hitting the field is only part of the payday. In addition to the seven-figure salaries (sometimes), there's the possibility of free shoes, gift cars from local dealerships and appearing on trading cards....
Charlton's Big Plays Too Much for Jackson; the Reigning AA Champs Pull Away in the Win over the Jacksonville School
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT FOLKSTON, Ga. -- Jacksonville Jackson allowed Charlton County to score on the opening possession of the game and the Tigers tried to hold on the rest of the first half. Literally. Jackson (1-1) committed five holding penalties...
CONDO CONVERSIONS GONE BAD; 'YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR' Hundreds of Homeowners on the First Coast Have Found Their Apartment-Turned-Condo Units Have Hidden and Costly Problems
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD Several apartment-turned-condo complexes in the Jacksonville area are swimming in lawsuits, with complaints filed against developers, against homeowners and against condo associations. At the core are problems with aging...
Consistency Will Decide Jags' Season
Byline: Sam Borden The biggest change the Jaguars need to make from last season to this one isn't the name on the back of their quarterback's jersey. It isn't a new set of wide receivers. It isn't a new offensive coordinator. It's consistent...
Day of Violence and Peace; Four Violent Deaths in a Day despite Community Efforts, Jacksonville's Total Homicides Are Running Higher Than Last Year
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON AND ADAM AASEN DOUBLE HOMICIDE Two bodies are found in an apartment off University West. POLICE SHOOTING Officers say they shot back at suspect on bicycle. ANTI-VIOLENCE RALLY At least 1,000 people pray for...
Dying Friend Spurred Fatal Flight; Crash Victim Was Headed to Her Bedside
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK - A woman who died in a plane crash Thursday night with her husband and daughter was flying to be at the bedside of a childhood friend in Winchester, Va., her family said Saturday. Robin Chapman, 46, her husband,...
Favorite Excursions
Here are some of Princess passengers' favorite excursions and tour guides from the more than 820 offered between 2006 and early 2007. Listed are high- and low-volume excursions, respectively: ANTIGUA: Wadadli Cats' Five-Star Catamaran with lunch,...
Fewer Turn out to Pray for Peace; the Sequel to Last Year's Day of Faith Had Similar Crime-Related Concerns
Byline: ADAM AASEN First Baptist Church downtown was buzzing Saturday afternoon with people speaking in tongues, quietly mumbling prayers and crying as they lifted their hands toward the sky. The sounds all melded together at the day of faith anti-violence...
Firm Packs Hygiene into Portable Kits; the Personal Packages Can Be Ordered Specifically for Men, Women or Babies
Byline: ANGELA BUSSONE In the wake of disaster, personal hygiene can get tossed aside in the chaos of the storm. But Sandra Samuels, the CEO and founder of CarePAK Solutions Inc., is doing her part to prevent that. Thoughts of Hurricane Katrina...
Florida Ports
Florida has more cruise ports than any other state in the union, which means you can leave home in the morning and be on your way to a choice of 72 Caribbean ports before dinner. Or you can keep going until you've circled the globe and ended up back...
Florida's Offense Hard to Defend
Byline: Gene Frenette GAINESVILLE -- When Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis pops in the videotape of Florida's 2007 offense, he may want to keep some antacid tablets handy. Even allowing for the disclaimer that Western Kentucky and...
Franks Will Try for Senate Seat Again; the Former Legislator from New Hampshire Lost the Election in June
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - Just two months after losing her bid to represent Baker County in the Florida Senate, former New Hampshire state legislator Suzan Franks has re-announced her candidacy for the job. Franks, a Democrat from...
Gameday; the Matchup
5 ON 5 Think yyou have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the experts? E-mail 5on5@jacksonville.com. Sam Borden THE TIMES-UNION Sports columnist Vince Young or Maurice Drew? Drew. It's just amazing that a 15-year-old is doing this...
Gameday; Titans @ Jaguars
Kickoff: 1 p.m. (CBS) Where: Municipal Stadium Line: Jaguars by 7 WHAT'S AT STAKE The season opener is an opportunity to start on a positive note, and this game is especially important because it's a divisional matchup. A good start by...
GENERAL COUNSEL; More Evaluation
As Jacksonville's unique consolidated government turns 40 years old, this page has suggested several areas for re-evaluation and consideration. Among them: more independence for the City Council Auditor's Office, a stronger Ethics Commission and...
Giving Up Raises Is a Good Idea for City Council
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Spinning around the news dial ... click. City Councilwoman Glorious Johnson thinks that in these tight budget times, the highly paid staff of Mayor John Peyton should forgo raises. "Why would you want to give raises...
Her Light Still Shines for Others
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. SIMONS ISLAND - A young woman with long hair spilling over a shoulder smiles from a picture on Larry and Anne Rogers' mantle. Flowers sat in front of the fireplace along with dozens of pictures of that young woman from...
How to Make Your Trip a Success
Byline: JUDY WELLS Time spent making decisions about a cruise outlasts most any cruise you finally select, and the time you spend wondering if those decisions are the right ones far outlasts that. We turned to our frequent travelers, industry...
It's a Matter of Basic Math; Enrollment at Most South Georgia Public Schools Is Adding Up
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - South Georgia public school systems are growing. Student enrollment has increased in all but a few school districts in the region. The Glynn County School System, which is the largest district in the region,...
Jags' Drew Soups Up His Image; He Refuses to Believe His Teammates Can't Win Endorsement Deals
Byline: VITO STELLINO Maurice Drew doesn't buy the argument that Jaguars players can't get national recognition - and the endorsement deals that go with it - because they play in a small market. "This is still an NFL team and the NFL is worldwide,''...
JAMES A. BURNS: 928-2007; Flowers Were His Lifelong Passion He Gained International Recognition for His Floral Arrangements
Byline: ADAM AASEN James A. Burns' funeral will be a sight to be seen. Extravagant flower arrangements are expected to fill the room. As a world-renowned florist, he wouldn't have expected anything less. "He's going to enjoy it. He'll be looking...
JU Suffers Second Consecutive Loss
Gardner-Webb scored two touchdowns early on Saturday to set the tone as Jacksonville University lost in Boiling Springs, N.C., 27-6. The Bulldogs (1-1), who scored on their first two possessions, used an impressive performance by quarterback Devin...
Last-Second Victory for Edward Waters; Tigers Rally with a 20-Yard Scoring Pass to Win Willie Gary Classic
Byline: DEVON JEFFREYS For 59 minutes and 59 seconds of the Willie Gary Classic, Edward Waters College did not hold a lead. But the Tigers led when the clock struck zero, and that's all that mattered in a 31-30 victory over Shaw University at...
Legislative Bloc Takes Tips from Washington; the Conservative Group Looks upon Itself as a Legislative Watchdog
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Considering Congress' job approval rating fell to 18 percent in a Gallup Poll last month, it might be the last place anyone would go for ideas on how to function. But a loosely organized group of conservatives...
Local Team Storms Back for Victory
Byline: JIM SUTTON Winning a big redfish tournament usually hinges on doing small things right, then making sure that the big "oops" doesn't happen, the one that seems to always be waiting out there to send an angler home with excuses instead of...
No More No Fault: Is That Bad or Good? Someone Still Must Pay the Bills after Personal Injury Protection Mandate Ends
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Short of a eleventh-hour political intervention, causing an auto accident in Florida could soon mean more pain for your pocketbook. The Florida No-Fault law, scheduled to expire Oct. 1, requires drivers to purchase Personal...
PERKS OF THE JOB; Someone Deems Them Worth It
Byline: MATT GALNOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS' SALARIES AND PERKS Which one gets $300 monthly for club dues? Who earns a $45,000 bonus just for finishing each year of his contract? Who just gets a check like the rest of the workforce (though he...
Roundup
CHATTAHOOCHEE 17, CAMDEN COUNTY 16 (OT) Chattahoochee (2-0) sent Camden County (1-1) to its first loss in 66 regular-season home games against Georgia opponents on Friday night. Chattahoochee's Brendan Cross connected with tight end Wes McClarty...
'Snitching' Isn't Easy, Just Right
Byline: Mark Woods A few months ago, I got a call from someone about a crime. Before I go any further, let me say I'm going to be very vague, for reasons that will become clear as you read on. Suffice it to say, it was a murder, one that remains...
Strange New York Twist: Coughlin Is the Good Guy
Byline: Vito Stellino Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber has accomplished a near-impossible task. His over-the-top bashing of Tom Coughlin has made the Giants coach seem like a sympathetic figure. In his forthcoming book, Tiki:...
Suburbs' Ongoing Growth Is More Than Duval's Loss; Newcomers Are Filling Area Schools More Than Those Fleeing Urban Duval
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER The grass wasn't so prickly in Joshua Alvarenga's old backyard and, back in Virginia, sixth grade was middle school, not elementary school again. But, he admits, his family's new house in Clay County has its own perks,...
TAKE A CRUISE AND DO IT ALL; Today's Ships Offer Something Fun for Everyone
Byline: JUDY WELLS If you can't decide between experiencing a different country, going on an outdoor adventure, relaxing at a first-class resort or doing something the kids would enjoy, then take a cruise and do it all. You don't have to go any...
TALE OF THE TAPE; Second-Year Stars Face Off
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Today's season opener matches two of the NFL's most exciting young offensive players. Titans quarterback Vince Young and Jaguars running back Maurice Drew combined for 35 touchdowns in their rookie seasons. Here's how they...
That's My Father, Geno McManus; A Former Jaguars Linebacker Says His Dad's Remarkable Life Deserves a Movie
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Even though Tom McManus outgrew his father by 4 inches and 20 pounds, Geno McManus always loomed large in the life of his son. Geno was a World War II vet, a boxer and football star who lifted a set of old iron weights until...
This Is a Shrimp?
Byline: JIM SUTTON When Rhoden Baker recently tried cast-netting for some shrimp from the St. Johns River, the Jacksonville resident found what he was looking for -- and then some. Baker says the shrimp weren't really running that day as he threw...
TPC Sawgrass Hosts Charity Event
Byline: GARRY SMITS The third annual America Supports You charity golf event is receiving just that: support. The day of golf to support America's servicemen and women is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 17 at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course...
T-U 2
PC GAME GOES INTO THE NEXT DIMENSION Is there anything out there that hasn't been turned into a video game? We're starting to wonder, now that a group called Nerjyzed Studios has come out with BCFX: The Black College Football Xperience for PCs....
TV Station Didn't Buy Jags' Tickets
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The Jaguars-Titans game will be televised locally today after fans bought up most of the remaining 1,700 tickets that were still unsold as of 1 p.m. on Thursday. The Jaguars organization did not ask local businesses to purchase...
UF STRONG EARLY; Gators Slow Down in Second Half of Rout
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- If anyone expected Florida coach Urban Meyer to be upset about his team's second-half performance against Troy on Saturday night, he had a surprise. Not only wasn't he disappointed, he was relatively OK...
Wedding Stories Annoy Some
Byline: Wayne Ezell Readers who like their newspaper fare wholesome and splendorous surely were pleased with the recent weddings page story about an attractive young couple that fell in love and got married after meeting in a Bible study class....
Yellow Jackets Smother Lower-Division Foe; Tech's Starters Finish Early, Leaving the Reserves to Finish the Rout of Samford
Byline: ADAM VAN BRIMMER ATLANTA -- Tashard Choice's day ended before the first quarter did. Quarterback Taylor Bennett joined his Georgia Tech teammate on the bench less than five minutes before halftime. Philip Wheeler and the starting defense?...
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