The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 23, 2009

2 Businessmen from First Coast Named Trustees for UNF; Greene Is Reappointed; Munoz Will Be a New Member on the Board
Two First Coast businessmen are among 21 trustees appointed Thursday to boards at Florida's 11 state universities. Oscar Munoz, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident, will be the only new member on the University of North Florida Board of Trustees. Munoz...
2 Die When Small Plane Nosedives into Athens Yard; Witnesses Saw Antique Aircraft Go Down Not Far from Athens Airport
Byline: RYAN BLACKBURN Two people were killed Thursday when a single- engine antique airplane crashed in a residential neighborhood shortly after taking off from Athens-Ben Epps Airport a few minutes before 11:30 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration...
Baby, It's the Guitar Women; They're Major Players, but Their Contributions to the Music World Are Often Overlooked
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Bonnie Raitt's upcoming St. Augustine concert gives us something to talk about: guitar heroines. Where are they? Heroes are easy to name - Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page - but thinking of a heroine is a challenge....
'Cause This Is Thriller, Thriller Night
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO Local boutique owner Candy Keane has an interesting new skill to add to her resume: zombie certified. Qualifications for certification include completing one of Thrill the World's approved three-hour zombie workshops, wherein...
'Child Killer on the Loose'; INVESTIGATION A Vacant Home near Where Somer Went Missing Searched. ON ALERT Clay Sheriff Warns Residents to Be on Their Guard
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER ORANGE PARK - Thursday began sadly with word that 7-year-old Somer Renee Thompson was indeed the girl whose body was found in a Folkston, Ga., landfill the day before. It ended with some sense of hope as a community continued...
CITY PENSIONS; Tough Choices
Like a slow moving tidal wave, the city of Jacksonville's pension obligations threaten to swamp future city budgets, as well as Jacksonville's reputation for having progressive government. Florida TaxWatch, in a review advocated by The Times-Union,...
Detective's Hunch Leads to Discovery of Body at Landfill; Bruce Owens Says His Suggestion Was the Result of His Training
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER His day job is to investigate allegations of misconduct by fellow deputies. On the side, but still as a cop, he's a member of the regional Child Abduction Response Team that gets involved in investigating snatchings such...
Everyone's a Critic
LAW ABIDING CITIZEN This is a violent vengeance flick, and you'd better be OK with that before you go. As a matter of fact, you get double here, because the avenger must then be avenged. If you want to see a film like this, then you will like this...
Fighting the Disease Became a 'Family Affair'; Mary Anne Freeman Cancer Survivor, Daughter and Sister of Cancer Victims and Mother and Cousin of Cancer Survivors, Fruit Cove
It seems like breast cancer has always been a part of my life. It took my mother and her sister when they were 46. When I was diagnosed at age 35, I decided I was not going to let it take me, so I had bilateral mastectomies to make sure it didn't reoccur....
First Coast Gas Prices Up 20 Cents in Past 10 Days; Reasons Seem to Include More Demand, Less Oil and Market Speculators
Byline: KEVIN TURNER and LARRY HANNAN Gasoline prices in Jacksonville are on the rise again. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has risen from $2.39 just 10 days ago to $2.59 Thursday, helped by an increase in demand and...
Fletcher High Students Take on a Friendly Challenge; A Two-Day Program Offers Group Discussions, Trust-Building Exercises and Other Activities
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS Fletcher High School junior Carly Bussey is looking forward to a day when her classmates no longer judge and ridicule one another. The quiet 16-year-old sees hope in a California-based program called Challenge Day that...
Gators Star Finds First Coast Home; Horschel, a Former UF All-American, Is in the Mix in PGA Qualifier
Byline: GARRY SMITS The Plantation at Ponte Vedra has adopted University of Florida All-American Billy Horschel, and he's felt right at home using the practice facilities and playing with the members. "They've got a lot of Gators there," he said....
Hawks Slow Down Wade, Post Victory; the Reigning NBA Scoring Champion Finishes with 13 Points in the Preseason Game
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat returned to Jacksonville on Thursday night, but they did not have a memorable visit. Wade was held to 13 points on 3-of-11 shooting as Miami fell to the Atlanta Hawks 92-87 in a preseason game...
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW: WEEK 8; Three Games to Watch
BOLLES (6-0, 4-0) AT WEST NASSAU (6-0, 4-0) Can West Nassau possibly stand up to state power Bolles in this District 3-2B matchup between two unbeaten teams? The Warriors will certainly have a lively crowd, but its most important weapon will be...
How's 'Zaat' Again? Still Fun, 38 Years Later
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Editor's note: This is an updated version of a review that first ran in 2001. Look for a story on the making of "Zaat" in Sunday's Life section. According to its breathless movie trailer, "Zaat" is "one of the most incredible...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jags Expect Adjustments
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher closed practices this week to the media in the wake of his team's 59-0 debacle at New England. In addition, Fisher said he'd explore the possibility of making "minor roster changes," according...
Levels of Sex Offender Threat Not All the Same
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON For 45 minutes Thursday, Sgt. Chuck Mulligan stayed on the phone, talking to a worried woman. There was a sexual predator living nearby, she told the St. Johns County lawman. She wanted to make him move. "You can't...
Local Economic Outlook Is Lagging; the National Picture Gets Brighter; So Far, Jacksonville's Doesn't
Byline: MARK BASCH The national economic outlook is brighter, but Jacksonville may be lagging behind, according to indexes of future economic activity reported Thursday. The Index of Leading Economic Indicators for the Jacksonville area rose...
Magic, Isiah Rift Detailed in Book; Thomas Hurt by Allegations in Book Co-Written by Legends
Byline: TIM REYNOLDS MIAMI - Hall of Fame players Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson famously kissed each other's cheek moments before tip-off of Game 1 of the 1988 NBA finals. Today, the relationship clearly isn't anywhere near as close. In Thomas'...
Man without Pants Chases Girl on Her Way Home from School
At a time when fears are at their peak over the safety of children walking to and from school, Jacksonville had an incident of its own. About 5:45 p.m. Monday, the same day 7-year-old Somer Thompson went missing on her way home from school in Orange...
Morning Briefs
LPS EARNINGS SEE INCREASE IN QUARTER Lender Processing Services Inc. Thursday reported adjusted third-quarter earnings rose 39 percent to $80.2 million, or 83 cents a share. The Jacksonville-based company, which provides technology services for...
Mullen Knows All about UF System; Former Coordinator Knows Gators Offense, but That Might Not Help
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida coach Urban Meyer might never have had as a difficult a time coming up with an offensive game plan as he did this week. The problem is that the coach on the other sideline on Saturday probably could...
Musical Force Coming to the Arena; Actor Who Played C-3PO Will Narrate 'Star Wars: In Concert'
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Luke Skywalker, step aside. The leading role next week at the Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena is John Williams' music, played by an 86-piece orchestra and 80-person choir. "Star Wars: In Concert" is at 7:30 p.m....
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Byline: LIZ VAN HOOSER TO THE CHEAP SEATS AND BEYOND When most people think of stadium food, hot dogs, nachos and over-priced beer come to mind. You can find all that at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, but Levy Restaurants, the company responsible...
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Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY TOM WAITS Jacksonville makes an appearance on Tom Waits' latest album, a collection of live performances from his tour last year. Waits' July 2008 performance of "Live Circus" at the Times-Union Center for the Performing...
PREPARING FOR BATTLE; Camp Blanding Hosts 2,500 Florida Guard Soldiers to Train for State's Largest Deployment since WWII
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Army Spc. Brandon Houston can't wait for January, can't wait to get to Iraq. "That's why I joined up," the Jacksonville resident said Thursday during a break in training exercises at Camp Blanding. "I'm honing my skills...
Roundup
GAINESVILLE P.K. YONGE 30, BISHOP SNYDER 22 Trailing by eight points with 2:30 remaining, Bishop Snyder attempted a fake field goal to keep its drive alive, but a dropped pass ended the Cardinals' hopes of winning their first District 3-1A game....
Sadness, Anger Linger outside Somer's Home; Community Comes out to Makeshift Memorial to Share Fear and Grief
Byline: MATT SOERGEL ORANGE PARK - The sadness was still there, a heavy, overwhelming force. It could be seen in the tear-streaked faces of those drawn Thursday to the house where Somer Renee Thompson lived, leaving flowers, notes, stuffed animals,...
SEC NOTEBOOK; UF Happy with Expectations
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Urban Meyer first noticed it in the locker room after Florida's 23-13 victory over Tennessee. The Gators were happy to get the victory, but not satisfied. They felt they hadn't played well and made the game harder than...
Session for Teens on Tasty Kosher
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Catching kids up on kosher food will be the focus of the "I'm loving it - and it's kosher!?" event at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Chabad at the Beaches. "We are going to prove that just about everything out there can have a delicious...
Stimulus Funds Help Working Poor; Some of the Money Has Been Earmarked for Child Care Subsidies
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Victoria Ashley's goal was to graduate as a medical assistant by the time her son, Jayden Portis, turned 1. But she couldn't afford a child care center for Jayden, and she ended up waiting nine months for financial assistance...
Suspect on Loose after Escaping Glynn Officer; the Brunswick Man Had Been under Arrest on Shoplifting Charges
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - He might not be barefoot or in handcuffs anymore, but a Brunswick man who ran away from a Glynn County police officer who arrested him Wednesday night is still wanted. Hernandez Lopez, 31, was under arrest...
They Play It Well: Some Women Guitarists of Note
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Have you listened to these great female guitarists? You should. Women guitarists in a male-dominated industry have made great strides since the 1970s, but many are underrated or haven't been catapulted to household-name status....
T-U 2
Byline: GARRY SMITS SPORTS TALK T-U SPORTS TALK Our sports writers hit the airwaves twice a week on T-U Sports Talk on WFXJ 930 AM The Fox every Tuesday and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. Today, high schools editor Hays Carlyon and golf writer Garry...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Another Alternative Would Be to Be 'Very Uniquely' Awesome
Because of an editor's error, Rants & Raves did not appear Thursday. They appear here today. What has happened to the English language? A Times-Union columnist talks about "another alternative," and then there's "very unique." There is no adjective...
T-YOU; RAVES & RANTS Another Alternative: Be 'Very Unique'
Because of an editor's error, Rants & Raves did not appear Thursday. They appear here today. What has happened to the English language? A Times-Union columnist talks about "another alternative," and then there's "very unique." There is no adjective...
Universities Nurture Innovation
Byline: FRANK T. BROGAN Talent is our raw material - we need to invest in it. Florida is seeing signs of an economic turnaround. But we are a long way from a full rebound. And I think we can take steps, now, to make this recovery a turning point...
Uptown Gets Its Message Across
Byline: ERICA BURKS Jacksonville, we may have arrived at a social media moment. Recently, I found out via Twitter, the 140-character shout out that has many of us involved in an unnatural relationship with our phones, that a restaurant had opened...
Veteran Umps to Call World Series
Major League Baseball is breaking tradition and sticking with only experienced umpires for the World Series after a rash of blown calls in the playoffs. Longtime crew chiefs Joe West, Dana DeMuth and Gerry Davis, along with Brian Gorman, Jeff Nelson...
Voters Asked to Renew 1-Cent Sales Tax; the Money Is Used for Education Projects in Glynn County
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Glynn County voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to extend the school system's 1-cent sales tax to pay for improvement projects intended to better educate students. If renewed, the tax would pay for several...
Walking to Improve the Lives of Children; the One Million Steps Awareness Campaign Takes on Jacksonville
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Taking a page from the successful 1970 campaign of his late father, Lawton "Bud" Chiles III on Thursday brought his One Million Steps for Florida's Kids awareness campaign to Jacksonville. His father, Lawton Chiles,...
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