The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 15, 2009

After a 45-Minute Fight, a Monster Surfaces on the St. Mary's Inlet. Angler Beats Drum, Sets Mark
Byline: JIM SUTTON The only thing that may be more improbable than the fish Derek Crawford caught was the one that got away. Crawford and buddies Jeff Ide and Frank and Donald Spencer went fishing, out of Fernandina Beach, really just to kill...
A.M. Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA BACK TALK Want to stir it up with A.M. Stir? Find something new everyone should know about? E-mail your comments, beefs and ideas to backtalk@jacksonville.com. TRAFFIC HOORAY FOR THE HIGHWAY PATROL I was driving...
AREA NOTES; Pros Look to Regain Underwood Cup
Byline: GARRY SMITS San Jose Country Club head professional Todd Bork will not be adding to his record number of appearances with the professional team in the Northern Chapter PGA Underwood Cup Matches on Monday and Tuesday when the 18th edition...
Armstrong's Return on Track
Lance Armstrong has returned to competitive cycling in his native country with a smooth 10th-place finish in the prologue to the Tour of California. The seven-time Tour de France winner finished the 2.4-mile course in 4 minutes, 37.17 seconds on...
ART MADE FROM METAL; Tyler Dominey Has Been Making Art from Steel since 1998 -- at Prop Shop
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK -- Butterflies are delicate little insects that settle gently on flowers. Not 32-year-old Tyler Dominey's butterflies. His are made of durable steel -- albeit it mild steel -- and if dropped they land with a clatter....
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport NOW READY FOR REVIEW John Grisham's newest thriller has hit bookstores and best-sellers lists. It's called ''The Associate.'' Doubleday published it, and the price is $27.95. In conjunction with the release of...
BOYS BASKETBALL; Bucs Beat Wolfpack for Title
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Led by the 1-2 scoring punch of senior guards Shavez McCree and D'Angelo Fields who combined for 37 points, host First Coast upset No. 2-ranked Wolfson 65-51 in the final of District 3-5A Saturday night for its first district...
Bulldogs Fall Short in Bid for Title; Bolles Fails to Capitalize on Chances in Class 3A Championship Game
Byline: FRANCINE KING TAMPA - The Bolles girls soccer team did just about everything right in Saturday's Class 3A state title game - except put the ball in the net. The defending champion Bulldogs lost 2-1 to Plantation American Heritage at the...
Busch Bumps, Stewart Wins; Nationwide Race Finishes Almost the Same Way as the Trucks
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - Tony Stewart didn't watch Friday night's truck series race when Kyle Busch tried to knock Todd Bodine out of the lead on the final lap. But if he had, he could have expected the same on the final lap of Saturday's...
Camp Maddie Ready for Hurting Children; the Effort Is Aimed at Helping Kids Who Are Dealing with Homicide in Their Family
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON There are maybe 400 kids in Jacksonville who might someday attend the weekend camp Sheila Clifton Delongis envisions. It's not a big number, and only 20 or 30 will be involved the first time. But she thinks it could really...
Champions on First Try; Ponte Vedra Takes Down Unbeaten Gibbons in the Program's First Year
Byline: FRANCINE KING TAMPA - Jackie Hellett didn't know she'd won the match until her Ponte Vedra teammates started rushing toward her. The sophomore sealed the Class 4A state title for the Sharks with a penalty kick to give them a 1-0 (4-3...
City Council Won't Be Steamrolled on Landfill
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Mayor John Peyton has taken his garbage show on the road. He has been lobbying City Council members in individual meetings and speaking to just about everyone who will listen. His pitch: City Hall should circumvent...
Crafts
'SOFTIES ONLY A MOTHER COULD LOVE' Editors: Jess Redman and Meg Leder Data: Perigree, 144 pages, $16.95 Review by BRANDY HILBOLDT ALLPORT The Times-Union The sock monkey attracts motley company these days. The homemade stuffed animal...
Daytona 500; Today's Starting Lineup
Race start: 3:30 p.m. (Fox); Race format: 200 laps; Defending champion: Ryan Newman ROW DRIVER/MAKE/SPONSOR ROW 1 MARTIN TRUEX JR. Chevrolet, Bass Pro Shops Has struggled since qualifying CAR NO. 1 MARK MARTIN Chevrolet,...
Deer Season Is Not Quite Over
Byline: JIM SUTTON If you're sitting at home on the weekends suffering from the 1-2 punch of withdrawal caused by the ugly reality of the end of both hunting and football season, there might be some medicine for the malady. If you're not opposed...
FROM THE PUBLISHER; Newspaper Faces Its Challenges
Dear Reader, Over the past few weeks, you may have seen reports in this newspaper about a financial restructuring of Morris Publishing Group LLC, our parent company. These reports have raised questions -- from readers, advertisers and even members...
GENERAL ASSEMBLY; Budget Chair Best for the Job, Peers Say Lawmakers Say Harbin's Demeanor Is Helpful as They Try to Trim Billions
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- Capitol insiders say Rep. Ben Harbin seems a little less sunny and a tad more weary this year as he oversees the annual budget-writing process in the House. Still, they say, his deference and easygoing manner...
GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING; the Season-Opening Daytona 500 Ignites Engines and Passions
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - The lines are long at the souvenir stands and everyone still has a big appetite at the Daytona International Speedway. Although today's Daytona 500 wasn't sold out until the last minute, for a magical few days the...
Hobbies
'POSTAL SERVICE GUIDE TO U.S. STAMPS, 35TH EDITION' Source: United States Postal Service Data: Collins, 384 pages, $25 Review by JESSIE-LYNNE KERR The Times-Union This official publication, fully illustrated in color, offers philatelists...
HOW MUCH WILL WE REALLY GET? STIMULUS PACKAGE Counties, Cities and Transportation Authorities across the Region Were Hoping to Get Major Relief for Road Projects. Unfortunately, That Money May Never Come
Byline: DAVID HUNT and LARRY HANNAN In the countryside, money is scarce, bridges are deteriorating and plans for cleaner drinking water could come to a halt. It's a reality Putnam County Administrator Rick Leary faces as he asks the federal government...
Maryland, FSU Win for Charity; the No. 3 Terrapins Are Impressive in the Event at UNF
Byline: JOE DARASKEVICH Lacrosse, a game with deep roots in the mid-Atlantic region, migrated south this weekend for the second Face Off for a Cause at UNF's Hodges Stadium, which benefits The Wounded Warrior Project. Two college lacrosse games...
Mom Jeans: Crimes of Fashion
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO Jessica Simpson's less-than-hard body has fallen under much scrutiny lately. Gone is her "These Boots are Made for Walkin' " silhouette, as the lady has certainly softened a bit. Since she appears nourished and happy, I'd...
NASCAR Gods Owe It to Martin
Byline: GENE FRENETTE DAYTONA BEACH - The curmudgeon of NASCAR has undergone a tuneup so dramatic, those closely following Mark Martin's racing career wonder if the 2009 version is an imposter. Coming out of retirement last year didn't make Brett...
NOTEBOOK; Stewart Shreds Goodyear
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - Tony Stewart's mood changed instantly Saturday morning at the Daytona International Speedway when his new race team had to load up two more damaged race cars. Stewart was noticeably happy and upbeat leading up...
Notes
EL CHEAPO COMING SOON The ninth annual El Cheapo Sheepshead Tournament and Fish Fry will be held Feb. 28 out of the Mayport Public Boat Ramp. This is one of the largest sheepshead competitions in the country, with 300 anglers pitting their prowess...
Officer's Return Is Family's Valentine's Gift; Navy Lieutenant Greets His Wife and Twins after Six Months in Iraq
Byline: MATT COLEMAN Matt Langreck hasn't had much time to savor his happiest moments. He was off to flight school days after he and his wife, Shannon, exchanged vows. The cycle of joyful reunions and tear-streaked goodbyes had become a strange...
ON THE ROAD AGAIN; Interstate 95, from North to South East Coast Travelers Should Enjoy Detailed, Exit-to-Exit Account
Byline: Review by LAURA CAPITANO Even in our Internet age, it would take hours of Googling and GPS-ing to compile the tome of useful and interesting travel data featured in the slim, road-ready, spiral-bound car trip guidebook "Drive I-95." Authors...
Pets
'THE MODERN DOG' Author: Stanley Coren Data: Free Press, 288 pages $26 Review by RON LITTLEPAGE The Times-Union If you are a dog lover, this book is worth a read. Heck, even if you prefer cats, it's pretty darn interesting. "The Modern...
Points Champion Showing No Cracks; Team's Domination Based on Consistency, Not on Intimidation
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH - Fans like to boo nice guys in NASCAR because they like their racers to have an edge and a mean streak. That's why Jimmie Johnson fights so hard for the respect he deserves. Nothing seems menacing about the...
Scams in Tight Times Don't Help
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN When money is tight, an e-mail from the Internal Revenue Service about getting your refund could be tempting. Don't buy it. The IRS says it doesn't ask for detailed personal information such as a Social Security number...
SCHOOL BUDGET; Some Help, Please
The $152.7 million budget hole staring at the Duval County public schools for next year likely holds many unpopular implications for students, parents and teachers. Agonizing decisions loom on how to close the gap prompted by state budget cuts and...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BOYS BASKETBALL DISTRICT 1-6A ORANGE PARK 46, BUCHHOLZ 41 BUCHHOLZ (41): Boyd 7, Milliken 3, Schmidt 6, Harper 3, Williams 6, Long 2, Scott 6, Calabrese 8. ORANGE PARK (46): Williams 2, Robbins 6, Howard 2, Colon 6, Hendley...
She's Still the Boss, Even at 100
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK -- Josephine "Josie" Braddock Bennett turns 100 today, but she insisted her family celebrate her birthday a day early, her daughter Billie Jones said. "She said Sunday was the day to go to church," Jones said....
Survey: Faith Strong among African-Americans; Many Sides to the 'Black Church'
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Close your eyes and imagine you're attending an African-American church service. You're likely picturing a preacher so eloquent, passionate and inspired that you're belting out "amens" every two seconds. And chances are you're...
THE POWER BROKER; Brown Carries Clout for Duval in House Matters She Heads the Committee on One of Jacksonville's Biggest Needs
Byline: DAVID HUNT She's been the bulldog, the human exclamation point, the power broker credited with stepping over partisan roadblocks as critics point fingers for the times it seemed she'd gone too far. U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown isn't always...
This Event Defies the Economy
Byline: Mark Woods Open the paper and inevitably you'll find dour stories about the ripple effects of the economy. People traveling less, corporations cutting back, charities struggling to raise money. So what happened here last February -- and...
T-U 2
HEADLINES WE WISH WERE TRUE When the sports world isn't funny enough on its own, we turn to sportspickle.com for a few laughs. Here's some highlights that are fit to print: Cash-strapped United States drops sponsorship of Team USA. Sports...
TURNING TO PRAYER; after Intense 5-Day Search, Still No Sign of Putnam Child
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER SATSUMA -- Vivian Moore remembers cleaning her porch in Hoot Owl Ridge when she prayed to God that he'd make Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings appear on her road. That was Wednesday. On Saturday, five days into a fruitless search...
UNF Hangs on for Victory; Strong Second Half Lifts Ospreys, Who Survive Final Minute
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT All those close games the University of North Florida played in the past month helped the Ospreys preserve a 61-59 victory over Campbell at UNF Arena. Seven of UNF's last nine games have been decided in the final minute,...
Why It's a Great Time to Be a Jacksonville Renter; Landlords Roll out Deals as Unsold Houses and Condos Flood the Market
Byline: KEVIN TURNER We all know home sales have been on the decline for a while, but apartment leasing has also been in the doldrums. That has meant apartment complexes have been turning to creative ways to get people though their doors. Traffic...
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