The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 11, 2009

Board Picks Mann for Glynn Schools; He Has Been Serving as Interim Superintendent since February
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Interim Superintendent Howard Mann is the choice of the Glynn County school board to lead the 12,500-student public school system, the largest in Southeast Georgia. The board voted 6-1 Tuesday night to name...
Board Urges Paper Mill to Talks; Georgia-Pacific, Agencies Should Work Together on Wastewater, Panel Says
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON If they all want a clean river, shouldn't Putnam County paper mill managers and their critics be able to work together? Jacksonville's Environmental Protection Board used that reasoning this week to nudge representatives...
Brantley Law Limits Where ATV Riders Can Go; UNANIMOUS VOTE New Ordinance Is Meant to Make County Safer and Reduce Property Damage
Byline: MIKE MORRISON Brantley County will no longer be open range for all-terrain vehicles when a new county ordinance goes into effect in 60 days. The County Commission unanimously passed an off-road vehicle ordinance Tuesday night after years...
Concert Can Wait: Funk Makes Open; Resigned to Missing the Field, He Gets Called Back to the Sectional Qualifier
Byline: GARRY SMITS Fred Funk wasn't eligible for the U.S Open the first time it was played at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., in 2002. He was about two minutes from resigning himself to never playing there on a competitive basis. Just...
FEDERAL FINANCES; We Need a Budget
The 1950s weren't so bad. David Halberstam wrote a large book about that underappreciated decade of peace and prosperity. The 1950s has largely been overshadowed by the more raucous '60s. Based on recent events, many Americans would be glad...
Fired Recruits Took Part in Profanity, Misconduct; Union Head Calls Their Behavior Not Unusual in a Work Setting
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER A seedy tale of sexual misconduct, profane jokes and other inappropriate behavior at the Jacksonville police academy led to the firings of six recruits, including the woman who filed the initial complaint, according to an...
For a Change, Kobe Couldn't Close Deal; Superstar Wasn't Sharp in the Fourth Quarter, and Magic Finally Won
Byline: TOM WITHERS ORLANDO - No athlete on the planet - well, at least on this side of the putting green from Tiger Woods - closes quite like Kobe Bryant. He's the ice-in-his-veins killer. The Terminator. The one you call to finish the job. Mr....
Go Green Has New Meaning; NASCAR Warms to Recycling
Byline: DON COBLE Cars that can't be fixed after a crash in a Sprint Cup Series race can't be handed down to the Nationwide or ARCA Re/Max Series like an old pair of blue jeans. The car's unique design makes it good for only one thing: the recycling...
Government 'On the Cheap' Taking Toll on Jacksonville
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Alarms have been sounding for some time about Jacksonville's finances. Jacksonville Community Council Inc. added its considerable voice to those warnings this week when it reported the results of a year-long study...
Image on Window Appears to Some to Be the Virgin Mary; the Residents Have Kept It Safe, and Now They're Ready to Share It
Byline: TERRY DICKSON JESUP - In a back room at one of their businesses, Greg and Debbie Sapp have a broken window standing in front of a purple, crushed velvet backdrop with roses and candles on each side. The double pane window is not special...
JAA Eyes 6 in Its Search for Director; Four Names Are Airport Executives Now; Two Others Have Ties Here
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The Jacksonville Aviation Authority is considering airport executives from four airports, as well as a current and a former employee as it continues to look for its new executive director. Iftikhar Ahmad, head of the...
Jacksonville Journal
JONES HOLDS DISTRICT 14 UPDATE MEETING TONIGHT State Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, will have a District 14 update today to share a recap of the 2009 legislative session and to hear issues and concerns from the community. The meeting will be...
Last Night to Prepare for Switch to All Digital Signals
Byline: MARK BASCH Starting at about midnight tonight, Jacksonville's television stations will complete the transition from analog to all digital broadcasts. Public television station WJCT TV-7 and religious station WJEB TV-59 already shut down...
Media Guides Becoming Extinct; Schools Can Save by Ditching Printed Books in Favor of Computer Files
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO The state of the economy has forced families and businesses to find ways to cut costs. College football conferences and programs are no different. Two Bowl Championship Series conferences will no longer print media guides,...
Morning Briefs
CSX'S WARD HONORED,***2 CEOS ARE FINALISTS CSX Corp. Chairman and CEO Michael Ward will be honored with a 2009 lifetime achievement award in a ceremony in Orlando today, according to financial advisory company Ernst & Young LLP. David Smith,...
Mosquito Control Swamped with Requests; BUSY WITH BUGS Jacksonville Focusing on Zones, Not Addresses; St. Johns Limits Calls
Byline: JOSH SALMAN Rainy conditions are dragging on in areas throughout Northeast Florida and causing an explosive increase in mosquito populations. And an equally explosive increase in calls to area mosquito-control units is keeping employees...
New Law Sets Changes for Medical Billing; Insurance Companies Will Pay Out-of-Network Doctors Directly
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - A bill requiring insurance companies to send payments directly to out-of-network doctors instead of to patients was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Charlie Crist, capping off a heated battle between doctors...
Officer Suspended 7 Days for Accident; He Ran over Sunbather While Patrolling Beach
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER A rookie police officer who drove an SUV over a sunbather on the beach last month received seven days' suspension as part of his discipline for the accident. An internal affairs investigation released Wednesday by the...
P-3 Squadron Joins the Flock, While Another Returns Home; One Helped Fight Pirates and the Other Aided in a Plane Crash Search
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The pirate flag high atop the big reconnaissance plane snapped in the breeze as the P-3 pulled to a stop in front of the newest hangar at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. The flag was an appropriate symbol: The plane...
Panel Looks to City's Future; Roadmap Focuses on the Port Expansion, Transportation and Education
Byline: KEVIN TURNER When it comes to Northeast Florida's economic future, Jacksonville's port, roads and maintaining a skilled workforce are at the top of the priority lists for business leaders and government officials. That was the message...
'Something Extraordinary'; This Atlanta Teacher Took to Heart His Challenge to His High School Students
Byline: TERRY DICKSON ST. MARYS - Before school ended, Alan Gravitt told his students at Tech High, a magnet school in Atlanta, to do something extraordinary over the summer rather than sitting and watching TV and playing video games. "I like...
Step Back into Days of Food Past
Byline: LIZ VAN HOOSER Last week, I got a call from a reader who had lost a recipe for Chinese Pork with Rutabaga that ran in the paper in the early '70s . (I am not making this up. She said it was a family favorite.) She remembered that the...
TOUR NOTEBOOK; Coach's Hunch Proved True for McCumber
Byline: GARRY SMITS Josh McCumber said his former coach at the University of Florida, Buddy Alexander, had a pretty good feeling about what might happen at a U.S. Open sectional qualifier Monday at the Lake Nona Country Club in Orlando. Alexander's...
T-U 2
2 CENTS Will somebody please tell me when we are going to stop giving Lakers center Andrew Bynum a free pass? I realize he is in his third season. I realize he came straight out of high school. But when is he going to not just show promise...
Twin Sister Veterinarians Are 'True American Success Story'; They've Overcome Hard Times to Run Their Own Animal Hospital
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Twin sisters June and Jane Bemben were raised on food stamps in a crime-ridden Miami neighborhood where their brother was murdered. But this isn't a story about their troubles. It's about how hard work, serendipity and kindness...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES Cover Obama's Policy, Not Pizza
The T-U has finally decided to fulfill its obligation to critically examine our president's effect on our country. Possible subjects could have been the illegal forced bankruptcy of Chrysler and GM, increasing the deficit fourfold in less than five...
Vick Deal Will Bring Controversy
Byline: GENE FRENETTE As a lifelong dog lover and owner of a Labrador, I admit to having misgivings over the thought of Michael Vick possibly being given the privilege of resuming his NFL career. Part of me wonders if the Atlanta Falcons quarterback...
Wolfson Grad Jones Drafted by Braves; He's Picked in the Fourth Round; Eagle's View Standout Still Waiting
Byline: DON COBLE Mycal Jones went to work Wednesday as planned. Charles Thomas went sightseeing around New York. Major League Baseball teams had no problem finding both during the second day of the First-Year Players Draft. Meanwhile, catcher...
Woman Charged with Fraud, Racketeering; Eight Others, Including Her Ex-Husband, Were Arrested in the Scheme
A Jacksonville woman and her ex-husband are among nine people arrested on racketeering charges in a mortgage-fraud scheme. Beverly A. King, 52, was arrested Tuesday at her home in the 4500 block of Pebble Brook Drive. The Florida Department of...
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