The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 24, 2008

2 BIG IDEAS: ADULTS AND KIDS; Reclaiming Streets
Two weeks ago, we proposed that Jacksonville needs a big idea to attack the root causes of its high rates of murder, infant mortality and dropouts. Readers responded with many thoughtful proposals. We printed many of the best on the letters section...
5on5; Oscars Edition
We asked regular contributors to the Weekend section's Everyone's a Critic feature to weigh in on the Oscars. MARCUS EGER 30, SAN MARCO WHAT MOVIE OR ACTOR GOT SHAFTED THIS YEAR? Denzel Washington, who outdid his previous token "bad guy"...
A Bad Boy's Good Move; Kurt Busch Praised for Selfless Moves That Aid His Penske Teammates
Byline: DON COBLE FONTANA, Calif. -- For most of his racing career, Kurt Busch has been the driver most fans loved to hate. That's why he's so uncomfortable being the new poster boy for all that is good and righteous in NASCAR. Last Sunday, Busch...
A Model Program in Harlem
Byline: Mike Clark Note to readers: Geoffrey Canada is president and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone. It consists of a series of programs, over 100 blocks and about 8,600 children, helping children and families address issues of failing schools and...
A.M. Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL QUOTABLE GET ME TO THE SURF ON TIME In Salon.com last week, Garrison Keillor had a Blue Crush moment while contemplating the passage of another frigid Minnesota winter: "I remember walking along the beach on Maui, and...
Around the Area
JU HOSTS INVITATIONAL The first Jacksonville University Invitational, hosted by the JU women's golf team, will begin Monday at the Windsor Parke Golf Club. The 36-hole event also will include Atlantic Sun rivals Belmont and Stetson, plus Austin...
A Separate Place
Any map of the civil-rights struggle and the sites of racial segregation would include notable landmarks spread throughout the First Coast. But to the people who lived through those days here, any such map is also marked by memories of ordinary out-of-the-way...
At 80, Oscar, We've Got Your Numbers
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA 1 Number of X-rated movies named Best Picture (Midnight Cowboy). The film, starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, was nominated for seven Oscars and won for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Last year, the American...
Battle Brewing over Who Can Use St. Johns; North Florida Faces Downstate Pressure. Here's What's at Stake
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER US Taking water from the St. Johns upstream could do it harm downstream. If you don't have enough water, control the unending developments full of thirsty transplants. You should pay to desalt water, instead. It might...
BOYS BASKETBALL REGIONAL ROUNDUP; Jackets' Big Lead Slips Away
Byline: DEVON JEFFREYS ST. AUGUSTINE -- For weeks, the surging St. Augustine boys basketball team had blown away its competition, holding off late charges and securing victory after victory. That trend and the dreams of a trip to Lakeland for...
BOYS REGION 1-6A FINAL: WINTER SPRINGS 74, ORANGE PARK 67; Orange Park Falls Short Raiders Can't Make Up a 13-Point Deficit in the Opening Quarter
Byline: DENNIS BERGIN Sophomore guard Brian Holmes scored 19 points and forward Luis Jacobo scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to propel third-ranked Winter Springs to a 74-67 victory over fifth-ranked Orange Park Saturday night in the Region...
City Eyes 3 Children's Zone Sites; A Committee Will Meet to Pick a Neighborhood on Monday
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Mayor John Peyton wants to bring a small slice of New York City to Jacksonville, and he's hoping it will have a positive influence on this city's youngest residents. Harlem Children's Zone is a nonprofit organization...
COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP; Ospreys Outslug Mississippi State
North Florida, behind sophomore Preston Hale's grand slam, surprised No. 23 Mississippi State 17-9 on Saturday at Harmon Stadium. Hale, a sophomore, went 2 for 5 with three runs scored, along with his grand slam that came in the bottom of the seventh....
Davis Has Message for Players
Byline: Gene Frenette During his 13-year major league career with five different teams, Storm Davis says a month never went by where he didn't hear a teammate or someone in baseball telling him, "If you're not cheating, you're not trying." For...
Descendants of Slaveholder Join to Note History; Zephaniah and Anna Kingsley Are Recalled at a "Family Reunion."
Byline: ADAM AASEN Deborah Bartley said her family always wondered why she liked sugar so much. Or why she always wanted to spend time near the water. Or even why she decorated her home with palm trees and vines. Walking through Jacksonville's...
FLORIDA STATE 66, BOSTON COLLEGE 63; Confident 'Noles Warming Up FSU Wins Back-to-Back Games for the First Time in Seven Weeks
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Deviating from its season-long trend of leaning on its guards to carry the load, Florida State rode the contributions of its supporting cast and sound defense in Saturday's 66-63 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball...
Hidden Hills on an Upswing; the Arlington Club Is Making a Comeback, with a Steady Hand as the Golf Pro
Byline: GARRY SMITS Ted Hopkins has survived seven ownership changes to remain the head professional at the Hidden Hills Country Club for nearly 30 years -- the longest continuous term by a club pro on the First Coast. He's counting on the most...
Integrity Carries the Day in Underwood Cup
Byline: GARRY SMITS Tired of steroids and HGH? Weary of athletes getting stopped for DUIs and getting arrested for laying violent hands on women? Fed up with Spygate? Feel like waving a magic wand and making Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds,...
JACKSONVILLE 84, KENNESAW STATE 79; JU Nips Visiting Owls despite a 24-4 Run, the Dolphins Need Late Free Throws to Seal the Win
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT For the second time in three days, Jacksonville watched a double-digit lead reduced to a single basket, but the Dolphins held Kennesaw State to just two points in the final minute of play for an 84-79 win over the Owls on Saturday...
Jekyll Tug-of-War Starts Anew; Chapman Says He Wants to Limit What Developers Can Do
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - The Battle of Jekyll Island is raging again at the state Capitol. Lawmakers and residents frustrated with plans to revitalize the state park's sagging tourist infrastructure have returned to the site of their...
Keeping Score: Your Oscar Ballot
BEST PICTURE Atonement Juno Michael Clayton No Country for Old Men There Will Be Blood BEST ACTOR George Clooney Michael Clayton Daniel Day-Lewis There Will Be Blood Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street...
Little Country in Rascal Flatts; but the Fans Heard What They Wanted and Had a Great Time
Byline: ROGER BULL Rascal Flatts came out with a bang Friday night at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The entire stage, along with the video screen and boxes hanging from the ceiling, burst into light and color. Fireworks burned and sparkled....
MONSTER-SIZED FUN IS FOR GIRLS, TOO; Co-Ed Crowds Watched Their Favorite Giants Crush the Competition
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER Saturday night came, clear and dry, and Penny Monroe was a little disappointed there would be no mess at the Monster Truck Jam. "I prefer the mudslinging," she said. Standing outside Jacksonville Municipal Stadium,...
NASCAR NOTEBOOK; Arcane Rules Benefit Waltrip
Byline: DON COBLE FONTANA, Calif. -- Safety trucks and jet dryers were the only vehicles on the track at the Auto Club Speedway Friday. And that was fine with Michael Waltrip. Rain and problems with the track washed out practice and qualifying...
NFL FREE AGENCY; Shopping for Answers Jags Have Specific Needs, and May Use Free Agency to Fill Them
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT 2005: REGGIE HAYWARD 2006: BRIAN WILLIAMS 2007: Tony PASHOS INDIANAPOLIS -- Here at the NFL Combine, they'll squeeze more than 300 athletes through the gamut of requisite testing so teams can adequately prepare...
Nothing Is Simple with Property Tax Relief
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE The housing market is in the dumps. And after several years of home values increasing dramatically, prices are dropping. Because property taxes are based on a home's value, property taxes will be going down. ...
On Water and in Cyberspace, This Rodeo Ties It All Together
Byline: JIM SUTTON A guy e-mailed me last week. He'd just purchased a used, 26-foot boat. He had fished offshore "up north" but had moved to Northeast Florida and wanted to get into the excellent fishing in our area. He had lots of questions: Where,...
Politicians Say 'Tag,' You're It
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK - "A 'prestige tag' and a Florida tag are oxymorons," state Sen. Eric Johnson said last week. "Somebody's going to have to explain that to their alumni." Johnson, a Tulane University Republican, said it with a...
Prudish Pride's Paradox
Byline: Mark Woods MACCLENNY - You still can't buy beer on Sunday. You can, however, buy moonshine jelly on Monday. This is the kind of thing Southern authors point to when trying to explain their home. The paradox, or as Pat Conroy once wrote,...
Rating the NFL Free Agents
Times-Union Jaguars beat writer Michael C. Wright breaks down the top five free agents by position. NFL teams can begin signing free agents on Friday. QUARTERBACK******Ht./Wt.***Team***Comment 1. Derek Anderson****6-6, 229***CLE***Too good to...
REGION 2-2A FINAL: ACD 84, MELBOURNE FLORIDA AIR 55; Apaches Head to Final Four Judge, a 6-Foot-9 Junior, Scores 27 Points in Easy Win
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Future Arlington Country Day opponents need to take notice -- don't make Apaches center Wally Judge mad. Judge, coming off a scoreless effort in a regional semifinal game earlier in the week, scored a season-high 27 points,...
Remembering Some Good Old Days with John Travolta
Byline: Judy Wells Everyone wanted a moment with John Travolta and Kelly Preston during the Red Rose Ball on Feb. 15, but one person already knew him more intimately than most. Robin Albaneze's first job after college was doing whatever was needed...
Shake That Oscar-Fueled Gloominess
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO Our distinguished pal Oscar has gone octogenarian, and that dude needs Prozac more than ever. Save for cutesy-pie Juno, this year's Best Picture nominees deal with the feel-bad topics of oil-hungry greedmeisters, drug deals...
Sheepshead Pull Wool over Anglers' Eyes; Big Fish Were Hard to Find, but El Cheapo Still Big Success
Byline: JIM SUTTON A record number of anglers fished the El Cheapo Sheepshead Tournament on Saturday. And a record number of sheepshead might have ignored them. Of 305 entrants in the eighth annual event, just 102 fish were weighed in. ...
State Urges Wildfire Wariness; Season as Bad or Worse Than 2007 Expected
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Southeast Georgia is turning green again, ending winter's prescribed burns to clear out the fallen leaves and dry brush that could otherwise fuel this year's wildfires. But with officials predicting a fire season as...
Strident Voice Will Be Heard
Byline: WAYNE EZELL This week's mail brought sharp criticism for how we covered a marathon and mixed reactions to an announcement that a black woman has become a member of the Times-Union's editorial board. Words of warm praise came for Tonyaa...
STUDENT WINS SPELLING BEE WITH 'PANTOMIME'; A Clay County Seventh-Grader Advances to the National Competition
Byline: DAN SCANLAN It boiled down to a three-way battle between Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties Saturday at the Main Library in Jacksonville. After more than an hour of tackling verbiage like "advantageous," "bantamweight" and "facetious,"...
THE RED CARPET PATROL; STYLE AND ERROR We Take a Look Back at Fashion Highs and Low of Recent Years
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON Long after the Oscar trophies are handed out, it's the fashion that nabs the most headlines. And in some cases, the outfits make a more lasting impression than the films - it's been years since Bjork's tulle swan sank at...
Travel Log
GEORGIA WILDER THAN EVER Wild Adventures amusement park in Valdosta reopened last week, with a new show, new animals and a new ride in the works. The park was purchased last year by Herschend Family Entertainment, which also operates Tennessee's...
T-U 2
GOOD RETURN ON $1 A bettor has won $1.97 million after placing a wager for just $1, according to a Reuters report. The man placed the bet in bookmakers William Hill's shop in Thirsk, northern England, on Friday, predicting the winners of eight...
UNF Offers an MBA Program with Global Implications; THE FEW, THE PROUD Students Join a Group for Intensive Study Both Here and Overseas
Byline: ASHLEY BELAND Traveling across the world while earning two master's degrees used to be a rare undertaking less than a decade or two ago. But in today's globalized world, universities are increasingly competing for the attention of the business...
Wizards' Arenas Uncertain on Return
For weeks, Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas has been targeting a March 2 return from knee surgery. On Saturday night, he conceded that he's not close to being ready to play. "If I wanted it to be, it can be realistic," Arenas said of his original goal....
WOMEN'S ROUNDUP; Dolphins Fall in OT to Kennesaw State
Jacksonville University lost a chance to move into a first-place tie in the Atlantic Sun Conference when the Dolphins fell to visiting Kennesaw State 75-71 in overtime Saturday. The Owls' Britteny Henderson converted a three-point play with 3:24...
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