The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 2, 2008

250 Bank Jobs Cut, 2,500 keptHeadline Goes Here Goes Here; JPMorgan to Still Be a Key Local Employer after WaMu Merger
Byline: MARK BASCH JPMorgan Chase & Co. Monday said it is cutting about 250 Jacksonville jobs from the combined operations of JPMorgan and Washington Mutual Inc. But the global banking giant will keep about 2,500 local jobs from the two companies,...
2 November Homicide Victims Identified
Police have released the identities of two men slain last month on Jacksonville streets. Brian Ira Stewart, 29, of the 7500 block of India Avenue was shot and killed around 1 p.m. Nov. 19 as he stood on the sidewalk on the north side of Beaver...
2 Tell Jury of Anger before Shooting; They Said the Suspect Was Looking for a Group Including the Victim
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Hours before a 13-year-old boy was gunned down in 2006, an armed and angry Josef Williams came looking for him and his friends, two neighbors told a Jacksonville jury Monday as Williams' murder trial got under way. A night...
5-Decade Deal Ties Developer to Jekyll; the Company's First Project Is a $100 Million Beach Village Complex
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS JEKYLL ISLAND - Jekyll Island's governing board approved a long-term partnership contract Monday with private developer Linger Longer Communities. The agreement empowers Linger Longer to build a $100 million beach village...
A.M.Stir
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY WE LOVE HER, BUT ... IS SHE REALLY CAPABLE OF SAVING THE WORLD? Look, I'm as ga-ga about Charlize Theron as the next guy. Just Googling her name (to make sure I spelled it correctly) led me to images that were, like,...
Augusta Canal Set to Go Dry to Stay Wet; Upgrades during a Drawdown Will Allow Water Needs to Be Met
Byline: ROB PAVEY AUGUSTA Ga. - The Augusta Canal, showing its age after 163 years, will get a makeover of sorts when the Utilities Department empties the entire waterway in January. "It'll be drawn down through opening and closing a combination...
Bowl Debates FSU, Clemson; Gator Bowl Is "50-50" on 'Noles and Tigers; Nebraska Is Likely Foe
Byline: GARRY SMITS The Konica-Minolta Gator Bowl had what game president Rick Catlett called "a spirited debate" during its meeting Monday about whether to invite Florida State or Clemson to play Nebraska in the Jan. 1 game at the Jacksonville...
Bowl Prep for JU
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Beating Dayton 11 days ago to claim undisputed possession of the Pioneer League championship provided Jacksonville University with a double reward, one of which will carry into the 2009 season. The title earned JU (9-3)...
COLLAPSE COMPLETE; Jaguars Fall to Texans, and into the Basement of the AFC South
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT HOUSTON - Players say there's no "I" in team. But the Jaguars (4-8) may have reminded fans there's one in the word "quit" during a 30-17 loss to the Texans in front of a record crowd at Reliant Stadium and a Monday...
Combining Colleges a Way to Save? A Lawmaker Suggests Merging Black Colleges and Local Universities
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - Combining some historically black colleges and universities with their once-segregationist counterparts could provide some savings as the state battles a budget deficit that could top $2 billion, a key lawmaker...
Cops, like Crooks, Cross Border, Too; Sheriff's Offices in Clay and Duval Boost Efforts to Work Together
Byline: DANA TREEN To get the attention of criminals, cops in Clay and Duval counties have put a billboard on the county line. With Jacksonville police officers and Clay County deputies staring down at motorists, the sign on Blanding Boulevard...
Court Doesn't Require Sex Offender to Register; STATE to STATE the Offenses He Was Convicted of in Texas Are Not Specified as Crimes in Georgia, the Panel Said
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI A Coffee County man convicted of sexual assault as a clergyman in Texas doesn't have to register as a sex offender now that he lives in Georgia, the state's appellate court has ruled. The Georgia Court of Appeals has...
Crist Rejects Nominees, Demanding Diversity; the List Has Names of Six White Applicants and No Blacks
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER In a striking step sure to have broader ramifications, Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday rejected a list of judicial nominees for a state appeals court, citing the lack of racial diversity. The Fifth District Court of Appeal...
Garrard Still Unable to Deliver
Byline: GENE FRENETTE HOUSTON - As the Jaguars' season keeps sinking to new depths of despair, the blame that must be shared naturally gravitates toward the most important player on the field. And it begs one question about Jacksonville's starting...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Harvin's Ankle Is Improving
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida coach Urban Meyer got some good news Monday morning: Percy Harvin's injured right ankle is improving enough that he might be able to play against Alabama in Saturday's SEC championship game. "It's...
GINKGO MAY NOT WORK, AFTER ALL; Recent Studies Indicate That the Herb Doesn't Hold off Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia as Had Been Hoped
Byline: JEREMY COX Forget ginkgo biloba. That's what recent, large-scale clinical trials seem to be saying about the herbal supplement and its purported brain-boosting powers. In one of the latest and most extensive studies of its kind, more...
How about a Spring Festival Celebrating St. Johns River?
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Somehow it is already December, which means it's not too early to be thinking about the spring. The spring would be a good time to set aside a special day to celebrate downtown and the St. Johns River. I'm sure...
John, Joel to Be Face to Face in Jacksonville; the Pop Masters Are Coming to the Arena in March on Tour
Byline: ROGER BULL The two black baby grand pianos were set up, but no one sat down to play them. That'll have to wait until March 2, when Elton John and Billy Joel perform at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The concert will kick off...
Lance Is Returning to Tour De France
Lance Armstrong will ride in the 2009 Tour de France, marking the first time he will compete in that race and the Giro d'Italia in the same year. "I'm committed to riding for the best guy," Armstrong said Monday, acknowledging that the taxing...
Mathis Suffers Knee Injury; Jaguars CB, Who Has Missed Only Two Starts in His Career, Is Hurt in the Second Quarter
Byline: VITO STELLINO HOUSTON - A botched snap on a field-goal attempt by the Houston Texans started a series of events that ended up knocking cornerback Rashean Mathis out of the game at the end of the second quarter with a sprained right knee....
Methodist Foundation Helps Many; about $1.1 Million to Be Given to 15 Nonprofits
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - The St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation will donate an estimated $1.1 million to nonprofit organizations this week, including five in Camden, Charlton and Glynn counties. Among the donations, $87,500...
Monuments to Human Creativity
Byline: Laura Capitano Wow, did an awesome catalog come in the mail: Things You Never Knew Existed (thingsyounever knew.com). What a delight to study the treasures in this Spencer's Gifts type of collection, only less pervy. While I'm surprised...
Morning Briefs
JEB BUSH NAMED TO RAYONIER BOARD Rayonier Inc. Monday said that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined its board of directors. "Jeb's management experience as governor as one of the country's largest states and his expertise in real estate and...
Mumbai Violence Strikes Chabad at Heart; Special Services Are Being Offered to Help Local Jewish Cope
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Jacksonville's Shmuli Novack took last week's Mumbai terror attacks personally. Already saddened that terrorists killed at least 170, it hit harder still to learn that two fellow Chabad rabbis and seven other Jews were...
Nancy Iris Art Turns Therapy for Atlantic Beach Woman
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON With her curly nimbus of blonde hair, there is something a little exotic about Nancy Iris. There is something a lot exotic about many of the self-portraits that cover the walls of her studio/home in Atlantic Beach. ...
NOTEBOOK; Another Lousy Opening for Jags
Byline: VITO STELLINO HOUSTON - The Jaguars might want to put in more time practicing for their first series of the game. For the second consecutive week, they fell behind quickly. Last week, the Jaguars fumbled twice in the first 20 seconds,...
Palin Draws Big Crowds in State; PALIN Stumps for CHAMBLISS She Tells Georgians It's Up to Them to Carry the GOP's Torch
DULUTH - In a four-city fly-around that ended here Monday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged Georgians to vote for Sen. Saxby Chambliss today in a runoff that could be crucial for the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. Palin drew an estimated 12,000...
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION; Keep on It
Transportation issues aren't boxed in by county lines. People cross county lines daily for work, shopping and play. As the region continues to grow, regional approaches to issues like transportation make sense. What isn't clear is how to...
Rid African Violets of Leaf Mealy Bugs
Byline: TOM BRUTON I have had very good luck with African violets, but a couple of my plants seem to have tiny white critters on them. I'm spraying, but it seems impossible to get rid of them completely. For the most part, healthy, well cared...
Road Plan to Travel More Slowly; Cash Isn't Coming in as Quickly, So Work Can't Move as Quickly
Byline: DAVID HUNT Better Jacksonville Plan transportation projects likely will be delayed as the city tries to make a legislative detour around a financial roadblock. Mayor John Peyton said Monday the revenue stream, which relies on sales taxes,...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS GEORGIA FOOTBALL STATE SEMIFINALS FRIDAY CLASS AAAAA CAMDEN COUNTY (13-0) at Newnan (13-0) Grayson (13-0) at Peachtree Ridge (11-2) CLASS AAAA Rome (11-2) at Marist (12-1) Griffin (10-3) at Tucker (12-1) CLASS...
Strength Is Tide's Strength; Speedy Gators Can Expect Physical Test in the SEC Title Game
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Florida has a speed advantage over Alabama in Saturday's SEC championship game. The Gators have seven players on offense who run a sub-4.4 40-yard dash, including receiver Percy Harvin and backs Jeff Demps...
T-U 2
CHEW ON THIS Holiday eating advice by the Washington Redskins' team nutritionist didn't have a total completion rate. The nutritionist recommended avoiding "butter- and cream-drenched mashed potatoes and fried anything" and suggested that...
Weekend Good, but Retailers Hope It's Just a Beginning; Some Were Hoping to Keep the Success, Albeit Modest, Going Online
Byline: LARRY HANNAN Thanksgiving weekend was a good time for Jacksonville-area retailers. Despite the recession, malls and stopping centers in the Jacksonville area pronounced themselves happy with the start of the Christmas season, with sales...
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