The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 4, 2008

5-Hour Power Outage Gives Glynn a Rude Awakening; Georgia Power's Higher Demand Popped a Circuit Breaker
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - A circuit breaker failed amid increased demand for electricity to heat Glynn County homes and businesses Wednesday morning, leaving about 3,000 Georgia Power customers without power - and heat in many cases...
Analysts Say Crist's Renewable Energy Goals Are Reachable; Alternative FUELS Consultants Told the Commission That the 20 Percent Benchmark Is Possible with New Policies and Good Luck
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON TALLAHASSEE - Solar and biomass power can supply significantly more of Florida's electricity within about a decade, analysts told a state agency that regulates power companies Wednesday. But that same estimate suggests...
BRIGHT FUTURES; College Costs Zoom
State budget woes could mean some cloudy skies ahead for the state's popular Bright Futures Scholarship Program. At the least, a $2 billion projected shortfall in the state's budget has put the program in play for a discussion in the Legislature...
Camden Takes $27,000 from Assessor Board; the County Refunds the Money in Tax Appeals, Faulting the Appraisers
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND - The Camden County Commission has refunded more than $27,000 in tax appeals this year and wanted its money back. After saying the county's Board of Assessors was at fault for refusing to reconsider three property...
Charges over Sex with Dogs, Teen; Woman Was a Worker for the Animal Shelter in Flagler County
A Palm Coast couple was charged Tuesday with filming and engaging in sex acts with dogs and a 15-year-old girl. David Maldonado, 42, and his wife, Carla Maldonado, 40, were charged with lascivious battery and contributing to the delinquency of...
City No. 2 in Fatal Teen Crashes; National Survey Finds Holiday Periods Are Particularly Dangerous
Byline: ADAM AASEN The holiday season is approaching, which means plenty of teenagers will be out of school and on the road. And the roads in three Florida metro areas - including Jacksonville - are tops nationwide for fatal car crashes involving...
Classic Match Set for Newnan; It's the Cougars Defense (31 Points Given Up) vs. the Wildcats Offense
Byline: DON COBLE NEWNAN, Ga. - A helicopter hovered over Drake Stadium for two days drying out the football field for Friday night's Class AAAAA showdown between Camden County and Newnan. At night, workers covered the playing surface with...
Council Unduly Chummy toward Port as Vote Nears
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Here's another reason ordinary citizens don't hold the City Council in high regard. During council committee meetings earlier this week, the Jacksonville Port Authority's top executive, Rick Ferrin, and two of...
Ex-Workers Pursue Final Pay from Sound Advice; Employees Worry the Bankrupt Chain Won't Provide What's Due
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Losing his job at Sound Advice was bad enough. Not knowing whether he'd get his final paycheck was salt in the wound for Michael Breeden. A day after Sound Advice employees arrived for work Tuesday and found the doors...
FSU Fans Irked by Bowl Snub; but 'Noles' AD Says He Understands Decision to Choose Clemson
Byline: GARRY SMITS Clemson accepted an invitation Wednesday to play in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, and many Florida State fans weren't happy about it. Clemson (8-4) will meet a Big 12 opponent, likely Nebraska, at Jacksonville Municipal...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Harvin's Status Is Still Unknown for Saturday
Byline: BRIAN STEELE GAINESVILLE - The Percy Harvin watch continues. Because of a sprained ankle, the Florida wide receiver still isn't practicing. His status for Saturday's game against No. 1 Alabama is still up in the air. "He was moving...
Giants Are Still New York's Best
Byline: VITO STELLINO In the current issue of The New Yorker magazine, there is a cartoon in which a man with a long beard and flowing white robe is holding a sign reading, "Let's Go Jets!" In the caption, he's telling a man with a briefcase,...
Improved Defense Keys Panthers; Ridgeview Is Ready for Another Test on Friday against Seabreeze
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Ridgeview is certainly no fluke. Not with a defense like that. The Panthers have a productive offense, but the defensive improvement Ridgeview has made this year is perhaps the biggest reason why the team is putting together...
Irish Were out of Luck with Meyer
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Four years ago Wednesday, the University of Florida significantly altered the landscape of college football with a victory that resonates to this day: beating Notre Dame for the services of Urban Meyer. Meyer was the hottest...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; del Rio Has Vision for Future
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday that he has a grasp on some of the team's issues with chemistry and what needs to change. But with four games remaining in the 2008 season, the coach can't look too far ahead....
Jaguars: Stadium Needs Millions; Team Asks for $148 Million in Renovations; City Obligated to Honor Deal, Peyton Says
Byline: DAVID HUNT The Jaguars want the city to spend $148 million renovating Jacksonville Municipal Stadium - more than it cost to build 15 years ago. Mayor John Peyton said Wednesday it's time to start thinking about a slew of recommendations...
Knee Injury Ends Season for Mathis; DB Florence Expected to Regain His Starting Role for Jaguars
Byline: VITO STELLINO A frustrating season for Rashean Mathis came to a premature end Wednesday when coach Jack Del Rio announced the cornerback is headed to the injured reserved list with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee....
Morning Briefs
WACHOVIA TOWER SELLS FOR $51.4 MILLION Harbor Group International LLC announces that it has sold the 22-story Wachovia Tower at 225 Water St. in downtown Jacksonville for $51.4 million. Harbor said it could not disclose the buyer. Harbor bought...
National Guard Bureau Has New Leader; Gen. Craig McKinley Is a Former Ponte Vedra Beach Resident
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS As Gen. Craig McKinley walked around the National Guard armory in St. Augustine this week, he got a look at the latest technology the Florida Guard is using to deal with hurricanes, hazardous materials and other issues...
New Line Answers Call for Bolles; A Rebuilt Offensive Front Leads the Bulldogs to the State Semifinals
Byline: HAYS CARLYON With as much talent as Bolles had returning, there weren't many questions heading into the season - except one. Could the Bulldogs block effectively after losing all five starters off the offensive line, plus their tight...
Oconee Offers 24 Workers Buyouts to Trim Its Budget; If All the Eligible County Employees Accept, It Could Save $670,000
Byline: ADAM THOMPSON WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - Oconee County officials are trying to entice some older employees to retire soon with a beefed-up incentive package, hoping to save money and give employees a boost during tough economic times. Two...
Private Prisons Trump State's; DOC Says Incarceration Is Cheaper When Done by Private Companies
Byline: JAKE ARMSTRONG ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Corrections is eyeing private prisons as a way to cope with a growing inmate population as the state's budget crisis crimps its ability to expand prison space. Bidding closes today...
Proposal to Ban Sagging Pants Withdrawn; AUGUSTA COMMISSION the Law's Main Backer Said the Trend Is a "Moral Problem" for the Community to Address
Byline: JOHNNY EDWARDS AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Augusta Commission killed a proposed saggy pants law Tuesday, with its sponsor calling it unneeded and a possible infringement on free expression. Commissioner Corey Johnson said he's changed his mind...
QUALITY HEALTH CARE; High Price No Guarantee
We spend a lot, but we don't get enough for it. Time magazine's analysis of America's health started with that well-known fact. The United States spends far more on health care than any other nation. Yet, we live shorter lives and have a...
RANT & RAVES; Good Homeowners Are the Real Victims
We live next door to an abandoned property. We are the real victims here. The owner refinanced her property every time she needed some extra money. She started out with a mortgage of $40,000 and wound up with a mortgage of $194,000 on a house now...
Road Chiefs See Hope in Obama; Transportation Leaders Say the Administration Could Improve Funding
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - State officials are waiting to see how the change of power in Washington, D.C., could affect transportation projects across Georgia. Lawmakers and the State Transportation Board met Wednesday to discuss funding...
Schools Slash Spending, but More Is on Way; "Rainy-Day" Funds Are Not Enough to Cover All When "It's Flooding."
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA They've dipped into their savings. They've increased the price of cafeteria food. They've held off on most new spending. And they've stopped hiring for nonessential positions, while eliminating some positions entirely....
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BASKETBALL GIRLS WOLFSON 71, STANTON 40 STANTON (40): Collier 2, Fechtel 1, Binder 3, Pringle 4, Bivins 16, Ruiz 9, Snyder 5. WOLFSON (71): Walters 4, Tolbert 20, Heggs 14, Parker 22, Robinson 3, McClain 2, Bland 6. ...
Slow Cook Near-Perfect Pot Roast
Byline: DAN MACDONALD Pot roast is the classic slow-cooker dish. It also is the one that is most famously disappointing. Too often it's soggy, fatty and bland. Since it is one of my favorites, I can't stand such results. The other day, I...
Suspect in Brother's Killing Caught; Savannah Police Looked for Him for More Than Four Months
Byline: AREK SARKISSIAN II SAVANNAH, Ga. - A man suspecting of killing his brother in April was arrested Tuesday after a tip led detectives to a home in the west Savannah area. For more than four months, metro police and the U.S. Marshal's...
TOUR NOTEBOOK; Tickets for Players Go on Sale Today
Byline: GARRY SMITS Daily tickets for the 2009 Players Championship go on sale today, with a special for the month of December. Through Dec. 31, if four daily grounds tickets are purchased for the same competitive round (May 7-10), fans will...
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A COACH'S HOPE According to the book Shooting from the Lip: Hockey's Best Quotes and Quips, former Oilers coach Ted Green didn't hesitate when Shaun Van Allen got knocked silly and couldn't remember who he was. Green's advice to the trainers:...
Utility's Plan Pays Customers for Energy; Gainesville the Electric Company's 20-Year Contract Sets Price for Kilowatt-Hours. ENVIRONMENT A Climate Change Activist Applauds the "Historic Development."
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON A Gainesville utility's plan to buy solar-powered electricity is raising hopes of alternative-energy advocates who want to greatly expand use of renewable power in Florida. The plan would make Gainesville Regional Utilities...
Waycross Cuts Down on Yard Sales; Every-Weekend Sellers Have to Get a Permit; 4 per Year a Limit
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS WAYCROSS - City leaders welcome the yearly clean-out-the-attic type of yard sale but are stopping those every-weekend flea markets posing as yard sales. City residents will now have to get a license to hold a yard sale,...
Why Not Have Some Fruit in Your Bread? Our Tasters Try Some Slices of Pepperidge Farm's Product
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY If you think Pepperidge Farm Fruit & Grain Bread is the same as your run-of-the mill raisin bread, think again. Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel liked the crunchy texture of the toasted bread as well as the...
Words to Win by; Tebow's Talk Lights a Fire, and UF Has Burned Every Foe Since
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Tim Tebow wasn't saying that Florida would win every remaining game. He wasn't saying he was going to be perfect on the field. He wasn't saying the Gators would win a Southeastern Conference championship...
Zodiac Grill Owners Expand Their Popularity to Bistro 41*; the New Philips Highway Restaurant Already Has a Following
Byline: ERICA BURKS Bistro 41* on Philips Highway has two serious selling points going for it already. No. 1, it is owned by Jerry and Lulia Ewais, the well-known proprietors of Zodiac Grill. Zodiac is an institution in downtown Jacksonville,...