The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 9, 2009

1171 Sadly Closed Its Doors Last Week
Byline: LIZ VAN HOOSER The ambitious and eclectic restaurant 1171 in Murray Hill closed last week after 1 1/2 years in business. Owner Fernando Silveira said there just wasn't enough business to keep the doors open. "For many months we were...
2 Stations, 1 Action News Label
Byline: MARK BASCH CBS affiliate WTEV TV-47 and Fox affiliate WAWS TV-30 have shared common management for more than a decade but have lacked a common identity. Next week, the stations are taking action to change that. Beginning with the 5 p.m....
Another Push for Train to New Orleans; Advocates Want Service Restored for Amtrak's Sunset Limited
Byline: LARRY HANNAN The Sunset Limited Amtrak route from Orlando to New Orleans has been gone since Hurricane Katrina damaged the CSX train tracks in 2005. But after almost four years of inaction, politicians and various community groups in...
A Riverfront Convention Center Can Become Reality
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE It's a good time to dream. A saying currently in vogue, on both sides of the partisan divide, goes like this: "A good crisis shouldn't go to waste." Well, the current financial crisis can't last forever, fingers...
Bragans Celebrate 25 Years with Suns; City's Mayors Will Honor Team's Longtime Owners at Season Opener Tonight
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT It was conceived to be one of those get-rich-quick schemes when Peter Bragan Sr. invested just over $330,000 to purchase the Jacksonville Suns in 1984 from Lou Eliopoulos. But today, when the Suns open their 2009 season against...
Camden Commissioners Cool off; TIME TO TALK They Vote to Meet with the County's Tax Assessors. BERRY BRISTLES the Lone Dissenter Asks: "What Has Changed ...?"
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE - The standoff between Camden County commissioners and the county's Board of Tax Assessors might be over. Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to table a March 17 resolution demanding the resignations of four of the...
Council to Talk Landfill
Byline: TIA MITCHELL The Jacksonville City Council will meet in its chambers today to discuss Mayor John Peyton's plan to give Waste Management a contract extension to continue operating the city's landfill. The contract is estimated to be worth...
Emphasis on Fresh, in Season
Byline: LIZ VAN HOOSER Farmers' markets are one of my favorite places to shop for a variety of reasons. Often, you can't beat the prices. The produce is usually fresher than what you'll find at a grocery store. And, if you're lucky, you get to meet...
First Baptist, Cop Team Up to out Blogger; PASTOR CRITICIZED Church Gets Subpoena for Google to Reveal the Blogger's Identity. COMPLAINT FILED the Blogger Wants to Know Why His Site Was Investigated by Police
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY A blogger critical of First Baptist Church Pastor Mac Brunson wants to know why his Web site was investigated by a police detective who is also a member of the minister's security detail. Thomas A. Rich also wants the Jacksonville...
Floodwaters Bring Tide of Potential Health Woes; Contamination Risk Leads Health Officials to Advise Taking Precautions
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI WAYCROSS - Receding floodwaters are leaving behind some nasty surprises for residents displaced when Southeast Georgia rivers raced over their banks into homes in Ware, Pierce and Brantley counties. Public health officials...
FLORIDA'S ECONOMY; Support Local Business
In tough times, you tend to get closer to home, emphasizing the basics. Churches are filling up. Family values are more important. And local businesses need support. That is why a new program to encourage people to buy locally has been...
Former Sonic Dies at Age 56
Marvin Webster, a fierce shot-blocking center who helped lead the Seattle SuperSonics to the 1978 NBA Finals, was found dead in a hotel bathtub in Tulsa, Okla. He was 56. His body was discovered in his room Monday morning in the downtown Ambassador...
Four Accused in Windshield Scam; They Had Almost 1,000 Claims for $775,000 in Windshield Repairs
Byline: DANA TREEN Four former employees, including a husband and wife, who worked for Jacksonville-based Lee and Cates Glass Co. are accused of filing almost 1,000 false insurance claims for about $775,000 to install replacement windshields, according...
Fresh Debate on Trash Contract; an Old Investigation Gives Council Pause
Byline: TIA MITCHELL A last-minute focus on a 6-year-old investigation of Waste Management Inc. has caused some Jacksonville City Council members to question the mayor's proposed contract extension for Trail Ridge landfill. Today, for the first...
Government's Public Notices Should Be in Local Newspapers
Byline: Mike Bennett As chairman of the Florida Senate Committee on Community Affairs, I have the job of moving legislation on issues that affect our communities. Among those issues this year is a bill that addresses newspaper advertisements...
Here's the Skinny on Garrard: Leaner, Faster; Jaguars Quarterback Cut the Carbs; Now He Hopes to Cut Down on Sacks
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Printed on the back of the black shirts worn by the Jaguars during offseason conditioning is a hand grenade, followed by the words: "Pull the Pin." But for quarterback David Garrard, perhaps the best way to make that...
'In God We Still Trust' Not Finished in Court; the Plaintiff Parents Want Legal Assurances That the Song Stays on the Sidelines
Byline: MATT COLEMAN It was yanked from a school production, but a lawyer representing a pair of St. Johns County parents who say their third-graders were taught a religious-themed tune wants a legal promise the song won't be resurrected in the...
Is Your Grandma Online? More Often, the Answer Is Yes; Westside Senior Center Helps 70-Somethings (and Higher) Find More Resources on the Web
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER There was a time when Richard Wallerich, 75, and Elaine Wallerich, 73, had never touched a computer. Back in 2005, the Jacksonville couple were like three-quarters of people their age: Not online, and perfectly fine with...
JEA Rates Will Go Down, Up, Then ... the Board Is Weighing Cutting Its Fuel Rate, but Its Operational Charge Is Likely to Climb
Byline: DAVID HUNT Utility-bill relief may be more of a roller coaster this fall. JEA is considering decreasing its monthly customer fuel charge by nearly $8 in October if commodity prices stay down. But a 2007 vote to help pay down the city-owned...
Let the Drama Begin; Late Charges, Back-Nine Rallies Absent the Past Few Years
Byline: GARRY SMITS AUGUSTA, Ga. - The question has been asked frequently during Masters week of players, and Wednesday it was put to Augusta National Golf Club chairman Billy Payne. Where are the roars? Payne had a simple question in response:...
Living a Dream at Masters
Byline: GENE FRENETTE AUGUSTA, Ga. - On a normal weekday morning, Steve Wilson would go to one of his two BP filling stations for a couple of hours on the Mississippi Gulf Coast near Biloxi, account for all the money and take care of any maintenance...
MANUFACTURING; Wise Investment
Florida prospered as a tourist destination, a low-cost, low-wage state. That model no longer works. Florida has become a high-cost state. Suddenly, the low wages are out of sync. Dramatic changes must be made to this model. One of them is to...
MASTERS NOTEBOOK; Ballesteros Sends Letter to Champions
Byline: GARRY SMITS AUGUSTA, Ga. - Seve Ballesteros, battling a brain tumor in his native country of Spain, couldn't make it to the Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday for the past champions dinner. But he was there in spirit, thanks to a letter...
Navy Commits to Unmanned Vehicles in a Big Way; Jacksonville Bases Will Be on the Cutting Edge as Unmanned Aerial Fire Scout Is Unveiled
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The members of Navy Helicopter Squadron Light 42's seventh detachment would be busy enough this time of year anyway, as the pilots and maintainers work toward an upcoming deployment. But on top of the other work the...
No More Hype for Hunter; the Gators DT Looks to Make an Impact after an Injury-Marred Season
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE - Perhaps the only football player to arrive on Florida's campus in the last decade with more hype than Omar Hunter might have been Tim Tebow. That's kind of expected for a quarterback. Hunter, though, is a...
Public Education Fund Names Chief; Former Journalist, Teacher Will Lead Jacksonville's New Fund Starting May 11
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA The newly formed Jacksonville Public Education Fund has its first president. Trey Csar, 29, will begin his new job on May 11, fund chairman Gary Chartrand said. "Trey is a focused, determined, passionate and a resourceful...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BASEBALL BALDWIN 10, FORREST 5 Forrest***020***030***0-***5***5***2 Baldwin***124***021***x-***10***7***4 W: Ford. L: Clark. 3BH: Lynn (B). 2BH: K. Clark (B), Krawcezyk (B). Records: Forrest 6-11, Baldwin 6-11. ...
Seminoles Rout UNF; Florida State Hits Five Home Runs to Avenge a Home Loss to the Ospreys
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin limped into the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Then, his Seminoles made the University of North Florida limp out. FSU jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and smacked five home runs...
Sister Act Plays Sawgrass Event; Bondarenko Siblings Play a Three-Set Match in the Second Round
Byline: FRANCINE KING During last week's Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Venus and Serena Williams met for the 20th time in WTA Tour singles play. Ukrainian sisters Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko were watching - and sympathizing. "We understand...
Tap Social Networks for Business; Coaches Teach Business Leaders How to Utilize Facebook, Twitter, Others
Byline: KEVIN TURNER When Joe Whitaker, targeted industries coordinator for the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, started getting e-mailed invitations from people to join their social networks on the Linkedin Web site, he didn't know...
Testers Loved the Aroma of Jasmine Rice; and It Has a Mild Flavor, Making It a Good Base for Other Ingredients
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY Jasmine rice is a staple in Asian cooking, and the thing that makes it different from your everyday long grain white rice is its rich aroma. The first time I ate the rice was at a local Thai restaurant, where it was brought...
Three Questions
Byline: FRANCINE KING DANIELA HANTUCHOVA The 25-year-old Slovakian star, a wild card into the Ponte Vedra Beach tournament, is a former top-5 player on the WTA Tour. She recently made headlines as one of three Tour players to pose for the celebrated...
T-U 2
BAD MANNERS Breaking wind apparently is a no-no in soccer. A player on a British Sunday league team accidentally did that recently, and he was hit with a yellow card for unsportsmanlike behavior. According to BBC News, the Charlton Villa player...
We Are at War with Islam, Costing Many Lives
President Obama assured the Islamic world that we are not at war with it. This remark perhaps may have been a surprise to the families and friends of the ... dead Muslims in Iraq, the ... Muslims dead in Afghanistan and ... Muslims killed in Palestine...
Wine Tastings
Tasting events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the next week. Prices vary. TODAY Anjo Liquors: 9928-1 Old Baymeadows Road, 5-8 p.m. (904) 646-2656. The Grotto: 2012 San Marco Blvd., 6-8 p.m. (904) 398-0726. Tangled Oaks Winery...
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