The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 12, 2009

A Former Student Recalls Digging the Grave for a 12-Year-Old Who Was Repeatedly Beaten for Multiple Attempts at Escape. SOME DIDN'T MAKE IT OUT OF SCHOOL ALIVE
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER He was the Cool Hand Luke of the Florida Industrial School for Boys. He'd run, get caught, get beaten. Then he'd do it over again. About the fourth time, the young boy left the White House punishment room with a bloated...
Agency Braces for Crowd at River Vote; Opponents Want Agency to Say No to Water Withdrawal, despite a Judge's Ruling
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Crowds could turn out Monday in Palatka for a pivotal moment in the fight over taking water from the St. Johns River to supply Central Florida suburbs. The St. Johns River Water Management District has scheduled a meeting...
Altamaha Flooding: It's Almost All Benefit; the River and Ecosystem, as Well as Their Inhabitants, Are Nourished, Though People and Property Suffer
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI EVERETT - A heron waded stealthily, then expertly used its sharp bill to spear a fish amid the rising floodwaters of the Altamaha River. It stood in the middle of what until last week was a high and dry road traveled by...
An Ugly Year, No Doubt
Byline: MARK BASCH We knew 2008 was an ugly year financially, but now that all the local public companies have filed their annual reports, we can tell you just how ugly it was. The 22 publicly traded companies headquartered in the Jacksonville area...
A Wish List, Oh Mighty Mall Rabbit
Byline: LAURA CAPITANO I don't get the mall Easter Bunny. Mall Santa, sure, I can see how kids would want to talk to such an important holiday figure face-to-face - merry Christmas mornings are at stake, after all. These days, that Santa visit must...
Blogger Critical of Church Sees Rights Issue; Law Enforcement Says His Privacy Rights Weren't Violated, but There Are Concerns about the Investigation
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY A formerly anonymous blogger says his First Amendment and privacy rights may have been violated when authorities revealed his identity to First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Police, the State Attorney's Office and a state...
BLUE-COLLAR FINALE; Perry, Cabrera Share Two-Shot Lead in Pursuit of Green Jacket
Byline: GARRY SMITS AUGUSTA, Ga. - Kenny Perry shook Chad Campbell. He now has to outduel the Duck. Perry, a 48-year-old with a quirky swing and a Kentucky drawl, held his round together on a day when he admitted he didn't have his best, and...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport SAVE THIS MAGICAL DATE AND MEET MARY POPE OSBORNE Osborne, the best-selling author of The Magic Treehouse series of books that feature Jack and Annie's adventures as they travel through time, is coming to Jacksonville....
Christian Festival Pulls from a Wide Variety of Traditions, Symbols; THE EASTER BUNNY 101
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY SOME EASTER TRADITIONS and symbols clearly originate from the scriptural accounts of the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus. The cross symbolizes Jesus' suffering and death. Easter services celebrate belief in the...
FairTax Supporters Push Plan to Replace Federal Income Tax; Frustration with Current System Draws Crowd to Landing to Rally for New National Sales Tax
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Banning the IRS never sounded so good as on the Saturday before Tax Day. About 3,000 or so people filled The Jacksonville Landing courtyard to cheer talk radio guru Neal Boortz, members of Congress and others promoting...
Federer Marries Longtime Girlfriend in Basel
Roger Federer married longtime girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec on Saturday in a small ceremony in his hometown of Basel, Switzerland. The second-ranked tennis player announced the wedding on his Web site, saying the couple got married "surrounded by a...
File Your Taxes on Time, and Be Wary of Using Plastic
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Tax Day's deadline is looming and economic hard times will make it tough for many to afford to pay the full amount they owe to Uncle Sam. A credit card is one way to take care of the tax bill, but taxpayers should be wary...
Jacksonville International Boat Show Comes to Banks of St. Johns Next Weekend; Sailboats Showcased at Show
Byline: JIM SUTTON Downtown Jacksonville will be under siege as pirates, buccaneers and other unsavory salts plunder Metropolitan Park, all part of the Jacksonville International Boat Show coming next weekend. The pirate gang, Brothers of the...
Libraries Crucial to Learning
Byline: MARK WOODS We've spent quite a bit of time wringing our hands about how education cuts will affect arts, music and sports. Lucretia Miller understands these concerns. But she points out something often overlooked: shrinking funds for...
Meyer Tries to Find Harvin's Replacement; the Gators Are Looking for a Playmaker to Step in at Receiver
Byline: BRIAN STEELE GAINESVILLE - Percy Harvin made such an impact at Florida that Urban Meyer even gave him his own position. Meyer calls it the "Percy Position." Except, now, there's no Percy to play the "Percy Position." So there's an opening...
NOTEBOOK; McIlroy Avoids Official
Byline: GARRY SMITS AUGUSTA, Ga. - Not many players would think to tell one of the highest-ranking officials of the Augusta National Golf Club "no," when asked to have a chat. But 19-year-old Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland was so insistent...
Not Much Thrill from Tiger, Phil
Byline: GENE FRENETTE AUGUSTA, Ga. - When the world's two best players began their third round just 20 minutes apart Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club, the gallery surrounding the first tee and following them everywhere was a mosh pit of anticipation....
OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK; Interest in Gun Sales Still on Rise
Byline: JIM SUTTON Guns are continuing to sell in unprecedented numbers for the fifth consecutive month following the November 2008 elections. Data from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check system showed that background checks...
POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS; Reasonable Steps
Something must be done. That has been the consistent position of this page in connection with an escalating cycle of violence in Jacksonville. As Staff Writer Matt Galnor reported in a three-part series in the Times-Union, the number of police-involved...
POLICE SEARCH PARK WHERE BODY WAS FOUND FOR SIGNS OF STRUGGLE; Authorities Hope for Tips While Waiting for a Coroner's Report
Jacksonville police are investigating a case involving a body found shortly before midnight Friday at Oakland Park on East Union Street, next to the Old City Cemetery. Detective Dennis Sullivan said the body was a man in his late-30s to mid-40s....
Prospects Dim for 1-Cent Sales Tax for Education; Neither the Senate nor the House Has It in Their Spending Plans
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - Time might be running out on a proposed one-penny sales tax increase to raise money for education, even as supporters say the idea has widespread public support. Neither the House nor the Senate included...
Reader Responses
We asked readers whether the Legislature should enact a 1-cent increase in the sales tax to enhance education: Florida is 49th in education and 49th in funding for social services. Since we are so backward in these two vital areas, it must follow...
Reasons to Be Leery of a No-Bid Landfill Contract
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE Round 1 in the Trail Ridge Landfill fight didn't exactly turn out to be the Thrilla in Manila. But several key points were made when the City Council met in a special session last week to begin considering Mayor John...
Ron Littlepage Marks His Second Decade of Columns
Byline: MIKE CLARK Daily newspapers provide most of the local news in this country. Yet, they don't get much of the credit. It takes a lot of work to do this properly. And we in the newspaper business don't often call attention to it. This...
Short Game Puts Furyk in a Big Spot; Ponte Vedra Beach Resident Will Play in Next-to-Last Group
Byline: GARRY SMITS AUGUSTA, Ga. - Jim Furyk will tell you that his game is made for the U.S. Open, a gritty, grinding style with an emphasis on calm and control. His heart, however, wants to win at the Augusta National Golf Club. Furyk followed...
Similar Names, Identical Results; Wozniacki and Wozniak Advance to the Final at Sawgrass
Byline: FRANCINE KING Both of the players in today's MPS Group Championships singles final should consider auditioning for "Survivor." Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki outhit, outplayed and outlasted their semifinal...
Three Questions
NADIA PETROVA The 26-year-old Russian was the top-seeded player and the only former champion in the main singles draw at Ponte Vedra Beach. She won the tournament in 2006 at Amelia Island and returned to the final the following year before losing...
T-U 2
SPORTS MEETS SATIRE The sports world is often funny enough, but the online satirical Web site, sportspickle.com, adds its own humorous twist. Here are their top headlines fit to print: - Geno Auriemma not sure what else he has do to get a men's...
Vengeance Is Only the Half of It; A Complex, Subtle Thriller from an Old-Fashioned Southern Writer
Byline: Review by MATT SOERGEL A young girl is kidnapped. Her parents agonize. And a man who witnessed but could not stop the kidnapping dedicates himself to finding the girl. Solid but conventional plotting, you might think. But Tim Gautreaux puts...
Violations
DUVAL COUNTY - Lieutenant Paul Graham, investigator Chip Butler, officer Bret Gill and agents from FDLE and the Coast Guard Investigative Service arrested an individual in Jacksonville following a lengthy investigation. The man is suspected of killing...
Volunteers Dedicate Many Hours to Keep Okefenokee Maintained; Their Active Lifestyles Help Save Money for the Federal Wildlife Refuge
Byline: GORDON JACKSON FOLKSTON, Ga. - Jack Webb doesn't think about the money he could have earned for volunteering an estimated 12,000 hours over the past 22 years at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Webb, 74, a retired landscape business...
Volunteers Keep Okefenokee in the Green; Their Active Lifestyles Help Save Money for the Federal Wildlife Refuge
Byline: GORDON JACKSON FOLKSTON - Jack Webb doesn't think about the money he could have earned for volunteering an estimated 12,000 hours over the past 22 years at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Webb, 74, a retired landscape business owner,...