The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 8, 2008

Appraisal Reform Takes Stage; GOP Candidates: We'll Lobby for It
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER A lack of education on how property is appraised and unclear state laws on property exemptions are some of the issues candidates for Nassau County property appraiser vow to tackle if elected. Michael Franklin, a commercial...
Art, Icons in World of Fun and Games
Byline: Laura Capitano It was all very inviting, last weekend's opening reception in Jacksonville Beach for Comics & Classics' first group art show: "Icons: Interpretations in Comics & Gaming Pop Culture." Martini glasses flowed over with...
Being Off-Site Is Often On-Target
Byline: Mark Woods Let the Games begin. Despite all the numerous flaws, I still love the Olympics. Most of all, I love the simplicity of my favorite events. Running, cycling, swimming. First one from Point A to Point B wins. I guess that's...
Best Bets; Your Guide to What's Going on in the Area
TUESDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 16 IT'S HOT - AND SO ARE SUNS PROMOTIONS At this point in the season, you either have to be a really loyal baseball fan or a big fan of baseball promotions to consider roasting in the stands for nine innings. The Jacksonville...
Bookworms May Have Less to Check out at the Library; Rising Costs and Budget Limitations Put Strains on Jacksonville's System
Byline: DAVID HUNT Rising book prices, combined with a decreasing materials budget, might shrink selection at Jacksonville's public libraries next year. In the past four years, the number of card-carrying library users has jumped by 185,000,...
'Canes Player out of Hospital
Miami defensive tackle Antonio Dixon was released from the hospital Thursday in Coral Gables, a day after apparently suffering effects from the strong heat and humidity during practice and leaving by ambulance. The team said Dixon was in good condition...
Course Opens Export Door; Family Company Was Buying and Selling, but Didn't Know Ropes of Exporting -- Now It Does
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Jacksonville native Leslie Smith co-founded a local lawn mowing and landscape trimming business in 1983. "It was very small," Smith said of C&L Landscape Inc.'s beginning. And last month, an offshoot of the company...
Developer's Downtown Projects Belong to Lender Now; Cameron Kuhn's Properties Found No Buyers at Auction
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN JDI Realty of Chicago lent tens of millions of dollars for developer Cameron Kuhn's headfirst dive into redevelopment of abandoned buildings in downtown Jacksonville. Now, JDI Realty owns those landmarks after no one bought...
Drug Probe at Day-Care Center
Two men have been charged with selling drugs from a Mandarin house used as a day-care center, according to Jacksonville police, who said they bought cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs there. During a drug buy, undercover officers learned...
EDUCATION; Motivation Plus
It was 8 a.m. Tuesday. A bright, sunny morning at Ribault High School. Principals and school leaders from "challenged schools" -- schools trying to pull up their scores -- were arriving at the school auditorium to get some inspiration. It...
FSU Welcomes All Newcomers; They Must Fill Voids Created by Injuries and Academic Suspensions
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Jimbo Fisher has been on the campaign trail since he arrived at Florida State in January 2007 as offensive coordinator, wooing recruits and, this past summer, stumping for funds to build an indoor practice facility....
Georgia Briefs
JELD-WEN TO SHUT DOWN MANUFACTURING FACILITY GAINESVILLE -- Window and door manufacturer Jeld-Wen has announced it will end manufacturing operations at its plant in Gainesville. Company spokeswoman Teri Cline said the change was necessary due...
HARRIETT DAY: 1916-2008; She Was Pioneer for Equal Rights for All She Was Influential in Programs for the Old, Young and Minorities
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Harriett Marie Day, founder of the Foster Grandparents Program in Jacksonville and an advocate for equal rights and the poor, died Tuesday after a long illness. She was 92. "I can't think of anyone who did more to advance...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; CB Starks Eyes Expanded Role
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Scott Starks doesn't want to talk about it. After all, he figures, what's the use? Having discussed with coach Jack Del Rio the possibility of taking on a more prominent role on defense, the Jaguars cornerback figures...
Jaguars Training Camp
TWO-MINUTE DRILL CLINT INGRAM LINEBACKER How do you see the competition going between you and Justin Durant? It's always a competition. Justin [Durant] is a great player, but we have other players that may not be named in the competition...
Lawmakers Work to Save Property Tax Relief; They Equate Perdue Plan to Tax Hike
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- Local governments should continue to offer a state-funded property tax credit for homeowners even as Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed axing the money to pay for it, lawmakers and at least one government group say....
LET THE GAMES BEGIN; Opening Event Should Be a Blast
NBC is going all out with its Olympics coverage from Beijing. Events will be shown on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network, Oxygen and Telemundo. They'll also stream events live on nbcolympics.com (the site also has some terrific background information on...
Mayor Justly Uses Clout to Protect the St. Johns River
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Mayor John Peyton had promised he would come out swinging to protect the St. Johns River and earlier this week he did just that. At an event to mark the second anniversary of the signing of the River Accord, Peyton...
Morning Briefs
ONE OCEAN RESORT SPA NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach announced Thursday its grand opening of the $2.1 million Spa at One Ocean. One Ocean Resort will donate 10 percent of proceeds from its Treasure of the Sea spa treatment...
Motivation on High; in Final Year of Contract, LB Peterson Is Ready for 'Audition'
Byline: VITO STELLINO PRESEASON OPENER: FALCONS AT JAGUARS When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday -- Where: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium -- TV: WTEV TV-47 Jaguars veteran middle linebacker Mike Peterson was filming a promo Thursday in one of the team's...
New Killing Echoes Old Refrain; Convicted Drug Dealer, 21, Shot to Death
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER A white sheet covered Michael "Yum Yum" Perry on a trash-strewn patch of ground in a drug-infested Jacksonville neighborhood where he'd done business before. A man on a green Beach Cruiser bike gunned down the 21-year-old...
Opposition Grows to Gas Terminal on Elba Island; Many Fear the Danger of a Release from the Liquefied Natural Gas Storage Site
Byline: MARY LANDERS SAVANNAH -- Even as two enormous storage tanks are being built to double the capacity of the El Paso Corp.'s liquefied natural gas terminal on Elba Island, an environmental group continues to call for the facility to move offshore....
Page2; Pair of Singers Top the Voting Charts
Byline: GARY MILLS They came. They sang. You voted - and voted some more. After nearly 60,000 votes cast, we have a winner in The Times-Union and Jacksonville.com's first-ever Mic Mania singing contest. Actually, make that two winners. - Meghan...
Spivey and Jett Meet Again; the Two Also Opposed Each Other in 2004
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Wayne Spivey said he immensely enjoyed the 12 years he spent as a Clay County commissioner and he wants to return to public office. So for a second time, the 62-year-old Fleming Island resident is challenging Clerk of Court...
St. Johns Voters Given an Option to Change It All; the County May Join Duval and Clay in Adopting a Charter Government
Byline: DEIRDRE CONNER St. Johns County residents won't just be picking local politicians in August's elections. They'll also be deciding whether to adopt an entirely different form of government, one embraced by some leaders from the fast-growing...
The Pit Expands in Size and Focus
Byline: ROGER BULL The Pit on Beach Boulevard has gone through some changes. It's been completely remodeled, new stage built, new bathrooms, etc. It all took about four months, and the club reopened kind of quietly a month ago. Sunday night,...
T-U 2
THE OLYMPICS AND TV Other than gas prices, has anything increased at such an alarming rate than TV coverage of the Olympic Games? Try these numbers out to get an idea of how NBC's coverage of these worldly games has increased in nearly 50 years:...
T-YOU; Everyone's a Critic
The X-Files: I Want to Believe - I adore the series, but not this movie! Mulder comes off looking like a washed up, middle-aged has-been in need of testosterone injections. Sexual tension between Mulder and Scully is missing in action. Chris Carter...
T-YOU; RANTS AND RAVES Investors, Listen Up: It's Time for Team Golf
I'm throwing out this idea to investors. Golf teams consisting of four players. ... You have a driver, a mid-range player (who can get you on the green from 250 yards to 150 yards out), then a short-iron player (one who can get you on from 100 to 10...
UF's Ingram out for '08; A Torn ACL Might Halt the Senior Tight End's Gators Career
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Redshirt senior tight end Cornelius Ingram will miss the 2008 season, possibly ending his college football career, after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee earlier in the week, Florida...
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