The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 14, 2010

Area Ministries Send Aid to Haiti; Some People Plan to Fly in as Soon as They Can to Lend a Helping Hand
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK, Ga. - MAP International officials worked feverishly Wednesday to clear the way for shipment of the Brunswick-based humanitarian organization's first wave of medicine and medical supplies to help earthquake victims...
Army Charges Single Mother; She Refused to Deploy, Saying She Had No One to Care for Young Son
Byline: RUSS BYNUM SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Army said Wednesday it has filed criminal charges against a single-mom soldier who refused to deploy to Afghanistan last year, arguing she had no family able to care for her infant son. Spc. Alexis Hutchinson,...
Bill to Strengthen Laws on Ethics Gains Support; among Other Things, It Would Limit the Value of Gifts Lobbyists Can Give
Byline: TOM BAXTER ATLANTA - A Republican bill to strengthen ethics laws is gaining bipartisan strength in the House since its introduction Monday, the first day of the legislative session. House Judiciary Chairman Wendell Willard said Tuesday...
Bolles Graduate Who Runs Orphanage Asks for Prayers
Byline: TOPHER SANDERS A Bolles High graduate operating an orphanage in a village about 30 to 40 miles from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, said he fears what may happen as resources decrease and desperation increases on the earthquake-ravaged island. ...
Brantley Opposes Proposed Coal Plant; County Has Concerns about Mercury from the Ben Hill Power Site
Byline: MIKE MORRISON The Brantley County Commission has gone on record opposing plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Ben Hill County. The commissioners aren't worried about the smoke. It's the mercury produced from coal combustion that...
Buttermilk Biscuits Rise to the Occasion; Taste, Texture of Sister Schubert's Product Please Most of Panel
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY I love biscuits, but making a good one from scratch can be a challenge. Lucky for me there are so many other choices. A new one is Sister Schubert's frozen Buttermilk Biscuits, which members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel...
Clippers' Griffin out for Four Months
Blake Griffin's first season with the Los Angeles Clippers is over before it even began. Griffin will have surgery on his broken left kneecap, keeping the No. 1 draft pick out for at least more four months, the eternally star-crossed Clippers announced...
Crist Praises Local Businesses; the Governor Says Their Success Stories Offer a Bright Spot in Bad Economic Times
Byline: KEVIN TURNER Gov. Charlie Crist stopped in Jacksonville Wednesday to pay tribute to three business success stories. The governor started his swing through Jacksonville at Lending Processing Services, which employs about 2,100 of its 8,400...
Fault Line in Temblor Won't Affect Florida; State Is Virtually Safe If and When Quakes Happen Elsewhere
Byline: CAROLE FADER Florida is not in harm's way from the fault line involved in Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti. In fact, there are no significant fault lines around or in the state, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey told The Times-Union....
Fears for Somer's Safety Not New; Social Worker's Warning a Year before Slaying Was Later Shown to Be without Basis
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER ORANGE PARK - A social worker at Somer Thompson's school warned about the danger of the 7-year-old girl's walks from school a year before a killer snatched her on her way home, state records show. The unidentified worker...
Federal Prisoners Will Go to Folkston; AND A RELOCATION State Inmates at D. Ray James Prison Will Need a New Home Now
Byline: GORDON JACKSON FOLKSTON - The state is going to have to find a new home for an estimated 1,800 prisoners held at D. Ray James Prison. Charles Seigel, a Cornell Companies vice president, said his company signed an agreement Tuesday with...
Fewer Eels Slithering into Local Waterways; Scientists and Fish Farmers Keep Eye on Glass Eel Numbers
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Frail, see-through creatures smaller than a pinky finger are entering Florida's rivers and lakes after crossing hundreds of miles of ocean. They're baby eels. And people are waiting up nights for them, even in freezing...
Finally, a Chance to Rein in 'Ink Blot' Political Districts
Byline: RONALD L. LITTLEPAGE There's a move afoot that's sending shivers down the spine of Corrine Brown. Here's the dastardly language of a proposal some of her fellow Floridians are pushing: "Congressional districts or districting plans...
First Coast Giving Prayers and Cash; Thoughts Go out to the Island Nation but Religious Leaders Say Donations Also Help Haitians
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Michaelle Jean said it's encouraging that Americans are donating money and supplies to aid earthquake victims in her native Haiti. But they should also pray, the Jacksonville resident said, because God can deliver help and...
GATORS HEADING TO THE NFL; Focusing on Florida Five
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO In addition to the nine departing Florida seniors who will go in the NFL Draft - or, in some cases, have a chance to be drafted - the Gators had five underclassmen decide to leave school early. For some, the decision was...
Gators' Recruiting Class Rising
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Florida's top-ranked recruiting class improved Wednesday - without landing a new commitment. Rivals.com released its final list of the nation's top 100 players, and several of the Gators pledges saw their stock rise. ...
Haitians in Jacksonville Can Only Wait and Pray; Most Have Heard Nothing from Relatives and Friends since the Earthquake
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON For Jacksonville's Haitian community, Wednesday was a day for waiting, praying and bracing for bad news. "Everybody is very anxious, very sad," said David Aristil, a 30-year-old native of Haiti who works for a Jacksonville...
HAZEL MARGARET "DOLLY" CHITTY DAY: 1924-2010; Preservationist Revived Houses She Worked to Save the Many Neighborhoods, Homes She Loved
Byline: COULTER KIRKPATRICK Hazel Margaret "Dolly" Chitty Day, a lifetime resident of Avondale and Ortega who played a part in preserving many historic homes, died early Tuesday at her home after a long illness. She was 85. In the early 1970s,...
High School Basketball Notebook; Palatka off to Historic Beginning
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT It's been an historic basketball season in Palatka, and there could be more record-setting days ahead. The Panthers have reeled off 14 consecutive wins to open the season and are ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, the highest a Palatka...
High School Basketball Statistics
BOYS TEAM STATISTICS Stats through Jan. 11 OFFENSE School***G***PF***Avg. Wolfson***15***1,114***74.3 Episcopal***11***771***70.0 Fernandina Beach***15***1,031***68.7 Lee***16***1,034***64.6 Providence***16***1,027***64.2...
Jacksonville Journal
BALDWIN VOTES TO PUT ALL ELECTIONS ON ONE BALLOT Baldwin voters have decided to align their local, state and federal elections on one ballot, a move expected to save $2,500 by streamlining the vote in the small Duval County hamlet. A referendum...
Jags Need Businesses to Step Up
Byline: ABEL HARDING Notes from around the River City: LEADERS DRIVE TICKET SALES Before Tuesday's Revive the Pride! event at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, 60 key leaders from around the region gathered to hear more about how they could...
Life's Little Moments Last in Time
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Here are a few leftover ideas stitched together in a crazy quilt instead of the usual seamless column. I say that even though I'll get e-mails about weak transitions. Who's not glad that awful cold streak...
Lipscomb at Jacksonville
When: 7:15 p.m. today. Women's game: At JU, 5 p.m. Where: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Radio: WJXL (1010 AM). PROBABLE STARTERS Bisons (8-7, 5-1 Atlantic Sun) 34 Adnan Hodzic, C, 6-9 Avg.: 20.9 ppg. 7.6 rpg 23 Brian...
Morning Briefs
ATLANTIC BANCGROUP REACHES DEAL WITH FDIC Jacksonville Beach-based Atlantic BancGroup Inc., the parent company of Oceanside Bank, announced Wednesday that is has agreed to a consent order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Florida...
Perdue: Grim Challenges Ahead; His State of the State Address Doesn't Include Budget Plans
Byline: TOM BAXTER and DICK PETTYS ATLANTA - In a speech long on Churchillian platitudes and almost totally bereft of details, Gov. Sonny Perdue gave his last State of the State message to the combined General Assembly Wednesday morning. The...
Power Poll
GIRLS BASKETBALL POWER POLL 1. Bishop Kenny (14-0) Comment: No team has stopped the Crusaders yet. 2. Orange Park (15-2) Comment: The Raiders have great balance, inside and out. 3. Lee (17-2) Comment: Kayla Brewer has been huge for the Generals....
Program Aims to Aid Ex-Inmates' Transitions; the Proposed Housing Project Would Help with Move Back into Society
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Some Jacksonville prisoners nearing their release date could soon get the opportunity to learn a trade and other skills that help them transition back into society. The leaders of a local faith-based outreach organization...
Senator Won't Undo Transfer; He Says He Was Advised That the Transaction Complied with the Law
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - Ralph Hudgens, a candidate for the Republican nomination for insurance commissioner, said Wednesday he won't reverse a transfer of $106,000 in 126 donations from his Senate re-election fund to his current campaign...
STANTON AND PAXON; Academic Superstars
Stanton and Paxon, Jacksonville's nationally known college prep high schools, continue to earn their elite status. In a rigorous list compiled by U.S. News & World Report, both were listed in the top 100 Gold Medal Schools. Stanton College Preparatory...
Stimulus Funds Helped Many Statewide; Authors of a Report about How the $2.5 Billion Was Used Call for an Extension of Benefits
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA - The federal stimulus package didn't go entirely to Wall Street banks, car makers and shovel-ready construction projects, according to a report released Wednesday that shows $2.5 billion went directly to needy Georgians....
THIS WEEK ON TOUR; Horschel Is Eager to Start Rookie Year
Byline: GARRY SMITS Billy Horschel looked at his early PGA Tour schedule and took in the venues: Hawaii, Palm Desert, Calif.; Pebble Beach, Calif.; Cancun, Mexico. "Not a bad way to start your rookie year," said the University of Florida All-American...
Trial Begins in Girl's '06 Shooting Death; Three Brothers Are Being Tried for the Drive-By That Killed DreShawna Davis
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM The 2006 shooting of DreShawna Davis was an act of revenge in a Jacksonville neighborhood where violence is a way of life, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday as three brothers went on trial for murder in the 8-year-old's death....
T-U 2
GM PUTS BRAKES ON CARS More bad news for Tiger Woods: If he needs a new vehicle, he's going to have to drop by his local dealership and cut a deal just like anyone else. General Motors Co. announced that an agreement with Woods that allowed the...
T-U Parent Company Restructures Its Debt; Filing Prepackaged Plan Will Allow It to Avoid Creditors Temporarily
Byline: MARK BASCH Morris Publishing Group, publisher of The Times-Union, announced Wednesday it expects to file a prepackaged plan of reorganization by Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in order to restructure its debt. Even before filing it...
T-YOU; RANTS & RAVES If Meserve Is Guilty, He Should Go to Jail
If found guilty on charges of selling real estate without a license, Councilman John Meserve should go to jail. Corrupt politicians and other white-collar criminals have been given a free pass for too long. If your average citizen practiced a profession...
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. The Wine Bar:...
YEAR AHEAD: JEA; Uncertain Future
Traditionally, you could follow public utilities and get a good feel for the economy. How many phone installations are being planned? How many electric utility lines? Track indicators like those and you get a good feel for the future. But...
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