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Articles from February 12, 2014

2-Year-Old's Body Found in Shallow Putnam Grave; Mother Surrendered to Police and Told Them Where to Find the Girl
A shallow grave in Putnam County revealed the remains of a missing 2-year-old Sanford girl early Tuesday, according to WESH-TV. The remains were found south of Crescent City very close to the Volusia County line, a Putnam County Sheriff's Office...
A $40M Pledge for Teacher Incentives; It's to Get Good Teachers to Be Willing to Teach in Low-Performing Schools
Byline: Denise Smith Amos A plan is in place to attract the "best and brightest" teachers to the schools that most need them. Nearly $40 million from private Jacksonville donors will jump-start a new incentive plan to convince successful teachers...
A.M. Briefing
ANTIBIOTIC-FREE CHICKENS COMING Chick-fil-A said Tuesday it plans to serve only chicken raised without antibiotics within the next five years. The Atlanta-based chain said it's working with suppliers to build up an adequate supply for its nearly...
Around the Region
Do you have something to share about your community outside Jacksonville? Send tips to Scott Butler at scott.butler@jacksonville.com or (904) 359-4566. 1 BAKER BROADWAY COMING TO BAKER The Baker County High School Drama Club is celebrating...
Bill Would Reform Framework for Filing Nursing Home Lawsuit; Measure Tries to Strike Compromise between the Industry and Lawyers
Byline: Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE | After contentious battles in recent years, the Florida nursing home industry and trial attorneys are close to striking a deal that would advance legislation reforming the framework for filing lawsuits against nursing...
Bondi Asked to Rule on Public Comments; City Wants to Know If All Public Meetings Fall under New Law
Byline: Steve Patterson Jacksonville's Ethics Commission is asking Attorney General Pam Bondi to spell out the reach of a law passed last year guaranteeing people's right to speak at meetings of local government boards. Commission members want...
Briefs
TRINITY'S EDWARDS PICKS OHIO STATE Trinity Christian safety Ben Edwards added to the Conquerors' growing list of 2015 stars on Tuesday, committing to Ohio State. Edwards (6 feet, 200 pounds) announced the news on Twitter, and coach Verlon Dorminey...
Buyers Eye Regency Square; New York Partnership Is Now under Contract for Struggling Shopping Mall
Byline: Roger Bull Regency Square mall could be getting closer to changing hands. Though no one has closed on the property yet, it has been under contract for weeks. Thomas E. Dobrowski, who as senior managing director of Rockwood Real Estate...
Chamber Is Forming a Sports Alliance; Its Purpose Is to Help Jacksonville Compete for Sporting Events
Byline: David Bauerlein JAX Chamber is bringing its economic development muscle to Jacksonville's pursuit of high-profile sports events. The chamber is forming a new Jacksonville Sports Alliance that will have a kickoff meeting on Feb. 20. ...
Chartrand Cites Goals to Improve Education; Commissioner, Vitti Speak at Forum about Successes They've Seen
Byline: Khristopher J. Brooks Spending more than $440 million for voluntary pre-kindergarten and stopping the practice of "social promotion" are two ways Florida has been able to move the needle in education achievement, the state Board of Education...
Dunn Looked Better Than Prosecutor
Byline: Mark O'Mara Times-Union legal analyst Mark O'Mara is an Orlando criminal defense attorney who successfully defended George Zimmerman in 2013 in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a case prosecuted by State Attorney Angela Corey. It...
For NASCAR and Alabama Fans, He Has a Voice as Good as Gold; Native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Works Hard, Is Good Fit for Die-Hard Fans
Byline: Don Coble The rain at the Daytona International Speedway showed no signs of stopping anytime soon, but that didn't keep Eli Gold from making his rounds through the sports car garage during a test session last month for the new Unified SportsCar...
Gaming Committee Considers I-10 Slot-Style Bingo Machines; Tribes Pushing Approval for New Gambling Sites to Create Jobs, Revenue
Byline: Matt Dixon TALLAHASSEE | Bringing slot-style bingo machines to places along Interstate 10, including Jacksonville, has not gotten a lot of consideration as a Senate committee considers a rewrite of state gaming laws, according to that committee's...
Henry Leads Red Bulls into Exhibition Match; New York Will Meet Philadelphia in MLS Action at EverBank
Byline: Clayton Freeman For the second straight year, Major League Soccer is rolling into EverBank Field. This time, both teams bring marquee attractions to the First Coast. The New York Red Bulls, led by French striker Thierry Henry, meet...
High School Basketball Statistics
BOYS TEAM OFFENSE School************G***PF***Avg. Providence*********27***1,964***72.7 Ribault************27***1,972***70.4 Sandalwood*********26***1,721***66.2 Potter's House*********23***1,465***63.7 Baker Co.*********26***1,449***63...
High School Girls Basketball Roundup; Four Teams Make Regional Finals
The Providence girls basketball team broke its string of bad luck against University Christian on Tuesday night and rolled on to a place it has never been to. The visiting Stallions topped UC 59-40 in the Region 1-3A semifinals, advancing beyond...
Home Maintenance Savings Account Should Be a Must for Households
Byline: Martha Cox When we think about comparison shopping, we generally think about the process of comparing prices and features when we are buying a particular item. When someone needs a new toaster, for example, they will look at the cost from...
How to Handle 'Expert' Query amid Interview
Byline: Candace Moody A reader writes to ask about how to answer whether she's an "expert" in an interview. "How do you overcome what the employer might see as weak spots in your skills or experience? For example, I have extensive experience...
'It Was Life or Death'; DUNN TESTIFIES He Said He Had No Choice after Seeing Davis with Shotgun CONTRADICTION Dunn's Fiancee Said He Never Told Her Davis Had Gun
Byline: Larry Hannan Michael Dunn knew nearly nothing about Jordan Davis when he shot and killed the Jacksonville teenager. All he knew was he was an enraged teenager with a shotgun out to kill him until he had no choice, he told the court Tuesday....
JCCI Launches Inquiry into Mental Health Services; Demand for Services Is Growing but Scope of Area's Problem Is Unclear
Byline: Derek Gilliam One in four people fights a battle against mental illness, according to the World Health Organization. Yet, hardly anyone talks about those battles publicly. Jacksonville Community Council Inc. will shine a spotlight on...
Judge Healey Did Not Deserve Criticism
Byline: Eric Leach We may disagree with the decisions and actions of public officials, including judges. Federal and state constitutions protect our right to express our disagreement. Because of judicial rules, judges sitting on a case are...
Latest Word in Safe Child Rearing: Don't Sleep with Baby
Byline: Zorba Paster Ah, I remember the days when each of our four kids were born. Penny breast-fed all of them. If she was tired, she might lie down, even doze a bit, but as soon as they went to sleep we would put them in the crib. Back in our...
Mathis to Be Sentenced in Allied Veterans; Who's Who of Attorneys to Testify for Him during Hearing in Sanford
Byline: Jim Schoettler Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis is facing years in prison Wednesday morning in the Allied Veterans of the World gambling scandal. Mathis, 50, was found guilty by a Seminole County jury in October of 103 counts, including...
No Medal for White as He Falters in Halfpipe; American's Quest for Third Consecutive Gold Is Derailed by 'I-Pod'
Byline: Eddie Pells KRASNAYA POLYANA, RUSSIA | Shaun White lost to a kid they call the "I-Pod," and now, he might never hear the end of it. An Olympic shocker this was. How big? White, the best snowboarder of his era, didn't even win a medal....
Rants & Raves
PROVIDE MORE TALK SHOWS ON RADIO With only a few exceptions, the Jacksonville radio dial is rapidly turning into a wasteland. Here are a couple of examples. One local AM radio station recently dropped a pop standards format to simulcast an FM signal...
Resolution Backs LGBT Rights; Commissioners in Atlantic Beach Endorse Proposed Legislation
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski Atlantic Beach commissioners voting 4-1 have passed a resolution supporting the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, proposed state legislation that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against people because...
Sales Tax for Emergency Services an Option for Task Force; Proposals for Changing Features of Pension Plan Will Be Discussed
Byline: David Bauerlein A sales tax increase could be among the many options a Jacksonville pension reform task force examines this month as it finishes its recommendations for a long-term fix to future pension obligations. The task force will...
Scoreboard; High Schools
GIRLS BASKETBALL BARTRAM TRAIL 67, ST. AUGUSTINE 59 ST. AUGUSTINE (59): Franklin 11, Gilliam 4, Oxendine 7, Hagaman 5, Abbott 14, Hudson 5, Cox 3, Daniels 10. BARTRAM TRAIL (67): French 10, Ragland 9, Ke. Chisholm 22, Barlow 22, Borngesser...
Scott and Bondi Are Soft on Pollution
Byline: Ron Littlepage Others, such as Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen, have already jumped on this bandwagon, but let me climb aboard as well. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and her buddy Gov. Rick Scott have lost their minds. Last...
Train Derails under Acosta Bridge; No Injuries Reported; Small Amount of Ethanol Spilled, but None in the River
Byline: Jim Schoettler Authorities are investigating how part of an 80-car freight train carrying ethanol derailed Tuesday morning under Jacksonville's Acosta Bridge, causing one tanker to tip over and spill 5 gallons of the highly flammable liquid...
Victim's Mom Agrees Accomplice Has Served Enough; Figure in Woodbine Murder Sentenced to Time Spent in Jail
Byline: Terry Dickson WOODBINE, GA. | The brother and co-defendant of a man sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of a Woodbine man pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday and was released from jail after having served 18 months....
Working on the First Coast; Diving Business Is Soaring Atlantic Pro Dive Is Independent Scuba Shop at the Beaches
Byline: Drew Dickson When Bob Bunkley bought Atlantic Pro Dive shop about five years ago in Jacksonville Beach, it was in the middle of the recession and many scuba diving shops were beginning to close while caught in the grips of hard times. ...
Working with Kids in Northwest Jax
Inside the Westside Early Learning Center on West Fifth Street near McDuff Avenue, the sense of energy is lively. In one classroom, several tots are learning about teamwork and responsibility. They're putting toys back in designated spots before...
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