The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 5, 2014

14 Hits Send Stars Past Suns; Suns Get 2 Homers but Little Else in Loss to Huntsville
Byline: Jeff Elliott Jacksonville allowed 14 hits, including three extra-base hits by Huntsville's Jason Rogers, as the Stars evened the series with the Suns with a 5-3 win Friday night in front of 6,893 at the Baseball Grounds. Huntsville had...
4-Year-Old Friend of UF Player a Winner, Too; Friendship with Boy Battling Cancer Helps Yeguete Appreciate Small Things
Byline: Hays Carlyon With a little encouragement from his mother, Shelsie, 4-year-old Kaedyn Ballew is able to articulate what Florida senior forward Will Yeguete means to him. "He's like my big brother," Kaedyn said. Yeguete, along with Florida...
Agency Aiding Wounded Dog Back to Health
Byline: Sandy Strickland Buster was in bad shape but wagged his tail anyway. He was hit by a car, causing a broken pelvis, broken leg, dislocated hip and lacerations. His owner, fearful that he wouldn't live, took the 30-pound beagle to First Coast...
A.M. Briefing
HOUSING MARKET TOPIC OF SEMINAR A free seminar Thursday will teach local real estate agents about specialized mortgages that can turn around the Jacksonville housing market. HomeBridge Financial Services is holding the seminar to explain the...
A Push to Improve Graduation Rates; GradNation Community Summit's Goal: 90 Percent of Students Graduate
Byline: Meredith Rutland Mayor Alvin Brown leaned into the lectern and repeated his goal: Get Duval County School District to a 100 percent graduation rate. It's ambitious, he told a crowd Friday morning at the Jacksonville GradNation Community...
Are College Athletes Being Mistreated?
When Northwestern University athletes received a first positive response to their attempt to form a union, it shook the collegiate world. This was only a first step and it did not affect public universities. But the attempt raised a number of questions...
Around the Region
Do you have something to share about your community outside Jacksonville? Send news-related tips to Scott Butler at scott.butler@jacksonville.com or (904) 359-4566. 1 BAKER COUNTY FINALIZES INTERN AGREEMENT The County Commission voted to finalize...
Balance Gives Gators Edge over Huskies
Byline: Gene Frenette ARLINGTON, TEXAS | The one ingredient that made Florida's season magical will be what carries the Gators into the national championship game: balance. Nothing gives Billy Donovan's team a sense of comfort - truthfully, the...
Battle for Breakfast Heats Up
Byline: Nancy White Taco Bell debuted its breakfast menu last week, and an accompanying ad campaign took direct aim at McDonald's dominance of the breakfast market. The commercials feature several real people who share the name Ronald McDonald,...
City's Hub for Startups; Barnett Bank Building Will Be 'Ecosystem' for Entrepreneurs
Byline: Roger Bull The vision is of a full innovation center, a place to help budding entrepreneurs bring their ideas to market in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The owner of the Barnett National Bank building on Adams Street unveiled his plans...
Cold Noses; Pets of the Week
Cold Noses, the Times-Union's weekly pet blog, features pets available for adoption at local government-run shelters. For more information and photos of all the animals featured, go to Jacksonville.com/coldnoses. For more pet news, go to Jacksonville.com/news/pets....
Death Penalty for Killer Who Fired 12 Times; Judge Says Newberry's Criminal History Was a Factor in the Sentence
Byline: Larry Hannan Rodney Newberry was smirking as he walked into court Friday morning. But his face was expressionless 30 minutes later after a Jacksonville judge sentenced him to death for the murder of 38-year-old Terrese Pernell Stevens...
Defending Champs Next for Jacksonville; Arizona Averages 65 Points a Game, Is Tough at Home
PHOENIX | While most teams struggle to play well at the US Airways Center, the Jacksonville Sharks haven't been intimidated. The home field for the two-time defending Arena Football League Arizona Rattlers is where the Sharks (1-1) won the ArenaBowl...
East San Marco in Need of a New Developer; Company Planning to Buy Property, Build Falls Short of Funding
Byline: Roger Bull The long dormant East San Marco is now in need of a new developer, but there's still hope that it breaks ground by the end of the year. The changes in the project from the original 2006 plans were approved recently by Jacksonville...
Final Four Notebook; Big Stadium Presents Big Test for Shooters
Byline: Garry Smits ARLINGTON, TEXAS | The NCAA has been holding Final Fours in football stadiums on a permanent basis since 1996. But it's never been held in a structure as big as AT&T Stadium. The natural question has arisen: How well...
Final Four: Tale of the Tape
Byline: Hays Carlyon Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky and Wisconsin will settle the national championship in the coming days. Here's a breakdown of the schools that goes beyond the court, revealing information about the universities, cities and their...
Gaming Centers Get the Message; after Thursday's Raid, Several Other Such Businesses Have Shut Down
Byline: Christopher Hong After raiding dozens of Internet cafes Thursday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement appears to have the attention of similar business owners. A day after authorities seized documents and computer equipment from...
Gators-Wildcats Rivalry Is about Hoops, Not Hatred; Fans Indicate That League Loyalty Trumps Any Bad Feelings
Byline: Garry Smits ARLINGTON, TEXAS | Because the Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats have dominated SEC basketball in recent years, they've also developed the most intense rivalry in the conference. But unlike many SEC football rivalries,...
GenerationW Conference Pays off; PowerUp Jax Gets $14,000 from Gift Cards at the Women's Convention
Byline: Denise Smith Amos PowerUp Jax, a crowdfunding website designed to help Duval teachers raise money for innovative classroom projects, just got a $14,000 boost that could pay off in more than just dollars, organizers said. Each of the 1,200...
Grab an Artist's Brush to Pollinate; Not Yet Time for Solarization
Byline: Camille Hunter Do cucumber plants need pollination to produce cucumbers? A few are parthenocarpic, meaning they do not need pollen to yield fruit, but most do need pollination. If you see bees on your plants, you know they are on the...
Hundreds Bid Farewell to Retired Ship at Mayport; Navy Decommissions USS De Wert after 30 Years of Service
Byline: Clifford Davis The old lady looked good on her final day, though almost completely gray. The chaplain quoted from Ecclesiastes Chapter 3. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven," he said. Hundreds...
Jacksonville Journal
WILDFIRE SEASON AWARENESS The Florida Forest Service reminds North Florida residents of Wildfire Awareness Week (Sunday-April 12), recognizing the state's devastating 1998 wildfire season when more than 500,000 acres and 337 homes and buildings...
Prime Time for Payback; UF Can Settle Some Scores on Way to Title
Byline: Garry Smits ARLINGTON, TEXAS | Round one of the Florida Gators' vengeance tour in the Final Four starts on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. If all goes well, UF gets a chance for round two on Monday in the national championship game. ...
Red-Light Cameras Falling Short in Revenue; Officials Say Safety Is the Main Concern, but at 8 of 13 Camera Sites, Crashes Have Gone Up
Byline: Christopher Hong The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office's red-light camera program hasn't done everything officials said it would. In fact, some types of accidents increased at a majority of intersections equipped with cameras, according to...
Scoreboard; High Schools
TENNIS BOYS DISTRICT 3-2A FINALS TEAM STANDINGS 1. Bolles 25; 2. Stanton 22; 3. Bishop Kenny 16; 4. Yulee 7; 5. Fernandina Beach 6; 6. Paxon 4; 7. Ribault 3; 8. Raines 2; 9. West Nassau 1. Singles: 1. Anion (Stanton) d. Eden (Bolles)...
Speeding Driver Sends 8 to Hospital; Two People in Life-Threatening Condition, Including at Least 1 Child
Eight people were taken to a hospital Friday, including two in life-threatening condition, after a crash in Arlington involving a car going close to 100 miles per hour and three other vehicles. Officers responded to the intersection of Merrill and...
Spring into Gardening Season with April Timetable; Three Sisters Planting Brings Fun, Food and Other Benefits to Garden
Byline: Amy Morie Spring weather has been bringing some wonderful sunshine and mild temperatures our way - perfect for getting out and celebrating the season.a Gardeners throughout North Florida are getting busy making the landscape beautiful....
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Byline: Joe Daraskevich 2 CENTS NEW RULES CAUSE BASEBALL TO LOSE HUMAN ELEMENT The new baseball season is less than a week old, and it's already obvious the expanded replay system is going to take some getting used to. The fact that umpires...
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