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Articles from August 7, 2014

8-Year Sentence in Infant's Death; Prosecutor Sought 45 Years for Mom, Expected to Appeal
Byline: Larry Hannan Facing up to life in prison, a Jacksonville woman was sentenced to eight years Wednesday for the second-degree murder of her infant son. The State Attorney's Office is expected to appeal the sentence imposed on Stephanie...
Amelia Film Festival Gets New Name, Historic Cause; American Beach Music Venue to Be a Beneficiary
Byline: Dan Scanlan A nine-day festival that combines films, live music and interactive gaming at venues across Amelia Island gets a new name with some historic cachet during a Thursday "ribbon-cutting" party. The 5 p.m. event at the Ritz-Carlton,...
Apex Plans New Headquarters Here; Engineering Company Would Receive City, State Incentives
Byline: Roger Bull Apex Technology plans to build a new headquarters and add up to 60 jobs in Jacksonville, the city announced Wednesday. The company provides structural engineering services for the construction industry, and the jobs would be for...
Around the Region
Do you have something to share about your community outside Jacksonville? Send news-related tips to aroundtheregion@jacksonville.com or call (904) 359-4513. 1 AMELIA ISLAND KINGS BAY COMMANDER SPEAKS TO CLUB Capt. Harvey Guffey, commanding...
Bike-Pedestrian Path Would Connect Riverside, San Marco; in State Plan, It Would Run along Fuller Warren Bridge's South Side
Byline: Christopher Hong A bike-pedestrian path from Riverside to San Marco - once thought to be unachievable - is one of several changes the state has offered that would offset the impact of a proposed construction project at the Interstate 95/Interstate...
Candidates Differ on Overseas Earnings; Nunn Calls for Closing Loophole; Perdue: Corporate Tax Hurts U.S. Firms
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | When it comes to taxing profits U.S. corporations earn overseas, Michelle Nunn and David Perdue disagree. For voters concerned about jobs, the candidates offer a clear choice because of their different approaches...
Deal Brings Other Carter into Contest; Governor Attempts to Link Opponent to the Former President's Statements
Byline: Erica Techo ATLANTA | Nathan Deal may have been rubbing elbows Wednesday with auto-racing greats like Bill Elliott and Jimmie Johnson, but it was another type of race that was on his mind when he spoke with reporters. Turning a photo-op...
Facilities Upgrade Coming for Nassau Sheriff's Office; Bids for Administrative, 911 Buildings near Courthouse Approved
Byline: Dan Scanlan The bid to build the new Nassau County Sheriff's Office administration building next to the current courthouse and jail off William Burgess Boulevard in Yulee has been approved. It will replace an aged collection of trailers...
For Roster Long Shots, Now Is the Time to Step Up; Three Who Hope to Stick with Jaguars Know Their Preseason Window Is Brief
Byline: Hays Carlyon For many players on the Jaguars' 90-man roster, Friday night's preseason opener at EverBank Field isn't just an opportunity to impress the coaches. It's an opportunity to make the other 31 front offices in the league take...
Fowler Takes Leadership Role on Gators' Defense; He Says UF Defenders Have Become Closer during the Offseason
Byline: Richard Johnson Dante Fowler Jr. wasn't pleased with the seating arrangement at Florida media day. The linebacker/defensive end was too far away from fellow defensive lineman Leon Orr, and that was unacceptable. After a quick switch of name...
Garlic Is Known - Correctly - for Numerous Health Benefits
Byline: Alireza Jahan-Mihan Garlic or "Allium sativu" is a species in the onion family. Garlic has been used in many cultures and religions as a seasoning or condiment for thousands of years. With its strong sulfuric odor, it may seem the least...
Is Governor Evolving on Environment?
Byline: Ron Littlepage Gov. Rick Scott's election-year conversion to protector of the environment is, not surprisingly, being met with skepticism. Look, if the governor wants to join the cause, I welcome him, no matter his past behavior. The...
Jaguars Camp Report
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran PLAYER ATTENDANCE Physically unable to perform: LB Dekoda Watson (groin). Non-football injury: WR Ace Sanders (personal) and CB Aaron Colvin (knee). Did not practice (injury): RB Toby Gerhart (hip flexor), TE Reggie...
Jaguars Notebook; Wide Receivers' Injury Bug 'Frustrating'
Byline: Vito Stellino Jaguars receivers coach Jerry Sullivan has seen a lot in his 42 years of coaching, but the team's wave of wide receiver injuries is something new. "It's been frustrating for them and for me and for us as a team, but things...
Major Plant Seeks $10M in Incentives; Fortune 500 Company Asks for Confidentiality While Council Considers It
Byline: David Bauerlein Jacksonville is offering $10 million in financial incentives for a Fortune 500 company to bring an advanced manufacturing plant to the city - an incentive package that would be one of the largest ever from city coffers. ...
MAP International Outfitting Health Workers in Africa; 17,000 Tyvek Suits Sent So Far by Brunswick Agency to Treat Ebola
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | Many health-care workers treating those stricken with the Ebola virus in Africa are wearing lifesaving protective suits that MAP International shipped from its Brunswick distribution center. MAP has shipped 17,000...
Medical Marijuana Backers Say Doctors Group Is Misguided; Medical Association Says Patients Aren't Adequately Protected
Byline: Meredith Rutland Sponsors of a ballot amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida say the recent opposition to the amendment by a state medical lobbying group is misguided. The Florida Medical Association came out Monday against...
More Data Needed to Assess the River
The St. Johns River and its tributaries are like the circulatory system of Duval County. Like blood in the human body, we normally don't pay much attention to it until problems arise. So it is incredible that seven years ago there was no annual...
No One Saved by the Bell Nowadays
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | School bells would be ringing across Georgia and Florida if schools still had them. We still say school bells, but they've been out of fashion almost as long as corporal punishment. Instead, schools have these...
Officer Fires Shots, Nearly Run over in Chase; 18-Year-Old Forced off Road after 3-Mile Pursuit, According to Police
Police shot at, chased and captured a suspect after an officer was nearly run over in a stolen car Wednesday morning. No one was hurt when Officer Harold Taylor fired four shots as the suspect revved the car's engine and tried to run him over following...
Purple Heart Remembrance Day; 'I WAS ABLE TO GIVE SOMETHING BY MY SERVICE' Wounded during Combat in Vietnam, He Got 3 Purple Hearts for His Sacrifices
Byline: Clifford Davis On Aug. 7, 1782, Gen. George Washington authorized the first American badges for military merit because, in his words, "The road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all." The badges, in that uniquely...
Rants & Raves
RAVES TO THOSE WHO HELPED HOMELESS MAN I attended the meeting Thursday, July 31, at City Hall that focused on the abandoned houses problem. Folks were asked to say a few things about themselves; I basically said I was old, homeless, and extremely...
Taste Test
Gorton's Fish Fillets, Roasted Garlic & Italian Herb How much: $3.79 at Publix What they're selling: "Bold seafood flavor has never been easier." Nutritional information (per serving): 160 calories, 8 g fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 340 mg sodium,...
Texas Leads on Restricting Abortions
Byline: Star Parker We now mark the one-year anniversary since important new regulatory restrictions on abortion were passed into law in Texas that protect life and make this nasty procedure safer for women that choose it. The law's four major...
Tour Notebook; Palm Valley, Hyde Park to Be Featured
Byline: Garry Smits RFD-TV, a cable channel with programming dedicated to the rural lifestyle, will feature two area public courses over the next two weeks, Palm Valley and Hyde Park. The show "Rural Golf," hosted by two-time Players champion...
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