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Articles from August 24, 2014

25 Years Later, Rose Has What He Deserves
Byline: Gene Frenette A quarter-century after Pete Rose agreed to a lifetime ban for betting on baseball, it's as impossible now for me to justify his reinstatement as it was when the sport's ultimate con man got exposed. The nickname he acquired...
2-Year-Old'sfall Worked out for the Best
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | On Easter Sunday in 2011, Shannon and Garrett Phillips were slightly irresponsible parents. It's not like they left their 2-year-old daughter Hannah in a hot SUV, but she got hurt because of their failure to...
5 Best Sec Games to Watch
AUG. 28: TEXAS A&M AT SOUTH CAROLINA An opening weekend test for the Aggies, sans Johnny Football. But Williams-Brice will be rocking for the Gamecocks. SEPT. 13: GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA If the Bulldogs lose, they have time to recover,...
8-Month-Old Drowns in Pool on Northside
An 8-month-old boy drowned in a swimming pool at a relative's house on Jacksonville's Northside, and police investigators were trying Saturday to determine how and when the boy ended up in the backyard pool. Police responded to the house in the...
ACC Preview
Byline: Garry Smits ATLANTIC FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES Coach: Jimbo Fisher, fifth season (45-10). Last season: 14-0 (8-0); beat Auburn in BCS National Championship Game. Upside: The returning Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Jameis Winston,...
A Closer Look at Friday Night's Game
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Observations and notes of interest from the Jaguars' 13-12 preseason loss to the Detroit Lions on Friday: - The Jaguars' secondary came to play on the first drive. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford held the ball for 4.15...
A Distinctly Southern Sound; Remembering How Black and White Came Together for an Alabama Groove
Byline: Michael Hoffman MUSCLE SHOALS SOUND STUDIO Author: Carla Jean Whitley Data: The History Press, 2014, $19.99 Three months ago, a veteran "sound doctor" emailed me about a new documentary titled "Muscle Shoals" that was about to be...
AFC Preview; the Times-Union's Vito Stellino Breaks Down the AFC Teams for the 2014 Season:
Byline: Vito Stellino EAST NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Last year: 12-4, won division, lost AFC title game to Denver. Coach: Bill Belichick (199-105 overall, 163-61 with New England). Face of the present: Tom Brady might be past his prime, but...
Area Players at the Football Bowl Subdivision Level
Byline: Justin Barney Times-Union high school sports editor Justin Barney on the progress of former First Coast players who are currently on FBS team rosters: ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE Pos.***Player*********Class***Local tie******College ...
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 ATLANTIC BEACH YOGA 4 CHANGE A fundraiser for nonprofit Yoga 4 Change will be 6-9...
A Summary of Editorial Board's Choices
In the last decade, the Times-Union editorial board can't recall as many close calls in making endorsements. The board examines bios, questionnaires and material submitted by the candidates. We usually interview the candidates together to allow...
A Sure Verdict for These Attorneys
Byline: Claire Reed These assistant state attorneys might not agree on everything, but they can always find common ground in SEC football. David Johnston was a new student at Stetson University College of Law when he met recent graduate Katelyn...
Bethune-Cookman the Favorite in Mid-Eastern
Coach Brian Jenkins has quietly built a small powerhouse at Bethune-Cookman, and 2014 appears likely to be more of the same. The Wildcats were co-champs of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last season and are favored to repeat in the conference's...
Buford Too Tough for Conquerors; Georgia Power Wins Battle of No. 1 Teams with Dominant Defense
Byline: Don Coble ATLANTA | Trinity Christian, hailed in the preseason as the country's biggest little football program, wasn't ready for prime time Saturday night. Ranked by one national outlet as the premier small-school football team in the...
Burden Lifted for UM, but Who'll Play QB? 'Canes Have Big-Play Talent; Open with Louisville Rematch
Coach Al Golden's fourth season at Miami is already different than any of his first three. The lengthy NCAA probe revolving around the actions of a former booster is finally a thing of the past. "We're back to talking about who we are and not defending...
Clay County Commission; Candidates Have Diverse Suggestions for Budget
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski GREEN COVE SPRINGS | Clay County voters will choose between seven Republican candidates running for two seats on the County Commission in Tuesday's primary. Their priorities include preventing future budget shortfalls...
Clay County School Board; 8 Vying for 3 Seats in Countywide Voting
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski GREEN COVE SPRINGS | Clay County voters will choose between eight candidates running for three seats on the county School Board in Tuesday's primary. Issues include whether the school district superintendent should be...
Could It Happen Here? Unrest in Ferguson Has Officials Wondering If There Would Be a Similar Reaction
Byline: Topher Sanders & Matt Soergel FERGUSON, MO. | The bloody body of a black teen, shot six times by a white police officer, lies in the street for hours. Police remain quiet for days and then, as protests mount, respond in force. News...
Dependency on Government Lets Down the Poor
Byline: Star Parker A half century ago, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law. Yet as events in Ferguson, Mo. attest, race remains a problem in America. Millions of black Americans have moved into the ranks of the upper middle class and...
'Expectations Are Higher' for Knights; Far from Grieving over Loss of Bortles, Johnson, UCF Enthused
Byline: Don Coble ORLANDO | Although Central Florida lost quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson to the Jaguars in the NFL Draft, as well as two starting offensive linemen, there remains a curious sense of optimism. Three of...
Face of the Jaguars' Franchise? Hint: It's Not a Player
Byline: Gene Frenette As the Jaguars embark on their 20th season, midway through a long-term rebuild with no timetable on when, or if, it'll bear fruit, one question with no clear-cut answer hovers over this organization: Who is the face of the...
FACT CHECK; Rumor of Gas Cheating in Georgia Was Overblown One Internet Wag Found That Some Pumps Gave out More Gas above Cost
Byline: Carole Fader Times-Union readers want to know: I received an email that says I might be getting cheated at my service station because the gas pumps could inaccurately report the amount of gasoline dispensed or could register an improper...
Fixing the Defense; New Faces Added to Improve Sack Time
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran It was the first preseason game against a Tampa Bay offense that was new to its playbook and not very good. But in a small sample size, the Jaguars showed the makings of a more functional defense than in previous years. ...
Fixing the Offense; Low Efficiency Rating Needs Upgrade
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran There's nowhere to go but up for the Jaguars' offense after a 2013 season in which they constantly played uphill. - Didn't reach 21 points in a game until Week 10. - Had at least six streaks of 10 consecutive possessions...
Georgia High School Football Roundup
GLYNN ACADEMY******40 WAYNE COUNTY******20 The Red Terrors fell behind early, but used some trickery - a double-reverse halfback pass for a touchdown - to set the tone for a comeback in a season-opening win over the Yellow Jackets. Wayne led...
Giving Back Publix Super Markets Inc. Where Reaching out to Others Is Also a Pleasure
Byline: Nancy Winckler-Zuniga When people volunteer, they can change lives - including their own. Each week in Reason, we will highlight a volunteer's story of giving back and how that selfless act was a true revelation. The volunteer project is...
Good Plot Crucial for Deer Hunting; Having Digestible Deer Forage for Wild Game Is a Good Idea
Byline: Bob McNally It's summer hot, and while it may seem that only a madman would be working like a Dust Bowl-era sharecropper in the blazing Southern sun, fact is, thousands of hunters throughout the country are laboring to get their hunting...
How the Future Passing Game Came to Pass; after a Lot of Study, Bortles Would Be the QB, but WRs Lee, Robinson Traveled a Different Route to Jacksonville
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran The quarterback was there because he always stood to benefit from extra instruction. Same for the two receivers, especially because they were injured and unable to participate in the workouts. Several early mornings this...
JU Expecting to Bounce Back; with QB, Top WR Back, Offense Will Score Points; Defense Needs to Step Up
Byline: Jeff Elliott It's easy to expect winning seasons and become complacent when a football program reels off a record of 7-4 or better five consecutive years. Whether that happened, or a rash of injuries resulted in too leaky a defense, a...
Long Wait over, It's Finally Mason's Turn; Arrival of Pruitt, Return of Gurley Bode Well for Bulldogs
ATHENS, GA. | If they gave out an award for the most patient player, Georgia's Hutson Mason would surely be one of the top contenders. Four years after he signed with the Bulldogs, the quarterback job is finally his. "You're not really used to...
Looking Ahead: Jags Can Be Spenders; Team Will Have Ample Cap Room to Sign Top Free Agent(s) in 2015
Byline: Hays Carlyon Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell is willing to throw big money at a player. Just ask Cleveland's Alex Mack, now the NFL's highest-paid center. While Caldwell's pursuit of Mack in the offseason was matched by the Browns...
Mexican Restaurant Set for San Jose Spot
Byline: Sandy Strickland Dear Call Box: I'm questioning what's going on at the corner of Oak Bluff Lane and San Jose Boulevard. There were a lot of trees that have been cleared, and I understand that there's a restaurant going in. Do you know the...
Musical Stars on Tap for JSO's Season
Byline: Charlie Patton Tickets go on sale Monday for all Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra concerts in 2014-15. Tickets can be purchased online at JaxSymphony.org, by calling (904) 354-5547 or in person at The Times-Union Center for the Performing...
Nameless Group Aims to Energize Camden Voters; Volunteers' Only Agenda Is to Increase County's 'Abysmal' Election Turnout
Byline: Jared Keever WOODBINE | Tom Canning has long known there was a voter turnout problem in Camden County. Until this past week he feared there might also be a volunteer turnout problem. Canning is one of a group of nine volunteers working...
News Quiz
1. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has long been the most expensive U.S. stock. The Class A stock recently topped what price milestone for the first time? A. $100,000 per share B. $150,000 per share C. $200,000 per share D. $250,000...
New Wing of St. Johns Town Center Starts Taking Shape
Byline: Roger Bull Work continues on the new phase of St. Johns Town Center with permits issued last week for Yankee Candle ($120,000, 1,438 square feet, Alliance Retail Construction) and Boston Proper ($293,321, 2,453 square feet, Fred Olivieri...
NFC Preview; the Times-Union's Vito Stellino Breaks Down the NFC Teams for the 2014 Season:
EAST PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Last year: 10-6, won division, lost first-round playoff game to New Orleans. Coach: Chip Kelly (10-6). Face of the present: LeSean McCoy rushed for 1,607 yards last year and said he is going for 2,000 this season....
NFL Predictions
HAYS CARLYON Jaguars' record: 7-9. First win: Week 1 at Philadelphia. Record at Week 11 bye: 4-6. Total sacks: 41. Blake Bortles' first start: Week 7 vs. Cleveland. Toby Gerhart's rushing yards: 945. Allen Robinson/Marqise Lee...
No QB Debate for Jags' Brass; Still Henne, Who Has Better Grasp of Offense, Then Bortles
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Entering Saturday's NFL games, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles was second in passing yards (435), tied for sixth in completions (28) and among those with at least 40 attempts, third in passer rating (101.6) this preseason....
Officials Anticipate a Busy Final Day of Early Voting
Byline: David Bauerlein Polls will be open Sunday for the final day of early voting, which election officials expect to be a relatively busy day heading into election day on Tuesday. Through Saturday, about 6.6 percent of Duval County's registered...
Point of View; Duval Health Department Hurt by Big Funding Cuts
Byline: Robert Harmon The recent Times-Union article on an audit of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County provides another example of the consequences of lack of support for public health programs. I was director of the agency from...
Profs Use Pop Culture to Teach Traditional Skills; Area Course Offerings Include 'Game of Thrones,' 'Supernatural'
Byline: Meredith Rutland College-level homework is rarely fun, but how do required readings of "Game of Thrones" sound? What about being assigned nightly TED talks? How about mandated viewings of "Supernatural"? When the University of North Florida,...
Rattlers Counting on Jacksonville's Fleming; Quarterback from Ribault Was All-MEAC Second Team in 2013
Florida A&M has one of the top quarterbacks in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in junior Damien Fleming. But the Jacksonville native will need some help for the Rattlers to turn things around this season. Fleming, who attended Ribault High,...
Reality Meets Fantasy; Where Should the Top Jaguars Be on Your Draft Board?
Byline: Hays Carlyon With many fantasy football owners having their drafts Sunday, it's time to give you the scoop on how much value to place on the Jaguars' skill players. These are Times-Union Jaguars beat writer Hays Carlyon's conclusions after...
REGENCY SQUARE; A TALE OF 2 MALLS East Side Is Growing; West Side Is Dormant; Uncertainty in Center
Byline: Roger Bull In the six months since new owners took over Regency Square mall, the shopping center has become a tale of two malls. The east end, from Belk down to JC Penney, seems like a regular mall. There are vacancies, but it's about...
Regional Previews
BOWL SUBDIVISION FLORIDA ATLANTIC Coach: Charlie Partridge (first year). Last season: 6-6 (4-4 in Conference USA). Outlook: If there's reason to believe that a state team can break out, it is the Owls who are best prepared to do it. Despite...
Roper to the Rescue at UF; Coordinator Brings Energy, Tempo to an Offense That Needs Fixing
Byline: Garry Smits GAINESVILLE | Kurt Roper's daughter Reese had a question for him after he came home from a recent University of Florida practice. "Where's your voice?" she asked. Roper seems to have a permanent frog in his throat these...
Schaub's Struggles Have Followed Him to Oakland
Byline: Vito Stellino Matt Schaub's poor quarterback play in Houston a year ago may have helped cost coach Gary Kubiak his job. Now Oakland coach Dennis Allen must be wondering if he's the next coach to pay a price for Schaub's struggles. ...
Scott Captured by Election Year Body Snatchers
Byline: Ron Littlepage It appears that Gov. Rick Scott has been kidnapped and replaced with a body double, which must have been difficult to find. The abduction likely took place during the hunting trip Scott took to the King Ranch in Texas that...
SEC Preview
Byline: Garry Smits EAST SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS Coach: Steve Spurrier, 10th season (77-39); 25th overall (219-79-2). Last season: 11-2 (6-2); beat Wisconsin in Capital One Bowl. Upside: QB Dylan Thompson wasn't a starter last season...
She Offered One Last Gift; How Connie Jones Became a Hairstylist and Makeup Person for Those Who Passed On
Byline: Sandy Strickland Her mother was the hardest one to do. Connie Jones went through a box of tissues as she styled her silver hair and deftly applied makeup. What normally would have taken her 20 minutes took two hours. She cried, reached...
Sound off; Do You Have a Favorite Presidential Candidate Yet?
The November 2016 election is still more than two years away, but the posturing has begun. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group if they had a favorite presidential candidate yet and why. Here is a representative...
Southern League Notebook; Suns Sign 2-Year Extension with Marlins
Byline: Jeff Elliott The Jacksonville Suns have agreed to a two-year extension of their contract with the Miami Marlins to serve as the team's Double-A affiliate. The new pact covers the 2015 and 2016 seasons. That will make it an eight-year...
Suspenseful Tale of a Young Killer with Guilt
Byline: June Weltman KETCHUP CLOUDS Author: Annabel Pitcher Data: Little, Brown and Company, 272 pages, $18 hardcover, ages 14 and older Zoe, a teenager from a caring family in Bath, England, killed a boyfriend and gets away with it. Feeling...
Team-by-Team 2014 High School Football Schedules
ATLANTIC COAST District: 3-7A Aug. 29, at Jackson Sept. 5, Englewood Sept. 12, Wolfson Sept. 19, at OAKLEAF Sept. 26, at First Coast Oct. 3, FLETCHER Oct. 9, Sandalwood Oct. 17, OFF Oct. 24, at FLEMING ISLAND, 7:30 ...
THE COLLEGE QUARTERBACK GURU; Jimbo Fisher Keeps Developing QBs - for FSU and Others
Byline: Garry Smits The first Saturday of the 2014 college football season will feature an extraordinary set of circumstances in two nationally televised games 780 miles apart. In Atlanta, Alabama will face West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Classic...
THE LANDING: A NEW VISION; Owner of Downtown Complex Wants to Tear It Down and Rebuild, but Won't Do Anything until City Commits to Paying $11.8 Million
Byline: Roger Bull & Christopher Hong The owners of The Jacksonville Landing have entirely new plans for the downtown complex. It involves tearing the entire thing down and replacing it with two mixed-use structures that would include apartments,...
The Power of Talking, Listening
Byline: Frank Denton Whenever the identities of American patriots killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are released, "PBS Newshour" scrolls their names, military ranks and hometowns on the screen, in silence. Like most viewers probably, I stop what I'm...
Third-Party Ads Lend Negative Tone to House Race; Candidates Take Umbrage at Charges Leveled in Political Committee Mailers
Byline: David Bauerlein Florida House candidate Jay Fant's leadership of First Guaranty Bank and Trust, which failed in 2012, has come under blistering attack by a political committee largely funded by the Florida Medical Association. In turn,...
Times-Union Super 11; Trinity Christian, First Coast Lead the Way
BEN EDWARDS DEFENSIVE BACK, TRINITY CHRISTIAN Recruitment: Auburn, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA. Size: 6-foot, 196 pounds. Bio: Had 37 tackles, two for loss and two interceptions last year. Committed to Ohio State, then Auburn, but will take...
Times-Union Super 11; Two Schools, 9 Top Recruits for Football Talent, Trinity Christian, First Coast Players in Class of Their Own
Byline: Justin Barney Looking for balance in the Times Union's Super 11? Better wait until next year. The Times-Union's 35th installment of the Super 11 is historically lopsided, with nine players coming from two programs. Call it the Trinity...
Wimbush Leads Wildcats in Opener; Senior a Standout on Offense, Defense and Special Teams
Byline: Clayton Freeman KINGSLAND, GA. | The searing heat of August's dog days couldn't slow down Antonio Wimbush and the Camden County ground attack. Neither could Tallahassee Lincoln. On offense, defense, and special teams, Wimbush did it all...
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