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Articles from March 24, 2015

2nd Man in Burglary Sentenced; Three Men Were Chased into Swamp; Third Suspect Never Caught but Might Be Dead
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | The second of three suspects in a string of burglaries a year ago was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty. The third suspect was never caught, but he may have paid with his life, at least...
A Better World; First Coast Is a Great Place for Retirees
When people think of retirement communities, Jacksonville usually doesn't come to mind. South Florida usually comes first and possibly the Villages near Ocala. But the Jacksonville area has everything a retiree could want: - Mild weather with...
A.M. Briefing
GASOLINE PRICES SLIDE SLIGHTLY Gas prices fell a little in Florida and Georgia in the past week, but remained stable over much of the country. The average price of a gallon of regular gas stayed at $2.42 nationally, according to AAA. But it dropped...
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) 359-4450. 1 YULEE PONTE VEDRA TO WHITE OAK Ponte Beaches' Friends for the Arts hosts a tour...
Bill Enhancing Developer Tax Credits on Hold; Committee Concern: How Much Tax Revenue Would Be Given Up?
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | Senate Finance Committee questions about costs delayed a vote Monday on legislation that would enhance tax credits for developers who renovate historic buildings. Committee members were chiefly concerned about...
Blackout Rule Lifted for 2015; Vote Does Away with 40-Year Rule That Jaguars Have Not Been Subject to since 2009
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran PHOENIX | The NFL voted Monday to suspend the league's local television blackout policy for at least the upcoming season. The 40-year old rule, which most recently required 85 percent of non-premium tickets to be sold...
Body Found of Man Who Jumped off Bridge; He Had Told His Ex-Girlfriend Shortly before He Jumped to Watch the News
A body recovered early Saturday from the St. Johns River has been identified as Torrance Tremayne Johnson, who was seen jumping from the Mathews Bridge after crashing March 17, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The 40-year-old was...
Career Track
Gov. Rick Scott appointed Arezou "Ari" Jolly to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. Jolly is assistant general counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield and currently serves as chair of the Greater Jacksonville USO. - - - Content marketing...
'Civil Discourse' Panel Tackles Personal Biases; Discussion Centers on Race and Attitudes toward Authority
Byline: Rhema Thompson When it comes to human bias, it can come in both implicit and explicit forms, said William Daniels. Daniels, who is with the Public Affairs Office for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Middle District of Florida, used his...
Disguise Didn't Help Fugitive Escape; Businessman Who Was Once Reported Dead Faces Insurance Fraud Charges
Byline: Steve Patterson A toupee and a bad dye job didn't disguise a Jacksonville businessman wanted on insurance fraud charges when federal agents stopped him two years after his reported death in Venezuela, court papers filed Monday said. After...
Election 2015; It's Time to Choose
Polls: Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Expected turnout: About 30 percent Problems? Call the Supervisor of Elections Office: (904) 630-1414 MAYOR ALVIN BROWN (D) LENNY CURRY (R) BILL BISHOP (R) OMEGA ALLEN (NPA) SHERIFF Mike Williams...
FSCJ Would Change Name with Proposal in Senate; Panel OK's Bill to Remove 'State' from Community College Names
Byline: Tia Mitchell TALLAHASSEE | Jacksonville's community college would undergo its second name change in less than a decade under a proposal approved Monday by a Florida Senate committee. The legislation requires Florida State College at Jacksonville...
Gilmore Sues for Pension Payment; Former JU Star Believes He's Owed Money from ABA Retirement Plan
Byline: Andrew Pantazi Artis Gilmore, Jacksonville's basketball legend of the '70s and '80s, believes he's due a pension payment for his years of playing in the NBA. Gilmore last week filed a federal lawsuit against the American Basketball Association...
He Feels Good When He's on Dance Floor; Truman Ball and His Girlfriend Won Ritz Theatre and Museum Contest
Byline: Cristin Wilson At 69, Truman Ball still loves to dance. He has moves (think James Brown). His feet don't stop - from left to right, then a quick spin. He started describing the routine that won him and his girlfriend first place at the...
'Learning How to Use Your Body Most Efficiently'
Byline: Charlie Patton In October 2000, a federal court in Manhattan ruled that pilates, like yoga and karate, is an exercise method, not a trademark. That put an end to about a decade during which the owner of a New York studio claimed he owned...
Main Work Done, Pro Days Next
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran PHOENIX | The Jaguars showed they were serious about free agency March 11 when they signed five players less than 24 hours after the market opened. And it was exhibited in another way: General manager Dave Caldwell and...
Mayo Study Identifies Alzheimer's Culprit; Tau Protein Rather Than Another Toxic Protein Identified as 'Driver'
Byline: Charlie Patton A University of North Florida graduate now working as a neuroscience researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is the lead author on a new research study that identifies the buildup of dysfunctional tau protein in the...
Nassau Sheriff's Office Now Has Angel on the Team; Name Wins for Bloodhound Puppy Donated by Miami-Based Center
Byline: Dan Scanlan The Nassau County Sheriff's Office's newest recruit finally has a name to go along with her future role at the agency. "Angel" is the Sheriff's Office's new bloodhound puppy, chosen from hundreds of submissions sent during...
No Tests or Homework Here; Just Your Choice of Learning; One Day U Forum Coming to First Coast on Saturday
Byline: Sandy Strickland Think of it as going back to college for a day. But this time, there are no tests, no homework and no grades. Moreover, you get to pick three of six classes taught by professors from some of America's most prestigious...
Philly Easily Won Bidding War; Eagles' Offer to Murray Apparently Far Exceeded Caldwell's Efforts
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran PHOENIX | The last time Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell held an interview session, it was March 11 to announce the addition of five players in the opening 24 hours of free agency. But a primary topic for Caldwell...
Raising Funds and Awareness; Walk to End Lupus Scheduled for Late Sunday Afternoon
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey Natalie Martinez, a 39-year-old mother of three, is only partly joking when she calls herself a vampire. Twelve years ago she was diagnosed with lupus, the debilitating illness that in hindsight she believed had stalked...
Scenario Exists Where Jaguars Could Have 3 First-Round Picks
Byline: Hays Carlyon We all thought the Jaguars' shock-and-awe offseason would be this one. Turns out, we might have been a year early. Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell could be in position to set up something big for 2016. How big?...
Scoreboard; High Schools
BASEBALL MONDAY'S RESULTS BARTRAM TRAIL 12, ORANGE PARK 1 Orange Park***000***01******-***1***2***2 Bartram Trail***552***0******-***12***12***2 W: Bodin. L: Nalepa. HR: Marabell (B). 3BH: M. Cassala (B). 2BH: Murphy (B), M. Cassala...
Speaker Looks to Have Medical Marijuana Vote; Senate Committee Approved a Bill Granting Legal Use of Cannabis Oil for 8 Conditions
Byline: Kathleen Foody ATLANTA | Georgia House Speaker David Ralston says he hopes both chambers will vote this week on a bill allowing people with eight medical conditions to use a type of medical marijuana. Ralston told The Associated Press...
State review:UNF's Loans to MOCA Still an Issue; Auditor General Will Send Letter to Legislative Committee; School Official Says UNF Seeks Resolution
Byline: Rhema Thompson Two years after a state audit found the University of North Florida made unauthorized loans to Jacksonville's Museum of Contemporary Art, state auditors say issues over money paid to the museum still aren't resolved. The...
Teachers, Students Rally against Deal's Plan for Struggling Schools; Groups Say State Takeover Not Answer; Governor Seeks Amendment
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | A proposal for the state to take over struggling schools met with objections Monday from students, teachers and parents connected to some of the most likely targets. The rally in the statehouse included chants...
UNF's Tappmeyer out as Women's Hoops Coach; 'This Is Tough,' Said Coach Who Developed Program from Scratch
The only women's basketball coach in UNF history will not be returning next season. Ospreys athletic director Lee Moon said Monday that Mary Tappmeyer will not have her contract renewed after 23 seasons as coach. Tappmeyer coached UNF at the...
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