The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 18, 2015

A.M. Briefing
VERIZON OFFERS CHANNEL FLEXIBILITY Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by cable companies is becoming a bit more flexible. Verizon said Friday that it would let...
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 FIRST COAST CLASS FOR 'FLYING FLOWERS' OLLI, part of the Division of Continuing...
Big Jacksonville Turnout Greets Families of Slain Officers
Byline: Dan Scanlan An honor guard made up of about 200 hot rods, police cruisers and local car owners gave the families of two slain New York City police officers a rousing welcome Friday night outside Jacksonville International Airport. Escorted...
Cold Noses; Pets of the Week
Cold Noses, the Times-Union's weekly pet column, features pets available for adoption at area government-run shelters. For more info and photos of all the animals featured, go to Jacksonville.com/coldnoses. For more pet news, go to Jacksonville.com/news/pets....
College Gold Roundup; Love Helps Alabama Lead SEC
Dru Love of St. Simons Island, Ga., shot 2-under-par 68 at his home course to help Alabama take the first-round in the SEC men's golf tournament at the Sea Island Club Seaside Course. The Crimson Tide are 11 under as a team, five shots clear of...
Former Bishop Staffers Apologize for Email
Byline: Nate Monroe Former staffers of Republican City Councilman Bill Bishop's mayoral campaign - who now work for Mayor Alvin Brown's re-election - apologized Friday for sending an email that Duval County's top election official said could confuse...
FSCJ Changes Its Policy to Restrict Sex Offenders; Database Shows the College Has More Than Any School or University in State
Byline: Derek Gilliam Florida State College at Jacksonville has implemented a policy that mandates sex offenders go through an additional application process while barring sexual predators from enrolling. The change comes after a state database...
Gibbs Is New Coach for UNF Women; Longtime Miami Assistant Takes over Program That's Been Struggling
Darrick Gibbs, a longtime assistant at the University of Miami, was named women's basketball coach at UNF on Friday. Gibbs spent the last 10 years at Miami, which included four trips to the NCAA Tournament. He replaced Mary Tappmeyer, the longtime...
High Schools Roundup
Kara Eiginger homered and Tracy Caccavale shut down the offense as University Christian knocked off Providence 8-2 on Friday to win the District 3-3A softball title. ... UC (17-5) will host Master's Academy on Wednesday in the Region 1-3A quarterfinals....
History Shows Pick at No. 3 Can Bear Fruit
Byline: Gene Frenette If recent history is any indiction, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell might want to hang on to the No. 3 overall draft pick instead of trading down, unless somebody makes him an offer too good to resist. From 1980 to...
How to Win Friends and Get Your Bill Signed into Law; Experts Have 40 Days to Influence Governor's Pen
Byline: Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | When the General Assembly adjourned after having passed hundreds of bills, that's not the end of the process for people wanting to see their proposals become law. Here's some advice from experts on how to get the...
Jack C. Demetree 1927-2015; Developer Also Involved in Many Civic Projects
Byline: Sandy Strickland Jack Demetree, a real estate developer and banker who was known for his civic and philanthropic activities, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 87. He was involved in such real estate projects as the Prime Osborn...
Jacksonville Journal
BASS TOURNAMENT FOR CHARITY APRIL 25 The Northeast Florida Association of Realtors will stage its 12th annual charity bass fishing tournament and family fun day Saturday, April 25, in Palatka. Proceeds go to Haven Hospice. About 100 teams typically...
Jobless Rate in Area Falls over Year; Some of That Drop from Discouraged Workers No Longer Looking for a Job
Byline: Richard Webner Unemployment in the Jacksonville area declined over the past year as the labor force shrank, according to data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The unemployment rate for the Jacksonville metropolitan...
Jury Recommends Life in Brutal Killing of Woman; Formal Sentencing of Lance Kirkpatrick Set for May 15
Byline: Larry Hannan Lance Eugene Kirkpatrick showed no mercy to Kim Dorsey when he raped her, beat her with a pool cue and then slit her throat. But on Friday the Jacksonville jury that convicted Kirkpatrick of murder chose to let him live out...
Legal Fight in the Past, Bakery Open; and the Old Customers Are Finding Their Way Back to Edgewood
Byline: Drew Dixon After a contentious legal battle temporarily closed the popular Edgewood Bakery, the Jacksonville business opened again this week after about a month of being shuttered. The bakery - in business since 1947 - reopened this week...
Make Your Yard Florida-Friendly for Earth Day; Also, before Planting Check the Sunlight Your Landscape Will Receive
Byline: Terry Brite DelValle Earth Day is April 22 and there are lots of activities over the next two weeks showcasing how we can create a more Earth-friendly environment. There are many things that a homeowner can do to help promote Earth Day...
Matt about Jax; SHUT EM DOWN AUTHENTIC SOUTHERN RESTAURANT
Byline: Matt Pittman There is an art to Southern cooking. Sure, it may not be the healthiest food around, but there is no denying how great it tastes. Whether it's from the bacon fat, a half stick of butter or ham hocks, I don't care, it's delicious....
Mistakes Add Up to Another Loss; Defensive Woes Continue as Well as Sharks Fall to 0-4
Byline: Don Coble A defense that gave up a touchdown on 10 of 11 possessions and still hasn't been able to get a stop on fourth-down this season. Penalties that negated an interception and a sack. A special team that gives up a 58-yard kickoff...
Montgomery Gets Past Suns; Biscuits Make Most of 4 Hits, End Jacksonville's 5-Game Winning Streak
Byline: Vito Stellino The Montgomery Biscuits turned just four hits into three runs Friday night to beat the Jacksonville Suns 3-2 and end their five-game winning streak. The Suns (5-2) were held to two hits in the first six innings by Biscuits...
Not Big on Small Schools; but McCray's Success encouragesJags to Keep Open Mind in Draft
Byline: Hays Carlyon The Jaguars used to be a haven for small-school draft picks under former general manager Gene Smith. That didn't go so well. Current Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell has used 16 of his 17 draft picks in his two drafts to take...
Notebook; RCR Takes Penalties to Final Appeals Officer
Richard Childress Racing has appealed NASCAR's penalties against Ryan Newman's team to the highest level. The team made the move Friday, a day after losing its bid to overturn penalties levied against Newman's team for allegedly manipulating tires...
Olive Garden Reopening with New Look
Byline: Nancy White Jacksonville's newest Olive Garden restaurant - a rebuild of the location that caught fire in January 2014 - will reopen featuring the company's latest restaurant design and logo. The restaurant at 9465 Atlantic Blvd. will...
One Spark Was Fun, Refreshing, Lively
Another year, another big week of One Spark activities. We know what the organizers think about it, so what about the citizens? Have they enjoyed it? What about the impact on downtown? GOOD IN NEARLY EVERY WAY How could anyone be negative...
Process Smooth, Posluszny Says; LB: Reworking Contract 'Relatively Easy' Because of Good Communication
Byline: Hays Carlyon Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny wanted to play in Jacksonville as long as he could. He took a sizable pay cut to do so, despite the Jaguars having ample salary-cap space. Posluszny agreed to a one-year contract...
Scoreboard; High Schools
SOFTBALL BISHOP SNYDER 10, BALDWIN 0 Baldwin******000***000******-***0***5***3 Bishop Snyder******402***103******-***10***9***1 W: Neal. L: Williams. HR: Knox (S), Jaeger (S). 2BH: Acevedo (S), Knox (S), Jaeger (S), Duckworth (B). ...
Sweet Dining Destination; Historic Seminole Club Building Downtown Adds a Tasty Restaurant
Byline: Jay Magee For more than a century, downtown Jacksonville's historic Seminole Club was a hub of recreation for Jacksonville's elite. Today, the rest of us can consume the storied building's charms - of the architectural and culinary kind...
Teacher Facing Cut Pleading Her Case; 'Highly Effective' Clay Educator Holds 1 of 80 Posts to Be Eliminated
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski FLEMING ISLAND | A veteran Clay County teacher evaluated as "highly effective" but nonetheless facing the loss of her job implored School Board members Thursday to reconsider eliminating 80 teacher and support staff positions...
Those Black Grasshoppers You See Will Soon Be Big Yellowish Lubbers
Byline: Karl Zedell What are these tiny black grasshoppers I see in my garden? They think my flowers are a smorgasbord! Ah, yes, it is that time of year again. The Easter Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea microptera) is back. Believe it or not, these...
Trespasser at Ribault High Tosses Gun, Then Runs Away
School district officials found a gun at Ribault High School after approaching a trespasser who apparently tossed it while fleeing the campus, according to a Duval County School District spokeswoman. Marsha Oliver said school officials approached...
Veterans Tell Brown of Delays in Service; 'No Idea' about Long Waits, Congresswoman Insists
Byline: Clifford Davis U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., came to UF Health Jacksonville on Friday to educate veterans on how to use Veterans Choice, a card that is supposed to give those who face long wait times for medical care - as many do in Jacksonville...
Walker Moved Past Miscue; Missed Layup as Freshman Helped Drive Center's Development on Way to 2 State Titles
Byline: Justin Barney Wyatt Walker let it bother him for a few months. People asked him about it relentlessly, and he understood why they did. If Walker was going to be remembered for anything during his basketball career at Providence, a missed...
What Matters in P.E.: Skills or Knowledge?
Byline: Denise Smith Amos Nick Senske is a physically fit seventh-grader at Mandarin Middle School who holds a brown belt in karate despite having asthma. One day in January he had a trouble while running in P.E. class. He struggled to take in...
Winning This Award Was a Piece of Cake
Byline: Sandy Strickland Tamatha Cain, armed with three suitcases packed with baking equipment, flew to Chicago to decorate a cake. Well, actually, three cakes. The Jacksonville resident had to do a rolled fondant cake incorporating a ceramic...
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