The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 15, 2015

Apartments Planned near Town Center
Byline: Roger Bull A Houston company is looking to join the development around the St. Johns Town Center. Stanmore Partners has filed an application with the city to build a 347-unit apartment complex on the new development that Preferred Growth...
Area Golf Notebook; Patriots Outpost Receives Boost
Byline: Garry Smits Along with last week's announcement that The Players Championship will donate a record $8.1 million to charity in the North Florida area was the unveiling of a three-year plan by the Honourable Company of Past Chairmen to take...
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 FSS BREAKFAST LEARNING SERIES The next Family Support Services Breakfast...
Boat Building Highlights Maritime Festival; Teams in Competition Use Different Strategies to Create Unique Designs
Byline: Jake Martin ST. AUGUSTINE | Wood shavings and scraps were starting to pile up Saturday morning at the Quick 'N' Dirty Boat-building Competition and Race at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. A highlight of the St. Augustine Maritime...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport BIGGEST FEST The Miami Book Fair International, one of the largest book festivals in the nation, opens Sunday with six nights of readings from noted authors, culminating on the weekend with a street fair featuring...
Bowling
HONOR SCORES Men: Phil Yeatman 299, Bill Anderson 298 (757), Josh Mathis 290 (741), Steve Farris Jr. 279, Josh Johnson 279, Paul Huffine 216 (average 172), Bill Wallace 207 (158 ave.), Chad Newby 268 (746), Alan Hatmake 266, 255 (741), Justin Chokov...
Briefs
UNF SOCCER TEAM MAKES NCAA TOURNEY The North Florida men's soccer team punched its first-ever ticket to the NCAA tournament, demolishing USC Upstate 7-0 in Saturday's Atlantic Sun Conference championship. Helge Pietschmann tallied a hat trick...
Deadline for Fund Records Pushed Back; Pension Officials Now Have until Nov. 30 to Comply with Subpoenas
Byline: Eileen Kelley A forensic investigator began asking for documents from the police and fire fund five months ago. For the next two months, Ted Siedle waited. By mid-August, he still didn't have one document for the $85,000-deep dive...
Ex-Central Command Leader to Discuss Military Strategies; the General Is a Speaker for World Affairs Council Jacksonville
Byline: Wayne Ezell The absence of a clear U.S. strategy in the Middle East undermines this country's efforts as Islamic extremism continues to expand, according to a former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East. "Strategically, what are...
Exciting Downtown Projects Need to Get Done
Byline: Ron Littlepage Last week, I wrote that the time was now for Jacksonville to think big and accomplish big things. What I referred to in particular was the proposed partnership between the city and Jaguars owner Shad Khan - $45 million...
FACT CHECK; Rubio Right about Obama, Kerry Missing Votes Sen. John Kerry Missed a Higher Percentage of Votes While Running
Byline: Carole Fader Times-Union readers want to know: Marco Rubio has said that Barack Obama and John Kerry missed 60 to 70 percent of their Senate votes while running for president. Is that true? Yes, it is true, FactCheck.org found. ...
Fact or Fiction: Hickam Delivers a Family Legend
Byline: Lee Scott CARRYING ALBERT HOME Author: Homer Hickam Data: William Morrow, $25.99, 432 pages "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." Mark Twain When Homer Hickam Jr. kick started a prolific writing career with...
Fantasy Forecast
Byline: Justin Barney and Hays Carlyon Whether you're in a traditional league or play in a weekly format, the T-U's Justin Barney and Hays Carlyon have you covered this season. THREE TO START QB KIRK COUSINS, REDSKINS Hays Carlyon: This...
Gambling Reform May Affect Local Card Rooms
Byline: Tia Mitchell As chairman of the Senate's Regulated Industries Committee, Rob Bradley has the power to influence some of Florida's most visible businesses in entertainment and tourism industry. One issue Bradley, R-Fleming Island, and his...
Gathering of 2,000 Volunteers to Pack Meals for the Hungry
Byline: Rhema Thompson Hundreds of people filed into the Prime Osborn Convention Center Saturday morning, which isn't unusual for a weekend at the Center, home to dozens of expos and concerts. But unlike most events, this crowd didn't come for entertainment...
Gators Sweep the East; A 7-1 SEC Slate Worth Celebrating
Byline: Graham Hack COLUMBIA, S.C. | After dominating for much of the day against South Carolina, Florida's victory was suddenly in doubt. Momentum had turned. But on third-and-8 with just under three minutes to play, Kelvin Taylor found a...
Giving Back Mike McNamara; Neighbor Helped Him out of Debt; Now He Pays It Forward by Teaching
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...
Glimmer of Hope Peeking through for Jaguars
Byline: Gene Frenette While trying three different head coaches, the absolute worst thing about the Jaguars' four-plus years of darkness is fans rarely saw a glimpse of sunlight. Thirty-one losses by double digits from 2011-14 will do that. The...
Health Care; Scary Look Behind the Medical Curtain
American medicine is portrayed as a well-oiled machine, but it's as undisciplined as the Wild West. That's the analogy of Johns Hopkins surgeon Marty Makary in "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize...
Hero Upstaged by a Police K-9; Characters from a Standalone Novel Find Themselves as Best Parts of 16th Cole-Pike
Byline: C. F. Foster THE PROMISE Author: Robert Crais Data: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 416 pages, $27.95 MEET THE AUTHOR: Best-selling crime writer Robert Crais introduces his 20th novel, "The Promise," at 7 p.m. Monday at the Jacksonville Beach...
High School Football
FRIDAY'S FHSAA PLAYOFF GAMES All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted REGIONAL SEMIFINALS CLASS 8A Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley at MANDARIN, Apopka at Winter Garden West Orange, Bradenton Manatee at Orlando Dr. Phillips, Vero Beach at Kissimmee...
How to Succeed in Teaching; Broadway Veteran Takes on Theater Department at Douglas Anderson
Byline: Charlie Patton When the time came for Kevin Covert, in his first year as chair of the theater department at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, to direct the school's annual musical, he decided to "do something I'm a little familiar with."...
Jacksonville Journal
MUSEUM HOSTS TALK ON ST. JOHNS KAYAK TRIP The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society's Mandarin Museum at Walter Jones Historic Park is holding its Third Thursday Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, at the Mandarin Community Club at 12447 Mandarin Road....
Jags Piling Up Yards, Not Points
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Entering Sunday's game at Baltimore, the Jaguars' offense ranks 16th in yards per game (354.4) but only 22nd in points (21.3). Priority A for the offense in their quest for more points is taking better advantage of drives...
Jaguars Playbook
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran 3 THINGS TO WATCH 1 TRUST THE CORNERBACKS If there was ever a time for the Jaguars to play press-coverage outside and single safety in the middle of the field, it's Sunday. Receiver Steve Smith (Achilles tendon) is...
Lack of Residencies, Burnout Reasons for Physician Shortage; Government's Role Part of Discontent; Solutions Include 'Telemedicine'
Byline: Charlie Patton A report released last spring, which predicted that in 2025 Florida would experience a shortage of about 7,000 physicians, should not have come as a surprise. "There have always been [physician] shortages created by changing...
Lack of Transparency Earns the State a Near-Failing Grade in the Center for Public Integrity's 2015 State Integrity Investigation; FLORIDA'S D-
Byline: Tia Mitchell Florida continues to earn kudos for its liberal Sunshine Laws, which keep most government records and meetings open for public inspection. Lack of transparency in specific instances, like the abrupt resignation of the commissioner...
LESS SACK TIME; Numbers Say Pass Protection Is Better, but Still a Work in Progress
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran The breakdowns were widespread, emblematic of the Jaguars' lack of experience, ability and planning. When the Jaguars visited Baltimore last December, their pass protection issues were exposed by the Ravens' aggressive...
Let's Also Look outside the Amphitheater
Byline: Mark Woods When the latest plans for our football stadium became public, we put a question on Jacksonville.com. Should the city use bed tax money to foot half of the $90 million cost of a new amphitheater and practice facility? About...
Love at First Sight, with an Assist from the Rotary Club
Byline: Claire Reed Rotary clubs create opportunities for networking, friendship and service. For this couple, this Rotary Club created an opportunity for love at first sight. Upon separate invitations from the same acquaintance, Sarah Overton...
Maguire Comes off Bench to Lift 'Noles; Replaces Ineffective Golson as FSU Bounces Back from Clemson Loss
Byline: Garry Smits TALLAHASSEE | Sean Maguire is 2-1 as a starting quarterback for Florida State. A career backup so far, save for those three games, the junior from New Jersey had to fill a different role for the 'Noles on Saturday: rally a...
Man Dies in Early Morning Shooting in Springfield
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating an early morning homicide in the Springfield area. According to Sgt. Dan Janson with the Sheriff's Office homicide unit, a man in his 50s was fatally shot in the area of 16th and Market streets...
Marco Polo Had World Travel before Epcot
Byline: Sandy Strickland Dear Call Box: When my wife and I first moved to Jacksonville, we took a trip to Orlando and on the way down to Interstate 95, we ran across an amusement park. It was called Marco Polo Park, and the prices were very reasonable....
Mary Helen Hoff 1931-2015; Modest Mother Was Creator of the POW/MIA Flag Orange Park Woman's Husband Was Shot Down during Vietnam War
Byline: Joe Daraskevich Mary Helen Hoff, an Orange Park woman who inspired the creation of a flag honoring military personnel taken as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, died Tuesday. She was 84. In 1970, Mrs. Hoff had recently...
Mystery Explores Loyalty and Choices
Byline: June Weltman FAKE ID Author: Lamar Giles Data: Amistad (HarperCollins Publishers), 336 pages, $9.99 paperback; for mature readers, ages 14 and older. Many teens feel they don't fit in. For Nick Pearson, an African-American high...
NEWS DRONES; TV Station Tests Drone, but Challenges Await
Byline: Drew Dixon More and more video-equipped drones are being used for commercial and amateur use, and now a Jacksonville television news operation will begin using drones to gather footage for broadcasts. Action News - WJAX TV-47 and WFOX...
News Quiz
1. What country could be banned from the 2016 Olympics after a recent report of a state-sponsored doping program? A. Turkey B. Austria C. Germany D. Russia 2. When the North Florida Land Trust acquires the largest piece of unprotected...
NFL Power Rankings
Byline: Vito Stellino The Times-Union's Vito Stellino ranks every team in the league: Rank***Team (Record)***Comment 1***New England (8-0)***Last meeting vs. Giants was loss in Super Bowl 2***Cincinnati (8-0)***First 8-0 start in team history...
Not Just Another Victory for Ryan
Byline: Vito Stellino When coaches go against a team that fired them, they usually try to downplay it as just another game. Not Rex Ryan. The Bills coach returned to MetLife Stadium Thursday night to face the Jets, who dismissed him at the...
Scoreboard; High School
SWIMMING STATE MEET STUART CLASS 4A GIRLS Teams: 1. Buchholz 262; 2. Sarasota Riverview 195; 3. Olympia 174; 4. Oviedo 157; 5. Boca Raton 126; 6. Lakewood Ranch 125; 7. Tampa Plant 114; 8. Palm Harbor University 103; 9. MANDARIN 96;...
Scout Hitched His Wagon to Sweet Project
Byline: Frank Denton Five little red wagons are being scattered around town this month, at a restaurant, a schools and some offices. If you come across one, take a minute to bend over and read the little sign with a picture of a Boy Scout and the...
Seminoles Notebook; Fourth-Down Conversion a Relief for Fisher
Byline: Garry Smits TALLAHASSEE | Dalvin Cook's most important run of the game might have been a simple 2-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter of Florida State's 34-17 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday. As much as anything, it...
Sound off; Readers' Take on Climate Change
With political statements flying, we asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group what their view is of climate change and whether they think such a term (or global warming) is a myth or reality. We also wanted to know...
Symphony Conducts Residency in Clay County
Byline: Charlie Patton The Jacksonville Symphony will conduct a Clay County Residency this week, which will climax in a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts, 283 College Drive, Orange Park. The program will include...
Third Down an Issue for Improving Bortles
Byline: Hays Carlyon Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has made tremendous strides in his second season. He has room to make more, especially on third down. Bortles has excelled throwing downfield to second-year receivers Allen Robinson and...
Time Right for Tidewater Crappies; Extraordinary Action Available in Area Rivers
Byline: Bob McNally Some of the best crappie fishing in Northeast Florida is found in water most anglers believe holds nothing but saltwater fish, most notably the lower St. Johns River - which is jammed with burgeoning numbers of panfish, including...
Victims Identified in Deadly Shooting; 5-Month-Old Twins, Their Grandfather Killed; Mother Still in Hospital
Byline: Joe Daraskevich Six months ago, a pregnant Megan Hiatt posted this message on Facebook about the father of the twins she was about to have: "He's my rock, my heart, my love, my ride or die, my handsome man, my one and only, my forever."...
Week 10: Top Game
CARDINALS (6-2) at SEAHAWKS (4-4) 8:30 p.m.; CenturyLink Field Line: Seattle by 3 The skinny: Second consecutive season that Cardinals lead NFC West at midpoint, but two games remain against Seahawks. ... First of two Sunday night games in...
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