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Articles from April 3, 2016

40 to Be Honored at Cultural Council Fundraiser
Byline: Charlie Patton The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville will hold its 40th annual Arts Awards fundraiser on May 7. In honor of the anniversary, "Boundless: 40 Years, 40 Icons" will honor 40 local artists, arts educators, arts administrators...
45 Acres near Town Center to Be Developed
Byline: Roger Bull Preferred Growth Properties has completed its purchase of 61 acres across the street from St. Johns Town Center for $46,948,500. PGP, which is a subsidiary of Books-A-Million, first announced the project a little more than a year...
A Concert like No Other: More Than Rock 'N' Roll
Byline: John Daigle Aside from the location being in Havana, I knew that taking my 16-year-old daughter to the Rolling Stones concert last week was risky. I had dragged her to a Bob Dylan concert in St. Augustine about a year ago, and Dylan all...
A Journey to Cuba; So Close Yet So Very Foreign
Byline: John Daigle Editor's note: Jacksonville ad man John Daigle and his daughter, Hannah, (right) traveled last week to Cuba to see the Rolling Stones play a historic concert in Havana (and to celebrate Daigle's 50th birthday). Here's what they...
All the Stuff That Robots Can Do
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport Jacksonville author Jennifer Swanson has another title to add to her more than 25 that cover the realm of science. It is "Everything Robotics." The 64-page softcover book looks and reads like a glossy magazine for...
Area Notebook; Julington Creek Team Takes Interclub Title
Byline: Garry Smits Area clubs continue to dominate the Florida State Golf Association Men's Interclub Team Championship as the Julington Creek Golf Club rallied to win the fourth edition of the event at the Disney World Palm and Magnolia courses...
A Young Poet Seeks a Bond with His Father
Byline: Frank Denton A newspaper newsroom is a maelstrom of humanity and community - ideas, comments, pleas and feedback well beyond the actual news events we end up reporting in the Times-Union and Jacksonville.com. People sometimes call or...
Barber's Cello Concerto a Highlight; Jacksonville Symphony Plays Beethoven Opera in Unexpected Configuration
Byline: Will Kesling Beethoven's love for opera was lifelong, yet he wrote only one opera. The opera that began as "Leonore" and ultimately came to be called "Fidelio" came slowly and late and at the cost of immense pain. Friday night in Jacoby...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport RUT-BUSTING Author and writing instructor Nancy Christie presents her "Rut-Busting" workshop for writers from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the main St. Johns Library, 1960 Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. On Thursday...
Bowling
HONOR SCORES Men: David O'Brien 300 (783), Ray Benson 300 (781), Daniel Mayo 300, Craig Nalepa 299 (745), Dan Payne 298 (715), Kent Few 289, Glenn Newman 287, Clinton Washington 280 (737), Rick Stefanik 279 (789), Josh Mathis 279 (748), Alan Hatmaker...
Briefs
EASON WORKS MOSTLY WITH THIRD TEAM New coach Kirby Smart liked what he saw from his quarterbacks in Georgia's first full scrimmage. Five-star recruit Jacob Eason, who enrolled at Georgia in January, worked some Saturday with the second-team offense...
City Clerk in Darien Says She's Quitting; Priscilla Taylor's Letter of Resignation Has Harsh Words for Council, Mayor
Byline: Terry Dickson Less than two months after the resignation of Darien City Manager Brett Cook, City Clerk Priscilla Taylor has given the city notice of her resignation in a letter in which she accused the mayor and City Council of deceit and...
Craftsman Creates Guitars from Blend of Wood, Magic; Brunswick Man Discovers a Natural Talent for a New Business That's All a Pleasure
Byline: Mike Morrison BRUNSWICK | There's a nebulous, indefinable ingredient that goes into making a great guitar. Exotic woods, pricey hardware, mother-of-pearl inlays; those all go without saying. But there's one last little thing, and guitar...
Debunking Myths in Brown Redistricting Fight
Byline: Tia Mitchell It was quite interesting to participate in the news conference called a couple of weeks ago by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown. I'm sure you've heard by now that things got testy when members of the media, yours truly included, asked...
Divers Find Body of Deputy in Putnam
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski Searchers recovered the body Saturday afternoon of an off-duty Putnam County sheriff's deputy missing in the St. Johns River after being thrown overboard in a pre-dawn boating accident Friday near Welaka. Deputy Brandee...
FACT CHECK; Not Much Tradition in Presidents Attending Funerals
Byline: Carole Fader Times-Union readers want to know: Why didn't President Barack Obama attend services for Antonin Scalia or Nancy Reagan? Is he the only president not to attend the funeral of a sitting Supreme Court justice and a former first...
Fire Station No. 5 Still Sitting Empty
Byline: Sandy Strickland Dear Call Box: What is the current status of the Riverside Avenue Fire Station at 347 Riverside Ave.? It appears to still be owned by Fidelity. Is there any movement on preserving it for reuse? There was talk in the past...
For Relentless Precision, Watch UConn Women
Byline: Gene Frenette This seems like as good a time as any for me to confess something only a small percentage of sports fans care about: I enjoy watching UConn's women basketball, even when the Lady Huskies are up by 30 points, and make no apologies...
Giving Back Linda Kittles; Retired Teacher Finds a New Way to Help Youth
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...
Hidden Children with PTSD Find Help
Second of two parts. Emily was a toddler when the abuse began. One of her Jacksonville mother's many boyfriends who began to very severely assault her. It continued with boyfriend after boyfriend. When Emily, which is not her real name, was...
I'm So Foolish: Every Day Just Feels like April 1
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. SIMONS ISLAND | I'm writing this on Friday, April Fools' Day, and I'm hiding out at home. Actually, I'm helping baby-sit Benjamin Earl Malone, our 10-month-old grandson who has two speeds: asleep and wide open. As I...
Long Road from JU to Augusta; Knox Recalls Receiving 'Invitation,' Having His Dad at Practice Round
Byline: Garry Smits First comes the victory. Not just any victory, but the one that carries with it the best perk in golf for a professional who has yet to experience the Augusta National Golf Club in April - a spot in the Masters Tournament. ...
Masters Coverage Expands Digitally; after Years with Limited TV Plans, Tournament Goes in New Direction
Byline: Garry Smits Before 2002, all TV viewers would ever see of the Augusta National Golf Club was the second nine. Gradually, CBS and the digital platforms of CBSSports.com and Masters.com have increased the scope of the coverage to begin...
Mathis Should Be Next Pride of the Jaguars Choice
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran This Jaguars offseason has been entirely about The New - new defensive coordinator (Todd Wash), new free agents (seven additions) and new optimism (however misguided it might be). But at some point this spring, the Jaguars...
New Twisting Tale by Mystery Master
Byline: Tim O'Connell FOOL ME ONCE Author: Harlan Coben Data: Dutton, 390 pages, $28 Soccer-mom/tarnished war hero solves the mystery of her sister's gruesome murder while dispatching bad guys, uncovering her husband's dark family secrets...
One Spark Returns to Its Roots; Second Day of Shortened Event Will Focus on Entrepreneurs, Not Crowds
Byline: Drew Dixon While the actual "festivities" of this year's One Spark event are relegated to Wednesday only, festival organizers say Thursday's event brings the true meaning back to the entrepreneurial showcase that started In 2013. Sure,...
Police Search for Missing Man, Suspect Foul Play
Jacksonville police are asking for help locating a man who might be the victim of foul play. Blood found inside Jerome Dempsey Johnson's home Saturday morning raises concern that he might be injured or dead, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's...
Ribault Girls Roll to National Title; Trojans Trample Maryland Team in Final at Madison Square Garden
Byline: Justin Barney Ribault is bringing a big trophy and a whole lot of respect back to Winton Drive. City champs, state champs, and now, the best girls basketball team in the nation. The Trojans won their first season-ending national championship...
Shark Researchers Complete Their Mission; Ocearch Crew Spent 3 Weeks off Coast of Florida, Georgia
Byline: Saphara Harrell Captain Ahab's hunt for the great white whale is the stuff of legend. Just off the coast of Cumberland Island there's a search for another elusive creature - the great white shark. Ocearch, a nonprofit shark research...
Sound off; Readers Share Biggest Pet Peeves about Food Service
With so many restaurants from which to choose, Jacksonville area residents can always enjoy a nice meal out - as long as the food and service are good. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group what is their favorite...
Spur-of-the-Moment Couple Finds Lasting Love
Byline: Robyn Brody Aimee Fitzgerald had been engaged and, within months of the wedding, her fiance backed out. Ed Work was also engaged and, just before his wedding, his fiancee had a change of heart as well. Both were devastated, but it turned...
The Company That Makes Jerome Brown Original BBQ Sauce Received Thousands from a City Fund Designed to Help Businesses in Northwest Jacksonville - but the Plant Sits Idle and the Fund Is Mired in Lawsuits and Foreclosures. Can It Be Turned around? EMPTY PROMISES
Byline: David Bauerlein Given a chance to help a homegrown company go national with Jerome Brown Original BBQ Sauce, the city of Jacksonville agreed in 2011 to put up $640,000 for the venture, which was supposed to hire 56 employees and be the kind...
The Real Number of Unemployed Is Controversial
Byline: Mike Clark Pulling back the curtain from the editorial page: It was just a statistic in a letter. But it was misleading, and a reader took us to task. In a recent Lead Letter, a Ponte Vedra Beach reader blamed President Barack Obama...
Top Staffer Holds the Other Key to One Door; Times-Union Review Points to Simmons, Brown's Chief of Staff
Byline: Steve Patterson, Nate Monroe & Christopher Hong The top congressional staffer for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has been deeply involved at times in the workings of a Virginia organization under federal investigation for bilking donors out...
Video Offers Powerful View of Refugees
Byline: Mark Woods Hannah Hamrick, a 28-year-old from Callahan, is featured in a video that since its release last fall has been viewed more than 50 million times on Facebook. These are the kinds of statistics typically reserved for 30 seconds...
What Will Open Enrollment Bring? If Bill Becomes Law, Students Could Go Anywhere with Space Available
Byline: Tia Mitchell TALLAHASSEE | School officials are still sorting through the details of a sweeping education measure approved by the Legislature in the final hours of the 2016 session. House Bill 7029 is 160 pages long, a legislative "train"...
Which Playoff Teams Vulnerable?
Byline: Hays Carlyon In the NFL, every team is vulnerable. OK, maybe not the Patriots. Still, every season a bunch of playoff teams can't get back over the hump to return to the tournament the following year. So, which of the 12 playoff teams...
Working Lures the Proper Way; in Hands-On Sport, This Skill Can Make, Break Day on Water
Byline: Bob McNally Watch the hands of a good angler. He grips a fishing rod with the authority, finger dexterity and familiarity a guitar virtuoso reserves for a well-worn Gibson. And like a star caressing a musical instrument, a skilled angler...
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