The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 8, 2016

11 Women Nominated for Their Accomplishments
Byline: Carolyn Gentry EVE is evolving again. When the Times-Union's EVE Awards began in 1969, it was a one-day forum with seminars culminating in a keynote by Barbara Walters, who was starting her career on NBC's "Today" show. Along the way,...
1 Trucker Dead, Other Sought in I-10 Clash; Apparent Road-Rage Incident Witnessed by Several Motorists
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski Police were searching for a tractor-trailer driver who they say shot and killed another trucker in an apparent road-rage incident Saturday afternoon while both were driving east on Interstate 10 about a half-mile west of...
About Those Palms in Median on Beach
Byline: Sandy Strickland Dear Call Box: Whose idea was it to plant palm trees in the median of Beach Boulevard from St. Johns Bluff to San Pablo Road? It must be costing a lot of money, considering the trees, the sod, shrubbery, a sprinkler system,...
A Busy Month in the Life of a Conductor
Byline: Courtney Lewis Conductors lead busy lives, traveling between different cities and orchestras. I've enjoyed writing about the inner workings of the Jacksonville Symphony, but of course, that accounts for only half of what I do each season....
AFC South's New Impact Players
Byline: Hays Carlyon Let the AFC South race begin. The draft and free agency have passed, solidifying how each team looks in the division heading into the season. There has been a large talent infusion in the AFC South over the last few months....
Armada Lament Empty Week after Another Loss; Jacksonville Has Its Chances, but Keeper's Mistake Proves Costly
Byline: Clayton Freeman The Jacksonville Armada planned for a six-point week - and got none. Now the Armada has plenty of open water to make up following Saturday's 1-0 loss to expansion club Rayo OKC at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville....
Around the AFC
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran - The Jaguars weren't the only team to emphasize defense in the draft. In the last two years, 11 of Pittsburgh's 15 picks have been defense, including five of seven last week. The Steelers will rely on young players to improve...
Around the NFC
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran - The offseason of huge tight end contracts continued Thursday when the Redskins signed former Florida player Jordan Reed to a five-year, $46.5 million extension. Earlier this offseason, Kansas City's Travis Kelce (five years,...
A Year Later, Fowler's Finish Still 'Crazy'; How Defending Champ Mastered Menacing 17 Three Times on Final Day
Byline: Garry Smits Rickie Fowler stood on the 17th tee of the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course three times during the final round of the 2015 Players Championship, knowing that anything less than a birdie would cost him a chance to win the tournament....
Best Autograph Advice from Golfers: Courtesy
Byline: Garry Smits It was 2002 at the World Golf Championship event at Mount Juliet in Kilkenny, Ireland. Outside an area reserved for players to check and sign their scorecards were dozens of kids waiting to get autographs. The tournament was...
Bolles Girls Win 2A State Title; Palatka's Seymour Sweeps Individual and Relay Sprints
Byline: Clayton Freeman The Bolles girls are Florida's track queens once more, led by triple gold from a sophomore star. Bolles won its second Class 2A girls state championship in three years, the brightest highlight for Northeast Florida athletes...
Bookmarks
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport HERITAGE Poet Ann Browning Masters ("Floridanos, Menorcans, Cattle-Whip Crackers: Poetry of St. Augustine") discusses St. Augustine heritage in a Friends of The Ponte Vedra Library Forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at...
By the Numbers
0 Back-to-back Players Championship winners. 1 In the TPC Sawgrass era, winners as a Players rookie. Craig Perks did it in 2002. 3 Weather delays in nine Players Championships since the move to May in 2007, with no Monday finishes. There...
Charter School Companies Buy Real Estate
Byline: Roger Bull There may be differing opinions on charter schools from an educational point of view, but one thing is clear: They're very active in the real estate market. Charter School Capital of Portland, Ore., paid $1,254,000 for former...
Citrus Grove Hangs on with Grit, Location; Long after Industry Moved South, San Mateo Farm Shines
Byline: Matt Soergel SAN MATEO | Cecil and Stella Nelson's citrus grove is a pretty place this time of year: It's near the end of the season, so there isn't a lot of fruit left, but wildflowers of yellow and purple have sprung up around the neatly...
Debutante
The Jacksonville Debutante Coterie has been announced for 2016. The debutantes will be presented June 10 during the Magnolia Ball at Timuquana Country Club. The coterie will make its final, formal bow on Dec. 23 during the Christmas Ball at the Florida...
Dormant JU Baseball Team Turning Corner
Byline: Gene Frenette All around the John Sessions Stadium complex, things look alive again. From the gigantic baseball card pictures of Jacksonville University All-Americans underneath the home-plate grandstand, to an expanded left-field VIP pavilion,...
End of a Story: Sometimes Her Students Got It
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | When a college professor finishes a lecture and dismisses class, there's a rustling of papers and the scraping of chairs as students turn on their smartphones and head for the door. When Sharon Bartkovich gave...
FACT CHECK; VA Funding Diverted to Aid Syrian Refugees?
Byline: Carole Fader Times-Union readers want to know: Did President Barack Obama divert $2.6 billion from veterans as part of $4.5 billion in aid to Syrian migrants? This rumor started with an article from RedFlag News, "Obama Cuts 2.6 Billion...
Former JU Player Knox Quietly Rising on Tour; Patience, Steady Improvement Has Ex-Dolphin on Verge of Something Big
Byline: Garry Smits Since Russell Knox doesn't have the charisma of a Rickie Fowler or Rory McIlroy, golf fans may still be getting to know him. Here's some help: Knox is the son of an American father and a Scottish mother who has already...
Fullwood May Ask to Be Excused - or Not
Byline: Tia Mitchell State Rep. Reggie Fullwood has understandably kept a low profile since federal officials announced last month that he had been indicted on charges of wire fraud and failing to file income taxes. It's too early to tell if...
Giving Back Javon Knight; Orphanage Friend Opened His Eyes to Volunteering
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...
Golf's Top Players = Top Pairing; No Coincidence Day, Spieth, McIlroy Paired Together in 2015 Players
Byline: Garry Smits Players Championship fans have spoken - and it's as simple as one, two, three. In a poll of more than 100 people who expressed an interest in The Players Championship, either watching the tournament on TV or attending in person,...
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY; BABY AT WORK It's Becoming More Common to See Cubicles Outfitted with Bassinets
Byline: Tessa Duvall Mila Zayets begins every workday the same way. She arrives at the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center downtown at 9 a.m. and makes her rounds to greet her office mates and before settling in for a nap. Four-month-old Mila...
High Bids Delay Bike Path over Bridge; State DOT to Advertise for New Offers on Fuller Warren Lane, I-10 /95 Nexus
Byline: Steve Patterson Work to add a pedestrian/bike path to Jacksonville's Fuller Warren Bridge and remake the juncture of Interstates 95 and 10 has been delayed about nine months because contractors' bids for the job were too high. The Florida...
Homebuilders of the Day; 35 Participate in Habitat for Humanity of Glynn's Fifth Women Build Project
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK | If only her sons could see her, Pam Meacham said with both hands supporting a heavy beam, they wouldn't believe it. Meacham was one of 35 women working Saturday on Habitat for Humanity of Glynn's 80th house and...
How Much Caution for Fowler during Offseason?
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Sunday is the one-year anniversary of defensive end Dante Fowler's torn knee ligament, one of the lowest days in Jaguars history. Fowler, the third overall draft pick eight days earlier, was injured in the opening hour...
Inspector General Up for Inspection
Byline: Frank Denton OK, let's press the rewind button. Ten months ago in this space, I wrote optimistically about our city's having created "a new independent watchdog who will help the elected officials and the rest of local government work...
Jaguars Notebook; Linder Moving to Center
Byline: Ryan O'Halloran Four-plus months into the offseason, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley finally provided some clarity about the team's offensive line Saturday. It was assumed - but never confirmed - right guard Brandon Linder would move to center,...
Kids Get Thrill on 18th at Stadium; Competing in Drive, Chip and Putt at TPC Sawgrass Is 'Pretty Cool'
Byline: Garry Smits Caroline Seaton of Jacksonville is a huge Rickie Fowler fan. Imagine, then, the emotions of the 10-year-old when she got to hit three drives from the same 18th tee of the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course during a Drive,...
LEGEND BEGAN WITH A BLUFF; Johnny Thompson, Desperate for a Job, Walked on a Track and Never Looked Back
Byline: Susie Bryan Johnny Thompson's racing career began with a few lies and a borrowed helmet. "After the war, we had about four or five years when things were hard ... due to the fact that the shipyards closed ... and all these people were...
Live Bait Key for Spanish Mackerel; Many Types Will Work, Including Pilchards, Shrimp, American Eels
Byline: Bob McNally Some folks believe there are many more Spanish mackerel around now than just a few years ago, and a lot more big fish, too. In fact, over the past few seasons, plenty of 5- to 8-pound Spanish have been caught off the First Coast....
MADE IN JAX; Windows Raised at Northside Plant Several Hundred Framed Every Day; Company Does Most of Installations
Byline: Roger Bull It's pretty clear what Eagle View Windows & Doors makes: windows and doors. A few hundred come out each day from its new plant near Jacksonville International Airport. Vinyl comes in from Illinois, aluminum from Memphis...
News Quiz
1. After talks with Russia, the U.S. State Department announced a cease-fire in one of the most war-torn cities in which country? A. Syria B. Iraq C. Somalia D. Afghanistan 2. A Jacksonville City Council committee has approved an August...
No Argument: Trial Coach's Legacy Lives
Byline: Mark Woods You may recall a column I wrote at the start of the school year about Ed Lange and the mock trial program at Fletcher High School. It's worth an update. More than 25 years ago, Lange knocked down a wall and merged two classrooms...
Partners in Love, Work, Tennis Together 17 Years after Meeting
Byline: Robyn Brody When Marie Allison met Kurt Cetin back in 1999, they could not have possibly imagined being together one day. Kurt worked for an insurance company that was being taken over by a company Marie worked for. She was in charge...
Pension Bailout Plan TBA: To Be Argued; Lack of Detail Leaves Up in the Air How, Whether Curry Plan Will Work
Byline: Nate Monroe & David Bauerlein Using often grim and urgent words, Mayor Lenny Curry has made a forceful pitch for voters to approve a first-of-its kind sales tax in August so Jacksonville can once and for all solve its cancerous problems...
Quick Guide to the Players
Tuesday through Sunday, May 15 | TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course TOURNAMENT FACTS When: Practice rounds, Tuesday and Wednesday; competitive rounds, Thursday-May 15. Purse: $10.5 million; $1.89 million to the winner. FedEx Cup: 600 points...
'Reach for the Stars' Putnam Tells Graduates; State Agricultural Commissioner's Own Star Appears Rising, Too
Byline: Tia Mitchell State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said he looked into the crowd at the University of Central Florida on Friday and thought to himself: "Keep it short." He knew the 1,200 graduates and their families and friends hadn't...
Roaring 20s: Young Guns with Bright Futures
Byline: Garry Smits Who's got next? Not to jump ahead too far in the future (and the current "Fab Four" still has much to prove) but golf's changing of the guard happens frequently. There is always a core group of college players who have turned...
Scoreboard; High Schools
TRACK & FIELD STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT IMG ACADEMY, BRADENTON BOYS CLASS 1A Teams: 1. Admiral Farragut 40.50; T2. Shorecrest Prep 34; T2. Orlando First Academy 34; 4. North Florida Christian 31; T5. P.K. Yonge 27; T5. Maclay 27. Also:...
Sergio and the Stadium Course an Ideal Match; TPC Sawgrass Has Been Good to 2008 Champion Garcia
Byline: Garry Smits Who's the best player at The Players? Almost every important statistic points to one guy: Sergio Garcia, who is only a handful of shots and one less splash into the water around the 17th green from having won at the TPC Sawgrass...
Sound off; Readers Discuss Easing Cuban Relations
With seemingly every day bringing more loosening of relations with Cuba, we asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group if they agree with the new policy and whether they would like to travel to Cuba. Here are the responses:...
St. Johns River Receives Good News for a Change
Byline: Ron Littlepage Good news about the St. Johns River is always welcome. There have been two doses of such in recent weeks. I'm often critical of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the St. Johns River Water Management...
Strike Up the Band: Music Teacher a State Finalist; Switzerland Point's Laurie Zentz Won St. Johns Honor in January
Byline: Jake Martin Band director Laurie Zentz and her students at Switzerland Point Middle School pardoned the interruption Friday when school administrators dropped in with a special, but perhaps not so surprising, announcement. From a pool...
Suicide Rate Is Tragically Increasing
Hard times and suicide go together. The suicide rate is at a 30-year high. Increased suicides happened during the Great Depression, and it's happening in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The suicide rate during The Great Depression was...
Suspended Meals Set to Resume Tuesday
Byline: Jared Keever Those who had come to depend on a nightly meal, served to the homeless and needy in downtown St. Augustine, have had to look elsewhere since last week and will have to do so until Tuesday. In a May 1 email to volunteers and...
The Players Contenders
Byline: Garry Smits Times-Union golf writer Garry Smits ranks The Players Championship top contenders from several categories PAST CHAMPIONS Those with the best shots at hoisting the crystal once again 1. Sergio Garcia Best finish: Won...
TODAY'S HITMAKERS RACKING UP THE WINS; These Four Play a Little Differently Than Predecessors, on and off Course
Byline: Garry Smits They're young, handsome, talented and charismatic. They are from diverse backgrounds: two Americans, an Australian and a native of Northern Ireland. They've won tournaments on virtually every corner of the globe. They're...
Top 10; Most Competitive Tournament Fields
Byline: Garry Smits David Duval didn't want to debate about whether The Players Championship was a major. But he had this perspective after winning the tournament in 1999: "It's the hardest tournament to win." Aside from the treachery of the...
Tournament a Front-Runner in Latest Technology; Video Boards, ShotLink, Apps Help Relay Information to Players Fans
Byline: Garry Smits The Players Championship is a marriage between a 500-year-old sport and the most modern technology available. While some major championship hold onto hand-operated scoreboards with no other information than how the players...
Tracing Paths to 'Equality'; Book Delves Deep into Duval County's Desegregation Effort
Byline: Michael Hoffmann IN NO WAYS TIRED The NAACP's Struggle To Integrate The Duval County Public School System Author: Abel A. Bartley Data: Florida Historical Society, 266 Pages, $19.95 paperback Abel Bartley, the author of "In No...
Veterans Treatment Court in St. Johns Closer to Launching
Byline: Jake Martin St. Johns County veterans caught on the wrong side of the justice system after serving their country may soon have a local program through which to receive treatment - and a second chance. The County Commission on Tuesday...
'Where Value Met Need' for Jags; Third-Round Pick Ngakoue Expected to Provide Immediate Pass Rush Help
Byline: Hays Carlyon Call him Yon for short. All his friends do. Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is one of the key pieces in turning around the defense's pass-rush woes. Ngakoue (IN-gah-kway) was selected in the third round of the NFL...
Youth Orchestras Play Monday, Then with Symphony
Byline: Charlie Patton The Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras will present "Festival of Strings" at 7 p.m. Monday and will join the Jacksonville Symphony Friday for the Major/Minor Concert at 8 p.m. Friday. During the Festival of Strings,...
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