The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 11, 2017

2 St. Augustine Cases Bring Convictions; 1 Involved Teacher Sex Charge, the Other the Killing of an Artist
Byline: Jared Keever ST. AUGUSTINE | Two high-profile cases in St. Johns County resulted in convictions this week as defendants - one a former teacher who had sex with a student, the other a woman involved in the 2016 murder of a local artist -...
A.M. Briefing
28 BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALISTS NAMED The Florida Sterling Council and FloridaMakes on Wednesday named 28 manufacturing companies as finalists for the first Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards. The winners will be announced...
An Air of Civility for Youth; New Civil Citation Policy Is Arrest Alternative for Juvenile Offenders
Byline: Tessa Duvall Wednesday afternoon marked a "historic" time for juvenile justice in Northeast Florida as State Attorney Melissa Nelson fulfilled a campaign promise long-awaited by reform-minded advocates. The use of civil citations, an...
Briefs
GABBERT TO CARDINALS Former Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert will sign a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, according to multiple reports. Gabbert, 27, is a former first-round pick who spent three seasons with the Jaguars...
Can No. 1 Conquer Players? Johnson, the Most Dominating Player on Tour, Hasn't Thrived at Stadium
Byline: Garry Smits The No. 1 player on the world golf rankings has won The Players Championship only four times and in every case, they were bombers who down-shifted to plodder mode to tame the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Greg Norman won...
Condemned Kingsland Oaks to Live on in Mayflower II
Byline: Terry Dickson KINGSLAND, GA. | With this kind of weather, you appreciate shade. Damn that West Mims Fire anyway, but I digress. Some live oaks are in the way of the Kingsland Bypass project and they're coming down. They don't treat trees...
Corrections
The Times-Union takes mistakes seriously. We will correct all mistakes of fact made in our news stories as soon as possible. We also publish appropriate clarifications. - Duval County School Board member Scott Shine Monday mentioned that Superintendent...
Firefighter Avoids Jail in Violent Carjacking; Charged with Assault, Theft, Lieutenant Takes Probation in Plea Deal
Byline: Garrett Pelican A Jacksonville fire department lieutenant charged in a February attack and attempted carjacking that bloodied a woman outside a St. Augustine bar will avoid jail time, according to court documents. John Lopez III, 39,...
Focused on the Fans; New Players Boss Looks for Ways to Enhance Tourney 'Outside the Ropes'
Byline: Garry Smits Jared Rice is a fanatic about fans. He knows how much people love their sports and wherever he's worked, it's been his job to enhance the experience. Rice used to organize bobblehead and puck giveaways for Anaheim Ducks...
Gwen Graham: Voters Should Be Appalled by Legislators' Behavior
Byline: Sebastian Kitchen Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham took a break from her first workday in Jacksonville since announcing her run for governor to talk about the state budget, her workdays, politics and her contempt following the legislative session...
He's a Skilled 'Traffic Cop' on Golf Channel
Byline: Gene Frenette Most people recognize him as "that guy" on The Golf Channel who plays traffic cop for former PGA Tour players Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo and David Duval, allowing them to give their free-flowing opinions on a live set from...
Jumbo Shrimp Fall at Home Again
Byline: Vito Stellino If there was a moment that was a good example of the Jumbo Shrimp's hitting woes, it occurred in the eighth inning Wednesday at the Baseball Grounds against Biloxi. The Jumbo Shrimp, trailing 3-1, loaded the bases with one...
Logano Broke Rules but He Can Keep the Win
Byline: Don Coble Although his team was caught cheating, Joey Logano was allowed to keep his recent victory at the Richmond International Raceway. And while he won't be allowed to use the win as an automatic qualifier into the Chase for the Championship...
NASCAR Notebook; NASCAR Levies Another Suspension on Almirola's Crew Chief after Failed Inspection
The crew chief for Aric Almirola is the latest to earn a NASCAR suspension for a failed inspection. Drew Blickensderfer was suspended three races because Almirola's fourth-place car at Talladega Superspeedway had too much rear skew. He was also...
New Memorial Wall Honors Fallen Police; Family of Deputy Eric Oliver, Who Died in 2016, Joins Commemoration
Byline: Dan Scanlan Douglas Oliver lowered his head as a deputy behind him read the roll call of fallen officers in Nassau County and got to his older son's name - "Deputy Eric Oliver," followed by "absent." The 32-year-old was killed Nov. 22...
Opinion Roundup; State Retirement Rankings Vary Widely
It's amusing to see lists that place Florida out of the top spots for places to retire. As The New York Times noted, New York is too expensive, Alabama offers cheap living but sketchy health care. The latest ranking from Bankrate places Florida...
PAIR OF LOCALS ON A ROLL; Harman, Smith Head into Players after Clutch Performances
Byline: Garry Smits The last two PGA Tour events were decided by one shot when the winner birdied the 72nd hole. Both players were area residents: Brian Harman of St. Simons Island, Ga., who made a 28-foot birdie putt to win the Wells Fargo Championship...
Plenty of Support for Masters Champion; Big Step Forward for Garcia, Who Has Fared Well at Stadium
Byline: Adam Schupak Sergio Garcia's victory at the Masters Tournament in April led to an outpouring of support among golfers and fans alike. None more so than his Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy, who admitted he was reduced to tears. "I cried....
Point of View; OneJax Builds Bridges of Understanding
Byline: Jim Crooks For many years OneJax, an affiliate of the University of North Florida, has encouraged local residents of diverse backgrounds to come together building bridges of communication and understanding. Its roots lie with the National...
Police Shoot, Kill 25-Year-Old after He Opens Fire; Suspect Vowed He Would Not Return to Prison
Byline: Dan Scanlan A 25-year-old man with a violent past was shot and killed by police after he fired at them in his apartment doorway, threatened to engage in a shootout with them to the death and then pointed a gun at officers again from an upstairs...
Prep Baseball Roundup
Byline: Justin Barney PROVIDENCE'S BIG BATS CONTINUED TO PUT UP BIG NUMBERS Max Holmes homered and knocked in five runs and Tyler Johnson added a pair of hits and four RBI as the host Stallions beat Tallahassee's Florida State University High...
Removal of Juror Resets Deliberations in Brown Trial; Panel Asks Judge about Mail Fraud Standard, Tax Returns
Byline: Nate Monroe, Steve Patterson & Christopher Hong U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan's decision Wednesday to remove a juror jolted the third day of deliberations in former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's federal trial on fraud and tax charges....
School Board Suspends Two Teachers for Misconduct; One Gets 30 Unpaid Days for Corporal Punishment; Other Is Given 15 Days for Recording Girls Fighting
Byline: Denise Smith Amos Duval County's School Board Monday suspended two teachers for misconduct. One teacher received 30 unpaid days for allegedly using a yardstick to physically punish students. She has been in trouble with the district before...
Teen Jarboe Park Arson Vandals Sought
Neptune Beach police are asking for tips in the hopes that someone will lead them to the vandals who set fire Tuesday night to two portable toilets and a gazebo at Jarboe Park. Officers and fire crews answering a call before 10 p.m. of a structure...
The Players Championship Notebook; First-Time Participants Favor Rahm
Byline: Garry Smits Jon Rahm, the early favorite for PGA Tour rookie of the year, was the winner in a Times-Union poll of the first-time Players Championship participants on who they believed had the best chance to win the tournament. Rahm, the...
Tweaking the Course, by Design; Wenzloff, Consulting with Dye, Has Made a Few Changes to the Stadium
Byline: Adam Schupak For Steve Wenzloff, the task of leading the latest renovation of The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass was a little like being asked to touch up the Mona Lisa. You better not paint a moustache. So far, the early returns...
UF Women Golfers Advance to NCAA Championship after Tying for Team Title
Byline: Garry Smits The University of Florida women's golf team isn't content with just getting by. The Gators not only qualified for the NCAA Championship on Wednesday at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course but they tied South Carolina...
Weather Shift Aids Mims Fire Crews
Byline: Terry Dickson For the first time in days, crews Tuesday were able to take the fight to the West Mims Fire as a temperature inversion kept the lid on the fire that has now burned nearly 144,000 acres in an near the Okefenokee Swamp. The...
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