The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 6, 2017

A.M. Briefing
STEIN MART STORES TO CLOSE ON THANKSGIVING Jacksonville-based Stein Mart, Inc. announced Thursday that its stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. After being open on Thanksgiving Day for the past three years, Stein Mart is opting to close...
Bowden Rolled Dice, Came Up Empty; FSU Coach Went for Two in Epic 1987 Game vs. Miami
Byline: Garry Smits The question wasn't even finished before Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher knew where it was headed. "Play action, rail route ... tried to throw it to Pat Carter in the right end zone," Fisher said earlier this week when asked...
Briefs
76ERS' EMBIID BACK AT PRACTICE Joel Embiid was cleared for 5-on-5 drills and participated in a full practice with the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time Thursday. Embiid sat out Philadelphia's preseason opener on Wednesday and won't play against...
Concert Security: Frequent Mass Shootings Require New Measures
Byline: Tom Szaroleta In 2015, gunmen opened fire in a packed Paris venue during an Eagles of Death Metal show, killing 130 fans. Earlier this year, a bomb was set off outside a London arena, killing 22 fans leaving an Ariana Grande concert....
County Plans to Let Pier Die; City to Look for Ways to Save It
Byline: Sheldon Gardner The St. Johns County Ocean Pier, which has been built and rebuilt over the years, is now in danger of disappearing. The county has pumped money into the pier to keep it open to the public, but it's not clear how long that...
Duval Schools Use New Formula to Set 'Stretch' Goals for 2020
Byline: Denise Smith Amos Duval's School Board is using newly created algorithms to set aggressive stretch goals for academic progress leading up to the year 2020. In some cases, the new goals are higher than the state's own goals for academic...
Festivals Planned for Saturday
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK, GA. | A couple of big coastal festivals are going forward Saturday even though Tropical Storm Irma wrecked much of the venue of one. The Coastal Resources Division's annual CoastFest will still fill the grounds...
Glynn County Lawyer Gets Bond in an Aggravated Stalking Case
Byline: Terry Dickson BRUNSWICK, GA. | A St. Simons Island lawyer jailed since Sept. 19 on aggravated stalking charges was given a $10,000 bail Thursday. Vince D. Sowerby shambled into Glynn County Chief Magistrate Alex Atwood's court for a bail...
Judge Reverses Foreclosure Sale of Family's Home; House Was Sold Online When Hurricane Irma Closed Offices
Byline: Steve Patterson A Jacksonville family won't lose its house because of a foreclosure auction held the day Hurricane Irma blasted through town. Circuit Judge Thomas Beverly agreed Thursday to invalidate the online sale of the Bartram Springs...
Key Edmonton Trip Awaits Armada in Stretch Run
Byline: Clayton Freeman There's no place like... the road. The Jacksonville Armada is heading away from the First Coast when it matters most. And, for once, that may be a good thing. "Every game is a must-win for us," Armada coach Mark...
Large Turnout Expected at 16th Annual Black Expo; 14,000 Could Attend Event, with Up to 170 Exhibitors at Convention Center
Byline: Drew Dixon The 16th annual Florida Black Expo weekend is set to envelop downtown Jacksonville this weekend as organizers are expecting as many as 14,000 people to attend. "This is 16 years of promoting economic empowerment within Northeast...
Mass Shootings: We Must Take Action
In the wake of the terrible violence in Las Vegas, there is a reaction to do something. But we must be smart. There is much we don't know. How could we have prevented or at least reduced the death toll from the gunman's mass shooting into a crowd?...
MUCH WORK TO DO; Repairing Irma's Damage Will Take Weeks, Months, Even Years
Byline: Roger Bull By the time Lynda Silverman got into her office the day after Hurricane Irma blew through Florida, she had 50 messages waiting on her phone for her fence company. And the calls haven't stopped. "We have three people in the...
No Need to Rush Kids Hope Alliance Bill
Byline: Ron Littlepage There are disputes about who first said this: "Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made." What's not in dispute is that sentiment was never as true as when the City Council Finance Committee met this...
Pressure's on Richt to Beat 'Noles
Byline: Gene Frenette Mark Richt can't let this opportunity past him or the Miami Hurricanes by. It's hard to fathom one of the most high-profile college football programs being a non-factor on the national stage for over a decade, but this is what...
Priest's Killer May Avoid Trial, Death Penalty; Diocese Says Plea Deal Would Grant Life without Parole
Byline: Eileen Kelley A disturbed Jacksonville transplant who admitted he abducted and killed 71-year-old Father Rene Robert last year is expected to plead guilty this month, effectively avoiding trial and taking the death penalty off the table....
Ready for Oktoberfest? Weekend Oktoberfest at Met Park Offers Music, Fun for All Ages
Byline: Tom Szaroleta Charles Wagoner has been throwing Oktoberfest celebrations at the beach for several years, but he had his eye on something bigger for this year. The Beaches Oktoberfest is still happening - it's next weekend at the Seawalk...
Scoreboard; High Schools
VOLLEYBALL EPISCOPAL 3, BOLLES 0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-17) Digs: Martin (E) 17, Scott (B) 25. Aces: Callaway (E) 1, Mayher (E) 1, Gardella (B) 2. Kills: Martin (E) 19, Wasdin (B) 12. Assists: McCarthy (E) 34, Tanner (B) 23. Records: Episcopal...
SEC Notebook; Auburn QB Finding Groove
Byline: Phillip Heilman Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham likes to say his goal entering each game is to complete every pass he attempts. Over the last three weeks, the redshirt sophomore has been almost that good. After two sluggish efforts...
Steelers Scouting Report
Byline: John Reid JAGUARS (2-2) AT STEELERS (3-1) When: 1 p.m. Sunday Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh ABOUT THE STEELERS - The Steelers are second in the NFL with 15 sacks, trailing only the Jaguars (18). It is the second-most sacks by...
STRENGTH TEST; Elite Matchup Features Steelers' Brown vs. Jags' Cornerbacks
Byline: John Reid Cornerback Jalen Ramsey considers the Jaguars' secondary the best in the NFL. He also ranks himself as one of the top five cornerbacks in the league and A.J. Bouye, who plays on the opposite side, as the league's best. Both...
Three Games to Watch: Week 7
Byline: Justin Barney A glance at three of the top games in the area on Friday night. All games 7 p.m. St. Augustine (4-0) at Ponte Vedra (4-1): The Sharks are playing better now than when this game was first on the schedule in Week 3. Hurricane...
Three People Shot, House Set Ablaze on McConihe Street
Three people, including two juveniles, are recovering from being shot Wednesday night and their home set on fire, according to Jacksonville police. None of the wounds are life-threatening, but police are trying to learn more about what happened...
Times-Union Football Power Poll
Byline: Justin Barney All games 7 p.m., Friday, unless indicated. Rank, (Previous), Team, Record, Classification 1. (1) LEE, (5-0), CLASS 7A Last week: d. Atlantic Coast, 36-0 Friday's game: at Ribault (3-2) Glance: This week's game,...
Vehicle Counts as Weapon in Manslaughter Case; Last Year, the Court Ruled the Car Wasn't a Weapon
Byline: Ben Conarck A state appeals court ruled Thursday that a vehicle fit the legal definition of a weapon in a manslaughter case stemming from a 2011 bar fight in Jacksonville Beach that escalated to a fatal hit-and-run. The state's First...
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