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Articles from March 2, 2018

2 Children Get into Closed Pool at Apartments, 1 Drowns
Byline: The Times-Union LAW & ORDER A 5-year-old boy is dead and another child hospitalized following a Thursday afternoon drowning at The Preserve at St. Nicholas apartment complex in the 3900 block of Atlantic Boulevard, according to the...
After Loss, Florida State Faces Must-Win; by Garry Smits
Byline: gsmits@jacksonville.com Florida State no longer has a margin for error. The Seminoles' 76-63 loss at Clemson on Wednesday night left them with an 8-9 ACC record (19-10 overall) with one game remaining, on Saturday at home against Boston...
Arizona Keeps Miller as Coach
Byline: The Associated Press When Arizona hastily called a news conference on Thursday afternoon, it appeared coach Sean Miller's tenure in Tucson could be coming to an end. Instead, the coach vehemently denied a report claiming he discussed...
Baseball Prepared TE Hurst for NFL; by Ryan O'Halloran
Byline: rohalloran@jacksonville.com INDIANAPOLIS Hayden Hurst already knows professional sports pressure. He walked all five batters he faced during his debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates' rookie-league team in 2013 and struck out 26 times in...
Boys Hoops Third-Round Playoff Glance; by Justin Barney
Byline: jbarney@jacksonville.com Boys high school basketball third-round playoff games are Friday. A look at the matchups. All games 7 p.m. unless indicated. REGIONAL FINALS Friday Region 1-8A Creekside (25-4) at Lincoln (20-8): A rematch...
Browns Open to Dealing No. 1 Pick
Byline: From news services John Dorsey will make a deal for the top pick in this year's NFL Draft if the price is the right. At the league's scouting combine on Thursday, the Cleveland Browns general manager took his sales pitch public. "There...
Caroline Kennedy to Speak at Wolfson Children's Hospital Benefit; by Beth Reese Cravey
Byline: bcravey@jacksonville.com Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and former U.S. ambassador to Japan, will be in Jacksonville Mondayto appear at the Florida Forum Speakers Series. She is the third and final speaker...
Charges Dropped against Controversial Jacksonville Dentist; by Dan Scanlan
Byline: dscanlan@jacksonville.com It was an angry scene that lasted for weeks in the spring of 2015 along an uphill stretch of University Boulevard. Parents protested how a Jacksonville dentist had abused their children in his office nearby. ...
Congress Stalls on Guns as Trump's Stance Scrambles Debate; by Lisa Mascaro and Matthew Daly
Byline: The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Action on gun legislation skidded to a halt Thursday in Congress -- not for a lack of bipartisan proposals, but because President Donald Trump's stunning shift on gun policy left some in his party confused,...
Eagle Helps Oosthuizen Take Lead in Mexico
Byline: The Associated Press Louis Oosthuizen made a short eagle putt late in his round and birdies on two of the short par 4s for a 7-under 64 to lead the Mexico Championship in Mexico City. Right behind were two players making their first appearances...
Grieving Bollywood Fans Pay Their Respects to Sridevi; by Rafiq Maqbool
Byline: The Associated Press MUMBAI, India -- Lining up for hours and visibly grief-stricken, thousands of mourning fans paid their respects to Sridevi, the iconic Bollywood actress who drowned accidentally in a Dubai hotel bathtub last weekend....
Gunshot at Georgia School Ignites Debate on Arming Teachers; by Jeff Martin and Alina Hartounian
Byline: The Associated Press ATLANTA -- Police say they don't know why a popular teacher allegedly fired a handgun inside his classroom, causing a chaotic lockdown and evacuation of his Georgia high school. But it immediately pierced the national...
Hopefuls Vie to Sing National Anthem for Jumbo Shrimp; by Matt Soergel
Byline: msoergel@jacksonville.com "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been the bane of many a singer, and there's usually an element of anticipated disaster looming as listeners wait for the toughest parts. Sure, the singer may get past "the rockets'...
House Backs Tougher Texting-While-Driving Ban
Byline: The News Service of Florida The Florida House approved a measure Thursday that would allow law-enforcement officers to pull over motorists for texting while driving, despite concerns the bill could increase instances of racial profiling....
House OKs Opioid Bill, Prescription Limits
Byline: The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE -- While the sponsor acknowledged the bill won't solve the state's problem with opioid abuse, the House on Thursday unanimously passed a measure that includes imposing prescription limits. "I don't...
Hulu Asks: 'Is It Time to Examine How 9/11 Happened?'; by Mark Kennedy
Byline: The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Not too long ago, Peter Sarsgaard felt he had to have a difficult conversation with his oldest daughter about 9/11. He and Ramona, then 9, were in a car on the anniversary of the terror attacks and the...
Janney Thought Film Acclaim Eluded Her -- Then Came 'I Tonya'; by Lindsey Bahr
Byline: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The Academy Awards seem like formality when it comes to the best supporting actress category this year. Since the world devoured Allison Janney's brilliantly acidic performance as Tonya Harding's abusive...
Kroger Joins Other Big Retailers, Tightens Gun Restrictions; by Joseph Pisani
Byline: The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Kroger will no longer sell guns to anyone under 21 at the stores it owns, becoming the third major retailer this week to put restrictions in place that are stronger than federal laws. The moves by Dick's...
Lawmakers: Penalize Railroads That Don't Hit Safety Deadline; by Michael R. Sisak
Byline: The Associated Press The mother of a woman killed when a speeding Amtrak train hurtled from the tracks in May 2015 told a Senate committee on Thursday that she is seething over the prospect of more delays in installing speed controls that...
Lawmaker Wants Answers on NRA Lobbyist's Influence; by Dara Kam
Byline: The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE -- Legislative leaders maintain there isn't anything there, a nothing burger in current parlance, when asked about a story in The New Yorker describing National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer's...
Lawrence on Nude Scene Photo Leak: From 'Terrified' to 'Empowered'; by Travis M. Andrews
Byline: Washington Post Jennifer Lawrence's life changed in 2014, when hackers stole a trove of the actress's private nude photographs and published them -- along with the private photos of several other actresses -- on the message board 4chan....
Long Kryptonite to Superheroes, the Oscars Begin to Relent; by Jake Coyle
Byline: The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Aside from the posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight") and best animated film for "The Incredibles," no superhero film has ever penetrated the top categories of the Academy Awards. Though...
Medicaid No Long Stumbling Block to Budget Deal; by Christine Sexton
Byline: The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE -- Medicaid managed care plans are no longer on the chopping block. The Senate late Wednesday agreed to back off a proposal to reduce Medicaid HMO payment rates by as much as $230 million in state...
Opposition to Arming Teachers Is Hurdle to School Safety Package; by John Kennedy
Byline: GateHouse Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott added a new hurdle to the Legislature's efforts to respond to the Parkland high school massacre, repeating Thursday that he opposes any attempt to arm teachers at schools. The House...
Plan to Arm Teachers Causes Political Rifts; by Dara Kam
Byline: The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE -- A controversial proposal that would allow armed teachers in schools has led to bipartisan bickering and prompted accusations that people in both parties are making political pawns of victims of...
Police Arrest 3 Lake Shore Middle School Students in Guard's Assault; by Denise Smith Amos
Byline: damos@jacksonville.com Three Lake Shore Middle School students were arrested and face possible charges for assaulting a school security guard as he tried to break up a fight Tuesday morning. District documents indicate that the female...
Portman Is Still Blazing Her Own Trail in 'Annihilation'; by Colin Covert
Byline: Tribune News Service Some actresses use movie stardom as a stepping stone to mainstream roles as innocent ingenues and light comedy pixies, but that has never been Natalie Portman's game plan. She was nominated for Oscars for stabbing love's...
Probation, Fines for Jags' Fowler; by Phillip Heilman
Byline: pheilman@jacksonville.com Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler was sentenced to probation Thursday after pleading no contest to three misdemeanor charges following his arrest last July in his hometown of St. Petersburg, according to Pinellas...
Putin's Claims Could Speed Up Arms Race; by Robert Burns
Byline: The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Russia's claim to have developed new strategic weapons impervious to Western defenses seems unlikely to change the balance of global power. Russian nuclear missiles already have the ability to annihilate...
Razorbacks Hitting Stride at Right Time; by Phillip Heilman
Byline: phillip.heilman@jacksonville.com Playing at Arkansas is always a challenge, and this season has been no different. A 91-82 victory over No. 14 Auburn on Tuesday set a new single-season program record of four home wins against ranked opponents...
Scott, 39, among Those Seeking Return to MLB
Byline: The Associated Press BRADENTON -- If a major league team calls with a job offer, Luke Scott intends to be ready. So do Neil Walker, Nolan Reimold and Travis Snider, also among more than two dozen free agents working out at the IMG Academy....
Small, Passionate Crowd at First Public Meeting of Superintendent Search; by Denise Smith Amos
Byline: damos@jacksonville.com The first general public meeting to discuss what people want in Duval County's next superintendent was small but intense. Only 11 people came to the Wells Fargo Historic Springfield Community Learning Center in...
Spy Film Beautiful to Look at, but Empty and Meaningless; by Katie Walsh
Byline: Tribune News Service Red Sparrow' With her bottle-blonde locks, facility with a knife and dour Eastern European playground, Jennifer Lawrence's "Red Sparrow" is seemingly the 2018 version of Charlize Theron's "Atomic Blonde." But that's...
Stapleton Leads ACM Nominations, Reba Back as Host; by Kristin M. Hall
Byline: The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Chris Stapleton, who released two top-selling albums last year, leads the Academy of Country Music Awards with eight nominations, including his first entertainer of the year nomination. Reba McEntire...
The Bully Liberals Want in the Trump Era; by Nate Monroe
Byline: nate.monroe@jacksonville.com Bill Maher When Bill Maher last stopped in Jacksonville in 2014, Barack Obama was president and the city had a Democratic mayor in office. Now, the politically incorrect comedian has a few more axes to...
Tough QB Decisions for Vikes' Zimmer
INDIANAPOLIS The difference between Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer during their Scouting Combine appearances on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively: Only Marrone was asked about his team's conference title...
Uber Starts Offering Rides to the Doctor; by Tom Murphy and Tom Krisher
Byline: The Associated Press Uber is driving deeper into health care by offering to take patients in every U.S. market where it operates to their next medical appointment. The ride-hailing service said Thursday its Uber Health business will handle...
UN Official: Unilateral Pauses in Syria Suburb, 'Not Enough'; by Bassem Mroue and Jamey Keaten
Byline: The Associated Press BEIRUT -- The five-hour daily pauses in fighting in Syria's embattled eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus laid out under a "unilateral" plan by Russia are not enough to take in aid or evacuate civilians, a top U.N....
UP OR DOWN? by Jared Keever
Byline: jared.keever@staugustine.com While vehicle crash numbers creep steadily higher in St. Johns County, the Florida Department of Transportation says crashes on the region's interstate highways are growing less frequent. Those roadways --...
US Olympic Committee CEO Resigns
Byline: The Associated Press Scott Blackmun resigned as chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee on Wednesday, stepping aside so he can tackle his worsening bout with prostate cancer and to allow the federation to move forward under new leadership...
Vatican Magazine Denounces Nuns' Servitude; by Nicole Winfield
Byline: The Associated Press VATICAN CITY -- A Vatican magazine has denounced how nuns are often treated like indentured servants by cardinals and bishops, for whom they cook and clean for next to no pay. The March edition of "Women Church World,"...
Year-Long Effort Starts to Thank a Teacher; by Denise Smith Amos
Byline: damos@jacksonville.com School district and city officials gathered in City Hall's atrium Thursday to launch a year-long campaign to collectively thank teachers. The program, sponsored by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, is an effort...
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