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May 31, 2012

■   City pulls letter that 'shocked' Khan: Default notice to Jaguars prompts testy response from owner, City Hall retreat -
Last week, Jacksonville City Hall told the Jaguars it had defaulted on its contract with the city. Wednesday, team owner Shad Khan sent the city a blistering letter, saying he was "shocked, " "perplexed" and...

February 15, 2012

■   Mayor Alvin Brown's office releases details of travel expenses -
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown's office released information Wednesday detailing travel expenses picked up by others while the mayor was on official business, some of it coming months after the Times-Union began asking. Mayoral chief of...

April 29, 2010

■   All aboard the Navy submarine; women now welcome, too -
And more changes are on the way, including a ban on smoking and a decision on the military’s 'don’t ask, don’t tell’ approach. ST. MARYS - The first of a series of changes coming to...

August 3, 2009

■   Speicher's remains finally found in Iraq -
After an 18-year saga, the remains of downed F/A-18 pilot Michael Scott Speicher have been found in Iraq, the Pentagon announced Sunday, buried in a grave near where his plane crashed on the first day...

January 23, 2009

■   Mayport sailor gets 3 months in brig -
A Mayport-based sailor who kicked and punched a handcuffed Iraqi detainee he was guarding will spend three months in the brig and forfeit $3,600 after pleading guilty Thursday to charges related to the incident. Seaman...

October 8, 2008

■   Grieving the loss of a fiance -
The wedding, Tavarus Setzler had said, should be this Thanksgiving. Setzler and his fiancee, Brittnie Jones, first planned on tying the knot next year, but sometime during the long hot days in Iraq, the soldier...

April 26, 2008

■   FBI seizes records of Jacksonville port partners -
The FBI has raided businesses connected to a member of the Jacksonville Port Authority board, seizing records from companies he leads and from companies doing business with the port. In separate raids conducted Wednesday, agents...

October 12, 2007

■   Port ready to land major deal -
The Jacksonville Port Authority plans to ink a deal next week with a major shipping line who wants to build a massive port facility along the St. Johns River, people familiar with the negotiations said...

August 3, 2007

■   Area has share of questionable bridges -
There are 43 "structurally deficient" bridges in the greater Jacksonville area, including 18 owned by Duval County, according to federal data analyzed by the Times-Union in the wake of Wednesday's Minnesota bridge collapse. Twenty-three of...

February 22, 2007

■   Helicopter repair firm Sikorsky plans to vacate Craig -
Sikorsky Support Services Inc. is likely to shut down its Jacksonville operation and move the 75 workers there to a facility in Beeville, Texas, employees were told this week. The company - which handles maintenance...

October 6, 2006

■   Proposed whale rule would slow ships -
Mike Getchell has spent years around ships sailing on the St. Johns River, working as a tug captain and now serving as manager of marine operations for Crowley Liner Services' East Coast division. With his...

August 24, 2006

■   TNT Logistics sold in $2 billion deal -
TNT Logistics has been sold to a private equity firm for 1.5 billion euros -- almost $2 billion -- meaning a new name and a sharper focus for the firm, whose North American headquarters...

August 11, 2006

■   Water, makeup, liquor land in JIA trash bins -
Mark Adams hauled away his first load of the day around 8:45 a.m. Inside the rolling red trash receptacle, black plastic garbage bags. Inside the bags, liquid-filled containers: Evian. Clinique. Jim Beam. All day...

May 27, 2006

■   JIA rips out $15 million baggage system for newer one -
In the bowels of Jacksonville International Airport, 1.16 miles of conveyor belt carry bags through a cramped room, transporting the luggage through scanning machines and into the hands of security personnel. That $15 million scanning...

May 20, 2006

■   Sometimes a cigar is just . . . a cigarette? -
For decades, Swisher International has filled the air around the Springfield neighborhood with the redolent aroma of dried tobacco, tobacco that it turns into 8.5 million cigars a day. Or at least what Swisher produces...

May 10, 2006

■   No 'Welcome' for workers at AOL's Southside campus -
Tammy Holt fought back tears as she pulled out of AOL's Southside campus early Tuesday morning, minutes after finding out that her job -- and that of the other 819 employees at the call center...

December 7, 2005

■   TNT NV set to sell logistics business -
TNT NV is looking to sell its logistics business, including its North American unit, which is based in Jacksonville. The Netherlands-based company announced the sale Tuesday during a news conference in Amsterdam. It said it...

October 5, 2005

■   CSX Corp. moving 10% of area dispatchers -
CSX Corp. is eliminating about 10 percent of its dispatcher jobs in Jacksonville and moving the positions to other locations, the company told the dispatchers' union Monday. Although several employees have said they fear the...

July 15, 2005

■   Port close to signing huge deal with line -
The Jacksonville Port Authority is on the verge of signing a deal with an Asian shipping line that will bring a mammoth new facility to Dames Point and could create thousands of jobs, double the...

March 15, 2005

■   New era dawns in shopping -
It was almost a week before St. Johns Town Center would officially open, but that didn't stop Jason Watkins from being amazed at what he saw. "It's amazing to see Jacksonville grown up like this,"...

March 2, 2005

■   99 sick following Carnival ship's cruise -
When Dean Adams walked onto the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Celebration, the smell of raw sewage, he said, hit him almost immediately. When he walked off the ship five days later, Adams and his wife...

August 3, 2004

■   Spy aircraft to be built at Cecil -
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer will be making the military's newest spy plane at Cecil Commerce Center as part of a team led by defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. Lockheed won the $879 million contract to...

July 9, 2004

■   Yulee chicken fans to eat more free food -
Robert Davis probably wasn't at his best Thursday morning. His eyes drooping, his legs shuffling slightly as he walked, the 19-year-old tossing himself into a chair as though he might never leave it: "I'm strung...

June 11, 2004

■   Leaders bond on Mideast -
SEA ISLAND -- Sea Island's moment in the world spotlight ended Thursday with an ebullient president and a group of once-estranged allies talking about the renewed closeness of their relationship. Along the way, the leaders...

■   Nations ask what, if any, role in Iraq -
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- The G-8 nations' leaders will have barely shaken the sand out of the shoes they wore on the dunes of Sea Island when they'll have to once again take up perhaps...

June 8, 2004

■   Torrent awaiting Savannah lies dormant -
SAVANNAH -- Georgia's First City settled into a lazy waiting mode Monday, keyed up for today's beginning of the G-8 Sea Island summit. With little on either the official or alternative agendas, security personnel patrolled...

June 3, 2004

■   Wireless Internet coming to Duval -
WASHINGTON -- Communications industry pioneer Craig McCaw will launch a wireless broadband service in Jacksonville over the next few months, using the First Coast as the starting point for a national network. McCaw's company, Clearwire,...

March 10, 2004

■   Dish drops Viacom shows in fee dispute -
Local Dish Network subscribers looking for Jon Stewart's take on the news or SpongeBob Squarepants' latest antics have been confronted with a blank screen since early Tuesday.

March 3, 2004

■   UNF buys tech park for $14 million -
The city's Research and Development Authority has agreed to sell the First Coast Technology Park to the University of North Florida for $14 million, a purchase that must be approved by the state.

February 8, 2004

■   U.S., allies agree to compromise on dollar -
BOCA RATON -- The United States reached a compromise with its economic allies over the falling dollar this weekend, although how it would be put in place remained vague.

January 28, 2004

■   Shock jock gets shocked -
He had to wait almost two years, but a Jacksonville man appalled by the content of the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show has received the support of the Federal Communications Commission.

November 22, 2003

■   Miami stumps for trade zone headquarters -
MIAMI -- Stressing its reputation as the "Gateway to the Americas," Miami took the next step on Friday in its bid to house the headquarters of a proposed hemisphere-wide free-trade zone.

November 21, 2003

■   Protesters, Miami police clash during free-trade protests -
Hundreds of North Florida residents, mostly union members, joined the throngs of protesters surging through Miami on Thursday to protest a hemisphere-wide free trade area being negotiated in nearby downtown hotels.

November 20, 2003

■   FTAA draft lacks wide-ranging nature the U.S. initially sought -
MIAMI -- Trade negotiators seeking to form a free trade area covering the entire Western Hemisphere agreed Wednesday to a rough draft. But the draft lacks the wide-ranging nature the United States initially sought after two of Jacksonville's largest port customers -- Brazil and Venezuela -- expressed concerns about such an approach.

October 24, 2003

■   Doctors facing 'painful' ethical issues -
As head of Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital's department of psychology, Cynthia Beaulieu is no stranger to issues of mortality.

September 30, 2003

■   Disney puts its twist on watching movies at home -
Hoping to attract people who "love movies and love watching them," The Walt Disney Co. rolled out a new video-on-demand service yesterday in Jacksonville, one of the three cities nationally where the product debuted.

June 25, 2003

■   Fed to swat at deflation with rate cut -
Own a house? Your mailbox is probably full with offers from banks who want you to refinance. If you have student loans, the mailman's bag is even fuller from all those refinancing offers.

February 14, 2003

■   Retailers pocket less amid gas hike -
The average price for gasoline in Florida hit record levels yesterday, but retailers might actually be pocketing less money as the numbers on the pumps tick higher.

January 9, 2003

■   New wireless broadband service arrives in Jacksonville -
A Dallas-based company is debuting its wireless broadband service in Jacksonville, hoping to compete with BellSouth, Comcast and others in providing high-speed access to the Internet.

October 31, 2000

■   The tale of the tape -
By day's end, they didn't even bother shredding the stuff. Not enough time; too much excitement.

September 7, 2000

■   Mob sends mixture of messages at UN -
The drums outside the United Nations stopped at 11 a.m. Exactly 11 a.m. Sure, it was a protest. But that didn't mean they had to be uncivilized about it, does it?

April 22, 2000

■   Neighbor Discovers Woman Murdered -
DELAND -- A 77-year-old woman was found murdered in her home Friday morning, stunning residents in her quiet country club community.

February 8, 2000

■   Thousands pay tribute to officer -
ORLANDO -- His comrades in arms said their final goodbyes Monday morning to Orlando police Officer George S. DeSalvia, bidding him farewell just yards away from where he was fatally shot.

February 1, 2000

■   Condo meeting turns into fracas -
DELTONA -- A meeting of the Edgewater Condominium association devolved into chaos over the weekend, with two senior citizens coming to blows in the lobby of the Deltona Civic Center.

December 4, 1999

■   'It was like obvious death' -
DELAND -- Four people including two flight instructors, a commercial pilot and a student were killed in a midair collision between two small planes Friday morning over DeLand Municipal Airport.

November 5, 1999

DEBARY -- A marina owner accused of hiring a transsexual trucker to kill his stepmother left jail Thursday after posting a $1 million bail bond.

May 2, 1999

DELTONA -- "Pipe bombs are some of the easiest and deadliest ways to kill a group of people or destroy a few things. First off, we will talk about the pipes. Second will be the explosives and last will be the shrapnel."


This is a showcase of the work done by Timothy J. Gibbons during a journalism career now stretching back more than a decade.

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