October 22, 2012
■ Making rescue more efficient: Idea would help budget, but firefighters' union is opposed to proposal -
Responding to tightening budgets, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is considering plans to combine some fire suppression and rescue operations in a way that could make rescue more efficient but might slightly slow fire...
June 12, 2012
■ Ritz director's dismissal draws ire -
When Carol Alexander talks about the LaVilla neighborhood of the 1920s, '30s, '40s, she conjures up a time when the area was the Harlem of the South, a place with a "grand artistic and cultural...
June 10, 2012
■ False hope plagued courthouse move-in -
The May 14 date had been set for years. That was the date the Duval County Unified Courthouse was to be substantially complete, the day the keys would be turned over to the city. Instead,...
April 3, 2012
■ DROP A Good Deal For City Employees, But Adds To Jacksonville's Pension Woes -
When Richard Lundy retired from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department last month, he left with a $5,970-a-month pension he built up over 29 years of service. Those payments were bolstered with a $478,229 lump...
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...
January 30, 2012
■ Jacksonville developers tired of delays, object to new regulations -
After waiting months for their money, participants in a program designed to stabilize Jacksonville's recession-hit neighborhoods have been unexpectedly told by the city they must adhere to a complicated clutch of federal regulations or they...
October 10, 2011
■ PTSD's war toll: Combat veterans can turn to therapy to help ease the trauma -
The conference room on the Navy base is almost banal, a site of presentations and PowerPoints. But for the men gathered around the table in the room at the Jacksonville Naval Hospital's Deployment Health Center,...
■ PTSD's war toll: Spouses are often the first to notice effects -
Three days into Tony's tour as a guard at a detention facility in Iraq, the first mortar attack came. Pulling on every piece of protective equipment he could find, Tony rushed to a bunker. Inside:...
October 9, 2011
■ PTSD's war toll: Son didn't get the help he needed -
"How did you find out your son ... " the visitor trails off awkwardly at the end of the sentence, but Kay Watson doesn't flinch as she finishes it. "Committed suicide?" Her voice doesn't waver...
■ PTSD's war toll: Buddy system helps veterans battle demons -
It was a blow getting the letter from his ex-wife, the letter telling George Pappas his kids didn't want to see him. Not what he needed on top of money issues and roommate strife, on...
September 15, 2011
■ Mayor Alvin Brown's cost-review measures holding up contractors -
It's been six weeks since Javier Garcia finished rehabilitating the Confederate Point Bridge, and he's still waiting for $131,000 the city owes him for the job. That leads to a tough situation for the owner...
May 10, 2011
■ Alvin Brown's Washington experience extensive, somewhat elusive -
When Patricia Owens heard a reporter was calling about Alvin Brown, she let out a gasp of joyous disbelief: She'd been looking for Brown for years, she said, wanting to thank him for his help...
January 20, 2011
■ Jacksonville planners eye new rules to discourage urban sprawl -
Half a year from now, Jacksonville developers could operate under an entirely new set of rules when it comes to paying for transportation infrastructure around their projects. The result, according to a range of development...
June 23, 2010
■ Jacksonville's Internet cafe issue brings lobbyists out of the woodwork -
When Jacksonville City Councilman Kevin Hyde decided to sponsor legislation to shut down Internet cafes this year, he expected to see people lining up outside his door to talk about it. "I knew going into...
February 1, 2010
■ Mayport's 4th Fleet runs Navy's response in Haiti -
The first order of business, Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Spencer remembers, was just finding out how bad things were. It was shortly after 5 p.m. Jan. 12, and a news station on display in the 4th...
January 9, 2010
■ How a soldier deals with saying goodbye -
The reality that her husband was going off to war really hit April Bryan on Sunday night, just three days before Army Spc. Benny Bryan and the rest of his unit began their deployment. She...
December 6, 2009
■ Iraqi refugees find lack of help, support on First Coast -
When it comes down to it, Haitham Saleem doesn't really want to be here, doesn't want his life to be like this. He's glad to be safe, happy to no longer be in the war...
November 24, 2009
■ Eisenhower Strike Group readies for deployment -
Navy Capt. Dee Mewbourne spoke quietly in the handset, his low voice still the loudest thing on the red-lit bridge of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Five minutes had passed between the launch of the...
September 7, 2009
■ Navy gets on board with social media -
Sailors griping about change probably dates back to the days of sailing ships. But when the U.S. Navy's chief enlisted sailor wanted to see how the force was dealing with new uniforms, he turned to...
June 5, 2009
■ Military trying to get mental health care right -
Mike Murray got back to Mayport Naval Station from Afghanistan eight months ago, but his experiences there haven't faded. "I haven't had a good night's sleep once since I've gotten home, " said the petty...
April 9, 2009
■ Navy commits to unmanned vehicles in a big way -
The members of Navy Helicopter Squadron Light 42's seventh detachment would be busy enough this time of year anyway, as the pilots and maintainers work toward an upcoming deployment. But on top of the other...
January 10, 2009
■ Love for tea may end his career -
There's nothing like a nice cup of tea to relax, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Javier Trevino used to think. Particularly herbal tea -- no caffeine to get his hands shaking while he was working...
November 9, 2008
■ Life undone: From service to streets -
By the time Gianna Fimbres washed up in Jacksonville in July, she had had enough. Enough rootlessness after hitchhiking here from Arizona. Enough dealing with emotional problems stemming from her time fighting in Iraq. Enough...
September 14, 2008
■ Web of contacts emerges in Port case -
Four months ago, the FBI subpoenaed the Jacksonville Port Authority, requesting documents related to board vice chairman Tony Nelson and a handful of other companies and people. The authority reported that it had no paperwork...
August 24, 2008
■ Power outside the spotlight: Tony Nelson -
He quietly rose from elementary school teacher to top spots on public boards. An FBI investigation into companies he runs thrust him into the spotlight. Details of how he gained positions of power and influence...
April 18, 2008
■ City grows steadily more expensive to live in -
When Bill Marino was looking to move somewhere warm a couple of years ago, Jacksonville was just the place. Besides having nicer weather than Connecticut, the difference in housing prices meant he would make money...
March 15, 2008
■ Runway extension: Really about safety? -
Numbers swirl around the fight over the possible extension of a runway at Craig Municipal Airport. The weight of aircraft, the size of crash zones, the cost of construction: Each side has its own figures....
December 30, 2007
■ Symphony lockout has long-term effects -
Alan Hopper had planned to spend this past week in the mountains of North Carolina, celebrating the holidays away from the hustle and bustle of Jacksonville. The people who work for Hopper had hoped to...
September 30, 2007
■ The Dollar Tumbles -
It's the type of conversation you have to expect to have when you do business around the world, when you're trading another country's currency for the dollar, a form of money that has lost its...
August 12, 2007
■ CSX VS. THE HEDGE FUND: The company is at odds about what's best for it, consumers and investors. -
Snehal Amin has big plans for CSX Corp. Over the next few years, he'd like the Jacksonville-based railroad to increase its debt load, buy back more shares and increase the rates it charges shippers, all...
June 4, 2007
■ Jacksonville's Global Ambitions -
It's been a steady drumbeat for almost two years, since the day a Japanese ocean carrier said it was establishing its East Coast hub in Jacksonville. More trade is coming, the drumbeat goes, more international...
April 22, 2007
■ The perfect storm -
Forget Jaguars teal or Main Street Bridge blue. Spend a little time on the First Coast, and it's obvious the area's colors are the orange and white of the barrels strewn up and down our...
April 6, 2007
■ Shipping port rules burning daylight -
When an NYK Lines ship loaded with cars showed up at the mouth of the St. Johns River last month, it had to sit at anchor for several hours before being allowed into port. The...
March 21, 2007
■ JEDC pursuing big projects to go into Cecil -
The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission is pursuing at least a dozen specific projects that it hopes to lure to Cecil Commerce Center, according to an internal planning document prepared by commission staff. If all of...
February 18, 2007
■ A safer track? -
Anna Garcia was drifting off to sleep when she heard the train. It began with the usual noises, noises she was used to: Living just a couple dozen yards from the railroad tracks, Garcia often...
January 14, 2007
■ Airport overhaul -
The end of 2001 was a bad time for airports. The combination of economic downturn and travelers fearful in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks kept planes empty and airport revenue down. In Jacksonville,...
September 10, 2006
■ Cargo security: A weak link? -
Stephen Flynn's nightmares are rather specific. In one - the one that most keeps him awake at night - a dirty bomb is loaded into a shipping container in Indonesia with the aid of a...
June 12, 2006
■ Trash or Treasure -
One-ten, one-ten, one-ten. One-twenty. In less than a minute, Randy Kerr was up to $200, with the numbers rising far more quickly than they had just moments before, when bidding started at $45. Two hundred...
November 29, 2005
■ Why you pay what you do: Statewide and environmental inspection taxes, plus distance from ports influence fuel prices. -
While the Senate grilled oil executives about September's record high gasoline prices on Wednesday, Sharon Perez was quietly rejoicing about the drop in prices. With the Citgo on Beach Boulevard where she's assistant manager selling...
November 28, 2005
■ What's on the horizon for Cecil? -
When Ron Barton was weighing the offer to become executive director of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, one aspect of the city's plans for development helped seal the deal: the future represented by Cecil Commerce...
September 12, 2005
■ Katrina Ignites Fuel Prices -
Gas prices were already ticking their way toward a true record this year, one that would top the charts even after adjusting for inflation. And that was before Hurricane Katrina. Afterwards? "It was exactly what...
July 12, 2005
■ How CAFTA shapes up on First Coast -
In a cavernous facility down a side road in Macclenny, dozens of workers put the final touches on sport coats destined for department stores around the country. This week, many of the garments have arrived...
May 3, 2005
■ 'Is it even a business we want to be in?' -
Port wants to nourish growing cruise ship industry, but it must find balance with lucrative cargo trade The board of the Jacksonville Port Authority was just settling in to a discussion of the future of...
April 16, 2005
■ Driven to Desperation -
Joe Knowles has been hauling long-distance loads for years, but never, the grey-haired trucker said, has he seen diesel prices reach the levels they have in recent weeks. "It's about to break us," he said...
March 13, 2005
■ Railroads run into new regulators: State, local governments try for more oversight -
When New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer told CSX Corp. that he was investigating the railroad because of safety issues at railway crossings, CSX responded that the state didn't have the right to do so...
February 7, 2005
■ Now What? -
The Super Bowl is history, the crowds are dispersing and the cruise ships are sailing away, leaving Jacksonville with one question: NOW WHAT? While most of the attention of the crowd at Veterans Memorial Arena...
January 16, 2005
■ Adam's Mark fights an image: Problems from parking to a $2 million plumbing disaster plague the Super Bowl hotel -
As the Adam's Mark hotel continues to prep for its week in the Super Bowl spotlight, it has had to deal with behind-the-scenes issues -- including valet parking delays and room service snafus -- that...
December 13, 2004
■ The future of telephony gets a whole lot simpler -
When someone calls Jim Kutsch's desk, it doesn't matter if the Convergys executive is in his Jacksonville office or working out of a hotel near the company's North Carolina call center: Either way, his phone...
June 7, 2004
■ Does Jacksonville have a cultural divide? -
When Ryan Buckley decided to start carrying the works of Jacksonville artist Reese Foret Verschueren at his San Marco gallery and frame shop, he figured he'd sell a few. He liked them, and, after only...
April 18, 2004
■ THE STEEL CRISIS: Demand from China is driving up the cost of construction in the U.S. -
A load of steel coils was dropped off in Bruce Mancuso's warehouse Thursday morning, giving him a little more wiggle room. But just a little. All of the material, used in making steel buildings, has...
April 4, 2004
■ Technology Trends that are Changing Us Today -
We're living in the future. It might not be the future of George Jetson and Buck Rogers, of Star Wars and Star Trek, a future of flying cars and laser rifles. But our present isn't...
February 16, 2004
■ Cool Cities -
At first glance, Max Michaels doesn't look like the type of guy who makes an economy soar.
September 14, 2003
■ Thinking Global -
The 114,000 square feet of greenhouse space is in place. Some 30,000 orchid seedlings have been shipped in, and the state-of-the-art shading system is set up, ready to protect the fledgling plants from the harsh sun.
July 13, 2003
■ The MBA grind -
You shouldn't get an MBA. (Shhhh ... just wait a second.) Still there?
June 29, 2003
■ Seed money -
You have a dream. Whether it's been bouncing around in your head for years or it woke you up out of a sound sleep a week from last Tuesday, the dream has now taken over your life: You want to start or expand a business.
June 8, 2003
■ It's always a political season -
So, you don't bother playing office politics? Figure you can just hunker down, do your job and everything will work out fine?
February 3, 2003
■ Send me an angel -
Al Rossiter still remembers the cotton toilet tissue guy.
November 21, 1999
■ 'SUICIDE RATE IS OUTRAGEOUS': LOCAL OFFICIAL TOUTS PREVENTION -
Three more Volusia County residents took their own lives last weekend. Their deaths brought the county's 1999 suicide total to 72, a number that shocks local experts and places the county far ahead of national and state averages.
August 8, 1999
■ A CENTURY OF LIVING: 'OLD AGE SHOULD BE SATURATED WITH DREAMS' -
ORANGE CITY -- They've grown old as the world waits to become young again.
April 8, 1999
■ TRASH JOB OFTEN REEKS OF DANGER: WORKERS CAN FACE HIGH MORTALITY RATE -
DELTONA -- The smell grows and mutates, slowly.
November 22, 1998
■ NICOLE'S ESCAPE: A teen-age girl's battle for acceptance ends in suicide -
"Dear Mom -- By the time you get this I'll be gone. It's not your falt (sic). It's no one's fault. I was just sick of everything and I needed to get away."