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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...

March 12, 2010

■   Florida troops hit the sand, ready for year's mission -
Pvt. 1st Class Kimberly Egipciaco was excited about deploying with the Florida National Guard when she was training at Camp Blanding, and was still excited when she and 2,500 other Guard members headed to Texas...

January 25, 2010

■   Haiti's shattered landscape: A view from above -
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Even from 12,500 feet in the air, even in black and white, the devastation in Haiti is unmistakable. Crumbled buildings, toppled shipping containers, destroyed homes: The scenes of destruction...

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...

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...

July 19, 2009

■   Civilians lend soldiers a helping hand -
Bill Neimes' job might sound fairly typical for a government engineer: Long days filled with bid conferences, site inspections and contractor meetings. Most engineers, though, don't have to deal with explosive devices going off near...

December 11, 2007

■   A time to give, a time to receive -
A month ago, D.R. dropped off a box of canned goods at his church, helping fill food baskets to hand out to the needy at Thanksgiving. Last week, the New York native was again talking...

August 27, 2007

■   Frustrating travel woes may worsen -
Brett Waller wasn't having a good day. After several hours of delays at Jacksonville International Airport, Waller received the news no flier wants to hear. His flight was cancelled because of weather. That's when Waller...

May 9, 2007

■   Local crane operator sets the bar high -
Although he's sitting still, Homer Wright is dancing. It's not his legs that are dancing, but his hands - and his hands' extensions: the flippers dangling 100 feet below the cab of the crane Wright...

December 14, 2006

■   Business scores in sports -
Billy Burbank's fingers seem to function independent of his mind, flickering a threaded shuttle through the twine while he stares out at the water and reminisces about the Fernandina Beach of the past. It's 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...

January 30, 2006

■   JIA soars through turbulence: Flight numbers are down, but officials see clear skies for the facility, saying it will weather the industry's unrest -
Bob Molle is under no illusions about what the coming year holds for him. "I'm calling this spring 'the perfect storm,' " he said, a half-smile on his face. Even he's not sure if he's...

September 15, 2005

■   Airport fraternity answers Biloxi's call for help -
Kurt Ferguson got the call at 10 a.m. Sept. 1. His instructions were simple: Be on a plane that afternoon. Be ready to help. "I left a note for the missis on the table: 'Gone...

July 12, 2005

■   Software Showdown in Vegas -
Brian "Catfish" Edwards might be the only professional poker player who got his nickname from the Economist magazine. Of course, he is also probably one of the few poker players competing in a $100,000 tournament...

August 1, 2004

■   INSURANCE 101: What type of safety net you really need -
First, let's get this out of the way: This might not be the most gripping story you've ever read. Wait, wait! Come back! We know that reporters aren't supposed to admit things like that, but...

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 27, 2004

■   Budgeting through the game of life -
Ever wonder where your money goes? The paycheck comes in; the bills go out. A few cups of coffee, restaurant meals, nights out with friends, shopping sprees, and suddenly you're hoping that next paycheck shows...

April 11, 2004

■   Become a portrait of financial bliss: New parents are prone to making money mistakes -
Just to get this out of the way first: If you ask a few people about the biggest financial mistake made by parents, you're sure to get one response: "Having kids in the first place."...

March 13, 2004

■   The $1 Million Challenge -
The qualifying run was going really well. Then the concrete wall got in the way.

April 18, 2003

■   'Everyone went flying and screaming' -
The engineer glanced down at the speedometer. Fifty-six miles per hour. His eyes flicked up, looking out the window, watching the train tracks stretching out before him.

December 22, 2002

■   Unemployment looms over many this season -
The people who walk into Anna Brost-Gibson's office are rarely happy -- and the holiday season does little to help. In fact, the faces that Brost-Gibson, who works at the local unemployment office, sees are a little longer, a little sadder, this time of the year.

November 11, 2002

■   Incubators give big hand to small businesses -
The cubicles lining the small room are empty on a Tuesday afternoon, with just a few handwritten nameplates giving any hint of who usually sits at the desks.

June 5, 2002

■   Prague voters skeptical on national vote -
In this month's national elections, Michal Nohejl will vote ODS - reluctantly. Though Nohejl grants that the conservative Civic Democrats (ODS) may not be the country's most attractive political force, he says "they're the best we have at the moment."

May 22, 2002

■   City Hall cracks down after television report on fare-boosting device -
Miloslav Novak thinks local cab drivers get a bad rap. "We can't get customers. They re all afraid," said Novak, basking in the sunshine near his green Ford taxi, parked on Wenceslas Square.

November 12, 2000

■   Sunnyside Gardens provides "oasis" in Queens -
The stately tree in the midst of the old brick buildings reluctantly surrendered to autumn, holding on to a few orange leaves while sending their brown brethren to the ground below.

November 2, 2000

■   Have you seen this candidate? -
Trina knew the name, she said. It was on the tip of her tongue. She lit a cigarette with a customer's lighter, leaning over the bar to return it. It didn't help. "Nope," she finally said. "I'm not sure who's running."

October 27, 2000

■   'A legal loan shark' -
She has a job, the woman says, pressing her fingertips against the scarred plastic window. She just can't prove it.

October 15, 2000

■   There's nothing funny about the comic book business -
Nobody wandered over to the comic section of the store. Perhaps surprisingly for a place named Comic Heaven, the thin trickle of customers roaming this Sunnyside shop Wednesday afternoon seem interested in anything but comics.

October 1, 2000

■   Lions and tigers and elephant-headed gods, oh my -
Alex Gonzalez pulled the sweatshirt over his head and turned around, displaying a bare back decorated in a mosaic of primary colors.

September 20, 2000

■   Peddling peaches -
Some of the homeward-bound commuters almost seemed afraid of Tony Burtin's hoarse shout.

February 4, 2000

■   Pupils preserve the past -
DELTONA -- King Chicken began his journey to the underworld Thursday. After month of preparation, pupils at Discovery Elementary finally laid to rest a chicken -- perhaps one of the most honored chickens in the history of poultry.

December 11, 1999

■   Curmudgeon vows to stay put -
ORANGE CITY -- Christmas is being stolen from the Grinch. While the Whos in Who-ville gather in song, a self-admitted crotchety old man is being forced from his mobile home park.

July 5, 1999

DAYTONA BEACH -- A collective sigh went up from the workers in the traffic operations center at 7 p.m. Saturday.

May 2, 1999

DELTONA -- Snakes have belly buttons.

February 15, 1999

ORANGE CITY -- File it in the "be careful what you wish for" department.


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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