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November 29, 2012

■   City Rescue Mission to have expanded role -
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown wants to put a homeless day center at the City Rescue Mission's downtown location, an announcement that could be made as early as Thursday. A number of details still have to...

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...

October 04, 2012

■   Did waste firm get break from city? Yard waste fees piled up unpaid while Advanced pondered move of jobs here -
A waste disposal company looking for incentives from Jacksonville City Hall may have underpaid the city by tens of thousands of dollars over the past four years, according to internal emails, a situation discovered four...

October 02, 2012

■   With no funding and scant staff, Jacksonville's new Downtown Investment Authority faces many hurdles before it can piece together a plan for future development -
It was his first public appearance after being elected mayor last year, and Alvin Brown dedicated it to explaining to downtown business owners how he was going to transform the area. "The real question is,...

August 06, 2012

■   City pension plan reform specifics vague -
That Mayor Alvin Brown will have a plan for pension reform by the end of the year is clear, with he and his staff both saying the date is firm. Five months before that deadline,...

July 28, 2012

■   Keane has little-known pension -
Since the late 1990s, Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund Executive Director John Keane has been signed up for a pension created for him by the fund with little outside notice. The benefit, which could...

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,...

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...

May 30, 2012

■   Fight over children's commission grows -
A behind-the-scenes fight for control of the Jacksonville Children's Commission is spilling into the public, bringing the City Council into the mix. The heart of the matter: Should the agency, which gets a third of...

May 13, 2012

■   Mayor's office lags on records release -
When Mayor Alvin Brown unveiled his plans for new economic development agencies in March, the legislation authorizing the change had been in the works since December. During that time, at least three drafts of the...

May 04, 2012

■   Gay backers questioning mayor's word -
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown won't take a position on City Council legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, although supporters remember candidate Brown strongly favoring such a bill. Brown refused to comment...

April 03, 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 09, 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...

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...

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...

February 01, 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 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 09, 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 06, 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...

November 20, 2009

■   Aircraft mechanics on a mission: Get S-3s skyward -
The S-3 Vikings used to be a common sight in the skies over Jacksonville, a city they called home for decades. That all ended in January, it seemed, when the Navy deactivated the last squadron...

November 13, 2009

■   Navy's new ship and crew multi-task -
The crew of the Navy's newest ship - a type that may one day fill the basin at Mayport Naval Station - has adapted to a new way of doing business as it prepares for...

October 07, 2009

■   USS McInerney: Its final deployment marks a milestone -
Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Limbrick just wanted a wet rag. The USS McInerney, upon which Limbrick is stationed, would be under way in a few days, and the sailor needed the cloth to finish...

September 07, 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...

August 03, 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...

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...

June 05, 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 09, 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 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...

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 09, 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...

October 08, 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...

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...

July 06, 2008

■   Dredger accuses port figure: A private contractor says the Jaxport board member threatened his business -
A businessman trying to establish a foothold for his dredging company in Jacksonville said Tony Nelson told him he could find the company work -- as long as the owner agreed to sell Nelson 70...

May 31, 2008

■   Nelson said to press for favorites -
A Jacksonville Port Authority consultant who complained about the role Tony Nelson played in choosing contractors to build a new terminal was ousted from that job after relaying his concerns to the board. The complaints...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

August 03, 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...

June 04, 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...

May 09, 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...

April 23, 2007

■   Trucking takes a different route -
Ledell Hayward can get to sounding pretty poetic when he starts talking about some of the sights he's seen. "The farms, the animals - you just see different things. That's good," he said. "And the...

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 06, 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 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...

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,...

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...

November 19, 2006

■   Moving on distribution -
Brown and blue. Blue and brown. No rhyme. No reason. Or, at least, not an obvious one; not to a human. To the computer brains inside Coach Inc.'s worldwide distribution center in Jacksonville's Tradeport industrial...

October 06, 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...

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...

September 03, 2006

■   Jacksonville shipping salivates about Cuba -
When Dick Morales was growing up in Cuba, his family's concrete products business would buy wire mesh from the United States. It was a product that would be shipped through the then-much-smaller Port of Jacksonville...

September 02, 2006

■   Airport gun rules tested at hearing -
Jacksonville International Airport's rules for law enforcement personnel boarding planes with handguns are "extremely confusing," according to an arbitrator hearing the first official grievance filed by a Jacksonville Aviation Authority police officer. Among the signs...

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 18, 2006

■   Some aboard Carnival ship complain about ruined trip -
Hundreds of disgruntled passengers streamed off the cruise ship Celebration Thursday morning, returning to Jacksonville without ever setting foot in the Bahamas after the vessel's propeller scraped the ocean floor while the ship was...

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...

June 24, 2006

■   Cold storage business heats up -
Twin forklifts dance around each other in the frigid air, readying pallets of fish, shrimp, pancakes and other delicacies for their final trip. The shrimp, to pick one, began its journey days ago, in...

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...

June 08, 2006

■   STUCK IN TRAFFIC: Would you call 911? -
From his office on Park Street, Orange Park Town Manager John Bowles can tell if the morning commute is bad, as drivers start backing up onto nearby Kingsley Avenue. A block away, the Orange Park...

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...

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...

December 07, 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...

November 30, 2005

■   Is Space in Cecil's Future -
Space's next frontier could be Jacksonville's Westside. Cecil Commerce Center could become a commercial spaceport, capable of sending tourists into orbit, if Florida and local officials have their way. The quiet efforts to land space...

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...

October 05, 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...

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...

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 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...

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...

■   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...

May 03, 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 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 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...

March 02, 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...

February 07, 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...

August 03, 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...

August 01, 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 09, 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...

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 08, 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 07, 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...

June 03, 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,...

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 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."...

April 04, 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...

March 13, 2004

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

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 03, 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 16, 2004

■   Cool Cities -
At first glance, Max Michaels doesn't look like the type of guy who makes an economy soar.

February 08, 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.

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 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.

June 08, 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?

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.

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.

February 03, 2003

■   Send me an angel -
Al Rossiter still remembers the cotton toilet tissue guy.

January 09, 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.

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.


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