Rutherford has kept the faith, fought the good fight

In 2011, Sheriff John Rutherford felt like a corner had turned in Jacksonville’s stubbornly high murder rate. Murders that had topped 100 per year dropped to the mid-70s. The city’s focus on the three factors for a solution — prevention, intervention and enforcement — were paying off. The Jacksonville Journey introduced by Mayor John Peyton’s […]

Lead Letter: More science and less rhetoric is needed in Rodman dam discussion

The cultural, historical and political perspective of issues surrounding the proposed removal of the Rodman dam was interesting and compelling. But it was also incomplete and deserves followup by the Times-Union. The Sunday news story included the following claims and comments: ■ “The reservoir protects the St. Johns from an overload of nutrients.” ■ “[Wildlife […]

Wake Forest at Florida State

FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee Radio: WSOS (94.1 FM) PROBABLE STARTERS Seminoles (10-10, 2-5) 00 Phil Cofer, F, 6-8 7.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg 50 Michael Ojo, C, 7-1 2.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg 1 Devon Bookert, G, 6-3 10.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg 32 Montay Brandon, G, […]

Jaguars hire Kelly Skipper as running backs coach

PHOENIX | The reshaping of the Jaguars’ offensive coaching staff continued Tuesday when Gus Bradley hired Kelly Skipper as running backs coach. Skipper replaces Terry Richardson, who was fired after two years with the team. Richardson had a year remaining on his contract and came to the Jaguars with former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. Skipper, […]

Recruiting 2015: No FSU visit for Byron Cowart; Georgia scrambling to hold on to recruits

RECRUITING National signing day is one week away … during the lead-in to Feb. 4, the Times-Union will look at recruiting locally and nationally. ■ Florida State: Seminoles defensive end target Byron Cowart, the nation’s top-rated prospect by one recruiting service, won’t visit Tallahassee this weekend as originally planned. Cowart announced on Twitter that he […]

Colorado State players at Senior Bowl rave about UF coach Jim McElwain

MOBILE, ALA. | Florida coach Jim McElwain was hired in large part to fix the Gators’ offensive woes. Two of the top offensive standouts on his Colorado State team think he’ll accomplish the feat quickly. Quarterback Garrett Grayson and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo are competing at this week’s Senior Bowl on the South roster, being […]

Another streak ends as Gators lose at home to LSU

GAINESVILLE | The last significant winning streak the University of Florida basketball team enjoyed is over. Now it’s a matter of not letting streaks in the other direction get out of hand. The Gators’ run of 20 consecutive SEC home victories came to a rude end on Tuesday as LSU punctured them inside and unleashed […]

Deputies: Man tries to lure child into car

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who tried to lure a child into his vehicle on Saturday. According to deputies, the driver approached the child on Nassau Oaks Drive in Callahan. The child did not get into the vehicle. The driver was described as a white man […]

Suspect charged with killing Georgia couple

McRAE, Ga. – Authorities have positively identified two bodies as those of a Georgia couple who disappeared after driving three hours away to buy a classic auto, and the suspect already in custody has been charged with murder and armed robbery. Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson said 69-year-old Elrey “Bud” Runion and his 66-year-old wife, […]

Man executed for killing fellow inmate

ATLANTA – A man convicted in the killing of a fellow inmate was executed Tuesday evening in Georgia despite claims by his lawyers that he was intellectually disabled. Warren Lee Hill was put to death by injection of a single drug at the state prison in Jackson. The 52-year-old was pronounced dead at 7:55 p.m. […]

Meteorologist offers ‘deepest apologies’ over blizzard forecast

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – On Tuesday, New Yorkers woke up to a decent amount of snow but nothing close to the historic projections that were predicted Monday. While some were annoyed by the inaccurate forecast, one meteorologist felt it necessary to offer an apology. “My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many […]

White House drops college savings proposal

(CNN) – The White House is giving up on a costly fight with Congress over the Obama administration’s increasingly unpopular proposal to effectively end 529 college savings plans. A White House official confirmed the move on Tuesday as fierce opposition to the provision was building in Congress, even among fellow Democrats. “Given it has become […]