The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 7, 2000

4 Charter Applicants Appeal Denials to State
Four charter schools whose applications were denied by the Duval County School Board have appealed the decision to the state Board of Education. The state could force the school system to grant the charters. The School Board voted against entering...
Brittney Baby Hopeful Longshot in Puppy Stake
There may be a sleeper in the pack for tonight's $30,000 Orange Park Puppy Stake, but it's really a longshot --- in more ways than one. Brittney Baby is expected to break from the No. 2 box at 15-1 odds in the richest stake race of the year. One...
Camden School Reprising History
KINGSLAND -- The pounding of horses' hooves and the clanging of swords will replace the sounds of students changing classes tomorrow at Camden County High School. More than 100 students from the Camden County Drama Club, French Club, Key Club, Gifted...
Chamber on Verge of Making 'Imminent' Announcements
In addition to this week's announcement that Kemper IFG will relocate from Chicago to Southside, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce anticipates at least seven more "imminent" announcements. While few details were made available, three of the seven...
Concert a Delightful Survey of Centuries
Sergiu Commissiona has no trouble bouncing between centuries. Last night, Commissiona, one of the best-known conductors of our time, led the Jacksonville Symphony on a musical TripTik that started in the mid-20th century with Georges Enesco'sRhapsody...
Counselors Face 'Bigger Issues' Than One Florida
Guidance counselor Everett Morris isn't worried about explaining to Englewood High School students the One Florida Initiative, which promises college admission to kids who graduate in the top 20 percent of their class. For Morris and other high...
Dining Notes
Cafe Carmon in San Marco will close sometime this summer for a complete interior renovation. When the restaurant reopens in late summer or early fall, there will be changes to the menu as well. But the restaurant's management hasn't decided exactly...
Ex-Crusader Getting His Kicks
It's almost a guarantee that kicker Jim Tarle will quickly become one of the Jacksonville Tomcats' most popular players. Not because he graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1991. Not because of his clean-cut good looks. And not because he's...
Extra Points
FINDERS KEEPERS Call it football's version of the foul ball. Any time a football leaves the field of play during a Jacksonville Tomcats game --- whether it's an overthrown pass, a kickoff that bounces off the nets, a field goal that slips under...
Firefighters in St. Johns Pursue Contract, Pay Hike
ST. AUGUSTINE -- In a county that relies on a mix of volunteer and paid firefighters and medics, a fledgling union is headed for a last-ditch effort to get pay raises and other benefits as part of its first contract with St. Johns County. Next month,...
Following These 'Rules' Is a Safe Bet
With prickly, magnetic actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones in it, Rules of Engagement is guaranteed to be watchable even if everything else in it goes to pot. And the two stars come through: They play U.S. Marine officers, a couple...
Football Still an Addiction to Moss, Flagler
If you don't think football is an addiction, go to the Coliseum tonight for the Jacksonville Tomcats' inaugural game or any other home game and you'll see two junkies from two different generations who can't get enough of the action. They're hooked....
Hey, Mr. King of 12 Strings Roger McGuinn at Theatre Jax
At Roger McGuinn's show at Theatre Jacksonville tonight, he'll be playing solo, accompanying himself on a couple of 12-string guitars. One's an acoustic made by the venerable Martin & Co., model number D12-42 RM. The "RM" stands for Roger McGuinn....
Home Where the Money, Serenity Is for Coles Former Ribault Star Will Try to Convince Jags' Coughlin That Troubles Are Behind
True story: Three days ago, as part of his community service for his involvement in the now-infamous Dillard's incident, Florida State wide receiver Laveranues Coles had to dig a big hole, kick in a dead dog, and then bury it. "It made me sick,"...
House Republicans Reveal HMO Plan Democrats Say Consumers Would Not Benefit
House Republican leaders announced a plan yesterday that would require HMOs to use doctors to make decisions about patient care but would shield the industry from lawsuits. The plan, backed by House Speaker John Thrasher, could touch off a noisy...
Jackson Browne No Pretender
Some believe the purity, clarity and resonance of the acoustic guitar make it pretty special. Many feel the same way about Jackson Browne's voice. Ditto for the songs he writes. Put it all together and it holds the promise of a special performance....
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We don't make our decisions based on power or money." -- Judy Smith, executive director of Volunteer Jacksonville, during presentation last night of awards to individuals, companies and groups for work in the field of volunteerism....
Lawmakers Consider Pair of 'Prompt Pay' Bills
One debate raging in the state Legislature this year centers on an issue known as "prompt pay," or how quickly HMOs need to pay claims for services provided by the medical community. Doctors and hospitals are on one side of the issue, demanding...
Local Firm Aids Pilot's Record Run
Swiss pilot Hans Georg Schmid is on the brink of setting world flying records, circling the globe twice in about two months. And pushing him along the way is an innovative engine part created and manufactured by Jacksonville technicians. Tucked...
Mediate Fires Tumultuous 71
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Rocco Mediate visited most of the nooks and crannies of the Augusta National Golf Club during yesterday's first round of The Masters and recorded every score from an eagle to a double-bogey. But his ride on the Augusta roller-coaster...
Parker Handles Senators
Fletcher let its guard down once, and Parker got its foot in the door. Fletcher did it once more, and that was all it took for Parker to run away with the game. The Senators (12-7) fell 6-2 to the Braves (18-3) last night at home, putting Parker...
Presidents Urge Bush to Go Slow on Regents
The presidents of the 10 state universities met yesterday with legislative leaders and Gov. Jeb Bush in separate meetings to discuss their concerns over a proposal that would eliminate the Board of Regents and replace it with a "mega-board" of education....
Project Could Cut St. Johns Commute Delaney Plan Includes Southside Corridor
Jacksonville officials are paving the way for northwest St. Johns County residents to get a faster, more direct commute to their jobs in Duval County. Mayor John Delaney's $1.5 billion plan for accelerating transportation projects includes $50 million...
Quality of Life Study Story Can Be Found on the T-U Web Site
Dear Call Box: Can you help me locate the news article about the Jacksonville quality of life study? --- L.T. Dear L.T. The news story can be located on the Times-Union's Web site: www.jacksonville.com. Go to 1999 and enter JCCI for Jacksonville...
'Return to Me' Is Date Movie with a Twist
There's a singer I like named Freedy Johnston, who sets his tales of abuse and murder to perfectly jaunty, bright and catchy tunes. Return to Me is a lot like that: a story with a morbid twist at its heart, masquerading as the ideal date movie. ...
Ruling Could Affect Historic St. Marys Homeowner Sues St. Marys over Siding
WOODBINE -- The future of St. Marys' historic district may be determined by whether a judge allows a homeowner to keep vinyl siding on his house. After more than three hours of testimony yesterday, Superior Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt must now decide...
Senators Get Testy in Session Crime Bill Draws Most Debate during Busy Day
TALLAHASSEE -- One senator hurled a soft-on-crime charge at another, who responded by referring to him as "brother" rather than the more proper "senator." A third senator came in at the end of the day's session and asked to be recorded as voting...
Service on the Front Line . . . City's Volunteers Honored Child Watch Partnership Founder Wins Top Award
Gertrude Peele spent most of yesterday the way she usually does, working on arrangements for Stand Children Day in Jacksonville, an upcoming event that will spotlight programs for children. It is, she says, her "passion." Last night, her peers...
Services Today for Bakery Operator Bowyer Worked 35 Years in Lakewood
Longtime Jacksonville resident M.T. "Tom" Bowyer, who made cakes and other baked goods in his family business for 35 years, died Wednesday. He was 78. Mr. Bowyer, who was born in Sumter, S.C., and moved to Jacksonville in 1945, opened Bowyer's Bakery...
Spirited 'Joseph' Bursting with Life at the Alhambra
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a young person's musical, written by young people (composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was still a teenager when he began it) for young people (the first version was commissioned by the headmaster of an English...
Suns Bomb Mudcats 13-4 as Walls Beats Former Teammates
In order for the Jacksonville Suns to be successful this season, they'll need solid pitching, production from their young prospects and hitting from every part of the batting order. In other words, everything they displayed in last night's season...
Surrounded by Water and Steeped in History, This Nassau County Island Has Plenty to Offer Everyone, from First-Time Visitors to Long-Time Residents. Here Are 10 Reasons for ... Adoring Amelia
People fall in love with Amelia Island. It happens all the time. They come for a vacation and then come back to stay, or they grow up there, leave for a while and can't help but come back. Debbie Johnson did both. Her family came from Georgia to...
Tennis Is Restaurant Match for Amelia
The 21st annual Bausch & Lomb Women's Tennis Championships will bring plenty of tennis players and fans to Amelia Island next week, but getting a table in some of the better restaurants shouldn't be too hard. "Everybody adjusts their hours,"...
The Great Atlantic Seafood & Music Festival Something Fishy
Two guys are walking along the SeaWalk in Jacksonville Beach. "I'm on a seafood diet," says one of the guys. "How does that work?" "I see food and I eat it." If those same two guys are walking along the SeaWalk tomorrow and Sunday they...
The New Cats in Town Jacksonville Tomcats Ticket Sales Show Spring Football Will Work on First Coast
Matt Vogler hasn't thrown a pass in a competitive football game in three years, but doing that again in front of 3,000 people wouldn't have bothered him a bit. But doing it in front of nearly three times that many has Vogler slightly on edge. ...
Thirst for Knowledge FCCJ Students Get Their Feet Wet with Assembly Line Techniques
In addition to typing term papers and cramming for history tests, dozens of students at Florida Community College at Jacksonville will be making water to help earn their degree. The FCCJ program, considered to be the only one of its kind in Florida,...
Tiger or Not, Golf Needs Its History
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- The Big Three. And the Big One. Their tee times were separated by three hours, their greatness separated by three decades. And doesn't it say something about their game and their standing in it that the two biggest galleries...
Waldo to Keep Tickets Flowing Proposal in House Would Curtail Revenue from Speeding Fines
WALDO -- Despite proposed state legislation that could reduce the profits from citations, the city's police chief vowed yesterday to continue the vigorous speed enforcement that made his tiny town notorious. "The only way we are backing down is...
Wins, Not Revenge, on FSU's Mind 12th-Ranked Hurricanes Took All Six Games in '99
TALLAHASSEE --- Revenge is a word, semantically speaking, that Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin and his players refuse to use when discussing the three-game weekend homestand with Miami beginning tonight at 7. That, however, doesn't mean...
Woods Blown Away with First-Round 75
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- This wasn't the way it was supposed to start for Tiger Woods this week. Woods, the 1997 Masters champion, No. 1-ranked player in the world, winner of 10 of his last 17 PGA Tour starts and the winner of the last major championship...
Wrestling Zaniness in 'Ready to Rumble'
There's a lot of puffing and grunting and body-slamming in Ready to Rumble, a rowdy comedy set in the sweaty world of professional wrestling. But I'm guessing the hardest-working person on the set was whoever was responsible for creating the squishy/crunching...