The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 4, 2000

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[1] Practice Report
WEINKE DOES SOME PASSING QB Chris Weinke, his sprained left foot still in a walking cast much of the day, spent the first 20 minutes of yesterday's practice throwing the football out of the shotgun formation. Weinke remains hopeful that he'll be...
[2] Practice Report
SPURRIER BACKS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR Florida football coach Steve Spurrier defended his embattled defensive coordinator, saying yesterday that Jon Hoke is getting too much blame for his unit's poor performance in the Gators' past three games. ...
'4 Hands, 1 Piano,' Too Cool
********** CORRECTION October 7, 2000 Because of a reporting error, a story on Page 8 of Wednesday's Shorelines had inaccurate information about pianist Aida Ribeiro. She teaches at the University of North Florida. *************** ...
After 40 Years, 40,000 Surveys Vernon Drake, 69, Says Farewell Next Step Is Visiting Family in 2 States
For the last 40 years, Vernon Drake has surveyed everything in Nassau County from schools to hospitals to watershed programs. Now he's not surveying anything. Drake, 69, retired in August, and his friends are having a private retirement party for...
A Head of a National Tale Beaches Woman Tells of Bizarre Steering Wheel Jam
Some people are sold on a new car for its 300-horsepower engine, four-wheel independent suspension or sleek body style. But Gayle Gallagher has an affinity for the steering wheel. Gallagher, of Jacksonville Beach, has been interested in the mechanism...
American History Contest Set
Students in public, private, church or home schools, put your thinking caps on and get your pens ready. It's time, once again, for the Amelia Island Daughters of the American Revolution essay and research paper contests. The contests, offered for...
Ankiel Brushes off Wild Ride
ST. LOUIS -- Rick Ankiel was able to joke about the most out-of-control pitching in the major leagues in more than a century. "Hey, I guess at least I set a record," Ankiel said after throwing five wild pitches in the third inning yesterday. ...
Annual Books Celebration Makes Much Ado about Writing Contest
There's a new to-do at Much Ado About Books. It's a writing contest for middle and high school students called the Joan Bowditch Young Writer Awards. Much Ado is an annual literary celebration that draws noted authors such as Connie May Fowler,...
An Oath That's Created a Vow Dedication Drives Docs Clinic Provides Free Treatment for Those Who Can't Pay
For Marc Thorpe, working at the Springfield Medical Clinic has taught him how to get things done. The Mayo Clinic family practice physician manages Mayo Clinic residents, who volunteer eight hours a month at the free clinic in the Help Center at...
Anyone Can Train for GRR 24
October is Mother Nature's gift to real Beach People. Real Beach People actually set foot on the sand three or more times a week year round. Other residents are wannabees. Many flee north to see the fall colors. Beach People look to a sunrise reflected...
Around the Bend
One man operates a plodding tug boat, while another sleek, torpedo-tube-equipped World War II PT boat screams across the waters. Another chugs across the waters of Mandarin and the Southside in the Thomas Edison, a detailed replica of a steamboat,...
A Very Tangled Web Weaved Internet Sites Want More Olympic Broadcast Rights
NEW YORK -- Many of the world's leading media organizations are demanding greater freedom to broadcast the Olympics on the Web following the blanket Internet ban of the Sydney Games. To protect NBC and others with television rights, Olympic officials...
Boastful Neighbor's Criminal History Is Matter of Record
Dear Call Box: Is there a way for the average citizen to find out the criminal history of a neighbor? He brags about his time in the "pen" with some really outrageous stories and the neighbors are quite uncomfortable with him around our children. ...
Bulletin Boards Stay Empty Teams Refraining from Trash-Talking
TALLAHASSEE -- Few college football rivalries boil the blood of players and fans like the Florida State-Miami series, which for the first time since 1996 carries national championship implications for both sides. Saturday's noon showdown in the...
Camping with the Magic
MIDNIGHT MADNESS Midnight Madness is usually associated with the college ranks, but the Magic had its own madness Monday night. Instead of opting for its scheduled morning practice, the team got to work immediately after its arrival in Jacksonville....
CAT CHAT A Conversation with . . . Seth Payne DT Carries Intellectual Weight, Too
Can Ivy Leaguers play defensive line in the NFL? Can a guy play a brutal game and think, too? Yes, and Jaguars defensive tackle Seth Payne is proof. Payne, who played collegiately at Cornell, sat recently with Times-Union sports writer John Oehser....
Church Lights Dispute Blamed on 'Racism'
City officials say a fence going up between a Mandarin church and school and the adjoining neighborhood doesn't match what was agreed on in a February rezoning, and that the church's security lights are shining in those same neighbors' windows. ...
Clay Sheriff Reviewing Missing Children Policies
After attending a two-day national symposium at the Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C., Clay County Sheriff Scott Lancaster plans to review department policies for handling reports of missing children. Last week Lancaster...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Georgia needs improvement in every indicator. . ." -- William McClellan of the Georgia Medical Care Foundation, referring to the state's ranking of 47th in following medical treatment standards for Medicare patients. Story on...
Coffee Sheriff Flees Arrest, Kills Himself Officer Refused to Surrender to FBI on Marijuana Charges
DOUGLAS -- Coffee County Sheriff Carlton Evans fatally shot himself yesterday after refusing to surrender to authorities trying to arrest him on drug charges. Evans and nine other people -- including his brother, a brother-in-law and two former...
Critically Online Budding Film Reviewers Putting Opinions on the Net
He was a teenage video store geek. Chuck Dowling freely admits it. During the day, he'd go to Orange Park High School. After school, he'd go to work at the now-defunct Movie World video store nearby. At night, he'd leave with two or three videos...
Davis Defeats Novice Kartsonis in GOP Runoff
Banking on more than a decade of experience on the Jacksonville City Council, Don Davis breezed to a Republican runoff victory yesterday in state House District 18. Davis topped political newcomer Holly Kartsonis and moved into the Nov. 7 general...
Debate over Economic Incentives Entering Another Round
The incentives issue could be heading for another wild ride. Just a week after a local printing company and a Jacksonville Economic Development Commission member spoke out against incentives for a California-based printer to move into North Jacksonville,...
Debate Rallies Fairly Peaceful about Half Dozen People Arrested
BOSTON -- Thousands of protesters gathered before the presidential debate yesterday, championing issues from campaign finance reform to the right of third-party candidates to be included in the matchup between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George...
Evans Is Not Georgia's First Sheriff to Face Drug Charges
With his indictment, Coffee County Sheriff Carlton Evans became the sixth sheriff in South Georgia and Northeast Florida to face drug dealing charges in the past eight years. And he is the second one to kill himself before going to trial. Three...
Exercises, Word Games Can Help Children Develop Reading Skills
Reading is a basic necessity of life. In order for children to learn to read and understand written language, they must first find a strong understanding of spoken language and the sounds that make up words. This understanding, including the ability...
Expenses outside City Budget Reviewed Shortfall Puts Focus on Sports Events Ads
Unhappy about a budget shortfall, Jacksonville City Council Auditor Bob Johnson is reviewing the process that allowed City Hall's economic development leaders to spend more than $200,000 of taxpayer money on advertising for two private sports teams...
Fair Week Comes to Northeast Florida
Blue ribbon hopefuls will be showing everything next week from prized poultry, steer, rabbits and swine to home-baked pies and cakes and homemade jelly and the midway rides will be whirling at the Northeast Florida Fair in Callahan. Competitors...
Falcons Still Trying to Solve Offensive Woes
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Dan Reeves readily admits the Atlanta Falcons are a major disappointment on offense. "There's no question there's a lot of factors involved in it," Reeves said Monday. "But it doesn't happen without just continuing to work...
FDA Finds 'No Clear Patterns' of Illness from Anthrax Shots
WASHINGTON -- Despite more than 1,500 reports of adverse reactions, "no clear patterns" have emerged in any illness said to be related to the anthrax vaccine being given to the military, the Food and Drug Administration told Congress yesterday. ...
Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Alone
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve policy-makers decided yesterday for a third consecutive time to leave interest rates unchanged but signaled that further rate increases are possible because of rising energy prices. The central bank said soaring crude...
Felons Got Concealed Weapons under Texas Law
AUSTIN, Texas -- Background checks for Texans applying for concealed handgun licenses have been greatly improved since dozens of people with criminal convictions gained permits under a law signed by Gov. George W. Bush, aides said yesterday. The...
First Fridays Good for Professionals
Though it takes place only once a month, some local minority professionals say First Fridays Jacksonville is an event worth taking advantage of. "It's a great way to meet people on a higher social level," said 29-year-old compensation analyst Dalphne...
Floridians' Weight a Growing Problem Obesity an Epidemic among All Ages, Races
Obesity has reached epidemic levels in Florida, where people in every age and ethnic group are packing on excess pounds after years of gradually eating more and exercising less. Even children are reaching unhealthy weights by their middle- and high-school...
Flu Season Is Here, but Flu Shot Campaign Being Delayed Vaccine Will Reach Providers Later
The flu season is blowing in along with the cool winds of the north, but local health facilities may not be able to cough up the flu vaccine for another month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said last week a substantial...
Former Bar Becomes Women's Haven Old Speakeasy Now an Inn for Moms in Need
The Inn sits on an old whiskey still. During the Prohibition Era, the building was a speakeasy and later a beer garden. There are still secret niches in the pine floors where money was stashed in metal cashboxes. Now, many years and several incarnations...
Former Textile Center in Poland Barely Plods on Lodz a Shadow of What It Once Was
LODZ, Poland -- Huge, empty and abandoned, the husks of red-brick factories that housed Poland's once-mighty textile industry litter the landscape of Lodz. These are the carcasses of dinosaurs defeated by the onset of a high-tech Ice Age. Behind...
Free Internet Service Provided Early Web Access
I received an e-mail the other day from Alachua Freenet asking for donations so it could continue to serve the community. You are probably asking what in the world Alachua Freenet has to do with Clay County and what in the world it is. Alachua Freenet...
Funds Don't Halt 'E-Pack' Instruction St. Johns Plans for Schools to Get Wired about Lap Tops to All Students
The first phase of an ambitious program to put portable computers in the hands of every St. Johns County public school student is under way in 10 classrooms in five schools, including 45 students at Fruit Cove's Cunningham Creek Elementary School....
Georgia Ailing on Medicare State Ranks 47th on Treatment Standards
ATLANTA -- A study tracking how well states follow medical treatment standards for Medicare patients ranks Georgia 47th in performance among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The study, released yesterday by the Health Care...
Girls in PACE Headed Back on Track
Ashley Mentzel felt like a misfit in high school. Suffering with depression and other social problems, she stopped attending and was convinced she would never graduate. Now, the confident 17-year-old has a new attitude and a bright outlook. ...
Grant to Let School Libraries Satisfy Kids' Need to Read
Students at Woodland Acres Elementary School can't wait to get through their regular lessons, some teachers report. That's because the students are falling in love with books as each classroom gets its own mini-library. The Woodland Acres Neighborhood...
Green Cove Food Pantry Needs Help Stocking Shelves
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Attention, shoppers: Buy more stuff on that next trip to the grocery store. The Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs could use the stock. In recent weeks, the 70 or so volunteers who run the Food Pantry have noticed a trend of...
Helping Girls Help Selves
When the new $2.2 million PACE Center for Girls in Arlington was being blueprinted, officials decided that a couple of amenities were in order. A laundry room and showers. "We learned the reason some of our girls had been missing so much school...
High Court Considers 1979 Foster Care Case
More than two decades after a 4-year-old foster child was found beaten, burned and emaciated in Orange Park, the Florida Supreme Court is considering whether she should be able to sue the state because of shoddy oversight. Justices heard arguments...
Hilliard Man Raises Prize-Winning Racing Pigeons
On a recent lightning-filled Friday evening, Michael Coiro sat in his Hilliard home and pondered the fate of 15 prized pigeons he had sent to the races. The racing pigeons had been driven to Cairo, Ill., where they were released earlier that morning...
Horses Aid Therapy, Gala to Aid Program
A horse named Snoopy is changing the way 6-year-old Southside resident Raquel Quinones sees the world, after years of shutting some of it out because of a developmental disorder. Snoopy is part of a therapy program founded by a Middleburg resident...
Hurricane Opal Still Affects Panhandle 5 Years Later Homes Hit by Storm Still Being Repaired
PENSACOLA BEACH -- Opal, the most destructive hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle in the 20th Century, is still having an effect five years after making landfall on Oct. 4, 1995. Construction workers continue repairing and replacing homes...
Ira Koger Files for Chapter 11 Protection Office Pioneer, Arts Patron Owes IRS $3.5 M
Jacksonville businessman Ira M. Koger, who was indicted five years ago but never tried on federal tax evasion charges, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing the Internal Revenue Service as his largest creditor. Koger, well-known as...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I think it continues to support the notion that parents deserve more choice in their child's educational opportunity." -- Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan, commenting on a ruling that gives the OK to state school voucher programs. Story,...
Keith Moves by Mexico after Battering Belize
BELIZE CITY -- Snapped power lines dangled treacherously over Belize City's water-laden streets. Aluminum roofs, peeled back like sardine-can lids by Hurricane Keith's high winds, flapped uselessly over flooded wooden homes. As Keith weakened to...
Kindess to Others Noted by Teacher
Toni DiCharia, a sophomore honor student at Fernandina Beach High School has made quite an impression on her homeroom teacher Margaret Hess because of her compassion for others. Whether someone has hurt feelings or has been snubbed or avoided by...
Lady Ospreys, Rattlers Enjoying Record Starts
With a 9-0 start and eight shutouts, the University of North Florida women's soccer team is enjoying the best season in the program's five-year history. The team is No. 1 in the Southeastern Region and fourth in the National Soccer College Coaches...
LAW A Cautious Court
The U.S. Supreme Court began its new term on a cautious note, refusing to tackle several controversial social issues -- most notably, cases involving the confederate flag, the federal ban on semiautomatic weapons and racial quotas in elementary education,...
Leaders to Attempt End to Riots Albright to Meet with Barak, Arafat
BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- As battles between Arab youths and Israeli forces raged yesterdayTUES for the sixth day, hope turned to Washington and the international community to do what leaders here seem unable to do: stop the bloodshed. Four more Palestinians...
Life on the Beach
JACKSONVILLE BEACH EDUCATIONAL ZONING CHANGE -- The Planning Commission Monday will consider a proposed change to the city's land use code allowing educational services in certain industrial areas. The public hearing starts at 7:30 p.m. at City...
List of Nassau Residents Killed in War Compiled Names Now Will Be Added to Memorial
The task was daunting, but with the use of various resources, Fernandina Beach officials have compiled a list of 42 Nassau County residents who died in wars beginning with World War I. Officials hope to add the names to a memorial in Fernandina Beach....
Local Panelists Unswayed by Debate All 9 Say Outcome a Virtual Toss-Up
After watching last night's presidential debate, all nine members of a Times-Union panel of local residents called the results a virtual toss-up, all nine said they will still vote for the candidate they favored before the debate and two-thirds said...
Madonna Still Changing with the Times 'Music' One of Her Greatest Albums Yet
Madonna's new album, Music (Maverick), is a masterpiece, one of the greatest albums she has ever put out. Madonna always find herself changing with the times. That is why she is the most famous woman on the planet. That is also why she is still...
MEDICINE No Free Lunch
Perhaps the most pertinent comment yet on prescription drug prices came from Alan Holmer. On whether the prices are "high," he said, "Compared to what"? Are drugs costing hundreds of dollars high priced compared to thousands of dollars in hospital...
Meet Johnnie Chatman
When Johnnie F. Chatman Sr. graduated from the Jacksonville Theological Seminary School of Arts of Theology at age 69, he received lots of congratulations. But he says all the credit should go to the one who inspired him. "The praise belongs...
Meet Roger Malphurs
As a boy, Roger Malphurs helped his father dye thousands of Easter eggs for underprivileged children on the Westside. His father, Ralph, was a district community service chairman for the American Legion in Florida. The family would boil eggs donated...
Miller Steps into New Role Magic's Top Pick to Back Up Stars
Mike Miller is not your average NBA lottery pick. Many players taken high in the draft are looked to for big, immediate contributions by teams near the bottom of the standings. Most become go-to guys during their first year. Practically all crack...
Milosevic Orders Arrest of Miner Strike Leaders
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Escalating the Yugoslav crisis, President Slobodan Milosevic's government yesterday ordered the arrest of leaders of one of the strikes launched to drive him from power. The announcement by the Belgrade prosecutor followed...
Morning Briefing
MARKETS FIXED AFTER FED ANNOUNCEMENT Technology issues fell again yesterday, pulling the market lower after the Federal Reserve declined to increase interest rates but indicated it remains concerned about inflation. The central bank's decision...
Nation Briefing
PREGNANT WOMAN, SUSPECT BOTH DEAD; BABY SAFE IN CRIB RAVENNA, Ohio -- A pregnant woman was found dead yesterday, her baby torn from her belly in a crude Caesarean section, and the woman suspected of stealing the child killed herself as police arrived...
New Beginnings Fernandina's Barnabas Center Provides Assistance for People Who Need a Helping Hand
Rick Watkins sits in a blue chair set against the wall at the Barnabas Center in Fernandina Beach waiting his turn for help. His eyes gaze at a poster that reads, "I know that any achievement is possible with your help, Lord," then shift to a box...
Newsmakers
DRAWING VOTERS FROM RESERVATION As residents of Browning, Mont., registered to vote in the November election, Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls and Joan Baez performed in the background. Sunday's concert in a high school gymnasium on the Blackfeet Indian...
No Change Likely on Ortega Bridge
Ortega residents learned last week that there's probably not enough vehicular traffic to warrant timed openings of the Ortega River Bridge. "There's so much boat traffic and so little car traffic," said Barry Dragon, a U.S. Coast Guard official...
No One-Way for Cherry
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Cherry Street residents will continue to have two-way traffic on their street despite their pleas to make it one-way. The City Council voted 3-2 Monday against a resolution that would have designated the 200 block of Cherry Street...
Orange Park Coach Gets New Job
One Clay County football coach just got busier. Ron McCrone, the coach of the Orange Park High football team, will coach the Jacksonville Tomcats arena football team next season. McCrone replaces the team's first head coach, Perry Moss, following his...
Passion for Music Keeping Mixon's Performances Fresh Taking Time off Rekindled Desire
Singer-guitarist Mark Mixon says his passion for music is in his blood. "God gives us certain talents. This is one of the strongest ones I got," he said. While in the second grade, Mixon's maternal grandmother taught him to play the piano. But...
Patient Treatment under Medicare Varies in Quality Disparity in State-by-State Study
CHICAGO -- Treatment of Medicare patients varies widely by state when it comes to heart failure, stroke, breast cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, according to a new federal study. Medicare patients in the Northeast and sparsely populated...
Percussion Music Composer to Perform
Before he entered his teens, Ney Rosauro was a musician. But it wasn't until he was in his 20s that he got the beat. The 47-year-old Brazilian picked up his first instruments, the guitar and double bass, at the age of 12. At age 24, he started...
Police Briefing
Police are looking for a man they say pulled a handgun on a 52-year-old fellow worker Thursday during an argument at a construction site at 9800 San Jose Blvd. Police said the men were arguing at 3 p.m. when one of them pulled a gun from a case...
Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH A 17-year-old Jacksonville Beach man was arrested Friday and charged with robbery after a Palm Coast man reported that someone banged on his car window...
Post-Surgery, Elkington Ready to Reap Benefits of Rest
He never thought golf should be painful, not with a swing as sweet as his. Steve Elkington couldn't understand why he had to ice his hip after a round, why he had so little energy for anything else after a short day of work, why he lost some of...
Program Packs Dynamite Punch TnT Is Tennis and Life Skills Management
Retired professional tennis star MaliVai Washington served up a new twist and new direction for his Kids Foundation last week. On Thursday, he dedicated newly resurfaced tennis courts at the Emmett Reed Center on Sixth Street in Durkeeville. ...
PSS Founder Kelly Resigns as CEO Failed Merger, Sliding Stock Meant 'Change Was in Order'
PSS World Medical Inc. founder Patrick C. Kelly, who built the company from scratch into a billion-dollar-plus organization but came under fire as its stock price fell, resigned yesterday as chairman and chief executive officer. The company replaced...
Recovering Stroke Victim, 11, Teaches Lesson in Fitness
ORANGE PARK -- Just 10 months ago, Marcus Toms could not walk, talk or even move a hand as a result of a stroke. Marcus is 11. Yesterday, he jumped rope with schoolmates at Ridgeview Elementary School in Orange Park as part of the American Heart...
Road Projects Would Start on the Curb Sidewalk Installation Will Be Top Priority
If Nassau County gets any federal funds for road-enhancement projects, the first money will be used to install a sidewalk along U.S. 1 in Hilliard, county officials have decided. Over the past few years, the county has been submitting roadway-enhancement...
School Vouchers Win on Appeal Ruling to Kill Bush Program Overturned
TALLAHASSEE -- Saying Florida is not barred from using tax dollars to send children to private schools, a state appeals court yesterday overturned a ruling that would have killed Gov. Jeb Bush's school-vouchers program. A three-judge panel of the...
'Screaming' Thunderstorms Drench South Florida Streets Flood at Rush Hour
MIAMI -- A drenching storm swept into Florida yesterday, flooding streets during rush hour, forcing flight cancellations, and shutting down schools and businesses early. A National Weather Service meteorologist compared the storm to Hurricane Irene,...
Senate Easily Passes High-Tech Visa Bill
WASHINGTON -- High-tech companies could bring in nearly 600,000 new skilled foreign workers over the next three years and also hire thousands more foreign students from U.S. graduate schools under a bill the Senate passed yesterday. The 96-1 vote...
Sexual Behavior Gets Own 'Just Say No' Campaign
About 150 students of Rader Academy, a charter school on 33rd Street, got the word last week. A very small word: No. The group of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders discussed abstinence and ways to avoid or resist sexual advances. That included...
Shelter's Mission Still Stands Barking Neighbors, Revenues a Dilemma
The Safe Animal Shelter of Orange Park is back in business as usual. Following a series of complaints and threat of a lawsuit by nearby Grove Park residents irritated by barking dogs at the shelter, the facility stopped taking in stray and unwanted...
Some Clay Schools Excel on SAT
Scores for some Clay County students on a college entrance exam were below the national average, but others surpassed Duval, St. Johns and Nassau counties and the state average . The Scholastic Assessment Test, or SAT, scores were recently released...
Student Essay Awards Help Mark Fort Caroline's 50th
********** CORRECTION October 11, 2000 David Lee and Sara Minton are students in Dorothy Hamm's eighth-grade gifted English and U.S. history class at Fort Caroline Middle School. Because of wrong information provided by the staff at Fort...
Students at R.M. Paterson Elementary Are Broadcasting TV News Production Program Getting High Marks
At the WRMP television studio, which serves a small pocket of Fleming Island, technicians and on-air talent are scurrying around, preparing for their next broadcast. Cameras are readied, graphics selected, interviews scheduled, digital photos taken,...
Students to Be Stars of TV Show 'Dateline NBC' Will Profile Cheerleaders
Erin Skaff and Cassie Benner, both 17, thought the highlight of their year was being chosen to captain the two-time national championship cheerleading team at Fernandina Beach High School. But that was only the beginning. The real cheers came this...
Talking Constitutionality with Lawyers of the Future
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Florida Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead told Fletcher High School juniors and seniors the U.S. Constitution is a living document for everyday people in everyday situations. Anstead, a Jacksonville native, spoke with law...
The Answer Line
CLAY ELECTRIC: Will a compact fluorescent light bulb save me money? Answer: Yes, it will. While the initial cost of a compact fluorescent light may be $12 to $18 more than an incandescent bulb, the compact fluorescent bulb will cost less over the...
The County Line
Serving the readers of the greater Clay County area. ORANGE PARK CANDIDATE LUNCH: The League of Women Voters/Jacksonville First Coast is sponsoring a meet the candidate luncheon at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Carrabba's Italian Grill, 1750 Wells Road,...
Theismann: Jaguars Are Bunch of Really Nice Guys Media Members Doubt Team's Toughness
If the Jaguars are to silence one of their more vocal critics, they'll have no better chance than their next game. Joe Theismann, a broadcaster for ESPN, criticized the Jaguars during the nationally televised Eagles-Falcons game on Sunday, and he'll...
The Other Side of the Land Down Under
My true defining experience of the new millennium came not on New Year's Eve. Instead it was on July 4, at a pub in Kalbarri, Western Australia, singing The Star-Spangled Banner at the urging of Caveman, Dingo, Wingnut and Poges -- four Aussies as...
Used Car Dealer Arrested on Fraud Charges
A Green Cove Springs used car dealer faces fraud charges in schemes to swindle the Clay County Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville City Hall out of thousands of dollars on the sale of vehicles for law enforcement. Jack Houston Stoudenmire, owner of...
Washington Notebook
Drunken driving: Congressional negotiators have agreed to a tough national standard for drunken driving, with penalties for states that don't abide. President Clinton called it a "commonsense nationwide limit" that will save an estimated 500 lives...
Web Creates Wide World of Voices Covering Pop Culture
Rotten Tomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com) is where you can see what Roger Ebert or Entertainment Weekly thinks about a movie -- right alongside the opinions of Web critics known as the Cranky Critic, Planet Sick-Boy and JoBlo's Movie Emporium. It's...
Westside Business in Family since 1892
Maybe one or both of Pat Partridge's sons will take over the family's water well-drilling business some day. If they do, the 108-year-old Partridge Well and Drilling Co. of Jacksonville will enter a sixth generation of Partridge ownership. This...
Woman Beats Hardships, Wins Honor
Virginia Hanson's woes carried her deep into a life of poverty, homelessness and domestic and substance abuse. Conquering those struggles took the Orange Park resident to Washington, D.C., recently to accept the first Overcoming Challenges Award...