The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 2, 2000

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Abby Encourages Holiday Greetings to the Military
Dear Call Box: I have read about people sending mail to the military overseas during the holidays for those who may not have families. Can you provide the mailing address, and advise what types of items they might like to receive or what items are...
AIDS Quilts Adorn City Hall
In a ceremony of love and respect, eight sections of the NAMES Project Memorial AIDS Quilt were displayed in Jacksonville City Hall's rotunda yesterday to observe World AIDS Day. The panels, some of them commemorating Northeast Florida residents...
AMA Debates over 'Morning-After' Pill Easier Accessibility Key for Contraceptive
CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association is wading into the morally fraught debate over whether the "morning-after" pill should be made available over the counter. While the Vatican recently condemned the emergency contraceptive and the nation's...
Army Reviews Perks Given Disciplined Peacekeepers
WASHINGTON -- A senior Army commander has ordered a review of personnel actions that benefited 82nd Airborne Division members who were disciplined for their roles in abuses against ethnic Albanians during peacekeeping duty in Kosovo. The actions...
Arrest in Killing Begins Closure Process
Murder's a rare crime at the Beaches, especially in recent years. That, in part, is why so many people at the beach were so dismayed over the slaying of Corey Lynn Parker. On Nov. 27, 1998, the 25-year-old popular Ragtime waitress's body was found...
At Home in Springfield Restoration Continues as Couple Makes Plans to Move In
Alicia Dorsie-Frank, her husband, Joe Dorsie, and their carpenter, Gary Caldwell, have been re-sanding floors and painting walls instead of decking the halls this holiday season. It's some of the latest work in a series of repairs they've made to...
Authorities Seek 2 Suspects in Bank Robberies
Authorities are asking for help in tracking down a man and woman wanted in two armed bank robberies in Callahan and possibly one in Kingsland, Ga. The Nassau County Sheriff's Department issued warrants yesterday for the arrest of Norman P. Murphy,...
Bathrooms Taking Leap Backward
Q. Call us nuts, but we're having the best time rehabbing our 1897 Queen Anne Victorian. We want a really old-fashioned master bath -- footed tub, pedestal sink -- and have found the right fixtures (actually, the tub is an antique we've had re-enameled),...
'Belle' of the Winter Ball Arrives
Winter season is in full swing with the belle of Southern plants, the camellia. Colorful displays of single blooms, formal doubles or peony-form flowers have begun and will continue into spring. COLOR CHOICES The two most prominent camellias...
BellSouth Loses Another Appeal
BellSouth Mobility has lost its ninth attempt in more than two years to save its tower in Fruit Cove, weeks before it makes one more legislative attempt to keep it. The company's attempts to preserve the 250-foot-high cellular telephone tower, which...
Bill Proposes Visas for Illegals Farmers Dependent on Foreign Workers
WASHINGTON -- It's no secret the agriculture industry is utterly dependent on illegal foreign workers, but for years lawmakers have been unable to agree on a way to curb the flow of illegals without harming the farmers who need them. Now a compromise...
Blue Cross, HCA Reach Deal on New Contract
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida announced yesterday it reached a contract agreement for up to two years with HCA-The Healthcare Co. After several months of negotiation, the companies reached an agreement at about 6 a.m. The agreement allows...
Bomb Found near U.S. Visit Site Senator Never at Risk on Trip to Columbia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Police discovered a roadside bomb outside a town hours before a U.S. senator and U.S. ambassador were to visit, authorities said yesterdayFriday. But there were conflicting reports on whether Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn.,...
Born-Again Art LaVilla School Now Houses Restored Mural
They say every picture tells a story. And in this case, at least, the adage seems accurate. A huge oil painting that for decades hung behind the long diner counter of the Sears department store in downtown Jacksonville has been recovered and restored...
Callahan Parade Set Today Event Begins Holiday Season
Christmas season begins for some by shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, but in Callahan the December holiday officially starts today with the annual Christmas parade and crafts show. Callahan residents and out-of-town visitors will be treated...
Challenges Remain for Baptist, St. Vincent's Months after Break-Up
Patients may not see a big difference in their everyday checkup or their next visit to Baptist or St. Vincent's hospital, but things are all new, and old again, with these health systems. Eight months ago, Baptist Health and St. Vincent's split...
Check Closely to Make Sure Tree Is Fresh
It's time for the Christmas tree rush. Here are a some tips on selecting a tree. -- Check for freshness by bending needles to see if they spring back. Needles that break indicate the tree is not fresh. -- Tap the base of the tree on the ground....
Church to Fete Bennett Service Honors Former Official
Charlie Bennett turns 90 today, and the church where the former congressman worshipped for 70 years wants to make his birthday a memorable one. Riverside Avenue Christian Church, 2841 Riverside Ave., is having a special service tomorrow to celebrate...
City Bragging Rights on Line
Six months have passed since Edward Waters College head men's basketball coach Buster Harvey received a Jasper award for the First Coast's Amateur Coach of the Year. Nearly two years ago, he led his team to the NAIA Division I national semifinals....
Clay Teachers and Students Honored
The Orange Park Business Council of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce honored 10 students and teachers from the five county public high schools at its recent luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Orange Park. The chamber recognizes 10 outstanding teachers...
Clinton Calls AIDS Crisis, Wants Much More Funding
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton called AIDS a moral, economic and international security crisis and urged Congress yesterday to fight it with increased spending now and in the future. "Marrying our money to our intentions is a formula for real progress,...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Ms. Crosby was a mother with a young child. Right before she was killed, she had been singing Amazing Grace while cleaning up the store." -- District Attorney Stephen Kelly, who prosecuted Warren Deon King in Appling County for...
Colombia Massacre Turns Fishing Village into Ghost Town Civil War Catches Poor in the Middle
NUEVA VENECIA, Colombia -- Ten days ago this village, with its wooden houses perched on stilts in a vast inland sea, was a bustling fishing community. But then the gunmen came, dragging villagers from their homes, shooting them and leaving their bodies...
Commission Head Bush Almost Passes Gavel to Lassiter
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- "We have a new chairman and my year is over. Thank the Lord." Having said that, County Commissioner George Bush turned over the chairman's gavel Tuesday to the board's new leader, Commissioner Glenn Lassiter, during an annual...
County's Growth Means Larger Sheriff's Office
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- As Clay County's population continues to escalate, driven by new subdivisions that seem to spring up like mushrooms after rain showers, so does the size of the sheriff's office. In a continuing effort to keep pace with a growing...
Day of Supreme Drama Nation's Highest Court Questions Lawyers for Bush, Gore on Why It Should Act on Florida
WASHINGTON -- As the fight over the presidential election spilled into the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, justices peppered attorneys with questions touching on most legal aspects of the Florida dispute -- including why they should be involved. "We're...
Death Sentence Upheld Young Robber Must Face Electric Chair for Slaying
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court in a 4-3 ruling Thursday upheld the death sentence of an Appling County man for the slaying of a convenience store clerk six years ago. Warren Deon King, 24, of Surrency was condemned to the state's electric...
Dishwashers Now Quieter, More Efficient
Dear Jim: My old dishwasher leaves food on the dishes and I cannot even hear my husband talking five feet away. What are the newest, quietest designs available? Will they save much energy and are they attractive? -- Tamara R. Dear Tamara: There...
Drug Enforcers Get More Firepower
Nassau County law enforcement officials are getting more ammunition for their drug enforcement task force to even up the gun-power odds against drug dealers. The state will be putting $94,730 into Nassau County's multi-jurisdictional Drug Eradication...
DuPont Fund Grants $308,500 to Local Groups Museum, Kids' Program, Churches Benefit
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund recently awarded grants totalling $1.7 million -- with $308,500 of that going to four North Florida organizations. The idea of the fund, the Jacksonville area's largest foundation, is to "help others help," said Sherry...
Election 2000 Notebook
MORE PEOPLE DOUBT LEGITIMACY OF BUSH WIN WASHINGTON -- More people think George W. Bush will eventually be elected president, but the number who think Bush will have won legitimately and not just because of an improperly conducted or counted election...
Election Puts School Trip in Limbo
Controversy over the presidential election is touching nearly everyone in Florida, even some school children in Nassau County. Take, for instance, Sue Ayer's social studies class at Yulee Middle School. Students for months have planned a trip to...
Endeavour Nears Space Station Alpha
CAPE CANAVERAL -- Space shuttle Endeavour steadily closed in on the international space station yesterday, with NASA controlling two manned ships for the first time in almost 30 years. Endeavour is delivering huge electricity-producing solar wings...
Family Atmosphere OU Staff Keeps Loved Ones Close
NORMAN, Okla. -- Coaches and wives gather around folding tables piled with salad and bread. Strollers and diaper bags line the wall at the university's sports complex, and toddlers are teetering beside the buffet table. It's family night for Sooners...
Fans Won't See Dupay Gators without Guard
University of Florida coach Billy Donovan is going to learn at least two things today when his Gators play host to No. 25 DePaul at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville. One will be how well his team can play without high-scoring guard Teddy Dupay,...
Fassel's Gag Order a Bit Coughlin-Like
Did Tom Coughlin take the New York Giants job without anybody being notified? The Giants' players have been prohibited to talk with the media about the team or render any opinion on opponents by head coach Jim Fassel for the remainder of the season....
FDA: Red Cross Blood Centers Flawed Banks Repeatedly Failed Inspections over Past 15 Years
WASHINGTON -- American Red Cross blood processing centers have repeatedly failed federal inspections over the last 15 years and continue to have problems that present a "potential for harm" to patients, federal officials said yesterday. "The Red...
Franchione to Coach Tide
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama hired Texas Christian football coach Dennis Franchione to turn around the Crimson Tide, opting for someone with no ties to the school. Franchione said he and Alabama athletic director Mal Moore agreed yesterday to a seven-year...
Giving Thanks While Awaiting Fate
Home for the holidays. That's what I was for Thanksgiving and what I will be for Christmas. I took the house off the market. Things did not fall into place. I had been told that the fall is not the best time of year to sell a home, especially...
Grace Episcopal Day School Expansion Moves Ahead
Five years ago, Grace Episcopal Church in Orange Park decided to expand the preschool it had run since the 1950s into an elementary school. Slowly, by adding one grade level a year -- sixth grade was added in August -- the preschool became Grace...
Hofstra Tough Matchup for Eagles
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Defending national champion Georgia Southern risks its 30-game home field winning streak today when it takes on Hofstra's vaunted passing game in the quarterfinals of the Division I-AA playoffs. The Eagles (10-2) will have to...
Home Depot Aims for Beach Site Again Old Mobile Home Park Land Sought
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Home Depot will try again this month for the rezoning it needs to build a store at a former mobile home park on Beach Boulevard, a company spokesman said. The giant home furnishings and self-repair retailer will apply within...
Hungary's Zsolnay Often the Last Word in Pottery
"From A to Z" in antiques usually ends with Zsolnay, a popular pottery from Hungary. Zsolnay was founded in 1862 by Ignac Zsolnay at Pics. After 1878, the firm used a mark that pictured five church towers. At first they made earthenware, but by the...
It's Tougher Than Ever to Fight Gift Giving Guilt Syndrome
It has begun -- like a headache that will not go away -- Gift Giving Guilt Syndrome. Every year, as the holidays approach, I think to myself, 'there has to be another way.' Moth to flame, I am pulled closer and closer to the commercial chaos that has...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "If you report this, I will bury you." -- Palm Beach public defender Jo Ann Kotzen's allegation that Circuit Judge Howard Berman threatened her after making sexually suggestive comments. Story on page B-2 DISCRIMINATION TRIAL...
Jurists Refuse to Force Hand Recounts, Say Butterfly OK
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Supreme Court and a state court judge dealt Al Gore a double defeat yesterday in his bid to force an immediate hand recount of thousands of disputed ballots. State legislative leaders, meanwhile, were preparing for a special...
Justices Do Flip-Flop with Questions
WASHINGTON -- It was an interesting role reversal: The conservative Rehnquist court, defined in recent years by its zeal to protect states' rights, struggled yesterday to find its place in the contested Florida election. There was Chief Justice...
Kids Fight School Crime from the Hornet's Nest Peer Patrol Aims to Guard Youth Safety
Glenn Kitchens, a member of the Yulee Middle School student patrol, stands at attention outside the main doors to the school. It's a cold day, but Glenn doesn't have time to complain as swarms of students change classes and pass by his post. He's...
Kids Get on Their Soap Box Derby Helps Fund Toys for Tots
All they could see was the long, gray stretch to the finish line. Eyes straight ahead, they sat hunched forward and tucked as tightly as possible inside their soapbox racers, their eyes about an inch above the open cockpit. They waited two at...
Letting Their Light Shine What Started as Gift-Making Became a Job
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Alvin Bentley and Scott DiPatri are trying to earn a little extra spending money for the holidays and help people see the light. But not in a spiritual sense. The light they want people to see sits atop lighthouse replicas...
Life on the Beach
JACKSONVILLE BEACH RV DEADLINE -- The city is reminding residents that they have until Jan. 2 to remove motor homes, boats and trailers from their front yards. On July 3, the City Council voted to keep an ordinance that prohibits front-yard parking...
Local Insight on Web Site Area Resident Puts Orange Park at Your Fingertips
Connie Valero was in the market for a business she could run from her home, something with flexible hours, something that would allow her to spend as much time as possible with her two young sons. She and her husband pondered the question and what...
Long-Awaited Fouraker Road Project May Get under Way
Reconstruction of Fouraker Road has been in the works for so long that some residents have joked about organizing a committee, buying shovels and starting the project themselves. But Petticoat Construction, the low bidder, will be given the go-ahead...
Long-Timers Fight Hotel Residents, Builder in Costly War over Project
It has taken Charlie Dixon's family $100,000 in lawyer fees to not have a nine-story hotel built near their Jacksonville homes. And the hard part could just be starting. A dispute over a hotel and office complex planned off Butler Boulevard has...
Making Music Internationally Orange Park High Band to March in London Parade
As New Year's Day party invitations go, the one received recently by Bert Creswell, director of bands at Orange Park High School, takes the cake. This invitation requested Creswell and the school's musicians participate in the 2002 New Year's Day...
Man Faces 3 Years for Pulling Gun
WEST PALM BEACH -- An attorney who pulled a gun on a Little League coach in front of a group of children faces a three-year prison term after turning down probation. The plea deal would have required John Skrandel, 30, to plead guilty to a felony,...
Mayor, Council Members to Be Sworn In
NEPTUNE BEACH -- City officials and other residents have expressed hopes the past few years of City Council divisivness will end Tuesday. That's when the city will swear in two new council members, Buddy Crout and Harriet Pruette, and a new mayor,...
Mediation Ends with Some Progress in Tri-State Water Talks Dec. 29 Deadline Nears for Decision
TALLAHASSEE -- Federal mediation in the tri-state water talks ended yesterday, and the mediator said Georgia, Alabama and Florida officials made progress toward crafting a water-sharing agreement, although a Dec. 29 deadline is looming. If the states...
MEXICO New Outlook
A rebel leader had it right when asked about the inauguration yesterday of Vicente Fox as president of Mexico. "For us," the man known as Subcomandante Marcos said, "the nightmare ends today. Another could follow, or it could be a new dawn." ...
Mexico Swears in Fox amid New Hope President Promises Break with Past
MEXICO CITY -- Vicente Fox was sworn in as president of Mexico yesterday, ending 71 years of single-party rule and vowing "to demolish all vestiges of authoritarianism." Standing before a joint session of Mexico's Congress, the rancher-turned-politician...
Nation Briefing
PILOT WHO LANDED ON ROAD GUILTY OF NEGLIGENT DRIVING ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A pilot who mistook a road for a runway has admitted having three whiskey bottles that police say were open in the cockpit of his small plane. David Wayne Nickerson pleaded...
Neighbors Fuming over Day-Care Center
Mutt Daniel used to have oak trees with 2-foot diameters and large palmettos abutting the south side of his Tarpon Drive home in Fernandina Beach. His sons, Fisher and Hunter, enjoyed seeing the rabbits hop out from the thick brush. All the plants...
Neighbor to Neighbor
Question: I drove the recently opened section of Florida 9A from Baymeadows Road to Philips Highway. About halfway down, there's another exit off to the left. If this is to be for the eventual connection to Interstate 295, why are there also hills...
New Firm Plans Move to Clay AmeriCredit Sets Fleming Island Center
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- County commissioners have tentatively approved a $430,000 financial aid plan to secure a deal with a national loan company for a new $12 million, 538-job operations center in Clay County. AmeriCredit Financial Services Inc....
Newsmakers
'ISLAND' ITEMS RIPE FOR AUCTION Mementos of the popular 1960s TV sitcom Gilligan's Island will be auctioned next week for a Bluefield, W.Va., charity. Bob Denver (Gilligan) will be the host. Among items up for bid: original promotional Gilligan...
New Treasure Grounds Roosevelt Boulevard Flea Market Opens
Just in time for the holidays, the Westside has a new venue for shoppers who like to make their purchases al fresco. The open-air Roosevelt Boulevard Flea Market, offering wares sold by everyone from "garage sale" families to professional vendors,...
New Woes Confront Duval Elections Office Democratic Supporters Plan Rally, Challenges
The Rev. Jesse Jackson will be in Jacksonville tomorrow afternoon for a "Fairness in Democracy" rally at a church -- a visit that comes even as reports of voting irregularities in Duval County continue to surface. A sample ballot with instructions...
No Long Search Needed for New Middleburg Coach
The Middleburg Broncos did not have to go far to find a football coach. Alan Powers, who has been the Bronco head baseball coach for the past 12 years, was named the head grid coach, replacing Tim Cromer, who resigned to spend more time with his...
No More Eyes on Skies Airport's Weather Watchers Replaced by Machine
ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Emeris "Smitty" Smitherman and Jack Caldwell dutifully went about their last day on the job Thursday recording weather information that nobody would see. At the end of Caldwell's shift, the Federal Aviation Administration ended...
No Spying Proof, Defense Tells Judge
MOSCOW -- Lawyers for Edmond Pope yesterday concluded their defense against espionage charges by disclosing that Kazakhstan sold to China 40 of the high-speed torpedoes for which Pope is accused of buying secret blueprints. The lawyers claimed the...
Notebook
MARTS EXPECTS TO START Jaguars LB Lonnie Marts said he expects to be healthy enough to start tomorrow for the first time in five weeks. Marts, who started 16 games a year ago, missed the last four games with a groin injury that has hampered him...
Offense Powers Palatka into Semis
PALATKA -- Palatka and Suwannee played a defensive struggle six weeks ago. Last night, the two teams played just the opposite. Palatka topped Suwannee 37-21 in a third-round state playoff game in which defenders on both sides looked lost. ...
Palm Beach Judge Fights 3 Allegations of Sexual Harassment State High Court Will Hear Case
WEST PALM BEACH -- A Palm Beach Circuit judge has been charged with ethical violations for allegedly sexually harassing three women and threatening one if she complained to the state's legal watchdog agency. Judge Howard Berman, who has been on...
Pentagon Seeing Little Change in Europe Policy Continuity Will Cross to New President
WASHINGTON -- U.S. security strategy on Europe probably will remain largely unchanged regardless of whether George W. Bush or Al Gore wins the presidency, a senior Pentagon official said yesterday. "All administrations always put their own stamp...
Piggy Bank Fund-Raiser Pays off School's Profits Help SAVE Kids
Pink pigs, purple pigs, pigs with hats and pigs with beads were lined up last week waiting their turn for surgery in the media center at Southside Middle School. It was all part of the school's annual Thanksgiving luncheon, which raised money for...
Pioneer in Fight against AIDS Retires Doctor Advocated for Patients despite Taboos
BRUNSWICK -- When Betty Ann Brooks began practicing medicine in Glynn County almost 15 years ago, few people had ever heard of AIDS. There were no local medical facilities equipped to treat AIDS/HIV patients. And those afflicted with the disease...
Police Briefing
Three Mandarin men, ages 18, 20 and 23, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested early Monday on multiple charges of auto burglary after police said they found the quartet at the scene of three auto burglaries at the Autumn Pines apartment complex, 3857...
Police Briefing
A Westside woman cried foul when her next-door neighbor's mixed-breed dog attacked her turkeys Thanksgiving Day in the 7800 block of Morse Avenue. The dispute ended with the death of the dog and the fowl, police said. The woman said the dog squeezed...
Police Briefing
A 23-year-old woman was arrested Monday in the 7800 block of Dekla Avenue and charged with forging eight checks totalling $1,390. The blank Jax Navy Federal Credit Union checks were stolen from a 19-year-old Jacksonville woman, police said. -- A...
Police Briefing
BRYCEVILLE U.S. 301, grand theft and burglary, 5 p.m. Nov. 25. Brandy Branch, grand theft and burglary, 9 p.m. Nov. 25. CALLAHAN 2100 block of South Kings Road, criminal mischief and petit theft, 10 a.m. Nov. 19. 6200 block of Higginbotham...
Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH A woman reported Wednesday that her purse was stolen from her husband's 1990 BMW. The car was parked and left unlocked in a parking lot in the 500 block...
Port Raises Nearly $40 M in Bonds Sale
The Jacksonville Port Authority has sold nearly $40 million in bonds to help pay for renovation projects at its three marine terminals. The bonds were bought by a combination of private corporations and individual investors. JPA officials said the...
Powers Will Coach Middleburg
The Middleburg Broncos did not have to go far to find a football coach. Alan Powers, who has been the Bronco head baseball coach for the past 12 years, was named the head grid coach, replacing Tim Cromer, who resigned to spend more time with his...
Program to Continue despite Signs of Abuse 11-Year-Old Camden Boy Hospitalized
KINGSLAND -- A program for students with behavior problems will remain in Camden County schools despite an incident where an 11-year-old boy did not receive proper medical treatment after becoming ill while doing drills in a boot camp-like atmosphere,...
Puttin' on the Ritz ...with Gingerbread Glitz Hotel Tastefully Outdoes Itself
It's hard not to have visions of gingerbread dancing in your head this holiday season if you visit the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. The main lobby of the luxury hotel sports a huge Amelia Island lighthouse of gingerbread perched atop a rocky shore...
Rallies and Vigils Mark World AIDS Day U.N.'S Message of Responsibility Aimed at Men
LONDON -- AIDS activists brandished symbols of hope and held religious services and candlelight vigils yesterday on World AIDS Day, seeking to rally a world they say is in danger of surrendering to complacency and ignorance about the epidemic. Commemorative...
Recounts Cost Counties, Aid Tourism Revenues
MIAMI -- While Republicans and Democrats quarrel over Florida's presidential ballots, taxpayers in South Florida are footing the bill for long-running recounts, county attorneys' fees and court costs. But some of the area's tourism businesses have...
School Excises Explicit Play from Textbooks Principal Says Work Improper for Students
A controversial play has been ripped out from dozens of textbooks at Jacksonville's Paxon School for Advanced Studies following a parent's complaint about its foul language and graphic depiction of sex. The play, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,...
Schools Take Steps to Lighten Backpacks Some Allow Duplicate Books to Reduce Risk of Student Injury
PHILADELPHIA -- Thirteen-year-old Sierra Stanczyk said the amount of schoolwork she's assigned can be a pain. "Sometimes I have to carry home three or four textbooks and sometimes two notebooks per class," said the eighth-grader at Marlton Middle...
SOS Grows, Adds 3 St. Johns, Duval Schools in Fold
An abstinence program developed seven years ago and used in middle schools in St. Johns, Clay, Nassau and Baker counties has been expanded to St. Johns County's two newest high schools and heads to its first Duval County public school in a few weeks....
St. Andrew's Church Honors Its Second Coming
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, which had a former life near downtown during some of Jacksonville's colorful formative years, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its second life as a pioneering institution in Arlington, at a dedication service at...
Still Going Strong 95-Year-Old Treasures Every Day
Ed Markey was born when President Theodore Roosevelt was speaking softly and carrying a big stick. He was pals with heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano, hunted German U-boats in World War II, saw Babe Ruth play for the Boston Red Sox, met Red...
Take a Tour of Holiday Homes
Home tours are great for gleaning ideas to improve your own house. Check out these organizations sponsoring holiday tours on the First Coast. -- The Amelia Island Bed & Breakfast Association: The Amelia Island Christmas Tour of Bed & Breakfast...
Take Doubt out of E-Buying Experience
The holiday shopping season in definitely in full swing. I won't bore you with numbers, but take my word for it, more and more of us are opting to avoid the traffic and crowds in favor of making our holiday purchases online. Your favorite stores realize...
Talk of the Town
Have you made your list and checked it twice? Clay County residents may want to add some of these items to their list of stocking-stuffers for this holiday season: -- Rapid construction of the Branan-Chaffee bypass and a fervent plea that it works...
Tate Stops White in Triple Overtime
In a regional final no one expected, both teams played like they belonged in the Class 5A final four. But the Tate Aggies made one more play than the White Commanders to keep their season alive. Tate's Fred Bryant deflected a fourth-down pass from...
The Wells Watch
CUMMER PATRONS TOAST THE SEASON When the youngest wine is celebrated and heroes range from twenty-something soap stars to senior citizen sluggers, you've run the gamut. The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens capped Le Festival du Vin Nouveau,...
Title within Reach UF Seniors Eye Last Shot at Ring
ATLANTA -- The question seemed to catch University of Florida offensive tackle Mike Pearson off guard, and Pearson subconsciously glanced at his hands before answering. Did you think you would have a Southeastern Conference Championship ring by...
Understanding the Controversy Surrounding the Nassau Vote
Nassau County has been at the center of national attention this week after Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic candidate for president, sued Supervisor of Elections Shirley N. King and the canvassing board over the county's general election results....
U.S. 17 Turns into a Slow Go
From Yulee in Nassau County to Oceanway in north Jacksonville, drivers on U.S. 17 used to cruise for miles at a time without seeing any traffic lights. But over the next 18 months, a trip on marsh-lined U.S. 17 will be more like a drive in Jacksonville's...