The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 17, 2001

Alvarez Helps Give Suns Series Win in Carolina
ZEBULON, N.C. -- Victor Alvarez was the brightest of the victorious Suns last night, but still didn't get the win. Alvarez, Jacksonville's starting pitcher, mesmerized the Carolina Mudcats, giving up one walk and one hit in the first inning before...
Baseball Notes
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer BACK-TO-BACK Johnny Vander Meer, move over. The only pitcher ever to throw back-to-back no-hitters in the major leagues now has some company of sorts in Bolles' Josh Howard. The senior pitched...
Bid to Reseat Glynn Official Fails School Board Rift to Proceed to Trial
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- An effort by supporters to immediately reinstate Joe Iannicelli to the Glynn County school board failed yesterday. Also yesterday, a judge ruled that Iannicelli's lawsuit against...
California Utilities Charge Higher Rates for Electricity Usage
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: I was reading about the cost of electricity in California. I don't get it. They're talking about rates that are just about as low as what we're paying in Jacksonville. What is the big...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We stand here as an image, a silhouette of democracy." -- Georgia National Guardsman Capt. Buck Bennett on his duties as a peacekeeper in Bosnia. Story, this page. CHARLTON RECALL VOTING A recall election for Charlton County...
CRIME Punishing Innocent
Only in a novel by George Orwell, or in government, would an innocent person be required to pay a financial penalty for the offense of being a crime victim. When a stolen car is found in Jacksonville, the police usually try to call the owner and...
First Union to Buy Rival Bank Will Have Wachovia Name
It's sign-changing time again at First Union. First Union Corp., the nation's sixth-largest bank, is buying much smaller rival Wachovia Corp. for about $13.1 billion in stock in a deal that will create the nation's fourth-biggest banking company....
GBI to Review Camden Slaying Suspect's Escape 3 Staffers Suspended during Investigation
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer WOODBINE -- For the second time in six years, authorities are investigating the escape of a murder suspect from the Camden County Jail. James Christopher Miley, 19, escaped Friday but was recaptured...
Ground Broken on AOL's New Site
Byline: Simon Barker-Benfield, Times-Union business writer America Online Inc. officially broke ground yesterday on a gleaming new high-tech member services center in the First Coast Technology Park, next door to the University of North Florida....
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS EXTRA Baseball Season Good for Bests, Worsts
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer Some quick bests and worsts from the high school baseball season before district tournaments begin next week: -- Best-looking young talent (ninth- or 10th-graders): Eric Hurley (Wolfson), Dennis...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It [the Constitution] is not about celebrating religion. It is about protecting the minority." -- Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, on a proposed bill that would sanction student-led prayers, and its impact on those students who...
Jags on Guard with Top Pick? Signing of Smith Adds Options
Byline: John Oehser, Times-Union sports writer The Jaguars solidified their interior offensive line late yesterday, but the exterior was the topic earlier in the day. Jeff Smith, an unrestricted free agent center, agreed to a one-year contract...
JTA to Take Comments on Disadvantaged Transit Riders Face Limit on Pick-Up Areas
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer Riders in Duval County's community transportation program can sound off tomorrow night on proposed changes that will probably cause some passengers to lose their eligibility. The Jacksonville...
Just in Case Something Goes Wrong. Wedding Insurance Now Available
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer It's spring -- time for flowers, love, weddings and ... insurance? Just in time for the busy wedding season, online wedding planning service theknot.com entered a partnership with wedding insurer...
Man, 30, Charged in Toddler's Death Girlfriend's Child Dealt Fatal Beating
Byline: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer Police arrested a 30-year-old Jacksonville man Sunday in the beating death of his girlfriend's 19-month old toddler. Antwan Lamark Johnson is being held without bond in the Duval County jail....
Morning Briefing
LATE EARNINGS WARNING COMPOUNDS ANXIETIES Caution and profit-taking made for uncertain and ultimately uneventful trading yesterday as Wall Street awaited the rush of earnings reports expected this week and next. But selling was expected to intensify...
On Trail of Paths All over Florida Books Show Where to Walk, Bike or Ride
Byline: Roger Bull, Times-Union staff writer There are more ways through Florida than you might know. All kinds of trails dot and crisscross the state, from paved bike trails in the Keys to horse trails through the woods of Blackwater River State...
Police Identify Boy as Son of Jailed Transient
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville police have identified a blond, blue-eyed boy whose past was a mystery for two weeks. The 20-month-old boy, picked up when Alan and Michelle Abernathy were arrested on begging charges,...
Restaurant with Yummy Food Gets Free Ad in Council Filming
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Spinning around the news dial. . . . click. We're accustomed to strange things going on at City Council meetings, but this has to rate right up there at the top. At the end of council meetings,...
School Board Agenda
********** CORRECTION April 17, 2001 Gracie McCastler, a teacher from Kings Trail Elementary School, is resigning from the school system as part of a negotiated agreement to settle personnel grievances. Because of a reporter's error, the reason...
School Board Continues Buses Debate No Basis for Rejection, City Attorney Advises
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer Following a pattern that has continued for three weeks, the Duval County School Board conducted a lengthy and sometimes terse debate last night on how to award the system's $37 million busing contract....
Searchers Find Body of Boater in River
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The body of a Brunswick man was found yesterday, three days after he was reported missing. Authorities and friends had crisscrossed the Back River since late Friday night searching...
Selecting Punter in Draft Not a Snap
Byline: John Oehser, Times-Union sports writer He did it once, but if Dave Wannstedt has his way, he'll never take a punter high in the NFL Draft again. First, history is against it. Secondly and most importantly, he knows the danger of drafting...
Softball Notes
Byline: Hays Carlyon , Times-Union sports writer AUTOMATIC DISTRICT TITLE FOR ACD Arlington Country Day has become the first local school to win a district title and clinch a berth in the state playoffs. The intriguing aspect of this is that...
Some Can't Avoid Pinch of Economic Woes Wealthy Residents Hit Hardest by Downturn
Byline: Mark Gordon, Times-Union staff writer Some First Coast residents, from mom and pop store owners to rank-and-file employees, seem to be immune to the illnesses brought on by the ailing economy. But not everyone has gotten off scot-free....
Some Pushing to Alter Policy on Amendments
Byline: Andrew Marra, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- There are probably few things lawmakers hate more than being told what to do. To be sure, many legislators are less than thrilled about their most recent constitutional mandate: building...
Student Prayer at Graduation on a Roll in House Proposal Survives Series of Challenges
Byline: Jim Saunders, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Despite arguments that the plan is unconstitutional, the Florida House is poised to approve a bill that would sanction student-led prayers at high school graduation ceremonies. The...
Tanker Crew Does Yardwork and Waits They Want Wages from Ship Held in Brunswick
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- The crew of the Greek tanker that lay at anchor 10 miles off the coast for 48 days was doing yardwork yesterday and waiting for the next legal maneuver while the ship sits moored in federal...
Tennis' Longest Rally More Teams in Districts Make Road to State Tourney Tougher
Byline: Michael Boyle, Times-Union sports writer For most high school athletes, district championships are a sprint to the finish. Coaches and players prepare themselves to peak during a brief period at season's end if they want to reach the Florida...
The Economy in Jacksonville First Coast Still Strong as Other Areas Weaken Sales in Region Remain Brisk despite Lurking Threat of Bear Market
Byline: Mark Gordon, Times-Union staff writer Bulls and bears were the last thing Paul Heins and his wife, Joyce, were thinking about last week as they shopped at the Pottery Barn, a tony housewares store at The Avenues mall. Instead, the couple...
Weaver Can't Correct Rough Draft This Time
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer The safety net is gone, which is why the Jaguars' front office and scouting department is as nervous about the upcoming NFL Draft as Jimmy Smith was about having a surgical knife in his abdomen area....