The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 10, 2001

2 Workers Injured in Bridge Accident Winds Topple Rebar Cage on Span near Brunswick
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- High winds toppled a steel rebar cage yesterday, injuring two workers on top of the new Sidney Lanier Bridge under construction south of Brunswick. The men, both ironworkers, were...
Any Way You Slice It . . . Pizza Is the Food of Choice on Many College Campuses
Byline: Roger Bull, Times-Union staff writer It's the convenience of the thing. Delivered right to your door, ready to eat. You don't even need a fork. The next morning, the leftovers, if there are any leftovers, are fine for breakfast -- hot or...
Big Test for 'Noles Secondary Miami Receivers Fast, but Inexperienced
Byline: Daniel Mitchell, Times-Union correspondent No. 2 Miami at No. 14 Florida St. Noon Saturday, Doak Campbell Stadium (ABC) TALLAHASSEE -- When Florida State safety Chris Hope sizes up the Miami receiving corps, he sees plenty of promise....
Blighted Area Turns a Corner
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist The story of 20th Street and Myrtle Avenue -- a once bustling business pocket in black Jacksonville -- ended a decade ago. A drug raid shut down Pearl's Place -- a brick building where crack dealers...
Business Owners Hear about JEA Water Main
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer It looks like a miniature yellow tank, carrying underground boring equipment that works much like a horizontal oil drilling rig. But when it starts sticking its steel proboscis 15 feet under San Jose...
Call Police to Find out If Car Stolen
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: I'm interested in a way to determine if a car is stolen. Isn't there some Web site that offers that service? -- K.W. Dear K.W. The Internet is great, but you don't need it. You can...
Campus Check
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer MEN'S SOCCER LEADS ATLANTIC SUN Who would have picked the Jacksonville University men's soccer team to be No. 1 in its conference? Atlantic Sun Conference coaches certainly didn't. They...
City Council Action
A look at some of the items considered by the Jacksonville City Council at last night's meeting. ISSUE: Military reserve pay What it means: Ensures that city employees in the military reserve will not take a pay cut if called into active duty....
City Expects to Collect More, Rolls Back Tax Rate
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer ATLANTIC BEACH -- Homeowners will save an annual 14 cents per $1,000 of valuation on their homes through a reduced tax rate the City Commission approved Monday after learning it will collect more...
Community Tries to Protect Martin's Island Fernandina: State Asked to Buy Property
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Fernandina Beach city commissioners are getting involved in efforts to conserve Martin's Island so the land can be turned into a state park. Mayor Kim Page has written a letter to U.S....
Cost Comes into Picture for Seniors Last High School Photo Worth Expense, Some Say
Byline: Ivette M. Yee, Times-Union staff writer The outfit: $45. Accessories to match the outfit: $25. Haircut and style: $30. Senior pictures you'll always treasure . . . PRICEY. If you're a high school senior or the parent of a senior,...
County Manager Inspires 'Older' Workers
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent When I picked up a recent article in the County Line, I was surprised to read the headline: "Wilson an Outstanding Older Worker." The headline was referring to County Manager Robert Wilson. I have...
EDUCATION Campaign Chatter
When the head of an organization allied with the opposition party assails the governor for not spending enough on education -- after record-setting increases in education spending -- it indicates that hope is evolving into desperation. Thus, a complaint...
FCC Columnists Don't Mind Expressing Their Views
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff COMMUNITY COLUMNISTS Several First Coast Community residents share their insights, views, opinions, thoughts and experiences through our First Coast Community Columnists Program. Here are a few of the contributions...
Florida Notebook
Byline: Michael DiRocco , Times-Union sports writer SCOUT TEAM REVISITED QB Rex Grossman said a few things that ended up on opponents' bulletin boards last season, but no comment was bigger than the scout team line he delivered following the...
Florida State Notebook
Byline: Bob Thomas , Times-Union sports writer 'NOLES NOT GIVEN MUCH OF A CHANCE The oddsmakers, who have installed No. 14 Florida State as a touchdown underdog on Saturday against No. 2 Miami, aren't the only ones who don't like the Seminoles'...
Football Fodder
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer BLAZERS TOPS IN DIVISION II National rankings can be tossed out whenever Gulf South rivals Valdosta State and Delta State meet. Last year, 10th-ranked Delta State beat fifth-ranked Valdosta...
Georgia Briefing
NEWLYWED HUSBAND CHARGED WITH BIGAMY A 31-year-old Jacksonville man was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with bigamy after a Georgia woman told police she discovered her newlywed husband is married to another woman. The St. Marys woman,...
Golf Tournament Benefits Domestic Violence Center
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer Drive. Slice. Divot. Chip. Pitch. Putt. Putt again. Words familiar to pro golfers and weekend hackers everywhere. But they convey a different meaning to the staff and volunteers at Quigley...
Grainger Is Ready to Start Construction
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Chicago-based W.W. Grainger Inc. wants to break ground Oct. 29, construction permits pending, for its almost 250,000-square-foot distribution center at Westside Industrial Park. Spokesman...
Harmony Show Chorus Goes for the Gold
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Ninety women from the Northeast Florida area are in Portland, Ore., this week, where they hope the music they make will be worthy of gold medals. The Jacksonville Harmony Show Chorus is competing...
Hearing Oct. 25 on Ramp Goodbys Creek Would Be Site
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Southside and Mandarin residents and boaters will have the chance to air their views on a proposed city boat ramp on Goodbys Creek when state environmental officials hold a public meeting later this...
HomeSide Courted by 9 Possible Suitors
National Australia Bank Ltd. said yesterday that it has sent sale documents to nine potential buyers for its Jacksonville-based mortgage subsidiary, HomeSide Lending Inc. The Australian bank, which purchased HomeSide in 1998, has been rumored for...
How to Help with Relief
Many businesses and agencies are collecting donations to aid relief after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, including: -- American Red Cross in Jacksonville. Donations should be made to The American Red Cross Disaster...
Jacksonville Basketball League Switches Affiliation
Byline: Dede Webb, Special to the Times-Union A new basketball league has organized in Jacksonville. Many area residents know the league as Jacksonville Biddy Basketball. Now it is the Jacksonville Basketball League, and it will be associated...
Jaguars May Suffer Second Blackout Team 6,416 Tickets Short of Requirement
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer The Jaguars are under another blackout watch. After avoiding the local television blackout for every game in their first six seasons, they appear to be headed for their second consecutive blackout...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer INDEFINITE SUSPENSION FOR SOWARD Wide receiver R. Jay Soward is under an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, a league spokesman said yesterday. Soward was...
Life on the Beach
JACKSONVILLE BEACH SENIORS INFO -- How to vote on new optical scan voting machines and other important information for seniors will be discussed at a public meeting next week. The meeting, sponsored by the Duval County Council on Elder Affairs,...
Local Talent Shines at Wills Concert
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- When country music star Mark Wills appeared in concert recently in Keystone Heights, country music fans were in for a big treat. But four local country music soloists had an even...
Mad Dads Moves to the South Group's Headquarters Comes to Jacksonville
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Mayor Matthew Tinney Jr. hopes a few Mad Dads can help his effort to end illegal drug sales in the community. Mad Dads -- Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs...
Markham's Family Presses for Answers Callahan: No Real Suspect in Case Now
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The family of a Callahan woman who disappeared in December is putting pressure on deputies to find out what happened to her after the prime suspect denied involvement before killing himself...
McDyess to Have Surgery Friday
Antonio McDyess, the Denver Nuggets' leading scorer the past two seasons, is scheduled to have knee surgery Friday that could sideline him for three months. McDyess has not practiced since last Thursday because of patella tendinitis in his left...
Meet Sgt. Maj. Dennis Srader
Byline: Beth Davis, County Line correspondent After thirty years of traveling the world, Sgt. Maj. Dennis Srader is ready to slow down and become a member of the civilian community in the Middleburg and Orange Park areas. Srader will retire from...
Military Surplus Store Closes Doors in St. Marys Sales Surge Fails to Salvage Business
Byline: Trish Johnson, Times-Union correspondent ST. MARYS -- The market for military surplus items has been busy since last month's terrorist attacks, but it wasn't enough to save a local surplus store from quietly closing last week. The closing...
Morning Briefing
********** CORRECTION October 11, 2001 About 125 people are expected to attend the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's Leadership conference in Nashville, Tenn., this week. Because of a reporter's error, the number of people expected to attend was...
Most Holy Redeemer to Dedicate New Sanctuary
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Six years after it was conceived, Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church will dedicate a new $3.2 million sanctuary that features a Johannes organ, a 60-foot bell tower topped with a cross and a 14-foot...
Nease Coach Is Most Valuable Teacher
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Staff writer Jacksonville Jaguars five-time All-Pro tackle Tony Boselli is a standout on the football field. But for each of the past five seasons, Boselli and the foundation he and wife Angi started in 1995 look for another...
New Utility, Fee Considered Neptune Looks at Storm Water
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer NEPTUNE BEACH -- The City Council must charge city residents and business owners a storm water utility fee to help pay for the storm water system or risk facing financial short falls in the...
Officers Take Break from Training to Help Elementary School
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer ATLANTIC BEACH -- Four Navy officers took the day off from training for the fight against terrorism to spend the day performing community service at Atlantic Beach Elementary. The officers,...
Panel Recommends Suspension for Cop in Fixed Ticket Case
Byline: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office board voted 3-2 this week to recommend suspending a police officer accused of fixing his son's traffic ticket. The Disciplinary Hearing Board's recommended suspension...
'Peaceful' Gardens Thrive in Riverside
Byline: Charlie Dixon, Special to the Times-Union Jerry Ferguson of River Boulevard, a small road running two blocks along the river near St. Vincent's Medical Center, thinks this is the perfect time for Westsiders -- everybody, really -- to have...
Play-by-Play War Coverage Not a Game
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union columnist There is something strange and unsettling about watching a war being televised live into our homes. It happened before, of course, during the Persian Gulf War. But I don't remember being struck as...
Police Briefing 2 Southside Men Facing Drug Possession Charges
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Two Southside men were arrested Thursday on charges of possession of marijuana, heroin and a controlled substance after police found the items in the men's apartment at the Park Royal complex at 7200...
Police Briefing 3 Women Strike Albertsons
Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin and northwest St. Johns County, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriff's offices: DUVAL COUNTY GRAND THEFT Albertsons supermarket, 10500 San Jose...
POLICE BRIEFS Officials Look into Identity Theft
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH -- A woman reported Thursday that someone used her name and personal information to apply for a credit card. U.S. Postal inspectors are also investigating....
Ponte Vedra Man Likely Swept Away Fisherman in Area of Hawaii Tidal Rush
Byline: Beau Halton, Times-Union staff writer Authorities said a Ponte Vedra Beach man reported missing in Hawaii was likely swept into 1,000-foot-deep waters while fly-fishing from a rocky shore area with treacherous tidal surges. Michael Wallis,...
Program Will Help Couple Illness Takes Toll on Nassau Family
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Ernestine Benjamin can't go to the grocery store whenever she wants. She doesn't get her hair styled, or fix up her home the way she would like. All her money and energy go toward caring for...
Public Workshop to Discuss New Arlington River Bridge
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer During a public workshop tomorrow, plans will be discussed for replacing an aging bridge across the Arlington River at University Boulevard. It's a crossing some residents would like to see eliminated,...
Ridgeview Takes on Jackson in County's Headline Game
Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union correspondent Three county football teams won last week with Clay registering a big upset and Keystone Heights racking up its fourth straight win. Ridgeview also claimed a victory last week, while Middleburg...
Rumor Hurts Residents Business on Decline at Bagel Shop
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- A rumor that the owners of a bagel shop on Third Street celebrated after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has brought them harassment and hurt their business. Ever since the...
Save Our Students Program Promotes Teen Abstinence
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Save Our Students, a program that promotes abstinence from sex, drugs and alcohol, captures teens' attention with true, frank and sometimes tragic stories from their peers. ...
School Board Loses 1 McNeely Resigns, Cites 'Infighting'
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Longtime educator Walter McNeely resigned yesterday from the Glynn County school board, saying he was tired of the board's bitter internal feuding and wants to spend more time with...
Senior Slam Adds to Hall Excitement
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer A combination of travel concerns and a desire to add some actual golf competition to the activities surrounding the 2001 World Golf Hall of Fame inductions prompted the moving of the Senior Slam from...
Sharpened by Fiery Trial Belgian Rescue Team Picks Up Tips
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer A dozen firefighters from Belgium spent a week in Jacksonville recently, living at fire stations, riding along on calls for emergency service and brushing up on their firefighting skills at the...
She'll Carry the Torch Role in Olympics Is Special
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer ORANGE PARK -- At first Jackie Dews was incredulous. But after the news sunk in, the 70-ish grandmother and former school teacher became positively giddy about her role in the 2002 winter Olympics....
SMALL COLLEGE EXTRA A New Beginning Schnellenberger Says He'll Build Another Winner at FAU
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer It worked twice before for Howard Schnellenberger, so he figured, "why not try it again?" Schnellenberger was appointed head football coach at Florida Atlantic University in July, 1999. That was...
Small Florida HMOs to Join in Single Group None of the Plans Is Now Making Money
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer Two wrongs may not make a right, but what about five? For Joe Berding, it's not a question, it's a challenge. Berding is trying to merge the membership of five money-losing HMOs as the chief...
Southern Would Fit City's Goals
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer The city of Jacksonville has some decisions to make. Should it continue to sponsor the Orange Blossom Palmetto Classic? Or should it consider another game? Before this year's Classic, Mike...
Southside Shootings Keeping Police Busy
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Gunshots at two Southside sites last week have police searching for whoever shot a man on Stanley Street, and whoever riddled a doctor's office with shots in a separate incident. First, police are...
Southwest Bucks Trend, Starts Route to Norfolk
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer Southwest Airlines didn't let turbulence in the airline industry ground plans to add new service this week between Jacksonville International Airport and Norfolk, Va. Southwest began flights between...
State Facing Bigger Shortfall Economist Expects $1.4 Billion Loss
Byline: Jim Saunders, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- A top economist said yesterday that Florida's budget shortfall has doubled to an estimated $1.4 billion after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, setting up a special legislative session...
St. Augustine's Lighthouse Going to Washington
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer St. Augustine's lighthouse goes to the White House this Christmas, in the form of a holiday ornament that will represent Florida on the traditional Presidential Christmas Tree. Meanwhile, the history...
Student Loves to Learn Youth Is Ready for the Future
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor One day about 16 years ago, Gale Leas got a clue that her 18-month-old daughter, Christine, was pretty sharp. She commented on the little girl's purple pants. But she was promptly corrected. "She said...
Students Planning Patriotic Celebration
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Students at Wesconnett Elementary School are becoming well-versed in the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. Media specialist Julia Cramer has been giving third-, fourth- and fifth-graders vocabulary...
Teachers Unhappy That They're Still without Contracts Nassau: They Say School Board Has Funds
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The first nine weeks of school are over, and Nassau County teachers are giving the school system poor marks for failing to settle teaching contracts. "We're one quarter of the way through...
The Costly Fight over Reducing Class Sizes Price Tag Could Eventually Hit $10 Billion
Byline: Joe Humphrey, Times-Union staff writer Imagine if every Florida first-grader sat in an 18-person class. Imagine if class bathroom breaks took 5 minutes instead of 15. Imagine high school chemistry classes with 25 students instead of 35....
The County Line
Serving Clay County readers every Wednesday and Saturday. ORANGE PARK ISLAND HOPPING: A limited number of tickets remain for Clay County Habitat for Humanity's Island Hopping with Habitat fund-raiser Oct. 16 at Orange Park Country Club. Tickets...
This Week on Tour
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer PGA TOUR -- Tournament: Invensys Classic. -- Site: Las Vegas. -- When: Today-Sunday. -- Courses: TPC at Summerlin (7,243 yards, par-72); Southern Highlands Golf Club (7,193 yards, par-72);...
Thrill, Tension Mark Life on Carrier during Air Strikes
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer He remembers the "swoosh" sound the Tomahawk cruise missiles made after they were launched and the wake of silence that lingered afterward. He remembers the chemical gear he wore and how it made...
Transformation Complete Fernandina: Students Release Butterflies into Former Dump
Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Orange and red butterflies soared above the sky like celebration balloons as members of the Woman's Club of Fernandina Beach gathered with students from Atlantic Elementary School to pay homage...
Treating War like Sports Is Inappropriate
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist They were gathered around a TV in a bar in the Seattle airport, five guys wearing baseball hats and NFL-replica jerseys, high-fiving about whatever was on the screen. I figured that maybe Ichiro...
UF's Chandler Kicking Himself for Performance
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- Jeff Chandler feels like he's cheating his University of Florida teammates. The Gators' offense is No. 1 in the country, piling up yards and touchdowns at a record pace. The defense...
Who'll Clean Ponds? Civic Council Tries to Find Out
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer The Greater Arlington Civic Council plans to help the Ashton Park neighborhood get two retention ponds cleaned at the entrance to the community. Jay Olchak, Ashton Park's representative to the...
Work Begins on Walkway Project Ahead of Schedule
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A $316,000 Better Jacksonville project to build a 6-foot-wide asphalt walking and running path along the west side of Scott Mill Road is under way, to the delight of neighbors who have been asking for...
Working to 'Keep History Alive' Group Wants to Preserve School
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Two stages and five tents were set up on an open field behind the fire station. On one stage, the St. Johns Academy chorus lined up to begin singing. On the other, seven...