The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 17, 2002

3 Slain in Shooting Spree at Virginia Law School Ex-Clay Lawyer Met with Suspect
GRUNDY, Va. -- Minutes before a struggling law school student allegedly went on a campus shooting spree yesterday, killing the dean, a professor and a student, he was in the office of a former Northeast Florida attorney, complaining about grades, the...
A Kick in the Heels Seminoles Drop North Carolina
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State's 81-71 victory against North Carolina last night was significant, but not surprising. Nor easy. After squandering an 18-point lead, the Seminoles needed two free throws...
An American Beauty 2002 T-Bird Shows off Its Heritage
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer Forget about winning the lottery or inheriting a fortune in chocolate. If you want more people to talk to you, start driving a 2002 Ford Thunderbird, especially one done in yellow with chrome wheels....
Baggage Screening at Airports Gets Tighter
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union staff writer ********** CORRECTION January 18, 2002 Curbside check-in at Jacksonville International Airport is available for travelers. Because of incorrect information on the airport's Internet site, the...
Barnes Budget Boosts Faculty Pay but $70 Million Cut from College Coffers
Byline: Brian Basinger and Doug Gross, Times-Union staff writers ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes officially proposed a higher education budget yesterday that bumps up pay for faculty and staff while slashing nearly $70 million from the coffers of the...
Barnes Plans for Sacrifices More Agencies Face Budget Cuts
Byline: Dave Williams, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes unveiled a $16.2 billion budget for the coming year yesterday that keeps his high-priority commitments but cuts other programs across the board, from prenatal care to higher...
Brack Gives Dodge a Spin
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer DAYTONA BEACH -- Going fast has never been a problem for Kenny Brack. Going fast in traffic, however, will be a new experience. The IndyCar driver who won the 1999 Indianapolis 500 might try stock-car...
BRIEFS Tuberville Gets 1-Year Extension
Auburn gave coach Tommy Tuberville a one-year contract extension yesterday, keeping it at the original five-year agreement. The Tigers finished 7-5 last season after losing four of their final five games, including a 16-10 defeat to North Carolina...
Buyer Zeroes in on WJXX Building
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Real estate broker Jack Garnett expects that the former WJXX TV-25 building in Southside might be sold by tomorrow or next week. Gannett Co. Inc. owns the building. Gannett owns WTLV...
Camden's Top Teacher Credits Her Instructors Now She's Trying to Return the Favor
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer ST. MARYS -- Teachers have always looked out for Rebecca Curry. They fed her as a child, instructed her as a teenager and prodded her as an adult. Now, she believes it's time to return the favor....
City's Businesses Can Tap Federal Incentives Jacksonville Named Empowerment Zone
Byline: Mark Gordon, Times-Union staff writer In 1998, when warehouse executive Cary Newman got word from his corporate office in Spain he could hire additional workers for the shampoo and hair products distribution center he was running in the...
Clay Fills in Details for New Library February 2004 Opening Planned
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer ORANGE PARK -- Clay County is clipping along with plans to build a new main library, but smaller, cheaper and with less controversy than its counterpart to the north. The $4 million, 25,000-square-foot...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I told them there was a light at the end of the tunnel and it's not a train.'' -- University System Chancellor Tom Meredith, on telling legislators the system eventually won't need the extra money it gets to convert from quarters...
Crenshaw, Zoeller Bring New Flavor to Senior Tour
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer Fuzzy and Gentle Ben: as diverse as two personalities can be, yet linked as two of the players expected to sustain and even increase interest in the Senior PGA Tour this year. Fuzzy Zoeller, the...
DAYTONA TESTING Just 'One of the Guys' Rheutan Breaks Ground as Engineer for Petty
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer DAYTONA BEACH -- Guys sat huddled against the wall, most with arms crossed, as rain Monday at the Daytona International Speedway chased all 31 race teams off the track and into the garage. Kyle Petty...
D.R. Horton Buys Julington Creek Lots
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer One of the fastest-selling neighborhoods in the First Coast, Julington Creek Plantation in St. Johns County, was purchased this week by the Jacksonville division of a large national home building...
Florida Offers New Fodder for Backward State Jokes
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Spinning around the news dial ... click. Backward states that are traditionally the butt of bad-teeth, tobacco-spitting jokes can take heart. Florida, thanks to so-called business leaders, will...
Group May Help Install Ramp in Home
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: My husband is a disabled veteran and is having difficulty getting up and down the steps to our house. Someone told me that the city will install a ramp for us. Is this true? Who would...
Immigrants Admit Labor Scheme Managers Agree to Help Prosecutors
Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union staff writer Two illegal immigrants pleaded guilty yesterday to running a multimillion-dollar house cleaning company that illegally employed many of their fellow Czechs in Jacksonville and St. Augustine. Ivo...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Vaccines are the best, most cost-effective way of managing public health." -- Mobeen Rathore, chief of pediatric infectious disease at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, commenting on a rare shortage of vaccine. Story,...
JU Seeks Third in a Row
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer ********** CORRECTION January 18, 2002 The Jacksonville University men's basketball team has won five consecutive road games for the first time since the 1986-87 season. Because of a reporter's...
Kennedy Faces Longer Port Delay Continuing Repairs Cloud Departure Date
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer Continuing repairs to the USS John F. Kennedy have further delayed the Jacksonville-based carrier's deployment date. Lt. Cmdr. Joe Navratil, spokesman for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, said yesterday...
Magnet Schools Flaunt Their Stuff Students Gather Facts during 'Showcase'
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer A group of six Jacksonville middle school students sat in a circle around Kristie Mumma and leaned in so as to hear her every word. Mumma, a junior in military science at Ribault High, was explaining...
Morning Briefing
WILLAMETTE DEALS SPARK PAPERWORK In a brief flurry of legal papers, a law firm representing shareholders of Willamette Industries Inc. yesterday filed and then withdrew a temporary restraining order request seeking to block a possible deal to buy...
Navy Secretary Visits Kings Bay Mayport His Next Stop on Tour England Pledges USS Kennedy Will Be Seaworthy Soon
Byline: Rachel Davis and Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writers Continuing repairs to the USS John F. Kennedy have further delayed the Jacksonville-based aircraft carrier's deployment date, the Navy announced yesterday. To ensure operational...
Overpass Damage Slows I-95 Bridge Repair Work Likely to Take 2 Weeks
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer Motorists can expect traffic delays and detours as crews spend the next two weeks repairing the Interstate 95 overpass at Florida 206 in southern St. Johns County. The overpass was damaged Tuesday...
POLITICS Enron End Run
Juvenal, in his satires, asked this question: Quis ipsos custodes custodiet? (Who shall guard the guardians themselves?) regarding those who had been hired to spy on women suspected of infidelity. It seems appropriate in the Enron case now unfolding....
Power Poll
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer 1. Duke -- Found focus after FSU fiasco. 2. Maryland -- Can stake claim to No. 1 tonight. 3. Wake Forest -- Crucial week for Deacs. 4. N.C. State -- Tip-in tops Tigers; Tech next. 5. Virginia...
Public Housing Rift Moves toward Court Group Fights Apartment Plan
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer A crowd of about 300 volleyed questions last night at the Jacksonville Housing Authority for its plan to buy Mandarin Lakes Apartments and make it a public housing complex. "We feel the housing...
Raise a Glass to Wine-Tasting Couple in Love
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union staff writer It's a lifestyle you think could only exist in a romance novel. Imagine, being paid to drink and write about wine and to do so with the one person in the entire world with whom you are madly in love....
Shands Jacksonville Waits to See What Bush Plan Means to Budget
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer Shands Jacksonville may see decreased revenue if the governor's recently proposed budget goes through as proposed. Governor Bush spared any major changes to Medicaid but made no concessions...
Tigers: UF Should Be No. 1 102-70 Rout of LSU Is 14th Win in a Row
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida's No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press poll is the highest in school history. The Gators certainly made a case last night for moving up a spot. At least...
'Tis the Seasoning an Herb Garden Is a Fresh Idea for Your Taste Buds
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor If you've resolved to lower your grocery bill this year, here's a guaranteed money saver. Plant an herb garden. Cooks who use fresh herbs but buy them at the grocery are paying as much as $2 for...
To Upset No. 1, the Underdogs 'Gotta Believe'
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer Before scholarship limitations and basketball's popularity boom, parity was not part of the college basketball landscape. Upsets of top-ranked teams, such as Florida State's 77-76 shocker of Duke on...
Vaccine Shortages Threaten Health Gains
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer Doctors say a rare shortage of vaccine is not only forcing delays of routine childhood shots, it's undermining gains of recent public health campaigns. The shortage of three vaccines is causing...
Valdes Lawyer to 'Prove' Cover-Up Prosecutor Says Guards Lied to Hide 2 Beatings
Byline: Rich Tucker, Times-Union staff writer STARKE -- Prosecutors yesterday promised proof that four Florida corrections officers had tried to cover up their fatal beating of Death Row inmate Frank Valdes as the defense denied such a conspiracy...
Westside Man Dies, Another Hurt in Mobile Home Fire
Byline: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer One man was killed and another injured after fire ripped through their Westside mobile home about 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jacksonville fire officials said. Careless smoking caused the fire that destroyed...
WHO'S THE MAN? Dixon as Impressive as Williams
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer If you haven't already been swayed by the talking heads who insist that Duke junior guard Jason Williams is the best player in the country, take the time tonight (9, ESPN) to draw your own conclusions...