The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 4, 2003

5 Leap from Fire on Boat; 1 Dead
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer The owner of a private fishing boat died Sunday after he and four others jumped into the ocean following an explosion and fire that ripped through the 25-foot Bertram as the Jacksonville men were fishing...
A Few Tips for Buying a Used Car
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate In the market for a used car? The time is right, since many leased cars are being returned to dealers, said Chalker Brown, vice president of VyStar Credit Union at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station...
Amateurs Take Day 1 Cup Lead at Timuquana
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer After 11 matches and exactly 200 holes of golf on a long, trying first day of the Northern Chapter PGA Cup Matches, amateur captain Jimmy Kelly is no more secure with a lead than he was before it started....
Area Can Learn from Atlanta's Ills
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer So much for the desire to be like Atlanta. The dean of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business said the "perfect storm" of factors "decimated" the economy in Atlanta and,...
Bill Would Urge Full Pay for Reservists; Proposal Gives Tax Credits to Employers
Byline: Thomas B. Pfankuch, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- When soldiers go to war, they leave behind their home, their family and their sense of security. But members of the National Guard and reserves, part-time soldiers increasingly...
Bus Driver Gets Probation in Crash; I-95 Accident in Camden Hurt 45
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer WOODBINE -- The driver of a bus that overturned on Interstate 95 nearly two years ago, injuring 45 people, received probation yesterday after pleading no contest in a Camden County courtroom. Darol...
Buying into Prestige; Some Spend Millions Chasing Daytona Dream
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer DAYTONA BEACH -- When the trucks returned to the shop in Charlotte, N.C., with race cars and equipment for two teams following October's race at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, the focus at Robert...
Del Rio Completes Jags' Coaching Staff
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer Jack Del Rio hired another coach with ties to the Baltimore Ravens yesterday as he completed his 16-man coaching staff. The Jaguars announced that Mark Asanovich, 43, the Ravens' assistant strength...
Do Program Twice and Add New Exercises
Byline: Tom Szaroleta, Times-Union staff writer You don't need a fancy gym packed with imposing equipment to get a good workout. Trainer George Brown said common household objects can be used to get a workout. Use actual stairs instead of stair-stepping...
Field Trip to Space Center Became Extraordinary Day; Students Involved in Project for Space Station
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer It's doomed to be another one of those infamous days in U.S. history. One that people will remember 10 and 20 years from now. For several First Coast students, they were there, at the Kennedy Space...
Finally, a First for Florida
Byline: David Fox, Times-Union correspondent GAINESVILLE -- Coach Billy Donovan still says his Florida basketball team isn't the No. 1 team in the country. The Associated Press Top 25 poll says it is. Yesterday, for the first time in the 88-year...
FSU's Hamilton Looks Past Duke Win
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Even as Florida State basketball fans were exiting the Leon County Civic Center Sunday night following the Seminoles' 75-70 win against No. 5 Duke, first-year coach Leonard Hamilton already...
Gators 'Ain't Worried' about Rupp
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- The talk has started for Florida basketball fans. The Gators, ranked No. 1 for the first time, are going to win the Southeastern Conference regular-season title. They're going...
Girl, 10, Arrested, Accused of Trying to Poison Stepfather
Byline: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer A 10-year-old Jacksonville girl was arrested Sunday, accused of putting insecticide in her stepfather's drink at their Arlington residence. Police said the 48-year-old stepfather had been arguing...
Governor's Budget Plan Is a Giant Leap Backward
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist The legislative session that opens one month from today will go a long way toward determining what kind of state Florida is going to be. Will we be a state that lends a helping hand to the most...
High School Extra
Byline: Jeff Elliott and Alex Abrams, Times-Union staff writers Opening lines: Wolfson, Hilliard boys teams each won in 2 OTs. . . . Ribault stuns Miami Northwestern (No. 10 in 6A) by 25 points. . . . OP and Stanton girls play Class 3A No. 2 Miami-Pace....
Jacobson's Building Up for Bid; Developer, FCCJ Both Want Site
Byline: Gregory Richards, Times-Union business writer Local developer Edward Ash has signed a contract to buy the former Jacobson's department store, which has been empty since August. But that agreement is not yet finalized, so the Florida Community...
JU Orthodontics School Passes Key First Step to Accreditation; Candidates for First Class to Interview This Month
Byline: Beth Kormanik, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville University's School of Orthodontics has earned accreditation, a victory for the fledgling program that has drawn concerns over its faculty and the role of its benefactor. The American...
JU's Expectations Lower This Season
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Jacksonville University coach Terry Alexander admits to getting ahead of himself last year, predicting that his team would win 40 games and gain the program's third NCAA Division I College World...
Kids Carry on Mission to Learn
Byline: Cynthia L. Garza, Times-Union staff writer The mission continues," the motto for the Challenger Learning Center of Jacksonville, was the message students from Fletcher Middle School heard yesterday morning as they prepared for a simulated...
LAW; Cleanup Time
To uphold the erroneous ruling of a trial court that school vouchers are unconstitutional, the Florida Supreme Court would have to perform incredible exercises in judicial gymnastics. Nothing in the state constitution prohibits the opportunity scholarships...
Morning Briefing
STEIN MART NAMES NEW CEO Michael Fisher officially became chief executive officer of Stein Mart Inc. yesterday, succeeding John Williams, as the company announced in June. Williams, 65, retired as CEO but will continue as vice chairman of Stein...
Mustangs Lineman Jilts FSU for UF
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer Mandarin High defensive lineman Marcus Thomas, a SuperPrep All-America recruit who was an early commitment to Florida State, has changed his mind and will sign with the University of Florida on...
Police Probe beyond Waldon; Case Causes, Other Misconduct Sought
Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union staff writer A police investigation into possible crimes and administrative problems related to the Karl Waldon case has included interviews of former, current and convicted police officers and others to learn...
Protecting Young Athletes; Youth Sports Groups Checking Coaches' Backgrounds
Byline: Marcia Mattson, Times-Union staff writer Young players headed to Jacksonville's public basketball courts this winter perhaps a little safer. Jacksonville is now running a national criminal background check on coaches in youth sports leagues...
Recycling E-Waste: Coping with Techno Turnover
Byline: Marcia Mattson, Times-Union staff writer The warehouse of Jack's Recycling in Springfield is piled high with computer monitors and televisions. They are e-waste -- recycling lingo for obsolete electronics. Some are just a few years old....
School Police a Front Line for Security; Little-Known Force Keeps Watch at Night
Byline: Cynthia L. Garza, Times-Union staff writer As soon as Sgt. Scott Parker spots the trail of car lights on the James Weldon Johnson Middle School campus at 10:30 on a Wednesday night, he jumps into his SUV and speeds around the corner. ...
Schools Mark Catastrophe; Classes Discuss Columbia, Space
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Many teachers led classes in discussions of the Columbia explosion yesterday and turned writing classes into outlets. Nancy Ball had her first-grade class at St. Francis Xavier Catholic...
Soccer Fan Incident Prompts Reviews
Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union sports writer They're just games. Yet there are an increasing number of stories nationally about parents who treat them as much more. High schools locally have had little experience with acts of parental rage...
Sub Chefs Refine Their Skills to Art; Culinary Classes Teach Trident Cooks to Improvise
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE -- Sailors serving aboard Trident submarines say two activities break up the monotony of their 70-day patrols: movies and meals. And while there are lots of movies...
Thomas Flip-Flop Ranks with Biggest in Decade
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer Rank Marcus Thomas' switcheroo right up there with some of the great ones of the last decade. The Mandarin defensive lineman committed to Florida State early in the recruiting process, then switched...
UF Recruits Should Silence Zook Bashers
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer When Ron Zook was on Tennessee's coaching staff in the mid-1980s, he never forgot this piece of advice from then-UT defensive coordinator Ken Donahue: "It's better to be known as a bad coach with...