The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 20, 2002

2-Year-Old Drainage Problem May Get Action
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer After watching his daughter's front yard disappear under water every time it rained hard in the Meadows subdivision, between Moody Avenue and Blanding Boulevard, Bob Elich decided to seek help...
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76-Year-Old Ponte Vedran Still Running Strong Sport Keeps Him 'Healthy and Happy'
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Dennis Lane loves to run. He runs 16 miles a week, enters many races -- and wins quite a few in his age group. He loves winning, too. He's 76 years old. "I think it keeps him healthy and happy,"...
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Area Inflation Number Still Well below Nation's
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer Jacksonville's inflation rate picked up a bit in June, but the rate still remained well below the national inflation rate during the first half this year, according to the University of North Florida's...
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A Special Recognition for His Job Yulee: Hinton Gets Honor from State
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Last spring, Yulee resident Bob Hinton received an e-mail from Special Olympics Florida asking for his help at the state summer games in Kissimmee. Hinton said he wasn't sure about that;...
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Avoiding the Lure Campers Learn Kidnappers' Tricks
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Doug Elkins was talking to elementary school children about lures and bait. But he wasn't teaching them to catch fish. The kinds of lures and bait he was describing...
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Band Celebrates First CD Release by Singing the Blues
Byline: Jackie Rooney, Shorelines columnist Some recent afternoon downpours have greened the grass, filled ponds and flooded yards in Ponte Vedra Beach, while giving tree frogs a reason to joyfully "quack" in chorus and some Municipal Service District...
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Beaches School Programs Help Kids and Parents
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Mayport mother Suzanne Willmeth has learned firsthand that students need their parents help to grasp the rigorous academics at school each year. She participated in Passport, a program offered...
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Beach Shorts
BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY The Town Center Merchant's Association will host a "Back to School Party" on July 27 to benefit the March of Dimes charity organization. The party will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the end of Atlantic Boulevard in Town Center....
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Bible School Popular at Ponte Vedra
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer About 400 kids and 100 volunteers packed the sanctuary of the Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church every morning last week, singing, dancing and praying in one of the Beaches' most popular vacation Bible...
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Bookshelf
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union home and garden editor William Morgan: Selected and Current Works -- Text by Robert McCarter -- Foreword by Eduard F. Sekler You might not know Jacksonville architect William Morgan. However, you've...
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Bus Schedules to Be Ready Thursday
Byline: Toi Jefferson, County Line staff writer Schedules for Clay County school bus routes for the upcoming school year will be available starting Thursday, district spokeswoman Darlene Mahla said. The schedules will be at individual schools...
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Butler Made Difference on, off Field
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer No doubt the football legacy of Jacksonville's LeRoy Butler, who is retiring after 12 pro seasons, will highlight his contributions in reviving the Green Bay Packers, the originator of the Lambeau...
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Children's Health Their Concern Organization Tries to Form Partnerships
Byline: Marion Gooding, Times-Union staff writer The class of 3- to 4-year-olds sat quietly Monday, legs crossed, against the wall of the divided main classroom of Children's Fantasy World Preschool. With the arrival of distinguished visitors,...
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Church School Causes Snafu
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer A Green Cove Springs church's plans to open a private school for special-needs students this fall has uncovered a flaw in the zoning and land use regulations for the city's central business district....
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Citizens Want to Add Interpretive Trail at Library
Byline: Lisa Woods, Times-Union staff writer Book lovers would huddle in hidden reading coves while savoring the words of their favorite author. Small children could breathe in the scent of a pond cypress while running through a hedge maze. The...
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City Hall Plans Vie with Tree for Space Choices Are Trim or Remove Tree
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer The latest lively City Council debate over Green Cove Springs' new City Hall centered not on offices, roof materials, parking spaces or cost. The focus was on a tree. A cedar tree of undetermined...
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Clay County Offers Plenty of Courses for Area Golfers
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor NAME: CATTAIL CREEK GOLF CLUB Location: 659 Florida 16 Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 (904) 284-3502 Course Type: Daily fee; golf memberships available Length, back tees: 6,030 yards Par:...
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Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Teachers should not be afraid in the classroom and students who violate the basic tenets of respect for teachers will be severely punished." -- Ralph Nobles, president of the Georgia Association of Educators. See story, this page....
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Conflicts Prevent Season Ticket Pickup at Alltel
Byline: Tiffany Lankes, Times-Union business writer Jaguars fans this year will miss out on the traditional grand celebration that accompanies the annual distribution of season tickets at Alltel Stadium. Season ticket buyers can celebrate at...
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County Decides Not to Regulate Nassau: Oversight of Private Utilities Given Up
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Less than a year after taking over regulation of private water and sewer systems in Nassau County, county commissioners have put the Florida Public Service Commission back in charge. Commissioners...
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County Delays Nocatee Hearing Waivers Waiting on State Opinion of Plan
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer The months-long wait to determine if the Nocatee project will be constructed west of Ponte Vedra Beach was extended Thursday as the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency put off hearing developers'...
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Crash on I-95 Kills Trucker
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer ST. MARYS -- A truck driver was killed and his co-worker injured early yesterday when they were struck by a sport utility vehicle that veered into the emergency lane on Interstate 95 as the truckers...
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Day-Care Owner Charged
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer ST. AUGUSTINE -- The owner of a day-care center where two children wandered away and almost were struck by cars this year has been charged with criminal child neglect. Assistant State Attorney Bryan...
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Dez White's Football Camp a Big Success
Byline: Brent Beaird, Times-Union correspondent The first Dez White football camp, involving nearly 140 participants, was held at the Orange Park Athletic Association on July 13. The camp received positive reviews from White, a receiver with...
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Elite Security Team Will Guard City's Port Coast Guard Increases Presence with New Unit
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville has been selected as one of six U.S. port cities that will be home to an elite Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team. The team will be composed of 70 active-duty guardsmen...
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Executive's Truck 2002 GMC Sierra Denali Offers Quadrasteer, Ride Control
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer I used to have a trick I used to park in my icy office parking lot in New Hampshire in the early 1980s. When I had the early morning shift and my selection of spots, I had a secret way to swing the...
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Feliciano's Big Night Lifts Suns Past O-Rays
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer One of the smaller Jacksonville Suns players wielded the biggest bat last night in the Suns' 3-1 win over the Orlando Rays in front of 4,732 fans at Wolfson Park. Jesus Feliciano, a 5-11, 170-pound...
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Fire Plays Role in 3 Criminal Incidents
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 39-year-old Southside man was arrested Monday on a charge of arson after police said he was stopped while trying to set fire to an occupied building at Bushor's Tree Surgeons at 5525 St. Augustine...
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Foley & Lardner Take Issue with Cybersquatter
Byline: Tiffany Lankes, Times-Union staff writer Circling sharks, dancing dollar signs and bouncing kangaroos. To one local law firm, these images on Brian Wick's Web sites are just confusing gibberish linked to names that violate trademark licensing...
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Former Southlake Nursing Home Operator Awarded $20 Million
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer The former operator of Mandarin's Southlake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has won a $20 million court judgment after a local jury found the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration illegally...
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Fourth of July Event Goes Smoothly Event's First Parade a Hit
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer While controversy swirled around the parade in this year's Clay County Chamber of Commerce American Pie Fourth of July Celebration in Orange Park, judging the event was done quietly by a panel...
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Golfing for Dollars Tee Time Helps Fund Athletics at St. Johns Schools
Byline: Lisa Woods and Maggie FitzRoy, Times-Union staff writers When Ryan Kuiper teed off at hole No. 1 at the Marsh Creek Country Club on Monday, he wasn't just playing golf for fun -- he also was helping pay for his football uniform. The Nease...
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Good Shepherd Planning Picnic Church's Event Set Tomorrow
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer It's billed as "an old-fashioned Sunday afternoon picnic," and it's open to the community. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church is sponsoring the event from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Lake...
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Group Wants Library 'Trail' for Children New Ponte Vedra Location Has Space
Byline: Lisa Woods, Shorelines staff writer Book lovers would huddle in hidden reading coves while savoring the words of their favorite author. Small children could breathe in the scent of a pond cypress while running through a hedge maze. The...
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Growth Rules Detailed Residents Hear about Legislation
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Arlington community representatives are hoping they're more up to snuff on the state's recently enacted Growth Management Act after attending a workshop Monday. "We felt it was important to chart...
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Hanging out at the Beach but City Leaders Aren't Happy about It
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A group of car enthusiasts who like to show off their customized autos are fighting for the right to hang out in an oceanfront parking lot in Jacksonville Beach. The group's most vocal members...
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Haug Grabs First-Round Lead; Moody Two Back Jacksonville Area Golf Association Hillyer Amateur Championship
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer Scoreboard watchers in the first round of the Jacksonville Area Golf Association Hillyer Amateur Championship yesterday may have been surprised about the name that eventually led the field. So is...
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Health Info on Display Group Gets Help from Nightclubs
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Information is empowering, but only if it reaches a source. So says Faye Johnson, special events coordinator for the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition. That's why her organization is partnering...
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Heat, Funding Cancel Caribbean Fest
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer This weekend's Caribbean Festival, a two-day Jacksonville Beach festival known for its steel drums, hip-shaking calypso rhythms and spicy foods, has been cancelled because of scorching heat and sponsors...
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Hogan to Run for Congress Lawyer Challenges in Redrawn District
Byline: Matthew I. Pinzur, Times-Union staff writer In an unexpected move during the last few hours of federal candidate qualification yesterday, Jacksonville trial lawyer Wayne Hogan opened a campaign to run for Congress. Hogan, a Democrat who...
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Home Invader Shot during Tussle with Resident
Byline: Kristen Moczynski, Times-Union staff writer A scuffle between a Jacksonville resident and a home invader early yesterday morning escalated into gunfire, leaving the suspect with a bullet in the leg. Reginald Sanders, 31, was sleeping...
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Homeowners Want Canal Dredging Project Isle of Palms Boats Often Silted in Now
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer A majority of Isle of Palms homeowners have signed petitions supporting a multi-million-dollar canal dredging project that would give their boats access to the Intracoastal Waterway, even at low...
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Hospital Financing Efforts Move Forward
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer Steps to save the finances of Shands Jacksonville continue. In addition to the city's pending funding for the hospital, Shands HealthCare will be making significant contributions. If things...
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I-295-Blanding Traffic Focus of Plan Collins Road Could Get Interchange
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer A plan to improve traffic flow and safety for motorists in the highly congested vicinity of Interstate 295, Blanding Boulevard and Collins Road drew applause from more than 100 people at a Florida...
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IMMIGRATION Reasonable Concern
It's human nature to become defensive when under criticism, but some U.S. State Department bureaucrats were over the top when they used "neo-Nazi" and "Joe McCarthy" to describe members of Congress questioning the wisdom of a controversial visa program....
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Info Needed on Boone Claim Former Town Official Wants $92,633
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Callahan officials say they're going to need more than a letter demanding $92,633 before they write out a check to former Building and Zoning Administrator Bobbi Boone. Boone's attorney, Buddy...
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It's Not Too Hot for Outdoor Groups
Byline: Rich Ray, Times-Union staff writer The summer heat isn't slowing down outdoor activities for many area non-profit groups. Whether it's volleyball on the beach, paddling around Florida's waterways, model airplane flying or training canine...
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Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's a quagmire. It's an absolute quagmire." -- Senate Majority Leader Jim King, commenting on trying to solve medical malpractice insurance problems. Story, this page. KENNEDY TOUR ENDS The USS John F. Kennedy and its battle...
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Kingsley Work Speeds Up as School Gears Up
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer When public schools reopen Aug. 7, buses once again will be a common sight on Clay County streets and highways,including Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park, where road-paving crews have been working...
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Lee Bulls Finish No. 5 out of 129 Teams in Tourney
Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union staff writer The Jacksonville Lee Bulls 15-and-under basketball team didn't hit the mark they were shooting for at the AAU National Championships in Detroit last week. But coach David Jones keeps reminding his...
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Manatee Safety Concern for Bowl 2005 Big Game to Boost River Traffic
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer An increase in river traffic attracted to Jacksonville's 2005 Super Bowl will challenge organizers, but federal and environmental officials say it's still possible to keep the river safe for wildlife....
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Man Charged after Ax-Handle Attack
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 49-year-old Southside man was arrested Sunday on a charge of aggravated battery and warrants for assault, disorderly intoxication, improper exhibition of a weapon and making threats after police said...
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McBride Pins Hopes on Schools Education Focus of His Campaign
Byline: Jim Saunders, Times-Union staff writer Democrat Bill McBride has staked his gubernatorial campaign on calling for improvements to Florida's public schools. So when McBride came to Jacksonville yesterday, he stopped at a community center...
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Mom Set the Right Example
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Give Larry Freeman credit for paying heed to his mother. Freeman, who is senior vice president of Baptist Health and administrator of Wolfson Children's Hospital, said he wound up in health care...
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Morning Briefing
JACKSONVILLE BANCORP COMPLETES STOCK OFFER Jacksonville Bancorp has completed a secondary stock offering, raising $4.7 million in capital, the company said yesterday. The parent company of Jacksonville Bank said it sold 225,000 units at $21 apiece...
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Nassau Notes
MARINE FUND-RAISER The Marine Corps League Nassau Detachment will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Kraft Ten Acres. There also will be a raffle for a deep-sea fishing trip. Tickets are available at Publix in Fernandina Beach and Winn-Dixie in Yulee today...
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Navy Rescues in Arabian Gulf the Stuff of Legend
Byline: Beau Halton, Shorelines editor The sun was just beginning to rise over the Arabian Gulf on Nov. 18. The crew aboard a Mayport-based SH-60B Navy helicopter flew back to the destroyer USS Peterson after helping rescue survivors of a sinking...
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Nease Field Getting New Bleachers
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer When Nease High School's football team hosted Episcopal High School at the traditional spring game on May 23, the home fans and the visitors sat on the same side of the field. The visitors' stands...
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Nease Football Field Getting New Stands
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Times-Union staff writer When Nease High School's football team hosted Episcopal High School at the traditional spring game on May 23, the home fans and the visitors sat on the same side of the field. The visitors' stands...
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Neptune Beach Hikes Property Tax Rate
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Shorelines staff writer ********** CORRECTION July 27, 2002 Neptune Beach has been reducing its property tax rate through the past 10 years. Because of an editor's error, a story on Page 11 of the July 20 Beaches...
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Newsstand
The neatest idea we saw in any magazine this month appeared in Parents July issue. Editors asked architect Alla Kazovskey, a partner at Kids StudioWorks, a Los Angeles-based firm, to plan an easy-to-build playhouse for inside or out. It's a simple...
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Novak Wins Suit, $5.3 Million Award Jury: Ex-Jaguar's Career Cut Short
Byline: Rich Tucker and Gene Frenette, Times-Union staff writers In a verdict with potential implications for professional sports, a Jacksonville jury yesterday awarded $5.35 million to former Jaguar Jeff Novak, finding that team doctor Stephen...
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Officials Propose Alligator Hunting Large Population Prompts State Plan
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer Eyes and snout barely visible, the alligator eased with hardly a ripple through the milk chocolate-colored water of the Altamaha River twisting through the marsh near Broughton Island. The alligator...
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Pay-Up-First Phone Scams Quite Common
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: Please warn your readers. Someone called me and said to call a California phone number. Gullible me. I called it. They gave me a spiel about lost money or property. They gave a code...
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Plan Hunting Trips Now Hunting Permits to Go on Sale Soon
Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer With temperatures in the mid-90s in North Florida, there is no question that summer is far from over. But that doesn't mean hunters cannot begin planning fall outings in the woods in search of...
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Players Hope Award Will Improve Care
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer The National Football League Players Association and former teammates of Jeff Novak are hopeful that the $5.35 million judgment awarded yesterday to the former Jaguars offensive lineman in a malpractice...
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Police Arrest Man after Chase He Is Accused of Stealing Car
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer A 34-year-old man was arrested on auto theft charges after leading police on a high-speed chase down Interstate 295 around midnight Sunday. The chase ended when the man crashed the 1990 bronze BMW...
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Police Briefing Gunman Robs Workers
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A masked man robbed three employees at gunpoint Sunday at the Woody's barbecue restaurant at 9810 San Jose Blvd. Police said one of the three employees was working in the back room at 9:30 a.m. when...
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Police Briefs Canceled Mall Excursion Results in Woman's Arrest
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Anger over a canceled trip to the mall resulted in a woman's arrest for battery. The 32-year-old woman was arrested at 3:50 p.m. Sunday in the 2900 block of Fitzgerald Street and charged with aggravated...
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Police Briefs Man Arrested after Attacking Police in Jacksonville Beach
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH Police arrested a 71-year-old man at the Comfort Inn at 2401 Mayport Road after a housekeeper reported that he exposed himself to her in a lewd manner...
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Police Briefs Man Arrested, Charged with Robbing Beach Boulevard Bank
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer A 32-year-old man was arrested at 12:42 p.m. Wednesday at The Peoples First Community Bank, 14333-104 Beach Blvd., and charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon. Witnesses said the suspect approached...
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Police Briefs Woman Arrested after High-Speed Chase
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A 24-year-old Southside woman was arrested Tuesday on charges of fleeing and attempting to elude police, reckless driving, having a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia after police...
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Property Tax Hike Said Likely Green Cove Increase Will Be First in 20 Years
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Faced with increasing costs and decreasing revenues, the Green Cove Springs City Council is tentatively planning to increase its property tax rate for the first time in more than 20 years. The...
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Public Gets Say on Proposed Gator Hunting
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer The growing population is the primary reason Georgia officials are considering an alligator hunting season in 2003. Implementing a hunting season will provide more opportunities to hunters,...
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PUBLIC SAFETY Middleburg Triathlete Dies in Traffic Accident on U.S. 17
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer A Middleburg triathlete was killed Sunday when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on U.S. 17, authorities said. James T. Warmowski, 44, of Middleburg was riding south about 2 miles...
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School Colors What Should Mandarin High Look Like?
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer It wasn't easy being green. And so far, it doesn't look like the gray eggshell color the Duval County School Board is trying as Mandarin High School's latest color is going down easy, either. Green...
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Senate Braces for Tort Battle
The battle is brewing. And it could be a doozy. Doctors and trial lawyers, two of the best-financed, best-organized lobbying groups in Florida, are gearing up for a political showdown over the escalating costs of medical malpractice insurance. ...
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Senator McCain Takes on WBC
Sen. John McCain accused the World Boxing Council yesterday of interfering with the selection of judges for tonight's Vernon Forrest-Shane Mosley welterweight title fight in Indianapolis. McCain said the WBC threatened to pull its sanction of the...
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Seniors' Meeting Hears Traffic, Bug Complaints
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Speeding, overpasses and mosquitoes were major concerns raised by Southeast Quadrant residents at a town meeting sponsored by the Council on Elder Affairs this week. About 60 people attended...
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Senior Still Competing in Bench Press
Byline: Emily Mosier, Shorelines correspondent Only one medal is missing from the matched set that Jacksonville Beach's Hurley Meeks is collecting from the International Powerlifting Federation World Masters Bench Press Championship. Hurley won...
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Summer Stars Young Actresses Shine in 'Annie'
Several area "orphans" have been busy starring in the Alhambra Dinner Theatre's production of Annie, which opened July 9. Full rehearsals began July 1, as the girls joined a professional adult cast to start moving through the paces of the hit Broadway...
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Suspect's Home Search at Issue Attorney Says His Client Wasn't There
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer WOODBINE -- An attorney representing a man charged in the May 2000 slaying of the 14-year-old St. Marys Middle School student questioned whether investigators legally searched his client's bedroom...
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Taking a Look Ahead Fernandina: Panel to Study Waterfront
Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Fernandina Beach city commissioners are asking Amelia River waterfront "stakeholders" for some help in planning the shore's future. The commission Tuesday created a 12-member committee to...
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The County Line
Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor I don't know about you, but all these accounting irregularities are making me nervous. It is like our whole society is being caught in a giant web of deceit. It doesn't bode well for our way of life when...
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Tiger Close despite Missing Putts
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer Tiger Woods is tied for ninth following the second round of the British Open. That may mean he's got the field right where he wants it. Woods followed his opening-round 70 with a 68 at the Muirfield...
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Traffic Noise a Worry Sandalwood Will Hear Difference
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Some Sandalwood-area residents fear their peaceful home life will be invaded by the unwelcome clamor of interstate traffic. And they are upset that sound barrier walls aren't being constructed to...
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Trying to Keep Cool during a Summer at the Beaches
Byline: Sylvia Simmons, Shorelines columnist The dog days of summer are upon us and it is hot. Oh, yes, hot and also humid. It is the time of year most people hunker down in the air conditioning, and/or head north on vacation. My husband is one...
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Unemployment, Inflation Pick Up June Jobless Rate at Highest Level in 8 Years
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer Jacksonville's unemployment rate jumped to its highest level in eight years in June, as slowing job growth couldn't keep pace with an influx of new potential workers into the labor force. The unemployment...
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You Can Go Home Again Nassau: Confederate POW's Remains Being Sent to Florida
Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nearly 140 years after he died in a Union prisoner of war camp in Massachusetts, Lt. Edward John Kent Johnston is coming home to Fernandina Beach. Johnston, believed to be the last Confederate...
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