The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 19, 2002

12 EVE Nominees Are Making a Difference
Byline: Judy Wells , Times-Union staff writer EDUCATION Education nominees are judged as professionals employed in that field who have improved the quality of education in their communities. -- Mary Borg is a mother of three and a mentor to thousands,...
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A Few Bumps Won't Rock Baby Boselli
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer Fortunately for Mike Pearson, Alltel Stadium is small enough that he won't need a motor scooter to get around. The Jaguars' rookie offensive lineman can smile about that now, but two years ago,...
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Area Notebook
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer MOODY WINS MID-AM Ken Moody shot 71 in the first round and held on to win the Jacksonville Area Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship on May 3-4 at the Magnolia Point Golf Club in Green Cove...
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Area Sailor Step Closer to Olympics
Byline: Lawrence Dennis, Times-Union boating editor For the first time, a sail-racer from Jacksonville has been named to the U.S. Sailing Team, a big step toward the Olympics. Bryan Boyd, the waterfront director at the Florida Yacht Club for...
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AT&T Backer Now Sues Cable Contract Has 'Gone Bad'
Byline: Matt Galnor, Times-Union staff writer One of three plaintiffs in a potential class action suit filed last week against AT&T Broadband oversaw the 20-year agreement that gives Jacksonville virtually no enforcement power against the cable...
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Bloom Not off Yellow Rose for Expansion Texans
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer When the NFL owners held their annual May meeting in Houston last week, it turned into a lovefest for the league's newest expansion team. "Breathtaking," commissioner Paul Tagliabue said of the...
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Boating Notebook
Byline: Lawrence Dennis, Times-Union boating editor FULLER WARREN PLANS CHANGED Plans have changed for the removal of the bascule-leaf spans on the old Fuller Warren Bridge, and it appears recreational boaters will hardly be affected at all....
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Bush's Troubled Foster Child: DCF Problems Plagued Democrats, GOP
Byline: Jim Saunders and Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writers Gov. Jeb Bush loves portraying himself as a government reformer. In Bush's world, accountability and efficiency replace entrenched bureaucracies. New strategies replace old programs....
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Business Group Targets School Board Races Broader Range of Candidates Sought
Byline: Matthew I. Pinzur, Times-Union staff writer In polls, voters almost unwaveringly identify public education as their top concern. But at the voting booth, their apathy toward local school board races is jarring. In the two Duval County...
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Cleanse Yourself of Klez with Antivirus Updates
Byline: Ed Stansel, Times-Union systems editor Firearms experts will tell you that there is no such thing as an unloaded gun. You have to assume a round is in the chamber and treat weapons with the appropriate respect. That's the approach we...
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College Roundup
-- FLORIDA 14-18, KENTUCKY 4-6 -- Ryan Shealy hit his 20th home run of the season to lead the visiting Gators to three runs in the first inning en route to 32 in a doubleheader sweep yesterday. Aaron Davidson went 3 for 6 and matched Shealy's three...
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Dazzling Debut Suns' Rodriguez Tosses 5 Shutout Innings in Win
Byline: Bryan Mullen, Times-Union sports writer Jacksonville Suns manager Dino Ebel was a bit frustrated late last week. He talked about his players not getting timely hits, and how his team was at a low point. Things have changed quite a bit...
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DEVELOPMENT Trade, Not Aid
When George Bernard Shaw said, "All great truths begin as blasphemies," he might have been talking about Lord Peter Bauer. It isn't likely, however, because Bauer was 4 years old when Shaw made that statement. Bauer's great work came much later...
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Discounts among the Attractions at Disney
Byline: Belinda Hulin, Times-Union staff writer This summer, plenty of airport weary or wary local families will succumb to the siren song of the mouse. Take that mercifully short road trip to Walt Disney World before June 7 and you can beat the...
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Drug Can Ease Apnea's Effects
Question: I read about a new medication for sleep apnea. I've looked and looked and can't find the article again. Can you help me? --Dianna MacDonald, Neptune Beach Answer: Patients with an established diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea usually...
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EVE Awards: Selecting This Year's Cream of the Crop Previous Winners Select Nominees
Byline: Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writer It takes an EVE to recognize an EVE. Each year, three women are chosen by their peers and named EVE Award winners by The Florida Times-Union. The award honors women for contributions and efforts during...
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Eye in Sky Crucial to Safety Aerial Efforts Help Firefighting Below
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer FARGO -- During a routine reconnaissance mission last week, the pilot of a Bell helicopter skimmed 20 feet above the treetops near a fire burning in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Banking...
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First Tee Scores Honor from Magazine
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer There are thousands of junior golf programs in the U.S., at exclusive private clubs, municipal facilities and inner cities. The First Tee of Jacksonville has been named one of the best. Of all...
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Hotshot Fire Crews Take Heat, Extinguish It Wildfire-Fighting Specialists Battle Okefenokee Blazes
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer FARGO -- When wildfires put the heat on federal, state and local agencies battling the nation's largest wildfires, such as the ones now burning in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, they called...
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Hurdles Fill Equine Version of Three-Peat
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist Visa offers $5 million to any horse that wins the Triple Crown. Whenever I hear that, I wonder what a horse might do with all that cash. And the first thing that comes to mind is a Far Side-like...
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Jackets Just 3 Outs from Region Final
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Heavy rain stalled Georgia Tech's march to the NCAA Regional softball final, as play was washed out after a four-hour delay with the Yellow Jackets needing just three outs in the seventh...
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JEA Says Petroleum Coke Will Keep Costs Low While Generating More Energy, but the Move Goes against Natural Gas Trend New Energy Source Fuels a Heating Debate
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer From a distance, the petroleum coke in the JEA's Northside Generating Station's storage dome looks like a gigantic mound of coal. But at close range, telltale signs of petroleum coke, created...
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Johnston Dead at 71; Supported Bringing Pro Football to Area
Byline: Joe Humphrey, Times-Union staff writer Thomas Littleton Johnston Jr., a supporter for professional football in Jacksonville, a one-time prize fighter and a regular at Hyde Park Golf Club, died Wednesday of lung cancer. He was 71. Mr....
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Memorial Day Events Lined Up Parade, Patriotic Tunes to Honor Vets
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Those who died in America's wars will be honored at Memorial Day observances May 27. Veterans organizations, ROTC units and others will gather at Mary Ross Waterfront Park in Brunswick...
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Newman Captures Winston
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer CONCORD, N.C. -- Ryan Newman still hasn't won a race on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, but last night he won the sport's all-star race. The rookie, who graduated from Purdue a year ago, won a qualifying...
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Number of Black Judges in State Still Unbalanced
Byline: Walter C. Jones, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- Robert Benham was one of 15 students in his 1963 freshman English class at Tuskegee University to become an attorney. He said he knew it was a realistic goal, even though he is African-American,...
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Officers Face Suspensions in Butler Case Undersheriff Cites 'Sloppy Handling'
Byline: Paul Pinkham and Jim Schoettler , Times-Union staff writers Jacksonville police administrators have recommended suspensions for three officers involved in the botched murder investigation of falsely accused teenager Brenton Butler. Undersheriff...
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OSHA Has Limited Power in Courthouse Mold Case
Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union staff writer Federal safety officials are investigating mold and mildew problems that have interrupted justice and caused health complaints at the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, but said they have no way...
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OUR PLACE IN THE SUN at 55,000 Acres, Jacksonville May Have the Largest Urban Park System in the Country
Byline: Roger Bull, Times-Union staff writer They range from tiny quarter-acre spots to big sprawling places of woods and fields. But no matter the size, parks are places to go, to step outside and walk, read, ride, picnic, swim, dribble, shoot,...
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Outdoors Notebook
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor JOSFC REEF BOOK AVAILABLE The Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club's Offshore Reef Guide, a comprehensive digest of the reefs and natural hard bottom areas between Fernandina Beach and St....
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Pitchers Need More Run Support
Byline: Bryan Mullen, Times-Union sports writer The Jacksonville Suns appeared to be streaking toward their second Southern League title in as many years early this season. They were getting clutch hits, superb pitching performances and a big lead...
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Privacy for Animals a Bit Far-Fetched
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer The Smithsonian Institution is often called the nation's attic. Well, in Granny's day, the attic was where they kept the relatives with a few spokes missing from the old wagon wheel. That may be...
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Ribault Students' Retest Will Follow Graduation
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer Following a state investigation into their scores, students from Ribault High School will take another version of a competency exam May 28. The retest comes six days after graduation. Of the 77...
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Road to Fishing Pier Sends Absurdity Packing
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Spinning around the news dial ... click. A particularly annoying bit of silliness at one of our riverfront parks has finally been corrected. You may remember a column I wrote last summer...
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School Wants Pagers
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer ST. AUGUSTINE -- The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is considering trying to get changes to a law that prohibits wireless communication devices on school grounds. But doing that would...
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Scout Blast: Khaki Gets Crazy
Byline: Joe Humphrey, Times-Union staff writer Thousands of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts converged yesterday for their biggest event of the year, Scout Blast. It was a day filled with merit badges and square knots. A tent city and pinewood racing cars....
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SOCIAL SECURITY Blowing It Off
Reform of the collapsing Social Security system apparently will wait for another year for consideration. Democrats want to demagogue it in this year's elections, and Republicans want to let them. That might be good GOP strategy. But waiting will...
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Some Career Tips for Those Interested in Journalism
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate The death of newspapers has been greatly exaggerated, as has the death of newspaper careers. Many journalists who left in recent years for Internet start-up companies saw their jobs disappear like...
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State Steps Up Smallpox Defense
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer Florida health officials are sending out materials to help doctors identify smallpox in the event of a possible bioterrorist attack. The possibility seemed real to viewers of the TV show...
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Tomcats Lose 67-64 on Late Touchdown
Byline: Jeff Hartsell, Times-Union correspondent CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Ray Isaac is 32 years old and a veteran of too many games on artificial turf and too many knee injures. He even went so far as to announce his retirement from football two years...
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Tournament Time Open Qualifier Begins String of 20 Events
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer When the temperatures start hitting the 90s, serious golfers on the First Coast start thinking about the most significant area, state and national events. A busy schedule of tournaments -- ranging...
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Voting Process Still Being Vetted
ELECTION REFORM: It's a year later, and some things haven't changed. A Duval County election reform panel is reviewing voting technology, voter education and other facets of the voting process after the fallout of the 2000 election. The panel...
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Water Offers Low-Risk, High-Yield Workouts
Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union correspondent It typically starts with an injury. Unable to train on land, runners are instructed to work out in the water. Reluctantly, they do -- but for only as long as necessary. After all, aqua running is not...
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Weighty Win in Wolfson
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor PALATKA -- Weight-watchers had a field day at yesterday's 13th annual Wolfson Children's Hospital Bass Tournament out of Palatka City Docks. In a tournament typically won by a seven-fish aggregate...
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Wells Watch
Byline: Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writer LOFTY IDEA If you thought two designer showhouses were ambitious, consider seven! That's the plan for next year's ASID/Symphony Guild spectacular, which will transform The Lofts at the old American...
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We're Talkin' Record Turkeys Local Hunters Bag 24-Pound, 19-Pound Birds
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor Ben Duncan has shot a slew of turkeys in his 50-year hunting career, but none like his recent record-book bird. Kyle Harding, 14, has shot only one turkey, but it, too, was worth crowing about. ...
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Wiggins Benefit Tourney at Cassat's
Byline: Leonard Ruble, Times-Union correspondent Cassat's Batt Bowl will play host to a Scotch Doubles Memorial Benefit Tournament on Wednesday in memory of Lee Wiggins, who died on April 5. He was 51. Wiggins, a longtime bowler in the Jacksonville...
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Young Angler Hooks 12-Pound Bass, Then Battles an Eagle for the Catch
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor When Chris Jorgensen hooked a giant bass in the St. Johns River, he found himself in a wild tug o' war for the prize fish with a bald eagle. Jorgensen, 21, was fishing recently with David Copenhaver...
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