The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 20, 2001

Around the State
GEORGIA -- Up next: Georgia Tech -- Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta -- When: 7:45 p.m. Saturday. -- TV: ESPN -- Radio: WDMG 860 AM and 99.5 FM, Douglas; WGIG 1240 AM, St. Simons Island; WYNR 92.0 FM, Brunswick; WSFN 790 AM, Brunswick;...
Attackers Drag Man with Car
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer A man whose assailants dragged him beside their speeding car from a northwest Jacksonville club and beat him repeatedly about 3:30 a.m. Saturday was in fair condition yesterday at Shands Jacksonville....
Bridge Would Alter Access to Neighborhood
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer The design of the new Beach Boulevard bridge, which will replace the drawbridge across the Intracoastal Waterway, will affect how people turn into the Lighthouse Pointe neighborhood at the foot of...
BRIEFS Groups Contest New Autopsy Law
Five journalism advocacy organizations are asking a state appeals court to declare unconstitutional a state law limiting access to autopsy photos. The Florida Legislature passed the law in March, weeks after the death of NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt...
Burns Back on Track RB Recovers from Maryland Mistakes
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer ATLANTA -- The broad smile and playful demeanor has returned to Joe Burns. He still won't talk about his seclusion following a 20-17 overtime loss to Maryland on Oct. 11. Following that loss, he disappeared...
Catawba Must Stop 'Air Raid' Blazers Clicking Behind Bonner
Byline: Matt Stewart, Times-Union correspondent VALDOSTA -- On Saturday, Catawba College received an appetizer of the "Air Raid" offense. This weekend, the Indians will get the full-course meal. Catawba (Salisbury, N.C.) will visit top-ranked...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It is just amazing, and this is going to do nothing but increase." -- University of Georgia demographer Doug Bachtel, commenting on a survey that shows 79 percent of Georgia's workers drove solo to work in 2000. See story, this...
Cross-Country Report
Byline: Jeff Elliott , Times-Union sports writer RECRUITING TRAIL -- Name: Kristen Colten and Michelle Westhoff -- High School: Bishop Kenny -- What they're doing: Two of the three seniors who have been among the Crusaders' top runners...
Duval School Mix Ruling Upheld Appeals Court Finds No Bias
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer As expected, a federal appeals court yesterday upheld a lower court ruling that the Duval County School Board runs all public schools without any racial discrimination. The 2-1 decision from a panel...
EDUCATION Reading Right
An objective evaluation of a reading program being used in some local public schools indicates that it is off to a good start and deserves further support. At the behest of the School Board, Serve Inc. is doing a three-year evaluation of the Direct...
EWC Leads Neighborhood Renaissance College Has Come a Long Way in Past 5 Years, but Still Has Plenty to Do
Byline: Joe Humphrey, Times-Union staff writer He can joke about it now, but Jimmy Jenkins Sr. wasn't laughing when he first came to Edward Waters College. In Jacksonville to interview for the presidency of the college, Jenkins drove south from...
Folkston to Get Research Center Site Will Offer Swamp Education
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer FOLKSTON -- The Georgia Wildlife Federation has entered into an agreement with Folkston to oversee the renovation of an empty school that will house the Okefenokee Education and Research Center. ...
Football Notes
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer MR. FOOTBALL AWARD Eight area players have a shot at the state's Mr. Football Award to be given out at the state football championships in Tallahassee Dec. 6-8. Mr. Football is chosen from the...
Free Surgery for Cataracts for the Needy
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate About 15 needy patients will receive free cataract surgery this holiday season. Ophthalmologists will perform the surgeries. Baptist Medical Center will donate operating room time, supplies, nurses...
GAME OF FEET Kicking Game Critical as Playoffs Progress
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer The area's top 10 regular-season rushing leaders have been ousted from the state high school football playoffs, as have the top quarterbacks and receivers. The Times-Union's entire pre-season...
Gator Bowl Won't Submit to Peach Pressure on FSU
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer With Florida State relegated to a second-tier bowl game for the first time in a decade, Peach Bowl officials are publicly lobbying for a deal to wrest the Seminoles from the Gator Bowl. However,...
Girls Basketball
Byline: Jeff Elliott , Times-Union sports writer CLASS 6A DISTRICT 1 -- Teams: White, Mandarin, Sandalwood. -- Top players: F Cylenia Norris (Sandalwood), G Dorothy Davis (Sandalwood), F Candra Pellot (Mandarin). -- Glance: Sandalwood...
Holiday Travelers Should Allow Extra Time
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer Whether in the air or on the road, travelers can expect more time-consuming trips tomorrow than they did during the Thanksgiving holiday a year ago. At Jacksonville International Airport, it will...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "As EWC grows and gets better, the community must grow and get better. We can't prosper and they languish." -- Ellis Brown, who is leading redevelopment efforts for Edward Waters College, said there's plenty still to do before...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer CLOSE LOSSES WEARING It's no consolation to coach Tom Coughlin that the Jaguars' six losses this season have come by a total of 39 points, including agonizing defeats by just one, three and four...
Jaguars Try to Dig out of Trenches Coughlin Rips Offensive Line, Contemplates Change
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer It's the life of an offensive lineman. When things go well on offense, the linemen don't tend to get much of the credit. But when they go wrong, they usually get a lot of the blame. They certainly...
Law Firm Eager to Get to LaVilla
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer The Coffman, Coleman, Andrews & Grogan law firm expects to break ground in January or February for its LaVilla office headquarters downtown and complete the project during fall 2002....
Literary Fest Has Writing Contest for Area Students
Aspiring writers in middle and high school should boot up their computers for the Joan Bowditch Young Writer Awards contest. The contest is part of Much Ado About Books, the annual literary event that draws noted authors to Jacksonville to conduct...
Morning Briefing
INCUBATOR SET UP FOR CONTRACTORS Jacksonville's Beers Construction Co. has joined the First Coast Black Business Investment Corp. to establish a business incubator to increase the number of local minority contractors. The incubator, which will...
Nahunta Motorists Rushing to Pumps Convenience Stores Stage Gas Price War
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer NAHUNTA -- There's a war of sorts going on at the city's main crossroads, and drivers are the victors. Three convenience stores have dropped gasoline prices about 15 cents a gallon below those of...
Ousted Executives Take Back Board Universal Beverages Now Must Rebuild
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer Ten months after they were ousted by a new board of directors, the former chief executive officer and president of Universal Beverages Holding Corp. have regained control of the bottled water manufacturer....
Outpouring Great for Willis
Byline: Lawrence Dennis, Times-Union sports writer Barbara Willis says she never realized how many friends her husband had. Until last week, when John, 57, was stricken by what was diagnosed as bacterial meningitis and was fighting for his life...
Police Shoot Suspect, Catch Second in Store Robbery
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville police last night shot one man suspected in a string of armed robberies and captured a second after staking out a Southside auto parts store. The man's injuries were not believed to be...
QB Quagmire Steelers' Pressure Helped Quinn Scrambling
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer Jonathan Quinn did not earn rave reviews from himself or Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin for his performance Sunday in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. Quinn completed 17-of-31 passes for 225 yards...
Quadricep Still a Problem for Brunell; Status Uncertain
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer Coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday the Jaguars don't know whether quarterback Mark Brunell will be able to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. "I can't tell you anything today," Coughlin said...
RBMG Sold to NetBank 300 Area Employees to Keep Their Jobs
Byline: Mark Gordon, Times-Union business writer The largest Internet-only bank in the country, NetBank, took a leap from its Web perch yesterday by buying Resource Bancshares Mortgage Group, a Columbia, S.C.-based bricks-and-mortar home lender...
Rebuilding Squads Faring Well
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer Call them "The Replacements," especially if it helps you forget about a bad movie. The four area schools still remaining in the state high school playoffs are all supposed to be, to one degree...
Ruling Bars ACD from Tournaments
Byline: Bryan Mullen, Times-Union sports writer Arlington Country Day School's request for a temporary injunction against penalties levied by the Florida High School Activities Association has been denied, attorneys for both sides learned yesterday....
School Bus Drivers Face New Rules
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer The Duval County School Board is scheduled to vote tonight on new rules to raise the standards used to hire drivers. A committee of school system staff, parents and bus contractors drafted the guidelines...
Snapshot of Digital World Cameras Connect with Computers to Capture Memories
Byline: Roger Bull, Times-Union staff writer It's not hard to notice all the digital cameras. The little screens glow on the backs of the cameras at dance recitals and soccer games. The images on those little screens head straight to computers,...
Sophomoric Heisman Voters Dismiss UF QB
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Nowhere on my Heisman Trophy ballot does it specify that consideration should be given to a candidate's birth certificate. All it asks is to select the most outstanding player in college football,...
Speculation Aside, WJXT Plans to Stay with CBS
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer Jacksonville television station WJXT TV-4 has been broadcasting CBS shows since before I Love Lucy hit the airwaves. And while WJXT's affiliation agreement with CBS will expire next summer, leading...
Take Chaos off the List for Holiday Shopping
Byline: Nicole Johnson McGill, Times-Union staff writer Friday is the official start of the annual race to buy holiday gifts. Unless crowds, long lines and confusion are your thing, there are a few ways to take some of the chaos out of your shopping...
Teen to Sue State Agency over Murder Arrest Juvenile Justice Workers Named
Byline: Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writer Add the state Department of Juvenile Justice to the list of agencies being sued by a Jacksonville teenager falsely accused and tried for the murder of a Georgia tourist last year. A Juvenile Justice...
UNO Falls to JU Dolphins End 8-Game Streak
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Jacksonville University snapped an eight-game losing streak to old conference rival New Orleans with a 73-58 victory last night in front of 781 fans at Swisher Gym. JU (2-0) hadn't beaten...
We Have Plenty to Give Thanks for in America
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist It's hard to fathom that a year ago we were fiercely debating hanging and dimpled chads as if the fate of our country depended on the outcome. Now we know better. Of course, the country survived....
'Wide Open' Shrine Bowl
Byline: Bryan Mullen, Times-Union sports writer The Shrine Bowl has been a model of consistency during its 12 years. It's drawn the top high school senior football players in the state while raising money for an important cause. This year, organizers...