The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 10, 2002

Apaches Blanked in Final
Byline: Bill Wesselhoff, Times-Union correspondent TAMPA -- Community School of Naples pitcher Whitney Stites fired a two-hit shutout to help down Arlington Country Day 4-0 in the Class A state championship softball game yesterday at Ed Radice Sports...
Artists Elated, but Fear City Will Invest Only in 'Safe Art'
Byline: Ivette M. Yee, Times-Union staff writer ********** CORRECTION May 11, 2002 Jacksonville's Art in Public Places Commission includes two members that are minorities. Because of a reporter's error, a story on Page A-1 yesterday said there...
Bank Robbery Suspect Turns Self in Man Cites Cost of Drug Addition
Byline: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer A man wanted for the Wednesday morning robbery at the Shands Jacksonville SouthTrust Bank turned himself in to police yesterday, saying his conscience got the best of him. Charles Ronald Hounshell...
Baseball on Deck
LSU AT FLORIDA -- Where: McKethan Stadium, Gainesville. -- When: 6:30 p.m. today, 4 p.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. Sunday. -- Records/rankings: LSU (33-16, 14-9 SEC, No. 20 Baseball Weekly); Florida (36-13, 16-8, No. 8 Baseball Weekly). -- Series:...
BRIEFS Pontiac Testing New Grand Prix
Pontiac, seeking approval of its 2003 Grand Prix, had Bobby Labonte test the car yesterday in front of NASCAR officials at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Labonte, who drives Pontiacs for Joe Gibbs Racing in Winston Cup competition, completed 22 laps at...
'Buffy' Grad Plays Nice for a Change
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer In The New Guy, opening today, actress Eliza Dushku takes on a different sort of role -- for her. "I play Danielle, the head cheerleader with a heart of gold," she says. Dushku enjoys saying that...
Campus Corner
Byline: Michael DiRocco , Times-Union sports writer BELL SIGNS The Florida baseball team added a third signee to its spring signing class yesterday after Jupiter High School pitcher Derek Bell signed a letter-of-intent. The right-handed Bell...
'Cats Look for Quick End to Sluggish Starts
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer The Jacksonville Tomcats are 1-3 and in last place in the American Conference's South Division, but that is the least of their problems. What has to be troubling coach Ernest Wilson most is the team's...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I don't think my privacy is hurt." -- Xing Zhi Luo, a University of Georgia international student, on Immigration and Naturalization Service plans for a national tracking system. Story, this page. LIGHT MUSIC The Fifth Street...
Compiling the Playlist for Summer
Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union music writer If I had saved all the money I've spent on blank tapes and CDs over the years, I'd have enough to feed Nelly Furtado for a whole year. But I haven't saved it -- I've blown it in pursuit of great homemade...
Direction of Boxing Taking Wrong Turn
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist Mike Smith likes boxing. He has ever since he was a kid. In his house, you'll find a trophy from a Toughman Competition he won at the Coliseum in 1980. So when his 27-year-old son called and said...
Distinctive, Delicious Dining at Pom's Thai Cusine with Artful Additions at Upscale Bistro
Byline: Belinda Hulin, Times-Union staff writer Thai is the quintessential fusion cuisine, folding ingredients from the Western Hemisphere -- peanuts and fiery chilies -- into dishes built on the Asian dietary staples of rice, noodles and fish....
Dolphins Close to Finding New Home
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer The Jacksonville University athletics department will likely announce within the next week that it is moving all of its radio sports packages to a radio station located within a stone's throw of the...
Englewood Student Details the Sting of Harassment
Byline: Alliniece T. Andino, Times-Union staff writer He hears "faggot," "gay" and "queer" in the classroom all the time. Teachers hear the taunts as well but do or say nothing, said Chad White, a 16-year-old who attends Englewood High School...
Everybody Pitching in Jones Leading Staff at Florida
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- Ross Jones was plenty worried in January. And Florida's pitching coach had a long list of concerns. There wasn't a pitcher on the staff who had any innings in a Southeastern Conference...
Fargo Finds Blazes Good for Business
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer FARGO -- Billows of smoke hung in the sky like clouds near Fargo yesterday, a sobering reminder of two wildfires burning on either side of nearby Stephen Foster State Park. But residents of the...
Fish Snag Smiles Annual Rodeo Allows Disabled to Try Pastime
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Catching fish is a mixture of luck and skill. The annual fishing rodeo for the disabled at Two-Way Fish Camp yesterday gave them a chance to try. More than 200 disabled adults and...
Golf's Governing Bodies Agree to Standardize Drivers
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer The United States Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club have adopted a uniform standard for golf equipment, establishing separate guidelines for professional and recreational golf for...
Gov. Bush and His Cronies Are Taking the Low Road
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Florida voters are stupid. Gov. Jeb Bush and Republican legislative leaders must think so. That's certainly the message they are sending by pushing a law that would require that proposed...
Into the World of 'Dinotopia' ABC 'Megaseries' Massive Production
Byline: Nancy McAlister, Times-Union staff writer Dinotopia, the story of a lost continent where dinosaurs and humans peacefully coexist, makes its debut Sunday as what ABC is calling a "megaseries." The three-part, six-hour production is, in...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Right now, there's this compulsion to lock people up and throw away the key." -- Public Defender Ann Finnell on what she sees as an overzealous justice system in Jacksonville. Story, this page. GRAHAM SIGNS ON U.S. Sen....
Jazz Fest Back -- in Transition Piano Contest in Fall, Full Show in Spring
Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union staff writer In the wake of a St. Augustine group announcing an ambitious jazz festival of its own, Jacksonville City Hall yesterday revealed its tentative plans for the future of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival,...
JEDC Approves Grants to BMW Company Waiting for City Council OK
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer BMW's decision to build an $8.1 million parts distribution center in Jacksonville is still in neutral. Yesterday's unanimous vote by members of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission...
JUDICIARY Get Moving
There is no acceptable excuse for the U.S. Senate's refusal to act on judicial appointments. One year ago yesterday, President Bush nominated 11 people to the bench. The Senate has gotten around to acting on just three of them. Overall, it has confirmed...
Life's a Cabaret at Cummer It's Party Time for Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibit at Museum
Byline: Ivette M. Yee, Times-Union staff writer Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec knew a little something about fun. So it's fitting that the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is using the arrival of an exhibit of Toulouse-Lautrec's works to kick-start...
Locations for Incentives Up for Debate
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Incentives for Southside? Public discussion continued yesterday on whether the city should extend economic incentives to fast-growing Southside, where Mayor John Delaney and the Jacksonville...
Morning Briefing
EASTER AFFECTS STEIN MART SALES Stein Mart Inc. yesterday reported sales for the four weeks ended May 4 rose 6.1 percent to $111.8 million, but comparable store sales for the period fell 5.4 percent, due to the calendar shift of Easter falling into...
New Team Gets Nickname, Coach
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer Jacksonville's newest minor league hockey franchise almost had a touch of golf in it. The Barracudas, one of six teams in the newly formed Atlantic Coast Hockey League, unveiled their team logo and...
Old Fixtures Get New Look in Riverside This Old Warehouse Is Part of the Area's Revitalization
Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer Don't look for any avocado-green shag carpeting or chairs of molded plastic. This Old Warehouse, a new store in Riverside, has none of that. The former plumbing supply warehouse now stocks...
Ospreys Advance Ripper Tosses Two-Hitter in 8-0 UNF Win
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer A month and a half after collecting seven hits off Longwood College lefty Jennifer Potts in a 5-0 victory, the University of North Florida taught the junior pitcher another lesson yesterday in...
Pit Bulls' Release Angers Father Pair Attacked Girl, Teacher's Assistant
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer The father of a 12-year-old Jacksonville girl bitten by two dogs at school two weeks ago said yesterday he was angered when he learned the two mixed-breed pit bulls had been returned to their owner this...
Rewind
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union staff writer A look beyond the New Release shelves for a film worth a second - or maybe your first - look. Diane Lane has been the best thing about almost every movie she's been in, but she still isn't a big...
Riding out a Storm Defender Glimpses Racial Overtones in Butler Case
Byline: Rich Tucker, Times-Union staff writer Ann Finnell believes the Brenton Butler case was about more than a teenager falsely accused of murder. She says it was a glimpse of the racial discrimination she fears is endemic to Jacksonville. ...
Shands, Van Site Get State Funding $20 Million Helps Training
Byline: Jim Saunders, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- State budget negotiators have agreed to spend $20 million next year on Jacksonville's bid for a DaimlerChrysler van plant and to funnel millions of extra dollars to troubled Shands Jacksonville...
Show Goes Public in a Private Way
Byline: Ivette M. Yee, Times-Union staff writer After six years, you'd think The Vagina Monologues would no longer raise eyebrows. But when we used a few euphemisms for the ultimate private part in this story, our editors' eyebrows rose right...
State to Probe AT&T Cable City Sought Look into Complaints
Byline: Matt Galnor, Times-Union staff writer Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth has decided to launch a full-scale investigation into allegations of deceptive and unfair trade practices by AT&T Broadband in Jacksonville. The investigation...
Stations Confirm Changes TV-30 to Inherit UPN Programs
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union staff writer If you want to watch WWF Smackdown, Buffy the Vampire Slayer or The Hughleys, you're going to have to stay up later starting in July. Or maybe just remember to set your VCR. Clear Channel Communications...
St. Augustine Road Interchange May Cost More
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer The maximum tax rebates for building the new interchange at Interstate 95 and St. Augustine Road in Mandarin would rise to $22 million in a proposal OK'd yesterday by the Jacksonville Economic Development...
SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW: PART II 10 Enticing Hopefuls, without as Much Hype
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer Last week we looked at 10 movies expected to be blockbusters this summer. Now we'll take a peek at 10 others that might not make as much money, but look as if they stand a good chance of being rewarding....
Theater Groups Announce Lineups for Next Season
Byline: Yvette M. Yee, Times-Union staff writer We're in for a treat. A few treats. The FCCJ Artist Series recently announced its Broadway lineup for next year, and on deck are four musicals that will have you laughing, singing and quite possibly...
'The New Guy' Could Use Some Pointers Flat Teen Comedy Is Fairly Forgettable
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer Quick quiz: A high-school principal on the potty --funny? Or not funny? That'll tell you whether you'll like The New Guy, a throwaway teen comedy that doesn't take itself seriously for even a minute....
Thinking Fast on Their Feet for Fun Improv Troupe Runs with Audience Ideas
Byline: Ivette M. Yee, Times-Union staff writer You make some noise; they'll make some laughs. Improv Jacksonville, the city's only improvisational comedy troupe, conjures up instant funnies with the help of the audience every Monday night at...
Tube Talk
WE'RE JUST DYING TO KNOW Last night, ER's Dr. Mark Greene (above) breathed his last. Which leads us to ask two questions: What TV character, on any show past or present, died too soon? or, What TV character, on any show past or present, has had...
'Unfaithful' Leads Her to Temptation Diane Lane Stellar in a Slick, Tangled Tale of Infidelity
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer Unfaithful is the latest exploration of sexual infidelity by filmmaker Adrian Lyne, who certainly seems to think about it a lot: He also made Fatal Attraction, 9 1/2 Weeks and Indecent Proposal. ...
Uninsured May Gain Free Clinic Downtown Program Tries to Erase Stigma Linked to Care
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer Jacksonville may have a new free clinic next year to provide care for the working poor. A local retired physician, Jim Burt, is spearheading an effort to open a Jacksonville clinic as part of...
When Your Famous Father Is Your Musical Guru . . . You Follow Path of the Sitar Man
Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union music writer With buttery good looks, a buoyant personality and impeccable musical pedigree, Anoushka Shankar has entered this century as perhaps the world's second-leading ambassador of the sitar. Shankar will...
WHERE'S THE ART? City's 5-Year-Old Purchase Program Lacked Funds, Guidance -- until Now
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer Nearly five years after City Hall began a publicly funded program to buy art, Jacksonville has not a piece to show for it. The Art in Public Places Fund has suffered from little funding, and a master...
Will You Fall for 'Y Tu Mama Tambien'? Si
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer Y Tu Mama Tambien is a deceptively simple story about two teenage boys who take a sexy, sad, older woman to a mythical Mexican beach. The boys, frankly, hope she'll have sex with them. She might....