The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 7, 2002

Activists Split on Park Safety Contamination at Lonnie Miller Focus of Meeting
Byline: Steve Patterson, Times-Union staff writer The safety of a polluted Northwest Jacksonville park is dividing neighborhood activists concerned about contamination from old municipal trash incinerators. A week after pickets at City Hall demanded...
Amateur Hour at Jaspers Puts Pros to Shame
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist And the Jasper for the best Florida pro team in 2001 goes to . . . Does it HAVE to go to someone? Isn't it just possible to give it to the 1995 Lizard Kings again? It wasn't exactly a good year...
American Underdogs Stun Wags
Byline: Matt Soergel and Nick Marino, Times-Union staff writers In the opinion of England's ever-colorful Telegraph newspaper, the U.S. soccer team is "a bargain-basement bunch for whom the finer aspects of football are as far off their agenda as...
Area Viewers to Get Event-Full Weekend
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer It's a TV sports bonanza for Jacksonville this weekend. Three major sports attractions may be making their final weekend TV appearance of the year -- finals in the NBA and NHL and the third leg...
AT&T: Hike Delay Requires Agreement Carlucci Says Deal Keeps Changing
Byline: Matthew I. Pinzur, Times-Union staff writer In a move that could derail settlement talks with the city, AT&T Broadband said yesterday it will only delay its recently announced rate hike as part of a comprehensive settlement with Jacksonville...
Avondale Shop Offering Basic Wine Course
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor Invest a little time and learn about wine at Crush . . . An Avondale Wine Boutique, 3630 Park St. Master Sommelier and wine consultant Larry O'Brian is offering a four-week course that will teach wine...
B.B. King Just Keeps Going and Going
Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union music writer B.B. King cut his first song for Bullet Records in 1949, the year, to put some perspective on it, that William Faulkner won the Pulitzer Prize. The year NATO was formed. The year Silly Putty was invented....
Bennett Building to Get Makeover
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer A $21 million renovation of the Charles E. Bennett Federal Building downtown could start in January. As the building at 400 W. Bay St. is renovated, many of its agencies and employees...
Cut off the Supply for Those Too Young to Buy
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Investigators for State Attorney Harry Shorstein's office have vividly illustrated a deadly fact about Jacksonville: Our teens can buy alcohol almost as easily as they can buy soda pop. And...
Darien Hosting Its First Summer Music Festival Founder Hopes Youth Concerts for Strings Become Annual Event
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer DARIEN -- The name Summer Music Festival 2002 implies permanence. Founder Juan Ramirez acknowledges the 2002 festival is the first, but he pledges to make it an annual event in and around Darien....
Debate Swirls around Evolution Police, Councilman Rant about 'Rave Club'
Byline: Joe Humphrey and Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writers House music echoes off the walls of a cavernous storefront-turned-nightclub. On a platform just off center, a 21-year-old sits tall, his eyes fixated on two swirls of color. He...
ENTERTAINMENT Wait for Study
AT&T Broadband's newly announced rate increase for cable customers is fueling a desire to break the company's cable monopoly by having the city lay its own lines. But city officials should avoid jumping to conclusions until a study is completed...
Even Guys Can Love This Chick Flick 'Ya-Ya': Let's Hear It for the Girls
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer As someone of the male persuasion, I admit I had not read Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood -- and I was approaching the movie with some trepidation. That was not eased by the opening credit...
Everyone's a Critic
So you think Matt Soergel must be on a Sno-cap sugar high when he sees films? Everyone's a Critic lets you play movie reviewer. Here's what "regular folks" think of movies currently playing at the multiplex. The Sum of All Fears -- It seems to me...
Farewell to Jaspers for Jacobs
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer When entrepreneur Andy Jacobs and WTLV TV-12 sports director Dan Hicken agreed to meet for dinner eight years ago, little did either know they were about to formulate one of the most successful non-profit,...
First Coast in Florida Film Festival
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union staff writer The Florida Film Festival opens today in Orlando with an impressive lineup headlined by Sunshine State, John Sayles' movie set in a fictional beach town on the First Coast. Sunshine State, which...
For AOL, 'Best Is Yet to Come' AOL President Opens Area Call Center
Byline: Ryan Lee, Times-Union business writer Downplaying the largest quarterly loss in U.S. corporate history, AOL President Ray Oglethorpe said the company's operating status has been misunderstood. Oglethorpe, speaking in Jacksonville yesterday,...
Funeral Director Hillman, 85, Dies Children to Take over Business
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Evelyn J. Hillman, a Jacksonville funeral director and former nurse and health educator, died at her home in Ribault Manor Monday of emphysema. She was 85. Mrs. Hillman led the Hillman-Pratt...
Georgia Briefing
SECTION TO LIST, HIGHLIGHT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES Coming in this Sunday's Times-Union is the special supplement Class Acts. This annual supplement lists the high school graduates from public and private schools throughout Northeast Florida and...
He's a Bad Athlete, Good Sport Comedian George Lopez and the Jaspers
Byline: Nancy McAlister, Times-Union staff writer When comedian/actor George Lopez was growing up in San Fernando Valley's Mission Hills, he didn't play football because his family thought he'd get hurt. "So I played baseball, but I never moved...
Housing Concept Mirrors the Past
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer The entrance to Amelia Park screams half-built subdivision, bright flags flapping on both sides of a fresh-paved access road that is darker than the main road and connected to it with a bump....
It's All Greek to 'Wedding' Star
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer My Big Fat Greek Wedding is based on the life of writer-star Nia Vardalos, who says she grew up in a big, boisterous Greek-American family just like the one in the film. But did they really roast...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer WESTBROOK TO VISIT While Keenan McCardell and Hardy Nickerson both made stops on the free agent circuit yesterday, the Jaguars were busy looking for more veterans to add to their roster. The...
Laughs Certainly Aren't Foreign to This Show
Byline: David Crumpler, Times-Union staff writer The Foreigner uses the old mistaken identity routine to point out just how silly people will act around someone who isn't like them. Some are clumsy with their good intentions. Others show distrust...
Love, Laughter in 'Greek Wedding'
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer My Big Fat Greek Wedding is nowhere near a great movie, but it is an enjoyable one that's as likable and unassuming as its title. It's a big-hearted comedy that's filled with ethnic shtick and broad...
Militancy a Hard Habit to Break Nun in 'Catechism' Rules with Iron Fist
Byline: Ivette M. Yee, Times-Union staff writer Talk about a sister act . . . but not too loud, else "Sister" will put the fear of God in you. Sister stars in Late Night Catechism, a show that brings back the days when militant clergy ruled church...
Morning Briefing
STEIN MART SALES ROSE IN MAY Stein Mart Inc. said yesterday that total sales for the four weeks ended June 1 rose 7.7 percent to $112.6 million, but comparable store sales fell 2.8 percent. The Jacksonville-based retail chain said sales trends were...
N.Y. Notes: Bound for Broadway?
Byline: Ivette M. Yee, Times-Union staff writer Scratch that itch, we did. If you tuned in to the Tony Awards Sunday, you probably want to give your regards to Broadway. So if you're heading for the bright lights of New York City, we've got just...
Online Plays Help Bring Stage Closer
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union columnist It would have been natural for Jonathan Rand's success to annoy his older brother. After all, it was Douglas Rand, who graduated from Stanton College Preparatory School in 1994 and went on to Harvard,...
Penalties Likely in Teen Beer Sale Sting Official Expects License Suspensions
Byline: Paul Pinkham and Rich Tucker, Times-Union staff writers The 15 Duval County stores where employees were caught on tape selling beer to teenagers probably will face at least a brief suspension of their licenses to sell alcohol, the enforcement...
Plant Worker, 21, Suffers Arm Injury from Press
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer A 21-year-old man working at a Jacksonville plant was seriously injured yesterday when his arm became trapped in a press used to manufacture roof trusses. James Thomas Bratcher was flown to Shands...
Pressure Preferred FSU's Richie at Best during Postseason
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer This is Tony Richie's time of year. The Florida State catcher loves May and June, and not just because of the warm weather and the break between semesters. May and June means postseason baseball,...
Satellite TV Benefits from AT&T Woes
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer Local satellite TV providers say the flood of disgruntled AT&T Broadband customers is helping their business. Dan McLoughlin, owner of Digital Satellite Network, said his business has tripled...
Shareholder Investing Money in Family Steak Houses
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer When California businessman Glen F. Ceiley gained control of Neptune Beach-based Family Steak Houses of Florida Inc. three years ago, he said he hoped to sell the restaurant chain and use the proceeds...
Skating Delegates Approve Reform
Asked to choose between three judging reform proposals yesterday, delegates at the International Skating Union congress dissolved into a dithering mess. At one point, they even considered going back to a system they tossed out four years ago. Finally,...
St. Johns Officials OK with Budget Governor Vetoes Road Project Funds
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer ST. AUGUSTINE -- St. Johns County officials acknowledged yesterday some road and sewer plans will be delayed by a veto of $107 million in projects statewide, but said they're still pleased with the...
Suns Bats Catch Fire, Get 15 Hits in 12-0 Win
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer The Jacksonville Suns broke out of their recent batting slump to record their most lopsided win of the year, a 12-0 win over the Greenville Braves last night at Wolfson Park. The Suns erupted for...
Tomcats Co-Owner Gets Position in NBA
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer The man who helped bring arena football to Jacksonville is leaving. Bruce Burge, minority owner of the Tomcats, is leaving for a position with the NBA. He will begin on Monday as the director of...
Two's Company for This Pair of 'Bad' Boys
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union movie writer There's a moment perhaps nine-tenths of the way through Bad Company where Chris Rock goes off on a comic tirade against an officious jerk. When that happens, you can feel the movie come to life....
Urban Myth: This Label Is about Music
Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union music writer I got an e-mail the other day from a publicist who wanted me to write about her Orlando-based rap duo. At the bottom of the message, she typed her title: Director, Urban Media. For the unacquainted,...
Video Poker a Good Draw Machines Busy as Final Hands Near
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Darren Cornett drove 50 miles from Waycross to feed quarters into a video poker machine Wednesday at the Pilot Travel Center along Interstate 95. Soon, perhaps within 10 days, court...