The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 6, 2001

3 Die When 2 Drivers Run Lights
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer Three people were killed this weekend in two separate accidents involving drivers running red lights. Police said two Jacksonville women died after a taxi didn't stop at a red light on Atlantic...
A Look at the Jaguars Roster
Byline: John Oehser, Times-Union sports writer QUARTERBACK -- Starter: Mark Brunell. -- Backers: Jamie Martin, Jonathan Quinn. -- Others: Ted White. -- Offseason sum-up: Anyone who doesn't know the story here didn't follow the offseason....
Anglers' Chances: It's All in the Genes Prized Spots Are Genetic Anomaly
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor Whoever catches the red with the most spots in next Saturday's inaugural Times-Union Redfish Roundup will be $5,000 richer, courtesy of a genetic anomaly. Most redfish have a single spot on either...
Asians Promote Heritage Duval Group Eager to Share Culture
Byline: Alliniece T. Andino, Times-Union staff writer Shelly Nguyen hadn't heard of it, but she was glad. News that May is recognized as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month brought a smile to her face. "I like Black History Month because...
Aspinwall Rolls First 300 Game, 800 Series
Byline: Leonard Ruble, Times-Union correspondent Earl Aspinwall collected a pair of firsts in the Phoenix Mixed Scratch League, finishing with the first perfect game of his 22-year career en route to an 804, his first 800 series. He started the...
Atlanta Is High on Degas Exhibit Shows Artist's Imperfect, Earlier Work
Byline: Jaimie Wilson, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- Don't go looking for artistic perfection at Atlanta's High Museum of Art's new exhibit, "Degas & America: The Early Collectors." You won't find it. Image fragments, rough sketches,...
Bioethicist Finds High Demand for Her Help on Medical Issues
Byline: Marcia Mattson, Times-Union staff writer Assya Pascalev's job is to get people thinking about what's right and wrong in health care. Pascalev became Northeast Florida's only bioethicist when she joined the University of North Florida...
BIOETHICS Watchdog Groups See Advances in Genetic Science Such as Designer Babies as a Grim Reminder of Experiments in Nazi Germany
Byline: Marcia Mattson, Times-Union staff writer Breakthroughs in genetic science could offer doctors unprecedented methods to create designer babies and to test people of all ages for undesirable genes. Princeton University has as its sole bioethicist...
Bits and Bytes
COMPUTER MEETINGS PLANNED FOR FIRST COAST -- The North Florida Computer Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Murray Hill branch library, 918 Edgewood Ave. S. Topic: Microsoft Office 2000 Lesson & Windows ME. Information: 845-2580 or...
Boating Notes
Byline: Larry Dennis, Times-Union boating editor REGISTRATION HIKE KILLED Boaters in Florida apparently will not have to pay from $5 to $15 more to register their boats next year. A state Senate and House conference committee agreed on a budget...
Coughlin Wrestles with Inability to Sign Free Agents
Byline: John Oehser, Times-Union sports writer He walked from Ferrell Fields a week ago, a man in his element, but not a particularly happy man. It wasn't just because his star receiver was in the hospital. And it wasn't even having a linebacker...
Division among Osprey Opinions Some at UNF Favor Joining Division I Now
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer When Dusty Rhodes looks at the plush baseball field and cozy atmosphere at Harmon Stadium, then casts an eye around the University of North Florida campus toward the palatial track and field facility,...
Duper Learns There's Better Way to Live
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist Some might ask what in the world Mark Duper -- a guy who caught 55 touchdown passes from Dan Marino, became one half of the Marks Brothers and legally changed his middle name to Super -- is doing...
Emma Adams: Seen as 'Queen' of Complex
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer A photo on Emma Lou Adams' dining room wall shows her apartment manager Lois Sanders with a big smile, a pointed crown and title: "Queen of Hogan Creek." Sanders liked the sentiment. In fact,...
ENVIRONMENT Air to Spare
Good news: Industrial air pollution in the city is on the decline. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said there was a 3 percent decrease in such pollution from 1998 to 1999, the Times-Union reported last week. That is a nationwide trend,...
Families Get Lives Back on Track the Souths: Learning from Good Times and Bad
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer South had been walking on clouds ever since a cute girl named Cyndi came to work at the car rental shop. Then one day, Cyndi let another co-worker fill her tires with air, and Charlie's mood...
Federal Programs Renovate Public Housing in Many Ways
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer As recently as 1990, rag-tag public housing developments served as epicenters of Jacksonville's top crime neighborhoods, where drug dealers seemed to outnumber people bringing home paychecks....
Fernandina a Crowd-Pleaser Shrimp Fest a Gumbo of Activities
Byline: Derek L. Kinner, Times-Union staff writer FERNANDINA BEACH -- There was a day when shrimpers, their families and friends gathered at the city docks to race their shrimp boats. Music and dancing would follow that night. And only a few...
Figuring out When to Cover a Suicide as News Is Tricky
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate This killer is the eighth-leading cause of death in the United States. It's the third-leading cause of death among young Americans. And it's the leading cause of death among white men over 85....
FSU Softball Team Captures ACC Title
For the eighth time in 10 seasons, the 17th-ranked Florida State University softball team captured the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title yesterday after winning the first game of a doubleheader, 5-0 over visiting Maryland. The win locks...
House, Senate Leaders Battle through Bills McKay Praised for Uniting Lawmakers
Byline: Jim Saunders, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- In the Republican-dominated world of the Florida Capitol, some might not have viewed it as a compliment. But when South Florida Democrat Steve Geller stood up on the Senate floor Friday...
House Speaker's Admonition of Lawmaker Is Too Ironic
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Spinning around the legislative news dial ... click. So state Rep. Nancy Argenziano, R-Dunnellon, sent a 25-pound box of cow manure to lobbyist Jodi Chase. What's the big deal? Cow manure...
JACKSONVILLE BEACH LANDMARK Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough Pier Restoration Needs Extension to Make Sense
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor While we're drawing up plans for a new ballpark and sports arena, and pumping millions into upgrading the city's infrastructure, and envisioning how the Billion Dollar Mile will enhance the riverfront,...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: John Oehser, Times-Union sports writer BOYD'S MIXED PAST Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin liked James Boyd's most recent past a lot more than his distant past. On draft day, Coughlin praised his draft class for including six players who...
Listen to What the Worker Bees Have to Say
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Has it happened to you? You spot a problem or opportunity in your organization and take it to the folks who can act on it. They ignore you. They ignore you the second and third...
Local Bus Contractors Want Hearing They Say Duval Agreements Void
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer The ongoing saga of who will drive Duval County students to school this fall took another turn, with local contractors requesting a hearing on the matter. The local operators are arguing that contracts...
Masters Can Mend Game's Minor Pains
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer There isn't much wrong with professional golf right now. The trouble is, the few things that are amiss aren't easily corrected. This is where the Augusta National Golf Club could step in and take...
Mayo, Schiefer Beat out Big Cats to Win Mug Race Ex-Champs, Larger Boats No Match for Miamians
Byline: Lawrence Dennis, Times-Union boating editor Clive Mayo may have been a little lost, but he got where he wanted to go anyway, ahead of everyone else to win his first Mug Cup for first boat in yesterday's 48th annual Mug Race from Palatka...
New Laws on Privacy Criticized 4 New Exemptions on State Open-Records Law
Byline: Dave Williams, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA --While politicians like to pitch their ideas as "win-win" propositions, more often than not, legislating creates winners and losers. Thus it was this year in the General Assembly when lawmakers,...
Nocturne at Twilight from Casting Call to Curtain Call
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union staff writer EDITOR'S NOTE: Whenever a new play opens, what the audience finally sees, good or bad, is the result of hours of work by a dozen or more people, some working on stage, some behind the scenes. For...
Old Engines Parade through City
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Times-Union staff writer It sounded as if there were a five-alarm blaze yesterday morning when 16 fire engines with sirens blaring drove through downtown Jacksonville. But these engines, polished and pampered by their proud...
Outdoors Notes
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor ALLIGATOR HUNT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE Applications for Florida's annual public alligator hunt are available at regional offices of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At...
Parkway Extension Possible Largest Plan Funded by City's Fair Share
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer Three developers have joined forces on a plan to build a $10 million extension of Gate Parkway between Southside Boulevard and Belfort Road, an area primed for a burst of office and residential development....
'Phenomenal Guts' Improbable Victory Earns Clay First Final Four Berth
Byline: Bryan Mullen, Times-Union sports writer GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- It didn't look good for the Clay High School softball team. In fact, it looked very, very bad. Trailing by one run, final inning, down to their last strike. But the Lady...
Politicians Play Hardball in Bus Debate Board's Decisions Fuel Controversy
Byline: Matthew I. Pinzur, Times-Union staff writer ********** CORRECTION May 8, 2001 Fred Schultz is a member of the board of the Frederick H. Schultz Center for Teaching & Leadership and donated more than $1 million toward its creation...
Prom Can Be a Sticky Situation
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer I don't know what's wrong with my wife and child. They spent several days looking for a prom dress and finally came up with one that costs about as much as a night aboard the international space station....
Quitclaim Deeds Sprout Up When Passing Property Along
Volunteers from the Jacksonville Society of Financial Service Professionals spent a recent Saturday morning at The Florida Times-Union answering readers' phoned-in questions about estate planning, taxes and investing. Here are highlights of the session....
Regional Medical Center Competes for Patients, Surgery License CEO Works to Revive Hospital after Layoffs
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Parking is no longer a problem at Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center, and that may be the problem. After 133 layoffs two months ago that were necessitated by $15 million in losses...
Rodman Park Bill Dies When House Fails to Consider It King's Compromise Passed Senate Earlier
Byline: Thomas B. Pfankuch, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Senate Majority Leader Jim King of Jacksonville thought he had scored one of the biggest accomplishments in his 15 years as a lawmaker this session by crafting a compromise on a...
Rustin to Challenge Carlucci for Council Presidency Councilwoman Appears to Face an Uphill Battle
City Councilwoman Faye Rustin has announced she will challenge council Vice President Matt Carlucci in the upcoming race for the council presidency. Carlucci already holds written commitments from 12 members, plus his own vote and a verbal commitment...
Smyth's Absence May Give Veterans an Edge in Worrell 1000
Byline: Larry Dennis, Times-Union boating editor This year's Worrell 1000 offshore catamaran race is notable in several respects: -- For the first time since the race began in 1976, it will not start on a Monday in Fort Lauderdale. The 21 boats...
Southern League Notebook
Byline: Bryan Mullen, Times-Union sports writer RIGGS ENDURES SLUMP The first major slump of the season for the Jacksonville Suns has come from third baseman Eric Riggs. Despite playing the best infield defense on the Suns, Riggs has struggled...
The Guys Who Earn the Big Bucks Area Executives Always Looking to Weigh Their (Stock) Options
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer On paper -- that is the paper used to print the company's proxy statement -- Al Rowland got a pretty good pay package when he joined Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. as chief executive officer in November 1999....
THE NEIGHBORS WHO JUST WANT A CHANCE the Davises: Accident Was Turning Point
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer A plan to locate public housing in Argyle Forest marks the city's first integration of public housing outside the urban core in two decades. Prompted by a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit,...
The Purcells: Education for Children Top Priority
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer "Are your parents strict about schoolwork?" The question hung in the Purcell living room like an unwelcome smell. The children looked at each other. They looked at their father, their...
The Wells Watch
Byline: Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writer OPA! The baklava is layered, the grape leaves are stuffed and the Greek Festival is back again for a three-day run, Thursday through Saturday at the Morocco Shrine Temple. "Jacksonville has waited...
Two That Jumped Offer Recipe for Success, Failure
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer When the University of North Florida reaches a point when it wants to consider jumping from Division II to Division I in athletics, it might want to take lessons from two programs that had opposite...
Vikings like Format Georgia Baseball Teams Ready to Try New System
Byline: Lawrence Dennis, Times-Union sports writer The high school baseball playoffs start in Georgia this week, and for the first time, the top four teams in each of the state's regions will be facing unfamiliar opponents right off the bat. ...
Waycross Golfer Goes the Distance for Ace
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer It's not the first hole-in-one recorded at a World Golf Village course -- just the longest. And Rodney Townsend's record may stand for a long time. Townsend, a 55-year-old Waycross, Ga., resident,...