The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 16, 2001

Baby's Death Is Probed as Dad Jailed Father Has History of Domestic Violence
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- A Brunswick man with a history of domestic violence has been arrested on a probation violation charge while police investigate the death of his infant son. Theodore Woodard III,...
Bank Cuts Put 1,200 Workers in Limbo Bank of America Shuts Home Lending Divisions
Byline: Mark Gordon, Times-Union staff writer Bank of America's presence in the First Coast shrank yesterday by about 20 percent after it shut down a group of home mortgage divisions leaving 1,200 Jacksonville employees in limbo. The Charlotte,...
Beuse Sought More Playing Time, May Get None EWC Transfer Feels Cheated by NAIA Rule Mix-Up
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Former Bolles School standout Fabrice Beuse, one of 10 players recently dismissed from Edward Waters College's football team for academic reasons, is awaiting a ruling from the National Association...
Bolles' Moore to Join Texas A&M Swim Team
Tiffany Moore, a graduate of The Bolles School this spring, was one of six recruits committing to the Texas A&M women's swimming program yesterday. Moore, who swam for Larry Shofe and Jeff Poppell at Bolles, qualified for the Olympic Trials...
Burned Children Flown to Texas Cause of Explosion Still Undetermined
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer A brother and sister home alone when an explosion and fire sent them, burning, from their Jacksonville home Tuesday were flown by medical jet to Galveston, Texas, before dawn yesterday, where they were...
Buyer to Plead Guilty in Mortgage Loan Fraud
Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union sports writer A former Jacksonville police officer has agreed to plead guilty to a federal mail fraud charge for lying about his annual income to obtain a home mortgage loan, according to court records released...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It was almost a lost art. The group nearby was keeping it alive." -- Mike Taylor, spokesman for the Okefenokee Heritage Center, on Sacred Harp singing. Story, this page. CORPS CLEARS TREE CUT The Army Corps of Engineers...
CULTURE Innocence Abroad
If life in America seems difficult, read the newspapers. In Malaysia, a school teacher has been accused of "inciting hatred against the government" by assigning students to write an essay about the erosion of justice. If convicted in his Oct. 1...
Defense Dominates Scrimmage Westbrook, Davis Return Interceptions for Touchdowns
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- Florida head coach Steve Spurrier wanted his defense to be better this season. If last night's scrimmage is a preview, Spurrier will get his wish. The Gators' defense thoroughly...
DEFENSE PC Boot Camp
People who think national defense is more important than carrying out a social agenda are prompting the White House to revisit the idea of coed basic training. Jimmy Carter, a man who grasped concepts better than practicalities, began coed training...
Development Plans on Hold Loft Apartment, Marina Plans for Ford Assembly Plant Slip Away
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer The $41 million project to put loft apartments, a marina and office space at the former Ford Motor Co. assembly plant has faltered. The proposed project near Alltel Stadium has been put on hold...
Easy Salmon Recipe Helps Me Clean Up
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor When my wife was out of town on business recently, I took the opportunity to play in the kitchen. The resulting dish came out even better than I had hoped. I adapted a topping I saw on the Food Network's...
Fight Night at School Board Becomes Fest of Cooperation
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist When people are mad and frustrated -- and they were -- they would prefer to watch a hair-pulling, eye-gouging, fist-flinging fight over a lovey-dovey sorority confab. The School Board in the...
Florida Report
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer THUMBS-UP -- DE Major Parker, playing in the first organized football setting of his life, beat backup LT tackle Bobby Williams for a sack. Parker, who starred four years for the Gators' basketball...
Florida State Notebook
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union staff writer GETTING (AND TAKING) THEIR LICKS The first day of contact in pads had spirits and bodies soaring during yesterday's morning workout. One of the highlights of the first day is always board drills, where...
Gentry Lost on Several Fronts Voters Question Conservativism
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer Stephen Wise was not surprised by his 13,000-vote victory in Tuesday night's state Senate District 6 Republican primary. Neither were his opponents, Steven Richardson and W.C. Gentry. It was...
GOP Cries Foul at New Map Sure It's Partisan, Democrats Say; That's the Idea
Byline: Dave Williams, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- The Georgia House yesterday adopted a redistricting plan for the coming decade praised by Democrats but branded by minority Republicans as partisan, illegal and unconstitutional. Democratic...
Hospital Is Forced to Make Changes Baptist-Nassau Cited by Medicare Group over Staffing
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer Baptist Medical Center Nassau may lose its contract to serve Medicare patients Aug. 29 unless it remedies some problems in its emergency department. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "The collection really does attest to the human spirit." -- George Kinghorn, curator of Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, commenting on an exhibit at the museum. Story, this page. CREW REUNION More than 56 years after being...
Lightning Victim's Spouse Once Struck, Too
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer Sometimes lightning does strike twice. The wife of a Jacksonville man struck by lightning Tuesday said yesterday that she also survived being hit by lightning. Melinda Foley, 29, walked away...
Make a Friend: Knit a Watch Cap for a Seaman
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: Merchant seamen who visit Jacksonville ports would love to receive a watch cap for their long journeys across our oceans. The chaplain of the Seafarer's Center at the Talleyrand Terminal...
Massive Cache of Seized Cocaine Comes to Mayport Nearly 9 Tons Discovered on Colombian Fishing Trawler
Byline: Veronica Chapin and Lindsay Tozer, Times-Union staff writers A Miami Coast Guard boarding team operating from a Mayport Naval Station-assigned ship seized an estimated $120 million worth of cocaine, one of the largest maritime drug seizures...
Mirror, Mirror on Duval Player Seen Differently after British Open Win
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer DULUTH, Ga. -- David Duval's reflection still looks the same in the mirror as it did the morning of July 22 -- a few hours before the most important round of golf in his life. He doesn't think he...
Morning Briefing
STOCKS FALL ON INVESTORS' DOUBTS ABOUT ECONOMY Doubtful that the economy will turn around anytime soon, investors pushed stocks lower yesterday, knocking the Nasdaq composite index to its lowest level since April. Tech stocks stumbled on a range...
Notebook
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer TIMES AND TEMPERATURES The Jaguars are off tomorrow after facing the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., tonight. Yesterday's high was 81 degrees (89 with the heat index) for a walk-through...
PGA Championship Notebook
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer SINGH HAS A GOOD FEELING Deja vu for Vijay Singh? This week's PGA Championship has a familiar feel for the Ponte Vedra Beach resident. Although he hasn't won this year, he has finished among the...
Players to Watch
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer In the Jaguars' preseason game tonight against the New York Giants, the regulars will get a longer look than they did in the first game against the Carolina Panthers last Thursday night. But it's...
Preseason Battle of Contrasts Physical Giants Test Jaguars Again Tonight
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It is the unlikeliest of rivalries -- the matchup pitting one of the NFL's oldest teams in the biggest market against one of the NFL's newest teams in one of the smallest...
Presto: Boldin's a WR Again Move Means Redshirt Freshman Rix Expected to Start at QB
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Necessity led Anquan Boldin to move from wide receiver to quarterback prior to the start of spring practice, and necessity has him back at wide receiver. The two-man battle for Florida...
Regency Area May Get More Apartments
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer As plans proceed for the almost 300-acre Kendall Town Center in the Regency area of Arlington, an Alabama company is pursuing a development deal for a 214-unit apartment project nearby....
Sacred Harp Still Lives in Southeast Georgia Heritage Center Exhibit Highlights Singing Style
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer WAYCROSS -- Sacred Harp, a style of singing once closely guarded in remote churches, is the subject of an exhibit that opens tomorrow at the Okefenokee Heritage Center. Let Us Sing, Sacred Harp...
Serious Cause for Avoidance Celiac Disease Makes Wheat Products a Curse
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor If bread is the staff of life, it's flogging Jacksonville's Betsy McNiel. Imagine if one bite, one single bread crumb, could make you ill for days at a time. Some staff. A simple crouton can make...
Shorstein Asks for Special Prosecutor in Tourist Slaying
Byline: Rich Tucker and Paul Pinkham , Times-Union staff writers State Attorney Harry Shorstein has asked the governor to assign a special prosecutor to take over the case against two men accused of slaying a Georgia tourist outside a Jacksonville...
Shorstein Looks at Bus Woes Quick Decision Hinted on Any Possible Action
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer State Attorney Harry Shorstein is conducting a criminal investigation into the bus problems that have plagued the Duval County school system since classes began last week. Shorstein declined to...
Small-Business Benefits outside Companies Help out on Human Resource Paperwork
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer The small-business owner is generally accepted as the one-man band of the business world. She can hum a marketing pitch, strum the investors' checkbooks and stamp out a new product all at once....
Small Town Ready to Grow Alachua's the Next Boom Town, but Not Everyone Wants That
Byline: Thomas B. Pfankuch, Times-Union staff writer ALACHUA -- Seventy-six-year-old cattle rancher Belle Jeffords has been adapting to change all her life, and her favorite saying is, "If you can't whip 'em, join 'em." Jeffords uses that refrain...
State Moves to Resolve Computer Rift Mastroianni, City to Submit Data
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer The state has put $1.4 million out of reach of the Duval County property appraiser until he can resolve a dispute with Jacksonville City Hall over a new computer system. In a letter yesterday, the...
Will Jackets Be This Year's Sooners? Surprise Title Run Begins and Ends with Secondary
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer ATLANTA -- College football reporters huddled on ESPN Radio last week to talk about the upcoming season. The list of probable national champions was expected: Florida, Miami, Oklahoma and Oregon State....
Write-In Candidates Consider Quitting District 6 Senate Race
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer The spectre of a costly general election in state Senate District 6 began to fade yesterday, when both write-in candidates said they probably would withdraw from the race within the next few days....