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Articles from November 9, 2003

25 YEARS -- AND STILL DANCING; One Young Couple's Dream Turns into the Long-Running, Well-Respected Florida Ballet
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union Call them moments you never forget. There was that one time in 1984, performing Night Dances, a romantic ballet set to a Shubert score, at a venue near Lake City. The enthusiastic but not ballet-savvy...
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Adult Kids Recall Dads' Deployment
Byline: GREGORY PIATT, The Times-Union They were children when dad went to war. Whether it was World War I, World War II, Korea or Vietnam, these children had to deal with the long periods without a parent or guardian, worrying whether they would...
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AREA NOTEBOOK; Rules Changes Are Sport's Most Extensive in 20 Years
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union The United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club announced more than 40 changes or modifications to the Rules of Golf last week. However, most have to do with wording or clarification...
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Bartram Goes from 0-3 to Postseason; Nine Schools from Northeast Florida Begin Class 3A Battle Friday
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union After his team opened the season with three consecutive losses, the last place Darrell Sutherland expected to be this Friday was on a sideline. But when the state playoffs open with regional quarterfinal...
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Bookmarks
OF LOCAL INTEREST WRITERS' PANEL: Local writers Dottie Fletcher, Don Fox and Frank Green will be joined by Frank Gromling of Ocean Publishing for a panel discussion on getting your writing published, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Schultz Center, 4019...
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Camden County Hits the Beach; after 36-0 Win, Wildcats Prepare for Showdown with Wayne County
Byline: MIKE MORRISON, Times-Union correspondent A lot will be on the line Friday when top-ranked Camden County travels to Jesup to meet sub-region rival Wayne County in the regular-season finale. Jeff Herron's Wildcats will enter the game at...
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CITY NOTES; Judges Offer Council Tour of Courthouse Prior to Vote Informal Poll Shows Most City Council Members Remain Undecided on Plan
Byline: MATT GALNOR and MARY KELLI PALKA, The Times-Union As the 19 members of the Jacksonville City Council weigh the merits of an additional $21 million for a new Duval County Courthouse, they'll have the chance to take a field trip of sorts to...
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP; Johnson Leads 'Noles to Exhibition Victory
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State basketball coach Leonard Hamilton saw a fair amount of sloppy play in his team's opening exhibition game Saturday night, but said the good outweighed the bad. Anthony Richardson scored 19 points and Nate Johnson added...
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Cummer Gives Students New Way to 'See'; Public Can See Works by the Visually Impaired during the Museum's Open House
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union It all started with a blind nun who had a vision. Sister Elizabeth Fiorite wanted to make women like herself -- those who are older and visually impaired -- more visible. So five years ago, she started...
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Episcopal Pair, BK Win State
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union TAMPA -- Episcopal became only the fifth school to produce both the girls and boys individual cross country winners in the same year when Robyn DeBenedet and Tim McLeod won the Class A State Cross Country Meet...
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FIRST PERSON; Surveillance to Your Benefit
Military surveillance is difficult, said Douglas "Bernie" Bernreuter: Finding leaky roofs, at least in comparison, is easy. Using skills he developed in the Army, Bernreuter is co-owner, with his brother Chuck, of International Imaging Technologies,...
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Gameday
******************CORRECTION November 13, 2003 The St. Louis Rams are not the first U.S. pro sports team to offer pre-paid concession cards for fans to buy food, drinks and merchandise; the Jaguars have done so in previous seasons. Because of an...
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Game Report
WHAT WENT RIGHT Shutout averted: K Xavier Beitia preserved FSU's streak of consecutive games without being shut out to 195 games with a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter. WHAT WENT WRONG No running game: The Seminoles managed just 15...
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Gators Gobble Up Four Interceptions
Byline: DAVID FOX, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- The stat sheet will mark down nickelback Cory Bailey with an interception, but the Florida coaching staff will give the credit to safety Guss Scott. Although Bailey picked off the pass, Scott's...
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GRIEF'S JOURNEY; A Daughter Killed. A Son Convicted. How Two Mothers, through Faith and Time, Are Finding Their Way toward Healing
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM, The Times-Union The two mothers held each other and wept. "Baby steps. Just take baby steps," Sheila Clifton whispered in Missy Phillips' ear. Neighbors separated by a thin city street and a chasm of grief, they'd avoided...
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Gun-Shy No More; Women Learn Skills at Area Shooting Clinic
Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union Some of the women had never fired a gun before. Some owned a gun but were uncomfortable using it. Some knew about guns but wanted to know more. A record number of them -- 131 -- registered for last Saturday's...
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Harris Is Youngest to 300; Seventh-Grader Stays Cool to Roll Perfect Game, Then Does It Again
Byline: LEONARD RUBLE, Times-Union correspondent At age 13, Trevor Harris has carved his name into the Jacksonville bowling record books. Harris, a 7th-grader at Trinity Christian Academy, last month became the youngest to roll a perfect game...
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How They Match Up
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, The Times-Union JAGUARS SPOLIGHT OT MIKE PEARSON VS. DE DWIGHT FREENEY Considering the damage Freeney inflicted on rookie Miami tackle Wade Smith last week (three sacks, two forced fumbles), the Jaguars are sure to give...
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Improving Jaguars Have Bite, Dungy Says; Indianapolis Coach Says Jacksonville on Verge of Turning Things Around
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union The Indianapolis Colts bring their Florida Victory Tour to Alltel Stadium today. The 7-1 Colts, who've already won at Tampa Bay and Miami in their last four games, attempt the Florida Triple when they take...
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Inside Alaska's Inside Passage; Skip the Short Flight and See What the Other Cruisers Miss
Byline: Judy Wells, The Times-Union KETCHIKAN, Alaska -- You can fly between Juneau and Ketchikan in 30 minutes, but oh, the sights and sounds you miss. The soul-deep crack of glaciers calving followed by the sizzling effervescence of formerly...
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JACKSONVILLE'S BEEN A DREAM WEAVER FOR JAGUARS' FIRST LADY; Jaguars Owner Passionate about Football, Philanthropy
Byline: Charlie Patton, The Times-Union For the fans in the far reaches of Alltel Stadium's upper deck, Delores Barr Weaver has a message: She has been there, she feels your pain. "We know what it's like to sit up in the nosebleed section," she...
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Leaders Consider Atlanta Casinos; Most Politicians Are Wary of the Proposal, but Others Say It's the Answer to Georgia's Budget Crisis
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts says he is willing to bet Georgia's economic future on a proposal to bring Las Vegas-like casino gambling to the state. It's an idea that Pitts has floated...
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List Restricts Students' Book Options; Policy That Allows Challenges to Any Work Gives Parents a Voice in Their Child's Education
Byline: Laura Diamond, The Times-Union It isn't that Duval County middle school students can't read The Autobiography of Malcolm X. They just can't take out the book from the school library or read it in class without a signed permission slip. ...
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Man Charged in Dismemberment; Tipster, Shovel Decal Lead Police to Suspect
Byline: TIA MITCHELL, The Times-Union Work by police crime-scene technicians and a tipster's crucial information are being credited with cracking the case of a Jacksonville woman whose dismembered body was found on the Westside. Pamela Renee...
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Man with Alzheimer's Safe after Being Missing a Week
Byline: TIA MITCHELL, The Times-Union Jean Wanta had never met Alfred Feinglass or known anyone in his family. But when she heard about the 78-year-old Jacksonville man who had been missing for a week, she decided to join an organized search...
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Marine Corps Celebrates Birthday
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union Golf is a game of quiet honor unless, of course, one plays in the annual Marine Corps League Charity Golf Tournament. The honor is still there but the quiet lands in a water hazard. There I was on the tee...
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Mayor Seeks Changes on City Panel; Adding Members to Board That Deals with City Workers Would Cut Down Backlog, Peyton Says
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA, The Times-Union One missing person from a Jacksonville Civil Service Board meeting isn't much of a problem. But two missing people can bring everything to a screeching halt. That's because as things stand now, the board...
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Middleburg Wins Battle; Bradley Leads Way as Broncos Get the Better of Menendez for Region Title
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union Like two prizefighters, Menendez and host Middleburg battled each other back and forth for the Region 2-4A championship and a trip to the state semifinals before host Middleburg finally KO'd Menendez in four...
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More Interesting Times Are Ahead for the Landing
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist With all of the happy talk about The Jacksonville Landing, ever since developer Toney Sleiman bought the place and promised a revival, one can't help but be reminded of past attempts at turning...
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Much Ado about Books Schedule
David Halberstam, Rick Bragg and E.L. Konigsburg head a roster of 40 writers scheduled to appear during Much Ado About Books, the annual library fund-raiser. Halberstam, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author whose books have...
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Much Ado about Much Ado's New Leader; after a Battle between Organizers, Paula Buss Took over an Event She Hopes Will Have Appeal for Everyone
Byline: Charlie Patton, The Times-Union From its inception in 1990, the library fund-raiser now known as Much Ado About Books has gone through many changes. It's had two names, numerous formats and, before last year's event, a squabble among...
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News Can Be about Many Things but Must Be Interesting
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate What is news? News is anything that threatens our lives. It's a hurricane bearing down on the coast. It's a series of armed robberies in our neighborhood. It's a contagious virus on the rampage....
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NOTEBOOK; Dolphin, Wahoo Rules Up for Debate
Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union The National Marine Fisheries Service is soliciting public comments until Tuesday, Nov. 25 on the agency's long-awaited proposed rules for dolphin and wahoo in the South Atlantic. The rules would establish...
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NOTEBOOK; Suspension Sidelines UF's Mitchell
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union Long snapper Casey Griffith wasn't the only Florida player suspended for Saturday's game. Defensive tackle Mo Mitchell also was suspended for violating a team rule on Friday night. "Mo broke some team...
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NOTEBOOK; with Loss, Bowden 3-1 on Birthday
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union CLEMSON, S.C. -- Last night's game marked the fourth time Florida State has played on Bobby Bowden's birthday. College football's winningest coach was 3-0 on previous birthday games with wins against Virginia...
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Number of 'Coughlin Guys' on Jags' Roster Dwindling
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer Jason Craft can't help that former Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin made him a fifth-round draft pick four years ago. Nor did the veteran cornerback have much say last year when Coughlin anointed him...
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QUESTION & ANSWER with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem; 'Great Year' for Golf Fans, Finchem Says
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who will mark his 10th year in the position June 1, 2004, recently spoke with Times-Union golf writer Garry Smits about the past year. The 2003 PGA Tour season...
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Rail Corridor's Neighbors Wary of Commuter Line; Residents Fear a Second Line in Their Back Yards Would Add to Their Current Inconveniences
Byline: DAVE WILLIAMS, The Times-Union DECATUR -- Paul and Ruth Kratsch didn't mind the train tracks behind the new house they bought in 1962. The builder promised no more than three or four trains a day would come through. On the plus side,...
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Rating the Teams
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union staff TEAM***REC.***COMMENT 1******Kansas City*********8-0*********Coming off bye to host Cleveland. 2******Tennessee*********6-2*********Coming off bye to host Miami. 3***Indianapolis*********7-1*********Bring...
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REGIONAL ROUNDUP; B-CC Tops Hampton
Quarterback Allen Suber's 1-yard touchdown run with 2:31 remaining lifted Bethune-Cookman to a 30-27 win over Hampton Saturday at Daytona Beach. Suber's score came on a fourth-and-goal run around right end and helped send Hampton (6-3, 5-1 Mid-Eastern...
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REGIONAL ROUNDUP; Eagles Stop Furman
Sean Holland kicked five field goals to tie a school record as host Georgia Southern defeated Furman 29-24 on Saturday. Holland, who missed one field goal attempt, was successful on kicks of 37, 20, 38, 31 and 25 yards to equal Reed Haley's mark...
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RELIGION; Bigotry on the Rise
One critic may have had a point when, in the aftermath of the ABC special suggesting Jesus had a wife and child, he said, "It seems anti-Christian bigotry is the only acceptable form of bigotry left in America." Students across the nation routinely...
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ROUNDUP; Clinch Clinches Region Title, Blanks Pelham
The Clinch County Panthers won their second consecutive Region 1-A championship with a clean sweep of region foes, blanking Pelham on the road Friday 39-0. The shutout gave Class A's third-ranked Panthers (8-1-1) a perfect 4-0 record in region...
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Shake-Up Won't Hurt Hunters, Agency Vows
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor After receiving an outpouring of critical e-mails, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reassuring hunters that the agency's restructuring proposal won't diminish the status of...
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Son Finally Shines; Younger Bowden Beats Dad
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden blew out the candles on his father Bobby Bowden's birthday cake and his Tigers extinguished Florida State's national championship aspirations with a thoroughly dominant...
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Stewart Pep Talk Helped Kenseth; Winston Cup Points Leader Can Clinch Title in Today's Race at Rockingham
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- When Matt Kenseth went into a two-race slide a little more than a month ago, Tony Stewart wasn't concerned about the crash and blown engine that caused Kenseth to give back 177 points of what...
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Students Stimulated by Science; Middle and High Schools Feature Exhibits, Projects at Museum of Science and History
Byline: GREGORY PIATT, The Times-Union Science was cool Saturday at Explorathon 2003, which featured chemistry projects and demonstrations by hundreds of Northeast Florida middle and high school students. About 550 people attended the Explorathon...
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Tag-Team Effort Pins Vandy; Fason's 2 Scores, Ratliff's Interception Return for TD Keep UF Alive in SEC East
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- Keiwan Ratliff intercepted his school-record eighth pass of the season, returned it for a touchdown, and sealed Florida's 35-17 victory against Vanderbilt at Florida Field on Saturday. When...
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That Trick-or-Treating Pirate Really Was Star John Travolta
Byline: Judy Wells, The Times-Union You know that pirate trick-or-treating with his wife and two kids at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club, the one who looked like John Travolta? It was. The actor, his wife, Kelly Preston, and their two...
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The Dirt on Spurrier, Snyder
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer Forget ESPN, or even the new NFL Network. If you want to get the down and dirty gossip on the NFL, the place to go is -- believe it or not -- Cindy Adams' gossip column in the New York Post. ...
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TIMELINE; A Little Girl's Murder Shocked a City
Nov. 3, 1998 Eight-year-old Maddie Clifton disappears from her Fleetwood Road home after going outside to play, touching off a massive search by police and citizens in the Southside neighborhood. The search goes on for a week. Nov. 10, 1998 ...
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Toddler Hit; Car Stopped from Leaving
Byline: Tia Mitchell, The Times-Union A concerned citizen kept a man whose car had hit a 2-year-old from driving away from the scene of the accident Saturday, said Ken Jefferson, spokesman for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The toddler, who...
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UF Not Ready to Put Together Dominant Day
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- With the possible exception of interception artist Keiwan Ratliff, the Florida Gators have become a personification of the coach leading them -- workmanlike, persistent, grinding. ...
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U.S. Hoops Team Grouped with Lithuania for Olympics Next Year
The defending champion United States was grouped Saturday with European champ Lithuania for next year's men's basketball tournament at the Athens Olympics. The two countries are joined in Group B with Angola, Australia, Greece and Puerto Rico. Serbia-Montenegro,...
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Violations
FLAGLER COUNTY Officer Clint High received information in reference to a bear confrontation in Flagler County on Circle H Hunt Club. Officer High met with the subject who had encountered two bear cubs and a female black bear while archery hunting...
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Week 10 Capsules
SPOTLIGHT: DOLPHINS AT TITANS 1 p.m.; The Coliseum Line: Titans by 5. Last meeting: Dolphins won 31-23 in 2001. The skinny: Dolphins have allowed fewest points (110) in NFL and have given up fewer than 20 in six of last seven games. Dolphins...
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Yoda the Pig Spills Beans about Kissing
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union columnist What about the pig? We've heard all about the candidates lined up in the "Kiss the Pig for Literacy" contest, how they have been running around town raising money, how the "winner" will have to kiss a...
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Youngblood Stings 'Noles; Former Raines Standout Makes Big First-Half Catches, Draws Key Penalty
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL, Times-Union correspondent CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson receiver Kevin Youngblood was a target of Charlie Whitehurst's affection and Darnell Dockett's frustration, and both factors helped the host Tigers stun No. 3 Florida State...
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Your Smile Says It All; Cosmetic Dental Procedures Can Help You Close the Deal
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS, The Times-Union Michael Sievert was in his late 20s when he first got his teeth whitened. They weren't that bad -- probably right in the middle of the color chart, he figured -- but a few years of drinking coffee had...
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