The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 5, 1997

2-Minute Drill
EARNHARDT CLEARED A "migraine-like event" probably caused Dale Earnhardt to fall asleep at the wheel of his race car last weekend, a doctor who performed tests on the driver said yesterday. Charles Branch of the neurosurgery department...
A Long Way from Home Florida's Carroll Often Considered Suicide as a Teen
GAINESVILLE -- All he wanted was somewhere to rest, where his mind and body could ease into neutral without worrying about the nonstop hell racing around him. Even the sanctity of a church wasn't enough. Outside was the brutally real world...
And What's Your New Name for Riderless Train?
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. No so fast, Willie. City Councilman Eric Smith is suggesting that changing the name of the debacle officially known as the Automated Skyway Express --...
Barnett Puts Construction Plans on Hold
Barnett Banks Inc. has halted construction at its two Southside business parks pending a meeting Monday to decide how the projects will be affected by its upcoming merger. Despite early statements by Mayor John Delaney that Barnett would...
Beaches Fine Arts Series Starting 25th Season
Art is a great equalizer. At least it is when it's free, as it has been for the last quarter of a century at the Beaches Fine Arts Series. "When the door opens, you don't know who you're sitting next to, the millionaire from Ponte Vedra...
Disabled Kids Program Jabbed
ATLANTA -- More than a quarter century after Georgia established a system to help teachers who work with disabled children, a state report is raising questions about whether independent Learning Resource centers have outlived their usefulness....
Fans Grumble over Swap Braves-Indians Deal Leaves Lots of Unhappy Fans
CLEVELAND -- Here comes another pitch, high and outside. Marquis Grissom takes a mighty cut and misses. Strike three. The Cleveland Indians fans groan. Oh, what they would do to have Kenny Lofton back. Hundreds of miles away in Atlanta,...
Fargo Robbery Suspect Identified by Witnesses
BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- His name is Philip Johnson and he stole more than $15 million from Loomis Fargo armored car company, witnesses told a Texas judge yesterday. Still, it might be six weeks before Johnson returns to Jacksonville, Fla.,...
Glanville on the Bandwagon
Over the summer, Fox NFL analyst Jerry Glanville predicted on ESPN that the Jacksonville Jaguars would win the Super Bowl this season. After Mark Brunell's knee injury, he revised that opinion. After watching the Jags beat Baltimore last...
Group Gets Posh Home on Beach Gift Will Be Used to House Six Boys
Anthony walked into the sprawling Ponte Vedra Beach oceanfront house yesterday, a look of awe on the 16-year-old's face as he saw what could be his new home. Tom and Glory Sullivan had just donated the 3,500-square-foot luxury home to Daniel...
Instant Impact Giants Coaches Can't Stop Gushing about Hilliard
The sound bites tell this story. Here's New York Giants coach Jim Fassel, during preseason, when asked if Ike Hilliard could start this season: "I don't think you need to be a trained coach or an expert sports writer to see that. I mean,...
Jacksonville Voted in '67 but Factors, Outcome Different
TALLAHASSEE -- A corrupt and inefficient government, an inadequate tax base and an increasingly poor core city surrounded by wealthy suburbs: Jacksonville in the 1960s and Miami today. Thirty years ago, Jacksonville voted to throw out its...
Jags' Line Must Open Some Holes
Leon Searcy says there's some bad blood. Ben Coleman says tempers may be flaring. Dave Widell says it has gotten personal. This could be a good sign for the Jaguars. Now that the offensive linemen have gotten their dander up, maybe Sunday...
Jaguars Practice Report
SAY, `ROOK' The Giants, who often get no help from rookies, have changed their approach drastically under first-year coach Jim Fassel. Fassel kept 11 rookies and one first-year player, which is a big reason the Giants have the youngest...
Law & Disorder
2-YEAR-OLD DROWNS IN WESTSIDE CREEK A 2-year-old Westside boy drowned yesterday in a creek that runs behind an apartment complex teeming with young children. Tushay Byers was playing with several young friends on the shores of the Fishing...
Librarian Bad Worker, Says Chief
The head of Jacksonville's public library system accused embattled librarian Pat Doyle of exploiting a confrontation with a white-rights group to hide the fact that she is a bad employee. Ken Sivulich, who took over as library director...
Lost-Check Debits Irk Wal-Mart Customers
Wal-Mart couldn't wait for investigators to find the 15,000 checks stolen in the Loomis-Fargo heist in Jacksonville in March. Months after the robbery, the giant retailer arranged a little unauthorized transaction of its own. Using bank...
Memories of St. Michael's A Catholic Church's Plans to Renovate Historic School in Fernandina Beach Has Former Students Reminiscing
FERNANDINA BEACH -- The 115-year-old St. Michael's Academy, with its imposing red brick walls, boxy classrooms with 12-foot ceilings, tall windows, worn wooden floors and 19th century architecture, sits in silent stillness. But memories linger...
Money Watch
INTERNET CALLS For now, the government should not regulate telephone calls over the Internet despite pleas from some small long-distance companies, the Clinton administration's top telecommunications adviser said yesterday. "Washington...
New Cross-Country Era Begins at Bishop Kenny
A new chapter in the Bishop Kenny cross-country program begins tomorrow when 18 teams compete in the Health South/Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute Cross-Country Invitational at Bishop Kenny. Tony Ryan will be coaching at the meet, but for...
Nothing Can Beat College Football
After all these years, some things in life never get old. Clemson players touching the Rock. Ralphie the Buffalo. Florida fans singing We Are The Boys after the third quarter. Texas A&M's 12th man. Chief Osceola planting a flaming...
Rice: Barnett Cuts Undecided CEO Says Talk about Job Losses Is Premature
Barnett Banks Inc. Chairman and CEO Charles E. Rice said yesterday public assumptions about the severity of cuts in Jacksonville as a result of NationsBank Corp. buying Barnett are premature. "You are getting words of wisdom from people...
Roping & Riding Arenas around Town Bring out Urban Cowboys
********** CORRECTION (9/6/97) Because of information from riding club members, the location of a riding arena in a report on page D-5 yesterday was incorrect. The Burnett Park site was sold by the Southside Saddle Club, which...
Secretary of Navy at Kings Bay Trident Commissioning Expected to Draw 4,000
Navy Secretary John Dalton will be among those on hand tomorrow at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Ga., to witness the commissioning of the service's last nuclear-missile submarine. In front of an invited crowd of 4,000, the Navy will breathe...
Showers Are Hurting Late Models
Evening thunderstorms once again spoiled a night of racing at Jax Raceways. It was the second week in a row that scheduled events were canceled, and it has Late Model competitors concerned about regional points in the battle that comes...
Slide Guitar Whiz Releases Debut CD at Tender Age of 18
If you've been around the Florida blues-rock scene, you're undoubtedly familiar with the name Derek Trucks. You know the vitals: Jacksonville native, nephew of the Allman Brothers band's Butch Trucks; teenaged slide guitar whiz who's been...
Sounding out Amphitheater
Amphitheater opponents want experts. They're getting experts. In addition to a financial feasibility study, the Delaney administration has hired a sound expert and an architect with expertise in environmental acoustics to conduct preliminary...
Spotlight on High School Football
LEE AT WHITE WHERE/WHEN: Commander Stadium, 7:30 p.m. KEY PLAYERS: Lee -- QB Teddy Ingram (6-0, 175, Sr.), WT/DT Isaac Figuroa (6-3, 265, Sr.), RB/DB Rickey Dorsey (6-2, 185, Sr.); LB Steven Shields (5-9, 195, Sr.). White -- WR/DB Dexter...
Student Loans Are Forgiven in Some Cases
Dear Call Box: As a single parent with two children still at home, I was in no financial shape to assist my third and oldest child with her education. She was successful, however, in getting student loans. This past spring, she received...
Teachers May Get Pay Hike
Clay County teachers might be seeing some hefty increases in their paychecks soon, despite losing millions in state funds because student enrollment is lower than projected. If a settlement reached Wednesday is ratified by the teachers ...
The Commission's Ideas
COMMITTEE ON CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY MEMBERS Terrie Brady, co-chair Don Brewer, co-chair Ira Allen Felice Franklin M.C. Harden Bruce Johnson Fred Schultz Terri Stahlman, principal resource Peggy Williams,...
Tiny Thomasville Plenty Dangerous
Thomasville High School's average daily attendance is of no concern to Lowndes football coach Milt Miller. Miller's Vikings are in Class AAAA and Thomasville is now a Class AA squad, which would lead most football followers that the Vikings...
Vocational Education Push Urged Include Every Child, School Panel Suggests
Ira Allen knows what vocational education means to many people: high school shop classes for the academically aimless, the bored drifters with no hope of college. Forget those stereotypes, says Allen, owner of Allen Motors. Think highly...