The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 5, 2005

5 Groups, 5 Bids, 1 Downtown Library; Local Companies Discuss Proposals for 40-Year-Old Building
Byline: RYAN GEDDES Five local groups have officially bid on the Haydon Burns Library, and their plans for the property are as different as their offering prices. The Department of Procurement recorded the bidders Wednesday afternoon at City...
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Appeals Court Rules for CSXT in Hazmat Ban; Jacksonville-Based Firm Will Continue Shipping Materials through Washington, D.C
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS CSX Transportation will be allowed to continue shipping hazardous materials through the District of Columbia after the U.S. Court of Appeals decided that federal law doesn't allow the city to ban such shipments. The...
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Centenary Basketball Player Found Dead
Chad Maclies, the leading scorer and rebounder on the Centenary basketball team this season, was found dead in his dormitory room. Authorities said the 22-year-old Maclies was apparently talking with his girlfriend over his computer Tuesday, when...
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Chamber Seeks More Retail Specifics; Studies of Corridor in Northwest Jacksonville Will Be Used to Educate Developers, Businesses
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN A year after a study found that Northwest Jacksonville has more retail buying power than expected, officials said Wednesday two more studies will be completed this year to get specific information for recruiting retailers...
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Clay Commissioner Answers Questions at City's FBI Office; Others Were Interviewed about Possible Corruption at Locations in Clay
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER State and federal investigators questioned Clay County Commissioner Christy Fitzgerald at the FBI office in Jacksonville Tuesday as part of an ongoing probe into possible corruption in county government. Fitzgerald declined...
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Closing Arguments Heard in Augusta Health Care Fraud Case; Five Defendants Deny Wrongdoing in Mental Health Care Center Fiasco
Byline: SANDY HODSON AUGUSTA -- Trusting former state Rep. Robin Williams could get you in trouble, two of his co-defendants testified Tuesday. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp denied that he once said he should take Williams out in the...
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COPS Grants Ending, but Jobs Staying beyond Program in Many Local Cases; the Community Policing Initiative Was Created under Clinton
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY As a controversial federal grant program aimed at putting more cops on the streets ends, some Northeast Florida sheriff's offices say they will continue to finance jobs it created with a goal of stopping crime before it starts....
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Crafty Burglars Target 3 Businesses in 3 Days; Perpetrators Made Precise Attacks on Safes, Then Vanished before Detection
Byline: DANA TREEN For the third time in as many days, cunning burglars have used methods that seem straight out of Ocean's Eleven or an episode of MacGyver in precise heists in Jacksonville and Neptune Beach that were undetected until the perpetrators...
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DEP Official's Personnel File Listed Donations
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON Alongside work history and personal information, Florida's Department of Environmental Protection kept records of political campaign donations in a middle manager's personnel file. An agency spokeswoman said Tuesday department...
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Don't Get Your Hopes Up about Seeing Ivory-Billed; If It's in Georgia, It's Probably a Pileated Woodpecker
Byline: MARY LANDERS With last week's announcement that the ivory-billed woodpecker is not extinct after all, woodpecker awareness is way up. So Clay George knew it was only a matter of time before he got a woodpecker call after the publicity...
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EDUCATION; Restoring Academics
Raines and Ribault high schools need an academic boost. The Duval County School Board took the right road at its Tuesday meeting by adding programs of academic excellence to two schools now suffering with F grades based on their FCAT scores. ...
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FDLE Wants to Cast a Wider Net; Privacy Advocates Concerned, but Police Laud System's Ability to Consolidate Data
Byline: MATT GALNOR The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is asking companies if they can expand a data-sharing network for police, one that would include financial and insurance information even for those who have never been accused of a crime....
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From Big Hits to Working the Pits; Crews Are Getting More Muscle, like Ex-NFL Player Daunte Finger
Byline: DON COBLE DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Daunte Finger's National Football League career lasted only two years, but he wasn't ready to walk away from the roar of the crowd. He missed being part of a team. He was starved for the pressure that separates...
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Glynn Zoning Problems Move Inland; Residents Cite St. Simons Island Development in Opposing Planned Subdivision
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK -- There was a time when the only zoning problems in Glynn County were those on St. Simons Island. Residents of the resort barrier island typically complained that new developments threatened their lifestyles,...
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Items Worth $70,000 Missing from FCCJ
Almost $70,000 worth of items could not be found during an audit of materials at Florida Community College at Jacksonville campuses, according to police. Included in the lost or stolen goods are an ice machine, a softball-throwing machine and numerous...
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It's Time for Delaney to Let the Shipyards Go, Move On
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Former Mayor John Delaney was angry and frustrated, as he often is when he's trying to convince people that his version of what went wrong with TriLegacy and The Shipyards project is correct. This time he was reacting...
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Jacksonville Journal
POSTAL CARRIERS COLLECT FOOD NEXT WEEKEND Northeast Florida residents can leave non-perishable food donations by their mailboxes Saturday, May 14, for collection as part of a nationwide food drive. Since 1991, the Letter Carriers Food Drive has...
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JEDC Ready to Implement Changes
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis Mayor John Peyton and the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission can take some comfort in the harsh Duval County grand jury report that blames the city for the failed Shipyards project. The grand jury found that...
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Morning Briefs
FLORIDA ROCK NAMES DELANEY, FOLEY TO BOARD John Delaney and William Foley were elected to Florida Rock Industries board of directors Wednesday, the company announced in a press release. Delaney is the president of the University of North Florida...
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NASCAR NOTEBOOK; Racing Families Not for Everyone
Byline: DON COBLE DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Ann Schrader has watched her husband, Ken, travel around the country to race. One night he's at a small dirt track, the next at a massive Nextel Cup Series track. His job has earned the family more than $26...
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Open Late for Dinner; Just How Hungry Is Jacksonville for a Classy Meal after 10 P.M.?
Byline: DAN MACDONALD When Jeffrey Forrest and Erika Ware opened Crush a year ago, they dreamed their restaurant would cater to young professionals who think nothing of eating a sit-down bistro dinner at midnight on a Friday or Saturday. Forrest...
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Police Called Twice to Mandarin High; Student Accused of Hitting Teacher, Telling Police They Would Have to Kill Him
A Mandarin High School student Wednesday started yelling profanities, struck a teacher and then ran outside, where he stripped naked and told police they would have to kill him, authorities said. It was the second time this week Jacksonville police...
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Police Say Officers Responded Properly before Fatal Stabbing; Deputies Served Ex-Husband with Restraining Order and Watched Him Leave House
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office review of the police response to a domestic violence dispute at the home of a teacher who was killed less than two hours after officers left the residence Sunday showed police did everything...
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Region Softball Capsules
Byline: Jason Schneider All games 7 p.m. unless noted REGION 1-6A DELTONA AT ORANGE PARK Outlook: The Raiders were bounced in the first round last year, but expect the state's No. 1-ranked 6A team to go further this year. REGION 1-5A...
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SHIPYARDS; A Silver Lining
The best news about a scathing grand jury report on an ill-fated city downtown waterfront development is that taxpayers are less likely to get torched again on future deals. The state grand jury's probe into failed plans by the city and TriLegacy...
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Shrimpers Air Concerns, Offer Solutions to State; Trawler Operators, Cast Netters Have Own Issues
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- Trawler and cast net shrimpers sat down together Tuesday night to share ideas and work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to improve as well as preserve the state's vital fishery. "We like...
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SOGGY MEMORIES; Sandalwood's Yearbooks Soaked Seniors Make Do with Blank Pages. Replacements to Arrive after Graduation
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS Students at Sandalwood High have been awash with disappointment lately. That tractor-trailer that went over the side of the Intracoastal Waterway bridge last week had about 700 of their high school yearbooks in the back of...
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Sports Extra
Byline: Al Gaspeny 2CENTS Goodbye and good luck. That's all to say to Kwame Brown. The bills came due, and Brown was suspended for the season by the Washington Wizards. The 6-foot-11 forward-center from Brunswick, Ga., Glynn Academy, drafted...
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TOUR NOTEBOOK; Lickliter Salutes Military by Donating Winnings
Byline: GARRY SMITS Frank Lickliter has been a enthusiastic supporter of the U.S. military. Now, the Ponte Vedra Beach resident and two-time PGA Tour winner is backing it with financial support from his own on-course earnings. At five tournaments...
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Utility Wants PSC to Revisit Rate Freeze Ruling; Commission Allows Atlanta Gas Light Time to Remake Its Case
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- Atlanta Gas Light wants a do-over in its request to raise customers' bills. The company, which distributes natural gas across the state, says it intends to ask the Georgia Public Service Commission to reconsider...
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Vines Announces Members of Committee to Find Successor
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Out there somewhere is the man who will follow in the footsteps of the Rev. Jerry Vines as pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. Finding him is now the responsibility of eight members of the 28,000-member downtown...
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Watering to Be Cut to Twice a Week; New Restrictions Begin This Winter, Aimed at Growth Management, Not Drought
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON The St. Johns Water Management District is getting the word out early about new restrictions limiting most residential and commercial lawn watering to no more than twice a week and not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Although...
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Wine Tastings
Tasting events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the next week. Tasting prices vary. To list a tasting or a wine dinner, call (904) 359-4325 or e-mail dan.macdonald@jacksonville.com TODAY BUZZY'S CAFE: 2574 County Road 220, Doctors...
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Wolfson, Parker Earn State Berths
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD All season, baseball coaches in District 2-5A have remarked on the importance of earning one of two byes for this week's district tournament, which opened a state playoff window for two schools and closed it for four others....
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