The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 24, 2005

Another Official in Clay under Scrutiny; Investigations Include Allegations of Work Done on Commissioner Fitzgerald's Home, Use of Cell Phone
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Clay County Commissioner Christy Fitzgerald is being investigated over allegations that county employees improperly worked on her home, and hundreds of phone calls involving her and the employees' supervisor on his county...
Atlantic Beach Man Dies after Shots Fired into House
An Atlantic Beach man died Monday after someone fired shots into his house, police said. The wife of 40-year-old Khaliq Al'Shadazz found him inside their home at 1550 Francis Ave. when she returned from her job shortly before 5 a.m., according to...
BAPTIST TO CONSOLIDATE CARDIOVASCULAR SERVICES; $90 Million Heart Hospital Downtown Will Offer Procedures Such as Bypass Surgeries and Angioplasties
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA The competition's heartbeat could thump a bit faster when Baptist Health unveils a $90 million Heart Hospital at its downtown campus in August. Baptist is consolidating the cardiovascular services at its downtown hospital...
Bowden Recruiting Elusive Ace; Seminoles Coach Enjoys Round of Golf in Orange Park
Byline: FRANCINE KING Bobby Bowden is the all-time winningest football coach in Division I-A history. He's won 19 bowl games, 11 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and two national championships. But there's one accomplishment the Florida...
CELL PHONES; Wrong Signal for Council
Everybody wants the latest gadgets and technology. But this is the wrong time for City Council members to ring up higher cell phone bills. Currently, council members can get a city-issued cell phone. Nine of 19 choose to so. Cell phone equipment...
Duval Data Glitches Hamper Criminal Background Checks
Byline: DANA TREEN Those who use a Florida law enforcement Web site for criminal background checks involving Jacksonville cases won't find some vital information because the state hasn't been accepting data sent by the Duval County Clerk of Courts...
Eagle's View Reaches Final; Calcote, Morales Hold off Lake Worth Trinity Christian
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD SARASOTA -- Eagle's View Academy rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit for a 6-4 victory over Lake Worth Trinity Christian Monday in a Class A state baseball semifinal at Ed Smith Stadium. Eagle's View will play in the...
Ex-Fraud Official's Trial Begins; the Man Arthur Picklo Is Accused of Shooting Is Expected to Testify Today
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Jacksonville house-framer Guadalupe Frausto thought he was going to jail when a motorist pulled up next to him in a silver Blazer and flashed a badge. Frausto recognized the man as a builder named Tony Tozzi. But the man...
Fraud Trial Ends with Jury Deadlock; Duval Man's Real Estate Deals Came under Fire
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON The fraud trial of a Jacksonville man who ran a multimillion-dollar real estate investment program ended Monday with a deadlocked jury. U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. declared a mistrial during the third day of...
Gators Eliminated in NCAA Men's Tennis
Baylor won its 57th consecutive match Monday night, beating Florida 4-1 and advancing to the final of the NCAA men's tennis championships in College Station, Texas. The defending champion Bears will face UCLA in the final for the second year in...
Gators Look to Get Hot at Right Time; Top-Seeded Florida Plays Arkansas on Wednesday in Its SEC Tourney Opener
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Coach after coach said the same thing when asked by teleconference what it would take to win the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament this week in Hoover, Ala. Get hot, whether it's offensively or on the mound,...
Goodbye with Salute and Bugle; Brunswick Buries One of Its Own, a National Guardsman Who Died Preparing for Other Soldiers' Arrival in Kuwait
Byline: TERRY DICKSON SCREVEN -- Sgt. Charles Crum "Chuck" Gillican III, a National Guardsman who died in Kuwait, was remembered Monday as a dedicated soldier who loved his country and his family. Officials of the Georgia National Guard filled...
Gunman Gives Up in Ware Standoff; Waycross Police Negotiators Convince Man to Lay Down Weapon after Two Hours
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Waycross police negotiators persuaded an armed Ware County man to surrender peacefully Saturday following about a two-hour standoff with city, county and state law enforcement officers. William John Byrd, 33, was charged...
Home Run Pitch; City Hopes ACC Tourney Here to Stay
Byline: BOB THOMAS Since its move from Greenville, S.C., following a nine-year run, the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament has bounced around between four different sites in search of a home. Jacksonville officials are hopeful they...
'Idol' Win Doesn't Guarantee Success; Season 1's Kelly Clarkson Has Done Well, but the Other Big Seller Was a Runner-Up, Clay Aiken
Byline: JEFF VRABEL When American Idol winner Fantasia's debut record sold 240,000 copies in its first week -- a healthy figure, sure, but far below the first-week sales of her predecessors -- some in the industry began questioning the Idol brand's...
Jackets, 'Canes Sweep Awards; Georgia Tech's Hall Is Coach of Year, Miami's Braun Player of Year
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER For much of the 2005 ACC baseball season, Miami and Georgia Tech were one and two atop the conference standings. Not much changed Monday night when the conference baseball awards were given out at Metropolitan Park and...
Jacksonville Journal
CLICK IT OR TICKET IS ON, SO BUCKLE UP, OR ELSE State and local law enforcement officials on Monday kicked off the nationwide Click It or Ticket mobilization, during which law enforcement officers will increase enforcement of the state's safety...
Judge Clears Way for Sale of Durango; Motion Allows Trustees to Accept Bids
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS -- A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a motion that will allow the sale of Durango-Georgia Paper Co. and begin the process to repay creditors. The ruling last week by Judge Lamar Davis Jr. allows trustees...
Memorial Hospital Names New Leader; Wood Stays in HCA by Transferring from Ocala Regional Medical Center
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Memorial Hospital will have a new chief -- and one who wants to make the roughly 350-bed hospital more physician and patient-focused. Effective June 13th, James Wood will replace H. Rex Etheredge as president and CEO...
Mental Health Forum to Concentrate on Issues Related to Military Service; Navy Retiree Author to Discuss Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON The image that haunts Art Schmitt happened on a day that began in bright sunshine. As he flew his helicopter above a brackish bay in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, a group of what appeared to be peasants in a sampan suddenly opened...
Morning Briefs
COKE BOTTLERS AND DRIVERS STRIKE ON BOTH COASTS More than 2,000 workers at plants in California and Connecticut that bottle Coca-Cola soft drinks went on strike Monday, just before the start of the summer season. The workers, mostly production...
NFL NOTEBOOK; Jaguars Sign Undrafted Rookie Tight End Wood
The Jaguars, who start their second week of organized team activities today, made one roster move Monday when they signed undrafted rookie Mark Wood of Fresno State. Wood, 22, a 6-foot-4, 243-pound tight end who was a four-year letterman, participated...
No More Spanking in Duval Schools; All References to Corporal Punishment Will Be Removed from Student Code of Conduct
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Starting next school year, spanking will no longer be an option for disciplining Duval County public school students. The School Board on Monday ordered all references to corporal punishment removed from the student Code...
Partisan Judicial Races Ahead? Constitutional Amendment Pending in General Assembly to Affect Judicial Runs
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said Monday that he could see himself supporting a constitutional amendment to turn future Georgia judicial elections into partisan contests because of the increasingly political nature of such...
Pine Island Eliminated for Cruise Site; Port Looks to Seize Talleyrand Site to Expand Mercedes Operations
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The Jacksonville Port Authority officially ended eminent domain proceedings against the Pine Island site it had been considering as a location for a cruise terminal. At the same Monday meeting, the board also took the...
Police Chief Takes Reins in Neptune Beach; Philadelphia Native Was Chosen among 100 Applicants and a Final Group of Six
Byline: JOSEPH DEMARTINO After 14 years, Neptune Beach has a new police chief. David Sembach, a law enforcement official with more than 35 years' experience, took over the position last week from former Neptune Beach Chief William L. Brandt....
Seafood Store Owner Helps Reel in Two Robbery Suspects; He Uses Truck to Ram Their Car, Pursues Vehicle despite Shots Being Fired at Him
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY "Go ahead and get a good look at me," one of the robbers taunted David Lutgens while sticking up his family's Jacksonville seafood store at gunpoint Sunday. So Lutgens did. A few more times than the robbers planned,...
She's Older? Ask Her out, Young Stud
Byline: Phillip Milano QUESTION What do others think about dating older women? I am intimidated about asking a particular woman out because I'm 23 and she's 38. Any suggestions? Dustin, Houston REPLIES It's a great idea. We're always...
Sports Extra
Byline: Francine King 2CENTS Sports fans are stubborn. Or loyal, depending on your point of view. But without a doubt the most stubborn fans on the planet belong to soccer -- or (European) football, depending on your point of view. And...
SPORTSMANSHIP; Add New Emphasis
The incident involving a Jacksonville youth coach who punched a 12-year-old boy in the face was disturbing enough. Unfortunately, it is part of a national trend that needs to be stopped. Consider these recent cases: Connecticut Post online:...
Stage Set for 'Idol' Finale; Controversies Aside, Season Mostly Ho-Hum Musically
Byline: JEFF VRABEL It comes down to a finale as inevitable as Anakin turning into Vader: Southern-fried rocker Bo Bice vs. Southern-fried farm girl Carrie Underwood tonight in the finale of American Idol. It's a pretty predictable end to what's...
State Funds for Pig Farmers Can Make Taxpayers Squeal
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage There I was legally driving in the left lane, thanks to Gov. Jeb Bush's veto last week of the "Road Rage" bill that would have reserved that lane for passing. My bottle of "Merlot to Go" was beside me, thanks to Sen....
State Schools Chief Talks of Progress; Kathy Cox Says Her Office Has Moved on after Her Predecessor's Scandal
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- The state Department of Education has begun to win back much of the trust destroyed after the fall of former Superintendent Linda Schrenko, who is now awaiting trial on federal charges, her successor said Monday....
State Tries Training the Best Teachers of Driver's Ed for Teens: Their Parents; A Free Class Gives Safety Tips and Tells How Young Drivers Learn Much by Example
Byline: LANIE LIPPINCOTT PETERSON SAVANNAH -- Last year, when Janet Scott tried to teach her 16-year-old daughter, Jasmine, to drive, the experience was aggravating. "I would say, 'Check your mirror. Look right. Look left,' " Scott said. "And...
Virginia Group Buys Hilton; MHI Hospitality Plans $3 Million in Renovations for Southbank Hotel
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN A Virginia real estate investment trust said Monday it has an agreement to buy the Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront, the city's fourth-largest hotel, for $22 million MHI Hospitality Corp., based in Williamsburg, Va.,...