The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 10, 1998

2-Minute Drill
SULLIVAN TO MANNING? Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, will be honored as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete of 1997, the Nashville Banner reported yesterday. Manning will receive...
Amateurs Surge to Cup Lead
Richie Bryant knew a winning formula for the Northern Chapter PGA Cup Matches when he saw one. "In the past, we've won because we made the crucial putts and hit the big shots late," said the Pablo Creek head pro. "Today, the amateurs made...
BIG-TIME DREAMS Some Still Waiting to Sign
When national signing day ended last Wednesday, many high school seniors were fortunate enough to get a chance at being a Gator, Seminole or Hurricane. Some players entertained those ideas but now are lowering their sights. Among the local...
Caretaker Convicted of Fraud
A federal jury yesterday found a Jacksonville woman guilty of siphoning thousands of dollars from her neighbor's bank account and cashing her Social Security checks years after the woman died in her Southside home. Louise Brinson, 73, had...
Childress Gives Park Help in Qualifying
DAYTONA BEACH -- It's a good thing Winston Cup rookie Steve Park's car owner has a little pull in the garage area. If not, Park would likely be sweating his way through Thursday's Twin 125 qualifying race, hoping to make the Daytona 500 field....
Coast Lines
"I like flowers, but at this time of year I don't. There's an unwritten rule at our house. No flowers at Valentine's." -- Kathy Lynn, a worker at a Waycross wholesale florist bracing for a busy weekend of floral deliveries. Story on Page A-1....
Commission Backs Amendments School Districts Could Get Smaller
TALLAHASSEE -- The Duval County school district could be split into smaller districts if a proposal that got preliminary approval yesterday from the Constitution Revision Commission is approved by the voters. Any attempts to carry out such...
Comparing All Schools Made Easy Florida Puts Reports within Public Reach
TALLAHASSEE -- For years, Florida schools have flooded the state Department of Education with test scores, enrollment figures and cost estimates. But to most people, the reams of information have meant little: Parents still don't know how...
Council to Look into Plan for Soccer Fields
Jacksonville City Council members today are expected to begin kicking around the idea of helping to build a $7 million soccer complex on Hodges Boulevard. An ordinance will be introduced which would lease 40 acres to complex planners at...
Glynn Slaying Trial to Open
BRUNSWICK -- A Brunswick man who told police, "I just didn't think I stabbed him that hard with it," will stand trial today on charges he murdered his friend in 1996. Jack Irvin Pollard, 58, is charged with malice murder and felony murder...
Grand Turnaround Fine-Tuning Puts Pontiacs Up Front
DAYTONA BEACH -- The last time Pontiac was a force on NASCAR's Winston Cup circuit, Jeff Gordon was a winless rookie and Dale Earnhardt was only a five-time series champion. In 1993, Pontiac was holding its own in the manufacturers race ...
Holding Court
FLORIDA INSIDE SLANT When Billy Donovan took over at Florida last season, the earliest realistic timetable for a return to the NCAA Tournament was probably Year 3. Year 2 may be a lot closer than anyone thought. The final three weeks...
House Bill Aims at Polluters Violators Could Have Plants Privatized
ATLANTA -- Large cities and counties that violate pollution rules could be forced to turn over control of their sewage plants to private companies, based on a bill that passed the state House unanimously yesterday. Augusta was exempted...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There is something different, there is a spark there. We don't want to let that excitement die . . . This is a major turning point." -- Gordon Smith, chairman of Green Cove Springs' Community Redevelopment Agency. Story,...
LaSalle Buys Quadrant, Westland One Properties
LaSalle Advisors Capital Management Inc. of Chicago bought the Quadrant office park in Southside Jacksonville yesterday and said it plans to start construction immediately on a third structure. LaSalle also bought the Westland One building...
Liberty Plans Southpoint Project
Liberty Property Trust, one of the city's most active property investors and developers, is laying the groundwork for a $15 million office project in the Southpoint area. Liberty, which already is developing Liberty Business Park at A.C....
Loan Trouble: Consumer Can Refinance Car
Dear Call Box: I arranged for my new car to be financed through my credit union. But the car dealership "pressured" me to get financed through the dealership. The interest rate was higher, but I signed the papers anyway. -- D.C. Dear D.C.:...
Many Plagued by Disorder Suffer in Silence
If Melvin Udall, the eccentric novelist played by Jack Nicholson in the new comedy As Good As It Gets, becomes the poster boy for obsessive-compulsive disorder, that will be fine with Wayne Goodman. Udall must turn each lock on his apartment...
Metro Park Proposal Withdrawn Different Application Will Be Submitted
Facing lingering questions from regulators, Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney has withdrawn a request for state and federal approval to build a new amphitheater at Metro Park. Instead, the Mayor's Office will request a different permit that...
No. 2-Ranked Ribault Loses in Upset Shanks Girls Avoid Third Playoff Loss in a Row to Trojans
After being eliminated from the state tournament by Ribault for two consecutive years, Quincy Shanks was determined not to let the host Trojans be a stumbling block this year. The fourth ranked Tigers dominated the boards and made clutch free...
OVERLOOKED? No Big-Time Offers for QBs
Brandon Cowart passed for more than 2,300 yards and kept his Lowndes Vikings ranked No. 1 in Georgia's Class AAAA all season. He made the Times-Union's preseason Super 11 and postseason Georgia-Florida Super 24 teams. He was the first-team...
Planning a Town's Revival Green Cove Yearns for Glory Years
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Betty Kenney remembers the twilight of Green Cove Springs' glory days -- the resort hotels, the swarm of famous tourists. "Oh, it was a beautiful small town," said Kenney, who moved to the St. Johns River community...
Prisoners of Their Own Behavior People Suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Are Often Trapped by Routines of Debilitating Ritual
Janis McClure has two great goals in life: "I want to get my Ph.D. and I want to get my nails done." What gives that statement special poignance is that, in a way, getting a doctorate is less of a challenge. McClure, 34, has obsessive-compulsive...
Roses by the Thousands Florists Find It's Hard Work
WAYCROSS -- Rick Taylor doesn't have to stop to smell the roses. He and the other workers at Oscar G. Carlstedt Co. in Waycross are up to their elbows in them. With Valentine's Day approaching, this is the busiest time of year for the wholesale...
Second Trial Uncertain in Death of Infant Boy
State Attorney Harry Shorstein hasn't decided whether to pursue a second trial of a Jacksonville man accused of killing his infant son. On Friday, a jury rendered a mistrial in the first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse trial of...
Senate Approves School `Care Teams' Program Designed to Assist Poorly Performing Students
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate voted yesterday to create educational "care teams" to help poorly performing schools. The teams, approved 35-15, are meant as an alternative to the state taking over troubled schools. "When we have a natural...
Senators to Listen to Regions Vote Scheduled on Special Projects
ATLANTA -- Less than a week after the House loaded the state's mid-year budget with $11 million in "special projects" for individual legislative districts across Georgia, a key Senate committee may heap on at least $4.3 million more. The...
She's NOT Related to Lewinsky
All Marcia Lewis of Middleburg did was write an article on computers in the workplace for PC World magazine. A photographer took her picture to go with the piece. And she thought that was that. But the photo has returned. In bigger and...
Southside Cottage Finds New Home in Mandarin
********** CORRECTION (2/10/98) Because of a reporting error, Claudia Milligan's name was misspelled in a Neighborhood Notes item Tuesday on Page B-3. Milligan is the executive director of Learn to Read. ********** A 92-year-old...
Sparks Fly When Buckshot Drives
DAYTONA BEACH -- Georgia's Buckshot Jones made it through SpeedWeeks practice yesterday without ramming anybody, inciting a riot or having anything terrible said about him. NASCAR didn't award a good-behavior ribbon, but, hey, you just ...
State Claims Plod through System
TALLAHASSEE -- Six years after Carrie Wilson's leg was badly slashed by glass in a door at Jacksonville's duPont Middle School, she is still waiting to collect a judgment against the Duval County School Board. The delay is because of a...
Teachers Fear New Tests Will Raise Dropout Rate
I had the opportunity last week to speak to an organization made up of public school teachers. With so much being said about our school system -- from elected officials, the business community, parents and the New Century Commission on...
UF Seeks Medication Study Subjects
The University of Florida's Behavioral Health clinic is conducting a study designed to determine the effectiveness of a medication in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder in children and adolescents. The clinic has been running newspaper...