The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 19, 2003

Accused Killer Was Lewd, Say Neighbors; Reportedly Asked Girls to Make Porn Movies
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer Accused killer Paul Durousseau was described by his former Jacksonville neighbors as a lewd womanizer who fought with his wife over his philandering, their finances and his string of jobs. Durousseau,...
Back to the Future; Pair of Concepts Incorporate GM's Heritage
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer America loves trucks and sports utility vehicles. So it's no surprise that two of General Motor's most recent set of concept vehicles included one of each, with Buick's celebrating its centennial...
Brunswick to Sell Land to Hospital Authority; Agreement Means Outpatient Care Center Can Be Built
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- The city agreed yesterday to sell its share of Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center's grounds to the local hospital authority for $1 million. Coupled with the Glynn County Commission's...
Center Isn't Just for Horses; Equestrian Complex to Be Dedicated Today
Byline: Mary Kelli Palka, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville officials will gather today for a dedication of the yet-unfinished Cecil Equestrian Center and Recreation Complex off Normandy Boulevard. Construction of the facility is about 30...
Charlotte Considers Remedy for Smog; Incentive Plan Would Retire Old Cars, Lawn Mowers
Byline: Brian Basinger, Times-Union staff writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Residents in one of the nation's smoggiest regions may get government incentives to trade in their high-polluting old cars and lawn mowers for cleaner, more fuel-efficient models....
Coast Lines
IT'S JUNETEENTH A Juneteenth celebration, an observance of the end of slavery, will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Coastal Center for the Arts, 1315 Union St., Brunswick. The Job Corps Step Team, Frankie and Doug Quimby of the Georgia...
Delaney Farewell Tour Goes on; Mayor Stops in at JEDC Where Change Is Brewing
Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer Outgoing Mayor John Delaney gave a thank you and a goodbye yesterday to the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, an organization he created in 1996. The meeting was the agency's last...
Ex-Businessman Johns Dies; Worked for City under 2 Mayors
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Fred E. Johns, a retired Marine Corps captain, former Jacksonville business owner and city code enforcement chief, died Sunday in a nursing home of congestive heart failure and pneumonia. He was...
Ex-Titan Godfrey Visiting Jags Today
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer The Tennessee Titans' loss could soon be the Jaguars' gain. Veteran linebacker Randall Godfrey, released by the Titans yesterday for salary-cap reasons, will work out for the Jaguars today at Alltel...
Guidelines for Trash, Recyclables
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Don't mix up your solid waste. Garbage, yard waste and recyclables should not be in the same container. Here are other tips from Jacksonville's Solid Waste and Resource Department: -- Put out...
Heading West for Fine Wine and Dining
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor SONOMA, Calif. -- As soon as the sun and humidity in Jacksonville begin to get to that uncomfortable range, we seek to prolong spring by heading west. California wine country, with its golden hills...
Jaguars Notebook
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer WR HATCHETTE SIGNS The Jaguars continued to stock up on tall wide receivers yesterday, signing 6-foot-3 veteran Matt Hatchette one day after adding 6-4 J.J. Stokes. Hatchette, a journeyman who...
JAGUARS PASSING CAMP; Peterson Tackles Challenges Linebacker Gets New Start
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer Mike Peterson isn't one to take the easy way out. While others might run from pressure or high expectations, the Jaguars' new middle linebacker went in search of them this offseason. "When you're...
LEGISLATURE; Key Element
Five knowledgeable people without an ax to grind examined the issue of medical malpractice insurance in great detail for months. The governor's task force on medical malpractice subsequently made dozens of recommendations for reform. This was...
Local Shines as London Financier; Terry Parker Grad Gains Notoriety, but Her Star May Be Losing Its Luster
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer When Robin Saunders was a high school student in Jacksonville more than two decades ago, there was no indication that a future in high finance awaited her. Or that she would pursue that finance career...
Many Questions to Answer in the Malpractice Debate
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Even if you take the people and the emotion out of the debate over medical malpractice insurance -- the doctors who say they are being forced to move out of Florida because of skyrocketing premiums...
Morning Briefing
SHARP EXECUTIVES TO DELIVER AWARD Bennett's Business Systems, a Westside office equipment distributor, is expected to receive an award today from Sharp Corp. recognizing Bennett's for 31 years of selling such Sharp products as copying systems and...
New 'It' Guy Shows True Musical Promise
Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union music writer Pop music's latest breakthrough singer-songwriter is a 25-year-old heartthrob with an awkward last name and a knack for tunes. His name is Jason Mraz, his major label debut record is full of confident...
Parents Must Apply for School Vouchers by July 1 Deadline
The state's voucher-schools program, formally known as the Opportunity Scholarship Program, allows parents whose children are assigned to a school that has received a failing grade for two of the past four years to attend a different public school...
Plane Was En Route for More Repairs; Swamp Hampers Recovery, Investigation of Fatal Crash
AUGUSTA -- A twin-engine airplane that crashed near Augusta on Monday, killing a South Carolina aviator and his wife, was on its way to be repaired, airport officials said. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board were at the crash...
Rating Evokes Support, Despair; Many Parents, Students Want to Remain at Ribault; Others Uncertain
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer They're not going anywhere. That's the message dozens of Ribault High School parents and students sent yesterday after learning the Jacksonville school became the first in Northeast Florida to be...
Repainting of Hart Bridge Postponed; DOT Cites Cost and Complaints
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer Repainting the Hart Bridge in downtown Jacksonville will wait until after the city hosts the February 2005 Super Bowl, the state Department of Transportation said yesterday. The state will still...
Ribault Girls Hoops Team Wins 4 Jaspers
The hardware keeps coming for Ribault High's girls basketball team, which swept four awards yesterday at the Jaspers, which honor amateur and professional athletic achievement on the First Coast. Dorian Williams, who led the Lady Trojans to four...
Ribault High Now a Voucher School
Byline: Cynthia L. Garza, Times-Union staff writer What it means: 2 'F' grades allow other choices of schools What's next: Parents can get vouchers by July 1 or seek transfe Students at Ribault High School will become the first in Northeast...
Senate Bill Names Jacksonville for Veterans Cemetery
Byline: Ben Volin, Times-Union staff writer Both Florida senators and one from Alabama introduced a bill yesterday authorizing the construction of 10 new national veterans cemeteries, including one in Jacksonville among three statewide. As the...
Street to Be Named for Civil Rights Leader; Hayling Organizer in St. Augustine
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer ST. AUGUSTINE -- One of the organizers of the 1960s civil rights movement in St. Augustine will be permanently honored if plans are finalized to rename the street where he once lived for him. The...
St. Simons Rezoning Bid Turned Down; Neighbors Oppose Plan to Build Condos
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- The Glynn County Planning Commission has turned down a zoning request to build a condominium complex in what some call the last remaining maritime forest on St. Simons Island's south end....
This Week on Tour
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer PGA Tour Tournament: Buick Classic. Site: Harrison, N.Y. When: Today-Sunday. Course: Westchester Country Club (6,722 yards, par-70). Purse: $5 million. First place: $900,000. TV:...
Toll Roads on the Table in Clay County; Funds Could Pay for Outer Beltway
Byline: Nin-Hai Tseng, Times-Union staff writer ORANGE PARK -- Toll roads could be an option for Clay County, which discussed the prospects with an expert on the matter yesterday. The Clay County Transportation Advisory Commission is considering...
Top Insurer Sour on Session's Bills; Malpractice Rates Argued
Byline: Rich Tucker, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Representatives from the state's largest malpractice insurer said yesterday they would rather see the current special session unravel than have either chamber's current bill pass. "We're...
Tour Notes
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer CUSICK QUALIFIES FOR U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN Jacksonville resident Kathryn Cusick qualified for the U.S. Women's Open during a sectional qualifying tournament at Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. ...
TRANSPORTATION; Big Demand
Hope triumphed over rational thought last week when the U.S. Senate approved an amendment calling on the auto industry to produce 100,000 hydrogen fuel cell cars by the end of the decade -- and 2.5 million by 2020. All reasonable people hope those...
UF's Cho Trails by Shot at Links
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer ********************CORRECTION June 20, 2003 Due to a reporter's error, the name of the golfer who was second in the second round of the U.S. Amateur Women's Public Links championship was incorrect...
Wendland Likely a Quick JEDC Fix
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Jacksonville Economic Development Commission Executive Director Kirk Wendland might take the reins at the July 10 general meeting, the first scheduled during the term of Mayor John Peyton....
Wolfson High Graduate Amer Delic Has Traveled a Long Road; -- from a Bosnian Refugee to an NCAA Champion American Odyssey Amer's Odyssey
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer He plops his racket bag on a tennis court at ATP headquarters, then follows all requests for the photo shoot. The 20-year-old is a natural, possessing the physical features and presence associated...
Your Name 'David Nelson?' That Won't Fly around Here. Moniker Triggers Airline Terror Alert
Byline: Tristan Schweiger, Times-Union staff writer David G. Nelson of West Jacksonville has been raising eyebrows recently when he's tried to get on commercial airplanes. "You get that look on their face like 'I've never seen one of these before,'...