The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 23, 2003

ACC Extra
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union Fodder CANDID: Interim Duke football coach and defensive coordinator Ted Roof wants the post on a permanent basis, and was candid about what it will take for that to happen. "If we win, obviously the prospects...
Area Swimmers Trying to Keep Focus; Athletes Must Relax for Competitions That Decide Fate for State Meets
Byline: David Johnson, The Times-Union Maintain focus and stay relaxed. That's what area swimming coaches are saying to their teams as this week's district meets raise the stakes. "We want to make sure we don't make any mental errors," said...
AROUND THE ACC; Interim Coach Roof Trying to Push Blue Devils to Victories This Season
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union As Duke's defensive coordinator, Ted Roof has his hands full preparing for Saturday's game against North Carolina State's high-scoring offense. But Roof's role now has been expanded, since accepting the interim...
Bobby's Battle of the Ages; as Paterno's Nittany Lions Stumble, 'Noles' Bowden Can Take I-A Wins Lead
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- The question wasn't whether Bobby Bowden would catch Joe Paterno in the chase to become the NCAA's Division I-A all-time winningest coach. It was just a matter of when. The Centre Daily Times,...
Chefs Pick Perfect Pairs of Food, Wine
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor Pairing wine and food is rather simple. Decide what you want to eat and pick a favorite wine. Do some wines work better with some foods than others? Yes. But this is America, you can have any wine...
Commission Deals Ponce Development a Setback; Golf Course Again Is Sticking Point
Byline: SHAWNA SUNDIN, The Times-Union ST. AUGUSTINE -- The development slated to replace the Ponce de Leon golf course was delayed again Tuesday when the St. Augustine City Commission voted 3-2 to uphold an appeal against the project's approval....
Corporate Earnings
CSX CORP. Jacksonville-based CSX Corp. late Wednesday announced a net loss of $103 million, or 48 cents per share for the third quarter ending Sept. 26. The loss resulted mainly from a $145 million write-down related to accounting changes to...
CRIME FIGHTER'S BEST FRIEND; Tests Prove These Dogs Can Sniff out an Arsonist
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- Twenty Labrador retrievers were in Brunswick on Wednesday to get their noses checked. The dogs are all arson dogs teamed with handlers from eight Southern states who investigate suspicious fires....
Del Rio Wants Taylor to Take Care of Football
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union Fred Taylor tries to hit home runs with his running style. With his knack for cutback runs, the Jaguars' veteran running back has the ability to turn a short gain into a long run. There are times, though,...
Democrats' Straw Poll Up in the Air; DNC Asks State Party to Call It Off
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union CHARLES CITY, Iowa -- Front-running Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean said Wednesday he will participate in a straw poll by Florida Democrats when they meet in December, provided his rivals do, too....
Episcopal Boys Win District; Eagles Place Six in the Top 10 En Route to District 2A Cross Country Championship
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- Episcopal's boys' cross country team accomplished all three of its goals Wednesday at the District 2-A Meet at Oak Hill High School. The Eagles easily won the team title, placing six of their...
FLORIDA NOTEBOOK; Zook Muzzles Crowder
Byline: DAVID FOX, Times-Union correspondent If Channing Crowder has any witty analogies on his mind, he'll keep them out of the newspapers. The Florida linebacker was barred indefinitely from speaking to reporters by coach Ron Zook. Zook...
GET YOUR FILL AT THE FAIR; the Midway Is Full of One Culinary Guilty Pleasure after Another -- and We Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor Spinning shades of green, blue and red blur into the night sky, coloring the screams of terror and delight that is the midway. The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair is an annual celebration...
Glynn's Chief of Police to Retire; Pittman Leaves the County Plenty of Time to Replace Him before the G-8 Summit
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- Glynn County Police Chief Bob Pittman is retiring after just over a year as the head of the department where he has served for 30 years. Pittman, 60, announced his retirement to his staff Wednesday...
Incentives for Physicians; Aetna Program Will Stress Quality Outcomes and Effectiveness
Byline: SARAH SKIDMORE, The Times-Union Salespeople get it. Executives get it. Doctors don't -- yet. Incentives for performance -- financial and otherwise -- are commonplace in many work environments but are just starting to creep into the health-care...
IRAQ; Way Too Harsh
A threat by President Bush to veto any legislation that treats reconstruction funds for Iraq as a loan is excessive The object should be to restore the country's infrastructure, and there is ample reason to do so whether the money is repaid or not....
Jacksonville Journal
FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR TEACHERS TODAY Free school supplies are available to Duval County public school teachers today at the Teacher Supply Depot in the old John Gorrie Middle School annex at 2525 College St. The giveaway will be today from 3...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Rookie Mathis Ready to Play Cornerback
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union Rookie Rashean Mathis continues to work with the first team at right cornerback and expects to start Sunday for the injured Jason Craft against Tennessee. Mathis, a second-round pick who played at Englewood...
Jarvis Jurors Hear Pleas for Sentencing; Panel Listens to Views from Both Sides and Will Make Its Recommendation Today
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM, The Times-Union Friends and family of William Joe Jarvis, convicted of murdering his ex-wife with a package bomb, told a Jacksonville jury Wednesday he was a kind, selfless man for whom violence was out of character. "There's...
Lawmakers Should Rethink Taxpayer-Financed Giveaway
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Legislators meeting in Tallahassee this week would do well to slow down their rush to judgment on Gov. Jeb Bush's plan to flat out give $310 million to a biomedical research center and instead...
League Likes the Thursday Night Exposure
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union Thursday night football has played a pivotal role for a number of Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East schools, including tonight's opponents, Maryland and Georgia Tech, who get together for the sixth time on...
Man Accused of Threats Agrees to Guilty Plea
An Iowa man charged with leaving a profanity-laced death threat on the answering machine of Kobe Bryant's accuser has agreed to plead guilty. In a July 27 message, John Roche, 22, is accused of repeatedly vowing to kill the 19-year-old woman. ...
Morning Briefs
INSURANCE COMPANIES START LIABILITY COVERAGE The state announced this week that two new insurance companies will soon provide liability insurance in Florida. The Office of Insurance Regulation approved Healthcare Underwriters Insurance Group of...
Nocatee Finally Clear of Lawsuits; Work May Start Next Year on What Will Eventually Become Home to 35,000 Residents
Byline: SHAWNA SUNDIN, The Times-Union Construction on Nocatee is expected to begin in the summer now that the last legal appeal of the mega-community project has been resolved. The state 5th District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that St. Johns...
Pain Remains 20 Years after Attack That Killed 241; Memories Rarely Fade for Families of Military Who Gave Lives for Country
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union YULEE -- Twenty years after her son's death, Alice Blocker doesn't make eye contact with the photos of him that dominate a wall of her family's living room. "I don't look at him. I don't read his letters,"...
Perdue Changes HOPE Scholarship Plan; He Now Favors 'Trial' Semester
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday modified his proposal to link HOPE scholarship eligibility to SAT scores, saying he may favor a one semester "trial" scholarship for low-scoring students. Under...
Schools, Scripps Poised to Cash in; Lawmakers Set Aside $5 Million for Efforts to Prevent Florida's Military Bases from Closing
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Funding for Florida's public schools received a boost at the state Capitol on Wednesday, but Gov. Jeb Bush's proposal for a $190 million business incentives fund is in trouble. Halfway...
Sisters, 5 and 6, Drown
Byline: TIA MITCHELL, The Times-Union Two young Bradford County sisters drowned Tuesday after falling into a small fishing lake near Starke, officials said. Nicole Salah, 5, and Natalie Salah, 6, of the Brooker area were pulled from the lake...
Sweetheart from the '60S; Eleanor Mustang Enjoys Extreme Makeover
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer I had a short date with Eleanor recently, but my wife knew all about it. You see, Eleanor is a sassy steel hussy with a V-8 heart built into a near-copy of the Mustang fastback one actor Nicholas...
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT; Family Violence Rally Draws Hundreds Organizers Say 2,270 Sex Crimes Were Investigated in Jacksonville in 2002
Byline: Dana Treen, The Times-Union When Connie Blue took advantage of a balmy evening for a walk at The Jacksonville Landing Wednesday, she found reminders of a difficult time in her past. "I was hit," said Blue, 26, who came upon a Take Back...
TOUR NOTES; Woods on Brink of No-Cut Record
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union If Tiger Woods makes the cut this week at the Funai Classic at Disney World, he will tie Byron Nelson's streak of 113 consecutive cuts made in PGA Tour events. Woods then would automatically break the record...
Watch out for This Web Site for Mortgages
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: My sister may be involved in a Web site promising to eliminate mortgages for pennies on the dollar. A.G. Dear A.G. We went to the site and found lots of preaching on modern-day...