The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 3, 1997

2-Minute Drill
BABY BOOM As tight as yesterday's victory in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was for the Dyson Racing Team, it was even more tense about six hours before the team's Ford crossed the finish line. Body man Matt Charland's wife, Jeanine, went...
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Animation Meets Classic Tales in WJCT's `Book of Virtues'
Author William Bennett returns to TV this month with lessons for children about good character. He will also be in Jacksonville on Feb. 11 for the sold-out Florida Forum series. New episodes of Adventures from the Book of Virtues (7 a.m. ...
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Artifacts from Civil War Ship Going on the Road
Civil War artifacts from the Maple Leaf are going on the road this month. And the story of the Maple Leaf is going to the Pentagon. A traveling exhibit of items from the wrecked Union steamboat will be exhibited at museums in Bradenton...
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Bomb Squad Getting More Calls
Several hundred people were evacuated from The Jacksonville Landing on Tuesday after the Sheriff's Office received a bomb threat about the property. About two weeks earlier, the Wal-Mart store at 8808 Beach Blvd. evacuated its customers...
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Brewton Parker Stifles UNF
One area North Florida baseball coach Dusty Rhodes wasn't supposed to worry about was offense. With sluggers Jay Nunley and Joey Pound returning from injuries to surround heavy-hitting first-baseman Mac Mackiewitz, the Ospreys' lineup was...
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Brown Would Be Good Fit for Jags
At the moment, it appears as much a long shot for the Jacksonville Jaguars as recovering from 4-7 to make the playoffs. It's as tough as making a first post-season appearance and almost pulling off a three-game road sweep. But with NFL...
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Charlotte School Could Be Model for Duval
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- At first glance, the ride up tree-lined IBM Drive in the northeastern section of this city is like any other foray into a suburban office park. It's the yellow school buses that give the first hint of anything out of...
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Chasing after Hot Prospects UF's Wilson Combs Prime Territory
Barry Wilson looked trouble in the eye last year when the he never had recruited, an area where Florida has had little recruiting success in the past. To make matters worse, Wilson took over the Northeast Florida region in its most recruit-fruitful...
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Countering Rape Culture Women, Respect and Relationships: In Grade School and College, Students Hear New Messages
On an April day during the college spring break last year, a woman was sunbathing with a friend at Jacksonville Beach. About 20 men approached. They asked if she would pose with them for a picture, a police report recounted. The woman agreed,...
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Driver Snubs 'Noles
The weekend in recruiting for Florida State brought unexpected news, both good and bad. Louisville (Ky.) Male running back Tony Driver (6 feet 2, 210 pounds), a consensus All-American, announced he would attend Notre Dame. For nearly two...
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Eye on Recruiting
National signing day is Wednesday. FLORIDA The Gators are a finalist for Miami Senior's Marquand Manuel (6-1, 188). Manuel, who can play free safety or cornerback, also is considering Michigan State and Clemson. Manuel's father said ...
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First Coast's Other `Sport of Kings'
In Jacksonville, the phrase "the sport of kings" usually elicits images of hundreds of anglers in their yearly pursuit of king mackerel. Kingfish tournaments aside, however, the real sport of kings, equestrian show jumping, is slowly catching...
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First Guaranty Overlooks Size
Anyone worrying that small banks are going to be swamped by the giant banking chains should look at Jacksonville's First Guaranty Bank and Trust, which is celebrating 50 years in business this year. It broke ground Thursday for a new 5,000-square-foot...
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'Frustration, Stress' Can Spark Abuse
The photos are as captivating as they are sad -- elderly people living with bedsores so deep they allow a view directly to the bone. Bedsores occur when a body part is exposed to constant pressure for too long. They begin as boils under...
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Georgia Law Strikes out Mandatory Sentencing Not Being Used, Legislator Says
An Albany lawmaker says some prosecutors aren't using a law intended to slam the prison doors shut for life on Georgia's most violent offenders. Two years after the state's tough "two strikes and you're out" law took effect, 23 felons have...
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Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It has excellent possibilities for replication." -- Judy Poppell, Duval County's director of magnet programs, on the innovative K-12 Governor's Village in Charlotte, N.C. Story on Page A-1. BOB PHELPS' PEOPLE Michael...
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Newsmakers
QUOTE-UNQUOTE "I called Brad [Pitt] . . . and he's like, 'Do you have any plans for Tuesday, because Bill would like us to come over and watch Emma with him -- you know Bill . . . Clinton . . . president of the United States.' I was like...
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O'Meara Good Enough Duval, Woods Barely Fall Short
David Duval was tying course records, Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia were flashing moviestar grins to overshadow double-digit handicap swings and Tiger Woods made a late, dramatic run at another victory. But methodically, Mark O'Meara was...
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Our Pension System Should Make Sense
Perhaps some of you have followed the news of Georgia pension atrocities that make hitting the Lotto look like a hard day at the quarry. In the latest chapter, this saga has 34 former highway patrol officers dinging the treasury for a combined...
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Port Receives Shrimp Designation
Pass the cocktail sauce. Jacksonville has received a stamp of approval as a designated port of entry for certain shrimp shipments. The Minneapolis Grain Exchange has approved Jacksonville as a delivery location for white and black tiger...
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Prescription Caps Bug Some Medicare HMO Patients
In a nation that is often leary of government programs, Medicare, the national health insurance plan for the elderly, remains extremely popular. Its universal package of benefits has been available to those 65 and older regardless of their...
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Skate World Open despite Court Filing
Skate World filed for bankruptcy protection last week but will continue to operate. The popular ice, in-line and roller-skating center on the Southside filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization after nearly four years in business....
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Sputtering Success Dyson's Team Holds on for Win in 24 Hours
DAYTONA BEACH -- Smoke poured from the engine in the final laps of the Rolex 24 yesterday, leaving a trail of apprehension and desperation for the Dyson Racing Team. More than 23 hours of grueling endurance had come to one nerve-racking...
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UNANIMOUS: EARLY SPRING Nation's Furry Forecasters Agree
An estimated 25,000 people -- from sleepy-eyed families to beer-chugging college kids who had been cavorting around bon- fires all night -- awaited Punxsutawney Phil early yesterday in the self-proclaimed "Weather Capital of the World." ...
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Vital Changes Is Care Suffering as Assistants Take over More Nursing Duties?
********** CORRECTION (2/4/97) Because of a reporting error, a story on Page 10 of yesterday's First Business omitted some educational paths for registered nurses. A person can become a registered nurse by completing a four-year ...
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When Time Stood Still for Mom, Daughter
My great-grandmother, Harriet Fletcher McIlwain, hated her name. So when she got married and left home to work in a cigarette factory in Winston-Salem, N.C., she changed her name to Annie. But folks back home in Lancaster, S.C., knew her...
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Who Protects the Elderly? Even Victims Often Won't Help Prosecutors Fight Back
Rosa Blackburn's words are carefully chosen and articulate, though they come in stuttered bunches since she suffered a stroke in 1991. Blackburn, 81, talks about how she misses her son, 44-year-old Roy Lee Blackburn, who lived in her Jacksonville...
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