The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 10, 2004

2 Arrested for Weapons at Schools; Youth at Oceanway Middle Had Fake Weapon; Man at Ed White High Had .25-Caliber Pistol
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS, The Times-Union Jacksonville police arrested a 14-year-old student Sunday at Oceanway Middle School for carrying a fake gun in his backpack during an athletic event on campus, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report....
2 Councilmen Want Monroe Street Open; Downtown Corridor Now Fenced off for Courthouse Construction
Byline: MATT GALNOR, The Times-Union Now that Jacksonville is starting from scratch for a new courthouse, City Council members have their own ideas for Monroe Street, the downtown corridor now fenced off from traffic. Two separate proposals were...
ALL ABOARD; 'The Polar Express' Is Beautiful Adaptation of Classic Book
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union staff writer Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express has been a Christmas favorite around many a house, both for its gorgeous illustrations and its simple yet mythic story. Robert Zemeckis' movie version, while...
Area Company to Help Promote BiDil; Career Coaches to Hire 200 to Boost Heart Failure Drug Geared to Blacks
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS, Times-Union staff A Jacksonville company will hire some of the 200 sales representatives who will promote BiDil, the first heart failure drug geared toward black patients. Career Coaches Inc., an executive search company...
Articles Tell, Showcase Writer's Skill
Byline: Anne Sponholtz, County Line correspondent I had an opportunity recently to read several articles in Forum, the magazine of the Florida Humanities Council. The magazine produced an issue entitled "Grit and Greatness: Unforgettable Floridians."...
Baptist Delegates Agree to Push Gay Union Ban; Measure Had Widespread Support at State Meeting of Southern Baptists
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY, The Times-Union Emboldened by the victory of "moral issues" in last week's general election and believing churches should be a force for social change, Florida's Southern Baptists voted Tuesday to wage a multi-faith campaign...
Barnes' New Sentence: 27 Years; A Second Jury Rejected Her Claim of Self-Defense in Shooting Death of Her Husband in 2000
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM, The Times-Union Shana Barnes, the Jacksonville woman who won a new trial in the murder of her husband, was re-sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison after a second jury rejected her claims of self-defense. Barnes, 40, told...
Beach Shorts
HOLIDAY HOURS Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach city halls will be closed for Veterans Day Thursday but Atlantic Beach City Hall will remain open. Garbage collection will continue without interruption at all three Beaches cities on Thursday....
BellSouth Tower Blast to Kick off Art Exhibit
Byline: John Carter, Staff writer Blast: Downtown Art Party is set for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at a new gallery and performance space at the BellSouth Tower in the first- and second-floor lobbies, 301 W. Bay St. Event organizer Ingar Brunnett says...
Blade Put on Waivers
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union The Jaguars ended their experiment with Willie Blade on Tuesday, waiving the troubled defensive tackle midway through his first season with the club. Blade, a former third-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys...
Bulldogs, Broncos Aim High; Middleburg, Bolles Volleyball Squads Hope to Go Further Than in 2003
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union Bolles and Middleburg both have been here before, but the memories are vastly different. Middleburg's run to the 2003 Class 4A volleyball title game was a Cinderella story. The Broncos beat two undefeated,...
Celebrate School's History; Group Plans Event for 50th Anniversary
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer As a child, Michele Renaud attended Charles E. Bennett Elementary School in Green Cove Springs. So did her father, Gary Givens. Now her daughter is continuing the tradition, the third generation...
Chamber Trio, String Quartet Combine for Beaches Recital
Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent The next concert in the Beaches Fine Arts Series brings together a unique collaboration of artists for a diverse program of chamber music. The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, a chamber piano...
City Will Fight Height Cap Court Challenges; 35-Foot Limit in Effect after Nov. 2 Win
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer Jacksonville Beach has a duty to defend a citizen-sponsored amendment for a 35-foot building height cap against a legal challenge that seeks to stop the measure from taking effect, said City Manager...
Coast Lines
POKER RIDE AMONG EVENTS TO BENEFIT GLYNN OFFICER A Georgia-to-Florida poker ride, auction and raffle will be held Saturday to raise money for a veteran Glynn County police officer battling cancer. The event will benefit Officer Elmer Strickland,...
Community Notebook; Health Fair Scheduled Saturday
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer A communitywide health fair is being sponsored by Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 8523 Normandy Blvd. All types of health screenings and educational...
Convention Center Not a Priority for Peyton
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Mayor John Peyton said that architect Jack Diamond, the head cheerleader for a larger Jacksonville convention center, "worked everybody else into a lather" during the San Diego leadership...
Crafternoon Afternoon; Tie-Dye T-Shirts Readied for Event
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer Mike Hanna's Jacksonville Beach yard was a colorful place Sunday afternoon when, for a few hours, it was converted into a tie-dye T-shirt factory. Bright green T-shirts hung from clothes lines strung...
Ecuador Officials Visit City; Cities Find They Have a Lot in Common
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Despite a language barrier, Green Cove Springs officials and a delegation from Ecuador launched into a rapid-fire exchange of information once they found common ground. Apparently, road paving,...
Enjoying Autumn Naturally; Montessori Students and Parents Celebrate Fall
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy, Shorelines staff writer They made organic apple juice from freshly sliced apples. They daubed peanut butter on pine cones to make goodies for the birds. They crafted wreaths out of paper plates, colored construction paper...
Event Brings Veterans Day Celebration Back to Town
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Clay County Line staff writer After more than 15 years without one, Orange Park will again have a community Veterans Day celebration. A committee of Rotarians, veterans and civic-minded Clay County residents have organized...
Fired-Up Players Won't Quit
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Times-Union sports writer Friday's game between Fleming Island and Orange Park wasn't fun to watch -- at least not until the very end. Numerous penalties, dropped passes and other miscues slowed the game and kept both teams...
First Street Developer Goes to Court
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- A developer has accused the Planning Commission, which had denied his permit for a condo on First Street North, of violating the state's public meeting law and a court order...
Florida Job One of Best, Holtz Says
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- Utah coach Urban Meyer hasn't asked, but if he did, South Carolina coach Lou Holtz would tell him to take the Florida job. Holtz, who hired Meyer to be receivers coach at Notre Dame in 1996,...
Forensic Students Have Fun Processing Fake Crime Scene
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Mock murder was on the syllabus as forensic students processed their own CSI -type crime scene on a grassy knoll at the University of North Florida Friday. "This is really cool," said Amanda Ludy...
Gator Bowl Eyeing Irish; Notre Dame, West Virginia Victories Could Make Jan. 1 Invitation Imminent
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union This weekend's games could bring one of the Gator Bowl's targets into focus. An invitation could be extended to Notre Dame as early as Monday if the Fighting Irish beat visiting Pittsburgh on Saturday and...
Golfers Can Delight in Group's New Fund-Raiser
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Golf enthusiasts have a 1-in-100 chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the home of golf and the British Open, all while supporting the Fernandina Beach High School Foundation. ...
Green Cove Seeks Grant Funds for Parks; Spring, Hall Sites Would Be Improved
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer Green Cove Springs hopes to continue development efforts at Spring Park and Vera Francis Hall Park with the help of state grants. The City Council recently approved applications for twin $150,000...
Grouphelps LostBoys Geteducation
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist From the time Gabriel Wal was a child, he has been scrambling to find a safe place to live -- and learn. The Sudanese refugee began his journey at either age 7 or 8, when he began walking from...
Horford Lifts UF in Debut; Freshman Center Has Double-Double with Six Blocks in Exhibition Win over Eckerd
Byline: IAN FISHER, Times-Union correspondent GAINESVILLE -- In Florida's first exhibition game, freshman Taurean Green showed what he could do relieving Anthony Roberson. But Tuesday night against Eckerd, it was another freshman having a big game...
Houston Applicant Gets Top Library Job; Barbara Gubbin Has Dealt with Growth in a Big City System, Will See More Here
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA, The Times-Union The head of Houston's libraries accepted the position of Jacksonville's new library director Tuesday. Barbara A.B. Gubbin, who was the top pick of the library board, will make $125,000 a year when she...
In Education
DAR ESSAY CONTESTS -- The Amelia Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has begun its annual American History Essay Contest. The topic this year is "Along the Trail with Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery, May 1804-September...
In Miami, the Visor Doesn't Fit
Byline: Mike Freeman, The Times-Union Before Ricky Williams decided to go hunting for ganja in the wilds of Australia, he made history. No, he did not set the world mark for blunt rolling. Not that record, silly. What Williams did was become one...
Introducing the Trikke - a Hip Device That May Sway You
Byline: Bill Longenecker, Shorelines columnist B.J. Viers of Atlantic Beach was on his Trikke. There is no generic term yet for the three-wheeled vehicle upon which the driver stands up. Viers was with Jimmy Evans, owner of the Trikke company. ...
JU Quarterback Tries to Fend off Injuries
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union Jacksonville University quarterback Anthony Salgado had only a few hours to prepare for his first college start. The freshman will have a little more time to prepare for his second start, assuming he can practice...
Kids Learn Customs of the Timucuan Indians; about 60 Students Live History at Feast Day
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer The brothers and sisters of the fire, water, turtle, bear, frog and fish clans gathered around a campfire where they were roasting oysters and smoking mullet. They were stepping back to pre-Colombian...
Kraft Foods Donates $10,000 to Food Pantry; Money Comes Just in Time for Holiday Rush
Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer A corporation known for its macaroni and cheese has helped Jacksonville's Jewish Family and Community Services fill its emergency food pantry, just in time for the expected holiday rush. Kraft Foods...
Legion's Cabin Start of Parade; Members Split on Building a New Hall
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, Nassau Neighbors staff writer The log cabin on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and 11th Street in Fernandina Beach has been the start and finish of many Veterans Day parades, including this year's parade on Saturday. Since...
Lehman: U.S. Better, Must Find Way to Get Job Done; the Ryder Cup Captain Also Says the Media Has Painted an Unfair Image of PGA Players
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union Q & A TOM LEHMAN RYDER CUP CAPTAIN Tom Lehman, who helped the United States win its last Ryder Cup in 1999 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., will try to break a two-match losing streak for...
Lights in the Sky -- One's Explained, the Other Isn't; Fire Caused by Electrical Wires Sparked Flash on Westside; Southside Blue Streak Remains a Mystery
Byline: JOSEPH BUSTOS, The Times-Union Witnesses say streaks of colorful light flashed across at least two different parts of the Jacksonville sky Monday evening, but an explanation for one of the streaks is still up in the air. Three electrical...
Madison Man Appeals Murder Conviction; He Says Current D.A. Was Ineffective When He Was Public Defender
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- A Madison County man convicted of murdering his mother's boyfriend asked the Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday for a new trial, arguing the defense attorney in his jury trial was ineffective and...
Maguire Pledges Access to Beach; Meanwhile, a New Group Forms on Issue
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer The stalemate over beach access in Ponte Vedra Beach may be loosening up as St. Johns County Commissioner Bruce Maguire last week verbally committed to clear, open and mark every public access point along...
Metallica Still Rocks Hard, Even If They Stumble a Little; despite Imperfections, the Crowd Goes Wild as the Band Shakes the Arena
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, Times-Union staff You got the feeling Monday that Metallica couldn't do anything wrong in the eyes of its fans. The band could've gotten up there and done Barry Manilow's I Can't Stop Smiling, and the 6,000 or so fans who...
Middleburg Makes State Final 4; Broncos Stage Dramatic Ending
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Times-Union sports writer Down two games to one and behind 9-3 in the fourth game of a best-of-5 match for a regional title, Middleburg High School showed why it is one of the top volleyball teams in the state Saturday...
Midnight Delight for Fans of Halo 2; with More Than 1.5 Million Copies Pre-Sold, the Game Will Generate More First-Day Revenue Than Any Movie in History
Byline: THOMAS LAKE, Times-Union staff The men streamed from the store after midnight, clutching plastic bags like Gollum clutched the Precious. Each bag contained a ticket to another world. In this world, the men fix pipes and water lawns and...
Minister Sees Good Things for Northside
Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer Margarette Matthews really believes in the roots of Christianity, the small groups that gathered 2,000 years ago to hear "the good news." She believes that the church is wherever "two or more are...
Morning Briefs
DANYA CEBUS AGREES TO BUY SUMMIT COS. Danya Cebus Ltd., an Israeli builder of homes, office buildings and highways, said it reached an agreement to buy the Summit Cos, a Jacksonville home builder, for about $25 million. The memorandum of understanding...
Museum Gets Major Art Gift; Collectors Donate More Than 40 Pieces of Contemporary Artwork
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union A recent gift of more than 40 pieces of contemporary art, including drawings, paintings and sculptures, is a major advance for the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art in its effort to accumulate more significant...
Nassau Notes
LIBRARY LUNCHEON The Friends of the Library will have a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in January to benefit the new Fernandina Beach branch library and Performance Centre. The organization needs help in ticket sales, solicitation...
Navy Getting to Root for a Winner; Johnson Has Put Pride Back into Storied Program
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union Paul Johnson made his way through the room, shaking hands and mingling with the crowd. But you didn't have to be a judge advocate general to figure out what type of audience came to hear Johnson speak Monday...
New-Look Seminoles Play Only Exhibition Game Tonight; FSU Fans Get First Look at 6-10 Newcomer Romero
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- There is ample time to worry about tackling an Atlantic Coast Conference basketball schedule that will include six preseason top 25 teams. Third-year Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton's more...
O'Leary, UCF Enduring Year in Which Little Is Right
Byline: Alex Abrams, The Times-Union This is not what George O'Leary had in mind when he decided to rebuild both his reputation and the University of Central Florida football program. Nor is this what UCF athletic director Steve Orsini envisioned...
Orange Park Finishes Season Strong
Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer Both teams were playing for pride, and in the end it was a one-yard touchdown run by Terrance Pollock in overtime that made the difference as host Orange Park took a 13-10 win over county...
PAL Program Works to Revitalize Park, Revive Community
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer As a teenage boy pressed his face to the window, a police officer talked about ambitious plans to transform a crime-plagued park in northwest Jacksonville. After a city recreation leader was...
People
APPOINTMENTS -- J. Calvitt Clarke III, professor of history at Jacksonville University, has been selected to join Children Inc.'s board of directors. Children Inc. is a non-profit, international child sponsorship organization. -- The Jacksonville...
POLICE BRIEFS; Traffic Stop Leads to Man's Arrest on Drug Charges
Byline: Caren Burmeister and Christophe Aguilar, Times-Union staff writers Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH A man reported Oct. 31 that he went to another man's apartment...
Police Warned Drivers about Car Horns
Byline: Christopher F. Aguilar, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTIC BEACH -- After several residents near a busy intersection complained in recent weeks about motorists blowing their horns at political sign-wavers, the city's Police Department had...
POLITICS; Veer to the Center
In the aftermath of yet another defeat, the national Democratic Party desperately needs new vision and a different image. Contrary to what he seems to think, however, Howard Dean is not the person to provide it. Members of the Democratic National...
Pompano Killing Leads to Local Clues; Victim's Car Was Found in Jacksonville on Monday, 5 Days after Young Mother of Two Died
Byline: DAVID C.L. BAUER, The Times-Union In the quiet overnight Nov. 3, Bianca Sierra was beaten to death, her body left in the bed of her Pompano Beach apartment for her two young children to find. Missing were her black four-door 1994 Mazda...
Residents Get Tasty Gift Ideas for the Holidays; Attendees Learn to Make Treats, Package Them
Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer Noel Pieklo has learned the secret to keeping up with her neighbors. And now the culinary goodies that she gives them for Christmas measure up to the best from their ovens. "My neighbors make...
Ridgeview Awaits Playoff Rematch
Byline: James May, County Line correspondent With a rematch looming in the first round of the 3A playoffs, the Ridgeview Panthers wanted to prove they could compete with the undefeated St. Augustine Yellow Jackets. The Panthers lost at home 29-14...
San Marco Youth Celebrates His Birthday by Finding Help for the Lost Boys
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg, Times-Union correspondent After viewing a documentary film, Lost Boys of Sudan in September at the San Marco Theatre, Mark Micolucci was troubled. "I was shocked to see the way the Lost Boys were living," he wrote...
School Board OKs Random Drug, Alcohol Testing
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Nassau County public schools likely will start random drug and alcohol testing of students in January, if not earlier, after school officials say they've received "overwhelming support" from...
Sheriff-Elect's Management Team Has Extensive Experience
Byline: Beth Reese Cravey, County Line staff writer With less than two months left before he takes office, Sheriff-elect Rick Beseler this week named his top management team. Beseler, who was chief investigator for the State Attorney's Office...
Sherman and War Come Alive in 'The General'
Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre combines fact with fiction in its presentation of a lively and charming historical drama, The General, which runs through Nov. 20. Friday's opening night...
Short Week Will Test Both Teams
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL, Times-Union correspondent Forget about talent, play-calling and intensity. The winner of Thursday night's Florida State-N.C. State game might be the team that can handle the physical demands of playing twice in five days....
Sports Extra
Byline: Steve Kirk, The Times-Union 2 CENTS Steve Spurrier might not be the first "Gator" (OK, OK, ex-Gator) to get a new job. UF associate athletic director Greg McGarity is a finalist for the Auburn AD position, and he is scheduled to visit...
Steelers Return to Their Roots
Byline: Vito Stellino, The Times-Union The Pittsburgh Steelers were the second-worst rushing team in the league last year, when they went 6-10. This year, the team whose trademark for decades has been running the ball, is No. 1 in rushing. And...
Study Looks at Beltway Possibilities; Cost Estimated at $350 to $510 Million
Byline: Greg Walsh, County Line correspondent A state feasibility study on a toll-funded "southern beltway" that would run through Clay and St. Johns counties to connect Interstates 95 and 10 should be completed in the spring, according to state...
Suddenly, MSD Finds It's Popular
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer While the Ponte Vedra Beach Municipal Service District has been asked to join St. Johns County as a co-defendant in a beach access case, the plaintiff's attorney said the civic board should join their...
Teacher's Devotion to Arts Education Gleans State Award
Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer Marilyn Eflein's career teaching art at Fernandina Beach High School began suddenly and expensively. Eflein, a young teacher who had substituted a few times recalls getting a call out of the...
Team Cuts Ties with Troubled Blade
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union The Jaguars ended their experiment with Willie Blade on Tuesday, waiving the troubled defensive tackle midway through his first season with the club. Blade, a former third-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys...
There's More Trouble Brewing in Callahan; Historical Society Depot Was Given Away; Judge Grants Injunction
Byline: AMELIA A. HART, Nassau Neighbors staff writer After several years of calm, Callahan again is the site of a fractious dispute involving Bobbi Boone, the town's controversial former building and zoning administrator. Boone, who is facing...
Toledo Runs over Northern Illinois
Scooter McDougle ran for 133 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns to help Toledo defeat Northern Illinois 31-17 Tuesday night in DeKalb, Ill. With the victory, Toledo (7-3, 6-1) can claim at least a share of the MAC West title by defeating...
Unbeaten Bolles Too Much for Clay; Now Blue Devils Set for Playoffs
Byline: Scott Dye, County Line correspondent The Clay High Blue Devils went toe to toe with the undefeated Bolles Bulldogs in their season finale Friday, attempting to push their winning streak to four games heading into the playoffs. The streak...
Vandalism Mars Fleming Island High's Mascot
A vandal or vandals caused what is thought to be several thousand dollars worth of damage at Fleming Island High School prior to the school's football game against Orange Park High School last week. Clay County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Mary...
Vilano Beach Cleared for Development
Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer The Vilano Beach Town Center is open for residential development now that the St. Johns County Commission approved mixed-use zoning for the blighted area by the sea. Commissioners voted 4-0 Nov. 3,...
Will You Get Accepted? Web Sites Say They Can Predict Chances; but at Least One Veteran Guidance Counselor Says They're "A Waste of Time."
Byline: BETH KORMANIK, Times-Union staff A crop of new Web sites cater to the anxieties of college-bound high school seniors who can't wait until April to get word from admissions departments or want Vegas-style odds on whether they're bound for...
Winless Season over in Middleburg
Byline: Travis Smith, County Line correspondent A season of disappointment ended Friday night in St. Johns County as the Middleburg Broncos fell to the Nease High School Panthers, 70-20. After an early score, Nease recovered two consecutive onside...
With Holland Moving on, 2 in Race for Council
Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer So far, two West Beaches residents have jumped into the race for a Jacksonville City Council seat since their council representative, Jerry Holland, announced he's running for Duval County elections...
Zook to Avoid Gator Growl
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- Those around the Florida football program couldn't remember exactly when the last time the school's football coach wasn't on stage to introduce the senior football players at Gator Growl. ...