The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 28, 2004

Byrd Tells Jacksonville Voters He's the 'True Republican'; Florida's House Speaker Emphasizes His Stance on Malpractice Reforms
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union Florida House Speaker Johnnie Byrd wound through a speech about being a "true Republican" outside Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, when an American flag tilted and began to fall in the breeze Thursday afternoon....
Daily March Permits Sought; Protests of Iraq War, Environmental Issues and Israeli Occupation
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- Activists are negotiating with officials to stage three marches along main city streets June 8-10 to coincide with the G-8 Summit on Sea Island. The marches will protest the war in Iraq and...
Developers Ironing out Details of Towers Project; Construction of Condos Should Take about Two Years to Complete
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union The South Florida developers planning to build two 48-story residential towers on the Southbank said they expect to submit updated plans for the project in 30 to 45 days. Hal Dodt, a partner in Boynton...
DNA Links Inmate to 2 Sex Assaults, Ware Sheriff Says; Lab Sample in Deceased Elderly Waycross Woman's Case Led to Unsolved Rape of 17-Year-Old Camilla Youth
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union A Georgia prison inmate awaiting trial in an Albany homicide case has been linked through DNA analysis to the rapes of an elderly Waycross woman and a young Camilla woman two years ago. Sammy Brown,...
Dzingai Ready for Sneak Attack; Florida State Sprinter Came from Division II to No. 2 in Nation in 2004
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL, Times-Union correspondent Brian Dzingai understands why his name isn't on the lips of American track fans. Dzingai only arrived on the U.S. sprinting scene four years ago, when he left his native Zimbabwe for Truman State...
EDUCATION; Growing Weaker
As more proof of the success of school choice comes in, opponents continue raising objections but seem to be losing steam. This week, the news was that 10 of 34 voucher schools are not accredited, which could "possibly" be a violation of the law....
FIRES FLARE IN SCORCHING WEATHER; Blazes Char 2,000 Acres in 2 Counties North Florida Fire Crews Fear Worst Because No Rain Is Likely and Fire Conditions Are Optimum
Byline: MATT GALNOR, The Times-Union TAYLOR -- More than 2,000 acres in Northeast Florida burned during Thursday's optimum fire conditions, and local fire crews are bracing for the worst with any help from the skies likely days away. No one was...
Future Is Now for Trio of Talented UF Freshmen
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- A big part of the future of the Florida men's track and field team spends a lot of its time together. Reggie Witherspoon, Mike Morrison and Kerron Clement -- dorm mates since they arrived...
Get Up, Get out and Be Festive
Unless you're a rabid Indianapolis 500 fan, there really is no reason to sit around watching TV all weekend. Just look at what's going on across Northeast Florida: -- On Jacksonville's Northside, the 17th annual Kuumba Festival celebrates African-American...
Graham Colton Doesn't Smoke, but He's Still on Fire
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union Graham Colton seems just a little obsessed with the myth of rock 'n' roll. He rounds 10 corners to explain what pop-rock is. He's careful or scared of that label for his own music because it might lump him...
Group Asks Bush to Cut Super Bowl Aid to City
Byline: JORDAN RODACK, The Times-Union A Florida government watchdog group is urging Gov. Jeb Bush to veto $202 million from next year's state budget, including $8.6 million intended to help pay security costs for Jacksonville's Super Bowl. Florida...
Harry Connick Jr. Lets His Music Speak
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union For a guy who can charm an auditorium full of people or light up a movie screen, Harry Connick Jr. isn't the most exciting guy to talk with when you get him on the phone. Maybe he's just a man of few words,...
Heartwarming Humor Sweetens 'Raising Helen'
Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union Raising Helen is a sweet, rambling and imperfect, full of likable characters and mildly amusing subplots as it moves toward an ending you can see coming from miles away. It won't win any awards, but it's likely...
Hot Food and Politics Mix Just Right for Political Guru
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist OK. OK. Enough of you have been asking about Jimmy Ray Bob now that the political season is heating up -- prematurely, to my way of thinking -- that I decided I had better pay a visit to the guru...
Jacksonville Journal
FCCJ, DOWNTOWN CHURCH TO OFFER SUMMER SCHOOL Florida Community College at Jacksonville and a downtown church will offer summer school to high school students from Monday, June 7 to Friday, July 16. Algebra I and II, geometry, English I, II, III...
JAGUARS NOTES; Musgrave's Playbook Catching On
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union The Jaguars could have as many as four receivers with one year or less of NFL experience this fall, including three rookies. No wonder offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has been so busy scaling back the...
JTA Board Approves Blueprint for Rapid Transit Routes; the Plan Would Have System Travel Four Directions from Downtown
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union The Jacksonville Transportation Authority board Thursday approved a blueprint for building rapid transit routes in four directions from downtown to the suburbs, but the board expects to take a "bite of the...
Law School Plans College in Arizona; Florida Coastal's Owners Get the Go-Ahead to Open Campus in Phoenix
Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union The owners of Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville moved a step forward Thursday in a plan to set up replicas nationwide when a board in Arizona approved a plan to open a school there. The Arizona...
Lefty Leads Vandy Past UF; Mullins Strikes out 12, Puts Gators in Elimination Game at SEC Tournament
Byline: GREG WALLACE, Times-Union correspondent HOOVER, Ala. -- The Florida baseball team's road to an off-day at the SEC Baseball Tournament ran into a 6-foot-6 roadblock Thursday night. All that stood between the sixth-seeded Gators and a berth...
Local Contractors Lose Bid for Navy Ship Deal
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union For the past three weeks, a television in the lobby of Goodrich Corp.'s Engineered Polymer Products division was counting down the days, minutes, hours and finally seconds until the Navy's announcement of...
McCray Not Held in Killings
Byline: NIN-HAI TSENG, The Times-Union Although authorities ended a four-day manhunt with Wednesday's capture of a man suspected of killing four people at a Clay County home, they are still building their case and have not charged him in Sunday's...
Model Home Effort in Springfield Showcases Art along with the Real Estate
Byline: Tanya Perez-Brennan, The Times-Union I've never been the type to get into decorating and domestic stuff, but a friend visiting from Boston -- who happens to be studying interior architecture -- decided to redecorate my apartment. I left...
Morning Briefs
FIDELITY NATIONAL LEASES SOUTHSIDE SPACE Fidelity National Financial Inc. has agreed to lease 22,105 square feet of office space at Broadway Center on the Southside. The Jacksonville-based Fortune 500 company plans to use the space for a call...
No Run Support, No Problem for Hurley; Star Hurler Looking Forward to Today's State Semifinal, despite Wolfson High's Offensive Lows
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union With an offense that has had trouble scoring runs, particularly against top pitching, Wolfson High School has just the pitcher it needs on the mound today for its Class 5A state semifinal against Seminole...
Orange and Blue Angels; Florida Coach Zook 'Fired Up' for Latest Invitation
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union Ron Zook might throw up. In fact, there's a good chance the University of Florida football coach could throw up more than once. It has happened to a lot of people in his situation. When you're under...
Peyton Halts Economic Incentives; Mayor Orders Staff Cuts on Development Commission; Wants Review of Efforts
Byline: SARAH SKIDMORE, The Times-Union ********************CORRECTION June 2, 2004 Advantus Corp. is located in City Councilman Reggie Fullwood's district. Because of a reporter's error, another council member was named in association with the...
Prep All-Star Event Loses Pool of Talent; Moving FACA Baseball Tourney before State Semis Forces 12 to Miss Out
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union TAMPA -- When the Florida High School Athletic Association revamped its calendar last year, Wink Barnette and Gary Rapp had a tough choice to make. As two of the organizers for the Florida Athletic Coaches...
Report Blames CSX Crash on Equipment Failure; Elderly Couple Killed in February at Rochester, N.Y., Intersection
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union CSX Transportation's failure to maintain highway crossing equipment at a Rochester, N.Y., intersection was the primary cause of an accident there that killed an elderly couple, a federal investigation has...
Sheriff Wants Firepower Upgrade; Caliber .223 Assault Rifles, Tasers on Wish List to Close Arms Gap with Criminals
Byline: Steve Patterson, The Times-Union Jacksonville police officers may be outfitted with assault rifles and Tasers through a public-safety initiative Mayor John Peyton announced this month. Corrections officers in the city's jails would also...
SHE'S ALREADY A STAR; DeGarmo's Second Place Is a Winner for Hometown Most Believe Snellville's Smiling Songstress Is Very Likely a Record Deal Waiting to Happen
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union SNELLVILLE -- The hometown of American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo is the kind of place that sees the glass as being half-full rather than half-empty. One day after DeGarmo, 16, placed second in the nation's...
Subcontractors Picket Hotel for Unpaid Work; Owner Says Payment Withheld Because Contractor Didn't Do Job According to the Contract
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- A group of subcontractors caught in a dispute between the owners of a new Jacksonville Beach hotel and the general contractor picketed outside the hotel Thursday saying they haven't...
Teen to Be Tried as Adult; Boy Aided Accused Killer of Mom, Baby, Cops Say; Mosley Pleads Not Guilty, Says Evidence Planted
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER and PAUL PINKHAM, The Times-Union A Jacksonville teen held as an accomplice in the slayings of a mother and her baby was charged Thursday as an adult, while the man police say committed the killings pleaded not guilty and...
There's More Than One Reason to like Weaver
Byline: Mike Freeman, Times-Union sports columnist It is easy to tell when the big shots are in town, as the NFL owners were this week for their May meetings at Amelia Island. A short distance away from their hotel, at a nearby airport, more...
This Is One Comedy That's Just 'Plane' Fun; Laughter Takes Flight Once Again
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union In this post-9/11 world, airplanes have been off limits for Hollywood. Whatever it is that once made them fun has been turned into dull lines at security checkpoints, and flying has turned into a business transaction....
Wal-Mart's Philips Project Moving Along
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is closer to construction of its proposed Philips Highway Supercenter. Wal-Mart wants to develop a $19 million, 186,500-square-foot Supercenter at 4118 Philips...
You'll Be Safely on Land When 'Jaws' Strikes
Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union Here's a great idea if you're at loose ends tonight: How about watching a movie at Jacksonville Beach's open-air, seaside movie screen, then taking a stroll over the dunes for a midnight dip in the ocean? ...
You'll Feel Right at Home amid These Artworks; 'New Domestics' Displayed at FCCJ
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union If you're looking for the kind of art show that would showcase work you could put in your home, then you've found it. "The New Domestics," which runs through Friday, June 18, at FCCJ South Campus,...
Young Leaders Try Hand at Governing
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- A few weeks after the General Assembly's final day, the Senate chambers once again hosted dozens of Georgians eager to debate the pressing issues of the day. Bills about the state flag, welfare...