The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 16, 2006

ACC Extra
Byline: Bob Thomas ROOKIE OF THE WEEK North Carolina freshman center Tyler Hansbrough earned his seventh ACC Rookie of the Week honor after averaging 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds during a two-game split with Duke and Miami. FODDER RAISING...
Auto Racing, Basketball Are on Carolina's Mind; Tar Heel State Natives Such as Jarrett, Sadler and Burton Split Love between NASCAR, ACC
Byline: BOB THOMAS It's more than coincidence that the heart of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball country is known as Tobacco Road, and from 1972 to 2003, NASCAR's premier series was called the Winston Cup. Beyond the geographical link to...
Bill Gives Nuclear Plant Guards More Powers; Security Forces Would Be Allowed to Detain Suspicious People around Area, Use Lethal Force to Protect Sites
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- Guards at the state's two nuclear power plants would be allowed to detain suspicious people and use lethal force if necessary to protect the sites, under a Senate bill introduced this week. Sen. Jim Whitehead,...
Boys Basketball Regional Quarterfinals
Byline: Jeff Elliott All games at 7 p.m. today REGION 1-6A Today's schedule: Sandalwood (18-7) at DeLand (19-5). Comment: A loss in the district final loss cost Sandalwood three possible home games. Now they travel to improving DeLand,...
Bulldogs Lucky ... and Good; Bolles Reaches State Final after Howeyack, with His New Number, Scores Again
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON FORT LAUDERDALE -- Maybe it's a lucky jersey. Since switching numbers with a teammate, Bolles defender Hunter Howeyack has scored two game-winning goals in back-to-back playoff games. His header in the 53rd minute gave...
Camden to Tell Its Story; Resident Volunteers Will Present Tale of 3 Cities in Historical Stage Show
Byline: JILL HELTON KINGSLAND -- Some say Camden County's three cities are like three sisters, always bickering and competing with one another. But deep down, they love each other. That is the theme of a new stage production that portrays Camden's...
China Trade, Parents, Police Gain in Budget; the Amended Document Also Includes More Money for Public Libraries
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- Georgia would open a new trade office in China, help more parents with disabled children pay for health care, and libraries across the state would get more money for books under this year's updated spending plan...
Contractor Breaches Blue Cross Computer; about 27,000 Names, Social Security Numbers Were Transferred to Unauthorized Site
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Names and Social Security numbers of about 27,000 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida contractors, vendors and current and former employees were stolen by a rogue contractor, the company disclosed Wednesday. The contractor,...
CSX Train Hits Truck Carrying Propane; No One Hurt in Waycross Crash; More Than 50 Homes Evacuated until Gas Is Safely Burned Off
Byline: TERRY DICKSON A CSX Transportation locomotive struck a liquid propane truck Wednesday morning north of Waycross, triggering small leaks and prompting the evacuation of more than 50 homes, authorities said. The driver of the Rural Gas...
Davenport to Return to Amelia; Two-Time Defending Champ Will Play at Bausch & Lomb; Pierce, Petrova Also Commit
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Lindsay Davenport will be back and looking for a three-peat. The 29-year-old will return to Amelia Island to defend her back-to-back Bausch & Lomb Championships titles and seek an unprecedented fourth title overall....
DiPaul Soars under the Radar; Ridgeview Senior Has 26-1 Record, Looks to Surprise in Rough 171-Pound Bracket
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN Two years ago, Mike DiPaul had a tattoo of an eagle inked between his shoulder blades, its wings spread to form a cross. The arrangement was purposeful. There, on DiPaul's upper back, the bird perches between the straps...
Duels Offer Last Chance; Robby Gordon, among Others, Knows What He Has to Do -- Finish First or Second in Events
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH -- The game plan is laid out in Robby Gordon's hauler in stacks of paper. Blue Hi-Liter pen marks point out everything that applies to Gordon in today's Gatorade Duels 150-mile qualifying races at the Daytona International...
Duval Brothers' Efforts Bring Aid to Desperate; after Hurricane Katrina, They Organized the Nonprofit from Jacksonville with Love
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS A nondescript office park on the edge of Southside Boulevard is the staging area for something big. Gas stoves line the corporate-white walls, and Igloo coolers cover one wall floor to ceiling, waiting to be called by the next...
Entenmann's Mini Carrot Cake Gets Mixed Reaction; Panel Members Don't See Eye-to-Eye on Sweet Treat with Cream Cheese Icing
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY The combination of ingredients in a carrot cake can be as varied as the days of the week. Usually dusted with powdered sugar or draped in cream cheese icing, the cake can be as simple as carrots and spice or brimming with...
Expert Counsels Judge to Place Boy with Father Now; Evan Johnson's Mother Won Custody from an Atlantic Beach Couple Last Year
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM A 4-year-old boy raised by an Atlantic Beach couple until a judge placed him with his birth mother last year in a fierce custody battle should now live with his biological father, a court-appointed evaluator has recommended....
House Approves School Club Rule; the Change Would Allow Parents to Bar Their Children from Certain Groups
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- Parents would have more say over which student clubs their children want to join under a bill approved Wednesday by the House on a 143-25 vote. The legislation, which now moves to the Senate, would give parents...
Italian Shipping Line Coming to Area; Service Will Transport Used Cars, Construction Supplies to African Ports
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS An Italian shipping line will begin carrying used cars and construction equipment from Jacksonville to five Africa ports in March, the latest expansion of the First Coast's connection with the continent. Atlantic Container...
Jacksonville Journal
JCCI SPONSORS SPEECH BY BRIDGE LIGHT PROMOTER Tri Vu, president of TTV Architects, will share his views on the creative community and its future in the city at an event sponsored today by the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. Vu will be one...
JCCI to Take Look at Murders in City; $80,000 Study Will Be Council's Biggest since a Look at Race Relations in 2002
Byline: DANA TREEN Jacksonville is about to a take hard look at the roots of its violence. An $80,000 study that will look at the city's murder rate will be the Jacksonville Community Council Inc.'s biggest undertaking since a look at race relations...
Morning Briefs
HOME SALES ON THE DECLINE, BUT PRICES STILL ON THE RISE U.S. home sales fell 4.7 percent in the fourth quarter from a record in the previous three months, another sign the housing market is cooling, according to a report from the National Association...
MURDER RATE; Time for Action
Duval County's violent tendencies are about to be dissected like never before. And, no matter what shows up under the microscope, the attention means the community has its best chance yet of making inroads on a decades-old murder problem. Funded...
NASCAR NOTEBOOK; Drivers Differ on Bump-Drafting Decision
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH -- After begging NASCAR for help against bump-drafting, drivers aren't sure that asking the sanctioning body to make subjective calls is the answer. The sport said Tuesday it would create a no-bump zone around...
NFL NOTEBOOK; Jags Hire Monachino for Defensive Line
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio rounded out his staff Wednesday by naming Arizona State defensive line coach Ted Monachino as assistant defensive line coach. Monachino, 39, was hired to replace Todd Howard after Howard recently left to become defensive...
No Action Was Wise Move on Council's Term Limits
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage I admit it. I was ready to jump on the City Council with both feet. The very suggestion that voters should be asked if they made a mistake in 1991 when they limited council members to two consecutive four-year...
Rants & Raves; Veterans Deserve Better T-YOU
I would like to see more stories about what our "grateful nation" is doing for our veterans. They are homeless, extremely slow (takes years) to get VA benefits, and what we have earned is being taken away by the very government we defended.... As a...
Recent Boeing Offer Could Replace Army Spy Plane; Local Leaders Hope Training and Repairs on the Aircraft Could Be Done on the First Coast
Byline: GREGORY PIATT State and city business leaders are enthused about a recent Boeing Co. offer that could replace an Army spy plane that was supposed to have been assembled in Jacksonville by Brazilian jet manufacturer Embraer. Although Boeing...
Redick Erases Staples of a Cavs' Career
Byline: Bob Thomas Curtis Staples had a pretty good idea about 12 years ago that the kid on his Roanoke, Va., summer-camp team might end up being a pretty good basketball player. Tuesday night, Staples was at Cameron Indoor Stadium when Duke...
Sandalwood Student Reports Rape during School
A 17-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom Tuesday at Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville police said. Deon Alexander Davenport, 17, was arrested on a charge of sexual battery, police said. The girl was walking toward the auditorium...
She Helped Restore Family Home for Museum Opening; Her Family Became Part of the Largest Shipbuilding and Repair Company in the South
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Ann Merrill Gillette, the oldest member of what was Jacksonville's leading maritime family, died Monday at St. Vincent's Medical Center from complications of pulmonary disease. She was 91. A graveside funeral will be...
Sports Extra
Byline: Scott Kendrick 2CENTS Here's how much the rest of the world hates us. Baseball, a game that was invented in the United States, is still called the "national pastime" here and has a presence across the world, was voted out of the Olympics....
Stumped by the Bumps; Equal Cars Are Slamming Way to Front, and Tactic Has NASCAR's Attention
Byline: DON COBLE DAYTONA BEACH -- The in-car camera in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car was every bit as scary as Tony Stewart's warning: Bump-drafting is an accident waiting to happen. Pictures from the front seat of Earnhardt's car during last Sunday's...
This Week on Tour
PGA TOUR Tournament: Nissan Open. Site: Pacific Palisades, Calif. When: Today-Sunday. Course: Riviera Country Club (par 71, 7,220 yard; architects: George C. Thomas Jr. and William P. Bell). Purse: $5.1 million. First place: $918,000....
TOUR NOTEBOOK; Tour's Senior Rules Official Dies
Byline: GARRY SMITS Wade Cagle was such a steward of the Rules of Golf and the integrity of the game that one of his peers, Slugger White, called him "the heart and soul of the PGA Tour." Cagle, the senior rules official and tournament director...
Treaty Oak Acorns Fall a Long Way from Tree; Saplings from the Jacksonville Landmark Are Being Planted on the Storm-Ravaged Gulf Coast
Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR Saplings from Jacksonville's mighty Treaty Oak, the limbs of which have endured hundreds of years of weather both foul and pleasant, are taking root in hurricane-ravaged areas of Mississippi's Gulf Coast to help that area...
Try Super Approach to Supper
Byline: Dan Macdonald We tried a new way to answer that "What's for supper?" question. The answer is easy when all the ingredients are measured, chopped and frozen in your freezer. Super Suppers is a franchised food preparation concept that is...
Veterans Pick Up on Trucks; Less Pressure, More Fun Combine to Lure Older NASCAR Drivers
Byline: DON COBLE Ted Musgrave had three essentials riding with him during his championship season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series a year ago -- crutches, Geritol and experience. It's a good thing he drives a pickup for a living. There's...
Voucher Fans Rally at Capitol; Republican Lawmakers Work to Fix System after January Ruling
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- A new fight over an old argument kicked off Wednesday in Tallahassee as school voucher supporters rallied to save Florida's derailed system, and opponents fought back just as fiercely that private schools...
Wolfson Falls in Semifinal; Controversial Goal Sends Auburndale to Title Game
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON FORT LAUDERDALE -- It wasn't how either coach wanted it decided. But it was certainly worse for Wolfson coach Todd Tinsley and the Wolfpack. Wolfson contained Auburndale star Pascal Milien for 80 minutes, but a controversial...