The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 21, 2005

BELLSOUTH GREATER JACKSONVILLE KINGFISH TOURNAMENT; Covering All the Angles
HITTING THE JACKPOT The odds against it are staggering, but here's how an angler could win $238,724 in the BellSouth Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament: $115,224 boat package for catching the heaviest kingfish; $20,000 bonus for breaking the...
Camden Puts off Vote on Jail Fees; Commission Listens to Cities, Delays Action
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE -- A vote to charge the cities of Kingsland and St. Marys $45 per day for each inmate sentenced to jail by city courts has been postponed so the Camden County Commission can consider other options. The issue was...
Camden Will Test Students for Drug Use; Board Can Screen 20 Percent of Certain Student Populations
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND -- The Camden County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to begin drug testing in Camden County schools -- with two major modifications. Instead of testing all middle and high school students involved...
Carter Looking Past FAMU's Troubles; Rattlers' New Coach Takes over with Seven Weeks before Season Opener
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL TALLAHASSEE -- As a promising defensive line prospect 34 years ago, Rubin Carter took an official recruiting visit to Florida A&M before ultimately signing with Miami. The reason he passed on the Rattlers? Miami had a...
Cause of Death Released for Pair; Couple Found Buried Were Asphyxiated
Byline: SHANNON HOUGHTON A Jacksonville couple found in shallow graves north of the Florida-Georgia border were alive when they were buried, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday. The officials spoke with the Times-Union on condition of...
Cereal Fans, This Book Is Gr-R-Reat
Byline: Dan Macdonald Remember when baseball cards were all the rage? I had buddies who spent hundred of dollars collecting rookie cards and complete sets, then watched their portfolios diminish when the bottom fell out of the market. Who knew they...
Coast Lines
ISLAND PLAYERS TO PERFORM 'TOM SAWYER' The Island Players' Young Peoples Summer Workshop will present Tom Sawyer during evening and afternoon performances Friday through Sunday, July 31. The performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday,...
Elrod Sailing to South Georgia; Frigate That Was Commissioned in Brunswick Will Be Open to the Public There This Weekend
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK -- The guided missile frigate USS Elrod is returning to South Georgia for the first time, visiting the port where it was commissioned 20 years ago. The Elrod will sail into Brunswick Friday, tie up at Mayors Point...
Ex-Assistant Now EWC Hoops Coach; Mosley Played at FCCJ, Coached at Edward Waters under Buster Harvey
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS Anthony Mosley is returning to Edward Waters College, this time as head men's basketball coach. Mosley, who spent seven years as an EWC assistant before leaving prior to last season, has been hired to bring stability to the...
Fatal Eviction Shootings Ruled Justifiable; the Tenant Was Defending Himself When He Fired, State Attorney Says
State Attorney Harry Shorstein has formally ruled out filing homicide charges against a Jacksonville man who fatally shot two cousins who came to his rented McCoys Creek home to evict him. In finding the July 9 slayings of Calvin Threadcraft and...
Judge Declines New Trial for Former State Senator; Evidence Supports the Guilty Verdicts, He Says
Byline: SANDY HODSON AUGUSTA, Ga. -- In a written order, the federal judge who presided over former state Sen. Charles Walker's trial has denied him a judgment acquittal and declined to grant a new trial. Walker, 57, was convicted last month...
Judge Overturns Suicide Ruling in Van Crash Death; Decision Clears Way for Indiana Doctor's Family to Seek Insurance Payout
Byline: JORDAN RODACK The family of an Indiana heart doctor who died when his van plowed into a tree more than three years ago in Fernandina Beach has won its battle to change his official cause of death. Circuit Judge Brian Davis ruled that...
Kingfish Fan's Guide
Schedule for the 2005 BellSouth Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. Friday 6:30 p.m.: Check-out begins for Day 2 in general tournament. 7 a.m.: Fishing begins. 3 p.m.: Weigh-in opens. 4:30 p.m.: Fishing ends. 6-9 p.m.: Entertainment...
Letter by Jaguars Puts City on Notice; Weaver Tells Peyton the Team Is Not Making Enough Money, but Says It's Not a Threat to Leave
Byline: GENE FRENETTE and MARY KELLI PALKA Despite a recent letter from Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver to Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton that contains lease-breaking language, the team and the city insist it's not a threat to move the National Football...
Like His Fastball, Word Travels Fast; Broxton's 101-MPH Pitch May Get Him Promoted Quickly from Suns to L.A
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Jonathan Broxton could become the third Jacksonville Suns relief pitcher to join the Los Angeles Dodgers in the past two years. And it could happen soon . . . very soon. Broxton wasn't needed Wednesday afternoon as the Suns...
Locals Have Tie to Stage; St. Augustine Nuns' Order Started in the French City of le Puy
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON For Tour de France cyclists, Le Puy-en-Velay is the destination in Friday's 19th stage. But for the Sisters of St. Joseph in St. Augustine, Le Puy is the beginning. Nearly 140 years ago, their order departed from the...
Mayor's Court Complex Cuts Cost; New Building Plan Would Divide Construction into Phases and Fund Only What City Can Afford
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton wants to build a new criminal courts building downtown but leave it to a future mayor to decide how to fund a second phase to accommodate civil court functions. Peyton said the city has...
Morning Briefs
RAYONIER EXPECTS BIG GAINS FROM REWORKED TIMBER DEAL Rayonier Inc. said Wednesday it expects a gain of between $28 million, or 54 cents a share, and $38 million, or 74 cents a share, in the fourth quarter from its deal to restructure its New Zealand...
New CD Helps Fight against Elder Abuse; Jacksonville Police, Prosecutors Are Scheduled to Receive Copies by September
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON As the American population ages, an already serious problem of elder abuse can be expected to grow, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford says. That's why representatives of several government and non-profit agencies have...
Norman Makes Senior Debut
Byline: GARRY SMITS A back injury and subsequent surgery delayed Greg Norman's Champions Tour debut. But, in a way, it's appropriate that Norman will make his first start on the 50-plus Tour this week at the Senior British Open. Norman, a...
No Surprise: Clay Citizens Unhappy; UNF Poll Finds Residents Upset with Commissioners after Series of Mishaps; Bush Not Surprised
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Many Clay County residents disapprove of their commissioners and want government changed to include an elected county manager or mayor, according to a University of North Florida poll released Wednesday. The poll results...
Provost Meetings (Seemingly) Are Never Done; Little Known Job Has Big Role on Campus, Mostly Involving Human Interaction
Byline: BETH KORMANIK It could have been an embarrassing moment. Gerry Giordano, University of North Florida's provost and vice president of academic affairs, was about to welcome a group of 10 new UNF employees at an orientation. "He is our...
Regency Centers Buys Dunn Avenue Store Lease; Developer Uncertain as to What It Will Do with the Property
Byline: MARK BASCH And the buyer of the lease on the Winn-Dixie supermarket in the Highland Square shopping center is . . . the owner of the property. Jacksonville-based Regency Centers Corp., which owns the shopping center on Dunn Avenue, submitted...
Religious Groups in Florida Wary about Roberts; Christian Conservatives Want More Time to React; Liberal Interests Unsure
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY While Republican politicians such as U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida are praising President Bush's nomination of Judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court, conservative religious groups aren't jumping for joy. At least...
Salary Cap Missed Provosts' Increases; Lawmakers Only Targeted Pay for Presidents of Public Universities
Byline: BETH KORMANIK Two years ago, Florida lawmakers responded to the skyrocketing salaries of public university presidents by limiting their state-provided pay to $225,000. Anything above that figure had to come from private sources. By focusing...
Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by Jason Schneider 2 CENTS Boston fans are at it again. It's been less than a year since the Red Sox hoisted their first World Series trophy in 86 years, but the honeymoon is over. After surrendering the American League...
Steak Makeover; the Beef Industry and Chefs Are Finding Ways to Make Less Desirable Cuts More Appealing
Byline: DAN MACDONALD It's easy to be steered in the wrong direction when trying to save a buck. This is especially the case when it comes to steak. The grill cries out for a thick hunk of beef at this time of year. But the wallet cringes at...
St. Johns Plans New Administration Building; Courthouse Crowding Cited as Project Discussed at Budget Workshop
Byline: KEN LEWIS ST. AUGUSTINE -- St. Johns County will start crafting blueprints for a new administration building this year, part of a $15.6 million project demanded by dramatic growth in the neighboring courthouse and expected to be complete...
SUPREME COURT; Outstanding Choice
It is difficult to imagine a more qualified nominee for the Supreme Court than John G. Roberts Jr. As President Bush said Wednesday night, Roberts is "one of the best legal minds of his generation." Roberts, 50, grew up in Long Beach, Ind., the...
Tax Abatement Plans Are Mostly Corporate Gifts
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage I have spent the last several days looking up the history of taxpayer-financed incentives for businesses, otherwise known as corporate welfare. The state we are in today -- where City Hall regularly gives away buckets...
Teen Killed 'Trying to Protect Auntie'; Girl Recalls Attack on Sister, Aunt in Jacksonville Beach; Suspect Surrenders
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The children knew as soon as their auntie told them Pablo was near: Trouble was coming. As they sat in Aja Leigh McKenna's minivan outside the apartment she had finally decided to move out of, leaving...
This Week on Tour
PGA TOUR Tournament: U.S. Bank Championship. Site: Milwaukee. When: Today-Sunday. Course: Brown Deer Park Golf Course (par-70, 6,759 yards; architect George Hanson). Purse: $3.8 million. First place: $684,000. TV: USA (today-Friday,...
Tour: No Word on Players; Moving Event to May Still under Consideration, but No Resolution Yet
Byline: GARRY SMITS PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said recent media characterizations of The Players Championship moving from March to May in 2007 as a "virtual lock" are premature. "It is not a virtual lock . . . it's still very much up...
Towns Prepare to Lose W-Ds; A Number of Stores Slated for Closure Failed to Sell at Auction, Including the One in Waycross
Byline: TERRY DICKSON An icon is likely to disappear soon from Waycross shoppers' grocery lists without a replacement. With the Winn-Dixie store on Memorial Drive going unsold at auction this week, the store will probably be among the more that...
UGa to Tighten Standards for IDs; Social Security Numbers No Longer Will Be Used in Wake of Hacker Cases
Byline: JENNIFER MOORE ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is taking steps to eliminate the use of Social Security numbers as the official identifier for students, faculty and staff. The decision to create a new type of identification number...
Union Questions Navy Speed on Fixes; OSHA Cited the Navy for Safety Violations on a Shipboard Missile System
Byline: GREGORY PIATT and STEVE PATTERSON A union official at Mayport Naval Station said he fears that Navy lawyers will use legal tactics to tie up a federal safety agency's citations of a shipboard missile system, instead of complying with the...