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The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 20, 2005

A DEAD-END LIFE; Lured by Northeast Florida Bosses, Farm Laborers Hit the Road but Still Find Only Squalor and Debt
Byline: MATT GALNOR RALEIGH, N.C. -- Every stop brought a smidgen of hope. It couldn't possibly be as bad as the last one, many workers thought. They piled into the cramped buses and vans, riding to the next camp. First, Northeast Florida....
Asleep at Wheel without a License; the Man Awoke to an Officer Turning off the Ignition, Reports Say
When you don't have a driver's license, it's a bad idea to park in the middle of the road and then go to sleep at the wheel. That's a lesson Alfred Erenest Silva, 45, learned early Friday morning. Jacksonville patrolman L.C. Miller reported that...
Bolles Swimmers Dominate Again; Girls, Boys Extend Their Win Streaks; Boys Set State Record in Free Relay
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON FORT LAUDERDALE -- In a hotel pool, Bolles swimmers offered a glimpse of why they continue to dominate the state. With no warm-up time allotted Friday at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, the Bulldogs loosened up in the...
Bumps on the Road Didn't Deter These Guys
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis Martin Dietel is a Trinidad native, a former calypso musician and a recent fixture among Jacksonville's downtown buildings where he ran snack shops. He was diagnosed as a child with a degenerative eye disease and came...
Chase Hasn't Taken Defense out of Strategy; Stewart Has Been Best Driver All Season, but He Hasn't Won in Playoff
Byline: DON COBLE HOMESTEAD -- When NASCAR invented the Chase for the Championship, it hoped it would promote more racing by the Nextel Cup Series leader. It has done the exact opposite. While Tony Stewart insists he will try to win today's...
Clay County's Government Needs Good Shake-Up
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage For you readers living in Clay County, my condolences. Not that Clay County doesn't have charm and isn't a great place to live, it does and it is. But lately when those of us in Jacksonville get down in the mouth...
Drivers Beware: Bambi Is Back; Motorist Run-Ins with Deer Cause a Lot of Damage in State; a Study Hopes to Change That
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- Buell Adams was only a couple of miles from home when he abruptly met his four-legged neighbor. "I didn't know what happened," the Athens resident said. "I stopped and checked the car and saw the deer on the...
FAMU Keeps It in Family; Chester Leads Rattlers to Wild Victory over Rival B-CC, Just like His Father
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS ORLANDO -- Being the son of a former Florida A&M star quarterback, Albert Chester II knew the stories about his father playing in the Florida Classic. He had even seen the tape of his old man leading the Rattlers to a...
Foreign Players Spur FSU Soccer; Core of Six, Including Two Olympians, Leads Women's Squad to School-Best 19-3 Record and NCAA Tourney
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Geographically speaking, second-seeded Florida State will field a far more diverse side when it hosts Cal today in a first-time meeting between the programs, with the winner advancing to the NCAA women's soccer...
Fred Isn't All That Fragile, Compared to His Running Back Peers
Byline: Bart Hubbuch Times-Union Jaguars beat writer Bart Hubbuch answers your questions about the team each Sunday during the season: Q: Is it just me, or does Fred Taylor get injured more than any other running back in the NFL? Can you compare...
Gameday
'72 FINS WATCHING COLTS If the Indianapolis Colts win at Cincinnati today, they will become the 16th team in NFL history to win their first 10 games. The only team in the modern era to finish the regular season undefeated is the 1972 Miami Dolphins,...
Gameday Week 11
TROJAN REUNION Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio and Tennesee Titans coach Jeff Fisher both played at Southern California before joining the NFL. Fisher (right) played defensive back at USC from 1977to '80; Del Rio played linebacker from 1981 to '84....
Gameday Week 11; Jaguars at Titans
Byline: Bart Hubbuch LAST STAND? Today could mark the last time Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair faces the Jaguars in Nashville. Next spring, McNair, 32, is due a $50 million bonus that will have to be restructured if he is to return...
Hey, Detroit: Welcome to the Club
Byline: Mike Freeman Once again we are under attack, portrayed as hayseeds, blistered for being bumpkins. A fellow column scribe named Mark Kiszla wrote the following late this week in the Denver Post: "America's premier sporting event should...
Hey, Rocky! I Bet I Have Better Swing
Byline: Laura Capitano AMELIA ISLAND -- Local movie theaters are clamoring to get their hands on the video from my first ever golf lesson, which came from the Anne Cain Golf Academy on Amelia Island. They're sure it will be this season's feel-good...
High Expectations Leave Warren with Low Feeling; New JU Coach Unhappy after Dolphins Are Blown out in Difficult Debut
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER Cliff Warren doesn't care much for moral victories. Warren didn't want to look on the bright side after Florida State pounded Jacksonville University 78-48 Saturday night in his head coaching debut. There were moments...
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: TRAVEL; LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD You'll Wonder How You Ever Did without These
Byline: JUDY WELLS Gift giving is a snap if you have travelers on your to-buy-for list. They will try almost anything once. That's what leaving home is all about -- experiencing new sights, foods, cultures and climes. And anything that makes...
Labor Contractors: Federal Investigations
Byline: MATT GALNOR HENRY CALLOWAY 2000: Investigated in Dover, Del. Fined $2,050 for not disclosing conditions to workers until they got there; providing less than 50 square feet in one of the rooms; letting unlicensed people drive workers;...
Marineland Bounces Back; Oceanarium's New Attraction Is Interaction; Dolphin Encounters Are the Park's New Focus
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN MARINELAND -- Playful dolphins tossed a blue ball over a glass wall to a group of squealing children at Marineland last weekend while Jeff Mons watched from behind a railing above. Mons, a 41-year-old Jacksonville...
Money Matters, Big Time
Byline: Vito Stellino P.T. Barnum was a rube compared to the city slickers in the NFL. They're collecting billions of dollars from the television networks, and look at this weekend's two prime-time matchups -- 5-4 Kansas City at 1-8 Houston on...
MOTORSPORTS ROUNDUP; Truex Wins Second Busch Title
Martin Truex Jr. had another championship and a headache Saturday night after the season-ending Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "My head hurts, and I'm just glad it's over," Truex said after surviving a series of setbacks to finish seventh...
Navy Considers City for Sonar Site; They Want to Build a Training Range off the First Coast, but the Effect on Sea Life Is a Worry
Byline: GREGORY PIATT The Navy is looking at a site off the coast of Jacksonville as one of three areas it might build an anti-submarine warfare training range for its Atlantic fleet. But environmental groups are opposed to the Navy putting the...
News with a Regional View
Byline: Wayne Ezell A handful of stories published in the last few weeks had something in common, in addition to all being interesting. There was the one about "a shack by the tracks" that serves food that isn't fancy, but the "shack" has gained...
Northside Residents Stress Need for Department Store; River City Marketplace Project Developer Says None Would Bite
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN The developer of the River City Marketplace wanted to talk last month about what his project included but local residents were interested in what it lacked -- a department store. During a meeting with local residents,...
Notes Cite Fitzgerald-Ivey Ties; Clay Commissioner's Friendship with Ex-Public Works Chief Probed
Byline: BRAD SCHMIDT Clay County Commissioner Christy Fitzgerald's professional involvement with former Public Works Director Arthur Ivey is part of a 15-month criminal probe by state and federal investigators, according to hand-written notes supplementing...
OPEN SEASON; before Children Open Gifts, Parents Must Open Their Wallets. Our Toy Guide Can Help You Shop and Save
This year, on the retail toy scene, Elmo serenades shoppers with Shout (a little bit softer now), and Furby, the furry gizmo that sold millions of units several years ago, is back. He has an expanded vocabulary and new facial expressions, that ol'...
Page 2 People
Byline: Compiled by Renee Petrina MAXIM MAGAZINE DECLARES: IT'S HOT IF YOU'RE A SHORT DUDE Angus Young, lead guitarist of AC/DC, tops Maxim's list of the "25 greatest short dudes of all time," standing tall at 5 feet 2 inches. Former NBA guard...
PROPERTY RIGHTS; Fixing a Hole
No one should be unaware that the city has labeled their home or building a potential historic landmark -- especially when the tag affects the ability to demolish all or part of the structure. But the City Council in 2002 created an eligibility...
Rating the Teams
Byline: Vito Stellino TEAM*********REC.***COMMENT 1. Indianapolis******9-0***Colts start the tough part of their schedule. 2. Denver******7-2***Broncos figure to drill the hapless Jets. 3. Pittsburgh******7-2***Maybe Steelers should try...
Rescue Mission Fund-Raiser Is No Snoozer; These Teams Dress Up to Suit Movie Themes, Then Take to Their Beds for a Morning of Racing
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON It was cool and overcast early Saturday, a good morning for sleeping in. Which, as it happened, wasn't why Robert Ryan was still in bed. Ryan, a student in the Life Builders program at the McDuff Campus of the City Rescue...
River Fan Takes Up Campaign; He's Stumping in Hopes of Winning $50,000 for the Altamaha Riverkeeper Group
Byline: TERRY DICKSON When people want votes, they hit the campaign trail. Wendell Berryhill is on the campaign stream. The Cochran man is in the running for the 2006 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year title, an award that will bring $50,000...
Skynyrd's 'Southern' Is International
Byline: Mark Woods Elmehdi Zaoui is 22 years old. He lives in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, just up the coast from Casablanca. He plays in a band with three buddies. And while the classical music of his country is full of stringed instruments...
Sports Extra
2CENTS Jimmy Smith is going to have to get out of town if he wants to make the Hall of Fame. It's time to face facts. True, if the Jags wideout grabs four passes today, he will move into eighth on the NFL's all-time reception list. Well,...
Stamp of Approval; Fan Mail Piles High for Appreciative Jaguars
Byline: GENE FRENETTE Matt Jones was a fifth-grader in Van Buren, Ark., when he decided for the first and only time in his life to write a fan letter. Jones sent it to former NBA star Scottie Pippen, an Arkansas native and the second-most prominent...
They Flip (on the Mat) for Gold-Medal Training; Camden County Kids Learn Gymnastics from a Retired Olympian
Byline: GORDON JACKSON KINGSLAND -- Natalia Laschenova has been on the cover of magazines, featured on the front page of newspapers and performed in front of worldwide audiences on TV. But she is reluctant to seek recognition for her past accomplishments,...
Titans' Trap Set Up Again for Jaguars; Jacksonville Has a Better Record Than Tennessee, but Players Can't Forget Their Rival's Past Success
Byline: VITO STELLINO NASHVILLE -- If the Jaguars appear to be in a familiar situation today, it's only because they are. For the second consecutive season, they're 6-3 at the nine-game mark and poised for a playoff run as they face a salary-cap-strapped...
Today's NFL Previews
GAME OF THE DAY BUCCANEERS AT FALCONS 1 p.m.; Georgia Dome Line: Falcons by 6. Last meeting: Bucs won 27-0 on Dec. 5 at Tampa Bay. Quick hits: Tampa Bay has won four of last five games in Atlanta. . . . Bucs already have surpassed victory...
Trees Do Their Part, but Humans Fail
Byline: Terry Dickson After years of watching the live oak leaves turn brown in the spring and cover the yard, Vonette and I decided we wanted to see the fall reds, oranges and yellows in the mountains. We decided to take a two-day trip the week...