The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 21, 2006

Army Heavy Lifters Are at Home; A Jacksonville Unit Unloads Equipment to Be Refurbished after It Is Used on Deployment
Byline: GREGORY PIATT Like a giant puppeteer, an overhead crane plucked metal shipping containers bearing the 3rd Infantry Division logo off a ship docked at Blount Island. Dusty tanks, Humvees and trucks rolled out the stern. Some of the war-weary...
Baseball Grounds Gives Teams a New Experience
Byline: Chase Goodbread The distance from base to base isn's any different at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Fletcher coach Kevin Brown pointed out to his players, than at the Senators' home park in Jacksonville Beach. Fletcher knocked...
Bible Study Class Sails through House on 151-7 Vote; in Proposal, Teachers Could Not Promote or Disparage Christianity or Any Other Religion
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- A bill that would allow the academic study of the Bible in public schools passed the House overwhelmingly Monday after virtually no debate. Despite touching the sometimes volatile issue of the role of faith...
Big Boys Are Big Babies in NCAA Hoops
Byline: Gene Frenette Hey, Billy Packer and Gary Williams, along with all the college basketball snobs in major conferences: What sayeth you now? Will we hear that the Wichita States, George Masons and Bradleys happened to catch the NCAA Tournament's...
'Big, Strong Guy' Carries Seminoles; Johnson's Improved Play Has FSU in Postseason, Junior Thinking of NBA
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Smaller but playing bigger than ever before, Alexander Johnson is at the center of Florida State's basketball resurgence, providing a paint presence that the Seminoles have lacked for more than a decade. By shedding...
Bill on Natural Gas Fee Ignites Protest; the Proposal Could Require Residents to Pay for a New Natural Gas Pipeline
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE ATLANTA -- The General Assembly should avoid adding another fee to already high natural gas bills, consumer advocates and Democratic lawmakers said Monday. "They could not have picked a worse time," said Sen. Regina Thomas,...
Boselli's a Jag for One Day; Offensive Tackle Signs Short Contract, Then Retires; Will Be Team's First Ring of Honor Inductee
Byline: VITO STELLINO Tony Boselli proved Monday that you can go home again. Four years after the Jaguars put Boselli on the Houston Texans' expansion list to escape a salary-cap hole, the offensive tackle signed a one-day contract so he could...
Coffee County Sheriff Indicted; One Count Is Using Inmates to Build Political Signs
Byline: TERRY DICKSON DOUGLAS -- A Coffee County grand jury indicted Sheriff Rob Smith on eight counts Monday, including using inmates to build political signs and using a state-owned vehicle for his own gain. The indictment accuses Smith of...
Council Panel, JAA at Odds on Land Deal; Committee Members Question Whether the Authority Should Delve into Any Business That Doesn't Involve Airplanes
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS and BETH KORMANIK A Jacksonville City Council committee took the Jacksonville Aviation Authority to task Monday for negotiating in secret with a developer who wants to create an industrial complex on 328 acres of land...
Court Turn Card Means Poker Is Back; A Ban on No-Limit Tournaments Is Lifted, and They Return to St. Johns Greyhound Park
TALLAHASSEE -- Poker tournaments are back. For now. An on-again, off-again battle between state gaming regulators and Florida's pari-mutuel facilities took a new turn on Friday with a ruling by a state appeals court that overturned an emergency...
Exhibit Chronicles Player's Long Career; Trophies, Medals among Items on Display at World Golf Hall of Fame
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN ST. AUGUSTINE -- Gary Player made his entrance at the World Golf Hall of Fame on a horse, guiding it around a reflecting pool that was shaped in the likeness of a map of the world. As the global ambassador for the World...
Family (Softball) Matters; Schlichtmans and Harman Work out Father-Daughter Coaching Jobs Differently, but Successfully
Byline: FRANCINE KING When Jenny Harman needed an assistant softball coach this season, she knew exactly who she wanted beside her in the Bartram Trail dugout. "Without a doubt, my first choice was my dad," Harman said. "I didn't even have to...
Farmer Cooperates in Case against Labor Camp Owner; in a Plea Agreement, He Tells How the Workers' Pay Was Kept Low through Deductions
Byline: MATT GALNOR Indicted labor camp owner Ronald Evans Sr. told a farmer he deducted so much out of his workers' earnings they "did not have much coming to them on payday," according to a plea agreement. That farmer, David Eugene Turner,...
How Dry It Is: Course May Play Firm, Fast; with Favorable Weather, the Tournament Winner Could Be Well under Par, as in 1999, 2000 Events
Byline: GARRY SMITS A field of 144 players began arriving at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course on Monday to prepare for The Players Championship. Awaiting them was a much drier course than last year, which potentially could give them a much...
Jacksonville Journal
THE CULTURAL IMPACT OF HIP HOP TO BE DISCUSSED The Jacksonville Urban League and the Hip Hop Economy Network are hosting the Duval Hip Hop Symposium and town hall meeting 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz Theatre, 829 N. Davis St., in Jacksonville....
Kahne Charged Up; Driver Gives Embattled Dodge Its First Victory at Atlanta in 29 Years
Byline: DON COBLE HAMPTON, Ga. -- Kasey Kahne grew up as a race-car driver Monday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. When his Dodge Charger started sliding around the 1.54-mile track in the rain-delayed race, he decided the car needed to have a rubber...
Left out of Conversation at Nail Salon
Byline: Phillip Milano QUESTION I find it very rude when I go into a nail salon and all the Chinese workers start speaking to each other in Chinese. If you come to our country, shouldn't you be learning our language? Rhea, 22, white, Albany,...
MAKING THE TURN; Duval Happy with His Life on, off Course
Byline: GARRY SMITS David Duval had a secret, which he delivered with an easy smile and a mischievous look. The secret came out when Duval, an ardent outdoorsman, was asked how the Rocky Mountain skiing and snowboarding slopes had been this winter....
Mandarin Outlasts Bishop Snyder, 2-1
Byline: JEREMY HATCHER Without a solid hitting performance for the Mustangs, it was up to Mandarin pitcher Morgan O'Keefe to step up. And she did just that. O'Keefe allowed only two hits as Mandarin (12-2) sneaked past Bishop Snyder (12-2) 2-1...
Many Daffodil Varieties Will Thrive Here
Byline: Becky Wern Q: I'm curious to know about some of the plants at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. I noticed a crabapple and some daffodils and some primroses. Do those really do well here, and what kinds are they? I checked with the...
Marvel at Sights, Sounds of Spring in Jacksonville
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage The events of the day can cut deep. The drumbeat of news is hard to ignore. Murders. War. Natural disasters. Disease. We spend much time worrying about such things, wondering about what lies ahead, nervous about...
Morning Briefs
WINN-DIXIE TO SHUTTER 35 STORES IT PLANS TO SELL After announcing last month that it would sell or close 35 additional supermarkets, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. said in a bankruptcy court filing that it will go ahead and close them, including one Jacksonville...
Noah Still Remembers Hoyas Snub
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Joakim Noah is a fiery, emotional basketball player anyway, but Florida's sophomore forward will be even more hyped for Friday night's NCAA Tournament game against Georgetown. The New York-born Noah grew...
NOTEBOOK; Sabbatini Holds on to Money Lead
Byline: GARRY SMITS Rory Sabbatini comes in The Players Championship after a three-week break -- well-deserved since he played all seven West Coast events for which he was eligible, and emerged as the PGA Tour's leading money-winner. And despite...
Outlook Turns Uncertain; Local Economic Indicators Project Cites Slowing Real Estate and Oil Prices as Factors
Byline: MARK BASCH The economic outlook for later this year is looking slower, according to indexes of local and national activity. The Conference Board reported Monday that the U.S. Index of Leading Economic Indicators edged down 0.2 percent...
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Byline: Compiled by Stan Franklin MRS. TRUMP GIVES BIRTH; MR. TRUMP ALERTS TV SHOWS Donald Trump has a new apprentice. Trump's wife, Melania Knauss Trump, gave birth to a boy Monday, the billionaire developer announced. "Everyone's perfect,"...
Police Seek Link between Man's Possible Suicide, Wife's Slaying
Jacksonville police investigated a link between a man's possible suicide on Beach Boulevard on Monday and the shooting death of his estranged wife that morning at La Belle Shoes in a small shopping center on Timuquana Road. Neither victim was identified...
PONTE VEDRA; Consider New Plan
In all of Northeast Florida, there are few controversies more passionate than the location of a new high school in Ponte Vedra Beach. It has been environmentalists vs. high school advocates, both holding firm to their well-intentioned positions....
Prep Extra
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK CHARDAE WASHINGTON, FLEMING ISLAND TRACK Washington broke her own school record in the discus with a throw of 107 feet, 10 inches to win the Westside Relays Saturday at Forrest, then won the Clay County Championships two days...
Robbery Suspect Nabbed Calling Cab; He Is a Registered Sex Offender
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- A registered sex offender has been charged with robbing a Glynn County bank in a heist thwarted by police who captured him while he was using a nearby telephone to call a taxicab. Eddie Michael Smith, 35,...
SilverLeaf Plantation Coming to St. Johns County; with 10,700 Homes, Community Will Be Second Largest in the County after Nocatee
Byline: PETER GUINTA A 7,500-acre residential development -- which is also a key piece of St. Johns County's evolving transportation plan -- was approved Monday by the County Commission. SilverLeaf Plantation, located northwest of World Golf...
Slaying Suspect Has Other Felony Arrests; Authorities to Decide Whether to Charge the 17-Year-Old as an Adult
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY If Sarah Whitlock's killer spends the rest of his life behind bars, the best justice the law allows will be done, her parents said Monday. Kimothy Mark Simmons, 17, is in juvenile detention as the State Attorney's Office...
Sports Extra
Byline: Chase Goodbread 2CENTS The NCAA Tournament is just too big for one network. As riveted to CBS as the sports nation might have been over the weekend, the basketball would be far more enjoyable if a second network could cut in on the...
St. Marys near Top on List of Places to Retire to; the Southeast Georgia Town Has a Large Growth Rate of People over the Age of 55
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS -- A decade after Money magazine named St. Marys the No. 1 small town in the nation, the city is getting more national recognition as a place to live. The city is ranked No. 7 among small towns in the U.S. as...
T-YOU; Rants & Raves Courtesy Is Returned to Those Who Practice It
This is in response to the recent rant about the police being discourteous and being given special treatment. First, you say how the police used to be very courteous. You are right. But that was also in a time when the public was courteous and respectful...