The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 14, 2007

5on5
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA Five fab experts answer five fun questions about the game. Think you have what it takes to go toe to toe with the experts? E-mail 5on5@jacksonville.com. TOM SZAROLETA/Times-Union GARRY SMITS Times-Union Sports writer...
A Clean Northbank Riverwalk Takes Money
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage It hasn't been that long ago that the Northbank Riverwalk was fresh and new. Its completion coincided with the coming of the Super Bowl in February 2005 and it quickly became a point of civic pride. A seemingly...
A Dash of Radio Talk Is Perfect for Spicer
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Jaguars defensive end Paul Spicer has often been referred to as a "media's delight" because of his willingness and candor in talking to writers and electronic-media outlets after a game, win or lose. Spicer has carried that...
A.M.Stir
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON QUOTABLE KID ROCK'S SPLIT PERSONALITY "Getting married is the most fun you can have in life. Being married sucks." Kid Rock, who was married to Pam Anderson for five minutes, to Blender's November issue RISE AND...
AREA NOTEBOOK; Women's Golf Conference Set
Byline: GARRY SMITS A lineup of sports industry and business leaders will be guest speakers at the Executive Womens Golf Association annual conference, Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the Amelia Island Plantation. More than 400 guests are expected to attend....
Bowling
HONOR SCORES Men: Cameron Dubenion (761, 730, 708), Joe Sutorus (748), Edison Matias (739), Gene Buchanan (737), Scott Forrest (732), J.R. Roldan (726), Jason Jones (718), Josh Brubaker (716), Joey Vavra (716), Mike Quinn (714), Dave Francis (711),...
Brunswick Armory to Reopen; A Classroom Will Be Named after an Iraq Casualty
Byline: MIKE MORRISON BRUNSWICK - The Brunswick National Guard Armory will reopen today after a protracted period of renovation. During the 2 p.m. ceremony a classroom will be named in honor of Charles Gillican III, a Georgia National Guardsman...
Classes Help to Spot Storms; WHAT? the National Weather Service Is Giving Classes to Train People to Be Their Eyes and Ears during Storms. WHO? Each Class Has Welcomed Up to 100 Trainee Storm Spotters
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS Fifty people will get together Tuesday in Waycross to discuss the weather, but the conversation won't just be small talk. For the third straight year, Ware County will host a storm-spotter class, in which students learn...
Each Wallet a Record of a Previous Me
Byline: Laura Capitano I don't consider myself the "Ye who saves, has" type of pack rat. My house has just steadily filled with the necessities of the modern age, so much so that, these days, space is at a premium. But I've noticed two items...
Event Raises Money, Awareness; the Fifth Annual Buddy Walk United Parents of Kids with Down Syndrome
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Tamika Smith probably doesn't know Robert Fischer. But they have a common bond - each has a child with Down syndrome. Hundreds of parents like Smith and Fischer descended on Jacksonville Beach on a sun-washed Saturday...
Fill in Your Calendars for October and November
Byline: Judy Wells It's time again for the Year Ahead planning calendar. Which means we need to start off with the standard disclaimer: Times, dates and locales are subject to change, so always confirm with the sponsoring organization. We'll...
For Kids' Programs, Tags Are It; Youth Fishing Benefits from Licenses
Byline: Jim Sutton A dad and his son went fishing. While they were contemplating life and waiting for a bite, the son looked up at his father and suddenly asked, "Dad, how does this boat float?" Dad answered, "Don't rightly know, son." A while...
Gameday
WHAT'S AT STAKE The Jaguars have an opportunity to start the season with four wins in their first five games for only the fourth time in franchise history. The Jaguars are 0-1 in the AFC South and face a division rival in the Texans, who swept Jacksonville...
Holyfield Loses Decision to Russian
Evander Holyfield's quest for a fifth heavyweight title ran into a roadblock Saturday: Sultan Ibragimov. Ibragimov kept his WBO title with a unanimous decision over Holyfield in Moscow. Holyfield turns 45 next week and was trying to become the second-oldest...
Horton Has Record Day for JU; the QB Throws for 450 Yards as the Dolphins Get Their First League Win
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Jacksonville University football coach Kerwin Bell wanted to simplify the offense for quarterback Chris Horton this week. After Horton's record-setting effort of 450 passing yards and four touchdowns led the Dolphins to a...
Improved Ethics Office Gaining Council Support
City Council Rules Committee Chairman JAY JABOUR has introduced a bill to revive efforts to reform the city's ethics office and increase its budget. The council rejected a similar request last month, calling it "window dressing" and complaining...
Indians Survive Comeback Attempt; Charlton County Preserves the Win with a Stop on a Conversion
Byline: RICH McGOWAN SAVANNAH, Ga. - Three-time defending state champion Charlton County survived a stirring comeback by Savannah Christian. The Indians forced an incomplete pass on a two-point conversion pass in the final seconds Friday night to...
Inmates Reportedly Did Work out of State; Camden County Sheriff Bill Smith Defends His Handling of the Trusty Program, in Which Witnesses Say He Used Inmate Labor on Private Properties, Even Taking Some to Work on His Former Wife's Home in South Carolina
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM WOODBINE -- Camden County Sheriff Bill Smith took jail inmates out of state to work at his ex-wife's house and repeatedly used inmate labor in the county at his girlfriend's home and on his properties the past several years,...
IN POLITICS; Hill's on a Mission to Garner Tips
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - Sen. TONY HILL, D-Jacksonville, is on a nine-day trade mission to South Africa. Hill, who has visited South Africa before, said in a statement that the trade trip - led by state economic development agency...
JACKSONVILLE'S HOMICIDE RATE; City's Leaders Struggle to Pass the Test
What letter grade would you give yourself and each other in dealing with the city's homicide rate? Why? JOHN PEYTON MAYOR Wouldn't give any letter grades: "The violence problem is a three-legged stool." He said the state attorney and the sheriff...
Ken Burns to Share His 'War' Experiences; the Acclaimed Documentary Filmmaker Will Speak Tuesday at the UNF Arena
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Documentarian and PBS star Ken Burns says that when people recognize him, which is often, they invariably want to talk, "to continue a conversation with me that they think they've been having." He pauses, adding humbly: "To...
League Has Its Marquee Matchup
Byline: Vito Stellino With an assist from Buffalo coach Dick Jauron, the NFL has a showcase game today featuring two unbeaten teams. For only the third time since 1923 and the fifth time in league history, two teams with records of 5-0 or better...
No Teammate Can Compare to This One
Byline: Sam Borden The best support system for an athlete isn't a sympathetic teammate, an intuitive position coach or an ego-stroking agent. It isn't a groupie, a personal trainer or a fawning PR staffer. It's a spouse. The kind who loves you,...
Officer Dies in Heckscher Crash; COLLISION: The Patrolman Was in His Squad Car Headed to Meet with a Supervisor When a Van Turned into Him
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON and URVAKSH KARKARIA A Jacksonville police officer was killed late Friday night when a van collided with his squad car on Heckscher Drive on the Northside, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Patrolman Scott Eric Bell,...
Peyton Joins Schools Fracas; A STUDY GROUP Peyton Wants Wise and the School Board to Give Others a Chance to Weigh in. MORE CONFLICT Several Board Members Are Unhappy, Saying Peyton Is Implying They're Emotional
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Jacksonville Mayor Peyton decided Saturday to step into the middle of the rising tensions between the Duval County School Board and Superintendent Joseph Wise, irritating some board members in the process. Peyton called for...
Police Reservist Shoots, Kills Man at Drug House; the Man Was Going for a Gun in a Glove Box When the Shooting Occurred, Police Say
Byline: STEVE PATTERSON A Jacksonville reserve police officer shot and killed a man Saturday at the end of a drug bust in North Riverside. Police said the unidentified man was shot by reservist Gary Watters after opening a pickup truck glove...
Roundup
GLYNN ACADEMY 10, EFFINGHAM COUNTY 6 Glynn Academy scored a late touchdown to edge Effingham County on Friday in Brunswick. Effingham (2-4, 3-3 in Region 3-AAAA) had taken a 6-3 lead with just under five minutes to play on a 31-yard field goal...
Shoe Man Is Comfortable, like Old Pair
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Shoes are like wine and haircuts. They tend to get better with age. Joe Leggett is one of the few people remaining who can help keep people in their comfortable old shoes. Shoe repair shops are...
ST. JOHNS RIVER; A Resource Siphoned
The mayor and City Council need to become fully engaged on the proposed removal of 262 million gallons a day of water from the St. Johns River. That's "only" about 4 percent of the total. But this resource is too large and too valuable to stand...
THE SHORT ANSWER; Here's How Undersized Maurice Drew Thrives in NFL
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Believe it or not, Maurice Drew remembers a time when he was bigger than his opponents. Back then, the style was simple: Run over everybody. "As I got older, I stayed the same, and everyone else grew," Drew said,...
The Truth Depends on Who Says It
Byline: Mark Woods Actual news story from the Chicago area last week: A driver blamed an accident on a deer running in front of his car, although he later changed his story, telling police that a tree jumped out in front of him. Before you...
Too Much Power in Kremlin, Rice Says; the Concentration Is a Threat to Democracy, She Tells Reporters in Moscow
Byline: MATTHEW LEE MOSCOW - The Russian government under Vladimir Putin has amassed so much central authority that the power-grab may undermine Moscow's commitment to democracy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday. "In any country,...
Tour Encourages Clubhouse Visits; TPC Sawgrass Is Private, but Volunteers Assist Guests on the Grounds
Byline: GARRY SMITS Unless you're an Augusta National Golf Club member or hold one of the coveted clubhouse badges the week of the Masters, the only view you'll get of the historic clubhouse will be in the background of TV shots. The Pebble Beach...
TravelLog
TOP 10 BEST GOLF RESORTS 1. Pinehurst Resort, N.C. 2. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, S.C. 3. Pebble Beach Resorts, Calif. 4. Kapalua Resort, Hawaii 5. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Ore. 6. Princeville Resort, Hawaii 7. Doral Golf Resort...
T-U 2
LORD OF THE DANCE While perusing YouTube late Friday night, I came upon a disturbing video. Apparently, Bishop Kenny High School's own Jonathan Papelbon is into Irish dancing. The clip shows Papelbon celebrating the Boston Red Sox's American...
T-YOU; Superintendent Divides Readers
The Times-Union asked readers: What do you think the Duval County School Board should do Tuesday when members meet to discuss Superintendent Joseph Wise's contract? Here's some of the responses, edited for space and clarity. Go to Jacksonville.com...
When Prayer Is Controversial
Byline: Wayne Ezell One thing surprised sports columnist Sam Borden as his e-mail and voice mail were being jammed with responses to his Wednesday column aptly headlined: "Public-school coaches should teach, not preach." The column took on the...