The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 30, 2006

4 Promotions Result from Mayor's Office Resignations
Two high-profile resignations in the past month touched off some musical chairs in Mayor John Peyton's inner circle, leading to four promotions Friday. Alan Mosley with take over for Dan Kleman as the chief administrative officer - the highest ranking...
A.M.Stir
Byline: MATT SOERGEL JAWS, SCHMAWS SNAKES ON A BEACH Our good friends at the St. Augustine Record, always on top of the trend of strange creatures on the beach, had a report sure to curdle the blood of those who only recently decided to go...
A Revival Adds Life to Season
Byline: Terry Dickson Summer church revivals, once the big events of the summer, have nearly faded away. They didn't wilt from heat. Vacations have pushed many aside. That's the opinion of my friend and former neighbor, the Rev. Marlon Pittman,...
Boring Meetings? No Chance with Either of These Events
Byline: Judy Wells Most meetings are duller than cubicle liner, but there are two in August that promise to be the exception. Pud English, president of the Northeast Florida Builders Association's Sales and Marketing Council, wanted something...
Cauley's Prep Comes Nationally; Jacksonville 16-Year-Old Shuns High School Golf, Chooses Top Amateur Events to Buoy Career
Byline: GARRY SMITS Bud Cauley's golf-career game plan goes against the grain in a couple of ways. But at this point, the results are what matters. As a busy spring and summer for the Jacksonville 16-year-old melts into a fall schedule only slightly...
City Now a Strong Draw for outside Lawyers; $100,000 Starting Salaries for New Lawyers Attracting Top Young Legal Talent
Byline: CHRIS LAUDERMAN When you turn on the television, you're likely to see a commercial that asks if you are a victim. If so, a voice tells you to call the concerned and caring associates at a certain law firm to get the justice you deserve....
Coach Speak
Georgia's Mark Richt (left) and Florida's Urban Meyer both visited Jacksonville, at nearly the same time and about a mile apart Saturday night. Georgia's Mark Richt HOW MANY TIMES ASKED ABOUT THE QB SITUATION Four. "It's going to take a while...
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF; Who's the Face of the Jaguars? 2006 PLAYER CAPSULES
Byline: BART HUBBUCH CHRIS HANSON 2 POS.: P HT.: 6-2 WT.: 223 NFL EXP.: 6 COLLEGE: Marshall THE SKINNY: Former Pro Bowl selection continues to strongly bounce back from a 2003 leg injury and led the NFL with 33 punts inside...
Crime Change Must Start with Communities
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Mayor John Peyton's boyish face showed the strain of the day. We talked Thursday evening while waiting to take part in a televised forum on the St. Johns River. Earlier in the day, Peyton had announced a major...
Districts to See Fresh Start with New Superintendents; Veteran Educators Bringing New Ideas to Ware, Brantley and McIntosh
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI New superintendents will lend experience and bring new ideas for improving student achievement when classes resume in August in three South Georgia public school systems. School districts in Brantley, McIntosh and Ware...
Drilling Battle Could Spill into Georgia; Efforts to End an Offshore Drilling Ban in the Gulf Could Affect the Outer Shelf
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - An argument in Washington over offshore drilling could have far-reaching effects for Coastal Georgia. The Senate is expected to begin debate this week on a bill that would allow some drilling for oil and natural...
Faces on the Fringe; Recovering from Injury, Safety Darius Is Big Hit on Field, in Community
Safety Donovin Darius was noted for his durability and intensity during his first seven years with the Jaguars. A big hitter at strong safety, Darius has more starts (105) than any defensive player in team history and also is the franchise's all-time...
Families Are Concerned Graves Being Built on; the Property Owner Insists There Are No Markers on His Land Adjacent to a Cemetery
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE -- Pearlie Mae Edwards' earliest memories of the Bullhead Bluff Cemetery span more than 70 years, when a mule and buggy were used to bring bodies to the site for burial. Most graves at the African-American Cemetery,...
Fans Agree: Leak Solid Starter; Coach Meyer Also Backs His Quarterback during Annual Gator Gathering
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO The quarterback controversy that some believe exists at the University of Florida doesn't - at least where Gators football fans are concerned. An overwhelming majority of fans who participated in an unscientific Times-Union...
Foreclosed on Too Soon? Some Local Homeowners Say Banks Didn't Follow Procedure before Forcing Foreclosure - and Legal Aid Agrees
Byline: JOE LIGHT Edward Doldron was ready to pack. A stack of boxes still sits in his bedroom. He planned to use those boxes if the sheriff came to foreclose on his home and kick him out, something that an abnormally high number of residents might...
FRAGILE FRED; Taylor Opens Another Camp with Hamstring Pull
Byline: VITO STELLINO Fred Taylor wanted to put on a show for the 2,474 fans who attended the Jaguars' first training-camp practice Saturday morning. After spending the offseason working at a training facility in Davie, the veteran running back...
Freedom from Glass Ceilings
Byline: CHRIS LAUDERMAN The big firms may be bringing in national talent at big-bucks salaries, but there's more to the Jacksonville legal market than the multi-lawyer firms. Tired of bosses breathing down their necks and glass ceilings, Timothy...
Gay Community Starts Its Pride Week with a Parade; the Floats Were Colorful, as Were Some of the People Riding on Them
Byline: GREGORY PIATT The light rain didn't dampen the floats with colorful balloons and flowers or the people dressed like rainbows Saturday as the parade wound through the streets from Avondale to Five Points. Jacksonville's gay community wasn't...
Golf Extra
Byline: GARRY SMITS NUMBERS 8.51 No. 1 Tiger Woods' margin over No. 2 Phil Mickelson in the World Golf Rankings. It's also the same margin that Mickelson holds over No. 126 Brett Rumford. TIP OF THE WEEK This time of year, with hit-and-run...
Grand Tales Perfectly Fitting for Grand Hotel; Place Was Popular Even before It Opened, and If Those Walls Could Talk .
Byline: JUDY WELLS MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- The Grand Hotel was designed to lose money every day, and until 1951, it did just that. With its original two-month-long season and rooms at $3 to $5 a day (figure 100 times that now), it was "a tool...
Heir Not So Apparent; Taylor Is Long-Tenured, but He Must Stay Healthy to Become Jaguars' Face
Byline: VITO STELLINO Now that Jimmy Smith has retired, Fred Taylor appears to be the natural heir to the face-of-the-Jaguars title. Taylor and safety Donovin Darius, both of whom were first-round draft picks in 1998, now are the team's senior...
He's Stepping into Big Shoes; Jones Replacing Smith as No. 1 Wide Receiver, Still Learning on the Job
Byline: VITO STELLINO Matt Jones might have been the most intriguing choice in the 2005 NFL Draft. The Jaguars made him the 21st pick in the first round, gambling that he could make the transition from a quarterback at the University of Arkansas...
High School Teacher to Talk Education on C-SPAN; the Mandarin High Civics Teacher Will Be Interviewed about Current Issues
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS A Jacksonville high school teacher will be among 21 teachers interviewed about current education issues tonight on C-SPAN's Q&A program hosted by Brian Lamb. Kevin Sacerdote, a civics and government teacher at Mandarin...
How 'Survey' News Was Made
Byline: Wayne Ezell For those among the uninsured, and for many who feel they pay too much for health insurance, a Tuesday headline atop the Business section must have seemed like good news: "Survey: Affordable insurance available." The lead...
In the Middle of Things; Defensive Tackle Stroud Has Started All 64 Games in the Last Four Seasons
Byline: VITO STELLINO Marcus Stroud is a perfect example of how patience pays off with rookies. The 13th player selected in the 2001 NFL Draft, the defensive tackle spent his first pro season backing up Gary Walker and Seth Payne. Though he played...
JOAN DUMAS SPAULDING: 1924-2006; Educator Recalled as a Creative Person She Spent 31 Years Serving as Principal at Several Duval Public Schools
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS Joan Dumas Spaulding, a lifelong Duval County educator who was known for her style and grace, died Wednesday. She was 82. Mrs. Spaulding spent 31 years in the Duval County public school system, serving as principal of...
Late Catch Wins King-Sized Battle; Less Than Two Pounds Separate Top Three Finishers in Boater's World Event
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Captain Scott Frye and his crew were pulling bait out of the water Saturday afternoon. They were done fishing when a 42-pound kingfish turned around their day. "This thing smoked the downrigger," said Cameron Frye, the...
Local Crew Hits Bluewater Grand Slam; Doodle Bug Anglers Hook Rare White Marlin, a Blue Marlin and Sailfish in 1 Day
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Even a marlin needs to keep cool in July. But captain Hank Ford didn't expect a cold pocket of water to deliver a rare white marlin and then a day of fishing even more extraordinary. Ford and his crew on the Doodle Bug...
Local Kid Making Right Moves; Englewood Grad Mathis Had Contract Extension, Breakout 2005 Season
Byline: VITO STELLINO When the Jaguars selected Rashean Mathis in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, some people considered it a risky pick. Although Mathis intercepted 31 passes at Bethune-Cookman, that was on the Division I-AA level. Some...
MURDER STUDY; Lasting Impressions
The names on the meeting sign-up sheets for the four-month Jacksonville Community Council Inc. murder study numbered 202. The names missing are perhaps the most noticeable. No members of the Jacksonville's congressional delegation. No state...
Next Step Up Is Playoff Victory; from Five Victories to 12, del Rio Has Given Jaguars a Face Lift
Byline: VITO STELLINO As Jack Del Rio enters his fourth season as the Jaguars' coach, his stock is on the rise. After winning just five games with Del Rio as a rookie head coach in 2003, the Jaguars improved to nine wins in 2004 and 12 last season....
NFL's Other Go-To Guys; in the Competitive World of Agents, Only a Handful Share Most of the Power
Byline: GENE FRENETTE When Ernest Wilford decided midway through the 2005 season to part company with the agent who negotiated his rookie contract, the Jaguars' wide receiver hooked up with arguably the profession's biggest name: Drew Rosenhaus....
NOTEBOOK; Blanding Lakes Open for Fishing
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that Magnolia and Lowry lakes on Camp Blanding are open for public fishing access for the first time since Sept. 11, 2001. Lake access opened to the public Friday after being closed...
NOTEBOOK; Personal Trainer, Diet Helping Williams
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT McDonalds wasn't to blame for Mike Williams' super size, he insists. Yet that matters little now, considering he's no longer carrying such mass. Svelte and smiling Saturday near Alltel Stadium, Williams participated...
Officer, Arrest That Sandwich
Byline: Laura Capitano Help. Police. Burger King's encouraging heart disease in hungry dudes. They're selling meals that could feed four under the guise of lunch for one. The franchise has been a fly in my fry grease since the release of the...
Old Jaguar Believes in New Roster
Byline: Gene Frenette This training camp has a different feel for Troy Edwards than what he remembers after the Jaguars cut him loose last summer despite him being their second-leading receiver in 2004. It's not just Jimmy Smith running a go-route...
Old School New School & Just Plain Cool
Byline: GARY T. MILLS Back to school means breaking away from video games, myspace.com and the swimming pool and tagging along with Mom from one store to the next. And buying the school supplies on the school-supplied lists is about as exciting...
Players Pay for Jam Opportunity; Group of Mostly Area Prospects Seeks Spot on New ABA Team's Roster
Byline: BART HUBBUCH A $125 tryout fee appeared to be a small price to pay for 35 aspiring pro basketball players Saturday morning. Tryout fees are unheard of in major pro sports but standard procedure for the American Basketball Association,...
Porter among Receivers Carrying Excess Baggage
Byline: Vito Stellino Leave it to the wide receivers to keep making headlines. Maybe it's just in their DNA. The exploits of Terrell Owens and Randy Moss already are well known, but three other prominent wide receivers went public with their...
REDUCE SPEED AHEAD; Autos Aren't Allowed on Mackinac, Mich.'s Island of Leisure, Where Only Bicycles Threaten the 25-MPH Speed Limit
Byline: JUDY WELLS MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- Clip-clop. Clip-clop. It's the sound of hoofbeats you wake up to, the sound that drifts through the window as you slip into sleep. Mackinac Island is an anachronism, keeping watch on the times but...
Ryder Cup Team in Need of Veterans
Byline: Garry Smits Since golf seems to like its components divisible by four - four rounds, most holes are par 4s, four majors and FORE!!! - here's another four: the number of tournaments remaining for players in the United States and Europe to...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE NOTEBOOK; Deals Help Suns, Hurt Barons
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT If the Suns repeat as Southern League champions this season, they might want to send a thank-you note to their former catcher, Russell Martin. In an effort to bolster their backup catcher spot, the Chicago White Sox dealt...
Sports Extra
Byline: BART HUBBUCH 2CENTS We'll be the first to admit that Will Ferrell's humor is, um, an acquired taste. Page 2's significant other still hasn't offered forgiveness for making her sit through the pure, unadulterated genius that was Anchorman:...
Suns Report
Byline: Jeff Elliott JACKSONVILLE MOBILE******PPD., RAIN Turning point: After the Suns had taken a one-run lead in the sixth inning, the BayBears' Dustin Delucchi and Vincent Sinisi lined balls off the right-field wall to start the seventh...
TravelLog
TOP 10 ATTRACTIVE ATTRACTIONS The top U.S. attractions (with 2005 ranking in parentheses), based on traveler popularity, from TripAdvisor.com: 1. Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista (1) 2. Universal Studios Orlando (3) 3. Discovery Cove,...
Two Brothers. One Murdered Wife. A Family Torn for 12 Years. A Father Waits to See If a Judge Will Give His Son a New Trial
Byline: Story by MICHAEL LaFORGIA CHAPTER 1 A DROUGHT IN WOOD COUNTY WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. -- The road to this little mill town winds past wilting cornfields and geese scratching in the dust, to a bend in the Wisconsin River. Here, summer...
T-YOU; YOUR COMMENTS Stem Cell Veto Draws Responses
Last week's question: President Bush rejected a bill that could have multiplied federal money going into embryonic stem cell research, saying it would "support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others." Do...
UCF Coach Avoids Talk of the Irish; O'Leary Wants to Forget Big Mistake and Focus on the Knights' Future
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER TAMPA - Sitting in front of a room full of reporters, wearing a jacket that easily could be mistaken for Notre Dame gold, George O'Leary answers questions that range from his gutsiest call to why he doesn't like Friday night...
UGa's QB Question Still in Air; Richt Said Starter Choice Might Not Be Made before the Season Starts
Byline: ZACHARY SPAIN It didn't take long for Georgia football coach Mark Richt to face questions about his choice for starting quarterback. Saturday night at the University of North Florida's University Center, Richt took questions for about...
Under Center, under Fire; Quarterback Leftwich Enters His Fourth Season with Pressure on Him
Byline: VITO STELLINO For the first 11 games last season, Byron Leftwich was developing into the quarterback the Jaguars believed he would become when they picked him in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He had a passer rating of 89.3 that...
Vacation Calm Nearly Surreal
Byline: Mark Woods The Higdons and Helds and a bunch of other families from our area - enough to fill two tour buses - had been looking forward to the trip for more than a year. A family vacation in Israel. Ninety-seven people signed up for...
Violations
Cases handled by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the past week. It doesn't include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement: DUVAL COUNTY On July 21, officers Craig Maguire and Brad Givens were on water patrol...
Where Memories Meet the Road
Byline: JOHN PEMBERTON The roadsides of Northeast Florida bear witness to private grief. Family and friends build impromptu public memorials to honor those who died in traffic accidents. Photos and handwritten notes of things left unsaid often become...