The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 28, 1999

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[2] Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's not a foolproof way to eliminate all annoying phone calls, but it does provide some relief from the nuisance." -- Bobby Baker, a member of the PSC, which administers a list of Georgians who have signed up to block telemarketers'...
[2] Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Lynyrd Skynyrd just doesn't like that venue, even though they love the town, their hometown." -- Laura Kaufman, head of publicity for CMC Records, on the band's refusal to play in the Coliseum. Story on this page. MAYPORT CEREMONIES...
2-Minute Drill
AGENT: SANDERS RETIRING Barry Sanders, apparently fed up with the Detroit Lions' mediocre record and coach Bobby Ross, will retire from the NFL, his agent told ESPN last night. David Ware, one of the two agents who handled the running back's affairs,...
[2] Newsmakers
LETTERMAN GETS GROUP SMOKING Stogie-lover David Letterman has made some fellow cigar fans smoking-mad. The Metropolitan Cigar Society -- a group of New Jersey puffers -- was all set to attend Letterman's show earlier this month at the invitation...
[2] World Briefing
GAZA: LAND HAND-OVER MUST PROCEED, ARAFAT SAYS EREZ CROSSING -- After a round of talks that failed to move peace efforts forward, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat insisted yesterday he would not accept Israeli calls for delaying a promised handover...
6 Set Sights on Soap Box Derby Title
In the world of Soap Box Derby racing, it isn't pavement-pounding horsepower that rules. It's gravity. Soap Box racers need a hill to race down. And the Indy 500 of the circuit is the 954foot Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio, where six youngsters from...
99 City's Hottest for '99
Yesterday was Jacksonville's hottest day this year, with the mercury topping off at 99 degrees just after 3:30 p.m. And things are not going to get much better the rest of the week. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in...
Af2 Awards Jacksonville Indoor League Franchise
Jacksonville is one of 12 cities that will be awarded an indoor football franchise Thursday in the Arena Football League's newly created minor league. Bruce Burge, a member of the Jacksonville Lizard Kings ownership group, said his group would be...
All-Day Punk-O-Rama Tour Boasts Fast and Furious Tunes
Who needs the Warped Tour? Who needs Woodstock '99? This weekend, Jacksonville will get much the same music without the hype or the mud. The Punk-O-Rama tour will hit town Sunday as part of The Milk Bar at Paradome's Downtown Skate and Music Fest....
Angels Double Up Devil Rays Anaheim Halts Losing Streak with 10-5 Win
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Anaheim Angels stopped an 11-game losing streak, their longest in seven years, beating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10-5 last night behind a four-run second and Garret Anderson's two-run homer. Gary DiSarcina had a two-run single...
Arafat to Consider Israeli Pullout Delay
EREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat reluctantly agreed yesterday to consider for two weeks Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's request to delay Israeli territorial pullbacks from the West Bank. Barak made the request during...
Area Trio Qualifies for U.S. Amateur
Matt Borchert, Sean Pacetti and Steve Carter didn't deny it -- the lure of playing at the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links was a major motivation in this week's U.S. Amateur sectional qualifying tournament. Thanks to two solid rounds of golf in stifling...
Armstrong Wins Again Tour De France Champ Back at It Day after Victory
BOXMEER, Netherlands -- Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong kept up his winning ways yesterday as he launched a week of races, receptions and talk show appearances almost as grueling as the Tour itself. After three weeks pedaling through France,...
Atlanta Area Leads Awards Governor's Scholars Named
ATLANTA -- High schools in Martinez and Lawrenceville produced the most "governor's scholars" this year, and campuses in Valdosta, Athens, Evans and Springfield also were near the head of the list. Almost 1,200 of Georgia's high-achieving students...
Beach All-Stars Finish 3rd in State Team Captures Area Tournaments
The Jax Beach 12-and-under All-Stars capped an impressive summer with a third-place finish at the Babe Ruth Baseball State Tournament. Along with a second-place finish in the Florida Little Major League tournament, the Beach All-Stars won the Mandarin...
Beaches Agency Asking Donations
The Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry Inc. expects to help about 1,000 area children with clothing and shoes for the upcoming school year. The Jacksonville Beach-based organization is soliciting donations of cash and new and used clothing and...
Boeing Co. May Bring 300 Jobs to Cecil Field
When the Navy pulls out of Cecil Field this fall, Boeing Co. wants to move in. The Jacksonville Port Authority yesterday approved an agreement to lease a hangar to Boeing for an aircraft maintenance facility that could employ as many as 300 workers...
BOSNIA No Peace Yet
With Kosovo sinking deeper into anarchy, the Clinton administration remains confident that its mission will be a success. But if a similar mission in Bosnia is any indication, there is cause for concern. The Dayton accord was supposed to bring peace,...
Chalk One Up Girls Get Down to Business at Camp Entrepreneur
Jacksonville is about to get a new cybercafe -- Java Script: Your Online Caffeine. Well, maybe, if six girls participating in Camp Entrepreneur have their way. The girls -- Myesha Davis, Raina Mahajan, Christine Durham, Kerri Alexander, Jennifer...
City Confident It Can Bear Costs of Cleanup
No one yet knows what costs City Hall may face if it needs to clean up four potential Superfund sites, but Jacksonville officials expressed confidence that the bills will not affect current programs or strain the municipal budget. Even though Jacksonville's...
City Council Agenda
A look at some of the items considered by the Jacksonville City Council at its meeting last night. ISSUE: Blanding work What it means: The council would approve spending $50,000 from a tree protection fund for median landscaping on Blanding Boulevard...
City Manager Search Atlantic Beach Could Have Decision Aug. 9
ATLANTIC BEACH -- Residents could learn on Aug. 9 which of the five candidates being interviewed for the city manager's job is the City Commission's top choice. During a workshop session Saturday, the commission interviewed three of the candidates...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's all about commitment. `Commit' is their favorite word." -- Jessica Wellings, a participant in the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, talking about instructors. Story on this page. LAST WEEK OF SHOWS Final performances...
Combat Vet, Lawyer Daniel Naughton Dies Distinguished Flying Cross Winner Was 79
Daniel A. Naughton, a lifetime Jacksonville resident who was a war hero and a lawyer in the city for more than 40 years, died Sunday. He was 79. "I learned how to live life by him," said his son, Michael M. Naughton. "I learned to be brave, honest...
Companies Want Their Fair Share Debate Rages over Access to Cable Lines
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators have chosen a wait-and-see attitude as the legal brawl rages on over whether cable companies offering high-speed Internet services must share lines with their competitors. But the Federal Communications Commission...
Confidence Drop an Indication of Cooling Economy
NEW YORK -- After rising eight consecutive months to a 30-year high, consumer confidence fell in July, a sign that the Federal Reserve has succeeded in cooling off economic growth by raising interest rates. The Conference Board reported yesterday...
Council Tightens Travel Belt New Aide Pay Plan Also Wins Approval
The Jacksonville City Council last night took steps to counter recent audits that showed gross failures in paperwork and bookkeeping methods. By a unanimous vote, council members agreed to impose stricter rules on themselves to travel on the taxpayers'...
Deal Preserves Julington Land Bartram Park Plans Trimmed
A $16.9 million deal that would preserve 2,128 acres of land long-coveted by environmentalists on the Julington-Durbin Creek peninsula was announced yesterday by Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney. The proposal, which calls for the city to pay $4.2...
Dennis Asks Judge for Delay
In fragile health and worried about losing her state medical insurance, state Rep. Willye Dennis will ask a judge tomorrow to put off finalizing her conviction on a charge of misusing tax dollars. Dennis, whose guilty plea this month will force...
`Don't Call Us' List Attracts Thousands Response to Block Telemarketers Heavy
ATLANTA -- The number of Georgians who have signed up for the state's No Call List -- which stops many calls from telemarketers -- has exceeded expectations. Since the law went into effect in January, 141,485 people have paid $5 each to be placed...
Ex-House Speaker Jailed `Bo' Johnson Gets 2 Years in Tax Case
PENSACOLA -- Former Florida House Speaker Bolley "Bo" Johnson, once one of the state's most powerful officials, stood humbly before a federal judge who sentenced him yesterday to two years in prison and his wife, Judi, to 15 months for tax evasion....
First Albanian Refugees in U.S. Return Home Serbs to Bury 14 Massacred in Field
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -- There were embraces and tears, shouts to friends and neighbors along the bustling streets, even a hug for Asi, a German shepherd who licked everyone in sight. The first 275 Kosovo Albanian refugees returning home from the...
Fort Clinch Bike Trail Worth Trip
For several months, reports about the high quality of the new biking trail at Forth Clinch State Park at Fernandina Beach had been intriguing. My delay in riding it came in part because of the recent winter drought. Hanna Park is now No. 2 after...
Fulmer Eases into Starring Role
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- He used to be a character actor who couldn't carry a movie on his own. Robert Duval instead of Robert DeNiro. He was the Oates in Hall and Oates. He was the Garfunkel in Simon and Garfunkel. He was the potatoes in meat and potatoes....
Georgia Woman Must Repay Would-Be Groom Englishman Lured by Web Romance
DUBLIN, Ga. -- An Englishman lured stateside by an Internet romance waited yesterday to get $1,400 back from his would-be bride, who police say scammed him and left him stranded at a Dublin motel. Ian Fowler of London says he needs the money to...
Getting Ready for School Some Ailments Are Guaranteed to Occur When Youngsters Head Back to School
Chip Mauldin, medical director of the University of Florida Pediatric Center at Andrew Robinson Elementary School, estimated that 90 percent of the maladies children pick up when returning to school are viruses. "Any time kids come together after...
Giants Overcome McGwire's 37th
SAN FRANCISCO -- Another homer by Mark McGwire, another loss for his St. Louis Cardinals. It has become an annoyingly familiar pattern for the slugger. Kirk Rueter pitched eight strong innings, outdueling Kent Bottenfield and overcoming McGwire's...
Giuliani Campaigns in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- In a not-so-subtle tweak at Hillary Rodham Clinton -- his potential opponent in a U.S. Senate race -- New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani traveled to her territory yesterday for a little campaigning. "I'll maximize the listening...
GOP Pushes Tax Cut despite Opposition
WASHINGTON -- The Senate rejected a Democratic call for scaled-down tax cuts last night as Republicans pushed a larger, $792 billion measure toward passage despite a fresh word of caution from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and a veto threat...
Heat Wave Death Toll Hits 53; No End in Sight
ST. LOUIS -- The body of 83-year-old Russell E. Dowley was found in his brick bungalow. Despite a scorching heat wave, the windows were closed, and a fan and two air conditioners were turned off. "Air-conditioning wasn't a part of their lives while...
`Heights' Can Make Comeback
For me, the thing that sticks out about Washington Heights in its mid-1960s heyday was the pool. There was this big pool, where legions of children like myself began our first swimming lessons. Apartments and townhouses sprouted around it, making...
Home Post Office Has Stamps, Tea, Apple Pie
BRIDGEBORO -- People just passing through may miss the post office in this small Southwest Georgia town of about 100, but all the locals know where to go. Since 1957, longtime resident Gladys Tison has run the local postal station from a room built...
House Votes to Extend Normal Trade with China
WASHINGTON -- The House passed President Clinton's one-year extension of normal trade with China yesterday, overcoming complaints the Chinese government abuses its own citizens and spies on America. The annual debate over the future of U.S.-Chinese...
Hurricane Was Backdrop for Raging Beach Inferno
Celebrate 2000 July 28, 1926 A daily look at events in First Coast history Swirled by the skirt of storm, fire ate the heart of Jacksonville Beach. Winds raked a simple flame through the entertainment district. Fire raged on a frenzied shore...
Incidents Reveal Apparent Retaliation
A 1996 confrontation between an inmate and a guard at Florida State Prison sheds light on how inmates who anger guards or complain about their actions can face retaliation ranging from small inconveniences to brutal beatings. According to records...
Inmate Challenges Electric Chair's Use Cruel, Unusual Punishment Argued
ORLANDO -- A lawyer for Death Row inmate Thomas Provenzano argued yesterday that three botched executions in Florida's electric chair this decade show a pattern of cruel and unusual punishment. Death Row inmates Jesse Tafero, Pedro Medina and Allen...
Inmates' Lausuits Gain Notice Beating Case Bolsters Credibility, Backers Say
For years, pleas in the form of prisoners' handwritten lawsuits have come across court clerks' desks. Some are routine requests for freedom. Others report severe beatings by guards. The pleadings, barely legible or in painstakingly crafted print,...
It's Horribly Hot State Records First 2 Deaths of Wave
The current heat wave and Georgia's increasing smog are combining to make it more dangerous for all Georgians -- even those without respiratory problems -- to go outside, doctors said yesterday. The sweltering heat, which sent temperatures into...
`It's like a Musical Boot Camp' Summertime, but Living Isn't Easy for These Musicians
The 74-member brass and percussion group under the direction of Michael Butler has been in training at Jane Macon Middle School. The Jacksonvillebased group's members range in age from 13 to 21 and include veteran musicians and some novices from North...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Somebody went to an awful lot of detail to put us in the middle of this mess." -- Carla Whiteside, who says contaminated Northside sites are environmental racism. Story, Page A-1. MAYPORT SHIPS GO SOUTH Two ships from Mayport...
Jags: `Take It or Take It' Team Not Changing Offer as Bryant Nears Holdout Status
With two days until the Jaguars are scheduled to report for their 1999 training camp, it's looking more and more as if cornerback Fernando Bryant, the team's first-round pick, will be a holdout. The two sides have not talked in nearly a month and...
Jags' Watch
The Jaguars' fifth training camp starts Thursday when 86 players report in preparation for Friday's first practice at Ferrell Fields adjacent to Alltel Stadium. Their intended final destination is Atlanta six months later -- the Jan. 30 Super Bow....
Japan Security Concern Growing
TOKYO -- Since its defeat in World War II, Tokyo has abided by a pacifist constitution that bars it from offensive military action. However, the annual defense report it issued yesterday makes clear that Japan has the right to defend itself -- including...
Julington-Durbin Project Excellent Investment
Fifty years from now, the Adam's Mark Hotel, currently being built with the help of $23 million of taxpayer money, will be old and deteriorating, if it hadn't already been torn down as part of some new downtown redevelopment scheme. At the same...
Kearse Set to Go Camping Ex-UF Star Beats Deadline with 5-Year Deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jevon Kearse planned to be playing football on the first day of training camp all along, and not even switching agents was going to stop him. The Tennessee Titans' top draft pick kept to his plan yesterday when he and his new...
Keepaway Only Game They Play Back Taxes Cost Residents Their Park
Normally, Amenity Island would be packed with children playing on its colorful plastic slides, fishing from its two wooden footbridges and eating grilled hamburgers under its tall pine trees. That's the way it was for almost a decade. But this...
Kids Can ROCK at Camp Children with Cancer Head to Boggy Creek
Thanks to the American Cancer Society, a famous actor and a retired general, 57 Northeast Florida children with cancer were set to head off Monday for a week of fun and excitement at summer camp. The children, ages 7 to 17, left from the Nemours...
Kids Should Have Complete Eye Exam by Fourth Birthday
Most parents know that vaccinations are an important part of back-to-school planning. But school-age children also should have a complete eye exam. Kids should have an exam by their fourth birthday, and every two years thereafter to catch any vision...
Lead, Cancer Risk to Be Assessed
So far, the potential for lead poisoning seems to be health officials' main concern at hazardous waste dump sites in northwest Jacksonville. But though the sites have been under investigation for years, there still are many questions about what...
Longterm Units Slows PSS Profits
PSS World Medical Inc. yesterday reported higher overall earnings for the first quarter ended June 30, but profits were held back by continuing problems at its long-term care division. The Jacksonville-based medical supply distributor had net income...
Maine Listed as Best State to Raise Child
WASHINGTON -- Looking for the best place to raise little Michael or Janet? Then head to Maine, according to a child advocacy group's ranking of that state as the best for bringing up children. In fact, almost any New England state would do; the top...
Mall's Dress Code Isn't the Answer to Society's Problems
Something is seriously wrong with our society today. I honestly believed I could go my whole life and never see a police incident occur because of what a person is wearing. I was mistaken. On Friday, a rapper named Juvenile and his group were in...
Morning Briefing
STOCKS REBOUND ON STRONG TECH SURGE Technology stocks led the market to its strongest performance of the month as investors hunted for bargains yesterday among shares that have been beaten down in recent sessions. A wide range of computerrelated...
Moto Java Lounge May Be Running out of Juice
The financially struggling San Marco-area lounge Moto Java may be shutting down shop as early as this weekend. "I'm outta here," said an exasperated Johnny Balbastro, co-owner of the Hendricks Avenue lounge, which resulted from a merger between...
Nation Briefing
FEDS UPGRADE PROBE OF MINIVAN, PICKUP TANKS WASHINGTON -- A federal safety agency has upgraded an investigation into millions of DaimlerChrysler minivans and General Motors pickups because of possible gas tank leaks during side-impact crashes that...
Nation Briefing
EINHORN ORDERED TO PAY FAMILY $907 MILLION PHILADELPHIA -- A counterculture guru convicted in absentia of killing his girlfriend and stuffing her body in a steamer trunk 22 years ago was ordered by a jury yesterday to pay her family $907 million....
NBA Tests New Rules in Summer League
BOSTON -- Barely 10 seconds had ticked off the clock in a summer league game between Philadelphia and New York yesterday when the Knicks were whistled for their first foul. Four seconds later, they were called for another. Nineteen seconds after...
New Track Coach Has Tall Order
Tracey Kuhn understands the importance of the job she recently accepted. Just in case she doesn't, there are plenty of people who remind her. Kuhn takes over as coach of the Bishop Kenny girls cross country team this season, and there isn't a team...
Office Development May Start on Florida 9A Corridor This Fall
Office development could take shape along the Florida 9A corridor in October, when Highwoods Properties intends to start work on its potential $28 million plaza. Highwoods Properties recently bought about 22 acres for $2.9 million there, according...
Orange Blossom, Palmetto Classics Merge Florida A&M, South Carolina St. to Clash at Alltel
How do you make two football classics better? If you're Florida A&M Athletic Director Ken Riley and South Carolina State AD Timothy Autry, you simply combine them in hopes of forming one great classic. Riley and Autry put their heads together...
Out to Close the Gap Donnan's Bulldogs Still Look Up at UF, UT
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., -- If this was supposed to make Jim Donnan feel somewhat eased by his current situation, it accomplished little. Donnan was told yesterday that there are only eight teams in college football with more wins than the Georgia Bulldogs...
Palestinians Assail Barak's Peace Plan
EREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak made a final push yesterday to win Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's approval for a slowdown in implementing the U.S.-brokered land-for-peace accord. As the leaders arrived for a second...
Paup Is Injured
Jaguars starting linebacker Bryce Paup tore a pectoral muscle while lifting weights July 15, an in jury that could keep him out the entire preseason. Paup suffered the injury while trying to bench-press 335 pounds at a gym near his home in Green...
PeachCare Sign-Ups Soar Almost 36,000 Children Enrolled
ATLANTA -- Business is picking up for PeachCare, Georgia's health care program for uninsured children. PeachCare has nearly tripled its enrollment since the beginning of April, to almost 36,000 children, and is well ahead of its goal of signing...
Playing Well with Others Gap between Athletes and Other Groups in Schools Is Diminishing
Bruce Rosebrock can still hear the muffled cries of his classmates 26 years later. The last period at New Jersey's Linden High School in 1973 was gym class. When the day ended and the bell rang, Rosebrock simply would walk off the gymnasium's hardwood...
POLITICS Don't Slam the Door
Republicans apparently are ready to anoint George W. Bush, but other candidates should not be dismissed outright too early. Steve Forbes, for example, is saying things that need to be said, and many people are listening. Bush is the front-runner...
Prison Probe Reflects Similar Effort in '80
The ongoing investigation of possible brutality against inmates at Florida State Prison in Starke isn't the first time the state has investigated alleged abuses at the prison. Nineteen years ago, a legislative committee headed by an outspoken Jacksonville...
Pros Take in Shrine Time Rangers, Royals Make Late-Night Visit to Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Todd Zeile zeroed in with his camcorder and called over Ivan Rodriguez for a closer look. They kept staring at the old, beat-up pillow -- actually, the catcher's mitt used by Hank Gowdy on Boston's 1914 Miracle Braves -- and...
PUBLIC WORKS Tanks Are Targets
Some affordable housing may become a little less affordable soon. Years ago, many people bought homes without sewer service. They did this using the alternative of septic tanks, which treat wastewater and discharge it below ground. Naturally,...
Rape Case Story Remains Mystery Victim's Account Has Flaws
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The public will probably never know what really happened in a wooded lot off Florida A1A where a woman reported she was brutally raped and sodomized by four homeless men last month. Experts say the case, which was dropped by...
Rookies Roll for Marlins Wilson Living Up to Potential
MIAMI -- Preston Wilson might be the National League Rookie of Year. Then again, he might not even be the best rookie on his own team. Either way, Wilson is one reason the Florida Marlins are optimistic the future will be much better than the present....
Senator Refuses to Resign Johnson Maps Appeal in Fraud Case
SAVANNAH -- Suspended state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson said she has no intention of resigning after her conviction last week on five counts of federal mail fraud. But Republicans say stepping down would be the proper thing for the Democrat to do....
Shaping Bartram Trail High School Fun for Principal
Bartram Trail High School Principal Jim Springfield is having fun this summer shopping for desks, office furniture, physical education equipment and computers. "What's neat is the salespeople bring the stuff to you," said Springfield. "It's a lot...
Shaq Heads List of Likely Dream Team Additions
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Shaquille O'Neal probably will be back, although Grant Hill's chances of being an Olympian again aren't so certain. As for the 12th man, it's a tossup. The U.S. men's basketball team said goodbye to its three youngest players...
Skynyrd Criticizes Coliseum `Acoustics Terrible,' Concert Canceled
The Coliseum is so inadequate the city's most famous rock group canceled an upcoming show there. The band Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with ZZ Top, was scheduled to play the 9,000-seat Coliseum on Sept. 19 but switched that show to Gainesville's 12,500-seat...
Stanton Alumni Called Up Reunion Planned of Old School's Grads
A reunion of generations is Ruth Taylor's goal. The Northside resident, who's helping plan a reunion next year of all graduates from "Old Stanton" High to celebrate its 132 years, wants to bring together the school's last graduating class and as...
Stein Mart Reports Earnings
Stein Mart Inc. yesterday reported higher second-quarter earnings, but the company has still not completely recovered from its disappointing 1998 performance. Stein Mart had net income of $9.4 million, or 21 cents per diluted share, in the second...
St. Marys Submits Project List
ST. MARYS -- City Council members have conceded they will have to play by a different set of rules if they want a portion of a new 1-cent sales tax to finance future projects. They took the first step toward accepting the rules Monday night by voting...
Students to Step More Safely Ongoing Effort Provides Sidewalks
It will take about a year to complete and cost at least $1 million. But by next spring, many of the 82 stretches of road en route to 43 Duval County schools should have new sidewalks to replace the grassy paths and gutters hundreds of students use...
Sudden Spotlight Can Spin the Head of Young Athlete
During the past year, an 18-year-old baseball player and a 16-year-old basketball player were featured dozens of times in the local media. Brett Myers, a recent graduate of Englewood High School, received a $2.05 million signing bonus earlier this...
Suicide Declared a Threat to Nation
WASHINGTON -- Suicide, once only whispered about, must be boldly confronted by the nation's parents and children, doctors and schools, baseball coaches and hairdressers, Surgeon General David Satcher said yesterday as he declared suicide a serious...
Super Bowl Visit Raises City's Hopes Official: Hotel Issue Remains Biggest Hurdle
The NFL has a better feeling about a Super Bowl in Jacksonville after a recent visit by one of the league's top officials, but there is still concern about the area's hotel accommodations. Jim Steeg, the NFL's vice president for special events,...
Takeover of Facility Cheered JEA to Reduce Odors from Julington Plant
Julington Creek Plantation's water treatment facility is easy to see behind the south fence of the Bartram Trail branch library in Fruit Cove. But Cunningham Hideaway resident Sandra Ross said her nose often tells her it's there even when she can't...
Tax Issue Engulfs CSX Deal Revenue Won't Rise, City Hall Discovers
Jacksonville would not receive more in taxes from improvements that CSX Transportation makes to its downtown headquarters or local railroad operations as part of a proposed deal with the city because of the unique way the state assesses the railroad's...
Teacher Search Widened Non-School Fields Will Be Scanned
To combat a teacher shortage, the Duval County School Board is redesigning its licensing requirements to encourage professionals from other fields to become educators. As early as next week, school officials are planning to file a waiver with the...
Teen Singer Sets Sights on Nashville
In 1986, Joni Denise Manning performed a song, written by her father, at the Junior Miss America Pageant. She was 4 years old. Now 17 and known simply as Joni Denise, the Macclenny resident and Baker County High School student is set to record her...
Theatre Groups Need Stage Lack of Available Space in Beaches Pinches Troupes
NEPTUNE BEACH -- The future of a proposed community center appears dead unless the city will step up to the plate and provide a site for two theatrical groups willing to pay for the facility. The groups are willing to build the center that also...
The Lions Danced, and the Policeman Roared
Celebrate 2000 July 29, 1957 A daily look at events in First Coast history "You laughed last night when Jimmy put his money on the line and said he could make the lions dance for him," said The Florida Times-Union in an open letter to the boys...
The State Says It's Clean but Trash-Strewn McCoy's Creek Has Its Detractors
You can say some bad things about McCoy's Creek. The Jacksonville waterway floods. It's full of lead. And it laps against a hazardous waste site where City Hall piled chemical-laden incinerator ash. But the Florida Department of Environmental Protection...
The Wistaria Was the Epitome of 1919 Ice Cream Parlor Fashion
In a time of simpler pleasures, ice cream was sophisticated. Gentle custom and suitable ambience accompanied its partaking. The lingering essence of the ice cream parlor, the semi-formal emporium for ladies and gents and well-behaved children, a...