The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 11, 2000

[1] Practice Report
BLUE DEVILS BRACING FOR 'NOLES Earlier this week a sports writer covering the Duke football team asked Blue Devils' coach Carl Franks if he had spent the off-week thinking about Saturday's game at Florida State. "Heck, no," Franks said, jokingly....
[2] Practice Report
HEALTHY PALMER REMAINS PATIENT Florida senior quarterback Jesse Palmer said yesterday that he wasn't bitter about losing his starting job while being injured -- and he fully expects to get another shot at it. "This around here can change," said...
Agencies' Relocation Studied Decentralization Must Be on Merit
ATLANTA -- Cities and towns vying to lure state government offices away from Atlanta will have to sell themselves, not only to the affected agencies and workers, but also to the state's bean counters, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor said yesterday. "As with...
Aging Council's New Face Uses Old Experience Board Toasts Veteran Director's Vision
When the Nassau County Council on Aging's board of directors went looking for a new director, it didn't have to look far. John A. Moses, with more than 30 years' experience in social services in Florida and Wyoming, was working at the Amelia Island...
Alzheimer's March Draws 500
Bernice Mitchell and Trudie Young have been friends for years and share a common bond. But they wouldn't wish the reason for their bond on anyone. Both women have cared for family members with Alzheimer's disease. Trudie's mother, Bessie Townsend,...
AmeriCredit Considering Sites in Duval, Clay for Service Center
********** CORRECTION October 12, 2000 BellSouth Corp. has scheduled a ground-breaking for its Clay County operations center at 10 a.m. today at Fleming Island Plantation. Because of a columnist's error, the wrong day appeared on Page...
Arthur Treacher's to Relocate Main Office
Arthur Treacher's Inc. said yesterday it will acquire Pudgie's Famous Chicken, a New York-area fast-food chain, and relocate its corporate headquarters from Jacksonville to Pudgie's headquarters in Lake Success, N.Y. Arthur Treacher's had already...
A Spirit Born of Fall-Out
Whenever his crack cocaine addiction would let up, Anthony Wilson has tried to squeeze moments of redemption from his life. I know he did back in 1996. That was when Wilson, who three years earlier had begged me to advance him $7 for yard work...
Atlantic Moving Ahead on Drainage Plan OK Given Latest System Design
ATLANTIC BEACH -- City officials are another step closer to fixing the city's drainage problems. The City Commission approved Monday a $639,894 proposal from Aikenhead & Odom for final design and permitting of the city's stormwater improvement...
Baldwin Banks on Railroad Theme Credit Union Gets a Place to Call Home
From the outside, it looks like an old train depot with its 6-foot overhanging roof, 22 cast-iron railroad lamps and antique crossing signal. In the lobby, there's a 4-by-6-foot photograph of a 1948 locomotive, pictures of railroad cars, antique...
Beaches Issues Make Waves Budget, Sewers Top Priorities
********** CORRECTION October 14, 2000 Due to a reporter's error, Neptune Beach City Council candidate Tony Mazzola's name was misspelled in a story in Wednesday's Shorelines. *************** NEPTUNE BEACH -- Fewer people than expected...
Best Friends Down under for Games
Two Clay County high school students spent five all-expenses-paid days in Sydney during the recent Olympic Games. They said they had an unbelievably good time and for one of them, the trip was truly a dream come true. "I have always wanted to...
Blain Continues Its Evolution on Music Scene
A few years ago, Craig Johnston saw a concert at the Florida Theatre that made him set yet another goal for himself. "I remember seeing Chicago there, like five years ago," said the 23-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach resident. "I remember going, 'I'm...
BMX Track a Community Project Middleburg Course Being Erected by Sweat of Enthusiasts
Except for organized sports involving balls thrown, kicked or struck with a bat there isn't much for children and teens to do in Middleburg. That's why a group of parents have banded together to build a unique sports arena in Clay County where kids...
Braves Not Missed Mets Players Are Glad They Don't Have to Face Nemesis
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have as much to say about who they won't be playing as they do about the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets aren't shy about expressing their preference for facing St. Louis instead of their nemesis, the Atlanta Braves,...
Busy McChesney Enjoying His Jazz Performances
Even if you've never heard the name Bob McChesney, chances are you've heard him play. The Los Angeles-based trombonist has performed often for scores and soundtracks of films and television programs including The Siege, The First Wives Club, George...
CAT CHAT A Conversation with . . . Mike LOGAN
NEW STARTER OFF AND RUNNING He has talent. Mike Logan hears that all the time, but the Jaguars' fourth-year safety has had a career marred by injuries, most recently a broken ankle that kept him out 14 games last season. Just after he had had his...
Christmas Gift for Charities
Sixteen PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour players who reside on the First Coast will use golf to help brighten Christmas for area charities. The Jingle Bells Charity Pro-Am, set for the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course Dec. 18, is an idea hatched by Tour...
City Formally Bids for 2005 Super Bowl
With just a few changes, Jacksonville's formal bid to score the 2005 Super Bowl reached the National Football League offices yesterday. The city will know in three weeks whether Alltel Stadium will house the NFL's -- and American sports' -- top...
City Not Dogging Every Stray Complaint Line Has Priority List on Animal Calls
Barking dogs or ones running loose in your neighborhood scavenging in garbage cans are not the highest priority in the city's animal care and control activity, the head of the property safety and zoning code enforcement division told Arlington residents...
Clay Crop Walk for Hunger Sunday
For four years, Lydia Ficquette has coordinated the Clay County version of Crop Walk, the national fund-raising effort to fight hunger. She has helped build the community event from one at which a handful of people showed up 10 years ago to one...
Clay High Victory Moves Team Closer to State Football Playoffs
The Clay High Blue Devils took another step toward the playoffs with their third straight 2-3A district win on Friday night. The Blue Devils beat Fernandina Beach 28-14 in a game that was delayed for 30 minutes because of lightning. Even though...
Clay Teen's Killer Up for Parole Group Will Testify to Oppose Move
ORANGE PARK -- William R. McMullan, 52, convicted in 1977 of abducting and murdering a Orange Park High School cheerleader, will have his first parole hearing today. And Janita Estes' family members, friends, teachers and law enforcement officers...
Coach Ends Callahan Losing Streak for Ramblers, Lessons Learned Are off Field
Brian Brown might be the head coach of the Callahan Middle School Ramblers, but there is nothing rambling about his slow, steady deliberate style. It has led a team with an eight-year losing streak to rebound. Prior to finishing second in their...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Our lawyers are meeting with their lawyers to discuss all of this." -- Jeff Finger, campaign director for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mack Mattingly, on the controversy over his candidate's ad that was similar to an ad run...
Community Notebook
Robert Moser has been retired from the Navy for 30 years now, but the Westside resident still likes to get together with comrades to reminisce about his fighter squadron days with VF-213. He likes it so much that he and wife, Delores, agreed to host...
Community Notebook
The Salvation Army is accepting applications for holiday aid -- and it's important to make the Oct. 27 deadline, said Stacy Ellison, spokeswoman for the Northeast Florida area command. "We love to do whatever we can to help people, particularly...
Controversial Morgan Case Ends Adjudication of Guilt Withheld
A judge has found American Beach businessman Frank Morgan Jr. guilty of breach of peace and opposing a police officer, but he agreed to withhold adjudication of guilt so it won't be on his record. Morgan was arrested by Nassau County deputies on...
Council Rejects Reserve Fund Changes
Aside from encouraging each other to think more broadly, Jacksonville City Council members yesterday came up with no rules or guidelines to govern their spending of about $1.3 million in reserve funds. Instead, most said they liked the status quo...
Defensive Driving Course Now Available to Drivers on Internet Fernandina Has One of Florida's First
Unlucky you received a speeding ticket. Now, you either accumulate points and your insurance rate rises or you have to sit through what could be a tedious four-hour defensive driving class. The Road Runner Defensive Driving School and the Florida...
Doobies Happily Take Fans on Trip Down Memory Lane
When the lights dimmed before last night's Doobie Brothers concert at the Florida Theatre, the roar of motorcycle exhaust boomed from the speakers as a reminder of the band's wild days of yore. The subsequent din of hooting from the group's middle-aged...
Dress for Success in Need of Specific Clothing Donations
Dear Call Box: In one of your recent columns, you listed a phone number for Dress for Success. I have one four-piece ladies' suit and a couple of men's suits that I would like to donate. -- J.K. Dear J.K. The Dress for Success group provides business...
Educators Critical of Barnes' Letter
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes says a letter he sent to Georgia's teachers is just part of communicating about education reform. But critics of Barnes' reforms see the letter as an effort to soothe angry educators before the Nov. 7 election. In the...
FCC Chief Seeking to Speed Transition from Analog TV to Digital Version
WASHINGTON -- TV stations should be forced to pay for their existing channels beginning in 2006 as they switch over to new and hugely lucrative digital channels, the head of the Federal Communications Commission says. FCC Chairman William Kennard...
Football Video Game Scores Big
When the Dreamcast made its debut last September, there were two good reasons to buy the system: Soul Caliber and NFL2k. Now there's a better reason: NFL2k1. The sequel to Sega's classic is better than the original, and arguably the best football...
Fund-Raiser to Reel in Fun, Finances
The Downtown Ecumenical Services Council hopes to catch something big with its upcoming fishing tournament: financial support that the church-sponsored charitable agency will use to aid the needy. The group's annual fund-raising event is the Greater...
GOP's Better Ideas Proposal Gets Final Push from Senators
WOODBINE -- A group of Republican state senators made the last stop of a five-day tour of Georgia yesterday to promote the Better Ideas for a Better Georgia plan and support a state Senate candidate. During the 25-minute stop in Woodbine, state...
Grandmother's Flower Garden an Award Winner
It's called Grandmother's Flower Garden, and that is exactly what it resembles. Colorful, repeating hexagons in yellows, greens and pinks make the many flowers on the queen-size quilt hand-pieced by Marcia Gramzow. The quilt, Gramzow's first attempt...
Green Day Growing Up without Growing Stale
Having been the poster boys of sing-along brat punk for the latter half of the '90s, Green Day has finally emerged with a few new chords, mature instrumentation and the catchiest hooks this side of a bass fishing tournament. Their latest release,...
Group Gets Funds to Motivate College Interest
A program that helps introduce youngsters to college life recently got a financial boost from Jacksonville's Children's Commission. On Saturday, Councilwoman Gwen Yates was due to present a $5,000 check to Susan Ruffin, director of a program called...
'I'm Just Being True to My Heart' Downtown Vision for Gallery
Maybe, at 24 and 22, Ryan Rummel and Betsy Czigan are just too young to know any better. "If you were, by yourself, trying to take that chance, everybody in your family would be saying you're out of your mind," said businessman Mark Rinaman. ...
IOC Official Scolds Greek Organizers
LONDON -- A top IOC official has called for a "truce" among squabbling Greek organizers and government officials as they struggle to rescue the troubled 2004 Summer Olympics. Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee executive with control...
Jackson Reminds Students of Struggle for Right to Vote
Calling the upcoming elections a choice between a "threat" and a "great hope," Democrat Jesse Jackson visited Jacksonville yesterday near the end of a 10-city Florida voter registration drive. "For the right to vote we marched and marched," Jackson...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Maybe it's just Round One. It's going to be an ongoing dialogue." -- City Council member Suzanne Jenkins on yesterday's special council meeting to discuss how to spend about $1.3 million in reserve funds. Story, this page. ...
JIA Lands Non-Stop Service to Norfolk, Va
Jacksonville International Airport travelers will have an easier time flying to Norfolk, Va., when Continental Express Airlines opens a non-stop daily flight to the coastal city in December. The route will be followed by a second non-stop flight...
Kenny Gray Student Works on Lifeguard Chair Redesign
Fernandina Beach High School drafting teacher Chris Pagel thinks so highly of Kenny Gray's drafting skills that he's given him a project perfectly suited to the beach. Gray, a senior in his fourth year of drafting classes with Pagel, easily moved...
Life on the Beach
TODAY LIBRARY WORK -- Patrons of the Beaches branch library who want a peek at the ongoing renovations will have a chance today. Ken Sivulich, director of Jacksonville's public libraries, will host a tour beginning at 10 a.m. The library, which...
Local Residents Mirror Unease of Overseas Relatives
Alina Kent of Jacksonville and Tim Amun of St. Augustine have at least two things in common: They both are intently following news of the growing violence in their homeland of Israel, and both are deeply concerned about relatives there. There the...
Make Every Shot Count Clay County Special Olympiads Score with Pals
Like Olympic runners waiting for the starting gun to go off, the athletes gathered on a field at Orange Park Junior High School were anxious to get busy. But first, there was one more thing to do for these 200 or so special education students from...
Market's Green as Good as Gold Town Center Starts out Big
NEPTUNE BEACH -- The overcast sky and cool temperatures lent a feeling of fall to the first Town Center Green Market on Saturday. Customers often greeted one another as they milled around an area of the Sea Horse Oceanfront Inn's parking lot. ...
Merchants Plan Bash to Attract Business Live Music, Food at Walnut Street Festival
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- A coalition of Walnut Street merchants think they have found a way to bring more business to the downtown business district. Have a party. The merchants plan to hold the first Walnut Street Festival on Thursday, tied in...
Milosevic Plotting Comeback, Visitors Say
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Abandoned by his closest allies and living under virtual house arrest, Slobodan Milosevic and his wife, a once-formidable politician in her own right, are sitting out Yugoslavia's pro-democracy tidal wave in a government villa....
Minimal Is More for Band Folk-Pop Group Ida Plays Quieter Sounds
Most traditional rock bands can't even pronounce the word austerity, much less practice it. But a quiet movement in indie circles has sent a small group of minimalist musicians tiptoeing into the mainstream. Artists including Badly Drawn Boy and...
Morning Briefing
STOCKS TUMBLE AGAIN ON EARNINGS WORRIES Stocks fell sharply yesterday as investors girded themselves for earnings reports amid persistent worries and fresh concerns about technology stocks. Downgrades of two chip makers early in the day pulled...
Museum Appeals for Missing Enigma Nazi Code Machine Vanished April 1
LONDON -- An Enigma machine -- the device the Nazis used to encrypt top-secret messages during World War II -- has become wrapped in a riddle. Since it was stolen on April Fool's Day, Bletchley Park Museum director Christine Large has been issuing...
Nassau Students Spend Time at Work Program Matches Jobs, Academics
Melissa Hobbs, 17, a senior at Hilliard Middle Senior High School, collects money for an electric bill from a customer at Okefenokee Rural Electric Membership Corp. The clean-cut teen greets the customer with a smile, takes her money, makes change...
Nation Briefing
ROGUE METAL PIN PROMPTS SHUTTLE LAUNCH CANCELLATION CAPE CANAVERAL -- NASA was forced to call off last night's planned launch of space shuttle Discovery because of a small metal pin found on a fuel line a few hours before liftoff. The 4-inch...
Nease High ROTC Collects Cat, Dog Food for St. Johns
Master Chief Russ McFarland and his Nease High School Navy ROTC unit have completed several successful service projects during the past two years. But the one they pulled off Friday was strictly for the dogs . . . and cats. For three weeks, 158...
Nease ROTC Collects Cat, Dog Food for St. Johns
Master Chief Russ McFarland and his Nease High School Navy ROTC unit have completed several successful service projects during the past two years. But the one they pulled off Friday was strictly for the dogs . . . and cats. For three weeks, 158...
Need to Talk? You Can Do It Anywhere, Darn It
If you have been to any football or baseball games lately, or even watched them on television, it's hard not to notice the plethora of cell phones at these events. Not too long ago I went to see my favorite professional baseball team -- the Atlanta...
Neptune Mayor Nearly Alone with Police Questions
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Mayor George Vaughn said he's simply doing his job by asking for another investigation of his police department in response to recent citizen complaints. But others said the mayor's just trying, once again, to discredit the department....
New Rules Guide Senior Care Rating System Changes for Nursing Homes in Florida
Connie Bend said she felt terrible when the North Jacksonville nursing home she runs made Florida's most recent "watch list" of homes with substandard inspections. "It indicates something in our system broke down," said Bend, administrator of Beverly...
Newsmakers
NEW CHANCE TO HEAR LENNON Two solo albums by John Lennon were released Monday to mark what would have been the late Beatle's 60th birthday. One, a reissue of the album Double Fantasy, has three extra songs including Walking on Ice, a track Lennon...
N. Korean Envoy Gets Warm Welcome Kim's Aide Takes Ideas to Clinton
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton met yesterday with a top North Korean military commander, the first encounter between a U.S. president and a senior official of the hard-line Communist nation. Jo Myong Rok, vice chairman of North Korea's National...
Not Much Rest for Habersham Retiree
After 30 years as a police officer in Toledo, John Wernert put down his badge and gun for good and left Ohio to spend his golden years in sunny Florida. He and his wife, Janette, looked all over North Florida for their retirement home, from the...
O'Leary May Face Charges Player's Mom Says Son Was Assaulted
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech had just finished a routine practice when coach George O'Leary decided to teach a hard lesson to a second-string offensive lineman who was struggling to make his blocks. O'Leary handed 314-pound Dustin Vaitekunas a football...
Orthodontic Centers Files for Secondary Stock Offering
Orthodontic Centers of America Inc. yesterday filed plans for a secondary offering of 3.8 million shares of stock, including 1.2 million new shares offered by the company and 2 million shares being sold by Chairman Gasper Lazzara Jr. The Ponte Vedra...
Parental Notice Applies to RU-486 in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia law requiring parental notification before minors have abortions applies to the abortion pill RU-486, state officials concluded. Virginia is one of 32 states with parental notification or consent laws for minors seeking...
Photographers Take Different Approaches
Nature photographer Paula J. Griffin strives for what she calls "the defining moment." If she gets that jaguar's penetrating stare in a clear image on film, that's what she shows at the gallery. Her business partner, fellow photographer Rick Koenig,...
Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH A man reported Thursday that his wallet, two credit cards and $15 in cash were stolen from his Ford in the 1300 block of Rose Street. A $179 videocassette...
Political Cash Goes to Court Justices to Review Spending Limits
WASHINGTON -- Agreeing to determine the constitutionality of a key provision of federal campaign finance law, the Supreme Court said yesterday it would decide whether the Federal Election Commission may restrict the amount of money political parties...
Prosperity Affects Policy in Georgia
ATLANTA -- Larry Walker reflected on his years in the General Assembly and came to the realization that the nature of problems Georgia policymakers face has changed from those caused by economic hard times to those triggered by prosperity. "It's...
Pumpkins Create the Right Mood
Linus would approve, even if the elusive Great Pumpkin again fails to show up. After all, there'll be up to 4,000 other pumpkins to create the proper storytelling atmosphere. For some Westside preschoolers, their Halloween treat will be story hour...
Regional Parties Cool on Call for Summit
WASHINGTON-- President Clinton turned to telephone diplomacy to urge Israel and the Palestinians to stop fighting as his call for a quick summit failed yesterday to stir broad support. Among alternatives Clinton was offering to a summit in Egypt...
REGULATION Same Old Song
If the current debate on gun control sounds vaguely familiar, it is because all of the arguments for it are wrinkled with age. Gun banners were at their posts when "Silent Cal" Coolidge was president. A liberal magazine called the Nation was seeking...
Riding the Trail in Nassau Pedaling for Pets Event Raises Funds for First Coast Humane Society
Kevin Worley, 15, wrote a big, black, vertical No. 680 on the calf of his 15-year-old friend, Jamie O'Brien. The number helped identify O'Brien in the first mountain bike trail ride at Fort Clinch State Park Sunday morning. Pedaling for Pets, a mountain...
Rival 'Ticked' Mayor's Staying
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Mayor Bob Marsden will remain in office another four years since his only opponent didn't qualify to run against him. Also, former council member Ed Parpart jumped into the race for an at-large seat. Parpart, who qualified...
Schools Play the Name Game Fruit Cove Residents' Help Sought
St. Johns County school officials want Fruit Cove residents to help name two planned Race Track Road schools, one an elementary/middle school set to open in August and the other an elementary school opening three years later. The new schools are...
Seams Make Wet Suits Worth Loot
Serious wet suit season approaches. Some of us have already used a dollop of neoprene to warm us against the fall winds blowing over a cooling ocean. Neoprene wet suits are amazing. The right suit means our 98-degree bodies can joyfully laugh at...
Stars Picking Up Steam for State Championship
Winning 19 of their first 20 games has Florida Community College at Jacksonville volleyball players believing they can challenge Miami-Dade Community College for the state championship. That's a lofty goal since Miami-Dade has won the last 11 state...
Superstars Have Competition
Most of the superstars still running keep right on winning during the current meet of the Orange Park Kennel Club that's now a month old. But they're hearing some footsteps behind them. The DeLisle Kennel's Sugarnooche and the Sytem Kennel's...
Suspended Beach Officer Back at Work
An Atlantic Beach police sergeant returned to work this week after a suspension for improperly handling a traffic violation involving a fellow officer possibly driving drunk. A motorist on a cell phone called 911 last month to report a reckless...
Tales of Clay's Moonshining Trade and Goings-On at the Bloody Bucket
It was called The Bloody Bucket and its reputation in keeping with the name was known all over Clay County in the 1930s. It sat beside Black Creek just to the left of the bridge as you come out of Middleburg. Innocent and plain in the daylight,...
Teams Get Community Support High School Squads Borrow Practice Sites
Bartram Trail High School's unofficial motto seems to be borrow while you build, and that applies to the new school's football, golf and girls volleyball and swim teams. So until the new Northwest St. Johns County school's gymnasium, baseball, softball...
Teams Know Basketball Season Just around the Corner
Hoops on the horizon: Football may dominate the attention of First Coast sports fans this time of year, but preparations are already being made for the upcoming basketball season. While the practice season hasn't officially begun, coaches and players...
Teenagers Unjustly Viewed under Cloud of Suspicion
It's sad. I don't even feel like adults trust me anymore. It's not because of anything I've done -- it's not even something I implied. But I get the strange feeling that I'm always being watched. I can see their scrutinizing eyes pierce right through...
The Answer Line
Answers to readers' questions and other often asked questions of area agencies and services. CLAY COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE: What can be planted at this time of the year? Answer: Cool season vegetables we can still plant include beets, broccoli,...
The County Line
SCHOOLS BUS RIDERS: Parents of Clay County public school students who ride buses to school occasionally or regularly are urged to get them on those buses this week. State transportation funds are at stake. This is the week the state Department...
University of Florida Seeks Solution for Student Scalpers
As University of Florida senior Jonathan Robinson cheered the Gators last year in The Swamp, he could not help noticing the eclectic mix of fans to his left and right in the student section. Instead of being surrounded by friends and classmates,...
Valdosta Learning Quickly
ATLANTA -- Mike O'Brien has learned a lot about himself and his Valdosta High football players during the past 10 months. Friday night at Colquitt County, O'Brien will learn even more. The Wildcats (3-2), who remained No. 10 in The Associated...
World Briefing
ENGLAND: U.S. ENDORSES NEW SECURITY ROLE FOR EU BIRMINGHAM -- In a major shift in U.S. defense policy, Defense Secretary William Cohen said yesterday that NATO will have to share responsibility for the security of Europe with the European Union....
YMCA Brings Programs to Light
The James Weldon Johnson Family YMCA is hoping to bring one of its programs out of the dark by hosting an event called Lights On Afterschool from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the JC Penney store at 3000 Dunn Ave. Attendees will get the specifics on after-school...

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