The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 28, 2001

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9.3 Billion Population Seen by 2050 Africa and Asia to Lead the Way
UNITED NATIONS -- The world's population -- already more than double what it was in 1950 -- is projected to boom by another 3 billion in the next half-century, with Africa and Asia dwarfing Europe, even with the staggering toll of AIDS, a new U.N....
Academy Tackles Challenging Musical with Hard Work, Fun
For the past five years, J. Scott Berry, artistic director of fine arts at Jacksonville Beach's Foundation Academy, has made it his mission to grow the school's theater department. Next week, Berry and his students make their biggest and boldest step...
ACD Rolls to Easy Win Apaches One Victory from 2A Final Four
The teams exchanged handshakes and "good games" following the contest. The Arlington Country Day boys basketball team could just as well have said, "Thanks for the practice." The Apaches (28-5) pummeled visiting Branford 95-64 last night at Swisher...
Adam's Mark Hotel Finally Ready to Roll Downtown Jacksonville Site Opens Its Doors Today
********** CORRECTION March 1, 2001 Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the Jacksonville & the Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, "Our downtown has suffered from the lack of a large convention hotel and it [Adam's Mark] will bring...
Add Pay Phones to the Endangered Species List
I thought this week I would write a column about pay phones. That is because I figure that in about 10 years some youngster who is in kindergarten today may run across this column and say, "What the heck are pay phones?" This is because it seems...
Administrator Will Move to Wilkinson
Ozro May, a veteran Clay County educator who spent much of his career at junior high or high schools, was ready for a career change. And his 16-month-old daughter, Emma, apparently steered him toward a younger crowd. May, who is currently a vice...
ARC Helps Whole Family Nassau County: Association for Retarded Citizens Gives Needed Support to Both Its Clients and Their Caretakers
Ernie Hill Sr. and his 26-year-old mentally disabled son, Ernie Hill Jr., have grown closer after separation. Each weekday, the younger Hill joins his friends and spends four to five hours working at Nassau ARC, the Association for Retarded Citizens....
ARC to Close Failing Thrift Store in Yulee Nassau County: Local Group Considers Fate of Fernandina Beach Store
The financially troubled Association for Retarded Citizens has closed its unprofitable thrift store in Yulee and said the future of a second thrift store in Fernandina Beach is uncertain. "This was a difficult but necessary decision." said Nancy...
Around the Bend
Get your motor running and rumble over to the Museum of Science and History on the Southbank for an exhibit on all things motorized on two wheels that runs for 13 weeks beginning Monday. Called Scooters, Commuters and Hogs: Vintage Motorcycles on...
Arts Help Make Day Brighter Riverside Fine Arts Group Starts Program
Residents of St. Catherine Laboure Manor recently got something extra with their spaghetti and meatballs. At a lunchtime concert, they were treated to a romantic duet from the musical Ragtime, an infectious spiritual, a praise psalm in Latin, an...
Atlantic Beach Theater Presents Play by Chekov
The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre's devotion to the work of Russian playwrights continues this week with its debut of Anton Chekov's Three Sisters. The play is heralded by critics as one of the best dramas of the 20th century, and director...
Band Wins over Its Audiences with Old-Time Music
Chances are at any given minute, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., inside at least one of the plethora of nightclubs and bars at the Beaches, some band somewhere is strumming up another rendition of Mustang Sally or Brown-eyed Girl. Chances are even better...
Beaches Women's Center Celebrates an Anniversary
It's a familiar scenario at the Beaches: After a series of bad circumstances, a single mother suddenly realizes she has no money, no job and three kids to feed and clothe. She's scared and feels alone. Because she's not familiar with the area,...
Black History on Display Middle School Presents Show
The first Black History extravaganza at Jefferson Davis Middle School had Jaguars cornerback Fernando Bryant as a surprise guest. It also featured Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, an 87-voice chorus, depictions of well-known...
Cause of Darling's Death Undetermined Memorial Service for 'Nole Tomorrow
TALLAHASSEE -- Even as the Florida State football team and athletic department began to come to grips with the death of freshman linebacker Devaughn Darling Monday morning, unanswered questions continued to mount. A preliminary report from the state...
Charity Creates Grant for Children's Services
The J.P. Hall Sr. Children's Charity is again expanding its reach beyond its 20-year-old Christmas toy giveaway. The Green Cove Springs-based charity has created a grant program for individuals or groups who provide services for Clay County's disadvantaged...
Cigarette Machine Ban
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House yesterday postponed a vote on banning cigarette machines in the state after lawmakers from both parties voiced concerns about the plan. The bill, backed by Gov. Roy Barnes, would require owners to remove the machines...
Clay County: Best in State, Twice Soccer Title Goes to Orange Park
The Orange Park boys soccer team got defensive about the state championship. Defense has been the trademark of the team all year and the state championship game was no exception. Orange Park beat nemesis Tampa Gaither 1-0 at Tampa's Pepin-Rood Stadium...
Clinton Allows Aides to Testify at Hearing
WASHINGTON -- Financier Marc Rich refused yesterday to appear before a House committee investigating his pardon while former President Clinton waived executive privilege, allowing his top aides to freely testify before the panel. Rich, whose pardon...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It was an example of good police work and excellent cooperation between a lot of different police agencies." -- Glynn County Police Lt. Jack Boyet on the pursuit of theft suspects from Brunswick to Jacksonville yesterday. See...
Cobbert in Wrestling's Record Books
P.J. Cobbert established himself as one of the greatest athletes in Clay County lore last weekend after becoming only the second wrestler in Florida high school history to win four straight state championships. Cobbert said he had mixed emotions...
Communication a Factor for Some Citizen Advisory Boards
ATLANTIC BEACH -- The Beautification Committee and some other citizen advisory boards have become somewhat obsolete and perhaps should be restructured, city officials said. The six boards, some more than a decade old, are traditionally made up of...
Community Notebook
An evening of inspirational, patriotic and "plain old good-time" music is being offered at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Coast High School, 590 Duval Station Road. The show features virtuoso guitarist, banjo player and one-man band James Rogers. The...
Community Notebook
More than $263,000 was raised in the American Cancer Society's 10th annual Making Strides Against Cancer walk. The 5-mile walk, which wound through Avondale and Riverside, drew more than 12,000 participants to Memorial Park for a celebration replete...
Computer Handicap Overcome Rotary Club Makes Donation
Mandarin High School senior Vince Ware didn't have a computer at home to do classwork, a handicap these days because at least three of his classes require the ability to log into cyberspace, he said. But that handicap disappeared at 10 a.m. Friday...
Conspiracy-Minded Computer Nerds Step out of 'The X-Files' and into a Series of Their Own the Geeks Are out There
Now that Agent Mulder has finally returned on the scene of The X-Files, Fox is hoping viewers will wait another month to find out his fate. The reason? To give maximum exposure to The Lone Gunmen, a spin-off featuring the show's trio of computer-hacking...
Corrections
The Times-Union takes mistakes seriously. We will correct all mistakes of fact made in our news stories as soon as possible. We also publish appropriate clarifications. -- Landstar System Inc., a Jacksonville transportation services company, contracts...
Crusty Steel Town Hopes Beauties Will Aid in Transformation Indiana Community Polished for Pageant
GARY, Ind. -- This isn't Atlantic City. Heck, it isn't even Indianapolis. And yet this week, Gary -- a city known for rusting steel mills and a history of high murder rates -- will host the Miss USA beauty pageant. There are a few wrinkles. ...
DEFENSE Training Is Vital
One of the foreign policy blunders of the past eight years that President Bush will have to try to rectify is the matter of Vieques, the Puerto Rican island that has been an important Navy training site for 60 years. His predecessor, on a busy last...
Designs on Golf Area Architectural Firms Leave Signature on Clubhouses
There are 18 holes on a golf course, some hard, some easy, most scenic. Depending on the kind of day a player has had, there's one more important hole -- the 19th. That's where John Powers and others in his profession complete the day's experience....
Discount Chain Eyeing Space at Gateway
Developers of Gateway Shopping Center say a national outlet retailer is negotiating to lease the former JCPenney store at the Northside mall, which would boost the center's occupancy rate to about 98 percent and create up to 150 jobs. "Gateway is...
Earning a Living during Hard Times Determination Leads Family to Orange Park
In the mid-1900s, independently owned black businesses thrived in the economic atmosphere surrounding Orange Park, providing jobs, opportunities and necessary products and services. They combined talents and skills, a shared willingness to invest long...
EPA Use of Clean Air Act Constitutional, High Court Rules Revised Ozone Guides Barred
WASHINGTON -- The nation's premier environmental law withstood a major industry challenge yesterday as the Supreme Court upheld the way the government sets air quality standards under the Clean Air Act. The court unanimously rejected industry arguments...
FAMU Selects a Dean for Its New Law School Accreditation Expert Gets Post
TALLAHASSEE -- The search for the Florida A&M University law school dean ended yesterday with the appointment of Percy R. Luney Jr., former president of Nevada's National Judicial College. "There's nothing but greatness in the future for this...
Feeney Is Back, Stronger Than Ever New House Speaker Has Big Opportunity
In preparation for the start of the Legislature's 2001 session, the Times-Union is profiling the leaders of the House and Senate. To read yesterday's story about Senate President John McKay, go to jacksonville.com and type in keyword: McKay. TALLAHASSEE...
Foes Fear Retaliation by Jailed Milosevic
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- A spate of attacks targeting opponents of Slobodan Milosevic has Yugoslavia's new leaders worried that any legal move against the former president will bring retaliation. Fearing arrest and trial, Milosevic has been rallying...
Forum to Address Disabled Group Will Lobby for Better Services
ORANGE PARK -- Former state Rep. Steve Wise and an administrator at Hope Haven Children's Clinic & Family Services in Jacksonville will discuss issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities during an open forum today at Orange Park Town...
Future of American Heritage Rivers Plan Still Up in the Air Program from Clinton Could Change under Bush
WASHINGTON -- The basic rules of politics seem clear: A Clinton environmental initiative that circumvented the Republican Congress ought to be toast under President Bush. But supporters of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative, which includes...
Gators' Seeding at Stake Win over Vandy Means SEC Bye
GAINESVILLE -- Sunday's game against Kentucky may be more glamorous, but today's game at Vanderbilt is more important for the University of Florida basketball team. A victory over the Commodores would give sixth-ranked UF (20-5, 10-4 Southeastern...
Getting Close to Ribault Girls Is Hard to Do
Al Austin hates it when you bring up the scores. But how can you not? For the last three months, the numbers have been jumping off the sports pages, looking like bad typos . . . 103-21, 118-20, 87-7. Put them all together and this Ribault High...
Girls State Playoffs
at The Lakeland Center CLASS 6A -- Game 1 (4 p.m., tomorrow): Orlando Boone (20-9) vs. Miami Edison (27-6) -- Game 2 (8:30 p.m., tomorrow): Winter Springs (28-3) vs. Deerfield Beach (27-2) -- Championship game: 7:30 p.m., Saturday --...
'Golden Parachutes' Retain Top Educators Herbert's Pay, Benefits Trend for Administrators
A $244,000 salary. A one-year paid sabbatical. A research center with an annual budget of nearly $700,000 in state money. Those are some of the things that await Adam Herbert when he returns Friday to the University of North Florida. Herbert, outgoing...
Herbert Gives Some Parting Tips before Leaving Post Outgoing Chancellor Talks Policy, Not Politics
TALLAHASSEE -- Two days before he will step down as chancellor of Florida's public universities, Adam Herbert had some advice for lawmakers and education officials. Florida needs to decrease its emphasis on SAT scores, restructure the Florida Bright...
Investigation Clears Deputies Brutality Claim Unfounded, Office Says
An internal investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Office has cleared deputies of wrongdoing in connection with a police brutality complaint filed last year by a Green Cove Springs area couple who were arrested after a confrontation with police....
It's the River Run Voice of Experience
The first azaleas have fought their way out after our cold winter. The official end to winter in Jacksonville is the Gate River Run. With 23 River Runs on my record, I can make this observation: The event was canceled and moved a day in 1993 to...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's really a great culmination of efforts." -- Irving Kass, general manager of the Adam's Mark hotel downtown, which will open its doors to guests this afternoon. Story, Page A-1. BUTLER CASE PROBE Gov. Jeb Bush has asked...
Jeramy Burnsed Fernandina Actor Grabs the Spotlight
Judy Tipton, theater teacher at Fernandina Beach Middle School, recommended one of her accomplished advanced theater students and actors -- Jeramy Burnsed -- for a student spotlight. Jeramy, an eighth-grader, recently tested his drama wings further...
JU's Simmons Well-Traveled
Unlike many athletes who move away from home for the first time to attend college, Jacksonville University senior point guard Eddie Simmons has lived in many places. While serving in the Navy from 1994-97, Simmons stayed in Greece, Spain, Italy,...
Keeping Leash on the Law Dogs' Beach Hours Remain
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Stressing that the beaches belong to humans not dogs, the City Council turned down a request Monday night to ease up on an ordinance banning dogs from the beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round. Council members discussed a request...
Kennedy Family Has Lengthy List of Eagles Clan Has Many Highest Scouts
The family of Eagles started in 1943, when Hayes Kennedy Sr. was named an Eagle Scout in Clearwater. Then came sons Mike Kennedy and Hayes Kennedy Jr. in 1970, followed by grandson David, Mike Kennedy's son, in 1999. Now the fifth Eagle Scout...
Life on the Beach
JACKSONVILLE BEACH TOP-NOTCH WORKERS -- Kathy Urban and Jay Howe were recognized at a City Council meeting last week for winning employee of the fourth quarter. Urban, an accounting technician in the city's finance department who has worked for...
Lopez Meets His Nemesis JU Has Been a Thorn in Side of UF Coach
GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida baseball program has had a lot of success against Jacksonville University. Coach Andy Lopez, however, hasn't. Since he arrived at UF in 1995, Lopez is just 5-7 against JU. That includes a 2-5 mark at McKethan...
Macon Honors Civil Rights Pioneer Post Office Named for Henry Turner
MACON, Ga. -- Civil rights pioneer Henry McNeal Turner was Macon's postmaster more than 130 years ago. Now the city's main post office bears his name. Turner was one of the first bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, served as chaplain...
Man Guilty of Federal Wastewater Plant Violations
A former Neptune Beach wastewater treatment plant operator pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of violating the federal Clean Water Act. Raymond C. Layne, 51, will be sentenced later. Under the plea agreement entered yesterday, Layne will probably...
McCain Pushes Bill to Shut Additional Military Facilities Savings Should Help Modernize, He Says
WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain continued to push his own political priorities yesterday, introducing a bipartisan bill to create a new commission to close down military bases. "We're wasting between $3 billion and $4 billion a year," said the Arizona...
Meet Rebecca Frank
For 24 years, longtime Northside resident Rebecca Frank worked on the production line at Shaw's Southern Belle Frozen Foods, a frozen seafood business on the Northside. On her retirement earlier this month, the company's management expressed gratitude...
Mob Massacres 118 Hiding in Indonesia
PARENGGEAN, Indonesia -- They had been lured out of hiding in the jungle by government promises of safety. Then Dayak fighters drove away their police escort, trucked them to a soccer field and massacred them, beheading six and hacking 112 to death...
Morning Briefing
CHAMBER DELEGATION HEADS TO WASHINGTON Sixty Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce volunteers are in Washington this week for a three-day trip to meet with members of the U.S. Congress, regulatory agency officials and military leaders. Issues to be...
Movie Fest to Nurture Teen Talent Young Entrepreneurs Planning Toronto Event
TORONTO -- Eric Lively gets lots of fan mail, most of it from teenage admirers asking how they can break into the movie industry like he did. Knowing the minuscule chances, the 19-year-old actor who scored a role in the hit film American Pie could...
Nassau Commissioners Get Bad News County: Clerk Should Not Have Attended Meetings, Attorney General Says
The Florida Attorney General's Office has issued an opinion saying Nassau County commissioners should not have allowed County Clerk J.M. "Chip" Oxley to attend closed sessions called to discuss pending legal action. Public records show that Oxley...
Nassau Teachers Teach Teachers
Three Nassau County educators will travel to Safety Harbor near Tampa in April to learn how to help other educators prepare students for a new science portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. As members of the 155-member Florida League...
New Kent Campus Exit Makes FCCJ Travel Easier
There's now more than one way in and out of Florida Community College at Jacksonville's Kent Campus. And that's made commuting easier for Calvin Gates and other students who have classes or offices at the north end of the campus. Construction...
New Park near Fargo Awaits OK Site Would Showcase the Suwannee River
FARGO -- A proposed state park along the Suwannee River near Fargo could open sometime in 2003 if plans proceed on schedule. Funding for the $5.6 million Suwannee River Park has been budgeted by the General Assembly and is awaiting final approval...
Newsmakers
MENTAL ILLNESS A RALLYING POINT Actress and author Carrie Fisher stood at a podium in the Indianapolis Statehouse's ornate north atrium and posed an unusual question. "Are there a lot of mentally ill people here?" The crowd of nearly 2,000 -- gathered...
Nextel Escapes Citation by St. Johns Board
The St. Johns County Code Enforcement Board has opted not to cite Nextel for zoning violations stemming from the company's shared use of an illegal 250-foot-tall latticework tower in Fruit Cove. The board gave the cellular company until July 4 to...
No. 2 Navy Officer Tries to Mend Fences in Japan
TOKYO -- In Washington's latest move to soothe Japanese anger over the sinking of a fishing boat by a U.S. submarine, a Navy admiral yesterday delivered an apology from President Bush and prepared to meet with the families of the missing. Adm. William...
Nocatee Gets Jacksonville OK Council Impressed by Planning for Site
Without the fireworks of neighboring St. Johns County, the Jacksonville City Council gave its final approval last night to a massive development that will straddle the Duval-St. Johns county line. Council members debated for about an hour, then...
No Guarantees for No. 1 Georgia State Tourney Winner Goes to NCAA's
As expected, preseason favorite Georgia State University won the Trans America Athletic Conference's regular-season title. But what if top-seeded Georgia State (25-4) doesn't win the TAAC tournament, which starts tonight in Atlanta? Does the NCAA...
Organizing to Clean Up Community
There was a time when sprucing up neighborhoods was the province of social and civic clubs, of retirees and do-gooders who had some spare time to pick up paper in their already-pristine neighborhoods. Not anymore. For communities grappling with...
Parents Camp out for Slots at Magnet School
Parents who want to register children for the 2001-02 school year at Orange Park Elementary, Clay County's only magnet-style school, better rest up this week. Principal Jean Niemi starts accepting applications at 7 a.m. Saturday and only hangs around...
Participants Learn Values of Good Attitudes Fitness Involves More Than Body
Tonya von Dyck and Nancy Smyth are the type of women who want to grab food when they celebrate -- a glass of champagne here, a chocolate there. But it's not happening this time. The women say it doesn't seem so appropriate when the celebration centers...
Planners Turn Down Home Depot Next Stop: Jacksonville Beach Council
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- For the second time in as many years, the Planning Commission is not recommending a land use change that would let Home Depot build a 133,000-square-foot store on Beach Boulevard. A crowd of roughly 120 people applauded Monday's...
Players By-the-Sea Turn to 'Chapter Two'
In a time when people often seek ways to deal with the death of a loved one in self-help books, group therapy sessions or medications, Neil Simon's engaging comedy Chapter Two offers a more time-tested alternative. Now showing at Players By-The-Sea,...
Players' Ticket Sales Lagging
Tickets for the 2001 Players Championship are selling slower than expected, but tournament officials still expect a sellout for the 13th year in a row. As of this week, approximately 5,000 of the 35,000 tickets printed for The Players remained unsold....
Police Briefing
Anyone seen a stolen Mediterranean land turtle lately? Owners Katharina Knox and Rick Roberts sure hope so, after the 12-year-old terrapin -- named Speedy, of course -- was heisted from his backyard doghouse in the 12000 block of Cross Brook Trail...
Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH A 17-year-old boy was arrested Friday and charged with possession of $50 worth of marijuana and $50 worth of crack cocaine after police searched his...
Police Nab 6 in Jewelry Heist Glynn Suspects Chased across Florida Border
BRUNSWICK -- A Glynn County jewelry store heist triggered a two-state police chase along Interstate 95 that ended about 1 p.m. yesterday in Jacksonville with the arrest of six men who investigators said tossed a bundle of stolen watches out a car window...
Powell Offers Firm U.S. Commitment in Balkans NATO Welcomes Diplomatic Debut
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged the Bush administration will stay the course with peacekeepers in the restive Balkans, where more than 9,000 U.S. troops patrol Bosnia and Kosovo. "We went in together and we will come...
Price on New Y: $6.5 Million Atlantic Eyes Pick N' Save Site
ATLANTIC BEACH -- With potential Pic N' Save property costs in hand, city commissioners voted Monday night to move forward with a feasibility study to survey local interest in bringing a YMCA-sponsored community center to the city. In a much-anticipated...
Putting in the Garden at Cummer Museum
'Tis almost spring, and thoughts turn naturally to golf and gardening in our fair city. And, of course, the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., is, as always, in tune. To kick off the "Art Blooms at the Cummer" program this...
Repairs to Walker Lake Could Have It Shipshape by Summer Rainfall Will Be Needed to Restore Water Level
Laura S. Walker Lake, drained last month for repairs, should begin collecting water again in the next three months and may be full again for summer swimmers and water-skiers, officials said. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has decided...
Restore or Start Fresh? New Pier's Cost Higher Than Expected
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Building a new fishing pier near downtown would cost about $2.7 million, roughly 2 1/2 times the cost of restoring the existing pier at Sixth Avenue South, new estimates show. The figure is also nearly three times the $1 million...
Roundup
-- BAKER COUNTY 74, MARIANNA 38 -- Marianna held the ball for three minutes during a first-quarter stall, but the effort only slowed the inevitable. Baker County led 10-5 after one quarter and the host Wildcats steadily pulled away in the Class 3A...
Saxophone Orchestra Combines Talent with Lots of Fun
Dan Stevens understands the importance of the saxophone in American music. "I think that for jazz and popular music, there are so many things you can do with a saxophone," Stevens said. "It was successful in Europe and in France, but I think really...
Scientists Prepare Mission to Test First Solar Space Sail
PASADENA, Calif. -- Forget bulky rockets and costly fuel: A U.S.-Russian consortium plans to send a craft skyward that floats, not on the wind, but on the gentle pressure of the sun's rays. The group hopes that solar sails can be used to boost or...
Several Groups Can Use Donations of Stuffed Animals
A reader asked where to donate stuffed animals. Call Box asked our readers. And you came through again. Here are three good options: -- Stuffed Animals for Emergencies distributes them to children, ambulance services, hospitals, police and rescue...
Show's Future Is Still Up in Air
Will The X-Files be back next season? Getting a straight answer to that question is about as easy as getting Agent Scully to let go with a belly laugh or wear something frivolous. The truth may be out there, but no one's telling. On a morning visit...
Smeenge, Barlow Released Jags Close to New Deals with Smith, McCardell
Five players are leaving, negotiations with several others are ongoing, and the Jaguars' deadline for being under the NFL's salary cap is less than two days away. The Jaguars, in an effort to trim their league-high cap surplus, yesterday released...
Southside Road Plan Detailed Residents Asked to Be Patient
Belle Rive resident Marty Gottlieb didn't seem to mind that it would take the state about 400 days to widen Southside Boulevard between his neighborhood and Butler Boulevard. But he and a number of other Southside residents who met with Florida...
Special Champions Clay County Olympic Games a Real Hit
Take some special athletes and mix them with a community of dedicated volunteers and you have the main ingredients that have made the Clay County Special Olympics a success for more than 25 years. The recipe for this year's event, held at Ridgeview...
State's Midyear Budget Plan Wins Approval Fund Allocation Based on Flag Vote, Some Say
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate gave final approval to the midyear budget yesterday, even as Republicans accused Gov. Roy Barnes of sweetening the pot for lawmakers who voted to change the state flag and punishing those who didn't. In a 35-20 vote...
State Vote Overrules School Board Charter School Denial at Issue
Gov. Jeb Bush and the state Cabinet unanimously disagreed with a decision the Duval County School Board made when it denied charter school status to an applicant. As a result of yesterday's decision, the School Board likely will have to approve...
St. Johns Tightens Leash Laws Pets Also Must Wear Rabies Tag
ST. AUGUSTINE -- How do you leash a cat? If you're a St. Johns County resident with a free-roaming, freedom-loving feline friend who doesn't like to stay in one place and can't bear the confines of a carrier, you may need to know the answer to this...
Student's Art Wins Honors
The patriotic art of Jonathan Tibbs, 19, a Hilliard Middle Senior High School student, won first place in the state in a contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10095 Ladies Auxiliary. Tibbs' winning design features the famous image...
Students Give Views to Nation Sandalwood Teens in Online Summit
About 100 Sandalwood High School students are participating in this year's National Online Youth Summit that is exploring views on the future of the death penalty in the United States. Sandalwood is one of 50 high schools nationwide, and the only...
Study Questions Down Syndrome Test Ultrasound's Worth in Detection at Issue
CHICAGO -- Several features on ultrasound scans that doctors thought were warning signs of Down syndrome are almost always harmless, leading many women with normal fetuses to undergo unnecessary amniocentesis, researchers say. The analysis of 56...
TAXES Small Stuff
From all the fuss advocates of big government are raising, one might think the tax cut proposed by President Bush was large. The buzzword opponents are using, in fact, is "massive." Next year's federal budget is expected to be $1.85 trillion....
Teenagers Take a Taste of Being Homeless as Fund-Raising Project
Geneva Presbyterian Church recently organized members of its youth group to get involved in a community service project called World Vision's 30-Hour Famine. World Vision is a non-profit Christian relief and development organization committed to...
The Answer Line
Answers to readers' questions and other often asked questions of area agencies and services. -- CLAY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE INC.: I want to landscape near some power lines. What planting guidelines should I follow? Answer: The co-op has two brochures...
The County Line
Serving Clay County readers every Wednesday and Saturday. ORANGE PARK DEARLY DEPARTED: At least two county commissioners and two constitutional officers will demonstrate their thespian talents, or lack thereof, in the Orange Park Community Theatre's...
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