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Articles from March 14, 2001

3 Men Are Discovered Fatally Shot in Douglas Police Suspect Drug-Linked Dispute
DOUGLAS -- Three Douglas men were discovered fatally shot yesterday in what police said apparently was a drug-related dispute. The body of Rodney Lamont Gaskin, 25, was found about 1:15 a.m. yesterday at his McDonald Road home by a neighbor, possibly...
Activist Still Fights for Blacks
Elaine Brown threaded racism between issues of today and yesterday. The former leader of the Black Panther Party, who is now an author, said racial profiling is a term that tries to cover up what it is: racism. "We're talking about the abuse...
Alpro Unveils New Line of Products
Alpro NV, a Belgium-based company with plans to build a $30 million soybean processing plant in Jacksonville, unveiled its new line of soy-based products. It will be the company's first self-branded marketing strategy in the United States. The soy-based...
Appeal of Irish Songs Keeps Musician Busy
In his travels across the United States and Canada, Fran Doyle has seen a growing number of Irish pubs that feature the music of his Dublin home. As an Irish entertainer, he knows the appeal of those bars. It's that distinct pub atmosphere -- the...
Argyle Forest Housing Gets Council OK
Years after their predecessors' actions helped prompt a federal crackdown on segregated public housing, City Council members yesterday withstood a harangue from residents and approved a project in Argyle Forest. Council members approved bond funding...
Argyle Vents Anger over Complex
Tempers flared at a three-hour meeting as hundreds of Argyle Forest residents voiced their opposition to a mixed-use apartment complex that will include some public housing. Construction on the $25 million complex, known as Lindsey Terrace, is slated...
A River, and a Couple of Lakes, Runs through Julington School
Julington Creek Elementary School is stretching the minds of youngsters. Fourth-grade teacher Leslie Jones received a grant from the American Water Resources Association and used it in her classroom to build a working replica of Lake Kissimmee and...
Aye, 'Tis a Fine Thing Indeed to Be at St. Patrick's on His Day
Before St. Patrick's Day became a secular holiday -- which it is in the United States -- it was a religious event to honor the patron saint of Ireland. That's why the Rev. Ron Camardacq and the congregation of St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Broward...
Battle for Garden Is Rejoined in Spring
We enjoy the warm air and the lush, tropical flowers and plants around us, but with these gifts comes a price. Where beautiful hibiscus, oleander, bougainvillea grow, so too do other living, growing things -- some clearly designed by the devil himself....
Beaches Resident Makes Pool Skating Video
For a growing number of skateboarders whose skating has become a way of life, not just a hobby, pool skating is becoming the next logical challenge. And with pools so popular in Florida, there are opportunities to explore that challenge. Jacksonville...
Bicycle Track Gets off to a Racing Start
MIDDLEBURG -- Shiny bikes carrying riders in bright colors and helmets stretched from one end of the starting ramp to the other during the first official races Sunday at the new Middleburg BMX Inc.'s bicycle track on Carter Spencer Road. The intense...
Blaze Damages Northside Residences
Eight Jacksonville apartment units burned in the Brentwood area yesterday morning after an iron was left unattended, said Lt. Glenda Hopkins with the city's fire department. No one was hurt in the fire that broke out about 9 a.m. in an upstairs...
Brunell-Weaver Meeting Nixed Minus QB's Agent, Contract Talks Stall
Wayne Weaver's plan was to meet face-to-face, man-to-man. No agents. No periphery team personnel. But a scheduled one-on-one meeting between the Jaguars' owner and quarterback Mark Brunell never occurred yesterday, leaving the sides no closer to...
Bugler Sounding the Call
ATLANTIC BEACH -- Gil Grout was upset when Taps was played at the burial five years ago of his friend, a Navy captain. He wasn't saddened only by his friend's death. Taps was played on a tape recorder. "That's nonsense," said Grout, a retired...
Building on Spring Break Students Helping Habitat
When spring break came around this year, Michigan State University student Michelle VanWingerden made sure she packed all the essentials for an adventuresome trip to sunny Florida -- durable boots, work gloves and elbow grease. Instead of joining...
Bush Pushes Tax Cut Plan President Says His Proposals Will Improve Sluggish Economy
WASHINGTON -- A day after the stock market sustained one of its biggest drops in history, President Bush said yesterday the U.S. economy will eventually exceed growth projections once his tax package is passed and takes effect. Monday's stock sell-off,...
City Group Seeks Cash at Capitol Don't Count on It, Lawmakers Warn
TALLAHASSEE -- Despite a tight state budget that could force cuts in school and health programs, Duval County lawmakers have proposed spending $184 million next year on projects aimed largely at Northeast Florida. The money would go for projects...
City, Selva Marina to Split Street Repair, Upgrade Cost
ATLANTIC BEACH -- Homeowners and the city should share the cost of refurbishing Selva Marina streets, the subdivision's committee recommended to the Commission Monday night. The 133-lot Selva Marina subdivision, built between 1978 and 1980, has...
Clay Honors Health Pioneer Stansel Receives Great Floridian Recognition
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Ed Stansel Sr., who was widely credited with transforming the Clay County Health Department into one of the most innovative county public health agencies in the state, was not one to welcome accolades for himself, his family and...
Club Will Help Girls Go to Prom
Proms are a memorable occasion in a teenage girl's life. And the First Coast Woman's Club doesn't want a teen to sit at home because she doesn't have money for a new dress. So the club, which is affiliated with the General Federation of Women's...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's just awful. We practice for this, but the gravity of it when it actually happens is tremendous." -- Pam Barbara, a plant manager at Amoco Polymers in Augusta where three people died in a blast yesterday. See story, this page....
Coiled and Ready to Strike Amelia Island: Shelby Cobra Cars Draw Interest at Concours d'Elegance Exhibit
After Ron Davis, the president of the Jacksonville Corvette Club, took his first ride in a Shelby Cobra 289 FIA, his grin stretched wider than the roadway. And it should have -- only 200 of these Cobras have been produced since 1996. The new Shelby...
College Roundup
-- FLORIDA STATE 4, NORTHERN IOWA 3 -- Brett Groves singled home Karl Jerningan with the go-ahead run in the fifth inning as the 18th-ranked Seminoles (15-5) extended their winning streak to 12 games last night with a win over visiting Northern Iowa....
Comfortable Coast Guard Station's New Cutter Makes Ocean Time a Breeze
MAYPORT -- From search and rescue missions to fishing boat inspections, a Coast Guard cutter crew has plenty of work along the Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia coasts. But when the work is aboard one of the newest ships in the Coast Guard...
Community Club to Fence out Dumping
Illegal dumping of wood chips and tree-cutting debris on the parking lot at Mandarin's historic 127-year-old Mandarin Community Club forced its board March 6 to vote to fence in the rustic building. Now the club is preparing to spend about $5,000...
Community Notebook
If volleyball spikes your interest, you're in luck. The city Department of Parks, Recreation and Entertainment is sponsoring open volleyball play from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays through April 8. The action is taking place at the Cecil Commerce Center...
Community Notebook
One Northside group hopes to start a tradition with its "Unity in Our Community" parade and celebration in Durkeeville Saturday. The event has been organized to celebrate the phoenixlike revitalization of one of Jacksonville's oldest communities....
Complaints: Loud Music from Hattie's Club Fighting Old Citations
Just two weeks after reopening its outdoor deck, Hurricane Hattie's bar and restaurant has received six noise complaints from Beaches residents across the Intracoastal Waterway. The new round of complaints come as the club is preparing for a May...
Computers Are Not Always User-Friendly
After spending so much time at my computer, I just knew one day that it would go completely mad and come after me. And that is exactly what happened the other day. I have to say that when the computer age came about I was not the least bit hesitant...
County Line Business Briefs
-- The Clay County Chamber of Commerce is again presenting its blood screening program March 26 through April 13. The program drew 650 participants when first offered last year. The tests cost $25 and screening will be done for: diabetes, cardiac risk,...
Duval Admits Distractions May Be Affecting Game
Wait, says David Duval. Just wait. He was right about the Ryder Cup charity issue, after much misinterpretation and what he even feels were "lies" written and spoken about his position. He was right about criticizing the set-up of the Carnoustie...
Duval Hurts Wrist Jacksonville Native Pulls out of Bay Hill
David Duval has withdrawn from this week's Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando because of tendinitis in his left wrist. The Jacksonville native and 12-time PGA Tour winner is in the midst of the worst slump of his PGA Tour career, with only one top-10...
Early Clay Teachers Had Hard Life, Wore Many Hats in School
In the late 1800s and early 1900s a well-brought up young woman's vocational options were limited by the conventions of society. Her choices were to marry or "make a teacher." A teacher was held to the highest standards and expected to be above...
Earnhardt Autopsy Bill Moves Along
TALLAHASSEE -- A few clicks of a computer mouse can lead Web surfers to photos of the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy, a bullet hole clearly visible in his right temple. Other pictures available free and quick on the Internet include a disemboweled...
EDUCATION Free Money
In the debate over school vouchers, the focus should be less on the welfare of public schools and more on the welfare of public school students. That glaring difference is reflected in the Florida Legislature, where Democrats are ready to fight...
EWC's 'Second Chance' College's First Practice in 34 Years Attracts 102
While Edward Waters College alumni and supporters eagerly await the school's first football game in 34 years, 102 student-athletes are trying to make the best of this second chance to play college ball. Decked out in purple shorts and purple, black...
Final Hoop Polls Leave Unanswered Questions
Coaches always like to say the only poll they care about is the one that counts -- the last one. But there are still some questions about rankings in the Atlanta Tipoff Club's final Georgia high school poll of the year in the wake of last weekend's...
Flyover Could Be Done at Year's End Contractor Has Incentive to Be Early
ATLANTIC BEACH -- The Mayport flyover and the Atlantic Boulevard bridge are on schedule to be completed by October 2002, but could be finished as soon as the end of this year if contractors speed up the work to earn extra enticement money, officials...
Glynn Eager for Walker Cup Golf Tournament a Global Event
ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- The eyes of the golf world will be on Glynn County's barrier island Aug. 11-12 when America's best amateurs take on those of Great Britain and Ireland in the biennial playing of the Walker Cup. The Sea Island Co. will host the...
Hidden Jewel on McDuff Gives Hope to the Hopeless
How many people drive up and down South McDuff Avenue daily and don't know of the lifesaving organization near Edison Avenue on 6 acres with about 17 separate buildings? Next time you go by, give the campus more than a quick look. This is the second...
History Exists Close to Home Students Get a Look at Early Mandarin
"Put on your imagination caps and pretend you are going back in time." That was the greeting Karen Roumillat gave 16 Julington Creek Elementary School fifth-graders as they prepared last week to peek at the history that survives in the heart of...
Insect Museum Visits Country Day Traveling Exhibit Gives Students Facts about Bugs
There's a whole lot of poop in this world and dung beetles have been coming to the rescue to clean up the mess for centuries. Ask children at St. Johns Country Day School and they can tell you that much now after going through a Smithsonian Institution...
Ireland Native Pursues Musical Goals
Spade McQuade has no qualms about taking chances to pursue his musical vision. Four years ago, the Belfast native arrived in Jacksonville Beach and began performing regularly at pubs such as Lynch's and the Fly's Tie. Since then he's joined Celtic...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It speaks volumes of what we've achieved at the school and for the city." -- Stephen Jones, admissions director at Florida Coastal Law School, talking about J. Richard Hurt, expected to be named the school's new dean today. ...
Juvenile Stakes Field Includes Several Veteran Greyhounds
It's not every day you see the greyhound that's No. 2 in meet victories running in a puppy stake race, but that will be the case in this year's Jacksonville Greyhound Racing Juvenile when four rounds of qualifying begin next Wednesday. Hello Fire...
Kids Board Bug Bus for Insect Safari
What is big and blue, has 18 wheels, about 500 legs and who-knows-how-many antennas, pincers and blood suckers? Students at Jacksonville Country Day School found out Thursday when the answer to that question rumbled into their back parking lot,...
KOREA Murky Events
President Bush must take care not to overreact in the aftermath of Communist North Korea's last-minute decision to pull out of Cabinet-level talks with its counterparts from the democratic South. Bush is disappointed, of course, as is South Korean...
Kuwait Error Mirrors Vieques Similarities Occur in Both Incidents
Eerie similarities are beginning to emerge between Monday's fatal bombing accident at a Navy training range in Kuwait and a 1998 accident that killed a civilian security guard at a Navy facility in Puerto Rico. The type of jet, the bombs that were...
Law School May Get Dean Today Hurt Expected to Win Approval
The founding dean of Florida Coastal School of Law has handpicked a successor, who is expected to be hired as the school's new dean this morning. Donald Lively, dean of the Jacksonville law school since its opening in 1996, has selected J. Richard...
Life on the Beach
ATLANTIC BEACH FLORIDA LEAGUE -- City officials will host a luncheon with elected officials and city managers from Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach at noon Monday in the Sea Turtle Inn, 1 Ocean Blvd. Florida League of Cities President Scott...
Meet Marie Parker
At 84, Marie Parker's not yet ready for the rocking chair. Sixty years after taking her first organ lessons, she's at it again. For 10 years, she nursed her husband, who had Alzheimer's, and gave up playing her beloved organ. After his death, Parker...
Morning Briefing
LAND PRESERVATION GROUP NAMES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Ponte Vedra Beach-based North Florida Land Trust, a regional land preservation group, has named Caren Coleman as its executive director. Coleman was formerly with the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb,...
Motorists See Relief at Pumps -- for Now Lower Fuel Prices Not Expected to Last
Harsh winter storms up north can be thanked for declining gasoline prices nationwide, officials said. Because winter storms kept people from driving, gasoline was stored at lower prices, which are now being passed on to consumers, said Yoli Buss,...
Nassau Notes
FOOD DISTRIBUTION Those who are certified to receive food through the Emergency Food Assistance Program can pick up food at noon today at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1300 Elm St., in Fernandina Beach, and at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow...
Old Atlantis Motel Coming Down Developer Wants to Build Condo
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Developers got permission this week to demolish the Atlantis Motel, an aging lodge across from the historic Casa Marina Hotel, to make room for an new oceanfront condominium. The Planning Commission approved a conditional use...
Orange Park Theater Has a Hit with Comedy 'Dearly Departed'
Clay County School Superintendent David Owens was the first local official to roll over and play dead for the Orange Park Community Theatre's production of Dearly Departed, but he won't be the last. Owens made a lasting impression on the audience...
Ospreys Baseball Team Rebounds from Slow Start
Maybe the University of North Florida baseball team wasn't deserving of the No. 2 ranking in Collegiate Baseball's preseason Division II poll. Three weeks into the season, the Ospreys fell to No. 9 after losing three of five games. But North...
Pick Upsets Early, Not Late Arizona Is Title Choice
So much for resting on my laurels of correctly forecasting 64 of the 65 teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament and getting 52 schools within one spot of their actual seeding. Now the boss wants me to use my psychic powers to tell readers the...
Planting the Area's Future
For the past few weeks, some folks have been working to make Historic Springfield greener and cleaner. But they're doing it by focusing more on the future rather than the present. On cultivation instead of preservation. Two Saturdays ago, volunteers...
Police Briefing
A 39-year-old Northside man was arrested March 7 on a charge of armed robbery after police said he pistol-whipped and robbed another man in the 1500 block of Hendricks Avenue. The man, of West 23rd Street, was arrested at 10 a.m. and remained in...
President Says Tax Cuts Will Help Stock Market Bush Confident in U.S. Economy
WASHINGTON -- A day after the stock market sustained one of its biggest drops in history, President Bush said yesterday the U.S. economy will eventually exceed growth projections once his tax package is passed and takes effect. Monday's stock sell-off,...
River Cleanup Saturday 800 Volunteers Expected to Be on Hand for Work
On Saturday, round up the family, bag up their clothes that don't fit anymore, uncover the boat in the back yard and head for the river. Join the 800 or so people who are expected to participate in the Clay County part of the annual St. Johns River...
Rumors Put Home Depot along Philips
We're hearing speculation that Home Depot Inc., which is developing several stores around town, might be a candidate for a 9.8-acre site along Philips Highway across from the Metro Square Office Park. For now, Home Depot says there is no deal. ...
Shackelford's First CD Has Voice of Distinction
Already a staple of the Beaches music scene, Mike Shackelford faces a daunting challenge in releasing a debut CD. He and his band's performances of '50s, '60s, and '70s rock 'n' roll, blended with his own originals, are well-known by local music fans....
Skate of Mind Jacksonville's Dedicated Core of Skateboarders Has Created Some of Sport's Biggest Stars
********** CORRECTION March 15, 2001 Because of incorrect information provided by a souce, the purpose of a phone number was incorrect in Wednesday's "Skate of Mind" story on Page C-1. The number (904) 234-0038, is actually the number for...
Skate Park Rolls toward Completion
ORANGE PARK -- The only sound at the end of Fromhart Street last week was wind gently whistling through the trees overlooking the site of the new municipal skate park. But it won't be long before nature's sounds will be drowned out entirely by screams...
Slaying Suspect's Wife Jailed for $10 Bad Check
Tammy Waldon went to the Duval County jail Sunday to visit her husband, former police officer Karl Waldon, and found herself behind the same bars on a $10 worthless check charge. Tammy Waldon, whose husband is charged in the slaying of convenience...
St. Johns Has to Decide Road's Future
St. Johns County officials now know how much of Russell Sampson Road they own, after a survey of the dusty road was presented to the county commission. A vote on accepting the survey was scheduled for yesterday. Now the county has to decide what...
Students Get Chance to Act in Film for Highway Safety Fernandina Beach: 'Dangerous Decisions' Strives to Show Consequences of Actions
Five Fernandina Beach High School students will be seen bloodied and unconscious by young drivers across Florida. They're just acting. The students recently finished making Dangerous Decisions, a film that examines how making bad driving decisions...
Students Take 'Urban Plunge'
They could have soaked up the sun by the sand and the sea at Daytona Beach, Panama City or West Palm Beach. They could have put their overworked brains on hold, waltzed to water's edge with thousands of other spring-breakers and taken the plunge....
The Answer Line
Answers to readers' questions and other often asked questions of area agencies and services. -- CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT: I am interested in bidding on a piece of foreclosed property that is being auctioned. Answer: The Clerk's Civil Law Department...
The Bride Wore Leather Biker Marriage Ceremony a First for Courthouse
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- There was no altar, no music, no tuxedos, no fancy gowns. There wasn't even any rice thrown nor a getaway car with "Just Married" painted on the back window. Instead, Fred Born, 53, and Terry Scurlock, 38, said "I do" under...
The County Line
Serving Clay County readers every Wednesday and Saturday. FLEMING ISLAND HOME DEPOT COMING: Home Depot Inc., which already has a store on Wells Road across from the Orange Park Mall, is coming to the busiest commercial district in Clay County...
There Are Ways to Add Some Zest to Healthy Meals Creative Touches Can Do the Trick
The secret's in the sauce for Rick Hurst. At least, he says that's what makes his strict diet palatable. Hurst has been on an 1,800- to 2,200-calorie-a-day diet since January. He's 22 pounds from his target weight of 195. Hurst said his success...
Tornado Hits Nassau Overnight Storm Whirls in, Damaging School, Church
YULEE -- Yulee Primary School and residents in parts of Nassau County are recovering from a tornado that roared through the area yesterday, but are counting their blessings that things weren't worse. "We were lucky there were no kids in school,"...
Tour Offers a Rare Peek at Marsh Landing Homes
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- The general public will get a rare peek inside the gated community of Marsh Landing Country Club Friday when members of the Ribault Garden Club lead a tour of homes to benefit some non-profit organizations. The four homes on...
Treasury Notes, Bills, U.S. Savings Bonds Make National Debt
Dear Call Box: I have some questions about the national debt. I realize I am revealing my ignorance, but unless I want to remain that way, someone needs to bring me up to speed. -- J.T. Dear J.T. We sent your questions to the Concord Coalition,...
UF Foe Has Big Weapon WKU Center a Dominator
GAINESVILLE -- Chris Marcus doesn't love basketball. In fact, though he's touted as a certain NBA lottery pick, he's not even sure if he wants to play basketball after he leaves Western Kentucky. He's a junior now for the Hilltoppers, the opening-round...
Wards to Close Stores by End of Month
The pair of Jacksonville-area Montgomery Wards department stores will close its doors by the end of the month, company officials said yesterday. The Chicago-based company filed for bankruptcy late last year and said it planned to close all 250 stores...
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