The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 3, 2001

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9 at School Injured in Machete Attack Former Teacher Has Prior Record
FELTON, Pa. -- A former schoolteacher walked into an elementary school with a machete yesterday and struggled with a principal and several teachers in a kindergarten classroom before being subdued. Three women and six children were injured, but...
Activists, Officials Want Better Transportation for Handicapped County's Public Service Is Inadequate, They Say
When most people need to go somewhere, they simply get in their car and go. Or they get a relative or friend to take them, or maybe call for a taxicab to pick them up at their front door. Those options are not always available, however, to people...
Adopt-a-Precinct Helps Civic Groups
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- To answer a potential shortage of poll workers, Clay County Supervisor of Elections Barbara Kirkman has come up with an idea she hopes will have broad appeal. She wants to entice civic and non-profit groups to adopt hard-to-staff...
Agencies Give a Needed Hand to North Florida AIDS Patients
AmSouth Bank and brAIDS held their annual art auction and exhibit Thursday night to benefit community AIDS education and support programs (ARTreach) at the Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Ave. Proceeds will benefit The AIDS Network,...
A GOP Call for Blacks Cardenas Would Develop Leaders
TALLAHASSEE -- Republicans need to develop their own leaders in the African-American community rather than courting existing ones who are mostly Democrats, GOP state Chairman Al Cardenas said yesterday. Cardenas acknowledged Republicans' failure...
Anatomy of Fugitive Financier Pardon Documents on Rich Headed to Congress
WASHINGTON -- Newly released documents suggest that the Justice Department's deputy attorney general played a bigger role in President Clinton's pardon for fugitive financier Marc Rich than the department has acknowledged. Documents created by Rich...
Ashcroft Greets Co-Workers Civil Rights Issues Already on Horizon
WASHINGTON -- On his first day as attorney general, an amiable John Ashcroft walked Justice Department hallways greeting career government workers. But large decisions loom on civil rights issues where Democrats sharply questioned his commitment to...
A Successful Flower Arrangement Starts with the Right Conditions
Conditioning is the key to successful arrangements. "A lot of time when you're just starting out, you cut things and don't know how to condition them," said floral designer Pauline Runkle. "It's like a foundation: You can't build a house without...
Battle for Soul in 2002 Religion, Sports Try to Coexist in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY -- The fight for the soul of the 2002 Olympics began over a barren parking lot barely a ski jump away from the Mormon Temple. Olympic officials plan to build a plaza there for medal winners to celebrate, hoping 20,000 people will...
Beaten Up to Back a Town Fernandina Beach: Professional Wrestlers Compete in Local Events to Support Their Hometown
Not many people would get beaten up to support their community, but that's exactly what Ben Sinclair and Chris Turner do. The Fernandina Beach High graduates are now professional wrestlers with Continental Championship Wrestling in Jacksonville...
Belle of the Ball Ceremony to Introduce Jacksonville's Newest Tugboat
This afternoon, in what is becoming a traditional seafarers' ceremony, a bottle of champagne wrapped in a bag -- to catch the glass pieces -- will be broken against the steel hull of the waiting vessel at Metropolitan Park; The Rev. Luke McLaughlin...
Bentley May Be Help after All State Considers Change in Rules
The untimely closing of Bentley Square, an assisted living and Alzheimer's care facility in Jacksonville Beach, could ultimately help Florida seniors in elder care homes. The closing and forced move-out came unexpectedly in the middle of the recent...
Boat Ramp Accident Proves Fatal
David Smith said he was just waiting for a table at Clark's Fish Camp on Hood Landing Road late Jan. 27, when he heard a splash in Julington Creek a few feet away and realized a car had driven off the city boat ramp nearby. Seconds later, the 30-year-old...
Bolles Knocks off ACD Elliott's 16 Points, 6 Blocks Help Bulldogs Top Apaches
Bolles boys basketball coach Bob Rhodin labeled it a test. Not the game of the year, not a chance to knock off one of the premier teams in the nation. Simply a test to see where his team stood this late in the season. Today in Jacksonville, they...
Branch Library to Expand Board Approves Ponte Vedra Plan
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- After years of delay, the Architectural Review Committee of the Ponte Vedra Overlay District approved plans this week to expand the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library . "I'm delighted," said Librarian Betty Frederick. "The most...
Brantley School Driven Batty Flying Critters Roost in Elementary Roof
Al Hunter has learned a lot about bats in the past few weeks. As Brantley County school superintendent, Hunter has had to deal with dozens of bats that found a home in the roof of 50-year-old Hoboken Elementary School and with parents worried that...
Bright Idea to Chase Away 'Winter Blues'
Dear Jim: I see ads for home-use high-intensity light therapy box kits to help reduce the winter blues. Our local hospital uses them. Do these high-intensity lights use a lot of electricity and do they really work? -- Al F. Dear Al: My neighborhood...
Center Gets duPont Fund Grant Salvation Army Agency Receives $183,920
In March 1998, Jacksonville's Salvation Army Child Development Center opened its doors and heart to children from all walks of life. Licensed to care for 125 children, the center designated 25 of those slots for children living in three homeless...
Cheer Year Documented on TV Show
The Wednesday meeting of the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club should be especially cheerful. That's because the three-time national champion Fernandina Beach High School cheerleaders will be guests. "This is quite a thing," Rotarian Bob Odom said...
Church Festival Honors Area's Scottish History Green Cove Springs Site of Annual Event
When Eric Young, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Green Cove Springs, gets up this morning his style of dress will be a bit out of the ordinary. Instead of his usual casual dress, he will opt for a Scottish headdress and kilt. Once his...
Cingular's Bugel to Trumpet Wireless Industry in Washington
An estimated 36 percent of Jacksonville's population has a wireless phone. Jacksonville also is an anomaly in the wireless industry: It has eight wireless carriers when even the biggest U.S. markets typically have four or five. Times-Union business...
Class in Doing the Write Thing
My friends tell me I must have been a doctor in a previous life because my handwriting is so terrible. Penmanship has been a problem for me since the fifth grade, when it kept me off the honor roll. And it got demonstrably worse after I took a speedwriting...
Clintons to Pay for Gifts, Split Office Rent
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will pay for thousands of dollars in controversial gifts they chose to keep last year, his office said yesterday, seeking to remove the whiff of impropriety that clouded his exit and to...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I don't know of any good it would do us. And it might do us some harm." -- Bloomingdale Mayor Billy Strozier, on the proposed gas pipeline that would run through the land of 27 property owners in his town. See story, this page....
County Asks State for Road Money
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Help! Clay County is choking on traffic and desperately needs more money from the state to build new roads. That message was delivered Monday by a parade of local government and business leaders addressing state lawmakers and...
County Debates Access Issues Nassau County: Walkover for Handicapped May Be Sticking Point in Lawsuit Settlement
Nassau County commissioners are moving closer to settling a lawsuit over violations of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, but the lack of a handicapped-accessible dune walkover on Amelia Island's south end could be a roadblock. Clark V....
Crime News
CALLAHAN U.S. 1 and Fifth Street, grand theft of a car and grand theft of a firearm, reported 2:05 a.m. Jan. 22. Thomas Creek Road, grand theft of an automobile, reported 2:15 a.m. Jan. 23. 4100 block of U.S. 301, petit theft, reported 12:15...
Cullen Named Officer of Year for His Zone
Officer Douglas E. Cullen folded his tall frame to get behind the wheel of the sleek, black 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL500 convertible he and his wife, Debbie, will use when they take off for a deluxe weekend stay at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island. ...
Deputy Oversees Garbage Violations Known Illegal Dumps Watched
It's a public nuisance and an eyesore on major highways and back roads. Less visible but even more revolting are its remains scattered throughout state forests and private woodlands and fields. The problem is trash and garbage dumped by people who...
District Fights Size Mandate School Numbers Are Not Realistic, Local Officials Say
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Last year, the Legislature mandated that school districts meet certain size requirements for new schools by 2003: 500 students for elementary schools, 700 for junior high schools and 900 for high schools. How many new schools...
Dupay's Return Inspires Gators
GAINESVILLE -- About the only thing Teddy Dupay could do as he lay bedridden following surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back was read the newspaper and watch television. And the University of Florida guard didn't like what he was reading or...
Earnhardts Bringing Star Power to 24 Hours NASCAR Drivers in Different World
DAYTONA BEACH -- The telephone at Franck Freon's home in France usually rings 50 times in the week before the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Finding tickets and passes to the sports car marathon at the Daytona International Speedway has always been difficult....
Families Get Help to Buy Homes
CENTERVILLE -- Velinda Robinson moved from subsidized housing to her own dream home with the help of a little-known federal program. The Family Self-Sufficiency program helped Robinson save $5,000 toward a down payment on her three-bedroom house...
Firefighters Test New Thermal Imaging Devices during 3 Fires
Nassau County firefighters proved the worth of their new high-tech thermal imaging equipment in three residential fires this week. "We had the potential to lose seven civilian lives in the fires," said Charles Cooper, deputy fire chief for Nassau...
First Coast Community Site Good Tool for Sports Leagues
Having been involved in community sports for most of my life in various capacities (league commissioner, coach, player, umpire, etc.), I know that a common problem for many organizations is a lack of communication. It is no easy feat to inform people...
First-Time Home Buyers May Qualify for Financial Breaks
Dear Call Box: I'm trying to get information on help for first-time home buyers. My daughter is trying to get a house, and she is having great difficulty getting information on this. Whatever you can do, I would appreciate it. -- D.H. Dear D.H....
Floral Designer Pauline Runkle Says Flowers Are a Pathway to Creative Expression FLOWER POWER
Expect to be one with your flowers when you attend a workshop led by renowned floral designer Pauline Runkle, who also happens to be a yoga instructor. "When I teach workshops, we usually do a little yoga before I begin," said Runkle by phone from...
Forestry Officials Expect Rough Wildfire Season Dryness Means Trouble Ahead Blazes Could Be Worse Than Ever
Georgia and Florida forest rangers expect to be scrambling over the next couple months as the winter wildfire season reaches its traditional peak. "We're on the chart for another busy year. Our meteorologists are predicting an above-average fire...
Getting to the Root of Tree's Problem
"What's wrong with my tree?" This is a common question posed by callers to county extension offices. Perhaps their tree died suddenly, or it just isn't growing. In order to understand trees and how they grow, you often have to get to the root of...
GOP Senses Cleland Could Be Vulnerable
WASHINGTON -- When Democratic Sen. Max Cleland cast his vote against attorney general candidate John Ashcroft on Thursday, he stoked the electoral ambitions of Georgia's Republican congressmen. They sense that the first-term senator's voting record,...
Grand Opening Again Casa Marina Eatery, Hotel Revived
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- After 13 years of silence, life is stirring again inside the Casa Marina Hotel, the Beaches' most visible link to the prosperous times of the Roaring '20s. Chefs are roasting veal chops, bartenders are blending cocktails and...
Herald Sues Duval over Ballots Newspaper Wants Undervotes Sorted
Florida's largest newspaper filed suit Wednesday against Duval Supervisor of Elections John Stafford in a dispute over examining Jacksonville ballots from the tumultuous Nov. 7 election. The Miami Herald is asking a judge to force Stafford to use...
Hill Top Celebrates Black History Month Community Plans Pioneers Day Festivities
February marks the beginning of Black History Month. In observance, the Hill Top community will celebrate with a Pioneers Day Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, at Hunter-Douglas Park in Middleburg. Maude B. Jackson, events coordinator,...
Indian Quake Brings Bitter Rivals Together
TIKER, India -- With a telephone call between their leaders yesterday, India and Pakistan came together as neighbors, not rivals, in the wake of an earthquake that killed thousands of Indians and left many more desperate for food, housing and help...
Inmate's Father Aided 7 Escapees, Police Say Man Accused of Providing Car
KARNES CITY, Texas -- The father of one of the seven escaped Texas convicts was arrested yesterday on charges of supplying the getaway car. Raul Rodriguez, the father of Michael Rodriguez, was arrested and jailed along with a friend, Patsy Gomez,...
Israel Election Polls Predict Landslide Victory for Sharon
JERUSALEM -- Four days before Israel's election -- seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Ehud Barak's brand of peacemaking -- polls published yesterday forecast a landslide victory for hard-liner Ariel Sharon, who opposes Barak's concessions to the...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It is worse than it was in 1998. We're going to do an early initial attack on any fire." -- Larry Scovotto, executive director of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association, on the state's fire danger this year. Story on Page A-1. ...
JEDC Signs off on 2 Development Plans for Westside
The Westside is in store for a significant amount of industrial business development over the next two years. Yesterday, the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission unanimously approved two plans to give about $2.7 million of city assistance...
JU Chief Shares His Vision Enrollment, School Expansion in Works
Constant relocation during a 36-year naval career taught David L. Harlow how to hit the ground running from the start of a new assignment, a trait that helped the retired rear admiral earn the full-time presidency of Jacksonville University. Harlow,...
Judge Adds Lawyer for Ex-Officer
********** CORRECTION February 5, 2001 The U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida will decide whether to seek the death penalty in former Jacksonville police officer Karl Waldon's murder case. Because of an editor's error, a story...
Judgedenies Inmate's Bid for Transfer
A federal judge denied an inmate's request to be transferred out of state to escape retaliation from guards for witnessing the fatal beating of Death Row inmate Frank Valdes. James H. Williams, 41, would have been the third inmate moved out of Florida...
'Ken Burns' Jazz' Also Hot as CD Box Set
The Beatles aren't the only artists striking gold with CD reissues of old material. Thanks to the audience response to Ken Burns' Jazz on PBS, the five-CD set tied to that documentary series has just gone gold. "It's the fastest-selling box set...
Las Vegas Provides Credibility to League
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas bookmakers are betting on today's debut of the XFL -- but not in a big way, at least not yet. The XFL, in turn, is hoping the mere fact that bets are taken gives it the look of real sports. The maximum bettors can lay down...
Legislature Faces Deregulation Battle
A state task force has recommended opening Florida's electric market to outside competitors, but the real battle will occur once the report gets to the Legislature, members said. On one side will be task force chairman Walter Revell, who will begin...
Life on the Beach
ATLANTIC BEACH REC CENTER TALKS -- After meeting Wednesday with YMCA officials, City Manager Jim Hanson said he'll report to city commissioners this month that building the new Y in Ponte Vedra Beach cost about $4 million. The commissioners have...
Man Protests Access to Porn in Libraries Internet Filter Not Enough, He Says
NEPTUNE BEACH -- As John Meisburg walked into the Beaches branch library one recent Saturday with his three daughters, he saw someone looking at "hard-core pornography" on one of the computers. "I was appalled," said Meisburg, a West Beaches resident....
Militant Jews Plan to Protest Park Opened by Hebrew Christian
ORLANDO -- Members of the militant Jewish Defense League plan to protest a controversial theme park being opened Monday by a Hebrew Christian minister. The $16 million Holy Land Experience features a replica of Jesus' tomb, a faux Herod's Temple...
Morning Briefing
STOCKS TUMBLE IN VOLATILE TRADING A mixed employment report sent the stock market tumbling yesterday as investors, fearful about the economy's direction, unloaded technology shares and retreated to the energy and health care sectors. Analysts...
NAACP Has New Leader Nassau County: Thompson Takes Reins in Nassau
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is for just that -- people of all colors, new NAACP Nassau County branch President Bernard Thompson says. "The Nassau County NAACP needs to vigilantly guard the civil rights of all citizens,"...
Nation Briefing
STEEL PLANT FIRE KILLS 2 WORKERS, INJURES 5 BURNS HARBOR, Ind. -- A fire at a steel plant yesterday killed two workers and seriously injured at least two others. Bethlehem Steel Corp. said a company employee and a contract employee were killed...
Nease Girls Down Fletcher in a Shootout
One hundred minutes of soccer could not decide the girls District 3-3A championship. After a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation and overtime, Nease outscored Fletcher, 3-1, in the shootout to win the district title. Goalkeeper Ali Mims made two saves...
Neptune Beach Hardee's Restaurant Closes Doors
Just a few blocks from one of Jacksonville's most popular restaurant destinations, the Hardee's restaurant at 115 Third St. in Neptune Beach has closed because of too few customers, company officials said. The fast food restaurant, a different genre...
No Rain Means Big Gains
DAYTONA BEACH -- The game plan for Champion Racing was simple: Watch Thursday's qualifying from the sidelines, post one quick lap in time trials yesterday, then set a pace that could win the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona today and tomorrow. So far,...
Notebook
SEARCY MAY BE BACK, AGENT SAYS Leon Searcy's exit from the Jaguars may not be certain after all. Searcy, a 1999 Pro Bowl right tackle widely expected to be released this month in the team's effort to get under the NFL's salary cap, could return...
Officials Fearland Ripe for Wildfires Lack of Rain Could Bring Busy Season
Deja vu is not a phrase fire officials want to hear, especially if it's followed by a reference to Florida's 1998 firestorm. While they stressed it isn't time to grab your garden hoses and start spraying, there is a reason for concern. As Florida...
Orange Park Man Arrested after Pulling 'Dagger' on Deputy He Says He Carried Knife for Protection
-- An 18-year-old Orange Park man was arrested Tuesday after he pulled a knife on a sheriff's deputy, according to a Clay County Sheriff's Office report. Samuel Bone Mosley of the 100 block of Arora Boulevard was charged with aggravated assault...
Outdoor Theater May Change Sites Work on Project Already under Way
ST. MARYS -- Questions about access and the design of a proposed outdoor amphitheater in Charlton County is causing backers of the project to reconsider the site where work was already under way. A new investor with extensive experience managing...
Phil Casts a 6-Week Sentence Longer Winter on Way, Famous Groundhog Says
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. -- With temperatures just below freezing, flurries falling and lingering snow crunching underfoot, Punxsutawney Phil -- the world's most famous groundhog -- saw his shadow yesterday morning. According to legend, that means winter...
Police Briefing
A 19-year-old man was arrested Sunday at 59th and Oakwood streets and charged with robbery, kidnapping, carjacking and cruelty to animals. Witnesses said the man kicked open the door of a home in the 7000 block of Main Street North, hit the 38-year-old...
Police Briefing
A man dripping blood and being pursued by four other men ran into a woman's home in the 1600 block of Fourth Street and asked her to call police, saying, "Someone is trying to kill me." The woman told police she heard a noise at her door at 9 p.m....
Police Briefing
A 44-year-old Jacksonville man was arrested Sunday afternoon on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and grand theft from vending machines after police said he was discovered inside the business by an employee two hours after he set off...
Police Briefs
Following is a list of arrests and crimes reported by area police departments. ATLANTIC BEACH A Jacksonville man reported Sunday that several items worth about $380 had been stolen from his 17-foot Pro-line console boat while it was parked at...
Police Charge Man in Fatal Shooting
A Jacksonville man has been arrested in the shooting death of Ulysesse Griffin, 20, whose body was found at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in an apartment parking lot in the 4500 block of Lexington Avenue. Musa Bilal Abraham, 20, who lived at the Baywood...
Quintet Helps Gators Re-Arm for Season Healthy UF Hosts Hurricanes Today
GAINESVILLE -- At first it was a joke, conceived while the five University of Florida baseball players were toiling in the weight room rehabbing their surgically repaired elbows. Let's design a shirt just for us, they said. Put a picture of a muscular...
Raising Sheep an Educational, Rewarding Task
For boys whose dad wasn't allowed to have a dog, the Simmons brothers are lucky. If he hadn't kept an open mind about animals, they wouldn't be raising a flock right now. Twelve-year-old Daniel Simmons and his brothers, Matthew, 10, and Brian,...
Readers Can Select Name of Beaches Playground
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- What's a good name for a playground that will have sunken treasure ships, a lighthouse, a lifeguard chair and other imaginative things to run, climb or slide on? Since children designed the future playground at Osceola Avenue...
Residents Have a To-Do List for Davis
Residents and government officials this week asked state Rep. Don Davis, whose district includes the Beaches, to fight for better education and funding for water, sewer and septic tank removal projects. Education grabbed most of the attention at...
Road Plans Get Mixed Reactions Greenland Road Widening Detailed
A five-year, $90 million project to widen the two-lane, 1.8-mile stretch of Greenland Road to Philips Highway and to complete the rest of Florida 9A nearby, drew mixed opinions Monday from about 20 residents who attended an informational meeting. ...
Rugby Making Its Pitch Americans Play Top British Teams Today at Alltel Stadium
They collide more than 300 times in 80 minutes of play. No helmets, no shoulder pads, no pads whatsoever. Flesh against flesh, bone against bone. Jacksonville, welcome to the sport of rugby. The Sunshine State Challenge, which will pit the USA Tomahawks...
Sacred Heart School Gets a New Look
In the summer of 1960, four Catholic nuns in Ireland were given orders to establish a church and school in North Florida. They settled on Blanding Boulevard, and Sacred Heart Catholic School opened that fall, with 200 students attending classes...
San Francisco on Edge after Fatal Dog Mauling Owners Keeping Pets on Leashes
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco, a city that loves animals so much it has a Pet Pride Day and a plush $7 million shelter with mini-condos, is keeping its dogs on a shorter leash since the grisly death of a woman mauled outside her apartment door. ...
San Marco Will Get New Family Center
A $1.03 million gift from a Jacksonville family will pave the way for a new community center in San Marco soon, as well as improvements to San Marco Square. The money came from a trust fund set up in the names of the late Sheffield and Abla Balis,...
Scientists Want New Look at NATO Ammo
LONDON -- The possibility that U.S. tank-piercing ammunition used in the Balkans wars contained more than just depleted uranium has prompted scientists to re-examine their skepticism about health risks to veterans. Experts' opinions that cancer...
Seminoles to Rely on Power, Speed
TALLAHASSEE -- It will be a while before Mike Martin can fill out his lineup card with a batting order that best represents his retooled Florida State baseball team. Offseason surgeries to seven returnees from last season's 53-19 College World Series...
Senior Judges Get Stipend Money Covers Work outside of Retirement
BRUNSWICK -- Senior Superior Court judges conducting trials in Glynn County will receive an additional $46.15 per day under a provision adopted Thursday by the County Commission. The measure affects only two judges: A. Blenn Taylor Jr., who retired...
Soccer Flows in Clay County Coach's Blood
Leo Flanagan walks with a noticeable limp and speaks with a distinct accent, both of which, in a way, are products of where he was born. Growing up in Northern Ireland, Flanagan cultivated the accent of his homeland and adopted the national sport...
Some Senior Citizens in Orange Park Are Getting Regular Exercise and Having Lots of Fun Just Doing a Little Bit of Moving and Shaking Energetic Women Find Good Way to Keep Active
The music starts. Thirteen dancers focus on the beat, ready to go. " . . . five, six, seven, eight!" Feet start moving, bodies follow. "Left, right, left." "Mambo step, single shuffle." "Sway left, sway right." From one move to...
Sonics May Go without Payton in Utah Tonight
SEATTLE -- The Seattle SuperSonics could be without All-Star point guard Gary Payton again tonight. Payton, who served a one-game suspension 15 days ago, strained an abdominal muscle Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls. He is questionable for...
Speedy Rattlers Seek to Escape Second-Place Rut
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida A&M's baseball team is getting sick of finishing second. The Rattlers, who have not won a conference title in seven years, finished behind MEAC champions Bethune-Cookman with a 9-7 conference record (19-31 overall) last season,...
Spotting a 2010 Heisman Hope
If the hype about any high school football player can be believed, Florida State fans may take solace in the Seminoles' quarterback dilemma with this tale about Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.) High's Joe Mauer. Considered to be the nation's best prospect,...
STATE GOVERNMENT Improving Service
Make no mistake. Gov. Jeb Bush is not ducking the tough issues. Take, for example, reforming the civil service system. Acting on the recommendations of a bipartisan cross-section of business leaders throughout Florida who encouraged him to modernize...
Steamboat House Gets New Address
After 94 years on Hubbard Street, it took only three hours to give a funky old turreted Springfield home a new address. Last weekend, the house -- called The Steamboat House because its spindled balconies reminded passersby of the paddle boats of...
St. Johns Road Deaths Double since 1997
St. Johns County roads have become nearly twice as deadly as they were four years ago. But the number of Florida Highway Patrol troopers stationed in the county is far below the recommended level. In 2000, there were 40 traffic deaths in St. Johns...
Struggling to Preserve Historic Schoolhouse
In a "free" society such as ours, we're allowed to form grass-roots groups and push causes, even perpetuate movements. But nothing's free, really. The Jacksonville Beach Elementary Preservation Committee has learned that causes need money, influential...
STUDENTS LEARNING ON OVERTIME Several Duval Schools Offer Weekend Tutoring Sessions, Allowing More One-on-One Help to Improve Test Scores
Rather than turning on Rugrats and other Saturday morning cartoons, hundreds of students in Duval County are switching on their brains. At several schools, students returned to class this morning to improve their reading, writing and math skills....
Talk of the Town
Two Times-Union colleagues have passed away in recent months: photographer Tara McParland and columnist Bill Foley. Another one has a terminal illness. All three have been felled by cancer. Cancer is not an occupational hazard. It is an insidious...
Teamwork, Not Politics Team Handball Crosses National Lines
When Bosnian Amir Haskic came to Jacksonville, he stopped playing team handball, a sport that had consumed his time since he was 13. After Haskic saw team handball players dribbling and passing a small ball, eventually scoring in a netted goal protected...
The Consequences of Cap Failure NFL Would Step in, Void Contracts
With the Jaguars' salary cap problems looming over the franchise, a question recently has arisen locally and around the NFL. What if the Jaguars can't get under the cap? By NFL rules, the Jaguars must trim their cap figure for next season from...
Tough to Slow Down Running Bamboo
Q: I have been battling bamboo for several years in my yard ,and I'm ready to give up. It just invades everything. Is there anything that will control it? A: Running bamboo is the orderly gardener's worst nightmare. The underground runners move...
Upgrades on Argyle Forest Boulevard Due in 2003
Question: When will they start widening Argyle Forest Boulevard, and will there be sidewalks? Answer: Argyle Forest is to be widened to four lanes between Blanding Boulevard and Westport Road with landscaped medians, left turn storage bays at some...
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