The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 7, 2003

2 Men Arrested in 2002 Slayings
Byline: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer Two men have been arrested on murder charges in unrelated 2002 homicides. Brian Alexander Walker, 26, of the 2000 block of Meharry Avenue, was charged with murder yesterday in the December beating...
3-Year-Old Boy Dies in Jacksonville House Fire; Father Dropped Him While Trying to Get Children Out
Byline: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer Disoriented by heavy smoke from a kitchen fire that was consuming his home, a Jacksonville father dropped two of his four children before diving through a window with another child Sunday night....
Austin Presents Big Problem for Gators
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida will find out tonight just how much it hurts not to have a true center on the roster. The 11th-ranked Gators (11-2) begin their Southeastern Conference...
Bush Names New Corrections Head; Crosby Ran State Prison When Inmate Was Beaten to Death
Byline: Thomas B. Pfankuch, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- The man who ran the Florida State Prison at Raiford when inmate Frank Valdes was beaten to death was named the new secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections yesterday....
Bush Supporters Savor Victory, Realize Challenge; Budget, Other Tests Lie Ahead
Byline: Jim Saunders, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- It was time to savor the victory for Janet Westling and legions of other Jeb Bush supporters. Westling, a co-chair of Bush's campaign in St. Johns County, spent the fall making phone...
Coast Lines
ROBBERY SUSPECTS Two pieces of T-shirt may have helped Glynn County police solve a string of robberies. Police investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Friendly Express convenience store on the Darien Highway north of Brunswick on New Year's...
COMMUNICATIONS; Making Targets
When a potentially explosive case concerning telecommunications reaches the U.S. Supreme Court -- the sooner, the better -- the court would do well to read a dissenting opinion from the 11th Circuit, which convincingly points out the error of the court's...
Defense Delivers for FSU
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Tim Pickett spent the first half clanging 10 of 13 shots off the rim, indicative of the offensive night he and his Florida State teammates endured against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi....
Dolphins Drop to 0-2 in A-Sun
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer Jacksonville University's season full of frustrations added another chapter last night asMercer pinned a 71-68 defeat on JU in front of 744 fans at Swisher Gym. It was the Dolphins second conference...
Enkei Florida Plans to Add 3rd Phase
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Enkei Florida Inc., the aluminium wheel-making plant that set up in North Jacksonville in 1999, is planning for the third phase of its five-phase project and also will add another manufacturing...
Extended School Year for Camden? 1 of 3 Plans Would Run July 30-June 4
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer KINGSLAND -- Summer vacation could be three weeks shorter for Camden County students beginning in the 2003-04 school year. School board members will be asked to consider an extended school year,...
Grossman Couldn't Resist Opportunity
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- Rex Grossman's dream won out over his heart, and that's why he chose the NFL over the University of Florida. Grossman loved being the quarterback at Florida, playing at Florida...
Group Fights for Recall Petition; Glynn Elections Board Dismissed Application
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- A group seeking the recall of Mayor Brad Brown and three commissioners vowed yesterday to take a hard and strictly legal route over the dismissal of its application for a recall petition....
Jags and GOP Can Help One Another in Big Ways
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist There are two men in town facing big problems in the new year. One is Wayne Weaver, who must find a new coach for his Jacksonville Jaguars as well as restructure the team's management. The...
Jags' Brunell in on New Burger Joint
Byline: Gregory Richards, Times-Union business writer What's a Whataburger? Jacksonville is about to find out. Tomorrow, investors -- including Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell -- will sign an agreement to build 28 Whataburger restaurants in...
Jags' List of Candidates Is Very Short; Owner May Make First Hire Next Week
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer Owner Wayne Weaver's short list for the two key jobs in his reorganization of the Jaguars has only seven or eight names on it and he could make his first hire next week. Weaver said yesterday he's...
Jaguars Got Tired of Seeing Same Pitch
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer While orchestrating the most significant change in Jaguars' history, owner Wayne Weaver has repeatedly touted the need for innovative ideas and a fresh start. Severing ties with the autocratic Tom...
Morning Briefing
VEXURE SEES 60% REVENUE CLIMB Jacksonville's Vexure Inc., a logistics and transportation services company, announced yesterday $68 million in revenue for 2002, a 60 percent increase over the company's 2001 figure of $43 million. Thomas Piatak,...
Murray Leads Hall Hopefuls
Eddie Murray is certainly headed to the Hall of Fame. With more than 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, there's plenty to put on his plaque. So, will he have any company this summer in Cooperstown? All-time saves leader Lee Smith and all-around second...
Psyched Up for Exercise; Personality Traits May Influence Our Habits
Byline: Marcia Mattson, Times-Union staff writer Amy Hagan thought she did a great job writing exercise plans for Xerox employees -- except nobody would do the exercise. "It got me thinking, why aren't people doing it in general?" Hagan said....
Rotary President Visits Area Clubs; Members Raised $1.01 Million
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer Rotary International President Bhichai Rattakul came to Jacksonville yesterday to visit with more than 1,100 Rotarians and left with $1.01 million raised by the 15 area Rotary Clubs to help eradicate...
Smallpox Vaccine May Last 10 Years
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: With all the news about the president and the military being given the smallpox vaccine, I have this question. If one received the vaccine as a child, would the person still be immune...
Talent Attracting Diverse Group
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer The list of Division I-A colleges recruiting local football talent has been uncommonly diverse this year. If even a fraction of those efforts culminate with signatures next month, a handful of colleges...
Times-Union Welcomes Mayor's Office, Clay, Schools Reporters
Mary Kelli Bridges, Nin-Hai Tseng and Cynthia Leonor Garza have joined the Times-Union as reporters covering the mayor's office, Clay County and education. Bridges, 30, will cover the mayor's office. Her stories will focus on the activities of the...
Top Democrats Could Lose Capitol Quarters; Perdue Memo Cites Authority over Space
Byline: Brian Basinger, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue could oust the top two Democrats in Georgia from their long-held quarters in the Capitol later this week when he announces how he wants to use the first and second...
TURNING THE TIDE; Former Wolfson Star Walker Aids Alabama's Rise
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer Two weeks ago, University of Alabama coach Mark Gottfried pulled seniors Kenny Walker, Erwin Dudley and Terrance Meade to the middle of the court. This not being the norm at a practice, Walker, a former...
Woods, Irwin Honored
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer Tiger Woods and Hale Irwin were honored by their peers yesterday for dominating yet another golf season. Woods was named the 2002 PGA Tour Player of the Year and Irwin the 2002 Champions Tour Player...
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