The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 3, 2002

A Few Bills to Keep Eye on This Year
Byline: Lawrence Dennis, Times-Union boating editor The Florida Legislature began its 2002 session Jan. 22. While there are no bills in sight that would have major immediate effects on boaters, there are some that if enacted could vastly change...
Annual Show a Celebration of Schlock
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer ORLANDO, Fla. -- In the golf industry, there's high-tech. There's also high-dreck. You be the judge: In your wildest flights of no-conscience, bank-balance-be-damned obsession of shaving strokes...
Area Notebook
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer CRITICAL EYE What do you do if more than 600 golf course superintendents from around the country are going to play a tournament at your course? Make sure the grass is green, for one. The Golf...
'A True Scholar,' Martin Dies at 83
Byline: Rich Tucker, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville lost a true Renaissance woman when Margaret Martin passed away Wednesday. She knew a little bit about everything, her friends say. "Margaret was a true scholar," said Jerry Ferguson,...
Be the GM
Last Sunday, the Times-Union invited readers to put themselves in the position of the Jaguars general manager and answer 10 questions concerning some of the more difficult decisions confronting the team during this off-season. Nearly 4,200 readers...
Calls for More Bridges over St. Johns Go Nowhere Some See Need, but None in Plans
Byline: David Bauerlein, Times-Union staff writer Every time Jason Mudd commutes between his Murray Hill home and his Mandarin job, he chooses either the Buckman Bridge or the Fuller Warren Bridge to cross the St. Johns River. It's not much of...
Campaign Law Benefits Barnes Incumbents Profit from New Rules
Byline: Dave Williams, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- When Georgia lawmakers passed a bill in 2000 raising campaign-contribution limits to state and local candidates, opponents warned it would be a boon to incumbents and a detriment to democracy....
Chocolate Doomed the Mart
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer Kmart has filed for bankruptcy protection and it's partly my fault. Yes, I admit that I am responsible for at least a small portion of the corporation's financial woes. I stole from them. ...
City Learns to Make a Super Impression Jacksonville Studies the Way New Orleans Hosts a Party in Preparation for the 2005 Super Bowl
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer ********** CLARIFICATION February 6, 2002 The Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville has 78,500 square feet of exhibit space and 40,000 square feet of meeting space. A chart on Page A-9 Sunday...
Countdown until Super Bowl XXXIX
Days until Feb. 6, 2005 at Alltel Stadium 1,099 SUPER BOWL FACT Everything is a production in the Super Bowl, including the opening coin toss. Today's flip will be handled by former president George H.W. Bush and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback...
Daring Escape Taxidermist Flees Czechoslovakia to Build New Life
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Inside Rudolf Bukac's small, spartanly furnished taxidermy shop on 3rd Street, there's little to suggest his former life, one he'd rather forget. No reminders of a repressive...
Dixie Blues Set for World Bowl I
The Jacksonville Dixie Blues are headed to the Super Bowl -- the Women's World Bowl I. Powered by two touchdowns from Kim "Rocky" Brown, the Dixie Blues knocked off the previously undefeated Tampa Force, 26-6 last night, claiming the Atlantic Conference...
Ethical Code Is at Heart of Newspaper's Credibility
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate An ethical newspaper gives up short-term gains for long-term credibility. That is the essence of the Times-Union's Code of Ethics. Each year, I devote a column to this code because it influences...
Explosive Start Florida Wins 25-1 in Opener
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- There was never any concern about Florida's offense heading into the 2002 season, as the Gators showed in their season-opening 25-1 rout of Charleston Southern yesterday afternoon...
Fox Quiets Classic Voice of Reason
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist NEW ORLEANS -- He doesn't shout, doesn't use 50 words when five will suffice, doesn't turn himself into the show. And that is why we will miss Pat Summerall. For the things he doesn't do. ...
FSU Rally Falls Short against Wake
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State senior guard Monte Cummings understands how precious every possession can be in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Wake Forest reinforced that understanding, answering every...
Georgia State Spoils JU Rally Dolphins Fall in Overtime
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer With the program's six greatest players on hand and the largest home crowd (1,408) since the 1999-2000 move back to Swisher Gym, Jacksonville University players gave it their best shot yesterday,...
Honored Naval Aviator Gruber Dies at Age 85
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer Capt. Richard Gruber, a retired Naval aviator who received the Distinguished Service Medal, America's highest peace-time honor, died Wednesday. Capt. Gruber had suffered from Alzheimer's disease....
Hope Is What Counts Most with Project Reach
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Hope was abundant in the room, giving abundant hope to the city. The teachers, principals, administrators, ministers, volunteers -- about 200 in all -- had united behind a common goal: to teach...
It's a Star-Spangled Replay Rams-Pats Similar to '91 Game
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer NEW ORLEANS -- It should be called Security Bowl II. That's the more appropriate name for what the NFL is calling Super Bowl XXXVI today between the St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots...
JU Looking for Anybody to Score
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Jacksonville University's basketball program and its lukewarm fan base experienced some genuine feel-good moments yesterday. Not surprisingly, an unprecedented gathering of the six players whose jerseys...
Kelly's Election 'Special'
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer NEW ORLEANS -- Buffalo Bills' quarterback Jim Kelly had one wish when he became one of the five members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2002 yesterday. He hopes his son, Hunter, who turns...
Kennedy Will Test Repairs on Water Ship to Begin Training at Sea
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer After a 2-month maintenance period pierside at Mayport, the USS John F. Kennedy will have a chance to prove itself seaworthy, and the contractors who helped fix the ship will fine-tune their handiwork...
LEGISLATURE Stick to Basics
Faulty premises, not ill intent, are the flaws in the services tax proposal before the Florida Legislature. Proponents want to do a drastic overhaul of the way taxes are collected in Florida, turning thousands of people -- including the kid who...
LET FREEDOM RING Touring Four Alabama Cities Integral to the Civil Rights Movement
Byline: Alliniece T. Andino, Times-Union staff writer ********** CORRECTION February 5, 2002 John H. Cross was the pastor of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963. Because of an editor's error the pastor's name was incorrect in...
Local Boat Show Still a Hit Event Display Space Sold Out
Byline: Lawrence Dennis, Times-Union boating editor The economy may not be booming as it has been, but it seems to have had little effect on the outlook for the 55th Jacksonville Marine Association Boat-A-Rama boat show that runs Thursday-Sunday...
Matchups
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports writer QUARTERBACKS If ever there were an advertisement for backup quarterbacks everywhere, this is it. Kurt Warner vs. Tom Brady. As nice as Brady's season has been -- replacing Drew Bledsoe, starting 14...
Mayor Sends Budget Priorities to Council
Improving government efficiency, strengthening the city's transportation system and providing another tax cut are among Mayor John Delaney's top budget priorities for the 2002-03 fiscal year. Delaney, fresh off the plane from four days in Fresno,...
No Easy Cure for Grady Hospital System's Ills -- Whether Serious or Mild -- Linger
Byline: Walter C. Jones, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- The largest hospital in the Southeast has a runny nose, a fever and a hacking cough, but officials there say it's only a cold, not pneumonia. Either way, the symptoms are troubling....
Nominee Seeks Integrity U.S. Attorney Candidate Perez Vows Change for Better
Byline: Jim Schoettler and Paul Pinkham, Times-Union staff writers Paul Perez never wanted to practice law. Born in Cuba, he fled to Jacksonville with his family as a child and spent most of his life dreaming of traveling the globe in foreign...
Norton Has Nice Security Blanket for PCs
Byline: Ed Stansel, Times-Union staff writer Logging onto the Internet is getting to be a lot like driving down the Las Vegas Strip. Flashing billboards. Gambling come-ons. Sleaze galore. Hey, I just want to check my e-mail. I'm not interested...
Notebook
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor NEW ONE-FISH DAILY BAG LIMIT FOR SNOOK Snook season reopened Friday, and there is a new one-fish daily bag limit for those fishing along the Gulf Coast and in the Florida Keys. The reduced...
Ospreys Fly Past Lander
Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union correspondent As far as North Florida's men's basketball team is concerned, there's no place like home. It wasn't much of a surprise, then, that the Ospreys would put on a show worthy of its marquee billing on...
Predictions
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer -- Vito Stellino, Times Union -- Patriots, 24-17: It's too easy to pick the Rams. -- Mark Woods, Times Union -- Rams 28-24: Unless it snows in the Superdome. -- Gary Shelton, St. Petersburg...
Pre-Race Trouble Dooms Haywood
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer DAYTONA BEACH -- The strategy that has been 27 years the making for Hurley Haywood took just a few minutes to fall apart yesterday at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The goal was to be slow and steady...
PUBLIC RECORDS Killing a Gnat
In pushing to shield public utility account records from public scrutiny, some local lawmakers are proposing to smash a gnat with a sledgehammer. The surrounding damage could be far greater than intended. Two Jacksonville lawmakers, Sen. Steve...
Public Walk a Personal Battle for Cancer Survivor Lives Wrapped Up in Fund-Raiser
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer Alvera Riggin strolled through Avondale on oxygen pulled from a bottle at her side, a 56-year-old woman with one lung and a stubborn streak -- a cancer survivor who lost her sister to the same...
Road Twice Taken Once Backups, Now Stars
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer NEW ORLEANS -- It's now become a familiar Super Bowl plot line. A young quarterback who was overlooked by the scouts and got a chance to play only because of an injury goes into a phone booth and...
Schools Finalize Recruiting Classes Washington Still Courted by FSU, South Carolina
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer Three days before National Signing Day, football coaches at Florida, FSU, Miami, Georgia and Georgia Tech are busy finishing their classes, with varying degrees of work left to be done. Coaches...
Smokers' Help Line Lights Up Quitters Counselors Ease Withdrawal Pains
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer ********** CORRECTION February 6, 2002 The phone number for the Georgia Quit Line to help state residents quit smoking is (877) 270-7867. Because of a reporter's error, the number was incorrect...
So Absurd, and Yet So Believable Carl Hiaasen's Latest Take on Life
Byline: Jennifer Fish, Times-Union staff writer Newspaper reporter Jack Tagger is obsessed with death. For Jack, being 46 can only mean bad karma because John F. Kennedy, George Orwell and Oscar Wilde all died at the same age. And in Basket Case,...
Some Entry Forms Had Wrong Dates
Byline: Jr. , Times-Union correspondent The 84th annual GJBA City Championship Tournament will be held Feb. 16-17 and 23-24. The GJBA office has received many calls because the first 1,000 applications, the folded type, have incorrect tournament...
The High Price of Being FAT Obesity Can Cost Employers Time and Money. It Can Cost Employees a Whole Lot More
Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer Marjolin Auve used to keep Pepcid AC, Tums and other heartburn medications in her desk drawer. Now popcorn, Weight Watchers snack bars and other healthful snacks have taken their place. "I just...
Thriving RV Industry Camping out at Alltel
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor They traveled from their homes up North to sunny Florida each winter, towing funny-looking trailers that resembled covered wagons. The locals dubbed them snowbirds. "The group known as snowbirds...
UF Finally Shakes off Doldrums
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- Florida's checklist of problems during its three-game losing streak was pretty lengthy, but the lowlights were turnovers, free throws, rebounding and shot selection. The Gators...
Williams Admits to 1 Charge Plea Agreement in High-Profile Case
Byline: Veronica Chapin, Times-Union staff writer Former Jacksonville Beach seafood importer Jim Williams pleaded guilty Thursday to a money laundering charge stemming from one of the biggest cocaine busts in U.S. history. Williams was sentenced...
Winning Title Not No.1 Goal in NFL
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer NEW ORLEANS -- The Super Bowl has become the biggest prize in sports. Careers are made and broken in this game. Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana are remembered for winning four Super Bowls. Scott...
Woods of Steel Sonartec Clubs Seem Invulnerable to Economic Slump
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer Most of the time, Kathy Godwin can't believe it. With the golf equipment industry experiencing declines over the past year, Sonartec has enjoyed unheard-of growth over the same time span, thanks...
You Can't Not Take Part in Super Ritual
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union columnist It's become our undeclared national holiday. And, as with a lot of other holidays, its true meaning is sometimes lost amid the ritual celebrations. With Christmas we get mall Santa Clauses. With...
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