The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 4, 1998

Area Major Schools
FLORIDA Primary needs: Linebacker, tailback, fullback, secondary. Main targets: RB Robert Gillespie (5-9, 180) of Hattiesburg (Miss.); OT Mike Pearson (6-6, 285) of Seffner Armwood; RB Earnest Graham (5-9, 215) of Cape Coral Mariner; DL...
Athletes' Misbehavior Won't Deter '98 Deals
As a new year kicks off, it's worth a look into the crystal ball to see what is forthcoming in the world of sports marketing. After all, during last year there was a proliferation of athlete endorsements. There was the Tiger Woods phenomenon,...
Bills That Should Be in Session
In just a few days a group of 236 people will gather in Atlanta to complicate the lives of Georgians. They are called legislators -- 180 representatives and 56 senators. Some of the laws passed in recent years have been unnecessary while...
Boating Notes
BOAT SHOWS COMING UP Boat show season is just around the corner. The Jacksonville Boat-A-Rama, staged at the downtown Prime Osborn Convention Center by the Jacksonville Marine Association, is scheduled for Feb. 5-8, and the world's largest...
Bowl System Is a Disgrace
Another college football season complete, another unsettled national championship, a historical number of empty seats at an alarming number of meaningless, mismatched bowl games. With an Alliance like this, who needs enemies? The short-sighted...
Bucs: A New Lease on Life
TAMPA -- Paul Gruber kept turning and turning. He stared into the stands, saw the cheering fans and couldn't move. This was last Sunday, and the lowly, long-losing Tampa Bay Buccaneers had just closed out Houlihan's -- formerly Tampa -- ...
Bulldogs Attracting Top Talent
After going 10-2 with a big win over Florida, Georgia coach Jim Donnan is predictably having success in the recruiting season. The Bulldogs appear poised to sign one of their finest classes in years. "I think Georgia is back," Rodney Bailey...
Code of Ethics Shows Commitment to Highest Standards of Credibility
Once a year, I remind the readers that the news staff abides by a code of ethics. This code was first written in the late 1970s. At the same time, this newspaper appointed its first reader advocate and began regularly publishing corrections....
Disney Marathoners to Go through Hades
If you've seen Disney's cartoon movie Hercules, you're ready for the Disney Marathon, which takes place one week from today. The marathon organizers will employ characters and symbols from last summer's movie when runners need it most -- at...
Disputed Rulings Raise L. Kings' Ire
It was the goal that wasn't. Jacksonville Lizard Kings forward Eric Landry had his potential fourth goal of the season taken away on a controversial ruling by goal judge Richard Salvatore during the team's 7-4 victory over Tallahassee on...
Donations Pouring in, despite Corporate Changes
The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping didn't keep Jacksonville residents from dipping into their pockets for the needy during the 1997 holiday season. With donations still pouring in, several charities expect to exceed the amount of...
Durham Has a Maddening Task
When Hugh Durham decided last April that two years away from coaching was enough of a vacation, he took the Jacksonville University job with no illusions about it being a day at the beach. Last night's 72-59 Sun Belt Conference loss to...
First Coast Sponsors Needed for SBA Tournament
In June of 1996, Jacksonville officials and the Greater Jacksonville Bowling Association (GJBA) learned that bowling will bring an economic impact of $1.27 million dollars to the First Coast Area in 1998. Landing the SBA Tournament was a major...
Gators a Magnet for Passing Specialists
Four years ago, Ike Hilliard was one of the first to point it out. At the time, Hilliard was a prized wide receiver recruit from Patterson (La.) High School, and his college options were virtually limitless. Hilliard chose Florida. And...
Gators Hand Vols First Loss of Season
GAINESVILLE -- At least Peyton Manning isn't alone in his misery. In fact, his problems with the University of Florida pale in comparison to the Vols' woes on the basketball court. Florida's 83-69 victory last night over previously unbeaten...
In Life, He Was a 'Special Angel'; in Death, He Gave a Child Sight
Even in death, James Mobley reached out to help someone in need, typical of the Mandarin 9-year-old's caring spirit, his father said. James' left eye, the only organ that could be donated after he died in a skiing accident Dec. 18, gave...
Jaguars' Center Preys on Dolphins Alderson's 26 Points Sink JU
It's too bad South Alabama center Rico Alderson doesn't play for Jacksonville University, because apparently he loves playing at the Coliseum. For the second year in a row, the 6-foot-5 senior was a terror scoring inside and dominating...
Jaguars Should Stick with Means
Jaguars running back Natrone Means has never taken hits like this. Fierce. Violent. Brutal. And they all hurt. These are the hits from the fans and media, talkshow fodder that already has Means on a bus out of town. Isn't Means supposed...
L. Kings' Loss Frustrates Coach
Jacksonville Lizard Kings coach Bruce Cassidy hates meetings, so the fact that he spent 20 minutes with six players after yesterday's 4-1 loss to Pensacola should be a good indication of his frustration with his team. Cassidy pulled Kurt...
Local to Race 1998 Worrell
Steve Vanderbol admits he doesn't know when to quit. That's why he plans to be on the starting line in Fort Lauderdale on May 3 when the 1998 Worrell 1000 offshore catamaran race to Virginia Beach, Va., begins. "I'm going to be there unless...
New Art Book Owes Debt to Cuban Strongman
Cuban strongman Fulgencio Batista and his wife, Marta, often vacationed in Daytona Beach during the 1930s and '40s. As political and military pressures escalated at home, Batista looked for a likely place to deposit treasures that he did not...
Oak Bridge Crowns Junior Champs
The final of the Junior Grand Prix Masters was held Dec. 14-15 at Oak Bridge. Also announced at the tournament was the points champion, the player who earned the most points over the nine tournaments, for each age group. In the boys 10...
ON COURSE FOR RECORD RACE Catamarans Flock to Event
Michael Worrell is back where he has always most wanted to be -- running the 1,000-mile offshore catamaran race from Fort Lauderdale to Virginia Beach, Va., that bears his name The Virginia Beach restaurateurturned-entrepreneur/investor ...
Paper Firm CEO Gilman Dies at 73
Howard Gilman, chairman and chief executive officer of Gilman Paper Co. in St. Marys, Ga., and a well-known benefactor of the arts and endangered species, died early yesterday. He was 73. Friends said Mr. Gilman, who had cardiac problems for...
Payoff for Charities Volunteering
Charitable organizations that offer services and assistance in Nassau County can earn money for their groups by volunteering at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament March 16-22 at the Golf Club of Amelia. The Amelia Island-Fernandina...
Poet Generously Shared Her Creative Gifts
O taste and see. Those were the first words by Denise Levertov that I can remember reading. Levertov, a major American poet who died Dec. 20 of lymphoma, was not a poet whose work I read growing up. She wrote more than 30 books of poetry,...
Pollution Laws Need Backing with Dollars for Enforcement
Here's a question for you: As you know if you read this column regularly, I spend a good deal of time on the St. Johns River fishing. If I kept an illegal-sized redfish, for example, or a seatrout -- I wouldn't, by the way -- there's a...
Rumor or Fact? Colts Reportedly Interested in Jauron
If the Indianapolis Colts have asked the Jaguars permission to speak to defensive coordinator Dick Jauron for their vacant head coaching position, it's news to Jauron. After a day on the golf course yesterday, Jauron's wife, Gail, informed...
Tampa Woman Refuses to Drop Knife, Gets Shot by Officer
A Jacksonville police officer shot a woman early yesterday when she came toward him with a knife after several warnings to stop, police said. Shirley Darla Wise, 29, of Tampa wasn't seriously hurt, officers said. Police said the problems...
The Name Game Explanations for Names on the North Florida Map Can Range from Logical and Laudable to a Bit Loopy
The name can be found on old Florida maps of Nassau County, a dot just below the Florida-Georgia border, but the settlers are long gone. Anything could have brought an end to the place: a fire, a flood, a freeze. But maybe people just...
The Wells Watch
Fill in the Blanks for 1998 Date books out, pencils ready, get set by remembering that the only constant is change and start noting. Here is a list of benefits and events that will shape our schedules this year: Jan. 8: 1998 Artists...
`We'll Look Back at 1997 as the Year to Identify Issues and 1998 as the Year to Implement Actions' Schools at Crossroads Desegregation Ruling, New Superintendent Expected
Continuing through Friday, the Times-Union takes a look at the people, places and topics that will make headlines next year and toward 2000. It's crunch time for Duval County public schools. Fresh off a year set aside for study and community...
Where'd We Be without Big Plans?
We Plan; therefore we are. Jacksonville enters the new year all a-spank on Plans: Uppercase Plans, that cost lots of money, as opposed to lowercase plans, like doing lunch. Among Plans planned: A new vision for downtown. A $2.5 million...
You Must Have Money for Options
Q: I have some stock options that have recently become vested. I can cash out, but I'd rather own the shares. I would like to get the shares without laying out the necessary cash to purchase them. Any thoughts on how I can achieve my objective....

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