The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 10, 2002

Airline Parts Manufacturer to Cut Jobs Southside Facility Faces 'Substantial' Layoffs
Byline: Mark Gordon , Times-Union business writer A West Palm Beach-based airplane parts manufacturer with 180 employees in Jacksonville told its local employees there will be substantial layoffs during 2002, as the company scales back its national...
Around the Rim
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer GREAT, SCOTT Clemson is off to a surprising 2-1 start in league play largely because of the development of junior PG Edward Scott. Scott leads the ACC in assists (7.73), a figure Clemson coach...
Back with a Passion Challenge Revs Up Spurrier Successor
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- Ron Zook sounded yesterday a lot like an excited 16-year-old trying to convince his dad to give up the keys to the car for a quick spin around the block: Don't worry. Everything's...
Barnes to Fund Tourism $1 Million to Attract Drivers
Byline: Brian Basinger, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- When it comes to tourism, word of mouth isn't always enough to promote Georgia's second biggest industry. That's why Gov. Roy Barnes' newest budget proposal includes a $1 million marketing...
Battle over Dam Removal Escalates Feds Order Ocklawaha Flow Restored; Florida Lawmakers Vow Fight
Byline: Thomas B. Pfankuch and Jim Saunders , Times-Union staff writers TALLAHASSEE -- After years of fending off efforts to demolish the Rodman Dam in Putnam County, key state lawmakers vowed yesterday to try to block a new federal plan to restore...
BRIEFS Astros, Wagner Reach Agreement
Billy Wagner, who has had 30 or more saves during three of his last four seasons in Houston, agreed yesterday to a $27 million, three-year contract with the Houston Astros that makes him among the highest-paid relievers in baseball. AROUND THE MAJORS...
Chronology of a Hiring
The events leading up to Ron Zook's introduction yesterday as the 20th football coach in Florida history: THURSDAY 7 p.m.: Steve Spurrier tells Norm Carlson, UF's associate athletic director for communications, that he is resigning. FRIDAY...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "The best scenario is I've paid and I've learned from my mistakes. I would hope the worst would be a reprimand." -- Glynn County Magistrate Joe Hammill on the just-completed judicial inquiry about his fitness to remain on the bench....
Crazy Times at Mayor's Office Keep on Rolling
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Perhaps someone slipped something into the water at the Mayor's Office. How else can you explain the recent craziness that's been coming from what once was a smooth-running, public-relations-whiz-bang...
Eye Care Pioneer Dead at 50
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer The funeral for Terrence N. Ingraham, 50, who as a former research optometrist with Vistakon in Jacksonville was part of the team that developed the first disposable contact lens, will be at 11...
Fans Closer to Seeing Music in Starlight $12 Million Lender Secret Pending Deal
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer FOLKSTON -- Just three months before the scheduled opening of the $12 million Starlight Pavilion, backers say they are just now solidifying most of the funding to begin building the 27,000-seat outdoor...
FIRST UNION, WACHOVIA TAKE IT SLOW Banks Will Try to Temper Impact of Their Merger
Byline: Mark Gordon, Times-Union business writer Bank mergers and the subsequent conversions from two companies to one are normally driven by things such as market share, potential profits and that ultimate corporate-jargon prize: synergy. The...
Florida Guard Prepares for Training, Deployment Reservists Come Forth to Help War
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer CAMP BLANDING -- About 100 members of the Florida National Guard boarded a camouflage caravan for Fort Bragg, N.C., yesterday, cheering as their commanding officer declared them more than weekend...
FSU's Bowden: 'He'll Do Excellent, Darn It!'
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Surprise was followed by relief, at least in some corners around Florida State, after Ron Zook was named as Steve Spurrier's successor at Florida. "I guess I was a little bit stunned,...
FSU Win over Duke Worth Repeating
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer The pearly-white smile Steve Robinson was wearing Sunday night was gone, replaced instead with a scowl that has become all too familiar to Florida State basketball fans. In a matter of 48 hours, Robinson...
Gators Boosters Glad-Zooks over Hiring
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer Ron Zook might have been Florida's third choice to replace Steve Spurrier as football coach, but several Gator boosters and alumni said yesterday he was the perfect choice. "I think Jeremy...
Hammill Back on Job, Awaits Ruling
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Glynn County Magistrate Joe Hammill was back on the job yesterday after spending two days in Savannah trying to keep his job. Six members of the Judicial Qualifications Commission,...
HEALTH CARE Trying Again
Liberals seem to believe they have succeeded in making the health care system convoluted and costly enough so that people will be willing to try a Soviet-style system in desperation. They will be cautious about it, after the stinging defeat of Hillary-...
Here's How You Can Still Get Tax Rebate
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: I received a letter from the IRS that they could not deliver my $600 rebate check this year and I'm upset about that. -- No name Dear reader: As the IRS letter went on to say, if...
Here's the One Food I Simply Can't Stomach
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union outdoors editor If someone asked me to list my favorite food, oysters wouldn't crack the top 500. Oysters would beat out ox hooves, but frog legs would be preferred to oysters. I've been fascinated by oysters...
'I like What I Heard,' Says South Lake Recruit
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer The University of Florida's football recruiting targets may not be as familiar with Ron Zook as they are with Mike Shanahan or Bob Stoops, but at least one is anxious to find out more. Ryan Carter,...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I really believe divorce is a root for the emotional and spiritual illness in our society. Whatever we can do to bring a stop to that, I'm for it." -- The Rev. Wanda Sanders, commenting on a plan to expand premarital counseling...
Jury Convicts Pharmacist Supplier in Drug Ring Found Guilty
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- A McIntosh County pharmacist yesterday was convicted of illegally distributing prescription painkillers in an illicit network that federal prosecutors said extended from Brunswick...
Jury Selected in Death Row Beating Ex-Corrections Officer on Panel
Byline: Rich Tucker, Times-Union staff STARKE -- Prosecutors and attorneys for four corrections officers accused of fatally beating Death Row inmate Frank Valdes yesterday put the finishing touches on a jury almost three months in the making. ...
Kennedy Group to Train Stateside
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer Instead of the Navy's normal firing range on Vieques island, the Jacksonville-based aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy and its battle group will head to North Carolina's Camp Lejeune and Florida's...
Navy Jet Crash-Lands on Carrier
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer A Jacksonville-based Navy jet crashed yesterday while attempting to land on the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the north Arabian Sea, according to Navy officials. There were no injuries. The...
Oyster Lovers, It's Time to Start Roasting Come out of Your Shell
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor January is one of the best times to enjoy the outside. The late afternoons are cool. There are no invisible bugs to swat. No need for that last dab of sunscreen. The air is fresh and even a tad brisk....
Pastors Propose Pre-Wed Policy
Byline: Mary Maraghy, Times-Union staff writer Jacksonville pastors are getting behind a plan that will make premarital counseling a requirement for people who want to be married by participating clergy and judges. Many Jacksonville area churches...
Players: 'We're Going to See What Happens'
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- Florida players said yesterday they are willing to give Ron Zook the benefit of the doubt, especially after he told them he plans to make few changes to an offense that finished No....
Q&A with Steve Robinson
Florida State men's basketball coach Steve Robinson discussed Sunday's 77-76 upset of No. 1 Duke: Question: What did the victory mean for your program? Answer: A beginning. It's something we have to try to build on. The conference season is a...
Ribault: No. 3 No Charm
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer Ribault's girls basketball team's ranking as the No. 3 team in the nation according to USA Today drew harsh reviews from team members yesterday, most of whom expressed disappointment that they didn't...
Skyline Plans to Develop Waterview
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Skyline Realty Services Inc. of Jacksonville confirmed yesterday that it is the developer of record for the proposed Waterview Office Park of Jacksonville, planned along Deerwood Park...
Step Down Helped New Coach Step Up
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- The ascent of Ron Zook to football coach at the University of Florida probably never would have happened had he not successfully handled a knockdown pitch from Steve Spurrier, the legend...
Streat's Indictment Hits Democrats Hard Nicholls' Senator Faces Felony Charges
ATLANTA -- Senate Democrats could see their slim majority get even tighter this session after one of their own was indicted on felony corruption charges. A grand jury in Fulton County indicted state Sen. Van Streat on Tuesday, accusing him of influencing...
Third Strike Knocks Soward out for 2002 Season
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer The troubled career of R. Jay Soward continued its downward spiral yesterday when the Jaguars receiver was suspended for the entire 2002 season by the NFL for his third violation of the league's substance-abuse...
Tour Notebook
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer WOODS' CADDIE SPEAKS For his first two years as Tiger Woods' caddie, Steve Williams has been seen and never heard. Williams has steadfastly refused to talk to the media, perhaps eager to avoid the...
Utility Worker Severely Burned by Power Arc
Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer A Jacksonville utility worker was severely injured yesterday when 69,000 volts of power apparently arced to the boom arm on his service truck during a routine maintenance job. Warren Martinez, whose...
White Voice for Blacks Tells of Lonely Struggle Rights Icon Joined Klan to Expose It
Byline: Alliniece T. Andino, Times-Union staff writer In a picture of a sit-in at a Jacksonville lunch counter in 1960, Stetson Kennedy is the lone white guy. Kennedy also stood alone when he joined a Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, an organization...
Zook Makes First Hire Zaunbrecher to Direct Offense
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAINESVILLE -- New Florida coach Ron Zook already is beginning to assemble his coaching staff. Zook said yesterday that he has hired Marshall offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher to fill the...
Zook Must Make a Name for Himself
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist GAINESVILLE -- He is a bad golfer. He rarely wears anything on his head. And he went 30 minutes without even once taking a shot at Florida State. "I'm not Steve Spurrier," Ron Zook said. Actually,...

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