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Articles from March 2, 2003

2003 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW; SIGNS of the TIMES
The state budget is always a top issue when the Florida Legislature holds its annual 8-week session in March and April. Approving a budget is, in fact, the only thing the state constitution requires the Legislature to do each year. But this year,...
All Aboard: Train Show Stops at Fairgrounds
Byline: Rachel Davis, Times-Union staff writer As long as railroad tracks have connected countrysides and city rail yards, people have built miniature replicas of the mighty locomotives and cabooses that traverse them. Creating and collecting...
Amateurs' Finest Hour; Three New Tours Add to Area Tournaments
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer Opportunities to play professional golf have increased on the First Coast in recent years, with several "mini-tour" circuits offering modest payouts for 18-, 36- or 54-hole events. Now, amateur players...
Area Notes
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer TOP 100 VARIES RATES The Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Weekend, which will be at the World Golf Village PGA Tour Academy April 24-27, will offer Florida resident and commuter rates. Students who...
Beating Big Blue Odds; Thurston Exceeds Expectations
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer VERO BEACH -- The kid known as Joey Ballgame sat at his locker, genuinely awestruck by the company he now keeps. While his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates were still playing the Detroit Tigers in the...
Bolles' 7th-Grader Earns State Title
Byline: Emily Mosier, Times-Union sports writer LAKELAND -- The final night of the FHSAA Wrestling Tournament proved a night of firsts for the area's wrestlers. Jerico Weitzel, 13, became the first seventh-grader to win a state title. Last night...
Bolles Loses 2-1; MCC Ends Girls' Bid for Title
Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union sports writer TAMPA -- With one minute left to play in the first overtime period, Melbourne Central Catholic's Jane Alukonis launched the game-winning shot under the outstretched hands of Bolles goalkeeper Caitlin...
Book Marks
Signings -- Diane Rooks will sign copies of Spinning Gold Out of Straw: How Stories Heal (Salt Run, $15.95) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Book Mark, 299 Atlantic Blvd. in Atlantic Beach. A reception sponsored by the local chapter of the National Organization...
Brunswick Group Seeks Mayor's Recall; Spending Issues among Complaints
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK -- Lana Williamson sat rocking in a wicker chair on her front porch as a perfect breeze stirred the brown-leaved oleanders in the median of Union Street. Budding trees and blue sky promised...
City Focuses New Effort on Panhandlers
Byline: Mary Kelli Bridges Palka, Times-Union staff writer The events are set, the roads are being resurfaced, the flowers are planted. Everything's ready for Jacksonville's Downtown Festival 2003 -- including the panhandlers. As city officials...
College Roundup
-- GEORGIA TECH 4, GEORGE WASHINGTON 2 -- Chris Remole went 3 for 4 and Mike Nickeas drove in two runs to lead top-ranked Georgia Tech to a win over visiting George Washington. The Yellow Jackets (8-0) are off to their fifth-best season start; the...
Council, School Board Attend Retreat for Education; Another Event Set for Summer
Seven of Jacksonville City Council's 19 members and all the Duval County School Board's seven members showed up for a joint retreat last week. "When the focus is education, you'd think all 19 people would try to put an emphasis on it," council President...
Defeating Saddam with Faxes, Phones
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer An amazing thing happened Wednesday. A movement called Winning Without War, or something like that, staged a virtual peace protest. They called, faxed and e-mailed every U.S. Senate and House member...
Downtown Shaking off Image as Abandoned; City's Center Adding New Places, Events
Byline: Mary Kelli Bridges Palka, Times-Union staff writer Downtown Jacksonville has changed so much recently some would say if you haven't been there lately, you haven't been there at all. That's the message business owners and city officials...
EDUCATION; Class Size II
Florida's classroom size reduction experiment, as everyone knows by now, is going to be costly. But it may be even more costly than anyone realizes. If Peter Brimelow is correct in his new book, the ramifications extend far beyond the $29 billion,...
ELECTION 2003; MAYOR Glover's Life Marked by Steady Climb to Top
Byline: Jim Schoettler, Times-Union staff writer The attraction of Sheriff Nat Glover's mayoral run flashed in the middle of a Riverside street two weeks ago. Glover, dressed in jeans and a denim shirt, was walking along Post Street with officers,...
Emmitt in Another Uniform? Get Used to It
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer Emmitt Smith was the honored guest at his Dallas Cowboys' wake last week. The Cowboys cut Smith Thursday and swept the game's all-time rushing leader out the door. This is not that uncommon...
Equal Opportunity Racing; Competitive Balance Brings No Complaints
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer LAS VEGAS -- Part of Dale Jarrett's comments a week ago after winning at Rockingham, N.C., was a suggestion, almost a plea, that NASCAR leave its rulebook on templates closed for a few more races. ...
Fiction
Title: What My Mother Doesn't Know Author: Sonya Sones Data: Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster; 259 pages, $6.99 Review by Angela Bauer Sophie is 14 1/2 and newly in love. Dylan is gorgeous, and the pair just can't seem...
Getting Paid to Drink While Police Watch
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union columnist James Speed spent Thursday afternoon drinking rum and Coke and getting snockered. And he got paid $50 to do it. Nice work if you can get it. But not without its anxieties. "There is a certain awkwardness...
Golf Extra
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer CHARACTERIZING DRIVERS Goodbye co-efficient of restitution, just when most people had learned to say it three times fast. Hello characteristic time. The United States Golf Association and the...
Hardest Things to Do in Sports? That's Easy .
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist For the past two weeks, USA Today has been counting down its idea of "the 10 hardest things to do in sports." The first nine (from No. 10 to No. 2): skiing downhill at 80-90 mph, stopping a soccer...
Headline Goes Here and Gere to Gere
Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union sports writer Blame it on a waffle iron. While tinkering to improve inadequate American running shoes, University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman began experimenting in his kitchen with different ways to...
High Autism Rate Fuels Resources Need
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The Glynn County school system has the largest enrollment of school-age children with autistic disorders in Southeast Georgia, according to state Department of Education records....
Hopefully, Fun Won't Set in East
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer The PGA Tour comes to Florida this week, for the Ford Championship at Doral. The Tour's West Coast Swing was pretty fun, and it's going to be a chore for the Florida Swing to top it. We first had...
IRAQ; on Our Terms
The longer the United States waits to begin changing the regime in Iraq, the more U.S. soldiers will be killed in the effort. Military action ideally should begin within the week. President Bush has shown great patience and restraint for the past...
Kuchler, Hickey among Today's Hall Inductees
Byline: Leonard Ruble, Times-Union correspondent Jax Lanes West will play host to the 2002-03 Hall of Fame inductions and YABA awards ceremony for the City Championship Tournament, Christmas Classic Tournament and the Youth Doubles Tournament, today...
Latest Trouble a Test for Georgia
Byline: Keith Parsons, Times-Union sports writer ATHENS -- Georgia handled its off-court problems well enough last season, overcoming the suspensions of three players to win the Southeastern Conference East Division title. Now, the Bulldogs have...
Legislative Preview
FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES The Northeast Florida legislative delegation includes 10 of the 120 members of the House of Representatives AARON BEAN DISTRICT 12: Parts of Baker, Bradford, Duval, Nassau and Union counties Age: 35 Party:...
Lineman Wiegert Signs with Texans
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer The Houston Texans added another Jaguar with a big price tag to their roster yesterday. They signed unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Zach Wiegert to a five-year $17 million deal with a...
LIVING with AUTISM; Families Show Strength While Juggling Attempts at Normalcy and Needs of Children Stricken with Lifelong Brain Disorder
Byline: Laura Diamond, Times-Union staff writer For the first time, the Lucas family all went out to dinner at a restaurant. Kim Lucas was nervous her 10-year-old son would grow impatient waiting for his food or be uncomfortable with the new...
Man Facing Charges in Pharmacy Robbery
Byline: Tia Mitchell, Times-Union staff writer Police have arrested an 18-year-old Jacksonville man in connection with the Feb. 21 armed robbery of a Westside pharmacy where thousands of doses of OxyContin were taken. Steven Randall Cole of the...
Man Overboard . . . about Boat-Collecting Hobby
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor We're taught that it is healthy to lay bare our neuroses, to talk about them, to put it all down on paper. So it is today that I confront the devil inside me. I collect boats. There, I've...
Nease Falls Short in 2A Title Game
Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union sports writer TAMPA -- Nease's first run into the FHSAA Class 2A state boys soccer championship game ended with a 3-1 loss to Brandon at Ed Radice Sports Complex yesterday afternoon. The Panthers (24-3-2) struggled...
'Noles Handle Skidding Virginia
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer TALLAHASSEE -- Virginia's arrival for yesterday's regular season home finale for Florida State coincided with the opening of the boat show at the Leon County Civic Center. It was a fitting coincidence,...
Notebook
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor SIGN UP FOR YOUTH CAMPS Registration has begun for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's summer camps for children at the Hunter Education Training Center in the Ocala National...
Parents Keep Pressure on to Find Cause; Thimerosal Prime Suspect to Many
Byline: P. Douglas Filaroski, Times-Union staff writer For every researcher citing a lack of science, a parent or doctor is making a case that trace mercury in childhood vaccines triggers autism. Exhibit A is the sharp increase in autism diagnoses...
Picking the Right Athletic Shoe Is a True Feat
Byline: Laurie Cason, Times-Union sports writer Choosing a pair of running shoes can seem as intimidating as the Hart Bridge during the River Run. Yet, if you've decided to participate in Saturday's Gate River Run for the first time or you're...
Postcard from Spring Training
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer There was some indecision on the order of my six-team, six day journey through the Grapefruit League, but no question which site would be at the finish line: Dodgertown. Always save the best for last...
Quick Start Lifts 'Cudas
Byline: Jeff Walker, Times-Union sports writer The Jacksonville Barracudas yesterday didn't look like a team that was playing its third game in as many days. At least not in the first period, when they jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Orlando...
Region 1-4A: Ribault 68, Tallahassee Godby 57
Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer The Ribault girls and their fans learned what life will be like without Dorian Williams last night. They discovered there is talent behind Williams. The Trojans, playing without their All-America...
Regional Roundup
-- EWC 102, CLAFLIN 76 -- Q.B. Scott scored 19 points and Stephen Hodge 18 as Edward Waters routed Claflin in a semifinal game of the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament last night in Fayetteville, N.C. Delancey Johnson scored 13...
Republicans Call the Shots Again as New Session Starts
Byline: Thomas B. Pfankuch, Times-Union staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- For more than a century in Florida, the best a Republican lawmaker could hope for was to buddy up to a Democrat, hope they would take pity on the powerless and allow a Republican...
Revitalization Major Issue; Sprucing Up Neighborhoods Eases Problems, Candidates Say
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer At the corner of 21st and Main streets, where the tractor-trailer rigs clamor down the road as much as morning shoppers, neighborhood leader Ron Pauline points to the signs of life in a flagging part...
Seniors Give UF Road Win
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer AUBURN, Ala. -- Freshmen Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh are a large part of Florida's success this season, but it's going to be the old guys who carry the Gators into the postseason. They started...
Some Retailers, Particularly Grocery Stores, Pass out Loyalty Cards with the Promise of Cheaper Products. That May or May Not Be the Case. A LOYAL FOLLOWING
Byline: Gregory Richards, Times-Union business writer As if our wallets and keychains weren't already crowded enough, being jammed with remote entry devices for cars and credit cards of every sort, retailers have recently begun giving us one more...
St. Marys Marches on; Mardi Gras Reigns despite Rain
Byline: Gordon Jackson, Times-Union staff writer ST. MARYS -- Heavy rains gave new meaning to the word float when the St. Marys Mardi Gras parade began yesterday morning. Despite a driving downpour and puddles a half-inch deep in places, almost...
Talking (Wild) Turkey; Birds Can Be Found throughout the Area
Byline: Roger Bull, Times-Union staff writer It's a bird steeped in American history, a guest of honor at the first Thanksgiving. It's enough to get grown-ups to crouch in the bushes and pretend they're a female bird. The wild turkey is as...
The Beauty of the Butterfly; A New Exhibit at the Jacksonville Zoo Follows the Winged Creatures from Pupal Stage to Colorful Fluttering About
Byline: Roger Bull, Times-Union staff writer The annual spring bloom of butterflies along the Florida coast is still a month or so away. The monarchs will be fluttering their way through the area, headed for points north, in a few weeks, and the...
TV Listings and Comics News Are Always Hot Reader Topics
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Nothing causes more reader comment than TV listings and comics. The TV magazine remains a mystery because there is no Viewer's Guide. So today, let's offer answers to common questions. -- The...
UGa Research Center on Again; Budget Writers in Senate Restore Bond Money
Byline: Dave Williams, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- An on-again, off-again plan to resume work on a long-delayed high-tech building at the University of Georgia is back on again. State Senate budget writers last week restored $15 million...
Wells Watch
Byline: Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writer RARE GETAWAY Finally, a place without a Jacksonville connection! A week's tour of Taiwan turned up not a single home folk or kin; neither did the flights there and back. Must be the exception that...
Where the Bass Are; Three Area Waters Ranked in State Top 10
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor Where's the best place in Florida to catch a trophy largemouth bass? A good starting point is the 2003 list of Top 10 Bass Lakes, compiled by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission....
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