The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 17, 1996

A Bonny `Dancing at Lughnasa' Play at Theatre Jax an Irish Celebration
If a celebration of Irish heritage is what you're looking for, there's no spot greener than the stage of Theatre Jacksonville. Today, a final performance of Dancing at Lughnasa will take a fond backward glance at Irish village life in the...
Anthony Handles Coach's Demands
Take a peek at a Fletcher High School practice, and you wouldn't think the 1995-96 boys basketball Player of the Year is on the floor. Coach Bob Rhodin is all over Myron Anthony. No rest, no taking it easy. "You wouldn't think I'm Myron...
Area Women Earn a National Award
Several area women garnered a first-place award in a national writing competition. Rilla Yeater, president of the National Women Bowling Writers (NWBW) Association announced the winners this month for the 1995-96 NWBW publication contest....
Butler Middle School Story Relayed Important Message for Entire City
The Times-Union clearly was proud of its two-part series on Eugene Butler Middle School, which linked the middle school's troubles with its stressed neighborhood near Beaver Street. After all, it's rare to have a top editor introduce a project...
Butler's Effort at Head of Class
It was halftime of the girls soccer game between Orange Park High School and Lake Brantley on Dec. 2 when Stephanie Butler came to the sideline and collapsed. Singlehandedly, the Raiders' senior had kept her sluggish team from getting blown...
Catching Big Break: A Habitat Students Skip Suntan Oil, Opt for Saws, Hammers
VALDOSTA -- Far from the beaches of the Atlantic and the gulf, some students still managed to squeeze in a little classic Spring Break suntanning while working for the Valdosta/Lowndes County Habitat. College students from around the country...
Chiles Just Wasn't Blowing Smoke, but Steve Forbes Was
Today is bits and pieces day. Bit: Hats off to the state senators who are standing firm with Gov. Lawton Chiles in his fight against the tobacco industry. By now we should be well past the farce that the tobacco industry would like us...
Cochran Urges Banquet Crowd to Help Youth
Attorney Johnnie Cochran says he's enjoying his post-Simpson fame and is trying to use it responsibly. At a banquet last night at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, he urged members of 100 Black Men of Jacksonville to do the same. "All...
Colleges Can't Contain Today's Hoop Stars
ORLANDO -- Stephon Marbury dribbles between his legs late Friday night, jab-steps left and explodes right. And just like that, he is a vapor. "One second he's there," explains Austin Peay guard Colby Pierce incredulously, "and the next...
Dark Clouds on the Horizon Florida's State Universities Struggle with Tuition, Funding
There is nothing new about the State University System requesting a raise in tuition during a legislative session. It is almost as common as spring itself. What is new, however, are the fears that have been stirred up in the last six months...
Demi Can't Bring Back Reel-Life
Jacksonville is a-flutter at whispers of a Demi Moore movie, GI Jane, being made here. At $40 million it would be very big, although in perspective it is a small pancake. Before World War I, wild and woolly movie-makers ruled and riled ...
Drew Makes Maryland Pay with Grand Slam in FSU's 16-2 Rout
TALLAHASSEE -- Maryland baseball coach Tom Bradley learned last night what Terps' football coach Mark Duffner discovered in the fall; pulling pitcher/quarterback Brian Cummings from the lineup has its drawbacks. Cummings had held red-hot...
`Ensemble' Spells Win for Fifth-Grader
Evan Kubota sauntered up to the microphone, tilted it down -- way down -- and parted his lips as he began what would be the last word. In the fourth row, his twin brother Tyson grabbed onto the sleeve of their mother's green jacket, holding...
Gaskins Proved She's Got Talent
When Baker County High School girls basketball coach Charles Ruise talks about why Kim Gaskins is special, he rarely talks about her basketball prowess. That's tough to overlook when Gaskins took the Wildcats to a 26-4 record, led the area...
Growing Schools Not Exceptional Augusta, Columbus, and Brunswick Systems Don't Qualify for Growth Grants
ATLANTA -- When Savannah Sen. Eric Johnson looked at how lawmakers planned to divvy up school construction money in the state's $64 million fund for fast-growing systems, the numbers didn't add up. Why, he asked, was his home Chatham County...
Hemming Lowers Curtain on Pols' Panoramic Views
The haves and have-nots divide the 15 floors of Jacksonville City Hall. The haves inhabit the south side of the domino-shaped building, where many have offices with panoramic views of the curving St. Johns River and the Southbank skyline....
IMAGES of the SILVER SCREEN TNT Special Focuses on Film's Legendary Women
The first thing to note about TNT's The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful: Women in the Movies is that not only is it about women, it is by women. Of the 18 people listed in the credits, 14 are women, including the executive producer, the...
IT'S OUT OF CONTROL Franchise Moves Disturb Owners
WEST PALM BEACH -- With tradition lost and confusion the norm, Carmen Policy last week relied on cliche. Policy, president of the San Francisco 49ers, was explaining what strategy -- if any -- the NFL had to prevent the problem of franchises...
Jacksonville's `Stealth Mayor' Delaney Forgoes Flamboyance for Safety of Sure Decisions
A lawyer to the core, John Delaney likes to think of himself as a methodical man. When a decision has to be made, the mayor says somewhat proudly, he'll weigh the facts and listen to the players. All the facts. All the players. "I probably...
Late-Starting Lagasse Finally Getting to Race
St. Augustine's Scott Lagasse had to be wondering if his racing season would ever start. Working feverishly over the past three months to put together a racing program for the coming season, it wasn't until Wednesday morning that the 37-year-old...
Mammoth Bass No Fish Tale by Clay Angler
One scale read 14 pounds, 14 ounces. Another registered 15 pounds, 2 ounces. Whatever, the bass that Tim Phillippi caught a week ago Thursday in Little Santa Fe Lake was one awesome fish. "I'm calling it 15 pounds," Phillippi said last week...
MONEY MATTERS Author Urges African-Americans to Invest in Their Futures
Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young said politics doesn't control the world -- money does. With that in mind, "we ought to begin to understand how money works and why money works," Young said. His quote, among 50 others, is included in the book,...
NHRA Records Fall at Gatornationals
GAINESVILLE -- The cars were dialed in for second-round qualifying at the 27th annual Gatornationals. Translation: Speeds were rising, records were falling. Near ideal track and weather conditions led to record runs yesterday, including...
`Not Home Free' Yet Timetables Mean Pressure's on Magnets
If Duval County School Board members are going to make a new desegregation agreement work, they'll have to deal with an old problem: Finding a way to draw more white children into predominantly black schools. Nearly five years after starting...
Olympians Reminisce at Hayes Invitational
Four thousand fans stood, their American flags raised and waving, as a large contingent made its way around the track at Raines High School. Three former Olympic gold medalists -- Bob Hayes, Harold Donald and Walter McCoy -- led the field...
Reading Matters
The Jacksonville Public Libraries Foundation's recent Much Ado About Books bash drew more than 600 people to the book discussion groups with readers and writers the morning of March 2 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Over 500 of the...
Ruling Delay Good News for Brown and the GOP
The clock is ticking, and that's good news for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown of Jacksonville and Florida Republicans. Each day that passes without a ruling from the threejudge federal panel considering a legal challenge to the 3rd Congressional...
Shaq's Commercial Hot Issue
The latest Taco Bell commercial featuring Orlando Magic center Shaquille O'Neal is an example of how what appears as creativity to marketing executives can be unexpectedly controversial. The commercial features O'Neal catching fire after eating...
Stones, Sweaters and Windswept Solitude
After leading four tours to Ireland, Richard Bizot's favorite place to take people is a West Coast island where he can forget about leading tours. On the windswept, stone-studded Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the University of North Florida...
Struebing's Dad Is Inspiration
Playing the midfield in an 80-minute soccer game is a lot like running a marathon -- at some point the mind says "quit," but the legs keep churning. Inspiration to go on has to come from somewhere. For Stanton College Prep midfielder Jonathan...
Swamp Survivor Just `Hung Out'
HOMERVILLE, Ga. -- You could call him the Swamp Survivor. For 41 days, Mike Goodell of Mount Morris, N.Y., stumbled through the thick bush in the Okefenokee Swamp, one of the most isolated places in America. Subsisting on bugs, leaves, berries...
Symphony Hall Work Delayed
Contaminated soil and buried junk are delaying construction of the new Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall. Sam Mousa, Jacksonville's public works director, said construction has fallen at least 41 days behind because of contaminated soil found...
Tech Is Trying to Take Another NCAA Step
ORLANDO -- Georgia Tech freshman point guard Stephon Marbury has spent the better part of his basketball career in the media spotlight. Since his high school days in New York, Marbury has had TV cameras, microphones and ink pens shoved...
The Women Writers of Ireland Flagler College Scholar Finds Parallels between Treatment of Female Authors, Ireland Itself
"The interesting thing about women in Ireland," professor Owene Weber says, "is how many similarities there are between Irish women and Ireland itself both have been submerged culturally, both have been victimized, both have had their language...
THROUGH IRISH EYES Island Natives (and an Honorary Native) Clue Tourists on What to Do, See, and Expect
They're Jacksonville residents now, but they haven't forgotten where they came from. In fact, they remember it so well they can talk about it until the sheep come home. Fortunately for all, there's this thing called Irish charm. When Irish...
UF Teams Rank High in Nation
Gator Golf is dominating the South, and that's not the name of a Putt-Putt course. The University of Florida men's and women's teams are both among the top 12 teams in the nation according to the latest Rolex Collegiate Rankings. The UF...
Up Next? Maybe a Marathon
The Gate River Run is history. Now what? Some have made a beeline back to the couch, but others who want to continue running may need something else to look forward to. Why not train for a marathon? Sound crazy? It did to me until I saw...
Wilson `a Voice of Reason' for League
WEST PALM BEACH -- Ralph Wilson spoke for a long time. Reporters, jockeying for a story, huddled around the 77-yearold for 10 minutes, then 15. Someone asked -- for about the millionth time -- about franchise free agency. Wilson broke...
Wolfson Win a Breakthrough
Wolfson track coach Ron Brooks waited to the very end to let his emotions out. Well, almost. It wasn't until Wolfpack senior Joe Richardson took the baton for the final leg of the boys 4x400-meter relay -- the last race of a historic day...
Zarawani Made His Goal
Each year, The Bolles School's Sami Zarawani took another step toward reaching his goal -- winning the state wrestling championship. This past season, he finally did it. As a freshman, Zarawani lost in the state tournament's first round;...