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Articles from October 22, 2004

A Fully Focused Jacoby Shaddix; His Head-Banging Days Are Behind Him
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union Going into Papa Roach's third album, lead singer Jacoby Shaddix was worried that his sobriety might affect his creativity. Shaddix and his band, which plays Metropolitan Park Sunday as part of a local modern...
Agassi Continues Roll at Madrid Masters
Andre Agassi breezed past fellow American Vince Spadea 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals in the Madrid Masters. The second-seeded Agassi saved all six break points he faced, then ended the match by acing Spadea twice to hold at love....
And Here with an Opposing Point of View .
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union staff writer The counterattack on Michael Moore is under way, in earnest. Celsius 41.11, a documentary that goes after both Moore and John Kerry, makes it to the AMC Regency theater today. I spoke with filmmaker...
AROUND THE LEAGUE; Vincent Missing from LSU Offense
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union Justin Vincent's picture hasn't yet shown up on a milk carton, but that's probably the most logical place to look for him. Vincent, the MVP of the Southeastern Conference title game and the Sugar Bowl,...
Artist John Bunker Is 'Inspired by What I See'
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union John Bunker likes flowers. "You'd think I have a beautiful flower garden," the artist said, laughing. Well, not quite. But Bunker -- a well-known figure in local arts circles -- is a master at rendering...
At-Large Seats, or District Voting? Whether to Change the Method of Electing County Commissioners Is Up to Voters
Byline: NIN-HAI TSENG, The Times-Union GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Clay County voters on Nov. 2 will decide if they want to change the way county commissioners are elected. The referendum question could be crucial in strengthening the voices of minority...
Before 'Surviving Christmas,' You'll Have to Get through This
Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union Let's everyone pick on Ben Affleck, shall we? Team America: World Police mocked him, out of nowhere, for a movie (Pearl Harbor) that came out three years ago, when the much more recent wound that was Gigli...
Chili Dogs Are Fan Favorite; Spectators May Come for Racing, but the Food Keeps Them Returning
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- The chili dogs at the Martinsville Speedway makes Shirley Foster cry. As one of four women responsible for chopping 1,500 pounds of fresh onions for the popular hot dogs, Foster said the...
Colts Impressed after Look at Wayne's World; Receiver Establishing Himself as Go-To Guy in Fourth Season with Team
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union Reggie Wayne felt about as necessary as a fifth member of The Beatles after the Indianapolis Colts made him a first-round pick in 2001. Wayne came to the Colts with the glittering distinction of being the...
Economic Indicators Show Economy Losing Momentum; Jacksonville Joins Negative Trend with Index Dropping Two of the Last Three Months
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union staff writer Indicators of future economic activity dropped last month both nationally and in Jacksonville, suggesting the economy is slowing down. The Conference Board reported Thursday that the U.S. Composite...
Familiar Place for Bulldogs; Bolles Beats Clay as Coach Bush Goes to Playoffs for 13th Year in a Row
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union Elise Bush has made the regional playoffs so many times she doesn't know exactly how many times her teams have been there. She has the number of appearances written down, but if you asked the Bolles coach,...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Offense in Vogue for Florida
Byline: IAN FISHER, Times-Union correspondent GAINESVILLE -- When Florida made Larry Fedora the offensive coordinator, fans may have wondered how much the offense would actually change. Six games in, the results are in. Florida is throwing...
Group Wants 8 More Sites for Early Voting; They'll Ask Judge to Order City Action above 4 Set to Open
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union A coalition of ministers and activists will ask a federal judge today to force Jacksonville to add eight more early-voting sites, continuing a week of abrupt twists. It would be in addition to the sole downtown...
Guns and Players Don't Mix, Period
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer There's no nice way to say this, no way to soft-pedal it. No chance of being politically correct, either. Brandon Johnson is stupid. The Tennessee safety had never fired a gun before, so when...
Hungry for Culture? Try Chocolate Exhibit
Byline: Roger Bull, The Times-Union It's a big exhibit about chocolate, which shouldn't be too hard a sell. Maybe only an exhibit about sex would be easier. OK, dinosaurs are pretty big with kids at museums. But when we grow up, there's chocolate....
Hurricane Road Work Costly, but Doesn't Blow DOT Away; Frances, Ivan and Jeanne Caused about $2.5 Million of Damage to State Roads
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ADAIRSVILLE -- Hurricane Frances triggered the costliest emergency road work of the three tropical storms to affect Georgia last month, while the remnants of Hurricane Ivan caused the most structural damage,...
Jacksonville Journal
DUVAL'S MAGNET SCHOOLS PROGRAM GAINS RECOGNITION The Duval County school system has been named a national example of successful magnet school programs, one of six districts singled out. The U.S. Department of Education lauded the district as...
Jaguars Getting Increase in National Air Time Sunday
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union The Jaguars will get additional national attention this weekend as a result of their surprising 4-2 start. Sunday's game in Indianapolis (CBS, 1 p.m.) will be seen by 24 percent of the country, about twice...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; del Rio Knows This Matchup Is Pivotal
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union When NFL executives put together the 2004 schedule, it's not surprising that they had the Indianapolis Colts playing their second game against the Jaguars this Sunday and their second game against the Tennessee...
Keep Your Eye on the Baseball and the Politics
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist I know that these are tense times with people wearing their feelings on their sleeves, ready to snarl at the slightest provocation. Because of that, one should really be careful about what one...
KOREA; Excessive Protection
Few laws in any free nation are more unreasonable, and excessively severe, than the one designed to protect South Korea from communism. If President Roh Moo-hyun is successful in his efforts to repeal it, that will be a major victory -- not just for...
Line Forms Early for Scarce Flu Shots; Company Teams with Doctors, Health Agencies to Share Its Supply with High-Risk Residents
Byline: CHERIE BLACK, The Times-Union The line began forming before the sun came up. The hallway outside of the Medical Express Corp. office in Jacksonville was filled with more than 100 people -- some standing, some sitting on the floor against...
Magnolia Fest Creators Take Pride in Their Baby's Growth
Byline: Eyder Peralta, Times-Union staff writer It all started with The Grateful Dead. Randy Judy gave Beth Judy a tape and took her to her first Dead show in the early '80s. She told him the song she really wanted to hear was Eyes of the World,...
Manager Won't Be Prosecuted in Police Car Repair Probe; but More Arrests Expected as Fraud Investigation Continues into Superiors at Tire Shops
Byline: Jim Schoettler, The Times-Union Prosecutors won't file charges against a Jacksonville auto repair shop manager accused of bilking the city out of money on police car alignments, but his superiors remain under scrutiny. Jeremy Teeter,...
Managing Growth Rates as Top Issue; Rich Touts His Experience in Government; Van Ghent Has Been Involved in Civic Affairs
Byline: KEN LEWIS, The Times-Union Growth management is a central issue in the race for St. Johns County Commission District 3, with Republican Ben Rich touting his experience as a federal employee and Democrat Roger Van Ghent drawing on years of...
Mandarin Neighbors Get Surprise 'Gifts'; Bush-Cheney Backers Received Anonymous Copies of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."
Byline: JOSEPH BUSTOS, The Times-Union When Marcia Nelson opened the front door of her Mandarin home Wednesday morning, she discovered an unexpected package. Someone had delivered a DVD in a green case to her house. The case bore a note: "From...
Mandarin's Sub Shack Now the Sea Shack
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor The Sub Shack Beach Cafe is no more. Customers kept telling owner Charlie Roland Richardson that the word "sub" hardly captured the diverse seafood offerings at his restaurant at 11406 San Jose Blvd....
Man Shot in Shoulder during Fight, Police Say
Jacksonville police are questioning a man found standing over a gunshot victim about 2:20 a.m. Thursday at an apartment complex off Atlantic Boulevard. The 18-year-old male victim was taken to Shands Jacksonville hospital for a non-life-threatening...
Morning Briefs
WINN-DIXIE STORES ELECTS JAY SKELTON CHAIRMAN Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. said Thursday the company elected H. Jay Skelton as chairman of the board, replacing A. Dano Davis who announced his retirement last month. Davis, whose father and grandfather...
Ratcliffe Urges City to Commit to Larger Center
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Kitty Ratcliffe has just seven days to go as president of the Jacksonville & the Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau, but she isn't going quietly. Ratcliffe wants the city...
Red Sox Turn World Inside-Out
Byline: Mike Freeman, Times-Union sports columnist World peace should break out, oh, any minute now. Because the curse is dead. The space-time continuum has gone loopy. Top is bottom, bad is good and the bullied are king for a day. Because...
SEC Extra
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer GAME OF THE WEEK Alabama at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. Saturday: Last season's game was a classic, going five overtimes before the Vols won 51-43 in Tuscaloosa. That was Tennessee's eighth victory...
SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; Deacs' Red-Zone Defense a Concern
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- For all the concern caused by Wake Forest's misdirection offense, it has been the Demon Deacons' ability to keep opponents out of the end zone that might concern Florida State the most. Despite...
Singer Keith's Audience Eclectic, but They Have Him in Common; Crowd at Country Star's Concert Big on Levi's, but Various Fashions Work
Byline: THOMAS LAKE, The Times-Union If you walked down Randolph Street past Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena just before dusk Thursday, you might have seen a man wearing little but stars and bars. They covered his bandana. His tunic. His...
Slow Mortgage Activity Hurts Fidelity's Earnings; Company Continues Working at Diversifying Itself to Combat Dip in Housing Market
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union staff writer Fidelity National Financial Inc. Thursday reported lower third-quarter earnings, as a slowdown in mortgage activity reduced volume in its title insurance business. Jacksonville-based Fidelity reported...
Speed Is a Small Wonder; the 40-Yard Dash Time of Florida Receiver Is a Secret, but Jacksonville Native's Production Isn't
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- Somewhere, buried deep within the bowels of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, it is there. A few figures, written down on a sheet of paper. A permanent record of what is one of the most closely...
Sports Extra
Byline: Robert McGinty, The Times-Union 2 CENTS The tired tale of Paul Hamm finally ended on Thursday, with America's male Mary Lou Retton-wannabe getting to keep his gold medal. The whole saga stinks. Anytime an Olympic result ends up in...
St. Marys Hospital Awaiting the OK to Expand; If It Gets Go-Ahead, Southeast Georgia Medical Center Could More Than Double Its Size
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union ST. MARYS -- The Camden campus of Southeast Georgia Medical Center could more than double in size if state hospital regulators approve construction of a $29.8 million expansion. Hospital administrator Howard...
St. Marys Submarine Museum Auction Resurfaces after 2 Years; the Fund-Raiser Had Been Discontinued after Key Organizers Moved Away
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union ST. MARYS -- The biggest fund-raiser for the St. Marys Submarine Museum is back after a two-year absence. The fund-raising auction, which was held from 1997 to 2002, was discontinued after several of the...
'THE GRUDGE'; Gloom and Doom, Thrills and Chills
Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union The Grudge is inevitably going to be compared to The Ring, since both are remakes of Japanese horror films concerned more with chills than gore -- and both feature a creepy, long-haired dead girl who'll cause...
They're Making a Joyful Noise; Students Get Together to Perform as a Gospel Choir at Camden County High School
Byline: LIZ HAMPTON, Times-Union correspondent KINGSLAND -- Early each morning before classes begin, the sounds of a gospel choir fill the "G" hall just outside the chorus room at Camden County High School. Directed by student Alfred Stevens,...
Three Days of Music, More at Magnolia Fest
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union This year, Magnolia Fest goes into its eighth year. And the same advice still holds true: Bring a chair. Be prepared for three days of music, campfires and veggie burritos. Don't forget your tent. And remember...
Wallace Passes Down Wisdom
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Now that Rusty Wallace is comfortable with his plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2005 season, he plans to go out on top. He talked about his career and what he has planned for the...
WHITE HOUSE; Matter of Control
John Kerry at last has revealed how he plans greatly to increase federal spending programs and -- at the same time -- cut the deficits in half without imposing substantial tax increases on the middle class. The Chicago Tribune says he told a crowd...
Who Will Take Up Cause Now? Changes at CVB Could Benefit Push for New Facility
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, Times-Union staff writer The seven-year president of the Jacksonville & the Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau is stepping down this month, but the push for a new convention center may benefit from the change....
With Quasicrystal Sculpture, Artist Definitely Sees a Pattern
Byline: Tanya Perez-Brennan, Times-Union staff writer Tony Robbin, a New York-based artist, was talking about quasicrystals. No, he wasn't talking about the kind of crystals people collect or gaze into to read their futures. He was talking about...
Zoo, Symphony and Wiggles Fun Galore
Ghosts and aliens and Wiggles -- what more could a kid ask for in one weekend? The Jacksonville zoo launches its annual Spooktacular event after dark this weekend, with kid-friendly fall festival scenes, an enchanted forest, Scarecrow Hollow and...
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