The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 29, 2004

1 Jailed in Man's Gunshot Death; Investigators Change Initial Suicide Ruling for Folkston Man
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union FOLKSTON -- A Blackshear man has been arrested on murder charges in the shooting death of a Folkston man that was originally ruled a suicide. William Tavis Popham, 22, was charged in the shooting death...
BLUEGRASS PICKERS JAM ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND; Tuesdays Bring Music to the Park
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- It will be flattops and flip-flops at Neptune Park tonight as bluegrass pickers bring their guitars, mandolins and perhaps banjos to the oceanfront to jam with some traditional...
Bolles Girls National Swim Champs
Swimming World magazine will crown the Bolles girls swimming team with the 2003-04 National High School Championship in its August issue, school officials said. The national title is awarded by compiling the best high school times from around the...
Brown to Take Reins of City Council Tonight; She'll Be Sworn in Tonight, Begin One-Year Term as Council President on Thursday
Byline: MATT GALNOR, The Times-Union For more than a decade, Elaine Brown has helped orchestrate the ceremony to install a new Jacksonville City Council president, first with her own company and later as an event planning executive. This time,...
City's Future Is at Stake in the Battle against Illiteracy
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist People, look at what's going on around us. According to Jacksonville Community Council Inc., 47 percent of the city's adults are functionally illiterate, meaning they read below the 10th-grade...
City to Stick with Courthouse Designer; Report Says Switch Now Would Push Project Further over Budget, Past Schedule
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA, The Times-Union Switching architects on the new Duval County Courthouse complex would push the project further over budget and past schedule, according to a recent report from a city consultant. Chief Operating Officer...
CLIMATE; Knight Errant
After the mess he made with campaign finance reform, one would think John Kerry's first choice for a running mate would leave well enough alone. However, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is tilting after another windmill, and his Sancho Panza is Sen....
Delaney Caught on Canvas; UNF Artist Unveils Vibrant Official Portrait of Former Mayor
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA, The Times-Union A portrait of former Mayor John Delaney is taking its place this week in City Hall, alongside paintings of others who have served in the same position. The portrait, painted by Kyle R. Keith, was unveiled...
Economic Conditions in Southeast Heating Up
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Recent economic good news from the Federal Reserve Board spread throughout the United States. "Economic activity in April and May continued to expand across the nation," the nation's...
Gunshots, Car Chase End in Arrest of 2 Jacksonville Men
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS, The Times-Union Two men were arrested Sunday after a confrontation that started at a Beach Boulevard restaurant escalated into shots being fired and led to a car chase through several Jacksonville Beach back yards. According...
Jacksonville Iraqis Hopeful; Community Excited by Handover's Possibilities, Worried by Instability
Byline: LUKE O'BRIEN, The Times-Union Jacksonville's Iraqi community reacted with both excitement and apprehension Monday after learning that U.S. officials had turned over power to Iraqi leaders two days earlier than expected. The surprise move,...
Jacksonville Journal
Open invite for families on juvenile justice tour State Attorney Harry Shorstein and Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford on Monday announced the date of the annual summer tour of the juvenile justice system through the Summer Program for At-Risk...
Kennedy Begins Malta Visit
The USS John F. Kennedy is in the Mediterranean Sea and began its first port visit in Valletta, Malta, over the weekend. The ship's 5,000 crew members will have a chance to visit the island and participate in other cultural exchanges with the citizens...
Morning Briefs
SPRINT TO CUT 59 WORKERS AT JACKSONVILLE CALL CENTER Sprint said it will lay off 59 Jacksonville call center agents, supervisors and managers Friday as part of a national cut announced earlier this month. The Westside center, which hosted audio...
NAACP Chastises Fryer for F Schools; Group Worries about Status of Schools in the Black Community, Superintendent's Responsibility
Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union The Jacksonville branch of the NAACP on Monday called on Duval County Public Schools to transfer highly qualified teachers to Jacksonville's failing schools and for Superintendent John Fryer to take personal...
NASCAR'S 'Major' Debate; Drivers' Treasured Races Are Daytona, Coca-Cola, Brickyard; Pepsi 400 Is Close
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union DAYTONA BEACH -- As far as Michael Waltrip is concerned, there is only a handful of special races on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit. And as soon as they flipped the light switch at the Daytona International...
'Poles' outside Arena Portray World's Six; Continents
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: What do those poles mean outside the new Veterans Memorial Arena? C.G. Dear C.G. You're referring to six poles with human figures kneeling. This is part of the Art in Public Places...
Port to Proceed with Cruise Terminal Plans; Concerns Remain
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union The Jacksonville Port Authority is moving ahead with plans to erect a new cruise terminal adjacent to Sisters Creek on the Northside, but a key stakeholder reminded board members Monday that many concerns...
School Board Delays 3 Shutdowns; Failing Broward School's Break Leaves Doubt in Duval
Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union Confused about their authority to shut down chronically failing charter schools, the Duval County School Board delayed a decision about three schools' future at an emergency meeting Monday. The State Board...
State Line Lottery Lines Swell; Tonight's Mega Millions Drawing Will Be for a $220 Million Jackpot
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union KINGSLAND -- Loretta Thompson believes her shoes might hold the winning combination of numbers to win tonight's $220 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot. Thompson, of Jacksonville, said Monday she has...
Suns' Ebel Is Going Mental; Manager Sick of Too Many Non-Physical Mistakes That Cost His Team Wins
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union Jacksonville Suns manager Dino Ebel can accept a player misplaying a ground ball in the infield or making a wild throw from the outfield. But make a mental mistake and you're certain to draw his wrath. ...
Suns Report
Carolina***8 Jacksonville***5 Turning point: The Suns had taken a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on back-to-back home runs from Shane Victorino and Reggie Abercrombie, only to have reliever Brian Steffek give up five hits and seven...
Toddler's 'Daddy' Arrested in Death; Man Told Police He Suffocated His Ex-Girlfriend's Baby Because He Was Crying
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY, The Times-Union "The only person Timmy knew as his daddy was Tony," Amanda Meier said Monday, a pile of photos of her 18-month-old son cradled in her lap. "He loved Tony to death." Photos and the memories that go with...
Why Premium Is Not Optimum; You'll Pay Much More for Higher-Grade Gas, When Regular Is Likely Just Right for Your Car
Byline: Roger Bull, The Times-Union The choices are always there, every time you buy gasoline. Regular, mid-grade and premium. The octanes, 87, 89 and 93. Gas prices have dropped a little in the past few weeks, but they're still in the low $1.90s...
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