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Articles from October 25, 2004

10 Killed as Hendrick Plane Crashes before Subway Race
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- An airplane carrying family members and top officials from Hendrick Motorsports crashed Sunday morning while traveling to the Martinsville Speedway, killing all 10 passengers. The Beech...
3 Seek Seat on Important Utility Panel; Incumbent Faces Ex-Colleague, Libertarian in PSC Race
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- When Georgia voters ponder their ballots next month, some might pause at the Public Service Commission heading and its three choices and wonder: "What do they do? Volunteer work?" But of all...
Better Late Than Never for Prom; Husband's Idea for Second Chance Dance Gives Couples an Experience They Missed out on in High School
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- It wasn't Jonathan Hunter's fault that his wife, Kate, missed her high school prom in 1996. But he made up for it anyway, holding a sort of make-up prom that he called the Second Chance Dance...
Bowden Satisfied with Win; Coach Says He Now Cares More about Victories Than How They're Achieved
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Style and flair defined Bobby Bowden's Florida State football teams in the early days. But in the autumn years of his coaching career, substance is all that matters. Grumbling about senseless...
Bush Helped the Terrorists Gain Mileage from Attacks
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Times-Union columnist Wherever Osama bin Laden is now, I'm sure he's smiling. Not, as Dick Cheney slyly warned, at the prospect of a John Kerry presidency. Terrorists don't distinguish between George W. Bush and Kerry....
Career Track; Promotions/Appointments
BANKING/FINANCE -- American Enterprise Bank hired Carole Gardner as a senior vice president and Tracie McRae as a vice president. COMMUNICATIONS -- Gaiacomm International Corp. of Jacksonville appointed its board of directors: Judah Ben-Hur,...
Castor 'Poised but Tough,' Aims to Disprove Naysayers
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM, The Times-Union The Russian diplomat's words were a gauntlet, thrown directly at the feet of the young college student on a field trip to the United Nations. The Soviet Union will win the Cold War, he said, because American...
Colts Say Errors to Blame for Loss
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union INDIANAPOLIS -- As much as they tried to credit Byron Leftwich and the Jaguars, the Indianapolis Colts couldn't help but point the finger at themselves for Sunday's 27-24 loss. The Colts' high-octane offense...
FACE TO FACE: JOHN GIBSON; Convergys' New Senior VP Enjoys Problem Solving
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union John Gibson's new job is to help businesses cut through the clutter. As Convergys Corp.'s new senior vice president overseeing "employee care" in North and South America and India, Gibson's task is to...
First Look
QUOTE "Right now, we're neither fish nor fowl. We ain't even in the game." Lad Daniels City councilman, about Jacksonville's inability to attract conventions because of the small size of its convention center. IN THE WORKS RIVER CITY...
Flick Picks
Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union SHAUN OF THE DEAD * * * 1/2 The title's not the only good thing about this British zombie comedy/thriller/romance. It's about a couple of slackers who, along with a motley crew of fellow survivors, take up...
Gators 'Circle Wagons' after Stunning Defeat; Zook Insists He's Not Worrying about His Players or His Job Going into the Georgia Game
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union Despite what he saw against Mississippi State on Saturday, Florida coach Ron Zook isn't concerned about the kind of effort he's going to get from his players on Saturday. That's partly because the Gators'...
Go beyond Books to Get Kids Reading
Byline: Brandy Hillboldt Allport, The Times-Union It's time to choose, and I'm not talking about Bush or Kerry. As Halloween nears, children go into decision-making frenzies. Princess or pop singer? Ghost or golfer? Vampire or Viking? Those are...
Gore Tries to Rally Jacksonville Blacks; Former Vice President Implores Churchgoers to Avoid Anger and Vote Early
Byline: KEN LEWIS, The Times-Union *******************CORRECTION October 26, 2004 U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson attended Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville on Sunday. Because of a reporter's error,...
In the End, Lord Byron Reigns; Rivalry Aside, Both Jags and Colts Agree on Leftwich's Excellence Late in the Game
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union INDIANAPOLIS -- Technically, Byron Leftwich didn't add to his list of last-second comeback victories on Sunday. The Jaguars were only tied with the Indianapolis Colts when Leftwich put them in position for...
JAGGERNAUT; Scobee Field Goal Caps Another Frantic Finish
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union INDIANAPOLIS -- And the Byron Leftwich legend continues to grow. The Jaguars' young quarterback passed his biggest test yet when he won a shootout with Peyton Manning, and rookie Josh Scobee kicked a 53-yard...
Jaguars Mural Artist Sees His Work, Life Take on New Color
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union staff writer Although he's been a rock musician, stock car driver and artist -- all pursuits that can bring glamour and acclaim to the successful -- 33-year-old Joey Zimmerman says he's never been interested in...
Martinez, Once a Refugee, Pursues American Dream
Byline: Charlie Patton, The Times-Union In political campaigns, truth is often the first casualty and hyperbole is often the first line of attack. But George W. Bush's statement that Mel Martinez is "the embodiment of the American dream" -- first...
News Bites
EX-FLA. OFFICIAL TO ADVISE CANADIAN PHARMACY FIRM A Canadian Internet pharmacy universaldrugstore.com recently announced that Gema Hernandez, former secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will work with the company. According to...
Pipeline
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, The Times-Union COMMERCIAL -- Foundation construction for Nimnicht Pontiac/GMC, 11435 Philips Highway, $3.78 million; contractor is Auto Builders, West Palm Beach; owner is Nimnicht. -- Jacksonville Planning and...
PlanetFest Fans Get an Earful and More; Music Just a Part of PlanetFest Fun You Never Know What or Whom You'll See at Annual Modern Rock Concert
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union Thomas Duhamel had his 15 minutes of fame Sunday. In between band sets at PlanetFest, a multi-band concert at Metropolitan Park put on by modern rock station WPLA (93.3 FM), he stuffed his face with eight hot...
Regional Golf Glance
Byline: Emily Mosier, The Times-Union BOYS Region 1-2A Where: Rocky Bayou Country Club, Niceville When: Tuesday Team qualifiers: Bartram Trail, Bishop Kenny, Columbia, Fletcher, Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee, Pace, Tallahassee Chiles,...
Scobee Waited, and Then Delivered; "When I Hit It, I Knew I'd Gotten It Solid,'' He Says of Game-Winning Field Goal
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union INDIANAPOLIS -- Josh Scobee looks so young that teammate Kyle Brady jokingly says Scobee is on loan to the Jaguars from an after-school work program. If so, then the kid came through for the Jaguars in a...
Sports Extra
2 CENTS The Heisman Trophy has tradition, prestige, and at least in my opinion, is the most overhyped award in sports. I love college football and do pay attention to which player gets honored at the Downtown Athletic Club when all the votes...
St. Marys Councilmen Boycott Meetings to Block Vote They'd Lose; Trio Says Taxing Area to Build a New Firehouse Isn't Only Option; without Them, Council Can't Vote
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union ST. MARYS -- Talk about your absentee voters. Three members of the St. Marys City Council are planning the unorthodox step of simply not showing up to today's meeting, where they would have to vote on a...
Take Precautions This Flu Season
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer It's tough to cough out a "bless you" to the coworker at the next desk who just sneezed all over you. And all over your phone, your keyboard and your computer screen or your workstation....
Taking the Paper out of the Paperwork; the Federal and State Governments Are Pushing the Medical Community to Update Their Use of Technology in Health Care, Beginning with Making All Medical Records Electronic. It's Already Taking Place on the First Coast
Byline: SARAH SKIDMORE, The Times-Union People can track their banking online but not their medical history. A car part can be ordered electronically, but the prescription for a life-saving drug may be scribbled on a pad of paper. Pet owners get...
Talk Back
SHOULD JACKSONVILLE CONCENTRATE ON CARGO SHIPPING OR THE CRUISE BUSINESS? We already have a perfectly good cruise ship terminal that cost us millions of dollars. This facility is new and should be used for our future cruise ship business. We do...
Tax Collector Seeks Eighth Term; Longtime Nassau County Incumbent Has One Challenger
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, The Times-Union Nassau County's tax collector for the past 28 years, Gwendolyn Miller, squeaked by a GOP challenger by a mere 67 votes in the primary election Aug. 31 to face Raymond E. Harper of Callahan, the Democratic...
Taylor Key as Runner, Receiver
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union INDIANAPOLIS -- The Jaguars stuck with Fred Taylor on Sunday, and Taylor came through both for them and for himself in a 27-24 victory over Indianapolis. Taylor's season-high 107 rushing yards not only fueled...
Teams Find Gritty Jags Are No Fluke
Byline: Mike Freeman, The Times-Union INDIANAPOLIS -- After the victory, there was chaos in the Jaguars locker room. Players were jumping up and down, screaming and dancing. A party had broken out. The only thing missing was the music and the keg....
TERRORISM; No Surprise
United States officials say at least seven prisoners released from detention at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba promptly returned to a familiar line of work: terrorism. The Associated Press reports other former prisoners captured as enemy combatants in Afghanistan...
Tragedy, Not Triumph; Johnson Wins Race, but News of Crash Stops the Celebration
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- There was no trip to Victory Lane Sunday for Jimmie Johnson. Moments after winning the crash-filled Subway 500 at the Martinsville Speedway -- and doing a burnout in front of the main grandstands...
Tripled Earnings Don't Shield Armor Holdings Stock Price
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union business writer After announcing a series of new military contracts in recent weeks, Armor Holdings Inc. last week reported a big increase in third-quarter earnings and raised its earnings forecast for the full year....
Voters Can Change How Constitution Amended; Ballot Measure Aims to Stop Groups That Rush through Amendments, Backers Say
Florida voters will have an opportunity to amend how they amend the state constitution. Amendment 2 on the ballot calls for all amendments to be filed in the Secretary of State's Office with all necessary signatures by Feb. 1 of an election year....
What's New
HONORS/AWARDS -- The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations until Friday, Nov. 5, for the organization's first annual Hispanic Business Leader of the Year Award. The FCHCC board of directors will select the recipient,...
WHAT'S NEXT: KELLY MADDEN; A Q&A Session with a Wachovia Executive
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union Wachovia Corp. appointed Jacksonville's Kelly Madden as its North Florida regional president last month after 17 years with the bank. The appointment comes as Charlotte, N.C.-based Wachovia prepares...
YOU SHOULD KNOW: MARGO DUNDON; MOSH President Ready for Double Duty
Byline: SARAH SKIDMORE, The Times-Union Margo Dundon's to-do list is officially full. She is overseeing a number of capital improvements under way at the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History, where she is president and CEO. And as the new...
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