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Articles from February 1, 2005

5 Days to Kickoff; Sunday, 6:30 P.M., Fox TV-30
THE UP-FRONT BUZZ FLASH! EAGLES HIT SAN MARCO BAR This just in: The Philadelphia Eagles do not have an early curfew. At least not yet. Late Monday, just after 11 p.m., a number of Eagles -- including quarterback Donovan McNabb and receivers Terrell...
Advertisers Promote Products without TV Pitch
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union Advertisers are taking it to the street and giving it away for Super Bowl XXXIX. Companies are promoting their products with a more direct approach by offering samples to visitors and selling their...
All Parties Profit from Celeb Sightings; Clubs, Promoters Get Exposure, Stars Get Paid and Partiers Can Say They Met Someone Famous
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union P. Diddy can walk into a room full of people who have paid up to $300 to be there, shake some hands, have a drink, join in a conversation or two and walk out with a sum of anywhere from $75,000 to $100,000....
Atchison to Head Foster Care Provider; Clay-Baker Kids Net Recently Declined to Renew Her Contract
Byline: NIN-HAI TSENG, The Times-Union Gail Atchison will take over a foster care provider in Jacksonville amid concerns from some employees over the way she handled her last job heading Clay-Baker Kids Net. A state evaluation revealed Kids Net...
Big Events Can Mesh Well with Smaller Markets
Byline: Vito Stellino, The Times-Union One of the subplots of this year's Super Bowl is whether a smaller city like Jacksonville can be a successful host once the big crowds start to arrive on Thursday. The message from Bob Leffler, the head...
Bolles TE Picks Georgia Tech
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union Whatever suspense remained about the college destinations of area football prospects, Colin Peek extinguished it Monday. The Bolles School tight end, the last Division I-A prospect left in Northeast Florida...
Boston-Area Companies to Watch Closely
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer A dozen Boston-area companies made the Fortune 500 list last year, based on revenues, and it's likely that their chief executives will be focused Sunday on Super Bowl XXXIX as the New...
BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK; Super Security Needs Force Change in Gateway Tourney
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union The Super Bowl has affected many organizations and events, including the Gateway Conference boys basketball tournament, which started Monday with seven games. The tournament has the city's 15 public schools...
City among Stars at Week's Kickoff; Coaches, Music and Video of Jacksonville Launch the Super Bowl Celebration
Byline: NIN-HAI TSENG, The Times-Union Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid half-jokingly said it was chilly in Jacksonville when he stepped outside Monday morning. But it's a lot better than the freezing temperatures back home. "Hopefully it'll...
Coast Lines
POLICE INVESTIGATE RIVER DEATH AS POSSIBLE SUICIDE Police are investigating the death of a 58-year-old Brunswick man who apparently deliberately drove his pickup truck into the East River on Sunday. Authorities withheld the man's name Monday...
Council's Vote Is Reported on T-U's Web Site
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Dear Call Box: I approve of Mayor Peyton's veto on the proposed Baymeadows development. I also would be interested in knowing which council members voted to allow this development. How I can find out?...
Council Will Not Override Housing Plan Veto; but Developer Says It Will Sue over Baymeadows Golf Club Project
Byline: MATT GALNOR, The Times-Union The Jacksonville City Council chose Monday not to override Mayor John Peyton's veto of a deal for 1,400 residential units on what is now Baymeadows Golf Club on the Southside. But, will a judge? The high-profile...
'Cudas Lose Most Fans in U.S. Jacksonville's Decrease in Hockey Attendance More Than Any Other Minor League Team
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union In Manitoba and Macon, Chicago and Corpus Christi, Anchorage and Augusta, there is hockey. While the billionaire owners and millionaire players of the NHL argue over degrees of wealth, hockey's minor leagues...
EWC Remains Hopeful; despite Accreditation Problems, Staff Upbeat about Signing Day
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union Edward Waters College's athletic program must deal with an uncertain future, even as national signing day arrives Wednesday. EWC athletic director Johnny Rembert said the athletic department is running as...
Extra Week Means Good Bye; under Coach Andy Reid, Eagles Are 9-0 in Games after Bye Weeks, Including 3-0 in Playoffs
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union No one can accuse Andy Reid of poor time management. The Philadelphia Eagles are decided underdogs in Super Bowl XXXIX, but they do have one statistic heavily in their favor against the New England Patriots:...
From Secondary Boast to a Primary Post; Patriots Receiver Has Embraced His Role as a Defensive Back
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union If you wanted to find a lesson out of Troy Brown's 2004 season, you'd have a long list of cliches from which to choose. Be careful what you ask for, because you might get it. Don't let your mouth write...
Give Jacksonville Time, It Will Smell like a Winner
Byline: Gene Frenette, The Times-Union Any doubts about Jacksonville are understandable. I had them myself half a lifetime ago. For several months after moving into what I then considered the largest small town in America, the same thing kept...
GO AHEAD, BASH US; We Can Take It; We'll Even Help You Insult Our Fair Town
Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union Dear glamorous out-of-town journalist: How y'all doin'? Thanks for leaving your incredibly cosmopolitan city to spend a few days here in the sticks. We know: We can't believe we got the Super Bowl either!...
Hosting Teams No Small Feat; Local Hotels Supersize Staffs to Handle Needs of NFL Athletes
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union Imagine trying to plan for a couple hundred guests, many of whom are 300-pound athletes, with just seven days notice. That's what two Jacksonville-area hotels are dealing with this week. The Sawgrass...
Hype It or Not, Brady in Elite Company; Though 8-0 in Postseason, Quarterback's Talent Not Always Fully Appreciated
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union At a news conference the Friday before the AFC Championship Game, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked about New England quarterback Tom Brady. He gave an interesting answer....
In Mascots vs. Middle School, Reading Wins; Education Secretary, Playmakers Visit Northwestern to Promote Books with the Tackle Reading Bowl
Byline: TIA MITCHELL, The Times-Union The NFL mascots went to Jacksonville's Northwestern Middle School to play football, but it was their knowledge of popular dance moves that caught the attention of students. They howled as Chicago Bears mascot...
IRAQ; an Inspiring Day
War-weary Iraqis made an extraordinary statement to the world about their courage and thirst for freedom during the nation's historic elections. Despite terrorist threats, more than 8 million Iraqis -- or an estimated 60 percent of eligible voters...
Jury Calls for Death in '01 Slaying; Panel Returns Unanimous Decision in Brunswick Man's Trial
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union WOODBINE, Ga. -- A Brunswick man convicted in the June 9, 2001, murder of Janeika Aleisa Murphy has been sentenced to death. The eight-woman, four-man jury deliberated more than six hours before reaching...
Kingston Outlines His Efforts to Secure Port Dredging Money; He Says $37 Million Still Needed to Finish Brunswick Project
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston promised Monday to work to find the $37 million needed for the dredging and deepening of the Brunswick harbor and channel. Standing on the old Sidney Lanier Bridge...
Lighthouse Hopes to Attract New Traffic; Lighthouse Challenge Combines Maritime History, Football Fun
Byline: KEN LEWIS, The Times-Union ST. AUGUSTINE -- For the one-of-a-kind St. Augustine Lighthouse Challenge, models of local shipwrecks were erected on a miniature football field next to a 131-year-old working lighthouse. Naturally, or not, participants...
Local Ties Link 2 Deaths in Iraq; Military Men Killed Recently Had Lived in Jacksonville, and Some Family Members Are Still Here
Byline: GREGORY PIATT, The Times-Union A soldier and a sailor who lived in Jacksonville before joining the military were killed in insurgent attacks in Iraq last weekend, according to the Defense Department and the Louisiana Army National Guard....
Loud Offseason, Quiet Year; after Changing Leagues and Nearly Being Sold, 'Cudas Lost Fan Support
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union For the Jacksonville Barracudas, it is a sad scene. A sparse crowd is scattered throughout the grandstands of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. It's so quiet, people in the concession area can hear...
Man, 49, Dies, 2 Injured in Head-On Collision
A 49-year-old Clay County man died and at least two others were injured in a head-on crash Monday in Keystone Heights. Clay County deputies said a child-restraint seat likely saved a 3-year-old passenger from serious injury. Witnesses told deputies...
McNabb Has Many Quietly Rooting for Him
Byline: Mike Freeman, The Times-Union Sports can be a great unifier. It can also open a trap door into our souls by showing our differences. Donovan McNabb is only the third black quarterback in NFL history to start in a Super Bowl, and while some...
Montgomery Gentry's Country Is Flavored with Rock; Slick Band Sings of Simple Things, Working Man's Anthems
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union Perhaps the strangest thing about Monday's Super Bowl kickoff event was that most of the floor at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena was taken up by suits. Never mind that the headlining act, Montgomery...
Morning Briefs
MORRIS PUBLISHING TAPS VP OF EASTERN DIVISION Mark Cohen has been named vice president of the eastern division of Morris Publishing Group LLC. The announcement was made by Morris Publishing Group Chief Executive Officer Will Morris. Cohen, a native...
Owens 'Looks Great' in Drills; Eagles Receiver Practices for First Time since Injury; Coach Encouraged
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union Terrell Owens took a major step Monday toward playing in Super Bowl XXXIX by practicing for the first time since breaking his left leg six weeks ago. Owens participated in the Philadelphia Eagles' morning...
Page 2 People
Byline: Compiled by Dan Beynon, The Times-Union BROKAW SIGNS 2-BOOK DEAL, BUT SUBJECT MATTER UNKNOWN Tom Brokaw has signed a two-book deal with Random House, the publisher announced Monday, although what the former NBC anchor will actually write...
Past MVPs Reminisce in an Evening at Alltel
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union Troy Aikman autographed footballs as a nearby TV tuned to ESPN's SportsCenter happened to show highlights of his Super Bowl moments. Only a few feet away, Aikman's former Dallas Cowboys teammate, Emmitt Smith,...
Philly Group in Line for Recognition; Eagles' Defensive Front Is Unheralded, but Effective
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union The Atlanta Falcons' defensive line got the playoff publicity. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the tradition. But the Philadelphia Eagles reached the Super Bowl with the help of a line that not only has labored...
Poll Finds Support for Police Reviews; Two Deaths While in Custody Raise Sentiment for Civilian Involvement
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union Public support for civilian reviews of Jacksonville police is strong following two men's deaths while in custody, according to a poll released Monday that also shows confidence about this week's Super Bowl....
Power Polls
BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 4A-6A 1. RAINES (15-4) Comment: Point guard London Warren back in lineup. 2. WOLFSON (15-3) Comment: Wolfpack would like to get a pair of Gateway Conference wins for a shot at Raines. 3. FIRST COAST (15-4) ...
Prep Extra
QUOTABLE "They're a bunch of gym rats. After practice, I've got to run them out of the gym, or they would never leave." Michael Jackson Jackson girls basketball coach, on his team's practice habits MIGHTY MIKE At the St. Johns River...
Recruiting Race Down to Last Minute; FSU, Miami, USC Await Late Decisions
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union There could be more top-shelf football recruits across the country still undecided entering national signing day on Wednesday than ever before, say recruiting analysts. And with their indecision comes...
Red Carpet, Black Rope Intimidate
Byline: Judy Wells, The Times-Union Jacksonville isn't accustomed to red carpets. Many early arrivals for the private dinner prior to Kick Off to Super Bowl XXXIX at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena were reluctant to step on the carpet, much...
Reid Mum on Mitchell Comments
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union After saying a day earlier that he had not spoken with wide receiver Freddie Mitchell about his comments last week on ESPN, Eagles coach Andy Reid apparently had a chat with Mitchell between his first news conference...
Rome Readily Extends Vine to Jacksonville as Host City
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union For the avid Jacksonville radio sports show listeners, Radio Row at the Prime Osborn Convention Center could be as close to dying and going to heaven as it gets. The Super Bowl generally brings out the best...
Royal Treatment, Southern Style; Longtime St. Simons Resort Will Fill with Super Bowl Crowd Who Get a Few Extras
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- There are about 2 miles of beach on this barrier island, but only one resort with beachfront dining. The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort has taken full advantage of that status...
Season at Stake in Next 8 Days; Beginning Tonight, Florida Will Take on the SEC's Three Top Teams in Consecutive Games
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- Call it a crossroads, a defining moment, or a gauntlet. Whatever the choice of words, they all fit what the Florida basketball team is going to go through in the next eight days. Beginning...
'Signature' Event Aims to Mark Education; NFL Players Practice Moves with Students as Part of Campaign Kickoff
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens made NFL fans take notice of Sharpie when he removed a permanent marker from his sock and autographed a football after scoring a touchdown in a 2002 game. It...
Skinheads: Are They All Racists?
Byline: Phillip Milano, Times-Union staff writer QUESTION: Recently, I met a man in college who claims to be a skinhead. His head is shaven, and he wears camouflage, a flak jacket and steel-toed boots. However, he claims not to be racist. He...
Southside Shoppes Sold to New York REIT; St. Petersburg Company Built Center in October, Then Sold It in December
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union A New York-based real estate investment trust said Monday it bought in December the Southside Shoppes, a shopping center that was completed by a St. Petersburg company in October. Stacy Slater, spokeswoman...
Sports Extra
Byline: Jason Schneider, The Times-Union 2CENTS Anyone who thinks that X Games participants aren't really athletes and their chosen professions aren't really sports, just take a minute to read about Brian Deegan. Deegan broke both legs and...
Still on Football Beat, 65 Years Later; Oates Is Retired from L.A. Times, but Still Writes Weekly Column for Paper's Web Site
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union Bob Oates became a pro football writer in 1939 because a colleague preferred to cover bowling. Sixty-five years later, he's the dean of pro football writers, one of the five writers who has covered every...
St. Marys Expects Crowds to Set a Mardi Gras Record; Weekend Event Reaches out to Super Bowl Visitors with Its Theme, "The Wacky World of Sports."
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union ST. MARYS -- Some football fans visiting the area for Super Bowl XXXIX may have plans to go to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras after the big game. Organizers of a Super Bowl Host Committee-sanctioned...
Super Bowl Art Does Part for Kids; A Gallery Showing Hosted by Jaguars Coach and His Wife Will Help Charity
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union Charles Fazzino signed poster after poster with his Sharpie pen, looking more like a wannabe rock star than the artist chosen by the NFL to create Super Bowl art. Fazzino -- official NFL artist for...
Super Bowl Journal
Teams play, you decide: Fans can vote for game MVP Taking a page out of American Idol's fan voting handbook, the National Football League and Fox Sports are teaming up to provide fans the chance to vote for the Super Bowl most valuable player online...
SUPER BOWL; Showing the City
Those collecting the series of Super Bowl ticket replicas are probably comparing the different depictions of the games and cities they were played in. The tickets go from plain Jane of 1972 to practically works of art. The Super Bowl ticket designed...
Tebow Might Face No. 1 Team
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer After winning nearly all of its games by blowout scores in the fall, the Nease High football program has had trouble filling out its schedule for 2005. But not as much trouble as it is likely...
Ten Days Later, JU a New Team; Dolphins Avenge Earlier Loss to Bulldogs with Fantastic First Half
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union How did Jacksonville show a 43-point improvement in one half, compared to the last time the Dolphins played Gardner-Webb 10 days ago? Defense and rebounding, according to JU coach Hugh Durham. The Dolphins...
The Question Misquoted, but Still Lives
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union columnist The pack journalism of Super Bowl week always has the potential to turn into a giant game of telephone. I whisper, "Suzy's home." You repeat this to the person next to you, and on and on, until 3,000...
THEY COVERED THE GAME; 5 Sports Writers Have Shared the Press Box in Each of the First 38 Super Bowls
Byline: Compiled by CHET FUSSMAN, The Times-Union JERRY GREEN DETROIT NEWS Q: Was there one you nearly missed? I nearly missed Super Bowl II. The News was on strike, though the writers were kept on. I went on my own buck. Then I did two...
This Chain Gang Is Honored by Task; Local Crew Used to Big Games, but This Will Be Biggest
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union They may not have the best seat in the house for Super Bowl XXXIX Sunday at Alltel Stadium. "But we'll have the best stand in the house," said Jacksonville resident Duncan Crawford. "Except for the players...
Those Involved Should Be Ashamed of Themselves
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist You may need a scorecard for this one. In 2003, John Peyton was running for mayor. Mike Tolbert was his chief strategist. Road contractor John Coxwell was a big fund-raiser for Peyton. The...
Thousands of Volunteers on Hand to Greet Visitors, Smooth Their Way; Jacksonville Organizers Recruited More Volunteers Faster Than Any Other Host City
Byline: ZACH FRIDELL, The Times-Union A 9,000-strong volunteer army has manned its command stations across the city, armed with guide books, dining information, smiles and directions to the nearest restroom. The volunteers are working at airports,...
University Christian Coach Takes on a Bigger Mission; Bob Graham Is Leaving the School to Help South African Children Affected by AIDS
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union The next time a basketball coach complains about having to make a 300-mile excursion for a playoff game, consider University Christian coach Bob Graham's upcoming road trip. He'll soon be making an 8,500-mile...
Waycross Area Hunt Uncovers Cocaine; Eight People Are Arrested as Drugs, Money and Property Are Seized in Ware County
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union An ongoing multi-agency drug-trafficking investigation resulted in the arrest of eight people plus the seizure of a variety of illegal drugs and $30,000 in cash during weekend searches at three homes in...
Your JEA Bill May Rise $10 by Spring; Proposal Would Help Rebuild Fuel Reserves and Would Come All at Once Instead of Two Stages
Byline: MATT GALNOR, The Times-Union JEA electric rates could jump about 10 percent this spring as the utility tries to build back the reserves it emptied in recent years to offset rising fuel costs. The new rate proposal, presented to the JEA...
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