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Articles from August 31, 2004

3 Men Quizzed after Shooting Injures 1; Elementary School Locked Down as Police Swarm through Neighborhood
Byline: Bridget Murphy, The Times-Union Jacksonville police were questioning three men Monday after a chase sparked by a Westside shooting sent a man to the hospital. Nearby Annie R. Morgan Elementary School was locked down as police descended...
AAR Corp. Unit Seeks to Expand Its Westside Site
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, The Times-Union A division of Chicago-based AAR Corp. wants to expand in Westside Industrial Park by the end of October. AAR Corp. provides products and services to the worldwide aviation and aerospace industries....
Air Traffic Workforce to Shrink; 151 of the 303 Controllers at First Coast Site Will Be Eligible to Retire by 2011
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union A looming wave of air traffic controller retirements threatens to slow down air travel and erode the margin of safety in the skies, say officials from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the...
Assistants Remember Long Day; UF's Fedora, Wickline Were on the Wrong End of a 55-0 Rout during the 2000 Season
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- Larry Fedora couldn't quite quantify how loud it was that day. Joe Wickline wasn't sure it was a day. It sure felt a lot longer. The only thing the two Florida assistants know for sure...
Beset DCF Leader Resigns; the Supervisor of the State Child Welfare Agency Says Criticism Played a Role in the Decision
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING, Capital Bureau Chief TALLAHASSEE -- Strong and steady criticism of Florida's Department of Children and Families toppled its leader Monday as beleaguered Secretary Jerry Regier abruptly announced his resignation and acknowledged...
College Capsules
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DELEGATE Q&A; Republican Diversity Is Growing, Delegate Says
Name: Lawrence Jefferson Age: 52 Home: Jacksonville Job: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office civilian project coordinator for Project Safe Neighborhoods Political involvement: Delegate to his first national convention, Duval County state committeeman...
Developers Switching to Office Condos; 10-Story Buildings Scheduled to Go across from New Duval County Courthouse
Byline: M.C. MOEWE, The Times-Union Citing the soft market for leased office space, a group of developers have decided against building rental space and instead plan to go into the relatively untried downtown office condominium business. Sam...
Douglas Sacked; Jacksonville Cuts Underachieving, High-Priced Lineman
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union Sending a message that they want production for pay and are willing to admit a mistake, the Jaguars waived defensive end Hugh Douglas and his $3.345 million base salary Monday. The move came just 17 1/2...
FEMA Outpost 'Opens'; Spokesman Says He Won't Announce It Officially, So That Crowds Won't Wait Long
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, The Times-Union A mobile disaster recovery center from the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened in Jacksonville late Monday to offer assistance to those who suffered losses caused by the Tropical Storm Bonnie-spawned...
Florida's Voice a Bit Subdued, but Not Silent
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union NEW YORK -- Florida's Republicans have great seats for this week's Republican National Convention: floor spots befitting the nation's biggest competitive election prize. They won't hear too many native sons...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; Freshman LB Siler to Start ... Maybe
Byline: IAN FISHER, Times-Union correspondent GAINESVILLE -- Freshman linebacker Brandon Siler will likely start Saturday against Middle Tennessee State in place of Channing Crowder, who is suspended due to an off-the-field altercation that occurred...
Georgia Briefs
Kingsland man wanted for resisting arrest KINGSLAND -- Camden County authorities are looking for a Kingsland man they say tried to hit sheriff's deputies with his vehicle while they were attempting to carry out a search warrant. Police say Phillip...
How about a Straw Vote on Courthouse and New Fee?
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Spinning around the news dial ... click. Considering the controversy surrounding the budget-busting new county courthouse, here's an idea -- not original with me -- that has some merit. As...
HUNTING FOR VOTES; Democrats Turn to Jacksonville Senate Candidates Deutsch, Castor Campaign Here
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM, The Times-Union The two Democratic frontrunners for retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Graham's seat swept through Jacksonville on Monday in a last-ditch effort to clinch important black votes in today's primary. Former Florida Education...
It's a Wash: No More Disches
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer Ask almost any fan of local high school football what the Disch Era is, and the answer will have something to do with the best years in White High gridiron history. When Dan Disch left the Westside...
IT WON'T BE LONG UNTIL . . . THE SEA COWS COME HOME; Decorated Manatees Will Be Making a Splash All over Town
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union Bonnie Upright sounded like she was talking about her own children instead of a bunch of 7-foot-tall fiberglass manatees. She just couldn't decide which one was her favorite. "They're all unique,...
Jacksonville Journal
New breakfast program could affect 22,000 The Duval County school system has introduced a new program called Provision 2, which allows students in qualifying schools to get a free breakfast regardless of their free or reduced status. There are...
Jags Due Credit for Cutting DE . . . and Losses
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer It's easy to rip the Jaguars now for signing Hugh Douglas and handing him that $6 million bonus. The franchise will be a punching bag for investing so much money last year on a 30-something pass rusher...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; TE Brady to Have Surgery, Will Miss at Least 3 Weeks
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union Jaguars tight end Kyle Brady, who has missed just two starts in the past four seasons combined, will sit out at least that many games this year after rupturing a tendon on his middle finger. Brady expects...
Kingsland Cops Arrest 2 after Finding Cocaine in Traffic Stop; Vehicle's Occupants Attempted to Use Several Credit Cards, Which Were Declined, Raised Suspicion
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union KINGSLAND -- Two Miami residents are under arrest after Kingsland police say they found 7.5 pounds of cocaine in their vehicle during a traffic stop. The car's occupants were arrested Aug. 19 after a complaint...
LAW; A Big Jump
During arguments in the Terri Schiavo case today, Florida's Supreme Court will be asked to take a quantum leap in logic. Schiavo suffered brain damage more than a decade ago and is being kept alive by feeding tubes. Some doctors say she never...
Lawyer, County Commissioner -- and Author; Steve Berry of St. Marys, Ga., Is Gaining Notice for His Second Novel, the Romanov Prophecy
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union ST. MARYS, Ga. -- It's 7 a.m. and Steve Berry's fingers are flying on the keyboard in his law office. The phone rings, but he's not taking any calls until 9 a.m. He's not writing a motion for a big case...
Line in Limbo with Douglas Cut; Several Players Will Get Chance to Impress in Final Preseason Game
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union Defensive line coach Ray Hamilton now has what may be the toughest job on the Jaguars' coaching staff. He has to find a pass rush from a group of five defensive ends who had a total of one sack last year....
Morning Briefs
THE ST. JOE CO.'S RHODES WILL RETIRE IN MARCH The St. Joe Co. announced Monday that Executive Vice President Bob Rhodes will retire on March 1, 2005. Rhodes serves as chairman of Jacksonville's Downtown Development Authority and as a member of...
New Driving Range for Area; Facility, Located between St. Augustine Road and Bayard, Opens Wednesday
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union At a time when driving ranges on the First Coast have dwindled to a handful, Masterfit Golf is opening a 20-acre facility off U.S. 1, between St. Augustine Road and Bayard. The Masterfit Teaching and Fitting...
NOTEBOOK; Delegates' Thoughts on State Primary
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union Miles from home, the thoughts of many Florida delegates to the GOP convention are on the results of today's primary. The U.S. Senate race among Republicans has come down to a tight race between Mel Martinez...
Panama City's Miracle Strip Park Calls All aboard for Nostalgic Last Ride
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS, The Times-Union PANAMA CITY BEACH -- There's a picture, a bit overexposed and slightly yellowed, of the beginning. Stark white sand dunes hug the shadows around the base. Behind the photographer an unimpeded view of the...
School Board Tries Sidestep; Panel Members Would like to Be Able to Avoid Controversy over Their Pay Increases
Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union The Duval County School Board will vote next week on a resolution that would ask the City Council to help it sidestep an annual brouhaha over pay increases for board members. The confusion over how to set...
Spam Scams Can Result in Identity Theft
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Spam is unwanted, unsolicited e-mail on the Internet. Getting spoofed is a form of identity theft, the act of sending an e-mail in someone else's name. This can be criminal, luring you to provide sensitive...
Sports Extra
Byline: David Johnson, The Times-Union 2 CENTS In the United States, where patriotism is in vogue, it somehow became popular to root against the red, white and blue. While some were quietly indifferent to the United States' quest for men's basketball...
State Delegates Praise Security; Some Scoff; Many Defend War Decisions; at Least One Rails at Protesters
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union NEW YORK -- As the Republican National Convention got under way here Monday, most Georgia delegates offered high praise for the four-day event's tight security, while a few scoffed at the protesters who jammed...
State Gas-Tax Holiday Hits Empty; Stores Say 8 Cents Will Return Slowly
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union Florida's monthlong gas tax holiday will end at midnight tonight, but that won't cause an overnight price spike, according to retailers. Instead of immediately bumping the price of gas back up by 8 cents...
Students Grieve Boy Shot Dead; Funeral Plans Are Announced for Fourth-Grader as Police Look into Apparent Accident
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- Classmates on Monday mourned a 9-year-old Brunswick boy killed in a shooting Friday that remains under police investigation. Jarad Ronald Volz was shot dead by his 12-year-old stepbrother,...
Suds, Cards No Gamble at Many Schools; Though UC Coach Fired for Beer and Poker, Public Schools Would Only Do So for Illegal Behavior
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union Wrong choice. Wrong punishment. Wrong place. Wrong time. When University Christian School dismissed football coach David King after he was seen playing poker and drinking a beer in a public establishment...
Swipes Begin to Sting for McCollum and Martinez; with U.S. Senate Race a Toss-Up, Jabs at Credibility, Accountability Show Cracks in Surface
Byline: Charlie Patton, The Times-Union As the two leaders in the fight for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate criss-crossed the state Monday, they exchanged increasingly angry charges that the other was engaging in smear tactics. With...
The Statue of Liberty Has Her Say
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union columnist NEW YORK -- After the Florida delegation's breakfast, I could have done like the rest of the media and talked to a congressman or one of the Republican party big shots or perhaps one of the 112 delegates...
Wallace Says Next Season Last as Driver
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union DAYTONA BEACH -- Rusty Wallace on Monday talked about his retirement following the 2005 racing season with the same passion and searing honesty that became his trademark on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit....