The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 26, 1998

Art Hopping Gallery-to-Gallery Event Will Help Public Get the Big Picture
Some cities have "gallery walks," events in which visitors stroll casually from one art gallery to another in an arts district. But not Jacksonville. A city that covers more than 800 square miles of ground isn't ideal territory for foot...
Budget Proposals Hold Millions for N. Florida
TALLAHASSEE -- With tens of millions of dollars tucked away for Northeast Florida projects, the state House and Senate approved $45 billion budgets yesterday that would boost spending on education and children's health programs and cut taxes....
Chip Shots
TITLE SPONSOR NAMED American Express was announced as the umbrella sponsor for the four World Golf Championship events in 1999, and will be the title sponsor for the season-ending stroke play event at Valderrama in Spain, bringing together...
City's Housing Bias Called `Abysmal'
Even though 58 percent of the apartment owners tested in a Jacksonville housing survey broke laws against racial discrimination, none will be punished, housing officials said yesterday. City and national housing experts said that, although...
Coast Lines
"I just hope and pray they catch them as soon as they can, before someone gets hurt or killed." -- Lorraine Koenn, mother of a homicide victim whose accused assailant escaped with a partner yesterday from the Pierce County Jail in Blackshear....
Companies Interested in Renovating City Hall Annex
Jacksonville Economic Development Commission executive director Mike Weinstein says two out-of-town companies are in "serious discussions" to buy and renovate the City Hall Annex. Potential buyers are interested in acquiring the 15-floor,...
CSX's Safety Blemish Inopportune
Federal investigators find that CSX Transportation Corp. managers in Waycross, Ga., cut corners and broke safety regulations to keep locomotives in service. At the same time, CSX officials in Jacksonville tout their efforts to work with...
Davises Give UF $5 Million
As cancer survivors themselves, Jerry and Judith Davis know something about the value of cancer research. So the Jacksonville couple is putting up a lot of money to help find improved methods of cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and...
Depot's Survival at Stake Financial Tailspin Threatening Future
Once saved from closure for its record budget surplus, the Jacksonville Naval Aviation Depot is in such a financial tailspin that the future of the city's largest industrial employer is threatened, the commander warned. The aircraft repair...
Dolphins Win Mayor's Cup
For just over three innings, North Florida was poised to give cross-town rival Jacksonville University some stiff competition -- something the Ospreys have failed to do recently in the annual Mayor's Cup game. The Ospreys had taken an early...
Drama at 670 Feet Navy Helicopters Snatch 6 Men from Smokestack
Flying through smoke and flames, two Navy helicopter crews rescued six men trapped atop a 670-foot smokestack of a Putnam County power plant. The smoke was so thick it clogged one of the Seahawk engines, forcing Lt. Drew Krasny of Mayport...
Ex-Officer Appeals Former St. Marys Cop Wants Job Back
ST. MARYS -- A former St. Marys police officer accused 10 years ago of molesting his 5-year-old stepdaughter fought for his job yesterday before an appeals board. William Lewis, a 10-year veteran with the force, was fired in January after...
Firefighter Convicted on Drug Charge
A jury yesterday convicted a Jacksonville firefighter of purchasing $10,000 worth of cocaine from an undercover officer while on duty at a fire station. Paul Anthony Sykes, 36, was found guilty of conspiring to traffic in cocaine and attempting...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I will be brutally honest with every one of you now. Your jobs are on the line." -- Capt. Martin Kosiek, Naval Aviation Depot commander, in a transcript of a recent video address to employees. Story on Page A-1. BOB...
Jacksonville Proposes Joint St. Johns Airport
Jacksonville officials are proposing they build a new airport with St. Johns County or help St. Augustine's airport expand. That would mean closing Craig Municipal Airport, one of the busiest in Florida, and possibly St. Augustine-St. Johns...
Just Don't Call It a Slump Woods Not Concerned about Start
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- A slump for Tiger Woods is a career year for some players. But he raised the bar, and he's the one who says he plays to win every time he tees it up. So after winning six times in his first nine months on the PGA Tour,...
Kentucky's Edwards Marches On
Has there ever been a March Madness more filled with stirring stories and heart-stopping theater? From Valpo's last-second prayer against Ole Miss to Utah's wire-to-wire domination of Arizona, the pages torn out of our March calendar have...
Legislative Briefing
CHILES WANTS TO CLOSE LOOPHOLE ON GUN SHOWS Gov. Lawton Chiles and a host of legislators are trying to close a loophole that allows people to quickly buy guns at gun shows and skirt the state's criminal background checks and three-day waiting...
Lizard Kings Not out Yet Victory Keeps Hopes Flickering
Don't count the Jacksonville Lizard Kings out of the East Coast Hockey League playoffs just yet. Last night's 5-4 shootout victory over Charlotte in front of 4,123 in the home finale at the Coliseum keeps the Lizard Kings alive for the...
Mild Winter Hurts Barnett Inc. Sales
Barnett Inc.'s stock fell yesterday after the company said its quarterly earnings will be lower than expected due to an unusually mild winter that depressed sales in the plumbing repair segment of its business. The Jacksonville-based marketer...
New Policy on Tax Incentives Looks Promising
Let the debate begin. The two top honchos of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission met with reporters and editors of The Florida Times-Union yesterday to preview a long-awaited, and very much-needed, policy on the use of incentives...
No Drama Is Major Drawback
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- The widening opinion among those participating in The Players Championship, now at the quarter-century turn, is that this tournament should take the fifth. Not in the constitutional sense, but in taking its place as...
No Favorites Allowed Course Doesn't Suit a Particular Style
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- The 25th Players Championship begins today at the Stadium Course at the TPC at Sawgrass, and unlike other major tournaments, the event and the track still defy typecasting players who will do well or poorly. "I don't...
Nostalgia Feels Lots Better Than the Real Thing
The past seduces us. Nobody is more aware of the power of nostalgia than I am. By the age of 14, I was already looking wistfully back to those golden days when I was 12 and life seemed so much simpler. But nostalgia's power is its danger....
Ocklawaha Supporters Try Hardball
Stung by the Legislature's rejection last week of a plan to start tearing down the Rodman Dam and restoring the Ocklawaha River, Florida's top environmental groups have started playing hardball. Nine organizations sent a letter yesterday...
Old Pros Still Putter around Pretty Well
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- One of them stared down the game's best player in sudden death. Two others battled in the desert for five rounds -- and a playoff -- before one prevailed. Another won with a closing 64, and still another has contended...
Owners Nix Replay Again
ORLANDO -- The NFL's annual replay debate has become just that -- a replay, shown over and over and over. The NFL owners, gathered at the Hyatt Grand Cypress, considered for the seventh time in seven years bringing back instant replay at...
Prisoners Escape Pierce Jail
BLACKSHEAR -- A Savannah man awaiting trial in the 1994 slayings of his father and stepmother escaped yesterday from the Pierce County Jail with another inmate charged with killing his girlfriend. Authorities using bloodhounds, helicopters...
Pulling the Plug on Southside Growth?
********** CORRECTION (3/27/98) Because of an editing error, a graphic on Page A-13 yesterday misattributed two quotes. Here are the quotes and the correct sources: "It's good news. I think you're targeting the areas most in ...
Ready or Not, Randell FSU's Jackson Enters Draft Early
TALLAHASSEE -- comes as a surprise, Florida state junior forward Randell Jackson made himself eligible for the NBA Draft yesterday, filing a formal letter with the league. Although the 6-foot-11 Jackson led the Seminoles in scoring (12.7...
Sailing into the 18th Century Endeavour Visitors Impressed by Replica of Explorer's Ship
BRUNSWICK -- They were the right height to be crew members, but few Southeast Georgia students yesterday were willing to sail away on the H.M. Bark Endeavour, despite the promise of high seas adventure. "It's really interesting. But I don't...
Slaying Suspect Kills Self '93 Deaths Probe Ends in Standoff
After almost four years of looking for the gunman who killed two Orange Park hunters in 1993, police tracked more than 700 leads, traveled to 11 states and identified 30 possible suspects. During those thousands of hours of work, the name...
Teacher of the Year St. Johns Woman Believes in Giving
HASTINGS -- Cynthia Williams takes pride in her hometown, known for potatoes and poverty. She's always dreamed of giving back to the St. Johns County town where she once worked in the potato fields and where teachers and coaches pushed...
UNF Center Jump-Starts New Ventures
Dear Call Box: I'm interested in starting my own business. I have a great idea, but no experience in running a business. Where do I start? -- B.Y. Dear B.Y.: Contact the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida....
Wedding Set to End Darien Fleet Blessing
DARIEN -- James Trutt and Mildred Obradovich will marry Sunday in a simple ceremony. A simple ceremony aboard a decorated shrimpboat floating in the Darien River, with hundreds of friends and strangers watching. The wedding will be the...
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