The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 28, 2003

14 Babies Left at Clinics, Hospitals; Abandonment Law Gets Takers Statewide
Byline: Dave Williams, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- Savannah's Baby Grace is continuing to have a major impact in Georgia, more than a year and a half after the days-old infant was rescued from a trash bin. According to state records,...
A Lot to Prove, but Today Just Start for Byron
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer HOUSTON -- Everyone thinks they know Byron Leftwich, or at least knows what kind of NFL quarterback he will be. In the five months since Jacksonville made Leftwich its No. 1 draft pick, it has...
Area Notebook
Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer BENEFIT FOR EDWARDS SET Area golfers now have an opportunity to assist Ponte Vedra Beach resident and veteran PGA Tour and Champions Tour caddie Bruce Edwards in his battle against Amyotrophic Lateral...
Big Plays Extend Devils' Blues
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer DURHAM, N.C. -- Hoping to stay sharp in its final tuneup before the Oct. 11 showdown against Miami, No. 6 Florida State overwhelmed Duke in every conceivable manner, rolling to a 56-7 victory last night....
Black Expo Helps Promote Business, Arts to Community
Byline: Gregory Piatt, Times-Union staff writer Ten kids sat on the floor in a circle in the middle of the mishmash sounds of an Old World market right in the downtown of the Bold New City of the South. Someone was beating an African drum to...
Book Marks
'FAHRENHEIT 451' Join in one final discussion -- feminist implications in the novel -- on Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, as the second year of the Jax Reads program comes to a close this week. The event is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Women's Center...
Books Worth Saving Vary, as Readers Do
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union columnist All the books in the world are being burned. You are able to save one. Which one do you choose? I know, it wasn't really a fair question. I don't think I could pick just one book. And my mom certainly...
Brown Shares Credit after 17th 800 Series
Byline: Leonard Ruble, Times-Union correspondent Andy Brown has been mastering the lanes for 28 years from the Beaches to the Westside and around the Southeast. However, the normally soft-spoken Brown holds little back when discussing his mentors....
Career Track
ADVERTISING/MARKETING/PUBLIC RELATIONS -- Jacksonville Beach-based The Boardwalk Group appointed David Roman vice president, creative and interactive services. -- The North Florida Chapter of the Society of Marketing Professional Services selected...
Carnival Miracle to Debut with Special Cruise from Jacksonville
Byline: Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writer Carnival Cruise Lines has scheduled a special three-day cruise from Jacksonville Feb. 27 to March 1 aboard the 88,500-ton Carnival Miracle, currently under construction in Helsinki, Finland. This inaugural...
CITY NOTES; City's Faces Finally Take Their Place on Council's Walls
NEW FACES: Nearly three months into his term as Jacksonville City Council president, Lad Daniels finally is getting his chosen artwork hung in the office halls. Daniels' theme for his motif -- and his installation ceremony back in late June -- is...
Clinton Finds Own Fans at Game; Speech Asks for College Support
Byline: David DeCamp, Times-Union staff writer Former President Clinton swept into Alltel Stadium yesterday, urging support for historically black colleges at the Willie E. Gary Classic football game in Jacksonville. "I came here for three reasons....
Cummer Included Works by Sculptor Augusta Savage in 'Masters' Exhibit
Byline: Tanya Perez-Brennan, Times-Union staff writer She was one of the greatest African-American artists of the Harlem Renaissance, and she came right from our own back yard. Augusta Savage is one of the noted artists included in the "African...
Deer Hunt Rules May Change
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor A proposal that would significantly change Florida's deer hunting rules is the subject of several public workshops being conducted this month and next throughout the state. The aim of the proposed...
Earnhardt Streak on Line
Byline: Don Coble, Times-Union sports writer TALLADEGA, Ala. -- He suffered a concussion seven days ago and probably will need a cast on his right foot to protect torn tendons. His car flunked inspection following Friday's qualifying session, so...
EDUCATION; Lame Arguments
For the most part, voucher opponents are content to repeat ad infinitum that vouchers "drain money from the public schools" and don't attempt to explain how that happens or why it matters. Occasionally, they make a stab at it, but few seem to comprehend...
E-Mails from Readers Offer Opinions about T-U Stories
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Time to share some interesting e-mail from the readers. Dear Reader Advocate: In your article of Sept. 2, you stated that the rector of Grace Episcopal Church claimed that the archbishop of Kenya...
Empire Maker May Be Finished
Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker probably has run his last race. Trainer Bobby Frankel said Empire Maker is doubtful for the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 25 in what would have been the 3-year-old colt's final race before being retired to stud....
Expressions and Experience; 'African American Masters,' a Touring Exhibit from the Smithsonian, Opens This Week at the Cummer
Byline: Tanya Perez-Brennan, Times-Union staff writer It's about time. That's what many are saying about the arrival of the touring exhibit, "African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum," opening Thursday at...
Festival Aims to Put Georgia on Birding Map
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor Organizers are hoping the inaugural Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding & Nature Festival on Jekyll Island puts coastal Georgia on the birding map. "I want to show off our coast. We have a wonderful...
Future, Leftwich Start Today for Jaguars
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer HOUSTON -- Are you ready for some Byronmania? It could be sweeping Jacksonville today when rookie Byron Leftwich truly ushers in the team's new era by making his much-anticipated first NFL start,...
Gameday
SUPER FACT Only a small percentage of NFL players make it to a Super Bowl. Reserve QB Gale Gilbert made it to five in a row. Gilbert was on the Buffalo Bills roster for the 1991-94 Super Bowls, then played in a Super Bowl with the San Diego Chargers...
Game Report
WHAT WENT RIGHT -- The Gators kept battling. Trailing by 18 points entering the fourth quarter, the players could easily have folded. They didn't, though, which says something about their character, especially after last weekend's loss against Tennessee....
Gators' Great Escape; UF Rallies after Trailing 21-3 in 4th
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen has at times been over 300 pounds, and his coaches have constantly been on his back about what he eats. But with someone on his back yesterday,...
Giant Gator Gigged on First Time Out
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor Jacksonville's David Dostie was up to his armpits in alligators earlier this month. On the evening of Sept. 1, Dostie accompanied his two sons -- 12-year-old Derek and 14-year-old David Jr. --...
His Biggest Roll of the Dice; He Built the Family Business into a Successful Yet Low-Key Retail Empire. but Now Toney Sleiman Is Firmly in the Public Eye as He Tries to Breathe Life into a Struggling Downtown Landmark
Byline: Charlie Patton, Times-Union staff writer Eli Sleiman hated games of chance. His wife, Josephine, could never get him to go with her to Las Vegas or Atlantic City or Tunica, Miss., where she loves to play the slot machines. "My husband...
Hispanics Develop Strategies to Succeed; Mayor's Board Holds Its First Symposium
Byline: Cynthia L. Garza, Times-Union staff writer Several dozen Jacksonville Hispanic leaders and community members came together yesterday morning to discuss issues ranging from education to health care and jobs as they relate to the city's burgeoning...
How They Match Up
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer JAGUARS SPOTLIGHT QB BYRON LEFTWICH VS. COACH DOM CAPERS Capers is one of the innovators of the zone blitz, a scheme of pressure from every possible angle with zone pass coverage played behind...
Hunter Rushes JU to Victory
Byline: Alex Abrams, Times-Union sports writer Jacksonville University running back Emmett Hunter rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns, as the Dolphins edged Valparaiso, 34-27, yesterday in front of a crowd of 1,439 at Milne Field. Hunter's...
K.C. Fans Behind Vermeil
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer In the age of the Internet, it doesn't take disgruntled fans long to start calling for a coach's head. That's why it's noteworthy that in Kansas City, they have an online petition asking Dick Vermeil...
Leak Keeps Composure; QB Rebounds in Second Half
Byline: David Fox, Times-Union correspondent LEXINGTON, Ky. -- His freshman year of high school was the last time Florida quarterback Chris Leak could remember having to fight from this kind of deficit. And that hole Leak was in still wasn't...
LITERACY; Problem Overstated
Jacksonville residents should continue to pursue the goal of increasing literacy rates, but care should be taken not to overstate the scope of the problem. It is widely held that nearly half of the residents of Jacksonville are illiterate. That...
Local Episcopalians Favor Unity; Most Want Recent Differences Resolved
About 300 members of the local Episcopal diocese met yesterday to discuss their next step in response to recent decisions made by the national governing body. About 70 members of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida spoke during the meeting at St. Mark's...
Managed Care, Medicaid to Pair? State Looks at Pluses of Preventive Health Care for Poor
Byline: Dave Williams, Times-Union staff writer ATLANTA -- Nearly four years ago, the last managed-care program serving Georgia's poor and disabled shut its doors. The Medicaid HMO at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital couldn't make a profit because...
Mother Turns Her Loss into Something Lasting; Infant's Death Spurs Plans for Playground
Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer ST. AUGUSTINE -- Kourtney Schmidt was just 10 months old when she died. But her short life will be remembered for years at a playground designed especially for children who can't use most park equipment....
Next 2 Games Key to Making Leno Look Elsewhere
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer HOUSTON -- Like an oasis in the desert, games with Houston and San Diego the next two weeks offer a potential respite for the 0-3 Jaguars before their schedule turns brutal again. The Jaguars might...
Non-Fiction
Title: Letters to a Young Therapist: Stories of Hope and Healing Author: Mary Pipher Data: Basic Books, 181 pages, $22.50 Review by Brandy Hilboldt Allport As the title suggests, Mary Pipher (Reviving Ophelia) crafted this book as a series...
Notebook
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer MCCRAY COMES UP BIG Florida DE Bobby McCray finally lived up to his boast about playing the game of his life. He was just three weeks late. McCray, who said he was going to play the game of...
Notebook
Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer FSU RIGHT AT HOME Bobby Bowden spent the week preparing his team for a small turnout last night at Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium for good reason. The Seminoles are averaging 81,766 fans through three...
Notes
Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor MAN GETS TWO YEARS IN JAIL FOR BUTCHERING GATOR A man who officers say butchered an alligator in a bathtub while his girlfriend took photographs has been sentenced to two years in prison. David...
Numbers Game
64 percent The number of people in a RepairClinic.com survey who said that the refrigerator was the appliance they need the most. 4 weird jobs you can find in the science field Flatus odor judge: A Minneapolis gastroenterologist recently took...
Pond Scoggin Mayor Quits Recall Race
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer Having finally obtained a golf club he could hit after 35 years of trying, Terry Dickson was too busy to write a column this week. We offer instead correspondence from the Honorable Bubba Gene Hightower,...
Rating the Teams
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer TEAM***REC.***COMMENT 1.***Tampa Bay***2-1***Still the team to beat. 2.***Denver***3-0***Shanahan thinks he's above the rules. 3.***Kansas City***3-0***Can Ray Lewis stop Priest Holmes? ...
Roundup
-- CLINCH COUNTY 35, MCINTOSH COUNTY ACADEMY 0 -- After two winless weeks, Class A's fourth-ranked Clinch County used a dominating defense and opportunistic offense to blank McIntosh County Academy Friday in Homerville. The Clinch offense scored on...
Selling the City Is a Super Challenge; with Less Than 500 Days to Go, Jacksonville Using Game to Raise Its Banner
Byline: Binyamin Appelbaum, Times-Union staff writer When the Super Bowl visits New Orleans, the Big Easy throws a big party and the watching world wants to be on Bourbon Street. The weeklong carnival is the perfect advertisement for a city that...
Shaw Bears Down in Gary Classic; EWC Unable to Protect Lead
Byline: Teneshia L. Wright, Times-Union sports writer ******************CORRECTION October 4, 2003 Eric Toenjes was Edward Waters College's kicker during the Willie E. Gary Classic on Sept. 27. Because of an error on the team roster in the program,...
Tradition, Technology Merge at Family Farm; Dairy Competitive in Tough Industry
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer This is the third in an occasional series of stories about the people who put food on the table in South Georgia. WAYCROSS -- Barely discernible shadows against the pre-dawn skyline, cows with...
Violations
Here are some of the cases recently worked by officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. ST. JOHNS COUNTY -- On Sept. 15 at 3 p.m., Officer Todd Huddleston was dispatched to a accident that took place earlier in the...
Ware Savors Historic Win
Byline: Larry Purdom, Times-Union correspondent VALDOSTA -- Somewhere in Waycross the air smells a little sweeter and the sun shines a little brighter because for the first time in school history Ware County has a victory against the winningest...
Warrior to Minister; His NFL Career over, Ex-Jag Superstar Finds a Higher Calling
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer AUSTIN, Texas -- There are boxes strewn at various points in the house that are still unpacked. Pictures that have yet to be hung up. Angi Boselli finds herself adjusting to another move as life...
Week Four
SPOTLIGHT: TITANS AT STEELERS 1 p.m.; Heinz Field -- Line: Steelers by 3. -- Last meeting: Titans won 34-31, OT, in AFC playoff game on Jan. 11. -- The skinny: Strong Steelers' run game vs. Titans' rushing defense, which allows 61.3 yards...
Wells Watch
Byline: Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writer LOST FOR HOPE If you're a movie buff, you've heard about Lost in La Mancha, the documentary of the un-making of Terry Gilliam's epic, visionary version of Cervantes' Man of La Mancha. By all reports,...
'YA' Author Extraordinaire; Lois Lowry's Books Both Quality, Popular
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Times-Union children's book reviewer Award-winning author Lois Lowry, featured writer at this year's Amelia Book Island Festival, first appeared on the literary scene in 1977 with A Summer to Die. That was more than...
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