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Articles from November 23, 2003

Advances Will Remain after Summit; Companies Are Updating Their Equipment for the Long Haul, and at No Cost to Taxpayers
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- Hunting for deer or alligator along Georgia's coastal lowlands can be downright simple compared to scaring up a reliable cell phone signal in the area. "One of the biggest complaints I get when...
Another Monday Night Miss
Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer The NFL is getting another lesson this year on how difficult it is to schedule games months in advance in the salary-cap era. As recently as 1990, the league could schedule the 49ers and Giants...
Brackens Turns Doubts into Feel-Good Comeback Story
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tony Brackens is so quiet, so soft-spoken, that it's easy to see how his remarkable comeback has been lost amid the Jaguars' otherwise disappointing season. Brackens, the...
Camden Impressive in 35-0 Win; Wildcats Limit Mount Zion to 33 Total Yards
Byline: MIKE MORRISON, Times-Union correspondent Camden County's top-ranked Wildcats scored on four consecutive possessions in the second quarter on their way to a 35-0 win over Mount Zion-Jonesboro at home Friday night. It was the first postseason...
Career Track
ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS -- Husk Jennings Galloway and Robinson hired Kathy Garrett as public relations director. ARCHITECTURE -- Michael Stuebben, president, Stuebben Architecture Inc., has been designated as president of the American...
Child Didn't Understand, but Man Still Remembers
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union My second-grade teacher at Columbia Park Elementary School, in the Washington suburbs of Maryland, was a recent college graduate. Like many young women of her day, Miss Lavelle patterned her hairstyle after the...
CITY HALL; Time to Settle
The estimated price of the planned new county courthouse has been jumping around like the prices of tech stocks. Voters approved a $190 million building, but the cost soon grew to $211 million and later mushroomed, by some accounts, to $282 million....
Comics Fans, Rejoice: Opus Is Back after 8 Years; Berke Breathed Resumes Drawing Because 'World Went and Got Silly Again.'
Byline: Roger Bull, The Times-Union Opus is back. The large-nosed penguin with the nasty herring habit -- once a naive resident of the friendly but sarcastic meadows of Bloom County -- is now the star of his very own comic strip. Opus , a Sunday-only...
CONTACT US; Tuesday Is Deadline for Holiday Short Story Contest Entries
It's time for the Times-Union's 24th annual Holiday Short Story contest. This year, in an attempt to keep things upbeat and interesting, we've added two new contest rules that apply to both adult and student entries. The first rule is this: There...
Deep Freeze in the Deep South; Ice! Exhibit Lets Orlando Visitors Really Cool Off
Byline: Judy Wells, The Times-Union KISSIMMEE -- The hottest holiday attraction in the Orlando area this season is freezing cold. The temperature inside Ice! at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is an unbalmy 9 degrees. Ice sculptors...
Donald Throws Second 800 Series of Career
Byline: LEONARD RUBLE, Times-Union correspondent Willie Donald Jr. recently threw his second career 800 series in the Jax Lanes Men's Invitational League at Jax Lanes Grove Park, but it was his first in the U.S. The last one happened in Germany...
Dream Comes True for Florida Soccer; Kellgren Handles Pressure, as UF Gets to Round of Eight
Byline: DAVID FOX, Times-Union correspondent GAINESVILLE -- When Florida midfielder Robin Fulton was pulled down in the final minute of the Gators' NCAA tournament game against Tennessee Saturday, forward Ashley Kellgren had to pinch herself. ...
Duval's First Art Supervisor Dies at 96; She Helped Bring Art to Students for 20 Years
Byline: SHAWNA SUNDIN, The Times-Union Dot Rowlett, the first art supervisor for the Duval County school system, died last weekend in Hopkinsville, Ky. She died Nov. 15 of natural causes. She was 96. Ms. Rowlett was holding workshops for art...
Feuds Wimpy Ending Belies Some Great Fireworks
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Talk about a whimper instead of a bang. It had been one of the better political fights of all time. Mayor John Delaney vs. Property Appraiser Ernie Mastroianni. The two had never been pals,...
FIRST PERSON; Smaller Is Better for This Attorney
Last year, Gwen Griggs jumped from being in-house corporate counsel to being . . . well, out-of-house corporate counsel might be the best way to describe it. Unlike the typical solo practitioner, Griggs didn't want to work piecemeal for many clients;...
Foster Kids Gain Permanence; Adoption Ceremony Makes Dozens of Families Official
Byline: SHAWNA SUNDIN, The Times-Union ********************CLARIFICATION November 25, 2003 Answers to a series of questions about adoption that appeared on Page B-1 Sunday dealt with adoptions handled through private agencies. There is no cost...
FSU Blends Youth, Experience; Williams, Gladden Ready to Help as Season Begins Today against Savannah St
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- With a basketball bouncing at the end of her fingertips, Shante Williams -- a.k.a. Dorian, to those who followed her brilliant career at Ribault -- always had the answers: An ankle-breaking cross-over...
FSU Soccer Mission: Move Past Sweet 16 Barrier
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Nine years young, the Florida State women's soccer program is perched to cross the threshold to elite status heading into today's NCAA tournament Sweet 16 match at West Virginia. That the Seminoles...
Gameday
439 Days until Feb. 6, 2005 Alltel Stadium SUPER FACT Players, coaches and executives on winning Super Bowl teams receive championship rings. The NFL pays for up to 150 rings at $5,000 per ring (plus adjustments for increases in gold and diamonds)....
Georgia to Try Private Roads; State Officials Hope Allowing Private Sector Building Will Speed Projects as Well as Traffic
Byline: Dave Williams, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- Georgia motorists could one day chose newer roads with limited traffic, but they would also likely have to fork over a toll for the convenience. To Athens resident Geriann Akin, the choice is...
Growing Pecans No Simple Shell Game; Whether Basking in Drought-Relieving Rain or Lamenting Floods, Growers Find the State's Prized Nut Offers Challenges
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union This is the fourth in an occasional series of stories about the people who put food on the table in South Georgia. WAYCROSS -- The seeds of farming tradition were sown when Harold Voigt as a youth helped...
He Lost 'Family' with Kennedy's Assassination
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union columnist Blaine Price stood in his den, watching the tape. It was shot 40 years ago. September 1963. A fall weekend in New England. It has no sound. Just images with that slight stutter of 8 mm film. So Price...
HERD IS THE WORD; Ex-Teammates 'Friends for Life,' Foes Today
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- They cross paths as opponents for the first time here today, renewing acquaintances in front of nearly 80,000 fans at Giants Stadium with the Manhattan skyline visible in the distance....
'Homeland' Trend Helps at Home
Byline: Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writer Cruise ships didn't discover Jacksonville because of the Sept. 11 disaster, but the safety concerns and fear of flying it caused helped. "Homeland cruising" is the industry's term for the move to operate...
How They Match Up
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, The Times-Union JAGUARS SPOTLIGHT OT MAURICE WILLIAMS VS. LE SHAUN ELLIS Aside from Tennessee's Kevin Carter, Williams hasn't faced many talented pass rushers this season. But that will change today when Williams squares...
INTERNET; an Emerging Threat
You know the Internet age truly has arrived when the tax enthusiasts and censors both want a piece of the action. Because of a moratorium issued by Congress in 1998 and extended two years ago, Internet access is not taxed. That moratorium expired...
In the Interim, Go with the Flow If the Boss Wants More; Creative Methods from Comp Time to Flex Time Can Be Used, but You Have to Ask
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS, The Times-Union So you're building your career, which means working longer hours, dealing with more stress, trying to balance your job and the rest of your life . . . and now your boss says you need to do even more. How...
Jaguars Fans Should Give del Rio Chance
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer During a tumultuous 2003 season, Jack Del Rio has come across to people as many things at different times -- passionate, quiet, humble, arrogant, friendly, distant, congenial, burdened. The Del...
Landing Facelift a Gamble for Revenue; Toney Sleiman Hopes His Plans for Jacksonville's Festival Marketplace Will Increase Store Sales, as in Other Big Cities
Byline: BINYAMIN APPELBAUM, The Times-Union When lines at the food court are long and parking is scarce and the inner courtyard must be navigated with care, look to the hands of the people crowding The Jacksonville Landing. Look how few are holding...
MEET THE GATORS' TOP FAN; Harris' Fleet Always Bound for Gainesville
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union There are a lot of University of Florida fans who have never heard of Stumpy Harris. But chances are, they've encountered at least one of his orange and blue vehicles sometime during a football weekend. ...
MEET THE 'NOLES TOP FAN; Spencer Missed One Home Game since '47 Season
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Clyde Spencer is rooting through a pile of mail on his office desk, desperately searching for a most important letter, remembering that the deadline for reserving Florida State bowl tickets is a...
Memories of JFK
Forty years later, the assassination of President Kennedy is still an emotional topic. The Times-Union asked for memories of a day still fresh and painful for those who remember where they were. Ed Taylor, St. Augustine From 1962 until 1964,...
New Policy Raises the Bar; Camden Deputies Meet Stricter State Standards for Better Safety
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union WOODBINE -- Body armor is no longer optional equipment for Camden County Sheriff's Office deputies. And that's not the only change in policy they must obey. Deputies now have 144 new standards, bringing...
NFL Extra
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT The Jets have three former Jaguars on their roster: CB Aaron Beasley (second-round pick, 1996 to 2001), WR Kevin Lockett (2002), and S David Young (sixth-round pick in 2003). Jaguars defensive line coach Ray Hamilton served...
NOTEBOOK; Sea Island Company CEO: Don't Expect Tour Event
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- The chief executive officer of the Sea Island Company said a PGA Tour or Champions Tour event at the Sea Island Resort in the future isn't likely. What Bill Jones III does see for...
Nothing like Crosstown Rivalries
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer They're kicking around an idea in Glynn County to close Glynn Academy and Brunswick High and merge them into one big high school. A lot of teenagers would probably endorse the closures, but not...
PREP ROUNDUP; Stingy Clinch Gets Fifth Shutout in Row
Clinch County took the first step toward defending its Class A state title Friday, blasting Montgomery County 60-0 in Homerville. The third-ranked Panthers led 34-0 at the end of the first quarter and 47-0 at the half en route to their fifth consecutive...
Readers Have Questions about Negative News, Accuracy, More
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Producing a newspaper 365 days a year is an incredible feat. As much as editors organize, events conspire against their plans. Therefore, a newsroom conspiracy is an oxymoron. That leads us to these...
Student Poll Gives City Leaders Passing Scores in the 60s
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA and MATT GALNOR, The Times-Union Mayor John Peyton and the Jacksonville City Council scored high marks in a poll of registered voters by a group of University of North Florida students. With 511 people who voted in the...
Terps Key to Muddled Gator Bowl Picture; Maryland Wins, but May Not Want Rematch vs. West Virginia
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union Two stunning finishes Saturday have left the Toyota Gator Bowl selection committee with some difficult decisions to make when it meets this morning. But the most important choice will rest with the University...
THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION: DAWN OF A NEW MEDIA; TV News, and How We Saw It, Changed Forever Americans United around Their Television Sets for the First Time
Byline: Charlie Patton, The Times-Union For anyone who spent that grim weekend 40 years ago in front of the television set, the images remain vivid: -- CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, after reading the official confirmation that President Kennedy...
Times, They Are A-Changin' Inside NASCAR; New Boss, New Rules, New Sponsors, New Track, New Dates and a Lawsuit to Boot
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- The way the NASCAR Winston Cup Series does business started changing long before the first lap of the season-opening Daytona 500. The announcement that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was withdrawing its...
TOYS! Ideas for the Kids (and Kids-at-Heart) on Your Holiday List
Adults don't usually need much guidance when it comes to shopping for the Kaitlins, Brandons, Madisons and Garretts on their holiday lists. Thanks to television commercials and strategically placed store displays, children have a well-formed wish list...
Union County Turns in Biggest Surprise; Road Playoff Wins Secure Regional Title for Team That Finished 2-8 Last Year
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union Round two proved to be another of survival Friday night for area teams in the state high school football playoffs, with eight of 11 teams advancing to third-round action. But while the likes of Bolles, Columbia...
U.S. Team Trailing 2-0 in Fed Cup Final
The United States needs three consecutive wins if it's going to beat France in the Fed Cup final. The Americans fell behind 2-0 in the best-of-five series after the French won both singles matches Saturday in Moscow. Amelie Mauresmo overpowered...
Week 12 Capsules
SPOTLIGHT: PANTHERS AT COWBOYS 1 p.m.; Texas Stadium Line: Cowboys by 3. Last meeting: Cowboys won 14-13 last season. The skinny: Both teams are strong inside the 20, allowing the fewest points in the red zone in NFC (Dallas, 89; Carolina,...
Wildcats Rally Past Rattlers; B-CC Hopes for I-AA Playoff Bid When Brackets Are Announced Today
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union ORLANDO -- The Florida Classic looked like it was going to devolve into a blowout that lacked any kind of drama or excitement. Florida A&M outgained Bethune-Cookman College 273 yards to 39 in the first...
Wolfson Event Will Celebrate 'American Spirit'
Byline: Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writer After paying tribute to French, English and Asian decor, the 2003 Wolfson Art & Antiques Show is "Celebrating the American Spirit" and style. Opening night partygoers Wednesday, Dec. 3, will find...
Wonderwood Snafu Adds to Costs, Delays of Project; Bridge Problem Is Latest Concern Affecting the 9-Mile Wonderwood Connector
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union A design glitch that stopped construction of the Wonderwood Connector's biggest bridge will add more than $1 million to the construction cost and delay the bridge's opening date until possibly next summer,...
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