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Articles from May 4, 2004

6-Lane Overpass to Scale Rails on New Kings Road; Construction to Ease Travel for Those Cut off When CSX Closed Old Kings Road Crossing
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union Six years after Grand Park residents railed against closing the railroad crossing on Old Kings Road in Northwest Jacksonville, Lloyd Washington finally has something to look forward to in his train-filled...
A Few Facts about Social Security
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Did you know that children may receive Social Security benefits? "Social Security pays more benefits to children than any government program," the Social Security Administration says in a fact sheet....
A TRANSFER OF POWER; 'Dog's Days Are Dwindling Dooley Preparing Evans for Job
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union Vince Dooley mingled with more than 100 Georgia fans Monday night during the Bulldog Road Tour's annual stop in Jacksonville, and it seemed as if everyone had the same question. Is he anxious, nervous...
BASEBALL NOTEBOOK; Bolles' Foster to Play for UF
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union Florida signees Billy Butler and Eric Hurley aren't the only locals who could be playing for the Gators next year. Bolles catcher Teddy Foster will head to Gainesville as a preferred walk-on. Foster is a...
BCS Asks to See Finances
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union The Gator Bowl and other bowls expressing an interest in becoming the fifth Bowl Championship Series game have been asked to present a preliminary financial report to the BCS by Friday. Gator Bowl Association...
Brooks Health Plans New Fitness Concept at Deerwood
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer A Brooks Health System affiliate bought 18 acres in Deerwood Park to develop what is tentatively called Brooks Medical Fitness, a new concept for the Jacksonville-based network of rehabilitation...
Bungled Robbery Costly for Pair
Byline: Dana Treen, The Times-Union Two men caught on camera bungling a Jacksonville jewelry store robbery Saturday were being sought Monday by police who are asking for help identifying the men. The men even left behind a bracelet worth about...
City Hall Wants Firm Asbestos Plan; Times-Union Report Energizes Administrator to Make Sure All Is Aboveboard for Removal Projects
Byline: Steve Patterson, The Times-Union A top Jacksonville administrator wants City Hall's contractors to follow the law when they handle asbestos at taxpayer-funded construction projects. Chief Operating Officer Dan Kleman drafted an e-mail...
Court Fee Accord Leaves Lawmakers with Empty Time; Session Convenes to Pass One Bill for New Indigent Defense System in 5 Working Days
Byline: KRISTEN WYATT, Shorelines correspondent ATLANTA -- Lawmakers returned to the Capitol for a rare special session to tweak the budget Monday, but with an agreement already worked out last week, there wasn't much to do. Some planned to...
Court to Make Final Call on Phone Rate; PSC Reaffirms Support for Florida's Largest Increase in History
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING, Capital Bureau Chief TALLAHASSEE -- The largest phone rate increase in state history is now back before Florida's Supreme Court for a final ruling after the Public Service Commission on Monday unanimously reaffirmed its...
Decision on Fire Chief's Job Will Wait; Police and Fire Pension Fund Board to Study Issue
Byline: MATT GALNOR, The Times-Union A decision to allow Jacksonville Fire Chief Rick Barrett to retire and then be reappointed to his job will likely wait until the Police and Fire Pension Fund board weighs in on the topic. A City Council committee...
DEFENSE; Conscription Rx
Talk of reinstituting the military draft resurfaced in the news when a U.S. senator from Nebraska raised the issue at a committee meeting. Up until Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel suggested the draft be revisited, mostly Democrats had been talking about...
Double Dipping Advocacy by Mayor Doesn't Look Good
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist One of the groups Mayor John Peyton owes his election to is the city firefighters, and the political payoffs are still coming. You may remember that shortly after Peyton took office, two firefighters...
Furyk Fights to Return; Ponte Vedra Resident Knows He Probably Won't Get to Defend His U.S. Open Title
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union Jim Furyk has accepted the fact that he probably won't be able to defend his U.S. Open title next month at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. "I would be extremely fortunate if I was able to play in the U.S....
He Will Retrieve Piece of History; Middleburg Man Fetching World War II-Era Submarine USS Razorback Home from Turkey
Byline: GREGORY PIATT, The Times-Union This week, Max Bassett of Middleburg will not only help bring back to the United States from Turkey a piece of his past, he will also bring back a piece of this country's history. A retired Navy master chief...
Independence Air Negotiating Contract with JIA
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union Independence Air, the upstart low-fare airline based at Washington Dulles International Airport, is planning to fly between six and eight flights daily between Jacksonville International Airport and Washington,...
Lost Baby Search Turns to Landfill in Georgia; Law Enforcement Officers Joined by Volunteers, Cadaver Dog at Garbage Dump near Valdosta
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS and STEPHEN MAJORS, The Times-Union About 40 law enforcement volunteers sifted through heaps of garbage in Lowndes County, Ga., Monday, tenderly pulling back soup cans and cardboard beer cases searching for a missing baby from...
Minister, ACLU File Suit over Protests; Attorney: City, County Laws Make Obtaining Permit to Demonstrate Virtually Impossible
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- A community activist and the ACLU are asking a federal judge to strike down Brunswick and Glynn County ordinances regulating protests during the G-8 Summit next month. The Rev. Zack Lyde...
Morning Briefs
CSX'S WARD TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS CSX Corp. Chairman and CEO Michael Ward Monday called for an end to Surface Transportation Board oversight of the former Conrail system, saying the acquisition of Conrail by both CSX and Norfolk Southern was...
Move Named for Local Gymnast
Stanton Prep honor student Beth Bronson's double-twist dismount will be named "The Bronson" for other Junior Olympians to duplicate after she successfully completed the move at the end of her uneven bars routine on Sunday at the USA Gymnastics Junior...
North Carolina Woman Dies When Trawler Sinks; Yacht Rescues Captain; Divers Recover Woman's Body from Shrimp Boat in Sapelo Sound
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union Recovery divers pulled the body of a woman from a capsized shrimp boat at 1:30 a.m. Monday, nearly eight hours after the vessel sank in Sapelo Sound during a storm. The captain of the boat, however, was...
Old St. Marys Post Office to Close Doors on June 18; Postmaster Cites Dwindling Use as Customers Turn to New Office
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union ST. MARYS -- The post office in downtown St. Marys has served as more than a place for people to pick up mail, buy stamps and ship parcels for nearly 50 years. The post office was a place for downtown residents...
Power Hitter with Unusual Numbers
Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer The numbers that stand out about Justin Preckajlo are seven, seven and 10, and which among them is the most impressive is debatable. The Fletcher baseball standout led the Gateway Conference...
Prep Extra
Best bets Baseball: Mandarin vs. Sandalwood, tonight, 7 p.m.; District 5-4A semifinals, Wednesday, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; District 3-3A championship, Thursday, 7 p.m.; District 2-5A championship, Friday, 7 p.m. Softball: Mandarin at Spruce Creek,...
School for Teen Parents Struggles for Relevance; Beulah Beal, Which Serves 160 Students, Narrowly Missed the Budget Ax This Year
Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union ********************CORRECTION May 5, 2004 Fletcher High School disbanded its child-care program for the children of its students at the end of the last school year. Because of a reporter's error, the status...
Secretary of Labor Spells out New OT Rules; Chao Visits FCCJ in an Effort to Clear Confusion Surrounding the Law That Starts in August
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS, The Times-Union U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao touted the benefit that changes in federal overtime regulations will have on nurses during a visit Monday to Florida Community College at Jacksonville's North Campus. ...
STAGES FOR CHANGE; Student Theater Competition Presents a Powerful Message: Ending Violence against Women
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union The students who get up on stage Saturday at Douglas Anderson School for the Arts will be competing for scholarships and prizes. But they'll also be delivering a powerful message. More than 60 junior...
Taking Reigns Is No Easy Task; Most of the Area's First-Year Softball Coaches Inherited Established Programs
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union Steve Houston knows where the Trinity Christian softball program has been and where it needs to go. As a Conquerors assistant coach for the past five years, Houston had coached under Jim Miller, who founded...
The Bachelor Longs for More Passes
Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer Jesse Palmer was sitting on the patio of a Ponte Vedra Beach oceanside hotel room Monday, reflecting on how much his life has changed in recent months. "It's exciting. You don't often get a chance...
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