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Articles from March 6, 2005

2005 Legislative Preview
Byline: LILLY ROCKWELL and J. TAYLOR RUSHING, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Senate President Tom Lee builds buildings for a living. House Speaker Allan Bense builds roads. But this spring, the two men atop the Florida Legislature face their biggest...
ACD Finds Its Zone in Victory
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- At the break between the first and second quarters, Gainesville P.K. Yonge's fans began chanting "overrated." Their team trailed Class 2A top-ranked Arlington Country Day by just two points....
Baymeadows Group Cheers Council Members for Work
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS, The Times-Union Usually members of the Jacksonville City Council, and other public officials, listen to complaints. On Wednesday night, three of the 19 council members heard cheers instead. Suzanne Jenkins, Art Shad...
Bookmarks
Byline: Jennifer Fish DeCamp, The Times-Union Concours d'Elegance Five well known automotive authors will be featured at this year's car spectacle. Catch 84-time NASCAR winner Bobby Allison and Tim Packman signing their joint project, Racer's...
BRIGHT IDEAS; New Accessories from Area Anglers, Others at Show
Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union There had to be a better way. So two Northeast Florida anglers dreamed up fishing accessories that will be among the goodies on display for the first time next weekend at the 11th annual Florida Sportsman Fishing...
Campus Not Limit of EWC Woes; Construction Projects That Could Benefit Neighborhood Go on Hold without Accreditation
Byline: JORDAN RODACK, The Times-Union The fate of embattled Edward Waters College lies in the hands of a federal judge, and with it, the future of more than 1,000 employees and students and even taxpayer-financed urban renewal around the Northside...
CLOSE THE TAX GAP; Increasing IRS Enforcement Would Go a Long Way to Recover $311 Billion Owed to the Government Annually
Byline: Mark Basch, Times-Union staff writer As you struggle to complete your federal income tax return over the next month, you're sure to hear and read a lot of tips on how to lessen your tax burden. But here's a novel piece of advice: Why...
Coles Traded to Jets; Former Ribault Standout Gets Wish, Swaps Places with Santana Moss
Disgruntled Redskins receiver Laveranues Coles is headed back to the Jets after asking out of Washington. Coles, a former standout at Ribault High School, was traded Saturday for the speedy Santana Moss, a deal that was in the works for more than...
Crime, Safety Focus of Local Bills; Odds Are Few Will Make It into Law
Byline: LILLY ROCKWELL, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Evelyn Lynn was alone in her bedroom. It was just her and the kids that night, and she was awakened by a strange noise. "Someone was standing at my dresser going through my things," said...
DIRTY WORK TO CLEAN RIVER; Waycross Takes Initiative to Keep Trash out of Satilla Conservationists Are Happy with Effort by the City and Nearby Counties
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union WAYCROSS -- Some soggy litter control in Waycross is making the Satilla a little cleaner, and work is under way to make it cleaner still. After heavy rains, employees at the city's sewage treatment plant...
Distance Casting Event March 19-20
Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union Surf fishers, take note. Northeast Florida's first distance casting competition will be held March 19-20 in St. Johns County. The Distance Casting Tournament is open to all comers and will feature two classes...
Don't Let South Florida Hoard School Money Again
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist I'm just guessing here, but I'm probably going to have a hard time getting you excited about something that goes by the alphabet-soup nickname of DCD. That stands for District Cost Differential...
Even for Diverse Local Groups, the Times-Union Is a Constant
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate Two weeks ago, I spoke to three groups. On Wednesday to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group that promotes the history of the South without partiality. They also offer financial aid...
Fine, Fond Memories of Tillie Fowler
Byline: Judy Wells, Times-Union staff writer ******************CORRECTION March 8, 2005 Tickets for a Song Runs Through It, a benefit for Amelia Community Theatre, are $50 each. Because of a reporter's error, the cost was incorrect in a story...
From Popular Teen to Tough Leader, Fowler Welcomed Others to Her Life; the Southern Charm Was Real, as Was Her Determination and Equal Treatment of All
Byline: Charlie Patton, The Times-Union Tillie Fowler, the longtime Jacksonville leader and former congresswoman who died last week, liked to offer this advice to young women torn between career and family: "You can have it all, you just can't...
FSU Freshman Makes a Record-Setting Run
Florida State freshman Ricardo Chambers ran the fastest 400-meter dash time in the team's indoor school history, clocking a 46.05 to finish second at the Cyclones Last Chance meet in Ames, Iowa. The meet offers a final opportunity to post an automatic...
FSU Grabs Another Win in Hawaii
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union A tropical, spring break getaway has given Florida State's baseball team a much-needed chance to sharpen some finer points of the game before jumping headlong into the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. The...
Golf Extra
NUMBERS 138*****Consecutive cuts made by Tiger Woods, a PGA Tour record. 16*****Consecutive cuts made by Ernie Els and David Toms, tied for the next highest streak on the PGA Tour. THE SHARK PITCHES IN The golf community has played a vital...
Home Repair Can Be a Joy without TV
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union columnist HASTINGS -- Jeff and Kellye Hanna, part-owners of a Jacksonville air-conditioning company, had planned to be sitting on a beach in Jamaica today. Then, less than two weeks ago, they got a call. ABC's...
Imported Meds Gather Support; Cost Endears Prescription Drugs from Canada to Those Who Use Them
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, The Times-Union Legislation before Congress that would allow for the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other countries is favored by 64 percent of Floridians polled for The Florida Times-Union and...
'Just a Dog' Mourned as Part of Family
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer As a child, I was crying into my pillow one night after my dog, Tippy, disappeared. Tippy had been hurt somehow and my mother told me he was better off. She ended with, "He was just a dog.'' ...
LEGISLATURE; It's Showtime
The Florida Legislature convenes Tuesday amid reports that lawmakers expect less contention this round. House Speaker Allan Bense and Senate President Tom Lee say their friendship and desire to work together should help them bypass the infighting...
Mexico Lauds Hometown Hero; Goeters Becomes First Mexican to Win Pole in NASCAR History
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union MEXICO CITY -- It took 15 minutes for Jorge Goeters to fight through the Mexican reporters and a few more minutes to fight through the tears before he jumped on one of the concrete walls along pit road. He was...
Monster Duel: Tiger vs. Phil; Woods Will Join Leader Mickelson in Today's Final Group after Sizzling 63
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union MIAMI -- Tiger Woods gave his father Earl a birthday present on Saturday: a 63 at the Doral Resort and Spa Blue Monster Course, fulfilling his promise to shoot a low round. Woods now might have a little something...
Must-Have for Strat-O-Matic Fanatics; Book Details This Classic Sports Game
Title: Strat-O-Matic Fanatics Author: Glenn Guzzo Data: ACTA Sports, 320 pages, $14.95. Review by ED GEFEN The Times-Union When you think of classic board games, Monopoly, Scrabble, chess and checkers come to mind. For thousands of baseball...
New Map Could Mix Board Members; GOP-Drawn Districts Can Oust Appointees
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- A congressional redistricting plan making its way through the General Assembly could bring major changes to the memberships of the state's most controversial governmental boards, including those...
Next Step in Post-Kennedy Era of Mayport to Be Decided Soon; the Navy Secretary Told Senators There Will Be Some Sort of Impact Study
Byline: GREGORY PIATT, The Times-Union A decision to carry out a new Environmental Impact Statement on basing a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Jacksonville, or to update a 1997 study on the same subject, should come within a week, Navy Secretary...
Patriots' 'Camelot' Crumbling?
Byline: Vito Stellino, The Times-Union When the New England Patriots flew out of Jacksonville four weeks ago Monday, the winners of three of the last four Super Bowls appeared to be living a charmed life. Quarterback Tom Brady fell into their...
Plane Truth: Mattiace Struggling with Swing
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union MIAMI -- As the missed cuts mount and the portal on his exempt status continues to narrow, Len Mattiace is trying very hard to remain optimistic. "This is as frustrated as I've been out here," said the Jacksonville...
READY TO RACE; 'Amazing' Diversity Found among Race Fans at TV Show's Casting Call Teams' Approach to Try-Outs Range from Daredevil to Almost Dare Not
Byline: JOE BLACK, The Times-Union On one end of the spectrum, there were the Armstrongs: Mom and Dad regularly do extreme sports, such as bungee jumping and hang gliding. They thought the show would be a good way for their children to get involved,...
SOCIAL INSECURITY; State's Voters Not Sold on Bush's Plan for Social Security Investing Likely Voters Don't like Possibility That Payment Rate Will Dip, Poll Shows
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union Mary Montoya, a disabled retiree in Jacksonville, has a simple start to fix Social Security's long-term ills. The first step is to keep President Bush's hands off the program, said Montoya, 67, a registered...
Spelling Bee Winner Follows Sister's Footsteps; Gainesville Seventh-Grader Correctly Spells "Querimonious," Gets a Shot at National Title
Byline: NIN-HAI TSENG, The Times-Union Twelve-year-old Kimberly Olson wasn't sure what the word meant, but it didn't matter. She spelled "querimonious" right, qualifying her for a trip to the National Spelling Bee in Washington. "I think it has...
Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by Travis Hill, The Times-Union SHERIFF STEVE'S IN TOWN SPURRIER'S SECOND THOUGHTS? The Ol' Ball Coach had that devious smile of his back in November when he donned a South Carolina visor and vowed to bring the Gamecocks to...
Still a Hit at 46; like a Priceless Antique, Atlanta's Franco Still Treasured
Byline: Gene Frenette, The Times-Union KISSIMMEE -- It's three hours before the opening pitch at Cracker Jack Stadium, and class is in session at the batting cage. Chipper Jones is sitting on a platform bench behind the cage with Atlanta Braves...
Take a Second Honeymoon; Go for a Walk; Try a Cruise
Byline: Judy Wells, The Times-Union If two is your perfect number, relive a honeymoon with Steinhatchee Landing Resort's Riverside Retreat packages, available through Friday, April 15. At $350 for a one-night stay and $600 for a two-night stay,...
'The Last Real American Couturier'; for Decades, Oscar De la Renta Has Been Designing with a Genteel Style
Byline: KATHRYN WEXLER, The Miami Herald MIAMI -- Oscar de la Renta sat at a long table with two dozen guests at the elegant Raleigh Hotel, a relaxing finale to a wildly successful day. He had just appeared at the grand opening of his new boutique...
The Opposite Approach; Most Tour Pros Believe Ability to Hit Righty and Lefty Is a Valuable Skill
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union MIAMI -- PGA Tour players still talk about Vijay Singh's 150-yard shot at the Naples Grande Golf Club back in 2001. Competing in a closest-to-the-pin contest as part of the EMC Skills Challenge, Singh nailed...
Traditionally, Gators Cannot Beat Wildcats; Kentucky Has History Behind It, Having Defeated Florida 8 Times in a Row
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- There are no hard feelings, no bad blood, no need to avenge any cheap shots. There isn't any trash talk or bulletin board material. The Florida-Kentucky basketball rivalry is pretty clean...
TSUNAMI AFTERMATH: THE RELIEF EFFORT; 'Major' Hospital Leaves Much to Be Desired
Jacksonville's Charlotte Esarey, a 47-year-old real estate agent, mother and retired Navy nurse, left Feb. 5 for a three-month trip to Indonesia to help tsunami-torn villages. Indonesia alone suffered at least 100,000 deaths. Esarey is leading rotating...
Versed in Adversity; Two FSU Seniors Will Wrap Up Their Third Losing Season Today
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Seniors Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski will leave Florida State with fewer wins than they hoped to share, but a lifetime of lessons crammed into four trying seasons. Above all, the former...
Wait! Is Angelina Jolie in the River Run? There Are Always Famous Names in Road Races, but They're Fakes . . . Right?
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON, The Times-Union Bruce Springsteen finished 228th. The rock 'n' roll superstar was Born to Run, but was that really his official placing in last year's Jacksonville Bank Marathon? How about Angelina Jolie finishing fifth...
Wal-Mart Growing, Winn-Dixie Reeling
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer Guess which retailer grew in 11 of 13 Southeastern U.S. markets surveyed by a food industry research company as of November? Wal-Mart Supercenters, the large combination discount...
Wilkes, Ribault Back in Final Four with Win
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union QUINCY -- Five years is too long between trips to the final four for Ribault basketball coach Bernard Wilkes, whose Trojans haven't advanced that far since 2000. "It is, and '95 is longer," said Wilkes, providing...
Wolfson out after Triples Play
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union Coach Bruce Rosebrock may want to check the baskets at Wolfson High's gymnasium today, because they looked oversized Saturday night. At least the goals Winter Park Lake Howell shot at. With nine 3-pointers...
Woman Fells 11-Point Buck near Hilliard; Longtime Hunter McSwain's Shot Wins Nassau County Big-Buck Contest
Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union When 60-year-old Juanita McSwain shot a deer from a stand on Dec. 3 near Hilliard, the first thing she did was phone her husband, who was hunting nearby. "Does he have horns?" Robert McSwain asked his wife....

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