The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 13, 2005

A GRAND OPENING; Thousands Flock to the New Public Library's First-Day Festivities
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA More than 6,000 people turned out Saturday in the first hour for the grand opening of Jacksonville's new Main Library downtown. They explored the building, socialized with friends, tested out the new furniture and checked...
A Scene of Confusion; Gators' Punt Team in State of Disarray in Final Minute
Byline: IAN FISHER COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With the game on the line, Florida had the chance to get the ball back with one minute left on the clock. All the Gators had to do was let South Carolina punt the ball to them, and they'd have a chance to drive...
A Tisket, a Tasket, a Pine Needle Basket; A St. Marys Woman Creates Intricate, Award-Winning Designs out of Pine Needles
Byline: JILL HELTON ST. MARYS -- Pine needle basket maker Susan Avery does not like to be called an artist. She gives all the credit to her husband. "I don't have the training. I don't have the eye. I rely on Frank for that," she says with a...
Bookmarks
BOOK SIGNINGS Local author Kay Day will sign copies of Killing Earl: A 12-Year-Old Girl Names Her Pain. Should Her Doctors Treat Her Mind or Her Body? (Ocean Publishing, $16.95) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Books-A-Million at the Orange Park Mall. For...
Busch Cited for Reckless Driving; Driver Refuses Sobriety Test, Ordered to Appear in Arizona Court Next Month
Byline: DON COBLE AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kurt Busch was charged with felony reckless driving late Friday following a stop by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department near the Phoenix International Speedway. According to the incident report, the defending...
Bush Support Remains Strong among Israelis; despite Domestic Woes, the President Is Still Garnering Praise in "America's 51st State."
Byline: WALTER C. JONES TEL AVIV -- President Bush may be suffering from a sliding approval rating in the United States, but many Israelis like the positions he's taken. In a country that bills itself as America's 51st state, feelings about the...
Businesses Say Decker Left City without Paying Its Bills
Byline: BETH KORMANIK A construction school that recently shuttered its Jacksonville campus has filed for bankruptcy, leaving several local companies with unpaid bills. Decker College, which used to be run by former Massachusetts Gov. William...
Caution over Incentives Not Anti-Business
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis I really thought Jacksonville had progressed past the point of being labeled anti-business because the city has the audacity to take "too long" to publicly discuss tax incentives. Let me remind the complainers that...
City Hall Jobs You Won't Find in Want Ads; Special Appointees' Pay Higher Than Average; Numbers Increased Dramatically in Decade
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS One hundred twenty-five Jacksonville city employees belong to a special category of workers that are typically hired through a process that involves no formal job qualifications, established responsibilities or pay ranges...
Colts Won't Go Undefeated
Byline: Vito Stellino The Indianapolis Colts are likely to boost their record to 9-0 today with a victory over the Houston Texans. Let the hype over a possible unbeaten season continue. After the Colts defeated the New England Patriots on...
Conservationist LeMaster Dies; Popular Fisherman and Ponte Vedra Beach Activist Was 76
Byline: JOE JULAVITS Edward "Ebbie" LeMaster, who championed the cause of marine conservation as an individual angler and as an appointed member of state and national fisheries commissions, died in his sleep at his home Thursday morning in Ponte...
Crusaders Qualify for Title Match; Bishop Kenny Volleyball Team Has to Rally Again after Slow Start, but Wins in Four Sets
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER LAKELAND -- It has become almost habit for the Bishop Kenny volleyball team to fall behind their opponents. Bishop Kenny lost the first game of its regional final and was down two games to one in the regional quarterfinal....
Double Trouble for QBs; Weatherford Still FSU's Starter; Lee Frustrated by Lack of Playing Time
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL CLEMSON, S.C. -- If there was any remaining doubt, Florida State's coaches made it abundantly clear Saturday that Drew Weatherford is their quarterback. The freshman signal-caller completed just 12 of 27 passes and threw...
Episcopal Break Proves Inspiring; Florida Churches Praised at Pittsburgh Gathering
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY PITTSBURGH -- They are known in the Episcopal and Anglican churches as "the Florida Six." They are a half-dozen North Florida congregations, including three in Jacksonville and one in Orange Park, that are quitting the Episcopal...
Episcopal Girls Are 2a's Best; Depth Helps Eagles Claim Team Title; BK's Russell Is Top 2A Boys Individual
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT DADE CITY -- Most high school cross-country teams win a state title by running their best race of the year. But that doesn't fit the Episcopal girls squad. The Eagles turned in a sub-par effort -- by their standards. Still,...
EWC, FCCJ Struggle with Changes
Byline: ALEX ABRAMS Anthony Mosley had an advantage that most coaches don't when they're hired to rebuild a basketball program. He already knew many of his players. After spending one year away from coaching, Mosley returned to Edward Waters...
Fame Requires Fewer Votes; despite Lower Standards, Golf Hall Is Confident Its Electees Are Deserving
Byline: GARRY SMITS Vijay Singh was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame this spring with 20 percent less support from voters than was required for Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo be be inducted 1998. Ayako Okamoto, elected on the International...
Florida PTA Approves Revised Taser Bill; Measure Calls for Their Use on Students Only as a Substitute for Deadly Force
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS Delegates at the Florida PTA's annual convention Saturday overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for Tasers only to be used on students as a substitute for deadly force and urging the Florida Legislature to further...
For the Love of Art; Passionate Collector Diane D. Jacobsen Is the Force Behind a New Gallery of American Art at the Cummer
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN Happiness screams its name through the girl's smile, through the brilliance of her dark brown eyes, through the rich red of the shawl that drapes over her black dress. The radiance in Robert Henri's Portrait of a Girl...
Gameday
WHERE WILL T.O. GO? Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have suspended wide receiver Terrell Owens (left) and said he won't play for them again this season, what is his future? Here are two teams Owens won't be playing for: 1. Houston Texans:...
Gameday Week 10
ARMS RACE The Jaguars' Byron Leftwich and Baltimore's Kyle Boller both were selected in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Here are the career numbers for each quarterback: Player*********Att***Comp***Yards***Pct.***TD***INT***Rating***Record...
Gameday Week 10; Ravens at Jaguars
Byline: Bart Hubbuch RUNNING ON EMPTY Less than two years ago, Jamal Lewis rampaged through NFL defenses en route to a 2,066-yard rushing season that ranked as the second-best in league history. Not only did Lewis (left) average 5.3 yards per...
High-Tech Equipment to Invade City Council Chamber; City Hall Can Look Forward to New TVs, Computers and Microphones
Byline: Gregory Richards, Karen Brune Mathis and David Bauerlein High technology is on its way to the Jacksonville City Council chamber. Soon, the council's meeting room will have plasma television sets that automatically lower from the ceiling...
Incentives Process Comes under Fire; Some Say It's Too Difficult and Might Discourage Business Growth, Others Say City's Top Responsibility Is Due Diligence
Byline: JOE LIGHT Fidelity National Financial's Richard Cox said the company's most recent experience with the process was "like being dragged through the gutter." The Chamber of Commerce's Jerry Mallot said it's nearly three times longer in Jacksonville...
It's Hiss and Hers: Couple Fells Rattler; Husband Uses Slingshot to Kill Snake That Appeared to Try to Climb into Boat with Him, Wife
Byline: JOE JULAVITS Not many folks carry a slingshot aboard their boat. Richard Clark is glad he had one last Sunday afternoon, when a 5-foot, 2-inch rattlesnake interrupted his fishing trip in Clapboard Creek. Clark and his wife, Susan, were...
It's Time to Get Motivated; Billick Must Revive Sagging Ravens; Jaguars Can't Afford a Home Defeat
Byline: VITO STELLINO Maybe Brian Billick should have stopped in for a few pointers last week when his former protege, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, gave a motivational speech at halftime. Billick, the Baltimore Ravens' coach, faces a major motivational...
New Digs, New Duds for the Cowford Ball; American Cancer Society Benefit Set for Saturday at River City Brewing Co
The Cowford Ball is undergoing a complete makeover this year. First, there is the new locale, River City Brewing Co. For the past decade, the gathering spot was the Jacksonville fairgrounds. "We really felt we needed to make a change in venue...
NFL Previews
GAME OF THE DAY PATRIOTS AT DOLPHINS 1 p.m.; Dolphins Stadium Line: Patriots by 3. Last meeting: Dolphins won 29-28 on Dec. 20 at Miami. Quick hits: New England is 21-6 (.778) vs. AFC East since 2001. . . . Patriots coach Bill Belichick...
NOTEBOOK; Awards Beginning to Pile Up for Palmer Course Design Architect Seay
Byline: GARRY SMITS Ed Seay, co-founder of Ponte Vedra Beach-based Palmer Course Design, received the Dave Marr Memorial Award, created by the Champion Tour Administaff Small Business Classic. Seay was presented the award by longtime friend and...
NOTEBOOK; Forgettable Afternoon for Webb
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It wasn't a good day for Florida cornerback Dee Webb. The former White High School standout committed three penalties that kept South Carolina scoring drives alive, and he missed a tackle on a play that...
NOTEBOOK; Loss Drops Seminoles to New Lows
Byline: BOB THOMAS CLEMSON, S.C. -- There are any number of ways to measure how far Florida State has fallen since playing for the 2000 national championship. Saturday's 35-14 loss at Clemson assures a fifth consecutive season of at least three...
NOTEBOOK; New Limits in Play for Waterfowl
Byline: JOE JULAVITS Waterfowlers will be able to include pintail ducks in their bag limit for the entire 2005-2006 season. That's one of the rule changes for Florida's duck season, whose first phase opens Saturday and continues through Nov....
'Ol Coach Gives Boy Wonder a Whupping
Byline: Mike Freeman COLUMBIA, S.C. -- All week Steve Spurrier acted with great contriteness and passivity when speaking to the media about his old team, the Gators. It was the same when dealing with his South Carolina players. Spurrier was so frustratingly...
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Byline: Compiled by Angela Bauer 'FORREST GUMP' VETERAN SINISE CHAMPIONS MEMORIAL Gary Sinise will serve as the national spokesman for the Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial Foundation. The actor played disabled Vietnam vet "Lt. Dan" Taylor...
Paisley Performance Shows He Has Music, If He Can Get Past Sideshow
Byline: JEFF VRABEL The video background to I'll Take You Back at Brad Paisley's concert Friday night at the Veterans Memorial Arena says all you need to know about the 32-year-old singer/songwriter. It's a self-referential cartoon that features...
Palmetto 2 Sunshine 0; Underdogs South Carolina, Clemson Score Big Wins over Florida, Florida St. Spurrier Teaches Meyer the Way to Coach 'Em Up
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As Florida's players moped through their short walk from the locker room to the bus, they had to walk past a larger-than-life Steve Spurrier. Spurrier was conducting his post-game news conference, and...
Palmetto 2 Sunshine 0; Underdogs South Carolina, Clemson Score Big Wins over Florida, Florida St. Tigers, Younger Bowden Romp 'Beat-Up' Seminoles
Byline: BOB THOMAS CLEMSON, S.C. -- Cheered on by a sea of fans in orange, Clemson's purple-clad defense spent the better part of the second half pounding Florida State's suddenly pedestrian offense into submission, then prancing around in celebration....
PUBLIC RECORDS; Learn the Law
It shouldn't take a lawsuit to force a public agency to release public information. But it happened recently when this newspaper sued Jacksonville Beach Police in seeking the name of an officer who shot and killed a criminal suspect who authorities...
Rating the Teams
Byline: Vito Stellino TEAM******REC.***COMMENT 1. Indianapolis***8-0***Big win for Colts vs. declining Patriots team. 2. Denver******6-2***Shanahan is 15-5 vs. Raiders, his former team. 3. Pittsburgh******6-2***Steelers try to win again...
Readers, Deadline for Our Holiday Short Story Contest Is Nov. 22
It's holiday short story contest time. Now that it's in its 26th year, it's safe to call the Times-Union's annual Holiday Short Story Contest a tradition. This year, we'll run the winning entries on Wednesday, Dec. 21 -- the first day of winter...
'Riverdance' Not Just Irish Anymore, but Still Amazes
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN No matter how many times I see Riverdance, it always leaves me captivated and out of breath. (I can't help it; I'm part Irish). I've seen the dance extravaganza three times: once in Boston and twice in Jacksonville. ...
ROUNDUP; Charlton 'D' Key to Win
Charlton County's offense gets most of the attention, but against Heard County Friday night in Franklin, it was the Indians' defense that stood out. The Indians shut down a loaded Braves offense while Charlton's offense was its usual dominant self...
Smart Call: Leftwich's Audible Led to an OT Victory over Jets
Byline: Bart Hubbuch Times-Union Jaguars beat writer Bart Hubbuch answers your questions about the team each Sunday during the season: Q: Is Byron Leftwich allowed to call audibles yet? In last week's game, there were a couple of plays where...
South Carolina 30, Florida 22
WHAT WENT RIGHT Critical fourth downs: The Gators converted a fourth-and-3 and a fourth-and-8 that kept their final scoring drive alive. BY THE NUMBERS 66 Number of years since South Carolina last beat Florida (1939). 30 Most points the...
Sports Extra
Byline: Travis Hill 2CENTS Dear friends, I beg forgiveness! At the beginning of this season's football journey, I was wandering in the valley of sin, castigating all things Stephen Orr Spurrier. I once was lost, but 30 points later, I am...
Stall-Hogging Cheerleaders: Party Animals
Byline: Laura Capitano Banana Joe's holds the title for the best margarita in Tampa Bay, according to a 2005 Best of Citysearch reader poll. But thanks to some reckless Carolina Panthers cheerleaders, one of the bar's ladies room stalls will live...
Stewart Has Lead, but Johnson Likes Chances
Byline: DON COBLE AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmie Johnson doesn't think he's asking for much -- a couple of wins added with a couple of seventh- or eighth-place finishes for Tony Stewart. "I don't think I'm asking for unrealistic things,'' he said...
Study Tests Impact of Mercury on Ibises; UF Researchers Will Focus on How the Metal Affects the Birds' Behavior
Byline: NATHAN CRABBE GAINESVILLE -- Little is known about how the heavy metal mercury affects ibises, wading birds that live in the Everglades. But some University of Florida researchers are hoping to find out. About 160 ibises will be given...
Teen Outdoes Dad by Shooting 11-Point Buck
Byline: Joe Julavits A sure sign your daughter's growing up is when she shoots a bigger deer than daddy. Jacksonville's Randy Nader witnessed that milestone last month when his 14-year-old daughter, Samantha, dropped an 11-point, 219-pound buck...
The Play's the Thing; It's High Stress and High Turnover for Offensive Coordinators
Byline: GENE FRENETTE For the first time in 20 years, Chris Palmer doesn't have an office to report to during football season. He attended Monday night's Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots game, continues studying tape at his home in Cape Cod...
The Stage Is Set in Springfield; Residential Sales Are Taking off, Businesses Are Moving in, and Developers Are Champing at the Bit -- Springfield Is Ready for Growth. but Will It Come?
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD Christy Frazier, who closed The Art Bar this year after five years in Riverside, has planted roots at the gates of Springfield with The Pearl. After searching for a year, she bought the night club at the corner of First...
This Battle Goes beyond Courtroom; Scott Turow Goes to War in Latest Thriller
Title: Ordinary Heroes Author: Scott Turow Data: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 384 pages, $25 Review by CHARLES MATTHEWS San Jose Mercury News Scott Turow's new novel, Ordinary Heroes, takes him away from his usual turf, the legal...
Trade Mission Is Doing Some Matchmaking; Israel-American Chamber Is Playing an Important Role in Georgia's Visit to Israel
Byline: WALTER C. JONES NESS ZIONA, Israel -- The 24 people sitting around the tables had two things in common: They had something to sell, and they had some things they needed to buy. As the conversation meandered around the room, one by one,...
TRADITIONALLY STAID LIBRARY GETS A DOSE OF FUN; Enthusiastic Librarian Wins National Award His Department's Not Quiet, and It's His Fault
Byline: TERRY DICKSON BRUNSWICK -- If there is a Ten Commandments for libraries, Scott Routsong breaks the one that says, "Thou shalt be quiet." As the children's services librarian for the Brunswick-Glynn County Library, Routsong has been known...
Tutu: Support Gays in Church; the Archbishop Says the Church Is Investing Too Much Time in the Battle against Homosexuality
Byline: BRAD SCHMIDT Sexual orientation is something that cannot be changed and the Anglican community should support the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu said Saturday during a visit to the University of...
Violations
Here are some of the cases recently worked by officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. DUVAL COUNTY -- On Oct. 27, Investigator Paul Graham was working from the Sisters Creek Joe Carlucci Boat Ramp. A black Toyota...
What's Not to like about Crescent Flag?
Byline: Terry Dickson Standing behind me in line for a biscuit a few days ago, Wilfred Smith shook his head and asked, "What is it with you South Carolinians and that flag?" He had seen the state flag tag with the crescent moon and palmetto tree...
Why Comics Are Controversial
Byline: Wayne Ezell Peggy Clapper, a pediatric nurse and Sunday school teacher, called to say that one of our comics was not funny. "Horrific," was how she described Pearls Before Swine, a strip that features a rat and a pig. In Tuesday's...
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