The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 27, 2006

A.M.Stir
Byline: Compiled by MATT SOERGEL HONEST OPINIONS, PT. 1 A REAL GARDEN SPOT We got some chuckles from a trailer for a comedy this fall called Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It made us...
Area College Capsules
Byline: Jason Schneider BETHUNE-COOKMAN WILDCATS Coach: Alvin Wyatt (67-33, 10th season). Last season: 7-4. Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic (Division I-AA). At a glance: Despite being picked to finish third and fifth in the media...
AREA NOTES; Teen Chosen to U.S. Cup Team
Byline: GARRY SMITS Bud Cauley of Jacksonville has crossed off another goal on his list. The 16-year-old, who is ranked 13th among junior boys in the nation by Golfweek, was named a member of the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team that will face Great...
ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE CAPSULES; ATLANTIC DIVISION Listed in Predicted Order of Finish
1 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES Preview, Page 5 2 CLEMSON TIGERS COACH: Tommy Bowden (52-33-0, eighth season; 70-37 overall, 10th season). LAST SEASON: 8-4 (4-4 ACC, third in Atlantic); beat Colorado 19-10 in the Champs Sports Bowl....
Ballou Returning to Local Airwaves
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Controversial, cynical, confrontational. All were used to describe Rick Ballou when he was a prominent sports talk-show host during the late 1990s for WBWL (The Ball) and later WFXJ (930 AM) before taking a job in Chicago...
Bold VanGorder Toughens Up Georgia Southern Program; No-Nonsense Coach Has Left Impression at Every Stop in His Career
Byline: DONALD HEATH STATESBORO, Ga. - It was a cold, gray and silent December day in Saginaw, Mich., and Wayne State was losing again. Snowflakes whirled to the ground where a football player paced. Linebacker Brian VanGorder was Wayne State's...
Bowling
SCORES Men: Dalton King (737), Gary Farrar (726, his first 700 series), Corey Cielinski (first 300 game, rolled in the First Coast USBC Association Scratch Invitational Tournament at Jax Lanes West), Brett Williams (299 game in First Coast USBC...
Brown Playing like Loyal 'Dog; as Past UGa Stars Have, Junior Running Back Quietly Shares Carries
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Thomas Brown will never put up monstrous statistics that will earn him Heisman Trophy mention. Heck, he might not crack 1,000 rushing yards in any one season throughout his Georgia football career. But that doesn't...
CALLING THE HOGS; Where: Arkansas Games Where: Arkansas gamesWhere: Mississippi State Games
Byline: Compiled by MICHAEL DIROCCO and BOB THOMAS When and why it started: Historians are at a loss to put a date to the first time that Razorbacks football fans first "called the Hogs" during a game, although it came at some point during the 1920s....
CHIEF OSCEOLA AND RENEGADE; Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee
Byline: Compiled by MICHAEL DIROCCO and BOB THOMAS When and why it started: A tradition was born on Sept. 16, 1978, when a student on horseback led the Florida State football team from the tunnel onto the field prior to kickoff against Oklahoma...
Courthouse Project Back, with Cast Much like First
Talk about deja vu. Three of the four firms that had been in the running in 2002 to design a new Duval County Courthouse want to be a part of a new plan to see the project through to completion. One of the firms, Spillis Candela DMJM, already...
Date Idea: Hunting for Gators? Fruit Cove Resident Has a Proven Method, and It Attracts All Kinds of People
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Fruit Cove resident Ben Williams has an answer for anyone intimidated by the prospect of alligator hunting. Her name is Tracey Manno and she's a 5-foot-4 elementary school teacher who loves hunting gators. "I signed on as...
Does New Pool for High School Need to Be Fancy?
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage This is a story of how your tax dollars get spent. It begins with City Councilman Warren Alvarez wanting to build a swimming pool for First Coast High School, which is in his district. "I just think they deserve...
Down South, It's Old hatI; Best Traditions Start with the Bear
Byline: Compiled by MICHAEL DIROCCO and BOB THOMAS Saturdays in the South. Warm breezes, sunshine, barbecue ... and football. And what makes college football -- whether it's in Gainesville, Tallahassee, Knoxville or Baton Rouge -- so darn...
Final Score Can't Disguise Offense's Woes
Byline: Gene Frenette Most of Jack Del Rio's sermons about his first-team offense's August struggles have the same theme: patience. Don't worry, the coach says. The Jaguars are working hard. They're hanging together. Just give it time. NBA...
Flagler County Shootout Ends with Man's Death; the Man's Traveling Companion Was Charged with Taking Hostages
A shootout with police in Flagler County on Friday evening ended with an Orlando man dead and his female traveling companion accused of holding hostages in a convenience store. Dwayne Bernard Calloway, 23, was the passenger of a stolen 2006 GMC...
Florida's Oldest Footrace, Then Jags for This Runner
Byline: FRANCINE KING Matt Ross sincerely wished he could be in two places at once Saturday night. The 66-year-old is a competitive runner, but he's also a loyal Jaguars fan and season-ticket holder. His dilemma was that the 5-mile Summer...
Freshman Senator an Expert at Making Deals; Johnny Isakson Credits His Negotiation Skills to a Career in Real Estate Sales
Byline: WALTER C. JONES MARIETTA - Youngsters wanting to grow up to become president, or at least senator, usually aim for law school as preparation. Despite grumbling from voters about too many lawyers being involved in politics, there remains...
Gambling Law Is Clear, Absolutely
Byline: Mark Woods All over the state, we are getting tough on crime. We are cracking down on "adult game rooms." We are raiding these places where senior citizens go to plop coins into video consoles, chat with other patrons and maybe even...
GATORS NOTEBOOK; QB Tebow Sidelined by 103-Degree Fever
Byline: IAN FISHER GAINESVILLE - Backup quarterback Tim Tebow became the latest Florida player to come down with a fever, and the freshman missed practice Saturday with a 103-degree temperature, Gators coach Urban Meyer said. "He was screaming...
Georgia Team Makes Little League World Series Final
Brady Hamilton drove in two runs, J.T. Phillips struck out eight and Josh Lester made a nice grab of a line drive to thwart a rally, helping Columbus, Ga., defeat Beaverton, Ore., 7-3 on Saturday to win the U.S. title and advance to the championship...
GOP PRIMARY; Johnson for CFO
Three Republicans, two reasonably qualified, are seeking to become Florida's chief financial officer. Senate President Tom Lee and Rep. Randy Johnson have solid conservative records, on cultural issues as well as financially. Tallahassee investment...
Grandson, 4, Dies of Painkiller Intoxication; His Grandmother Is Accused of Putting a Fentanyl Patch on His Head
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA A Hilliard woman remained in the Duval County jail Saturday on charges of manslaughter after she said she placed a strong narcotic painkiller patch on her 4-year-old grandson's forehead, according to police. Patricia...
Hanson Has Wobbly Game; Jaguars Punter Is out of Rhythm, Unhappy with Preseason Results
Byline: GARRY SMITS Jaguars punter Chris Hanson carried a heavy workload in the first half Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, they weren't quality repetitions for the AFC's top returning punter in terms of gross average...
Henson's Star Isn't Shining
Byline: Vito Stellino When Tom Brady was a senior at Michigan in 1999, he didn't beat out sophomore Drew Henson for the quarterback job on a full-time basis until the eighth game of the season. Brady finished his college career by passing for...
His Business Has Focused on Quality
Byline: Terry Dickson When Robert Haase took over Glynn Camera in November 1978, the hottest seller was a camera with an actual built-in light meter. You just twisted a few knobs to match up a couple of needles, and then focused the rascal and you...
It Was 'The Best Place in the World'; Cay's Hair Stylists on the Westside Shuts Its Doors after 47 Years
Byline: CHARLIE PATTON In a way it was like a funeral for a beloved old friend who had lived a long and rich life. There were tears and hugs and flowers delivered and the mood was bittersweet, warm memories tinged with sadness. After 47 years...
JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Peterson out with Ligament Sprain
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Jaguars went into Saturday night's game against Tampa Bay missing one of their key defensive players because Marcus Stroud sat out with a heel injury. They lost a second key starter early in the game when middle linebacker...
JUST PEACHY; Thousands Drive Past This South Carolina Rural Area on Trips to the North Carolina Mountains. Those Who Stop to Visit Will Be Pleasantly Surprised
Byline: JUDY WELLS EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Thousands of First Coasters skirt this rural area on their way to and from the mountains of North Carolina, missing the charm of small towns, antebellum and Victorian homes and residents who take the time to...
McDonald's Knees Not Knocking; Florida Defensive Tackle Who Tore Both ACLs Last Season Is Ready to Play
Byline: IAN FISHER GAINESVILLE - Ray McDonald has a message for any opposing players who might stand in his way this season: Torn anterior cruciate ligaments in each of his knees couldn't stop him, so what makes you think you can? McDonald, a...
NEW ORLEANS, ONE YEAR AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA; SOUNDS of REVIVAL
Byline: MARK WOODS NEW ORLEANS -- The coroner doesn't have to say that he was born in New Orleans, or that he has spent most of his 77 years in the city. His accent does that. The way Frank Minyard talks -- the way street names like "Thcoupitoulas"...
New QB, with Same Result; Nease, in Stachitas' Season Debut, Stops Tenn. Powerhouse
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD UNF hosted two defending state champions Saturday when Nease High School met Memphis (Tenn.) University School, but only one of them looked like it. Nease rolled to a 34-3 victory in the Bill Bates Classic behind a stifling...
'NOLES GIVING ASSISTANTS; Florida State Develops Tradition of Turning Aides into Head Coaches
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- In a mere 59 seasons, Florida State has forged one of the richest traditions in college football history, contributing a staggering number of standouts to the professional ranks. At one time or another, the Seminoles...
OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK; Palatka Man Arrested for Killing Tagged Florida Black Bear
After a six-week investigation, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers, assisted by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, arrested a Palatka man Thursday for killing a Florida black bear....
'Quarterback U' Pupils Schooled; Wright Knows Miami's History of Excellence at Position Brings Pressure
Byline: BOB THOMAS If Kyle Wright had any doubt about the responsibility he was about to inherit as Miami's No. 1 quarterback last season, sitting behind starter Brock Berlin in 2004 made everything crystal clear. Berlin passed for 2,680 yards...
Ranking the Conferences
Determining which conference is best comes down to the criteria. Is it the league with the most national-title contenders? Is it the one with the fewest soft touches at the bottom? Or is it the conference with the greatest depth, solid from top to...
'ROCKY TOP'; Where: Tennessee -- or Wherever the Volunteers' Football Team Travels Where: Tennessee - or Wherever the Volunteers' Football Team travelsWhere: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga
Byline: Compiled by MICHAEL DIROCCO AND BOB THOMAS When and why it started: Felice and Boudleaux Bryant wrote the song in Room 338 of the Gatlinburg (Tenn.) Inn in 1967, but it didn't become a staple at Tennessee until 1972. The Pride of the Southland...
SCRIPT FLIPPED; Thomas Adds Athleticism at Position Traditionally Linked to Strength, Size
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Nose guards usually are defined by their brute strength and considerable size. Not Marcus Thomas. The Florida senior has those attributes -- he's 6-foot-3 and 296 pounds with 24-inch biceps -- but he...
Seminoles 'Reloaded' at Linebacker; FSU Lost Three of Their Top Stars, but Talented Group Replaces Them
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL TALLAHASSEE - To a casual observer, this would appear to be a rebuilding year for Florida State's defense - at least for the linebackers. Four of the Seminoles' top seven tacklers last season were linebackers, and three of...
Sounds Tell a Story in New Orleans; It's Also Known for Its Sights and Smells, but What You Hear Speaks Volumes about a City Trying to Recover after Hurricane Katrina
Byline: MARK WOODS NEW ORLEANS - You don't see this city so much as you taste it, smell it and, most of all, hear it. In New Orleans, sound isn't just some cliche pouring out of a Bourbon Street bar. For the locals, many of whom measure their...
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CAPSULES; EASTERN DIVISION Listed in Predicted Order of Finish
1 GEORGIA BULLDOGS Preview, Page2 2 FLORIDA GATORS Preview, Page 2 3 TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS COACH: Phil Fulmer (128-37, 15th season). LAST SEASON: 5-6 (3-5 SEC, tied for fourth in East). PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Erik...
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CAPSULES; WESTERN DIVISION Listed in Predicted Order of Finish
1 AUBURN Tigers COACH: Tommy Tuberville (60-27, eighth season; 85-47, 12th season). LAST SEASON: 9-3 (7-1 SEC, tied for first in West); lost to Wisconsin 24-10 in the Capital One Bowl. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Brandon Cox, RB Kenny Irons,...
SOUTHERN LEAGUE NOTEBOOK; Smokies Skipper Eyes Redemption
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Tennessee Smokies manager Bill Plummer would like to accomplish a feat he wasn't able to finish in 1996. And he'd like nothing better than to do it next month in Jacksonville. Plummer was the Suns' manager in 1996 and guided...
Sports Extra
Byline: BART HUBBUCH 2CENTS PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem sure sounded defensive this week when pressed about the Tour's lack of drug testing, and we're at a loss to understand why. With the images of baseball, cycling and track and field...
State College Capsules
Byline: Jason Schneider CENTRAL FLORIDA GOLDEN KNIGHTS Coach: George O'Leary (8-16, second season). Last season: 8-5; lost to Nevada 49-48 (OT) in the Hawaii Bowl. Conference: Conference USA. At a glance: The Golden Knights return...
St. Johns Commission Hopeful Held in Contempt on Payments; Child-Support Payments Were Late; He Says the Rulings Were Unfair
St. Johns County Commission candidate Ron Schumaker has been held in contempt of court three times since December for failing to make child-support payments on time, according to court records. Circuit Court Judge John Alexander most recently issued...
Suns Enjoy a Night in the Grandstands; Baseball Teams Head across the Parking Lot to Watch Jags-Bucs
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON After their second come-from-behind victory in two days, the Jacksonville Suns watched someone else play Saturday night. Suns players, coaches, front office staff - even the umpires and the Tennessee Smokies - received free...
Suns Report
Byline: Jeff Elliott JACKSONVILLE***6 TENNESSEE******5 Turning point: Pinch-hitter A.J. Zapp sent the first pitch he saw over the top of the catwalk and into the Alltel Stadium parking lot, a two-run homer in the sixth inning to cap a three-run...
Taylor Shows Early Burst; Back Has Solid Yardage in First Quarter, but "We Can Be Better," He Says
Byline: VITO STELLINO The Jaguars provided a brief glimpse Saturday night of the running game they hope Fred Taylor will give them this year. On their first three offensive snaps against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they called Fred Taylor's number...
Ten-Year-Old Has Quite a Tale; Visitor from Arizona Hooks a Shark, Which Cut Leader, in St. Johns River
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Drew Scholes was in a slump. The 10-year-old hadn't caught a fish in six months, and his great-uncle, Pat Murphy, was trying to help him break out of it. Scholes was fishing with dead shrimp a few weeks ago in the St....
THE CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR ON: SOCIAL ISSUES; Democrats, GOP Take Opposing Positions
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - Long before and since the 2000 presidential election, the Sunshine State has been home to some of the most bitter and divisive social debates in America. The best example may be the Terri Schiavo case in...
The Year Ahead; A Guide to What's Happening on the First Coast
Byline: Judy Wells With 2006 more than halfway over and 2007 looming ahead, it's time for the Year Ahead planning calendar. It's also the time when human fallibility becomes painfully clear. We have tried to accurately include every happening...
This Barrel Could Spell Doom for Some Businesses, Particularly If It Stays Long on the Roads That Feed Them. Just Ask Merchants along Hendricks Avenue in San Marco, Which Have Been Struggling to Stay Afloat in a Sea of Construction Drums. the Road to Ruin?
Byline: DIANA MIDDLETON Some afternoons, a trip down Hendricks Avenue seems to take days. At lunchtime, traffic ebbs and flows, and cars creep through a maze of construction workers shoveling chunks of sidewalk, bulky bulldozers scooping debris...
Three for One Is the Special at JU; as Usual, Dolphins Using a Running Back Rotation, Eschewing Personal Stats
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER For Jerry Brant, Bryan Gamble and Cecil Coltrane, the video-game version of college football is a lot like the real one. Ask one of the Jacksonville University running backs who's best at Madden NFL or NCAA Football 07,...
TOOMER'S CORNER; Where: Toomer's Drug Store, Corner of College Street and Magnolia Avenue in Auburn, Ala
Byline: Compiled by MICHAEL DIROCCO AND BOB THOMAS When and why it started: Toomer's Corner has been a gathering place for city events and Auburn students for more than a century. It's where students gathered to symbolically celebrate out-of-town...
TravelLog
TOP 10 BEST OUTDOOR TOWNS From Outside magazine, the best towns to live in for: Paddling: Bellingham, Wash. Rock climbing: New Paltz, N.Y. Wellness: Sebastopol, Calif. Road biking: Madison, Wis. Trail running: Bend, Ore. White...
U.S. SENATE; It's a Toss Up
Three candidates jumped in at the last minute to challenge U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. The winner among Harris, Leroy Collins Jr., Will McBride and Peter Monroe will face Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill...
Welfare Officials Now Face Hard Cases; Ten Years after Landmark Reform, Georgia's Recipients Have Dropped Dramatically
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - Tameka Little used to be one of those stereotypical welfare cases. At 18, she signed up for the re-named, revamped welfare program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Her work experience was made mostly...
Where Is Elections Coverage?
Byline: Wayne Ezell On the morning after the first gubernatorial debate in the state GOP primary, the big story and photo on the front page of the Times-Union was about contestants vying to be on American Idol. The face-off between Republicans...
Who for Governor? Local Lawmakers Reveal Who They Support in Primary
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE - Collectively, the 15 senators and representatives who represent Northeast Florida in the state Capitol are just as fractured as the rest of Florida over this fall's gubernatorial election. A straw poll...
Wife Charged in Husband's Death; Police Found Gun under Bed in Which She Said She Slept
Byline: MATT GALNOR In the hours after her husband was found shot dead Monday morning, Noni Jamil Stinson told police she was sleeping and heard two gunshots outside their home in a gated Southside subdivision. That was before she knew police...
WORK TO DO; Offense Struggles Early, Then Clicks Late in Win
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Perhaps it's time for the Jaguars to cut the optimism concerning their ineptitude on offense. By the looks of Saturday's 29-18 win over Tampa Bay, maybe there's cause for concern. "I don't want to make preseason excuses...
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