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Articles from February 11, 2005

500 More Things to See; New Look at Daytona for Fans as Well as Drivers
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union DAYTONA BEACH -- Jeff Burton did a lot of homework before coming to the Daytona International Speedway this year. He wasn't looking for a secret to making his Chevrolet fast. He wasn't concerned about the new...
Admiral Supports 2 Carrier Ports; He Confirms Kennedy on List, but East Coast Strategy Remarks Give Hope to Florida Lawmakers
Byline: GREGORY PIATT, The Times-Union The Navy's top admiral told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that the USS John F. Kennedy was the ship selected to be eliminated when the Navy reduces its carrier force to 11 this year under the...
Armor Holdings Ends Strong Fiscal Year; Fourth-Quarter Revenue Tripled, Fueled by High Demand from Military
Byline: Mark Basch, The Times-Union Armor Holdings Inc. Thursday reported higher-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings, completing a year of strong growth fueled in part by high demand by the U.S. military for the company's security products. ...
AROUND THE CONFERENCE; Lebo: SEC Having Down Year
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- The SEC's newest coach was the first one to admit what has been painfully obvious -- and never admitted publicly by anyone else in the SEC -- this season: The league isn't very good. After...
A World of Possibilities on the Menu at Jacksonville Beach's New Mundo Grill
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor In January and early February, hammers and paint brushes were working overtime to get restaurants open in time to take advantage of the Super Bowl. That wasn't the case when I wandered into the empty...
Body Tentatively ID'd as Boy Kidnapped near Tampa
Byline: JOE BLACK, The Times-Union St. Petersburg police said a body found in a Jacksonville home Thursday afternoon has been tentatively identified as a 14-year-old boy who was abducted in the Tampa Bay area in November. Secret Service agents...
Clay County Bus Station Will Expand Public Transportation; Officials Have Hit a Brick Wall in Trying to Find Land for New Transit Facility
Byline: NIN-HAI TSENG, The Times-Union Clay County is preparing to spend about $2 million on a new bus station that will run buses more frequently to Jacksonville, part of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority's efforts to encourage mass transit...
Corpse Shuffle Sparks Inquiry; Mix-Up of Bodies by Medical Examiner Sets off State Probe
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM and JIM SCHOETTLER, The Times-Union The Duval County Medical Examiner's Office has mixed up bodies at least three times since April, symptoms of administrative problems that have prompted an investigation by a state regulatory...
DURAN DURAN; '80S Band Back Together and Soaring like an 'Astronaut'
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union In the '80s, Duran Duran might just have been the biggest band in the world. It was one of the few that can claim to have its own sort of fans: the Duranies, who gawked and screamed and caused pandemonium when...
Edward Waters Picks Well-Versed Interim President; the Retired President of Bethune-Cookman Agrees to Lead Private College
Byline: BETH KORMANIK, The Times-Union The retired president of Bethune-Cookman College agreed Thursday to become the interim leader of Edward Waters College, giving the Jacksonville college an experienced leader but no guarantees as it fights to...
Faith-Based Initiative Fails in Senate; Democrats Hand Perdue Major Setback
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue suffered a major legislative setback Thursday when the GOP-led Senate failed to pass an initiative he supported that would guarantee state taxpayer money can flow to...
Find out What the 'Fight Club' Fuss Is All About
Byline: Matt Soergel, Times-Union staff writer For good reason, David Fincher's Fight Club has become something of a cult item since it was released. Now fans get a chance to see it again on the big screen, which is really where it should be seen;...
Florida East Coast Making Changes at Top; Chairman, President and CEO Anestis Stepping Down; 4th-Quarter Earnings Up
Byline: Mark Basch, The Times-Union Florida East Coast Industries Inc. announced Thursday that chairman, president and chief executive officer Robert Anestis will step down next month and will be succeeded by South Florida banker Adolfo Henriques....
Four Photographers Share Visions of Cuba
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union Sometimes great photographs don't come at the greatest moments. James Quine knew this when he was cooling off in the Rio Miel (Honey River) in Baracoa, Cuba, located on the remote northeastern tip...
Glynn Schools Search Set; Some Board Members Worry That Internal Problems Will Hurt
Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, The Times-Union BRUNSWICK -- The Glynn County Board of Education could launch its search for a new superintendent as soon as next week. The board voted 4-3 Tuesday night to buy out the contract of Superintendent Robert...
HEALTH; Broken Hearts Can Kill
The poets and crooners who have lamented about dying from a broken heart apparently were on to something after all. A new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers indicates a tragic or shocking event -- such as a lost love -- can trigger a...
'Hitch' Gets by on the Charm of Will Smith; He's the Date Doctor in Silly but Fun Film
Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union Hitch isn't much of a movie, but that's not likely to matter much to the, oh, 90 percent of Americans who are Will Smith fans: The man knows how to turn on the charm, and he's given plenty of chances to do just...
Images of Gridiron Greatness on Exhibit in Modis Building
Byline: Tanya Perez-Brennan, Times-Union staff writer OK, I know the Super Bowl is long over. And most you don't want to hear another word about football or to be bothered with any more Eagles or Patriots fans. So I guess maybe this column is...
InMotion Pictures Buys Airport Music Retailer Altitunes; Company's Goal Is to Sell and Rent Music and Movies at 150 Airports
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union Jacksonville's airport movie rental company, InMotion Pictures, now wants your ears as well as your eyes. The six-year-old company said Thursday it bought airport music retailer and New York-based Altitunes...
Jacksonville Journal
900 SAILORS TO RETURN TO MAYPORT SUNDAY Nearly 900 sailors from three Jacksonville-based ships will return to Mayport Naval Station on Sunday from a six-month deployment with the USS Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group. Deployed in August were:...
Jacksonville Woman Reports on Tsunami Relief; She Is Leading Volunteer Nurses on Indonesia Trip
Jacksonville's Charlotte Esarey, a 47-year-old real estate agent, mother and retired Navy nurse, left Saturday for a three-month trip to Indonesia to help the tsunami-torn villages. Indonesia alone suffered at least 100,000 deaths. Esarey, who was...
Kentucky Seeks Another Perfect League Season
Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer There are seven games remaining, but it has already surfaced. 16-0. Again. Just a year removed from a 16-0 regular season -- plus a 3-0 run in the SEC Tournament for a remarkable 19-0 record...
Life on the Road Has Been Good for 'Cudas; Jacksonville Returns to Home Ice Tonight for First Time in Nearly a Month
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union Road trips are usually good for a few funny stories, a lot of pictures, maybe a speeding ticket and some laughs. But for the Jacksonville Barracudas, their recent road adventures have been worth a lot more:...
Longtime Officer Adjusts to Being St. Augustine Chief; He Has Made Some Changes Already to Put More Officers on the Street
Byline: KEN LEWIS, The Times-Union ST. AUGUSTINE -- Police Chief Loran Lueders rose through the ranks for 23 years as a behind-the-scenes leader. Though utterly loyal to the department that gave him his first police job when he was 19, he seems...
Man Shot by Police Still Hospitalized for Injuries
A wanted man Jacksonville police shot during a pursuit Wednesday remained hospitalized Thursday, authorities said. Issac Jesse Martin, 22, of the 2800 block of Myrtis Road faces attempted murder and aggravated assault charges, according to the Sheriff's...
Mitchell Found Not Competent for Trial; He's Charged in Death of Coffee County Deputy, Broxton Policeman
Byline: Terry Dickson, The Times-Union A Ware County jury on Thursday found Willie Mitchell incompetent to stand trial on charges of killing a Coffee County deputy sheriff and Broxton policeman five years ago. After hearing evidence Tuesday and...
MPS Group Sees Earnings Double; Strong Demand for Contingent Labor Helped Company Net $11.3 Million in Income
Byline: Mark Basch, The Times-Union MPS Group Inc. Thursday said fourth-quarter earnings more than doubled, as the Jacksonville-based information technology and professional staffing and services company benefited from a strong demand for contingent...
No Place like Home for Forrest
Byline: EMILY MOSIER, The Times-Union The Forrest wrestlers are feeling very comfortable at home. This season they won their first Kiwanis tournament in 21 years and their first Gateway title in 10 years, both on their home mats. They now hope to...
No TV or Phones for Knight Family -- Just Music
Byline: THOMAS LAKE, The Times-Union John Christopher Knight spoke to us on the phone in a trailer somewhere in rural Kentucky, half a mile from his farm, and everything he said made his music more intriguing. On songwriting, for instance: "I...
Page 2 People
Byline: Compiled by Dan Beynon, The Times-Union SUPER BOWL PARTY PHOTOS RATTLE 'NEWLYWEDS' WORLD Is there trouble in that halcyon haven known as the Jessica Simpson-Nick Lachey marriage? If you can believe the circumstantial evidence, things...
Readers Have Seven More Turning Points
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer On Saturday, I wrote about 10 Jacksonville turning points and invited readers to share theirs. They responded: -- Duval public high schools in 1971. The Southern Association of Colleges...
Reflections on an Old Cornfield
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union columnist If you look at a satellite photo of Jacksonville, you have to search to find the triangular speck of green off Moncrief Road. At 3.788 acres, Simonds-Johnson Park is a pebble in the 82,000 acres of parks...
Road Projects Restart after Time out for Super Bowl; with Super Bowl Visitors Gone, Jacksonville Construction to Begin Again
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union A splurge of road work will hit Jacksonville streets now that Super Bowl XXXIX is over. To minimize road construction during the Super Bowl, the state Department of Transportation and City Hall deferred...
SIMON SAYS; Please, Please Tell Me Now, Is That Simon on the Phone?
Byline: MELISSA CUMMINGS, The Times-Union Times-Union Lifestyle copy editor Melissa Cummings has been a Duran Duran fan for more than 20 years and saw the band in concert in 1984 and 1993, and she'll be there again Sunday. She was supposed to interview...
Skyway Reaches Highest Ridership and Fares; the Pricey People Mover Was Packed Last Weekend, but Might Have Overcharged
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union It took a Super Bowl, but Jacksonville finally saw what the $184 million elevated Skyway Express train in downtown was supposed to look like every day. Skyway stations bustled. Train cars were standing...
SPEEDWEEKS NOTEBOOK; Shootout Could Provide a Glimpse into Season
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union DAYTONA BEACH -- The Budweiser Shootout all-star race at the Daytona International Speedway has been more than an exhibition that kicks off the stock car season. It has provided an interesting look into the Daytona...
Sports Extra
Byline: Travis Hill, The Times-Union 2CENTS A simple plea: Save the NHL. No one in America seems to care, but the sports world will truly be missing out if the NHL goes quietly into the night. Think about it -- this game has everything...
Stadium Snafu Could Have Damaged the City Big Time
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Boys will be boys and, boy, oh, boy, are JEA and SMG, the company that manages Alltel Stadium for the city, proving that. The two are involved in an escalating hissy-fit over who was responsible...
Step Back: Ex-Head Coaches Are Valuable Assistants; UF, UGa among Teams Benefiting from Former Head Coaches on Staff
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union GAINESVILLE -- After five years as a head basketball coach, Larry Shyatt had no trouble adjusting to being an assistant coach again. It was the year in between those two jobs that was tough. Clemson...
Super Con One Glitch in Super Week
Byline: Mike Freeman, Times-Union sports columnist It was supposed to go so smoothly. Celebrities and football and food. What could possibly go wrong with that combination? Then, the checks started to bounce. Then, the cash was gone. Then people...
The Star Power(s) Behind 'The Kind & I'
Byline: TANYA PEREZ-BRENNAN, The Times-Union Stefanie Powers sounded like she was lounging on her hotel bed in complete despair. "It's awful," she said. "There's snow on the ground, and it's 18 degrees." Powers, who stars as Anna in The King...
TRAFFIC; Getting Rid of 'Ice'
There is good news and bad news about the Mathews Bridge. The good news is that the grating will be replaced next year with a surface that a Florida Department of Transportation spokesman says should reduce the swerving and bouncing sensation. ...
Unbeaten 'Noles Try New Rotation; FSU Hosts Auburn for First Time in Regular Season since 1984
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union TALLAHASSEE -- Off to its best start since 1999, the 15th-ranked Florida State baseball team (6-0) will shake up its starting rotation for this weekend's three-game series against Auburn. Junior left-hander...
Wal-Mart Purchases Disputed Land; Retailer Starts Process to Build Market on Property on Southside
Byline: RYAN GEDDES, The Times-Union Despite being rejected by a Florida administrative judge and Gov. Jeb Bush's Cabinet over a plan to build a Wal-Mart on the Southside, the Bentonville, Ark., retailer has decided to purchase the land anyway....
Winn-Dixie's Losses Continue to Mount; Jacksonville-Based Chain Reports a Net Loss of $399.7 Million for Quarter
Byline: Mark Basch, The Times-Union Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.'s stock fell to another record low Thursday after the company reported a big loss and a sharp drop in liquidity in the second quarter ended Jan. 12. The Jacksonville-based supermarket...
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