The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 20, 2005

44.3 Million Have Pensions Guaranteed by Government
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.'s retirement plans are unlike conventional pension plans because they're not guaranteed by the federal government. And not all the workers who signed on for the plans knew they weren't guaranteed....
Adkins' Diet Is Too Thin; Arizona State Catches Up to Sliders, Rallies to Eliminate Tennessee from CWS
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO OMAHA, Neb. -- Arizona State coach Pat Murphy didn't completely quit on his team on Sunday afternoon, but he stopped paying attention to what was happening on the field. He figured he wasn't much use to the team anyway,...
Architecture Company Provides All-in-One Service
Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD WHAT'S NEXT: THE STELLAR GROUP Nestled behind a cloak of trees at the end of Hartley Road, the glass and concrete headquarters of The Stellar Group sits like a silent giant beside the hum of moving cars on Interstate 295....
Armor Holdings May Be Poised for Rebound in Stock Price
Byline: Mark Basch Armor Holdings Inc.'s hot stock cooled off a few months ago on concerns that U.S. military demands for Armor's products will slow down next year. But two analysts last week said investors are underestimating Armor's potential....
Biffle Doesn't Tire, Rises to Fifth Victory of Year; Pit Strategy Backfires for Stewart in Nextel Cup Race
Byline: DON COBLE BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Even when he didn't have the best car, Greg Biffle still found a way to win Sunday. A split-second decision to take track position over new tires with 31 laps remaining in the Batman Begins 400 at the Michigan...
Bored? Why Don't You Go on a Fun Brain Quest?
Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport Multiple cases of the What Should I Do on a Rainy Afternoon Blues have been documented in the region. The malady affects children, and symptoms include sustained whining for periods of 15 minutes or more. The affliction...
Caddie Finds Closure after Emotional Week
Byline: GARRY SMITS PINEHURST, N.C. -- Mike Hicks finished an emotional week that he said brought him comfort in the memories of working for Payne Stewart. Hicks, Stewart's caddie when he won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, is now working for...
CareerTrack; FACE TO FACE: JENNY COOK as President, She Helps CSI Uncover Qualified Employees
Byline: CHRISTINA ABEL In choosing the new president to head up $20 million Custom Staffing Inc., the company followed the motto set out by CEO Eric Stevens: "The vision of the company is to promote growth and reward accomplishments." Jenny Cook,...
Contenders Collapse; Goosen and Gore Squander Title Hopes with Disastrous Rounds
Byline: GARRY SMITS PINEHURST, N.C. -- One was the two-time U.S. Open champion known for taking pressure and squeezing victories out of it. The other was literally a Cinderella story, a Nationwide Tour veteran who captured the imagination of...
DOUBLE LIFE; Nick Loren Relishes His Role as Stand-In for John Travolta
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Nick Loren is very close to John Travolta. Sometimes he even is Travolta -- on film, at least. Loren is Travolta's movie double, his stand-in and his occasional stuntman. He's been with the star for 11 movies, including the...
FCAT Grades Prove That Poor Children Can Learn
Byline: Tonyaa Weathersbee It would be easy to hail the teachers at George Washington Carver Elementary School as miracle workers. But to do that would be to sell the children short. Carver sits in a predominantly black area of Northwest Jacksonville...
Financial Pains Begin to Strike on First Coast; Insurance Industry and Utilities Drop Services and Increase Prices to Recoup Costs
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- Don't try to tell Richard Stark that hurricanes don't hit the First Coast. The Vermont Heights homeowner was among thousands of St. Johns County residents stunned by the rain and wind from Hurricane Charley...
Fire Officials Pledge to Help after Storms despite Cost; There Have Been Concerns about FEMA Reimbursing Their Crews after Deployment
Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY With a new hurricane season here, regional fire officials say they're ready to send first responders wherever they're needed after a storm hits, despite budget woes and some nervousness about being reimbursed for the missions....
Flick Picks
Byline: Matt Soergel Here are some of Times-Union movie critic Matt Soergel's favorite movies in theaters: BATMAN BEGINS ***1/2 (3 1/2 stars) A compelling and even believable look at how a rich kid became a tormented type who wears pointy ears...
Gators Silence 'Huskers; Florida Pounces on Nebraska, Emerges in Driver's Seat at College World Series
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO OMAHA, Neb. -- Florida's plan to handle the massively pro-Nebraska crowds that have been packing Rosenblatt Stadium during the College World Series was simple: Pound the 'Huskers early. That way, instead of more than 26,000...
Here Lie the Loneliest Souls, Forgotten but Not without Stories
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS Inside the cemetery gate, along the dead-end road, are three freshly dug graves for three lonely souls who lived and died alone. They lie head to toe, linked only by the timing of their deaths and the anonymity of their lives....
Hopes for a Better Career Hit Nerve That Sparked a Hunger for Learning
Byline: Charlie Patton When Steve Miller finished Jacksonville's Forrest High School in 1983, he never considered college. His grades were poor and all he wanted to do was be a mechanic. Ultimately, he spent 15 years as a golf course mechanic,...
NewsBites
DISCOUNT BOOKSTORE OPENS AT THE LANDING Books are back at The Jacksonville Landing. Discounter Book Liquidators has opened a store at the downtown retail and entertainment center in the space vacated by B. Dalton five months earlier. Book...
OPEN MIKE; New Zealand's Campbell Chases Down Goosen, Fends off Tiger
Byline: GARRY SMITS PINEHURST, N.C. -- Michael Campbell was first a rising star, then an underachiever, then nearly unemployed. He's taken care of the latter problem for the foreseeable future. Campbell, a 36-year-old native of New Zealand,...
Pipeline
Byline: Alison Trinidad Projects filed recently with various regulatory agencies include the following. City development numbers are included for concurrency filings and site-plan reviews when available. Commercial -- Site clearing and...
Retiring Boss Has a Good Nature; He Forged Links with the Community While Managing Okefenokee
Byline: GORDON JACKSON OKEFENOKEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE -- There is a reason Reeves has been the manager of the largest wildlife refuge east of the Mississippi River longer than anyone else. Reeves, who is retiring at the end of the month,...
SIX CHEERS; Turtles Have Friends
Cheers to members of the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol whose alertness may have saved dozens of threatened animals. With restoration work starting, they checked Jacksonville's beaches for turtle nests. The concern, Shorelines reports, was that hatchlings...
Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by Scott Kendrick and Garry Smits 2 CENTS All the defenders of golf equipment advances got plenty of compelling evidence this weekend at Pinehurst No. 2. No golf ball was going to spin and hold those greens Sunday. No hot...
State Eyes Hurricane Sales-Tax Holiday; Move to Cut the Cost of Supplies Was a Great Success in Florida
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER ATLANTA -- One week after Florida ended its first sales-tax holiday on the purchase of hurricane supplies, Georgia officials say they're interested in creating a similar event for Peach State residents. From June 1 to June...
State's Forestry Industry in an 'Alarming Decline'; Foreign Competition Is High and Much Forestland Is Being Developed, Hurting a Business Many Rural Areas Rely On
Byline: TERRY DICKSON People have long debated whether there is a sound if a tree falls in a forest but nobody is there to hear it. The fall of revenue from Georgia's forestry industry, however, has attracted a lot of attention -- but $10 billion...
Suns Get First-Half Grades
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT It wasn't the storybook ending the Jacksonville Suns were looking for to put a stamp on their late surge to the first-half pennant. The Suns allowed two grand slams in a 20-2 loss to the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday in front...
Vines Talking at Pastors' Meeting; He Says His Speech Won't Be Controversial like One He Gave Lambasting Islam's Founder in 2002
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY No controversy, the Rev. Jerry Vines says, not this time. When Vines takes to the podium today at the annual Southern Baptist Convention pastors' conference in Nashville, Tenn., he said his sermon will be about the biblical...
What Will Become of Winn-Dixie's Retirement Plans? Retirees Worry Bankruptcy Will Wipe out Compensation They're Counting On
Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN Blue-suited lawyers roamed Courtroom 4D at the downtown Federal Courthouse building earlier this month as Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. continued its Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, started in February. The lawyers consulted...
Would Georgia Turn Blue for Dean's DNC? the State Party Is Snagging a Few Republican Tactics
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- During his visit June 2, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told members of an Atlanta audience that their mayor, Shirley Franklin, was a busy person because he had trouble connecting with her for...
YOU SHOULD KNOW: DONNA WHEELER; Ex-Banker Adopts a New Passion
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS A lot of people spend a lot of time trying to balance their family and their job. For a few people, like Donna Wheeler, their family can become their job. Wheeler recently launched Plan To Adopt, a consulting company...
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