The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 2, 2005

ACLU Offers Freed Felons Lessons on Regaining Rights; Rather Than Automatic Restoration, Florida Has an Application Process after Prison
Byline: JOE BLACK About 30 people gathered Saturday for a workshop aimed at teaching felons how to regain civil rights after their release from prison. Participants said the bans were among the last things that still tied them to their crimes....
AREA NOTEBOOK; Players Can Win Round with Nicklaus
Byline: GARRY SMITS Area golfers will have a chance for a day of golf with Jack Nicklaus by playing in the Jack Nicklaus Heart and Stroke Challenge. The event, which was created to raise more awareness of cardiac and stroke-related conditions,...
Bartram Girls Win Conference; Boys Results Still Unclear Following Scoring Error at St. Johns River Swim Meet
Byline: FRANCINE KING The Bartram Trail High School girls won the the St. Johns River Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships, and there's still a chance of making it a sweep. Because of a scoring discrepancy discovered Saturday...
Bookmarks
Byline: Jennifer Fish DeCamp BOOK SIGNINGS -- Diana Gabaldon will sign copies of A Breath of Snow and Ashes at 3 p.m. today at Books-A-Million, 738 Marsh Landing Parkway in Jacksonville Beach. Employees at the store will begin passing out line...
Breast Cancer Combatted in Sections; Clinical Tests Find UF Method Limits Additional Surgery for Some Cases
Byline: CHERIE BLACK Some Jacksonville physicians are debating whether an innovative procedure for removing cancer cells, now being used on patients at the University of Florida, is more beneficial than the conventional treatment. The method...
COURTHOUSE; Leadership Void
Perhaps never before has a Jacksonville mayor washed his hands so thoroughly of his leadership responsibilities. A couple of months ago, Mayor John Peyton vowed to construct a criminal courts building, and provide offices for the state attorney...
Enjoy Quiet Florida before Condos Take Over
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage Autumn officially began on Sept. 22. OK. Those of us living in North Florida know that the reality of autumn is still weeks away. But there are hints. The last few mornings and evenings I've noticed the songs...
Florida's Gamble Falls Short; Failed Fourth-Down Run in Second Quarter Changes Momentum of the Game
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Florida coach Urban Meyer hesitated for a moment as he considered the situation. Alabama ahead 17-0. The second quarter was about to begin. The Gators had driven from their own 28 to the Alabama...
FSU's Lee Shrugs off Transfer Talk; Backup QB Has Breakthrough Game as Seminoles Roll against Syracuse
Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL TALLAHASSEE -- Xavier Lee wasn't sure when his number would be called Saturday against Syracuse, but just knowing that it would made all the difference. But after FSU's coaches assured him on Thursday that he would definitely...
Funding Woes Alter Jacksonville Plan Timetable; Work Projects around Town Could Linger on to 2025, Rather Than Ending in 2010 as First Planned
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN When Duval County voters marched to the polls and passed a half-cent sales tax increase for the Better Jacksonville Plan, city leaders said the money would fast-track a host of roadwork and get it all done by 2010. But...
Gameday
EARLY CALL TO HALL The most popular player in the NFL might be Tampa Bay rookie running back Carnell "Cadillac'' Williams. The Buccaneer, who made league history last Sunday by opening his career with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games, shipped...
Gameday Week 4; Broncos at Jaguars
NO LONGER SNAKE-BITTEN? Denver Broncos fans have experienced a love-hate relationship with quarterback Jake "The Snake" Plummer since he signed with the team as a free agent in 2003, mainly because of his knack for throwing crucial interceptions....
Guilty Pleas Roll in after Extensive Drug Sting; after a Judge OK'd Using Police Wiretaps in Court, Defendants Change Their Minds about Trial
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM What promised to be a blockbuster trial involving two dozen defendants linked to drug-dealing, gun-running and murder was to start Monday in Jacksonville. But in the past month, nearly all of the men arrested last year in...
How to Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina
UNITED JEWISH COMMUNITIES P.O. Box 30, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113 Specify UJC Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund on checks. Online donations can be made at www.ujc.org NORTH MAIN STREET BAPTIST CHURCH (IN PARTNERSHIP WITH...
In June, Federal Officials Raided an East Palatka Labor Camp, Shedding Light on the Cyclical Situation of Impoverished Farmworkers. but How Much Help Will They Get? Farm Labor Camp Problems: 'Out of Sight, out of Mind'
Byline: MATT GALNOR EEAST PALATKA -- Churches send vans to pick up people from the labor camps on Sunday morning and drive them right back after the service. Health department officials set up mobile clinics at the camps but often fail to make...
It's Tough Training; Becoming Wildlife Officer Isn't Easy Task
Byline: Joe Julavits Just about everyone who reads this column -- the writer included -- has probably fantasized at one time or another about becoming a game warden, or, as we call them today, wildlife officer. But who are the people who actually...
It's Worth the Area's While to Make Use of the Jaguars Alumni Group
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis As Jacksonville takes the field on any given Sunday, a dozen of retired Jaguars players are taking the occasion to create opportunities on the sidelines and in the suites. And then from Monday through Saturday, they...
Jimmy Smith Cherishes His Past but Looks to Future
Byline: Bart Hubbuch Times-Union Jaguars beat writer Bart Hubbuch answers your questions about the team each Sunday during the season: Q: You forgot in your Friday story on Jimmy Smith and Rod Smith to mention that Jimmy also has two Super Bowl...
Jockeying for AFC Position; Today's Game Could Have a Lot of Meaning Late in the Season for Jags, Broncos
Byline: VITO STELLINO A 4-0 record would have been ideal, but the Jaguars won't complain if they finish the first quarter of their season 3-1. They have that opportunity today when they face the Denver Broncos at Alltel Stadium. Both teams are...
Look Who's Sneaking into Top 5 Again
Byline: Mike Freeman TALLAHASSEE -- Uh-oh. Don't look now, but here he comes. Just when you thought it was safe to bash Bobby Bowden, he slips under cover of night, slowly tiptoes up the rankings and screams peek-a-boo before you can say, See...
Losing It All but Gaining Church Family
Byline: Terry Dickson Bob Hicks is pulling off something that perhaps only Billy Graham could accomplish. He is getting 14 churches, maybe more, of different denominations to work on a common cause. The churches include some that baptize by...
Newspaper's War Coverage Falling Short of the Mark
Byline: Wayne Ezell We have received a plethora of complaints, and a few compliments, about the Times-Union's coverage of the war in Iraq. Some say the paper is biased in opposition to the war; others say it shills for the Bush administration. No...
NOTEBOOK; LB Everett Runs It Well on Fake Punt
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Maybe Florida linebacker Earl Everett has a future as a running back. Everett looked pretty good carrying the ball on a 33-yard gain on a fake punt late in the first quarter Saturday against Alabama....
October New Releases
Byline: Jennifer Fish DeCamp A brief look at what's new on bookshelves this month by new and notable authors. On sale dates are subject to change. FICTION The Camel Club by David Baldacci (Warner Books, $26.95): When a homeless man (and conspiracy...
OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK; State Wants Weakfish to Be Stronger
Byline: JOE JULAVITS A proposal to tighten restrictions on weakfish -- known locally as yellowmouth trout -- will be the subject of a public workshop Friday, Oct. 14 in Atlantic Beach. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will...
PARADISE FOUND; Gainesville Photographer John Moran Is Preserving Florida's Quickly Disappearing Natural Wonders One Image at a Time
Byline: ROGER BULL GAINESVILLE -- John Moran spent 23 years as a photographer at the Gainesville Sun, building a large collection of the kind of work that fills a daily newspaper: Car crashes and council meetings, football games and street fairs....
Poll Reveals Irritation with Immigration
Byline: WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- A new poll by the University of Georgia seems to carry good news for Republican strategists. Apparently, Georgians exaggerate the number of illegal aliens in the state, and the majority thinks the illegals haven't...
Public Carries Costs for Evacuees; Federal Funds May Come, but for Now Taxpayers Are Writing the Checks
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE and BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- Georgians might have dodged the rain and wind of Katrina and Rita, but they may not avoid all the damage, at least in terms of the costs of housing, feeding, educating and providing medical...
PUTTING THE BRAKES ON CONSTRUCTION; Nassau Proposing Housing Moratorium Commission Members Are Concerned about a Lack of Adequate Planning
Byline: JORDAN RODACK The Nassau County Commission is considering a proposal that would slap a nine-month construction moratorium on new residential complexes in an effort to better coordinate growth in the county. Commissioners voted last week...
QB Is the Thing for a Ring
Byline: Vito Stellino One of the most difficult feats for an NFL coach is to win multiple Super Bowls with different quarterbacks. Besides Joe Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls with three quarterbacks, and Bill Parcells, who triumphed with backup...
Rating the Teams
Byline: Vito Stellino TEAM*********REC.***COMMENT 1. Indianapolis******3-0***Manning won't throw 49 TD passes this season. 2. New England***2-1***Can rookie offensive linemen block for Brady? 3. Pittsburgh******2-1***Big Ben finally lost...
ROLLED OVER; Gators Humbled, Looking for Answers after Rout
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Remember the confidence and swagger that several Florida players said this past week was beginning to creep back into the program? The Gators must have left it back in Gainesville -- probably sitting...
ROUNDUP; Fitzgerald Knocks off Charlton Again
For the second consecutive year, Fitzgerald knocked off Charlton County to stake an early claim to the Region 2-AA title. The Purple Hurricane rushed for 521 yards on just 53 carries, beating the Indians 29-22 on Friday night in Fitzgerald. Charlton...
Seminoles Dominate Syracuse; during Win, Florida State Can't Help but Watch the Scoreboard as Other Unbeatens Keep Falling
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- The Doak Campbell Stadium scoreboard provided the perfect diversion Saturday afternoon, at times even overshadowing Florida State's relatively easy 38-14 victory over Syracuse. Some of the biggest cheers from...
SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK; Reid's Return a Good One
Byline: BOB THOMAS TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State senior wide receiver and co-captain Willie Reid had an impact in his first action since suffering a right knee sprain in the season opener against Miami. Reid collected his first five receptions...
Shula Makes Statement, Exposes UF's Flaws
Byline: Gene Frenette TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Maybe it's time to put this whole Urban Meyer mania thing on the back burner. And let the son of a coaching icon have the Southeastern Conference spotlight. Because after two seasons of uncertainty and...
Sports Extra
Byline: Travis Hill 2CENTS Call me a heretic, an egotist or fat. But I just don't listen to sports talk radio anymore (actually, that has nothing to do with me being fat. It's more the chili cheeseburgers at 2 a.m.). Ask yourself this:...
Talladega Strategy: Avoid 'The Big One'; for Chase Drivers, Surviving as Important as Winning at Restrictor Plate Track
Byline: DON COBLE TALLADEGA, Ala. -- As the points leader in the Chase for the Championship, Jimmie Johnson has one goal during today's UAW-Ford 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway -- finish in one piece. Unlike the other races in NASCAR's playoffs,...
The Unkindest 'Cut'; Cut Blocks Legal, but Defensive Linemen Wish They Weren't
Byline: BART HUBBUCH It isn't hard to get even the most mild-mannered NFL defensive lineman riled up. Want to see one of them go from zero to wild-eyed and shouting in under six seconds? Just mention the words cut block and its cousins. ...
The Yeah-Ahead Planning Calendar
Byline: Judy Wells Here we go again, another fun-filled 16 months. There are omissions -- deliberate and inadvertent -- and just about everything is subject to change. Let's not forget human foibles, however much we try to edit them out. So get...
TO PRESERVE HISTORY ON ST. SIMONS . . . Group Seeks $700,000 in Public Donations Coastal Georgia Historical Society Plans a New Heritage Center and a Maritime Museum
Byline: TERRY DICKSON ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- The Coastal Georgia Historical Society needs $700,000 to collect $2.5 million and it needs it by the end of December. That's what remains to be raised to obtain a dollar-for-dollar match from a combined...
Undercovered; Every Year Thousands of Floridians Find out Too Late They Don't Have the Right Insurance
Byline: URVAKSH KARKARIA Having your home wrecked by a hurricane is gut-wrenching. Finding out your home insurance doesn't cover much of the damage can prove financially crippling. Hurricane Ivan blew out the front door of Don and Lois Muller's...
Will Ashton and Demi Last? Wanna Bet?
Byline: Laura Capitano "I give 'em three months!" is a common phrase I hear in the newsroom. Whenever a celebrity engagement or wedding is announced, one of my comrades pops up from Yahoo News and shouts predictions on how long the love will last....
Wins Stay in Marine Families; Out-of-Towners Begley, Cavanaugh Are Victorious in Corps Half Marathon
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Two out-of-town runners with Marines in the family won races in the Marine Corps Half Marathon on Saturday morning at Metropolitan Park. Andrew Begley, of Albuquerque, N.M., won the men's division in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 11...
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