The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 12, 2006

86 Pounds of Cocaine Seized, 7 Arrested in Police Operation; Nine Suspects in Drug Trafficking Ring Still at Large
Byline: RACHEL DAVIS Jacksonville police along with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials have seized 86 pounds of cocaine, about 1,000 Ectasy pills and more than $344,000 from upper-level drug traffickers since December. Seven people...
Abstractionist's Final Painting Finds a Home at the City's New Downtown Public Library; Private Funds Were Used to Purchase and Install the Piece
Byline: DAN MACDONALD Jacksonville's new Main Library has added a rarity to its collection: the last commissioned painting by the late abstractionist Al Held. An installation crew worked late into the night Wednesday to hoist the untitled 9 1/2-by-60-foot...
Cabdriver Found Shot Dead in Trunk; Picked Up Last Fare Early Wednesday
Byline: DANA TREEN Jacksonville Yellow Cab taxi driver Kenneth Walker hoped his gut feeling was wrong as he drove past Emmett Reed Community Center early Wednesday and saw police cars swarmed around another cab. "I thought, oh my God, I hope...
Campbell's Turns Up Heat with Fajita Soup; but Some of Our Tasters Thought It Was Too Spicy, While Others Found It Not Spicy Enough
Byline: ANN J. KELLEY Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel aren't on a spicy foods kick, although it may seem like it. Last week they were dunking their chips into bowls of cheese and jalapeno dip, and this week they're sipping Campbell's...
Creating Small School Districts Worthy of Study
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage For years, every time there has been a study, a task force or a summit on how to move Jacksonville forward, one subject has always been near the top: education. Education was a top issue during the 2003 mayoral campaign...
Dickey to Give Up Football? Florida Junior Quarterback/outfielder Will Concentrate on One Sport This Spring: Baseball
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Gavin Dickey isn't a two-sport athlete at Florida anymore -- at least for the next few months. Dickey will be a full-time baseball player this spring and won't participate in football practice. The redshirt...
Drug Company Memo Plays Role in Murder Trial; Leslie Demeniuk's Attorneys Say Report Links Antidepressants, Homicide
Byline: KEN LEWIS ST. AUGUSTINE -- The murder trial of Leslie Demeniuk took a surprise turn Wednesday when defense attorneys revealed an internal document from a pharmaceutical company that they say shows a company scientist acknowledging a link...
Ex-Corrections Officer Seeks to Postpone Sentencing 2 Months; Man Wants Ruling to Reflect His Cooperation with the Government
Byline: MATT GALNOR A former state corrections officer is asking his sentencing on prescription drug and steroids charges be postponed two months while he continues to give the government information in hopes of a light sentence, court records show....
Exempt Status on Line for Duval
Byline: GARRY SMITS Jacksonville native David Duval will make his first PGA Tour start of the season at the Sony Open this week. It also begins his final year of exempt status on the Tour -- unless the 1999 Players champion and 2001 British Open...
Gators Not So Hot, Still Win; Hamstrung Florida Improves to 15-0 with Win over Mississippi State
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- Florida had its second-worst shooting night of the season. One of the Gators' best players was sick with strep throat, and hadn't practiced the last two days. Just before the pregame shoot-around, another...
Glynn Panel Ready to Address School Issues; Board of Education Selects Chairman, Vice Chairman and Attorney for the District
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK -- New leaders in place, the Glynn County Board of Education is ready to tackle the new year. Dave Smith Jr. was elected chairman Tuesday night by an unanimous vote of his six colleagues on the panel. He previously...
Haas Upsets No. 1 Federer in Kooyong Classic, Coria Next in Line
Roger Federer was upset by Tommy Haas in an Australian Open tuneup on Wednesday in Melbourne, though the loss won't count in his ATP record. Haas, ranked No. 41, fended off three break points while serving for the match and closed a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4...
Hilliard Fined by FHSAA; School Penalized after Bizarre Boys Basketball Forfeit against ACD
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT Hilliard High has been slapped with a financial penalty by the state athletic association following its forfeit to Arlington Country Day in a boys basketball game last Friday. ACD held a 68-14 lead with 5:28 remaining in...
House OKs Heating Fuel Tax Relief; Few Vote against the Measure, Although Democrats Are Suspicious of the Motives
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA -- A bill backing Gov. Sonny Perdue's suspension of half the state sales tax on home heating fuels for the coldest months of the year breezed through the House on Wednesday. On a 169-2 vote, lawmakers approved...
It's a Typical, Tough Season in ACC Hoops: Duke Is No Fluke
Byline: BOB THOMAS The Atlantic Coast Conference basketball season is roughly three games old and a few things are readily apparent: J.J. Redick hasn't lost his shooting touch, road wins are rare precious gems, and as former Virginia coach Pete...
Jacksonville Journal
PULASKI ROAD SECTION WON'T REOPEN FOR WEEKS Pulaski Road in Jacksonville between Howard Road and New Berlin Road will remain closed until around Feb. 22, after being shut down this week. One lane will remain open for local traffic only. Two lanes...
JIA Director Steps Down after 2 Years; Family Ties Main Reason for Resignation, but Bewley Said There Were Some Differences with Upper Management
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Jacksonville International Airport's director has resigned in order to return to the West Coast, from where she came to the First Coast two years ago, sparking organizational changes within the Jacksonville Aviation Authority....
Let's Get Chappell Case Right, Bush Says; the Governor Said He Means No Disrespect to Shorstein, Understand His Criticism
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- The 42-year-old case of Johnnie Mae Chappell is not yet cold enough to close, Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday in explaining his decision to appoint a special prosecutor to re-examine the racial slaying in Jacksonville....
March to May for the Players
The Players Championship, the richest event on golf's PGA Tour, will have a new date next year. The 2007 Players will be May 10-13. This year's event is March 23-26, the final time the tournament will be played in its traditional late-March time slot....
May-Be a Great Move; Event Switches to Warmer, Drier Month
Byline: GARRY SMITS Four decades of golf tradition on the First Coast will change next year as The Players Championship makes a long-anticipated move from the fourth week of March to the second week of May. The 2007 Players will be May 10-13....
Memories of Food Take You Home
Byline: Dan Macdonald Last week, Dallas author Ruth Ann Carpenter asked me to join her for a conversation about people's relationships with food. She is working on a book on the subject, and one of the questions was about food memories. I recalled...
NBC, Golf Channel Get in Swing; CBS Remains the Leader with 19 Events, but Two Other Networks Increase Their Share of Coverage
Byline: GARRY SMITS CBS is still the big kid on the PGA Tour TV block, but NBC and The Golf Channel increased their presence with the announcement Wednesday of the Tour's new network and cable contracts. And the contracts will be for a longer...
'Old Man' Playing like New for FSU
Byline: Bob Thomas Andrew Wilson has spent the better part of his Florida State basketball career spinning his wheels, both figuratively and literally. Wilson's battered body -- the list of injuries is too long to chronicle in limited space --...
Pedestrian Struck, Killed Crossing Beach; Authorities Say the Vehicle That Hit Him Was Passing under a Green Light
A Jacksonville man was struck and killed Wednesday while crossing Beach Boulevard near Beachwood Boulevard, authorities said. David Hunt, 51, who authorities said was homeless, was hit as he crossed the street about 6:25 a.m. A Toyota pickup...
Power Poll
Byline: Bob Thomas Basketball rankings 1. Duke Record: 15-0, 3-0 ACC. Results: def. Wake Forest 82-64; def. Maryland 76-52. This week: at Clemson on Saturday; vs. N.C. State on Wednesday. Comment: One of three remaining unbeaten teams....
Rants & Raves; Jaguars Need to Spend Offseason Looking Inward T-YOU
I think it's time for the Jaguars to have a review of their season. If they reviewed it, they'll see that our coach has failed miserably. He has a sorry offensive coordinator. He doesn't know how to call plays. They were completely befuddled by coach...
Reader Recipe Exchange; T-YOU
Susan Bush is looking for a recipe from yesteryear: "I had a recipe for Red Hot Cinnamon Candy Apples that was published in the Florida Times Union in the '70s. It is the best recipe I have ever had. My copy was thrown away by accident; if your have...
Slicing Up Our School Districts?
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Opinions are mixed about whether a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow Florida's largest school districts to split into smaller ones will garner the three-fifths majority from legislators necessary to be...
Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by David Johnson 2 CENTS The Longhorns wouldn't listen. Nearly everyone had the three-peat in the record books -- Southern Cal over Texas. The doubters were out there. They didn't believe Vince Young had any help. They...
STATE OF THE STATE; Perdue Touts Schools, Tax Cuts New Revenue Clears the Way for Extra Spending, He Tells the General Assembly
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE and WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA -- With his job up for grabs in November, Gov. Sonny Perdue highlighted education and tax cuts in the final State of the State address before he faces voters for re-election. Supporters hailed...
TRANSPORTATION; Plan for Boomers
If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you are Jacksonville's baby boomers. The last of you just hit 40 in 2004, and the oldest of the bunch will turn 60 this year. And what does that have to do with transportation in Jacksonville? All the...
Williams Heading Right Past 'Lefty'
Byline: BOB THOMAS Charles "Lefty" Driesell deserves the credit for building Maryland basketball during his foot-stomping, 17-year run from 1970-1986, piling up 348 victories and carrying the Terrapins to the NCAA Tournament eight times. Few...
Wine Tastings
Tasting events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the next week. Tasting prices vary. To list a tasting or a wine dinner, call (904) 359-4325 or e-mail dan.macdonald@jacksonville.com. TODAY AROMAS CIGAR, WINE AND MARTINI BAR: 880...
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