The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 8, 1998

$25,000 Bought Schools a Big Disappointment
Surprise. Surprise. The search for a new school superintendent is quickly becoming a bollixed-up mess. The nasty turn is par for the course for this school system and this School Board. For starters, the national search firm hired by the...
Blockbuster Summer
The calendar says May 8, which puts us in the heart of spring. But as any movie fan knows, the calendar is wrong: Summer's begun. It's the summer movie season, that happy time of big budgets, big effects and big ad campaigns. Hollywood...
Boardwalk Planned for Cumberland
ST. MARYS -- A salt marsh boardwalk will be built at the south end of Cumberland Island -- possibly within the next year -- with the bulk of the costs paid through a grant by Georgia-Pacific Corp. The Atlanta-based timber company, with...
Briny Bay Cooks Up Seafood
Bo Meade, chef at Briny Bay Seafood Restaurant in Jacksonville Beach, has over a decade of seafood restaurant experience to boast about. Meade got his start in the seafood business 12 years ago at Barnacle Bill's in St. Augustine. "I...
CHOOSING A NEW SUPERINTENDENT: THE FIRST TWO CANDIDATES Fryer: Job `Just Struck Me Right in the Heart'
Relentless energy. Intense focus. Task-oriented. A quick study. Those are some of the phrases used to describe John C. Fryer Jr., a retired Air Force major general who would like to take on a new mission. He wants to run the Duval County...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Just because he is Jewish and I am Jewish doesn't mean his fight is my fight." -- Debbie Smith, a teacher from Glynn County, concerning a Jewish father who has threaten to sue because his daughter's softball team insist...
CSX Subsidiary to Pay $30 M for Loan Fraud
A CSX Corp. subsidiary has agreed to pay $30 million to the federal government as a result of student loan fraud the Jacksonville-based company committed in the late 1980s. Cybernetics and Systems Inc., which in the 1980s operated a student...
Dear Feds: Send Money for Big Hole
WASHINGTON -- Dear folks: I'm here with a contingent from Jacksonville. Some of the city's biggest names are trying to fill a big hole next to Hemming Plaza with some good old fashioned federal money. Last year, many of the same business...
Don McLean Is about More Than `American Pie'
When Garth Brooks played New York City's Central Park last August, he was playing to millions of people, thousands and thousands live and millions more on worldwide cable television. He had a great band, bunches of hit songs, a fantastic stage,...
`Fantasticks' a Simple -- and Simplistic -- View of Life
Try to remember the kind of September in which only boys wanted to see the world and earn glory. Try to remember the kind of September in which a girl's dreams were limited to wearing a golden gown and dancing until dawn and being kissed...
Finance Reports Divulged Candidates Report Personal Status
ATLANTA -- Financial disclosure reports released yesterday make the Republican race for governor look like a battle pitting a pack of Davids against a financial Goliath. Guy Millner, the Republican frontrunner and founder of Norrell Temporary...
First Coast, PhyCor Face Doctor Suits
The long simmering acrimony between the doctors who make up the First Coast Medical Group and a Nashville-based physician management company that runs their practice has boiled over into court. Ten doctors filed separate suits against First...
Florida a Top Incentive State
Florida has been making a name for itself when it comes to economic incentives. Last week, Florida emerged on a list of states considered significant in offering economic incentives for expanding manufacturers. Moreover, five of the...
Gator Bowl Deal Done, NBC Says
NBC said yesterday that it has reached a new four-year contract to continue televising the Toyota Gator Bowl, outbidding CBS. But Gator Bowl Executive Director Rick Catlett said not so fast. "They have not gotten back to me on a couple...
Good Barriers Keep Children Safe near Pool
A child can drown in the short time it takes to answer the phone. About 300 children under 5 years old drown each year in residential pools nationwide, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Pool owners, especially...
Guthrie: Duval Schools Are `Poised to Take Off'
Hal Guthrie has devoted his life to public education. At 21, he became an elementary teacher in northwestern Pennsylvania. Twelve years later, after working his way up to principal and assistant university professor, he took over as superintendent...
High Court Overturns Death Sentence
Pointing to the killer's age and troubled upbringing, the Florida Supreme Court yesterday overturned the death sentence of a Jacksonville man convicted of a 1995 murder outside an Arlington pool hall. Justices said Ryan J. Urbin, now 20,...
Israel's Jubilee a Moving Experience
ORLANDO -- When I finally found the press seating among thousands of people in the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday, I couldn't wait to sit down. My hands were full with magazines, business cards and resource materials I'd picked...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I love the superintendency. It is the most important work in the world." -- Hal Guthrie, a candidate for Duval County school superintendent. Story, page A-1. BOB PHELPS' PEOPLE With the approach of Mother's Day, Evy...
Law Agencies Target Drunken Boaters
Law enforcement officers will patrol Jacksonville from the water, air and shore tonight and tomorrow in a crackdown on drunken boating. "Operation Life Ring" will include 14 officers from the Florida Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission,...
McLean's Style Is All Music, No Flash
Don't expect smoke bombs, dancing backup singers or flashy lights when Don McLean performs at the FCCJ Wilson Center for the Arts tomorrow. It's just pretty much him and his acoustic D-45 Martin guitar and the voice that gave us one of...
Miami Enjoys Visits to JU
Because of the University of Miami's great location, nestled in South Florida's Coral Gables, the Hurricanes' baseball team seldom has to venture out of the region to play games. Their annual schedule is loaded with home games because opponents...
Nease Outlasts Gulf Breeze Panthers Advance to Regional Final
Nease pitcher Christal Stieb stood on the field just after her team defeated Gulf Breeze 6-4 in a second-round game in the 5A state softball playoffs, and just before she received a celebratory Gatorade dousing by her teammates. "They [Gulf...
Nease Wins State Title
*********** CORRECTION (5/9/98) Due to incorrect information from a correspondent, Nease High School golfer Darren Scott was misidentified on Page C-1 of yesterday's editions. Scott was the Panthers' highest finisher with a 73-70--143....
Nierenberg's JSO Career Ends on a Perfect Note
Lyric soprano Kathleen Battle added a bright red exclamation point to the 14-year career of Maestro Roger Nierenberg as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra last night. In a concert saluting Nierenberg's last appearance at...
Parking Spaces Wanted Downtown Event Will Cause Scramble
A parking space might be especially hard to come by in downtown Jacksonville this morning. As if parking spots aren't hard enough to find during the week, downtown workers and attendees of an event at the Times-Union Center for the Performing...
Plenty of Musical Food for Your Soul
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Starry Nights Series started off on the classic rock tip, with Kansas. Now the series takes a few steps back to the Motown era, with the Four Tops. The Tops were one of the best interpreters of the legendary...
Riding Winds of Change Vanderbol Gets Break in Worrell
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Jacksonville sailor Steve Vanderbol got what he was looking for yesterday. The 19 remaining boats in the Worrell 1000 offshore catamaran race from Fort Lauderdale to Norfolk, Va., took off in a spinnaker start at 10...
Schools Get Grant for $15 M Low Achievers Targeted
In a major boost to Jacksonville's school-reform efforts, the National Science Foundation said yesterday it will give up to $15 million to Duval County schools to beef up math, science and technology programs. The grant, spread over five...
Skynyrd out to Help a `Frynd'
Gary Smalley's hairdo is more new wave than classic rock. A prickly shade of gray, and scrub-brush-short, it has come a long way since its waist-length days in the '70s and '80s, back when the Jacksonville resident was churning out hot guitar...
Some Jews Say Team Prayer OK
BRUNSWICK -- A former president of a synagogue in Brunswick is defending a girls softball team that a Jewish parent says offended his daughter by reciting the Lord's Prayer on the field. Richard B. Altman, a former president of the Temple...
Suwannee Park Goes out on Limb
Visitors to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak already have some fairly good on-site living options: They can either stay in one of the cabins or bring their own live-in transportation, like a Winnebago, and enjoy the sights...
Vote Due on Separate Basic Training for Males, Females
Despite the efforts of Rep. Tillie Fowler, R-Fla., the House National Security Committee voted this week that military men and women should be separated during basic training. If approved, the measure would require the Army, Navy and Air ...
Want Action? `Deep's Impact a Little Shallow
It's the end of the world as we know it in Deep Impact, but few actual human beings seem to be affected. A '70s-style disaster flick -- the first of two asteroid movies this summer -- it's less about mindless action than one might expect,...
West Nassau Reaches 3A Final
CALLAHAN -- Entering last night's softball game with a 26-4 record and in the Class 3A state playoffs for the second consecutive year, West Nassau had a decided advantage against visiting Marianna. The Bulldogs, who were 1-17 two years ago...
Windfall for State Paying off Fund Frees Up $800 M
TALLAHASSEE -- The state government, school boards and counties could reap a bonanza of up to $800 million next year because the Florida retirement fund is financially sound at long last. The soaring stock market has enabled the state to pay...
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