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Articles from November 26, 2004

A LOOK AT SEC BASKETBALL: The Times-Union's Michael DiRocco Predicts the Order of Finish
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union EASTERN DIVISION 1*****KENTUCKY (2-0 in '04-05) Coach: Tubby Smith, eighth season (191-52); 14th season overall (315-114). Last season's record: 27-5 (13-3 SEC, first Eastern Division). 2003...
A Trot before the Turkey; Running Families Observe Another Thanksgiving Tradition before the Meal
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON, The Times-Union Tradition, guilt and pumpkin pie. Runners in Thursday morning's Outback Distance Classic had all three motivators on their minds. For the Sher family, this Thanksgiving tradition has been running for...
Beware of Ware in Semis; Ragle's Gators Meet Warner Robins in Class AAAA Semifinal Tonight in Atlanta
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union On his first day as the head coach of the Ware County football program, Dan Ragle called an assembly for every male member of the school. During that 2000 meeting in the school's cafeteria Ragle tried...
Crew Chief Pushes All the Right Buttons; Fennig Kept Busch in Check and Delivered Roush Another Championship
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union HOMESTEAD -- When talk on the team's two-way radio turned from customary chatter to an emotional meltdown a couple weeks ago at Phoenix, a soothing voice broke through the tirade with some important advice: "Listen,...
'Cudas Forward Wants Better Ending; before Federenko's Career Goes on Ice, He Wants to Lead Hometown Team
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union Brad Federenko was ready to hang up his skates. After five years of hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a seven-year pro career, Federenko thought he was done with the sport when the Orlando...
Deficits Plague Charter Schools; 2003-04 Report Urges Better Notification
Dozens of Florida charter schools have budget deficits, a lack of fiscal safeguards and problems with basic accounting, a state Auditor General's review found. Nearly 30 percent of more than 200 charter schools ended the 2002-03 school year with...
Del Rio Carves Up Practice
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union Coach Jack Del Rio moved the Jaguars' practice schedule a half-hour earlier Thursday so the players could have more time to spend Thanksgiving with their families. "We're going to have a quick practice and...
Developer Has Plans to Relocate Fire Station on Beach; Holland Supports Beazer's Plan to Build a Larger Station Nearby to Allow for Road Construction
Byline: David Bauerlein, The Times-Union A homebuilding company might relocate a Jacksonville fire station on Beach Boulevard to make room for a new road hooking into Beach at the entrance to Jacksonville Golf and County Club. Beazer Homes would...
Family Finds Holiday Translates; Georgians with Multiple Roots See American Day's Emphasis on Food and Family Transcend Culture
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Newlyweds Mila and Mathew Cason had their first family Thanksgiving on Thursday. It just took a couple countries, a blended family and a little faith in their daughters' green bean casserole....
Flag Winds Blow against Spurrier
Byline: Mike Freeman, The Times-Union COLUMBIA, S.C.--The flag flies high here, a state-sanctioned symbol of hate, supported by stubborn people who refuse to let go of the past. This is the Ball Dude's new home. What if Steve Spurrier's greatest...
Fox Puts Stretch on Super Bowl Pregame
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union There will be a whole lot more besides football when Fox Sports presents an unprecedented eight-hour pregame show to Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium. Fox is expected to announce this weekend its TV coverage...
Goodwill Industries Helps to Turn People's Lives around for the Better
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer I'd wager that most of us tend to gripe about our jobs. I'd further bet that we realize we need those jobs and rationalize our complaints to help cope with annoyances. Some people...
HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE 04; Christmas Came to Theaters Early This Year (before Thanksgiving). We Can Be Thankful That What's Ahead Looks a Lot More Promising
Byline: Matt Soergel, The Times-Union Luckily for us, Hollywood's already got this year's holiday-themed movies -- Surviving Christmas and Christmas With the Kranks -- out of the way. Watch them, and you'll indeed get so kranky you might not survive...
HOPE FUND; Make a Difference
Americans, known for their generosity, are more charitable than any other society on Earth -- and by a long shot. As a citizenry, we take to heart the phrase, "To whom much is given, much is expected." We salute that spirit of giving to those who...
Jacksonville Journal
NAVAL HOSPITAL TO OFFER AT-RISK PATIENTS FLU SHOTS Jacksonville Naval Hospital and its branch medical clinics will begin offering the flu shot vaccine on Monday to at-risk Tricare patients enrolled with the hospital and its seven clinics, Navy officials...
Jags Enter Daunte's Inferno; Ocala Native Culpepper Is the NFC's Hottest Passer, with Completion Record in Sight
Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union Athletes call it being "in the zone," and Daunte Culpepper is here to say that it really does exist. "I think every player can tell you that is true," he said this week. "You go out there and you just feel...
Locals Welcome Top State Squads; Tournament Offers Opportunity for Jacksonville Schools
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union With the exception of Ribault, girls basketball in Jacksonville doesn't have much of a statewide reputation. But Parker coach Kenny Kallina is hoping to change that perception. After his first season...
Maybe We're Spending a Little Too Much Time Longing for Yesterday
Byline: Eyder Peralta, Times-Union staff writer I don't know what it says about our music world, when Paul McCartney is chosen to headline this country's biggest pop culture extravaganza -- the Superbowl half-time show -- more than 30 years after...
NATURAL RESOURCES; Chamber Steps Up
As the Duval Legislative Delegation sat patiently for several hours in mid-November, dozens of local organizations pleaded their cases for financial support during the 2005 legislative session. Most of those requests were for programs that are important...
Parents Remember Son's Vibrance; Possibly Sleepwalking, UF Student Fell to His Death after Ga.-Fla. Game
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- On the day of his fifth birthday in 1990, David Robert Ferguson proudly looked into his parents' eyes and declared, "I am old enough to cross the street on my own, and I will look both ways." ...
Power Poll
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union 1. Auburn Record: 11-0, 8-0 SEC. Last week (1): beat Alabama 21-13. Dec 4: SEC Championship. Update: Is UF going after Tuberville? 2. LSU Record: 8-2, 5-2 SEC. Last week (2): beat Ole...
SEC BASKETBALL: The Breakdown
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union The Times-Union's Michael DiRocco gives you his thoughts on SEC basketball this season, including who you'd want taking the last shot, the all-freshman squad and four games you would want to see. PRESEASON...
Shopping Guide
MOST STORES OPEN AT 6 A.M. TODAY Weekend business hours for selected shopping centers and stores. Mall department stores have varying business hours; most open at 6 a.m. today. MAJOR STORES WAL-MART Supercenters are open 24 hours. Regular...
Showbar Turns to Dinner, Not Dancing, for Day; Some Don't like Bar Owner's Business, but They Praise Her Charity, Concern for Neighbors
Byline: THOMAS LAKE, The Times-Union Drive north from Interstate 10 on McDuff Avenue and you'll see it. The Pony Showbar sits in a pinkish brick building just past razorblade fences, junked cars and chemical tanks in a neighborhood where grass bursts...
SoHo Pizza Company: Regular, Late-Night Dining in True Style
Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union outdoors editor It's rare that I am totally blown away by a new restaurant in this area. But when I got a sneak peak at the SoHo Pizza Company, I was amazed at what I saw. Located in the Town and Country Shopping...
Special Session to Face 2 Issues; Pre-Kindergarten Program, Hurricane Relief in Contention for Top Priority in Legislature
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING, Capital Bureau Chief TALLAHASSEE -- The calendars are clear. The agenda is not. State legislators have arranged to return to Tallahassee next month for a special, weeklong session starting Dec. 13, but even leaders...
Sports Extra
Byline: Compiled by Scott Kendrick, The Times-Union 2 CENTS I sense there are a few more NBA haters out there this week than last. And there's no doubt that it's justified. Players obviously can't throw punches at ticket-holding customers. ...
Start Holidays with an Auction, Ribbon Lighting
Byline: Tanya Perez-Brennan, Times-Union staff writer We're right on the heels of December, and there are tons of holiday treats coming up in the arts. And what better way to celebrate than to remember what the holidays are all about in the first...
State Aims to Groom Leaders; Government Rate of Turnover 15%
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- When Lonice Barrett began working for the state of Georgia more than 34 years ago, he knew that it was going to be his career. Now, he's not so sure that some of those currently getting jobs with...
Thanksgiving Volunteers Spend a Day 'Giving Back'; Jacksonville Churches and Shelters Join in Effort to Help Those in Need
Byline: CHERIE BLACK, The Times-Union More than a half a dozen Jacksonville-area churches and shelters tried to ensure no one went without a Thanksgiving meal Thursday, serving thousands of people throughout the day. Beginning with the annual...
Tubby's Talent Pool Filled to Brink; New Additions Heighten Expectations at Kentucky, the SEC East Basketball Favorite
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union The rumblings were all around Lexington. Kentucky's Tubby Smith might be a good coach, but he's not exactly the best recruiter. Boy, did Smith prove those doubters wrong. He landed three McDonald's...
Vikings at a Glance
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, The Times-Union Coach: Mike Tice (21-22, fourth season). Record: 6-4 (first in NFC North). Pluses: Minnesota leads the NFL with a 52-percent success rate on third down (65 of 126). . . . The Vikings are second in the...
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