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Articles from October 31, 2004

7th Circuit Public Defender
(Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Volusia counties) JAMES PURDY (R) Age: 51 Religion: Christian Marital status: Married Family: Two stepdaughters, one son Education: Juris Doctor, Nova Southeastern University Occupation: Criminal attorney...
Also on the Ballot
DUVAL COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT 4 (nonpartisan) DOUG I. MOORE Did not respond to questionnaire ALBERT WILCOX JR. (I) Age: 29 Religion: Baptist Marital Status: Married Family: Wife, Hasani Farley-Wilcox,...
Around the World
TOP 10: HAUNTED HOTELS Following are the top haunted hotels in the United States, from about.com: 1. Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, La. 2. Queen Mary Hotel, Long Beach, Calif. 3. Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, Calif. 4. Crescent...
Baker County Property Appraiser
MARK LYONS (R) Age: 43 Religion: Did not respond Marital status: Single Family: Doff and Mary Lyons, father and stepmother; Wilma Rowe, mother Education: Baker County High School graduate Occupation: Personal assistant/business manager...
Beitia Takes Blame after Three Misses
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- In one week Florida State senior kicker Xavier Beitia went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. After preserving the Seminoles' national title hopes with a game-winning field...
Bookmarks
Byline: Jennifer Fish DeCamp, The Times-Union BOOK SIGNING Best-selling author Janet Evanovich will sign copies of Metro Girl (HarperCollins, $26.95) at 5 p.m. Friday at Costco, 4901 Gate Parkway. For more information, call (904) 997-7010. ...
Bulldogs Deep-Six Losing Streak; Players Celebrate Long-Sought Victory with Fans as Emotions Flow
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union There must be something about the color red and painful losing streaks. A day after the Boston Red Sox celebrated the end of the Curse, the Georgia Bulldogs, clad in red jerseys (the Bulldogs lacked the...
Camden County Gets 25th Consecutive Win
Camden County won its 25th consecutive game and sixth Region 3-AAAAA title in a row with a win over Bradwell Institute on Friday night, but the game was closer than anyone would have predicted. Trailing 6-0 at the half, the top-ranked Wildcats scored...
Circuit Judge Group 9
(nonpartisan) (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, Union counties) HARVEY BAXTER Age: 59 Religion: Methodist Marital status: Married 35 years to Terry Bain Baxter Family: Sons, Brian 32, and Craig, 30; and a 2-year-old grandson....
CONGRESS; Martinez Matters
The U.S. Senate race pits Republican Mel Martinez against Democrat Betty Castor, an interesting contrast. Castor previously served as state senator, education commissioner and college president. Martinez, a former Orange County chairman, resigned...
Constitutional Amendments
NO. 1 Parental Notification of a Minor's Termination of Pregnancy Ballot summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to require by general law for notification to a parent or guardian of a minor before...
County Reviews How Courthouse Plans Went Bad; Many in City Hall Are Placing the Blame on Cannon Design, the Original Design Firm
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA and MATT GALNOR, The Times-Union Twenty-seven million taxpayer dollars are gone. Duval County is years behind schedule for a new courthouse. And, more than three years after the first checks were cut, the county is...
Dolphins' Defense Comes to the Rescue; JU Holds on for 31-24 Victory over Webber International
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT, The Times-Union With a Pioneer Conference South Division championship lost last weekend, Jacksonville University didn't have a lot to play for Saturday in its game against Webber International. But you never would have guessed...
Dragster Shocking Crowd at Air Show; Super Shockwave Truck Blasts Flame, Smoke from Pratt & Whitney Engines
Byline: Dan Scanlan, The Times-Union Not all the jet action is in the sky at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station Air Show. Twice each show day, 41-year-old Scott Shockley takes his Super Shockwave truck out on the tarmac, blasting flame and smoke...
DROUGHT OVER; Florida's Dominance Finally Ends
Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union They didn't quit, but heaven knows they could have. Their coach had been fired on Monday, two days after one of the most embarrassing losses in program history. They were full of anger and resentment,...
Duval School Board District 7
(Nonpartisan) CHRISTINE BUCKLEY Age: 45 Religion: Member of Mandarin United Methodist Church Marital status: Married for 25 years Family: Husband, Kevin; sons David 22, and Matthew 19 Education: 1 1/2 years at University of Florida...
Election Ghosts Linger at '04 Polls; Groups Try to Make Sure All Votes Count This Time Around
Byline: VICKY ECKENRODE, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- In a classroom inside First Iconium Baptist Church, volunteers sort through yard signs and discuss strategy. They pick up buttons and car magnets and coordinate cell phone numbers. But the gathering...
Emotions Run High Today; Inspired Gordon Aims to Cut into Busch's Chase for the Championship Lead
Byline: DON COBLE, The Times-Union HAMPTON, Ga. -- Kurt Busch is the only driver among the 10 in NASCAR's Chase for the Championship who has done everything right. But he admits that might not be enough to help him win his first championship. ...
Faith and Faithful Are Factors in Vote; Religious People and Leaders Are Energized in Presidential Race
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY, The Times-Union Suzanne David and Evelyn Hohorst are deeply religious women. Both oppose same-sex marriages, abortions, stem cell research. And both, like a lot of voters, say faith will guide their decisions on Election...
Firing Fans Conspiracy Flames; but If Georgia Fans' Theory Held Water, It Backfired on Saturday
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union There was a conspiracy theory floated by University of Georgia fans this week. University of Florida coach Ron Zook was just a pawn in a master plan concocted by Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley, according...
Florida Senate District 3
BARRY BROOKS (D) Age: 40 Religion: Presbyterian Marital status: Married to Robin Family: Son, Garrett Michael 2 1/2 years Education: A.A. in criminal justice, Tallahassee Community College; B.S. in criminology, Florida State University;...
Forgiven, Not Forgotten; Leftwich Had 4 Turnovers in First NFL Start at Houston a Year Ago
Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union Byron Leftwich goes back to Houston's Reliant Stadium today with a hot hand and a lot of memories. So much has changed for Leftwich and the Jaguars since he made his first NFL start against the Texans in...
Full Speed into the Slow Lane; Owner of Day Spa and Hair Salon Finds Comfort in Career Shift
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS, Times-Union staff At first glance, Twyla Ashman's resume seems like a collection of unconnected dots, a map of personal and professional growth that follows an uncoventional path. Starting with engineering while in...
Gators Lose Crowder at Worst Possible Time; Injury Shelves Sophomore Linebacker and Defense's Emotional Leader
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union Just what the Florida Gators defense didn't need. Not for this game, against its top conference rival. Not for this season, now at risk of morphing from tumultuous to disastrous. And not for morale...
Ghost Stories at Work
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS, Times-Union staff As you spend your evening trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples or dodging ancient Irish spirts, we thought it might be appropriate to remind you that spookiness isn't confined to after-work hours. ...
Giant of an Old Gator Has 300-Pound Hide
Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union Jacksonville's Michael Golonka has hunted alligators all over Florida, from Lake Okeechobee to Lake Miccosukee, but the three-legged behemoth he recently harpooned in Lake George is the one he'll hang on his...
Glynn Academy Thwarts Brunswick; Red Terrors Romp to Win, Denying Pirates a Spot in State Playoffs
Byline: MIKE MORRISON, Times-Union correspondent If Glynn Academy wasn't going to make the playoffs, the Red Terrors were going to make sure that their cross-city rival were going to home in the postseason as well. Needing a win to clinch a playoff...
How She Met the World's Cutest Boy
Byline: Judy Wells, The Times-Union Jill Conner Browne, a.k.a. Boss Sweet Potato Queen, who was in town for a book signing recently, told how she met her husband, Kyle Jennings, a.k.a. The World's Cutest Boy. She was at a book event in Fair hope,...
In Season of Comebacks, Smith's Ranks near the Top
Byline: Bart Hubbuch, The Times-Union HOUSTON -- Jimmy Smith remembers all too well the last time the Jaguars stepped foot in Reliant Stadium. Ironically, Smith recalls almost every moment of that 24-20 loss to the Houston Texans 13 months ago,...
It's Just Florida Luck That We Would Repeat; the State Is Once Again under the Spotlight, but Hopefully Not like 2000
Byline: DAVID DECAMP, The Times-Union Why here? Why again/ Why so close in Florida? There were 6,138,765 votes counted in 2000. It took 36 days and two Supreme Courts to decide it came down to 537 (they think). Wasn't that like a lightning strike?...
Jacksonville Beach Council Seat 1 At-Large
PENNY CHRISTIAN Age: 60 Religion: Methodist Marital status: Married to Sam Christian Family: Son, Blair, and daughter Amanda Education: Fletcher Junior/Senior H.S.; BA in Sociology from Vanderbilt University; Masters in Social Work from...
Jacksonville Beach Council Seat 3 At-Large
LEE "BEACH" BUCK Web site: leebuck.com Age: 69 Religion: Beach United Methodist Church, Jacksonville Beach Marital status: Married 43 years to Darla Buck Family: Four daughters, 11 grandchildren Education: Bachelor's degree, Florida...
Jacksonville Beach Mayor
E. BLAND COLOGNE Age: 51 Religion: Christian Marital status: Married to Mona for 23 years Family: Lori, Shawn and Brandon. 4 grandchildren Education: Bachelor of Science, American University; Graduate Studies, George Washington University...
JAGUARS ON THE BALLOT; Players Just as Split between Presidential Choices
Byline: Gene Frenette, The Times-Union Bob Whitfield is sitting at his locker, talking politics. Though he attended a prestigious academic school at Stanford and started his own music recording business 10 years ago while playing for the Atlanta...
Ken Francis Diary
Jacksonville native Ken Francis, crew chief for Jeremy Mayfield, heads into Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Speedway on the 10th-place team in the 10-car Chase for the Championship. Mayfield was sixth last week at...
Last-Minute Scramble Begins to Get Voters Out
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER, The Times-Union ATLANTA -- Following a year of record voter registrations, Democrats and Republicans are now unleashing massive grass-roots campaigns designed to spur Georgians to the polls on Election Day -- with each side...
Local FEMA Centers Still Open for Storm Victims; Help Sites in Jacksonville and Elsewhere in Northeast Florida Have Funds and Information
Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, The Times-Union Disaster assistance specialists have met with nearly 800 people since the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Jacksonville on Oct. 1. The question now is where are...
Manilow a Capable Performer, but Is He Too Sweet for Cynical World?
Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union You'd think that as inoffensive as Barry Manilow is, he couldn't conjure strong emotions. But during his Friday night concert at Veterans Memorial Arena, there were times when he made you want to scream and...
Maryland Ends FSU's Title Dreams; Terrapins' Statham Passes for 333 Yards as Rix's Rally Falls Short for FSU
Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Filing to the locker room with a sea of red shirts swarming the field at Byrd Stadium behind them, Florida State players were no longer wearing the look of shock. Maryland's 20-17 upset...
Matchups to Watch
QB BYRON LEFTWICH VS. OLB KAILEE WONG The Jaguars have turned the keys to their offense over to Leftwich in the past four weeks, and he has responded by throwing for at least 298 yards in every game. Jacksonville is just 2-2 in that...
Mixed Tournament Gets Promotional Boost
Byline: Garry Smits, The Times-Union The Jacksonville Area Golf Association has launched a major effort to restore its annual Mixed Two-Ball tournament to past prominence, when it was one of the top team events on the First Coast. Tournament...
NAACP Summit Tries to Unravel School Problems; Participants Share Ideas for Improving Performance of Black Students
Byline: TIA MITCHELL, The Times-Union Parents, students, educators and community leaders came together Saturday to discuss ways to improve the educational experience for Jacksonville's black youth. Guiding the discussion on the final day of the...
Nassau County Commission District 3
THOMAS BRANAN JR. (R) Age: 59 Religion: Baptist Marital status: Married, Joni Jones Branan Family: Three children, ages 33, 31, 30; six grandchildren Education: Chamberlain High School graduate, Tampa; Jacksonville Fire Academy; Certified...
Nassau County Property Appraiser
PAULINE CALHOUN (D) Age: 59 Religion: Baptist Marital status: Single Family: Son, Steven, 28 Education: Associate, business administration Occupation: Business owner, nine years in Hilliard Experience: 30 years managerial and supervisory...
Nassau County Sheriff
BEN MCCORKEL (D) Age: 54 Religion: Baptist Marital status: Married Family: Wife, Valarie; sons, Danny, 33, and Jody, 32; daughter, Peggy, 30; and five grandchildren Education: High school; Police Academy, law enforcement instructor ...
Neptune Beach Councilor Seat 2
CONNIE GREEN AUSTIN Age: Did not respond Religion: Episcopalian Marital status: Married to Ed Austin Family: Three children Education: Newcomb/Tulane University; B.A., University of Miami; M.A., Long Island University; local public schools...
No Favoritism for Elections Job, Council Says
Byline: MATT GALNOR, The Times-Union If there's any position Jacksonville should fill without any sense of favoritism, the City Council said last week, it's the recently-vacated Supervisor of Elections position. John Stafford resigned from the...
No Mistaking Boot Camp's Shock Value
Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer Capt. Booker Wilson screamed at a boy to run to a wall at Risley Middle School and establish a close relationship with the bricks. Then he dealt with a weeping mother. "We're going to take care...
Peyton Made the Smart Call on the Courthouse
Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist Mayor John Peyton absolutely did the right thing last week when he pulled the plug on the budget-busting new county courthouse. One could argue that Peyton should have acted sooner but that...
Police Round Up Accused Scalpers; 28 Citations Issued at Georgia-Florida Game, Cops Say
Byline: NIN-HAI TSENG, The Times-Union John Chambers just wanted to make a few bucks Saturday in front of Alltel Stadium. Instead the 19-year-old University of Florida student was busted for scalping two tickets to the Georgia-Florida game. Chambers...
Pope Deserves Big Praise; Huge Tight End Shreds the Gator Secondary for Two Touchdowns
Byline: JASON SCHNEIDER, The Times-Union Mark Richt never used the tight end much when he was the offensive coordinator at Florida State. Then again, when Richt was on the Seminoles' sidelines he never had a tight end like Leonard Pope. Using...
PRESIDENT; Four More Years
During his first term in office, President Bush was confronted with an array of challenges unlike any facing a leader of the free world during the previous 20 years. He proved his mettle by tackling them head-on, with smashing success. Walking into...
Quick, Get That Man a Beer Ad
Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union columnist "I'm Mark Woods and I approve this message." John Kerry says he will make America stronger. George W. Bush says Kerry will not. Kerry's campaign says, "Liar, liar." Bush's campaign says, "pants...
Readers, Send in Your Holiday Stories; Deadline for the Annual Times-Union Contest Is Tuesday, Nov. 23
It's holiday short story contest time. Now that it's in its 25th year, it's safe to call the Times-Union's annual Holiday Short Story contest a tradition. Every year, we invite readers to send in original holiday stories. The best are published...
Readers Weigh in on Paper's Handling of Police Sting Story
Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate It's a rare murder that makes the front page of the Times-Union. Most felonies aren't even reported. So something highly unusual must have been happening when misdemeanors were placed on the...
Redemption Sweet for Gibson
Byline: Gene Frenette, The Times-Union Things were getting tight for Georgia. Somebody needed to save Mark Richt from what surely would be the loudest cries of dissent during his four-year coaching tenure It was only fitting that David Greene...
Retail; Seasonal Help
NOW'S THE TIME TO GET JOBS About a quarter of retailers will be hiring seasonal employees as the holiday season heats up, according to SnagAJob.com. For those looking to add a little moonlighting cash to your wallet, the online recuriter offers...
Sailors Face Sobriety Stops at Base; Move at Kings Bay Aimed at Cutting Down on Traffic Accidents
Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union ST. MARYS -- Officials at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base said they are taking strong steps to meet a Navy-wide mandate to cut in half the number of traffic accidents involving sailors. On Friday, Saturday...
Seems like Old Times; We Asked Some Local Notables to Step into the Past for Our Annual 'Alter Egos' Halloween Pictoral
Byline: Judy Wells, The Times-Union Halloween is about pretending, living out the what ifs. You could be an artist in ancient Greece. I can be Queen Elizabeth I of England. Louis XIV, the Sun King of France? Pharaoh of a great dynasty? You bet,...
Shrimper Goes Overboard on Flounder; Texas Man in Trouble with Law after Mooring with over Three Hundred Pounds of the Fish
Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union A Texas shrimper has been cited after 364.4 pounds of flounder -- more than seven times the allowable bycatch -- were discovered in the hold of his vessel at a Mayport dock. Eight bags of flounder were seized...
Sky Full of Air Show Wonders; Blue Angels, Stunt Planes and More Show off Maneuvers at Jacksonville Naval Air Station
Byline: JOSEPH BUSTOS, The Times-Union On the second day of the Jacksonville Naval Air Station air show the fighter jets soared through the sky and stunt planes amazed the crowd. The second day of the three-day air show included jets and stunt...
St. Johns County Sheriff
DAVID SHOAR (R) Age: 42 Religion: Roman Catholic Marital status: Married to Laura Giannotta Shoar Family: Emily, 14 and Matthew, 11 Education: Associate of Arts degree, St. Johns River Community College, 1987; Bachelor of Arts, criminal...
Storm Boat Losses at $680 Million
Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union Recreational boat losses from hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne totaled $680 million, according to the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.). While most of the losses occurred...
'Tis the Season for Political Activists Behaving Badly; Tactics Aren't New, but They Seem to Have Taken on New Scale, Professor Says
Byline: JOSEPH BUSTOS, The Times-Union During every election season, people display campaign signs in their front yards, put candidates' bumper stickers on their cars or wear buttons on their shirts. And every election has the occasional sign...
Titans Searching for Hope
Byline: Vito Stellino, The Times-Union The Tennessee Titans have come full circle. They're 2-5 for the first time since coach Jeff Fisher's first full season as head coach in 1995 when they still played in Houston and finished 7-9. What's...
Two-Minute Drill; How the Top 25 Fared
1 Southern Cal (8-0) beat Washington State 42-12. Next: at Oregon State, Saturday. 2 Oklahoma (8-0) beat No. 20 Oklahoma State 38-35. Next: at No. 16 Texas A&M, Saturday. 3 Auburn (9-0) beat Mississippi 35-14. Next: vs. No. 10...
UF's McCullough: 'Right Place at the Right Time' for Recovery
Byline: GARRY SMITS and MICHAEL DIROCCO, The Times-Union Florida was in a bad spot, and linebacker Todd McCullough bailed the Gators out. The big play might have prevented a Georgia blowout but was anything but scientific. With a 21-7 lead,...
Unhappy Return for UF's Disch; Rough Day for Former White High Coach Now Leading Gator Secondary
Byline: Chase Goodbread, The Times-Union It wasn't exactly the homecoming Dan Disch had in mind. The Florida Gators secondary coach, just a year removed from coaching at White High, returned to Jacksonville on Saturday with a group of defensive...
U.S. House 3rd District
* CORRINE BROWN (D) Age: 58 Religion: Baptist Marital status: Single Family: Daughter, Shantrel Brown Education: B.A., Florida A&M University, and an EdS from the University of Florida Occupation: Congresswoman Experience:...
U.S. President
* GEORGE W. BUSH (R) Age: 58 Religion: Methodist Family: Wife, Laura Welch Bush; two daughters, Barbara and Jenna Education: B.A., Yale University, 1968; M.B.A., Harvard Business School, 1975 Occupation: President of the United States...
U.S. Senate
BETTY CASTOR (D) Age: 63 Religion: Lutheran Marital status: Married Family: Husband, six children, 10 grandchildren Education: B.A., Glassboro State College, 1963; M.A., University of Miami, 1968 Occupation: Senate candidate Experience:...
We'll Just Add a Little Electronic Touch-Up; Ashlee Simpson's Voice Isn't the Only One That's "Digitally Enhanced."
Byline: THOMAS LAKE, The Times-Union The computer will fix your voice, he said. Just like retouching a photo. If you're a little flat, or a little sharp, just dip the track in a digital bath and it comes out sparkling clean. We were speaking...
What a Pickle; Youth Snares One of Year's Wildest Fish Stories
Byline: Joe Julavits, The Times-Union Eight-year-old Nick Baker has a Ripley's Believe It Or Not fish story he'll be telling for the rest of his life. Nick was trying to catch redfish with his father, Phil Baker, last Saturday about 9 a.m. in...
Zook on Way out -- Let Him Go Peacefully
Byline: Mike Freeman, The Times-Union This miserable University of Florida football season is almost over, and you can rip the soft target previously known as Ron Zook all you want. You can play the WWSD game--What Would Spurrier Do--when you dissect...
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