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Jacksonville Journal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journal

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AMTRAK ADDS TRAIN

Citing a growing market for train travel, Amtrak said yesterday

it will add a third New York-to-Florida train that will run

through Jacksonville. The new train, the Silver Palm , will

start service Nov. 10 and run through both Miami and Tampa.

QUESTIONING THE SMELL

A Duval County School Board member and an East Arlington

community group are asking questions about the safety of a new

school site that smells like rotten eggs.

The odor, which is actually hydrogen sulfide, comes from a

sewage lift station located next to the future home of Abess

Road Elementary School .

Board member Stan Jordan wants to know if the pungent problem

is being corrected and Angela Walters, chairman of the area's

school advisory council, wants to know if the school system is

doing any environmental studies on the impact of the chemical on

children.

McGlade Holloway, assistant superintendent for facilities,

said the district is not considering the foul odor to be a

problem and said a Department of Education study of the property

before the site was purchased found no smell.

ABOUT THOSE STRINGS . . .

The Jacksonville City Council is asking the state Legislature

for more freedom in how it can spend a $5 million refund for tax

dollars that went to the failed Cross-Florida Barge Canal

project.

The state check, the first of two announced $5 million

allotments, came with strings attached. The state requires the

city to spend the reimbursement for the purchase of

environmentally sensitive land.

A resolution sponsored by Councilman King Holzendorf and

approved 14-4 Tuesday by the council asks legislators to remove

the restriction and allow the money to go to other purposes.

FAM-CO PROBE

The State Attorney's Office says it could be the end of the year

before it finishes a criminal investigation of the Fam-Co

Learning and Development Center, the day-care company founded by

state Rep. Willye Dennis, D-Jacksonville.

Michelline Haynes, who heads the public corruption division,

said the case has been slow and tedious due to the reams of

documents that she and investigator Bill King must plow through. …

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