The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 31, 1999

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10 Stake Their Claim to City Council Seat
Improved infrastructure, economic development and crime reduction are the main themes City Council candidates in District 8 are using to build their platforms. None of the 10 Democrats have any previous political experience, except Omega Allen and...
`10 Things I Hate about You' Sweet, Funny and Easy to Love
10 Things I Hate About You is a clever, sweet and very funny teen romance that succeeds because everybody -- even the grown-ups -- gets to join in on the sarcastic fun. There's a nerd who laments that "the last party I went to was at Chuck E. Cheese."...
1911 Jacksonville Was Treated to a Downtown Fashion Show
March 30, 1911, was a day like any other day, until Dixie Warfield hit the street. Dixie Warfield, in the company of two newspapermen, wore the first "harem skirt" seen in Jacksonville. "A real, genuine harem skirt." "Crowds stopped and stared...
[2] 2-Minute Drill
DID YOU SEE THAT? Monday night's men's national basketball championship game will go down as one of the most thrilling games in tournament history. But looking at the ratings, you'd never guess. The nation's top two teams staged a thrilling finish...
[2] Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I bought my ticket for Friday's drawing this morning. Any time we see that sign get big numbers on it, we get excited around here. Education definitely wins -- now just tell me how I can win." -- Steve Tompkins, Georgia Student...
[2] Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I wasn't heading nowhere, and I knew I wasn't heading nowhere . . .." -- School dropout Melissa Harrison. Story on Page A-1. BOB PHELPS' PEOPLE Theresa Wysocki of Green Cove Springs said her granddaughter, Alana Wysocki,...
[2] Joe Berg Society Students Might See Their Own Futures
********** CORRECTION (4/1/99) Alan Alfaro, a student at Fletcher High School, is a Joe Berg Science Seminar graduate. Because of incorrect informa- tion from the seminar, his name was misspelled in a story on Page C-6 of yesterday's Rap...
[2] Newsmakers
MAKING MONICA FEEL AT HOME Those older men -- Ian McKellen, 59, who missed out on an Oscar for his role in Gods and Monsters, arrived at the British premiere of his movie Thursday night with Monica Lewinsky, 25. "I was at home and didn't have a...
3 in Race for City Position Green Cove Votes Tuesday to Fill Seat
The three people who are courting Green Cove Springs voters -- in hopes of winning a City Council seat in Tuesday's municipal election -- are saying a lot of the same things. They say they love the community and want to serve its residents. They...
$5,000 Is a Grand Prize for Flying but Gas Is Nice, Too
Celebrate 2000 March 31, 1928 A daily look at events in First Coast history Eddie Stinson and George Haldeman basked in the $5,000 aftermath of setting the world's endurance record for flight over the coast of Jacksonville. Lured by the money...
7 Indicted in Probe of Drug Trafficking
AUGUSTA -- Investigators think a federal indictment issued in Augusta has uncovered an international drug trafficking organization allegedly involved in murders, tons of cocaine, millions of dollars and a prison escape. Some of the cocaine the conspirators...
911 Call Leads to Penalty Dispatcher Given Reprimand on Delay
A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office dispatcher received a written reprimand for letting seven minutes pass before sending officers to a home near Argyle Forest where two young girls died in a fire. Tiffany C. Johnson received the reprimand, the highest...
A Butler Boulevard Alternative?
Officials in St. Johns County are lobbying hard for dollars to widen County Road 210 in the northeast corner of the county because of the daily aggravation of traffic jams on Butler Boulevard in Jacksonville. Even though County Road 210 requires...
Adam's Mark President Keeping Eye on City Hall Annex
Fred Kummer, president of Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts, has his eye on the 15-floor City Hall Annex, which has a backyard view of the 18-floor Adam's Mark going up along the downtown riverfront. "We have interest only in that it's developed...
African-American Traditional Remedies Have Rich History
The next time you pop a capsule of St.-John's-wort -- the herb that's become wildly popular as a treatment for mild depression -- you'll be taking part in an ancient and honorable folk tradition: African-American folk medicine. For centuries, African-Americans...
Agency Worried Recalled Products Still in Use in Homes
WASHINGTON -- From playpens with protruding rivets to an under-the-counter toaster that can start fires, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is drawing attention to millions of recalled products consumers may still be using. As the agency responsible...
Air Force Runs Low on Cruise Missiles
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force is running low on its mainstay air-launched cruise missiles, used to bomb the most heavily fortified parts of Yugoslavia and Iraq, worried Pentagon officials conceded yesterday. And as those missiles get used up, pilots...
Allies Agree to Escalate Air Strikes Commando Raids under Discussion
The United States and its NATO allies last night agreed on a major expansion of the bombing campaign in Yugoslavia, hoping to inflict far more punishment on Yugoslavia even if it means more civilian casualties and more risk to NATO forces. And Britain...
Americans Want War Risk-Free, Experts Say
WASHINGTON -- Americans, experts say, want their wars like their coffee, chemicals, technology and electricity -- clean, cheap and risk-free. For the you-can-have-it-all society, warfare in the 1980s and 1990s -- the Persian Gulf war, Granada, Panama,...
Area Races Attracting Fewer Participants
In 1980, 425 sailboats of all sizes competed in The Rudder Club's annual 37.5-mile Mug Race on the St. Johns River from Palatka to Jacksonville. The year after that, a record 103 boats, all handicapped cruisers, raced in the annual King's Day Regatta....
Area's Indian History Fascinating
As a child in our local wilderness, I had a silly game. I would stand behind a tree in dense underbrush and declare myself to be the first person to set foot on that spot. The Timucua probably beat me to it by a few hundred years. They played a...
A Safari Adventure at the Zoo Fund-Raiser Theme Is African Cuisine
It will be a meal fit for an African Queen. The fourth annual ExZoo-beration fund-raising party, set for 6:30 p.m. April 10 at the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens, 8605 Zoo Parkway (off Heckscher Drive), will feature greens and grains, fish, beef...
A TIME TO CHILL Baseball Links Author, BK Coach
One has had the last say in the casting of Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon. The other has the last say in who makes varsity. One is a best-selling author whose books and subsequent movies together have generated more than $1 billion...
Attacks Continue without End Plan
WASHINGTON -- With NATO's air assault now aiming at Yugoslav ground forces and with armed Serbs clearing ethnic Albanians out of Kosovo, analysts and members of Congress are struggling with America's limited options for leading NATO out of the latest...
Bargain Treasures Hidden amid Taffeta and Spandex
If infamous fashion critic Mr. Blackwell misbehaves in this life, his fate might be to spend eternity in a thrift store. Any one, let alone a connoisseur of the en vogue, would feel tormented when surrounded by castoff gold lame and orange and white...
Bill Could Bring Back Billboards Once-Outlawed, They Might Be Rebuilt
Billboards that have been outlawed in many parts of Florida could be rebuilt when roads they're facing are widened, if legislation that a Senate committee approved yesterday becomes law. The bill (SB 940) is designed to save the Florida Department...
Bill Would Reduce Violence Reporting Requirements
TALLAHASSEE -- In domestic violence cases, victims more often than not recant or change their stories, leaving prosecutors little to go on when trying to prove a case in court. One of the best pieces of ammunition in such a situation, officials...
Blair Pushes Irish Process Accord Hung Up on IRA Arms
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Warning that they have "just one chance to make this thing work," Prime Minister Tony Blair pressed Northern Ireland politicians yesterday to transform their nearly year-old peace accord into a reality. The British leader...
Bob Duval Had a Premonition
It was Monday afternoon, three days before the first round of The Players Championship, and Bob Duval was watching his son David putt, chip and hit bunker shots for the better part of two hours. Bob Duval then said his goodbyes at the locker-room...
Books Provide Passover Recipes
Funny, isn't it, how holidays in different cultures ended up side by side? December bulges with Christmas and Hannukah; in spring, Easter and Passover brush by each other on the calendar. Passover, which began at sundown yesterday, has a whole set...
Bush Signs `10-20-Life' Gun Measure
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush kept a campaign promise to get tough on gun-packing criminals by signing a bill yesterday that will keep them in prison longer. With people victimized by gun violence at his side and police who fight it behind him, Bush...
Call Free Hot Line for General Advice on Patent Process
Dear Call Box: Do you have the address for the U.S. Patent Office? -- R. Dear R. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has a toll-free number that offers general introductory information about patents, trademarks and copyrights. That number is 1-800-786-9199....
Camden Moving 911 Site Office Being Built near Kingsland
WOODBINE -- Camden County's 911 dispatch center will be relocated in the fall to a new satellite office of the Camden County Sheriff's Office currently under construction. Moving 911 dispatchers to the new facility was necessary because the existing...
Catholic Order Sues Nun's Untouched Estate
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Sister Sean Condon honored her vow of poverty, living for decades in a modest, shared apartment and dedicating her life to teaching kindergarten in a working-class town. She honored her vow even after her parents died and left...
Checkup
HAUNTING IMAGES Still scared of the water all those years after Jaws? You're not the only one. A survey of students at the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin found that one in four had some lingering "fright" effect from a movie or TV show they...
Class Teaches Finer Art of Coffee
BEL AIR, Md. -- It's Wednesday night in Bel Air, and Pat Merritt is steaming. Merritt, 53, stares intently as she works the espresso machine at Coffee Coffee in the Festival at Bel Air, part of a group braving the jitters of caffeine as they enter...
Club Reactivates duPont Trophy
One of Florida's oldest sailing trophies has been rediscovered and has come home. The Alfred I. duPont Cup, which Jessie Ball duPont -- the widow of its namesake -- donated to a Jacksonville sailing association in 1936, has been found. The 2-foot...
Coke Swallows Up Collector Fan's Picture Now Part of Memorabilia
Wanda Harrell has filled her Rolling Hills home with Coca-Cola memorabilia, ranging from a Christmas village to vending machines that dispense the real thing. Now she's become part of her own collection. A picture of Harrell as a 3-year-old is...
Community Service Award Goes to `Rare Man'
After speaking with Pete Sutton's friends and co-workers, it's clear what they think of him. And once they start talking, the adjectives sound a lot like the ones used when the Boy Scouts of America presented Sutton with an award for outstanding service...
Congregation Ahavath Chesed Holds a Women's Seder Each Year to Celebrate Passover, Which Begins at Sundown Tonight. for Many, It Modernizes a Tradition. but Some in Reform Judaism Would Rather See the Old Rituals Re-Embraced. Conflict of Tradition Reform Judaism Struggles with Balance
"We just don't feel that in order to be a good Jew, you need outward signs that say `I'm a Jew, I'm a Jew, I'm a Jew.'" -- Myron E. Rosenfeld, 64, a retired physician and member of Congregation A multi-generational sisterhood joined hands and...
Consumer Confidence Up Again in March
NEW YORK -- The stock market's record performance and a strong U.S. job market sent consumer confidence higher for a fifth-straight month in March. The Conference Board reported yesterday that its index of consumer confidence rose a stronger-than-expected...
Court Widens Gun Prosecution Jurisdiction in Multistate Sprees Clarified
WASHINGTON -- People accused in multistate crime sprees can be prosecuted in any of those states for using a gun even if they had or used the gun in only one state, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The 7-2 decision reinstated the federal gun conviction...
Covered Bridge Gets Makeover
WOODBURY -- The state's oldest and longest covered bridge has had a facelift, 159 years after former slave Horace King built it across Meriwether County's Red Oak Creek in western Georgia. The bridge, built in 1840, got $176,253 worth of improvements,...
Crash Victims Mourned Aid Sought to Return Bodies to Mexico
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Relatives of two of the four friends killed in a van crash on a suburban Atlanta interstate are trying to raise thousands of dollars to return their bodies to Mexico. The Mexican consulate says it can give each family $200, but...
Customs Shifts Atlanta Staff in Bias Probe
ATLANTA -- The Customs Service has replaced a white supervisor with a black one at the Atlanta airport after the agency was accused of unfairly singling out black travelers for searches. Dale O'Connor, the white supervisor of the 16-member passenger...
Dancing Reiterates Message Students to Perform Anti-Smoking Show
Demetrius Klein's memories of his family are shrouded in a haze of tobacco smoke. It's 1966 and his relatives are grouped around his grandmother's dining room table, cigarettes in hand. To a young Klein running down the hall to peek through the...
Daniel Finds Cuba Memorable
Clay Daniel was one of several Major League Baseball representatives who made the trip to Cuba last weekend for Sunday's historic baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Cuba. The Sandalwood High School graduate was in a group invited to...
Dining in Weekday Menu Planner
Dining In menus, recipes and nutritional analysis are provided by Catherine Trcalek, a registered dietitian in Jacksonville. This Dining In menu was previously published. Think of it as second helpings. In most households, weeknights are hectic...
Discards of the System, Youths Vow to Rekindle Education
Melissa Harrison. Kendra Duck. Allen Lumsden. Tara Winkler. They are Jacksonville's public school dropouts; they are Florida's future. They've done drugs, stolen cars, and put other kids in the hospital; they're also the people who will raise...
DISCRIMINATION Follow the Polls
During the impeachment hearings, President Clinton's followers said government policy should reflect public opinion, as defined by polls. If that is the standard, the fate of racial preferences has been sealed. Floridians were recently asked...
Doing the Math on Tax Cuts Businesses Can Find How Much They Save
ATLANTA -- A longtime advocate of slashing unemployment taxes is giving Georgia businesses an easy way to find out how much they'll save under the $949 million tax cut plan approved by lawmakers last week. Southeastern Legal Foundation, in conjunction...
Dow Achieves Historic Close above 10,000
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 10,000 for the first time yesterday. "It's a moment to uncork the champagne and celebrate what a truly phenomenal bull market this has been," said Hugh Johnson, market strategist at First...
Downed Pilot Had Emotional Return `Better Than Watching the Super Bowl'
AVIANO, Italy -- There were tears, hugs and high fives all around. The return of the pilot of the F-117A stealth fighter-bomber that crashed in Yugoslavia "was an emotional experience just to stand and watch," U.S. Air Force Capt. Edward Thomas,...
Drama atop Acosta Bridge Ends with Successful Rescue
Nathan V. Hunter packed his suitcase and set out on a journey that he planned to end at the Acosta Bridge. But the patience of a police officer and a firefighter didn't let the drama that Hunter ignited turn into tragedy. Hunter, 23, who said...
Dressed for Less Teens Find Date Night Outfits for under $10
Thrift stores: Living proof that one man's trash is another man's treasure. Most merchandise ends up in thrift stores the way you might imagine. It's donated after people clean out their attics, closets, garages and utility rooms. That's how those...
Earthquake Kills 87 in India Himalayas Crews Clear Path to Stricken Towns
BIYASI, India -- Hundreds of work crews cleared roads to stranded mountain towns yesterday and military helicopters evacuated the injured after a powerful earthquake jolted northern India, killing at least 87 people. The quake, with a magnitude...
Economy Aids Senior Programs Social Security, Medicare Benefit
WASHINGTON -- The healthy economy has boosted the fortunes of Social Security and Medicare, delaying the date when each will run short of money, trustees for the two retirement programs announced yesterday. "The strength of our economy has led to...
Economy, Potholes Drive District 9 Race
The issues in the race for City Council District 9 vary from jobs and economic empowerment to getting rid of potholes. Cutting down on crime and fixing rundown housing, street lighting, drainage, parks and other infrastructure are also high on the...
Few Taking Advantage of Service Drug Testing Program Available to Families
Getting a teen drug screening program up and running at the Beaches has been a slow go. But the people behind the effort are not discouraged, and at least one parent is convinced of the merits of the voluntary program. The drug screening program,...
First Lady Ends N. Africa Tour
MARRAKECH, Morocco -- Greeted with reverence and adulation, Hillary Rodham Clinton declared her North Africa tour a welcome escape and a success for U.S.-Arab relations. "I always like getting away from Washington," the first lady said yesterday...
First the Divorce, Then the Jackpot Lottery Winner May Owe Ex-Wife
For more than two months last fall, Kenneth Dukes of Brunswick waited to claim the $31 million he had won in Georgia's lottery. When he finally picked up his winnings in Atlanta on Nov. 30, the 40-year-old said the delay was because he wanted to...
Florida Practice Report
CROMARTIE OUT Sophomore Robert Cromartie, a projected starting cornerback, will miss the rest of spring drills with a dislocated left elbow. Cromartie, who played in nine games last season with three starts, injured his elbow last week during an...
Forbes Bashes Rise in Health Regulations
ATLANTA -- The way to health-care reform is through the free market, not more government regulation of HMOs and other managed-care plans, Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes said yesterday. "We can't keep letting the state and federal...
Fresh Starts
Pickled Beet Salad features beets and sliced onions on a bed of curly endive. This recipe on Page F-8 requires that the beets be pickled at least three days. PICKLED BEET SALAD 8 medium or 16 small beets 2 cups white wine vinegar...
Future Baseball Superstar Makes His Debut in Jacksonville
Celebrate 2000 April 1, 1953 A daily look at events in First Coast history The outlook was not brilliant for the Jacksonville nine that day. The score stood 14-0, with but one inning more to play. Three thousand fans sat underwhelmed at Durkee...
Gingrich Faults Clinton on Kosovo
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is criticizing President Clinton's handling of the Kosovo crisis. During a speaking engagement in his former congressional district, Gingrich questioned why Clinton has not yet told the American...
Golf Drives Resorts' Growth over 100 Holes Are Just a Chip Shot from Luxury Suites
The world's major golf destination last week was The Players Championship at Sawgrass. And because of the growth of the golf industry in Northeast Florida, Ponte Vedra Beach has evolved from a sleepy seacoast getaway to a year-round mecca for golfers....
Good Basketball Coach Wins at Any Level '76Ers Brown Wanted High School Career
CHICAGO -- The kid who grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island wanted to be a high school coach. Wasn't even sure which sport. Liked them all. Just wanted to coach. But in a long, winding career as a coach in the now-defunct ABA and the NBA, the...
GOP Minority Plays Antagonist, Collaborator Roles
ATLANTA -- After failing to take over the Capitol in 1998, Republicans returned to the legislature with a split partisan personality. Still the minority party, the GOP lost one seat in both the House and Senate in the November elections. Hotly contested...
Great Eggs-Pectations Hard-Boiled or Hard-Cooked, Here Are Some Hard and Fast Rules for Dealing with One of the Signature Foods of Spring
With Easter comes the ritual of painting eggs in pretty pastels and hiding them for egg hunts. And with that ancient custom comes leftover hard-cooked eggs. It's not hard to detect an egg that's been lying around awhile, said Linda Braun, a spokeswoman...
Harrick Gets Georgia Job Bulldogs Lure Ex-UCLA Coach Away from Rhode Island
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jim Harrick restored his reputation at Rhode Island. Now he's back on the coaching A-list. Harrick was hired yesterday as basketball coach at Georgia, completing his comeback from a recruiting scandal that led to his firing at UCLA...
Heat Plans New Role for Mashburn
MIAMI -- The Miami Heat never stopped to feel sorry for itself when Jamal Mashburn went down with a hyperextended left knee -- and its offense won't stop now that the small forward is on the verge of returning from the injured list. While Mashburn...
High-Tech Degrees Funded
ATLANTA -- Gov. Roy Barnes pledged yesterday to increase the number of computer graduates from the state's colleges so Georgia employers won't have to open out-of-state offices where qualified workers are more plentiful. He announced Georgia Tech...
Holes Poked in HOPE Scholarship Program Called Freebie for Rich
SAVANNAH -- Although the HOPE Scholarship program has paid college tuition for 371,245 Georgia students, the policy of deducting need-based aid from the scholarship is leaving many low-income students HOPE-less. The lottery-funded HOPE -- Helping...
Homeless Albanians Feel Serbs' Wrath People Give Up Money, Jewelry in Searches
KUKES, Albania -- At noon Saturday, Shaqir Zhushi stood in a long line with 11 relatives and thousands of other ethnic Albanians, waiting to pass a checkpoint established by troops on the Ura e Zallit bridge at the edge of the Kapeshnica neighborhood...
Honey a Naturally Sweet Success Story
Pooh Bear's cupboards can hardly be bare these days. Just about every category in the grocery store seems to contain some honey-enhanced product. There are King's Hawaiian Honey & Wheat Rolls, Mrs. Baird's Honey 'n Wheat bread and Nature's Own...
House, Senate OK Proposed Budgets Work to Begin on Compromise
TALLAHASSEE -- The House went for bigger tax cuts, the Senate put in more for public schools as both houses approved proposed budgets of more than $48 billion yesterday. The budgets -- particularly the one approved by the House -- are liberally...
Interest in Title Loans Question Is, Who'll Set Limits?
TALLAHASSEE -- When the Jacksonville City Council voted in January to crack down on the title-loan industry, it spurred cities and counties throughout the state to consider regulating the storefront lenders. Now, the decision is echoing through...
It's Education's Big Game Schools Sure to Hit Jackpot in Record Run
ATLANTA -- State education programs, including the popular HOPE scholarship, are in line to receive about $16 million from the recent Big Game craze -- and that's not counting any tickets sold for tomorrow's record $140 million drawing. Georgia...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "You won't notice anything different. Nothing weird will happen." -- Patrick McQuillan, planetarium director at Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville, referring to tonight's blue moon. Story on Page B-2. BOB PHELPS'...
Jazz Singer Joe Williams Dead at 80
LAS VEGAS -- Joe Williams, whose smooth baritone and collaborations with Count Basie won him acclaim as one of the great voices of jazz, collapsed and died on a city street Monday after walking away from a hospital. He was 80. Mr. Williams apparently...
Joe Berg Society Students Might See Their Own Futures
It's still a little early in the season for caps and gowns. But 64 Jacksonville high school seniors received graduation diplomas March 23. The rite of passage was completion of the Science and Humanities Seminars of the Joe Berg Society. The graduates,...
Joyous Occasion Celebration on for UConn Faithful
STORRS, Conn. -- Oh, what a ride for Jim Calhoun and the Huskies. A bus carrying Calhoun and his national champions traveled the 35 miles from the airport to campus yesterday, but it took them through the heart and hearts of Connecticut. Motorists...
Kentucky's Watts Volunteers for Jail
SOMERSET, Ky. -- Volunteering to go to jail immediately, former Kentucky football player Jason Watts pleaded guilty yesterday to reckless homicide in an alcohol-related truck crash that killed a teammate and another young man. Watts entered the...
Keystone Council Tilt Draws 3 Contestants for Single Open Seat
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- Unlike the city election set for March 2, when no one qualified to run for the Seat 2 spot left vacant when Tony Brown resigned, the election set for April 6 has three candidates competing to serve on the City Council. The winner...
KOSOVO the Road Ahead
As the bombing campaign intensifies in Yugoslavia, several long-term consequences are emerging. A split is widening in NATO, amid vehement protests in Spain and Greece. There is talk in the Kremlin of re-establishing a regional military alliance...
Labonte Boys Show True Grit Broken Shoulder? No Problem
The Labonte boys are a couple of tough Texans. Terry has earned his status as NASCAR's ironman by starting a record 608 consecutive Winston Cup races in the last 20 years. He has driven with broken bones, illnesses and all manner of aches and...
Legislative Briefing
ABORTION BILL DELAYED A Senate panel decided to postpone a vote yesterday on a bill that would ban late-term abortions after some lawmakers questioned its constitutionality. The committee on Health, Aging and Long-Term Care is expected to vote...
Legislative Briefing
MANDATE WITHOUT MONEY A Senate committee approved a nursing home reform package but took out the $40 million appropriation that went along with it. The Fiscal Policy Committee attached a series of amendments before sending the bills (CS SB 834,...
`Like Cattle We Were Put on the Street'
BLACE, Macedonia -- Thousands more refugees streamed out of the embattled Serbian province of Kosovo yesterday, some saying Serb police burned their homes, herded them into trains and shipped them off to neighboring Macedonia. Germany's defense...
Line Blurs between Ads, Entertainment Product Placement Evolving
NEW YORK -- TV viewers probably barely noticed the Coca-Cola can on a desk and the Wells Fargo billboard in the background of a recent episode of UPN's drama Seven Days. The actors certainly didn't notice -- because the soda can and billboard weren't...
Makings of a Rift Brews in GOP
Check out the contribution reports in the election supervisor's race and you'll find the makings of a rift in the Republican Party. Democrat Al Kinard still holds a commanding lead in fund-raising, thanks to some of the Duval County Republican Party's...
Manufacturers Prepare for Economic Fallout
Bitter trade wars over steel imports into the United States have Northeast Florida's steel manufacturers, like many of their American-based counterparts, bracing for possible economic aftershocks. For now, rising competition -- the result of increased...
`Matrix' Is Impressive but Messy Sci-Fi Ride
The Matrix is a giddy, thrilling mess, a wild mix of futuristic virtual reality and ancient kung fu, robot monsters and shape-shifting Terminators. It's all coated with a layer of cyberpunk cool. You know the routine: plenty of black overcoats,...
Matzo Recipes
MATZO BREI 3 matzo 2 large eggs Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 2 tablespoons chicken fat or pareve margarine or butter for frying Cinnamon, cinnamon-sugar, honey or maple syrup Break the matzo and soak in boiling water for 15 minutes....
`Melissa' Virus Creator Sought `Fingerprint' Given to FBI
NEW YORK -- A digital fingerprint used by Microsoft's Office programs could lead investigators to the author of the rapidly spreading e-mail computer virus known as "Melissa," a computer software expert said yesterday. Melissa showed up Friday and...
Message from Youth Has Impact
De'Angelo McCoy has never done it. Michelle Joseph stopped doing it two years ago. And Stacey Robert hasn't done it for a year. Last week, they told some eighth-graders at Alice Landrum Middle School in Ponte Vedra Beach why they decided to...
Meteorite That Fell in Texas Yields First Extraterrestrial Water Found
HOUSTON -- The meteorite that fell in West Texas a year ago, startling boys playing basketball in Monahans, is now startling scientists as well. The rock contains the first extraterrestrial water ever found on Earth, trapped inside purple salt crystals,...
Minister Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years in Prison
LARGO -- Sobbing as he pleaded for mercy, the Rev. Henry Lyons was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison yesterday for swindling more than $4 million while president of one of the nation's largest and most influential black denominations. The 57-year-old...
Missile Defense Test Fails for Sixth Time Warhead Came within Yards of Its Target
WASHINGTON -- A weapon designed to knock enemy missiles out of the sky failed its sixth direct-hit attempt yesterday, raising questions about the technological feasibility of a defense system that is now a national priority. Pentagon officials in...