The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 1, 1999

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[2] 2-Minute Drill
KARATE KID Randy White knows all about getting the upper hand in football. He used every edge he could on his way to the Hall of Fame. Now he's showing the New Orleans Saints at camp in La Crosse, Wis., how karate can improve their game. "There...
[2] Jacksonville Journal
********** CORRECTION (8/5/99) The phone number to call to volunteer for Bill Ford's youth golf program is 751-1683. Because of a reporter's error, the number was wrong in an item on Page B-1 Monday. ********** QUOTE, UNQUOTE ...
[2] Newsmakers
RATHER'D RATHER KEEP WORKING Even though he's a multimilliondollar anchor man, Dan Rather likes to pound the pavement just like a rank-and-file journalist. "I'm chasing my dream of trying to be a great reporter," the CBS veteran said in the Aug....
[2] the Scenic Route Special Status Studied for U.S. 17 and Its Sites
********** CORRECTION (8/5/99) Property owners say a state road project along U.S. 17 in Chatham County is removing many of the trees that make the highway attractive. Because of a reporter's error, a story on Page A-1 Sunday incorrectly...
A First Lady of Great Influence Eleanor Roosevelt's Public Role
TITLE: Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, 1933-1938 AUTHOR: Blanche Wiesen Cook DATA: Viking, 725 pages, $34.95 Review by Jules Wagman Very few Americans were neutral about Eleanor Roosevelt, the first first lady to take such a public role in her...
Age-Related Difficulties Swim Coaches Are Tested by Roster Ranges
A swimming coach for one of the 17 clubs competing in this week's River City Swimming League Championships may have to deal with a frightened 5-year-old one moment, and a teenager who may only be a year younger than they are the next. A majority...
Ailing Americans Make Splash Humbert Leads U.S. to Water Polo Gold with Win over Cuba
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- It was no time to be sick. Chris Humbert's ear was so infected when the Pan American Games water polo competition began, he missed the first two matches in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Tired, his head aching, his chest...
And Then There Were Nine FSU's Signing Class Shrinks
TALLAHASSEE -- Just how small is Bobby Bowden's 24th Florida State football signing class? Let's just say Bowden won't even need all the fingers on both hands to count the scholarship freshmen who will report to school tomorrow. With signees Kendyll...
Anthony, Dodson Finish in Top 10 Again
For the third year in a row, the Jacksonville team of David Anthony and Steve Dodson earned a top-10 finish in the Florida State Golf Association Four-Ball Championship. Anthony and Dodson shot 66-70--136 July 24-25 at the Grand Cypress Resort in...
Any City, Anywhere, Is 12 Hours Away the Jet Engine: 50 Years of a Shrinking World
It was the Morocco part that pushed the envelope. President Clinton, a man not averse to the perquisites of traveling in a customized 747 with the words "United States of America" on the side, traveled July 23 to the Kennedy-Bessette Mass in New...
A Pair of Romantics, on and off the Stage Joffrey Dancers Recently Married
Dance audiences know Davis Robertson. He's part of Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and his name appears in the columns of the country's top newspapers. The Chicago Tribune has described him as having "satiny style and regal bearing." The Sun-Times noted...
A Possible Dream Fish Camp Helps 'Miss Dot' Reach Goal
Throughout the 30 years she spent working in a factory, raising four kids on her own, Dot Lucas dreamed one small dream for herself. It was of a pizza parlor, painted the color of Neapolitan ice cream, with a mural of the canals of Venice on one...
Artery Patch May Ease Surgery Abdominal Aneurysm Option Studied
WASHINGTON -- George Huffman had a time bomb in his abdomen: A weak bulging spot on the largest blood vessel in his body that, if it broke, would cause almost instantly fatal internal bleeding. Surgery to patch that artery, the aorta, is among the...
A's for Fryer at the End of His First Year in the City, Many of Schools Chef's Peers Give Him High Marks
********** CORRECTION (8/3/99) Cheryl Donelan Grymes is a member of the Duval County School Board. Because of a reporting error, her name was misspelled in a story and graphic on Page A-1 Sunday. ********** After completing his first...
A's Land Appier; Mets Get Taylor Leyritz Returns to Yankees as Trade Deadline Approaches
Kevin Appier, Billy Taylor and Jim Leyritz switched teams, and several other deals -- but none involving Chuck Finley -- seemed possible yesterday as baseball approached the midnight trading deadline. The Oakland Athletics shuffled their staff,...
Asset Allocation Made Easy Throught Inuit's Web Site
Like a member of any 12-step program, I must start with an admission: I'm an asset allocation avoidance addict. Most conscientious investors know they should figure the ideal balance between stocks, bonds and cash. You should build your portfolio...
Audio Books
The posthumous publication of Ralph Ellison's great unfinished life work, Juneteenth, has prompted a loving look back. His much-earlier novel, Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award when it was published in 1952, is enjoying a new life,...
Beijing and beyond A Small Group of Visitors Bypasses the Packaged Tours in Favor of Seeing China on Their Own
I stood under sunny October skies on the Great Wall, lost in the thrill of the moment. This ancient wall, a forked dragon's tail, snaked off into distant hills -- is it one of the eight wonders of the world? A tug on one of my feet brought me back...
Boy's Hope-Filled Portrait of Home Rewarded
Asked to create a picture of the most wonderful house he could imagine, 13-year-old Anthony Littlejohn drew his grandma's. For weeks, the tall boy who likes sports and wants to be a comic book artist bent over his work, struggling with the paint,...
Broadband Should Expand Internet Use
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A high-speed Internet connection should bring consumers more than just a faster parade of Web pages -- it should provide a whole new way of experiencing the online world. That, at least, is the message from companies developing...
Building a Bridge More Than 150 Workers Are Assembling the New Fuller Warren Bridge across the St. Johns River. the Span, Estimated to Cost $96 Million, Is Set for Completion in 2002. It's 60 Percent Done
********** CORRECTION (8/5/99) The new Fuller Warren Bridge will have four lanes in each direction with an auxiliary lane to enter or exit Interstate 95. Because of an artist's error, incorrect information appeared on Page H-1 Sunday. ...
California Regulations Raise Ire
In California, where trends good and bad are born, a controversial outboard motor labeling program may have ramifications for fishermen and boaters in other states. Beginning in 2001, emission labels will be required on all gasoline-powered outboards...
Career Track
BANKING/FINANCE Prosperity Bank: Lois Remolde, Mark Dill, Susan Allen and Dale Fortner, residential mortgage lenders. KPMG LLP: Alexa Daniels, tax manager in KPMG's Federal Tax practice; James Lewis, assurance manager; Joe Paradise, assurance...
CBS Summer Series Gives a Sitcom `Thanks' to Pilgrims
HOLLYWOOD -- Throughout the history of television there have been comedies that dropped back in time to tell their tales: Robin Hood (When Things Were Rotten), the Stone Age(It's About Time), the Wild West(F Troop) and even the Civil War (The Secret...
Children with No Place to Call Home Study Shows Growing Number of Homeless Kids at Risk Medically
Carol Coley's three children are battling pinkeye. Catherine, 4, Michael, 3 and William, 11 months, probably picked it up on the playground. It's a common childhood malady. But for the Coley family, medical treatment is a tedious ordeal. They are...
Claxton Spreads Its Wings Poultry Giant Will Expand into 3 Counties
********** CORRECTION (8/4/99) U.S. Rep. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., was among officials on hand in Waycross, Ga., Monday during an expansion announcement by Claxton Poultry. Because of a reporter's error, Chambliss' name was misspelled in...
Clinton Appointees Handled Cases against Friends
WASHINGTON -- The chief judge of the U.S. District Court bypassed the traditional random assignment system to send criminal cases against presidential friends Webster Hubbell and Charlie Trie to judges appointed by President Clinton, according to court...
Coast Guards Mission Remains Unchanged amid Hostility, Policy Intact
ABOARD THE USCGC CHANDELEUR -- He shrugs it off, but Petty Officer 3rd class Phil Blackwell doesn't understand why some Cuban exiles call him and his fellow U.S. Coast Guardsmen "water Nazis." "Then they call us up because their boats are sinking,"...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I'm not saying lower the standard. I'm saying be a little more realistic." -- Former Atlanta School Board President Joe Martin, chairman of an education reform task force committee, says perhaps the grade point average required...
Columbia/HCA Reports Decline in Profits
Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. said last week that its second-quarter net income fell 4.7 percent as the nation's largest hospital chain saw cuts in Medicare reimbursements, higher costs, particularly for pharmaceuticals and technology, and an increase...
Corrections Shake-Up Criticized State Agency Now Has More Managers Who Are White, Male
TALLAHASSEE -- Senior management has become more of a white male establishment under Florida's new prison boss, who also has scaled back a program intended to help women reach management. With a management shake-up launched this year by Corrections...
Couple Just Missed Fatal Sky Divers Flight
COTTRELLVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Sky divers Bob and Caroline Johnson were running late and just missed joining their fellow parachutists aboard a weekend flight, and it saved their lives. The plane crashed, killing 10. The couple, hosting relatives...
Cuban Women Embarrass Americans 95-64
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Emerging from the dressing room after a drubbing by Cuba, the first thing Nell Fortner did was apologize. "I'm sorry you had to sit through that," the U.S. women's basketball coach said while still managing a smile. "I'm sorry...
Davies Leads Du Maurier by 2
PRIDDIS, Alberta -- Laura Davies figured if she could finish one stroke ahead of Juli Inkster, it probably would be good enough to win the du Maurier Classic. After a 3-under 69 yesterday, Davies is concerned only with herself. Davies made birdie...
Deerwood-Epping Forest Wins Title
Yesterday's final day of competition in the River City Swimming League Championships at The Bolles School brought redemption for one team and recognition for years of service for two individuals. The Deerwood-Epping Forest swim team scored 1,001...
Despite Overtures, Iran Keeps U.S. at Distance
WASHINGTON -- Rarely in the long estrangement between the United States and Iran has there been even a glimmer of hope for a more normal relationship. One such moment occurred two years ago with the election of a new Iranian president, Mohammad...
DOGS THAT DO IT ALL Area Hunters Love Canines' Versatility
There are hunting dog breeds that point well, others that track with a vengeance, and still others, like labs, that are retrieving machines. Then there are the so-called versatile hunting dog breeds which, according to their loving and perhaps slightly...
Driving Drunk through Six States Not Excused
Celebrate 2000 Aug. 2, 1963 A daily look at events in First Coast history Being stupid is a crime, as a U.S. District Court proved on Aug. 2, 1963. That's the date that Tillman Hutto was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for driving a stolen...
Economics Plays Role in Divorce Decision
Q: We married when I was 17, had three children in five years and have had serious marital problems for the past 10 years. My family and friends encouraged me to stay in the relationship "for the children." But now, at 35, I have no job skills, and...
Economy Wakes Up Colleges FCCJ Tries Matching Needs of Work Force
Emphasizing the benefit of a delayed, but fatter, paycheck has become a priority at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, where administrators are trying to reverse a pattern of declining enrollment. Administrators pinpoint the strong regional...
Emergency Call Boxes Dot 40 Miles of I-185 $1.5 Million Project Adds Safety on Isolated Stretch
ATLANTA -- For a driver with no cellular phone, a mechanical breakdown can be a serious danger, says state Sen. Ed Harbison -- especially on the long, lonely highway leading to his hometown of Columbus. So, Harbison has helped do something about...
Ensign's Prayers Answered
Dan Naughton was a long way from I.C. But he was in touch. On an October morning in 1944, Ensign Daniel Naughton was in the Philippine Sea. In it, not on it. About as far as one could get from Immaculate Conception school in Jacksonville....
Europe Must Play Larger NATO Role, Briton Says
GLASGOW, Scotland -- British Defense Minister George Robertson, who is expected to be named NATO's next secretary-general, said yesterday that European nations must strengthen their role in the alliance. Ambassadors from the 19 NATO nations were...
Famed Fight Doctor Never Lacks a Story
MIAMI -- You walk into Soyka's on Biscayne Boulevard armed with a couple of hours worth of audio tape and a box of fresh Duracells. You're doing lunch with famed fight doctor Ferdie Pacheco, which means you're in for a long chat. Not that you'll...
Family Road Trips Need Not Drive Parents Up Wall
Traveling with the family on the blazing-hot highway should be a part of every kid's summer plans. Sure, all that togetherness in the family truckster can wear on your nerves, but what better way is there to bond? To help you survive the time in...
Farmers Happy to See Weevil Chowing Down on Weed
MADISON, Ga. -- Musk thistles have pretty purple flowers, but that's about their only positive trait. The thorny weeds have spread like a flu bug in northeastern Georgia, depriving cattle of valuable pasture land. Out of desperation, University...
Fiction
TITLE: The Alternate AUTHOR: John Martel DATA: Dutton, 419 pages, $24.95 Review by Linda L. Heinzman Former beauty queen, Lara Ashford, is murdered in the bedroom of her mansion. Her husband, ex-congressman Elliot Ashford, is the only suspect....
Fired Scientist Denies Being Traitor
WASHINGTON -- Declaring his innocence, the scientist suspected of passing vital U.S. nuclear weapons secrets to the Chinese said yesterday it was common practice for scientists to transfer secret information from classified to unclassified computers....
Free PC Deals Worth Looking At
Even if she had second thoughts -- and there's no indication she has -- Dawn Nelson would be hard-pressed to claim buyer's remorse over her brand-new PC. Her Compaq Presario was free, as is her connection to the Internet for the next 30 months....
German Print Media Adopt New Language Rules
BERLIN -- A year after the top court upheld the government's right to change the way people write, Germany's print media began yesterday following official new rules meant to simplify the notoriously cumbersome language. But opponents of tampering...
GOP, Democrats Clash as Tax Cut Bills Move Ahead
WASHINGTON -- Republicans determined to pass $792 billion in tax cuts met stiff opposition yesterday from Democrats and the White House making the case against cuts of any size. "We are much further apart than the public understands," said Sen....
GOVERNMENT Grumpy Governors
A new study says states are in their best financial shape in at least two decades. But Pam Johnson is learning that happiness is a hard sell to some governors. Johnson, convinced that happiness is politically incorrect amid the angst and cynicism...
Groups Filing Suit, Say Wildlife Law Unconstitutional Threatened Species at Risk, They Claim
Environmentalists announced Friday they will file a lawsuit claiming part of the law that created the state's new wildlife agency is unconstitutional and puts protected animals at risk. The Sea Turtle Survival League and the Save the Manatee Club...
HEALTH CARE Keeping Promises
A couple of years ago, the AFL-CIO president told the American Public Health Association that, on the issue of health care, if conservatives "don't come around, we'll use children's health the way we used Medicare, and that's a promise and a commitment."...
Heat Wave Likely to Continue; Now, Grab Some Blankets
Spinning around the news dial ... click. Has the heat gotten you down? Have you grown weary of sweating? Are you looking for someone to blame? Are you about to buy into Al Gore's global warming scare? Forget that. The blame for this awful heat...
Heidler's Mental State in Question
SANTA CLAUS, Ga.-- In December 1997, much of southeastern Georgia was in a state of shock and disbelief. Four family members had been brutally killed, allegedly by a man who had just barely hit his 20s. Just three weeks ago, that sense of terror...
In Petaluma, You Can Relax until the Cows Come Home
PETALUMA, Calif. -- The newspaper blurb on the B&B in Petaluma was intriguing: "Elegantly restored Victorian home on 600 acres, a working cattle ranch. Great breakfast, birdwatching. Rates: $110-$150." I grabbed my friend Ann, an avid birder, and...
In the Pipeline
COMMERCIAL Roofing for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., 12100 Lem Turner Road, 124,000 square feet, $208,000; contractor is Division 7 Roofing & Sheet Metal, Holly Hill, owner is Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Renovations for Autocrafters International Inc.,...
It Always Seems like 1955 in Quaint Cooperstown, N.Y
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Village of Cooperstown is quaint and precious and so utterly American that you might want to bring along some recordings of John Philip Sousa marches. The marches are not provided by Cooperstown. Everything else American is....
IT'S COUGHLIN'S CALL Jaguars Coach Taking over Play-Calling
The Jaguars offense, Tom Coughlin has always said, is his offense. When his only two offensive coordinators in Jacksonville bolted for head coaching jobs -- the second one this past January -- Coughlin insisted the offense, because it was his, wouldn't...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Helicopters and his dad were like two lollipops in his life." -- Tom Wells, a Jacksonville native who was one of three Secret Service agents assigned to guard the Kennedy children, speaking of John F. Kennedy Jr. as a child. Story...
JAGA Race Now Down to Two Goettlicher, Moody Share Lead at 6 Under
The Jacksonville Area Golf Association Hillyer Amateur Championship literally has boiled down to a two-man race for today's final round at the Windsor Parke Golf Club. Robert Goettlicher and Ken Moody emerged from the second round yesterday at the...
Jaguar's Practice Report
TURNING UP THE HEAT Training camp, particularly in Florida, is about surviving the heat, but Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith -- who has been in all five of the team's training camps -- said yesterday it has been as hot in the first two days as any Jaguars...
Journalists Should Foster Society That Is Attentive, Lively and Civil
A sage once said that freedom of the press applies only to people who own one. That was the Industrial Age. Now it applies to anyone who owns a personal computer in the Wild West of the new Information Age. Along with this revolutionary access to...
Keeping Focused Brady: Excitable Label Overblown
When you're an NFL player you hear things, you live with expectations, and you have things said and written about you. Kyle Brady is no different. Since joining the Jaguars, he has heard and read that: 1) He must catch 45-to-50 passes. 2)...
Leaders Push Fast Tax Deal
WASHINGTON -- Republicans are laboring under a tight self-imposed deadline to sculpt a $792 billion tax cut compromise that can clear the House and Senate by week's end and set the stage for a fall veto showdown with the White House. House Speaker...
Lonely Planet Leaves No Patch of Australian Soil Uncovered
When it comes to writing guidebooks about Australia, it isn't surprising that Lonely Planet takes the task very seriously. After all, the company is headquartered in Melbourne, and so writing about its own back yard could be considered a matter of...
Looking out for No. 1 Sampras Earns Top Ranking with Victory
LOS ANGELES -- Pete Sampras made a case for being the best male tennis player ever once again, overwhelming qualifier James Sekulov of Australia 6-0, 6-2 yesterday in the semifinals of the Mercedes-Benz Cup. Sampras, who turns 28 on Aug. 12, entered...
Lunar `Divining Rod' Results Unknown
NASA's Lunar Prospector ended its 19-month exploratory mission as planned by slamming into a crater at the moon's south pole yesterday morning, but the collision did not kick up enough dust and debris for researchers to immediately determine whether...
Make-or-Break Year for Brackens
As he sat down for a rare session with the media yesterday, Jaguars defensive end Tony Brackens was blinded by the television lights. "Those lights are right in my eyes," he said. "Man, they're bright." He better get used to it. The bright spotlight...
Man Vows to Change after Racist Beatings
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Two former members of a white supremacist group were sentenced for their roles in the hate-motivated beating of a father and his teenage son. Ray Leone, 18, was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for aggravated battery/hate...
Massacre Victims Mourned Don't Focus on `Horrible Events of Last Week,' Pastor Advises
LIZELLA, Ga. -- Mourners packed a rural church yesterday for the funeral of Leigh Ann Barton, the first of 12 victims in her husband's killing spree last week, as a pastor urged them not to "allow her murder to cloud our memory." Girl Scouts wore...
Medical Devices Recycled
Millions of medical devices that come in contact with blood or other body fluids and are supposed to be discarded after one use are instead being reprocessed and reused, putting numerous other patients at risk without their knowledge, some experts...
Memories Are All That Grow in Garden Today
I called Grandma Polly the other day to wish her a happy 76th birthday. She greeted me with her "Hello, darling," just like always, the word darling stretched out warm and sweet as molasses. "So what did you do on your birthday?" I asked. "Absolutely...
Merchants Rediscover Quiet Area New Life for End of Savannah Street
SAVANNAH -- Juanita Triola practically has to drag customers down to her clothing boutique on the far west end of River Street. Unlike the rest of the bustling tourist-filled street, the 300 block where Juanita's Boutique is housed appears deserted...
More Dying of the Heat Toll Up to 142 since Mid-July
CHICAGO -- More than two dozen people died from the heat in Chicago, pushing Illinois' heat-related death toll to at least 50 and the nation's casualties far beyond 100, even as yesterday brought a glimpse of cool to parts of the country. An additional...
More Y2K Scams Popping Up
BRUNSWICK -- As the clock ticks down to the millennium, local police and state consumer affairs authorities are warning people to beware of Year 2000 scams, including two frauds recently reported in North Georgia. A task force of officials from...
Morrison Claims Second Bodybuilding Win in Row
Walter Morrison can get used to this bodybuilding thing. After winning the over-40 division in his first-ever competition last weekend in St. Augustine, Morrison continued his winning ways last night. The 45-year-old Jacksonville native posted his...
Multiple Slayings Leave People of Atlanta Shaken
ATLANTA -- Two decades after the first bodies were found in what became known as the Atlanta child murders, violence has once again thrust this city into the national eye. This time, during a month of bloodshed, few parts of Atlanta have been spared:...
Nation Briefing
FLORIDA LOTTO JACKPOT ROLLS OVER TO $16 MILLION No tickets matched all six numbers in the latest Florida Lotto drawing, producing a rollover. The new jackpot estimate for this week is $16 million, Florida Lottery officials said yesterday. The...
Nation Briefing
20 FACTORY WORKERS HURT IN COLLISION DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. -- Twenty factory workers were injured, some seriously, when a car driven by an alleged drunken driver slammed into the back of a bus that was carrying them to work, authorities said. Several...
Newsmakers
BEAUTIFUL THING TURNED BAD Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan knows what went wrong at Woodstock. "When Woodstock was conceived, it was a beautiful thing," McLachlan said in yesterday's New York Post. "But what happened is it turned into this big,...
New St. Johns River Zones May Not Be Problem
Jacksonville's newly approved final manatee-protection plan has a major enforcement problem, and state and local law-enforcement agencies and other government entities are wrestling with how to solve it. The major problem with the plan, which was...
NFL Losing More Star Power
Quickly, the best things about the NFL the past 10 years . . . John Elway, dropping to his right, throwing deep, deep left over a secondary that couldn't believe a man could throw a football that far. Jerry Rice, starting from a sprinter's stance,...
Non-Fiction
TITLE: Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate AUTHOR: Bob Woodward DATA: Knopf, Simon & Schuster, 592 pages, $27.50 Review by Ann Hyman When the footprints of dirty tricks dedicated to the re-election of Richard Nixon in 1972...
Oceanfront Condominiums Planned
A Pensacola developer that has preliminary plans to build a hotel in Jacksonville Beach is modeling a condominium project at the beach after a complex it built in Pensacola. "We built the first high-rise condo on Pensacola Beach," said Hugh Hiott,...
Olympic Schmooze Pampering, Not Bribes Wooed Games to Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Olympic organizers used the entire state's charm to lure the Games to Atlanta, wining and dining International Olympic Committee members on the fairways of Augusta National, onboard Gulfstream jets and in the antebellum homes of Savannah....
Parents the Toughest Group Schools Chief Has Tried to Woo
********** CORRECTION (8/3/99) Cheryl Donelan Grymes is a member of the Duval County School Board. Because of a reporting error, her name was misspelled in a story on Page A-9 Sunday. ********** Duval County Schools Superintendent...
Patience Key to Personal Money Management
When Sherri Horton decided to be her own financial planner, it wasn't because she had anything against planners. In fact, she even took the time to meet with a few. "There are some great ones out there, and they can be very helpful," said Horton,...
Popularity Begins to Take Its Toll on Nation's Most Popular Lake Allatoona All Washed Up? Group Must Come Up with Plan to Save Reservoir
ACWORTH -- As Lake Allatoona, the nation's most popular lake, nears its 50th birthday next year, it is being killed by its own popularity. Over the past eight years, the three Northwest Georgia counties surrounding the 12,000-acre reservoir -- Cobb,...
Quake Strain Grows near L.A., Mountains
LOS ANGELES -- Forces deep in the Earth's crust are moving downtown Los Angeles toward the San Gabriel Mountains, possibly making the region in between more susceptible to earthquakes, according to a study published yesterday. Using satellite surveying...
Reports of Contamination Have Been around for Years, but Nothing Was Done Toxic Waste Only a Recent City Hall Priority
It wasn't news last week at City Hall that neighborhoods in Northwest Jacksonville were built around ash from city incinerators. Reports describing lead-laden ash had piled up for years. Before one park was built in 1991, a consultant drew the city...
Roaf Is Saints' Humble Star
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- William Roaf comes from a family that treats overachieving as ordinary. There's a lot to live up to when your father is a dentist and your mother is a judge. That expectation of greatness is part of the reason Roaf isn't satisfied....
Robbery Victim, 25, Adjusting to a New Life Struggle, Tears Fill Her Days
ATLANTA -- Tears flow often from the corners of Marishia Scott's green eyes and across her cheeks, the salty droplets disappearing unchecked into her ears. The 25-year-old former head teller for United Southern Bank in Mount Dora can't lift either...
Secret Service Agent Recalls Kennedy Children
Even as a 3-year-old, John F. Kennedy Jr. was fascinated by aircraft. "Helicopters and his dad were like two lollipops in his life," said Tom Wells, a Jacksonville native who was one of three Secret Service agents assigned to guard the Kennedy children....
Shooter's Wife Feared for Safety Sister Not Surprised Slaying Happened
ATLANTA -- Mark O. Barton's first victim in a murderous rampage last week -- his wife, Leigh Ann -- had been worried for her safety but loved Barton's children and wanted to continue to be involved in their lives, her sister said yesterday. "I'm...
Shows Give Reality a Close Shave Fox's Latest Family Sitcoms a Bit Kinky
PASADENA, Calif. -- A mom goes topless as she gathers up laundry with her three young sons in the room. A particularly hairy dad gets a body shave at the breakfast table, grossing out the kids. Mom wakes her 17-year-old son for school and unexpectedly...
Skydiving Plane Crashes, Killing 10 on Board
COTTRELLVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A plane carrying nine members of a skydiving group that was holding its annual campout crashed shortly after takeoff yesterday, killing all the passengers and the pilot, authorities said. The plane, a twin-engine...
`Snooty' the Manatee Celebrates 51st Birthday
BRADENTON -- If you've ever taken in a stray cat only to learn later she is a motherto-be, imagine Samuel Stout's reaction in 1948 when he took in a female manatee who later gave birth. A little manatee was born July 21 that summer in the Old Miami...
Some Handy Do's and Don'ts for Back-to-School Shopping
Here's what parents can do when they hear the familiar singsong that their kids will just die without the latest, greatest, trendiest clothes and school supplies. Children need to know who sets the rules, said Jane Chafin, a licensed clinic social...