The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 24, 1998

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FOR SALE A man who has held onto Hank Aaron's last home run ball for 22 years now wants to sell it to the Milwaukee Brewers. But he's not saying what price he's asking. Richard Arndt, 51, of Albuquerque, N.M., sent the offer in a letter...
Another Winner for Paul Newman
To sauce or not to sauce? If you're talking about steak sauce, most people fall into one of three categories. It's a must, they never touch the stuff or they eat it once in a while. Times-Union Consumer Panel members Ida David and Linda Graham...
A Tasty Chance to Show You Care
Area chefs are caring to the tune of $1 million. Last year, the Children's Home Society crossed the $1 million mark in the total monies collected during the past 14 years with its Caring Chefs fund-raising event The year's event will be...
Baked Birdies and Gourmet Greens You Don't Have to Be a Player to Try the World Golf Village's Varied Fare
The World Golf Village has something for you even if you'd rather have your birdies served up on a plate rather than found on the green. Its first three restaurants -- Cypress Point, The PGA Deli Cafe in the World Golf Hall of Fame and...
Bulk Storage Company Wants to Lease 3 Cecil Field Buildings
McKenzie Service Co. Inc. , a 21-year-old bulk storage and marine transport company, wants to set up shop at Cecil Field , the closing Naval air station in West Jacksonville. At its first workshop to precede its new quarterly meetings, ...
Cajun-Style Dressing Mix Being Recalled
People in nine states, including Florida and Georgia, are being asked to check their freezers for a Cajun-style dressing mix that has been recalled because of possible salmonella contamination, The Associated Press reports. The recall of...
Chamber Goal: Better Candidates
As term limits create turnover in elected offices, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce leaders want more people to step up to the political plate. Chamber leaders repeated throughout the group's membership retreat this week that they want...
Doubting Thomas Was a Big Mistake
Dave Thomas would be well within his rights now to fire back at the Fourth Estate. Not with a Ryan Leaf-like explosion but a good, clean verbal salvo would be appropriate at all those pundits who were writing him off during preseason as a...
FAMU's Bonner Rises to Quarterback Challenge
TALLAHASSEE -- Some athletes simply don't flourish in the spotlight. Under pressure, their performance suffers. To the contrary, Florida A&M quarterback Pat Bonner is one of those athletes who is drawn to the fire of intense competition....
Fisherman Dies, TV Reporter Lost in Boat Accident
********** CORRECTION (9/25/98) Because of incorrect information from the Florida Marine Patrol, a story on Page A-1 yesterday misspelled the name of Willie L. Simmons, who died in a boating accident. ********** A Jacksonville...
Florida Practice Report
MR. NICE GUY Steve Spurrier saw himself on television the other day, and didn't like it one bit. So he's making a change -- really. No more tantrums, no more visor-tossing, no more yelling. Well, maybe a little yelling. "I'm not going...
Florida's Campaign Finance Reform Is a Farce
Jeez. Hang around politicians for very long these days and it's like being in a seedy bar filled with people smoking cheap cigars. Go outside in the fresh air and everything about you -- your hair, your clothes, even your fingernails --...
Florida State Practice Report
WAIT ENDS FOR CHANEY Patience has finally paid off for third-team sophomore TB Jeff Chaney, who ripped Duke for a team-leading 88 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in his backfield debut for the 'Noles. "I had confidence from practice,...
Hooked on HGTV It's a Channel, a Pastime and an Antidote for Counch Potato-Itis
It's the channel-surfing trap. People innocently flipping from a ballgame to a rerun of The Andy Griffith Show get mesmerized by a host sponge-painting a kitchen cabinet. The clicker halts. What's the intriguing stopping point on the ...
`It's Obvious Change Is Needed,' Fryer Says
At 10:10 a.m. yesterday at Forrest High School, two girls sat in the back of a classroom and put on mascara. Nearby, a girl slept. It was "activities" period, when students in clubs were allowed to leave class to meet. Those remaining filled...
Jacksonville a HGTV Hub
Jacksonville is an HGTV hub. Three of the cable channel's most popular shows, Company of Animals, All in Good Taste and The Designer's Landscape are produced right here. "We get bags and bags of letters every week for Company of Animals,"...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There is always a chance and we will be here as long as that chance exists." -- Jim Church, news director for WJXX TV-25, said he wasn't giving up hope that a reporter working for the ABC affiliate was still alive after...
Jaguars Practice Report
MAN IN THE MIDDLE If Bryce Paup wasn't happy with his role before, he may really be steamed now. Paup was being used some at middle linebacker yesterday during practice, a move to help compensate for the loss of Bryan Schwartz. With...
JU Defensive Line Gets Good Marks
With each passing week, Jacksonville University coach Steve Gilbert learns more and more about his young football team. In the Dolphins' 29-7 victory over Chowan last week, Gilbert learned that his team could play well on the road after making...
Lee Wins Budget Face-Off Tullis Loses Plea for Gym Funds
Jacksonville City Council members Jim Tullis and Denise Lee were like mirror images of each other at Tuesday night's contentious council meeting. Both of them drew a line in the sand over the city's proposed $612 million general fund budget...
Let's Discuss Anything but Bill's Sex Life
Some random thoughts and observations as I try to ignore the fact that all anyone wants to talk about these days is Bill Clinton's sex life: I'm not sure where I stand on Jacksonville's latest raging controversy, the alleged fickleness...
MINOR RUSH HOUR FSU Committed to Ground Game
TALLAHASSEE -- Committed to improving a ground game that was a dismal 94th nationally last season -- averaging just 112.1 yards a game -- Florida State is supplementing its passing pizzazz with some much-needed punch. Behind a beefy offensive...
Old Guard Responds to Young Lions
Veteran PGA Tour player Mark O'Meara freely admits that part of the reason for his success in 1998 was being motivated by the play of Tiger Woods in 1997. O'Meara apparently isn't the only veteran who appears reluctant to let youngsters...
Pastor Abducted at Gunpoint Robber Then Shoots Another
After abducting a pastor from his Jacksonville church at gunpoint yesterday, a robber drove the minister's minivan to a motel parking lot and held up another man, shooting him in the arm. Police used a helicoper yesterday during their search...
Police Chief Arrested Molestation Charges Shock Homeland
HOMELAND -- Police Chief Jerry Stephen Gibson was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of child molestation. Gibson, 45, has been under investigation since last week, when the Charlton County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a relative...
Preservation 2000 Passes Million-Acre Mark
The state's Preservation 2000 land-buying program has hit a milestone. Virginia Wetherell, secretary of the Environmental Protection Department, informed Gov. Lawton Chiles and the Cabinet yesterday that the state has acquired more than...
Prudential Cuts Senior Coverage 1,500 in Baker, St. Johns to Lose Medicare HMO
Officials of Prudential HealthCare have decided to pull the plug on many of the insurer's Medicare HMOs around the country, including parts of the Jacksonville plan that serve Baker County and parts of St. Johns County. About 1,500 elderly...
Republicans Battle over 2nd District
After ousting County Commissioner Moses Floyd in the September primary, St. Johns County Republicans must choose a candidate Oct. 1 to represent the county's poorest and least-developed region. John Reardon and Ron Sanchez say the 2nd District,...
Robber Guilty of Murder in Accomplice's Death
A Duval County jury convicted a Jacksonville teen last night of murder in the death of a friend shot by police while fleeing a robbery Nov. 29. Felton Aikens, 18, was convicted of second-degree murder and two counts of armed robbery for...
Second City Fund Rip-Off Uncovered $463,000 Missing in Separate Thefts
Hundreds of thousands of dollars are disappearing from Jacksonville's coffers, and city officials are scrambling to prevent future thefts after the arrest of two city employees. Authorities said yesterday they suspect at least $300,000 is...
Special Fee Proposed for Interchange
Jacksonville officials are considering charging a special fee on new construction in eastern Mandarin to meet the cost of building an interchange at Interstate 95. The idea is part of a proposal being developed by the Jacksonville Economic...
Stanton, Bolles Scholars Lead National Merit List
Stanton College Preparatory School continues to hold its allure as an incubator of top college prospects. The public high school produced 16 National Merit semifinalists this year, among the largest showings in the state. The Bolles School,...
Strength in Numbers Truckers Group Seeks Members, Louder Voice
Jacksonville's independent truck drivers are hoping to link together in a union-like organization in order to gain health benefits and to win better working conditions. The United Container Movers Association, which first formed in April,...
Taylor Ready for New Role Rookie Propelled into Spotlight
The crowd swarmed Jaguars running back Fred Taylor as if he had a ball under his arm. Taylor surveyed the group and politely said he needed to hurry and get dressed -- but there was no escape. "Whew," he said, looking up at the media throng...
Ticket Sales Lagging for NHL Exhibition
Ticket sales for next Friday's NHL exhibition game at the Coliseum are crawling along, and one city official believes a mix-up is to blame. Mike Sullivan, executive director of the Jacksonville Sports Development Authority, said only about...
Tiny Pieces of History Small British Race Cars 'Great Way to Have Fun'
The singer for the British hard rock band AC/DC drives one; so does one of the nation's winningest endurance drivers. A Jacksonville businessman loves his, as does a soft-spoken Kentucky businessman. What these folks have in common is their...
U.S. Counting on Veterans Davis Cup Resumes Today
For 48 weeks a year, tennis players on the ATP Tour are concerned about one thing: whether they win or lose. But when it's time for the international competition known as the Davis Cup, personal victories don't matter if the team doesn't...
Waycross Police Hit by Sickout Small Pay Raise Has Officers `Ill'
Waycross police officers have been off the job for two days to protest what they call a too modest pay raise and to seek improvements in their pension plan. City Manager C.B. "Bucky" Heys said about 95 percent of the police force below...
Wildcats Are Talk of the Town
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In this mid-sized city nestled in the heart of horse country, second-year Kentucky football coach Hal Mumme has instilled hope and excitement in a region long known for basketball, bourbon and thoroughbreds. With Mumme...