The Florida Times Union

Articles from April 23, 2000

30th Earth Day Celebration Draws Fervent, Curious Gore Offers Goals at D.C. Festivities
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of people converged upon the muddy grass of the National Mall yesterday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Earth Day in a festival that mixed passionate environmentalism with the mellow atmosphere of a weekend outing. ...
Accent on Hospitality in French Louisiana
LAFAYETTE, La. -- A Cajun accordion player squeezed out a syncopated melody as the lead singer sawed on a fiddle and wailed a nasal, high-pitched song in Old French. Guitar and drums rounded out the sound as men and boys whirled their women and...
Anatomy of a 3-Minute Raid Relatives, Supporters Left Stunned, Angry
The following story is based on accounts from Associated Press reporters on the scene, a freelance photographer on assignment for the AP who was inside the house, and interviews with witnesses and officials. MIAMI -- The white minivans hurtled from...
Artist Finds Success Thinking like a Child Book Illustrator Visits Schools to Encourage Students' Creativity
WATKINSVILLE -- Creativity abounds in the mind of a child, and artist Michael P. White taps into that playground every time he picks up a brush. White, a professional artist for 37 years who has illustrated three children's books, says he is successful...
Atlantis Crew Going Up to Mend Space Station
CAPE CANAVERAL -- When astronauts float into the international space station this week, they'll be armed with ear plugs, air monitors and fans. Despite repairs last year, the space station is still too noisy because of poor acoustic design on the...
Banks out to Prove Critics Wrong Jaguars Runner Expects to Be Ready by Week 1
The vision keeps him going. It's simple, but it's there for Tavian Banks. He's running onto an NFL field, knee ligaments healthy, rehabilitation complete, his critics and non-believers proven wrong. "That will be when it's all worth it," Banks...
Baseball Plans Stir Memories
Deja vu, all over again. Hold the Davey Crockett. Mayor John Delaney and other inexorable forces are pushing for a new downtown baseball park. The stadium is part of the mayor's plan to revitalize the city. He described it as a "mini-Camden...
Best Offseason Moves? Redskins, Hands Down
Ah, the offseason, when experts call the Ravens Super Bowl contenders and forget they never have beaten a certain local team in their division. That said, the draft is over. The high points of free agency are, too. What's left? A few releases...
Black Drum Surprise Pair in Cedar Key Jacksonville Fishermen Use Fly-Rod to Land Huge Catch
Jacksonville's Jimmy Ricks and Scott Sheridan were ill-prepared for what they stumbled upon last weekend during a redfishing trip to Cedar Key on the Gulf Coast. They hadn't planned on seeing hordes of giant, tailing black drum, much less catching...
Block Scheduling Expansion Sought Fryer Wants All Duval Schools in Plan
Next month, Duval County school system staff will ask the School Board to expand a controversial scheduling program to all high schools, effective with the 2001-02 academic year. In making the recommendation, system staff conceded that block scheduling...
Britons Abuzz over Phone Numbers Plans for Changes Confusing Customers
LONDON -- That British stiff upper lip is trembling in the face of a crisis of sorts: For the third time in a decade, the telephone company is changing people's phone numbers. Given plenty of advance notice, London restaurants have changed their...
Camp List
**********CORRECTION April 26, 2000********** The Culler Child Care Center will accept students from age 2 through the sixth grade for its summer program. Because of incorrect information provided by the center, the wrong ages were given in a listing...
Castro Declares 'One-Day' Truce
CENTRAL AUSTRALIA, Cuba -- "Today is a truce," Fidel Castro declared yesterday, praising the U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and INS officials reuniting of Elian Gonzalez and his father. As the child's grandparents joined hundreds of thousands...
Catholics Using Jubilee Year to Draw Attention to Reconciliation Efforts
With his Lenten apology for past wrongs committed in the name of the faith, Pope John Paul II has sought to focus the attention of the world's Catholics on repentance and reconciliation. All these acts are undertaken with the calendar, centuries,...
Charlton Firefighters in a Feud with the County over Funds ... A Heated Dispute Volunteers Ready to Throw in Towel over Old Gear
FOLKSTON -- Charlton County's volunteer firemen are upset with a county mandate to control spending, a move they say has left them with unsafe equipment and feeling so underappreciated that some may quit. The county's requirement that county commissioners'...
Cousin Lashes out at Reno 21-Year-Old Says Seizing Elian by Force Was 'Wrong'
MIAMI -- Marisleysis Gonzalez shouted like a revolutionary, screaming in a voice already raw from the emotional drama that unwound yesterday morning. The 21-year-old cousin who took on the role of surrogate mother to Elian Gonzalez took the bullhorn...
Cubans Protest in Jacksonville Brief Confrontation Breaks Out
Hours after news of Elian Gonzalez's seizure was beamed into their Jacksonville homes from Miami, about 75 members of the city's Cuban community gathered at Friendship Fountain yesterday, expressing their outrage with placards, flags and passionate...
Detention Camp Commander Arrested Serb Charged in Rapes, Tortures and Killings
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- NATO peacekeepers have arrested a Bosnian Serb detention camp commander more than five years after the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal accused him of raping, torturing and killing Muslims. Dragan Nikolic, 42, had been the...
EASTER SUNDAY Christians, Jews Begin to Embrace Their Bond Many Welcome Change in Attitude
The Very Rev. Jacob Danner knows well that religious symbols pack a punch -- jostling, inspiring, rousing the faithful from their spiritual slumber. As his congregants open their eyes today, on the holiest day of the Christian calendar, they will...
Father, Son Share Tearful Hugs Officials Had Doctors Check out 6-Year-Old
WASHINGTON -- The long-delayed reunion between father and son began with tight, tearful hugs after a heady morning for a 6-year-old that included big guns, Play-Doh and his first helicopter ride. Juan Miguel Gonzalez cried yesterday morning as he...
Father, Son Still a Long Way from Cuba Legal Hurdles Could Take Months
WASHINGTON-- Now that Juan Miguel Gonzalez has regained custody of his son, he faces what could be a long legal battle to return with his family to Cuba. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta is scheduled to hear arguments May 11 on whether...
Federal Probe into JSO Widens
Accused crack dealers are cooperating with federal prosecutors, cops are investigating cops and the surviving victims of at least two unsolved slayings and a handful of robberies are reliving the past. That's all happened since a federal-state task...
Fiction
Title: Blonde Author: Joyce Carol Oates Data: Ecco Press/HarperCollins, 738 pages, $27.50 Review by Mary Ann Horne Was she real, or was she Marilyn? That's the question Joyce Carol Oates poses in her new novel, Blonde, a voluminous examination...
Finding the Right Camp from Athletics to Music to Computers, There's a Camp out There for Your Child
When it comes to choosing the right camp program, most parents are looking for two things for their children -- the opportunity to experience nature and a sense of community, said camp expert Peg Smith of the American Camping Association. "It's...
Following Ethicscosts Councilwoman Dealership Fires Her for Abstaining on Vote
WOODSTOCK -- A Woodstock City Council member said her political ethics cost her a job. Elizabeth Baxter, 52, abstained from voting April 11 on a motion that would have allowed Cherokee Ford -- the car dealership where she worked -- to expand its...
Good Question
What do I do if my tax refund is lost or stolen? Q: What do I do if my federal tax refund check is lost or stolen? A: Don't panic. If your check is lost or stolen, the money is still rightfully yours. The first thing you should do is call...
Gwinnett Chamber Flies Old State Flag Pre-'56 Banner Excises Confederate Emblem
DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce flies a state flag in front of its new building, but it's not the same one that flies at the state Capitol. The flag at the chamber is the one used by the state of Georgia from 1920 to 1956 -- a version...
Healing Process Still in Its Infancy Jewish Reaction to Reconciliation Complicated
Christians may be seeking reconciliation, but, after nearly 2000 years, that's a lot to absorb for Jews. The memories endure as an indictment, a painful history, a stinging litany of discrimination, ghettos, crusades, expulsions, the Spanish Inquisition,...
In Cuba, Mass Celebration for Reunion
HAVANA -- Cubans smiled, wept tears of happiness and rushed to tell neighbors the news of Elian Gonzalez's reunion with his father yesterday, a breakthrough in the personal and political drama that has gripped the island for five months. In Elian's...
Innovation Key to Success in White-Collar Revolution
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The gospel according to Tom Peters: The blue-collar, or industrial, revolution took 120 years. The white-collar revolution, now under way, will take 10 to 15. When it's over, 90 percent of all white-collar jobs will be radically...
Introducing Cesario and Ingram, the New Left Side of the Offensive Line
If the season started today, the left side of the Jaguars line would be Anthony Cesario at left guard and Steve Ingram at left tackle. And this team is the favorite in the AFC? That's not to knock those two players, neither of whom has NFL experience,...
Jackets Shut out Seminoles
TALLAHASSEE -- After getting shut out by Florida State on Friday night, Georgia Tech called on a Parrott to mimic the feat. Yellow Jackets starter Rhett Parrott blanked the second-ranked Seminoles for seven innings as Tech won 5-0 yesterday. The...
JU Soccer: A Program under Scrutiny Letter of the Law
The recent past and the immediate future for the Jacksonville University men's soccer program looked encouraging under coach Aleks Mihailovic. Then anonymous letters accused the coach of improprieties in securing international talent. Now the NCAA...
LEGISLATURE Another Way
An alternative way of protecting the state's share of the profits from its partnership with the tobacco industry has been devised that merits consideration by the Florida Legislature, which is wrestling with the potential problem of losing its windfall....
Mattiace Aims for 3-in-1
Three tournaments in one, benefiting three charities. That's the format of the first American Express Financial Advisors Len Mattiace Charity Classic, Aug. 6-7 at the Queen's Harbour Yacht and Country Club. Over two days, there will be a junior,...
Miami Erupts in Anger Hundreds Arrested as Mayors Plead for Calm in City
MIAMI -- Riot police with batons and shields beat down rioting demonstrators on the streets of Little Havana yesterday after Elian Gonzalez was snatched away by federal agents. More than 260 people were arrested. The unrest continued all day after...
Microsoft, AOL Battle for Consumers at Home
LOS ANGELES -- America Online Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are taking their rivalry into a new arena -- your house. Moving beyond the personal computer turf, the companies are rushing to get their software and new Internet gadgets into your kitchen,...
New Jag Gansz Can Do
Tom Coughlin rarely allows his assistants to speak to the media because he believes strongly in "one voice" speaking for the Jaguars' coaching staff. Well, there's a new voice at One Stadium Place and the sound from those vocal cords comes through...
Newsmakers
SHOW PRACTICING IN GOOD CONSCIENCE The cast of The Practice and others who have worked to outlaw capital punishment have been honored by an anti-death penalty group. Writer-producer David E. Kelley, who created The Practice, stood by as series star...
Nighttime Talks End in Pre-Dawn Seizure Even Negotiators Surprised by Timing of Reno Decision
WASHINGTON -- It was just past 4 a.m. yesterday and Attorney General Janet Reno, at her desk wearing a telephone headset, could wait no longer to decide whether to order armed agents to seize Elian Gonzalez from his Miami relatives. Reno already...
No Bluffing: This Poker Game Is Played with Boats
It might have all the attributes of a race -- a bunch of powerboats starting at the same place, running about 110 miles, clocking in at the finish and the skippers attending the inevitable party afterward with an awards ceremony. But this isn't...
Non-Fiction
Title: Captain Blight's Portable Nightmare: From the Bounty to Safety -- 4,162 Miles Across the Pacific in a Rowing Boat Author: John Toohey Data: HarperCollins, 211 pages, $24 Review by Jules Wagman Any book on any portion of the mutiny aboard...
Outdoors Notebook
MEETING HERE ON WAHOOS, DOLPHIN The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will take public input on a wahoo/dolphin management plan and on the concept of marine reserves at two separate meetings next month at the Sea Turtle Inn in Atlantic Beach....
Photo Dominates Media Coverage
In a video age, the most striking image of the raid to seize Elian Gonzalez was a still photograph that showed a federal agent in riot gear pointing an automatic rifle as the 6-year-old boy cowered in the arms of a friend. The photo, one in a series...
Pierce Ousts Seles in Semis
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Top-seeded Mary Pierce added to her impressive run through the Family Circle Cup, beating No.3 Monica Seles 6-1, 6-1 yesterday. Pierce, who has not dropped a set and lost only 11 games all week, will face former champion...
Protecting the Tobacco Settlement Lawmakers Debate Ways to Guard State's Windfall
TALLAHASSEE -- Anise Williams, a student at Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, thought it sounded "cool" when she was invited to join the fight against tobacco aboard the "Truth Train" that went to rallies around the state two years ago. She...
Raid,reunion
MIAMI -- It took five months for the custody battle over Elian Gonzalez to build to a tense standoff. It took federal agents less than three minutes to end it. In a cleanly executed predawn raid that caught Elian's Miami relatives off guard, armed...
Reader Questions Prompt a Variety of Answers, Explanations
It seems like a good time to dip into our reader mailbag. A Neptune Beach reader writes: "I was disappointed in an article (last Sunday) that did a disservice to the readers, 'Sexual battery sparks manhunt.' How can citizens be watchful if the paper...
Rebels Claim Sri Lankan Base Captured Military Leaders Won't Comment
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Rebels fighting for an independent homeland yesterday claimed they killed at least 1,000 soldiers and captured a major military complex in Sri Lanka after a furious two-day battle. It was not immediately possible to confirm...
Relatives Turned Away at Air Base Group Will Attempt to See Elian Today
WASHINGTON -- Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez followed him to Washington yesterday, hoping for a family reunion and to keep the 6-year-old boy from going back to Cuba. They were turned away from the air base gate behind which Elian was reunited with...
Report Says Feds Didn't Fire in Waco Simulation Seems to Back Government
ST. LOUIS -- Federal agents did not fire at Branch Davidians in the 1993 siege that ended in a deadly blaze at the group's compound in Waco, Texas, according to a preliminary report from last month's simulation of the confrontation. Vector Data...
Same Backup Plan Quinn Eyes Spot Behind Brunell
The year is new, his attitude is fresh and by most accounts his arm is stronger and more accurate than before. One thing is the same for Jonathan Quinn, and that's his preseason goal. "I want to be the backup," Quinn, a third-year quarterback...
SCHOOLS Bid Bus Service
It is imperative that the public school system introduce competition into the bus transportation system as soon as possible. Recently, the board was advised in writing by the city's top lawyer that the current non-competitive process is not in accord...
Sensitivity Raises a Flag for Georgia
The Georgia flag with its Confederate battle emblem has to change. Gov. Roy Barnes said a few days ago that it won't be a priority for the 2001 General Assembly because there are more pressing matters. The left side of the flag with the state seal...
Some Friendly Reminders for Employers, Employees
David Benson Carver, who directs economic development efforts in York, Pa., brought a familiar message to town last week and sprinkled it with suggestions to help both sides of the employment equation. Employers and employees are participating in...
Taking Another Look at a Legend Judy Garland's Story Told Anew
Title: Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland Author: Gerald Clarke Data: Random House, 501 pages, $29.95 Review by David Crumpler Anyone looking for explanation of Judy Garland's enduring legend will find it in the 1961 recording, Judy Live at...
Teens Learn Skills with Summer Jobs
ORLANDO -- Idelis Rios hopes to parlay her poodle skirt and roller skates into a career in design. The high-schooler dons the outfit for her job at Disney-MGM Studios' Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. Along with learning to be a perky restaurant hostess...
THE BEST IN THE WORLD Record for Sail Jacksonville Fishermen and Their Friends Set a Single-Day, Catch-and-Release World Record by Catching 75 Pacific Sailfish during a Trip to Guatemala
On April 3, aboard the Capt. Hook boat out of Iztapa, Guatemala, lines went in the water about 8 a.m., and the first Pacific sailfish was caught 8 minutes later. By 1:30 p.m., 26 sails had been tagged and released. It doesn't get much better than...
The Business of Lobbying You Don't Have to Be a Professional Lobbyist to Have Your Voice Heard
TALLAHASSEE -- Helping small businesses figure out their accounts and preparing their tax forms is just a day's work for John and Judi Williams. But when they tried to get from one state legislator's office to another recently, it was like a ride...
The Great Guerrero Outfielder Draws Praise from Manager, Opponents
MONTREAL -- Vladimir Guerrero slammed his bat with his right hand as he walked back to the Montreal Expos' dugout. The frustration of another strikeout for a young slugger? Hardly. The 24-year-old Dominican star had just struck out for the first...
The Wells Watch
PSST! Did you hear about . . .? You did? Call and tell me all about it. Call, too, if you've seen, planned or are about to do something smashing, if you stuck around after your last meeting to hear all the good stuff that gets hashed over in the...
Trauma of Saga Needstime to Heal Boy Must Renew Bond with Dad, Experts Say
It took just an instant to rip Elian Gonzalez from the embrace of his Miami relatives, but it may take years to repair the damage to this 6-year-old boy from all the misfortunes he has faced in the past five months. And as horrific as that moment...
Two New Monkey Species Discovered in Amazon Small Primates Found in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Two squirrel-sized monkeys have been discovered in a remote corner of Brazil's Amazon, an international conservation group said yesterday, a region rich with biodiversity due to the dozens of rivers there. Conservation...
World Briefing
BRAZIL: VIOLENCE SPOILS 500TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS PORTO SEGURO -- Celebrations marking Brazil's 500th anniversary were tempered by violence yesterday as police clashed with thousands of Indians and their supporters protesting what they called Portugal's...
Your're Only Safe If You're Moving Forward
Career experts are hammering this message into the work force: The skills you use every day could be worthless in five years, and your job could be jettisoned at any time in this fluid economy. They aren't trying to scare you, but they are urging...