The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 6, 1999

2 Bases Will Survive, Top Navy Officer Says
Several minutes after Cecil Field Naval Air Station's last change-of-command ceremony, the Navy's top officer said yesterday Jacksonville's two other Navy bases undoubtedly will survive. Adm. Jay Johnson, chief of naval operations, doesn't speak...
3 Die in Office Shooting Alabama Man Arrested in Assaults on 2 Companies
PELHAM, Ala. -- A man fatally shot two co-workers at their office yesterday morning and killed a third person at a company where he used to work, a burst of workplace violence just one week after the Atlanta office massacre. Alan Eugene Miller,...
5,000 Dead Fish on St. Johns Oxygen Depletion the Main Suspect
Thousands of dead fish lay on the surface of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville yesterday, killed by what scientists suspect are continuing low levels of oxygen in the waterway. Biologist John Burns of the St. Johns River Water Management District...
500! McGwire Now Stands at 501 after Hitting Two in 10-3 Loss
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire made history in a hurry. The St. Louis Cardinals star became the fastest player to hit 500 home runs, then launched No. 501 off the left-field scoreboard last night in a 10-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. "I've exceeded...
ABC's `Once and Again' Rekindles Romance for `Middle-Aged'
PASADENA, Calif. -- She's 43. He's 40. By Hollywood standards, they're ready for Depends and a walker. That Sela Ward and Billy Campbell, stars of ABC's new romantic drama, Once and Again, are perceived as old "is absurd, but I guess that's the...
Achieving Animal Harmony Is No Easy Zoo Task
The gorillas at the Jacksonville zoo wake up on the wrong side of the bed every morning. That's why you won't see two together on exhibit yet; the fur will surely fly. The placid settings zoo visitors admire in which animals of the same species...
Album Paints Inspirational Picture Clay Ministry Uses Local Voices
As an elementary school teacher, Amy Gruen used her love of music to help students improve their reading, writing and math. As founder of the Messengers of Hope Musical Outreach, a Clay County-based ministry, she is using that same love to enable...
Alhambra Scores Hit in Fats Waller Revue
Thomas Wright Waller, better known as Fats, was a prolific, if short-lived, songwriter. Waller, who was not yet 40 when he died in 1943, composed an estimated 400 songs, among them Ain't Misbehavin' and Honeysuckle Rose. Rollicking versions of...
Animated `Iron Giant' Is `Enormously' Entertaining
It's clear early on that you're in for a good ride with The Iron Giant, even before the 50-foot-high metal "man" really comes on the scene. That's when director Brad Bird's camera and animation crew takes you around aptly named Rockwell, Maine,...
Animator Suited to `Giant' Task Boy-and-Robot Tale Intrigues Brad Bird
Brad Bird can remember quite well the first time he heard about The Iron Giant, the story by the late English poet laureate Ted Hughes that he has just turned into a remarkably affecting animated feature that opens today. Actually, Bird, a veteran...
Another Site Declared Hazardous Dump near Moncrief Creek Full of Lead, Chemicals, Debris
A fifth Northwest Jacksonville dump site has been labeled an environmental hazard by federal officials, who want City Hall to help clean it. The 35-acre site next to Moncrief Creek was contaminated with lead and cancercausing chemicals that have...
Bible Course Suit Brewing
ATLANTA -- A battle of almost biblical proportions may be brewing in the Bible Belt. The Georgia Board of Education is scheduled next week to vote on a list of more than 1,300 approved courses for the state's public schools that includes a couple...
Bipartisan Bill Worked out in House on Managed Care
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats and breakaway Republicans announced agreement yesterday on legislation that strengthens the rights of patients dealing with managed care plans and lowers their barriers to medical care. President Clinton praised the...
Braves' Lockhart Delivers in Pinch
PITTSBURGH -- This was one of the few times the Atlanta Braves left Pittsburgh happy despite winning only once in a three-game series. Keith Lockhart's three-run, pinch-hit double broke an eighth-inning tie and the Braves rallied to beat the Pirates...
Browning Wins Duel against Godbee
Two veterans battled for the win in the NASCAR Winston Racing Late Model division, Saturday's featured event at Jax Raceways. The 30-lap event looked like a replay from a week ago at the 1/2-mile, NASCAR-sanctioned dirt track. David Browning fired...
Businesses Donated $8 Million in School Supplies Field Day at the Depot Teachers Say Items Stretch Their Budgets
Don Anderson stood before a smorgasbord of buttons, pins, earrings and knickknacks, searching for materials that can be used in her classroom at Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School. Anderson, who teaches special education students, uses the small...
Camping with the Jaguars
ON THE FIELD Play of the day: Rookie Jason Craft scooped up a fumble by George Jones and returned it for a score. The fumble was caused by safety Carnell Lake. Catch of the day: Alvis Whitted had a nice catch on the sidelines early in the morning...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We've literally exhausted all our leads." -- Columbus police Maj. Ricky Boren, who hopes a billboard will jog memories and revive a murder case in which the trail has gone cold. Story on this page. ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES A...
Congress Approves Tax Cuts Clinton Promises Immediate Veto
WASHINGTON -- Republicans overcame Democratic opposition yesterday to narrowly win final passage of a 10-year, $792 billion tax cut trumpeted by the GOP as a deserving return of budget surpluses to wage earners and businesses. President Clinton...
Country Fans High on Brad Paisley's Loving, Wholesome Style Granddad's Gift Set Path for Star
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Brad Paisley, dark and handsome, was on stage singing about lost love to the adoring women of the Wildhorse Saloon. A guy on the dance floor with his girlfriend was a little drunk and a lot jealous as he pointed to the electrifying...
Creditors Restore Severance Pay 22 Ex-Mission:Health Employees to Get Checks
Mission:Health employees laid off July 30 from the failed managed care group will receive their severance checks despite being told at the time that they would not. The 22 employees have not received the checks because Mission:Health's unsecured...
Crime Fighting Can Be a Funny Business
Captain Amazing has kept Champion City safe from super-villains for years, with help from his publicist and the sponsors whose names adorn his skintight superhero outfit. But it seems the smug guy (smarm-meister Greg Kinnear) has finally been caught...
Damage Control Jenkins on the Spot as First Union Profits Fall
Look at some people, and you can win a bet on what they do for a living. Meet Ben Jenkins, and you know he is a banker. Jenkins, 55, is First Union National Bank's new top man in Florida, working out of the banking giant's state headquarters...
Drought Continues to Plague Mid-Atlantic Area
HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- In drought-ravaged Maryland, retired teacher Starr Myklebust takes water from her kitchen sink and bathtub to tend to the potted hibiscus and geraniums on her backyard deck. "When I rinse a real soapy pan, I put that to the side...
ENVIRONMENT Don't Fall Behind
Concern about the city's rough treatment of the St. Johns River is justified. Fortunately, the city already is taking steps to clear up recent problems and is planning to go beyond the current environmental standards. Since the JEA took over the...
FBI Probe of Spying by China Described as Plagued by Errors Computer Search OK'd 3 Years Ago
WASHINGTON -- The FBI investigation of a Los Alamos scientist was plagued by errors, poor judgment and delays that probably doomed the case, two senators said yesterday in releasing a report on the threeyear inquiry into the theft of nuclear secrets...
FBI Probes Help Change Prisons Investigations of Abuse Cases by Guards Lead to Policy Reforms
When a California prison guard who was known to hate child molesters shot to death an inmate convicted of abusing a child in 1996, the FBI was called in to investigate. The agency's investigation led to the guard's firing and murder charges that are...
Fee Concerns Send AOL Shares Down
DULLES, Va. -- Shares of America Online Inc. fell 4.8 percent yesterday on concern that Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, will trim or eliminate its Internet access fees in a move that could cut AOL's revenue. America Online dropped...
Film Keeps Playing Those Mind Games 'Sixth Sense' Intense, Haunting
Despite the little boy in peril, despite the handful of bloodied corpses walking around, The Sixth Sense has more than simple ghoulish chills on its mind. Instead, it's a spooky mind game with a whopper of a twist at the end, a twist that, even...
`Gadget' Not Up to the Cartoon
Nobody seems to be having much fun in Inspector Gadget, so it's not surprising that the audience's pleasures are modest and short-lived. In fact, this live-action adaptation of the TV cartoon series peaks with the very first frames of film, when...
Georgia Briefing
DEATH ROW INMATE WANTS JUDGE TO SET EXECUTION DATE AUGUSTA -- A Georgia inmate on Death Row for killing an Augusta woman says he is dropping his appeals and wants a judge to set his execution date. In a letter to Superior Court Judge Bernard...
Going Ape Jacksonville Zoo's New Primate Exhibit Is Simply Simian Ape
Jackson, Cindy and Baby Face ran, jumped and clapped their hands in excitement despite temperatures near 100 degrees and their fur coats. Their behavior was pretty normal for chimpanzees, a sign they really liked their new digs at the Jacksonville...
Gordon Sets Record with Qualifying Run Hometown Hero Aims for Third Brickyard Win
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeff Gordon was back home in Indiana yesterday, and the people who consider themselves his friends and neighbors opened their arms -- and mouths -- in admiration. Gordon did his part, too, by setting a stock car record at the Indianapolis...
Governments Offer Transactions Online
ATLANTA -- Soon, people all over Georgia may be able to get their car tags in their pajamas, renew a driver's license while sipping a nightcap, and research property records while their neighbors are asleep. A start-up Atlanta company, ezgov.com,...
Groups Seek to Clarify Mary Magdalene's Role
She is widely viewed as a prostitute. Some historic paintings of her are seen as little more than pious pornography. She was the sensuous woman depicted as Jesus' supposed wife in the controversial 1988 motion picture The Last Temptation of Christ....
Head Start School near Toxic Spot Closed until Safe
Jacksonville's biggest Head Start school, located near the contaminated site of a former trash incinerator, won't open its doors for the upcoming school year unless tests show it's safe for children. The Head Start site on Forest Street, where about...
Health Care Billing Systems May Not Be Ready for Y2K
WASHINGTON -- A new government report raises questions about whether health care providers, from doctors to hospitals, are prepared to head off problems with medical bills and records that could be caused by the Y2K computer bug. Failures in health...
Holbrooke Finally Approved by Senate for U.N. Envoy
WASHINGTON -- Richard Holbrooke, a combative diplomatic troubleshooter who helped frame U.S. policy toward Bosnia and Kosovo, won Senate confirmation as U.N. ambassador yesterday after a grueling 14-month battle. The 81-16 vote after only about...
Ill Boy Helps Topple Pet Quarantine Law
LONDON -- Fifteen-year-old William Dowell is back in England after a kidney transplant and cancer treatments in France. And his dog Cassis is home, too. Cassis traveled across the English Channel on the first of Britain's new pet passports, rabies-free...
Investment Firm Buys Established Local Rival
Intrepid Capital Corp., a relatively new Jacksonville investment firm, announced yesterday that it has acquired longtime Jacksonville-based investment banking firm Allen C. Ewing Financial Services Inc. Ewing, which is known mainly for its investment...
It's Wings and Cars at Dick's
It's been a year since I moved here from Daytona Beach, and one of the things I miss most about the "birth place of speed" is the presence of NASCAR everywhere. Recently I did find the racing theme in Jacksonville, at Dick's Wings on Beach Boulevard...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "These little items will help my kids learn and will make me a better teacher." -- Don Anderson, a teacher at Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School, was one of many who picked up free supplies at the Teacher Supply Depot yesterday....
Jacksonville's Bid for Graf Zeppelin Deflated
Celebrate 2000 Aug. 6, 1929 A daily look at events in First Coast history Mighty as thunder, light as a feather, Graf Zeppelin captured the world. The German dirigible was leaving New Jersey on the fastest trip ever made around the world. ...
Labor Study May Find Signal Inflation
WASHINGTON -- Growth in worker productivity slowed considerably in the spring while a key gauge of wage pressures surged, two potentially troublesome developments that could prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. The Labor Department...
Montenegro Votes for More Autonomy Milosevic Expected to Oppose Plan
PODGORICA, Yugoslavia -- In a possible prelude to a bid for independence, Montenegro said yesterday it wants to abolish the Yugoslav federation in favor of a loose partnership with Serbia that would allow the two republics to go their own ways. ...
Morning Briefing
STOCKS REBOUND AS BARGAIN HUNTERS BUY Stocks managed their strongest rally in more than a week yesterday as bargain-hunting investors stepped into a market driven down by fears of higher interest rates. Broader stock indicators were mixed, with...
Navy League Taps VP Appointee Stunned by Announcement
ST. MARYS -- Sheila McNeill, one of Southeast Georgia's most powerful voices in military affairs, has been elected national vice president of the Navy League. The league is a civilian organization that supports maritime services such as the Navy,...
New NationsBank Tower Owner Mulls Other Investments
The Parmenter Co., new owner of the NationsBank Tower, is considering downtown and suburban investments around town, and could cast an eye to San Marco and the Southbank. "We are extremely interested in Jacksonville as an investment city, both in...
No. 3 Position Barlow's Goal Jags WR Aims to Contribute
Reggie Barlow started to get good feelings more and more last year. Mostly, he said, they came on special teams -- the good feeling of a long punt return or kickoff return. "The best feeling you can have on a football field is a feeling that...
Peace Talks in Korea Resume Prospects Slim for Progress
"There exist factors leading to and possibilities of more military conflict." -- Qian Yong-nian GENEVA -- Talks aimed at bringing permanent peace to the Korean peninsula resumed yesterday with little sign of a breakthrough and a backdrop of renewed...
Peeling Skin a Form of Defense against Sunburn, Researchers Say
WASHINGTON -- Sunburns may be painful, but new medical research shows that the skin peeling following a burn is one way the body protects against skin cancer. In mouse studies at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, researchers found...
Pierce Brosnan Still Bonding Three 007s Down, Option on Another
Despite what so-called "intimate friends" told a London newspaper, and a rumor that Rupert Everett is being measured for custom-made suits and a Walther holster, Pierce Brosnan has not turned in his license to kill. "I was under contract for three,...
POLITICS Roll Them Bones
Hillary Rodham Clinton rolled the political dice with a Talk magazine interview. The strategy appeared enticing enough: Outline her thoughts on her husband's infidelities now, in perhaps the most hyped magazine debut ever, and then declare the issue...
Professor and the Pop Artist Toe Five II Judge Andy Warhol Expert
Patrick Smith spends most of his time these days in the library at the University of Florida, doing research for his third book on Andy Warhol. But Smith took time out to serve as judge for Toe Five II, a national juried art exhibition opening tonight...
Russians Doubted Oswald Letter Forgery Suspected, Linking Moscow, Killing
WASHINGTON -- Shortly before President Kennedy was assassinated, the Soviet Embassy in Washington received a letter from Lee Harvey Oswald -- a letter the Soviets privately thought was forged to make it look as if Oswald was working for them, newly...
Scholarship Help for Juniors, Seniors Is Worth the Search
If you're a high school junior or senior, or know one who plans to go to college, now's the time to start researching financial aid and scholarships. Some firms will charge a hefty fee to do the searching for you, but you can do much of the work...
Sign Used to Find Suspect
COLUMBUS -- Near the wooded roadside where Tracy Habersham's nude body was found almost two years ago, police have put up a billboard with her picture, a phone number and a notice of a $6,000 reward. Investigators hope the billboard will jog memories...
Soldiers Kidnap U.N. Observers
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Former junta soldiers demanding humanitarian aid kidnapped 13 U.N. military observers, four journalists and a group of regional intervention soldiers, a U.N. official said yesterday. The soldiers abducted their captives...
`Special Relief' in Jeopardy
The Jacksonville City Council's unorthodox practice of helping some residents get around the law through "special relief" measures is probably too arbitrary and ill-defined to stand up in court, City Hall lawyers said yesterday. Instead, the council...
Students with Health Fears Can Transfer from Bethune
Parents who fear their child's health may be jeopardized by attending an elementary school located on a former dump may send their child to another school. The Duval County School Board directed Superintendent John Fryer and his staff to notify...
`That Smell' Doesn't Come from Coliseum
Welcome to Jacksonville, the only potential Super Bowl city in America that doesn't even qualify for a real Arena Football League team. Welcome to Jacksonville, the only concert venue in America that can't even get its hometown rock 'n' roll band...
`Thomas Crown' Remake Tells Witty, Steamy Caper
John McTiernan's remake of The Thomas Crown Affair is a film for grown-ups -- a sexy, gunplay-free fantasy that doesn't insult our intelligence -- even when it's patently silly. Nice trick, that. In its overall conception, this new Thomas Crown...
Toni Collette Bawled at `Sixth Sense' Script
NEW YORK -- When I last spoke to Toni Collette, star of Muriel's Wedding and Velvet Goldmine, she was bubbling with enthusiasm about a film she was shooting in Philadelphia with Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. "It's called The Sixth Sense, and...
Waste Sites Furor Should Sound Alarm for Mayor
There are hard lessons to be learned from the current furor over the implications and risks associated with four hazardous waste sites located in African-American neighborhoods in Northwest Jacksonville, including some for Mayor John Delaney. One...
While Pee-Wee Takes Break, Paul Reubens Works
LOS ANGELES -- Hee-hee-hee. You can almost hear Paul Reubens giggling, in character as Pee-wee Herman -- with his too-small gray suit, military-short jet-black hair and crimson lips a pucker of surprise. Save your red clip-on bow ties and white...
Wolfson Hoop Star Transfers
Antonio Lawrence, the Times-Union Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a freshman last season, has transferred from Wolfson High School to Jackson. Vonceil Brazle, Lawrence's mother, confirmed yesterday that she filed a request for special assignment...
Woman Drops Book Lawsuit
A libel lawsuit filed by a Cumberland Island resident against author Nevada Barr and her book publisher has been settled out of court. Carol Ruckdeschel, who sued Barr over a character in one of her books, agreed to the settlement Wednesday after...