The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 1, 2001

6 Convicts Flee Alabama Prison Using Broom Handle to Lift Fence
ST. CLAIR SPRINGS, Ala. -- Six convicts, including three murderers, escaped from a maximum-security prison by using a broom handle to slip under a 5,000-volt electric fence. Officers set up roadblocks and went house to house with tracking dogs yesterday...
After Fall Flops, More Newcomers
OK, some of those new fall shows didn't work out so well. (Titans . . . The $treet . . . The Michael Richards Show . . . Deadline . . .) But don't worry, the networks have plenty of new shows ready to take their place. Three Sisters (NBC), Popstar...
An Announcement Is near on the Duval Elections Probe
Spinning around the news dial ... click. You can look for a formal structure to be announced next week for investigating what went wrong in Duval County's botched elections last November. Mayor John Delaney is considering several options. ...
Arsenic-Absorbing Fern Offers Solution to Pollution UF Research Finds No Ill Effect on Plant
A common fern has been found to soak up extraordinary amounts of arsenic without any ill effects, potentially offering a natural way of cleaning up polluted soil and water. The plant, known as the brake fern, grows naturally in the Southeast and...
Atlantic Boulevard to Lose Lane
For the next three weeks, Atlantic Boulevard will be the worst road out of the Beaches. At 8 tonight, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority will close one of Atlantic Boulevard's two westbound lanes to work on construction of an elevated "flyover"...
Big Game's Riches in Dispute
How did Tampa's economy fare with an estimated 100,000 wallet-toting visitors in town for Super Bowl XXXV? And how will Jacksonville do in 2005 when it hosts the 39th National Football League championship game? The answers to those questions all...
Black Caucus Presses Bush on Election Reform, Ashcroft
WASHINGTON -- President Bush opened the White House yesterday to some of his harshest and most vocal critics, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and won the good will of several members by promising to give serious attention to fixing problems...
Brunell Hopeful as Talks Resume Time Element Key Component to Negotiations
The Jaguars are scheduled to reopen contract talks with quarterback Mark Brunell today, the same day they begin what is regarded as the toughest offseason month any NFL team has faced since the 1993 inception of the salary cap system. "The month...
Bush Convenes His Cabinet High Ethical Standards Vital, President Says
WASHINGTON -- President Bush convened his first Cabinet meeting yesterday, instructing hand-picked officials to keep "the highest of ethical standards" and lowest of budgets. He revealed himself to be jokey but firm with those who might cross him....
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It was totally an unsanitary condition." -- Sgt. Scott McLeod, commenting on the house conditions of a woman charged with child neglect in Jacksonville. See story, this page. EX-COP ENTERS PLEA Former Ludowici police officer...
Conference Call
COLE INCIDENT ELICITS RESPONSE Maryland's last-minute meltdown in Saturday's 98-96 OT loss to Duke at Cole Field House took a back seat to an ugly incident at the end of the game. Expressing their displeasure and disrespect for the Blue Devils,...
Critics Attack Clinton over Office Space Cost
Former President Clinton's pending move into a swank $700,000-a-year midtown Manhattan office tower has drawn the ire of congressional Republicans, who say Clinton is busting his government-funded budget for a lavish "presidential penthouse." Ernest...
Dantzler Prepares to Call in His Favors
Former state Sen. Rick Dantzler endeared himself to Florida's Democratic establishment three years ago when he abandoned his own campaign for governor and agreed to become Buddy MacKay's running mate. Now the Polk County lawyer is getting ready...
Depth Keys Expected Rise FCCJ Softball Enters This Season with Power and Pitching to Spare
For Division I softball programs, recruiting is a big undertaking, involving many coaches, recruiters, and resources. For FCCJ women's softball coach Jami Friedman, recruiting takes on a more personal touch. "I do the traveling myself, since...
Disasters Draining Agency Group Assisting Earthquake Victims
BRUNSWICK -- A Christian global relief organization based in Brunswick says it needs help so it can continue providing aid to thousands of victims from recent earthquakes in El Salvador and India. The ongoing relief effort to provide medical supplies...
Display Highlights Hemingway's Friendships, Writing Methods Author's Lawyer Kept Letters, Works
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A collection of some of Ernest Hemingway's letters and writings went on display for the first time yesterday, including a note in which Hemingway dismissed as "idiotic" F. Scott Fitzgerald's suggestion that he change the ending of...
Dolphins' Gilbert Gets Three-Year Extension Coach Signed through 2003
Jacksonville University football coach Steve Gilbert signed a three-year contract extension yesterday that will keep him on the Dolphins' sideline through the 2003 season. Gilbert agreed to a four-year deal to start the Dolphins' new program in...
Ex-Police Officer Waldon Ordered Held in Slaying
A federal judge ordered former Jacksonville police officer Karl Waldon jailed without bond yesterday on charges including homicide, though the judge said the case has some weaknesses. U.S. Magistrate Timothy J. Corrigan ruled that Waldon is a risk...
Fireplace Explodes in Amelia Island Home
AMELIA ISLAND -- An Amelia Island Plantation residence was extensively damaged yesterday when a fireplace exploded, sending debris flying to less than 12 feet from the sleeping residents. Nassau County Deputy Fire Chief Charles Cooper said the residents...
Flag Change Means Big Job for Some Cities
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- There's a new state flag, but chances are it won't be showing up anytime soon on a flagpole near you. Some state flags won't be so easy to change, such as those on Brunswick's police car decals and uniform patches, Mayor Brad Brown...
Fowler Elected to Winn-Dixie Board Earnings, Forecasts Exceed Estimates
Former U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler was elected yesterday to the board of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. Fowler, a graduate of Emory University college and law school, was active in numerous charitable organizations before being elected to the City Council in...
Fresh Starts
Asian-Spiced Chicken and Beans combines Navy and Red Beans with spices and soy sauce for a tasty slow cooker meal. See recipe on Page F-6. ASIAN-SPICED CHICKEN AND BEANS 1/2 cup dry-packaged navy beans or 1 can (15 ounces) navy beans, rinsed,...
FSU Gets First ACC Victory Overtime Win over Clemson Leaves 'Noles Jumping for Joy
TALLAHASSEE -- It didn't matter that the postgame celebration was scripted. It mattered that Steve Robinson's Florida State basketball team finally had reason to celebrate. Antwuan Dixon put an end to the Seminoles' seven-game, Atlantic Coast Conference...
Girl Scout's Cookies Now Part of History
Remember the old television game show I've Got a Secret? It was a 20-questions game where celebrity panelists tried to guess the contestant's secret. Midge Mason was made for that show. Unfortunately, she was never on it. She wasn't the first...
GROWTH Opportunity Knocks
Those who remember Mandarin of the early 1960s probably reflect often how differently the area would look and feel today if someone then had planned that community's appearance in the year 2000 with the care and thought being given to the Nocatee community....
Holloman Leads Wolfson Victory
It's quickly becoming his first quarter trademark. Blend into the background, appear out of sync, maybe take a shot or two, lull the opposition into believing you're having an off night. This is when Will Holloman is at his most dangerous. The...
Injured Woods May Miss Tourney
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Tiger Woods sprained a ligament in his left knee yesterday when he stepped awkwardly on a man's ankle while leaving the 18th green at Pebble Beach. He said he was not sure if he would be able to play this week. Woods, still...
Inspectors Shut Adult-Care Facility Task Force Finds Safety Hazards
A Jacksonville adult-living facility was shut down yesterday after an inspection revealed unsafe conditions, including unauthorized people distributing medication and a resident living in a closet. Golden Days Guest Home at 3225 N. Myrtle Ave....
Is Economic Boom Coming to an End? Duval Job Cuts Not Expected to Match U.S. Rate
Patti Poche is about to become a statistic. The secretary, head file clerk and all-around-do-anything for Sonoco Products, a cardboard tube manufacturing plant in Jacksonville's Westside, was recently told she, along with the 17 other employees,...
Jackets to Open Season in Classic
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Georgia Tech and Syracuse will help open the 2001 season when they play in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium. The Yellow Jackets and Orangemen meet for the first time on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. Georgia Tech, led...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "No matter what we do, the sheer volume of traffic is going to make it a mess and there are going to be delays, so you might as well expect that." -- Atlantic Beach Police Chief David Thompson, who said drivers should try to avoid...
Jaguars Have Reason to Fear Coming Storm
Don't be fooled by the stillness emitting from One Stadium Place. It's just the calm before what may be the biggest storm in Jaguars history. The front office knows it's sitting on a potential time bomb with a $36 million salary cap overload and...
Lake Faces Drying Times Waycross Park's Waters Drained to Repair Spillway
WAYCROSS -- It's going to be a long dry spell for the lake at Laura S. Walker State Park. The lake has been drained to its stump-covered bed in preparation for repairs on a deteriorated spillway and, park officials said, it will be months before...
Local Businesses Not Showing as Much Worry
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan may be worrying about the economy, but the affluent in Jacksonville are not, or at least not as much. "Certain people who have money always have money," said Bill Barnett, owner of Barnett Jewelers downtown,...
Machine Makes Bread at Home a Snap
For Clueless Gourmet -- the CookingLight.com column I write with Assistant Food Editor Krista Ackerbloom -- we recently polled the magazine's editorial staff about which food they could not live without. The list-topper surprised us at first because...
Man of the Hours Ponte Vedra Beach Racer to Compete in Daytona Endurance Event
The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona begins Saturday, and one of the most unique contests in racing will have a local flavor. Gary Tiller of Ponte Vedra Beach will participate in the endurance event as one of four drivers for the Valley City, Ohio-based...
Minnesota QB Mauer Commits to Florida State Prospect from Weinke's High School
Florida State took a step toward solving its lack of quarterback depth with a commitment from Joe Mauer (6-4, 210 pounds) of St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham. Mauer said he informed the last of the coaches from other schools recruiting him of his decision...
Morning Briefing
STOCKS FALL AFTER FED LOWERS INTEREST RATES With Wall Street increasingly worried about a recession, investors sold off stocks yesterday after the Federal Reserve said it would lower interest rates for the second time in a month. Investors interpreted...
Mother Faces Charge Toddlers Wander, No Food or Water
A Jacksonville woman has been charged with child neglect after her 1- and 3-year-old daughters were lost overnight and police found two other children at home without food or running water. The two girls, who were taken in by a neighbor after they...
Mount Rainier Could Peril 30,000 Mudslides Likely If Volcano Blows
An eruption of Mount Rainier in Washington state could release a deadly torrent of mud and rock on populated areas west of the still-active volcano, government scientists say. About 30,000 people live in the potential path of the mudflow in the...
New Flag Flies atop Georgia's Capitol Crowd Cheers as Emblem Takes Its Place
ATLANTA -- The only copy of Georgia's new flag waved in a stiff breeze above the state Capitol yesterday, just one day after a divided Senate gave final approval to the new design. Capitol police hoisted the banner, with its downsized Confederate...
Newsmakers
ACTRESS BECOMING QUEEN OF MEDIA Jennifer Lopez's romantic comedy, The Wedding Planner debuted at the top of the box office this week and now her new album, J. Lo, has performed the same feat on the album charts. J. Lo sold more than 272,000 copies...
NGA Tour Back on First Coast
After a one-year absence, the National Golf Association Tour returns to the First Coast next week for the Ravines Classic, at the Ravines Golf Club in Middleburg. The NGA Tour, formerly known as the Hooters Tour, had staged events at the Magnolia...
Numbers, Wins Growing for Tigers
Carl Burden Sr.'s youngsters are growing fast. His adult sons, Carl Jr. and Al, grew up many years ago. It's the players for his Edward Waters College baseball team who are developing rapidly. Since Burden resurrected the program in 1998, the...
Off-Field View of the Future from Tampa
Here's the recipe for an NFL Breakfast Bagel: Toast the bagel, smear it with cream cheese, add lox, bacon, eggs, ham, Swiss cheese, sausage and Cheddar cheese, smear with warm brie and cover in sausage gravy. Too much of a good thing, you say?...
On Tap
MERCER AT JU (WOMEN) -- Where: Swisher Gym -- When: 7 p.m. -- On the air: WFIN (107.9 FM) -- Records: Mercer (4-14, 1-8 Trans America Athletic Conference); Jacksonville (8-10, 4-5) -- Players to watch: Mercer has one of the conference's...
Pet Adoption Center Opens New Mandarin Location Brings Animals Closer to Potential Owners
Jacksonville City Hall officially opened its first satellite pet adoption center yesterday in Mandarin, but the forehead smudges on the outside of the storefront windows showed many people had been there sooner. All week, as city officials prepared...
Planes' Near-Collision Injures 35 in Japan
TOKYO -- Two Japan Airlines jetliners carrying nearly 700 passengers narrowly avoided an in-flight collision yesterday when at least one of the planes dived quickly to get out of the other's path. Thirty-five people were injured, three seriously. ...
POVERTY A New Approach
No reasonable person, regardless of political party or philosophical viewpoint, would argue against the idea that society should maximize the impact of whatever money is available to help the truly needy. That is exactly why President Bush's concept...
Rescue Machines Mean Hope, Fear for Quake Victims
BHACHAU, India -- Rescue workers pulled out more survivors yesterday just as bulldozers began breaking down the walls of wrecked buildings -- raising fears that people buried alive by a devastating earthquake could be killed by machines and explosives....
Riots in Kosovo City Hurt 20 Peacekeepers
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Yugoslavia -- Ethnically motivated riots raged in this divided Kosovo city for a third straight day yesterday, with at least 20 NATO-led peacekeepers injured by grenades and stones. The United Nations and NATO gave different...
Senate Democrats Push for 'No' Votes on Ashcroft
WASHINGTON -- Senate foes of attorney general nominee John Ashcroft are hoping to persuade at least 41 Democrats to vote against his confirmation, but "we are not there yet," the Senate minority leader said yesterday. Democrats want a strong "no"...
Services Help Cut Cost of Having Pets Spayed, Neutered
Dear Call Box: A few months ago, I inherited three kittens. After calling a few vets, I realized I couldn't afford to have the kittens neutered or get their shots. I heard about the Clay County Humane Society in Orange Park. They do neutering and other...
Something Is Fishy about Skillet Fillets
Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel have been getting out their skillets and cooking Gorton's Skillet Fillets. Frying fish may seem like a chore, but it doesn't have to be. These frozen white fish fillets have a "thin crisp coating," seasoned...
States Consider Taxing Internet Purchases
Worried about billions in lost revenue, some governors and lawmakers want to standardize tax codes from state to state to try to capture sales taxes on things bought over the Internet. Technically, online purchases are subject to state sales taxes,...
Summit, Peres Candidacy Could Sway Election Hawkish Sharon Stays Ahead in Polls
JERUSALEM -- Hard-liner Ariel Sharon is virtually assured a victory in next week's Israeli election, according to the polls, but two events could still change the odds: a quick Mideast peace summit or a decision by Prime Minister Ehud Barak to step...
Sungy's Talents at JU Are Hard to Ignore
Jacksonville's beaches were too nice and the chance to help build a new program was too good to pass up. So, Colorado native Kat Sungy moved more than halfway across the country to play basketball for Jacksonville University. Now, Sungy is putting...
Super Bowl Tasks Pile on Committee Realizes Challenges Ahead
Keeping people safe and traffic moving might not be the biggest challenges for organizers of Jacksonville's 2005 Super Bowl. Giving people something to do could be the greatest hurdle. As local planners took a look at Tampa's National Football...
'Survivor' Champ Takes on New Roles
TAMPA -- Richard Hatch's transformation is now complete. He's gone from villain to good guy, from "fat, naked guy" to slim, snappy dresser, from brilliant manipulator to benevolent spiritual adviser and psychological counselor to discarded contestants...
Task Force Ready to Revamp Florida Elections System
MIAMI -- A task force will begin recommending changes today to Florida's heavily criticized elections system, including whether to ban the infamous punch card ballot. The Select Task Force on Election Procedures, Standards and Technology is likely...
The Sweeps-Stakes Are High Networks Prepare High-Powered Programming for February's All-Important Ratings Battle
tv watchers like a good fight. And now that politics has moved into their peripheral vision (except, perhaps, for the sparring that still goes on in places like Hannity and Colmes and Crossfire), prime-time entertainment is the place they can find...
Thin-Sliced Pork Fries Up in a Hurry
When you're in despair over dinner, think thin. Thin-sliced pork chops to be exact. Chops that are only about 1/3 inch thick pan-fry to a golden brown in less than 10 minutes. Many supermarkets now regularly stock thin-sliced pork chops, but if...
Washington Notebook
-- Campaign fund raising: Republican Party committees raised more than $500 million to finance their successful effort to keep control of Congress and win back the White House, Federal Election Commission filings show. Although figures for Democratic...
Woman Says Jacksonville Nursing Home Starved Brother to Death
Jeanie Lloyd watched her brother shrink from 148 to 116 pounds during the five months he spent at a Jacksonville nursing home. She said she complained to the staff and threatened to call police. She even sneaked in Burger King hamburgers and red...
World Briefing
CHILE: PINOCHET PLACED UNDER HOUSE ARREST SANTIAGO -- Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean dictator, was put under house arrest yesterday after he was formally notified he faces homicide and kidnapping charges. Angry Pinochet supporters...
World of Business
ANTITRUST WATCHDOG TO HEAD FIRM'S U.S. OPERATIONS Joel Klein, the former federal prosecutor who successfully branded Microsoft a monopoly, has been hired by Bertelsmann AG to head the U.S. operations of the German media conglomerate. Klein, who...
W.W. Grainger Seeking $550,000 Economic Development Grant
W.W. Grainger Inc., the Chicago-based supplier of maintenance and repair supplies, intends to invest $23 million into developing a West Jacksonville plant and is negotiating with the city for an economic development grant capped at $550,000. The...