The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 26, 1999

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$2.1 Million Hotel Deal Signed with Sleiman
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- City officials and developers signed a $2.1 million deal this week, settling plans for a beachfront hotel -- and saving the city's much-used outdoor entertainment site, the SeaWalk Pavilion. This portion of the city's downtown...
[2] 2-Minute Drill
TITLES FOR GYMNASTS Local rhythmic gymnasts Jessica Howard and Lindsey Powell took major steps toward the 2000 Olympics in Sydney by winning U.S. national championships yesterday in Chicago. Howard, 15, captured three gold medals and one silver...
[2] Business Via Video Videoconferencing: Better Technology, Lowers Prices
********** CORRECTION (6/30/99) Peter Bingham is a video technical opreator at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. Because of a reporting error, he was misidentified on Page 10 of the Monday edition of First Business. ********** It's...
[2] Morning Briefing
********** CORRECTION (7/3/99) Home sales in Jacksonville increased by 1 percent in May compared with the same month last year, according to the Florida Association of Realtors. Because of incorrect information provided by association,...
[2] Newsmakers
THE ROYALS ON A BUDGET In another year of belt-tightening, Queen Elizabeth II and her family saved more than $8 million in expenses for travel and the upkeep of their eight palaces, Buckingham Palace said yesterday. They didn't exactly take to bicycles,...
[2] Police Probe Death of 2-Year-Old
********** CORRECTION (6/27/99) A 17-month old girl died Friday after paramedics found her at the Palm Terrace apartments. Because of misinformation from the police, the child's age was listed incorrectly in a story and headline on Page...
[2] World Briefing
RUSSIA: ACCUSED KIDNAPPERS FORCED THROUGH CITY NAKED GROZNY, Russia -- Five accused kidnappers were stripped naked, tied together with a rope and forced to walk through the center of the Chechen capital yesterday in a demonstration of vigilante...
[4] Newsmakers
SINGER SEEKS THE QUIET LIFE Ricky Martin is looking for a little quiet after the roaring success of his hit song Livin' La Vida Loca. "Silence is very important to me," he told fans in an online chat, according to this week's People magazine. The...
ABA Says Surf's Up for Area League Plans Hoops Franchise
The First Coast sports family got a little bit bigger this week when the new American Basketball Association announced plans to place a team in Jacksonville. According to Joe Newman, one of the ABA 2000's founders, the Jacksonville Surf will be...
A Big Hand for Duval's Top School Bus Driver Miles of Happy Driving
It's not every day a school bus driver gets a round of applause just for sitting down on the job. But that's what Elizabeth Miles received recently from the Ed White High School students on her bus when they learned she'd been named Duval County...
Actress-Writer Mines Her Life for Laughs in `Rude Awakening'
LOS ANGELES -- In Showtime's Rude Awakening, actress-turned-writer Claudia Lonow tells all (or close enough) about a woman derailed by life in the Hollywood fast lane. At this moment, however, she's distracted from the series' sophomore season and...
A Focus on Improvement Schools Dealing with State Grades
Now that public schools have been graded by the state, principals are deciding how their schools can improve. Reforms are not only being discussed at the five Duval County elementary schools that received an F, but also at schools with a C or a...
A Grand Afternoon Inkster Caps Career with LPGA Title
WILMINGTON, Del. -- The pressure became more intense with every putt that kept Juli Inkster in the hunt to make history. In a three-way tie for the lead yesterday afternoon in the LPGA Championship, Inkster walked up the 16th fairway when she saw...
Air Force Shifts C-130H School to Dobbins Base
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. -- An Air Force base in Georgia will be the center for training for the C-130H, instead of Little Rock Air Force Base, an Air Force spokesman said. Capt. Gary Carruthers, spokesman for Dobbins Air Reserve Base at Marietta, said...
Airport Promoter Moser Dies at 49
********** CORRECTION (7/3/99) The address for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in St. Augustine is 22 Comares Ave., No. 9B, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Because of a reporter's error, the address was wrong in the news obituary of...
A Legacy of Public Service Crescimbeni Leaves City Council Seat
District 1 Councilman John Crescimbeni is leaving office after eight years of public service with a final wish: that an entrepreneur will agree to construct and manage a 9-hole golf course at Blue Cypress Park. Crescimbeni, known for his dedication...
A Mastermind and Her Canines `Bloodhound' Series Continues
TITLE: Ten Little Bloodhounds AUTHOR: Virginia Lanier DATA: HarperCollins, 288 pages, $24 Review by Linda L. Heinzman Virginia Lanier's fifth novel in the bloodhound mystery series finds heroine and crime-fighter Jo Beth Sidden more sassy,...
American Motorists Becoming Shiftless Manual Transmission Not Easy, Economical
It was a Porsche 911 Carrera, a car with virtually everything. But something was missing. There was no stick. That's "stick," as in the lever of a five-speed or six-speed manual transmission -- "stick," as in clutch and shift to change gears....
Anchoring Zone Created for Boaters to View Fireworks Show
The city of Jacksonville's annual Fourth of July fireworks display on the St. Johns River downtown won't be quite as spectacular as hoped, but it'll still be big enough to require new rules for boaters who want to view the show from the water. "We...
Armsdale Subdivision Supported but Residents against Rezoning the Land
The landowners who want 91 acres off of Armsdale Road to become a subdivision won a court case against the city this year that supports the development. But neighbors say rezoning the land to allow for the subdivision would lead to too many dwellings....
A Time to Heal for the Knicks Point Guard Top Concern for New York
NEW YORK -- They went from being Team Turmoil to a Team of Destiny to a team that finished second in the NBA Finals. Now that it's over, the New York Knicks' season can be considered a success, even if it didn't end with the ultimate prize. "Every...
Audio Books
New releases of audio books: Angels Flight, by Michael Connelly, read by Burt Reynolds; Time Warner Audiobooks, four cassettes, six hours, abridged: When Howard Elias, a black attorney who has made his reputation by suing the Los Angeles Police...
Augusta VA Plan Would Lay off 170
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- About 170 employees will be laid off and several patient wards consolidated under a plan by the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. The plan would still have to be approved by the VA network office in Atlanta...
Barak Not Consulted before Air Strikes
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israel's heaviest air strikes on Lebanon since 1996 without consulting the man who takes his place in office in less than two weeks. Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak didn't let on yesterday whether...
Beach Pier Unsafe, Engineer Reports Say
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Two engineering studies of the Jacksonville Beach fishing pier, a landmark for about 40 years, say the structure is a safety hazard and needs immediate repairs. One of the engineering firms reported that eight missing pilings...
Bedeviled Rays Not Whining
ST. PETERSBURG -- The losses mount, yet you won't hear the Tampa Bay Devil Rays making excuses about how injuries are undermining any chance they have of escaping last place. The second-year franchise has been hit harder than any other this season,...
Berlin Holocaust Memorial OK'd `There Can Be No More Denial'
BERLIN -- It has long been Germany's most controversial construction proposal: whether -- and how -- to build a national Holocaust memorial in Berlin remembering the 6 million Jews killed under the Nazis. Yesterday, after more than four hours of...
Berwanger Won Hype-Free Heisman
OMAHA, Neb. -- Jay Berwanger won the first Heisman Trophy in 1935 without a glitzy public relations campaign. He didn't have his University of Chicago highlights shown on television. Nor did he have gaudy statistics by modern standards: 577 rushing...
BIG DOINS' ON THE BIG MUDDY `Peter T' Will Compete in B.A.S.S. Championship
There's a Cajun flavor to this year's world championship of bass fishing, a taste to the liking of Jacksonville tournament pro Peter Thliveros. For the seventh time in his 12year career on the bass tour, "Peter T" has qualified for the B.A.S.S....
Bionic Arm May Be Ace of Future
The current millennium will come to an end with a simmering moral and ethical debate over whether to clone or not to clone. Let me suggest a new and equally vigorous dispute for the next millennium. Strength-enhancing nutritional supplements...
Blood Donations Dropping Critically Low Incentives Sought to Attract Donors
WASHINGTON -- Americans take for granted they'll get a blood transfusion whenever they need one, but soon that may not be the case: Blood donations are dropping so low that serious, nationwide shortages could hit as early as next year. The government...
Bridge Piece Falls 2 Injured on Sidney Lanier
BRUNSWICK -- The collapse of a structure Thursday night at the Sidney Lanier Bridge construction site injured two workers and may have set back work for months, officials said yesterday. The 53-foot-by-70-foot support system fell 185 feet from a...
Briton Says Bride-to-Be Conned Him Dublin Woman Denies Allegation of Theft
DUBLIN -- An Englishman who says he came to this country expecting to be married in July instead will be taking his intended bride to court on a charge that she took his money and left him stranded. "I am still in shock; it hadn't entered my mind...
Building of Barge Must Stop Drury Logging Afoul of Zoning
DARIEN -- A barge that is being constructed by Drury Logging Co. across the road from a Meridian community church has been ordered moved by a Superior Court judge. Superior Court Judge David Cavender ordered the barge moved Thursday after a hearing...
Bush, Aided by Brother, Raises $2 Million in Florida
TAMPA -- Echoing many of the ideas that helped his brother become Florida's governor, Republican presidential frontrunner George W. Bush brought his campaign to the state yesterday and tapped supporters for more than $2 million. Bush, who was making...
Bush Making Pitch for Hispanic Vote
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- When George W. Bush tours the "Plaza de Mexico" exhibit at a county fair this week, he'll undoubtedly slip in a bit of Spanish. The Republican presidential front-runner is aggressively courting Hispanics, who make up 15 percent...
Business Via Video Videoconferencing: Better Technology, Lowers Prices
It's 8 a.m. on a recent weekday, and a video conference room, Room 187D at Mayo Clinic on San Pablo Road, is getting ready for a full workout: eight meetings almost back to back until 5 p.m. During this typical day, the room's technical operator,...
Bypassing the Rules Becomes a Way of Life in River City
Welcome to Wiggle Room, USA. No, make that Exception Town. No, it's Opt Out Ville. This must be what "compassionate conservatism" means. Stand up for principle. Make tough rules. Then show compassion and leave a way out. Those hippies in...
CAMPAIGN 2000 off, and Running
To avoid a disastrous showing such as the one he had in 1988, Al Gore must right his newly launched campaign ship. He appears to be confused about the job he is seeking, unable to decide whether it is for school board, city council or police commissioner....
Career Track
BANKING/FINANCE Ronald N. Ford, senior operating officer, Edward T. Byrd & Co. The Bank of New York: Antonio Portuondo, vice president, State of Louisiana; and George Bemister, assistant treasurer, State of South Carolina. Prosperity...
Center's Site Plan Comes as Surprise
A new site plan for the Center at Ponte Vedra Beach got an unexpected unveiling at the monthly Ponte Vedra Community Association meeting Monday. Instead of locating on the Compass Bank property at the northeast corner of Florida A1A and Corona Road,...
Charity Founder Vanishes with Cash Man Had History of Fraud, Some Say
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Marty Frankel's friends and family say they were as puzzled as anybody when he vanished amid accusations that he siphoned billions of dollars from a charity he set up to help sick kids. Others say that even before he disappeared...
Children Getting Free Lunches Meals Offered to Low Income Kids at Many Public Locations
For some children, a free lunch at school is their only meal of the day. Fortunately, free lunches will again be available this summer in neighborhoods in Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Baker counties. Both Duval and Dade counties have 200 feeding...
China Overrules Hong Kong Court Case
HONG KONG -- After two years of mostly hands-off control of Hong Kong, China showed its power yesterday, telling Hong Kong's highest court it had ruled wrongly in an immigration case and had to start interpreting the law differently. The Hong Kong...
China, U.S. Still Maintaining Relationship, despite Tension
BEIJING -- The meeting wasn't supposed to happen, not officially. Yet there they were, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. envoy Charles Kartman chatting over dinner in the midst of the worst chill in China-U.S. relations in decades....
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Group Assails CDC
Congress, responding to thousands of citizen complaints, has doled out $22.7 million to study chronic fatigue syndrome. Federal researchers assured lawmakers they would investigate the mysterious disease, then used part of the money to study other...
Church Safety Challenged by Criminals
They call the place of worship in a church a sanctuary. It's a sacred space that provides congregants with a refuge from turbulence of the outside world. But some Jacksonville congregations have discovered to their dismay that it may require...
City Loses a Pillar Ex-Kingsland Mayor Edenfield Dies at 81
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Robert L. Edenfield, longtime Kingsland mayor and City Council member, died Friday afternoon in Jacksonville after a long illness. He was 81. Considered by many as the elder statesman of Camden County, Mr. Edenfield served as mayor...
Clay Health Program Reaches out to Haitians
In an effort to supply information about health programs and related services to a growing number of non-English-speaking communities, the Clay County Health Department will sponsor the first Haitian Family Get Together from 2 to 5 p.m. tomorrow at...
Clay Teens Rising in State Tennis Rankings
Two tennis players who have been a part of a Clay County school's resurgence in the sport are making a name for themselves this summer in state tennis rankings. Ben Ebener, 17, a senior at Clay High School, and Ross Di Loreto, a 16-year-old junior,...
Clinton Decides to Kill Key Medicare Reform
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton yesterday abandoned plans to call for a fundamental change to Medicare that would have for the first time charged 39 million elderly and disabled Americans different amounts for their health care depending on their income,...
Coastal Norway a Touring Treat
Q: We are planning a steamer cruise along the western coast of Norway on our own. We will spend one night and one day in Bergen and two nights, one and a halfdays in Oslo. We would like to know about reasonable restaurants, must-see sights etc. --...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I am still in shock; it hadn't entered my mind she was conning me; I was in love with her." -- Ian Fowler, an Englishman who he came to this country expecting to be married will instead be taking his intended bride to court. Story...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Clowning is more than an art form. It is a heart form. I really feel like people are finding there is a tremendous satisfaction and fulfillment in being a character larger than life." -- The Rev. Buddy "Budzo" Lamb of Columbus,...
Computer Bug Invades Tampa Base
TAMPA -- When a worker at MacDill Air Force Base opened an e-mail attachment, files began to vanish. Security shutdown computer service to stop the purge, but not before 1,000 files were lost. It happened about two weeks ago when a virus known as...
Counties Slow on Service Plans
ATLANTA -- More than half the counties in Georgia will miss a July 1 deadline to submit Service Delivery Strategy Act plans to the state outlining efforts to avoid duplication of government services provided by municipalities within their borders....
Country Lawyer Left His Mark
The poor people of Coffee County have lost a courtroom advocate. On June 12, four weeks after his cancer diagnosis, lawyer George Jordan died. He was 70. Sheriff Carlton Evans carried out Jordan's wishes in holding a memorial service yesterday...
County Manager Says Tax Hike Likely
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Clay County Manager Bob Wilson delivered the kind of budget message Tuesday that no politician or taxpayer wants to hear. "In short, our needs are great and our revenues are sparse," Wilson told county commissioners. "Preliminarily,...
Courier Guts out Thriller Hospital Visit Follows Five-Set Marathon Win
WIMBLEDON, England -- Jim Courier conjured up the pugnacious spirit of Jimmy Connors, pumping his fists, urging the clamorous crowd to its feet, grunting and grinding his way through 67 games in 4 1/2 hours of roasting heat. On a day when gray-haired...
Courier Rips `Medical Conditions'
WIMBLEDON, England -- Jim Courier criticized Wimbledon yesterday, saying the biggest tennis tournament "in the world has subpar medical conditions for the players." Courier was angered when Wimbledon officials elected to take him to a nearby hospital...
Courses Shoot Up around First Coast
The next wave of golf course construction is cresting on the First Coast. Two courses are scheduled to open by the end of the year: the Golf Club at South Hampton in northern St. Johns County on County Road 210 and the Royal Amelia Golf Club astride...
Court's Balance Expected to Shift
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's 5-4 commitment to giving states more power at the federal government's expense grew more intense in its 1998-99 term. The hardening split, identical to the court's rift over the role of race in American life, emphasized...
Court Won't Further Delay Early Inmate Releases State to Begin Freeing 8,676
Florida will begin early releases of 8,676 prisoners, including murderers and other violent criminals, over a period of several years after failing to obtain another court delay yesterday. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy denied a last-ditch...
CPVC Plastic Pipe a Reliable Choice
Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride is a long name for what we commonly call CPVC. It's really easy to use, inexpensive and quite reliable for plumbing projects. It's great for do-it-yourselfers because you don't have to have any special, expensive tools....
Cyclones Win with New Coach Cozier Gets Hat Trick
A new coach for the Jacksonville Cyclones, but business as usual for Mac Cozier and Alejandro Gonzalez. Cozier registered a hat trick and Gonzalez assisted on three goals as the Cyclones defeated Maryland 4-1 last night at Wolfson Park, giving Leo...
D.C. Devises Y2K Emergency Alternatives Massive Mobilization Set for New Year's Eve
WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia government, recognizing that its year 2000 repair program likely will not be completed on time, is planning a massive New Year's Eve mobilization of emergency personnel and other staff to ensure critical city...
Death Squad Torturer `Was Worse Than a Beast' Serb Dead, but Kosovars Remain Terrified
PEC, Yugoslavia -- Salipur is dead. Everybody says so. The lame ethnic Albanian boy whose teeth he smashed out with a baseball bat, after first making him dance to Serbian folk tunes, says so. The man he pummeled to a bloody pulp and forced to...
DEFENSE Selecting Targets
The Clinton doctrine, as it seems to be evolving, apparently holds that the Air Force will bomb into oblivion any country that violates American principles during a civil war -- so long as it is no bigger than Ohio, has fewer than 90,000 soldiers and...
Dragonfly Zooms into Fashion Spot
Dragonflies are the insect of the year. Dresses, shoes and jewelry feature the distinctive-looking bug. The dragonfly was thought to have powers of immortality and regeneration, but also courage, bravery and swiftness. Dragonfly fossils are known...
Economic Summit Opens in Brazil Leaders Hope to Counter U.S. Influence
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- European and Latin American leaders will try to forge a new strategic partnership at their summit opening today, hoping to counterbalance the political and economic dominance of the United States. Key among the issues for...
Economy Still Growing Fed Likely to Take Action
WASHINGTON -- Torrid consumer spending helped the nation's economy grow at a brisk annual rate of 4.3 percent at the beginning of the year. Economists believe growth has slowed in the current quarter but probably not enough to dissuade the Federal...
EPA to Ban Fluorescent Bulb Dumping Mercury Poisoning Prompts Regulation
BOSTON -- Citing health concerns over mercury pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency will approve a new rule that bars the dumping of fluorescent bulbs into landfills and encourages recycling, an agency official has confirmed. The decision,...
E. Timor Exile in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- For more than two decades, Jose Ramos Horta has castigated Indonesia for its invasion and iron-fisted rule of East Timor, winning a share of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. Yesterday, he came to Indonesia and found a changed...
EWC Clinic Changing Health Scene Residents Cut Back on Hospital Visits
********** CORRECTION (7/1/99) W.W. Schell was a physician and W.D. Sweet was an educator. Because of a reporter's error, a story on Page B-1 yesterday incorrectly listed their occupations. ********** Many residents of the College...
Ex-Gator Mitchell Wins 100-Meter Title
EUGENE, Ore. -- Considering his career could have ended after accusations of doping, former University of Florida star Dennis Mitchell listed his U.S. 100-meter title as one of his proudest accomplishments. "In reality, this could be my last national...
Fabric Can Be Inexpensive Decorating Tool
Q: We have just rented a ranch that was built in the 1960s. It has no charm -- repeat, no charm. I'm depressed over the prospect of being here even for the two years my husband's company plans to keep us at this branch office. We don't want to spend...
Faithful Cats Leap for Monks, Visitors
INLAY LAKE, Myanmar -- Few places exude a greater air of otherworldly abandonment than the 155-year-old Phe Chaung monastery on the shores of this isolated lake. That was before the world discovered the jumping cats. The half-dozen Buddhist monks...
Fear of Y2K Electrical Failure Sparks Interest in Solar Power
PHOENIX -- Chris Mueller says she's been concerned about the environmental impact of her own energy consumption for years, but it was the socalled millennium bug that prompted her to do something about it. Mueller is installing a solar energy system...
Feeding Schools No Piece of Cake
ATHENS -- They tease about the hair net and the rubber gloves. They splatter the barbecue surprise on the walls. They sneer at your gyros. Being the lunch lady can be tough. "I see those kids throwing a lot of food away," said Gloria Graham,...
Fiction
TITLE: Three Hands in the Fountain AUTHOR: Lindsey Davis DATA: Mysterious Press, 351 pages, $23 Review by Linda L. Heinzman Freelance investigator Marcus Didius Falco is back to solve a grisly case in Davis' ongoing mystery series set in ancient...
First-Place Cyclones Fire Gill; Flanagan Promoted
Vinny Gill, the fifth coach in Jacksonville Cyclones history, was fired yesterday. Entering last night's league games, the ALeague soccer franchise was tied with Rochester for the highest point total in the Eastern Conference. "This morning they...
Florida Briefing
LT. GOV. BROGAN'S WIFE HAS CANCER RELAPSE TALLAHASSEE -- The wife of Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan has been admitted to a hospital with complications from breast cancer. Mary Brogan was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 1997. After a mastectomy,...
Florida Digital to Offer High-Speed Web Access
Jacksonville's newest telephone service provider is adding to its product line and expects to offer consumers and small businesses another fast pipeline to the Internet during the last quarter of the year. Orlando-based Florida Digital Network said...
For Hatch, the Time for Adventure Is Now
WASHINGTON -- Orrin Hatch's quirky behavior has been drawing the attention of his Senate colleagues for some time now. Though still the image of Mormon rectitude, the Utah Republican has been among the most unabashed members of Con- gress in his...
Formed Locally, Famous Globally Limp Bizkit Is Back on Jacksonville Stage
********** CORRECTION (7/3/99) Limp Bizkit's Jacksonville concert on Tuesday has been moved to the Jacksonville Coliseum, and it will start at 8 p.m. Because of incorrect information from organizers, a story on Page E-1 and concert listings...
Frank Brogan's Wife, 44, Loses Cancer Battle
TALLAHASSEE -- Mary Brogan, a schoolteacher and political activist known for boundless optimism, and the longtime wife and partner of Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan, died yesterday after a two-year struggle with cancer. She was 44. The Brogans were childhood...
`Fresh' Design Smells like a Lawsuit
So another NCAA committee, something called the Division I Working Group to Study Basketball Issues, met this week in Chicago to debate a proposal of whether to keep male players from competing in their freshmen season. This is a joke, right? ...
Fund-Raiser to Aid Girl with Disorder
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- Logan Williams jumped out of her mother's car and soon found herself surrounded by nine of her friends as the youngsters headed to the front door of the Keystone Heights Library. Librarians Anne Shields and Margaret Whipple held...
Gas Company Seeks Hike for Deregulation
ATLANTA -- Natural gas customers could pay a few more cents a month to help Atlanta Gas Light Co. recover the cost associated with changing to a competitive market, even as it lobbies to deregulate other markets. The company filed a request yesterday...
Gas-Electric Cars Buzzing toward U.S. Firms Promise 60 to 70 MPG
Electric vehicles have failed to spark consumer interest, but the outlook is far more promising for hybrid cars that use both gasoline engines and electric motors, a study indicates. The hybrids, from Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., will...
Gators Rally Behind See
GAINESVILLE -- The cards come in the mail, some filled with inspirational messages, many filled with money. They are from people he has never met and probably never will. Coaches and their wives bring him food and cook him meals. A local sports...
Go Ahead, and Try to Kill This Dummy Students Operate on Robo-Patient
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Everybody's first encounter with Stan D. Ardman is the same, no matter if they are doctors, nurses, medical residents, anesthesiologists or Boy Scouts. First chance they get, they try to kill him. Stan's a dummy -- and one sophisticated...
Grants Lock in New Prisons
ATLANTA -- Three counties have backed out of a program to build or expand state prisons, but 12 others met yesterday's deadline for $21 million worth of prison grants. Scott Stallings, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said the department...
Group Designing Test for School Readiness
TALLAHASSEE -- A new school readiness group has a year to decide which colors and letters 5-year-olds should know by the time they start kindergarten. The test will be given to all children entering public kindergarten in the fall of 2000 in an...
Gun Debate Tears at Lawmaker Rural Democrat Walks a Fine Line
MONTICELLO -- In Jefferson County, where U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd's family has farmed since the 1830s, folks pass from generation to generation a love of guns and a loyalty to the Democratic Party. It's common for hunters to cruise around the rural...
HACK TO THE FUTURE Golf Boom Not Likely to Subside on First Coast
The largest junior golf organization on the First Coast has increased nearly tenfold since 1991. Programs for beginning women and junior golfers at one of the largest public facilities have waiting lists. Private courses are capping memberships and...
Helping out Haitians Program Reaches out to Unserved Community
ORANGE PARK -- Since her husband lost a good job, prayer has been the only health insurance Marie Caudio and her husband could afford for themselves and three children. Yesterday at a community outreach program at the Orange Park Lion's Club, the...
Home-Related Contests Seek to Reward ... the Best, or Most Messed
Hey, put down your cleaning rags -- you can be rewarded for slovenly housekeeping habits. In two national contests, participants can win prizes for the grossest refrigerator or the messiest kitchen. If leaving things in filthy disarray is too...
Hundreds Gathered to Watch Search for Clues
Celebrate 2000 June 26, 1961 A daily look at events in First Coast history As usual, summer was summoning many Northeast Florida folks to area waters to swim, fish and boat. But in Baker County, a grisly discovery called crowds to one creekside....
'I Learned the Smell of My Own Fear' A Journalist Who Spent the War in Kosovo Saw Evil Up Close and Danger in the Skies
PRIZREN, Yugoslavia -- Body bag No. 4 had a rectangular plastic window near the top. Through it, I could see a child's head, turned a little to the right, mouth slightly open. For some reason, when I saw the Kosovo Albanian boy's corpse on the floor...