The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 19, 1999

Aloof Lab Mice Turn Cuddly with the Addition of 1 Gene
WASHINGTON -- By tinkering with a single gene, scientists have transformed socially aloof laboratory mice into more agreeable creatures that spend much of their time cuddling. The research, to be published today in the scientific journal Nature,...
Appellate Panel Votes 2-1 to Keep Starr Inquiry Alive
WASHINGTON -- Revealing a split on the court panel that appointed Kenneth Starr, the judges considered ending the five-year independent counsel investigation but voted 2-1 to keep it alive. In his dissenting opinion, appellate Judge Richard D. Cudahy...
Arrests Expected in Chinese Aliens Probe
SAVANNAH -- The investigation into the raid last week of a cargo ship in Savannah that found 132 illegal Chinese immigrants on board will likely lead to the arrest of the captain and at least one crew member, the Immigration and Naturalization Service...
Authorities Target Suburban Dealers Who Arm City Gangs Some Shops Accused of Hiding Real Buyer
CHICAGO -- Federal prosecutors have launched what they called the nation's first concerted attack on suburban gun dealers who arm city gangs, announcing charges yesterday against 13 buyers and sellers. Owners and employees of five suburban gun shops...
Balanced Diet to Lower Cholesterol Conflicting Advice Confuses Consumers
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- It seems a day doesn't pass without a headline screaming some new findings about cholesterol that completely contradict earlier batches of findings. Eggs once had the reputation of being major artery cloggers, full of...
Barnes' Office Pays Its Dues
ATLANTA -- When Gov. Roy Barnes' office asked state agencies to report how much money they were doling out for association dues, it didn't have to look far to find the biggest spender. Of the $1 million or so that agencies paid out in association...
Benes Eyes Return in September
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alan Benes, out more than two years with shoulder woes, said yesterday he's on schedule for a September return. "It's been a long time since I could say I'm 100 percent confident that I'm going to pitch here,...
Bethune Elementary Opens despite Contamination Fears
Students ran off the bus and searched for their friends. Parents waved goodbye to their children, who ran into the arms of teachers welcoming them back to class. It was a typical first day of school at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary, with few signs...
Camping with the Jaguars
Play of the day: Late in practice, in team drills, reserve QB Will Furrer threw a pass that was deflected by DE Eric Curry. The ball flew to the left and was intercepted by rookie CB Fernando Bryant. Catch of the day: In two-minute drills, QB Jonathan...
Celestine Sibley Mourned Atlanta Columnist Hailed as Legend
ATLANTA -- Just days before Celestine Sibley died, the beloved Southern columnist told her friend and fellow journalist Bill Emerson to, "Stop this legend talk. Tell them I'm not a legend." Easier said than done. At a memorial service yesterday,...
Chamber Gearing Up for Third Cornerstone Fund-Raising
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce leaders are figuring out how much money they will start seeking early next year for the third Cornerstone economic development fund-raising campaign. Chamber President Wally Lee told the Meninak Club this week that...
CHILDREN the Runaways
Troubled teenagers, and their frustrated parents, need help -- and from a variety of sources. As detailed in a Times-Union series during recent days, teenage runaways turn to drug abuse and other crimes, and even die, because they are unable to...
China, Taiwan Vie for U.S. Support
BEIJING -- In a rhetorical clash designed to catch Washington's eye, Taiwan's President Lee Teng-hui said yesterday that the island wants to take part in a proposed regional missile-defense shield being considered by the United States, while China's...
City Braces for FSU-Duke `Party'
Their suit jackets came off and true colors showed through. The matchup between No. 1-ranked Florida State and Duke at noon on Oct. 2 at Alltel Stadium was officially announced yesterday, and two prominent Jacksonville leaders made no qualms about...
Coast Guard Knew Dangers of Pepper Spray Other Incidents Preceded June Fight
MIAMI -- Coast Guard commanders urged the agency to clarify when pepper spray can be used long before a recent encounter with Cuban refugees led to policy changes regarding the spray. Officers, worried that confrontations with migrants were becoming...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There is a lot that's lumped into the governor's office." -- Bobby Kahn, chief of staff to Gov. Roy Barnes, explaining why the governor's office leads state agencies in the amount of money spent on association dues. Story on Page...
Complaint `Imminent' in UF Agent Scandal
A sworn complaint against Alfred Twitty, the accused runner for embattled sports agent Tank Black and a central figure in the University of Florida agent scandal, is imminent, the chief investigator in the case said yesterday. Bill Cervone, chief...
Decline Found in Teenage Drug Use It's Lower Than '97, Higher Than '92
WASHINGTON -- Teen drug use is beginning to creep down after climbing through the 1990s, the government reported yesterday. An annual survey found that one in 10 teenagers uses marijuana or other illegal drugs -- down from 1997 though still nearly...
Dennis to Leave Office Judge Refuses to Delay Accepting Guilty Plea
State Rep. Willye Dennis of Jacksonville will have to leave her seat in the Legislature after a federal judge yesterday accepted her guilty plea for pocketing government funds. Her attorneys asked U.S. District Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger to delay...
Developer Targeting Mayo Staff Special Deals Not Believed Illegal
You don't have to be a member of the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville staff to buy a house at a new development going up nearby. But if you are, you could get first dibs. "This community is specifically being targeted to Mayo Clinic doctors and staff,"...
Dinner Table Was Never the Same WWII Brought Changes in Eating
This is the fifth in an occasional series detailing the serious and silly changes in America's dining habits during this century. Johnny marched off to war in the 1940s, and when he came home, it was to a country that would never be the same. ...
Dormant Rural Panel Awakened Barnes Swears in 34 New Members
ATLANTA -- A committee to devise the state's policy on rural economic development met yesterday for the first time in nearly a decade. In 1988, the Georgia legislature created the State Advisory Committee on Rural Development during the administration...
Duval County Opens Up Its 1999-2000 Year with a Surprising Amount of Uniform-Clad Kids School in Style
A parade of khaki, navy blue and white marched through the halls of Duval County elementary and middle schools yesterday as a clear majority of students wore uniforms. Based on visits to about a dozen schools the first day of class, it appeared...
Electric Steamer Leaves Fresh Veggies All Aglow
Just when produce is so good and plentiful, hot weather comes along and saps our interest in cooking. Fortunately, it doesn't take much effort to prepare perfect fresh vegetables, especially if you have an electric steamer. This machine helps keep...
ENVIRONMENT Ash and Trash
The reason the issue of ash dumping seems unclear is that risk assessment is a tricky business. Government officials don't always agree on precisely how much danger such materials may pose. When they err, it usually is on the side of caution. There...
EWC Hopes for Help from Adam's Mark
Edward Waters College is attempting to establish a degree in hospitality management, motivated by a recent boom in Jacksonville hotel construction and interest in placing more African-Americans on the industry management track. The college will...
Family Killed in Air Strike, Iraq Claims U.S. Warplanes Blamed in Deaths
JESAN, Iraq -- Friends and neighbors lifted chunks of concrete, pulled away bent metal and found bits and pieces of a family's life yesterday in the ruins of a home Iraq says was destroyed by U.S. warplanes, killing at least 12 people. Three brothers,...
Florida Camp Report
LEGAL ACTION COMING New UF LB Travis Carroll was at his first practice yesterday, watching the Gators work out in the O'Connell Center because of rain. He will not practice this year because of an injured right shoulder, and likely won't practice...
Florida State Camp Report
ACADEMICS COST COLES OPENER Trouble continues to mount for Florida State's senior wide receiver who answers to the nickname "Trouble." Laveranues Coles has been suspended for the season opener after missing a final examination, a violation of the...
Food Lion Buying New England Chain
SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Food Lion, a big supermarket chain in the Southeast, is buying New England-based Hannaford Bros. Co. and its 152 stores as the grocery industry further consolidates in a fight for survival with discounters like Wal-Mart Stores...
Food Stamp Errors Targeted State to Hire More Eligibility Workers
ATLANTA -- Spurred by reports that Georgia is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on food stamps for families who are not eligible for the program, the state Board of Human Resources voted yesterday to spend $1.9 million to hire 130 temporary food...
For Panel Discussion Is Growing Trade Deficit Worth Worrying About?
WASHINGTON -- For three decades, America has been buying more from foreigners than it sells to them. Now come 12 Americans, picked by Congress, to answer the question: Do we have a problem here? Washington's latest blue-ribbon commission, which...
From a Best-Selling Cookbook to the Grill
With a grilling book leading the top 10 list of best-selling cookbooks and two others following closely, it is clearly the time of the year when cooks want help with their outdoor cooking. Leading the recent top 10 list is Bobby Flay's Boy Meets...
Garcia a Players Cinch
If he chooses, 19-year-old Spanish jumping jack Sergio Garcia is nearly a lock to be eligible for the 2000 Players Championship at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course. Garcia, who finished second to Tiger Woods in last week's PGA Championship, can...
Georgia Tailback out Indefinitely Thornton May Be Redshirted
If Bruce Thornton is going to lead the Georgia running game to a higher level, he'll have to wait until next year. The freshman tailback from LaGrange, Ga., suffered a fracture/dislocation of his left wrist during Monday night's practice at Sanford...
Giving History the Boot Hollis Set Record for Accuracy
In 1998, Jaguars kicker Mike Hollis became the most accurate field-goal kicker of all time. That feat, though, was obscured by excruciating pain -- pain caused by a severe back injury that required offseason surgery. So how did Hollis make it...
Governor Says He's a Reformed Smoker
You read it here first: Gov. Jeb Bush is a reformed smoker. Bush dropped that tidbit at a news conference yesterday after the new director of the state's anti-tobacco program revealed that she had been a smoker. "I wanted to be cool," Debra...
Interior Designer Has Home Page Full of Show Information
Dear Call Box: I would like to write to Christopher Lowell of the Interior Motives home TV show. Do you have an address for him? -- V.A. Dear V.A. Christopher Lowell has a Web site at www.christopherlowell.com. Lowell's e-mail address is askcl@christopherlowell.com....
It's My Party and I'll Brood If I Want To
According to a loyal reader of this column -- there are such creatures, just as there are experts on Medieval Russian literature -- I've seemed a touch morose lately, Heathcliff brooding upon the moors. Ridiculous, I told her, suppressing my rage,...
Jacksonville Families Agonize over Fate of Turkish Relatives
While his brother ran for cover from a collapsing city, Osman Bilgin quietly sipped sweet Turkish tea in the airy living room of his Southside Jacksonville home, staring at the television and hoping to spot relatives among the desperate rescuers and...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Seeing the same clothes every day is boring." -- George Currelley, a seventh-grader at Landmark Middle School in Jacksonville, who thinks uniforms takes away one of the most interesting parts of school: Checking out others' fashions....
JEDC to Get Cecil Field Status Reports
As the Navy prepares to pull out of Cecil Field Naval Air Station, work is continuing to keep the Westside airfield thriving under its new owners. The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission will hear reports on plans at a 9 a.m. meeting tomorrow....
Marcos' Shoe Collection Rebuilt Ex-First Lady Assails Criticism
MANILA, Philippines -- Imelda Marcos says her legendary shoe collection has grown in the 13 years since her strongman husband was driven from power, as sympathizers have sent her more and more pairs. "I seem to get more and more shoes, and I'm afraid...
Marina Sale Discussed Local Company Would Revamp Basin
A local development company has plans to revamp the Jacksonville Yacht Basin, adding drydock and wet slip space and dredging an Intracoastal Waterway channel to accommodate more boats. Palm Harbor Marina LLC is in negotiations to buy the 25-acre...
McCumber Advances Ponte Vedra Beach Resident Wins in Amateur Match Play
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Josh McCumber stood on the 17th tee, knowing he had a chance to wrap up his first-round match in the U.S. Amateur Championship. He was swept by a nervousness he had experienced only once before on a golf course. McCumber,...
McIntosh County's Oldest Resident Dies Carrie Folker, 106, `Just a Good Person'
Carrie Young Folker, McIntosh County's oldest citizen, died Tuesday -- just a week before her 107th birthday. She died at Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center in Brunswick, where she had been treated for a stroke she suffered Aug. 8. McIntosh...
Measuring Your Rudeness Quotient
How rude are you? That's easy, you say, as you wipe your runny nose on the nearest shirt sleeve, belch like a bullfrog and blatantly scratch your bum, all at the same time: I'm not rude at all. Why do you ask? Not so fast there, Bubba. The politeness...
Meaty Bits Make for a Saucy Meal Don't Throw Away Those Pan Scrapings
It's easy to think that those brown, crunchy bits left behind in a skillet after cooking your favorite meat are best scoured out and thrown away. But even for light cooking, these tasty morsels -- well-done traces of that same meat -- can become the...
Milosevic Tries to Diffuse Protests with Early Vote
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- President Slobodan Milosevic's party offered yesterday to hold early elections -- a last-minute concession aimed at defusing Yugoslavia's political crisis one day before an anti-government rally was to sweep through Belgrade....
Missile Defense Urged for Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In a move likely to anger Beijing, Taiwan's president pushed yesterday for the island to adopt a defense network capable of shooting down the missiles that rank among China's best weapons. An anti-missile defense system "not only...
Mitchell's Future to Collide with Past at Meadowlands
Sometimes a professional athlete really has to put aside the issue of money. He reaches a point in his career when fulfilling his potential as a player matters more than the numbers on his bank statement. Pete Mitchell, a dependable, pass-catching...
Modest Return of 'Freak Show' Step Right Up to Modern-Day Circus Sideshow
For generations of Americans, it was the high point of the year: the arrival of the circus, with its smells and noises, odd personalities, exotic animals -- and its sideshow. Lured by the spiel of the barker, from the middle 19th century to the...
Morning Briefing
MARKET SLUMPS ON INTEREST RATE WORRIES While Internet stocks soared on the promise of a strong Christmas, the broader market slumped yesterday due to a more immediate event -- a possible interest rate increase next week. Concerns that the Federal...
Mother Cleared in Attack Dying Daughter Took Self off Life Support
ORLANDO -- A 68-year-old woman was acquitted yesterday of attempting to kill her daughter, who was left paralyzed from the shooting and later died when a court granted her permission to remove herself from life support. A jury deliberated for more...
Newsmakers
PLAYING WITH MORE HEART Last weekend, Elton John, 52, played his first show since getting a pacemaker in July. It was a private party at Walt Disney World. In pink brocade suit and blue-tinted glasses, he told his audience of 3,500: "I know what...
N.J. Firm Eyeing Tech Park Area Receiving Plenty of Interest
A New Jersey-based software company interested in expanding and relocating some of its operations to Jacksonville is looking at the First Coast Technology Park at University of North Florida. Dendrite International Inc., based in Morristown, N.J.,...
No Warm Reception for Eskimo Charlie
Celebrate 2000 Aug. 19 1931 A daily look at events in First Coast history Eskimo Charlie was up the river without his canoe. The Coast Guard seized it at the mouth of the St. Johns River. Suspicious watercraft, they said. The Florida Times-Union...
Organic Grapes Are Only Natural
Winemakers will tell you, without exception, that fine wines must start with first-class grapes. This places them largely at the mercy of nature. A growing season too long or too short, too much or too little rain too early or too near harvest time,...
Passengers Put out by Airport Power
ATLANTA -- A power outage at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport shut down the people-mover system yesterday and forced some passengers to walk half an hour or more -- sometimes without air conditioning -- to reach their gates. Airport workers...
Possible India-Pakistan Nuclear Conflict Worries U.S
WASHINGTON -- Border skirmishes between India and Pakistan and renewed fighting in disputed Kashmir are raising concerns among U.S. leaders that the two new nuclear powers may be marching toward a more serious confrontation. "Some would say there's...
Racial Discrimination Alleged at Lockheed Martin Plant
MARIETTA -- Following a year of complaints by some employees and a protest by civil right leaders, Lockheed Martin Corp. has launched an investigation into alleged racial discrimination and unfair hiring practices at its Marietta plant. The Equal...
ReaLemonade Not Quite Real Thing
Sipping a glass of cold and tangy lemonade while relaxing in a tree-shaded hammock sounds inviting doesn't it? Well, maybe you don't have a hammock or, in this heat, can even find a cool spot in the shade, but you can have that glass of lemonade. ...
Rude (and Crude) Boorish Behavior Seems to Be Rampant in Our Society
Some say it's a sign of the times. The New York City Transit Authority recently suggested that conductors omit the word "please" when asking riders to clear the doorways. "When you're running a subway line, literally every second counts," transit...
Scientists Revising Biology 101 Plant History Found Much More Diverse
Remember Biology 101? Well, now you can forget it -- or at least the part focusing on the plant kingdom. An announcement this month by researchers at the 16th International Botanical Congress in St. Louis may dramatically change the course of botany...
Summer Stew Cures Vegetable Overload
I count myself lucky to know so many gardeners willing to share their summer bounty. Until the peak hits. When bounty turns to glut, my gardening buddies get a desperate look in their eyes. "My squash are doubling in size overnight -- you must take...
Talleyrand Road Plans Go to Public
The state Department of Transportation will conduct a public hearing tonight on a plan for building new road connections to Jacksonville's Talleyrand port, which would result in relocation of several dozen businesses and residences. The state plans...
Technology's Presence Grows at Museums
Rising computer sales and soaring Internet usage are just a hint of the public's growing interest in technology. Indeed, the march of technology has become such a powerful force in society that entire museums are now being founded to help explain...
`The First Dance' for Vouchers Brogan Predicts More Private Schools Will Join
PENSACOLA -- Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan said he was confident more private schools will take voucher students after "the first dance" as he visited two schools participating in Florida's new program yesterday. One was St. Michael Interparochial School,...
The Flavors of India A Global Mix of Cooking Influences Have Produced a Cuisine like No Other
Muslims don't eat pork. Many Hindus and Buddhists eat no meat. Jains are so adherent to the rules of vegetarianism that they often won't eat root vegetables because insects might be killed in the harvesting. What does this add up to? A nation of...
Turkey's Disaster Worsens Inferno Rages at Oil Refinery; Supplies of Food Dwindling
IZMIT, Turkey -- Ink-black smoke from a blazing oil refinery soared into the sky like a funeral pyre yesterday, the result of a devastating earthquake that has claimed nearly 3,900 lives, left wide sections of western Turkey in ruins and threatens...
VFW Pushing the Draft Group Says Keep Selective Service
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Heck, no, they won't go for phasing out the selective service system. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, attending the group's national convention this week, didn't warm to the idea of ending registration for military service...
Walker Parks Pair in 4-1 Win Braves Drop Second Consecutive Game
DENVER -- Larry Walker hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot off John Rocker in the ninth inning that lifted the Colorado Rockies over the Atlanta Braves 4-1 yesterday. Walker, leading the league with a .360 average, hit his 32nd home...
Whatever Its Intentions, AMC's `the Lot' Needs More Time
He's big! He's bad! And he's back! He's Jonathan Frakes. Did I mention that he's big? The former No. 2 Guy on Star Trek -- The Next Generation has traded in his space jammies for a white suit and a black mustache on AMC's The Lot, a satiric melodrama...
`You'll Know Who's There, and Who's Not Supposed to Be There.' Behind Prison Walls Media See X-Wing, New Cameras
STARKE -- While still under the investigative eyes of state and federal law enforcement agencies, Florida Department of Corrections officials opened the doors to their most secure but controversial prisons yesterday for two dozen members of the media....