The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 13, 1999

100 Emerging Leaders Tasked to Think Ahead in What Direction Should City Head?
Twenty-five years ago, 100 movers and shakers met in seclusion to create a vision for Jacksonville's future. This week, a new generation will reprise that meeting, a session called the Amelia Island Conference that defined political priorities of...
1 Million Told to Evacuate Floridians Who Felt Andrew Take Action
MIAMI -- More than 1 million people were told to evacuate the Atlantic coast yesterday and NASA all but abandoned Cape Canaveral as Hurricane Floyd -- one of the most powerful storms ever to threaten the United States -- charged toward Florida with...
[2] 2-Minute Drill
TYSON WANNABE A Florida fan has been charged with biting off part of a Tennessee fan's ear during a fight after Tennessee's football team defeated Florida last Sept. 19. Robert Shaw, 32, was indicted Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault for...
[2] Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Even if we lose everything the most important thing we have is our lives." -- Karen Billings, who abandoned her mobile home in Mayport to stay at a shelter in Arlington to wait out Hurricane Floyd. Story on this page. MENTOR...
2 Million Try to Avoid Floyd
MIAMI -- The approach of Hurricane Floyd, one of the biggest and most powerful storms to ever threaten the United States, uprooted nearly 2 million people from Florida to North Carolina by yesterday, shut down tourism as far inland as Orlando and endangered...
2-Minute Drill
FIT TO BE TIDE She's not even close to getting her driver's permit, yet Tiffany Rich's imprint will be felt by NASCAR next month. The 10-year-old San Francisco girl, with the help of 12-year-old Callie Pegadiotes, designed the No. 10 Ford Taurus...
2-Minute Drill
BACK ON SCHEDULE Among the returns to normalcy today in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd will be at One Alltel Stadium Place, where the Jaguars will go through their normal Thursday practice routine after getting yesterday off. The Jaguars had a...
[2] Morning Briefing
TECH STOCKS TAKE THE NASDAQ TO RECORD The Nasdaq composite index soared to a record close yesterday as investors snapped up shares of Internet companies and software makers. The swing toward technology stocks came at the expense of industrial stocks,...
[2] Newsmakers
STILL CLIMBING INTO THE COCKPIT Jimmy Buffett traded in his margarita for more traditional picnic fare when he joined nearly 4,000 people at the International Seaplane Fly-in in Greenville, Maine. Three years ago, the singer nearly died after crashing...
[4] 2-Minute Drill
STILL NO. 1 The Dallas Cowboys are still "America's Team." According to a recent Harris Poll, the Cowboys are the country's favorite NFL team for the sixth consecutive year, beating out the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos....
49ers Absorb Worst Beating in Many Years
The Jaguars defense brought back bad memories for Steve Young. In 1994, the year Young and the San Francisco 49ers defeated San Diego in the Super Bowl, they absorbed a brutal 40-8 beating from the Philadelphia Eagles. For Young, yesterday's...
[4] Newsmakers
FERGIE JOINS `TODAY' SHOW The Today show has a new royal reporter: the Duchess of York. The former Sarah Ferguson has been hired as a London-based correspondent for the top-rated morning news show. She'll contribute human interest stories, features...
[5] Newsmakers
100TH BIRTHDAY SUNNY OCCASION Ex-Louisiana Gov. Jimmie Davis entertained guests at his 100th birthday party by singing the hit tune he co-wrote, You Are My Sunshine. Bent and frail, Davis made his way to the stage slowly Friday, then got everyone...
7 Killed as Aftershock Rocks Hard-Hit Turkey More Than 420 Hurt in New Jolt
GOLCUK, Turkey -- Terrified residents jumped from windows yesterday as a strong aftershock jolted the same area of western Turkey where 15,000 people died in an earthquake last month. At least seven people died and more than 420 were injured. In...
Abernathy Secretary Says She Holds No Grudge Prosecution May End Today
ATLANTA -- A former secretary for Ralph David Abernathy III testified yesterday that she blew the whistle on her boss because it was the right thing to do, not because she had a grudge against the former state senator. "I wanted to tell the truth,"...
A Career Path for Teachers Mentors Would Make Big Bucks under Plan
TALLAHASSEE -- Education Commissioner Tom Gallagher recommended yesterday the establishment of a program that would create a career ladder for teachers and pay them up to $80,000 a year. Gallagher included $20 million for planning the program in...
Adoptees Gather at Memorial `We Feel Connection' to Soldiers in Korea
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of Korean-born Americans, many sobbing, laid red carnations yesterday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in honor of the servicemen whose sacrifices gave them a second chance in life as adopted children of American families....
Adventures in Backpacking One of the Most Spontaneous and Down-to-Earth Ways of Seeing Europe Can Be One of the Most Rewarding
Rachael Abramson, a native of Jacksonville and frequent contributor to the Times-Union, recently returned from a two-week backpacking tour of Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria. It's not every day that you live around the corner...
African Sonata Travelers Enjoy Wildlife Serenade on Budget Safari in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Nothing prepares you for the African nights. At dusk the wind dies, as whining cicadas and hidden night birds trill the first notes. A jackal wails. Other voices join in: yelps, hoots, a strangled cry. A hyena's eerie cackle explodes...
A Guide for Road Much Less Traveled Magazine Details Greatest Adventures
WASHINGTON -- Want to endure gut-wrenching flights at Cosmonaut boot camp in Russia, go diving in the near freezing waters of the Arctic, spend two weeks hiking in Iran? Didn't think so. But there's a growing number of people who do like that...
A High-Tech Game of Hide-and-Seek Military Ships Patrol for Possible Drug Runners
ABOARD THE USS BOONE -- There is another front in the war on drugs, fought hundreds of miles from American soil. The U.S. military, including ships from Mayport Naval Station, plays high-tech hide-and-seek with hundreds of ships that try to smuggle...
Air Passenger Complaints Taking off at Consumer Office
WASHINGTON -- Calm prevails on the fourth floor of the U.S. Department of Transportation building in Washington, where American air travelers are bringing more stories of outrage than any year since 1988. Norman A. Strickman's desk is covered in...
`. . . All We Can Do Is Trust in the Good Lord' Boaters Tie Up Craft and Hope for the Best
Many boaters were working overtime yesterday to protect their vessels for the anticipated approach of Hurricane Floyd, but they probably realize better than most there's only so much anyone can do. "We're trying to get all our boats chained up and...
Another Residential Community Teeing Off
A new country club community is planned for St. Johns County near St. Augustine. Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club, consisting of 369 single-family homes and a 264-unit apartment complex, is planned for Florida 16 just west of U.S. 1, across...
Another School Needed? Northwest St. Johns Already Overcrowded
Another new school may be on the horizon for northwest St. Johns County -- possibly as soon as 2002. "That's greatly encouraging to us," said Paul Goricki, principal at overcrowded Julington Creek Elementary School. With two high schools opening...
AOL Launches Version 5.0 with an Eye on Portables
NEW YORK -- America Online Inc. introduced its latest software last week, eyeing a future where wireless phones and hand-held organizers are as popular as computers for reaching the Internet. The AOL 5.0 software will let users adapt such features...
AOL's Improvements Leave Room for Name Recognition
Your America Online screen name should say a lot about you. Unfortunately, what it says all too frequently is, "Somebody else already got all the good screen names." Ideally, the online handle you choose as your main -- or "master" -- screen...
Apartment Vacancy Rate Is Declining ... for Now
A report on Jacksonville's apartment communities that includes information about vacancy, rents, development and the various sub-markets within the apartment community was recently released. The July 1999 issue of the Jacksonville Apartment Report...
APEC Summit Back on Track Clinton Cautions against Complacency
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The Pacific Rim economic summit had been transformed into a high-level forum on the East Timor atrocities, but Indonesia's decision yesterday to allow international troops let the conference get back on track. The crisis...
Appeals Court Backs Starr on Grand Jury Leaks
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court yesterday overturned a previously secret ruling that Kenneth Starr's office be prosecuted by the Justice Department for alleged grand jury leaks to the news media. The decision, which President Clinton's lawyer...
A Reminder That Stocks Are Risky
OK, so the third quarter was pretty bad for stock investors, but let's look on the bright side: You probably began investing long before the summer, so the quarterly score card doesn't necessarily reflect your long-term results. To sum up: The Dow...
Army on Crucial Mission: Become Lighter, More Lethal
WASHINGTON -- The Army that intimidated the Soviets and routed the Iraqis will join battle this week with a foe it has never overcome: its own ponderous size. Stung by criticism of its plodding performance in Kosovo and its long-standing resistance...
Army Reviews Training School Changes Pondered to Assuage Critics
WASHINGTON -- After its first loss on the congressional battlefield, the Army has begun an internal review of the School of the Americas in hopes of quieting a growing storm of criticism that has turned the Georgia school into the service's worst public...
As an Engineer, You Have to Watch as This Occurs' Suicide by Train Increasingly Popular Way to Die Taking a Toll on Railroad Workers
Dub Bailey looks very much like the hardened railroad worker he is. He arrives on the job in work boots and jeans, and his worn hands rub the graying stubble on his chin when he talks. It is only when the train conductor discusses suicide by train...
At 55, Newly Minted Doctor Fulfills His Boyhood Dream
NEW YORK -- Robert Lopatin's prescription for a fulfilling, no-regrets life: Don't be afraid of change, and never pass up an opportunity to try something new. He's taken a healthy dose of his own medicine. At 55, Lopatin is fresh out of medical...
Bahamas Takes a Pounding Streets Flooded, Phone Lines Out
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Hurricane Floyd vented its fury on the Bahamas yesterday -- toppling trees and power lines, stripping rooftops from homes and shoving the roiling seawaters into the streets. As it bore down on Florida and Georgia -- where nearly...
Beach Evacuees Find Return Trip Easier
With one last push down packed highways, thousands of Northeast Florida coastal residents returned home last night, after a grueling evacuation that left them stuck for hours in traffic jams a day earlier. Duval County allowed traffic to cross Intracoastal...
Bed Rest May Be Bad Medicine, Study Says
LONDON -- Prolonged bed rest -- prescribed by doctors since medicine began to speed up recovery from any number of ailments -- may not always help and can even be harmful, a new study suggests. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, who lived about...
Beer, Barbecue Make a Match at New Landing Restaurant
A Carolinas smokehouse chain that cooks all its dishes on a woodburning grill is scheduled to open at The Jacksonville Landing on Friday. The Southend Brewery Smokehouse, located on the Main Street bridge side of the Landing with views of the St....
Before Music, Branson, Mo., Was a Fishing Town
BRANSON, Mo. -- In the beginning were the waters and the fish. For much of this century -- before Missouri 76 became "Country Music Boulevard," before the night sky glowed neon, before Branson boasted 40 shows and go-kart races on every corner --...
Betrayal in the Fam-Co Saga Shared by Those Who Watched
Another betrayal lurks in the Fam-Co files. This one transcends the misdeeds of its founder, former state Rep. Willye Dennis and her daughter, Wilene Dozier. Transcends how greed and weakness may shut the book on a place where needy preschoolers...
Better to Kiss a Pig Than Miss an Opportunity
I get asked to do a lot of things I would never think of doing if it weren't for my job. Public speaking, for example, is not one of my strong points. I express myself best with written words. That's why I chose newspaper journalism instead of television....
Big Reprieve for Smallest School
Like the little engine that could, Duval County's smallest school is still plugging along. A year ago, its survival was in doubt. A consultant had recommended that the Northside school be closed, citing the condition of its buildings, its cramped...
Big Storm Information Came Via the Sky
Celebrate 2000 Sept. 15, 1936 A daily look at events in First Coast history Jacksonville weatherman Walter Bennett warned locals a "severe storm of great extent and hurricane density" was moving slowly northeastward up the Atlantic Ocean. The...
Birthday Party, Gifts for Elephant among Features of Old-Style Circus
A family who juggles each other on their feet and an elephant's birthday celebration, complete with cake, presents and song -- all under a giant red and white striped tent. This may sound like scenes from a children's book, but it's part of what's...
Bishop Says Church Is the Target in 1994 Rwandan Genocide Trial
KIGALI, Rwanda -- He sits slumped on a four-legged wooden stool in his jail cell, looking less like a bishop than like a boxer catching his breath between rounds of a title bout. Augustin Misago, the first Roman Catholic bishop ever to go on trial...
Bits and Big Pieces Spare Parts Add Up to Colorful Home for Tinkering Dad
ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- If every house has a story, LeRoy Dickson has written an anthology. Dickson and his family live in a house on a 50-foot-wide beachfront lot with recycled parts that came from as far away as the Georgia mountains. "These doors,...
Book Helps Work out Computer Troubles
Q: I would like to find a truly helpful book on how to get the most out of my computer. There are so many out there that it is very confusing for a beginner. I have an old Mac and now a new Pentium II. A: I am real big right now on Bob O'Donnell's...
Book Offers New Approach to Teaching Kids about Sex
Sex educator Debra Haffner wants to obliterate "The Big Talk." "It didn't work for our generation," says the 40-something Haffner. "And it doesn't work for kids now." In place of a carefully orchestrated presentation on sex sometime around puberty,...
Book Sale Coming Up Event Helps Beaches Library
Shirley Gray and her "dream team" have been gathering and sorting books for months in preparation for the Friends of the Beaches Branch Library 11th annual book sale, which opens with a members' preview tomorrow. The dream team is a group of hard-working...
Border-Straddling Building Unique
The U.S.-Canada border is known as the longest undefended frontier on Earth. The two countries have long been regarded as good neighbors who share a relationship unique in the world. That such notions ignore countless economic, political, environmental,...
Boss Divides $128 Million among 550 Loyal Workers
BELLEVILLE, Mich. -- When Bob Thompson sold his company for $422 million, he could have chartered a jet, flown off to an island and, heck, bought the island, too. But he had a secret plan. Thompson had mulled it over for years, conferred with...
Bradley's Game Plan: Make Gore Go to His Left Ideological Debate Awaits Democrats
Wait a second. Didn't President Clinton declare several years ago that "the era of big government" was over? Hasn't liberal become a curse word in American politics? Is it not conventional wisdom these days that doom awaits any national Democrat who...
Braves Won't Back Down Chipper Homers Again to Back 7-Inning Effort from Glavine
ATLANTA --- Think of it this way. If you decide not to spend the money you've squirreled away for your children's college education on postseason tickets, it's all right because you've already seen a slice of October. On another cold and blustery...
Breakfast, Lunch Fixed Happily at Grumpy's, despite Dour Name
Don't let the new restaurant's name influence you. Nick Marino and Hank Racer, owners of Grumpy's in Orange Park Plaza, seem anything but unpleasant. According to Marino, the restaurant, which opened Oct. 4 at 2134 Park Ave., was named for its mascot...
Briefing
MISS AMERICA PAGEANT REWRITES ELIGIBILITY RULES ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The world's most famous beauty pageant is lifting its ban on women who have been married or had abortions. For almost 50 years, contestants for Miss America had signed a pledge...
British-Looking SUV Land Rover Discovery II Takes on 13,500 New Parts
Our wilderness journey began at dawn (well, maybe closer to 9 a.m.) at the Fort Gates Ferry. Our 1999 Land Rover Discovery II sat on the beach as the pilot of the Too Wendy dropped the ramp of the ferry attached to it like a protective mother, then...
British Press Outraged 87-Year-Old Spy Let Off
LONDON -- Calls grew yesterday to prosecute Melita Norwood, the 87-year-old great-grandmother who shuffled into world limelight this weekend as the latest member of a gallery of British spies dominated by upper-class, Cambridge-educated men. A dozen...
Bullies Prevail If Schools Allow Them Respectful Climate Urged to Stop Them
Back to school. Back to "idiot," "fag," "faggot," "wimp," "queer," "butthole" and much worse -- typical insults boys hear as they get through a school day. This kind of harassment is, of course, completely characteristic, especially as boys move...
Bush May Be First President Known Simply by His Initial
WASHINGTON -- If Republican George W. Bush wins next year's presidential horse race he may become the first chief executive ever to be branded in the public mind with a single initial. If the nickname holds, he'll be no FDR or JFK or LBJ. He'll...
Career Track
BANKING/FINANCE Chris Kagay, loan officer, GMAC Mortgage. Jonathan Tamares, assistant vice president and commercial lender, Peoples First Community Bank. Presser, Lahnen & Edelman: W. Blake Knaebel, Shannon Lashley-Richardson, and Yolanda...
Casino Ship Pays off Gambling Revives Mayport Economy
Before casino gambling arrived in 1993 in the form of La Cruise Casino, Mayport was getting stale. Restaurants and other businesses were boarding up. Like a virus, crack cocaine sales and other crime were growing in the Duval County fishing village....
Castaway Cats Have Guardian on Her Own, Woman Caring for Dozens
Pam Forlines will never forget the terrified cat, baby kitten in her mouth, that jumped out the window of a mobile home being demolished. "There are so many sad stories," Forlines said last week as she enticed more abandoned cats out of hiding at...
Chechen Leader Makes Peace Offer Russia Expected to Reject Terms
GROZNY, Russia -- Chechnya's leader outlined a peace plan yesterday to end the fighting in his breakaway republic, and promised to crack down on renegade warlords if Russia withdraws its troops from Chechen territory. Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov...
Checkup
PICKING UP THE PIECES Call it a crash course in what's really important in life. A new study reported to the American Psychological Association suggests survivors of air crashes could end up in better mental health than air travelers who have never...
Children Can Learn Good Manners Early
Q: I heard you in a recent radio interview talk about the importance of teaching children manners, but they didn't give you time to be very specific. What are the first manners a child should learn and by what age should he have learned them? ...
CITY COUNCIL Retire the Bond Accounts
Every politician's dream is a pot of public money to spend in his district largely as he wants, when he wants. That fantasy has been a way of life for representatives of the 14 City Council districts since the 1988 creation of their own special...
City's Bid for Lawsuit Penalty Rejected
A Jacksonville judge has rejected a request by City Hall lawyers who sought to penalize two activists for filing a lawsuit that challenged approval of a hotel off Butler Boulevard. The city's request for attorneys' fees would cause a "chilling effect"...
Civilian Conservation Corps a Salve for a Depression-Stricken City
Celebrate 2000 Sept. 13, 1933 A daily look at events in First Coast history A day in the life of The Great Depression. Getting by was about the best anyone could do, and getting by included stretching thin soup one more day, stuffing cardboard...
Classes Scrutinize Relationships State-Mandated Guidance for Teenagers
Teacher Jim Cherney posed the age-old question: What's more important -- looks, intelligence or a sense of responsibility? Andia Jackson's hand shot into the air. "You need someone you can have a conversation with. So I would say intellect," said...
Classic a Barometer for FAMU No. 13 Rattlers an Underdog to Tennessee State
TALLAHASSEE --- Having already seen the view from both sides of blowouts this season, 13th-ranked Florida A&M (1-1) should get a true measure of its potential Saturday at the Georgia Dome, when it takes on No. 10 Tennessee State (2-0) in the Atlanta...
Clinton Offers Limited Support in East Timor Indonesia Urged to Reverse Course
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- President Clinton offered today to provide American personnel "in a limited way" for an international peacekeeping force in violence-torn East Timor after he accused the Indonesian government of abetting militia violence. ...
Clinton Will Pay Historic 'Courtesy Call' on Quebec
OTTAWA -- Canada's prime minister says it's no big deal. The White House says it's no big deal. But when President Clinton meets with Quebec separatist Premier Lucien Bouchard today, it will be a very big deal in the French-speaking province. The...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Even if I could serve another term, I wouldn't. Sometimes people expect you to be Superman." -- Waycross Mayor Robert Odum, facing term limits, is leaving office after two terms. He said he would have limited his own term of office....
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I got a little bit lost in all this." -- Georgia Supreme Court Presiding Justice Norman Fletcher, during arguments in the firing of Camden County Finance Director Mary E. "Pepi" Haddock. Story on this page. RATE HIKE OPPOSED...
Colorado Officials in Major Dispute 2 Haven't Spoken in Months
DENVER -- Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers and his boss, Gov. Bill Owens, work just 60 paces apart under the gold-domed Capitol. But they haven't spoken face-to-face in months. The dispute between Owens, a buttoned-down Texan, and Rogers, a lawyer who...
COLUMBUS DAY Courage Isn't PC
Columbus Day, which some Americans still observe, is the most misunderstood of all holidays -- and the one most trendy to vilify. Christopher Columbus "discovered America" on Oct. 12, 1492. Since Columbus Day is a Monday holiday, it is celebrated...
Congressional Fire May Be All It Takes to Down F-22
SEATTLE -- Inside a Boeing Co. laboratory chock-full of computer terminals and projection screens, teams of technicians are "flying" the F-22, a next-generation warplane whose future is clouded by a fierce debate over whether America needs the most...
Continuous Learning Bottom Line for Business Education
Q: How do you see business education evolving over the next few years? A: I think the whole business environment is changing so rapidly these days that there is increasing emphasis on students who have a good understanding of the complexities of...
Council Embarking on Mile High Soaking of Taxpayers
Most of you shouldn't even bother trying to call your City Council member this week. Already accustomed to the good life, as was pointed out in a column last week about their use of a free skybox at Jaguars games, 16 of the 19 will be flying high...
Creationism Extinct? Hardly Acknowledging Fossils, Adherents Maintain Earth Is 6,000 Years Old
OLATHE, Kan. -- Some millions of years ago, the last drops of the great inland sea bathing the Kansas plains succumbed to the sun, leaving behind a record in fossils of shells and mussels and clams. That is, if you believe all those science textbooks,...
Creator Kelley Takes Home Double Emmys `the Practice,' `Ally' Top Shows
LOS ANGELES -- In a double coup for creator David E. Kelley, the quirky Ally McBeal won the Emmy for best comedy yesterday and his courtroom drama, The Practice, won for best drama series. The Fox comedy about a bizarre Boston law firm toppled NBC's...
CSX Experts Job-Cut Volunteers Official: Program Will Be 'Oversubscribed'
Jacksonville-based CSX Transportation Inc. said yesterday it expects to have more than enough volunteers to meet CSX Corp.'s goal of cutting 800 managers by year-end. "We expect the program to be oversubscribed," said M. Adam Hollingsworth, a spokesman....
Cumberland, Glynn Coast Evacuations Set in Motion
For the second time in just over two weeks, a hurricane has forced the evacuation of Cumberland Island National Seashore. The threat of Hurricane Floyd also prompted Glynn County and Brunswick officials to declare a voluntary evacuation of low-lying...
Dade Building Chief Assails State Code
MIAMI -- Miami-Dade County building chief Charlie Danger thought victims of Hurricane Andrew were poorly served by the building code in place when the storm hit. His professional guilt drove him to push for changes in the state code now being revised,...
Dad Seeks Reduction of Support Payment
Q: My daughter is 16 years old. My wife and I were divorced five years ago. Because I am a rather high wager earner, I was required to pay child support of $1,500 per month. My former wife died early last year and left a life insurance policy in trust...
Danforth Recruiting Waco Probe Team Calls Continue for Reno Ouster
WASHINGTON -- Former Missouri senator John Danforth said yesterday he is already assembling a team of private attorneys and federal investigators to probe the government's 51-day standoff against the Branch Davidian sect in 1993 and would not hesitate...
Degree Mills? Many First Coast Bible Colleges Lack Accreditation, and Some Fear That Will Lead to Substandard Credentials
For many, university conjures up images of a sprawling green campus dotted with dormitories, lecture halls and students bent on advancement. Jacksonville's Zoe University makes do with a first-floor office in a squat, two-story building off Arlington...
Demands Heavy on Doctoral Students UNF Professor Strict on Attendance
Doctoral candidates are not timid. When a professor at the University of North Florida set a high standard for student attendance in his required course -- a maximum of two missed classes -- the dean of the College of Education started hearing the...
Despite Warnings, We Still Fail to Shun the Sun
An ultraviolet ray shoots out from the sun and travels 93-million miles through space, hurtling toward Earth in an eight-minute mission to attack and destroy those who fail to protect their skin. The ray is thwarted thrice by its targets who, at...
Disaster Aftermath Means Opportunity for Scams, Rip Offs
Dishonest individuals and businesses prey on hard times, emotional distress, fear and vulnerability. So even in the midst of disaster, it's important to know your rights. The following is a list of typical scams that normally follow disasters...
Discipline Tops This Curriculum First Public JROTC High School Opens in Chicago
CHICAGO -- As the Stars and Stripes are raised to the sound of drums and bugles, dozens of teenagers in uniform struggle to line up under the frowning gaze of a retired Army major. This is not an elite private military school. It's an innercity...
Dismal Dublin Neighborhood Blossoms as Trendy Hot Spot
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Above all other locales in the Republic of Ireland, the neighborhood of Temple Bar -- wedged between Trinity College and the River Liffey -- is where culture is cultivated and hell is raised, though not necessarily in that order....
Dissecting Cultural Diversity Students Discuss Race for 48 Hours
ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- As Dionne Franklin recalled getting ready for this past weekend, the Edward Waters College freshman said he was anticipating two days of stress and potential conflict. "There was a lot of anxiety built up," he said. Spending...
'Dogs' Defense Took Charge against Gamecocks
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Jim Donnan knew his defense was capable of showing more than the Bulldogs did in their season-opener against Utah State. Now he has proof. One week after surrendering 411 yards to Utah State, Georgia's 24-9 victory against...
Dole Visit Brings in $35,000 GOP Candidate Talks Values, Taxes
Republican presidential candidate Elizabeth Dole raised about $35,000 yesterday in Jacksonville with a $500-aplate luncheon hosted by U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler. Dole, about 20 minutes late to the function because of an airport delay, spoke for about...
Don't Get Hung Up by High Hotel Phone Fees
This just in from the phone wars: We're still losing. As many veteran travelers have painfully learned, a phone is a phone is a phone, but the more you pay for a hotel room, the greater the chance that your hoteliers will charge a fortune for your...
Drought May Bring out Fall Colors
ATLANTA -- The black gums already show a hint of red, and the poplars are touched with a faint yellow. The colors haven't exploded yet, but the pastel leaves are rehearsing for the symphony of color that experts say will arrive right on schedule...
Duval Preps Likely Called Off
Although Hurricane Floyd spared the First Coast the full brunt of its strength, its aftermath likely will wipe out tomorrow night's Duval County high school football schedule. School superintendent John Fryer said that playing the games is one of...
Easy Guidelines for Rockin' Success
In the new rock world, more and more bands are softening their sounds and achieving huge levels of success. So why not you? Here are some guidelines if you want to be the next Goo Goo Dolls, Sugar Ray, Third Eye Blind, etc.: 1. Throw your electric...