The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 18, 2000

2-Minute Drill
FOOTING THE BILL Toronto Raptors star Vince Carter must pay sports apparel manufacturer Puma more than $13.5 million in damages for breach of contract, a Boston arbitrator ruled. Carter signed an endorsement deal with Puma in 1998 shortly after...
Acquisition Could Put Georgia-Pacific No. 1
CHICAGO -- Georgia-Pacific Corp., better known for its forest and building products, moved yesterday to become the world's largest tissue products manufacturer with a planned $7.7 billion acquisition of Fort James Corp. The deal, which faces serious...
All-or-Nothing Plan Approach Hits Bump with Rapid Transit
As you probably know by now, Mayor John Delaney's $2.2 billion Better Jacksonville Plan is an all-or-nothing deal. In September, you will be able to vote for or against a half-cent sales tax increase that would help pay for the plan's myriad projects....
A Thirsty World Providing Water and Protecting Supplies Will Be One of the Global Challenges of the 21st Century
In a swamp so dry that cypress trees are tipping over because their roots aren't anchored by enough water, Rosanne Prager checked the water level in a shallow well. "It's 3 feet lower than a couple months ago," said Prager, of the engineering firm...
Bank of America Profits Flat Company Plans Job Cuts Later This Year
The top financial officer at Bank of America -- the biggest bank in the country -- said yesterday the company is doing better in Florida than it was last year and that he expects BofA to announce more expense cuts later this year, mostly by eliminating...
Barnes: Change Teaching Methods Governor Speaks at Education Summit
JEKYLL ISLAND -- Gov. Roy Barnes yesterday called on Georgia school administrators to rally behind education reform for the sake of the state's students. Barnes noted that Georgia ranks ninth nationally for education funding per capita but 50th...
Bashar Assad Sworn in as Syria's Leader
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Standing under a huge portrait of his late father, Bashar Assad assumed Syria's presidency before a cheering legislature yesterday and quickly rejected Western-style democracy and territorial concessions to Israel. Assad, a 34-year-old...
Brackens Unlikely to Make Opening of Training Camp Agent, Jaguars Say Sides Still Far Apart in Contract Negotiations
Update on the Tony Brackens watch: The two sides talked yesterday, but there was no movement of any kind leading to the Jaguars' Pro Bowl defensive end being signed prior to the open of training camp Friday. "It's unlikely he will be there," said...
British Tennis Sinks to Its Lowest Level Loss to Ecuador Is Embarrassing
LONDON -- For a country accustomed to tennis futility, this was a new low. British tennis was heaped in humiliation, recrimination and scorn yesterday after Ecuador knocked Britain out of the elite 16-nation World Group of the Davis Cup. Not...
Bush Takes on Democrat Territory
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Striking at the heart of Al Gore's political base, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush said yesterday he will visit Arkansas and four other Democratic-leaning states in the run up to the GOP convention. "I'm going...
Carroll War Chest Reaches $447,000 Rep. Brown Confident She Still Has Edge
WASHINGTON -- The race for Florida's 3rd Congressional District seat has picked up steam, as fund-raising for both the incumbent and challenger surged from April to June, according to campaign documents. Republican challenger Jennifer Carroll easily...
Cellular Phone Makers Must Report Radiation
NEW YORK -- Cellular phone makers will be required to disclose information on radiation levels produced by their phones under a new policy adopted by the wireless industry's most influential trade group. The new guidelines will be imposed next month...
Charter School Decisions Loom
The issue of charter schools will again take center stage at tonight's Duval County School Board meeting. The board is being asked to take action regarding four charter schools, but there will likely also be discussion concerning an idea from member...
Checkup
PERIODIC TABLES Everything you always wanted to know about women's menstrual cycles is now available at Penn State. The university is the new home of the Tremin Trust, a database containing 65 years worth of in-depth information about the entire...
China, Russia Express Mutual Interests Nations Share Distrust of U.S. Missile Plan
BEIJING -- Russian President Vladimir Putin came to Beijing yesterday for a summit with his Chinese counterpart during which the two leaders are expected to reaffirm their opposition to Washington's plans for a missile defense shield. The visit...
Civil War Site Visitors Curious about Missing Flag
FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. -- Whether they're Southerners or Northerners, tourists visiting the Chickamauga Battlefield notice. They grill the guides and leave comments in the guest book -- Where is the flag? The Civil War site's visitor center has a...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We need to value quality instruction over everything else." -- Gov. Roy Barnes, who told school administrators at a conference yesterday that Georgia needs to change the way it teaches its children. Story, this page. KEEPING...
Cutter Rescues Missing Divers near Mayport
Two Jacksonville men missing on a diving trip were found bobbing in the ocean yesterday about 45 miles northeast of Mayport and between their dive site and their boat. Paul Bryant, 42, and Ralph Bledsoe, 50, were dehydrated, sunburned and tired...
Developing Interest Response Reveals Plenty of Possibilities for Dames Point
About a dozen maritime firms, including the company that operates the Port of London, have expressed interest in developing the Ed Austin Marine Terminal at Dames Point. Forth Ports, which owns ports in Scotland and England, notified Jacksonville...
Diamond Industry Rejects War-Link Criticism
ANTWERP, Belgium -- World diamond industry leaders, saying they are tired of taking all the blame for militants who illicitly sell "blood diamonds" to finance wars in Africa, shot back yesterday at critics threatening boycotts. The diamond industry...
Doctor Says Antibiotic Worth Look for Autism
WASHINGTON -- First, parents clamored for the hormone secretin in hopes it would help their autistic children. Put to the test, however, secretin is proving disappointing. Now a new theory is triggering desperate parents' interest -- and this time...
ENVIRONMENT A Perfect Program
The St. Johns River, which completes its lethargic sweep up the peninsula by turning through Jacksonville before spilling into the Atlantic Ocean, went through a long spell when it got little attention. Neglect had caused a decline in the river's...
Ex-Starr Spokesman Says Story Accurate
WASHINGTON -- Former independent counsel spokesman Charles Bakaly III, testifying at his contempt trial, said yesterday he never misled the court about a story leaked to The New York Times -- and even tried to edit a court document to fully explain...
First Lady Denies Use of Anti-Semitic Slur
NEW YORK -- The Anti-Defamation League yesterday defended Hillary Rodham Clinton against allegations she used an anti-Semitic slur 26 years ago, and the first lady portrayed herself as the victim of a "warehouse of insults" from the Republican Party....
FPIC's President, CEO Steps Down Drop in Stock Price Could Be Reason for Resignation
FPIC Insurance Group Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer William R. Russell, under fire for the past year after a sharp drop in the company's stock price, resigned yesterday by a mutual agreement between Russell and the board of directors, the...
GATOR BOWL CRISIS Sitting Room Only Catlett Is Facing Tough Challenge in Reinventing Bowl
For almost seven months, Rick Catlett has stewed over the number 43,316. Bet on this: the Toyota Gator Bowl executive director will never play any combination of that figure in a lottery. That was the number of people who spread themselves very...
General Mills to Buy Pillsbury Deal Creates 5th-Largest Food Company in World
MINNEAPOLIS -- After 11 years of marching to the beat of a European drummer, the Pillsbury Doughboy is coming home. General Mills announced yesterday that it will buy Pillsbury, owner of the Green Giant vegetable and Haagen-Dazs ice cream brands,...
George P. Makes a Pitch to Young Voters
ARLINGTON, Va. -- When George P. Bush, nephew of the presidential contender of a very similar name, sees his uncle these days, they don't talk much about politics. Instead the talk is of home runs, triple plays and bad baseball trades. "I would...
Gore Holds Huddle at Home Base Campaign Hitting Stride, Aides Say
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- A corsage for his mother, a Ronald Reagan impersonation and T-shirts for his interns marked Al Gore's tour of campaign headquarters, where he promised his troops: "I am not going to spare any effort to make sure that we win this...
Have Gun, Will Not Fear It Anymore Lifesaving Experience Alters Woman's Attitude
Bleeding and weakened from the bullet wound in her chest, Susan Gonzalez aimed her husband's .22-caliber pistol, the one she hated, and emptied it into one of the robbers who had burst through the front door of her rural Jacksonville home. Those...
Homeowners Bilked for $100,000
When Linda Diane Lemme was helping Judy Sweep pick colors for an interior design job at the Sweeps' Argyle area home in March 1999, she seemed to be the interior designer the couple wanted. "We felt she was doing a very good job," Cal Sweep said....
House Rejects Bill Banning Internet Gambling Anti-Gaming Groups Fought the Measure
WASHINGTON -- An unusual coalition of libertarian lawmakers, pro-gambling Internet entrepreneurs and anti-gambling social groups dealt a losing hand yesterday to a House bill that would have banned gambling on the Internet. The bill was rejected...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We're always happy to see a new ship come." -- Lt. Cmdr. Kelly Merrell, public affairs officer for Mayport, commenting on the arrival of the USS Halyburton at Mayport Naval Station. See story, this page. SHARK ATTACKS SURFER...
Japan-Bound Clinton Signaling Last Call Most Likely Deal: The One to Meet Again
THURMONT, Md. -- According to the White House script, today is decision day for Israelis and Palestinians at Camp David after a week of intensive peace talks. President Clinton has signaled he expects to leave tomorrow for the economic summit in...
Knight Ridder, Tribune Target Online Recruiting Competition for Classified Advertising Starting to Heat Up
SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- Knight Ridder and the Tribune Company, two of the nation's largest media companies, announced a $200 million deal yesterday to form an extensive online job recruiting network, intensifying the competition for classified ads on the...
Maine Family Accepts Homeless Fire Suspect
ELLSWORTH, Maine -- Julie Barnes sits comfortably on the couch next to Tim and Debb King, as though she has known them a lifetime. But the 20-year-old woman is barely more than a stranger to the couple. Barnes was a homeless young woman last...
Mayport Welcomes Frigate Halyburton Makes New Home Port
Mayport Naval Station's fleet of ships grew by one yesterday with the arrival of the USS Halyburton, a guided missile frigate. Formerly stationed in Norfolk, Va., and carrying a crew of more than 200, the ship docked at its new home port to the...
Mexico President Wants Freer Borders Safer, Legal Passage a Goal
MEXICO CITY -- For Fernando Salguero, crossing illegally into the United States was a way of life. During the winter, he harvested fruit in California, making enough money to buy seeds and supplies to plant corn during the summer in Mexico. As sneaking...
Misprint Oversells City Plan Better Jacksonville Mailing Has Errors
A group promoting a tax increase for Mayor John Delaney's Better Jacksonville Plan has mailed voters thousands of brochures that inaccurately describe road projects the plan would fund. The four-page circulars from the Committee for the Better Jacksonville...
Morning Briefing
INVESTORS AWAIT CONSUMER PRICE INDEX Stocks closed mixed yesterday in listless trading as cautious investors took few chances ahead of the release today of key economic data used to gauge inflation. The markets lacked a clear direction while...
Mother Takes Driving-Distraction Message to D.C. Daughter Died in Crash Involving Cell Phone Use
As cities across the country debate the dangers of cellular phone usage by motorists, Joyce White is in Washington, D.C., today hoping to get her message heard. Driven by grief, the Arlington woman has spent nearly three years writing letters and...
NATIONAL SECURITY Plug the Leaks
Seek to take home any book at the public library and you'll be asked to check it out first. But no such sign-out requirement has existed for at least a dozen years for some of our nation's most sensitive nuclear weapons materials. An investigator...
Nation Briefing
FEDERAL JUDGE LETS CLUB DISTRIBUTE POT SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge yesterday cleared the way for an Oakland club to distribute marijuana for medicinal purposes, saying the government hasn't proven why seriously ill patients should be denied...
Nation's Drinking Water Systems Need Costly Fixes
The United States has an expensive water problem on its hands. Drinking water and wastewater treatment systems are aging and need replacement, at the same time population booms are demanding an increase in those services, and the federal government...
New Book Melds Fact, Fiction in Clinton 'Rhapsody' Lewinsky Scandal Provides Grist
MALIBU, Calif. -- Like many who came of age in the 1960s, Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas felt kinship when President Clinton took over the White House, then betrayal as the sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky unfolded. Eszterhas, whose credits...
New Treatments for Heartburn Available Locally
Dear Call Box: An Associated Press story in the Times-Union described two new treatments for heartburn. I can't find anyone in Jacksonville doing those operations. I wonder if you could help. -- R.W. Dear R.W. We called the Duval Medical Society,...
Outlook for Vistakon's Research, Development Building Blurry
Vistakon Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., the world leader in making disposable contact lenses, reports that corporate decisionmakers have yet to signal final approval for a proposed $30 million research and development building at the company's...
Princess Must Face Charges Judge's Ruling Prevents Bahraini from Seeking Asylum
SAN DIEGO -- A Bahraini princess who used forged military documents to flee her country and marry a U.S. Marine must face charges of illegally entering the United States, a judge said yesterday. Immigration judge Ignacio Fernandez refused to dismiss...
Residents March for Peace on Riot Route Group Planned to Pass Brunswick Nightclubs
BRUNSWICK -- A group of residents were planning a march for unity last night -- a dozen days after an estimated 500 people pelted police officers with bricks and bottles and burned two patrol cars. Organizer Burnette R. Fulton Sr. said the planned...
Routine Florida Tobacco Case Signing Put on Hold
MIAMI -- A routine act that wraps up most trials, the signing of the final judgment, is "a big issue" to Big Tobacco and may dictate the future of a smokers' case that produced a record $145 billion verdict, a tobacco lawyer said yesterday. Judgments...
Senator Fights to Keep Dam but Bush Supports River's Restoration
TALLAHASSEE -- State Sen. Jim King of Jacksonville refuses to worry about whether the Rodman dam will be torn down. King is confident the reservoir behind the dam will remain a bass angler's paradise for many years, even though Gov. Jeb Bush broke...
Sleuths to Review Watergate Tape's 18 1/2 Minutes Experts Wonder If Technology Exists
WASHINGTON -- The National Archives is looking into new technologies to answer one of the 20th century's most intriguing political mysteries: What was erased during the 18 1/2-minute gap in an Oval Office tape recording made shortly after the Watergate...
Spider Veins Web across Psyche Legs and Face Affected by Blood Vessel Dilation
During these dog days of summer, hiked hemlines, shorts and bathing suits are a matter of fashion and survival. Like clockwork, licensed practical nurse Joyce Vining sees a surge in the number of people anxious to do something about the veins in...
State's Candidates Begin Qualifying for Fall Elections
The following candidates qualified yesterday with the Florida Division of Elections to run for office this fall. Qualification for state office began yesterday and will continue through Friday at noon. The qualifying fee is 6 percent of the candidate's...
Task Force Looks toward House Calls for Aging Populace Long-Term Options for Home Care Urged
TALLAHASSEE -- Members of a state task force on long-term care said yesterday that more programs and services must be developed to enable Florida's aging residents to stay in their own homes. The task force was formed by the Legislature this year...
Term-Limits Momentum Slows; Candidates Renege
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The term-limits movement that helped reshape the political map in the 1990s is under fire this year, partially a victim of its own myriad successes. Although term-limit supporters say their cause has never been more popular, there...
Tobacco Funds Going to Health Care Prevention Programs No. 3 on States' List
WASHINGTON -- States plan to spend $8 billion through next year in tobacco settlement money -- the first installment of a 25-year cash flow -- and nearly half the money is going toward health care services for working poor families, a report shows....
World of Business
REPORTS SHOW CONTINUED ECONOMIC STRENGTH U.S. companies boosted inventories in May by the fastest pace in six months as businesses tried to keep up with robust sales. Stockpiles of goods on shelves and back lots nationwide rose by 0.8 percent...