The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 2, 1999

20 Die as French Cable Car Plunges Alps Disaster Second This Year
SAINT-ETIENNE-EN-DEVOLUY, France -- A gondola carrying workers to a space observatory high in the French Alps ripped away from its cables yesterday and shattered across a rock-studded slope, killing all 20 people aboard and stunning residents of the...
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Accident `Runners' Derailed in New Law Access Restricted to Wreck Reports
AUGUSTA -- Vehicle accident victims should no longer receive unsolicited offers for professional services from opportunists who have obtained their names in the past from public records. A new law that went into effect yesterday limits access to...
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Baby Boomers' Kids Fill Nation's Schools New Generation Ethnically Diverse
WASHINGTON -- The baby boom is back in school. The millions of postwar children who flooded the nation's schools decades ago are filling the classrooms again -- with their offspring. The Census Bureau reports that the number of students enrolled...
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CEO Sentenced for Polluting
Randall W. Hansen, the former chief executive officer of LCP Chemicals-Georgia Inc., was sentenced yesterday to three years and 10 months in prison and fined $20,000 for polluting the environment at the Brunswick, Ga., plant. In sentencing Hansen,...
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Clinton, Fans Arrive Late for U.S. Victory
LANDOVER, Md. -- President Clinton wasn't the only fan who missed the national anthems. The U.S. team's quarterfinal in the Women's World Cup led to a 20-mile backup and thousands of high-priced empty seats at kickoff last night. "It took three...
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Clinton Supports Palestinian Goals
WASHINGTON -- Pledging new peacemaking efforts in the Middle East, President Clinton offered broad support to Palestinians' aspirations yesterday and said they should be free to live "wherever they like." Using a visit by Egyptian President Hosni...
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CoastLines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I just like making it. I like eating it sometimes." -- James Nixon, 14, whose recipes are included in Cooking With Kids for Dummies. Story on this page. DRIVE SAFELY Law enforcement will be out in force during the July Fourth...
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Compass Fires Back in Court Countersuit Filed against Brown
In an increasingly crowded and competitive Jacksonville banking market, usually low-key banks and bankers are getting testy with each other when it comes to losing key employees and their customer relationships. Earlier this year Bennett Brown,...
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CONGRESS Think about Freedom
The U.S. flag with its red, white and blue evokes sentiments of patriotism and country like nothing else for most Americans. The mere thought of treating Old Glory disrespectfully churns the blood of many people. But the U.S. House took a dangerous...
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Congress Votes to Protect Businesses from Y2K Suits
WASHINGTON -- Exactly six months before the year 2000, Congress emphatically endorsed compromise legislation yesterday to shield businesses from a potential flood of Y2K computer-related lawsuits. The White House says President Clinton will sign it....
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Controversial Spike Lee at Center of Storm Again Filmmaker's Latest Creates a New Stir
NEW YORK -- It's a sweltering summer morning in Manhattan, the kind that threatens to melt skyscrapers like they were Sno-cones, but Spike Lee is keeping cool. He's sitting inside a posh midtown restaurant, dressed in a tropical shirt, khakis and sneakers,...
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DDT Site Found on UGa Land Contamination by Drums Limited
ATHENS -- Environmental workers have pinpointed the location of seven buried and leaking barrels of DDT on a University of Georgia-owned farm in Oconee County, and preliminary results from groundwater samples show the contamination is "very, very localized,"...
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Deana Carter's Fast Ride to the Top Slows Down
Deana Carter is sitting in her Nashville office, chattering on the phone and admiring her feet, the ones that are famous for being bare whenever she's onstage. "We just did a video out in L.A. . . . and I have my so-groovy nail polish still on from...
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Disturbing `Summer of Sam' Spike Lee Tracks the Spread of Fear
Any Spike Lee movie is bound to be fascinating and frustrating, as Lee the prodigious artist battles with Lee the storyteller -- and constantly threatens to get carried away with himself. In Summer of Sam, luckily, the fascinating far outweighs...
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Drive toward the Rainbow Minorities Get Boost in Racing
WASHINGTON -- Jesse Jackson's push for greater minority inclusion in professional American sports got a boost yesterday as leaders from two top car racing organizations, NASCAR and CART, agreed to work to better diversify the $5 billion-a-year industry....
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Formed Locally, Famous Globally Limp Bizkit Is Back on Jacksonville Stage
Talk about a reversal of fortune. In the mid-1990s, Limp Bizkit was just another Jacksonville band playing for 100 people at The Milk Bar. After two hit records and a relentless tour schedule, the rapmetalcore quintet will exit the decade as international...
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Georgia Urges Y2K Readiness
ATLANTA -- Emergency management officials are urging Georgia residents to have a threeto five-day supply of food and water on hand this New Year's Eve. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency says residents should use common sense when considering...
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Giant Leap for Joyner-Kersee
DAYTONA BEACH -- As she makes her way through the crowd, the faces of all the fans are white. As she speaks to an aggregation of media in the infield pressroom, the faces of all the reporters are white. The sponsors, the owners, the drivers,...
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GOP Still Targeting Giant Tax Cut
WASHINGTON -- Literally banging a drum for tax cuts, House Republicans insisted yesterday the federal budget surplus is so huge that Congress can cut taxes by nearly $1 trillion and still brace Social Security and Medicare for baby boomer retirements....
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Graf Outlasts Williams
WIMBLEDON, England -- They chased balls in defiance of fatigue and fading light, Steffi Graf and Venus Williams pushing each other through the most exquisite rallies seven hours after they came on court. Showers had soaked them and sent them off...
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Hawks Draft Has Hometown Flavor Atlanta Picks Glover despite Its Own Advice
ATLANTA -- Dion Glover had the last laugh. Plenty of people, including Atlanta Hawks general manager Pete Babcock, told Glover to remain at Georgia Tech for another season rather than enter the NBA draft. But the Hawks couldn't pass up a chance...
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HMO Patients Get New Rights Today
ATLANTA -- Last year, Roy Barnes gained national fame with political ads that made what appeared to be a commonsense statement: If you can choose who changes the oil in your car, you should be able to choose your doctor. The inference was that patients...
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House Panel Wants Pledge on Everglades Funding
WASHINGTON -- As backers of a $7.8 billion plan to save the Everglades boasted bipartisan support and unprecedented cooperation, a House committee voted yesterday to hold back millions of dollars for the fabled swamplands until it has written guarantees...
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Immigration Rules Known to Cubans Experts Say Risk Is Worth Taking
MIAMI -- Six Cuban refugees who were allowed to remain in the United States after attempting to swim past circling Coast Guard boats likely were aware of the specific U.S. laws when making their frantic attempt to reach shore. "People in Cuba are...
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Inauguration Day Delaney, Glover Take Oaths during City Hall Ceremony
Mayor John Delaney and Sheriff Nat Glover were sworn in yesterday at City Hall in a ceremony they said was symbolic of their determination to unite the population of Jacksonville. The mayor and sheriff historically have been inaugurated in separate...
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Independence Day Blast Fourth Festive and Fireworks-Filled
Last year, fires across Florida took the spark out of most Independence Day celebrations. This year, it's business as usual with food, music and fireworks. Jacksonville and the surrounding communities will offer plenty of Fourth of July festivals,...
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In the `Big Leagues' Hospital Unit Becomes UF Department
It may mean more paperwork for University Medical Center's emergency room staff, but the ER's new status as a University of Florida department also will mean more research money and better status within the educational system. "We're the big leagues...
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Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "He said, `I made a bad mistake. I used bad judgment. We're turned over.'" -- Russell Gober, investigator in charge for the National Transportation Safety Board, concerning the train collision on the Westside. Story on Page A-1. ...
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Justices Reject Appeals Pair of Executions Still on Schedule
TALLAHASSEE -- Though raising fresh concerns about the use of the electric chair, the Florida Supreme Court declined yesterday to block next week's executions of a Jacksonville man and another Death Row inmate. Justices rejected lastditch appeals...
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Law & Order Prevails Jenkins Nets 38 in Victory
Consider it a bit of revenge. Two years ago in the National Junior Men's Invitational Basketball Championship, Fort Lauderdale Broward Law & Order lost by three points in the title game against Team Maryland. Yesterday was a markedly different...
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LCP Chief Executive Sentenced Judge Gives Hansen Lighter Prison Term
BRUNSWICK -- Randall W. Hansen, the former chief executive of LCP Chemicals-Georgia Inc., was sentenced yesterday to three years and 10 months in prison and fined $20,000 for polluting the environment at the Brunswick plant. In sentencing Hansen,...
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Lesson of Real Love in `Ideal Husband' Will Hook Filmgoers
Words are sharp weapons in An Ideal Husband, an enjoyably catty and romantic adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play set in 1890s London. It's a hoot to watch its hot cast -- Rupert Everett, Minnie Driver, Cate Blanchett, Jeremy Northam and Julianne Moore...
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Liberty Fest '99
Fireworks are back. After a one-year hiatus, because of severe drought conditions and wildfires last year, the signature event of any Fourth of July celebration will return to the Beaches this year. Jacksonville Beach is teaming up with the Mayport...
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Lowndes Misses Deadline Services Plan Not Submitted
Lowndes County was the only county to miss a deadline to file a service delivery plan or request a 120-day extension with the state by yesterday. The county was to have developed a plan showing how it would avoid duplication of services with its...
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Matchup of Prodigies Continues Stevenson, Dokic Slog through into Today
WIMBLEDON, England -- The most important match of their lives turned into soggy chaos yesterday for Wimbledon upstarts Jelena Dokic and Alexandra Stevenson. The 18-year-old Stevenson swept through the first set of the quarterfinal 6-3, hitting seven...
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Milosevic Wooing Main Opposition
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- More evidence of mass killings emerged yesterday in Kosovo and President Slobodan Milosevic won conditional support from a key opposition group, furthering his campaign to retain power and avoid war crimes prosecution. The...
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Morning Briefing
RALLY PUSHES S&P AND NASDAQ TO RECORD Stocks vaulted higher yesterday, with the Nasdaq composite and Standard & Poor's 500 indexes again setting records, as investors reveled in the new interest rate environment. The blue-chip index held...
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NBA, Newsmagazines Dominate Rerun-Filled Summer Viewing
NEW YORK -- Summer reruns sent network viewership sliding last week, with the NBA championship and newsmagazines dominating the ratings. Basketball and news shows accounted for 12 of the top 20 shows in Nielsen Media Research's weekly rankings....
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Norwegians Wary of China's Offense
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- China did it by dominating for an entire match, outshooting the Russians 24-2 in a one-sided contest. Norway used a 20-minute spurt to break open a close match against a familiar rival, Sweden. The Chinese and Norwegians reached...
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Numbers Low on Amtrak Sideswipes
Several of Amtrak's 19 sideswipe collisions in the 1990s occurred while at least one of the trains was switching tracks, similar to yesterday's incident in Jacksonville, according to federal statistics. And most were caused by human error, according...
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Only the Strong Survived Vexatious Pay Cuts
Celebrate 2000 July 2, l932 A daily look at events in First Coast history The police band was dead meat. Woman cops, too. City employees could look forward to a pay cut, and city fathers would have to make do with 10 percent less than they...
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Owner Told to Fix Pier by Today Landmark Could Be Closed for Weekend
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The owner of Duval County's only oceanfront fishing pier must fix its most dangerous section by this afternoon or the city will close it immediately. If that happens, the public would be banned from using the pier on July 4,...
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Passengers Recover, Try to Get on with Trips
It was a time to restore frayed nerves, rearrange plans and occasionally nurse bruises as people waited at Amtrak's passenger station off New Kings Road in northwest Jacksonville, anxious to continue their journeys after yesterday's train collision....
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PERSONAL FINANCE Bankruptcy Reform Is Due
Among the legislative casualties resulting from last year's impeachment trial was a bill that would reform the nation's bankruptcy laws. It should be enacted this year. Like many laws, this one is needed to correct the unforeseen effects of previous...
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Pole for Joe Cool Nemechek Runs Well Day, or Night
DAYTONA BEACH -- It didn't matter to Joe Nemechek if the Daytona International Speedway was awash in sunlight or stadium lights. It didn't matter if he was working his Chevrolet Monte Carlo during the hottest part of the afternoon or the cool of nighttime....
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Primaries' Shoe on Other Foot GOP Fight Not There; Gore Faces a Battle
WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush is threatening to put the GOP presidential nomination in the bank with a record-shattering fund-raising haul, and Al Gore faces a tough primary battle that could leave him financially and politically drained. It was...
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Puddles Thwart Jax Raceways Weekend Slate
Rain completely swamped the racing area and pits Saturday at Jax Raceways, forcing officials to cancel the night's program. Jax Raceways and other area tracks will be closed this weekend due to the NASCAR Winston Cup Pepsi 400 at Daytona International...
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Regaining Old Form Braves Glavine Gets Fourth Consecutive Victory
MONTREAL -- The bullpen mound was nicely manicured, the dirt as neatly combed as a little boy's hair on Sunday morning. Heaven help any Atlanta Braves reliever who dared tread on it. After two days of flammable relief, Tom Glavine posted NO TRESPASSING...
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Religion Lives in Trinidad Square
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- "The Great Doctor Carlos" is really into his harangue, neck veins bulging, arms outstretched, eyes focused far above his audience as if taking inspiration from high in the Caribbean sky. "Abyssinia, the Queen of Sheba,...
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Removal of Dam Begins First Demolition Federally Ordered
AUGUSTA, Maine -- Heavy equipment crews began removing the 162-year-old Edwards Dam yesterday, unleashing a torrent of water in the first federally ordered demolition of a dam as a way to protect the environment. Church bells pealed and hundreds...
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Six Burner Sizzles with Food in Kitchen on View to Diners
The Beach is buzzing with talk about Six Burner, the new restaurant of Craig Dion, former Dolphin Depot executive chef. The name suggests the restaurant is all about the stove, and in a sense, it is. The restaurant's design features an open kitchen...
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Small-Business Group Expands Council
An advocacy group for small business that concentrates on state and federal issues is expanding its Jacksonville activities and looking for more members. The National Federation of Independent Business, which is based in Nashville, Tenn., and has...
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Study Seeks Butler Cure for $945,554
Do taxpayers really need to spend $945,554 to learn what to do with Jacksonville's overcrowded Butler Boulevard? Transportation officials say yes. The 18-month study will add Butler to four other Duval County routes being considered for light rail...
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`Tea with Mussolini' Is Rich with Memories
Franco Zeffirelli's lively, fanciful Tea With Mussolini draws upon the Italian director's memories of growing up in Florence in the increasingly fascist Italy of the 1930s. Felicitously combining events real and imagined with his cowriter, English...
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Teenage Cook Shares Secrets in New Book
GRAY -- Mixing, stirring, simmering, frying and icing are all part of 14-year-old James Nixon's cooking repertoire. Want an omelet? Nixon's "Perfect Omelet" recipe combines eggs, tomatoes, English peas, bacon, cheese, bell pepper and Tabasco sauce....
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Tolerance, Diversity Vital in Local Government
The contrast couldn't have been more obvious. The flourish-filled swearing-in ceremonies of the City Council Tuesday night was more akin to a First Baptist Church service than a public meeting, from the performances by the First Baptist Church...
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Train Collision 'Could Have Been Catastrophic ... Another 4 to 6 Feet ...' WARNINGS IGNORED Amtrak Trains Collide; 8 Hurt on Westside
An Amtrak engineer ignored two warnings to stop before his passenger train crashed into another passenger train on Jacksonville's Westside yesterday, injuring eight people, a federal investigator said. The 333 passengers and crew on both trains...
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U.S. Marriage Rate Drops 43 Percent Fewer Expect to Wed for Life
WASHINGTON -- Americans are less likely to marry than ever before, according to a new study, and fewer people who do marry report being "very happy" in their marriages. The report, released yesterday by Rutgers University's National Marriage Project...
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U.S. Stops Germany
LANDOVER, Md. -- This one came from the heart. Trailing at halftime, the United States responded with two goals off corner kicks -- by defenders Brandi Chastain and Joy Fawcett, no less -- to beat Germany 3-2 last night in the Women's World Cup...
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Utility Seeks Refund Share Overcollected Revenue Issue
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Gas Light Co. wants state regulators to allow it to keep a portion of $50 million the company overcollected this year from natural-gas users. The company is prepared to refund money to customers that has accumulated in two accounts,...
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Wal-Mart Battle Is of Perception
It's a familiar drama that has played itself out over and over on the stage of America's retail landscape. Wal-Mart, the retailing Goliath that has turned bargain shopping into a billion-dollar enterprise, is under attack once again. This time,...
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Will Rising Oil Prices Hit Hard at the Pump? Maybe
CHICAGO -- Crude oil prices are rising to their highest level in nearly two years as producers show unusual cooperation in working to end world overproduction, but there's no guarantee that prices at the pump will follow. While consumers surely...
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World Awaits Irish Accord, Prime Minister Says
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Warning that the world would be baffled if peace slipped away, British Prime Minister Tony Blair presided over an effort yesterday to form the Protestant-Catholic government at the heart of the Northern Ireland peace accord....
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