The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 8, 1999

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[2] Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "The mall people forget they're the ones selling to them. Where are they buying these shirts? At the mall." -- Linda Lawson after her son was asked to leave the Regency Square mall for his style of T-shirt. Story on Page A-1. ...
2-Year-Old Found in Stairwell Dies
A 2-year-old toddler was dead on arrival at St. Luke's Hospital about 8 a.m. yesterday after she was found on a stairwell outside her apartment, police said. The cause of death of Summer Soto of the Bay Club Apartments, 9009 Western Lake Drive,...
A Clear Perspective on Back-of-Bus Years
The Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott is a signature event of the civil rights movement. It began in 1955 when Rosa Parks defied local custom and law and refused to give up her seat to a white man. The struggle for civil rights in Tallahassee began...
A Couple Relives Honeymoon Memories at 1949 Rates Same Time, 50 Years Later Savannah Revisited for $6 a Night
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Honeymooning at the DeSoto was never sweeter. Only this time there was no wedding. Hardye Watson didn't have the jitters. He didn't forget his marriage license, as he did 50 years ago. His bride, Irene, packed her clothes...
Agency to Counter Propaganda Abroad Team Will Filter Information from State Department
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration, dismayed by the success of anti-American propaganda worldwide, is striking back with an information offensive of its own: a State Department unit that will control the flow of government news overseas, especially...
Airbus Offers Flying Synagogue Idea to El Al
It seems only natural. In this era of ultra-customization, Airbus is trying to woo El Al as a new customer with a novel design: planes featuring a minisynagogue with a stable but rotating stand so the Torah can always face Jerusalem. The temple,...
All Bets off for Debut Dates of Vegas Hotels
When is a hotel opening not a hotel opening? This is a question to ask all over Las Vegas, but let's start with Carey Shows, a resident of Claremont, Calif., and a Nevada visitor in early June. She decided to stay at the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino,...
Asbestos Complicating Keystone Inn Demolition
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- The city's acquisition of the old Keystone Inn is proving to have more strings attached to it than officials bargained for. Supervisor of Operations Rick Hall informed the council at Tuesday's meeting that both lead and asbestos...
A Threat to Children in Jacksonville Is Lurking in Homes. the Peril of Lead-Based Paint Duval Health Authorities Enlarge Testing Zone
Residents of Northwest Jacksonville are worried about lead contamination from old dumps, but a bigger threat may be in their homes. Lead-based paint, widely found in pre-1950s housing, is a serious threat nationwide to young children. In Duval...
Attack on Affirmative Action Battle Looms over Atlanta Preferences
ATLANTA -- For nearly a quarter century, the Southeastern Legal Foundation fought little-noticed legal battles against property restrictions, taxes and census sampling. But recently, the Atlanta-based public interest law organization has grabbed...
A Wry, Ironic Take on Humanity Unsparing Tales by Annie Proulx
TITLE: Close Range: Wyoming Stories AUTHOR: Annie Proulx DATA: Scribner, 283 pages, $25 Review by Evelyn H. Nehl Annie Proulx is tough and unsentimental. Her characters don't aspire to high office or high crimes. They don't hunger after righteousness....
Baseball's Historic Hits Pay Off
ST. PAUL -- Mayor Norm Coleman could fund a dozen luxury suites at his proposed ballpark in St. Paul by squeezing into the Busch Stadium bleachers with a glove on each hand. Apparently, Mark McGwire is creating more millionaires there than Microsoft....
Bethune, 24, Rolls His First 800 Series
D.J. Bethune scored his first 800 series recently at Phoenix Lanes in the Fairs and Squares league. The left-hander, 24, rolled games of 299, 258 and 279 for an 836. In the first game, Bethune used a light hit in the third frame en route to the...
BLACK QUARTERBACKS IN THE NFL Opportunity at Last Once Considered an Anomaly, African-American Quarterbacks Are Popping Up All over the League ... and Succeeding
The Minnesota Vikings may represent the changing face of the NFL. When rookie Daunte Culpepper walks into his first quarterbacks meeting with them, he will be among the majority. Culpepper is black. So are Minnesota coach Dennis Green, offensive...
Boggs Joins Club 3,000 Comes on Home Run
ST. PETERSBURG -- Wade Boggs became the first player to homer for his 3,000th hit, kissing home plate last night to cap an amazing three-day run of baseball milestones. One day after Tony Gwynn got his 3,000th hit and two days after Mark McGwire...
BROADCASTING Feeding a Dinosaur
When dealing with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the U.S. House seems schizophrenic. A few years ago, there was talk among the Republican majority of cutting all funding for the bureaucracy that provides the Public Broadcasting Service...
Brooks Adds 20-Bed Transitional Rehabilitation Unit
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital has become the largest medical rehabilitation provider in the Southeast. It opened a new 20-bed unit, bringing the rehabilitation hospital's total bed count to 127. The new unit is designed for patients who need...
Career Track
BANKING/FINANCE Melba Jordan, executive committee, Florida Credit Union League's board of directors. Todd Baker, assistant vice president/commercial real estate officer, SunTrust. LEGAL The Jacksonville Bar Association 1999-2000 officers...
Cashing in in SEC, Rings Mean Riches
When Steve Spurrier signed a record-breaking contract to direct the football program at the University of Florida, his $2-million-per-season deal two years ago shattered the pay scale for college coaches and led to numerous new millionaires on the...
Charting a New Course FCCJ to Offer 60-Credit E-Commerce Curriculum
In the 1800s, the gold rush made ordinary people dream of riches. In the 1900s, oil fueled hopes. Today, the big prospect is the Internet. These days, Internet success stories are everywhere. Cutting-edge entrepreneurs are making money off its popularity,...
Coffee, Tea, More Leg Room? Airlines Woo 'Road Warriors'
CHICAGO -- Bigger first-class sections. More leg room in certain rows. No more expiring frequent-flier miles. It's all part of the major airlines' attempts to woo the so-called "road warriors" -- business travelers who fly regularly and often pay...
Color Barriers Fading for Black Residents
Thirty years ago, most of the African-American population was in a wedge of Jacksonville coming northwest out of downtown. But as civil rights litigation took hold, as Jacksonville grew and as black incomes grew, a migration began. Blacks moved...
Columbine Tries for Fresh Start Rampage Scars All Removed
LITTLETON, Colo. -- On the first day of school, Joshua Lapp will scan for friendly faces in Columbine High School's main hallway, where new white tile gleams in place of bloodstained carpet. Boys basketball coach Rudy Martin will enter the gym with...
COMMUNICATION More Phone Confusion
The telecommunications industry and federal regulators continue to find innovative ways of extracting money from local-service customers. BellSouth residential bills here already include many fees in addition to the $10.30 monthly line charges....
Crossing His Fingers Jaguars' Sophomore Fred Taylor Hoping the Fabled Second-Year Jinx Finds Somebody Else to Haunt
The thoughts came early. No sooner, Fred Taylor said, had one season ended than he began thinking about the next. "He was excited about this season about a week after last one," Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said recently. Wrong, Tom. Taylor said...
Defining Middle Class Is a Matter of Opinion
Defining the middle class is not an easy thing. Ask people about the minimum income for a middle class family of four in Jacksonville and one person says $25,000, another says $75,000. Financial planner Willie Brown says it's a household income...
ELECTIONS Truth Doesn't Hurt
The Christian Coalition is controversial, and not just because of religion. Some politicians dislike it because it reveals their positions to voters who may not agree with them. That is why there was cheering in some circles three years ago, when...
Enchanted by Asheville Art, Architecture and Mountain Vistas Make the Land of Sky an Enviable Escape
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The latest rumor is that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman have purchased a place in these hills. Robin Williams, they say, already has an East Coast home in the land once a crossroads of Indian trails. That's what happens when a point...
Englewood's Jones Tackles Double Duty Rams' Football, Basketball Coach Starts Busy Year
********** CORRECTION (8/13/99) Keith Stroud is only one of two area high school coaches that will coach both varsity football and varsity basketball during the upcoming season. Because of a reporter's error, Stroud was misidentified...
EXPERIENCE COUNTS Local Sailor Veteran of Cup Teams
No way would anyone ever say John Spence is an old man. Sure, his dark brown hair is beginning to get little flecks of gray, and he may not be quite as trim as he was when he was playing linebacker for Jacksonville's Bishop Kenny High School....
Ex-POW Missing No More Bracelet Wearer Finds Him Just across Town
As a young woman, Barbara Fiebelkorn thought often about the man whose name was engraved on a POW bracelet she wore. She imagined possible horrors, but mostly held out hope. But the years passed. The Vietnam War ended. And many prisoners of war...
Extra Money Aimed at Taxpayers State Lawmakers Try to Keep Givebacks Prudent
TALLAHASSEE -- Taxpayers could have another banner year in 2000 as the strong economy and well-stocked reserves present another opportunity for state tax cuts. In addition to $1 billion in increased general revenues, the Legislature will have money...
Fiction
TITLE: Italian Fever AUTHOR: Valerie Martin DATA: Alfred A. Knopf, 258 pages, $22 Review by Judy Elliott Lucy Stark works for a writer who sells plenty of books, but doesn't have an excess of talent. His latest manuscript is set in Italy,...
Finding a Job as a Miami RB Is a Tough Road for Candidates Dolphins Stacked at a Traditionally Weak Spot
DAVIE -- On the first day of training camp, Tyrone Wheatley said the Miami Dolphins' battle at running back would be a six-week marathon. He lasted less than a week. Wheatley was released Tuesday by the Dolphins after a tentative performance...
Fire Legacy: Stricter Law Saving Lives the Palms Remains a Downtown Haven
The venerable Palms rooming house, where seven people died in a fire in 1983, is getting a facelift. Scaffolding now surrounds the three-story building in preparation for replacement of old wood and stucco. "We want downtown to look nice," said...
Fordham Injured in Scrimmage Tackle Suffers Torn Knee Ligament
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A serious knee injury suffered by reserve tackle Todd Fordham yesterday has put the Jaguars' offensive line in serious trouble. Fordham, the top backup at right tackle and a reserve guard, suffered a torn medial-collateral ligament...
Fraternity Rehabbing Building in LaVilla
The Nu Beta Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., a social Greek letter organization, is in the process of fixing up Genovar's Hall, 644 W. Ashley St. The three-story, 10,000-square-foot structure will be a mixed-use building, including...
Fsu Notebook
CROWDED DINNER The annual senior dinner at FSU coach Bobby Bowden's house last night drew quite a crowd. The 20-player senior class, one of the largest in recent years, is quite a contrast to last year's event that had just nine seniors. "I told...
GOP Plots to Derail Veto Clinton Predicts Medicare Slash If Tax Cuts Enacted
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans yesterday promoted a "train wreck" plan to press President Clinton into approving a $792 billion tax cut while sparing the GOP the sort of political hits it took during government shutdowns tied to the budget...
Grown-Ups, like Kids, Need Uplift
School will be opening real soon in Georgia, boys and girls, and that means many of you will get your seriously eroded self-esteem restored. Although most systems don't follow the premise that self-esteem matters more than actual achievement, there...
Hancock Looks for Payoff Impoverished County Puts Hopes in Casino Proposal
SPARTA -- In the shade of pecan trees that offer little relief from the blistering heat, 18-year-old Peggy Harris spends much of her time making rusty old cars run again -- taking out transmissions, in stalling carbure tors and repairing starters....
Hear the Call of Subterranean Wild
Paul Griffiths knows well the thrill of discovery, of standing where no one else has ever stood, of being the first person ever to see some of nature's most delicate and beautiful handiwork. Griffiths, president of the British Columbia Speleological...
Hit the Bricks, Losers Jarrett Blows Away Field, Adds to Lead
INDIANAPOLIS -- There wasn't anything subtle about Dale Jarrett's performance yesterday at the Brickyard 400. And thanks to a late caution, there wasn't any drama. A yellow flag for Dave Marcis' blown engine with 18 laps to go allowed every team...
Hope Fades for Finding Flood Survivors
MANILA, Philippines -- Nearly 200 relatives, many in tears, called out the names of their loved ones yesterday in a final attempt to find survivors amid the rubble of a housing project destroyed in a landslide. But no one answered. "Daddy! Daddy!"...
Improvements in Economic Status for Many Jacksonville Blacks Are Tied to Education, Opportunity and Personal Motivation Solidly Middle Class
"When I can do good for myself, I can always help others. I'm a positive role model. A younger child will see me and realize he can own a business, or that he can do something with his life." --Dennis Curry, Owner, Colors of Love child-care center...
In the Pipeline
COMMERCIAL Construction for Matheny Jaguar, 11211 Atlantic Blvd., 6.23 acres, new dealership, 16,049 square feet enclosed, 3,915 square feet unenclosed, $1.5 million; contractor is The Stellar Group, owner is Matheny Jaguar. Jacksonville Planning...
Investors Take Stock, Shun Funds
CHICAGO -- Tired of watching hot mutual funds grow cold and of receiving year-end tax bills for fund managers' maneuvers, investor Warren Arenkill is shifting away from funds and toward individual stock purchases. "Another factor is that the cost...
Irish Expect Hammer
CHICAGO -- Notre Dame officials anticipate a ruling from the NCAA that the school's football program has committed a major violation of the organization's rules, according to a published report. They expect the NCAA's Committee on Infractions to...
Is Barry Sanders Serious, or Will He Come Back to the NFL?
About this time during a long-ago Dallas Cowboys training camp, starting guard Blaine Nye abruptly retired. I don't recall why Nye quit, but upon packing for home Blaine said we would see him no more forever. Sure enough, he was gone for one week....
It's Time to Pay Tribute to Some Worthy Award Winners
Before taking off on vacation, let me clean up a few odds and ends by handing out some well deserved awards: For unmitigated gall . . . Hands down, this award goes to Willye Dennis, who refuses to admit she's no longer a state legislator even...
Izon Has Become Sport's Forgotten Man
BILOXI, Miss. -- Nigerian heavyweight David Izon came to America hoping he would get the kind of recognition that would catapult his career after winning a silver medal at the 1992 Olympics. His first major fight was against old menace David Tua,...
Jackson County Oak Tree Towers over Entire U.S
ATHENS -- Jean Shewbert always thought her post oak tree was big, but she never knew just how big it really was. The 84-foot tree -- scientifically known as Quercus stellata Wangenh -- is about 237 inches in circumference and was recently named...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We've been crushed down, stepped on and abused for years. We need jobs." -- Betty Hill, chairwoman of the Hancock County Commission, on attempts to open an Indian casino. Story on Page A-1. RAPE CRISIS MEETING The Coastal...
Jacksonville Journal
********** CORRECTION (8/11/99) Tickets for River City Opry performances go on sale today. Because of incorrect information from Opry officials, the date was wrong in an item on Page B-1 yesterday. ********** QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There's...
Jags Can't Pass Up on Middle Anymore
Jaguars wide receiver Keenan McCardell has a theory about passing into the middle of the field. "If you can control the middle of the field, basically you can do anything you want," McCardell said. Surprisingly for an offense that has been as...
Jamaicans Bleach Skin for Image Health Risk Ignored for Lighter Look
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Despite youthful good looks, Latoya Reid was bothered by her dark skin. The 17-year-old felt it was a hindrance to attracting boyfriends and finding opportunities for a better life away from the poor Torrington Park section of...
Keystone City Leaders on the Go around State
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- While most county commissioners report a minimal amount of travel outside Clay County, travel for elected officials in Keystone Heights stretched from one end of the state to the other. City officials say their travel is not...
Lageman Gets New Chance to Make Waves Former Jags Lineman Heads to the Booth
Even after retirement, Jeff Lageman is still studying film. But he's not necessarily studying the players. He's studying the announcers. Lageman, who retired in June after 10 NFL seasons, will serve as a color commentator this preseason for Jaguars...
Last Month, Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney Introduced His Priorities for a Second Term. We Asked You to Respond, and You Did. A CITY'S DIRECTION Movers and Shakers Back Mayor but Yearn for Big Capital Projects
Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney moves easily among the city's movers and shakers. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that the mayor's priorities for his fifth year in office -- the first year of his second term -- have the broad support of the...
Lawyers Discuss Racism in Criminal Justice System
ATLANTA -- It's becoming a familiar tale of "driving while black" -- a carload of black men is pulled over by police who want to search for drugs even though there is no evidence the men are carrying drugs. In this case, one of the men in the car...
Lighter Sapp Means Brighter Future for Bucs
DAVIE -- The eye, so goes the NFL clich, doesn't lie. The eye is the camera, producer of practice and game tape, and in the offseason, it spoke to Warren Sapp, spoke a message loud and obvious. One of the NFL's best defensive tackles, one of its...
Long-Time Voter Gets Recognized
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Barbara Kirkman is on a mission. She wants to increase the number of registered voters and the number of people who actually vote in Clay County. In one effort to do that, the supervisor of elections has started a program called...
Loyal Reader Discovers Treasure in Serendipity of the Newspaper
There are some strengths of a newspaper that are difficult to match. A newspaper is portable, inexpensive and organized for ease of use. Sometimes, you encounter the most remarkable information. Call it serendipity: finding valuable things by...
Magnet Programs Exhibit Too Much Pull on Prep Athletes
Bruce Rosebrock, the Wolfson High boys basketball coach, is fuming. Not just because three of his best players apparently are transferring to Jackson, but that none of them had the courtesy to call and inform him of his defection. In one of the...
Mall Code Puts out `Offensive' Patrons Security, Youth Clash on Clothing
Like many teens, A.J. Ryan has undergone occasional but inevitable skirmishes with his mother over expressing himself through his clothing and appearance. The 18-year-old has dyed his hair "every color of the rainbow," as his mother Linda Lawson...
Manson Ghosts Still Haunt after 30 Years, Serial Killings Now Part of Lore
LOS ANGELES -- The night of Aug. 9, 1969, was oppressively hot. Windows were left open, but the screams and gunshots were no more than distant echoes in the hills around the sheltered Benedict Canyon estate. No one but the killers heard Sharon Tate...
Mausoleum Dispute Widow, Cemetery Fight over Upke Ep
AUGUSTA -- For Edith Ulmer, the heavy perfumed deodorizer inside Hillcrest Memorial Park's mausoleum won't ever mask the smell of decay she believes lingers because the mausoleum wasn't properly built. "This is supposed to be a place of honor,"...
Morning Briefing
STRONG JOBS REPORT SENDS STOCKS DOWN Blue-chip stocks resumed their slide yesterday as a report of strong U.S. employment solidified Wall Street's belief that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month. The blue-chip index...
Name's Changed, but the Center Is the Same Tennessee Center Bruce Matthews, an 11-Time Pro Bowler, Leads a Patchwork Titans Offensive Line into a New Season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It's not often that a team can lose a Pro Bowler and quickly replace him with another Pro Bowler. That's why Bruce Matthews is a handy guy to have around for the Tennessee Titans. "Bruce is an All-Pro center and an All-Pro guard,...
New Cat in House at Famous Hotel
NEW YORK -- When the Algonquin Hotel was treated to a face-lift last year, the remodeling went beyond the usual attention to walls, floors and furniture. Along with a physical makeover, the historic literary hangout got a new cat. Since the late...
New Exhibits at Manassas Go beyond Battlefield Stories
WASHINGTON -- There is the teenager's gray jacket, with a ragged gunshot hole in the left shoulder. Nearby lies a woman's fan and Bible. Then there is the red glass bowl used by a wife tending her injured husband. They are part of a new exhibit...
Newsmakers
MOVIE PRODUCER AS SHOWMAN Gene Simmons has already shown he can entertain audiences with his tongue-wagging performances as leader of the rock band Kiss. Now he's showing his skills behind the scenes, as a movie producer. "The original producers,...
Ninth Cuban Defects; Howard Is Top Qualifier
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A ninth Cuban left the team's delegation at the Pan American Games, saying yesterday he planned to seek asylum in the United States. Basketball player Juan Leopoldo Vazquez defected before a morning game. He turned up elsewhere...
Nixon's Resignation in '74 Stirred Floridians
TALLAHASSEE -- One of Florida's most noted lawyers has often reflected on his role in pursuing Richard Nixon's resignation as president 25 years ago in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Chesterfield Smith was president of the American Bar Association...
Non-Fiction
TITLE: The Pity of War: Explaining World War I AUTHOR: Niall Ferguson DATA: Basic Books, 563 pages, $30 Review by Bill Leyden World War I began almost 85 years ago. In a very real sense it never ended. It has smouldered throughout the century,...
North Korea Ignores Warnings, Remains Defiant Maintains Right to Test Missile
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea will ignore appeals and warnings from the United States, Japan and South Korea and test another missile, North Korea's state-run news agency reported yesterday. It was one of the strongest statements yet from the...
`Norway in a Nutshell' Helps Tourists with Fjord Fever
TROND HEIM, NOR WAY -- For centuries, Norway's deep-cut fjords have made coastal fishing arduous, transportation laborious. They have turned beach volleyball into an extreme sport. In more recent decades, however, these giant fjords have become...
On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon Was Compelled to Resign the Presidency Watergate's Legacy Lessons, Turmoil Reverberate 25 Years Later
WASHINGTON -- Time stopped for Richard Nixon 25 years ago. On Friday, Aug. 9, 1974, the day he would go down in history as the only president to resign, Nixon awoke about 6 a.m. But he thought it was 4 a.m. because his watch had quit and heavy curtains...
Orange Park Budget Would Spend More
ORANGE PARK -- School taxes are going down and county taxes are going up. But the property tax rate in Orange Park isn't changing. As part of a proposed $11.9 million budget for 1999-2000, up about 4 percent over last year, Town Manager John Bowles...
Parents Drawn to Charters School Reforms Come Home Grown
ATLANTA -- Anthony Crisafulli of Athens has never taught a public school classroom full of children, but he's hoping to start a charter school for teens behind in subjects such as math and science. In Savannah, Oglethorpe Academy will open this...
Past, Present Coincide along St. Johns Businessman Revives River's Party Boats
Dane Lucas should have been born a century or more ago, when Jacksonville's docks were crowded, not crumbling, and the brown waters of its St. Johns River were plied by the world's ships. Then, pineapples from Nassau and wine from Cadiz were unloaded...
Public Safety
CLAY COUNTY Two St. Petersburg residents were arrested Wednesday and charged with drug possession after a Clay County sheriff's deputy discovered them -- at 4:23 a.m. -- sitting in a car parked at a bank construction site on U.S. 17 south of Orange...
`Racial Profiling' by Police Hard to Pin Down
Perceptions diverge from the moment the officer flips the switch for his emergency lights. The officer sees a car out of place on that road at that time of day. He follows it for a mile or two, and when he sees the driver change lanes improperly,...
Rate Hike Coming for Water Clay Utility Authority OKs 3.47% Increase
ORANGE PARK -- Already facing the prospect of higher taxes levied by the County Commission, customers of the Clay County Utility Authority will be hit with increased water and sewer bills shortly. Utility bills would rise an average 3.47 percent...
Record Profits for Card Issuers
The average American now carries 4.2 credit cards, the Federal Reserve told Congress last week in its annual July report on the credit-card business. And helped by both cheap funding from investors and better customer payment habits, the card issuers...
Recycling Nazi Architecture New German Government to Use Hitler's Buildings
BERLIN -- Hitler's "Thousand-Year Reich" lasted only a dozen years, but a few of the hulking neoclassic buildings erected by Nazi megalomaniacs still loom over the heart of Berlin. Now, with the city resuming its role as the federal capital, the...
Rio Tejas' Grand Opening Next Week at Landing
Rio Tejas, The Jacksonville Landing eatery that promises to offer an eclectic mix of southwestern, Caribbean and Cajun cuisine, is set to tickle your tastebuds Aug. 16, the date of its scheduled grand opening. The restaurant had scheduled a "soft...
Rules, Barnes Make Casino a Long Shot
SPARTA, Ga. -- Behind the dense woods along Georgia 15 in Hancock County, where plantation owners harvest timber and lease land to hunters, lie scattered Indian mounds left by the Creek Nation. It's land the Kialegee tribe from Oklahoma wants to...
Scare Is Rare as Broadway Thrillers Disappear
NEW YORK -- From Angel Street to Dial `M' for Murder, from The Bad Seed to Wait Until Dark, thrillers were once a shivery staple on Broadway. These days, though, stage screams are scarce, co-opted by increasingly scary doings in the movies and on...
Schools Ready for New Year Teachers, Principals Look to Aug. 24
At Clay High School, Principal Pete McCabe is overseeing a myriad of construction projects, including a new media center that does not yet have books on its shelves. At Ridgeview High, Principal Joanne Roberts is preparing for the school's second...
Shareholders Have Reason to Smile
Orthodontic Centers of America Inc.'s stock has been out of favor in recent months despite generally strong earnings, but the stock seems to be making a comeback after a positive second-quarter earnings report. The Ponte Vedra Beach-based company,...
She's Not the Least Bit 'Sari' Sudden Decision Eventually Pays Off
Thank the late Mother Teresa for the wedding of Sarah Lawlor and Kevin Troup yesterday at Immaculate Conception -- and for the bride's unique wedding dress. Three years ago, the humanitarian -- who died in 1997 -- told Lawlor that more people like...
Soldiers Confronted by Kosovars Again
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Yugoslavia -- Ethnic Albanians angry over the division of their town hurled stones and taunted French peacekeepers again yesterday, demanding free movement across a bridge into the Serb district. It was the second day of clashes...
Southside Housing Has Been Booming over the Years. Now Developers See the Same Opportunities Starting Up on the Other Side of Town Northward Bound Many Finding Northside an Appealing Place to Build
Ten years ago, Alan Fixel wanted to develop homes on Jacksonville's Northside, but he said he could not get the help he needed from banks to buy the land and build on it. "All the banks were very leery about lending to me. They did not see a middle-class...
Spurrier's Prediction Far from Reassuring
This is traditionally the place where he makes the brash, bold prediction. Where Steve Spurrier says something that makes your eyebrows cock, like maybe he really does know something you don't. A decade ago, when he first arrived at Florida, he...
Strategy Varies in Superfund Cleanup Decontamination of 6 Designated Jacksonville Sites Expected to Take Years
Jacksonville City Councilman Doyle Carter grew up near the Coleman-Evans Wood Preserving Co., now on the federal Superfund list and considered one of the nation's most toxic spots. "They made fence posts and stuff," the 44-year-old reminisced. "Put...
Stressing the Need for `Conduct Code' against Gang Activity Orange Park Mall Lets Security Staff Use Discretion in Stopping Customers
The July 23 arrest of a rap artist in Regency Square mall has sparked interest in the dress codes that are enforced in malls, including Orange Park Mall. The concern was raised when two associates of Turvis Gray, 24, better known as Juvenile, were...
Students Put Robot Subs to a Test
PANAMA CITY BEACH -- A robot submarine race was not all in fun yesterday. It could help the Navy prevent casualties in future wars. Five teams of college students were entered in the second annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition...
Tampa Bay Rookie Knows What's in a Name -- Life Stanakeane Gibbs Named for Father's Vietnam Rescuer
TAMPA -- In Stanakeane Gibbs, the name of a war hero lives on. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rookie linebacker was born in Montclair, N.J., but his given name comes from Vietnam by way of Germany. In 1968, Charles Gibbs was one of 6,000 Marines fighting...
Taylor, 4 Others Inducted
CANTON, Ohio -- Lawrence Taylor seemed to be giving himself a pep talk about turning around his troubled life right there on the stage during his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. "Anyone can quit," said Taylor, who despite drug, money and family...