The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 30, 2000

4-Day Crusade Will Last for Years
In his career as a Jacksonville power broker, Charles Towers had heard countless ideas for fixing the city's woes. From fighting drugs to promoting pro football, he'd been there and done that. This year, an international outfit gave him an especially...
ACC Back on the Rise Return of Underclassmen Bolsters League's Standing
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Over the past three seasons the Atlantic Coast Conference's precious reputation as the nation's top men's basketball conference has taken a beating. With only three teams reaching the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, and...
Army Rebels Latest Twist in Peru Crisis Band's Leader Demands Fujimori's Resignation
LIMA, Peru -- An obscure army lieutenant colonel in southern Peru led a mutiny early yesterday, temporarily seizing a mining town and demanding the resignation of President Alberto Fujimori and the prosecution of top military officers and former intelligence...
Barak, Sharon Disagree on Deal to Share Power
JERUSALEM -- Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak's attempts to form an emergency coalition government with opposition leader Ariel Sharon broke down yesterday as Israel's parliament prepared to reconvene today after a three-month recess. Although...
Battle over Federal Budget Could Go until Election 24-Hour Funding Measure OK'd
WASHINGTON -- Congress, meeting in a rare Sunday session, voted late yesterday to continue funding the operations of the federal government through midnight tonight while the White House and Republican leaders keep trying to chip away at their differences...
Benching Doesn't Ruffle Rex
Rex Grossman believed he might actually spend four years playing quarterback for Florida coach Steve Spurrier and not get benched. "I mean, it was a goal," Grossman said. But, given Spurrier's willingness to go to his bullpen when his starting...
Brown Known in D.C. as Fighter
Corrine Brown can sing in prayer or curse in fury, but it is always with the voice of a congresswoman. Praising Jesus with a Sunday morning hymn, her right hand is swaying with a palm open toward heaven. Her left hand is clasped with that of Richard...
Bucs Hand Vikings First Defeat Tampa Bay Ends 4-Game Drought
TAMPA -- The NFL's last unbeaten team went down without a whimper. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended Minnesota's bid to remain perfect yesterday, routing the Vikings 41-13 to stop their longest losing streak since 1996 and maybe save a season of great...
Camden Theater Group Finds New Home in Old Warehouse Completion Set for 2002
ST. MARYS -- Board by board, seat by seat, St. Marys is getting a professional home for amateur performers. The Waterfront Warehouse Theater on the St. Marys River downtown will offer a permanent home for the Camden Area Players if the fund-raising...
City May Hire More Managers to Handle Plan Positions Would Only Be Temporary
Jacksonville public works officials intend to add two layers of managers and speed up the way the department does business in order to handle the massive construction duties of the Better Jacksonville Plan. A proposal being completed will offer...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "This is really exciting. It's a discovery thing." -- John Jensen, a wildlife biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, commenting on two reclusive snake species that have surfaced in South Georgia. Story on...
Conversion of Greenleaf Annex into Loft Apartments to Start Soon
The conversion of the old three-story Greenleaf Annex building into loft apartments is expected to start in two weeks, according to Mike Langton, co-owner of LB Jax Development Inc. of Jacksonville. Langton gave an unsolicited update on the project...
Counselors, Choir on Hand for Crusade
A few Georgia churches will help with the Jacksonville Billy Graham Crusade, providing voices for the choir and counselors for those who answer Graham's call to accept Christ. For Pittsburgh native and Sea Island resident Joe Keaney, the crusade...
Counselors Get to Emotions Behind Spending, Saving
ATLANTA -- When Tricia Reyer went to a financial adviser for help managing her money, the mother of 3-year-old twins didn't expect to also get some help with the emotional stress built up from dealing with her husband's sudden death. Atlanta-based...
CRIME Extra Caution
Sheriff Nat Glover is on the right track in trying to stop police corruption. He is going beyond reacting, to being proactive. Glover is in the midst of one of the worst police scandals in many years, and he is trying to avoid that from happening...
Crippled Destroyer Heads out to Sea on Journey Back to U.S
ADEN, Yemen -- Blasting God Bless America and Kid Rock rap through the shipboard PA system, the crippled $1 billion guided missile destroyer Cole inched out of this port city with the aid of four small Yemeni tugs yesterday, ending the first chapter...
Crusade Also Will Have Economic Impact
Organizers of the Jacksonville Billy Graham Crusade like to talk about the spiritual impact the event will have on Northeast Florida. But what about the economic impact? "We're excited about it," said Mike Weinstein, executive director of the...
CSX Transportation Promotes 3 Executives
Jacksonville-based railroad CSX Transportation promoted three executives to new roles last week. Lester Passa has been promoted to senior strategic planning executive; Clarence Gooden has been named president of CSX Intermodal, taking over for Passa;...
Curfew Becomes a Prison in Hebron
HEBRON, West Bank -- Kalib Karaki peeks through the metal grill on his front door as stones whiz down the street in one direction, followed seconds later by the loud pop of tear gas canisters flying the opposite way. Throughout a month of violence,...
Democrats Hit Hard at Bush Readiness GOP Candidate Looks to California
MACOMB, Mich. -- Democrats Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman blanketed TV talk shows yesterday, rocked Detroit's black churches and motored through Michigan with a blunt homestretch message: "George Bush is not ready to be president of the United States."...
Device Made to Seek Help in Emergencies
NEW YORK -- The premise behind Digital Angel is simple: Build a microchip that can be worn like a watch, and have it send distress signals in times of medical emergencies. The tough part will be convincing the public, particularly investors, that...
Dig into the Pile, You'll Find the Right Book
Reading books in preparation for writing this column is no different from reading at home. You browse shelves asking yourself questions. What do I feel like today? A novel, maybe Elizabeth Berg's latest, Open House. Nah, can't do a tear-jerker today....
Dolphins Regroup, Charge Past Packers
MIAMI -- When the Miami Dolphins play, no lead is safe. In a sequel to the worst collapse in franchise history, the Dolphins staged a comeback of their own yesterday, erasing a 17-point deficit yesterday to beat the Green Bay Packers 28-20. Larry...
Duke Picked to Win Conference
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Two-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball champion Duke was the near-unanimous choice of league sports writers to capture this season's championship. Led by the league preseason player of the year choice,...
EDUCATION Setting Limits
A small public school system in New Jersey, concerned about children being overtaxed, has chosen to limit the amount of homework to no more than two hours per night, and weekend homework is discouraged. At first glance, this seems to play into the...
Evening Star: Brady Has Career Game Jaguars Tight End Continues Success with 10 Receptions
IRVING, Texas -- He knows he's not fooling anybody. Kyle Brady is not supposed to be the Jaguars primary receiving target. But, in this troubled Jacksonville season, the tight end is turning some misconceptions into pass-catching reality. After...
Family Fracas Loses Some Glamour Elder Bowden Says Loss May Help Clemson
TALLAHASSEE -- As a child, Tommy Bowden was the practical joker among Bobby and Ann's six children; the one most likely to tattle on a sibling and laugh at their expense. "Tommy was always the jokester," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "He...
Family Loses Argument against the Drug Ritalin
BERNE, N.Y. -- The school nurse called during Kyle Carroll's first week of second grade last September. Wasn't Kyle going to be taking his Ritalin? No, Jill Carroll said, he made it through the summer without the drug and did just fine. She and...
Federal Workers Big Source of Campaign Funds
WASHINGTON -- The campaign fund-raiser at the National Democratic Club last March was, in most respects, like scores of others: For $500 a head, party loyalists got to sip wine and beer while speakers urged them to help make Al Gore the next president....
Flowers Industries Announces Restructuring
********** CORRECTION November 1, 2000 Analyst Robin Murchison of Hibernia Southcoast Capital projects Stein Mart to earn 89 cents a share in 2000 and $1.06 a share in 2001, and analyst Elizabeth Pierce of Wedbush Morgan Securities projects...
Friends Celebrate Memory of 3 Slain Grandson of 1 Woman Charged in the Deaths
TAMPA -- More than 1,000 mourners swayed to hymns and cheered passionate eulogies in memory of three Seffner women who police say were slain by a relative. The funeral service at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church for Nancy Marlins, 57; her sister...
Funk's Game Right on the Money Final-Round 65 Worth Big Check
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- With a nagging knee injury patched up and a putting stroke nearly so, Fred Funk is finishing strong at the end of the 2000 PGA Tour season. The Ponte Vedra Beach resident shot a final-round 65 yesterday at the National Car Rental...
Golf Regions
BOYS CLASS 1-2A -- Teams: Pace, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Choctawhatchee, Nease, Mandarin, Fletcher, Bishop Kenny, Gainesville, Belleview, Buchholz, Lincoln, Mainland, DeLand, Winter Springs, New Smyrna Beach. -- Individual area qualifiers:...
Graham Impact Cuts across Time and U.S. Politics Message of Hope Sticks with Many
It may be impossible to quantify the impact Billy Graham has had on America during his nearly 60 years as an evangelical preacher. For a gauge, one could look to his following of millions, his visits with leaders from across the globe and his advisory...
Griffin's Runoff Fee Example to Others Communities Trying to Improve Water Quality
GRIFFIN -- As state and municipal leaders try to come to grips with deteriorating water quality being experienced across Georgia, they need look no farther than this city of about 20,000 south of Atlanta. Griffin is pioneering a concept aimed at...
Hollywood Braces for Potential Dark Sequel to '88 Strike
LOS ANGELES -- In 1988, a Moonlighting episode cut abruptly to a backstage scene featuring stars Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd -- and protesters armed with "On Strike" picket signs. Explaining that there had been a screenwriters' walkout, Willis...
In the Pipeline
Projects filed recently with various regulatory agencies include the following. City development numbers are included for concurrency filings and site-plan reviews when available. COMMERCIAL -- Jacksonville Planning and Development Department...
It's Not Your Job to Be 'Perfect Everything'
Q: Our four children have been in parochial school up until this year, when we put our three youngest into public school. In no time, I found myself becoming more and more stressed out as I ran between two different schools trying to keep up with their...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "For evangelicals, he's the closest thing we have to a pope, because he speaks with that level of authority." -- Christian evangelist and professor Tony Campolo, about the Rev. Billy Graham. Story on Page A-1. GET OUT THE VOTE...
Jaguars Notebook
BRACKENS HEADS HOME He didn't have a sack, but he didn't kick anyone, either. All in all, it wasn't a bad homecoming for Jaguars DE Tony Brackens. Brackens, who played at the University of Texas, got pressure several times on Cowboys quarterbacks,...
Kruger Hopes to Lift Hawks to Next Level
ATLANTA -- Lon Kruger watches intently while his players run an offensive drill, weaving in and out of the lane, picking off defenders until someone pops outside for an open jumper. Kruger responds with kudos and claps before pulling a sheet of...
Leaders Honor Hosea Williams and Urge Voting Jesse Jackson, Kings Attend Atlanta Rally
ATLANTA -- Civil rights leaders in Atlanta yesterday said the best way to honor Hosea Williams is to vote. At a rally at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Sr. was pastor, about 400 people gathered to honor the man who helped lead...
Man Leaves $60 Million to Church St. Marys Methodist Members Stunned
ST. MARYS -- What may be the largest one-time donation ever made to a U.S. church -- $50 million -- will land in the coffers of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Jan. 2. And if that isn't enough, another $10 million will be added in July. ...
Mom Watches, Recalls Rush to Be Grown
Grunting and stretching, I put my arms through the straps and tried to hook the back, my frustrated hands reaching first over my shoulders and then around my sides. "If you don't know how to put one on, you're not old enough to wear one." I can...
More Than the Spirit Moves Them for Those Who Lay the Groundwork, Staging a Crusade Is Their Way of Life
Late last fall, Scott Lenning flew to Jacksonville from St. Louis to begin a search for office space and rental property. He would move here with his staff of 11, hire a dozen more people locally and set up shop. His organization had been invited...
Nation Briefing
NO WINNERS IN SATURDAY'S FLORIDA LOTTO DRAWING No tickets matched all six Lotto numbers in either Florida or Georgia this weekend, officials said yesterday. Florida's jackpot will be worth about $35 million for Wednesday's drawing. Next weekend's...
Newsmakers
ACTORS OFFER ADVICE AT FILM FEST'S DEBUT The first film festival in the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, went off without a hitch as fans and Hollywood insiders showed up for screenings and workshops with top actors and directors. Actor John Larroquette...
New U.S. Law Pays Terrorism Victims
WASHINGTON -- A new law gives American victims of terrorism millions of dollars in compensation, but some fear it won't achieve their ultimate goal -- punishing terrorist nations. The legislation to pay victims from the U.S. Treasury first, and...
Officer's Death Inspires Dad to Join Police Force at 51, He Figures He Has 10 Years to Serve
WINTER HAVEN -- Sons often follow in their father's footsteps. Johnnie Patterson Sr. reversed that role. The father of slain Winter Haven police Officer Johnnie Patterson Jr., he began patrolling city streets in early October as Winter Haven's newest...
Over the Middle and Back into the Win Column
IRVING, Texas -- Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell knew tight end Kyle Brady would be available yesterday. The way the Dallas Cowboys have played defense lately, with two high and wide safeties, meant the middle of the field would be open. Was it...
Partygoer Aims Fake, Shot by Cop
LOS ANGELES -- The police shooting of a Halloween party guest who had a fake gun has left the troubled Los Angeles Police Department in an unwanted spotlight. Actor Anthony Dwain Lee, 39, died at a Hollywood Hills mansion after he was shot several...
Political Newcomer Taking on Experience Eldridge and Hogan Vying for Seat in Florida House
Susan Eldridge, a homemaker who is making her first bid for public office, had to choose wisely where she would send her campaign letters. She had money for only 900. Mike Hogan, her opponent in the race for the House District 13 seat, is a seasoned...
Retirement Benefits Raise Complex Issues in Divorce
Q: My husband retired from one job, went to work for the government, and is about to retire again at 65. Now, after 43 years of marriage, he decided he does not want to live with me anymore and has moved out. We have accumulated our home (which is...
Revival in Dallas Whitted Scores in OT as Jaguars End Streak
IRVING, Texas -- They danced onto the field, big wide smiles replacing the grim faces of the previous five weeks. Alvis Whitted stood in the end zone, the winning points up on the board courtesy of his 37-yard touchdown catch and run in overtime, and...
Salvation Army Tops List of Private Contributions
WASHINGTON -- America's leading charities raised more than $38 billion last year, an increase of 13 percent over 1998, a philanthropy journal reports in this week's issue. The Salvation Army led the 1999 survey of the top 400 charities for the eighth...
Savannah the Real Star at This Movie Premiere 'Legend of Bagger Vance' Filmed in City
SAVANNAH -- The guests of honor didn't show, but that did nothing to deflate enthusiasm for the Savannah premiere of The Legend of Bagger Vance Saturday night at Trustees Theater. With klieg lights shining into the evening sky, a red carpet rolled...
Scare Up a Quick Costume Halloween's Only a Day Away, but Parents Shouldn't Fret with These Last-Minute Ideas for Their Little Trick-or-Treaters
AHOY THERE -- What you need: Bandana, tie, striped shirt, old pair of jeans, plastic sword, black construction paper, a piece of string, eye-liner pencil. -- Time: Scrounge for the construction paper, search the closet, find the scissors -- 20...
Snake Species Uncommon to Area Slither Their Way into Peach State
VALDOSTA -- Two species of reclusive burrowing snakes have surfaced in South Georgia, piquing the curiosity of scientists from two states. A Central Florida crowned snake, previously thought to be native to only the Florida peninsula, was documented...
Stock Fraud Mastermind Turns Government Witness
NEW YORK -- By his own admission, Jordan Belfort may have set the standard for greed and sleaze in the world of boiler-room brokerages. Belfort estimates he cheated investors out of as much as $200 million in the early 1990s. He spent his $55 million...
Teens Learn about Local Corruption Class Discusses Effect of Police Investigation
As current events go, the topic in Mary Jo Antone's class at Andrew Jackson High School last week was about as complex and controversial as they come for young folks. The group of 20 juniors and seniors debated the impact of possible police corruption...
Thank Your Manager for Being a Good Boss
Why do you stay on your current job? Is it the 401(k) match? The nice dental insurance? Casual Fridays? Yeah, right. Chances are your relationship with your manager plays a significant role, since he or she is the umbilical cord that connects you to...
Tree Protection Referendum a Poor Reflection on Council
It shouldn't have come to this. Last year the Jacksonville City Council passed a tree protection law that had all the bite of a salamander's gums. Instead of enforcing the former law, which among other things, forbade homebuilders from removing...
Vick's Ankle Healing as Showdown Looms
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech proved in a dramatic victory against Pittsburgh that it can win without it's star quarterback, Michael Vick. That's a good thing, because the way Vick was moving after the second-ranked Hokies' 37-34 victory Saturday...
Violence Follows Civilian Rule Ivory Coast Pattern Similar in W. Africa
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- A popular uprising had pushed Ivory Coast's military ruler from power, and people were celebrating in the streets. But the cries of jubilation had barely begun when ethnic and religious tensions exploded into violence in this...
Waldorf Leaves Woods Behind
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Tiger Woods was proud of only one thing yesterday: his gift of prophecy. After Saturday's third round of the National Car Rental Classic, Woods cautioned those who were anticipating a final showdown between him and Steve Flesch....
Whitted Finds Right Path Receiver Keeps His Poise, Gets Winning Score
IRVING, Tex. -- All Saturday night, and much of yesterday morning and afternoon, the veteran receiver stayed near Alvis Whitted. Jimmy Smith talked and talked to Whitted in the Jaguars' team hotel Saturday, and again at Texas Stadium yesterday. ...
Who Was That in the Teal and Black?
IRVING, Texas -- According to the NFL schedule, the Jaguars were supposed to show up yesterday at Texas Stadium to play the Dallas Cowboys, but the franchise from Jacksonville was barely recognizable. It looked like an imposter. The guys in teal...
Widespread 3rd District Campaign Tough Carroll Has Set Her Standards High
Tough love, for Jennifer Carroll, is not just a party platform or political ideology or something for someone else's children. When she is walking 11-year-old daughter Nyckie and 7-year-old son Necho all the way to the door of their classrooms or...
Work Force Concerns Are Similar Wherever You Look
It's not just us. "Skilled labor is the No. 1 issue," said Ameren Corp. economic development manager Mike Kearney. Kearney spoke at the Missouri tax conference I attended and he told dozens of Midwestern manufacturers, accountants and business...
World Briefing
SWITZERLAND: GLITCH PUTS 200 CLOCKS BACK 2 HOURS ZURICH -- Switzerland's reputation for seamless timekeeping suffered a setback yesterday when up to 200 remote-controlled clocks around Zurich were put back two hours at the end of daylight-saving...
World Discovers Thrills of Halloween Countries Join in Fun, Big Business
SINGAPORE -- The Abominable Giant Man Eating Zombie Tea Party is one of the many costume bashes spooking Singapore's nightclub scene this Halloween. A radio station in Sri Lanka is holding a competition for the weirdest Halloween recipes and the...