The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 31, 2000

A Different Kind of Prediction New Orleans Tarot Reading Foretells of a Miami Win
NEW ORLEANS -- Her name, surprisingly, was Natalie. Not Madam Zelda or Thora, but Natalie. And she was smoking a Marlboro. Natalie is a psychic working out of a small, one-room business on St. Ann Street in the French Quarter. She wore a mango...
America the Overmedicated? as a Graying Nation Pops More Pills Than Ever before, Health Care Experts Are Beginning to Worry about the Risk
Paul Doering, a professor of pharmacy at the University of Florida, gets the question again and again from people who call him on the telephone. Dad, Mom or Grandma is behaving strangely. Could their prescription drug be the cause? "Then you...
Badgers Squeak by Bulls
MADISON, Wis. -- It took the better part of two games, but Wisconsin finally managed to shut down South Florida's B.B. Waldon. Waldon, who scored 25 points in the Bulls' victory over the Badgers last season, was on his way to another big game yesterday...
Bits and Bytes
COMPUTER MEETINGS PLANNED FOR FIRST COAST -- The North Florida Computer Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Webb Wesconnett Branch Library, 6887 103rd St. Information: 845-2580 or www.jvm.com/nfcs. -- The North Florida Computer Society...
Bucs Await Chilly Reception
PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are more concerned about Donovan McNabb than cold weather. The Bucs are 0-19 when it's been 40 degrees or colder at kickoff. With forecasts of more than a foot of snow this weekend, it should be well below...
Bush Cabinet Picks So Far Not Bipartisan, Critics Say
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Bush is defying predictions of a bipartisan government and instead has named a Cabinet that is little different from one he would have chosen if he had won a resounding victory, Bush advisers said. These advisers said...
Bush Supports Weapons on Satellites Pentagon Already Working on It
WASHINGTON -- Donald Rumsfeld, President-elect Bush's nominee for secretary of defense, is a leading proponent not only of national missile defenses, but also of U.S. efforts to take control of outer space by developing technology to attack and defend...
Caddie Hall to Locate in Bunnell
The World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine honors the sport's immortals. Just down the road, in a much more modest setting, the men who carried the bags of those immortals will have their own place of honor. The Professional Caddies Association...
Camden, Cities Keeping Their Distance No Meetings Held on Consolidation
WOODBINE -- A series of self-imposed deadlines is looming to resolve differences among Camden County officials on how to pay for public services such as law enforcement and road maintenance. Yet the elected officials have not held one meeting to...
Census Gives New Numbers, but They May Be Inaccurate
The Census Bureau delivered its once-a-decade official population figures last week: The country had 281,421,906 residents on Census Day, April 1. April 1 also happens to be April Fool's Day. As bureau officials unveiled the first raw 2000 census...
Escape Artist, out on Work Detail, Runs for 4th Time
CANTON, Ga. -- In hindsight, Cherokee County jailers now know, prisoner Charles Dwight Clark never should have been put on a work detail. Clark, 36, bolted from the jail on Dec. 10 -- his fourth escape from the confines of the law. "Dwight Clark...
Fiction
Title: Dressing Up for the Carnival Author: Carol Shields Data: Viking Press, 210 pages, $23.95 Reviews by Mary Sue Koeppel This new collection of 22 stories by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Stone Diaries and Larry's Party offers...
First Coast Home for the Holidays Foreign Students Celebrate with Local Host Families
Graduate student An-Der Lin said it's lonely on his college campus at Christmas, when most students go home. "I don't have family or relatives here," said the 30-year-old from Taiwan, who attends the State University of New York at Stony Brook....
FSU Readies Its New Medical School Teaching to Focus on Primary Care
TALLAHASSEE -- A group of 10 Florida State University seniors applied to medical school last year, seeking a chance to study at one of the state's four medical schools. They had practically equal grades and near-identical entrance exam scores. "I...
Gaffney Adds Brace, Resumes Practicing
NEW ORLEANS -- One day after injuring his knee during practice on the AstroTurf of the Superdome, Jacksonville native and Florida wide receiver Jabar Gaffney practiced yesterday while wearing a knee brace. Gaffney and the Gators practiced outside...
Gator Bowl Working to Lift Profile Association Shoots for Prestigious BCS
The week leading to the Toyota Gator Bowl is one of intense activity for the teams, game staff and the tens of thousands of fans who pour into the First Coast. Then, typically, it all wraps up on game day. Not this year. Tomorrow's 56th annual game,...
Gators Bomb Away 3-Point Barrage Buries Wildcats
GAINESVILLE -- When the University of Florida and New Hampshire men's basketball teams met last season, the Gators broke school records in points scored, assists and blocked shots . Yesterday, the only thing the Wildcats wanted to break was the...
Get Caught in riveting'Traffic'
Thank heaven for Traffic -- or else I would have had to name Meet the Parents the best movie of the year. This is news to no one, but here it is again: Movie reviewers -- excuse me, film critics -- are some of the most annoying snobs you've ever...
Groh Goes to Virginia Coach Bolts Jets to Return to Alma Mater
Al Groh resigned yesterday to take the coaching job at Virginia, jolting a New York Jets team that must look for its seventh head coach in 11 years. Groh spent just one season with the Jets since Bill Parcells resigned as coach. He now heads back...
Growing Brains Influence Adolescents' Behavior Raging Hormones Less of a Factor
Every parent dreads it. Almost overnight a sweet, cheerful, obedient child mutates into a churlish monster prone to recklessness and unpredictable mood swings. This is not The Exorcist. This is adolescence. Parents and experts have always...
Hardcore Bargain Hunters Point and Click Their Way to Freebies Found on the Internet
Sometimes the best things in life are freebies. Ask Mike and Lynnell Palermo of Augusta, Ga., who have scored gold earrings, tennis shoes, personalized boxes of cereal, dozens of T-shirts and baseball caps, and innumerable health and beauty products...
Here's a Look Back at Some of the Interesting, Offbeat of 2000
As we greet the new year, which some readers insist is the real start of the new millennium, I have scoured my dusty files to review some of the interesting and the offbeat from the year 2000. -- Comics are serious, No. 1: A reader protested Comics...
In Darts and Horseshoes, as in Life, Best Intentions Not Always Clear
Terry Dickson was so busy trying to get Toyota Gator Bowl tickets to watch his beloved Clemson Tigers that he had no time to write a column. We offer instead the correspondence of the Honorable Bubba Gene Hightower, mayor of Pond Scoggin, Ga. Dear...
Juries Skeptical of Insanity Defense Office Shootings Suspect a Candidate
BOSTON -- From depression to treatment for an undisclosed psychiatric condition, the details that have emerged about the man accused of killing seven co-workers have some speculating his lawyers may use an insanity defense. But defense lawyers say...
JU's Rally Edges Lehigh
Antwan Robertson's steal in the closing seconds sealed a 73-70 victory by Jacksonville University over Lehigh University yesterday. "We needed a stop and the ball was there in front of me," Robertson said. "I was surprised to see it there." Lehigh...
Lady Dolphins Hold off College of Charleston
The Jacksonville University women almost let this one get away. The Dolphins (4-6) held off a late rally from the College of Charleston (6-5) to win 75-67 last night at Swisher Gym. The victory was Jacksonville's second in a row after beating Winthrop...
Last Chance to Enter Key Tourneys
Today is the final chance to enter several key bowling tournaments in 2001. Here's hoping you saved money on Christmas presents for entry fees into next year's tournaments. The best bowlers in the world will compete in the Stadium Singles Pro-Am...
Leaders, Pioneers Lost in 2000 Their Lives, Efforts Shaped Our World
********** CORRECTION January 3, 2001 The late Mary Lou Davis is survived by her husband, Winn-Dixie Stores leader A. Dano Davis. Because of a reporter's error, she was misidentified as his widow in a story on Page B-1 Sunday. ***************...
Let's Resolve to Keep Fashion out of Our Tech Decisions
Do we have some New Year's resolutions for you? Does William Shatner have a cargo hold full of nearly worthless Priceline stock? Is the Pets.com sock puppet up for adoption at the animal shelter? Are those blue Pentium III guys just the most...
Lito's Inspiration
LaQuita Allen was working at Blue Cross and Blue Shield that summer day in 1996 when she got a phone call from her 15-year-old son, Lito Sheppard, who opened the conversation with these words: "We got to talk." Allen knew right away something wasn't...
Millions at Stake as Gator Bowl Competes in College Football Industry
For the football fans streaming into Alltel Stadium tomorrow, the 56th annual Gator Bowl is all about sports. But the professionals responsible for organizing the event look at it a little differently. "To us, it's strictly business," said Rick...
Missouri Shows Stetson the Door Hatters Fall to Big 12 Opponent on the Road
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Now that is what Quin Snyder had in mind when he drew up Missouri's offensive blueprint. "For the first time they experienced how we want to play offensively," said Snyder, the second-year coach. "In terms of shot selection and...
NAACP to Protest Confederate Flag on Lake City Seal Group Wants Symbol Removed by February
The president of the NAACP's Columbia County branch says he plans to organize a protest in February if the Confederate flag is not removed from Lake City's official city seal. Glenel Bowden said if the city doesn't take action, he plans to notify...
Nader Could Lose Allies for Spoiler Role Candidate Still Unfazed by Critics
WASHINGTON -- They call him "traitor," "egomaniac" and "fool." Some of Ralph Nader's old battle buddies even call him "politician." Many of those who fought with Nader on the frontlines for the environment, consumer rights and other liberal causes...
Nation Briefing
CASSINI PASSES JUPITER ON WAY TO SATURN IN 2004 PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's $3.4 billion Cassini spacecraft passed Jupiter at the closest point of its trip yesterday, using gravity from the solar system's largest planet to swing it toward Saturn....
New Laws Include Senior Pills, Taxes, Social Policy, Food
The hangover this New Year's Day might be a bit less painful for parents whose teens itch for the car keys, for seniors who struggle with prescription drug bills, and for many people and businesses trying to pay taxes. New state laws should ease...
Newsmakers
CLINTON, POPE ADMIRED MOST President Clinton and Pope John Paul II topped a poll of the man most admired by Americans, while New York Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton took the honors for most admired woman. The president and the pope each received...
NEW YEAR'S EVE Be Careful Tonight
It's a paradox that New Year's Eve is the happiest night of the year for many people -- and, for a few, also the saddest night of their lifetimes. That's because some people get drunk and attempt to drive home or to another party. Occasionally, they...
'Noles Head into ACC Play with Win
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State beat Morgan State 74-64 yesterday to win its second consecutive game and third in its last four, but FSU coach Steve Robinson said the Seminoles (4-8) still need to improve before their next matchup, Thursday's ACC opener...
Non-Fiction
Title: The Santa Fe Trail Author: David Dary Data: Knopf, 368 pages, $30 Review by Ann Hyman We forget that the opening of the West was all about trade and, later, all about railroads. Preserving the wilderness and the buffalo, the wolves...
No Shortage of Quality Dishes
Roasted beets, sesame oysters, pan-seared scallops and Bavarian cream topped with fresh fruit. It is not hard to find excellent and creative food in Jacksonville's restaurants these days. It's been a little over a year since I started reviewing...
Notebook
RIVER CLOSED TODAY The Main Street bridge will be closed to marine traffic several hours this afternoon and the St. Johns River between the Acosta Bridge and Metropolitan Park will be restricted late tonight because of events connected with tomorrow's...
Perfect, Perfect and Perfect Michigan Man Fourth in History to Roll 900 Series
JACKSON, Mich. -- By the last frame, everyone at Airport Lanes was watching Robby Portalatin. It's not often something like this comes along -- the chance at a 900 series. Portalatin had rolled two perfect games in a row and was now on the verge...
Players Volunteers Help Gator Bowl
One of the secrets to Rick Catlett's success as the Toyota Gator Bowl's executive director is the willingness to borrow ideas from other bowls. And in recent years, Catlett also has borrowed ideas and utilized more volunteers from the city's other...
Premier Spy Writer Goes Undercover John le Carre's Latest Not Up to Par
Title: The Constant Gardener Author: John le Carre Data: Scribner, 492 pages, $28 Review by Marta Salij How could the master of all things gray have gone so black and white? And how do we make John le Carre, spy writer nonpareil, go...
Prison Escapees Face New Charges Robbery Added to List of Offenses
FORT WORTH, Texas -- New charges of robbery have been filed against two of the seven convicts who escaped together earlier this month from a Texas prison, and officials have posted a $100,000 reward for their capture. Since their Dec. 13 escape,...
Putin Spends First Year Shoring Up Power, Image Poverty, Graft Remain Problems
MOSCOW -- Charging through his first year at Russia's helm, Vladimir Putin rarely stepped on the brakes, ramming through measure after measure to consolidate his grip on power. But as he enters 2001, the tasks still look enormous: a seemingly endless...
Restaurant Meals Could Be Simply Perfect, If Only .
It's fun, it really is, going out to eat once a week for restaurant reviews. But that doesn't mean little things don't bug you. So here are some of my dining pet peeves that keep the experience from being just perfect. -- Tables for two that are...
Rising Health Costs Leave Employers Scrambling
Employers are going to be hit hard by health coverage costs in the new year. And this gloves-off, bare-knuckle punch is going to leave a mark that could make everyone from the boss down to employees' children wince. Soaring costs of prescription...
Road Leads Scott Back to Region Much Has Changed since Clemson Assistant Left FSU
When Brad Scott drove into Jacksonville on Christmas night, he had fleeting thoughts of injustice. "I came into town and there weren't any of those old toll booths on the bridges," Scott said. "Then they had a new bridge and some bypass roads. I...
Sci-Fi Master Clarke Reflects on Life's Odysseys Many Themes from '60S Novel Become Reality
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Leaning forward in his wheelchair, the 83-year-old man speaks deadpan into the tape recorder: "Testing one, two, three. Testing. This is not Arthur Clarke, this is his clone." As is so often the case with the grand old man...
Series of Bombings Rock Manila Up to 14 Dead; Dozens Injured
BANGKOK -- Philippine police combed through bloody wreckage and shattered holiday presents yesterday to determine who was responsible for a series of bomb blasts across Manila. Differing news reports put the number of dead at up to 14, and more than...
Stoops Will Be Seeking Some Brotherly Advice
MIAMI -- Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops will have to lean on brother (and head coach) Bob's past experience quite a bit this week when it comes to preparing a plan to stop Florida State's offense. Bob Stoops' three seasons as the Florida...
Symphony to Embark on 'Musical Odyssey'
It's a new year, a time for renewal, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is embracing that notion with its next Masterworks concert, "A Musical Odyssey." The program features J.S. Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, a work for the organ...
Teaming Up the Florida Marine Patrol and Game & Freshwater Fish Commission Are out. Meet Their Replacement. New Look of the Law
Florida boaters are long accustomed to seeing two sets of law-enforcement officers on the water. There's the officers of the Game & Freshwater Fish Commission in their green boats and green-and-khaki uniforms, and those of the Florida Marine Patrol...
The Old-Fashioned Way 2000 Wasn't a Good Year for Dot-Coms in Jacksonville
The stock market turned upside down in 2000. Normally, that can be a scary thought for investors. But for those who were befuddled by the market's obsession with dot-com stocks over companies with sound track records of profitability, last year turned...
The Wells Watch
LOOKING BACK "You go everywhere, what's the best?" If a quarter were given every time someone has asked that, "everywhere" would soon expand to include the Riviera. If someone tossed in another quarter for the inevitable response, "It depends...
THE YEAR AT A GLANCE A Look at the Highlights and Other News of the Last 12 Months
JANUARY Jan. 1: The Year 2000 sweeps across planet without the computer glitches and catastrophes many had predicted. Jan. 4: The Nasdaq composite index suffers its worst point loss, falling more than 225 points. Dow Jones Index plummets more...
Those Who Worked to Stomp Y2K Bug Looking to Romp Many Held Long Vigils for Nothing
DALLAS -- Mike Cox's millennium dinner came from his favorite restaurant -- in a takeout box. Like thousands of other workers, he rang in last New Year at work, awaiting fallout from the Y2K computer glitch that threatened to wreak havoc, but didn't....
Thrashers Talking Playoffs Offseason Transactions Spark Atlanta's Dramatic Turnaround
ATLANTA -- A slight grin crept across Curt Fraser's face as he leaned forward in his chair and remembered the state of the Atlanta Thrashers not so long ago. "Last year at this time," the coach mused, "I think we were already out of the playoffs."...
Time Wrong for Deals, Israelis Say Even Moderates Wary of Proposals
TZUR HADASSAH, Israel -- After lurching so abruptly from virtual peace to virtual war, no one in the Mideast is more uneasy about contemplating President Clinton's latest peace proposals than those who once supported Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak....
Tito and the Man Trinidad, Lewis Dominate Boxing Landscape in 2000
Felix Trinidad Jr. and Shane Mosley propped up boxing, a sport sagging under Lennox Lewis' dominance of the heavyweight division and scandal in 2000. The speed, power and heart the unbeaten Trinidad and Mosley showed in moving up in weight and winning...
UNF Loses Its Tourney Final
After a sluggish effort against Berry College in the first game of the AmeriSuites Lady Osprey New Year's Classic, the Valdosta State Lady Blazers stepped up their play and upset the host North Florida Lady Ospreys, 57-56, yesterday at UNF Arena. ...
Wanted: Cap Room 2001: A Year of Restructuring for Jaguars
The Jaguars' season is over long before the players wanted and long before they imagined it would in July. Which leads to an obvious question. What comes next? Restructuring, reworking, renegotiating. Those are the themes to the Jaguars' offseason,...
Watts Enjoying Long Run He Beat FSU, Now Thrives in House
MIAMI -- Bobby Bowden's Florida State football dynasty might be entering its third decade were it not for the dynamic leadership of Julius Caesar. That would be Oklahoma quarterback Julius Caesar (J.C.) Watts. Twenty years have passed since Watts...
Wolf's Head Books Store a Rare Find in St. Augustine
Once upon a time in a movie called The Never Ending Story, a small boy named Sebastian escapes some grade-school bullies by hiding out in an antique bookstore. It is there that he discovers a leather-bound book with magic inked on every page. As Sebastian...
World Briefing
EGYPT: FIRST REMAINS OF EGYPTAIR VICTIMS RETURNED CAIRO -- The first remains of victims of EgyptAir Flight 990 arrived home yesterday, more than a year after the plane bound from New York to Cairo crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Among them were...