The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 1, 2000

26 Badgers Suspended Unadvertised Discounts Cost Players 1-3 Games
MADISON, Wis. -- The NCAA suspended 26 Wisconsin football players yesterday for one-to-three games for receiving unadvertised discounts at a shoe store. The suspensions were announced hours before the No.4 Badgers opened their season against Western...
3 Rules Help to Keep Mother of Triplets on Track
It's 6:30 a.m. when Katheryn and Timothy Hartigan hear tiny voices down the hall of their Jacksonville home. Another day of entertaining, feeding, teaching, grooming and nurturing 2-year-old triplets is beginning. This isn't the Iowa family that...
ACLU to Represent Man/boy Love Group
BOSTON -- Saying important First Amendment issues are at stake, the American Civil Liberties Union is stepping in to defend a group that advocates sex between men and boys against a lawsuit brought by the family of a murdered 10-year-old. The family...
A Special Class in Birthing Parents Planning for More Than 1 Child Will Find Some Solace and Help from a Likely Source - Those Who Have Experienced It for Themselves
When Amy Bustamonte was pregnant with triplets three years ago, she found the advice in her breast-feeding class was geared to nursing one infant, not three. When she inquired about nutrition, a nurse handed her a pamphlet on eating for two. "I...
'Bear Country' Reopens to the Public
COHUTTA, Ga. -- Rangers in the Cohutta Wilderness have reopened a 2,500-acre tract of the Chattahoochee National Forest a month after closing it because of encounters between people and black bears. While the area was closed, forestry officials...
Bigger Is Better Former Fletcher High Player Adds Strength for Browns' Second Season
His teammates noticed a change immediately. Once Rahim Abdullah heard it from them, he knew all of his work made a difference. Abdullah, an outside linebacker for the Browns and a Fletcher High School graduate, knew last season he needed to get...
Book Gives Tips on Complaining about Bad Buys
There's a right way and a wrong way to make a consumer complaint. Fortunately, John and Mariah Bear have written a book that details all the correct ways. Titled Complaint Letters for Busy People (Career Press, $16.99), it is available at the Jacksonville...
Bush Defends Care of Texas Children
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- George W. Bush brushed off charges yesterday that Texas provides health treatment to too few children, saying a court order demanding action came from an "activist, liberal judge." "We are doing everything in our power to take...
Charlton Co. Amphitheater '99% a Go' Builder Says $2.5 Million Arena Would Draw National Acts
A Florida legislator from Jacksonville Beach is betting city folks will drive about an hour to see top-name concert acts in an outdoor setting in South Georgia near the Okefenokee swamp. tate Rep. Joe Arnall, president of the Starlight Amphitheater,...
City Council Leery of New Term Bill
The first Jacksonville City Council elected as a result of voter-approved term limits is reluctant to ask voters for more changes to their elected terms anytime soon. And they are doubly loath to do it, members said in a workshop yesterday, on a...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "This could be a real positive thing for Charlton County." -- Eugene Davis, Charlton County Commission chairman, discussing a proposed amphitheater near the Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Story on Page A-1. BURGLARY STAKEOUT...
Death Row Sentences Are Upheld
TALLAHASSEE -- Rejecting arguments about racial discrimination and a lack of premeditation, the state Supreme Court yesterday upheld the death sentences of two men in Northeast Florida killings. Justices turned down appeals by Johnny L. Robinson,...
Dining Notes
-- The Lighthouse Grille opens today where Beach Boulevard crosses the Intracoastal Waterway. It's in the spot where Point of View and other restaurants have been, but massive renovations have been made, and a lighthouse has been added. The menu...
Doubts Surround AT & T's Cable Strategy
NEW YORK -- Small comfort, but despite alarm that his sweeping overhaul of AT&T is veering out of control, there's been no sign investors want C. Michael Armstrong to give up the reins even though many are urging yet another change of course. ...
ECB Raises Interest Rates for Fifth Time This Year
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Stock markets bumped up yesterday after the European Central Bank hiked interest rates for the fifth time this year, a moderate increase applauded as the right step to help shield the continent's consumers against climbing prices....
Factory Orders Plunge Record 7.5 Percent
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories posted their biggest-ever one-month drop and the nation's largest retailers reported lackluster sales, further proof that the economy is cooling, economists said. The Commerce Department said yesterday that...
Fatal Shark Attack Confirmed Vacationers Wary along Gulf Coast
ST. PETERSBURG BEACH -- A day after a swimmer was fatally attacked by a shark in an inlet off the Gulf of Mexico, holiday vacationers wading in nearby waters kept the dangers in mind. "Nobody knows if it's going to happen again," said Jack Walachowski...
Firestone Tire Toll Climbs; Charges Urged in Venezuela
The controversy over Firestone tires used on Ford Motor Co. trucks intensified yesterday, as U.S. authorities linked more deaths to the suspect tires and a Venezuelan safety agency recommended criminal charges be pursued against the two companies....
Florida Notebook
COLON STILL A "GATOR FOR LIFE" Freshman OL Jon Colon said yesterday that he will enroll in a prep school next week, spend at least a semester there, and then return to the University of Florida in time for spring practice. Colon did not enroll...
Florida State Notebook
SEMINOLES GET A BREAK Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has rewarded his team with a couple days off for the Labor Day holiday, as the Seminoles prepare for their only open weekend of the 12-game regular season. While many of the players plan...
Friends of Son Saw Changes Man, 22, Charged in Parents' Death
********** CORRECTION SEPTEMBER 2, 2000 Jill Wallace said murder suspect Edward Stephen Howard III did not graduate from Rockledge High School. Because of a reporter's error, the information was incorrectly attributed to John G. Lloyd Sr....
Gore Picks Campaign Focal Point Bolstering Medicare, Patients' Rights at Issue
SEATTLE -- In person and on the air, Al Gore appealed on yesterday for the support of people who battle with insurance companies about medical coverage. "We can win this struggle," he declared. "Allow yourself to believe," Gore told a noisy downtown...
HIGH SCHOOLS Pittman Is Thrilled with Realignment
Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy (D-Bremen) may not have made many friends among high school football coaches last spring when he forced through a piece of legislation that drove the Georgia High School Association to create a new Class AAAAA and make...
Hirohito No Pawn during War, Historian Says U.S. Played Role in Shaping Leader's Image
TOKYO -- Japan's wartime emperor, no puppet of his military, was closely involved in planning the attack on Pearl Harbor and issued his army's "burn all, kill all, steal all" orders in Asia, an American historian says in a new book that challenges...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I sort of went through everything blindly. It was a learn-as-you-go experience." -- Amy Bustamonte on being the mother of triplets. Story on this page. INJURED UNF STUDENT The condition of a University of North Florida sophomore...
Jaguars Analysis Week 1: Browns
Chris Palmer believes the Cleveland Browns will be good this season, maybe even playoff good. Being the Browns head coach, he must believe this. What he doesn't have to do is say it in a public forum, which he did last week at a Cleveland luncheon,...
Jaguars Notebook
MACK HOPES TO BREAK OUT IN OPENER Jaguars running back Stacey Mack wants it known that although Fred Taylor is out this week, it doesn't mean the team's running game went with him. Mack will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Cleveland...
'Jesus' Son' Blessed with Oddly Moving Grace
Jesus' Son is one of the strangest, sweetest, most despairing and most hopeful films in a long, long while. It's also hilarious and moving, though it will no doubt infuriate those who like a story to move neatly from the beginning to the quite logical...
Lost Aviator Finally Coming Home B-24 Crewman Downed in China in '44
They called him "Rip." While Grady Kearsey never knew his Uncle Robert, the Jacksonville Beach man said he grew up on tales of the Army sergeant missing since a bombing mission in World War II. "He was kept alive by the stories of my father,"...
Man Faces Bigamy Charge from N.C. Suspect Arrested in Jacksonville
********** CORRECTION September 2, 2000 Warren Allen Carskaden has been legally married to three women since February. Because of an editor's error, a story on Page A-1 incorrectly said yesterday he has had three wives since 1991. ***************...
Mudslinging Crosses the Line in State Representative Race
Spinning around the news dial ... click. This is the time I dislike, the last few days before an election when some candidates choose to travel the well-worn path of bending the truth and turning nasty. Take, for instance, the distortions that...
Nation Briefing
FDA APPROVES ANTIDOTE TO ANTHRAX FOR CIVILIANS WASHINGTON -- If bioterrorists ever attack the United States with anthrax, the antibiotic Cipro will be the first line of defense for civilians who breathe the deadly bacteria, the government decided...
New Parker Coach Has Tough Opener
Don't ask Larry Reed about the history. Reed makes his debut as a head football coach tonight at 7:30 when his Parker team plays host to White in a season-opener, and the recent history of the series doesn't look good for the Braves. The Commanders...
New Regional Headquarters to Work out of Butler Plaza
Jacksonville has landed a regional headquarters for Broadwing Communications, a company formed by the merger of Cincinnati Bell Inc. and IXC Communications Inc. Branch sales manager Ken Robinson said the company will create about 25 jobs and operate...
Newsmakers
COUNTRY SINGERS THREATEN LAWSUITS Country singers Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney are threatening to sue the Erie County, N.Y., Sheriff's Department over their arrests in a scuffle with deputies. The singers claim physical and psychological injuries....
'Nole Goes from Redshirt to Co-Starter
TALLAHASSEE -- The redshirt is off Florida State's mammoth offensive tackle, affectionately known as Big Red. Florida State coaches have decided senior Char-ron Dorsey is too valuable to a successful national title defense to have him sit out the...
Online Service, Record Label Sign Deal to Target Listeners
NEW YORK -- In the limitless scope of the Internet, it's little more than a blip: the next time thousands of music fans check their e-mail, they'll find a message telling them about an alternative rock band and offering a chance to listen to one of...
Peers Urged to Treat Elian like Anyone Cuba Schools Aim for Normal Opening
CARDENAS, Cuba -- Schoolmates of Elian Gonzalez have been encouraged to treat the 6-year-old survivor of a shipwreck and the world's most publicized custody battle "just like anybody else" when he starts the second grade today. After months spent...
Pope Moves toward Sainthood for Controversial Pope Pius IX
VATICAN CITY -- During history's longest papacy, Pope Pius IX pitted the Roman Catholic Church against a changing world: condemning emerging freedoms of speech and religion, confining Jews to Europe's last ghetto, condoning seizure of a Jewish boy...
Putin Criticizes Media, Magnates Kursk Salvage Failure Blamed on Oligarchs' Greed
MOSCOW -- In a rare public display of anger, President Vladimir Putin accused business tycoons and independent media of ruining the country's military and sought to distance himself from the legacy of his predecessors. Putin's remarks, made at last...
Ramseys Tell Prosecutors to File Charges or Lay off Lawyer to Release Tape of Interview
ATLANTA -- Patsy Ramsey says that if prosecutors in Colorado think she's a murderer, they should charge her and "get it over with." After nearly four years of being under suspicion in the death of their 6-year-old daughter, JonBenet, Ramsey told...
Religion Briefing
EVANGELICALS SELECT BEST 20TH CENTURY BIOGRAPHIES CAROL STREAM, Ill. -- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom and Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis top a list of best 20th century biographies and autobiographies picked by Christian Reader, an evangelical...
Retail Sales Lackluster in August
NEW YORK -- The nation's biggest retailers reported generally lackluster sales in August, with analysts attributing the results to factors including poor sales of back-to-school merchandise and an overall softening in the apparel business. Chains...
Salinger Daughter Exposes Reclusive Dad
NEW YORK -- J.D. Salinger, the fiercely private author of The Catcher in the Rye, has been exposed again -- this time, by his own daughter, who says in a new memoir that he drank his own urine, spoke in tongues and rarely had sex with her mother. ...
'Saving Grace' Has Fun with Those Nutty Brits
One of my not-so guilty pleasures: those whimsical British comedies full of tweedy eccentrics doing nutty stuff on moors that sweep down to cliffs overlooking the ocean. There's plenty of that in Saving Grace, an exceedingly likable yarn about the...
SCHOOL BOARD Barnes and Morris
Three vacancies occur on the School Board this year because of term limits. One was filled without opposition and two will be contested Tuesday. In District 3, which includes most of Southside, Kris Barnes, Julie Tinsley and Greg Youngblood are...
SCOUTING REPORT Jaguars vs. Browns, Sunday, 1 P.M. (CBS TV-4)
Key matchups WR JIMMY SMITH vs. BROWNS CORNERBACKS The Jaguars offensive line is beat up. Running back Fred Taylor is out with a knee injury. That means the running game isn't likely to produce enough yards to win. The Browns defense isn't...
Seafood with Saucy Attitude at Aqua Grill
Aqua Grill changed its name from Aw Shucks about 1 1/2 years ago, so people would stop thinking it was an oyster bar. A visit to the restaurant should make it clear that it's an excellent dining experience -- well-prepared, ambitious food and an awful...
South America Convenes Its First Summit 12 Leaders Fret Spillover from Colombia
BRASILIA, Brazil -- Casting a wary eye on one of their neighbors, 12 heads of state opened their first South American summit yesterday. The possible spillover from Colombia's anti-drug offensive and U.S. military involvement there were expected to...
Spandex Bands Are Still Rocking
In the 1980s, this would have been an epic birthday party. Even now, it's going to be hairy. At 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, Poison, Cinderella, Dokken and Slaughter will relive their glam-metal glory days with a concert to ...
State Devises Plan for Uninsured Tax Credits Part of Health Proposal
ATLANTA -- The state Department of Community Health wants to help an estimated 1.3 million uninsured Georgians get health insurance with a plan including tax credits, expansion of the PeachCare for Kids program and wider coverage for the disabled....
Study: Mail Workers Not 'Postal' They Are Not More Prone to Violence
WASHINGTON -- Letter carriers and mail handlers are no more likely to "go postal" than other workers, according to a comprehensive report released yesterday after two years of study. "Going postal" entered the lexicon as shorthand for employee violence...
Survey: Insurance Oversight Lacking Florida among Best; Georgia among Worst
WASHINGTON -- About three-quarters of Americans live in states whose insurance departments don't meet minimum standards of funding to oversee the insurance industry, the Consumer Federation of America said yesterday as it released a nationwide survey....
Teen Drug Use Down, Federal Survey Says
WASHINGTON -- Teen drug use declined by 9 percent last year and 21 percent over the past two years, mirroring the continuing drop in the crime rate, according to a major survey released yesterday by federal officials. The survey of 67,000 individuals...
The Great Coffee Comparison Looking for the Best Java in Town? We've Bean There, Done That
It is always during that tranquil moment of deep sleep, when the mind clings stubbornly to dreams, that the shrill cackle of the alarm clock announces another day. Its annoying blare screams: Time for work! Time for work! Time for work! -- and the...
The Personal Cost of Family Law Disputes Take Their Toll on Both Sides of the Bench
Innocent people come before Circuit Judge Bernard Nachman every day. They typically come before him in pairs. Most of them, at some point, loved one another. But when they come to see Nachman, anger and distrust have often replaced love. As a family...
The Suns' Improbable Rise Team Contends Down Stretch without Stars
Nestled behind his desk following a win last month, Jacksonville Suns manager Gene Roof sat watching ESPN when the sharp ring of a phone coincided with a news item scrolling across the bottom of his television screen. First baseman Hal Morris of...
Thomas Loved by Old Rival Dolphins Fans Glad, Bills Fans Are Mad
DAVIE -- Thurman Thomas made a routine 17-yard pass reception in the Miami Dolphins' first home exhibition game, and as he trotted to the bench after the play, fans stood and roared. It was the biggest cheer of the night. "They're glad to see...
Tilting the Scales New Jobs at Convergys Will Be at Higher Pay Level
Cincinnati-based Convergys Corp., which operates the biggest customer service center in Jacksonville, is adding about 550 new jobs in the next six months or so at its sprawling 10-building Southside complex. The jobs are in addition to the about...
Transcript from Concorde Shows Warning about Flames Preliminary Report Details 5 Minutes
PARIS -- The first word that something had gone terribly wrong with the Concorde came from the control tower when the plane was in the air, according to a preliminary report made public yesterday by investigators probing the fiery crash. "Concorde...
Troops Bitter in Chechnya Sub Crew Mourned More Than Soldiers
NESTEROVSKAYA, Russia -- The grief that swept across Russia when 118 sailors died in a submarine accident left Denis Kolpakov and the rest of his platoon in Chechnya baffled and bitter. "Everyone is grieving for the sailors. As for us, no one gives...
U.S. Military Readiness Fair as Skills Weaken Some Forces Face Critical Shortages
WASHINGTON -- Amid a rising political debate over the state of the U.S. military, the Pentagon yesterday issued a report contending that readiness is improving despite persistent problems. In a quarterly analysis for Congress, defense officials...
Vying for an Uphill Battle Democrats Face off in 'Safe' GOP District
They don't have the fancy campaign headquarters or catered fund-raisers with sushi appetizers at oceanside mansions. They haven't seeded Jacksonville with a lawn of yard signs, don't have a battalion of consultants and they certainly don't have a half-million...
World Briefing
YUGOSLAVIA: JUDGE REFUSES TO FREE BRITONS, CANADIANS BELGRADE -- A Yugoslav military court yesterday refused to release two Britons and two Canadians arrested on suspicion of terrorism, granting military officials more time to investigate the case....
World of Business
NATIONAL MORTGATE RATES STILL BELOW 8 PERCENT MARK Mortgage rates edged down last week, continuing to hover below the 8 percent mark. The average interest rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages slipped to 7.96 percent for the week ending Aug....