The Florida Times Union

Articles from December 20, 2000

2 Suspects Jailed in 'Smash-and-Grab' Burglaries Warrant Issued for Third Man
Two Jacksonville men are jailed and another is sought in connection with "smash-and-grab" burglaries carried out since September, police said. The burglars, who usually struck in the early hours, smashed storefront windows and grabbed merchandise....
3 Arrested in Destruction of Outdoor Holiday Decorations
Christmas hasn't been so jolly for a Jacksonville neighborhood where vandals have destroyed thousands of dollars worth of holiday decorations. Every year the residents in Arlington's Fairways Forest subdivision go all out, and this year was no different....
Airbus Takes Superjumbo to New Heights $12 Billion Project to Challenge Boeing
TOULOUSE, France -- Airbus Industrie gave final approval yesterday to a plan to build the world's largest passenger plane, a superjumbo jet that will hold 555 passengers and can come with bars and casinos. Airbus hopes the new double-decker A380...
A Lasting, Personal Gift from Mothers
Each year at Christmas I try to find some gift that I can make and give that is personal. This may date back to my childhood when our family tradition was to bake and make things to share with friends, neighbors and those people that were constants...
A Little Something for Everyone Brings Westsiders Together
Westsiders aren't having trouble finding holiday parties and cheer this year. The area has more brilliant outdoor lighting than I can ever recall, and the number of get-togethers increases by the hour. FCCJ 'COUNTRY' BASH One of the many interesting...
Around the Bend
Mandarin High School volunteers are helping the needy this holiday season with food, funds and specially decorated Christmas trees. In the meantime, the 200 members of the Mandarin High School Band have begun fund-raising of their own so they can afford...
Artist Loves Animal Portraits Watercolorist's Show on Display at Beach
Watercolorist Dian Felder finds her solace in the eyes of animals. Even with the drips, splashes and unpredictablity of watercolor paint, she makes sure to be exacting and focused when she paints the eyes of her giraffes, orangutans, dogs, elephants...
Atlantic Awards 5-Year Trash Contract BFI to Take over Pickups in 2001
ATLANTIC BEACH -- City commissioners have found their way out of a heaping trash issue and are almost out of the sewers. In a special meeting Monday, the commission awarded a $749,000, five-year contract to BFI, a trash-collecting company. Atlantic...
Attention Kmart Shoppers: We Have a Talking Tree Here
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Kmart shopper Beverly Chandler didn't expect to hug a Christmas tree first thing when she walked into the Atlantic Boulevard store one recent Sunday. But there she was, both arms wrapped tightly around one. The tree talked her...
Blasts of Cold, Rain Put Freeze on State Ice Hinders Traffic; Schools Closed for Snow
Cold drizzle accompanied by gusty winds yesterday sent a chill over Southeast Georgia as temperatures dropped toward the freezing mark overnight. In the Atlanta area and into northern Georgia residents were dealing with about 3 inches of snow and...
Builder Seeks Zoning Amendment Land-Use Change Urged to Build Homes
The availability of water and sewer utilities in Middleburg could be the key to a 170-acre residential addition to the Ravines Golf and Country Club on County Road 218. When developers began building the Ravines in the 1980s they had to dig wells...
Century-Old Sapelo Island Church to Be Rededicated
Fifty years after its congregation moved, a restored Raccoon Bluff African Baptist Church on Sapelo Island will be rededicated tomorrow. The century-old building had fallen into disrepair and students from Savannah College of Art and Design and...
Chamber VP Calls It a Career Shane Adams Moves to Georgia Company
The annual chamber of commerce membership meeting Friday will be one of Executive Vice President Shane Adams' last official tasks. Adams said he has resigned his post with the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce to become marketing...
Cheery and Teary for Santa Visit's Emotional for Special-Needs Kids
When Santa dropped in on a downtown school last week, what he dropped off was just a brightly wrapped example of what the school's "business partners" do all year to help out. "This support is much more than just a one-shot deal -- believe me,"...
Coalition Alters How It Counts Homeless More Detailed Method May Mean More Funds
The number of people who were homeless in Duval County at least once in the past year has been estimated at 9,400, the Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of Northeast Florida announced this week. The coalition of social service agencies this...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We would just have to attribute the success to our general community involvement and hope and pray that we continue that way." -- Lt. Julius Ross of the Columbus Police Department, commenting on homicide rates that have dropped...
Community Notebook
The African Institute for Cultural Awareness will present Kwanzaa with a program of singers, arts and crafts, speakers and the Kwanzaa ritual at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Edward Waters College, 1658 Kings Road. Kwanzaa is a holiday celebration that honors...
Cop Fired for Search of Bikini-Clad Girl Disciplinary Board Called for Suspension
Sheriff Nat Glover fired an officer yesterday accused of improperly searching a 16-year-old Jacksonville girl wearing a bikini. Patrolman Bruce Van Nelson continues to proclaim his innocence, saying he is being used as a scapegoat by the Sheriff's...
Council Backs Loan for Development Part of Cash to Remove Ditch
JACKSONVILLE BEACH --The majority of the City Council supports borrowing $2.5 million for redevelopment projects in South Jacksonville Beach despite doubts about giving $1 million of it to developers involved in one of the projects. The $1 million...
Council Calls for Pay by Performance
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Council of 100, one of the state's top business groups, called yesterday for elimination of most job protections for 120,000 state employees as part of a modernization of civil service. Al Hoffman, chairman of the organization's...
Courthouse Work Moving along Project Expected to Take a Year
For the first time since judges and county workers vacated the historic Nassau County Courthouse in downtown Fernandina Beach in early 1998, there is work going on at the facility. Construction workers recently have been visible from the street,...
Court Rules against Lawyer in War of Words
Circuit Judge Robert M. Foster can continue presiding over cases in which Fernandina Beach attorney John Cascone is involved, an appeals court recently ruled. The ruling is the latest in a court battle between the attorney and the judge that started...
Delivering the Goods UPS Survives 'Peak Day,' Year's Busiest Shipping Day
HODGKINS, Ill. -- Not counting Santa's workshop, or maybe Macy's on Christmas Eve, it would be tough to find a busier place during the holidays than UPS' mammoth package-processing plant outside Chicago. If the slowing economy has put a chill on...
Different Playing Fields Immigrant Students on School Sports Teams Are More Likely to Be Boys
Sisters Apiew Ochan and Deel Oyway have not been in the United States for long, about a year. They smile easily, laugh shyly and their English is getting better. They're from Sudan, but they've settled into their lives, into school at Lee High....
Don Thompson Chorale to Carol for the Masses
Carols are as much a part of the Christmas season as trees wrapped in lights and icicles, Santa Claus and stockings hung by the fireplace. In its own way, the Don Thompson Chorale carries on the carolling tradition. The chorale will perform two...
Dude, Where's the Laughter in This Movie? Amiable Dumb Teen Comedy Earns Little More Than Chuckles
Dude, Where's My Car? is a scattershot comedy, so here, scattershot style, are a couple of quotable lines that'll give you a flavor for it. "I've got three words: Anger management." "I always wondered what a fridge full of pudding would look...
Edward Waters Taking the Long, Hard Road to Conference Tournament
The Edward Waters College men's basketball team is taking a three-week break for the holidays after surviving a long, hard road schedule. The Tigers played 10 of their 14 opponents on the road, which is what third-year coach Buster Harvey prefers....
E-Tailers Click on to Last-Minute Promotions
NEW YORK -- Desperate to extend a holiday season that peaked too early, online retailers are trying to entice shoppers with big-time promotions and incentives like speedy air shipping freight for the price of standard ground shipping. Web sites...
Florida Routs B-CC 106-64
GAINESVILLE -- Bethune-Cookman College coach Horace Broadnax believes University of Florida coach Billy Donovan is doing the right thing by playing the Wildcats. He'd schedule B-CC if he were coaching the Gators. And he'd make sure Florida A&M...
Florida State Loses in 2 OTs Cleveland State Gets First Win vs. ACC Foe
CLEVELAND -- Jermaine Robinson's layup with eight seconds left in the second overtime gave Cleveland State the lead, and Anthony Jackson added a free throw with one second left as the Vikings beat Florida State 87-85 last night. It was Cleveland...
Gardeners Should Take Precautions to Protect Tender Plants from Cold
Like Santa Claus at the mall, winter came early this year. It's hard to think about protecting tender plants while they are still flowering. During spring and summer, even experienced gardeners can't resist planting colorful ixora and bougainvillea,...
GE Offers Free Fix for Dishwashers' Faulty Slide Switch
Free repairs are being offered for recalled General Electric and Hotpoint dishwashers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced. "With the free rewire option, a GE-authorized technician will rewire the slide switch at no cost to consumers,"...
Getting a Lift for Hanukkah Youthful Helping Hands 6 Visiting Rabbinical Students Lend New Energy to Feast of Lights
Six rabbinical college students visiting Jacksonville from California and New York are handing out menorahs, planning a series of public menorah lightings and teaching others about Hanukkah as part of their training program to become rabbis. In...
Group Rests Easy Knowing Their Pillows Help
Dozens of decorated pillows are being made in Jacksonville Beach with the hopes of making this holiday season a little brighter for people who are shut in. So far, about 150 pillows have been made by a group of volunteers. Jacksonville Beach resident...
Hard to Get into Christmas Swing without Kids
Since I always put the date my column will run on the copy that goes to my editor, as I started to write this column, I realized this was the last column before Christmas. The Christmas column. I panicked. If you write anything on a regular basis,...
Harvard Ignores Jokes as It Searches for Next School President 500 Are Nominated, 498 of Them Still Alive
BOSTON -- It's enough to turn Harvard people crimson. The search to fill the nation's most prestigious university presidency is so wide-open that Rush Limbaugh and Doonesbury have been making fun of it. About 500 people have been nominated for...
Hentgen, Segui Sign with Orioles
NEW YORK -- The Baltimore Orioles finally made some moves on the free-agent market yesterday, agreeing to a $28 million, four-year contract with first baseman David Segui and a $9.6 million, two-year deal with pitcher Pat Hentgen. On a busy day,...
How Much Better? Minority Contractors Wonder How Much Work They'll Get
Like other black contractors in Jacksonville, David Jones runs a small business. His company, Kidaco Construction, has two full-time employees, including himself, who do jobs like building sidewalks by hiring temporary workers. It's steady work...
In Business
NEW PIZZA SHOP A new Papa John's Pizza restaurant is expected to open today at 1721 S. Eighth St. in Fernandina Beach for pick-up and delivery on Amelia Island. Michelle Runnells will be the store manager supervising 10 employees, said operating...
It's a Faithful Stage Adaptation of classic'Wonderful Life'
During the 1980s, it was hard to turn on a television during the holiday season and not run across a screening of It's a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra's 1946 movie. More recently, NBC got exclusive rights; as a result, the number of screenings this...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We haven't honed the instrument yet to where we can get the best estimation." -- Carl Falconer, a member of the Homeless Coalition of Northeast Florida, commenting on the number of homeless people in Duval County. Story on this...
JEDC Sends Minority Business Resolution to City Council
Yesterday, the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission approved a minority business resolution that will require companies to meet minority participation goals as a condition of receiving financial incentives. The commission unanimously approved...
JU Hopes to Regain Its Shooting Touch
Despite outscoring teams by an average of 22 points in its first seven games of the season -- all wins -- the Jacksonville University men's basketball team strayed from running the offense that produced those victories Sunday in a 75-61 loss to Florida...
Jury Orders Exxon Mobil to Pay Alabama $3.5 B
A jury returned a $3.5 billion verdict against Exxon Mobil Corp. yesterday, finding the oil company defrauded Alabama on royalties from natural gas wells in state waters. The verdict by the circuit court jury was six times Alabama's previous record...
Kirkman Won't Forget Chad Election Supervisor Nearly 'Had Heart Attack' amid Fiasco
Barbara Kirkman has a lot of stories to tell about the 2000 presidential election. As one of 67 county elections supervisors in Florida, Clay County's Kirkman was on the front lines of the election that seemed as though it would never end. And she...
Lemieux Focus: Patience
CANONSBURG, Pa. -- The shooting touch is there, the leg strength is coming. After 3 1/2 years away from the ice, Mario Lemieux seemed back at home yesterday while practicing with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since announcing his comeback....
Life on the Beach
ATLANTIC BEACH SELVA MARINA STREETS-- The committee assigned to come up with ways to improve substandard roads in the Selva Marina area will meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 6. The meeting will take place in the City Hall conference room at 800 Seminole...
Lovable Pooches Make for Droopy Parade Owners Show off Pets for Cause
Tourists passing Memorial Park in Riverside probably thought there was a new Disney movie being filmed there. Working title? How about 101 Basset Hounds? The Jacksonville Humane Society recently held its fifth annual Droopy Pooch Parade. The...
Making Good on a Dream Teen Fighting Cancer, Gets Big Apple Wish
While most of the world was spending Thanksgiving weekend gorging on holiday turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and sweet potato pie, Westside resident Julia Howey was making a full-course meal out of a Big Apple. Howey, 14, was recently selected...
Meet Artancis C. Andrews
Getting old, as the saying goes, certainly beats the alternative, said Artancis C. Andrews, who was born in Jacksonville Dec. 9, 1900. But the centenarian confessed gently that age has its downside, too. Mainly, she misses being able to play...
MIDEAST A Test to Come
Nothing could be more appropriate than for the violence to end, and hope for reconciliation to be rekindled, this holiday season in the Middle East -- where the first Christmas took place about 2,000 years ago. But there is no peace on Earth, nor good...
Morning Briefing
NASDAQ AT LOWEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN A YEAR The Nasdaq composite index fell to its lowest level in more than a year yesterday after the Federal Reserve indicated it was worried about the slowing economy, but declined to cut interest rates. Blue...
Mortgage Bias Here Abounds
After six months, Joseph and Rose Coates are finally waking up in their new home in Ponte Vedra Beach. But that almost didn't happen. Every time they came close to moving in, the price tag kept moving up. The couple, who moved here from Washington,...
Move over Disney World ... Fernandina Has Its Own Holiday Show of Lights North Ridge Lane a Real Sight-Seeing Route during Christmas Season
If Santa Claus didn't know the way to Fernandina Beach each Christmas, all he'd have to do is look for the lights on North Ridge Lane to guide his way. Neighbors along the street, located off Citrona Drive, have been decorating their homes with...
Nease Principal Aided Future Comic Star Sandler
Geek city, class clown, skinny and pest are just some of the adjectives Robert Schiavone used to describe Adam Sandler. Schiavone, Nease High School's principal, discussed the famed comedic actor and master of silly antics in an interview last week...
New Concrete Pier Recommended Cost Is $100,000 More Than Repair
********** CLARIFICATION December 20, 2000 A story in today's Shorelines community news edition says Jacksonville officials had decided to build a new concrete pier on Sixth Avenue South rather than repair the hurricane-damaged wooden structure....
New Site under Consideration for Beach Pier Concrete Structure Possible
Jacksonville officials are thinking about building an oceanfront fishing pier close to the restaurants, bars and festivals in downtown Jacksonville Beach. Officials are looking at a site between Fourth and Fifth Avenue North since learning it would...
Newsmakers
JUDGE GIVES DOWNEY A BREAK The judge who imprisoned Robert Downey Jr. for violating probation has decided the actor served enough time behind bars for an earlier drug conviction. In August, Downey, 35, was released from state prison after an appeals...
Old Tragedies, New 'Family' Pair Relieved by Kindred Spirit's Help
When Sharon Keys McCrandall looked at the Florida Department of Children and Families' list of local Holiday Adopt-a-Family candidates, her eyes fixed on one particular entry: "Mitchell Winter, quadriplegic, and girlfriend, sole caretaker, Beaches...
Plenty Left to Do before Adam's Mark Opens
Now that the Adam's Mark Hotel has delayed its opening from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, hotel officials have their work cut out for them. The hotel has to hire 500 employees by next month. But more importantly, the hotel must make sure everything is in...
Practice Report
RICHT A HOT COMMODITY The Mark Richt sweepstakes may be heating up. Florida State's offensive coordinator interviewed for the head coaching position at Virginia last weekend in Charlottesville and is expected to have a second meeting with Georgia...
Practice Report
BULLARD OUT DE Thad Bullard will not play in the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl against Miami. UF head coach Steve Spurrier said yesterday that Bullard, a former Live Oak Suwannee standout, is ineligible for the bowl game. He would not say why. "I guess you...
Practice Report
DARK MOOD AMONG PLAYERS Given their disappointing loss Sunday to Cincinnati, a rare Tuesday workday and the fact there will be no playoffs for the first time in five years, it was perhaps predictable that few Jaguars players made themselves available...
Rockin' the River Fest 5K Coming Up New Year's Eve
Call it a parade of runners. The 19th annual Rockin' The River Fest 5K will take place on Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. in front of The Jacksonville Landing, and participants may feel a bit festive considering the route will travel the same path as the Toyota...
Rolling out the House after Court Battles, Walter Jones Park Moves Dwelling
It took the city's Parks, Recreation and Entertainment Department almost two years to fight appeals to the City Council, Circuit Court, the First District Court of Appeal and a state administrative judge so it could move the little 61-year-old house...
School Anti-Smoking Efforts Flunk Little Effect Found in 15-Year Study
WASHINGTON -- School-based programs that teach students how to resist social influences pushing them to smoke cigarettes -- long popular with states and more recently with tobacco companies -- have little effect and do not keep teens from smoking,...
School Board Fires Worker in Sexual Harassment despite Ruling
A Nassau County school employee will appeal a decision from the Nassau County School Board to fire him for sexual harassment. Jeffery Dean Johns, a maintenance worker at Yulee Primary, was suspended by the School Board in April after a food services...
School Boundaries for 5 Clay Schools Will Be Up in the Air
Over the next two months, the student attendance boundaries for five Clay County elementary schools will be temporarily in flux, as school district administrators, principals, school advisory councils and teachers decide how to change them to fill...
School's Program Serving Real Need 'Clothes Closet' Helps Children
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- When Charles E. Bennett Elementary School students come into Vivian Armington's classroom, they get what they need. A pair of socks. Shoes or jeans. A winter coat. Armington, a grandparent-volunteer at the school,...
Self-Evaluation Program Helps Teachers Hone Skills Certification Process Improves Performance
As a teacher for more than 20 years, Rosetta Hamm knew she was good at her job. She wanted to get better. Now when she works with her first-graders at Mamie Agnes Jones Elementary in Baldwin, Hamm is more open. She gets down on the ground and plays...
Sheriff's Widow Sues GBI Agents Suit Claims Lawmen Invaded Her Home
The wife of the late Carlton Evans, former sheriff of Coffee County, has filed a $10 million suit against two Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents involved in the Oct. 3 attempt to arrest her husband. GBI and FBI agents were trying to arrest Evans...
Some Christmas Memories That Are Still Vivid
A true appreciation for the meaning of the spirit of Christmas is best gleaned through the eyes of the young. Three stories from the memories of Clay County children span 60 years and make a start. The tales unite a unique trio of Santa, a dragon...
Step Back to Get Ahead A Conversation with ... JAGUARS COACH Tom Coughlin
Little has been easy this season for the Jaguars or their coach, Tom Coughlin. Last Friday, two days before another disappointing loss snapped a four-game winning streak, Coughlin sat with Times-Union sports writer John Oehser. In today's Cat Chat,...
Support for Police Gratifies Glover Sheriff Says Arrests Bring Little Backlash
A week after four Jacksonville police officers were charged with crimes ranging from homicide to bank fraud, Sheriff Nat Glover said he is pleasantly surprised there's been little backlash at him and other officers. He said his office received a...
Surfing H30 Fails to Make a Splash
Surfing in a blizzard probably doesn't sound like much fun. Unless it's in a video game. Now that could be different -- and fun. Surfing H30 for PlayStation 2 lets you surf in a blizzard. But it turns out it's not much fun. Add this one to the...
TCU Coach Makes Debut in Mobile Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. -- Gary Patterson's first game as a head coach is his team's 12th, and biggest, of the season. But No. 13 TCU's erstwhile defensive coordinator feels well prepared for his debut against Southern Mississippi (7-4) tonight in the Mobile...
Teacher's Suspension Is without Pay Man Accused of Sexual Battery
********** CORRECTION December 30, 2000 Because of a reporter's error, a reduced charge for Nassau County school teacher Bernice Lamar Miles was incorrect in a story on Page 1 of the Dec. 20 edition of Nassau Neighbors. The reduced charge...
The Answer Line
-- . CLAY COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE: What should I put in the water I give my Christmas tree to keep it fresh? Answer: There are things called "Floral Extending Fluids" but studies have show that the best technique for extending the...
The Clauses Help Bring Causes Some Heart-Felt Holiday Cheer
Will the real Santa Claus please stand up? At a preschool party six years ago, I nearly fell over when I first saw John and Fran McCormick. There sat Santa Claus with a real beard and beautiful red suit. Standing beside him was Mrs. Claus in her...
The County Line
Serving Clay County readers every Wednesday and Saturday. CLAY COUNTY HOLIDAY CLOSINGS: Clay County offices and Orange Park, Green Cove Springs and Keystone Heights municipal offices will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Jan. 1. All Clay County...
Toys for Have-Not Tots J.P. Hall Charity Helps Kids in Youth and Beyond
The legacy of J.P. Hall Jr. was evident in the faces of nearly 2,000 children who were showered with gifts at the annual Christmas party that bears his father's name. Those who knew him said he would have delighted in watching 1-year-old Megan squeeze...
Trade Deficit Takes Slight Dip in October
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit declined slightly to $33.2 billion in October but was still the second-highest on record. Imbalances with China and Japan both hit all-time highs, reflecting imports of autos and holiday toys, and America's foreign...
Volunteer, 16, Seeks Trip to Icebox
She's never even seen snow, but one 16-year-old Westsider hopes she'll raise enough money to help the disabled and go snowmobiling, all at the same time. That is, if she can raise enough money. Kelly Donnelly, a 10th-grader at Ed White High School,...
Washington Notebook
-- Cabinet appointments: President-elect Bush is expected to announce the nominations today of longtime friend Don Evans as commerce secretary, former Cuban refugee Mel Martinez as housing secretary and Californian Ann Veneman as agriculture secretary,...
World Briefing
TURKEY: 17 PEOPLE DIE AS SOLDIERS STORM PRISON ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkey's attempt to regain control of its prisons ended in bloodshed yesterday, with two soldiers killed while storming the prisons and at least 15 inmates dead -- many from choosing...
World of Business
BELLSOUTH TO OFFER BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX PARTNERS Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp. has joined the ranks of companies offering benefits to same-sex domestic partners of employees. The decision affects only management employees, who make up about 26,000...