The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 12, 2000

2-Minute Drill
'CANES COMING The Jacksonville University baseball team will open a three-game series with 13th-ranked Miami tonight at Alexander Brest Field. All fans in attendance tonight and tomorrow (7 p.m.) will have a chance to win George Strait concert tickets...
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4 Children Removed from Unsanitary Home
Four Jacksonville children were removed from their home Wednesday after police arrested their parents on a charge of child neglect because of the unsanitary conditions of the home. Joseph Eugene Ross, 40, and Susan Jeanine Ross, 40, of the 2200...
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6 U.N. Peacekeepers Shot by Friendly Fire
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- Thinking they were under rebel assault, Sierra Leone soldiers mistakenly fired on U.N. peacekeepers as they broke through rebel lines, the government said yesterday. Six Kenyan peacekeepers were wounded. The injured soldiers...
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A Cheaper Europe Beckons Americans
PARIS -- As the elevator begins its climb up the Eiffel Tower, the voices in one corner have a Texas twang. Nearby are a couple from New York and two women from San Francisco. Americans visiting Paris -- and Europe as a whole -- are hardly unusual....
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A in the Country Sunday's George Strait Music Festival
If you're a country music fan, you're in for some big fun Sunday. And we do mean BIG. How much fun? Well, more than a truckload, that's for sure. In fact, it takes 31 tractor-trailers and 20 tour buses just to bring this country show to town....
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Army Gulf War Probe Finds No Wrongdoing
WASHINGTON -- Army investigators looking into allegations of Persian Gulf war crimes by troops under retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey interviewed dozens of soldiers and found no wrongdoing, newly released documents show. Responding to allegations first...
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BALKANS Unsharp Shooting
It was nearly a year ago that NATO conquered Kosovo, driving government troops out of the Serb province with 78 days of air strikes that at the time were described as having pinpoint accuracy. That self-laudatory rhetoric, it turns out, was quite...
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'Battlefield Earth' Bad News for the Planet
The end of the world, brought about by alien attack, has been a long-held wish of mine, only for the reason that I'm sure I'd be one of the few valiant human rebels left to fight on to save humanity. So I -- and every other fool who's ever wished...
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Big Game Fever Will Provide Millions to Georgia Schools
ATLANTA -- Frenzied ticket sales that built over nine weeks of rollover jackpots in the Big Game helped the Georgia Lottery Corp. collect $101 million in ticket sales during that period. The record jackpot of $363 million -- to be split between...
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Book's Tips Help Parents Prepare Summer Campers
More than 8 million American children attend camps each summer and the numbers are growing. As summer camp season nears, it seems a good time to review a book available in the Jacksonville Public Libraries titled Summer Fun by Marian Edelman Borden...
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Both Sides Drilled in Elian Case Judges Sharply Question Lawyers during Hearing
ATLANTA -- Three federal appeals judges listened skeptically to both sides in the Elian Gonzalez case yesterday, questioning whether a 6-year-old boy can comprehend an asylum application and whether it's in his best interest to be raised in a communist...
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Brand, Francis Co-Rookies of Year
CHICAGO -- When Elton Brand and Steve Francis talked to each other this week, their conversation went something like a game of hot potato. "You're going to get it." "No, YOU'RE going to get it." Relax, guys, you both got it. Brand and Francis,...
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Bridge Reaches Another Milestone Eastbound I-10 Traffic to Use New Fuller Warren
Drivers headed east on Interstate 10 will start using the new Fuller Warren Bridge tomorrow morning unless weather causes a construction delay, officials said. To prepare for the change, the state Department of Transportation will close both the...
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Bush Presses Case for Everglades Aid Governor Appeals to Senate Panel
WASHINGTON -- Gov. Jeb Bush came to Capitol Hill yesterday to press Florida's case for expedited federal help for Everglades restoration. In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Bush stressed that Congress...
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Cannons along the Coast Take a Road Trip through History
A road trip from Fernandina Beach to Fort Matanzas can turn your SUV into a time machine. Start at Fort Clinch, in Fernandina Beach, and it will take you back to 1864 and the First New York Engineers and the Civil War. Travel south down Florida...
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'Catfish Moon' Captures Life
Call it St. Elmo's Swamp. Just as the 1980s movie St. Elmo's Fire detailed the lives of a group of young professionals having mid-life crisis (if you can believe in their early 20s ) Players-By-The-Sea's production of Laddie Sartin's Catfish Moon,...
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CBS Rejects Ads from Christian Internet Site Too Similar to Show's Content, Network Says
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a Christian e-tailer to get its commercials on the air during a CBS miniseries about Jesus. The Internet site iBelieve.com was eager to advertise...
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City Wastes Money, Seeks Tax Increase
The last thing Mayor John Delaney wants to do these days is make taxpayers mad. When you're asking voters to support a tax increase to help pay for a $2.2 billion spending program, as Delaney is, you want relations to be affable. Well, instead...
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Clinton Launches Attack on Bush
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton took on the role of political attacker yesterday, charging that George W. Bush would pursue "troublesome" nuclear arms policies as president, let polluters regulate the environment and appoint judges bent on repealing...
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Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I am very excited to be here in Glynn County." -- Robert A. Winter, who has been named superintendent of the Glynn County public schools. Story on this page. SUMMER CONCERTS Paul O'Berry will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday...
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Companies Offer Discounted AIDS Drugs to Poor Nations
GENEVA -- Five pharmaceutical companies announced yesterday they would slash the cost of HIV/AIDS drugs in African and other poor nations, which have complained that they are priced out of treating the epidemic ravaging their populations. The announcement...
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Conditions Mirror 1998, When Florida Burned
As weather patterns in Northeast Florida duplicated conditions that fueled the rampant wildfires of 1998, firefighters kept an eye to the blaze in New Mexico yesterday and speculated about what lies ahead this season. "The topic of discussion has...
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Cost Plagues Medicare Drug Proposals
WASHINGTON -- Republicans at a congressional hearing yesterday questioned the affordability -- for senior citizens and the government -- of the Democrats' latest plan to add prescription drug coverage to Medicare. "If you set up a structure within...
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Developer Has Industrial Park Targeted for North Jacksonville
North Jacksonville, an area targeted by City Hall for development, is on track for a 130-acre industrial park along Faye Road, next to the proposed Laney & Duke Terminal Warehouse Co. Inc. project just approved by City Council. Stone Mountain...
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Dog's Golf Ball Diet Bowls Doctor over 14 Objects Found in Shamus' Belly
Shamus, a yellow lab mix who in lives in Bluffton, may deserve a place in the Guinness Book of Records. He swallowed 17 golf balls and lived to wag his tail. Ben Parker, Shamus' vet, said the dog presented "the most unusual case I've seen in...
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Dolphins Fire Coach Soccer Program Loses Mihailovic
Jacksonville University soccer coach Aleks Mihailovic, whose success on the field has been tainted in the past four months by an NCAA investigation, was fired yesterday amid speculation that the soccer program will be formally charged with rules violations...
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Driver Convicted in 6 Traffic Deaths Defendant Faces Possible Life Term
WEST PALM BEACH -- A Boca Raton advertising executive who said a diabetic fainting spell caused him to run a red light and crash into a car, killing six retirees, was convicted of vehicular homicide yesterday. A six-member jury deliberated for 3...
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Fossils Show Earlier Migration from Africa
WASHINGTON -- Armed only with primitive stone tools, the first human migrants left Africa around 1.7 million years ago, boldly starting a dispersal that eventually would people the world. An international team of scientists uncovered the fossils...
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Foundation Dropping Local HMO Policies
Northeast Florida is losing another health insurance plan. Foundation Health of Florida is dropping its HMO product line in Duval County more than six months after the health insurer was unable to renew a contract with Baptist St. Vincent's Health...
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Fryer Agrees to Reading Program Options Church Coalition Sought Backing for Phonics Plan
Schools Superintendent John Fryer and a coalition of Jacksonville churches sought to find common ground last night on the best way to teach children to read. For months, the International Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, a faith-based...
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Giuliani Raps Reports He'll Quit Race, but Stand-Ins Gathering
NEW YORK -- Mayor Rudolph Giuliani fought off speculation yesterday that he is about to get out of the Senate race because of his prostate cancer, his crumbling marriage and reports of his alleged affairs. "I made no decision yet to drop out of...
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Glynn County Hires Schools Chief Robert A. Winter Ran Tuscaloosa System
BRUNSWICK -- An Alabama educator will be the next superintendent of the Glynn County public schools. The school board voted unanimously last night to hire Robert A. Winter, 55, former superintendent of the Tuscaloosa, Ala., school system. The...
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Group Says Prime Osborn Should Be Priority
In hospitality circles this week, talk has been that Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney's $2.2 billion spending plan for capital improvements ignored their pet project: the Prime Osborn Convention Center. While the exclusion came as no surprise to...
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Home Builder Protection Bill Doesn't Make the Cut
Who can you turn to when your dream home turns into a nightmare? With few state laws governing the home building industry in Georgia, you're essentially on your own. A home might be your biggest investment, but buyer beware. There are few laws in...
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House Votes to Buy Land, Fix Coastal Areas
WASHINGTON -- Ignoring complaints the government already owns too much land, the House agreed yesterday to create a $45 billion, 15-year conservation fund to buy parks and open spaces, pay for wildlife protection and restore environmentally damaged...
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Ice Cream Social How Ben & Jerry's Couldn't Avoid Being Scooped Up
NEW YORK -- As the commuter plane approached LaGuardia Airport, Ben Cohen leaned forward in his cramped seat and fiddled with the in-flight magazine in the seat pocket in front of him. "I wanted the company to remain independent," he said, his...
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Image of Jesus Appears on Wall Workers Uncover 'Miracle' at Church
BRADENTON -- Workers pressure-washing the outside wall of a church noticed lines developing. They tried to wash away the marks with a high-pressure hose -- until they saw what materialized. "It is the face of Jesus," worker Gene Miner said yesterday....
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In a Seesaw Battle That Featured Three Lead Changes in the Final Two Innings, Episcopal Became the Latest Area Softball Team to Feel the . . . Agony of Defeat Episcopal Runs out of Rallies in Class 2A State Semifinal Loss
AUBURNDALE -- Episcopal softball player Leah Armstrong dove into second base, a cloud of dust signifying her arrival. Yet when the dust cleared, the senior was out by inches and the hopes of her team soon followed. In a seesaw contest that saw three...
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Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Our people are ready to create some good news. We'd rather be on the front page for something else. I believe there will still be some unanswered questions, but I don't think that's important in us doing God's work." -- Stan Lambert,...
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John Paul II Traveling to Fatima
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II, frail and turning 80 next week, is traveling again, leaving today for Portugal's Fatima shrine for a visit with a highly personal side. During the two-day trip, the pope will beatify two shepherds who as children...
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JU Should Award AD Job to Jacobs
Not to say that the apathy-ravaged, financially gutted athletic program at Jacksonville University is even capable of being salvaged, but there is at least a faint hope. Believe it or not, a qualified candidate is actually crazy enough to be intrigued...
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Lawyers to Handle Church Dispute Pastor Cites Depression as Reason for Retirement
Jacksonville's Deermeadows Baptist Church, embroiled in controversy involving its pastor and contributions he made that went into a Swiss bank account, is ready to get on with spreading God's word and let the lawyers and accountants figure out the...
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Link to the Past Restored Holzendorf Cemetery Repaired with Confiscated Drug Money
KINGSLAND -- The last time Alma King visited the Holzendorf Cemetery, it was to bury her grandmother in 1939. Back then, King traveled on foot from her home near where the vast Berne Plantation once stood. She went to pay her respects to Sara "Big...
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Lox, Stock & Bagel Is the Real Deli Deal
Oy, I love delicatessens. I always have. I literally cut my teeth in a delicatessen. When I was an infant my mother would roll my stroller into the old Worman's, in San Marco, where Morris, Pearl or Saul would hand me a bagel to teethe on. I have...
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Man Gets Probation in Unusual Killing
Malcolm Keith Osteen choked his wife to death on the floor of their Jacksonville home. But he isn't going to prison, even though he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. That decision was made by a judge after six hours of testimony from Osteen's family,...
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Morning Briefing
RETAIL SLOWDOWN CALMS INVESTORS Stocks rose broadly yesterday after a report of a slowdown in retail sales calmed investors who have been selling stocks amid fears about rising interest rates. Blue-chip shares led the advance. Broader stock indicators...
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Nation Briefing
TECHNICIAN PLEADS GUILTY IN GOVERNMENT FRAUD CASE WASHINGTON -- A Bell Atlantic technician under contract with the Education Department has pleaded guilty to taking part in $1 million of fraud involving stolen electronic equipment and falsely charging...
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Natural-Gas Bills Won't Get Clearer Panel Couldn't Improve Way to Calculate Accounts
ATLANTA -- Natural-gas customers in Georgia who have scratched their heads over how they are billed may remain puzzled since a group looking to improve clarity couldn't come up with a better idea. At issue is a billing factor with the cumbersome...
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Netherlands Team Leads Worrell 1000 Leg Ends at Jacksonville Beach
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Gerard Loos found himself in an unusual position yesterday afternoon. The 47-year-old sailor from Zandvoort, The Netherlands, and his crewman, Mischa Heemskerk of The Hague, maintained their lead over Americans Randy Smyth...
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New England Bishop to Succeed O'Connor
NEW YORK -- Bishop Edward Egan of Bridgeport, Conn., an uncompromising defender of traditional Vatican teachings, was selected by the pope yesterday to succeed Cardinal John O'Connor as spiritual leader of the New York Archdiocese's 2.4 million Roman...
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New Group Strives to Prevent Execution of Innocent People
WASHINGTON -- One person has been freed from death row for every seven people executed since 1976, say members of a new organization that aims to find ways to prevent wrongful executions. "It's frightening when you consider the number of people...
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'Noles Try to Get on Track on Road
TALLAHASSEE -- Never mind that Florida State's next baseball game was less than 26 hours off -- at No. 12 North Carolina, no less. Disregard the mercury in the thermometer pushing 95 degrees. FSU coach Mike Martin did, as he pushed the Seminoles...
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Park Chief Placed on Leave as Finger-Pointing Begins
SANTA FE, N.M. -- The National Park Service superintendent who ordered the brush-clearing fire that has raged out of control in Los Alamos was placed on leave yesterday while officials investigate. Roy Weaver, head of the Bandelier National Monument,...
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Peace Deal Cited for Sierra Leone Woes Rebel Leader, U.N. Failures Assailed
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Cheers erupted on the streets of Sierra Leone's ramshackle capital, Freetown, 10 months ago when news spread of a peace deal to end eight years of civil war, but joy quickly turned to skepticism and anger as details of...
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Preservation Act May Help City Millions Could Come Jacksonville's Way
WASHINGTON -- With a deep bow to the popularity of creating more parks and protecting green spaces, the House of Representatives moved yesterday to dramatically increase federal support for land conservation and preservation -- a move that could bring...
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Putin Tightens Control over Provinces Essential to Avoid Breakup, He Says
MOSCOW -- In his first major policy initiative, President Vladimir Putin launched a crackdown yesterday on the powers of regional governments as he moved to assert control over Russia's unruly provinces. Putin has made reclaiming Moscow's control...
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Reliving the Beatles Revolution Tribute to Fab Four at Wilson Center Sunday
Do you long for yesterday? Are you ready to get back to where you once belonged? Well, here's your ticket to ride. It's a show called Revolution -- A Tribute to the Beatles that will be staged twice Sunday in the Wilson Center at Florida Community...
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Scene Is Circus-Like outside Courthouse Media in a Frenzy; but Protesters Few
ATLANTA -- Armed with a home video camera, Sean Means said he expected to film angry protesters outside the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, where the case of Elian Gonzalez was being heard. Instead, the 17-year-old, on assignment for his Atlanta...
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S.C. House Passes Confederate Flag Bill NAACP Says Measure Won't Stop Boycott
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A bill to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol dome gained final House approval yesterday over opposition from an unlikely alliance of blacks and ardently pro-flag whites. Under the measure, approved, 62-48, the flag would...
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Senators Want Military Recruiters to Get Better Access to High Schools
WASHINGTON -- Public high schools would have to give military recruiters the same access they give colleges and private-sector representatives under a provision attached to a $310 billion defense bill headed for Senate action. Sponsors of the measure...
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Slow Healing Process Frustrates Duval
Doctors have told Bob Duval the injury to his right elbow that has kept him off the Senior PGA Tour since March will involve a "slow healing process." Not words a Senior Tour player wants to hear, given the relatively short window of opportunity...
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Spies Pose as Newsmen, FBI Official Tells Panel
WASHINGTON -- An FBI official told a House hearing yesterday that foreign spies have unescorted access to the department by working undercover as news correspondents. Hours after the disclosure by Timothy D. Bereznay, an FBI section chief, Secretary...
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Sponsor Supplies Healthy Dose of Awareness
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lucille Sitton got a playful nudge from her husband, Bob, as the two stood outside the Men's Health compound at the Texas Motor Speedway. Already a step closer after the push, the woman from nearby Terrell slowly walked toward...
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SRO Crowd for Whitener's First Win of Year
A standing-room-only crowd at Jax Raceway's half-mile track witnessed the first of six Dixie Late Model 60-lap events last weekend, as 22 of the best drivers in South Georgia and North Florida competed for $3,000 in first-place prize money. Steve...
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State Wants to Make High-Tech Connection
TALLAHASSEE -- The Legislature has approved a series of tax breaks to encourage corporations to build a major high-speed Internet connection in Florida. The belief is that a network access point built in Florida will bring information technology...
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Study Shows Link to Jews, Palestinians DNA Suggests Shared Ancestry
JERUSALEM -- Tradition says the biblical patriarch Abraham fathered both the Jewish and Arab nations. Now, new DNA-based research reveals a genetic link between Jews and Palestinians, suggesting the two peoples, locked in a bitter struggle for...
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Trade Deal, Rights Panel Linked
WASHINGTON -- The administration's point man on China bluntly warned Republicans yesterday that they will have to accept a human rights monitoring panel to win passage of landmark trade legislation. Commerce Secretary William Daley said he believed...
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Trustees May Ask Knight to Resign Probe of IU Coach to Conclude in June
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bob Knight's coaching career at Indiana is in jeopardy with trustees considering asking him to resign, a high-ranking school official told The Associated Press. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity after talking...
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Waiting for Buddha Followers Anticipate Arrival of Young Holy Leader
WOODSTOCK, N.Y. -- The placid face of a towering Buddha and the sonorous sound of chants lend this mountainside monastery an air of tranquility. But lately the Buddhists are abuzz. They are convinced His Holiness will come. His Holiness is a Urgyen...
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War Injury Honored 55 Years Later Torpedoed Sailor Missed Medal While on Leave
Fifty-five years after a Japanese torpedo crippled his invasion transport ship in enemy waters off the Luzon coast, Buford C. Riley of Mayport received the Purple Heart medal he'd earned all those years ago. Riley, 80, still feels the pain of the...
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What's Real, What's Not in 'Gladiator'
ROME -- Some fact and fiction in the movie Gladiator, which opened a week ago: -- Emperor Marcus Aurelius (played by Richard Harris): Gladiator portrays him as a wise emperor who wants his trusted general Maximus to succeed him and make Rome a...
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Wildfire Gnaws into Los Alamos Blaze Razes Hundreds of Homes as Wind-Driven Fire Explodes in Size
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Driven by swirling wind of up to 60 mph, fire rolled from block to block in abandoned Los Alamos yesterday, burning scores of homes down to their foundations in the town where the atomic bomb was built. Firefighters rushed to...
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Witty 'Me Myself I' Explores the Alternative
Being single and childless means you never have to wipe the bottom of a young child in a public restroom. That's what Pamela Drury (Rachel Griffiths) finds out in Me Myself I, an Australian movie that manages to be witty (in a really deadpan fashion),...
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World Briefing
NETHERLANDS: DEAL CUTS LENGTH OF LOCKERBIE TRIAL CAMP ZEIST -- Lawyers in the Lockerbie bombing trial struck a deal yesterday that could cut months of testimony from a trial that could drag out for a year. The agreement came on the seventh day...
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World of Business
RETAIL SALES FALL FOR FIRST TIME IN 20 MONTHS Dreary weather, stock market volatility and rising interest rates helped pull Americans back from their free-spending ways in April, making retail sales fall for the first time since August 1998. ...
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Wright Has Stuff to Beat Suns
For the second consecutive game, the Jacksonville Suns were facing a rehabilitating major league pitcher. Last night, however, the Suns probably wished Jamey Wright wasn't quite so far along in his recovery. Wright, who has played parts of the past...
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