The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 6, 2000

25 Years Later, Edmund Fitzgerald's Legend Lives On
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Now and then, when she's alone, Pam Johnson gets out her recording of Gordon Lightfoot's ballad The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. She listens and tearfully remembers her father, one of 29 mariners who died when the 729-foot...
A Brady Boy Grows Up, Becomes a Baron
The name may not be instantly recognizable but the face certainly is. It's been looking out at us from magazine covers, book covers and, most of all, TV screens since September 1969 when The Brady Bunch debuted on ABC. Barry Williams, once Greg...
Actors' Union Unhappy with Williams Taking Part in Show
The headline on the story in Backstage, a trade publication about the theater industry, read Greg Brady, Scab? Reporter Mike Salinas opened the story with this bit of doggerel: Here's the story of a famous actor Who was offered a new "Sound...
Aetna Shares Up on Optimistic Earnings Report
Aetna Inc. rose to its highest level in four months last week as the company reported third-quarter earnings that were higher than expected and also promised that 2001 will be a better year. The Connecticut-based health insurance giant had operating...
Boy's Pregnancy Fascination Is OK
Q: My 5-year-old son has a fascination with pregnancy. He has often put pillows in his clothing in order to appear pregnant. Last night, I found him asleep in bed with a big orange bouncy ball kangaroo toy under his nightshirt and clutching a doll....
Bush Worships in Jacksonville GOP Candidate Also Spends Time with Graham
The morning was supposed to be free from politics, a private church service in a landmark downtown Jacksonville chapel. "It's a great way to start off the stretch run," said Texas Gov. George W. Bush, greeting the press as he walked into services...
Career Track
BANKING/FINANCE -- CitiStreet announced the following promotions and additions: Reginal Arnold, director of quality and performance management; Thomas Love, director of customer service; Tamara Aycock, senior director of operations; Robert Blair,...
Cat Fragrance Inflames Woman; Company Sued over Marketing
BALTIMORE -- Susan Wagner says that she had no way of knowing that the fragrance her mother gave her as a Christmas present in 1996 was meant for cats. The 36-year-old sales clerk from Marriottsville, Md., says she thought it was perfume and sprayed...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There will always be new amenities or new improvements that are introduced in the industry every few years." -- Rick Horrow, an expert on sports law at Harvard Law School, about the continuing costs to a city associated with...
Crusade Notebook
'HOUR OF DECISION' SHOW CELEBRATES 50 YEARS Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Billy Graham's Hour of Decision radio broadcast, which initially was aired live from Atlanta. Today it's aired on hundreds of radio stations nationwide -- including...
Cup Runneth over from This Revival
Billy Graham's Jacksonville crusade eased gently into its finale last night, a smoothly operating evangelical gathering aimed at sparking a religious revival in Northeast Florida and South Georgia. Organizers said they felt confident they would...
Dead Brains May Still Be Able to Supply Versatile Cells
NEW ORLEANS -- Scientists have coaxed new life out of dead brains. It turns out that even cadavers can supply the incredibly versatile brain stem cells -- master cells which can turn into different kinds of brain and nerve cells -- once thought...
Despite Close Race, Voting Numbers Expected to Stay Low Cynical, Contented Not Compelled to Act
WASHINGTON -- Taylor Wescoatt, 29, is a presidential candidate's nightmare. A techno-wiz who is already a dot.com millionaire, Wescoatt will be one of millions of voters missing in action on Election Day. Despite every sign that the election...
Drop Barriers; Inspiration Will Come to You
When I was middle school-age, my teacher told me that if ever in my life I doubted God's existence, all I would have to do is go outside and look around, and I would see him. I would see him in the flowers and in the smallest of creatures, in the...
Election Spending Takes Huge Leap $4 Billion Estimate Up 50% over '96
The most expensive election by far in U.S. history comes to a close tomorrow, with an estimated $3 billion spent on the presidential and congressional races -- including hundreds of millions by outside groups that do not disclose their donors or spending...
Evangelist Reaches out to Nearly 250,000 People Crusade 'A Beginning,' Graham Says
Billy Graham wrapped up his first Jacksonville crusade last night, preaching a message of hope, unity and redemption to nearly a quarter million people over four nights at Alltel Stadium. The legendary evangelist, who turns 82 tomorrow, temporarily...
Fast Start, Easy Win for Miami Smith TD Runs, Onside Kick Doom Detroit
PONTIAC, Mich. -- The Miami Dolphins had the game in hand before Lions fans had settled in their seats. Lamar Smith ran for two touchdowns to give the Dolphins a quick 14-0 lead en route to a 23-8 victory yesterday against Detroit. Miami returned...
Final Event Uneventful Duval, Love End So-So Tour Seasons
ATLANTA-- The Tour Championship was a final opportunity for David Duval of Ponte Vedra Beach and Davis Love III of St. Simons Island, Ga., to salvage disappointing years. They each had their chances earlier in the week, but once again were reduced...
Gator Bowl Focus Is on Clemson, Virginia Tech
The Toyota Gator Bowl is in prime position to match Clemson against Virginia Tech or Notre Dame in the Jan. 1, 2001 game at Alltel Stadium. That scenario developed over the weekend after Clemson lost 54-7 to Florida State and Virginia Tech fell...
Group Plans Suit to Get Reparations over U.S. Slavery
A powerful group of civil rights and class-action lawyers who have won billions of dollars in court is preparing a lawsuit seeking reparations for American blacks descended from slaves. The project, called the Reparations Assessment Group, was confirmed...
Illegal Gun Trade Booms in South Georgia, Florida Key States, ATF Reports
An illegal business with roots running deep in Georgia and Florida is booming in America. "Guns are going from the legal market into the illegal market in increasing numbers all across the country," said Special Agent Bill Kinsella, a spokesman...
Independents Defy Long Odds to Tout Ideas, Build for Future
Willie Logan is challenging a system he once actively joined. At one time Logan was a rising star in Florida's Democratic Party, but this year he is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate without a party affiliation. Logan said he believes he...
In the Pipeline
Projects filed recently with various regulatory agencies include the following. City development numbers are included for concurrency filings and site-plan reviews when available. COMMERCIAL -- Jacksonville Planning and Development Department...
Iraqi Passenger Planes Violate No-Fly Zones Flights Mark First Challenge to Policy
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq sent domestic passenger flights carrying 154 people into skies patrolled by U.S. and British warplanes yesterday, the first challenge of its kind to the no-fly zones that Iraq considers infringements on its sovereignty. Two...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There will always be new amenities or new improvements that are introduced in the industry every few years." -- Rick Horrow, an expert on sports law at Harvard Law School, about the continuing costs to a city associated with a...
Kicker Scoring Points with FSU
TALLAHASSEE -- Three weeks ago freshman kicker Brett Cimorelli appeared to be the forgotten man in Florida State's season-long search for answers to kicking game troubles. Consecutive strong performances by the former Zephyrhills standout, however,...
Last Emperor of Ethiopia Buried 25 Years after Death
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Bells tolled and thousands of Ethiopians wailed and applauded yesterday as Haile Selassie, their last emperor, was finally laid to rest 25 years after his mysterious death. As leaders of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church stood...
Local Congresswoman Still Hopes to Get Magic Johnson Theater for Northside
While the latest trend has been for movie theater companies to steer away from building new screens, Jacksonville officials are hoping one potential project can be revived. That project is the on-again/off-again multi-movie theater complex at the...
Mara Lifts Lightning over Capitals
TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning believe they are contenders. Paul Mara ended a 10-game scoreless drought with two goals and two assists as the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 last night. Tampa Bay, which has lost at least 50 games...
McCollum, Nelson Enter Last Leg of Race Outcome Could Be Pivotal in Senate
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's nationally watched U.S. Senate race to choose a successor to Republican Connie Mack is winding up in a flurry of campaign speeches and ads, with Democrat Bill Nelson trying to hold onto a slim lead in the polls. U.S. Rep....
Mickelson Wins Tour Championship
ATLANTA -- To win the Tour Championship yesterday, Phil Mickelson had to beat the PGA Tour's best Sunday closer, in an event he admits hasn't always held his full attention. Consider both trends broken. Mickelson, starting the day one stroke...
Minorities Seek to Boost Business Forum This Week at Edward Waters
As Jacksonville gears up for a multi-billion dollar decade of roadwork, a newly formed group is trying to give minority-owned businesses the tools to win construction contracts. On Thursday, the Jacksonville chapter of the Conference of Minority...
Most Reaffirm Faith at Revivals Lost Souls Almost Always the Minority
Robert Locklear bursts with evangelical ardor. The 22-year-old Jacksonville building inspector said he came to Alltel Stadium to "see souls won for Jesus." And at the end of the sermon, when Billy Graham called out "you come right now all of...
Nation Briefing
INDIAN RIVER TICKET WINS $45 MILLION FLORIDA LOTTO Someone who bought a Florida Lotto ticket in Indian River County is the single winner of Saturday night's estimated $45 million Lotto jackpot, the Florida Lottery said yesterday. No ticket matched...
New Check-Archiving System Will Reduce Processing Costs
Bank of America, The Chase Manhattan Bank and IBM announced last week the formation of Viewpointe Archive Services, which will operate a centralized archive of digitized images of customer checks and related paperwork. The project may be the first...
Newsmakers
ELECTION 2000: CELEBS TAKE SIDES Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, Chuck Norris and Ben Affleck are just a few of the many celebrities coming out of the woodwork to voice their support for their favorite presidential candidates, reports People Online. Cher...
NOCATEE Smart Growth
When William J. Levitt built 17,000 moderately priced homes on potato fields in Long Island, N.Y., between 1947 and 1951, using techniques he had learned as a Seabee during World War II, he created the prototype of what is today called suburbia. Fifty...
PICTURE PERFECT Preserving Memories Takes on a New Meaning for Scrapbookers
Diane Smith stood at a large table inside a scrapbook specialty shop, contemplating color, scale and page design as she shifted pieces of stiff blue-green and gray paper. As she flipped through a stack of 35-year-old black-and-white photos, memories...
Politicians' Children Often Caught in Crosshairs of Attacks Spotlight Can Cast Dark Shadow in Lives
Nolan Carroll, 13, and his sister, Nyckie, 11, are celebrities on the schoolyard. "I saw you on TV," their friends say. Nolan and Nyckie are not actors. They do, however, appear in a series of ads for their mother's campaign for the 3rd Congressional...
Practice Makes Perfect with Fun Boxed Sets
Eavesdropping on children in bookstores and school libraries is like listening to sports fans discussing box scores over morning coffee. Stats are a big deal. Young readers love talking about more than just plots and characters. Second- and third-graders...
Prayer Room Was Busy throughout Crusade
The legendary preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon said he thrived on the spiritual power of prayer. Known as "the prince of preachers," Spurgeon kept a room directly beneath the pulpit of his church in London where people prayed while he gave his sermon....
Research Offers a Little Hope for Spine, Brain Injury Repair
NEW ORLEANS -- Mice paralyzed by a virus were able to move their feet -- and a few were even able to stand again -- after versatile stem cells were injected into the fluid around their spinal cords in a medical study. Any studies in people are years...
Ruling May Make Title Insurance Prices More Competitive
Home buyers and builders could see direct benefits from a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling that has opened the door for the negotiation of the 70 percent commission portion of title insurance premiums in Florida. On Oct. 19, the state Supreme...
Safety Should Come First When Abused Wife Leaves
Q: My husband has physically and emotionally harassed me for most of our two-year marriage. He rarely leaves any marks on me because he pulls my hair and twists my arms behind me. I can't keep my mind on my job because of this, and I am afraid to tell...
Screen Spenders Judging by Recent Movie Theater Closings and Bankruptcies, Megaplex Builders May Have Been a Bit Too Ambitious
About five years ago, a revolution of sorts was launched in the movie theater industry, when in response to customer demand, a new kind of theater began being built. No more rusty seats. No more stale popcorn. And no more interruptions during the...
Sheppard: Offense around the Corner DB Could Be Big Weapon as Receiver
It started out as a joke, but after what happened on Saturday, the only ones laughing could be Gators fans. University of Florida head coach Steve Spurrier had joked with cornerback Lito Sheppard about putting the former Raines High School standout...
Some Business Owners See Subtle Signs of Economic Slowdown
Maybe it's the slate of elections tomorrow. Maybe it's the time of year as the holidays start to kick in. Maybe it's the economic cycle. Whatever it is, some business owners took me aside after a speech on Monday to tell me that they've seen business...
State Helps Veterans Get Their Diplomas Many Left School for World War II
FORT LAUDERDALE -- It took teenage World War II enlistee Paul "Perry" Friedlander nearly 60 years to graduate from high school. But now, at 75, Friedlander says he wants to go to college. Friedlander, of Boynton Beach, is one of hundreds of World...
States Aim to Make Voting Easy Mail-In Ballots One Experiment
ATLANTA -- The 2000 presidential election is shaping up to be the closest in 40 years. But you wouldn't know it in Georgia, where Secretary of State Cathy Cox last week predicted a turnout of 61 percent of the state's registered voters, the lowest...
The JEDC's Lack of Legwork Is Poor Disguise for a Cop Out
So, I thought, maybe I struck a nerve. A while back, I wrote about how even during these fat times, some businesses in Jacksonville's poorer communities were swamped with more job applicants than customers. In that column, I also criticized the...
Top Mayoral Aide on the Move Munz to Join Firm in Private Sector
Top mayoral aide Michael Munz will leave his Jacksonville City Hall job this winter to join the private sector. "When you do what I do, you always have to be looking to the future," Munz said yesterday. "When career opportunities are presented to...
UNF Women Taking Big Steps Regionals Are Next Step for Ospreys
The years may have mellowed University of North Florida women's soccer coach Mike Munch, but one thing remains the same. "I still love to be successful," Munch said. "I've always been very driven, very intense.". UNF took home its first Peach...
U.S. Senate Race Has Some Spoilers McCollum, Nelson Do Have Some Other Competition for Seat
TALLAHASSEE -- If you don't like the Republican or Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate, you have several alternatives. U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum of Orlando, the Republican nominee, and Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson, the Democratic nominee,...
Weaver's Next Goal: Upgrades to Alltel Jaguars Seek $50 Million in Stadium Renovations
News that Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver would like up to $50 million worth of renovations at Alltel Stadium was all but lost last week in celebration over the city playing host to a Super Bowl. But it will come up again. And taxpayers...
What's New
MOVES -- AmSouth Bank opened a new branch at 12720 Atlantic Blvd. -- Gateway Community Services' Detoxification Unit has moved to 3333 W. 20th St. and the administrative offices are now at 5644 Colcord Ave. The Residential Treatment program...