The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 19, 2001

A Child's Joy Is Pet Peeve for Parents
I've made peace with Britney the hamster. After keeping me awake into the wee hours of the morning with her loud scuffling and scratching and digging in her plastic habitat, and after chasing her around the apartment on all fours after each of her...
Aryan Nations Lawsuit Transforms Family Judgment Puts 2 in the Limelight
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- In two years, Victoria Keenan went from victim to victor over the Aryan Nations. Her lawsuit bankrupted the neo-Nazis, and last week she took possession of the hate group's 20-acre compound, which housed and trained some...
Attack Imperils U.N.-Iraq Sanctions Talks
UNITED NATIONS -- The latest allied air strikes near Baghdad are likely to complicate upcoming U.N.-Iraq talks aimed at breaking a stalemate over U.N. sanctions and getting weapons inspectors back into the country. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan...
Battle over City's Tree Protection Law Heads to Court
Jacksonville's battle over tree protection is heading for court, putting in jeopardy a referendum mandating tougher rules that was approved by 76 percent of voters last fall. "We don't feel like we have a choice," said Howard White, president of...
Big Thumbs-Up for Body Parts in the News
Get out the cocktail wieners and settle back for a pleasant "read," because it's time for our fun feature, "Body Parts Making the News." Our first body part is featured in an Aug. 8 article from the Seattle Times, written by Ian Ith (yes, "Ian Ith")...
Blacks Think Votes Rejected Unfairly at Higher Rate
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A majority of Florida's black voters believe their votes were unfairly rejected in November at a higher rate than those by voters of other races and that the election's loser is now president, a new telephone poll found. ...
BLACK SUNDAY Death of NASCAR Legend Sends Waltrip from Elation to Sorrow after 500 Victory
DAYTONA BEACH -- When Michael Waltrip pulled into Victory Lane yesterday after winning the Daytona 500, he quickly looked for the man responsible for reviving his career and giving him a chance to win the biggest race of his life, car owner Dale Earnhardt....
Blast near Kosovo Buffer Zone Kills 3 Serb Officers
LUCANE, Yugoslavia -- An explosion ripped through a police van and killed three Serb officers just outside Kosovo yesterday, heightening tensions already taut after a bus bombing that killed at least seven Serb civilians inside the troubled province....
Communicate Wishes about Organ Donation
Q: My husband and I are interested in a complete health care plan that includes organ donations. We would like to know the best way to make sure our wishes are carried out. We have durable powers of attorney and living wills but are unclear about organ...
Coordinated Riots Sweep Brazil Prisons
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- A coordinated wave of prison riots blamed on a powerful inmate gang swept through 21 prisons in the tense penal system of Brazil's Sao Paulo state yesterday, leaving at least eight people dead and thousands of hostages in...
CRIME A Failed Experiment
One group frequently criticized on these pages is the American Civil Liberties Union. But the ACLU has good ideas, as well as misguided ones. For example, it is trying to reform asset-forfeiture laws in Washington state. Washington allows its police...
Cruises Paying Attention to Hair, Nails and the Rest Pampering Profitable for Oceangoing Spas
MIAMI -- Eileen Neel has been on five cruises and knows you have to be quick to get a spa appointment. The membership coordinator for the Screen Actors Guild planned to make the marble and glass attraction on the 11th deck of Carnival's new megaship...
CSX Creates New Locally Based Services Company
CSX Corp., the parent company for Jacksonville railroad CSX Transportation, formed a new transportation services company this month. The new unit, to be based in Jacksonville, is called Transflo Corp. Services include moving products from one mode...
Dodge Makes Plenty of Noise in Comeback
DAYTONA BEACH -- Casey Atwood saw red. He wasn't angry. He just saw red. Thousands and thousands of bits of red, hats and shirts along the backstretch of Daytona International Speedway as he ran the three pace laps that began yesterday's 43rd Daytona...
Fans Mourn Hero Earnhardt Death Hits Many Hard
DAYTONA BEACH -- Fans of Dale Earnhardt mourned at a hospital and in stores and restaurants near Daytona International Speedway yesterday after hearing about the racing legend's death. A handful of Earnhardt faithful, including 46-year-old Sean...
Fears from Rule Changes Come True
DAYTONA BEACH -- A warm-and-fuzzy scene was playing out in the pits. Michael Waltrip was standing on his car, his voice going squeaky as he screamed about breaking his 0-for-462 streak. His brother was up in the Fox broadcast booth fighting back tears...
Gators Edge Seminoles Simon, Ramsey Combine to End FSU Win Streak
TALLAHASSEE -- Settling down after two troubling innings, Florida sophomore Joey Simon delivered six solid innings -- the longest stint by a Gators pitcher this season -- before reliever Keith Ramsey closed the door on yesterday's 6-5 victory over...
Hart Bridge Driver Involved in Crash Nowhere to Be Found
Detectives and police divers searched yesterday for the driver of a minivan that was found empty on the Hart Bridge and involved in a wreck that closed half of the bridge for two hours. Investigators don't know whether the driver fell into the St....
Having Children of Their Own Often Brings Former 'Rebels' Back to Places of Worship Return to Faith
Rhonda Wilson-Williams and her husband, Tony, were both teenagers when they lost interest in church and stopped attending services. Though she questions the existence of God, Wilson-Williams and her husband returned to church when they started a...
In Honor of Black History -- and Good Books
Children like to see their lives reflected in books. That's why they love Goodnight Moon as a bedtime story and why they might want to read Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven over and over for weeks after the family pet dies. Not only do they want to...
International Speedway a Big Winner
You may or may not have been happy with Fox Broadcasting Co.'s broadcast of yesterday's Daytona 500, but you can bet shareholders of International Speedway Corp. are pleased. Fox took over the broadcast of the stock car race after years of coverage...
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...
Intimidator to Very End
DAYTONA BEACH -- He was The Intimidator, the Man in Black, and right to the end, Dale Earnhardt was every bit the brusque daredevil who drew millions to his sport. Earnhardt, the driver people either loved or hated -- but had to watch either way...
'Iraqi-Turkish Mafia' Smuggled 910 to France, Officials Say
FREJUS, France -- Criminal gangs operating in Turkey and Iraq were behind the smuggling of hundreds of Iraqi Kurds who landed in France after a weeklong journey in a decrepit freighter without toilets or provisions, border police said yesterday. ...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "She kind of stuck me back into the late 1950s and my mind really started racing." -- Maryland lawmaker Talmadge Branch on the refusal of a bartender to serve him a beer at the front of the bar during a visit to Perry. Story, this...
Just a Matter of Time
DAYTONA BEACH -- Jeff Gordon didn't need a spotter. He saw the spectacular wreck that delayed yesterday's Daytona 500 coming long before it happened. For that matter, Gordon said, anyone could. Gordon, a three-time Winston Cup Champion, was one...
Legislators Target Lender Abuse Bills Would Curb Predatory Tactics
ATLANTA -- The stories are enough to make you cringe. An Atlanta couple in their 80s, both nearly blind, could lose their home because a finance company promises to consolidate their mortgage with other debts and lower their monthly payments, but...
Local Existing-Home Sales Up 6.8 Percent Last Year
Existing-home sales in the Jacksonville area increased by 6.8 percent last year according to figures released last week by the Florida Association of Realtors in Orlando. In 2000, there were 11,721 existing-home sales in the Jacksonville area, compared...
Made-for-TV Race Action Last-Lap Drama Had Viewers Glued to Broadcast
It wasn't exactly businesslike, unbiased announcing. It did make for great television, however. Viewers heard genuine, impassioned rooting down the stretch as Fox Sports opened its first season of NASCAR coverage yesterday: Announcer Darrell Waltrip...
Major Push on for Vote Reform Cox Introduces Bill for Advanced System
ATLANTA -- In their stump speeches pleading for support on Election Day, politicians are famous for telling their audiences that every vote counts. But few believed them until last fall, when it took President Bush 36 days and a U.S. Supreme Court...
Mall Developers Use Traffic Tie-Ups as Inroads for Plans Both Propose Street Extension Projects
Two companies angling to build Jacksonville's next big shopping center are proposing to pay for construction of new roads aimed at easing the traffic load on Butler Boulevard and Baymeadows Road. The Deerwood Town Center, which would be built off...
Mathews Dies at 69 Pneumonia Claims Former Braves Star
SAN DIEGO -- Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews, who teamed with Hank Aaron to give the Braves a fearsome home run punch and Milwaukee its only World Series championship, died yesterday. He was 69. Mathews died in his sleep at Scripps La Jolla hospital,...
'Me and My Girl' Makes an 'Entertaining' Return
The last time Me and My Girl was presented at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre, in 1991, I wrote that it was possibly "the most entertaining show the Alhambra has ever presented." At least that's what the Alhambra ads have been quoting me as saying,...
Microbes May Thrive in Sealed Antarctic Lakes Critters Could Steer Hunt for Life on Mars
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buried under thousands of feet of ice in the Antarctic are a series of freshwater lakes unexposed to the open air for millions of years but possibly holding a thriving community of microbes, scientists say. Researchers probing beneath...
Nagging Not Best Way to Get the Chores Done
Q: Our 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter share animal chores on our family farm in the evenings. Every night, we have to remind them, and they always put up a fight before the jobs get done. The jobs are definitely not too strenuous for them,...
Nation Briefing
GEORGIA, FLORIDA LOTTOS YIELD SINGLE WINNER APIECE A ticket sold in Cocoa in Brevard County matched all six Florida Lotto numbers to win a jackpot of $30 million, lottery officials said yesterday. In Georgia, a ticket purchased in Augusta had...
New National Civil War Museum Strives to Present Balanced View
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The campaign was long and hard and the fighting fierce, but Harrisburg now has its museum to the War Between the States. The National Civil War Museum, a $38.5 million project that traces the history of the four-year conflict...
Newsmakers
'HANNIBAL' EATS UP BOX OFFICE DRAW Movie-goers remained hungry for Hannibal, which grossed $30 million to top the box office for a second straight weekend. The sequel to The Silence of the Lambs became the first movie released this year to hit $100...
Novelist Has to Overcome Attention Deficit Disorder
John Dunning always suspected he'd be a better, or at least more prolific, writer if he could just pay attention. "I love to goof off," he confesses over a plate of pasta during a lunch interview. "Sometimes I'd rather do anything than sit down...
Palestinians Rally against Air Strike Gaza Crowd Praises Saddam
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- About 1,000 Palestinians protested outside Gaza City yesterday, denouncing the U.S. and British air strike in Iraq and expressing support for Saddam Hussein. The rally took place as Israelis and Palestinians exchanged fire...
Perry Bar Is Focus of Civil Rights Inquiry Black Patrons Served in Back Room, Some Say
PERRY -- All Maryland lawmaker Talmadge Branch wanted was a cold draft beer, and he stopped at the Perry Package bar earlier this month to get one. But rather than being served a nice foamy brew, Branch says he found himself in a time warp that...
Proposed Excursion Train Could Boost Sagging Georgia Tourism
ATLANTA -- An excursion train to former President Jimmy Carter's boyhood home is one of the newest ideas to help stimulate tourism in southwest Georgia, which has struggled behind the rest of the state economically. Boosters paint a glowing picture...
Radioactive Waste Will Travel I-20 Critics Contend Transport Risky, Useless
AUGUSTA -- Savannah River Site plans to ship its first load of plutonium waste to a New Mexico nuclear repository as early as next month, with eight to 12 shipments by January. Critics contend that transferring the plutonium, which will be driven...
Reason for Rich Pardon in Editorial Weak for Some
WASHINGTON -- The heads of two congressional probes of former president Bill Clinton's controversial pardon of fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich questioned Clinton's latest explanation yesterday, while former Clinton aides backpedaled on his claim...
Sculptor Sells Coins She Helped Design Pay from Mint May Be Shinier
WASHINGTON -- The sculptor whose version of the Indian woman Sacagawea is on the front of the golden dollar coins appears to have the Midas touch. As payment for her work, Glenna Goodacre received 5,000 of the coins from the U.S. Mint last year....
S. Florida Seeks Best in High-Tech Companies Band Together to Raise Profile of Area
MIAMI -- Balmy weather and beaches attract millions of vacationers to South Florida each year, but entrepreneur Scott Adams found it wasn't enough to attract top Internet professionals. Between 1996 and 1999, Adams needed to hire 150 people -- many...
Slain Magnate's Wife Contests Will
FORT LAUDERDALE -- The estranged wife of Miami Subs and SunCruz founder Gus Boulis is disputing a will filed in probate court that leaves her out of the slain Greek entrepreneur's inheritance. Meanwhile, two of Boulis' former business partners involved...
Some More Examples of What Drives Drivers Crazy
Jacksonville drivers are sounding off about their travel toubles. In the wake of last week's commentary, in which I complained about some irritating and dangerous habits of fellow road warriors, other drivers called and wrote to share their peeves....
THE DAYTONA 500 Earnhardt Killed NASCAR Legend Slams into Wall on Final Turn Death Leaves Racing World Stunned in Grief
DAYTONA BEACH -- Dale Earnhardt, whose thick mustache and trademark black No. 3 Chevrolet made him one of stock car racing's most recognizable figures, was killed instantly yesterday when he crashed into the wall at the Daytona 500. Earnhardt, 49,...
Waiting Game Some Jacksonville Companies Preparing for What They Hope Will Be the Lifting of the United States' Trade Embargo with Cuba
For virtually all of the time Ken Krauter has been running the Jacksonville Port Authority, roughly five years, one of his favorite words has been diversification. He wants to diversify the products shipped into and out of the port. And he has tried...
Waltrip a Forgotten Winner
DAYTONA BEACH -- Minutes after taking the checkered flag in the Daytona 500, the greatest moment in his 15-year career, Michael Waltrip was all but forgotten. Elation turned to grief as word came that Dale Earnhardt, Waltrip's longtime friend and...
Why Celebrate Black History? Try These Reasons for Starters
During some rare down time, I decided to check out my fan mail on the Times-Union's message boards. Seems I'm real popular there. To my surprise, I found something rare, like a lost birthstone ring shining in a garbage can: A bunch of people to...