The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 19, 2000

4 Candidates in the Running for Superior Court Judge
Superior Court Judge A. Blenn Taylor Jr.'s April announcement that he would not seek re-election set off a four-man race to replace him. All the candidates are lawyers, as the law requires, and all live in Glynn County, the most populous of the...
Abortion Poll Filled with Conflicted Views
LOS ANGELES -- A majority of Americans believe abortion is murder, but more than two-thirds think the decision to have one must be left to a woman and her doctor, according to a Los Angeles Times poll released yesterday. The poll is full of responses...
Aerospace Firm's Stock Falls on Earnings Estimates
After making a nice recovery this spring, Northrop Grumman Corp.'s stock fell back last week as two big deals caused analysts to cut their earnings estimates. In moves designed to focus the aerospace company on defense electronics and information...
A Flawed System of Justice Makes Death Penalty Suspect
Talk about broken systems. In 1993, Polly Klaas, a 12-year-old Petaluma, Calif., schoolgirl, was abducted from her bedroom during a slumber party. Her murderer, Richard Allen Davis, had a rap sheet spattered with burglaries, attempted rapes, pistol...
American Flag Flies High in Cyberspace
With Independence Day just around the corner, it seems that all the picnics, parades, flags and fireworks just sort of blend into one big American summertime celebration. To add to your festivities, here are my site recommendations. American Flag...
Baker Defends Death Penalty Attorney General Says System Causes Delays
ATLANTA -- With capital punishment under a fresh round of scrutiny across the nation, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker says he remains "an avid supporter" of the death penalty and is determined to carry out executions as quickly as possible....
Capital Gains Can Be Joker in Divorce Deck
Q: Early in our more than 20-year marriage, my husband and I purchased investment land at a resort on a lake for $50,000. The land was in his name. At the time of our divorce two years ago, this property was appraised for $500,000. We have no children....
Career Track
ADVERTISING -- The Bank of New York Trust Company of Florida N.A. has promoted: Ethel White, vice present in the Florida Muni Unit; Helen Mabe, assistant vice president in the Texas Unit; and Robert Lechner, assistant treasurer in the Texas Unit....
Classic Tiger Woods Wows with Record 15-Shot Win
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Tiger Woods amazed. Tiger Woods thrilled. Most of all, Tiger Woods dominated -- like no other player in the history of the United States Open. The best professionals in the world, at the most difficult U.S. Open venue...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "However bad you feel today, you're still alive, and that's a good thing." -- U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., who lost both legs in Vietnam, about "Alive Day," an anniversary for Cleland office aide Daniel Johnson, who lost his legs...
Companies Find New Vehicle for Ads
NEW YORK -- The advertising industry's latest vehicles may soon be passing you on Main Street and parking in your neighbor's driveway. Several California-based companies are paying drivers to wrap their personal cars in ads touting products like...
Duval, Singh Finish Strong First Coast Golfers End in 8th Place Tie after Early Struggles
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- If David Duval can't win a U.S. Open, he's thankful for the test -- and the revelations. "What I like about this event is that if you're playing exceptional, you can win, like Tiger is doing," said the Jacksonville native...
Education Panel May Be Unclear about Role Some Say Their Input Was Totally Ignored
CLEVELAND -- Empty seats and dampened enthusiasm colored four days of meetings by the Governor's Education Reform Commission last week as members considered how to improve a sweeping school-reform law that won't even affect the first student for months....
Energy Czar Doubts Nuclear Secrets Stolen
WASHINGTON -- Rejecting GOP calls he resign over security lapses, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said yesterday there is no evidence two computer drives with nuclear secrets ever left the Los Alamos lab or that espionage was involved in their disappearance....
FAMU Bomb Trial Starts Today Suspect Charged with Hate Crime
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida A&M University student Remy Robinson isn't sure when it happened, but sometime in the 10 months since a pair of bombs went off at the historically black college, she was forced to grow up. Robinson, 18, a sophomore from...
First Union Not Silent about Upcoming Feature
First Union Corp. is spending about $14 million on voice-recognition technology that will allow customers to access their accounts by phone and navigate through First Union's automated retail banking choices simply by speaking rather than by pushing...
For These Youngsters, Riding More Than Horsing around Kids Surmount Their Disabilities with Therapy
QUINCY -- Ten-year-old Carly Fahey flashed an occasional smile as she worked her horse in the stadium at Rock 'N Win farm, finally stopping after more than 20 minutes of going in circles. Special care was taken as Carly, who has cerebral palsy,...
Giving Up on Old-Fashioned Party Planning
Sometimes I think I'll scream if my child is invited to yet another birthday party. I'm glad she has friends, mind you. And I'm sure I've bought more gifts for other people's children than I've bought for my own, even if I throw in Christmas. But that's...
Gore Ready to Offer New Retirement Plan Savings to Complement Social Security, Aides Say
WASHINGTON -- Al Gore plans to offer workers a new 401(k)-style savings program with as much as a 3-to-1 government match to help Americans build bigger retirement nest eggs separate from Social Security, campaign aides said yesterday. The Democratic...
Health Clinic Finds a Need Project to Prevent Black Infant Deaths
A new federal project to prevent black infant deaths in Jacksonville is finding that plenty of women need medical care. The Magnolia Project opened its small clinic in mid-April in a strip mall on West 45th Street at Moncrief Road, serving an area...
Icelanders Re-Enacting Saga Viking Replica Crew Retracing Eriksson
REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- A thousand years after Leif Eriksson landed in North America, an Icelandic ship captain set sail Saturday on a replica of a Viking boat to follow his ancestor's route from Iceland to the New World. A crowd cheered when the...
In the Pipeline
COMMERCIAL -- Site improvements for the Pulaski Road Retail Center, 12815 Pulaski Road, 8 acres, $536,000; owner is Rosen San Pablo LLC, Boca Raton. -- Remodeling for Outer Limitz, Regency Square mall, 9501 Arlington Expressway, 2,421 square...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There's been a loss of innocence, and I'm not as naive as I used to be." -- Florida A&M University student Remy Robinson on the aftermath of two bombings at the school. Story on this page. ST. JOHNS PROJECTS As lawmakers...
Jacksonville Propeller Club Names Gibbs Maritime Person of the Year
The Jacksonville Propeller Club has named Atlantic Marine & Dry Dock founder and Chief Executive Officer George Gibbs its Maritime Person of the Year. The club was scheduled to meet last Friday at the Florida Yacht Club to honor Gibbs and other...
Judge: Lethal Injection Adequate State Can Execute Provenzano, He Says
SANFORD -- A judge ruled yesterday that Florida can execute a man convicted of fatally shooting a bailiff during a courthouse rampage, saying the state's lethal injection method passes constitutional muster. "This court found that procedure to be...
Lansing Hits for Cycle
DENVER -- Mike Lansing's toughest task was getting a single. Lansing had a triple, home run and double in the first three innings against Arizona yesterday. He then singled in the fourth inning to hit for the cycle, and the Rockies went on to set...
Lawmakers Push Amendment to Evaluate Cuba Embargo
WASHINGTON -- Senators wanted to know from the expert on international terrorism if any of the seven countries the United States accuses of exporting terror had improved its record. The answer: Cuba. That may have surprised those in Congress who...
Leaping into the Limelight
For Paul Kirkland and Anne Barnes, a love of dance has blossomed into a career path. The two, who will be seniors at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in August, will represent the school June 28 at the Florida Dance Festival in Miami. "It's...
Military Showing More Prominence in Latin America
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Army officers overthrow Ecuador's elected government in South America's first successful coup in more than a decade. Paraguayan troops fire at the legislative palace with automatic weapons before surrendering amid a state of siege....
Mom Should Punish 4-Year-Old Who Hits
Here's an interesting tale: A 4-year-old -- I'll call him Bluto -- has a habit of hitting other children in his preschool program. Bluto's teachers try various approaches, none of which work. Their latest attempt involved rewarding him with something...
Mysterious Microwave Tower Generating Rumors
FINKSBURG, Md. -- The receptionist across the street thinks it's an underground bunker. A Jiffy Mart clerk thinks it's a tunnel to the White House. And the AT&T employees who work there never say a thing. There's a reason for the secrecy and...
Nassau Lakes Promotes Resort-Style Apartments
FERNANDINA BEACH -- The construction of Nassau Lakes Apartments is trotting right along with the recent opening of the leasing office and three signed leases. The first tenants at the first apartment complex of its kind in Nassau County are expected...
Nation Briefing
NO LOTTO JACKPOT WINNERS IN FLORIDA OR GEORGIA No tickets matched all six in either Florida or Georgia Lotto drawings, officials said yesterday. Florida's new jackpot is $22 million. Georgia's rolls over to $3 million. MARYLAND MAN CHARGED...
Newsmakers
COMEDIAN PUTS ON A SHOW FOR FANS Jim Carrey showed both sides of his real-life character at the Los Angeles premiere of his new split-personality comedy Me, Myself & Irene. In the movie, Carrey plays a man whose split personalities -- one good,...
N. Korea Assails U.S. for Peninsula Tensions American Troop Presence Cited
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea accused the United States yesterday of increasing the danger of a war on the Korean peninsula, after Washington said that it had no plans to withdraw its troops from South Korea. "The U.S. imperialists pretend...
Notebook Seniors Fare Well
The sentiment involved in Jack Nicklaus playing in perhaps his final U.S. Open overshadowed the generally solid performance by four other members of the Senior PGA Tour at Pebble Beach. Past U.S. Open champions Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Hale Irwin...
No Trace Found of NBA Legend's Son Detectives Search Ponds in Area Near
MIAMI -- Julius "Dr. J" Erving spent a subdued Father's Day at home with his family, while investigators searched ponds east of Altamonte Springs, failing to find any trace of the NBA legend's missing son. Seminole County sheriff's officials methodically...
Official Still Seeks Slavery Apology Ohio Congressman Reissues Resolution
WASHINGTON -- Bulging mailbags filled with letters laced with foul language and vitriol arrived at Rep. Tony Hall's office after he suggested three years ago that Congress apologize to black Americans for 200 years of slavery. Undeterred by the...
Property Tax Cuts Part of Rough Outline of Delaney's Budget
Maybe it's coincidence. While Mayor John Delaney courts support for a sales tax hike for his Better Jacksonville Plan, he's also drafting a yearly City Hall budget that lowers property tax rates twice as much as last year. The cut, worth $15...
Pros Have Much to Play for, If Not Title
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- What does a touring professional do in the final round of a major championship in which no one has a realistic chance of catching a runaway train such as Tiger Woods? The answer varied among players who completed their final...
Recruits Treated, Trained Differently Now
When Delphia Bradley went through boot camp in 1984, the recruits carried rifles. Now they carry canteens. When Ken Frasson went through boot camp in 1981, the drill instructors called reveille at 2 a.m. and ordered dozens of pushups on a whim....
Research Spurs Hope against MS Nerve 'Insulation' Regrown in Mice
Researchers have for the first time been able to significantly repair central nervous system damage in mice with a disease that mimics multiple sclerosis, a finding that eventually may lead to new treatments for the crippling disorder. In MS and...
Russia Postpones Endorsement of Israel Withdrawal
UNITED NATIONS -- With Lebanon insisting that Israel still occupies part of its territory, Russia was delaying a formal Security Council endorsement yesterday of the U.N. verification of Israel's pullout from southern Lebanon. The council reached...
SCHOOL'S OUT after Bringing Bolles to National Prominence, President Harry deMontmollin Looks to Life outside Class
Harry deMontmollin first set foot on the campus of The Bolles School in the fall of 1951. He spent what was probably his last full day on the campus earlier this month, packing the last of his possessions into a U-Haul trailer before driving to...
SECURITY New McCarthyism
New anti-terrorism measures, proposed by a congressionally appointed commission, are the worst of both worlds -- too timid to reassure a nervous public and too bold to please civil libertarians. The centerpiece of the panel's report is a recommendation...
Study Says Laws Do Little to Curb Underage Drinking
BOSTON -- A high percentage of college binge drinkers are white males under the legal drinking age of 21 who find cheap or free alcohol at fraternity parties or local bars, according to a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health. "Students...
Switching Tracks One Year -- and Two Management Shakeups -- after Its Troublesome Takeover of Conrail, Some Employees See Light at the End of the Tunnel
Six months after CSX Transportation bought Conrail, a joke started making the rounds at the downtown Jacksonville offices of the railroad. "What do you call all these new Conrail people roaming around?" went the joke. The answer? "Boss." The...
The Team Comes First the Mid-Point: Jacksonville Teen, Who Has Learned to Cope with the Rigid Ways of Basic Training, Hits an Obstacle
GREAT LAKES, Ill. -- Most of the Navy recruits have been up for 18 hours, marching, listening to lectures and exercising without a break. Seaman Recruit John Hammonds is jealous of how easy their day has been. His shipmates slept until 4 a.m., but...
Third NYC Near-Collision under FAA Investigation
A US Airways Shuttle jetliner and a corporate turboprop missed colliding by 100 to 300 feet at a La Guardia Airport runway intersection a week ago when a controller cleared the turboprop to take off as the jetliner touched down to land, the Federal...
Trend toward Younger Bosses Requires Adjustments
Have you noticed the changing face of managers over the last few years? They're starting to look like the dancers in the Gap ads, young, fresh and energetic. For generations, promotions depended, to some degree, on seniority. Much of that is changing...
U.S. Asks Chile to Reinvestigate Deaths of 3 Americans
WASHINGTON -- The State Department is asking the Chilean government to reinvestigate the deaths of three U.S. citizens during the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, hoping that Chile's new government will vigorously pursue these and other...
West, South May Gain 25 Seats by 2020 Forecast Adds 2 for Georgia
WASHINGTON-- By 2020, New York stands to lose five House seats while California, already the largest state delegation with 52 members, would add nine if current Census Bureau population projections hold true, a private statistical group predicts. ...
World Briefing
YUGOSLAVIA: BOMB EXPERTS DETONATE SUSPICIOUS CARS PRISTINA -- British bomb experts serving with the NATO-led peacekeepers yesterday blasted open two cars suspected of containing explosives in front of Pristina's main hotel, but found nothing, a...