The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 22, 2000

2 Drug Dealers Get Prison Terms Both Aided Investigation of Police Corruption
Two of three convicted drug dealers who were the catalysts to an ongoing investigation of corruption in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office were sentenced to prison yesterday, with one given a break for his cooperation and the other left to wait for...
Acc Notebook
FIGURING CLEMSON OUT Wake Forest coach Jim Caldwell endured the unpleasant experience of a 55-7 loss at Clemson last Saturday, when the Tigers piled up 436 rushing yards. At least he learned from it. "Clemson creates an illusion," Caldwell said....
AT&T to Test Software in Boxes for Interactive TV Pilot
NEW YORK -- AT&T Corp. will use cable TV software from Liberate Technologies for a trial run with interactive television, a decision that comes soon after Microsoft warned of delays in a competing system for AT&T. The pilot program will...
Big Commotion Happening at 'U-B-The Sponsor' School
There was quite a commotion yesterday at Nike Middle School, located on Jacksonville's Southside just down the road from Reebok High. Television news choppers hovered overhead as a Sheriff's Office SWAT team set up a command post in the school's...
British Airways Spokeswoman Says No Decision Has Been Made
While there's talk that British Airways may have settled on Jacksonville for a 300-job reservations center, the company said no decision has been made. "We have not made a final decision," said Jennifer Hudson, vice president of communications for...
Caseloads Up, Morale Goes Down Child Services Chief Sees Crisis Shaping
ATLANTA -- Morale among state workers assigned to protect children from abuse and neglect is plummeting, and some counties are in crisis situations because of high turnover, says the head of the Division of Family and Children Services. Juanita...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "The deceased were being sexually abused, they were being mishandled. There was profanity in front of the deceased." -- Joel Barnes, former employee of H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home accusing co-workers of sexual harassment,...
Collection Pieces Have Familiar Ring Phone History Up for Auction Former St. Marys Leader's Estate to Benefit Church
ST. MARYS -- A little part of Camden County history goes up for sale tomorrow. Old telephone switchboards, line insulators and other phone gadgets from the 1940s and '50s will be sold in the parking lot of TDS Telecom in St. Marys. It all once...
Colts on Skates in No-Huddle Offense Quickness the Name of the Game for Colts
Every so often in the NFL, a concept fits a team so well that when it's finally utilized, you wonder what took so long. This year's version is the Indianapolis Colts and the no-huddle offense. The Colts have perhaps the league's best trio of...
Convictions Keep 13% of Black Men from Voting
WASHINGTON -- On Election Day, nearly 1.4 million voting-age black men -- more than one in eight -- will be ineligible to cast ballots because of state laws that strip felons of the right to vote. "Here we are, 50 years after the beginning of the...
DAYTRIP Stepping Back in Brunswick Quaint Georgia Town Has Old-Time Flavor
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A woman stands among the peaches, watermelons, beans, pecans, peas, squash, tomatoes and squat platoons of homemade jelly and pickles for sale in the strip of shade under the roof at the Brunswick Harbor Market. "I haven't had...
Development in Works for Argyle Area
The head of a Jacksonville family produce business is taking significant steps for putting together what he calls the ideal neighborhood along the Duval-Clay county border. Don Pitman, president of Pitman and Son Produce Co., owns 1,215 aces in...
Eagles' 'Ant Man' Known for Speed
STATESBORO, Ga. -- His friends and Georgia Southern teammates call him "Ant Man." Anthony Williams really bugs special-team opponents, those guys covering punts and kickoffs attempting to tackle the 5-foot-8, 163-pound returner who, among other...
'Eyes of Tammy Faye' Will Convert Non-Believers
I'll be honest. I didn't really want to watch a documentary on Tammy Faye Bakker, she of the raccoonlike eye makeup and extravagant televangelizing ways. I changed my mind about 30 seconds into The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a film festival favorite playing...
'Famous' Is Almost Wonderful
Almost Famous glows with qualities we rarely associate with movies anymore: It's understated and wryly funny, affectionate and nostalgic without being sappy. Even more striking: It's an obviously personal story that doesn't wallow in fashionable...
FBI No Friend, Atlanta Mayor Says Campbell Bashes Federal Investigation
ATLANTA -- Under investigation by federal authorities, Mayor Bill Campbell says the FBI wants to destroy his reputation as it has tried with other prominent blacks such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Marion Barry. "The FBI has never been a friend...
Free from Liberia's Chaos First Coast Resident Dennis Kotee Represents the Growing Number of Refugees Fleeing Africa's Civil Wars for a New Life in America
Dennis Kotee sat in his Jacksonville living room with the shades closed to the morning sun and recalled how they would tie him up before the torture began. He was an elementary school teacher in Liberia. Twice he was captured and tortured by rebels...
Gladys Knight's Light Strong for Half Century
Briefly a superstar and forever a diva, Gladys Knight has been belting out soul and R&B classics since long before the girls in Destiny's Child were even born. In fact, she started her career at the age of 4, singing in Mount Mariah Baptist Church...
Gore and Bush Clash on Means to Relieve High Cost of Fuel
HOLLYWOOD, Md. -- Democrat Al Gore proposed tapping the nation's emergency oil reserve to force down gasoline and heating oil prices, pushing fuel costs to the front in the presidential campaign yesterday as both cold weather and the election draw...
HEALTH CARE the Sum Also Rises
Of course, Medicare HMO premiums are rising. Is anyone surprised? The federal government health care program for the elderly, Medicare, provides small benefits at large cost. Like another gargantuan entitlement, Social Security, it is working...
HIGHER EDUCATION Proceed with Caution
As the state task force on education moves toward recommending a new structure for education in Florida, it should use great care to ensure that the remedy is not worse than the illness. Higher education especially could suffer if the Board of Regents...
House Drops Brown Probe House Ends Brown Inquiry Lawmaker Celebrates; Ethics Panel Says She Showed 'Poor Judgment'
WASHINGTON -- The House ethics committee dropped its probe of Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., yesterday but not before criticizing the four-term Jacksonville lawmaker for showing "poor judgment" in her dealings with an African businessman. The bipartisan...
Is Valdosta Dynasty Collapsing? Disappointing Start Brings Questions
Is it over? Has Valdosta High School's dynasty ended? The question has been asked before -- in 1943, 1963 and 1974, when the Wildcats also started poorly and finished with three of only five losing seasons in a history that goes back to 1913...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's comments like those by the Florida Catholic Conference that make me almost ashamed to be a Catholic." -- State Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite of the state Criminal Justice Committee on criticism of treatment of Death Row inmates....
Jobless Claims Fall, Suggest Softening of Labor Market
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new applications for state unemployment benefits declined last week but still left claims at a level suggesting that the economy's voracious appetite for workers may be easing a little. The Labor Department...
Little Polish Car near End of 27-Year Road Beloved 'Maluch' to Be Discontinued
WARSAW, Poland -- It has been ridiculed as a tin matchbox on wheels, a sputtering, snub-nosed parody of modern motoring, but it managed a feat probably no other vehicle could: putting the Polish masses on the road. Now the tiny Polski Fiat 126 --...
McCrone Moonlighting for Tomcats
Ron McCrone may be the new Jacksonville Tomcats coach, but that doesn't mean he's going to be the old Orange Park High School coach. McCrone said yesterday that he plans to coach the Tomcats and Raiders for the foreseeable future. He coached the...
Mesh Installed at Death Row Draws Protest
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Catholic Conference said yesterday that prison officials are creating an atmosphere of despair on Death Row by caging inmates with wire mesh in front of their cells. The Corrections Department began installing the screening...
Millions Prefer Life without the Internet
AUSTIN, Texas -- The head of the Texas AFL-CIO understands technology's benefits for future generations of workers. But Joseph Gunn's personal office is devoid of computers, and he would rather let his wife and staff surf the Internet on his behalf....
Miners Hold Strike Line in Battered School Bus Unfair Labor Practices Claimed at Mineral Site
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Dyal Bowman, 65, and his fellow union strikers have been sitting on a tattered, funky Bluebird school bus for two years. Long-time miners, they take turns occupying it and drawing signs. The union, the International Association...
Morning Briefing
STOCKS CLOSE MIXED AMID EARNINGS NERVES Stocks closed mixed yesterday amid lingering gloom on Wall Street about corporate profits and higher oil prices. The uncertainty ended a two-day rally in the high-tech sector. Investors again unloaded stocks...
Music to Her Ears Thomas Receives Top Honor at Luncheon Capping off MED Week
Dee Thomas was determined not to let receiving an award get in the way of a piano lesson. In a matter of minutes, Thomas, owner of Thomas Transcription Services Inc. in Jacksonville, went from being an honoree to being a pupil. She hustled out of...
Nation Briefing
WILLEY LAWSUIT ACCUSES CLINTONS OF PRIVACY BREACH WASHINGTON -- Kathleen Willey sued President Clinton, his wife and his lawyers yesterday, alleging they illegally released personal letters Willey sent the president. The lawsuit filed in federal...
Newsmakers
HECHE, JACKIE O ON THE BOOK SCENE Anne Heche has sold her memoirs to Scribner for high six figures. Dish about her and Ellen DeGeneres isn't the point, but rather the childhood experiences that formed her -- closeted gay dad, brother killed in an...
Nursing Home Liability Woes Spread in U.S. Insurance Bailouts Go beyond Florida
Insurance companies are getting out of the business of providing liability coverage to nursing homes nationwide -- not just in Florida, a new survey by the Florida Department of Insurance found. Nursing home lobbyists this year warned Gov. Jeb Bush...
Pair Arrested, 1 Sought in Bacon Pot Case
ALMA -- Two Bacon County brothers and a third man face federal charges stemming from a two-county marijuana growing and distribution operation. Stevie "Foots" Williams, 38, and his brother, Robin Williams, 34, both of Alma, were arrested Wednesday...
Pleasant, Attractive Foo House Serves Up Solid Chinese Fare
It is difficult to get past the sameness of Chinese restaurants. There seems to be one in every other shopping center, and it's difficult to tell them apart, to remember one meal from another, the Kung Pao from the Moo Shee. I've heard the complaints....
Police Continue Gearing Up for Anti-IMF Protests in Prague
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Police yesterday refused to allow American and Italian activists to enter the country to join protests when International Monetary Fund and World Bank officials meet next week. The government is also moving police reinforcements...
Putting the Brakes on Car-Damaging Lovebug Infestation
Dear Call Box: Does anybody have any great ideas to get lovebugs off a car? I know it takes elbow grease, but is there an easier way to get all the residue off after you have been driving on the interstate and get completely inundated on the windshield,...
RED ZONE BLUES Jags Struggle to Score TDs from Inside 20
Jimmy Smith couldn't believe what he was hearing. Could the Jaguars really be ranked 29th in the league scoring touchdowns inside the opponents' 20? "Are you serious?" Smith said. "No. Really? That low?" The Red Zone is the Instead Zone for the...
Saints Top Senators in Shootout
NEPTUNE BEACH -- It was tough to tell what was worse, the Fletcher pass defense or the Sandalwood run defense. But whichever unit had the tougher day, the result was a shootout that made Fletcher's field look like a track meet. Sandalwood 43, Fletcher...
SCOUTING REPORT Jaguars vs. Colts, Monday, 9 P.M. (ABC, TV-25)
KEY MATCHUPS JAGUARS CORNERBACKS AARON BEASLEY AND FERNANDO BRYANT VS. COLTS WIDE RECEIVER MARVIN HARRISON The Jaguars' secondary recovered from a difficult day two weeks ago against the Ravens to all but shut down the Bengals receivers last...
Scouts to Audit Numbers of Troops Leaders Seek to Stem 'Miscommunication'
Jacksonville Boy Scout leaders have outlined four "immediate steps" after a year-old University of North Florida study said enrollment figures for a Scouting program in public housing projects couldn't be verified. The North Florida Council of the...
Sec Notebook
WASTED WORRY FOR FULMER Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer figured this would be a tough week for his players, having thoroughly outplayed Florida last Saturday in Knoxville, only to lose in the closing seconds. So he planned to meet his seniors at...
Sheriff Goes after Bad Apples Glover Forms Team to Ferret Misconduct
Sheriff Nat Glover has formed a team of investigators whose duties will include conducting targeted and random undercover stings of Jacksonville police to catch troublemakers and deter future misconduct. Glover, trying to cope with a federal grand...
Spurrier Wants Defense to Talk Less, Play Better Vols Created Doubts about UF's Unit
GAINESVILLE -- There were the preseason concerns about an unproven offensive line and a young, inexperienced corps of receivers. And there were more than a few pregame questions about quarterback Jesse Palmer and whether he was ready to lead his team...
Symphony Delights Crowd with Magical Performance
Conductor Fabio Mechetti promised audiences a surprise during the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's first Masterworks concert of the season, and he and the orchestra certainly delivered last night. Uneasy suspense grew as audience members looked...
They've Got the Beat Rhythm Inspires, Binds Participants of Drum Circles
It's something that can be heard in the deep tone of a djembe drum, the joyful boom of a bongo and the tight-lipped slap of the tablas. It may have been what first moved people to make drums thousands of years ago, but it can still be felt in the local...
U.N. Aid Workers Demand Safety in Dangerous Places
GENEVA -- About 1,500, most U.N. aid workers wearing white armbands and carrying photographs of slain and abducted colleagues, marched yesterday to demand more protection while working in some of the world's most dangerous places. "Refugees' lives...
'Woman on Top' Is a Modern Fairy Tale
The sunny, flirtatious Woman on Top gets off to a good start, with a swinging bossa nova soundtrack and retro-cool '60s-style opening credits. It's a fairy tale, the narrator makes clear: "One upon a time, in the land of bossa nova, lived a girl...
Workers Go to Court to Stake Claim to Stock Options
NEW YORK -- The job offer to executive Todd Kenner came with a seductive pitch: Join us and we'll make you a millionaire. That offer was premised on a compensation package laden with potentially lucrative stock options. But when Kenner and two other...
World Bank Worries about Poverty Issues
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The World Bank issued a stark warning yesterday that rising economic inequality threatens global growth and stability, but critics who say the bank aggravates the problem were speaking -- at least initially -- with a far more...
World Briefing
BRITAIN: GRENADE LAUNCHER FOUND NEAR SPY HQ BLAST LONDON -- Police yesterday found part of a rocket-propelled grenade launcher near the scene of an attack on the headquarters of Britain's MI6 intelligence service, which they think may have been...