The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 12, 1997

2-Minute Drill
KICKER OF THE DAY Auburn kicker Jaret Holmes survived to tell about Louisiana Tech's attempt to intimidate him on the opening kickoff. After his kick went through the end zone, Bulldogs linebacker Suaese Ta'ase met Holmes at midfield, took...
[3] Extra Points
BIG ADVANTAGE Duke coach Fred Goldsmith swore to his fans that he would never again sell one of his home games to a neutral site. Goldsmith made that promise after the Blue Devils moved their 1995 home game against FSU to Orlando's Citrus...
Academics Pay Dividends for JU Team
The Jacksonville University women's tennis team was selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Awards Committee as an ITA All-Academic Team. Two JU women and two JU men also were selected to ITA's scholar athlete All-American...
Area Should Embrace the Gateway Classic
The city should consider wrapping its arms around the Gateway Classic. Other cities that play host to such black college football games have done so and gained good marketing advantages. The Jacksonville Sports Development Authority doled...
Atlanta Holds a Celebration of Mr. Picasso
When most people think of Picasso, they think of Paris. Wrong. This fall and winter, the place for Picasso will be Atlanta. The major attraction in the "Atlanta Celebrates Picasso" festival will be an exhibition of paintings, sculptures,...
A Wonderful Wonderwood Once Existed
Where is the wonder in the Wonderwood Connector? Gone with the wood. Atomized for military might. Teetering in the mist of memory. Wonderwood now means a new road to the Beach. To some a boon. To others an abomination. But once there truly...
Bad Timing for UF This Time, the Mistakes Are Costly
BATON ROUGE, La. -- All season long, Florida coach Steve Spurrier has shrugged his shoulders and shaken his head when the talk turned to turnovers. Spurrier knew the Gators have been lucky not to have made any costly mistakes in their first...
Bethune's Offense Couldn't Get It Going
Lawrence Goss kept striking sparks all day. Unfortunately, none of them fully ignited the self-destructive Bethune-Cookman College offense in the Wildcats' 14-7 Gateway Classic loss to Howard University yesterday at Alltel Stadium. Goss,...
Big Welcome Planned for Bounty's October Arrival
The tall ship Bounty is coming to Jacksonville for a 2 1/2-month stay to test the waters, and the area's boaters are hoping to roll out a watery red carpet. The 169-foot replica of the famous British Royal Navy vessel, one of the world's...
Bison Beat Turnovers
Howard coach Steve Wilson is still scratching his head, trying to figure out how his Bison defeated Bethune-Cookman. Despite seven turnovers, Howard was able to fight its way to a 14-7 win yesterday over the Wildcats in the 44th annual Gateway...
Bits & Bytes
MAC USERS TO MEET The new operating system Mac OS8 will be demonstrated by an Apple Computer representative at Tuesday's meeting of the North Florida Macintosh Users Group. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Mandarin Public Library,...
Bitten on the Bayou LSU Stuns Top-Ranked UF 28-21
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Maybe there's a little magic left in old Tiger Stadium after all. The 14th-ranked LSU Tigers, 15-point underdogs, pulled the upset of the season last night at famed Tiger Stadium, shocking top-ranked Florida 28-21 in...
Boating Notes
PWC HEARINGS INDICATE LEGISLATION Last Wednesday's hearings of the Florida House Water Management Committee seem to indicate that legislation embodying the recommendations of the Florida Boating Advisory Council PWC Committee will be introduced...
Bring on the Band -- and They Finally Did
The Bethune-Cookman College band played on -- better late than never. After rain earlier in the day and the threat of more at halftime of Bethune's Gateway Classic game against Howard University yesterday at Alltel Stadium, the band was...
Columbus Day Won't Affect Trash Pickup
Tomorrow is Columbus Day. Here are the highlights of what's open and what's closed for the federal holiday: Closed tomorrow: Federal offices; most banks and savings and loans. Open tomorrow: State and municipal offices, public schools,...
Conkey Wins Two 1stcoast Events
Doug Conkey made up for his first loss as a competitor in the Orange Park Country Club championship last month by winning two consecutive events in the 1stCoast Golf Association AmaTour. Conkey first captured the AmaTour event at the Fernandina...
Delaney's Campaign Is on a Roll: Bipartisan Backing, No Opponents
Judging by the people who attended his campaign organization meeting last week, Mayor John Delaney is on his way to creating the kind of re-election juggernaut that politicians generally only dream about. Delaney is vying for a second term...
Dove Season Opens Poorly
For many hunters, dove season opened last weekend in North Florida with more whimper than bang. Birds that had been queuing up on power lines and flocking to fields only weeks before decided to skip the curtain call. What gives? "Overall,...
Drivers Liking the Switch
Winston Cup drivers roared with unanimous approval when today's DieHard 500 at Talladega was moved from its July spot on the schedule to October. The world's fastest superspeedway puts enough demands on drivers without the sweltering summer...
Every Picture Tells a Story Susanne Schuenke Uses Big Themes and Small Details in Her Paintings
Shapes dance on the large canvas Susanne Schuenke is painting on a huge easel at one end of her living room in her South Ponte Vedra Beach home. One shape is a head, another a twisting torso. The figures stand for ideas, not individuals,...
Extra Points
CORSO CALLS Lee Corso, ESPN's cakefaced know-it-all studio analyst, had to be saved from LSU fans yesterday during the network's GameDay broadcast outside Tiger Stadium. Officials at ESPN put a screen behind the set to protect Corso from...
Finally, It's Duval He Breaks through for First PGA Tour Victory
David Duval knew it would happen someday, soon enough for his expectations, later than what others had predicted from the time he came onto the PGA Tour in 1995 and began making frequent appearances in the top 10. His game plan in place,...
Fire Destroys Motor Home; Man Burned
A Hudson couple vacationing at Hanna Park had their $100,000 motor home destroyed when it caught fire, causing the vehicle's propane gas tank to explode Friday night. A short time later, their son, with second-degree burns over 27 percent...
FLIPPING OVER TO FLOUNDER Tait Forgets Bass Fishing, Turns to Saltwater Species
If you fish for largemouth bass in the St. Johns River, you learn how to work a dock, and that's what Scott Tait was doing last Sunday, flipping and pitching, underhand and sidearm, exploring every nook and cranny with his baits. Only Tait...
Football Fans: Beware When Buying Tickets
The new-found success of the Jacksonville Jaguars has ushered in a problem for the team and its fans: ticket counterfeiting. For the victims, it can be embarrassing, maddening and downright inconveniencing. "This is something new to Jaguars...
Ford, Minor on the Run for FSU Freshmen May Be Answer to Problems
DURHAM, N.C. -- Bobby Bowden's long wait for a running back to break out of a pack of four may be over. Relieving starter Dee Feaster, freshmen Davy Ford and Travis Minor injected some life into the listless Florida State offense with a...
Game Day
"We still have a long way to go. It starts with another tough road game in Jacksonville. We feel like, as a unit, they're probably the most complete team in the league -- offensively, defensively, and special teams. Our backs are still ...
It Was the Best of Times for a Short Story Writer
It's time again for The Florida Times-Union's Holiday Short Story Contest. A few people are already working on their stories, judging by telephone calls looking for the guidelines. Some have just begun and some have been thinking it over...
Jaguars Facing Gauntlet of Tough Runners
Running Watters. Emmitt. The Bus. And The Kid. In four successive Sundays, beginning today against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Jaguars better get ready to stop the run. Today, when they meet the 2-3 Eagles at Alltel Stadium, it starts...
Johnson's Brimstone, Set to Music
University of North Florida music professor Lenard Bowie recalls sitting in an elementary school classroom in Big Sandy, Texas, having the fear of God instilled in him through the words of James Weldon Johnson's poem God's Trombones. On...
Keeping Thieves at Bay Take Precautions to Safeguard Your Home and Your Valuables
It can happen to anybody -- and does. One pretty day last month, a comfortable old apartment house in a quiet Southside neighborhood where three young professionals live was broken into. Their front doors were kicked in, their apartments thoroughly...
Latest Win Shows Us Nothing about FSU
DURHAM, N.C. -- One of these days, America is going to find out if Florida State is the next national champion or just holding a Top Five football ranking on strictly past reputation. Nothing that has transpired this season, including last...
Legacy of Lovable Tough Guy Reed Respected in Politics, Academia
TALLAHASSEE -- When Charles Reed was named chancellor of Florida's university system in 1985, some in the professorial ranks turned up their noses at a man who seemed to lack top-flight academic credentials. Reed's doctorate, from George...
Life Has Changed in NFC East
It is the division of The Hogs. LT. The Cowboys' dominant drive-blocking line. The Eagles' swarming front four in the Reggie White days. Bloody games. Quarterback body bags. Phil Simms on his back. Joe Jacoby blowing open holes. Andre Waters...
LOST, AND FOUND after Illness, Smith Proves He Can Play
Kids -- do they ever listen? And do they ever believe? 'Course not -- and that, Jimmy Smith will tell you, goes for the kids on the Jaguars, too. "The young guys who come in," he says, "can't believe how it was." Here, kids, is how...
Marathon Coming to Ocala
Chuck Savage says he has done 112 marathon and knows what ingredients make it a success. Cool weather and a scenic route are two good ones to start. So when Savage, who lives in Ocala, wanted to begin a marathon in the rolling hills of...
Message in the Muck: St. Johns River Needs Help -- Fast
St. Johns River muck, thankfully, is no longer lost in anonymity. For years, the muck mostly went unnoticed except for the times scientists studying the health of the river poked around in it. But in recent months, the muck has become famous....
Mission: Capture a Star JSO Search Panel Seeking Conductor
WANTED: Musical genius with a passion for classics, impeccable management skills, a glorious artistic vision, stage presence, eloquent public speaking skills, fund-raising know-how and educational qualifications. This person must have the...
More Light, Less Heat Is Needed to Improve Relations with Media
The Jacksonville Community Council is trying to stimulate a dialogue between community leaders and the news media. After participating in JCCI's four-hour session last Tuesday, I think such a dialogue is sorely needed. Coincidentally, a...
Nierenberg Ready to Conduct Again
Roger Nierenberg wants his baton flying over the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra prestissimo, which is musical parlance for "in a flash." "I am the music director, it's my orchestra and I want to be there," he said emphatically. Recovering...
No-Shows Puzzle Coughlin
List things that make Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin emotional and you might not think of this one. Victory? Yes. Puppies? No. A big victory? Yes. Sports writers? No. A victory of any kind? Of course, but this makes him misty-eyed, too --...
Okefenokee Getting Upgraded $1.3 M Marked for Renovations of Visitors Center in Folkston
FOLKSTON, Ga. -- Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge's visitors center will get a $1.3 million upgrade by 2001, a Georgia congressman announced yesterday at the swamp's annual festival. Rep. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., made the announcement as...
Our Students' Distressing Gap Study: Race Still Predictor of Success
White students as a group outperformed black students in reading and math across all grades. More affluent students scored much better than students in the subsidized lunch program. Dora Carrell wants a better life for the grandson she...
Outdoors Notes
GREAT SHOT BUT . . . Jacksonville bowhunter Wayne Carter could probably never duplicate the shot he made Sept. 20 while hunting elk near Grand Junction, Colo. Dead solid perfect. On the money. Yet Carter's arrow never touched the trophy...
Poise Pays off for Jackets Hamilton `Cool' in 27-17 Win
ATLANTA -- He ran, he passed, he led with poise and authority. Sophomore quarterback Joe Hamilton came of age yesterday, playing the best game of his collegiate career and leading Georgia Tech to a tough 27-17 victory over North Carolina State...
Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Southside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. BATTERY: A woman who works at the Genesis Rehabilitation Center in the 3500 block of University Boulevard South told police...
Rally Targets Hunters Kids Stalk Deer despite Protest
STARKE -- Well before dawn yesterday, 25 college students and animal rights activists gathered in Room 22 at Starke's Best Western motel to plot strategy. Their targets: parents and kids participating in a youth deer hunt at Camp Blanding....
Retro-Tigers Played like Modern-Day Cornhuskers
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Nobody thought these one-dimensional throwbacks from the past had a chance against this versatile contraption of the future. Nobody. This was supposed to be the Pentium chip vs. the abacus, fiber-optics vs. smoke signals;...
Schools Urged to Route Resources to Equalize Results
Black students -- and most other minorities -- have lagged for years behind their white classmates on national tests in math, reading, science and writing. Until recently, African-American students made strong progress in closing the gap....
Seminoles Bullish in Durham
DURHAM, N.C. -- Good thing Bobby Bowden put his Florida State football team through a difficult week of practice in an attempt to prevent the Seminoles from looking past lowly Duke last night at Wallace Wade Stadium. It might have been...
Shurtz, Heffner Strike Down 800 Barrier
Norm Shurtz and Ricky Heffner shared the highlights last week as both topped the 800 barrier for the first time. Shurtz compiled his scores at Phoenix Lanes, and Heffner had his at Bowl America Orange Park. Shurtz led all scorers with games...
Stephen Hawking Opens Universe's Doors on PBS
British mathematician Stephen Hawking, whose book A Brief History of Time sold more than 7 million copies, is set to mind-meld with a national TV audience. And it promises to be a far-headier experience than time spent aboard the Starship...
St. Pete Exhibit Tells Tragic Tale of the Titanic
For 75 years after one of history's greatest technological disasters, the ocean kept some of the story secret. In 1912, the ocean liner Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank 2 1/2 miles below the surface in a disaster that...
The Wells Watch
MAKING PLANS Today: Relive history through costumes at the Junior League of Jacksonville American Girls Fashion Show, 2 p.m., Garden Club of Jacksonville, $20 includes show, tea, treats and party favors, (904) 387-9927. Tuesday: Join...
This Gum Only Sticks to Shoes
Some smart guy on National Public Radio wondered last week why nicotine gum that helps people stop smoking is harder to get than cigarettes. Unlike cigarettes, he said, nicotine gum doesn't cause cancer or heart disease. Both have side...
Valdosta Business Blooms Owner Humble about Success
VALDOSTA -- Rusty Griffin sat in his plush office at Griffin Corp. last week and sipped his coffee from a tiny plastic foam cup. Dressed casually without a tie, Griffin crossed his legs and talked about the expansion of his company, which...
Wisest Way to Buy a Car Is Debatable
Q: I need to buy a car. I'm hoping to spend $10,000 to $12,000. I have a $10,000 certificate of deposit coming due soon. Which would be the financially wiser way to buy the car: Using the CD or taking out a loan? A: Personal finance experts...
Worker Accused of Stealing $100,000+ from Law Firm
A paralegal with access to her boss's rubber signature stamp was charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the Jacksonville law firm where she worked. Shari Jean Smith, 45, of the 10400 block of Marble Egret Drive, wrote 29 checks totaling...
Youth Prison School Delinquents Learn Skills Serving Time
AUGUSTA -- Unlike their adult counterparts who can watch TV and play cards to fill time, youth prisoners are required to hit the books all day, five days a week. More than 900 young delinquents were released from the Department of Juvenile...