The Florida Times Union

Articles from January 23, 1998

2-Minute Drill
GATE HITS TOP 100 Local runners know the Gate River Run is a great race. The increasing number of entrants each year proves that. But now the 15kilometer (9.3-mile) race scheduled for March 7 has been listed as one of the "100 Great Races...
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30-Year Fugitive Arrested Convicted Killer Found in California
L.J. Beckham was enjoying a beer with his wife in their Stockton, Calif., mobile home Wednesday night when his past came knocking on his door. Authorities arrested Beckham -- nearly 30 years after he escaped from a Georgia state prison...
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4 More Women Accuse Doctor
Four more women have accused Jacksonville Beach physician Duke Scott of sexually molesting or propositioning them while they were his patients. The state reacted this week by ordering an emergency restriction on his license. Scott already...
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Ames out as Jotan's President
Jotan Inc., a Jacksonville-based distributor of packaging and shipping supplies, said the company's president has resigned and that a subsidiary missed a debt payment on Dec. 31. William H. Ames, who joined Jotan as president in June, resigned...
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A Typical Listener Wins Party
In most ways, Lisa Graham is your typical sports talk radio fan. She has been rooting for the Miami Dolphins since she was 9 years old, loves the Jaguars, bleeds University of Florida orange and blue and competes in a fantasy football league...
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Better Tests for Teachers? Schrenko Urges Evaluation Upgrade
ATLANTA -- School Superintendent Linda Schrenko told lawmakers yesterday that she would like to see more extensive classroom evaluations of first-year teachers to see whether they're prepared for the profession. Schrenko commented during...
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Celebrating Oneness Tibetan Buddhist Monks bring`Joyful Wisdom Tour' to UNF
Celebrating Oneness Tibetan Buddhist monks bring Imagine watching 10 Tibetan monks from the Ganden Jangtse Monastery involved in philosophical debate. Sounds pretty serious, doesn't it? Actually, said Landon Walker, long-time Jacksonville...
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Clinton's Woes Hurt Florida Democrats
Despite all the controversies, he was doing great in the polls. Just this month, 60 percent of Americans nationwide, 59 percent in Florida, approved of President Clinton's job performance. Of course, that was before the mudslide started this...
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Club Opens Fire on Varmints Baymeadows Attacks Prompt Complaints
Under cover of night, men armed with shotguns ride golf carts over plush greens, headed to a sneak attack. When they arrive, it's a quick strike. Flood lights illuminate the pond, the hunters start firing and it's all over in a few seconds...
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Eunice Rallies to Claim 75-Lap Late Model Race
The second running of the "Southeast Mid Winter 200," a new SpeedWeeks tradition for Jax Raceways, had more than 120 of the best competitors in the Southeast providing the fuel for the event that saw Cecil Eunice win the 75-lap Late Model...
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`For Me, It Was Hell,' Says Guard
He got kidnapped at gunpoint, was left handcuffed for hours in a closet and spent months trying to convince police and co- workers his story wasn't a cover in the $18.8 million Loomis, Fargo robbery. So when James Terry Brown heard yesterday...
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Guard Pleads Guilty Lawyer: He Wanted to Aid Mexicans
Once he became an instant millionaire, Jacksonville security guard Philip Johnson had plans to fund a band of Mexi can rebels and help hungry children, his lawyer said yes terday. Now penniless, the only cause Johnson has left to fight...
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Holmgren Is Open
SAN DIEGO -- His players know the good, the bad and the odd of Mike Holmgren. Few are afraid to discuss any topic. Take LeRoy Butler, for instance. The Green Bay Packers safety and Jacksonville native loves teasing Holmgren -- the Packers'...
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If Lombardi's out, It's Sure Hard to Tell
TALLAHASSEE -- State legislators turned up the heat on the Board of Regents yesterday, threatening to curtail its power unless John Lombardi is retained as president of the University of Florida. Education Commissioner Frank Brogan, a member...
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Incentives Still Hard to Understand
Economic incentives to lure jobs and investment appear to be a necessary evil that have obvious benefits, but questionable strategic links and unknown costs. Plus, the public doesn't understand them. "What's the truth?" stated a Jacksonville...
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Island Grille's Chef Knows How to Rock 'N' Roll
Bill Bowling, executive chef at Island Grille knows the recipe for rock 'n' roll and/good cooking. Bowling had an interest in cooking at a young age. When he was in junior high school in Neptune Beach, he worked as a prep cook at Le Chateau...
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It Really IS a Small `Spice World' after All
Having survived the Spice Girls movie, I can report this one happy, unexpected fact: The girls can act. OK, so Spice World isn't exactly chockfull of Meryl Streep-with-an-accent kind of acting. But the prefab British singers aren't horrible...
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Jacksonville Days and Latin Nights
The rythm's hot and made for dancing, and the tropical music club scene is catching on all over town. The first few lilting chords are familiar, cutting through the 200-voice murmur coming from the packed Saturday night dance floor at Crawdaddy's....
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Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "In the middle of the night they speed in with their spotlights, get off their golf carts and just start shooting. It's like gunslingers on golf carts." -- Baymeadows resident Beth Morgan, on the killing of nutria animals...
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Junk Mirrors Can Go out with Garbage
Dear Call Box: I have some large old mirrors that I do not want. How do I dispose of them? -- J. Dear J.: You can put the mirrors on the curb along with your garbage, said Jackie Eldridge of Jacksonville' recycling program. However,...
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JU's Knox Trying to Salvage Frustrating Season
John Knox's 16-point effort against Florida Monday night, which included four 3-pointers, was supposed to be a typical performance for the Jacksonville University senior guard. It is what JU fans have become accustomed to seeing from the ...
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Just Call Winston Mellow Pianist Loathes `New Age' Label
No musician likes being labeled. Ask a player what he or she thinks about the music industry's obsessive categorization of music and you'll likely get an earful of choice curse words. And some labels add insult to the injury by being downright...
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Kingsland Ex-Official Indicted
WOODBINE -- A former Kingsland public works director was indicted yesterday, accused of stealing city property and rigging bids. Two other former public works employees and two current workers were also indicted on related charges. The...
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Lee Fined on Finance Reports Violation Second in 4-Year Period
TALLAHASSEE -- For the second time in four years, the Florida Commission on Ethics yesterday fined Jacksonville City Councilwoman Denise Lee for failing to properly report information about her personal finances. The commission imposed...
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Longineu Parsons Is Leaving River City
One week after Sam Fricano announced his "phased retirement" from his music director's position with the River City Band, trumpeter Longineu Parsons, a member of the band for a decade, has moved to Tallahassee. He accepted a teaching position...
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Matt Lauer Trying Not to Get Too Confident `Today' Anchor Glad `Crummy Time' Over
PASADENA -- The Today show's Matt Lauer is enjoying the NBC telecast's ratings dominance and the signs outside the Rockefeller Center studio that scream "We love Matt" every weekday morning. But he's not getting too comfortable, admits...
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Mexican Restaurant Closes after INS Visit
An Arlington restaurant has closed for several days after immigration agents took three employees into custody yesterday and another worker quit shortly afterward, officials said. Agents picked up the men yesterday morning at El Potro Mexican...
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Money Watch
AT&T JOB CUTS AT&T Corp.'s new chairman, C. Michael Armstrong, is planning to cut as many as 19,000 jobs, or 15 percent of the company's work force, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. The newspaper also said Armstrong is...
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New York Applauds Symphony
NEW YORK -- The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra was a hot ticket in New York City last night. The concert featuring soloist Frederica von Stade and Thomas Hampson was a sellout at the gilded music cathedral Carnegie Hall. "I couldn't even...
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No Action Urged on West Beaches Complaint City Attorney Advises Panel
A city attorney has recommended the City Council take a see-you-in-court position against a West Beaches citizens group opposed to a planned hotel and office complex. On attorney Theresa Matchett's recommendation, the city's Land Use and...
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No-Frills Horror Works in `Phantoms'
Despite having two of the actors from Scream in it, it's clear no one in Phantoms listened to that earlier movie's clever warnings about the bonehead things that people do in horror flicks. It's a good thing they didn't. Because there's...
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Parker's Upset Bid Fails
Parker coach Elijah Wells had a logical philosophy for last night's boys basketball game against Ribault. "We thought the further away from the basket they were, the tougher the shot would be," said Wells. The strategy almost paid off....
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Preserving a Landmark Renovation of City Hall to Take Time
BRUNSWICK -- The City Commission has selected an architect to design plans for the $2.4 million renovation and restoration of a 99-yearold building that once served as City Hall. The commissioners awarded the contract to John L. Tuten and...
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River Run Expands with Charity Walk
Over the past few years, charities have tried to get into the road racing business to raise money. Now the Gate River Run, the premier road race in Jacksonville, is in the business of raising money for charities. "It's hard for us to do...
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Seminoles Bury Demon Deacons
TALLAHASSEE -- Ending extended slumps, Florida State guards Kerry Thompson and Terrell Baker put the outside back in the Seminoles' inside-outside game, much to the chagrin of Wake Forest. Baker scored 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting and Thompson...
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Souper Bowl of Caring Charity Program Gaining Momentum
While chips, dip, pizza and burgers are consumed by the ton as Americans watch the Super Bowl on television Sunday, children will ask church-goers that morning to remember the hungry in the "Souper Bowl of Caring." More than 250,000 churches,...
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Stay Focused on Goals of New Century Commission
With all that's going on, some of you probably have already forgotten. There's the latest Clinton scandal in Washington. The pope is in Cuba. At home, there's the everyday rush of ordinary life. The final report of the New Century Commission...
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St. Johns Sewer Plan Draws Flak
A rural St. Johns County area, widely rumored to be the site of a future Six Flags theme park, apparently will be given public utilities this year by an obscure state project to renovate highway rest stops. The state Department of Transportation's...
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Take an Interesting Journey with Intriguing `Woman in Mind'
When I was growing up and reading Shakespeare, I always supposed that when Macbeth saw a dagger before him on stage, the audience would get to see it, too. Imagine my embarrassment when I asked a college professor about this and he guffawed....
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Two Coaches' Approaches Shanahan Shoots for Perfection
SAN DIEGO -- There was a fall day in 1980 when Mike Shanahan, the prodigal offensive coordinator of the Florida Gators, asked graduate assistant Mike Heimerdinger to diagram some defensive alignments. Heimerdinger hastily drew up the schemes...
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