The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 9, 1996

Amos Is No Diva Wannabe Tori's Got Her Own Way of Working
In the female pop star category, there are divas, divas-in-waiting, divas-in-training and sorry-no-chance-in-this-lifetime diva-wannabes. Then there are anti-divas -- women whose appeal doesn't stem from their ability to pack a stadium,...
Bullet Control Inventor Puts Tracer on Ammunition
A Jacksonville man said his invention could solve shootings where the only evidence is the shard of a single bullet. "Criminals can do a drive-by, and there are no clues, only a victim and a bullet," Bennie Griffin said. "We can trace guns....
Caddies Hot over No-Shorts Rule
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Professional Tour Caddies Association is getting hot -- literally and figuratively -- about the policy used by most governing bodies of pro golf that forbids wearing shorts. Their sentiments included a one-hole protest...
Carter Brothers Facing Up to Family Challenge
When Kevin Carter looks across the field tonight, he knows what to expect. He'll see a familiar face, the face of a loved one. He'll see his older brother, Bernard, a defensive end for the Jaguars. Kevin, a secondyear starter for the St. Louis...
Christians Urged to Join Save the Males Coalition
The Rev. Tom Diamond, pastor of Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church, wants Christian men to step outside their churches and denominations to join forces to try to save men and boys from crime and drugs. "To Save the Males" is the theme...
Don't Expect Anything Big out of Williams' `Jack'
Wisecracking Robin Williams as a 10-year-old boy trapped in a 40-year-old man's hairy body -- it's a catchy, simple idea, one that has worked for laughs in the trailers for Jack . But the movie itself takes a different approach with its story...
Don't Expect Line Dance Rams' Fronts to Give Jaguars Tougher Test
ST. LOUIS -- A week ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars were thrilled that their first-team fronts -- both offensive and defensive -- handled the New York Giants with relative ease. Despite losing 24-17, the Jaguars' starters ran the football, ...
`Escape from L.A' and Be Glad You Did
We'll say this for John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. Shifting the new adventures of Snake Plissken to sunny SoCal does afford us one thing -- the most supremely silly movie sight of 1996. That would be Kurt Russell surfing a tsunami down Wilshire...
Football Suspended at Paxon
The price of raising educational standards will cost Paxon Preparatory High School its varsity football team this season. Officials at the Duval County School Board and Paxon decided yesterday that Paxon will not field a varsity football team...
Georgia-Pacific May Open 70-Job Center
Georgia-Pacific Corp. plans to open a 70-job accounting center in Jacksonville by December that will grow to 200 positions by 1998 and add another 100 jobs later. Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific expects to complete its plans within six weeks...
Girlfriend Indicted in 3 Arson Deaths
A St. Johns County woman could face the death penalty after she was indicted yesterday on three counts of first-degree murder in the burning deaths of her boyfriend and his parents last month. A St. Johns County grand jury indicted Deana Marie...
Giving and Receiving to Gertrude Lewin, Teaching the Bible to Children Is a Pleasure, Not a Duty
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- When Gertrude Lewin began teaching Sunday School, Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States and the Great Depression was still a few years off. Seventy years later, the 83-year-old best known as "Mrs. ...
Goody's 100 Coming to Jacksonville
More than 100 cars are expected to compete in five divisions tomorrow night when the annual NASCAR Goody's 100 is held at Jax Raceways. Two of the four feature races at Jax Raceways last weekend were decided off the track. The winners of...
Gran Park at Avenues to Expand
Gran Central Corp., one of the area's most active business park developers, is expanding its Gran Park at the Avenues. That expansion coincides with growth at two other Gran Central properties already announced -- a new $10 million office...
Happy Homecoming Native Son Perry Grabs PGA Lead
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It's Steve Elkington's title, but it's Kenny Perry's home turf. Venue won out over hardware for one day. Perry, an Elizabethtown, Ky., native, watched with blurred vision and in near darkness as a 15-foot birdie putt...
Here's First of Financial Aid Advice
If you're a high school junior or senior planning to attend college -- or providing the funds for one -- now is the time to start researching grants, loans and scholarships. Today through Sunday, Call Box will run its annual summary of ...
Hooked: This Is Your `Trainspotting' on Drugs
For a movie about the nearly dead, what's remarkable about Trainspotting is how it just zings with life. Often shocking, often exhilarating, this story of Scottish heroin addicts has a savage energy and an equally savage wit, a combination...
Initiative Aims to Cut Nursing Home Injuries
The federal government will begin holding seminars in Florida and six other states next month as part of a pilot initiative to reduce injuries among nursing home workers. The $100,000 initiative was unveiled yesterday by U.S. Secretary...
In Short Jacksonville
Quote, unquote "I was stunned. I thought our office was going to blow up." -- Amy Henderson, secretary at Stor-It Park, an office/mini-warehouse complex where a ticking package delivered yesterday turned out to be an old parking meter....
Jaguars Fans Find Georgia Den Kingsland Club to Serve Away Game Camaraderie
KINGSLAND -- Gene Swartz believes Jaguars fans are Jaguars fans, no matter where they live. That's why Swartz plans to drive from his Nassau County home to Kingsland to watch tonight's Jacksonville Jaguars game on a big-screen television...
Music, Food Will Be Hot at Cajun Fest
Three days of Cajun food, music and other cool stuff sounds like a weekend plan to me. That's what's happening at the Hot Cajun Nites festival tonight, tomorrow and Sunday at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive (U.S....
No Bomb . . . but the Meter Is Running
Time was running out yesterday for workers at Jacksonville Stor-It Park on the Southside. But what they thought was a package bomb turned out to be an old parking meter ticking off two hours purchased with a single dime. The ticking...
No Reward for Hunting Man's Killer Widow Disheartened by Failed Program
Everlina Butler wept with pride when told that a reward fund designed to catch killers in Northside Jacksonville would be named in honor of her slain husband. That was seven months ago. Yesterday, Butler said her husband's name was used...
Old Rivals in Cup Hunt
Leo's Midas and Woods Dustbuster are old rivals. In recent years, these distinguished greyhounds may have run against each other more than any other dogs on the Jacksonville racing circuit. So perhaps it's fitting that they'll break right...
Orlando Residents Worried Arrival of `Vampire Rapist' Stirs Concern
ORLANDO -- The arrival of the "vampire rapist" yesterday as Orlando's newest probationer has left folks worried for their safety and feeling let down by the criminal justice system. Residents complained that they can't trust the state to...
State Cash Offered, No Strings Education Board to Try Mandate Relief
ATLANTA -- The state Board of Education is taking "local control" to a new level. Board members decided yesterday against redirecting more than $200 million in school funding next year, as Gov. Zell Miller requested. Instead, they want...
St. Johns Candidate Indicted
ST. AUGUSTINE -- A federal grand jury yesterday indicted former City Commissioner Richard White on extortion charges. White, now a candidate for the St. Johns County Commission, was charged with soliciting $5,500 from Stephen Broudy in 1994...
The Music Never Stopped in the Year since Jerry Garcia's Death, Deadheads Still Find Reason to Be Grateful
A year after the death of Jerry Garcia, Scott Sisson still remembers his particular period of mourning. "It was hard, for the longest time, to get through a set without breaking up," said the drummer, who plays with the Dead tribute band...
`The Turn of the Worm' Plays like Expanded Sitcom Alhambra Show Blends Laughs with a Few Tears
Remember those '60s and '70s sitcoms like Maude and All in the Family that were "filmed before a live television audience"? They had a certain amount of social relevance and lot of irreverence, but always interspersed with laughs -- lots of...
Tobacco Verdict on Hold for Evening Product Liability Jurors Go Home
After nearly 12 hours in court -- including 4 1/2 hours in deliberation -- the Jacksonville jurors deciding a complex three-week tobacco product liability case headed home last night without a verdict. The five men and one woman will return...
Want a Role Model? Two Words: Ed Brady
I don't want to be like Mike. Or Shaq. Or Emmitt. Or Troy. I don't want to be like Kerri Strug or Michael Johnson or Carl Lewis or Dan O'Brien. I don't want to be like any of those people. If I could be like any sports figure, any sports...
War Chest Battles Heat Up
The big money is in the judicial races, but there's plenty of action in the School Board races as well. Judicial candidates are on the airwaves, and their campaign cash is flowing. Circuit Court candidate Jeri O'Hara outspent all candidates...