The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 8, 1998

49ers Know How to Play the Market
The 49ers' defense got younger this week and maybe better, too. What else to say but, Here We Go Again? Just when you thought the dynasty of the 49ers could be ready to go the way of Dallas (remember that dynasty?), the impossible occurs....
ART the Don't-Miss List Four North Florida Arts Professionals Recommend Area Treasures They Consider Must-See Viewing
*********** CORRECTION (3/12/98) Because of a reporting error, the name of Jacqueline B. Holmes and Associates, an art consulting company, was incorrect on Page D-1 Sunday. *********** The Starry Night is one of the big stars...
AS RECENTLY AS SEPTEMBER, FARMERS WERE EXPECTING A YEAR OF RECORD CROPS. AND THEN THE RAINS CAME. DROWNING Wet Weather Leaves Many on Edge of Disaster
CAIRO -- Ed Prince, 82, started farming in 1931 with a pair of mules, a plow and a passion for making things grow. His son, Ray, now farms the family's land near Cairo, but with a few advantages. Ray Prince, 41, monitors weather and market...
At Play in City Fields Public Parks Aren't Always for the Public
A city plan to contract with a sports association for a $7 million soccer complex with restricted public access is the most elaborate example of public-private partnerships on city parkland. The partnerships allow millions of dollars to...
Ballesteros Angry about Players Snub
MIAMI -- Seve Ballesteros apparently is spiting two Florida Swing events because he couldn't get into The Players Championship. Ballesteros has withdrawn from next week's Honda Classic in Coral Springs and the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando...
Battle to the End Williams Wins by 2 Seconds
For the past four years, the winner of the Gate River Run was obvious by mile 5. But for the first 6 miles of yesterday's 9.3-mile race, no one wanted to take the lead or push the pace. A pack of about 20 runners broke away early, but the...
BEAR IS STILL HUNTING Adjusting Swing Helps Nicklaus
MIAMI -- The Bear in winter is hibernating only from his past. Satisfied with life as he approaches his sixth decade, secure with a legendary place in sports history and happy that he can still muster flashes of past prowess, Jack Nicklaus...
Bits & Bytes
FREE SOFTWARE FOR SCHOOLS Jacksonville-based Software602 Inc. is offering its network Internet and e-mail software free to 100 schools. The software, 602Pro Internet Server, allows any number of networked computers to access the Internet...
Boating Notes
PEPER SECOND IN SORC CLASS Jacksonville's Rick Peper recorded his highest finish ever in the prestigious, weeklong Southern Ocean Racing Conference series off Miami last week. Peper, an SORC veteran, sailed Spank Me to a second-place ...
Boat Racers Not in the Clear Yet
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has presented amendments to its proposed draft rule governing special events over stateowned submerged lands that appear to have gotten sailboat and powerboat racers off the hook. But don't...
Coetzer Plans Changes to Take That Final Step
Coming off the best year of her career and reaching the No. 3 ranking in women's tennis, Amanda Coetzer is sort of inclined to follow the "if-it-isn't-broken-don't-fix-it" line of thinking during the 1998 season. But she's not entirely...
Cool Running for Change Wet Weather Treacherous for Footing
The streets were slick, and if that was true, what did that make the Hart Bridge? Real, real slick. That made it dangerous, too. "It's so wet, you think you're going to slip," runner and Jacksonville resident Laura Triola said. "Some people...
Coverage of Black History Month Called for Innovation in February
One of the more difficult jobs in the news business is finding interesting ways to cover annual events. March is a good example, with the River Run, the Players Championship, St. Patrick's Day and Women's History Month. At least the Times-Union...
Crowded Dance? Smaller Schools Stake Tourney Claim
Three years ago Jimmy Collins was an Illinois assistant coach just praying that the NCAA Tournament selection committee would show the Big Ten Conference enough respect to give the league six tournament bids. His wish was granted. Illinois...
Daytona Beach LPGA Event Needs Volunteers
The LPGA Mercury Titleholders Championship needs volunteers to help with marshaling and scoring during the week of the tournament April 28-May 3 at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach. The volunteer fee is $40. The tournament shirt...
`Desperado' Delaney Inspires Crooner in Council President
Jacksonville City Council President Jim Overton is no Mark Russell, but he took a stab at political satire Friday night at Mayor John Delaney's expense. Overton sang his own rendition of The Eagles' Desperado during the St. Johns River...
Disabling Dilemma It's an Insurance That Many Consumers Ignore
Marc Tafflin felt the bones in his foot shatter when he fell 4 feet from a ladder while carrying supplies down from the attic in his home. But the Jacksonville physician never imagined the injury would leave him partially disabled and cut...
Ex-Welfare Wheels Getting a Job Easier Than Getting to It
Getting off welfare wasn't that hard for Lillie Kelly once she got her high-school diploma. But getting from her Blackshear home to her Waycross job was another story. "It was a nightmare," Kelly said of the 20-mile, one-way trip. "My car...
Federal Disaster Loans: More Flash Than Cash?
Tim Flanders has seen it before: Georgia farmers suffer heavy weather-related losses, and the federal government swoops in with a disaster declaration and the promise of low-interest emergency loans. The media then report on the loan program,...
Federal Program Has Spawned a Tampa Bay Turnaround
TAMPA -- Ted Adams wanted his students to grow marsh grass. He ended up planting a seed for a federal project to save a Florida ecosystem. Adams, a marine biology teacher at Chamberlain High School in North Tampa, made class projects out...
Firefighter Charged with Possession
A Jacksonville firefighter was arrested yesterday morning on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said. Police said Garry L. Pope, 47, of the 5100 block of Catoma Street was arrested after an officer stopped...
Gate River Run
TOO MUCH, TOO SOON? Paul Nowicki is all for youth running. It's just, he says, there ought to be a limit. Nowicki, cross-country coach at Wolfson High School, bristles when he sees things like he saw at the Gate River Run yesterday -- children...
Grappling Success Four Area Wrestlers Win Region
After spending two days grappling on the mats for a regional title, four Jacksonville wrestlers accomplished their goal at the 5A North I Regional tournament held at Wolfson. Robert Drummond (103) of Stanton, Jon Van Hoeven (160) of Middleburg,...
Inside the Jaguars
SMITH APPEARS TO BE NEXT PRIORITY The Jaguars already have talked about signing T Tony Boselli to a long-term contract extension. They will also likely have to do the same for WR Jimmy Smith, who heads the list of Jaguars players who could...
It's Wait and See for UF Struggling Gators Hope for NIT Bid
ATLANTA -- The waning minutes in the early morning hour summed up the final, futile weeks for the University of Florida basketball team. The undermanned Gators were fouling and floundering. The opponent -- this time 15th-ranked South Carolina...
Kentucky Blows Past Arkansas into Final
ATLANTA -- After all the projections and preliminaries, the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament is right back where it always is. The Kentucky Derby -- a one-horse race. An SEC season of second-guessing and occasional criticism...
Local Employers Warned: Stop Hiring Illegals
The scene at World Golf Village last week, where 20 illegal immigrants were taken into custody on their way to construction work, will become more common around Jacksonville and nationwide, immigration officials said. More importantly,...
Local Political Right Builds Opposition to River Initiative
WASHINGTON -- Since President Clinton signed an executive order in the fall creating the American Heritage Rivers Initiative, it has been under attack from the political right. Opponents have characterized the program as everything from a...
Master Casters to Let It Fly at Show
So you think you can cast, huh? You can land a lure on a bottle cap, plop a fly on the nose of a tailing redfish. Well, now's your chance to prove it. New this year to the Florida Sportsman Fishing Shows is the Florida State Casting Championship,...
Mayor Had Head Examined
Surely he wasn't the first Jacksonville mayor to have his head examined. Certainly he was not the last told to do so. But W.H. Sebring likely was Jacksonville's only mayor to have his head examined and the results made public. He scored...
Mega-Plans for the Millennium Advanced Thinkers Are Making Far-Reaching Travel Arrangements for Ringing in the Year 2000
There are always a thousand good reasons to put things off. But chronic procrastinators should take note. In terms of planning, the millennium is a lot closer than it seems. From Le Cirque in New York and Tour D'Argent in Paris to the Space...
Monster Strikes Worn Bradley Leads Windy Doral
MIAMI -- The Blue Monster got its revenge yesterday. After two days of course records, holes-in-one and eagle-2s, enough was enough. The combination of windy weather, humid temperatures and fast greens wore down the field of the Doral-Ryder...
NASCAR Aim: Put Brakes on Gordon
ATLANTA -- To hear crew chief Ray Evernham, NASCAR is making all of the Chevrolets on the Winston Cup circuit carry a trunk load of bricks just to keep Jeff Gordon from winning most of the races. Somebody should pop the lid because he may...
N. Carolina, Duke Take Dramatic Wins
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Duke freshman William Avery and North Carolina senior Shammond Williams were at their best when it mattered most yesterday -- in the waning seconds of the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinal games -- restoring order to...
Outdoors Notes
FINAL HEARINGS Final public hearings will be held this week on the proposed Wildlife Unification Amendment, which would merge the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and the Marine Fisheries Commission. The state Constitution...
Out for Their Share Area Lawmakers Vie for Piece of Budget
TALLAHASSEE -- One proposal would try to help Edward Waters College recruit and keep good students. Another would add exhibits at the Museum of Science and History. A third would try to prevent flooding in the Ponte Vedra Beach area. In...
Paideia Runs out of Magic
Paideia apparently couldn't get the right karma in its Class A boys' state championship game against Seminole County at the Macon Coliseum yesterday. But the Pythons came close. The players for the small Atlanta private school, who credited...
Politics of River Program
WASHINGTON -- The Republican mantra to let states and cities decide their own fates has been brushed aside in the case of President Clinton's American Heritage River Initiative. Communities along 126 of the nation's rivers have nominated ...
Rhines a Surprise for Women
At the U.S. Track and Field 10-mile championships last September, Christine McNamara was leading the women's race when she heard someone run up behind her. It was her friend Shelly Steely. Yesterday, at the 21st Gate River Run, McNamara...
Schools, Social Services Seek Common Ground
Not all Duval County middle school students are as lucky as Lintoriya Tuff. The 12-year-old attends Stilwell Middle School, a Westside school with a diverse after-school program. She sticks around for a couple of hours after the final bell...
Ship Replica to Dock Closer to First Coast
Dear Call Box: I read in the paper that the H.M. Bark Endeavor sailing ship is docked at Peanut Island. I'd like to see it. Where is Peanut Island? -- V.H. Dear V.H.: The Endeavor is docked near Palm Beach, but you won't need to go that...
Soccer Craze Infects Kids and Parents
The rain didn't keep soccer crazed kids and their devoted, cheerleading parents from opening day yesterday at the Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club in Mandarin. It's a sport coaches and parents say is growing in popularity with every season....
Southern Literature Is Alive and Doing Well
Southern literature is, and has been through most of the 20th century, a favorite topic of study, discussion, criticism among academics, writers and readers. Why so many great Southern writers? What's different in the South that produces...
The Case for the St. Johns
It's been called an environmental beauty contest. But the American Heritage Rivers campaign has a secret: Beauty contests can be nasty business. From U.S. senators to tree-hugging naturalists, there is a low buzz of politicking at work as...
The Few, the Proud, the Jury
In 1971, a letter came that said something like: "The President of the United States sends you this greeting. You are hereby ordered to report for induction into the Armed Forces . . ." And so on. Another greeting came a few weeks ago....
The Real Issue: Health of St. Johns vs. Wealth of Developers
The chances of the St. Johns River being named among the American Heritage Rivers are in danger of drowning in a sea of hypocrisy being stirred by three Florida Republican members of Congress, including one who should know the critical importance...
The Wells Watch
MAKING PLANS Tomorrow: Brighten your life with art at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Artists Strokes for Little Folks sale and party, 6-9 p.m., Epping Forest Yacht Club, $20, (904) 727-9797. Tomorrow: Spend an evening with actor/director...
Title Was There for the Taking
LAKELAND -- Sophomore guard Charles Adekola sat on the bench choking back tears, pulling his uniform over his head and pushing away Ribault High School fans attempting to comfort him. During the post-game awards ceremony, teammate Al Riley...
Trojans Knocked off Ribault Loses in Final 55-48
LAKELAND -- The very thing that carried the Ribault boys basketball team to last night's Class 4A championship game is also the same thing that sent the Trojans home trophy-less. Third-ranked Ribault struggled against Mount Dora's pressure...
Uphill Battle Not Always a Success
Charlie Buggs had run in the River Run three times going into yesterday's race. He had always stuck to his 10-minute mile pace and finished strong. That didn't happen yesterday. "He just said his legs stopped working," said Matt Glogowski,...
Wall Is Sign of the Times for Suns
The Marlboro Man is no longer positioned just behind the right-field wall at Wolfson Park. The red metal post to which the sign was attached now stands alone, but it won't be barren for long. A sign bearing a logo featuring paint being...
Weather Threatens to Wash out Racing
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Gentleman, start your . . . windshield wipers. Atlanta Motor Speedway is under deluge. A third consecutive day of rain wiped out the Stihl 300 Busch Series race yesterday, and more storms threaten the postponement of today's...
What Is an American Heritage River, Anyway? the EPA Responds
These questions and answers about the American Heritage River Initiative are reprinted from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Internet web site (www.epa.gov.): Q. What is the American Heritage Rivers initiative? A. President Clinton...
Where Is This Magical Place Called Euphoria?
There they are, thousands of them at 7:30 on an overcast Saturday morning looking so disgustingly cozy and content with their lives. Their eyes are bright; their minds are clear; their bodies are trim and tight. Showoffs. Look at 'em...
Young First-Timers Steer Clear of Cracks Big Bridges the Nemesis for Rookies
So young, so far to run. So, when 11-year-old friends Lauren Sikes and Tyler Marriott, both in their first Gate River Run, made the 8-mile mark, they felt good. Then came the bridge. That's the Hart Bridge, nemesis for any runner --...
Young Hunter's Magic Number: 7
In his short hunting career, Christopher Brown has taken seven shots at seven animals and dropped every one of them. No wonder, then, that when he grows up, he wants to be a professional hunter. Christopher, 7, lives with his family on...