The Florida Times Union

Articles from October 26, 1997

ACC-You Later: Cavs Fold Tent
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- It has been two years since that drizzly night in the Blue Ridge Mountains when college football history was made. Two years of ceaseless reminiscing and rhetoric about what transpired here exactly 722 days ago; about...
A Time When Time All Wrong
At 2 o'clock this morning informed persons set clocks back an hour. The rest of you are an hour early. (In truth, most people did not wait until 2 a.m., but are considered informed anyway if they did it before they got up.) Daylight-saving...
At Ritz, Business as Usual Clinton, Gore Head to Amelia Resort
AMELIA ISLAND -- President Clinton and Vice President Gore are expected at the Ritz-Carlton resort Friday to join Democratic contributors for a $50,000-a-couple retreat. So employees of the 449-room hotel must be scurrying around, making...
Battling State for School Funds Duval Seeking Minimum Necessary, and It's Not Likely to Get That
In a boys' bathroom at Jacksonville's Landon Middle School, a 2-by-5-foot section of the ceiling is missing. It began crumbling down last school year and has yet to be replaced. Students in Mary Alice Fryar's science classes measured the dip...
Boating Notes
FLORIDA-GEORGIA DOCKING TIGHT Docking at Metropolitan Park for next Saturday's Florida-Georgia game promises to be tight. Reserved spots at both the new floating docks and the old wooden linear dock had already been snapped up by early...
Brunell: Leadership Test
PITTSBURGH -- At some point in his career, any top-flight quarterback has to come of age. Not just as a player, but as a leader. He must become a take-charge guy teammates look up to and respect. Mark Brunell's time came last season...
Carnies, Kids Fare Well at Fair
Jeff Towne answered an ad six years ago in a Buffalo, N.Y., newspaper. "Wanted," it said, "single man that can travel." That's how he ended up in Waycross Monday night standing on a colorful carpet of balloon carcasses. His job, running...
Chiles Hopes Letter Recipients Help Push for School Funds
Gov. Lawton Chiles is trying to get voters to pressure state lawmakers to fully fund a solution to Florida's school overcrowding problems. Last week, the governor sent about 2,000 letters asking recipients to contact their lawmakers to...
Choosing a Path for Your IRA New Tax Act Introduces the Roth Plan, an Intriguing, but Complicated, IRA Option
Officially, it's known as the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, but accountants who have been sifting through the new tax bill jokingly refer to it as the Tax Complication Act of 1997. But don't let the complexities of the new law stop you from...
City Seen as Prime Amphitheater Site Mid-Level Markets Joining the Boom
A state-of-the-art amphitheater would make tons of money in Jacksonville. Then again, maybe it wouldn't. The concert business, a cyclical and personality-driven industry given to peaks and valleys, isn't something that can be easily forecast,...
David Byrne's Ready to Sing in the Shower
David Byrne apologizes. The creative force behind the Talking Heads is calling from the road, and he sounds as though he may be bothering you. And it's a call made all the more odd because it's from a man who is not exactly a show biz animal,...
Daytona Project Has Local Angle
Pole position is important for Mike Gay. That's because Gay's company -- Jacksonville-based M. Gay Constructors -- is one of three that will install light poles at Daytona International Speedway. The company will install about 75 percent...
Extra Points
WHO REMEMBERS '95? Justifiably, much has been made of Virginia's 33-28 win over Florida State at Scott Stadium in 1995. "Other teams hope they can beat them. We know we can beat them," said Virginia FS Anthony Poindexter. "That's the edge...
Fiery Car Crash Kills 2 Lake City Teenagers
Two Lake City teens burned to death while trapped in a car after an accident on Interstate 75 yesterday morning. A 1988 Hyundai struck the back of a truck about 1:50 a.m. on the northbound side of I-75 in Columbia County, police said. The...
FOLLOW THROUGH Duval Realizes Dream on Tour
Dreams die hard, especially those nearly 50 years in the making. Tears can come easy, even to adults playing a game. Bob Duval thought his dream had died, gone with a Titleist he sliced into the water on the 18th hole of the Tournament Players...
Four Super Bowl Trophies Serve as a Daily Reminder of the Steelers' Past Glory. but They Also Bring Pressure to the Man Who Must Perform in the Shadow of the Quarterback Responsible for Those Trophies. the Current Generation of Steelers Fans Wonders If Kordell Stewart Can Be Terry Bradshaw's . . . GHOST BUSTER Who You Gonna Call? Kordell!
PITTSBURGH -- They're there for inspiration -- four shiny, silver trophies Kordell Stewart can't help but see each morning. And the pictures? Specifically, the one of Terry Bradshaw that hangs a few feet from the Super Bowl trophies...
Freshman Won't Play Minor Role Any Longer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Florida State running back Travis Minor figured his time had come. After starting the Seminoles' first six games on the bench, the freshman, hailed as one of the nation's top prospects, earned his first start against...
FSU Students Protest Deal with Nike
A group of Florida State University students is protesting the school's partnership with Nike. The students say the school should discontinue its sports marketing deal with the shoe company because of improper labor practices at Nike's...
Game Day
"We've been a young team up there. We haven't handled the noise. We've been inexperienced, plus we've been playing a team that's very good at home. We're able to handle that much better than we did last year, but it's a big challenge for us."...
`Great Adventure' Guests 'Learn and Work' on Haul into Jacksonville
HMS BOUNTY, AT SEA -- "Heave!" "Hoooo." "Heave!" "Hooo." Third mate Ken Sullivan of Tiverton, R.I., is yelling heave, but a party of about six struggling, panting crewmen and guests are doing most of the heaving and gasping out the ho's as...
It Once Was among the Most Corrupt Towns in America. Now It's an Out-of-the-Way Village Where the Fishing Is . . . OUT OF SIGHT Hot Spot in 'Glades Has It All
EVERGLADES CITY -- Pinched between upscale Naples to the west and sprawling Miami to the east, it's a wonder there's still a slice of Old Florida here. This little town can thank its dead-end geography for that, and its former reputation as...
Jaguars, Fair on Course for Collision
When the National Football League schedule came out for the 1997 season, it honored a request from Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver: The team would leave Alltel Stadium for three weeks in the middle of the season to make room for the Jacksonville...
Kings Bay's High Tea Crew Wives' Welcoming Event Ends with Final Trident Sub
KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. -- Social events are a long-standing Navy tradition, but a wives tea yesterday at Kings Bay signaled the end of an era. Wives of the men assigned to the Trident submarine USS Wyoming gave a welcome tea...
Major Changes for King's Day
The King's Day Regatta celebrates its 20th anniversary on Nov. 23, and the race committee for the Florida Yacht Club is planning some major changes for one of the premier sailracing events of the year. For the first time in the King's Day...
No Surprise: Car Repairs Generate Calls
In observance of National Consumers Week (Oct. 25-31), Call Box and the Northeast Florida Consumer Council are spotlighting the top 10 topics that generate the most complaints at area consumer agencies. AUTO REPAIR -- Floridians spend about...
OK, Poetry Lovers, Speak into the Mike
Somewhere on my book shelves is a falling-to-pieces, secondhand volume titled 100 Best-Loved Poems of the American People. But Robert Pinsky wants an update. Pinsky just started his job as America's poet laureate this month at the Library...
Outdoors Notes
CRAPPIE RULE PROPOSED A public meeting on a proposal that would reduce the daily bag limit on black crappie -- speckled perch -- from 50 per person to 25 will be held in Gainesville Wednesday, Nov. 5. The meeting, from 5-8 p.m., will be...
Paw Prints in Paint Sports-Inspired Art Puts Jaguars on the Palette
Jaguars art. Sure, it sounds like an oxymoron; or worse, like one of those roadside velvet Elvis collections with the Day-Glo colors, something perfect for the Jungle Room. But people have actually, uh, spotted some pretty interesting ...
Pros, Assistants to Duel
Area golf pros and their assistants will square off Nov. 24 in the Northern Chapter PGA Challenge Match at the Pine Lakes Golf Club, a matchplay event with a purse of more than $8,000. Selva Marina head pro and chapter president Tim Peterson...
Rural Region Boosted Chamber a Voice for Small Towns
Webster County isn't a major player in Georgia's political arena. The rural Southwest Georgia county also doesn't have much of a voice to attract employers to its largest city -- Preston, population 400 -- or anywhere else in the county...
Seminoles Exorcise ACC Loss
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Five plays, 42 seconds. That's all it took for Florida State to erase the bitter memory of its shocking 33-28 loss at Virginia in 1995, the lone blemish in its 45-game Atlantic Coast Conference history. The third-ranked...
Sneakiest Attack Cat Settled Early in Florida
Jaguars are nothing new to Jacksonville. In fact, they're very old to the area. It's just that the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere probably disappeared from the Sunshine State long before Europeans visited the semitropical peninsula....
Snook, Reds Bountiful on Voyage into Wild
EVERGLADES CITY -- Guide Joe McNichols saw him first. A snook in the shadows, just laying there, suspended, about 5 feet out from a tangle of mangroves and maybe 35 feet from the tip of my fly rod. I had fantasized about this very scenario...
Some Corporate Welfare Deals Are Better Than Others
Regular readers of this column most likely have noticed that I'm not a fan of tax giveaways to big, rich companies. I'm among the crowd that considers the so-called "incentives" to be, in reality, corporate welfare, and I've been quick to...
Steelers' Secret: Lake among League's Best
PITTSBURGH -- He makes few headlines. Switching positions on defense, doing it quietly and doing it in a small market usually doesn't. That doesn't make it a bad story. Sacrifice for the team? Amazing feats? Success? A good-story...
Story on Education Gap in Schools Left Some Readers Feeling Hopeless
It's often difficult to predict the reactions of readers to a news story, especially one that involves an emotional issue like race. Nevertheless, when Deputy Managing Editor Mark Middlebrook oversaw the Oct. 12 story documenting a shocking...
Strange Hit for Lloyd `Cheap Shot' Stuns McCardell
PITTSBURGH -- Jaguars wide receiver Keenan McCardell confronted Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Greg Lloyd after yesterday's game about what he termed a "cheap shot" by Lloyd on the game's first play. What happened next is as bizarre as...
There Are No Risk-Free Investments
Q: I will be retiring soon and have accumulated approximately $50,000 in a 401(k) plan. I would like to transfer this money into a no-risk account that would pay 6 percent interest or more. I would also like to withdraw the interest each month....
The Wells Watch
MAKING PLANS Thursday: Combat domestic violence at the Barbara Ann Campbell Memorial Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Prime Osborn Convention Center, $20, (904) 354-0076. Thursday to Nov. 2: Take your gift-buying lists to The Center at Ponte Vedra's...
This World Series a Lengthy, Error-Filled Bore
Once upon a time, Americans watched the World Series from the opening pitch to the final out. Now it's "must-miss TV." The term Fall Classic has never been more appropriate. Its popularity is on such a decline that reruns of Mr. Belvedere...
Uninsured Drivers Warned
ATLANTA -- More than a million Georgians might be hitting the road each day without mandatory auto insurance, and state officials say many are getting away with it with little fear of getting caught. State officials argue police don't have...
Vasto Also Fast in Chicago 5K
Jerry Lawson set an American record on a loop course with a time of 2 hours 9 minutes and 35 seconds, but he wasn't the only Jacksonville resident whose star shone last week at the Chicago Marathon. Cathy Palacios Vasto, 28, who works with...
Week 9: Playoff Intensity AFC Central Lead at Stake
PITTSBURGH -- Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin wasn't about to compare today's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers to a playoff game. It's a big game for certain, one for the AFC Central lead, but placing a playoff label on a game in the ninth...
Will Good Times Return for Lloyd?
PITTSBURGH -- In good times, Greg Lloyd yells at teammates, causes trouble, antagonizes opponents and detests the media. These aren't good times. At least he's consistent. Lloyd, widely known as the NFL's meanest man before missing nearly...
Wolfson Wins Gateway
Erin Merten and Matt Rogers may have won individual honors at the Gateway Conference CrossCountry meet yesterday, but it was Wolfson which took home team honors in both the boys and girls events at FCCJ North Campus. Rogers, who finished...
YABA to Showcase Talent at Junior Olympic Tournament
The Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) announced it will showcase the talent of its younger members at the first Junior Olympic Gold National Tournament July 12-17, 1998, in Reno, Nev. Any YABA member in good standing who has a minimum...
Yes, James Michener Was an Able Storyteller
I had just finished a long drive listening to a books-on-tape version of James A. Michener's novel, Recessional, the day the author died. The book is about a retirement facility in the Tampa Bay area and a group of men and women who live...