The Florida Times Union

Articles from May 2, 1999

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30-1 Longshot Gives Lewises Roses Again
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Bob Lewis' epitaph will have to be rewritten. When he and his wife, Beverly, won the Kentucky Derby in 1997 with Silver Charm, the beer distributor from Southern California said he wanted his tombstone to read: "Loving husband,...
A Century of America's Best Short-Story Writing
Surely no other literary form so successfully captures what William Saroyan in these pages calls "the crazy glory everywhere" as does the American short story. With its economical settings, its manageable stock of characters, its concise narration...
Actor Oliver Reed Dead at 61
Oliver Reed, the British actor as well-known for his off-camera drinking, brawling and outspoken opinions as for his roles in more than 50 motion pictures ranging from horror films to the highly respected Women in Love and Oliver! died yesterday. He...
A Goodbye after 21 Years Wilcox Retiring after 7 Elections in Green Cove
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Calvin Wilcox has survived seven city elections and eight city managers. But after 21 years at City Hall, he has decided to return to private life. "I didn't realize I'd been down there as long as I had. The time has passed...
Alexander Still Searching for 300th Victory
Stetson's Ned French hit a home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning to start a productive night for the Hatters as they rolled to a 16-3 win over Jacksonville University at Deland. The Stetson win forced JU coach Terry Alexander...
Anti-Smoking Campaigns Get Little from Huge Tobacco Deal
The state of Florida has spent $509.1 million of its $13 billion tobacco settlement, according to the Office of Planning and Budgeting. Of that amount, $93 million has been allocated for the anti tobacco campaign, which includes the "Truth" advertising...
Area Powers Restock
Bolles, Raines and White all drove deep into the high school football playoffs last season with veteran casts. But, with the onset of spring practice, those teams must now restock. Using a balanced attack, Bolles downed Pahokee 29-14 in the 3A title...
A Social Butterfly He Wasn't, but His Diggings Reveal Jacksonville's History
Celebrate 2000 May 2, 1895 A daily look at events in First Coast history He is one of the great figures in American archaeology, the systematic excavator of 83 Indian sand and shell mounds along the St. Johns, from Jacksonville to Sanford, and his...
A Win for Appleby Australian Shares Credit with Late Wife
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Stuart Appleby is certain his wife was with him yesterday when he won the Shell Houston Open, his third career victory and the first since her death last year. "She gave me the strength today," the native of Australia said...
A Year That Changed America `1964' Tracks Loss of Innocence
Our national innocence took a mortal hit with the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, and the next year completed the destruction of the innocence and exuberance of the 1950s. Jon Margolis reminds us of the tumult that consumed the...
Balancing Job, Duty Tricky as Role Widens for National Guard
HINESVILLE -- As the nation's active-duty military shrinks, Defense Department officials' growing reliance on National Guard and Reserve forces puts increased demands on Georgia employers. Today, 50 percent of the nation's armed services members...
Before You Hit the Road This Summer, Follow These Tips
Of all the memories I have of travel, the car trips of my youth are probably the most cherished. Every summer, my father, mother, my six siblings and I would hit the road. From Orlando, it took two days of driving to get to Illinois or Missouri,...
Bittersweet Homecoming Final Contingent Returns to Cecil before Its Closing
Navy combat pilots who flew in hostile skies over Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina during a six-month deployment returned to friendly airspace yesterday, arriving at Cecil Field to family and friends. The pilots of Strike Fighter Squadrons 37 and 105...
Blues Waylay Coyotes
ST. LOUIS -- The Phoenix Coyotes' season isn't the only thing at stake now. After the St. Louis Blues forced Game 7 with three consecutive goals yesterday in a 5-3 victory, Phoenix coach Jim Schoenfeld's future with the team is in serious jeopardy....
Briefing
NO WINNERS IN FLORIDA; 1 WINNER IN GEORGIA No ticket matched all six numbers in the latest Florida Lotto drawing, resulting in a rollover expected to increase next week's jackpot to $17 million, officials said yesterday. In Georgia, one ticket...
Broken People Survivors in Oklahoma City Are Living through Littleton's Future: Burnout, Depression, Disintegrated Families and Suicides
OKLAHOMA CITY -- He took off fast and recklessly, climbing up into the Oklahoma sky and out past the downtown skyline where once stood the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. From the ground came desperate radio calls ordering him back,...
Broughton Street Dwellers Savannah Shopping Strip Now Trendy Neighborhood
SAVANNAH -- Cuffy Sullivan strolled west on Broughton Street, hung a left at Barnard, and just before the lane stood at her front door. As a noisy Chatham Area Transit bus roared past and cars beeped and honked, she was in her condominium building's...
Call Cease Fire in FSU Nickname War
It never ceases to amaze me how much time, energy and outrage can be wasted when the PC police and politicians get their antennas up. Not that all of us couldn't use some sensitivity training in our lives, but the domino trail of point-counterpoint...
Charismatic Charge Long Shot Shocks Derby Field
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Charismatic, a claiming horse in February, became a miracle worker on the first Saturday in May. At least he was to jockey Chris Antley after storming to a neck victory over Menifee in the 125th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs....
Clinton `Tightens Noose,' Imposes Embargo on Serbia
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton imposed a U.S. trade embargo on the Yugoslav republic of Serbia yesterday to begin "tightening the noose" around Serb forces in Kosovo. The administration reacted cautiously to news that Belgrade would release three...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We're very, very concerned." -- Wayne County Fire Chief Tony Brinkley, speaking of several unexplained and damaging wildfires along the Wayne-Appling county border. Story, Page A-1. FROM GARDEN TO TABLE Alice Taylor-Colbert,...
College Placement: Dumb Things People Say
"SATs are the slacker's reprieve." Don't bet on it. Grades, class rank and challenging coursework count most. Colleges say they particularly like to see an upward grade trend. "Sports will get you in." That's true -- if you're a recruited athlete....
College Quest
Shopping for the "perfect" college for our graduating senior began three summers ago in Columbus, Ohio. On the drive home from a Michigan camp, my daughter and I had lunch with relatives followed by a tour of the hometown university. Ohio State...
Colorado Spurs Soul Searching Duval Churches Pray for Answers
Riveting video games filled with all-too-realistic gore. Modest legal restrictions that pose few barriers to youths intent on buying guns. Flawed parents out of touch with their children's lives and ignorant of the swelling arsenal in their rooms....
Defiance Turns to Desperation in NATO-Besieged Belgrade
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Defiance. Desperation. Defeat. These are the moods of Belgrade five weeks into increasingly relentless NATO air attacks. Defiance used to dominate, but with each new night of attack, weariness is growing among residents traumatized...
Democrats Take Stock of Future
TALLAHASSEE -- As if reflecting upon a lost chess match, the Democrats are already calculating a strategy for their next game. This is when some of the hardest work begins. Now at the completion of the legislative session, they will look back...
Deregulating Electricity Considered
If you enjoy those nightly suppertime reminders from long-distance phone companies checking to see if you've changed your mind since yesterday -- and who doesn't -- you'll really like what's coming next. Despite disastrous early results from the...
Domestic Goals Could Become Casualties of War Colorado Shootings Adds to Distraction
WASHINGTON -- Amid the national debate over the military risks posed by U.S. involvement in Kosovo, not much has been said about another potential casualty of war: the domestic policy goals of both political parties. Be it Republican tax cut proposals,...
Dream Comes True Roberts' Big Cat Wins 46th Mug Race
Bill Roberts' latest creation, the mammoth RC-30 catamaran that raced in yesterday's 46th Mug Race from Palatka to Jacksonville, has an appropriate name: "Dream On." Because that's what everyone else who had any illusions of beating the aeronautical...
Duke Loses but Won't Rule out Another Campaign
NEW ORLEANS -- It was supposed to be his last try at a political comeback. But David Duke, having fallen short by fewer than 4,000 votes in his bid for Bob Livingston's congressional seat, was unwilling to say "never again." The former Ku Klux Klan...
Early Home Planning Important in Later Years
AKRON, Ohio -- Friends ask Ruth Ackerman why she doesn't move to a smaller home, but she dismisses the idea. Ackerman says her roomy two-bedroom condominium has everything she needs, including lovely views, a comfortable layout and a steady stream...
Earnhardt Seeks Momentum
FONTANA, Calif. -- Dale Earnhardt doesn't call it the moment of truth, although he admits the California 500 could be a telling race. The seven-time Winston Cup champion is coming off a victory last Sunday in Talladega, Ala., that ended a 40-race...
Elder Law a Growing Field
A 45-year-old whose mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's wonders how she'll take over her mother's care and finances. A 65-year-old newlywed wants to provide for his new wife if he dies first, but leave his estate to his children by his first...
Ethiopian Girl Finds New Hope Augusta Hospital Helps Burn Victim
AUGUSTA -- Her chest, head and arms are swaddled in thick bandages, but Abeba Asefa just shrugs her shoulders when asked how she feels. That she can even do that is testament to her surgeon. The 8-year-old Ethiopian girl, who was horribly burned...
Families of 3 POWs Cautiously Optimistic
BALDWIN PARK, Calif. -- The families of the three U.S. servicemen being held in Yugoslavia were delighted but cautiously optimistic yesterday after receiving word that the Yugoslav president had agreed to release their loved ones to the Rev. Jesse...
Fiction
TITLE: Dreaming Southern AUTHOR: Linda Bruckheimer DATA: Dutton, 259 pages, $23.95 Review by Lisa Almeda This is a first novel of uneven quality. Its flaws, however, are happily outweighed by the novel's energy and by an affectionately drawn...
Final Memorial Held for Victims; Students Return to Class Today
MORRISON, Colo. -- Columbine High School students gathered in a scenic amphitheater yesterday at a final memorial service for their classmates and teacher killed in the April 20 massacre. Today, they go back to class at a different school. "I...
Fire Threat Burdens Anxious Residents Arson Suspected, but No Arrests Yet
There are two ways to effectively deal with a woods arsonist: rain or jail. The skies have done their part along the Wayne-Appling county border, the site of several unexplained and damaging wildfires, dropping some heavy rain in the past few days....
Fish Oil May Offer New Hope to Manic Depression Sufferers
Scientists believe they have found a surprising new ally in their efforts to understand and treat the sharp mood swings of manic depression -- the fatty acids of fish oil. A Harvard University clinical trial of 44 patients suffering from manic,...
Flipping through Web Calendars
John Gaines had always wanted to see the obscure indie rock band Guided By Voices, but he'd never taken the time to make it happen. Then one of his friends noticed that the Dayton, Ohio, minimalists were performing at a San Francisco club. He posted...
Friendships Sometimes Cross Generations
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Upon entering the Rev. John Short's office at Centennial Baptist Church in Harrodsburg, the eye is drawn to a photo that hangs over his desk. It is a family portrait. Pictured are his wife, their three children and a grandchild,...
FSU Rebuilds with Solid Class Robinson Happy with Signees
TALLAHASSEE -- Don't mistake Steve Robinson's happiness for satisfaction; nor his respect for envy. Florida State's second-year basketball coach is determined to rebuild the program in his own image -- through hard work -- and won't compromise his...
Get Animated Online and Learn Cartooning
To recognize the value of humor in our lives and to highlight the art of cartooning (America's most popular art form), the National Cartoonist Society has designated Wednesday Cartoonists Day. So pick up your pencils and get out your paper, we're...
GETTING KIDS HOOKED ON FISHING Simple Introduction Early on Can Spawn Lifetime of Memories
"Take a kid fishing" is a message that never grows old, and in the wake of incomprehensible events involving youths in Littleton, Colo., and elsewhere, it may be more timely than ever. Looking back on our childhood, we don't remember the day dad...
Going out a Winner Quarterback Calls End to Long Career
John Elway might be the best quarterback ever. Then again, he might not be. It doesn't really matter. The winningest and perhaps most durable QB in NFL history made his mark like few others. "You don't have to rank excellence," says George...
Good Question
Q: Prices for personal computers keep dropping all the time. Will paying too little sacrifice quality? A: It depends how low you go. Major PC manufacturers are now offering home desktop machines for as little as $600. Off-name brands go for...
GOP Flexed Muscle Party Domination Proved in Session
TALLAHASSEE -- One by one, they fell into place. Limits on damage suits. Parental notification of abortions. Choose Life license tags. School vouchers. Enhanced penalties for criminals. Tax cuts. Acceptance of concealed-weapons permits from other states....
Grissom's Space Capsule Found after 38 Years in Sea
CAPE CANAVERAL -- Lost at sea for 38 years, astronaut Gus Grissom's Mercury capsule was found over the weekend by an underwater salvage team that had been searching for the spacecraft for nearly two weeks. Liberty Bell 7 is still 3 miles beneath...
Group Helps Clubs, Individuals Learn about Investments
Dear Call Box: I'm interested in joining an investment club. Where can I get more information? -- P.K. Dear P.K. Before joining or starting an investment club, do some homework. Starting and Running a Profitable Investment Club by Thomas E. O'Hara...
Guns Aren't to Blame for School Shootings
I've always thought investigative reporter Ed Bradley (60 Minutes) made reasonably good sense, even when I've disagreed with him. Not this time, however. Asked by CNN's Larry King why school shootings have always occurred in suburban or small-town...
Gwinnett Dismantles Social Promotion Timely Tests, Not Age, to Move Students Up
LILBURN, Ga. -- Linda Wagner will be nervous next year when her 12-year-old son, John, who struggles with reading, takes a single comprehensive test that will determine whether he is promoted to the eighth grade. Although Wagner is concerned about...
`Hard to Walk Away' Emotional Elway Finished with Game
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- He sounded so very upbeat at the start, cracking jokes and telling stories about himself and his Denver Broncos. Then John Elway turned to his retirement -- and that's when it hit him. His face crumpled and the sobs came....
Hospital Chain on Defense as Federal Fraud Trial Begins
TAMPA -- Four executives of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., the nation's largest hospital chain, tried to cheat government health care programs by overbilling for services then trying to cover up the inflated costs, the government says. Now prosecutors...
How Much More Punishment Can Milosevic Take?
WASHINGTON -- NATO leaders have insisted from Day 1 of the air strikes on Yugoslavia that the bombs and missiles would keep flying until President Slobodan Milosevic decided to reverse course in Kosovo rather than end up as the "ruler of rubble," as...
Internet Stocks: Don't Second-Guess the Guessers
WASHINGTON -- Internet stocks were roughed up last week in one of those bouts of disillusionment the market suffers from time to time, especially with high-tech stocks. Amazon.com Inc., the online retailer, tumbled from 221 1/4 to 165 in two days,...
Interview `Cheat Sheet' Should Impress Employers
The market is red hot for job changers, especially those in sought-after specialties. People are on the move and these are the questions they are asking. Q: Is it considered rude or ill prepared to bring a list of questions you want to ask to the...
IRL Spectator Deaths Prompt Investigation
CONCORD, N.C. -- For the second time in nine months a crash at a major open-wheel auto race in the United States has killed three spectators, raising questions about safety at the events. "Every once in a while, unfortunately, auto racing raises...
It's Dangerous to Think Urban Woes Will Never Seep into Suburban Lives
There may never be a tactful time to bring this up. So I figure now is as good a time as any. But as the massacre at Columbine High School leaves us scrambling to make sense of a society where teenagers spurn vision and perseverance for raw revenge,...
Jackson Scores Diplomatic Coup for Fourth Time
WASHINGTON -- Looking a reluctant Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in the eye, the Rev. Jesse Jackson told him the time had come to let go of the three American prisoners he was holding. He held Milosevic's hand and prayed with him. "I had...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We were all glued to CNN." -- Geri Metzger, whose husband, a Navy combat pilot, just returned from a six-month deployment in Iraq and Bosnia. Story on this page. BOB PHELPS' PEOPLE Tony Paul of Springfield was driving to...
KOSOVO Congress Should Help
The U.S. House did well to pass legislation, co-sponsored by Jacksonville Rep. Tillie Fowler, demanding that President Clinton get congressional approval before deploying ground troops in Yugoslavia. Clinton has a history of acting on his own; he...
Kosovo Guerrillas Discreetly Aid Effort from Worried Macedonia
TETOVO, Macedonia -- Tucked deep in his wallet, a Kosovo refugee carries the redand-black emblem of the ethnic Albanian separatists fighting in his homeland. "We can't show it openly here," explained Mustafa Imiri, a 22-year-old volunteer for the...
Kosovo's Littlest Refugees Suffer, Too Boredom, Stress Hurting Children
TIRANA, Albania -- By midday, Flamur Lavidje was tapping restlessly with his toy whistle, using it to poke his cousin, Vullnet Ladovka. The boys jabbed at each other and giggled in the joy of finding a new game to play. But noise is a harsh and...
Leaving Time Behind Feeling at Home Again on a Four-Day Adventure Down the Suwannee
The Suwannee isn't the state's most important river. The St. Johns is that, a mover of barges and birthplace of cities. But the Suwannee is, more than any other, the Florida river. Stephen Foster made sure of that when he wrote what became our state...
Like the Phoenix, Jacksonville Rose from the Ashes after the Great Fire
Celebrate 2000 May 3, 1901 A daily look at events in First Coast history Friday, May 3, 1901, dawned in Jacksonville with weather that The Florida Times-Union and Citizen promised would be fair and continued warm. Temperatures would range from...
McCollum Wants Mack's Seat Avoid Impeachment as Issue, He Tells Foes
BROOKSVILLE -- U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum, who gained national prominence as one of President Clinton's impeachment prosecutors, announced yesterday he is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Connie Mack. "This election is about who will...
MediaOne to Accept AT&T Offer Comcast Has Chance to Up Ante in $55.8 Billion Deal
NEW YORK -- MediaOne Group Inc. will announce today plans to accept an offer to be acquired by AT&T Corp., abandoning a previously agreed upon deal with cable-television rival Comcast Corp. If Comcast doesn't come up with a better offer this...
Moehler Ejected as Detroit Loses Former Sun Caught with Sandpaper
ST. PETERSBURG -- Former Jacksonville Sun Brian Moehler was ejected for having sandpaper on his thumb two batters before Randy Winn's sacrifice fly gave the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 4-3 victory last night over the Detroit Tigers. Moehler (3-3) was...
Moscoso Gains Edge in Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Supporters of Mireya Moscoso, the widow of a popular president, claimed victory last night in elections to determine who will lead Panama when the United States cedes control of the Panama Canal. With ballots counted from...
Mother Marlin Angler Battles Fish for 32-Plus Hours
In a feat that strains the imagination, an angler aboard a sportfishing boat battled a giant blue marlin for 32 hours and 40 minutes during a billfish tournament April 20-21 in the Bahamas. Alas, the Old Man and the Sea-like drama ended when the...
NATO Missile Strikes Bus; Dozens Are Reported Dead
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- A NATO missile struck a civilian bus crossing a bridge in Yugoslavia yesterday, killing dozens of people, news reports and witnesses said. The private Beta news agency reported 60 people dead, while the state-run Tanjug agency...
Negative Stereotypes about Teens, Schools Arise from News Accounts
We tell readers that news is a mirror of society. Then we say that news is the unusual. Which is it? It's both. The front page usually is set aside for news: the unusual, the important. But many of the stories on section fronts are meant to provide...
New Package Offers Many Options
The popular Turnbull Golf packages, in which golfers could play participating area courses for reduced fees, has undergone a face-lift which includes a new name and the opportunity to test courses in South Georgia and Palm Coast, Central Florida, the...
Newsmakers
MOST BEAUTIFUL ONCE AGAIN Michelle Pfeiffer, who has just made People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful" list for the sixth time, says she would like to have longer legs and curls. "I'm not unhappy with the way I look now," Pfeiffer, 41, says in the...
Newsmakers
MORE DISORDER AT `LAW & ORDER' Benjamin Bratt is leaving Law & Order at the end of the season to be replaced by Jesse L. Martin, who plays Calista Flockhart's doctor-boyfriend on Ally McBeal, says producer Dick Wolf. "How do you walk away...
Non-Fiction
TITLE: For the Time Being AUTHOR: Annie Dillard DATA: Knopf, 205 pages, $22 Review by Ann Hyman Robert Browning said that a man's reach should exceed his grasp. That seems to be what has happened in Annie Dillard's musings on Hasidic thought,...
NRA Defiant as Opponents Surround Denver Meeting
DENVER -- With 8,000 protesters circling their convention site, National Rifle Association leaders struck a defiant tone yesterday, assailing critics in the media and in politics for their "screeching hyperbole" and for sowing a "harvest of hatred"...
Orlando in Overdrive Universal Is Beginning to Look a Lot like Disney
When Disney came to Central Florida, it started small. Disney World in the early days consisted almost entirely of what is now called the Magic Kingdom. Today, the Magic Kingdom is just one small part of a sprawling entertainment empire, a complex...
Ospreys at Home for Event
The University of North Florida men's tennis team earned something for its coach, Charlie Jenks, just before he retires: One less road trip. The Ospreys will play host to a pair of Division II South Region tournaments May 7-8. Tournament I includes...
Outdoors Notes
WOLFSON EYES 600 The 10th annual Wolfson Children's Hospital Bass Tournament, the largest bass tournament east of the Mississippi, could top the 600-boat mark this year if entries continue at the current rate. As of Friday, 430 two-man teams...
Perfection for Parsons, Ebby
Daniel Parsons rolled his second perfect game in a month last week in a nine-pin league at Cassat Lanes. The right-hander simply breezed through his early shots. Yet on the final shot of the game, Parsons tugged the ball, resulting in the ball...
Pondering Parental Pedigrees
Running off at the typewriter. . . . Horse racing is the only sport where the parental pedigree of the competitors is a big deal. Imagine if human sports were like this. We could mate Cal Ripken Jr. and Paula Jones and come up with the consummate...
Port Challenges Anticipated Deregulation of Shipping Rates Changing Shape of Playing Field
ATLANTA -- Georgia's ports splashed into the challenging world of open competition yesterday as the era of ocean-shipping-rate deregulation was launched by repeal of 83-year-old federal rules. State officials responsible for the ocean ports in Savannah...
Port Income Down Slightly for First Half of Fiscal Year
Continued growth in most of the core businesses at Jacksonville's port during the first six months of the fiscal year has boosted revenues across its operating units; however, rising operating expenses and interest payments on capital projects pushed...
Power Play Benefits Northeast Florida Region's Legislators Finally Able to Sway State Funding
TALLAHASSEE -- Out-numbered and out of leadership, Northeast Florida lawmakers struggled for years to get state projects and money for the Jacksonville area. But the annual legislative session that ended Friday was different: With Orange Park's...
POWs Coming Home Jackson Earns GIs' Release; NATO Bombing Continues
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- After three hours of talks, a stroll through a garden and a hand-holding session of prayer with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic agreed yesterday to release three captured American servicemen and...
Preschool Sees Hope for Children with HIV
PATERSON, N.J. -- With a broad sheet of paper as a canvas, the 4-year-old boy was painting his best rendition of his preschool. So what if the old Victorian house really doesn't have an orange roof or lime-green siding? On either side, two other...
Retired Tampa Publisher Dies `Red' Pittman Led Tribune for Years
TAMPA -- Richard Frank "Red" Pittman Jr., whose 44-year career at The Tampa Tribune began as a $50-a-week assistant controller and ended as publisher, has died. He was 76. Pittman was starting his car Saturday when he told his wife, Dada, he felt...
Risky Workplaces Get Warning Federal Regulators Offer Assistance
WASHINGTON -- Federal safety regulators have notified more than 500 businesses in Georgia that their workplaces rank among the nation's riskiest for employee health and safety. In letters mailed last week, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety...
Saving Requires a Little Effort, Compromise
For money-conscious vacationers, there are plenty of ways to trim costs on everything from hotels to meals. "People should shop around for the best price when they travel," said Janie Graziani, a spokeswoman for the American Automobile Association....
Saving Unspoiled Area Is Worthy of One Last Effort
This is a plea for one more try. For 20 years, various public entities have tried to buy the Julington-Durbin Creek peninsula. All have failed. Now this unique piece of property -- a spectacular mix of ancient cypress trees, lush vegetation and...
Scattered Warning Signs Pointed to Colorado Rampage
LITTLETON, Colo. -- At 11:19 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20, two armed youths in long black coats strode toward their school like nightmarish apparitions out of the violent video games they played. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had meticulously...
Scores of Robots at Work, but None Can Sweep a Floor
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The creators of The Jetsons may have predicted microwave ovens and exercise treadmills, but when it came to the all-purpose robot maid Rosie, they were way off the mark. Here we are, hurtling toward the millennium, and we're still...
Serbs Listening in on Conversations of NATO Pilots
WASHINGTON -- Yugoslav forces have apparently thwarted some NATO air attacks because at times allied pilots speak to each other and to ground-based air controllers over open communications systems, according to NATO officials and U.S. intelligence...
Signing Joint Return Could Be Problematic
Q: My husband and I separated last year and are divorcing this year. For most of our 27-year marriage, he has operated a grocery business, and I have been a housewife. As part of the settlement, my husband has asked that I sign joint tax returns with...
Simply Surviving This Norwegian Ski Race Is Honor Enough
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- Death sport. I'm not talking about kickboxing with golfing cleats. Or Robbie Knievel trying to jump his motorcycle over the entire state of Nebraska. I'm talking about something far more dangerous -- cross-country skiing! ...
Song Sparks Distant Visions of My Youth
The other day I ran across one of those "old school" CDs in a clearance bin at a discount store. Through my mind's eye, I saw my youth in the distance, a mere speck on the horizon panting and struggling to keep up with me. We once walked hand-in-hand,...
Spellbinding Respite from Heat, Crowds
ORLANDO -- The hottest ticket at Walt Disney World this summer may not be at any of the Orlando attraction's four theme parks. Oh, there are new rides and pyrotechnic displays at the parks, to be sure. But the experience likely to generate the most...
Spring Graduates
JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY BACHELOR OF ARTS Alessandro Manuel Acosta, Cum Laude; Alyce Catherine Avenell; Cristoval George Ayala; Jennifer Jane Ballerini, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi; Jessica Teresa Blundell, Cum Laude; Alexander MaClaren Cuthbert...
Stakes Raised on State Lottery Study to Tout Ways Games Help
ATLANTA -- Amid worries that a national commission on the effects of legalized gambling is about to clamp down on state lotteries, Georgia is spending $250,000 on a nationwide study of their economic benefits. But commission observers say fears...
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