The Florida Times Union

Articles from September 21, 1999

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[2] Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "That's what we all worked for. I think it's great news for coastal Georgia." -- Woody Woodside, president of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, who credits coastal residents, businesses and governments for saving...
2 Groups Will Split Tobacco Aid
ATLANTA -- A state board decided yesterday to divide a special farmers tobacco settlement fund equally between those who plant and harvest the crop and those who own the land. But tobacco farmers will have to act quickly if they want their money this...
2 McKenna Drives Drive Renaming Effort
There's McKenna Drive and then there's McKenna Drive. There's the portion of McKenna Drive that extends from Heckscher Drive on Pine Island east of Sisters Creek. And then there's McKenna Drive that also extends from Heckscher Drive but on the other...
[2] Morning Briefing
STOCKS DIVE ON WEAK DOLLAR, TRADE DEFICIT Stocks fell sharply yesterday, driving the Dow Jones industrials down 225 points, as traders grew uneasy about the weakening dollar, the growing U.S. trade deficit and upcoming earnings reports. See story...
[2] Police Briefing
Following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: A 26-year-old Mandarin woman and her 29-year-old boyfriend were arrested Sept. 12 on charges of aggravated assault...
3 Cities End Extended Qualifying
Brunswick, Nahunta and Woodbine closed out their extended qualifying yesterday for the Nov. 2 municipal elections. All three cities obtained court orders authorizing the extensions after county and city offices along the coasts were closed several...
912 Area Code Region Dividing 3 Ways
ATLANTA -- The Public Service Commission voted yesterday to shrink the 912 area code, which now serves most of middle and South Georgia, to cover just Savannah and Southeast Georgia. Two new area codes will be added to serve the remaining territories....
A Boy's Life New Movement Aims to Have Parents -- and Society Change the Way They Raise Their Sons
"When little Fred Was called to bed, He always acted right; He kissed Mama, And then Papa, And wished them all good night. He made no noise, Like naughty boys, But gently up the stairs Directly went, When he was sent, And always said his prayers."...
ACC Lacks Rivals
TALLAHASSEE -- When it comes to putting on an old-fashioned college football conference rivalry, the Atlantic Coast Conference is in dire need of a party planner. While the nation's power conferences annually offer up at least one compelling rivalry...
A Conversation with . . . Jaguars Running Back Fred Taylor
Jaguars running back Fred Taylor recently sat down with the Times-Union and discussed being a veteran and a star, and his relationship with Florida coach Steve Spurrier. Taylor, who has endured a minor foot injury and a minor hamstring injury so far...
African Priest's Florida Mission: Learn English, Then Learn to Fly
CLEARWATER -- The Rev. Denis Kitenge, a philosophy teacher at a seminary, spoke no English. He had never been outside Africa. Then the bishop bought him an airplane ticket to the United States and told him to learn to fly. Learning to fly would...
Aftershock Jolts Taiwan; Toll Mounts
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A strong aftershock rocked Taiwan early today even as rescuers struggled to reach victims of a more powerful quake a day earlier that killed more than 1,700 people. Rescuers scrambled all night and into the daylight today, pressing...
Agency's Hot Line Lets Floridians File HMO Grievances
Dear Call Box: The Florida Times-Union recently ran a story about state agencies telling HMOs to pay claims on time. The story never gave a contact for a Florida agency I could call to complain about an HMO. -- R.E. Dear R.E. The Agency for Health...
Agents Arrest Adult in Child Porn Probe
Investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement seized a Jacksonville man's computer yesterday and began sorting through what they said could be tens of thousands of images of child pornography. David Allen Stiedl, 27, of the 2100 block...
AIDS Prevention Is Still Best
In the war against diseases, hope is often met with painfully slow results -- if any at all. Advancements against afflictions such as cancer and muscular dystrophy, for instance, seem to come by fractions of inches rather than leaps and bounds....
All That Glitters Tinseltown Area a Shining Example of 'Edge-City' Phenomenon
When Mike Harris opened his dry cleaning business on Southside Boulevard just north of Touchton Road in 1989, there was hardly anything from there to Butler Boulevard. Harris, who owns Southside Cleaners Inc., said that come lunchtime, he'd have...
Almost Closing Time Southside Hardware Going out of Business after 56 Years
The year was 1943. Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman ruled the airwaves and World War II raged on. The Jacksonville of that era was a bit slower-paced and its streets were dotted with mom-and-pop stores. Shop owners knew you by name and greeted you with...
Animals Victims of Floyd More Than 100 Are Euthanized
KINGSLAND -- More than 100 animals were euthanized last week at Camden County's animal shelter after Hurricane Floyd forced a countywide evacuation. Chuck Cooper, vice president of the Humane Society of Camden County, said his organization had an...
Area Almost Got Early Look at Ryder Cup
It would have been the biggest golf event to that date on the First Coast -- and in historical retrospect might have been the biggest since -- had it not been for the most epic event of the 20th century. And as the golf world turns its focus this...
A Relaxing, Rewarding Tour of Northern California's Vineyards a Taste of Wine Country
In the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valley, spring finds tiny green clusters on the vines. These aren't grapes. Not yet. These are buds awaiting the bees, which along with the precise combination of sunshine and rain will make this year's crop possible....
Argyle Commuters to Get Downtown Bus Service
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is starting commuter bus service from Argyle Forest to major employment centers downtown Oct. 4. The inaugural Argyle Village Flyer will be comparable to automobile travel times and in some cases will be...
Audio Books
New releases of audio books: Working With Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman, read by the author; Audio Renaissance, two cassettes, three hours, abridged: Being smart won't necessarily make you successful in your career, as a look around...
Bank of America Exhibit Is of Olympic Proportions
Bank of America, which does business in Florida as NationsBank, will be showing up in Jacksonville, at the beginning of next year with a national traveling exhibit with the 2000 Olympics in Australia as its theme. This thing could be interesting....
Base in Pensacola Has Growing Pains New Course Adds 7,000 Trainees
PENSACOLA -- Pensacola Naval Air Station is squeezing in up to 7,000 more trainees every year due to the transfer of an airman apprentice course from Great Lakes Naval Training Center near Chicago. The Navy plans to convert a supply building into...
Beaches Churches Feel `Blessed' Congregations Come Together after Near-Miss
Messages of thankfulness, the power of faith and the good in human nature echoed through Beaches churches yesterday as congregations came together for the first services after Hurricane Floyd skirted the First Coast. "The Times-Union newspaper wrote...
Bell Atlantic, Vodafone Make Coast-to-Coast Connection
NEW YORK -- Bell Atlantic Corp. has struck an agreement to acquire the U.S. mobile telephone network of Vodafone AirTouch PLC in a deal that will create the nation's largest wireless phone company. Bell Atlantic, the country's largest local telephone...
BellSouth Facing Penalties St. Johns Code Enforcement May Levy Fine for Tower Violation
BellSouth Mobility could be fined up to $250 a day next month by the county in a flap that continues over the company's telephone tower behind a Fruit Cove home. The St. Johns County Code Enforcement Board was ready to hear the BellSouth case in...
Best-Selling Author Coming to Scottish Weekend 2000
Just before writing this column, I thought I would check my e-mail. And with that little click or two of the mouse, I received such exciting news that all thoughts of what I had planned to write have been swirled away in a wind of delight. The news...
Bill Would Ease Cuban Sanctions
WASHINGTON -- For four decades, Americans have been banned from selling anything to Cuba. But problems in the U.S. farm economy are putting pressure on Congress to ease the embargo for sales of food and medical supplies. The Senate overwhelmingly...
Black Addresses Media
The lawyer for embattled sports agent William H. "Tank" Black, outraged by what he says is a conspiracy against his client, is asking for a Congressional investigation of the National Football League Players Association's conduct during its investigation...
Bomb Threat Case Fizzles No Prosecution for Beach Mayor
The State Attorney's Office has decided not to pursue charges against Neptune Beach Mayor George Vaughn based on a report that he threatened to throw a stick of dynamite into the coastal city's police headquarters. "We have made a decision not to...
Britain Gets Ready for Telephone Change
LONDON -- Britain's phone companies have launched an aggressive campaign to explain to testy homeowners and annoyed business managers just why, come April, their number's up. As Britain becomes more upwardly mobile, the country's phone numbering...
Broadway Bound? Get Your Tickets
NEW YORK -- Broadway ticket availability as of Sept.17. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters' box offices for the shows listed. Credit card holders may order tickets by phone or by calling Telecharge or Ticketmaster. The...
Budget Hearing Monday Atlantic Beach Commission Sets Final Consideration
ATLANTIC BEACH -- The City Commission will give final consideration Monday evening to a proposed budget of nearly $23.6 million for the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Major elements in the budget include money for the city's expanding park...
Businesses Hit by Gouging Allegations
FOLKSTON -- Complaints have been filed against six Charlton County businesses for price gouging during Hurricane Floyd evacuations. Eleven of the complaints were filed with the Sheriff's Office against the Days Inn in Folkston, where guests said...
Businesses Hit with Price Gouging Complaints
FOLKSTON -- Complaints have been filed against six Charlton County businesses for price gouging during Hurricane Floyd evacuations. Eleven of the complaints were filed with the Sheriff's Office against the Days Inn in Folkston, where guests said...
Businesses Thriving, Thanks to the Internet
If you're wondering exactly how fast Internet time has become, here's an answer: It's 10 times faster than it was last year. That's how much faster annual sales of this year's 10 fastest-growing companies in Silicon Valley grew compared with last...
Butler Square Pegged for Area on Southside
CBL and Associates, known in Jacksonville for its ownership in The Avenues mall and the Regal Cinemas along Philips Highway, could be putting its name on a new center soon. The A.C. Skinner family has executed a contract to sell 31.8 acres along...
Cable Outage Irks Fans Problems Interrupt Jaguars Broadcast
********** CORRECTION (9/21/99) Some MediaOne viewers remained without cable TV service Sunday until nearly midnight. Because of a reporter's error, a story on Page A-1 yesterday said service had been restored by almost 4 p.m. **********...
Camden Animal Shelter Groundbreaking Somber
KINGSLAND -- Groundbreaking for a new animal shelter in Kingsland yesterday should have marked a day of celebration for the Humane Society of Camden County. Instead, the mood was somber among employees who spent most of the day fielding complaints...
Capers Knows 49ers
The Jaguars have never played the San Francisco 49ers' highpowered offense in the regular season. But defensive coordinator Dom Capers has played them eight times in the last four years when he was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. An advantage?...
Cars, Cash Some Ways to Land New Hires
A leased BMW Z-3 roadster free for three years. A chance on a $1,500 gift certificate for playing a technical game. A cool $100,000 signing bonus. Got your attention? That's the idea. Employers desperate for workers with scarce skills are resorting...
'Catfish' Hunter Dead at 53 Hal Bock
Pitcher Jim Catfish Hunter, the model of control in a 15-year Hall of Fame career, died yesterday of Lou Gehrigs disease, which left him unable to grip a baseball at the end of his life. He was 53. Hunter, baseballs first bigmoney free agent, died...
Checkup
AN EAR'S UP ON TONSILS Having your child's tonsils and adenoids removed does little to combat chronic ear infections, says a new study. Non-surgical treatments should be tried first, with tube emplacement "to be considered later as the preferred...
Chemical-Resistant Lice Frustrating Parents
ATLANTA -- With children back in school, some parents and educators are scratching their heads trying to figure out why it's becoming more difficult to kill head lice, those bloodsucking parasites that latch onto kids' scalps. Although there is...
Chicago Seven Revisited War Protesters' Circus Trial Was 30 Years Ago
CHICAGO -- Defense attorneys were thrown in jail. One defendant was chained and gagged while others pranced through the courthouse in judicial robes, praising sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Beat poet Allen Ginsburg bellowed "Hare Krishna" from the witness...
City Council Agenda
A look at some of the items considered by the Jacksonville City Council at its meeting yesterday. ISSUE: Ethics officers What it means: The council would confirm the appointments of John R. Jolly and Carla Miller as ethics officers for City Hall....
City Officials Had Hoped to Break Ground on a New Public Health Clinic in 1998
After ruling out one West Jacksonville site because of lead contamination, the city has bought another 2-acre parcel and expects to begin construction on a $1.6 million public health clinic early next year. The new site, found after a seven-month...
City Residents Cope with Hurricane Threat
Hurricane Floyd may have passed Jacksonville by with only a scrape, but as it was growling toward the city Sept. 15, lots of residents in the southeast part of town decided to play it safe. Many Southside homes were boarded up, with some closer...
City Taxpayers Can Afford a Tax Break for the Elderly
Tired of reading about Hurricane Floyd? Well, there are other things going on. Today, let's look at an issue before our new City Council that is likely to stir quite a bit of debate. It involves an additional property tax break for low-income...
City Workers to Be Paid for Disaster Extra Coming for Those Working during Floyd
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The dark clouds of Hurricane Floyd reappeared Monday as the City Council went to battle over the issue of how to pay employees who were relieved of duty during the evacuation. After a hearty debate, the council voted 4-3 to...
Clay Officials Approve Challenging Ruling
The owner of a Fleming Island neighborhood bar on County Road 220 has won a Circuit Court fight with the County Commission in pursuit of a commercial rezoning for his property. But Round 2 in the rezoning case of Bobby Joe's Bar will follow in the...
Clinton Urges Worldwide Effort to Stop Genocide
UNITED NATIONS -- President Clinton challenged the United Nations and countries in Africa, Asia and elsewhere yesterday to strengthen their ability to stop mass killings like those in Kosovo and East Timor. The United States "cannot respond to every...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I love the reality of the river. The more stress you have, the worse the world gets, the more you need this for balance. You need a place you can go where things are real." -- Marilyn Blackwell of Wewahitchka, regarding the Apalachicola...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It's not the big disaster that we originally feared. We dodged a very big bullet." -- Mark Dodd, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist, said most sea turtles survived Hurricane Floyd. Story on this page....
Columbia-Valdosta Will Be a Special Interstate Collision Plenty of Talent on Each Team
There aren't many teams that can measure up over the years in their rivalries with Valdosta. But Columbia High in Lake City, just 60 miles down I-75 from Valdosta, is one of them. Last year, the Wildcats took a come-from-behind 30-23 win in a...
Convicted Killer Maintains Innocence
TAMPA -- Even after his trial and a jury recommendation of death for killing a 7-year-old girl whose body was never found, Willie Crain maintained in a jailhouse interview he didn't kill Amanda Brown. "I knew they weren't going to believe me from...
Councilman Seeks Funds for Paxon
City Councilman Jerry Holland, who was the contractor for the half-finished Paxon baseball stadium, wants City Hall to spend up to an additional $120,000 to finish the troubled project. Holland's construction firm is the unpaid general contractor...
County Line
Serving the readers of the greater Clay County area. Orange Park FALL FESTIVAL: It may not seem like it yet, but fall is officially here. And that means it's almost time for the town of Orange Park's 17th annual Fall Festival. For the second...
Courtmartial Begins in Valdosta Gay Airman Faces Desertion Charges
VALDOSTA -- A Moody Air Force Base airman who says he left the South Georgia installation because he feared for his life if his homosexuality was discovered is facing three years in prison if a military jury finds him guilty of desertion. A court-martial...
Critical Systems Y2K-Ready, Navy's Coordinator Assures
Despite a late start in addressing Y2K-related problems, the Navy now reports it is almost clear of the infamous computer bug. All the Navy's "mission critical" systems and 97 percent of remaining systems are Y2K-compliant, according to Cmdr. Janice...
CUBA Miami Overreaction
Anti-Castro exiles in Miami hurt their own cause when they successfully applied pressure to cancel a concert by a popular Cuban band. As soon as word got out that Los Van Van was scheduled to perform Oct. 9 at the Miami concert hall, Spanish-speaking...
Daughter Says Dad Saved Her Veteran Hadn't Fired Weapon since WWII
Shirla Menendez thought she was seconds away from dying when a gun was held to her head at her parents' house near Baldwin. Menendez, 49, said she was forced to tie up her elderly father Sunday after an 18-year-old man entered the home and demanded...
Debate on the Apalachicola Critics Say Dredging Killing River, Wildlife
WEWAHITCHKA -- At its wildest, the Apalachicola River meanders through the heart of the Florida Panhandle, with vegetation hovering over a shoreline thick with fallen trees that serve as diving boards for turtles. But in spots where the river has...
Defense under Gun for Gators
GAINESVILLE -- This is exactly what Jon Hoke didn't need in the first game of his first year in the high-pressure job of defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. His secondary was routinely riddled by a low-level Division I team, and...
Delaney Chides Report Criticizing City's Arts Funding
Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney criticized a local think tank's arts and recreation report that urged more arts and recreation spending, calling it disappointing because it "paints Jacksonville as a `hick' town." In a letter he wrote Monday to the...
Deputies Zapping with Laser
Donald Sutherland dismounts from his steed and reaches for his gun. Holding it steady with both hands, he gazes down U.S. 17 and takes deliberate aim at a figure coming toward him about 2,000 feet away. Squeezing the trigger gently, his weapon discharges...
Disabled Cruise Ship Flees from Harvey
MIAMI -- With one engine restarted, a disabled cruise ship wobbled out of harm's way yesterday instead of trying to beat Tropical Storm Harvey into Tampa Bay. The Carnival Cruise ship Tropicale was bound for Tampa when a fire shut down its engines...
Distortion, Deception Doesn't Need to Be Part of Investing
Wow! Imagine if you could earn nearly 62 percent in a mutual fund -- in a single year! That's no fantasy; investors in the Van Kampen Growth fund actually did that in 1996, nearly tripling the return on the Standard & Poor's 500. As you'd...
Don't Be Sold on Idea without Thinking
Critical thinking is a must. This island and the adjacent communities to our west must learn to just say no to development at times. I once worked in a museum and students would file into my room and notice the human skeleton on display. "Is...
`Egypt's Old Kingdom' Exhibit Opens in N.Y
NEW YORK -- With some surprising works veering off the beaten track of Egyptian art, the first major exhibit ever devoted solely to the age of the pyramids -- "Egypt's Old Kingdom" -- opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday. The 250...
Eight-Man Fronts a Test for Jaguars
Shortly after the Jaguars disposed of the San Francisco 9ers 41-3 Sunday, tackle Leon Searcy ventured over to running back Fred Taylor's locker and offered an apology. "I told him we were sorry for the way we blocked as an offensive line," Searcy...
Expect `Gotchas' When Actors in New Shows Talk to TV Audience
On most TV dramas and comedies, the characters are happy to talk to one another. But on several new series, they also talk to themselves . . . and to you. Take Fox's high school dramedy Get Real. At the hospital after Meghan's brother Cameron wrecks...
Family Sparked by Gospel of Education
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Sarah Davis, the youngest of four children, is a bubbly sixth-grader who happens to be enrolled part-time at Purdue University. Sarah attends sixth-grade classes from 8 a.m. to noon, comes home for a peanut butter and jelly...
Feelings Won't Negate Financial Obligations
Q: After a whirlwind courtship, a honeymoon in Hawaii and four months of marriage, I have come to the stark realization that marriage to my wife won't work. My problem is that before coming to this conclusion, we purchased a home titled in both our...
Figuring Floyd's Damage
TALLAHASSEE -- Hurricane Floyd cost Florida taxpayers about $67.3 million and caused as much as $50 million in damage to homes and businesses, state and insurance industry estimates show. Federal officials told the state this week they would chip...
Fletcher Pounds Parker
There he was, standing on the sideline at the Fletcher-Parker game, all 6-foot-7, 318 pounds of him. But if the Jacksonville Jaguars' Tony Boselli was expecting to see a closely contested high school football game, he was probably as disappointed...
Floundering Mom Offered Caring Hand
Just another service of your morning newspaper: The bright-eyed baby girl was 8 months old now. The mother was ready to go back out into the world. The Salvation Army had taken in mother and child some weeks past, when the struggling young...
Floyd Rains on PSS Meeting
With its stock in the doldrums, PSS World Medical Inc. could have expected a big crowd at its annual shareholders meeting last week. But it happened to schedule the meeting for the same morning that Hurricane Floyd passed by. Although Jacksonville...
For Marts, the Next Game Is Personal Jags Linebacker Still Bitter about Release by Titans
Don't expect to see Jaguars linebacker Lonnie Marts extending his hand to his former coach Jeff Fisher for a handshake Sunday prior to the Jaguars-Tennessee Titans game at Alltel Stadium. "No, it won't happen," Marts said. "I can't." And after?...
Forrest Rolls over Stanton 35-0
Last night's game between Forrest and Stanton proved what a difference a few talented players can make on either side of the ball. With only a handful of practices in preparation for the game because of Hurricane Floyd, both teams looked sloppy...
For Some Hardy Teens, Home Is a Place They Call Their Own
CHICAGO -- Independence day came on July 28, 1997, when 16-year-old Kelly Corzine became her own person, according to Cook County Circuit Court. Starting that day, when she was legally emancipated, she was in charge of herself, and she was confident...
FSU Upset or Upset Stomach?
Mikey likes. . . . Georgia Tech (1-0) at Florida State (1-0): Deep down in my gut, I've got this feeling Georgia Tech is going to finally provide Seminoles fans with the ACC rivalry they've been clamoring for since they joined the league. Deep...
Fusing Art, Science Glassblowers Cater to Nuclear Scientists' Needs for Laboratory
AUGUSTA -- In the name of science, Curt Sexton and Gary Dobos practice one of the world's oldest arts. They spend their days at Savannah River Site's nuclear weapons plant research and development lab, surrounded by examples of their work -- elaborate,...
Gates Carries Braves Past Rams
Lionel Gates only carried the ball seven times last night for Parker High School. He was only the team's third-leading rusher against Englewood. Yet his impact was undeniable. Braving a seriously sprained right ankle, Gates entered the game in the...
Gators' Deuce Getting Loose
GAINESVILLE -- The mind does strange things when a metal brace hugs the knee like a birthmark. It may as well have been wrapped around Bo Carroll's body. A world-class sprinter, a season-long funk. Somehow, the player University of Florida coach...
Get That To-Do List under Control
There are lists, and then there are master lists. Stephanie Winston says knowing the difference can separate the stressed out from the clued in. Winston is a time management consultant and author of such books as Getting Organized (Warner Books,...
Good Question
Q: I keep hearing that the dollar is weakening against the Japanese yen. What does this mean for me? A: It's true that the dollar has been sliding against the yen for several weeks. As of mid-September, one dollar was worth about 106 Japanese yen,...
GOP to Probe Clemency Issue Documents Sought to Explain Motives
WASHINGTON -- Seeking the reasons President Clinton offered clemency to 16 Puerto Rican nationalists, Republicans plan to start using legislative tools this week hoping to pry loose secret administration documents. One top Republican said yesterday...
Gorbachev's Wife, Raisa, Dies at 67
Raisa Gorbachev, 67, whose stylish, forceful and glamorous performance as the wife of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, made her a lightning rod for attacks on his programs of economic and political reform, died yesterday of leukemia at University...
Gore Uses Controversial Strategy to Raise Money
WASHINGTON -- Months before the first presidential primary, Vice President Al Gore is raising millions for a potential general election campaign using a strategy frowned on by election regulators. By July, Gore had already raised $2 million for...
Hamiliton Stands Tall as Top-Rated Passer
ATLANTA -- Joe Hamilton, fighting a height-restricted battle to prove he's capable of playing in the NFL, keeps an eye on another quarterback whos supposed to be too small for the position. Every Monday, Hamilton grabs a newspaper and immediately...
Harvey Drenches Gulf Coast Storm Crosses State, Moves into Atlantic
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Harvey, which shifted from its expected course yesterday, drenched Florida's Gulf Coast with more than 10 inches of rain, forcing schools to close and flooding homes and businesses. The storm moved past Everglades City by...
Health Threat Mounts in North Carolina Death Toll Rises as Floyd's Floods Make Water Unsafe
TARBORO, N.C. -- Rotting livestock carcasses and floating sewage created a mounting public health threat yesterday across eastern North Carolina, still flooded days after Hurricane Floyd forced tens of thousands of people from their homes. At least...
Hearings to Study Vieques Issue Firing Range Said Critical for Navy Training
WASHINGTON -- Even as the controversy continues over President Clinton's grant of clemency to Puerto Rican separatists, debate is heating up over the U.S. military's live firing range on a tiny Puerto Rican island. Congressional hearings are planned...
Higher Oil Prices Expected No Changes Seen in OPEC Output
VIENNA, Austria -- Consumers could pay more to heat their homes and drive their cars this winter, with worldwide demand for petroleum products rising and OPEC members showing little sign of budging beyond their reduced levels of oil production. ...
Hopefuls Turning Away from State's GOP Conven Tion
TALLAHASSEE -- Billing it as "Florida Victory 2000," state Republican leaders have planned for months to hold a convention that would let thousands of GOP activists hear from their party's presidential candidates. But with the Orlando gathering...
Hospital Merger Nears Finish
After nearly two years of on-again, off-again negotiations, the merger between University Medical Center and Methodist Medical Center is set to be completed by the end of this week. Since December 1997, the two financially ailing Northside hospitals...
Hostage Learned 2 Lessons: Share Your Candy and Pack Pants
Celebrate 2000 Sept. 20, 1970 A daily look at events in First Coast history Sylvia Jacobson lived a nightmare. And she turned to the Times-Union to tell her story. Jacobson, a professor of social work at Florida State University, was one of 38...
Hundreds Die as Earthquake Rocks Taiwan Early-Morning Temblor Was Worst on Island since 1935
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The strongest quake in Taiwan in decades jolted the island early today, killing at least 400 people, wrecking a 12-story hotel in Taipei and destroying more than 100 homes nationwide, the government said. About 2,000 people were...

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