The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 28, 1999

100 Tons of Stage Equipment Comes to Town
Napoleon once said an army travels on its stomach. Which is why one of the first things David Hansen, advance stage manager for The Phantom of the Opera, did this week was hire a runner to keep his crew well supplied with doughnuts and bagels during...
Angelic Voices of Vienna
Quiz for music lovers: What musical organization was created by imperial decree, outlived the empire that created it, has been around for half a millennium and commands in its contracts that after performances, it must be served milk and cookies?...
Antique Image of Newspapers Still Exists with Some Readers
A lot has changed since black and white movies showed Humphrey Bogart shouting "Stop the presses." But in the minds of some readers, that image has been frozen in time along with news boys on street corners yelling "Extra!" During a recent appearance...
As the Legislative Session Opens, a New Governor Has Plenty of Pitfalls to Avoid Limiting Jeb's Agenda
TALLAHASSEE -- It is a tradition in Florida that new governors undergo a rough initiation in their first legislative session, learning the hard way that the executive branch may propose but the Legislature disposes. Having spent the previous year...
Authors' Event Raises $100,000 for Library
After the last guest has gone home, the volunteers have reclaimed their real lives and the dust has settled, the question left after any benefit is: How much? The answer, in the case of Much Ado About Books, is about $100,000 collected by the Library...
Builders Promote Tax Issue Dump Impact Fees, Industry Pleads
For people who like movies and hate traffic jams, the local cineplex just might air a novel feature soon: a hip ad campaign promoting changes in Florida's tax system to pay for roads, schools and other services in high-growth areas. The idea comes...
Charitable Gifts Can Reduce Estate Tax
Volunteers from the Society of Financial Service Professionals of Northeast Florida spent a recent Saturday morning at The Florida Times-Union answering readers' phoned-in questions about estate planning, taxes and investing. Here are highlights of...
City Appreciates Stature of River Run
The Gate River Run is not embraced by the Jacksonville community to the degree that the Florida-Georgia college football game and Toyota Gator Bowl are, but just because it's not football doesn't make it less important to the city's sports landscape....
Dale Urges Unity on Title-Loan Curbs
Now that the title-loan industry has decided to take Jacksonville to court, at least one city councilman thinks this isn't the time to second-guess the vote that put the city in this bind to begin with. "It is a disservice to our citizens for elected...
Decision on Forrest Better Left to the Kids
A modest proposal. Recurring controversy over Nathan Bedford Forrest High School is recurring. Persuasive arguments again insist the name be changed. A counter view again suggests historical revisionism is at play. Many others, as usual,...
Deercreek to Hold Amateur Skins Game
The increasing popularity of the Deercreek Skins Game, which in now in its second decade, has prompted club officials to develop an amateur version of the event, which annually draws the area's top club and touring professionals. The Sun Golf Amateur...
Digging Up the Past Northeast Florida's Indian and Spanish History Will Be Unearthed in a Series of March Lectures Celebrating Archaeology Month
The past is not so very far away in Northeast Florida, often not more than a foot or so beneath our feet. However the past in these parts also is complicated, usually hard to find, and even harder to visualize after heat, humidity, termites and...
DR. DINOSAUR Physician Really Digs Bones
Cliff Jeremiah enjoyed the movie Jurassic Park so much he went back and saw it again. The film is about duplicating dinosaurs, and that, after all, is what Jeremiah does in real life. Jeremiah, 59, is a Jacksonville physician and a specialist in...
Father and Son Land 92-Pound Drum
Tom Williams and his son Richard of Fernandina Beach had caught black drum before, but never one of those monster fish that enter area inlets this time of year to spawn. So last Saturday in Cumberland Sound, they set out with a purpose: bag a big...
Florida Swing Hits the Web
The PGA Tour's month-long Sunshine State stopover is here. And Floridaswing.com will bring it to the world wide web in exacting detail. The Florida Times-Union's Internet site devoted exclusively to the four Florida Swing events -- the Doral-Ryder...
FSU Falters at Finish, Falls to Terps 84-75
TALLAHASSEE -- Despite pushing No. 5 Maryland for 38 minutes in yesterday's regular-season finale, Florida State suffered its seventh consecutive loss, 84-75, in front of a crowd of 6,899. Unable to capitalize on a commanding-but-rare 46-30 rebounding...
Good Question
Q: I've transferred my credit card balance a couple of times recently to take advantage of lower rates. Will that look bad on my credit report? A: No, assuming you're just looking for a good deal and not shuffling money around while making little...
Health Plans Are Targets Again
The power of the health insurance industry in Florida will be challenged again this year as lawmakers consider giving patients and doctors more rights. Legislators will vote on several key health insurance bills, including one allowing patients...
Illness Was `Phantom' Star's Break onto Stage Lead's Laryngitis Put Young Actor in Front of Audience of Critics
Brad Little lived 42nd Street. Little, who plays the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, which opens in Jacksonville this week, was just breaking into the acting business in 1983 when he was cast in the chorus of Evita...
Jacksonville, Which Is Considering a Campsite for Homeless People, Could Learn Some Lessons from Tampa. in Our Backyard? Shelter Attempts to Satisfy Reluctant Users, Neighbors
TAMPA -- The mission of Metropolitan Ministries sounds simple but isn't. When Dwayne Kinloch comes to work at 4 a.m., he knows what his day will hold. He opens the gates of the open-air homeless shelter known as Morgan Park in downtown Tampa and...
Jacksonville Women Get a Lesson on 'How to Lift Their Faces'
Celebrate 2000 Feb. 28, 1932 A daily look at events in First Coast history "I see a lot of Jacksonville women with humps on their backs and frowns on their faces." That's what Margaret Blair had to say when she got her latest look at Jacksonville....
Jaguars Beat
SLOWING DOWN After a fast start in the free agency market, signing three players in the first six days, the Jaguars did little last week except make a few phone calls. Why? Especially since they have some money left to spend? Price. The Jaguars...
JWC Mediates Pottsburg Creek Dispute
The Jacksonville Waterways Commission decided at its meeting last week to step into a dispute between property owners and boaters and rowers on Pottsburg Creek in Arlington. The City Council decided several months ago to allow three schools to build...
Malone Rallies to Oust Arlington CD 76-69
With a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and a raucous, standing-room only home crowd behind it, Arlington Country Day had every advantage over Malone except one: championship game experience. The five-time defending Class A boys basketball...
Merger Proposal a Shock? Wise, Jenkins Dispute FAMU-Waters Plan
Edward Waters College President Jimmy R. Jenkins had a clear message for students and Jacksonville residents yesterday: No officials from his college have discussed merging with Florida A&M University, and they have no intentions of doing so. ...
Mitchell, Schwartz in Limbo
Pete Mitchell and Bryan Schwartz don't play on the same side of the ball or run in the same social circles. One, a tight end, has been the picture of health in four NFL seasons. The other has been an injury-marred linebacker. But there's a common...
NASCAR to Negotiate New TV Rights Package
This past week, NASCAR officials announced they will negotiate new electronic media broadcast rights beginning with the 2000 race season for its NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Series events. That will mean a more lucrative payday for everyone...
New Contract for Boselli Long Overdue
It will likely shock you to find out who the 11th-highest paid player is on the Jaguars roster. Here's a hint: He's their best player. Yes, it's Tony Boselli. The All-Pro tackle is now a poster child for the underpaid. Boselli is scheduled...
Not Bad for Rookie or Anyone Else .
Sometime soon, maybe today, Chris Weaver will be back in Birmingham, Ala., on the campus of Samford University. He'll put in a tape, see the ESPN logo, and see his team. Here's what else the freshman reserve guard will see: In his first nationally...
Original Trophy Is Missing
In two weeks, some 300 sail-racers will be competing for the DuPont Cup trophy in the Epping Forest Yacht Club's annual DuPont Regatta. What most people don't know is that this Cup, which is awarded to the first boat in the overall PHRF fleet, is...
Our Community Still Has Miles to Go on Race Relations
One fine morning last week, I happened to walk past a young black woman with a bounce in her step and a beaming smile on her face. "Good morning," she said in a voice as bright as the sun on that clear, spring-like day. "How are you?" I replied....
`Phantom' Crowns Director's Credits
In the credits for The Phantom of the Opera, which opens Wednesday in Jacksonville, three names are prominently featured: the composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber; the producer, Cameron Mackintosh; and the director, Harold Prince. Prince is arguably the...
Pledge to Haunt Fowler
U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler may not have made up her mind about breaking her term limits pledge in 2000, but voters in the 4th Congressional District apparently have. It seems the issue of Fowler's pledge isn't going away, at least until the Jacksonville...
Rams Are Bound for 4A Final Four
Last year, the Englewood boys basketball team didn't make it out of the district tournament. This year, the Rams will be headed to the Class 4A final four, courtesy of a 70-56 victory over visiting Orlando Jones in the quarterfinals last night. ...
Samford in TAAC Final
Reed Rawlings doesn't like it, and his coach doesn't understand it. Rawlings and the rest of the Samford University men's basketball team do like one thing. Despite their slow starts, after a 62-54 victory over Centenary in a Trans America Athletic...
Schools Waiting for Help Lawmakers Slow to Effect Change
ATLANTA -- When state Sen. Casey Cagle's bill requiring third-graders learn to read before being promoted was assigned to a panel chaired by a former teachers union president, it took only seconds to translate the political message. "I knew going...
S.C. May Be in Mercedes Driver's Seat
The Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship golf tournament has a new look and some new competitors. But unfortunately for the field, it also has the same old Gamecocks. Defending champion South Carolina -- which has never finished lower than seventh...
Second-Guessing School Name Started Early at Forrest High
Even before Forrest High School opened 40 years ago, its name sparked debate. Students wanted it to be called Valhalla, after the great hall in Norse mythology where Vikings slain in battle were received. The school's Dads' Club opted for Wesconnett,...
Skinner Starts Fast with or without Help
ATLANTA -- Mike Skinner began the season with the relatively modest goals of winning his first Winston Cup points race and finishing in the top 10 in the standings. Two races later, the 41-year-old late bloomer is being forced to wonder if he should...
Skyway Not a Phantom Free Rides Offered to Ease Parking for March Shows
For the first time, the Skyway in downtown Jacksonville will provide free rides to the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts during The Phantom of the Opera performances. With nearby parking garages expected to fill up during the popular play's...
SMALL WONDERS `One-Bid' Conferences Good for Game
The light was bad, the names were obscure and the crowds were hardly crowds at all. The kicker? For Samford University, which won the Trans America Athletic Conference men's basketball title in the dimly lit Coliseum in front of 3,182 fans yesterday,...
Some Highlights by UNF Teams
The University of North Florida basketball teams followed a similar formula in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference tournament. The results were the same, too. Both teams went 1-1 in the tournament. Here are some highlights from the action last week:...
THE REAL JAWS Megalodon Once Ruled These Waters
At perhaps 60 feet in length, and with 6 1/2-inch teeth and an appetite for whale flesh, "Meg" once fearlessly swam the oceans of the world, including what is now Northeast Florida. This was a creature at the apex of the food chain, one that could...
The Road to Riches Is Usually Four-Laned When It Comes to Highways, State Finds That If You Build It, They Will Come
WARESBORO -- If truck traffic is any indication, Georgia's first developmental highway is doing what it was supposed to do. Ann Lee should know. She owns Z-Way Truck Stop, 10 miles west of Waycross in Waresboro. Z-Way is one of many flourishing...
These Baptists Can Go to Dance
First things first: It's not Stanford. It's S-A-M-F-O-R-D. The little liberal arts college whose previous claim to fame is that it's Bobby Bowden's alma mater may have finally solved its identity crisis yesterday. Believe it or not, this unlikely...
The Wells Watch
MAKING PLANS Today: Bid on sports memorabilia and get a Gator's autograph at the Florida Sports Awards' Jasper Celebrity Auction, live and silent, noon to 5 p.m., Omni Hotel, free, (904) 731-7100. Thursday: Have dessert with the masked man after...
UF's McClendon Stops FSU
GAINESVILLE -- Listening to Florida's Matt McClendon, you wonder how he made it out of the first inning. But Mike Martin, Florida State University's baseball coach, has a another assessment of the Gators' junior pitcher: "He was like an artist out...
Violinist Revisits City for Festival
The proper British violinist who came to the First Coast two years ago with film crew in tow to uncover intensely personal details of composer Frederick Delius' life in Florida returns this week. This time, she'll be concentrating on the artistic side...
Vitko, 21, Claims Second 800 Series
In his fifth year of bowling, Richard Vitko rolled his second 800-plus series two weeks ago, a feat that most bowlers will never experience. Vitko posted games of 280, 286 and 267 for an 833 series in the Greater Jacksonville Men's Handicap League...
With 11 Returning, Dolphins Focus on Future
After winning five of its last six games, Jacksonville University had big hopes of being the team dancing on the Coliseum floor in front of a national ESPN television audience yesterday, having won the Trans America Athletic Conference championship....
Wolfpack Gets Revenge on Mainland
The Daytona Beach Mainland boys basketball team probably didn't visualize this. After Mainland defeated Wolfson last year 79-67 in the state quarterfinals, a videotape showed Mainland coach Charles Rinkerhoff pulling a piece of paper from his shirt...
Women's Tourney Satisfies Area Fans
Bowling fans from around the First Coast received another treat this year as they witnessed the 1999 version of the Greater Jacksonville Classic at Jax Lanes West last week. The ladies of the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) invaded...
Yours Truly Packin' His Carpetbag?
I am pleased to announce that I am offering myself as a candidate for the U.S. Senate from the state of New York. Taking a page from Jesse Ventura's book, I will be running as a member of the Reform Party. (I've never been to reform school, but...
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