The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 27, 2000

2 Charged in Armed Robberies Police Tie Pair to Holdup at Glynn Burger King
BRUNSWICK -- Two Brunswick men face multiple charges stemming from armed robberies at two Glynn County businesses over the past few weeks. Frederick Demond McIntyre, 20, and James Burke Hall Jr., 18, surrendered peacefully Saturday morning after...
2-Minute Drill
ANDRO ON TRIAL President Clinton's top drug policy adviser said yesterday the muscle-building supplement Mark McGwire made famous should be classified as a steroid "within a few months." "I've got to do something about andro," Barry McCaffrey said...
California's 'Blanket Primary' Rejected
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, in a ruling two dissenting justices said threatens the primary election systems in half the states, threw out California's wide-open primary election process yesterday. In a 7-2 ruling, the justices said states violate...
Charges Filed in Teacher's Slaying Pair Arrested in Brutal Attack
Two Jacksonville suspects have been arrested in the slaying of Forrest High School teacher Roderick Dickens. Dickens, 67, was found in his Cedar Hills home June 9. He had been handcuffed, beaten and stabbed several times, said Lt. Mark Foxworth...
Checkup
PROSTATE CANCER Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding fat (especially animal fat) are recommended ways to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, the second most common cancer found in American men. A brochure, Reducing Your...
City Council Agenda
A look at some of the items to be considered by the Jacksonville City Council in its meeting at 6 p.m. today on the first floor of City Hall, 117 W. Duval St. ISSUE: Parkland purchase What it means: The council would approve the purchase of 29...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "One of my goals as governor is to put Georgia on the high-tech map, so I set out on a journey to build a bridge from our state to Israel . . ." -- Gov. Roy Barnes, who said six high-tech Israeli companies are going to open offices...
Courthouse Deal Snags Feds May Keep It, Not Transfer to City
A deal for City Hall to acquire the federal courthouse downtown may be falling apart, even though city and federal officials signed an agreement six years ago. The U.S. General Services Administration is considering holding onto the property after...
Credit Bureau-Cracy Lake City Man's Battle with Bank of America Continues
LAKE CITY -- Richard Mills of Lake City got tangled up in the reporting process that Bank of America uses to communicate with credit bureaus. That was in 1995, and the five years that have passed "seem like 50," said Mills, who lost his business...
Elian's Miami Relatives Appeal to Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- Elian Gonzalez's Miami relatives asked the Supreme Court yesterday to block the little boy's return to Cuba. Unless the nation's highest court says otherwise, Elian and his father may leave the United States as early as tomorrow. ...
Existing Home Sales Rebound in May
WASHINGTON -- Sales of existing homes rebounded by 4.3 percent in May in what analysts viewed as a rush by buyers to lock in mortgage rates before they climb higher. The stronger-than-expected May performance pushed sales of existing single-family...
FDA Debates Forcing Drugs over the Counter Proposal Threatens Companies' Profits
WASHINGTON -- Envision powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs sitting between the cough syrup and dental floss on store shelves -- no doctor's prescription required. Just toss a box of Mevacor or Pravachol into the shopping cart and you're off. Is...
First Union Restructuring Claims Money Store
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- First Union Corp. is closing its Money Store home equity loan business and unloading up to 90 branches, part of a $2.8 billion restructuring to bolster its bottom line and stock price. The nation's sixth-largest bank also said...
Friendly Little Visitors Canines Help Cheer Up Nursing Home Residents
BRUNSWICK -- Melva Miller sat watching TV in her room at Fairhaven Assisted Living Center when administrator Mike Battle came to her door. "Would you like some visitors?" he asked. Miller graciously invited the visitors, two women with their...
FTC Orders Stern Warnings on Cigars New, Larger Labels to List Health Risks
WASHINGTON -- The government ordered tough new health warnings on cigar packages yesterday, requiring manufacturers to prominently display messages warning of health risks and the effects of secondhand smoke -- a first for a tobacco product. Every...
GALARRAGA'S NINE LIVES the Cat Seeing Stars Braves' Slugger Eyeing All-Star Game, New Deal
ATLANTA -- On the final Monday in June last year, cancer-stricken Andres Galarraga wondered whether he would play baseball again. Oncologists told him the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma discovered in his lower back just before the Atlanta Braves were to...
Gateway Publix Debuts Residents Ready for Convenience
Vermell Grant has been counting the days and asking friends when the new Publix will open at Gateway Shopping Center. Her countdown ends at 7 a.m. today when the public can shop in the new grocery store. "Having Publix there will be more convenient,"...
Gore Meets Saddam's Foes Vice President Vows Vigilance in Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Al Gore told Iraqi opposition leaders in a meeting yesterday that Saddam Hussein stands in the way of Middle East peace and "must be removed from power." "I believe that there can be no peace for the Iraqi people and...
Home Medical Care Company under Federal Grand Jury Probe Lincare Holdings Employees Targeted
CLEARWATER -- A federal grand jury is investigating Lincare Holdings Inc., one of the nation's largest providers of home oxygen services and home medical care and equipment, the company disclosed yesterday. Lincare told its shareholders that it...
Hot Chef Takes Prices to New Heights New York Spot the Place to Be
NEW YORK -- Alain Ducasse isn't just any star coming to New York. He's six stars, the only chef in the world with that many, and he's crossed the Atlantic with Europe's most acclaimed cuisine -- and record-setting prices. Starting last night, 65...
Huge Surplus Can Pay off U.S. Debt, Clinton Urges
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton said yesterday he wants to use the staggering surpluses now forecast in the federal budget to pay off the national debt by 2012, and offered a bargain to congressional Republicans to end the so-called "marriage penalty."...
Human Beings Share 99.9% of Their DNA
Some questions and answers relating to yesterday announcement that scientists and researchers have virtually completed a rough draft of the human genetic code: Q: Do genes determine everything about us? A: Genes and environment work together...
Human Genome Projects Reach a 'Historic Point'
WASHINGTON -- In what was called a "historic point in the 100,000-year record of humanity," scientists announced that the human genetic code essentially has been deciphered, a monumental achievement that opens a dramatic new frontier in medicine. ...
INS Would Be Split, Bush Tells Hispanics One Part to Greet, Another to Enforce
WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush told Hispanic leaders yesterday he wants to split the Immigration and Naturalization Service into two parts: a welcoming one for legitimate immigrants and a tough one for border enforcement. Bush also called for allowing...
IRA Opens Secret Weapons Bunkers to Inspection Team Report Stokes Hope for Peace Process
LONDON -- In a major step toward lasting peace in Northern Ireland, two international inspectors announced yesterday that they have checked IRA weapons dumps and are satisfied the hidden arsenals cannot be used undetected. Britain and Ireland hailed...
Israel, Palestinians Divided on Mideast Summit Arafat's Rhetoric Becomes Issue
JERUSALEM -- On the eve of a visit by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Israel said yesterday that Yasser Arafat's "extreme" rhetoric was hurting hopes for a peace accord. Israeli and Palestinian authorities remained divided as to whether...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "He drove us crazy. He created havoc." -- State Attorney Harry Shorstein, commenting on Samuel Whitaker, who represented himself at his trial on drug charges. Story on this page. AREA BOATER OK A Jacksonville developer was...
Martin Courting Success Veteran Takes Slump into First-Round Play
This is usually the time of year Todd Martin finds himself upbeat and ready to conquer the tennis world. Nothing raises his competitiveness more than the start of Wimbledon, a grass-court event suiting the big-server's game. But with Martin in one...
Math Improves, Reading Slides Preliminary FCAT Standings Released
With schools under pressure to avoid being branded as failures, Northeast Florida students this year boosted their scores on a high-stakes math test. But the results of an equally important reading test weren't so rosy: While elementary students...
Measure to Ease Cuban Embargo Nears Agreement
WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress edged close to agreement yesterday on legislation that would ease the 40-year-old economic embargo against Cuba, the most enduring vestige of the U.S.-led Cold War against global communism. House Republican leaders...
Media Mergers Tested WorldCom-Sprint Deal Virtually Blocked
WASHINGTON -- Three of the largest media mergers ever conceived -- the proposed marriage between WorldCom Inc. and Sprint Corp., the recent acquisition by AT&T Corp. of MediaOne Group Inc. and America Online Inc.'s pending purchase of Time Warner...
Miranda Warnings Upheld Supreme Court Says Right Now Deeply Rooted
WASHINGTON -- Refusing to overturn more than three decades of established law enforcement practice, the Supreme Court yesterdaystrongly reaffirmed its landmark Miranda decision, which requires police to inform criminal suspects of their rights to remain...
More Try to Plead Own Cases in Court Non-Lawyers Attracted to Family Law Disputes
TALLAHASSEE -- When Samuel Whitaker decided to go it alone at his trial in Jacksonville on drug charges, he joined a growing trend toward do-it-yourself lawyering that has been troubling the courts in recent years. Whitaker called Sheriff Nat Glover...
Morning Briefing
REACTION TO MERGER DRIVES DOW HIGHER Philip Morris drove the Dow Jones industrial average to its biggest gain in more than three weeks yesterday as investors applauded the company's plan to acquire the snack food business Nabisco Holdings Corp....
Motive in Hate Crimes Up to Jury Bias Finding Leads to Stiffer Sentence
WASHINGTON -- Juries, not judges, must decide whether someone charged with a hate crime was motivated by bias and therefore can be given a higher maximum sentence, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The 5-4 decision overturns a 12-year prison sentence...
National Award Spotlights Woman's Community Activism
When Gertrude Peele noticed a LaVilla building was being used as a crack house, she didn't look the other way or just complain about it to other people. The Jacksonville woman took action, purchasing the building herself and leasing it to the National...
New Auditor Independence Rules Touch on Family Issues
WASHINGTON -- Proposed new rules designed to keep accountants independent from companies they audit are sparking a debate touching on family values and working women. Four female lawmakers are urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to separate...
Newsmakers
WARD ANSWERS CHARITY'S CALL Sela Ward knows where charity begins. Ward, the Emmy-winning star of the ABC hit series Once and Again, is one of a dozen Mississippi-linked celebrities who plan to come home this summer to participate in a fund-raiser...
New Uterine Surgery May Help Avoid Hysterectomies
BOLOGNA, Italy -- A Dutch doctor has developed a new method of uterine surgery that early tests indicate is safer and simpler than the current one and could avoid thousands of hysterectomies. The method commonly used to cut out non-cancerous growths,...
On the Ball Drills Sharpen Kids' Skills at UF Basketball Camp
GAINESVILLE -- Billy Donovan stalks the University of Florida's O'Connell Center, his eyes focused on the court. The basketball players know Donovan, the youthful Gator coach with the slicked-back hair, is watching; so every shot is contested, every...
Philip Morris Deal for Nabisco around $15 Billion
NEW YORK -- A little more than a year after getting out of the cigarette business, the nation's No. 1 cookie and cracker maker is back with Big Tobacco. Philip Morris Companies Inc., the world's largest tobacco company and parent of Kraft Foods,...
Police Seek Flasher on Fleming Island
The Clay County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help in identifying a man witnesses say exposed himself at least twice in a Fleming Island neighborhood. Mary Justino, a sheriff's spokeswoman, said a man was reported to have exposed himself...
Political Guru Shares Vision for Big Congressional Race
As usual, there was more than eggs, bacon and grits being served up to the early morning crowd at the Bluebird Cafe. At the round table in the back, the one under the Budweiser chandelier, Jimmy Ray Bob, the guru of all things political, was holding...
Printing Company Seeks Incentives for Planned 125-Job Plant
Trend Offset Printing Services Inc. confirmed yesterday that it intends to locate a 125-job, $18 million printing plant in Jacksonville by October and is negotiating for incentives to help offset the cost. Todd Nelson, president of the Los Alamitos,...
Prosecutors Must Identify Country in Los Alamos Case
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Prosecutors in the nuclear secrets case against Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee must disclose which foreign country they think he intended to help, a federal judge ruled yesterday. U.S. District Judge James Parker gave prosecutors...
Reader Has Boat and Trailer to Give to Boys Ranch
Dear Call Box: We have a boat and a trailer that we would like to donate to the Boys Ranch near Live Oak. They need some repairs, though. Do you have a contact for them? -- No name Dear reader: The Boys Ranch is part of the Florida Sheriff's Youth...
Rock Mining to End near Ichetucknee River
TALLAHASSEE -- Blasting at a rock mine that state environmental officials say endangers the Ichetucknee River in North Florida will stop immediately under a deal that will turn the mine over to the state shortly. The state's purchase of the rock...
SCIENCE Taking a Step
Unlocking the secret of the genetic code probably does not mean a cure for cancer tomorrow. But it almost certainly will mean a quicker cure or, more likely, cures for various kinds of cancer, one at a time. Even though the structure of DNA was...
Sending Something Back? Go to Winn-Dixie Grocer First Chain to Affiliate with the Return Store
Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. said yesterday it will be the first retail chain in the nation to offer the services of The Return Store, a new company that will specialize in returning unwanted merchandise to online or bricks-and-mortar...
Sparks Fly over Utility Bills Small Town's Seniors Hurt by Rate Increase
SPARKS -- On a typical muggy morning in South Georgia, half a dozen men gather outside Browning's Barber Shop to begin their day of swatting gnats and discussing global calamities. Lately, they've had to look no farther than the city limits for a heated...
Trade for Gonzalez Falls through Outfielder Says No to Yankees' $12.5 Million Deal
CLEVELAND -- The deal is dead. Juan's not gone. The Yankees' tentative trade for Juan Gonzalez collapsed yesterday when the Detroit Tigers right fielder rejected a one-year, $12.5 million contract extension offered by New York. "Good, I like...
Vatican Reveals Fatima's 'Third Secret'
VATICAN CITY -- The Roman Catholic Church fully revealed the "third secret of Fatima" yesterday, portraying the prophecy of the 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II as sign that evil cannot blot out the "renewing power" of God's love....
Vieques Protesters Arrested as Navy Makes Bombing Runs
VIEQUES, Puerto Rico -- With inert U.S. Navy bombs falling on the Vieques bombing range, 100 activists headed for the island yesterday to obstruct the exercise, the latest in a series of military operations that have come to dominate Puerto Rican...
Ware Candidates for Sheriff Say Deputies Need Better Pay
WAYCROSS -- Candidates for Ware County's top law enforcement job know each other well, having served together in the sheriff's office. Their extensive backgrounds in law enforcement make them the best choice for the job, they each said. The Georgia...
Widow Waits 12 Years to Bury Husband
FORT MYERS -- After 12 years in cold storage, the body of a man whose widow refused to bury him is finally going to a proper resting place. Pat Burnett has agreed to allow her husband, Roy Clayton Burnett, to be buried at the Florida National Cemetery...
World Briefing
SOUTH KOREA: U.S. ARMY DOCTOR DIES OF STAB WOUNDS SEOUL -- A U.S. Army doctor who was stabbed by a South Korean man on a busy Seoul street last weekend has died, the U.S. military command said early today. Command spokeswoman Lee Ferguson confirmed...
World of Business
REGULATORS OK MERGER OF QWEST, U S WEST Federal regulators gave final approval yesterday to an $86 billion merger between Qwest Communications International Inc. and U S West Inc. after Qwest agreed to divest its long distance services, customers...

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