The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 1, 1999

2-Minute Drill.(OLYMPIC DREAMS)
OLYMPIC DREAMS Jacksonville's Nancy Hogshead, a gold medalist in swimming for the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics, was the guest speaker yesterday at the First Coast Olympians Business Luncheon at the Radisson on Prudential Drive. The First Coast Olympians...
2-Minute Drill.(TALKING TO WICHITA)
TALKING TO WICHITA Jacksonville University Athletic Director Tom Seitz, a candidate for the vacant AD job at Wichita State, is scheduled to be in Wichita today to meet the public at an open forum, along with another candidate, Jim Schaus, senior...
[2] Nation Briefing
FORGOTTEN DONOR LEAVES $377,000 CHILTON, Wis. -- An 80-year-old man who kept to himself left a surprise behind when he died -- $377,000 in donations to a church he never joined, fairgrounds he rarely visited and a hospital where nobody remembered...
[2] Newsmakers
SUPERMODELS IN THE NEWS Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell stirred up more than male fantasies on a trip to Cuba last year. The supermodels' photo shoot for Harper's Bazaar turns out to have violated the U.S. embargo on trade with the Castro regime. Innocent...
Accident Injures Mechanic
INDIANAPOLIS -- The best news for Robby McGehee wasn't that he ran with the leaders yesterday during much of his first Indy 500 and finished the race in fifth place. It was that his chief mechanic will get to hear all about it. Steve Fried of...
Admission Change Will Bind Student to Florida
So much for using Gainesville as your "backup" school. Starting this fall, applying to the University of Florida is going to be exactly like putting in an application to other topranked state universities and most private schools. Traditionally,...
A Free Day by the Sea
After three games in three nights in three cities, there were no wake-up calls. But, creatures of habit now, we were all up by 9 a.m. and ready for breakfast. Once again, the buffet provided us by the hotel failed to survive the Dolphin feeding frenzy...
Air Strikes Hit Serb Positions; KLA Mounting New Operations
KUKES, Albania -- Serb gunners pounded Kosovo guerrillas along the Albanian border yesterday and U.S. A-10 jets countered with strikes against the Serbs' hillside positions. NATO flew its largest number of sorties in the key border crossing area...
Albanian Describes Serb Torture
BLACE, Macedonia -- His face haggard and body covered with bruises, an ethnic Albanian released last week from a Serb jail described being tortured and starved during his monthlong imprisonment. He was among 61 prisoners who reached the Blace border...
Albanian Town Hits Big Jackpot
KUKES, Albania -- Kosovo's agony is Kukes' gain. Embedded in the poorest region of one of the poorest countries in Europe, the isolated town desperately needed an economic boost. That day has arrived. Along with the influx of thousands of refugees...
A-League in the Outfield the Cyclones Moved to Wolfson Park Hoping for More Fans; So Far, It Hasn't Worked Out
The Jacksonville Cyclones found their professional stadium; they just haven't found their crowds. After moving from Mandarin High School to Wolfson Park, the Cyclones have the venue to make their A-League team seem more professional. "We had...
Alliance Decision on Kosovo Reaches Edge Clinton Wrestles with Sending Troops
President Clinton and NATO have a tough decision to make in the next few weeks. Winter comes early to the Balkans. If Serbian forces are to be expelled from Kosovo by ground troops, and if NATO hopes to complete the job before winter, the time to act...
A Major League Distraction Almost Half of FSU's Roster Eligible for Draft
TALLAHASSEE -- College baseball can expand its playoff format, generating more excitement with this weekend's best-of-3 Super Regionals, but it still can't escape the shadow cast by the Major League Baseball Draft. The only difference this season...
ANC on Track for Easy Win in South Africa Election Mandela Successor Faces Hard Choices
SOWETO, South Africa -- "Make South Africa Governable." Across this black township, so often a battleground in the past, that deliberately ironic slogan appears on countless campaign posters for one of the parties opposing the governing African...
An Introduction to Sibling Day
How did you celebrate Sibling Day, 1999? If you missed it, don't be upset. This is the first mention of it, ever. Everyone has either a real sibling or one in the sense that we are all brothers or sisters. This holiday was invented by me. ...
An Island in Time Sapelo Residents Chart Careful Course
HOG HAMMOCK -- The sun is just starting to burn the mist off the marsh grass. A cock crows. Maurice Bailey has beaten them both to the punch. As he moves farm equipment around the field by his house, his two mules, Pat and Mandy, lazily munch alfalfa...
AOL's Preference Might Result in Incentive Battle
City officials who are negotiating for America Online Inc. to remain in town had better brace for a battle should they offer economic incentives for the Internet service provider to relocate to the Southside. While city and AOL officials aren't...
Assessors Ousters Assessed Judge Holds Hearing on Charlton Firings
FOLKSTON -- The fates of two Charlton County Board of Assessors members fighting to keep their jobs hang on how a judge interprets a July 1 deadline for filing tax digests across the state. During yesterday's hearing at the Charlton County Courthouse,...
Astronauts Do Chores in Near-Record Space Walk
CAPE CANAVERAL -- Still elated from their successful work outside, Discovery's astronauts swung open the hatches of the international space station last night and floated into the chilly but brightly lit outpost. They were the first visitors in...
Astronauts Dock Smoothly with Space Station outside Maintenance First Item on Agenda
CAPE CANAVERAL -- Discovery's astronauts docked flawlessly with the new international space station yesterday, then geared up for their next adventure: a late-night stroll to spruce up the station's outside. Among their duties during the six-hour...
Audio Books
New releases of audio books: Band of Brothers, by Stephen E. Ambrose, read by Cotter Smith; Simon & Schuster Audio, four cassettes, six hours, abridged: Stephen E. Ambrose, America's popular World War II historian, delivers more about the...
Average Airfare Relatively Low
Low-cost carriers have shown the fastest growth at Jacksonville International Airport this year, a trend that has helped to keep the average fare from Jacksonville below the national norm. In 1998 the average one-way Jacksonville fare was $131,...
Backstreet Boys Album Sets First-Week Sales Record
Backstreet's back, all right. The Boys' new album, Millennium, sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week out, giving it the biggest opening salvo since accurate weekly music sales were first charted in 1991. Those numbers will place the...
Barnes' Point Made: Don't Waste Money Public Broadcast Purge Is Warning to Other Agencies
ATLANTA -- Most viewers and contributors to Georgia Public Broadcasting never see the $45-million modernistic headquarters on Fourteenth Street in downtown Atlanta. They'll never use the shower in the executive suite or nine state-of-the-art studios....
BAT IN BUSINESS Brett Family Buys into New-Wave Bat Company
SPOKANE, Wash. -- After getting 3,154 hits in a Hall of Fame career, George Brett knows bats the way a winemaker knows grapes. So getting into bat production is a natural. Brett and his brothers just bought half-ownership of TriDiamond Sports, a...
Be Careful, Do Homework When Shopping for First Computer
If you're shopping for your first computer, heed J.D. Hunter's advice: Be careful out there. The Hilliard resident's recent PC-buying nightmare should serve as a warning for others who are getting ready to make the leap into cyberspace. "My wife...
Belarus Mourning 53 Killed in Stampede at Rock Concert
MINSK, Belarus -- Mourners poured into an underground passage in Minsk yesterday, laying carnations and lilacs along the steps and floor where 51 teenagers and two police officers were trampled to death as a crowd tried to leave an outdoor concert....
Big Blue, Big Battle
Foul-hooked fish, whose bodies can produce considerable broadside drag in the water, may take two or three times longer to land than a conventionally hooked fish. If it's a big blue marlin that's fouled, it can take forever. This past Tuesday, it...
Black Creek Flood Watch Gear Coming but Residents Won't Benefit from Program This Year
After being flooded out of their home twice in the last 2 1/2 years, Carol and Gary Criswell came up with their own early-warning system. It lets them know when it's time to start moving vehicles, lawn mowers, barbecue grills and anything else that...
Board Didn't Drag Feet When It Came to Rats
Celebrate 2000 May 31, 1966 A daily look at events in First Coast history As the Duval County School Board dragged its feet on desegregating the schools, the County Commission was the picture of progressiveness on another issue: rats. It approved...
Body Double Hotshot Tony Stewart Plans to Roar 1,100 Miles Today in America's Two Biggest Races ... and He Might Win Both
CONCORD, N.C. -- Tony Stewart has issued the following warning: If he wins the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, the celebration in Victory Lane will consist of a quick swig of milk and just one minute for photographers to take their pictures. Then he...
Bonus Army Veterans Demanded Their Due
Celebrate 2000 June 1, 1932 A daily look at events in First Coast history The heaviest rain in 12 years had just begun. "Nasty day, sergeant," the reporter said. "Think you'll get away?" The sergeant did not reply. It was a foolish question....
Booming Business Local Firm Cashing in on Drug Tests
While trying to grow her company's drug screening business, Jane Freedman spent two years bringing doughnuts and other gifts -- including exercise videos -- to officials at Momentum Logistics. Finally, the firm hired Freedman's Medical Express Corp....
Brack's Brickyard Foyt Gets Fifth Win, First as Owner
INDIANAPOLIS -- A.J. Foyt always wanted to be a five-time Indy 500 winner. He was yesterday, though he didn't drive a lap. Twenty-two years after Foyt took the checkered flag for his fourth victory, Kenny Brack gave him his first as a car owner....
Brainstorms Researchers Are Working to Unravel Medical Mysteries
Imagine the possibilities: Paralyzed patients walking again, or brain cells regenerating in people suffering from strokes and such brain diseases as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. GAINESVILLE -- Every day, Albert L. Rhoton Jr. and his colleagues...
Brothers Became Warriors 5 Went to Fight, 4 Returned Home
George Ephrem left Jacksonville to join his four brothers in the military in November 1942. That was the month the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa, were killed when a Japanese torpedo struck their cruiser in a battle at Guadalcanal in the...
Building a Modern-Style Telfair Museum Annex Hard to Sell in Savannah
SAVANNAH -- An internationally known architect's design for an annex to the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah's historic district has sparked a debate in the city known for its Victorian architecture. Boston-based architect Moshe Safdie wants to...
Burton Becomes a Heavy Hitter
CONCORD, N.C. -- Like it or not, Jeff Burton has transformed his career into one of the driving forces on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. His victory at the Coca-Cola 600 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte solidified his role as a major player...
Burton Handles Coke 600
CONCORD, N.C. -- The longest race on NASCAR's Winston Cup circuit presents handling problems for most drivers. Don't include Jeff Burton in that category. Equally strong before the sun went down and after darkness descended, Burton powered his way...
Bush Awaits Political Liftoff from Texas Tax Cuts
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. George W. Bush awaited legislative approval of tax cuts worth about $1.7 billion, less than he sought but enough to claim bragging rights in a presidential campaign. While the final plan was almost $1 billion less than...
Bush Defends Cutting WW II Memorial Funds
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Jeb Bush wholeheartedly supports construction of a memorial to honor World War II veterans, his spokesman says. But he doesn't want to fund it now. Some Democrats zeroed in on Bush when he vetoed $200,000 for the memorial...
Canine Combat Hero Barely Remembered
MIAMI -- He was a hardened fighter. A veteran of several battles in the South Pacific during World War II. Yet he'll have no Memorial Day ceremony and no honor guard. In fact, his feats have been long forgotten, with only an American flag to mark...
Carefree Days of Summer Achieved Only with Planning
My calendar is like one of my kid's drawings, filled with bright colors, criss-crossing lines, loopy circles and various scribbles that make sense to no one but me. There are lines blocking off weeks of exotic vacations and action-packed family...
Carpenter's Coffins Becoming Collectibles
ACCRA, Ghana -- Keeping a person's character alive in death is Joseph Tettah Ashong's mission in life. The Ghanaian carpenter, affectionately known as Paa Joe, seeks to avert the gloom of the Grim Reaper's arrival by dispatching his clients to their...
Cavaliers Fire Fratello Brass Disappointed with 22-28 Record
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach Mike Fratello yesterday, and general manager Wayne Embry stepped aside to be replaced by Jim Paxson, the team's vice president of basketball operations. Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund said he told...
Cement Plant Raises Concern Pollution Feared on Ichetucknee
FORT WHITE -- Life is so laid back in these parts that customers who want service at stores like the Tin Lizzie Country Emporium on U.S. 27 have to honk their horn to get it. Once they do, out pops Brian Lanier, barefoot and smoking a cigarette,...
China Blames `Scheming' for Crisis
BEIJING -- A Chinese government spokesman accused the United States of "typical racial prejudice" yesterday in the country's first detailed rebuttal of congressional charges that China stole U.S. nuclear secrets through espionage. Zhao Qizheng,...
China Says U.S. Distorting Facts on Tiananmen
BEIJING -- Critical resolutions in the U.S. Congress marking the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square democracy demonstrations were meant to destabilize China and harm bilateral relations, a Chinese legislative official declared yesterday. Friday...
City Wants Rezone Fight Dismissed Residents of Ilah Road Appeal Subdivision OK
The city is asking a judge to dismiss an appeal filed by a group of Mandarin neighbors who want to overturn the 1998 rezoning of a 16-acre property on Ilah Road North for a new 44-unit subdivision. The appeal was filed four months ago by neighbors...
Clamor Grows for Military Buildup
WASHINGTON -- For the first time since the Reagan era, a bipartisan consensus has emerged for a major defense buildup, as Congress and the administration rapidly move toward agreement on a substantial increase in military spending. With U.S. forces...
Clay Schools Score Well on Skills Tests
It has been another banner year for Clay County schools when it comes to test scores, and the results just in from the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills followed the trend of other countywide tests given throughout the school year with scores being...
Clay Trying for Stricter Fund Control
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- No more taxpayer-financed lollipops, fingernail files or booze at county employee appreciation dinners? That's the intent of an ordinance enacted by the County Commission Tuesday to curb, if not eliminate, improper use of public...
Clintons Head Home, Silent on Senate Race
President Clinton and the first lady flew back to Washington last night after a relaxing six-day vacation in Yulee that included a discussion about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton will seek a U.S. Senate seat from New York next year. The couple left...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Expectations are very high. He wanted all the people who are active in [education] legislation to play a part in the process. He may not ultimately agree with them, but at least all the players will have input." -- Rep. Charlie...
Commish to Umps: Don't Go to Video
NEW YORK -- Baseball told umpires to keep their eyes on the ball, not the videotape. Umpire Frank Pulli's decision to view a replay and change a home run to a double in Florida's 5-2 loss to St. Louis was wrong, NL president Len Coleman said yesterday....
Compass Brokerage Unveils `Managed Asset Program'
Compass Brokerage Inc., an affiliate of Compass Bank, has introduced a "Managed Asset Program" account. Individuals need a minimum of $75,000 to open an account, which is not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The annual fee for managing...
Complaint Claims Bias in U.S. Open Selections
William Washington, who announced early last week that he will organize a picket of the U.S. Open because he believes his son, Mashiska, was passed over for a 1998 U.S. Open wild card because he is black, has taken his stand a step farther. Washington's...
Complex Tax Code Awaits Even More Tinkering
WASHINGTON -- Americans increasingly perplexed by the country's complex tax laws may find little relief in sight: one out of every five bills introduced in Congress this year would tinker with the tax code, and President Clinton himself is proposing...
Computers No Excuse for Laziness
The banes of my existence are manifold and varied. Censorship, chauvinism, littering, the Duval County School Board -- any of these can make me froth at the mouth. None of them so quickly, however, as that double-plus-ungood Uber-bane, mathematics....
Corruption Still Hot Issue in Indonesia Campaign
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Corruption allegations against former President Suharto remained the hot election issue yesterday, the start of the final week of campaigning in Indonesia's most open vote in 44 years. Hundreds protested against graft in the...
Court Rejects Appeal in CNN Privacy Case
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court left in doubt yesterday the fate of a lawsuit accusing Cable News Network of violating a Montana couple's privacy rights because its camera crew accompanied federal agents who raided their ranch. The justices rejected,...
Crews Find Family Car Work Wrenching
CONCORD, N.C. -- GM Goodwrench is more than a team sponsor for chief engine builder Danny Lawrence. It's the only way he knows how to keep his family sedan running. Lawrence personally supervises every piece, large and small, that goes under the...
Crop Looks Just Peachy This Year Growers Say Spring Weather Made Conditions Ripe for Quality Harvest
FORT VALLEY -- Thousands of plump peaches are pirouetting down conveyor belts and into crates at farms around central Georgia as workers prepare to ship what experts predict may be the best crop in five years. The noise of workers and machinery...
D.C.'S Elderly Panda Waning
WASHINGTON -- Hsing-Hsing, the surviving member of the National Zoo's celebrated giant panda couple, is seriously ill with kidney dysfunction that may not be reversible, zoo officials said yesterday. The black-and-white male panda -- the most famous...
Death Won't Stop Wrestling's Sleaze
Painful as it is for me to devote valuable newspaper space to the perversity that is professional wrestling, last week's death of World Wrestling Federation combatant Owen Hart, 34, during a pay-per-view event in Detroit calls for at least some outrage....
Dedicated to Liberty Ship Model at Home in Park
A U.S. Merchant Marine flag will soon fly over a 23-foot vessel at the Brunswick harbor. The vessel is actually an 8-year-old scale model of the Liberty ships built in Brunswick, aboard which merchant marines carried armaments, fuel and other supplies...
Defeat Has Crist, Dantzler Rethinking Options
TALLAHASSEE -- There's nothing like defeat to focus a politician. Two summers ago it looked like Republican state Sen. Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg and Winter Haven lawmaker Rick Dantzler, a Democrat, were the rising political stars in their...
Demoted Patrol Post Commander Files Suit
BRUNSWICK -- A Georgia State Patrol sergeant demoted from command of the agency's Waycross post is suing two of her supervisors in federal court, claiming the action was racist and sexist. Sgt. Jacquelyn "Jaki" Johnson is seeking to be reinstated....
DEP Head Answers Students' Questions
David Struhs, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, got the Orange Park High School students' attention by giving them a pop quiz on environmental issues. Few of the oceanography and marine biology students were aware...
Detours Seen with Old-Bridge Weight Limits New Law Triggers Truckers' Concern
ALBANY -- Plans to reduce weight limits on 164 old bridges in Georgia have raised concerns among truckers who will have to lighten their loads or take long detours. The new weight limits, which take effect July 1, will affect all large commercial...
Developing Dilemma Growth Management Controls Not Clear
A plan to build a 12,000-person community in Jacksonville on land coveted by conservationists is testing a commitment City Hall made years ago to protect the ecology of unique undeveloped properties. The community, a complex of homes, offices and...
Diploma Dilemma for Family 2 Graduations, 2 Places, Same Time
For most families, high school graduation is a time for joy and celebration. But the Smith household has been dreading this moment since the start of the school year. That's because Mandy and Dawn Smith, twins from Jacksonville Beach, are graduating...
Disasters Are Good for INRECON's Business
While Jacksonville hasn't been hit directly by a hurricane since 1964, the First Coast has had several close calls. That's why the American Red Cross recommends that Northeast Florida businesses and residents be prepared for the worst, including...
Dolphins Fritter Away 6-Run Lead
TALLAHASSEE -- A solo homer by Providence freshman Neal McCarthy in the 10th inning yesterday made Jacksonville a 9-8 loser and bounced it from the NCAA tournament. "We got beat with our best guy out there," Dolphins coach Terry Alexander said....
DUI Statute Struck Down Georgia High Court Says Law Arbitrary
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court yesterday struck down a state law against driving under the influence of drugs, saying it created an arbitrary distinction between drivers using medically prescribed marijuana and those using the drug for recreation....
Dunn Runs toward Goal Jag Receiver Trains with Rice
A few weeks ago, Damon Dunn was asked if his goal this season was to move from the practice squad to become the Jaguars' fifth receiver. "Fifth?" Dunn asked. "I want to be the third." Pretty lofty goal? Maybe. There are two former All-Pro receivers...
Earth Hotter as Century Ends Heat, Storms Listed as World's Woes
WASHINGTON -- The world is getting hotter and Mother Nature madder, sperm counts are sinking in the United States and Europe, and the use of wind power is soaring, a millennium-ending snapshot of global trends finds. Worldwatch Institute's annual...
E-Books Don't Please Contented Bibliophile
Here on the desk beside me are the two oldest books in my library. One is a Latin anthology of the writings of Desiderius Erasmus, the great 16th century scholar. Printed in Leipzig in 1641, it includes the famous Moriae encomium (In Praise of Folly),...
Economic Post Empty as Russia Talks Money
MOSCOW -- Russia's Cabinet met behind closed doors yesterday to discuss the government's economic tasks, even as the key economic post in the government was conspicuously empty. On Friday, Mikhail Zadornov, who had held the post of first deputy...
Economy Pumps Up Plans for Vacations
WASHINGTON -- Second-grade teacher Susan Iery and her family plan to pack their suitcases and swimsuits to drive from Manchester, Ohio, to Disney World this summer on a vacation that is more expensive than usual. An Associated Press poll suggests...
Education IRA a Good Way to Save for College, but There Are Limitations
Each month a group of volunteers from the Jacksonville Society of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners spends a Saturday morning at The Florida Times-Union answering calls from readers with money questions. Here is a sampling of questions...
Elliott Puts Spurs Up 2-0
SAN ANTONIO -- In one magnificent minute, Sean Elliott went from third banana to miracle man. With all the talk of San Antonio's Twin Towers of Tim Duncan and David Robinson, Elliott and his silky-smooth jumper often are overlooked. But he stood...
Englewood Flame Thrower Brett Myers Need to Wait Just 11 Picks before . . . Getting the Call Myers Goes to Phillies as 12th Pick
Englewood High School pitcher Brett Myers sat on his twin bed yesterday afternoon and watched his adviser, Craig Landis, handle several phone calls from a tiny cell phone. Autographed Mickey Mantle and Pete Rose photos stared down from the walls. ...
Entertainment Industry under Scrutiny Probe Would Seek Youth Violence Link
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton, brandishing a cartoonish magazine ad for a video game "more fun than shooting your neighbor's cat," ordered a government investigation yesterday into whether -- and how -- the entertainment business markets violence...
Evans Bowls Perfect Game No. 20
Greg Evans recently added another 300 game to his accomplishments in the Greater Jax Handicap League at Phoenix Lanes. Evans, now with 20 perfect games, started the night with games of 234 and 235. In the final game, Evans got a break in the third...
EVE Speaker Still Eager to Make a Difference
"If it is to be, it's up to me." --Delores Kesler Delores Kesler is at a keynote point in life. She started a business, steered it to success beyond any but her own expectations and became the first woman to take a company public on the New York...
Exceptional Educators Honored They Found Strengths of Challenging Students
When she was in school, Beth Scanlan saw her disabled classmates get teased. "I hated that. I wanted to help them," said the Mandarin Oaks Elementary School teacher. "I wanted to make a difference." So for 20 years, she's helped students with...
Experts Worry Blood Donors Could Pass on Mad Cow Disease
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- At least some Americans who visited Britain frequently at the height of the mad cow disease scare should be forbidden to donate blood back home, a federal panel recommended yesterday. The advisers to the Food and Drug Administration...
Face It, Volatility Is Part of Investing
WASHINGTON -- No one ever said it was easy to make money in the stock market. You have to earn your keep -- especially at times like last week, when the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 100 points on each of three days. The hard work...
Family Ordered JFK Coff in Dumped in Ocean Researchers Say It Was Evidence
"I think it belongs to the family and we can get rid of it any way we want to." -- U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy in memo to Lawson Knott, GSA administrator WASHINGTON -- Loaded with 240 pounds of sand and drilled with holes so it would stay on the...
Fate of Golan Heights Vital to Israeli Peace Hopes
SHAAL, Golan Heights -- Whistling to her shaggy sheepdog, proffering sweet cherries from the lush orchards of her communal farm, Jewish settler Sarah Gilad can't imagine living anywhere but the Golan Heights. "I raised my family here. We built our...
FCC Gore Reinvents Taxation
Nobody argues, in principle, with the so-called Gore tax -- which was nearly doubled, probably illegally, by bureaucratic fiat last week. The Federal Communications Commission initially imposed a $1.3 billion annual tax on phone companies to help...
Feds Say Man Bilked His Friends of Millions Sunday School Teacher Posed as Futures Trader
ATLANTA -- A Dunwoody Sunday school teacher who posed as a commodities trader supported his lavish lifestyle by bilking church members, neighbors and others out of $5 million, federal authorities said. During a four-year period, Donald Eugene Hames,...
Fiction
TITLE: East of the Mountains AUTHOR: David Guterson DATA: Harcourt Brace, 279 pages, $25 Review by Todd Pack David Guterson is a graceful writer, and this, his second novel, is heartfelt, if a little conventional and sentimental. East of...
FIGHTING FISH TALES Partyboat Eye-to-Eye with Mako
You don't want to rile a 10-foot, 400-pound mako shark, even if you're aboard a 65-foot boat. That apparently is what happened last Sunday on the Mayport Princess partyboat, an encounter that long-time Capt. George Strate called "the most amazing...
`Final Divorce' Often Anything but Final
Q: My wife and I divorced seven years ago and spent between us what we consider to be a fortune on lawyers, accountants and other "experts" only to get our case settled right before we went to court. By then, after almost two years, we were both...
Fire and Explosions Cause Panic in Austrian Tunnel
VIENNA, Austria -- A truck loaded with paint crashed into the back of a car deep inside a tunnel in western Austria early yesterday, setting off a chain reaction of explosions and a massive blaze that killed at least one person and injured dozens,...
First Civilian in 15 Years Leads Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Promising that "we shall not fail," Olusegun Obasanjo became Nigeria's first civilian president in 15 years yesterday, ending a string of disastrous military regimes that crippled this African giant. Thousands of spectators cheered...
First Lady Interviews Potential Staffers May Be Preparing for Senate Race
SAN ANTONIO -- First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton interviewed potential campaign staff at the White House yesterday, and told at least two associates that she intends to seek the Senate seat from New York. The associates, speaking on condition of...
First Lady Receives Presidential Pep Talk
WASHINGTON -- Figure out why you want the job and then condense your sales pitch into sound bites. Develop a 30-second version and a 5-minute version. But be prepared to talk for half an hour as well. That was among the free advice Hillary...
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