The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 18, 1999

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Action-Packed Polo Field No Place to Be Horsing Around
LONDON -- Until recently, the closest I got to the game of polo was getting sprayed with Ralph Lauren's cologne by an over zealous attendant as I walked through an airport duty free shop. I couldn't have told you how many players there were on a team,...
Action Plan for the City Delaney Sets Course for Second Term
The mere fact that City Hall has a 160-page business plan -- full of goals, objectives, action plans and corporate-sounding jargon -- says a lot about Mayor John Delaney's priorities for his second term. The mayor has toned down the rhetoric from...
A Kiss for the King Smith Exults as Record Fish Stays on Top
It's a fishing hole so secret that Jacksonville's Matt Pitman swears he won't even tell his mother about it . . . On Friday, Pitman's spot produced the record-breaking 52.55-pound king for Sandy Smith of Fort Pierce in the 19th annual BellSouth...
Always a Bridesmaid Attendants Often Find Their One-Time Wedding Wear Is Difficult to Live with but Hard to Live Without
Rachel Graham really could get all dressed up and have no place to go. She has hundreds of dollars invested in formal attire she'll probably never wear again. A box in her storage room is stuffed with tea-length skirts in shades of seafoam green,...
Americans Agog at Garden Party with Queen
LONDON -- The envelope was soft and as thick as summer cream. The stiff, formal card inside, embossed in gold with the royal seal, bore a brief but startling message: "The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by Her Majesty," read the elegant Florentine script,...
A Most Valuable Fish Record King Pays off in Record Purse
It was the most valuable fish in North Florida history. Maybe one of the most valuable fish ever. When Sandy Smith of Fort Pierce went to the stage last night to collect his first-place prize in the BellSouth Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament,...
Area Boy to Meet Idol Gordon
Like many young Jeff Gordon fans, Jimmy Sears' wardrobe consists of rainbow colored T-shirts and hats with No. 24 emblazoned on them. But unlike many of the NASCAR star's fans, the 10-year-old from Jacksonville will have an opportunity to have those...
Artist's Sculptures Speak Volumes of a People's Path and Persistence
LOS ANGELES -- They are arranged as if congregated in an airy grove, or maybe in the shade at a garden party reunion -- conversing, or more aptly, testifying about what they've seen, where they've been, where they want to go. Women with strong backs,...
A Southern Treat Goes National Muscadines Branch out on Market
ALBANY -- Muscadines, the sweet, earthy grapes that are unique to the South, have long been a favorite in their native region. Now farmers, hoping to take advantage of the fruit's reputed health benefits, want to sell them elsewhere. North Carolina...
Audio Books
New releases of audio books: The Last Man on the Moon, by Eugene Cernan with Don Davis, read by Cernan; Brilliance Audio, four cassettes, 6 hours, abridged: Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. How many people can name the last?...
Augusta Set for Olympic-Style Games
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- More than 8,000 amateur athletes -- including competitors from outside the Peach State -- are expected to descend on Augusta this week as the ninth annual Georgia Games get under way. Amateur athletes from Georgia, Tennessee and...
Barnes Doling out Grant Money
ATLANTA -- School systems across Georgia are clamoring for extra money for alternative schools, but two in House Speaker Tom Murphy's home stomping grounds had no trouble getting a little extra help thanks to a grant from the governor's emergency fund....
Before You Pick the Flowers or the Reception Hall, Some Say Pick a Lawyer Prenuptial Bliss
A legal contract spelling out how assets are split before you get married isn't romantic, but it just might be necessary for you There's nothing romantic about the "P" word. That's "P" as in prenuptial -- a term that conjures up images of gold diggers,...
Bits and Bytes
THE INS AND OUTS OF PAINT SHOP PRO What makes Paint Shop Pro so popular? Find out at the PC Users' Group of Jacksonville when it meets tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., Gooding Auditorium, Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd. N. Julie Alstatt of...
Book Takes New Route to Safety
This book had to be held at arm's length for a bit. I don't want to read about kids being victimized. I don't want to read about kids who vanish. I've seen too much, read too much, worried too much. It turns out, though, that Protecting the Gift...
Branan Field, Russell Road Link Proposed
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- County commissioners formally received a proposal Tuesday from developers offering to donate land for a future road that would link County Road 209 with Branan Field Road. A northerly extension of County Road 209, also known...
Bridges Don't Burn, City Learned
It was a great argument for a bridge. The Jacksonville ferry burned July 10, 1929. It went up like a torch, in the middle of the river, at 4 o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon, a great time to draw a crowd. In retrospect, the fire appears a...
'Burbs Continue Their Assault on Rural Georgia 2025 Population of 9.9 Million to Spur Sprawl
JASPER, Ga. -- Dan Garrett built his home of poplar and pine logs cut from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he snatched up 30 quiet acres away from the bustle of neighbors and traffic. That was nearly 20 years ago. Now a subdivision...
Busy Mom Appointed to Board Volunteer Now Serving on Planning Commission
Paula Emery is a devoted wife and soccer mom, volunteers at her son's school, teaches a Sunday school class and serves on the Orange Park Recreation Advisory Committee. That, alone, might be enough on most people's plate. But not Emery. The Orange...
Camelot Heir Reluctantly Became Nation's Icon
NEW YORK -- The nation first met him as the playful boy in the Oval Office, the brave little soldier at his father's funeral. It watched as he evolved into "The Hunk," a charismatic magazine publisher and heir to Camelot, keeper of the family flame....
Capturing Poverty's Pain with Dignity
WASHINGTON -- In a room that smells of acrid sweat and urine-soaked clothes, where wounded human spirits gather for a free lunch each weekend, painter Mary Lee Barker has found her calling. Occasionally, she plays Bach on her cello and sings at...
Caroline Could Be Camelot's Sole Survivor
NEW YORK -- She was the little girl who walked her dad to the Oval Office each morning and rode a pony on the White House lawn. Grown up now with a family of her own, Caroline Kennedy appears to be the last survivor of Camelot. Yesterday, the day...
Chambliss Wants Budget Post Moultrie Republican Hopes to Succeed Kasich as Chairman
WASHINGTON -- When Ohio Rep. John Kasich abandoned the GOP presidential race last week and announced he wouldn't seek re-election to Congress, Georgia Rep. Saxby Chambliss moved quickly. The Moultrie Republican, now in his third term in the House,...
Check Your Performance for the First Half of the Year
Anyone who tries to predict the future quickly learns it's important to hedge your bets. You can use a lot of qualifiers, or simply make a lot of different predictions -- and later brag about just the winners. This is an art among stock market watchers...
China Aims toward Space Some Contend Country Readying Manned Program
BEIJING -- If the experts are right, China is nearly ready to put astronauts into space. They expect the Chinese to launch an unmanned spacecraft later this year and put human crews into orbit next year. That would make China only the third nation,...
Clay to Hire 6 Deputies for Schools
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Clay County commissioners approved a plan Tuesday to use federal grant money to hire six new deputies as school resource officers in the wake of violence on campuses across the country. "Congress created this grant program...
Clinton Targets GOP Tax Cuts
WASHINGTON -- Huge tax cuts proposed by Republicans in Congress would "blow a $3 trillion hole" in the federal budget just as Medicare and Social Security are strained by baby boomer retirements, President Clinton said yesterday. "Tax cuts that...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There's nothing in the world that tastes like a ripe muscadine." -- Charles Cowart, owner of Still Pond Vineyards near Albany, said the sweet, earthy grapes that are unique to the South have long been a favorite in their native...
Couple's Assets Need Economic Evaluation
If the court chooses to divide a pension plan based on present-day value, there must be an economic evaluation of the plan by an actuary or certified public accountant who is expert in statistics and financial evaluations. After reviewing the plan...
Crash Course with Midtown Madness Good Tension Reliever
Next time you feel a case of road rage coming on, don't take it out on the other poor mopes stuck in traffic. Instead, swing by the computer store on the way home (you're going to be late, anyway) and pick up a copy of Midtown Madness. This is the...
Crossing Won't Reopen Due to Safety Concerns
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Concrete trucks will continue to rumble through Armstrong Park on County Road 220 after all. CSX Transportation will not reopen a railroad crossing for American Concrete Products Inc. adjacent to the park on Sleepy Hollow Drive....
Diversity of Seattle Offers Insights into How Exciting Our City Could Be
At first, it was hard for me to put my finger on it. Just what was it about Seattle? Recently, I was among the 5,000 conferees from organizations representing journalists of African, Asian, Hispanic and American Indian descent at Unity '99. At...
Dream to Own Car Dies
LOUDON, N.H. -- Larry McReynolds' eyes were fixed on the front bumper of Mike Skinner's race car, and his attention never wavered. For minutes that seemed like hours, McReynolds computed every angle, every turn of a screw, every nut and bolt and wondered...
Every Duval Democrat Urged to Pay $1, Join League
Celebrate 2000 July 18, 1920 A daily look at events in First Coast history Duval County Democrats launched a Cox-Roosevelt League seeking at least 8,000 members in Jacksonville. Its first aim was to record the greatest Democratic vote in Duval...
Ex-Governor Enjoying New Role as Special Envoy to Americas
WASHINGTON -- Buddy MacKay rifled through a stack of books on his new desk to show a visitor how he's been spending his time since he moved into an office next to the White House. There's a history of the Panama Canal. The story of Haiti over the...
Facts Scarce, but News Outlets Tenacious
NEW YORK -- TV news stuck with a story yesterday that yielded few new facts and pointed in only one, tragic direction. Cable and broadcast networks' morning news shows yesterday focused on the fate of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn Bessette...
Fate Strikes at Famed Family Again
They are the country's most enduring celebrities -- the closest thing, it's often said, to American royalty. But if the Kennedys of Massachusetts have helped define modern ambition and 20th-century success, they've also withstood two generations of...
Fiction
TITLE: Battle Creek AUTHOR: Scott Lasser DATA: Rob Weisbach Books/William Morrow, 273 pages, $24 Review by Linda L. Heinzman This is a book about baseball, not so much the game itself but the men who play, live, eat and sleep it. This debut...
French Twist at British Van De Velde Builds on Lead
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- He made difficult shots from pot bunkers look easy. He made putts that stretched from here to France. Each time, Jean Van de Velde removed his hat and waved to a stunned gallery at Carnoustie Golf Links. Just as remarkable...
Future of Historic Hotel Undecided City Council Must Figure out What to Restore
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Before architects can draw designs and before prospective developers can arrange financing, the City Council has to decide just what kind of future it wants for the Qui-Si-Sana, the historic, rundown hotel it bought last year....
Georgia's Carrot Crop a Sweet Bit of Timing
TIFTON -- Horticulturist Sharad Phatak began growing carrots in 1975, long before Georgia farmers got serious about them. Now, the Indian-born scientist is considered the father of Georgia's fledgling sweet-carrot industry, which has grown from...
GOP Hopefuls Campaigning on `If Bush Stumbles' Issue
WASHINGTON -- The rest of them -- the senators, the magazine mogul, the former vice president and Cabinet secretary and the crusaders -- all now have the same unstated campaign slogan: "If Bush stumbles . . ." With Texas Gov. George W. Bush the...
Green Cove Council Chooses 5 Finalists for City Manager Job
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- The City Council has narrowed from 64 to five the list of potential candidates to replace departed City Manager Eric Meserve. But the council's top preference was not on the list of finalists. At a special meeting Monday,...
HEALTH an Inspiring Ride
Anyone seeking a hearty dose of inspiration can find one in the comeback of Lance Armstrong. An aggressive case of cancer set back the world-class cyclist two years ago. The cancer spread to his lungs and then to his brain. The ending of the...
Health Secretary Wants Abstinence Stressed
TALLAHASSEE -- The state's chief doctor wants to double state spending to teach teens to abstain from having sex until they are married, but some family planning advocates are concerned. Department of Health Secretary Bob Brooks is asking Gov. Jeb...
How the Moon Was Won on July 20, 1969, Mankind Took Its Biggest Leap of All
WASHINGTON -- Near the equator of the moon -- for all eternity or until a passing piece of space junk scores a bull's-eye -- stands a strange platform swaddled in gold foil, a monument to the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions....
If You like to Hop from Job to Job, Then Check This Out
NEW YORK -- Gone are the days when employees spent entire careers at one company. Average workers nowadays change jobs every five years, and in today's labor market, it's not unusual to make a switch after a year or two. While job hopping may mean...
Indy Racing League Rides NASCAR's Coattails
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Madison Avenue has armed the Indy Racing League with everything that resembles the NASCAR Winston Cup Series except a Southern drawl. The IndyCar series, which made a stop at the Atlanta Motor Speedway last night for the Kobalt Mechanics...
IRL Race Battle of Attrition Sharp Avoids Trouble for Atlanta Win
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Scott Sharp didn't hesitate when he got his chance to lead the Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500. After watching a host of early leaders either fall back with engine problems or as crash victims, Sharp climbed through the top 10 by attrition....
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I don't know if it saddens me or makes me mad." -- Mandarin Museum and Historic Society President Jim Towart, who said his group will continue to support moving a house so a museum can be built in its place at Jacksonville's only...
JFK Jr. Had a History with Cumberland
ST. MARYS -- Many people believe John Kennedy Jr.'s ties to Cumberland Island began in 1996 when he married Caroline Bessette in a private ceremony that captivated the world. While the wedding put Cumberland Island on the map, his relationship with...
JFK Jr. Missing at Sea Wreckage of Plane Carrying Wife, Sister-in-Law Washes Ashore
AQUINNAH, Mass. -- Hope dimmed late yesterday for John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law, as darkness descended on the waters off Martha's Vineyard where their plane went down. Debris washed ashore, but there was no sign of life. "I can...
JFK Jr.'s Plane Missing at Sea Wife, Sister-in-Law Also on Board; Debris Found
HYANNIS PORT, Mass. -- John F. Kennedy Jr., the dashing son of a slain American president, was still missing last night after the small plane he was piloting apparently crashed into the waters off Martha's Vineyard. Hopes for Kennedy, his wife and...
Kingfish Tournament Notebook
NEW EVENT IN WORKS Most of the attention in the BellSouth Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament centers around the two-day general tournament, but there are actually two other events -- the VIP and Junior Angler, which this year were held Tuesday...
Last Man on the Moon: 1972 Mission Changed Planetary Science
Harrison Schmitt was mimicking a really bad skier coming down a rough Alpine slope. "Can't keep my edges," he joked, making two-footed hops one way and then another. "Shhhoomp. Shhhoomp. Little hard to get good hip rotation." The geologist/astronaut...
Leave Hustle Behind for Natural Treat in Botanical Garden Tour
NEW YORK -- The New York Botanical Garden is where you go to get away from it all. Think of it as a retreat to nature amid the relentless jam of concrete and steel. As you traverse some of the 250 acres that make up the garden, it also becomes an...
Less Than 22 Hours for Lunar Tourism
The Eagle had landed, but the Earth men were forced to maintain their discipline. What followed a tense landing was nearly two hours of systems checks. Having determined that Eagle had not been damaged during the landing, Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz"...
Locals Dominate Tourney
The recent 16th annual Treasure Cay International Billfish Tournament in the Bahamas turned out to be a local affair -- local, as in Northeast Florida. There were a dozen Northeast Florida boats in the 25-boat field, and four of them wound up at...
Martin's Boost Helps Kenseth near Dream
You give it all you've got every day. You never know who's watching. "Right away when I talked to him on the phone I knew it was him," said Matt Kenseth, the 27-year-old Busch Series driver. "But it definitely caught me by surprise. I didn't think...
Miles Leads Unified ATP Tour into 2000
Mark Miles can't wait for the new millennium. The Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Tennis Professionals took the position in 1990, and nine years later, the ATP Tour is on the cusp of his vision. That vision includes a new ranking system,...
Minimums Aren't So Minimal Anymore Price of Initial Investments Might Discourage Newcomers
NEW YORK -- Mutual funds are the investment vehicle of choice for millions of Americans, but they're becoming more expensive for beginning investors to buy into. Minimum initial investments, the money an investor must come up with to open an account...
MLS West All-Stars Handle East 6-4
SAN DIEGO -- It just wouldn't be a Major League Soccer All-Star game without Preki. The Kansas City Wizards midfielder, the only player to score a point in each of the three previous All-Star games, outdid even himself yesterday. He scored two goals...
Mother, Son Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide
Police have ruled the Saturday evening deaths of a 56-year-old Lake Park Estates woman and her 35-year-old son a murder-suicide. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office homicide Sgt. Rick Parker said yesterday that Altamease Boston was stabbed multiple times...
National Zoo Creates American Prairie Exhibit with Buffalo
WASHINGTON -- From the perspective of author Wallace Stegner, who once wrote that "it is a better world with some buffalo left in it," the National Zoo has just gotten a whole lot better. The zoo last week opened a 46,000-square-foot exhibit that...
Neither Bryant nor Jaguars Flinching in Talks
The talk inside the Jaguars organization is that top pick Fernando Bryant very well may be an opening-day starter. Problem is, he may not be there for the start of training camp -- which could severely hinder that chance. Bryant remains the only...
Nevers Lands Back-to-Back Perfect Games
Robert Nevers of Kings Bay proved the old saying: "Never say never," is oh so true. In the Florida State Bowling Association (FSBA) Championship, held in Daytona Beach this year, Nevers rolled back-to-back perfect games -- a feat that had never been...
`New' BAC Sets First Meeting in Jacksonville
Jacksonville will make Florida boating history in a minor way Wednesday when it plays host to the quarterly meeting of the Florida Boating Advisory Council at the Holiday Inn Airport. The city has hosted meetings of the 19-member body, whose function...
New Councilman Focused on Traffic Flow Ray Has Own Ways to Fight Congestion
Jacksonville City Councilman Lake Ray wants residents riled over traffic to think less about light rail and more about buses. He wants less attention paid to new lanes the city could build, and more to using old ones in different ways. And he...
New Jaguars Safety Preaches Super Attitude
It is 11 days before the start of training camp and Carnell Lake, the ex-Pittsburgh Steeler turned Jaguar, is like a preacher with a congregation of Tom Coughlins sitting in the pews. He is talking the talk. Not in a loud, boisterous, look-at-me...
Next President May See Double House Votes to Hike Annual Salary of America's CEO
WASHINGTON -- Job description: Leader of the most powerful nation in the world. Perks: Big house. Walk to work. Private jet with snazzy official seal. Marine Corps Band on call. Annual salary: $200,000, which is less than the chief executive...
Non-Fiction
TITLE: Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story AUTHOR: Bill Bonanno DATA: St. Martin's Press, 279 pages, $24.95 Review by Mims Cushing When Bill Bonanno took his "oath of office" in his 20s, the ceremony was witnessed by the heads of four crime families:...
No Shame in Way Scurry Saved U.S. in World Cup
It would have been a great story, an interesting story to report and write. The headline probably would have been: "U.S. steals the World Cup." The story could have begun: "PASADENA, Calif. -- The United States won the Women's World Cup...
No Special Treatment, But
BOSTON -- The Kennedy family wanted to keep it routine. But the search for the single-engine plane that disappeared over the Atlantic with John F. Kennedy Jr. inside was anything but that. The White House "situation room" was alerted. Federal transportation...
Officials Pile on Miles, but Don't Take Much Pay
It's not uncommon for elected officials in big cities, including Jacksonville, to go on taxpayer-financed trips throughout the United States and even abroad. But most travel by Clay County's five county commissioners is within the county's borders,...
Of Royalty and Camelot: A Legacy of the Adored
Their easy smiles and their glamorous lifestyles catapulted them to an unparalleled upper tier of fame -- a perch unusual even for this celebrity-obsessed nation. Somehow, these two were different. She was an actual princess; he was the closest...
Other State Income Scrutinized
ATLANTA -- Federal prosecutors have been trying for more than a week to convince a jury that state Sen. Diana Harvey Johnson schemed to pad her business bankroll with government grants. But records show the Democrat from Savannah is not the only...
Outdoors Notebook
VACATION TUNA Ranae Van Fossen of Callahan, vacationing in Quepos, Costa Rica, caught a 250-pound tuna after a 2 1/2-hour fight. Van Fossen, 21, caught the fish aboard a charterboat June 27. "She had bruises all over her," said Eileen Van...
Overestimating JJ and Tuna
A few observations after perusing the NFL preview magazines: One season, in the case of Vinny Testaverde, does a reputation and career make. The AFC East is very, very good; the NFC East is very, very bad. The Jaguars will be good, but not...
Parents Prayers Answered? Site on Westside May Be New Campus
The Diocese of St. Augustine has found land on the Westside where it would like to build a second Catholic high school in Jacksonville. Church officials expect to buy the 50-acre site at 103rd Street and Chaffee Road by the end of the year. The...
Park Project Stalls over Vote to Move House Resident Appeals Decision to Build Museum on Site
A museum planned for Jacksonville's only historic park is on hold after a Mandarin resident appealed a decision allowing it to be built where a 1939 home now sits. The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission approved a plan to move the home...
PhotoVue Can Provide Some Picture-Perfect Solutions
Q: I scanned graphic images using Adobe PhotoDeluxe and saved them as .jpg and .gif files on my ZIP discs. Now, when I try to call them up again to view, Microsoft Internet Explorer automatically pops up and I cannot see all of the image because it...
Planning Can Cut Down on Money Flow in New York
Though great fortunes can be made in New York, great fortunes can also be spent if you're not careful. Most of the sights and sounds of New York come with a price. But there are still plenty of bargains to be had, and a little planning can cut down...
Police Praise Canine Crime Fighters Use Defended in Wake of 2 Dogs' Deaths
Simon and Zor, 2-year-old German shepherds, play with a PVC pipe on a steamy Thursday afternoon. They think it's playtime, but in reality the two canines are learning to sniff out drugs. "It's all a big game to them," said veteran handler and...
Property Fight Underscores Tension between Preservation, Developers
MIAMI -- To some, the 2,000-year-old Tequesta Indian burial site at the mouth of the Miami River is a once-in-a-lifetime archaeological find; a historic, even mystical place worth keeping in its original location for further study and the enjoyment...
Public Safety
CLAY COUNTY A Middleburg man was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of child abuse for incidents that "caused physical and mental injury" to the victim -- his own child, a Clay County Sheriff Office report said. The report said the...
Rebel Leader Thaci Building Support in Kosovo War Dead Honored by KLA Chief
CUSKA, Yugoslavia -- The ethnic Albanian rebel leader who hopes to one day rule Kosovo stepped up his campaign to rally support in the province yesterday, attending a funeral service for alleged victims of Serb atrocities and declaring: "We have our...
Regulators Scrutinizing Poultry Farms
ATLANTA -- Now that the Georgia Board of Natural Resources has slapped tougher restrictions on hog farmers, the state has the poultry, dairy and beef cattle industries in its sights. But the circumstances are different. The other animals pose different...
Reprints of `Tarzan' Books Soften Racism
In "ape-speak," the name Tarzan means "white skin." Which tells you a great deal about Edgar Rice Burroughs' famous jungle tales. "White skin" refers to the fact that, in the original Burroughs novels and in Tarzan, the new Walt Disney, the tree-swinger...
Russia Tourism Still Struggles Infrastructure Can't Meet Demand
MOSCOW -- The summertime sun glints off the domes of the old Kremlin churches nearly 21 hours a day. St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum offers unprecedented access to one of the world's richest art collections. Tickets for top Russian orchestras cost...
San Jose's New Pro Well-Traveled
There's an entry on the resume of Mike Davis that states: "Will travel/relocate." And he wasn't kidding. Davis has been either head pro or general manager at eight clubs in his career, from Fort Lauderdale to Las Vegas, over a 15-year span. He said...
Savannah River Residents May Predate Indians
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Albert Goodyear breaks out in a drippy sweat each time he climbs into the rectangular pits lining the banks of the Savannah River. "This place has kept me awake at night for a year," he confessed. "I just keep wanting to come...
Senator's Chappaquiddick Calamity Took Place 30 Years Ago
The time, July; the place, off Martha's Vineyard; the name, Kennedy. All were the same. Only the nature of the calamity was different. It was a Friday night 30 years ago, July 18, 1969, that a dark blue Oldsmobile 98 hurtled off a narrow wooden...
Shrimp Harvest Erratic Rains Bring Hope of Better Catch
Georgia's commercial shrimpers have netted an erratic and overall below-average harvest since January, but state fisheries officials say the catch could improve with more rain. Although the size of the catch has varied month-to-month since January,...
Six Ways to Spice Up Weigh-Ins
Let's face it. A sweaty guy carrying a dead kingfish up a ramp is not great television. Nor are newspaper photographers going to find any Pulitzer-winning pictures at the typical kingfish tournament weigh-in. Kingfishing has gone big-time in...
Smoltz Satisfied with Start Pitcher Feels No Pain as Braves Top Suns
John Smoltz wasn't quite sure what he was looking for when he took the mound to start for the Greenville Braves at Wolfson Park last night. But whatever it was, he was pleased with his two innings of work in the Braves' 6-3 win in front of 8,747,...
Stock Car Racing Fans Request Turbo Boost in Regular Coverage
Two weeks ago, the continuation to a story on a NASCAR race was missing from the Sports section. Readers who called about the missing story also had some complaints about stock car coverage. In short, they said coverage of Daytona Beach races is...
Students to Learn Trades in New Program
Clay County construction businesses say they are being hurt by a lack of qualified skilled workers. In an effort to solve that problem, the Northeast Florida Builders Associations has created a pre-apprenticeship program that was recently approved...
Summer No Time for Light Reading "Fun' Fare Doesn't Appeal to Everyone
Summertime and the reading is easy. That's the popular notion, anyway, that in summer, readers switch from heavy duty and literary fare to light books. Whodunits. Happily-ever-after love stories. Celebrity bios. But the summertime switch just...
Survey: Technology Not an Advantage for New Teachers
Programs to train teachers to use technology effectively in the classroom have focused on veteran instructors, but school districts should not expect new teachers to be so savvy that they don't need training. The average first- or second-year teacher...
Take the Right Steps to Protect against Viruses
Your home computer has been acting a bit flaky lately. It's slower at fetching files and occasionally renames them without asking. The modem dials spontaneously, in search of some secret computer rendezvous. And that spacious hard drive you once...
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