The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 17, 1999

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[2] Anthrax Shots `Lawful' Ruling Clouds Mayport Sailor's Challenge
********** CORRECTION (8/18/99) Navy Airman Zachary A. Johnson is stationed at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Because of a reporter's error, the wrong base was listed in a story on Page B-1 yesterday. ********** A Mayport Naval...
[2] Beach Bridge on Front Burner Resurfacing Scheduled First
********** CORRECTION (8/18/99) The state will spend $6.3 million to resurface a section of Beach Boulevard from Florida Community College at Jacksonville to Florida A1A. Because of a reporter's error, the wrong figure was listed in a story...
2 Brothers Revisit Vietnam, Find Poverty, Little Freedom
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- The years melted away this week as Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and his brother Tom made their first trip back to Vietnam since 1968. The scents, the heat and the humidity brought back the memories with a rush. The Mekong...
[2] Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "The mayor has told us to get this done yesterday." -- City attorney Cindy Laquidara, after Mayor John Delaney and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reached a tentative agreement to start planning cleanups of four Northwest...
2-Minute Drill
BROUGHT TO YOU BY ... First the Rose Bowl, now the Heisman Trophy. Last season, the Rose Bowl gave in to corporate sponsorship and was renamed the Rose Bowl, presented by AT&T. The Heisman Trophy hasn't gone that far, but it now has a big-time...
[2] Morning Briefing
STOCKS RISE OVER TAME INFLATION NEWS Another late afternoon rally propelled stocks higher yesterday after news of a mild increase in consumer prices suggested that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates only modestly when it meets this month....
[2] Newsmakers
MARILYN'S SUIT FOR SALE The suit Marilyn Monroe wore when she married Joe DiMaggio will go on the block next month at Sotheby's. The brown wool suit with a white mink collar and rhinestone buttons is expected to fetch between $15,000 and $20,000...
58 Voucher Students Start Private School
PENSACOLA -- The nation's first statewide tuition voucher program, a pet project of Gov. Jeb Bush, began yesterday with 58 students in one city and two lawsuits challenging its legality in another. The only students eligible to attend private schools...
ALCOA Tests Reynolds' Mettle
RICHMOND, Va. -- Spurned by the board of Reynolds Metals Co., Alcoa Inc. is taking a hostile $4.2 billion takeover bid directly to Reynolds' shareholders. Alcoa, the world's largest aluminum maker, is offering $65 a share in cash for No. 3 Reynolds...
Alexander `Realistic,' Ends Quest Quayle Rebuilds after Iowa Poll
WASHINGTON -- Lamar Alexander ended his dogged six-year pursuit of the White House yesterday, saying "there's really no realistic way to keep going." Dan Quayle, who finished yet two places behind Alexander's meager sixth-place showing in the Iowa...
Anthrax Shots `Lawful' Ruling Clouds Mayport Sailor's Challenge
A Mayport Naval Station technician's attempt to avoid receiving an anthrax vaccine was crippled yesterday when a military judge ruled that an order to administer it was lawful. Airman Zachary Johnson, charged in May with two counts of disobeying...
Antitrust Laws in Question Group Wants Cable Deal Blocked
WASHINGTON -- Consumer groups are asking federal regulators to block AT&T's bid to buy MediaOne, saying the cable merger would give the company too much control in the markets for cable TV and high-speed cable Internet services. Consumers Union,...
Are Players Better Now? Williams Not So Sure
ST. LOUIS -- Mark McGwire challenged reporters Saturday to acknowledge the excellence of today's players. "Let's face it, the players today are good. Darn good," he said. "Nobody ever writes that. Why is all this happening? Because the players are...
A River of Rye Gurgles through City's Sewers
Celebrate 2000 Aug. 18 1929 A daily look at events in First Coast history So, a jigger's an ounce. Sixteen shots in a pint. Thirty-two snorts in a quart. So, that's 54,800 belts of fine rye Sheriff W.B. Cahoon callously poured down a...
Armstrong to Take on Mountains
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- For his first bicycle race in the United States since winning the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong is giving up his skinny road racing tires for the fat nobbies of a mountain bike. Armstrong, who overcame cancer to win the world's...
A Security Quilt for Children Is Volunteers' Goal Police Given Blankets to Use for Kids Taken into Protection
The idea of children being taken into police protection after being caught in the middle of a domestic or other criminal dispute touched Joy Broderick's heart. She heard a Clay County sheriff's deputy talk of having to go to a home and quickly remove...
A Series of Ups and Downs Drawbridge Operators on the Job in Savannah
SAVANNAH -- In the seven years he's been pushing the buttons and twisting the dials that make the Islands Expressway drawbridge go up and down, Don Wilson has passed the time waving to boat captains, feeding the homeless and hiding from angry drivers...
Bag the Baggy, Toss What's Too Tight, and Get Hip to Cool-for-School Trends
Duval County public schools are back in session today and high schoolers, to their everlasting relief, won't have to wear uniforms. So what will they be wearing? Here's a rundown of what to expect. For girls, tight and revealing is on the way out,...
Baptist/St. Vincent's Holding the Bag Must Pay Much of Mission: Health's Debt
Baptist/St. Vincent's Health System officials say the Mission:Health bankruptcy will cost them more than $30 million. As part owner of the failed managed care group, Baptist/St. Vincent's had written guarantees with three of the seven HMOs that...
Base Role in Raptor Uncertain
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE -- Congressional support for the F-22 Raptor may be gaining steam, but the base's role in supporting the aircraft remains uncertain. Robins provides depot maintenance for the F-15 Eagle, the aging air-superiority fighter that...
Beach Bridge on Front Burner Resurfacing Scheduled First
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- A $58 million plan to widen the eastern stretch of Beach Boulevard and build a new bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway has been identified as a top priority by regional growth planners. But it will be at least five years...
Bias Claimed in China Spy Case
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators targeted physicist Wen Ho Lee as an espionage suspect largely because he is a Chinese-American and they still do not have a "shred of evidence" that he leaked nuclear secrets to China, the former chief of counterintelligence...
Big Excitement over Little Guy Hamilton Is Main Man for Jackets
ATLANTA -- For a little guy, Joe Hamilton has sure managed to create a big fuss at Georgia Tech. How big? The Hamilton-led Yellow Jackets have capped the last two seasons with bowl victories, which may be an every-year event at a school like Florida...
Bottenfield Likes Low-Key Approach
ST. LOUIS -- As the victories mount, Kent Bottenfield is turning into the least likely ace in the major leagues. "I try not to get too high or too low," said the St. Louis Cardinals' right-hander, who can tie Boston's Pedro Martinez as the only...
Braves Defeated in Pitchers' Duel
DENVER -- Baseball in mile high conditions has become such a high-powered affair the locals don't recognize the game without a blizzard of home runs. A pitching duel? Not here, no way. Imagine their surprise last night when pitching and defense...
Brown's Dump Data Changes Could Diminish Health Risk
State toxicologists are revising part of their report on the health risks from Brown's Dump, after a Jacksonville residents group questioned some statistics. The revision is expected to show a lower level of health risk to area residents than was...
Bulldogs Are a Big Hit
ATHENS, Ga. -- It's hard to talk trash when you're not hitting somebody. The Georgia Bulldogs can talk trash now. The first day of full-contact practices was, as always, wellreceived by the players. After the standard warmups and unit drills in...
Bush Launches Florida Mentoring Program Colin Powell Joins Effort to Help Kids
TALLAHASSEE -- With a hand from retired Gen. Colin Powell, Gov. Jeb Bush yesterday unveiled a program aimed at getting thousands of volunteers to spend time with Florida schoolchildren. The program, dubbed the Governor's Mentoring Initiative, will...
Camping with the Jaguars
ON THE FIELD Play of the day: Midway through the afternoon practice, in team drills, DT Larry Smith dropped in coverage and intercepted a low pass by QB Mark Brunell. Catch of the day: First-year WR Damon Dunn ran a comeback route in the right...
Camping with the Jaguars
ON THE FIELD Play of the day: Midway through the afternoon practice, second-team QB Jonathan Quinn threw an errant pass to the right sideline that CB Aaron Beasley intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Catch of the day: Midway through the...
Clinton Urges Veterans to Back Peacekeeping
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- President Clinton asked military veterans yesterday for support in his fight with Congress for full funding of programs to promote peace in the Mideast and the Balkans, counter weapons proliferation, and honor America's obligations...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I don't blatantly want to say I'm against it. I don't know where they really intend to go with the project." -- Folkston City Councilman Marion Davis about a land deal the council turned down. Story on this page. OPENING DRAWS...
COLLEGE Proposal Could Help
College and drinking are synonymous for many students. A member of the state University Board of Regents wants to add parents to the equation. Tallahassee regent Steve Uhlfelder's proposal would require state universities to notify parents when...
Computer Assigns Gas Source
ATLANTA -- A computer picked a retailer early yesterday for 286,000 natural gas users who couldn't make up their minds about who they wanted to replace Atlanta Gas Light Co. Some Georgians were too busy, and others didn't feel up to sorting through...
Condomaximum Demand Still Booming at Beach
Bob Stenson's mailbox is a constant reminder of how many people envy his living in an oceanfront condominium on Jacksonville Beach. At least once a week, the Sea Winds resident receives a post card from a real estate agent saying something like,...
County Tells Golf Village to Pay Up
The St. Johns County Commission yesterday demanded that operators of the World Golf Village's attractions make a $740,000 payment to the county within the next two months or face legal action. If the operators fail to make the payment, the county...
Cyberfight over Mail on Neptune Council Mayor's Web Page Addresses Protested
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Members of the City Council erupted into a virtual spat Monday evening with the mayor over a private web site he maintains that features e-mail addresses for the council members. At Monday's workshop, all four council members asked...
Daubach Delivers for Red Sox
BOSTON -- The mail is piled waist-high next to Brian Daubach's locker, a leaning tower of cards and letters in danger of being knocked over in the next media crush. And every one of them is addressed to Nomar Garciaparra. Daubach? His mail fits...
Deal Would Change Election Boundaries Minority Candidates Face Longer Odds
TALLAHASSEE -- State government officials agreed to settle a lawsuit over South Florida electoral districts in a deal that could make it tougher for African-Americans and Hispanics to be elected to Congress. The deal, signed off on by lawyers for...
Decision to Run Away from Home Proves Deadly
As Carolyn Ussery walked into her bedroom, she noticed a small handwritten note. It was a goodbye letter from her 15-year-old daughter, Tiffany. "It said she was leaving. She was leaving by herself, she'd be all right, and she would let me know...
Delaney, EPA Agree to Cleanups Price Tag to Come in Future Talks
Mayor John Delaney and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached a tentative agreement to start planning cleanups of four Northwest Jacksonville neighborhoods polluted decades ago by ash from city incinerators. The Mayor's Office will...
Dennis Returning to Court Case Spotlights Plea Bargaining
In the often acrimonious world of the criminal justice system, prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges agree on one thing: Without plea bargains, the system wouldn't work. "You need plea bargains or else you'll shut the courthouse down," Jacksonville...
Dobbins Rising in Tennis Ranks Nease Star among State's Achievers
At 17 years of age, Courtney Dobbins already has accrued an impressive list of accomplishments during her tennis career: She's starred for her high school team, been named one of the top players in the area and is starting to make her mark in the state...
Doctors Lake Marina to Add Sewage Pump-Out
The state's highest-ranking officials have approved plans for the first marina in Clay County to offer sewage pump-out facilities for live-aboard boats. Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet granted a request Thursday to modify a 25-year sovereignty...
Downtown Building Proposals Up for Review by DDA
Lee & Cates Glass Inc. and the Villas of St. John apartments join the latest list of downtown proposals. Downtown Development Authority members are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today at the City Hall Annex about those projects and at least 18...
EDUCATION Courts, a Last Resort
Despite the protestations of the education establishment, opportunity scholarships have not devastated the public schools. Only 58 children out of more than 2.2 million have used vouchers to attend private schools. All of them were from two schools...
Electric Chair Briefs Filed State Outlines `No Pain' Arguments for Florida Justices
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's electric chair inflicts no "wanton or unnecessary pain" and shouldn't be retired after Allen Lee "Tiny" Davis suffered a nosebleed during his execution last month, state lawyers told the Florida Supreme Court in a brief filed...
Environmental Calamities Caused Earth's Empires to Crumble, Scientists Say
WASHINGTON -- Recent scientific discoveries are shedding new light on why great empires like Egypt, Babylon and Rome fell apart, giving way to the periodic "dark ages" that punctuate human history. At least five times during the last 6,000 years,...
FEDERAL BUDGET Don't Be Confused
Unable to win the tax debate on the merits, liberals are attempting to confuse the issue. Standard procedure. The only relevant question is whether the federal government should grow a lot or too much. Conservatives in Congress have steered a...
Feds Seize Drugs, Arrest Dozens in 14-City Bust
WASHINGTON -- Federal agents arrested scores of people and seized drugs and money in 14 cities yesterday in an effort to break up what the FBI called one of the top 20 drug distribution networks in the country. Agents had warrants to arrest 100...
Florida Camp Report
NOTEWORTHY NEW ATTITUDE The offensive line at Florida was a source of criticism last season, especially in the Gators' losses to Tennessee and Florida State. If yesterday's Oklahoma drill is any indication, things may be different this season....
Florida State Camp Report
DORSEY WALKS OUT Junior OT Char-ron Dorsey, under close scrutiny for his ongoing weight battle, walked away from a team meeting last night and did not practice. "He was a little upset and we fell out a little bit," offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins...
Florida State Practice Report
WEINKE GETS FIRST LIVE LOOK QB Chris Weinke may be off-limits as far as getting hit in practice, but that didn't keep the Seminoles' defense from getting after him during yesterday's scrimmage. DE Roland Seymour welcomed Weinke to his first live...
Flyover Battle May Not Be over Atlantic Beach Still Considering Lawsuit to Halt Project
Despite reaffirmed support from a regional transportation board for the Mayport flyover ramp, the city of Atlantic Beach continues to contemplate a lawsuit to stop the project. "We're still going through the process until we determine whether to...
Folkston Rejects Land Deal Council Refuses Annexation Bid
FOLKSTON -- The City Council has rejected an invitation to annex a 950-acre tract of land in exchange for building nearly 3 miles of water and sewage lines to a planned development on the property. It's the second time in less than six months that...
Freeman Signs Seven-Year Deal
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Antonio Freeman became the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver yesterday, agreeing to a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Green Bay Packers. Freeman's agent, Joel Segal, told The Associated Press the deal also includes a...
Fryer's Evaluation Plan OK'd Board Eliminates One Guideline
In approving a tool to evaluate Superintendent John Fryer's first year on the job, the Duval County School Board voted 6-1 to eliminate the one goal the superintendent would have received a low mark on -- developing a strategic plan. At last night's...
FSU's Boldin Displays Skills
TALLAHASSEE -- In a little over a week of practice since switching from quarterback to receiver, heralded freshman Anquan Boldin had been quite impressive. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has tried to temper the excitement surrounding Florida's Mr....
Fuel Tax Cut Would Help CSXT Congressional Override Likely to Be Needed
Railroad and tugboat operators who pay special fuel taxes designed help pay down the federal deficit would get a break if legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler (R-Jacksonville) makes it past a presidential veto next month. "The taxes...
Funds for Atlantic Beach Fire Service OK'd Panel Approves Money for Disabled
The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee yesterday approved moving $225,935 from a fire department account to pay for fire service at Atlantic Beach. The committee also agreed to spend $83,263 for the transportation needs of Jacksonville's...
George Stephanopolous Tries His Hand at Reporting for ABC
So this is the life of a big-time network newsman: Iowa in August. Reading from a TelePrompTer at 3 a.m. Trying to persuade Dan Quayle to let you shadow him for a day. George Stephanopolous is experiencing all of this, completely by choice. After...
Georgia Basketball Star Expected to Be a Gator
GAINESVILLE -- The quiet summer of men's basketball recruiting is over at the University of Florida. With the recent track record of coach Billy Donovan, why should that be surprising? The Gators are expected to receive an oral commitment from one...
Georgia Notes
BOUNCING BACK Jasper Sanks shrugs his shoulders and admits it -- he just wasn't ready to play last year. Now, it's a different story. The former Parade All-American from Columbus, Ga., is in the midst of a battle for playing time at running back,...
Georgia Tech Notes
POLLS IN PERSPECTIVE It's a little early for Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary to get excited about the polls. The Yellow Jackets, cochampions of the ACC and the No. 9 team in the final polls last year, enter the season ranked 11th by The Associated...
Giuliani Says GOP Aided by His Delay
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said yesterday that Republicans will benefit if he delays entering the New York Senate race. The longer Hillary Rodham Clinton "runs against herself, the better we do," he said. "The...
Guilty Plea Entered in Anthrax Case Sailor Gets 10 Days, Discharge
A naval technician pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of disobeying orders for refusing to receive the vaccine that fights anthrax. Airman Zachary A. Johnson, stationed at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, was sentenced to serve 10 days in confinement...
Gunman Says He Shot Wrong Guy
HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Volunteer firefighter Andrew Ebner was heading home from battling a late-night blaze when a shotgun blast hit the tailgate of his borrowed pickup truck. Ebner sped up but so did the truck on his tail. Boom! Boom! Two more blasts....
Hearing Set on Utility Taxes Clay Commissioners Give Initial Approval to Proposal
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- Clay County is one step closer to its first public utility tax on electricity, fuel oil and telecommunications services. The utility tax and a proposed 6.4 percent increase in property taxes would amount to the largest tax...
Helping Troubled Youth Find Their Way Crisis Center Servesthousands
Jean Chavers doesn't put much stock in her future. She's small, with a soft, singsong voice. She's a kid really. At 14, Jean doesn't think much about the prom or graduation or dating. She thinks about being suicidal. She thinks of the times when...
Helping Troubled Youth Find Their Way Crisis Center Serves Thousands
********** CORRECTION (8/19/99) The Youth Crisis Center's first building was purchased through a financing arrangement with the Jacksonville Rotary Club. Because of a reporter's error, a story on Page A-6 in Monday's newspaper said the...
Historic Houses Reprieved 3 LaVilla Homes Gain Panel's Backing
Three 85-year-old LaVilla houses are a step closer to being declared landmarks and a step further from the wrecking ball after a resident made her case before the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission last week. Linda Mitchell Harper said...
How High Is High in Building? Jacksonville Beach Looking to Set Limits
JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- The City Council has directed its staff to demonstrate which of two proposed methods is the best way to regulate the height of condominiums, hotels and other multi-family buildings. The directions came at a workshop Monday,...
If You Think Coliseum's Bad, Imagine `Aida' in the Armory
So Lynyrd Skynyrd doesn't like the Coliseum. Big whoop. Verdi played the armory. Fact is, that's how we got the Coliseum. And the Civic Auditorium. And maybe Alltel stadium, while we're at it. Jacksonville's native rock group, Lynyrd...
Inquiry Should Go Slow
Bobby Bowden says if he had his way, Laveranues Coles' eligibility would be in good standing right now. He says Coles has done nothing wrong. He says Coles swears he has not broken any rules. And he says when a player gives his word, he believes that...
Insurance Fraud Case Dismissed
A Jacksonville judge has dismissed racketeering charges against three local chiropractors and two local clinics. Circuit Judge Lance Day said the state "all but conceded" it couldn't prove the defendants intended to defraud anyone. That intent is...
Irresistible Images Advertisers Bring Back the Past to Make Their Pitch
With Hollywood churning out remakes of classic films and television shows, it only follows that Madison Avenue would dig into its archives for pitches that also tap into feelings of nostalgia. And in dusting off icons from yesteryear -- some dating...
It's Tough to Leave Child at School -- Even in College
This is the first time since 1983 that I will not have a child in the Clay County school system. I must say, it does seem strange. In fact, the start of this school year seems as difficult as the time I took each of my kids to their first day...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Officers cannot afford to lose fights because they are armed. The threat of firearms being used against them is the primary concern." -- Rick Seibler, chief of detectives for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, concerning yesterday's...
JU Gym Upgrade Ongoing Renovation to Bring Basketball Home
Jacksonville University Dolphin basketball fans will be able to watch games on campus after the team moves from the Jacksonville Coliseum back to Swisher Gymnasium. It will also be home for the new women's basketball team, which begins playing this...
Kravitz Latest Contender to Plan 2000 House Race Term Limits Open District 10 Seats
After years of sparse competition in Jacksonville-area legislative races, candidates are lining up to run for House seats that will become vacant in 2000 because of term limits. The latest candidate: Former Jacksonville City Council President Dick...
Life on the Beach
ATLANTIC BEACH BUDGET WORKSHOP -- The City Commission will hold another in a series of workshops tonight on the budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The workshop is scheduled for 5 p.m. today in the commission chamber, 800 Seminole Road....
Malaysian Party Bucks Trend of Women's Rights
KOTA BARU, Malaysia -- Here in the rural, northeastern corner of Malaysia, far from the sleek skyscrapers of its modern capital, an Islamic party is nurturing a radically different plan for the future. Men and women have separate checkout lines...
Mandarin Rotary `among Best'
They repair homes for those in need, read to elementary students and fix up schools. Every year, they honor outstanding students, teachers, police officers and businesspeople. They bought an ambulance for villagers in India, helped farmers in...
Marshall Gunn Dies; Former City Fire Chief Department, Jaguars Were His Passions
Former Jacksonville Fire Chief Marshall Dean Gunn Sr., who retired from the city's Public Safety Department in 1984 after a 36-year career, died Sunday. He was 81. Mr. Gunn, who had been in ill health recently, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, said...
Middleburg Expects Improved Team Mustangs Coach Says His Squad Is Talented, but Inexperienced
This is the first in a series of previews of Clay County high school football teams. The slogan this year is "Make Something Happen." Middleburg High School coach Tim Cromer, in his fourth year, said this year's team could live up to its motto....
Moore Faces Senators' Questions on Inmate Abuse
TALLAHASSEE -- Corrections Secretary Michael Moore will be questioned about inmate abuse in prisons next month when he appears before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Criminal Justice Chairman Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Spring Hill, wrote Moore...
Morning Briefing
COMPUTER MAKERS PACE DOW ADVANCE While shares of the nation's major computer makers rose sharply yesterday, the broader stock market held to slim gains, with investors making few bets while they awaited the government's consumer price report coming...
Mosquito Control Up in Air Glynn Considers Private Companies
BRUNSWICK -- After a work session on mosquito control in Glynn County, some commissioners said they have fewer doubts about the program's effectiveness but they still want to look into some alternatives. One option being considered is hiring a private...
Nation Briefing
NICHOLS ALLOWED PRIVATE ATTORNEYS OKLAHOMA CITY -- A judge ordered the hiring of private attorneys at state expense to defend Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing yesterday after the state public defenders agency said it didn't have enough...
Nation Briefing
FUMES OVERCOME 9 IN SENATE CAFETERIA WASHINGTON -- Nine workers were taken to a hospital for treatment yesterday after strong fumes were reported in the cafeteria of a Capitol office building. Part of the Everett M. Dirksen Senate Office Building...
New Glaucoma Study Proves Encouraging Nitric Oxide Link May Help Therapy
WASHINGTON -- Scientists peering deep into the eyes of rats have discovered a new target for treating glaucoma: Blocking a chemical called nitric oxide may slow, if not prevent, the blindness. So far, it has worked only in rats. But the research...
Newsmakers
VENTURA WANTS A LOWER PROFILE Gov. Jesse Ventura, media shy? The ex-wrestler says he's abstaining from national media interviews for six months -- unless they're about Minnesota issues, such as his push for a one-house legislature. "I'm going to...
New Trails Coming to West Bank 4 Miles Being Built along Ortega River
Nature lovers soon will be able to hike a trail along wooded wetlands in a rapidly developing area of the Westside. "We expect it to be a real gem in our trail crown, and it's in town," said Carlton Higginbotham, a planner with the city Department...
No Need to Get out Swedish Company among Those Testing Robotic Gas Pumps
If Claes Holm has his way, neither snow, nor rain, nor heat nor gloom of night will ever bother drivers again when they pull up at a service station for gas. Instead they will sit in their cars while a robotic gas pump fills their tanks and gets...
`Now There's No Ice Cream Social' Special-Needs Camp Closed; Kids Devastated
MOODUS, Conn. -- Matthew Moss is 17 but will never grow up. With the unshakable faith of a 5-year-old, he keeps vigil in his dark bedroom, hoping for a phone call that will never come. Each day he waits at home in New York City for his camp counselor...
Nuclear Disposal Clamor Grows Activists Pushing `Melt-Dilute' Plant
AUGUSTA -- In December, U.S. Department of Energy officials announced that a $1.9 billion plant to dispose of spent nuclear reactor fuel would be built at Savannah River Site. By June, they quietly had suspended the project. Later that month, they...
One City Has Found a Solution
At one time, downtown Santa Monica, Calif., was near death. But I never would have known that if Kathleen Rawson hadn't told me. Rawson is executive director of Bayside District Corp., which manages Santa Monica's downtown district. From what I...
Orosco Breaks Record Reliever Pitches in Game 1,072
BALTIMORE -- Jesse Orosco set a major league record last night by pitching in his 1,072nd game, breaking a tie with Dennis Eckersley atop the career list. Orosco, 42, received a standing ovation from the crowd of 40,485 at Camden Yards as he stepped...
Out with the 'Old' Bridge, in with the Acosta
Celebrate 2000 Aug. 17 1949 A daily look at events in First Coast history The Acosta Bridge was born, 28 years after it opened. Jacksonville's "old" bridge was renamed for its best-known champion on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1949. Its official...
Paxon Coach Hoping for Revival of Football
Coming from a team that has won a state title within the past two years, Reggie Williams is headed toward the opposite end of the spectrum. Formerly the receivers coach at Raines, Williams is taking over as Paxon head coach. At Raines, Williams...
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