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Articles from December 3, 2000

100th Birthday Bash Honors Swiss Mountain Guide
GENEVA -- He walks with a stick, his back bent and his once-proud gait slowed by age. But, as he turns 100, Ulrich Inderbinen remains Switzerland's king of the Alps. The resort of Zermatt is throwing a weekend-long celebration to mark the centenary...
20 Years Later, Lennon's Memory Lives On
NEW YORK -- Sitting inside her office at the Dakota apartments, a stone's throw from the spot where her husband was mortally wounded two decades earlier, Yoko Ono considers the question: Imagine John Lennon at 60? There's a pause. A long pause....
A Big Game -- for Reserves
ATLANTA -- There's another month left in the NFL season. Still, one might think it's already 2001 when the Seattle Seahawks meet the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams are enduring dismal seasons, which means more playing time today for some of the younger...
Bama Turned Tide in Charlton Win
CARTERSVILLE -- The University of Alabama's fight song is Yea, Alabama. Crimson Tide fans didn't have much to cheer about this year, but Charlton County's fans had plenty of cheers for their Bama -- senior quarterback/safety Bama Adams, who's actually...
Barak Denounces Opponents Defends Handling of Current Upheaval
JERUSALEM -- Facing sharp criticism from both Israelis and Palestinians, Prime Minister Ehud Barak aggressively defended his handling of the current upheaval and said yesterday that a political settlement offered the only way out of a half-century...
Behind the Scenes with Greenspan Story's Good, but Research Eerie
Title: Maestro: Alan Greenspan's Fed and the American Economic Boom Author: Bob Wodward Data: Simon & Schuster, 270 pages, $25 Review by Richard Pachter The subject of a recent probing biography by Justin Martin, the universally revered...
Bits and Bytes
MODEM LETS YOU MAKE FREE LONG-DISTANCE CALLS The ability to make free long-distance telephone calls over the Internet isn't new, but U.S. Robotics puts all the necessary pieces together with its 56K Internet Call Modem package. Setup is similar...
Boating Advisory Council Loses Two Charter Members
When the Florida Boating Advisory Council holds its next meeting in Tallahassee Feb. 23, some familiar faces and names will be missing from the body that advises the state Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission on matters affecting boating. ...
BOATING Notebook
BUSY JWC MEETING AHEAD The Jacksonville Waterways Commission has a full slate of weighty issues Thursday, topped by a possible vote on the addition of three new members to positions created by the City Council two weeks ago and the filling of two...
Business Lobbyists Gear Up for Session Close Scrutiny Kept on Legislative Bills
ATLANTA -- Business lobbyists say environmental, tax and insurance issues will top the list of bills they will be watching to support or oppose during the legislative session beginning Jan. 8. December is when concentrated lobbying begins as newly...
Chattahoochee Concerns Delay Generator Shipment Company Wants Water Released
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has delayed a decision on drawing down Chattahoochee River reservoirs to float a barge carrying new generators to a nuclear power plant in Alabama. Concerns of interests along the river will be heard...
Chemical Poison in Arctic Major Concern
WASHINGTON -- The United States and more than 100 other nations will meet in Johannesburg tomorrow in hopes of stemming a menace to the environment that is rapidly poisoning the Arctic and threatening the Great Lakes. Persistent organic pollutants,...
China's Mountain Farmers Now Seen as Top Panda Threat Panda vs. Human Survival Conflict
WOLONG NATURE RESERVE, China -- With the steady swing of an ax, Dong Guanzhong splits one of the many logs piled in his yard, sending a loud crack echoing through this cold, fog-shrouded forest in the Qionglai mountains, home to some of the world's...
Chip-In Pays off for Skins Winners
********** CORRECTION December 5, 2000\ Powers and Merritt is an area architectural firm that does land management and designs golf course clubhouses, among other services. Because of a reporter's error, the name of the firm was incorrect...
City's Hopes Fall with White Disch Shares Disappointment after Tough Loss
How is a coach who loses a triple-overtime game that could have put him in the final four of the state football playoffs consoled? He isn't. But at least Dan Disch has found a little perspective. "Unless you get all the way to the state championship...
CLEVELAND BROWNS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Jaguars Can't Let Brunell Slip Away
This Mark Brunell thing is about to get very real very fast. The season is nearly over and when it ends, what has been a topic for the future becomes The Topic of the present. The Jaguars will face a decision. Is it time to let the past be past?...
Clinton Reports for Duty First Lady Will Go through Orientation for New Senators
WASHINGTON -- The senator-elect from New York reports for freshman orientation this week. With her own Secret Service detail. And the president as her date for a formal dinner Tuesday. Hillary Rodham Clinton stands out even in a Senate class that...
Cold Stretch Ahead? Miami Tends to Go South in December
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Over the past decade, the success of several Miami Dolphins campaigns have hinged on their travels to Buffalo. More often than not, the Dolphins returned home empty-handed, left to watch their seasons unravel or end. Whether...
Complaints Hijack Heavier Truck Plan Transportation Group Wanted Bigger Rigs on State's Highways
TALLAHASSEE -- Heavy complaining by citizens and highway safety groups has killed a state proposal to allow more heavy trucks on Florida's roadways. But the state's main trucking group said it will continue to push for a big increase in the number...
Crusading for Abstinence Students Hear Experiences from Their Peers in Project SOS
********** CORRECTION December 9. 2000 Stacey Robert, a staff member of the Project SOS abstinence program, said she did not begin partying until she got to college and had sex with only two boyfriends there. Because of a reporter's error,...
Dickens' Great-Great-Grandson Coming to Thomasville Actor Will Help Celebrate Town's Victorian Christmas
THOMASVILLE -- The great-great-grandson of A Christmas Carol author Charles Dickens will perform his one-man dramatization of the novel during Thomasville's Victorian Christmas this week. Organizers expect his visit to bring bigger crowds than usual...
Dime Store Turns to Dollars Time Catches Up with Business Icon
BRUNSWICK -- The last known S.H. Kress & Co. store and a longtime landmark is converting from a five-and-dime to a dollar store. Many people in Brunswick say they are sad to see a change in identity for the store, which was a downtown mainstay...
Endeavour Hooks Up with Space Station
CAPE CANAVERAL -- Space shuttle Endeavour pulled up to the international space station and docked yesterday, setting the stage for the attachment -- and dramatic spreading -- of the world's largest solar wings. The wings, carried into orbit by Endeavour,...
EWC Ends Long Drought vs. UNF
********** CORRECTION December 5, 2000 Edward Waters College defeated the University of North Florida, 71-62, in men's basketball on Saturday night. Because of a reporter's error, the UNF score was incorrect on Page C-14 Sunday. ***************...
Exhibiting Leadership New Director Maarten Van De Guchte Makes Plans for Cummer Museum
In the early 1980s, while he was working as director of the Cultural Heritage Project in Cuzco, Peru, and as an associate professor of Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology for Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cuzco, Maarten van de Guchte developed...
Extra Points
WARREN MAY RETURN Defensive tackle Gerard Warren -- one of four UF players who have asked the NFL to evaluate his draft prospects -- said yesterday that he may return next season. "My decision is going to be based on if I'm a top 10 pick," said...
Fiction
Title: L.A. Dead Author: Stuart Woods Data: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 338 pages, $24.95 Review by Judy Wells When Stuart Woods is the author, you don't have to wait long for the story to get going. The trick is to catch your breath often enough...
Florida GOP Politicians May Pay Election Price Messy Recount Likely to Cost Appointments
Election season was a good time to be a Republican in Northeast Florida, and a Bush presidency was supposed to be an even better time. The pre-election battle for the state's 25 electoral votes was fierce, but the odds favored the GOP candidate,...
Florida Misses Dupay, but Still Beats DePaul Haslem Overcomes Early Foul Trouble to Help Top No. 25 Blue Demons
GAINESVILLE -- The shots just were not falling for Florida, but the Gators won anyway. In its 83-76 victory over No. 25 DePaul yesterday, 10th-ranked UF had good shot selection, with the guards taking open shots most of the game, and junior Udonis...
Forensic Dentist Does His Part to Take Bite out of Crime
PHILADELPHIA -- Fifteen jurors locked onto Haskell Askin, in his charcoal-gray suit, as he crossed the courtroom. So did the mother of the 7-year-old girl whose horrific murder was the focus of this drama. In one hand, Askin held a color photograph...
Gators Duo Catching on Receivers Set Marks in Win
ATLANTA -- All season, Jabar Gaffney has put up big numbers and made big plays for Florida. But in the Gators' 28-6 SEC Championship game win yesterday against Auburn, Florida's other playmaking receiver got a chance to shine, too. Sophomore Reche...
Gene Research Provokes Soul Searching by Doctors
Charles Hartzell is a scientist who thinks he, like many scientists and doctors, is not very well informed about the ethical issues raised by advancements in genetic medicine. So Hartzell left his job as director of research at Nemours Children's...
Georgia Briefing
POLICE TASK FORCE BLANKETS SAVANNAH NEIGHBORHOOD SAVANNAH -- About 40 heavily armed law enforcement agents swept through a Savannah neighborhood in a show of police force after five homicides in the area last month. The action Friday -- with...
Georgia Farm Bureau Faces List of Concerns Water, Rules, Prices Become Major Topics
BRUNSWICK -- Georgia Farm Bureau Federation delegates will gather today on Jekyll Island for their convention in which they will set policy and elect a president. Wayne Dollar, who is finishing his second three-year term as president of the 322,000-member...
Gore's Case Bogs Down in Court Lawmakers Disjointed on Calling Special Session to Name Electors
TALLAHASSEE -- Al Gore's quest for the White House ran into more trouble yesterday as the Legislature seemed close to calling a special session to name presidential electors and his bid to have 13,000 South Florida votes hand counted stalled in tedious...
Gore Seeks Recount as Bush Hosts GOP Elite 'I'm Soon to Be the President,' Texan Says
George W. Bush flatly asserted yesterday, "I'm soon to be the president" and met with GOP congressional leaders as if to prove it. Al Gore sought a recount before a Florida judge as both candidates awaited a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could untangle...
Hawks Upset Bucks; Karl Rips Both Teams Bucks Break Down on Defense While Terry Pours in 30
ATLANTA -- After watching the Milwaukee Bucks lose to the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee coach George Karl criticized his team, the Hawks and the officials. He didn't have anything bad to say about Jason Terry. Terry scored a career-high 30 points,...
Herd Returns to Motor City Marshall Wins MAC, Bowl Berth
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- This year, it was Byron Leftwich's turn to lead Marshall to a comeback victory over Western Michigan in the Mid-American Conference championship game. Leftwich's 29-yard touchdown pass to John Cooper midway through the fourth...
Hispanics Nurture Fledgling Businesses Barriers Are Overcome with Own Chamber
Oreste Dominguez opened his Cuban bakery on Dean Road in Jacksonville seven months ago without being able to speak English. Dominguez learned the art of running a bakery from his cousins in Miami who had one, but the details of owning and expanding...
Honey of a Hunt Area Newlywed Shoots 268-Pound, 10-Point Buck
Orange Park's Joey Beach went hunting on his honeymoon and shot a record-book buck. And, yes, he's still happily married. In fact, convincing his bride Shelly to take a combination honeymoon/hunting trip to South Dakota was the easy part. "She...
Information Not There When Family Needed It
Deborah Mata of Jacksonville didn't know she and her ex-husband each carried one copy of a mutated gene that causes Batten's disease, a deadly neurological disorder. She didn't know two of her three children would deteriorate mentally and physically...
Iran Clamps Down on Dissident Memorials with Arrests, Pressure
TEHRAN, Iran -- Eight relatives and friends of five dissidents and writers who were killed by Iran's "rogue" intelligence agents in 1998 have been detained without any official explanation, a relative of one of those arrested said yesterday. The...
JACKSONVILLE Correcting Oversights
Jacksonville's new head of animal control services is candid in describing the condition of the local pound. "I have seen worse, but I can't remember where,'' John Merritt told the Times-Union recently. "It is so substandard." Merritt's own rating...
Liability Insurance to Increase for SUVs Companies Say They Cause More Damage
NEW YORK -- Two insurance companies are raising liability premiums for sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and big vans because of evidence that they cause more damage in accidents, The New York Times reported yesterday. Allstate Insurance Co....
Looking for an End
WASHINGTON -- It could end with a whimper or a wallop. The end-game scenarios for America's to-be-determined presidential race range from a candidate's quiet surrender to an escalating partisan battle that culminates with an explosive showdown in...
Mexico's New Leader Hears from Protestors
OAXACA, Mexico -- After a day of national euphoria over his inauguration, reality greeted President Vicente Fox yesterday. About 10,000 teachers, laborers and poor Indian farmers marched down the tourist-filled cobblestone streets of this colonial...
Moran Brings Skills, Emotion to Chief of Staff Position
At the end of Audrey McKibbin Moran's first week as chief of staff, most of Mayor John Delaney's top aides had to change. Offices, that is. Moran, who replaced veteran Susan Wiles in one of City Hall's top jobs, had the staffers change offices...
Newsmakers
MODEL'S OLD HABIT TOOK TOLL ON HEALTH Model Christy Turlington, starring in anti-smoking commercials on American and British television, has emphysema. The model, 31, told London's The Times newspaper she smoked up to a pack a day between the ages...
Non-Fiction
Title: For Rabbit, with Love and Squalor Author: Anne Roiphe Data: The Free Press, 222 pages, $23 Review by Ann Hyman There's no delight quite like suddenly coming upon an idea you have not heard before and recognizing it, instantly. Yes!...
Notebook
MEEHAN, ROOD HEAD FWC St. Petersburg's David Meehan and Jacksonville business executive John Rood have been elevated to new leadership roles on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Meehan is the new FWC chairman, replacing Julie...
Not Usual Road Game for Smith
TAMPA -- It's as close to a homecoming as Emmitt Smith has had since his rookie season, and the NFL's third all-time leading rusher is excited about it. The Dallas Cowboys face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time in 10 years today, affording...
Once Not Enough for Graham
Jim Graham has been on a roll the past two weeks. First, the left-hander posted his 16th career 300 game in the Cassat/Batt Bowl Mixed Scratch League. A week and a half later, Graham bowled No. 17 in the Jax Classic League at Jax Lanes Grove Park....
Outbreak of Mad Cow Disease Rattles Europe Plague's Human Equivalent Drives Concerns Higher
BELLEGEM, Belgium -- The picturesque little farmstead -- crumbling brick buildings at the end of a lane in the rolling fields of Flanders -- is strangely quiet. A dog barks in a barn and cats wander through the muddy courtyard, but there are no cows...
Political Novelists Can Simply Tell It like It Is
Can't you see them, Florida's flock of wry, politically astute, off the wall, satirical novelists these past weeks scribbling outlines for the tales they will soon spin from the Sunshine State's tangle of Election 2000 mysteries, motorcades, players,...
Port Controversy Pays off in Big Way for Some Workers
Spinning around the news dial ...click. Looking for a bit of humor in these trying times? Try this on for size: A few weeks ago Mayor John Delaney held a news conference to announce his support for splitting the Jacksonville Port Authority into...
Quick Slants
JAMES APPROACHES RECORD St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk is widely regarded as the game's best all-around running back, but another runner in the NFL is challenging Faulk for that title. Last Sunday against Miami, Indianapolis running...
Readers Offer Tips and Ideas about a Variety of Subjects
Let's take a peek at some of last week's phone calls, e-mails and letters from readers. Dear reader advocate: "I'd like to see the Times-Union be one of the first to hyperlink reporters' bylines to other stories written by that reporter. I haven't...
Reno Treasures 8 Years in Office Attorney General Mum on Election
During her eight years as attorney general, Janet Reno has been known for facing tough questions about her handling of a Waco cult, a Cuban boy's return home and the investigation of a president. Yesterday, Reno spoke at Florida Coastal School of...
Results in for Touch-Screen Voting System Upgrade to Cost Georgia about $200 Million
ATLANTA -- The cost of implementing touch-screen voting in Georgia is expected to be less than $200 million, according to a preliminary cost analysis by the Secretary of State's Office. The projection covers the price of equipment, ranging from...
Some Poll Results Slipped by Media
Look. I'm as tired of it as you are and I don't want to write this column, but the presidential follies are so much fun I can't help myself. Besides, the networks are not giving you all the news. In one of the few news confer ences that was not...
Supreme Court Puts in Overtime Justices Spend Rare Saturday Working
WASHINGTON -- In a rare Saturday at work, the Supreme Court justices labored behind closed doors and pondered a Florida ruling that gave Al Gore more votes in his bid to overtake George W. Bush. All nine justices were at the court a day after hearing...
SURF FISHING ON THE FIRST COAST the Hot Spot
NORTH BEACH -- Late Wednesday afternoon, I was researching the weekly fishing forecast -- I went fishing -- and was approached by a man on the beach north of St. Augustine. "How's the fishing?" he asked. Slow, I responded. A few small whiting...
Sweet Win for Gators UF Claims SEC Title, Berth in Sugar Bowl
ATLANTA -- It's getting close to Christmas, and Amy Moody thought she'd drop dad, Steve Spurrier, a hint about a gift for her mother. So she took her father aside yesterday and told him Jerri Spurrier wanted a ring -- an SEC Championship ring to...
Tampa Super Bowl Planning Next on List
Plans to expand Jacksonville's host committee for the 2005 Super Bowl have been pushed back while the group prepares to study Tampa's event next month. Meanwhile, the package of upgrades to Alltel Stadium will likely head to City Council by mid-2001,...
THE GENE'S OUT of the BOTTLE the Risks, Rewards and Ethical Dilemmas of Genome Research
A rough map of the human genetic code, finished in July, will help doctors and scientists study and manipulate tens of thousands of genes. But the ethical implications of genetic medicine are just starting to hit the American public like a cold...
There's a Wide Spectrum When It Comes to High-Tech Stocking Stuffers
I've been trying out two new gadgets aimed at shoppers looking for high-tech stocking stuffers: One with the potential of being very useful, the other just for fun. Naturally, I've spent most of my time fiddling with one that's designed purely for...
The Wells Watch
STEAK OUT George Jaghab didn't expect a presidential photo-op when he went to Morton's Nov. 16 to belatedly celebrate a birthday. However, when former president George Bush was seated one table away, George, his wife, Nancy, and Julie and Mike...
UF Reclaims Rightful Post
ATLANTA -- Game accounts will show that Florida captured the Southeastern Conference title by taking advantage of Auburn's charity, by relying on a passing attack that had too many weapons for the Tigers' beleagured secondary. That's partially true,...
Undercounts More Prevalent in Minority Neighborhoods Patterns Help Fuel Fairness Questions
WASHINGTON -- Heavily Democratic and African-American neighborhoods in Florida lost many more presidential votes than other areas because of outmoded voting machines and rampant confusion about ballots, according to a precinct-by-precinct analysis...
Who's on the Field Each Game at Alltel Requires Cast of Hundreds to Meet the Expectations of Fans
They are the figures who zip into and out of the background of your television picture when the camera turns away from the field during breaks. They are the bodies you overlook from your seat high above the lush grass of Alltel Stadium. You'll...
Winning Record Next Best Thing Even with Victory, Jaguars' Postseason Hopes May End Today
These are strange times for the Jaguars. It's December, a time that in most of the team's brief history has been not only about holidays, but playoffs and Super Bowl dreams. Not this year. The Jaguars, a playoff team the past four seasons and...
World Briefing
CHILE: LAWYERS APPEAL INDICTMENT OF PINOCHET SANTIAGO -- Lawyers for Gen. Augusto Pinochet yesterday appealed his indictment on homicide and kidnapping charges, claiming the former dictator has been "subject to irregular and arbitrary acts." ...
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