The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 7, 2000

25 Dead, Roads Melting in Searing SE Europe
ATHENS, Greece -- A heat wave baking southeastern Europe sent temperatures rocketing to 113 degrees in some places yesterday, killing 25 people, melting roads in Turkey and driving hundreds to seek medical help. Firefighters battled hundreds of...
2-Minute Drill
'CANES HIRE CLARK Perry Clark, who led Tulane to seven postseason basketball tournaments in 11 years, was picked yesterday as the new coach at Miami, where a renewed program is just getting used to NCAA berths. "I see the opportunity in a program...
3 Democrats among 4 Seeking Seat in Charlton GEORGIA PRIMARY 2000
FOLKSTON -- In a county long dominated by Democrats, a lone Republican is waiting until the July 18 primary election to learn who he will face for the District 2 Charlton County Commission seat. Democrat candidates Avery Stafford, William Staeger...
Amtrak's Train of Thought Guarantee, New Logo Signs of Change
WASHINGTON -- Weary from a 23-hour train trip from Mississippi, Veronica Lewis arrived in Washington yesterday less than thrilled with Amtrak. "With me being a senior citizen, they put me in a seat that I really didn't want," Lewis said on arrival...
Attractive, Ambitious Marx Serves Satisfying Upscale Fare
Marx didn't attract the hoopla that has surrounded some of the new San Marco restaurants. It opened two months ago at Prudential Drive and Hendricks Avenue in the building where the Filling Station Cafe spent more than a decade. But it's trying...
Barak Ready to Go to Summit, Offer Concessions Jerusalem's Future at Issue
WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is ready to offer concessions on Jerusalem, refugees and other contested issues, contingent on matching moves by the Palestinians at next week's Mideast summit, two Israeli officials said yesterday. ...
Bartram Park Gets OK from Planners Developer Agrees to Pay $47.7 Million for Roads
A chunk of the Julington-Durbin Creek peninsula is closer to becoming a little city as the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council approved the 2,600-acre Bartram Park development yesterday. The council voiced its unanimous support for the project...
Beach Accident Citation Up in Air Driver Who Hit 2 May Get Light Charge
The most serious penalty the driver who struck two teenagers on a St. Johns County beach June 20 is likely to face is a careless driving citation, Lt. Bill Leeper of the Florida Highway Patrol said yesterday. Trooper David Broussard, who is heading...
Brunswick Club Agrees to Closing 'Cooling off Period' after Brawl
BRUNSWICK -- The owners of one Brunswick nightclub being blamed by city officials for contributing to a mob attack that injured six police officers Wednesday morning have agreed to voluntarily close the business for the next several days. Veronica...
Business on Web a Hit for Women
ATLANTA -- Jerrilynn Thomas has watched her Web-based public relations service for women expand so quickly, she's not exactly sure how many clients she serves. "It is so much easier to find a client online than it is off-line," said the Atlanta...
Clinton Pushes Patients' Rights Change of 1 Vote Would Pass Bill
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Saying that "all we need is one vote," President Clinton opened a drive to find a Republican senator who might bend to election-year pressure and help pass a White House-supported patients' rights bill. "We are so close. We are...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "It mainly discusses everyday life, how we can be happy with our lives." --Jerry Bozeman, program overseer for a gathering in Jacksonville of Jehovah's Witnesses from South Georgia and North Florida. Story on this page. LIFEGUARD...
Colorado Schools Get Civic Pitch 'In God We Trust' Posting Encouraged
DENVER -- In a meeting that began with a prayer, the Colorado Board of Education voted yesterday to urge public schools to post the motto "In God we trust" on their walls. With a 5-1 vote, the board passed a non-binding resolution to encourage "the...
Dining Notes
-- La Cena Ristorante is closing. Jerry Moran, owner of the upscale Italian restaurant on St. Augustine Road, said he will close La Cena July 28. He plans to focus his attention on Panini Oh!, a downtown lunch spot that he will open in September at...
Disney Charm Brings out 'The Kid' in Bruce Willis
When he gets out of his action-hero tank tops, Bruce Willis can be a generous, warm and winning actor. Never is that more evident than when he's working with kids. In The Sixth Sense, he was quietly effective, even as he gave up the spotlight to...
Draft Registration Is Still Required for Men 18 to 25
Dear Call Box: I read the articles in the Times-Union about life in the military. I have a son who is 17 years old. I know that they have done away with the draft, but for some reason I thought that male children still have to register. Is this correct...
Electrifying Experience a Real Shock for Arcade Visitors Ride Modeled after Electric Chair
WASHINGTON -- Some families went on apple-pie picnics in the park over the Fourth of July weekend. And others watched their loved ones fry in the electric chair. Parents stood with uneasy grins as their children howled and jiggled on Ol' Sparky,...
Expos Win, Now Seven Behind Braves Atlanta's East Lead Down to 1 1/2 Games over Idle New York
ATLANTA -- Jose Vidro doesn't want the Expos to put too much stock in winning three-of-four games at Turner Field. "We still think we need to put a big charge in there," Vidro said yesterday after going 3 for 5 in Montreal's 4-2 victory over the...
Ex-Starr Spokesman to Stand Trial Contempt Charge Tied to News Leaks
WASHINGTON -- Kenneth Starr's former spokesman has been charged with criminal contempt and ordered to stand trial next week in a case involving news leaks during the Monica Lewinsky investigation. Charles Bakaly is being prosecuted by the government...
Flagler Endures Punishing Year
Terrence Flagler played four years at Clemson and five more in the NFL, but never has the former Fernandina Beach High School standout experienced anything like he has during the Jacksonville Tomcats' inaugural arenafootball2 season. A broken hand...
Food, Fun, Arabic Music and Dancing Are All a Part of . . . Remembering Ramallah Christian Palestinians Gather to Celebrate Their Roots
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Chanting in Arabic and wearing a Palestinian dress called a khalek, 6-year-old Elizabeth Bateh of Jacksonville symbolized hope this week for thousands of Americans who want to preserve their Christian Palestinian culture. "We...
Getting Baled out Waste Technology Corp. Profitable Again after Selling Plant
Five years ago, everything was looking up for Waste Technology Corp. The manufacturer of balers and other large recycling equipment was the most profitable public company based in Jacksonville and was preparing to expand with a new subsidiary in...
Glossary Provides Guide for Understanding Words of Wizards' World
The Harry Potter books have created a whole new vocabulary for young readers. Here's a glossary to help out all the Muggles. What's a Muggle? Read on. Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans: Candy for wizards, but beware. You might not like some of the...
Grapevine Uneven in Quality of Cuisine
They've been playing a game of musical chefs at the Grapevine Restaurant in Jacksonville Beach. Bryan Cox came over from The Atlantic in March to take over the kitchen. Then Larry Goldsmith came across the street from Max's to handle lunches. ...
HEALTH Suspect Data
It has almost gotten to the point where any study from the World Health Organization is suspect. Like other international organizations, WHO's work often seems aimed more at advancing government control and imposing costs on United States taxpayers...
Hoopla for 'Harry' Extended Store Hours, Costume Contests and More Will Greet the Arrival of the Fourth Book Featuring the Lovable Little Wizard
Harry Potter is coming back in all his cloaked glory, and his fans are beside themselves with glee. For the uninitiated, Harry Potter is an adolescent wizard who is the lead character in a series of books by British author J.K. Rowling. He cast...
Indie Sounds Fill the Air on New Music Wednesdays
No one ever said that hipsters have it easy. The clove cigarettes, the existentialist rants, the search for somber black turtlenecks -- it all can wear a person out. To ease the lives of the painfully hip and, more importantly, to inject some life...
Israelis, Palestinians Hint Summit Compromise Unlikely Each Says Success Depends on Other
JERUSALEM -- Israeli and Palestinian leaders spent yesterday lowering expectations for next week's Mideast summit near Washington, each saying success depends on concessions by the other. President Clinton invited Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak...
It's Time for Jags to Pay the High Price of Success
After all the debate and discussion, after all the wavering, wangling and waffling, there is no other conclusion but this one: The Jaguars must pay Tony Brackens. They have no choice. You can't play hardball when you're holding a Wiffle Ball bat....
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "Our position is this is an unfunded government benefit that's being built on the backs of private industry." -- Michael Polzin, manager of media relations for Walgreens, concerning state limits on the cost of medications for some...
Jehovah's Witnesses Convene Everyday Living Focus of Regional Gathering
More than 16,000 Jehovah's Witnesses from North Florida and South Georgia are scheduled to gather in Jacksonville over the next two weekends for a regional convention that will explore how best to apply God's teachings to everyday life. The conference,...
King of the Fishing Tournaments
The king of the area fishing tournaments returns Sunday. The 20th annual BellSouth Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament will be held at the Sisters Creek Marina. A week of fishing, fishing gear expos and eating fish kicks-off with a VIP tournament...
Law Orders Drug Price Cuts for Some Seniors on Medicare Pharmacies: Industry Can't Absorb All Costs
New state legislation took effect this month to limit the cost of medications for some Florida Medicare beneficiaries. Pharmacies must charge at least 9 percent less than the average wholesale price of a drug, and no more than a $4.50 dispensing...
Lee Sought Work Overseas Nuclear Scientist Contacted China
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Federal prosecutors say a scientist accused of security breaches at one of the nation's foremost nuclear labs once sought employment in seven different countries and had contact with a Chinese nuclear institution. In a document...
Medical Facility Moving Ahead Concerns about St. Luke's Won't Halt Project
Plans to build a $17 million Southside medical facility will go ahead, despite lingering concerns that the hospital across the street, St. Luke's, will phase out some of its doctors. Developer Bruce Robbins confirmed yesterday he will build a series...
MIDEAST More Talk
With tensions high in the aftermath of a fierce gun battle between Israeli troops and Palestinian police, some analysts say President Clinton took a political risk in scheduling a summit between Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat. But there is no risk...
Missile Defense System Test Today over Pacific
WASHINGTON -- Final preparations were under way yesterday for a $100 million test of the proposed U.S. missile defense system amid a fresh barrage of charges by U.S. experts that it will not work and will undermine U.S. national security. "The system...
Morning Briefing
TECH STOCKS REBOUND BUT CONCERNS LINGER Stocks ended a volatile session with mixed results yesterday. Most technology shares bounced back from a steep selloff in the previous session, although worries about earnings hurt blue-chip names, including...
NASA's Books $590 Million off Committee Chief Wants Explanation
WASHINGTON --NASA made a $590 million bookkeeping error in its 1999 financial report and a congressman is demanding an explanation from the agency. "I'm deeply disappointed that the agency that could send a man to the moon now can't even balance...
Nation Briefing
AIRLINE WORKERS DEMAND CRACKDOWN ON AIR RAGE SAN FRANCISCO -- Airline employees handed out leaflets and held demonstrations at airports around the world yesterday to demand that government and the industry do more to stop the rising incidence of...
Newsmakers
CROWE TO FILM MOVIE IN FLORIDA Gladiator star Russell Crowe, who won acclaim for L.A. Confidential and an Oscar nomination forThe Insider, is to start filming a movie directed by Jodie Foster in central Florida in September. Crowe, 36, will co-star...
Numbers Show Job Growth Still Going Strong in Jacksonville
With half the year completed, it looks like job growth in Jacksonville is catching up with 1999's pace. Based on corporate plans announced between January and June, the city could add 11,458 jobs. That's more than 90 percent of the 12,581 new...
Orders Up, but Retail Data Suggests Economy Still Cooling
WASHINGTON -- New orders to U.S. factories in May took their biggest jump in more than seven years. But a more up-to-date report showed many of the nation's largest retailers had sluggish sales in June, adding to signs that the economy's pace is slowing....
Panel OKs Renaming of Haines Street Expressway Would Become Part of MLK Jr. Parkway
Despite grumbling by some business owners, the City Council's transportation committee yesterday supported a proposal to rename a major Jacksonville roadway after Martin Luther King Jr. The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the bill,...
Police Probe Fatal Northside Shooting
Police have not determined whether foul play was involved in the shooting death of a Jacksonville teenager whose body was found about 3 p.m. yesterday in the Northside apartment of an acquaintance. The body of Jay G. Wilson III ,, 17, of the 800...
Protesters Get Ready for Conventions Groups Set Sights on LA, Philly
WASHINGTON -- A coalition of protesters plans to hit the streets of Philadelphia and Los Angeles this summer in an attempt to grab attention of Democratic and Republican conventioneers. Citing concerns such as health care, education, labor law reform...
'Scary Movie' Shills Its Thrills for Laughter
Scary Movie, benefactor of one of the funniest trailers in years, mostly lives up to that preview, though it does run out of inspiration two-thirds of the way through. It doesn't, however, run out of gas; I counted at least three flatulence jokes....
Series Brings Classics Back to Big Screen
The Florida Theatre's Summer Movie Classics series kicks off Sunday afternoon with American Graffiti, George Lucas' breakthrough movie, and ends seven weeks later with My Fair Lady, with a luminous Audrey Hepburn lip-synching beautifully. The theater's...
Sight Gags and Quotable Lines Galore in Best Movie Spoofs
Don't call me Shirley. What knockers! Why, sank you! I shall call him . . . Mini-Me. Movies that spoof other movies are a treasure chest of puns and sight gags and quotable lines that lodge in your brain. They don't always work, for as the boys...
Some Lake Levels Brake Their Fall Utilities Cutting Back on Water Withdrawals
ATLANTA -- Water levels in Georgia's lakes operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers haven't fallen as low as might be expected entering the third year of a severe drought, a state environmental official said yesterday. But Mother Nature has...
Team Maryland Survives New South in AAU Tourney
The last memory amateur basketball fans had of Team Maryland was it being run off the floor in a 31-point loss to Fort Lauderdale in the final of last year's National Junior Men's Invitational Championship. But with a change of venue, a little time...
Texas Millionaire Guilty of Arranging Ex-Wife's Slaying
SAN ANTONIO -- A Texas millionaire was convicted yesterday of arranging the murder of his ex-wife, who was found shot in her kitchen with her throat slit as her 2-year-old quadruplets crawled in her blood. Allen Blackthorne, 45, was the last of...
Vaccination Rates Hit Record Levels in 1999
ATLANTA -- The nation's childhood immunization rate reached the highest level on record in 1999. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday that more than 80 percent of toddlers got five of the six recommended vaccinations....
Williams Says No to Tar Heels, Will Stay at Kansas Veteran Coach Decides He Can't Leave His Players
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Roy Williams will remain at Kansas, ending his week of agonizing over whether to return to North Carolina to become its basketball coach. His decision last night set off a celebration among Jayhawks fans who had pleaded with Williams...
Will Mayor's Road Plans Ease Congestion or Just Fuel More?
Some additional thoughts on Mayor John Delaney's $2.2 billion Better Jacksonville Plan. One could reasonably argue that Delaney's ambitious proposal is a dream come true for road builders and developers. The bulk of the money -- $1.5 billion...
Wongluekiet Wins AJGA Girls Title in Playoff
ST. AUGUSTINE -- The window of opportunity for Aree Song Wongluekiet was opened just a crack. And Bradenton's Wongluekiet (76-71-72--219) managed to edge Nicole Hage (75-71-73--219) of Coral Springs in a one-hole tiebreaker for the victory in the...
World Briefing
CANADA: FAMILY OF 6 FOUND SLAIN IN HOUSE TORONTO -- Police said yesterdaythu they discovered six homicide victims -- a man and woman and their four young children -- at a house in a quiet southern Ontario neighborhood. Police said they weren't...
World of Business
KROGER EDGES OUT SEARS FOR NO. 2 RETAIL SPOT Supermarket operator Kroger Co., boosted by acquisitions, edged out Sears, Roebuck and Co. to become the nation's No. 2 retailer behind Wal-Mart, according to rankings released yesterday. Since acquiring...
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