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Articles from November 12, 2000

3 Die When 2 Buildings Collapse Lebanese Saw Cracks in Foundation Earlier
NAAMEH, Lebanon -- Two four-story apartment buildings collapsed on sleeping residents early yesterday, killing at least three people and injuring about 27, officials said. Scores of rescuers worked under floodlights with hammers and bare hands to...
About 170 Killed in Cable Car Inferno Relatives Waiting for Word on Many
KAPRUN, Austria -- A cable car crammed to capacity with skiers and snowboarders caught fire yesterday while being pulled through an Alpine tunnel, trapping the passengers deep inside a mountain and killing about 170 people -- many of them children...
Around the NFL
DILFER LAYS LOW Even if Ravens QB Trent Dilfer proves last week was no fluke, don't look for him to start criticizing his former team. Dilfer, who signed with the Ravens after his release from the Buccaneers in the off-season, has started the...
At 60, Singer Still Going Strong Al Jarreau Stays Grounded in Contemporary Sound
After more than 30 years of making music with his mouth, Al Jarreau never shuts off the motor. At 60 years old, the WJCT Jacksonville Jazz Festival headliner remains boisterous, bounding through conversation, occasionally bursting into song and pausing...
Author Gets in Almost over Her Head Graceful First Novel Founders a Bit
Title: Drowning Ruth Author: Christina Schwarz Data: Doubleday, 338 pages, $23.95 Review by Jerome Weeks With its spare but lyrical style, its thriller-ish mystery and its sure-handed use of a risky, multiple-narrative gambit, Christina...
Bits and Bytes
COMPUTER MEETINGS PLANNED FOR FIRST COAST CompuMaster Seminar, 8 a.m., tomorrow, Ramada Inn Mandarin, 3130 Hartley Road. Topic: Adobe Photoshop Users. Cost: $199. Information: 1-800-867-4340 or www.compumaster.net. The North Florida Macintosh...
BK Boys and Girls Cruise at Regionals
The Bishop Kenny boys' and girls' cross-country teams continued the momentum they built at districts by dominating the field yesterday at the Class 1-3A Regional meet in Ocala. Kenny's girls continued their push for a seventh consecutive state title...
Bloodshed Persists in Gaza, West Bank Domestic Crisis Forces Barak to Postpone Peace Talks
JERUSALEM -- Bloodshed persisted in the Gaza Strip and West Bank yesterday, leaving four Palestinians and one Israeli soldier dead. Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who was scheduled to meet with President Clinton at the White House today, was forced...
Breakout Season FSU's Minnis Making Impact
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Marvin Minnis had no intention of missing yesterday's game at Wake Forest. Even after starting the week on crutches due to a right ankle sprain -- and then aggravating it in Thursday's practice -- Minnis, Florida State's leading...
Bungling Woods' PR Is Par for the Course for IMG
The International Management Group and its founder, Mark McCormack, is the best in the agent business at making lucrative endorsement deals for its clients. What they don't do very well is the art of public and media relations. Know what? They...
Bush Victory Could Help End Electoral College Many Pushing Direct Election
WASHINGTON -- That George W. Bush could join John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison as White House winners who lost the nation's popular vote is fueling new calls to abolish the state-by-state Electoral College. "The people...
Christopher and Baker Again on Political Tightrope Graybeards Called on to Maneuver Troubled Waters
WASHINGTON -- As former secretaries of state, James A. Baker and Warren Christopher not only were closeup witnesses to American history in the turbulent latter part of the 20th century, they made much of it. Their days of glories seemingly in the...
Clinton Appointee to Handle GOP Request Democrat Judge Has Tackled Tough Cases
MIAMI -- The federal judge who will hear the Republican Party's request to halt ballot recounts in Florida is a Clinton-appointed Democrat with a reputation for courage in difficult situations. Yesterday, George W. Bush's campaign asked U.S. District...
Clinton Salutes USS Cole at Veterans Day Ceremony
WASHINGTON -- On a Veterans Day of remembrance spanning generations, President Clinton saluted the crew members of the USS Cole for heroism and sacrifice, and broke ground for a national memorial honoring Americans for their service at home and abroad...
Clinton to Visit Scene of Vietnam War He Opposed President's Trip Largely Symbolic
WASHINGTON -- During the Vietnam War, a youthful Bill Clinton denounced the draft and avoided military service. Now, in the waning days of his presidency, he will become the first U.S. president to visit Communist Vietnam since the end of a war that...
Close Vote, Ballot Disputes Took Place in 1876 Election It Took 4 Months to Declare Winner
On Nov. 7, American voters gave a small, but clear, majority to the Democratic candidate. The race for electoral votes, though, was so close that newspaper editors across the country stumbled over their headlines. There were allegations that blacks...
Cooper Leads Dolphins Past Wagner
Welcome back, Gary Cooper. The former Jacksonville University (3-6) starting quarterback returned yesterday for the first time since Sept. 2 to go 13 of 26 for 201 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Dolphins to a 31-22 upset over Wagner College...
Cost of Bigger and Better Regattas Is Higher Fees
Northeast Florida cruiser racers have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to avoid paying the stiffest entry fee ever for an annual sailing regatta in the area. That's when pre-registration closes for next weekend's 23rd King's Day Regatta. Late registration...
Cranes End Escort to Florida 39-Day Flight Paves Way for Rare Flock
CRYSTAL RIVER -- A flock of sandhill cranes, following a light plane piloted by a man in a crane costume, finished a monthlong 1,250-mile flight to Florida yesterday in an experiment intended to blaze a trail for a gangly cousin -- the endangered whooping...
Don't Expect Repeat of '96 Miracle
The ball dropped at my feet, so I picked it up. It happened four years ago this December, but it seems like yesterday when that ball fell off the net in the North end zone at Alltel Stadium onto the field. It was the ball that flew wide left off...
Election Day Errors a Media Tradition at Least 7 Elections with Wrong Results
ARLINGTON, Va. -- A close election. A confused result. And a revolutionary, wireless technology meant to bring news to people instantly. The year was 1916 and from New York, Lee De Forest, an inventor and radio pioneer, made the first radio broadcast...
'Error Editions' Hot-Ticket Items Voters Hope to Cash in on Election Confusion
When Jena Warren awoke the morning after one of the strangest presidential elections ever, the 36-year-old Atlanta housewife had one thought on her mind: Snap up all the newspapers she could find. Like many papers around the country, her hometown...
Errors Inevitable, Voting Experts Say 2-5 Percent Mistake Rate Is 'Acceptable'
TALLAHASSEE -- Think every vote counts? Think again. Problems with automated vote-counting equipment, especially the computer card punch type used in South Florida, have been well documented, said Rebecca Mercuri, a visiting professor of computer...
Extra Points
MORE GAFFNEY Lost in the wild first half yesterday was another big performance by Gators wide receiver Jabar Gaffney. The former Raines High School standout had seven catches for 168 yards and one touchdown, numbers which put him among the nation's...
Feel Free to Use Your IRA to Pay for Education Expenses
Volunteers from the Society of Financial Service Professionals of Northeast Florida spent a recent Saturday morning at The Times-Union answering readers' phoned-in questions about estate planning, taxes and investing. Here are highlights of the session....
Feeling Jazzy in J-Ville Adventurous Performers Wow Crowds at Jazz Fest
A crowd of 18,000 at Metropolitan Park yesterday soaked up heaven-sent weather and 14 hours of music as the 21st annual WJCT Jacksonville Jazz Festival drew to a close. A few moments managed to emerge from the fray as highlights. There was ambitious...
Fiction
Title: Prodigal Summer Author: Barbara Kingsolver Data: HarperCollins, 444 pages, $26 Review by Connie Ogle The lesson offered in Barbara Kingsolver's lovely Prodigal Summer should be simple: We are not all that different from the other...
Florida Law School Works on Diversifying Its Faculty
GAINESVILLE -- When Kenneth B. Nunn looks over the University of Florida law school faculty this fall, he sees a sea of white faces. Although the law school has three tenured blacks on its faculty of 50, Nunn is the only black professor teaching...
Gamecocks Display Disappearing Act
GAINESVILLE -- Lou Holtz dabbles in magic as a hobby, but this wasn't what the David Copperfield of college football had in mind for a disappearing act. Here was only the biggest game in the 108-year history of South Carolina's program and Holtz...
Gators' Leap of Faith Fake Punt Helps UF Win SEC East
GAINESVILLE -- When he did it was a little unusual. Why he did it was understandable. What was at stake when he did it, however, is what's really amazing. It was only the first quarter, and he was disgusted that his team had back-to-back punts blocked...
Georgia Catfish Growers Switch to Shrimp
ALBANY, Ga. -- Pete Reems has a passion for growing things, eating things and selling things. "Shrimp do all three of those," said Reems, who is pursuing his passions deep in the landlocked heart of the Georgia countryside. Hundreds of miles...
Gore Campaign Hopes to Ask for Recount in Duval County
Regional officials with the Gore campaign hoped state law might afford yet another recount of votes in Duval County yesterday. Meanwhile, they accused Jacksonville election managers of providing misleading information about the voiding of roughly...
Heisman Watch
Chris Weinke Florida State QB/Senior -- Opponent: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -- Result: Seminoles won 35-6 -- Stats: 23-36-2-324, 5 TDs -- Season stats: 243-387-9-3814, 30 TDs -- Next: Sat. vs. Florida Michael Vick Virginia...
HOW THEY MATCH UP Seahawks at Jaguars
QUARTERBACKS -- Jaguars: Mark Brunell is coming off his best game in terms of accuracy and appears to be getting back on track. When given time this season, Brunell has been sharp. He may get on a roll. -- Seahawks: Jon Kitna will start because...
How Will Selling My Stock Affect My Tax Bill?
Q: Some of my stocks have done well, some poorly this year. If I decide to sell some of them, are there tax consequences I should consider first? A: Gains and losses from the sale of a stock are taxable, but there are strategies to minimize your...
Hunters Mourn Old Friend Season Opens without Camp Blanding Fixture
CAMP BLANDING -- The weather was cool, the sky a pastel blue, the woods full of deer. The only thing missing on the opening day of general gun season yesterday was Mary Jane Wainwright. And she was sorely missed by hunters passing through the check...
It All Comes Together for Perfect Day at Park
It was one of those November days that makes North Florida a paradise each fall: a sun-splashed afternoon, giving way to a pleasantly cool evening; shirt-sleeve weather turning to sweater weather as the breeze drifted in off the St. Johns River. ...
Jags Set to Rev Up Offense Skill Players Are Relatively Healthy
Their offense has struggled all season, a big reason why the Jaguars are 3-6 as they return to game action today after taking last Sunday off for their bye week. The Jaguars offense, once considered among the best in the league, is ranked 11th in...
Kickoff Return Gives Ribault a Classic Win
Former football players at Raines and Ribault are long-remembered for their performances in the Northwest Classic. Neighborhood bragging rights in the Northside rivalry are taken seriously, and big plays aren't soon forgotten. Add Marlon Jones to...
KOREA Times Are Changing
The most historically significant and emotionally rendering news photograph of the year, probably in a much longer time, was taken during the Pyongyang summit in June, when Kim Jong Il and Kim Dae-jung embraced. Another photo, nearly as moving,...
Legal Experts Say There's No Clear-Cut Answer to Problems
Hope for a quick resolution has faded, and the nation is recovering from the shock and the anger by exploring the obscure what-if questions normally reserved for political thrillers bought in airport book shops during long delays. Americans with...
Legendary Coffeehouse Celebrates 40th Birthday Cafe Influential to Folk Scene
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- How many roads must a folk singer walk, before he can find a stage? The answer is the Caffe Lena, a side street coffeehouse that has long offered an open microphone to then-unknowns such as Bob Dylan, Ani DiFranco and Arlo...
Lewis Takes Decision
It was the David Tua Show until the bell rang. Then it was all Lennox Lewis. A sellout crowd at Mandalay Bay came to see a brawl, but what they got was a superb tactical performance by the IBF-WBC heavyweight champion as Lewis scored a one-sided...
Lowndes Makes Playoffs Vikings Pull out 8-7 Victory on Penetration
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- In the closest game in series history, Lowndes High School eked out an 8-7 victory over crosstown rival Valdosta on Friday night before a near-full house of about 10,500 at Cleveland Field. Lowndes earned a single official point...
Man Held in Grocery Slayings
Police have arrested one man and are looking for a second in the slaying of an Adel grocer and one of his employees and an assault on a customer, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Bill Butler said. William Carroll Bennett, 48, and a...
Measure Backers Reap Win
Organizers of a drive for stricter tree protection in Duval County could afford to cop a little "I told you so" attitude following their smashing success at the polls this week. Bill Brinton and John Crescimbeni, co-founders of Citizens for Tree...
MIKE PHILLIPS AND CHIP DAVIS Catch 'Em If You Can
The champions of the statewide redfish tour know how to catch winning trout, too. While demonstrating their redfishing technique on a trip out of Mayport Thursday morning, Chip Davis and Mike Phillips were teased unmercifully by several heavy reds...
Miller's Support Broad-Based Poll Shows Senator Popular with Many
ATLANTA -- It's easy to be a highly successful politician in Georgia. Just appeal to voters of both sexes, black and white, all income levels and various ideologies. Zell Miller, Georgia's four-term lieutenant governor and two-term governor, showed...
Moeller Finally Gets Second Chance in Michigan
With this one, good feelings came hard. Bobby Ross resigned as head coach of the Lions Monday. What was the good in that? A good coach, coaching a winner, quit in mid-season, when quitting has the worst connotation possible. A good coach decided...
Mr. Rogers to Leave His Neighborhood Next Year He'll Concentrate on Other Projects
PITTSBURGH -- It's a sad day in the neighborhood. Longtime children's TV host Fred Rogers plans to introduce his last new neighbor next year, his production company announced yesterday. The 71-year-old host and creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood...
Muralists Sue over Online Photo Sales
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tourists taking a walking tour yesterday couldn't miss the subject of a legal dispute between the United Farm Workers and a major dealer in art reproductions -- murals covering the sides of buildings in the city's Mission District....
Nation Briefing
COUPLE KILL EACH OTHER AS DAUGHTERS WATCH VIDEO SACRAMENTO -- A newly estranged couple apparently shot each other to death while their two young girls watched a video, unaware of what had happened. The bodies of David Glahn, 34, and Paula Snow,...
New Book on Greenspan Shows Subtle Maneuvering He's Depicted as Clinton Admirer
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan consolidated power and influence over the economy through shrewd maneuvering that undercut potential rivals and bound the Republican appointee ever closer to the Clinton administration, according...
Newsmakers
LIFE IS SWEET FOR NBC ANCHOR It was confetti and Times Square crowds last New Year's Day for Tom Brokaw. For 2001, he'll see roses aplenty. The NBC anchorman was announced Friday as grand marshal of the 112th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., part...
No. 8 Virginia Tech Pounds UCF
ORLANDO -- Lee Suggs ran for 143 yards and five touchdowns as eighth-ranked Virginia Tech rebounded from its only loss with a 44-21 victory over Central Florida last night. With quarterback Michael Vick taking the night off with a sprained right...
'Noles Plod Past Deacons FSU Hopes Victory Computes in Rankings
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Facing the inhumanly possible task of impressing the computers that help determine the Bowl Championship Series rankings and the Orange Bowl national championship game matchup, Florida State finally appeared human. After...
Non-Fiction
Title: Ghost Light: A Memoir Author: Frank Rich Data: Random house, 399 pages, $24.95 Review by Christine Dolen When Frank Rich was The New York Times' feared and admired chief theater critic from 1980 to 1994, his incisive reviews were...
Not All Have Good Online Shopping Experiences
It's bad enough when you buy something from a store and find out, once you get it home, that it doesn't work as advertised -- or that the cashier rang it up at the wrong price or forgot to put it in your bag. But at least you can go back to the store...
Notebook
FLORIDA LAWMAKERS PLANNING ELECTION CHANGES TALLAHASSEE -- Florida lawmakers suggested that some changes might be in store in light of last week's election. State Rep. Tom Feeney, the House speaker-designate, said that he would consider measures...
Officials to Debate Watercraft Concerns Environmental Protection an Issue
KEY LARGO -- Operators of personal watercraft and other water bikes may soon be restricted to certain areas in waters off the Keys, according to a proposal that will be considered next week by local marine officials. Faced with mounting environmental...
OSHA Revamping Workers Comp Workplaces Must Be Ergonomically Sound
WASHINGTON -- Despite opposition from industry groups and congressional Republicans, the Clinton administration is expected to issue a final rule this week requiring employers to create programs to protect workers from repetitive motion injuries, government...
Palmer Paces Gators Revival
GAINESVILLE -- After a number of weeks of quarterback bliss, senior Jesse Palmer and freshman Rex Grossman are battling for the starting job once again. With his 15-of-27, 250 yards and three touchdown performance in relief of an ineffective Grossman...
PGA Tour Charts a New Course Week to Feature Living Legends, In-Depth Forums
The week will begin with golf's two most enduring living icons showing off their handiwork. It will end with 20 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame displaying still-formidable playing skills. In between, the future of the sport at all levels...
Protecting Precious Property Conservation Group Acquires 3,400 Acres
BAXLEY, Ga. -- After 15 years, the Nature Conservancy of Georgia has its hands on a prize. The prize is 3,400 acres of forest on the south bank of the Altamaha River north of Baxley that the Nature Conservancy says is unlike anything in the Southeast....
Punch This Columnist Only Once
What a mess. It turns out we didn't elect anyone in Tuesday's presidential election. At the time of this writing, folks in Florida were doing a recount and the adults were arguing like kids who know a lot of big words. Republicans were saying...
Quick Slants
COMING ON STRONG The Dolphins have been known in recent seasons for late-season slides. This season, they may be known for something more positive from their point of view: a balanced, effective offense -- maybe good enough to take them deep...
Recount Legal Fight Escalates Bush Campaign Sues to Stop Manual Tally of Ballots in Florida
Republicans sent the 2000 presidential race into the federal courts yesterday at the same time election officials in one of Florida's 67 counties completed a hand recount sought by Vice President Al Gore. "We're all in limbo," said George W. Bush at...
Reichard Rolls to Third 800 Series; Brown Perfect Again
Rob Reichard posted games of 299, 278 and 237 for his third 800 series in the Men's Trio League at Jax Lanes West. The right-hander first broke the 800 mark with an 804 series in 1993 at Northside Lanes (now Paula Carter Lanes), and rolled an 818...
Retired Teacher's Push for Term Limits a Success in Clay
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- The polls had not even closed Tuesday. It would be some time before the results of the hotly contested presidential elections were known. But Durwood Smith, 72, stood waiting for more than an hour, eyes glued to an empty TV...
Series Champ Splane Heads Team
The bulk of the professional team for the 2001 Northern Chapter PGA Cup Matches has been set, following the final Cross Creek Pro-Am Series event of the year. Gainesville Country Club head professional Cary Splane, who won the Gate Open earlier...
Series Details Role of U.S. in Killing of Cocaine King Paper to Publish Results of Probe
PHILADELPHIA -- U.S. experts played an extensive role in funding and guiding the Colombian authorities who hunted down and killed cocaine lord Pablo Escobar, according to an investigation by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The newspaper, which begins...
Social Agencies Seek Donations for the Holidays Contributions Would Help Variety of Clients
South Georgia community organizations need help stocking their pantries for the holidays when they say demand is highest and supplies run the lowest. These non-profit organizations rely primarily on donations from the public and provide service...
St. Simons Celebrates Veterans
ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Hundreds of people gathered under blue skies yesterday to honor veterans. Veterans from as far back as World War II joined Junior ROTC units in a short parade along Mallory Street to Neptune Park overlooking the ocean for a...
Sub Ties Colombian Drug Traffickers, Russian Mafia Strangers Raise Villager Suspicions
BOGOTA, Colombia -- They should have been friendlier to the neighbors. The three foreigners first raised suspicions in the Andean mountain village of Facatativa because they never smiled or waved. Then people noticed that they always had food delivered...
Sullivans among Terrorists' Targets
ADEN, Yemen -- At least three plots against American targets in Yemen, including a Mayport-based destroyer, failed in the past year before last month's suicide bombing of the USS Cole, sources close to the investigation said yesterday. Among the...
Teens Use Their Thumbs to Rate the First Coast
We'd do well to take note of what our emerging leaders believe to be the good and bad elements of Northeast Florida. These are the the leaders who, as they mature, will be expected to deal with the issues, so it's illuminating to know what they're...
The Modern NFL Quarterback Most Pass and Fail
NFL quarterbacks are good. Not sort of good, but good compared to any era. That's the first thing Gil Brandt figures needs to be said about the state of the position. "There are more good ones today than ever," he says. And that's pretty much...
The Presidential Chaos Will All Work out in the End
At first it was exhilarating. By golly, our votes really do count. The whole world was watching us. And our system does work. In some countries, this much dispute would have brought rioters into the streets, but not here, not in Florida, not in...
The Wells Watch
MAKING PLANS Tuesday-Thursday: Bid "Bonjour" to Beaujolais Nouveau at "Le Festival du Vin Nouveau;" Nov. 14 tasting and food pairing lesson and testing, 6 p.m., $28 members, $35 others; Nov. 15 Winemaker's Dinner, 7 p.m., $125 members, $145 others;...
Topsy-Turvy Election Results Played Havoc with Headlines
With Florida the focus of the presidential election, it's no wonder that readers have placed election coverage under a microscope. So here is my review of election coverage in the Times-Union. It's Bush (not yet): Sometime around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday,...
UF-FSU Reunite Again Women's Soccer Battle in Playoffs
GAINESVILLE -- A lot has happened to the University of Florida women's soccer team since the Gators last faced Florida State. The perennial power started the season 4-6, dropped out of the top 25 and posted the most losses in school history (seven)....
UF's Special Delivery Unit Contributes after Rocky Start
GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida's special teams went from the outhouse to the penthouse in last night's 41-21 victory over South Carolina. After surrendering two first-quarter touchdowns resulting from blocked punts, the Gator punt and...
Unkind Words Separate Giants of Literary World
John Updike, who visited the University of North Florida Thursday to deliver the prestigious Presidential Lecture, has been called America's last great man of letters. Superstar novelist Tom Wolfe did not call Updike America's last great man of...
World Briefing
RUSSIAN AIRLINER HIJACKED, FORCED TO LAND IN ISRAEL A hijacked Russian airliner with 58 people aboard was allowed to land early yesterday in Israel, and Prime Minister Ehud Barak postponed a meeting with President Clinton on Mideast peace to deal...
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