The Florida Times Union

Articles from February 10, 2001

[1] Police Briefing
A 43-year-old man told police his 1997 white Dodge Dakota was carjacked while he was at a stop sign in the 1500 block of Detroit Street at 7:40 p.m. Sunday. One man opened the driver-side door while another pulled him out of the truck and threw him...
After 34 Years Working for the Nassau County School System . . . It's Not Easy to Walk Away Assistant Superintendant Began His Career as a Teacher
Retiring wasn't easy for 57-year-old Fred Pike, who recently ended his 34-year-career with the Nassau County school system. It was so hard for the assistant superintendent to walk away from his job that he kept his master key to the office over...
Air Force Simulations a Hit with Sandalwood Students Teens like Taste of Cockpit Thrills
The smile is quick, the laugh almost immediate. "Oh, I got you now," Chris Jones hooted as the fighter jet on his video screen clipped a second aircraft attempting to land. In all, the 14-year-old spent seven minutes trying to "see things blow...
Astronauts Deliver Science Laboratory to Space Station
CAPE CANAVERAL -- Space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts made the most important delivery of their lives yesterday, bringing a $1.4 billion science laboratory to the international space station. "Here we come," commander Kenneth Cockrell called out...
Balletsport Makes Workouts Graceful
When Jaime Ulrich works out, she replaces barbells with barres and performs plies instead of squats. The 19-year-old Arlington resident is enrolled in Balletsport, a new class being offered at Arts Triumphant Dance Conservatory, a non-profit, dance-based...
Bolles Routs Nease
The biggest rematch of the regular season for the Bolles basketball team proved barely a match at all. Bolles hammered visiting Nease 65-42 in front of more than 900 frenzied fans to avenge a nine-point loss to the Panthers on Nov. 29. "We outmatched...
Brunswick Taking Aim at Pigeons Proposal Would Shock Birds into Going Away
BRUNSWICK -- Pigeons that flock to Brunswick's two city hall buildings could be in for a real shock. It could be several, actually, if the Downtown Development Authority tries something new to get rid of pigeons that have caused a lot of damage...
Brush Up on Your Knowledge of Painting
Almost every home has a painting project that really should be done. If painting is in your future, here are a few strokes of genius to make your task a little easier. When it comes to buying paint, remember that with a latex paint it is much easier...
Builders Hope Sites Draw Bigger Concerts at Least 5 Venues Coming to Region
********** CORRECTION FEBRUARY 13, 2001 Jon Stoll, president of Fantasma Productions, a Florida-based concert promoter, who said it's not unusual for areas near a city the size of Jacksonville to have multiple sites for concerts. Because...
Bush's Call for Nuclear Weapons Cuts Becomes Test to Military Leaders
WASHINGTON -- In directing the Pentagon to consider further cuts in nuclear weapons, President Bush is testing military leaders' views that reductions beyond those already planned would undermine their ability to deter war. Bush said yesterday he...
CenterBank Dismisses Most of Its Staff Start-Up Still Awaiting Agencies' Approval to Open
Five months after building its banking offices, and putting together and training an organization, CenterBank of Jacksonville does not know when it is going to open for business and has dismissed about three-quarters of its staff. Eighteen employees...
City Manager Discusses $583,000 Budget Surplus
Fernandina Beach city commissioners got some good news this week. They had a budget surplus of more than a half-million dollars. That's also good news for the Community Development Department, as well as police and people who use Main Beach. And...
City Shelters Provide the Best Pets
On Feb. 1, Jacksonville city officials proudly opened the doors to their new satellite pet adoption center in a Mandarin strip mall at 10501 San Jose Blvd. The center is said to resemble a private puppy retail shop more than an adjunct to the city...
Clay Fares Well in Fair
CLAY KIWANIS SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS The following students are award winners in the 2001 Clay Kiwanis Science Fair, held Tuesday at the Orange Park Mall: SENIOR DIVISION First place, behavioral and social sciences -- Amanda Chastain, Clay High;...
Clay Football Players Declare Intent on National Signing Day
Three Clay County high school football players signed letters of intent on national signing day Wednesday. Orange Park quarterback Dustin Almond signed with Southern Mississippi, Orange Park lineman Mike Bennett signed with the Naval Academy and...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "The Rangers are not Rangers just to wear the beret." -- Emmett Hiltibrand, a retired Army Ranger from Columbus, said most Rangers don't like the decision that every Army soldier will soon wear the black beret as a symbol of unity....
Colombia Tries Again for Peace Big Breakthrough Unlikely Soon
LOS POZOS, Colombia -- Colombia's biggest rebel group agreed yesterday to resume formal peace talks with the government to end their 37-year-old war. According to a statement read after two days of talks between President Andres Pastrana and Manuel...
Committee to Pick Finalists for School Employee Award
A Clay County school district committee will select five finalists Tuesday for Support Employee of the Year honors. The finalists will be chosen from 35 nominees, 29 who work in schools and six who work in district offices. They perform the clerical,...
Company's Late Fireworks Display Angers Savannah
SAVANNAH -- Windows rattled and car alarms screeched during a fireworks display celebrating the opening of international backhoe manufacturer JCB Inc. It wouldn't have been so bad for residents, though, if it hadn't been at 12:35 a.m. Savannah...
Council Considers Town Center Parking New Project Could Add to Demand
NEPTUNE BEACH -- Despite new development plans that will add parking spaces to the Town Center area, local business owners and officials say it's not enough to curb the overflowing demand for parking at peak times. The City Council voted 4-1 this...
Councilman Going on Trade Mission to S. Africa
Except for the long commute, Jacksonville City Councilman Lad Daniels says he's excited to be the only elected official from Northeast Florida taking part in a state trade mission to South Africa next week. "My hot button is economic development,"...
Couple Shares Love of Dancing Country Western Dance Is Hobby for Whole Family
If you're looking for family fun, a chance to kick up your heels and dust off your cowboy boots and hat, Sandy and Gary Richey of Yulee have just the place to do it. The Richeys and their son Anthony are helping country western dance make its debut...
Crime News
CALLAHAN 3900 block of Hazel Jones Road, grand theft of an automobile, reported 4:30 p.m. Jan. 30. 1600 block of Old Dixie Highway, fighting and battery, 9:25 a.m. Jan. 31. 300 block of South Kings Road, criminal mischief, reported 10:10 a.m....
Cummings Fills FSU's Need
TALLAHASSEE -- U.S. Army Spec. Monte Cummings' job description during his two-plus-year hitch was petroleum supply specialist. "Any kind of aircraft you can name, from Chinooks to B-52s to B-3s; I refueled all of them," Cummings said. "You show...
Dispute Leads to Murder, Police Say Woman Charged; Accused of Running over Boyfriend
A Northside Jacksonville woman is accused of deliberately running over her boyfriend with a station wagon yesterday morning after a domestic dispute at their Sherwood Forest home. Joi M. Shelton, 53, of the 9600 block of Priory Avenue was charged...
Eagle Plan Fails Again with County Commissioners Want Third, Better Version
The St. Johns County Commission has again asked for changes in the county's proposed Bald Eagle Habitat Management Plan, after a second version was unveiled Tuesday. A plan to halt construction and limit noise near an eagle's nest was first proposed...
Early 1900s Cars Drive Toy Collectors
Toys of any kind are popular collectibles, and among the most popular are automobiles. Toy makers realized that children liked to play with copies of adult items, and toy cars were made almost as soon as full-sized cars were. The iron or lithographed...
Europe Quietly Seethes over U.S. Missile Plans
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- To its European allies, the new American administration's sales pitch for its missile defense shield sounds a bit like Henry Ford's: You can have your Model T in any color so long as it's black. Europe's irritation was evident...
Fort Valley Library Goes Bilingual to Meet Surge in Hispanic Readers
FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- As you drift past the corner of the circulation desk and walk into the youth section of Thomas Public Library, you don't notice anything out of the ordinary. You'll see a checkers game set up between two cozy burgundy chairs,...
Four-Run Sixth Lifts Hurricanes Miami Relievers Stymie Florida
CORAL GABLES -- Kris Clute hit a three-run home run and added an RBI single to lead Miami to a 10-4 win over in-state rival Florida last night. Miami ace Brian Walker gave up three runs in five innings and struck out two to earn the win. Florida...
Girls Soccer Players, Wrestlers Stand Out
Two Clay County girls soccer teams have had impressive showings in the first round of the regional playoffs. Clay High beat Fernandina Beach, 5-0, and Keystone Heights beat Crescent City, 7-0. The Indians play Episcopal at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home....
Government Sues Railroad over Genetic Testing of Hurt Workers
WASHINGTON -- In the first federal case of its kind, the government sued Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad yesterday for requiring genetic testing of employees who file claims for certain work-related hand injuries. The policy violates workers'...
Greeks Mourn One of Their Own Beloved Miami Businessman Slain
MIAMI -- South Florida Greek Americans reeled Wednesday at the news that their unofficial godfather, Gus Boulis, had been slain in a gangland-style ambush. To the outside world, Boulis carefully cultivated an image as a tough businessman. But to...
Hardy Seeking New Deal, Too LB Joins Brunell in Renegotiation
The Jaguars are over the salary cap. That's reality, but Kevin Hardy said there's another reality, too. He needs a new contract, and new, big-money contracts don't happen every year. As Hardy and the Jaguars open negotiations for a contract extension...
Have Soil Tested before Applying Lime
Q: I use lime on my grapes and it really seems to help. Should I use it on citrus as well? A: Never assume you are helping your plants by applying lime. Lime raises the pH of the soil and can be beneficial, but only if the pH is too low. If the...
Hotel Road Plenty of Places to Stay near Airport, and More Are Coming
Over the past four years, five new hotels have opened along Airport Road. Now, a sixth is under construction, and at least three other chains are interested in building hotels along the road that leads to and from the Jacksonville International...
House Democrats Criticize School Voucher Plan
TALLAHASSEE -- Republican efforts to expand the state's private-school voucher program amount to cannibalizing public education, House Democrats said this week. Democrats criticized bills that would give students at overcrowded schools $3,000 annual...
In Business
A touch of Italy is coming to Main Beach in Fernandina Beach this April with the opening of Terrazza. Salvatore Comarato, a chef and the third generation in his family to work in the food business, will open Terrazza in the two-story building formerly...
Incumbent, 2 Newcomers Qualify for Orange Park Seats Renninger Seeking Another 3-Year Term
ORANGE PARK -- Three candidates have qualified in a race for two seats on the Orange Park Town Council in the March 13 municipal elections: two political newcomers and incumbent Phyllis Renninger, who is seeking a second three-year term in Seat 4....
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "I've always loved planes. I just never really thought they were this interesting." -- Chris Jones, a student at Sandalwood High School, who got to take a spin in a fighter simulator. See story, this page. CRUSADE PROGRAMS ...
JEA: New Pipe System Helps City Replacement Easier, Cheaper with 'Bursting'
JEA crews have begun replacing worn and damaged sewer pipes in the Sandalwood area using a technique that could save the city as much as $475,000 in that area alone. The approach, called "pipe bursting," is one JEA uses in large residential districts...
Johnson to Test Wright, Gators
GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida forward Brent Wright has been medically cleared for a full return to the Gators basketball team -- just in time for one of his biggest defensive assignments of the year. Wright, who has been playing limited minutes...
Jurors Weigh Father's Slaying Glynn Man Says Fear Led to Killing
BRUNSWICK -- A Glynn County jury began deliberating yesterday afternoon in the murder trial of a Brunswick man who fatally shot his father on Halloween almost two years ago. Steven W. Austin, a 29-year-old construction worker, is charged with malice...
Kids Make Plans for $1 Million Students Help Others with Imaginary Money
What would you do with $1 million . . . if you had to use it to help someone or something else and not yourself? That was the question put to 51 fifth-grade students at San Jose Episcopal Day School recently, as part of an annual test of their mathematics...
Legislation That Would Allow Sale of Strong Beer Goes Flat
ATLANTA -- Shrugging off assurances that teenagers and abusive drinkers would not be a likely market for "strong-malt" beer, the House yesterday rejected legislation that would have permitted the sale of imported beer with a higher alcohol content....
Life on the Beach
ATLANTIC BEACH COMMISSION MEETING -- The City Commission will schedule a public hearing on the proposed new zoning ordinance at its regular meeting on Monday. The commission meeting is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at City Hall, 800 Seminole Road....
Local Girl a Surfing Prodigy 12-Year-Old Talented Far beyond Age
Karina Petroni is a slip of a girl with sun-bleached hair who, in the manner of children everywhere, tells a stranger who asks her age that she'll be 13 on April 22 instead of merely saying she's 12. Like the flowers embroidered on her bell-bottomed...
Lost $640,000 Returned to Bank 2 Days Later, Worried Man Returns His Find
CLEVELAND -- A man who walked off with $640,000 that fell out the back of an armored truck nervously returned it all yesterday, two days later, with the cash still wrapped in plastic, and authorities said he won't be charged. The three 42-pound...
Lost Woman's Parents Won't Stop Hoping
Not long ago, Elmer Rice had this dream about his daughter, Tina Marie McQuaig. "I was at this office complex, and there were police cars all around," he said. "I walked over to see what was going on, and I heard a voice that sounded like Tina's....
Maddox Is Happy to Return to L.A. for Xtreme Game
LOS ANGELES -- It's homecoming for Tommy Maddox, Errick Herrin, and pro football. Maddox finally gets to trot out of the Los Angeles Coliseum tunnel to cheers from the home crowd. Herrin wants to show one special spectator from the NFL that they...
Man Pleads Not Guilty in Toddler's Slaying
A Jacksonville man has been indicted for the December slaying of his girlfriend's toddler. Charles Arline, 30, was charged Thursday with the first-degree murder in the death of 1-year-old Justice Hires of the 8300 block of Freedom Crossing Trail....
Mayport Carrier Effort a Process Still in Progress, Fowler Says
WASHINGTON -- In the past several years, officials at Mayport Naval Station have dredged their harbor, upgraded electric and water utilities and improved their carrier's wharf. They've spent millions on these projects with a single goal in mind:...
Meeting Addresses Animals Residents Complain about Barking, Strays
Barking dogs, stray cats and animals foraging for food were the prime topics at a town forum this week. John Fleming, who heads the city's property safety and zoning code enforcement division, spoke at the meeting Tuesday at the Willowbranch branch...
Meet Leota G. Davis
When Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover walks one particular Northside neighborhood, he's accompanied by a concerned resident with quite a few miles -- and years -- behind her. She's Leota G. Davis, born July 16, 1900. At 100, it's no surprise she's...
Motorola to Cut Up to 4,000 Semiconductor Jobs
CHICAGO -- Motorola Inc. plans to eliminate as many as 4,000 jobs from its semiconductor operations by year's end -- its third round of cuts in 10 weeks as it scrambles to cut costs and stem slowing sales and profits. The reductions announced yesterday...
Murray Hill Logo Adorns New Home Signs
Murray Hill has joined the ranks of San Marco, Springfield and Riverside/Avondale in displaying its neighborhood pride. Murray Hill Preservation Association has a new logo that is being placed on home signs in the neighborhood. The logo was designed...
Nation Briefing
COSBY SON'S KILLER ADMITS GUILT, DROPS APPEAL LOS ANGELES -- The man convicted of killing actor Bill Cosby's son has withdrawn his appeal and confessed to the slaying, calling it an act of "great wickedness," in a letter to authorities that was...
New Age in Net Young Goalies Making Impact
NEW YORK -- An NHL goalie has always been one of those rare athletes -- the older he is, the more he's entrusted with his team's championship hopes. That philosophy could end soon. Dominik Hasek and Ed Belfour, talented but aging superstars,...
New DOT District Chief Knows First Coast Priorities Well Schroder: He Has 18-County District
Over the last 11 years, Aage Schroder has experienced first-hand the kind of traffic jams that leave drivers grumbling about how much longer they're stuck on the road. In Schroder's case, his commute was between his Clay County home and his job...
Newsmakers
ATLANTA SWEET ON COMIC CHRIS ROCK No one would let Chris Rock forget his birthday. The comedian, who was in Atlanta to promote his new movie, Down to Earth, was showered with cakes on his 35th birthday. First there was the all-white cake during...
On All-Star Weekend, the NBA's Star Is Fading
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan is the host. Shaquille O'Neal isn't playing. Alonzo Mourning and Grant Hill haven't been on the court in months. So much for the biggest star of the last generation and three of the biggest names of the current one....
PBS Documentaries Profile Garvey, Marley
PBS rolls out some new documentaries next week for Black History Month. One offers a profile of Jamaica-born Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association; another profiles another Jamaican, reggae musician Bob Marley, American...
Pest Control by Air Comes to Island
There will be low-flying planes over Fernandina Beach soon, but the buzzing is meant to prevent another type of buzzing. The Amelia Island Mosquito Control District recently notified city officials that they plan to begin aerial spraying immediately....
Pizza Delivery Driver Unharmed after Robbery
A 28-year-old pizza delivery man told police he was robbed at gunpoint about 11 p.m. Sunday after making a delivery in the Moody Road area, according to a Clay County Sheriff's Office report. The man said that as he was driving toward Moody Road...
Police Briefing
Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office: -- An apparently unarmed man stole an undetermined amount of cash Monday from a teller at the First Union Bank, 12222 San...
Police Briefing
Someone fired up to six shots Monday in an apartment complex at 11990 Beach Blvd., and at least one bullet went through the outside wall of the apartment of a 33-year-old resident and ended up buried in her son's inside bedroom wall. Police said...
Police Briefing
A 28-year-old man was arrested Monday in the 9600 block of Priority Avenue and charged with battery after witnesses said he choked, hit and threw a 53-year-old female neighbor to the floor. The victim's grandchildren called police. The man fought with...
Police on Southside Report Several Attacks Man Fought 6 Officers, Pepper Spray
A series of separate attacks on the Southside last weekend produced injuries from weapons as varied as hands and bats, and arrests of people fighting each other as well as a brawl between a man and six police officers. The first incident started...
POLITICS Bush's New Way
Washington is infamous for its standard approach to partisan bickering, positioning and "kick them before they can kick you" strategies. But President Bush is making presidential history -- and confounding the status quo -- by promoting more civility...
Practice Field Plan Falls through Time Too Short for Construction
All parties involved agree -- it was a good idea that just wasn't to be. A group of Nassau County contractors and developers in October offered to contribute about $200,000 in services and money to help develop a sports practice facility across...
President Plans Big Cuts in Spending Agencies Told to Trim Budgets
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is preparing a budget that would require billions of dollars of cuts in virtually every agency but defense and education as he seeks to make room for his proposed 10-year, $1.6 trillion tax cut. The spending cuts from...
Race Ignites Daytona Beach Fans Ready for Launch of NASCAR Season
DAYTONA BEACH -- The motor homes started congregating outside the first and second turns at the Daytona International Speedway on Monday -- 13 days before the Daytona 500. Flags colored in Rusty Wallace blue, Dale Earnhardt black and Tony Stewart...
Race Is on for Pole Front Row for 500 to Be Decided Today
DAYTONA BEACH -- Robby Gordon and Stacy Compton were two of the three-fastest drivers during four hours of practice yesterday at the Daytona International Speedway, but neither seemed overly optimistic about his chances to win the pole today for the...
Reach out to Jacksonville with First Coast Community
The First Coast Community is growing by leaps and bounds. To date, 234 partner groups have established a presence on our newly launched community site at Jacksonville.com. If you haven't visited First Coast Community yet, you may wonder about what...
Reforms Sought for Nursing Homes
It might not take long for lawmakers to start battling over how to reform Florida's nursing home industry. Sen. Burt Saunders, a Naples Republican who chairs a key health care committee, said he plans to hold votes during the first week of the legislative...
ReMaking the Bed Ideas for Four Separate Seasonal Looks to Brighten Your Bedroom
Besides bathrooms, bedrooms are the most private areas in a home. They are funky and functional havens for children and all their worldly belongings, soothing retreats from office stress for parents and inviting places for weekend visitors. Unlike...
School Board Roundup
The Duval County School Board will take more time to study a staff recommendation that it approve a contract through June 30, 2002, with Kelly Services Inc., to provide some substitute teachers. The item had been on the agenda at its meeting at 6 p.m....
Scouting Enhances Boys' Lives Eagle Scouts Call Group Rewarding
Jere Ratcliffe has devoted his life to scouting. Now a retired national scout executive, Ratcliffe's career began 55 years ago when he joined a Cub Scout troop at Murray Hill United Methodist Church on Jacksonville's Westside. Ratcliffe went...
Sharon Offers Barak Key Post, Discusses Coalition Government
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon yesterday offered his predecessor, Ehud Barak, the job of defense minister in a joint government, even though the two disagree sharply on how to make peace with the Palestinians. Palestinian leader...
Similar Cities Play Up Benefits of Big Venues
A comparison with four other cities of similar population shows the Jacksonville area still lags behind on the number of sites available for live concerts, plays and other events drawing large audiences. In the Austin, Texas, area tourism officials...
Simpson Surrenders on Road Rage Charges
MIAMI -- O.J. Simpson surrendered to authorities yesterday to face charges that he reached into a man's car and pulled off the driver's glasses during a road rage argument in December. Simpson is charged with burglary of a car and misdemeanor battery....
Some Say Extra Turn Lane on Solana Means Only Disruption
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- A turn lane will be added to westbound Solana Road at Florida A1A this summer since traffic could be impacted by the upcoming Ponte Vedra Beach branch library expansion project. But some residents say the additional turn lane...
Southside Turn Lanes, Traffic Signal Frustrate Commuter
Question: This concerns the turn lanes and traffic signal at Southside Boulevard and Touchton Road. Coming from Touchton onto Southside, there is one right turn lane and two left turn lanes. I never see anybody turning left. Couldn't they change it...
State Faces Battle over DNA Tests for Crimes Legislature, Court May Grapple for Authority
TALLAHASSEE -- Another turf battle between the Legislature and Florida Supreme Court may be shaping up, this time involving the use of DNA to prove the innocence of people convicted of crimes. The issue has become particularly pertinent since the...
Still No Sign of Missing Woman Family, Husband Worried about Yvonne Belcher
GREEN COVE SPRINGS -- It was below freezing when Yvonne K. Belcher, wearing blue jeans and a gray and black Jaguars sweater, walked down a dark residential street about 2:30 a.m. following a volatile argument with her husband. That was seven weeks...
Sutton Educates as She Races
DAYTONA BEACH -- After a chance meeting in her hometown diner, 29-year-old Kelly Sutton has gone from a single mom and waitress to a married regular on the NASCAR circuit. Sutton, a native of Crownsville, Md., begins her second season in the Goody's...
Syndicator Says 'Aloha' to 'Baywatch'
The Baywatch Hawaii beach party is over. Citing the expense of making the series, combined with sagging viewership, Baywatch syndicator Pearson Television has pulled the plug. "It was an extremely difficult decision not to move forward with Baywatch...
Talk of the Town
By the nature of their jobs, reporters are not supposed to become involved in the stories they cover. It is a fine line and most journalists err on the conservative side. Here is one case where an exception might be justified and anyone who was traveling...
Team Finds First Anti-Sepsis Drug Blood Poisoning Deaths Cut 20%
For the first time, doctors have found a treatment that cuts the death rate from sepsis, a devastating complication of many kinds of infections that kills an estimated 225,000 Americans annually. Experts said the new drug, a genetically engineered...
Termite Treatment under Foundation Difficult to Prove
Dear Call Box: After moving into our newly built house, we were told the soil was treated for termites under the slab before the foundation was poured. However, there are three houses under construction around us, and I never saw a pest control company...
The NBA's Annual All-Snooze Weekend
If you intend to watch any of the festivities associated with the NBA's All-Starless weekend, you're in the minority. Few things in sports have lost its luster as quickly as pro basketball's midseason extravaganza, and it goes far beyond not having...
Tours Will Showcase Old Houses Horse-Drawn Carriages Travel Springfield Area
The Springfield Historic District's new theme might as well be "Hooves and Houses." That's because soon, mixing with the sounds of a modern city will be the clomp, clomp, clomp of yesteryear. Two Springfield groups are joining forces to offer...
University of Florida President Favors Dismantling of Regents
TALLAHASSEE -- University of Florida President Charles Young has told faculty members they might as well support the changes to the state's education governance system, which includes doing away with the Board of Regents. "It's almost a certainty...
U.S. Sub Collides with Fishing Boat, 9 Missing
HONOLULU -- A Navy submarine collided with a Japanese fishing boat nine miles off Honolulu Harbor yesterday, and nine people were missing after the boat sank. Navy and Coast Guard vessels were searching for the missing people. The boat carried 34...
U.S. Team Gains Split in Davis Cup
BASEL, Switzerland -- Patrick McEnroe's debut as U.S. Davis Cup captain was half successful. The Americans split their first two matches against Switzerland yesterday, as Jan-Michael Gambill won and Todd Martin of Ponte Vedra Beach lost. Roger...
Women Emerge as Enthusiastic Surfers
For decades, most women and girls have been too intimidated to enjoy the waves. They've accepted that surfing is a male-dominated sport. But that's changing, at Jacksonville's Beaches, throughout Florida and along the East Coast. Organizations like...
Woodward Likes His Chances
DAYTONA BEACH -- Ricky Woodward's Pontiac Sunfire is 41st in the starting lineup of 42 cars in this afternoon's AC Delco 200 at the Daytona International Speedway. And yet, the driver from Martinez, Ga., likes his chances. After struggling to...
World Briefing
ENGLAND: ENTERTAINMENT GROUP BUYS BELOVED BARNEY LONDON -- Barney, the chubby purple dinosaur loved by millions of children, is being bought by the British. In a union of preschool titans, Britain's HIT Entertainment PLC said yesterday it will...
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