The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 6, 2000

5 Officers off Beats as Probe Continues Allegations Include Misconduct, Crimes
Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover took two officers off the street yesterday and sent another home, bringing to five the number of officers stripped of their powers as a federal grand jury investigates allegations of police misconduct. Officers Jason...
Always on the Go Westmoreland's Company Has Built a Good Reputation
Being confined to a wheelchair has not stopped West Westmoreland from moving along. Initially, the wheelchair can fool people over what Westmoreland can do. But after seeing Westmoreland navigate through city buildings and move swiftly into his...
Barak Hints of More Land Concessions
JERUSALEM -- After meeting with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said yesterday that Israel's security depends on "a settlement presence" along the Jordan Valley. "The more ground we have, the better," Barak...
Bettman Says NHL Done with Changes, for Now
DALLAS -- After years of tinkering with the crease rule, how overtime is played and even its standings, the NHL doesn't anticipate any significant rules changes for next season. Last year, only two days after Dallas' Brett Hull won the Stanley Cup...
Blue Jays Rock Braves
ATLANTA -- Rookie Chris Woodward's three-run homer capped a five-run first inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays cruised to a 9-3 victory over Atlanta last night in the Braves' first game without John Rocker. Raul Mondesi added a three-run homer in...
Both Candidates Back Dreaded Standardized Tests
RICHMOND, Va. -- Their platforms are designed to please, but in one respect George W. Bush and Al Gore are siding with an education reform that is driving some parents, kids, teachers and school administrators batty. High-stakes standardized testing...
Breast Cancer Focus of 'Sing for the Cure'
Commissioned by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Sing for the Cure presents a musical chronicle of a journey through breast cancer. When the music receives its world premiere Sunday, that premiere will take place not only in Dallas,...
Brits Willing to Have Camilla as Wife, but Not Queen
LONDON -- From derided mistress and royal marriage wrecker to a fitting wife for the king-to-be, Camilla Parker Bowles' transformation appears breathtakingly complete. The Archbishop of Canterbury may still be a bit chary about Prince Charles marrying...
Checkup
I'LL BE BLUNT, BEN After all these years, new charges against Benjamin Franklin? Shockingly, the answer is yes. Among Franklin's most famous accomplishments was inventing the lightning rod. But a new study says his design was flawed, and the...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There's not one individual or group of people to blame." -- Uli Keller, a liaison on water and wastewater treatment for Glynn County, commenting on a failed inspection at the St. Simons Island plant. See story, this page. COALITION...
Doctors' Study Urges Hidden Cameras in Hospitals to Catch Abusive Parents
ATLANTA -- The illnesses defied explanation -- a boy's recurring E. coli infection, spells of fatigue in an otherwise healthy child, constant seizures that stopped at the hospital door. Then hidden cameras at an Atlanta children's hospital confirmed...
FAMILIES A Double Standard
An issue involving a Jacksonville lawyer's efforts to gain custody of his child landed on the agenda for the meeting between President Clinton and the German chancellor recently. It involves the Clinton administration's double standard on international...
FCC OK's Purchase of MediaOne in Getting Final Approval, AT&T Must Shed Some Assets
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators gave conditional clearance to AT&T Corp.'s proposed purchase of MediaOne yesterday, the final approval needed for a deal that makes the nation's top long-distance carrier also the top cable company. The Federal...
FSU No Stranger to Omaha
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State's Marshall McDougall, last year's College World Series MVP, may have the most recognizable face in all of Omaha. His picture is plastered all over the side of the city's buses as part of a CWS promotion. "[Marshall]...
Georgia's Drought Approaches Crisis Level Restrictions Imposed across Atlanta Area
ATLANTA -- State-imposed water restrictions, already in effect in metro-Atlanta, could be coming soon to other urban areas of Georgia unless a 3-year drought loosens its grip, the state's chief environmental regulator warned yesterday. A ban on...
Glynn Pitcher Picked Wainwright Goes to Braves in First
Glynn Academy pitcher Adam Wainwright signed a baseball scholarship with Georgia Tech last year, with hopes that his experience at the Atlanta school would eventually lead to a trip down the road at Turner Field. Yesterday afternoon, however, the...
Grandparent Visitation Power Limited Justices Urge Care in Granting Rights
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court gave new vigor to parents' "fundamental right" to raise their families free from government interference, ruling yesterday that Washington state went too far in letting grandparents and others seek visitation. The...
HCA Eyeing Jacksonville for 300-Job Revenue Service Center
HCA -- The Healthcare Co., formerly Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., is considering Jacksonville for a 300-job revenue service center. Jan Olson, director of public relations and marketing for Memorial HealthCare, an HCA facility, said yesterday...
Heroes without Recognition Battalion's Citation Caught between Services
REMEMBERING D-DAY YULEE -- Even living at the end of a dirt path off an unmarked, unpaved road in Yulee, Frank Snyder is haunted by the apparition of a soldier clawing through the sand, dragging himself toward his blown-off leg as if just reaching...
Interim UF President Stands Tall Regents Hope He'll Serve 2 More Years
********** CORRECTION June 7, 2000 Charles Young was not the youngest person hired to run a major U.S. university nor did he serve the longest tenure in that capacity. Also, he served 29 years at UCLA. Because of a reporter's errors, the...
It's Prime Time in the District Sanders Signs for Seven Years, $56 Million
ASHBURN, Va. -- The "Who's Who" team now has a Prime Time lineup. Deion Sanders brought his flash and dash and two Super Bowl rings yesterday to the Washington Redskins, who fully expect him to get a third one this season. His signing of a seven-year,...
Jacksonville Journal
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "We're jump-starting the eco-system by decades; by eons." -- Todd Barber, president of the Reef Ball Development Group, commenting on the objects used to create a habitat for sea creatures. See story, this page. JU GROUPS SEEK...
Keeping an Open Mind on Delaney Plan
No, I haven't made up my mind yet. Have you? Mayor John Delaney's proposed $2.2 billion Better Jacksonville Plan is complex and there are many questions that still need to be answered. Although I know that many of you are vehemently opposed to...
Low Standard Maruyama Sets All-Time 18-Hole Mark
Shigeki Maruyama said he simply wanted some breathing room. He wound up with what is believed to be the lowest 18-hole score in the history of the highest levels of professional golf in the United States, and perhaps the world. Maruyama, a 30-year-old...
Mall Developers Receive Extension Incentives Deadline Was to Expire July 9
With a little more than a month before a $17.5 million city tax incentive is set to expire, the developers of the much-delayed Main Street Florida mall project on the Northside asked -- and received -- a six-month extension from the city. Officials...
Man Who Killed His Wife 23 Years Ago Is Sentenced 'Model Citizen' Draws 8-Year Prison Term
ALBANY, Ga. -- Steven Purrier, a model citizen for two decades, pleaded guilty yesterday to voluntary manslaughter for bludgeoning his wife to death in 1977 and tossing her body into the Flint River. Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Steve Goss...
Many Pools Left Unattended as Summer Nears Pay Is a Factor for Lifeguards
ATLANTA -- Making money was not Brad Hicks' primary motivation in taking a summer job as a lifeguard. "I just enjoy being out there to have the opportunity to possibly save someone's life," said Hicks, 23, a lifeguard with the Columbus Parks and...
Many Smaller Projects Fail to Escape Bush's Veto
TALLAHASSEE -- In the rural Baker County town of Macclenny, the agriculture center is one of the few places big enough for folks to gather for meetings, banquets and family reunions. So with the 23-year-old center needing more space and renovations,...
Military's Big Budget Targets Next President
WASHINGTON -- As far as the Joint Chiefs of Staff are concerned, the Clinton administration begins to end this week. The nation's military leaders say they will loyally obey the president's marching orders until the moment he leaves office in January....
Montoya Gets Toyota on Winning Track
WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Juan Montoya finally made his car owner's big gamble pay off. Montoya, driving for Chip Ganassi, gave the Toyota Champ car engine its first-ever CART victory and put himself squarely back in the championship battle with a victory...
Morning Briefing
STOCKS MAINTAIN LAST WEEK'S STRONG GAINS Stocks ended an extremely quiet session with mixed results as investors took some profits from last week's sharp gains but continued rewarding technology companies with strong growth prospects. Trading was...
Nation Briefing
WHITE HOUSE MUST HAND IN FBI, WILLEY, TRIPP E-MAILS WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ordered the White House yesterday to retrieve e-mails from President Clinton and the first lady and 31 presidential aides concerning the FBI files controversy, Linda...
New Digs for Sea Creatures Teens Help Make Artificial Reefs
From the decks of three small boats, rapt spectators watched yesterday as a crane nudged hole-riddled, igloo-shaped chunks of concrete from a barge into the ocean 5 miles off Ponte Vedra Beach. It might not sound exciting, but the onlookers knew...
Newsmakers
DIAMOND'S NOT HER BEST FRIEND Who says diamonds are forever? Certainly not Marla Maples, who auctioned off a 7.45-carat diamond engagement ring from Donald Trump for $110,000 Friday. Trump gave Maples the ring in the early 1990s, when he...
Not All Georgia Men Registering for Selective Service
ATLANTA -- Chris Stuart didn't know that in three years he'll be expected to register with the Selective Service. In fact, he thought the draft had ended in Vietnam. "If I have to, I would do it," said the 15-year-old Clayton resident. Teens...
Regional Library Back in Business Expect Longer Walks at Temporary Facility
The Brunswick-Glynn County Regional Library returned yesterday, but a few days overdue. The library is in temporary housing in a former Glynn County elementary school at the corner of Reynolds and O streets during an expansion and renovation of...
Richie Picked in 5th Round Kenny Catcher Finally Chosen by White Sox
The shrill sound of a ringing phone pierced the silence yesterday at Tony Richie's house, the caller yet another well-wisher congratulating the former Bishop Kenny catcher who was chosen by the Chicago White Sox in the fifth round of baseball's first-year...
SEC Cautions Investors on Variable Annuities
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators are warning investors to be wary about variable annuities, an increasingly popular way to save for retirement that combines features of mutual funds and insurance. While they offer attractive features such as lifelong...
Second Fire Burns 1,000 Acres near Waldo 15 New Blazes Hit Orlando Area
A new wildfire erupted near Waldo yesterday, prompting voluntary evacuations of the flea market area north of town, and 15 new blazes were reported in the Orlando area. Firefighters using 10 tractors and three air tankers were attacking the 1,000-acre...
Soot May Be Fatal to Heart
Even moderate air pollution routinely found in many U.S. cities may trigger sudden deaths by changing heart rhythms in people with existing cardiac problems, according to extensive new scientific research. The finding, backed by more than a dozen...
Standard Set for Plugging into Data Network
NEW YORK -- The prospect of homes where the refrigerator can be used to surf the Internet came one step closer yesterday, when major computer and electronics manufacturers said they had united on a standard for turning a home's electrical wiring into...
State Supreme Court Rejects Demps' Appeal Inmate Scheduled to Die for '76 Murder
TALLAHASSEE -- Condemned killer Bennie Demps lost an appeal to the state Supreme Court yesterday, two days before the state plans to execute him for the 1976 murder of another inmate. Florida's high court rejected Demps' appeal in an unsigned unanimous...
State Tells Glynn to Upgrade Water Plant $4.1 Million in Budget; 'Selective Neglect' Cited
BRUNSWICK -- After Glynn County failed a March inspection at its St. Simons Island wastewater treatment plant, the state wants the county to agree to spend $4.1 million for improvements over the next two years. The state has proposed a consent order...
Thousands of Catholics to Gather at UNF Saturday Day of Workshops, Mass Part of 2000 Celebration
Thousands of Catholics from 17 counties in Northeast Florida are expected to gather Saturday in Jacksonville for the Eucharistic Congress 2000, one of the largest gatherings of its kind in 25 years. The event, at the University of North Florida,...
Ukraine Says It Will Close Chernobyl Clinton Vows Funds to Seal Nuclear Plant
KIEV, Ukraine -- Fourteen years after the world's worst nuclear accident, Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma has ordered the Chernobyl nuclear power plant closed, drawing praise from President Clinton, who dispensed $80 million in American aid to entomb...
Voucher Proposal Voted on Tonight Students at 5 Schools Could Be Affected
The Duval County School Board is expected to approve a plan on how the school system should implement vouchers. At tonight's meeting, the board will vote on a plan that gives parents three general options of where to send their child, should the...
Wall Is Memorial to Veterans Killed during Wartime
Dear Call Box: I have lost two husbands in the past 23 years, and both of them served in World War II. One served in an armored division, was a POW and won the bronze star. The other husband served in the Air Force in the China-Burma-India Theater....
Winn-Dixie Deal with Kroger Hits Road Block
Grocery store giant Kroger Co. might be forced to sue a federal agency in order to go ahead with buying the Winn-Dixie stores in Texas and Oklahoma, company officials said yesterday. The pending deal was dealt a setback late Friday, when the Federal...
World of Business
THOMSON BUYING PRIMARK FOR $842 M Thomson Corp., having decided to shed its U.S. newspapers to focus on information services, is paying $842 million in cash to buy another provider of professional and financial information, Primark Corp. The...
Zoos Are on a Mission to Save the World . . . One Animal at a Time
********** CORRECTION June 8, 2000 The Internet address for the Wildlife Conservation Society is www.wcs.org. Because of a reporter's error, the address was incorrect in a story on Page C-2 Tuesday. *************** Behind a wall of...
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