The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 3, 2000

A Quick Lesson in Workings of Our Electoral System
********** CORRECTION November 4, 2000 It takes 270 electoral votes to elect a president. Due to a reporter's error, that number was mislabeled as the total number of electoral votes in a Call Box column yesterday. *************** ...
Barnes Storms through Area to Campaign for Democrats Education Key Issue, Governor Says in St. Marys
ST. MARYS -- Gov. Roy Barnes is optimistic Democratic Party candidates will fare well in Tuesday's elections, even if Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush carries the state. "I don't believe in coattails," Barnes said yesterday during...
BofA Changes Florida Strategy 400 Jobs to Be Added to Branches Statewide
Bank of America is closing its 66 banking offices inside Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. supermarkets in Florida, including 11 in Duval County, as part of a revamping of its strategy for the Florida consumer banking market. The strategy change includes adding...
Buchanan Observes 62 Candles in Capital
Al Gore and George W. Bush aren't the only presidential candidates roaming Florida in a last-minute quest for votes this week. Reform Party nominee Pat Buchanan made a quick trip to Tallahassee yesterday, spoke to the Capital Tiger Bay Club, showed...
Buffett Hits Campaign Trail with Democrats Pop Singer Extols Environmental Issues
When he sings about all the places he wants to avoid in his song Volcano, singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett normally lists locales from Three Mile Island to the Yukon Territory. When he began campaigning against Republican presidential candidate George...
Busy Weekend Tests JTA Mettle Jacksonville Officials Ready to Make Parking a Breeze
It's good practice for hosting a Super Bowl. This weekend, downtown will again be the site of multiple events as people head to the Jacksonville Billy Graham Crusade at Alltel Stadium, the Air and Sea Spectacular at The Jacksonville Landing, the...
Candidates Crisscross Nation Neither Bush, Gore Giving Up Ground
A gravelly voiced Al Gore pleaded with Illinois voters yesterday to deliver him a big victory there on Tuesday as his campaign launched a new negative ad in the battleground states that attacks George W. Bush on taxes and Social Security and questions...
Carter, Kemp Fight for District 3 Water Quality, Family Values Top Platforms
BRUNSWICK -- Jimmy Carter is standing between Rene D. Kemp and a fourth two-year term in the Georgia Senate. This Jimmy Carter is not the former president. Carter is a Republican, the former U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Georgia and...
Churches Ally for Environment
MIAMI -- Citing their responsibility as stewards of creation, church groups from Florida to Oregon are organizing campaigns in 16 states against global warming and other environmental dangers. Religious leaders, forming the Florida Interfaith Campaign...
City Comes Together for Crusade Graham Preaches Racial, Religious Unity Attendees Inspired by Fellowship
"I was asked the other day here in Jacksonville what I was running for -- people saw my name somewhere. I told them I had quit running, that I had already arrived. I was running for a place in the kingdom of God, and I went by the way of the cross...
City Confident Airports Can Handle Challenge
The National Football League believes Jacksonville is ready to play host to a Super Bowl in February 2005, but what about the city's airports? The NFL says roughly 65,000 people will fly into First Coast airports the week of the game, and the bulk...
City Hall to Review Meeting Practices Some Council Members Schedule Generic Sessions
Jacksonville City Hall's top lawyer this week agreed to a request from the state Attorney General's Office to jointly review certain City Council meeting practices that might violate the state's open government law. Pat Gleason, chief lawyer for...
Clay County Classic Could Be 4-Dog Race
The outcome of tonight's $15,000 Clay County Classic at the Orange Park Kennel Club could be as simple as 1-2-3 -- with a 7 thrown in. The winner of the first stake race of the Orange Park season will most likely be a greyhound starting from one...
Clinton's Presidency Kept Hollywood Scriptwriters Busy
LOS ANGELES -- Harrison Ford and Bill Pullman played him as an action hero. Jack Nicholson depicted him as a sniveling Martian appeaser. Michael Douglas portrayed him as the world's most powerful boyfriend. There's John Travolta's Clinton clone...
Coaches Rarely Cry 'Mercy' Rule Can Ease Pain of Prep Blowouts
Many people, at least those who are even aware of its existence, call it "the mercy rule." Most fans of varsity high school football don't even know it exists, let alone why or when it's used. That's because it's so seldom invoked. Even though...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "There's more to representing your constituents than paving roads." -- David L. Dowdy, who is running against incumbent Tommy Clark for the District 1 seat in Glynn County. See story, this page. JAZZ AMBASSADORS The Jazz...
Cole Bombing Reviewers Seek to Improve Overseas Security
WASHINGTON -- Retired military officers heading a review of the USS Cole bombing said yesterday they will look for ways to improve the Pentagon's support system for U.S. forces abroad and won't place blame on individuals for failing to avoid the attack....
Colts' James on Record Pace
INDIANAPOLIS -- The numbers are escalating for running back Edgerrin James, who in his second season with the Indianapolis Colts is on the verge of joining an elite list of Hall of Fame runners. Yesterday, the NFL chose James the AFC offensive player...
Coughlin Eases Up to Allow Players to Heal
Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin, who hardly has a reputation for backing down, said he didn't have much choice but to do just that this week. With a 3-6 record and little margin for error in the final seven games if the Jaguars are to make the playoffs,...
Deadly Ebola Spreads beyond Ugandan Town
KAMPALA, Uganda -- International health officials confirmed yesterday that the deadly Ebola virus has claimed a victim hundreds of miles from the Ugandan town where they had hoped to confine a recent outbreak. Experts had been sent to investigate...
Despite Close Presidential Race, Turnout Expected in 50% Range
WASHINGTON -- The close race for president is unlikely to translate into higher voter turnout this year because only about half of eligible voters are expected to go to the polls Tuesday, about the same as in 1996, according to projections released...
Dining Notes
-- OK, this should be interesting. The French Pantry has opened for dinner. It's owned and run by Tim and Barbara Felver, who have a strong background in restaurants -- locally with 24 Miramar, River City Brewing Co. and the Florida Cafe. And they...
Duval's Putting Resurfaces Round of 5-Under 65 Trails Els by One Shot
ATLANTA -- The cruelly ironic part of David Duval's year was that his putting touch returned about the same time his back started killing him. Both felt pretty good to the Jacksonville native yesterday. He was limber enough to survive a few trips...
ECB Keeps Interest Rate Steady at 4.75%
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Europe's top central banker said yesterday it's still too soon to say whether the euro is staging a full-fledged comeback despite a recent wave of investors pouring money into Europe amid signs the U.S. economy is slowing. ...
'Extremities' Confronts Violence against Women
Devlin Mann believes in socially conscious theater. The 1993 graduate of Jacksonville University, who is currently serving as artist-in-residence at JU, says he likes "to use our artistic endeavors to heighten social awareness." His latest effort,...
First Upright Creature Probably Ran for Its Life
WASHINGTON -- The first known creature to walk upright on two feet was a speedy, long-legged lizard that scurried onto the scene 80 million years before the dinosaur, a newly found fossil shows. The lizard, less than a foot long and weighing under...
Future Derby Champ? Breeders' Cup Juvenile Winner May Break Jinx
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The first Saturday in May will be on the minds of at least two trainers when their 2-year-old colts race at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in November. "The Kentucky Derby winner is in this field," said trainer Bob Baffert,...
Gators Control Own Fate in SEC, but Not BCS
GAINESVILLE -- The scenario for the University of Florida to reach the Southeastern Conference championship game is simple: Beat South Carolina at The Swamp on Nov. 11. Reaching the Orange Bowl for the national title game, however, is more complicated....
Gators Notebook
CARROLL WILL START Former Bolles School linebacker Travis Carroll, who transferred from Alabama and then fought his way through a three-game suspension and calf, shoulder and leg injuries, will make his first start for the Gators at Vanderbilt tomorrow....
Hotels Prepare for 2005 Bowl Georgia to Reap Game Profits, Too
BRUNSWICK -- When the news came that Jacksonville will get the 2005 Super Bowl, Southeast Georgia officials began doing the math. In Glynn County, it goes like this: A Georgia-Florida weekend is worth $2 million. One Super Bowl equals two Georgia-Florida...
Italian Is the Special of the Day at St. Nicholas' Pasta Cuisine
Pasta Cuisine has been on Beach Boulevard in the St. Nicholas neighborhood for 15 years, in a spot that was an Italian restaurant for a couple of decades before that. It's in a shopping center with a pawn shop, print shop and a big thrift shop. The...
Jacksonville Journal
********** CORRECTION November 4, 2000 Retired Navy Rear Adm. J. Scott Walker was commander of Helicopter Wings Atlantic at Jacksonville Naval Air Station from 1990 to 1992. Because of incorrect information from the Clay County Chamber...
Jacksonville Pair to Hear Own Music Their Song to Be Sung at Crusade
When the Jacksonville Billy Graham Crusade choir starts singing at Alltel Stadium tonight, two of its 7,000 local members will be intimately familiar with one of the songs. Lee and Dianne Turner of the Southside wrote Glory, Hallelujah, Jubilee,...
Jaguars: Super Bowl Good for Everyone Coughlin Sees Game as Team Goal
Super Bowl fever is hardly as rampant in the Jaguars' locker room as the rest of the city, but at least one player was in on the buzz. Renaldo Wynn, a defensive end in his fourth season with the Jaguars, said the magnitude of the biggest sporting...
JEDC to Examine Economic Incentives at Retreat Next Month
Following another lone dissenting vote yesterday against an economic incentive, members of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission are preparing to debate the economic perks at their upcoming strategic planning retreat. Commissioner Chipper...
Jerusalem Car Bomb Kills 2, Delays Call for Truce
JERUSALEM -- A thunderous car bomb killed two Israelis near a crowded Jerusalem market yesterday, escalating tensions as Israeli and Palestinian leaders put off a truce announcement meant to end five weeks of fighting. Islamic militants claimed...
Keep Your Eyes on the Fine Print for Alltel Stadium Costs
Spinning around the news dial ... click. OK. We got the Super Bowl in 2005. In all of the resulting hullabaloo, I hope you paid attention to part of the pitch Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver made to his fellow National Football League bigwigs...
Kostunica Blocks U.S. Visit Yugoslavs Upset over NATO Attacks
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Yugoslavia's new president, Vojislav Kostunica, has met with the president of Russia, the foreign minister of France, the former secretary-general of NATO, and a host of other top foreign dignitaries. But he still draws the...
Kursk Officer's Note Displayed at Funeral
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- "Mustn't despair" -- these words from Lt. Dmitry Kolesnikov's note, scribbled in the dark inside the sunken submarine Kursk, were displayed in a black frame yesterday next to his flag-draped coffin. Services for Kolesnikov,...
'Legend of Bagger Vance' Scores a Bogey
Watching The Legend of Bagger Vance is a lot like meeting someone at a party whose life has been transformed by some get-rich deal that they expect will, any day now, bring them their just rewards. Just like those people, the movie is earnest, boring...
Life Still Rocks for Allman Brother
Gregg Allman can still remember the date -- March 26, 1969 -- when his brother Duane handed him the lyrics to Trouble No More and told him to sing while he jammed with a few friends in a little Jacksonville house. He sang, they played, it scorched....
Lincoln Edges Columbia, Avenges '99 Loss
TALLAHASSEE -- Out to erase the near-perfect from last season's 14-1 Class 6A state championship campaign, top-ranked Tallahassee Lincoln avenged its only 1999 loss by holding off Lake City Columbia 38-35 last night at Gene Cox Stadium. The Trojans...
Local Bouncers Share Tales of the Drunk, the Belligerent and the Strange
If there's one thing that security specialists agree on, it's that they've seen it all. Here, some local security specialists recall some of their crazier memories: Jessica Luera, manager at Xanadu: "I remember this guy who tried to pee on the stage...
Love-in-Action Panel Helps Homeless Attend
As the school bus waded through downtown traffic last night, 32-year-old Elroy Roberts looked straight ahead and told of his search to learn more about God. "I'm going to be spiritually fed," said Roberts, who was among the few hundred homeless...
Love Managing His Mind Golfer Hopes to Break Lengthy Winless Streak
ATLANTA -- Davis Love III thinks he's settled on a mental approach in his attempt to break a streak of more than two years without a victory on the PGA Tour. And it's not necessarily hiding his eyes when he sees a leaderboard, as some players do....
Miami Faces 'Biggest Game'
MIAMI -- Having coached in two national championships and two Super Bowls, Butch Davis has plenty of experience in big games. He wishes he could say the same for his players. When No. 3 Miami plays second-ranked Virginia Tech tomorrow, it will...
Morning Briefing
STOCKS CLOSE MIXED; BUYERS SELECTIVE Buyers moved selectively back into the stock market yesterday, snapping up financial and technology issues after Wednesday's dip. Selling in basic materials and retailing stocks left the overall market mixed....
Must-Win Games for Two Teams Saints, Tigers Can't Afford District Loss
The Sandalwood and Jackson football teams are a combined 14-2 this season. The Saints have the area's top defense and the Tigers have one of the best offenses. But each has a district loss -- Sandalwood to Tallahassee Lincoln, Jackson to Clay --...
Nader Allies Urge Him to Drop out Groups Want Candidate to Yield Field to Gore
WASHINGTON -- Friends are now foes. Environmentalists, organized labor, gays and abortion-rights groups -- liberals and Democrats who once admired Ralph Nader's tenacity as a consumer crusader -- are now dedicated to stopping him from hurting Al Gore....
Nation Briefing
LAWYER ADMITS SABOTAGING DEATH ROW INMATE'S APPEAL WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A lawyer for a Death Row inmate admitted sabotaging his client's appeals because he didn't like the man and thought he ought to be executed. The disclosure came Wednesday...
Newsmakers
NUNS UPSET WITH MADONNA Madonna has incurred the displeasure of a group of nuns in Nebraska for taking over ownership of the Internet domain name madonna.com. "It's not a very Catholic thing to do," said a rep for the Benedictine Sisters, who run...
'Noles Facing Tall Order at 6-3, Raines High Grad Gardner Plays Big for Tigers
TALLAHASSEE -- Rod Gardner's 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame provides a serious challenge for diminutive defensive backs who spend Saturdays nipping at the Clemson receiver's heels. It's also plenty big enough to accommodate the senior's sizable ego. ...
On Their Guard 'Security Specialists' Keep Club Action under Control
Inside the dark interior of club 618, the punk band Voodoo Glow Skulls rocked the stage with their cover of the oldie Charlie Brown. The bodies of punkers thrashed and collided with each other in the mosh pit as security guards prowled the perimeter...
Paper Finally Reports 1960s Rights Upheaval
JACKSON, Tenn. -- During the 1960s, The Jackson Sun all but ignored one of the biggest upheavals in U.S. history -- the civil rights movement. The people of Jackson got little if any news from their hometown paper on the sit-ins, the boycotts and...
Picks
-- WAYNE COUNTY (6-2, 4-0) AT CAMDEN COUNTY (6-2, 4-0): This one is for all the marbles in Region 3-AAAAA (B). The Jackets and Wildcats have identical records, but the Jackets have been more impressive of late, averaging 38.6 points per game over...
Planners for 2005 Size It Up Super Bowl Panel to Need More Help
A day after landing the 2005 Super Bowl game, Jacksonville organizers began pondering how to pull it off. Step one: Get more help. "We've got to move from being a promoter, in a sense, to being a business," host committee co-chairman Tom Petway...
Plunging Necklines over Halos for These Crime Fighters
NEW YORK -- Forget the halo. Charlie's newest Angels are dressed to kill. Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu are following in the high-heeled footsteps of their predecessors, wearing sexy, stylish and trendsetting clothing in Charlie's Angels,...
Productivity Rose at 3.8% Rate in 3rd Quarter
WASHINGTON -- A key measure of American workers' productivity grew at a healthy, though considerably slower, pace in the third quarter, while labor costs picked up. That and other reports released yesterday showing a key measure of economic activity...
Retrial Plea Closes '96 Murder Case Former Death Row Inmate Gets 45 Years
Midway through his murder retrial, a Jacksonville man avoided the possibility of returning to Death Row yesterday by pleading guilty to lesser charges in a 1996 kidnapping that escalated into rape and murder. Robert Thomas, 29, faced death or...
Seminoles Notebook
EXPECTING THE BLITZ Florida State is fairly certain what defensive plan the Clemson Tigers will use when the teams meet tomorrow in Tallahassee. "We're going to see a bunch of blitzing," FSU quarterback Chris Weinke said. "As a quarterback, if...
Singapore Jet Possibly Used Wrong Runway
A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 that crashed in Taipei on Tuesday night apparently rammed construction equipment while attempting to take off on a runway closed for repairs, sources close to the investigation said yesterday. Veteran investigators...
Soyuz Docks with Space Station Expedition One Starts Moving In
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts docked with the international space station yesterday, establishing what managers of the $60 billion program hope will be a permanent foothold in space. Launched from Kazakhstan...
STATE GOVERNMENT House and Cabinet
In addition to choosing members of the Legislature, local voters on Tuesday will help decide two races for the state Cabinet. Charlie Crist and George H. Sheldon, both former legislators, are running for education commissioner. The incumbent, Tom...
Sullivan, Pueschel Take on Crenshaw for Fowler Seat
Two politically active candidates who have never held elected office are running against a former state legislator with 14 years of experience to serve Jacksonville in Congress. Both Democrat Tom Sullivan and independent candidate Deborah Katz Pueschel...
Suspects Videotaped Attack on Girl, Police Say Mentally Ill Teen Raped for Hours
MARIETTA, Ga. -- The suspects accused of raping and molesting a 13-year-old mentally disabled girl videotaped part of the crime, authorities said. District Attorney Pat Head would not say what the videotape revealed, but said he did not plan to...
Tour Bus Crashes after Heavy Snowfall 56 aboard When It Rolled over in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- A bus of Canadian tourists rolled over on a slushy highway yesterday as storms that dumped heavy, wet snow across the Northern Plains began to taper off. Fifty-six people were on the bus that crashed near Bowman, N.D., about 150...
Views Differ on Why Miller Toughened Ads
ATLANTA -- For most of this year's U.S. Senate campaign in Georgia, Mack Mattingly has cast himself as the rightful successor to the late Sen. Paul Coverdell since both are Republicans, while Democrat Zell Miller has tried to portray himself as representing...
Whitener, Padgett Capture Jax Raceways Feature Events
********** CORRECTION November 4, 2000 The Hooters Pro Cup Series and modified division auto races are scheduled for Florida Speed Park on Nov. 11, the last night of racing this season at the track. Because of a reporter's error, the date...
Winn-Dixie Bags Plans for LaVilla Existing Downtown Store to Be Renovated Instead
Officials at Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. have scrapped plans to build a new store in LaVilla. Instead, the supermarket retailer plans to renovate an existing downtown grocery store that would have been replaced if the LaVilla store...
World Briefing
ENGLAND: AT 114 YEARS OLD, WORLD'S OLDEST WOMAN DIES LONDON -- The world's oldest woman, who attributed her longevity to whiskey and boiled onions, died yesterday -- six days short of her 115th birthday. Eva Morris died peacefully in her sleep...
World of Business
PRICELINE LAYING OFF 87; CFO MILLER LEAVING Priceline.com, the Internet-based, name-your-own-price system for travel and other services, is cutting 16 percent of its work force and said that chief financial officer Heidi G. Miller is leaving after...
Write-In Seeks Glynn County Seat Heavy Growth Areas Get Candidates' Attention
BRUNSWICK -- David L. Dowdy said he never intended to challenge incumbent Tommy Clark for the District 1 seat on the Glynn County Commission. "I was drafted by a bunch of my constituents. They don't feel they're being represented in the 1st District...