The Florida Times Union

Articles from June 4, 2000

AHEAD OF THE GAME Valuable Tour of Duty Internships Help Bring Job Skills Up to Par
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- Samantha Alves is headed for the NBA's community relations department, but she credits the PGA Tour with helping her develop the skills she needed for her new job. The Stanton College Prep graduate and Mandarin resident is just...
Amateur Gets Ace, but Can't Have Truck
Tucker Lemley of Lake City experienced both good and bad timing last Monday in the final round of the Gateway Chevrolet Memorial Day Tournament at the Lake City Country Club. A rising senior at Columbia High School, Lemley was playing with Lake...
Ancient Sunken Cities Are Located after 2,500 Years, Pharaonic Towns Are Finally Found
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt -- Archaeologists scouring the Mediterranean seabed said yesterday they have found the 2,500-year-old ruins of submerged Pharaonic cities that until now were known only through Greek tragedies, travelogues and legends. Among the...
Berlin Zoo's Pandas Babyless after 5 Years Yan-Yan's Future Uncertain as Her Residency Expires
BERLIN -- The panda's troubles began, as most often do, with the promise of sex. Yan-Yan's is a sordid tale. Politicians are bickering over her. The zoo keeper is exasperated by her. Her mate, Bao-Bao, has, let us say, no romantic interest in her....
Better Jacksonville Plan Has Critics Seeing Deja Vu
It seemed like John Draper had been there before. A die-hard fiscal conservative, Draper was arguing that Jacksonville City Hall cared more about getting its hands on taxpayers' money than about using the cash in Mayor John Delaney's Better Jacksonville...
Bits and Bytes
COMPUTER MEETINGS PLANNED FOR FIRST COAST Free Office Depot workshops, "Getting Started in E-Commerce," 7 p.m. Wednesday Office Depot, 8653 Baymeadows Road, 9230 Arlington Expressway and 2050 S. Third St., Jacksonville Beach. The same workshops...
Boating Notebook
DAVIS TOPS FLEET Tom Davis on Cal 9.2 Ghost topped a 27-boat fleet in the North Florida Cruising Club's annual St. Augustine race last weekend. Davis, racing in the PHRF "B" class, covered the 30-nautical mile spinnaker course from the mouth...
Britain's Dunkirk Veterans Surrender to Time Few Still Alive Who Survived War-Time Rescue
LONDON -- Once more to Dunkirk, and then no more. The men who escaped being slaughtered on French beaches in 1940, bucking up British morale at a moment of terrible defeat, have grown old. Time has thinned their ranks. This year's crossing of...
Bush Aims at Tougher Iraq Policy Gore's Stance Different from Administration
WASHINGTON -- At the governor's mansion in Austin, Texas, last year, a top foreign policy adviser to George W. Bush casually suggested to the Republican presidential candidate that "we ought to have been rid of Saddam Hussein a long time ago." The...
Bush's Nuclear Plans Could Hit Snag Proposals Violate Existing Arms Law
WASHINGTON -- Two of Texas Gov. George W. Bush's arms control proposals are not just controversial but would violate existing law put in place by his own party. In a May 23 speech at the National Press Club, the Republican presidential candidate...
Capital's Infrastructure Crumbling
WASHINGTON -- There's a mess in Washington, this one underground. Many of the city's water, telephone, sewer and gas systems are on the verge of collapse. The capital's underground systems were among the earliest installed anywhere in the United...
Catching on Tomorrow's Draft Could See Four Catchers from the First Coast Selected by Big-League Teams
Tony Richie doesn't talk highly of himself or stroll through his lengthy list of accomplishments. The Bishop Kenny senior is among the nation's top prep baseball prospects -- projected as a first-round pick in tomorrow's First Year Player's Draft --...
Census-Takers Can Count on a Learning Experience
A friend who wound up his gig as a census enumerator a week ago talked about the door-to-door phase of the great count at a Memorial Day picnic. He told us about the people who talked to him, those who resisted, a few who dodged him. Almost. He had...
Chavez Granted License Fight against Tszyu to Be His Swan Song
PHOENIX -- Julio Cesar Chavez was granted a boxing license in Arizona so he can fight what he said will be his last bout. After hearing almost 90 minutes of testimony, including an impassioned plea from Chavez, the Arizona State Boxing Commission...
Cheating on the Rise as Testing Takes on Weight Principals, Faculty Hang on Scores
Fifth-grade teacher Barbara McCarroll was already puzzled and a little upset about her students' low test scores when her boss at Eastgate Elementary in Columbus, Ohio, approached her. How was it, the principal snapped, that the same children had...
China Progressing after Tiananmen Nation Enjoying Limited Freedoms
BEIJING -- The private sector Cao Siyuan has helped nurture protects him, for now. One of China's foremost advocates of capitalist remedies for socialist industries, Cao has endured years of run-ins with the ruling Communist Party. He was jailed...
Colorful Lawyer Defies Nursing Homes to Change
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jim Wilkes stands in the isolation booth in one of the studios at Reba McEntire's sparkling new Starstruck recording company. He's making what the music business calls a vanity recording, paying about $15,000 a day for the privilege,...
'Compassionate' Governor Is No Friend to Environment
If you are a fan of the Ichetucknee River and its pure crystal-clear waters, prepare to kiss them goodbye. The river is now slated for what's likely to be a slow, ugly death thanks to our "compassionate" governor, Jeb Bush, and his Department of...
Death Penalty Supporters Turn to DNA Testing Conservatives Say It Isn't Sign of Softening on Executions
RICHMOND, Va. -- Reflecting growing fears around the country that innocent people are on death row, two Republican governors last week decided to let science sort it out. Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore approved new DNA tests in hopes of establishing...
Deep Look at a Literary Collaboration the Rawlings-Perkins Relationship
Title: Max & Marjorie: The Correspondence Between Maxwell E. Perkins & Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Editor: Roger L. Tarr Data: University Press of Florida, 628 pages, $34.95 Review by Cynthia Parks Historians credit Spain with telling the...
Explorer Finds Lost Jungle City in Peru Rain Forest Empire Dates to 15th Century
LIMA, Peru -- An American explorer credited with discovering several major Indian ruins in Peru's rain forests has pulled back the jungle curtain to reveal another ancient city lost in time. "I think it's Cajamarquilla, one of the fabulous lost...
Fiction
Title: Horse Heaven Author: Jane Smiley Data: Knopf, 561 pages, $26 Review by Judy Elliott Nobody does research better than Jane Smiley. For Horse Heaven, she delved into the world of racing, training, grooming, feeding, birthing and riding horses....
Fires Scorch Acres of Land Statewide
Firefighters and the National Guard worked yesterday trying to control several large fires that burned thousands of acres across Florida, while more than 20 smaller blazes smoldered throughout the state. In western Duval County, a passing thunderstorm...
First Amendment Advocacy Is Fading in Its Prominence
The year 1999 was the "year of censor," reported The Media Institute, a group established to encourage freedom of speech, competition and excellence in journalism. Legislators nationwide were filtering content for minors, restricting advertising...
Flight Simulators Able to Link Training Exercises
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE -- When Col. Doug Dildy looks out from his virtual cockpit he can see images of planes flown by other Air Force pilots as they join him in dogfighting enemy aircraft or dodging hostile missiles. Dildy's wingmen may actually...
Floods Ahead for New Mexico Wildfires Set Stage for Future Disaster
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Shawn Mills looked at the blackened hills across from her two-story home, shook her head, and cast her eyes to the ground. "That mountain is going to come down, I know it," she said. "It's going to be like a California mud slide...
Florida Has Watchful Eye on Facilities
Pete J. Buigas is the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration's deputy director for managed care and health quality. Q. What evidence do you have that the rising cost of insurance for nursing homes is a problem for consumers? A. I do think...
Go out and Reel in a Fish Tale
This is the truth. If you don't believe it, you can ask Russell Mullins. He saw it. OK, so he's a used car dealer, but he's honest. So anyway, I went fishing and I took this reel that I had fixed. When I found Russell out on the rocks, I settled...
GOP Thinking Early on Barnes Challenger
ATLANTA -- It may seem early, but already there are those wondering who the Republicans will find to challenge popular Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes in two years. GOP prospects for an upset may seem bleak now, but party loyalists say that can change....
Guilt Is Normal, So Learn to Deal with It
Aren't you going to work late and help your burdened colleagues? Why haven't you called your mother? Can't you re-assign that job to someone who is less frantic? How did you forget to send your sister a birthday card? Is there a good reason...
Heusinger's 299 in Final Game Leads to 744 Series in Doubles Event
Tom Heusinger rolled the second 299 game of his career in the 2000 Knights of Columbus Florida State Bowling Tournament held in Port St. Lucie. It came in the final game of the doubles event, where Heusinger and Jerry Kistka finished in fifth place....
Host's Return Written in Stars
Long before he was The King of Queens, Kevin James was a wide-eyed kid growing up on Long Island, dreaming that someday he might be a Met or an Islander. James' sports career went no further than high school. Instead he found success in a different...
How Clinton's Coastal Plan Affects Region Not Clear Yet
WASHINGTON -- The wind-swept barrier island provided the perfect photo opportunity: beautiful Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland, famous for its sands as well as its wild horses. The timing was apt: the Friday before Memorial Day, a...
Inflation Can Offset Any Gains in Fixed-Income Investments
Volunteers from the Society of Financial Service Professionals of Northeast Florida spent a recent Saturday morning at TheTimes-Union answering readers' phoned-in questions about estate planning, taxes and investing. Here are highlights of the session....
Kings Rule over Summer Tourneys Another Mega-Event This Week Will Feature $59,000 Prize Package
They don't taste as good as some other fish, or grow as big or fight as hard as some species. But for the next two months, at least, kingfish will rule in Northeast Florida. Relatively plentiful and accessible to even small boats, kingfish are a...
LEGISLATURE Brimming Over
Jacksonville didn't get $25 million to buy a swamp, but it got $21 million to help poor, sick people. So, is the glass half-full or half-empty? The annual game local governments play of analyzing the state budget to see how much loot they got...
Look to Canada for Vacation Deal
Americans seeking a bargain foreign getaway need look no farther than their northern neighbor -- where the U.S. dollar continues to enjoy a 40 percent bonus on everything from fly-fishing in British Columbia to houseboating in Saskatchewan to city-sightseeing...
Miami Forces Final Game 'Canes' 7-5 Win Puts CWS Berth in Balance Today
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State's season-long defensive woes again caught up with Mike Martin's baseball team. With a chance to secure the school's 18th College World Series appearance at the expense of defending national champion Miami, the Seminoles...
Microsoft's Behavior Is Helping Cisco Learn How to Avoid Trouble
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cisco Systems Inc. is the world's second-most-valuable technology company. It boasts a 62 percent market share for its core product. It aggressively acquires emerging technologies and grafts them into its flagship products. And...
Missile System Leads Clinton, Putin Summit Presidents Discuss a Number of Topics
MOSCOW -- President Clinton and Vladimir Putin were "serious and focused" in Kremlin discussions last night, with Clinton intrigued by the new Russian president's suggestion he has relaxed his stern opposition to a planned U.S. system to defend against...
Nation Briefing
FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY WILLIAM SIMON DIES AT 72 NEW YORK -- William Edward Simon, who was secretary of the treasury in the Nixon and Ford administrations, died yesterday, NBC reported. He was 72. NBC said Simon died from complications from...
Never Fear, the South Is Here to Stay
The "South" disappears a little with every new franchised restaurant and convenience store. Some fear that soon we will be no different from any other section of the country, with nothing uniquely Southern to pass along to future generations. Lorraine...
Newsmakers
FANS STAY PUT FOR CONCERT TIX Persistence has paid off for three women who showed their devotion to boy band 'N Sync by living in sinks. Breanne McCubbin, 20, Karen Turgeon, 19, and Meghan Hatton, 26, lived in sinks for 13 days outside WXLK-FM's...
Next Time, Take an Outdoors Writer for Good Luck
It has long been whispered that when an outdoors writer steps aboard a fishing boat, it's the kiss of death. Having TWO outdoors writers on your boat is a guaranteed skunk, or so it goes. We need to put this ugly misconception to rest right now....
Non-Fiction
Title: The Last Campaign Author: Zachary Karabell Data: Knopf, 308 pages, $27.50 Review by Jules Wagman Everyone knew that the scrappy little man would be taking the train back to Independence, Mo., before January was out. Everyone, that is,...
Notebook
VOGLER MAY RETURN The Jacksonville Tomcats are in the market for a quarterback, and they could be turning to their former starter. Matt Vogler, who left the team earlier in the season after a dispute with head coach Perry Moss over Vogler's playing...
Nursing Homes in Crisis
********** CORRECTION June 7, 2000 Sandy Chapman's mother was in Palm Garden of Jacksonville for three months, and her mother's bed sore developed before she entered Palm Garden. Because of a reporter's error, the information was incorrect...
Nutrition Summit Highlights America's Weight Problem Experts Say Diet Must Be Priority
Prodding people to stop smoking or to buckle up their seatbelts almost looks easy compared to the newest public health campaign: trim America's oversized waistline. Smoking focuses on breaking a single habit. Seatbelts requires learning one. But...
Okeechobee Islands Back to Native Roots Planting Planned of Florida Trees
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Lake Okeechobee is down more than 2 feet since late April, and water managers say this is the chance they've been waiting six years for: The time is right to replant thousands of native Florida trees on the lake's interior islands....
Outdoors Notebook
REEF RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY UPCOMING Weather permitting, an artificial reef designed to provide research and educational opportunities will be established this week about 5 miles off Ponte Vedra Beach in 55 feet of water. Beginning tomorrow, more...
Painful night:Tomcats Beaten by Winless Speed Another Quarterback Goes Down as 'Cats Fall to 5-3
The Jacksonville Tomcats don't have a quarterback a controversy. You have to have quarterbacks in order to have a controversy, and as of today, the Tomcats have exactly one. Joe Miracle, who three weeks ago wasn't even with the arenafootball2 franchise,...
Pharms Cultivate Animals for Drugs Process Expected to Reduce Costs
CHARLTON, Mass. -- The GTC Farm oozes a storybook charm, with its shaded brook, old-fashioned clapboard farmhouse, and gamboling goats that rush from their barns and thrust their noses over fences to inspect visitors. But the aura of times past...
Punishment Comes Too Late, Critics Say Others Tout Florida's Aggressive Stance
********** CORRECTION June 4, 2000 Avante of Jacksonville Beach did not have its Medicare and Medicaid payments halted in 1998. Because of incorrect information from the state Agency for Health Care Administration, the information was incorrect...
Quarterback Situation Dire for Tomcats
When Perry Moss decided to come out of retirement and return to coaching indoor pro football with Jacksonville's arenafootball2 franchise, he might have stuck to just fishing on his bass boat if he knew his quarterbacks would be as disposable as diapers....
Rebels Seize Journalists, Paid Ransom
JOLO, Philippines -- Muslim rebels holding 21 hostages on a southern Philippine island grabbed a group of foreign journalists and then released them 10 hours later in exchange for $25,000 in ransom, police and one of the journalists said yesterday....
Scientists Building Computer to Speed Gene Studies Machine Tasked to Explain Protein
HAWTHORNE, N.Y. -- Here is the plan: IBM scientists intend to spend five years building the fastest computer in the world, 500 times faster than anything in existence today. It will suck down every spare watt of electricity and throw off so much heat...
Slain Boy's Life Celebrated Family, School Dwell on Happiness He Brought
INTERLACHEN -- About 200 people gathered at C.H. Price Middle School in Interlachen yesterday to mourn the death of Jerry Lee Alley Jr., to comfort his family and to celebrate his life. His family sat on the basketball court of the school gym, seemingly...
Stanley Cup Finals Can Be Pain Game
DALLAS -- In baseball, if a player gets whacked by a 95-mph fastball and breaks his wrist in early June, he's likely done for the season. Break a wrist, tear a knee ligament, need 50 stitches in the face during the Stanley Cup playoffs, and you're...
St. Marys Launches Upgrades City Hopes to Net Tourists with Growth
ST. MARYS -- After a decade of planning, an ambitious $5 million waterfront development in St. Marys is finally under way. "It's exciting, but it's hectic," City Manager Mike Mahaney said. "You're talking a radical change in the landscape." Construction...
Take Advantage of 'Gold Rush' Musical Teaches Kids to Take Charge of Life
The great thing about an audience of children, according to David Armstrong, is that they are "totally fair." "When you engage them, they sit there and are totally enraptured," Armstrong said. "But if you're boring them, they'll let you know. They...
Teacher Bonuses Give Hope to Duval Schools Could Use Money for High-Demand Fields
TALLAHASSEE -- When Joanne Williams and other school administrators try to recruit math and science teachers, they face a challenge: Businesses are willing to pay thousands of dollars more to hire the same people. "All of us are suffering as far...
Tenant Labels Gore 'Slumlord' Repairs Come Quickly after Family's Story Airs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tracy Mayberry thought Vice President Al Gore was a slumlord, until Gore called her yesterday and promised to repair overflowing toilets and backed-up sinks in the house her family rents from him. Mayberry and her family pay...
The Cummer's Local, Modern 'Vision' Upcoming Exhibit Features Work by Area Artists
Traditionally, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has not shown a lot of interest in local artists, at least not while they were alive and in the prime of their careers. But with the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art without an exhibition space,...
The Storyteller Lorraine Johnson-Coleman Has a Knack for the Narrative
Blessings are no good unless you pass them along. -- Lorraine Johnson-Coleman, Just Plain Folks Lorraine Johnson-Coleman, a natural born storyteller with a voice that makes you want to listen and a delivery that makes you laugh, is passing her...
The Wells Watch
PSST! Did you hear about . . .? You did? Call and tell me all about it. Call, too, if you've seen, planned or are about to do something smashing, if you stuck around after your last meeting to hear all the good stuff that gets hashed over in the...
Tomcats Defense Shaky in Loss Speed QB, Short Passing Game Keep Unit off Balance
In Jacksonville's arenafootball2 win against Birmingham last week, Tomcats coach Perry Moss blasted his defense after the game. The speech was meant to stir up a unit that has struggled with its consistency throughout the season. And in the first...
Touchdown Jesus Better Get Ready to Cover His Ears
Tom Coughlin will be the next coach of Notre Dame. He just doesn't realize it yet. Nobody does. "I have no interest in the Notre Dame position and I've never been contacted. The only interest I have is getting the Jaguars to the Super Bowl,"...
USC's Pitchers Handle Tech Jackets' Offense Kept off Balance in Series Opener
ATLANTA -- Southern California coach Mike Gillespie had confidence in pitchers Rik Currier and Ronald Flores, but they surprised even him with their combined effort in a 7-2 victory over Georgia Tech in the first game of their three-game set in Atlanta....
Young Stars Rise like Rockets Fans Flexing Buying Power
NEW YORK -- First 'N Sync. Then Britney Spears. Then Eminem. Now Kid Rock discs are flying off store shelves as a new generation seizes control of the music business with a startling springtime of sales. The three fastest-selling albums since accurate...
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