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Articles from January 14, 2001

2 Men to Serve Life Terms for Robbing, Killing Widow
TAMPA -- Two men have been sentenced to life in prison in the robbery-slaying of a wealthy widow found stuffed in a closet in her upscale home. She was wrapped in duct tape with a silk flower shoved down her throat. U.S. District Judge Richard Lazzara...
Ambitious Media Deal Has Lost Some Shine
NEW YORK -- Executives from the newly combined AOL Time Warner Inc. went right into champagne-popping mode Friday, ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, beaming before TV cameras and unveiling a new sign installed overnight at their...
Americans Show Common Sense in Aftermath of the Big Election
Journalists often work at the margins of society, the unusual and the extreme. But as I have learned in this job, Americans as a whole have common sense. Have you noticed that life is pretty much back to normal after one of the most newsworthy elections...
Artistic Infusion Galleries Giving Creative Boost to Downtown's Core
Donald Thomas has a simple business strategy for Fine Art & Framing by D&J, an art gallery he co-owns with Jerome Davis. "We're going to feed off the big ship," Davis said, nodding in the direction of his Hemming Plaza neighbor, the Jacksonville...
Atter, Who Served City for 38 Years, Dies at 76
Phillip "Flip" T. Atter, a 38-year Jacksonville city employee, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 76. Mr. Atter worked in five mayoral administrations beginning in 1951. He was the city public parking chief for 20 years and the director of...
Bits and Bytes
COMPUTER MEETINGS PLANNED FOR FIRST COAST The PC Users Group of Jacksonville general meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Jacksonville University's Gooding Auditorium, 2800 University Blvd. Speaker: Steve Carney. Topic: Using your PC to manage...
Boaters Will Pay for Recent Manatee Settlement
Nowhere in the stories reporting last week's out-of-court settlement of a suit by 19 environmental groups against the federal government over endangered manatees has there been any mention of the potential ramifications of the agreement. That's...
Bombing Can Shake Up a Whole Neighborhood Jacksonville Man Who Experienced '90 Blast Sympathizes
Phillip Brown remembers that day like it was yesterday. The elderly Jacksonville man was in his living room watching television when the tranquility of his Confederate Point apartment complex was shattered by a massive explosion. A neighbor,...
Boxing Hunch Helps Find Her Son Taken 14 Years Ago Father, Stepmother Arrested in Abduction
NEWBURY, Mass. -- A woman who hadn't seen her son since his father picked him up for a visit 14 years ago has been reunited with the 16-year-old boy after a hunch led authorities to a boxing club. The boy's father and stepmother were arrested on...
Box-Office Pinch Latest Horror in Films Cutting Back on Ads Geared toward Teens Costs Industry Money
LOS ANGELES -- Four months after Hollywood promised to stop marketing violence to kids, movie studios and theater owners are feeling a box-office pinch, possibly because of the new restraint. At least two gory R-rated films that would normally have...
Boy's Lawyer Blames Slaying on TV Wrestling 12-Year-Old Tried Moves at Home
FORT LAUDERDALE -- No one disputes that on a summer night in 1999, Lionel Tate beat a 6-year-old family friend to death in his home after his mother, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper, went upstairs. What is disputed is why Lionel, then 12, did it....
Bush Administration to Reconsider Marines' Ospreys Tight Budget Means Something Has to Go
WASHINGTON -- The incoming Bush administration is taking a hard look at big-ticket weapons programs that could be cut. One possible target: the Marine Corps' V-22 Osprey, a cross between a helicopter and airplane that has crashed four times, killing...
Cabinet Hearings Will Give Early Signs on Bush's Clout Senators Watched for Extent of Cooperation
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Bush's persuasiveness on Capitol Hill will be tested for the first time as Senate confirmation hearings begin this week for 10 of his 16 Cabinet-level nominees, including the contentious choices of John Ashcroft as attorney...
Changing the Lunch Counter
Back about 1963, Sarah Moore worked the lunch counter at the McCrory's five and dime in Waycross. One day a group of customers who were not allowed to dine there came in and sat down. They were African-Americans -- polite whites called them colored...
Clay Takes Top Spot in Wrestling Tourney
Clay High protected its home turf and held off a depleted University Christian squad to take first place at the Green Cove Springs Rotary Invitational wrestling tournament at Clay High School last night. Going into the finals and consolation finals...
Councilman Endures Cascade of Jokes for Urging Surf Study
You can't say he's not a good sport. After enduring several days of ribbing from other City Council members over a measure he sponsored to spend $30,000 improving the surfing waves off Hanna Park, Councilman Jerry Holland didn't disappoint when...
Councilwoman Focuses on Health, Safety Jenkins Starts Series of Investigations
City Councilwoman Suzanne Jenkins is taking her mandate to monitor public health and safety seriously by launching a series of mini-investigations into selected problems in Jacksonville. Jenkins, who serves as chairwoman of the council committee...
ELECTIONS Changes Are Coming
Florida is moving toward better technology for elections. As long as care is taken to ensure that it is not more prone to fraud, this is a welcome change. In the meantime, someone should acknowledge that punch-card voting actually is quite fair...
Embassy Bomb Suspects Allege Rights Violations Questioning without Access to Attorneys
NEW YORK -- When he was arrested in Nairobi five days after the bombing of the U.S. Embassy there in 1998, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Owhali was immediately turned over by Kenyan police to three FBI agents who read him his Miranda rights. There was, however,...
Fiction
Title: P.E.A.C.E. Author: Guy Holmes Data: Simon & Schuster, 313 pages, $23 Review by Mark Faulkner Poor New York City. For years, the town has been stereotyped in books, television shows and movies as a den of criminals and lawlessness...
Freezes Take Toll on Snook
The common snook, a favorite with South Florida anglers and occasional visitor to North Florida, is a tropical species and among the most susceptible to the cold. When the water temperature drops to 60 degrees, snook quit eating. At 58 degrees,...
Friends, Supporters Shower Fowler with Thanks Many Show Gratitude for 8 Years in Congress
Tillie Fowler brings people together, Elizabeth Dole said in a video presentation included in a tribute to Fowler yesterday. Indeed, about 700 people came together at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds yesterday to say thanks to Fowler, who recently stepped...
Greco Records 22nd Perfect Game
Joe Greco added another perfect game to his long list. Competing in the Mixed Scratch Trio League at Beach Bowl, Greco sandwiched his 300 between games of 276 and 218 for a 794 series. It was his 22nd perfect game. The only disappointment...
GULF WAR: 10 YEARS LATER Gulf War Veterans Recall Service with Little Emotion
He glances at the picture often, the black-and-white shot of a little boy wrapping his arms around his father's neck, and almost apologizes for not having a gallant war story to match. The elements are there, captured on film: part of a Welcome...
Indiana QB Randle El to Return for Senior Year
INDIANAPOLIS -- Two years ago, Antwaan Randle El was pleading with Adewale Ogunleye to play his senior season at Indiana. Ogunleye, a junior defensive end then, was projected as a high draft pick. He had graduated and thought his stock could only...
Iraq Denies Report That U.S. Pilot Survived Official Statement Calls Idea 'Silly Lie'
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq said yesterday there was no truth to reports that a missing U.S. Navy pilot might have survived after being shot down during the Gulf War, calling the idea a "silly lie." Iraq's Information Ministry said it would soon release...
Jacksonville Native Nears End of Long 'Beauty' Tour
Having been with the national touring company of Disney's Beauty and the Beast for almost a year and a half, Renee Lawless-Orsini was ready to leave the show at the start of the year. Then she saw the schedule for the first two months of 2001 and...
JACKSONVILLE'S CENTURY OF GROWTH Look How Far We've Come; Are We Ready for What's Ahead?
To open their restaurant, Anna DeLoach's family picked a place with a future -- and a past. They went downtown, starting Happy Chefs three years ago on a street they hoped could join the "24-hour downtown" politicians talked about. After the opening,...
Jaguars' FB May Test Open Market
Fred Taylor is under contract three more seasons. His lead blocker isn't, which may mean Daimon Shelton won't return to Jacksonville next season. Shelton, the Jaguars' starting fullback the past three seasons, is an unrestricted free agent. The...
Jaguars Notebook
HOLLIS WANTS BARKER TO STAY He is the only player in Jaguars history to play every game, but that could end soon for punter Bryan Barker. One player not thrilled with the idea is Jaguars kicker Mike Hollis. Barker, the Jaguars' punter since 1995...
Jeb Bush Charity Event Will Have Local Site
An annual golf tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and hosted by Gov. Jeb Bush will come to the First Coast in December. The Jeb Bush Florida Golf Classic, held at Miami's Doral Resort and Spa since 1996, will begin rotating sites...
Lady Bulldogs Put Streak on Line against No.9 Tigers LSU Game 2nd of Three in Row for Georgia vs. Top 10 Teams
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's winning streak is still alive after the first game in its Top 10 gauntlet. The Lady Bulldogs will have to play the next two without one of their top players, starting with today's game at ninth-ranked Louisiana State. The...
Layne Sparks Georgia Comeback
OXFORD, Miss. -- Stellar defense has propelled No. 20 Mississippi to its best start in decades. A lack of it cost the Rebels in their Southeastern Conference home opener. D.A. Layne scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half as Georgia erased...
Let's Take off the Gloves and Fight over Right, Wrong
OK. I was wrong. Like a lot of folks, after the grueling presidential campaign and the even more gruelling election, I got all mushy brained. We need to end the partisan bickering, I said. We need to unite, not divide. We need to find common...
Lobbying Continues for Fishing Pier
Delbert Bailey is not giving up on the idea of saving part of the old Fuller Warren Bridge for use as a fishing pier. Bailey, who works at Thrifty Bait and Tackle on the Westside, is hoping to gather signatures on a petition to convince Mayor John...
Loyalty an Issue, but So Is Cash
The negotiations are oh-so-secret, but one thing must be understood about the talks between the Jaguars and Mark Brunell. The man won't come cheap, and he won't even come at a discount. In recent days, as contract talks between the Jaguars starting...
Manatee Numbers Increase Latest Count Shows Record Total of 3,276
Less than a week after an out-of-court settlement of a suit by environmental groups charging the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with a failure to enforce laws to protect the manatee, the annual count of the endangered...
More Compelling Reasons Needed to Move Players
Nobody has ever accused the PGA Tour of making many bad business decisions. Under Deane Beman or Tim Finchem as commissioner, the Tour, for the most part, has done right by its players, fans, the television networks and corporate sponsors. But in...
Most Times, Just Pitching Your PC Doesn't Compute
While stock market analysts have been whining about dismal PC sales over the holidays, I've noticed an awful lot of cow-spotted Gateway boxes out by the curb lately. Apparently, Santa stuffed a computer down somebody's chimney last month. And with...
Murder and Power at Highest Level White House Setting for Intrigue
Title:The First Counsel Author: Brad Meltzer Data: Warner Books, 479 pages, $25.95 Review by Judy Wells Michael Garrick opens his narrative by telling what he fears -- heights, snakes, evil clowns, professional failure and dying alone,...
Nation Briefing
COUPLE SEE THEIR STOLEN CAR IN BANK DRIVE-THROUGH LANE WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A couple whose car and checkbook were stolen got a surprise when they went to the bank to close their account: Their car was in the drive-through lane, where two people were...
NATO Tries to Calm Scare over Uranium European Panic Strains Alliance at Crucial Time
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Depleted uranium may or may not be a danger to life and health, but for the U.S.-led NATO alliance, fallout from mounting controversy over the American munitions that contain it is proving extremely noxious. "The hysteria and...
Newsmakers
BASINGER FILES FOR DIVORCE Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger has filed for divorce from actor Alec Baldwin. Basinger cited irreconcilable differences in the petition filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple separated last month. Basinger,...
New York Crisis Emphasizes Funding Inequity in Schools Dissemination Is Top Priority among Litigants
NEW YORK -- Dozens of states are enmeshed in legal or political fights that pit city and rural school districts against their wealthier suburban counterparts over scarce education dollars. Issues such as class size and standardized tests dominate...
Next Port of Call for Capers Tour: Big Apple, Jets
If Dom Capers is to be the coach of the New York Jets, he'll have to beat out a member of the current staff and two of the hotter candidates in the NFL. Capers, the Jaguars' defensive coordinator the past two seasons, will interview for the Jets'...
Nocatee, Parents Disagree Developers Favor High School Farther from Ponte Vedra
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- One mile farther away from the Ponte Vedra Beach community is one too many for St. Johns County parents and school officials disappointed with potential high school sites recommended by Nocatee developers last week. Nocatee...
Non-Fiction
Title: Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne Author: David Starkey Data: HarperCollins, 368 pages, $27.50 Title: Big Chief Elizabeth Author: Giles Milton Data: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 352 pages, $24 Reviews by Ann Hellmuth ...
Not an All-Star Day for UF's Willis No Receptions in Team Florida Gridiron Victory
ORLANDO -- For Jacksonville's Alex Willis, as well as the other 91 players who suited up for yesterday's Rotary Gridiron Classic, the all-star game provided perhaps one last chance to impress pro football scouts. Unfortunately for Willis, the game...
Notebook
THREE HUNTERS INJURED Three men were injured in separate hunting accidents at wildlife management areas in Central Florida last weekend. -- On Jan. 6, William Alvin Jones of Ocala was accidentally shot while he and other hunters in his party...
Ottomans Leave Their Mark on Modern World
You know more about the Ottomans and their country than you think. Start with their name. Because Topkapi Palace was so filled with low, upholstered armless pieces of furniture used as seats or footrests, we call them ottomans. In the 18th century,...
Overseas Slots Bring in Big Bucks for U.S. Armed Forces Problem Gamblers Troubling to Some
WASHINGTON -- In the darkness and cold of an Iceland winter, Senior Airman Lenyatta Tinnelle found her spark feeding quarters into slot machines on her U.S. military base. "It's like I was in a trance," she said. "I couldn't stop." Some nights...
Peace Talks at Highest Level in Months Peres, Arafat Push Ahead despite Doubts
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres joined yesterday in what both sides said was a final push for an accord in the few days before President Clinton leaves office and Israel's battered leader...
Petrino Has Pedigree to Withstand Pressure
It's almost as if Bob Petrino's entire life has been one long rehearsal for this opportunity. The stakes will be infinitely higher now for the Jaguars' new offensive coordinator, much greater than when the coach's kid began making a name for himself...
Pike Schools Accused of Racism Protesters Angry over Racial Slur, Discipline Issues
ZEBULON, Ga. -- About 125 people protested Pike County schools yesterday, saying a math teacher wasn't adequately punished for using a racial slur in class and that black students and teachers are treated unfairly. Organizers say a teacher used...
Reagan's Surgery on Hip Successful Alzheimer's Disease Complicates Recovery
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Former President Ronald Reagan was recuperating in a hospital here yesterday after undergoing surgery to repair his broken right hip, an injury he suffered in a minor fall at his home. Joanne Drake, a Reagan family spokeswoman,...
Sanctions Eroding Because of Their Impact on Ordinary Iraqis
In August, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez became the first head of state to visit Iraq since the Gulf War and meet its president, Saddam Hussein. In September, flights from France and Russia to Baghdad began. In November, a Baghdad trade fair drew...
Selecting a College President Privately Task Force Urges School Exemption from Sunshine Laws
Bright skies and sunny weather have attracted countless new employees to the Sunshine State, but a different kind of "sunshine" hurts Florida's ability to recruit new university presidents, a state task force has concluded. The task force recommended...
Sharp Partisanship Likely to Limit Bush's Moves Major Legislation Could Be Doomed
WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush will assume the presidency at a time when the economy is soft and the politics hard. Political analysts say he will have little, if any, of a honeymoon. Democrats are pouncing on his nominee for attorney general, John...
Smithsonian Comes Calling Amateur Collects Scores of Fossils
WAYNESVILLE -- The Smithsonian Institution is beating a path to Chet Kirby's door. That is not as easy as it sounds. Kirby lives modestly and slightly off the beaten path down about a mile of dirt road in the Waynesville community in eastern Brantley...
Stage Musical a 'Beauty' of an Idea for Disney
Though live performance has been a staple at Disney's theme parks since they opened, the decision in 1994 to produce Beauty and the Beast as a Broadway musical represented a new direction for the company. It's a new direction that has worked out...
State's Driving Age Likely to Stay at 16 Barnes Wants It at 17 in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Despite their grumbling and complaining, Georgia teenagers will probably not be able to avoid tougher driving restrictions from the Legislature this session. But, so far, there are no serious proposals to raise the statewide driving age...
ST. JOHNS RIVER Pipelines and Politics
By tacitly conceding that Georgia-Pacific's plan to run a pipeline into the St. Johns River will not harm the river, state regulators are helping bring to a close a long-standing dispute that has generated much misinformation. The paper mill in...
Tech Tags Another Top 10 Team
Georgia Tech is becoming a giant killer. Freshman Halston Lane scored 21 points and the Yellow Jackets upset their second Top 10 team in a row, beating No. 6 Wake Forest 95-89 in overtime last night. The Demon Deacons (13-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast...
The Wells Watch 2001 the Year Ahead
Get out those calendars and pencils, friends, and start making plans. This is as complete and accurate a list of the year's activities as we can muster. The arts organizations' schedules for 2001-02 and pro football schedules, for example, will be...
Train Planners Unhappy with Barnes Budget They Claim Proposed Spending Would Delay Lines by at Least a Year
ATLANTA -- Unless the General Assembly kicks in more money for passenger-rail service than Gov. Roy Barnes included in his 2002 budget plan, commuter-rail lines linking Atlanta with Athens and Macon won't be up and running until 2005 at the earliest,...
Treasures Revealed Fort Lauderdale Museum Offers Unparalleled Look into the Opulent History of the Byzantine Empire
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Fifty years before Columbus sailed to the New World, the Conqueror Mehmed II, besieged and took Constantinople, capitol of the Byzantine Empire, once the grandest and most impregnable city in the world. He began planning the assault...
Uranium Worries Least of Kosovo's Gravely Ill Environment Other Health Crises Ignored, Some Say
LANDOVICA, Yugoslavia -- The boy wiggles through thick brambles and slides into the bomb crater. He comes often to this spot -- a wooded hollow among rolling hills of vineyards -- to explore the crumbled bunker or hunt for pieces of the Yugoslav tanks...
Venus Eyes Third Major Title in Row
MELBOURNE, Australia -- A familiar pose best captures women's tennis today: Venus Williams at the net, racket cocked, ready to slam an overhead, a picture of aggression, intimidation and domination. The striking image serves as a symbol at the start...
West Coast Power Crisis Worsening Governors Urging Citizens to Cut Usage
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A state agency has already spent about $30 million buying electricity to stave off rolling blackouts during the state's power shortage, and the state plans to continue its purchases as a long-term solution. The action comes...
Woman Shooting for Fun Hunter Taking Pride in Sport of Men
Once an unlikely candidate to become a hunter, Jacksonville's Sheri O'Grady now speaks fluently the language of the deer stalker, about brow tines and rifle calibers and the trophy buck she took last month in Texas. Her women friends are amused....
World Briefing
ITALY: U.S. TOBACCO GIANT FACING TAX EVASION CHARGES ROME -- Prosecutors in Italy are expected to seek an indictment of Philip Morris after finishing their investigation of whether the U.S. tobacco giant evaded taxes on billions of dollars of revenue,...
Young Violinist's World Is a Stage
When she was 4 years old, a small Sarah Chang would try to reach up and grab her father's violin as he practiced so she could play a few notes. She started taking piano from her mother at age 3, and violin lessons from her father followed in less than...
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