The Florida Times Union

Articles from July 6, 1997

3 Years Later Flood Victims Bounce Back 'God Has Been Good to Us'
AMERICUS -- Whenever thunder claps and lightning flashes, 73-year-old Dave Jackson makes sure he's dressed to go out. With good reason. Three years ago today, floodwaters spawned by Tropical Storm Alberto crashed through his front door...
Andretti Surprises 400 Field
DAYTONA BEACH -- John Andretti could attest to the lonely life of a winless Winston Cup driver, especially on race days. That life, as Andretti had known it through 109 career starts, is over. With team owner Cale Yarborough -- winner of...
Area Notes
A full field of 96 players will tee off Wednesday for the first round of the seventh annual First Coast Women's Championship, at the Radisson Ponce de Leon Golf Resort in St. Augustine. Leading the field will be defending champion Shanna Nagy,...
Beach Enthusiasts Try to Save Sea Life from Holiday Litter
Scanning the sand like an early-morning beachcomber, Mike Garland filled a bag with items he found on Neptune Beach: cigarette packs, candy wrappers and a lot of burned-out fireworks. "I really don't like the idea of that ending up in some...
Bits & Bytes
MAC MEETING "Macintosh Tips and Tricks" will be the subject of Tuesday's meeting of the North Florida Macintosh Users Group. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Mandarin Public Library, 3330 Kori Road. A general meeting for novices will...
Boaters Worried over Perceived Dock Hazard
A new commercial dock extending some 600 feet into one of the most treacherous stretches of the St. Johns River has many recreational boaters and some law enforcement officers incensed. Atlantic Marine & Dry Dock Inc., Jacksonville's...
Brunell's Extension: Much Ado about Nothing
Questions to ponder while the mercury hovers near 100 and, thankfully, the first NFL training camp (Indianapolis Colts) opens to quench the thirsts of sports-parched Americans: Isn't all this will-he or won't-he speculation about quarterback...
Carolina Damages Cyclones' Hopes
At this point in the A-League season, every Jacksonville Cyclones loss can be devastating to the team's playoff hopes. That makes a one-minute period of last night's 3-0 loss to Carolina in front of 1,708 at Mandarin High School a tough pill...
Carrying a Purse Is Our Biological Destiny
In her heart, every woman knows that if she could only get her hands on the right purse, she could rule the world. Deeper in her heart, she believes there is a conspiracy keeping her from it. But women are driven by more than a paranoid...
Chicago Marathon Top Choice
The fall marathon of choice for many First Coast runners this year is the Chicago Marathon. It's the 20th anniversary of the event, and the one where many big-name runners -- like three-time River Run champion Todd Williams -- will try...
Collision Fatal to 5 in Family
Five members of a South Georgia family were killed when they were broadsided by a truck Friday at an intersection near Thomasville, authorities said. The State Patrol said the vehicle driven by Johnny Everett Burgess Jr., 31, of Cairo was...
Coulter Wants to Make You Scared at Home
Catherine Coulter wants to entertain readers and, in her contemporary suspense novels, she is also pleased to scare readers at least half to death. But, she doesn't want to impose any heavy intellectual hardships on her readers. Her books...
Crash Leads to Criticism of Officials Drivers Angry over Late Restart
DAYTONA BEACH -- The mad dash resulted in plenty of mad people. A multi-car crash yesterday followed the decision of race officials to restart the Pepsi 400 with one lap remaining instead of ending the race under a caution flag, and it ...
Discussion on Council Size Revived
Is the Jacksonville City Council too large? The Duval County School Board too small? Does the size of either really matter? Last week, City Council President Jim Overton said we should consider trimming the council from 19 to 11 members. ...
Distinctively Downtown Area Architects Pick Their Favorites
Architecture in downtown Jacksonville isn't as impressive, on the whole, as that of other Southeastern cities. That doesn't mean there aren't some memorable buildings in the city. But what's Jacksonville's best building? It depends on whom...
Final Rounds Complete for Local USTA Leagues
The final rounds of the USTA men's and women's adult leagues were completed last week to determine who will compete in the North Regional Championships, and later, a chance to play in the national championships. The men's 3.5 league local...
First Coast Ladies Make Strong Showing
The ladies from the First Coast made an excellent showing in the 48th annual Florida Women's Bowling Association Tournament held in Melbourne. In Division 1, three of the top five teams were from Jacksonville, including the champions, No...
Go Fly A Kite Airborne Rig Presents Bait in New Way
They looked askance at Ben Franklin when he flew a kite in a thunderstorm. So, too, do the doubters snicker when Grady Warren unfurls his fishing rig -- a kite and a balloon -- and lets it fly. "They've made jokes about me on the [marine]...
Incentives: Giveaways or Investments? New Companies Mean Jobs; Some Say They're Not Worth It
There's no question Barnett Bank is important to Jacksonville. A Fortune 500 company, it provides the prestige of a corporate headquarters. It contributes money to cultural and charitable causes. Most importantly, it gives well-paying jobs...
Jacksonville's Unrefined Skyline
Jacksonville's downtown skyline is easy to like: the wide river, the bridges, the arc of The Jacksonville Landing against some pretty impressive glass skyscrapers. Not bad. But drive through Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., even Orlando, and one...
Keanu Becoming Duval Regular Taping of Latest Movie Makes Third Visit in Year
Keanu Reeves is becoming a regular visitor to the First Coast. In October, the star of Speed and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure caused a minor stir when he spent a day with prosecutors at the Duval County Courthouse watching how they ...
Manatees Losing Ground Council Prepares to Shrink Buffer
The politics of manatee protection in Duval County are irrelevant to a team of Jacksonville University researchers spending their summer on the St. Johns River. Several times a week, three research assistants pile into an aluminum boat...
Man in Black Can't Put End to Streak Earnhardt's Futility Up to 43 Races
DAYTONA BEACH -- Forty-three and counting, and this is the sort of year it has been for Dale Earnhardt. Good adjustments. Very good car. Very, very good attitude. Same bad result. Earnhardt, starting on Row 1 for the first time this season,...
Marlin Thankful for Friend
DAYTONA BEACH -- Around Sterling Marlin, in the dry, hot confusion of the Pepsi 400 post-race pits, blame was being laid, and tempers were foul. Marlin sounded a different tone, a thankful tone. Thankful to be at Daytona. Thankful for a...
Minor Traffic Accident Ends in Shooting Death
A 37-year-old man was fatally shot after a confrontation sparked when passing pickup trucks clipped side-view mirrors on Warrington Street last night, police said. Sgt. Scott McLeod, a homicide detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's...
Money from 401(k) Plan Should Have Been Released
Q: Almost one year after I joined a 401(k) retirement plan at work, the plan was terminated and a new plan was started. I've since left that job. It's been more than a year since the plan was terminated and I'm still waiting to receive the...
New Law Means New Problems Welfare Parents Seek Child Care
ATLANTA -- As many welfare parents go to work for the first time, they confront what might be another first -- paying someone to take care of their children for 40 hours a week. The child care industry is bracing for a deluge of children,...
Orlando Critic Echoes Praises of Jacoby Hall
Is the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts really as great as all the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra executives and local experts are saying? A recent edition of the Orlando Sentinel gives us an...
Santiago's Fun before You Arrive
SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic -- You have to cross a mountain to get to Santiago in the Dominican Republic. And the scenic trip from Puerto Plata makes the journey worthwhile. The Dominican Republic is a popular Caribbean tourist destination,...
Savannah Gives Homeless More Than Shelter Special Assistance Styled to Meet Their Needs
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- When Savannah native Joe Dobbins relapsed into drug and alcohol abuse a month ago, he sought shelter at Grace House. The Savannah shelter specializes in job training and placement for homeless men. Dobbins, 43, had stayed...
Search May Uncover St. Augustine's Past Archaeologists Seek 55 Shipwreck Sites
Somewhere just south of St. Augustine Inlet, at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, lie the remains of the Confederate privateer Jefferson Davis. The ship ran aground and sank during a storm as it tried to make the inlet. Nearby, an unnamed...
Sidekick Trades Simplicity for More Power
Sidekick 97 Publisher: Starfish Software Platform: Windows 95 Price: About $50 Sidekick long has been a popular utility for the PC set. Paradoxically, part of its appeal has been its simplicity, and that has given way increasingly...
`Stop the Presses' Still Happens When Late Events Buck Deadlines
In this age of instant information, it's frustrating when the morning newspaper is missing a story from the previous evening. And it feels unfair when you learn somebody else's newspaper had it. But 250,000 newspapers can't be printed instantly....
Tabby House Work Nears Completion Renovation Ending on Cumberland
CUMBERLAND ISLAND -- Architects overseeing the renovation of Cumberland Island's oldest structure encountered an unforeseen obstacle midway through the project. The wood sills and rafters on the tabby house built by descendants of Revolutionary...
Talk of Town: Tyson's Bite, Parking Spots
With in-laws coming to town for the Fourth of July, I didn't have time to write the usual column, so I tossed a few short items together. Who can be funny with the prospect of two carloads of visitors coming, including a nephew who repeatedly...
Teaming with Wildlife Faces Strong Opposition
While hunters and fishermen have been paying taxes on the equipment they use for years, others who enjoy the outdoors -- backpackers, birdwatchers, campers -- have had a free ride. That would change under a national initiative called Teaming...
The Wells Watch
Overlooked tempest: Money magazine overlooking and under-counting Jacksonville's museums in its recent Best Places to Live polling stirred up a bit of a tempest. We may be overlooking the real reason for the area's bottom of the Top 10 ranking,...
Twain Meet in Holbrook Forty Years on, Act Fits like Skin
At first, Hal Holbrook didn't act his age. When the actor started playing Mark Twain, Holbrook was two generations removed from his portrayal of the eminent American writer at 70. After 40-plus years, he's caught up. Has his own aging,...
Two Great Names Arrive in Victory Lane
DAYTONA BEACH -- Green flag restart, one lap to go in yesterday's "Anybody But Jeff Gordon 400" at Daytona International Speedway. You could feel the emotional pull for the man in second. That would be Dale Earnhardt, he of seven Winston...
Unclaimed, Lost Luggage Sold at Store
Dear Call Box: I've heard there's a place that sells unclaimed baggage from airports. I think it's in Alabama. Have you ever heard of it? -- R.W. Dear R.W.: The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala., calls itself "the lost luggage...
Winston's Ads May Flame out at Daytona
The Winston Tower sign on the box seats at the Daytona International Speedway will disappear one day if a tobacco advertising ban takes effect. But that won't run off the tobacco executives and their associates like those who sat in the...
You've Got PURSE-Onality Ever-Changing Shapes and Styles Make Handbag Shopping an Adventure
When a woman finds a handbag that's functional, stylish and versatile her wardrobe should be complete. Right? Wrong. Because the styles and purposes just keep changing. "I'd say that every woman probably has at least three to five handbags,"...
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