The Florida Times Union

Articles from November 23, 1997

[3] Extra Points
UNHERALDED STARS Eleven games, seven different starting lineups. Who would have thought the Florida line would dominate Florida State's dominating defense? Certainly not Julian Pittman, Florida State's defensive tackle. "Honestly, I thought...
A Book Bag of Writers Converges on the City
Collective nouns are one of the English language's best things. A school of fish. A gaggle of geese. An exultation of larks. But, what to call a gathering of writers? A bunch, as in bananas or daisies? A shelf, as in the place where writers'...
Advertising Surges for Holidays; Two Popular Comics Take Vacation
Newspapers rely on advertising for most of their revenue. So the advertising splurge during the holiday season can be crucial to financial health. For readers, more advertising means bigger papers and more space for news. It also means...
Agassi Working to Regain Form
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- The Andre Agassi who played at MaliVai Washington's charity event 2 1/2 months ago at Marsh Landing Country Club was not the same man who played at the Claude Nolan Tennis Classic last night at the ATP Tour's headquarters...
An Abdul-Jabbar by the Same Name Is a Lawsuit
What's in a name? Instant fame, fortune and legal battles. At least that seems to be the case in a dispute brewing be tween former Los Angeles Lakers Ka reem Abdul-Jabbar and Miami Dolphins running back Karim Abdul-Jabbar. The former...
A World Apart, but Still Friends
We are imparting this news after the fact. Why cause a panic by telling the rock-ribbed conservative Republicans of St. Simons Island that John J. Fernholz, the most liberal of liberals, was in their midst. It's all right now. He's back...
Benjamin Leads Pros into PGA Cup Matches
Ten of the 12 members of the professional team for the Northern Chapter PGA Cup matches next February at the Timuquana Country Club have been decided, based on the chapter point standings. Mike Benjamin, an assistant at Fernandina Beach and...
Best and Worst
Best trick play: Any doubt? The play on Florida's opening possession that led to its first touchdown started as a toss sweep, looked like it could have been a halfback pass, then a reverse, then the final product -- Jacquez Green's 23-yard...
Bits & Bytes
WEARABLE COMPUTERS What's the latest in Geek Chic? Leave it to Comdex to supply the answer: wearable PCs. Last week, two Spandex-clad spokesmodels showed off Via Inc.'s new flexible PC, a full-blown computer that wraps around your waist...
BK Defends State Crown in Class 4A
Bishop Kenny's girls cross-country team yesterday won its fourth consecutive state championship, beating second-place Gainesville Eastside 52-70 in a grueling race. Marisa Kenyon, who finished second in the individual race to Eastside's...
Boating Notes
NO LICENSING ACTION TAKEN The Florida Boating Advisory Council took no action on licensing of motorboat operators at its meeting in Stuart last week. The council, an advisory body that considers proposals affecting boaters for the Florida...
Bolles a Big Splash at State Swim Meet
********** CORRECTION (11/25/97) Because of a reporting error, a Bolles swimmer who was involved in a minor accident last week was misidentified on Page E-1 of Sunday's editions. The swimmer involved was kate Bergquist. **********...
Book's Photos Tell Black History Jacksonville Scenes Work of E.L. Weems
Some look like eager rookies, some like seasoned veterans, but all of the Jacksonville Red Caps gaze directly at the camera, as photographer E.L. Weems captures the moment for history. This photograph of a popular Jacksonville team is not...
Bounty May Call Next Fall
The HMS Bounty has gotten a warm reception in Jacksonville in the month it has been tied up on the Northbank Riverwalk behind City Hall. So warm, in fact, that the skipper of the 170-foot reproduction of the famous vessel of The Mutiny...
City's High Rape Ranking Misleading?
It was 5:30 a.m. and a 26-year-old woman was walking to work at Jacksonville's Methodist Medical Center. Suddenly, a man grabbed her, put his hand over her mouth, dragged her at knife point into an alley and raped her., On June 9, she became...
Coaches Dispel Myths of Old
CINCINNATI -- Coaches such as Tampa Bay's Tony Dungy, who played in the NFL in the 1970s and early 1980s, believe the differences in old and young players are more myth than fact: Myth No. 1: Modern players aren't as tough. This is one today's...
Comdex Gives Glimpse of PC Future USB Will Help Take Agony out of Upgrading
LAS VEGAS -- One of the hottest, but not the newest, technologies finally became a reality last week during the huge Comdex computer show in Las Vegas. I knew this technology -- Universal Serial Bus, or USB -- was hot when I asked at the...
Coslet in Better Shape Than Some of His Peers
CINCINNATI -- Mike Brown waited, just to be sure, and was criticized for it. The Bengals were winning at last -- five of seven games under interim coach Bruce Coslet last season. With two games remaining, Brown -- the Bengals' general manager...
Culpepper Leads Knights, but for Last Time?
ORLANDO -- It started near the end of the first half, when Central Florida quarterback Daunte Culpepper snuck in for a 1-yard touchdown, giving his team a 20-3 lead. "One more year!" "One more year!" That was the chant of the crowd of...
Deadbeats' Wallets Pried Open Collections Agencies Retrieve Millions
Computer technology, along with friends and families of deadbeat parents, has helped two private agencies collect more than $70 million in child support for Florida's children. Since January 1996, RSI Enterprises Inc. and Lockheed Martin ...
Extra Points
MINOR'S MAJOR DAY Lost in the upset was freshman TB Travis Minor's performance. Minor ran 21 times for 142 yards and added five receptions for 33 yards. It was of little consolation to the Baton Rouge, La., native, who has 622 rushing yards...
Falcons' Smith Set for Rematch
ATLANTA -- If Chuck Smith contradicts himself, maybe it's because football means so much to him. The Atlanta Falcons' tightly wound defensive end from Athens, Ga., insists he doesn't care about awards or notoriety. And yet he is miffed...
Fitting Home Finale for Taylor
GAINESVILLE -- Fred Taylor made his fourth visit of the night to the Florida State end zone, turned to embrace his teammates and then looked up into the bright lights of The Swamp, at a sea of Gator fans creating an ear-splitting din. And...
FOR LOVE AND MONEY Only the Pay Separates Eras, Players Say
It's there, in the first word of the phrase "professional football." Take off "a" and "l," and what do you have? That's right. Profession -- as in, to earn a living. As in, to make money, Money, MONEY!!! Which is why you won't hear Jaguars...
Game Day
"We're still not there [the playoffs]. Until we get in, all we can do is keep running at it. Once you get in, then you can worry about trying to win a division and home-field advantage, but the real point is trying to get in and we've ...
Goals Key for Novice Investors
Q: I am 25 years old and in the military. I want to start investing, but I don't have a lot of knowledge. I'm interested in mutual funds. I have read a few books and articles and a friend has explained the basics to me. What advice can...
Greene's Deer Worth Envying
You always remember the first one. Especially if you're 11 years old, and you've never been hunting before, and the deer you shoot would make any adult puff with pride. "It was his very first time, the first time he ever shot at an animal,...
Half Marathon Could Draw 2,000
Russians and Kenyans are expected to dominate the Outback Steakhouse Distance Classic, a half marathon race that will begin at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. The race, which drew about 1,700 last year and could break 2,000 Thursday, is becoming...
Healthy Choice Offers Chicken-Sausage Gumbo
After the turkey and dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, thoughts often turn to simpler foods. Good hot soup with sandwiches or crusty rolls might hit the spot. Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel recently simmered...
Home, to the Killing Fields Law Student Works for Change in Cambodia
These are some of Kunthear Mam's childhood memories: Fleeing from a home she would never see again as tanks rolled through the streets of Palin, Cambodia, their loud-speakers ordering an immediate evacuation. Giving a piece of pilfered...
If Florida Can't Win a National Title, Keeping FSU from Doing It Would Be ... the Next Best Thing Gators' Late Drive Stuns Seminoles
GAINESVILLE -- They danced and celebrated at midfield last night, a season of turmoil behind them and a dazed and delirious crowd believing again. November felt a lot like January at Florida Field. The Florida Gators wrapped up weeks of...
`It's a Victory for Jesus' Nease Bible Club Members to Be Pictured in Yearbook
A student Bible club at Nease High School will be pictured with all other school clubs in the yearbook this spring, thanks, club members say, to a prayer and a lawyer. St. Johns County School Board attorney Tracy Upchurch made the recommendation...
It Was, Quite Simply, Spurrier's Finest Ever
GAINESVILLE -- One question: Why are the goal posts still standing? I have just witnessed the greatest college football game of my entire life, the most astounding, confounding, manic, frantic, unbelievable, inconceivable, fingernail-biting,...
JEA Once Said like Bad Word
Dim bulb to shining light. Who would have thought it? Angry villagers once wanted to put a stake in the heart of the Jacksonville Electric Authority. But a quality of life study last week finds cheap electricity is now one of the best...
'Joy of Cooking' Gets Updated, PC'd for '90S
While visiting my wife's Aunt Lila last summer, she insisted that I take her copy of The Joy of Cooking. It was carefully preserved with a handmade paper book cover over the original book jacket. The pages were a bit yellow and a hint of...
Means' Future Up in Air
CINCINNATI -- Last fall, Natrone Means rolled the dice -- always a chancy proposi tion. Means gambled on him self. At the request of the Jaguars for cap relief, Means agreed to restructure his 1996 salary and take a pay cut in 1997 from a...
Nile Calls despite Dangers but Terrorism Taking Temporary Toll on Travel
Thirty-seven days before a group of Jacksonville residents were to vacation in Egypt, nine Germans and their bus driver were killed in front of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The killers claimed to be defending Islam. Described as an isolated...
Outdoors Notes
FISH PONDS TO CLOSE Lee Adams Fish Management Area, located on the Westside near Cecil Field, will be closed to the public at the end of this month. "It's going to revert back to private property," said Scott Brown of the Florida Game...
Past Presents, Future High-Tech Presonal Submarines Are Way Cool, but So Is the Low-Tech Wonder the Beanie Baby ... Remember, It's Always the Thought That Counts
Relax, holiday shoppers. There are lots of gift ideas out there. The possibilities are endless. Then why is it so hard to come up with something good? "People get blinded by glitz and advertising," said Gene Gilligan, assistant editor of...
Patrons' Party Going with an Italian Theme
Italian cuisine will be the star of the Patrons' Preview Party for the Antiques & Garden Show sponsored by the Women's Board of Wolfson Children's Hospital on Dec. 4 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The evening begins at 6 p.m....
Police Identify I-95 Crash Victims
The Georgia State Patrol has identified a man and woman killed in two accidents in Camden County, Ga., Friday. Melvin Bruce Harper, 34, of Brunswick, Ga., died when the vehicle he was driving struck the rear of a tractor-trailer on Interstate...
Politics Aside, Horne Led Way Senator Lauded for School Plan
TALLAHASSEE -- When education lobbyist Wayne Blanton knocked on the door at Sen. Jim Horne's office for a 7 a.m. meeting during this month's hectic special session on school overcrowding, he woke the senator, who was sleeping on a couch. ...
Ponte Vedran Earns Spot on Hawaii Team
Weeks ago, Ponte Vedra Beach's Lynn Novack was a walk-on at the University of Hawaii's women's tennis team. Now the 1997 graduate of Nease High School is the No. 3 seed on the team after the fall challenge rounds in the Rainbow Warriors ...
Postal Service Can Prohibit Explicit Mail
Dear Call Box: I'm trying to find out how to stop sexually oriented advertisements from coming in the mail at my home. -- D.J. Dear D.J.: Ask the U.S. Postal Service to prohibit this mail. To get the process started, go to the post office...
Potential Exists for Democracy Denied, Conflict of Interest
Odds and ends. Bits and pieces. Odds. You may have read where City Council President Jim Overton is proposing a restructuring of the council to make it smaller and more efficient. Overton is absolutely correct that the current 19-member...
Ragland Gets within Three Pins of an 800
Ten years ago, a 700 series was a big challenge. Today, bowlers regularly approach and break 800. Joe Ragland topped scores around the First Coast last week, coming within three pins of 800 in the His & Hers League at Bowl America Orange...
Reaching .500 Nice, but Jags Hunger for More
CINCINNATI -- There are a lot of things a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals today would do for the Jaguars. It would allow them to equal 1996's record for victories in a season at nine, give them three victories on the road for the first...
Record Crowd Sees FAMU Win
ORLANDO -- Leave it to Walt Disney World to put magic back into the Florida Classic -- the annual season-ending football game between Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman College. What had become a stale event the last few years in Tampa was...
Santa's Windows Shopping This Season
No traffic. No crowds. No bell-ringing Santas. Just you, a cup of hot cider and the warm glow of your computer's monitor. A click here, a credit card number there and before you can say Jack Frost, your Christmas shopping is done and your...
Seminoles Come Up Empty
GAINESVILLE -- In the far corner of Florida State's locker room, cornerback Samari Rolle sat alone with his thoughts and tears, his back to his teammates. Minutes earlier Rolle endured a different kind of solitude, all alone before a Florida...
Something for the Chef Here's a List of Gift Ideas That Give Back Tasty, Nutritious Dividends for All Foodies
The world of food is where high-tech gadgetry co-exists with mankind's earliest survival techniques. On the one hand, we have the microwave oven, a machine that magically cooks food with radio waves and now can even tell you how to cook...
Surprisingly, Defense Betrays FSU
Nose guard Julian Pittman sat slumped on a stool, his eyes fixed on the floor of a hushed Florida State locker room. It was a fitting picture, for no words could adequately describe the gutwrenching pain that every member of the Seminoles'...
The Wells Watch
MAKING PLANS Tuesday: Help fill the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Florida at Lutheran Social Services Empty Bowls luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Prime Osborn Convention Center, $20, (904) 632-0022. Dec. 4: Count on fun at the Muscular...
Travel Tip: Beware Bengals Cinergy Unkind to Jaguars
CINCINNATI -- The Jaguars are about to enter a danger zone. It's called Cinergy Field. If ever the Jaguars were about to enter into what could be one of those tailor-made NFL traps, today's game against the Cincinnati Bengals is that trap....
Valdosta's Female Foe More Than Foot-Note
A lot of football history has been made at Valdosta High's Cleveland Field. But something unprecendented in the storied history of the nation's winningest prep football program happened in the Wildcats' Class AAAA first-round state playoff...
Voting Tally Finds Charlton's No. 2 Turnout Leads 157 Other Counties
FOLKSTON -- Folkston resident Helen Sarbacher is proud that she has voted in every election held in the city in the past 50 years. "I feel it's a thing we ought to do," Sarbacher said. "All my friends vote." And so do a lot of other...
What Do You Call Two Jacksonville Residents Who Took a Nearly Record-Book Size Buck without Having to Spend Record-Book Money on Public Land near Where a Major Motion Picture Was Shot? GIDDY YOUNG MEN
To bag one of those magazine-cover bucks north of the Mason-Dix on line, you can spend several thousand dollars on travel and an outfitter, or you can follow the route taken by Jacksonville's David Gale and Larry Smiley: Hunt public land ...
Wrapping Up Your Finances
As the holiday season gets under way, you've got plenty of planning to do this week. There's the big turkey dinner menu for Thursday, followed by gift lists that will guide shopping on Friday. But before you get too caught up in the festive...
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