The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 5, 1998

5K Walk Benefits Charities
Since January, workers at the Jacksonville Humane Society have collected more than $1,200 in donations. The best part about that is this: They didn't have to do anything to get it. The Humane Society is one of 13 area charities benefiting...
A Glynn Academy Fix-Up School Library Gets Special Treatment
BRUNSWICK -- Past and present Glynn Academy students are working together to ensure future generations at the high school are well-read and have a comfortable, fun place to hang out between classes. The 20-member Student Advisory Board...
Arlington Country Day Loses Class A Semifinal
LAKELAND -- Hialeah Champagnat Catholic wasn't planning to batter Arlington Country Day inside during yesterday's Class A semifinal at The Lakeland Center. But that's what put the Lions into tomorrow's state final against Malone. Champagnat...
Body Found in Nassau Missing Man Was Former Deputy
BRYCEVILLE -- Former Nassau County Deputy Fell James Conner wasn't far from his rural home Monday night when eight bullets were fired into his pickup truck and tires. Yesterday, tire tracks from the missing man's truck led authorities to...
Chiles Wants More Funding to Remove Rodman Dam
It's shaping up as one of the biggest environmental battles of the year: Should the state destroy the Rodman Dam and restore the Oklawaha River? Now, Gov. Lawton Chiles and the state Department of Environmental Protection are getting ready...
Coast Lines
QUOTE, UNQUOTE "This is something that not only will benefit Glynn Academy students for years to come, but also the whole community because of the things that they will learn here." -- Fred Pilgrim, president of the Glynn Academy Alumni...
Crumbling Castillo De San Marcos Losing Its Final Battle ... against Time Aging Fortress Awaits Rescue $4.3 Million Urged for Repairs
ST. AUGUSTINE -- Cracked and leaking, the historic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine has attracted attention as one of the country's endangered national treasures. As a result, the fort could benefit from a presidential...
Daniel Building Could Become Downtown Hotel
Highwoods Properties is considering turning the Daniel Building into a hotel if it completes a $5 million purchase of the riverfront building. Raleigh, N.C.-based Highwoods Vice President Bill Evans has asked the city to extend Highwoods'...
Downplaying Gang Problem Is Dangerous, Experts Say
For years, Jacksonville police have assured the community there's no major gang problem in the city because most of the area's gang members are only "wannabes." Gang experts said that line of thinking is dangerously flawed. "A lot of places...
Floridians Await FE MA Aid 33 Counties Soaked by Floods to Split $1.2 M
About $1.2 million in federal aid is on the way to Duval and 32 other Florida counties declared federal disaster areas after last month's devastating floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday. Henry Player is biding...
Give School Board a Gold Star; Others an `F'
Odds and ends. Brace yourself: The School Board -- at least five of the board members -- has been showing some mettle lately, and in a stunning reversal has actually been doing a good job for the city's public school kids. Running...
Golfer Delivers the Full Monty Scotsman Won't Stop Shooting from the Lip
MIAMI -- If Colin Montgomerie were an NBA player, an NFL linebacker or perhaps the coach of a certain college football team in Gainesville, the tendency to speak his mind might go scarcely noticed. But in the world of professional golf,...
House GOP Topples Abortion Issue Veto
TALLAHASSEE -- House Republicans, joined by 25 Democrats, overrode Gov. Lawton Chiles' veto of a ban on late-term, partial-birth abortions yesterday. The override included Democrats who once opposed the ban. The bill now goes to the Senate,...
House Panel OKs Budget $50 M Tacked On
ATLANTA -- A key House committee yesterday backed a $12.5 billion state budget for the upcoming year, supporting most of Gov. Zell Miller's recommendations and adding another $50 million in capital projects. However, Miller slammed one...
Jacksonville Journal
"When one wannabe shoots another wannabe, you don't have a wannabe homicide. You have a homicide." -- George Knox, director of the National Gang Crime Research Center at Chicago State University, on Jacksonville police's attitude that there's...
Land Parcel Separating Church, State
A Jacksonville church and state highway officials are headed for a showdown over a Mandarin field that the church wants for a school and the state wants for a retention pond. At issue is about 2 1/2 acres owned by Guardian Lutheran Church...
Money Watch
WALL STREET Stocks suffered some profit-taking yesterday, halting a record-setting streak, as investors grappled with renewed worries about corporate earnings, a concern sure to be heightened by a late warning from Intel. The Dow Jones...
Monster Changes Toned Down a Bit
MIAMI -- Ray Floyd was given the job last year of putting some "teeth" back into the Doral Resort and Spa Blue Monster Course. This year, a couple of bicuspids were extracted in time for the Doral-Ryder Open, which begins today. Floyd was...
More Women in the Running Female Participation in Road Races on the Rise
To the delight of sponsors and race officials, the Gate River Run gets bigger each year. They can thank women for much of that growth. As the number of men entering the River Run has remained around 4,000, give or take a few hundred, since...
New ACC Format: Seeds of Discontent
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- There isn't a college basketball coach in the land that wouldn't consider trading places with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski right now -- except Krzyzewski himself. Instead of relishing the moment of leading the nation's top-ranked...
New del Monte Treat Apple of Panel's Eyes
You can buy them fresh, dried, and in butters, chips and sauce. And now, there's a new way to eat your apples -- Del Monte Apple Cup, cinnamon flavored diced apples in a can. Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel ate this fruity snack...
Panel Balks on 12 Items
Saying they were fed up by lack of information from staff and by "disrespect" from their colleagues, City Council committee members yesterday refused to act on almost their entire agenda. The Public Health and Safety Committee, chaired by...
Pour It Again, Sam: An Adams Taste Test
I've gotten a couple of charts faxed to me in the last couple of days, comparing sales of imported and microbrewed beers. As statistics so often do, they measure sales in different ways and have different results. But one thing is consistent:...
Reader Asks: Who's Suing Sweepstakes?
Dear Call Box: I'm interested in more information about the American Family Publishers lawsuit. Who are the people suing the company? -- S.T. Dear S.T.: There have been at least three suits filed against American Family Publishers in the...
Sec Capsules
A capsule look at the teams in the Southeastern Conference tournament. EAST DIVISION (1) KENTUCKY Coach: Tubby Smith. 1997-98 record: 26-4 overall, 14-2 SEC. Why they can win: The Wildcats' 39th regular-season SEC championship...
Shopping Center Targets Westside
After years of watching new development flock to the Southside, the Westside could house a major shopping center to be built on the site of a mobile home park. A subsidiary of Atlanta-based Baita International Inc. is seeking government...
Then I Watched the Shows; Now I'm a Believer
It's been 20 years but I still remember my discovery of From Noon Till Three. This was back in the days before cable, a time when, after midnight, the hard-core TV addict was often forced to choose among infomercials, TV evangelists or...
The Power of Myths Looking like They Just Stepped out of Ancient Mythology, Two TV Superheroes Have Muscled Their Way into Pop Culture
Siegfried Nelson is typical of the people who have turned Xena: Warrior Princess into one of television's hottest cult favorites. When the lawyer-turned-freelance-writer first became aware of the top-rated syndicated action series -- and...
TIME TO PERFORM FSU's Fate Hangs in Balance
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Whether you believe Florida State needs one, two or more victories in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament to earn one-of-34 NCAA Tournament at-large berths, know this: Anything short of an outright tournament title...
Toll Proposed for Florida 312 Commission to Ask State for Study
A plan to extend Florida 312 in a loop around St. Augustine was dead in the water for nearly a decade. Now city and St. Johns officials want to try to pay its $50 million cost by making it a toll road. Mayor Len Weeks and members of the...
Top Dogs Bowled over Leading Qualifiers Draw Worst Starting Spots for OP Derby
Yesterday's post-position draw for tomorrow night's $30,000 Orange Park Derby stake race at the Orange Park Kennel Club was, well, odd. Trainers pick dog-food dishes at random to determine a race's starting lineup in the order that the...
UF Players beyond Williams Debacle
GAINESVILLE -- At some point, it had to become an issue. Especially the way the season has unfolded the last three weeks. Support may have finally evolved into anger and resentment for members of the University of Florida basketball team....
UF's Karim Must Make Giant Leap
GAINESVILLE -- You want to believe Nafis Karim when he stares you dead in the eye, flashes a warm, reassuring smile, and insists he will do whatever is necessary to be come the University of Florida's next star receiver. "I feel it's my...
UF's Taylor Wows NFL Scouts
GAINESVILLE -- Fred Taylor sent a message to Mel Kiper Jr. and, more importantly, the entire NFL yesterday: His times, they need a changin'. Taylor, previously believed by analysts such as Kiper and by most NFL personnel people to run the...
Woman Charged with Buying Beer for Teens
A Jacksonville woman is charged with buying beer for two teens, one of whom got into a car crash that left her in a coma. Cynthia Lemons, 41, of the 3000 block of Delor Drive was charged yesterday with contributing to the delinquency of a...
Work to Start on $10 Million Building at Concourse
Construction should start by mid-April on a second $10 million, 100,000-square-foot building at The Concourse office complex in the Southpoint area. Project partner Terry Stiles, chairman of Stiles Corp. as well as president of the National...