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THE MAGMOVIES
July 29, 1999
These movies are showing at local theaters this weekend. Check daily listings for show times. Capsule reviews are from wire services and staff reports. Deep Blue Sea
THE MAG: WEIRD NEWS
July 29, 1999
No promotion, please In July, Birmingham, England, office worker Beverley Lancaster, 44, won about $110,000 in damages from the city because of job-related stress based on her having been promoted to a better job against her will. Lancaster testified that the city insisted she take the higher-paying job, for which she was not qualified, by offering her extra training, which she said it did not deliver, causing her to become severely depressed.
PLANNERS DEBATE HOME BUSINESS REGULATION PLANS
July 29, 1999
Planning commissioners discussed regulating home businesses Wednesday night. Proposed regulations would divide businesses into three categories.
JOHNSON BUILDING PURCHASED
July 29, 1999
Northstar Venture L.L.C. is buying a downtown building long occupied by Johnson Furniture Co. The building at 724 Mass. is one of two currently occupied by the furniture company, which is going out of business Sept. 1. The building may possibly be turned into a fine-dining restaurant. SEE STORY PAGE 1D
COMPAQ POSTS LOSS, TO CUT 8,000 JOBS
July 29, 1999
The company blamed intense price competition with rival sellers of desktop computers to businesses, which eroded profit margins. Houston (ap) — Compaq Computer Corp. plans to slash up to 8,000 jobs, or 12 percent of its work force, as it struggles to cut costs amid a $184 million loss in the second quarter brought on by computer price wars and slowing sales.
FAIR SEASON HITS HIGH GEAR
July 29, 1999
August brings both summer heat and fair fun to area towns.
SANDERS CALLS IT QUITS
July 29, 1999
Passing up millions of dollars in earnings and an imminent shot at one of the NFL’s most prized records, Detroit Lions’ Barry Sanders called a stunning halt Wednesday to his career.
SCHMIDT EAGER TO PLAY IN SHRINE GAME
July 29, 1999
Kregg Schmidt hoped to use the Kansas East-West Shrine Bowl as an opportunity to get to know a couple of his soon-to-be Kansas University football teammates. In particular, Schmidt — a 6-foot-3, 260-pounder out of Garden City — hoped to make his way into the East team’s offensive backfield enough to become better acquainted with Jayhawk-to-be Zach Dyer.
S NEW-AGE COMMUNICATION VISION
July 29, 1999
Observers say the Microsoft co-founder probably has more on his mind than cable TV.
THE MAGCALENDAR
July 29, 1999
LAWRENCE American Legion
BLESSING
July 29, 1999
State officials say there are several more steps developers of a proposed theme park must take before the land changes hands.
July 29, 1999
Several young performers are taking on challenging roles in their staging of an Arthur Miller classic.
POLLARD HOPES TO REMAIN KING
July 29, 1999
NBA free agent Scot Pollard recently showed how much he wants to remain in Sacramento by attending the Kings’ celebrity charity golf tournament. “There’s no reason to make any secret about that. I’d like to be there,” said Pollard, a former Kansas University player.
NESMITH ARRIVES EARLY
July 29, 1999
Carl Nesmith doesn’t consider himself a speed guy, but darned if he didn’t beat most of the other football newcomers to the Kansas University campus. Nesmith, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound safety-wide receiver-kick returner from Jacksonville, Fla., by way of Butler County Community College, reported to KU over the weekend to get a jump start on preparation for the upcoming football season.
KANSAS OPEN LEADERS, 1C
July 29, 1999
Jeff Lee 32-33 — 65 Stephen Summers 34-32 — 66
THE MAG: CD REVIEWS
July 29, 1999
There’s a Poison Goin On Public Enemy
CLICK AND CLACK
July 29, 1999
Dear Tom and Ray: I want to flat-tow my 1998 Toyota 4Runner (five speed, four-wheel drive) for about 2,000 miles. But I can’t seem to get the same answer from any two people on how best to do it. Through the magic of the Internet, I’ve been able to ask so-called experts in various parts of the country. A guy in North Carolina said to just put the transfer case in Neutral and take off. In Florida, a guy told me to put the transmission in the highest gear. This apparently is not the way it’s done in Arizona, where a mechanic told me you have to put the transmission in Neutral and the transfer case in 2H. And a guy in Georgia told me to disconnect the rear driveshaft entirely. Are any of these guys right? Thanks. — Gary
GUARD REFUTES PRISON DRUG ALLEGATIONS
July 29, 1999
Prison official did admit that gambling was rampant behind the walls and that it was uncontrollable.
LEE LEADS KANSAS OPEN AFTER FIRING 65
July 29, 1999
Jeff Lee held a one-shot lead over Stephen Summers and a two-stroke edge over Brad Ott and Heath Fell at the end of the first round.
RAIDERS DEFEAT OLATHE NORTH
July 29, 1999
Lawrence’s Raiders decided not to celebrate a shutout Tuesday night and Matt Wiedeman, the winning pitcher, was pleased. That means these things are expected of the Lawrence High senior-to-be, who threw four shutout innings as the Raiders blanked Olathe North, 10-0, at Free State in their first American Legion zonal game.
NEW CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE FOOTBALL COACH
July 29, 1999
Jeff Kearin has been named head coach of Cal State Northridge’s troubled football program. Athletics director Dick Dull said Kearin, 39, has been hired on a six-month interim basis. A permanent coach will be named in December.
VEDA GIBSON OBITUARY
July 29, 1999
VEDA GIBSON Memorial services for Veda Gibson, 90, Roanoke, Va., will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Unitarian Fellowship in Lawrence. Inurnment is planned in McPherson.
TOP TEN COLLECTIBLE CAR BARGAINS LISTED
July 29, 1999
Car collectors or hobbyists don’t have to break the bank to buy a car from yesteryear. Here’s 10 diamonds in the restoration rough.
A LEAVENWORTH HIGH SCHOOL REUNION BRINGS BACK MEMORIES.
July 29, 1999
It warps your world to have as a high school classmate rock ‘n’ roll’s answer to Xena, warrior princess. One example: My high school yearbook, if unsigned, would sell for $325. I just found this out. Too bad I didn’t plan ahead. It would sell at that price because of the pictures of Melissa Etheridge.
HEAVY CONSTRUCTION PACE UNDERMINES DISTRICT BIDDING
July 29, 1999
Intense construction activity in Lawrence complicates bidding on school projects financed by the $16.6 million bond issue.
MOVEMENTS ON FILM
July 29, 1999
Michael Manley’s photography studies the emotion and movement of dance.
OUR TOWN
July 29, 1999
Collins Second at Nationals: Caitlin Collins of Lawrence finished second in the USTA girls 14 National Clay Court Championships last week in Florida. Collins, who was unseeded, bowed to No. 7 seed Shadisha Robinson of South Ozone Park, N.J., in the championship match. *
COLORADO ARTIST CORRALS WESTERN SUBJECTS
July 29, 1999
Artist Robert Quimby began his career by focusing on sports illustrations, but is now content creating the images found in his everyday life.
SECOND JOHNSON BUILDING IS SOLD
July 29, 1999
The soon-to-close furniture company’s two downtown buildings are both spoken for, but their new uses are up in the air.
KANSAS OPEN BEGINS TODAY AT ALVAMAR
July 29, 1999
The weather outside has been frightful for homeowners and those in the golf business. Scorching temperatures that have dried out area lawns also have parched the rough at Alvamar Golf Club, site of the 24th-annual Kansas Open, which will run today through Friday at Alvamar public.
SHENK SERVICES
July 29, 1999
Graveside inurnment services for Katherine P. Shenk, 92, Mandeville, La., will be at 11 a.m. Friday, at Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence. Mrs. Shenk died Monday, July 19, 1999, at St. Tamany Hospital, Covington, La.
DISTRICT LEARNS SOIL AT PINCKNEY SCHOOL POLLUTED BY FUEL OIL
July 29, 1999
An underground tank at Pinckney School that leaked contaminants into the adjacent ground will be removed as part of a $1.8 million expansion project.
IS A WELCOME ENTRY IN CRIME FICTION
July 29, 1999
Author Laurence Shames’ latest novel has its faults, but it’s still worth the read.
ROBERTA KATHLEEN MAUCK OBITUARY
July 29, 1999
ROBERTA KATHLEEN MAUCK Services for Roberta Kathleen Mauck, 52, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Cremation is planned.
HOSPITAL - JULY 29
July 29, 1999
Births Verna Potts and Gevin Hill, Lawrence, a boy, Tuesday
CITY SCORES
July 29, 1999
City Results Women’s Two: Power Drinkers 13, XX 9; Lazer 18, What Ever 15; State Farm 22, Banarama 14; State Farm 22, Banarama 12.
OUTLAWS RALLY, WIN ZONE OPENER
July 29, 1999
Leavenworth — Lawrence’s Outlaws exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning and overhauled Topeka Post 74, 12-9, in the AAA Legion Zone One baseball tournament Tuesday night. “We came out in the sixth and smoked ‘em,” Outlaws coach Carl Brooks said.
LOCAL BRIEFS FOR WEDNESDAY
July 29, 1999
Pair to share duties as FSHS golf coach
BEST BETS
July 29, 1999
TODAY John Weatherwax and the Junk Yard Jazz, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., American Legion, 3408 W. Sixth.
COUNTY PLAN CALLS FOR LOWER PROPERTY TAX RATE
July 29, 1999
Douglas County bucks the trend for its proposed $36 million budget.
OUTLAWS BOW TO MANHATTAN
July 29, 1999
Lawrence’s Outlaws were crushed by an eight-run third inning and bowed to the Manhattan 17ers, 14-3, in the AAA Legion Zone One baseball tournament Wednesday night. The defeat sent the Outlaws into a losers’ bracket game at 6 tonight against Atchison.
CLOSE
July 29, 1999
Local markets As of Wednesday’s close, courtesy of Farmers Cooperative Assn. South Elevator — Wheat, $2.35; soybeans, $3.89; milo, $1.40; corn, $1.53. Midland Elevator — Wheat, NA; soybeans, $3.89; milo, NA; corn, $1.53. North Elevator — Wheat, $2.35; soybeans, $3.89; milo, $1.40; corn, $1.58.
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, BLUE DANCE TEAM W/ TROPHY
July 29, 1999
The Sunflower Sweethearts Blue Dance Team shows off its trophy from the Kansas Spectacular Dance Competition in Olathe in February. Back row, from left: Hannah Morgan, 12, daughter of Michelle Morgan; Sara Kelly, 12, daughter of Sandi Kelly; Ashley Graves, 9, daughter of Patti and Rod Graves; Ashley Wallace, 12, daughter of Cindy and Jeff Wallace; and Cassie Hedges, 10, daughter of Angie Hedges. Front row: Kaylee Denning, 10, daughter of Cris and Darin Denning; and Chayme Chavez, 12, daughter of Robin Chavez. The photo was submitted by coach Amy Bartle, Lawrence. Got a shot for Friends & Neighbors? Send it, along with your name, phone number and caption information, to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence 66044.
VA BUDGET CONCERNS LOCAL VET
July 29, 1999
Lawrence veterans are concerned about the Veterans Affairs budget now under consideration by Congress.
CLOSE
July 29, 1999
Dow Industrials CLOSE: 10,972.07
DESSIE REBECCA HAYES OBITUARY
July 29, 1999
DESSIE REBECCA HAYES DeSoto — Graveside services for Dessie Rebecca Hayes, 99, DeSoto, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the DeSoto Cemetery.
CAPFED EARNINGS RISE 17 PERCENT IN QUARTER
July 29, 1999
Capitol Federal Financial said Wednesday that earnings rose 17 percent in the three-month period ended June 30. The thrift holding company said net income rose to $17.27 million, or 19 cents per share, from $14.73 million during the same period a year ago. Per share data was not available for the 1998 period.
ROBERT T. PRINCIVALLI OBITUARY
July 29, 1999
ROBERT T. PRINCIVALLI Services for Robert T. Princivalli, 48, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
SOUNDOFF ON YSI DRINKING FOUNTAINS
July 29, 1999
Has it ever been planned or has anyone thought about putting drinking fountains close to the Youth Sports Inc. baseball fields? Ernie Shaw of the city parks and recreation department and a member of the YSI board said no current plans exist for drinking fountains at the four-diamond baseball complex. Shaw did say, however, that he would bring the subject up at the next board meeting. Currently, the only water fountains at the 55-acre complex are connected to the concession stand. Until 1996, there was no water at all at the facility, which is off the South Lawrence Trafficway at Wakarusa Drive.
STEVEN K. OCHS OBITUARY
July 29, 1999
STEVEN K. OCHS Services for Steven K. Ochs, 47, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Otis. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Otis.
LAWRENCE DATEBOOK FOR THURSDAY
July 29, 1999
TODAY Noon: Brown Bag concert, Eldridge Hotel garden area, 701 Mass., Swing 39.
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, GIRLS ON MAT
July 29, 1999
Members of the Sunflower Sweethearts Blue team have fun at practice showing off two of their trophies won at the Kansas Spectacular Dance Competition last February. From left: Ashley Graves, 9, daughter of Patti and Rod Graves; Cassie Hedges, 10, daughter of Angie Hedges; Katie Aucott, 10, daughter of Carol and Walt Aucott; Kaylee Denning, 10, daughter of Cris and Darin Denning; Ahsley Wallace, 12, daughter of Cindy and Jeff Wallace; and Hannah Morgan, 12, daughter of Michelle Morgan. The photo was submitted by coach Amy Bartle, Lawrence. Got a shot for Friends & Neighbors? Send it, along with your name, phone number and caption information, to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence 66044.
FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, GOLD DANCE TEAM W/ TROPHY
July 29, 1999
Members of the Sunflower Sweethearts Gold Team pose with a trophy they won at the Kansas Spectacular Dance Competition in Olathe in February. Back row, from left: Caroline Markley, 10, Rebecca and Marty Markley; Deidra Fulks, 12, daughter of Debbie Fulks; Natahsia Bagwell, daughter of Nancy Bagwell; and Emma Markley, 12, daughter of Rebecca and Marty Markley. Middle row: Whitney Lopez, 11, daughter of Debbie and David Lopez; and Julie Council, 12, daughter of Brenda Council. Front row: Cara Austin, 12, daughter of Steve and Marianne Austin; Jessica Nelson, 12, daughter of Robin Nelson; and Kalisa Moore, 12, daughter of Rita Moore. The picture was submitted by coach Amy Bartle, Lawrence. Got a shot for Friends & Neighbors? Send it, along with your name, phone number and caption information, to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence 66044.
7-29 DO YOU THINK THERE ARE TOO FEW MINORITIES ON TV?
July 29, 1999
Do you think there are too few minorities on TV? Michelle Terry,
CAR ASHTRAY IS FEATURE
July 29, 1999
Smoker’s Sidekick Provides Solution to Vanishing Automobile Ashtrays
THE MAG: TOP MOVIES
July 29, 1999
Here are the nation’s top-grossing movies and best-selling videos. Top movies
THE MAG: BEST BETS
July 29, 1999
1) Classic rock Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
BALDWIN URGES BUSINESSES, RESIDENTS TO CONSERVE POWER
July 29, 1999
The city is being charged 40 times more than the normal rate for electricity due to a fire last week at a Kansas City, Kan., power plant.
BLOTTER
July 29, 1999
Law enforcement report Police reports
COUNTY MULLS HIGHWAY PROJECTS
July 29, 1999
Douglas County commissioners will wait until Monday to approve a list of transportation projects they would like funded over the next decade from $1 billion in state money. The commissioners discussed the topic Wednesday night and seemed to be willing to throw their support behind a list of 10 projects approved by Lawrence city commissioners.
WOMAN SUING DILLONS, CLAIMING NEGLIGENCE
July 29, 1999
Woman suing Dillons After allegedly falling at the Dillons on West Sixth Street, a customer is suing the grocery store, claiming injuries she sustained were due to negligence.
COUNTY SIGNS EMERGENCY PLAN FOR DAM FAILURE AT AREA LAKE
July 29, 1999
Douglas County now has an emergency plan in place if the Lone Star Lake dam were to give way or threaten to. The document, signed Wednesday by the county commissioners, was required by the state Department of Agriculture Water Resources Division after heavy rains in October damaged the lake’s spillway.
NEIGHBORS LOSE BATTLE OVER ZONING FOR COMPLEX
July 29, 1999
Journal-World Reporter Residents of a southwest Lawrence neighborhood lost the first round of a battle to keep a large apartment complex from being built adjacent to their single-family homes.
LAWRENCE RESIDENT CRITICAL FOLLOWING CAR EXPLOSION
July 29, 1999
North Lawrence resident Donny Barnhart knew something was wrong when he heard a big boom and the sounds of children screaming behind his house. Barnhart’s neighbor, Tim Copp, had been using a blow torch when a gasoline tank on a car destined for the Douglas County Free Fair’s demolition derby exploded Tuesday night.
AVERILL GETS SHOT IN ANG LEE MOVIE
July 29, 1999
A Lawrence actor is cast in a death scene in the new Ang Lee movie, “Ride With the Devil.”
THE MAG: COMING UP
July 29, 1999
Aug. 21 Ronnie Dawson, Grand Emporium, 3832 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
UPCOMING FAIR INFORMATION
July 29, 1999
ON THE FAIR CIRCUIT Here are some of the area’s upcoming fairs and special events:
WHAT ARE YOU READING?
July 29, 1999
Gene Johnson, Baker University professor,
SHOES ONLINE - PAYLESS DEDICATES ITS E-COMMERCE SITE
July 29, 1999
Payless ShoeSource Inc. dedicated its 4,415th store Wednesday, with seven employees offering 8,200 pairs of shoes from a non-descript 500-square-foot office open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Its market: All of North America.
S KU WORK DRAWS LAWSUIT
July 29, 1999
Flooring that Penny Construction Co. Inc. installed at Kansas University didn’t meet specifications and failed to perform, the Kansas Attorney General’s office says in a recently filed lawsuit. The Lawrence firm entered into a $65,251 contract March 21, 1997, with the state and KU to remodel classrooms and install dance floors at Robinson Center, the lawsuit says.
WILLIAM R. WISDOM OBITUARY
July 29, 1999
WILLIAM R. WISDOM Emporia — Memorial services for William R. Wisdom, 44, Emporia, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Victory Fellowship Foursquare Church, Emporia. Cremation is planned.
LMH URGES PATIENCE FOR INCOMING PATIENTS
July 29, 1999
Hospital employees are learning a new computer system, which eventually will be more efficient.
COOLER TEMPERATURES ON HORIZON
July 29, 1999
A respite from the 100-degree roasting is in sight. High temperatures should reach only the 80s by Sunday or Monday, said Bill Barlow, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka.
DANGER BOB READY TO SAY FAREWELL
July 29, 1999
Danger Bob, a longtime Lawrence band, will give its last performance Saturday night at The Bottleneck.
MANOR
July 29, 1999
Each year Baker University students participate in a study-abroad program at England’s Harlaxton College, where the horror movie “The Haunting” was filmed earlier this year.
BALDWIN SPLASHDOWN SET FOR SATURDAY
July 29, 1999
Residents will be able to swim for free at the new Baldwin pool, which will open Saturday afternoon.
GROUP SOUNDS ALARM ON ATRAZINE
July 29, 1999
The report brings to light the dangers of the toxins to children who consume a high quantity of water for their nutrition during early development.
ALICE J. HENSON OBITUARY
July 29, 1999
ALICE J. LAUGHLIN HENSON Springfield, Mo. — Alice Josephine Laughlin Henson, 78, Springfield, Mo., a former Lawrence resident, died Sunday, July 25, 1999, at her home. No services are planned.
DOUGLAS COUNTY 4-H MEMBERS ARE PREPARING THEIR PROJECTS
July 29, 1999
Douglas County 4-H members are spending the days leading up to the county fair preparing their projects.
RIDES, EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT TO FILL FAIRGROUNDS
July 29, 1999
The Douglas County Free Fair is Saturday through Aug. 7 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper. The buildings filled with entries and exhibits are open to the public from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Aug. 6, and from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 7. There is more to do than just check out the fair entries, though.
THIS IS CONSERVATION?
July 29, 1999
The Downtown 2000 project is well and good, just don’t call it a “conservation” venture. Perhaps it would be wise to figure out some other terminology to use in helping to describe the justification for the tax increment financing scheme for development in the 900 block of New Hampshire.
GROUPS URGE EPA TO REJECT WATER POLLUTION STANDARDS
July 29, 1999
Environmentalists and regulators agree that ammonia pollution is a problem. The disagreement comes from the plan of attack to clean up the state’s water resources.
JAPANESE ENJOY SLICE OF MIDWEST CULTURE
July 29, 1999
Students from Hiratsuka, Japan, are visiting Lawrence on the ninth annual sister-city exchange.
PRICE MASON OBITUARY
July 29, 1999
SARAH “SALLY” PRICE MASON Emporia — Memorial services for Sarah “Sally” Price Mason, 61, Emporia, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Inurnment will be in St. Andrews Columbarium.
ATRAZINE DATA HARD TO READ
July 29, 1999
Both the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Environmental Working Group agree there are problems interpreting the atrazine data from Kansas. KDHE spokesman Don Brown said it is important to remember that the federal standard is not a daily standard, but an average of samples taken throughout a year, even though many of the EWG’s conclusions are based on daily readings or single-season averages.
LOCAL BRIEFS FOR THURSDAY
July 29, 1999
Eagle Bend offers new twilight fees
HEATH HECKMAN OBITUARY
July 29, 1999
HEATH HECKMAN Ottawa — Services for Heath Heckman, 24, Ottawa, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Dengel & Son Mortuary in Ottawa. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Ottawa.
ARTISTS, MUSICIANS MAKE USE OF TECHNOLOGY
July 29, 1999
The Lawrence arts community is logging on to the Internet to promote or sell their creations.
KREHBIEL EARNS AWARD FROM STATE CHORAL ASSOCIATION
July 29, 1999
Teacher earns award for arts contribution
DCCCA RECEIVES GRANTS FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT
July 29, 1999
DCCCA receives grants for substance abuse