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CANDIDATES SHOWING WEAKNESSES
November 15, 1999
Nobody’s perfect. So our political reporter, Eleanor Clift, took a look at the flaws and foibles of those in the early jockeying for the presidential nomination. The four men who have emerged as the leading candidates all have flaws that may or may not disqualify them in voters’ minds as a potential president. How they compensate for their defects, and how their shortcomings stack up against their many assets, will decide which one of them wins the confidence of the American people. The media and independent-minded voters in New Hampshire are in a swoon over John McCain, who is moving up in the polls against front-runner George W. Bush. Yet those who know McCain best — people who work with him on Capitol Hill and in his home state of Arizona — warn that McCain’s quick-trigger temper could signal a temperament unsuited to the stresses of the presidency.
SLATES MEETING
November 15, 1999
The second Get Moving, Eat Right and Stay Healthy workshop is at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine. Get Moving is a free program that encourages Douglas County residents to exercise and develop healthy eating habits. More than 300 people already have signed up for the program which ends in March.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION FOR WEEK OF NOV. 15
November 15, 1999
1. Connecticut, Ninth to 13th remains closed to through traffic for sanitary sewer relief project. Section from Eighth to Ninth now open. 2. 11th Street, Connecticut to Delaware Street, traffic restricted for water line improvements.
AVA L. WARREN OBITUARY
November 15, 1999
AVA WARREN Private family services will be at a later date for Ava L. Warren, 80, Lawrence.
SWITCHES CAN LIMIT MODEM SPEED
November 15, 1999
Is it all a myth? I encountered a phone lineman the other day digging out in the yard. I asked him if the new line he was installing would speed up my modem. “Nope,” he offered. “We guarantee only 24,600 on these lines and you’re real lucky if you sometimes get 28,800. Both my Compaq modems are 56K and they regularly log on at 24,600. So what have I gained? In the interest of fairness let me first tell you that Geeks on Wheels is owned by WorldWest, LLC. WorldWest is a sister company of World Co., which owns the Journal-World and Sunflower Cablevision, which provides Internet access through its cable lines and in that sense is a competitor of Southwestern Bell. That said, here’s the answer to your question:
11-15 DO YOU THINK SCHOOLS ARE GOING OVERBOARD WITH . . .
November 15, 1999
Do you think schools are going overboard with zero-tolerance policies toward violence? John Elliott,
EXPERT PANELISTS WILL ANSWER MILLENNIUM BUG QUESTIONS
November 15, 1999
J-W Staff Reports Douglas County residents still may submit Y2K-related questions to be answered at an interactive community forum tonight. The forum is sponsored by the Lawrence-Douglas County Y2K Community Information Task Force, the Journal-World and Sunflower Cablevision.
STEVE RUSHIN COLUMN
November 15, 1999
Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace served as a radio analyst during the playoffs and so had cause to enter the press box one day to retrieve a hot lunch provided for members of the media. Inside his lunchbox he found a candy-bar wrapper — which had wiped a man’s mouth — lying like the Shroud of Turin arop his sandwich. Grace surveyed the assembled scribes, and the scales fell from his eyes. “You guys,” he said, “are slime.” Precisely. We are slime, though the descriptive we use on our tax forms — those of us who pay our taxes — is “journalist.” Behind the Oz-like curtain of that word, we hid: Fat guys questioning the fitness of Cap Ripken, booze hounds berating Mickey Mantle for drinking, skirt-chasers chastising Wade Boggs for infidelity. Sportswriters are people who — while settling into a free front-row seat, while complaining about the complimentary meal just devoured — can carp at length about an athlete’s sense of entitlement. Jock-sniffing, bellhop-stiffing know-it-alls, we are accountable to no one, while holding everyone accountable to us.
KU RESEARCH CENTER APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR
November 15, 1999
KU research center appoints new director
LIBRARY OFFERS Y2K INFORMATION
November 15, 1999
The Lawrence library offers resources for those interested in preparing for Y2K.
November 15, 1999
A Lawrence actor in the movie said he was beside himself to see his image on the big screen.
NFL STANDINGS
November 15, 1999
East W L T Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div
POSSIBLE QUOTE FOR MON.
November 15, 1999
“Hey Seattle, Final Offer: Bengals For Griffey. Go Reds.” — A banner hung in the second half at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati during the Bengals 24-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
CHANTICLEER BLENDS INTO SWEET HARMONY
November 15, 1999
Chanticleer is artistry in action. Its 12 singers have infallible pitch, malleable voices and mastery of a far-reaching repertoire. Chanticleer performed for an enthusiastic crowd Sunday afternoon at the Lied Center. The two-hour concert was a harmonic trip from 13th-century motet to 20th-century jazz-gospel — a mix of old and new, sacred and secular — and all done flawlessly.
CITY AGENDA
November 15, 1999
The Bottom Line City commissioners will take a final vote Tuesday night on annexing and rezoning 164 acres in southwest Lawrence known as the Inverness Addition.
S MAY REQUIRE MORE THAN CONFETTI
November 15, 1999
J-W Staff Reports If you are concerned about computer systems around the country crashing when the calendar rolls over to the year 2000, most experts say not to worry too much, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
JOBS: COLLEGE ENRICHMENT
November 15, 1999
A high percentage of college students work part time during school, and many are holding down full-time jobs. Certainly more students are working than when I was in school in the Eisenhower years. Of course, many of my contemporaries had been in the armed forces and were subsidized by the G.I. Bill. The rest of us might not have been holding down full-time jobs, but it wasn’t because we were taking our schoolwork any more seriously. Full-time jobs interfered with our social lives. Actually, I had so many part-time jobs, sometimes two or three at any given time, that they interfered with my social life, but the hours could be juggled. Manning the front desk in the men’s dormitory — directing visitors, accepting packages for the residents, answering the telephone — was a prized job not because it paid well but rather because you could read and do homework, and you also got the chance to chat up women telephoning their boyfriends. The other dormitory job I cherished, working for a laundry, paid a good deal more. The laundry, Dorn-Cloney, picked up dirty items for washing or dry cleaning and returned them to the individual rooms, leaving me with the bills to be sorted out with the residents. In my spare time I’d drop in to collect from the guys who owed Dorn-Cloney. It was pleasant and sociable work. I can’t remember what percentage I got to keep, but it was one of the better-paid jobs in a checkered undergraduate career. An early would-be employer misread my resume and thought I had money-laundering experience. He was hoping I could do for his organization what I had been doing for Dorn-Cloney.
BLOTTER FOR MONDAY
November 15, 1999
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
40 YEARS AGO
November 15, 1999
Lawrence police issued 64 parking tickets in the lot at Ninth and Vermont streets, mostly for the blocking driveways. A number of motorists were complaining and planned to appeal the tickets, which they felt had been unjustly issued.
PATCH MICROSOFT PROGRAMS BEFORE BUBBLEBOY HITS
November 15, 1999
It had to happen sooner or later. We’ve discussed computer viruses and worms and Trojan horses and the like on many occasions in this space, including the occasional virus hoax. It has generally been true that viruses distributed via e-mail messages are harmless, as long as the recipient doesn’t run any application or open any word-processor document that comes with the e-mail message as an attachment to the message. Unfortunately, things have changed.
STEVE RUSHIN COLUMN
November 15, 1999
Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace served as a radio analyst during the playoffs and so had cause to enter the press box one day to retrieve a hot lunch provided for members of the media. Inside his lunchbox he found a candy-bar wrapper — which had wiped a man’s mouth — lying like the Shroud of Turin atop his sandwich.
LEGISLATIVE WORKSHOP USES DIFFERING TEXTBOOKS
November 15, 1999
One textbook was extremely popular; the other was “right of center,” but “easy to understand.”
MONDAY DATEBOOK
November 15, 1999
TODAY 9 a.m.: Douglas County Commission, county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.
CHILDREN NEED HELP INTERPRETING TV VIOLENCE
November 15, 1999
Parents have options when it comes to TV violence and their children, but the first step is to be informed.
100 YEARS AGO
November 15, 1999
On Nov. 15, 1899, the Lawrence World quipped: “If experience were a merchandiseable commodity all of us would be rich.”
GET MOVING FORM
November 15, 1999
“GET MOVING! EAT RIGHT AND STAY HEALTHY” Name: Phone:
T PLAY AS MANY NOW
November 15, 1999
Roy Williams has told the Jayhawks his free-wheeling substitution patterns in two exhibition games probably won’t be the norm during the regular season.
FARMER HARVESTS HIS LAST CROP
November 15, 1999
Douglas County’s Bob Rohe is one of a kind, a farmer who actually retired.
CITY AGENDA
November 15, 1999
Consent agenda: Unless otherwise requested, the following items will be considered without debate on a single vote. * Review and approve minutes of various boards and commissions: city commission meeting of Nov. 9; planning commission meeting of Oct. 27; and board of zoning appeals meeting of Nov. 4.
BANKERS READY FOR YEAR 2000
November 15, 1999
Bankers say they are more worried about customers reactions before the Millennium has a chance to hit.
CONVICTED MURDERER ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE
November 15, 1999
A convicted murderer and other felons are eligible for parole next month, and the state parole board is seeking comments.
25 YEARS AGO
November 15, 1999
IN 1974 A felony warrant was authorized charging a 28-year-old Topeka man, Donald H. Long, with murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, aggravated sodomy and attempted rape in connection with the robbery-slaying at the Sanctuary Club here. Todd Storbeck, 21-year-old Kansas University student, was the victim.
EXPERT LOOKS INTO FUTURE OF EDUCATION
November 15, 1999
The president of an education leadership center says technology innovation should be a key element of public school improvement programs in the next five years.
WHAT WILL FMC DO WITH ALL ITS NEW LAND IN NORTH LAWRENCE?
November 15, 1999
What plans does FMC have with all the land it’s buying up in North Lawrence? “FMC plans to continue to utilize that land as farmland,” said Karen Schuyler, FMC Corp.’s plant manager in Lawrence, 440 N. Ninth.
November 15, 1999
The officials at the Kansas Department of Transportation need a lesson in listening and communicating with the people they are appointed to serve. It’s hard to play a game when someone keeps changing the rules.
HAY FEVER SOUNDOFF
November 15, 1999
What percentage of the population is susceptible to hay fever? Is it hereditary? According to Encyclopedia Britannica, about 10 percent of the population is unduly susceptible or hypersensitive to the antigens that provoke hay fever or asthma. Those people have an increased tendency to produce what are called “IgE antibodies.” This tendency runs in families, though there is no single gene responsible as there is in such hereditary diseases as hemophilia.
HOUSING PROGRAM PASSES FIRST TEST
November 15, 1999
Most Lawrence Housing Authority tenants were able to pay higher rents that took effect Oct. 1 under the “Moving to Work” program.
Y2K CONSULTANT URGES PREPARATION, BUT NOT PANIC
November 15, 1999
Ken Orr advises people to be prepared but not to panic about possible Y2K problems.
KU SEMINAR PRAISED DESPITE CONTROVERSY
November 15, 1999
Participants, organizers praise economics seminar.
CITY CREWS HIT SNAP IN SEWER PROJECT
November 15, 1999
Crews will have to open trenches on Connecticut to finish the sewer project, at an added cost of $228,480.
CHINA CALLS FOR REAL LEADERSHIP
November 15, 1999
Say this for Bill Clinton: He is always there when he needs you. Whether he seeks a campaign contribution, praise and sympathy for the hard road he has traveled or a boost for his place in history, Clinton is unmatched in the high political art of identifying your ability to contribute to his destiny.
T EASY TO PAY FOR
November 15, 1999
How far should parents go today, to pay for their children’s college education? Some will bear any burden, sign any loan. Others won’t. Increasingly, children rather than parents are borrowing the money.
November 15, 1999
Professor Victor Contoski has befriended legions of students during his 30 years at KU.