Archive for Sunday, August 6, 2000

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New Mysteries
August 6, 2000
Here’s a look at recent hardcover novels of mystery and suspense.
Casey Ray Beaver
August 6, 2000
City Police Blotter
August 6, 2000
Police: Stunt crossed line
August 6, 2000
By Brady McCombs Journal-World Writer Promotions for Payless Furniture Outlet’s “Wild and Crazy Sale” crossed the line from fun to harmful Saturday, according to Lawrence Police.
Lawrence Briefs
August 6, 2000
Two charged in drug case; Health department issues herbal warning; North 1500 Road closing postponed.
Spices flavor seafood safety
August 6, 2000
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts are looking into ways to use agents found in such common spices as oregano and cloves to kill disease-carrying bacteria in raw fish and shellfish.
Meat inspection rules questioned
August 6, 2000
For decades, federal inspectors have used their senses of touch, smell and sight to examine every piece of meat and poultry that makes its way onto supermarket shelves and kitchen tables across the country.
Cohen expected to back missile defense system
August 6, 2000
Defense Secretary William Cohen is expected to recommend by the end of this week that President Clinton approve limited steps to begin construction of a national missile defense system, Pentagon officials said Saturday.
Nation Briefs
August 6, 2000
Ohio: Broadcaster’s death ruled a suicide. Chicago: United flights canceled. South Carolina: NAACP convention moved out of state.
Presidential personalities
August 6, 2000
Nearly all U.S. presidents can be ranked among eight general personality types, according to a team of psychologists studying what makes a great president. Consulting with more than 100 historians, the team applied psychological analyses to what is known about these men.
Poll: Bush leads Gore by 11 points
August 6, 2000
George W. Bush leads Al Gore by 11 percentage points in two national polls of registered voters taken after the Republican National Convention, with that margin somewhat higher in a separate poll of likely voters.
Clinton vetoes tax relief
August 6, 2000
President Clinton vetoed a Republican-sponsored tax cut for married couples Saturday, saying the $292 billion, 10-year tax break package amounted to little more than a gift to the wealthy.
WNBA Roundup
August 6, 2000
Yankees’ pitching doctor helped turn Gooden around
August 6, 2000
Dwight Gooden was sitting around the house in Florida, watching some soap operas, playing with the kids, when the telephone rang. A friend told him the New York Yankees would be calling.
Fish’s Castillo steals leader, but worries about RBIs
August 6, 2000
The overstuffed recliner in the Florida Marlins’ clubhouse is where players put up their feet, fiddle with the TV remote and swap barbs with teammates walking past.
Everett vents on skipper
Boston outfielder back, but perturbed
August 6, 2000
Boston’s Carl Everett and manager Jimy Williams had a shouting match a few hours before the center fielder returned to the Red Sox lineup Saturday, having served his 10-game suspension for bumping an umpire.
Rising crime attacks courts
Burgeoning caseload forces prosecutors to take new approach to juvenile crime
August 6, 2000
By Joel Mathis Journal-World Writer Assistant Douglas County Dist. Atty. Shelley Diehl crawled around under a bridge last week in south Lawrence, trying to make a point. Finally, she found what she was looking for: A spray-painted logo, the words “Lil crazy cozmo.” Gangs and gang members, officials say, are a big reason the number of juvenile prosecutions skyrocketed in Douglas County during the 1990s.
Irish on outside looking in
August 6, 2000
Notre Dame’s football team wasn’t ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll for the first time since 1986.
Montana forests ablaze with wildfires
August 6, 2000
Choking smoke veiled homes and businesses here Saturday as flames turned forest to ash a few miles away in one of dozens of blazes that have made Montana a leading hot spot on the West’s fire map.
Brickyard 400 good to one Labonte
Bobby wins while brother Terry sees streak snapped
August 6, 2000
Bobby Labonte overtook Rusty Wallace with 15 laps remaining at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jayhawks’ 2000 foes could cure road woes
August 6, 2000
By Chuck Woodling Too bad Kansas University isn’t the college football equivalent of the Hotel California.
KU Edition signals return to the Hill
August 6, 2000
Boy oh Roy, what a year Kansas University has had. And Saturday’s Journal-World will tell the tale. Included with the Aug. 12 issue will be the 2000 Kansas University Edition — a 158-page look at all things Oread, from sports to arts to student life.
Bush’s Social Security plan seen as a threat to women
August 6, 2000
By Diana Zuckerman National Center for Policy Research for Women and Families Social Security has been the third rail of American politics not to be touched by politicians who valued their political lives. It has been untouchable because it is the most successful anti-poverty program in America, and more important, because millions of voters from all walks of life receive Social Security checks every month, without fail.
When the talking toys take over
August 6, 2000
By Dave Barry The Miami Herald We’re moving. I blame my daughter. She’s only five months old, but she has somehow acquired, at a conservative estimate, 250 million toys. Every morning, there seem to be more of them. I suspect they’re having some kind of battery-powered sex while we sleep.
Old Home Town, 25 & 100 years ago
August 6, 2000
Casino worries
August 6, 2000
When he needed it most, Bush delivered his best
August 6, 2000
By Cal Thomas Critics and commentators said that in his acceptance speech, Gov. George W. Bush should not draw attention to his father, recommend tax cuts and smaller government, education choice or abortion, or attack the Clinton-Gore administration.
Just don’t do it
Research can only go so far in helping those who court disaster through drugs.
August 6, 2000
Journal-World Editorial What does it take to steer people away from substance abuse? Do the highs obtained really make the risks worthwhile? Even if medical research is on the money, will it make any difference to those stupid enough to keep tempting fate?
Today in History
August 6, 2000
Millionaire’ album hopes to generate millions in sales
August 6, 2000
You’ll need to be a huge fan of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” to enjoy “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire The Album,” a sampler which supposedly captures the show’s spirit with its 12 cuts.
Stamp set explores universe
August 6, 2000
“Space Achievement and Exploration of the Universe” is the theme of 15 new stamps and five souvenir sheets issued by the U.S. Postal Service. This ambitious program features high-priced stamps not the usual 33-cent items.
Travel Notes
August 6, 2000
It’s OK to be a lumberjack at a new attraction in Ketchikan, Alaska; a gambling cruise ship will soon be making trips from the Texas coast to international waters outside the jurisdiction of state laws that prohibit gambling.
Ostertag lends name to charity golf tourney
August 6, 2000
By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor Greg Ostertag, Utah Jazz center and former Kansas University basketball player, has never let his asthma interfere with his goals. “I’m one of the lucky ones,” he said in a news release. “My asthma is under control.”
Breathing easier
Family copes with asthma
August 6, 2000
By Jan Biles Journal-World Features-Arts Editor When Mark and Brenda Frei heard their youngest son’s croupy cough, they knew what to do. They didn’t waste time or money using cough medicines or antibiotics in an attempt to fight a cold. They recognized the cough as a symptom of viral-triggered asthma, and they knew the condition could be managed effectively with an infant mask and a standard aerochamber.
Advocates: Review regularly
August 6, 2000
Consumer advocates say it’s a good idea to review your credit report regularly say, once a year to check for wrong information, correct any errors, see who’s inquired about your credit history and make sure you haven’t been the unwitting victim of identity theft.
West’s wild beauty timeless in appeal
Skip the progressively uglier urban areas
August 6, 2000
By Calder Pickett Professor Emeritus of journalism at Kansas University We went West again this year. We had two objectives, St. George in southern Utah to visit Cal, my wife’s brother, and Mary Jane, and our Utah State pals, Swede and Phyl Larson, and the Pickett family reunion at Lava Hot Springs in southern Idaho.
Angler lures children to great outdoors
August 6, 2000
Thousands of Kansas youths have answered Ken McCloskey’s casting calls. Ken McCloskey credits his grandfather for giving him one of his most cherished gifts.
Eppies’ keep Ann company
August 6, 2000
Teacher Starr given high marks
August 6, 2000
He arrived at Anacostia High School every week for the 9 a.m. senior class in constitutional law this year. Dressed in shirt and tie, he made a point to shake every student’s hand. They remember his energy; while teaching, he’d wave his arms, pace the classroom, sometimes jump in the air. In addition — absolutely everyone says this is true — he was “very funny.”
Recycled materials make limbs for Thailand land mine victims
August 6, 2000
Hundreds of farmers, mostly poor, have been crippled by land mines along Thailand’s borders with Cambodia and Myanmar, where internal wars have spilled over into Thai territory in the form of hidden minefields.
Steam-engine fans thresh it out in McLouth
August 6, 2000
By Mike Belt Journal-World Writer For the first time in several years Rodney Kunard found himself Saturday back in McLouth walking among old wooden threshing machines, steam engines and tractors. “I haven’t been here for about eight years, but I really enjoy looking at the old farm equipment,” the 30-year-old Manhattan resident said. “My dad used to tell me stories about what it was like for him working on a farm.”
Historian’s slave research becomes genealogical gem
August 6, 2000
In her younger days she was a political radical who couldn’t hold a job, a civil rights lawyer’s daughter who was disgusted by the oppression of American blacks and intrigued by their stories.
Germans rally against neo-Nazi groups
August 6, 2000
Police detained dozens of neo-Nazi supporters trying to hold a rally Saturday, while hundreds of Germans took the streets in an anti-Nazi protest decrying the rise in racist attacks.
Mixed grade classes on table
August 6, 2000
By Tim Carpenter Journal-World Writer The controversial practice of mixing Lawrence elementary students in multigrade classes will be studied by a fledgling coalition of parents and teachers. The new group, which has yet to adopt a name, plans to convene a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Pinckney School, 810 W. Sixth, to delve into so-called combination classes.
Eastwood commands ‘Space Cowboys’
August 6, 2000
If John Glenn can journey into space at age 77, why not Clint Eastwood, 70, Tommy Lee Jones, 53, Donald Sutherland, 66, and James Garner, 72? Why not, indeed? While the quartet may seem creaky, they do heroic work in “Space Cowboys,” directed and produced by Eastwood.
Dot-coms and the great cattle die-off
August 6, 2000
By Ross F. Collins Psst! Want to make 30 percent to 40 percent and more a year on your money? Invest in an exciting American industry showing incredible growth! Best investment in years! All you have to do is sit back and wait for the profits to roll in!
Arts Notes
August 6, 2000
State Briefs
August 6, 2000
Overland Park: Musil won’t seek city council re-election. Colby: Fatal wreck claims brother, sister. Winfield: Petition ruled valid; grand jury to be called.
People, Faces & Things
August 6, 2000
NFL Roundup
August 6, 2000
Stories draw intimate portraits
August 6, 2000
Domestic strife, memory and the lives of ordinary people are recurring themes in the 31 stories in “The Angel on the Roof” (HarperCollins, $27.50) by Russell Banks.
Eszterhas in the White House
Presidential scandal is prime fodder for noted screenwriter
August 6, 2000
Suppose you are Joe Eszterhas and you think of yourself as a writer and you sell yourself to Hollywood and you wind up writing screenplays that become sleazy-cheesy-greasy movies such as “Showgirls” and “Jade.”
Antique porch furniture outlasts couch of today
August 6, 2000
By Ralph and Terry Kovel King Features Syndicate Porch furniture was traditionally made of wicker, although other materials were used.
Seeing red?
Here’s some help for tomatoes that won’t go the distance.
August 6, 2000
By Bruce Chladny Special to the Journal-World Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable grown in home gardens. And this is the time of year when the tasty ripe fruit are best enjoyed. However, I have heard several gardeners complain that their tomatoes are slow to ripen.
Cho shows her mettle in ‘One That I Want’
August 6, 2000
Comedian Margaret Cho is a survivor and makes that known in her new concert film.
The Motley Fool
August 6, 2000
Business Briefcase
August 6, 2000
Internet-only banks buck tradition
August 6, 2000
Banking is one of the most deeply ingrained public trusts, and asking consumers to deviate from familiar methods is a challenge for e-banking companies.
Tapping into college fund takes planning, advisers say
August 6, 2000
By Mark Fagan Journal-World Business Editor Before cracking the college nest egg, look for ways to avoid fees and taxes, financial advisers say.
And your credit rating is?
Insurers, employers check into credit reports
August 6, 2000
Consumer credit reports used to be reserved for judging credit worthiness. Now their use is expanding.
Sense for seniors
August 6, 2000
Editor’s Note: Instead of a question-and-answer column this week, Sense for Seniors introduces the new “Mental Health Guide for Older Kansans and Their Families,” recently published by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Kansas State University and others. To get you into the subject matter of this booklet, here is its introductory true-or-false quiz.
World Briefs
August 6, 2000
China: Fireworks blast kills at least 21. Afghanistan: Taliban opposition claims battle victory. Northern Ireland: IRA bomber regrets ‘accidental’ deaths.
Publishers Weekly bestsellers
August 6, 2000
Here are the nation’s best selling books as compiled by Publishers Weekly.
Despite evolution flap, changes not imminent in state’s schools
August 6, 2000
The Kansas State Board of Education’s expected ideological flip-flop on evolution is likely to have limited effect on Kansas’ 304 school districts. The board’s vote a year ago to play down the importance of evolution in public schools was the big issue in Tuesday’s primary election, but districts had largely ignored the decision.
Bush touts tax cuts; Gore mulls VP choice
August 6, 2000
Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush lambasted President Bill Clinton for vetoing a bill to cut taxes for married couples Saturday and accused Vice President Al Gore of turning against families by also opposing the tax cut.
NL Roundup
August 6, 2000
Nebraska notches preseason No. 1
August 6, 2000
The Cornhuskers edged defending national champion Florida State in the AP Top 25 poll.
Bank finally relents to dying woman’s request
August 6, 2000
By Mike Belt Journal-World Writer Renee Karr just wanted to settle her affairs so her family won’t need to worry about anything after she dies from brain cancer. Her efforts snagged, however, when she tried to return a car for which she took a loan late last year. In the past several weeks, Karr says, she’s found just how cold and impersonal dealing with a major big city bank can be.
Show dog handlers are breed apart
August 6, 2000
The call of the ring keeps dog handlers on center stage. It’s a blisteringly hot Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Under the awning of Corky and Susan Vroom’s rig, a fan plays upon an English springer spaniel named Dylan as he gets a blow-dry. In minutes, he will strut his stuff in the ring for the judges.
Being koi
Blue-blood fish rule the waterway
August 6, 2000
By Carol Boncella Journal-World Garden Writer Gary and Roberta Malburg wanted to build a water garden to enjoy. But not just any old pool. The couple wanted a water garden that would be big enough to keep the koi fish they hoped to breed. What they built was enormous. It encompassed a significant portion of the sunny area outside the front of their rural home.
Alimony agreement leaves husband trapped for life
August 6, 2000
By Jan Warner and Jan Collins Knight Ridder Newspapers Q: At the time of our divorce after 10 years of marriage, my wife was unemployed and needed support even though she was healthy and capable of working. She promised to go back to school and get a job. Against my better judgment, I signed an agreement prepared by my lawyer to pay her $20,000 per year until she died or remarried or until I died.
Coastline remains untrampled
August 6, 2000
More Mobile than Miami and more New Orleans than Naples, Florida’s laid-back “Forgotten Coast” on the Gulf of Mexico entices with a mix of colorful history, seafood fresh off the boat, fine fishing and untrampled beaches.
Psychologists profile presidents
Best leaders not necessarily the best-liked
August 6, 2000
George and Al take note: A team of psychologists has determined that great presidents tend to be take-charge guys. They are smart, energetic and assertive, but not necessarily likable or straightforward.
Oz financing hits roadblock
August 6, 2000
By Dave Ranney Journal-World Writer The Kansas Development Finance Authority has suspended talks on transferring the mothballed Sunflower Ammunition Plant to Oz Entertainment Co. “There is no substantive discussion going on at this time,” said Rebecca Floyd, the finance authority’s executive director and legal counsel.
Ins and outs of credit scoring
August 6, 2000
There are numerous credit-scoring systems, but by far the most common is the FICO score developed by Fair, Isaacs and Co. More than 75 percent of mortgage loans, for example, are based in part on the borrower’s FICO score.
Milosevic will rule or destroy
August 6, 2000
By Jim Hoagland Washington Post Writers Group Slobodan Milosevic clings to power in Belgrade with a tenacity and a ruthlessness that should remind a distracted world of the human capacity for evil, and the difficulty of confronting it effectively.
Meadows makes most of AL debut with Royals
August 6, 2000
Pitcher Brian Meadows allowed just one run while winning in his first appearance with Kansas City, 7-5, over Boston.
NFL quarterbacks lack star power
League lacks luster after retirements of future Hall of Famers
August 6, 2000
Peyton Manning was asked if the retirements of John Elway, Dan Marino and Steve Young make him one of the NFL’s top QBs or just one of the top young ones.
Hiroshima mourns victims
August 6, 2000
In a solemn annual rite, Japan paused today to recall the day 55 years ago when the dropping of a U.S. atomic bomb “created a hell on earth.” Broken only by the steady chirping of cicadas and the tolling of a bell, 60 seconds of silent prayer commenced at 8:15 a.m. the exact moment the bomb exploded above Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.
U.N. troops deploy on Mideast border
August 6, 2000
U.N. peacekeepers fanned out Saturday along the Lebanese-Israeli border, completing their deployment for a mission to bring stability to a zone occupied by Israel until May and controlled since by guerrillas.
Clinton library land deal questioned
August 6, 2000
An Arkansas land deal involving President Clinton has stirred controversy here. Forget Whitewater — that’s old news. The current flap threatens not to disrupt Clinton’s waning presidency, but foul up his retirement plans.
U.S. military begins training Colombians
August 6, 2000
U.S. Special Forces trainers quietly arrived in Colombia last week and have begun preparing this country’s second anti-narcotics military battalion, a key element in the $1.3-billion American anti-drug aid package for this nation, U.S. and Colombian sources confirmed.
Chiefs start fast, fall late
August 6, 2000
Kansas City scored a touchdown on its first possession, but Tennessee rallied for a 14-10 exhibition victory. It’s a play the Tennessee Titans might have preferred to keep hidden until the regular season. The temptation to show off new receiver Carl Pickens turned out to be too strong.
Taking the toll of neglected heritage
State grant will help explore a gateway to Bleeding Kansas
August 6, 2000
By Kendrick Blackwood Journal-World Writer Napoleon Bonaparte Blanton was Lawrence’s original toll booth operator. Long before the Kansas Turnpike was built, before U.S. highways or even township gravel roads existed, the main route to Lawrence from the south was across a wooden bridge Blanton had built across the Wakarusa River.
Johnson builds a unique children’s book
Kansas University alumnus taps into imagination
August 6, 2000
By Jim Hummels Journal-World assistant features and arts editor A Lawrence native has been hard at work so children can build upon their knowledge.
Horoscopes
August 6, 2000
Dog handlers are breed apart
The call of the ring keeps dog handlers on center stage.
August 6, 2000
It’s a blisteringly hot Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Under the awning of Corky and Susan Vroom’s rig, a fan plays upon an English springer spaniel named Dylan as he gets a blow-dry. In minutes, he will strut his stuff in the ring for the judges.
KU class ‘perfect’
Allen has confidence in newcomers
August 6, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock Journal-World Sports Writer Kansas University’s football season officially begins today when the Jayhawks’ newcomers report to campus.
AL Roundup
August 6, 2000