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Top music
August 31, 2000
Top movies
August 31, 2000
Friends and neighbors
August 31, 2000
Art notes
August 31, 2000
KC Symphony to perform at zoo Silver Dollar City plans fall festival
World Briefs
August 31, 2000
John Marshall
August 31, 2000
Donna Haling
August 31, 2000
Lawrence Briefs
August 31, 2000
Kansas City survives Twins’ rally
Royals 8, Twins 7
August 31, 2000
With 30 games remaining, hardly anything seems safe in the Kansas City record book. Mike Sweeney hit a three-run double to give him 121 RBIs, second most in Royals history, and Kansas City held on to beat the Minnesota Twins, 8-7, Wednesday in 100-degree heat.
Ailing Knoblauch may miss final month
Sore right elbow keeping Yankee second baseman out of lineup
August 31, 2000
Chuck Knoblauch’s sore elbow might sideline him for the remainder of the season.
AL Roundup
August 31, 2000
McEnroe challenges Williams sisters
August 31, 2000
John McEnroe has all but challenged the Williams sisters to a grudge match. In New Yorker magazine, the tennis legend is quoted as saying, “Any good college male player could beat the Williams sisters, and so could any man on the Senior Tour.”
MU coach at odds with media
August 31, 2000
Missouri coach Larry Smith insists no one is circling the wagons around his program days before the Tigers open their season against Western Illinois.
Payton life of Dream Team party
Trash-talking guard named one of captains for U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team
August 31, 2000
Gary Payton has been trash-talking nonstop during scrimmages, after practice and on the team bus. No one is immune and no topic is off-limits to Payton, who on Wednesday became one of the captains of the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team.
Kemp shipped to Portland
August 31, 2000
Portland, Cleveland and Miami completed a five-player deal Wednesday, with the Trail Blazers sending power forward Brian Grant to the Heat and getting Shawn Kemp.
City Police Blotter
August 31, 2000
Mercury contamination probed in Chicago suburb
August 31, 2000
A gas company announced Wednesday that it will test 200,000 homes across Chicago’s far northern and western suburbs for possible contamination by mercury, a toxic metal that can damage the kidneys and brain.
Researchers engineer decaf plants
August 31, 2000
A new way to keep the caffeine out of coffee and tea, without having to take it out, could soon be developed through genetic engineering, scientists announced Wednesday.
Royals release Spradlin after poor outing
August 31, 2000
Royals reliever Jerry Spradlin was released Wednesday shortly after almost blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning for Kansas City against Minnesota.
Failed merger saps Sprint stock
August 31, 2000
The failed merger between Sprint Corp. and WorldCom Inc. has brought a blow to the pocketbook for Sprint shareholders and executives alike.
State pushes 31st Street
Opposition stands firm; deal on 38th Street also sought
August 31, 2000
By Kendrick Blackwood Unlike the South Lawrence Trafficway itself, the quest to revive the controversial road has come full circle. Mike Rees, chief counsel for the Kansas Department of Transportation, is trying to gain support from environmentalists and others for a completed trafficway along 31st Street.
U.S. stays away from U.N. gathering
August 31, 2000
A first meeting of presiding officers of the world’s parliaments opened in protest Wednesday with lawmakers from more than 140 countries — but not the United States.
Vigilantes attack wrong house
August 31, 2000
Vigilantes vandalized the home of a prominent children’s doctor in Wales, apparently after confusing her title of pediatrician with “pedophile,” police said Wednesday.
Heat doesn’t mean water restriction - yet
August 31, 2000
By Amber Stuever Although the sweltering heat continues, water usage in and around Lawrence has dropped from this week’s record amounts, keeping mandatory water restrictions at bay. High-volume water users such as Kansas University and Eagle Bend Golf Course were urged Monday to cut back. Since Tuesday, officials said, the amount of water pumped through the system has dropped noticeably.
County tables rezoning plan
Commission cites access as concern in subdivision
August 31, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Flood plain and road-access concerns prompted Douglas County commissioners Wednesday to back off approving the rezoning for a rural subdivision south of Lawrence. Instead, commissioners voted to table rezoning for Shank Hill East, a 10-lot development on the east side of U.S. Highway 59 just south of Berg Acres, about 2 miles south of Lawrence.
County commision briefs
August 31, 2000
Clinton ferries aid to Colombia
August 31, 2000
President Clinton on Wednesday formally inaugurated a $1.3 billion U.S. aid package to fight drugs in Colombia, insisting that the commitment of U.S. troops and military hardware would not turn this nation into a Vietnam-style quagmire.
Daily ticker — Wednesday’s close
August 31, 2000
Osteoporosis drug also works in males
August 31, 2000
A drug used to treat osteoporosis in women works just as well in men who have the brittle-bone disease, a study found.
Abolitionist’ visits Capitol, Brownback
Anti-slavery leader fights to stop illegal trafficking
August 31, 2000
Charles Jacobs had never visited the Statehouse, but he felt at home Wednesday, especially when he studied its famous second-floor mural of abolitionist John Brown. Jacobs calls himself a new abolitionist. He is president of the Boston-based American Anti-Slavery Group, which is fighting to end slave labor and trafficking in slaves.
Boyfriend charged with death improves
August 31, 2000
Steven Papen, the ailing boyfriend of a Wichita woman whose decomposing body was found in her car at a Colorado Springs airport, was upgraded Wednesday to serious condition in a Seattle hospital, the hospital said.
Business Briefcase
August 31, 2000
Lobsters rebound from oil spill
Money from settlement pays to restock Rhode Island coast
August 31, 2000
Four years after a barge spilled its load of oil into Block Island Sound and killed off marine life, the government is restocking the waters with 1.25 million female lobsters.
Survey: Kansans support research
Roberts uses numbers to back drive to increase university funding
August 31, 2000
By Erwin Seba More than 90 percent of Kansans think university research is important to the state, according to a statewide survey to be released this morning at a Statehouse news conference.
Feds want data on Ford tire recall
August 31, 2000
The federal government wants more information from Ford Motor Co. about the overseas recall of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. tires that began nine months before U.S. officials started looking into whether the tires played a role in scores of fatal accidents.
Black Secret Service agents allege racial discrimination
August 31, 2000
Eight current or former Secret Service agents who are black charged Wednesday that top officials are dragging their feet on ridding the agency of deep-rooted racial discrimination, which they said has also infected Vice President Al Gore’s protective detail.
Buzztopia’s so-so lineup delivers improv romp
August 31, 2000
By Geoff Harkness Buzztopia proved to be somewhat of a buzzkill for those looking forward to a cold shot of down-home New Orleans funk. The evening’s stellar lineup was severely diminished by the last-minute cancellation of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, though the two remaining acts on the bill worked hard to make up for it.
County administrator’s son facing charges
August 31, 2000
Police say the son of the Douglas County administrator tried to break into a Lawrence apartment Tuesday night. Charles R. Weinaug, 18, was charged Wednesday in Douglas County District Court with a felony count of obstructing official duty and misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, criminal damage and attempted criminal trespass.
Revenue chief defends new sales tax system
Cities, counties may have miscalculated revenue forecasts, Pierce tells lawmakers
August 31, 2000
A new sales tax system isn’t to blame for complaints that cities and counties aren’t getting enough revenues from such taxes, Revenue Secretary Karla Pierce told legislators Wednesday.
Playing with their food
August 31, 2000
Here’s the scientific explanation for how the Xploder bar get its bang: The popping crystals are made by superheating sugar to 186 degrees Celsius, which turns it into a gooey liquid, according to Willy Wonka Candy Factory executive Chuck Dodson. Then, the sugar is bathed in a supercold nitrogen gas.
Money Matters
August 31, 2000
You would think that with one of the longest economic expansions in U.S. history, today’s parents would be more than willing to offer their kids a decent allowance. Not so, according to a new, nationwide survey by IHateFinancialPlanning.com, the Web site for people who hate or dread financial planning.
Carrot’ proves to be a big attraction
August 31, 2000
Alyssa Buecker, Lawrence, creator of the “Carrot Wars” film featuring guinea pigs, has had a busy summer.
Traffic frustration
August 31, 2000
A new motto?
August 31, 2000
Robots programmed to ‘evolve’
August 31, 2000
Computer researchers near Boston report they’ve taken a vital step toward creating robot systems that act as if they’re alive; the little buggers even evolve and get reproduced automatically.
Bush showing confidence
August 31, 2000
By Cal Thomas Columnist for Los Angeles Times Syndicate Gov. George W. Bush exudes a quiet confidence these days that contrasts sharply with recent media portrayals of him as off-message and stumbling. In a lengthy interview, Bush told me he will soon ratchet up the debate with Vice President Al Gore on several major issues.
NABC reveals plans for tourney in KC, hall of honor
August 31, 2000
Seeking to expand its voice and presence, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Wednesday that Kansas City will be its permanent home.
Old Home Town - 25, 40, and 100 years ago today
August 31, 2000
School prayer advocates don’t know when to give up
August 31, 2000
By Leonard Pitts Columnist for the Miami Herald Apparently, some folks just can’t take no for an answer. At least that’s what I find myself thinking after reading published reports about the new grass-roots movement in the South to circumvent the recent Supreme Court ruling that outlaws state-sanctioned prayer at high school sporting events.
Burton loses main sponsor as Exide bails
August 31, 2000
Exide Batteries is dropping primary sponsorship of the Jeff Burton-driven Roush Racing Ford.
Lowe’s officials testing ‘soft wall’
August 31, 2000
Lowe’s Motor Speedway, reacting to the on-track deaths of Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin, has tested a new “soft wall” that could lessen the trauma on a driver when cars hit the retaining wall.
Darlington reaches half-century mark
Asphalt-paved ‘Lady in Black’ now stands as relic in multibillion-dollar industry
August 31, 2000
Dirt track ace Cotton Owens didn’t know what to expect in the first Southern 500. But he wasn’t alone that Labor Day weekend a half-century ago, when NASCAR’s first superspeedway event was run on Harold Brasington’s misshaped monster called Darlington Raceway.
Photographer captures routine of street life
Resident taps into people-watching skills
August 31, 2000
By Jan Biles For 20 years, Lawrence photographer Gary Mark Smith, Lawrence, has traveled the Earth searching for “Washington Squares,” places where he could observe people as they go about the routines of their daily lives.
EAT kicks off season with ‘Labor Day Special’
August 31, 2000
English Alternative Theatre will open its season at 8 p.m. Monday with its “Labor Day Special,” eight 10-minute staged readings of plays from the Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Perry set to perform
Comedian bringing solo show to Lawrence
August 31, 2000
Janice Perry, an internationally acclaimed performance artist, will bring her solo show, “Holy Sh*t! Stories from Heaven and Hell,” to Kansas University as part of the department of theater and film’s Third Annual Labor Day Festival.
Lawrence folk musician finding niche
Singer Lance Fahy discusses latest effort, local music scene
August 31, 2000
By Geoff Harkness Lance Fahy is not your run-of-the mill Lawrence folk musician. With an increasing reputation as a live performer, a recently released CD, and a bluesy, grassroots sound, the 28-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist is carving out a serious niche in the regional music scene.
U.S. jumpers incensed by racial slur
Australian critical of black athletes
August 31, 2000
John Rocker revisited. That’s the way U.S. Olympic long jumpers Melvin Lister and Savante Stringfellow reacted to racial remarks by Australian jumper Jai Taurima.
O’s demote Parrish
August 31, 2000
The Baltimore Orioles optioned slumping rookie left-hander John Parrish to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday night and activated reliever Alan Mills off the 15-day disabled list.
Little drama on courts as seeded players roll
Dokic’s father even more unpopular than Ashe statue
August 31, 2000
Away from the antics of an abrasive tennis dad and the muttering of fans unhappy about a new statue at the U.S. Open, Magnus Norman labored like a forgotten man in pursuit of the No. 1 ranking.
Jerusalem negotiators include God in peace talks
August 31, 2000
Israelis and Palestinians who have spent months wrangling over which side should control Jerusalem’s holy sites are turning their attention to an idea floated after Camp David’s failure: put God in charge.
State adoption audit delayed for want of legislators
Democratic leaders question need for audit, plan to present alternative next week
August 31, 2000
A committee couldn’t order an audit Wednesday of how the state provides adoption and foster care programs because too few members showed up. Four Republicans turned up for the meeting of the Legislative Post Audit Committee, but six members are required to conduct business. The 10-member committee plans to discuss the proposed audit during its Sept. 18 meeting.
Pilot’s kin watches F-16 crash
August 31, 2000
Pilot Steve Simons always let his family and friends know when a flight pattern for the Air Force reserves would take him over their tiny Panhandle town.
Ali television biography a real knockout
August 31, 2000
By Steven Linan, Los Angeles Times
Zoning Issue
August 31, 2000
Arts notes
August 31, 2000
Events in Logan celebrate Labor Day Train rides slated to Lawrence, DeSoto
Farmers seek disaster aid
Wheat growers fear summer’s heat threatens 2001 crop
August 31, 2000
Sizzling heat has already withered most of the Kansas soybean crop. Across the state, farmers rush to harvest their deteriorating corn and sorghum fields — baked by triple-digit temperatures and no rain.
Texas’ treatment of children chastised
Judge blasts Medicaid program’s failings
August 31, 2000
Texas has failed to adequately care for the 1.5 million low-income children in its Medicaid program, a federal judge ruled, giving the state until October to find a solution.
Elderly face tough choices on insurance plans
August 31, 2000
Some senior citizens are considering not taking some of their medications. Others are thinking about selling their homes. Some say they won’t be able to visit the grandchildren as often.
Nice guy wakes up as a monstor
Becoming Dick’ looks at Hollywoood soul-selling
August 31, 2000
What if you woke up and all of your dreams came true, only to find that you had lost your soul in the bargain? That, in a nutshell, is the plot of the Hollywood morality tale “Becoming Dick” (8 p.m., E!).
State Briefs
August 31, 2000
KU staying positive
Jayhawks hope to start season on right foot
August 31, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock Given all the added significance Kansas University’s football team has placed on its season opener with Southern Methodist, perhaps it’s no surprise the Jayhawks haven’t given much thought to what would happen should they falter.
NL Roundup
August 31, 2000
Gateway Country coming to Lawrence
Growing city, technology-savvy residents attract retail outlet
August 31, 2000
By Mark Fagan A new computer store is coming to town but leaving its products in the warehouse. Gateway Inc. plans to open a Gateway Country computer store Sept. 29 at 3113 Nieder Road, between SuperTarget and Steak ‘n Shake southwest of 31st and Iowa streets.
Firefighting costs likely to top $1 billion
August 31, 2000
The federal cost of fighting wildfires across the West soon will exceed $1 billion with Congress likely to dip into the treasury again this year to pay the final tab, federal officials said Wednesday.
Profit fears send stocks tumbling
Trading slows as Labor Day approaches
August 31, 2000
Blue chip stocks tumbled in sluggish trading Wednesday as investors remained wary of a slowdown in profits in the second half of the year.
People, Faces & Things
August 31, 2000
Nader candidacy giving Gore serious race in Northwest
August 31, 2000
As Vice President Al Gore’s motorcade pulled into town, scores of supporters of Green Party candidate Ralph Nader waved signs, blew whistles and screamed behind a police line, threatening to drown out Gore’s speech on a street corner, one block away.
Campaign spending tracked
August 31, 2000
George W. Bush spent more than $40 million trying to reach voters through advertising, mail and telephone, nearly as much as Al Gore doled out for his entire campaign during the presidential primaries, an analysis of campaign spending records show.
Coating slows soybean plants
Polymer-glazed seeds would allow double crop in single field
August 31, 2000
A Purdue University agronomist is testing a polymer-coated soybean that could allow farmers to squeeze two crops into the same field in a single season.
Boulder and booze
August 31, 2000
Journal-World Editorial Our schools have substance abuse problems but Colorado has even more severe difficulties. Kansas University and Kansas State University periodically show up on lists of “trendy” or “good party” schools. That is distressing to many who would prefer that our tremendous educational bargains not have such a reputation for fun and foolishness.
Ethnic remarks may bring end to relationship
August 31, 2000
Renaissance Festival begins this weekend
August 31, 2000
Henry VIII and his royal crown is returning this year to the Renaissance Festival, which kicks off Saturday at the festival grounds north of Bonner Springs.
Road House’ is top cheese
Author Michael Nelson pokes fun at movie starring Swayze
August 31, 2000
When it comes to the cheesiest movie of all time, “Road House” the 1989 beat-‘em-up bouncer’s tale starring Patrick Swayze tops Michael J. Nelson’s list.
Actor’s odd roles reach new heights
D’Onofrio enjoys diversity of characters
August 31, 2000
The guy on the other end of Vincent D’Onofrio’s cell phone has no idea how much trouble he’s in.
Survival depends on interaction
Video game’s creature tends to be insulting, yet entertaining
August 31, 2000
And now for something completely different …
Boy wonders hit the Web
Backstreet Boys become ‘The Cyber Crusaders’
August 31, 2000
They sell records faster than a speeding bullet! They’re able to leap over other boy bands in a single bound!
Ozzy talks ‘Ozzfest’
Heavy metal singer deals with ‘his bat act’
August 31, 2000
Heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne is dressed in a blue pinstriped suit with his eyes ghoulishly covered in black mascara. It’s a look that crosses business with shock rock.
This week at a glance
August 31, 2000
NASCAR CART CHRA Indy Racing League Formula One
Briefly
August 31, 2000
Small-town players, big-time swindle
Illinois-based scam bilked investors out of at least $12.5 million
August 31, 2000
Something funny was going on in the small town of Mattoon. Bankers started getting millions of dollars in deposits from local folks who held modest jobs. A retired electrician began driving a Lincoln, vacationing overseas and leaving $5 tips for $2 coffees. A contractor bought fancy offices and a fleet of 41 new trucks practically overnight.
GOP moderates take charge
Douglas County Republicans unite behind Don Johnston in amicable meeting
August 31, 2000
By Mike Belt Douglas County Republicans have a new leader, and his name is Don Johnston. Johnston, 66, was unanimously elected by voice vote in a strong showing of party unity during Wednesday night’s Republican Central Committee reorganization meeting. He replaces two-term chairman Jim Mullins, who decided not to run again.
Movies
August 31, 2000
News Briefs
August 31, 2000
It’s a bad week to be underdogs
Seven games involving ranked teams have point spreads of 30 points or higher
August 31, 2000
It’s rout week. The college football season swings into high gear this weekend, and it looks like there are plenty of creampuffs to go around for the Top 25 teams.
Hostage endangered by gunmen, heat
August 31, 2000
A woman held hostage inside a sport utility vehicle was getting progressively sicker as the ordeal stretched into its 18th hour Wednesday night. An FBI doctor talked to the woman about 9 p.m. and said she was “sick and getting progressively worse,” FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza said.
Cards bearing gifts are best opened after party, in private
August 31, 2000
Nation Briefs
August 31, 2000
Olerud misses first game
Wife gives birth to daughter
August 31, 2000
Mariners first baseman John Olerud missed Seattle’s game against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night because his wife, Kelly, gave birth to have the couple’s second child, a girl.
Claims filed against Haskell Foundation
Creditors claim debts of up to $25,000
August 31, 2000
By Dave Ranney A Lawrence couple and a Chicago-based computer firm have each filed notices in Douglas County District Court, claiming they are owed money by Haskell Foundation. In its affidavit, CDW Government, a company that specializes in selling computers and software to government and education programs, says it’s owed $6,729, a claim already upheld in Cook County, Ill., District Court.
Chubby still twists to his own beat
Forty years ago, Chubby Checker and ‘The Twist’ revolutionized pop dancing
August 31, 2000
Back in the era of sock hops and soda shops, couples held hands and bopped to the hits of Chuck Berry and Bill Haley. Then came Chubby Checker.
Speed doctor
Rookies get scoop on each track from veteran Rudd
August 31, 2000
An exclusive club will hold its annual dinner meeting Friday night as part of the Southern 500 weekend activities at Darlington Raceway.
Pearl Jam rocks on
Grunge band pays tribute to the King
August 31, 2000
By Geoff Harkness Memphis was a city in ancient Egypt, so it seems fitting that its Tennessee namesake boasts its very own pyramid in this case The Pyramid, a 12,000-seat arena.
Lawrence learns life lessons
Country singer Tracy Lawrence making comeback with new CD
August 31, 2000
By Mitchell J. Near Tracy Lawrence is a country singer riding the comeback trail, and he isn’t afraid to admit it. The last several years often found Lawrence fighting his private battles including a divorce in the public’s view, so he took the last two years off from recording, and then he re-emerged earlier this year with a new album, “Lessons Learned.”
Justice clears wireless deal
SBC, BellSouth must divest untis in 16 U.S. markets
August 31, 2000
SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp. agreed Wednesday to sell wireless business in 16 markets, including Los Angeles, Indianapolis and New Orleans, in order to win Justice Department approval of a joint venture in wireless telephone service.
Bad ignition switch may prompt recall
August 31, 2000
A judge said he may order a recall of as many as 2 million Ford Motor Co. vehicles over concerns that they are prone to stalling, and accused the company of deceiving federal safety investigators and consumers.
Meat inspection changes proposed
August 31, 2000
The government says its overburdened meat inspectors spend too much time on jobs that processors could do themselves, such as checking scales and monitoring the water content of meat products, and wants to focus more on stopping harmful bacteria.
Walnut pickers’ strike begins 10th year
Workers walked out on Labor Day 1991
August 31, 2000
When more than 600 workers at the world’s largest walnut processing plant walked off the job in a fit of Labor Day euphoria in 1991, they were certain they were days from victory.
The year air travel fell apart
August 31, 2000
By Geneva Overholser Columnist for Washington Post Writers Group Remember when bad air and cramped legs were the major annoyances of air travel? How sweet it was. This summer, far from griping about conditions on board, you’re likely to have passed long hours listening to airline agents talk gobbledygook about “ground delays” and “provisional status” to explain why everyone’s still stuck in the airport.
New German track ready for races
EuroSpeedway is the first facility in Europe to combine an oval track with a road course
August 31, 2000
When Bryan Herta took a spin around the new EuroSpeedway oval, he was accompanied by the nonstop roar of 80,000 spectators. No race or qualifying was taking place at the 1,500-acre complex just opening ceremonies earlier this month. But German fans were clearly delighted to watch a Champ car race around the two-mile oval for the first time.
Scoot along now
Youths get a kick from foot-powered transport
August 31, 2000
By Mike Belt They’re light, fast and nimble. And they’re certainly not your father’s or your grandfather’s scooter. In Lawrence, as well as across the nation, a new generation of motorless scooters are appearing in greater numbers on residential and downtown sidewalks.
Horoscopes
August 31, 2000
Calendar
August 31, 2000
Horoscopes
August 31, 2000