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Religion briefs
December 1, 2000
Southern Baptist youth groups to scoop chili feed Corpus Christi to have annual Christmas Cookiewalk First Southern Baptist presents musical
Endangered species ranked higher than barge trade
Corps of Engineers releases study laying ground for changing Missouri River flow
December 1, 2000
Protection of endangered species has become the top priority in managing the Missouri River and likely will prompt the U.S. Corps of Engineers to agree to higher spring releases and lower summer flows, a corps official said Thursday.
Focus on families, not chads
December 1, 2000
By Jane R. Eisner The Philadelphia Inquirer It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time say, a month or two ago when the national conversation was not about butterfly ballots and punch cards, but something more important.
Reason for fright
December 1, 2000
J-W Editorial America’s illiteracy epidemic is good reason to fear for the future.
Robert Allen
December 1, 2000
Maple Leafs rally past Islanders, 6-4
December 1, 2000
Toronto gave a game away on home ice only to be the beneficiaries one night later. After blowing a five goal third-period lead on Wednesday night to St. Louis, the Maple Leafs trailed twice to the New York Islanders.
Jobless hot lines will go dead
Plans to shut down rural telephone centers criticized
December 1, 2000
A state senator is criticizing the Department of Human Resources for plans to shut down three toll-free telephone lines for people filing unemployment benefits.
KU reserves make early entrance
Williams sends message by yanking starters early in victory over Illinois State
December 1, 2000
By Levi Chronister Kansas University basketball walk-ons usually play only during the final few minutes. Not on Thursday night. Not in the Jayhawks’ 80-61 victory over Illinois State in Allen Fieldhouse. Five minutes into Thursday’s game, KU coach Roy Williams hooked his five starters and sent in five subs, including walk-on Lewis Harrison.
Korean families reunited
December 1, 2000
After 50 years of separation, a 69-year-old North Korean man leaned over the wheelchair of his South Korean mother and rubbed his tear-stained face on her wrinkled cheeks.
AIDS myths persist about passing disease
December 1, 2000
A survey of what people know about AIDS found that four out of 10 mistakenly believe it is possible to get the disease by sharing a drinking glass or being coughed or sneezed on by an infected person. The survey, released Thursday, was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lab workers win Powerball
December 1, 2000
Fourteen workers at the Sandia nuclear weapons lab will see their bank accounts mushroom: They won $131 million.
Poe mystery deciphered at last
After 159 years, author’s code is cracked
December 1, 2000
Edgar Allan Poe, master of the mysterious and the macabre, may have uttered his last words from beyond the grave. A coded message published by Poe in 1841 in a magazine where he worked as editor has been deciphered with the help of modern computing and the intuition of a young puzzle solver, 151 years after Poe’s death.
Schreiner likes what he sees
Firebirds rebuilding after state run
December 1, 2000
By Robert Sinclair Free State High boys basketball coach Jack Schreiner has every reason to be down about the upcoming season. First he lost a three-year starter at point guard to graduation, then he lost his top returning scorer as a transfer. To top things off, the Firebirds open with back-to-back road games and won’t play their second home game until Jan. 27.
First-year head coach likes Lawrence’s depth
Vinson top returning player for Lions
December 1, 2000
By Steve Rottinghaus Don’t count on the same players sitting on the bench next to Lawrence High boys basketball coach Chris Davis this season. Davis plans to keep his Lions fresh, rotating several players in and out during the 2000-01 season.
Daily ticker
December 1, 2000
Gore, Bush float names for potential Cabinets
December 1, 2000
(Updated 5:03 p.m. Friday) While the nation’s highest court considered who will serve in the nation’s highest office, advisers for George W. Bush and Al Gore on Friday floated the names of candidates for two separate Cabinets only one of which will ever see the light of day.
Challenge promotes kindness, justice and honors Rosa Parks
December 1, 2000
Horoscopes
December 1, 2000
Lawrence briefs
December 1, 2000
Salvation Army to give costs to those in need Christmas concert slated in Ottawa Hospital to have Christmas homes tour Cottonwood earns three-year accreditation
People
December 1, 2000
Everything old is new again Celebrity blotter The Whitney and Bobby show Helping hand for a hospital
Without BCS, what would we say?
Most people don’t know what the initials stand for, but the darn thing has become a monster
December 1, 2000
Like most of you, when the family gathers around the dinner table these days, we like to talk about the BCS. I believe the BCS has changed our lives.
ESPN commentator Conley just like Vitale only quieter
Like his motormouthed networkmate, Rupp product has keen basketball mind and long tenure; unlike Vitale, he’s not outlandish
December 1, 2000
Larry Conley is the anti-Vitale. He can expound expertly on the quality of freshmen in college basketball without using the words “diaper” or “dandy.” He explains, without hyperventilating, why something will happen on the court. And he isn’t exactly a staple of ESPN promos.
Sunflower League Girls Capsules
December 1, 2000
State briefs
December 1, 2000
Fire slows production at Goodyear plant Group wins suit to force ADA compliant curbs Flames destroy city’s oldest ongoing business
KSU could end OU’s national title hopes
December 1, 2000
Once again, the Big 12 Conference title game can crush the national championship hopes of the best team in the league.
Sunflower League Boys Capsules
December 1, 2000
Spirituality
December 1, 2000
Jewish group issues warnings to schools about Christmas United Methodists approve grant for National Council of Churches Orthodox leaders dubious about visits to Bulgaria, Greece
Scholar has new theory about Old Testament
December 1, 2000
How was the Old Testament put together? Scholars expend much sweat and ink pulling the books to pieces, looking for this strand or that source of material. Now comes David Noel Freedman, professor at the University of California-San Diego, urging us to ponder the bigger picture.
Saving grace
Clergy recall funny experiences
December 1, 2000
By Jim Baker After you’ve been in the clergy long enough, you get to the point where you’ve seen just about everything. And the Rev. James Shaughnessy, pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 W. 15th St., has a story that tops them all.
Angry mom takes revenge
Wichitan allegedly tries to get even with friend accused of raping child
December 1, 2000
In a story ripe for movie-of-the-week status, a 39-year-old Wichita mother decided not to just get mad but to get even with a man accused of raping her 12-year-old daughter.
Sonics super against L.A.
Seattle wins second in a row under new coach
December 1, 2000
Nate McMillan is doing wonders for Seattle. The SuperSonics improved to 2-0 under their new coach with a 121-88 victory over the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. The Lakers had a five-game winning streak broken.
Nation briefs
December 1, 2000
Shuttle heads into orbit WTO protests pass peacefully Unruly passenger arrested Crash kills kindergartner Ford issues SUV recall
Briefcase
December 1, 2000
Two foundries to close Consumer spending up Japanese firm buys piece of AT&T Wireles Activist aims to dump CEO, Chrysler division Outage bites Amazon
Regulators criticize unclear marketing
December 1, 2000
The largest natural gas distributor in Kansas is marketing a program that it says will help protect consumers from higher fuel prices this winter. But the Kansas Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities, has taken Kansas Gas Service to task over its marketing materials for being unclear. Also, a KCC spokeswoman describes the program as a gamble for consumers.
Job outlook rosy
Market for liberal arts majors best in years
December 1, 2000
Job prospects haven’t been this good for liberal arts graduates in years.
Adolescence voyage usually has safe landing
December 1, 2000
I hear so much about communicating with our children and making sure we stay on the same wavelength. How can I do that during the teen years?
A challenge of Ramadan
Employers make adaptations for workers’ beliefs
December 1, 2000
Twice a day, Farouk Abushaban leaves his cubicle at Oracle Corp. and seeks out an empty conference room. A co-worker or two may join him, if they’re not on the phone. There is no talk of software or the Internet
Charge dropped against false ‘governor’
Misdemeanor count remains against Cowley County resident
December 1, 2000
A judge has dismissed one of the two misdemeanor criminal charges against a man who claims to be the state’s true governor.
Oz names interim CEO
Theme park project tabled until next year
December 1, 2000
A Detroit advertising and marketing manager was to be named Thursday as the interim chief executive officer of Oz Entertainment Co.
Gore looking a bit pathetic
December 1, 2000
By Claude Lewis To be honest, at this point the vice president seems just a little pathetic. There he was Monday night, practically begging the nation to support him in his unending fight for the White House.
Military insult
December 1, 2000
A tie-breaker?
December 1, 2000
Can Gore cope with a loss?
December 1, 2000
By Leonard Pitts Here’s what I think: 1. In all likelihood, a majority of the ballots cast by Florida voters in the election of 2000 were for, or meant for, Al Gore. 2. In a perfect system, the vice president would now be the president-elect.3. Ours is not a perfect system.
Is vote the ‘will of the people?’
December 1, 2000
By George Will President, n. The leading figure in a small group of men of whom and of whom only it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for President. Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
Cell phone call saves wounded deer hunter
Dispatchers work from 50 miles away to direct ambulances to accident scene
December 1, 2000
Emergency dispatchers 50 miles away directed rescuers to a deer hunter who dialed 911 on his cellular phone after accidentally shooting himself in the stomach, authorities said.
Barnett won’t change CU staff
Buffs’ coach upbeat after 3-8 season
December 1, 2000
In a broad-ranging review of his team’s 3-8 season and a look ahead to 2001, Colorado coach Gary Barnett said he didn’t anticipate any assistant-coaching changes or any attempt to recruit another placekicker.
Drake decides to keep football program going
December 1, 2000
Drake University will keep its football program, ending nearly two months of uncertainty.
Oklahoma dominates All-Big 12 selections
Seven Sooners earn first-team all-league recognition; Five Kansas State players honored
December 1, 2000
With Oklahoma ranked No. 1 and the nation’s only undefeated team, it’s understandable that Sooners dominated The Associated Press All-Big 12 team. What may be surprising is where they appear most: defense.
Witness pleads guilty to lying about identity
30-year-old faces five years in prison, $250,000 fine after plea agreement
December 1, 2000
A man accused of testifying under another name at a widely publicized murder-for-hire trial pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to a federal agent about his identity.
NFL Briefs
December 1, 2000
Sapp fined $2,500 Ravens’ Lewis accused
Backers to demand clemency
Supporters hope rally will push president to free Peltier
December 1, 2000
By Mike Belt Area supporters of Leonard Peltier will rally Dec. 10 in Kansas City, Mo., to demand clemency for him.
Vikings clinch playoff spot
Carter catches 1,000th career pass in Minnesota’s 24-17 win over Lions
December 1, 2000
Cris Carter took his place in NFL history. The Minnesota Vikings gained a playoff spot. The two go hand-in-hand, because the Vikings ultimately needed the 1,000th catch of Carter’s career, a 4-yard touchdown reception, to beat the Detroit Lions, 24-17, on Thursday night.
Martha Scott
December 1, 2000
Legislature called ‘unresponsive’ to poor
December 1, 2000
By Scott Rothschild Mary Becker has been lobbying the Legislature on behalf of working Kansans for several years.
School group to examine budget, programs
December 1, 2000
By Tim Carpenter The Lawrence school district’s budget development and program evaluation team Thursday identified seven new areas to be scrutinized.
Lieutenant governor praises work of task forces
December 1, 2000
By Mike Belt Today Kansas Gov. Bill Graves receives the full report from the Vision 21st Century Initiative, and his lieutenant governor is optimistic it will lead to a better approach to state problems.
On the record
December 1, 2000
Substitution goes awry
Replacement confusion ‘stupid,’ KU coach Williams says
December 1, 2000
By Gary Bedore You’ve heard of “too many men on the field” in college football. How about “too few men on the court” in basketball? Believe it or not, just three Kansas basketball players took the floor as the ball was about to be inbounded after a time out midway through the second half of KU’s 80-61 victory over Illinois State on Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Redbirds OK for about 20 minutes
Illinois State stays close, but falters in opening minutes of second half
December 1, 2000
By Chuck Woodling Euphoria in the Illinois State locker room at halftime soon gave way to reality. “We talked about the first four minutes of the second half deciding the outcome,” ISU guard Shawn Jeppson said. “But we missed a couple of easy shots and had a couple of unforced turnovers.”
Local Briefs
December 1, 2000
Pack the House set for tonight Baker women win Baker men falter Ottawa men triumph
CNN crew awaits ‘aggressive’ changes
December 1, 2000
CNN has told its staff to expect “aggressive” changes in the news operation next year, promising to evaluate each employee.
Group demands living wage
First hurdle, they say, is to raise state’s $2.65 minimum wage
December 1, 2000
By Scott Rothschild About 60 people rallied Thursday for a so-called “living wage” to help working Kansans, but they conceded their first fight will be to increase the state minimum wage, which is one of the lowest in the nation. The state minimum wage in Kansas is $2.65 per hour and applies to some 26,000 employees not covered by the regulations of the federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour.
High court’s ruling not likely to decide outcome of election
December 1, 2000
Observers of the battle for ballots in Florida that could determine the presidency might look at how the U.S. Supreme Court will take up an important issue in this disputed election on Friday and ask a simple question:
Higher ed in Kansas measures up, study says
December 1, 2000
Kansas was among six states to get the highest grades in a new state-by-state report card measuring performance in higher education.
That’s pretty ugly’
Jayhawks draw Williams’ wrath during uninspired performance
December 1, 2000
By Gary Bedore The fifth game of Kansas’ five-game homestand turned out to be a real stinker. “The only positive thing that happened tonight is we won,” KU senior Eric Chenowith said after the Jayhawks’ lackluster 80-61 nonconference men’s basketball victory over Illinois State on Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Thursday’s attempted robbery, from start to finish
December 1, 2000
Here’s a look at the events that transpired in conjunction with Thursday’s attempted robbery of the Firstar Bank.
Grandfather held in bank robbery
Hostage-taking standoff ends peacefully
December 1, 2000
By Joel Mathis The attempted stickup of a downtown Lawrence bank may have been the last resort of a man beset by health and financial woes and struggling to give his family a happy holiday. “He was just trying to help out his family,” the suspect’s daughter said after learning authorities were holding her 57-year-old father in connection with an attempted robbery and hostage-taking at Firstar Bank.
Yanks corral Mussina
Pitcher agrees to six-year, $88.5 million deal
December 1, 2000
After beating the rest of baseball on the field, the New York Yankees beat everyone to Mike Mussina. “It just came down to who really seemed to want me on their team the most,” Mussina said Thursday after agreeing to an $88.5 million, six-year contract.
World briefs
December 1, 2000
Miss India wins MIss World title Drug probe accuses police, politicians
Barak proposes new peace plan
December 1, 2000
Prime Minister Ehud Barak declared Thursday he was prepared to recognize an independent Palestinian state, but said sensitive issues, such as control over Jerusalem, should be set aside for up to three years.
Bone marrow cells shown to grow into brain cells
December 1, 2000
Researchers have discovered that transplanted bone marrow cells can migrate to the brain and turn into neurons, a dramatic laboratory finding that may offer hope of new therapies for Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders.
Museum tribute to Rosa Parks opens
December 1, 2000
It was a cold evening 45 years ago Friday when a Montgomery city bus stopped in front of the Empire Theater. The driver got up and told black seamstress Rosa Parks she would have to give up her seat for white passengers.
Gore stresses quick recount
December 1, 2000
Vice President Al Gore fought for the White House in the U.S. and Florida supreme courts Thursday as the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature took steps to override any victory he might win.
Lieberman tenacious in pursuit of victory
December 1, 2000
Even when Democrats were trailing Republicans by 55,000 votes in Florida on election night, when Al Gore was off writing a concession speech, Joe Lieberman was musing about a recount.
Anti-smoking plan yields results
California lung cancer rates drop after decade of anti-tobacco programs
December 1, 2000
A decade after California initiated the nation’s most comprehensive and aggressive anti-smoking program, the incidence of deadly lung and bronchial cancer has dropped far more dramatically there than it has nationwide.
Pioneers in class by themselves
Class 6A state champion Leavenworth has four returning starters
December 1, 2000
By Steve Rottinghaus Just how good is Leavenworth High? Well, one Sunflower League boys basketball coach ranked Leavenworth in the first tier of the league race and put the other 10 teams in the second tier. That same coach also listed Leavenworth’s starting five and top two reserves as some of the best players in the Kansas City metro area.
Virginia drops second straight
December 1, 2000
Amy Wetzel scored 17 points, including an 8-foot runner with four seconds remaining, to lead Virginia Tech to a 57-56 victory over No. 20 Virginia on Thursday night.
Briefly
December 1, 2000
Bank releases additional parking spots downtown New director appointed to lead schools foundation Bureau seeks donations, adoptive families for holiday Flu vaccines available
$10 million claim against state advances
Mexican Indian was confined to mental hospital for 12 years by mistake
December 1, 2000
By Joel Mathis A Mexican woman who was mistakenly confined for 12 years to a Kansas mental hospital can continue with her lawsuit against the state, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Estate donates $1 million to KU
Bequest includes art, music, a house and funds for scholarships
December 1, 2000
The estate of a former professor of German at Kansas University has donated gifts in excess of $1 million to the university, the KU Endowment Association announced Thursday. A professor of German at KU for more than 30 years, the late J. Anthony “Toni” Burzle left a gift to KU Endowment that includes nearly $717,000 in unrestricted support.
KDOT ‘interference’ berated
County wants state to keep nose out of 31st Street plans
December 1, 2000
By Joy Ludwig With the South Lawrence Trafficway presumed dead, Douglas County officials thought they had a plan with the city to improve 31st Street. But the chief attorney for the Kansas Department of Transportation said Thursday that he still is working to complete the eastern leg of the trafficway somewhere. Though the state hasn’t made a commitment to any set alignment, he said he hasn’t ruled out 31st Street.
New Missouri coach Pinkel makes vow: We’ll be our best
December 1, 2000
Gary Pinkel was ready for a step up after 10 years at Toledo. Even to a school that has had only two winning seasons in 17 years. Missouri hired Pinkel on Thursday, agreeing to a five-year contract worth about $900,000 per season. “I believe in myself,” Pinkel said. “I’ve never had anybody ask me when I’m going to fail.
Johnson reliable source for points
Senior forward has been asked to carry a heavier load for Jayhawks this season
December 1, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock Lynn Pride is gone, so to whom can Kansas University’s women’s basketball team turn when it needs a quick bucket? So far this season, Jaclyn Johnson has been the answer. Johnson, KU’s 6-foot-1 senior forward, will carry a team-best 18.8-point average into tonight’s KU Credit Union Jayhawk Classic meeting with Eastern Illinois.
Wisconsin’s Bennett retires
December 1, 2000
Rebuilding basketball programs for 36 years finally got the best of Dick Bennett. The defensive tactician who guided Wisconsin to an NCAA Final Four appearance this year is retiring because of burnout.
Firebirds open season with win over Bulldogs
December 1, 2000
By Robert Sinclair Free State High senior point guard Jackie Dubois stole the show on Thursday night. Literally. Dubois scored a team-high 12 points and added five steals to pace the Firebirds to a 56-40 season-opening victory over Kansas City Wyandotte at the FSHS gym.
Science Times’ to be launched
New show to make premiere on cable TV
December 1, 2000
National Geographic’s new TV channel and New York Times Television have struck a partnership for a science magazine show that will allow them to swap information and promotion.
Creed big winner at VH1 Awards
New, old rockers honored
December 1, 2000
Newcomer Creed was the big winner with four awards in the “My VH1 Music Awards” Thursday in which categories were designed and decided by viewers voting online.
Wall St. plummets
Gateway warning triggers tech selloff
December 1, 2000
Wall Street recoiled Thursday from fears that worse may be yet to come for earnings and the economy, with the battered Nasdaq composite index sinking at one point to more than 50 percent off its record high close.
Nation briefs
December 1, 2000
UCLA professor charged with embezzlement Charlotte, N.C., schools still ruled segregated Pentagon cuts anthrax vaccine plan
Nation briefs
December 1, 2000
Egg cartons to contain health warning Trash heap dug up looking for secret tapes Marines confident of Osprey approval
Nation briefs
December 1, 2000
United Airlines flights canceled Handyman admits Yosemite murder U.N. seeks food aid for North Korea