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Ecstasy far from a harmless drug
December 5, 2000
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn While teen use of marijuana has decreased, continuing a three-year trend, teen use of a drug called “ecstasy” has increased dramatically. Use of the drug has doubled since 1995.
Gore optimistic about election chances
December 5, 2000
(Updated 3:06 p.m. Tuesday) Vice President Al Gore, buffeted by a highly unfavorable court ruling in Florida, said Tuesday, “I don’t feel anything other than optimistic” as he awaits a ruling on his appeal by the state Supreme Court
Man has a right to confirm daughter’s paternity
December 5, 2000
Daily ticker
December 5, 2000
Investors eat up Quaker deal
PepsiCo agrees to buy Gatorade maker for $13.4 billion in stock
December 5, 2000
PepsiCo Inc. shares rose Monday after it sealed a deal to buy Quaker Oats Co., the maker of Cap’n Crunch cereal, Aunt Jemima pancake mix and Gatorade, for about $13.4 billion in stock.
Justices to mull ‘murder’ question
Douglas County prosecutors appeal judge’s ruling tossing out charge
December 5, 2000
By Joel Mathis Maurice Murphy didn’t pull the trigger on the gun that killed his partner in crime. But the state should be allowed to try him for murder anyway, a Douglas County prosecutor argued Monday.
NHL Roundup
Thrashers topple Bruins, 5-4
December 5, 2000
The Atlanta Thrashers are finding ways to win close games. Defenseman Chris Tamer scored with 1:01 left in the third period as the Thrashers beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 Monday night for a franchise-record third consecutive win.
Neagle signs with Rockies
Hurler leaves Yankees, inks five-year deal for $51.5 million
December 5, 2000
Denny Neagle and the Colorado Rockies agreed Monday to a $51.5 million, five-year contract, a deal that includes a team option for 2006.
Area briefs
December 5, 2000
Transient found guilty of June bank robbery Silver Haired Congress election is today Red Cross to meet tonight Workshop to focus on elder mistreatment
Hopscotching the sports scene
December 5, 2000
Hopscotching the sports wire for headlines while wondering if I’ll ever point my web browser to galleryfurniture.com.
Top 25 men
Haywood nets triple-double
December 5, 2000
Michael Jordan never did it at North Carolina. Neither did James Worthy, Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison nor Vince Carter. Brendan Haywood etched his name in North Carolina history by becoming the first player at the school to record a triple-double as the 14th-ranked Tar Heels beat Miami 67-45 Monday night.
Arizona taps Mackovic; Donnan fired from Georgia football
December 5, 2000
College coaches were coming and going at a dizzying rate Monday, with John Mackovic taking over at Arizona, Jim Donnan getting fired at Georgia and Gary Crowton talking to BYU about replacing LaVell Edwards.
GOP: ‘We will not raise taxes’
Legislature will have to find another way to fund schools
December 5, 2000
The Legislature won’t approve a tax increase to raise extra money for public schools, its newly designated Republican leaders said Monday.
Progress made on budget deals
Clinton offers some cuts, GOP wants agreement soon
December 5, 2000
President Clinton offered congressional leaders a number of proposals Monday to end the long-running battle about school spending, immigration and other issues, raising hopes for a budget agreement.
Briefcase
December 5, 2000
Microsoft donates millions to Boys & Girls Clubs Report indicates slowdown Cooperatives to end refining joint venture
Canning of Donnan disgraceful
Dooley pledged support to coach just three weeks ago; will Carolina gobble up ex-Bulldog coach?
December 5, 2000
Warning to any competent football coach who thinks Georgia could be a plum job. Stay away.
Florida Legislature may decide it doesn’t need special session
December 5, 2000
Two court decisions Monday favorable to George W. Bush may allow the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature to reconsider a controversial special session designed to give Bush the electors he needs to carry Florida and win the White House.
Redskins’ Turner axed
Owner Snyder turns to Rodgers, then Robiskie
December 5, 2000
His $100 million team a near bust, Dan Snyder’s trigger finger went from itchy to twitchy Monday, with the results-now owner dismissing Norv Turner as the Washington Redskins head coach, a move that was obvious once Eddie Murray’s late field goal try petered out against the Giants on Sunday.
Florence Andes
December 5, 2000
Lawrence senior Lesher rolls 300 game
December 5, 2000
By Chuck Woodling Walt Lesher picked up a photocopy of his perfect bowling game as he headed for the door at Royal Crest Lanes. “I’m going to tell my wife I rolled a 300 game and she’s going to say, ‘Yeah, sure,’” Lesher said with a smile. “Well, this is the proof.”
Lennon’s assassination still echoes
Twenty years later, Yoko Ono imagines what might have been
December 5, 2000
Sitting inside her office at the Dakota apartments, a stone’s throw from the spot where her husband was mortally wounded two decades earlier, Yoko Ono considers the question: Imagine John Lennon at 60?
Horoscopes
December 5, 2000
Farmland CEO foresees profitability
Lawrence resident to announce plan for cooperative recovery
December 5, 2000
The president and chief executive officer of Farmland Industries expects the cooperative to be profitable this year.
Roundup
Knicks blister Clippers
December 5, 2000
Much to Jeff Van Gundy’s dismay, folks are calling the new lineup the “Big Backcourt.” Much to his delight, it’s working.
City schools reject football playoff proposal
Lawrence High, Free State High cite ties to Sunflower League for turning down eight-team district
December 5, 2000
By Steve Rottinghaus Like several other big-class schools in the state, Lawrence High and Free State High have rejected a new eight-team football playoff proposal put forth by the Kansas State High School Activities Assn.
Court to consider whether ‘sleep talk’ constitutes evidence
December 5, 2000
Drifting somewhere along the border between reality and the world of dreams, the sleeping 10-year-old girl said, “Jorge, get off me. Jorge, get off me.” Prosecutors say it was evidence that was rightfully allowed at the trial of the man convicted of sexually assaulting the girl.
Briefly
December 5, 2000
Health Department to offer flu shots to public this week Lawrence native performs in New York fund-raiser Charges still pending in Ottawa shooting
Joan Finney left legacy of legalized executions
Former governor bowed to opinion of the people
December 5, 2000
During her four years as governor, Joan Finney remained both a devout Catholic and an ardent populist. In 1994, when her personal religious beliefs and political philosophy didn’t agree, her politics prevailed.
People
December 5, 2000
Giving and receiving Confronting mortality Author briefly hospitalized
Space station spreads both wings
December 5, 2000
Space shuttle Endeavour’s astronauts slowly but successfully unfurled the second of the international space station’s giant solar wings Monday, completing the largest structure ever deployed in orbit.
Dangerous party
December 5, 2000
News briefs
December 5, 2000
Driver sentenced in killing Pair of rare white tigers born Entire Cabinet resigns Former Nazi officer on trial
Jayhawks hobbled by injuries
Boschee, Gregory skip Monday practice
December 5, 2000
By Gary Bedore Add another player to Kansas basketball’s list of walking wounded. KU junior Jeff Boschee sat out Monday’s practice after suffering a mild left ankle sprain at practice on Sunday. No X-rays are planned, and the junior combo guard isn’t expected to miss Thursday’s 6:05 p.m. game at Wake Forest.
Briefcase
December 5, 2000
Tyson Foods seeks to gobble up IBP Inc Investment firms downgrade stoc Delta flights scrubbed as pilots avoid overtime
Testimony begins in shoe store rape trial
December 5, 2000
(Updated 1:07 p.m. Tuesday) Terry McIntyre told a friend he robbed a Lawrence shoe store and raped a clerk there, according to testimony at his trial Tuesday morning.
New-home sales fall 2.6 percent
December 5, 2000
Sales of new homes moderated in October after surging the month before, further evidence that economic growth is slowing to a more sustainable pace.
Feds question SBC long-distance plan
December 5, 2000
The Justice Department warned of possible competition problems Monday about SBC Communications’ bid to offer long-distance to its local customers in Oklahoma and Kansas.
Election ruling lifts blue chips
Investors use caution in high-tech dealings
December 5, 2000
The prospect of a resolution to the presidential election dispute sent the Dow industrials sharply higher Monday, but investors were more restrained about high-tech companies amid lingering earnings concerns.
Downtown hires leader
California bank manager to take over DLI on Jan. 2
December 5, 2000
By Mark Fagan A California bank manager is coming back to his roots to help downtown Lawrence grow and thrive. Jeremy Douglas, branch manager and assistant vice president of a Wells Fargo Bank in Santa Ana, Calif., starts Jan. 2 as executive director of Downtown Lawrence Inc.
Business gets a lift, $5 at a time
Kansas Sampler Project ‘takes on life of its own’
December 5, 2000
The Kansas Sampler Project has a prescription for struggling small-town businesses.
Legislation takes aim at flag-burners
December 5, 2000
A Missouri state lawmaker wants to legalize physical force against those who desecrate the American flag, saying the nation’s symbol “deserves more respect than the protest message of some liberal hippie.”
McPherson downtown goes retro
December 5, 2000
Entrepreneurs are hoping the looks of the past will be the key to their future business success.
Diversity may undercut Bush
December 5, 2000
The scene is one of those “green rooms” where people who are about to go on television salute each other. My companion is the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Jim Nicholson.
Drugs defy legal solutions
December 5, 2000
By Philip Terzian Robert Downey Jr. is described in The Washington Post as “one of his generation’s most brilliant actors” a ubiquitous cliche, along with “comic genius” and like many “brilliant” people, his intelligence has failed him in other realms of life.
Touching scene
December 5, 2000
Economy may eclipse election
December 5, 2000
By Froma Harrop Just as that bright yellow Ryder truck was trundling north on the Florida Turnpike, the Nasdaq market was bleeding crimson red. The national media barely noticed the latter. Indeed, the colorful theatrics of the political drama have crowded out a slew of bad economic news.By
Boston fleece party
December 5, 2000
Journal-World Editorial There seems to be no limit to the cost overruns and uncertainty of Boston’s Big Dig.
Airline adds new routes from KCI
December 5, 2000
Vanguard Airlines again is expanding its local service as the struggling airline continues to stake its turnaround on building a Kansas City hub.
GHB overdose lands teens in hospital
Naismith Hall employees find pair unconscious
December 5, 2000
By Mike Belt Lawrence police are investigating an incident that left two men overcome by the drug GHB Sunday at a private residence hall near the Kansas University campus.
Festival’s houses are tasty treats
December 5, 2000
By Tom Meagher The Eldridge Hotel has houses good enough to eat.
Expansion of nondiscrimination policy endorsed
December 5, 2000
By Tim Carpenter Lawrence school board members Monday endorsed significant expansion of the district’s nondiscrimination policy.
LHS girls nip Washington in overtime
December 5, 2000
Lawrence High opened its girls basketball season with a thrilling 57-51 overtime victory over Kansas City Washington on Monday. The Lions (1-0) outscored the Wildcats (0-2) 19-14 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. In the extra period, LHS dominated, outscoring Washington, 8-2.
EHS girls win opener
December 5, 2000
Freshman Lauren Kracl scored 20 points and Jessica Bryant added 16 points to lead Eudora to a 51-33 victory over Kansas City Maranatha on Monday in the first round of the Cardinal Invitational girls basketball tournament.
Cattle shootings prompt arrests
Two juveniles detained in Eudora after five animals are found dead
December 5, 2000
By Mike Belt Eudora Police arrested two juveniles Friday night after a shooting spree that left five head of cattle dead and six wounded. Information in the case has been given to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. Charges are pending.
On the record
December 5, 2000
Survey: TV feeds election junkies’ habits
December 5, 2000
Most Americans interested in the presidential tug of war in Florida are watching television, primarily the cable news channels, to follow the developments, according to a study about the role of the Internet in the election.
Top 25 women
Pierson lifts Texas Tech
December 5, 2000
Plenette Pierson had 24 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 8 Texas Tech to a 80-56 victory over New Mexico on Monday night. Tech (5-0) struggled through the first half and led by just seven points at halftime, 31-24.
Colorado men hammer Texas-Arlington
December 5, 2000
Justin Harbert scored 18 points, including three three-pointers in an 17-3 run, to lead Colorado to a 119-75 victory over Texas-Arlington late Sunday night.
Brees, Heupel, Weinke, Tomlinson finalists
December 5, 2000
Three quarterbacks Drew Brees of Purdue, Josh Heupel of Oklahoma and Chris Weinke of Florida State and running back LaDainian Tomlinson of Texas Christian were announced Monday as finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Evidence of lakes found on Mars
Land formations suggest water present billions of years ago
December 5, 2000
Photos from a satellite orbiting Mars suggest the Red Planet was once a water-rich land of lakes, boosting the theory that billions of years ago it may have had the conditions needed for the evolution of life. The photos, taken by the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, show massive sedimentary deposits, with thick layers of rock stacked one on top of another in miles-deep formations.
Poet versed in teaching
Gwendolyn Brooks encouraged others to write
December 5, 2000
Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, 83, died of cancer Sunday as she lived with a pen in hand, surrounded by verse and people she loved in her South Side home.
Chiefs fall short
For a change, New England holds on at end
December 5, 2000
Drew Bledsoe and the New England Patriots won’t soon forget one of the season’s least meaningful Monday night matchups. They picked up a rare victory, beating the Kansas City Chiefs, another team going nowhere, 30-24. Bledsoe threw for a season-high 282 yards and Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals in New England’s highest-scoring game of the year.
Nellie Westgate
December 5, 2000
Clyde Yakle
December 5, 2000
Lewis Spielman
December 5, 2000
Garner services
December 5, 2000
KDOT may weigh in on 31st Street
December 5, 2000
By Joy Ludwig Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Taul said Monday that he doesn’t want to alienate the Kansas Department of Transportation from discussions of proposed improvements for 31st Street.
County OKs contract
Administrator also gets raise in commission action
December 5, 2000
By Joy Ludwig For the first time, Douglas County’s top executive is under contract to the Douglas County Commission. Commissioners on Monday approved the contract with County Administrator Craig Weinaug, who has had the job since 1992.
Group opposed to hog plant seeks ouster of city council
December 5, 2000
A group opposed to Seaboard Farms’ plans to build a hog processing plant has filed a lawsuit against Elwood’s city government, seeking the ouster of the entire city council.
Trial in robbery, rape begins
Prosecutors pin conviction hopes in Payless ShoeSource incident on DNA
December 5, 2000
By Joel Mathis Terry McIntyre’s trial on rape and robbery charges opened Monday with both sides girding themselves for a battle about DNA evidence. McIntyre, 40, Kansas City, Kan., is charged in Douglas County District Court with rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and kidnapping in a July 1999 incident at Payless ShoeSource, 3231 Iowa.
Futurama Comics’ joins Matt Groening’s Bongo lineup
December 5, 2000
Bongo Comics is a company with an eye on the future. And it’s a pretty funny future.
Dalai Lama marks 50th anniversary
December 5, 2000
The Dalai Lama on Monday celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ascension as Tibet’s teen-age head of state, and confirmed during the elaborate ceremony that his government-in-exile was again in contact with China.
Netanyahu may mount challenge to Barak
December 5, 2000
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he was close to deciding whether to challenge Ehud Barak for the premiership, saying the first priority must be to restore security after two months of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
Swastika in forest felled
December 5, 2000
Fall colors have always brought an embarrassment to one tranquil German village: When the needles turned golden brown, the trees suddenly formed a swastika visible from the air.
Asbestos workers demand billions from tobacco industry
December 5, 2000
The tobacco industry went on trial Monday, with a trust representing asbestos workers demanding billions in damages for a wave of death and disease allegedly caused by a combination of asbestos and cigarettes.
White House reflects on holidays past
December 5, 2000
There’s no Santa sitting in the sleigh atop the more than 250-pound gingerbread replica of the executive mansion that is a featured attraction of room-after-room of holiday decorations at the White House this year.
Two former presidents undergo surgery
December 5, 2000
Former President George Bush is scheduled to undergo hip replacement surgery at the Mayo Clinic, while former President Jimmy Carter had an operation on his shoulder last week and now faces physical therapy.
Executive order creates ‘Yellowstone of the sea’
December 5, 2000
Framed by pictures of colorful fish, leathery sea turtles and endangered Hawaiian monk seals, President Clinton on Monday created the largest U.S. nature preserve 84 million acres underwater around the northwestern Hawaiian Islands to help save the coral reefs and wildlife that inhabit the area.
Lawrence senator in leadership post
Praeger elected vice president of Kansas Senate
December 5, 2000
By Scott Rothschild Lawrence Republican Sen. Sandy Praeger on Monday won a leadership position in the Legislature, becoming vice president of the Kansas Senate. Praeger’s bid for the job she was unopposed was subdued compared with other leadership battles.
Fla. justices offer Gore’s last chance
Critical rulings Monday put Bush on cusp of victory
December 5, 2000
Following damaging decisions Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court and a Florida trial judge, Vice President Al Gore is placing his increasingly urgent hopes on the seven justices of Florida’s high court, where he already has received one dramatic ruling in his favor.
12-year-old a hero in stroke victim’s eyes
December 5, 2000
By Mike Belt When Shea Clark started her walk to school that morning, she had no idea she would end up saving someone’s life. In fact, the 12-year-old Woodlawn School student says she doesn’t think she did anything all that heroic.