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December 8, 2000
Rock rolls from HBO A presidential request ‘Col. Klink” actor dies Score one for Julia Up With People closes down
Florida Supreme Court ruling favors Gore by ordering manual recount
December 8, 2000
(Updated 3:31 p.m. Friday) Al Gore won a major victory Friday in his quest for the White House when the Florida Supreme Court ordered the manual recounts he sought in the state’s contested presidential election
Daily ticker
December 8, 2000
Wireless innovation to save consumers
Software-defined radio could lead to new breed of phones, other gadgetry
December 8, 2000
Computer owners take it for granted that they don’t have to buy a new machine each time they want to add or upgrade a program. Now regulators are clearing the path for a new breed of wireless phones, personal organizers and other gadgets that could add new capabilities just as easily.
Robiskie knows owner in charge
Redskins’ interim coach says Snyder makes all decisions regarding team
December 8, 2000
Out of sheer habit, Terry Robiskie almost forgot he was in charge during his first practice as interim coach of the Washington Redskins. In fact, the man really in charge wasn’t there at all.
Mormons eager to share faith during Olympics
December 8, 2000
Mormon church leaders know misconceptions persist about their religion and want to seize on the 2002 Winter Games as a way to educate hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Cards finish fourth
December 8, 2000
Playing in the consolation game of its own tournament, Eudora’s girls basketball team could not be consoled with a trophy.
Two Jayhawks invited
December 8, 2000
Two Kansas University football players have been invited to play in postseason all-star games. Safety Carl Nesmith was invited to play in the Blue-Gray Classic on Christmas Day in Montgomery, Ala., and the East-West Shrine Classic on Jan. 13 in San Francisco.
Spirituality
December 8, 2000
Stamp of approval Vatican looks into blood ‘miracle’ Islamic group urges probe of fire
Kansas track assistant tapped for committee
December 8, 2000
Kansas University track and field assistant coach Doug Reynolds has been elected to the Athletes Advisory Committee for the USATF to represent competitors from the four major throwing events.
Firebirds struggle in defeat
December 8, 2000
Emporia and Free State stayed close early in the first quarter, but the Spartans jumped ahead late in the period and ran away with a 60-26 win Thursday in the Olathe East Tournament.
Priest sees Jesus as a very Jewish rabbi, not the unique Son of God
December 8, 2000
Recent New Testament scholarship emphasizes the Jewishness of Jesus. To most, that’s hardly headline news: Of course he was Jewish. But some thinkers, especially those who see the four Gospels as incomplete, flawed or slanted, have reinterpreted Jesus as something of a Gentile wise man.
T-Birds trip Lawrence
LHS girls suffer first loss
December 8, 2000
By Christina Woods Lawrence High dropped its home-opener Thursday night, 51-41, against Shawnee Heights. “This is our third game in four days in the middle of a school week, first week of play,” said Lions’ head coach David Platt, “so I think we’re a little bit mentally fatigued, but it didn’t show in the first six minutes of play.”
Lemieux making comeback
Hall of Famer to double as player, owner for Penguins
December 8, 2000
Only Mario Lemieux could pull this off. Lemieux, who came back from cancer and a one-year layoff from back pain to be hockey’s dominant player before retiring at age 31 in 1997, will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a one-of-a-kind role: player-owner.
Southern Baptists stray from flock
Church leadership moves to left, angers some long-time followers
December 8, 2000
Is the Southern Baptist Convention, the United States’ second-largest religious body, headed for schism? A recent confluence of events suggests that the trickle of congregations leaving the 15.8 million member denomination will soon become a torrent, in reaction to a two-decade shift that has made it more conservative and more fundamentalist.
The Pink Sisters
St. Louis sect adds touch of color to faith
December 8, 2000
Under a flutter of pink towels and sunny skies, Pope John Paul II made his way to the Trans World Dome last year in his popemobile to celebrate Mass. There was no outward connection between the towels and the 60-degree days enjoyed by the pope during his January visit to St. Louis.
Students injured in school bus, truck collision near Kingman
Teen-age pickup driver, passenger also hurt in crash
December 8, 2000
A school bus carrying 29 students collided with a pickup truck at an unmarked intersection on a dirt road Thursday near this south-central Kansas town. Most of the bus passengers and the two teen-agers in the truck were sent to hospitals with injuries.
Fiscal projections hit mark with state’s solid economy
Few surprises in early revenue collections
December 8, 2000
The people who made the last, best predictions about state revenue collections don’t appear to have botched the job.
Buckle up
December 8, 2000
An ultimate peace
December 8, 2000
For some there is only one way to be at peace after asking, for so long, “Why them and not me?”
Female truck drivers’ discrimination suit settled
December 8, 2000
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a lawsuit brought by six female truck drivers who said they were paid less than men in the same job.
Leavenworth inmates locked down after brawl
December 8, 2000
Inmates at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth remained confined to their cells Thursday after a fight that left two prisoners and one staff member with minor injuries.
Nurses vote to form union
December 8, 2000
Nurses at Menorah Medical Center have voted to form a union, but the hospital’s parent company may file an objection.
Companies gain rights to former hospital grounds
December 8, 2000
Gov. Bill Graves and legislative leaders have approved agreements that give two private companies the right to buy and develop the former Topeka State Hospital grounds.
Planned hog plant wins zoning approval
December 8, 2000
Seaboard Farms Inc.’s plan to build a large hog processing plant here cleared a major hurdle Thursday night as the Elwood City Council gave final approval a needed zoning change.
On the record
December 8, 2000
Vols roll over SMU, 85-76
Slay, Haislip rally Tennessee past Mustangs
December 8, 2000
Even with Tennessee trailing by nine points in the second half, Ron Slay was not worried. Marcus Haislip wasn’t either.
Sabres halt Devils’ unbeaten streak
Buffalo turns back New Jersey, 5-2, in game postponed a day earlier because of snow
December 8, 2000
An extra day is just what the Buffalo Sabres needed to snap the New Jersey Devils’ nine-game unbeaten streak. The Sabres grabbed a 5-2 victory over the Devils on Thursday night in a game that was postponed a day earlier because of snow.
Kansas University produces eighth Marshall scholar
McPherson senior to study in Great Britain
December 8, 2000
A Kansas University senior from McPherson has won a Marshall scholarship to study in Great Britain. Scott Allan Ferree, an English and French major, was one of 40 Marshall scholars announced Thursday by the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Tigers offer arbitration to Gonzalez
December 8, 2000
Juan Gonzalez will have another month to decide if he wants to stay with the Detroit Tigers, who offered him salary arbitration on Thursday.
Rockies say no to Hammonds
December 8, 2000
The Colorado Rockies refused to offer salary arbitration to Jeffrey Hammonds on Thursday, meaning the outfielder’s days in Colorado are probably over.
Astronauts breeze through repairs
December 8, 2000
Using just a hook and their gloved hands, two spacewalking astronauts tightened an overly slack solar wing on the international space station Thursday with surprising ease.
Cubs won’t offer arbitration to Grace
First baseman’s stint in Chicago will end after 13 seasons
December 8, 2000
Mark Grace is Mr. Cub no more. The Chicago Cubs declined to offer the free-agent first baseman arbitration Thursday, ending his 13-year run with the team.
Gwynn will remain with Padres
Royals, Indians offered more money than San Diego
December 8, 2000
After playing 19 seasons with the San Diego Padres, Tony Gwynn just couldn’t picture himself wearing someone else’s uniform.
Jayhawks’ offense takes night off
Notebook: ‘We were running around like chickens with our heads cut off’
December 8, 2000
By Gary Bedore Kansas’ 92.1 scoring average took quite a hit on Thursday night. The Jayhawks had an offensive meltdown, tallying 53 points in an 84-53 loss at Wake Forest. “We didn’t do anything on offense. We were running around like chickens with our heads cut off,” KU sophomore forward Drew Gooden said after hitting three of eight shots and seven of 14 free throws, good for 13 points.
Ballot transport truck put up for auction
December 8, 2000
Political props do a brisk business online. Thursday, the Ryder truck that transported 462,644 presidential ballots from Palm Beach to Tallahassee, Fla., went up for auction on Yahoo.com.
Solar eclipse is stocking stuffer
KU observatory to open for Christmas sky show
December 8, 2000
By Scott Rothschild What better way to recover from the frenzy of Christmas morning, than a view of the millennium’s last solar eclipse? That’s what Barbara Anthony-Twarog, a Kansas University professor of physics and astronomy, is offering.
Education research, testing urged
December 8, 2000
The federal government should test children yearly in math, science, reading or writing and pay for much of it a panel of lawmakers, educators and businessmen said Thursday.
Comics document pope’s life
December 8, 2000
SHA-ZAM! … or A-MEN!? Pope John Paul II has joined Captain Marvel and Spiderman in the legion of comic-book heroes.
Cheney residency challenge rebuffed
December 8, 2000
Dick Cheney is a Wyoming resident and therefore would be constitutionally qualified to serve as George W. Bush’s vice president, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Welle, Iowa State dominate Texas-Pan American
December 8, 2000
Iowa State’s Angie Welle scored so often and so easily against her shorter defenders that she almost felt sorry for them.
Same old leftovers recycled on ‘Dot Comedy’
December 8, 2000
Futurists are forever predicting that computers and televisions will synergize into one glorious, life-fulfilling medium. But if ABC’s new series, “Dot Comedy,” is a sign of things to come, viewers may wish to turn back the hands of time.
Ally McBeal’ actress pressured to lose weight
December 8, 2000
Former “Ally McBeal” regular Courtney Thorne-Smith revealed that she had an eating problem while working on the set of the Fox comedy that is, a not-eating problem. In an interview with US Weekly, Thorne-Smith said that the pressure to be thin ultimately led her to quit the series.
Ex-stars caught up in the ‘Net
Veterans, unknowns combine online for challenging roles
December 8, 2000
The two actors are seated on a brown leather couch filming a “Star Trek” spoof. He’s an unknown who’s supposed to be William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk. She’s Nichelle Nichols, playing herself, the former Lt. Uhura.
Laura Smith
December 8, 2000
World briefs
December 8, 2000
End to oil, economic sanctions predicted Gunmen ambush workers, merchants Historic Roman ruins collapse in heavy rain
Nation briefs
December 8, 2000
Philip Morris, Nabisco merger approved Adult day-care users killed in van fire Flu vaccine shortage easing
Nation briefs
December 8, 2000
Fines proposed against unwanted fax ads Charges dropped against GOP protesters
Nation briefs
December 8, 2000
Sharpton says he can’t pay slander debt Inmate remains in jail on secret evidence Retired teacher leaves millions to library
Nation briefs
December 8, 2000
Cell phone accident driver found guilty No Powerball jackpot winner Nursing home residents killed by oxygen mistake High school hacker given probation
Junction City edges Firebirds, 53-50
December 8, 2000
By Robert Sinclair Free State High’s first-round loss to Junction City in the Emporia Tipoff Classic had all the makings of a Class 6A state tournament boys basketball game being played in December.
Prevent discipline problems by spending time with your kids
December 8, 2000
My husband and I are doing far too much disciplining of our kids. Is there another way to encourage them to cooperate?
Partisanship likely to reign
December 8, 2000
At the end of our “long national nightmare”election, what next? If George W. Bush is declared by a court to be the legitimate winner the elected authorities in Florida are not legitimate in the eyes of Democrats and most of the media - what might we expect?
Dead soldier deserves honor
December 8, 2000
Dear President Clinton: I’m writing on behalf of a dead and forgotten man. A black soldier, actually. As is often the case with black soldiers, he was forced to come to grips with a hard and painful question:
Day of infamy’ fading in memory, veteran fears
December 8, 2000
By Amber Stuever On the door to Bud Moore’s room at Babcock Place on Thursday was a Christmas wreath mounted between two miniature American flags.
Rape, robbery case goes to jury
Defense calls into question DNA evidence, police actions in investigation
December 8, 2000
By Joel Mathis Attorneys in a rape and robbery case debated the dependability of DNA evidence and the Lawrence Police Department as they sent the case to jurors Thursday for deliberations.
Lawrence briefs
December 8, 2000
Officer stops car, discovers possible illegal drug Student sues to overturn KU residency ruling 22-year-old charged with attempted murder KU Vespers sold out
Wizards’ skid reaches six
December 8, 2000
Minnesota coach Flip Saunders hopes Terrell Brandon listens to him more often. Brandon had 24 points, 12 assists and five rebounds Thursday night as the Timberwolves beat Washington, 105-88, handing the Wizards their sixth straight loss.
Cone leaving Yankees
December 8, 2000
David Cone decided Thursday he didn’t want to be the New York Yankees’ fifth starter and turned down the chance to remain with the World Series champions.
Money keeps rolling in to pay for Florida legal work
December 8, 2000
After the most expensive campaign in U.S. history, Al Gore and George W. Bush have not let up, raising $10.6 million to pay for their armies of lawyers and campaign workers scrambling in Florida for the presidency.
Impasse leaves schools anxious
December 8, 2000
By Amber Stuever As Congress and the president bicker over the budget, Lawrence schoolchildren and administrators wait to see if the promise of record federal funding for schools will be kept. A proposed $18 billion increase in federal education spending includes a $49.1 million increase for Kansas schools, the U.S. Department of Education reported Thursday.
Briefly
December 8, 2000
Manslaughter accusation leveled at teen in fatal wreck Festival of Trees boosts funding for The Shelter County begins offering online property tax payment
Mental evaluation ordered for suspect
Magistrate judge agrees to lawyer’s request that defendant in Firstar Bank robbery undergo psychiatric testing
December 8, 2000
By Mike Belt A week after he was arrested for allegedly trying to rob a Lawrence bank, Paul David Lee was ordered by a federal magistrate to undergo a mental evaluation. Lee, 57, Lawrence, will be transferred to the Springfield (Mo.) Federal Medical Center for 45 days of evaluation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The time frame could be extended, if necessary.
Haskell Foundation to call on tribes for bailout
Fund-raising campaign ready to roll
December 8, 2000
By Dave Ranney The Haskell Foundation is more than $1 million in debt, and Ray Goetting, the foundation’s 88-year-old president, says he’s ready to launch a fund-raising campaign to balance the books. But no one, he said, is going to give money without confidence it will benefit American Indian students instead of an organization with troubled accounts.
Organic food rules due soon from USDA
Glickman vows to release regulations before end of his term
December 8, 2000
National standards for organic food will be released soon, and they will make clear that such products aren’t safer or more nutritious than conventional products, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman says.
Women hit election plateau
December 8, 2000
Reluctant as I am to steal the spotlight from Florida, we here in Massachusetts have a small political announcement: Florida may have pregnant chads, but we have a pregnant lieutenant governor.
Rude awakening
With Gregory on bench, Jayhawks absorb their first setback of season
December 8, 2000
By Gary Bedore As Kenny Gregory sat, Kansas’ basketball team went splat on Thursday night. “They kicked our tails every way you can be kicked offensively, defensively, physically, mentally, coaching-wise,” KU coach Roy Williams said after Wake Forest’s 84-53 annihilation of the Jayhawks at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Clemency urged for U.S. businessman
December 8, 2000
Russian officials hinted Thursday that President Vladimir Putin may rapidly pardon and order the release of U.S. businessman Edmond Pope, who was convicted this week of spying and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Philippine leader faces Senate trial
December 8, 2000
Saying he had faith in God and his own innocence, a humbled President Joseph Estrada went on trial Thursday in the Philippine Senate on charges of bribery and corruption. If found guilty, the former movie star, who has a stable of mistresses and a penchant for partying, would be stripped of the presidency.
Palestinian militant leader escapes jail
December 8, 2000
A top leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas, suspected of masterminding terrorist attacks that have killed dozens of Israelis, has escaped from a Palestinian jail in the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli press reports and a Hamas Web site.
Clinton postpones federal death penalty
December 8, 2000
President Clinton on Thursday postponed for at least six months what would have been the first execution of a federal inmate in 37 years, leaving the fate of convicted murderer Juan Raul Garza for the next president to decide.
Surgeon faces racial request
December 8, 2000
Surgeon Michael Petracek faced an ethical dilemma: grant a white patient’s request to keep black men out of the operating room during open-heart surgery, or risk her refusing the potentially lifesaving procedure.
Eudora Invitational
Baldwin wins championship
December 8, 2000
By Jason Franchuk Colleen Kivett claims she still does not feel comfortable conducting interviews, but Baldwin High’s junior guard will have to get used to them if she keeps making shots like the one she sank Thursday night.
Lions take opener, 61-44
December 8, 2000
By Steve Rottinghaus For one quarter Lawrence High shot blanks in the first round of the Blue Valley Shootout boys basketball tournament on Thursday. The Lions found their shot in the second quarter, opening the period with an 8-0 run to take the lead for good and popped Kansas City (Mo.) Center, 61-44, in their season opener.
Jayhawks suffer rare indignity
December 8, 2000
By Chuck Woodling Well, at least it wasn’t as bad as 59 years ago at Pearl Harbor, but the first Dec. 7 of the new millennium was still a day that will live in Kansas University basketball infamy.
Suspect in barrel case faces 56 more felonies
John E. Robinson Sr. charged with forgery, fraud
December 8, 2000
The Cass County Prosecutor’s office has filed additional felony charges against John E. Robinson Sr., who is accused of killing women whose bodies were found in barrels in June.
Purdue’s Brees takes Maxwell Award as best all-around player
December 8, 2000
Purdue quarterback Drew Brees was a big winner in the college football awards show Thursday night, receiving the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best all-around player.
Linas Dietz
December 8, 2000
Oklahoma QB Heupel named AP player of the year
Sooners’ big-play left-hander from South Dakota hopes to add national-championship victory over Florida State to impressive rm
December 8, 2000
Josh Heupel’s remarkable two-year stay at Oklahoma is nearly over. All he needs is one more win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 to make it all worthwhile.
Reno rebuffs opinion
December 8, 2000
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno expressed misgivings Thursday about the public release of FBI Director Louis Freeh’s recommendation against presidential clemency for an American Indian activist imprisoned for killing two FBI agents.
Stocks fall on earnings warnings
Investors await today’s government employment report
December 8, 2000
Earnings worries ignited another selloff Thursday on Wall Street after Goldman Sachs lowered its forecast for Microsoft and two other high-tech firms that became the latest companies to predict disappointing results.
Religion briefs
December 8, 2000
Trinity Episcopal to have prayer workshop Gospel singer, teacher to visit Calvary Temple Guest to speak at Lawrence Aglow
World briefs
December 8, 2000
Country is full of sober drivers Diplomat expelled for opposition meeting Prisoner swap with rebels arranged New sanctions proposed against Afghanistan
Horoscopes
December 8, 2000
LHS Athlete of the week: Sean Patton
December 8, 2000
Patton, ranked No. 3 in Class 6A at 135 pounds, is off to a quick start, going 7-0 in the first two meets. In the Lions’ opener on Saturday at Shawnee Mission East, Patton went 5-0 with four falls.
Vikings to clinch home field against Rams
St. Louis better than it has been playing, but Minnesota best team in NFL
December 8, 2000
A lot of people still believe in the St. Louis Rams, who have lost four of five and five of seven games. Just look at the odds for their game with Minnesota on Sunday.
Local Briefs
December 8, 2000
Ottawa women win Ottawa men fall
Ex-MU aide takes position with Jayhawks
December 8, 2000
By Andrew Hartsock Kansas University football coach Terry Allen has made his offensive line the Jayhawks’ top priority, so it should come as no surprise he hired an offensive line coach to fill the first of three assistant coaching vacancies.
Holiday cultural fest set
December 8, 2000
Symbols and traditions from several winter holidays and cultures will combine in a free festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.
Red Sox sign pitchers Castillo, Wakefield
December 8, 2000
The Boston Red Sox agreed Thursday to two-year contracts with pitchers Frank Castillo, who revived a mediocre career with a strong finish for Toronto last season, and Tim Wakefield, who spent the last six seasons with Boston.
Judgment Day may finally be here
December 8, 2000
Desperately short on time, Al Gore’s lawyer pleaded with the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to order vote recounts and revive his faltering presidential quest. Republican attorneys called George W. Bush the certified, rightful victor and said “not a single shred of evidence” suggests anybody was denied their vote.
Day-care tax credit largely ignored
Less than 2 percent of money has been claimed
December 8, 2000
By Scott Rothschild With all of the studies showing that child care is a top concern of working parents, state officials are wondering why a tax credit available to companies that help their employees with day care is practically never used. “It ought to be used,” said Sen. Don Steffes, R-McPherson, a member of a legislative committee looking into children’s issues. “It has been sitting there and no one looks at it.”
Protesters disrupt EU summit
December 8, 2000
Protesters ran amok in the chic, palm-lined streets of the Riviera’s main resort city and police fought back with tear gas and stun grenades Thursday as the European Union opened its most important meeting in a decade.
Car booster seats for children are ‘hole in the safety net’
December 8, 2000
Families driving older-model cars face a daunting challenge in giving their elementary school-age children the best protection in a crash, federal safety officials warned Wednesday.
Transition rmsent online
Web site allows job seekers to apply for political appointments
December 8, 2000
The first presidential transition of the 21st century is off to a high-tech start.
Briefcase
December 8, 2000
Best Buy buys Musicland Stores Ad lineup to field fewer dot-coms USA Networks sells stations to Univision Jobless claims fall Automakers hit Web for parts market
Nation briefs
December 8, 2000
Execution sets record Electricity alert declared
Aggies impose sanctions
December 8, 2000
New Mexico State imposed sanctions on its men’s basketball team for alleged NCAA violations that occurred under former coach Neil McCarthy
Four young adults shot dead in Wichita
December 8, 2000
Relatives and neighbors wept and embraced Thursday outside a northeast Wichita home, hours after police found the bodies of four young people inside, dead of apparent gunshot wounds.
Parents should keep lifestyle suspicions to themselves
December 8, 2000
Charitable giving strong
Donations on record pace despite moody U.S. economy
December 8, 2000
The markets are erratic, the economy is slowing. But America’s charities say donors generally are maintaining and even exceeding the pace of last year’s record-setting generosity. “As of now, our responses are up to expectations,” said John Shima, development director for Catholic Charities of New York. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed.”
Beuerlein sympathizes with Grbac
Carolina QB understands how KC counterpart erred against Pats
December 8, 2000
Carolina quarterback Steve Beuerlein knows what it’s like to make an embarrassing mistake like Elvis Grbac did while losing Monday night to New England. And like Grbac, he knows what it’s like to have an entire town calling you a moron.
Outsiders’ to help pay for new county jail
December 8, 2000
The out-of-towners who will be checking into Rice County’s newest place of lodging next year won’t be tourists. But their presence will help finance the building, and that’s what matters to officials and taxpayers.
Odom: KU not ‘overrated’
That’s the most absurd thing I heard tonight’
December 8, 2000
By Chuck Woodling Wake Forest coach Dave Odom whirled and faced the student section sitting behind the Demon Deacons’ bench. It was late in the Deacons’ stunning 84-53 victory over No. 3-ranked Kansas on Thursday night at Joel Coliseum, and Odom took exception to the students chanting, “Overrated, Overrated.”
Air traffic control reassigned
December 8, 2000
President Clinton issued an order Thursday giving the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control branch somewhat more independence within the FAA, the latest in a series of moves by Congress and the administration aimed at improving the nation’s ability to cope with increasing congestion in the skies.
Full recount would have been fairest course
December 8, 2000
As all those lawyers we’ve seen so much of recently like to say, let’s consider a hypothetical.