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December 12, 2000
Maybe later, your majesty A new dawn for Deborah Infamous collectibles Tale of a castaway
Jayhawks back to winning ways: KU: 75, DePaul 69
December 12, 2000
Perhaps Roy Williams was trying to light a fire under his team. Perhaps he was just angry. Either way, he registered his first technical foul in quite some time when he questioned the awarding of the ball to DePaul on an out-of-bounds, when it seemed DePaul knocked it out in the first place.
Rose Rinke
December 12, 2000
Gene Kalb
December 12, 2000
On the record
December 12, 2000
Master’s is first in KU field
Graduate student earns initial indigenous studies degree
December 12, 2000
By Scott Rothschild Young Navajo offenders would be better served under traditional Navajo law, according to a Kansas University student who this month will receive the school’s first master’s degree in a program that focuses on indigenous nations.
Court rejects voucher program
December 12, 2000
Setting the stage for a possible Supreme Court ruling on church and state, a federal appeals court Monday declared Cleveland’s school-voucher program unconstitutional because it uses tax money to send students to religious schools.
Fake Nike T-shirts glorify bin Laden
December 12, 2000
Not content with stealing Nike’s name, trademark pirates are using it to glorify America’s No. 1 terrorist suspect.
Deadline has ‘wiggle room’
December 12, 2000
Midnight today is the deadline established by federal law for the selection of Electoral College delegates who will vote their choice for president next Monday.
Clinton lights national tree
December 12, 2000
President Clinton lit the national Christmas tree for the last time Monday and, on the eve of his trip to Northern Ireland, wished for peace for that region.
Surging output from non-OPEC countries eases oil crunch
December 12, 2000
Mild autumn weather and a spurt in petroleum output from non-OPEC countries have helped ease oil prices, but there is a danger of a winter spike in prices for crude and heating oil, a respected energy agency said Monday.
UConn on top; ISU up to No. 5
December 12, 2000
Three more decisive victories kept Connecticut a unanimous choice at No. 1 Monday in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll, which had Notre Dame and Iowa State reaching their highest ranking in history.
Rider services
December 12, 2000
Chargers won’t let Riley out of contract
December 12, 2000
San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos said Monday he would not let coach Mike Riley out of his contract if Southern California offers him its vacant job. “I’m holding him to it, yeah, absolutely,” Spanos said. “He has a contract here. He has already said that he wants to be here.”
Warner says he’ll pay dance fine
QB: ‘Bob ‘N Weave’ worth every penny
December 12, 2000
Kurt Warner will pick up the tab if the Rams get fined, as expected, for doing the “Bob ‘N Weave” touchdown celebration dance during their victory over the Vikings. “I don’t care if it was $50,000 or if it was $250,000,” Warner said after the Rams ended a three-game losing streak with a 40-29 victory Sunday.
Versatile back Richardson ‘outstanding’ for Kansas City
December 12, 2000
With every carry, Tony Richardson makes Kansas City Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham wish he’d kept Richardson at the featured running back’s spot all along.
Cubs select righty Chiasson from A’s
December 12, 2000
The Chicago Cubs selected right-hander Scott Chiasson from Oakland on Monday with the first pick in the major league draft. Chiasson, 23, went 11-4 with a 3.06 ERA last season for Oakland’s Class-A Visalia team. He struck out 150 batters in 156 innings.
Chicago to lose Sosa?
December 12, 2000
Without hitting even one more home run, Sammy Sosa may have taken another step away from the Chicago Cubs. Alex Rodriguez’s record-setting contract may lessen the possibility of Sosa compromising in his long-running contract saga.
High strike back in ball?
Major league skippers skeptical umpires will change strike zone
December 12, 2000
Many managers were skeptical after hearing baseball’s plan to bring back the high strike. “We’d all like it to move up an inch or two above the belt,” Minnesota’s Tom Kelly said Sunday after a meeting between umpires, managers and baseball officials.
Bosox to ink Ramirez
Indians’ slugger to receive eight-year deal
December 12, 2000
Manny Ramirez went for the money. The power-hitting outfielder reached a preliminary agreement Monday night on a $160 million, eight-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, according to a high-ranking baseball official familiar with the negotiations.
Ailing Nobel laureate comes out of self-imposed solitude
December 12, 2000
In his most extensive public comments since going into self-imposed isolation a year ago, Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez says being diagnosed with lymphatic cancer was an “enormous stroke of luck” that pushed him to write his memoirs.
Chevy Chase thinks he’s ready for prime time
December 12, 2000
“Saturday Night Live” alum Chevy Chase is eyeing a return to the small screen. Chase has teamed with “Murphy Brown” producers Bill Diamond and Rob Bragin to develop a comedy in the vein of “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
NHL Briefs
December 12, 2000
Lemieux won’t rule out playing in ‘02 Olympics O’Neal will miss game to get LSU diploma Hill activated by Magic
Devils, Brodeur blank Thrashers, 4-0
New Jersey snaps two-game losing streak as goalie makes 19 saves to earn his third shutout
December 12, 2000
The improving Atlanta Thrashers still have a long way to go to match the New Jersey Devils. John Madden scored twice and Martin Brodeur had 19 saves in posting his third shutout of the season as the Devils ended a two-game losing streak by beating the Thrashers 4-0 on Monday night.
Ed’ bowling audiences over
NBC’s quirky show has small-town charm to spare
December 12, 2000
It’s a bowling alley. But it’s not a bowling alley. It’s Stuckeybowl, formerly Country Club Bowling, a closed-down New Jersey bowling center that now serves as ground zero for NBC’s comic drama “Ed.”
Bunting has high hopes for UNC football
December 12, 2000
John Bunting flashed his Super Bowl ring when he was introduced as football coach at North Carolina. The former Tar Heels linebacker had another prized possession with him, too.
KU’s Gregory could follow in footsteps of hurt seniors
December 12, 2000
It’s beginning to look like Kenny Gregory has joined the most dreaded of all clubs reserved for Kansas University basketball players. Gregory is now a prime candidate for initiation into SWMSGWI an acronym for Seniors Who Missed Several Games With Injuries.
County experiencing increase in Spanish-speaking residents
December 12, 2000
By Joel Mathis Attorney Shelley Bock used his Spanish-speaking skills in court nearly every day for the last two weeks. Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl, who has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, only had to use those skills on the job a few times during the first 15 years of her career. Now, she says, it’s a regular occurrence.
Natural gas prices soar as mercury plummets
December 12, 2000
Natural gas prices soared to a record high Monday just as a brutal late-fall storm socked the Midwest and bitter cold was in the forecast for the next few days. The soaring prices could almost immediately show up as increases in consumers’ heating bills, analysts said. The vast majority of Lawrence-area residents heat with natural gas or gas products.
Region briefs
December 12, 2000
Road conditions posted on KDOT Web site Two Kansans, two others die in head-on collision Icy streets blamed for fatal accident
Two charged in murders of Wichita teens, youth
Families mourn loss at court appearance
December 12, 2000
Families of four people shot to death last week in a Wichita house watched tearfully Monday as two men charged in connection with their deaths made their first court appearances.
Prosecutors seek control of Topeka tax firm
December 12, 2000
Federal prosecutors are seeking to take control of nearly $9 million in what they allege was a massive mail-fraud scheme by a company that offers tax advice to its customers.
Retail stocks fall on sluggish sales
Analysts debate whether shoppers will pick up pace
December 12, 2000
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Gap Inc., J.C. Penney Co. and other retail stocks fell Monday on concern that steeper-than-expected price markdowns would be needed to combat sluggish consumer traffic in U.S. stores this holiday.
Briefcase
December 12, 2000
Advanced Micro, Honeywell to miss profit forecasts Sprint extends pact with Global One through 2003 Chase, Morgan deal OK’d Chelsea’s new name, symbol
Nasdaq back above 3,000
Rally is tempered by continuing election worries
December 12, 2000
The possibility of future interest rate cuts sent tech stocks surging Monday, lifting the Nasdaq composite index back above 3,000. Blue chips struggled to keep up in light trading as Wall Street awaited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could potentially end the presidential deadlock.
Magazine touts area for start-up businesses
Inc. lists Lawrence as good for new firms
December 12, 2000
The Lawrence area is among the nation’s most fertile ground for starting and growing companies, according to a recent national ranking. The December issue of Inc. magazine ranked Topeka-Lawrence as No. 28 among the nation’s small metropolitan areas by a pair of measures intended to show which cities are successful at starting and sustaining companies.
Keep the Electoral College
December 12, 2000
By Bill Thompson Fort Worth Star-Telegram A reader who may have missed the point of a column left me a lengthy voice-mail message in which he explained the merits of the Electoral College. This guy tabbed me as an Electoral College opponent because I voiced surprise at the lack of public indignation over a presidential election that produced a result so rare that it hadn’t happened since 1888: The apparent loser of the election won more votes than the winner.
Old Home Town - 25 and 100 years ago today
December 12, 2000
Judicial grinches sabotage Florida recount
December 12, 2000
Five U.S. Supreme Court justices could go down in history as the grinches who stole the presidential election of 2000. As Justice John Paul Stevens said in his dissent, the court’s five-justice majority “acted unwisely” by ordering a halt to the ballot recount that was proceeding smoothly in Tallahassee over the weekend. Now there’s an understatement!
School’s out
December 12, 2000
(Updated 6:43 a.m. Tuesday) Lawrence public schools will be closed Tuesday because of the deep freeze gripping the region.
Passion’ burns in Lemieux
Penguins’ player says comeback for real
December 12, 2000
Mario Lemieux, whose comeback has excited his sport as much as Michael Jordan’s did for basketball, wants to be hockey’s dominant player again.
Teacher’s reality
December 12, 2000
Ginger McHugh
December 12, 2000
ABC tests reality TV’s durability with ‘The Mole’
December 12, 2000
“The Mole” is ready to burrow its way into ABC’s schedule.
Laurie Show’ awful, but true
December 12, 2000
Mean teens. A worried mother. Murder in the heartland. “The Stalking of Laurie Show” (8 p.m., USA) would seem like just another awful cable drama if it weren’t based on true events.
Nation briefs
December 12, 2000
Education Department settles bias case Smith & Wesson aims for safer guns
Williams sparks Cincy
Freshman bomber lifts No. 17 Bearcats, 97-58
December 12, 2000
When Field Williams hit his first three-pointer, all Oakland knew about him was his number. A couple more threes and the Grizzlies knew his name and his game.
Georgetown back in poll; KU No. 10
December 12, 2000
The last time Georgetown was in the Associated Press college basketball poll, Allen Iverson and Victor Page were the backcourt and Jerome Williams and Othella Harrington played on the front line.
Supreme Court rejects Florida recount; ruling favors Bush
December 12, 2000
(Updated 9:58 p.m. Tuesday) A U.S. Supreme Court as divided as the nation’s voters ruled for George W. Bush in the Florida presidential election case Tuesday night, reversing a state court decision that had ordered new recounts sought by Al Gore.
Residents set to score new books
December 12, 2000
Lea Roy Hurley
December 12, 2000
Lawrence athlete dies at 41
Pacer’ Harjo always tried do the ‘right thing’
December 12, 2000
By Tom Meagher Prior to a basketball game a week before his death, 41-year-old Bennie “Pacer” Harjo told Nate Hill about an incident at a local gasoline station. For Hill, the story summed up Harjo’s way of life. “He was getting gas and realized there were a couple guys stealing cigarettes from the store,” said Hill, a friend of Harjo’s. “He ran up to the guys and told them he was an undercover cop. (Then) he ran to his car like he was calling his partner. He was always trying to do the right thing.”
Briefly
December 12, 2000
Haskell students decorate windows with holiday scenes Police officers await results from autopsy of 20-year-old Community members donate more than 6,000 used coats Habitat for Humanity to dedicate house
Nation briefs
December 12, 2000
Space shuttle returns Fox executive denies giving Bush information Disbarment case for Clinton delayed NASA venture aims for crash-proof software
Chilean court drops charges against Pinochet
December 12, 2000
An appeals court dropped homicide and kidnapping charges against Gen. Augusto Pinochet on Monday, leaving the former dictator’s legal fate in the hands of the Supreme Court.
Auction could help meet wireless demand
December 12, 2000
Those dropped calls and network busy signals that infuriate American cell phone users who have more than tripled in number to 97 million in the last five years could be alleviated by a government auction of valuable airwaves slices today.
Commission rejects pay raise for county workers, cites high insurance costs
December 12, 2000
By Joy Ludwig High health insurance costs were a deciding factor in the Douglas County commission’s rejection Monday of a cost-of-living pay increase for about 300 county employees. For the past three years, commissioners have given county employees a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), and were considering a 2.5 percent increase for 2001.
Colts eliminate Bills
Indianapolis keeps playoff hopes alive
December 12, 2000
Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison? Who needs them when Paul Shields, Jeff Burris, Bernard Holsey and Mustafah Muhammed are around to keep the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC playoff race?
Collison, Jayhawks seek redemption
Kansas hoping to erase memories of last week’s 31-point defeat tonight against DePaul
December 12, 2000
By Gary Bedore He won’t call it a slump. Nor will he say he’s stuck in a funk. Kansas forward Nick Collison will only acknowledge he’s not on top of his game heading into tonight’s nonconference contest between Kansas and DePaul. Tipoff is 8:05 p.m. at the United Center, where the Jayhawks have dropped three straight games over the past two seasons.
More cold in store for region
Lawrence schools called off a second day as near-record-low temperatures linger
December 12, 2000
Record-breaking bitter cold closed area schools, made driving difficult and chased the city’s homeless indoors Monday. With today’s forecast looking no better than Monday’s, Lawrence public school district officials decided to call off classes today, the second day in a row.
Bank it: Stoppage coming in baseball
Texas Rangers prove they have lots of money by inking Rodriguez; other teams not so fortunate
December 12, 2000
Congratulations, A-Rod. Not bad, not bad at all. What are you gonna buy first for a hundred-fifty-something million? The Minnesota Twins? For my money, Alex Rodriguez is the best player in baseball. The Texas Rangers don’t seem to need my money, of course, but the Twins do, and so do a lot of other teams. And next year, they’re going to do something about it.
Utilities’ rate hike plan includes service incentives
KPL and KGE could earn as much as $4 million a year for reducing power failures, answering calls
December 12, 2000
The rate increase being sought by the two electrical power subsidiaries of Western Resources includes incentives for providing better service, along with penalties if they don’t deliver.
Bennie Harjo
December 12, 2000
SLT may move farther south
KDOT attorney says firm will study route past Wakarusa River
December 12, 2000
By Joy Ludwig An attorney for the state highway department said Monday that a Colorado consulting firm will study the possibility of building a component or substitute for the South Lawrence Trafficway south of the Wakarusa River.
Daily ticker
December 12, 2000
Prairie plan to balance grasslands, grazing
Idea still needs approval, but has supporters
December 12, 2000
A balance between the need to protect native grasses and ranchers’ concerns about lost grazing is being struck in a plan for the tallgrass prairie preserve in the heart of the Flint Hills.
Martha Scribner
December 12, 2000
Nation briefs
December 12, 2000
Budget deal framework set Actor charged in drug case Jeb Bush visits White House Bidi cigarettes banned
A-Rod hits jackpot
Rangers sign shortstop for $252 million
December 12, 2000
A-Rod has a new nickname: A-Lot. That’s what Alex Rodriguez is getting from the Texas Rangers a quarter-billion dollars in a deal that doubles the previous richest contract in sports history. The Rangers lured the four-time All-Star shortstop from the Seattle Mariners with a $252 million, 10-year contract Monday.
Judge OKs religious poster
Shawnee County official can post sign
December 12, 2000
After calling it “patently frivolous,” a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Shawnee County Treasurer Rita Cline about posters proclaiming “In God We Trust” in her offices.
Axtell’s ankle ailing
Kansas shooting guard questionable for tonight
December 12, 2000
By Gary Bedore Luke Axtell has sprained his left ankle again. Axtell, Kansas University’s 6-foot-10 senior shooting guard who missed KU’s first four games because of a sprain, stepped on teammate Bryant Nash’s foot while attempting a shot midway through Monday’s practice at Allen Fieldhouse.
Horoscopes
December 12, 2000
Governing from the center
December 12, 2000
By David Broder Washington Post Writers Group The nagging mystery about the presidential election of 2000 is how it came to be that two such bland characters as Al Gore and George W. Bush could have caused such havoc and division in the country’s governing institutions.
Catching the bus
December 12, 2000
J-W Editorial A new public bus system in Lawrence may be a boon to some residents, but others especially elderly residents may be left out. Many local residents are eagerly awaiting the startup next Saturday of the city’s new bus system. But many others are worried about the people the new system may leave behind.
Lawrence briefs
December 12, 2000
Police chase ends with car in pond Lansing teen arrested for indecent liberties KU sets final exams Veterans donate toys to Salvation Army District judge named to abortion case panel
Gangsters wearing black robes
December 12, 2000
By Cal Thomas Tribune Media Services At the end of this election legal nightmare, Detroit should design a car named after the judges who have made such a mess of the beautiful vehicle crafted by America’s Founding Fathers. Let them call the car a “judicial fiat.” Only members of their unique class should be allowed to drive them.
Storm packs cold, hard punch
Snow, winds close schools, snarl traffic, cancel flights
December 12, 2000
The Midwest’s first big storm of the season blew in Monday with cold and heavy snow, snarling air travel around the country and giving thousands of children a day off from school. “I used to like snow and ice skating and stuff like that, but this is crazy,” John Alaniz said on a Chicago corner, a black fur hat with ear flaps almost concealing his face as snow blew through the streets.
Boeing sets repurchase, raises dividend
December 12, 2000
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. said Monday its board authorized a plan to buy back 10 percent of its outstanding shares and boosted its quarterly dividend.
Keeping mother from tagging along requires direct action
December 12, 2000
Successful tour
December 12, 2000
Housing costs may increase
Regents to look at adding $234 annually to price of living in KU residence halls
December 12, 2000
By Scott Rothschild Studying for finals won’t be the only thing on the minds of many Kansas University students this month. The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday will consider increasing housing costs at KU and the five other Regents universities.
Nation awaits Bush vs. Gore decision
December 12, 2000
Holding nine crucial votes in America’s election saga, U.S. Supreme Court justices quizzed campaign lawyers Monday about a muddle of Florida recount laws and the judicial branch’s power to settle Bush vs. Gore the case that may determine the 43rd president.