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TOP MUSIC
December 14, 2000
TOP MOVIES
December 14, 2000
The year in local music
December 14, 2000
By Geoff Harkness In a year when the pop charts didn’t have much to offer, the best music was often made by local artists whose commitment to art for art’s sake provided much-needed relief from the world of thong songs and shaking bonbons.
Nation Briefs
December 14, 2000
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Route 66 motors into history museum Arizona: Mom sentenced for abusing daughter WASHINGTON, D.C.: Pilot error blamed for F-16 crash
Nation Briefs
December 14, 2000
Virginia: Mother who microwaved son sentenced to prison Washington: Seller of boarding pass for Titanic wins profits Ohio: Supplier says nitrogen taken to nursing home
ARTS NOTES
December 14, 2000
FTC approves AOL-Time Warner merger
December 14, 2000
Antitrust regulators gave approval Thursday to the $111 billion merger of America Online and Time Warner the largest media deal in U.S. history with safeguards to ensure Americans will have broad choices as the Internet evolves.
NBA Briefs
December 14, 2000
Hardaway to be charged with domestic violence Hornets’ Coleman loses captain’s title
Nuggets at critical juncture following showdown with coach
December 14, 2000
Apologies for a player rebellion have been issued, and admissions of poor judgment have been made. So where do the fragmented Denver Nuggets go from here?
ROUNDUP
Bulls bag rare win
December 14, 2000
Two of the NBA’s proudest franchises got together on Wednesday night and had a contest to see which had fallen farther. The winner or in this case, the loser: The Boston Celtics.
NHL ROUNDUP
Maple Leafs survive Penguins
December 14, 2000
Curtis Joseph allowed four goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins and still had a great game. That’s because the Toronto goalie was strong against a first-period onslaught and allowed the Maple Leafs to stay in the game and stage a comeback to win, 7-4, Wednesday night.
IOC cautions Olympic bidders
Race among five cities for 2008 Summer Games under way
December 14, 2000
Two years after its worst corruption scandal broke, the IOC warned the newest Olympic bidders to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Gore gives in; Bush claims presidency
Texas governor urges nation to rise above bitterness
December 14, 2000
Five weeks after Election Day, George W. Bush at last laid claim to the presidency Wednesday night with a pledge to “seize this moment” and deliver reconciliation and unity to a nation divided. Al Gore exited the tortuously close race, exhorting the nation to put aside partisan rancor and support its new chief executive.
Buffs top UMKC, 80-64
December 14, 2000
Jamahl Mosley scored 14 points and Justin Harbert added 13 Wednesday as Colorado beat Missouri-Kansas City 80-64.
Texas Tech nips Oregon in OT
December 14, 2000
Plenette Pierson and Jia Perkins each hit two free throws in the final 12 seconds Wednesday night to help No. 11 Texas Tech beat No. 14 Oregon, 79-75, in overtime.
No. 9 Seton Hall survives winless Penn, 80-78
December 14, 2000
Samuel Dalembert laid in an alley-oop pass from Ty Shine with 3.9 seconds to play Wednesday night to give No. 9 Seton Hall an 80-78 victory over winless Pennsylvania, which matched the worst start in school history.
MU plans dormitory renovation
$290 million plan to be presented
December 14, 2000
The University of Missouri is planning a $290 million renovation of its residence halls intended to make the rooms more comfortable and marketable to students.
Briefs
December 14, 2000
Suspects in street brawl to have separate trials Robbery draws sentence
Suspects still missing
Lawrence Police continue search for brothers freed from jail
December 14, 2000
By Mike Belt A man charged with attempted murder failed to show for the start of his trial Wednesday after being freed from jail Friday. Meanwhile, the alleged victim remains in an area hospital, paralyzed.
On the record
December 14, 2000
Lawrence Briefs
December 14, 2000
Weather forces regents to meet via telephone Holiday Bureau seeks gift-givers Patrol to participate in Lights on for Life
Researchers to study effects of smoking on brain function
December 14, 2000
Researchers at Kansas University and Midwest Research Institute propose to test cigarette users’ claims that smoking keeps them mentally sharp by improving their concentration and their memory.
Heavy clashes kill four Palestinians
In Israel, former prime minister Netanyahu edges closer to running for old job
December 14, 2000
Crouching behind sandbags at the entrance to a refugee camp, Palestinian gunmen waged an intense nine-hour firefight with Israeli troops on Wednesday, one of the heaviest gunbattles in weeks. Four Palestinian policemen were killed and dozens of civilians were injured.
Soccer program seeks goal of diversity
College adds sport to draw Hispanic, Asian students
December 14, 2000
Barton County Community College’s planned addition of men’s and women’s soccer will help the school attract Hispanic and Asian students from central and southwest Kansas, supporters said.
Regional briefs
December 14, 2000
No contest plea made in fatal shooting Developer dies at age 89 Fire kills toddler
KU, bank appeal suit by scholarship hall students
December 14, 2000
By Erwin Seba Kansas University and one of America’s largest banks is asking the state’s highest court to stop a group of KU students from questioning a scholarship hall trust the bank manages.
Lawrence schools to be open Thursday
December 14, 2000
(Updated 6 a.m. Thursday.) Lawrence public schools will be open Thursday,
Indians move on without Manny
December 14, 2000
Indians general manager John Hart didn’t bother to watch Manny Ramirez on TV trying on his new No. 24 Red Sox jersey and talking for the moment to the Boston press.
Hundley signs with Chicago
Father was a Cub for 10 seasons
December 14, 2000
Todd Hundley remembers ditching school on more than a few spring days as a kid so he could go to Wrigley Field and watch his dad play.
Cold schools steam parents
Some complain about lack of cancellations in Oskaloosa
December 14, 2000
By Tim Carpenter Bone-chilling temperatures and sheets of ice forced the Oskaloosa school board to call off its Monday night meeting. But two days of that woeful weather, compounded by Wednesday’s snow, couldn’t compel first-year Supt. Loren Lutes to cancel classes as did many other area school districts, including Lawrence.
LHS - Miege game postponed again
December 14, 2000
Three straight days with no school have forced Lawrence High to reschedule its girls basketball game against Shawnee Miege sometime in January or February. No date has been set.
City extends signup deadline for bus riders with disabilities
New service begins Saturday morning in Lawrence
December 14, 2000
By Joel Mathis Officials with the city’s new bus system have decided to give residents with disabilities two extra weeks to apply for door-to-door transportation. “We were concerned the message hadn’t reached enough individuals,” said Mike Sweeten, division manager for MV Transportation.
Minorities outraged by voting irregularities
December 14, 2000
The Supreme Court’s decision putting George W. Bush in the White House is fueling a sense of outrage among minority voters that many of their votes went uncounted.
Boras: Great American role model
Agent who secured $252 million deal for Alex Rodriguez is man youngsters can strive to emulate
December 14, 2000
We finally have a legitimate role model for our youngsters. After hearing Alex Rodriguez signed for $252 million, I would hope bright kids everywhere vowed to themselves: “I wanna grow up one day and be just like Scott Boras.”
IRL takes Olds loss in stride
Last four Indy 500 winners had Oldsmobile engine
December 14, 2000
The Indy Racing League is not concerned about finding a replacement for the Oldsmobile engine that has powered the last four Indianapolis 500 winners, despite General Motors’ decision to phase out the brand.
Election coverage stars added to CNN’s schedule
December 14, 2000
CNN wants a few good stars on its prime-time schedule who can cross over from news to talk, and it’s going boldly where it has gone before to get them. In an internal memo to the staff Tuesday, CNN executives announced that Wolf Blitzer, who has been anchoring the cable news network’s 8 p.m. coverage of the Florida vote impasse and who has anchored “The World Today” in the time slot, will stay there.
SMU football team placed on NCAA probation
December 14, 2000
SMU was placed on two years’ probation by the NCAA on Wednesday, just as the school was recovering from being the only major college football program to get the “death penalty.”
Prize money taking big leap
And The Players Championship might be on the move as well
December 14, 2000
Prize money on the PGA Tour will go up to a record $180 million in 2001, with an even larger increase anticipated when the tour negotiates a new four-year TV contract in the spring.
Cosmos’ returns to television
Best of Carl Sagan’s masterpiece to be shown on PBS
December 14, 2000
Twenty years after the broadcast of “Cosmos,” Carl Sagan’s love letter to the universe, Ann Druyan remembers it all. “I have the tape running in my head all the time,” she says. This makes a certain amount of sense. Druyan co-wrote the PBS series with Sagan, her astronomer husband; she was there when it became the most popular limited series in the history of public television at that time, when it won Emmy and Pea-body awards.
Heading the list
December 14, 2000
Golden retriever stays in tune as Salvation Army bell-ringer
December 14, 2000
This hunting dog fetches bucks, not ducks. He’s Mitch, a 4-year-old golden retriever who this year has become one of the Salvation Army’s star holiday bell ringers.
Council’s new rule: Keep it civil
December 14, 2000
City council members must play nice. It’s not just a matter of being polite it’s the law. The Topeka council adopted a new civility rule outlining acceptable behavior during meetings.
Fed targets predatory lending
Central Bank governors propose tighter rules
December 14, 2000
The Federal Reserve’s governors proposed tighter rules Wednesday against abusive mortgage lending, which chairman Alan Greenspan has criticized as unfair to minorities and the elderly.
Government position may cut student loans
December 14, 2000
Recent college graduates with technical skills and piles of student loans to pay off: The federal government is working on a new deal to lure you to its payroll.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago today
December 14, 2000
Phonics is key
December 14, 2000
What are you reading?
December 14, 2000
Wings on the prairie
Runways’ promotes Kansas aviation
December 14, 2000
By Mitchell J. Near Sometimes a creative project can turn into a long-term labor of love. Susan Thompson just finished her first book, “Prairie Runways,” and it only took her nine years to do it.
20 states miss deadline
December 14, 2000
Despite the Supreme Court’s focus on Tuesday’s deadline for certifying slates of electors in the presidential race, 20 states had not reported their lists as of Wednesday afternoon, federal officials said.
The Emperor’s New Groove’ - film review
Animated comedy helps Disney get its groove again
December 14, 2000
By Dan Lybarger Instead of plundering fairy tales or altering history, Disney’s latest flick “The Emperor’s New Groove” borrows elements from previous Mouse House cartoons. The central story from “Beauty and the Beast” blends with the shtick of “Hercules” with surprising ease. Furthermore, there are some refreshing developments in the film that keeps the Disney formula from going stale.
The tough get going
Jayhawks pleased with intense effort against DePaul
December 14, 2000
By Gary Bedore Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams said he was a “raving lunatic” at practice last Saturday and Sunday. His intensity may have rubbed off on the Jayhawks, who rebounded from a 31-point loss to Wake Forest by downing DePaul, 75-69, on Tuesday night at Chicago’s United Center.
Lang brings torch, twang to A&E
December 14, 2000
She may insist on a lower-case moniker, but k.d. lang sings with a voice that’s anything but understated. The Grammy-winning Canadian singer will perform country, pop and torchy ballads on “Live by Request” (8 p.m., A&E). Lang was outstanding last spring at the televised Joni Mitchell salute on TNT.
Cut it out
December 14, 2000
Just Born, the Bethlehem, Pa., candy company that makes the familiar Marshmallow Peeps, is creating a new image.
What’s new in tattoos
December 14, 2000
Jurassic yard
December 14, 2000
According to USA Weekend, ancient fossils and relics are being accidentally unearthed nationwide.
Essaying college prospects
December 14, 2000
If you’re applying to college, you’d better have the write stuff. The unpredictable essay question has become almost routine on college applications.
Parting Shot
December 14, 2000
Highland connection by Earl Richardson
Cell phone risk is on the road
December 14, 2000
Jane R. Eisner’s Knight Ridder Newspapers OK, so maybe the woman was more skeptical of technology than most of us. She doesn’t own a microwave. She brought her healthful lunch from Fresh Fields.
KU finals to go on as scheduled
December 14, 2000
Kansas University is going forward with final exams as scheduled today.
Many Kansans glad to see presidential election end
Bush receives added support in state that overwhelmingly voted for GOP candidate
December 14, 2000
Al Gore caught a few eyes and ears Wednesday night in heavily Republican Kansas’ capital city, where patrons and staff of Terry’s Bar and Grill gathered around TV sets to hear the vice president concede to George W. Bush.
National Briefs
December 14, 2000
Plant’s genome decoded Reporters fined $100 a minute USS Cole returns to shipyard Microscopic pollution deadly Alaska Airlines tape heard
Snowstorm claims life of Kansan
Baxter Springs carport collapses, kills one person
December 14, 2000
A late autumn storm blasted parts of southeast Kansas with up to 11 inches of snow Wednesday. One man died when a carport collapsed, and motorists in much of the state found the going treacherous.
Deep snow takes town by storm
December 14, 2000
By Mike Belt One to 3 inches of snow. That’s what weather forecasters were telling area residents to expect prior to the storm that began Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday. Yeah, right. “We’re already about at 7 inches,” Tom Orzulak, Lawrence Public Works street division manager, said Wednesday afternoon.
Sheparding in the season
December 14, 2000
If you’re looking for a CD that will get you in the holiday spirit, check out “Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas” by Vonda Shepard.
Calling for caution
December 14, 2000
A new study in the British medical journal The Lancet reports that children who use mobile phones risk suffering memory loss, sleeping disorders and headaches.
Affirmative admissions upheld
December 14, 2000
In a case that may wind up before the Supreme Court, a federal judge Wednesday upheld the University of Michigan’s use of affirmative action in admissions, saying there is “solid evidence” that a racially diverse campus is good for education.
Bush prepares list of nominees
December 14, 2000
The presidential transition is way behind schedule, but George W. Bush has made up his mind on several key posts in his new administration particularly the inner circle and is looking hard at several people for his Cabinet posts.
Cheney opens dialogue with Congress
December 14, 2000
With the vice presidency in hand, Republican Dick Cheney went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to send a signal of inclusion to rival wings of his party and trade ideas about legislative priorities for the new administration.
Ruling astounds ‘In God We Trust’ lawsuit loser
Public display of national motto constitutionally acceptable, judge says
December 14, 2000
A woman who sued Shawnee County Treasurer Rita Cline for displaying “In God We Trust” posters in her offices doesn’t understand why a federal judge dismissed her lawsuit.
Simple toys often the best
December 14, 2000
By Joanne Jacobs San Jose Mercury News editorial board At night, the stories say, the dolls come alive.
What has GOP done for blacks lately?
December 14, 2000
By Leonard Pitts Jr. Miami Herald Bob Dole was trying to persuade black folks to vote Republican.
Court confidence is big loser
December 14, 2000
By Sandy Grady Philadelphia Daily News And now it’s all but over. Five weeks of historic bedlam dueling lawyers, screaming protesters, Ryder trucks and dimpled chads finished on the doorsteps of a splintered U.S. Supreme Court.
Moving forward
December 14, 2000
Journal-World Editorial The next president, presumably George W. Bush, will face tremendous challenges as he moves into the White House. In light of what has happened in the weeks since the Nov. 7 presidential election, it would seem a mistake to be too sure that the next president of the United States has been chosen.
A mountain of challenges
Actress Robin Tunney braves the elements in ‘Vertical Limit’
December 14, 2000
By Dan Lybarger Those who want to get into acting for a glamorous, easy life should not follow Robin Tunney’s example. She shaved her head to play a punk rock aficionado in “Empire Records,” learned horseback riding so she could rustle cattle in the cable movie “Riders of the Purple Sage” and studied the traits of Tourette’s Syndrome for her role in “Niagara, Niagara.” Her efforts paid off at the Venice Film Festival, where she walked away with a Best Actress award.
A ‘mini-tour through Satan’s promised land’
Jared Leto learns art of making people sick
December 14, 2000
By Loey Lockerby Hollywood is full of legends about people having extreme reactions to movies. There’s the story about the guy who had a heart attack at the “Jaws” premiere. Or the man who passed out during the infamous adrenaline-shot scene in “Pulp Fiction.” And, more recently, the people who became seasick from watching the shaky camera work in “The Blair Witch Project.”
Requiem for a Dream’ - film review
Director’s sophomore effort exposes the nightmares of drug addiction
December 14, 2000
By Loey Lockerby Is it possible for a movie to be depressing and thrilling at the same time? If that movie is made by a director as inventive as Darren Aronofsky, then the answer is a resounding yes. No matter how dark the subject matter may be and “Requiem for a Dream” is about as dark as it gets anyone who loves films will walk away from this one exhilarated.
Pedal to the metal
December 14, 2000
By Geoff harkness “I got up about 20 minutes ago,” says “Mean” Dean Eddington, waking on a recent Sunday afternoon. Even at this early hour, Dean’s enthusiasm for all things metal shines through the phone line. On Friday night, the enigmatic host of “Malicious Intent” will throw his third annual Birthday Bash, featuring a veritable who’s who of hardcore. This year’s lineup includes Pro-Pain, Dead Orchestra, Origin, The Esoteric, Full Power, Not Waving Drowning, Punchline and Wake.
All the best from the rest
December 14, 2000
But enough of listening to us. Here’s what a few area notables had to say about some of their favorite albums and songs from this year. Also included are some saucy quotes culled from interviews with various music types that The Mag spoke with during this millennial season:
Groups sue to have clean water standards put in effect
December 14, 2000
The dispute about regulation of federal water quality standards in Kansas escalated Wednesday as the state chapter of the Sierra Club and the Kansas Natural Resource Council made good on threats to sue over the issue.
Vice president bows out gracefully
Popular favorite nods to electoral rules of game
December 14, 2000
Now, this should make everything clear: Al Gore, the winner of the most votes in the 2000 presidential race, conceded victory Wednesday night to the loser, George Bush, because the loser was the winner in the only count that mattered, the Electoral College.
New winter storm disrupts travel for third day
December 14, 2000
Frustrating travelers for a third straight day, a new storm spread ice and snow across the nation’s midsection Wednesday, grounding planes, closing schools and government offices and sending cars skidding into each other.
Ramirez bolsters Red Sox
December 14, 2000
Manny Ramirez buttoned his brand new Red Sox jersey, smiled, gave a double thumbs-up and uttered the $160 million word.
Royals working on deal with Sweeney
Kansas City pursuing former Royal Cone as relief pitcher
December 14, 2000
While offering David Cone a job in their bullpen, the Kansas City Royals are on the verge of making a multi-year offer to first baseman Mike Sweeney, their 2000 player of the year.
Election reform a hot topic
Experts debate ways to count votes more precisely
December 14, 2000
Suddenly everybody wants to fix the nation’s election system. Reform-minded lawmakers have three bills in the congressional hopper already. They address everything from hanging chads to the Electoral College even declining voter turnout.
Making it matter
Public TV documentary profiles Van Go project
December 14, 2000
By Jim Baker Some Lawrence students will make their small-screen debut today. Youngsters participating in Lawrence’s Van Go Mobile Arts Inc., an arts-based job-training program, are featured in one segment of a new 30-minute documentary airing at 7 p.m. on all public television stations serving Kansas.
Movie listings
December 14, 2000
A virtual gallery
Web site provides new space for area artists
December 14, 2000
By Mitchell J. Near Two Web site designers are combining their love of art with their computer skills by opening a new virtual gallery that any art lover with a computer can access.
The year in music
2000 will be remembered most for its forgettable tones
December 14, 2000
By Geoff Harkness It was the best of music; it was the worst of music. Ah, hell, maybe it was just the worst of music.
Briefly
December 14, 2000
City to ‘tree-cycle’ after Christmas Weather causing blood-supply shortage Kansas University faculty top endowment’s grant list Neither snow nor cold will delay final exams
Legislative pay plan faulted
Increase excessive, some lawmakers say
December 14, 2000
By Scott Rothschild Kansas legislative leaders, over some objection, Wednesday recommended introduction of legislation that would increase the amount a lawmaker makes from about $22,000 per year to $38,000. The measure was approved by the Legislative Coordinating Council, which is composed of leaders from the House and Senate.
Planners deadlock on tower
Verizon Wireless will have to wait to build antenna for cell phones
December 14, 2000
By Joel Mathis Planning commissioners want guidance to decide where the growing number of cellular phone towers in Douglas County should go. Commissioners asked for help Wednesday night during a deadlocked debate on allowing a 150-foot Verizon Wireless tower at 1423 E. 900 Road, north of Clinton Lake just west of Lawrence.
Sting stung when Disney cuts songs
December 14, 2000
When Sting started writing songs for a dramatic cartoon musical from Disney, he envisioned generations of children enjoying the music. Instead, most of his tunes got cut when studio executives, unhappy with the film’s script, turned the epic musical into a not-so-musical buddy farce, “The Emperor’s New Groove.”
In a hostile world, what’s important is people
December 14, 2000
The dictionary defines a friend as “one attached to another by respect or affection.” This is not what a friend is to me. What a friend is to me is the subject of much deliberation. I can’t imagine a life without fri-ends. I do not be-lieve one can have no friends. It’s that simple.
Daily Ticker
December 14, 2000
Horoscopes
December 14, 2000
Briefcase
December 14, 2000
New McDonald’s opens today Whirlpool restructuring to cut jobs, close plants Bidding is sky-high for Clinton memoirs Antitrust regulators on brink of AOL decision
High-tech stocks plunge
Profit warnings overshadow election ruling, limit Dow
December 14, 2000
Yet another round of profit warnings brought high-tech stocks sharply lower and quashed a blue chip advance Wednesday. The prospect of another disappointing quarter outweighed investors’ short-lived relief regarding an apparent end to the presidential election deadlock. Tech stocks sagged in response to the latest high-tech earnings warning, issued by Compaq Computer after the market closed Tuesday. A drop in retail sales during November added to the market’s skittishness.
The Merc aims for early summer move
December 14, 2000
By Mark Fagan When the Community Mercantile Co-op moves into its new, larger home early next summer, it’ll have more than a wider selection of products, twice as much shelf space and likely a new video store. For the first time, it’ll also have a butcher.
Calendar
December 14, 2000
A Gore bid in 2004 a long shot
December 14, 2000
It is always risky to bury any politician. But if Vice President Al Gore’s appearance on national television Wednesday night was not his swan song, the world of American politics will be stunned.
Baseball Briefs
December 14, 2000
Milwaukee awarded 2002 All-Star game White Sox complete trade with Oakland Mets designate three players for assignment Twins CEO Clouser quits Blue Jays sign seven to minor-league pacts Former Met Johnson becomes hitting coach Rangers agree to deals with Sierra, Munoz Kruk joins staff of Reading Phillies Padres sign Arias
Sprint shareholder files lawsuit
December 14, 2000
A Sprint Corp. shareholder filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing company leaders of using a failed merger with WorldCom Inc. to improperly obtain millions of dollars in stock options ahead of schedule.
People
December 14, 2000
So far this season, Grinches outnumber Santas
Nation’s retailers report sales drop in November as consumers remain cautious about economy
December 14, 2000
Americans, feeling less confident in the economy, tightened their belts in November, driving down sales at the nation’s retailers for the first time in seven months. With recent holiday sales lackluster, Grinches may outnumber Santas this year. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that retail sales fell by 0.4 percent last month, surprising analysts who expected sales to rise slightly. In October, sales were flat.
Clinton visit recharges N. Ireland talks
December 14, 2000
President Clinton’s last presidential visit to Northern Ireland ended Wednesday with a peace process still stalled and politicians feuding, yet citizens still longing for a violence-free future. He told the people of Belfast to “claim your moment” for peace.
The Mag’s Annual Year-End Awards
December 14, 2000
By Geoff Harkness, Mitchell J. Near and Jon Niccum
The species of Origin
Local act makes an assault on national death metal scene
December 14, 2000
By Geoff Harkness Jeremy Turner was a normal 13-year-old child until the day he got caught in a blizzard of Ozz.
Pius Akindujoye
December 14, 2000
Woman responds to husband’s hints about intimacy
December 14, 2000